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Thursday, June 23, 2016

You can fix a fixer-upper with a little bit of love!


I love a good project and we've been on the hunt for a unique TV console, so when my husband came across a listing on Craigslist featuring an aqua blue distressed credenza that needed some love, I said yes! Originally I was going to keep the color it came in and just paint the wood parts showing white, but then decided it looked to distressed for my taste. 


I asked the seller for the color paint she used but it was all sold out. Instead I went with a similar color from Glidden called "Sea spray". Before I got started painting, my husband made the front drawer flip down so it could be a media console. After he was done I got to painting and it look longer then expected, but let's face it, with 4 kids every project around the house takes a lot longer than you'd like. I absolutely love the way it came out! originally we were on the hunt for a white TV stand and I wanted a blue entry table instead, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and change things up a bit. I'm really loving blue furniture these days.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Favorite off the shoulder tops



I've always loved strapless and cold shoulder tops and it's no secret off the shoulder tops are hot this season. I've been terrible lately about shopping for myself and I guess that's how it is when you have 4 girls. We'll go the the store and I usually end up buying them something. My vice lately has been comfort foods and drinks like chocolate, wine or Pepsi. Not healthy, but it calms me down after a stressful day with the kids. It could be in my head, but it makes me feel better. 

Two weeks ago I scoured the internet for some off shoulder tops. Being the frugal mom I've been lately, I also wanted to find them at a good price. I found three tops I fell in love with at NY& Co. I hardly ever shop there but I will be shopping there more often. Here are the tops I bought which are still on sale. I've tried the other two on and the fit is great and they are adorable. I will note that the off shoulder tops do ride up if you move your arms above your head. The one shoulder top also runs big. I bought an x-small and it fits almost like a medium. I'll need to take the side in. 






Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Ava 8 months!


Weight
I haven't weighed her in a while so I'm not sure, but she's probably around 17 pounds. She doesn't have another checkup till 9 months.

Health
Her health has been really good lately as well as the rest of the family. Nobody has had a cold in awhile which I'm pretty relieved about. Layla and Mariam did get a stomach virus the first week of May, but thankfully Ava didn't get it and neither did Serena.


Sleep
Sigh....Still not getting any sleep around here. Her naps are short 20 to 45 minute naps and usually on the shorter side. It's been really difficult not getting any sleep. It's bad every night, but some are worse than others. Last night was a particularly rough one and it's really starting to get to me. I've been quite emotional about it all day frequently welling up with tears. I wish she was a normal sleeper. 

Clothes
She currently wears 9- 12 month clothing and it's been fun using some of the girls old clothing again.


Diet
Still exclusively breastfeeding and eating solids. In my last update I was contemplating weaning her to see if it would help with her sleeping, but I wasn't ready to break the bond. She still won't take a bottle so I'll be starting to offer her a straw cup soon and she how she does. I'm going to breastfeed her at least till 12 months and switch her to cows milk if her sleep still doesn't improve. I would have liked to get to 2 years like Mariam, but we'll see.

Milestones

She's still crawling up a storm and says da-da, but I haven't been able to make out any other new words. She's such a joy to be around and a happy baby. They really do grow so fast, so even though I'm feeling like I'll never get sleep again, I know it will come. I just hope it's sooner than later. Not sleeping does a number on you emotionally.


Have a great Monday!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Dull nails no more! Emjoi Micro Nail review


Recently I got the opportunity to try the Emjoi micro nail polisher and it is amazing! I wasn't exactly what to expect at first wondering if the product was going to do what it said it's supposed to do, but it does! The Emjoi Micro nail electric polisher is a device that's designed to buff and shine your nails in a matter of seconds. It works really fast and is really so simple to use. 


It's a battery powered roller system. You first use the micro smooth roller which buffs the nails and smooths out ridges. Then you swap and use the micro shine roller to buff the nails to a high shine. You can spend a bit more time on this part. There are also spare parts of each roller included in the pack. It's a great product that delivers fast and beautiful results.


Here is the before picture


After using the smooth roller


The final result after using the shine roller


As you can see it really does give your nails a nice shine. You can see it even better in person. It seriously looks like I applied a clear top coat. I'm very impressed with this product and would recommend it! The Emjoi Micro Nail polisher retails for $29.99 and is available here

Have a great weekend!

I was sent these products to review but I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Layla's enchanted garden birthday party!


For Layla's birthday party, we rented a pavilion in a nice park near our house which backed up to one of their nature trails, so it really gave a nice setting for the perfect enchanted garden party. I didn't have a lot of time planning the party, but everything came out beautifully. Layla likes fairies so the idea hit me about 2 weeks before her birthday. I tend to plan the kids birthday parties late because I'm always busy, but multi-tasking and getting things done quickly is my specialty! My best advice on where to start with decorating whether it's your house or a party, is to find that one or a few items that you love--that you know you are going to incorporate and start building from there. Maybe you have several items you love and know you're going to use, in which I think you've made it easier for yourself. In my case I am extremely picky and it takes me a while to settle on decor sometimes. For Layla's party, it was rose floral garlands from Hobby Lobby that I knew I had to have and I built the rest of the party from there. 


I bought several since they were 50% off and then proceeded to walk around Hobby Lobby throwing butterflies, gnomes, more greenery and other garden related items in my cart. I have a lot of faux florals at home so I also saved money that way by bringing a lot of decor from home. I also wanted to incorporate gold as an accent color and could not pass up this awesome faux gold foil chandelier from Hobby Lobby as well. How cool is it?!


For the tables, I bought white plastic covers from Party City and the decorations were a picture of Layla in a gold frame, faux florals in a vase and some butterflies. There were also tissue paper flowers on some of them. Another table was used for crafting, cake table, food table, and goodie bag present table. For food we did two kinds of chips, fruit, salad and dressings, donuts, chick fil A cool wrap sandwiches and chicken nuggets. Drinks were water, sodas, and capri suns. We also had a snow cone machine for anybody that wanted some. This is our personal one from home. They are pretty inexpensive on Amazon. For entertainment we had a bubble machine going that you can find at Target here, two hula hoops, and a paint your own wooden creature crafting table. The kids did a lot of running around as well. For the cake I did a previous post on all the details which you can find here


 Have a great Monday! I'll be doing a separate post on the faux floral hair wreaths.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Just what the doctor ordered....Sweet Therapy by Kim!


When I was planning Layla's enchanted fairy garden party, I came across a few cake pictures online that I fell in love with. I settled on a few inspiration cake pictures and then set on the task to find a local baker in Boca Raton. A few people on a south Florida mom's Facebook group recommended Sweet Therapy by Kim so I decided to reach out to her. It was short notice but Kim was able to accommodate my request and let me just say, I was blown away by her perfectionism and creativity! Picking up the cake was seriously the highlight of my day--it was so beautiful!

This past Saturday we had the party and despite all the other decor I had, it was the focal point. All of our guests loved it. I was almost afraid to cut into it. Layla had requested chocolate and the whole cake was actually edible, The flavor was delicious. I had one guest comment that it tasted like a delicious family recipe their grandmother used to make. The cake was more than enough to feed everybody and we got to bring some home. I may or may not have been enjoying a small slice nightly with a tall glass of milk. 


If you are in South Florida and in need of a baker check out Sweet Therapy by Kim. You won't be disappointed. I definitely plan on using her again for Ava's 1st birthday in a few months.

I'll be doing a couple more posts on Layla's party details so be sure to check back.

Have a great Thursday!