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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

One Room Challenge | Week #5

Well, it's really down to the wire now, seeing how this is our last week to work on getting my home office ready for the big reveal next week!  We're on Week #5 of 6 of the One Room Challenge where my home office is making its transformation from this to the sneak peeks you see here today. Thankfully, almost everything is falling into place!  And I do have some very cool pieces of the puzzle I can't wait to share with you today, but I don't want to give it all away.  Hopefully, y'all will come back next week to see the entire room in all her glory!  

Last week made a big difference when the trim was painted Farrow & Ball Lichen in high gloss. That shade of green is so luscious and gorgeous, a definite home run with zero second-guessing.  I contemplated painting the doors also and was glad to get your input, but ultimately decided not to paint them since there are three doors in the room and I'm feeling like the trim really stands out against all the white (including the doors).  But, I do have extra paint should I change my mind in the future. 

So, let's check out some of the other updates since last week!

The art from Minted arrived, and, although I originally ordered matte brass frames, that color wasn't available in time, so we had to go with the next best thing, champagne.  When I opened the package, I thought the champagne looked a lot like silver, but now that the art is hung, it does seem champagne and looks great with the painted trim.  The pieces here are Palm Tree Art 'White Hot by Erin Beutel' and Small Abstract Art 'Weathered' by Melanie Severin.  I also have a gorgeous large print to hang above my desk that is stunning!  


The pillow covers I showed you last week have now been properly stuffed with 20x20 down inserts. I'm so thankful to have generous sponsors to help make this room transformation possible. Arianna's pillows are totally luxe and so well made.  We have two in the nursery also and they are beautiful.


Another thing I'm so excited about is the lucite and gold drapery rod.  It was custom made to fit our window by LuxHoldups.  It's actually two lucite bars held together by that piece in the middle to support its weight since it's so long. 


I made sure to hang the rod near the top of the crown molding to make the window appear larger. The drapes are currently being altered and pressed and I'm supposed to pick them up tomorrow.  


One thing I've been stuck on lately is styling the etageres.  There are two of them that flank my desk and I got a start by bringing in some of my decor books, but that's about as far as I've gotten!  I want them to look interesting, but also clean and not too cluttered.  And I'm trying to make sure both sides balance each other out and have a proper amount of symmetry.  I know I'm spending way too much time pondering these shelves! 



I'm happy to gain some practical storage in this white and gold two-drawer chest.  It will go on the wall opposite my desk.  I can put all my crafty tools inside, along with documents and other papers.


Finally, another piece of gorgeous jewelry for the room arrived and was installed; this glorious light fixture.  I knew from my mishap with the light fixture in our baby's room, that size matters! I needed one that wasn't too big and didn't hang down too low.  This chandelier was adjustable and we got it hung at just the right height.  I'm in love with the statement it makes in the room! 


Are you getting the feel for how this room is going to look when she's all finished?!  I can't wait to get it finished also and show you the outcome!  See you next Wednesday for the reveal!  In the meantime, you can see what I'll be working on until then:  

to do list

Install drapery rod
Receive and hang drapes (getting them altered and pressed as we speak)
Install ceiling light fixture | buy light bulbs
Hang art
Receive pillow for desk chair
Receive and install decorative wall objects
Source desk lamp (other option didn't work out)
Receive/install small chest
Cross fingers that chairs for table arrive in time
Style bookcases

You can get caught up on my One Room Challenge Office Makeover posts here:

Week #1 :  My Home Office Makeover Begins

Week #2 : Sophisticated & Feminine Office Design 

Week #3 : Rug, Etageres & Bench in Place

Week #4 : Painted Trim Farrow & Ball's Lichen

And don't forget to check in on the progress of our friends!  Just click the link below to see where they're at with their room transformations!
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Favorite Fashion Finds | The Perfect Tank

Back in the day, when I had time to spare and shopping was a fun thing I loved to do with my girlfriends on a weekend afternoon, one of the best parts of spending the day together was the immediate sharing of new finds with each other.  "Oooh, look at this!"  "Isn't this adorable?!"  "You could totally wear that with jeans or dress it up for work."  Now that my shopping is primarily done on my computer in the comfort of my own home, by myself, I've found that sharing my fashion finds with you is the next best thing!  Showing my husband the cutest pair of shoes I found online just isn't the same! 

So, today, I get to share some good finds with you.  You are my people, you get it!  I'm pretty sure I found what might be the perfect tank top and a great cardigan that you can wear several ways, not to mention affordable, super comfy skinny jeans AND great white skinny jeans.  That's a lot of faves in one post! Let's get to it! 

