7.31.2012

From Danger to New Hanger

Yesterday I converted my daughter's closet from a baby gear storage place to a functional princess haven for only $25, tell it to your neighbor!  
Most of the time my daughter likes to "get fancy" before we go anywhere.  I am not as girly as she is so I've had to embrace my inner princess to relate.  Sometimes she likes to "get fancy" first thing in the morning before anyone even knows she's up.  The photo below is an example of how I found her closet one morning.  To reach her dresses she had climbed onto a plastic toy stool that she had put on top of a narrow jewelry box.  Dedication and danger, danger!
This danger sign said it was time to convert her closet and The Container Store's "Happy Organized Home" sale motivated me to do it now.  Here are the BEFORE pictures of our mess:

Ahhhhh... It felt good to clean the closet out.
I went to my inner princess to help me design a functional closet.  If I were my daughter I'd want to be able to reach all my dresses and shoes and change several times in one day.  The Mommy in me is wanting to help her to be independent.  I found two items at the container store that would satisfy the Princess and the Mommy.  One was a hanging closet rod (so cool) and the other was a hanging shoe compartment bag, both on sale for a total of $25.
Below are pictures of our completed closet conversion.  My Daughter loves her new Big Girl closet and she got herself completely ready this morning so I'm loving it too.

I was happy to be able to fit her Rapunzel vanity in the closet and free up some space in her room.   Also, I'm a super fan of the Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers and they're now in kid size and on sale, tell it to your neighbor!  I picked up a couple packs so the dresses won't fall.


Here is my sweetie pie demonstrating how everything is at her level.  No more danger, we've got a new closet rod hanger, tell it to your neighbor!

Here are links to the container store items I used to convert my daughter's closet:


It looks like the sale ends August 23 so you have a little time to think through your closet conversion, good luck!

Tell it to your neighbor,
Erica






7.24.2012

Lunch Box Madness

I usually have fun scouring the internet each year for the cutest and most functional lunch box for my kiddos.  Last year (right after I ordered their monogrammed lunch boxes) I saw a report on the Today Show saying 9 out of 10 preschoolers' lunches do not stay cold enough and can cause them stomach issues.  Well I couldn't waste and trash the new ones (monogram = too late!) so I just added super extra ice the whole year.  However, my daughter's stomach gets upset even if she's slightly nervous so this report stuck with me.

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Last week I was cruising my cool mom picks email and a new lunch box caught my eye.  It's a lunch box designed by 5 kids for kids!  It's the Lands' End MadBox and it keeps the lunch cold for 5 hours with a customizable ice pack.  The fact that it's cute and personalized is even better! 

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When I discovered Lands' End was having a 30% off everything sale, it was a no brainer.  No scouring the internet for me, I ordered!  TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR 30% OFF, TELL IT TO YOUR NEIGHBOR!  Follow this link and check it off your list : MadBox.  

Here's a video of the cute kids who designed it:


I had no idea I shouldn't store the whole lunch box in the fridge over night!  I love these kids!

Tell it to your neighbor,
Erica





7.23.2012

Travel Edition: Jackson Hole, WY

(I recently read a blog post about how to create fake calligraphy.
So I decided to try it out while coloring with my daughter.)

Last week I mentioned we went to Jackson Hole for a wedding.  While we were only there for 2 short days, I found myself saying "tell it to your neighbor!" about so many fantastic things we experienced.  I can't keep them in my head any longer, so here is a list of my Best of Jackson Hole, tell it to your neighbor!

1.  The view from the plane as it's landing - Is this real?  Add this to your bucket list.  


2. Fly Fishing on Snake River with Spencer Morton - We booked a half day trip through Jackson Hole Anglers and Mr. Morton was our guide.  He was awesome!  The way he and my Husband went after the fish was real team work, like they had been best friends for life.  I also appreciated how Spencer patiently taught me how to fly fish for the first time and I caught one!  His demonstration of why it's important to MEND was excellent.

Meet Spencer.  
I should mention Hyde Drift Boats.  We stood the whole time and never fell out because of the leg brace design.  Cool boat.

3.  MADE - An awesome retail shop in downtown Jackson's Gaslight Alley.  Everything in this store is handmade.  It's like the best of etsy all in one shop!  I could have been in there for hours.


