Thursday, February 27, 2014

Faux Fur Blanket

You can score the best deals on blankets and "holiday" items in February!  I found this cute King size Faux Flur blanket at T.J. Maxx for under $15. I think it retailed for around $99!  

It's been keeping us warm and snuggly for weeks now and I'm finally showing it to you.

We've played around with the placement on the bed.  We've tried it draped on the end like this.

Under the Duvet like this.

So far we like this placement the best. On top but folded neatly across. 

I have really enjoyed this new blanket.  The texture is so soft and it means I can snuggle up without undoing the whole bed.  Rainy day naps after a little reading have been that much more relaxing.  Anyone else like the look of fur on their bed?  I'm ready for a nap right about now.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Minor bathroom upgrades

Sometimes when I look through our "house tour" photos I quickly realize that things have changed a little (sometimes a lot) since I've uploaded the photos.  For instance in our Master Bathroom, there have been several updates worth noting that I shall share with you now.

We updated our lower cabinets with Gray paint and knobs. But I never got around to taking full bathroom shots.  So here's a reminder of how the cabinets were looking before we changed the knobs to fox nobs.

And our bathroom these days. I love when it's this clean!

I've been collecting quite a few soaps lately from Christmas gifts and such that I thought it would be cute to put them in an apothecary jar.  So far I've been enjoying seeing them and removing clutter by consolidating them in one spot.

One thing our bathroom was lacking (even with the frosted glass windows) was privacy. After removing the mini blinds a long time ago we've lived without privacy until now. I debated sewing up some cute curtains, but on a recent trip to Marshalls I scored a set of 84" linen panels with grommet openings on clearance and also a shower curtain rod on clearance.  The rod was under $10 and the curtains for $15. I'm pretty sure I saved some dough buying these instead of making them.  I love when that happens.

I love the sheerness of the linen that allows light to shine through, but provides enough privacy that I don't feel like to have to hide in the shower anymore. :)

The reason why I chose a shower curtain rod as opposed to real curtain rods is two-fold.  First off, we have this nice window that jets out so it's easy to use a tension rod between the walls.  Secondly, there are no permanent holes in the wall that we would later have to patch.  Ok there were three reasons. The curtain rod has a nice width that fills the grommet holes nicely.

I'm thinking the choice to go with a soft linen with a soft vertical pattern was a wise one. They blend nicely with the dark gray cabinets so the cabinets feel less out of place. The vine pattern is soft and graphic at the same time.

What do you think about curtains in the bathroom. Yay or Nay?


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 Valentine's Cards

My children and I had fun making home made Valentine's cards over the weekend.  It was super simple and great bonding time.  And no we didn't purposefully match today, but aren't we cute in our matching chambray? :)

For our Valentine Cards we used:

  • Red Construction paper from our local craft store.
  • Heart Shaped Lollipops from Target
  • Various fun shaped scissors for a decorative edge on our hearts
  • Felt tip markers
  • Red or Pink Washi tape 
For the paper hearts, I made a template by free handing a heart onto a folded file folder since it was thicker and more durable. Then I traced about 35 hearts onto the paper and cut them out with my fun scissors.  My son is always so serious when he works on things! :)

I found that the more exaggerated or pronounced the design was on the scissors the better it looked on the paper. The best looking scissor designs on construction paper was the zigzag pattern.

My son was able to add the To/From section on the back of his cards with a purple marker.  He had fun going down the checklist of names and checking off each one as he went along.

These were the lollipops we chose from Target. They are nice because they are mostly flat and not too heavy, unlike the Blow Pops or similar.

We taped the lollipops right to the front over the message so they can read it once they take off the lollipop.

Originally I was writing my message so I had room to tape the lollipop without covering the words. But if I had do these over I would spread out the message more and also do a fancier print.  You always learn as you go with these things. :)  I'll just be happy if the kids enjoy them and can read my sloppy print. 

Joe surprised me with some cute flowers from Trader Joe's.  They are red Cyclamen. They are going strong and have brought a lot of cheeriness to the kitchen.

Valentine's Day is in just four days. How do you celebrate with your family and kids? We are looking forward to spending the evening with our friends and their kids making pizza with the kids. I'll be sure to take lots of photos! ♥♥

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