Finally visited Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM. This place is as crazy as its name. From quirky 3D art to secret passages, adventure is around every corner. I felt like a big kid on a psychedelic playground.
Moving from room to room, each exhibit pushed the boundaries of creativity and insanity. I mean, walking through a fridge is pretty crazy, right?
To plan a family visit to Meow Wolf, go to http://meowwolf.com
I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I took a leap of faith and became a homeowner! At that time, the only thing at the forefront of my mind was to put down roots so my son could have a neighborhood to grow up in just like every classic tv show. I remember after closing going into a deep depression wondering if I had taken on too much. We went from a 600 sq ft one-bedroom apartment to a 1600 sq ft three-bedroom home of our own in what felt like overnight. Even though I sacrificed and saved in a small apartment for nearly 3 years, nothing prepared me for the anxiety felt on closing day. Is it really over after months of searching through dozens and dozens of houses? Signing the huge stacks of mortgage documents definitely made it all real, but nothing felt better than knowing I was DOING it despite my fears. Let me change that, nothing felt better than knowing I DID it!
5 years later I have zero regrets. My home has hosted countless house parties, backyard cookouts, and Sunday dinners. Our extra bedroom has turned from a game room to an office to a welcoming spot for our exchange student turned Moroccan daughter, and now a place for my kid brother who’s permanently visiting. The joy I have felt in my home has been immeasurable. The best and most rewarding decision ever! With that, here’s to 5 years that went by in a blink of an eye and to many years to come creating unforgettable memories in a home filled with peace, love, laughter, and lots of friends and family!
Knowledge is FREE!
Thrifting is more than a discount price, it’s the LEARNING and DISCOVERY for me! This mask grabbed my attention not only bc the bids were reaching $500 but just how beautifully crafted and unique it is! Did quick research and landed on the Brooklyn Museum site, among others. Bwoom Masks are royal masks from the DR of the Congo made by the Kuba people. Used in ceremonies, the masks represent different characters or masqueraders, hence its bearded human face. They are made of wood, copper alloy, skin, fur, plant fiber, textile, glass beads, cowrie shell, seedpods, pigments. I did not purchase this particular one but enjoyed researching and getting to know the rich history and beautiful artistry from Mama Africa.
The minute I saw these midnight black champagne flutes at an estate sale I knew it was perfect for my wine cabinet. I guess you can call it a house swap!
A short time later I found matching wine glasses…I guess you can call that a gift from the universe!
It’s hard to believe I will soon have a teenager. My son, however, is counting down the days with an entire list of the things he plans to do once he hits the big 1-3.
A new teen bed was at the top of his list right next to extending his bedtime nearly two hours. Yeah, that ain’t about to happen. A new bed ehh now that’s a bit more reasonable. We definitely maximized the use of his bunk bed over the years. I can vividly remember him begging me for a bunk bed in the 2nd grade. I finally broke down and got one. By 4th grade, we removed the bottom bunk and added a futon underneath. We then swapped out the futon for an IKEA desk and chair to create a loft-style. By the end of his 5th-grade year, we added risers so he could work at his desk more comfortably. As middle school approached, my son started to become desperate. It had reached ‘give me a bed or give me death’ levels. I admit all I could think about was the cost of a brand new bedroom set. I tried my best to convince him that all college students had lofts. My favorite thing to say was “This is preparing you for college!” Mom-manipulation. It almost worked.
I guess bunk beds in middle school really aren’t that cool. All of his friends had already gotten rid of theirs. Never the one to keep up with the Jones’ or jump off a bridge because everyone did, I began to create a budget to give my son the room he deserved as he transitioned into young adulthood.
I promised my son we would go shopping for his new bed before the end of his three week Spring Break. I was down to the very last weekend, a hair away from the dreadful Mom-shame of breaking a promise. While checking the mail one evening, I noticed a bed sitting out by the curb for pickup. I carefully looked to make sure everything was there and in good condition- headboard (check), footboard (check), 2 railings (check), 4 bed slats (bonus check). In the middle of my deep inspection, a neighbor started walking towards me. Two words for what happened next – I ran! I don’t know if I was too embarrassed or too prideful, either way I did not want my neighbors seeing me dragging each piece back to my house. I immediately told my son I found a bed someone got rid of, I think we can use it, but we’ve got to wait until it gets dark to go get it!
