This weekend we celebrated Harper's 2nd birthday as a family.  Her tea party was the absolute cutest and wore Mercer out for an amazing afternoon nap. 

Please note: Mercer spit out the blows my mind. 

We also had every intention of watching the Oscars but fell asleep (per usual).  I woke up Monday and watched all the drama unfold on news clips, beyond awkward


A little while back, while we were roaming the halls of IKEA, we ran into our friends.  After letting the littles have a full on play date in the children's section, we swapped information on our upcoming hacks. The Shackelford's were there after coming across this learning tower hack, which they so kindly shared with us.  After they attempted it later that afternoon and gave the thumbs up, I knew this was going to be Parnell's next project. Mercer is constantly in the kitchen and prefers to be on my hip so she can see the action.  This seemed like a must have in our household. 

Learning towers were already on my radar, however, they all seemed so bulky and definitely more money than I was willing to spend for something that Mercer may very well hate. While this hack does not fold away like the towers you can purchase online, it is much more compact and I don't feel it needs to be stored while not in use. At a cost of $40(ish) we were sold. 

I won't go into to too much detail because Happy Grey Lucky lays that out perfectly if you follow the link provided. I will however, leave you with photos from start to finish. 

After some wood putty and sanding, she was ready for you guessed it...white. Side note, this stool does come in white but it was sold out the day we were shopping so we purchased birch. 

So far, it has been an absolute hit!


Tuesday we celebrated Valentine's Day with Mercer's class at school. I managed to sneak a few pictures before I dropped her off and then a few during her party. 

Mercer with her still my heart. 


The weather in Dallas never ceases to amaze me.  37 degrees one minute and 87 the next.  We took advantage of the recent high temperatures and Mercer's love of the outdoors (I have no idea where she gets that) and had some water play fun outside. 

"Mercer, where is your tongue?"

Mercer's side profile is the stuff my dreams are made of. 


Trying to get Mercer to sit still for her picture to be taken is becoming quite near impossible. When something seems impossible does that mean you quit and stop trying? here are the latest and greatest of the love of our lives (in the dress that was intended for Christmas and is still too big). 

Happy Valentine's Day!


A very happy birthday to Oliver "Dat Dawg" Parnell. 
My apologies for spending the better half of a year telling people you would be 13 when you are in fact 12.

Cheers buddy. 


Pretty much since the day we moved into our house, P and I have wanted to replace our media console for something much larger and more substantial.  The wall that housed the TV was begging for something bigger.

So sad, right? (The console on that huge wall, not Oliver)
I came across this image and the wheels started turning. 

After getting Parnell on board, we headed to IKEA to begin our "hack" process. 

We purchased:
(3) Frames
(6) Doors
(6) Shelves 

P ventured solo to pick up a few items at Home Depot for our base.  We preferred to not see underneath the finished product because, we opted to build a base instead of purchasing legs. 

After the base was complete and had been painted, the fun began.  We put together the frames and doors in record time (no literally, maybe the easiest IKEA assembly in the history of IKEA assemblies). 

We secured all of the frames to each other and the base itself to form one, solid piece. We added some hardware and were in business! 

Here she is today:

She still needs to be styled but so far we are loving the change.  Shout out to T.J. Maxx for these Arteriors lamps I found, they are a lovely start.