Freebie Printables

Why, Hellooo! Don’t get too excited. Though I have some tantalizing topics written down on my “blog to-do list” this is just a simple freebie printable post. I simply just didn’t want to forget to share it. Lately, I have been forgetting everything! Really.

My daughter’s birthday party was last weekend, so naturally today, I had her sit down and write her thank you cards. My niece sent us one after her birthday from Tinyprints that was so cute and when I opened it, I said, “ooh, I can make that.” So I did.

The Tinyprints version

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and my version

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It is a 5×7 file, and if you wish to use it for your own little’s thank you’s, feel free.

I love how they get to add their personality to each one, without frustrating the heck out of them from having too much to write. We have very large birthdays so this fill-in style works great for my family. Hopefully for your kiddos too.

Here is the printable file – thank you card

I just had my local print shop print them, because I do not have a working color printer, but even that only cost $6.

Mere pennies to it its Tinyprints counterpart.

Well, at least I can check one thing off my “blog to do list” and hope to get better organized with my recent  “Passion Planner” purchase. It is my hope that this slightly expensive leather life planner will help me follow through with my thoughts, tasks, goals, business plans, and to-do’s. It is formatted exactly how brain works, so how can it not!?

I have only been searching for something like this my whole adult life! A shout out to my bestie Lauren for telling me about it! Yay!

They too offer free downloads if you wish to try out the layout.

If you order one, let me know. Maybe our brains are more alike then I thought? I even saw Pinterst boards dedicated to Passion Planners and how to make them adorable and functional.

Right up my alley!

Enjoy my friends.

Magazine Mom



After becoming a parent of a “first grader” last week, and watching my kiddos grow exponentially before my eyes, I find myself cherishing the ‘kid’ in them.

I relish the innocence,
the care-free lifestyle,
being able to poop in a public restroom without worry, and even sing while doing it (witnessed this last weekend),
saving water bottle caps to use them as tables for trinkets you treasure,
playing dress-up and shooting toy guns out the window while driving down the liberal streets of Davis (and not get arrested),
becoming instant friends with fellow people your size,
having sandwiches in the shape of hearts and love notes in your lunchbox,
and believing in the impossible.

I am blessed with two creative children who’s imaginations are infectious.

I can’t help but foster their beliefs of mythical creatures like unicorns, fairies, dragons, the tooth fairy, elves, mermaids, and vampires.

Isn’t it wonderful to be a kid?

I honestly still think of myself as one. I am waiting for the day, when I don’t.


My daughter offers me many challenges, with her ever-so-unpredictable moods and rude behaviors, but what I appreciate so much about her and her “kookiness”, is her creativity and her passion for her beliefs. Rational or not.

Awhile back, she asked for a fairy garden, which I was happy to appease. I like mythical creatures just like the rest of us. So we made one. This one.


Since then, we have moved it into the backyard and the size has significantly increased.

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getting started

and now, after several attempts to plant fresh flowers (and watch them die), we took a trip to the Dollar Store to plant “fake” flowers (her genius idea).

taking pride in her work
taking pride in her work

You may have noticed, the previous fence, like its dying flower cohorts, did not withstand the test of time. So, it has now been replaced with a Popsicle stick masterpiece.

Again, her idea.

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It turned out pretty cute.

I think my favorite is her sign that reads, ” Welcome Fairies to the Fairy Garden.”

Because her beliefs and creativity are so infectious, my mom’s boyfriend, jumped on the “fairy” bandwagon, so to speak, and found a website that caters to it.

He bought her the travel trailer and a lot of other adorable pieces to complete the “trailer lifestyle.” It created the story of the traveling fairy, “Nettle” that was trying to find her permanent home.

Last night, Nettle decided to make our garden, her permanent residence, with another generous and adorable purchase from Gene (my mom’s boyfriend).

This morning when my daughter woke up, it was the first thing she noticed.

She was beaming!

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She immediately began constructing a bed for Nettle out of Popsicle sticks, a scrap piece of wood, and cotton balls.

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Last night, after some typical night time routine arguing, and parental yelling, I put the house out in the garden. My hubby said, “Why are you rewarding her behavior?”

