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THE PERFECT MOTHERS’ DAY GIFT with CASE STATION

Thanks for everyone’s input on the last post regarding our family travels. Since then, we decided that the trip to Estes next month seemed more appealing to fly 1 hr as opposed to a 10 hr drive. Duh, right? So the flights are booked and the VRBO is reserved. We’re basically already there. 😉 The thought of minimal cleaning (oh, and quality time with my loves, of course) has me counting down the days. But now let’s talk about something else I’ve been pretty giddy about: my new phone case from Case Station.

I’m not a techie person, seldom wear a watch, and lose my phone daily. So getting me a tech-related gift for Mothers’ Day wouldn’t normally score the hubby many points. Until now. Recently, we each got a phone case from Case Station and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the design, quality and durability. In the world of a billion different phone cases, I wanted something personal and practical. “Personal” meaning I wanted the imagery to mean something to me. “Practical” meaning “when the girls I (who am I kidding?) drop it daily, it will hold up and prevent injury to my phone.” Here is why we think Case Station is a step above the rest in creating the perfect personalized phone case:

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CAMERON the EASTERN BLUEBIRD + COOL BIRD STUFF

Mya had bird camp last week, which means they made some bird crafts, listened to bird calls, read bird books, and sang bird songs… which– for all of you who know Mya just a little bit– couldn’t be more perfect for our outdoorsy girl. It seems Mya’s birdie obsession started even before her first birdday party! (Ahhhh– looking back at those pics, I canNOT believe how much my girls look alike!) So in the spirit of the bird, I must share some bird finds and a fun story with you guys…

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KID DECOR: GRAPHIC ACCENT WALLS

We’re spring cleaning over here. Mya loves cleaning and organizing (and I’m hoping this continues until… forever.) Her most recent job is going through all her little things in her room and deciding what she wants to donate. Sometimes she’ll come across something and says, “I don’t really like this anymore. Let’s give it to baby Leah.” So thoughtful– pawning off what she deems as junk to her lil’ sister. (Insert eye roll here.) But she seems genuinely thoughtful when she says it, so we’ll go with it!

As we’ve been spending our rainy days decluttering in the girls’ rooms, it got me thinking about what I would love to do in their rooms in five or so years. The girls’ rooms are considered “finished” for now and their rooms are some of my favorite spaces in our home. But if I didn’t have a budget, their whimsical, yet sophisticated spaces would look a lot differently. One of the elements that I looooove seeing in kids’ rooms is a bold and bright accent wall. If there’s any space in the home to apply something so graphic, I’d say this is the place to do it. And since my feminine side is rejoicing everyday with two little girls, I would definitely go with some large scale florals.

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BABY LEAH’S ROOM

We’re finally getting around to showing you Leah’s baby room! I took these pictures back in early November, but not much has changed since then… except now we actually get to enjoy baby girl’s room with her! There are still some small things left to do, but if I wait to reveal before every little thing is “finished”, you might not see it until 2017! And I’m just too excited not to share…

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WEEKLY RANDOMS

Trying something new here. Since I feel like my mind is always in ten different places at once– we’ll call it an “organized mess” if you will, I thought we’d start a series called “weekly randoms.” This is when I’ll share things not so much worthy of a whole post, but maybe odds and ends that we find and just everyday happenings. There are really no boundaries, so buckle your seat belts, people… it’s gonna be a wild ride!

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If you are into interior design, this is a pretty cool app. I have always liked browsing the Zillow real estate app because it’s always fun to see what’s on the market (no, we don’t want to move anytime soon!), and now Zillow Digs came into my life and made my nights a whole lot less productive! It’s kind of like pinterest, but with just indoor and outdoor spaces. It is super descriptive as you can customize searches and calls out specific paint colors, prices on furniture and finishes… it’s basically awesome. So you should check it out.

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DISPLAYING KIDS’ ARTWORK

I totally get it. You cherish every little momento that your child makes. Every marker drawing, sticker creation, used bandaid. Wait. What. No, I haven’t done that. That would be weird. (Awkward silence.) But I’ve come to realize that I cannot save everything. Some of her pieces we send in the mail to family, her favorites make it to the fridge, but– dare I admit it?!– I’ve started throwing some stuff away! Recently, though, I found a way to collage some of her similar doodles and I adore how it turned out.

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FINDING INSPIRATION in ABSTRACT PAINTINGS

We have a blank wall that stares you in the face when you first walk in our front door. It’s nakedness makes me uncomfortable and the issue needs to be addressed. The solution? We’re going to slap a big abstract painting up there. But that means I need to paint something. And recently, unwinding at the end of the night has been a bit shy of artistic production– involving dark chocolate, graham crackers dipped in milk, and pinterest. If you follow our pins, you have recently been bombarded with colorful, saturated paintings that I hope liven your senses. At least that’s what they do for me. Or maybe it’s the sugar. But I’m going to say it’s the inspirational art.

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PLANNING a BLUE SPARKLY BIRTHDAY PARTY

Mya turns 3 in less than a month and she definitely has more opinions in the party planning than the past two birthdays. Whenever I drop her off at preschool, she usually has a request, such as “Please get me chocolate milk and applesauce at the store.” But recently, the requests have been centered around her blue sparkly birthday party theme: “I think I need a blue sparkly bow for my party” or “I want all my friends to dance with me” or “We’re going to paint at my party… but don’t worry, we won’t make a mess” or “Everyone will wear blue!” So yeah. She definitely has inputed some ideas and I love how she’s so into it. I’m also pumped as to the ease of planning a one color themed party!

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BROOKSIDE ART FAIR

One fun event that we attended this year was the Brookside Art Fair. We blew through it because Mya was taking more interest in the dogs and babies (just like last year), but we nailed down some of our faves to share with you.

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MYA’S ROOM

Welcome to Mya’s room. As she is growing up way too fast and her room will also be ever-changing, it’s fun to document her little space. It’s difficult for me to pinpoint a specific “theme” for the room, except that it’s filled with color and feel-good things. Many items are from my childhood and we were able to save a lot of money on furniture. Her crib is from Ikea and the white cabinet/ shelving unit was given to us. Every picture, blanket, and stuffed animal is meaningful to us and probably won’t be to you; but we hope you enjoy the tour nonetheless!

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SHELVING FOR KIDS

Not sure what’s my deal, but I have been soooooo unproductive lately. My nights have consisted of sitting on the couch eating waffles, watching “Parks and Recreation” reruns, and making lists of what I should be doing. I think I’m finally getting out of my weeklong slump, but there are no guarantees. On the upside, my Pinterest boards are lookin’ pretty good. (Can I count that as productive? Yikes.) One of my favorite things to find are inspiring kid rooms. Probably because they’re whimsical, colorful, and anything goes. Since my Kid Decor board is getting out of control, I thought I’d narrow down some cool kid shelving solutions. Besides the abundantly creepy naked dolls on #4, these creative takes on storage are totally winners.

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BASEMENT BUILDOUT : THE PLAN

Teaming up for a home construction project probably isn’t the way most couples envision celebrating an anniversary together, but we have never been too concerned about doing things the conventional way. Life is pretty sweet with Ashley, and seeing her excitement to break out the power tools and learn some construction basics together is just another item in the long list of reasons why. To get things started, and especially since we’re rookies in this business, we wanted to get a good plan in place before we tackled this project. After some quick reading on the right way to build a wall, it was back to SketchUp to design our closet. On top of giving us a visual of what our completed project would look like, it helped get an accurate materials list together.

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