Easters & Why I am Cam from Modern Family.

I didn’t realize that I started a tradition back on Valentine’s Day, followed by St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m only kicking myself for missing Christmas (at only 2 days old, how flipping cute would that have been?!  I die.) and New Year’s.

For Easter, I present to you, my little chickie.

Easter Baby Picture Ideas

(But imagine me presenting her like this)

lion king gif

My friend, Valery was also having Easter mini sessions, so of course I was all over that.  You know… since I already had that outfit.

Baby Easter Pictures

I’m a little sad that the next major holiday isn’t until The Fourth of July.  I guess I’ll just have to get creative.

Cam Tucker gif

Baby Easter Pictures

Baby Easter Pictures

Baby Easter Pictures

Baby Easter Pictures

She’s just such a beautiful child, I can’t help myself.

This is me.  I’m Cam.  Wait til you see my master project.

Cam gif

And when Evelyn won’t let me dress her up anymore…

Cam Cats Gif

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Happy Easter, my friends.

We’re out adventuring in the trailer this weekend.  Can’t wait to show you her paint job when we get back!

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’m almost done painting the trailer!  April showers have made it a little challenging, but I’m sure you guys will love the finished product.  Stay tuned for the juciness of our canned ham!

Remember the time I told you I have an addiction to infomercials, and designed a whole workout room because of it?

What I wanted to buy on the infomercial was $400. *insert eye roll* pfff.  Yeah right.

I found a way to build it for around $20.

Maybe **I** should be making infomercials!  BUT WAAAAAIT!!!!!!!  THERE’S MORE!!!!

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I bought 2 closet brackets from Lowes for $6.40 each.  And a dowel 2″ in diameter.

Closet Bracket

I had a spare board laying around in my garage.  I painted the dowel and board the same color of gray that I used in the triangle wall (Taupe Tone by Sherwin-Williams).

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I wanted to use a board so that I could mount the closet brackets to the board, and secure the boards to studs.  With all the stress that would be on the barre during workouts, I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be ripped off the wall.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Using drywall screws, I secured it to the studs.  I painted over the screws so it would blend in a little nicer.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Be very careful when you attach your dowel to your wall brackets.  Put your power drill on the slowest setting, and I would highly advise drilling a pilot hole.  This wood can split very easily.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’ve done a few different barre workouts, and this one is by far my favorite. I sweat like a Carl’s Jr model spending an afternoon with Richard Simmons.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

It’s definitely a welcome change.  I do love running, but this is a fun workout to mix things up.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Evelyn loves exercising with me too.  She’s the queen of wiggle-ninety-x.  (Infomercial coming soon)

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Photo Project: Three Months

This post is a little late, but I’m sure you’ll kindly forgive me.

This beautiful soul is 3 months old.

The kid is a blossoming wildflower, exploding with personality.

Weekly Photo Project

You are beautiful
my tiny child,
wrapped tightly in my arms,
close to my heart.

I listen to you breathing,
and count your fingers and toes.

Big-eyed,
you cry out to me.
And I love you
with every ounce of my soul.

Monthly Photo Project Evelyn Faye

Each day with Evelyn Faye gets sweeter and sweeter.  #cavities

I’ll be painting the trailer this week!  Wish me luck, hopefully I have some good progress to report soon!

Vintage Trailer Renovation

Vintage Trailer Renovation Happiness On Wheels

I am delighted to announce our new summer project!  Our summer renovation-menu will include the main dish of canned ham with a side of retro.

We bought a 1970s Rancho El Rae vintage bumper pull trailer.  The appliances and electrical are all in good working order.  So we will be fixing it up cosmetically.

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

The first thing we’ll be doing is an exterior paint job.  I’ve been pinning like crazy to this new board.  Here are some ideas of paint jobs I’ve found:

Vintage TrailerVia

Vintage TrailerVia

Vintage TrailerVia

This project is a dream come true.  It has been a bucket list item to makeover an old trailer.  The great thing is, it’s still usable while we work on it.  We already have plans to take it out over Easter.  It was difficult to photograph, but here’s what the interior looks like:

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

It sleeps 5 (squishily).  The couch folds down to a double bed.  Above that, is a pull down double bed.  The table converts to a single bed.

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

To say I’m excited is the biggest understatement.  This is going to be a good time.

Oh Darling, Let's Be Adventurers

Cheeky Cheeky Baby

Dressing a baby is not to be taken lightly.

You have to take into consideration the amount of looks a baby gets.  When you’re the center of attention, you need to be on your A-Game.

Everyone likes a cute baby.  So, for the good of mankind, I do my part as a citizen to dress Evelyn in the finest garb.

My good friend Nicole just opened up an Etsy Shop: Cheeky Cheeky Baby.