My reply, “It is not about rewarding, it is about believing!”

He couldn’t argue with that.

All the chaos, crappy things that happen during the day, yelling, defiance, and stress, all goes away with believing.

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She believes in Nettle.
She believes in magic.
She believes that her sign made it happen,
and she believes in herself.

I believe in letting my kids be kids, for as long as they’ll let me.

What more can you ask for?

Magazine Mom

Per * se * revere

Seriously? Has it been 7 months since my last blog post and depressing tearful confession? What on earth have I been doing!?  I guess I should give myself some credit. I have done a lot in these last months.

I co-planned my daughters school auction, which was a totally tubular success, dude! We managed to come in $3,000 under budget, raised the most money (yet), got the majority of the people drunk, and got to see everyone dressed in 1980’s clothes. Rad, right?

me and my awesome hubby
me and my awesome hubby

Oh, and I got to crimp my hair. What could be better?

Aside from party planning, my other favorite pass time, I have been a re-decorating machine.

My kiddos pre-school is a very old, school. I have been wanting to remodel the adult bathroom there (well everything, really, but I had to start somewhere) since the first time I laid eyes on it 3 years ago. Luckily, a dear friend and fellow school mom also had the same idea. So we gathered up the hubby’s and got to work. Well, lets just say, our brains got to work, and the hubby’s hands got to work.

I had an idea to have each family paint a mini canvas, whatever they wished (an idea I stole from Yolanda from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and create a mosaic wall as the bathrooms vocal point. I wanted to keep it clean, fresh and whimsical. After all, it is a preschool bathroom.

I absolutely adore how it turned out.

My intent for mounting them on plywood, is that as the years go on, they can have other classes partake and rotate the child’s art, and decorating a whole wall inside the school with these works of art. Who knows if it will happen, but the intent is there. It will be up to other overachieving moms and dads to keep it up 🙂

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I think the sun light on the ceiling is my favorite part. Thank you, Ikea.  I realize the rest of the bathroom is almost impossible to see (do to shotty photography on my part), and the custom cabinetry my hubby did is not even in the photos, but you get the idea. My only regret, is that we did not take a before and after photo. You will just have to take my word for it, that it was bad…really BAD, before. Now, lets just say, everyone takes a little more time to go to the bathroom.

The problem with fixing something like this up, it makes you realize all the other projects you want to do around your own house.

So, instead of not doing anything about it, I got to work.

I have not really loved the color of my living room, since, well  never. The problem is, it is such a tricky room because the lighting is different on all the walls, and the main wall continues into the kitchen with no real end place. Therefore, you must love the color so much, you want it in your kitchen too.

Thus the hunt began.

I kind of just wanted to keep it simple and use a color I already had. To save money and time…why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to.

So I put up my master bedroom color on the wall for a patch test.


It seems to pass, so why the heck not. Two galloons, and two days later the room was transformed. Not sure in a good way. The color was simply to cool, and too blue. Great for a bedroom, not for my living room and kitchen.

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You can see the previous tan color in the photos as well, which highlighted my dislike for the color even more. However, quiet moments was not the answer. I did complete all the walls and sat with it for a week before coming to this conclusion.

Meanwhile in that week, I painted, and repainted my bathroom.

I posted these pictures on Facebook with the caption “Am I crazy? Darn you Pinterest for “inspiring” me to spend an entire week re-painting my house room by room. Coral it is for this bathroom.

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As it turns out. I am crazy. Shocking, I know.

So, I used the cream color I had just painted in my hallway the day before,

new hallway art too
new hallway art too


ditched the new pop art shower curtain (I still love it, I just have another use for it up my sleeve) changed out the light fixture, put up a picture of the kiddos (since this will be their bathroom one day) and voila!

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To be honest. it is still not perfect. I am sure one day I will find the perfect color and re-paint it. But for now, it is sooo much better than “Coral Gables.”

I did find a great use for the coral paint though.


A nightstand re-do. Not quite ready to show it in the space…I am still working out a pillow problem in the master bedroom. I admit, I am obsessed with pillows. Not sure why, or what to do about it. I just can’t get enough of them, and I am constantly rearranging them.

