Valentine’s Day Decorations

This year’s decorations were pretty simple.  Hopefully I can pull together a few other things for next year.



The shelves and the picture frames are from our local Goodwill store.  The frame on the left has a free printable which I found here and the frame on the left has a sheet of scrapbook paper.

I wanted to find some fun vintage Valentine’s to print online (or even at antique stores) but I didn’t have time to find any so I was excited when my mom brought these cute cutouts.  I remember these same ones hanging up when I was younger.


I filled a metal truck with some heart shaped blocks after seeing a similar idea on pintrest with heart shaped cookie cutters.  It’s also a fun decoration to have at Oliver’s level because it’s one he can take down and play with.


We found this calendar at an antique shop and used it as part of the decorations at our wedding. I usually leave it out set with our wedding date but it’s also fun to change to match the upcoming holidays.


A couple more of the cute cutouts from my Mom’s decorations are on the shelves on the other side of the TV.  I added a few toy envelopes next to the one on the right.

The bottom shelf has a tin sign that I found at our local Goodwill store and the Koala bear is from Hallmark.


For the table centerpiece I put out my usual year-round decorations along with these cute salt and pepper shakers that Shawn got me for Christmas a couple years ago.  The tin and plate are from my Nana’s kitchen and kettle is from my Mom’s play kitchen when she was younger. The ceramic strawberry is something my Mom painted several years ago for her Mom.


Oliver’s Kitchen: Melissa & Doug -Wooden Steep & Serve Tea Set

This is an adorable wooden tea set and is one of our favorite things in the kitchen.  Since he likes to make coffee, I knew he would enjoy this too. 🙂

This set comes with everything pictured below.


You can purchase it here.


The set comes with this adorable tea box and six different kinds of tea.  Each spot is labeled and color coated and so is the clear lid on the top.


Oliver loves to sort them by color.


The box it came with is well made (and it is more adorable in person) but we actually picked out this set for him hoping the tea would fit in this adorable thrifted find…


We found this tiny tea tin at our local Goodwill store and knew we had to have it.  I thought it would be cute of the kitchen and Oliver was just excited that it was a bus. 🙂


The six bags of tea fit perfectly.


The set comes with this red plate and two cookies.  We also like to use a couple things from other sets like this honey (from the Hape Pop-Up Toaster) and this lemon (from the Hape Fresh Fruit set).


Pouring the water…


Picking out the tea…


Adding some lemon…


We also use the pitcher to make iced tea lemonade like we do in the real kitchen. 🙂web_tea-2610

And of course, sugar.





Oliver’s Kitchen: Fisher Price – Wooden Toys Early Bird Barista Set

Our second post from the play kitchen!  Oliver has been enjoying picking out which sets to play with.  We take a few photos and then we have lots of playtime after. 🙂

web-2196This set was the first thing we bought for the play kitchen… before we even had the kitchen!

It was originally available at Target and ours was out of stock a couple times before we could get it – but I’m so glad we got one!  You can now buy them here.


This coffee tin was found at our local Goodwill store and is the perfect size for the kitchen.  Oliver likes that he can pretend to scoop coffee just like he sees us do!


The measuring spoons made a great stocking stuffer this last Christmas and can be found at Hobby Lobby.


We really liked that this set was a french press since that’s what he sees us use.


We usually look for wood toys for the play kitchen as they seem to hold up the best.  Each piece in this set is a mix of wood and plastic and they are very well made.


He loves to add cream and sugar and always asks “more? Enough?”


What are some of your favorite coffee sets for play kitchens?

Christmas Decorations

I was especially excited to decorate for Christmas this year since last year at this time was when I first had the idea of putting these shelves on the wall for seasonal decorations and collecting the shelves.

