My husband is the kind of person who would rather make anything than ever buy it, something I love so much about him.  It also drives me crazy.  At least once a month I bring something home & he tries to send me right back with it because he is convinced he could do it on his own, and better.  Which he can, and will, but you better believe I’ll be waiting at least three more months for it, because he’s such a perfectionist he is going to be make sure every detail is perfect.

In the meantime, can’t I just buy out the home decor section at Target???

That was totally the case with this bed.  It was my Christmas present a couple months late, he worked so hard on it every night after the girls & I went to bed and was so excited to put it in our room come February.  Per usual, the wait was more than worth it, I LOVE it so much and most of all, love the fact that it is meaningful and something we can have in our home forever.

I knew I wanted something wood with a bit of a rustic feel, and also something that was timeless, and I think he nailed it!  Literally. 🙂  I only asked for a headboard but he ended up adding a matching footboard as well, which might even be my favorite part!  I’ve asked him to summarize what he did to share here, the steps are below.

1 – To get the measurements for the bed frame, he used our old one, which was also wood and about the size of what we wanted.
2 – He cut the inlaid pieces first, which are all just randomly cut wood pieces from other house projects that we have done.
3 –  The bed frame, headboard frame, and footboard frame are built out of fir, bought at a specialty lumber yard.
4 – He glued and screwed a piece of 3/8″ plywood to the frames, then started gluing & toenailing all the pieces to the headboard and footboard.
5 – He used a router to install these brackets to connect the bedrails to the headboard and the footboard.
6 – He bought 1″x4″ common boards from Home Depot to span left to right of the siderails, which is what supports the boxspring and mattress.
7 – After everything was built, it was finished in a heavy coat of lacquer.

With the start of fall coming, we are itching to start some new projects and hope to be sharing some soon!  And happy weekend, friends!

The weather here is finally starting to really warm up, and to say we are loving it is definitely an understatement!  Like most kids, my girls love the outdoors, and almost any activity that we do outside rather than in keeps their attention at least double the amount of time.  We have been using our back porch more than ever, for picnic lunches or just simple things like doing puzzles, and we love it!  It’s especially nice because it keeps them contained while getting fresh air, and I can be around the corner making dinner or doing dishes in the kitchen.

Since we’ve been spending so much time out there, over the weekend, we did quick mini-makeover to make this loved spot in our home even more loved! 🙂  We started out by focusing on adding some lights, which makes for a fun detail during the day & of course, they are functional at night.

The lights we used were the Enbrighten Cafe Lights by Jasco, which we love so, so much!!  The look of cafe lights just fits our design aesthetic perfectly, I want to use them in other places of our house now!  They are durable & won’t break if they are dropped or stepped on, and the best part, they are guaranteed for life.  I mean, how wonderful is it to never have to replace a light bulb again?!  They also put off a significant amount of light, I was shocked at how light it was out there once the sun went down.

My husband & I decided to do a wood accent on our trim to hang the lights from since everything was white, we thought it would add a bit of a rustic element!  He got wood cedar siding planks from Home Depot & cut them to fit the perimeter of our porch.  Afterwards, he screwed the lights in using the mounting tab provided in the package, which was so convenient.  

I was inspired by the new look of the lights and got a new rug, chairs and table, I love the final result and am so excited to spend lots of time out there all summer long!

And here’s the fun part!  Cafe Lights by Jasco is giving two lucky winners a room makeover valued at $400.00!  Ten winners will also receive one 24 foot string of cafe lights, which is what we used for this project.  Enter below & good luck!!!  XO

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Without a doubt, one of the greatest parts of my new part-time schedule this year is being able to spend the mornings with my family.  As much as we love to get out, to be outdoors & to experience new things together, we love being home just as much.  Probably even more.  It’s been so nice to be able to slow down some, to enjoy each other, and to soak in all the girls’ sweetness that comes with the mornings.  It’s definitely the happiest part of their day.

Over the weekend, we treated them with a surprise breakfast in bed, just the four of us.  And they loved it!

It’s crazy how changing things up just a little bit can mean so much to them, Waverly thought eating in bed was just so amazing & Avalon’s down with anything that involves food, so of course she was happy as ever.  These are exactly the kinds of memories that I love making with them, I never want to forget how Waverly insisted on a tutu (in purple, because that’s her favorite color in the world), or how she wanted nothing more than to “help Avalon. because I am her mommy and she needs my help eating”.  And of course, how Avalon could have cared less who was helping her, she was just going to town on the bagel, sucking away like it was the greatest thing that ever happened to her.

Of course nothing makes snuggles in bed better than a set of soft, comfy sheets, & ours have been better than ever lately thanks to Snuggle® Ultra Blue Sparkle Fabric Conditioner and Blue Iris Bliss®
Snuggle Scent Boosters®.  Before finding these, we had never used fabric softeners and they truly have made the biggest difference, I have been consistently using them since.  It’s one extra step to make your laundry softer and to make for more snuggable moment like our breakfast in bed!  Both the Blue Iris Bliss® and the Snuggle Scent Boosters® are such a good value and are best paired together.  Even better, the Snuggle Scent Boosters® are super convenient in a single use pack, something I love so much!  Be sure to follow the directions on the package and loosely pack your laundry in the washer to maximize your benefits.

