Dresser Makeover

Happy weekend, Everyone! Yes, I know it’s Sunday…Boo! 

This weekend I spent a bunch of time going through Bradley’s baby clothes, getting them ready and organized for Cooper’s room.  Here I am 37 weeks along and the only thing I have done in the nursery is the dresser and organized clothes. I remember feeling so much pressure to get Bradley’s nursery done before he arrived; It’s definitely a different story this time around. I still need a couple walls painted, a crib, and to complete some finishing touches for Cooper’s room. I know I still have a lot to do, but I am okay with that. Cooper will be sleeping in my room for a while anyway so I feel like I still have some time.

Lets get to the star of the show! Coopers dresser. I found this gem at a yard sale this summer for $30. Such a steal! 

Before

I brought it home and when my brother Austin came to visit us for a few weeks in July, he kindly offered to help me paint it. OK lets be honest, I really just told him that he had to help me or I wasn’t going to feed him!!! My brother was such a big help. We had to wait until it got dark and cooled down. It was so hot in the garage! It took us two nights and we totally transformed this dresser! 

Almost done

Painting process 

Took all the drawers out and cabinet off. Sanded the surface we were painting with a fine sand paper. Just enough sanding to add texture so the paint would stick. Next we wiped the dresser down with a damp cloth to clean it. Then we painted one coat, and let it dry over night. Added the second coat the next night. I let the dresser dry for a couple days before I put the drawers and cabinet back on. I spray painted the knobs black separately. 

The color we used was called Luscious Green by Valspar. The finish was matte and found it at Lowe’s. 

After

After

Ta Da! It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do! Green, you say? Yes, green! I decided to do a black and white themed nursery and then I am throwing in a couple pops of green. If you know me at all, you know I love the vintage, farm style decor. For some reason I just felt like I needed to do something totally different for Cooper’s room. I am excited to bring everything together! My aunt Sheryl made me some awesome bedding with black and white patterns. That’s what you are seeing in this last picture. That is the changing pad with a custom made cover. I LOVE it! Over the next couple of weeks I will be transforming this room and I will keep you updated every step of the way. For now though, you just get to see my awesome dresser.

I might be further along in this process if it wasn’t for my little Bradley boy! This boy keeps me on my toes. Today as I am sorting clothes he managed to stick a flash drive in a stick of butter…that’s right, flash drive into BUTTER!

He also decided to help himself to a snack. This picture just says it all! Oh man, I love this little boy! 

Bradley

I am so thankful for moments like this. Moments that make me laugh and smile! I live for these moments. 

I hope you all have a blessed week! 

Thank you for reading

<3 Justina  

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Maternity Leave

My 12 week maternity leave comes to an end tonight as I return to work in the morning.

My emotions are all over the place! I love my job, but I’m going to miss spending 24/7 with my sweet Chloe Sue.image

I am thankful to work for an organization that values family and believes in work/life balance! A 6 week paid paternal leave, plus some stored sick and vacation time and I enjoyed 12 weeks paid with my beautiful daughter! Definitely 12 weeks I will never forget! 

I’ve already cried three times today…tell me I’m not the only mama who is struggling with leaving their child?! 

Thankfully, Chloe gets to spend 4 days a week with her Gamma and Gampa and 1 day a week with a dear friend or I’d really be a mess! She is in the best hands with people who love her very much! 

Now, back to my 12 weeks off…

We enjoyed so many fun times together, I wanted to share some of them with you!

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Monday- Friday we enjoyed Stroller Strides with Fit4Mom Meridian at Kleiner Park! Nothing like getting my workout on with my daughter, other mamas, their kiddos and all while singing nursery rhymes!  

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Multiple coffee dates, walks, and visits with friends and family! 

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Our first visit to Boise Zoo! After a delicious breakfast and coffee at our favorite breakfast spot, Big City Coffee! Fun with Auntie M, cousin Ember, Auntie J, cousin Bradley, Jodi & Carter!

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Two weekend visits to Gamma and Gampa’s cabin in New Meadows! 

imageAnd a trip to Portland to visit Cody’s family and friends! Nana Karey and Auntie Brandi planned a Meet & Greet Chloe BBQ! 

And that’s just to name a few! So many fun times I could write all day! Again, 12 weeks I am so thankful for and was blessed with and will never forget! 

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Girls Night Out!

All 3 Sisters went out on the town last night!! 🙂 The three of us and a few friends went to the Carrie Underwood concert in Boise! The Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round. It was AMAZING! Seriously, if you have any interest in seeing Carrie live…do it. You won’t be disappointed!

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We had to take full advantage of our night out so of course we started with dinner. No one appreciates dinner out more than moms of babies and toddlers! Dinner with girlfriends is like a mini-vacation 🙂 

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Easton Corbin opened the night and was quite entertaining. Even serenaded us with some Justin Bieber…yeah, we’re not sure what that was about either!

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Check out this stage! Stories in the Round…so cool! There really isn’t a bad seat in the place – everyone has a front row view throughout the concert. The things they do with stages these days, it is quite the production!

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Here she is, coming right up out of the center round to start the night with Renegade Runaway.

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Only a few minutes in and you realize exactly why she’s been nominated Entertainer of the Year! Hope she wins!!  

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On top of the Jukebox for Cowboy Casanova!! 🙂 

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Easton Corbin came back out to sing a song with her, and of course he was wearing a BSU jersey 😉 

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One of my favorite stage effects was this one for Blown Away.

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And here she is singing Smoke Break.

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We all loved how many outfit changes she had! 🙂 

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She finished off the show with Something in the Water. 

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We had such a great time! Let’s plan more girls nights, okay guys? Anyone have any great traditions you do with your girl friends?

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Grandma Sue’s Apple Butter

It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp, the leaves start changing, and people turn into fall obsessed, pumpkin spice loving, boot wearing crazies! Don’t get me wrong, I love fall and everything about it. I just think its hilarious how much attention fall gets! You would get a weird look if you said something like, “I can’t wait to wear sunscreen and hide from the blistering sun this summer!”

I especially have a soft spot for fall this year because we are expecting our second son in October. I am 34 weeks along and I am so ready for summer to be over! I know there are tons of moms out there that can sympathize with me, so I am not going to go into details. All I want to say is it has been a HOT summer! So bring on fall and all the crazies!

Okay my rant about fall is over. What I’d like to share with you today is Grandma Sue’s Apple Butter recipe! Grandma gave me tons of apples, so what better thing to do then make her apple butter. The aroma of allspice and cloves turns me into one of those crazy fall people! And it will you, too! If you are looking for a sugar free recipe….I am sorry, this is not for you. But when you spread this spiced jam on a fresh baked biscuit, you will be thanking me for every calorie!

Apple Butter

10 C. Apples (peeled and cubed) 

8 C. Sugar 

1/2 C. Vinegar 

2 tsp. Cinnamon 

1 tsp. Allspice (ground) 

1 tsp. Cloves (ground)

Peel and cut apples, put them into a crock pot with all other ingredients and cook  on low for 10 to 12 hours. Apples will cook down. Apple butter makes a great gift! 

<3 Justina 

 

 

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