While They Were Sleeping- Vegtable Garden

Today I wanted to share our vegtable garden with you. I am so proud of our garden because this is the first year where everything we’ve planted has stayed green! lol Seriously, aside from kids I struggle with keeping things alive. I’ve killed many a poor cacti in the past!

Last year I put together my own planter boxes using some 2″x4″‘s and screws. They were super simple and when I finished them I had the littles paint them for me.


I really love my planter boxes and I think they’re even cuter now that they’re weathered a little. I feel like it gives then theis really fun rustic look. First (and hardest) thing to do was to move my planter boxes. Last year we had them separated, and this time I decided I wanted them together so that I could have a little “garden area”. As you can see though my planter boxes have no bottoms, so it took a lot of effort to move them. Totally worth it though! After moving the boxes the littles and I ventured off to the local nursery.


We walked out with a trunk full of goodies! I love that the littles are excited about gardening and picked plants based on how beautiful they were. This year we are planting, zucchini, roma tomatoes, corn, grape tomatoes, artichoke, asparagus, strawberries, broccoli, sweet bell peppers, serrano peppers, and lemon cucumbers. Lots and lots of good, yummy eats!!

I also got a few flowers… That are now dead. Can’t win on every front I guess. LOL


So, so pretty!! I’m loving my little garden area. It’s been a little over a month since we’ve put everything in the box and it is thriving!! Someone had told me that part of the secret to a successful garden in our area is to wait until late april to put eveything in the ground, and it must be the right! We’ve done so well and got so excited about our flourishing garden that we made a second trip to the nursery and added a pomegranate and clementine tree to our little garden.


Have you planted a graden this year? If so, what did you plant? How is it going? Leave a comment below and tell my all aobut your gardening adventures.

Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog

Good morning! Super big exciting news to share with you all today!! Today I would like to share Stampin’ Up!’s NEW 2016-2017 Catalog!! There are so many wonderful new products in this catalog, and I cannot wait to get my hands on some of this fantastic new product. You can purchase new catalog product HERE, or click the image below to view a PDF version of the new catalog. If you’d like to recieve a catalog in the mail* you may contact me at haffpint@me.com. If you are already one of my customers and have ordered from me in the past 6 months be on the look out for your free catalog!!

*Shipping fees will apply.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and purchase from me. I truly appreciate and adore each and every one of you!


A Card A Day In May

I’m posting this a tad bit late, but I wanted to let you all know that I’m joining Robyn of My Pink Stamper in her campaign to make a card and SEND a card EVERY day in May! How fun is that?!? I love the idea of brightening someone’s day by sending them a little card of happy thoughts. If you don’t already follow me on Instagram (HERE) be sure to become a follower and check out the cards I’ll be making this month. 

Here’s my card for day 1. I’d love to have other stampers join in the fun; use #acardadayinmay so that I can see what you come up with. 

May is also the last month of Stampin’ Up!’s current 2015-2016 catalog as well as the Occasions Catalog, so this is a perfect way to use up any Stampin’ Up! Product that will be retiring. Be sure to check out the retiring list and order any product you absolutely love before it goes away! You can shop my website 24/7 HERE. If you’re interested in receiving the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog leave a message in the comments with a way for me to contact you so that I can get one sent to you. 

While They Were Sleeping- Mud Pit Makeover

Hello, hello, hello!!! I apologize for my absence, but the children have NOT been sleeping! LOL

Today I want to share something that I (kind of) had nothing to do with. In our backyard we have this area that once upon a time had grass. Then, the grass died. The end! Hahaha. No really. The grass died, and there was nothing but dirt. There was dirt for quite a bit of time, and honestly it probably would have stayed that way if our back yard drain system had continued to work as it should have. Last winter though, as the rains started we noticed that our back yard was flooding. The drain was not working! You know what happened to all that dirt? Yup. MUD! And where there’s small children and mud…. Well, it was fun! lol As the weather has gotten nicer though the mud area just became a dirt area filled with potholes and was just an eyesore. So I decided something must be done. I just didn’t know what to do with it.

The husband called a local landscaper and between the two of them they decided the best thing to do was level everything out and put in some decomposed granite. I was assured that the granite packed in tightly so that it would become sort of an extension of the existing patio. The main goal was to get rid of the “ugliness” so I agreed with the decomposed granite plan. Te landscaper went to work and we came out with this loveliness.

It is sooo much better, right?!? I really like it! My one qualm is that my dog likes to dig around the drain (there’s a little quare drain in the center. Can you see it?). That might be more of a qualm with the dog than the decomposed granite though LOL The kids also think it’s a little bit of a sandbox because of it’s sandy, beach-like look and feel. I think I might try to build a floating deck in the larger area and put a nice outdoor dining table or something. It would also be a good area for a chicken coop! What do you think? How would you use this space? I’d love to hear from you and any suggestions you might have.


While They Were Sleeping – Wall Shelves

Good morning! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. Mine has been super busy! Little A turns 6 this week and I’m busy, busy getting ready to celebrate him this weekend. Of course, there’s all the regular busy stuff going on as well. Once I’ve gotten my head settled a bit I’ll come back and share all the exciting birthday stuff! For now I’ll give you a sneak peak, though..

