Stephanie’s Baby Shower

I can’t believe our grandbaby will be here in six weeks! In honor of this great life experience, a shower was a must.

I cannot take hardly any of the credit. My contributor, Carol (the amazing), asked if she could plan the shower. I knew she would blow it out of the water, and she did! The theme she chose was “Safari”.

Warning: Long post with lots of pictures!

Let the cuteness begin with the invites and the tag she made for me and Stephanie’s MIL:

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This Silhouette machine is so cool! I wish I had one… Anyway, this snazzy machine is what Carol used to make all the cute animal and leaf shapes. Let’s not forget the super sweet flowers! Are the centerpieces so fun! Each table setting also included a favor bag with animal cookies in them.

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The “entry” table was Brianna’s desk we dragged from her room adorned with her maternity pix. The guests were invited to write on the baby diapers their suggestions.

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Right next to the table was a trunk where the guests left their gifts.

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The food was simple yet delicious. My sweet friend Marlene made these yummy chicken salad croissant sandwiches and my sister in law Arely made this delicious fruit salad with the watermelon cut in the shape of a basket. I did the veggie shot glasses and the pasta salad. How cute are those bamboo straws? Even the cups had animals on them! That curtain came in handy to protect the food from the sun too.

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The cake was homemade by Carol. It was so good!

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What’s a shower without games (besides an Open House)? We had the guests make babies out of play-doh. These two cuties were the winners:


We also had 4 volunteers blindfolded with one feeding the baby food to the other:

IMG_8939A great big thank you to all those that were able to join us in our celebration!

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Thanks for stopping by,

Norma xoxo



Tween Bedroom in Mint and Gold

When our oldest daughter moved out, we did the bedroom shuffle. Brianna did not want to leave her room, so Madison jumped at the chance. I looked and looked for the before pictures of the room with no luck. I was so confident that I had them on file so I did not take any pictures before the paint went on. Ugh!

Let’s just say the room was painted in Fuchsia. The color scheme was Fuchsia with black and white throughout. Stephanie is a very upbeat social butterfly therefore the bright color suited her personality. Madison, on the other hand, is more subdued than her sister was at the ripe old age of thirteen. She wanted a “quieter” room so she decided to go with Mint and Gold.

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She loves it! It fits her personality. Accessories and wall decor are also minimal.

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The bird canvas and mirror I bought at Hobby Lobby (with coupons of course).  The letter “M” was a chevron fail. Luckily, it’s nothing another coat of paint can’t handle. The sunburst was black and sprayed in gold. I covered the mirror with scrapbook paper. The curtains are from IKEA and the bedspread from Sam’s Club.

The real pride and joy of this room is my daughter’s jewelry holder she did all on her own. She used some old plates and a candleholder we had laying around. She is one that enjoys creating and decorating.

There is only one dilemma in this room, do we paint the furniture white or leave it alone? The bedroom set is real knotty-alder wood. What would you do?

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

Norma xoxoxo


Refreshing the Ol’ Canopy

The canopy area in the backyard is where we like to hang out on warm summer evenings. I felt that it needed a bit sprucing up. We have had this bad boy for 2 years now. The fabric part really needs to be replaced. You will probably spot a few areas patched up with duct tape. I pick my battles people!

Here are some pictures when we first bought it in 2012(original post here):

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This is the present:

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I moved the rug I had in the home office to the outside. I like how it looks in this space. Furniture wise, nothing. I am hoping to replace the cushions soon.

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The biggest change has been the addition of the drop cloth curtains. It is nice to use the space at any time of the day. Ellie loves to close all sides and use that space as her “house”.

If you have been with me for some time, you must know that I will take short cuts anywhere I can. On that note, let me show you how I attached the drapes:

DSCN1956If you squint, you can see I used safety pins to hold them. I simply looped them over the bar and safety pinned them to the length I wanted. Works perfectly!

Something else I am pretty proud of is the chandelier. I found this at the local thrift store for $10.00.

DSCN1925It looked like someone else had tried to give it a new look but never finished. I had to prime first with metal primer and then sprayed it with oil rubbed bronze.

DSCN1964The finishing touch was the addition of some bling I bought at Hobby Lobby. I still need/want to add a few more strands.

Here it is in IMAX theatre style!


Do you like? If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by,

Norma xoxoxoxo


Front Porch Bench

Hey all! I have been crazy busy preparing my girls for a week off at camp. Is it just me or do any one of you have children that procrastinate? This child does not realize (or care) the stress it puts on me… Enough complaining!

I have been absent on the blog yet have been working hard on the front and back yard. The first project we tackled was the front porch bench. It has been with us for the past 7  years and it was in really bad shape.

Here is the before:


And the after:

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I used Spa Blue spray paint from Rustoleum. I really like how it turned out.  Now that the flowers are beginning to bloom, the lighter color softens the front porch. I am going to paint the front door too but I can’t decide on a color.

While we are on the subject of bench remodels, we also sanded and painted an old wood and metal bench we used as the ladder to the trampoline. My husband got to it before I could take a “before” shot.


We used Yellow Sun from Rustoleum and oil rubbed bronze for the metal legs. Since our home insurance forced us to get rid of our trampoline, we now have a large blank slate in the corner of our yard. We have decided to divide a part into a garden and fire pit to roast s’mores in the summer. When it will be complete still remains a mystery. I will keep you posted.

I will be sharing the gazebo update and this weekend I have my daughter’s baby shower. Grandmother hood is right around the corner and I cannot wait!

Thanks for dropping by!

Norma xoxoxoxoxo