I told you I was crazy.

Well, I finally sucked it up, realized I needed to repaint the living room and kitchen, again, and I did. I persevered.

In this case, I per-se-revered with Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter.”

Dork. I know.

If you are a Pinterest crusader such as myself, you have become very familiar with the color. I think it is currently the most popular color sold, and pinned.

I absolutely love it! It is a great warm neutral that just allows a great back drop to any room. To be honest, it almost goes away, and to be honest, that is exactly what I wanted. A color that lets everything stand out.


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out with the cool blue and in with the warm elegance

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Sorry for the nighttime photos but I really didn’t want to delay blogging any further. You understand.

I think the best part of the new space is the gallery wall.

Of course I have always wanted one, but I was intimidated by the placement, hanging and potential hole filled wall I would leave behind from my constant mind changing and lopsided mounting.

Fear not, friends. Thanks to Pinterest, and my Molly (as a team we are “Moshley”) we cut craft paper to represent each frame, wrote the title of the picture on it (i.e. “Barn”) and even made marks on the outside of the paper where the hanging mechanisms were.

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Genius, right!?


I really need to work on my photography. I promise these are not crooked as they appear in this dark photo.

Completely satisfied…but friends it didn’t stop there.

I have been wanting a more functional office space for awhile now, and when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew this is what I wanted and needed.

After careful measurements and cost analysis, I realized it was perfect. I posted my office desk on Craigslist as a start.


Within two days, it sold for asking price and only $50 under what I bought it for  years ago. Can’t beat that. It was super smart thinking on my part because though hubby was on board, he always needs an extra push to get going.

I would like to report, my master bath is still not done. I promise to show you its ‘progress’ soon.

Anywho, I absolutely LOVE the office. I find myself starring at it all the time, and it feels so good that the whole family can enjoy it, at the same time!


Classic. Beautiful. Functional.

Just like I like it.

More house stuff to come soon…I am not done yet.

After all, I must persevere.


Hope you likey!

Magazine Mom


Day 31: behind the black door ~ lights out

This 31 day journey, behind the black door, ends tonight…as well as the Halloween hype. Starting tomorrow, the stores will be filled with Christmas décor, and I will be having dinner with friends, working on getting my social life back.

It has been a fun, and relatively short month, surprisingly. I am not really sure what my intent was titling this years, October blog challenge, “behind the black door,” but at the very least, you know me, and my home, just a little bit more. If that is the case, then mission accomplished.

I will leave you with pictures of me, and my families Halloween day adventures.

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Pink kitty strutting her stuff at the parade. If you haven’t noticed, I opted to drop the skirt…It took away from her kitty-ness. I found the tights last minute at Target to tie the whole look together.

Everyone LOVED her costume. Me included.

Elle with teacher Christina
Elle with teacher Christina


She looks a little more mouse than cat with that face, but I love it nonetheless

There is Harlan, stealing the show with his dancing, and making friends with Batman and a fellow pirate

Kitty-cat Elle with her dear friend, Emilie the witch
Kitty-cat Elle with her dear friend, Emilie the witch

my kiddos together, a rare photo moment
The Queen Bee herself, can’t get them together


Can you believe this is the one and only shot I have of me looking at the camera, and my eyes are closed?! Go figure…

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I get to put that, in my that?


My dad, “g-pa”, came along too. A treat in-and-of-it self.

By the way, not sure about in your town, but there were a lot of witches, and pirates in ours, so when I saw this costume, I was over joyed.

I actually asked her, If I could take a picture of her (while I was doing so, the boy was pushing her back in hopes of getting one of her balloons on her fall).

He didn’t really push her down, and If you haven’t guessed, it is from the movie, UP.


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I am still baffled how I ended up with a daughter who does not like taking pictures. It is beyond me.

Once we had enough stimulation, and candy, we were done…just so happened to be 4 o’clock.

Gosh, I love daytime trick-or-treating.

The evening ended with pumpkin carving with g-pa
IMAG2765IMAG2766I swear she had fun.

