Guest/Play Room Update

April 12, 2021 at 8:41 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Added a new rug! Small update, but so gorgeous I had to share!

Rug is from Mark and Day, and I LOVE their selection and prices! Highly recommend! AND, you can use that link and save 10% 😍

Wall hangings, shelves and a couch coming soon…

Plus, a total gut of our mudroom in process to share soon! 😉

Jess

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Guest/Play Room Transformation

March 2, 2021 at 7:15 am (Family Stuff, Home Changes and Additions, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When we moved in a few years ago the rooms were all boring and ugly…

Then we painted and added some fun flair to make this one a bright teen room…

Then, the teen grew up and moved out, so we had an empty space. 💡 We had an idea! A play room. But also make it a guest room, so that we still have a space for company to sleep…

And so the room became a guest/play room.

Paint again. Tone down those walls. New floors. New furniture. Make it fun, but grown up enough for guests… viola!

We went gray on the walls, but a touch darker than normal since we have lots of sunshine in here. We did snap in wood floor, since they are durable and easy to clean. Then the fun part…

We added a wall mural from PhotoWall! What better way to keep it fun for play and interesting but adult for guests?!

How cool is that?! It was actually super easy to install, just wallpaper in vertical strips, and it even comes with the paste. The boys are in LOVE with their new space!

You can head to PhotoWall too and use code ‘makemineeclectic25’ for 25% off any of their art, canvases, or wallpapers!

Next we will add furniture, so stay tuned…

XX,

Jess

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Sensory Play Part 2

December 4, 2020 at 3:28 pm (Family Stuff, Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I wanted to follow up with some more sensory play ideas we have found since getting our table. If you are new here, here is the first post on sensory play, where we talk about our table and some items that are super helpful!

First, get a funnel. These come in a pack of three and are collapsible silicone. Makes putting it all back SO much easier!

Another thing we’ve fallen in love with are these super cute jars from Busy Littles! You can even customize your jar with her, just message her on Instagram to order!

These are so fun because she adds acrylic letters and numbers that she makes! We got an alphabet that she customized to a camo theme! We also got one of her winter jars and a rainbow number jar. The boys LOVE them all!

So, what have we learned? That ANYTHING can be added to a sensory bin! The boys love that they can mix, stir, explore, dump, and keep the fun going for hours. Ok, minutes. They are kids. But still, its impressive. And anything that entertains both a 7 year old and a 2 year old is impressive in my book!

Also, here’s a peak at the Christmas box from Little Creators Texas too! We still love these also!

Have you tried sensory play yet?!

Jess,

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The Best Chex Mix

November 15, 2020 at 8:53 am (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have it. The Best. Chex. Mix. Recipe.

I promise.

This recipe has been a family tradition since we were kids, and still is today for my kiddos. Its super easy and EVERYONE is a fan. We freeze a couple bags and it serves family, friends, guests, and gift recipients all season long. And is always welcomed.

I hope you all enjoy like we do!

1/2 c. Butter or Margarine
1 1/2 tsp. Seasoned Salt
4 1/2 tsp. Worchestershire Sauce
Sprinkle of Garlic Powder to taste
2 c. Corn Chex
2 c. Rice Chex
2 c. Wheat Chex
1 c. Cheerios
1 c. Pretzel Sticks
1 c. Mixed Nuts
1 c. Mix Cereal

Heat margarine at 250° in shallow roasting pan until melted. Remove and stir in seasoned salt and worchestershire sauce. Add cereal and nuts. Mix until all pieces are coated. Heat in oven 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Spread to cool.

Best part is, it doubles well! Make a double batch and use a large pan. Easy!

Let me know what you think!

Jess,

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Muscatine Iowa Area Sightseeing

July 13, 2020 at 8:12 pm (travel) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Summer is here! We’ve been quarantined long enough, so we are off to see all the sights, but distantly! So, we thought we would round up some of the things to do and see outside and at a distance, here in Muscatine area, Iowa. Enjoy!

1. Wilcat Den and Saw Mill- this is one of my family’s favorites in the area. Its historic and beautiful and there is plenty to do here! You can camp or stop for the day, hike the many trails, and explore the historic buildings. There is a school and an old church and even a mill. The old bridge over the stream at the mill is a gorgeous sight to behold. PLUS… you can swim in the stream and go up to the waterfall! Its an amazing experience and the whole family loves doing it!

