This year has been such a roller coaster! Having a child, spending lots of time with family and friends, health issues and seeing how fast your children grow were the main happenings in our life for 2014. Overall looking back on our year it was a wonderful year! They say a picture is worth 1000 words so I'm going to put 12000 words into 12 pictures. One picture representing one month of the year!
Looking back this year has been one of my favorites. Adding to our family and seeing it grow and creating a loving dynamic between the four of us has been an incredible feeling. I'm looking forward to some (possibly) big changes for our family next year. Can't wait to see what happens! Thank you family and friends for the support and all the wonderful memories of 2014!
I love the start of something new. A new year kind of gives me an excuse to clean things up, get things out and change things up! I have been realizing I love simplicity. (maybe because with two little girls all over the place I can't clean a lot!?) I really want to focus on buying fewer things for the house, but making sure that what I do buy will last for a long time. I have a few ideas on what I'm going to be buying and changing up. I love pinterest for all the ideas it gives me so here is what I'm loving and thinking about.
I just found these and think this is perfect down a hallway, bathroom or even kitchen! Found here but I am thinking I might try to DIY on these and use plastic, not glass . I love the fact you can change the flowers out or even just use greenery!
It's time to change out some pictures and paintings on my hodge podge wall I have. I like the idea of doing some simple drawings in black and white and maybe having my Sophia do a few of her own masterpieces to showcase.
Any little sayings that I try to apply to my life work great on the walls. It's a constant reminder of what I am working to. This print is less than $7 and can be instantly downloaded. I love this saying and want to either do this myself or get it since it is such a great deal. You can see it here.
I love this idea. Even mounting it under my kitchen cabinets would work! Having dried herbs or flowers hanging from a wooden branch would smell amazing whenever you walk by. I think this is such a fun idea to incorporate into a kitchen! Found the idea here. I have also seen something like this hanging in a shower with eucalyptus tied to it! You're able to smell the eucalyptus when showering! (this might make it into multiple rooms)
Kind of trendy but I have wanted white fake deer antlers for months now. My husband is not so keen on the idea, but I think I'm going to just get it and then he'll see my vision after it's hanging in our house. Found here.
Because I want to use more simple things on my walls I really want some fun statement pillows. I sew my own pillows and am in desperate need of recovering them. I love these sequins (don't know if hubby will, but I think Sophia would be on my side on this one) and the heart one. The last pillows I did were cream suede and they showed every peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice and dirty hand marks. I need some color and pattern to hide it all! Found the picture here.
I want to start using more plants. I DO NOT have a green thumb but I want to research some plants that don't need a lot of attention. I think it adds some color to any place and it brings the outdoors in, not to mention that it can improve the air quality inside the house. More information found here.
A good throw can make a huge difference in any room! Using color or a pattern can change the ambiance of a room. I found this one above at Ikea but also love the other one below for a pop of color. Found here.
And not to forget our bedroom I am loving this bedspread. I have looked at it for years! It's so different, but beautiful! It's a bit expensive on Anthropologie (seen here) so I am going to try to find it somewhere for cheaper. If not I think I'll just pay the money and tell hubby we'll have it longer than one year! We'll see how it goes.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are so much fun! I think back to before B.K (before kids) and wonder wow what did we do ALL day?? It's such a whirlwind of craziness and I'm glad we were able to capture some moments in pictures. Highlights of the last two days were Amelia getting one tooth on Christmas Eve and of course Sophia's dollhouse from Santa. I received a pair of boots I've been coveting from my hubby and ANOTHER pair I had been eyeing recently! My little family and I received AMAZING presents from our families! We all feel so loved and spoiled! I am so thankful to have each person in my life! Here are some moments of our last two days.....
Hubby made this dollhouse and I did all the furniture! My little "Elf" was up the night before Christmas Eve finishing this for his little girl. I got a special man who loves his girls so much!
One tooth made it out!!
The girls received their first ornaments! Complete with sparkles they were a hit!
My sweet Sophia and I.
Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas with family and friends! Now to think back on 2014 and get our little family ready for some big changes in 2015!
Hope everyone has a beautiful Christmas full of family and friends! Try to take a few minutes and look at the what the real magic of the Holiday Season is all about! From our family to your "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!"
And to my Seattle fam I miss you and wish I could be there with you today! You all mean the world to me and I couldn't ask for better people in my life. I love you all!
Picture from last Christmas 2013
Christmas week is here! Usually Christmas takes up a whole week with planning, last minute shopping, baking, cooking and decorating! This last week at our house is a little crazy. My hubby had his gallbladder taken out last week and tomorrow I am going in for a minor surgery. We had met our deductable for the year (thank you Amelia) so we wanted to get our procedures in before the end of the year. Talk about last minute I know. I am trying to get all my last minute buys and presents wrapped and house cleaned before tomorrow. We'll see how it goes though. Anyways just wanted to post some pictures of our Holiday decorations around our house.
I made these stockings after Sophia was born! It was so fun to do. I haven't ever had a fireplace in our house here in FL so I have always struggled with where to hang the stockings. I saw on Pinterest using a stick to hang them in the living room and loved it. I've done this the past two years and it's my favorite decoration (and cheapest and easiest) to do!
Christmas cards are displayed on our mirror and I used wood letters from JoAnns that I painted and bought a vine wreath for the NOEL.
I saw this idea in a magazine and the year Sophia was born I made all those little draw string bags. Good idea I did it then because holy moly with two active girls this would never have gotten done! I love that I can hang these wherever I choose and the bags are big enough for TWO girls to use next year!
I love using ornaments to decorate around the house. I had these glitter snowflakes that I hung on the girls'shower curtain to add a little sparkle! I used a red one to decorate a hand towel! Really ornaments can go anywhere!! They just add that "feel" of the season in any room! And that little hand at the bottom of the picture just found out about a toilet paper roll.
Banners are the easiest to make and add festiveness (is that a word??) to any space. I always make little banners for each holiday. It's so cheap and Sophia loves it!
Kind of a cliche mom project here but hey I'm a mom! I did mistletoes on canvas this year. I know as the girls grow up these projects will be few and far between (mom do we haaaaave to?) so for now I'm taking advantage that they are young and love to paint!
Hope everyone has a beautiful Christmas week and takes some time to pause and think about what Christmas really means to them!
I found this sweater on Pinterest and I just kept coming back to it. It was a little pricey for me since I am an avid second hand buyer but I thought it was so different and unique and would be great statement piece to own. I looked at it for a few months and realized I should just get it. So I did. It is so soft and cozy and perfect for cold Winter days. I don't own a lot of really pretty things and since this sweater is really pretty I know I'll have it for years!
Had a little photo bomber in my picture!
Definitely think I want to wear this on Christmas Day (so hoping it is a nice cold day) or even out to walk around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights! I love how warm it is - no coat needed!
Oasap has deals going on all of the time. Right now there are a ton of clearance items that are up to 90% off so if you're looking for a little "Merry Christmas" to yourself then this is a great time to buy something!
I love how this sweater could easily be paired with a pencil skirt (this one is super cute and a great price) and heels or even skinny jeans and flats.
I found these Aztec pajama pants for a steal. At only $1 I bought them and decided I should try to make them into leggings. (Comfy cozy leggings because they are fleece) I think they turned out great and I love them!
The pajamas were wide and very long so I used a pair of jeans that fit the way I wanted the leggings to and laid them on top of the pajamas on the floor.
I pinned them following the width of the jeans and then tried them on and made adjustments where I needed and then they were ready to sew.
I cut along the seam and cut about 2-3 inches off the bottom. I didn't need to hem the pajamas because they are fleece so the material won't unravel.
And that's it! So easy and simple to do. You can do this with any wide legged pants or jeans to make them skinny! I did a pair of jeans awhile ago and you can see the tutorial here.
