Laundry Room Update – The Plan

Laundry Room Update – The Plan

Calling this a laundry room makeover is generous. We don’t really have a room per se. It’s more like a walkway from our garage entrance to the main living area. So when I saw this post on Nesting with Grace about this $20 light, I got inspired to do something about this eye sore of a space.

Laundry Room Makeover Before

This is where we are starting with the laundry room, these are unedited and exactly how this space looks on any given day. It’s a high traffic area and it goes without saying that it gets a lot of use. And I look at it every time I sit on my couch….


There are great (original) cabinets above the washer and dryer that provide critical storage. Given my short stature, they are hard to reach so I’m going to paint them and add some pulls to modernize the cabinets and make them easier to reach.

Also needed in this space is a countertop. We tend to pile things up in here on top of the machines and then items fall off during the spin cycle. I’m also hoping that installing a countertop will muffle a little bit of the sound when the machines are running.


There is also a small bathroom here – we’re gonna leave that alone…for now. I’m sure this design will dictate what I do with that little powder room when it comes around time to update it. And no, the baby didn’t get into the toilet. She tried to sit on it to read her book. HA!


Probably one of my most important tasks with this project is moving our growth chart. I started to record the girls growth when we moved in 3 years ago. I will transfer this to a ruler growth chart that I’ll install on the back of a closet door.


This is the view when you come in from the garage.


That’s where we are starting with this room and I’m hoping to do this entire makeover for under $300.

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The Laundry Room Makeover Design Plan

Target has a line of removable wallpaper that is peel and stick. It’s $30 per roll and if I don’t like it, then it’s easy to take off. I’ve always loved the large palm leaf wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and this pattern reminded me of that but in more muted beachy tones. I found this print online but our local store had a few limited patterns in stock. Lots of options online though.

The wallpaper comes with a few corresponding paint colors so I went with the greenish gray for the cabinets. This I picked up at my local Target once I had decided on the wall pattern. The gold pulls I found on clearance at Target as well and the hooks are from Anthropologie and are my splurge item.

If you read about our dining room or our stair remodel, then you know that we are not DIY people but I think this wood countertop is doable for us.

We have family coming into town so I don’t think we’re going to get this project started until after Easter but I’m really happy with our plan.

UPDATE! The laundry room makeover is done and I couldn’t be more thrilled….or shocked….by the transformation. See it here.

Laundry room makeover design board. Small, DIY and on a budget this remodel will include painting cabinets, installing a stained wood farmhouse countertop and peel and stick wallpaper in a bold print. #DIY #makeover #laundry #smallspace

Kid friendly Easter table

Kid friendly Easter table

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We are hosting Easter this year and to make it extra special, we will have family in town to celebrate with. Traditionally, we go to church and do an egg hunt for the kids and then stuff our faces – all. day. long. I’m starting to pull together our menu for this year and getting excited about our favorite dessert and sweet rolls. My sister in law is going to make Grannie Maine’s potatoes (who Little Nugget was named after) and we’re going to order a ham. Lots and lots of ham.

Since our nieces will be in town, I put together a fun Easter table so that all the cousins can sit together. We only get to see each other a couple times a year and it’s so fun to see the kids bond and create memories together, despite their age differences.

Kid Friendly Easter Table

These plates are from Pier One and I could not resist them. What’s more whimsical and fun than rabbits with glasses and spring formal wear?

Easter Kids Table above glasses

The napkins and napkin rings are also from Pier One. Each one of the set has a different word on it – Nosh, Nibble, Pick or Graze. Pretty much sums up my kids appetite on any given day. I love that they work on the Easter table but could be used any time of year.

Easter kids table nosh

When I was taking pictures of the Easter table, Big Nugget asked if she could help. I asked her to go around and take pictures of all the things she liked on the table. This was one of her pictures and I thought it was great! Especially for a 4 year old. I asked her what she liked about this picture and she told me that she could see everything fun in it – the silly rabbits, the yummy candy and the twinkle carrot lights in the tree.

Easter kids table clara

The Peeps centerpiece was fun to put together and so easy. See the full tutorial here.

Easter kids table centerpiece

The place mats are just brown craft paper and are fun to draw and write on when the kids are waiting on their food. These crayons are perfect for little hands and in a great spring color palette.

Easter kids table nibble

Seriously, I can not get enough of these plates. So stinking cute. The glasses are the perfect size for the kids also and from the Magnolia for Target line. Egg holders, bunny and rolled paper flowers were all found at the Target Dollar Spot.

Easter kids table pick

Easter Table Kids

Still looking for Easter basket ideas? See what the Easter Bunny is bringing to our house this year, here.


How to make a Peeps Centerpiece

How to make a Peeps Centerpiece

Peeps can be one of the more controversial aspects of Easter. People either love them or hate them. Personally, I’m on the fence. I don’t mind them but they aren’t my favorite. Then again, I’m not a huge candy fan to begin with (unless you are a bite size Snickers, then it’s game on).

One way to incorporate Peeps into your Easter without eating them is to make this adorable Peeps centerpiece. It’s a great project to do with your kids and literally takes 10 minutes to pull together.

