April 12, 2014

The Tiny Bathroom Makeover

I affectionately refer to our guest bathroom as "The Tiniest Bathroom in the World."

At just 4ft. x 6ft., the space is just that - T I N Y. Or as some would say, cozy. It gets SO MUCH USE, though. Our guests use it, we use it, and now that D is potty trained - he is constantly in there.

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Every time I went in there, it was like it was just screaming at me --
DO SOMETHING WITH ME! I"M SO UGLY, BUT I COULD BE SO CUTE!!

Yes. My bathroom totally talks to me. 

It's been on my list of projects to do since we moved in (and that was almost 3 years ago!). So, finally I told my hubby..that's it. We are fixing this nagging little irk of a bathroom.

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The inspiration for the wall came from a Parade of Homes house I saw waaaay back a couple of years ago. They did a huge wall with tons of dark wood planks on it. It was in a kids bathroom, and I thought it looked so good! Maybe a little much on a huge wall, but I knew I would love it on a smaller scale.

It was pretty simple to do, actually (well, kind of. hehe). The hubs bought a big box of cedar floor planks from Home Depot. Then we measured the wall, and measured the planks. He was in charge of cutting each piece to size with his handy Miter Saw. I was in charge of making sure they fit and looked good up on the wall. I let him do all the hard labor (isn't that nice of me). We started at the top, and worked our way down.

Then he just nailed each piece to the wall. Yes, it was a lot of nails. We tried glue the planks on the wall first, but it was so smelly - - my sensitive nose couldn't handle it. So, nails won out.

After it was all hung up, I got to decorating. That part is my favorite, of course!

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It took about 1/2 day to finish it. I really really really love how it turned out! Now every time I walk in there, I wanna just stay in there all day. Kinda weird, right? But I feel like every room in your house you should just LOVE to pieces. Even a tiny little guest bathroom.

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plank wall diy

plank wall diy

Next up on "The Project List", the Playroom in our basement! I'm so excited to get started on that room, you have no idea!


"SMILE" BANNER // MY BEARDED PIGEON
SHELF // IKEA
VASE // POTTERY BARN
AIR PLANTS // via RED ENVELOPE

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March 20, 2014

Henley's Room Reveal

Welp. I had planned to post this in December. But obviously THAT didn't happen. So here we are in March and I'm just getting around to posting it. Better late than never, right?

Her room was an absolute labor of love for me. Some girls grow up dreaming about what their weddings will look like, but I dreamed about the day I could design a room for my little girl.

It all started with what I call a jumping off point. A blanket from Candy Kirby Designs. I knew I wanted Henley's room to be C O L O R F U L!! I never intended for there to be so much pink in there, but for some reason, pink was just speaking to me. I wanted her room to evoke certain words when someone walked in there. {happiness, love, whimsy & vibrancy} At the end of it all, I think I did it! I fulfilled my dreams for her room. I want her to grow up loving to play, read, sing, dance & find joy in that little room.

So here it is, in all it's beautifully pink glory! :)
**room details at the end of the post**
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I really got my DIY on in her room, I tell ya. I loved being able to put my little touches here & there!

The Henley sign, Henley "HRH", Antlers, Flower Print, "I Love Everything About You" print, "You Are My Happy Place" print, Yarn Lamp, and the bow hanger were all made by me. It was a lot of freakin' work, so I'm happy it turned out!! 
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girl nursery

girl nursery
This chalkboard wall was a PAIN to paint, but I love how it looks. I hand drew the flowers on with chalk (obviously, chalk. duh).
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Yes, her initials are "HRH" aka Her Royal Highness. Hehe.
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CRIB: POTTERY BARN
ROCKER: LAND OF NOD (old) 
RUG: IKEA
POUF: CUSTOM MADE by my Mama
BOOKSHELVES: IKEA
BUMPER: CUSTOM MADE by a friend
DRESSER: THRIFTED & PAINTED
POLKA DOT SHEETS: TARGET
CURTAINS: IKEA
CHANDELIER: GREAT GRANDMA'S REPAINTED/REPAIRED
GOLD POLKA DOT WALLS: URBAN WALLS
"HENLEY" BLANKET: JENNIFER ANN DESIGNS
BLACK & WHITE TRIBAL PILLOW: IKEA
PINK POLKA DOT PILLOW: GOODS BY GRINN
FELT BALLS: HELLO MAYPOLE
BOW HANGER: CUSTOM MADE by me (check out this post on how I did it)
"I ADORE YOU" SIGN: EVIE IVY CRAFTS


If you have any other questions about where I got something, feel free to email me! jennathewife@gmail.com


It was ALL for this little thing right there. I think she likes it! 


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March 19, 2014

WREN & RUMOR GIVEAWAY!

I'm a sucker for a good blanket. For me, and ESPECIALLY for my kids. It's like this weird little voice in my head saying, "Buy all the blankets in the world! Come on. You need one more." And I always listen to it.

