Boy Bedroom Reveal.

It’s the oldest boy’s bedroom reveal day!
Let us all sigh a breath of relief.
I had this dream that my boys would grow up best of buddies, never fight, love sharing a room (obviously I have only-child-syndrome).
Ehem, I stand corrected.
Best to give them their own rooms.
Without further adieu…


I embarrassed to show that this is what we started with.
Kind of like that junk drawer everyone has but ours was a whole room.  (Please tell me we’re not the only one who had one of these).

Mid-process looked like this:


I fell in love with the gorgeous reclaimed New York brick from Brick-It but once we put it up but it just felt like too much going on and made the room feel too dark.  See previous post here.
So one coat of Silent White by Clark + Kensington later…

Today’s view:



(Yes that is the “BANE-OF-MY-EXISTENCE-METAL-DRESSER”…well sort of.  I’m actually still working on it.  I found another one that was slightly bigger and thought…”Meh, why not really try and kill myself and tackle another one?”  That was a train wreck so I sent it off to a miracle worker named Amy of Distressed By Design who sanded it down BY HAND to reveal the beauty under the paint.  I’m just about ready to send the first one off to her next.  More about her soon).

The wall opposite had not been painted in at least 10 years.


Up went some planks, on went some paint and down came that 1970’s light.



Then there was the issue of this wall.  The room is long and narrow.  The boy wanted to whole room to be painted blue.  I tried to explain to him about being too dark and lighting so in the end we compromised on just one wall.


After the wall was painted it was definitely blue…A LOT OF BLUE (Blue Fedora by Valspar).
In attempt to break things up and add some personality I was inspired by this room and decided to try out my hand at a similar treatment.

IMG_7154 graffiti

Now I have to admit I’m no artist.  My ability is limited to stick figures and things I can draw with a ruler.  No problem.  I downloaded a ton of images from Etsy and my new favorite site for images and fonts called Creative Market (you can see the images on my Pinterest page).  Next I pulled out my trusty overhead projector , shot them on to the wall and traced them with a paint pen.






This nook was so akward.  Putting corner shelves in was the best move ever.








I’m in love with the new bedding especially the wool blanket from Faribault Woolen Mills.  My dad used to have several of these heavy wool blankets.  When he moved I urged him to sell them at our garage sale.  I now cringe that they’re gone.  Oh the follies of youth.






Bed: Vintage, painted two-tone Smoke Gray, Oil-based by Rustoleum from ACE Hardware.
Stripe sheets: West Elm.
Gray sheets: Ikea
Yellow and gray wool stripe blanket: Faribault Woolen Mills.
Pillow: Etsy.
White paint: Silent White, Clark + Kensington, ACE Hardware.
Blue wall: Blue Fedora, Valspar, ACE Hardware.
Bedside wall light: School House Electric.
Ceiling Light: School House Electric.
Brick Wall: Brick-It.
Pull down Map and Blue Stool: School auction on Public Surplus.
Radio on shelf: Dot&Bo.
Wall clock: Alice Lane.
Wall hooks: Pottery Barn.
Joshua tree art: Joss & Main.
Wall planks and shelves built and installed by Springer Builders found on HomeAdvisor.

Corner shelf tutorial here.
Plank wall post.
Brick wall post.

More on the room here:

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2015 Family Reunion.

Where has the summer gone?
I blinked and we were in July.
We’ve been keeping crazy busy and sad to see summer go by so quickly.
A few weeks ago we met at the Warm Springs retreat in Hanna, UT for our 2015 family reunion.
It was the same place we met for our 2012 family reunion but this time it was immediate and extended family…aunts, uncles and tons of 1st, 2nd and 3rd cousins.
Each family was assigned an activity at a certain time of day. It was like the Disneyland of camping. Aside from the river, playing in the spring, biking, basketball and volleyball, family members each planned activities for everyone to include elaborate treasure hunts, relay races, human inflatable balls, laser tag, learning Polynesian dancing, crafts, outdoor movies…best camping trip I’ve ever been on (except for the cotton trees shedding).

My very talented sister-in-law put together this video of our reunion:

2012 Reunion:

RV Road Trip 2015 and an Access RV Trip Giveaway.

