Powder Room Renovation — Stylish and Kid Friendly

For months, I have been hitting up my Pinterest and Instagram feeds for small powder room decorating inspiration. There are so many dream designs out there that can seem intangible to a parent because — well — kids.

I was determined to pick an upscale, trendy look (but not TOO trendy) for our main-floor powder room located right next door to our girls’ playroom. I’ve been admiring wallpaper and wall decals for some time now and knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper or decals into the design, so I started stalking my favorites on Instagram.

Rocky Mountain Decals has the dreamiest wallpaper designs and wall decals. Their IG feed was inspiring so I figured I would take the leap. However, as mentioned this bathroom sits right outside of the playroom, and I needed to make sure wallpaper was the right choice for a bathroom frequented by our children and our tiny neighbors alike.

I reached out to Rocky Mountain Decals asking about how easy it would be to keep their wallpaper clean. With a same-day reply, they informed me it was no problem. The wallpaper is sturdy and can be wiped down with warm water when needed. I was SOLD! my luxurious dreams of being a fancy wallpaper home were about to come to fruition.

After “pinning” all kinds of cactus and succulent themed rooms on Pinterest, I decided on RM’s Cactus print (OH EM GEE). Based on this choice, my husband and I decided to make some vintage looking wood shelves with brushed gold brackets and I got the idea to mount the toilet paper off a small shelf from one of my “pins.” Adding this small shelf in the powder room gave us more design appeal and a place to put some cute décor while providing a place to put our TP.

The shelves turned out great (thanks, hubby) and are a perfect complement to the wallpaper. We replaced the mirror with a more modern antique-gold-trimmed mirror and accessorized the shelves with some custom art and Target cactus candles to complete the look.

The application of the wallpaper was so much easier then I’d imagined. Rocky Mountain makes it easy to apply. They number the paper so you know what lines up with what, and the peel-and-stick design is easy to apply and smooth out. My WONDERFUL neighbor came over to help me apply the wallpaper in the cozy space, and it took us less than two hours.

Wow! I never imagined how amazing it would turn out. One pleasant surprise was that the wallpaper design added depth to the room, making the small powder room seem larger than it actually is. This is by far my favorite room in the house now and I’m on the hunt to find my next “reno” project where I can use more Rocky Mountain Decal designs.

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Thank you Rocky Mountain Decals for providing the most beautiful and quality wallpaper we have ever seen.

Wallpaper: Rocky Mountain Decals  (discount code Hustle15)

Shelves: Wood from Home Depot, crafted by my hubby’s mad skills

Cactus Candles: Target

PowderRoom Sign: Magnolia at Target

Small Shelf NickNacks : At Home

Mirror: TJ Max

Please Wash Your Hands: Made by me 🙂

Gold Frame: Pottery Barn

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Sweet One- Sprinkle Themed Ice Cream Birthday Party

Well, our baby girl is officially a one year old! I love planning first birthday parties, mostly because I get to decide on the party theme and all the fun décor. As your kids get older, they form these things called “opinions” and want to have a say. So, take full advantage when you can when it comes to the party ideas!

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For Ella Jaye’s party, I decided on an ice cream theme so I could bring my sprinkle obsession to life. After some late-night pinning and some Amazon Prime ordering, because let’s face it…with two kids I did not have as much time to order the handmade stuff off Etsy in time for the party, we were all set.

For our ice cream party, I created a sprinkle room with long, skinny balloons taped on the walls like giant sprinkles! The balloons were too long so I had to tie them off and cut them (kind of like sausages) to create smaller sprinkles. Each balloon made about three sprinkles. I got a super cute ice cream bar banner off Amazon to finish off the room.

Pro tip: Make sure you have a balloon pump on hand, apparently you need one to blow up this type of balloon.

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I also found the cutest and affordable ($17.99) Ice Cream Truck dessert stand to use for the ice cream bar. The best part was how well made it was, now my oldest daughter can use it as a toy in her playroom.

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I bought gold balloons from Hobby Lobby to spell out “One” and “Ella.”  While browsing through Target, I found a cute photo banner that displayed photos of Ella from 1-12 months old.

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For her first Birthday, we got Ella a pop-up ice cream truck, it was a big hit with all the kids (big and small). We filled the truck with balls that we had saved from Caroline’s first birthday party – ball pits are always a hit!

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On Amazon, I found the cutest little ice cream cone shooters to use as party favors. We knew there would be older kids from our neighborhood at the party and wanted them to have something fun to take home.

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I was able to find sprinkle trays and some other sprinkle themed party items at local stores like Hobby Lobby and Target. I did order cupcake toppers and her birthday outfit on Etsy. When ordering on Etsy, I also use Ebates to save a percentage on my order.

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I was surprised to find a cute little “1” party hat and high chair skirt on Amazon. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at how many cute party items I found on Amazon. I think this is because more small vendors are distributing through Amazon these days. I love this because I can support smaller business but still have the convenience of my Prime membership. 

Parties are always stressful, but it is nice to be able to welcome family and friends into your home. We had a wonderful time celebrating our baby girl’s first birthday and look forward to many more to come!

 

Learning to Sew

I have never been known for my artistic abilities other than behind a camera or on a computer… So when I told my family I wanted to start “making” things for Caroline on my very own sewing machine they were not very supportive.

However, I am happy to say I may not be the best at this sewing thing BUT… I did finish a skirt last night that I think she will actually be able to wear and not have to turn into doll clothes like my first two attempts…

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Having  a girl is so much fun and as “creative” individual I have so many great ideas in my head. It is the actual execution of all these great projects on top of working full time, side jobs, and just being a Mommy that get in the way.

I am so jelly of those mom who seem to have it all together crafting, cleaning, the list can go on.

For those Mom’s like me who struggle but still want to create try using youtube tutorials to get a grasp on things. Here is a link to the one I used to make a simple skirt, it is from another Mom blogger MADEeveryday.

#craftonbitches

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