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Friday, October 9, 2015

One Room Challenge: The Everything Room

I'm so excited to be sharing my One Room Challenge with you all this month. Each week I'll give you a little peek into what I've been doing to make our Family Room/Everything Room the best place it can be. 

There's 6 of us in this house, and I've come to realize that 3 bedrooms, a kitchen/dining room and 1 family/living space is a bit cramped. We use this space for family relaxing, chatting with visitors, and folding laundry. 

As much as I would love just one extra room to split those activities apart, I don't have it. So it's time to work with what I have, and really make it a fun place, right? The following pictures may be overwhelming...but by November 12th it's going to be a world of difference!

Yeah, that makes me feel almost too exposed! This is the first room people see coming into my home, and I need it to look better than this! We've already started redoing this room, but it has a ways to go still - obviously!

A week ago that was my bookshelf - eeee! Frightening really. As my dear sister in law described it, the "college styled" bookshelf had to go! Mark built me a fantastic wooden window seat/bookshelf. It holds all the books plus some more, and provides extra seating in the room. I'll be making a cushion to go on top this month, for a little more color and comfort. 

It's been a long time since we've owned a new couch. When we moved here I decided it was high time we had a nice couch that actually fit in the space we had. I fell in love with this charcoal piece, and it fit so perfectly. Everyone loves sitting here. The space above needed some art though. I've got an old painting from my college art days that I'll be use to teach you how to stretch your own canvas painting for hanging. 

Finally, the big elephant in the room - we have 2 pianos! Very recently we paid off our used upright. It was our Christmas present to ourselves 3 years ago. Recently Mark had an idea to turn an old baby ground piano into a bookshelf. So we managed to acquire one for absolutely FREE! 

The problem? While the company was going to throw out this baby grand, there's really not that much wrong with it - so instead of turning it into a bookshelf, we're toying with the idea of having it tuned and fixed up. Until that happens though, we're hanging onto both pianos! AHH! 

Thanks to Calling It Home for hosting this One Room Challenge!
Check out the linky to see what other bloggers are working on. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Weekend Bites #55 Comfort Food

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker on Tour! + Discount Tickets

I will receive tickets to attend Moscow Ballet's Great Russion Nutcracker in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I love love love the ballet! When I was 3 I remember my mom taking me to see a performance (either Swan Lake or The Nutcracker). Since I was only 3 they weren't going to allow me in, but my Mom convinced the teller that I would be perfectly quiet, and possibly better than some of the others there - so they let me in!

I was sold on the beauty. While I wanted to take lessons, I knew I would never dance professionally. When my oldest turned 3 however, I got her into dance classes. She has grown into a beautiful young lady, and truly has the perfect dancers body. She loves dancing, and it is during her classes I see her really shine with a smile on her face that's hard to come by most days.

When I heard Moscow Ballet's Great Russion Nutcracker would be going on tour this fall, and that we lived close enough to one of the performances, I've been a bit stalkerish, lol. This is something I would love to take all my girls to, but for the sake of the audience, will probably be just the oldest and myself going.

The production includes over 200 costumes and 10 foot tall playful animal puppets! There's a life sized Matrushka Doll - the nesting dollw - and a puppet show that shadows the Nutcracker Story at the opening Chrismas Party. The really cool part I've never seen, a golden cannon shoots roses out during the battle between the Nutcracker and the Rat Kind. Finally in Act II there is a "Dove of Peace" with a 20 foot wingspan with 2 dancers on each wing.

I seriously can not wait for November 28th to roll around! Find the full tour schedule here.

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