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Lately!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

You guys! We cannot believe it is the end of February, whaaaat??!! The new year has been nuts for us so far.

Our best news of course, is that SARAH IS PREGNANT!!!!!! We have had so much sickness, doctors visits, snow days, visitors and a fun trip to Disneyland we have had zero time to blog.

On a good day we have three toddlers running around, baby Ben who’s now on the move and into EVERYTHING and one pregnant lady, so you can imagine how productive we are being. We are finding it hard to manage and keep on top of it all which gives us even more incentive to simplify everything in our lives! What is your secret to managing it all? Meditation?! A nanny? Please comment and let us know!!!

One thing we have done is made major goals for our homes this year!

We’re both hoping to finish our basements in the near future, but first we want to spruce our current spaces. With our growing families we have room changes to tackle too. A new nursery and playroom for Sarah’s family and a big girl room for Emily’s little Jane. Minimum budget with maximum impact will be our goal and we’ll be documenting everything to take you along our updates. You can follow us on Instagram HERE and Pinterest HERE for our daily inspiration and what we’re up to!

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First up for Emily, is her dining room. If you follow us on Insta you got a sneak peek of her current project. It’s the space that felt the most unfinished so the perfect starting spot for the year.

She had one blank wall that we thought needed some trim to help the whole space feel finished. We decided on a grid wall of squares and got our inspiration from this image from  Serena and Lily.  It’s traditional but also modern and fits well with the craftsman architecture of the home.

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The project is almost done and we’re thrilled with how it’s coming together. We’ll be sharing the space with you soon.

Lastly, are you having a hard time getting through this winter? If you have the February blues like us you NEED THIS Restoration Hardware throw that is on major clearance. We think it is the world’s best secret and our survival for winter.

Lots of love, Sarah and Emily xx

The Easiest Way to make a Ginger Bread House

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

If you’re looking something fun and festive to do we have the best idea…

Gingerbread houses made from just two ingredients: graham crackers and chocolate!

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Graham crackers are one thousand times easier than trying to make your own gingerbread and getting your angles perfectly straight and chocolate is so much easier to work with than icing.

The best part is your house is made in five minutes and then you can really get to the fun of decorating!

We used a bread knife to cut our graham crackers and simply melted white chocolate in a Ziploc bag in the microwave.

It’s time to bring out your inner Buddy the Elf and get to work :)

Sarah x

Gift Guide for You!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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5 | Faribault buffalo check throw 6 | Rifle Paper recipe box 7 | Hunter boots

8 | milk glass cake stand 9 | copper KitchenAid

You’ve worked hard all year and we are 100% positive you are on the nice list!

If you have no idea what you should ‘ask for’ this Christmas, look no further! These are a few of our favorite things and we know you will LOVE any of these items too.

Merry Christmas ladies!

Sarah and Em xxx

Our Favorite Toddler Toys

Monday, November 7th, 2016

With Christmas just around the corner we thought it would be a good time to share what our three little ladies have been loving lately.

We cannot believe how much our love of toys has grown as we watch Elizabeth, Hannah and Jane playing together and enjoying their toys so much.

Our goal with our toy collections are to be well-rounded, quality products that can be passed down, and whenever possible we try to get gender neutral colors too. These are the just a few of the products our girls enjoy again and again…

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1 | The girls love THIS collection of simple lift and flap books with baby.

2 | Do your kids love Peppa Pig as much as ours? THIS playhouse has been a huge hit with all three girls for the past year.

3 | Jane had a hard time going to the doctor until we bought her THIS set and started playing doctor at home. The girls love checking each others temperature and of course the shot is a group favorite. :)

4 | When we need the girls to sit and be still for a while THESE reusable stickers from Melissa and Doug are the go-to. Seriously, hundreds of hours playing with these.

5 | THIS is currently the girls favorite puzzle. It comes with a magnetic ‘fishing rod’ which helps build find motor skills. It doesn’t have the pictures under the puzzle pieces, making it a little more challenging and perfect for the girls puzzle level right now.

6 | THESE Corolle baby dolls are a family favorite and the brand of dolls we grew up with. We got the girls THIS set too and they LOVE feeding and taking care of their babies.

7 | We are in the early stage of play doh which means the girls will happily play with one color and one little cookie cutter for a solid fifteen minutes..then we rotate. THIS starter pack is perfect for the toddler stage.

8 | There are lots of Lego sets to choose from, but we have no regrets about choosing this Duplo All Around the World collection HERE. It’s a well rounded set and you’d be amazed at how many different games the girls come up with using these pieces.

9 | If you ask any one of our girls what they want to play with nine out ten times the response will be ‘Tea Party!”. We like THIS set from Green toys.

10 | Every home needs this Melissa and Doug basic building blocks HERE. Endless games and possibilities!

We hope this gives you a few ideas for the little ones on your Christmas list.
Time to get shopping!

We’ve Missed You!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

What we thought we be a 3 week break, quickly turn into three months…

With the shock of our brother’s death, our lives have really been shaken.

Six days after Phil’s funeral baby Ben was born.

Everything went according to plan. Emily and Ben were home within a few days, and Ben is literally piece of heaven…sleeping through the night and as good as gold.

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Within a few weeks of Ben being born Emily’s father-in-law declined rapidly and passed away. I love this picture of him with my mother-in-law at our wedding.

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The week after that our sister Helen welcomed baby boy, Ollie!

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Our little world has changed so much!

There have been many tears, prayers and contemplation. Life has become much more sacred and we’ve been grieving and celebrating by spending our days together as a family. We’ve had more family come and visit us from England than we’ve ever had before, and although it’s for sad reasons we’re soaking up this precious time and reconnecting with all those we love so much.

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Long, unhurried walks, days by the pool, toddler dance parties. Good food and just enjoying each others company.

We have been blessed to have such amazing support from those around us. Thank you, thank you for your sincere and kind messages!

The blog has been calling us! We’re coming back. We have a long list of projects, and goals and can’t wait for life to feel normal again as we wind down summer and begin our favorite time of year.

Much love, Sarah and Emily xxx

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