DIY: Toddler (Twin Sized) Headboard on the Cheap!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Back in September I purchased some super cute fabric from Ikea that I used for the color theme of the girls bedroom. I wanted to make curtains for the room but I'm lazy and honestly never got around to do it - instead opting for other activities to do around the house instead. But yesterday I had planned for a day at home for us - and boy was it nice! No running around or being away from home - we went at our own pace and did hop out to hit the grocery store but other than that we hung out all day in the casa and I got stuff done!

One of those things was using the fabric for headboard instead of curtains! I got the idea from Pinterest after seeing a few posts about using a piece of plywood but did stumble upon one single post where the person used cardboard to make a queen sized headboard. Also - I was excited to discover that trifold poster board (purchased from Dollar Tree) was the perfect size for the twin sized bed and needed zero cutting whatsoever! This project was super easy and came out great so I'm excited to share how I made it happen!

Tools needed:

1 trifold poster board
1 yard of basic batting
1 yard of fabric of your choice
hot glue gun and glue sticks
adhesive spray
needle and thread

optional - buttons, nails to secure to wall

First I laid out the trifold posterboard flat on the floor and sprayed with fabric adhesive. The idea was to then fold the batting in half (long-ways) to make some extra padding. Once I laid down the batting on the posterboard, I then took the hot glue gun and glued the ends of the batting to the back of the posterboard - wrapping it around the outer edges.

I then took needle and thread and "tied" down the ends even more secure by sewing them into the edges. Then I took the fabric and sprayed adhesive all over the batting, placed the fabric on the batting and then flipped the posterboard over. Here I grabbed the edges of the fabric and hot glued them to the posterboard which worked our really well the secure the ends and the fabric itself to the posterboard. 

Then I strung a small button to the tops of the headboard for a more decorative feature - and I did attach a string to the back of the posterboard to hang on a picture frame hanger.

When I went to put the headboard up though, on the frame hanger, the ends (because it's a trifold) fanned out a tad and I didn't like that. So I did take two small nails and nail the top corners to the wall. They're barely noticeable and secures the headboard to the wall better! 

I'm super happy with the way they turned out! Cost estimate for two twin sized headboards:

2 trifold posterboards - $2
Roll of basic batting - $10
2 yards of fabric - $9

Total: $21

I already owned the adhesive, nails, and glue and glue gun! 

Ups & Downs

Thursday, November 2, 2017

I don't want you all to think that there won't be ups and downs post-divorce. Sure, a lot of terrific things have happened in the past 2 years. But I'm still battling a lot of internal emotional stuff that I am known to bury deep inside. And lately? I've been eating my feelings. So although I seem like I'm happy, have things together, etc. - I'm still very much struggling. I just don't deal with it. And I AM happy - but I know I'm not completely happy - and I know that by the increasing number on the scale.

When I was pregnant with the twins, I gained 56 lbs. I was already a tad over 200 lbs (at 5'8") and I suffered from pregnancy induced hypertension/pre-eclampsia. I still battle high blood pressure issues to this day - mainly because of the weight that's stuck around. I had the baby blues after the girls were born, and then my marriage fell a part and subsequent divorce. Not to make excuses but my health wasn't priority for me, and hasn't been, while I try to wade through my onslaught of emotions.

I've jumped from gaining weight to losing weight and was at my lowest (post-baby) at 210 lbs last October, where I ate better, tracked calories and hit the gym. But then the holidays hit, and I found out my ex-wife was engaged and moving in with her new fiance and things just unraveled for me. My weight ticked back up, I stopped eating well, and I started consuming lots of therapeutic wine. So tick tick tick back up it went. In June I was at 224 lbs and now in November? I'm at 230 lbs. Only 26 lbs away from when I was fully pregnant with two little humans - now I'm pregnant with carbohydrates. 

Why is this important? 

I'm not happy at this size, and I swore to myself that I wouldn't be an overweight mom unable to keep up with my kids. I don't want to continue the cycle of eating myself into a grave. I DESERVE better for myself - and only I can give myself that. Every day that goes by, I get closer to the last day I'll ever have. And although I don't believe that weight is the entire package to happiness, I know that it helps when you feel better and are healthier when it comes to your confidence and other areas of your life. I don't want to be ultra thin - I'm perfectly fine in my size 14 jeans. I just want to feel healthy in those jeans (and I do want to get below 200 lbs lol). 

So I'm sharing this with you. I'm going to get serious about Weight Watchers (again) and start with my diet. I recently injured my knee so I'm not sure how much working out I can do - but I can eat better ... so that's an immediate impact. Hold me accountable. Check in with me. Be my friend on WW if you're on the program too.

Share with me your tips to getting healthy and staying motivated. I need it! 

Trick or Treat

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We just finished our first official holiday in the new house and it was a FUN one! Halloween! We have had a good time decorating our house and the outside and I was excited for the girls first official door-to-door trick or treating! We made it two whole blocks and then the girls were done with the activity and ready to go home and eat their candy! And since we are THREE and wanted to get out and about before the bigger kids took over the neighborhood, we scored some extras for being the first trick or treaters at a few homes!

Cutest little hot dog and Spiderman in class!

Then - we came back and kicked back and watched some kid friendly Halloween movies and enjoyed some non-spicy chili that I had cooking up all day. The girls zonked out at about 6:45 pm - don't blame them - we had a LONG day!!

Can't wait for the holiday season in our new home! What have you been up to?