Daddy’s Birthday Celebration

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On Tuesday, we celebrated Nick’s 33rd Birthday. What an old man! He really robbed the cradle with me… until I turn 33 myself in July. But let’s not dwell on that fact. Weren’t we such babes back in the day? The girls are a little confused about Birthdays. Every single day they ask if it’s their Birthday. So I wasn’t sure how it was going to go with us celebrating Daddy. I made a special point to really include them and let them help make decisions about how to make their Daddy feel special. And that’s where the ‘Rainbow Sparkle’ … [Read more...]

Fabric Painted Onesies {Big Summer BLOWOUT!}

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I know the movie Frozen is SO LAST YEAR. It came and went like Brittany Spears. But one thing that lives on is this hilarious scene that Nick and I quote ALL.THE.TIME. Don’t sit there and try to tell me that Oaken isn’t your favorite character. ANYWAY. My bestie Dana was over for dinner a few weeks ago, and I was holding Cypress who was ‘working on a big one’ (which, these days, is usually a BLOWOUT)… and Dana pipes up ‘here comes a Big Summer Blowout’. After recovering from my tears of laughter, I knew I needed to have a Onesie … [Read more...]

Repurposing Bamboo Blinds into Art!

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Remember how we recently chopped up our bamboo blinds to custom fit them to our windows and saved hundreds of dollars? Best idea EVER. After cutting them to size, Nick decided to save the scraps… because we might be able to repurpose them! Haven’t I trained him well? It was actually his idea to make these into hanging wall art. We brainstormed design ideas, and decided on painting stripes… vertical, horizontal, and diagonal. Each strip of bamboo shade got rolled up in a tight roll, and cut to 12” inches with a miter saw. I took … [Read more...]

Tulip Time

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This past weekend, my sister, mom, sister-in-law, and all our children made a little girls-day trip to Pella, IA for Tulip Time. I grew up in Iowa, so it’s pretty sad that I’ve never been to this huge Dutch festival! My sis-in-law Carrie grew up in this predominantly Dutch town, and showed us around… our own personal tour guide! I ate my FIRST EVER Dutch Letter while the kids played in the fountain. Cypress had a little snack with me. Being responsible for all three girls in a sea of people was a little disconcerting without Nick … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mousse BROWNIES!

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Hey! Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles and this month do I have the recipe for you! Do you have the same brownie recipe that's your go to? I have one but I thought I would branch out and try something new, see if there's something better, so when I saw this recipe with the frosting I had to try it. Its oh so chocolatey and has a light fluffy whipped cream frosting. Its a little on the rich side so it goes perfectly with some vanilla ice cream. Lets make us some brownies! Line a 9x9 pan with tin foil and spray with cooking … [Read more...]

Staining Wood w/ Raspberry Juice (Unique Art!)

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Last week, I took a bag of frozen raspberries out of the freezer to thaw. There must have been a hole in the bag, because the next morning there was bright red juice all around the bag. It had even dripped off the edge of the counter and puddled on the floor. At first glance, it looked like a homicide crime scene. I would have taken a picture of it, but WHY WOULD I? It’s not like I was planning to blog about it. Luckily, I’m a great writer and adequately described the mess so you have a picture in your mind. Right? (JK about the great … [Read more...]

The kitchen is no longer teal

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One of the first things we did when we moved into our house was PAINT THE KITCHEN. I got all brave and went with this dark teal color to contrast my white cabinets and chunky white trim, and I absolutely loved it. And apparently you did too, because that post about me painting the kitchen has been pinned over 700,000 times on Pinterest. In my pajamas. The big draw to this room was that one wall I did the glossy swirls on. This was back when Pinterest was first a ‘thing’… (remember when you needed an invite to join?!), and people thought … [Read more...]

Wooden Wall Art Inspiration

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One of my favorite posts of all time is this ‘Kilim’ / Native American wooden artwork we did last year. I’ll admit it was tedious, but so so worth it. And I went to great lengths to make the tutorial easy for y’all to understand. You’re welcome! I don’t usually do round-up posts, but I’ve been stumbling upon so many awesome pieces of wooden artwork by some of my bloggy friends, I can’t help but gather them up in one place for some serious eye candy! If you’re like Nick and I, you keep every little wood scrap because WHAT IF WE NEED … [Read more...]

A mirror? In a BATHROOM?

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Do you know how long it’s been since we had a mirror in our bathroom? Let’s just say I gained and lost 50 lbs since then. As far as I’m concerned, my collar bones were visible the whole time. Remember when the bathroom looked like this? I know that pic isn’t altogether hideous. I actually loved that mural I painted for a period of time. But it was just dark and icky-feeling. And that burnt orange made my eyeballs dry-heave. BUT AT LEAST THERE WAS A MIRROR… right? AT LEAST I didn’t need to use my phone camera on reverse to check … [Read more...]

The Studio {Counter/workbench and Storage}

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Well hello there! Are you having a great day? Are you living in ALL CAPS? Good! Me too! So…. you know how everyone has a junk drawer? Well we have a junk ROOM. It’s the catch-all room where I have not only my sewing machine and craft supplies, but also guitars, books, stuff we’re not using, and stuff we don’t know where to put. And this room is RIGHT off the living room, so obviously we keep the door closed pretty much all the time. We recently got one little corner organized with this mid-century hutch, but that’s about it. The funny … [Read more...]