Spring Office Transformation!

So… it’s been a while! Well nothing like giving it another go!

Life got busy from the last post and we had a loss in the family last fall. My Uncle Andy was one of the last people I had talked about my blog to during that time and when he passed I just wasn’t feeling like sharing. That time for healing has taken place since then.

So now spring is here and summer is approaching fast and the air is warming up. I am feeling like I want to give this blog another shot and I hope you enjoy the next months to some. So many ideas in my head and on my goal page, I am hoping I can keep it up and that you will stick with me!

The Dream:

Since spring is here and in full bloom! I am feeling renewed and it’s time to start getting into a new groove. My twins are almost 3 and my oldest is off to college and even moved out! (Crying face emoji!) I can’t believe all the changes this new year has brought, but it’s all good. We don’t grow without change right? Which brings me to my newest challenge- turning McKayla’s (my oldest) old room into my office and creative space!

Here is the current condition of what this room has become! Yes…scary!

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This room is like a second garage where things are getting dumped that have been purged from another room. It’s definitely time for a garage sale and a trip or two to charity. These before pictures are to going to serve as my motivation and hopefully if I can stick with it and you with me, you will see the transformation of this room! The space I have pictured in my head will be one that serves as a beautifully organized and comfortable space for me to enjoy my creative flows as they come and a quiet place to work when that quiet time presents itself!

This is where my office/ creative space now resides:

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Let’s face it, it’s more of a nook versus a space, but I’m grateful to have even this still. It served it’s purpose once, when I didn’t utilize my crafts as much. This Spring season I am looking forward to using my new space more for the things that inspire me and to achieve some of the goals I’ve been putting off.

My Focal Wall and Anchoring Pieces:

I wanted a wall that really represented my style. After pinning a ton of pics I found that I really loved how black and white looked together and how I have always been drawn to the contrast. So this color scheme will be the walls of this room. I also love mixing decorating styles to fit me. With this said I have discovered I am definitely currently in love with the modern farmhouse or modern rustic look. I link rustic elements, but sometimes making them look a little more refined is my style.

My plan is to paint the top half of the walls black and do the bottom half with white faux shiplap. I’ve been planning this for some time in my head, so I really hope it turns out how I have pictured it. I want a nice big clean space in the center if the room as my desk/workspace. I am hoping I will be able to build the craft table desk that I have found for this. The other piece that I have planned for this room is an armoire that I bought from Pier One years ago that currently lives in the guest bedroom. It sort of has an Asian look to it, so I am not sure if I will paint and distress it or leave it the color it is.

My focus for these next couple of weeks (since that’s about how long it takes me to finish anything these days since the twins aren’t napping anymore) is to get the room cleared, paint the walls, and hopefully get some shiplap up on one wall. I haven’t decided if I want the shiplap to continue around the entire room, but budget is the key theme here and I am hoping to update this space with about $250, including building my desk.

Hope to see you in the next weeks to come!

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Gearing Up for Fall

Hello everyone!

This month we celebrated my oldest 18th birthday! Wow how time flies is all that comes to mind! Remember to enjoy all the moments you can. One day you’ll be wishing you could go back! And one thing I have learned from being her mom the last 18 years is that you keep learning as they do and just continue to love, love, love!

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I cannot tell you enough on how I love this time of year! I am gearing up to share some fun stuff! Please check out My Fitness Journey page I recently updated. I am also working on some healthy fall recipes and design inspired projects around the house.

 

I love decorating for Fall and the new season coming in! Warm and cozy smells along with the rich and vibrant colors. Bring on the Pumpkin Toffee candle! This is like a little happiness in a jar!

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I love decorating for Fall and the new season coming in! Warm and cozy smells along with the rich and vibrant colors. Bring on the Pumpkin Tofee candles

I love creating a new “Fall Front” when it’s this time of year. Simple and fun, yet inviting!

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The family and I also have a few trips planned this next week to Palm Springs and in November we will be in Tahoe and Las Vegas again for a family reunion. Can’t wait to share!

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Sunset from our backyard.

Thanks for visiting, chat with you soon!

Traveling with Toddler Twins

Packing Up!

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We love to travel, but sometimes that is a challenge with twin toddlers. It all comes down to planning!

I will be honest, most of our travels are in a family mobile, so that does help a little on what I can pack. When I plan a trip for us I always look at what the sleeping arrangement will be. Since Olivia and Sean are still in cribs and I can’t take two pack and plays, we use these inflatable toddler beds! I purchased the Intex Inflatable Toddler Bed from Aldis, a grocer in our area. I had one toddler bed and one twin inflatable mattress.

I was able to find them cheaper on Yato Store for $39.99, which was cheaper than Amazon at $109.99. I am definitely picking up another one! At the end of the second night here is how the sleeping arrangement ended up!

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I find if the kids have their own beds to sleep in, we all sleep better!

Here’s a list of some other helpful items that accompany us when travelling by family mobile:

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What to Know Before You Go!

Most of us are pretty savvy now a days because of our cell phones, so we always make sure we scope out a few things. I feel it’s always better to know ahead of time where places are located in relation to you when traveling.

  • Closest emergency room/ hospital
  • Closest grocery store to where we are staying, or baby store (Babies R’ Us, Target etc.)
  • Restaurants that have good reviews from Yelp
  • Activities that are free or low cost- available for the kids to do while we are there (check museums and libraries first)
  • If it’s summertime- look for splash pads!
  • Groupon! You are already spending enough money on this vacation, why not save a little!
  • Our favorite- Costco!
  • Laundromat (if the hotel or resort you are staying at doesn’t accommodate one!) Let’s face it, when you have kids you never know what might happen!

I find it takes a little of the anxiety out of the trip when you know things aren’t too far away that make it easier to !

Welcome to Anything Mama

Welcome and I am so glad you are here! I’m Chanel Nessman and I have decided to venture out and start a blog on my life’s adventure. Since I seem to indulge in a little of this and a little of that, this is what this blog is about.

I guess it would be good to give you some history on me. I am married to my best friend Sean and we have three beautiful children. My first is McKayla- 18 and just started college. We have toddler twins Olivia Quinn and Sean Olivier. Our life is definitely dynamic to say the least! I recently and finally dedicated my life to Christ this past year after many years of talking about it. I grew up going to church, but finally took my faith to the next level.

I am a trier of cooking healthy, fitness, crafting, fashion, and travelling with my family every chance we get! Yes, totally all over the place! I am soaking up this time I have at home with my kids and the freedom to do all the things I put on my wish list of “if I stayed home I’d do it.” I love to be hospitable, so I hope my story makes you feel at home!

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Here is our family portrait our trip to Yosemite in February 2017!

I am so glad you are here and I hope you enjoy your stay!