Tuesday, January 9

DIY Forest Mural (great for a boy's room!)

I've spent most of my adult life in the no-murals-ever camp. I didn't want anything too themed because I knew I'd get tired of it and want to change it, so what's the point? But then... we started collecting all these little boys and one day I was like "THEY WOULD LOVE A CAMPING ROOM." Then it took me all of five minutes longer to come up with a forest wall mural and throw my mural-morals to the wind. And I totally l.o.v.e. it.

If you follow me on instagram, you've probably seen a few peeks of the surprise we put in the boys room for Christmas. Their camping theme room (or maybe more of a wilderness theme, there aren't actually any tents) is complete with a mountain peak climbing wall, monkey bars, and swings. A real winter adventure zone for all these little fellas! We'll be sharing the plans for all that soon, but today we're staring with how we painted the mural wall (which is easier than you might think).

Our first step was painting that wall. Their room is the same blue-ish gray that it was when we bought the house (we've barely touched the upstairs at all), and I knew it needed to be lighter for our forest wall to pop.

You can see the original color to the left of the door.

Friday, January 5

The New Year Post ~ 2018

New post because it's a new year. So it's time to reflect on the past year and plan for the future, right? Just fyi, the entire next year of your life depends on this one moment. No pressure.

JK, guys. If you remember my resolution post from last year (I don't.) you can be assured that this moment is just that. A moment. Not so different from most others. And in this moment I find myself doing more reflecting than planning. Thinking of things past and things to come. Wondering, worrying, and feeling hopeful all at the same time. But I'm taking it easy on the planning, because it hasn't been so fruitful in the past.

Last year I made myself a nice little overwhelming list of resolutions. With an extra serving of self-guilt on the side. Need a refresher? (I did!) You can read it all here. And I'm here in 2018 to tell you - I did none of them. NONE. Remember that cleaning list I printed? I did it for one day. Seriously. ONE DAY. It was exhausting. But that list is still hanging on my fridge like I'll wake up one morning and give it another try. Never mind that I haven't in a whole year. We did, however, manage to play outside a ton, but it had nothing to do with me remembering that resolution (because I totally didn't until I looked at it today) and everything to do with having three small boys and please get us out of this house. 

Monday, December 18

Fun & Festive Wrapping Tips (on a budget!)

I love wrapping Christmas gifts, and I love to make the outside just as exciting as what's inside! And I do it without investing a lot of time, or a lot of money. Here are a few of my favorite tips for fun and festive wrapping on a budget! (check out the rest of our Christmas projects and posts here)

The Paper
Choose a color family and stick to it. I always go for brown and red papers, so I know whatever I buy year after year will work with the papers and ribbons I already have.

Get brown paper at Dollar Tree. Seriously. They have good size rolls of brown paper with the packing supplies for just $1! You know what they say about brown paper packages tied up with string, right? It's a simple and timeless favorite.

A few years ago, I did all our wrapping with a mix of this brown paper and newspaper. I literally spent $1 on wrapping paper that year.

Monday, December 4


This is a perfect little gift to have on hand for last minute giving! It's quick, easy, and cheap to make. Plus tons of fun to play! It's a great hostess gift, party favor, or stocking stuffer. And did I mention easy?

Here's all you need to make a set:
Print the score card and cut it out. Stack each card front with a card back, then laminate them to make durable two-sided cards (we use this home laminator). Stick the card and dice in your cinch sack and you're done! Easy peasy!


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We'd love to hear what you're making for your #handmadeChristmas!