modern mudroom

This post is brought to you by Valspar® Reserve™ exclusively at Lowe’s, find a store near you here.

We’re back with the big reveal of our Modern Mudroom challenge! We wanted to create a space that functioned like a mudroom, but made only with paint. Each child has a “color” and inside that color is their space to hold coats, backpacks, homework, artwork and whatever else they need to grab on their way in or out the door. We painted matching stools for not only seating, but for a little easy shelf space! Check out this film made with Jenner Brown of Lumineux to see how it all went down. (See the “before” here.)

Now you can see what we meant yesterday about the paint being so rich and creamy! The one coat paint + primer made this project so fast, we were worried that the thickness might make removing the tape a mess but the lines were crisp and really perfect! Also, with our love of bright, bold colors, we were really pleased to see that the super-strength pigments in Valspar® Reserve™  delivered rich and vibrant color as we had hoped. Lastly, you can see in the film that this paint has extreme washability. We tested it out with marker and it’s a fact. It handled a good scrubbing that in the past other paints might have lost some pigment or even removed a little bit. This paint it incredibly durable! After the project each of us agreed that we would use this paint again and again, and really that is the true test!

Keep reading to see more pictures of the wall in action! Thanks again to  Valspar® Reserve™ for helping us make this idea a reality! Read more

fall boots

Before we post, we just wanted to send our best thoughts and prayers with those families effected by the events 13 years ago. We are so proud to live in this country!

Thursday Threads is back and the thing on our minds is boots. What’s a better way to ring in a new Fall season than with a great pair of boots? We’re sharing our picks for kids here and you can follow along while we add our picks for ourselves all day on Pinterest here. Onto the boots!

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BOYS:

1. Hunter boots are a more of an investment then some of the other wellies you’ll find, but they’re virtually indestructible. We love picking a color out for our oldest kids that we know will be classic and cool for the rest of the siblings, boys or girls!

2. If your kid requires a little bit more pizazz in their wardrobe these monster wellies are super fun! Via H&M.

3. Sk8 Hi’s by Vans aren’t going to keep rain or snow out, but for those milder climate days, nothing is cooler. JCrew’s are the cheapest we’ve found!

4. This leather chukka boot at Nordstrom comes in black as well and genuine leather! Perfect for school or dinner or church, it dresses up so nicely!

5. Minnetonka’s boots scream Fall to us. Another great unisex pick that can be passed down from sibling to sibling.

6. Chelsea boots are so classic and wonderful for Fall and into the holidays. They are great formal options and there are a hundred different places to buy them, but Zara’s caught our eye and are surprisingly one of the more affordable version.

7. Nothing is cuter than seeing your little man look like your big man. These rugged hikers fit the bill perfectly.

GIRLS:

8. This combination boot with it’s classic quilting, contrasting zippers and tough buckles is too cool. This pair would be a fun one to dress all Fall and Winter! By Nina.

9. Aigle is arguably the coolest of all the wellies. That retro stripe at the top adds such a great graphic element and the vibrant colors make them feel modern and on-trend.

10. For a nice casual boot that goes with pretty much anything this Steve Madden pair is the way to go.

11. Riding boots for Fall is our favorite look for girls. With leggings and a long sweater, denim on denim, or with a dress or skirt, it always looks on point! Tommy Hilfiger makes these ones.

12. Another great riding style boot via Target! The two-tone leather makes these boots so wearable, dressed up or down!

13. This mid ankle bootie is a great lighter-weight option than some of these more heavy duty options. It comes in great colors and patterns too to fit any style!

14. Doc Martens make us a little nostalgic, but they really do make the most durable boots, so we aren’t shocked at their comeback! So many options, but these moto style feel really fresh!

What boots do you find yourself buying year after year? Which ones are you willing to splurge on and which ones do you go the cheaper route?

 

modern mudroom: before

We have a super fun project in partnership with Valspar® Reserve™ paint to share over the next couple days! To fully appreciate the improvements made, we had to share the “before” situation. Unless you are one of the lucky ones with a mudroom designed and built into your home, you might share our same problem! When we tumble back into our homes after a long day, there is a definite spot where our belongings collect. Where papers and backpacks, shoes and socks all get dropped. We challenged ourselves to come up with a better plan using only paint as our tool.

Mudroom - Before!

We flipped through over 3,000 Valspar colors before selecting three bright and fun primaries: Sunny Jonquil, Ocean Sigh and Scarlet Sun.Valspar Reserve

One thing we all noticed and were impressed with was how thick the paint was. It was almost like cream. It rarely dripped making minimal mess. Valspar Reserve was perfect for a high traffic mudroom because of its durability and stain + scrub resistance so we knew we could wipe anything off the walls! And for those of you who love to change up your paint colors but hate the tedious process, Valspar® Reserve™ is a paint + primer one-coat coverage. We can attest, one coat and done. Awesome!

Mudroom - Before!

We don’t want to share too much of the mudroom before the big reveal tomorrow, but we’ll give you a little hint.

Check back later this week to see it all in action and a little film of the whole process!

Thanks to Valspar for sponsoring this project! Find Valspar® Reserve™ exclusively at Lowe’s, find a store near you here.

ikea hack: book rack

After last week’s Ikea Hack we heard from a couple of people that they needed a better option for storing books. We all nodded along vigorously because it has proven challenging to keep our books looking neat and tidy, too! They usually end up in small stacks on the ledge in front of the bookshelf waiting to be filed back away. Luckily, Nicole had already solved this riddle with another genius Ikea Hack – their Spontan magazine racks!

Ikea Hack: Book RackYou can buy them in silver online, or white in stores. Or spray paint your silver ones white if you’re not near an Ikea, even! These racks are super easy to install an hold several (3 looks the cleanest, but 6-9 works too) books per. But, the best part is you can easily see the titles so your kiddo can grab the one he or she wants and then your kiddo can easily drop the book into the slot.

Ikea Hack: Book Rack

Have you all found a good way of organizing books? It’s definitely a good problem to have – when your kid wants to read and is messing the shelves up – but a little organization never hurt! Find your own Spontan Racks here.

TMNT Birthday Party


As promised, here is our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party for Target!  Part of the party’s agenda was to first have each kiddo decide what Turtle they wanted to “be” for the party. Then we provided the Turtle Shells and accessories for each guest and based the activities on what each Turtle (and child) is good at. It was a celebration of individuality and what makes each of them special — they loved it! Not to mention there was a life size assault van, so that always helps!

Each guest was instructed to wear the colors of his or her chosen turtle and had party favors that coordinated. It immediately added such a festive flair!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle PartyThen a simple bakery cake with a Michelangelo action figure a top:

turt2Pizza and green snacks, of course, were on the menu:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Our awesome Ninja Turtles in their colors fully accessorized, click on each to find their dress-ups! Michelangelo (Quinn), Leonardo (Dash), Raphael (Rilo), and Donatello (Monroe).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

To get to their assault van and start their mission they first had to wade through the sewer sludge (aka streamers hung in the doorway.) How darling are these little turtle shells?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Once through, they had a blast assuming their roles and fighting crime. Donatello was especially fearsome.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

 

For this van we used a big-screen TV box and a whole lot of Duct Tape! But all that work was more than worth it to see their eyes light up and watch them jump up and down with excitement. Even better, since it was taped into submission this van is pretty indestructible  and has had lots of play time outdoors with no problem.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle PartyTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

We got this awesome idea when Target made the most darling How-To video for their own Assault Van. Their step by step video helped us so much, see it in action below!

 

This post is sponsored by Target. More Turtles, More Bold and Daring Fun: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Target.

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