Things I’ve learned {lately}

I’ve pretty much waved the white flag in defeat when it comes to finding the time to blog. I have, however, found the time to redecorate my kitchen nook {again}, repaint and restyle my hall bathroom {again}, get my Christmas cards out {relatively on time} and I even went with an unconventional selfie shot,0

finished getting albeit one Christmas gift, and host “Christmas” a bit early with my family this last weekend. I even managed to get my hair done beforehand. Shocker. So this weekend when my family asked me if I have blogged lately, wondering if they somehow missed it in their newsfeed, {ahem}, I realized it is time to step up my game, and get into a routine.

Lord knows I LOVE routine.

My friend, Nicole blogs every Friday with 5 things that inspired her, or noteworthy throughout her week. She has inspired me to do weekly “isms” of things I’ve have learned {lately} about myself, décor, parenting, etc. Seems manageable enough. Heck, I might even go as far as saying, every Monday.

Crazy talk, I know.

I have a few months of things I’ve learned {lately} so here it goes,

1. Head lice is like child leprosy. It could honestly have a post in and of itself, but I think you will all need manicures from the starching you will do on your head with its mere mention. Really. In fact, you have probably already scratched your head, and are one itch away from getting in your car and driving to buy lice treatment shampoo at your local pharmacy. Seriously. Luckily, only one member of my family got it, and it was in the early stages (in case you are googling it now.) DON’T worry friends and family who I just saw and are about too, this was months ago. Although, I am still in remission. I am waiting for the day, I am not paranoid about it. I can spot a ‘head scratch’ from miles away, and no matter what, I am going to think you have lice. Sorry. I totally understand if you want to cancel our playdate we have scheduled.

2. My children {and myself} can survive staying up past their 7:00 pm bedtime. I am happy to report we have let the kiddos stay up until 9 pm 3 times in the past month. Wowza. Living on the edge.

3. I am a cross between the “Constantly Volunteering Mom” and ” The Perfectionist Mom.”  I have a hard time not ‘offering my knowledge’ when I can, and saying no to the desperate email cries for volunteer help. Its a sickness. I have not officially joined the PTA {yet} but in 3 years, I will probably be the President. I am only slightly joking.
I do wear makeup everyday {despite living in Davis}, my nails are mostly painted,  and my kids most certainly have the monogrammed Pottery Barn backpack with matching lunchbox. My daughter is even getting a bigger and cuter one from Santa this year. Shh, don’t tell her. My car on the otherhand, is anything but sparkling clean.  I am just thankful that I am not the “Pajama Mom.” Though, I definitely see one everyday at drop-off.

4. Hiring a “handyman” despite having a licensed contractor for a husband is totally worth every penny. Hubby completely agrees. Things have actually been getting done around here. I might even get to do that master bathroom reveal blog soon. 5 years in the making.

5. Electronics in church is a God sent. Last night my daughter had her singing debut with the children’s choir at our local church. It was adorable and painful to watch, as my daughter nervously moved uncontrollably until find her inner diva and striking a pose on stage with the other k-6 children. My son had an even harder time sitting still during the late night production, until hubby turned Frozen on his phone. Thank you, YouTube. Jesus understands.

6. Oh, and as my friend Molly said to me last night, “I am that mom.” She was referring to the fact that I kept annoying waving at my daughter on stage, and If I actually knew the words to the songs she was singing I probably would have been in the front row enthusiastically lipping them to my daughter. I discovered, I am a bit of a stage mom. Just a bit. Good thing my daughter has expressed interest in pageants or ballet.

7. Kids actually like having a babysitter. It has been 5 1/2 years since I became a mom, and it wasn’t until VERY recently that we had anyone other than family to watch our kiddos. Shocking, right!? I guess we really are neurotic parents. Yes, mom, you were right. Now that we have crossed over to the child-free side, there is no turning back. In fact, I think I will text the sitter now to set something up.

Hallelujah.

Till next time, friends.

Xoxo,
Magazine Mom

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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!?

Sometimes.

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.

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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!

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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!

XOXO,
Magazine Mom

 

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.’
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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.

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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.
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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.

Xoxo,
the contractor’s wife (Magazine Mom)

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