DIY Vintage Books

DIY Vintage Books

I’m sitting here trying to write this blog post but I’m so distracted because I CAN’T STOP watching footage from the royal wedding!!! Anyone with me?!?! Meghan Markle is just gorgeous and living a real life fairytale. *Sigh* The dress, the vows, the choir, all the heart eyes for everything!

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How to: Reupholster an Ottoman

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It’s been quite a week over here. Landon has been going through his 18 month sleep regression, which has been the toughest one yet. He was waking up in the middle of the night and staying awake for hours or waking up between 4am-5am and would not go back to sleep. I think what has made it so much tougher is that he’s also in that crazy toddler phase of asserting his independence but yet not being able to communicate what he wants, which makes for some awesome tantrums. Couple that with being extremely tired and you’ve got a recipe for some long nights and even longer days! There’s been an excessive amount of coffee consumed over here, just in case you were wondering 🙂

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Faux Greenery

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When I first started getting into home décor I would buy real plants and new flowers every week. While I love the smell of some fresh flowers in my home, I realized I was spending A LOT of money on flowers every week. On top of that, I don’t have a green thumb (we’ve talked about this before…spent $200 on a fiddle fig tree, supposedly VERY easy to keep alive, but I killed it with a few months…smh) so buying live plants was also a waste of money. Finally, I started investing in faux greenery and flowers. Why did I not do this sooner?!?! I mean, they don’t need water, they don’t need light and they’ll always look great. What’s easier than that??

But…not all faux greenery is created equal. You really need to take your time and do a little research first. Or, just follow my lead because I’ve already done the hard work for you! I’m sharing my favorite faux greenery and florals that are out there right now plus a few tips on what to look for when shopping for your own.

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1. Ikea
A few years ago, I never would have thought of Ikea as a place to get faux plants and florals but that is so not the case. These little plants are so great and so inexpensive, I have them all over my house year-round. Just switch out the containers for a new look. When you are shopping for floral or greenery stems as opposed to plants, you want to pay attention to the look of the stems. You don’t want anything that is very obviously plastic. It should be modeled after how that particular stem looks in real life. Like the Eucalyptus stems listed below, zoom in on the stem. They are made of plastic but they are brown and have contours to look like a twig. Its all in the details.
Here are my faves:
Oregano Plant
Rosemary Plant
Fern Plant
Ranunculus Stem
Daisy Stem
Eucalyptus Stem

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2. Pottery Barn
After my real fiddle fig tree died, I went on the hunt for a fake one. When it comes to faux trees and wreaths, those are the 2 categories I would spend a little more on to get a better product. Cheaper trees and wreaths are going to look just that, cheap. After searching through every faux fiddle fig I could find, I settled on the one pictured above, from Pottery Barn. I will link it with my other PB favorites below:
1. Fiddle Fig Tree
2. Lemon Tree
3. Olive Tree

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3. Michael’s
I’ve had a lot of luck with garland and seasonal florals at Michaels. As far as their year-round florals, it can be hit or miss. The floral stems are usually so messy that I have no desire to walk through the aisle but every now and then I find something great. Right now they have a really great faux peony that I’ve thought about buying, BUT they are $12 a stem. Very real looking, but I’m gonna wait for a coupon to make that purchase. I believe they are also in-store only, because I can not find them online. Take a look back at my Fall Home Tour, I bought all of my fall garlands, wreaths and pumpkins from Michaels. The trick here is you have to shop early. I think I bought a lot of this last August. The really good styles sell out quick so when they launch their new season, buy your favorites right away and store them until you need to decorate. Top picks from Michaels:
Mixed Fern Garland (pictured above)
Fern Bush (click here to see these in my front door décor)

4. Hobby Lobby
I don’t talk about Hobby Lobby very much, but that’s only because there isn’t one near me. But…that will be remedied by Memorial Day weekend and I AM STOKED about it 🙂 They have a HUGE assortment of faux florals and I’m really excited to be able to shop it in person very soon so stay tuned for lots of product from Hobby Lobby in the future.

