Family

The BEST Media Console for Your Playroom

Let’s talk about the best media console for your playroom.

When we moved to our new house, it was important to me that we had the perfect spot for a good family movie night.

You know, those nights where you all pile onto the couch in your PJs with some microwave popcorn.

Or Pirates Booty if you have braces.

But then there are also those moments where I just need them to watch Neflix so I can go take a shower.

You know how it is.

Mom life.

So after we moved, I had figured out which room all of these things would happen in.

But I wanted it to be the hangout room for movie nights AND the playroom. So I needed somewhere for the TV and for ALL. THE. TOYS.

The family that we bought the house from had their TV on a cubby storage unit.

GENIUS.

I went online to look for something similar that was sturdy but wouldn’t break the bank.

Walmart to the rescue!

We set the TV on this 8 cube storage organizer

You can find this here or in the stores at Walmart. The finish we got is called weathered.

4 Cube organizer. We put two on either side of the TV console.

Find the 4 cube organizer here.

Viola! A sturdy, save place for the TV and TONS of storage.

Find the navy and striped cubes here.

Find the pink storage cubes here. This shade of pink is a little different than what we have.

P.S. These are the larger sized cubes. This means more storage!

Here it is all put together. I took this picture while the kids were at school. Let’s see how long it lasts!

We have had there prints FOREVER from Hobby Lobby. I almost got rid of them but think they fit perfectly over the TV.

I hope this helps you solve all of your family movie night/playroom storage problems! Now grab a movie and some popcorn and enjoy the perfect family night!

 

It Can Wait. I’m Being a Mom

I’ve got to tell you.

I had big plans for you today. I opened my calendar and had penciled in this really awesome painting tip to share with you.

But today, it can wait. I’m being a mom.

You see, as a mom, you have to make a choice to slow down and enjoy your kids.

Sure it shouldn’t be that hard of a choice, but it is sometimes. Because we often feel like we wear many hats. Sometimes I struggle with this, too. I often turn into the task master that wants to check as many things off of the list as I can.

But then a hear a little voice that says “Mom, you want to play Barbies with me?”

And she says it with such excitement and hope. I choose to say YES.

Yes to playing Barbies. Again. Because that’s the most important thing right now.

The laundry might argue that it is the most important. But it’s not.

The kids don’t have school today, so we are just laying low. We’ve slept in, will wear PJs past lunchtime, practiced piano, played Barbies, painted nails, and now we are watching Frozen. Again.

Millie turned all of the LED candles on while we were working on piano and then said “Mom! You like my Halloween?!”

So I just wanted to hop on here to tell all of you other moms that are in the same season as me to just embrace the chaos.

Sure you may feel like the ringmaster of a circus many days, but let’s try to just be enjoy each circus act.

Don’t compare yourself to others.

Be the best YOU that you can be!

It’s OK if you don’t get it all done. It can wait. Today, be mom.

YOU are ENOUGH!

YOU are AWESOME! 🙂

Give yourself grace, take a break from the hustle, and go love your family!

P.S. I know we still have to do the tasks, but making the choice to let some of it wait can be the best thing you can do. Love your kiddos through the intentional time and memories that you can create together. Or include them with some of those tasks. You’d be surprised how much fun matching socks and folding towels can be when you do it TOGETHER. 🙂

Being a Christian is like Being a Pumpkin

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin.

I love when we can do something hands on and visual to help the kids learn some awesome truths from the Bible.

My mom showed me these verses the other day so I decided to make a cute little picture that you can use to walk through these verses with your family.

Click the picture or the link below for your FREE printable that will guide you through this activity.

Click here to download your free printable!

Grab a pumpkin and invite your neighbors over!

WARNING! This may get messy, but that’s how life is sometimes, isn’t it?

God Picks You From The Patch And Brings You In

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Look at the stages as the pumpkin grows on the vine before it is ready to be picked!

One of my favorite things about Maggie is how she always slows down to study and appreciate God’s creation.

Then He Washes All of the Dirt off of You

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

He Opens You Up and Scoops Out all of the Yucky Stuff. He Removes the Seeds of Doubt, Hate, and Greed

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6

Then He Carves You a New Smiling Face

“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered.” Psalm 71:23

He Puts His Light Inside You to Shine for all the World to See

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Certain members of the family wanted to carve puppies and a cat. 🙂

Look at those smiles!

