Monday, August 22, 2016

Quick and Easy Entryway Makeover


Hello friends!  I hope you that you had a wonderful weekend!  I am so excited to share with you today a recent Home Decor project that pulled together this Summer.  I absolutely love how this space turned out and it all came together by simply shopping my own home.  Don't you just love when that happens?  Let's start at the beginning to see how our front entryway finally transformed to one of my favorite spaces in our home.  The before:


To mark the beginning of this transformation, we will have to go all the way back to 2010.  Wow!  I found this picture from a previous blog post and was so thrilled to have even found a decent photo from 6 years ago to show you just how far this space has changed.  As you can see, I had bought a tall red vase and sticks from TJMaxx when I was pregnant with Jillian and that was about as creative as I got for that space as babies entered our home shortly thereafter and all home decor priorities came to a screeching halt.



This space started to slowly take shape almost 4 years later when I purchased this black cabinet in December 2014 from Homegoods.  I found this space a little tricky to decorate, I needed a pretty wide yet very narrow table to fit comfortably.  A traditional console table/bench was too wide and would block the entry way.  



A few months later I found the most perfect mirror to hang over the cabinet. I absolutely love it!!!  It is still one of my all time favorite decor pieces in our entire home.  It makes me smile every time I pass by it!  I had been looking for the perfect sunburst mirror to hang above the cabinet and I practically skipped out of Homegoods with it the day I bought it.  It just HAD to work.  And it did!!!  I remember propping it up on the cabinet the moment I brought it home, I was SO happy.



Two years after finding the most perfect mirror, this space looked like this.  I had been holding out on buying a few accessories from Homegoods to decorate it, but as you know,  life happens and this cabinet continued to remain sparsely decorated.  I tried a few lamps and accessories from Target here and there, however, nothing never seemed to look right and back to the store they went.  Something in me just clicked this Summer as I grew tired of not having a perfectly decorated cabinet. This space deserved better!  I decided to jump on Pinterest to find a decorated cabinet for inspiration and it was just what I needed.  Pinterest for the win!!  One thing I noticed when looking for inspiration, I was always drawn to tables decorated with different heights and textures. Here are a few of the inspirational photos that I used as my guide:




After searching around my basement for similar accessories, my perfectly decorated cabinet finally started to take shape.  I found a set of apothecary jars, a banana leaf tray, a small boxwood planter and a family photo.  All sitting in my basement collecting dust.  I am such a visual person and truly just needed to see a similarly decorated space and the ideas just started flowing.  

This space now looks finished and serves as the perfect welcoming entryway to our home.  I couldn't be happier!!  




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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Favorites ~ 2016 Summer Wrap Up Edition


Hello friends!  I hope you all had an amazing week!  Summer continues to fly by as we try and soak up every last moment.  Glimpses of Fall have started to creep into our life as Jillian went back to school yesterday and Nicholas began his first Fall Flag Football practice.  So hard to believe we are at this point in the year again!!!  Nevertheless, I am excited and looking forward to the last few weeks of Summer weather and a fun Fall with my family.

Per usual, I am linking up with Erika for my Friday Favorites!!!  ...In the spirit of my last post, I am going to share a few of our recent Summer happenings to document our life lately.


SNAPCHAT



First of all, are you all on Snapchat?  So after months and months of saying I wasn't going to join yet another social media platform, I decided to sign up this Summer to see what all the fuss was about.  Plus, I have been hearing lately how it's an amazing tool for mompreneurs to use and so of course, I had to do it :)  And I have to admit I love it and it is probably one of my favorite social media apps at the moment.  With that said, I am officially declaring Summer 2016 as the Summer of Snapchat.  Come follow me, my user name is karentucci

CAMPING


A few weekends ago, we decided to take the kids camping.  Both Jeff and I used to enjoy camping as kids and wanted to see how our kids would do sleeping overnight in a tent.  It was so much fun!!!  They certainly passed the test and can see us spending a few more weekends camping next Summer.   



We camped at Mohican State Park which was one of my family's favorite campgrounds growing up and I was excited to take a trip down memory lane and share this amazing place with my family.   



We spent the weekend swimming at the campground pool, canoeing the Mohican River, and roasted marshmallows at night.  I just loved all of our new adventures that we went on this Summer!


MYRTLE BEACH


We spent the last week of Summer vacation in Myrtle Beach with just the four of us and had the best time.  It was so relaxing and the perfect way to end a fun Summer!  For those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile, you all know that Myrtle Beach is my happy place and I was glad we were able to head back there this year.   



I just love our view from the balcony!  There is nothing better than sitting here with a cup of coffee and a good book.


Nicholas is obsessed with miniature golf right now and spent one evening after dinner playing.  This little man right here shot 2 holes in one!  



This was probably one of the most low-key vacations we have had in Myrtle Beach and spent most of it at the pool.  




The last night of our vacation was spent at the infamous Pirate Voyage taking in dinner and a show.  Nicholas has always had a love for Pirates and swords and was thrilled that this show still excited him.


Argh!!!

JILLIAN


It was back to school and the start of first grade for this sweet girl.  My Mama heart certainly had a tough time watching this girl get on the bus again for another school year.  Wasn't she just in Kindergarten?  



We signed Jillian up for Soccer this Fall for the first time and I couldn't be more excited for her. I just know she is going to be amazing!

We are so blessed to have had such an amazing Summer, such a bittersweet time as we are seeing it slowly end this week.  So many fun first for our family as our babies continue to grow older and we experienced so many new things.  Wishing you all an easy transition as your babies head back to school too!!  Have a great weekend :)


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Favorites ~ Summer 2016 Edition

Hellooooooooooo friends!!!!  How the heck are you?  OMG, I can not even believe that May was my last blog post although at the same time, I can.  Once mid-May hit (pretty much the date of my last post) life has taken on a whole new kind of crazy busy.  Mid-May kicked off the end of the school year crunch time, followed by our Disney vacation that promptly began 2 days after school ended.  I pretty much lost all control of any kind of blogging schedule after that.  I have been missing the ole' blog lately and with that start of a new school year on the horizon (3 weeks away, eek!!!), I am ready to get back at it, or at least attempt to while Summer is still in session.  



