Monday, September 15, 2014

a week off

Just popping in to say that I am taking a break from the blog this week. I never pause because I get worried I’ll lose steam, but it’s time for me to do some relaxing, praying about the future of the blog, and figuring out how to get Ephraim sound asleep before midnight. :)

I’m going to be working on some creative projects in the meantime, and I’ll be excited to share them with you!

See you next Monday!

I’ll still be Instagramming at floralandfudge if you want to follow me there.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

friday favorites

F R I D A Y   F A V O R I T E S

1. Nolan’s New Tricycle!

My mom and Don bought Nolan a little red Radio Flyer trike for his birthday! He loves it and gets really excited every time he sees it. Yesterday, he was super sick with a fever and head-cold, but that didn’t stop him from riding it around inside the house a few times :)

Little brother is happy too (since the trike will be his someday :)
2.  Duplo Hamburgers

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After we bought the Duplo ice cream set for Nolan a few months ago, we had our eyes on the Duplo hamburger set as well. I was so happy to find it on clearance at Walmart a couple weeks ago! These are the kind of building toys that I get can get excited about. You can make hamburgers, ham sandwiches, a ketchup bottle, milk carton, carrot, pear, tomato, and grapes. Ephraim wants to play too—or at least stick them in his mouth. :)

3. MOPS Started Up!

Tuesday, we had our first MOPS meeting of the year, and it was SO good to see everyone again! I’ve made some great friends through the group, and I can’t wait to see how we’ll grow together in the coming year.

4. Mom’s Night Out

I posted about Mom’s Night Out yesterday—it’s a must see! Steve and I really enjoyed it. It’s so funny and so true to parenthood!

5. Makeup Brushes

With a recommendation from Maskcara, I asked for these Real Techniques brushes for my birthday. I thought that all makeup brushes were created equal, so I was making do with freebies I’d collected in the past. But these brushes are so soft and full, and I can seriously put blush, bronzer, or eyeshadow on in a fraction of the time it was taking me before. They’re so nice!

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Have a fantastic weekend!!

Linking up for Friday Favorites with Andrea, Erika, & Narci.

“mom’s night out”

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This is a public service announcement to say that you NEED to watch the new movie “Mom’s Night Out”!  This isn’t a sponsored post at all—Steve and I just happened to rent it from the Redbox last night, and we loved it! It is SO relatable, humbling, and encouraging for moms. And if your husband likes “Lord of the Rings” like mine does, he’ll agree to watch for Sean Astin. :) You’ll end up laughing out loud together.

In keeping with mad-cap misadventure films, situations established in the beginning are revisited, and things come full-circle. This lets the humor build upon itself throughout the movie. There are a few mommy-blog jokes that are spot on. :)

Things you can expect: Car chase. Missing baby. Tattoo parlor. Unexpected pregnancy. ER visit. Jail. Tasers. Glow-in-the-dark dancing in a bowling alley.

We’re big fans of the recent Christian film-making effort to get big name actors involved with these kinds of projects. It gives the film legitimacy, you have the draw of a known face (Sarah Drew from Grey’s Anatomy, Patricia Heaton from Everybody Loves Raymond, etc.) It typically means there is better acting as well. :)

Overall, the message is that God has called us moms to be moms, and he’s already equipped us with what we need. It’s not always happy; it is often chaotic; but we learn to seek joy in the good and the bad days of parenting.

And there’s a good soundtrack. So go watch.

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Tip: We like to reserve our movies on so we can choose a location and make sure it’s there when we arrive. It’s easier that way :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

the donut party guests

On Monday, I posted Nolan’s donut party, but I had too many photos to fit in just one post. Here are the wonderful friends and family who came to party with us! :)

We had quite a few guests drive a good distance to be at the party, and that meant the world to us!


It was a rainy day, so the yard games were moved to the porch. I’m glad we were still able to do them!
And our youngest guest—less than 2-weeks-old, adorable Lila!

Nolan and Great-Grandpa Jack! (Steve’s dad’s dad).


Since it was rainy, the lighting wasn’t great, so most my photos of the kids playing are blurry. Oh well! :)

It meant so much to us that you all came (plus a few of you who managed to stay out of the photos!) Our house was a crazy place towards the end of the party, so we didn’t end up unwrapping gifts until later. Nolan LOVED all of his new toys and games. He’s been playing with them for days now :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

our room

Welcome to Steve’s and my bedroom (and Ephraim’s for the time-being, too). I really like having E close to me, and I know he feels the same way :)

When Steve first saw the house when the former owners were living here, it was an office.

The former owners moved out, and we tried to decide which room should be the master bedroom. All four of the bedrooms looked exactly the same size, but this room had a closet that you could walk into. Plus, the closet had a window in it, so I decided it had to be ours. In the winter, we realized that it is the room with the fewest outlets, and it has no heating vents in it! Brr!

Steve refinished the floors. We painted the walls a light lilac color right before we moved in. Just recently, we got rid of the dark green blinds.

I love our headboard since my dad made it.

For some reason, a previous owner had taken down the shelving in the closet. Steve found one piece in the attic, propped against a wall and rightly deduced that it was half of the shelf. The other half had been used as flooring in a crawlspace in the attic! (I don’t know how he even found it!) He refinished them, and reinstalled them a couple months ago, and I am loving having the extra clothes space. Steve uses the closet in our extra bedroom for his clothes. We also have a dresser that is usually in our room, but it is in process of getting a new coat of paint.


Found two of these cute prints here. I made the other two.

I’m linking up with Andrea for the “Come On In” series. Click through my “Come On In” label to see all the rooms we’ve done so far. :)

AND today is my little man’s THIRD birthday!! I can’t believe it! Did you catch his donut party yesterday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NOLAN BRUCE! We love you!

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