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What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!

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8.03.2020

DIY | KidKraft Uptown Play Kitchen Makeover


Hi Friends!

Today I want to share our play kitchen makeover -- I shared my grocery story turned farmer's market last month (read that here) and now it's time to reveal the play kitchen!  The kitchen was in pretty good condition but the faucet fell apart from the constant rough play -- my little guys love pretending to wash dishes. Another thing that drove me crazy was the fact that the play kitchen didn't have a full backsplash. Our play dishes and utensils would find their way behind the kitchen and the boys would try to pull the kitchen to retrieve them. 

So with that in mind, I set off to give it a makeover. I wanted the kitchen to match the playroom as well as the farmer's market. I have a KidKraft Uptown Play Kitchen we gifted Felix for his first Christmas and the goal was to give it a modern refresh. Here's what the kitchen looked like before. 



So, to start I had my husband unscrew all the doors and stove burners on the play kitchen. We painted the doors with the paint colors I had chosen (from Home Depot) to paint a table and chair set we got off of craigslist list.  I also went to Micheal's and got some spray paint to paint all the handles of the kitchen as well as give the stove burners a refresh. 


I chose these Behr paint colors because I wanted earthy tones to compliment our Nugget comfort couch that's coming in September. I want the whole playroom to give off an earthy vibe. Something that's not going to make your head hurt the moment you walk in. I also wanted colors that would look great in pictures as the boys spend a lot of time in the playroom and spontaneous pictures are a lot easier if the things in the backdrop aren't loud and too colorful. 

I didn't take too many pictures of the painting process as I was out with the kids while my husband painted all doors and handles, but he managed to send me these shots of the handles and knobs (stove burners not pictured because I spray painted them beforehand to see the color. 



So, after we painted all the things, I went searching for the backsplash and new faucet materials. I started by reading a lot of blog posts on what to do regarding a backsplash. While there was a TON of people to gave the IKEA play kitchen a mini revamp, I couldn't find anyone who refreshed an Uptown KidKraft Play Kitchen!

I decided that since I didn't have a full backsplash, I had to make my own.  I went to Amazon and purchased two plastic boards + a $9 modern wallpaper roll with a print that I thought would compliment the new kitchen colors. I also wanted something that I didn't need to glue, so the wallpaper I was looking for had to be a peel & stick. 

Then I moved on to researching faucet replacement ideas and fell short. KidKraft didn't have it listed as an option on their replacement part. I couldn't find a seller that made them. I even looked into other brands like IKEA, but found nothing that made any sense. The DIY ones looked so tackey, so I went to Amazon and found a modern-looking faucet that didn't break the bank and purchased it. 



Once everything came in the mail, it was time to install it all. My husband screwed back on all the doors and we took the current backsplash and stuck the wallpaper on it as well as measured how much board would be needed to stick underneath the shelf unit to continue the backsplash -- no pictures of this because it was messy and stressful. Luckily, I bought a set of two because I can't cut straight to save my life. I had my husband come to save the day (... like he always does)! 

After the backsplash was done, we super glued the faucet to the kitchen and it was a whole new world! 





Isn't it just so much better? I am loving how it turned out. I'm going to put some fake plants in white pots on the top and then change up the decor as the seasons change -- so I'll be sure to share those with you guys as well!

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7.29.2020

#endhumantraffickingnow



In light of the Wayfair scandal a few weeks ago, I shared two posts about human trafficking. 
I'd like to share those posts here as my views on the matter have not changed and I'd like to acknowledge the information given in my second post. I was going to publish this last week, but I wanted to wait until today because tomorrow is world day against trafficking. 

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| period. —————————————————————— it’s happening, it’s real and it’s uncomfortable. —————————————————————— when I first read about the Wayfair scandal this weekend — I immediately thought conspiracy theory because that’s what we do when things are super uncomfortable. all the fact checkers said false, so sigh of relief and we move on to the next thing, right? —————————————————————— no. we should be outraged. a fact checker tooting false several hours after the accusation went viral over something that would need to be investigated is suspicious — sorry if that burst your bubble. just because Wayfair came out quickly and said it’s not true doesn’t mean we stop looking into it. that shouldn’t be enough for us. we should be demanding for more. —————————————————————— I AM NOT SAYING THEY ARE GUILTY. I am also not saying they’re innocent. I’m saying that claims like this should be FULLY investigated. because that’s how we let the exploiters know we are serious about shutting them down. child trafficking is not a joke. they should know we are coming for them. that we do not take pedophilia lightly. that we will never tolerate + accept the exploitation of children, women, and our fellow humans. —————————————————————— what we know is that people prey on children and some people make it their business to exploit them. we can not turn a blind eye to this any longer. demand justice for all. —————————————————————— #savethechildren — all them.

