As we celebrated our first Thanksgiving holiday with little man I couldn’t help but think back on traditions my family shared. Growing up my dad would always have us go around the table and name at least one thing we were thankful for. As we neared our teens we would roll our eyes at this cheesy tradition my dad made us do. Now as I’m rocking my baby boy to sleep at night, I get it. It’s not a dorky tradition, it’s meaningful. My thankful list keeps growing and growing on the daily, but I’ll narrow it down for the sake of time.

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I’m truly thankful for a life where I get to do what I love each and every day. Teaching kids how to read, how to love math, how to get along, and how to be curious, is what I was called to do. Thankfully my husband values finding meaning in each day as well, and supports my not-so-glamorous career choice.

Thankful for great friends who know how to laugh, cry, and connect.

Thankful for parents, grandparents, and siblings that are always just a phone call or short drive away.

Thankful for a husband that brings peace, calm, and stability to my crazy world.

Thankful for our miracle, and biggest blessing – I can’t stop staring at him…and I can’t wait to see what he will be.

During this time of holiday hustle and bustle be sure your telling those that mean the most, just how thankful you are for them. What are you thankful for? Tell me below in the comments!


Nursery Redo

When we found out we were having a boy, I knew exactly what I wanted the room to look like. I knew I didn’t want something that screamed baby, instead I wanted something that looked like a little man. I went with the colors navy, white, grey, and orange. A quick coat of grey paint on the walls made the room seem so bright and airy. Then it was time for some custom pieces! I found the changing table and glider from an amazing momma that was redoing her little man’s room! It was time to go from baby to big boy room, so we hit the jackpot!

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A couple coats of white paint and some orange and white polka dot paper, and a couple of hours later….we had the perfect colorful custom changing table!
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In our old bungalow there are large windows on almost every wall. Think back to the days pre-AC and it’s pretty apparent that you would need plenty of air-flow to keep cool in these Oklahoma summers. I knew the window treatments would need to have pizzazz and pull the room together. I opted to sew them myself, and lucked out on some pretty awesome fabric choices from JoAnn and Hobby Lobby. It’s surprising how affordable black-out fabric is. I lined the curtain with black-outs so that midday napping would be possible. Then I sewed two separate pieces, one hanging from a tension rod (lined) and the other hanging from the curtain rod with clips. I was very pleased with the results.

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We had this little wooden nightstand, $10 at a local antique store, that just needed a  facelift for the room. Although our colors were orange, grey, white, and navy, I opted for a terra cotta color of paint so the oranges wouldn’t be overbearing or competing. (you can see the finished product in the pic of the nursery below)

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These cute spice rack bookshelves have been on almost every wishlist I’ve had. I love how they are functional and add color to walls at the same time. I ordered them off amazon, and for less than $15 we had a functional piece of art right above our glider for nighttimes filled with storybooks and snuggles.

My amazing mother offered to sew the bedding, which was a huge help! Everything we looked at online, in stores, etc. was too “baby” and didn’t go with our colors. Having a sewing grand-momma saved us a ton of worry and provided the perfect accent to our little man’s room. The rug below was a thrift store steal! While craft-weekending with my best girlfriends in Newton, KS I found this little gem in a back corner booth. It was marked $75, and while I was in love with it’s charm, I told myself I wouldn’t go over $50 for it. At the counter I asked the clerk what she would take for it,  she looked it over and said $40. Sometimes, the stars just align! What a deal!


As I close this post out, I just have to highlight the little wall collage we created for his manly room decor. I found the prints on etsy for next to nothing, and created the “S” from the wooden letter bin at Michaels and some scrapbook paper. This little touch is the first thing you see as you enter the room, and I just love how inviting it turned out to be!


What are your favorite nursery touches? Any must-haves for decorating your little one’s room? Would love to hear from you!