Peeps Centerpiece Supply List

Here’s what you need:

4 packages of Peeps. You can do all the colors or just one.

1 large vase.

1 small, tall, bud vase.

Flowers. I used some fake flowers this time but I have done this with live tulips.


Peeps Centerpiece PeepsPeeps Centerpiece vases

Layer your Peeps so that they circle the bottom of the vase, leaving room for your smaller vase to fit inside.

Peeps Centerpiece first layer

Continue to build up your layers, alternating colors if you want, until you get to the top of the vase.

Peeps Centerpiece halfway

Finish off with flowers. I used a fake bloom that I had but you could fill the inner vase with water and use live flowers. Careful when filling the inner vase with water because the Peeps will melt if they get wet.

Finished Peeps Centerpiece

Peeps Centerpiece Finished 1

This Peeps Centerpiece is so easy to pull together, we did another one for our kids Easter table. I found these flowers at Target in the Dollar Spot.


DIY Peeps Centerpiece

11 Must Haves to Pull Together Easy Easter Baskets

11 Must Haves to Pull Together Easy Easter Baskets

Some of our family will be in town over Easter weekend and we are so excited! I’m starting to pull together my menu for the day but I can guarantee my favorite dessert and these raspberry sweet rolls will be included. The Easter bunny already finished it’s shopping on a swoop through Target and a few clicks of the mouse online. Take and look and see what will be in our girls Easter baskets this year, including their darling outfits for Easter day.

Looking for more Easter ideas? Check out our complete guide here.

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Easy Easter Baskets

Easter Basket Gift Guide

One – Both our girls love Pete. Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure

Two – Big Nugget is loving Beat Bugs lately on Netflix so this I Can Read! Beat Bugs book is perfect.

ThreeNever Touch a Monster is colorful and tactile, perfect for the toddlers in your life.

Four – Big Nugget picked out this darling sparkly Easter dress from Mini Boden. Ebates is currently offering 4% cash back on your purchase!

Five – Big Nugget is really into puzzles lately, this Discover America puzzle will keep her occupied and help her learn the states.

Six – This jumper is also from Mini Boden, perfect Easter outfit for the Little Nugget. I love the versatility of it depending on the weather and it matches sister without being identical.

Seven – Big Nugget and I saw Coco in the theater. The music, the visuals, the story…we loved it all.

Eight – No Easter basket is complete for Southern California kids without some new beach toys. I love the Antsy Pants line from Target.

Nine – Spring is also a great time to refresh our swimwear, between chlorine at swim class and sand/salt water at the beach, our suits take a beating. This suit from Cat and Jack is perfect for Big Nugget.

Ten – Long sleeve rash guards are a necessity here and I love the front zipper on these, also from Cat and Jack at Target.

Eleven – Another swimsuit from Cat and Jack, long sleeve tops provide an extra layer of sun protection and are easy to get one and off.

What’s your go to for your kiddo’s Easter baskets?

Cowgirl Birthday

Cowgirl Birthday

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About six weeks before Big Nugget turned three, we welcomed Little Nugget into our family. So naturally, in my postpartum state, I decided that her third birthday needed to be extra special. As in, make up for all the guilt that I was feeling for not giving her as much attention anymore. I let her pick the theme, horses and I went (overboard) from there.

The Sweet Treats

Cowgirl Birthday dessert wide

The fabric banner came together from a scrap roll that I bought at Hobby Lobby that happened to be the perfect color combination for the party. Flippen Fanchers has the perfect tutorial on how to make these banners – they are super easy.

I love to bake and always make the cakes for our parties but this year, I knew I just couldn’t do it. An amazing local baker made my vision come to life. Not only was it adorable, it tasted amazing.

Cowgirl Birthday Cake

The cookies were done by Two Sugar Bees and they also served as the party favors. They turned out so great, I used them again for Little Nugget’s first birthday.

Cowgirl Birthday cookie displayCowgirl birthday cookies

Cowgirl Birthday Elements

The centerpieces were very simple – mason jars, red bandana’s and sunflowers. I could not resist these tiny bales of hay.

Cowgirl Birthday Centerpiece Outdoor

We kept the kids busy with a horseshoe painting station and our bounce house.

Cowgirl birthday craft table

For this cowgirl birthday party, we kept the menu simple – burgers and hot dogs, crock pot mac and cheese, watermelon and a spinach/strawberry salad.

Cowgirl Birthday Food Spread

Cowgirl Birthday Girl

Big Nugget wanted a horse dress and I found this one from Mini Boden. Their clothes are such good quality and a year later, she still wears this dress as a tunic with leggings. The boots are from Cat and Jack at Target.

Cowgirl Birthday OutfitCowgirl Birthday Pony

I keep asking Big Nugget what she wants to do for her birthday this year. She’s said over and over again, Chuck E. Cheese. Why? Because I didn’t want to take her there for lunch one day and told her that you could only go if you were invited for a birthday party. So, Chuck E Cheese it is this year. Not my first choice but if I can recreate this smile, then it’s all worth it.

Cowgirl Birthday Riding Horse

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Cowgirl Birthday Party Cake