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Fajita Steak Salad

Steak Fajita Salad

Hawaii is 2 weeks away!! AND it’s our first trip without Landon. I have never been away from him overnight. At first, as the trip got closer and closer I was having SO much anxiety about leaving him. Mostly just because I’m such a control freak and he and I are with each other ALL THE TIME so I know what all his little gibberish and hand signals mean.

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DIY Candle Holder

DIY candle holder

Here comes another one of those DIY’s that is a result of me not being able to find exactly what I want in a store 🙂 Turned candle holders are hard to find, and tall turned candle holders, even harder. These little cuties are SO easy to make, I think I had them put together in about 10 minutes, then paint, sand and you’ve got yourself some new décor.

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Whip Cream Dyed Easter Eggs

whip cream easter eggs

We attempted to take Landon for photos with the Easter Bunny today. It wasn’t very successful. Landon was terrified! Like, whites of his eyes, fists clenched around his dad’s arms, high pitched scream, terrified. He wanted absolutely nothing to do with that bunny 🙂 I can’t blame him though, those Easter bunny costumes are scary!! Oh well, there’s always next year.

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Toddler Veggie Muffins

toddler veggie muffins

He is 16 months old, and I’m already hiding vegetables to get my toddler to eat them. Is that bad? 🙂 A lot of things I read about feeding toddlers said to give them a few foods at each meal and make sure that at least one of those foods is something they like. Well, my kid likes fruit, bread and cheese so…

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

chocolate covered strawberries

What is it about having kids that makes you want to celebrate ALL the holidays? Am I alone in this? I have never ever been a fan of Halloween or Valentine’s Day, but I was ALL about a Halloween costume for the little guy a few months back and today I found myself wondering if I should make Valentine’s for Landon to give to a few people.

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China Hutch Upcycle

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I didn’t actually realize how long this project had been in the works until I sat down to write about it. For those who follow me on Instagram, you might remember the stories I posted about this hutch. I found it last year in May and HAD to have it. The problem, it is HUGE, weighs a ton and we don’t have a truck to haul it with.

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Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

crispy baked buffalo chicken wings

Anyone else feel just a little bit relieved when you’re husband’s favorite football team isn’t playing in the Superbowl? Don’t get me wrong, I always hope for the Seahawks to win every week and make it to the big game but the couple of times they have made it, my husband has literally been a WRECK for at least a week before the game. Like, stressed out, reading every article, re-watching old games, can’t sleep the night before, WRECK. Please tell me I’m not the only one here!! So, while I wish the Seahawks would have a killer year every year and make it to the Superbowl, I’m not made about the lack of stress in my house 🙂

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DIY Front Door Decor

spring front door decor

I picked up these faux fern sprays from Michaels in the fall and haven’t used them until now. They are pretty large and bushy and I was struggling to find a bucket, basket or pot that they looked natural in, nothing was really working until I came across this hanging olive bucket at The Urban Coop. If you live in the Portland, OR area, love farmhouse style and haven’t been to this little shop, I HIGHLY recommend making a trip. It is the cutest little shop with beautiful items and I have to stop myself from buying too many things each time I go.

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

slow cooker chicken burrito bowl recipe

I went to Trader Joe’s for the first time EVER not too long ago. I know, I know…I live under a rock or something. #1 I was SHOCKED at how low my total was at checkout. Especially since I got what was on my list as well as about 10 different recommendations from people on Instagram. #2 The Cookie Butter Cookies are LIFE CHANGING! Thanks, but not really, to my sister for that rec. Pretty sure my hips have gained 10 lbs just from those little gems. #3 Their frozen organic brown rice is the ultimate time saver for weeknight dinners. I have been using that and the frozen cauliflower rice religiously. Literally, 3 minutes in the microwave and DONE!

