Staying on Track - Free Weekly Printable!

/ /  Meal planning, goals and chores for the week - all in one easy printable  / /

In a desperate attempt to get myself a teensy bit more organized, I threw together a little weekly printable to try and stay on track. There's daily spots for to do's, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cleaning - because despite being adults we clearly need a chore chart around here. Up at the top is a cute little banner to add in 3 goals for the week. I purposely made these spots small in an effort to keep the goals themselves also small, because who needs to try and make lofty goals on a Monday amiright? I'm also really into the phrase "Don't stop, get it, get it" right now for absolutely no apparent reason, but it looks fun at the top of the page so I'm going with it. I will probably evolve this over time, and I'd love to add color but don't have a color printer at home right now so black and white will do for the time being. 

If you'd like to download a pdf of the chart to print yourself, just CLICK HERE. I'd love to hear if you use this to stay on track!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! - Custom Designed Holiday Cards!

/ /  Want a totally custom holiday card designed for your family? Pick me, pick me!  / /

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It's November, and even though it's almost 70 degrees outside (I'm not complaining), it is officially time to start thinking about the holidays! I for one cannot wait for Christmas this year, since I imagine it will be 1,000 times more magical for us because of the munchkin. I am so looking forward to singing Christmas songs with her and decorating the tree and having our now-annual homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast Christmas morning. And don't even get me started on babies in Christmas pajamas. ALL the heart eyes for that, my friends. 

Something else I always look forward to is designing our Christmas card, which is bound to be extra easy this year because I have the most adorable baby on the planet to feature on the card. And since I love designing them so much, I thought this year would be perfect to offer up my design services to others if they're interested! 

Thanks to getting family photos taken by my lovely cousin Sam earlier this year, I had lots of adorable pictures of my niece and nephew and other family members to use for mockups. I also work with a fantastic printer who has super reasonable pricing so I've included design and printing together in the pricing below for added convenience!

DETAILS:
Custom Holiday card design

- customer provides photo(s) and desired wording for card via email
- 1-2 designs will be emailed to customer to choose from
- 1 round of minor revisions may be requested (complete redesign will incur additional costs)
- cards will be 5x7" and printed on 100# cover weight stock
- QTY. 50 cards, designed and printed = $80 (pricing can be provided for larger quantities)
- pickup cards in Naperville or Oak Park; additional cost for shipping
- envelopes in desired color = $30

Drop me a note at cakesandlouie@gmail.com if you're interested - I'd love to help spread the holiday cheer for you and your family!

One Room Challenge: Very (Very) Little Progress

My progress on the extra bedroom makeover has essentially been non-existent lately while I try to miraculously find time to paint the room, and given that this weekend is jam-packed full of Halloween fun, I don't see it happening anytime soon. I also hadn't really thought about the fact that the room is directly across from Adeline's, so while we get big stretches of evening time in between her bedtime and ours, we can't very well be making a ton of noise just a few feet from where she's sleeping just because I want to redo a room. I'm not all that surprised that painting a room we don't use isn't a top priority, but I do hope we'll manage to get it done soon since the rest of the room will be fairly easy to put together from there! We did recover the headboard in the floral fabric I originally planned for and while it looks lovely, I know it will look even more incredible with a moody green on the walls.

Part of the holdup is coming from us trying to get our big bathroom remodel going sooner than later - we've been talking about it since before the munchkin was born and struggled to find a contractor we were comfortable with. We have a family friend that's going to tackle it with Dan so while it's bound to take a little longer, it will finally be done! I spent a good chunk of today clearing the dresser in the big bathroom out and moving toiletries into our small master bath that we'll be using during the remodel. This also turned into purging our linen closet so medications and first aid supplies and whatnot from the big bathroom could be stored in there for awhile. 

Oddly enough, this all ties into the One Room Challenge since I decided that the dresser from the bathroom will go in the extra bedroom!

