We hosted this birthday party back in May, but I came across these photos recently and thought I’d share the details, because it was such a fun party! This was my daughter’s first party we paid to have at a party place, and although it was on the pricey side for us, we thought it was super fun and worth it!
I picked the art studio Me the Artist located in North Phoenix, and they were wonderful with the kids. I’d like to go again without the kids and create something for me sometime!
All the kids made a masterpiece and had a mini art lesson. The best part was they cleaned up the mess! Haha Our party favors were inexpensive watercolor paint sets and the kids snacked on fruit and cupcakes.
Also, I made these art themed invitations and we had fun putting them together to give out to her friends a few weeks before the party.
What a fun 7th Birthday! She LOVED it and so did all her cute friends. Thanks for stopping by and letting me share!
Sometimes the skies open and the shopping Gods shine down on you while browsing your favorite store!
This happened to me the other day and it was SO EXCITING!
A discount shopping store called DownEast Home recently opened by me in Phoenix and I noticed that they had really cute kids furniture and items, but what I didn’t realize until I saw the backpacks and lunch boxes they recently put out, was that they are Pottery Barn stuff! Click here to see all their locations
It was like a fun treasure hunt to see if they had anything with my own kids names and they did!! Hooray! So I scored two backpacks with their names already on them for just $14.99 each, and they retail for around $59!!
Now this retailer won’t tell you where they get their items for legal reasons, but as a PB Kids fan I can tell you a lot of it was from there! They had lunchboxes, luggage, furniture, bedding ect. What a fun place!
I featured my new dining room table we purchased from this same store in a previous blog post, and now I’m wondering and thinking if it may be Pottery Barn too?! Cool right?
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We recently moved our kitchen chairs into the dining room, so I’ve been searching for some new ones that would match this table from the thrift store I painted last year. I was super excited to spot these fantastic metal farmhouse style chairs at DownEast Home on sale last week. They are heavy weight, painted yet perfectly distressed, and easy for me to wipe down and keep clean! I love the contrast they have to our chalkboard painted wall, and the brightness they bring to this space.
I think they fit in perfectly and look super cute in here! This kitchen nook makes me happy!
Kitchen Table– American Humane Society Thrift in Phoenix
Metal Chairs– DownEast Home
Light Fixture-Lamps Plus
Cream Cabinet -Everything Goes, Phoenix
Farm Milk Sign– World Market
Blue Dinner Plates – Goodwill AZ
Placemats & Napkins – HomeGoods, Phoenix
I struggle with organizing and am always trying to improve that part of life, so today I’m excited to share some images of my current pantry and proud that it looks the same a month after these photos! I’ve done a couple pantry makeovers on my blog because we’ve moved quite a bit, but this is the largest pantry we’ve ever had and I admit…it’s pretty fantastic. The only thing is, it’s super easy to just throw clutter in and shut the door! Ha
That’s probably the reason it’s looked like this for the last year! See before/after photos below.
I started by collecting more baskets from thrift stores. Below is an photo I shared via Instagram of some from my local Goodwill. That’s my number one place I go to for baskets and they are priced at a couple dollars.
I also started collecting clearance trays and baskets from discount stores like Ross. It’s helped me to keep like items together and separated. The file organizer turned out perfect for canned goods, see photo below.
I am a fan of lazy susan organizers, so I have a couple of those. (Look at the green one from Goodwill!) Love.
It was important to me to have the paper plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, and plastic bags organized and ready for my kids to help make lunches and meals. I also have all their snacks together in one basket.
Instead of just dropping the paper towels and toilet paper from Costco, I bought some stylish metal bins from Ross to throw them in.
And yes I have a lot of appliances! Remember, I am a food blogger as I remind my husband quite often 🙂
Thanks for stopping in to see my pantry makeover today! Hopefully we can keep it together for awhile. 🙂 Are you great at organizing your pantry? Share your tips with us!