2. Weed Park- one of the best parks I’ve found, anywhere. Picnic areas, pavilions, historical plaques and sights, gorgeous views of the Mississippi, beautiful landscaping, and a pond with ducks, geese, and fishing for kids. Plus, they have two playgrounds that are awesome. And once back to normal they have a waterpark. Totally worth a visit for everyone in the family.

3. Discovery Park- during normal times, they have an indoor center to see interactive wildlife features and even take classes. Currently, you can still see all they have to offer outside. There are numerous trails to walk, most paved, through gorgeous views, wildflower patches and even see wild animals. They have a butterfly garden and owls outside to view too. They also have a pond where you can fish!

4. Muscatine River Front- plenty to do down here, even distantly! You may not be visiting the pearl button factory museum right now, and even the splash pad is not turned on yet, but it’s still a beautiful, relaxing, and even entertaining area of Muscatine. You can walk the gorgeous river front, even stopping to read the plaques about the city history. You can play at the play ground. You can even take photos with the clam digger statue. And there are a few downtown restaurants up the block that offer outside dining!

5. Swinging Bridge- you have to drive about 15 minutes out of town for this one, but worth the drive. The Swinging Bridge in Columbus Junction is a sight to not miss. We visit each year for the views and a photo. Read about the bridge’s history, walk across if you dare, snap some photos, and even hike the lower trails. You will love this one!!

While you are out in the Columbus Junction area, you can see the historical marker for Convict Highway! 😉 Just a super old road, but you can read about how the convicts of the time built it!

Muscatine also offers several parks with awesome playgrounds, a skate park, and a disk golf course. Plus plenty of sites indoors once that is safe again!

We also love to camp and boat. I can recommend places for that too! Enjoy! 😉

XX,

Jess

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Quarantine Ideas

April 28, 2020 at 6:36 am (Family Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We remind the kids every day that we are “safe at home”, not “stuck at home”. And truly, we are blessed. But, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming having everyone here full time. I want to keep them all entertained, educated, occupied, happy…

Here are just a few ideas that may help during this time!

1. Follow my craft idea board on Pinterest! I add ideas to it as I see them, so check it out for some of the things we have tried and some we still hope to try!

We have loved some of these! One true favorite was shaving cream art! Smear down shaving cream in a pan, add drops of food coloring and swirl them in any pattern with the end of a paintbrush. Lay a thick piece of paper on the colored cream and press. Lift up and scrape cream off the paper with a spatula. Look what it leaves behind!

2. Educational apps that make learning fun! I know we all try to limit screen time. But we all need a break and a little help too! There are several we love, but one that the 6 year old can use by himself is Book Prunelle. It’s an ebook platform for kids , featuring powerful stories to inspire them to become the next generation of conscious kids. They tackle challenging topics in an entertaining and child-friendly way to help kids grown mindful and kind-hearted. Cool, right?!

You pay for a subscription by month or year, but right now you can try the first month for free! And you can use the code JESSIMARIEL5 off of either subscription too!

They have books like this one explaining the Corona Virus in terms kids understand!

3. Read with Dolly on Thursdays! The boys both loved this for some reason! Dolly Parton reads a story live on YouTube every Thursday and saves it to her channel to watch anytime. The boys were glued. And mom cleaned the kitchen! 😉

4. Duo appto facetime anyone. Maybe you knew about this? I did not, but was so happy to learn! With this app, any type of phone can video call one another. Now the kids can video call with grandma and grandpa!

5. Neveo journal making! Neveo lets you add photos all month to an app and at the end of the month they put together your pictures and captions into a journal to be send to grandparents, friends, etc. So helpful for keeping up with some of those seniors that can’t get out right now! Use the code SUPPORT for two free months of 50 photo journals!

I hope these little ideas help even a tad bit. Hang in there. Give yourself grace. We’ve got this.

XX,

Jess

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I Won A Giveaway!

June 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm (Tid Bits, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am never this lucky!  But, recently I did actually win an awesome giveaway!  I entered a giveaway through My Four Littles blog, http://www.myfourlittles.com.  What I won was the April box from Ecocentric Mom Box, https://ecocentricmom.com/. Ecocentric Mom is a subscription box that you receive monthly.  There are several goodies and new products in there to try.  How fun, right?  The products are all natural, healthy, and organic.

