Rachel

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Texan homeschooling mama to 7! After 13 years in the North of Scotland, now living in the North of England! :-)

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Opinions, please! 😁 I couldn't find any orange chalk paint locally, so when my son spotted his favourite colour in their range of spray paints I thought, experiment! 😆 Glossy orange drawers in a gray chalk painted frame. 👍 However, working on them yesterday, I couldn't get a perfect finish. Even after 3 coats of spray paint, the tiny holes & cuts in the veneer wouldn't disappear. 😕 I was searching online for chalk paint in a similar colour (at a price!). But then decided to try them in the frame (not yet complete) and see how it looked. I *think* I might love it! 😄 IMO, it almost looks like it was planned - a slightly distressed retro look perhaps? Sooo, is it hideous or does it work? You can be honest - I won't mind.😊 But I might be lazy and keep it like this anyway!! 😂 #upcycled #upcycledfurniture #upcycling #reducereuserecycle #retro #retrofurniture #chestofdrawers #rustoleum #upcycledchestofdrawers #rustoleumchalkpaint #chalkpaint #chalkpaintedfurniture #kidsroomdecor #kidsfurniture #boysbedroom #mamatimeout #mumlife #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #mamalife #motherhoodthroughinstagram
That's better! 😊 Only the first coat done - but purple is gone. 👍 Fergus got very excited when he saw it - "You painted it in my favouite kind of blue!". 💙 And George is still napping.👌I'm tempted to grab a 4th cup of coffee and get a coat of paint on the outer of the chest of drawers. But I probably should be sensible and cook dinner. 😆 #lifewithsevenkids #reallifemotherhood #mumlife #motherhoodunfiltered #boymama #motherhoodunplugged #mamalife  #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mamatimeout #lifewithlittleboys #lifewithboys #motherhood #paintingproject #boysbedroom #childrensbedroom #oldhouselove  #kidsbedroomdecor #oldhouses #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #lovemyoldhouse #alwayscooking #alwaysinthekitchen #mamaneedscoffee
The next stage of sorting out the boys' room - getting rid of the wall of purple! 😁 When we moved in they complained it was too girly. 😂 So I promised them I would paint it a colour of their choosing after we had settled in & the baby was born (we moved when I was 38 wks pg with this guy in the photo). It's ONLY taken me nearly 21 months to finally get round to it! 😆 Oops! Let's hope this George has a nice nap so I can get started. 😉 The chest of drawers needs refreshing too. It belongs to Elijah now - it was his daddy's when he was a child. 💙 E has requested some orange! 😂 We shall see if I can come up with anything better than beat up dark wood. It might end up worse than before. 😜 #boysbedroom #childrensbedroom #oldhouses #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #lovemyoldhouse #oldhouselove #boymama #lifewithsevenkids #lifewithboys #lifewithlittleboys #littleboysarefun #mamatimeout #mamaneedscoffee #mumlife #reallifemotherhood #mamalife #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #paintingproject #motherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram
I'd love a time lapse view of how the petals of the scabiosa emerge from these tightly packed pincushion heads! 😍 They are so pretty. Another variety that's new to me this year. First I got a common/cottage garden variety from Morrison's (pale purple). And then in a lucky dip mix from Thompson & Morgan I got 4 plugs of the "Scoop" variety of these scabiosa. Named after various flavours of ice cream! 😊 Think they were developed for the cut flower industry and have long stems. Anyway, I think they're fab! ❤ #nevertoomanyflowers #scabiosa #scabiosascoop #scoopscabiosa #summerflowers #flowersinbloom #gardeninglife #mymonthontheplot #gardenlife #flowersinstagram #lifeinthegarden #beautyintheordinary #mumlife #beautyintheeveryday #mamalife #gardeningoverhousework #gardeningmama #motherhood  #reallifemotherhood #mygarden #gardeningwithkids #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #mamatimeout #lifewithsevenkids
Despite all the garden & flower photos I post, I've done hardly *any* gardening for a week! 😜 Instead I've spent all spare moments in here - on a mission to drastically reduce the toys and junk in the boys room! Not finished yet, but the floor is visible - does that count?! 😉😂 And despite appearances, we actually cleared a lot out!! The boys sold a number of things - some of their earnings might have been turned into more Lego! 😬😆 But that's not all bad, as it motivated them to get excited about decluttering. We took a large boot load of stuff to the charity shop today! 👍 So, on to the next stage of getting this room sorted - the end is vaguely in sight. 😂 #houseworkneverends #boymama #lifewithsevenkids #lifewithboys #legoeverywhere #legolovers #legoineveryroomofthehouse #mamaneedscoffee #mumlife #motherhoodunfiltered #mamalife #motherhoodunplugged #reallifemotherhood #motherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram
