Thursday, August 30, 2012

{being the new kid}






yesterday my "little" einstein started 4th grade *gasp*.
 
yesterday was not only his first day of 4th grade, but it was also his first day at his new school.
 
third grade was a very tough year for my "little" einstein. he was stuck in a school that played favorites, with a teacher who cared more about what you thought about her than actually teaching and caring for the students. and so, towards the end of the school i was searching for a new school for my dear einstein. after a rather disappointing search, i was about ready to give up when i was told about a private christian school not too far from my house. after meeting the princple and touring the school, einstein and i were sold. we applied that same week and two weeks later we found out he was accepted. 

all the things i had wished his old school had, his new school did. his new school offered so much more i was blown away. I was so excited for my "little" einstein to start school...i couldn't wait to see how happy he would be. unfortunately, einstein did not feel teh same way. 

the anxiety of being the new kid at school weighed heavily on my einstein. and the anxiety of being the parent of the new kid weighed heavily on me. his last school was very clickish...amoung the parents and children alike. his kindergarten year, many parents would not talk to my husband and i because they thought we were too young. the other parents would make negative comments about our age. the only thing I felt i could do, was just to give it God. He was the only one would could take away our anxiety and give us peace.

 the fear that would happen again almost made me back out of family picinic, but i'm so glad i didn't. within minutes of arriving a  nice woman adopted einstein and i and it made her mission to find 4th grade boys to introduce to einstein. by the end of the picnic, shane was not only playing, but i had to drag him away so we could go home. the next day was the first day of school and most of einstein's anxiety had melted away and so had mine.  when i picked him up from school, einstein was full of smiles. he couldn't stop telling me how great everything was--the kids were nice, the teachers cared--he loved his new school and couldn't wait to go back the next day.

being the new kid can be overwheliming sometimes, but when you give those feelings of anxiety to the Lord, He gives peace and blessings. being the new kid is hard, but sometimes it turns out to be the best thing. 

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Monday, August 27, 2012

{pops of yellow}



pops of yellow

Color can make or break your space.
 
Pops of color act like frosting to your space--they make your room just a bit sweeter. When adding pops of color to your room, it is important to remember that they are just that--pops of color--and should not take over your space, instead they should appear in little "pops" here and there. They are there to add that finished look. You do not want them to take over the story of your space.
 
When designing your space pick your primary color palette. For instance, my room living is made up of greys, blues, and browns. My pops of color are yellows and golds--colors that compliment, yet contrast with my primary color palette.  

My mood board above shows some examples of how I plan on incorporating my pops of color into my living room. Pillows are great way to add a pop of color, especially when the sofa is dark like mine, they are versatile and can be used throughout your sapce. Art work is another great to add that "pop" its adds a sense of sofistication. Accessories such as vases and clocks are another fun way to add that special "pop", especially when accessorizing a bookshelf or curio cabinet.

Pops of color are fun and add to the story of your space. Make sure to keep them as little pops here and there--don't let them take over and steal the show.



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Friday, August 24, 2012

{coffee date::a week of firsts}


 
 
 
 
Photo: In the ER with my little princess. http://instagr.am/p/OmmXumxMD8/



for this week's coffee date i would take you to my new favorite coffee house that I recently discovered. ironically, i have yet to try their coffee, but based on the other things i've tried i'm betting it's pretty awesome.
 
if we were having coffee today, i would tell you that this week has been a week of firsts--some i expected and some i didn't. this week was supposed to be a fun-filled, packed to the max, last week before school--yet, God had other plans.
 
if we were having coffee today, i would tell you that my little princess went swimming for the very first time this week. i wasn't quite sure how she would like...well, she loved it. she treated the pool like it was a big bath tub. she splashed and played the entire time...she had a blast. and after swimming, she enjoyed a refreshing little snack of watermelon. how cute is her *little* belly.
 
