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I finally got around to taking some pictures of our place. We don’t have everything set up yet, not even close. But most of the boxes are unpacked aside from the guest room.

office-copy IMG_3847_0048-copyThis is the formal living/dining area that we are using as a playroom and office combo. I figured it would be better to have my computer out where the kids are playing so I can get some work done with them nearby, and if I need to get away when my husband’s home I can always take my laptop into the craft/guest room.

I took these pictures before Christmas and had my decorations up at the time.

I got the rug from Target, and the desk from Ikea. My chair is from Ross, as is the chest under my desk that I keep my microphone and other office supplies in.

Lil’ J also has a play kitchen in this room now that Santa brought her for Christmas, I’ll hafta update these photos once I have more things on the walls and show that off.

I plan to sew long bench seat pillows for the lower Ikea shelves and the windowsill and that will become the main seating for the room. I like having the open space to play though.

I’ve been organizing *eBay collections with more of my ideas for our playroom. I’m keeping my eye on wooden puzzels, and play food, as well as picture frames and artwork for and other rooms in my house. That’s one tough thing I’m finding about having a new place. I can’t stop shopping to try and fill it! I’m starting to realize that this is something that doesn’t happen overnight, and it’ll take years to get it the way I want it, and even then, I’ll probably want to start over. For now I’m trying to find good deals where I can, and many of them are online. You can follow me to see what deals I’m finding for my mom cave and play room (many of them under $20).


I love my kitchen. Which is really funny considering I’m not much of a fan of being in it. But all the stainless steel, the cabinets, and countertops welcome me. I plan to spend a lot of time in here next year.


The family room walls are a huge work-in progress, as are the curtains and accent pillows I’m hunting for. I bought a portable fireplace with a mantel to spice up the space, and fill it in since the area is so large.


I redid Big-T’s room similar to his last, but this time he doesn’t share it with my sewing stuff. I want to make letters and put his name above his crib.


nursery-3-copyLil’ J’s room is one of the only painted rooms in the house, but I haven’t hung anything on her walls yet, I’m still indecisive.

Christmas-day-2013_0049-copy Christmas-day-2013_0048-copyThe guest/sewing room was full of boxes a few days ago but my mother-in-law’s visit finally forced me to unpack them.


Nothin’ much to our guest bathroom but it’s got a cute purple theme.


The laundry room isn’t large, but it’s the largest one we’ve ever had. I got bins to store everything so detergent and whatnot is tucked away neatly. laundryroom-copy

Our room fits our king bed, dresser and has a room for a lot more. Eventually I’d like to get nice bookshelves, and maybe a loveseat to go in here since there’s so much extra space. I’m still torn about whether or not we should mount our TV since it’s so small compared to our big wall.


Arguably my favorite upgrade is our jetted tub, which none of us can get enough of.


So that’s a little peek at our new abode. I’m trying to turn over a new leaf and keep it clean. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Feel free to share your decorating wisdom for the unwise!

*My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay.

So I’m seven months late. My bad. Things have been crazy around here. But I thought I should hurry up and share how Big T’s nursery turned out before we move in a few weeks.

Gender neutral giraffe nursery

As you may remember, I decided to go with a giraffe theme. I love giraffes and I thought they’d be cute for a boy or a girl. Since we didn’t find out Big T was a boy until he was born, this theme–Along with a touch of chevron seemed perfect.

His room is sorta a nursery and craft room combo, but he doesn’t seem to mind sharing. When we move he will have his room all to himself, so I may ditch the chevron sewing machine cover, or incorporate it into my craft room somehow. We shall see.

DIY Alphabet wall tutorial

This alphabet wall is probably one of my favorite parts of his room. In a last-minute effort I got a few of my friends tohether and we decorated all of these. I’ve seen sets for sale on Etsy but they cost a pretty penny, and none of them had all of the elements I wanted– A button ‘O’, a “Disney” ‘W’ and other colors I like.

Here’s a quick tutorial:

1. Search for a set of plain wood letters on eBay. I bought this set on eBay.

2. Get a group of friends together, preferably crafty friends who have a lot of paints and skills. Shoutout to my friends Laura, Hope and Melissa for helping me with these! They did all the super cute ones. Lil’ J also gets a shoutout for decorating the ‘&’ and  ‘X.’ She loved helping.

