Home Decor: Main Level

We’ve been working with the furniture we’ve had for 5 years now. I cannot tell a lie – it felt so good to get new furniture. Nothing has been sold, thrown out or donated. We’re keeping all of our old stuff, just repurposing it. I love making our additional bedrooms and living spaces more homey by adding some extra pieces of furniture. So here we go!

Our first dining room table was bar height. Perfect for us, but it’s truly taken a beating over the years. We decided to go with something bigger, something that could accommodate let’s say, Christmas dinner perhaps? And of course, normal height.


This seemed to fit the bill. We’re picking up another white chair for where Sophia’s high chair is, but overall I’m in love. It expands to fit 8-10 people. Best part? Seat covers come off and are machine washable. Stop the madness. Yes, you can have white furniture accents and a toddler. Win.


We didn’t have a dedicated space for our shoes before, just your typical carpet runner to pile them on. Our jackets went in the front room closet, hats on an over-the-door rack, and that was it. Now? We have plenty of room for shoes, bags, guests’ jackets, all of Sophia’s shoes, scarves, gloves, and even reusable shopping bags.


It’s perfect. It’s functional. It works amazingly. Just, love.

(Don’t mind the dimly lit picture – my SD card isn’t cooperating so I had to take pictures at night to fill this post up)


Last new piece of furniture (thus far) is our entertainment center. It’s also taken a beating, with this last move being the worst. The support leg in the middle of the stand broke off, and now it was bowing. Not good. Also, Sophia loves to throw things under the TV stand and yell, “Uh oh!” then looks at you like, “Get over here and get this before I throw something else under there”. At least she says thank you after I get it for her, but that’s besides the point.

Top on our list was a TV stand that was completely flat on the floor. No dealing with toys underneath, or bowing issues down the road. Storage for sure, ideally with a couple drawers. So, we agreed on this bad boy.


(Again, ignore the crappy photo, I’ll update it when my SD card cooperates)

Also, ignore the abacus. Sophia grabs it and we practice counting every day! She gets the most excited when we get to number seven.

So this is actually two separate stands, that we built to make it appear as one. Its sleek, it’s modern, it’s been child-proofed, and it works so well for us. It’s also a bit higher than our old one so it prevents the little miss from putting her fingerprints all over the screen.

So that’s it so far! We still have some more main floor updating to do, and of course other floors as well, but that’ll be done in time.


What’s your favorite room to decorate?

Keep The Babies Safe.

I hash tag this phrase quite frequently. Ever since becoming a mom, I’ve been pretty obsessed with safety, whether it be childproofing your home or correctly installing a car seat. My thought is, you made this perfect baby, so wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to protect them? The amount of incorrect installation of car seats and incorrect buckling of children in car seats astounds me. Sometimes I get into thinking that it’s ignorance, but it always leads back to one word – knowledge. I just think that a lot of people just don’t know how to properly install a car seat. I feel like it’s becoming more and more clear to me about what I’d like to do.

My goal this year is to register to become a certified CPST, which is Child Passenger Safety Technician.

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(top – Britax Roundabout 55 ; bottom – Britax Marathon 70 G3)


I’d say the worst things that I’ve seen are during the winter months. That’s when the JJ Cole BundleMe covers come out to play, along with the fluffy strap covers, and those damn snowsuits.

Did you know all of these are unsafe for car seat use? If your car seat didn’t come with an insert or strap covers, it’s not crash-tested with your car seat. In fact, it actually voids the warranty of your car seat in the event of a crash. Also, your child wearing a snowsuit ensures that there isn’t a tight fit for the harness, and in the event of a crash, they’ll slide right out of the harness and through the window. Look it up. It’s happened.

Did you know that to get the tightest install possible, you should be sitting on the car seat base, or in the car seat itself while latching it? Yes, that means you. YOU climb into your CHILD’S car seat or on the car seat base of infant seats, and put a solid amount of weight on it to get the tightest install. Your child’s car seat shouldn’t move an inch when you’re done. Bottom line: If your child’s car seat moves when you put them in the car, you’re doing it wrong.

Did you know that the chest clip isn’t a stomach accessory? No, really. They actually put the chest clip there to protect your child in the event of a crash. So, if it’s not at arm pit height, it does absolutely nothing to protect them. “The chest clip is a pre-crash positioning device, meaning it does its most important duty before a vehicle crash occurs. The clip, when used properly, keeps the car seat harness in the right place against the child’s shoulders, so that crash forces are distributed over the strongest parts of the child’s upper body.” Also, tighten those harnesses every time you buckle your baby in! If they can lean over and sleep on the side of the seat, it’s not tight.

Did you know that rear-facing until age 2 is becoming the minimum age in some states? That should say something right there. Also, as many parents get confused, most states have the same law: Forward face when child is one year old AND 20lbs. Not one or the other.

I would absolutely love to teach parents how to install their car seats safely, and teach them proper buckling. I had a friend who had recently offered to re-install a friend’s car seat because it wasn’t installed properly, and that week, her friend’s car was T-boned. Emergency crews on site said, “Thank goodness that car seat was installed correctly.” She literally saved that little girl’s life. If I could correctly install car seats, promote proper buckling and save just one life, that would be enough for me.

Who’s with me?