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March 14, 2013

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Making This Home Ours: Measuring Cups & Spoons

 I wanted to start out this mini series with one of my favorite projects. Measuring spoons and cups are difficult to organize and I can never seem to find the one I need right away. The inside of cabinets are such a waste of space I wanted to come up with a way to really utilize them.

My talented hubby measured the inside of the cabinet and cut up two pieces of ply wood for me. We used Valspar Gloss Tropical Oasis spray paint. I had also seen a project on Two Twenty One where she used this adorable shelf liner for the inside of a kitchen cabinet. I fell in love with the pattern but didn’t know the name of the pattern or where she had gotten it from. After a few hours little time on Amazon, I finally found it! Here is the link in case you are in love with it as much as I am!

We laid everything out first to make sure there was enough room for everything and the spacing was even(ish). Rob then drilled some holes and screwed in hooks for everything to hang easily.

We used wood glue and some clamps to secure everything overnight.

And here it is, my new and improved baking cabinet. We have been using it for a few weeks now and LOVE it. I also smile every time I see the beautiful blue pattern!

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{Tipful Thursday} Bath Time Favorites

Bath time has become one of our favorite activities. Now that he is sitting up on his own, we had to transition him out of the infant bath tub. We just weren’t ready to put him in the bath tub with out any support. I started looking online for a bath tub seat, similar to the Aquababy Bath Ring but it was too pricey for the amount of time we would probably need it. A laundry basket works just as well, and makes it easy to collect his toys at the end!

Up until about a week ago, we were using The First Year’s Infant – Toddler Tub (with sling). We would fill it with water and put it on the changing table since P didn’t really move or splash, at first. The sling was perfect to support him as we learned how to bath an infant.

Around 4 months, we took the sling out and put the infant tub in our bath tub. I talked about the Bath Luv Frog in P’s 3&4 Month Favorites. This was really important in keeping P warm and happy during bath time. We used it up until a week ago when he started sitting in the bath tube in a laundry basket.

Of course, I couldn’t miss out on a opportunity to share our bath time favorites!

Since I love warm bath water, I love the Aquatopia Deluxe Safety Bath Thermometer to keep it at a safe temperature for P. While we are in the tub, the Especially for Baby Stacking Cups and Sassy Developmental Bath Toy – Catch & Count Net keep P entertained and happy. 🙂 He loves cups both inside and outside the tub. I wasn’t thrilled with him putting them in his mouth at first but there is no way to stop it 😉

I talked about the VTech Musical Bubbles Octopus in P’s 8 Month Favorites post. It is a really great price for the quality. As you can see, P really enjoys it too!

The Green Toys My First Tugboat is a great toy and functional when washing P’s hair. I found it new at a great price at one of our local consignment sales. They are recycled milk containers made in the USA.

We use Johnson’s & Johnson’s Naturals Shampoo and Johnson’s & Johnson’s Foaming Wash to keep him nice and clean. There are so many great products out there but these were the ones we went with. After we are done, we use hooded towels to dry him of and give him a little “free” time. We use Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lotion to keep him soft baby skin hydrated and silky smooth.

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Making This Home Ours: Kitchen Introduction

It’s no secret that I LOVE Pinterest. I have been a frequent Pinner since about May 2011. Even if I don’t see something specific to replicate, I get so inspired from looking at so many amazing images that my creative juices really get flowing.

When we moved into the new house I saw so much potential in every single room. We plan to slowly tackle each one throughout the year for a first round makeover. Yep, first round as in, we will continue to update as the years go on. For now, we are focusing on how to organize each space.

Our first stop was the kitchen since that is where we spend a good part of our day. I fell in love with this kitchen when we were house hunting. It is so open and really the focal point of the second floor. I especially loved the counter space and breakfast bar.

  

  

Now that we are all unpacked, it is time for the fun part, decorating! Instead of putting together one huge post on all of our kitchen projects, I decided to separate them into several over the next few weeks.

Here is a little teaser of what I started with!

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