master bedroom decor update

Paul and I have been married almost four years. We have also had the same bedding since that time because we got it from wedding showers. I was ready for a change, our cat had almost ripped the duvet cover to shreds and we were tired of the duvet falling inside the cover. I have also been working on changing the decor throughout our entire house, very Fixer Upper inspired. So after getting a new nightstand, I thought bedding should come next.

Although it took me a while (and lots of returns) I finally landed on a bedding that I loved. It went great with our existing curtains and works well with my new nightstand as well.

Nightstand (similar) | Bedding | Sign above bed

Since we are working on changing our decor, a new nightstand for my husband is next on the list. I did declutter our bookshelf and changed out a few decorations to make it in line with the new decor. It is always a work in progress.

I'll be posting more on the change in decor throughout the house and my inspiration.

Organized chaos (of toys at least)

Toddlers. They come with a lot of toys. And we don't have a playroom to contain them. So I have to be creative when I organize the mass amounts of chaos. Not all of the toys have a place to go but we have a general area for them behind the coach (that area makes a little triangle that acts as my fake playroom).

So to make myself a little less crazy, I wanted to use decorative baskets and ways to organize. Just because it is holding toys doesn't mean it can't be pretty!

DIY Father's Day gifts

Father's Day is a time to show the fathers in your life that you love them. In my family we like to cookout and swim at my parent's house. But when it comes to gifts I try to make it personal that way I can show my dad and Paul how much we love them. This year, I tried to think of things my dad and husband enjoyed and tailored the gift to that.

With my husband's gift from me and my son, I decide to get a Chatbooks book made with all his pictures with our son, a notepad from Tiny Prints, and a basket filled with golf balls.

Of course, I went to Pinterest to find an idea. This is the idea I followed.

For my dad, I decided to make jars of spices and seasonings. I found lots of recipes on Pinterest to mix my own seasonings together. Also, I just used some printable labels to put on top of the jars and used twine to tie them together (not pictured).

Here are the recipes for the seasonings that I used:
Taco Seasoning
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup cumin powder
1/4 cup sea salt
1 tbls garlic powder
1 tbls onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper

Best Burger and French Fry Seasoning
1/4 cup sea salt
2 tbls paprika
1 tbls garlic powder
1 tbls garlic salt
1/2 tbls cumin
1/2 tbls black pepper
1/2 tbls dried basil
1/2 tbls dried parsley
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp celery salt

Smokey Spice Rub
1/4 cup smoked paprika
1/4 light brown sugar
1/8 cup sea salt
3 tbls onion powder
2 tbls garlic powder
1 tbls black pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 - 2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

Dried Herb Rub
1 tbls dried thyme
1 tbls dried rosemary
1 tble black pepper
3 bay leaves, crumbled
1/4 tsp allspice (or cloves)

Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 tbls ground black pepper
2 tbls coriander
1 tbls dried dill
1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Poultry Spice
4 tsp dried thyme
4 tsp dried marjoram
1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 1/2 tsp dried sage
1 tsp ground black pepper

the sun is out!!

If you aren't from the Texas area, you might not know that Texas has been experiencing some crazy rainy weather that has caused some major flooding. We had about two weeks straight of rain. Once the sun finally did come out, we took advantage of the sun... and the sand!

We bought a new water table and enjoyed an afternoon of sun and fun on the front porch.

Then after Seth got over a virus (still have no idea what it was), we took a day trip down to the coast so our little guy could experience the beach for the first time. He had so much fun! I can't wait to take him again soon!

No we are having a crazy storm come through again... time for more cloudy days :(

book review: Good Call

Good Call
by Jase Robertson

You may think you know all there is to know about the beloved Robertson family... but just wait. This new book by the "good call" duckman, Jase, is laugh-out-loud funny (really), thoughtful, and raw in its honesty. You'll find stories about... Phil in his pre-Christian days, roughhousing with his brothers, Jase's youthful musings about the similarities between women and fish, the innocence of his honeymoon night, and his hard-won lessons on living with a yuppie woman.
You'll also find hilarious stories about "facial profiling," as well as amazing stories of the hunt that even non-hunters will enjoy.
And all of this is wrapped in introspective, insightful musings on life, faith, and family. The personal reflections and stories in this exceptional book will inspire you to make your own good calls.

Such a great, easy read. My husband and I both read this one and we both said that we liked this one the best out of all the Robertson books we had read so far. Jase's storytelling blended with his testimonies well. I loved reading about how devoted he is to his faith and to sharing his faith. 
He wrote the book really well and the testimonies through the chapters were great to read. He told lots of stories about how he shared his faith throughout his life as well as his relationship with wife and family. Great book!

Linking up with Heather!

life in pictures

We have been busy lately, things are going, going, going, around here! I have been take a picture a day since Seth turned one so I could get as many pictures of him as possible. Since I have been away from blogging for a while I wanted to catch up on all my pictures that I haven't post.

So here it goes...
wearing daddy's shoes

built a blanket fort

oatmeal sensory bin

love that smile!

playing with his friends at bible study

he likes the dog bed too

story time with daddy

with Gigi and Grandpa

washing his truck

the free zoo at Petsmart!

with MawMaw

yummy muffins

splashing with Gigi

was jealous of his new cousin... he wanted to be a baby again!

my brother and his family

Mother's Day

doing some fine motor activities

playing with daddy

reading with daddy

we had a chalk painting class at MOPS, showing of our creations

waiting for swim class to start

reading in the car

then hugs for hop hop

reading to Jake

when a mess turns into a fun activity for dad and son

passing his clothes test at his swim class (something similar to ISR)! He did great and it is such a great thing for kids to learn. We definitely recommend this life-saving class!