Till next time…


Magazine Mom

Day 29: behind the black door ~ you can call me queen bee…

And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll  rule
Let me live that fantasy…
and everyone who knows me knows…

I am not driving a Cadillac in my dreams – more like a Honda Pilot, or a Toyota SUV.

In all seriousness, I LOVE the song Royals, by sixteen-year-old Lorde. The song even inspired my costume this year. I don’t usually dress-up fantastically. In fact, I think I have used my daughters kitty-cat ears and tail left over from a previous years costume, but I did draw cat eyes, a nose and whiskers on my face.

Now mind you, this year is still not going to be elaborate, but fantastic, yes!

While on the inner-web the other day (twelve to be exact), I came across this DIY Queen Bee costume, and I immediately pinned it, with the comment, “yep…this is what I am going to bee. It reminds me of my favorite song too.”

What I love most about it, is it makes me smile. The costume (really just a fascinator) takes me to a happy place, driving in the car with my kiddos, and hearing my daughter sing,

gold teeth
grey goose
trip in the bathroom
we don’t care
were not caught up in your love affair

Maybe not so accurately, but needless to say, it is hysterically adorable. If she only knew what the words were really saying. Or, not.

That being said, I knew I had to make this. With my new-found, “I can make that!” attitude, I went to Michaels and bought all the stuff, and spent way too much on pom-poms and pipe cleaner. When did those get so expensive? Granted they were $7 all together, but geez. The Dollar store, did not have the colors I needed in the sizes I needed…surely, I tried there first.

Anywho, now that I finally had all the supplies I needed,

glue gun
pom-poms (large yellow, and small black)
2 black pipe cleaner
gold paper stock (I choose gold sparkle fantastic-ness)
black headband

I got to work…

I just followed the simple instructions the tutorial gave, and started with the crown. They even provided a printable crown template to make it that much easier.

Then I made the antennae, by twisting the black pipe cleaner around a pencil to make it twisty

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Well sort of, anyway. I had to improvise. There were not two large yellow ones. There was a medium and a large, so I had to cut down the large one to match the smaller one. If you look closely you can tell, but I am okay with it. I have learned to let go of details from time to time (sometimes).

With only two severe minor burns from the glue gun,

So cute, right?

But the buzz, didn’t stop there.

I decided to make a pin (brooch hair clip thing) to go along with the costume, instead of the shoe clips the tutorial gave.

I am not sure how I will use it, but I am sure I will share a photo of me, and my families costumes.

For now, my masterpiece will wait here at my vanity accessories station,

until Halloween…

Queen Bee (aka Magazine Mom)


This post is part of 31 day series. To read more and buzz along, click here.

Day 27: Behind the black door ~heavy equipment obsessed

My son is a boy. Not only because his chromosomes, and anatomy tell me so, he is a true – likes to get dirty, obsessed with anything with wheels, enjoys anything he can kick or throw, grunts when he sees heavy equipment, and plays with trucks, tractors and trailers every waking moment, BOY.

I would fool no one if I were conducting the next Baby X experiment. Maybe his hair, would fool the able minded.

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I must admit, I have just recently discovered the power of YouTube. I know, I am slightly behind the times, but I never really saw a use for it, until now. Hubby gets sucked in the “tube vortex” all of the time, so I guess I have always resented it. Now, I stick ‘the boy’ in front of the computer, with a drink and snack, and turn on heavy equipment videos. Just tractors in action. He LOVES it. I get to take a shower, do my make-up, and dry my hair, all in silence. Well, I occasionally have to get up to change videos, and I do hear an occasional grunt, but otherwise – pure bliss.

I probably shouldn’t be proud of my new-found babysitter, but I am.

I think it is better than half of the stuff on TV.

Granted, I do have to be careful…the other day he clicked on video that had some rather vulgar language…but it could have been worse. He may have found one his dads files. Hee hee.

Aside from his heavy equipment obsession, I can’t seem to get him to wear any shirts that do not have Thomas, of Thomas and friends, on the front (like shown above). I can sometimes distract him with a Dinosaur shirt if one of his three Thomas shirts are not available (aka, dirty). Crazy. Even my daughter isn’t that picky…he is not even two years old for crying-out-loud.

