3.30.2015

Boy Mom Madness {Boy Bedrooms}

Today kicks off a super fun blogger collaboration on snips and snails and puppy dog tails and ALL THINGS BOY!!!  Over the next five days, we will share and dish on things like boy inspired decor, organization, DIY, and style, with the whole shebang ending in a link party and AMAZING not-to-be-missed giveaway!!!  If you’re new here, I’m the proud (yet girly girl) mommy of nine year old and six year old sons.  They challenge and inspire me daily and have brought more adventure to my life than I ever could have imagined.  I hope you’ll stick around after the series is over!

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Moving right along to the topic du jour, I’ve got TWO boy bedrooms to share today.  And while I have two of them decorated and set up, they still sleep together in one. It is the sweetest thing in the world and I will never rush them to adopt their own spaces.  In both rooms I let the boys lead the direction of colors and things they love, but tried to design spaces that fit the rest of the house and would grow with them for years to come.  There are a few common things that I did in both rooms…
1. Original art
2. Plenty of space to nicely display favorite books, toys and treasures
3. Gallery walls for inspirational words and family photos
4. Good lighting for both playing (nice and bright), reading at night (lamps) and sleeping (dimmers)

Up first is John’s room.  He desired a room with “blue, black and lots of fish”, and we worked on this space over the course of a year.  Throughout our home I display things that we love and use family antiques, and the boy’s rooms are no exception.  This room was originally two but a previous owner removed a wall to make one very large space.  In addition to just sleeping, there is room to play and a dedicated desk area for school work and studying (down the road… we are not quite independent on these things).  You can find many, many more details and all the sources for this room HERE.

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While my little one has his very own bedroom, it’s really just used to hold his “treasures” and clothes at this point.  He was only four when I did his room so he didn’t have a whole lot of demands as far as décor.  He wanted one big crab for the wall and I left everything else very neutral.  You can find many, many more details and all the sources for this room HERE.

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Be sure to hop over to the other boy mom blogs and check out where their little ones lay their heads at night!
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We’ll wrap up our Boy Mom Madness week with the ULTIMATE BOY MOM BUNDLE prize pack worth over $500. So many amazing vendors have offered their goodies!  By the way, don't worry if you are not a boy-mom. I know any girl mom, aunt, grandma, sister, brother, dad, ok, pretty much ANYONE would be over the moon to win this prize pack!

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Come back tomorrow for Oh Boy Organization!!
xoxo

3.29.2015

Musings

It’s time to catch up on some musings, goings and doings…

 

This is the happiest mail day I ever did see… pink scalloped Lilly shorts (thanks Mother and Daddy-O), a new pink phone charger (to differentiate mine from the boys’), and two spring reads!

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Bestie P and I had an impromptu date at Café at Pharr in Vinings.  You must go if you have not.  YUMMMMMMM!

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We also spent a lovely Spring evening catching up with the littles played outside.  Makes me SO excited for summer!

 

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I have a love hate relationship with this hat.  I mean, I hate it because it’s so silly.  And I love it because it keeps me warm when we walk to school.  And I double love it because it is so darn embarrassing to John.  LOL, y’all.

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Speaking of John, he’s ditched baseball for track and field this season.  And he LOVES it!!!  Honey and I have been on him to give it a shot for some time now.  I mean, he has consistently placed in school runs since Kindergarten and shows natural talent.  So happy to see him happy and loving something new.

 

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These happy little notepads made their way to etsy customers last week.  You can find them in the Preppy Papers section of our shop.

 

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I spent a day down at the old stomping grounds last week.  Go Jackets!!!

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Baby girl came over in a cute little Old Navy dress at the eleventh hour to get my littles off the bus when I was running late.  I had just received this precious Beaufort Bonnet and it matched perfectly!!

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John is learning all about heat and energy in school.  This is evidence of how he can come up with ANY reason to need to eat a marshmallow.  “It’s a heat experiment to see what happens when I microwave them.”  *riiiiiight*  PS. Giant marshmallows courtesy of bestie M.  She knows the way to John’s heart.

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Mother and Daddy-O came to town this weekend to celebrate my birthday with the fam.  My request for 39 was takeout from my fave bbq joint and game night.  A few eyes might have rolled but everyone knows they had fun in the end :-)

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Bird and Cookie had their very first sleepover that same night.  They really had the BEST time and I look forward to many years of cousin slumber parties!!  Daddy-O ran out for Krispy Kremes the next morning, which was icing on the cake.