She was sweet enough to send Evelyn this fetching arrow onesie and pair of vegan moccasins.

Cheeky Cheeky Baby

Cheeky Cheeky Baby

I can’t handle how perfect these moccasins are.  Evelyn has a LOT of newborn shoes, but none stay on her feet very well.  These moccasins didn’t fall off at all.  They stayed on 100% of the time.

Cheeky Cheeky Baby

Cheeky Cheeky Baby

Nicole has a lot of other items in her shop worth checking out.  All of which are super affordable.  If you have a baby, you need to check out her store.  And if you have a baby shower coming up or any nieces & nephews, make sure to get them an arrow onesie!

Cheeky Cheeky Baby

How to Paint a Geometric Triangle Wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

It all started with an infomercial.

For this.

Fluidity

BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I used to be addicted to infomercials.  Bad.  I may or may not have several useless items to make my life “simpler.”

One night I was up late feeding Evelyn.  And as the middle of the night would have it, I got sucked into the devil’s circle of infomercials.  Had my wallet been near me, I would have paid $414.44 on the spot.  I said to myself, “In the morning I shall.”

But then I woke up.  And I said, “I’m ridiculous.”  And I knew I could build a barre.  And the lovely Heidi found a great barre work out on Amazon, with great reviews.

Problem solved.

Not.

How could I possibly get in shape in such a wrecked room?

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

My goal was to get this room in shape (see what I did there?) before the workout video arrived.

This black-green was Karl’s doing if you remember.  And it was my task to undo it.

So. much. primer.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I wasn’t initially going to paint the ceiling.  Until I realized how yellowed time had made it.  It’s like time peed all over the ceiling.  So I fixed that while I was at it.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint later, it was fun time.

I measured the wall to calculate a grid.  Us Utahns are good at the grid system!

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Then, I used the grid to connect the intersections to create triangles.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Using a pencil and a level, I lightly drew the grid and triangles on the wall.  (I had to really darken the contrast in the picture for it to even show up.)

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I taped, using FrogTape.  (This is unsponsored, just my honest preference!)

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I used Sherwin-Williams sample sizes.  The colors left to right are:

Jersey Cream, Taupe Tone, Aquatint, Ardent Coral, Papaya, Gaity

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

After I had 2 coats of paint on those triangles, I untaped them, and taped the remainder.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

And just like that, it was done!

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

It’s such a beautiful, bright, and happy place to be.  I’m definitely inspired to work out here!

This is Buster’s take on working out.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Evelyn loves to be in her swing in the exercise room.  She stares at the pattern on the wall, and the sound of the treadmill is soothing to her.  Happy baby=happy mama.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

My old view while running was quite the drag.  The new view is one I could get used to.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

More on the DIY barre soon.  I will save you, like I saved myself, from the inner ring of hell addiction to infomercials.

St. Patrick’s Day Baby Pictures

It has happened.

I’ve turned into one of “those” moms.

Actually, Aaron says I’ve turned into Cam from Modern Family.

The plus side is, I don’t dress up the dogs for holidays anymore.

We’re just practicing for when Tyra has a cycle called “America’s Next Top Baby Model.”

Evelyn Faye has it in the bag.

St Patricks Day Baby Pictures

My little pot o’ gold.

St Patricks Day Baby Pictures

St Patricks Day Baby Pictures

St Patricks Day Baby Pictures

As good old Benjamin Franklin once said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

If you follow on Instagram, you’ll know what my next post is about!

Great Room Reveal: Open Concept Living/Dining Room & Kitchen

This post is brought to you by the blood, sweat, tears, and sanity of Aaron and Mekenzie Crowder.

We planned this renovation long before I was pregnant.  And we started demo before I was pregnant too.  And then I got pregnant, and going through a major renovation just about killed all three of us.  I laid most of the flooring by myself while 5 months pregnant.  We finished the week before Thanksgiving, with a little time to spare before the arrival of Evelyn Faye.

God bless all the pregnant women who go without a kitchen sink in the middle of summer.  I truly empathize.

I happily present to you, the reveal of our other baby, The Great Room.

Here’s the brief overview if you forgot where we started.

Great Room Renovation for a small house

Great Room Renovation for a small house

 

Let’s dive into the details.

 

The living room is sporting:
a painted fire place, with bead board and a red brick hearth
tall board and batten
painted curtains
entryway table made from scrap wood and a trunk
a new banister & newel post
gordon tufted chesterfield sofa
1970′s Scandinavian luna chairs
diamond shag rug
“Christ Walking on the Water” painting (1901) by Russian landscape artist, Julius Sergius von Klever

Living Room with Chesterfield couch, board and batten, fire place, painted yellow curtains, trunk coffee table.  Rustic industrial design.

