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White, Gold and Blue Wreath for the Holidays
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Halloween Mason Jars
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My New DIY Designer Pot and Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from IKEA
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Homemade Foot Stool
Fabric Covered Plywood
Fabric Covered Cork board In Dining Area
Burlap Wreath
How to make your Post-It’s
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Gold Home Office Accessories
DIY mini kitchen rolling cart
DIY project; a basket to organize my kitchen counter
A Homemade Mother’s Day Gift for my Mother-in-law
IKEA bar stools spring makeover
Coming up: next DIY projects
DIY personalized birthday mug
DIY and organizing a pantry (part II)
DIY and organizing a pantry (part I)
3 easy Easter projects
Lucky Gold Elephant
DIY Desktop Carousel
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My Birthday

Good Monday everyone!

How was your weekend? Hope everyone had a great time!

For our little family, our weekend started off great, but then on Saturday afternoon we realized our son had a mild fever. We didn’t know it was the start of an ugly flu. Things got worst Sunday morning when he woke up crying and seemed to be in pain. The three of us spent most of the day; cuddling on the sofa watching TV. My parents had planned a small family get together at their house but we had to cancel. They surprised us by coming over instead with cake and pizza.

I wanted to share with all of you that today is my birthday!

We had planned to spend the weekend together doing things the whole family would enjoy. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.

Happy birthday chalkboard


I also wanted to share another first with you,

cutting my own bangs (fringe):

For my birthday, I decided to try something fun and new; I cut my own bangs (fringe). Some of you may think “SHE’S IMPULSIVE” and others will think “SHE’S BRAVE” but most of you will say “SHE’S NUTS”.

Sporting bangs (a fringe) has always been an arduous decision for me to make. Bangs (fringe) and I have a back and forth love/hate relationship. It’s always the same story between us:

Happy birthday bangs


Below, you will see pictures of the steps I followed when I cut my bangs (fringe).

I watched a Youtube video before taking this big risk. If you would like to attempt this at home, I recommend you to first watch the Youtube videos available online. If you want to have the perfect fringe, please make sure to take a “rendez-vous” with your stylist.

My hair was dry and I pulled my one year old fringe to the front of my face:


me cutting bangs

In this picture you can see me cutting the bangs vertically with small scissors:

 me with bangs

Here I was already regretting my decision. How many times must I question myself?

me with bangs nowathomemom

Voila! This is how my bangs (fringe) look when swiped on the side! I love how they turned out, perfect length. Don’t know about you but every time, I get them done at the salon, they are too short or too long. Unfortunately, I was not able to take great pictures with my iPhone, so you can’t see everything and hubby couldn’t take any good pictures of my hair either.

cutting bangs fringe

Saturday after lunch time, we went to one of the happiest places in “MY” world; IKEA. Many of you already know this; I’m a tad obsessed with IKEA, so you can imagine how excited and happy I was when hubby brought us there to pick up my birthday gift.

IKEA sign store

We went there to get something just for me, instead we came back with a tiny, inexpensive dining room table for our basement. This table will be Nate’s craft table, he loves drawing and can spend most of the afternoon with Crayolas and chalk. We also got four inexpensive white chairs to go with it.

IKEA dining room table

Here I am sporting my new bangs and considering this mirror for our bedroom:

Me at IKEA considering this brown mirror

You might remember from one of my previous posts about us de-cluttering our basement to create more space for Nate to play. Unfortunately, our plans didn’t go as planned. We had five “billy” bookcases in our basement filled with books and old work stuff. We had to remove these bookcases for safety reasons. If you have small children, you will understand how unsafe it can be if the bookcases aren’t properly secured to the wall. We were also scared our son would start climbing them to get to the goodies and books on top. It is important for us to have this space available for him to play every day, so we did a lot of de-cluttering, stored our books in other places around our home, moved three out of five bookcases into our dining area, removed an old shelf, switch furniture around, donated many of Nate’s old toys and assembled the dining room table as Nate’s crafty corner. Completion of our basement will have to wait for now. It will still be our priority but it will have to wait until we can budget for it. During the week, I will start setting up this space with his craft tools, so he can have fun!

Below, you will find pictures of how one corner of our tiny living room basement is looking now. I am planning on painting these white walls in a warmer color this summer. Please, don’t forget, the black bookcase you see next to the sofa, will have to go to another room because I am scared he will start climbing it.

