flowers + milk

This weekend I treated the girls to a flower + milk bath. Have you ever had one? I made one for myself when I was pregnant and it was calming and so pretty. I knew they’d love the idea and of course they both were so excited to help sprinkle in the powdered milk and put the flowers into the water. They always think it’s a little bit special to get to bathe in our big tub, anyway, so it was something fun for them to do while Caleb was napping.DSC_0856If you’re interested in trying, go for it! Don’t be intimidated and don’t think it’s only for special occasions! It’s a perfect way to break up the monotony of daily bath time and it can be super relaxing. Why not make a nice afternoon bath a little extra special? Collage4DSC_0901Collage1DSC_0873DSC_0912The carnation flowers were a bit heavy and kept tipping over, so I gently opened them up and that helped. The chamomile flowers were perfect, they floated well and were simple and pretty. I tried this with dahlias once before and they started falling apart almost immediately, so this definitely isn’t for every flower! 😉 For the milk, I just used some inexpensive powdered milk from the grocery store. If you google “milk bath” I believe there are some other ways to achieve the milk bath look, but this worked just fine for us. Collage2DSC_0940Finally, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, light a candle or two, grab your favorite book and enjoy for yourself, or treat your kiddos to a day at the “spa”! DSC_0948DSC_0945DSC_0963Collage3DSC_1014Collage7DSC_1092DSC_1104DSC_0982DSC_1079

Splish, splash! Enjoy!

xo

Renee

Madelyn is wearing a favorite suit by Minnowswim

Kora is in a J. Crew suit that used to be Madelyn’s

summer picnic

Madelyn starts first grade tomorrow. FIRST. GRADE. I can’t even believe that, but here we are! Last week we had a bit of time, just her and me, so I decided it was time we had a picnic! She had been wanting to have one for so long, so she was very excited! We made simple little sandwiches, packed up some grapes, mixed pink lemonade and played our favorite matching game from Bannor Toys. We clinked our glasses together and she beat me twice! She’s four years older than Kora is and (almost) six years older than Caleb, so sometimes I feel guilty that she misses out on some big kid stuff because the babies can’t always do the things she wants to do, so it was really nice to spend this time together. I think it’s so important to still make time for that one-on-one with your kids, especially once they get bigger.

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Pantry m a k e o v e r!

We moved to our house back in March and we had most of the interior painted white (specifically the most dreamy “White Dove” by Benjamin Moore). For whatever reason, I was like oh, don’t worry about the pantry, I can paint that myself. Who cares, you say? It’s just the pantry, right? Well. The former owners had painted the shelves and the wall behind and on the sides of the shelves red. Like bright, blood red. Not a great color for a pantry closet. (The before photos are at the end for your viewing pleasure! 😉 ) It drove me crazy. So finally I got up the nerve to paint. I knew it would take a while and with three little kids, it’s hard to find the time. But I am so thrilled that I went ahead with the project, even though it took me practically all day. I primed, painted, went through everything, tossed some things, organized others. It was fun! Plus, I’m so in love with my new pantry I keep opening the door just to look at how nice and organized it is. Haha!

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as promised, here are some photos of my process…Photo Aug 05, 12 38 40 PM

primed…Photo Aug 05, 6 15 50 AM

first coat…Photo Aug 05, 12 18 25 PM