Monday, February 8, 2016

Home Styling Tips | Pretty & Functional Desktop

Good morning! Are you Super Bowl weary today?!  My son and I have been under the weather lately, so we just took it easy.  I even missed Beyonce- #gasp!  Was it good?? I hope we're better soon - no time to be sick when a baby is on the way!  I've got nesting fever and am wanting to finish up the nursery bathroom and get her closet organized, plus pack our hospital bag essentials.  I even had a dream last night that we ended up at the hospital with nothing.  It wasn't terrible, but I'd rather be prepared. 

Today, I'm sharing the third installment of Home Styling Tips, the Desk edition.   You can get caught up on the Kitchen Styling here and the Reading Nook here. My home office has evolved over the years, but once I made it a pretty and functional place to create and write my blog, it's become one of my favorite places to be.  Instead of dragging my laptop down to the living room to work, if you're reading a blog post, you know it was written from the comfort of my black and white and bright home office

Home Styling Tips | The Desktop - Honey We're Home

home styling tips | office desk

Black and White and Bright Home Office | Honey We're Home

As far as desktop styling goes, I like to keep a mostly clear space, with essentials to keep me on task and creative close at hand.  I'm forever changing out the accessories, but I always keep nearby a few favorite pens, pencils, highlighters, washi tape, scissors, stapler, notepads, calendar or planner (see my 2016 favorites here), candle, and lamp.  

I'll keep my pens and pencils in anything from an old candle cardboard box (like the one below), to a coffee mug or this adorable shiny gold pineapple. 

Home Styling Tips | The Desktop - Honey We're Home

Notepads are a must and how could I forget sticky notes?!  The floral notebook below opens to reveal a gorgeous set of different sized sticky notes.  I'm always reaching for those to flag pages or just to write notes to stick on my calendar.  You can find inexpensive notepads and sticky notes at HomeGoods or in the dollar bins at Target and Michael's. 

Home Styling Tips | The Desktop - Honey We're Home

The climbing rose notepad below was a gift from my sweet friend Jen and the Kate Spade sticky notes and bow paper clips are another gift from my friend Angela for my 40th birthday.  Just goes to show what great presents stationery and paper things make for your fellow paper lovers and that you're never too old to love those things! Or if I am, please don't tell me!  I've already heard "advanced maternal age" and "geriatric pregnancy" twice last week! 

Pretty desktop things | Honey We're Home

Sentimental things are sweet to keep in view also.  My 5-year old son used my label maker to create the "I Love You" message below and it sits on my keyboard, never failing to put a smile on my face.  

The large Sugar Paper calendar (22 x 17 inches) has been perfect for getting a big picture of my monthly blog calendar.  I keep a running list of blog topics and each month, write in where each post will go. Seeing them all at a glance like this has been really helpful this year.  And I found these ERASABLE colored pens that actually work!  They've changed my life!  I use a different color for each blog topic. 

Pretty desktop organization/styling and planners to keep you organized | Honey We're Home

I also keep another portable paper planner on hand and I'll write in weekly appointments and such so I can see where my time needs to go for planning purposes.  There are never enough hours in the day!

Pretty desktop organization/styling and planners to keep you organized | Honey We're Home

Pretty desktop organization/styling and planners to keep you organized | Honey We're Home

Fresh flowers will instantly brighten your desk space.  Put them in unconventional containers like this little mason jar mug for a dose of charm.  I found this one at Hobby Lobby for half off!

Love keeping fresh flowers in unexpected vessels like this mason jar mug

While not actually on my desktop, I keep an organizer full of things I might like to reach for handy with a drawer organizer.  You can do this on a smaller scale right on your desktop. 

Desk and paper organization ideas

My washi tape collection is currently inside my desk drawers, but if you like to keep yours on display, you could use a cupcake stand like I did in the below picture.  I've found washi tape everywhere from places like Target, Amazon, Etsy, and craft stores.  It's an addiction, I know!

Creative way to display your washi tape collection - on a cupcake stand

To keep the drawers looking pretty and organized, I lined them first with inexpensive gift wrap, then used acrylic drawer dividers to help separate things and keep it tidy.  

Desk organization - Honey We're Home

TAKE AWAY:  When it comes to organizing and styling your desktop, a few pretty necessities can really brighten your work day.  Even when I worked full time at a corporate law office, I still prettied up my desk with the things I wanted to see and use all day.  Why not?! 

cute desk accessories 

Pretty Desk Things

Have a great day! 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekend Steals & Deals | Valentine's Day Outfits for Day & Night

Can I just say I love you guys?!?!  You had me at, "Get the pillow!!"  Even Christina said she feels like she needs a Snoogle after reading the comments and she's not even pregnant!!  Ha!  I took your recommendations and ordered one and it should be here soon!  I'm really looking forward to trying it because my sleep has been so bad lately! I'll let you know how it works out.  Thank you friends!