So yes, our big bathroom is big enough that I had a full sized dresser in there, which has been fantastic since the only storage when we moved in was the old (broken and gross) vanity. The hubs snagged this dresser from a church remodel before we even met, so it's been through a few moves with us and is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our entire house. It's been great for toiletry organization, but I'm excited to put it back in a bedroom and have it there for a bit of extra storage and for guests to use!

Cross your fingers for me that we get a random burst of productive energy (and time) to get some paint on the walls so I don't completely fail the One Room Challenge! ;)

One Room Challenge: The Before

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I'm participating in the One Room Challenge with Calling it Home and hundreds of other bloggers, and I've decided to take on our extra bedroom and pack it full of color and pattern! I posted some general plans for the room already, and today I'm sharing the "before" photos which are, well, a hot mess to say the least.

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The bed is rarely made, especially since the munchkin spent most of September battling colds which means I spent most of September sleeping in her room with this mattress on the floor. (I'm fully aware that this is a little extreme, don't judge.) You can see the DIY headboard here, and I can't wait for it to be recovered with a bold floral!

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The major mess in the room is our bins of winter clothes and newborn-3 month stuff that's already been outgrown (tear!). Usually the bins are stacked in the closet, but we've been having that infamous in-between Chicago weather where you never really know how to dress and that always means I end up pulling bins out of the closet in the morning when I'm chilly and digging around for a sweater. We moved the bins into our room this evening to start switching out seasonal clothes, so basically for the time being I've just created a huge mess in our room too ;). 

The hubs will be taking his recliner to work or try to sell it so the wingback I'm planning to paint can replace it, and the old Ikea Expedit shelf will likely go in the closet with some bins to organize things that we don't need all the time but don't want all the way in the basement.

Lots to do here, but I'm excited to get going this weekend when I have some more time! First up is finishing clearing the room out and picking a paint color, and I'm also planning to take a trip to the fabric store to see if I find something I like for the headboard so I can order online before too long if not.

One Room Challenge: Guest Bedroom

Much to the hubby's dismay, I decided about a week ago to jump in on the latest One Room Challenge, joining Calling It Home and bunches of other bloggers in transforming a room in a matter of weeks! Weekly posts are put up every Thursday to show progress, with the big reveals from everyone coming at the end. 

I decided to take on our extra bedroom because since we don't use it all the time, it's a great space to have a little fun and play with color and pattern. Since the first weekly post is meant to show plans, I stressed out and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to put together a mood board of sorts for the room, and ended up not getting a post up last Thursday for the kickoff. In other words, I'm already behind on a big project and given our full time jobs and the adorable little munchkin that rules our lives these days, it's bound to get a little crazy in the next month or so trying to get it all done! Thankfully, as much as I want to participate in the challenge, I've learned to go with the flow a little better since becoming a mom, so if the room isn't 100% finished at the end I've promised myself I won't be too bummed. 

Photos of what the space currently looks like will come soon, but for now - here's some of the plans I have for the room!

MUST HAVE #1 - COLOR: As I mentioned, I'm looking to really go bold with the color in this room, because why not?! Here's some inspiration.

MUST HAVE #2 - PATTERN: We already have our queen bed from our first house in the room with our DIY upholstered headboard, but it's currently a boring beige color so I'm planning to spruce it up by recovering it in a large floral. I love this fabric as an option.

The other main piece of furniture in the room right now is Dan's old recliner, which he has begrudgingly agreed to *finally* let go so I can make the room pretty. The plan is to replace it with an upholstered wingback chair, which I currently have 2 of in the garage from staging our last house for selling. I grabbed the pair for $50 off of craigslist and haven't had success reselling them, so I'm planning to try painting one of them using one of the many tutorials that pop up in my Pinterest feed from time to time. 

The rest of the room will be rounded out by accessories I grabbed at Target and some easy art on the walls. I'm also brainstorming what we can do with the closet - right now there's not even a clothes bar in there, and depending on how the wingback fits in I may replace one of the nightstands with a small dresser for future guests.

So there it is - plans are on the blog so I have to at least try to make this whole makeover happen, right? Wish me luck!