Fun Fiesta Birthday Party

My baby turned one, or should I say “uno” last week! I cannot believe the speed in which this last year has passed by! Like a super-duper whirlwind! Is that normal? Maybe it’s just that there are so many people around me all the time, it feels like a whirlwind… maybe that’s it : )

We had a fiesta for Oaks’s first birthday. It seemed a good idea since it is so close to Cinco de Mayo. And who can pass up chips and cheese dip/guac/salsa… better yet, mango salsa? Not me. It was quite yummy! And we had a fun time hanging with family as usual!



These balloons are so fun! And they don’t require helium.






I made burrito cakes! Each “burrito” is a vanilla sponge cake rolled up with buttercream icing inside and decorated with icing and starburst candies. Wrapped up in its foil, you really can’t tell it’s cake from a distance! We had fun eating it, too!

He started sipping from a straw too! Way to go, Oaksie!


I love that you are getting so big, but I’m sad it’s going by so fast! This year you’ve helped me keep my cool and have brought much peace to my heart.


You have three teeth and sweet little curls. You love to eat, can crawl and pull up, like to dance, like to imitate laughing, can clap, say “ball”, “mama”, “dada” and what sounds to be ” Ezra” (big brother).  You’re not sleeping through the night yet. You are a good shopping buddy and like to people watch.  You love to wrestle with the brothers in the pillows. Everybody loves you! (especially me) Each day is brighter because you are in it!





Happy first birthday, my baby!


Happy Houseplants

I have started a collection of houseplants as of late. I don’t know what has caused this current obsession but I think it’s OK, don’t you? As long as I don’t neglect my chores and children, I think the collection of living plants in the house will benefit us all, especially me : ) A bit of green here and there won’t hurt. And hopefully I will remember to water them.


I especially love it when Aldi has houseplants for sale. They sell-out in hurry though, so I grab them when I see them. And Home Depot had a nice section of houseplants and succulents, I couldn’t decide which ones to get. The hot-pink cactus is the next one, I think.

I can remember my grandma’s collection of houseplants. She had a variety of them all placed in the same sunny window on an old buffet beside the piano. I remember her showing us how to use the aloe to help heal a burn. It was so slimy! Then we’d secretly break off tips of it just to see the stuff again.

My other grandparents had ginormous plants in wheeled wooden boxes in their basement. It reminded me of the jungle. But we all thought the boogie man would get us. Kinda scary, but mostly fun.

So maybe that’s why I’ve come to like them so much lately, they remind me of my childhood. And they make it look cheery. And kinda sophisticated? And clean. (oh wait, I did the cleaning)

I put them in all the living spaces and bathrooms. So I will be sure to see them (and check their need for water). The ones I have will hopefully stay hardy and survive even if I neglect them now and then. Sorry in advance, houseplants!



I will probably move them around often, as I tend to do with lots of things in the house. The plant hanging in the living room started out in the kitchen hanging over the sink but it grew too long for the space. Plus I found a sweet little macrame hanger to use to hang it from the ceiling some day. For now it hangs from the curtain rod because I’m lazy : )


I put one in the bathroom where there is absolutely no sunlight so hopefully it will live.


Behind the potty is a good spot for one that grows long.


On winter days when I feel like I didn’t even take a breath outdoors, it’s refreshing to see some green in the house. They really do make it happier in here!



And just to make me laugh later on…as I wrote words in this post last night while the house was quiet, I heard the strange sounds of a beeping, dying microwave! It kinda freaked me out, and I didn’t want to walk in the kitchen to see if there was a boogie man trying to re-heat his supper. There wasn’t. It was just the dying 14 year old microwave I’ve had since the college days.

I put some aloe on the microwave but I don’t think it’s gonna heal this one!


Put a plant near your work station and it will make you want to get your work done faster so you can go outside!

And the laundry room is the best place for a houseplant because laundry is my least favorite chore. I am so bad at it. I wash it pretty well… it gets dried…eventually, but then it usually sits in the dryer until the next load comes… then it gets smooshed into a basket and maybe two days later I’ll fold it? Or we’ll wear it again. All wrinkly.

I blame my mother… And the fact that we hardly had any houseplants ; )


So I am a houseplant addict. There are worse things. Like my new fascination with mismatched dining chairs.

I think I’ll go have a juice-box…which reminds me, I need to go water all these dang houseplants!


What kind of plants make you happy?

And if you see any good deals on a microwave, please let me know!

PS: if anyone is interested in succulents, here is a little DIY  (faux) succulent wreath!


Stenciled Storage Box DiY

I always keep an eye out for cute storage bins. Whenever my husband and I decide to clean out anything: toys, clothes, etc. we always joke about bins, he’ll say, “We need some bins,” every time! Well, one of those times, in a desperate attempt to remove the clutter of the random toy collection growing out of control, he ended up bringing home MASSIVE, UGLY plastic bins from Wally World. I mean, you could fit all three of our children inside one of these things (which they loved)! And he bought two of them! In went the toys, away went the clutter and we haven’t opened the thing since (it’s been nestled in the closet taking up space for the past 6 months)! The other is going to be a donate/yard sale bin. Very sad that we had so much stuff and don’t even miss it. What’s a momma to do?

Anyway, on to the DiY! Just about everywhere you look in stores today you can probably find a variety of cute, adorable, multipurpose bins. A while back, I had my eye on these cute dishes from anthropologie. I thought they would be so cute to use to display and photograph my jewelry. I was perusing the local TJMaxx and found some so similar, I forgot all about the other ones! They were perfect, a set of four, for nearly the price of one at anthro. And they were packaged in this cute little wooden box!IMG_7562-2It’s a soft wood box, roughly 6 x 9 inches and could be used for storing all sorts of goodies! I thought I would give it a little design-love.

IMG_7560-2Here’s what I used for this DiY:

~ stencil pack

~ white acrylic paint

~ painter’s tape

~ foam circle brush

~ my BOX!

I decided where I wanted the stencil to go and taped it to the box securely.

IMG_7564-2 IMG_7565-2Then I dabbed a little paint on my foam brush and started to “pounce” the paint on to the wood, just lightly enough to cover the wood.

IMG_7567-2 IMG_7568-2 IMG_7570-2I peeled back the tape and carefully removed the stencil to reveal a very cute design for my box!

IMG_7572-2 IMG_7573-2IMG_7571-2Woo Hoo!

IMG_7575-2Cute, Cute, Cute!

Then I continued to place, tape and paint the remaining sides and let it dry! I only painted one set of hexagons around the box because I really do love the beauty of the wood!

Here are some of the possible uses for my new and improved storage box in all its glory.

IMG_7580-2Napkin Holder

IMG_7584-2Book Storage in Living Room (my little helper liked this idea)

IMG_7585-2A Nifty Wipes Box


Although I already use this cool chevron fabric bin found here as my wipes holder : )

IMG_7591-2In the Craft Room holding my spools of velvet ribbon (notice here are some of the CUTE bowls that came in the box!)

IMG_7594-2Book Holder on the Side table in master bedroom (yes, I know, this room is needing some design TLC!)

So where would you put the box? I’m letting it live in the bedroom for now. We’ll see where it ends up. I really like its new retro look. Maybe this will inspire a bedroom makeover! It all started with a box!

Until next time!