Room Inspiration – Transitioning From Baby Boy To Toddler

Gender Neutral Nursery Tree Boy Kids Room

Now that baby John is officially a toddler, it’s time to update his room. We were in major transition last year when he was born – we sold our first home together when I was 9 months pregnant, moved into a rental, had a baby 3 weeks later, built a home while in the rental, and then moved again into that dream home all within a year – so I did what I could for his space. While in the rental, the focus on John’s nursery was things that could be transported to the new home, rather than well designed spaces. I did pick up a few framed art pieces, a really nice convertible dresser changing table, a rug that just didn’t work well for us over carpet, and a few other small details. The room was also gender neutral with a celery, coral, and yellow color palette, since we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl.

John is now a year and a half and quickly morphing into a little boy. The opportunity for him to have the cutest nursery ever has now passed and I’d like to design a room that will grow with him. I still need to focus on child proofing {he is into EVERYTHING}, but we are past the ultra cute baby details and can focus on well design spaces for a little boy, perhaps a reading/art corner and fun storage areas for toys.

The style I’m going for is a “whimsical meets rustic” boy room! I’m not necessarily sold on a theme, like airplanes or safari, but I do love the idea of the room looking slightly tree-house, like the pic above via I’d love interesting, well designed areas, that make use of vertical wall space for his artwork and books. Maybe even a little reading corner where the book shelves are off the ground leaving room for a little table or chair.

Style {Maybe A Theme?} and Color Palette Inspiration

Boy Room Vintage Airplanes Artwork

I love the color palette and vintage art work repeated in a gallery wall of frames. – image via

Forest Boy Room

This forest themed nursery is adorable. I love the neutral color palette, although I’d love something that works more with shades of tan than gray. – image via

Boy Room Surf Shack

I’m crazy about this little surf shack room from Pottery Barn. Maybe this is the way to go with my theme. John is way too young for a bed and childproofing is key, but maybe I can borrow from this style and have his room morph into this over time as he gets older.

Boy Room World Map

I’m loving the color palette of this room, also from Pottery Barn. We’d be working with a crib, of course, but the style is great! I also like the map mural and the dinosaurs.

Stylish Spaces Inspiration

Kids Room Reading Corner Table Chairs Artwork

I like the idea of an art or reading space. I like that the artwork is hung from a line and that it’s all off the floor enough so that a table and chairs can fit into the corner. John does a ton of artwork at daycare, so it would be fun to display it in an interesting way. – image via

Kid Room Bookshelves Reading Corner Table Chairs

I love the bookshelves. They don’t stick out too much, which is great for conserving as much space in the room as possible, and they are off the ground… John shreds books, so it’s still a monitored situation or cardboard books only lol. I love the corner table and chairs set (not necessarily the color) – image via

Chalkboard Wall Table Chairs Artwork

I’m crazy about this little space. I love that the corner seems built in with the framing, but although I LOVE the chalkboard wall, I’m not sure how I’d work that side in since my interest is on books and artwork. The artwork side is great! – image via

Kids Reading Corner Rocking Chair

This is adorable! I love the rug that defines the space. John already has a little rocking chair that could fit into the corner, unless I was going for a table and chairs set. – image via

Boy Kids Room Tee Pee

I’m loving the teepee trend in boys’ rooms! Somehow the designer of this room made so many different spaces work without it feeling cluttered. I don’t know that I can fit in a teepee and a reading nook, but this is super adorable. John is probably a bit too young for it too. – image via

Kids Room Reading Storage Corner

I love this space, but I don’t know if it would work for us. The corner storage would probably take up too much room and not allow for a table and chairs or a rocking chair. I LOVE the look of this, but maybe storage cubbies are best in the closet area. – image via

Chalkboard Wall TeePee Bookshelves

Here’s another fun space that features bookshelves, a teepee, and a chalkboard wall. So cute! – image via

Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Popsicles

Cocktail Popsicles - Blueberry Champagne Popsicle Recipe

What do you get when Boozey Tuesdays lands on National Blueberry Popsicle Day (yes, it’s a real thing lol)??? Blueberry Champagne Popsicles, of course lol. I can’t believe I’m actually getting into these silly little “holidays”. Besides National Dog Day, I really only care about the foodie days because they’re just plain ol fun inspiration. It’s the reason I got to devour S’mores Dip and these Blueberry Champagne Popsicles all in one week, so I’ll take it!

This was my first attempt at making my own popsicles. I’m sure I’ll put this popsicle maker that I picked up at World Market to good use over the years when John is old enough (the non-adult version for him, of course). I just love the idea of making my own popsicles using fresh ingredients, and it couldn’t be any easier! For this recipe, I just smashed a few blueberries mixed with champagne and blueberry juice for a super delicious and easy cocktail popsicle. I think this would also be amazing with your favorite red wine, sangria on a stick anyone?

Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Popsicles

Yield: 10 Blueberry Champagne Popsicles

Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Popsicles


  • 2 cups champagne
  • 3 cups blueberry juice
  • 1 cup lightly smashed blueberries


  1. Mix all ingredients in a small pitcher. Fill each popsicle mold "almost" to the top. If the mold it too full, it will overflow as the ice starts to expand. Place the top over the molds and insert the popsicle sticks. Place in freezer on a small cookie tray to catch any overflow and allow to freeze for 5-6 hours. Enjoy!

Cocktail Popsicles - Blueberry Champagne Popsicle Recipe

Cocktail Popsicles - Blueberry Champagne Popsicle Recipe

Cocktail Popsicles - Blueberry Champagne Popsicle Recipe

Cocktail Popsicles - Blueberry Champagne Popsicle Recipe

Win This! Zoya Entice Collection Giveaway

I just entered to win the newly released Zoya Entice Fall 2014 collection at #zoya #nailpolish #zoyaentice #giveaway

Happy Manicure Mondays on a Tuesday! I hope you all had an amazing Labor Day weekend! I chased after my boy for three days straight, which is the best job ever and yet SO SO exhausting lol.

Today, I have another fun giveaway for you all, Zoya’s just released Entice collection! Zoya’s new Entice collection creates a palette of lush, deep hues including wines, browns, navy and gray. One lucky reader will win this entire collection, and check back soon… I’ll be giving away Zoya’s Ignite collection as well!

Please see my other two giveaways ending today – Zoya Naturel Deux “Instagram” Giveaway and Julep Summer’s {Almost} In The Bag Giveaway!


Zoya Claire is a warm, rich burgundy with a beautiful, full-coverage cream finish.


Zoya Genevieve is a cool leather grey in a beautiful full-coverage cream formula.


Zoya Margo is a modern red plum in a beautiful, full-coverage cream formula.


Zoya Nyssa is a milk chocolate brown in the beautiful, full-coverage cream formula.


Zoya Ryan is a classic indigo in a beautiful cream formula, originally released during NYFW for Timo Weiland’s AW14 Collection.


Zoya Veronica is a full-coverage deep red wine.

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya Entice fall 2014 nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. There are no mandatory entries this time; however, some options are worth more entries than others (ex. liking my Facebook page = 10 entries), US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on September 16th.

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National Toasted Marshmallow Day – S’mores Dip


Happy Toasted Marshmallow Day eve!!! HA! Do I really need a reason to celebrate the toasted marshmallow? This actually seems like it should be a fall holiday, but since I’m going with a s’mores theme, I’ll take it any day of the year! I knew I wanted to do something today to inspire you all for “the big day tomorrow”, so I thought it was time to give the s’mores dip phenomenon a try! It couldn’t be easier, or more delicious!

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

National Toasted Marshmallow Day


  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups marshmallows (I used mini marshmallows)
  • Honey Graham Crackers


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill bottom of a small cast iron skillet, or small baking dish of your choice, with chocolate chips. Layer the marshmallows over the chocolate chips and bake until marshmallows are golden brown. Allow the dish to cool for a few minutes and then serve with graham crackers while warm and gooey! Enjoy!

National Toasted Marshmallow Day - S'mores Dip

National Toasted Marshmallow Day - S'mores Dip

National Toasted Marshmallow Day - S'mores Dip

Nail Polish Storage and More Fun Organizers

Clear Nail Polish Storage Drawers

We moved into our new house a few months ago and it is VERY lived in already! In addition to trying to keep up with our everyday messes, we’ve also had company non-stop, so it’s been a challenge to keep things clean. Organization is a must right now! If we can keep things clean and functional, unlike our old place which was working against us in every way possible, then hopefully that will lead to more time for the other things we’d like to do around the house, like getting out of a couple more boxes, hanging artwork, and eventually a redesigned room for John.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you may remember a post I did on nail polish storage (updated pic above in my office bookcase). In fact, you may have discovered my blog from that post because it went viral at Pinterest and StumbleUpon and is almost always at the top of my trending list in my sidebar. I found the clear shoe drawers at, so we thought it would be fun to team up and feature a few more of their must-have organizers.

Bamboo Expandable Flatware Drawer Organizer

I found three bamboo drawer organizers, including this expandable bamboo flatware organizer, and I love the way they coordinately with each other, and they look great in our new drawers. We had a white plastic flatware organizer before that had seen better days.

Bamboo Drawer Knife Block Organizer

If you have a knife block that sits on your countertop, you need to take a good look at the top and backside of it. I was mortified when we moved to realize how much dust the countertop knife blocks collect and I had no idea that a drawer knife block was even an option. This is one of my favorite finds at Organize-It!

Bamboo Drawer Divider Expandable Organizer

This is another one of my favorite finds. These bamboo expandable drawer dividers are perfect for separating your drawer clutter into organized spaces. Two come in a pack so you can either divide one drawer into thirds, or a couple of drawers into halves. They are super spring loaded so they stay in place very well!

