I tried to take a few outfit photos…

Posted on: Friday, August 1, 2014

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But it was just a t shirt and shorts…

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And then my little daughter decided to photo bomb!

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See that little leg up? I love that move!

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DIY Yellow Piano

Posted on: Thursday, July 31, 2014

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By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen my yellow piano in the background all over my Instagram. I’m a bit obsessed with it! The contrast of the bright yellow next to my dark grey walls, is something that just can’t be ignored. And I just love anything that makes a statement! Especially such a fun statement!

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The previous owners of our house left behind their piano. It’s old, had plenty of wear, and is way out of tune, but I was more than thrilled to have another piece of furniture to work with! At first I thought I would paint the piano a light grey color. It would be fresh and clean, but also neutral in a room that I envisioned with every shade of white and grey. That all changed, however, when Kevin asked if I was painting it yellow. Yellow seems to be my favorite accent color around here, so it was just natural to go with it. We couldn’t be happier with the results! We may not play it, but it sure is a fun aspect in our dining room!

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Of course, as you probably know by now, I am a huge fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You don’t have to sand, clean, or prime anything. You just pull out your paint can and brush and get started. We use it so often that we actually invested in the quality natural bristle brushes, which I highly recommend. And we find that our paint cans and brushes constantly go back and forth between my parents’ house and mine. It’s such an easy way to freshen up some old pieces.

By the way, it took four coats of paint. I read that some people only needed one or two, so maybe I put on thinner coats than others… But I definitely had to paint four coats.

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A quick wax tip that took me a few tries to figure out: Use plenty of wax. And rub it into the paint. That’s what makes it so that the paint doesn’t rub off. But once you’ve rubbed it in, be sure to remove any excess so that it doesn’t dry sticky. After 24 hours, you can put stuff back on top of what ever you painted, but in my experience it takes 1-2 months for the wax to fully enamel. The very first thing I tried Annie Sloan on were three kitchen stools. I didn’t put enough wax on the first try so the paint rubbed off on Kevin’s pants. If you are worried about this, after 24 hours, you can put a second coat of wax on for extra protection. I tend to add a second coat on the surfaces that people sit on or set things on.

 

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I was going to reupholster the bench until I realized that if I just stripped off the layers of upholstery, I actually had a solid piece of wood to work with! So I stripped, cleaned, and sanded! (It was in really bad shape and needed more than just a coat of paint!)

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I’m just thrilled with my final result! One day we may get it tuned and who knows… Maybe we will enroll Anabelle in piano lessons. She just loves music and dancing and both her pianos, but for now, it’s just one of our favorite decorative pieces.

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Life Lately…

Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Things have been pretty darn busy around here! July was my BIG month this year… I can’t believe it is already over! Anabelle turned one and we threw her a big party! Chloe got married to her high school sweet heart of 5 years. I threw her a Bachelorette party one weekend and then Mom and Dad hosted an amazing wedding day the next! Everything went absolutely perfectly!!! I think we could be a family of party planners! This month has been full of deadlines for wedding and birthday party crafts, as well as home improvement projects. August is now around the corner and Kevin and I are just about to celebrate our second anniversary! But before I move onto the next month, these are just a few of our random moments around here lately!

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Sundresses

Posted on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Before I became a mother, I loved to wear sundresses all the time! They were simple, easy, and they always made me look nicer than I usually felt! Then I had Anabelle, and I pretty much went out and bought a new skirt for every dress that I could no longer wear… It’s pretty much impossible to wear a dress when you have to nurse a baby randomly all day. Now, however, Anabelle is finally almost completely on solids and I’m pulling all my dresses out of our storage closet! Easy, breezy, beautiful! I missed this!

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Chloe’s Bachelorette Party

Posted on: Monday, July 21, 2014

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I can’t believe it… It’s already Chloe’s wedding week! She gets married Friday! Last weekend we celebrated and threw Chloe her Bachelorette Party! I thought that this party was going to be the hardest party of the summer to plan, I mean how was I going to plan a Bachelorette party with a group of girls when only the bride is 21?… But quite honestly, it was by far the easiest, most laid back, a lot of fun and 100% Chloe! We headed downtown and started out with lunch at Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill. We then headed to the Buckle Up Music Festival on the river! Finished up at my house with a bonfire, s’more’s bar, wine and gifts! All we told Chloe was to dress up like a cowboy ;) The rest was a complete surprise! And then of course we dressed her up in pink Bachelorette accessories!

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Was this pink hat with a veil not absolutely perfect?!

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That concrete slab turned into a spontaneous dance floor! This band finished strong.

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Chloe and I just had to try some moonshine! I didn’t even know that was legal… They came in the teeny tiniest shot glasses.

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Tall Heights was by far our favorite 45 minutes of the day! Bernadette, Sadie and I don’t know country at all, so the night before we sat on youtube and listened songs from all the bands so that we could know if there were any shows we just really wanted to see. This was the one! And after their show, we all agreed that we could have listened to them all day long!

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