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All Things Mini ::Baby Shower

On Saturday, My friend Jocelyn and I hosted a shower for my cousin Kristen. Way back in February when Kristen and her husband Tony told us they were expecting J & I immediately started brainstorming shower ideas. We both love throwing parties so it was really fun to plan with her. We decided the “theme” would be all things mini. I’m so happy with how everything turned out!


Here is the dessert bar we set up.


The soon to be mama only had one request, my famous cupcakes! I haven’t been baking as much as I want to so I was happy to make these. dessert2

Jocelyn found these cute jars at Home Goods. We filled them with Kristen’s favorites.


We also set up a drink station that included raspberry lemonade and white sangria. I got the idea for the cups on Pinterest. I ordered the tape from WishyWashi . flowers

Something else I enjoy doing but don’t do often is floral arranging. We picked up flowers during our Trader Joe’s stop. Their flowers always look fresh!  food1

Here is the food spread. We had about 30-35 people at the shower and had exactly enough food. We got everything from Trader Joe’s.We bought three frozen pizzas, two packs of chicken egg rolls, one baguette, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce.



Jocelyn made these adorable veggie cups.  grilledcheese

When we decided on mini foods I immediately went to Pinterest and found all sorts of ideas. I came up with these mini grilled cheese bites. I just toasted a baguette with a little EVOO and mozzarella cheese in the oven for about ten minutes and put them in cups with the marinara. These were a hit!

gift Thanks to Kate Spade and their 75% off sale, a few of us were able to chip in and get Kristen this gorgeous baby bag. I liked how it looked like a purse. I think she was truly surprised.

Of course, I forgot to snap a picture on my camera of the three of us. Kristen took one but hasn’t posted it yet for me to steal ;) . I had so much fun planning and throwing this party! We played two games which helped everyone socialize. One was the clothes pin game where you can’t say baby. The other was one to help Kristin with names for the baby. I created a list A-Z and everyone had to write a name for each letter. We had a two minute time limit. It was fun to see what names people came up with.

I have a bridal shower to host a little later summer. I’m already brainstorming ideas for that party!

Spa Bathroom

Since we have been living in our house for the past five years our bathroom has been 4 different colors. We like to change things up, that or we get bored fast :) .

When we moved in it was a neutral tan color. While I liked the color the paint was terrible so it was only a matter of time before we painted it.  For whatever reason we picked a chocolate brown. Looking back, it was a terrible color! {My cat was so skinny-he definitely has put on a few pounds since 2008!}

It wasn’t long until we painted the room again. This time we went with a light blue. It looked much more bright and open. I also found the perfect shower curtain that I am still in love with. We used the shower curtain for the color inspiration for this time around.

Andy did some website work for someone in trade for some tile {it was a tile website}. Our bathroom really didn’t need to be updated but getting this tile changed that. So, my Handy Andy was at it again and set up a plan. My only request was whatever color we went with it had to match the shower curtain.

Pretty soon the tile was up, the vanity was out, the door was off the hinges and the process of switching the light switch was happening.


 In about 3 weekends the bathroom was complete. I am in LOVE with how it turned out. The board and batten really makes the room. We actually painted twice. The first color was way too teal. We lived with it for a couple days and our thoughts didn’t change. So, back to Lowe’s we went and we found the perfect blue/green. It is Night Scape from Valspar.


{the color looks a little more green here}


This shows the color a little better. We actually painted our old mirror white and flipped it. The light fixture is new. I like the square better than what we had before.


We also got a new vanity, sink {which you can see in the photo above this one} and toilet.


The new bath mat came from IKEA. Can’t beat it for $13!


The tile that started it all. I love the textured look of it.


Instead of a towel bar we went with hooks. I wanted something more simple and I think these achieve that!


We flipped the door to have more space. Since we did that we also had to move the switch. Flipping the switch was an easy process. I like how it blends right in with the white. The board and batten was a great idea!

I am saying it now, we will not be changing the bathroom again! Andy did a great job, my bathroom feels like a spa. Now that this room is done I’m sure he will come up with a new project!

Have you repainted a room multiple times? Have any good organizing ideas for the bathroom? We do not have a linen closet so we are brainstorming ideas!

Pop of Color

One of the first few things I pinned on Pinterest were colored dressers in grey rooms. I loved the contrast between the room color and the pop the dresser brought in.



Last summer, Glidden had a great deal going on where you got a free quart of any color. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with our free quart. I ordered Caribbean Sea  and sort of forgot about the project. That was until this week when we had stormy weather. It was the perfect time to drag everything to the basement and get to work.  I had to bust out the orbital sander to sand this baby down:

I had to sand off all of Andy’s hard work from when he re-stained this circa 2006 Craig’s List number. It looked good in his old bedroom but the stain didn’t match any of the other dark wood we have in the room.

After two coats of paint I was left with a new, beautiful, & bright dresser!

I thought I could get away with not painting the sides but as you can see I need to go back and fix that. I am in LOVE with how it turned out.

I am on the search for new knobs, I’m thinking glass would look best. I also and looking for new bedding to go with the color scheme I am going for. Now I’m ready for the next project, which of course was another Pinterest find:


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What Pinterest pins have inspired you to be creative?

Chalkboard Fun

I maybe a little late to the game but, omg, I found a new love in a can, chalkboard spray paint. I had a can in the basement that I tried spray painting a plate that turned out to be a fail.

I thought I’d give it another go after reading up a bit more on the chalkboard spray paint. This time I decided to paint on out ceramic canisters and a glass jar. One important thing I didn’t do last time was take some sandpaper to rough it up a bit. So that is what I did. I sprayed 2 coats and let it dry for 24 hours.

Another thing I didn’t do last time was to prep the chalkboard. Take a piece of chalk and rub it all over. Then wipe it off. Once you do that it will be good to go!

My lines are as clean as I would like. I used the blue painters tape when I should have used Frog Tape. Eh, live and learn I guess. Just adds character :)

Now, I’m looking over at Pintest for my next item I will paint!

I <3 summer projects

Birds of a Feather

I have been on the hunt for a shower curtain ever since I decided that the current one is more for fall/winter. I change my other decor for the season so why not spruce the bathroom up. When it is hot and sunny (which has been a rare sighting here, btw) the “dead” tree isn’t cutting it anymore.

Not bad, just not for spring :)

This weekend I had party-paloza, bridal, baby, and birthday. It was too much madness for one day. But, I won a game and came out with a gift card to Target (thank you gma for the memory-I crush everyone in memorizing games!) So on Sunday my mom and I went out to Target to browse the store. I have been on the hunt for a new shower curtain for months now. I did my normal walk down the isle when I spotted IT!

I wanted nature inspired and this was it.

I also had to get a towel to match

The one single thing that made me buy this set was the bird.

And this is the reason why

I have shirts, necklaces, and decor with birds. They symbolize something bigger to me and I was so happy to have found one more thing to add to my collection.

It’s the little things in life.