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| in light of my last post, several of you have asked about the the fight against human trafficking and what there can be done to help. ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ. thank you for focusing on the important stuff. here is a list of things you can do right now to help pursue + aid in the fight. ⁣ —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ฌ • when an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year, we should get familiar with red flags + signs of trafficking. —————————————————————————⁣ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต https://humantraffickinghotline.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-signs —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐š ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ • if you have concerns about a potential trafficking situation. Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP to BEFREE. ⁣ —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐›๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  + ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ.⁣ @ourrescue⁣ @a21⁣ @timballard89⁣ @love146⁣ @polarisproject⁣ @ecpat⁣ @stopthetraffik⁣ @hopeforjusticeintl⁣ @exoduscry ⁣ @safehouseproject ⁣ @freeforlifeintl —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ • go volunteer at organizations in your city. donate what you can, when you can. talk to community & church leaders about spreading awareness + hosting fundraisers to support the cause. ⁣ —————————————————————————⁣ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ / ๐˜ธ๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด⁣ @avillageforone⁣ @cupcakegirlsorg⁣ @sharedhopeinternational ⁣ —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐ฒ • for the people on the ground doing the hard work. for our communities. for our nation. for the hearts of man to be engrossed with the pursuit of justice. ⁣

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I'd like to share more information resources on human trafficking as this topic has always been one that has pressed fervently on my heart. I've compiled a list down below of places to donate and sites to visit with notable information about human trafficking. The best way to stop these cruel treatment of our fellow humans is to stay informed + alert to the fact that this is happening -- everywhere

Hotlines 

National Human Trafficking Hotline
1-888-373-7888


National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC)
1-800-THE-LOST

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tip Line
(1-866-347-2423)


Resources

Ending Human Trafficking -- download their ebook + listen to their podcast.

Freedom United -- take these quizzes to test your knowledge + enroll in their 15 to 20-hour course titled "Understanding Contemporary Slavery." There is a $10 fee to enroll, but it's so worth it. 

O.U.R Stories -- operation underground railroad's blog. 

List of State Agencies / Organizations -- that combat child sex trafficking and exploitation. 

A21 Shop -- they sell gear with a message.

End It Movement Shop -- more gear with a message.



Reading Material 

Articles


Places To Donate

when you can, what you can. 














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I've compiled several infographics and I would love it if you would save them, share them, pin them to help get the word out. spread awareness. get involved. together, we can end modern-day slavery. 











7.20.2020

Make A Scene In The Backyard



It's summer and everything is still closed -- thanks COVID. I don't know about you guys, but if the weather permits, we find ourselves outside. My boys are really into pretend play right now, so I like to create backyard scenes that promote having fun while pretending to be doing something that we would have been doing if it was a "normal" summer.

Each product will be linked below and as always, I want to insert a little disclaimer here reminding you that some (not all) links are affiliate links -- which means that make a little bit of commission from the sale if you end up purchasing through my link. There is no pressure at all to buy anything; just constant thankfulness for your support. 

I also want to note that I wouldn't purchase all these things at once, I know that play can be expensive. These round-ups are meant to be inspirational / spark interest. Personally, I like to purchase one item and then build around it by thrifting, collecting, and diy(ing) things to help make the scene a reality. 