I am linking up today with my friend Erika for her Friday Favorites so bare with me as I catch you up on our Summer happenings!

Disney


As I mentioned above, we left for Disney 2 days after school ended.  Trying to prepare for a 10 day Disney vacation all while trying to stay on top of the end of the school year activities made for an interesting couple of weeks.  We had an amazing time at Disney but was certainly playing catch up for a full week after the trip just trying to get our life back on track and used to our new "normal" Summer routine.  



The kids had an absolute blast in Disney, a few highlights was the new Star Wars focused Hollywood Studios...



....meeting Kilo Ren...


...playing life sabers with the Storm Troopers




...and Jedi training!  A few other highlights of our trip were meeting Joy and Sadness...



...the Bippity Boppity Boo Boutique...


 and watching the Electrical Parade!

Cleveland Cavaliers

As I was looking through all of our pictures taken so far this Summer, I couldn't possibly leave out our amazing Cleveland Cavaliers!!!  A lot of time was spent at the beginning of this Summer glued to our television watching the amazing playoff run of our beloved Cavaliers.  I can't even explain the emotions felt after we beat Golden State in Game 7 of the Finals and the pride we felt for our amazing city. 


 It was something I will always cherish for the rest of my life.  Once the Cavs returned home, we decided to head downtown to celebrate with 1.3 million of our closest friends and attend the victory parade downtown.  I am so glad our kids got to experience this once in a lifetime event!!!!


I still get chills just thinking about it!!!  So thrilled for our city.  Finally!!!

Kids Activities



Dance recitals, baseball and swimming lessons....oh my!  In June, Jillian wrapped up a successful year of dance classes with an adorable dance recital.  She did such a great job, I can not believe how much she has improved over a year.  She is certainly my sweet, little dancer!!  


Both kids were involved in baseball this Summer and Jeff even coached Jillian's baseball team.  Baseball was a full blown family affair this Summer!! Many a week nights and Saturday mornings were spent watching my sweet babies (and husband!) play baseball.


I love my sweet little baseball players and Jillian's coach was pretty cute too :)


We are so blessed to have a pool in our neighborhood and we have certainly made the most of it this Summer!!  We also took advantage of the swimming lessons offered at our pool.  It's been so nice being able to WALK to swim lessons in the morning!!!  

4th of July


My neighbor and I were in charge of planning our annual 4th of July neighborhood parade this year.  I love that our neighborhood has so many kids and the parents all love to plan fun activities throughout the year to create a close knit community for everyone to enjoy.


My precious babies!  Love them!

Cedar Point

We took the kids to Cedar Point for the first time and they had a blast!  


I used to spend my Summers at Cedar Point with my family and loved that the kids are finally old enough that they could finally enjoy it too!  We also spent the day with my parents, sibling and their families which made for an extra special day.
We are so blessed to have had such an amazing Summer so far.  The weather has also been truly perfect!  I can not even think of a day where we have had to spend it inside due to rain.  And it's not over yet!  We have plans to finish off the Summer with a quick camping trip and a week in Myrtle Beach.  Looking forward to making even more precious memories with my sweet family.  I hope you all have been having a wonderful Summer too!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Favorites



Hello friends and Happy Friday!!  I hope you all had a great week.  We have been dealing with 2 sick babies over here so we have been forced to slow down and take it easy.  I can finally say as of this morning they seem to both be over this nasty virus and we can resume our end of school year crazy schedule :) 
 
Per usual, I am linking up with Erika for my Friday Favorites!!!  Here is what I have been loving these last few weeks...

ONE
 
 
This sweet boy and Spring flag football.  This Spring was the first time we had signed Nicholas up for a competitive sport and he is LOVING it.  I just never realized just how much I would LOVE it too.  And he is good!!  I may be a little biased but he has beyond impressed me with his skills.  And all the little boys playing football are just too precious for words.
 
TWO
 
 
 Spring class field trips.  One of my dreams as a stay at home mom would be to always be available to attend school activities and field trips.  I am certainly living the dream being able to go to the Lake Farm Park TWICE this Spring, once with each baby.  This past week we had Jillian's class trip to the Farm Park and it was every bit as fun as my trip with Nicholas a few weeks prior.  This Mama even got to ride the school bus which was an extra treat for me.  My girl and I posing for a little school bus selfie :)
 
 
This sweet girl even got to milk a cow!
 
THREE
 
 
We had a fun filled Mother's Day weekend with this crew and both sides of our families.  Sadly, it was so much of a whirlwind, I didn't snag any pictures.  #momfail  So thankful for these 2 special babies who made me a Mama!
 
FOUR
 
 
I have always loved MAC Makeup and have been loving MAC lipsticks once again.  I have been obsessed with bright pink colors this season and have actually bought several off of eBay if you can believe it.  I even was able to find my absolute favorite Mac lipstick color on eBay, Skew, that had retired several years ago.  Score!!!  Who doesn't love a good eBay find?  It was like having a long lost friend return. 
 
FIVE
 
 
I saw this graphic on Facebook yesterday and it made me chuckle.  Loved it!  What I am not loving about it is how spot on it is and a very accurate description with how our May has been shaping up.  Yesterday it was almost 80, this weekend is going to be around 55.  I may have to bust the Winter coat again for Nicholas's football game this Saturday.
 
I hope you all have an amazing weekend friends!!

 XOXO,
Karen
 
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