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

double chocolate zucchini bread

Happy new year everyone!! What did everyone do to celebrate?? We had a very low-key night, stayed in, finally finished watching Stranger Things 2 and I nursed a cold. I have to say, I’ve been so lucky and somehow haven’t gotten sick since before I was pregnant. But this on is a doozy. And sadly, Landon has it as well 😦 It’s one thing for me to be sick, to be able to take medicine or use whatever remedies I feel like trying but it’s so hard to see him sick when there is so little I can do for him. Fingers crossed it doesn’t last much longer.

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Christmas Cookies

christmas cookies

Merry Christmas weekend friends!!! Who is still scrambling last minute to get things done? Me, always. I wanted to post a quick tutorial on my Christmas cookies because I’m pretty impressed with how they turned out, especially for a first timer on the frosting piping bag! Real talk…I DID NOT make these from scratch. I went straight for the Pillsbury sugar cookie dough from the refrigerated aisle and Betty Crocker vanilla frosting out of the can because, sorry, but mama’s got no time for “made-from-scratch” this year. 🙂 Where I spent my time was on the fun frosting! And is so much easier than it looks as long as you have frosting bag and plain round size 5 frosting tip.

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Holiday Cards

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Let’s be clear…I am by NO MEANS a johnny-on-the-spot, efficiently organized, if-you’re-on-time-you’re-late person…AT ALL! I mean, Christmas is 7 days away and I did the bulk of my gift shopping online last night. I’m a last minute, rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off, study 1 hour before a test kind of person. Always have been, probably always will be. Every year I tell myself that I’m going to be organized about our Christmas cards and get them out early. This was not that year. But…once again, thanks to Shutterfly, I had the cards ordered one morning while I drank my coffee and watched the munchkin play with his toys. The whole process took me about 15 minutes. Just pick your card design, upload your photo and boom! Holiday card perfection! There are so many layouts to choose from, with 1 photo or multiple photos, front and back designs and customizable text boxes so you can simply say “with love…” or write a little note to your loved ones about the highlights of your year.

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Christmas Table Décor

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Anyone else feel like Christmas is just sneaking up on us? How is December already halfway over?!?! I had all my decorations out the weekend of Thanksgiving, and somehow, I’m still not done decorating everything! Could it be because I keep redecorating areas I’ve already decorated? Hmm…

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Holiday Wood Sign

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So many cute holiday signs out there this year. I saw so many different versions, I couldn’t decide which one to buy. Finally, I saw one that I liked, it was on the Instagram account of a local boutique that I follow. The problem, the actual boutique is not very close to where I live and the thought of making the trip, in recent weeks, just didn’t seem that fun. Why is it that I’m so willing to drive anywhere and everywhere in the summer but not in the winter? It’s gotta be the weather. I am NOT a cold weather fan. Continue reading

DIY Holiday Wreath

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So, this was not a project or post I had planned on, it pretty much happened on accident while I was decorating the mantle today. I had a different plan as to what I was hanging above the mantle and hated how it turned out so I started over and this is what I came up with. I actually LOVE how this wreath turned out and wanted to share with you how simple it was.

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DIY Baby Gate

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Ok…let’s get something out of the way. November kicked my butt. Big time. I took this break from blogging to get my stuff together, get organized, be more consistent. And, October was great! I posted consistently, I was happy with what I was posting. Then, November happened. Halloween (ok, that’s October, but still) and DIY Halloween costumes, Landon’s first birthday and a fun party to celebrate him (where I may or may not have gone a bit overboard with the theme and décor), a trip to California for a family wedding which included Landon’s first airplane ride, and was promptly followed by his first cold, and then Thanksgiving. Continue reading

Landon’s “Wild One” Birthday

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I thought I would jump on here while Landon is napping to share what has been keeping me so busy this last week. Our little guy turned 1, so naturally, I had to throw a party. Granted, this was more of a party for the grown ups than for the kids as there were only 5 kids there…oops. But, after our first year as parents, I think all parents deserve a party 🙂

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