When hubby started assembling the table; it’s when we noticed Nate started getting sick:

IKEA dining room table

We hurried up to assemble the four chairs and I had to take care of our little boy:

IKEA chair

After de-cluttering the basement and rearranging the furniture, we ended with this empty space. Perfect for Nate’s new craft table. I dislike the wall heater, it’s an eyesore every time I look at it (We will try to change it before next Fall).

IKEA dining room table space before and after

Now, this is how the space looks with the table next to the wall in front of the patio doors. The big plant you see sticking out in the picture is not there to stay, it’s an outdoor plant that we’ve kept inside since September. We keep her here because all day she gets plenty of sunlight:

IKEA dining room table


IKEA dining room table

Different topic: I got these “Martha Stewart Home Office” blinders as a gift for my birthday. I haven’t had time to get my hands on these yet but before the end of the week I will try to have my life organized:

Martha Stewart from Staples office organization

Now, finally, I get to show you this lucky bracelet I made for myself a couple of weeks ago. When I got the gold leafs for my mom’s elephant, I also picked up some crafting beads, jewelry and cord from Michael’s:

Lucky Bracelet for mommy

I’ve always consider myself a crafty girl. I have succeeded with many projects, though I have never attempted to make my own jewelry. One of the reasons I started writing this blog was to try new things and share them with you as we go along!  So, here is another one of them, hope you like it and think is as pretty as I believe it is:

Lucky Bracelet

I decided to make myself this small jewelry piece, nothing fancy but it will remind me how lucky I am to have my little one with me:

Lucky Bracelet

I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures above but I inverted two of the letters and completed the bracelet before realizing my mistake. Instead of “LUCKY MOMMY” it writes “LUCKY MOWWY”. Kind of ironic isn’t it? I’ve been wearing the bracelet for a while now and I like it!

Lucky Bracelet

Before I let you go, I wanted to share these last pictures with you; aside from the birthday cake my parents gave me, I decided to bake this giant cupcake again and decorated it with homemade pink icing for my birthday:

Giant cupcake

Hope you will have a great week!

Thanks again for stopping by!


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  • Nice piece of work says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂 Love your bracelets, Lucky Mowwy is so sweet !!! Hope Nate is recovering quickly (they tend to, these littlies ) 🙂

    March 18, 2013 at 4:54 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Jill 🙂 very nice of you to wish me happy birthday! 🙂 & very happy you loved the bracelet! I still can’t believe it says “LUCKY MOWWY” 🙂 & we will see how Nate will be today, hope better than yesterday! thank you!

      March 18, 2013 at 5:22 am
  • motherhoodisanart says:

    haha!!! I love “Lucky Mowwy”!!! Iris came down with the flu on Friday night so we had to miss a Mardi Gras festival at the kid’s school on Saturday! Life with kids is always about rearranging plans isn’t it??! Also, love the bangs!! I too am always cutting my own hair and have gone back and forth with the bang thing! Currently, I am sporting no bangs but strangely enough I was thinking about it yesterday… appears we are on the same wavelength! Well, I hope Nate is better today and that you have a wonderful birthday Ingrid!

    March 18, 2013 at 5:52 am
    • now at home mom says:

      OH! Melissa! Thank you very much for your sweet words! 🙂 I knew you would laugh about the “MOWWY”, I can’t believe I only noticed this once I had completed the project ha!ha! Nate is better but he is still sick; he only wants to be held in my arms! 🙂 If you get bangs; let me know! I would love to see them too! 🙂

      March 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  • rhema3one7 says:

    Happy birthday girl 🙂 wish all your dreams of delights come true. Beautiful creations. Love your bracelet. That was a bold attempt to try on your hair. You’re charming with the new look 🙂 My prayers for your child.

    March 18, 2013 at 7:05 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Rhema! 🙂 & thank you, I like my bracelet very much too! 🙂 As for the bangs, yes, I guess it was a bold attempt from my part, I am liking them now but don’t know how long this love “thing” will last! 🙂 Thanks for Nate, it’s appreciated!

