Life With Boys

Some of you know. Some of you are there or have been there; life with boys. You will never hear so much non-stop noise in your life. While one is talking, two are arguing. Sometimes all three of them are just making random noises, either with their mouths or by using some other part of their body! They are dirty! Their feet always stink! They wrestle until someone is crying (and someone always ends up crying.) We have a running tab at the ER. They never hit the toilet and blame it on each other. And they have no earthly clue what a trash can or clothing hamper is for!

A few nights ago, the full moon was really taking its toll on our house. It was one of those nights where they were ALL jacked up and I was tired and cranky. At the announcement of bedtime, Sam says he is sleeping in the living room. I informed him he was not and then it started. The temper tantrum or as we southerners refer to it, a hissy fit. All of my children are stubborn but he is in a league of his own. He WILL outlast you if he so desires and no amount of spankings, reasoning or bribery will change his mind. His daddy took him to bed kicking and screaming and I laid down with him. And since he was crying so much, Jack gets back up because “he can’t sleep with all this noise”. I go along with this because I just want Sam to hush his mouth. He finally tones it down from full blown hissy fit to the “I’m tired but I’m going to cry for at least another hour just to get my point across” stage. Jack comes back in and lays down…playing a game on a tablet. Umm, no sir. He is fully aware that this is a major no, but doesn’t seem to care. After being asked to put it down several times, he continues to play…completely ignoring me!!! I take it away and then he starts crying!!! What is going on?!?

I laid in their room for what felt like forever waiting for them to give up and after being held hostage for over an hour, they finally gave up and passed out. After my escape, I walked out and saw this in the bathroom.

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I know it’s just a circle of dinosaurs having a meeting in the bathroom with two Batmen, but it immediately melted my heart with its innocence and all of my stress was lifted. You see, that’s what life with little boys is like. They will take you to the brink of insanity. They will make you think you are going to lose your mind and then, just like that, they bring you right back in one simple, sweet moment.

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Choosing A Bedroom Color

Hello, friends!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here and I know all of you (like all 5 of you) have been dying with anticipation wondering when I would return. Ha! Let me just start by asking if any of you ever needed a break? You know, like a serious break. Well, I did and I took one this summer. I stopped blogging, I stopped working out, I stopped counting calories, and I stopped doing any sort of planning. We didn’t even take a vaca or trip and it felt GREAT!! I focused (a little) on my school work, read some books and ate a lot of ice cream. Sometimes you just get burned out and I feel much better now. Refreshed and ready to slowly start focusing on some things again, like some house projects.

We have quite a few projects around here that need to be completed first but one thing I have had my eye on is our master bedroom. I’m always dreaming of new ideas, furniture and paint colors, but the other week one of my friends painted a navy accent wall in her bedroom and then my husband randomly said he was ready to paint something and asked about our bedroom. That was all I needed! He had no clue what he had just started! The wheels really began turning but I can’t decide exactly what I want.

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Our Bedroom-The color is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.

Our bedroom has been basically the same since we moved in five years ago. We painted it Sea Salt which really is one of the BEST colors at Sherwin Williams. Typically, I’m a total light and white person and always thought I’d redo the bedroom to be all white, but lately I’m thinking about a little more drama.

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This is what I’ve always pictured when it was time to paint and give the bedroom a little refresh. I love that everything is a shade of white and the way the wood warms up the space.

One idea I’ve been tossing around is the idea of going a few shades darker of the color we already have. Something greenish-blue to give the room a little more depth.

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Love these SW colors, especially Drizzle.

However, I also think that I could easily go really, really dark with an accent wall behind the bed or maybe (dare I say it) even the entire room??

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Benjamin Moore Dark Harbor. I am LOVING this color!
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Here it is in a bedroom as an accent wall.

Here are a few other dark bedrooms that I love. What do y’all think? Should I go with a medium color like Sherwin Williams Drizzle, accent wall or go for the dramatic all dark?!?

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Living Room Makeover

Because I love a good before and after….

