Stilettos and Diapers

3.30.2015

Weekend Wrap-Up and the Easter Festivities Begin!

This weekend, we packed with all sorts of fun stuff! To start with, baby W #3 got it's first item...the 4moms mamaRoo! I played with it for far too long after setting it up. The thing has tons of different settings and sounds!  

Friday afternoon, I coordinated an Easter Egg hunt in our neighborhood. I used to host it every year in our old neighborhood and I was feeling sad about not doing it this year, so I went for it! Made a little Easter photo booth for the kids to take their pictures in while they waited for their turn to hunt eggs. 
Easter Egg Hunt Photo Booth
My boys thought it was pretty fun. I'm glad I snuck in a few shots of them before everyone got there. We ended up with about 30 kids and probably about that many adults, too! 
I made bunny bait, since it's the most delicious part of every holiday. Everyone brought a snack with them, but I was too busy chasing kids with my camera out at that point! 
These precious personalized baskets showed up just in time for the hunt. They're from Personal Creations and are super cute! The ones they have used for the past couple years were getting a little kiddie, but I still wanted something personalized and cute!  

Callan was a bit easier to catch with the camera that day. Cooper was far to busy collecting eggs and running around with his friends! 


One quick in motion shot. Hehe. 
Saturday was my big boy's first baseball game of the season. He played t-ball for the past 2 years, but this year, he's up to machine pitch. The hubs is his coach this year and I'm not sure I've ever seen him prouder. They get to be the New York Mets, which is the hubs team since he was little. He's a die hard fan and I imagine he dreamed about this day for a long time. We rolled up in every amount of Mets garb possible and it was so fun to hear everyone cheering "Lets go Mets!" I have a few Met's shirts that I think I can squeeze into for the next few games, then its going to have to be the hubs shirts! 
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Cooper got a single his very first at bat. So proud of him! That machine pitches really fast! 

Sunday, I was in desperate need for quiet and snuck off for a trip to Target. I needed some girly wrapping paper for a Birthday party for one of Cooper's classmates and a few last minute Easter things. Why is it that a little warm coffee (a misto, in my case) and a red cart can be so good for the mama soul? 
JustFab Legacy bag
Well, y'all went a little crazy over this bag of mine on Instagram and I don't blame you one bit. I LOVE it. It's actually from last year, but one of my absolute favorites. It's available again this year, but if you want it, grab it quick. It sold out in this color fast last year! It's from JustFab and the name is the Legacy. 

In other news, I have a toddler running around in Paw Patrol underwear! I've been pushing for so long and it's like it suddenly hit him that it's cool to pee the potty! He's been wearing underwear/pull-ups for 5 days and only had a couple accidents. You don't even know how excited I am for a few months of a diaper break! 

3.27.2015

DIY Built-in Floating Shelves

We've been wanting to do something with the spaces beside our fireplace since we moved in over a year ago and finally bit the bullet with these easy, DIY floating shelves. 
DIY Built in floating shelves
Y'all I'm SO proud of how these turned out! We are not "handy" people, don't own tons of tools, but this project looks so good that I feel like I could build my own house now. Haha. 
DIY Built in floating shelves

I'll give you the run down on how we went about building the shelves. Forgive the crappy progress pictures. We did a lot in the evening and it was hard to get a good shot! 

Here are the items we used:

Shelves: 3/4" maple plywood, in desired size. 
Supports: 1x2" boards (but would have used 1x3" boards if we did it again)
Bottoms: 1/4" maple plywood, same size as shelf
Faces: 1x4" boards (which we cut to length with our jigsaw)
Sand paper
Stain: we used Rust-oleum in the color "Kona" 
Polyurethane 
2" wood screws
1" wood screws
Wood glue
Brads
Dark small wood screws

Now, we don't own a big powerful saw. The most exciting thing we have is a jigsaw and that will not work for these big pieces. So, I got all the wood at Lowe's and had the guys cut the shelves and bottoms to size for me. They charge $0.25 per cut after 2 cuts, I believe, so it's totally worth it to let them do it. 
DIY Built in floating shelves




First thing we did, was build the supports. You'll need support on the back, as well as the sides, if applicable. You can make these completely floating, being attached only on the back, but I probably wouldn't make them more than a couple feet long and maybe a foot deep if you do that. We cut the support pieces ourselves with a jigsaw.
DIY Built in floating shelves
Then simply attached them with wood screws to make the "U" shape frame. 
DIY Built in floating shelves

We wanted a distressed look to our shelves, so we went at the wood with golf clubs, hoes and hammers to beat them up a bit. We made sure to sand down any really uneven pieces we created, then wiped them all off before staining.

DIY Built in floating shelves
I couldn't participate in the staining part, since I'm pregnant and the fumes were so strong, but the hubs did a great job. 
DIY Built in floating shelves
The stain turned out beautiful, I think. The hubs used a brush on the shelves and ended up using a rag on the fronts. He says he wishes he had just used the rag on all of it, because it went on a bit thinner. You don't need to distress the bottoms, but they do need to be stained. 
DIY Built in floating shelves
Once the stain is dry, you'll need a coat of polyurethane. We used a spray kind that's easy to apply. After that is dry it's time to hang! Now the reason I didn't mention staining the supports, is because it's unnecessary. When we started, we thought we would just do shelves and not box them in, then changed our minds. (That's why I say use wider support pieces, too.) Make sure your "U" shape frame is level all around and screw into the studs, using 2" wood screws. 
DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
Here, you'll see what we did and what I recommend. We ended up with the 1x2", then another little 1" spacer to make it deep enough for the "box" of the shelf. Now, I would just get a 1x3" and be done with it! 
DIY Built in floating shelves
When you're done hanging all the supports, put the shelves on top and screw into the supports with 2" wood screws. Next is the bottom, using 1" wood screws. Lastly, using wood glue and brads, install the faces. Now, we knew going in that our walls weren't exactly square. (Thanks, builder!) Because of this, we waited to cut the fronts until everything else was installed. We knew about how long we needed, but we wanted to make sure they fit perfectly to the edge. We used the jigsaw to cut those pieces to size before staining them.  
DIY Built in floating shelves
And here is the finished product!
DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
We finished just in time to put out some Easter decor! 
Easter Mantel Decor
Easter Mantel Decor
I got pretty much all of the decorations for the shelves from Hobby Lobby. 

DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
Our total was about $200 for all the wood, stain, polyurethane, screws, etc. Our shelves are 44" wide by 21" deep, so if you're filling a smaller space, it would be cheaper. Regardless, our builder wanted $1,500.00 for built-ins that looked dated to me. I'm really happy with our $200 version and am so proud of us for doing the work! 
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