Monday, May 22, 2017

Board and Batten Wall in our Master Bedroom

I had been waiting and waiting to share this space with you until it was completely finished, but let's be real, these things take time...and money...and energy...

I wanted the whole shebang, you know?  A transformation complete with new Euro pillows, a pretty Safaveih rug, chalk-painted side tables, and a cute homemade sign for above the bed...

Pshhh...Who was I kidding?  Hello? -----> Time, money and energy!

So, instead, I figured I'd share the process of how we put up our board and batten and then hopefully I'll share the rest as it comes together.  Well, that's the plan anyway.  ;)

Here's what I did.

First I headed over to Home Depot and purchased some of this fun stuff...

Nine of these boards...

...and three of these...

In hindsight I could've used these larger pieces on the ends of the wall to really block in the board and batten.  Or I could've just purchased all of the boards at this wider width.  Moral of the story, if you're wanting a chunkier board and batten look, purchase the wider boards.  YOLO!  ;)

Now, I could've also used common board, which happens to be a little cheaper and it comes in the same size and basically the same smooth finish as the oak boards, but I had previously purchased a few oak boards to use as sample boards in the space.  So loooooong story short I just went with what I already had on hand and then purchased more of what I had once I decided to proceed with the project.

Just know that there are cheaper options out there.

Okay, so now that I've cleared that up, let's get busy.

First up, since the boards were four feet in length, I painted a little under four feet up the wall from our baseboard using Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.  I applied two coats to ensure full coverage.

Then I told Henry to finish it.

Okay, okay.  Just kidding.

He did, however, assist in some measuring and spacing of the boards.  ;)

Every board wasn't exactly the same size in length and the wall we were working on wasn't quite as straight and as even as we had hoped.  So to be sure the boards would be placed at the same height and with as little gap as possible, we drew a line four feet up from the baseboard and across the length of the wall using a level and then placed the boards "on top" of the line.  <----Geez, talk about a run on sentence.  Sorry about that.  ;)

Next, we used our nifty nail gun to nail the vertical boards in place.  We nailed in the two end boards first, then went to the middle board and worked our way outward from the center board back to the boards on the ends.

We also verified that every board was level and equally spaced apart.

I grabbed some Frog Tape and got to painting the boards...

...hours later I applied a second coat...

...and then a third...

After about a day I applied some caulk on all the edges and any gaps that I found between the boards.  

Voila!  Project:  Board and Batten Complete!

Now, if only I could find some cute Euro pillows, an affordable rug and about six hours to paint some side tables...  ;)

Marie :)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Henry's 6th Birthday Party Recap

Welp, friends, we officially have a six-year-old.

All the crying emojis.................seriously, all.of.them.

Our weekend consisted of a bounce house, pizza, some adult beverages, friends and family and lots and lots of fun!

I didn't get as many pictures as I would've liked, because we were too busy celebrating.  All-in-all, I'd call this past weekend a success.  Also, I was pretty relaxed the entire time, which is huge for me...well, with the exception of a couple moments...but all good things, all good things.

This cool kid was about to turn six.

Please, somebody...pass me a tissue and send me some vino stat!  My heart is a mess because I'm happy and sad all at the same time.  I tell ya, every birthday is the true definition of the word, bittersweet.

I didn't really go overboard with homemade decorations, cake or food this year.  Plus, boyfriend didn't know what kind of party he wanted until a week before AND invites didn't even go out (in text form) until the week before.


It all worked out though and I'm so grateful for our friends and family who came to help celebrate this sweet boy of ours.

Henry's cousins and Eliza were pumped to get this party started, even though they had been bouncing in the bounce house that we had rented since 11 a.m. that morning...the party was at 4.  Can you say, party animals?!  Ha!

The party was about to begin...

Easy grocery store cake?


Plates and napkins ordered from Amazon?


Super simple goody bags that Henry and Eliza helped put together?


Pokeman decorations made by Henry himself?






Bounce House?


The kids loooooooved this.  L-O-V-E-D THIS.

Cake time!

Obligatory licking of the candles?


That's it, you guys.  I sooooo wish I had more pictures, but I guess I can say I was "living in the moment."

This boy, this boy...this boy...this boy.  I wish I could remember every little moment from birth to now.  As happy as I am that he's six, I'm sad he's getting older.........but also happy...but so sad...I'm sure you know what I mean.

I'd give anything to snuggle with his tiny little baby body if only for a moment.  Lucky for me, Henry still loves it when I snuggle him (thank goodness) and he still loves to sleep with his stuffed animals, which makes me realize that while he's no longer a baby, he's still a little boy...our little little boy.

