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DIY Gallery Wall

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*** MOSTLY ikea gallery wall:)the deer head, artwork and weaving project are from different places. Still, though… all the frames are from ikea! xo *** Also, I’ve been having a really hard time picking out pictures to put in the rest of the frames… for now, we will enjoy looking at our reflections!

I have been DYING to have a gallery wall that I actually like in my home.  There is something about all the Pinterest posts, West Elm catalogues and Ikea browsing that just made me feel like I was not winning the frame game.  Prior to this arrangement, I had put up 5 frames and the fake deer head.  It looked… bare and unbalanced, and I JUST COULDN’T STAND LOOKING AT IT ANYMORE.  Sigh.  It feels really good to get that out.

I also didn’t want to spend a million bucks on frames and decided my best bet was to get the dang things from Ikea.  I thought if I went to a second hand store that I would spend so much time and energy wondering if the frames were going to look nice together that my brain would explode.  So, thank you, Ikea, for existing.  My gallery wall consists of the following:

One: 19 ¾ x 19 ¾ ” Virserum Square frames at $19.99

Two:  15 ¾ x 19 ¾ ” Virserum Rectangle frames at $12.99

Three:  7 ¾ x 9 ¾ ” Virserum small rectangle frames at $5.99

One: 7 ½ x 9 ½ ” Virserum smallest rectangle frame at $4.99 (labeled 5 x 7 ” on their website from dropdown box)

One West Elm deer head: They don’t carry mine anymore, but click here for something similar. ~$99

One: 12×12″ wood frame that previously had some other art, that you use for a first time DIY weaving project (wish me luck).

Total: All the frames were around $70. The two other decorations can be as expensive or de-expensive as you like:)

***Okay, also, I know the measurements don’t make sense for the last two frames, but I think if you went to ikea and just bought the ones that were the same price, then you’d be doing just fine.  I almost ripped my computer apart because I couldn’t figure out the sizes of the frames to attach the appropriate link.***

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The frames did not magically appear in that order on my wall, either.  Although, I really do wish there was a gallery wall fairy who just sprinkled glitter all over and *poof*, the perfect gallery wall.  I’m a planner and that means snapping a picture so that I know what I’m working with:

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Pre-photoshop gallery wall planning.

And then using photoshop to do photoshop fairy magic and figure out how this whole thing is going to look even before I start demolishing my wall, nail hole by nail hole  putting pretty pictures on the wall.  I do have to admit, though, my wall is slightly demolished.  I used some pretty big nails and I’m going to have to do some filling in of the holes before this project is complete… although… it’s not like anyone can REALLY see those nail holes from a few feet away.  I vote: sit now, spackle later.

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A photoshopped gallery wall, so, as to minimize Hulk nature.

 

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It’s Getting Hot In Here

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Sexy, amiright?

I feel like before I even write anything else on this blog, I need to let y’all know (Beth, you already know this, and you’re definitely my readership, haha… but to the millions of others who have yet to know who I am and may one day read this…), I’m prego!  I’m pretty sure!  I’ve been to several OB appointments and had a few ultrasounds, so, I’m pretty sure there is a HUMAN GROWING INSIDE ME.  It’s so surreal, I have yet to grasp the situation, though.  My pregnancy experience has been more of: I feel cramped and bloated and OMG I’M GOING TO BE A MOM I HOPE I’M GOOD, rather than the other feeling that I hear about on movies where moms-to-be are all, like: I feel amazing and there is a blessing growing inside me.  I’m aware of what a blessing it is, and am SO grateful everything is going swimmingly, but I fluctuate between forgetting I’m pregnant, thinking it’s pretty cool I’m pregnant, and FREAKING OUT THE BABY WILL COME OUT WHEN IT’S THE SIZE OF MY DOG.  Luckily, the freak out moments last about a minute and I can continue on with my daily life.

Anyways, one of the things I’ve been considering changing is my car.  To a mom car.  You guys.  I love my Mini Cooper.  I love it so much that when I think about trading it in, I start crying.  Ugly crying.  I’ve cried about 3-5 times.  I didn’t expect to feel this way.  Why do I love this car so much? I’ll tell you why.  It was my first big purchase that was 100% me… my style, I guess.  I had only told my husband that I was going to purchase this car, and didn’t consult anyone else.  I barely looked at reliability ratings… and I haven’t had to take it into the shop, yet!  I feel cute in this car, it’s cute.  It’s freaking agile, easy to drive, fits into any parking spot, I know exactly how to drive it, and I’m just so comfortable in it… it’s MY car.  I’m not able to let go yet.  I’m going to keep it a long as possible, and if the day happens to come where I am fed up with bending my 5’9″ frame over to pick up sleeping Baby, then, maybe I’ll be more convinced that I need a new car… a compact SUV to be precise.

