My whole life I always heard that my brothers and I were the reason we couldn’t have nice things. Harsh right?
I didn’t understand how my parents could possibly make this statement until I had children of my own. I get it, mom, I get it.
Kids are messy. So, so messy! I was totally prepared for poop and throw up. What I wasn’t prepared for was the long-lasting lipstick that stained my whole bathroom. Or the purple glitter nail polish that covers several tiles in my bedroom. Or the chocolate syrup design in the carpet of my daughters’ bedroom.
Kids are sneaky. Obviously. I don’t just leave my kids unattended on a regular yet they somehow always find a way to destroy something. We sat down to dinner a few nights ago and I noticed a green marker mural down one wall in the dining room. I still don’t know when it happened!
My husband and I now have a silent look that we give each other that clearly says “this is why we can’t have nice things.” We try really hard not to get angry with messes because we know that our kids are inquisitive and creative. We are also not materialistic. There aren’t many things in my house that I would get genuinely upset over.
My husband and I still want to create a happy, harmonious home for the kids and adults that live there. Our goal is to have a design that accommodates all of us. Really, we are just trying to find a happy medium between the Pottery Barn Catalog and having half of Toys-R-Us in our living room.
How does this translate into design?
When we are picking pieces for our home we look for quality and functionality and safety.
We look for items that are not going to fall apart. By fall apart I mean these items need to be able to be used and abused by my kids and still hold up.
Time is not something that I am willing to waste as a SAHM. I would much rather buy something ONCE instead of having to replace a lesser version over and over.
We also really care where our things are coming from. We are so much more likely to buy something handmade over mass-produced. We love artisan pieces and love when we feel like our design has a story behind it.
Because we have a home with two wild little girls we cant have things that are just pretty. Even if its something for my husband’s office we still consider its functionally not just for his office space but for the whole house.
I might love the idea of a white sofa in my living room but that’s not really the best idea in a house with little girls. Were we to purchase a white sofa I would never allow anyone on it and thus we would lose the functionality of what should be a family gathering place.
When you have a child with cancer you learn way too many things. Too many things about the toxins in your food. Toxins in your makeup and shampoos. Toxins in your cleaning supplies. Even toxins in your clothing, mattresses, carpets and upholstered furniture.
Now I am not the type of mom who’s going to shame you for not being as crazy informed as I am. I just feel my job is to make you informed and then let you decide for yourself.
Always, always, always check things out before you buy them. Getting ready to purchase a new mattress? Check out all the bad stuff that is put into a conventional mattress! It’s scary! Totally not something I would want my kids sleeping on! The good news is that you have choices.
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I was recently introduced to a line of not scary rugs from a company called LORENA CANALS RUGS. I am now totally obsessed with everything they offer!
They have the cutest 100% cotton, handmade rugs and get ready for it… they are machine washable! Yes! Machine Washable! I grabbed one of the bigger rugs and while it’s so plush and soft it’s also perfectly capable of fitting into my washer.
Why do I think this is so important?
Let me paint you a picture. Sure you are vacuuming your rug but how clean do you really think its getting? Rugs can hold onto, mold, mildew and dust mites. Think about all the things you track in on your shoes. Germs, poop, pesticides. And then your kids sit and play with their toys in this space. Yuck!
On top of all that, if you have a chocolate syrup accident you can just toss the rug in the wash! No big deal! If my parents had this option all those years ago I might not have heard the “we can’t have nice things” line so often.
Another bonus is the quality. Lorena Canals Rugs are created with all natural dyes, are eco-friendly and contain no VOCs. VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds. When you unroll and a new rug and get that “new” smell, its probably making you sick.
I’m over cancer, I have no interest in going through that again and if that means I research every single thing I bring into my house then at least I can sleep easy at night. If you don’t want to spend all that time, just trust me and grab your next rug from Lorena Canals Rugs. Functional, beautiful, safe and handmade from the highest quality materials.
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