The BEST Media Console for Your Playroom

Let’s talk about the best media console for your playroom.

When we moved to our new house, it was important to me that we had the perfect spot for a good family movie night.

You know, those nights where you all pile onto the couch in your PJs with some microwave popcorn.

Or Pirates Booty if you have braces.

But then there are also those moments where I just need them to watch Neflix so I can go take a shower.

You know how it is.

Mom life.

So after we moved, I had figured out which room all of these things would happen in.

But I wanted it to be the hangout room for movie nights AND the playroom. So I needed somewhere for the TV and for ALL. THE. TOYS.

The family that we bought the house from had their TV on a cubby storage unit.

GENIUS.

I went online to look for something similar that was sturdy but wouldn’t break the bank.

Walmart to the rescue!

We set the TV on this 8 cube storage organizer

You can find this here or in the stores at Walmart. The finish we got is called weathered.

4 Cube organizer. We put two on either side of the TV console.

Find the 4 cube organizer here.

Viola! A sturdy, save place for the TV and TONS of storage.

Find the navy and striped cubes here.

Find the pink storage cubes here. This shade of pink is a little different than what we have.

P.S. These are the larger sized cubes. This means more storage!

Here it is all put together. I took this picture while the kids were at school. Let’s see how long it lasts!

We have had there prints FOREVER from Hobby Lobby. I almost got rid of them but think they fit perfectly over the TV.

I hope this helps you solve all of your family movie night/playroom storage problems! Now grab a movie and some popcorn and enjoy the perfect family night!

 

It Can Wait. I’m Being a Mom

I’ve got to tell you.

I had big plans for you today. I opened my calendar and had penciled in this really awesome painting tip to share with you.

But today, it can wait. I’m being a mom.

You see, as a mom, you have to make a choice to slow down and enjoy your kids.

Sure it shouldn’t be that hard of a choice, but it is sometimes. Because we often feel like we wear many hats. Sometimes I struggle with this, too. I often turn into the task master that wants to check as many things off of the list as I can.

But then a hear a little voice that says “Mom, you want to play Barbies with me?”

And she says it with such excitement and hope. I choose to say YES.

Yes to playing Barbies. Again. Because that’s the most important thing right now.

The laundry might argue that it is the most important. But it’s not.

The kids don’t have school today, so we are just laying low. We’ve slept in, will wear PJs past lunchtime, practiced piano, played Barbies, painted nails, and now we are watching Frozen. Again.

Millie turned all of the LED candles on while we were working on piano and then said “Mom! You like my Halloween?!”

So I just wanted to hop on here to tell all of you other moms that are in the same season as me to just embrace the chaos.

Sure you may feel like the ringmaster of a circus many days, but let’s try to just be enjoy each circus act.

Don’t compare yourself to others.

Be the best YOU that you can be!

It’s OK if you don’t get it all done. It can wait. Today, be mom.

YOU are ENOUGH!

YOU are AWESOME! 🙂

Give yourself grace, take a break from the hustle, and go love your family!

P.S. I know we still have to do the tasks, but making the choice to let some of it wait can be the best thing you can do. Love your kiddos through the intentional time and memories that you can create together. Or include them with some of those tasks. You’d be surprised how much fun matching socks and folding towels can be when you do it TOGETHER. 🙂

Being a Christian is like Being a Pumpkin

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin.

I love when we can do something hands on and visual to help the kids learn some awesome truths from the Bible.

My mom showed me these verses the other day so I decided to make a cute little picture that you can use to walk through these verses with your family.

Click the picture or the link below for your FREE printable that will guide you through this activity.

Click here to download your free printable!

Grab a pumpkin and invite your neighbors over!

WARNING! This may get messy, but that’s how life is sometimes, isn’t it?

God Picks You From The Patch And Brings You In

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Look at the stages as the pumpkin grows on the vine before it is ready to be picked!

One of my favorite things about Maggie is how she always slows down to study and appreciate God’s creation.

Then He Washes All of the Dirt off of You

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

He Opens You Up and Scoops Out all of the Yucky Stuff. He Removes the Seeds of Doubt, Hate, and Greed

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6

Then He Carves You a New Smiling Face

“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered.” Psalm 71:23

He Puts His Light Inside You to Shine for all the World to See

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Certain members of the family wanted to carve puppies and a cat. 🙂

Look at those smiles!

 

The Day The Barn Door Spoke to Me

The barn door spoke to me. Has that ever happened to you?

Have you ever been walking around at a store or maybe a flea market and you just KNOW that one piece is speaking to you?!

I’m serious.

Like it is saying “You know you need me in your house.”

