Dreams To Do

July 2013 archive

Bits & Pieces.

Summer is flying by at record speed, as it always seems to do. I have so much on my plate right now that I’m terrified of missing out on what’s left of this season. My weekends lately have been spent soaking up every second of summer sun, devouring watermelon and anything BBQ, rolling in freshly cut grass with my kiddos, and taking moments to stop and smell the flowers. While my mind has been bursting at the seams with writing ideas and work projects and household chores, I’ve been trying my best to push down the stress and just “be.” Stress is seriously the devil trying to steal our precious moments and our happiness. But I won’t let it.

Snap shots from my weekend. Cute kiddos. Simple moments. Lots of pretty flowers, courtesty of my gardening husband (what can that guy NOT do? He puts me to shame.)…

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^^^ That hydrangea? It came in a small pot from the grocery store. My hubby bought it for me for Mother’s Day 2 years ago. He then transplanted it in to our garden and it has quadrupled in size. Makes me so happy.

Other things that are making me happy today…

  • Looking forward to a week off work starting Friday to just be with my family.
  • The homemade ice cream shop just blocks from my house seriously rocks my world. I’m on an ice cream kick right now.
  • The Bachelorette 2-part finale. If you’re a fan of the show then I’m sure you are just as stoked as I am. 🙂
  • Twins! No, not me. 🙂 One of my besties just gave birth to twins (boy + girl) and I get to go see them and practice my photog skills tonight!
  • This quote….
    “There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how  I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! What’s making you happy today?

The bedroom makeover that may never happen.

I’ve been dreaming of giving our bedroom a makeover for close to a year now and I really thought that it would happen this summer. Instead, the hubby and I have found ourselves in an unfortunate financial situation. We are currently focusing on whipping our monthly budget into shape so we can actually afford to do some of the simple home renovations we’ve been dreaming about since we moved into our 1st house nearly 3 years ago.

Along with our budget focus comes me being banned from Target. Really, I’m just banning myself from retail therapy all together, but Target particularly. For some reason I cannot enter that store without spending at least double what I planned to spend. No self control I tell ya.

Instead, I’m just gonna continue to dream until I can actually afford to do something about it. I thought it would be fun to torture myself with some time spent on Target.com the other day and I put together this little Target bedroom makeover for all of our enjoyment. I’m really leaning towards a white/grey base in our bedroom with pops of turquoise, yellow, and red. What do ya think?

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If you’re interested in any of the pieces, here are the deets…

1. Bedding

Threshold™ Pinched Pleat Duvet Cover Set, $79.99
Room Essentials® Printed Mosiac Pillow (Red) (18×18″), $11.88
Room Essentials® Texture Decorative Pillow – Yellow, $19.99
Threshold™ Oversized Ombre Oblong Pillow (17×32″), $29.99

2. Lighting (couldn’t decide between these two lamps!)

Room Essentials® Stick Lamp with Flower Print, $16.99
Stick Lamp with Chevron Patterned Shade, $14.44

3. Rug

Threshold™ Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug – Neon Yellow – 5’x7′, $99.99

4. Ottoman (would never spend this much, but hey, I’m dreamin’)

Gerber Round Ottoman – Cherry, $224.99

5. Bedside Tables

Calhoun Nightstand, $68.99

6. Wall Decor

Oversized Wall Clock – Red, $38.24

7. Window Treatments (which one to choose???)

Xhilaration® Feather Chevron Light Blocking Window Panel – Turquoise (50×84″), $29.99
Threshold™ Ombre Stripe Window Panel, $24.99

Sooooooo, because I really do like to torture myself (I’m a dreamer, ok!?) I did the math on what I would need to buy all this fun stuff and makeover my bedroom. Adding it all together = $784.44 (before tax). Subtract 5% with my Target Red Card and it brings me down to $745.22.

Hmmmmmmmmm…. now where can I find an extra $800? Anyone? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

A boy & his spatula…

One of my favorite things about having children is watching their unique personalities grow. Seeing what makes them the most happy. Witnessing the discovery of their likes, dislikes, and their funny, little quirks.

My boy is such a character. He never seizes to give me a good laugh. Landon’s favorite “thing” in the world these days are spatulas. You know, the thing you use in the kitchen to flip pancakes? Every time he sees one, even if we are out shopping, he just HAS TO have it. He is a pro at opening our kitchen drawers (that are above his head) and blindly feeling around until he finds one. I find various spatulas all over our house ALL. THE. TIME. So funny.

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Landon is 21 months old now and he still isn’t clearly saying many words. He babbles and grunts a lot and occasionally will surprise us by saying something perfectly. As for his beloved spatulas, he doesn’t hesitate to point and say “bat-u-ba” whenever he wants one.

