Inspired By...

Approximately 8 years ago Tom and I walked into Goodwill and found this solid oak large coffee table. It was $20 if I remember correctly. The table was such good quality and the style of it caught my eye. Even Tom was drawn to it. We immediately bought it with the plan to paint it creamy white and distress it. I REALLY believe this was not even a mega popular trend yet at this point in time. At least I didn't know a single person who liked the look of oversized turned legs on furniture or white distressed look yet.  This was when DARK woods and clean lines and bold accent walls were booming. I really truly feel like this piece was the defining moment I realized my personal style. Fast forward like 5 years not only did my style grow and start to take over in everything I had been buying and even inspired our choice in our second home, (choosing an outdated home with a great floor plan that we could mold easier to our style than many new builds) but also was when I randomly turned on HGTV to probably either the first or second Fixer Upper episode and was in awe and shock. I recognized Joanna. I had been reading her blog occasionally for year or so!  I LOVED everything. I was so inspired by their style and unique niche industry. I was SO EXCITED to see her on TV.  Their dynamic as husband and wife - a power couple who work together was inspiring. I felt like they were actually creating a quality show while doing beautiful quality work. I just connected from day one. I remember mentioning this show to a few people and no one really knew what show I was talking about. No matter what though, Tom and I have been original fans from day one. So while I don't always love all her design choices I have picked up a few tricks from her and thought I'd share my top 5 favorite tips I have picked up from Joanna Gains. (And I'm not going to say shiplap because we all already know about that phenomenon! Admittedly, we did base our idea to plank our island and basement wall from her!...and Tom and I do own her #shiplap tee because we are mega fans like that!) 

1. Book accents. Turning your books backwards for display. So I like to style with books like she does and I had TONS of books to use but I didn't like all the colors of the books spines. (I should also throw in that the first thing I do when I get a book is throw the dust cover away. I HATE dust covers. gross.) But during an episode a year or so ago I saw her styling the books backwards and actually exposing the edges of pages. BRILLIANT! Shows off that beautiful neutral color and the variation of each books pages adds such beautiful texture! I've used this solution in multiple areas of my house. I LOVE the look of this and it provides easy storage for books that we either want to keep or ones we just aren't ready to let go of yet!

2. Her use of greenery. I think I always picked up a sense of warmth and comfort from spaces that included some greenery or natural living elements but I don't think until I saw her abundant use of greens that it clicked that having plant life in the home is what was conveying that warmth to me. I have tried to add real greens to as many places in my house that is kid proof and has enough natural light and I've supplemented with faux greens in many other places. Green is actually one of my favorite decorating colors too so adding the natural greens to my otherwise mainly neutral palette provides a really nice pop of color too. And I think thats key when whites and creams are your style...those light shades feel very sterile if you don't find ways to bring in warmth and diffuse the all the layers of neutrals. 

3. Her love for vintage and antiques SO speaks to my heart. I've written about this a few times before but if you are new you should know that my home is filled with vintage pieces that are very near and dear to my heart and speak loudly about who were are. I love filling a home with meaningful pieces and not filling home with all new random stuff that says nothing about you at all. It takes no effort and a lot of money to go to Pottery Barn and Target and buy ALL new stuff and just fill a home with it and it certainly doesn't reflect anything about you either. **I am NOT hating on those stores and I buy PLENTY of things from many mainstream decor stores too but I'm just stressing the concept of using old with new and putting thought into what you want your home to be filled with ;-) I also just love the sense of comfort aged pieces add to home. Again, it takes away that sparkly, shiny, "don't touch anything" feeling I get from some design styles.

4. Natural lighter woods & mixing different wood tones-- Again, like I mentioned earlier, before everyone started having this obsession with Joanna Gaines I think we were still in the dark on dark on dark wood trend. Which can look really nice in the right home, btw. But I think she has been a huge inspiration to the design world in bringing back lighter woods, white furniture, and mixing tones of woods. I have always had a major crush on white kitchens and I really think she has led the rise in popularity in that. But the most important thing is how she mixes light, medium, and darker woods with white. I have drawn inspiration from her a lot in my own home. I have a light wood kitchen which I always thought we would one day paint (maybe still down the road?? Who knows.) but I feel like I have picked up enough pointers and found enough ways to mix in the whites I love that now I actually really love my kitchen, light cabinets and all! Where as I think previously I would have been much more scared to mix woods as much as I have. 