For this Friday's Weekend Steals & Deals, I put together a couple affordable Valentine's Day looks for day and night, but you know I'm wearing this dress to our V-day lunch next Friday!  See it styled here.  I  also browsed the sale items to find 10 super cute tops under $50!  Then, I had fun finding some inexpensive duplicates for the oh so coveted Chloe bag and a few fun Valentine's Day baubles and things that might make you smile.  Of course, at the end of the post is a round-up of sales to check out.  I'm still thinking about new styles series and I really appreciate your input and you letting me know what you'd like to see more of.  A hair-curling tutorial was at the top of your list, so that's coming soon! 

casual valentine's day outfit 

First up is an easy-to-wear jeans and striped top with the super soft and comfy cardigan.  I'm all about the red, white, black and leopard combo lately.  If you're not 100 weeks pregnant, you might want to add the leopard heels.  I created a round-up of great leopard shoe options here.  This look would be equally as cute with dark denim skinny jeans (on sale $44.40 and currently stocked in all sizes).

Thursday, February 4, 2016

My Spending Freeze

Wait, what?!  A spending freeze??  #thosepregnancyhormonesaregettingtoher! Yep friends, you heard that right.  From the girl who loves to shop and especially for clothes!  Every year, after the holidays, I scale waaay back from spending money because it seems like we spend so much on Christmas gifts and parties and giving and such. I mentioned a couple times that I haven't been shopping, but I figured I'd give you a few more details.  And it's not all about saving money.

My Spending Freeze on Clothing

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Dress | with Vegan Leather Jacket & Magenta Pumps

How do these days go so fast?!  I had planned to publish my pregnancy exercise routine yesterday, but my son got sick so I lost a day home with him.  But, in retrospect, we had more alone-time together, which I do appreciate.  I'm reading In Praise of Slowness now and I think it helped me just relax and not worry about what I was missing getting done.  Being a very action-oriented person, sometimes I struggle to slow down and just do one thing at a time.  Working on this.

For today, let's talk Valentine's Day! When it comes to that hallmark holiday, are you all in or prefer to skip all the hub-bub?  I'm somewhere in the middle and we typically do a little something, but it's not a huge deal.  For V-day this year, I made a lunch-date reservation for my husband and I, which is a rare treat.  When we were dating, we did "date night" every Friday night with one of our favorite couples.  But that was 8 years ago, that favorite dating couple has since split, and our adults-only nights out are a rare thing these days since we tend to do everything with our son. I'd like to change that eventually, but for now, I'm just as excited to do a nice adult lunch date at one of our favorite restaurants.

At first, I was thinking of just wearing a casual jeans and red t-shirt outfit (with a leopard shoe), which I'll show you on Friday, but then I changed my mind and figured I'd better wear this striped dress I bought several weeks ago while I can still get it over this belly!  It's non-maternity, size Small, and does run small, so keep that in mind if you order it.  I couldn't even get the XS on! I bought it hoping it would last post-pregnancy since I love the v-neck and slim shape.  It's the last new thing I've bought and you'll hear about my clothing spending freeze tomorrow.

For now, I'm excited to know that I can still rock a heel (even if it is only for about 45 minutes!), but we'll just be sitting at lunch so it will be fine!  I hope my husband appreciates the effort! 

#dressingthebump #maternitystyle
dress | necklace | earrings from my latest rocksbox set - 1st month free with code honeywerehomexoxo (similar earrings under $30) | similar braceletjacket | magenta heels 30% off 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Top HWH Posts | January Edition

Well happy already February 1st to you!  Isn't it crazy how fast January flew by?!  At 35 weeks pregnant now, I have a feeling February might seem to slow waaaay down over here and feel like it's dragging on and on!  I can't believe how quickly I went from "feeling great" to "so ready to be done!" But, gotta just take this last part one day at a time.  I've officially entered "nesting" mode and can't wait to show you the progress on our nursery bathroom and also the nursery closet that I'm working on getting organized.  Soon, my friends! 