Photo: After swimming treat http://instagr.am/p/OkSkODRMFB/
 
if we were having coffee today, i would tell you that the day after our fun-filled afternoon swimming, i found myself in the ER with my baby girl. i never imagined to find myself there, but that's where i spent most of my day. my dear little princess had an allergic reaction to some food that she had eaten for breakfast. what was supposed to be an impromptu, fun breakfast at ihop turned into a mad dash to the ER. thankfully, her reaction disappeared as fast as it had appeared. i left the hospital with a hungry little girl and a fist full of medicine.
 
if were were having coffee today, i would tell you that i had, my first ever, google chat this week. i had the pleasure of chatting with the sweet Alissa from Rags to Stitches. she is super sweet, with a heart of gold, and full of sage advice. she is the host of the weekly coffee dates, so if you haven't met her already, make sure to hop on over to her blog.
 
if were having coffee today, i would tell you that God has really been working on my heart and teaching me to be a better listener. one thing in particular that He has been teaching me is that i need to listen to Him the first time he tells me something, not the fifthteenth...ironically, this is something i have been trying to drill into einstein's head. maybe i should practice what i preach and be an example--God seems to never stop teaching me something in one way or another.
 
if were having coffee today, i would tell you that i am a bit apprehenisive about next week. next week is a big week--einstein starts 4th grade at his new school. there is still so much to do in preparation, like buy his uniforms *gasp*, but i know we will get it all done.

if were having coffee today, i would tell you that i am kinda excited about all the things i have planned for this weekend...nothing very big and exciting, just stuff i had to put off because of school. i also want to tell you how much i enjoy our coffee dates...i look forward to them every. it's so nice to know that i have a friend ready and waiting to listen to me babble...so, how are you? any big plans for the weekend?

today i am linking up with Alissa from Rags to Stitches.
 
 
 
 
 


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

{making your home your own::from frame to chalkboard}



i decided to start my {making your home your own} series with one of my first and favorite projects--the framed chalkboard.
 
this project starts with a frame...it could be any kind of frame--big or small. I chose this frame. I have had it for a while and i hadn't found the perfect picture for it, so i decided to turn it into a chalkboard. {and if you didn't know already, i am obsessed with anything chalkboard}
 
 


I decided to use form core for the chalkboard part because i have lots of it, but you can use anything that is sturdy and fits in your frame. {note: thick cardboard works well too}
 
 


take the glass from your frame and trace it on your foam core to make the chalkboard insert. with an exacto knife, carefully cut along your tracing.
 


next, in a well-ventitilated area, lay out some newspaper and spray an even coat of chalkboard paint. Let it dry for an hour and then spray another coat. Let it dry over night in a dust-free area. {note: I highly suggest using chalkboard spray paint because it's easy, fast and won't soak through.} Once dry, if there are any dust specks, light rub off with a piece of newspaper.
 
Finally, pop your chalkboard insert into your frame and hang.
 




One thing that i love this project is that it's versatile and chic. This piece is one that can be in any room and fit in with any decor. it's a last piece that does not cost very much to make.
 
a couple months after making this chalkboard frame i decided i wanted to move it from the kitchen to the living room. and so i decided to paint the frame so it would better suit the living room.
 
 

one of the keys to {making your home your own} is to have quality pieces which are timeless and versatile and can be used in other parts of the house.
 
because i had most of the supplies on hand, this little project only cost me $5.76--the cost of the chalkboard paint. 


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

{coffee date::head in the sand}


Photo: Having the ttime of her life http://instagr.am/p/OZ_HoIxMK6/


if we were having coffee today, i would take you to my favorite coffee place in whole the world--Busters! I would get my favorite drink, a cappuccino float--ice cold cappuccino with two big scoops of coffee ice cream, topped with a dollup of whip cream--perfect for a hot day like this. I would also get a piece of their amazing short bread...it's the best i've ever had, you gotta try some. 

if we were having coffee today i would tell you, i don't know how i made it through last week if it weren't for the grace of God. I had only a week to catch up on 4 weeks of statistics homework and tests. let's just say there were long nights (staying up to till 4am to 5am in the morning), gallons of coffee, and my head buried in a book. but alas, i made it through and ended up passing the class with flying colors.

if we were having coffee today, i would tell you it so nice to be out and about. last week, i was so focused on my homework that i felt like i had my head in the sand. sure the kids and i went out and did things--like tour the queen mary and go to the beach--but knowing i was coming home to statistics, made the ride home bittersweet.

