Being Brickner : October 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Girls Bathroom Makeover Update

We started the girls bathroom makeover back in June, and it is still not entirely complete, so let me preface this post by saying that this is indeed one of the longest house projects of all time.  We are forever battling the time issue (like there is never enough of it), with two full-time jobs and two kids, we are BUSY.  But I always try to remind myself that there will come a day when our babies aren't babies anymore, and they won't want to hang out with us, and then we will be sad and have all the time in the world.  So for now, we will embrace and love the crazy (and the constant to-do's that come with it!).

When we moved into our house four years ago, the hallway bathroom was a hot mess, a pretty horrible 80's style avocado green and a vanity that was not in the best condition.  But we had so much we wanted to do in other places of the house, so we pretty much put that project on the back-burner since it was still in working condition.  Fast forward to the end of last spring, we gutted it and started from scratch!   We are not planning on this being our forever home (mostly because we want to be in a more rural area of VB), so we did the updates pretty classic and mainstream to make it more marketable.  We went with a grey & white ceramic tile for the floors, a white subway tile for the wall by the bath tub, and painted the walls white with white trim.  I have this thing with white.  I really wanted pops of gold (although I'm not sure how smart that is for selling, I just couldn't resist), and we found some pretty affordable gold fixtures on Amazon.  Everything we have purchased up to this point is linked at the bottom of the post, I love how it just feels so clean and bright, with pops of color added in by the accessories!



My husband is currently building the vanity (we went with grey!) and I can't wait to share that, along with the lights and mirror we pick to go with it, after it is all complete.  For now, I am just happy that we have a place to give the girls a bath in again, I still cannot believe we made it through an entire summer with a two & five year old, and no working bath tub in the house!

Lastly, I wanted to share the sweetest line of spa products for little girls.  Poshy Girls recently sent us over the cutest spa kit, and the girls love it, mini facials sand pink glitter soap!!!!  The mini facial tub is pictured above in the last photo from the girls bathroom, it's a favorite at our house.  You guys must check them out, such fun products for little girls!  Happy week ahead, friends!

 Floor Tile -- Wall Tile -- Gold Fixtures -- Stool -- Shower Curtain -- Bath Tub 
(We got our tub in-store as the display model for $75, it was incredibly dirty and full of glass, so we bought it as is and cleaned it up!)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Five Fall Finds.

I can't even believe that October is over halfway over, where is the time going?!  As much as I'm ready to break out all the Christmas things, we are loving this time of year so dang much!!  Last weekend the weather finally cooled down, and in between some rainstorms, we were able to get out and explore and it finally felt like FALL!  Sharing five favorites for the season, I'm trying to hold out for all the holiday sales but goodness it is hard.

1.  I live in my green jacket each fall, and winter and spring, this one at Old Navy is so affordable and would go with everything.

2.  I got these boots for the girls last weekend, the pink lace details are just the sweetest and my favorite part!  I'm also eyeing these over the knee boots (for me!), love the color and they are currently 20% off.

3.  So much cuteness at Anthro right now, I just want to cuddle up in this throw forever!!  I'm also loving these bowls from their collab with Liberty of London.

4.  I can never get enough pairs of overalls, these are so good and perfect year round!!

5.  I recently teamed up with Atelier Kids on an outfit for each of the girls, and I love what they sent over!  Both pieces have the sweetest floral print, which makes them super versatile for now with boots & tights and then again in the spring with sandals.


The last picture from a little outing over the weekend, Avalon was definitely scooping off ice cream off the ground.  Choose your battles.

And happy Tuesday!!! XO

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Pumpkin Patch

We made our way to our first pumpkin patch of the season last weekend, forever one of my favorite family activities of the year!  It's been unseasonably hot here, above 80 and not fall-like at all, but I was still determined to get us there to kick off all the fall fun.  We went early before it got too hot, but by the time we got in the car to head home, we were all sweating and both the girls ended up undressing before we even made it to the house.  Ha - this weather is SO crazy!

