The California Coastal Casa

We have now lived in our “California Coastal Casa” rental for over a year... And my how this year has flown! If you are a long time follower, the journey to this home began back in August 2018 when we made the big announcement we were moving back to California after living in Georgia for 5 years. It was a very big and scary discussion to make, but we felt being back near family was the best for our little family. Here we are, over a year later, and I can say the journey has been rough but so very worth it! Money has been tight, as when we first moved here my husband was literally jobless. I can happily say that with a lot of faith and hard work, that status has changed... but man, we never expected it so hard for a 10 year veteran to find a job. (More on that later...)

As for our rental, we’ve been able to make it “home”. We knew this home would be a temporary one and would be tight quarters. But it has been the best little starter home for us just getting settled back into California again and is just minutes away from family. We’ve added our own touch to the house to make it our own, so let’s take a tour shall we?!

First stop is the living room: I wanted this space to feel calm and inviting yet kept minimal. Our sofa is the Farlov from IKEA and while many may shy away from a white sofa with kids, it is my choice because of how easy it is to keep clean! Yes, you heard that right! I throw the slipcovers in the wash about once a month and it all comes out looking brand new! We are t careful with it either.. little dirty footprints and all come right out.

The girls room: Unfortunately we had to downsize and the girls now are sharing a room, but they have loved it, and I sure had fun designing it! I wanted a room that would work well for both of them and easy to keep clean. The bunk system we found secondhand and scored a major deal on. It was originally from Pottery Barn Kids and was a navy blue. We broke out the paint sprayer and gave it some love and cannot believe the transformation!

Last on the tour for today is the playroom: The layout of this home is a little funky with it being a townhome, and this room is the only one on the first floor (of 3 floors). We really didn’t want either of the kiddos sleeping down there, but this space was perfect for a playroom. Keeping with the coastal theme of the rest of the house, I created a space that was inviting but also organized.

I hope you enjoyed this little mini tour! Just keep in mind, if you are renting, your home can still be made your own! Embrace design challenges you can’t change but be creative in how to make it fit your life and style.

Easter Craft: Easy To Make Easter Wands

While being quarantined, we have had to become pretty resourceful when it comes to crafting materials... but I’m not complaining. It has actually been fun for a change to think of fun and festive holiday crafts to do with the kiddos using only what we have on hand! Today, I am sharing these easy to make, Easter wands. My kiddos have loved running around the house with them and even playing puppet show with the bunny wands. Below I will add a list of all materials we went with, but keep in mind, if you don’t have all of this on hand, get creative with what you do have! Let the kids have some fun and draw their own shapes, use ribbon instead of yarn, or even paint on cardboard instead of paper... happy crafting!

Materials Used:

1. Paper Straws
2. Watercolor Paper
3. Yarn
4. Hot Glue (to attach paper to wand)
5. Glitter & Glue
6. Watercolor Paint

How To Make:

1. Start by free hand drawing your desired shapes onto your watercolor paper.
2. Get creative and paint your shapes as desired with watercolor paint.
3. After letting dry, cut out your shapes.
4. Next, add a little glue and some glitter for embellishment.
5. Attach your shapes to the paper straws using hot glue.
6. Add desired yarn or ribbon.

Don’t forget to check back again tomorrow for another daily busy box activity!

Easter Craft: Paper Plate Easter Baskets

MONDAY’S BUSY BOX: Paper Plate Easter Baskets

Welcome to the kick off of our daily busy box activities! Today, we are sharing this super simple craft, perfect for all ages. All you need are 4 supplies... so let’s get started!


• (2)  Plain Paper Plates
• Scissors
• Paint + Brushes
• Hot Glue Gun + Hot Glue
• Optional: Yarn, Ribbon, Basket Filler


1. Start by painting the back sides of your plates
2. Once paint is dry, flip the plate to the inside and
draw a straight line across the middle of the plate
3. Cut along the straight line and semi circle of both plates
4. Once both plates are cut, line up both plates face to face to match
5. Hot glue the rims of the plates together
6. Optional: Make a Pom Pom, add ribbon or basket filler

After your baskets are finished, decorate a few paper Easter eggs and slip them inside!
Check back tomorrow for another fun and festive craft...

Weekly Activities For Kids While Quarantined

Are you at a loss for how to keep your little ones entertained while schools are closed?
Each week we will be sharing daily activities to keep those little hands busy so they don’t completely destroy the rest of your house! We know that this time can be challenging, and money is tight. Our mission is to create activities using products you already have around your home. We are all in this together and will get through it one day at a time... our hope is that these ideas will spark creativity and will allow for some much needed quiet and bonding time while also being fun!

Each Sunday, we will post our daily activities for the upcoming week so that you have time to plan your boxes. In all, we have 5 boxes (one for each day, Monday - Friday). Each one labeled with the day and pre-planned materials in each box for that day’s activity. Easy for grab and go crafting!

We will walk you through each day’s activity and all that you will need, but feel free to get creative and if you don’t have a supply on our list, use what you do have around the house.


Tuesday: Easy To Make Easter Wands

Wednesday: Watercolor Egg Garland

Thursday: Printable Easter Crafts

Friday: Faux Egg Decorating + Berry Basket

Check back daily for the full tutorial and a list of supplies needed for each project!

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