I had been good all weekend and I managed not to shed a single tear...well, that is until Sunday night arrived (his actual birthday) and I took it upon myself to watch some of Henry's baby videos.

Um, yeah - #uglycrying

I'm sooooo proud of who Henry has become and who he's becoming.  So, so, soooo proud.

I hope that he continues to be kind and gentle, I hope he continues to be silly.  I hope he continues to be eager to learn.  I hope he grows more confidence.  I hope, I HOPE he always accepts my hugs, my kisses, my love.  I hope he listens to Jon and me when he's a teenager.  I hope he knows that it's our job to keep him safe.  I hope he always knows that his Dad and his Mama will always be his number one fans.  We will always cheer him on, wherever life takes him.  Always.  We will cheer him on during his triumphs.......during his failures.  I hope when he's grown he comes home for Thanksgiving...for Christmas.  I hope he opens doors for people...yes, I really hope for this.  I hope he calls me once a week.  I hope he knows he can trust me and lean on me...even when he has facial hair.  I hope I'm everything a Mother can be for her son.  I hope he has kids so that he can experience the same intense love I have for him.  I hope he smiles on rainy days.  I hope he can make others smile on rainy days.  I hope he's happy.  I really want him to be happy...

...and you know what?  So far, so good....  ;)

Love you, sweet boy.

To the moon and back.

I love you a google.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Side Table Makeover

We've all heard the quote, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

Welp, me hearties, I reckon I found me self some loot.  Arrrghh!

Okay, so I'm not a pirate and there were no ships or sword fights involved when acquiring this piece.

But, what I will tell you is that I happily drove over to our local Goodwill, found this side table, graciously paid five bucks for it and squealed with excitement as I carried this baby out to my car.

I should've stuck with the pirate story, huh?

Waaaay cooler.

Soooooooo, what do you think of it?

Side Table Makeover -

Okay, okay - so my newly purchased "treasure" happened to be in shambles.  But there was just something I absolutely loved about the round pieces (not sure of the technical, carpentry term) on the sides, the round legs and the original knobs.

Side Table Makeover -

I've gotta tell ya', it was exactly what I'd been looking for...even with all those scratches, dents and wobbly legs!

Nothing a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a screw driver couldn't fix, right?

Challenge accepted.

Side Table Makeover -

Last weekend I got to work on getting it painted.  Over the course of an afternoon, I managed to apply three coats of a mixture of Annie Sloan's White and Vintage White to this wobbly little side table.

Once the three coats had dried, I then sent a picture of it to two of my girlfriends asking whether or not I should distress it

They voted it get distressed.

I agreed.

Side Table Makeover -

Side Table Makeover -

After sanding the edges and corners I was completely covered in chalk dust...and I kind of loved it!

I then removed any excess dust with a damp towel and I used cotton swaps to get chalk dust out of those tiny little crevices.

Side Table Makeover -

I let it dry for about an hour and then I sprayed it with a sealer.  The particular sealer I used says that it dries to the touch in about twenty minutes and it's ready to handle in 24 hours!


Ever since it was sealed, I've been letting it sit out in our garage to let the fumes dissipate a bit.  I did, however, manage to move it inside earlier this week for a quick photo opp.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm quite proud of this little side table.  She's not perfect, but she's perfect to me........  ;) ;) ;)

I'm sure there's some kind of cheesy 70's music/song/lyrics that should go right here.  HA!

Side Table Makeover -

Side Table Makeover -

I'm hoping to permanently move her inside sometime today and dress her up a bit.  I'm thinking a vase full of lilacs would be the perfect accessory!  What do you think?

Thanks for the visit!

Marie :)

I'm linking up over at the Totally Terrific Tuesday Link-Up Party!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Easter Weekend Recap...Finally

Hey friends and fam!  Happy twelve days after Easter!

We've been busy, busy, busy over here.  So much so that an Easter recap never came to fruition.  Actually, I've had this post mostly ready to go since early last week, but I was just too lazy tired to type words to put the finishing touches on this bad boy and hit "publish."

Better late than never, eh?

Let's rewind all the way back to three Wednesdays ago when we had to go and retake the kids' Easter pictures at our favorite photography studio.  The first session didn't exactly go as planned - lots of grumpy faces and jumping out of the set (mostly Henry).  Lucky for us the sweet owners set up a private time for the kiddos to give it another go.

So nice of them, right?!

The first session included a real bunny, as it does every year, but for the second time around they had the most adorable little ducklings on their set and oh-my-goodness... I soooo wanted to smuggle one out of there!

For the record, no smuggling of ducklings occurred.

Here are the kids right before we went inside for the professional pictures to be taken.

