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Snow Day!

by Juliemara
02.14.14

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Unlike our first snow storm in GA this winter that started with seven hours in the car and two days at my sisters with only the clothes on our back this time around we were snug as a bug in a rug at home.
Tuesday started out with a snow sleet mix in the morning so we all decided to stay home for the day. That night the ice started falling and continued all day Wednesday. Again we stayed home and inside. Wednesday night the icy drops finally turned to snowflakes and coated our little part of the world in a winter wonderland that was just enough to have some fun in.

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After being so ill prepared the first time around I bought the girls snow pants and snow boots to have on hand just in case, I’m so glad I did. Even if it’s the only time they wear them it was well worth the money to have for this perfect day. I got it all on super clearance from Lands End and hopefully the pants will still fit them next year since I bought a size up.

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We played in the two inches of snow for more than an hour. The girls built a snowman, threw snow balls, ate icicles, made snow angles and jumped off everything they could find.

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Back inside we carried on with snow day fun and made hot chocolate with marshmallows and decorated sugar cookies for valentines day.

I’m ok with only having a snow day once a year, it gives us southerners an excuse to pack it full of winter traditions. By mid afternoon all the snow was gone and most of the ice had disappeared. Two days from now it’s going to 60 degrees outside but I know Talia and Jordan will be talking about their Snowmam (how the girls say snowman) with a carrot for a nose for some time to come.

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Nesting

by Juliemara
10.20.13

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I’m now 22 weeks with this little baby. Which we found out some time ago is a little lady. Lucky girl she is being born into a wardrobe that most adults would covet. Speaking from experience, being the youngest of three girls has it’s perks.
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Since I have everything I could possibly need for a little girl, most of which is pink, new things for this baby are going to be things that I like right now. I need to find time to clear out our tiny guestroom to turn it into a tiny nursery. I’m going neutral, sweet and simple with this one. A natural wood IKEA crib, super soft over sized lambskin rug from Costco, an indulgent glider for me, the most adorable animal photography I’ve ever seen and a few fun and functional trinkets.

 

I could decorate and redecorate kids rooms over and over if I had the time.

 

 

 

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A wannabe

by Juliemara
09.18.13

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I’m a wannabe, I want to be a farmer with chickens that lay eggs in white and browns and blue. I want goats that give milk that I can make cheese from. I’d like a garden that grows veggies year round. I’d plant new seeds every week so that we always have garden fresh veggies and herbs on our table.

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But being away from home 11 hours a day and only having an hour or so of daylight when I get home, these goals are a little ambitious for this year. So we are starting small. We bought a package of mixed flowers from Costco that we will plant around the yard. They’ll bloom in the spring.

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I’m pretty confident we can make this happen, last year we planted three tulip bulbs, and much to my surprise they grew! Tall and lovely, then the girls destroyed them.
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We only got around to getting three in the ground because the ground was so hard. We neglected our yard for quite a while when we first moved in since we were pretty busy with two newborns.

And while playing in the dirt after bath isn’t the most practical thing, my girls love being outside, so even if its only 20 minutes a day, it’s 20 more minutes of do anything time than we use to have when the girls were even just a few months younger and it’s a special 20 minutes to me.

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A tiny space

by Juliemara
08.6.13

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A little peak into our home.

My parents brought these new chairs for the girls, and from the looks of their excitement when they saw them for the first time they are going to have my same obsession for seating. They are a bit tall for the Ikea Lack table we are currently using but I knew they would grow out of this tiny bargain of a table quickly and it would need to be replaced with something larger as they grow. The lack table is a great size for the little tiny ones though and worth every penny of the $12.99.

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DIY chefs kitchen spice cabinet organization

by Juliemara
04.18.13

Spice racks are great for cooks who use a dash here and a pinch there, but in our house, the racks that hold 24 and turn around just won’t cut it. No, we have an entire kitchen cabinet dedicated to spices and seasonings. Our resident chef, my husband, is from Israel, so Mediterranean flavors a are a staple. Cumin, paprika, turmeric, Zatar and shwarma seasoning can always be found in our spice cabinet. He’s also part Italian so we can not run out of basil, oregano, parsley and garlic powder is stocked in bulk. We love to make Thai food and Indian food and one of my favorites is Mexican. To have enough spices and seasonings on hand to make a dish from any of these cuisines at a moments notice means a packed spice cabinet.