Loving all the sunny yellow flowers appearing in the garden this week! 💛☀🌻 #nevertoomanyflowers #rudbeckia #blackeyedsusan #sunflower #sunflowers #mumlife  #yellowflowers #yellowflower #flowersinstagram #gardenlife #summerflowers #gardeninglife #summeristhebest #mygarden #mymonthontheplot #motherhood #gardeningmama #mamatimeout #gardeningwithkids #mamalife #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #lifewithsevenkids #beautyintheordinary #beautyintheeveryday #motherhoodthroughinstagram
Strawberries from the garden for dessert tonight. 🍓🍓👌 They are SO perfectly sweet. 💕 #gardenlife #gardentotable #strawberries #freshstrawberries #gardeninglife #growingstrawberries #vegpatch #vegplot #mymonthontheplot #growyourownfood #mumlife #organicgardening #mamalife  #organicgardener #motherhood #homegrowntastesbetter #lifewithsevenkids #mamatimeout #gardeningmama  #reallifemotherhood  #gardeningwithkids #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram
The bliss of two sleeping toddlers! 👌💙 I love them tons, but what a treat when you're out on foot with only 2 out of 7 kids and then they both go for a mega sleep! 💤😍 I might just have treated myself to a 20oz bottle of Gatorade. Yes, a bottle of blue poison! 🙈 (Fergus told me it looked "absolutely disgusting!" 😂) But there's something special about things that remind you of home. Not sure I've had one in over 10 years! Anyway, we started out on buses with Fergus on foot. But since they both were asleep, I just walked the 1.3 miles home and skipped the buses. So I'm sure I worked off the sugar water! 😉 #lifewithsevenkids #boymama #lifewithlittleboys #toddlerlife #lifewithtoddlers #threeyearolds #oneyearolds #20monthsold #littleboysarefun #toddlernaps #toddlersarethebest #childhoodunplugged #mumlife #letthembelittle #motherhood #motherhoodunfiltered #mamalife #motherhoodunplugged #mamatimeout #quietmoments #reallifemotherhood #lovetheseboyssomuch #motherhoodthroughinstagram
Who needs screens when you can watch builders?! 😁💙 #boymama #lifewithlittleboys #littleboysarefun #lifewithboys #lifewithsevenkids #childhoodunplugged #mumlife #letthembelittle #mamalife #reallifemotherhood #motherhood #homeschoolingmama #toddlerlife #lifewithtoddlers #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram
Sunshine & flowers! 👌🌻🌸☀ I think this dahlia is the only successful one out of 8-10 tubers I planted. There are a couple of struggling plants but so far only these flowers. The same is not true of my 6 nicotania plants - the continual flowers are amazing. And cut ones last for several weeks inside. I must remember them as a garden staple. 😊 And the sunflowers are about to burst open! 🌻💛 #nevertoomanyflowers #flowersinbloom #summerflowers #flowersinstagram #lovetogarden #mymonthontheplot #gardeninglife #lifeinthegarden #gardeningmama #gardeningwithkids #gardenlife #dahlias #dahlia #pinkdahlia #nicotania #floweringtobacco #sunflowers #sunflower #flowers #organicgardening #mygarden #organicgardener #mamatimeout #motherhoodunfiltered #mumlife #motherhoodunplugged #lifewithsevenkids #mamalife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #beautyintheordinary
Bedtime wander in the jungle that is the veg patch! 😆 The kids just don't fall asleep easily on warm summer evenings, so might as well go outside and enjoy the sun going down (around 9pm). 😉 They were still ALL awake well past 10pm, but I finally hear silence at last. 👌 Anyway, look at the size of the courgette (zuchinni) plants - in second photo you can see they are about the height of my 6yo! The little boys want to know where the paths have gone - plants have taken over! And Elijah loves seeing his achocha has reached the top of the hedge - hopefully it won't travel too far into neighbour's garden. 😂 #mymonthontheplot #gardeninglife #lifeinthegarden #gardeningmama #organicgardening #mumlife #organicgardener #mamatimeout #lifewithsevenkids #letthembelittle #childhoodunplugged #vegpatch #vegplot #gardeningwithkids #summeristhebest #mamalife #grownfromseed #heirloomveggies #realseedcatalogue #boymama #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #mamaneedscoffee #reallifemotherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram
George absolutely loves plants, flowers, seeds - just everything about gardening. I love to watch him exploring and the thrill he gets touching and smelling everything. 💕😊 (It's useful to keep an eye on what he tastes too! 😉😜) He thought the round allium seed head looked fun to shake and hit - even better when black seeds started flying everywhere. 😂 #boymama #littleboysarefun #lifewithlittleboys #oneyearolds #20monthsold #childhoodunplugged #mumlife #lifewithsevenkids #letthembelittle #funinthegarden #alwaysexploring #curioustoddler #gardeningmama #gardeningwithkids #gardeninglife #toddlerlife #lifewithtoddlers #gardeningwithtoddlers #mamalife #mamatimeout #mygarden #gardeningoverhousework #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #reallifemotherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram