Let me catch you up on the happenings around here from the beginning of 2013 to today. I wasn’t posting much during this time because I generally suck as a person when I’m pregnant. But! I’m not pregnant anymore (for now), so let us begin.

We finally started the first batch of frames for our gallery wall in our stairway. So far, so good. We recently bought our second batch and hope to put it up sometime soon…

gallery wall stairsWe’ve got plenty of space here to spread out! It might take us 5 or 6 or 7 batches of frames (and long trips to IKEA) to finally fill out the wall. When we finish, it’s going to be lots of fun going up and down the stairs everyday. All of our family lives at faraway places, so it’s really nice to see their faces on a daily basis.


Our guest room has turned in a playroom when we don’t have guests. The room is just the happiest room in the house — its always so bright in there and the colors are so… well, bright and happy.

guest room slash play room

Never mind the headless lamp up there — we finally found lampshades for these cute yellow lamps. The room is far from done but it’s by far J’s favorite room in the house, even more than her room. And yes, that’s a futon mattress on the floor. Yes, it’s still there. No, you cannot ask me why. I have no idea. It just feels right in there.


I love a good DIY play kitchen, but we decided to not go the DIY route for our girl. She fell in love with the play kitchen at her “school” and I seriously considered making something for her, but we ultimately realized that J would be 16 before we finished the kitchen. I mean, it took us YEARS to finish the closet bookshelves.

play kitchen

Nick’s parents were so sweet to buy this awesome kitchen for J. We love this kitchen – it’s on the big side, so there’ll be plenty of space for baby Sienna to join in the cooking when she’s older; it looks realistic; it has lots of storage for play food; and it even has a real chalkboard on the fridge. J plays with it everyday.


Sometime during the spring, this happened.

broken fence

broken fence

It gets windy in Austin. Very windy. Our backyard is especially windy on windy days. So that fence fell down. Nick fixed it somehow, with a few nails and a hammer, and it’s upright. But it was crazy seeing that one early and bright morning while standing in the kitchen in my PJs. I thought I was seeing things.


We bought the famous and cheap LÄTT children’s table and chairs from IKEA. I mean, it was $20. I knew I would be giving it a makeover… some day. One of the chairs is already broken in the seat, but I expected that. Again, $20.

LATT children's table

I’m still not sure exactly what I’m going to do to it, but I have some ideas. In the meantime, here are some awesome LÄTT table and chair hacks for you to check out! And this one. And this one. Creative parents are creative.


We are seriously considering this chair.


In this color.


For our living room.



I love the displays at IKEA. They always give me some great ideas. I really enjoyed the wall treatment here:

herringbone wall treatment

And just looking at it today, I realized that it could be a fun backdrop to our entryway. And Nick likes it. And I’ve been wanting to try out this new product from FrogTape (my favorite painting tape) that is designed for textured walls. Yesss… a plan is a-brewing.


This photo is the perfect representation of how life is like for me these days.

life right now

A blurry toddler, a floor full of toys, and a baby.


*This post contains affiliate links. And no, FrogTape is not sponsoring me. Nor is IKEA. I just really love them.

2 Comments on “Happenings

  1. I get the Ikea Hack e-mails. I just saw your yellow stool, and clicked on your blog link and was taking a look. I saw your flattened fence and thought oh she lives in a windy place too. Then I noticed you are in Austin. So am I. Our fence has been blown over like that more than once! WE had a heavy bar-b-que grill that was blown off the patio one time and hit the fence and flattened it. Anyhow, just wanted to say Hi. Looked at your Pinterest also, we like a lot of the same things. Good luck with all your projects. Oh your gallery wall is looking very nice.

    • Wow! I am glad we’re not the only ones in Austin to have problems with wind and fences. I guess I should get used to seeing fences on the ground 🙂 Thanks and nice to meet you!

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