Friday, May 22, 2015

oh hey, friday! | backsplash, baby food, birthday party

yappy friday. yes. i meant yappy. i always say it that way in my head when i write happy anything. it just sounds funnier.

so...it's been a bear of a week. and i mean a bear.

kaye has been sick since sunday...and is finally on the mend. but wouldn't you know it - her little sister is now on day three of being sick, and i'm so over it. my farmer says i have incredible bedside manner...in the most sarcastic tone ever.

but hey, it's friday...so we have that going for us.

1 | grab this here snazzy springy-themed button and link back to september farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.

M Y  F I V E

1 | our kitchen update.
my farmer totally killed it and busted out tiling our backsplash. this was quite the task because i wouldn't say our kitchen is small. there was a lot of surface area to cover. but it's finished, and i love it, and i think he loves it...so we're in business. 
now i just need to decide on some new pendant lights for over the island. i'm leaning this way...
source
2 | rent the runway.
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uhhh...i chickened out. every dress i wanted was unavailable in my "backup" size...so that solved that dilemma. i ended up ordering the below dress from banana republic. i get free hemming, so i'm going to take it in and have it done inappropriately short...because that's how i roll. 

3 |  killin' it in the kitchen.
pardon the blur
toot that horn! i'm bringing the heat in the kitchen. not only have i been cooking suuuuuuper lean // clean // green, but i also got a wild hair and bought a baby bullet for my gal sawyer. i've decided to start making her some of her food. i never had this issue with kaye. girlfriend had a full set of teeth by six months, practically. but my sawyer-muff...she needs a little help. 

the first experiment was zucchini and sweet potato. we were having them roasted for dinner, so i boiled up a portion, threw it in the baby bullet...boom. sawyer loved it! 

i have big plans to continue this strategy of just blending up whatever we are having for dinner and giving it to sawyer...i know rocket science. 

4 | sisters.
it warms my heart when sawyer tackles kaye. she's really starting to hold her own around the farm. 

5 | birthday party!

so...amy's sweet muffin-boy is turning TWO tomorrow! i can't even believe it...i'm sure she can't either. anyway...amy plans the very best parties, so to say i'm a little excited is quite accurate. plus kaye and i have been practicing singing happy birthday. 
anyway...amy let me whip up a little birthday banner for him, and i just loved the way it turned out. the party is farm-themed, of course, so the color scheme and saying are on point...
so while we're getting our plow on...

you get your link on...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

sponsor post | jill @ capri + co.

listen to me. don't read this post if you don't want to put your jealous pants on.

don't read this post if you're easily wooed by adorable 2 1/2 year olds. 

don't read this post if you've always wanted to be one of those suuuuuper cute pregnant gals but ended up in leggings and a cardigan every day (eh-hem...i'll sheepishly raise my hand to that).

don't read this post if you often have hair envy (raises hand again).

DO read this post if you like winning $50 gift cards to TARGET!

do read this post if you want to meet jill from capri + co. 

you'll want to, i promise. 

KARLI | jill! yay! so...i've been reading your blog for a bit now, but for the people who haven't...

what will we find within the first three minutes of finding your blog?

JILL | In the first three minutes of finding my blog you will see that I talk a lot about my 2 year old daughter, Caprilee, and my current pregnancy (due with baby boy in about 1 month).
Then, you will find my love of home d├ęcor and simple DIY projects. (When I say simple DIY, I mean using spray paint to make something pretty.) 
I love connecting with others, sharing my thoughts, and the things I love most.
KARLI | i love it. your suuuuper-smokin' pregnancy almost makes me think about wanting to get pregnant again. then i snap back to reality when i realize i'm going to get woken up at 4 am...don't ask what we've been going through out here on the farm...i digress...

tell us more about that cute gal of yours! who is she more likely to dial up and ask for a play date?

