Resort Wear

Going to one of my favorite destination in a couple of weeks. As I pack my suitcase I’ll share my outfits with you. 

Lemons are so classic and fun for summer. I spotted a super adorable lemon dupe bathing suit of a much more expensive version and snagged it. It’s almost sold out I think already but there is a couple sizes left I think! 

DIY Wood Wallpaper Planks

From day one, I wanted to add wood to the back of the built-in, in the dining room. It wasn’t a priority by any means, and I went through some different game plans in my mind. 

The room began like this. Not bad, but always missing something. 


This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to the sponsors Boutique Rugs and Weaber Lumber. 


Building cabinets in my past life, I originally planned to use a legit material in this cabinet: pine v-groove board laid vertically. (This is what our kitchen ceiling is made of).  However, I decided because you couldn’t really touch the area and it didn’t need to actually be durable, I would just use wallpaper. 

I got some suggestions to add color into the room and while I still haven’t painted the awesome nickel gap shiplap on the walls, sponsored by Weaber lumber, I only have the heart to go the alabaster route. I like the lighter color in here. Sorry for all those that voted darker on my Insta poll. 


 When I also had the opportunity to partner with Boutique Rugs, I was so excited! They offer a ton of really beautiful rugs in all different sizes. I knew this was the way to get the color I craved. I found this gorgeous rug, The Elaziz (7’6”x 10’3”). It can be found on their website, or by clicking here, and is so pretty! The colors are bright and vibrant without being overbearing. Boutique Rugs has great prices and I’m very happy with the quality of this rug. 


One small problem though, after recieving this beautiful rug, I decided the color I painted the built in, inside was clashing. 

I had tried to stencil it and it looked terrible. 

Scouts honor, I had no intention of tackling this wood wallpaper project yesterday, but I had to share my gorgeous rug and I couldn’t kill the vibes with an ugly cabinet back. 


I found this wood wallpaper by Valspar at Target. I liked the color, but didn’t like the pattern of the wood. I haven’t been able to find a herringbone wallpaper I like, so I decide to make one.

I’ll share my steps and the materials needed below. 


For this project you’ll need:

  • Scissors 
  • Razor (not necessary if your scissors are sharp enough) 
  • Wallpaper rolls (1 roll covers 27.5 sqft.) 
  • Measuring tape 
  • Square 

I started by cutting the “wood” into pieces. 


I marked the center of my space with blue tape. 

I proceeded to start in one corner of my cabinet and angled it approximately. You can be very technical and measure and calculate the angles but if you’re lazy like me you can do the “ish” method. This isn’t real wood. You will use the razor later to clean it up so be slightly sloppy, always following the rule of having extra and not less. 



Continue all the way up. 


For the center chevron where the two sides meet: the top angle of the piece must be longer than the center line to have enough to trim. You will go back and trim the center line all the way down. 


See stencil fail above. Here is my starting point sort of pushed into the corner at an approximate angle that looked good. I made sure the piece went further than the center line. 


This product was easy to cut and use so I would leave it slightly long and trim it with my scissors or razor. 


You can also cut first and then go back and hold it up before removing the back and remeaaure the other side and cut. You risk making a mistake more this way. 


Continue this the whole way. When you fill the space go back and mark the center again. Carefully cut the center line all the way down and remove extra on the outside of the center line. 


Repeat the whole process on the opposite side, trimming the center line at the end. 

You could do a tighter pattern but I wanted the full chevron looking straight on at the cabinet. To do this you would measure to the center the same way but would then divide those two spaces and do one more pattern. More cutting for sure though. 

As you do the top area that connects try to connect the pattern. Mine is not perfect but the darker piece is in a chevron pattern all the way across. 

This rug is so beautiful with the denim chairs. The colors are great! 

After I finished the chevron pattern, I added the wallpaper to the sides but going in the correct pattern. It went fast because I just cut the correct sizes and laid it out rather than using the planks method. 


I am loving how this whole space turned out. It’s a little more boho than I usually go but it still vibes well with the rest of the downstairs. 