Now normally my son doesn’t want anything to do with picking up stuff from the side of the road. Trust me, I know because I do it all the time. I was shocked when he agreed to help!
Once it was in the garage, my son took full control in making it his own. I made sure he had plenty of spray paint and rags to wipe it clean. He handled the rest.
A gazillion coats of black paint later, the bed was transformed. Altogether he used Project Source Flat Black Spray Paint and Krylon Chalkboard Paint in Black for the final coat.
Here’s a look at his room before…
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A quick and easy way to store and display your fav or most precious greeting cards is to FRAME them!
I received this Blue Mountain card, titled Don’t Ever Lose Sight of the Wonderful Person You Are, in 2014 from my former supervisor/mentor. I now keep this card framed with a photo of me in primary school. These are the words I needed to hear as a little girl. These are the words I need to read every day to continue to become a better me.
Turn to your fav magazine for more quick, easy and FREE art! This beautiful African model rocking jumbo gold metal earrings was ripped from the pages of a Harper’s Bazaar magazine. High fashion turned high quality framed art!
A kitchen island has been at the top of my Gotta-Wanna-Needa list since hosting Thanksgiving for the first time. With three cooks in the kitchen, you can imagine the chaos and lack of counter space. My host daughter literally sat on the floor to prep her Moroccan cookies. Although it made for fun memories, more space was needed pronto. When it comes to kitchen carts/tables/islands, there are many possibilities. I felt like Goldilocks while searching for the perfect piece. This one is too bulky. This one is too short. That one is too expensive. While watching two of my favs, Chip and Joanna Gaines, I spotted the perfect kitchen island cart. This one is just right.
Finally, I knew what I wanted existed but the price tag was a big no no. Determined to save $300 and create the desired look on a budget, my son and I set off on a new DIY project. Not sure where to start, I originally attempted to find a counter top from local home improvement stores but many were way too heavy and needed to be supported by cabinets-too bulky. I then thought to use a pub table in place of the island-too short. In the meantime, I searched high and low online for kitchen carts with a wood or granite top-too expensive.
While shopping in Ikea one day, my son (yes, he gets all the credit) noticed a table top that was a perfect size for our kitchen. Turns out to be a Linnmon desk table top for only $4 on clearance. We grabbed it! The table top was originally for a desk, so the IKEA legs available in-store weren’t tall enough to match counter height. A quick trip back to our local home improvement store resulted in us combining the table top with pine table legs ($19 each). We opted not to paint the legs and show it’s natural beauty!
After a fun afternoon of trials and errors, the table leg plate didn’t work as planned and had to use gorilla wood glue, our kitchen table was done!
No need to add wheels (not sure how it would’ve worked anyway) because the table is very lightweight and so easy to move around, yet sturdy enough to stand up to daily use. After nearly a year, it has held up against spilled coffee, spaghetti sauce and everything you can think of! It wipes off clean time after time. I couldn’t be happier with this mother and son Do-It-Ourselves.
I loved the kitchen table so much I decided to do a quick and easy DIY rug to go with it! Using an old roman shade from a local thrift store, shelf liner and a hot glue gun-voila! Can’t take full credit for idea-stole it from Pinterest but it works. Certified Do Try This At Home!
Swipe to see the transition from blah to glam in my master bathroom. This budget friendly makeover required only a few DIY projects, which included painting the cabinets and matching window cornice turned plant shelf a vivacious Hunter Green using Krylon COLORmaxx spray paint. The kilim rug was originally for my kitchen, but noticed it would match better in this space. A gold shower curtain ($13.99 from Amazon) and colorful geometric curtains ($23.99 from Amazon) pulled everything together, giving my master bath Afro-bohemian vibes.