S'more Magic Bars 2
How to make a rainbow tye-die double layer cake {Sawdust and Embryos}

Custom Playhouse / Playground

Nick and I have always planned to build the girls a their own custom playground area. But when we found this plastic Little Tykes thingamajig a few years ago on our local ‘for sale’ page, it seemed like a good thing to tide the girls over until we had the time and funds to ‘do it right’.

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They’ve gotten sooooo much use out of that thing. But these precious toddler days are OVER (collective tearful gasp)

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We tossed around a few ideas for where the ideal spot on our acreage would be for this more permanent structure, and we ended up deciding to put it here.

Rendering of our acreage and where we're putting the playhouse! {Sawdust and Embryos}

While this post isn’t ‘sponsored’, Lowe’s generously sent us the majority of what we needed to build this bad boy… and we’re suuuuper grateful! Here’s our haul of lumber.

Lumber for playhouse {Sawdust and Embryos}

My brother and his family came out for a day to help us get a good start on this thing.

After all the measuring and figuring, we laid out where the ‘pier blocks’ needed to go (those square cinder block-ish support thingies). For some of the pier blocks, we just removed the sod, tamped, and set that sucker into place. For others, we dug down a little bit so that they would all be level with each other.


Building a playhouse from scratch {Sawdust and Embryos}

My dad always said ‘Many hands make light work’. I’m not so sure he thought that one all the way through… but it’s a nice thought nonetheless.


‘Twas a windy day, but the temperature was nice enough. Getting the skeleton of this thing up took more time than we all expected, but it was fun work and good conversation,

Building a playhouse {Sawdust and Embryos}

I’m confident that all the leveling/measuring/and digging was the real time suckers. So getting to this point was cause for a round of beers.

Building a custom playhouse-playground {Sawdust and Embryos}

Then it was time to frame in the floor, affix the floorboards, and add a mid-level ‘perch’ for the slide to come out of.


Building a playhouse {Sawdust & Embryos}

And then the second floor… that the girls are already calling ‘the attic’’. I freaking love them.

Building a custom playhouse - playground for the littles {Sawdust and Embryos}

Friends, the following is one of the differences between my love and I… I’m a firm believer that playgrounds or playsets SIMPLY NEED LADDERS to get up and down. But Nick? Noooo no no no. That would be too simple! Simplicity is frowned upon! (sarcasm font) …there must be stairs.


AND. This playhouse is his ‘toned down’ and ‘scaled’ down’ version of what would have been if I had set him loose. This is as basic as it gets in his complicated mind. We balance each other out beautifully. Dontcha think?

I would put up a teepee for them to play in… and HE would build the Taj Mahal. So I think we compromise pretty well. But you won’t hear us giving any marriage advice.

This has been a slow build, as we just work on it here and there as time allows. We’re further along than what I’ve shown you, but I’m going to stop here… because it just feels right.

Paisley and Della helping build their playhouse! {Sawdust and Embryos}

So that’s it for part one! It may not look like much… BUT THERE IS A SLIDE. Anddddd even though there is no ladder (or stairs) to get up there yet, those little monkeys find ways… #believeyoume

I hope your weekend is full of tantrum-free, blowout-free bliss! See ya back here next week!


S’mores Magic Bars

S'more Magic Bars 2

Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles! Have you every made magic bars? They have lots of layers and they all melt together into one delicious magic bar. One of my favorite flavor combinations is a S’more. These bars are a sweet, gooey, combination of a s’more but tweaked with the an extra layer of sugar cookie goodness! These are the next thing you have to make so let’s get our ingredients and bake! Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 cake pan with non-stick spray. In a small … [Read More...]

Dahlia Stained Artwork on Dining Table


Doing wood stain art is soooo addicting for me. I wouldn’t call it ‘instant’ gratification, but the transformation happens over the course of a couple hours... and it’s so fun to watch it unfold! If you missed my last Stained Art Table time-lapse video, click here! Shortly after posting that video, I was already having the itch to stain again, and Nick and I fell upon this dining table at a yard sale for $10 buckaroos! I know it appears to be raw wood, but it’s actually a pale … [Read More...]

Husbands and Hobbies


Top of the mornin’! How was your weekend?! The girls and I had so much fun making Nick feel special and loved this Father’s Day weekend. He loves that the girls share an interest in his model airplane hobby, and took ALL 3 GIRLS to the local air field. When I was a kid, they made bouncy seats for babies that had little canopies for shade... but I can’t find them anywhere these days! I always bring an umbrella outside with me to keep the sun off Cypress... and then I found this … [Read More...]

Rainbow Tie-Dye Layer Cake

How to make a rainbow tye-die double layer cake {Sawdust and Embryos}

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of Nick’s Birthday cake to Instagram. The girls are old enough to want to get involved in things like birthdays, so when they proclaimed that they wanted to make their daddy a rainbow cake, I was happy to oblige. And he was just grateful to have cake. Since posting that pic, several of you have begged me to post a tutorial. And since I don’t think to photograph every little thing ‘just in case’, I begrudgingly HAD to make another rainbow cake to document … [Read More...]

Being Present in my own Life


People are always telling me they can’t believe how productive I am, and all that I get done with 3 kids (3 and under). Well I could write a whole post about not watching TV, and enjoying my projects, etc. Blah blah blah...But the truth is, I find myself looking at my phone A LOT. I’ve been feeling really convicted about this lately... especially when my girls are around wishing I was paying attention to THEM instead of whatever I’m looking at on Facebook or Pinterest. For the most part, … [Read More...]

How to Stencil your Backsplash


Well it’s been a week, and I STILL LOVE my chartreuse kitchen cabinets! It was fun to watch the wide array of comments flow in. I think it’s fair to say... you either loved it or ya hated it. And that’s ok! A lot of my design choices are off the wall... it’s just my style. And you still read my blog, sooooo... I love to mix different design genre’s to create my own personal style. If having white walls, white cabinets, and white counters are what it takes to have a magazine-worthy … [Read More...]

Extending Kitchen Cabinets up to the Ceiling

Extend cabinets up to the ceiling and paint a fun color! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Oh man... I’m SO excited to write this post right now! Let’s talk about my kitchen! Recall for a moment what our kitchen looked like just a couple weeks ago. We loved that dark teal with the glossy swirls for a handful of years, but it was just time for a change. I laid out some more details about why we painted the walls white in this post, and it really brightened up the room sooooo much. To be honest, when I painted the walls white, I wasn’t sure what the *#^& I was … [Read More...]

Cutout Silhouette Plaques out of Wood!


If you’ve been around our little blog for a few moons, you might remember that we made wall plaques with the girls’ silhouettes when they were babes. We used slabs of oak and vinyl as a stencil to paint over. (Full Tutorial HERE) I’m in the middle of making one for Cypress, and let’s just say her profile looks a LOT different with all that hair. How did we have bald babies (for the first two years of their life) and then have a little sis pop out with this mop of … [Read More...]

Cinnamon Roll Bread


Hi! Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles and I have a really great cinnamon bread recipe for you. Sometimes I feel like I need a cinnamon rolls but they take sooo long to make. When I came across this recipe I had to try it. It was so easy. No yeast, so takes no time to make. It’s soft, sweet, and very cinnamony. Let’s get the things we need and make us some bread! In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar... In a smaller bowl mix together the egg, milk, … [Read More...]