Apr
18
2014

I had the distinct pleasure of partnering with Bing to completely overhaul Blakey's room and give him an updated space. One that suits us both a bit better than his last room did. I have been working around the clock for what seems like years... But, of course it hasn't been years, only weeks, and I am so excited to share it with you guys today! It has been quite the rollercoaster of experiences and is one of the reasons for my absence lately and I am glad to finally have something to show for it! Feels amazing...

My sweet adorable, sometimes demon seed 6 year old gave me quite a few 'rules' to work around for this project. The first being, no baby stuff. Of course, he is still quite attached to many of his younger memories so his shelves that are up high are for exactly those things that he doesn't play with but wants to keep around to remember. I was required to use a very particular blue, he wanted plants 'like I have', comfy pillows, and given his age he has needs that are pretty tricky since he is still small yet isn't small, if you folks with 6 year olds out there know what I mean. He doesn't quite need a desk yet, but he will so he is kind of in between larger furniture pieces and smaller stuff that still suits his comfort level so I made sure to mix the two for now till we are fully transitioned into the land of the big. Besides, the Bird loves to hang in brother's room so having the smaller chairs in there is perfect for him as well. For my own needs, I need to not see all the stuff he plays with, or his clothes. So the bins I found are precisely for my non-viewing pleasure, and they look good too. Don't you love a good set of storage bins? I have 2 cute sets in this space, and I will share all of the details in the next day or so! A night light was also important so that I don't end up with 12 legs in my own bed. Honestly I don't think there are actually 12 legs crammed in my bed, who really knows...but it feels that way in the middle of the night and as a mom you lose count after the first set comes crawling in for the 2nd (or 3rd) time, don't you? Ugh. Pretty was also on his list and I'm pretty sure 'cool' was thrown in there somewhere too... right along side 'some shiny stuff' and, 'don't make it look dumb'.

As if... don't they know by now? 

What do you think? You guys!!! I am so excited about this room. It challenged me in so many ways I can't even tell you. I planned, and pinned, and researched for the best deals online. I made a several of the projects for this space and I hunted for the perfect inspiration for the wall treatment (and then redid that sucker about 89 times). I surfed craiglist, and stalked a few people until they sold me their goods whether they wanted to or not and I earned a mighty sum of Bing Rewards in a very short amount of time. They now have an app, which is perfect for me since I do a lot of surfing of those interwebs from my phone. You know, while I am doing other tasks like feeding the baby or riding in the car, so in just a few weeks I racked up enough points on just this project to earn myself Silver status! Yahoo, and now I shall be able to redeem those points for gift cards to Amazon (yahoo), Starbuck's (yahoo), Sephora (if I ever left the house other than to run to Home Depot this might be nice). I shop from Amazon so much for projects so this is a perfect marriage of work and reward for me! Like truly madly deeply, love! 

You can sign up for Bing Rewards and earn your own points every time you search or just for jumping on the internet, even for playing along in a fun little game or learning a fun fact, which is cool. You don't have to do anything but sign up. No cost, no effort, just their way of saying thank you for using Bing. And that my friends is pretty cool! 

I am awfully grateful to them for sponsoring this project and grateful to you for sharing in this project with me. It almost killed me here this last week trying to get it done before I leave, so it feels amazing to see if virtually completed. I hope you like it, and share it, and sign up and earn some coffee... on me... actually on Bing (I'm just the pretty room behind the big cool brand!) #BingRewards is where it's at my friends

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This post was created in partnership with Bing.

 

 

Apr
12
2014

Aaaaahhh yes, and yes I couldn't quite tell you if that was a sigh or a bit of a scream and this week has been like that in a nutshell. While this space and this article have nothing whatever to do with Singapore or cocktail recipes, I do indeed enjoy myself a good Singapore Sling, one of my faves actually, and the easy minimal styling of this space by Weekday Carnival has me curled up in fetal position (in my mind of course), wishing this week would hurry to a close.

One // My house is a hot mess 99.9% of the time. This is not an exaggeration. We even have house cleaners, because if we didn't, they would haul us off to hoarders anonymous and take our kids away. But it is no joke to say that within 3 hours of having our house spotless, it's already heading down the slippery slope of doom. By the next morning, it's a wreck again. Life is messy, and having young children is messy, but life as a DIY blogger is exceptionally messy. Projects, shipments, pieces and parts are everywhere all of the time. Always. And have I mentioned I'm the only girl in the house. It's a pig sty.

Two // It's my life long dream to design products. Not just one type of product, but all varieties of things. I have wanted to do this since I was a wee little girl and I think about it constantly. From hardware to notebooks, lighting and furniture, bedding, tools, you name it, I think about it. It's all consuming, all the time... literally.

