DIY Inspiration for my TV Cabinet Play Kitchen

In our new house we have a room designated for toys. An official play room!
and It really bugs me that the play kitchen area doesn’t have a fridge and more countertop space… ;) JK. But really, I love watching the kids use their imaginations and play together. They love playing kitchen and I love getting crafty so I knew I wanted to try and find an old TV Cabinet to make over and give them more play area to pretend in! I really want to add a laundry set up too, since micah constantly talks about washing doggie (his stuffed animal that goes EVERYWHERE with us. and gets bathed as much as my kids.) I would love to have a market set up too.. and let them practice using their money and buying the ingredients. I just love the whole idea of fostering this type of real life pretend play!

So here’s our sweet baby that we picked up off craigslist for $20. It was listed for $35 and Ben thinks we could have gotten it cheaper, but I didn’t want to haggle any less than that because I felt it was worth it. It’s sturdy and the perfect bones for this project!
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Maybe you have thought about taking on this type of project too!
Here’s some inspiration for the both of us!
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First one is by a local Charlotte girl who I love following on instagram!
Charming Charlotte created this adorable kitchen for her little girl!
I think I need to add on the ironing board to ours…so cute!
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I ADORE this bakery set up by My Simple Obsession. So chic!
My girls would flip over the cookie sheets. I’m going to stop by my dollar tree and grab some for their kitchen for sure! Perfect for them to pop their felt cookies in the oven on!
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Love this cute bright play kitchen by Debbie for eHow!
Check out her post for what’s on the other side! soo cute!
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Love this one by Giggleberry Creations.
My girls think it’s so fun to have both the fridge and freezer.
I can’t wait to see them put their food away in theirs!
(Yay for hiding all the play food!)
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The light above is just too much! Andrea Dekker created this one for her little girl.
My girls would love this. I love the magnetic door too. That would be used for playing house and playing school… they take turns being the teacher and
I can see them using that as the lesson board ;) I overhear them saying things
I have heard grandma say to them. hehe. so cute.
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I love this play kitchen by Sutton Grace.
The color is fun..the nice countertop space…
and the “stainless steel appliances” are so cute!
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This play kitchen by Southern Revivals is absolutely adorable!
love it all especially the chalkboard door and the magnet sheets on the fridge!
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I hope you are feeling inspired!
I can’t wait to share how our DIY Play kitchen comes a long!

Women For Courage Luncheon- Domestic Violence Awareness

Today I went to the Women for Courage Luncheon with my mom. The Charlotte event was put on by the Jamie Kimble Foundation. I heard about it months back when a girl named Sharon came across a recipe of mine pinned to Pinterest, came to my blog then clicked through to my post on learning to grieve. Sharon emailed me and we finally met this week at the event. She was one of the event coordinators and is on the board for the Foundation.
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Sharon was best friends with Jamie, who was killed through a similar act of domestic violence, like my best friend, Shannon. Her friend Jamie, escaped an abusive relationship but then 3 months later he drove across the country and shot her and them himself.
Seeing the video showing her life and the hearts of her parents just brought me to tears.
I pictured Shannon and Jamie together looking down on us and the whole room of 700 people.
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 I was so overwhelmed with seeing the room full of men and women wanting to celebrate Jamie’s memory and bring awareness to Domestic Violence. I was fighting back tears the whole lunch. We heard from amazing survivors and advocates for domestic violence awareness. I was so touched by the whole thing…seeing so many people gathered together and wanting to take action on this issue. The guest speaker was Jane Randel, co-founder of  the National No-More Campaign.