Wherever Landon goes, his trusty spatula follows…
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Other household items that my Lando is obsessed with? Brooms, the vacuum, and our magic bullet. This kid is going to be a domestic machine, just like his daddy. I love him so much it hurts.

Merino Kids: The ULTIMATE Sleep Sack

Before I had kids, I had no clue what the heck a sleep sack was. Once my first born started wiggling out of the swaddle, I started researching options for keeping her warm at night. With all the anti-blankets-in-the-crib/SIDS info floating around, I knew I wanted to use something that couldn’t suffocate her and that she couldn’t kick off.

Enter the sleep sack.

Oh what a glorious invention! If you are clueless (like I was) as to what a sleep sack is, it’s a wearable blanket – basically a tank top style top with a a sack bottom. A blanket that stays with the kid as they roll around, flail and kick all over the crib! Why didn’t I invent that?

When I was recently asked to review a Merino Kids Sleep Sack I got really excited. First of all, after researching the product a little, I realized just how superior these sleep sacks are compared to other brands I have tried in the past.  Merino Kids of New Zealand invented the merino baby sleep sack and is recognized with design awards and patents for its innovation. What’s so special about merino wool? It is the ideal fabric for regulating body temperature so that baby never gets too hot or too cold in the sleep sack. Much superior than standard fleece sleep sacks! Here are a few other tid-bits that sold me on the Merino Kids Sleep Sack…

  • Crafted by master tailors from luxuriously soft Superfine Merino wool. 100% natural, itch-free and allergy-safe. Organic cotton outer layer for extra durability.
  • Textile scientists recommend the Merino Kids sleep sack. Remarkable natural ability to regulate body temperature. Captures and circulates air to insulate child when the room temperature falls, and releases excess body heat and moisture as the room temperature rises. Child stays warm and dry without overheating. Creates the perfect safe micro-climate in any season for rooms 64°F to 80°F.
  • Awarded the prestigious global iF Seal of Outstanding Design Quality. Unzips from the bottom for quick diaper changes and opens flat for easy dressing. Zipper is sewn inside lining and enclosed in a special fabric zipper guard to protect child’s skin.
  • Patented safety belt aperture enables child to wear their sleep sack in car seat and stroller. An essential innovation for busy parents, unique to Merino Kids.

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We received the toddler sleep sack for children ages 2-4 that you can find HERE. We do plan on having at least one more baby, so I debated whether or not to order the one for ages 0-2. In the end I decided on the larger version after reading some reviews from people wishing they would have sized up because you could totally put a baby under age 2 in the size 2-4 and get more longevity out of it. Besides, I want to use this thing on my big Lando boy now! I mean, check out how cute he is in it…

Bounce, bounce, bouncing away in it!
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FYI… I realized after I took these pics that I totally put the sack on backwards…. Landon didn’t seem to mind, though! Ha!

As soon as we received the Merino Kids sleep sack, I was instantly impressed with the craftsmanship and softness of the product. I can definitely see this being something that would last through many children. The price of these sleep sacks totally reflects the quality. I wish I had learned about them earlier!

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You can find a variety of Merino Kids sleep sacks (size 0-2, size 2-4, Winter Weight, and limited edition prints) HERE.

Disclaimer: I was sent a Merino Sleep Sack in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I won’t blog about products I don’t believe in.

Stronger Than You Seem

If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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I first read the above quote about a year ago when I was reading a Winnie-The-Pooh book to Leila. Christopher Robin says it to Pooh at the end of summer, just before heading off to school. For some reason, every time I read it I get all emotional and I hug my kiddo a little bit tighter.

Leila started swim lessons Monday night. I was a nervous wreck as I left work to go pick her up from daycare and rush her to the pool. You see, my girl is shy and she is quiet and sometimes she shuts down when she is around people she doesn’t know. Not to mention that she hates getting her face wet. So, the momma-bear in me wanted to avoid swim lessons, just to protect her from an uncomfortable situation. But the rational side of me said, “hey, lots of kids take swim lessons and love it and Leila needs the opportunity to try it out!” So, we signed her up.

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My girl never ceases to amaze me. Instead of clinging to my leg and wimpering, like I anticipated, she ran right up to her swim instructor when called and did EVERY thing she was asked to do, including jumping off the side of the pool and going under water! I sat back in utter amazement through the whole 30 minutes of that first class (while simultaneously trying to distract brother who wanted nothing more than to jump in the pool after her).

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The Pooh quote popped into my head on that first day of swim lessons. I realized that instead of needing to say this quote to her, I needed to say it to myself…

She is stronger than you think.

I never want to hold my children back because of my fear. I’ve held myself back from too much already in this life because fear got in the way. I need to give my kiddos the benefit of the doubt sometimes. I want to somehow teach and encourage them to be fearless. To dream big. To jump off that edge and make a big splash.

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