Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Alas, the vacation isn’t happening at this time so I’m going to focus on bringing spring to the inside of my house. My eye is really drawn to lighter wood tones and plenty of texture.
I’ve loved these oversized prayer beads for a few years. They would pop up on someone’s IG page only to discover that they weren’t available for sale. I finally tracked them down and you can find them here (price is in Canadian dollars). The cross is perfect anytime of year but especially appropriate for Lent & Easter.
What’s more spring then bringing in something living?! Most plants live a short life in my house, thanks to little light and my lack of a green thumb. Still…. it’s cheaper than fresh flowers if I can make them last longer then a week. This snake plant is suppose to be quite hard to kill. I’ll let you know.
It might be a week after Valentines day but Target is ready for Easter. I found these cute wood like eggs in the craft section and now I too am ready for Easter 40+ days in advance. Where is that monkey emoji covering it’s eyes. You can also find the eggs on line here.
Are you sensing a theme? Everything I’ve been drawn to lately is light, natural, and textured. Even the baby is wearing white :) Here’s hoping we get some sun before June.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Fiiiiinalllllyyyy…. a real post!
Welcome friends to a Christmas stop at our house. I wish I could have you over for a Christmas party with fun Christmas tunes, fancy appetizers, and champs. Or just frothy lattes and Christmas cookies.
Throughout the years, we’ve documented our Christmas home and Christmas traditions on the blog and it would be sad not to capture what life was like in the Everett household for “Baby’s first Christmas”.
However, I don’t have the time to make sure the house is 100% in order, or a minute to even capture it if it was! So… there are no “professional” looking images (even if I tried there wouldn’t be anyway), kids are probably in the background, and more than half could be from Instagram Stories.
Anyway, all we want is some lights, a bunch of cozy, and memories.
Sometimes I feel like doing a red Christmas. For a couple of years we even did a blue Christmas theme (not sure why now!) but this year everything is pretty creams with a touch of natural elements and metallics.
These trees remind me of ones I saw in our hotel in Paris. I searched high and low to try and recreate what I had seen and finally found something similar from Target a couple of years ago.
I didn’t really go all out and decorate the entire house from top to bottom. I LOVE it when people do, and I would LOVE to visit your house if you do so! I’m feeling like we have so much stuff and it gets even crazier at Christmas.
Just look at all these stockings!
Our Elf on the Shelf is back- Sparkle. She’s not a very fancy elf, she mostly hangs from things and makes messes. But, the kids still ask each year when she is returning and they race from their beds each morning to find her.
Last year Brooklyn & Ella used their own money to start their very own Christmas villages. We are up to four houses now (almost a village) and I convinced them to set it up in the school room so we could all enjoy them.
Always prettier at night
We are doing the Giving Manger again along with She Reads Truth Advent cards. Love love love both.
Last but not least, you’re shown the door. Literally. The baby is up from her nap and I have to finish this post, probably even before proofing.
Oh well! At least I blogged!
Monday, May 09, 2016
When you have 6, almost 7, people living under one roof things can get out of control in a hot minute. When everyone leaves out just 2 or 3 things that leaves ME tracking down 21 items that need to be put away. I think my children will one day taunt me with phrases I’ve been known to say on a daily basis. Such as, “WHY AM I THE ONE PICKING THIS MESS UP, IT’S NOT EVEN MY STUFF!”. Do you ever get that feeling when you look around your house, and feel like every single room and closet is just full of STUFF?! It’s suffocating. The thought of another child’s things, and babies do have a lot of things, leaves me with no small amount of heart palpitations. Just kidding. Kind of.
My kids are actually very well trained and they do their fair share of helping out. Still, it’s necessary to have some systems in place that make life easier. Some organizing rules that help us:
1. Touch it once. If it comes in the house deal with it then. Don’t put it in a pile to be dealt with later.
2. Everything has a home. I hate the feeling of shoving things into places they aren’t permanently going to remain.
3. Be responsible for your own things. Everyone from 4 to 40 needs to take care of their own stuff.
So, here are a few ways we actually maintain order.
I’ve been wanting to do a refresh in their bathroom for awhile, so one Saturday prior to bed rest I raided a couple closets and 15 minutes later (plus a couple Target trips afterwards) they got a mini makeover. Some day, we will tear out the linoleum and dated light fixture but for now, things look better.
Here is the before in case you were wondering
The green is gone and I went all white. Now, I know white everything is kinda trendy right now and might not seem like a practical solution for 5 kids, but here are my thoughts on that.