 

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Here is what came in April’s box:

  1. Linwoods Super Food Blends ($6.99) A convenient way to get some great nutrients, omega fatty acids, and vitamins, Linwoods products are made from organic flaxseed, berries, nuts, and seeds. Gluten free, GMO free, dairy and yeast free, vegan, all natural, and NO added sugar! Love the Ecocentric Mom include SIX samples instead of just one.
  2. Nature’s Gate Rice Bran Facial Moisturizer ($14.99) A FULL SIZE bottle of moisturizer that feels great and is made in the USA. No parabens, phthalates, fragrance, PEG, Mineral Oil, or Petroleum! They also included a sample size of the Shampoo, Body Wash, and Conditioner. Coupon code also included.
  3. Bamboo Bailey $10 Gift Card ($10) Bamboo Bailey is an online story with eco-friendly, natural, and recycled products for the entire family!
  4. Fyrefly Organic Serenity Tea (10.95 full size, 2 samples included) 100% organic loose leaf tea. Each sample makes 2-4 cups. I’m not a tea drinker but I may try this one, smells great! Coupon code also included.
  5. Nature’s Kick Honeystix ($1.79/pack, 2 packs included) Great snack for kids and made with the best honey. Made in the USA. Love easy snacks and these are surprisingly a very convenient way to enjoy honey without the sticky mess. Coupon code also included.
  6. Frego $5 Gift Card ($5) Frego makes glass and silicone food storage containers that are BPA and PVC free, contain no lead, and can go from freezer, to microwave, to dishwasher! They’re even oven safe. 
  7. Good Greens Bar ($2.99) The first gluten free, vegan, low-glycemic index wellness bar. It was delicious – I have discovered so many great, healthy food bars from Ecocentric Mom. Coupon code also included.
  8. Boring Goats Goat Milk Soap ($5.50 full size, sample size included) Made in Boring, Oregon, USA, Boring Goats “Non-Scents” soap is made from only the highest quality ingredients.Natural bar soap is the only thing I use with my youngest child so I was really excited to see this. It’s made from olive oil, goat milk, coconut oil, palm oil, and shea butter! Coupon code also included.
  9. WEXY Biodegradable Snack Bags ($3.99 for 28, small sample included) We love WEXY bags here so always thrilled to get some more. They’re fun, colorful, Made in the USA, and eco-friendly. Coupon code also included.
  10. 7th Heaven 100% Natural Face Mask ($2.99) Hydrating, cleansing, and toning face masks that smell amazing. Love these, can always use a good skin pick me up. Coupon code also included.
  11. Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($11.99 for 10 samples, 2 included) Coconut oil has countless uses and is a safe food for our FPIES child, so it’s a staple in our house – thrilled to receive some more! Coupon code also included.

Some of my favorites were the face mask and moisturizer!  Everything was so fun to try out and play with.  I totally recommend Ecocentric Mom for a fun mail subscription.  Thank you Ecocentric Mom and My Four Littles! 🙂

 

 

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Mini Paint Project

April 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have finally completed a tiny project that has bugging me on my to-do list forever now!

Remember the little downstairs bathroom with the cute antique cupboard… (tiny room = bad photos, sorry!)

Well, here is the very sad, and a little scary inside of this cupboard…

So, a little paint and some pretty things to make the cupboard useful, and… viola!

The cupboard is antique, and therefore has many bumps and cracks, so it will never be “perfect,” but now its not such an eyesore. When company is over I will not be so embarrassed to let them reach in for another roll of toilet paper or necessity!

I even did a bit of decorating to the necessities in the cupboard. These antique jars got new fun lids. And a small box got a bright cover to hold small things.

Aah, much better! What do you think? More projects on the way too! 🙂

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Fun Chair Love

August 1, 2012 at 9:32 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi, all! Wow, have things been busy around here. Wedding is 45 days away! But, while I had a moment away from wedding projects I thought I would share some fun chairs that I absolutely adore!

Anything turquoise, especially in leather…mmm…

This room is a little too silver and modern for me normally, but this curvy chair done in a patchwork of prints is just awesome!

I love this dark walled room and even more love this zebra chair!

I have no words for how cool this chair is… AND, I can’t read all of the post, but this one was definitely a very neat DIY, so go check out the site!

Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Updates coming soon!

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Simple Table Setting For Two

April 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have been keeping busy around here. Mostly working on wedding projects, and although I would love to show you some of them, I am making myself wait until after the big day. So, here is a tid bit of the fun around here, a table setting just for the two of us. Jeremy even helped me think of the fun center piece! 🙂

What do you think? Simple, fun, and totally us. lol. Hope you are all having a nice early spring!

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