Archive of ‘Happenings’ category
B to the RRRRRRR! BRRRRRRR!!!!
For real, I feel sorry for Zoey (our puppy). It is painful to see her go outside to potty. This weather is putting a damper on my projects for this week. It is -17 degrees during the day with blowing snow. The kids’ school is cancelled for the next two days so we are just staying home and not going to brave the roads.
But, with that said I did get my paint and supplies last weekend so I am painting the living room right now. I had to stop abruptly because a reporter from our area newspaper came to interview me and see our house. So, I had enough time to clean up paint supplies and deep clean our house (that was necessary after a week of sickness), and shower (also necessary). My laundry I folded on my bed ended up here though…
Closets are wonderful for hiding things when you don’t have the time to put them away properly. The reporter was super nice and he braved the cold to come talk with me. We talked blogging, DIY, and design and it was super fun. I’ll share the article with you guys when it gets printed. So, I will be back to painting tomorrow (insert happy dance).
Another thing I wanted to share is that I am a brand ambassador for HomeRight this year. I fell in love with their product line after using the finish max sprayer and am happy to be sharing their products with you this year. So each month, I will be sharing a new HomeRight product with you. HomeRight is a really great company and I am happy to be partnered with them for 2014.
I shared our home goals for 2014 and a big part of that will involve tile. I am happy to be partnering with The Tile Shop for our kitchen backsplash and bathroom remodel this year. You can see our visit to The Tile Shop or our fireplace makeover that we did with tile and supplies from The Tile Shop.
Here’s my deal with sponsors and brands. I love to partner with brands I love and use. If I feature it on the blog, that means I love it. I will NEVER share anything with you guys that I don’t adore. HomeRight and The Tile Shop are companies that I have worked with and love so I am happy to share them with you. They also are sponsoring projects we already have on our minds, so that is awesome!
With those things in the works, 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year already! I’ll be sharing our updated and refreshed living room on Friday. I finally got all the Christmas decor put away! I feel so ready to work on our home goals and start tackling those spaces in our home we haven’t touched yet.
Until we meet again, I will be spending some quality time with Downton Abbey and my fireplace…
I recently had the opportunity to take the family to see the new Opening of the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago. Living in northern Illinois, I have the pleasure of being able to hop in my car and in just a couple of hours be in the 3rd largest city in the United States. I enjoy memories of the museums and Chicago attractions from my childhood and I love that I can share that with my kids now.
Chicago is a city rich in history, tradition, and fabulous architecture. I love a weekend trip to the Windy City. For this trip, we enjoyed a day at The Field Museum and got to try out a new interactive app. You can now download the free Field Museum Tours Mobile app to your iPhone or Android. I downloaded it the night before and used it for our museum visit.
Download The Field Museum Free Mobile App Here
I connected my mobile device to “FieldMuseumWiFi” for the best app performance. It was really easy to use and it was a fun way to interact with the artifacts in the exhibit. I tested it out on the totem poles before we entered the World’s Fair Exhibit. I scanned the QR code on the display and was given a fun little history lesson of how the totem poles came to be at the museum.
We clicked on the tours tab and then the World’s Fair Tour and got to interact with the exhibit in a whole new way.
I loved being able to take the family to this particular exhibit because it explained the history of The Field Museum and such a huge event in US history. The 1893 World’s Fair featured the Columbian Exposition. We got to journey back into 1893 and see the artifacts and specimens that visitors delighted in at the World’s Fair in Chicago over 120 years ago. The exhibit holds fair memorabilia, over 200 interesting artifacts and specimens from the fair, and large screens featuring the fair grounds. You also can interact with the collections through new digital technology. My kids loved it and were amazed by the animal skeletons and the Peruvian mummies. Those had to be their favorites.
Out of respect for the other visitors, I didn’t take a lot of photos of the exhibit as we were going through it. It was the day after Thanksgiving and this was by far the busiest exhibit we toured that day. I did happen to snap the photo above of my little Sam in awe of everything he saw. I really enjoyed the historical artifacts and the screen projections–it felt like you were watching a movie of the fair as you were walking through the exhibit.
