Family adventures + simple fashion + other lovely things

Rooney's big girl room

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Welcome to Rooney's room! This space has changed a lot over the years as we transitioned it from a nursery to a big girl room. Where there used to be a crib is now a school desk, and where there used to be a diaper changing station is now a twin-size bed. It really is crazy how time flies.

Her room is probably my favorite room in our entire house. Of course, I love the bright white walls, and it's also got a lot of pops of color and personality. Finch loves it too - we often find him sneaking in here to jump on the bed or find markers he's not supposed to have.


The wicker headboard was mine growing up that we spray-painted pink. I remember tracing my fingers on it while trying to fall asleep at night, and now I see Rooney doing the same thing as I tuck her into bed. Combine that with her "reading" Love You Forever to us before bed and I'm usually fighting back tears.


Speaking of bedtime, we are still doing sticker charts with her (pictured above). She has one for morning and one for bedtime. I'm pleasantly surprised they have been working well for seven months and counting!


The patches on the wall represent all of the states she has visited. (I stole this idea from Janette.) I'm excited to get more patches as souvenirs when we take family trips. I kind of stretched when I got the D.C. one - Rooney has only been there in my tummy. On that trip, Eric and I purchased 12 dresser knobs for her IKEA dresser. They certainly weighed down my luggage on the flight back, but they are still one of my favorite parts of her room!


I have an R problem - I am fully aware. There are like 15 Rs in her room. I think it's a cool-looking letter and a fun, easy way to personalize her room even though she has a unique name. I've gotten these all over - Anthropologie, Hobby Lobby, Etsy, Urban Outfitters, Target, Pottery Barn Kids, and The Land of Nod. There are so many more that I want. How many is too many? Should I just go ahead and fill the whole wall???


We use her light box to display fun messages and, most recently, for sight words. She is learning to read!


Rooney is an artist - she loves to paint, cut, glue, draw, color, write, take photos, etc. At one point, she was really into making crowns that she would wear as she performed songs for us (each crown had a different song, it was very elaborate). We knew she needed her own space to get crafty that wasn't our kitchen table, so we got her this desk from our local Goodwill. She loves opening and closing the lid, of course! Hanging her own artwork on the walls using washi tape has been an easy way to decorate and also celebrate her artistry.


I'm not sure what's next for her room. I have thought about painting it a light light light pink. I also think she'd love a wall calendar, as she is learning about different months and seasons. She is certainly getting her own ideas of what she wants her room to look like, so I want to try to step back and let her lead. More than anything, I want her to love being in this space. 


Just for fun, I asked her a few questions about her room:

What's your favorite thing about your room? My pictures that I made

If you could paint the walls any color, what would you pick? Dark purple

If you could paint the door any color, what color would you choose? Gold

Is there anything about your room you don't like? I do not like when it's cold outside.

Does your room get cold when it's cold outside? No, I just don't like it.

So there you have it.



Nightstand: c/o The Land of Nod
Book Display: c/o Kohl's
Headboard/Bed: vintage
Comforter: The Company Store
Desk: Goodwill
Chair: The Land of Nod
Dresser: IKEA
Dresser knobs: Anthropologie
Rs: Anthropologie, Etsy, Target, Pottery Barn KidsThe Land of Nod
Twig colored pencils: similar
Alarm clock: Amazon
Laundry basket: Tubtrugs
Patches: Etsy
Mirror: Target
Girl face vase: Target
Rooney sticker: Amazon
Bedskirt: Target
Light box: Typo (similar cheaper)
Dresser organizer: Boon
Wallflowers: Etsy (no longer available)

a Valentine's Day giveaway!

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What are you guys doing for Valentine's Day? We usually do something exciting like file our taxes and go to bed early (joke, but we actually really do enjoy TurboTaxing together!). Tonight we're gonna get takeout after the kids go to bed and watch a movie (our taxes are already done :) ). We usually don't spend much time or money on this holiday, but this year I felt like we could use a little spark and suggested to Eric that we do gifts. I got an Instax Mini camera that I've been wanting for a while! I can't wait to use it. Eric asked for a shoe care shine kit and a Stranger Things coffee mug. Haha, so romantic!

And, I have a gift for you! I'm working with Mainstream Boutique to give away a $50 gift card to their store! Which is where I got the top and jeans I'm wearing in this post.


shirt: POL c/o Mainstream Boutique ($49)
jeans: Mac and Me c/o Mainstream Boutique ($68)
cardigan: H&M
necklace: Gap
boots: Crown Vintage via DSW

The jeans caught my eye when Michelle (boutique owner) posted them on the Waukee Mainstream Boutique - VIP Facebook group. I had been wanting to try the ripped knee trend that is coming back in style. I love that they are just simple knee slits, and they disappear when I stand up straight. Sometimes holey jeans can hit me in the wrong spot and basically just allow my leg chub to ooze out the holes (real attractive, huh?). But these are great. Sooooo stretchy in all directions, and I never have to pull them up. I even went bowling in these and had no issues whatsoever (did I ever tell you about the time I split my pants while bowling? It was a work event, too! So embarrassing!)


So I took some PTO one evening to go try them on. While in the store, this shirt caught my eye and it was instant love, especially after I felt how soft it is. Purple/mauve is my favorite color, and the exposed zippers on the sides add the perfect touch of edginess.


I don't get to pop into Mainstream as often as I'd like (#kids), which is why I love being a part of the Facebook group. Michelle posts pictures of new arrivals and other style ideas, and you can even comment for them to hold your size for you or get in touch with her to place an order.

