Our New House: Master Bedroom & Hallway

An elegant, bohemian bedroom in GermanyWe’ve been in our house for about seven months now, and are just now able to say that we are completely done with all of our projects and unpacking. I’m guessing this probably isn’t an unusual story for most military families, it seems like we get slower about setting up with every move! But, we’re done now, and I’m in love with our master bedroom! Light and airy, the perfect mix of elegance and care free bohemian-ism! Jon thinks it’s a bit girly, but as he’s fond of saying, “happy wife, happy life!” 😉 Continue reading


Salt Water Taffy

Homemade Salt Water Taffy Recipe, this is a great one for the kids to help with!This post contains affiliate links, thanks for supporting us!

I’ve come to appreciate seasons more since living in Hawaii. I loved everything about our tour there, but I did miss the seasons. They just help to move the year along, each week ushers in small changes in the world around us, and I love matching our activities to them as well, seasonal bucket lists thrill me as I contemplate all of the fun adventures we’ll have over the coming months. As fall pulls to a close, I’ve been spurred on to enjoy a few last autumn treats, today– salt water taffy!

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Explorer Vest

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Yesterday I shared the kid’s Halloween costumes, they’re going to be a butterfly and a bug catcher this year! I’m really in love with how they turned out, and so today I wanted to share a little bit more about the making of Gray’s explorer vest.

I’ve sewn quite a few dresses for Aurora, so it was really gratifying to find something to make for Gray. Boys clothing is so much harder to make, I feel, it almost always involves collars and buttons, and those are two of my least favorite things!

Not only will this make a cute costume for him, but I’m sure he and Aurora will wear it for dress up and for going out and about too, all of those pockets are so useful, it will be exciting (and possibly scary) seeing what they decide to put in them! Continue reading

Halloween Costumes

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Here they are! I’ve thrown out several hints about what the kids were going to be for Halloween over the past few weeks, but no one guessed quite right. After much deliberation, I give you the explorer and his butterfly!

We had talked about nerding out and doing family fantasy theme costumes, but that just wasn’t going to happen this year, so instead, I scaled back the time investment and the budget and decided to work with what I already had. We had been planning on getting Aurora a set of fabric butterfly wings for Christmas, so I ordered them a little early along with the antenna and completed the outfit with black leggings, shoes and a shirt she already had. Yay for a cute, cheap, reusable costume! Continue reading

Autumnal Endeavors

Babes in Deutschland, Fall Bucket ListI tried to restrain myself from jumping on the fall bandwagon too early, afterall, the first day of the season isn’t until the 22nd. Alas, my excitement for all things crisp and cozy has won out. In Hawaii, September through November was reserved for “pretend fall.” Every time the weather was the slightest bit overcast I would crank the AC and throw on my knee high boots and a scarf with my tank top… It just wasn’t quite the same, however. Continue reading

Our New House: Kitchen & Dining Room

Babes in Deutschland, Use chalkboard contact paper instead of paint to transform a space!We finally finished all of the big moving in projects on our to do list! What a load off of my shoulders, I feel like I can finally relax again! We celebrated last Saturday with a housewarming party with both old and new friends. Two families that we knew in Hawaii moved to Germany along with us so it’s been nice to arrive already having a small community. We have also met a few new friends in our village, our landlady and a sweet German couple just up the street. Continue reading

Our New House: The Playroom, part 2

Modern and vintage elements combine in this DIY woodland playroom!Designing spaces, especially kid spaces is a serious hobby of mine, so curating my own kids’ playroom has been a very enjoyable work of love over the past few weeks. I carried over most of the decor we already had going on in our last home but added a few more special touches that I thought they would really enjoy. We’ll hopefully be in this house for at least four years, so I wanted a space for them that would meet the current needs of a 1 and 3 year old, but would also grow with them as they move out of the toddler phase and become more independent. Continue reading