I follow MADE on facebook now and they recently posted this awesome necklace.  And I then I purchased it. :)


4. Beaver Creek Hat & Leather - I was on a mission to find a hat band while in Jackson Hole.  Specifically, I was looking for a colorful Native American flat beaded hat band to put on a chocolate hat my friend Laura gave to me.  I was so picky I had no luck, but I did go into every single hat store in Jackson.  This one was the best.  A nice young lady helped me find a good lookin runner-up hat band, braided leather and horse hair.  Love it!


5. Bridger Gondola Ride & Coulier - This was my first gondola ride (I've never been skiing) up to the rehearsal dinner at Coulier.  Amazing!!!  It's a good thing time stands still (it never got dark) at 9095' because we loved it!


6.  Snake River Ranch - The place for a dream wedding.  It was beautiful.  I wish I knew who did the flowers to give them credit.  Gorgeous!  Also, I noticed the flags on top of the big tent, they represented the sweet couple's hometowns.  Love!



BONUS to the Travel Edition:  Before we made it to Jackson hole we were stuck at the Houston Airport for 8 hours.  So we walked around, ate, shopped and people watched and then did that some more.  The Everlasting Bag I posted last week was the first of many airport happenings I feel the need to share.  Here are the others:

1.  Cat Cora's Kitchen - Was I in the airport or was I in New York City?  I couldn't tell!  Great place to eat and people watch.

Killing time in Cat Cora's Kitchen at the airport.

2.  Caddyshack Golf Towel - For the Caddyshack enthusiast.  I spotted this at the PGA Tour store.


3.  Loudmouth Golf Shorts - I don't know what to think about these, but they stood out and I wanted to show and tell.  Please let me know if you ever see these on the course, please!

Loudmouth Check out everything else on their website!

4.  iPhone Pocket Projector from Brookstone - So cool!  It projects a 50" diagonal image onto the wall and it fits in your pocket.




 5.  Striped Flick Flack Girl's Watch - This kid's watch deserves a whole post alone, but I'll have to save it for later.  This watch can go in the wash and it comes with a great way to teach kids how to tell time.  I thought this striped one was especially cute.  From the Swatch store.


6. Celebrity/Politician sightings - Crazy, we saw Nene Leakes' business partner from RHOA, John Kolaj.  Then I couldn't figure out who the 2nd guy was, I though maybe a basketball coach but it was Ron Paul.  Ha!  No pictures with them, I cannot ask!


Go to Jackson Hole in the summer but don't get stuck at the airport for 8 hours.  :)  Does anyone have a good source for Native American flat beaded hat bands?  Please send it my way if you do!

Tell it to your neighbor,
Erica

7.21.2012

Cottage Bathroom Renovation

Our first house was a 920 square foot cottage in the Houston Heights, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.  We lived there for five years and I had no idea it was small.  We loved it!  Even after adding a 100 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback to our family I still felt okay on space.   I loved that house so much I would get a little defensive when people would say we needed to move to a bigger house.  It wasn't until we brought our baby girl home that cottage started to feel tight.  Then she started to crawl... time to sell!!!  
I had big plans to renovate that whole house but during our 5 years we had just two home improvement projects.  We repainted the exterior and we remodeled the bathroom.  I believe the bathroom renovation ultimately sold the house.  The new exterior paint and a great set of photos from our great photographer neighbors :) were next on the list of reasons our house sold so quickly.  Long story short, we sold the house the day we listed for 10% above our asking price.  Are you thinking maybe we didn't price it right?  I think we did, it was the bathroom the buyers wanted!  Here are the dramatic before and after pictures of our 80 sq ft bathroom:






Stay tuned for pictures of the rest of the house including the red exterior.  In the meantime, I plan on posting the specifications (paint color, tile, fixtures) of the of the renovated bathroom if people are interested, let me know!

Thank you to our former neighbors, Kim and Greg of Kolanowski Studio, for a great photo of our bathroom and for letting me use it in my blog!

Tell it to your neighbor,
Erica

7.17.2012

Swedish Nursery

Swedish Nursery
Two bloggers inspired and encouraged me to first, start a blog and second, use POLYVORE for interiors.  So I did and I want to share my first POLYVORE set with you!  This Swedish Nursery set was inspired by the Storybook Initial Art Print I spotted on minted.com.  The print reminded me of Land of Nod's floral bedding.  Both felt nice and Swedish (my roots).  I hope you like it because it was fun and I'll be doing this a lot more!  Thank you to these two bloggers, my amazing sister, Carly (C. Style), and my new friend I met poolside in paradise, Shelli (a' la mode).  You'll find a link to their blogs in the right hand column, you must check them out!