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I wanted to share a DIY that just made its debut in our home this week.

 

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I’ve been hoping to get around to this DIY for quite awhile and it finally happened when a coworker friend and I decided to tackle some for a baby shower gift as well as our selves . ,

 

Here  is the most helpful tutorial. I figure “why re-invent the wheel” it was very easy to follow and understand . Hope yours turn out great…remember not to stress about little imperfections along the way , that’s what gives it character . My lines aren’t perfectly straight and I messed up when painting it but I love it that way.

 

Happy Crafting!

 

Social Media Free Staycation

If you follow along on Insta you probably know I’ve been taking a little break from social media to refresh & renew certain areas of my life.

To say I was getting a little “obsessed” with my IG app was an understatement . It truly would be embarrassing to know how many times a day I pull it up just to “scroll”. I realized that was precious time that could be better spent elsewhere, from time to time.

Our little family was able to spend some much needed time together and make old/new memories. Here’s a little peek into our “Staycation”.

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It all began with Laelle’s last ball game of the season… All 6 grandmothers & great grandmothers made the trip to watch her show her stuff.

My parents came in for a weekend trip from Cincinnati so my Dad and I were able to be Kyle’s referee groupies at a big rivalry game.

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We had a sprinkle of weather delays so I was able to start working on some projects I’ve been meaning to tackle around the house, like this one…

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I refer to this as the “Gilmore (market)” as I try and channel my inner Joanna Gaines.

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*The letters have been collected over time from the At Home store and Hobby Lobby.

The weather called for a HUGE snow storm to hit the tri state area… So we did what every other normal family would do…We went to stock up on bread & milk…

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We literally had 2 options in the bread department 1. great value wheat bread & 2. great value wheat bread. EEK!

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May the (grocery shopping) force be with you…

On the morning of the expected snow fall, we all anxiously watched out the window for the snow to start. Within hours we had about 8 inches with more expected …

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It was EPIC !

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Our girls were in heaven! Kreed loved it for a few minutes but wasn’t digging snow bunny suit .

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Kyle, of course, enjoyed the snow as much or MORE than the kids. He spent forever building this amazing igloo/snow slide…he was so proud of it and the girls of course, wanted to sleep in it. ha!

When the noses had taken all the cold air they could stand, everyone trampled their snow/mud covered (yes it’s still a construction zone back there) boots through the house for something warm.

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We roasted marshmallows and tried out a fun Pinterest recipe for “Smores in a bag”

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Laelle: “Mama! This might be the best thing you’ve ever made me!!!!”

Well thanks sweet girl, I tried.

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Kreed and I snapped a few pics in the snow before tackling more “snow day” activities.

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I tried to put the finishing touches on my Laundry room..(tour coming soon)

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I finished my distressed wood Laundry sign that my husband and I have come to looooooothe in recent days (more about that on the Laundry Room tour)

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The kids LITERALLY helped me organize the pantry (see the little kid writing on the sticky notes)

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The girl’s sweet little rooms are all finished and I’ll be sharing those on a room tour very soon.

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Kyle and I even ended up having a movie night in bed… well, he stayed on his ESPN app while I watched one of my all time favorite musicals. In between the eye rolls everytime Adam & Millie would break out in song, I caught him stealing glances ..he totally loved it. LOL

These days away from social media and the rest of the outside world (literally snowed in) have been such a refresher. In all seriousness, I was able to take a good hard look at our family & relationship dynamic to thank The Good Lord for the blessings and pray HARD to improve upon some things that needed to be better. I truly believe that God has His hand on this family of mine and for some unknown reason, picks us up time and time again to reveal more of His glory.

As I’ve said before, our marriage is a HUGE work in process (who’s isn’t) but this past week the Lord allowed a break through in our relationship. Some tough conversations took place, walls came down, and a pure kind of vulnerability has been evident on both our countenances. Hearing my husband say to me “This is what I always imagined my life to be like with you…” can ONLY come from the Lord’s healing hand. I’m all kinds of giddy, getting used to this wonderfully new normal in our relationship. We still have such a way to go, but that’s progress…wouldn’t you say? It’s been a LOOONNNGGG tough road but the blessings are evident now and even when we were in the middle of the storm.

Thanks for reading and caring (just a little ) about this family of ours. Every now and then, this blog gets dusted off to share a little peek into our family life, I’m sorry it’s been awhile.

 

Until next time…

Pin Curl glam tutorial

I’ve found a new curling technique that zaps my flat hair into voluminous waves! It’s retro, it’s glam, and the pin curls themselves are SO fun to wear around the house. Laelle and I felt like a grown up (and lil girl version) of Marilyn Monroe.

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We were getting “gussied up” for pre-k graduation and naturally the day called for Pin curls and lipstick.

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Here’s how to do get the look:

 

 

Easy right? Can’t wait to see your lovely doo’s. Tag me on Instagram @laurenashleygilmore so I can see how yours turned out. You might have a better technique than I do or a trick that I missed. Please share!

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