Saturday, August 14, 2010

Winner Of The Ruffles & Cream Giveaway...


Thanks to everyone who entered to win the $50 Gift Certificate in the

Ruffles & Cream Giveaway!


The lucky winner

as determined by Random.org is...



Aubrey from Little Bits Of Life

CONGRATULATIONS, Aubrey!


For the rest of us...check out these pictures that I found on Aubrey's blog of the birthday party that she recently threw for her 5 year old daughter.

She calls it the "Pinkalicious Birthday Bash"...




If that doesn't scream "Ellison", I don't know what does!

I think I've just found my inspiration for her next birthday.

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We're off to enjoy a day of summer sun!

Packing up the kids and heading up to Boulder Lake with my Dad, brother and sister-in-law to go hiking.


Happy Saturday, everyone!




Friday, August 13, 2010

BULX - New Sponsor & A Video...


I'm just a little excited about our newest sponsor here at It's The Little Things...

(I say that thick with sarcasm because I am just about as excited as I could be!)

There will be a full introductory post and a giveaway next week, but for now, check this out:




Just imagine the possibilities!

My mind is racing...

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To check out BULX for yourself...

The website:
BULX.com


The blog:
bulx.com/blog


On Twitter:
twitter.com/Matt_BULX


And on Facebook:
facebook.com/BULXhome


Happy shopping!




Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lighter & Brighter...

Progress on the bathroom makeover is s-l-o-w going, at best!

Projects normally happen at a pretty rapid pace around here, but this summer has been different.

With Will flying up in Anchorage so much, and the kids home on summer break, it means projects fall by the wayside and summer fun takes a front seat.

And I'm not complaining! That's exactly as it should be!

(The summer fun, I mean. Not about Will being gone so much. We miss him!)

But I have been wanting to give the bathroom across from our kitchen a makeover for quite some time now, and when I finally convinced Will to cut some wood for me, I had to jump on the opportunity!

The goal:

To make this bathroom fit in with the part of the house that it is most closely connected to - the Family Room and Kitchen. If you have read my blog for any length of time, you probably know that quite a while back we gave our Family Room and Kitchen a big makeover by adding Board & Batten throughout the entire space. A decision that I don't regret and have yet to grow tired of.

The bathroom across from our kitchen has spent the past few years looking like this...

I wouldn't say it's terrible, but just not very special either.

This teeny, tiny 3 & 1/2 by 7 & 1/2 foot space receives no natural light whatsoever.

Not a bit.

If I had my way, a Solatube would find it's way into the ceiling, but Will assures me that this won't be happening anytime soon.

(Bummer!)

So, to tie this bathroom to the Family Room and Kitchen and bring in the feeling of "light & bright", we put up more Board & Batten...




Here is the Before:


And the...Almost-After:

(like I said, this summer has kept projects from happening quickly! It's not quite done.)

One of my favorite parts of this B&B treatment is that we added something at the back that is perfect for this space. You can't even tell that it's there currently, but once the space is painted and decorated, it will be the perfect addition to make the space more functional.

Can you tell what it is?


It's a shelf at the back, integrated right into the B&B!

A simple 6 &1/2" shelf is just what I need for propping up a frame or two, a scented reed diffuser and a few pieces of decor to bring the room together...

We just ran a piece of trim in front of the shelf, that perfectly matches the rest of the trim and it blends in seamlessly.

I love it and I cannot wait to decorate!

But first, the B&B needs a 2nd coat of paint as well as all of the existing trim and the door.

I'll finish it all one of these days.

If nothing else, school starts in 3 weeks and the projects can commence!

The passion for decorating is a pretty big motivator and I can't do that until everything else is finished.

Stay tuned...


**To see our take on Board & Batten and how we do it, click here.**

*And to see the follow-up to that post, click here.*

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Don't forget...

Friday is your last chance to enter the giveaway for the

$50 Gift Certificate

to

Ruffles & Cream

Click Here to check out all of the details.




Monday, August 9, 2010

Ruffles & Cream - New Sponsor & A Giveaway...


**This Giveaway is now CLOSED and is no longer accepting entries.**

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It's time for a giveaway!


But first, an introduction.

Please welcome our newest sponsor here at It's The Little Things...


Ruffles & Cream

A Childrens Boutique For Life's Little Luxuries

This chic childrens boutique was founded in 2009 with the goal of finding the best and most unique products for you child. From beautiful nursery and childrens furniture to bedding and decorating accessories to the sweetest and most chic baby and toddler fashions.

You are sure to find something special for the little one's in your life.

Know a special someone with a birthday coming up?


Check out their

Birthday Boutique

There's some serious cuteness going on in there!


Here is just a small sampling of what you will find when you visit

Ruffles & Cream



(Hello, Gorgeous!! I want a bed that pretty!)











FYI:

Ruffles & Cream will be running new sales every week through the holidays, featuring several of their vendors each month and offering special prices, savings and Free Shipping* to their customers. Sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know about New Arrivals, Special Offers and Sales!


Ready for the details of the giveaway?

Ruffles & Cream is generously giving one lucky winner a

$50 Gift Certificate

to use in their online boutique!


Lucky for you, you've got 4 chances to win:

1. Visit Ruffles & Cream and find your favorite item. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me which item that is.

2. Head over to the Ruffles & Cream Facebook Fan Page and click "Like". Then head back here and leave a comment letting me know that you like them.

3. Follow Ruffles & Cream on Twitter at:
http://twitter.com/RufflesandCream
then leave me a comment.

4. Post about the giveaway on your own blog, or on your Facebook. Once again, come back and leave me a comment with the link to your post.

**Each comment will be counted as one entry, so if you qualify to enter more than once be sure that you are submitting individual comments for each entry.**

This giveaway will run from Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 13th at midnight (PST). I will announce the winner on Saturday, August 14th.


Good luck to you all!

And happy shopping!




*Please visit Ruffles & Cream for details on Free Shipping!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

25 Days...


That's how many days we have left before the kids go back to school!


We've been busy, busy, busy.

This has definitely been our most fun summer to date!

As I type this, I am surrounded by four boys, ages 6, 7, 8 and 9, who are on day two of their

"Guys Night".

(So cute!! But I'll never tell them that I said that!)

The boys invited their best friends over for a slumber party last night. Ellison stayed at my parents' house, Will is on a trip and I have been staying out of their way letting boys be boys.

Right now...they're playing hide and seek in the house (thanks to the rain). They're loud and fast and the house is full of non-stop laughing!

Ahhh, to be a kid again...


25 days and counting!

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I've got a project I'm working on, but I'll admit, it's been slow going. It has been harder than expected to get the big things done with three kids at home, Will based in Anchorage, and all of our summer activities that have been happening. But I am anxious to get it completed! It's happening in the half bathroom across from our kitchen and it's taking on the look of my favorite room in our house.

Can you guess what it is?

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And I'll give you a little head's up...

we have a new Sponsor here at It's The Little Things...

Did you notice the adorable new button up there on the left?

I'll tell you all about them in a post that's coming up.


You won't want to miss it because, as always, it comes with a giveaway!!

See you back here tomorrow.

Have a wonderful Sunday!