WHIMSY GREEN CHRISTMAS SALE

I know there are a lot of new readers out there who hear me talk about Whimsy Green and aren’t exactly sure what I’m talking about.  I thought I’d use this post to explain what Whimsy is, how it came into existence, and the amazing sale we had this last week!

When we first moved into the current house we are living in, I had a lot of furniture that didn’t fit the spaces well.  As well as a lot of decor that wasn’t “farmhouse” ish…and I wanted to go a different route.  For anyone that decorates knows, it’s super expensive to switch your whole “style.”  And the words expensive and I don’t go too well together.  My friend had mentioned, since you want to buy new furniture, why don’t you have a “barn sale” to sell your stuff at better prices then you could just get at a garage sale, and then you can sell it all at once.  I sat on that thought for quite awhile (since we did have a super cute red barn now:)  but didn’t dare ask the hubby to help me clean it out and get it up and running for a barn sale.  He just spent 5 months completely renovating our house, I was pretty sure he didn’t want to renovate a barn.

Well….it never hurts to ask:)

So, before you know it him and I were spraying the ceilings white, pressure washing the floors, filling in gaps in the cement, and he wired the whole barn for electrical.  Good.Hubby.Award.  Thanks babe!  Did I mention he wanted a cow and chickens in this barn?

Not happening.

So that year I managed to talk my sisters into “creating” to help me fill this barn that was now ready for a sale.  My one sister came up with the name “Whimsy Green” since we had to call it something than the unoriginal “barn sale” and we opened our doors for the first time three years ago.

You guys, we had no idea what would come of it.

Would anyone show up? (I do live in the middle of nowhere)

Would it be worth our time?

Would we make any money?

Well, that first sale I ended up selling most of the large furniture I had from our last house and was super happy that I could buy a few new pieces.  I also managed to talk my sisters into staying on with me and creating another sale, and another, and another.

From that first sale our customer base has probably multiplied times 20??? I don’t even know.

And the crazy thing is that we have NEVER ADVERTISED outside of this blog and our FB page.

So this last weekend we geared up for our big Christmas sale.  The weather was cold but the women still showed up!  I took this picture from my front yard at 9, when our doors opened.  You guys, that drive is 1/4 mile long!  We had over 150 ladies waiting in line and ready to shop when the doors opened.

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we stand amazed!

And this was the picture I took of the other side of my yard at about 9:30….

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we had to lay down tarps so that the women could lay their piles down while they continued to shop.

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and the other side…

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Women have come as far as 4 hours away to shop our sale.  Can you say humbled??

As I was checking women out, one lady showed me a map she had drawn of our barn and the items she wanted.  I asked if I could take a picture of it and she let me have it.

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The ladies go online to see the pictures we post and mark out their strategy of what to get.

Never in a million years if someone told me three years ago Whimsy Green would have turned into this would I have believed it.  My family is so humbled and honored and can only give the glory to God.  We can’t figure out how else this would happen!

Oh, and I had to post this picture my friend sent me on a text.  I survived Whimsy Christmas sale 2014..

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You’re welcome Abbey:)  Did I mention it was cold and windy???

So, here are the pictures I took from inside the barn, before the women came in:)

We had an elegant Christmas room…

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My sisters husband made this table and benches.  It was beautiful!

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You might have spied my hutch in the back there.  Yep. She’s gone!  Onto new things:)

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My sister Mel made those awesome light up signs!  So creative!

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And then we had a little bit more of a “Woodsy Christmas”

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and of course we had to have a traditional red and green christmas….

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and a little fun red and grey and leopard christmas…

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and this year, we also had Ryan’s man cave set up for the sale.

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We worked around the yellow insulation and plywood floors:)

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and on top of the man cave being open to shop, we also opened up our little guest house as a little toy shop.  My sister puts together fun “kits” and babies for kids and my mom made some amazing superhero capes and girly capes.  I only got iphone shots of the guest house so the quality isn’t the best.

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So here’s a huge THANK YOU for the most amazing customers!!! To my mom and dad who help selflessly, and to my hubby who worked hard to get everything set up for us and parked cars and the other hubbies for watching kiddos:).  My sisters and I are so so so grateful and feel so blessed!

Until next year….

 

MAN CAVE INSPIRATION — RUSTIC INDUSTRIAL

So my goal with this man cave was to give Ryan a very masculine “rustic” look, instead of a dead animal log cabin feel:)  He has a log cabin waaaaaaayyy up north that is darling and I love the feel, but I wanted this to be something different.   A little more refined maybe.  And a tiche more “trendy.”  Since rustic, wood and antlers is so popular right now, I’m super excited to incorporate Ry’s animals and give him a super cozy, rustic, manly place that he can kick back in and watch football or escape for some quiet time!

Here’s where we are at so far.

We are using some of the old barn wood for the window wall and to plank the fireplace.  It will look something like this…

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We have big rustic beams in there already like this…

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I’m so in love with them I want them in my house! I can’t wait to show you:)

We are going to do dark gray trim like this..

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and a possible board and batten wall like that as well.

And then the fun stuff….Ry got a big leather sectional, and we are going to warm it up with some cozy throws and pillows and possibly a cowhide rug like this…

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via Pottery Barn

Oh, and what’s a man cave without some antlers.  I can do SOME :)

Tastefully.

So my anniversary present to the hubs??
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Yep.  An antler chandelier.  Never thought I’d be gifting that:)

Happy Anniversary babe!!

Well, I’m off to set up the barn and man cave for our last day of the Whimsy sale.  And then we pack it up for the year.  You can get a better look of where the man cave is at now, and the progess that Ry made.

MAN CAVE PROGRESS

We’ve been at it again.

Renovating.

And although I wish it was on the house, it’s not.  It’s been a little cute out building that Ry had his eye on to be his “man cave” since we moved here.  It actually used to be an old grainery and when we were doing demo we found old newspapers in the walls from over 100 years ago.  So much history.  And although I loved the character and chippy paint and old windows of this little building…

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truth is, if we didn’t do something it would just sit there and probably blow over one of these days.  See…the back was pretty much falling out,

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the roof had holes and leaks in it..

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and it had the best views on the property to not take advantage of.

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So although I’ll miss this. I’m so excited to be able to use this space.  I say I, hoping Ry will let me join him out there;)

So, we have pretty much rebuilt the whole house.  Ryan took off three of the four walls and extended the back wall by six feet I think?!?  Ha!  I’ll get corrected if I’m wrong:)

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You can see the roof line is no longer symmetrical since we bumped it out, but it really gave us a lot more space inside.  We also put in all new windows, he actually has in-floor heat running in those floors (he tells me there is no budget to his man cave:) oh. dear.

