It’s true..the struggle is real.

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Well it’s December 29, 2018 and the last time I took a moment to blog was March of this year. As I reflect back this year of being absent I was prepping and preparing the best I could to become a new a mommy and still working as a full time Kindergarten teacher until I went on maternity leave at the end of April. Then on May 5th I was blessed a beautiful baby girl named Harlow Brielle.

Harlow

I was fortunate enough as a teacher to stay home with her until August before starting a new school year with my Kinder kiddos. Up until them it was days and days of learning how to be a mom, wife, and learning how to balance mom life and trying to prep for a new school year.

Let me tell you it was tough! Tough learning how to be a mom, not being scared, nervous, afraid of anything happening to the little one and making sure she was taken care of..all while trying to learn to breast feed and pump but not being successful as I didn’t produce enough milk. The tough feeling of having to switch to formula as the hospital makes you feel terrible if you don’t breast feed but learning that the most important thing is your child being fed and being healthy!

Raising a little one is tough..tough on your body, tough on your emotions, tough on your sleep, tough on your overall daily life. I wouldn’t ever leave the house as I was too worried she’d start crying and I wouldn’t know what to do. The first three months were the toughest to adjust to even if Miss Harlow was a great sleeper and happy baby!

I let time get away from me with snuggles, naps and laying around. It was hard to see a messy house and take care of Harlow by myself as the hubby works an hour away..but its been almost 8 months now and I am enjoying her play, crawl, pull herself up, babble, say mama and dada, wave and see her personality shine!

Looking back it was an exhausting new experience but one I’m glad I got to have. It took us a few years to get pregnant and I truly feel for all those who struggle to have a baby. Just remember life will bless you at the right time.

I’ve learned  to enjoy every minute with little squish as I can’t believe she turns 8 months in a week. When people say they grow so fast..it’s true.

As I look at 2019, I’m excited to get back into blogging, creating more for teachers and continue watching my little one grow into a little girl!

XmasFam

Thanks so much for stopping by..the struggle is real as a teacher, wife and mommy…your not alone.

Happy New Year!

ALi

 

DIY Desk for Office

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Hello! I have been experimenting with my own DIY projects here at home. It's taken a few months but I've finally completed my office desk.
IMG_2443I got the desk and four chairs from a Restore for Habitat for Humanity store. This place is great for cheap things to refinish you just have to keep your eye out. The bigger stores carry a lot of items if you're lucky enough to live near one in a bigger city.

Here is the table and four chairs I bought. It cost me $50 for all of it! I thought it was a great deal!

Here is the process of sanding, I had it halfway done. Make sure you follow the grain of the wood when sanding. This makes it look better as you go to stain it.IMG_2714

The first thing I did was sand the table down. I used a DeWalt Palm Sander which I loved!

You have to sand the wood down until the stain is completely gone. This may take awhile to sand down to that point.

SandDeskOnce the table was completely sanded, I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain and used a stain brush to apply it. I let it sit for about 2 minutes and use a paper towel to wipe off the excess stain. I did 3 coats of stain.

Here is the final coat of stain drying. You'll notice in the other picture below it looks much darker. This was after 2 coats of poly.IMG_3174

After I did the 2nd coat of poly, I began priming the legs. These were awful to paint. It took 2 coats of Zinsser Primer and then it took 2 or 3 coats of white paint. I can't remember how many coats exactly I did.

Here's what the two coats of primer looked like. That dark green on the legs was quite tough to cover, but after 2 or 3 coats of primer and paint it covered well.
IMG_3186And finally after 3 coats of stain, 3 coats of poly, and 5 or so coats of primer/paint to the legs. The table was finally finished!

Here is final look at the table/desk for our new office! I am so excited how it turned out.

DeskFinsihedHopefully I have inspired you to be a DIYer and create your very own project! Check back soon for our living room transformation!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've enjoying seeing my table transform into a beautiful desk for our office!

ALi