The Field Museum is a legacy of the 1893 World’s Fair. It was founded to commemorate the fair and is an architectural gem. The original collections are from the fair and research is still ongoing today on its ever-growing collections. The Field Museum houses the largest collection of artifacts from the World’s Fair.
When you visit The Field Museum you are stepping into an important part of history. The design lover in me loves to see the architecture almost just as much as the exhibits. I couldn’t leave without taking a few photos of this dazzling structure. I put together a little slideshow of some of my favorite details.
After we toured the World’s Fair Exhibit, we enjoyed all the other delights of The Field Museum. We spent most of our day watching our kids get excited to see dinosaurs and animals from around the world. They loved walking through the Egyptian tomb and we ended our day with a bite to eat at the Museum’s Bistro.
Of course, no visit to The Field Museum is complete without a photo by Sue.
The Field Museum is a Chicago treasure and always a joy to experience, especially when you are taking little people for the first time! We so enjoyed our visit and even got a membership for many more visits to come.
If you are planning a visit to The Field Museum be sure to download The Field Museum Free Mobile App for a whole new museum experience.
I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Hey Buddies! I just wanted to pop in and tell you a couple things. First, I will be over at my blog buddy Cassie’s today. Come visit us! Cassie from Primitive & Proper is amazing. She is a furniture painting goddess and a sweet soul!
I am totally loving what she is doing in her dining room!
Also, you still have time to enter to win a MINI Templeton from White Faux Taxidermy as seen in our fall bedroom refresh!
I just finished a project that I need to write-up, so I thought today I’d share a few of the moments from our magical birthday weekend in the cabin. It was just the perfect setting to really relax and enjoy spending time together. There was no need to get all dolled up. We all had messy hair and wore sweaters and jammies most of the time. It was fantastic! We ate really good food and didn’t worry about it being healthy-which is totally allowed on your birthday. We hiked the trails, had a bonfire, and played games. We told ghost stories at night and enjoyed our mornings sipping coffee in our beautiful surroundings.
Here’s a few of my favorite shots from our weekend:
One of the bedrooms had this line from a poem by Lewis Carroll painted on the walls. In the morning the sun made it glow and it was a sweet moment seeing Sam fast asleep underneath it.
Through this window you can see the porch that we enjoyed in the morning.
On our hike there were still some beautiful colors to see…
I love this shot of Dave and Sam in the woods…
Here’s the birthday boy…so handsome and photogenic!
Here’s a photo the now 10-year-old took of us.
I just love the way the sun was shining through the trees in this window shot…
Here’s the cozy spot we spent our Sunday morning talking and having coffee…
It was definitely a weekend that we will all treasure. We have already been talking about when we will make it back there again.
Just a reminder that you can still enter to win a MINI Templeton from White Faux Taxidermy as seen in our fall bedroom refresh below:
I’m turning 34 in a couple of days!!!
I have to say, I am NOT one of those people who won’t tell anyone it’s my birthday. I will tell everyone, even the cashier at the grocery store. I love it!!!
I have a theory that the writers of How I Met Your Mother have secretly been spying on Dave and I for years. It’s a little creepy actually. There are too many similarities and character traits and even phrases used by Marshall and Lily that are ours. How did they get this information??? I could give you a list of things taken from our lives that illustrate my point but that is for another post.
Here’s one short 16 second example.This birthday episode:
I will let you wonder whether I actually do that or not…
I am very lucky to be married to Dave who puts up and even encourages my birthday shenanigans.
I feel like my birthday is a day for me to celebrate. Another year has gone by and I am blessed to live it.
Fun Fact: I went into labor with my Bryce on my birthday. Well, the labor part was not that fun, but now it is. He wasn’t born until the next day, but we are birthday buddies! That’s double the birthday fun! I hope that he adopts my annoying birthday ways.