Photo: Water baby http://instagr.am/p/OZ_COtRMK1/

if we were having coffee i would tell you, that my sweet little princess has been teething--teething severely. she is getting all her molars in at once. and my sweet little princess has lost some of her sweetness because of this. I hate seeing her in so much pain and discomfort. this is when being a momma is hard--not being able to take away my child's pain, breaks me heart. i am hoping that her molars pop out soon, because i miss my little sweetness.

if we were having coffee i would tell you, that einstein is starting school next week. not only is starting school next week, but he is also going to a new school. the beginning of the school year is always a little hard for him, he gets a lot of anxiety and has trouble sleeping. please keep him in your prayers and the first day of school approaches. and i have to admit, part of me is really gonna miss having him around.

if we were having coffee i would tell you that we are trying to make the most of our last week of freedom before school starts. this is our last week of sleeping in and staying up late. it's our last week of going out and having fun without a care in the world. it's our last week of no cubscouts, meetings or sports. it's our last week to just be free.

if we were having coffee i would tell you that God has been teaching me and showing me alot this week. one thing He has put on my heart is the desire to help and serve others. I am not quite sure how He wants me to do this yet, but I am praying He guides and directs in the way He wants me to go.

if we were having coffee i would tell you, that i have some big things in the works...one of which is a new blog to futher build the blogging community. it is something i am really excited about and i hope to get under way soon--Lord willing.

if we were having coffee i would tell you, that i am going to just soak up this time i have off until school starts. I am going to get organized, sew, make new pieces for the shop, and soak up my family as much as possible.  



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Friday, August 10, 2012

{coffee date:: growing pains }




if we were having coffee today i would show you my new mug that my ltitle sister gave me for my birhtday last month. it's the perfect piece to my coffee mug collection.

if we were having coffee today i would tell you that this has been a very interesting week. this week it finally hit me that einstein will be going back to school soon--just three short weeks! and this time it is hitting me harder than last year. i think part of it has to do with the fact that he is going to a new school and all the comes with it. my momma's heart is heavy. my desire is for this school to embrace him and to see him as the gift that he is. I want him to thrive and succeed in ways he never has before.

if we were having coffee today i would tell you this week has been a bit of an eye opener for me. God has been stretching me in all kinds of way this week. and i must admit it has not been easy, but in the end i know all these "growing pains" are worth it. when these growing pains become too much to bare He whispers in my ear:

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it
philippians 1:6

it is such a relief, to know that even when i faithless, He still remains faithful...what a wonderful God we have!

if we were having coffee today, i would tell you i cannot wait for this heat to be over, and yet i want it to last as long as possible.

if we were having coffee today i would tell you that i plan on making the most of these last weeks with einstein. we are going to pack in the fun. and so far this week we have. we went to the beach, the hollywood bowl, the mall and back to school shopping...i'm tired just listing it all. next week will be another week of fun, but maye a little toned down.

if we were having coffee today, i would tell you i am exited for august and all that it holds. 

if were were having coffee today what would you share with me?


 
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

{guest posting over at naptime diaries}

Just stopping in to let you know I am guest posting about being a {recovering worry wart} over at naptime diaries...be sure to say "hi" to jessi and check out her wonderful blog!

See you back here tomorrow for our coffee date!


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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

{dancing to her own tune}


Photo: Her latest fashion accessory http://instagr.am/p/N5CqdjRMLt/



this is my girl. and yes, that is a bucket on her head. my girl is spirited. she does what she wants, when she wants too!