THE PERFECT TANK & WHITE JEANS 

First up, the perfect tank top!  It's literally called "The Perfect Tank" - now 40% off! and has earned it's name by being great at holding you in, while still keeping you comfortable.  It's 95% cotton and 5% spandex, a great combo for helping to conceal that leftover baby bulge or the cookies after lunch.  You might look at the pic below and say, "what baby bulge?" Well, trust me, it's there under this tank!  Don't get me wrong, the tank isn't going to do what your Spanx will for ya, but it did help me feel more confident and smooth when I'm wearing just a tank.  

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Musings

Hi guys!  I hope y'all had a great weekend!  It feels like ours was jam packed, and on this Monday morning, I'm wishing I had just one.more.day of weekend left.  The garbage disposal broke and suddenly I realize just how much I rely on modern conveniences.  Not a big deal, but enough of a hassle because without the disposal, the sink isn't draining very well.  One more thing to deal with today.  We had our son's school fundraising Gala on Saturday night (wore this romper with these shoes) and came thisclose to bringing home an 11-week old black labrador puppy, but thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the dog went to another good home.  We did end up winning dancing lessons!, although I know my husband would have much preferred the pup. #sorrybabe  

I had plans to bring you another post today, but since I'm too pooped to get that one out of my brain and onto the blog, I'll share with you a few things from the weekend and lately.  This is my "one thing" for today! ;)

ONE | I have to start with the adorable baby, of course!  I snapped a couple pictures of her this weekend in her nursery, so this is the most recent of how Jordan Nicole is doing at just over 2 months old. She kills me with cuteness!! She really looks like a little doll here! 

I'm noticing now that our days have more of a rhythm where her naptimes are getting more predictable as well as her bedtime (7:30-8:00 p.m.) although I do still feed her in the middle of the night.  When she's wide awake she's full of really big gummy smiles that melt your heart.  So far, she's a pretty mellow baby, but will definitely let you know if she's really hungry or tired.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Unique Mother's Day Gifts

Thanks so much for weighing in yesterday on the "to paint or not to paint" the office doors dilemma. I'm still unsure, but will wait until almost everything else is in place to make the final decision.  Once the art is on the wall and the drapes are hung, I think it will be easier to decide.

I'm so ready for the weekend and it's only Thursday! :(  These days are kicking my butt lately!  And then next weekend is already Mother's Day!  I keep reminding my husband that I'm sustaining life for two people!!! right now.  Hopefully, he acknowledges with a nice little gift to recognize my efforts lately.

Do you have anything on your wish list?  We usually do something small to celebrate, like a family brunch and day spent together, but I will still make sure to mark the day in big red letters on the family calendar, lest someone forget! ;)  

If you need some help with unique Mother's Day gift ideas, definitely check out ModCloth!  In addition to sweet dresses and cardigans, they have a super cute assortment of goodies including home decor (kitchen & dining, bedding, wall decor) and the coolest accessories always at great prices. I found all these great gift ideas on their website and wouldn't mind all any of them myself!
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

One Room Challenge Week #4 - Painted Trim Farrow & Ball's Lichen

You guys!!  After last week's One Room Challenge office update went live several of you let me know I had the bench legs on wrong!  Thank you! One sweet reader, Beth, emailed me privately so as not to embarrass me!  Isn't that nice?!  But, it's okay!  I remember thinking when I put the legs on, 'this looks funky, I need to check to see how they go', but then forgot! Oh well, easy fix, another turn and the legs are all good!

And we have the pillow covers from Arianna Belle just waiting on their 20x20 down-filled inserts to give these babies a place to call home! They are gonna look so good once the lucite and gold drapery rod goes up and the new drapes are installed. 

(Arianna Belle Pillows) Pink | Aqua Spotted | Abstract | Nautilus Upholstered Bench | Rug

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sunday Night Planning for a Productive Week

I realized I've been asking myself a lot lately, "What's the most important thing?" And I don't mean in a "let's ponder the meaning of life" kind of way.  Of course, our health, spiritual walk, relationships and children all top the list of those most important things in our lives.  What I'm talking about is more practical: What's the most important thing that needs to get done today? Because that one thing is all I might have time for now that we have a two-month old in the house. 

