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One Room Challenge Week Three - All the Ordering

Friday, October 21, 2016

So week three has been a productive one, but unfortunately one that I don't have too many photos of. If you missed the first two weeks, you can catch up here

 Here's a recap of what we've gotten done this week!
We've decided on new fabric for our headboard, but unfortunately I had to order it because Joann's didn't have a large enough amount of fabric. I was looking for three yards and they only had pieces up to two yards long. It should get delivered tonight and hopefully I'll re do it this weekend so I can get an idea of how the color looks in the room and I can start looking for more decor to use throughout.
This is the fabric we ended up going with, and I can't wait to use it and see how it looks in our room! Now I just have to decide if I want to add curtains as well and if I do, what would look good with this fabric. Any suggestions? 

Ordered and put together new dressers to use as bed side tables. After looking for a long time at different side tables, I decided I wanted something larger and with more storage so we came to the decision to use dressers instead of bed side tables to eliminate extra furniture and make the room feel larger. I already LOVE the look of the new dressers and really feel like it makes the room look more grand. We went with these dressers from Target. Don't you just love them?
I ordered a larger dresser to put under the TV. I'm hoping it doesn't take too long to ship and that I'll have it in the room within the next week or so. It took us a really long time to find something we loved and that would fit the space correctly. We are going to have to move around the TV wall mount and do a little redecorating but I'm crossing my fingers that once it's all in place we will love it! We ordered it from Joss & Main and it's going to take a couple weeks to get here, so I'm just hoping it arrives in time and looks good with everything else. I may change out the nobs to match the other dressers a little better, but I'll decide once I have it all in the space. We also purchased new bedding - After ordering the head board fabric and deciding on dressers, I knew I wanted something simple and light when it came to ordering a new comforter. I ended up finding something perfect during our shopping trip to Target this week!

And finally, we purchased new lamps for our bed side tables - I wasn't originally going to do this, but I unfortunately broke one of our current lamps earlier in the week so I ended up adding this to the to do list.
Things I have left to do: 
- Find more decor to use throughout the room
- Decide which photos to use and how to display them
- Re-do the headboard once the fabric arrives
- Put together the third dresser once it arrives
- Decorate the entire room and photograph it to share on the blog

I'm really glad I joined in on this challenge because it's definitely pushing me to make decisions and complete this space. I have been thinking about redoing this room since we moved in so I am excited to see it all come together!

So time for your input, should I add curtains to the room or no curtains?
Make sure you check out all the other awesome room makeovers happening all across the country as a part of the One Room Challenge.

One Room Challenge - Week 2 Design Board

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge. If you missed my announcement last week make sure to check that out. I am excited to participate in this installment of the One Room Challenge and make over our master bedroom in the next few weeks. You can hop back over to my week 1 post to see the before pictures to give you an idea of the space we are working with. 

So this week I wanted to share with you some of the inspiration and ideas I have for this makeover. 

I'm really loving the idea of a clean look and I love the accents of dark blue. I love the current color in our room but I want to make it a more sophisticated and clean looking room where it all flows and matches. I feel like for so long our master bedroom has been a mix of decor and elements that we've collected over the years and I want to really make it all feel like it fits in this space.

Our plan is to get all new dressers and side tables, redo the headboard and update the decor in the room. I'm still trying to decide if I also want to add curtains or not. I am leaning more towards yes, but I am definitely open to suggestions.

What are your favorite elements of a master bedroom? Have any suggestions for things I should add to the room?

A Great Wolf Lodge Escape

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This past weekend we went on a short overnight trip with our best friends and all of our kids to Great Wolf Lodge in Washington. We'd been planning the trip for a while, and decided to book it when we found a Groupon! We've actually visited the lodge and water park in the past when it first opened, before we had kids. And while this trip was a lot different than the last and included much more time in the kiddie pool and less time on the big slides, and a bed time of 9pm we still had a fun time!
Last Trip: 
This Trip 
Before we left, I had several friends question whether or not there would be much for our kids to do and I was excited that there was a bunch to keep all of us busy. The lodge does a great job of making sure there are activities for the entire family. They have story time several times a day and a show in the lobby of the lodge each morning and evening. Since it's the month of October, there were Halloween activities happening that even included some trick or treating. We could have kept the kids busy for days!

The water park had a lot of activities, even for toddlers. There was an entire pool and section just for little kids with slides, fake jet skis and all sorts of water sprayers. I was pleasantly surprised at how much Harper could participate in, even at her age. We also took them in some of the larger pools with their life jackets and just held on to them. They all enjoyed the wave pool and all the different water activities. One of my favorite parts of Great Wolf is that there really are activities for all ages. We had a great time when we visited a few years ago with just adults, and loved our trip with the kids too.
 While we spent most of our time in the pool, we all had a lot of fun roaming around the lodge. We ate dinner at the buffet, listened to a little story time, and of course played in the halls. We lucked out and got rooms right across the hall from each other, so we could visit back and forth whenever the kids wanted to.
And of course the adults had some fun too, a took turns on the big slides. First the girls and then the guys. On our last trip all together, we went down these slides several times. This trip, one ride was enough for each of us and we were back to the kiddie pool!
Tips For Visiting Great Wolf Lodge with Kids: 
1. Bring extra swim suits and a bag for the water park. We were able to check in early and use the water park before our room was ready, so it was helpful to have a bag to keep all of our change of clothes and extra pool stuff in. 
2. Check in starts at 4pm, but they will let you check in starting at 1pm to use the water park. 
3. If you kids sleep in a crib, I would recommend packing a pack and play for them to sleep in. The hotel states that they have some, but the day we went it was completely booked so I was glad I brought ours and didn't have to worry about finding one. 
4. Bring your own beach towels. The hotel has towels to use in the water park, but you aren't allow to take those back to your room. We liked having extra towels that we could wrap Harper in to take her back to the room or save seats at the water park. 
5. Check on Groupon before booking your stay. I see these deals pop up pretty frequently and it's always nice to save a little. 

It has been so fun to get to go on adventures with our kids along with some of our best friends. It's a really fun season of life that we are in, especially since so many of our friends are in the same season. While our vacations and adventures have definitely changed, our friendship and our fun has only increased! I would definitely suggest a trip to a Great Wolf Lodge or similar hotel to anyone with kids, or who have husbands like ours who are kids at heart!

What's your favorite place to take your kids?