S C E N E # 1 | C A M P ❂ O U T


Hape Gourmet Grill

Reso Picnic Table

Log Pillow

Stump Pillow (round)

Plush Campfire Set

Marshmellow Sticks

Nature Light + Sound Lantern

Magnetic Fishing Pole Set

Garden Chair

Teepee

Camp Out Set

Coleman Sleeping Bag

Flash Light


S C E N E # 2 | T E A ❂ T I M E


Wooden Dessert

Tea Set (with basket)

Picnic Blanket

Floor Cushion

Nora Doll

Straw Hat

White Long Gloves

Parasol

Felt Ice Cream Sandwiches

Floral Napkins

Sleeveless Dress


S C E N E # 3 | B L A S T ❂ O F F


Spaceship

Space Boots + Glove

Space Pack 

Space Suit (orange)

Space Overalls (blue)

Helmet

NASA Cap

Hanging Solar System

Hanging Star Lights

Galaxy Tapestry 

Moon 


S C E N E # 4 | S A T U R D A Y ❂ M A R K E T


Cafe Tent

Ice Cream Stand

Crepes + Waffles Cart

Lemonade Stand

Food Truck

Burger Stand 

Gas Station 

Morning Market Stand

Wooden Popcorn Machine

Tea & Treats Stand


... so there you have it -- some cute and fun round-ups to make set up a scene and enjoy hours upon hours of play time with your littles as we continue to quarantine. 

7.13.2020

Earth Inspired Modern Home | Inspo Boards



I've rekindled my love for interior design as I revamp spaces in my home. I thought it would be fun if I'd share mood boards in the form of mini round-ups as I am seeing so many things I love while shopping for pieces. Today I am sharing things I think would look good in an earthy modern home. I've linked each product shared in each room below the roundup.

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note :: just wanted to share that some links (not all) listed are affiliate links in which I do get a small percentage of the sale -- honesty is important to me, so I just wanted to throw that out there. as blogging is my main source of income as a stay at home mom, you'll be seeing more affiliate links in the future. as always, thanks for being here, reading, and engaging. I appreciate you. 

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T H E ❂ M A S T E R ❂ B E D R O O M 


Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set (in the color black)











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T H E ❂ L I V I N G ❂ R O O M 




Kรคhler Hammershรธi Miniature Vases







Carson Carrington Ullnasnoret Scalloped Velvet Arm Chair






Mid Century Modern Wood and Glass Coffee Table


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7.06.2020

DIY | Farmer's Market :: Fresh Mart Makeover



Hi friends! 

Today I'm sharing our play grocery store makeover! The boys got this play grocery store from Melissa & Doug for Christmas last year. If I'm going to be honest, I was planning to give it a makeover from the moment that it was in the cart. I wasn't a fan of the red and green, so when we opted to set a playroom up for the boys, I took it as a chance to give the whole room a cohesive feel and start with my own little DIY project. 

B E F O R E


Surprisingly, the store was in decent shape -- the only thing the boys managed to break off was the fridge door on the side of the store. I ended up throwing it away because I was tired of trying to fix it. Other than that, it was functional. I love this grocery store because it's so sturdy. It gets so much playtime from three little guys who love to climb, pull, and throw things, so the fact that only the door was broken is a win!  

All it really needed was a fresh coat of paint. I mean, this was such a simple task because we only took off the scanner and conveyer belt when we painted it. Once those were off, we painted the store with three colors from our master playroom color scheme and waited for it to dry. 

S O S I M P L E -- seriously you guys, it's like a whole new toy! I love how it turned out. 

Once everything was dry and touch-ups were added, I went to decorate + style the Market with their toys! I'll link some of the play food + products just in case you want to snag some for your collection. But first, let's take a closer look at the farmer's market. 

A F T E R 









Eggs -- Target Dollar Spot; these always appear around March / April 


Small Wicker Basket (with lid) -- this came in a set from IKEA; it comes with two other baskets that I use in the house and the smallest one is perfect for play crackers and small things. 

Mini Wooden Crates -- from Melissa & Doug Food Groups; this can be found on Pottery Barn and at Target if you don't want to purchase it from Pottery Barn.

Baskets -- from HomeGoods and Marshalls 


Honey Jar -- came in a set. 

Plush Cupcakes -- from IKEA but are no longer available; they have a cute roll set though!  


Play Fruit + Veggies -- I've been collecting play food from the moment Felix got a play kitchen at 18 months and he's almost four, so I have a pretty hefty collection. I like to buy sets and when they're on sale. Here are some of my favorite places to look when I'm on the hunt for more house play items. 

Learning Resources ● Target ●  Amazon ●  Pottery Barn Kids ●  Crate + Barrel Kids ● Walmart

⊿  TIP :: the key here is to constantly look at these places because sales appear when you least expect it. 
Waiting for Black Friday is usually when you get the best bang for your buck, but you need to move fast because a lot of times, they sell out fast!