I have gone through many phases of grief with losing Shannon.
For those of you who are new to my blog, I’ve shared her story from the beginning. But she had finally escaped an abusive relationship and during a custody exchange, he brutally shot her in front of the children. The details are horrific and are straight out of a horror movie or crime show you would change the channel for. I pray for Shannon and her children every night. And I pray by name for Chris’s conversion. That was a big step for me over the years. But Shannon was an incredibly kind and forgiving person.
She prayed for him and asked others to pray for him, even when she was fearing for her life.
He is now in prison serving life with no chance of parole.
I’ve found myself going to a place of protecting myself.
Letting her come to my mind but not able to watch old videos or think too long on old times.
It just hurts too much. And it makes me want to crumble a little bit inside.
But after this event, I’ve realized that I need to be stronger. I need to have courage.
And let myself share her story more and speak more about her.
And know that even though it’s hard we must speak up.
We must be the voice for those who feel they have lost their voice.
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One in four women will be experience Domestic Violence in their lifetime.
One in Five high school students report being abused by a boyfriend in High School.
As many as 324,000 women each year experience
intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.

3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day.
65% of Domestic Violence Murder Victims had separated
from their abusers prior to their deaths.

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South Carolina used to be ranked the deadliest state in the nation for women.
In 2014, Alaska took the first spot, but South Carolina was
only bumped to second in the rate of women killed by men.

Jamie’s Parents and friends and family are doing amazing things through her foundation.
Their goal is to stop domestic violence before it begins, through education of young people.
At the luncheon they passed out a card with warning signs.
The whole time I was like I NEED to blog this. I need to pin this.
I need to help put this out there in case someone comes across it that needs to see this list.
Please join me in spreading this list.  You never know who you
know that might need to see this.
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Visit JamieKimbleFoundationForCourage.org

Call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

24 Party Food Stations – Inspiration!

I love Party Food Stations!
They can save you lots of time and money!
There are so many different fun bar and station ideas. Here’s a round up of 25 fantastic ones!
These would be great for any type of party. Everyone loves to be able to feed themselves
and they can be a fun conversation starter for guests!
Party Food Stations can help simplify your party planning by
having you focus in on one category of food.
They can also help give you a beautiful design element by having it themed in one direction.
It’s pleasing to the eye to see a bunch of yummy donuts all stacked up! ;)
give me all the donuts.
Have fun and hope you feel inspired in your party(big or small) planning!
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Love this Burrito Bowl Bar by The Handmade Home.
That yarn and felt tassel is too perfect!
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Mac & Cheese Bar sounds like heaven to me!
This cute one is by Krystal Kitsch.
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I absolutely love this Caramel Apple Bar by Craftberry Bush and
the tips to keeping the apples from turning brown!
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A burger/hotdog station by Savvy Mom.ca! Looks yummy! 4ee1499c36054a8e2c6fbca90954e4b2

I think these strawberry shortcake jars would be so cute at a brunch baby shower!
Such a cute rehearsal party shared on Style Me Pretty.
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Love this display by How Does She for the donuts at her party!
So smart and the kids freaked I’m sure!
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I think a party food station of cute tea sandwiches would be so pretty for a shower.
Love the variety! Shared on Eat Show and Tell.
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A classic party food station…a cookie table!
yes please. Love the stands used in this display shared on Style Me Pretty
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Fun Taco Bar by Paper and Party Love.
I think the bags of chips are so cute! and the clay post and
planters to hold the food dishes are perfect!
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I kind of love popcorn with chocolate mixed in.
So loving this Popcorn bar with all the sweets by Family Fresh Meals.
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A bagel bar sounds so yummy and cute!
Love how Camille Styles shares tips for making it effortless and special!
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Super cute Taco Bar with free printables on Wedding Chicks.
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Self-Serve Icecream sundaes shared on Collin Cowie Weddings.
Scoop the icecream in mason jars and put on ice!
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Hot dog bar by Smashed Peas and Carrots.
Wrap the hot dogs in foil and they’ll be hot and ready all party long! Love this idea!
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How cute is this! A banana pops bar by Bakers Royale.
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Can you tell I have a sweet tooth right now.. ;)
Loving this Ice Cream Sandwich Bar by Yellow Bliss Road.
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Love this burger station by Cobblestone Rue!
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For my girls’ vintage circus birthday party we had a popcorn station!
I made a bunch of different flavors and they were a hit!
Everyone loaded up their cups throughout the party trying different ones.
They were displayed on the dessert table.
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A Walking Taco station is such a fun idea..my kids would love this!
More details on The Girl Who ate Everything.
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An Ice cream bar shared on Southern Weddings!
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A classic candy station, shared on Hello Studios, where wedding
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Cute Donut Bar display by on Love Ramsey!
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I love the set up for this Waffle Bar by Life by Lindsay, shared on Fizzy Party.
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A Parfait Potting Station is such a cute idea! This garden themed bridal shower was shared on Hostess with the Mostess, the guests placed a cupcake in the bottom of the lined clay pot, adding candy fillings as the fertilizer, topping with chocolate pudding and crushed oreo cookies as the potting soil, and topped off with a sprig of mint as the seedling. So cute! To top it off wooden spoons painted to look like garden markers were their utensils!
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Hope you found some inspiration! I love how all of these can add such
a fun party element to a shower, backyard bbq, birthday party or grad party!