We’ve been slowly working on some additional lighting in our home and also recently replaced our ten your old dark brown dining room table with a new one from a beautiful new store that just opened by me called DownEast Home. It’s kind of like a HomeGoods but with larger pieces of furniture! I was in there three times last week! ha ha
Anyway, we found this very nice designer table on clearance because it was missing a leaf and had a few minor scratches. I’ve always wanted a farmhouse style table and it looks fantastic in our space. The planked wood look is beautiful and exactly what I was looking for.
I moved these chairs from the kitchen in here, and will use the old dining room chairs in the kitchen with some cute chair covers I ordered that are on the way. I still LOVE these pretty Spanish style chairs I found at a local antique store and painted last summer. They were a steal and so unique! I get compliments on them all the time.
The end chairs are our old dining chairs. I’m using these cute ruffle chair covers found at Target.com. Looking at them I should probably bust out the iron! Oops. 🙂
I looked all over the internet and local stores for affordable and stylish lighting! That is hard to do because lighting can be hundreds of dollars! I fell in love with these Pottery Barn inspired outdoor lanterns from amazon. The price fluctuates between $109-$120/ each for these, and they look awesome!
Ashley Antique Copper 4-light Foyer Hanging Lanternvia Amazon
What do you think? Before we just had recessed lighting, but I love how the two hanging fixtures completely transforms the space and adds some style and interest. 🙂
We will be painting the walls in here this summer as well as our hutch, so as always it’s a work in progress. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in!
Since it’s Earth Day and one of my favorite hobbies is to makeover, repurpose, or reuse inexpensive second hand or thrift store items, here is a great example I am LOVING in my kitchen!
If you’ve been following along via Instagram last month, I posted this pic my vintage $6 breadbox find from Goodwill.
It’s actually pretty large and my hubby was like, “What are you gonna do with that?” LOL I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for! A spot to hide the kitchen counter clutter! You know the spot where you drop wallets, phone chargers, watches, change, keys, ect? That stuff!
All it needed was some paint and to be cleaned up. I love the bread lettering on the roll top, and wanted to keep that part the same.
We drilled a small hole in the back for phone chargers and added this phone organizer we already were using and a spot for pencils, and change. I also added some hooks for car keys.
Ahhh there, now close it up and that stuff disappears. My heart is happy! 🙂
You know me and holidays. I love them, especially the decorating part. I don’t always have time to go all out, but I recently set up a few pretties in my living room and dining room to get in the Spring spirit. I picked up this large mossy basket this week from TJ Maxx and decided to make it the center of my table along with a large bunny, eggs, and carrot I already had. I layered it with a few candlesticks and a couple other bunnies for this festive table.
Also take note of these gorgeous blue plates I thrift-ed last week from Goodwill! They are so pretty and heavy. I topped them with cute milkglass bowls and these sweet baskets and eggs from Cost Plus.
I also dressed up our entry with a few Easter things as well. This sweet handmade santin flower wreath was one of my very first blog posts ever in 2011 and I still love it! More info on how to make one here.
Wishing you a wonderful Easter and Happy Spring!! 🙂
Today I’m sharing my son’s stylish nautical inspired room! He has pretty much had this theme for years, but we just refreshed it with some striking blue and white painted striped walls in our new home. His room also received some new wood flooring and thick white baseboards, as well as white trim around all the windows. (My talented husband does all the carpentry work in our house.) Our upstairs flooring project is finally complete and I’ll be sharing more pictures as I finish putting our spaces back together!
Before, his room had four plain beige walls, and old pet stained carpet. We painted two walls and left two walls beige. We also added some new red curtains for beautiful contrast. We all love this space including him! He is super proud and excited for his new room!
The two colors we used for these walls are called Polar Blue White and Wipe Out Blue, both by Behr. We sectioned off the middle with tape and a laser level tool and painted it white. Then when that was dry, we taped off more stripes using the laser level tool and painted them blue. (My tip is to make sure you clean your walls before you even start taping because we’ve found that helps to avoid bleeding on textured walls.)
Thanks for stopping by! I’m just now finishing my daughter’s room and it’s turning out cute as well! Stay tuned for that before and after! Have a wonderful week.