Baby Food Clear Plastic Divided Cabinet Organizer - Perfect For Squeeze Pouches

Baby John, or shall I say toddler John these days, has his own cabinet at our new place that houses all of his squeeze pouches, bowls, and utensils. The cabinet is a little high for me, and his pouches don’t really like to stand up on their own, so this clear plastic cabinet shelf organizer and Pullz cabinet shelf organizer, both divided, are perfect for keeping his snacks organized and easily accessible.

Herb Scissors

Obviously these herb scissors have nothing to do with organization, but they’ve been on my Organize-It wishlist, so they were nice enough to send me a pair. These scissors cut herbs in no time, and the little strips of basil were perfect for topping a pizza. Run through the herbs once more for a finer cut. The blade cover provides safe storage and doubles as a tool for cleaning excess herbs from the blades.

Chrome Closet Scarf Hanger Organizer - Also For Ties And Belts

This scarf organizer, also perfect for ties or belts, is WAY better than my DIY Scarf Organizer (yes, even I can give myself a bad review lol). The scarf organizer that I put together stacked the scarves so that most were hidden under another scarf and the cute little shower curtain rings I used were brutal on the fabric. This chrome hanger keeps all of my scarves side by side so that I can find the scarf I’m looking for so easily. There are also hooks on the opposite side for storing 14 scarves total.

Closet Baby Clothes Dividers Organizer

Every time I’d go to a department store, I was tempted to ask them if I could purchase some of their clothes rack dividers for keeping John’s baby clothes organized in his closet. Who knew that these adorable little baby clothes divider organizers were an option? I’ll get good use out of the 18 month and up dividers, and hopefully we can use them all if/when we have another little kiddo :)

Wall Fabric Slack Hangers

I picked up a few slack hangers for hanging my food styling linens. This helps me see exactly what I have to work with, and keeps them wrinkle free since I’m no longer stuffing them in drawers. I hope to fill the opposite wall with my growing collection since I feel like it actually dresses the wall up, in an “art for food photographers” kind of way lol. You can also do this if you are a collector of fabric or scrap booking paper. I hope to dedicate this entire corner to my food photography by adding a cabinet for all of my bowls, plates, utensils, and drinking glasses.

Do you have any organizational tips you can share with all of us? Do you have any organizers that you use in a way other than their intended purpose, like my slack organizers? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much to Organize-It for sending me these amazing products. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

Boozey Tuesdays – Rosemary Gin Fizz

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Let’s just go ahead and add this Rosemary Gin Fizz to the top of my summer cocktail favs list! Wow, this was good! I usually work on my blog pics over the weekend, you know, a little Boozey Tuesdays R&D, but as I write this I’m so tempted to make myself another lol! The lemon and honey was such a nice addition to the mix of gin, soda water, and rosemary. I love a drink that looks interesting and is super refreshing!

Boozey Tuesdays – Rosemary Gin Fizz

Yield: 1 Rosemary Gin Fizz

Boozey Tuesdays – Rosemary Gin Fizz


  • 1 three-inch sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3 ounces club soda


  1. In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice and honey.
  2. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the gin and top with club soda.
  3. Give it a little swirl with a spoon. That's it!


What are you sipping on this summer? Anything interesting you’d like to share?

rosemary gin fizz recipe – slightly adapted from

Zoya Naturel Deux “Instagram” Giveaway


Well, I goofed up and now I’m making up for it. Sometimes there’s just so many details that go into a giveaway, that if you miss one, it changes everything! Luckily, it changes in your favor because I’m giving away a second Zoya Naturel Duex (2) collection!

One of the entries for my Zoya Naturel Deux giveaway is to share the image above at Instagram. Well, I forgot to add a step in the image to go to my site and enter the Instagram’s url in the Rafflecopter. SOOOOOO for all the people that saw the pic at Instagram only and regrammed, I’m giving away another collection for you all! I had two choices – I could either record every Instagram entry into the Rafflecopter myself to make up for my flub, or just give away another set for the regrams, giving everyone another chance to win which is a way more fun option!

  1. If you regramed AND entered your URL at my previous giveaway that ends tomorrow, then you have a chance to win both separate givewaways.
  2. If you entered by regramming the pic above at Instram and never knew to record your entry in my Rafflecopter, then you have a chance for the second “Instagram only” giveaway collection (no recording necessary, I will simply select an Instagram pic entry at random).

How To Win

One lucky reader will win the entire Zoya Natural Deux (2) nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions below to enter. US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on September 2nd.

Follow @FabFatale at Instagram and regram this pic with the following caption, “I just entered to win the newly released @zoyanailpolish Naturel Deux (2) giveaway and you can too! 1. Follow @FabFatale 2. Regram this pic 3. Hashtag #FabZoyaGiveaway #zoya #zoyanaturel”