I think these are super cute and perfect for the wintertime! I paired my new leggings with flat black boots, a gray t shirt and black leather jacket. These Aztec leggings are fun to wear and now I just to wait for a cold day to wear them!
The last week just flew by. Hubby has a five day weekend and we have been busy! I can't believe it's 10 days until Christmas! I am finishing up a few Holiday projects for the house and will be sharing them later this week! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Sophia loves picking out outfits for herself and her baby sister. Pink and ruffles are the trend going on right now.
Amelia is eating more now! It's taken her awhile to actually want to eat. She always reaches for food and seems interested, but when the bowl and spoon would come out she just wasn't feeling it. She now has a favorite food. Prunes. Theres many more diaper changes during the day now.
There is an itty bitty carnival near the house. We went to do some rides, but when we got there Sophia just wanted to walk around and watch the rides. More money for Christmas presents at least.
Holiday parties! Red purse, Jack and good friends have made for some fun night outs.
The smiles of my littlest are literally all the time. Happiest baby ever.
And Sophia has perfected the art of grass throwing. It gets everywhere. Her favorite party is when it lands on Amelia's head of course.
^and this happens all the time. Many falls and bumps now as she is still wobbly but she just started moving her feet and now can hold on and move down the couch or whatever else she is able to pull herself up on. 7 months and 11 days old today this one is a mover for sure.
And this beauty is growing into a little girl everyday. She is so talkative, ready to help and growing like a weed lately. I love my little family and can't wait to see the look on their faces Christmas morning. Sorry for such a long post but these people make my life so happy.
I love boot socks and how there is a little lace that shows over the tops of boots. I see them all over Pinterest but because of the price and the fact that it's still warm in FL I just don't want to spend a lot of money on them. I decided to do a little DIY and try to make my own. However there's a little twist to it that will keep my feet a little cooler on our warm winter days here.
I had this lace tank top that I got for $1 and never wore. The lace is so pretty and thought it would be perfect for my little project.
I measured the width I needed just by holding it up to my own leg (nothing fancy) and cut the end off. I made sure to leave about 1 1/2 inches extra and sewed two buttons at the top of the lace. Because the crocheted lace has large holes I lucked out and was able to use them as button holes and be able to adjust the width.
I sewed the buttons on by hand so there is no sewing machine required. And that's it! I made fake lace boot socks! Surprise! No sock is involved!
I am able to wrap the lace around my leg and button it above my boot. I can wear these with all my boots because I can adjust the width with the buttons!
These "fake" boot socks would be such a fun little gift for someone or just a project you could do as a treat for yourself. They have quite a few different types of lace at Joann Fabrics that would work for this as well. (unless you have an old lace tank top lying around like I did) It took all of five minutes to do and I think they are just adorable!
I don't know about you but one of my favorite things during this time of year are all the smells and scents that Holidays bring. Cinnamon, pumpkin, peppermint, pine, cloves, chocolate (that last one is kind of anytime) and snow. I miss that crisp light smell that falling snow brings. Anyways, I have been making stove top potpourri for years and realized it would make a great little gift! It doesn't cost a lot and it's super easy to throw together last minute!
You literally put everything in a jar (or you could use a clear baggie) and that's it!
I love being able to change the ingredients up to get a different scent or color combo! I've added rosemary, cranberries, apple slices or ginger and created a whole new scent and look! Print or write on a label, add some ribbon or twine and you're done! This would be super cute for a hostess gift or a gift to a friend or even a childs teacher!
mason jar or plastic baggie
1 small orange
1 sprig of pine
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
2 teaspoons of whole cloves
Make sure to include the fact you need 6-8 cups water and to let it simmer on the stove. Add more water when needed.
***Make sure to set the timer every hour to check on it so you don't forget you have a burner on. I know this from my own personal experience.***
Hi I'm Ruth!
Wife to Manny and Mama to two little spunky girls, Amelia and Sophia. This is my little corner on the internet where I share my style and everyday life as a stay at home Mama.
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