I finally finished the kids bathroom. This may seem like a small task, but you’d be surprised at how many different things I’ve had going on in this bathroom, and I am so glad we finally hit the right spot with it! Plus, I swear everything just takes 4 times as long with 4 kids! So its just taken me longer to wrap it up…. ANYWAY, When we were designing our home plans, we made the choice to have all 4 kids share a bathroom… we did this in hopes that this will teach them to share and be respectful of one another… We will see how that goes as they get older! haha! So we had to decorate it in a style that would accommodate both the boys and the girls… Which can be tricky. But I want both the teen boys and the little girls to feel like this is a space they belong in. I found these adorable initial hooks while we lived in our last house, and I brought them with us to this new house… and then I grabbed the towels last summer when they went on sale. I included the links to the hooks, but the towels are no longer available, but I included some towels that are similar. I’ve always loved hanging cute, uplifting phrases in their bathroom, so they can read them as they get ready for the day! I made these from free printables from Pinterest, and had them printed at ProDigital Photos. Loved this vase I found at Pottery Barn (link below). I found the eucalyptus sprigs at a wholesale place in Salt Lake. If your local and interested in them, shoot me a email or DM, and I will give you the info.I love a good, classic faucet. I chose something that I felt like will not go out of style. So even if I change up the accessories in this space, I am glad I went with more traditional and classic faucets.I also just loved this rug I found! I put the link to it below. I bought the 5×3′ for this bathroom space, and it was just the perfect finishing touch for this space! It always makes me happy when I find something like this that makes the room come together and feel finished. To be honest, this wasn’t one of my favorites spaces when we were done building our home. When the home was finished, I felt like it didn’t come together the way I had hoped… in fact, I think I still want to switch out the light fixtures some day, but its amazing what a few fun accessories can do to a space. Adding the towels, the fresh rug and that darling vase, totally changed my mind about the space, and now I feel totally different about that room. I feel like its just right for my 4 little loves right now, and I love how it all came together…
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I joke you not! This recipe is a MUST try!! My family all loves a good classic Chocolate chip cookie, and I think it is fair to say, that we have tried a million different ones, and these ones are buttery, chewy and full of savory and sweet flavors… and we are all totally obsessed!! All my kids LOVE baking, and it has been fun to pull out recipes to let them try them. Well, we came across this one, and we have loved it so much, we have had it on repeat! haha! I posted this recipe awhile back on my Instagram stories, but I knew I needed to share it here on the blog so you could try it too!
ok, so here is the recipe…
3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 c. granulated sugar
2 large egg
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
4 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Hang on to the end for the secret ingredient!!
PreHeat Oven to 350’F and butter or spray cooking sheets with non-stick spray.
I use my Kitchen Aide, and blend the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla. Make sure the butter is room temperature, and to avoid flat cookies, make sure the butter isn’t melted. Once blended, I add in the salt, baking soda and flour. When done blending, use a wooden spoon and stir in the chocolate chips, just be careful not to over stir. If dough is warm, put in fridge to chill.
We like the cookies a little bigger at our house, so we scoop the dough into generous golf ball sized clumps, and place them on the cookie sheet. I can usually fit a dozen on our cookie sheets.
Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until golden around the edges. Now here is when the fun part happens…… keep reading……
Immediately after the cookies come out of the oven, lightly grind sea salt on the top, while they are still on the cookie sheet. I use this Himalayan Pink Sea Salt from Costco…. and it is so yummy, but also pretty!! 😉 Let the cookies cool and then enjoy!! The combination of the semi-sweet chocolate, the buttery cookie and the sea salt will send your taste buds over the top!! I usually double the recipe so I can share them with friends!
Here are the pictures from my girls Valentines session! I just love seeing them together and the older Rosie is getting, the more they are playing. My boys are literally each others best friends, and so it makes me soooo happy to see the girls loving each other so much too!
I found their dresses at Tutu Du Monde, and I reused the Balloon Garland (link to post here), and the darling red heart garland is from Pearl & Jane. The red chair I inherited from my Grandma, and I knew it would work perfectly for all the Valentines photos this year! It made us all think of the “Queen of Hearts”, so it was perfect for the Valentines classroom cards we did!
Oh Miss Rose! Always makes taking pictures an adventure…Good thing Lyla is so patient with her! haha…
Happy Valentines Day!!
So we have a tradition in our family, that if Valentines falls on a Sunday or a weeknight, that we make a “Fancy” Family Valentines dinner. My husband, Dylan usually will cook for us (Which I LOVE), and I set a little table and get little treats for the kids…After all, they are our sweethearts too!! 😉 I actually really love making it a family day. I want each of my kiddos to know that they are loved, and this is one way that I can show them this…I actually remember doing this with my parents when we were growing up, and it made me feel so special, and I hope my kids can appreciate it someday too 🙂 I loved that my mom would set a fancy table, and show us her love in that way…Not to mention, I always loved it when my dad would cook for us! He is a GREAT cook, and lucky for me, Dylan is too!! The kids always love it when we pull out the sparkling cider! Simple pleasures, right? 😉This photo was not staged… Just the hubby being cute! My love for entertaining and setting a nice table definitely comes from my Mother and Grandmothers. Growing up, My mom would always set a nice table for Sunday dinners and holidays(She still does this). When she was alive, My grandma had created a long table in her home, and set it with flowers, China and silverware for every family gathering. There was about 30-35 of us at this table at any given event, and that was not a small feat! I always knew that those dinners were special, and my Grandma wanted us to experience a nice meal together. I loved how she loved it, and now I really love it as well. It means a lot to me to set a nice table and have my guests feel like they are getting special treatment. 😉 I feel like family meal time is so important. I love having conversations, and spending time around the table… it just helps me feel connected! I’m still building up my collection of dining ware, and it seems like I can never find a full set of silverware… I swear silverware is like the socks in the laundry… they just seem to disappear! Anyway, for my birthday last year, I asked for this new set of pink plates from Anthroplogie, and the white plates from West Elm. Then for Christmas I asked for the new gold flatware from West Elm. I just love them all so much, it makes me happy to use them any chance I can get!! I’ve linked them all down below…
and I know, I know…I ask for “non-traditional” stuff for birthdays and holidays, we still laugh about the birthday (or two) that I asked for trees for the yard 😉I usually get all my fresh Roses from Costco. They are always beautiful, and affordable. When I need something specific, I have a friend who owns a florist business, and can order me stuff…but other than that, Costco seems to work for little things like this! I personally feel like adding fresh flowers to your home in anyway, is one of the best ways to elevate your mood. How can you be grumpy walking by something so beautiful? It’s kind of ridiculous how proud this photo makes me! As I was photographing the table, and this daughter of mine, the one that was the hardest little one to photograph, stepped right into the shot, and said “Mom, take my picture at the table” haha! Seriously, you have NO idea how hard it was for her to LOOK at the camera AND smile… all at the SAME TIME! So yes, this totally made my day… I even love that she looks like a little Martha Stewart! Seriously love her! This little one wanted to be in on all the action too… Whatever her big sister does, she has to do too!!
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