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Author: Bex Stark

the one with the pallet gallery art

A few weeks ago I shared our new round coffee table! We needed one that was more safe for Jack, but I love the design of the old one. Plus we had made it ourselves. So I decided to make it into some art for the dining room!

Here’s what you’ll need:
pallet
80 grit sandpaper
120 grit sandpaper
paint in your color choice
wax/polyurethane protectant of your choice
2 paint brushes
french cleat set
stainless steel wire
plies to cut wire with
stapler and staples
binder clips/clothes pins
screwdriver for french cleats
measuring tape
pictures – mine are from parabo

  1. Sand your pallet until completely smooth. We used 80 and then 120.
  2. Then paint it your desired color! I’d recommend priming it first, but you don’t have to.
  3. Once you are done painting, I’d also protect it with some sort of wax or polyurethane.
  4. Take your french cleat and screw one side into the back of the pallet on each of the vertical posts. Be sure to check them twice and screw once to be sure you have them placed correctly.
  5. Next measure the distance between the two cleats and screw the other ends into the wall. Again be sure to check the measurement twice and check the decoration of our cleats.
  6. Then hang it on the wall!
  7. Now the fun part! Take your wire and staple one end to the top plank. I twisted it over and placed a few more staples over top for extra security. Then unravel the wire all the way across to the other side of the top plank, cut it off once it’s a good size, and staple it securely.
  8. Repeat step 4 for as many rows as you need/want.
  9. Set your pictures out along the rows and decide how you want them placed. Some pictures have colors or filters that don’t look well next to each other. You also want to be sure people, places, landscapes, etc are not repeating. Or maybe you want them to repeat!
  10. Once you know have you pictures placed secure them with your hooks.

I’ve wanted a family gallery wall for awhile now, and this is the perfect solution until we have more space! I do have a flat back to my pallet since it used to be our coffee table instead of the openness they usually have. If you wanted that look instead, just measure the space between the two vertical pieces and have the hardware store cut a piece of plywood to fit. Screw it into the middle horizontal pieces and paint it the same color! If I were making this from scratch, I wouldn’t worry with that tho.

the one with dressing up your shorts

For the past 2 months, I’ve had a monthly series of outfits that all focus on one thing. The first was nursing outfits and the second was easy, classics. I’ve decided to keep up with it. First and foremost, you all seemed to enjoy it. But it also backs up one of the things I try to hold true to here on the blog and in my closet. That being buying things you can re-wear often. That’s real life, and I want my blog to show my real life. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but it’s not quite realistic for me right now. 6 months ago my body went through a very drastic event (childbirth) and it’s still changing. Plus, I’m still getting used to those changes. So my wardrobe will be changing for a few more months as I figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Until then I’ll be wearing lots of the things that I already know do work. One of those things are these shorts from old navy. So April’s series will be ‘how to wear shorts’. When I was younger, I thought you could only wear shorts for casual events or active events. Even now I see myself and my friends struggling to figure out how to dress them up a little. After 2 years in Florida, I have a pretty good idea considering I’m lucky enough to wear them year round. Since summer is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a few easy outfits to dress up your shorts!

The first is my favorite white peasant top that I’ve had for years. I got it at Charlotte Russe years and years ago. This is my favorite way to wear it – sweet and simple. This outfit is perfect for date night, dinner with friends, brunch with the girls – anything where you need to be a little nicer than casual but not business.

shorts . similar top . similar top . hat . clutch . earrings via . sunglasses . lipgloss . sandals

trendy and tidy . mix it monday . michelle’s paige . claire justine . hello monday

5 pieces 1 outfit: rainy, spring day

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a rainy, spring day.

April showers bring May flowers, and all that right!?! Well for this year we’ve still got to make it through those rainy, spring days full of april showers! Hunter boots are my favorites for those rainy days, but this simple outfit needed a boost. The color pink was just that boost!

hunter boots . jeans . rain coat . tee . earrings

the one with lactation muffins

My lactation consultant says that there are no foods which will help with milk production. However, a friend gave me some of her leftover brewers yeast so I decided to try one of the tons of recipes on pinterest. Since I’m so hungry all the time, I start my day with a big breakfast. So these banana lactation muffins were the best recipe to start with.