I do like that he knows what he likes. He gets that from me.

The other day, I picked up a plain long-sleeved t-shirt for him on the clearance rack at Target, with the intent of making it something great.

Can’t beat that.

Well, brand new anyway.

After I realized that I could trace directly from the computer screen, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I searched Google for some heavy equipment images, and I chose some that seemed best suited for a silhouette shape. Not a lot of details, but had strong graphics.

I got right to work.

Using the same technique I used to make the felt pieces for my kid’s school, I placed the shirt directly on the computer screen. The screen was wearing the shirt.

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I just took a chance on placement, and chose my favorite machines that I knew he would love.

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I LOVE how it turned out.

I, initially thought, I would fill in the shapes, but after completing them all, I love the modern vintage feel they bring in sketch form.

Don’t you?

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A big thanks to my friend, Esther (Happy Birthday!), who inspired me to make shirts for my son using a sharpie.

Her sons have many “Esther originals,” and I love the humor, originality, and love that they emulate.

I have got say, it feels good to use my creativity in different ways.

I wonder what I will do next?

Magazine Mom


To see what else has taken place behind the black door, click here.

Day 25: Behind the black door ~ bee-ing busy has left me feeling sheepish

Wow, it has been a busy day, hence why I am just starting to blog, and it is, oh, 10 o’clock pm. I seriously don’t know how people with more than two kids under the age of 5 do it. I mean, the school drop-off’s and pick-ups are enough to do you in, let alone all the ‘extra curricular activities.’ Friday’s are for sure, my busiest. I drop off my daughter at preschool at 9:00 am,  with ‘the boy’ in tow. I try to get out of there as fast as I can because siblings are not supposed to play and we are advised to keep them by our side, the whole duration of drop-off and pick-up. Yeah, right. If you have met my son, you understand why this is nearly impossible. He beelines straight to the heavy equipment “Tonka” toys, or the trains, or the large fire trucks, or the art table, or the sand box….you get the picture. Today, I just let him play for awhile why I chatted with a mom about blankets (lovies, or as we call them, ‘night nights’). It was quite the comical conversation, especially since I told her I have met a few adults (like in their 30s) who still sleep with them. Sorry, if you are one of them. I am sure there is hope for you yet. Needless to say, I enjoyed the talk, and we are already planning our weaning process and saving money for their therapy.

On Fridays, after I carry him out, crying, we head off together to the gymnastics facility for his “Diaper Daredevils” class. I have a few ‘mommy group’ friends and their sons in the class with me and Harlan, so it is always fun to watch our ‘second batch’ grow up together like our firsts did. It is a lot fun, for all of us, except for the part, my son pushes down his classmates. He is showing signs of improvement. Today it was only 3 kids, last week it was 5. Sigh.

After class, we always hang out outside the building and chat and have snacks to burn up time before we have to pick-up our older kids from preschool. Today was extra nice. The conversation was great, the child interaction was amazing, and It made me feel very fortunate and happy to have this time and moments with my son, and my friends.

Then I picked up my daughter, and managed to carry the boy out, without crying, (yay!), and headed home for a playdate with my dear friend, and my daughters best friend. It was a perfect afternoon. Until it had to end, because we had to head back to preschool for my sons turn at his sisters school. I do, “playgroup” with him on Fridays for an hour and half, and my daughter comes with us for the afterschool program there as well. Ay yi yi…it is a lot for one day. The driving alone.

It is all worth it though. I love their school, and because I love their school, I decided I would help my sons teacher make felt pieces for story time. The twelve kids all want to be able to hold a felt piece and participate during nursery rhymes, so she asked for some volunteers to make enough pieces for all the kids, for every story. I jumped at the chance. My daughter is obsessed with felt boards, and in turn, I have become a huge fan myself, so I love the idea of knowing that my felts will be used for many years to come. The school just celebrated its 65th anniversary, so I hope these felts can be used for 65 more.

I am in charge of ‘twinkle, twinkle, little star”, “Baa Baa black sheep”, and “Here is the beehive”. Twelve stars, twelve black sheep , twelve bumble bee’s, and a beehive. Simple enough.

