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My Baby Sleeps On The Floor: Our Montessori-ish Baby Room

Heston's Room

Let me first qualify this post by saying, I know nothing about babies.  Really.  I’ve never been a baby person, nor have I spent any substantial time with them.  We’re totally winging it over here.

We didn’t set out to be all Montessori-ish in our approach to raising Heston, but the more we engage with this life-learning method, the more I’m a convert.  Thus, our baby sleeps on the floor.

We originally bought a two bedroom house (albeit a tiny one) because we envisioned having a guest/baby’s room (and in that order).  I remember being pretty self-righteous and saying things like “Elch, why in the world do people dedicate an entire room to ‘kid-stuff’?!”  I said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again, I know nothing.

Our approach to the monkey’s sleeping situation was not guided by any particular method, it was simply that we couldn’t decide on a crib.  Between cost, design and our tiny space, I remember throwing my hands up in frustration and saying, “Why do we even need a crib?!” I was thinking about having just a day bed so that my mother (and other guests) could have an actual bed to sleep in.  But again cost, design, and space were not intersecting.  And I felt like I had time to decide since I knew he’d be sharing our room for the first part of his life.

I wasn’t sure how we would establish our family sleeping situation; I didn’t even know how I felt about it other than the extreme stereotypes represented in RomComs everywhere: Hippy-Dippy Family Beds whilst shunning vaccinations vs. ice-cold, detached robot parents who farm our raising their kids to a staff.  Surely there were more options than this?!  I implored the same approach we had with Heston’s impending arrival: we would just figure it out.  We started by RENTING the most beautiful (and functional) bassinet, but my little guy didn’t do much sleeping in it (much to my disappointment.)  And really, if I could have had my way, I think I would have preferred co-sleeping with H until he was in college old enough. But by 7 months when we knew H could lay on his back without choking (and sort of roll over) we knew it was time to fish or cut bait.  I felt like I had this window to transition him and this was it.  Armed with some research and my sleep bible, we put Heston on a mattress on the floor.

H Room

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How To Move Succesfully

Moving Tips

As I said earlier, we really had a super-successful move into our new little house.  Not only is this because we hired the best movers ever (3-Men Movers), but I think it’s because I have a little OCD had my act together and I’ve learned a few things in the 10+ times that I’ve moved.

So here are my 11 Best Moving Tips for an efficient and hassle-free move:

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We’re In

Home Sweet Home

How has it been nearly 3 weeks since we moved?! I’ve had about 10 blog posts running in my head, but actually sitting down and writing it out (with photos!) is a different story.  Needless to say, we’re in our new house.  It wasn’t finished before we called the movers, but sometimes, you just gotta make things happen.

Here’s how it all went down…

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Living Small In A Big State

I can’t believe that I am once again a homeowner.

New Home

Once we decided to start looking, things happened very fast.  And one of the reasons we landed on this little house was that it was “move-in ready.”  Well.  We can’t do anything without putting our own stamp on it; and now we’ve found ourselves knee deep into a remodel.  We’ve got about another 3-4 weeks of construction because the hubs is of course doing all the work himself, after hours and on the weekends.  He’s pretty much Superman.

I can’t say that I was excited for this next little adventure, but I’m coming around.  I really just felt like we didn’t have many good options (she says snarky-like from her cushy, middle-class life).  And clearly I have some baggage from the last housing crisis.  I was (and still am) nervous about owning again…especially since Houston is on quite the housing high.  And I’m VERY SAD about leaving our current abode.  We LOVE living in this little flat so much: the neighborhood, our amazing landlords, the actual space.

But life must move forward.  And the next chapter is here.  And with each wall that comes down(!), I get more and more excited about this becoming our home.

Here’s a little photo tour:

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An Overdue Apartment Update

The hubs and I recently had ourselves a little staycation.  And as I’ve said a million times before, spring is the only season I’ll openly advocate for everyone to move here.  We thought we might head to Austin or even catch a last minute travel deal to Vegas, but why go somewhere else when it is the perfect time to hang out in the 4th largest city in the country.  Believe me, come August, I’ll be begging for strangers to take me in!

During this week of heavenly respite, we made a pact to treat our town as if we were seeing it with fresh eyes and go to places we wouldn’t normally go (i.e. Try New Restaurants Lazy!)  And eat we did!  We also visited the zoo, went shopping, drove down streets we don’t normally take, grilled outside, watched foreign films… treated it like it was all new…  from the comfort of our own home.  And there will be updates coming of our fun Houston adventures.  But we also took advantage of the free time to clean and organize our home.  (Don’t worry it’s a disaster again already.)  The hubs worked on a new (and amazing!) furniture project and I assessed our art situation and tried to remedy it myself (not happening any time soon!).  So although we are about to install a new major piece of furniture, I figured I’m always going to “soon get another piece of furniture”… thus, just take the picture already!  So here’s a little snapshot of the new arrangement.  But to see the full story, go here or click on Apartment Living up top there.

Apartment Update

Over on that other page, I’ve included links to my DIY hanging pendant, our handmade coffee table, an ikea hack, and a few other things! 

(another) ikea hack

I had the vision for these chairs before I even knew I could find the base so cheap *ahem* affordable.  First of all — chairs are not cheap people!  Seriously, a good dining chair is at least $100 and more like $150+ if you want something well designed.  And I have been in the market for multiple chairs for the studio.  Thank goodness for Ikea is all I have to say.  Once again, they completely delivered!  This fabulous little number is only $39 and completely versatile, and not too bad on the tush either.

The hack is super simple.  It involved a jar of mod podge (& sponge applicator), pictures from magazines or printed at home from the interwebs,  some scissors or an X-acto knife, and a little sandpaper to finish the edges.  I figured out my layout and then started gluing it all together.  Once dry I trimmed the edges with the knife and the put 9,000 layers of mod podge on top.  To finish I sanded down any rough edges and reapplied more mod podge.  It was all very decoupage-my-college-dorm-furniture-a-la-1996… and still just as fun!  I think I might just have to decoupage a few more things…

Ikea Chair Hack

**I feel that I must make a disclaimer that I was only comfortable using images from the internet because I knew these chairs were for my own personal use.  I would not advocate using someone else’s proprietary work for any resale. 

P.S.  Here is another simple Ikea Hack we did 2 years ago.

DIY pendant light (step by step photos)

It starts like this…

Pendant-Light-DIY-Inspiration

Materials

DIY-Pendant-Light

Drill (forever without a diamond tip — only 5 minutes with!) | Run the cord through new hole.

DIY Pendant Light How To

Wire the socket.

DIY Pendant Light How To (2)

Test said socket.  (Yeah — it worked!)

(9)-Testing

Pull electrical cord to the top and start to wrap with favorite colored twine/thread/etc. (I just glued the end)

Pendant Light Materials

Hang and admire.

DIY Pendant Light How To

weekend scene

Finally… back to “normal”.  (Well what exactly is normal around here?!)  Apparently normal is having the hubs surprise me with flowers in an unexpected place (my jeep! and filling it up for me! I hate having to stop for gas!)  Not so normal is eating out at a favorite restaurant… but it was delicious.  They have in fact changed their name, but the menu is the basically the same.  Lucky for us!  We also spent most of Saturday running errands looking for materials to make/build more furniture and to complete this mess of a project we started 4 weeks ago.  And part of that clean-up effort also included hanging some much needed curtains for our new closet.  Brad says that our new closet looks like a boutique retail store… and I can’t disagree or say that I don’t like it.  It’s not necessarily better than where/what it was before, it’s just different.  And we needed something different.  Because different is normal around here….

July Weekend Scene