The Wednesday Wish List

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Welcome to the first installment of the Wednesday Wish List! Friday’s usually get all the glory but Wednesdays are such an underrated day! It deserves to be celebrated! Because after all, it’s the middle of the week, baby! Only 2 more days to go!

So, what is this Wednesday wish list I speak of? Here I’ll be talking about any favorite things of mine or what I’ve been enjoying this week so far. And also, things I have on my radar that I’ve been eyeing. I would love for you to weigh in if there’s anything you’ve been loving, too! In this day of the internet, it’s hard to hear an unbiased opinion from someone, without them trying to get something in return.

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Vintage Painted China Cabinet Makeover- A Full Tutorial!

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Welcome to another edition of Transformation Tuesday where I join the talented Lacey from Rock Solid Rustic to share our newest DIY transformations. This week’s theme is sprucing up some outdated pieces with the cost effective power of paint!

Check out Lacey’s awesome tutorial on how to paint a bathroom vanity. And keep scrolling to the bottom to see my china cabinet makeover!

Easy Instructions on How to Paint a Vanity

If you don’t have the money, or time, to renovate your entire bathroom, you can easily refresh it and change the entire look. Adding a coat of paint, new hardware, and framing a builder grade mirror can make a big difference on a budget. Read on to see how to paint a vanity – the proper way.  

Click here to see the full tutorial!

Vintage China Cabinet Makeover!

One of the pieces in my home that is nearest and dearest to my heart is my grandmother’s china cabinet, that my grandmother actually inherited from her parents. I love having something in my home that has stood for years in both of their homes. That housed their china that they ate meals off of. That now holds my grandmother’s china in my house.

Before
Before

Although this is a great quality china cabinet made by Bassett, the looks were a little outdated and not our style. In fact, I almost didn’t take it. But, luckily, I came to my senses. And with the help of my husband, we transformed it into this beaut.

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How to Easily Use Baskets in Your Decor- And Add Function Too

If you like it, then you shoulda put a basket on it! (Or under it, if you’re going to get all technical about it.) I hope this terrible Beyonce pun doesn’t dissuade you from reading any further, ha ha. It was pretty bad, I admit.

But, really, this little decorating hack does wonders. I’m not sure what it is about grouping accessories in a decorative basket or box that is so pleasing to the eye, but it most definitely is. I’ve used this underrated tip many times in my own home. And I’m always somehow surprised at how much better it looks.

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How to Entertain Small Kids in Hotel When Raining

Greetings from Lexington, KY!! We’re here waiting to cheer on our Fighting Tiger baseball team in the state semifinals. We were supposed to play tonight, however, Mother Nature had other plans. So, we cancelled tonight due to rain and will hopefully be able to play in the morning.

Which means……. I have 2 small kiddos to entertain in a tiny hotel room for the entire day. And I don’t know what it is, but you confine our kids to a small space and they go stir crazy quickly. I guess even they have their limits on how many episodes of Paw Patrol they can watch.

So, here are some tips we’ve learned throughout our stay to hopefully help out someone getting ready to be in our shoes.

Tip #1 Find a hotel with an indoor pool

Luckily, our hotel has a heated indoor pool. I hadn’t done any research on where to stay, just booked where my husband and his team were staying. This was a huge life saver.

Our kids love the water and we were able to spend a few hours letting them expel lots of energy. Plus ol’ Mom here got to relax on a lounge chair for awhile. And it also served as a bargaining chip for good behavior when the whining started up. Win win.

We are also fortunate to have an arcade and indoor half basketball court here. Truth be told, I just turned the kids loose and let them play the demos on all the games. Obviously, older kids would figure that out and it wouldn’t be as cheap, but my kids thought they were at Disney World.

Tip #2) Actually let your 4 year old daughter pack all the toys she wants

When we were packing throwing stuff in a suitcase last night, my daughter kept tossing in all kinds of toys. After a few rounds of me telling her we didn’t need to bring all that and her sneaking it back in, I gave up.

But once we got here and realized there were no baseball games to be played, I was so glad. It kept her and her brother entertained for a few hours this morning. Don’t tell her she was right. She loves proving me wrong and she’s only 4. Heaven help me!

Tip #3) Kids love movie theaters! And popcorn!

This really is nothing earth shattering. I mean, what kid doesn’t love a movie theater. I just forgot how much! Something about sitting in their own big reclining seat with a big ol’ bucket of greasy, buttery popcorn and kids get all giddy!

Bonus points if it’s 3-D. Maybe it’s just us? Our kids are finally at the age where going to the movies is a feasible- dare I say- almost enjoyable option.

Of course, there are other honorable mentions that we didn’t attempt today such as shopping, or an indoor trampoline park. We just tried to keep it low key and relatively affordable. Plus, we’ve been so on the go lately that it was nice to have a little downtime too.

We also made a quick Walmart run this morning to grab some essentials for the room, like snacks and juice, since we have a little mini fridge and microwave in our room. Also had to pick up some puddle jumpers for the kids because that is the one thing I forgot.

Any tips I left out or anything you have to add?