Casual Friday

Built in bunkbeds by Chris Loves Julia

We left last Monday night, the 21st, for Florida to spend Thanksgiving with Chris’s brother and family. It was an amazing time filled with food, that warm sun, swimming, and, yes, we took the girls to Disney World, too. We got home Wednesday night and these two went straight for their bunkbeds. There were a few questions about Faye transitioning to a bunkbed out of the crib when I posted the snapshot on Instagram. She actually doesn’t sleep down here yet. We have a goal to make the transition fully by the end of January. But every night, she comes down and lays in her bed and we read books all together and then I tuck her into her crib. She is very anxious to sleep in her bunkbed, which is exactly what we want. For her to sleep all night in a big bed, and still take a good nap during the day…

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A Half-bath refresh

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Earlier this year, I was asked to be a part of IKEA’s Ambassador program, which was the easiest “yes!” If you’ve been reading for any amount of time, you probably have caught on, we’re long-time IKEA fans. Not only did we use their cabinets for our kitchen (and the Pittsburgh kitchen), there is an IKEA piece or DIY in almost every room in our home, and our last home. I went through some training when I first came into the Ambassadorship and I learned so much about the brand (like, did you know IKEA is an acronym?), but one thing I loved most was their focus on Democratic Design for the home.  IKEA focuses on combining the right mix of form, function, quality, and sustainability at a low price so it can bring good design to the most people. It’s not something that they just check one or two off—they are committed…

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CLJ Gift Guides: Gifts for the Empty Nesters

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“What are we going to get our parents” is a topic of conversation between Chris and I and all of our friends during the holiday season. Because they always just want something like…a letter. (It’s true, my mom always asks for a letter.) And while I love writing her a nice long card every year, it’s also a little mind-boggling to think of something to get people who seem to have everything. So we decided to make it a part of our gift guides this year! 16 great gifts to get your parents. Right here: 1. A collection of the New York Times front pages from each year since their birth, personalized with their name and birth date, and preserved in a handsome library binding. The collection forms a fascinating snapshot of their history. $99 2. Custom Face Magnets of all of their children, grandchildren and granddogs (as my dad puts it) for the fridge….

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CLJ Gift Guides: Gifts For Him

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We’ve covered gifts for the home lover, gifts for her, and gifts for kids and now we’re ready to share our gift picks for the guys in your life. Chris is the youngest of 7 boys in his family and over the holiday, we polled everyone to hear what their favorite gifts have been–meaning, these are tried and true and tested favorites he’ll love to unwrap this year. 1. Drill Holster. Your guy probably has a tool belt, but this small one that holds the drill in a holster is convenient and cool and will be handy while he’s tackling his honey-do list. $11.93 2. Leather and Brass office accessories to deck out his desk at work. Starting at $29. 3. New Glasses, because they look so good on him. Warby Parker allows you to try up to 5 pairs of glasses at home for free before purchasing–it would be such…

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