DIY Scarf to No Sew Pillow Cover

It's been a really long year, and I can't believe that it's almost June, and we're almost half way through. This year has been stressful, intense, heavy and just plain hard with Jacob being sick for most of it.  I am so glad that he is finally starting to feel better and it feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off of my shoulders.  It is so hard to focus on anything else when your child is sick.  Of course, I am still so behind on just EVERYTHING.  I'm really looking forward to just relaxing, enjoying life and spending some time on more frivolous things, like throw pillows, which is what this post is really all about!

I was inspired by the pink roses in our back yard and thought that pink would look good with the new blue and white John Robshaw pillows that I splurged on awhile back on Etsy.  Plus, you know how I love to change the pillows on my couches every five minutes.

So, let me show you how easy it was to turn a favorite scarf into a no sew pillow cover.

I spread my scarf out on the floor and centered the pillow on it.
I folded over the short sides.

I picked up the long ends and...
tied it into a knot.
 I spread open the ends so that I could tuck them under the fabric on the sides.
I wasn't sure how it would hold together, but we've been using it like a regular pillow and it hasn't come apart.  I think your home should make you happy, and the cheerful color combo of pink, gray, blue and white really lifts my spirits.  
Have you done any easy DIY projects lately?  I'd love to hear what you've been up to.

Thanks for dropping by today!

No one ever said life was going to be fair

I can't tell you how many times I've said that to my kids.  Usually after they would complain about something being, "Not fair!"  Of course, as a grown up, you know that life isn't fair.  You know that along with all the good things in life, there will be bad.  That life is, essentially, a series of ups and downs.  Good and bad.  Yin and yang.

As a parent, you expect that your kids will experience disappointments in life.  That they won't get picked for that sports team, that their friend won't invite them to their birthday party, that they won't get the exact Lego set they wanted for Christmas, or that they can't watch Agents of Shield because they didn't get their homework done.  You know that all of these things are lessons in disappointment that will toughen them up a little bit, prepare them for life and for bigger, harder disappointments down the road.  You know that these small lessons in disappointment will teach them that even though sometimes bad things happen, and they won't always get what they want, that they'll get through it.  You know that they'll be okay, and probably better off, because these lessons will teach them to be resilient.

As a parent, you also expect that your kids will get sick sometimes.  You expect the strep throat, flu, tummy aches, colds, and the occasional headache.  You know that with a little TLC, they'll get better in a few days.  You know that you can take them to the doctor, they'll get a prescription for whatever ails them, and then they'll get better.  You don't expect that one of them, who's always been the picture of health, will get an autoimmune disease that will turn your families' life upside down. It is something that there is no cure for but can only be managed through drastic lifestyle changes.  But, that is what happened to my son.

I'm sure you've heard the expression, "Life can change on a dime."  That is exactly what happened to us when my son came home from school on January 12th with a headache.  None of the doctors he saw could figure out what was wrong with him.  As a parent, there is no more desperate or hopeless feeling in the world than seeing your child sick, growing worse by the day, and not knowing what to do to help him.  I don't even know if I can put those feelings of hopelessness and desperation into words, but I'm going to try.

I know that up until this point, my blog has been primarily about my DIY projects around our house, but I'm also going to be writing about what has happened to Jacob.  I'll be letting you know his diagnosis and the major lifestyle changes that we've had to make because of it.  I will also be writing about how we are trying to manage his autoimmune disease.  Of course, I will still be blogging about my DIY, decorating and crafty projects too because those are things that I love to do.    These past months, while I've been focusing on my son's health, I have managed to get some projects done so, I'll be sharing those with you.  I also have a new blog look and some exciting news coming up!
I felt that this quote best summed up what we have been (and are still) going through.  While I won't pretend to be a religious person, I do consider myself spiritual, and I have been doing a lot of praying for acceptance and strength.  We have had to do so much letting go of what was, which is still very difficult at times.  Mostly, we are trying to "believe in what will be" because while we are still figuring this whole autoimmunity thing out and dealing with the lifestyle changes we've had to make, there have been blessings along the way, and we are optimistic about the future.  Thank you for reading!  I hope that you will continue to follow along.

