Thursday, February 27, 2014


Now that I have a new perspective on life & have made a few changes. I thought why not take it a step further and change my house a little.  I painted this wall yellow 6 years ago when we moved in.  I thought to change the color of the wall, but I still love the yellow.  I thought why not put a stencil on it.  It's the " in" thing right?  So I ventured over to Hobby Lobby and found a stencil that I liked for $16.00 not bad.  I still had left over paint from 6 years ago in our basement.  So I pulled out the yellow and the cream color we painted our walls.  I did a quick touch up to cover some of the holes in the wall and re- painted the yellow to freshen it up.
The nest day I attempted the stencil.  This was my first time ever doing it and half way through I thought I need to start over.  But I kept going.  When I was done stenciling I did all the touch up work. It turned out great for my first time.  There are a few spots that aren't level, so if you come over don't look to close.  haha

On a funny note:  The hole where the vent plate goes we told the boys that dragons live down there.  It is funny when they have to pass that wall,  they walk the furthest they can get from it, with there eyes glued to make sure the dragons don't come out.  Having kids makes things so much more fun.  

Here is the finish product!  I absolutely love it!  It changed the whole entry to our home.  Now to buy what I have envisioned for this wall for 6 years now. Something so simple can make a world of a difference. 
Change is good in any form.  It was long over due.  Some people are afraid of change or get stuck in a rut. This wall was a simple change, but I feel invigorated because of it.  
If you are afraid or stuck in a rut I challenge you to change something in your life.( for the good of course) It can be big or something simple, like my wall.  See how you feel.
Change is good:) 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brody Conquered the Strider Bike

It has been so beautiful outside for the last couple of days we can not stay inside. Wahoo!  I am totally an outdoor person.  
For Brody's 2nd Birthday we bought him a STRIDER BIKE.  This bike has no peddles. The purpose of the bike is so the child can learn to balance first, once he has conquered balancing then you can introduce him to peddles.  Daddy did just that on this beautiful day.
His first attempt.

Look at him go!  We owe it all to the Strider Bike. The STRIDER was a great purchase.  We are totally impressed with Brody and his balancing skills.  He will be a pro in a week and he is only 3 years old.   GO BRODY!
We bought our Strider at Scheels.  We would highly recommend it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Social Media Reality Check

 Hello again!  
I have been away for awhile & I am glad to be back! 
I know I haven't posted in quite some time.  To be honest I got caught up with all the social media and it was doing me more harm then good.  So here I am starting fresh, with my "old" look on life when I was focused on my family and not other people's families. 
What a whirl wind the last few months have been.  It has been a struggle for me to find some answers to what I have been dealing with inside of me..  I have been a wreck.  I may not show it, but the inside says differently. I don't want to go into all the details, but at times I would want to run and hide and never come out.  I felt like there was this beast in me waiting for the right time to explode, and it finally did. 

 Through some events that took place during the Holiday's I have come to realize I need to work on relationships.  Relationships with my husband, kids, friends, family, neighbors, myself, and especially my little family. It's hard to look at yourself and know that something needs to change.  When you are not enjoying what you used to enjoy and are trying to find happiness and validation in all the wrong places.  There is definitely something wrong.        

On my down time I found myself plopping on my couch turning to social media via  FB or Instagram to see what my friends and family were up to.  Just letting my boys run wild while I socialized on the web.  I found myself pushing them away so I could post a comment,  finish reading an article,  post a pic, check my "likes", or take my turn on a game.  I was so into other people's world I forgot about my own, and my patience with my own family was running thin.  

I would get annoyed, frustrated, stressed, anxious, and irritable with my husband and boys.  Most nights I just wanted to scream at the top of my lungs, because I just wanted to be left alone in my unhealthy world.   I thought to myself why do I feel like this?  Why am I acting this way?  I have a great life, a great husband, a great house, two great boys, a great job, and I am a mom, what I have always wanted..

Here is my reality check....We were out to dinner one night and both myself and my husband were on our phones, not talking to one another or our boys. HELLO!!!!!
My other reality check night I was looking for Randy and I found him on Youtube smiling and laughing at this other family (who we don't know personally) but who are well known on Youtube.  I looked at Randy and then looked at our boys in the next room.  HELLO!!!!
I thought to my self  "What are we doing???"
 I decided to try something.  I took all social apps off my phone. It's just to accessible. was hard for the first few days. The apps have been off my phone for a week now and I can already tell a difference in my relationships with my litttle family.  My focus is back on them and that's where it should be.

Food for thought....Why are other families so intriguing  to us?  What is missing from our family to turn to other families?  Is it for pure entertainment?,  Or are we looking for validation?  Why am I searching for validation with people who aren't in my life?  When the validation is right in front of me.
Reality check!

I know social media can be a great tool in our lives, if used properly.  I don't want to say that I was addicted to it, but I think I was and lost myself in it.  I forgot to put my focus on what matters most in life.  My family.
I have had a wonderful week by getting back into a healthy routine with these cute boys and my husband.
This is just the start of fixing this beast inside of me, but it has truly been gratifying.
Life Rules!

So, if you don't see me on FB or Instagram this is why.   I still have FB & Instagram on my desk top that I will be checking periodically.  If you want to see what the Mellor Family is up to, check us out on this blog.