July 28, 2014

How I Let My Preschooler Pick Out Her Own Clothes

I was inspired by this post at Fresh Coat of Paint (now House for Five) to create the project that sparked the idea for this post.  For a while now, I have been letting Bailey pick out her clothes for school the night before.  Yes, I let me 3 year old pick out her own clothes...call me crazy!  I just ask her a starting question and then give her options from there.  It goes a little like this...

 Starting Question: "Do you want to wear a dress or pants/shorts (depending on the weather)?"
This is the starting off point for every outfit.  If she says dress, I give her 2-3 dress options and move on to shoes.  If she says pants/shorts, I give her 2-3 options for pants/shorts and move to shirts.  The basis is really just providing options.

Example, she picks a pants.  From 2-3 options of pants (black leggings, jeans, etc), she chooses what she wants.
Then I give her 2-3 options for shirts that I know will all match with her choice of bottoms (i.e. I'm not going to give her a pink shirt if she picked pink leggings).
From there we move to shoes.  This is a little tricky because she is unfortunately really picky about her shoes.  Not what they look like, but how they feel.  She will have them off by the end of the day if they aren't the ones she wanted and comfortable.  If it's school, she has to wear close toed shoes so that really limits her options.  If it's a day out, she has more free reign.
If she picks shoes where she has to wear socks, then she picks out the color from the set she has for that shoe type (i.e. ankle socks for tennis shoes, tall socks for boots, thin socks for basic flats/Toms style shoes).

That's a lot of details, but I promise this whole process usually only takes about 10 minutes on average (with a few distractions).  However, doing this the night before and letting her "choose" limits the battles and frustration with waiting til the morning to "throw something on".  Now it's my turn to start learning to be better about doing this for myself!

Next I'll be sharing where we hang her outfits and a FREE printable!!!

I hope this was helpful, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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July 27, 2014

Pop of Pink: Dress Up Cabinet Update

A few weeks ago I was in HomeGoods and spotted something I had been looking for since we first brought in Bailey's dress-up cabinet.  I mentioned that something was missing in this post when I showed you a little tour of the cabinet.  Do you remember what it was??  Because this piece is really a focal point in her room I really wanted all the details to be perfect and those mismatched plastic and padded hangers were just not doing the job.

So I found these for $5.99 each!  I had seen some for around $8 each on Zulily a few months ago that I just kept forgetting to purchase and I'm glad I did.  Not only did I save $4 on the hangers, I also saved the shipping costs.  Just another reason why this is my favorite store!

So here's the before...
And here's the after!


I'm so happy with how it turned out and yes she did snag some new dress up clothes that I found on clearance at Toys R Us.  There's just some sales that you can't pass up :)

I hope you enjoyed this money-saving decor adventure, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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July 24, 2014

Herb Garden + Wooden Garden Markers

A few weeks ago I posted these garden markers from Target (below) on Instagram and today I was finally able to get out to our garden and plant the new herbs we bought at our new gourmet grocery store The Fresh Market. I have still seen the garden markers in the store but for some reason they aren't on clearance...but still at great price at only $7.99 per pack of 5 plus the green pencil!
I couldn't find them online either :(
So for those of you who haven't seen the initial garden post, {here's} where we started.  It was just the 3 sides, dirt and lots of weeds.  Here's where we were one week after that post where we had dug up all the weeds and planted about 5 different herbs/vegetables.
We started with a nice amount of oregano, mint, a stalk of rosemary, and a tiny jalapeno plant, strawberry plant, cucumber plant, and squash plant.  Shortly after planting these, our basset decided she was hungry and ate the strawberry and cucumber plants.  Our squash plant grew huge, but it was attacked by a ton of squash bugs and eventually died (about a month ago).  We planted basil about a month after this picture.

Here is where we are today.  Lots of weeds need to be pulled, but my sweet husband added the missing front piece of wood and things have grown tremendously!

As you can see we still have the basil, oregano, and jalapeno plant.  Behind the basil and oregano plants are two mint plants, and an small rosemary plant.  Then a few days ago, we purchased these herbs from The Fresh Market in Clear Lake for $3 each which is a great price for organic herbs at this size!

After I spent about the morning tilling, pulling weeds, planting the new plants, and adding the plant markers, here is what our little herb (and pepper) garden looks like today!






I'm totally happy with how it's looking and now I just need to do more research on how to keep these random bugs away and how to efficiently prune all the plants.

I hope you enjoyed this gardening adventure, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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DIY Gold Pharmacy Lamp

I have been really searching hard for an inexpensive gold pharmacy style lamp, but have unfortunately had no luck.  Then Pinterest came to the rescue again and I found this!  While I love her faux antiqued lamp, I really wanted gold for our office.  So instead of finishing like she did with the flat black paint, I simply stopped with the gold.
So here's the lamp before.  It's the Barometer Work Lamp from Ikea and only $29.99!  Most other gold work lamps run upwards of $150!  It started out with a nice clean polished nickel finish...but not at all what I was looking for.  So out came my beautiful gold spray paint I used in this tutorial to paint the hardware on our desk.
Once you have the lamp screwed together (no tools required, just screw the pieces together), you'll want to spray it down with a primer meant for metal.  I chose Rust-Oleum Professional Primer Spray Paint based on reviews I read online.

I let the primer dry for about 15 minutes then gave it a coat of the gold spray paint.
I gave our lamp 3 thin, even coats of the gold paint.  One tip for lamps like this that have bending "necks" is to make sure to move the movable parts (in this case the "neck" and the "head") when you are doing your second or third coats so that you don't have any parts of the lamp not painted.
I am really happy with how this lamp turned out and can't wait to get the rest of the office done and ready to show y'all.  I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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