There are many days I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and getting nothing accomplished, so it's fun and rewarding to look back and see that, no, I didn't just nap all day (even though sometimes it feels like it), I actually did something productive and have kept this blog going.  I have no idea how blogging will fit in with a newborn, but thankfully, I have my wonderful Mom to help out and we'll just play it by ear.  For 2016, I've been thinking of new content I want to share in my main areas: home, organization, fashion, fitness, and now pregnancy and life with a newborn.  So many ideas and I just hope I can get them from idea stage to actual blog posts! Did you see I created a new BABY tab at the top of my blog?  That's where I'll keep all the pregnancy/baby related posts for future reference. 

Having done a year-end recap was so fulfilling to see that I actually had accomplished quite a lot over the year.  And I loved having all the popular posts in one place, so I'm going to start doing a monthly recap of posts that were popular that month, starting with last month.  I know many of you don't have time to check in everyday and I'm just thankful that you visit at all! so hopefully, these month-end posts are helpful for you to get caught up if you missed something.  Here goes! Click the link below each picture to read that post. 

top HWH posts | January 2016

I kicked off a new series, Home Styling Tips, last month and so far have shared the Kitchen and Reading Nook with you.  The next one coming up will be Desktop Styling.  Don't you just love to sit down at a pretty, well-organized desk?!  It makes me feel energized and want to get to work! 

Home Styling Tips | The Kitchen Edition - tips for keeping your kitchen looking beautiful while balancing the need to keep certain things out- a pretty and practical guide!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekend Steals & Deals | January Outfit Round-Up & Winter Sales Galore

Yay!  We've made it to Friday!  The weeks are dragging on and on over here, but each Monday marks another week of our pregnancy and we'll be at 35 weeks on Monday!  I've been wanting to do a big maternity style round-up post (you can check out the Mix & Match Maternity wardrobe post here), so I've been taking quick OOTD snaps on the days I manage to make it out of my soft pants (non-maternity), which I happen to be wearing right now as I type this post.  ;)  When I put all the January pics into one post, I was impressed at how many times I pulled it together for school events, PTO meetings, errands, lunch dates, doctor's appointments, and even a date night! Or just because I didn't want to feel/look like crap. So, even though my comprehensive maternity-style post isn't quite ready yet (that will be full of outfits for every trimester), I'm hoping my round-up of outfits from this last month gives you some outfit ideas of your own! Can you believe we'll be in February already on Monday?! 

january outfit roundup 

Much of my wardrobe is still trying to make non-maternity tops work, with lots of mixing and matching those few bottoms that actually fit and feel good.  As I get further along in my pregnancy, leggings are what I find myself reaching for most often, but hey, you don't need to pull the pregnancy card to get away with them.  Isn't everyone wearing leggings this time of year?!  These ultra wide waistband leggings seem to have the consensus on most comfy and long-lasting. 

Winter fashion | grey tunic and knee high boots with leggings - #maternitystyle #dressingthebump
Ivanka Trump boots (similar) similar scarf & here bag (other colors & similar pink) watch | ring 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wardrobe Wednesday | Pink on Repeat & Comfy Sneakers

Hi guys! Thank you for allowing me to dump all of my third trimester pregnancy woes on you yesterday.  I know feelings ebb and flow and the last part of pregnancy is really hard, but the result is always worth it in the end.  Having you to relate to and just getting those feelings off my chest helped a ton and I do feel lighter (in spirit!) today.  In my body, I still feel like I'm 54 weeks pregnant. I really appreciate your supportive comments, they mean the world to me. Even though we are separated by computer screens, the feeling of connection through our experiences is strong.

As you might expect, I'm wearing lots of things on repeat by now and just trying to find what fits and is comfortable.  I live in comfy pants at home, but if I have to venture out, I still try to pull it together. I actually took advantage of the "expectant mom" parking at the grocery store last night when it was raining.  That was handy!  #thankfulforsmallperks 

Even though we did our baby girl's nursery in lavender and grey, my outfits have been leaning in the pink direction lately.  I think it started with this bag (other colors & similar pink), but I also have a couple henley style shirts I'm really comfy in lately, so I've been making it work with just mixing and matching some other things I already have in my closet, like this jean jacket and the puffer vest below.

Last week, I wore the same shirt and AG maternity jeans (similar here, here, and here) (non-maternity AG version here & $88 look-alike pair here) on both days, but I say, especially when you're pregnant, wear whatever fits and you feel good in, even if it's the same thing on repeat all the time!

And even though I'd love to get back into heels and wedges, my Skechers GoWalk and a cute pair of New Balance sneakers are the most comfy for running around in.  I've had that same pair of Skechers for years now and they are still holding up.  I wear them without socks and they feel like you're walking on puffy clouds.

pink top & jeans outfit #1

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