Friday, September 25, 2009

The Best Pajamas EVER!

Max has a "thing" for pajamas and I have a "thing" for how cute he looks in them. He has had some cute, unique, comfortable pajamas in his collection, but these are by far the coolest!

I found them on sale at the Gap Outlet (where I buy most of his clothes for super cheap). I knew he HAD to have them. Not only is he the cutest skeleton ever, but this latest addition to his pajama collection even GLOWS in the dark. In boy world things don't get much cooler than that! The only down fall is that he keeps turning off all of the lights and closing the door.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wrapping it up!

We have a birthday party to go to tomorrow at Chuck-e-Cheese. The perfect gift for a two-year-old little girl? BOOKS! The perfect "wrapping"? A $3 Wal-mart basket...

Max helped me pick out the books and we wrote a little note inside each of the books so the Birthday Girl would know that they were "Max Approved"...

I then searched the garage for some spray paint that would be suitable for a little girl--yellow offered a nice change for me. I pulled out the mask and sprayed the basket.

Twenty minutes later we have a personal gift that she is sure to enjoy for years to come.

I always like to use twine with ribbon to make my bows.

A few months ago I used some birthday paper to make a whole set of tags so that I don't have to make one every time we have a party to go to. This one matched my color theme perfectly.

Other great wrapping ideas...

Number paper and a red marker = "Calendar" Wrapping Paper

Jump Rope Ribbon

Cupcake Foil Flowers--This one is on my list to try!

Pom-poms--Cute & Cheap
Newspapers & Maps--Very Green!

And for the man in your life...a "Man Bucket"

Images courtesy of Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Marie Claire Idees via and Simple Treasures

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I've Got News...

OK, so I'm not that great at keeping secrets, but my news is too good to keep to myself!

Max is going to be a big brother!

I took 3 tests just to make sure!

TWO pink lines for sure and we couldn't be more excited. We have planned and waited on this for so long and we are thanking God for this blessing!

This momma's gotta get to bed so good night!

Friday, September 11, 2009

My New Best Friend

Meet my new best friend!

The Kobalt Large Gravity Feed Spray Gun!

Fancy, right?

I ran across a blog about a week ago that introduced me to the spray gun attachment for an air compressor. I was so excited about the thought of having a spray gun to make all of the painting that I need to do much easier and much quicker. I rushed to Home Depot the next day to get the exact spray gun as Holly from Life in the Fun Lane. I was disappointed that the gun was not compatible with our air compressor. I left Home Depot empty handed. Today I went to Lowe's to see if they had a spray gun that would work with my air compressor and they did!! I was so excited that I came home and got straight to work painting the arbor that I primed last weekend. I finished in less than 30 minutes! I have BIG plans for my new BFF this weekend, I'm only wishing I had known her when I was painting the shed last weekend.

I'm hoping to have some before and after pictures of the projects that I am working on to share with you tomorrow night. Until then, I will share some of Holly's beautiful work that is made possible by her handy spray gun...







I'm on the hunt for one of these benches!



Can you believe what she does to transform Craig's list and thrift store finds into beautiful furniture with her handy spray gun? She also has such a talent for styling her pictures! Check back tomorrow to see my progress.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Color Love

I never know whether to call it turquoise, teal or aqua. What I do know is that any shade of this color makes me dream about the possibilities in my own home.

When I saw this table on the cover of House Beautiful I was instantly smitten. Had I not feared divorce, I would have painted and distressed my boring (at least compared to this one) black dining room table to imitate this beauty.

The crisp white beamed ceiling paired with the rustic floor and the breezy paint color make me feel instantly calm.

I would kill for this lamp.

The combination of orange and teal is an interesting one and I plan to use it in Max's new "Map Room".
This is another lamp I would love to bring home and that quilt would be perfect for Max's new room.

Red is not my favorite color, however, there is something about this pairing with turquoise that feels warm and rustic. I'm looking for a place to use the unique color combo.

I can promise you that before the end of the year there will be a turquoise door (or two) in the Negreiros house.

What color inspires you?

Images courtesy of House Beautiful & Dream Kitchen

Monday, September 7, 2009

Back on My Bike

After several months of being "too busy" and too lazy to get my butt on my bike, I finally took the ole' girl out for a spin tonight.
The weather was beautiful and I enjoyed the ride. It reminded me of the importance of exercise and taking some time for myself. I hope to be spending a lot more time on my bike over the next few months. As for now, I am going to start my week off right by going to bed early.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

BBQ, Park and My Camera

We took advantage of today's beautiful weather and spent the day with friends at James Island County Park. They have a new playground and Max loved it. While he was playing on the equipment, I was playing with my camera.

Max and Ethan played on the playground for a long time.

They also played in a tree--I wish I had a tree like this in my backyard!

The "boys" played too...

We all got some "Cruz love"!

What I learned today:

#1. I am ready for another one of these.

#2. I love to spend time with friends!

#3. I love my camera, but I still have a lot to learn.

#4. I have to go to bed now because this day (and this post) have worn me out!