Styling an Entryway Bench

We’ve been in our home for almost two years now, which is almost impossible to believe! Our living room is the first room you see when you walk through the door, and we’ve played around with a lot of different arrangements for it, but I think we’ve finally found a system that works for us. The room is part entryway – that’s just inevitable – but that doesn’t mean that it has to look like a dumping ground! I added a sweet, cottage bench from Sauder furniture to the living room, styled it, and have an awesome entryway that doubles as extra seating at a party. Sauder invited me to be a part of their “Put Together” Design Challenge and Lookbook, and I jumped at the chance to style a piece of furniture to make it uniquely me!

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A Gallery Display in Thomas’s Room

A year ago, I was scrambling to get Thomas and Nell’s rooms “finished” after moving in before Peter’s arrival. We worked with what we had, not wanting to spend a ton with a new baby on the way. So, a year has gone by, and there are a few things that just weren’t working in the kids rooms. So, I’m taking it one room at a time, getting things in working order, adding finishing touches and just giving the rooms a little new life for Spring. Thomas’s room is the first up. I’m excited to share pictures with you soon of his space soon, but we rearranged his furniture last week, I ordered him new sheets for his bed, am on the hunt for a solution for his windows, and am now focusing on getting something up on the walls.

 

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My Favorite Sleepsack: Merino Kids Review

Peter is 9 months old. Where does the time go? I’m registering my oldest for Kindergarten and mentally preparing for my baby to be 1?! Crazy. He’s had a huge growth month. He’s crawling (which would make him our first kid to crawl), sitting up, pulling up to stand, and standing independently for a few seconds at a time.

These milestones have also wreaked havoc on his sleep. And he wasn’t the best sleeper to begin with. The biggest issue we’ve had is that he rolls over and sits and then isn’t willing to lay himself back down. But, I’ve recently been putting him in the awesome sleepsack by Merino Kids and it has helped his sleep a ton, and seems to keep him from sitting himself up. If I had known about these when Thomas was at this stage, I would have never had to buy another sleepsack again. And good news! Merino Kids is offering imperfect readers $20 off their cute polka dot sleepsacks!

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Babies 101: Just Ask Children’s

Babies. So sweet and snuggly. But there’s a steep learning curve when it comes to a new baby. And honestly? Three kids into this parenting gig, and I can tell you with confidence that each baby comes with their own unique learning curve for the parents. There were so many things that I couldn’t have prepared myself for, but somehow, through the magic of motherhood, you figure it out, and it doesn’t take long.

I remember shortly after Thomas was born, once we’d figured out breastfeeding (no small feat), I took him to the grocery store with me. And as I pushed the cart back to the car I realized that I would never again be able to load my groceries into the car and run the cart back to the cart return and then hop in the car and drive away. Now I had a baby who I couldn’t let out of my sight. Now I had to figure out this balancing act of loading the groceries, while keeping my hand on the car seat, then one handed carry the car seat while pushing the cart to the cart return, then lug that heavy car seat back to the car, lock it into its base…you get the idea. It seems silly, but it’s a good example of the learning curve of a new mom. {Side note: I will park as far out in a parking lot as I have to to park directly next to a cart return now. And when I can’t find a spot near the cart return, I just return the cart to a safe spot next to my car, and vow that when I don’t have my children with me, I will always return the cart}.

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Embracing Renewable Energy: Getting Family Involved

Recently, B and I have been talking a lot about how we can teach our kids responsibility. And not just how to keep track of their own things (though I’m still hunting for a pair of Keens of T’s that went missing this summer!), but about our responsibility to take care of others in our community and of our natural resources. This time of year is such an amazing one to teach kids about giving – we had Thomas go through all of his toys the day after Thanksgiving and pack up toys he doesn’t play with anymore to donate to children who might not otherwise have gifts at Christmas. We’ll involve the kids in making dinner that we’ll drop off at a homeless youth shelter in Boulder for Christmas. But I also think it’s so important to teach our kids about their responsibility to Earth and our natural resources, too.

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Stress-less Christmas: Have a Plan to Avoid Panic Shopping

Every year, I have a goal to have the majority of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. Or at least to have a plan for my shopping before Thanksgiving. There are certain things that I know I’ll hold off on until I’ve checked Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, but I always feel better if I have a plan. But somehow, ever December, I suffer from “We might not have enough-itis” and throw random budget breakers in my cart in fear of forgetting something. The things that usually get me? Stocking stuffers and last minute gifts for friends and neighbors.

