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Friday, January 30, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!  

I hope you had a wonderful week.  Our week was a tad looong.  Both kids have been sick, sick, sick, but they seem to be feeling much better today....finally.  :)  

Jon and I are so happy to have our wild, little kiddos running around the house again!  

Let's get to the party!


This was how my week started.  This beautiful sunrise...it doesn't get any better.  Well, I guess it could...you know...if it were...say...75 degrees outside?!  ;)  But I'll take what I can get.  :)

Sunrise - Family and the Lake House


Have you been watching The Bachelor?!  Oh.My.Gosh!  This show.  Every season Jon refuses to watch it, but then somehow he always get sucked in.  Love it!  Our favorite Bachelor has been Sean, but Chris is our second favorite.  Okay, okay, he's my second favorite - that is, as long as he doesn't screw it up.


This sleeping beauty is 20 months today!  20 months!  Four months to two?!  What?!

I'll be in the other room crying, eating chocolates and rocking back and forth...I'm sooooo not ready for two!!


Henry went roller skating for the first time (ignore the blurry picture and just try to be in the moment)!  Sick little Eliza and I stayed at home and cuddled while the boys went to the Skate Arena <---is that what you'd call it?  

Anyway, rumor has it that Henry kept saying, "Go skate over there Dad!"  He wanted to roller skate alone.  Which me being the sort-of-helicopter-mom that I am would have failed at leaving him.  However, Jon gave him his space and he did fantastic!  

So proud!  :)


I shared this gallery wall from my son's bedroom this week.  It's still looking good and I've yet to rearrange any pictures, so far so good.  

Big Boy Bedroom Gallery Wall - Family and the Lake House

That was our week over here.  No big plans for the weekend.  Probably just watching some Super Bowl commercials.

Any plans for the Super Bowl on Sunday?  

Marie :)

I'm linking up over at:

I'm linking up with, Darci, AprilNatasha, and Christina for the Five on Friday link-up Paaaaarty!
I'm linking up with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love for my Friday Favorites!
I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for the Oh Hey Friday linky party!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Big Boy Bedroom Gallery Wall

Hello all!  

Today I thought I'd share a little sneak peak into my son's bedroom.  

Henry is 3 1/2 years old, 44 months to be exact, and while he's growing, I can't help but hold on to the last of his "younger years."  You know, when he was itty bitty, not just itty.  

So here you go...a big-boy-bedroom-gallery-wall, with a few of his baby pictures, of course.  ;)

Family and the Lake House

The way I see it, it's kind of like when you can no longer dress your "baby" in whatever you choose.

They start to have their own opinions.

Family and the Lake House

"I don't want to wear jeans!  I don't like jeans!  I want to wear shorts!" 

"Those shorts need to be put away, they're size 18 months and besides, it's 23 degrees outside!"

Family and the Lake House

Family and the Lake House

Family and the Lake House

See where I'm going with this?  

Before I know it, something to the liking of a 2025 sci-fi movie poster will take over those captivating photographs and the most precious moments I've ever witnessed will be packed up in a box, put in the crawl space and only time will decide when those priceless pictures will once again make their appearance.

Family and the Lake House

Besides, he's only itty bitty.  ;)

Marie :)

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Five on Friday

Happiest Friday of Fridays!  

Put on your party hats, people.  'Cause it's time to paaaaaartay!
Let's get started...


We're headed to an indoor waterpark soon and I've yet to purchase swim suits! 

These are some of my favorites.  Help a girl out and tell me which ones I should order...I just can't decide - there's way too much adorable-ness going on...

Mint and Coral          Pink Stipes          Gold Polka-Dots


Does anyone else do this?  This is me all.the.time.  Why?  Why, do I do this? 


I recently purchased and read Building a Framework. It's an ebook written by Abby from justagirlandherblog.  It was so helpful and inspired me to start a new blog.  I've also been using her blog binder and it's been helping me tremendously.  If you haven't already, go and check it out!


We recently took the kiddos bowling.  We haven't been since our little guy was our daughter's age and I was super preggers.  Anyway, Henry loved it...no surprise.  Eliza just wanted to eat...no surprise.  :)  Can't wait to go again.  :)


Our windows are done!!!  I'll be posting an update soon!  In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek.  Oh and please forgive me for the creepy nighttime phone picture. ;)

How was your week?  Any plans for the weekend?

Party On!

I'm linking up with, Darci, April, Natasha, and Christina for the Five on Friday link-up Paaaaarty!
I'm linking up with A Little Bit of Everything, Momfessionals, and Grace and Love for my Friday Favorites!
I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for the Oh Hey Friday linky party!

Marie :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Desk Nook Mood Board

Our computer has completely and utterly become a zombie.  

It wants to be alive, but all it does is turn on.........and then it just stares back at us........and it does nothing........it.just.stares.

It's a tad frustrating and our old computer, which I'm using at the moment, brings back painful dial-up memories. 

*cue world's smallest violin*

Let's continue on with the Desk Nook Design plan, shall we?!    

When my husband, Jon, mentioned that we get a desktop computer I immediately replied with, "OOooooookaaaaay, weeeeeeelllll, we need a designated desk area!"

He doesn't want this "designated desk area" to cost too much money, so an IKEA design plan it is.  I'm sure there'll be some tweaks, not to be confused with twerks, allow the way, well, maybe just one twerk??