1. Everyone in the house now has a white towel. There is no distinction between our 3.5 bathrooms.
2. White towels are easy to bleach. There is a reason hotels use white towels too.
3. When it comes down to laundry day (more on that later) it’s easier putting things away. All the towels can be done at once, there is no white/dark loads.
4. For the most part, as long as I keep up on laundry it helps things look “clean”.
The boys towels are on the towel rack and they girls towels are hanging behind the door in case anyone was counting.
Next, the tooth brush drawer. I can’t tell you how gross it is to open a drawer and see toothpaste and dried spit x’s 4 crusted on every surface.
It also gave my germaphobic self some fear to know that their toothbrushes were all intermingling amongst each other.
So, here you go. Everyone has their own box with fresh from the dentist supplies. Even Colette, who technically doesn’t even have teeth yet, has their own place. Hopefully, this will result in not only a cleaner more organized system but better oral hygiene as well. One can pray.
Thankfully, laundry has never really been that big of a headache for us, because we’ve put some good systems in place.
1. Everyone has their own basket. From Brian to Colette, we each have our own “bag” and it’s easy to tell when someone needs to do their laundry.
2. Each person is basically assigned a laundry day. Mondays- R&L. Tuesday/Wednesday- Brooklyn or Ella depending on if they need it. Friday- usually Brian or I and/or towels, etc.
3. Everyone, yes EVERYONE is responsible for their own laundry. Both the girls do their own laundry from start to finish. The boys help me with theirs and they do their own sorting/help with putting it away.
4. Sheets are washed at the beginning of every month. Please don’t judge me too harshly on that. If they are dirty they get washed more frequently.
Some of my kids aren’t tall enough to reach the sink and the water dispenser on the refrigerator makes a mess, so as seen in a previous post we keep water out on the counter. Next to that is this handy six slot caddy that holds everyone’s cup. Each of us gets one cup (well not exactly true for Brian &I) for the day. The kids all know where their slot is and are responsible for putting their cup back in it’s place. This saves us a lot of extra dishes and random cups laying around that who knows, who it belongs too. Maybe it’s my my germaphobe personality but I don’t like the kids sharing cups.
I probably could go on about kids’ rooms, shoes, memory boxes, photos, etc. Maybe, I’ll save that for another post!
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
It’s true I love a good candle. I don’t think I’ve ever bought much of anything else from Anthropologie, to me it’s a candle store that sells other cute stuff. This post is dedicated to a few of my all time favorite candles and some that are on my “bucket list”. What?! You’ve never heard of a candle bucket list? LOL. This is what happens when you spent 99% of your time between the hospital, couch, and doctor’s offices.
I’ve had varying forms of this candle for years. The fragrance fills the house like no other candle and the burn time is worth the money. About twice a year, Anthropologie will give an extra 20% percent off coupon and I used it this year on the second-to-largest size. To date, I think this is the most I’ve ever spent on a candle, but it was totally worth it.
Another Anthropologie favorite although Voluspa is available at many other boutiques and stores as well. I’m currently burning the white Mokara: orchid, white lily, and spring moss. I don’t like fruity or overall really florally scents and this brand does a nice job of mixing sweet and spicy. I like to burn candles seasonally and these cut glass jars come in a variety of beautiful colors that match any season or mood. I gave my sister-in-law the dark purple Santiago Huckleberry for her birthday last year and it is really gorgeous. I’ve even saved the empty jars and used them as flower vases.
I’ve been given these candles as a gift and I love the woodsy, almost manly smell of them. I also appreciate that they aren’t too girly and work in spaces like my master bedroom. They also have an extremely long burn rate.
Crate and Barrel just came out with these candles about a month ago. I love the clean lines and variety of smells. I picked up the Eucalyptus & Violet because it reminds me of Palm Springs.
Candles aren’t just for the inside! I have loved the look of these Pottery Barn lanterns for years. The extra large size is beautiful but sadly beyond my backyard budget.
Thankfully, good style is usually knocked off somewhere else and Home Depot came out with these lanterns this year. I’ve look everywhere and you can’t beat the size and price of these guys. Even better, they were actually cheaper in store than online! I love the faux candles you can also purchase because a: they don’t melt in the summer sun, and b: they have a built in timer that turns them off and on each night.
I don’t have a Jo Malone candle. Even for me, the price point has put them out of my comfortable, how can I justify this, range. I have visited the Jo Malone store in Las Vegas, I’ve smelled every scent at Nordstrom, but I’ve yet to pull the trigger. Perhaps one day I will save up and buy the large size or receive it as a gift (hint).
