April 23, 2015

Revisiting the Master Bathroom & Our 2 Year Blogiversary

It's hard to believe that our DIY master bathroom is now two years old.  I count the day that I posted pictures of our bathroom reveal as the official start of this blog, so today marks two years of Golden Boys & Me as well.  Phew, that went fast!

April 21, 2015

Living with Ikea Chairs (Real Life Review)

Honest review of Ikea chairs in a house full of kids and
I think it's probably clear from our many references to Ikea on this blog that we are huge fans of the store.  We love that we can customize their items to give them our own personal touch (Kitchen Island, Mudroom, Coffee Table), all while staying within our limited home design budget.  Today I want to talk about something I get asked about frequently, the Ikea chairs we have in our home.  Our very first Ikea chair purchase was the Ektorp chair, about 8 years ago.  Truth be told, we didn't have high expectations for the chair.  We had just moved into our current house and we needed an affordable chair for our small family room.

April 17, 2015

Adding Curb Appeal with New Shutters

We are so excited about the new facelift our house has gotten just in time for spring!  After we painted our front door a few weeks ago, the rest of the house was looking a bit shabby.  As with so many of our home improvement projects over the years, we fix one thing and that leads to many more projects.  When The Tapco Group contacted us about working together on a project, it could not have come at a better time.  Discosure: The Tapco Group sent us the shutters for this post. We received no other compensation and we always give our honest opinion.

April 15, 2015

Connecting Families with HomeTeam™ & A Giveaway!

Growing up, my grandmother lived just upstairs from me, in the same house as my family.  I have such wonderful memories of the time spent with my grandma.  Whether we were playing card games, board games or reading a story together, it seemed that my grandma always had time for me.  I am positive that I wouldn't be the avid reader I am today if it weren't for her.  But times have changed.  Even though my kids' grandparents live a little over an hour away, I want them to have the same sort of relationship that I had with my grandma.  Thanks to the wonderful technology available today, my kids keep in touch with their grandparents mainly through texting.  Which is why I am so excited about Panasonic's new app, called HomeTeam™.

April 9, 2015

Spring Master Bedroom

Spring master bedroom with mint and coral
We lightened up our bedding for spring in our master bedroom.  It felt so good to pack away the flannel sheets and we look forward to sleeping with the windows open soon.

April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!

Signs of spring are finally everywhere.  We have been excitedly preparing for Easter Sunday.  Our Easter preparations always include a trip to the neighborhood near where I grew up.  I received a chocolate Easter bunny from Genevieve's Home Made Chocolates in Garfield, NJ every year and now my kids do too.  It's a holiday tradition for us and I hope this store never closes.  The chocolate is, by far, the best I have ever tasted.  Godiva?  No thanks.  For us, it's always been about Genevieve's and I love supporting a small family business.  The shop is always filled with customers from miles and miles around who, like us, return to the old neighborhood for their holiday chocolate.

April 2, 2015

Kitchen Dish Towels Turned Kitchen Curtains

Turn kitchen dish towels into curtains.  Easy & affordable
I have mentioned {quite frequently} my love of kitchen towels.  I love that they are usually affordable and they add style to the kitchen.  And they are useful.