DIY toddler friendly playroom

ladies and gents it’s finally done. This project moved RE.DIC.u.lous.LY SLLLLOOW!! But we’ve finally finished and are unveiling!!!

The magnetic chalkboard

It originally was to be a PVC desk hinged to the wall to flip down with an acrylic top…hard to picture I know think this just turned 180 degrees with an acrylic top. Sadly, we didn’t have the correct tools and it probably would have been way more expensive than we would really want to attempt for a kids desk….needless to say the project has evolved many times. But our end result was not only SUPER cheap but also SUPER cool. Take a peek…..IMG_2908.JPG I painted the acrylic with 3 layers of magnetic paint (which was on clearance for 3$ each, score!) leveled it as best I could and then topped with 3 coats of chalk board spray paint. The frame was cut from cheap menards 1x3s to fit the acrylic 48×24-rectangle shape. I pre-drilled holes through the acrylic and wood to secure together- I did crack the acrylic in a spot or two from drilling the screw in too far-so be careful with that step. I then divided out the frame to fit craft items we had inside. We then hinged it to the wall and secured with a pad lock – chyeah we have twin toddlers-note that fabric strip tying the toy box closed also 😉 I made a plastic “pocket” with hot glue and some extra crafting plastic sheeting I had. IMG_2909.JPG

huge plus, it fits just about ALL of the littles crafting items! P.s. I used some trim from the book shelves to create a “lip” on the bottom of the chalk board to set chalk markers or brushes on.
DIY wall book shelves-supersaver edition

IMG_2926.JPGThey are literally just painted 1x4s with pre-painted trim wood glued or nailed on to create a “lip”. I secured them to wall studs with small corner braces (one on each shelf end). Voila!! I’m super happy with how these little reading nooks turned out. OHHHH and the Bonus project? The pouf!! Perfect toddler seating but, that was yet another project gone awry…it started out as a seat cover for the stroller when the boys were infants. But they NEVER napped in stores and hated being covered 😦 boo!! But I easily repurposed the “hood” shape to make complete circles and left a zipper hole to fill it with old blankets and plushies!

Changes and challenges

While daily life seems pretty basic here we’ve had a few big steps in family life overall this month.
First, the play room is DONE!! I couldn’t be happier and I think the boys are ecstatic! The morning of our reveal A played for almost 30min solo…and NICELY. Almost unheard of for that mischievous lil guy. So, stay tuned I’ll be doing a DIY entry on the magnetic chalkboard with storage that I made for about $50 and the $5 book shelves!!
Work life for Scott has been exciting to say the least, with his boss moving to a new position Scott is being “groomed” by that bosses boss. Though there’s no official word, we’re hopeful. But, if that doesn’t work out the company he works for recently acquired a smaller company….IN TEMECULA, CA! They are starting to post job openings out there now. This is where Scott had his second internship with Abbott. We absolutely fell in love with the area and both of us dreamed of living in the picturesque mountains. At this point I think we would welcome either option as we are simply enjoying life and open to whatever changes it brings.
The dogs seem to be, well more specifically JACK, full of issues lately. On top of the skunk incident he also stepped on glass leaving a half inch wide and inch deep “stab” in the webbing between his left rear paw. This is the same spot that exactly a year ago he had an auto immune flair up and the hair still hasn’t grown back. AAANd he cracked his “I” tooth, so that needs to be removed. He will be having surgery pre-op next week for that and his joints. As some of you know he’s been battling joint related auto immune issues most of this life and this is just another step in dealing with that. Also, on the dog front we are getting more :0 not to keep…just foster pups. I’m finding naming becomes harder with every new foster, so out came the baby names books 😉 Hopefully, we will be picking up a pup or puppies soon!
In other news we finally got the jogger pod! I couldn’t be happier with it, really, it turns on a dime, and it’s suuuuper easy to push -even Scott was gushing about this thing! Plus, it’s discontinued so were able to get it brand new at a sale price:) It’s making outings a bit easier again and we’ve been out practically everyday since it arrived! I know Scott’s looking forward to getting out jogging with them.
Last week was also Scott’s birthday so I set up a few different surprises and a trip to the fair for the weekend! We met up with an old friend of mine who’s husband is also military… so while the guys got to laugh about the bad drill formations they saw, and she and I caught up a bit. We had a blast and the kiddos did too. You can see them sneaking a nap together in the pod


Ok first, how the hell is it just days away from august?! Where was summer? And yes, I’m referring to the hot.sticky.schhhvetty.summer. Maybe I’m the only one bit disappointed, but guys in less than 3m we could be up to our ankles in SNOW. And remember what that polar vortex is like when it’s already cold?!