Worried Sick

It's been one month to the day that my 12-year-old son came home sick from school.  He wasn't getting better so since that time, we have been to the pediatrician's office four times, the urgent care twice and to the ER once.  He has seen five doctors, a PA and a CNP.  He had a CT scan, blood work, an MRI and was referred to a neurologist, but still none of the doctors he saw could figure out what was wrong with him.  He was misdiagnosed three times. So, it was a lot of, "Try this and wait x number of days, then come back if he's still not better."

As I'm sure you can imagine, I have been worried sick, stressed and anxious, and unable to focus on anything else but trying to figure out what was going on with my sweet boy and how to get him the help he needed.

There is no more hopeless feeling in the world than seeing your child sick, and getting worse, and no one can figure out what is wrong with him.

We finally got an accurate diagnosis and he's seen the right specialist.  He's now getting the medication he needs and, hopefully, he's on the road to recovery.  What complicates things is that it's an autoimmune disease.  So, right now, my time and attention are focused on getting him better. 

Rug Pad USA Review

Yay for long weekends!  Hope you had a good one? We had gorgeous spring-like weather and were able to get outside and enjoy it.

But, I am not here today to about the weather, I'm here today to talk rug pads! I know, not the most glamorous or exciting thing in the world to talk about, but if you do think about it, rug pads are like your house's foundation, when it's poor quality, it's a pain and you have issues, but when your house is built on a solid foundation it's sturdy and solid and you just know that you're comfortable and you don't think twice about it. 

While I do love our jute chenile herringbone rug for the warmth and texture it brings to our living room, it's not exactly the most comfy or cushy thing in the world.
We only have one living area, and we do a lot of living in here, including some picnic style dinners on our coffee table while sitting on the floor and watching our favorite TV shows (does anyone know when Agents of Shield comes back on?) or playing board games here.
I've often thought about upgrading the rug pad underneath our carpet to make it more comfortable and inviting, but it was always something that I put on the back burner.  So, I was thrilled when Rug Pad USA contacted me to see if I would do a review of one of their rug pads. 
Rug Pad USA is a rug pad retailer based outside of the greater New York area and they specialize in making higher end, eco-friendly rug pads made right here in the USA. It's important to me to support companies that manufacture products nationally and create jobs. Rug Pad USA offers an alternative product compared to the typical imported pvc rug pad, that can be toxic to your home environment and are what you'll usually find being sold by big box retailers. Of course, like most moms, I'm all about keeping our home toxin free and buying eco-friendly products!  They also offer free shipping and hassle free returns within 30 days of purchase if you're not happy with your rug pad.

When I got our old rug pad, I didn't give it much thought and just bought the least expensive one I could find, primarily to keep the rug from moving around.
our old rug pad

It was super thin rubber and would frequently get bunched up in areas and we could feel the lumps underfoot which was annoying and uncomfortable.  Then, I'd have to move furniture to lift up the rug to try to straighten it out.  No fun!

What I liked about ordering from the Rug Pad USA site was that they make it easy to find exactly what you need, based on your flooring, your carpet, and your price point.  I ordered the Premium-Lock Felt + Rubber Rug Pad because I wanted a rug pad that would hold our rug in place, was eco-friendly, and would also provide a lot of cushion. 
Premium-Lock Felt + Rubber Rug Pad
The Premium-Lock rug pad has a natural rubber back, not synthetic latex, so it will last longer and not disintegrate into dust after a few years. The top of the rug pad is felt and it's designed to grip your rug so that it doesn't shift. I also really appreciate that Rug Pad USA guarantees that their rug pads will never strip, discolor or damage your floor and they come with a 15-20 year guarantee!
We've had the rug pad down for about a week now and there has been no shifting at all. But the thing we love the most about our new rug pad is that our rug is soooo cushy now!  We've had a few rugs in our living room, including some pretty thick wool rugs and the Premium-Lock rug pad gives our jute chenile rug the feel of a cushy wool rug. Our rug is so much more comfortable to walk on and sit on now.  My only regret is that I waited so long to upgrade our rug pad!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a great day!

*Rug Pad USA provided me with the rug pad to review for this post, but all opinions are 100% mine!