Thursday Tunes #1

It’s a soundtrack kinda day…

Thursday Tunes #1
Thursday Tunes #1
Thursday Tunes #1
(Buy Vinyl) 1. Lost in Translation Soundtrack / 2. Marie Antoinette Soundtrack / 3. Kill Bill Vol. 2 Soundtrack / 4. Ramones Mania


Diana Photo Wall

A few months before the baby was born I bought my husband a Diana mini camera. If you haven’t heard about them, or seen on before, they are pretty cool. You can read more info about them on the Lomography site.

He has taken hundreds of photos (72 1/2 frames fit on one role of film) and just recently he started going through them and vetting out the best ones. What used to be a photo gallery frame wall (of course I didn’t take any before pics, sigh) is now our ever rotating Diana photo wall. Dom painted a nice thick border to keep the wall from becoming an unruly mess of photos and he used these photo clips to align and hang everything. Here are the results:

Diana Photo Wall
Diana Photo Wall
Diana Photo Wall

Pocket – My New Best (App) Friend!

I am an app maniac. I admit it. I will download any and every app – as long as it’s under $2-3 (or better yet – free!). One of my newest obsessions is Pocket. I am online everyday, for HOURS at a time, and I come across so many cool sites and projects I want to save for later. Up until now I have been emailing myself a link. Well, now I have like, 8 million emails I have sent myself and I can never find what I want. Well, along comes Pocket to the rescue! I can save links, videos and articles for reading and viewing later into Pocket via my computer, iPhone or iPad. Now I have a visually clean way of seeing and organizing everything I want to read later! Yay!

Pocket Application
Actual screenshots of my Pocket!
(Get it here!)

Lowes Creative Ideas Website

I learned about the Lowes Creative Ideas website this past weekend and my every waking moment (ok, maybe not EVERY) has been consumed with drooling over/dreaming of all the cool projects they have on the site. The best part is they are labeled by skill level and they also give the estimated cost of the project. Genius.

Here are the projects I am “sure” I will be finishing in the next few months…

Lowes Projects
1. Leaning Shelf
2. Children’s Play Table
3. Kitchen Storage Cart
4. Stack it Up Table (FYI – this link is currently broken on Lowes site)

Magnetic Chalkboard Paint Wall – Yes? No?

We are trying to decide if it would be cool to do a low lying magnetic chalkboard wall along the area that separates our dining/kitchen area from our living area. We have an open floor plan, so it wouldn’t be too overwhelming to have a strip of black running along the wall – with the idea that Hayden could have a place to color and play with alphabet magnets and it might be cool to use it as a rotating photo wall as well.  Now to figure out a cool chalkboard/magnets holder…

What do you think?

Wall Before
Wall After

Living Room Update

A week ago we got our new twin sleeper and lamp from CB2 and they are starting to grow on me. At first I was unsure the new couch/sleeper got along well with my baby – a Room & Board couch – but I think they do! Sometimes it just takes a while to get the feel of a room.

Here are the two items we got:

CB2 Julius Twin Sleeper
CB2 fujiya floor lamp

And here they are in our living room – coexisting happily!

Our Living Room

Me Month

I’ve decided April is going to be all about me. ME ME ME!!! I’ve spent a (wonderful) year learning how to be a mom and trying to figure out how to balance working full time and being there for my family. Since baby H is 1 now it’s getting easier and less labor intensive to take care of him on a day to day basis, I figured I could focus on myself a little this month.

Now before you get all ballistic on me, no, I am not taking a week off to spend at a spa, and no, I’m not letting my kid stick forks into wall outlets while I read People magazine and sip a latte. I am fitting in small, easy to do action items into my everyday routine. Here they are:


Yes ladies, lip color! I am, admittedly, terrible at make-up application. But lips are super easy! I prefer a nice stain, something I don’t have to worry about accidentally wiping off every 5 minutes on paper towels or cups. I started using “Just Bitten” by Revlon and I love it. My goal is to wear some kind of lipstick – or lipstain – every day this month.


I have regrettable hair. It’s baby fine and a terrible boring shade of mousey brown. Before I was pregnant I had tried every shade out there – platinum blonde in the summer was my favorite – and when I got pregnant I had to stop the coloring. The best part about being pregnant was how full and lush it was – I felt like I could run my hands through it without out giant handfuls of hair coming out – but alas, no more. So this month I am trying out different styles and products to try to break out of my boring pixie cut.


Yes, I am using a teeth whitening system. Nothing fancy, just a CVS purchased product, but so far it’s working great! My teeth aren’t very stained, they just have 32 years of wear and tear and could use a little extra love!


We see a naturopath and love it. She helps us get rebalanced when we are feeling sluggish and helps with mending soar muscles and minds. My husband and I are both on vitamin regimens but I tend to get lazy and forget to take mine. So this month is all about getting back on them regularly (I take over 15 a day). I know I’ll feel better – I just need to commit!

Happy Birthday Hayden

Happy birthday little man! You are the coolest, best little baby on the planet! I can’t believe 1 year has gone by. This time last year my water broke on the North Ave. bus – and the rest is history! We love love love you and can’t wait to see what the next year brings! ❤

Tents Galore!

I came across this fab post from Cakies about a month ago and just knew we had to make this for little H for his upcoming 1 year birthday party! I passed on the link to my hubby (who would be taking care of any woodworking/drilling/nailing that had to happen) and he quickly agreed we needed this in our home post-haste. So this past Sunday Dom headed with Hayden in the stroller to Home Depot (a mere 3 miles from our house) to procure the wood while I headed to IKEA for the fabric (I don’t ever need an excuse to go to IKEA!). I’ll skip past the boring pics of us trying to drill wood in our apartment (mostly because I forgot to take any) and get right to the awesome result pics:

We were so thrilled with the outcome that we set it out immediately to try it out. Dom and I took turns hiding out in it while we watched episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and ate Pocky. I wonder who is going to get the most use out of this thing…

Check out my Pinterest board of tents for more ideas!

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