……meanwhile in Wisconsin……

But, aside from the unusually cool temperatures and the regular few mix ups or problems, things have been going fairly smoothly. We did get the new-to-us grill hooked up, and we already forgot to turn it off once…oopsy. We had our cookout this past weekend which was great to see everyone!! The boys even got to see auntie kimmy-I’m just sad we didn’t get any pictures of them together! The no show from an acquaintance who was supposed to sell her party lite stuff was a disappointment because a few of us planned on getting some Xmas gifts. The highlight by far was nana and an ex-military friend of Scott’s getting into a water fight, priceless.
Scott may have been an innocent bystander but still got drenched 😉
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We were able to finally take advantage of the garden!!20140728-072145-26505976.jpg
But I’ll save that for another post:)

Life is good

After many challenging times, July has brought some amazing news! We have gotten official word that Scott’s “work-from-home status” will kick in the last week of July!!!! I couldn’t me more ecstatic 🙂 He also got word that he is eligible for upcoming bonus cycles…..AAAAnd that there is potentially a new position in his future. Needless to say his gusto for work has been rekindled 😉
The littles are changing and growing daily. A is regularly stringing 2/3 words together. And were one goes the other follows in a matter of days. They have been loving the magnetic chalk wall I made for them though, I have yet to actually put it on the wall. They love using the magnets, but Im not quite daring enough to use chalk(I HATE the sound).
The neighbor also found us a grill….we have to hook it up yet, but hopefully Scott will get to it this weekend! It will hook right up to our natural gas lines though so super convenient and no worries about forgetting charcoal. Plus, super timing, now well have it for our get together next weekend 🙂
Jack threw us for a loop on Thursday night when he killed a skunk in the yard. Never thought that would happen :0 but, since we washed him up immediately the smell hasn’t really lingered. It did scare the crap out of me though. 20140718-122045-44445212.jpg
And it looks like well be rounding out this week by getting our TV wall mounted today (I have been waiting for this day since A&B could pull up on it) and getting our new stroller jogger pod this weekend!!!
The garden has just exploded, all except my mini-multicolor peppers and watermelon(possibly some of my favorite garden fresh items, sad-face….)at least the pineapples are finally growing. It looks like we will have plenty to store for the winter! Now we just need to find a cheap freezer….. 🙂


Ok, so it’s fair to say that the meaning of “organization” has greatly changed since having A&B 😉 Before it meant perfection all around, now, it just means I picked up….kind of.
Since Scott was home for our anniversary 20140712-163640-59800141.jpg

Yes, we had an amazing date night 🙂

We got the chance to unpack a bit more (our last few…i think… I hope) and organize old fashioned way in the office! It’s almost done 🙂
In the mean time I’m attempting to get a magnetic chalk board for the boys play room finished up this week.
The garden is also keeping me very busy and has really taken off….we had so many tomatoes and I couldn’t bare to kill em so I put then in old totes :0 they are still growing, flowering even. We just want enough for sauces.
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Back to the Basics

Well, after much consideration I have decided *for now* I will only be doing family updating on the blog. While I don’t want to loose all of the memories stored on the page I have found the time it takes for me to log the DIY and product reviews is too much. I would rather spend it on the boys:) for that reason I will keep projects to a minimum and do mostly updates on family a nice way to log our lives and look back!

Strawberry fields forever

Ok cheesy -I know- but these fields really did stretch on forever! Scott and I took the littles Strawberry picking at Stades!20140623-222431-80671606.jpgThis farm has a huge summer patch with ample space for picking. Granted, we went on a Monday afternoon but still- with about 20 people there none were even close to us:) 20140623-222434-80674771.jpgwe did find toooons of amazingly sweet juicy strawberries 20140623-222433-80673312.jpgIt was super tricky to juggle the littles and a strawberry bucket… time we will be bringing the jogger pod! Or plan on taking turns picking.20140623-222430-80670136.jpgBut we had a wonderful day finding a new summer fav. especially because their market has veggies, and they have a section of farm-attractions for littles! p*s* yes, I did get strawberry stains on the lovely white dress I stupidly wore… BUT…I found out yet another use for vinegar-stain removal! I dropped a splash into the bathroom sink with warm water let it soak for about 20min and voila…no stain:) Sadly, this wasn’t even the “highlight” from the trip, DeeDee took that prize by eating our remote in the 2 hours we were gone. Even though she’s turning 6 next month she’s still a Sassy Lil Lady!