Three // The Bird (my toddler for those of you who are new here) loves to dance. Seriously loves it, complete with a little baby fist pump, which I may or may not have taught him... no comment. I foster this love of music and dancing by singing him silly songs (of course) and letting him watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua III - Viva La Fiesta, which happens to have some of the best baby dancing music around. Also, he has just recently learned to say 'movie', so naturally I help further his understanding of language by reaffirming his proper use of the word and showing him said 'movie'. One might also assume that these woofs help with a bit of the babysitting and distracting around these parts since we are in dire need of both, much of the time.  

Four // The Mr. and I have been fighting like crazy over time. I mentioned that here as well, but I feel like it's at an all time high right now and I have reached a breaking point. From my perspective it seems as though he is tipping the scales in his own favor with things that are 'beyond his control' and I resent him for this. Naturally time taken in one direction is at the sacrifice of the other, and lately that has meant me. Since I have the crazier schedule at the moment, to be the one sacrificing time seems like sheer insanity and it's wearing on me both physically and mentally. I'm working on very little sleep and have only posted to this site once this week. I'm sure his perspective is different, as these things always go, but it's hard to see things clearly when you are deep in the midst of what feels like a personal crisis. I'm finding that it's hard to fight for a marriage when you spend so much time fighting for yourself as an individual, but I am hoping to learn to forgive and step outside of my own personal needs to see if we can overcome this. I just don't know how for the moment so it's a process I will have to grow into. Eek, how is that for turning picture perfect on it's head. More like falling apart at the seams around here. 

Five // I have a constant slew of silly songs running through my head at every moment of the day. My kiddos know the words and the rhythms to these well before they know any proper nursery rhymes or baby songs. Both of my boys immediately start to dance when I start to sing one of my silly songs. Blake, who is now 6 doesn't dance quite as much, or at least there was a period there where he didn't, but he seems to a bit more now... but the Bird... he is totally into it and fully jams to any beats I throw his way. It's awesome, and I adore this about them. I wonder if they like this about me? It's definitely not a normal sane person thing, I don't think, but it seems I spawn kids who are equally as weird as I am (yes, just ask my family, we are weird) and I am awfully glad of that because otherwise I would be the only weirdo on her weirdo island in a house full of boys. Eek. 

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Image Credit: Weekday Carnival

Apr
07
2014

Yahoo! This post has been months in coming, and honestly the only reason it has taken so long is because I have been so stupidly busy that I have not had time to write it. Ridiculous. TDC has grown by leaps and bounds in the last several years and I am ready to expand and grow in ways I haven't even had the chance to explore or attempt yet because there aren't enough hours in the day for me to do it alone. With 2 littles in the house, forget about anything getting done in a timely manner, and frankly that is how it should be anyhow while they are still little and moderately enjoyable. 

TDC 
Mar
27
2014

This space makes me ridiculously happy right now. From the Beni Ourain rug, to the vintage art and the brass loveseats.... I'm completely smitten. I am always drawn to moody colors and gorgeous neutral airy spaces, but it's easy to forget how important it is that we inject a dose of happy into our living environment, in whatever form that may be, and how much our environment can effect us. For me, this means eclectic and colorful but grounded in light, airy, and bright neutrals, with amazing art hung on every square inch of wall space. 

So here goes... 

One // Both Mr. TDC and I essentially started our own companies around the same time (I do not recommend this under any circumstances). As dualing entreprenuers in the house, we fight for time more than any other thing. It's a constant struggle because when one of us is with the kids, which has to be one of us at any given time, that person isn't able to work. If any of you have ever started or operated your own company, you know that the time you put in is directly related to what you get out, most of the time... so this is so amazingly hard on us. I can't even express how difficult this really is on two people who don't have family around or able to babysit often or a babysitter on hand and 2 small kiddos running loose. Though, my goodness it can always be worse. I try and remember that. 

Two // It turns out I grew up with this cute girl's baby daddy. And by 'grew up' I don't mean that we lived in the same state or general metropolitan area, I mean that we went to elementary school, Jr. High, and High School together... Somehow I never put the pieces together with the last name and all. Which is funny (or ridiculous). I guess it's all about context, eh? She just posted some of her maternity pics from an interview she did for Mini Magazine, so now you can see just how cute she and they actually are. It's adorable! I wonder if they fight over time for work... le sigh.

Three // I stopped nursing the Bird at the end of January just before I headed to Utah for an event with Cricut and ALT Summit, and everything went swimmingly for the first few weeks right up until a hefty dose of postpartum depression crept in. I didn't actually know this was even a 'thing' but lucky me... it totally is! Yay. I have been in a pretty major funk for the last two months and it's made getting projects done and handling life so much more difficult. I am thankful that it's going to be a more short lived variety than is typical after having a baby, but this has been one of the most difficult times for me and I have a whole new level of appreciation for people who go through this. I think this is a topic that could use a lot more conversation and information flowing more freely out there and I hope to be a catalyst for that perhaps.