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There will also be a covered porch off the back, and he did put a deck on recently that still needs a railing.  I’ll do a follow up post soon!

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I love these tall windows we scored off of Craigslist.  Inside there will be a gas fireplace between them.

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We also added a little awning like we did to the guest house, and re roofed the whole building.

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We made the windows on this wall a little bit bigger without changing the look too much, and put a smaller window in the top.

Oh but you guys….the view..

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It’s like a panoramic picture.

I love this wall.

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We saved enough of the old wood to hopefully plank this whole wall with it, as well as above the fireplace that will go between these two windows.

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Do you see why I want Ry to let me come enjoy it with him?  Oh, and have a little decor say?? Its too fun to not help out just a bit:):)

And so far, he’s being a great sport!

I say “we” did all of this, but it’s been pretty much all ryan so far.  He’s one talented guy:)  And as of the last couple of weeks he’s got the whole outside done, the deck on, and wiring and insulation done.  We’ve had a bit of a push to get it ready “enough” to use for our Whimsy Green sale.  We are busting at the seams in the barn and are going to use this as an over flow area, even if there is insulation on the walls.  We’ll take what we can get!

So stay tuned for the inspiration pics I’m using to “help” Ry with decor:)

And for the furthest progress.

And if you want to see it in person, come visit us this weekend, for our Whimsy Green occasional sale!  We will be open Saturday from 9-4 and a night Sale on Tuesday the 11th from 6-9!  We can’t wait, we have SO MUCH stuff!!  If you want a sneak peek find us on instagram #buyitatwhimsy

WHAT TO SAY TO GRIEVING PARENTS

You guys, my heart just can’t handle all of the hurt people have to go through.  I hear stories that seem unimaginable about families that have lost children through tragic accidents, miscarriages, genetic disorders, stillborns, and the list goes on.  There is so much hurt in the world, it sometimes seems like we can lose all hope.  And people have asked me before, what should I say to grieving parents??  And although I can not relate to all of the hurt and loss that people go through, I do know what it’s like to lose a child, and I do know what was so encouraging and helpful for us.

First of all, know that ALL PEOPLE grieve differently.  I saw it in my own family.  Some people want to talk a lot, some people don’t want to talk at all.  Some people want to hide, some people want to be surrounded.  Some people grieve longer and some shorter.  But here’s what I know to be true for ALL GRIEVING FAMILIES.

1.)  Our only hope in grieving is Jesus.  Therefore, the first and best thing you can offer up to any grieving parent is PRAYER!  It meant the world to us, and we honestly could feel it!  It seems quite cliche to say to someone I’m going to pray for you, but until you’ve felt the power of prayer, you appreciate every time you hear it, and you hope they truly mean it.  So tell the grieving person or send a note to the person saying you are praying for them….and actually do it!  Now, when someone pops into my mind, instead of just dwelling on the situation I immediately ask for Jesus to bring a peace to that persons heart that only He can give.  It can be a minute prayer, but bring them to the throne.  Usually the Holy Spirit will lay that person on your heart at a moment when they NEED PRAYER.  They need strength from Jesus.  I can’t tell you the amount of people that woke up in the middle of the night praying for us, and when we found out about it, it was usually when we thought our situation was too much to handle, or we were dealing with a hard time with Jules.  You guys, until you go through a circumstance where there seems to be no hope, you can’t even comprehend how the Lord can bring peace.  It is unimaginable and seems impossible to others, but Jesus does the impossible.   So be their prayer warrior!

7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

2.)  Be Jesus with skin on.  If you know the person well, offer to bring a meal, watch their kids, do their laundry if they need it….be a servant, which is exactly what Jesus was.  If it seems like that person doesn’t want visitors, leave a basket on their doorstep or send a gift card in the mail for a pizza place.  Find a way to make their life a little easier.  Because even though we want time to STOP, truth is….it doesn’t.  Life still goes on around us.  Stomachs still need to be fed, clothes still need to be washed, and people still need to be taken care of, it’s just that there may not be the capacity to do it.  So help fill in that gap.

3.)  Let them do the talking.  You will find out real soon if the grieving person wants to talk about the situation or if they want to, for just a minute, escape the reality they are in and pretend life is normal.  There were so many times I needed friends to come over and not talk a thing about the situation we were in, but just be my friend.  Help me take my mind off of it.  Make me laugh.  If I needed to talk, they were there and were gladly willing to listen, but I never wanted them to make me talk if I didn’t want to.  Also, grieving people don’t always want to be the cloud of doom with all eyes on them.  They don’t always want to feel pitied or known as, “the person who lost a child.”  It can get awkward, and it can make you live in a depressing state when you don’t always want to be there.  So treat that person as you always would, but maybe just be around them a bit more so you know what they need!

4.)  If you don’t know that person, send an encouraging note or FB message or something.  There were so many “strangers” that did random acts of kindness for us, that we were blown away by.  People that didn’t even know us that were Jesus to us.  And this is when we saw God work.  We knew He sent them.  So if you think they may think it’s weird, IT’S NOT.   It means so much, and it shows how the body of Christ works.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

Truth is, no mourning person feels blessed by their situation, they feel blessed by the comfort they get, from Jesus and from the body of Christ.

Pray for them.

Serve them.

Be there for them.

“The Lord is near to those who are broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.“ Psalm 34:18

 

TWO YEARS AGO…

Two years ago today we welcomed a miracle into our lives…

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and we have never been the same since.

She was our little princess…

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who taught us so many amazing lessons.

That it’s okay to be different…..

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that size doesn’t matter….

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and she taught my kids not only how to be a great big sister..

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and big brother….

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but more importantly, that eternity is at hand.  The kids are much more aware of our final goal in this life, to be with Jesus in heaven.  They say, “I bet she’s dancing on the golden road and snuggling with God and great grandma.”

This is not our home..

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and boy am I thankful for that!!

 For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come.  With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name.   Hebrews 13:14&15

What I wouldn’t give for one more snuggle…

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or one more time smelling that fluffy hair..

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Juliet Faith Lundeen, you’re life served a BIG purpose!

Know that your Mommy and Daddy and brothers and sister miss you like crazy.

every. day.

We love you to pieces and pray that Jesus wraps his arms a little tighter around you tonight as He tucks you in.  And we may just pray He does the same for us.

Thank you Jesus for using this precious girl in a big way, and for the hope we have in knowing we get to squeeze her again.  As Kynlee would say, “I can’t wait to go to heaven…..but we have to get really really old first right mom?”  I’m praying so little lady, I’m praying so.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  Romans 15:13

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY JU JU B!!!

You are never far from our hearts.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER…MY FALL TOUR

Well I am a bit behind in blogland on showing my fall decor, although to my defense, I have had it up for awhile now.  After getting through another AMAZING whimsy week….I finally have time to clean my house take some photos!

