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Family Room Progress- Making Our House a Home

We moved into our house Easter Weekend and I’ve been slowly working on making it feel like home! I had little to no budget for a room makeover. So the only things I purchased for this room was the wall paint, the two lamps and the two plants. Everything else came from me shopping our house and boxes of things we had. I’m so happy with how fresh and bright it is and I actually enjoy sitting and folding laundry in this room now. ;) It’s a work in progress…
but I thought I would share how it’s coming together so far!
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In a perfect world, I could have built ins made for either side of the fireplace, but…that’s not gonna happen right now. So I’m working with what I have! I had ben carry down these two hand me down IKEA dressers we were given by ben’s sister…and had been using in micah’s room. The right dresser still has his clothes in them..but it’s actually SO CONVENIENT having his wardrobe right there. He’s the messy one. haha. I found some leftover blue paint in our closet that I had just unpacked and gave them a fresh coat. (I used 6484 Meander Blue, Sherwin Williams) They are originally a dark brown black color. I originally had planned on putting legs on them..and handles.. but that all costs money and for now.. they are functional and pretty enough! I really needed them because the room needed more light…so I wanted a flat surface for the lamps. I looked at every store for budget friendly lamps. they were all SO expensive..I feel like lamps jumped in price! But I found these two cute blue ones for $12/base and $7/lamp shade.. so I grabbed two of them and called it a day! I love the symmetry…it’s so relaxing! I had a lot of IKEA frames from past houses and grouped together some for either side. One day we’ll mount the tv and hide the cords. ;)
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We have our thermostat on the stairway wall of the room and right away
I knew I wanted to camouflage it a bit with some frames.
It’s a work in progress..probably going to add more of the plastic ikea ones below!
All of these frames/prints were used in past houses…
I will probably switch out some but I like the variety and looking back at old photos. :) Especially love the framed love note from ben back in our engaged days.
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Our sofas are from IKEA.. Kivik Series. They have been so great. really durable and comfy.
The coffee table is also from IKEA. it’s on wheels and we use it mostly when kids are sleeping or we have company..otherwise the kid’s white IKEA table is in the middle of the room.
It’s just the most functional thing for us right now. We moved our big coffee table into the back shed.
Our rug is from Rugs USA and was originally in the girls’ old room.
Paint on the wall really helped brighten the space up. I did a color match at home depot and of course can’t find the original card..but if you give them these numbers they can match it!
I’ll update the post when I find the card or go back and grab it at the store!
BASE – gln6411
CLRNT:0Z – 384th
CL: 2- 156
DL: 0-216
JL: 0 – 60
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The plants were from Lowe’s and I spray painted the one pot with some leftover gold spray paint I had. I also got a little succulent for the white ikea pot on the left dresser.
The candle sticks were wedding gifts from Pottery Barn.
One day I’ll get candles for them haha. Another super functional item in this room is our basket at the fireplace. It’s for diapers and wipes. I think I got it at Home Goods??
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Thanks for stopping by and seeing the progress we’ve made in the family room.
I hope it encourages you to use what you have to make your house a home!
I’m not able to buy all new but shopping what we have..doing a few DIY’S and
just plugging in a couple functional new items makes a world of difference for a space!
I’ll hopefully be sharing the playroom soon! It’s coming a long. :)

Baby #4 – 21 Week Bump


I can’t believe we are already here with baby #4!
21 weeks and my bump is large and in charge. Craving Reese’s peanut butter cups + grapes.
Baby is kicking away and finally not causing me horrible constant morning sickness!
I am having HORRIBLE back/hip/sciatic nerve pain. Going to go to a PT to try and get some help with it…It’s painful to sleep these days. and sit and stand. soo.. yeah.
not sure how that’ll get any better as I get bigger without some help!
Had this with micah closer to the end and it went away as soon as he was born!
We love this baby so much already.. And even though random cute old church ladies keep telling us “ohh god bless youu!” (Aka WOW) I’ll take it.. He definitely is blessing us. Bring on the crazy.
{PS. Got this dress at Target 
for $12 on clearance instead of the normal $25!
Just got a $9 black and white stripe dress too. Just as comfy as this one!
Loving these sales and the cartwheel app!
Check your target I’ve gone to a few and found them there! Super comfy!}

We went for an ultrasound this week.
The baby flipped around SO MUCH and was waving his/her arms and legs!
We could have found out what we were having…
but we are waiting!
It’s one of the last big surprises left in life.. so we are gonna hang tight and
wait to find out if we are having a little brother or sister!

I love the arm shot and the cute profile. and the spine shot where you can how the baby is stretching and flipping around! Get your wiggles out now baby cause soon it’s gonna be a little cramped in there ;)

I can always count on ben to keep me laughing, even when I’m exhausted.
haha. goof ball.

Sophia said it looks like a boy baby. ;)
My heart in church almost burst thinking about how we have another little one that’s going to join our family. Will he or she have curly hair like Sophia? Or wavy brown hair like sienna? Wild like Micah or angel baby like Sophia was?