Open Concept Living Room with Chesterfield couch, board and batten, fire place, painted yellow curtains, trunk coffee table.  Rustic industrial design.

Board and Batten around fireplace

Rustic industrial living room accents and accessories.  Painted pillows and curtains, DIY entry way table from a trunk.

Rustic Industrial living room furniture

Open concept for a small house. Living room and dining room.  Rustic industrial.  Restoration Hardware table, board and batten, redbrick hearth, white cabinets.

The dining room is made up of:
a bargain Restoration Hardware table
the perfect orb chandelier
IKEA Lindingo cabinets

Industrial rustic dining room with round table, orb chandelier, yellow accents, and white cabinets

Open concept for a small house. Living room and dining room.  Rustic industrial.  Restoration Hardware table, board and batten, redbrick hearth, white cabinets.

Industrial rustic living room accents

Industrial rustic dining room.  Circle Restoration Hardware table with leather chairs.  Orb chandelier, yellow accents.  Ikea cabinets

White IKEA Lindingo Cabinets

Open concept for small house. Living room dining room flow.  Integrated industrial design.

Yellow kitchen accents

Industrial rustic kitchen accessories.  Yellow accents.

Open concept renovation for small house.  Industrial rustic design with Rockport Gray paint, board and batten, and IKEA Lindingo cabinets

Kitchen is made up of:
pebble stone granite counter tops
white subway tile back splash
tabouret metal bar stools
chalkboard back door
IKEA stainless steel appliances: range, dishwasher, refrigerator
barn style pendant sink light

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Kitchen Chalkboard Art "I Can Do Hard Things"

Budget Kitchen Renovation.  IKEA Cabinets and granite.

Budget Kitchen Renovation.  IKEA Cabinets and granite.  White cabinets and subway tile backsplash.

Kitchen accessories

Industrial rustic kitchen accessories.  Yellow accents.

Budget kitchen renovation for a small kitchen.  IKEA white Lindingo cabinets

Industrial rustic living room accents

We absolutely love how the 3 rooms flow seamlessly together for one big cohesive feeling.  It’s my favorite place in the house to be.  In the next post I write, I’ll be publishing the cost breakdown, since I’ve received so many emails regarding how/where our money was spent.

Now can someone please point me in the direction of club membership for those who survive a kitchen renovation?

Photo Project: Two Months

Another month has passed, and it’s time to share where I’m at with Evelyn’s weekly/monthly project.

Here are 5 things I’ve learned in the past 2 months.

1.  Nyan Cat soothes a screaming baby.

2.  I will be single-handedly keeping earplug companies in business.

Nyan Cat Baby

3.  If you follow a baby’s example, you might become as good at sleeping as they are.

Sleeping Baby and Mommy

4.  But probably not.  You’ll still be exhausted all the time.

5.  There’s nothing cuter than a babe in a bear suit.

Puppy baby dad gif

She’s growing as fast as a cheetah on the split.

Weekly Photo Project - Evelyn Faye

Evelyn Faye is also much more pleasant when it comes to being sat up these days.

Monthly Photo Project - Evelyn Faye

Easy Entryway Table

February was a hard month.  First, I had strep.  Then, someone crashed into Aaron on the freeway and totaled his car.  Our water heater broke, and we had to get a new one.  Then Evelyn came down with a nasty cold that had her in the hospital one night.  We’re all fine now, just trying to catch up on life.

I’m happy it’s March.  In like a lambion, for us.  Half rain, half sunshine.  I’ll take it.

We really needed an entryway table like JLaw needs to stop trippin.  I mean, it was adorable to just throw my keys and purse on the floor every time I walk in the door, but…  no.

I whipped this up in an afternoon with some stuff I had hanging around in the garage.  The messy messy messy garage.

For the top, I wanted to use the top of a trunk.  I have a few trunks sitting in the garage from when we cleaned out Aaron’s grandma’s garage; the very best kind of hand-me-downs!

Easy DIY Entry Table

I had some extra 4X4′s in the garage from Jumbo Jenga.  I decided to use those chunky babies for legs.  I used my miter saw to cut them all at 36″

Easy DIY Entry Table

The legs got a nice wash in stain.  I used Minwax Polystain in espresso.  It’s the same shade I stained the banister.

Easy DIY Entry Table

After the stain was dry, I used spax screws to secure the legs to the top.  And Evelyn slept the whole time (note the sleeping baby in the swing).

Easy DIY Entry Table

I probably should add cross pieces for support.  But honestly, it’s pretty sturdy as is.  So we’ll see :)

Easy DIY Entry Table

I decided to hang the mirror up while I was at it.  I wish I could have hung it a few inches lower, but due to the light switch placement, this was the lowest it could be hung.

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

And there you have it.  The easiest entry table that ever lived.