That being said, good blankets are hard to find. Quality ones, that are soft & last a long time. When I find ones that I like, I just can't stop talking about them.

Which is why I am so excited to introduce you to....... WREN & RUMOR!!!

I can't remember how I stumbled across Jill's shop. But I've never regretted it (only my bank account does).

Jill makes gorrrrgeous, modern blankets for your littles. The fabrics alone are enough to kill me dead. I mean.


Really, you guys?? How could you not instantly fall in love with these!? They are all made with organic cotton & serged delicately around the edges. You can just tell there's some major love sewn in to each and every piece she makes.


 I want to buy EVERY. SINGLE. THING. in her shop!



Oh ya...just one more uber exciting thing.

Jill has graciously decided to give away a BLANKET & a BURP CLOTH to one lucky person!!!!!!! It's pretty dang amazing of her. I kinda love her to pieces (and if you win - you will too)! :)


SO WHATCHA WAITING FOR??? JUMP ON THIS!!

We are going to keep this pretty simple.

EACH THING YOU DO COUNTS AS ONE ENTRY.
LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH THING YOU COMPLETE.

1 -- LIKE WREN & RUMOR ON FACEBOOK // HERE.
2 -- FOLLOW WREN & RUMOR ON INSTAGRAM // HERE.
3 -- FOLLOW THE LIFE OF THE WIFE VIA INSTAGRAM // HERE.
4 -- REPOST THE LAST PIC VIA INSTAGRAM with the #WIFEWRENANDRUMOR for TWO ENTRIES.

And head on over to my Instagram for EVEN MORE WAYS to enter! :)

That's it. Easy peasy. Good luck, people! :)

//Giveaway closes Sunday, March 23, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email March 24//





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March 18, 2014

Life. Is. Crazy.

Awwww....the days when I only had ONE kid. They seem so long ago. Life has become a little overwhelming for me (if I'm being perfectly honest - which why wouldn't I - that's what this blog is for!).
I love my kids, oh yes yes I do. This time around, though, it has taken some major adjustments on my part.

Along with trying to potty train a 2 1/2 year old (3 weeks in & we are still not quite there--but I can see the end in sight!), running a household, trying to spend quality time with my hubby, squeezing in some time fore me...needless to say, life is busy. Priorities, people.

That being said, I feel like this blog & I have grown apart. It's possible I might be going through a blog divorce (is that a thing -- cause it is now). Right now...we are just "separated". But still on good terms. The things I used to want/need from it, I'm just not getting from it anymore. It's not fulfilling me. And I feel like if you're going to devote time to something, you should really really really love it. Time is a precious thing right now.

This blog has become second fiddle (as you might have noticed for those 3 people who still read this) to all of that. Don't fret, my cute friends. I still love blogging (but in different ways than I did before). I have been working on a BRAND NEW SITE with a WHOLE NEW NAME (say goodbye to Jenna The Wife -eeeeeeek!!)! I have been thinking, planning, etc. for months now. It's just barely happening that I'm FINALLY finding some breathing time to actually put my thoughts into action. It is definitely time for a REFRESH.

So..look for that in the coming months. I can't WAIT to share with you all what I've been working on.

For now, enjoy some recent pics of our Life Lately. Because even though my kids are the reason I'm crazy lately....I absolutely postively love them to death.
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D lovin' on Henley // St. Patty's Day Crepes
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Date night with the hubs // D being my shadow // Park Day with the Sister & her baby Hallie
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3 Month Old Henley // Bro & Sissy Love // Crazy Chaotic Every Day (aka the Poop Incident)

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FOR THE LOVE EVENT // FOCUS ON FITNESS EVENT // DINNER WITH BLOGGY BUDS
I've had some of the most fun GNO lately! I'm so lucky to have an awesome support system that will take my kids & give Mama a much needed break sometimes! 
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Jumpin // Being 4 Months Old (NBD) // Couchin' It 





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January 23, 2014

Newborn Essentials Checklist

Ohhhh heeeeey there! Yes, I still run this blog. I just might be a wee bit busy these days. No big deal, just trying to get the hang of this whole TWO KIDS thang. Henley is F I N A L L Y napping good when she's supposed to (thanks to the genius that is a sound machine). So, I can finally get back to doing something I want to do - which is blog!

Speaking of that glorious sound machine (I got it here if you want one), I thought I'd help you first or second or third time Mom's out..and let you in on a little secret. Guess what? You don't need to buy the whole dang Babies R Us store. You will get by just fine with just buying SOME of the store. :)

So here ya have it, ladies (and men too). The nitty gritty (meaning no fluffy, expensive, things you don't really need crap) list of newborn essentials!

The ** are for MY ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS. Like COULD-NOT-LIVE-WITHOUT-OR-I'D-BE-A-CRAZY-PERSON things. Yep.

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Tell me...what was ESSENTIAL when you had your baby that you couldn't live without if you tried?!


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