Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. As busy as life can be, we are making a very conscious effort to slow down in 2016 and commit to less activities, fewer plans and more time just spent together. Our weekends lately have been spent at home, usually in our pajamas, making memories as a family of 4. Sleeping in, eating long and slow breakfasts, watching as our girls laugh and play. My very favorite kind of days.
Oh and can we just talk about these donuts for a moment? I've never been a huge donut fan but my husband has totally converted me. There is a local bakery (read: three minutes away or in other words, dangerously close) that sells the best, no fuss, classic donuts. They are basically Olivia's favorite treat ever and I'm thinking about theming her next birthday around them. Talk about making her 3 year old dreams come true.
This year I wanted to focus on being completely present, especially our girls. Penelope just turned four months old yesterday and I'm convinced it's going even faster than it did when Olivia was her age. I don't want to miss a thing. I tell her everyday she can stay this tiny forever and I'll never hold it against her.
In a lot of ways, having two is a lot easier than I thought it would be. There are always those days where you are convinced you would never be able to handle a third, but most of the time things are pretty smooth sailing around here. I even snuck a nap in on Friday afternoon, my first in who knows how long. And even in the chaos, I am trying to soak it all up. Being their Mama is such a gift.
Another recent weekend accomplishment was building some open shelving in our dining room. I sketched out what I wanted and in a few hours last Saturday, Dustin brought it to life. The hardest part was actually deciding what color to stain the wood. I went back and forth between so many and finally settled on Early American by Minxwax...I love how it turned out and that it will pair well with anything I put on them. I also love the rustic look of the black pipes combined with the natural wood and bonus: open shelving makes for wonderfully functional decor. Open shelving DIYs are all over Pinterest and I love that you can easily customize them to your home and wall size simply by choosing your own length, shelf width, pipe diameter, etc. We used 1/2 inch piping and the shelves themselves are 6 feet long, with 10 inches between them. Once they were complete, it was so much fun to pull out dishes that have been hidden in cabinets for so long and little by little, it's filling up!
our my goals for 2016 is to complete a minimum of one DIY each month, so it looks like we can check it off for January! I love the ones you can complete start-to-finish in one weekend. Because during the week at home alone with two kids, who has time for that?!
To see more peeks at what we're up to and other projects we're working on, be sure to follow along on instagram @blessednestblog. Oh and today kicks off my biggest giveaway yet with over $1,400 in prizes from all my favorite shops to thank each of you for following along with our little family. Be sure to head there to enter! XO