And then you think, “But what will I do with you?”

Then it says “Figure that out later, lady. If you walk away someone else will snatch me up.”

“YOU. NEED. ME.”

I speak back. “Ok, you’re right. Let’s get you home and then I will explain this to my sweet husband later. Surely he’ll support my vision.”

Yup. That’s pretty much how it went down the day I brought this amazing chippy, rusty, rugged barn door home. I was driving home and had all three girls with me, but I just had to make a quick stop at the consignment store.

You know, just for fun.

I walked into the consignment store to look for chairs. The rest is history. We left with a barn door.

I really tried to walk away 3 different times but I just couldn’t leave without it.

Clearly, not everyone was as thrilled with the purchase.

Let’s take a minute to look up close at the character that this door has.

The rustier the better if you ask me!

If you look closely, you can see tire marks that are still on the door.

I LOVE a piece that has a story behind it.

Sure, we may not always know the story.

But I can only imagine all of the neat places this door could have come from.  So neat to think about.

Well, now what?

I had a big open wall in our dining room that I had been trying to figure out. This would be perfect! And it turns out Mr. Man liked it a lot, too!

After we hung it on the wall, it stayed just like that for about a month. I loved the door but just didn’t know what to put on it or around it.

But then it happened.

We got a Target gift card and my sweet husband said I could use it for whatever I wanted.

I had been eyeing a boxwood wreath for several months but just didn’t want to spend the money.

So I took the gift card and drove myself straight to Target to get my new boxwood wreath.

Boxwood Wreath

I also had a rusty GATHER sign that needed to find its place in our new home.

I LOVE how it all came together!

Painted Front Door

Hi there. I’m guessing you’re here to read about our freshly painted front door.

I WILL tell you all about it.

But first, let me walk you through our morning. Then you’ll see why I chose to do a post about the bright and happy colored front door. Ha.

As I sit here and write this, it is cold and rainy outside.

Anything below 50 degrees and my kids think there is going to be a blizzard before the sun goes down.

I was up from 4:00-6:15 with a “jack in the box” toddler who WOULD NOT stay in her bed.

That girl has will. Can anyone else relate?

But based on all of the self-help websites I was reading at 4:43 am, we are just supposed to out endure the will. I’m not so great at that at 4:43 in the morning, but we did our best. Then we got 15 minutes of sleep before it was time to wake the other two up for school.

We get them off to school. No major problems with the morning.

Phew.

Now get Millie to preschool, and then…breathe.

Nope.

As soon as I was about to walk said toddler out the door for preschool, the school nurse called. A Smith kiddo was down.

I knew I had to lean on the Lord for strength because I didn’t have any on my own this morning.

But I am thankful for family and sweet teachers who have brightened our day. Turned out to be a virus that called for hunkering down and watching movies and resting.

So on this cold and rainy, sleepless Tuesday, I’m thankful for this brightly painted door.

Let me tell you how I did it.

Painted Front Door-Before
My enthusiastic assistant

PREP THE DOOR

If you see any minor nicks, dents, or scratches from the dog (that was our door) then fill them in with a sandable wood filler.

Let any wood filler that you used dry completely. Then lightly sand the sheen down. I didn’t spend too much time on this. Just sand enough to take some of the shine from the previous topcoat down.

After you clean up the mess (there may not be too much of a mess) from sanding, it is time to prime.

I used a shellac primer that I already had on hand and applied with a brush in the crevices and a roller on the rest.

Primer never looks pretty does it? But at this point, it already felt better and brighter in our entryway.

TIME TO PAINT

Now my favorite part. Time to paint.

Use a very fine grit sand paper to sand down any areas where the primer may have dried unevenly. You will want to do this between coats of paint as well.

I used a paint that is newer, Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel, and I love how much potential it has. I painted the door about 2 weeks ago and it is still curing, but it already seems very durable. It should be fully cured at 30 days, but we haven’t noticed any problems so far.

This is a newer paint that Sherwin Williams offers. It is a paint that has an enamel mixed in it. This is awesome because it eliminates the step of having to apply a clear topcoat, like a polyurethane. Plus it will be crazy durable.

Fewer steps and more durable…sounds good to me!

The color that I used is Silvermist. I tend to lean towards neutral colors, but I stepped out of the box a little and am so glad that I did. 🙂

I painted with the same application technique that was used for the primer. A brush on the panels and a roller on the flat areas. This paint did dry without any noticeable brush strokes or roller marks.

Interior door painted with Sherwin Williams Urethane Trim Enamel in Silvermist

If you’re wanting a pop of color on your door, go for it!