Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New Kitchen Lighting

If you have been reading here for any amount of time you know one of my biggest hobbies is adding style/design to any part of life!  It could be from putting together Bradley's outfits, decorating for holidays, or adding stickers in my paper planner! :)  Everyone needs a hobby that excites them and mine is definitely styling!  

My favorite subject is our house.  We moved here in 2010 and I would describe our house as builder basic with built in character (arched doorways, woods behind our house, etc).  We LOVED having a move in ready house with lots of space, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, large finished basement, etc,  but it did create a blank slate for all of my ideas!  Enter: the most appropriate pin of all time.

Our most recent update was our kitchen lighting.  Basically all of the lighting in our house doesn't fit our style (and of course we picked them out when building, figures), and we are slowly working on updating the ones that we notice the most.  These are nice, quality light fixtures, but they are more traditional than our style.

Here they are lit from the family room angle (and typical mess).  Hi Bradley!

So the hunt began!  We looked at every possible lighting store in the Twin Cities area (including Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, West Elm, etc) and would find a possible good fixture for over the kitchen table, but then unable to find coordinating lights for over the bar, or vice versa.  So that brought our search online.  We finally found the perfect lights for this space!  

For above the kitchen table we went with an iron globe chandelier from Shades of Light.  

We love how it looks with the table!  

Then for above the bar we found the perfect globe pendants from Lamps.com.  Love love love!

This gives a totally different feel to the space and we are obsessed!

Impossible to photograph lit.  Someone come clean my kitchen.

And both of them!  I seriously was holding off on the this blog post until I removed the kitchen crap.  It will never happen, so here you go. :)  This is real life, folks!

In other kitchen news, we moved this three tiered basket from Bradley's nursery to the kitchen!  Love it in here!  We are lacking counter-stored fruit right now so it looks a little strange, but still love.  And we STILL want to update our cabinets to white to match the built ins, but we decided we need to wait until we are completely done with toddlers and their sticky fingers before making that update. :)

I just love a good house update!  On to the next project! :)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bradley's Favorite Books Part 2

Here is a follow up to my previous Bradley's Favorite Books post since his likes change daily.  We read books so much to Bradley and it is one of his favorite times!  Right now he prefers for Dad to read to him, so I love sitting and watching them connect while reading books together.  Too cute!  Bradley is getting very opinionated, so having lots of book options is key right now!  Here are some favorites.

Don't forget that books are perfect for Easter Baskets, too!

Tickle Monster was a gift from Nate's cousin's family and is a treasure!  It comes with these tickle mitts, and when we walk over and tell Bradley "let's read books!" he grabs the mitts and either wants them on his hands, or thrusts them at Nate to put on. :)  It is the cutest thing ever!  This book is a total must have and great gift item.

First 100 Words is perfect for the age Bradley is in now because he can't say all of the words, but we can say "Where is the cow?" and he will point right at the cow on the page!  It is so fun for us to see his little wheels turn!

Bradley has loved Doggies for a while, along with most Sandra Boynton books.  Nate bounces Bradley in his lap when he "Woofs!" which Bradley adores. :)

Each Peach Pear Plum reminds me soooo much of my childhood!  I remember picking this book out from a school book fair and just loving!

We have had this book for a while, but That's Not My Monkey is still a favorite!  It is short and sweet but too cute.

Eight Silly Monkeys is so fun for this age.  Bradley requests this book a lot and sometimes will do a little shimmy dance while we read it. :)  Grandma got Bradley this book - every time she sees her grandsons she brings a book, and this was a gem one of those times!

This book is such a sweet classic, and Bradley really loves it!  I Am A Bunny was a gift from his favorite teacher as well, so that could be why he loves it so much. :)

Anything with flaps is always a toddler favorite!  What's In My Truck? was also a gift, and I would say at this moment in time, his ABSOLUTE favorite book.  This book really is too cute - every page has tons of flaps and cute illustrations.  A must have!

Bradley's daycare does the Scholastic ordering, where for every book purchased, the school also receives books.  This was my first order with them, and Bradley's favorite out of the bunch is the Skip Hop book My Backpack.  It is such a cute flip book that you open to see what is inside their backpacks!  So cute!

From Head To Toe is a favorite of my nephews, so I was very excited for Bradley to discover.  We LOVE this book because Bradley now does most of the motions on the pages!  If he even hears the word "Penguin" he starts turning his head and laughing, or "Gorilla" and thumps his chest. :)  Love!

What are some of your kid's favorites?  We love books!

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