 

Making Our House A Home

What do you think makes a house a home?

For us, it is the people and the memories that we make together.

You see, when I started this blog, I knew that the last thing I ever wanted to do was create the impression that my house is always decorated, clean, with all laundry organized and put away.

Because let me tell you…NOPE! This is my laundry room on a good day.

I do love doing projects and it is a passion that God’s given me, but the “stuff” will never be more important than the people that are within the walls of our home. So I hope you feel encouraged when I tell you that it is OK to not always have it all together!

This was our first meal together in the new house. Let the memory making begin!

Don’t get me wrong, I may be more relaxed when the laundry is all put away (but really, when is it ever?) and there are fresh vacuum lines in the carpet, but let’s remember to take time to slow down and BREATHE. Soak in those moments with your precious family and spend those quiet moments with the Lord. He created the Sabbath and it is a GOOD THING to slow down.

To not fill in every empty spot on your calendar.

To create those boundaries and margins in your life so that you can just be present.

This is my study book. Do you like the coffee stains and preschool pickup tag that is stuck on the front?

I just recently finished this study. It is Priscilla Shirer’s study, Breathe. I went through this with a group of ladies at church and it was very convicting. If you feel overwhelmed, I would encourage you to grab a copy and go through it. Leave some space for Him and for those things He has called you to. It’s ok to say no sometimes. The world we live in may make us think that we have to “do it all”.

But mamas, no. Give yourself grace. You’re doing a great job. 🙂

Back to making our house a home. I tell my girls several times a week that “people are more important than things”. When they are having a sister argument over a toy, that’s when I like to remind them of this.

“People are more important than things.” I probably said those words at least once while they were playing Barbies here.

So, yes, I will be sharing lots of fun decor finds and DIY tutorials with you. But please hear me when I say that filling your home with love and memories is so much more important that the cutest pumpkin that you will ever find!

Even if it is on sale.

So let’s make our houses feel like homes together! 🙂

Save the Pumpkins and Your Money

Let me set the scene for you. It may sound familiar.

It’s October. If you live in Texas, that doesn’t mean much. But we pretend it feels cooler out.

You burn that pumpkin candle. This is the one I’ve been burning lately.

The crockpot is on and you’re making that family favorite soup.

Today is the day.

The day you decorate for fall.

You get those tubs out of the attic and you can’t wait to open them. But when you do, you realize a lot of it is dated and “not your style anymore”.

So you make an action plan.

Go tell hubby that you need to go to Hobby Lobby because fall stuff is 40% off. To which he will remind you that “they always have a sale.”

Darn it. He figured it out.

Sound familiar?! If so, let me share with you what I do in situations like this.

I do go and get maybe one or two new things a season. Nothing big. I’ll sometimes try to wait until the season is over and the price is really marked down. But when all else fails, I paint!

PAINT YOUR OLD PUMPKINS

You will soon learn that about me. My family jokes that if you walk by me, I may paint you.

I’ve tried to do more neutral fall stuff inside the house but I had so many bright orange pumpkins. If you want to update your old pumpkins the way that I did, here is what you’ll need:

-old pumpkins

spray primer for plastic. There are many different brands and I didn’t spend much on it. Just grab whatever you can find at your local hardware store. I did fid it online, but he price was higher than I paid.

-paint in color of your choice (latex or acrylic craft paint would work)

sponge brush

Side note: Another thing you could use is chalk paint. No need to prime with chalk paint and it should stick to your pumpkins just fine.

It is really pretty simple from here. You could even involve the kids and they’d love it! Maybe even give them a few to do their way. Warning…it may end up with 6 googly eyes all over it if you do. We kind of have a thing for googly eyes when we do crafts. Don’t ask me. It just kind of happened. 🤷🏼‍♀️😆👀

First, you’ll want to spray prime the pumpkins. As soon as it dries, you’re ready to paint.

I used sponge brushes to paint but I guess any brush that you have on hand would work. I did 2 coats of paint on most pumpkins and then they were good to go.

I hope this helps you update your fall decor and stay within your budget, too!