3. Gather a variety of supplies: Scrapbook paper and modge podge, acrylic paints, even fabric, to decorate your letters to your choosing.

4. Lay out the letters and strategize what colors you want where. I made a plan for my favorite letters beforehand, then made sure not to put similar colors or patterns next to each other.

5. Paint, glue, and modge podge like mad!

6. After the paint dries, modge podge the top for an added layer of sealing.

7. Hang and enjoy! I used double-sided command tape to hang them on my wall.


Ty's-Nursery17-copyI’m not sure if I’m going to re-hang the alphabet wall betters in his room, or hang them in the play room once we move. I’m kinda leaning towards playroom as it seems more appropriate.

Since his nursery also doubled as a craft room I tried to keep the spaces separate but organized. His white bookshelves store a few books as well as his swaddling blankets (we seriously have over a dozen of these gorgeous muslin swaddling blankets by Aura Weavers and Aden and Anais), baby wraps, diapers, wipes, and a low basket of soft toys for Lil’ J to reach for her brother.

My mom gave me the baskets on top of the bookshelves. They had pink ties that I took off and sewed my own giraffe-print ties. I also spruced up the plain brown canvas baskets by hot gluing some chevron ribbon I sewed into ruffles. At the time I didn’t know Leechie was a boy, but I figured it wasn’t too girlie. I still find it cute.

Giraffe gender neutral nursery shelves

I also used the same ruffle ribbon technique on the green baskets on the diaper changer. I bought them from Ikea for Lil’ J’s room but wasn’t using them, so here they went! I keep the large one stocked with burp cloths, and the small ones hold his bow ties, and socks.

I used the same diaper changer and dresser I had used for his sister (she got a new big girl dresser) , but took off the pink drawer knobs and ordered some chevron and brown ones off Etsy. Over there I also changed out his light switch for a cute one I found on Etsy. And I hung a second piece of whimsical artwork I found by Nidhi. She is amazing! I couldn’t buy just one.

Gender neutral giraffe nursery diaper changer Ty's-Nursery12-copyTy's-Nursery21-copy

His funky crib bumpers are called Wonder Bumpers. I won them in a raffle I donated to. They are reversible and the other side has a pretty blue damask design, but I thought the brown was more versatile for the gender neutral nursery theme I was going for.

Gender neutral giraffe nursery crib bedding 2

His amazing minky blanket is custom courtesy of Rocker By Baby. We are not a very “punk-style” “skull enthusiast” family, but Amber always manages to make the perfect item for my kids. Lil’ J still loves her mix tape blanket. But OH I forgot how soft her minky is. I need to read up about keeping it this way. He sleeps on it every night. I bought the boppy cover to match.

The adorable safari quilt was handmade by Big T’s great-grami. And the two friendly giraffes are sound machines that his sister loves to play with.Ty's-Nursery01-copyTy's-Nursery20-copy

His giant friendly giraffe kinda replaced the idea of a mobile. One of my awesome readers emailed me when she noticed it was on sale for 50% off one day on Amazon. So instead of it being $100, it was only $50. It’s cute, and gives him something to stare at. Soon enough I’m sure he’ll be trying to ride on it.

Over his bed I also hung a very elaborate, very detailed vinyl tree that I finally finished taking the last sticker off of yesterday. I went the cheap route and got a $50 one off eBay that was split in like 100 different pieces that I had to puzzle together. If I get another I’ll definitely shell out the extra cash to get one that I can pull off in one or two pieces.

Also above his crib is the giraffe piece that inspired me to go with the giraffe-themed nursery. I love it!


And in the craft side area of the nursery I have a rocker chair I thought I’d sew a cover for, and for the foot stool, but instead I just draped with a crocheted chevron throw I ordered from a local woman. For the foot stool I just literally wrapped some extra fabric I had around the cushion it. It works!

Giraffe and chevron themed craft roomTy's-Nursery27-copyI wanted to tie in a bit of safari on my craft desk, and I fell in love with this elephant lamp. Originally I thought I’d do an elephant-themed nursery, so I’m glad I still used a bit of that in the end.