My favorite seasonal place to start decorating is always my mantle, although it can also be my hardest.  This is actually the second fall mantle I had after I found these AMAZING pumpkins that Target ingeniously came out with…and I knew they had to be front and center in my house.  The one disadvantage I have to my mantle is that it is very narrow, so I have to be a bit particular as to what I put on it.

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I also found this fun clock at Hobby Lobby, and wasn’t sure if I would bring it into my house or use it for Whimsy, but after watching on episode of my favorite shows, HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” I saw Joanna use it.  Sold.  It was coming in:)  I love the rustic galavanized metal and how it goes well with the fall neutrals….

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I also am in love with my little sign I bought at Whimsy from my sister.

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Yes, it’s true.  I love to shop Whimsy as well:)

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we grew the small white pumpkins in our garden, the one thing that DID manage to grow.  At least the important stuff came:)

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And the dead trees I bought at Gordmans a few years ago.  They were living in Tate’s room, but I pulled them down for my fall decor.

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The leaf pennant also came from my sister.  I love the simplicity of it.

I didn’t do a whole lot of decorating besides this.  Just little touches here and there.  A Pottery barn cake stand on the island…

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and another stand on my kitchen table.

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faux white pumpkin courtesy of Michaels and wicker pumpkin courtesy of Target last year.

I filled my 3 tier tray on my dining table with pumpkins….

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and my green moss balls.  I have a hard time getting rid of all green, so I really like to use this “dead” yellow green for fall.

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My coffee table looks a lot like it did last year..

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except I added the two big pillar candles.  I’m hoping to have a “grown up” night soon so I can light them.

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someday.

*sigh*

So that about does it.  That’s the beautiful think about a small cozy house!:)  It doesn’t take much.

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Happy Fall!

 

 

IKEA HACK–BECKETT’S DRESSER

I know you all have seen Beckett’s tiny corner in our bedroom a few times now, but I thought I’d share his $35 dresser makeover I did.

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It’s called the RAST dresser from Ikea and I loved it because it came unfinished and more importantly, because it was only $35.  I knew I needed something super small scale since I didn’t have much room to work with, and I also wanted it to fit well with the stump table I finished by the rocking chair.

The dresser started out looking like this…

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I like that it’s got a bit of a modern look to it with the clean lines.  I first bought the same furniture legs I had used on the stump.  They are from Ikea as well.  I bought the size smaller for this dresser and they were $12.00.

I painted the outside frame white and distressed it, then I cut out ABC stencils from paper and used a gel stain in a dark brown color to stain on the ABC.   After that I stained over the whole drawer with Minwaxs’ Driftwood grey, painted the knobs white, and voila!

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I love rustic grain that shows up on the drawers.

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and that you can still see the grain through the ABC.

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The legs make it a little less sturdy.  If I knew this dresser were staying here longer than 6 months, I would probably secure it to the wall, but it’s not.  So for now I’ll just use caution:)

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and there you have it.  Just enough storage for lil man clothes!

And if you want to see updates of lil man you should check out my instagram feed.  I’m a bit obnoxious with my posts, but I can’t help it.  You can find me @prvbsthirtyonegirl

Stay tuned for my next super simple IKEA hack that made my life much easier:)

USING ESSENTIAL OILS BEFORE AND AFTER PREGNANCY

I was super excited to go through this pregnancy with my new found knowledge of essential oils.  I have loved using them in my everyday life and knew my pregnancy could benefit from them as well.  If you haven’t read how the oils helped me get pregnant, you can read that here.

First let me just say that I am not a medical professional and this information is based soley on my experience.  Also, these oils are all 100% pure therapeutic grade oils, which makes a huge difference.  Oils you may buy from a different source may not be.

The first oil I loved and used many times each day was the lemon and citrus fresh oils.

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I seriously craved these oils in my water.  They taste so refreshing, plus they have so many great positives to them.  They detox your body, enhance your memory (great for pregger brain) help with heartburn and aids digestion.  Just a few of the positive side effects:)  Plus they just taste really good in water:)  I would put 2 drops in a glass and I probably drank at least 5 full glasses a day.  Just make sure you always use a glass container when using this oil because it is so strong it actually can get into the plastic and starts eating it.  My baby weight came off the quickest with this baby too which surprised me and I’m not sure if this oil is the reason for it, or if it’s just a coincidence, but either way…I’ll take it:)  I’ve also heard they help a great amount with morning sickness, but thank you Jesus I didn’t have to deal with that!

Once I started contracting I used Clary Sage.

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I had this oil from my fertility oil mixture so thought i’d give it a try.  I rubbed it on my ankles and some on my belly and I’ll tell you what..my contractions this time around came faster than ever and I my delivery was the fastest yet.  Seemed to work for me!

Another oil that I loved to use during pregnancy was for my leg cramps that got so bad the last couple of months.  This oil was Peppermint.

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I would get a charlie horse in the middle of the night and before I knew about this oil I would hop around the room wincing and flexing my foot any way possible to try to relieve the pain.  After I found out about this oil, I put a drop on my leg and the charlie horse went away within seconds.  Seriously.  Every time.  Some people warn using peppermint later during pregnancy as it can interfere with milk supply, I only used it sparingly, as the cramps came.  I also used this oil after labor, with the “after baby cramps” that came.  And I loved it.  Seriously, those after baby cramps are just mean.  And they get worse every time.  And since they usually hit you so hard as you are nursing your baby and wincing in pain from that, they come.  So mean.  So I actually had Ryan put a drop on my stomach as I didn’t have a free hand and rub it in, and within a few seconds it felt so much better.  Life saver!  Ive also heard lavender works great for these as well.

Another oil I have been taking religiously is Fennel.

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I know I’ve written about this one before for milk supply, but I’ve found an even better way to use it.  With Jules a put a drop on each breast and it helped, but I only pumped for a short amount of time.  With Beckett I found that it helped, but wasn’t as effective.  I read somewhere to put a couple of drops in honey and injest it, and I did that once but wow was it strong and the taste stayed in my mouth a little too long for my liking.  So what I ended up doing was putting 3 drops in a vegetable capsule and filling it with organic fractionated coconut oil and taking a capsule day and night.  I’m not the best with consistency, but seriously, it is amazing how this helps the milk supply.

The last oil I’ve been using on a regular basis for lil man is Di-Gize.

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Lil man is having a hard time staying “regular”, which is normal for breast fed babies, but he would be in pain with bad gas.  I use this morning and night when needed and it seems to help his pain.  He still has gas:) but is much happier.  I dilute this in the coconut oil and rub in a clockwise motion on his belly and lower back.  On top of that, it’s another great one for heart burn and indigestion.  That’s what I love about these oils, they all have so many great uses and multiple purposes.  On top of that they can be used interchangeable with momma and baby, so you really get your moneys worth out of them!