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 cup flour

2 tbsp brewers yeast

1 egg

1/2 cup rolled oats

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 cup of your extras – chocolate chips, raisins, nuts

How to

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Put muffin papers in muffin pan – you can just spray it, but muffin papers make it easier
  3. Start by mashing up bananas with a fork.
  4. Then mix bananas and oil in a large bowl.
  5. Add vanilla, egg. Then the sugar. 
  6. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, brewers yeast, salt, and flax seed until well blended.
  7. Then add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients. Once it’s well blended add the oats and your extras.
  8. Once the oats and your extras are well combined, fill each muffin wrapper 3/4 full.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

 

the one with a classic silhouette

The series this month is for easy, classic outfits. You know the ones that are all over Pinterest, and you think to yourself ‘that’s easy! I have that in my closet!’ But for some reason you never think to wear them until you see that pin. The key to making it yours is all in the accessories. This week’s post is all about the classic silhouette. Every woman has that silhouette she looks best in whether it be a sheath dress or a swing. For me it’s the fit and flare. With my large behind, the fit and flare cinches my waist in to give me that hourglass silhouette. The great thing about fit and flare is it disguises the hips but also creates hips. So really the fit and flare is the classic silhouette we all need.

A few weeks ago I had a series about outfits that are great for breastfeeding. Other than 5 pieces 1 outfit, it’s the first series I’ve ever had here on the niche. I liked it so much I’ve decided to do it again. I might make it a thing – every month is a new series. We’ll see how this one goes before we make that decision! So be sure to tell me how you like it and any others you might want to see!

dress . necklace via . heels . sunglasses . clutch

the one with Jack’s 6 month update

Jack is 6 months old. He’s changing almost daily, but still is my little baby boy. My favorite thing in the world is watching him learn. So here’s his 6 month update . . .

 

Height:28in

Head: 17 3/4″ inches 

Weight:  18.4lbs

Nicknames: Dumplin, babycakes, jackster, jackoby, munchkin, sweet pea

Sleep: 4-5 months was a hard time for sleep, but it got better for about 4 weeks. Then all of a sudden it’s back again. I think he’s going through a growth spurt plus his belly is a little upset from introducing solids. We’re working on it. At least it’s not every day that he sleeps crazy.

Feeding: We introduced solids at dinner time. I am making all of his food myself. It’s much easier than I thought it was. We’ve had zucchini, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes. Jack LOVES to eat. We’re still mostly breastfeeding, and it’s still going really well. His little body is working on processing all of his new foods so he’s constipated a lot of the time (which is why I think he’s not sleeping well). Our pediatrician said to use mommy’s ease constipation (like gripe water). We’ve used that for a few days and we did have 2 nights of regular sleep!!

Fun Stuff: We are officially on the move- army crawling and rolling every which way all around the house. He’s teething like crazy, but his amber necklace and sophie the giraffe are helping. We’re over hating being on our belly. He spends plenty of time there now 🙂 Jack thinks his voice is the coolest thing ever. He’s cooing, squealing, and blabbing all day long – even in his sleep. He’s sitting up on his own which makes grocery shopping and eating out so much easier on mom and dad. It also puts him in a great position to flirt with everyone which he does constantly. The TV is the coolest thing in the world especially when animals are on it.

 

the one with jeans and a tshirt two ways

The series this month is for easy, classic outfits. You know the ones that are all over Pinterest, and you think to yourself ‘that’s easy! I have that in my closet!’ But for some reason you never think to wear them until you see that pin. The key to making it yours is all in the accessories. This week’s post features the classic jeans and a tshirt. It’s the easiest thing to just grab and go, and by far my favorite outfit. I love outfits that are simple and then just by adding a few accessories it’s completely new.

This week I showed two different ways to wear this easy, classic to show what I mean. The first outfit I wore for on a wednesday when Jack and I went to aldi, target, the pediatrician, the eye doctor, and lunch with friends. Then the next evening I decided to wear different accessories for dinner and drinks to celebrate a friends birthday

A few weeks ago I had a series about outfits that are great for breastfeeding. Other than 5 pieces 1 outfit, it’s the first series I’ve ever had here on the niche. I liked it so much I’ve decided to do it again. I might make it a thing – every month is a new series. We’ll see how this one goes before we make that decision! So be sure to tell me how you like it and any others you might want to see!

jeans  sperry’s  tshirt earrings  bag similar clutch  pink sunglasses  heels lipstick  similar necklace

5 pieces 1 outfit: winter to spring

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is the transition from winter to spring.

Winter to spring is always a hard transition. It’ll be cold in the morning, but too hot for a jacket in the afternoon. Here in Florida, the bugs also start coming back out in a hurry. The easy choice to fix all these problems is a jacket. But that leaves no room for accessories when you’re only rocking 5 pieces. My favorite way to work around that is lots of florals and bright colors. Pair that with some skinny jeans and open toe booties and you have the perfect spring outfit. Then just add your jacket when it feels more like winter outside.

booties . jeans . blouse . jacket . earrings