Oh Hi Wall Decoration

So if you remember this sign from A’s birthday:

G.I. Joe Party ThemeWhen we were storing it I removed the letters to save for another decorating occasion, and decided to re-purpose them for a little decoration above our new foyer coat rack.

One of J’s signature sayings is “oh, hi”. It was one of the first things he said well, and he still says it if you come into his room while he is playing (or if he is doing something he is not supposed to and you catch him…like turning the computer on). I figured this would be a cute saying to put above our coat rack and I decided to use the same method I used for the vase last week.

The letters (cardboard from Hobby Lobby) were already spray painted white, but I did another coat on top of them because my original spray paint job had been a bit rushed.

Oh Hi After they were dry, I used gold acrylic paint and dotted part and painted completely the other part (just the front):

Oh Hi Decor SignThis is after one coat.

This is after three total coats (letting each dry about half an hour):

Oh Hi Decor SignAnd this is them in their new spot:

Oh HiIt looks a little angled but I promise it is not (my photography skills are subpar at best).

To attach it to the wall I first used painter’s tape to get everything in place and then I used command wall strips to secure it. Make sure you don’t start out with the command strips because you aren’t going to be able to really move it around without messing up the letters once you use those! Happy re-purposing!

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Ten Minute Vase DIY

I picked up a vase from Wal-Mart (you heard me.) three months ago that I thought would look perfect on our mantel. Then of course, I put it up there, put nothing in it, and left it for the next three months. I decided it needed a refresh, and so I came up with a simple DIY that will take less than 10 minutes.

Vase DIYMy inspiration was this picture (specifically the vase), so I first picked up some gold paint. I already had round stamp brushes (but you can pick them up on the cheap from a local craft store).

Gold PaintUsing the two different size stamps I just stamped gold circles around the whole vase (smearing slightly so they don’t have crazy points), and then I added some pretty foliage courtesy of our “stump tree” in the front yard:

Gold Stamped Vase DIYAll done! Less than ten minutes. I stamped it high enough that I just set it back on the mantel carefully to let it dry. Happy updating!

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Working at the car wash

The boys were in need of a distraction from running about and fighting over who was playing with whose GI Joe. So I pulled together this:

Car WashI’ve seen it on various blogs, instagram pictures, and pinterest posts, but had never actually done it. A slightly overcast and windy day was a great time to do this outdoor activity. And the boys loved it! They had a rinsing, washing, and drying station.

And I even brought out this:

Car WashNothing like a wash and blow dry for your vehicles!

IMG_6695 Car WashThey both enjoyed it, although J was a little more enthusiastic than A. A washed and dried his cars and was done, while J washed and dried each of his vehicles multiple times for as long as I let him.

Car WashAnd when we were done we had shiny fresh vehicles ready to take their next spin! A perfect way to spend 45 minutes of our fall break!

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A little bit of Fall decor

Since it is officially fall, the boys and I have been doing some decorating and I thought I would share! The boys wanted lots of “bats, spidah’s (how J says it), and spooookkeeey stuff (“Like a Tiger!” J yelled. Kid is obsessed with tigers). I tend to go lower on the Halloween end of it because I really don’t want to have to take everything down and decorate again for Thanksgiving. Thus, here is our comprise:
September 20141 September 20142 September 20143Aren’t the plates gorgeous? Target, baby! I was super excited to find those. I also love having the boys’ costume pictures from last year on display. J has already decided he wants to be “bat guy”, but A is still up in the air. Considering how many times he has changed his mind about his upcoming birthday party, I’m hoping I’m not trying to put together a last minute costume. Or rather buy a last minute costume. HA! Happy Fall!

*Most of the decor was purchased at Target or Hobby Lobby. You can find the print here. Happy decorating!

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Study refresh: Geometric wall

Study refreshI have probably discussed this before, but I’m a big advocate of moving and changing things in the house to fit our lifestyle. After inheriting a new larger kitchen table, the boys’ easel and play kitchen was a tight fight in our dining area and I kept trying to figure out where to move everything. After five years of our study being mainly closed off I decided it was time for a change….

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Ice painting

Ice PaintingI’ve seen this activity done lots of different ways on Pinterest. My idea was to use our Popsicle molds, because it would make a convenient handle for the boys. I set them up in their holder:

Ice popsicle paintingAnd then on one particularly hot day, I let the boys fill them with water, and then choose what type of food coloring to put in each. They picked green, green/blue, purple, orange, and “red” (which turned out to be hot pink). Their favorite part was shaking the color in the molds after I had sealed the tops. I stuck them in the freezer and actually forgot about them until this weekend, when they said they were bored with all their outdoor toys.

Ice paintingSo, I grabbed the popsicle paints for an activity. I found that they colored much better on paper than the patio. It also took a little bit of work to get the “paints” working because it was overcast. They started out making pictures and then went Pollock-style and were just dumping paint all over them. The food coloring did stain their hands some, but it came off in the bath.

I tried to save the finished pictures, but when I left them out to dry in the yard, the boys started running through the yard using the paper as capes. So…that’s an option too. 🙂 Happy Monday!

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Summer is coming….

Summer is comingIt’s been a weird few days. We had a few big storms roll through over a span of two days, which didn’t end up directly affecting us, but it still was enough to cancel school, move exams, and shorten work hours. As we waited out two afternoons of storm systems to move through, we spent the mornings prepping by spending as much time outside as possible. Which got me thinking about what I am going to do with the boys this summer….

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