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Kidproof Entertainment

Trying to balance baby proofing and style have been a little bit of a challenge now that Parker has gone mobile. I don’t mind having a house full of toys but prefer to find appealing ways to organize everything.

This is what we started with. I was so excited about the project I didn’t think to take a before picture so this is all I have. This entertainment center was bulking, dark and fully exposed to toddler shenanigans.

VideoSecu Tilt Wall Mount  |  Mono-Systems Behind Wall Power Kit  |  VIDJA Table Lamp  |  LIATORP Sideboard

I had my heart set on a LIATORP Sideboard but at $350 it just wasn’t in the budget. We decided to do a walk through of IKEA and decided on a BESTA set that ended up being around $180 with all of the parts. On our way out, we stopped by the scratch n’ dent section and BAM there it was, a smaller BESTA set for only $60. There was a cabinet and drawer on the left and glass enclosed cabinet on the right. It was perfect and I was simply giddy! Since we had a $35 gift certificate we also splurged on a cute decorative VIDJA table lamp. Overall this upgrade was $145, well worth keeping our electronics safe from curious little hands!

The installation was extremely easy and only took about 45 minutes. I was picky about the wall mount and wanted it to be very secure to the wall. The VideoSecu didn’t disappoint, especially for the price. The Mono-Systems Kit was really neat and even came with a round hand saw to make a perfect hole in the wall. The most time consuming part was pulling the cords through but they even provided a flexible arm to facilitate that.
Since the entertainment center was from scratch n’ dent, no assembly required. All we had to do was hang the TV and organize all of the electronics. 

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Making This Home Ours: A Color Makeover

Feather Gray | Prairie Brush | Champion Cobalt | Sundance | Pike’s Peak  | Show Stopper

I really wanted to share our home tour when it was all completed but I think that is going to take several months and I am just too impatient. When we moved to this house a year ago I wanted to work hard and make it our own. Having lived in university housing and nothing but white walls in our first home, painting was a must. I love painting so I really wanted to do it myself. We decided to fully move in and then I would paint and decorate each room at a time.

We still have a ways to go. I have some cute ideas for the walls in the living room and family room. I have also collect some awesome thrift store finds for the master bedroom. Hopefully I can focus my attention and do a new room each month come the new year.

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My Crafting Attic: Stamp Shelf

When we moved to the new house last year I was determined to take the time to actually organize my craft room and either purchase or make what I needed. It’s easy to temporarily organize something but it never works out in the long run and ends up becoming a cluttered mess. 
One of my first projects was organizing my gift wrapping closet. Also on my to-do list was my stamp collection. I have collected quite a few over the years and never really had them organized. Since they were such a pain to get out, I rarely used them. I wasn’t able to really find something I liked in the store. I needed something that wasn’t deep but long enough to hold my entire collection and continue to grow with me. My darling husband he helped me with the project before he deployed. 
All we had to do was a little staining…
A little measuring…
And a little cutting…

Some nail shooting and a little more measuring…

And vuala, a custom and totally amazing stamp shelf!

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Making This Home Ours: Picture Frame Menu Board

I had this frame up in the kitchen with every intention of adding some cute quotes in the other two spaces. I do have a habit of purchasing frames and putting them around the house before I have pictures printed to fill them. Guests often ask if I have another family they don’t know about 🙂

Since we had already added this awesome white board to our kitchen, I decided to keep the theme going. Rob and I have been very intentional about our grocery shopping and meal planning. I wanted to have something in the kitchen that would display our menu for the week.

I had to find a way to keep a picture of my handsome little boy, Parker, in his chef outfit! I decided to turn it into a canvas piece through MailPix. Just had to make a few small modifications… I took out the mat to make the frame a little cleaner. Painted the frame with the same Tropical Oasis gloss spray paint. Luckily, I had enough of the yellow mat I used for the background of the white board to use on this frame as well. As a last touch, I printed out the days of the week from word and added a label to the top. 
Presto chango, a brand new super cute menu board! 🙂  
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Making This Home Ours: Whiteboard

I have been waiting months to finish this project and share it with all of you. As most of you may have seen on Pinterest lately, chalk boards are a growing fad. If you follow my family along over at Cherry Blossom Love, you know that I use them every month for P’s monthly photo shoots and to document important events in P’s life.

I really wanted one in our kitchen but I needed something that was a little more functional. While it is fairly easy to write on a chalkboard, erasing is a hassle. Not to mention, as a perfectionist, I would spend so much time making sure my to-do list looked perfect, I wouldn’t have much time to actually accomplish something!

Since repurposing old frames has grown so popular, they are hard to come by in thrift stores. I got lucky and found this gem at our local Restore. As soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew I had to have it!

Now that we have a little one at home, we were uncomfortable with having something so heavy hanging in the kitchen. We decided to get plexiglass cut at Home Depot to to replace the glass with. We also found the perfect color to paint the frame, Gloss Tropical Oasis.

I wanted to leave a majority of the white board blank but knew our cleaning checklist would look great behind the plexiglass. Now we can just mark off a task when we accomplish something.

I love having this in our kitchen. We can jot down important phone numbers, reminders and to-do items that help keep us organized. I keep a variety of colors white board markers and a dry erasers in Longaberger baskets.

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A Bowl Full Of Lemons: One Project At A Time
A Dimond In The Stuff: Time To Shine Party
If It’s Not Baroque: Tuesday Link Party
iHeart Organizing: Monthly Organizing Challenge
Lady Blessings: Handmade Tuesdays
Sugar Bee Crafts: Take A Look Tuesday

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