All moms (and especially new moms) understand the struggle to try to accomplish anything when you have a baby (or more) at home.  Just getting yourself showered and ready for the day can be a major challenge and accomplishment!  I'm lucky to have my mom help for a good 4 hours a day during the week, so that frees up a good chunk of time to get things done, but last week she couldn't make it due to all the flooding in our area.  And even when she's here, I still don't have time for everything I'd like to do. 

I typically have a list a mile long of things I need and want to get done in a day.  There are daily chores, laundry, grocery shopping, meal prep, keeping up with our son's school commitments, homework, sports, and always blogging, photographing, currently trying to pull everything together for the One Room Challenge, and not to mention getting in a few workouts each week and trying to stay organized.  It's a lot to juggle.  I'm sure I'm no different from you, who feel like, when one area is thriving, we might be dropping the ball in another.  Baby is all good!!  Rest of the house needs work!  . . . Son is doing great at school!!  I could stand to lose 10 pounds.  . . . Laundry's all done!!  I haven't slept 8 hours straight in over 8 weeks! 


Recently, I felt like I was getting so stressed out and frustrated with never being able to get the things done that I'm used to doing.  I had to take a step back and gently remind myself, we have a new baby now!  Things are different.  Life is different.  This may be our new normal for a while and in order to not go crazy, I have to adjust and stop struggling to have things be the way they were before. Basically, surrender to life's ebbs and flows. 


I certainly don't want to resent the baby we are so very blessed to have.  I'm in love with her hard and she is as darling and precious and sweet as they come.  Everyday, I can physically feel my love for her growing.  I just needed to adjust my expectations for each day to fit within the realm of what's really possible to accomplish.  

It's so easy to say, "Enjoy this time with your baby.  It goes so fast.  You'll never get this time back." I agree with all of that, but our family still needs to eat.  We have to go to the grocery store and prepare food.  Laundry needs to get done.  Bills have to be paid.  

So, now, I've been asking myself, "what's the most important thing that needs to be done today? and just focusing on that one thing.  If I can get that one thing done, I call it good.  It's been saving my sanity and helping me relax.  And don't get me wrong, I'm not all that uptight all the time. ;) I can relax with the best of them and definitely DO enjoy my kids.  We have lots of fun together! 

Sunday Night "ONE THING" Planning


On Sunday night, I've been looking at our schedule for the week and plotting out the one thing I plan to accomplish for each day.   For example, this week looks like: 

Monday - work on One Room Challenge / follow up on orders/start styling bookshelves 

Tuesday - blog / write Wednesday & Thursday blog posts 

Wednesday - grocery store / meal prep (usually Sundays and Wednesdays)

Thursday - write Friday's blog post

Friday - (no school) / take kids to the park for a picnic

Planning just one thing to accomplish each day doesn't mean I can't do more if time and energy allow (it could happen!), it's just that I'm working on prioritizing so that nothing falls through the cracks.  I still use my Master List for a major brain dump of ALL the things I want to do, and refer to it often.

I'd love to hear . . . .

How do you get things done in your busy day? 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Weekend Steals & Deals | White Jean Hunt


Man, I feel like we're gonna float away here lately.  You may have heard that Houston has been deluged with rainstorms and they are only now starting to let up. School for our son was cancelled two days and out where my mom lives, they had no school all week.  The water came up over the curb of her house and into the front yard, but didn't get into her house.  She hasn't been able to come over all week since the roads between her house and mine are still bad.  Thankfully, we've all stayed safe and I so appreciate your well-wishes! Our hearts go out to those who've had water damage to their homes and cars (been there and it sucks!) and above all, we are praying for those that didn't make it.  We have to count our blessings everyday.  This little ray of sunshine has been my biggest blessing these days.  She's gaining weight so she's starting to get a little squishier, which just makes me want to snuggle her up all the time! 

Jordan Nicole 2 months old, 10 pounds :) | 'hug me' onsie & leggings

All this rain sure makes for good naps.  This week marks a milestone where I've been able to put Jordan down for naps during the day, where previously I was holding her.  She's been napping in the Mamaroo, and eventually I hope to get her napping in her crib.  Baby steps.

weekend steals & deals

*for sizing purposes, keep in mind I'm a super shorty (5'0 or 5'1 on a good day, athletic build, and currently about 115 pounds, with those 5-10 extra pounds (mostly) in my postpartum belly and nursing boobs! Implants + milk = Dolly Parton lately. :/ I always put the size I'm wearing in purple italics for you for reference.

My outfit below sums up our dreary days lately.  Soft 3/4 sleeve tee and favorite jean shorts.  Extra coffee.  


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