Christmas Nursery Decor Tour

Just like that Christmas has come and gone! And because life has been fifteen levels of crazy lately, I drafted this post and didn't hit publish. Oops!

Honestly though I just loved how Finn's nursery was decorated so you know what? I'm publishing it two weeks after Christmas. ha! Bear with me if you are completely over Christmas and 2018 posts in general... this is mostly for my own record!

I never really finished decorating the rest of the house, but the boys' bedrooms were decorated pretty early-on by request of our toddler.

Despite my husband going overseas in early December, we managed to visit a few other places on our Christmas bucket list. We visited the James Island lights festival, a festive train display downtown at the Belmond Hotel, saw the Grinch in the theater with R, and sang the chorus of Frosty the Snowman about a hundred times.... wait, that's not on your Christmas highlight reel?! Ha.

Anyway, because the rest of the house was in shambles at the time, I give you Finn's Christmas nursery tour.



I loved Target's dollar spot this year, the bottle brush trees were such a good deal and oh so cute!

I reused Rowan's Santa crib sheet and the reindeer bust, then added a garland far out of reach of my busy 1 year old. The pops of red in his neutral nursery felt so festive and cozy.






So there you have it, a quick peek into the nursery! It's quickly becoming a little toddler room now which is breaking my heart. Why must time go so fast, especially after a second babe?! 

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!! 

Last Minute Shoppers' Gift Guides for Kids :: 4 and Under

And just like that we're only 8 more sleeps until Christmas!

This year has been completely crazy in our household and even though I had the boys' gifts purchased super early, I'm still that last minute shopper looking for toys for my niece and finding all the things for family members on Amazon Prime.

Just in case I'm not the last one scrambling, I wanted to put together all of our favorite things for the boys and what we're getting them!

We really try to stick to the have, need, want, wear rule - especially now that we have two kids and Finn is feeling those second child vibes with all of his hand me downs.

The biggest thing for us this year was sticking to things the boys can do outside, STEM toys, or help them develop their fine motor skills or prep for Kindergarten.

The good news is ALL of these items can be ordered with free two day shipping or guaranteed Christmas delivery, AND the towel can even be monogrammed (we did this for both boys!) by tomorrow (the 18th) and deliver on time!


These are all items that Finn either uses on a daily basis or that we purchased for him for Christmas!

The grippies are Santa's gift to him this year and we're so excited because they are his favorite toy at daycare. The textures and size are great for little hands, but its also a magnetic building toy similar to Magnatiles (or Picasso Tiles which are the same thing but cheaper- we totally ordered those for Rowan!).

Another favorite are the little booties- perfect stocking stuffer for baby's first Christmas or even new walkers. The grips are great on the bottom and they actually stay on which is something I can't say about any socks in this house!



For our almost 4 year old, his big gift this year is a bicycle. He's been talking about it for weeks and managed to visit with Santa without tears just so he could ask for a "Captain America bike."

With him being at home with me instead of school though, I really wanted to add to our collection of toys that he can help develop those Kindergarten skills. He's so smart and loves to learn, so STEM toys were also a must!


I have talked about it before, but the Kindergarten Toolkit has been an amazing resource! You can order TODAY for guaranteed delivery!!

Even if you don't homeschool, the toolkit includes letter, number, shape, and sight word flashcards, a whiteboard with a marker, chalk (which we've really turned into a learning tool on days we can play outside), and a booklet that explains the 10 goals for prepping for Kindergarten. It gives you ideas how to use the toolkit to help achieve those goals with your littles!

We also have all of the items above- I'm a big fan of the Green Toys brand and any wood puzzles but especially this one for older toddlers. With two boys they have held up so well!

Also, YAY for bath squirters that you can take apart to clean instead of throwing out because of mold! Those are stocking stuffers for sure this year.



For stockings I also grab easy things like toothbrushes, socks, and underwear, but will be throwing the bath paint in Rowan's stocking this year too. I pick them up anytime I see them (look in the Target dollar spot!) because they don't stain the tub and are a super easy cleanup!

This might be my favorite Christmas season yet even though its been absolutely chaotic! Lots of coffee getting me to my late night Amazon prime orders... ha! Anyone else?!

Before and After: Modern Farmhouse Half Bathroom Reveal

A huge thank you to eFaucets for collaborating on this post. As always, all thoughts and 
opinions are my own.

After months of effort on this tiny little bathroom, and one call to our handyman about a possible toilet leak that just ended up being my toddler's inability to keep it in the toilet, I can safely say our half bath renovation is finally complete! 

I naively went into this renovation thinking it would be done within a few short weeks, so it was quite the lesson on home renovation.

In case you forget because it's been a while, here is the pretty inspiration for our modern farmhouse bathroom renovation

And here is what it looked like before in all of its tan and brown glory:



Keep in mind this is a roughly 40 square foot bathroom with zero natural light, so by default it was dark and dingy. But then the builders put huge dark tiles in and the tan paint we've been working to rid ourselves of for 3 years in this house.

Just a coat of paint would have been an improvement.

But I talked my husband into the renovation and here's what we're working with today.


A WORLD of difference, am I right?! Keep in mind zero natural light so photographing this tiny space was a beast in and of itself!

We started with 2" white hexagon tiles and a pewter grout, and after begging the only tile install company around to move us up in their schedule, we had our handyman handle the demo.

Hindsight I think we totally could have handled the demo, but life with two kids is crazy so we outsourced for this project.


But after the tile set, I noticed the grout color wasn't right and it was crumbling just by touching it so I knew it wasn't right.

Apparently they had mixed too much water with the grout and there's no way it would have lasted us even a year.

So a strongly worded email and a few days later, the crew had to come back to out completely remove all of the grout and redo it. It was a great lesson for us in overseeing a project- say something if it doesn't seem right!


Once the tile was done, it was my turn to paint.

We used the same paint color in Finn's nursery, Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White (color matched with Sherwin Williams paint). It made a huge difference between the lighter flooring and wall color, I knew immediately we made the right choice!

Then came putting the bathroom back together!


I'm so obsessed with this Legion Furniture vanity, the color and bamboo-like detail on it is just such a showstopper. It comes with the white rectangle sink and a gorgeous marble top, so for the price it really can't be beat.

We paired it with this Kohler Purist faucet in matte black, the coordinating Kohler Purist towel ring, and a new Delta matte black toilet lever.

You can tell the Kohler faucet is really high quality and I love the modern look all of the hardware gives this tiny little bathroom!


Then we had another setback which was the hunt for the perfect thin, black metal mirror.

I think I ordered 4 different mirrors and none of them fit. I tried a round mirror, a thick framed mirror, you name it- but I kept coming back to this gorgeous infinity rectangular mirror which was on backorder.

So I just decided we'd go without a mirror for a while and it was worth the wait!


This shelf happened to match perfectly and I still hope to add this print in the frame, or maybe I will DIY something similar, but I do like the colors of the succulent print.

So in summary, it was an annoying project to complete because of the snags but we are SO happy with how it came out! Our guests are constantly telling us how pretty it is, and now I just need to work up the courage to redo our kitchen to match the aesthetic!

Anyone with tips on how to get a husband on board with that, holler!

So what do you all think? Did we do okay?

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Paint Color Benjamin Moore Decorator's White

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