Our space // Jack’s room

As our move approaches I am starting to photograph our current home, room by room, for sentimental reasons. We loved our cozy little home from the very first time we walked through the front door, so much so that we put an offer in the same day. As much as we loved it that day over 4 years ago, we adore it even more now that we have transformed each room to reflect our family. I want to capture every little detail for our photo albums and I thought it would be fun to share with you some of “our space” before we set off to our new home. So join me for a room by room tour of the Holzmann abode, we hope you like it as much as we do. This is our space.

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Add Jacks roomFirst up—Jack’s bedroom–probably my favorite room in the house because of how much fun it was to put together. Jack and I spent months finding pieces for his room and the end result was greater than the original vision I had by far.

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When we were looking through a magazine to get wall color inspiration, Jack found a room with the navy striped walls that he really liked. From there everything just seemed to come together. Jack’s last room was a colorful Dr. Seuss room and so I wanted this room to be slightly more sophisticated, but also still very much a little boys room. Almost every piece in his room is thrifted from somewhere or another which is probably why it remains my favorite room in the house. I will always remember what fun we had picking each treasure out, one by one, and the exciting feeling of finding “perfect” pieces for the room. Jacks room tour (7) Jacks room tour (5)
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I was so sad to be done decorating this room that afterwards I immediately started re-docrating our master bedroom! I guess once you get the decorating itch you can’t be stopped.

Feel free to comment below with any questions about items in Jack’s room. Like I said, most of them were thrifted but there are a few items that were purchased new–I would be happy to point you in the right direction of an item. As always thanks for stopping by and stepping into our home –remember this is the first part of a series on The Holzmanns, so be sure to check back to see more of our home.

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Valentines ideas for boys // free printable

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valentines (5)Valentines is sort of a girly day to celebrate. We are always on the hunt for boy-friendly Valentines ideas. For the last 3 years the kids and I have made our heart crayon valentines for school parties and for friends. They still wanted to make the crayons this year but we wanted to find something different for the Valentines. We (I) don’t really like sending candy because I am not a fun mom like that. :)

We came across a beautiful printable from A Happily Crafted Life and Jack knew they were the ones! He loved the magnifying glasses. We worked on them together but he could do almost everything by himself. We love the way they turned out! Head over to Danyelle’s super cute site to get the download.

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valentines (1)Our heart crayons are always so fun to make too! This is what we did last year.

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One more cute Valentine idea that isn’t so girly for us moms of boys! These are the ones my friend Katie is making with her kids and I think they are adorable! Free printable from Domesticated Lady.

Happy crafting!

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Holzmann, party of 6

JackRemy1Liam 2And because you can’t hide a 4th time around baby bump for very long…….TADAA!

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We are THRILLED to announce that we are expecting our 4th little blessing! Being parents is a role we feel so honored to have, and we are feeling beyond excited that God has decided to bless our family again.

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We are not finding our the sex of the baby, but are fully anticipating another little boy! Bring it on! Hannah (2)

Fair warning: I adore being pregnant and I love my growing belly. If you follow me on Instagram I will most likely be posting a few belly pics along the way, I hope you don’t mind.

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Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

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*Please enjoy this guest post by my friend Emily, about her daughter Ellie’s Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party. Emily came into my life about 4 years ago and she has been a dear friend ever since. Girl has got birthday party planning talent, always has! This tea party was soo good! The other moms and I were talking at the party about how this party blew all of our parties out of the water. You win! So creative. Take it away Em…teaparty (6)

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When my daughter told me that she wanted her 6th Birthday Party theme to be ‘Alice In Wonderland’, I was elated! That was, until I found that you cannot really purchase many Alice themed decorations. As much as this discouraged me, it also got me excited, and my creative juices flowing.

I wanted our backyard to be as much of a ‘wonderland’ as possible, with a long tea table at the center of the party. That was my main focus. We had plain table coverings,  mismatched plates, napkins, and chairs. For table decorations I made two floral arrangements with some clearanced floral/fruit mixtures, and filled the vases with sap moss. Along the table we displayed our finger foods, and queen of hearts heart shaped sandwiches on various platters. My favorite table decoration had to be the white rabbit statue that I searched high and low for (Hobby Lobby). Of course, no tea party would be complete without the tea pots and cups! This was the most challenging. I thrifted for weeks, looking for the perfect mismatched tea cups, and two tea pots. The tea pots were the toughest, and I ended up finding some at TJMaxx, for super cheap!

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The rest of the decorations were pretty easy, once I realized what I had to do, make them! I blew up images of flamingos for the croquet mallets, cheshire cats for the tree, directional arrows for the tree, a photo of the caterpillar on the mushroom (which I taped a dowel onto to stick into the ground), clocks to hang around the yard, and little ‘drink me’ tags to tie onto kool-aid drinks. We had croquet set-up for the kids to play, and used giant playing cards folded over to make the tunnel for the balls to pass through (found at Party City).

For the cake I made the Mad Hatter’s hat.  I also made cut out sugar cookies and frosted them saying; Eat Me, Take One, and Try Me. The party favors were mini Alice In Wonderland books, mints with playing cards on the wrappers, and a tea bag.


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We also had my daughters classroom Grandmother come and do face painting for the afternoon. With her talent, and low cost, we couldn’t pass it up! The kids loved it! There was no shortage of fun had between the face painting, tea party, croquet, musical chairs, and bounce house. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, or more well behaved kids. It was a blast!

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Fourth of July 2013

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A quick post to share some pictures from our fabulous fourth. We headed up to Bay Beach in Green Bay for the day, ate at The Urban Frog (highly recommend!  Great gluten-free options and mostly organic foods), and then off to celebrations and fireworks for the evening! I hope you all had a fantastic 4th! We are especially thankful for our blessing of freedom and independence in this country. Also, I love fourth fashion in case you couldn’t tell. I love wearing red, white and blue on any given day but give me fourth of July, and I will give you 3 matching, patriotic, cheesy boys. Love having 3 boys, also, get used to it guys.

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Mom went on the tilt-a-whirl and felt ridiculously sick the entire time. I am such a ride wussy these days, what has happend to this body of mine?! So the ferris wheel was all yours boys.

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Remy: fake smile extraordinaire.

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And today, we head to the beach. God Bless America.

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