On top of these oils, we’ve already pulled out the rc for our first colds of the season and even though we know how well it works, we are always amazed how fast it works for the kids coughs when we rub it on their chest and spine.  This is still my favorite oil:)

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If you are interested in trying out oils for yourself, feel free to email me.  You can find my info on the “contact me” tab at the top of the blog, or you can read this post to see how you can sign up for yourself and start ordering oils today!:)

A LAUNDRY CLOSET MAKEOVER FOR UNDER $100

If you remember, a few months ago I was working on my “laundry closet.”  I wanted to get it done before Beckett came, knowing I was going to have to use it to store some of his clothes as well since he doesn’t have a closet.  Well, I didn’t get too far.  If you read this post you saw I got the washer and dryer stand looking a bit better…….

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and thats how it stayed for about another 4 months  until one day when I was about 36 weeks pregnant i kicked it in high gear!  I had this as my inspiration photo….

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and went to town.

Our laundry is in our bedroom and hides behind a set of double doors.

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So here is the original before….

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and after….

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We added the Ikea pendant first.

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Then I started going to town with the old barn wood we pulled out of the man cave.  My first thought was to frame out my cheap full length mirror I had hanging on the back side of the door.

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I just screwed screws right into the door and as close to the mirror as I could get.

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Free for nothing and adds a lot of texture.  Then I used the same barn wood to make an ironing board holder.

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I got the hooks from menards for around $3 a piece.

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Again I just drilled the hooks into the wood and screwed the board into the door.

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The cover came from West Elm and was a splurge at $19 :)  But seriously, how can you resist when it flows so well…

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I wasnt quite done with the barn wood yet.  I decided to use some like board and batten in the closet.

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 the ceilings slant in here so it helped divide the ceiling line.  A girl could have had a lot of fun and planked it or subway tiled it, but 1.) This was free, and 2.) I was 36 weeks preggers,  Oh, and 3.)  Its just a closet:)

With the slanted ceilings I had to get creative with the clothes storage, so I added a hanging rack.  We had the bar in the shed, I always have rope, and luckily I had a few hooks hanging around.

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it’s just perfect for his little clothes:)

add in the accessories…

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and this project is complete!

Oh, I almost forgot that I also bought the wire track system from ikea for $15 to hang curtains.  I dont ever close them but they hide the plumbing and garbage can I hide behind there:)

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not to mention they add another layer of texture.  Ryan LOVES them.  wink wink

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So now I’m off to work on stuff for Whimsy.  If you want more information about the occasional shop my sisters and I have, you can check out our FB page here.  Or see what we are working on, on instagram hashtag #buyitatwhimsy

We are open next week Thursday and Saturday, the 25th and 27th, from 9-3.  Hope to see you there!!

BECKETT’S CORNER AND A PHOTO SHOOT

Oh you guys, I am so in love.  I have been snuggling and snuggling like crazy.  And adjusting to a baby again:)  I kind of forgot how much independence I had with a 5 and 6 year old, but it has been so good.  Our little family seems so perfect right now.  So thanks for allowing me a little time off to snuggle and treasure these precious moments that fly by waaaay too fast!

During the last couple of weeks, my amazing photographer friend Sarah, swung by to capture these precious moments for us.  I seriously don’t know how she does it.  To preface these pictures I need to tell you that we had my kids here, her 3 kiddos ranging in age from 6 to 18 months, and my sisters 4 kids.  She got these amazing “lifestyle” pictures while life was literally going on all around us.  Talented girl:)  You should check her out if you need some photos;)

She also snuck a few pics of Beckett’s little neck of the woods.  He has a corner in our bedroom for now, until he moves in with big brother once he sleeps through the night..

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This little dresser is an Ikea hack that I’ll show you how I did in another post.  But lets just say the price was right at $35!

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I created this little nook before we knew what we were having so the name of the game was neutral neutral neutral!

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The basket keeps his diapers in and the dresser is just enough storage for onesies, pants, and blankies.

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I have a little 25 watt bulb in the lamp which is perfect for a nightime night light when feeding or changing a diaper.

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and my sister said if we have a boy then the butterflies can become moths.  I love them, the moths are staying:)

The rest of Becketts storage is in the newly renovated laundry room that I FINALLY got done, just in time  And I promise to show it too you soon:)

Alright, now on to the little cutie pie.

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are you kidding me??

Handsome little boy.

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I had waaaaaayyy too much fun playing with this boys hair.  I mean, c’mon..

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baby faux hawk.

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and that chin.  Oh that chin…

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whose chin is that anyway??  This little peanut looks different from my others…except for his little angel sister…we see her in him a lot!

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Taking photos is hard work.

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exhausting really….

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and of course I had to give him some love…

he’s a bit irresistible:)

and what’s a photo without some of my favorite chalk art!

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it was Sarah’s idea actually and I just love how it turned out!

Oh Beckett boy…

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Stay little forever!

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and that’s a wrap.

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I can’t thank you enough Sarah Pollio Photography, for capturing these priceless pics!!  Love you!!

IT’S A……………

BOY!!!

Beckett Titus Lundeen was such a good little boy who listened to his Momma and came 2 weeks early, making his entrance into the world at 3:27 in the morning on August 7th.  He was not a good little boy in the fact that he came really fast, too fast in fact for his Momma to get the drugs she so desperately wanted!

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Do you see that death grip on the railing there??  That was my, “put the camera away dear!! smile:)”

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and here was a little break in the action.

I started contracting wednesday night around 9, and by 11:30 they were 2-3 minutes apart.  I woke up Ryan and told him it was go time, so he quick packed a bag and we headed in.

We got to the hospital at 12:30 and I was at a 5.  They asked if I wanted an epidural and I said most definitely, but I could probably make it another hour or so.  Well, turns out the anesthesiologist was in surgery and came down when I was ready to push.  Having never done it “el natural”  before, I didn’t realize all the pressure meant it was time for little man to make his entrance, and since I didn’t get checked before the epidural came, I didn’t realize it was already too late.  I can honestly say I had never wanted to experience natural childbirth (God bless those that do) and I can honestly say I never want to experience it again:).  Call me crazy but I love drugs.  They are amazing.  I missed them.  But I survived!

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Beckett Titus joined our family at 3:27 int he morning..

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Weighing 7 lbs 3 oz, and we were sooo excited to finally find out what Peanut was!!!

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We actually saw so much of Jules in him, which I think was a little blessing from Jesus.

And if you follow me on instagram @prvbsthirtyonegirl, you saw this photo…

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He even has her hair!!