I went to Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. What did I ever do before Pinterest? I shudder to think.

Once I pinned a few things, I went to Michaels to buy felt, and got started.

I had an ingenious thought (I do that from time to time). Why not trace the images straight from my computer screen, onto the felt to ensure precision and uniformity? So, I did. Hubby saw me doing it, and said I was “cheating.” I told him, “it is NOT cheating… it is genius.” He only wishes he had thought of it first.


from start to finish
from start to finish

Of course, my daughter already put the bee’s to good use on one of her own felt boards.

I am really quite proud of the way they turned out.
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I will say, the sheep are a little more challenging. I could not trace on the black, so as you can see. I did one in yellow, and had to trace it to the black. They definetly do not come out as uniformally shaped as I would like, but I have to let go of details sometimes. Right? I mean, I could have made them extra fancy If I actually knew how to sew…but I happen to think they are pretty cute as is.

Now, I am really exhausted.

I am off to count sheep, and catch some well deserved, Zzzzzzzzzz’s.

Magazine Mom


To read more about the random things that goes on “behind the black door”, click here.

Day 23: behind the black door~ mood bored?

I have always wanted to do a mood board, and quite frankly, today I was bored, well just procrastinating doing the things, I SHOULD be doing, so I figured today would be the day, I would make one. I found this tutorial on the information super highway. I can’t even tell you how excited I am.

We are remodeling our master bath, and I have always wanted to make an inspiration/mood board for our design choices and ideas, but had NO idea how to do it, other than clipping magazine pictures, and gluing them on a display board. In fact, when I told hubby I was making a “mood board” he had no idea what I was talking about. When I described it, he thought it would be on poster board.

Until reading the tutorial, I completely forgot about Picasa as a photo editing option. After all, it is the program I used to make my “Magazine Mom” logo. I just haven’t used it since my recent Picmonkey obsession…but wow, is it user-friendly.

I searched google images for products that I know we have purchased for our bathroom, and things similar to what hubby will be making himself. He is a master craftsman, and vexingly, has to make everything, himself. Sigh. I guess that is why this bathroom has been demoed for almost 3 years, and has been ‘actively’ being remodeled for about two. But really, almost nothing has happened since before my son was born in January of last year. In fact, if anything it has regressed. Hubby ripped out the new wall, to put in a ‘tankless’ toilet (which he got at a garage sale brand-new for $10), only to discover he would have to re-plumb the main sewer line and reframe both bathrooms, since they share a wall. Now, there is just a very large whole in the wall to remind us of ‘what could have been.’

The space is small. Really small. Bigger than my shoe, but not by much. We pushed out the wall into our bedroom to gain about 2 feet, which helps, but we had to sacrifice bedroom space in the process.


I am okay with it. I don’t need much room to sleep. Really.

The shower is the part of this renovation, that I am most excited about.  Besides wanting to use the rain shower, I designed a unique-chic shampoo nook that I am very proud of. Instead of a standard rectangular, vertical one, I decided I wanted a horizontal one instead. I think it is a neat design element, and the glass accent tiles we choose, are going to make for that extra pop and pizazz I am going for.
To get myself, and hubby pumped for the completion of this ongoing project, I think a mood board is the perfect idea. Plus, once I blog it, it has to happen. Right?

After following the simple instructions on the tutorial, I came up with this…



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Again, these are not all elements we are using, but a general idea of the feel and look we are going for.

What do you think?

Hopefully this post, will ignite the embers of the hot coal that has been burning under my hubby’s butt for nearly three years.

But like I always say, contractors families (especially the wives), are a LOT like the cobblers kids with no shoes.

I am still holding out for my Louboutin’s.

I will not be holding my breath. You shouldn’t be either.

the contractor’s wife (Magazine Mom)


this post is part of a 31 day series. To read more, and follow along, click here.

Day 22: behind the black door ~ spooktacular nails

Lately, I have been noticing that my daughter requires a lot less attention than she used to. This is good news, except, it easy for me to take advantage of it, which I have.