5. Finally, & probably the BEST thing learned from Joanna Gains is more of a testament to who she and Chip are as people. They are such a great example to LAUGH! To enjoy simplicity. To keep God and family at the forefront in all parts of life. I like that I can turn on Fixer Upper when my kids are awake and not worry about what they will see. (I have actually seen BOTH my kids sit and watch an entire episode on multiple occasions too!)
 I've seen this image quite a few times to the point of where I'm a little sick of it..BUT it really is true and is exactly my point...so I'll leave you with this:

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The Mom Bun

HEYO! Summer is almost here, my ladies... which means sunscreen, swimsuits, and "mom buns"! Except if you have really thick hair alone then you know how hard the messy mom bun look is to achieve but combine that with only medium length hair..its nearly impossible to rock a cute bun. So I'm sharing my easy 5 minute "Mom Bun" video tutorial for anyone with thick medium hair. I even wore my yoga pants and top in keeping with the theme for the video. I'm just kidding. It wasn't for the video. It's just what I wear when I'm home. (even though I've basically almost completely abandoned working out except for trying to do a lot of walking since I'm just getting fat pregnant anyway. #thestruggleisreal #giveallmecarbs #andallthechocolate #illgetfullybackinshapeafterbaby)

Anyways.....Hope this helps!!! I'll be doing a summer beauty/hair/skincare products suggestion list for you all really soon too!

P.S.  I just found this blog post on a blog I ironically just recently starting reading-- was so appropriate for today's post ;-)

Today's the Best Day

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"Fun" Facts

So I was actually going through my notepad app in my phone and saw this note for a blog post I had started a loonnnngg time ago about funny "facts" about me and couldn't believe I never shared. So here is the random list I had compiled of more craziness about me.

1. I got in trouble for talking too much on nearly every single report card growing up. If that isn't bad enough, Tom did too! And then we began dating in high school and would talk sooo much in Chemistry we got moved to opposite sides of the classroom. And in Study Hall we got ourselves kicked out of the library for a week at a time on more than one occasion for excessive talking. Since then Tom has ran out of things to say but I still have trouble turning it off. And now we have two kids who seem to never shut their mouths. Like seriously, my ears are bleeding every day from hearing so. many. words.

2. I literally think I look like Michael Jackson.
I mean of course our noses are way different and I have more fluff in my face than him but honestly...sometimes I catch myself in the mirror and swear I look like him and it seriously scares me.

3. I read Captain Underpants in 10th grade for a book report book...which caused the english department to set REAL GUIDELINES for book report book selections each month. I'll never forget my teacher saying "you have to be kidding me" when she realized I indeed had not been lying about reading Captain Underpants.

4. I have NEVER had detention! This one is like the biggest SHOCK of all! I mean I was and still am a fairly rule abiding person so its not like I ever did anything really bad but I did like to push the envelope and I have always had a spicy personality that has nearly gotten me into trouble a few times.  As my mother would say, I have always found the line and put my toe right on it ;-)

5. I have also never had a speeding ticket. And much to my husbands dislike, I'm kind of known for driving too slow. I'm actually pretty fearful of driving and transportation in general. I sometimes get a little nervous even when I'm not the person driving. With flying, I'm "OK" but I def have experienced some mild anxiety in the air before too. They day I got my drivers license my Dad made me drive home afterwards and I cried because I didn't want to. So this goes all the way back to the beginning for me. 

6. I HATE naps. I feel much much worse after naps then before. It is simply not worth it for that reason alone. But also I can't even handle the idea of sleeping away the day. I will never understand how people love naps so much. It is just not a good feeling for me.

7. Tom and I's senior year we skipped a day of school so that he wouldn't get perfect attendance. He hadn't ever missed a day of school through high school and I hadn't missed one for our senior year and we were "embarrassed" about it and didn't want to be recognized for perfect attendance in front of the whole school!

8. Im still sort of secretly in love with crushed velvet. I know, I know...thats sooooo like 1992 but I really can't stop thinking about it. I used to want a GK crushed velvet gymnastics leotard SO BADLY....but the ones I wanted were expensive so Mom wouldn't ever get me one. Tom says that if it will shut me up I can buy one now. Would that be weird?? I still honestly sort of want one and he doesn't want to hear about it anymore. Why can't I let this go?? (I just checked and GK doesn't sell any nearly as cool as what I used to want...maybe because its 2016 now?)