I can’t lie and say there hasn’t been a ton of emotions the last week and a half and memories of our sweet baby girl that came up.  But overall we are just so grateful to have a healthy little boy to love and snuggle and kiss and as Kynlee and Tate would say, “keep.”

They were so excited to meet him!

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She’s a little mother already!

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and the best helper!

And tate is the best snuggler:)

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He’s gonna teach him everything he knows someday:)  The first thing he told me when he met him was how he was saving his money to buy camo clothes and a bb gun for little Beckett.  Good big brother:)

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We feel so blessed!!

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And were so happy to introduce him to our friends and family!!

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Since I didn’t know what gender he was, I feel like it took a little bit of extra bonding time for it to really sink in that I had a little boy. Ryan went home the second night to stay with Tate and Kynlee and I felt like that night I met my little guy and fell head over heels in love with him!

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while taking selfies and watching HGTV:)  Does it get any better??  :):)  That’s my favorite spot for him to snuggle by the way.  If only I could freeze time!

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Time to come home!!

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those cheeks!

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He’s been such a good little baby,

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Thank you Jesus!! And all of you wonderful followers for the prayers and support in our journey these last two years.

God is good.

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised  –Job 1:21

MY LATEST PROJECT—AND THE BEST BEFORE AND AFTER PICS

I have been working with a friend over the last 2 years…I know, that sounds crazy when I type it, but yes…2 years, on a total cabin reno project.  The reasons it has taken so long have been many.  1.)  We had Jules within that time.  2.)  It was a COMPLETE gut/remodel job. 3.)  We did a lot of the work ourselves, and 4.)  It is their cabin, and they are busy as well, so it was easy to not always make first priority.  I must say though, it has been one of the most fun projects I have done because….

1.)  The surroundings are beautiful!  (It’s on one of the most desirable lakes in MN)

2.)  I love the couple, it always pays to work with friends:)

3.)  I have never in my life been able to just go shop for whatever I wanted for the look in a short period of time and see it come together so fast.  I know….to me 2 years is fast:)  I love the DIY-ing and the hunt and the thrill of a good deal, but this was a little dreamy to just pull it all together and not have to worry about everything being a steal all of the time.

So, enough yapping, lets get to the eye candy.  I took a few before pics on my iphone but they aren’t the best.  You will definitely get an idea of what she started out looking like and an appreciation for how far she came.

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Of course the hubby of this cabin thought there was nothing wrong with all the pine tongue and groove, and quite honestly it would be a dream cabin for my hubs as well.  But you know how wood and I get along.  Can you tell this is going to be a fun project?!?

Here’s the after….

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Sorry boys, the wood had to go.  They had all the walls and ceilings sprayed, which gives an amazing finish, and we used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White in satin.  They also redid the flooring (which looks a bit familiar:) and added big chunky beams to break up the a-frame architecture and make it feel more cottage-y than cabin-y.

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The furniture came from Pottery barn, and we scored a lot of the pillows from Home Goods and Pottery Barn.

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This project was fun because I did get to still DIY quite a few of the things…like these paddles on the wall…

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We found them at Home Goods as well and they actually had writing on.  I flipped them around, added rope, and painted the stripes to match the rest of the living room.

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The shelf on the right was also a DIY .

This was another before of the kitchen before we got our hands on it.

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And here’s the after….

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The fridge is in the same spot to help you figure out the remodel.  They went with a complete new kitchen, with marble counters and farmhouse sink.  Yours truly was able to DIY the marble subway tile backsplash with my mad tile cutting skills;)

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But I am so in love with this kitchen!

Another before…

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and after….

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I mean, look at that island!

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And open shelving!

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And it flows so nice into the living room.

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From here we go upstairs where there used to be carpet..

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and now there are cute little numbers to help you count your way:)  Trust me, we heard it from the guys on this one!

At the top of the stairs is an open loft where we needed to create a unisex bedroom since they have two girls and a boy.

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The bedding came from Pottery Barn, except for the monogrammed Euro pillows I made to separate the beds.

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And then they have a cute kids bathroom up here as well..

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The vanity is a Martha Stewart one from Home Depot.

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Drooling.

We had  a challenge trying to figure out a mirror for above it since there is a window in the way.  We ended up finding a hanging mirror at Home Goods and the guys figured out a way to make it stay.  I think it’s perfect!

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And aren’t the chandeliers fun!  We have a matching one downstairs as well.  They worked so well with the high ceilings.  The trunks came from World Market, we just stenciled the numbers on cause they needed a little extra “something.”

And if you ask me, the kids have the best view in the place…

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Out those windows all you see is lake and trees.  Gorgeous!

ps. this was the loft before.  Have I won over any other wood lovers yet?!?

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On the main level is the master bedroom where we added board and batten.

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The bedding again is pottery barn, except for another little Whimsy love…

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And how much do we love that little apothecary nightstand from Target???

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Down the hallway is the cutest bathroom..

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We planked the ceilings in the bathroom, hallway, and laundry room.  I’m still jealous!

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These are the DIY $7 shelves I made and had fun staging them…

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We used all artificial greens at the cabin since they aren’t here all the time.  But I love the pop of green it adds, with no maintenance.

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And at the end of the hallways is a laundry room to die for.

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At a cabin mind you:)

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it was starting to get dark so these pics aren’t the best, but isn’t she cute??

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I stenciled the drinks bin so they can pull that out when they have company and fill it with ice.  They also have a clean and dirty basket up top and a super cute sink.

Lastly and quite honestly maybe the best room in the house is the screened in porch overlooking the lake.

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The ceilings were painted a light blue and the walls were all sprayed white as well.

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We got the table and upholstered chairs from World market, the others are fun flea market finds…

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I darkened this pic just so you can see how the lake is right.there.  Swooning.

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And this is where you’d curl up and have your coffee in the morning, listening to the loons.

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I think I could handle it:)

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We added curtains all the way around and tied them with rope since they blew in the wind quite a bit if we left them.  This gives privacy and also some shelter if it does rain hard.

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But I love how this is a whole extended living room…

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I hope you enjoyed looking at this pics as much as I had fun creating them!  Thanks so much Kelly Jo and Joel for letting me be a part of this amazing project.  Cheers to getting to enjoy the lake…..finally!!:)

P.s. for those of you following along on my pregnancy journey, there was no new “news” at my appt.  And so we wait!  t-minus 2 1/2 weeks!!!

SAYING GOODBYE TO THE PUPS

The day has come when we said goodbye to our cute little pups we have been loving on the last 8 weeks.

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It was so fun to see Neeko be such a good momma, especially after we took the pups in to the vet and found out that older dogs usually don’t make good moms.

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She was amazing….

