Vintage Wedding Boys

My boys were ring barrier’s in their brother’s beautiful wedding on September 7.  The bride and groom wanted a vintage wedding vibe, so not only was the decor vintage but the wedding party wore suspenders and caps.

I had my boys hats, ties and suspenders handmade from Etsy.

Their outfits fit right in & they LOVED being part of their brothers’ wedding!


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Caps by Averylee Kids

Suspenders & Ties by Tiny Tots Clothing

Shirts by Gymboree

Khaki’s by Joe’s Jeans

       Shoes by  GAP

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I know I’m a little bias but how cute are these boys?  I think their outfits worked really well.  The only thing I may have done differently is to make their ties a tad darker…I love to know what do you think?

DYI Transform a screen into a custom headboard

If you have one of these cheap folding screens and want to upcycle it, why not make it into a custom headboard!  It’s easy and you can do just about anything your heart desires.


Step 1:  Spray Paint~ I used a more expensive paint to avoid having to spay so many times.

Tip: Take your time when you spray paint, it’s best to do in light layers.

Step 2: Add metal hardware on back of screen to avoid the screen to fold.  Then Hang on the wall behind your bed.  Either drill a hole through the wood or add hardware on the back.

                Tip:  Resist adding your decor to the screen, as this is large and awkward to hang and you don’t want your hard work to get ruined.


Step 3:  Collect and create the decor you want to add to your screen.  Use Velcro to affix items to your board.

Tip:  Don’t be afraid to add a few things to start then add over time, as this is a large space!


I made my own Fishing sign by hot gluing store bought pebbles onto letters!  Use shells or seaglass as well!  The Bait bag is actually an old clothes hanging pin bag!  I hand painted the words and picked up vintage wooden fishing hooks to add to the bag.

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My son collected stickers, shells, and driftwood and I picked up the signs, handmade fishing pole and the clothes pin bag from a yard sale, and the Pottery Barn pin board shark


Summer run

Summer, I thought was a time to reenergize, relax, catch up with friends and maybe even read books under lazy sunny days. Well I’ll tell you one thing, not for me, do I have time to get re-energize, and if I tried to relax then I’d fall asleep, and I can’t even read a magazine, so I have to say it…the truth. The truth is once you have kids summer is all about them since they aren’t St school all day it is my job to find & schedule the fun, oh and pack up, get the kids ready and attend these activities with them while making sure they are staying hydrated and protected from the sun and fed. I don’t want to sound like summer isn’t fun, but it surely isn’t relaxing. I love the beach and the pool and the lake and our kitty pool but one of these days it has to be my turn to float around on a mat and daydream about the hot summer day. Or not. I will do it all smiling and having fun, and know that I am making some life long memories for my kids just like my parents did for me. It is my turn and I will do it with drink in hand, or until they go back to school again.

End of the school year blues

I don’t know why but, I’ve always had a soft spot for change, not all change, but things coming to an end.  This year my oldest son attends first grade and we’ve had a really nice year.  I always make it a point to volunteer every other week for an hour and will pop in for a lunch date with my younger son.  John, my youngest is ending preschool, where he has been attending for the past couple of years.  We’ve had great success there as well and I know he is ready to move on, but with all this change happening at once maybe I’m not ready to move on.

Come to find out the morning of my son’s last day of first grade, he said to me, “I wish we had two more days of school” and “it’s going to be like 50 more days until I can go to school again”.  It makes me smile to think of all the fun he is going to have this summer, especially with grandma coming to visit, but it also broke my heart to hear how sad he was about school ending.

This made me think about how we all struggle with change and depending on the situation our reactions vary in great degrees.  Sometimes I’m fine with things coming to an end, like my kids swimming lessons, and other times, I have a harder time wrapping my emotions around what is to come next.

With my children being out of school now, we are taking one day at a time and I have to say, summer isn’t so bad after all…. it’s a blast!

Brotherly love.  My two boys having a moment before the bus comes on the last day of school!

And he is off, a little sad, but also happy to enjoy seeing his teacher and buddies on his last day being a first grader!

I just found out who my new teacher is going to be for next Fall!!  My bff is in the same class! H+A+P+P+Y!

Celebrating the first day of summer with what else, ice cream!

Goofball boys!

So far we have had two full days off from school for summer vacation and we’ve gone for ice cream, had a playdate at our friends pool, went to another friend’s house for dinner, played with different friends at their house all morning, went to the beach, swam in the river, and now we are going out to eat at Dairy Queen and get ice cream!

He’s turning one!

Seven years ago we put down one of our beloved cats and within six months we had to put down one other cat.  It was so devastating to loose two amazing pets who had become part of our family.  At the time we had our first son, who was still an infant, which was a blessing since the loss of our first babies was so depressing.

Last July my husband, two son’s and I decided it was time to add a pet to our household.  For us, we knew it would be a Maine Coon cat, so the search started for a little girl kitten.

After searching local shelters, ads, and on line sites, we didn’t find the right Maine Coon cat for us.  One day while driving my son to summer camp I saw a sign on the road that said, “free kittens”.  I followed up that day and met not only one, but two adorable Maine Coon kittens and knew we had to pick up the girl, which I had my heart set on getting since I am the only female in the house!  The next day we went to pick up our kitten and the owners told us shocking information, that one kitten ran into the road and got hit and the other ran into the woods.  We couldn’t believe it.  Another loss with so many mixed emotions and we were feeling like we’d never find our new pet.

I decided to look on Craigslist and found a listing for this Maine Coon/Lynx face:


We were so in love with the picture but didn’t want to get our hopes up since we lost the other kitten.  When we showed up to meet this kitten, he was so tiny and yes, a boy, but that isn’t what really set me off about him, it was that he was half Maine coon and half Lynx so he had a stubby half tail.  He wasn’t perfect, but he was just right for us.  The minute we saw him, we all fell in love, fleas and all.


The boys named him ACE!  Which is the coolest cat name, but would he hold up to his name?


Ace on our ride home!


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Prince Ace fits right into our household!


Growing right out of that Bumbo Ace




Ace has to be with us at all times, which is similar to our other Maine Coon cats.



As you can see Ace puts up with us and has added so much quality to our lives we’re not sure why it took us so long to get a cat, but I know deep down we were waiting for him, not just any cat.  Yes, we will be celebrating his birthday on June 17 with cake and ice cream and my youngest son said that he can invite all the other cats from the family.  Happy Birthday Ace!