      March 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm
  • kristinfrombliss says:

    Happy Birthday, Ingrid! Looks like you had a great weekend! Ikea is always fun! xo Kristin

    March 18, 2013 at 8:09 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Kristin! 🙂 Yes, we did have fun at IKEA, I was really excited, could’ve bought almost everything there! 🙂

      March 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm
  • Cul de Sac says:

    Joyeux anniversaire Ingrid!!!! J’espère que Nat va mieux… pauvre chou! Et le toupet te va à merveilles!!! J’aime énormément 🙂 êtes-vous allés au IKEA de Boucherville??? il n’est pas trop loin de chez moi 😉 Hope you had a wonderful day! lots of hugs xx

    March 18, 2013 at 9:20 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Merci beaucoup Josée, c’est très gentil! 🙂 Le petit il va beaucoup mieux, mais il est encore malade, il a très mal à la gorge et il ne veut rien manger! Merci pour le toupet! Ouif, pour le toupet, j’avais peur, imagine si je l’aurai gâché! Oui ont es allés au IKEA de Boucherville; il est vraiment pas loin de chez nous aussi, on prend la “25” et on y est! ha!ha! 🙂 ça serait drôle de se voir chez IKEA 🙂 Merci encore et bonne journée à toi aussi

      March 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm
  • ohlidia says:

    Wow, so many things I want to say… First off, Happy Happy Birthday Ingrid! I do hope you have a beautiful day, even if you do have to spend it cuddling your little one. I have spent many a birthday taking care of a sick child. I quickly learned that as a mother, our birthdays don’t seems to be the same anymore, no? Secondly, Bravo on your bangs! Looks great! I think you suit bangs, whereas I DO NOT! Your bracelet is very pretty, regardless of the spelling. Although I kind-of like MOWWY. It reminds me of someone sexy, as in MEOW! O.K., so I’m a little crazy! I think it’s great how you’re always revamping your home/rooms. Gosh, if I had that much energy… And lastly, that giant cupcake looks YUM! Too bad we’re not neighbours, I would come over today and share a piece with you on your Happy Day!

    March 18, 2013 at 9:40 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Lidia! You are always so kind with your lovely words! 🙂 Thank you! & I don’t think you are crazy; just funny. After I read your comment this morning I started laughing at the “MEOW” ha!ha! you are right! Oh! I love bangs but then I cry once I get them; it’s a vicious cycle of mine ha!ha! and now that I’m getting older; I think they make me look younger! 😉 as for revamping my home/rooms; you should see what I do; I can’t live with the same decor for over 3 months; it bores me ha!ha! 🙂 & glad you liked the Giant cupcake; so much fun doing it, you are so sweet; wish we were neighbours too! 🙂 thanks again Lidia!

      March 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    Happy Birthday, Ingrid !! Hope Nate is better now, I love your bracelet so sweet 🙂

    March 18, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Izabel! 🙂 happy you liked my DIY bracelet, it was fun trying this as new project; I might make some more in the future 🙂 As for Nate; he is doing much better than yesterday but he still sick. He needs to rest and that’s what we will be doing today! 🙂

      March 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm
  • Rexlin Victor says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! Beautiful bracelet!!!

    March 18, 2013 at 9:47 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Rexlin, I am glad you stopped by and visited 🙂 thank you; happy you liked it! 🙂

      March 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm
  • ourlifeinaction says:

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your bangs. I’ve been toying with that idea myself. It’s like you and I are on the same wave length. 😉 And your lucky bracelets….I want! I want! I want!! I hope your little man feels better and you have a fantabulous birthday!!

    March 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! Thank you, thank you Gabriela, you are so sweet! 🙂 thank you very much! I am so happy you loved the bangs; I was hoping taking more and better pictures with the bangs but hubby can’t take pictures; most of them were all blurry ha!ha! 🙂 also glad the bracelet looks pretty; I am not ashamed of wearing something I made in public! 🙂 hi!hi! Nate is better, still sick but better, he will probably be good tomorrow!

      March 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm
  • Pillows A-La-Mode says:

    What a fun post! Except for the part about poor little Nate. Hope he’s feeling much better now! Happy birthday! 🙂

    March 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Katherine! 🙂 I know; I guess today we will just be cuddling on our sofa again but he is better than yesterday! thanks Katherine 🙂

      March 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm
  • says:

    Happpy Brithday. I hope youa re happy with your new look.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Larry! 🙂 Thanks, yes, I am happy but knowing me; I will be bore of them very soon! 🙂 ha!ha! but that’s just me!

      March 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm
      • says:

        Does your husband and others like it?

        March 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          Yes he does! hiouf! 🙂 but I don’t think he was too sure about what I was doing! he kept telling me “I hope you won’t be crying after” ha!ha! secretly, I knew he was right but I always wanted to try this! My friends like it too (at least, that’s what they say!) 🙂

          March 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm
          • says:

            If he is a wise husband, he definitely said he liked it! Knowing when to say yes and no is a key to being a good husband.