What do you think? Love it? I really do! My daughter’s was decked out with lots and lots of pink but I loved going the gender-neutral route here, and I think the whimsical giraffes really fit my sweet boy’s personality. I’m not sure how long we’ll keep it yellow and brown but I plan to set it up similar to this after the move. He’ll have more space though since it will no longer be a nursery/craft room combo. Perfect timing too cause my little big guy thinks he wants to start crawling.

Update: We’ve moved and our popular alphabet wall is now in the playroom.

DIY Wooden alphabet wall letters tutorial. #playroom #nursery #disney

Here’s where everything is from. If I’ve missed something you’re wondering about, let me know!

Chevron curtains/ iDecorateWithPillows Etsy
Vinyl tree/ eBay: Design4Wall
Giant giraffe/ Melissa and Doug via Amazon
Giraffe sound machines (big and little)/ Cloudb
Wonder Bumpers/ Go Mama Go Designs
Minky giraffe blanket/ Rocker Bye Baby
Minky booppy cover/ Rocker Bye Baby
Giraffe artwork: Savannah & Up and Away/ Nidhi Chanani Etsy
Custom white picture frames/ Ebay: Tabby7
Plain wood alphabet wall letters/ eBay: Anyshka_2
Elephant Lamp/ Carters via Amazon
Light switch cover/ ModernSwitch Etsy
Popup baskets/ Ebay (beige), Ikea (green) and Walmart (brown)
Diaper changer/ Craigslist
Drawer knobs/ Whimzicality
Polkadot burp cloths: HeartlandShop Etsy
Chevron throw blanket/ Handmade locally
Sewing machine cover/ YellowFarmHouse Etsy

When I as a little girl I loved to sing, and I thought I was amazing. My friends and family told me I was good. I’m pretty sure if American Idol had been around when I was younger I would have been one of those awful people who really thinks they’re good. I would love to have a great singing voice and be able to serenade my husband and children with sweet melodies. Well, I serenade them anyway but not with anything that sounds remotely pleasant.

As much as I wish I had a beautiful singing voice (I still am in denial and think at one time I once did), if I could choose once talent to be great at (and if enjoyment came with the ability) I would choose cooking.

Every once in awhile I get a burst of ambition to learn how to whip up something new in my crockpot, but most of the time I stick to the staple meals which come from my freezer.

IMG_2110-copyI’m getting a new kitchen in three weeks and I’m so hoping it comes with a dash of domestic ambition. I’m envisioning myself cooking delicious meals with my kids by my side, making memories making food together. I guess we’ll see about that.

When we bought the house it came with a “free kitchen upgrade” which at first glance I thought “What? who cares?” But all of the extra fun little features like pennant lights over the island, upgraded granite counters and fancy stained cabinets–It’s got me thinking the kitchen won’t be that bad. Who knows, maybe it’ll light the fire of desire for me to whip up come homemade grub.

dark granite countertopsMy house isn’t quite complete but most all of the “guts” are inside. Almost every day I take the kids down and we check out the progress. About a week ago I took a few pictures of the progress. We just left a birthday party and my daughter’s face was a painted butterfly.

IMG_2108-copyWe’re getting all of the light fixtures and covering this week, and aside from the carpet, most everything else is inside–Our paint, trim, tile flooring, counter tops, and my favorite feature–Our jetted tub. We are packing now, and we’ve agreed to hire movers to pack whatever we don’t, and move us entirely.

Every time we visit the house my daughter is excited to look at our backyard, which is currently a pile of dirt, but soon enough will actually be a backyard. I’ve been super dorky lately and excited to test out the lighting in different areas in the house. The sun sets behind us so the family room, backyard, and Big T’s room will have great light. In the morning the playroom will have better light. That’s where this window sill is. I’m planning to sew up a nice little seat cushion for it, and some decorative cushions. That is, once I figure out what colors I’m going with in this room.

adorable biracial baby boyIt’s designed to be formal living and dining rooms but with two small kids there will be nothing formal about our house for a while. Traditional, however, I’m ok with. But I don’t want that to mean boring. The color teal has been on my mind lately so I’m thinking beige and teal with maybe an orange accent? Or perhaps kelly green instead of teal. I have no idea what I’m talking about right now. All I know is I found the couch I want but it’s like $1200 from Pottery Barn Teen, and I’m thinking I need to find a cheaper imposter to save myself nightmares of my children ruining my overpriced play couch.