Every time I'm able to visit the store, I'm so impressed with all the new stuff! I can never get in and out within an hour. It's too much fun trying everything on and dancing around in the dressing room (which you may have seen on my Instagram Stories...).


Now for the giveaway! One of you will win a $50 gift card/store credit to Mainstream Boutique Waukee (they ship anywhere in the U.S., by the way)! Enter below!

Finch, 20 months

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My little Finchy! He is leaving the baby stage and entering the toddler stage (hello, tantrums!), but he still likes to sit on my lap and snuggle, which is my absolute favorite and makes me temporarily forget all of the things he does that drive me crazy, like playing in the toilet, climbing onto the kitchen counter, and throwing food.


  • Clothing size: 18 months - 3T
  • Shoe size: 7-8
  • Diaper size: 4/5
  • Teeth: 16

He eats nonstop. I'm serious. He nurses when he wakes up in the morning, then eats eggs and sausage with everyone else, then eats a banana (or three), and then grabs a granola bar for the ride to daycare. It's crazy. Every morning I pick him up and I swear he weighs five pounds more than the day before.



We went bowling as a family, which included a lot of chasing him up/down the stairs, keeping him off of other people's lanes, and praying he didn't drop a bowling ball on his toes. He's a strong little man! And seeing those little bowling shoes on his chubby feet made my entire day!



  • Bedtime: 7:00 pm
  • Wake time: 6:00-7:00 am
  • Nap: 1-2 hrs


  • He had a stomach bug - and passed it along to the rest of us. Finch breezed through it, but I can't even describe how terrible it was for the rest of us.
  • He goes to the chiropractor once a month
  • He loves splashing in the bath 1-2 times a week


We are still nursing! He nurses 1-4 times a day. I love it, if he will just lay there are nurse. The popping on/off drives me nuts, or when he wants to see if he can kick me in the face while latched. Every month I wonder how much longer we'll nurse, but it's still making sense. I really do enjoy that connection point with him every morning. Definitely want to get through the flu season before weaning.



Finch continues to surprise us with his physical abilities. This month, he learned how to jump! Like two feet, off the ground. He's got a pretty good vertical!

He may be the only baby in the world who enjoys having their nose sucked out. He will bring the aspirator to me with a Kleenex and say "nose." And then he laughs after I do it!

He has new words every week. When he gets hurt, he says "bonk" and comes over and pats my leg, as if I was the one who got injured. He's such a sweetheart. He was dancing in circles the other night and said "dizzy" as he fell down. He says "thank you" all the time at appropriate times and it MELTS us. If I say "one," he says "two" and tries to hold up two fingers. Where does he learn this stuff?



  • Him listening to his mom :) when does that start?????? haha
  • When he doesn't think it's funny to run into the street

Oh, Finchy man. You baffle me in so many ways, yet completely win me over with your charm. This life with you is gonna be a ride, that's for sure...

Finch's geometric modern nursery

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Welcome to Finch's room! It's small and cozy, and I love it! You might remember when we painted the black accent wallpainted the crib and dresser, created the geometric accent wall, and created a DIY nursery art canvas.


One reason I'm so fond of his room is because it reminds me of the bedroom I grew up in, which was about the same square footage. The room is only 10' x 10', so it's taken a bit of creativity & trial and error to find the best arrangement. Here's what it looks after he's been living in it for a whole year. I think I'm finally happy with it and done moving things around :-)


One of my favorite things about his room is that he uses the same crib and dresser that I used as a baby. I think about it every time I change his diaper and put him to bed - it's very special for me to have them! We painted them black and they turned out great! Almost two years later, the paint has not chipped at all!


The Sharpie Paint Marker statement wall was a fun DIY project - I know it's not for everybody, but I hope Finch will like it. If not, we can just paint over it!


I still love the piece of art we made using shoe polish. It was super quick & easy, too! It says:

I am Finch Christianson Williams, the son of a King who is not moved by the world, for my God is with me + goes before me, I do not fear for I am his.


The dresser is pretty small, so we created additional storage in the closet to hold extra sheets, clothes and shoes. All of the hanging clothes are for him to grow into, and everything that fits him now is in the dresser. I love shopping for him, can you tell? Most of it is second-hand, which is my favorite way to snag a good deal!


You've probably noticed his room is very black and white! This color scheme just seemed to be the easiest, but I have enjoyed bringing in pops of color through artwork and toy baskets.


I wanted to make sure to have a few toys and books accessible. Finch is really into books right now - he loves grabbing one out of the basket and then climbing up onto the rocking chair to "read" it. It makes my heart very happy!


I tried to link everything below, but let me know if you have a question about anything!


black F: c/o The Land of Nod  |  hanging wire baskets: c/o The Land of Nod  |  toy baskets: c/o The Land of Nod (bigsmall)  |  diaper pail: c/o Munchkin  |  door silencer: c/o Finch Designs  |  rocking chair: IKEA  |  sleep sack: Baby Deedee  |  crib sheet: Target  |  name pennant: Roxy Marj  |  video monitor: Motorola  |  closet storage system: Lowe's (similar)  |  gray felt baskets: West Elm (similar)  |  black storage cubes: Target  |  word art canvas: DIY  |  Finch blanket: Etsy (gift)  |  Finch name straw: Krazystraws  |  laundry basket: Tubtrubs  |  garbage can: IKEA (similar)  |  wipe warmer: Target (gift)  |  crib: vintage (similar, similar)  |  dresser: vintage  |  silver F: Anthropologie  |  antlers: Target  |  light switch cover: Hobby Lobby  |  venn diagram print: Minted  |  bar cart: IKEA