Dave has planned for us a fun cabin weekend and I can’t wait. If you want to reach me I will be busy enjoying MY BIRTHDAY!!!! I will be eating the super indulgent birthday foods. One of them will be grilled cheese–but the really good ooey-gooey kind with the really expensive cheese and thick bread. Oh, and I will be smiling all day and enjoying my little family.
When we meet again I will be a year older…
I am so thrilled to be part of the Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tours hosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. and Kristen of KFD Designs!!! I have been loving the tours so far, haven’t you? Yesterday, Danika of Gorgeous Shiny Things shared her home tour. She has some serious style! It is so great to see a fresh take on fall decor and the creativity is so inspiring! If you follow this blog you know that fall is hands-down my favorite time of year here in the Midwest. If you are visiting for the first time, WELCOME!! I hope you enjoy our little fall home tour…
♥ Cabin-Chic or Luxe-Lodge ♥
♥ Cozy Glam ♥
Have you been keeping up with all the Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tours? They have been pretty amazing!! There’s more Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tours coming your way!! Tomorrow Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof will be sharing her home. You won’t want to miss that!
Here’s a complete list of the bloggers who already shared their homes incase you’d like to check them out:
October 1 – Kristen and Lindsay will kick things off!!
2 – Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
3 – Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno
4 – Brittany from Brittany Makes
5 – Jesse from Scout & Nimble
6 – Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design
7 – Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home
8 – Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home
9 – Bethany from Dwellings by Devore
10 – Carmel from Our Fifth House
11 – Kristin from The Hunted Interior
12 – Anneke from This That & Life
13 – Michelle from Décor and the Dog
14 – Cassie from Primitive & Proper
15 – Ally from From the Right Bank
16 – Shannon from Shannon Berrey Designs
17 – Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things
18 – Kristin from Bliss at Home <——-That’s Me
Here’s who is coming up the rest of the month:
19 – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
20 – Jessica from Dear Emmeline
21 – Kelly from View Along the Way
22 – Sarah from Lacquer and Linen
23 – Eileen from A Creative Day Blog
24 – Sarah from Royal Marigold
25 – Lori from Lori May Interiors
26 – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles
27 – Caitlin from Desert Domicile
28 – Sherry from Design Indulgence
29 – Lakeitha from Lakeitha Duncan Lifestyle Blog
30 – Shavonda from A Home Full of Color and Whitney from The Curtis Casa
31 – Angela from Number Fifty-three and Jennifer from Brave New Home
Linking to: Inspire Me Please, The Inspiration Gallery, Share Your Creativity
Today I have a fun and easy Halloween project to share and a great giveaway for a $200 Target gift card!! One of my hands-down favorite things to do on the blog is offer you guys a giveaway and this is a good one!! I also got to team up with some of my favorite bloggers. We were each asked to create a DIY Halloween craft that could be repurposed in our homes.
When it comes to seasonal decor, I like to keep it pretty simple. I am more about creature comforts and mixing in more texture when fall rolls around. That’s all fine and dandy, but I also have 2 little boys who just happen to love Halloween. So, I like to opt for Halloween decor that I can reuse or transition into other crafts throughout the year. As you can see this project was a really great fit for us and how we live. I also don’t like to spend a lot of money on things like this and that is where Coupons.com comes in. Have you used Coupons.com before? It is pretty great for online shopping.
I chose to do a Halloween Candy Table and make DIY Chalkboard Labels. We like to have friends over when we trick or treat and have some snacks out for the night. As you can see, we like to get our sinful candy eating ways done in one night. This will get us through until next year.
I purchased my project materials on target.com and used codes from the coupons.com website to save at target.com. The codes I used are no longer on the website but they offer new codes all the time. By using these codes I saved 30% on the home decor items I selected, got free shipping, and an extra 5% off using my Target Red Card. It added up to some pretty big savings!
For this project, I used home items that I could reuse later on. Glass jars, an apothecary jar, and white bowls all served as candy and food containers for my Halloween Candy Table. Choosing basic items like this for my foundation is great because I can reuse them for other things in my home after the holiday is over. I am already re-using the glass jars for Zoey’s dog food and the bowls are great for growing boys who like to eat cereal in large quanities.