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And the kids had a blast with them too…

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Even when they pulled on Kynlees ponytail and bit their toes:)

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The last puppy left Sunday, and although it was a bit hard to say goodbye, it was a bit of relief as well.  They were getting so big it was getting harder and harder to take care of them.  And they thought all of my landscaping was a jungle for them to trample on…

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There used to be a tall grass to the right of the door.  Demolished.

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It did help that we kept one…..

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The chubbiest one of the group.  We were going to call her moto moto but ended up with Tika (pronounced Teeka) instead.  Apparently it’s a gun company.  Ry thought it would be a great name for our baby, but when I ick snayed that we settled on it for the dog:)

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Neeko enjoyed keeping one too!

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She’s quite the sweetie…

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Tate is doing such a great job taking care of her.  I think she’ll be his puppy.  She’s sleeping in his room at night in the kennel and has been an all star.  She hasn’t even cried.

Which is good, cause there is another baby coming soon…

photo (44)Excuse the messy bed, that’s what a Sunday morning before church will get you….always in a rush.  Anyway, I’m at 37 weeks and at my dr. appt last week I was measuring a 3.  It’s getting so exciting and I am seriously DYING to know what gender it’s going to be!!  Hopefully we’ll find out soon!!!

If you want to follow along on instagram @prvbsthirtyonegirl you can see pics in between posts and may probably just get a sneak peak at baby Lundeen;)

BEFORE & AFTER…THE MASTER BEDROOM

Alright, I gave you a sneak peek earlier but I have given our bedroom a face lift and haven’t shown it in awhile.  I also haven’t done it as a complete before and after to show you how far it has really come.

I have fallen into the navy craze along with a lot of the blog world, and thought the bedroom would be a great place to pull it in.  It’s brought a little bit more of a masculine feel to our room which does the hubby a “little” more justice:)  He has to put up with a lot after all;)

So, here’s a before picture of our bedroom…

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and after….

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We had added the row of closets on the right and took out the master closet they had on the other side of the room.  The little window you see on the before is now between our clothes closet and the laundry closet.  It’s in an awkward spot but is nice to have some natural light in the closets!  We also raised the ceilings an additional 3 feet to bring some height to the room, especially since it was just wasted attic space above.

Before…

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after…

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We also moved the mini door over after we added the closests and made it a full size door so we didn’t have to duck every time we went in:)  You can see above the right corner is a big box that used to be their master closet, now it’s our baby corner!!

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We also opened up a dormer that was that just for aesthetic purposes.  We put in a new window and it brought in so much more light to the room since there were only two small windows in the room to start with.

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I created a canopy by taking a hoop ring for embroidery and sewing on two curtain panels from Ikea.  I actually cut one panel in half since I didn’t need it quite so thick, and mostly because I only had one and I didn’t want to buy another set:)

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I also got this super cute butterfly mobile from my sister.  She made it for Whimsy and praise the Lord it didn’t sell cause I didn’t realize how perfect it would be in this space!

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Yeah, you heard me..she made it ya’ll!

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She used old book pages, antiqued them, and hung them from a thin wire to a hoop.

And when I told her I think I needed to buy it…she said it was her gift to peanut:):)

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This corner is still going to get a mini dresser or something for storage and a bit of decor on the walls, but for now I’m ready for baby:)

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And heres a long shot of the rocker.

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with my stump table that cost me $16 because of the legs I bought at Ikea.

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and if I didn’t love the antlers enough I decided to showcase them a bit more:)

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Now it’s a work of art….good job babe!

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View from the bathroom.

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I’ll keep you posted on any new baby updates!  Here’s the latest instagram I posted at 34 weeks preggers.

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I can’t believe we are only 5 weeks out now…and if peanut is anything like Tate or Kynlee hopefully he/she comes a week or two early!:)

My cravings lately are for ice water!!  WITH……essential oils Citrus fresh

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Seriously, for a girl that doesn’t usually like water I just can’t get enough.  I put 2 drops in my cup and I love love love it.  I crave it even more than cherry coke, which for those of you who know me know that’s a big deal:)  And it’s supposed to cleanse you and give you clarity of thought…not sure if the clarity of thought is working with preggo brain, but nonetheless, I love it:)

A ROCKER FOR BABY

My sister-in-law had an old upholstered rocker that she was getting rid of and asked if I would be interested.  At first glance the rocker seemed like she needed lots of love, the pattern was out of date and the the fabric was starting to rip.  But, with a  little love I knew that the shape was great, the structure was solid, and it was very comfy.  Plus, it was on rockers which would be perfect for a babe, and the real selling point?? It was free!  And after looking into upholstered rockers like these…

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that retail from $750-$1300, free was good.

So here she is before her makeover….

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The shape is great!

And here’s a sneak peek of her now in our bedroom…

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Okay, that’s your teaser:)

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Doesn’t look too much different from the $1000 one does it??  I slipped her in white twill, and m little secret is that I love using IKEA white curtains for the fabric.  It seems to lay nicer than duck cloth you can buy at Jo-anns, and it ends up being just as cheap, if not cheaper.  I buy the grommet drapes.  I added a little flirty skirt as well since our room is feeling a little masculine these days:)  I did the ottoman awhile back but she fits well with the rocker.

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I’ve got a bunch more pics to show you of our somewhat “remodeled” bedroom….which now includes a crib! Yay!! and if you didn’t notice the newest stump addition to the family, I’ll give you one more look.  She’s my favorite yet:)

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JUST AS YOU ARE….

Whimsy came and went this last week.  Our second sale of the year.  And although I love creating and painting and diy-ing, something about this sale just seemed like too much.  Maybe because my 7 1/2 month belly kept getting in the way, maybe because I just wanted to nest and work on my house before August, maybe because I knew most of the money I would make would already be spent on the man cave my hubby is working on.  Or maybe because I had been feeling a little defeated in my faith these days.  Either way, I just wanted it to be done.

I’ve felt like that quite a bit lately.  Like I am just going through the motions of a day.  Like everyday I am just keeping my head above water, cleaning, cooking, mowing, washing, repeat repeat repeat.  And the mundane starts to take over.  You see, when we were going through the whole Jules ordeal, our life served such purpose.  Although I never would have chosen to endure that journey, I grew so close to Jesus through the process.

Matthew 11:28-30 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Because I NEEDED Him.

I SOUGHT Him.

I TRUSTED Him.

And you know what?  He was so beyond faithful.  In our darkest of hours are the times I felt closest to Him.

This last year life has been going pretty good for the Lundeens.  No major incidences, a baby is on the way, the job is steady, Whimsy continues to grow, we are all healthy and although we miss Jules, each day seems to get a bit easier.  I started thinking that I put in my hardship for this life and now I just have smooth sailing the rest of the way out.  But do you know what that brought me?? That “smooth sailing” of saying to God, I did my good deed for you, I trusted you through the hardest/darkest days of my life??

