Josie is Two!

Our sweet little angel is two!  I can hardly believe it.  It seems like yesterday that I was holding her in my arms on the day she was born in complete awe.

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She has grown in leaps and bounds from that special day.

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She is now a rambunctious, curious, happy toddler.  She is very quick to laugh and she is easily entertained by our goofy shenanigans.

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While she loves to assert herself, exclaiming, “Josie do it,” she is very concerned that all her people surround her while she is exerting her independence.

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Josie is so sweet with Grace it absolutely breaks my heart.  She will coo with her, high five her and even offer her favorite toys for a few seconds before snatching them away.

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Her full belly laugh that she’s had since a baby is still going strong; may she always keep that laugh.  Her entire body seems to laugh as she giggles and giggles and giggles away.

Josie’s vocabulary is rapidly increasing as she begins to string words together.  I love to watch her mind absorb new experiences and take in the world with such wonder.

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Her first word was “books” and that has remained her favorite word and activity.  Josie’s perfect day would be eating snacks while she “reads” books to all of us.

With that in mind, we threw her a small birthday party with just family and I set the table with foods that correlate to her favorite books.

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She loved the table and had a big blast at the party.

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Two years in and there isn’t a day that has gone by (even those tricky temper tantrum laden days) when we don’t absolutely, genuinely thank our lucky stars that she is here and our girl.

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Happy second birthday sweet, sweet Josephine!

February 9, 2015 at 5:35 AM 3 comments

“Wallpaper”

Well, happy day, people!!  When we first purchased our house I said that I would wallpaper the back of Josie’s built-in bookshelf.  Actually, I first said that I would rip the dang thing out.  But, then, I realized I could actually use it as her changing table space and fill the shelves up with all her crap lovely toys.

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I was absolutely determined to use Foxglove by Osborne and Little:

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But as so many stories often go, it was discontinued and I had fallen in love with a paper that no longer existed.  I tried contacting everyone in the universe, especially those over in London (where O&L is located) and nobody had a single roll to give me.

On to plan B.  I looked at over sixty five wallpaper samples with hints of pink in them.  You think I’m exaggerating?  I’m not.  I unfortunately have access to all these samples and a cruel need to see more, more, more.

I would tape samples up to the bookcase by the truck load in a harried frenzy as my toddler squeeled and my baby squabbled around me.  Then Graham would come home and I would beg for his opinion.  He cares about wallpaper about as much as he does when I ask him which necklace I should wear to a dinner out.  With a shrug of the shoulders from Graham, I soldiered on and brought every single house guest up to Josie’s room to give me an opinion on paper.

There were a couple tried and true samples that remained taped up as the front runners and others agreed with me.

One day, the ultimate taste maker, the creme de la creme in fashion: my 22 month old (at the time) baby girl, decided to weigh in her opinion.  Graham was changing Josie, as the bookshelf also acts as her changing station.  I can assure you Graham was not discussing wallpaper with Miss Thang.  However, she felt it was time to let this whole charade end.  Josie pointed to one of the samples: Bovary by O&L and said “wallpaper” – a word that she had never said before and we had no idea that she knew.

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So proud of her expanding designer vocabulary, that wallpaper had to be the one.  I ordered away and this Monday my installer came out to install in her bookshelf.

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Josie made the best choice ever!!  And I’m one proud momma!

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Her sissy is soon to follow in the designer footsteps as well.

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February 5, 2015 at 5:37 AM 4 comments

Hawaii Recap

I’m back from Hawaii!  What an awesome time it was.

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The days lingered in the best of ways as we meandered down to the beach and alternated between lazily reading our books and actively playing with the girls.

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The mornings brought on a session with Trainer Graham as he kicked my butt right into running shape.  The afternoons consisted of swimming and shade sitting.  Followed by the best time of the day, sunset, when we would ritualistically go to a small rocky beach and watch the grand nature show: whales breeched close to shore, clouds formed into animal shapes and the sun let out a green flash as it kissed the horizon.

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We did mosey away from the beach from time to time to allow for glorious hikes that got the heart pumping and delicious dinners that got our mouths salivating.

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It was a great trip and all the more special to watch the kids bond grow with their loving grandparents.

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Now we are back and dealing with the blow known as normal life.  I know, poor us.

Yesterday, Josie was leaving the kitchen in a hurry and I asked her where she was headed.  She looked at me and simply said, “Hawaii.”  Oh, if only it were that easy, kid.

February 4, 2015 at 3:47 PM 1 comment

California Chic

In about five to seven years, we plan to redo our kitchen and add on a great room.  Therefore, I have a half decade to squirrel away inspiration images.  Luckily for Graham, I’ve been attracted to the, “when we win the lottery” type of looks.

Here’s what I’ve been eyeing…

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Those steel accordion doors to our backyard are a must, aren’t they?  Come on Super Lotto!!

January 28, 2015 at 5:49 AM 4 comments

Taking a Risk

Aloha from Hawaii!  We are off enjoying vacation.  It’s so nice to have extra hands around so I have some time to blog.

Now lets chat about sconces.  We’ve got some ho hum sconces currently in the girls bath; they are so not my style and the spacing is off; they should be about two inches closer to the mirror.

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They actually look better in this lousy pic then they do in person.  Every night when we give the girls a bath, I look at the lights in disgust.  It sounds dramatic, but I do.  Every single night.

Poking around One King’s Lane, I found a pair of cute palm beach vintage sconces and I went for them:
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They are a bit of a risk but I like the drama that they should bring to the room.  I’m thinking  I’ll spray paint them black.  I’m just thrilled to get something unique in there – I’ll be taking cue from these beautiful bathrooms…

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I do love the fact that I’m pushing myself here a bit on my choice of sconces because if I can’t push my own self in my own home, then I might as well throw in the towel now.  We shall see how it turns out.  I’ll post pics once I have them installed.

January 27, 2015 at 5:36 AM Leave a comment

Cement Tiles for the Win

Speaking of friends, my best of friends, is in the process of building her home.  So, like any true best friend, I’ve butt my way into the decision making process.  Just me, my best friend, her husband, and the contractor.  Because when you have a ton of decisions to make, the first thing you want is another opinion in the mix.

They have a bathroom that will one day be a kids bathroom so ‘we’ can have a bit of fun when it comes to choosing the materials.

In my humble opinion, I think it would be fun to do patterned cement tiles on the floor.

Here are my inspo pics:

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My brother and sister in law just remodeled and they put some fun cement tiles in their kid’s bathroom and it’s amazing!  I’ll see if I can get some pics to post.  Of course, cement tiles do not need to be relegated strictly to the children’s bathroom.  In fact, I’d love them in the powder bath of our own home.

A good spot to find fun tile is the Cement Tile Shop.

January 13, 2015 at 5:06 AM 3 comments

Paisley Love

First of all, thanks for all of the responses on my New Year’s resolution post.  It was scary putting something so honest and vulnerable out there and it was nice to know that I’m not the only one.

Now, lets chat about decor shall we?

While at the library with my girls, I was reading through an old Country Living when I came across a room I had loved but forgotten about (as so many things go by the wayside when you pin a million things a day).  This room…

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It’s the wallpaper that does it for me.  The paper is Paisley Circles by Sanderson.  It’s the large scale that really gets me.  I’d love an entire room covered in this in my home, preferably my bedroom but I’d take Grace’s room.

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Pretty, isn’t it?  Would you cover a room in this?

January 9, 2015 at 5:58 AM 1 comment

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