I finally put them up in time for Fall and you can see more in the post: Fall Decor – Part 2

I decided to use the three shelves to the right to display our Nativity.  On top of the toy shelf I lined up some seasonal friends for Oliver to play with and I also hung up a felt advent tree that my great-aunt made.  Since Oliver is two this year I love having all of the decorations in reach something that he can play with – especially when they are on his toy shelf.  🙂


The nativity set is by Willow Tree and can be purchased here.  I have four sets from this group and have set it up a little different every year.

This free printable I found is one of my favorites and comes in four different color options which you can find and download here.


One of my favorite things about these shelves is that they make it easy to display decorative plates.   This plate was one that my mom had in her collection and I have used it as a dessert plate in the past.

I love this Rudolph figurine which Shawn got me for our first Christmas together.  This was made by Jim Shore and you can find a similar one here.


This acrylic sleigh is another thing that my mom gave me from her collection of Christmas decorations.  I love how it catches the light.  I have used it as a candy dish in the past but this year I decided to fill it with these mini ornaments that I found at Michaels.

The snow globe is from Caribou Coffee and was a gift last year.

This printable was perfect addition to this shelf and you can find and download it for free here.


This ceramic house is from my Nana’s Christmas decorations and was hand painted for her by my Mom before I was born.  It is fun to have in my collection now. 🙂

This JOY sign is from Hallmark last year but you can find a similar one at Target here.

I found these two deer at Goodwill last year and loved them.  It was after Christmas and my decorations were already put away but I was sure I could find a place for them this year!


The record player is one of my favorite year-round decorations and it even works!  I fell in love with it at a thrift store a few years ago and my in-laws surprised me and delivered it to our door. 🙂


On one end table I set up this adorable vintage looking sign from Hobby Lobby along with an ornament from my Mom.  Since Oliver likes Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood right now, he was excited to see Santa on a Trolley.


On the other end table I included another piece I got from Hobby Lobby on clearance a few years ago (Oliver calls it a horse) and this wood nativity from my Mom’s collection (which makes for a fun puzzle for Oliver).


Merry Christmas! 🙂

Oliver’s Top 10 Thrifted Finds – for Fall!

Since it’s the first day of fall, it seemed like a good time to share. 🙂

We are so thankful that our parents help us out when it comes to buying clothes for Oliver.  Kids clothes can be expensive, especially when they outgrow them so quickly!  I think we can still count the number of clothes we have had to buy for him brand new on one hand.  It’s fun to pick out some of his clothes, which is one of the reasons we spend so much time at thrift stores.  I haven’t had as much luck finding him the cute vintage outfits that I did when he was a baby but these toddler clothes are pretty cute too!

3 month old Oliver in his 1970s vintage thrifted Carter’s brand overalls. 🙂

We visit our Goodwill store at least once a week and try to make it to at least a couple Thursdays a month for their Toddler Thursday sale (50% off kids clothes & toys).   The trick to finding good deals (and the cutest clothes) is to shop often and start early!

I always like shopping for the off season because it gives me time to pick and choose what I like and then I know what I need to buy once the fall clothes hit the stores.  Below are a few photos of what we found for this year.

We even managed to sneak in a few toys. He found a set of tools that look just like Shawn’s to help with projects around the house.  The other toy on his wishlist was a small tractor.  After riding on Grandpa’s riding lawnmower and seeing tractors at the state fair and apple orchard, he was excited to find a little one that he could carry around. 🙂

The last items are for his toddler room.  Since we are going with a camping theme, this midcentury lamp and marshmallows tin are perfect!   I can’t wait to share how the room comes together – just in time for his second birthday this fall.

Total spent: $26.41


Fall Decor – Part 1

Confession: This is the first year I’ve actually put out fall decorations.   Usually I don’t think about it until October and then I’m already planning for Christmas.  I made sure to start in the first week of September this year so I wouldn’t forget. 🙂

Luckily our wedding was in fall colors so I had a good start!

I collected colored glass vases as well as a variety of candle holders.  My goal is to keep our decorations in neutral color tones with just a few accent tones. I love the variation of shapes and colors and every Goodwill store I’ve been to has always had a great selection.


