Friday, May 16, 2014

New Blog Design + Theron Pics!

Hi, guys! 

It's been awhile, so I hope you're all doing well! Things are pretty normal here--just winding down for the end of the school year [only two more weeks!] and preparing for our European vacay that's in less than three weeks. Yikes!

As you can see, the blog got a sweet new makeover by the kind and very talented, Cindy from Cinsarah. We met through Instagram, seriously, I still LOVE Instagram and I immediately loved her blog and design work. She got right to work on my order and delivered in a MAJOR way.  The blog just feels like me now. Ya dig? Ooh, she just hit the nail on the head in all aspects. Thanks, Cindy! xo

And, since I really don't have any home updates to share I'll just share some Theron Drake pics from the other night. 

There's this little place in our town that's pretty magical when the light is just right. It's a very small field with an old wooden gate and wildflowers galore. I always want to take TD out there.

Last weekend we randomly made a pit stop and I was able to snap just a few shots before we had a meltdown.  

He wasn't a fan because he really would have rather been at the park. But even so, I did manage to grab a couple of keepers. I just snap away with hopes of even one goodie. 

I really thought he should humor me since it was Mother's Day and all. Those toddler agendas. Haha!

This kid stops dead in his tracks to hear his favorite stories.  Such a book worm. 

He loves this cheap truck book and makes all of us repeat all of the types of trucks, tractors, farm equipment, and whatever else that moves in the book all.of.the.time.  And I love it. 

Buddy boy can't catch a break with those two year molars.  That hand in the mouth is a constant look around these parts. 

And just for good measure, here's the little kiddo nearly a year ago in the same spot.  It makes my heart full.  


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Trendy Tots Tuesday #3 - Loved by Hannah and Eli

To my old friends and new followers: hi & welcome! Glad to have you here!

My name is Joi and I blog here at Nuestra Vida Dulce about all of our DIY adventures and my little family. My husband and I are both high school teachers and we have a two year old little spunky monkey named Theron. He definitely keeps David and me on our toes at all times. 

If you follow me [@joidan82] on IG you already know that I am mildly obsessed with dressing my little guy! It's more fun than I would've ever imagined and I get a kick out of seeing him in all of his little outfits! I've met some pretty sweet and cool mommas via Instagram and have the opportunity to help two of them, Cindy & Emily, host their monthly trendy tot party! 

My most recent favorite outfit of my Theron Drake was this little mix:

I am a big fan of mixing prints and try to add in as many layers as I can, as long as he's still comfortable!

He's been pretty fascinated with sticks here lately and always has one in his little hand!

His outfit details:

Cardi: Target [thrifted]
Shirt: Instagram [I can't remember the shop name--bad, I know!]
Pants: Jeggings from the toddler girls section at Target
Sandals: Huaraches from a Mexican grocery store in St. Louis, MO

I hope you'll participate so I can see some more momma blogs! Thanks, everybody! 

Don't forget to visit each of the hosts and co-hosts as we will each be featuring photos of our own kiddos. Make sure to visit Cindy's and/or Emily's blog to enter to win $30 in shop credit to Loved by Hanna and Eli.

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JOI (NUESTRA VIDA DULCE) Blog | Instagram | Pinterest 

Link Up Guidelines:
-You may link up to 3 recent posts (April) with pictures of your babe/tot/kid and or style boards. Any posts that have to do with your kids are more than welcome :)
-Follow Hosts + Co-Hosts   
-Please use our button (code below) on either your post/sidebar or you can use a text link that links back to either Cindy's or Emily's blog post. 
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Dining Table [Round 2]

When we sold our house last summer the buyers negotiated to keep a lot of our furniture. I didn't even know that was a "thing" but they did it! It's a sore spot for David and me, but we're getting over it--if slowly. They wanted nearly every single piece of furniture we had in our home-it was so odd.  We negotiated back and forth, and I put my foot down to keep our sofa [that we had just purchased!], our arc lamp, and Theron's dresser.  They had the nerve to ask for Theron's dresser.  I mean, really? It was in my son's room holding my son's personal items. Low, I tell you.  

But I digress, I'm getting over it, remember? Haha! In the end, they got to keep a lot, including our dining room table that my sweet father-in-law custom built for us. I was rather emotional about the whole thing but he reassured us that he would build us a better table anyway! If the buyers wanted the table--let them have the table.  "Less to move" he said. He was right. 

For the last 9 or so months we lived with a $100 table and chairs set that I found off of craigslist.  

I liked them well enough but when Theron's birthday came rolling around Dan hopped to building us a new and improved table. I've shared many a time that he can build anything. It's unbelievable. He measured the space, asked me what I wanted, and about two weeks later I had a table to stain.  

With our first table I stained it a dark deep walnut color, almost the color of our floors. But more recently I have been drawn to a more gray washed & lighter/imperfect stain shades.  

I ending up searching awhile on Pinterest after a trip to Lowe's for stain turned out to be unsuccessful.  I came across this post about a custom stain made from two ready-made minwax colors [special walnut & weathered oak] and I was sold.  

There are so many tutorials on staining furniture and I basically followed them all. My father-in-law sanded the table perfectly so all I had to do was apply a pre-stain wood conditioner and then followed that with the special walnut stain.  Then I applied, I think, 4 coats of the weathered oak stain over a handful of days.  I finished it off with the water-based polycrylic top coat and brought it in for T's party. 

I think this pic was after the first two coats of walnut and weathered oak. 

Another up close shot somewhere in the process. [I think my DIY blogger card is being revoked as I type-whoops!]

The table takes up a much more substantial space in our dining room and of course has special meaning to us since it was custom built by our family for our little family. 

I think I could've gone even lighter with the stain but I love it even so!

I kept the chairs from the craigslist table and like them so much that I'm in no hurry to replace them.  I have plans to add upholstered captain's chairs on either end but I'm in no hurry to do that as well.

Those flowers were originally purchased for outside but they look pretty happy on our table indoors. 

So that's how our new and improved table is hanging. We love it and hope you guys do, too!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hey, guys! Just checking in to share some pics from yesterday's egg hunt and bunny sweater picture fest. If you're not my family you may be bored by this Theron Drake picture party! 

We stopped by a minor league baseball sponsored egg hunt, and while the times were wrongly shared on their website [boo!], Theron still got to "hunt" for eggs with the bigger kids.

He was in a "Theron" mood and didn't really feel the egg hunt but he absolutely loved hugging and high-fiving the easter bunny and mascot! Who would've thought?

We never took him to see the Easter bunny this year because the kid doesn't stand still in lines. He wants to be on the move. Constantly.  Additionally, he doesn't really favor being held or sitting still either. So all of those combined make for a stressful experience for everyone.  

But, wouldn't you know it, since he could walk right up to the bunny on his own terms he was as happy as a peach! 

Our kiddo always keeps us guessing! Just when we think we have him all figured out he goes and changes the rules again. 

At night we swung by our favorite spot in town to capture some pics of the little toddler tornado in his vintage bunny sweater.  He was full of cheese and was cracking us up! 

My favorite part of the shirt was that all of the bunnies had tails.  Love it!

The only way he'll sit down is if someone is reciting one of his favorite pigeon, Dr. Seuss, or tractor stories to him.  Otherwise, it's go-go-go all of the time. 

It's a good thing David has the stories memorized because TD has no patience for his momma when I forget the words.  He's my littlest boss, I tell ya!

I'll leave you with some silly face +  tongue pictures of Mr. Sass.  He's recently re-discovered his tongue can be outside of his mouth and he thinks it's a hoot to stick it out all of the time.

There is never a dull moment with this kid.

I hope you have a delightful Easter, everybody!



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