            March 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm
          • now at home mom says:

            ha!ha! I will let him know! (I’m sure he has no choice but to say “yes”!) This should be a “rule” all man need to follow once they get married! 🙂

            March 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm
  • The Porto Bellas says:

    Happy Birthday, Ingrid!! Looks like you had a great birthday weekend :). You’re a woman of many talents- even able to cut her own bangs ;). (I did that once, it turned out AWFUL!) Haha. Happy Monday, to YOU!

    March 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! Julie, you are so nice! Thank you! 🙂 I am glad I cut them; loving the look now but I will let you know how long this will last ha!ha! thanks & happy Monday to you too! 🙂

      March 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm
  • petit4chocolatier says:

    Happy Birthday Ingrid!! Love that cupcake and jewels! And your hair looks lovely and super chic! Love it 🙂

    March 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Judy for wishing me a happy birthday! 🙂 so happy you love my new hair look too! I was a bit scared of first but then it was too late to go back! 🙂

      March 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm
  • mtetar says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Ingrid! I hope Nate is feeling better by now. Thank God your parents made your day go well. Your bang looks great, and if you didn’t write about it I would have thought it was done at the Hair Salon. It looks great! Thanks for sharing another wonderful post. The hard work for the basement project is going to be worthwhile in the end. Be Blessed, Mtetar

    March 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Mtetar! 🙂 Yes, thank God, he is doing much better today! & we had a great time with my parents and family when they surprised me 🙂 as for the bangs ; it was a big risk but I like the new look 🙂 the basement; can’t wait to work more this weekend; I hope this will be a good space for him! 🙂 thanks again Mtetar!

      March 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  • Bella Grace says:

    Such an adventurous day you all had. I love your bangs! Happy Birthday. Love blessed!


    March 19, 2013 at 11:47 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much, you are very kind and sweet; very glad you like the bangs too!

      March 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm
  • mariateresa1983 says:

    Happy belated Birthday Ingrid!!

    March 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! Thank you Maria! very nice of you to wish me a happy birthday! 🙂 thanks again!

      March 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  • little poppits says:

    happy belated birthday! you did your hair great, go girl! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    March 22, 2013 at 5:53 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Teresa! 🙂 & I’m happy the hair fringe didn’t turn out so bad! Thanks again! 🙂

      March 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm
  • Linda @ Calling it Home says:

    So sorry the baby boy was sick. You are a crazy girl with killer results. Your bangs are looking great, and you did it well. I love Ikea, great purchase. Happy Birthday, and many more.

    March 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Linda for your nice words! it was a great day overall, I’m glad my son is much better now! & Thank you for the bangs; I liked them but I still find it hard to believe I did it myself.

      March 23, 2013 at 10:01 am
  • thethinkingcloset says:

    Happy happy birthday, Ingrid! (My March b-day, friend.) Sounds like you managed to have a glorious celebration despite things not working out as you initially planned. Wow, I’m so impressed with how your bangs turned out. You are brave! And it paid off. I, too, am a huge fan of IKEA. I always leave that place with a shopping cart full of “necessities.” Ha ha. And the huge cupcake is absolutely gorgeous. Have you ever considered opening up your own bakery? You’ve really got a talent in the baked goods arena!

    March 25, 2013 at 2:21 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Lauren! 🙂 you just made my day! 🙂 Thanks again! I’m happy you like how I decorate my cupcakes! 🙂 My mom, keeps telling to open my own bakery too but I am not that talented; I just enjoy baking them! but maybe one day with the right tools ha!ha! it would be too funny from an “analyst” to a “cupcake lady” 🙂 not a bad idea! right? 🙂 Yes, I can’t believe how much I am loving my bangs; I always cry after I get them done but now I love them! 🙂

      March 26, 2013 at 2:12 am
  • Lara says:

    Happy belated birthday! Love the bangs and the bracelet! Hope little Nate is feeling better now. He’ll love the crafting table. We got one for my daughter a few years ago and it’s a purchase I’ve never regretted.

    March 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Lara! 🙂 I’m glad you liked the bangs too! I’m also glad I am not regretting them! 🙂 Nate is much, much better and he loves his new crafting table in the basement; I loved it because he pulls out his own chair and stays busy for a while 😉

      March 30, 2013 at 1:02 am

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