Everyday, after school, she goes to her room, closes the door, and plays with intricate toys in imaginary ways for hours. Each animal ‘trinket’ gets a chance to speak, and they answer one another, and before you know it, every toy trinket has its place on her bedroom floor, or in one of the 4 doll houses she owns (which rarely gets visits from actual dolls) chatting amongst themselves. It is really enjoyable to listen too, which I usually am, while I blog (at least for these last 22 days).

She does, eventually, come out of her room, and ask for lunch, which I then make. After she leisurely eats her culinary treat, while watching one of her favorite shows, she comes into the office, with me, and does some sort of artsy thing.

Yesterday, she painted a unicorn canvas that we picked up at the SPCA thrift store in town over the weekend for .50 cents.


Serious bragging rights. I think it turned out beautiful. She is only 4.5 years-old, and she stays in the lines when she colors, better than I do.

But today, was a little different. I could tell she needed some mommy and me time.  So, I decided to not write a post, and instead spend some  quality time with my adorable daughter.

When I asked her, “what she wanted to do,” she said, she wanted her nails done, in Halloween theme, and went into my room and brought me the colors she wanted out of my nail bag. Yes, I have a nail bag. It is pretty ratty too, because a few bottles have spilt inside it over the years…maybe for my birthday coming up I will buy one for myself (nudge-nudge, wink-wink).

Anywho, here is what she brought me to work with

All excellent choices.

She said she would like, “a ghost, a pumpkin and a kitty nail.” I did my best to deliver…

I realize it is not perfect, but I was using a toothpick, so it is amazing they turned out as well as they did.

The nails were super fun to do, because I could do a design on every nail…

If you can’t tell, there are creep eyes (black thumb you can’t see), a bat, a ghost, a jack-o’-lantern, and a boo nail. Of course I forgot to take a picture of the other hand, which had a few different variations of these.

a closer look
a closer look

I am sure all my hard work, will be chewed off tomorrow, so I thought I better share them with you, now.

Aren’t they spooktacular?

Magazine Mom

Ps. I will resume neglect tomorrow.


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Day 21: behind the black door ~ fairies

I have been wanting to make a fairy garden for my daughter for quite some time, but never really knew what to do, or how on earth to get it started. I needed an inspiration. Finally, I had one. My daughters preschool recently made this one
IMAG2321It is really super sweet, and the whole ‘planter box’ has become an “art garden” where children can leave their art work, of all kinds.

Awhile ago, we had a garage sale, and my mother-in-law, was getting rid of some of her sisters things, and she gave us this planter/bird bath thingy, to sell.


Of course, I fell in love. I kept it, knowing, I could use it for something, someday. Well, this weekend, was that someday.

It will make for the perfect fairy garden!

First things first, we needed a fairy. I went to Michaels, and used a 40% off coupon and got “Violet, the garden fairy.”

Next, we used child-labor to spruce up the fairies new home…

IMAG2561Who knew that there was beautiful copper underneath the years of wear? Hubby, did. It didn’t come out immaculate, but I like the old feel of it.

Now, it was ready for plants. My daughter and I, went to ‘Ace (Hardware) is the place’ and picked out some great succulents. She really wanted a cactus (like the one at her school), but she was not very fond of the ‘pricklies’, especially after her last ER visit. We did find this amazing little white cactus, that looks like a pouf. You know one of those home décor ball thingy’s that are WAY over priced. I don’t remember the name of it, so any gardeners’, please feel free to chime in.

here are the names, if you look closely
here are the names, if you look closely…REALLY closely

After asking my daughter where she wanted what plant, where, here is what we came up with
IMAG2567A really cool plant that looks like a flower, some moss, a tree like succulent, the little white cactus (plume), a pine cone she decorated, and an led light-up butterfly.

IMAG2580It has made a great addition to our front yard, and the fairy has kept “ghosty” company too

Most importantly, my daughter absolutely loves it. She just wonders why the fairy only comes to life when she is not looking. I told her, that is just what all creatures from “fairytale land” do.

One day, she will learn the truth, but for now, I love the innocence and imagination.

Pretty magical, uh?

How many people can say they have their own fairy garden? I bet not many of you now, but after reading this, maybe you will find a way to incorporate one in your garden.

Magazine Mom



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