I also used a couple of the Snapple bottle candles that we made for our wedding.  To see how we made them and to see how we used these in our wedding centerpieces, be sure to check out the post: here.


This wreath I found at Target on clearance after Christmas.  I loved the neutral tones and originally wanted to use it for our advent wreath but it was too big for the candle holder that we already had.  I’m sure we will find another use for it at Christmas time but right now it works great for fall and will tradition nicely into the Christmas decorations.


I took advantage of the Labor Day sale at Michaels to get some artificial flowers and this cute pumpkin.


I found a really cute table runner from Home Goods which was orange and grey with a fun fall print but I knew our grey table runner would help keep the decorations neutral.

I’m really happy with how it came out and it’s a fun way to dress up the table!


Next up… finishing the new gallery wall in the living room!  Here is a preview of one of the shelves… 🙂

*Click here to see the rest of the images in Part 2!



Goodwill Finds – June 2014


We found so many great finds while thrift shopping this last month!


The first piece is over 4 yards of fabric we bought for only $1.99. This will most likely be used in some of the quilt squares for the crib quilt I’m making.




On our next trip to Goodwill we found this vintage crib skirt in an adorable fabric.  This purchase was made at the beginning of the month before we knew if our little one was a boy or a girl so I figured the yellow was a safe choice.  It also took one more thing off my list to sew! 🙂  We paid $2.99 for this which is less then I would have paid in the fabric to make one! Click here to see how it looks in the Nursery.

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In that same shopping trip we found some brand new onesies from Target.  We had looked at a few places to price these out (Target, Kohls, JCPenney’s, Walmart) because we wanted them for a project we were doing at our gender reveal party with our family.  Everywhere we went, these came out to be just over $2.00 each in the multipacks.  We ended up paying $0.99 each for these five and were able to find a variety of sizes and even a long sleeve one too!

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From my first Goodwill Shopping trip on ‘Toddler Thursday’ — I bought everything pictured below for a total of $4.97.  I am hoping to find more sleepers in future weeks since that’s what he will be wearing most of the time the first few months.  Of course, two baby cardigans had to make it into his wardrobe. 🙂




Well this wasn’t a purchase we made while thrift shopping, but it was a car we saw in the parking lot.   I wish we could have bought it but Shawn didn’t want to stick around to let me make an offer to the owner. 🙂  I’ve been telling him for years that this is the exact car that I want to own and what are the chances that there is not only one around but the person who owns it was shopping at the same place the same time we were!  Clearly, it was meant to be. 😉






Goodwill Finds – December 2014

A few good deals we found at our Goodwill store this week:


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Metal stocking holders – $1.49 each (50% off Christmas items)

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Wool Coat (never worn) – $4.49 (50% off Green Tags)

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Dress Pants & Sweater (Brand: The Limited) – $5.24 each (25% off with coupon)

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2 Dress Shirts (Brand: Loft) – $3.49 each (50% off Green Tags)

CDSC_1762 copyPlayStation Game (Never Opened) – $1.49 *selling online for $40+ (25% off with coupon)

PlayStation Memory Card – $2.99 *selling online for $10+ (25% off with coupon)

The Nursery

We are so excited to finally have the nursery put together and ready to welcome our baby boy any day!

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The ‘baby’ storage box was something my Mom and I found at Savers and is the perfect size for holding diapers!

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This rocking chair is the same one that was in Shawn’s nursery and the lamp was from mine.

The end table is from Target and used to be in our living room (we spray painted it yellow).  The pillow is from HomeGoods but we found it at a garage sale.

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This dresser is from my bedroom set when I was younger and is already full of clothes for our little guy!  The changing table pad cover is one we found on clearance at JCPenney before we knew if our little one was a boy or a girl.