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We bought this great adjustable cabinet shelf, but all it did was hide more spices in the back of the cabinet. As a result we ended up with duplicates of many spices since we couldn’t find the first one when we needed it. I had to solve the problem so I did it in the easiest way possible. Spice steps!

1) Measure the width of your cabinet

2)Cut several pieces of 2″ x 4″ slightly shorter than your cabinet is wide.

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3)Stack the wood in a step pattern

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4)Organize a away

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You can pick up a 2″x4″ at Lowes or Home Depot and if you ask they might even cut it for you there. If not you can buy a hand saw and get the job done pretty quick.

Plus it’s a great saw to have for future DIY projects!

If you have a taller shelf than I did you can stack the wood two or three high for each step so that the lables don’t get hidden. We don’t have that much space so I grouped the spices by style of jar, then we just have to remember what type of jar each spice is in.

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a video

by Juliemara
04.17.13

sometimes I wish we were on a reality show so I could have video documentation of every moment of the girls lives. But I know that is ridiculous so I’ll just keep being mamaratzzi.

 

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Spring forward

by Juliemara
03.13.13

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Time continues to fly, the girls keep getting bigger and smarter. This past weekend we said good bye to winter and sprung forward to spring.

The girls have been sleeping later these past couple if days, hopefully that will last. The last few weeks of 4:30 wake ups and the screaming that came with it was not fun.

The winter was cold but we made the most of it and spent lots of Saturdays and Sundays with friends and family. Now that the weather is warming up we are looking forward to morning walks though the woods and afternoons at the splash park. Summer is my favorite time of year. And based on how much our girls love the water I think it will be there’s too. I wonder if they will remember swimming in the pool.

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As Cute As It Gets – Kids Fashion

by Juliemara
01.11.13

 

I’ve been a little obsessed with the color grey since before the girls were born. I had most of my house painted grey,

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bought a grey couch

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and painted grey stripes on the girls walls.

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While I am slowly moving towards white with pops of color for the home I am still loving greys for baby clothes.

Yesterday my favorite kids blog  out of south America posted this adorable outfit for little girls.

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I mean really, does it get any cuter than this. Then there was this cute little outfit that could be for a boy or a girl.

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I have no idea how much this ensemble costs, probably more than I am willing to spend, so it’s for the best that it’s not available for sale in the US. So cute though right.

 

You can pretty much recreate this look by steering clear of color when shopping for baby and sticking to the neutrals. Most stores have a good selection of greys and whites for baby, it’s just about striking the balance and not letting those pieces get over shadowed by the sea of pink and blue in the stores and online.

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1. handmade sweatshirt/2. stripe legging/3. handmade moccasins/4. striped knot hat/5. knit union suit/6. peasant top/7. jeans/8. sneaker

 

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using your best judgement

by Juliemara
12.26.12

Being a parent, especially a new one is an on going lesson in using your best judgment. I struggle constantly with how much freedom to give my girls. Where should I draw the line between letting them explore and keeping them safe.

Sure I could expertly baby proof every square inch of our home and make sure that nothing except baby tested and certified toys get into their hands, but I don’t think that’s the best way to raise independent, creative children. And despite the fact that the girls have toys that are safe and developmentally appropriate within arms reach at all times they would always prefer to get their hands on something new.

I read in a parenting book to try, as much as possible, to only say “no” to a child if they are in real danger of hurting themselves. It’s a way of keeping the word “no” a serious and meaningful one. Jordan is really good at listening when either of us says no, it kinda startles her. But she was always the one to jump at the slightest noise, even when she was a brand new infant. She is also a very cautious and careful child so she doesn’t get herself into dangerous situations too often.