I made the DIY Chalkboard Labels using these items:
• Paper Straws (also from Target)
• Craft store wood plaques
• Chalkboard spray paint
• Hot glue & hot glue gun
I chose hot glue since that would be easy to disassemble and I can reuse the chalkboard labels for other projects like place cards and food labels for other events.
Coupons.com has some great savings going on right now! Check out these Target coupon codes and Halloween coupon codes to save on your upcoming shopping.
I did mention a giveaway, didn’t I?!
Enter to win a $200 Target gift card courtesy of Coupons.com using the form below:
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Check out all of the DIY Halloween Crafts that can be repurposed here:
This is a sponsored post for Coupons.com and Nesting Place. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.
Have you been enjoying the Pumpkin Parade?
I will be including a recap of all 12 of our pumpkin ideas tomorrow with the link-up. I hope you’ll join us and share your pump-tastic projects! This can be anything pumpkin related– decorated pumpkins, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin recipes, or pumpkin soaps and scrubs. I look forward to seeing all you ideas!
Today I’m sharing my pumpkin project with you. I went tribal up in here. After scoring that Nate Berkus arrow rug I was feeling that trend.
This doesn’t even require a photo tutorial, because all I did was take orange pumpkins and paint the arrows on them with some white craft paint. Super-duper easy!
I went with orange because I am using them on our entry way table that is black and white. I love a pop of orange there.
I like to keep fall decor pretty simple. I also like to use real pumpkins opposed to the craft store variety.
Adding in the smaller pumpkins makes a festive little vignette. The cloche is from Target and is a great way to display pumpkins.
Today you can also check out pumpkin projects from Go Haus Go and Interiors By Kenz.
Also, don’t forget to link up your pumpkin projects tomorrow
Linking to: Frugalicious Friday, The Inspiration Gallery, Inspire Me Please Linky Party, Home Stories AtoZ Tutorials & Tips Party
See at the Pumpkin Parade!!
I am back from our trip and catching up on everything. I also came home to two sick little boys which makes me sad. I guess it’s that time of year when we are going to be passing the sick germs around!
Here’s a little moment from our trip. We had a big porch on the house we stayed at that was set up on a hillside. It was the perfect place to sit in the morning and have coffee and take in the scenery. The colors have started to change in that part of the country and it was pretty perfect. Our first morning there it was lightly raining and there was a mist that wove itself in and out of the trees and fields.
It was pretty magical. Sitting out with our friends in our jams sipping coffee and talking.
I need to get back on my healthy diet after all that naughty indulging so tomorrow I’ll be sharing one of my new favorite meals to keep on track. But speaking of coffee and perfect mornings, grab your cup and come check out the first week of the Modern +Fresh Fall Home Tours.
Kristen from Kristen F. Davis Designs
Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno
Brittany from Brittany Makes
Jesse from Scout & Nimble
Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design
Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home
Enjoy the fall home tours! There’s some awesome fall inspiration going on!!
This October is getting busy! We have quite a few great things to share in the upcoming weeks. One of them being the Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tour. I’ve been adding some cozy touches in our home between all the other projects we have going on around here. Without giving too much away, here’s a little glimpse at the cozy times going on.
With all the hustle and bustle of the season, I always like to find a break. I am so looking forward to our trip this week. Every fall, we get a group of friends together to visit the American Players Theatre (or APT) in Springreen, Wisconsin.
It’s a great weekend trip because it’s only a couple of hours away. We stay in the quaint surrounding accommodations. This year it’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s boyhood home so that will be interesting. We cook together, drink wine, enjoy the beauty of the season, and take in some fine acting at APT. It’s a weekend of food, fun, and friends and a joy every year. It’s also one of the few times during the year that we get together with everyone and we are all kid free.
If you want to catch up on what’s been going on around here you can see our trip to The Tile Shop or join us for a Pumpkin Parade Link Party.
I’m ducking out early this week, but will be back Monday sharing some more on the blog. Have a fantastic weekend and get out there and enjoy fall!!!