Four // The way to my heart is through sweet treats and candy... and by sweet treats I pretty much mean chocolate chip cookies but most anything will do, most of the time. I'm basically obsessed with candy and my fave is gummy cherries and those sour red and yellow filled twizzler things. I don't know what they are actually called, but I stock up when I'm traveling. 

Five // Today is the one year anniversary of my Grandma's passing. I am not even remotely healed from that loss and I haven't actually visited her grave site. Today is the day I will do that for the first time and I'm sure it will be cathartic but to be honest I feel like I honor her every single day and that her grave makes the loss so permanent. I haven't been ready to face that. We shall see how it goes...

Ok, phew I did it and gosh those were mostly depressing. Hopefully as we get into this more and I find my groove, my 5 things won't be so heavy. I figure we have to break the seal somehow though, so there you have it.

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Image Source: Via - not able to find the original image source. If you know, please let me know... 

Mar
20
2014

I have been writing away over at HGTV and stirring up some fabulous controversy over a few of the current trends du jour. I am playing catchup here just a tad but wanted to update you lovely folks on the articles I have published so far! This topic of trends and where they came from, where they seem to be now, how they have morphed and changed this time around, and how you feel about them is one of my favorite things to talk about, without doubt.

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Mar
11
2014

This project is brought to you by Kleenex, all styling, neurotic issues and seasonal sinuses are 100% my own. 

Toys are inevitable... no matter how hard I try to keep toys in a particular spot, they just keep creeping back in like the plague. A large basket is perfect for them and can hold throw pillows that are really only for decoration and not technically for sleeping. The other option is launching them onto the floor or the couch before I settle in for bed. I'm thinking the basket is the better of the two. The drawer of the desk stores lotions and creams that I need for my hands and for diaper changing since much of that happens here as well. It also hides the remotes, notepads, pens and my iPad so that I can work (or not work) without the bird going nuts for any of those things, since he is absolutely obsessed with each and every one of them and is now a master button pusher and learning how to color and throw, sometimes simultaneously! Eek. The faux snakeskin box holds pictures, drawings and cute little memory keepsakes that I don't want tiny little hands getting into but need to regularly add to as they happen. It helps me to keep their 'home' close at hand so I don't set these things in another spot with the intention of putting them away later... and then never get around to it... you know you guys do this too. I love a living plant in a space, and this one has the added benefit of keeping the lid on the box and acting as a deterrent for the tiny people running about, without being so big and heavy it's a danger. 

I purchased a very thin marble slab tile to use a an oversized coaster of sorts, so I can set glasses and dishes. I'm not going to lie, I eat in bed, a ton... truly. Having a surface to set things so wood won't get damaged from water or drips is quite nice. But, should I have a little spill, a tissue is easy at hand to do the job. I use Kleenex for essentially everything, including spills around the house. The fact that Kleenex has created boxes that are cute and can stay out in plain sight without having to be hidden away is kind of fabulous and I'm so appreciative. When you constantly have 800 things you are holding and you need to clean up a spill or a drip, being able to pull out one or even a couple of tissues with one free hand (or a finger) instead of having to manhandle the paper towel roll or search for a towel, is perhaps the most convenient thing in the world. If you are a mom, you know exactly what I am talking about. I think this habit started when I had my first baby and has managed to stick around ever since. It's just so much easier, especially when your children are still small and more hands-on, so I turn to it time and again. Also, it's quite possible my little family has some of the worst seasonal allergies I have ever seen, so between my excessive and inexplicable use of Kleenex for virtually all household purposes (they actually now have products specifically for household purposes like hand towels, which is amazing - though for me it's a convenience thing, one box, one thing to buy, 100 uses) and our nasal issues, we go through tissue in bulk. Having several design options in styles that match my decor for any particular space saves me and the mister from bickering when I ask him to stock up and to choose some that 'match'. That would be the kind of thing that might send him over the edge most of the time, and a non-matching design might literally do me in... but with stylish options like Kleenex has created, all I have to do is provide him with a color and set him loose. For this space I tend to prefer a neutral or a peach and they designs in both!  I don't have to hide the box behind a large pot or lamp (yep you know you have done that too) and it can live right out in the open and that make me a happy gal. It's the small things in life I guess, isn't it...

Be sure to check out the Kleenex style finder to see which style suits you best and while you are there check out some of the fun facts about Kleenex throughout their 90 years, it's pretty interesting and you can see the new designs while you are there and find one that works with your own decor! Celebrate your sinuses or your own weird uses for tissue and let your box live out loud in plain sight! 

Disclosure // Thank you to Kleenex for sponsoring this project and for creating an updated, modern, and stylish product package. I think we all appreciate a company who considers our needs as a consumer, at least I know I do! 

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