The easiest and most noticeable quick fix I have done to the house in this dining room flip. Reegan’s toys multiply. Seriously, I have maybe bought her 3 toys in her life, but her grandparents and family members are just the sweetest and she is not in need. That’s for sure. The house was full of toys just everywhere, with no place to be put away, and I just couldn’t take it. So one day Jeff was working late, and I headed over to Sherwin Williams to grab paint. I can not be left unsupervised.
After MUCH trial and error, I can tell you Sherwin Williams ProMar200 is hands down the best paint ever. I kept trying Behr, and it just doesn’t go on the same. ProMar200 is everything. I decided on Taupe Tease for the new playroom and it is the perfect off white shade I have ever seen. I am super close to repainting the den with Taupe Tease (A Behr shade I color matched) as well. It is warm, but not beige, and it doesn’t shine blue or yellow. It’s flawless. 1 day of elbow grease and a gallon and a half of paint and this gold dining room morphed into a whimsical playroom.
ProMar200 is a professional grade paint and they originally wants $60 a gallon for it, but with some sweet talking and a crazy toddler in hand, they gave me the pro discount. I believe it was around $24.
The chandelier was also driving me nuts, but I wasn’t interested in spending money on new lighting for a transitional room. So, I grabbed some matte high heat white spray paint (took 2 cans), some LED light bulbs, some twine, and a ribbon and DIY’d that baby up. It didn’t take long at all and I’ll make a quick separate post about the detail of that and link it.
Switching the bulbs to LED was vital. The original light bulbs got blazing hot and I would NOT put them near twine.
At the end of the day, does a family of 3 with a toddler really need a dining room? Probably not.
** Photos are from my iPhone, I would apologize for them being lower quality than normal… but there are only 24 hours in a day.
One thing I can tell you for sure is that kids pick the toys they love; not you.
There are toys that we play with everyday; and toys I swore Reegs would love and she doesn’t ever touch. The other day, I was sitting on the living room floor with her and listening to this BeatBowWow Puppy sing ‘Colors’ for the 2356934th time and I became curious… What are her top 5 favorite toys?!
So, I’ll be the first to admit, I LOVE buying clothing for Reegs, but I also have to be honest and say I put her in the same stuff over and over again. Why? Because those things just work. And this whole mom thing is hard enough as it is. To make her look an like an Insta-Baby all the time it a joke. I don’t know how those moms do it. Teach me your ways, Unicorns! Teach me your ways! Anyways. I wanted to share our favorite go to’s with all of you.
I loved my baby shower(s) and will start by saying that every gift came in mega handy. But there are a few things that I didn’t know I couldn’t live without. AND of course, I asked my Facebook tribe what their favorite baby shower gifts or products were. The answers are listed below!! Let me know if I left anything out!
Getting ready for baby feels like a weird dream, and getting ready for baby in another country, an island at that, is a WHOLE other ball game. We are in a version of corporate housing so storage is beyond limited and painting the walls is out. And beyond that, getting furniture to Nassau is going to be hilarious. While the nesting and type A tendencies seep out of me, it will take a puzzle to find a way to get the necessities here and on time. But I am beyond up for the challenge.
Given our situation, I head to Miami at 34 weeks and stay there until 6 weeks +/- after the baby is born. Leaving us under 11 weeks to get things in order here at home and in Miami. It will definitely keep me busy! What do I need two of? What do I need in the first 6 weeks versus later on? Where the heck will I be staying? If you know me, you know I could go into full craze at any moment over this. Luckily, every time I feel the baby’s little kicks or see my little lopsided stomach in the morning, I couldn’t give a shit. I just feel blessed.
Because I am who I am, and additionally because I have zero patience and I love visuals, I created a little story board for the nursery. I think it’s really helpful when pulling items together. These aren’t the exact curtains or the exact chair, but everything else is on order or on the baby registry. I’m excited to see it all come together slowly in real life.