For our family vacation this year I had dreams of  a lovely hotel on a tropical island.  Not that my men wouldn’t have loved the beach but they had other ideas of their own.  They were thinking of something a little more hands-on.  Like an RV hands-on.  I was out-voted 4 to 1 so off we went across country on a RV.  If you follow us on Instagram you’ve been up to date on our RV-adventures that started in Indiana and ended in Salt Lake City, UT thanks to the awesome folks at Access RV Rentals.  (Read on…I’m co-hosting a giveaway for a 5 night RV vacation valued at $2150.)!

Now I’ll be perfectly honest…sitting in a RV for hours on end had little appeal to me at all.  All I could envision was Cousin Eddie and that awful RV from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Instead what we got was a brand new Sunseeker RV with 12 miles on it.


We flew to Chicago and picked up the RV in Indiana. From there we stopped in Nauvoo, IL, Carthage, IL, Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE, Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux City, IA, Thermopolis, WY, Salt Lake City, UT.

The sites we saw were knock-your-socks-off awesome.

We walked along the Navy Pier in Chicago…


Visited holy places that held great historical significance…


Carthage Jail, Illinois

We jumped for joy at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO.


And had an epic melt-down at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


We celebrated Mother’s Day complete with grilled cheese sandwiches and a spilled soda in dad’s lap.


We were told by the National Weather Service “Take Cover” during a tornado threat which cased damage to several states that day.


We rode out the weather in some po-dunk motel complete with smelly red carpet that I’ve never been so grateful for…ready to grab pillows and jump in the bathtub at a moments notice.


We watched the weather channel for hours and were bored outta our minds.

Unfortunately we had to skip Mt. Rushmore due to a winter storm warning and park-wide power outage…instead we visited Thermopolis, WY,
home of the world’s largest mineral hot springs. They were fascinated that boiling hot water could come right out of the ground.


The mineral smell of sulpher took some getting used to…we soaked, swam and water-slided at the Star Plunge for hours.  Ancient Native Americans call them the “healing waters”.

Despite my initial reservations about being on an RV, the excursion ended up being the best trip we’ve ever taken as a family.  Surprise, surprise! Traveling in an RV was a lot less constricting than traveling in a car.  We played games, jammed to music, ate (a lot), talked about the places we visited and laughed hard.  Seeing a chunk of America the Beautiful is eye opening…especially for boys who have lived in only two places their whole lives.  Gives us all perspective how tiny our little corner of the world really is.



Ever toyed with the idea of RV’ing? I would HIGHLY recommend it!

Now for the exciting news…

USA 5 Star RV Rental Network is giving away a free 5 night RV Vacation!! (A $2150 Value!)

If you are ready for a fabulous RV vacation, Access RV is providing a 5 night RV vacation in one of their current year model motor homes to friends of the USA 5 Star RV Rental Network. Access RV is located in both Salt Lake City, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming. You can take the family to the scenic wonders of Yellowstone and the Tetons. See elk, moose, bison, bear and other wildlife that wonders freely through the park midst the natural geysers, paint pots and steam springs. See the jagged Rocky peaks of the Tetons towering over the beautiful Jackson Lake below.  Or visit the uniquely beautiful rock formations of South Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks of Zions, Arches, Bryce, Canyonland and Capital Reef. Traveling in an RV is the best, most affordable way to experience the National Parks up close.

Winner will get 5 Nights with 800 miles in a 2015 31′ C-Class motor home with double slides. This 4.5 star motor home comes with HD TV/DVD player, 5.1 surround sound, GPS navigation, iPod dock, back up camera, Serta pillow-top mattress, power awning, air conditioning, unlimited generator, final cleaning and dumping and much more!

The lucky winner will have until June 1, 2016 to take their incredible vacation!

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Fine print details: The vacation give away does not include insurance which can be provided by your auto insurance company or by purchasing optional protection through Access RV. Drivers must be at least 25 years old with a valid drivers license, proof of insurance and VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Additional miles over the 800 free miles can be purchased at $1.55 per mile. A refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. Sales tax of $156.47 is the responsibility of the winner. For additional information, floor plans, etc. visit our members website at Disclosure: My 4 men and I want to extend a huge thank you to Access RV for providing the RV’s for us and a few of my blogging buddies to travel across the country in!  We will forever be grateful for the opportunity and memories! To see more pictures of our trip check us out on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter.


Check out some of my bloggy friends who also did the trip:

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