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F R E E P R I N T A B L E S 

Here are the little prints I created for the market. Feel free to right-click and download! I placed them in 5x7 YLLEVAD frames from IKEA because it's perfect size-wise + they're 49 cents each. These little prints can be interchanged by the season if you'd like. I love how they give the market a more personal feel. 

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... and that's a wrap y'all! I hope you've enjoyed this little makeover and that I've inspired you to dream up your own little DIY project. Stay tuned to see what I did with the boy's KidKraft play kitchen! 

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6.05.2020

seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly; my prayer



It's been a heavy week -- I still don't have many words.
Social media, the news, protests, riots, fighting words from all sides of the table. 
It's a confusing time right now. 

What I do know is that if people are hurting, it is my job as a follower of Jesus to listen and comfort those people. period. I often think of my Savior looking down on us and being disappointed by the fact that we do not seem to understand that → E V E R Y O N E ← was made in His image. We are all precious in His sight -- red, yellow, black, and white

so when my fellow brothers and sisters say that all lives can't matter until black lives matter, I have would have to agree no matter how controversial it may sound to some. their lives matter to my Savior, so they matter to me. 

y'all Jesus did not come to the earth and die for our sins, so we could treat others like they treated Him.
they persecuted Him, accused Him unjustly, they hated Him and they killed Him. 

we cannot stand for that behavior towards people who were created in HIS imagine. 
we just can't. 

My heart is heavy as I write this. 
I am sad for America. 
My heart yearns for God to heal our land. 

this is my prayer..

Jesus, please please please break our hearts for what breaks Yours. 
May we be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to judge, and slow to become angry.
Jesus, we need Your light now more than ever.
Clean our hearts, make them clean, so we can do Your work.
Help us lead the broken hearted to You by our actions, love, and words.
Soften the hearts of Your people and fill them with love. 
Fill us so we can pour out Your love on our hurting brothers and sisters.
Sow peace in all our aching hearts.

amen. 
I'd like to list a few petitions + resources down below for the people who are interested in them. 
I aim to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly because that's what Jesus would do. 

I also want to commend, give kudos, and say thank you to all the God-fearing men and women who are addressing others with kindness, respect, and love during this crazy time. y'all are my favorite people. 



*this section will be updated periodically as I am still researching and compiling sources. 


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& for the record,

I do not consider myself an activist and I don't have anything to promote except Jesus and his love. 
Here is the post I shared on Instagram regarding our responsibility as a church when it comes to racism.
I quoted the late Billy Graham because he so eloquently put the thoughts that I had jumbled in my head on the topic. 

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| hi again friends, I’ve been silent on here for two reasons — one, I’ve been sick and have taken a social media pause. but once I started feeling better + almost ready to bounce back in the game, the name George Floyd flooded the news. I didn’t feel right posting “normal” content, so I just kept reading and listening. my heart is hurting at such a senseless tragedy. —————————————————————————————— ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ก๐š๐ฆ’๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐๐ž๐š ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ˆ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ’๐ฌ ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ. ⁣ ————————————————————————⁣—————— We must not underestimate the devastating effects of racism on our world.⁣ ⁣ Racism is a sin precisely because it keeps us from obeying God’s command to love our neighbor, and because it has its roots in pride and arrogance. Christians who harbor racism in their attitudes or actions are not following their Lord at this point, for Christ came to bring reconciliation—reconciliation between us and God, and reconciliation between each other.⁣ ⁣ Tragically, too often in the past evangelical Christians have turned a blind eye to racism or have been willing to stand aside while others take the lead in racial reconciliation, saying it was not our responsibility. ⁣ ⁣ As a result, many efforts toward reconciliation in America have lacked a Christian foundation and may not outlive the immediate circumstances that brought them into existence. Our consciences should be stirred to repentance by how far we have fallen short of what God asks us to be as his agents of reconciliation.⁣ ——————————————————————⁣———————— so yes, #blacklivesmatter & no, that doesn’t mean that I hate the police or that I feel like all police officers are racist. it just means that I want my brothers + sisters of color to live free of fear and feel love pouring out from this little corner of the gram. I love y’all, stay safe & god bless you today, tomorrow and forever more.

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