Another one of those luxury candles that I have smelled a dozen or more times, but never purchased. I kicked myself for not buying one in Paris, where the brand originates. I don’t know if I ever did buy one if I would be able to burn it.
Do you have a candle you love?
Monday, April 18, 2016
Some girls get really excited about makeup, clothes, shoes, and jewelry, and I do too, but I guess kitchen gadgets would be right up there too. Since I’ve been banned from cooking at the moment, the best I can do now is blog about my new kitchen small appliances.
My slow cooker has been been falling apart for awhile and I’ve been on the lookout for a multi cooker for some time. One of the keys to make a crock pot meal not taste like… well, a crockpot meal is browning the protein beforehand. In all honesty, I normally just can’t be bothered with this step, because isn’t the point of a crockpot not making a big kitchen mess? Well, this little beauty not only slow cooks, it also browns, sautes, and even cooks rice. I got it on sale with an additional 20% off which helped with the price…it’s on the expensive side but I’ve been really pleased. The only draw back is making sure the insert’s coating doesn’t get scratched by metal utensils or abrasive cleaners.
The cutest little electric kettle that you ever did see was my Valentines day present. We make hot water several times a day, so this is not only cute it’s actually very practical in our household. This little Italian vintage inspired pot makes hot water very quickly and it seems to keep it hot much longer then my previous kettle. We love it and I love seeing it on my kitchen counter.
Honestly, this is something I’d heard about and thought… really?! Why would I need another appliance for hard boiled eggs? It seems superfluous even for me. But, if I’m honest for some reason I just can’t seem to perfect a good hard boiled egg. The shells don’t peel perfectly and I just don’t make them as often as my family would like. After being diagnosed with gestational diabetes I was looking for quick protein sources and hard boiled eggs just sounded good. Cue a trip to Bridgeport and the overwhelming praise from the sales people at Crate & Barrel. They kept going on and on about it being their most favorite thing in the entire store. And, at only $19.99 it wasn’t a big splurge. This little guy is easy enough for my 9 year old to use and it turns out the most perfect peel-able eggs in under 15 minutes. There are also trays for poaching and making omelettes.
I’ve had this machine for a couple years and I might have even blogged about it before. When we aren’t drinking hot water from the Smeg we are frothing milk for lattes and hot chocolates. I especially like this frother because we can make 2-3 drinks at a time. It also has temperature control that allows you to make anything from iced cold drinks to extra hot (my personal preference). This guy gets used daily around here.
My Nespresso maker is a few years old and there has hardly been a day that goes by when we haven’t used it. The Brits have “tea time” and the Everett’s have afternoon “nespresso time”. I rarely ever buy a coffee outside the house anymore (unless I’m away and can’t make a drink myself). This has been one of my all time favorite addition to the kitchen.
I’m not good at drinking plain ole water. I can easily drink coffee till noon, switch to a cup of hot water around lunch, and then have a latte in the afternoon, and more hot water in the evening. Clearly, this isn’t a good plan even when you’re not pregnant. To remind us to drink more water I have a large water dispenser out on the counter that is easily accessible even to the kids. Somedays if we are feeling fancy I’ll throw in some fresh mint or lemon balm, along with lemons and limes, even cucumbers. It helps keep us more hydrated and it also looks pretty.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Our Christmas was marked by our second year of the stomach flu making it’s way slowly through each and EVERY child. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day had some laying face down, in the carpet, barely lifting their heads to open a present, and puking every hour. That being said, we weren’t in a rush to put Christmas away when at last everyone was finally better.
We decided to keep our “fairy” lights and twinkly trees out through the dark winter. One of my favorite things is walking downstairs every morning to an all dark and quiet house, except for the glow of the twinkly lights in the family room. Brian nicely turns them on at 4 am every morning! A cup of black coffee and devotions in front of the lights is a peaceful way to start the morning. Somedays it’s a peaceful few blessed minutes.
Green apples and orchids have become a January symbol of fresh starts.
I recently inherited some of the embroidered art work from my grandparents home. Aside from a few frame changes they are exactly as they are in my childhood memories.
And, lastly although we haven’t done much traveling as of late, my little travel wall is growing slowly, but surely. I added a couple of my favorite pictures from Italy and a postcard I brought home from Paris. It’s unlikely but I’d love to add a more things before baby Colette arrives in June.