Take a look:

Family and the Lake House

Shelves          Countertop          Magazine File          Artificial Plants          

Wall Magazine Rack          Chair          Desk Organizer

What do you think so far?  

I'm really liking the chair up above, but I'd still like to find one with more of a "beachy" look.  Like this one, except white, which means I'd have to spray paint a brand new chair (yikes!).

Although I do think it'd give us the cottage-style look that we're going for...

Suggestions?  Thoughts?  

Thanks people of the internet!

Marie :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Small Desk Nook Ideas

Welp.  Our computer is currently on it's last leg and the time has come to purchase some new technology.

"But, Marie, how are you blogging right now?"
Good question.  The answer:  Veeeeeeery sloooooowly...

Oh and here's the thing, we're getting a desktop.
Believe me when I tell you that I hope our laptop suddenly heals itself.

Unfortunately, I don't think that's the case.

On the bright side, a new desktop will have it's advantages.
1.  We'll finally have a "designated office area." 
2.  The kids can start to enjoy more informational/educational websites while in my sight and without me stressing out over them potentially dropping the laptop.  
3.  I get to design and decorate something and make it look super cute!

Want to get inspired with me?  Take a look at these beauties...


Pretty, huh?!  :)

Do you have an office?  Is it large?  Small?  Any suggestions on utilizing a small work station space?

Please check out my Pinterest Board for more inspiration.

Thanks for following along.

-Marie :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Master Bedroom Ideas

We're finally, FINALLY getting around to decorating our master bedroom.  It's been a blank slate for years.  Yes.  Years.

It has a fresh coat of paint (Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams) and it's ready for the finishing touches.

It's time for some ideas....

You're going to love these charming bedrooms, I promise.  Let's get to it.

I love everything, repeat - EVERYTHING, about this room from lifeonvirginiastreet.

That mirror, bedding and chandelier from centsationalgirl are perfection.

This master bedroom from thelilypadcottage is crisp and cozy.

This room from twoityourself is so pretty.  That headboard and that nightstand...Love.

Oh and I apparently like that bedding (see above).  :)

This home is/was for sale?  Can I buy this room, please?  Better yet, can someone just give it to me?

Thanks homebunch for sharing!

Aren't these rooms gorgeous?  Please visit their sites!

How is your master bedroom looking?  Any design plans in your future?

Thanks for stopping by.  Tell your friends.  :)

-Marie :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!

I'm linking up with these adorable gals today:  ChristinaDarciApril and Natasha!  Thanks for hosting the Five on Friday link up par-tay, ladies.    


Let's get to it!

{Number One}

I started this new blog!!!  YAY! 

Please follow along with me.  Leave me your email, a comment or suggestions!  Thanks!  

{Number Two}

This girl on NYE!  She's so stylish....and how about that swiss cheese she's holding?!  

{Number Three}

 I just ordered this adorable baby gift from NanaBugz on Etsy. Is it not the cutest?!

Oh Etsy...I think you and I are going to have a fun 2015!

{Number Four}

We're getting new windows today!  DunDunDuuuuuuuuunnnnn!  

I'll be sure to post a before and after of the windows, along with what's to come of our old windows.  

They have a happy ending.  Isn't that right, greatdaysofhayes?!  :)

{Number Five}

Are you freezing where you live?  It's.so.cold.  I don't mind the snow...but the cold is a bitter, bitter cold...brrr...

 I've included one of my favorite pictures that I took back in 2008 while vacationing with my lovely hubby!  

Think warm thoughts, people.

What are you loving today?  
Do you want to play in the snow or are you ready for spring?

Leave me a comment and your email!

Thanks bunches!

Marie :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Staying Organized with Free Printables

'Tis the season to be organized.  Fa la la la la la la la laaaaa...???

It's that time of the year again when we all decide on January 1st that it's time to become organized.  I thought I'd share some of my favorite free 'home themed' printables to help a girl (or guy) out.
Take a look for yourself, you'll be happy you did.  ;)

This shopping list is from Abby over at justagirlandherblog!
My grocery list has never looked so pretty.
Thanks, Abby!  :)

Jenn over at cleanandscentsible hosts a yearly "Household Organization Diet" and it's awesome! 

I looove this cleaning schedule from Chelsea over at makinghomebase and the quote at the bottom of the printable is perfect.  

Jen, the "gal behind the blog," of iheartorganizing has this adorable "peek at the week" printable.  
It's just too cute...and her blog is aaaaamazing!  :)

Isn't this Birthday and Anniversary printable so bright and cheery?  It's just what I needed.  
Thanks to Wenda at mswenduhh!  

There you have it.  Please go and visit all of these blogs.  These ladies are fantastic!

Thanks for reading.  

Leave me your email so you can follow along!

Marie :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How to Rock Wood Paneling

Let's talk wood paneling.

Chances are you either grew up in a house with wood paneling or you've purchased a home with wood paneling.  

Here's the thing; wood paneling can look stylish...I mean, seeeeeriously chic.  It's truly amazing what some paint and decor can do to a room.  

I'd be lying if I didn't say that I have some wood paneling removal remorse.  Sad face.  

Don't be like me.  Embrace the wood paneling, people!  

Now go hither and painteth the paneling from the 20th century!   


Do you have wood paneling?  How are you rocking it?

-Marie :)