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Louisiana Home Tour Sneak Peek

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I’m so excited to be sharing the video home tour tomorrow!!
I love watching these on youtube…
and seeing how people make their house a home!
I tried to share all of the things we’ve put into place that help us function with four kids
as well as ways we have decorated in a short amount of time.
Quick and easy projects help make it feel like home right away!
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Here’s a shot of the girls’ room. LOVE this sweet pillow from Wee Believers.
Wait till you see the cute back in the video!
Lots of sweet girly things to chat about in Sophia and Sienna’s room.
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I’ve shared this corner of our family room before on Instagram!
Excited to show the boys’ room more
and what’s going on in the playroom/sitting room!
I’m not sharing any photos of the alphabet wall…and it’s hard. haha.
But I want the big reveal to be in the video. It’s super fun. :)
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Can’t wait to post the video tomorrow!!!
The only rooms I don’t take you in are the laundry and the master. because.
I’m not that pulled together yet. haha.
See you tomorrow??
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Framed Shiplap DIY Tutorial


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If you are like me, and want to affordably and quickly add some shiplap
touches to your home, this is a great project for you!

I have Chip and Joanna to thank for this obsession.
We aren’t going to be doing an entire room in shiplap,
(even though I WANT too..haha.) So this was a good option for us!
This project is a lot easier than you think too. I went to Home Depot and had them cut most of the wood for me!
The kids think it’s so fun watching them cut it. They know me at my store now….I go in there weekly. ;)
“Hey..didn’t you build something last week?”  “YES! Want to see my instagram of it??” hahaha.
I haven’t shared an officially finished mantle photo yet but I have been getting asked
about a tutorial so I really wanted to pull this together for you guys and share it!

SUPPLIES:
You don’t need much to make this!
1. A Piece of plywood. I got the smooth $12 version!
It’s called Underlayment
You could also use this kind.

2. Paint.
I used Sherwin Williams Alabaster White

And grabbed one of those small trim tray kits to make it super easy.
(roller and tray combined!)

3. Your trim wood! I used the 1/2 x 1 wood. It was 97 cents or something ridiculous like that.
Make sure you pick straight pieces. lol. I didn’t.
We just had to work with it a bit more to make it fit the best around the frame.
It’s rusticccc…
so…it doesn’t have to be perfectly perfect! ;)

4. Nails. or a Nail Gun.

5. A Nickel.

6. A Level.

7. Stain for Trim.
I got Varathane in Dark Walnut.
LOVED it. I grabbed it because it said it dries faster and with only one coat.
And it actually did that! I think it’s my new favorite stain.
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STEPS:
This project really is EASY..you can do this!!!
It only takes a few steps to get that Fixer Upper look in your home.

Step One.
Decide the size you want! I measured above my fireplace and figured out how big I wanted.
I wanted mine to be around 51 inches wide and 29 inches tall.
But work with the space you have and use the basic material I share below, to get the look you want!

Step Two.
Cut your wood. The plywood comes in 4×8 sheets.
I needed the width to be 4 feet… so I just had Home Depot cut my plywood into 6 inch planks.
SUPER EASY! And the best part about having them cut it is that you can easily fit it into your car!
Even with all the kiddos. :)
(I had two projects going so for my other plywood board I had
them cut the board from 8 to 6 feet… and thenn cut it into 6 inch planks.
I’ll share that playroom project soon!)

Step Three.
Putting it up is ways easier with a partner. So ask for another set of hands to help!
Ben and I worked together and finished this SO FAST.
Just figure out where you want the first one to go.. level it.. and nail it in.
Then stick your nickel in there.
and put the next piece on the wall.
Then level… nail!
You just repeat the process over and over until you
have all of the planks up that you want!

Step Four.
Paint! I decided it would be easiest if I got the planks on the wall and then painted!
I put on two coats and it was ready to roll!

Step Five.
Time to trim it out! If you want to frame out the shiplap like I did, you want to have the
top and pieces be flush to the width you have up.
So cut and stain those first pieces.
Nail them to the wall, and then you can measure
to see how long your side pieces need to be!
Cut those, stain them and nail them to the wall.
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You are done! YAY SHIPLAP!
I loved how it added that farmhouse feel to the space!
I can’t do much about the fireplace for now, but this gave it that cozy touch I was wanting.
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I’m still working on what I’ll put on my mantle…but I had this magnolia wreath from JoAnns.
(a sweet clearance find last year!) and I hung it right up with some ribbon and a nail at the top of the trim.
I’m excited to have a mantle to decorate!! In our last house the tv was on it…not pretty.
I’m excited to share the full mantle once I decorate it for fall! For now I put some of my favorite pieces and some candles up there.
Are you going to try this DIY?? Tag me on INSTAGRAM if you do!!
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Creative Learning Book Series- Animal Homes

I love giving my kids books that go a long with what they are learning in school.
This past year my girls were learning all about Animal Habitats!
Animal Homes’ is the next book I’m sharing in my Creative Learning Series and it’s adorable! It’s from the Peek Inside collection (we have them ALL! SO cute.)
I love how the kids can peek through the holes into the next page and
 we talk about what they see. The book is filled with info and it’s all
shared in such a fun and pretty way that they just soak it right up.
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I love making learning fun for my kids and wanted to share some fun ideas with you guys!
I made a Creative Learning Book Series where my kids
and I have combined our favorite things to do… reading, snacking and crafting.
We were inspired by our favorite Usborne Books and are sharing new videos every week!

This craft was best for my big girls. They said it was probably the hardest one that we did but they loved it the most. Their hard work and determination paid off! ;)
I love seeing their faces when they finish working on their project. Always so proud!
This is a fun one because all of the birds can end up with the cutest personalities.
And..we all enjoyed this book’s treat! (yum!)
I think it wold be fun to add a whole bunch of different animal
home crafts to a cork board… do a whole display of their little crafts!
Do your kids have a favorite animal? My kids LOVE animals.
We just got this book too and they all thought it was amazing!

Thanks for stopping by for another post
of my Creative Learning Book Series!
We are sharing more videos each week!
You can see all of the posts I’ve shared, so far, Here!
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