Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Master Bedroom Window Progress

Hey friends! 

As you all may know, we completed construction on our "forever home" in November 2016 and we're slowing turning our new house into a home. I've mentioned several times on Instagram that I want to find the perfect decor for each and every space in our home -- even if that means waiting until I find it. (Or we can afford it!) I'm very selective when it comes to furnishing and decorating. I don't really buy many things on a whim or just because it's on sale. 

We've been searching for the perfect window treatments for our master bedroom since we moved in. Since our master bedroom side windows look directly into our dining nook, we needed privacy. As a temporary fix, I hung $4 paper shades until we could find something that met our needs. (They're translucent -- so you can't see through them, but they let tons of light in.) Turns out, I really liked the way they made the room feel!

After living in our home for a year, I knew exactly what I wanted for our master bedroom windows: I wanted a permanent (and prettier!) translucent shade but I also wanted a blackout shade for when life calls for those Sunday afternoon naps. But how can I have BOTH of those!? I had the hardest time finding a treatment that met both of those needs. One day after a pretty heavy web search, I found these gorgeous dual roller shades from Smith and Noble

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Free Printable: Father's Day Handprint Craft (Updated for 2016!)

Just one week until Father's Day! I've gotten so many emails in the past few weeks about updating my free printable handprint craft for Father's Day (see previous 2012, 2013, and 2014 versions) -- so here it is! 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Infant Favorites (Twin Edition)

I'm continuing with my "favorite products" series and sharing with you some of our favorite things in our EIGHTH month (seriously?!) with the twins.
 GIRLS: one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight
BOYS: one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Owlet: A twin mom's helping hand

Once in a while you come across a product that is truly life-changing. This product is (hands down!) my favorite purchase since the twins were born prematurely at 30 weeks gestation. We couldn't live without it now!

Owlet baby monitor and twins

When my oldest child, Lily Kate, was born, I lost SO much precious sleep in the beginning weeks and months. After arriving home from the hospital, I slept in a dimly lit room with her by my bedside and I'd basically check on her every 30 minutes -- I'd softly lay my hand on her belly and wait for a rise and fall to conclude that she was still breathing. (Can anyone else relate?!) What if I told you there was a product that stayed up all night, continuously checking the vitals of your baby for you? A product that is designed to alert you if heart rate or oxygen fall outside of range?

What if I told you there was a product that stayed up all night, continuously checking the vitals of your baby for you?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lola & Brooks - 6 Months Old!

Our sweet babies are already 6 months old!

Seriously, how has it already been 6 months?! Time certainly stood still when they were in the NICU, but since they've been home, life has been crazy fast!

So here's a little about them right now: (Keep in mind they're 4 months corrected)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Cuddle+Kind: Help End Childhood Hunger

I am so happy to share with you this awesome company, Cuddle+Kind. As as designer, I have a trained eye to  immediately notice little details -- and these little cuties do not disappoint! Their adorable (I mean adorable) 100% premium natural cotton dolls are hand-knit in Peru by skilled artisan women, which in turn provides them with a sustainable, fair-trade income. The dolls are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and have a high stitch count for durability and safety. That's enough to make you go run and buy one, right?? 

But here's the best part: 
For every doll purchased, 10 meals are provided to children around the world! Cuddle+Kind has set a goal to provide 1,000,000 meals each year to hungry children. Can you imagine what kind of impact that is making?

Monday, April 4, 2016

Building Our "Forever Home" - Part 1

I'm not sure if we're just stupid or crazy, but yes, we are building a home during ALL the chaos in the first year with the twins. We bought our land 3-4 years ago and we've been saving, waiting for the right time to build our "forever home". It just so happens that 'right time' was this year. We started working on our plans in late 2014, almost finished by spring 2015... and BAM (in my best Emeril impression) - we found out we were pregnant with twins the week before Easter! We scrapped the whole plan. It took us about 9 months with myself being on bed rest and the twins in the NICU to get the plans finished and like we wanted. Trust me, there was a whole lot of, "Ashley, can we please work on the plans today" and "I don't feel like it" going on. Ha!