Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rockin' again

Back in November I was perusing our local Habitat For Humanity ReStore store (one of my favorite places to walk to every week with the kids, when it's not February warm out) and came across a super cheap and cute doll rocker. It was white and dirty and had weird stuff painted all over it. Now you'd think I would have taken a photo of it, but I didn't. So you'll have to imagine what it looked like beforehand. Ha!

Anyways...I saw the potential it had under all that old paint and grime.

I knew that Chloe's nana and grandpa were planning on getting her a doll for Christmas, as well as a doll stroller from Matt and I :) So I thought it'd be fun if she had a doll rocker to go along with her doll & accessories. And the rocker was only $5, so I couldn't pass it up!

I hired Matt persuaded Matt to clean the rocker up, wood putty it in a few places, prime it and paint it. We used a sample size paint from Menards and had the rest of the materials in our basement stash already.

The paint color is Pink Limoncello:

Once Matt had it painted I added my own little touch, Liquid Leaf gold paint to all of the flat edges:

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out:

Solid wood rocker from ReStore: $5
Small sample of pink paint: under $5
Wood putty/primer/gold leaf that we already had: $0
Chloe rocking & singing to her dolls over and over again: Priceless!

Oh...and did I mention that Chloe got FOUR dolls for Christmas?

Let's just say the rocker has gotten much use already!

Have a nice weekend...


Sunday, January 31, 2016


Yesterday the weather was pleasant enough that we spent the morning outside :)

We took a long walk along the bluff with the kids in the stroller, then let them run around in the yard and driveway.

Eventually the kids got cold and wet from splashing in the puddles and throwing snowballs at each other so Matt built an impromptu bonfire in our back yard...

Which immediately led to roasting ginormous marshmallows...

Chloe got a taste...

Liam nibbled on his for a long time...

And then I roasted my own. I'm patient with my marshmallows.

And we finished our outdoor adventure with some shoveling (for fun).

Have a nice week!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cheers to a new year

It's hard to believe that we celebrated Christmas almost a month ago already! Time sure flies by when life is busy.

I haven't blogged much because the month of December was a whole lot of BUSY. But now that things have settled back to normal I'm hoping to be on here a lot more :)

I don't have any new year resolutions to share right now. But I do have some photos from the month of December. As usual I took way too many photos, so I did my best to put together a quick little recap of our holidays.

This is the first year we went to a tree farm to cut our own Christmas tree. We attempted going to tree farms in years past but the weather was always cold and windy so we turned around and headed back home. But this year the weather was just right! Crisp but sunny. Liam ran around for a good 1/2 an hour before we found our perfect tree.

My nephew performed in Sheboygan's holiday parade again this year (it's his last year in the South High band before he heads off to college...tears...) so we waited to see him trombone by.

Two weeks before Christmas we spent three nights/three days at Great Wolf Lodge and had a really fun time! We stayed at the Lodge once when the kids were younger & not as mobile.  So this time around they were able to go on a lot more of the water slides, which made it more enjoyable for Matt and I too!

                        Chloe taking a break at the water park                    A photo in front of the Clock Tower

                             Chloe in her little wolf ears                                              Resting in our room

They also got to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Liam loved them. Chloe, not so much.

We spent Christmas with Matt's family the weekend before 'actual' Christmas Eve/Day. We spent the evening at Matt's aunt and uncle's house, where the kids got to visit with Santa AGAIN (he landed at their neighbors house with reindeer, sleigh and all!) and spent the next day with Matt's immediate family and grandma.

         All bundled up and waiting for Santa to arrive        Matt's sister, future cousin-in-law and cousin

                    Matt's cousin & Chloe with a new baby doll                                Liam and Santa

                   Breakfast at Nana & Grandpa's house                           Hanging out with his auntie

Opening many gifts. Lucky little kids :)

On Liam's last day of 3K before Christmas break he performed some songs with his little friends. Oh my goodness, it was so cute!

We spent Christmas Eve & Christmas Day morning at my mom's house. My brothers were their with their families as well.

                        Rylan and Liam. Best cousins.                                       Chloe and her cousins

                 My mom has a tiny stocking for each 
                                of her 7 grand kids                             My mom & my nieces, Isabella and Caroline

                                  Hottie hubby                                      Looking out the window for signs of Santa

                     My brother Nate and his family                                        My mom + grand kids

In the afternoon on Christmas Day we traveled to Sun Prairie to celebrate Christmas with my mom's side of the family, with her 6 brothers & sisters and all of my cousins. I believe their were 41 people at dinner that night. I love my big, huge family and the crazy Christmas's we share together :)

                       My brother Jason and his wife                                     Chatting. Mingling.

                           One of the dinner tables                              My beautiful grandma, mom and aunts

And the infamous COUSINS PHOTO (my grandma is in there too).
Oh how I love all of my first cousins!!

We drove home on Christmas Day Eve and awoke at our home to celebrate Christmas with our own little family.

         Chloe and her new (refurbished by mom & dad)
                                    pink doll cradle                                  Lots of books and dolls for this little girl

                        Marble Run. Two thumbs up!                                  A few little gifts for Matt

Since Christmas we've kept pretty busy.
Playing in the snow.

             Haircuts for everyone. Except for Chloe - lol                Trips to the Childrens' Museum

               Chloe tending to her baby sweet!                             A trip to the bowling alley

And ringing in the New Year with with my favorite guy!

Happy New Year to you all (a few weeks late)!

May your year be filled with peace, good health and happy surprises!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Just hopping on here quick to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas!

Love you all -
Erin, Matt, Liam and Chloe

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bags and tags

I'm proud to say that Crafty Club has been going strong for over two years now! I had the duty of hosting this month's club. This was the 4th time I've hosted.

I must admit, I wasn't super excited or happy about the craft that I picked out this month, but I think the drinks and snacks and great conversation between us ladies made up for the just-okay craft :)

Since the month of December is rapidly approaching, I thought it'd be nice to do a craft that could help us ladies be a teensy bit 'ahead of the game' with something in preparation for Christmas. It was too early to make cutout cookies or gingerbread houses, but it wasn't too early to decorate some crafty little gift bags. 

We decorated three plain brown paper bags each. Ones that you can just throw a gift into quickly, for a teacher or neighbor or friend. And the tag and tissue paper are ready to go too.

Some photos from the evening:

100% true

I made home-made cranberry orange margaritas -- recipe taken from here  -- and they were a big hit!

I also made apple nachos -- recipe adapted from here
Step 1 - slice up 2-3 apples and display them on a tray
Step 2 - drizzle with caramel sauce
Step 3 - drizzle with melted white chocolate candy coating

Step 4 - sprinkle with Heath candy bar bits
Step 5 - sprinkle with mini milk chocolate chips

I set up three bag-decorating stations

We used paint to stamp little deer and attached red fussy noses...

used daubers to apply gold paint dots on these...

and washi tape trees on these.

Snacking and crafting.

Joy's accidental 'blob deer'

And the next morning Liam loved decorating some bags of his own :)

Have a nice week,