Friday, November 22nd, 2013

IKEA Latt Makeover

I had a couple questions about Henry’s play table, so I thought I’d post a brief “tutorial” on how we took it from completely ugly to super cute. I use the word “tutorial” very loosely as this was the easiest (and cheapest!) project ever. This would make for a cheap, easy and fun Christmas gift!




And, now for the super detailed and difficult directions.

  1. Open up the box the table came in. Set aside the assembly directions and the allen wrench.
  2. Lay out the wood pieces on cardboard and start spraying with the spray paint you’ve selected. Allow them to dry and then flip those pieces over.
  3. Lay the seats of the chairs and the top of the tables in another area and spray those with the chalkboard paint. You’ll likely need to do a couple coats.
  4. Assemble table according to IKEA’s directions. Maybe pour yourself an adult beverage at this time, because you know their stuff is impossible to assemble.
  5. IMPORTANT! Before allowing your kiddle to color on the table, roll a piece of chalk sideways over the entire table, then erase it with a chalkboard eraser. This will help “prime” your table.
  6. ENJOY!



Knowing that Henry won’t use this table forever, I didn’t want to spend too time or money on this, but if you do want to get SUPER crafty, there are tons of other really cool tutorials on Pinterest for making these over. If you end up doing one, let me know!

 (disclosure: the Amazon links are affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a percentage if you buy an item.)

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Monday, November 11th, 2013

And, now you are two

I’m not sure how it happened this quickly, but apparently I have a two-year old. I’ve been reminiscing a lot lately about the day he was born and the two years we’ve spent together as a family of three. I hate the gushy “I LOVE BEING A MOM!!!!!” declarations you see on Facebook and the like, but it’s true. Being Henry’s mom is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s hard work, being the parent of a toddler. But the rewards? Oh, the rewards are fantastic.

A few months ago, he started doing this thing where he’s quickly point back at Bill, then me, then back at Bill while saying, “Daddy, Mama, Daddy, Mama, Daddy, Mama…” really quickly. I love it so much that I spend much of my day trying to get him to do it. He’s still doing it, but now he’s added himself into the mix, “Daddy, Mama, Ehn-Ee, Daddy, Mama, Ehn-Ee…”

He loves to “help” around the house, especially with the laundry. The washer and dryer are upstairs in our new house, right in between our bedroom and his and he often asks if it’s time to do laundry. I hand him clothes from the washer and he’ll dutifully load them into the dryer, even sometimes checking the lint trap before he shuts the door and presses the button to turn the dryer on. When we’re finished loading dirty clothes into the washer, I put the soap in and he turns the washer on. We then stand back and watch the water fill the drum. “Here comes the water!” he’ll shriek. I have a feeling he won’t always be so eager to help with household chores, so I’m enjoying this while it lasts.

He gives kisses often and each one is accompanied by an enthusiastic “MWAH.” He’s the best snuggler in the world and during our recent housewarming party he crawled up in just about everybody’s laugh for a quick squeeze. When he hears the door open in the afternoons, he yells “DADDY HOOOOOME!” and races to the door to greet his Dad. He’s obsessed with our cat, Gelsey and spends a few minutes each day draped over the chair she sleeps in murmuring “Nigh nigh Mao.” A few weeks ago she was pretty sick and required a few trips to the vet. As she howled in her carrier on the way to the vet he told her, “Okay, Mao. Okay. I know, Mao.”

School has been the best for our little guy, despite all the bugs he’s bringing home. When we ask what he did at school he’ll say, “Pay duh-duhs (trucks). Pay wheels. Pay ow-side.” One of his classmates is also in his Music Together class and he lights up when he sees his friend arrive. A few weeks ago, at the end of class, he went up to his friend and said, “Hug Adam!’ The two sat together and held hands for the goodbye song. I sat beaming, with tears in my eyes.

Happy birthday, my sweet boy. You are the very best thing and our lives are better because of you. I am so very proud to be your Mama.



Friday, October 25th, 2013

Splendid Loves Portland

…and I love Splendid.

I was tired last Wednesday. So tired that even though I had planned to go to the Splendid Grand Opening Party, I put on my pajamas instead. But, then I started thinking about how cute and comfortable their clothes are and how great it was that I could get 20% off my purchase that I put my clothes back on and took my tired self to the Pearl District.

I’m so glad I did.

The store is at 10th and Couch, right across the street from Powell’s and near Lucy and Athleta. It’s going to be a very expensive block for me.


I’ve loved Splendid’s clothing for a long time. I lived in their long-sleeved tunics after Henry was born (the long-sleeve tunic, plus a sweater and leggings were a perfect postpartum outfit) and loved dressing him in their uber soft rompers when he was teeny. Now, that he’s almost past romper-age, I adore dressing him in super soft Splendid stripy tees. And, I adore dressing myself in super soft Splendid stripy tees.

I wanted to find some fall and winter items and the new store did not disappoint. We’re experiencing a bit of an extended summer here in Portland, with weather in the 70s (INSANE) so I haven’t gotten to wear the two sweaters I bought just yet, but hopefully soon. (This and this, if you’re curious.)

There are several more things that I have my eye on, specifically this sweet little hoodie for Henry and this sweater for me. I’m sure I’ll be back to see you soon, Splendid.



I was not compensated for this post. The discount mentioned in the post was extended to everyone who attended the grand opening event. 

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