So any of you deal shoppers, let me know what you know!


That room is also going to serve as a space for my office nook, so I’d like to make it a space that’s cute for sharing.

Ok I take it back… Forget being good at singing or cooking, I want the skills to style a house. Pinterest help me!

With moving plans in the works, decorating is on my mind. I’ve never been a natural at decorating. At all.

I think I inherited my lack of skills from my mother: The queen of “hire help.”

When I was 15, she handed me a stack of magazines to browse through for inspiration for my new bedroom decor.

I saw a picture in one of them, of a bright yellow room, with orange trim, pink doors, a neon clock and bright polka dots all over the ceiling.

“This is it!” I thought.

My mom hired painters, I spray painted my canopy day bed, stereo, and end table, then cut out an assortment of neon-colored polka dots to tape to my ceiling.

Now looking back, I’m not sure what drew me to a room that was nearly impossible to sleep in, but it was a cute idea, and it worked for me at the time.

I’m a firm believer in making a home your own. It’s something that’s been hard for me to fully commit to for the last eight and a half years because we’ve been renting. And even when we weren’t, we didn’t paint a single room.

Now that we are finally buying a house, I’m excited to make it our own, yet still nervous to paint.

I’m thinking until we settle on colors I’ll compensate with photo walls. I’m obsessed with photo walls, and I’ve been pinning all sorts of styles and displays I’d love to attempt to create. family canvas photos

Currently I have a small photo wall in our livingroom with three 16×20 canvas prints. I printed two at CafePress during one of their sales (I’m always on the lookout for more!).

I love canvases because it takes out the hassle of finding the perfect frame. But I am not a fan of the bulky-not-easy-to-store factor. With frames, you can easily switch the photo out, and store the old photo behind, or away flat.

I’m loving these glass clip frames allegedly from Ikea, but I’m not seeing them on their website anywhere. I’ve seen standard-frame sizes on Amazon but I’d love to find some in square dimensions.

My question is, with all of my dreams for immense photo walls… Will a couple-dozen photos of my kids all around my house seem ridiculous? I mean, I can include some of Snoop too, and they won’t all be face-shots.

Something to consider. Either way, I’ll probably order some more canvas prints. I’d love to do a wall like this one from Robinwood Photography.

canvas wall

I’m always on the lookout for discount codes and deals from CafePress because their canvas prints are actually a nice quality. They also sell cool baby clothes, and baby hats. And if you want something custom-made you can design your own iPad case, mug, magnet, design your own t-shirt or whatever.

For now, I’ve got my eye set on anything home-decor related.

Is there such a thing as having too many family photos hanging around the house? What do you think? Any other decorating advice for me? Leave a comment and let me know! One random comment will be chosen next week for a $20 gift certificate to CafePress. Kudos to them for sponsoring this giveaway.

Operation Nursery Makeover is in the works once again. It’s quite different trying to do a gender neutral theme though, and this kiddo is also bunking up with my craft space for now. I have a wall for my sewing machine, fabrics and whatnots, and the rest of the room is pretty much for baby. I bought new white bookshelves that would match the room and my plan is to use the space for organizational bins and space. Forgive my Instagram highlights for now. Pretty pictures to come once it’s all done!

If you couldn’t tell, I’m going for a whimsical giraffe nursery theme. We’re kinda in the beginning stages.

A friend gave me a bunch of newborn diapers her son already outgrew, so I emptied one of my wicker baskets I was using for fabric storage and turned it into diaper storage. We’re planning to cloth diaper again but I won’t say no to free disposables. I’ve also gathered all of the soft swaddle blankets I could find and organized them in a “blanket bin” ha! Same with towels for now. I’m planning to get a couple more bins to store stuff in, and I may decorate them with a giraffe decal of some sort.

Lil’ J donated some of her books for the shelves too (without me even asking, sweet thing) and I’ve got a new Sugar Sweet Baby wrap ready to go.