Do you recognize that door?? Super cute, right!? I think it was totally worth a night of uncomfortably cold temperatures 😉 lol

Ok, now for the good stuff! Over the holidays I rearranged our living room to make space for our Christmas tree, and after the tree came down I decided I didn’t want want to put the furniture back as it had been. The new layout was so open and inviting! The only part that bothered me was this empty wall I had (where the three had been) so I talked the husband into wandering IKEA with me. We wandered about coming up with a ton of possibilities… A desk?…. A bookshelf?…. Maybe a few frames?… Maybe one BIG frame?… A big clock?… And on and on. We finally settled on a few floating shelves and walked out.

See that beautiful blank canvas? It’s awesome. But very empty! We used Mosslanda picture ledges. One measures about 22″ ($5.99) and the other is about 45″ ($9.99). For decor I pulled together things that I already had. After fussing a bit I settled on the placement of everything.

There are still a few touches is like to add; like a clock on the empty wall space above. Maybe some vinyl on the metal bucket? A letter on my mini chalkboard would be nice also. But those are things I can add during another nap time.

The more I see my new wall the more I like it! Thanks for stopping by today, and I can’t wait to check in soon and share what we’ve done to celebrate Little A this week.

While They Were Sleeping – Chalkboard Door

I’m finally jumping on the chalkboard paint bandwagon! I’ve actually been wanting to chalkboard paint for a while, I just couldn’t decide on what I wanted to paint. There are so many cute ideas out there! But come to a decision I did. Drum roll please…

The garage door! Specifically the inside of my garage door, which is located in my kitchen and can even be seen from my living room. That makes it kind of a focal point and I can maximize the possibilities of how to use my chalkboard painted door. This project wasn’t done EXACTLY while the kids were napping though. It was a semi-terribly timed project. More on that in a bit. 

I had the paint roller and tools needed for this project. All I needed buy was the paint. So I hit up Lowes and grabbed myself a small can of chalkboard paint, priced at about $10. I also needed some muscle to help me take the door off the hinges and lay it flat. I actually set the door on the kitchen table! After getting it flat I wiped the door clean, poured the paint directly on it and painted (or spread the paint out) with the paint roller. I suggest you be VERY sparing in pouring out the paint when you use this method. Start with a small amount because a little paint goes a long way and waiting for thick paint to dry is not the business. After applying one good coat I let the door dry before rolling another coat on. 

Here comes the semi-terrible planning part… I decided to do this at the end of my work week because I knew the door would be off for at least a day and I didn’t want to have to worry about my daycare kids being around a door wet with paint. I also this this was genius because I could apply the first coat in the evening, let it dry overnight and wake up early to apply the second coat. With a little luck I could have it dry and back in place before my own kids were running around. So you see, in theory, I had a great plan! What I didn’t consider was the weather and the fact that the temperature in my garage is significantly cooler than the comfortable temperature we like to keep inside the house. I didn’t think about this until AFTER I applied the first coat of paint. Oops! I tried hanging a heavy blanket to keep some of the cooler air out, but it didn’t help much because according to my thermostat my house hit a low of 57 degrees!! On this night I am very grateful my babies still like to sleep in my bed. Maybe it was worth it though, because I love my chalkboard painted door!

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit because I haven’t actually used it yet. LOL. I figured I should let it cure for a bit before I start using it, but so far it’s great and I’m sure I’ll love it once I start using it. 

Have any of you used chalkboard paint around your home? If so, where and do you love it? I’d love to hear from you and see what you’ve done. I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday. 

While They Were Sleeping – Baby’s Armoire

I’ve decided to start a new segment here on my blog titled “While They Were Sleeping”. This is where I will share the many (many, many) projects that I work on during nap time for the littles. Sometimes these projects range from bigger type projects that take a few days, or more, to smaller “organize my life” type things. In an effort to keep myself on a schedule I will be posting this on Wednesdays; so technically speaking it will be “While They Were Sleeping Wednesdays”. Are you excited?!? I know I am! Today I bring to you the first ever “While They Were Sleeping” blog post 🙂

While I was pregnant with Little E I saw a pin in Pinterest where an old armoire had been transformed into a cute little baby closet and thought, “That’s for me!”. Space is limited in our tiny, er cozy house. Especially storage space so there wasn’t a whole room or closet even that I could devote to Little E, and it just so happened that I had an old armoire out in the garage. After some time (but before little E was here) I managed to move the armoire in to my bedroom. I had to ditch one of our night stands to make space for it, btw. That’s as far as I got. Seriously! At first it was fine bacause she didn’t have many things and I wasn’t feeling the whole “I’m going to make over this armoire” thing. So, it sat there. By my bed. Holding things. Just a few things. Then more things. Then too many things. And it looked like this. 


See her New Years dress? Cute, right? 🙂 other than that there’s nothing cute about this picture. Nothing. And I have to walk past this 500 times a day, so it’s been driving me a bit crazy and I’m (finally) ready to do something about it. 

I made a quick, my version of quick lol, trip to Lowes and grabbed an adjustable rod. I think I paid like $6 or something for it. Then waited for nap time. 

It was really easy to put the rod in there. It came with screws, but since I was putting it in an armoire and didn’t want the screw to come through the other side I had to dig through my tool box and grab some shorter screws. Also because I’m a perfectionist I took my time measuring it centered in the armoire and leveling it out. Which was all worth it of course, bacause now I don’t have to look at chaos and I can actually see Little E’s clothes when I go to get her dressed. 


Now that it’s organized and semi-nice I felt like jazzing up the top of the dresser by removing her out grown clothes and adding her “E” that friends and family wrote on for her baby shower. Eventually I will repaint the armoir. Brown is no longer to my liking. What was I thinking?? But that’s a project for another nap time. 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday; and if you’re not, it’s Wednesday. You’re almost there! 🙂