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Tailgate at Your Place: Sweet Potato Tater Tots

I’m excited to share a fun, healthier recipe as part of Red Baron’s Homegating campaign. Every year when football season rolls around, we look forward to both college and NFL game days. But with three small kids, actually getting to the stadium for a tailgate before a big game is not easy anymore. So, instead, we tailgate at home – and so I was so excited when Red Baron asked me to participate in their Tailgate at Your Place sweepstakes campaign. We tailgate at home every weekend – whether we are inviting neighbors and friends over for finger foods and pizza or chili to watch the game with us, or just hanging out together as a family, we love to celebrate football season with good food while we tailgate at home.

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Happy, Healthy Holidays with Kids

With buckets of Halloween candy sitting on top of our refrigerator that I dole out at snail’s pace and the countdown to Thanksgiving on, I’m well aware that the last month and a half of 2014 is going to fly by and that, as it flies, we’ll be presented with lots of opportunities to make choices for healthy holidays.

One of the things that I’m very cognizant of when it comes to holidays with our kids is making meaningful memories and traditions. One of my goals with the holidays is to create memories with our children that are not just centered around food. When I think back to my own childhood, I remember decorating Christmas cookies every single year with my brother, sister and mom, and I loved that and it’s a tradition we will keep alive. But I also remember the family beach trips over Christmas, playing cards with my aunt and grandma by the pool, and walking the beach every morning. In the years past, we’ve enjoyed several activity traditions with our kids, and I’m looking forward to those again this year! We love to take the bigger kids ice skating and tour the Denver Zoo Lights exhibit with my entire family. Every year we decorate our tree together on St. Nick’s Feast Day, and bundled up family strolls around the neighborhood to see all the Christmas lights (and blow up Christmas decorations) are a weekly occurrence from Thanksgiving through Christmas. We love to go Christmas Caroling with our friends and all of our kids, and we have a family sleepover in the family room once every Christmas season.

Whatever your traditions may be, the holidays are about being thankful, spending time with family & making lasting memories and traditions. Children’s Hospital Colorado has a “Just Ask Children’s” resource that allows parents to ask medical experts questions on the Just Ask Children’s site. Children’s is the leader in pediatric expertise and provides relevant information about keeping kids healthy, safe, and well. Whether you’re traveling over the holidays and looking for suggestions on safe travel tips with kids, or just looking for some solutions to help keep your kids diets a little bit healthy over the holidays, Just Ask Children’s is a great resource for all parents. Be sure to check out their live Q&A session next Tuesday, November 25th, from 9 am – 4 pm MST, where their experts will be answering your and other parents’ questions about how to keep the family happy and healthy during the Holidays.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Children’s Hospital Colorado. The opinions and text are all mine.

One Bookshelf Three Ways

You might remember back in September when I shared our new living room bookshelf with you. The process of ordering the Sauder Barrister Lane bookcase and putting it together was a breeze. We love this bookshelf and I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received on both the piece of furniture and the placement of it in our living room.

But, if you’ve been around for any length of time, you probably know that I just can’t leave well enough alone. I love to rearrange furniture (our family room is currently a mess as I figure out another furniture layout for our sectional…), and this bookshelf was no exception.One Bookcase 3 Ways

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House Tour: A New Bookshelf for our Urban Cottage Living Room

Our Living Room has changed so many times I can’t even keep track in the 15 months we’ve lived in our house. Part of the reason for that is that we were working with what we had from our old house, not wanting to buy anything new until we had an idea of how we used the room. Shortly after Peter was born, I moved the room around to accommodate a bookshelf next to the sofa, and I really liked having storage and height in the room. But, the bookshelf that we bought for our old office didn’t really fit our current style. I have always called our style “urban cottage”, and at least for us, that translates to slipcovered, easy-care upholstered furniture, a mix of wood, painted wood and metal and an airy vibe with the occasional pop of color. I think if I lived by the ocean, I’d embrace coastal with my whole heart, but since I’m in land-locked Colorado, a little urban cottagey-farmhouse works best.

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