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IMG_0429When we moved into this house I was about 7 months pregnant and at the time a fresh coat of paint was about all we could handle. Fast forward about 3 years and I had about all I could take of the living room situation. I dreamed of a lighter brighter room with shiplap (of course). The first thing I did was a little crazy, but I got rid of everything. For about two weeks, we lived with a couple of chairs, a couple of lamps and the tv. I have always read from decorators that a good way to refresh a room is to take everything out and then slowly put it back in after you’ve determined what you want to keep and/or where you want everything to go. That’s what I did, only I gave away our furniture. (I like to go big or go home.) I have slowly, over the past 8 months, put things back in place and purchased new item. The first thing I did was pick a fresh new paint color, a really light grey. Next I ordered a couch. Yes, I ordered it online without ever having seen it. It came from Wayfair and I was actually pleasantly surprised! It was really cheap, and sits pretty good. If you haven’t checked out Wayfair, you should. I’m hooked. So far, everything I have purchased has been pretty good quality and they really do have “just what I need”. Anything you can think of for home, they have it. Disclaimer, their furniture does have to be assembled, but was not too difficult. The best part about the couch is that it’s slipcovered so I can wash it. To me, this was a MUST with the boys. Even though they are not allowed to eat in the living room, they find a way to sneak food (and markers, and dirty shoes, and then there’s the dog…) I had my husband shiplap the wall, which I wrote about in a previous post you can find on the website. I also purchased a new rug from Wayfair, which I was also very pleased with. The curtains I made for about $30. I took an old rod that I already had and ordered curtain hooks from Amazon for around $10 for two packs. The curtains  themselves are painting drop cloths that I also ordered from Amazon for around $10 each. I bleached them a little, washed them and hung them from the clips. I do need to hem them to the correct length but you can also just fold them over, like I did or if you don’t sew, you can cut them and use Velcro. Easy and CHEAP! The rest of the time, I have been trolling through Target and antique stores finding things to decorate with. I still need to replace the big brown recliner but can’t find exactly what I want to replace it with. I’m waiting for the club chair that matches the couch to come back in stock. I also change the throw pillows almost monthly, so we are still a work in progress and probably will be for a while!

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Rejoicing In My Weaknesses

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Last week was one of those weeks. You know the kind. Those weeks you find yourself juggling about a million things, stressed to the max and realizing that you aren’t giving 100% to any one them. As, women we have these moments often because we wear so many hats. On a daily basis I am wife, mom, daughter, co-worker, friend, chauffeur, chef, maid, diaper changer, bath time person, part time small business owner and college student (just to name a few). That doesnt even include my “hobbies” or anything I try to do for myself and don’t get me started on trying to fit in a little fitness. Sometimes it’s so overwhelming because I want to be the best version of myself for all those people and things. If I feel like I’m not doing a good job at these things, I get so stressed out and I don’t like to cut myself any slack. In my mind I should be able to deal with it all.  I’m not perfect and neither is my life, but I like to set high expectations for myself. Maybe because I was the oldest- we’re the over-achievers, right? Or maybe because I spent my twenties being a complete underachiever. I was on a very long journey of self discovery. Or maybe because I lost my brother at a young age and know how quickly life can end. Maybe it’s a combination of all those things. The point is, sometimes I set the bar a little too high and I have to take a step back.

But, I’m also thankful for these crazy times in my life. I’m thankful when I feel like I’m on the brink of losing my mind. Why? When I feel overwhelmed, I know that I’ve been wrapped up in me and my many roles. I know that I’ve also been stretching thin everything, including my  time with God and He is always right there, patiently waiting for me to realize that I haven’t been putting Him first. God has a way of reminding us that we are weak without Him. And I rejoice in that weakness, because it shows His power.   So, Monday morning, I sat myself down in the quiet early hours, read my devotion, and had a little talk with Jesus to start my day off. It’s amazing how easily things start to fall back into place after that. God’s word is there to guide us and rejuvenate us when we are feeling overwhelmed. He is always waiting for us to turn to Him, deepen our relationship with Him, talk with Him and walk with Him through this life.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Skin Care- A Lifetime Battle

Sadly, the weekend is coming to an end and wow, did it go by quickly! Hope y’all had a great one. We had a visit from family along with a little church time this morning. Looking forward to a busy week ahead.

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Let’s talk skin care. I’ve been battling my skin for the better part of 3 decades now. My skin started misbehaving in 5th grade!! (I was an early bloomer.) In 5th grade my hair turned from blonde to very strawberry blonde, which I immediately hated, and my skin started breaking out. In my 5th grade picture I have an enormous spot on my chin from a pimple that I wouldn’t leave alone. I endured high school with a face full of break outs and caked on Cover Girl. Times were tough in the 90’s. We didn’t have Proactive. We had Stridex pads that I’m pretty sure were just straight alcohol. We also had the orange Neutrogena soap that made my sinuses go crazy. I would wash my face and then sneeze for half on hour. So, on top of the pimples, I would then have red, swollen eyes and a red nose. Add that to my reddish hair and pale skin and things could get really rough looking. Do you feel sorry for me yet? Ha! You could also forget going to the dermatologist back then. They only gave you prescription strength retinol cream that burned the zits right off your face and gave you red flakey skin. Teenagers today have no idea how good they have it.