I’m SUPER excited to hang these art pieces I just ordered off Etsy. I’ve been eyeing these prints for months and I finally decided they’d be perfect in this room. Nidhi Chanani is a very talented artist in San Fransisco. I could look at her work for hours, and I’d bet Pixar would hire her in a hot second. She has several pieces featuring joyful safari animals so it was hard narrowing it down but ultimately I picked these two because I can’t stop smiling when I see them. Now I’m trying to find some cute but subtle frames to put them in, and a vinyl tree or tree branch to put on the wall beside them. The nursery makeover couldn’t begin until the toddler room makeover was underway. We moved Lil’ J out of her crib and straight into a twin canopy bed which she is loving. I did just add a rail to the side after she fell out twice. … Oops.

I also got her a new dresser which I’m in LOVE with. I found it at Ashley Furniture. I thought for sure it would be over my budget since I’d come across plain white dressers for a hefty price, but with delivery and everything, I got it for well under my budget, didn’t have to assemble it, and I even added the mirror to the order. The mirror hasn’t come yet, and funny enough Lil’ J has been asking where her mirror is, so I think she’ll be excited when that arrives in a couple weeks.

Lil’ J is getting really excited for the baby, but I can tell she’s also a little curious about how this is all going to work out with her. She’s breaking in some of the baby toys, and getting me to hold her every chance she gets… Which is getting harder and harder these days. She dozed off on my bump the other night and I thought it was the cutest thing. Especially since she really rarely falls asleep on me anymore. And finally, here are some take-home outfits in the works. I’m making two versions, one in case Leechie is a boy, and one if s/he is a girl. I’m also making a coordinating one for Lil’ J. Can’t wait to get it all done. Time is FLYING. You can make your guess if Leechie is a boy or girl in our free pool here. Winner gets $50!

I’m getting REALLY excited now that it’s down to the wire. I definitely have more things to do that time to do it. Not just as home but especially at work gearing up for my leave. But there’s something calming knowing that either way this baby is coming, and everything is going to be ok. I’m so excited to meet the little guy/gal, and lately I’m thinking I really have NO CLUE what the gender it’ll be. Before I thought I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a boy but now I’m starting to think it’s another girl. Who the heck knows! Less than 6 weeks til D-Day!

When I tell people we’re not finding out what we’re having this time I get a mix of reactions.

“WHY NOT?!” Is probably most common. Other say things like “that’s cool!” or “I couldn’t do that.” Truthfully, I couldn’t stand to wait with Lil’ J. Why? It’s all about the nursery. I wanted a girl so badly and knew if she was a girl she’d need a decked out pink frilly bedroom. A boy.. Eh, I had no plans. I also wanted to shop and stock up on as many dresses as I could.

Lil’ J’s Nursery

I knew the moment I found out Lil’ J was a girl that I probably wouldn’t find out the sex of my baby next time. As much as I love to plan, I actually love surprises. Heck, I wish I had more surprises. So when is a better chance for a big one than when your baby’s born?

Ok, confession time… I’m able to do this because I got my girl first. I told my husband we’d keep going until we had a girl. I got the daughter of my dreams and finding out during out ultrasound was still a big surprise to me cause I was almost certain we were having a boy.

So this time around? Sisters would be fantastic! I’d love another girl. But adding a son would be spectacular too. One of each right off the bat would be so picture-perfect.

My husband also wants a boy badly. But not enough to keep going. He says regardless, this is our last one. We’ll see about that.

He’s starting to get a bit antsy about not finding out. Our ultrasound is November 19th and he’s been asking me why I don’t want to find out so badly. He says he “doesn’t care” if we find out or not, but not so subtle hints here and there make me believe otherwise. For instance he recently told me: “How about they tell us if it’s a boy, and if it’s a girl, they don’t?” Yea, right.

“But what about preparing? Buying clothes? The nursery?” My husband and others have asked me this same question. To that I say hand-me-downs rock if we have a little girl. It would be a shame for all of Lil’ J’s ensemble to go to waste. So many things she’s only worn once. And the little boy clothes I like can be found online. I could have them ordered and shipped in a few days, and keep shopping as we grow.

As for the baby’s room. I’m loving the neutral themes. Right now I’m thinking either nautical, blue birds, elephant or giraffe themed. I’m mostly leaning toward giraffe. And yes, I totally want to get one of those giant stuffed ones.

Here’s some of my inspiration so far:

Birds via


Nautical via


Elephants via

Giraffe Theme via

Giraffe Lamp via

Giraffe Lamp via

Giraffe Theme via

What’s your favorite??

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