Our favorite little local pumpkin patch closed down this year, I always loved it because it was small, never crowded, and had the prettiest pumpkins -- so off we we went to the big commercialized one this time around.  This place has fair rides and hayrides and bounce houses and farm animals and every single fall treat you could ever think of (plus you know, the pumpkins), the girls were in heaven and it was all I could do to keep them off the rides the entire time.  A few hours, way too much money, a couple pumpkins, and lots of happy smiles later -- another year at the pumpkin patch in the books!


Tonight we have Waverly's Trunk or Treat at school, we surprised her with a Shimmer costume (from her favorite show, Shimmer & Shine) this week to wear and she was so excited, she actually told me last night that "tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life".  This year both the girls actually picked out their own costumes for Halloween night as well, it seems my days of choosing them and getting them together for weeks are long gone, but watching their excitement over them makes up for it.  I can't wait to see them tonight, I especially think Avalon is going to freak out when she realizes she gets endless candy over the next few weeks -- sweet girl fights real food most nights and only wants sugar, so this pretty much her dream come true.

Wishing you and yours the happiest fall weekend! XO

PS -- Waverly's dress is from Little Cottonwood and is no longer available, but here is a similar one!
  

Friday, October 6, 2017

School So Far

We are five weeks into the school year over here, time is flying and we are as busy AS EVER, but also are settling into a pretty nice routine.  I thought I would share an update on how each of the girls are adjusting so far, this is such a special time in their lives (as well as ours!), and I never want to forget any of it.

Our kindergartener!  Waverly's school went full day about a month before school started, so she leaves the house at about 8:15 AM and doesn't come home until 3:30 in the afternoon. Which just feels SO long!  She previously was in half day, three days a week, so going from that to her new schedule has certainly been an adjustment.  For all of us.  She is definitely more tired than usual, and has had her fair share of difficult moments which we chalk up to so much change, but overall, she has done incredibly well and is getting more used to things every week.  She loves getting on the bus each day (and insists on being the first one at the bus stop), loves setting out her outfits the night before school, and has made so many little friends -- including a "boyfriend" she told me about this week and also quite a few of the older kids at school as well.  Help us! ;)  It's been so much fun to hear her recite all the things she learns and to hear about lunch or PE, but also very bittersweet.   We are over one month in and almost every time I see her walk towards that yellow school bus with all those big kids, then yell "bye mom" and hardly look back, I get the biggest urge to run up, snuggle her back to her little newborn self and soak it all in just one more time.  I am even more convinced that watching your kids grow up is a constant battle of absolutely loving the person they are turning into and wishing you could just stop time and keep them little forever.

Avalon Elle, five weeks into her half-day, two day a week 2's class at preschool and told me this past weekend that "she was finished with school".  Ha.  She is so funny about it, as she is with most things, she will talk about how she is nervous to go all morning, and then goes and has the best time ever (then talks about how she can't wait to go back all afternoon).  She loves to list all of the names of her little friends in class and also to sing the songs she learned, her teachers tell us that she is happy all day and of course talks their ears off with her many stories.  One of her favorite parts of the day is walking Waverly to the bus stop and waiting there with all the big kids, watching them say bye to each other is the absolute sweetest and makes me melt pretty much every time.  She politely declined doing gymnastics like Waverly, and also has no interest in joining a dance class like the one we take Waverly to each week, but seems to eat up all the extra alone time she gets with me during that time (as do I!).  She is just so much fun right now, I can never get enough of her or her little vocabulary that is seriously mind-blowing, I can't imagine how much more she will learn in the months ahead now that she is in school!

A few pictures of our September, followed with some questions I asked the girls their first week of school that I never got around to sharing and definitely wanted to document!!


What is your favorite color?
Waverly -- Purple, Avalon -- Pink.

What is your favorite food?
Waverly -- Spaghetti & Meatballs, Avalon -- Chicken Nuggets & Fries.

What is your favorite movie?
Waverly -- Cinderella, Avalon -- Shrek.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Waverly -- Wonder Woman, Avalon -- Elmo.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Waverly -- Play with Superheros, Avalon -- Play with Cash.

What are you most excited for about school?
Waverly -- Playing on the Playground, Avalon -- Toys.