Cozy Wall Art

July 23, 2014

Cozy Wall Art asked if I’d like to try out one of their wall decals to dress up one of Mazen’s play spaces. My first thought was his reading nook! And what sealed the deal was this cute Dr. Seuss “The More You Read” quote – it was perfect!


Here’s what his nook looked like last week after I cleaned it out (it had been storing some of his bigger toys that I’d thrown in there for out-of-sight keeping)


I was very nervous to put the decal up because every DIY project I do has some kind of error, so I read the enclosed instructions three times before beginning. There are good ones on the Cozy Wall site too!


The first step is to tape up your decal and then peel the bottom layer away and cut it out from underneath the decal and transfer paper on top.


Easy does it…


Once the backing is gone you can press the decal onto the wall and then remove the backing from the other side.


After the decal is on the wall, you use the provided plastic card to press it in and remove all bubbles


And then you peel away the transfer paper to reveal the finished decal!


Surprisingly, my install was flawless!


Mazen is more interested in his train table than his reading nook at the moment, but I hope he’ll grow into it in the years to come and Dr. Seuss will inspire him to keep on reading!



22 Months

July 9, 2014

Lots of 2s…..getting soooo close to 2!!! Just 2 2 go! My sweet baby boy is so talkative these days and is starting to make me laugh out loud on an hourly basis. Recently before naptime he said “Ni-night Mazen!” “Yes” and “no” are now words he has mastered (and the word yes has been […]

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Toy Wrangling

July 2, 2014

As we approach 2 years old, Mazen’s toys are getting out of control. I have had the mentality of “the more the better” in his toy baskets thinking that variety would keep him interested, but of course the opposite seems to be true. There is so much clutter that he just ignores most things. We […]

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The Lunchbox Surprise

June 25, 2014

Remember Jem!? My mom recently found my kindergarten lunchbox. It’s 26 (!) years old or so yet in great condition. I was debating giving it away when my mom suggested I use it to store some of Mazen’s smaller toys. Mom is filled with good tips on parenting. She said she used to have a […]

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Mazen Moments

June 18, 2014

Yesterday you reached up to me and said “Hand.” You wanted to hold hands while we walked, and I hope you want to for a long time. We went to the park this week, and I followed you up the big play set to the really steep slide. I know you are brave enough to […]

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Cooking With A Toddler

June 11, 2014

I look forward to the days when Mazen and I can cook together (and when he can cook for me! Ha!) In the meantime, we’ve started to get him a little more acquainted with the kitchen. There are whole sites out there dedicated to ideas for kids and kitchens. Here are simply four small moments […]

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21 Months

June 4, 2014

If there’s a theme this month it’s “talk and play and play and talk!” Mazen has become quite the expert at both. He wakes up in the morning and says “Pway outside?” He gets down from his high chair and says “Pway bus!” He truly understands that play time is the best time. He is […]

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Toys From Hasbro

May 28, 2014

I received an email from Hasbro recently asking me if Mazen would like to test out some of their toys. I asked Mazen if he’d like to participate and he said an enthusiastic “JES!” Especially when he heard Elmo was involved. The box included an assortment of both classic Playskool products and new items for […]

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Nursery Update: Big Boy Room

May 21, 2014

I have been itching to redecorate Mazen’s room for some time now. Probably as early as the moment I realized that my vision for his yellow + gray nursery never really turned out how I imagined. As a reminder, here’s what we started with: Here’s what his nursery looked like right before he arrived: Here’s […]

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Thoughts On Baby #2

May 14, 2014

We have always known we’ve wanted two kids (if nature allows us). Maaaaaaybe three but probably just two. Matt and I were each one of two and we were 4 and 3 years apart in age from our siblings. When Mazen was born I always said we’d get to his second birthday and then start […]

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