Evie’s Big Girl Room

The process of getting Evie into her big girl room has been a long time coming!

A few months back I went to get Evie from nap time. She was sitting in her rocker… feet kicked up and crossed much like the picture below, reading a book. I thought, “well, crapittycrap!” Apparently Finn showed her the easiest way to get in and out of her crib. Shocking.

So, Evie and I set out one Saturday morning to go “big girl bed” shopping. I knew we weren’t getting anything fancy, but I could let the girl dream, right?

She thought Mr. Baseball was coming home with us…


… as well as the bed that lights up from underneath. (I turned away for 1 second and this is where I found her!)


Needless to say, we settled on a basic mattress and box spring – no headboard, no frills.

While I want the kids rooms to be cozy and “theirs,” I just can’t bring myself to buying a crazy set of furniture until they are bit older and I know they will care for it.

The morning the bed came, the kid’s cousin was over. It worked out well that we set the bed up and let them play upstairs while I was downstairs with him. The kids were DELIGHTED to have this new bed to play on all day!


Meanwhile, for the last few weeks (cough *months* cough) I’d been working on my DIY dresser for Evie’s room. I told myself that Evie was the girl who would put stickers all over a nice $700 dresser.  This old school Broyhill dresser with all the paint and supplies cost us just less than $105. Although, after the blood, sweat and tears poured into this dang piece, if she puts a single sticker on here I’ll hang her from her toes!!! :) Here’s the before:

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I sanded, primed and painted (4 coats) to get her all “girled out” for Ev.


And ta-daaaa! It’s not perfect, but it will work for a 2 year old monkey! Don’t be fooled… this DIY stuff is tough!


That weekend we hauled the dresser into the room with the new bed and added her music box and lamp (from my childhood room).


A few princess pictures above the little girl bedding to entice Evie into thinking this room wasn’t so bad, too!


I found these prints through Jane.com. You could choose which 3 princesses you want sent, and let me tell you – that was almost as difficult as that DIY dresser! Just THREE?!?! I settled on Elsa, Cinderella and Ariel. (I had the hardest time letting go of Belle…)


The girl is happy and that’s what matters. She sleeps like a queen and has yet to fight us on staying in bed.


At some point we will likely paint the room a pale pink. I have an end table similar to the dresser from my Grandma’s house I will redo as a nightstand. And we have some sparkly hanging decorations that need a crafted hook in the ceiling before hanging. But for now, everything she needs is wrapped up in this simple room!


Because I don’t want nap time to turn into “playtime,” we’ve kept toys out of the room.  Eventually, we will add a few, but for now, it’s a sleep and nap room.

Do you go all out for your kids rooms or keep them simple?

My Mommy Mind

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  • After much begging and empty promises to never whine again, the kids received their magical wish to visit Santa Saturday. I showed the kids their pictures with Santa from years past which included Evie in tears last year. She promised not to cry. She’s true to her word, although she was TERRIFIED of him. “Mommy, he’s scary!” She kept sinking lower and lower… I think she thought she would melt away with this maneuver.
  • Do your kids have the worst time wearing jeans? Finn despises jeans, certain they are the enemy. I get it. I prefer my sweats, too, but sweats aren’t always appropriate. Finn and I went on a mini shopping spree this weekend and found – and agreed – on ONE pair for special occasions. Evie on the other hand, demands to be fancy nearly every day.
  • Before I was home full-time, I worked in tobacco control.  I learned firsthand the deception that is the tobacco industry and the lengths gone to discredit and shame those working in the field. The same tactics are being used on those fighting for transparency in our food system. I’m so proud of the Food Babe for coming forward and sharing some of the attacks she’s faced. It’s shameful and disgusting, to say the least. It’s important to know what those of us who want transparency in our food are up against.
  • Gift Idea! Are any of you looking for a great gift idea for yourself that gives back? Check out EmpowerAMom.com.  My friend Julie helped start this amazing hand-sewn program in South Africa that provides jobs to moms. There are some really cool items available right now.

What’s on your (not your kids!) Christmas wish list? If you could have anything – big or small, cheap or pricey, silly or serious – what would it be?


Fantastic Fridays

How was your week? Justin was out of town much of the week (enjoying NYC – jeal) and then Dallas. It’s always refreshing when he gets home from being out of town. We look forward to mellow weekends after he arrives. I also played some good Bunco rounds with my neighborhood ladies. Always a hoot to get 12+ ladies together on a Thursday night for wine and adult chatting!

I’ve also been reminding a little certain 2 year old that she CAN’T TOUCH THE ELF! If Finn saw Evie’s little paws touch that little elf, all hell would break loose. I can’t even imagine the aftermath…

As you head into your weekend, enjoy my most fantastic finds from the web. Click the blue “Fantastic” link to go directly to the source page.

Fantastic Treat:  How divine do these look? Add to it the fact they are Paleo and we have a winner! We have some fellow health nut friends joining us for dinner next week who will appreciate the amazing ingredients of this treat. Can’t wait to share!


Fantastic Raw Treat:  We don’t do a lot of raw desserts at our house, but this is really tempting! These are all “on hand” ingredients so this might be an experiment treat one week for the kids and I to make. I figure the kids can form them into whatever shape they’d like to involve their little mitts.


Fantastic Side: I can’t tell you how incredible this salad is without drooling! This was our side at dinner last week (minus the parm) and we couldn’t stop eating it, especially the pecans. Oh, Lordy, the pecans!!!!


Fantastic Holiday Snack: The kids and I made these for our family Christmas Eve last year and they were a hit! We used tiny carrot sticks for the arms to keep compliant with our gluten-free niece and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for the buttons. Chocolate makes anything an instant win, right? :)

Fantastic Winter Moisturizer: There’s nothing worse than winter dry skin. I don’t know about you, but it’s begun in our house. This recipe is a great way to keep hydrated skin this season. (I would keep the bar out of the shower as I had a friend with a MAJOR drain plug as a result of too much coconut oil.  BOO!)


Fantastic DIY Wreath: I have several friends who have been burlap-wreath-making-ninjas this year. There are so many ways to dress it up with color, flowers and bling. I’m almost inspired to try my own. Almost….


Fantastic Advent Calendar: We love this Santa beard as a way to countdown to Christmas without the stale crappy chocolate chunk you find in so many calendars. The kids LOVE glue sticking a cotton ball to Santa’s beard each morning after breakfast. I printed a handful of these at Kinko’s last year so we would be ready to rock each year.

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Fantastic Cut: I went and did it! I chopped my hair last week! It’s taken a bit to grow on me and some time to figure out just how to style it, but I’m loving having a STYLE and not just h.a.i.r, which – let’s be honest – was 99% of the time in a bun or pony. Now to figure out the best way to hold it back during workouts…


Fantastic Cowl Neck: I have been living in this sweatshirt since the temps dropped. I love it so much I logged in Cyber Monday and bought the grey for 40% off. I feel casual and comfy without feeling like a slob. Score! Plus, the kangaroo front pocket is perfect for loading up all the little toys that seem to walk upstairs…Cowl

Fantastic Sweet: These are a sweet, easy addition to a little girl’s room. Evie’s finally settled into her big girl room (post coming soon), but the walls are somewhat bare. This is a fun idea to add color!


Fantastic Win: Sometimes you just need to get out there and make it happen!  Such a good feeling when you’ve succeeded.

Fantastic Holiday Song: Mary, Did You Know is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. Pentatonix (I think they are a reality show group?) have such an incredible version. Zero instruments, all voices. Insane!

Have a great weekend! What’s on tap for you and yours?