I’m gonna have to learn how to take selfies with one more in the mix.. running out of lap space but practice makes perfect. ;) I can’t wait to snap photos of these sweet ones with the baby… Already melting just thinking about the cuteness! A blog reader commented with a photo on facebook of her 3 with their new baby sibling and it was too adorable! Can’t wait.baby4-21weeks-5thebusybudgetingmama

Cookie bribery at it’s finest for this photo! You have to take the cookie crumbs with the smiles!
The girls are obsessed with my bump. Sometimes a little too much haha.
But I’m trying to be patient and let them feel
my tummy and give the baby smooches..they are just excited.
Every day sophia tells me how much bigger my bump is getting and
then proceeds to tell me how much bigger it’s going to get.
Both Sienna and Micah seem so old these days and I know once
baby arrives they are going to feel even bigger!
We can’t wait to meet you baby #4 :)

Strawberry Picking + How I’m saving my Phone Videos

Today Ben was able to get out of work early! So to celebrate, we went strawberry picking.
The kids loved it! We’ve been talking about doing it all month and finally made it happen.
We spent the car ride home thinking of everything we could make with the strawberries…
but I’m pretty sure we are gonna eat them straight out of the bowl before we have time for that! ;) so yummy! We can have strawberries with every meal in this house. My crew loves fruit..and I’ve been craving fruit this whole pregnancy. It was a fun mid morning adventure!
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I take A LOT of photos with my phone..and have been trying to take more video.
I used to take a ton of video on my phone when sophia was it’s just kind of become habit to snap a photo instead..but lately, the videos I’ve gotten have
been so previous I want to have them forever! I feel like micah is getting so big..and with baby #4 coming I want to make sure I capture all these moments when they are little!
I’m using QuickFlics as a way to get the photos and videos off of my phone
and onto a jump drive or dvd! It’s the best service!

Here’s some video footage we took today that I can’t wait to have on a dvd and watch with the kids! We also have a ton of random moments that crack me up. I’ll be happy to build up a little dvd collection of all these phone videos!

Once you download the app, you choose your media (flash drive or dvd)
Choose your plan: 8.99/monthly auto bill plan. You can start, pause, resume, or cancel your service anytime. $11.99/single one-time purchase. There’s no commitment, ever.

Then they get them in the mail within 1 week! Yay!

They gave me a code for all of you to try for free!
(you just cover the $3.99 or less shipping!)
You can find out more and get the QuickFlics app HERE.
Enjoy and thanks QuickFlics for the discount code!

TV Unit Play Kitchen DIY: Project Update!

I wanted to update you guys on how our TV Unit Play Kitchen DIY is coming a long!
Slow and steady wins the race…right? ;)
We found this baby on craigslist and payed $20 for it.
Totally worth the price. the bones are great!
So far I went to Home Depot and had them cut a piece of inexpensive plywood to
fit the back of the entertainment center… and another piece for the fridge door.
Now we aren’t doing your typical kitchen with a sink, because my girls
already have the ikea play kitchen and asked for space to chop and cook. (hahaha.)
They know what they want. more countertop space. ;)
So we are pretty much doing this DIY custom to what the kids want/are missing
when they play kitchen. But if this was your only kitchen set up, you could easily
add in a sink to the left area. The bottom part is going to be an oven on the left
and on the right storage space for their food and dishes.

Someone in this house is going to get the subway tile I love!!
Even if it’s a faux subway tile for their play kitchen. ;)
I painted the entire unit white and then certain areas we painted green.
(the color we are currently painting our family room.)
I love the color combo!
To create the subway tile I just made up a template using card stock paper…
and then traced it with a pencil on my background. Then went back over it with
a black sharpie pen with a ruler! I was trying not to worry too much
about being perfect in this area….it’s a play kitchen.PLAY KITCHEN2-THEBUSYBUDGETINGMAMA

Another fun detail we are planning for their play kitchen, is to add a mailbox!
We once made a cardboard mailbox…and I’ve been eyeing the toy mailboxes…
But while creating the entire playroom space, I thought how cute would it be to have REAL mailbox. So I looked at home depot and lowes first:
way crazy expensive for what I needed it for.
Looked at K-Mart… found this one for 6 bucks! grabbed that baby up.
The girls have been delivering mail to each other all afternoon while micah napped.
Not sure how we are gonna mount it yet…
but I’m pretty excited it. and so are they. :)PLAY KITCHEN3-THEBUSYBUDGETINGMAMA

I can’t wait to finish the playroom… I want a room that really encourages imaginative play.
It’s pretty much going to be their own mini house!
(Can I just take a DIY break and say how awesome garage sales are?! We found that top and skirt this weekend for 50 cents each! Sophia LOVES them and I love not spending a fortune on a wardrobe that she is constantly growing out of. She’s getting so tall!)

I found this cute towel at the dollar tree! HAD to get it. it’s so cute…
I’m putting up a towel rod and something else on this side of the kitchen.
The girls are obsessed…
and immediately started planning a lemonade stand when they saw it.

Thanks for following a long as we create this fun play kitchen project for the kids!
I’ll be sharing more of the details soon.. Just spray painted the fridge door…
It’s silver, “like grandma’s” haha.

Hope you had a great day!

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