JILL | Caprilee is almost 2 1/2 and so much fun! Although she has been testing us more and more I can't get enough of her evolving personality. She loves Minnie Mouse, cookies (any kind of snacks, really), dancing, baby dolls, and swimming. I'm looking forward to her taking on the big sister role. 
She would definitely love to cause some trouble with your adorable Kaye. Being only a few months apart in age I think they would be best friends if they met in person. P.s. Can Kaye teach Capri a thing or two about this whole potty training business? If you read my post 'Operation Potty Training' you'll know we didn't get too far.

KARLI | oh girl. when kaye went in the toilet the first time i cried. i couldn't even believe it. and i'm not even a crier. it's seriously like winning the parenting gold medal. i swear i thought she would never do it. now she does it all the time. when it clicks...it clicks. your capri will be there before you know it.

let's get real - you're one of the most darling (read: hottest) pregnant gals ever. with seven weeks to go...how are you doing?

JILL | Thank you -- You are too sweet! I think most mamas will agree that the last month(s) of pregnancy are the hardest...and the longest. I came across this picture the other day and it could not be truer...
Overall, this pregnancy has really, really, flown by and it has been very good to me. I really can’t complain. I am just so excited to meet our little boy!  

KARLI | you're so so so right. that's exactly how i felt...and i'm sure it's how my sister is feeling right now! she's 36.5 weeks...and counting every hour. 

any favorite pregnancy posts to share?

JILL | Our gender reveal party was so much fun! Read all about it here.
Also, the video we made of how I surprised Tim that we were pregnant will always be a favorite memory. See it here.

And me getting real with my third trimester thoughts here.

KARLI | bah! he wore his blue undies! and nuts // no nuts with the m + m's. i loooooove it! and that video...the sweetest.

favorite question that has nothing to do with babies - which cast of the real housewives would you most likely be on?

JILL | I think I would fit most on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. However, I miss the girls from the Orange County. I don't think I could hang with the girls in NYC, Atlanta, or Miami. Wouldn't that be so much fun to be a part of any of those casts? Totally a guilty pleasure of mine!

KARLI | isn't the OC starting like...tonight? the new season? yes? hang on...let me check my DVR.

nope, I jumped the gun - june 8th, people. june 8th. 

three guilty pleasures...go.

JILL | Besides binge watching trashy reality shows...

1. Popcorn and M & M's
2. Buying way too many throw pillows + blankets
3. Online shopping

If you're like me and one of your guilty pleasures is online shopping, or browsing Target, okay, or just shopping in general, enter my $50 Target Gift Card giveaway below.

Thank you so much for having me, Karli!


no jill, thank you! so much fun to chat with you, stalk your blog, and share you with the september farm friends!

and if you want more jill...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

diy | a pinterest fail - painted mason jars

no seriously...how hard could it be to paint mason jars. 

not hard at all, that's how hard...but somehow i still managed to mess it up with left my farmer plenty of ammunition for days of snarky comments...until i threw the jars away.

i painted the jars to hold flowers for the mother's day brunch i hosted. in the end, they kind of turned out...they got the job done. 

i digress...

if you want to paint some mason jars to create some super cute vases for a party, or maybe just your home, i'm all about this. super cute.

however, if i want to paint some mason jars...next time i'll plan on it being a two day project that still doesn't turn out. 
S U P P L I E S

mason jar(s)
foam brush
black chalkboard paint
paint color of choice
ribbon

1 | you'll start out by painting your mason jar black. suuuuper duper simple. i just put my hand inside the jar and gave it a single coat. 
this is where i made my first mistake. do not apply any additional paint until your jar is completely dry. 
2 | as stated, after your jars are completely dry, in a thin layer, apply the color of your choice paint. this coat will not and should not cover the black paint. you'll have to apply a few more layers. 
3 | wrap the mouth of the jar in your desired ribbon for a little extra personalization and load your vases with flowers. 

done and done!

4 | optional final step - you can lightly sand your jars in different spots and on the letters to give it a custom, distressed look. 

*the main reason mine didn't turn out is because i didn't wait for the jars to be completely dry between coats and the paint i picked was less peachy and more neon-y. it looks so terrible. so i ended up mixing some white and red paint i had on hand to make a light pink. i added that as a final coat and my jars ended up having a peachy/pink hue going on. 

then they ended up in the trash. 

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