Twin Nursery Reveal

Here’s a peek into my fraternal boys’ twin nursery!

We kept to a tight budget, with great furniture from IKEA and a lot of DIY.  The nursery room isn’t large, but it’s a decent size for twins.

My husband painted the nursery gray and we (okay, okay, HE) added navy blue stripes to the wall with the cribs.

Here’s a panorama shot of the twin nursery:

Twin Nursery

Please excuse the slightly wavy lines!  It’s kind of hard to panorama an entire room.

Twin Nursery

Notice the gray blur on the wall?  Those are amazing decals we had made of each boy’s name, which are secrets until their birth.  I’ll trade out these photos for the ones with their names after I give birth.

Cribs are from IKEA and are amazing because they have two drawers underneath each one.  This saves us from having to buy a crib skirt and also provides us with some extra storage.  The mobiles and whale painting were splurges from Buy Buy Baby, but they matched too perfectly to pass up.

Twin Nursery

Twin Nursery

Because the closet in this room is smaller than most people’s refrigerators, I added some hooks to the left of the window.  Right now, I have hung a few toys and teethers, but these silver command hooks will work well for the boys’ hats, or whatever else they have that can be hung!

Twin Nursery

I fell in love with these unpainted wooden letters from Etsy, and with the help of my sister and mother, we painted, washi taped, and decorated the alphabet.  Then I hung them using the easiest Command 3M Picture Hangers.

The glider is from Target, and so are the curtains and valance.

Twin Nursery

These dressers are from IKEA and came with “adult-looking” metal knobs.  I purchased some plain wooden knobs from Amazon and painted them blue with yellow dots or yellow with blue dots.  I think it spruces up the dressers well, and makes them a little more kid-friendly.

Instead of a changing table, we’re using one of the wooden dressers.  The other dresser is acting as a bookshelf for board books.  Above the changing table is a pegboard which acts both as a diaper changing storage area and a gallery wall.  The empty space on the left is for newborn photos.

Twin NurseryThis nursery pegboard was a DIY, made from a white pegboard from Lowes, cut to size.  My husband hung it using a pegboard kit from Ace Hardware.  The baskets holding the diapers and wipes are from IKEA.  Pegboard hooks are also from Ace.  I used clothespins and twist ties to make the two “picture areas” (one holding a photo and the other holding their baby shower invite) and this makes it very easy to change the images.

The small whales are from Michaels and crafted with washi tape.  The bowties are just tiny pieces of fabric, created using an online tutorial and some hot glue.  The bucket was in Target’s dollar section, spray painted white, and washi taped.  The framed whale is made from a wooden frame, fabric, and felt from Hobby Lobby.


Our goal was to create a nursery suitable for babies but that also have the capability to grow with the boys as they get a little older.  The pegboard can be completely redone, the alphabet taken down, and the dressers can easily be painted.

Now, all we need to add are the twins!



Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.

From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the fascinating story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II.

I mean, that hooks me right there.  I’m a sucker for Jewish lit/nonfiction and Holocaust books as well, especially non-traditional ones, like where it’s about something lesser known, like the resistance in France.

Here’s another piece to the description:

High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lie tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, Freemasons, communists, and, above all, Jews, many of them orphans whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. There were no informers, no denunciations, and no one broke ranks. During raids, the children would hide in the woods, their packs on their backs, waiting to hear the farmers’ song that told them it was safe to return. After the war, Le Chambon became one of only two places in the world to be honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among Nations.

Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead is reminiscent of another book I read by her, Train in Winter, and 50 Children by Steven Pressman.  The story is a historically heavy nonfictional account of the Nazi resistance in France, specifically by a small mountain town.

While I enjoyed reading Village of Secrets, I found that because of the heavy historical aspect, I couldn’t fully get into the story.  However, this is not a Village of Secrets issue.  I always have a tough time with storyline when a book is very heavy-handed on the historical aspects.  Many dates, names, etc, usually confuse me more than they help me with the story.  So if historically heavy reads do not scare you, then this is a great book to pick up.  It tells a lesser-known story of some amazing people doing the right thing.

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Some cats that make dogs’ lives a little tougher

Pet lovers unite!

Whether you’re a fan of dogs or cats, check out some of my favorite YouTube videos of cats who makes dogs’ lives a little bit tougher for them.

Cats who steal dogs’ beds.  What could be funnier and cuter?

Allison @ The Book Wheel introduced me to this one.  These dogs are just terrified of walking past the cats they live with. . . and many of them have good reason since those cats like to swipe!

Okay, so no cats in this one, but two dogs totally sell out the one dog who made a mess!

Just FYI, I’m a dog person.  You?


Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell

Closed Doors via Love at First BookI received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Woo hoo for Lisa O’Donnell.  Not only did I love her novel, The Death of Bees, (that I was able to read also thanks to TLC Book Tours!), but her newest novel, Closed Doors rocked my socks off again!

Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell is told by eleven-year-old Michael Murray.  He lives with his family in a small town, and his life is rocked when his mother encounters a “flasher” in the park.

When no one speaks up, the secret affects Michael’s life greatly. . . but even worse, since no one spoke up, the “flasher” is still on the loose. . . and unfortunately he’s a little more evil than someone just showing his stuff.  As other women are affected by this terrible man, Michael’s family has to decide what to do: continue to keep a secret or speak up so a bad person can be punished.

O’Donnell has a gift for being able to speak in a preteen’s voice with sincerity and a realistic quality.  The storyline is deep, and comes through both seriously and through the eyes of a child.

Not only do I highly recommend that you pick up both The Death of Bees and Closed Doors, but I also suggest that you put Lisa O’Donnell on your watch list – as an author to make sure you take note of.

Closed Doors via Love at First Book & TLC Book Tours

Have you read anything written by an adult, for adults, but told through the eyes of a child or teen?


Map Thievery? Apparently So!

The Map Thief via Love at First Book

Photo Credit: Goodreads

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

The Map Thief by Michael Blanding tell the story of E. Forbes Smiley, a real-life rare map thief.

The Map Thief tells two stories: One of rare maps and their history, and one of Smiley and his profession as a rare map dealer.

At first, some of the historical background of the maps kind of lost me.  Smiley’s sections were addicting, and I couldn’t wait to read more.  After getting enough background, though, the historical pieces seemed to minimize, and became much more interesting to me.

Personally, I’m not a history buff.  I love historical fiction/nonfiction, but I get bogged down by the details and dates.  But the book was much more enjoyable after the first few chunks of history were thrown down.

If you’re a history buff or if you love maps, The Map Thief will captivate you!

Do you have a map in your house?  Are you a map person?