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Mother and Daddy-O gave me these darling scalloped flamingo shorts for my birthday and Mother appliqued me a matching tank.  Now, can we please get some warm sunny days…

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With that, I’ve got ten thousand things on my to-do list.  Better get crack-a-lackin.

xoxo

3.28.2015

Chalk Project {March}

I spent quite a lot of time at school this week!  Not only did I get to attend the third grade field trip, but I was also a center volunteer in the baby's class.  Afterwards, we fashioned a chalk rainbow on the sidewalk and turned the students into silly little leprechauns for this month’s photo.

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I think that the parents are going to go wild when they get their Kindergarten year photo books.  Just a couple more to go before I’ve got a first grader on my hands.  How is that even possible?!?!

We've got a soccer game, a baseball game and the funeral for my dear, sweet friend M's mother today.  My heart hurts for her, her father and her whole family.
xoxo


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3.27.2015

Atlanta History Center: Fight for Your Rights

I had the supreme privilege of tagging along on the third grade field trip to the Atlanta History Center last week.  They are in the throes of learning about the civil rights movement and this remarkably immersive and engaging day took them back to the late 1940’s through early 1960’s to fight for their rights.  I fear that I really cannot do this experience justice in my explanation. 

In 1946, the students sat in the sanctuary of a small black Atlanta church and were inspired to register to vote after a rousing call to action by John Wesley Dobbs.

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In 1941, they united as college students in a sit-in at Lester Maddox’s Pickrick Restaurant.  This was my favorite of the three experiences.  The students peacefully entered the restaurant with the intent to be served.  They went in knowing that they would be called names, threatened, humiliated and possibly attached, yet promised to remain peaceful and polite.  They were willing to give up their opportunity at a college education and at risk to their parent’s jobs.  They truly risked it all to be a freedom fighter. 

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When Lester came out and saw the sit-in, he literally exploded.  It was pretty scary… even for me.  I can’t imagine how the kids felt.  He called them awful names and literally slammed the wooden end of a pickax on their tables demanding that they leave.  I realize this sounds extreme, but I’m not sure any of the kids really understood the civil rights movement and just how hard it was until this.



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The third part of our day was spent on a courageous Freedom Ride into the Deep South.

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The students were randomly given white and black wrist bands to indicate their color.  They were all a part of the movement. 
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They boarded the bus, sang songs, and simulated the ride through the South.  In Alabama they were met with awful protestors that mobbed and burned their bus, sending many of them to the hospital.



Up against great odds, the Freedom Fighters showed courage, determination and willingness to lose it all.  I think it’s safe to say that we all left humbled and inspired.  What an amazing day!
xoxo

3.26.2015

Share Your Style #6 {Party + Features}

It's time for another Share Your Style party!!!  A big thank you goes out to each and every one of you who have joined in so far.  Each week one of your hosts will take a turn choosing the features, and then ALL EIGHT of us will share them on our blogs for tons of exposure. 

THIS WEEK'S HOST:
Martina from Northern Nesting!!

"My favorite "style" is French Country...I love sharing my latest projects, and home decor changes on my blog...so if your not already I would love for you to stop on by and follow me...I love making new friends!"



MARTINA'S FEATURED LINKS: 

Cristina over @ Finding Grace Interiors  
shared her family rooms pretty makeover...

The blog CottageFix shared a beautiful spring vignette...

Cindy over @ Edith & Evelyn Vintage Interiors shared her stunning dining room transformation...

Vickie over @ Ranger 911 found a beautiful lead glass window and hung it in her living room...love it!


If one of your links was featured, be sure to grab our button before you go!!


Now, on to this week!  We hope you'll join in with your decor, vintage, DIY, tablescapes, creations and yummies… in other words, pretty much anything STYLE related.  Grab our party button and add it to the bottom of the posts you link up:

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It’s time to party!
xoxo


3.25.2015

Spring Hop {Easter Table}

Today wraps up our quick little Spring Blog Hop and it’s my day to share (along with bestie R)!

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The past few years I’ve gone with nests and blue eggs for Easter, but a host of gorgeous spring days inspired me to make things more colorful and to haul out the bunnies.

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I popped in Trader Joe’s for my weekly bunch of blooms and, while I originally went in for pink, I literally bee-lined for the last of the white “fancy tulips”.  They are just gorgeous!!!

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I’ve had the moss covered bunnies for ages and thought they were perfect here on the dining table.  Since I was going for casual, springy and flirty, I fashioned a table runner out of wrapping paper.  (Target)

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The bunny salad plates were from Ross Simons the year we were married.  All of the white china, urn and candlesticks are Butler’s Pantry. 

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I think we are going to go ahead and have our Sunday Suppers in here the next couple of weeks!!  And then I have more NEW salad plates to share with y’all!!!!!  The thing I love most about our plain white china is collecting all sorts of fun salad plates to go with it.

Be sure to link up YOUR spring inspired posts starting tonight at our weekly Share Your Style party!
xoxo

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