Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Around Here | A Peek Into The Master Bedroom

After five years of nonstop moving my hubby and I finally picked a town and home to settle down in. It was a dream come true, honestly. I just so desperately needed to have a place to be still in. To know that I could hang up pictures without having to take them down 10 months later. So naturally, before moving we had many (many) chats about how we wanted to make this place our home. We made promises to ourselves to focus on our bedroom, to only buy things we loved, to actually hang pictures and so on. I just knew that I would take tons of pics of our new space and its progress and blog away. This was almost a year and a half ago. And this is officially my first update post. Haha. What can I say? Life. It moves fast, ya know?
My home is far from finished but I wanted to give you all a little glimpse of what we have going on so far. This is pretty much the closest to being "done" that our bedroom has ever been.

A layered gallery wall above our bed of some of my favorite photos. The one all the way to the left was taken in our friends "living room" in Bolivia during our six months there. It was really a huge terrace which every room was off of. The view was seriously breathtaking. We could even see our apartment from that spot even though it was clear across the city.

Then there's a photo from our wedding and us with our baby boys. <3

My DIY headboard. I wish my camera skills were better because I really love how this bed came out. Instead of just doing a covered piece of plywood for a headboard, I bought an inexpensive platform bed and covered the headboard. This way I felt like the bed was complete and it was probably cheaper than buying a metal frame for the mattress and then wood for the rest of the project.

Caleb is still in our room (and I love that!) so here is a little peak at his crib/bedding. I love his little lamb linens.

The blanket on the end of our bed was part of an anniversary gift from my husbands siblings. I wanted that SAME exact blanket from target but didn't buy it. To my surprise, they gifted us with a date night in gift full of goodies for a... date night in. How'd you know! ;) And the blanket was part of that. I was pretty excited about that. Oh, and it's organic. Do they know me or what??

 And of course, the best place to be in mommy and daddy's room is our bed. :) What would a bedroom update be without the two most natural props ever?

So what do you think? Or maybe I shouldn't ask? It's not finished but I'm just happy to know that it's ours and that we can make changes along the way. And that we actually have pictures up! 
Something I clearly still need are nightstands. I definitely don't want something that matches the rest of our set too closely since our room is small and I think that'll close it in more. A bunch of matchy matchy furniture all crammed together? Meh. I would love to get these...
Metal Cube Side Table – Brushed Nickel
Or perhaps...
Metal Drum Side Table
Sculpted Drum Side Table
all from West Elm
I also Have a big bland wall (opposite our bed) that I would like to add to. I don't want to hang anything on the wall because like I mentioned, our room is on the smaller side and I want to stay away from creating a cluttered space. I'm thinking some wall molding painted in the same dark grey as the walls would look amazing. Kind of like this...
Adding a dark gray accent wall and board and batten to the master bedroom creates something amazing. #DIY #accentwall
That's all for now. But now that I've given a bit of an update I'm hoping to repost as progress is made. Not just in our room but around the house. I hope you enjoyed! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Day At The Vineyards | Long Island New York


While we were in New York we spent some time in Long Island. One afternoon we all headed to the vineyards for the afternoon for wine tasting and of course, photo ops. Like most moms, I'm normally the one behind the camera so I've been making it a point to get in front of the camera too. I want my boys to have pictures of themselves with their mom to look back on. So a big thanks to my hubby for trying harder to take photos. Even if the quality is not the best, I now have pictures with my boys and that makes me so happy.

 And family photos too!

And you know... I had to get a shot of my sweatshirt from behind ;) 

My aunt, Me, my sister in law and my mom. Good times. 

 My aunt and my brother
Cruze had a blast being completely wild and free.  

I think my aunt caught this moment. And I love it because I know exactly what I was feeling when this was taken. My husband and my son. The love they have for each other... I feel so beyond blessed. 

I'm so happy we had the chance to go!
Shirt (here) | Pullover (here) | Pants - Guess (similar) | Boots - old (similar)
Caleb's moccasins - Freshly Picked (here)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Day In Brooklyn

If you follow along on my JoyBound Apparel instagram (here) than you know that our family recently got back from a trip to my home state - New York. We had such a great time. There's just something about New York. It does something to me.
Our time there was spent all over the place. Long Island, Queens, Upstate, Manhattan and of course, Brooklyn. Here are some pictures from our day in the area of Brooklyn now referred to as Dumbo.
I was determined to take a picture on someone's steps.
Look at that backdrop!

Cruze, my mom and I. My parents are the main reason why we were even able to go. So grateful for such generous and loving parents. My kids have two of the best grandparents around!

 I even broke a few "rules" and let cruze indulge in ice cream (more than once!). If you're going to Brooklyn, I highly recommend Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. So so good.

 Jane's Carousel on 45 main street is a must if you have kids. From their website...
The Carousel is located in the DUMBO section of The Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges

The setting is so beautiful. Not that Cruze cares about the view but you know... Us mamas like to have something pretty to look at, right?

 Cruze DID NOT want to leave afterwards which explains his face in this picture. Despite his pout, I love this picture of Phillip trying to cheer his boy up. My heart.

 Walking back to our car. Which happened to be like a 25-30 minute walk away. It was such a beautiful day outside so we didn't mind it one bit. In fact, I'm so happy we parked in the wrong place.

Brooklyn, you were so good. <3

Friday, September 19, 2014

Caleb Monthly | 7 Months

Oh Caleb boy, where do I start? I guess I need to start off with how I'm truly feeling. My heart is so incredibly full now that I have my two boys. I'm tired. Oh am I tired, but my heart has never felt so happy. At the same time, the mommy guilt I'm experiencing these days is intense. I can't help but feel like I am always slacking in at least one area. And when it's at my children's expense, It hurts extra hard.
It's been hard balancing it all. Being a mom to two tiny people while also running a business with no baby sitter or help from family. The months have passed so quickly and the monthly updates have well... haven't happened. My love for this boy is crazy. Yet, my lack of documenting it all makes me wonder if maybe one day he will look back and get the wrong idea. And I know for a fact that I will look back and wish I wrote down every single detail because these moments? They're precious and they're fleeting. So I am making it my goal to put all of the other things on pause several times throughout the day  and week to make sure of the more important things.  

He loves this little sheep. While he doesn't actually use it for the intended purpose (to help him sleep) he LOVES to roll around with it and squeeze it tight.

Babies in overalls... gah!

It took some convincing but at around 4 months old we were able to convert him into a binky lover. It helps at night. Trust me.


The Stats
Diapers: size 4 for disposable and bumgenius one size for cloth
Clothes: 6-12 months
Weight: 18ish pounds

Favorite Things: Two words. Sakura and bloom. BEST THING EVER! I've tried other baby wearing methods but this one is our absolute favorite. Also, he just loves watching Cruze play and will just stare and laugh for up to 15 minutes straight.

New things: getting ready to crawl. I guess you could say he's scooting? Sitting up by himself for longer periods. And.... formula. It's been about a week and a half of no nursing. I'll have to share my feelings about that in a separate post though...

Sleep: It hasn't been easy in this department but we are finally getting somewhere. He now sleeps from 8:30pm to about 6:30 or 7:30am. It's pretty awesome :)

It's been a pretty good month and while I wish I could slow time down just a tad, I can't wait to see this sweet boy of mine grow...


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