Easter 2015 Memories

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I love Easter and the special feeling of hope and love that it brings out of us!
Thankful for my family and where we are today. Last easter, I was a month out of the hospital and the future was so unsure. But a year under our belt, and another baby in my belly haha, and I am just so thankful for where we are. Who knows what the future holds..but this Easter weekend was so sweet for my soul. Thankful for Jesus’ amazing love and sacrifice for us. Ben and I watched the A.D. Episode that aired on Easter sunday and it’s just incredible to think about how much Christ suffered. He knew it was coming.. and yet He chose us. He chose suffering for us. blows my mind.. and makes me want to be deserving of that love and love Him in return in everything that I do. choose Him right back.
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I took a much needed unpacking break for some easter egg fun with these cuties!
We colored baby wipes with markers and wrapped them around eggs with rubber brands.
Couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out! It was so fun doing it with the girls. (Micah was napping) and then Easter morning we unwrapped the dried wipe covered eggs and discovered our pretty creations! They loveddd it.EASTER 2015-3

The Easter bunny hid eggs in their rooms..so ben and I woke up to giggles and screams as they found them. Micah was so funny..instead of finding all the eggs he just plopped down and ate the jelly beans inside one egg discovery at a time haha. His mouth was full like a little chipmunk. hence the photo below…haha.EASTER 2015-4

The Easter bunny left some goodies at our house!
Little bunnies for each kid and a note (WITH A PAW PRINT-KIDS FREAKED) That asked them to take care of the bunny and his or her bunny’s name. Fluffy, Cuddles + Whiskers.
We left out wrapped presents for the girls to take to church. (sticker books)
(The bunny got the baskets at target a couple years ago.
Most things in this photo he picked up at target at some point. ;)
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a good dose of sugar before church! yum! ;)
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The girls were actually little angels at church! Micah was good…
hamming it up for the overcrowded standing room only back of church.
He thought they were an audience/obstacle course.
(The girls’ dresses are from target. Mine is from old navy I think?? last year.)
Stretching it out a little with my bump ha!
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After naps we headed to my parent’s house for an early dinner and egg hunt!
Before Pinterest, their was my mom! She decorated the kid table so cute!
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We had a feast! I brought the broccoli cauliflower salad and the rice crispy nests.
I thought they balanced each other out ;)
(The cute Easter Story paper dolls in the front were the ones the boy cousins made
with grandma earlier in the week. I shared a link and the girls’ set in the last post!)
Grandma made the best cupcakes. Sophia brought them up today saying she thinks she should open a bakery haha.
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I think they were ready for the egg hunt…… haha. (sienna’s nose kills me.)
We let the little ones out first..and they randomly sat down and posed for photos on the step.
It was hilarious! Little hams.
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haha grandpa snapped a behind the scenes shot ;)
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These kiddos had a great day. I threw up later that night but I made it through
the day feeling pretty good! Baby #4 just wanted to make his or her presence known ;)
Loved seeing their smiley faces all day and their
sleeping sweet faces after their sugar crash that night.
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Sienna and Nico bunkered down to check out their loot.EASTER 2015-5

The Charlotte cousins. Micah hoarding all the IKEA stuffed animals. best we could do haha.EASTER 2015-10

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend with loved ones
and realize how much Christ loves you!
Thanks for checking out our weekend!

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