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,

XX

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Sensory Play

November 21, 2020 at 10:15 pm (Family Stuff, Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been working hard to make Barrett’s time while Brantley is in study time more educational and interactive (and Brantley’s breaks too) and include less cartoons.

So I’ve added some sensory play! And its going SO well over here that I thought I would share some of the things we are using and loving!

First, it’s totally not necessary, but the table we got it super handy! I got the boys the Ikea Flisat table. Its under $50 and is great quality. The two tops are removable and their Trofast bins hang from underneath. This concept is awesome! I can take the bins out to wash them, refill them, or even store things in them. The table tops are wipeable and not the type that get crud caught in the vinyl edge, these are solid! I also added the Sundvik chairs, as opposed to the stools they recommend with the table.

We now use this area for all kinds of crafts, coloring, sensory bins, and even snacks.

The large wooden bowl is from Walmart for about $7. The small set is 4 from Amazon. I also added the set of wooden spoons from Amazon. I even have my own set of wood bowls for charcuterie boards because they were so cute. 😂

Sometimes we add things like rice, beans, popcorn kernels, and pastas to the dishes. This is a huge hit. Albeit a little messy. 😉

I highly recommend some Magic Erasers (these things are like mom gold!) and a little broom like this one for clean up.

These plastic jars are awesome for saving some of the fillers or kids’ creations for a while to use again.

And this wire bin (similar) actually has two more that stack on top, but the bottom one on wheels fits perfectly under the table to corral some things.

You don’t need a ton of stuff and can definitely wrangle some things from around the house. These are just the items we started with to keep organized in making sensory fun.

One thing I’m loving so that I don’t have to think up all the ideas on my own is the premade and themed kits from Little Creators Texas. Her play dough kits are so fun! Here the boys are playing with the fall themed kit. They LOVE it and keep coming back to play again!

I also have some kinetic sand, fake snow, and water beads that we can switch into the tubs. And you can add in any little bits like pinecones, blocks, wooden people,, letters,, shapes… the list is endless. This set up has already given these two hours of entertainment. I am impressed. And I can say that I see their wheels spinning and them learning from this kind of interactive play already. I highly recommend.

We already have lots of ideas for new things to try too, so if this kind of thing interests you, be sure to follow me on Instagram, where I will show more things we use for interactive and sensory play!

Have you made any sensory bins yourself? What did you use?

Xx,

Jess

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I’m in the House and I’m Saving Astronauts!

May 25, 2020 at 7:53 pm (Family Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Me may be in the house, but we aren’t bored! We have been saving astronauts around here!

Yes, astronauts. We found a new family fun activity and had to share!

It’s interactive and had us all using our brains!

We recieved a packet with a map, puzzles, and clues. You get started by texting the abandoned astronaut lost in another dimension. She texts back and asks for you help. She gives you clues, helping your family work through the puzzles and brain teasers in order to find the information that will help to return her to Earth.

Through communicating with the astronaut via text, we were able to figure out the puzzles and find the clues to return her home safely! It was like we were really in this with her!

We all played together (while the 2 year old napped) and it definitely was fun for all ages! The puzzles even had the teen and adults wracking our brains. The 7 year old loved helping and setting up our clue station. He was super amused with how you figure out some of the clues!

Overall, we all had a blast! What a fun way to get in some family time and do something totally different during these times where we are cooped up a little too much! We highly recommend!

Right now you can use code jessimariel for 10% off at Adventurous.co. Also, go give them a follow on IG at @adventurousco

I hope you all enjoy! Let me know what you think! 😉

Xx,

Jess

*I have been gifted the game and compensated for the post, but all opinions are my own!*

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Tid Bits and Projects

July 21, 2009 at 11:02 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It seems like I havebeen so busy around here… but where is my progress?  I have so my projects currently on my plate, and have been working on them, really!  But, none are officially completed yet.  So, I thought I would just fill you in on some of the tib bits going on around here and a few of the before shots of some current projects. 

Some awesome flowers have sprouted up in the back yard.  I forgot that I had planted them there in the spring!  I love lillies, any kind, especially orange ones!

