A summer bedroom & office swap

Our almost-15-years-old twin nieces are staying with us a good portion of the summer! They live in Texas and we like to fly them to Colorado whenever our schedules allow. We are lucky that they get to spend over 4 weeks with us this summer! This bedroom switcharoo might seem confusing but stick with me here. Usually our nieces share a room at home, but our guest room has a queen-sized bed. We didn't want them to have to share a bed all summer, and we thought it would be fun for each of them to get to have their own bedroom. Our guest room is upstairs with the two other kid bedrooms, so … [Read more...]

How to fix a broken window crank (casement operator)

I've just been chugging along in this house the past {almost} two years, fixing little things here and there that are broken or need updating. Our son's window has been broken since we moved in. I assumed we would need to replace the whole window, but I stumbled across a repair kit at Home Depot last week and had a lightbulb moment. It may seem obvious to you that you can fix these window cranks when they break, but until we moved to Colorado from Texas two years ago, I literally never once in my life had seen a window crank on a window. All the windows I've ever had just slide open, … [Read more...]

Our teenage son’s room is coming together

Now that we are getting settled into our new house, I have the very beginnings of some before and now pictures to share with you. Today I'm going to finally share our son's room which you got a glimpse of yesterday in our video walk through. Our son is 13 now (14 in January! Ack!) and wants a room that reflects him and his personality. I've been trying to put his room together and he has become so opinionated lately, which honestly, I think is great. I want him to love his room and enjoy spending time there. When we bought the house the room had two light blue walls and two dark blue … [Read more...]

2 hacks: Ikea Bygel rails as curtain rods & bed sheets into curtains

I can finally check another item off my should-have-done-this-a-year-ago to-do list. My son's curtains have been sitting in his closet since we moved in almost 2 years ago. Why has it taken me so long to hang them? Because I am the Master Procrastinator. But they are hung and looking fly if I do say so myself. I hung them the same way I hung them in our previous house - using two Bygel Rails from good ol' Ikea. They come in two sizes. For the curtains I purchased the shorter ones. These rails are made for the kitchen to hold accessories on. Ikea also suggests using them as a … [Read more...]

Every day I’m shuffling

Hi! Before I get to today's post I have two quick things: 1) Today is Ben and my 15 year anniversary!! Holy cow. That's like a milestone or something. We were young and stupidly in love when we got married (I wasn't even 19 yet!), but it was the best decision we have ever made. I can't imagine my life without my partner in crime. Happy Anniversary, babe. Engaged and now:    2) Thanks for all the feedback on my last post! I am going to try to blog more, but with less content per post. I like touching base with you more frequently, so thank you for your opinions. I'm a week … [Read more...]

Slappin’ some paint on the walls

The DIYing has finally commenced. I have purchased the paint and the boy's room is done-zoe. The rest of the house? NotSoMuch. But at least one room is looking really fly now. Okay, so I knew I wanted a greige color (gray-ish beige-ish) but which one? Picking paint is hard, y'all! First off, you have to decide what brand to use. That in itself can make one go completely cray-cray. And then the color? OMG forgetaboutit. Here's the method to my paint picking madness. Maybe some of these motions I went through will help you out when trying to chose the perfect gray-ish beige-ish. … [Read more...]

Two hacks in one post (curtains for my boy’s room)

Hiah my friends! I have been doing a little bit of tweaking in my son's room this past week and am very excited to show you! His poor room has been virtually neglected the past almost-3-years that we've lived here. Thank goodness he is a typical boy who could care less what his room looks like. As long as he has his legos and DS, he is a happy camper. Okay, so his room started like this: First off, I ditched the shelf below his window almost immediately. It's now on the other side of the room. And just for a refresher, here's the post I wrote about all his bedding. I'll just go … [Read more...]