The gallery wall is a collection of art work and frames that we have been collecting for years.  The three frames with the animals are frames that were collected throughout different thrift stores and garage sales.  We originally wanted to do a gallery wall of just these frames but then they stopped showing up when we were shopping.  The ‘It’s so good to walk with Jesus’ plaque was something we found a couple summers ago at a garage sale for 25 cents.  Both green frames are from Goodwill and were spray painted.  The empty frame will have our little one’s first initial in it after he’s born.  The other frame has a plaque in it that my Mom found at Savers.  Its the exact print that I found on Pinterest and have been looking everywhere for for months!  I kept seeing the version of the print with the girl so I was excited to finally have this one!  The lemonade stand artwork used to be hanging in our hallway and was another Goodwill find for just 49 cents. The last frame is from my Nana’s house and is filled with scrapbook paper.

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You can read more about the wall art in the Nursery from this post and the crib quilt from this post.

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The crib skirt we found at Goodwill before we knew if we were having a boy or a girl but knew yellow would be in the nursery color scheme.  The rug is one of the most recent things we found and we got that at a garage sale — it matches all of the colors perfectly!

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This owl we bought last fall at Pier1 before we were even expecting — it was too cute and we knew we would be having a baby soon so we bought it for the nursery and held on to it. 🙂


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This rocking chair I found several years ago at Goodwill for $2.99 and used it for multiple photo shoots.  I loved the natural wood color that it was but also knew it would be a cute addition to the nursery in green.

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Nursery Wall Art – DIY

I started collecting wall art for the nursery well before we were even expecting a baby and now we finally get to see it all come together!

I wanted to make a gallery wall over the dresser/changing table which is the opposite wall from the crib.  The rocking horse used to be in my older brother’s nursery and the two frames are from Goodwill and I got them for $1.50 each.

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A couple years ago I started finding the same picture frame at three different thrift stores and a then at a garage sale.  I went back to buy them from each place and was able to get all but one of the thrift stores.  I thought it would be neat to make a gallery wall of just these frames and it was also fun that they were different sizes.  I have kept my eye out for them but have had no luck since then so I decided to mix them in with a collage of other things.  In these frames I used a mix of scrapbook paper to add more color since I decided not to paint the actual frames.

The top left artwork I found at a garage sale a couple summers ago for $0.50 and the artwork on the bottom right was from Goodwill that I got for $0.49.  I originally had the lemonade stand plaque hanging in our hallway but replaced it with a floral piece after we found out we were having a boy so that I could use this one in the nursery.

The two plain wood frames were then spray painted green and I framed left over fabric from the quilt to the 8×10 frame.

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I decided to use the rocking horse on the opposite wall over the crib along with these letters.

The letters ‘A’ and ‘Y’ were both purchased from Goodwill.  These are another thing that kept showing up for a while and then I stopped seeing them once I started to collect them. 🙂  I originally decided to collect letters from thrift stores every time I found a letter I needed to spell out FAMILY.  I was going to paint them all the same color and hang them in our living room.  Once I saw how hard it was going to be to find all of the letters I decided to use them to spell out BABY instead.

The letter ‘A’ is from Pottery Barn and is one of their Mini Harper Painted Letters that is originally $29 each and the letter ‘Y’ is also originally from Pottery Barn and is one of their White Capital Letters for $10 each.  Both of these I found at a thrift store for a dollar each.  I thought about ordering two letter ‘B’s from their website in green so that they would be in the same font but then I decided spending almost $60 on two letters would undo all of the savings on the other two. 🙂

We ended up going to Michael’s to get the letter ‘B’ and found one that was between the two different size letters that we already have so it worked out perfectly.  These letters are originally $3.99 each and then we had a coupon for 40% off our entire purchase.

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I liked how the ‘A’ and the ‘Y’ were two different colors and knew I wanted the ‘B’s to both be the same color.  I used the same green color from the frames to paint these.

Along with the letters and the rocking horse (also spray painted green), I decided to make a small banner using the left over fabric from the crib quilt.

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Once we have the crib and make sure that all of the furniture is where we want it, we will start hanging these up on the wall.