Baby Gates : A necessary evil when you’ve got little ones running around in a house with any amount of stairs, let alone a three story row home with two ridiculously tall stair cases. As soon as we saw the model for our house we knew that we were going to need at least a few baby gates, and after seeing the options or lack thereof out there on the market, I knew I wanted to build our own. We needed at least a couple, and since they were going to be very visible in our home (you can see the first staircase right from the front door) I knew I wanted something custom and cute that would not stick out like a sore thumb. We used some cheap temporary gates as needed at first, and unfortunately since we had those and it wasn’t an immediate necessity, our big baby gate project kept getting put on the back burner.  Now here we are, almost 8 months after moving in and we FINALLY have our first beautiful, custom baby gate up.

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IMG_4451Happy Friday! I am so excited to be teaming up with some super talented bloggers for a Summer Home Refresh Blog Hop this weekend. From today through Sunday, we will be sharing how we have each refreshed our home for the Summer months. Be sure to follow the links at the end of my post and check out all of the amazingness each of these ladies has in store for you this weekend!

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Hello friends! It’s been a while! This Summer has been a little nuts. It’s my first Summer with a toddler and there are just so many activities for her to do and things to explore and let’s be honest – I feel like I have a maximum of 2.5 hours during the day (aka nap time) to get anything accomplished. I’m working on figuring out a system to manage our days a little bit better, but I also love just letting her be a kid and have as much fun as possible – especially in the Summer. If any fellow stay-at-home Mamas have found a perfect balance there, I’m all ears!  (more…)