Talia on the other hand is a little dare devil. She will jump off anything and everything. She automatically assumes that if we are within arms reach we will catch her. She is always climbing and falling and hurts herself many times in a day.

When you have a new baby the last thing on your mind is the day that they start running, usually with a small object in their hand, and then they fall. The thing is, it hurts little knuckles a lot when you land on them because the little hand was busy clenching a tiny toy and there is no way to prevent it. They will fall, they will get hurt and you, as the parent, just have to try not to freak out.

The girls have lots if toys that could present a hazard, we try as much as possible to supervise them when they are playing with these toys such as the Melissa and Doug stacker with its wooden stick or the drum sticks from their music set or even the bristle blocks that when stepped on hurt a good bit.

I took this video of the girls this past weekend. I can’t believe we are here already, they take turns so nicely until the very end when it starts to get ugly. But for a while they each take their turn. Talia starts out with a stick in her hand, which I took away because eyes are really hard to replace. But the whole time I was filming this I was saying to myself Talia, please sit before you go down the slide. And, begging for those little rubber soled shoe to not get stuck on the plastic slide. And for no one to fall off while climbing up and for none of the other hundred things that an go wrong in a second to happen. If you turn the volume way up you can probably hear me gasp a few times.

Oh, and to all the stranger that wished us good luck when they saw us out with our infant twins, we will take it now, we need it for their toddler years.

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Home Improvement Weekend – Media Console

by Juliemara
11.20.12

Here’s a sample of my to do list for DIY projects to my home

Hang art in playroom

wallpaper back of bookshelves in living room

add another ring to each curtain panel and hem bottoms

change blinds to sheers in living room and master bedroom

build small foyer bench and hang child coat hooks

fill hallway with family photos

add more variety of art to picture gallery in dining room

add a back to media console in living room to hide wires

create an organized sewing crafting room in basement

build headboard for master bedroom

hang display shelf over toilet in hall bath

hang honeymoon photos in master bathroom

build Shanty-2-chic’s wood framed mirror for master bedroom

 

ok you get the idea, my husband calls me a busy bee,and for good reason, I feel better when I am busy and creating something weather its something new or something neater, doing makes me feel good. So  this past weekend I finally found a few minutes and did something, lets take a look at that list again.

 

Hang art in playroom

wallpaper back of bookshelves in living room

add another ring to each curtain panel and hem bottoms

change blinds to sheers in living room and master bedroom

build small foyer bench and hang child coat hooks

fill hallway with family photos

add more variety of art to picture gallery in dining room

add a back to media console in living room to hide wires

 

create an organized sewing crafting room in basement

build headboard for master bedroom

hang display shelf over toilet in hall bath

hang honeymoon photos in master bathroom

build Shanty-2-chic’s wood framed mirror for master bedroom

 

That’s right I added a back to the media console to hide all those ugly wires.

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It was easy really I took 1/4″ black foam core and cut it so that it would sit about an inch inside the outer edge of the back of the bookshelf.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

Then used wire nails to secure it into place.

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I had to make a hole for the wires from the speakers to come through, I did a very hack saw job of this but it’s ok because the hole is hidden by the speaker.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

It’s so calming to look at the TV wall now. I love not seeing all those messy wires. I’m sure some of you are thinking why did you buy that piece in the first place? Because I love the look of it, the square cubbies and the prices at IKEA are just right.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

The whole project only took me about an hour. I cut the pieces several weeks ago and was trying to find a time to do the nailing when the girls were awake but time to do projects when the girls are awake doesn’t really exist, so this weekend I took the chance and started banging away after they went to bed. They didn’t wake up! Yeah! Hammer and nails here I come. Do you spend your weekends doing home improvements or do you prefer to pay the professionals for up keep and improvements?

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The whole project only took me about an hour. I cut the pieces several weeks ago and was trying to find a time to do the nailing when the girls were awake but time to do projects when the girls are awake doesn’t really exist, so this weekend I took the chance and started banging away after they went to bed. They didn’t wake up! Yeah! Hammer and nails here I come.

 

 

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