Vinegar and it’s many uses

This cheap addition to your cleaning products is pretty easy (we use it regularly) but I am always amazed but the amount of uses it really has.
Here are a few that we’ve found really handy!

Fruits bath: to rinse fruits after you bring them home from the store I dilute one cup of vinegar to a sink full of water. I’ve found this helps keep fruits just a bit longer.

Floor cleaner: especially for woods it’s a great natural cleaner. I use the cleaner I make but I do have to be sure to dilute it (50/50) otherwise it leaves the floor a bit sticky/tacky.

Drain Cleaner: pretty basic ingredients that are more gentle on your plumbing than drano. And much better for our septic system. We tried it today and it went pretty well! Our drains were moving a little slow and it did the trick.

Weed killer: ok, everyone has probably seen this natural weed killer floating around Facebook. Well, since the end of our driveway is covered in em we thought we’d give it a shot. Works perfect! We bought a 7$ handheld pressure sprayer from Menards. Mixed 1/4c of dawn dishsoap, 1/2c Epsom salt, and 1/2 gallon of vinegar….of course the recipe if relatively flexible and can easily be doubled or cut in half depending on your needs. I hate measuring so this is a plus for me 😉

In other news Scott and I rang in the first Saturday of summer doing grill-out with some kid less friends…..while, it was great to get out and everyone was amazing with the kiddos. I think we left more exhausted from chasing the littles all afternoon and quickly remembered why we normally just have family watch them for us to get out. I give major props to the families that go for this scenario because next time we’ll be sticking to the sitter.


The boys have been a challenge lately. And by challenge I mean, whiney, mischievous, little knobs. Granted, they are getting their 2 year molars…but…I literally saw one choke hold the other. I should add they love to play wrestle, but really guys?! As a parent when you walk in to see that kinda stuff you damn near crap yourself. If it was just this type of stuff I could handle the repetitive “be nice/gentle to your brother”. Ohhh, but it’s not. They go for yelling/whiney fits, so much so that I miss the phone call from the technician coming to fix the stove. But, of course he won’t answer when I call back. Then, while waiting through the ringing for a voicemail that’s not set up I hear a thud…..suspicious at best. That thud? Yeah, it was the front curtains being pulled down from our bay windows. NOT COOL guys…NOT.COOL!!! Finally quiet. The highlight of which was my picking up the yard only to cut both of my feet on glass. And then that stove tech rings the door bell. Now, all hell truly breaks loose because jacks REDICULOUS freak out ensues. Picking him up to put him in the office, Diva, who has freshly cut nails, runs across the top of my foot. Cutting a perfect line from pinkie to big toe:) And that “nap time” I’d hoped for…yeah.right. Because,nooo nooo, we’ve decided that sleep is so unneeded for teething toddlers. That 2.5 hour mid-day nap is only a distant mommy memory now. So after just 45 min nap time is done. So, by this point in the day I’m gimping around just trying to keep up cleaning behind the twin tornadoes, plus, I now have a tech in my house and two dogs who are bent on making him their new ball time BFF, oh and the twins startled out of naps. Glorious. I drink my way to 6pm/Scott getting home. He takes over for the few hours until bed time. But this day is nicely capped by finding urine soaked sheets in the bed of a potty trained kiddo……ahhhh where’s the big gulp.
Mondays done,
Tuesdays another day…….wait it’s Wednesday already….20140618-095046-35446634.jpg

twin land ❤

Daddy Day!!

Well not quite the weekend but Scott surprised me and took off today to extend my Birthday celebrations. So as promised we FINALLY went to Rebuilders Exchange!!!

BBclass list

AAAAnd we even made it to IKEA and Carters 🙂 seems even for mommas birthday the kiddos get spoiled. But they did need new mattresses as they are a whole 3ft and 1inches already!! The train track since they have been loving trains lately and a paper roll for crafts. And a few new shirts from carters were only a dollar since we had that “carters cash.”ikea train track
Plus we even had time for homemade Popsicles and a Water blob!

Homemade popsiclesDIY water blob