a thrifty transformation: sleigh bed before and after

The rain has officially left us for the summer! My nesting urges are finally being satisfied now that we've gotten to move on to painting projects, grass, and landscaping. ;) I'm so excited! 

Remember our $250 thrifted bed? Here's what it looked like before:

And here's what it looks like now, thanks to a coat of white paint: 

I'm in love!! Painting the big sleigh bed white made the whole room look bigger. I couldn't be happier with the outcome! :)

The transformation was all thanks to Rob, of course. :D Here was my view of the whole process:

And now, thanks to a day of his hard work, I get to enjoy this view:

I love Pottery Barn for sure, but you can't beat the satisfaction of getting a pretty white bed for less than $325!  :D 

what $29 will get you at Goodwill

Thrift shopping trips to our old GW have been few and far between in the last few years. Is it just me, or did all Goodwill's suddenly go up in price? Ours has a new manager who is very organized and on top of things {and that makes a huge difference!}, but I would say as a company, their prices have definitely gone up in the last two or three years- or at least in Texas anyway.

Even still, high prices at GW are still like 20% of retail! :) I'm okay with that. The savings really adds up in the end!

Here's what $29 will get you at a Goodwill in Texas {before tax}:

1. Men's Kenneth Cole Reaction lined jacket: $7
2. Green Justice military jacket, $4
3. Carter's denim top, $1
4. Levi's {size 14!} jeans, $7

5 + 6. Will books, $2 each
7. Our 50 States, $2
8. Nourishing Traditions cookbook, $2
9. Nothing Can Separate Us, $2

I was happy to find some good children's books while we were there- I find that the kids will read and re-read the books we keep at home. :D

We found a cassette player and the kids were in awe- "A tape player? What is that Mommy?"

I feel so old. :) Yes, children, I used to run with a smaller version of that on my hip... :DDD

Did you have a Walkman? Do you remember when you got your first CD player?? {and now CD's are dying...sheesh! hahaha}

How much would a coat cost at your local thrift store?

life lately in pics: living it up, a needed splurge, and happy to bring these back

Ahhhh.... this mama gave a big fat sigh of relief last week when school was done for the year. I celebrated by turning up the music all alone at the automatic car wash:

You know me, I like to live it up. ;)

The kids actually like their schooling so they were neither here nor there when it came to getting out for summer. I think I was the most excited of everyone. :D But of course, they don't mind sleeping in and spending the day reading and playing legos either:

And mama doesn't mind running to Target just for fun every now and then. Even in the rain. :D Happy days.

While I was there, I finally broke down and bought more forks {6 for $10! ouch}- they're a lot like socks at our house, and disappear into the abyss on a regular basis:

And as I leisurely browsed the other aisles, I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my favorite 90's accessories is coming back into style- the choker necklace:

They say never wear the trend when it comes around the second time in your life, but I just might be up for a second trip around the block with those babies. :P

Our pace has changed at home for sure- I get to do more fun cooking and easy meals just feel like summer:

I have been a little obsessed with summer food like zucchini {with cashew butter and basil!} and cold fruit for lunch:

We've had more time for cleaning too {and my pregnant/nesting-self feels so relieved}. To speed up our post-dinner cleanup, we bought two more brooms so everyone would have one. ;)


And here's 57% of the reasons why we need so many brooms:

Stinker. :P

Don't worry, we made him clean it up. ;)

I love my life. :D

What have you been up to? If you have kids, are they out of school yet?

Ever lost a brand new {bulk-sized!} box of cereal to a toddler? ;)

How many forks do you have?
We have about enough to last for a day at our house. :P Weird, but I hate the big long dinner ones so I refuse to use them. Salad forks for life. :)

ANOTHER double digiter in our house

We are entering new territory as a family with every passing year. This year is another year of all even ages, and as of this month we have our SECOND ten-age boy. 

Wasn't it like yesterday I was induced at 5 a.m. and suddenly had an 18-month-old and a newborn? 

And now my second son is in the double digits, never to return to the single digit land. :P

For his birthday, out of any dish in the whole world, he chose taco salad. :D I like how he thinks. :P

Even after 10 years, this boy surprises me on a daily basis. I have never met a kid with a bigger servant's heart than this one. If someone needs something, he is constantly the first one to hop up and run to do it. I am completely in awe of this. He loves and takes care of his siblings, and his mama and daddy too. He is dependable and tenderhearted- a truly sweet gift to his parents. 

He's also got a sense of humor much like his Papa and his Uncle Josh. :) {Oddly enough, he also has many of their physical traits too like the always closed smile and the way he stands and sits...genetics are awesome things.}

This year we tricked him with magic candles. :P hehehehe. It took him three minutes to blow those babies out and he thought it was hilarious {as did the rest of us!}.

We love this boy so much, and are blessed to be his parents. Though I really don't want him to grow up, at the same time I am so thrilled to see how he is.

Happy birthday, sweet Noah.

life lately in pics: solo + almost solo dates, firsts + the mother finds

Ahhh, what a week we've had. We had a precious few days without rain, and it was glorious. I heart the country- this was the sunrise from my kitchen window:

And that same morning I got to run errands all by myself. {!!!} I never thought I would see the day that getting an oil change would be bliss:

Am I allowed to say it? Sometimes I really love not conversing with anyone. Just me, a tv, and no one talking to me. If you ask me, they were a little too quick with getting done. ;)

One day while Rob was working outside on the property, I took Zaner out on a date. We went to the gym, the mall, and out to eat- all by ourselves. :D

It was almost like a solo date, minus the diaper changes and toddler feedings. ;) We picked out a few plants together at the nursery too:

And guess what season we've officially entered? 

COME to mama. That preggo craving is now satisfied. ;)

Last weekend, we also hit up the mall very quickly for Mother's Day- while I shopped, they got to have a little fun:

They were all so engrossed in gaming, I think I could have shopped for hours with that setup! :) But I didn't find what I was looking for, so we weren't there long. While we were in the city, we had the chance to run to IKEA for some office items we needed. It was a longggggg {and thankfully easy!} trip- the longest part being waiting for our items and loading them on the car:

Of course, an IKEA trip ends for me after we leave, but just starts for Rob when we get home:

And then yesterday, I found this on my newly assembled desk:

I love those munchkins. :) I'm sure it's cliché to say it, but they are truly some of the greatest blessings of my life. They love like no one else and teach me so much on a daily basis. Motherhood is a crazy thing, isn't it?

I can't believe I will have six of them here soon- we're now on the single digit week slide downhill! I am ready and not ready all at the same time. :) Thankfully, we are taking a summer break from school. I need some pre-baby no-school time to get all my nesting done. :P

How was your weekend?

Do you like solo errand dates?
I never would have thought I would, but life changes you. :P I used to be an extrovert but have somehow become an introvert in the past 10 years. :)

Have you had any watermelon yet? Did you die of happiness like I did? hahahah!
Tragedy of all tragedies, Rob is allergic to it. {I'm sad but okay with this...just more for me!}

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