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We are also still taking care of Gillian, the salamander.  He is still in the rubber tote sitting on the table, grossing everyone out.  But, we are searching for a small tank to keep him in.  In this picture he is right next to the end of the leaf.  Those two black dots are his eyes; he is burrowed in the dirt.

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The dogs made a nice mess for me to clean up this morning.  They decided that the five minutes they were left alone in the yard was just long enough to dig for moles.  Here they are trying to look all innocent and quite muddy!  Also check out Marley’s new collar.  She thinks she’s tough!

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Flowers, Gilligan, Muddy Dogs 017Tony was the sweetest last night and had his amazing spaghetti pizza ready for me when I walked in the door!  I even have some for lunch today. 

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And, here are just a few sneak peeks of the projects I am working away on…

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Stay tuned…

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Simple Fix and 4th of July Weekend

July 6, 2009 at 11:33 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sometimes the tiniest details of your home can make life so much more organized, easy, and even pretty.  Well, the other day I was very annoyed by my growing collection of costume jewelry.  My good jewelry is hung neatly in my jewelry box and some of my most often worn costume pieces are held in jars in my dresser and vintage medicine cabinet in the bedroom.  But, the rest of it has been hanging in clumps on hangers and hooks in the closet.  You couldn’t see them easily, and you definitely couldn’t grab one easily.  Here is the pile that I hurriedly threw on the bed.

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So, my grandma gave me some vintage hand crochetedhangers.  And I picked up a package of sewing pins with bead heads.

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Although the pins didn’t stick into the wood hanger underneath very well, they stuck in the ends enough to keep any slippery necklaces from falling off the hanger.  And, viola!  Simple, yet cute and organized.  What an easy fix.  Thanks grandma!

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Oh, and if you were wondering why the big bandage on my hand… I burned my hand that night while cooking dinner.  Yes, I think it was a sign from God to quit cooking and get some take-out menus.  But, the sloppy joe’s turned out well, so Tony didn’t buy that.  By the next day I had to go to the doctor for it and my hand was completely wrapped up for the whole holiday weekend.  

And, as with most of my projects, the dogs helped of course!

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So, on to the 4th of July celebration!  We camped at our local park, and it rained here the entire day (of course).  That didn’t stop us!  We waded through the mud the entire weekend.  It ended up clearing up just in time to have amazing fire works!  Here’s the guys playing in a horseshoe tournament right through the rain!

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You can see all the umbrellas out there!  You can also see the river in the background.  That’s the rock river, and right were we camp and also sit and watch the fireworks.  Here we are playing games together.

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Our softball team also won another game Sunday, so we are now 6-1!  Yay!

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How was your 4th of July?  Hope it was a great one!

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Winter Wonderland

December 19, 2008 at 6:33 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Today is another snowy day here in Illinois.  Thick sheets of ice have kept me at home again today.  The house is cozy and warm, watching Christmas movies, but outside snow continues to fall.  The dog and I went out to play in the snow for a bit, before getting back to some work.  Here are some quick pictures of our snowy day.  For those of you in warm areas, enjoy only having to look at these pictures!

 

Our snowy back yard.

Our snowy back yard.

You can see the snow still falling down.

You can see the snow still falling down.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow

December 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Romeo wanted to go out and play in the fluff, but I was just to cold.  It was only about 7 degrees out.

Romeo wanted to go out and play in the fluff, but I was just to cold. It was only about 7 degrees out.

I left work early today due to the immense amounts of snow we are getting here. I spent the rest of the afternoon doing chores, drinking hot cocoa, and finishing up that cute little stool. When I opened the door to let the dog out, whoa, snow blew in everywhere, and I was so glad to be cuddled up inside instead of making the long commute home in the dark. I know these photos are dark (it was dark out!), but the snow was really pretty, as long as you weren’t driving in it.

Peeking out our back door at the snow. 

I think we had a few inches at this point.  It kept snowing for a few more hours.

I think we had a few inches at this point. It kept snowing for a few more hours.

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