9. I'm irrationally afraid of my garbage disposal. I get so nervous to turn it on sometimes....like I'm afraid I'll suddenly stick my hand down there while its on or something. Apparently I don't believe in my own self control? It freaks me out so much that when we got new countertops and sink last summer, I almost didn't have them hook the garbage disposal back up!

10. My final quirk is something that I think is very real and was just explaining to Tom and he agrees that this is a real thing. So I love frosted mini wheat cereal and I have been eating it a lot with this pregnancy. But I get nervous/anxious when I eat it because for one I feel like I have to inhale it as fast as I can so the iced tops don't "dissolve" off into the milk but also I get super crazy about trying to turn all the pieces right side up so the iced top is exposed. At one point I was halfway done with my pre-bedtime snack of it the other night and I showed Tom..all the pieces turned the right way and only one layer thick in the bowl and said "there! that is so much better. I'm so relieved" Which is when we discussed that this is an actual issue for me. But, we are guessing that many people have the same problem with this. 

So thats that. Just when you thought I couldn't get any weirder. And congrats on wasting 5 minutes of your day reading this. 
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Nursery || Shabby Kate Spade


So this is my direction for baby girl's nursery! I had originally wanted to wait to just post when we get it done but we really aren't in a rush...and since I'm bursting with my ideas and visions I wanted to go ahead and share our inspiration board. She will take over our current guest bedroom which we have compensated the loss by buying a large sectional sleeper for the basement. But in the mean time we know we have a few scheduled visitors and want to keep the guest bed in her room for as long as we can. We may go ahead and start painting and such but won't likely complete the room until somewhere very near or even after her arrival! We have started purchasing a few things and just popping them in the dresser of that room for now.

As of now we picked out this new monitor since our other two have crapped out on us in the last year and currently don't have a reliable working one. (don't worry..my Mama ears always hear the other kiddos at night. Plus they are both old enough to come to our room at this point and usually do when they need something. And then they stand there like creepers just one inch from your face waiting for you to open your eyes. It's all good. ) I let Tom be in charge of this purchase to give him a little "man gadget fix"

I got an antique rocking chair from my Grandmother's estate sale last year and it had a retro orange cushion on it...My mom took brought me fabric samples and we chose the bottom right to have it recovered from her person back home! (we REALLY LOVED the top right but that sample was $130 a yard!! OUCH!) I haven't yet decided if I'll paint the rocker creamy white to match the crib or leave it as is and maybe distress the finish a tad. It matches the color dresser in the room so the current wood color works if I just distress. Decisions, decisions ;-)

I have a Magnolia Homes Paint sample and we are verifying we love it before ordering a couple gallons! I mean the fact that this color is a handpicked color by Joanna Gains makes me squeal with delight!

I got that adorable and super soft blanket and this perfect little swaddle blanket. I've had a crush on these Ruby Blue headbands for a couple years now but Janae had outgrown that phase so I was so excited to finally buy a couple for this little lady!

I did order that sequin pillow and Kate Spade print from my board.

I FOR SURE want that crib! Its PERFECTION. I'm guessing that might be one of the last purchases since we are keeping the guest bed in that room for a while yet.

I want some cute gold Ball jar with beautiful pink silk flowers on the dresser. Ranunculus are one of my very FAVORITE flowers other than white roses. So I'm hoping to find some great silk versions.

I'm adoring those crib sheets above so I'm sure I'll order one or both of those. I'm thinking she will get that Kate Spade jewelry box but maybe not until a special occasion like baptism or Christmas. She will need somewhere to keep all her fancies after all ;-)

So anyway other than picking up a few fun outfits here and there to add to my saved favorites from when Janae was a baby thats where our head is at on adding little miss to the family!

OH! And the absolute most special moment happened last week one night. We were watching TV and Tom randomly just put his hand over on my belly and like 10 seconds later she kicked so hard. It was the first FOR SURE kick I've felt other than just the flutter feelings and he actually even felt it too which was insane! Both our other babies were in the early 20 week range before he could feel movement! I just really loved that we both got to experience the first kick together. What are the chances???

Now I just have to turn my attention to surviving the summer heat while pregnant! Oh and also Jay turning THREE this summer and Janae beginning Kindergarten. Thats really where I'll be focusing  over the next couple months.
Nursery by valrose featuring PBteen
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