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2014 August 21
by Katie

Scrap wood happens.  And for us…usually that means that the boys have some splinter-covered building blocks fo fahree!

Mom of the year award :)

But this time, we took a bunch of our scrap wood and decided to make a towel hook for the boys bathroom sink area.  It doesn’t match the existing walls (because the sink area is florescent pink and tan trim) but it gives me an idea of where I want to take this space.  And it’s functional.  Three cheers for hand towels hanging on a hook instead of being tossed on the floor in front of the toilet!  Just say no to the splash zone!

Ok, so this whole idea was born from the need for a towel hook…but I didn’t want to spend more than $10.  That’s tough these days.  I mean a Baconator burger meal costs that much.  Trust me…I know.

So I found these little hooks from the home improvement store for $1.46 each.  I got five of them and decided to use the rest of the supplies I had at home.  It required five hooks, five scraps of 1x6s at various lengths, Rustoleum oil-based paint in Smoke Gray (usually this is for metal but you can get a slick gray wash finish with this), paper towels, a kreg jig mini and screws, and a foam brush.

I think you understand what we need to do first.  Let me give you a clue…

After that incredible DIY feat, I lined up all my pieces where I wanted them to join together.  I wanted this to be fairly balanced.  Then I marked with lines where they overlapped and numbered each piece.

See where those red dots are?  That’s the line up marks.  And the numbers are circled in blue.  The white arrows are where I planned for the Kreg Jig screws.

I am really getting the hang of the Kreg Jig mini.  It’s not hard.  It is really just a guide so that you can predrill with a special drill bit and then screw in the screws with a special screwdriver head.  I don’t have any experience with the big Kreg Jig so don’t ask me those questions…I will just make up an answer :)

After the pieces were all drilled and screwed together, this is what it looked like.  Then I used the foam brush to apply one coat of the paint all over and wiped the excess off.  Then I just attached the hooks in the center of each board.

After a little dry time, I staged it in the guest room so that you can see it and keep your retinas.  Trust me – the pink bathroom scorches eyeballs.

It’s cute though right?!  And very easy to make.  I think I might even make a couple as gifts…it would be great for an entire wall in a mud room or laundry room.  In fact, I might even do this in the garage because we always have creek-wet clothes and muddy socks to hang.

p.s.  I added a pin-it button on each photo!  It only took me 72 hours of coding to figure it out but now photos are really easy to add to any Pinterest board.  Just scroll over any picture and a pin-it button will appear in the lower right hand corner.  Click it and pin away!



2014 August 19
by Katie

We got our toes in the sand party people!

As we speak (um…type/read) the Bower crew are sea-salt-smellin’ sand-dusting sunscreen-sprayin’ shade-wearin’ fish-eatin’ fools.  That’s right.  We made it finally to the beach!

Many of you probably thought we were going back to Destin.  It’s our favorite spot on the gulf and we hit it up several times in the past couple years.  This time we went to party central – Panama City.  Yes, Jeremy and I feel like we are 21 again on spring break…except now we haul 126 beach toys, swim diapers and wear momkinis - ya know…kinda like a bikini but much more fabric all over and milk stains (Jer rocks it).  We still get to experience screaming in the streets, sleepless nights and cleaning up vomit…so not that much has changed :)

Our drive down went great – one stop for lunch and one gas stop (where the boys got to pick out a piece of candy) and THAT WAS IT!  The presents distracted them great between Curious George/Veggie Tales movies and the favorite gifts were definitely the shark hoodies (both boys laid them on their laps and didn’t want to move them).

And as soon as we got unloaded, we took them down to the beach….

Look familiar?  Throw back to Destin two years ago and our little man still charges the ocean like he did back then…

We also did a little throwback with this photo….

That was LJ two days ago…and this is Will in August of 2010 at the same age…

Just in case you forget what he looks like now…here he is doing his thang in the sand.  He LOVES the beach.  And please don’t strain your voice – I know the photos in this post can cause excessive aww-ing.

Weston at first wasn’t too sure.  Rip currents, jellyfish stings and shark bites don’t happen to everyone Weston.  Geesh…overdramatic much :)

Once he warmed up to it, it was time to find buried treasure…

Also another throwback…last year at Gulf Shores…same pose, less slobber…

Overall, we are all really excited to be here.  We have a few REALLY big exciting things happening when we get back home so we are trying to soak in as much rest, fun and family as we can.  And I will definitely do a recap post once we get home.  Hopefully we will have lots of adventures to tell you about :)

And photoshoots.  HEAVENS.  Mama needs her photoshoots.  I have already seen two sunrises and squeezed in two little shoots with this babe of blue-eyed beachy deliciousness…

Of course…another throwback…to Will in the same outfit….because dude….it’s babies.  on the beach.

Just make sure you sit down somewhere away from sharp objects before you pass out from the cuteness.  Because eyebrowless babies in sand are the best.

If you want to follow along with our beach adventures and get sneak peeks at what we are up to….we are excessively instagramming.  Follow us @bowerpowerblog and be with us as we explore the Redneck Riviera!