Monday, May 27, 2013

Payless Decor - Bamboo Roman Blinds

Awhile back I won a giveaway over on SAS Interiors from Jenna. I won $150 credit to Payless Decor towards Tibet Bamboo Roman Shades. When I submitted my entry for the giveaway I sent in a picture of my living room as needing the new blinds. But when it came down to it and time to order my blinds from Payless Decor I decided to get some blinds for the bedroom. The curtains I had in there to black out the light were extremely heavy and had been hanging for about 5 years, so it was time for a change.

Here is what the windows looked like before the switcheroo! These were so heavy that I never bothered with pulling back the curtain unless I was going to be in there a lot.

Luckily my brother was visiting and was able to help Alan with the uninstall then install of the new shades! Someone has to keep an eye on Miss Adeline, so hard for both of us to work on something together. Please ignore my ugly ugly windows! We need new windows for the whole house, but unless someone wants to give me some serious moola, that ain't happening any time soon! I also realized when I took down the curtains that the window frames need some serious TLC with a coat of fresh paint. Hopefully I can get to this soon!

Adeline decided she would help by taking mommy and daddy's clothes out of the dresser!

Once we had all the blinds installed I thought it looked so beautiful! It was a big change for me and I like the look. I haven't decided yet if I want to get some sort of curtains for the windows as well. Here they are partially open.

Here they are completely closed.

When I ordered my shades I opted for the blackout liner. That was very important to me since hubby and I both like to sleep in when Adeline lets us! Alan also needs it to be dark to sleep well. So these blinds met that need and exceeded it! I was so happy to see how dark these black out shades get the room. My only issue is that when light is coming through the blinds you can see the holes for the cord through the shades. But really, that is what you have to expect.

Other than that I am very happy with these blinds. They were very easy to install and did not take long at all. I plan on ordering some for my daughters room as well. I did the DIY Roman Shades for her room, but didn't use a blackout liner, and they've been up for 2 yrs so time for a change! I will probably get her a lighter color bamboo since her room is so vibrant.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

North Carolina Zoo

A couple weekends ago we decided to have a family weekend getaway! Some of the girls I work with had said that the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC was a great zoo - so we decided to check it out. Hubby had to go check out Bass Pro Shops in Concord first though! So we dropped the pup off with the Grandparents then were on our way to Bass Pro Shops! We spent the night in Concord at The Residence Inn. It was amazing. I highly recommend it, especially if you have kids! It was nice to put Adeline down to sleep in her pack n play (yes we brought our own...) close the door then spend some adult time watching tv and relaxing. In typical hotel room we would have had to go to bed when Adeline did! For the same cost as a regular hotel room we got a miniature apartment!

 Adeline had fun at Bass Pro Shops and Concord Mall then got to run around Bass Pro while we waited for the rain to subside! We ate at Ruby Tuesdays in the mall and we were very disappointed. The staff was very unfriendly and the service was slow - to top it all off the floor was so slick every customer was sliding on the floor! Here is Miss Adeline playing with the magnets at Bass Pro - constantly moving, impossible to get a good pic!

The next morning we got up bright and early and drove 1.5 hrs to the Zoo! Adeline is always such a great passenger. This trip was so easy with her, I'm hoping that continues as she grows older.

First Photo at the Zoo! Adeline has a Giraffe blanket she loves - so this was fitting!
There were lots of great animals at the zoo that Adeline had never seen before. She was in awe of a lot of the animals and had a great time.

Adeline's favorite part of the zoo was the Carousel! I had no idea she would love it so much. Here is a progression of her realizing what it was!

She was so excited!!!

Here she is on the Giraffe! It didn't move, which was great for her first ride. We had hoped she could ride again before we left on a moving animal - but she was asleep when we went back by!

On our way out of the zoo Little Miss fell asleep! She had a big day and did great. I can't wait to take her back in a few months.