Oh and by the way, they did great!


Let's jump over to Good Friday.

It was absolutely gorgeous outside, so much so that the kids asked to put on their swimsuits and for us to hook up the sprinkler.

Say what!?

Oh man, that warm Michigan weather felt awesome!


Look at my Hubby pulling weeds down by the lake - what a fella!

BTW, I was also working hard.  I was just taking a break for some photo ops.

Ahem...  ;)

Saturday we did more yard work and spring cleaning and at the eleventh hour, I mean I'm talking right before bedtime, we finally dyed our Easter eggs.

We usually don't wait so long to dye Easter eggs, but the weather was too beautiful to be inside.

But we did it!


Henry was loving the fact that the egg dyeing kit also came with a marker.

Little man grabbed my phone and took some close-ups of his eggs.

For your viewing pleasure, I've included three of his're welcome.

After the obligatory dyeing-of-the-eggs, I cleaned up the kitchen and Jon gave the kids a quick bath.

Henry had a super loose tooth and he was certain his tooth was going to come out on Easter Eve!  He thought it'd be awesome for the Easter Bunny AND the Tooth Fairy to have to make appearances on the same night.

Unfortunately that tooth didn't wiggle itself out in time, but you know what - I don't think Henry even gave it a second thought come Easter morning.  In fact, that little man was so excited about the Easter Bunny that he quite literally bounced into our bed around 2:30 a.m. informing us that the Easter Bunny had been to our house!

We snuggled with him for a bit and then Jon carried him back to his bedroom...only to be jumped on again nice and early Sunday morning!

These kids were p-u-m-p-e-d for Easter morning!

The Easter Bunny left lots of Shopkins for Eliza, a Pokemon book and Legos for Henry.  The rest of their Easter baskets were filled with a little bit of candy, bubbles, a Curious George book, bunny ears and the movie, Moana.

We watched Moana that morning while the kids ate breakfast.  They then slowly turned into some sort of sugar zombies, especially the one with the pink bunny ears...

Terrifying, right?  ;) I kid, I kid.

Next up, Easter egg hunt...

Need I say more?


We had made reservations for an Easter brunch at one o'clock at one of our favorite restaurants about 40 minutes north of where we live.

We put on our Sunday best and out the door we went.

Here we are attempting a family photo with a lovely parking lot behind us.

We headed inside to wait for our turn to be seated.  I was about to take a picture of Jon and the kids when a woman told me to get in the picture, too.  I was thrilled.  I really wanted a decent family photo.

Welp, folks - this is the best we could do.  At least all of our eyes were open...AND there's not a parking lot in the background!

We try, we really do...

After a wonderful brunch and a relaxing car ride home we came back to the house and just enjoyed being outside.

Then I decided it was time to show off more of my gorgeous and amazingly comfortable dress.  

Ladies, you NEED this dress!

Oh my comfortable.

I won this dress from Stefanie's Pink Blush giveaway over at LexieLooLilyLiamDylanToo's IG page.  

Thanks again, girl!

A model I am not, but this dress was too fabulous not to photograph!

Seriously, go buy one!

I also knew I wanted to get a new blog profile picture of myself on Easter.  At one point I had asked the kids to take a few pictures of me while I was wearing makeup, sporting a pretty dress and while I still had my hair down.

I couldn't waste all that effort!

Henry was up first to help out his Mama.

Brother actually snapped some decent photos, meaning I was actually in the frame, but I just wasn't feeling the angle.  Haha!

Hmm...and what am I doing?  Taking my pulse?

Next up, it was Eliza's turn..


Then I tried taking matters into my own hands.

I set up my phone, continuously set and pressed the self-timer and took about a trillion embarrassing photos of myself.

I'm sure the neighbors a couple doors down thought I was nuts.

Anyhoo, it was a little more difficult than I had originally thought it would be.

First the wind...

Then I became a news anchor...

Next, I apparently morphed into a playful kitten...


Then I became a hunched over dinosaur...


*shaking head*

Posing for photos can be excruciating.  Can you say, Chandler Bing?

Ten bucks to the first person who gets that reference.

I'm more of a photojournalistic type of girl.  If I have to be photographed, I prefer to be photographed in the moment rather than posing with an awkward smile slapped on my face.

Anyway, I eventually got this one.

I've decided to use this one for this bloggity blog up there in the right hand corner.

My hands are a bit large in the pic, but whatevs.  Gotta do whatcha gotta do, you know?

*shrugs shoulders*

On that note, I'll now end this Easter recap...which also somehow quickly escalated into "Marie's Photographic Portfolio."


Thanks for stopping by today, guys!

Marie :)

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