A stagnant relationship.

You see, God does not just call us to be His children in the hard times.  God calls us to be His children ALL the time.  God doesn’t just want us to lean on Him when times are tough, God wants us to enjoy Him EVERY DAY!  That is what a relationship is after all.  And if we choose to start letting that relationship go because, “we got this” the intimacy suffers.

This last year I have noticed my intimacy with Jesus suffer.  I was talking to Him a little less throughout the day, letting my Bible collect dust, and choosing to do what I wanted to do rather than invest time in the one person that matters the most.

So, back to Whimsy.  Whimsy week had finally come and I found myself saying, ” I just can’t wait for it to be over.”  And that’s when Jesus, through a written word, drew me back to Him.  And quite honestly blew me away.  Blew me away that He cares enough ABOUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US that He will take the time to get our attention.  You see, a girl had messaged me the night before Whimsy with a word the Lord had given her about Whimsy.  Yes, you heard me…about Whimsy…an occasional sale where we sell furniture and household things.  WORLDLY things.  A girl that I had only had the pleasure of having a couple of conversations with, a person that I would call an acquaintance.  That’s how you know it’s Jesus, when He speaks through very unsuspecting people.  And this is the message I got..

The reason I’m writing is in hopes that you are encouraged by the way the Spirit led me to pray for your upcoming Whimsy sale. Seemingly out of nowhere today he burdened me to pray and I want to share some of it with you. Because I want you to know that I believe that God is and will be doing life-changing things through the ministry you and your family have. I believe that every piece sold will be more about changing hearts than changing décor. I believe that when people buy your art and place it in their homes, people will come to know Jesus through it. I believe that God has greatly gifted each of you and ALL our gifts are meant to bring glory to Himself. I believe that Whimsy is Kingdom work. I believe that the Spirit will be so present at your farm tomorrow that hearts will be changed just by stepping foot on your property and in that building. I believe that hard hearts will soften and broken hearts will be healed through Whimsy. I believe that your mom, your sisters, husbands and your children will offer hope to some that desperately need it. I believe you are doing more than making homes beautiful. I believe you are not just accessories homes but you are accessorizing hearts with the truth of Jesus Christ. I believe that through Whimsy people will adore Jesus as they adorn their homes. I believe that as Gideon was called “mighty warrior” you and your family are warriors fighting for the name of Jesus with the gifts you’ve been given. I pray that you never think of your gifts and Whimsy as anything less than a ministry built by and held up by Jesus. It’s so sweet to witness you guys stewarding what God has given you.

And Allie cried.

I cried because I had gotten it all wrong.  I cried because I get so caught up in the daily living that I miss what God is desiring and how He is working in each of us.  And I cried because I was SO GRATEFUL God got my attention.  You see, in EVERY AREA of our life it is a ministry.  Every single thing we do is a testimony to Jesus.  If we CHOOSE it to be.  When we clean clothes, we can praise Jesus, when we wait in the check out line we are being a witness to others.  How we react to situations and bad drivers and slow drive thru lines are all a part of our witness.  Because God can take the mundane and turn it into the eternal.  He can use a smile or small gesture and give it real value.  He can use it to change someones heart or their life.  And more importantly He can use it to change ours, and keep our eyes on the real goal…our relationship with Him.

Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever

So this past weekend was amazing.  Yes, we had an amazing sale with amazing women that showed up and never cease to amaze us by driving from all parts of the state.  Yes, we sold so much inventory and moved a lot of furniture and were blessed.  But I think ALL of us were more excited to try to be a little bit of Jesus to people as they walked into the shop.  To have our goal not be in dollar signs but in conversations and smiles and heart issues.  To ALLOW God to use us, right.where.we.are.at.  Period.

So I encourage you today to not be discouraged:)  In fact, I challenge you, along with me.  I am going to take the month of July and try to do one act of kindness for Jesus every day.  To step out of “My world” and reach someone else with a little extra Jesus love and maybe just maybe transform a soul.  Or, more importantly, change mine.  So if you like me on Facebook I’ll be posting every day what my Jesus moment was for the day, more because I need the accountability and hopefully encourage you do the same!  Just think the impact we can have!!

God bless!! I’m off to bake some cookies for the widow down the road!!

xoxo

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Matthew 25:40

 

 

 

DRINK CRATE AND WHIMSY PROJECTS AND THE BELLY

After making my DIY window boxes, I thought it would be fun to make some wood box/crates for Whimsy.  I’m always looking for an easy centerpiece to sit on my dining room table that I can set on and set off without moving a bunch of stuff and thought this would be the ticket.  A longer box that I could fill with different things seasonally.  But as I started thinking of summer I thought it would be fun to have them also serve a purpose.  Like a fun drink tray.  And how perfect to have it before the 4th of July and all of the entertaining that will take place.  So, I made them a lot like the window boxes, just minus the added trim and brackets:)  I then added rope handles and a little stenciling and made my drink tray..

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they are 2 feet long and about 16″ wide, so they make quite a statement.

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I did leave some trays blank, but in my opinion you don’t just have to use this as a drink tray.  I’d put it on my table with all sorts of stuff in it.

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Although the S. Pelligrino looks quite pretty in it:)

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Add a bucket of ice and some glasses and you’re ready to entertain!

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Oh, and a pretty background…

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A pretty background never hurts!

The next project is going to be a little eye candy.  I have been working with a client/friend on their lake cabin and the finished project is turning out amazing!  I’m hoping to show you a blog on the cabin one day soon, but until then I’ll just show you the shelves I made for above the toilet.

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I used the same brackets as I have on my window boxes and added some stained boards on top.  I love how they look, and they function quite well too!  I also made some with gray brackets and barn board tops for Whimsy.  I think they’d work great in a bathroom, bedroom, office…pretty much anywhere!

The rest of the photos are not staged at all, they are actually the text the sisters and I send back and forth to show each other what we are working on.  But I had to share because there are some really fun new things this time!

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for the horse lover!

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These arrows are to die for, they hang horizontal on the wall.  She made them in wood as well!

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For the gardener.

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and the lake house.

And a little something for everyone!

Come on by and say hi next week, Thursday and Saturday from 9-3.  You can find more information on our facebook page!

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And because my pregnancy is flying by, I thought I’d give you an updated belly shot.