You can get these at your local Sam’s Club, which has been out go-to lately since growing our family!  During the month of March be sure to check the Instant Savings Book for discounts on these Snuggle® laundry conditioners.  And to share your own “snuggle moments” with others, check out the Bear Den for more opportunities to interact with the brand and to start your first mission! 🙂

Please share, do you use fabric softeners?!  And if so, are they making for special moments like breakfast in bed with your loved ones?  XO

We will forever remember this Christmas as one of our best yet.  The combination of Waverly being able to really “get it” (which was so, so fun!), & it being sweet Avalon’s first just made everything extra special.  We also were able to spend lots of family time which I cherish more than ever these days, since my brother moved to Colorado a few months back.  And also, on a side note, it was our hottest Christmas yet, a record 80 degrees!  We complained about it being too hot to feel like Christmas all day, but it was actually nice that it was warm enough for the babes to be able to play with their new toys outside.

Christmas Eve, we spent most of the day wrapping last-minute gifts & grocery shopping, then went to my grandparents house for dinner.  The girls were a little crazier than normal – Avalon got her first tooth for Christmas & was fighting a cold, and Waverly was overtired from too much excitement to nap, and you know, she’s three – but we made the most of it!  I have been going to my grandparents for Christmas Eve since I was little and I love that I can bring my own daughters now.

My Dress – On Sale!
First thing Christmas morning, I heard Waverly moving around in her room and then her little, high-pitched voice say “did Santa come?”.  Best ever.  We brought them both down and I’m convinced there is nothing quite as magical as Christmas morning with your kids, they were so cute & excited, I wish we could relive it over, over and over again.

We hosted both sides of our family for dinner, which is always so much fun.  Waverly loved having all of our family there & showing off all of her new toys.  Her favorite gift so far has been a set of princess dolls my mom got for her, they haven’t left her sight since! 🙂  We played games and relaxed, and when it was time to go to bed, couldn’t believe Christmas was over.  It always goes too fast, doesn’t it?!

Waverly’s Dress
Hope you all had the most amazing, special, fun-filled holiday with your loved ones.

PS – The napkins I used at our dinner table are from a tutorial that can be found here, so easy & cute!

I am so excited to (finally!) share some images from Avalon’s nursery!  I feel like it’s been done forever, since well before she was born, but I really wanted to wait until she was here to share.  My friend Brooke took these pictures, I have some more close-ups of the details to share & plan to very soon, in the meantime, here is the overall look of Avalon’s new little home. 🙂

The room was pretty much inspired by my idea to do a pallet wall, which was something we decided on early in my pregnancy, before we even found out that we were having a girl.  I love the whole feel of pallets, my style tends to be rustic & minimal, so I feel like it just goes perfectly with everything I am drawn to.  Once we knew Avalon was a girl, I knew I had to add some girly touches to keep it from being too masculine.  We decided on mint & gold as the main colors, with pops of pink since we were using the pink glider from Waverly’s nursery.

My mom found this print from Etsy to incorporate all the colors that I planned to use, we ended up using that for both the changing pad & small blanket on the gilder, than we carried around a sample of it for a couple months while keeping our eyes out for things to match!  I am so obsessed with the color mint, for pretty much everything, but also think it’s a total pain.  Finding the exact shade is seriously a challenge & we went through lots of pictures, blankets & baskets that just were not even close to what we were looking for.  Thankfully though, it all worked out, I love the way that colors came together & look in the room!

The tassel garland is from Etsy & poms from Hobby Lobby, along with most of the other wall decor.  For the wall above the changing table, we just used our favorite prints from Etsy in the colors we were going with & then put them in white frames from Micheal’s.  The crib skirt was actually handmade by my mother-in-law, just using gold tulle.  We couldn’t find a small table for next to the glider that I liked so I ended up finding a broken one at TJMaxx, my husband cut some wood on top to make it match the room!

I got the same rug that we have in Waverly’s big girl room, just a much bigger version, which honestly was by accident, but I ended up loving how it covered the entire room!  It’s usually the first thing people comment on when they walk in, it just creates the most relaxing, peaceful environment which is exactly what a nursery should do.  The stool that matches the rug is from Target this past winter, my husband thought I was on complete white fur overload (& still laughs that it’s going to end up every other color but white in no time).  So far, so good. 🙂

I tried to link everything I didn’t mention at the bottom of the post, I hope you will find something useful as I know I got lots of inspiration from other rooms myself.  Decorating the room was so much fun, I know it will be a space that Avalon can grow in & I hope she loves it just as much as we do!

Headband & Blanket
Heart Pillow (No longer available, similar here), Gold Polka Dot Sheets, Dresser, Changing Pad Cover, Deer, Curtains
Update:  Here is the link to our original pallet wall project, hope this is helpful!