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They’re all starting to look the same to me!!! I think this might be a Mighty Mommy Mazda…

So, I’m looking at car lengths of around 170-180 inches long… and since we live in Texas, the beautiful land well known for it’s surface of the sun heat summers, my non-negotiable is: rear air conditioning vents.  I read ONE story online about how a mom’s infant got heat stroke IN TEXAS IN THE SUMMER and had to go to HOSPITAL, and I’m 100% convinced I need these vents… if I get a compact SUV.

Here’s the lineup!  I looked up every single one of these cars on edmunds.com and I think they are the best freaking car website ever in the entire world because if you try to look up this information on the actual car website, you’ll be saddened and frustrated, because it’s not easily available.

 

Compact SUVs with Rear AC Vents:

Ford Escape 2015, 2016

Honda CR-V 2015

Hyundai Tucson 2015, 2016

Jeep Cherokee 2015, 2016

Kia Sportage 2015, 2016

Mitsubishi Outlander 2015, 2016

Nissan Rogue 2014, 2015

Volkswagen Tiguan 2016

 

SUVs that do NOT have rear AC vents:

Chevy Equinox 2015, 2016

GMC Terrain 2015

Honda CR-V 2014

Mazda CX-5 2015, 2016

Subaru Forester 2015, 2016

Toyota RAV4 2015

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I see these Honda CR-V’s EVERYWHERE. Is that a sign?! I need to consult my psychic.

If you’re feeling like you can drop 10, 20, 30, 0r 40,000 more dollars on this purchase, then here is list you might want to consider… but after looking through all the luxury lines, I feel pretty confident saying that if you get a luxury SUV, it’s most likely going to have rear ventilation… I didn’t even have to make a list of the ones without it.

 

Luxury Compact SUVs with Rear AC Vents:

Acura RDX 2016

Audi Q5 2015, 2016

BMW X3 2015, 2016

Buick Encore 2015

Infiniti QX50 2015

Land Rover Discovery Sport 2015

Lexus RX 350 2015

Lexus RX 450h 2015

Lincoln MKC 2015, 2016

Mercedes-Benz GLK 2015

Porche Macan 2016

Volvo XC60 2016

 

I think it’s also good to note that Nissan Rogue’s air vents may be weak (as per a review on edmunds):  http://www.edmunds.com/nissan/rogue/2014/long-term-road-test/2014-nissan-rogue-rear-vents-revisited.html

Happy shopping!  I’ll let you know either how life with baby is in a Mini Cooper or if we end up getting more vehicular real estate.

(Photos taken by me with my iPhone.)

Beth - August 27, 2015 - 1:04 am

OMG, you are so cute! I love love LOVE your mini-Cooper, too! I just want to tickle those cars underneath their chins THEY ARE SO CUTE. I’m pretty sure that *one day* I will actually own one but for now, I need to keep driving my Golf b/c it’s never let me down and I’d feel like such an ingrate-traitor if I traded it in. It’s my little Rock-Steady. (Thank you, Gwen Stefani.) It’s like a little puppy, my Golf.

NOW! If it makes you feel any better, the biggest car we got was a Toyota Matrix, and we only got that because A) I had an extended brain-fart, B) Rhys’ car seat became too heavy when bending over to pull him out of my VW Beetle, but ONLY when I was 9 months pregnant with Piper, and C) (per Julie), I’d never driven a mini-van. I don’t even think I kept that Matrix a year, it was such a stupid car. BUT YOU MUST PROMISE ME ONE THING, LAURA! YOU WILL ONLY PURCHASE A CAR THAT YOU **HAVE TO HAVE!!!*** THAT YOU WILL DIE WITHOUT!!! I’M SAYING YOU WILL KEEL FUCKING OVER WITHOUT IT!!! Otherwise, you’ll live your life with regret and that’ll really screw with your chakras.

Yeah, you def don’t want your mini-you to get heat stroke. OMG, that was my biggest fear: killing my kid by forgetting about him/her/them in the car when it’s 200 deg outside. They can be easy to forget if your mind wanders and they fall asleep. I always kept my purse in the backseat so that I wouldn’t go anywhere without opening the backdoor and thus, seeing my kid. Probably just being paranoid you’ll forget about your kid will cause you enough anxiety that it’ll never happen. God forbid. Just maybe don’t turn your motor off, like ever. I think they do that in Alaska, but for different reasons.

Anyway, you’re going to be a freaking awesome mom and your family will be the coolest. Can’t wait to see the baby yoga pics! xoxo

laur7179 - August 27, 2015 - 12:27 pm

You are an inspiration, seriously! I love your die hard loyalism to the golf! It deserves your love, especially since it’s never let you down! My Mini is the same *crosses fingers.* Why would I punish it by giving it away for something I don’t really like. Plus, why mess up my chakras when I’ve been working so hard to keep them balanced!!!??? I’m not about to let all that hard work just go down the chakra drain. Also, lol about the Matrix. Poor thing, it seems it never had a chance.

I really like your tip about leaving the purse in the back so as not to forget the nugget. I’m pretty sure I can muster enough anxiety to keep my mom alert on red level/high while I leave the house for a hot two seconds. Thanks for the props lady, I can only hope to be as cool as your family! ***sings: you’re my inspiration***

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