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I just went to the doctor today and heard a healthy heart beat.  I’ve gained 18 pounds so far, craving everything sweet…brownies for breakfast anyone?!? and am suddenly enjoying strong smells such as stain, peppermint, chlorine, and weird things like that!  Don’t worry everyone…I enjoy them but don’t indulge in them;)  Although I do stand in the shower and sniff my new Young Living spearmint lavender shampoo and conditioner.  Seriously, so yummy!!  Just another weird pregnancy side effect.  I haven’t been working out, (I don’t really believe in it:) but living life on the farm, gardening, and getting ready for Whimsy has kept me “somewhat” in shape:):)  I’m still sleeping good, I just have Ry give me a push when I need to get out of bed:) and am enjoying every second of feeling peanut inside me.  Now I just can’t wait to find out what “peanut” is!!!

FRONT PORCH UPDATE

So the other day I was perusing through Menards like I so often do, grabbing my weekly supply of paint, stain, glue, nails, you know…every girls accessories, and I came across a major score!  Now that the outdoor department is open, I just had to see if they had any fun shrubs or trees that needed to be planted in my yard:)  You probably don’t know this but my mom is a major green thumb.  She know just about everything there is to know about gardening, perennials, and shrubbery.  So, a “little” of this hard worn off on me.  I love to play in the dirt and make the outside of my house try to match the time and effort I put into the inside of my house.

So, I was walking in their garden center and found some amazing topiaries.  I have always loved the look of pruned and manicured shrubs, so 2 tiered topiaries were right up my alley.  The problem is, is that they are usually quite spendy.  When I saw that these were only $25 a piece I was quite excited.  1.) I had a rebate for $10, so that made them even cheaper, and 2.) I don’t do annuals or flowers in pots, so I justified this as my “flower” budget:)  So, here was what my front porch looked like before I painted the steps…

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sorry, I could only find a fall shot…

and here’s last summer after the stairs got their makeoever…

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And here is this year….with my two new topiary’s.

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I love the height it gives.  and they fit perfectly alongside the door.  Some people have asked how the stairs have held up threw a brutal Minnesota winter of shoveling and more shoveling and more shoveling and all of the elements.  First, I should have swept them, but I was feeling a bit too lazy.   This belly is starting to get in the way:)  Second, they have faded a bit, but I kind of like the worn in look of them.  I would still definitely recommend it.  I haven’t regretted it yet!

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and there’s our scary guard cat, keeping out he predators:)

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I also am still in love with the little dwarf korean lilac tree to the right of our steps.  I love that it blooms about a week or two after the lilac bushes, so the smell can continue.  And it seriously smells up our whole front entry!

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She not hard on the eyes either:)

and just for fun I thought I’d throw in another shot from our house…because bloggers so often forget to show what the outside looks like:)  And right now in Minnesota it is raining every other day, which is a major bummer for a lot of things, but it does help to keep everything gorgeous and green!

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But it also grows all of the weeds as well.  Speaking of which, I better get on that!

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Whimsy is in a week and a half, next Thursday and Saturday, the 26th and 28th from 9-3. I gotta make this place look pretty before all the ladies show up!

Stay tuned for a few of the fun projects we’ve been crafting for our sale next week!

DIY WINDOW BOXES

For the last 2 years I have wanted to spruce up the outside of the guest house by adding some window boxes.  I initially was waiting for the hubby to offer to make me some…..but that didn’t happen.  Huge surprise.  So since I’ve become a little more comfortable with my air nailer and chop saw, who am I kidding, I”m in love with them, I decided to tackle the project myself.   I realized all it really was was a couple of 1x6s and 1×4′s, which I already had from left over signs and trim in the shed.  I measured my windows and cut the wood the same length as the window.

I’m going to preface this post by saying that I’m not giving you a step by step tutorial.  As always, I got excited about a project and didn’t stop to take photos along the way.  I can tell you though that if you have a little bit of handiness in the power tool area, you will be able to figure it out:)

After I cut my 1″x6″ and 1″x4″ boards, I took out wood glue and my air nailer and first glued and then nailed the boards together.   I laid the 1×6 flat and then butted my 1×4 up next to it.  and nailed it with 2″ nails.  Once I had the box framed up I used some lathe I had in the other shed for decorative trim.  To cut the lath I just used Ryans battery operated skill saw.  That way I could do one piece at a time.  I glued that down and nailed it with 1 1/4″ nails.  I ended up making 3 window boxes in about 2 hours…so when I say it really wasn’t that hard, I truly mean it!  I stained them with Dark Walnut stain, drilled 3 holes in the bottom for drainage and stapled in some plastic to line the wood with so it doesn’t rot.  Then I had found some brackets at Menards that were black that I loved, and thought the contrast on the white guest house would be nice.  What I loved even more were that they were only about $2.50 a piece.  So I ended up making all three window boxes for $15 since I had all the wood.  And here’s the end result..

 

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you can see in the close up that there is no such word as “perfect” in my book:)

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There’s only “good enough” :)  Ry loves that philosophy :)  I know too many perfectionists that worry about doing it just right, when all I really want is the end result.  So I”d rather have something that gave me the look that isn’t perfect, than never do it cause I was afraid I was going to mess it up…if you know what I mean!

And you honestly can’t tell when you look at the boxes that I may have been 1/8″ off here and there, and that there are nail holes that aren’t filled…

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All I see are some pretty cute window boxes that cost me next to nothing and add a ton of character to this little shack:)

Let’s just have a bit of fun and go way back to when the guest house was a garage..

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turned into guest house….

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and now with window boxes…

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don’t mind all the weeds:)

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I ended up finding some succulents at Menards on sale called Hen and Chicks.  They were $2.99/piece.  If you haven’t noticed I am kind of in love with the English garden look of all white and green.  Goes with my monochromatic taste I guess.  So these were perfect.  And since they are a succulent I don’t have to water them much. Bonus!

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I think I may add a little alyssum for a pop of white as well.

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And here’s what you see when you pull up to our house from the back side…

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I kinda love that it’s a little mini me to the big house!

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and I also love that the former owners put up that cute white fence to hide the propane tank.  Genius!

and this is the view from my kitchen window…

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If that helps with the layout!

I took a few more pictures outside and worked on another Whimsy project today that has an outdoor theme that I’ll be blogging about the rest of the week. Sometimes I get so stuck on the inside of the house, I forget how much I love to decorate the outside as well!

 

PLANK WALL REVEAL

I finished the plank wall awhile ago, and if you had been checking on the new before and afters you probably saw it, but if not, I’ll show you some pics.

So here’s a picture of the before…

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during…

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and now after..

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And I know I haven’t shown the back entry too much, mostly because there is still work to do, but this is where most of our toys hide…and our homeschool stuff.  So it’s probably the most unorganized area of the house..

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but I do love how the plank wall helps to tie it in better to the rest of the area…

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and I’m still loving the faux wood door I painted over there and how it pops on the white.

I have a few more plans for the area that I will hopefully show you in a bit!

One more planking project done…we’ll see how many are left in the future:):)