One Kids Back in School …

My oldest son, who is 4 and a half, went to a 3 day a week part time preschool last year. It was only for a few hours each time he went so I didn’t get the full experience of having a child in school. This year is different and I’m learning a few things.

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Everett started public preschool this year which is 5 days a week and it runs from 8:30 in the morning to 3 o’clock in the afternoon. It’s only the first week but he’s over the moon excited about this new adventure.

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Aria, who just turned 3, is going to be going to the same 3 day a week program that Everett went to last year. Hers doesn’t start for a few more weeks. She’s excited about it when we talk about school but she’s even more excited to not have her brother home during the day. They get along most of the time but there is always some kind of argument over toys, food, electronics, etc. She’s quickly learning that Everett in school means it’s a free for all when it comes to the kids things.

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So now, what am I learning? 

  • It’s amazing how quiet it is in the house with only one kid. It’s overly apparent to me now how much they feed off each other. No fighting and minimal crying.
  • I’m almost less productive when I seem to have more free time. It’s funny how this works but with less distraction around and more time to do things I need to do, I just want to do nothing.
  • Everett is overly independent when he wants to be. I think I was more nervous than him for his first day then he even was. He even used the phrase “Mom, you’ve gotta let me grow up.”
  • The house stays SO much cleaner when my son is in school. This leads me to believe all the times over the summer that he said “Aria made that mess” he was completely full of it.
  • There is an unreal amount of time spent in the car when they don’t offer busses and it’s only going to get worse when she starts school.
  • I’m way less of a morning person than I even thought I was. I’m used to getting up with them and taking my time to wake up and get moving. Now, with places to be at certain times, I actually have to move my ass and I’m not liking it. I work evening shifts so mornings are quite disgusting.

Big changes around here with schedules means major adjustment time for me. I’m one of those people that takes a while to build up a new routine. I’m sure come summer vacation, I’ll have it down.

 

Fresh Water Design Co. [+ giveaway]

Fresh Water Design Co. is a brand new business that I’ve had the pleasure of watching launch and hit the ground running with growth. I’m so excited to be able to share the talent the girls behind this company have with my readers. I’m even more excited to show you guys the gorgeous new art I have hanging in my house.

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First off the owners are two of the most genuine people that I have the pleasure of knowing. The drive and talent behind of the two of them is just astonishing and I truly admire their entrepreneurism. I work as a vet tech with Dani and after our long shifts, she goes home and creates these amazing pieces of art.

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“I Love You A Ton” Elephant

"Lost in the Right Direction"

“Lost in the Right Direction”

Since I’ve been watching the business grow, I’ve seen so many amazing pieces that Freshwater Design Co. has created. I knew that I had to have some of it in my home. I had so many different ideas floating around in my head and they completely made it come to life. Freshwater Design Co. has an option on their site to create your own piece. You have an idea, they’ll make it happen.

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This is my gorgeous piece. My husband is from outside of Chicago and I’m from a town near Detroit; These are the coordinates of our home towns. It makes an amazing addition to my living room. It’s personal with just the right touch of sweetness. I’m just beyond smitten with it. freshwatercocollageThe quality of the burn is perfect. There is truly not one single flaw. The stain is perfect. Freshwater Design Co. has several different stains to choose from so there will be one that fits your decor.

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Freshwater has decided to also do a giveaway for one lucky reader! Browse the site and pick out something special for your home; or create your own! Enter to win in the rafflecopter below.

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Drab to Fab: DIY Chalk Painted Mirror

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I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m not some expert when it comes to refinishing furniture. I’m, without a doubt,  a total amateur. That’s the beauty in this entire post though; You don’t have to be extremely talented in order to make a piece of furniture look this awesome. You literally just have to be able to purchase supplies, slap on paint, use sandpaper, and have a semi- steady hand to drill. That’s it. It’s really that simple.

