A Two-fer…my Fireplace & an IG Challenge Recap

Today is a two topics in one post kind of day!

Up first…
my fireplace.  I posted on IG a while back about us painting it and have never shared the details.
Our fireplace looked like this…pink brick!!  Even though the ENTIRE outside of our house is pink brick, it is definitely NOT our favorite look.  We knew instantly when we purchased this house that we’d be painting that one day.  

Up close…don’t mind the cute baby!  🙂

We primed it and chose a paint that was for exterior spaces (just b/c of the fire).

We chose a grey and you know there are 50 shades!!  ha!  The first shade turned out more blue/purple.  It looked HORRIBLE with our sectional.  But…after another trip to Lowe’s, we got a shade more grey/taupe.

This is the finished product…
I LOVE how it changed our space and instantly made this space look like 2014 instead of 1992.  🙂

And now for Part 2!! 
 I completely forgot that I didn’t share my #thephotochallenge2014 March Edition pictures!!  So, I’m changing that NOW!  I promise my next recap will be collages so you don’t have to see SO many pictures!!  ha!  Next time…I promise!
#1 New…our new month had a new hashtag!

#2 Lucky (Horrible Picture…sorry!) I was a lucky girl and in bed by 9:00!

#3 Clock…two nights in a row I headed to bed early!  Clock showed I headed there BEFORE 9:00.

#4 Kitchen…I shared my messy kitchen with you.

#5 Reminder…Nixon loves dogs was the reminder.  He told me he made a dog with his waffle.

#6 Cozy…Bowen’s cozy place.  🙂

#7 A mess…These girls are a mess!!  Normal day at the mall for Kensington and Ebby Lee…ha!

#8  Smile…sweet smile from my big girl.

#9 Gold…better than gold for me, some quiet time at the gym with Kelly & Michael AND an uninterrupted shower!

#10 Sharing…I shared my popcorn with those cuties at the movies.

#11 Condiment…best condiment on a cold day is a Gap hoodie!

#12  Hidden…inside that box were hidden treasures!

#13  Rainbow…my little artist painted a rainbow.

#14  Talked….I talked to this girl and she decided we should dress alike (but you can’t tell in the picture..ha!).

#15  Car…my first car was a 1985 Pontiac Trans Am…I seriously thought I was getting a new car when I turned sixteen.  It never showed up!  The new car that is…ha! 🙂

#16 Treasure & #17 Green…Treasuring these moments.  All dressed in green.

#18 Sign…The sign of a great haircut is a big smile!

#19 Funny…Nixon is funny when he rides his scooter.  Think stuntman kind of moves.  🙂

#20 Underneath…underneath those bubbles were some crazy kiddos up WAY too late!

#21 (I posted this same picture, but couldn’t find it!!) Sometimes I…sometimes I’m reminded of how blessed I am.  Sweet moments with these kiddos and their mamas!

#22 Comfort…my comfort level was at an all-time low!  I was up next!

#23 Normal…not normal around here…a cute pic of ALL three??!

#24 Before/After…Before dinner and then after…clearly we were hungry!

#25 Looking in…Looking in Ebby Lee’s preschool room, I got to see the sweetest little Mexican dance for World’s Fair Day.

#26 Pair…I hung with this crazy pair of girls while we waited for gymnastics to start.

#27 Chop…Chop chop chopped these veggies for dinner.

#28 Walking…walking away with a win at Nixon’s first t-ball game.  #just kidding  #noscoreintball

#29 Pet peeve…My pet peeve on this day was the BIG CURBS in our neighborhood.  On their bike ride, both Slaughter kids were wiped out by the curb!  Slaughter Kids-0, Curbs-2 

#30 Trash…lots of trash talk on this bike ride.

#31 I spy…I spied my April Bucket List on the blog!

Thanks so much for all the ladies who participated in March and April!!  Andrea and I will be choosing our favorites and we’ll let you vote on the winner!!  That’s coming soon!  And…we’ll be posting on IG TODAY the new May challenge.  Join us this month!!
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  1. 5.1.14
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Super fun picture recap! Love your sweet family so much!

  2. 5.1.14
    Allison said:

    I love your fireplace! And I totally thought your kitchen was Miss Rene's! Look so similar 🙂

  3. 5.1.14
    Liz/ said:

    Love how the fireplace turned out, looks so good! As always love your photo challenge pics!!!

  4. 5.1.14
    dresselfamily.blogspot.com said:

    oh I thought your house was BRAND spanking new!! you did GREAT job, it looks amazing!

    Brick where is come from is hardly ever done, ever, it's sooo expensive but I dream of a brick Texan home all the time. I had a friend that lived in Plano, and I went to visit her, I would make her drive me around looking at homes LOL!!

  5. 5.1.14
    Andrea - Momfessionals said:

    1) You were WAY better than me about the challenge 🙂 I promise to be better this month!!!

    2) Your fireplace looks AWESOME! LOVE IT!

  6. 5.1.14
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Your fireplace looks spectacular! I am so glad you went with your gut and painted over the brick. It looks so fresh and perfect for your house! And your IG recap…like my favorite part of your blog! I love seeing your sweet family in all of those pics! XOXO

  7. 5.2.14
    Missy said:

    What is the name of that great gray paint?!? Thanks!