Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DIY open picture frame display with crystals!

I realize I haven't blogged in about 2 weeks. I thought things were going to get a lot calmer now that the kids are out of school and I had grand plans to write at least 3 times a week again, but life! What can I tell you? It happens when we are busy making plans. I've really just been busy with the kids and Serena has a pretty busy schedule this summer as well, so driving to and from here and there is still several times a week. It is what it is though and while I'm still going to bed exhausted and waking up exhausted, I feel pretty content and happy these days. I've been tackling a lot of house projects and the creativity of it feeds my soul.

For a couple months now, Serena has been telling me that she wants to display several pictures on her main wall. If it was up to her she would have just rolled up a piece of tape, stuck it on the back and haphazardly placed them on the wall. I told her I could do her one better and suggested we make some sort of frame and keep it nice and neat. In my mind I envisioned an ornate decorative white frame, with crystal beaded string and the little clothes pins. I'd say in the end she met me halfway. 

I was watching Offer up for a while for a huge cheap picture frame, but when I would look I couldn't find anything under $30. Last week we went to Walmart and she ended up choosing a plain black frame for $18. Not too bad I suppose but after I started painting the frame, it dawned on me that I should have looked at Goodwill. Ah you live and you learn though.

Alright so here's what you're going to need for this project:

* Frame of your choice
* String of your choice. Don't get sewing thread. Use skinny twine, leather cord or nylon thread.
* Push pins
* Clothespins of your choice. You can find several different types in Michael's
* Drilled crystals or any other embellishments

First you want to take out the glass or plastic in frame so it's completely open and then paint it if you're changing the color. 

Another tip for you is if you are going to paint the frame, wood would be best. This is plastic and it was a bit of a pain. Wood is much easier to paint.

Walla! One white frame ready.

So the next thing you want to do is lay the frame down so the front part is on the floor, and with a pencil mark where you want each cord to go. In our case we just used a 4x6 picture to measure one bottom from the next. Next, grab a push pin and tie several knots on the pin part.

Push the pin with the string down into the frame. On the other side pull it taut and repeat on the other side. Do that for each row. We did 3 rows. 

One thing though, if you are using drilled crystals or gems, be sure to thread them on first before you push the pin in on the other side. 


When I was trying to get the inner part of the frame off, I accidentally knocked off the hook for the nail to go on and secure in the wall, so I used command strips instead. I hope this tutorial was helpful! Have a great Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Birthday weekend wrap-up + Summer plans

Friday was my birthday and the last day of summer. Much to celebrate! The day started out pretty good but quickly morphed into another busy day of chauffering my kids around. By 5:00 pm I was hangry mom because once again I only managed to fit in like two bites for lunch. I wanted to celebrate with the kids also so H suggested Benihana at Lauderdale by the sea. The food was so-so, but the experience was fun for the kids. Afterwards we drove down a little and walked to the beach, and then had more dessert at a sweet shop. It really did end up being a great night. 

I wish I had gotten non-grainy pictures of my dress, but I'm always rushing and H is always rushing me, and it's hard to get decent pictures of my outfits when I'm with him. This dress is super cute for the summer and when I bought it in person it was $22.99, but online it's $34.99. It fits true to size and is super comfortable. My wedges are a few years old from PacSun. I linked something similar below.

Strapless shirt dress: {Macy's}
Orange wedges: {Shesimplyshops}
Straw clutch: {Michael's}
White tassel earrings: {Target}

The next day we had an awards gala that night and I still hadn't found a new dress. Usually Lord & Taylor is my go to spot but I actually couldn't find anything that fit right. I also tried Macy's and also nothing. I headed to Saks fifth avenue outlet and kicked myself for not remembering to go there in the first place. They carry a lot of smaller sizes and I found a really pretty strapless coral dress. 

Coral Likely dress: {Saksfifthavenue} similar. Online there are several colors but the top isn't scalloped.

Turquoise statement necklace: {Stellaandruby}

Sunday we relaxed a bit and took the kids to the park. We also signed them up for a few summer camps. Layla will be doing 3 camps and Mariam will be doing 2. It was pretty hard to convince her to do any. Ava is still to young for camps and Serena will be staying busy with babysitting one of my neighbors kids down the street and volunteering. We don't have any out-of-state trips planned this summer but one of my nephew's is coming early July and then my other nephew and my older brother mid July. He'll be helping us remodel our Florida room and possibly a few other things around the house if time permits. I have high hopes of a pleasant summer with the kids, but they are unpredicatable ha-ha, so I'm already working on ways to be more zen and reduce my stress level. I still have my business as well that needs my time so I have to have a good plan to give everything and everyone the attention it/they need. 

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fabletics fashion show + JLBR

Two weeks ago Fabletics hosted a fit, fab, fashion show at Town Center mall. A few of the other junior league ladies and myself got to show off the latest activewear trends. There was champagne, light bites, shopping and mingling. So fun!

Prior to the show and the fitting, I had never tried Fabletics before. Let me just tell you, the clothes fit ah-mazing! I felt super comfortable in the tops and their leggings look so good. I love the high waisted options because they are definitely forgiving on the belly area after having 4 kids. I kept the white mesh midi top, but I really want the lavender leggings. Going to have to go back for those sometime. 

Now that summer is about to roll around, things get a little quieter with the league. I received word last week that I've been placed on the recruiting committee for the 2018-2019 year. I loved being on the diaper bank committee, but I'm super excited about recruiting. I talk about the league so much already, it just makes sense. Joining the league was one of the best things I could have done. I love doing my part in helping the community, the friendships I've made and working with so many talented women from all different walks of life.

Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mother's Day weekend + Home updates

It's Monday night and I just wrapped up Serena's first communion post and I'm not looking to go to bed yet, so here I am jotting down some memories and sharing some updates. I've been bad about my blog lately, but summer is around the corner and life is going to get so much easier (minus the fighting I predict will happen between my 5 and 7 year old ). This fall I'm also going down to 2 different school drop offs and pick-up's instead of 3, and I'm not going to jam pack my schedule like I did this school year. It's been insane.

Currently H is on a business trip in Michigan till Friday morning. He left today early afternoon and the girls and I survived Monday evening. The highlight of today was new living room sofa's that arrived! Mother's day weekend H and I went to a few different furniture stores and decided on some. Our old ones we had since we got married and they were literally ripping apart so it was time for them to go! I'm a little nervous about how light they are and the kids, but I do have a lot of white in the house and we bought the stain removal warranty. We just have to be extra careful. 

I still need new throw pillows, a rug, coffee table, end table, and decorative accessories. It feels a little overwhelming because I'm super picky and if I'm not careful I can drag this on forever. I've been checking the internet here and there when I have time, and I plan on going to some home stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx, etc, this week. I'll also be looking at offer-up because I love a good deal and to refurbish furniture. H has grown a bit weary lately of some of my projects. I have a few unfinished pieces in the garage that he wishes I'd hurry up and finish. 

When we were at one of the furniture stores, I  also fell in love with a chandelier for our dining room and we found it for cheaper at It's going to take 2 weeks to get here though. It's gorgeous! 

{Kosas chandelier: Overstock}

Sunday the weather was bad but I still made everyone get out of bed early and make it to church. We were a little late, but I'm glad I didn't have much time to fix my hair anyways. We got rained on as it was and showed up to brunch a little damp. Oh well. It was great and I chose the same place we went to last year because the girls really enjoy it there. Afterwards we went home and relaxed for the rest of the day..... or I mean they relaxed. I couldn't help myself and still did laundry, swept the living room and cleaned my closet out. The little ones and I also had fun playing some games and watching a little Netflix. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Serena's first communion!

This past Saturday Serena celebrated her first communion. Some might wonder why it took so long for her to do it, but really it's my fault. Life just happened. I had Layla when she was eight years old (around the time she should of had it done), and having another baby with so much time in between the last was like learning everything all over again. I couldn't handle extra activities besides her girl scouts and working full time. 

The following year we welcomed Mariam and then we moved to Florida a couple years later and then had Ava. Life just happened! Now that I'm a mom of 4, I'm an old pro at scheduling multiple activities, so I finally got Serena into catechism home schooling classes and Layla just completed her first year. She'll be doing her first communion next year. Now, uh...I just have to have Ava baptized. That's another story. 

She likes sneakers with dresses, and while she did try on several of my dressy shoes, in the end we decided my white rhinestone sneakers were her. Serena's all about comfort.

{Sneakers: Macy's}

Friday, April 20, 2018

Life lately

Happy Friday! I'm Sooooo glad it's Friday. I've been wanting to update the blog all week, but my mom was visiting from Texas and she just left this past Wednesday. We miss her already for sure! It's so nice to not have to "mommy" alone sometimes. It's really been a whirlwind these past few weeks. I'm going to back up all the way to the weekend before last to the 16th annual Boca Bacchanal. It was another fantastic two days of great food and wine and time alone from the kids. 

A few days later my mom flew in and the girls did a lot of bonding as did we. We went out to eat, did some shopping, church, beach, etc. We had fun and it was nice just to have my mom to talk to everyday.

This week I've been back to sleep training Ava after speaking with the pediatrician and my friends again. It's been hard but I just keep pep talking myself and praying. I also have been working on some new things with my business, so excited to see how everything pans out. Having children and being an entrepreneur doesn't come with an owner's manual. I get overwhelmed, nervous, intimidated, and fearful just like everyone else, but I try anyways. I go for it and figure out the rest along the way. It's all about the journey anyways when you are headed to your goals sod on't lose sight of your surroundings along the way.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DIY Faux Greenery Hoop

Spring has officially sprung and there's nothing like florals and greenery that really marks the season! If I could have flowers and lace everywhere in my home I probably would. I love a feminine nest, the same time, I also try to stay conscientious that a man lives here and while he's surrounded by girls, I feel like I don't want to suffocate him with femininity if that makes sense. He lets me take the lead on decorating but I also like to hear his opinion on some of it. When he's in the mood for house projects we make a pretty good team. Or is it more that I start them and he has to finish them if they involve power tools ha-ha! I'm more of the painter than anything.

I've had a large french provincial mirror I painted that hangs on the main breakfast nook wall, but I felt like something was missing. Embroidery hoop decor is a design trend that has really been prominent lately. It's inexpensive and there are tons of different ways you can go with it. I'd been meaning to try it out for myself and I finally bought the materials I needed last month. These hoops are super quick to make!

Materials needed

Green floral wire
Wire cutters
Embroidery hoop(s) of your choice size
Your greenery or florals

I always like to keep green floral wire on hand. There is a lot of projects you can do with it. Something I recently used it for was a real flower birthday number for Mariam's pictures.

Ok, so the first thing you want to do is go ahead and figure out where you want to place the greenery or floral on the hoop. 

Next you want to cut little pieces of the wire and have those handy on the side. I don't recommend just cutting one long piece of wire. Having small pieces you can do it in sections better and if you mess up on a part, it's a quick fix without having to undo the whole wire. 

 Just start winding the pieces of wire around the stem and hoop to secure it as tightly as you can without poking yourself. 

Once I got to the end I didn't like how the stem was poking out. It's hard and not easily bendable, so I cut off pieces of the leaves to fill in that spot and cover it up. You can also fill in any sparse spots you see.

Here is how the back looks

Walla! You are finished!

Just go on and hang them wherever your little heart desires.