So my bedroom needed a little more “oomph” to it. I’ve been looking for a stand up mirror for some time now but just haven’t seen one that I was really crazy about in the stores. This one popped up on my news feed for a local yard sale site and I just had to have it. She was selling it for $40. Which, in my opinion, is a total steal. It’s 100% solid wood and I just don’t think that furniture is made like that anymore.

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Don’t get me totally wrong here. I think it was semi-pretty to begin with. It’s just not my style and wouldn’t go with the space that I wanted to use it in.  To me, it just didn’t have that “pop” that I was looking for.

I decided to get some chalk paint off of good ole’ Amazon. This is actually the exact can that I purchased in the color “stone castle.” I really wanted to go with Annie Sloan but honestly, this worked just as amazing.

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I literally slapped on a coat of the chalk paint, waited 20 minutes for it to dry, and then sanded the edges and a couple other spots to give it that weathered appearance. I then drilled a few holes in order to place these hooks that I, again, got off Amazon. Oh, and when I said 20 minutes, I really meant 20 minutes. If you haven’t used chalk paint before you’ll be amazed at how fast it dries. BAM! Literally an hour out of my time and I had this amazing new piece.

I got a little sloppy while painting and there were a few drip marks. I’m not the best painter and tend to rush it. It doesn’t matter with this kind of project. I literally just sanded off the drips and it you can’t even tell where the problem areas are.

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Soon To Be First Time Homeowners

homeownerssoonIt’s been a long three months in the limbo period but over the past few weeks we have finally got the direction that we were so patiently waiting for. As many of you know we were leaving Texas in September and planning on moving to Maryland. My husband had a job offer there but it didn’t quite work out as we had planned. This left us sitting at my parents house, me working and barely keeping the family afloat, and my husband waiting. We decided that we couldn’t wait for that job in Maryland anymore so he decided to start applying elsewhere. Pretty quickly he found an amazing opportunity in Augusta, Georgia. So, fate will take us to Augusta.

… and soon. We’re leaving Michigan on January 1st, 2015. Hell of a way to start the new year if I do say so myself.

This past week my husband flew down to Augusta in search of somewhere for us to live. We had over 20 houses saved for him to look at in just a short time frame. The internet is a godsend when looking for real estate across the country but it really can’t show you areas, neighbors, ect. We narrowed it down to two cities in which had the best school district.

Today, we put accepted an offer on this home. It’s beautiful. It’s got so much space for the kids and dogs to play in the yard. It has easy access to a neighborhood pool. The kitchen is bigger than anything I’ve ever rented. The master suite is gorgeous. It will be having brand new carpet installed tomorrow. The only things I plan to update sooner than later is the kitchen counters and possibly the bathrooms; which isn’t a rush. I’m ecstatic about this.

The final inspection is tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed there is nothing seriously wrong with the house that the sellers won’t be fixing. They don’t fix, we don’t buy. It’s appearance is perfect, here’s to hoping the little things that can’t quite be seen are too.

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Moving Across The Country {again} to a Place I’ve Never Been

movingIf you read that title you probably think that I’m insane. You’re probably right. I’m moving across the country to a place that I’ve never even visited.

We’ve known for a while that this current September that my husband would be separating from the Marine Corps and pursuing a position in his current job field, just on the civilian side. There were not to many options as far as places to work went for him so we knew that moving back to our home towns was really out of the question. During the past month he’s applied at many different places and just took a position in Maryland.

I’ve never been to Maryland. Hell, I’ve never even been to the east coast. I’m just thinking of it as a new adventure. It was the closest to our home towns that we could possibly get at this time which is really what we were aiming for.

TMO (the military moving company) will be coming to our home in Texas from September 22-24, packing up, and putting everything into storage here in San Antonio until we get a start date in Maryland. It’s insane to know that there is an end date in sight for our lives here in Texas. It’s even crazier to know that I still don’t know exactly where I’ll be heading once our stuff is packed up.

We have to wait for my husband to get a start date at the position he’s accepted before we move there, obviously. Hopefully it’s sooner than later. As for now my plan is to go back to Michigan with the kids and hang out with family and friends before taking off. We’ll see what happens!