I know. I vowed to post more, and yet, I have not. I am truly sorry... but truly VERY busy. This past month I moved to my new home, celebrated 2 kids birthdays, one mom birthday (and sis birthday, but I really didn't do anything but send a card... sorry Ems... not that organized... or rich) AND started minor renovations on the house.
I had all these grandiose plans of posting the before and after with my dining room... from 1960s wallpaper to fantastic bright & cheery dining room. Instead, after two weeks of scraping, peeling, and much child labor- I have achieved only "crack house" decor:
|St. Patrick's Day- See Wallpaper behind...|
|Grace starting the peeling- first layer came off easily!!|
|2nd and third layer-- we had to bring in the big guns...|
|Grace's Birthday Lobster (yes, she has expensive taste).. Note the spray bottle and scrapers in background.|
I did want to share some fantastic things about my new home and products that I have recently purchased and loved. First, I love that I am living between two lakes on a peninsula- the views on my street can be beautiful and the sunrise/sunsets are spectacular:
|Our one snow since moving in- I'm out of shoveling shape!|
|My breakfast view from the window!|
I also bought an Ikea bathmat that is plush, super-absorbent, and very washable! I LOVE it. It's also on sale right now, so if you are in the market for an awesome bathing experience-- get one. Seriously, after three soaking children dry off on it, I can still take a shower and the mat feels dry!! It's incredible:
|Here's the link to the website. Awesome.|
I also have an extremely small bathroom- as in, you can brush your teeth while sitting on the toilet comfortably- small. Honestly, it's forcing me to be neater, more organized, and efficient. Each child has his/her own mini-bucket with toothbrush and paste in it. We used to share a toothpaste, so this helps with germs and knowing which one belongs to whom.
|Yes, this is Ikea too. I got these in the "planting" section|
Also, while crashing at my parent's home, I got to use their incredible potato cutter. It enables me to make french fries, potato wedges, and chips in 1/2 the normal time. Granted, my parents haven't bought me my own yet... but they promised soon....
|This is the one on Amazon.com It's about $8. Not bad to save a lot of time.|
|Samsung TV- I got a great deal on mine :)|
Plus, I get local channels for free! Yeah! Next time, I will try to have some Trading Spaces-style photos with before and afters of all my rooms; however, at my current renovation pace, it could be next year. Thanks for your patience loyal followers (basically Mom) and bear with Ems and I as we try and deal with all the changes!
Easy Rule #43234- Home renovation looks A LOT easier on HGTV.
Easy Rule #5325- Finally getting settled into your forever home after 6 months of temporary housing- priceless (but thanks Mom & Dad for the temporary place to live!!)