Adding a Breakfast Bar to the Island


My sister Anna talked my into taking this personality test (16Personalities), and I was somewhat devastated at the results. There were some things that were right on…for example, I don’t (and dislike when people do) beat around the bush… JUST SAY IT! But the majority of the results discussed how I come up with ideas, but want other people to execute them. WHAT?! But then I got to thinking how true this really IS! I have so many lofty plans and ideas for our home… but I often let myself feel crippled by how knowledgeable Nick is, and end up … [Read more...]

Recovering Chair Cushions with a Fluffy Rug!


The last couple days, I’ve had inexplicable energy. I’ve been baking, building, cleaning, and upholstering. I feel like I could run a marathon! So I’m in the middle of a ton of projects at the moment, but today I’m going to share one with you that’s actually done. Remember this cozy corner in our dining room? So those cushions on that chair used to be black canvas that showed every hair and little nasty. The actual cushions were in good shape though. They just needed to be recovered ASAP. And that’s when I spotted these fluffy white rugs … [Read more...]

Our Weekend Getaway

franklin co weekend

This past weekend, we were invited to spend a weekend with a handful of other bloggers to experience the life in historical Franklin County Iowa. We love being from Iowa and are proud of our heritage… but what made this weekend extra special was that we were encouraged to bring our whole family! The girls are finally at an age where we can drag them places with us (for the most part) and actually have fun and learn right along side us! We stayed in the fabulous Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Hampton, IA. I wish I had taken more … [Read more...]

Indian Corn Cake Stand


I did a little something out of character yesterday. I’m not really one to decorate seasonally… with the exception of Christmas. I like to blame it on my lack-of-fireplace. Cause all the bloggers be like ‘look at my Easter MANTEL!’ or ‘look at my 4th of July MANTEL’. NO. Oh you may think I sound jealous of their fireplace… and you’d be right. But only because I want to HAVE A FIRE in my fireplace and snuggle up with a red flannel blanket and a cup of cocoa. But it wasn’t in the cards for this old farmhouse. Maybe that’ll be next … [Read more...]

A little garage organization happening!


Gooooooooooood MORNING! Nick’s been gone all week on business, and he’s finally home today! So we’re all in great spirits. And the weekend is before us! SUCH a great feeling. Today, I’m going to show you a little organization that’s been happening in our garage. And let me tell you… it was in DESPERATE NEED. There are a LOT of things that need to be done organization-wise in our garage, but I needed to start with a little corner that would have my stain, paint, sandpaper, and all those regularly used items to be at my fingertips.  … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread {Cupcakes with Sprinkles}

It’s Meghan back from Cupcakes with Sprinkles! I always love to be here at Sawdust and Embryos to share some of my favorite recipes with you! I'm obsessed with pumpkin and this is a staple in our house as soon as it becomes fall. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. People. Seriously. Its so soft and the pumpkin flavor is is enhanced with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and my favorite addition, the chocolate chips! So let get our stuff and get baking! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 bread pans. And its so easy, we put all of our … [Read more...]

3-Year Pics of the Girls {Molly Long}


Soooooo, it’s no secret that we LOVE Molly Long Photography. Molly and I have actually become friends over the years following that first newborn photo shoot, and I look forward to her doing her magic each summer! I’m still obsessed with this family pic she took of us last summer. UGH! This year, we just had her take pics of the girls… because I’m feeling less than photogenic these days. No need to exploit that awkward stage where you can’t tell if mama has been eating too many baked goods, or if she’s brewing a little child in her loins. … [Read more...]

17 Weeks


First matter of business? The winner of our RYOBI Jigsaw Giveaway is ANNA CHASE! Congrats buddy! Check your email! If you didn’t win, do not dismay… these are pretty affordable as far as power tools go. Click here to purchase your own! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now, let’s discuss my ultrasound yesterday. As many of you know, there’s a small child growing in my belly. Since we found out the girls’ genders at 14 weeks, I was confident that we would see his/her ‘parts’ (or lack thereof) at my appointment yesterday… seeing … [Read more...]

The big transition from crib to toddler bed


It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since we started fixing up the girls’ toddler room. We wanted the room to be ready for them on that dreaded night when they escaped the confines of their crib. We finished the room this past spring, and I can confidently say that this is my favorite room in the house. By far. Bedtime has always been a dream for us. We’re very lucky to have good sleepers. Sure they chat for a bit before falling asleep… but then they sleep for 11 hours straight. And it’s GLORIOUS. We didn’t want to mess with that. … [Read more...]

DIY Plywood Quote Artwork


Lately, I’ve been crushing on the look of plain plywood. I know it sounds cray, but here’s some amazing examples of what I’m speaking of: 1/2/3/4 See? Classy! And inexpensive! There’s an awkward little corner in our dining room that I’ve been wanting to put a little seating area. Awhile back, I saw a quote that I LOVED…‘Live today in ALL CAPS’. Isn’t that inspiring?! I really do want to live each day in ALL CAPS. So I decided to make a piece of wall art/sign with this phrase to add a little something special to this space. And using (obvs) … [Read more...]