Things got better in my twenties and even better in my early thirties. Pregnancy did wonders for my skin! I thought things were on the up and up until about a year ago. The break outs started again. I couldn’t believe it! Who has pimples at 38?!?! So, I decided to get more serious with my skin care. Between the wrinkles and pimples, I couldn’t rely on the same drug store products I had been using since my twenties. I set out sampling different products to see if I could find something to help. I have a few favorites that I have discovered. I love Mario Badescu products. I recently purchased a few new ones to try out. Since using these, my breakouts have gotten better.

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The first product I tried is the Oil Free Moisturizer and I am now a huge fan. I use it in the mornings and it moisturizers without the oily feeling I can get by lunch with other products. It also contains SPF which is a daily must.

I also like the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion. I use this at night after I’ve washed my face and it makes my skin feel extra clean and soft.

But, what might be my favorite product is the Drying Lotion. I mean, where has this been my whole life. Apparently, it’s been around, I just didn’t know about it. So, I’m passing the info on to you in case you didn’t know. If you suffer from the occasional pimple, this stuff is amazing!! It dries blemishes up in no time. You simply dip a q-tip in the pink stuff and dot it on your pimple. By morning, you will notice a definite reduction in the size.

There you have it! Those are my top three at the moment, but I am always on the lookout for great products. I’d love to hear what you all use and what works for you.

The Shiplap Trend

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I love elements from many different types of home design styles and I’ve been known in the past to completely changed directions in the middle of decorating a room. I think I want farmhouse and then I’ll see a colorful geometric pillow in the store and I think, “maybe I want a colorful and fun house”. But there are two things that I have loved for a very long time that never changes, old homes and clean white decor. Old houses have always fascinated me. The architecture and character is something you just don’t find in modern homes. My dream, since I was very young has always been to remodel an old house.  I also love when a house looks light and bright. It calms me for some reason and helps me feel happy and organized. When Joanna Gaines blew up on HGTV, she really spoke to me with her love of shiplap. I could not get enough (still can’t) and immediately started begging my husband for shiplap, somewhere, anywhere in our home!

Shiplap is a great way to brighten up a room and give it texture. When you want a white home, texture is the key to it not looking sterile.  Since our home was built in 1980, it lacks any characteristics or architectural details of an old home. I thought shiplap would be a great and very inexpensive way to give it both, so we started in the living room.

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This was the wall we started with. Nothing wrong   with it, but it was boring. Every time I watched tv, all I saw was a big boring wall, not to mention all the toys my kids would put on the shelves underneath it instead of taking them the five feet down the hall to their rooms. Seriously, look at that mess! And at some point we didn’t even try to find a cute basket to put it all in, we just used a diaper box! That’s when I couldn’t take it anymore. I drew the line at the diaper box!

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So, my awesome husband went to Home Depot and bought regular plywood at about $13 a sheet. I think he bought three, even though it didn’t take that much. He cut the plywood into 6 inch strips. He purposely did not keep the lines perfectly straight, which I really like because it makes it a little more rustic looking, like it’s been there for 100’s of years. He also staggered the boards on the wall after he found the studs with the first board. If you want a more polished look, you can keep the boards straight. After he was finished, he put the molding back up and attached this old mantle that we were lucky to already have. I painted it in Sherwin Williams Oxford White. I still haven’t completely decided about the old chest in front, but it works for now to hold the satellite box and hide the outlet.

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the result and I can’t wait to do a few other walls in the house that need a little something extra. Did I mention that this is not a difficult project? (I say that after watching my husband do all the work) But I did read this article on Pinterest several times and it is a great step by step “How To”.

http://www.makingjoyandprettythings.com/plank-a-wall-diy-shiplap/

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I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at it! And now when I watch tv, I can look at my beautiful walls during commercial break. 😉What do you guys think? Are you on board with the shiplap trend or are you over it already?

XO-

Lindsay

Hi!! Welcome to the Circus!

First Blog Post!!! I am so glad that you have stopped by to check it out.  I first thought about starting a blog years ago to talk about inexpensive mom fashion and I guess what they say is true; you only regret the things in life that you don’t do.  I love reading some of my favorite blogs and looking at their lives through Instagram.  Most are fashion or home interior and all of them are moms in different stages of life.  They really have inspired me to start my own little creative place on the internet. I am excited to use this as a creative outlet.  I love fashion, decorating, painting, crafts, and anything creative. I also think that being a wife, mom, holding down a job, keeping up with the house, etc, etc, is hard some days, ok, most days. I wanted to create a place to share some funny stories, share some things that I think are cool or projects that I am working on (because I LOVE a project) and help support other women out there that are wearing many hats. Warning!! I am NOT a writer. Stay with me and hopefully, I will get better along the way.

XO-

Lindsay