 I admire her tenacity. I am excited to see what God has in store for her as she gets older.

one thing about my girl that you must know is that she loves to dance. she will dance to any music, basically any sound--she even dances to the sound of the washer machine. she can be playing and if she hears music, she stops everything and starts dancing. and she will dance anywhere...in the car, in her highchair, at store, in a restaurant...and the list goes. she dances without abandon, regardless of anyone and their opinions. she dances for herself to her own tune. i admire this about her and my hope is to continue to nurture her individuality in this way as she grows up.

and for your enjoyment, here is a short little video of my girl dancing.

Monday, August 6, 2012

{a bit about me:: i heart decor}




i was inspired by Alissa's coffee date vlog to tell you a little bit more about myself. now, while i am not brave enough to do a vlog, just yet, i thought i would at least share a photo.

anyways, one thing about me, if you didn't know it already is that i love decor...maybe love is not the right word...no, i would say that i am obsessed about decor! it could be decor relating the home, office, or even a party...i don't care, i'm not picky...i love it all!

i love it so much so that a about five years i ago i went back to school just to learn more about it. and thus i am now a certified residential planner--basically jut a fancy way to say i can equipped to plan and decorate a home.

design is such a big part of my life. it always has been. even as a little girl i was obsessed with it. before i could start playing with barbies i had make sure that everything was designed just right. in fact, i remember one time i was so impressed with how i designed my barbie's bedroom that i took pictures of it so as to not forget it. a little strange i know, but my point is that decor is in my blood.

my picture of a fun friday night: reading my decor magazines. i know, i know i'm a nerd. but what can i say other than that i love decor.

yesterday, when my husband was going through the mail, i let out a big "WOOT"--scared the poor man--when i saw the new ikea catelog had come. i must say this catelog is one of my favorite things of summer. so, can you guess what i did tonight after the kids were in bed and i finished my homework? i sat down with an iced coffee and looked through the new ikea catelog=fun times!

this week i will be posting my first post, in the new series {making your home your own}--a series to dedicated to just that--making your home your own. it doesn't matter whether you rent or own, if you have lots of space or none at all, what matters is that it's yours.

so, that's a litte bit about me. till next time. 



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Friday, August 3, 2012

{coffee date::standing up for what I believe in}


Photo: The wait was 45 minutes, but worth it to support a worthy cause.


if we meet for coffee today, i would tell you how much I've been looking forward to today. i must admit i've missed you!

if we were having coffee today, i would be drinking a huge ice coffee because i have going to bed very late and i'm beyond tired.

if we were having coffee today, i would start off by telling you that life has thrown me a few lemons this week. some that have made me sour and others that i've turned into lemonade.

if we were having coffee today, i would tell you that today's post is probably one of the most difficult one's to write.

if we were having coffee today, i would tell you that i have something to share--something some people might like or agree with; but it is something i truly believe in and would like to share.

if were having coffee today, i would tell you how much i have wrestled with this post. fearing that if i write it, i might lose readers, even possibly friends.

if we were having coffee today, i would tell you that this week i took a stand for what i believe in. as you may or may not know, i am very shy and i do like confrontation. I would rather shy away and hide than deal with something head on. normally i keep my beliefs and feelings to myself, but this week the Lord spoke to me and told me stand up for HIm and what i believe in.

so, on wednesday, i stood up for what i believe in and ate at Chick-fil-a to support them in stand for traditional marriage. for more on the chick-fil-a controversy click here.

Photo: So worth the wait! @chickfila

now, like i said before, i am shy and i like to blend into the background...i like to offer support from the sidelines...i'm not one ot get involved. recently God has been showing me and teaching me alot about myself. and one thing He has laid on heart is that I need to stand up for Him more and not be afraid of what others will think or say about me.

i really struggle with people's opinion of me. and God is showing me that peoples's opinion of me does not matter. He is the only one who matters and his opinion of me is the only one that matters.

and so if we were having coffee today, i would encourage you listen to God voice and to not be afarid to stand up for Him as He calls you do so.


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