Spring Garden Center 

Aside from a rough start with the pollen and confusing temperatures, Spring is the most wonderful time of the year. The world comes alive again. Color slowly creeps back into the dead and dry landscape. 

This post is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company. Post may contain affiliate links. 

It is a renewing time of year; your home decor should bring the same cheery feeling to the inside your home. Your home should feel warm and inviting just like the spring temperatures. 


It should evoke the same feeling as stepping outside on a warm spring day to hear birds chirping and sun blazing down. Beautiful blooming flowers and the mixture of new fresh green leaves livening up the landscape. Fresh, fun colors with natural elements are an easy way to achieve this Spring garden look. 

I was so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Tractor Supply Company to share Trisha Yearwood’s exclusive, beautiful home decor collection. 


It is a great assortment of functional pieces to use in and around your home. Industrial elements mesh with classic country colors. 


This line is full of simple, but beautiful decor pieces that can be dressed up or down easily. I decided to bring my garden inside so I can enjoy some Spring foliage sans pollen. 


The pieces I chose from the line are the pedastal servers (green and teal), the adorable finials, and the milk bottle carrier. 

I used these pedestal servers as a gardening supply center drop. I have some flowers planted along our front porch so, I plan to use this spot as my garden drop. My gardening gloves, trowels, and watering cans can be left here on the way in to the house. 

These servers could also be dressed up more for a party to serve food off of. The finials are effortless style that could be added all over the home. 

I stacked a large and small pedastal server together to give more dimension. This small house I used in my Christmas decor doubles as “green house” decor in my garden center. 


You can shop the pieces I used from the exclusive Trisha Yearwood Home Collection at Tractor Supply Company below. 

And be sure to shop the rest of the line here.

Overall, I am impressed with the beautiful pieces in this collection. Scroll through their site or visit your local Tractor Supply Company store. I know I am eyeing more of the fabulous pieces they are offering. 


At Home Gel Nails 

Nails are written in bold and underlined on #423 on my to-do list. So essentially, in the “ain’t happenin'” section. 

Do I enjoy getting my nails done? Of course! 
Do I have time to go every two weeks? Ha! 

Do I find it to be a financially firm decision? Nope. It’s super expensive and literally grows (or chips) too fast for my frugal heart. 

Occasionally, my daughter and I will have a paint our nails party. For her nails, I exclusively use Sally Henson instant dry polish. 

It is super fast drying, and there are a ton of color options. It doesn’t last very well for my nails, which doesn’t matter for a 3 year old. For my almost 30 year old nails, half chipped off isn’t as endearing. 

Occasionally, I’ll go splurge for a manicure but for the most part I have nakey nails. 

I’ve seen some other people talk about at home gel manicures.  At first, I was like, woah, way too technical– I’ll pass, but over time, and quite a few regular -polish manicures that lasted 20 minutes, I realized how genious those peeps were! 


For the same price as one gel manicure at the salon I got a few colors and Uv dryer that I can use time and again. 

Here is the dryer I purchased. I like that it can be folded to be compact for traveling. 


A few guidelines to consider before ordering your gel nails pack: 

  • You must be decent at painting your own nails and adhere to the steps of getting a gel manicure. (Or have someone around that is decent at painting your nails.) 
  • If you have never had a gel manicure before, you may want to go treat yourself and learn about it before you put some hard to remove paint on your claws. 


Amazon offers a ton of cool packages and lots of colors to choose from. 

Don’t forget to get the top and base products as well.


Below shop some of the best ones i found and all the accessories you’ll need for your manicure kit. 

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My first at home gel manicure was quick and painless. In about 10 minutes I had a fresh coat of polish on my nails that will hopefully last two weeks or so. 

Home Plan & Exterior Selections

My husband and I both love craftsman homes so it was an instant connection when we found this house plan.


This photo above even pictures one of the two love birds, that live in the big tree to the left of our house.

This photo below was taken from the Architectural Designs Pinterest page. The specs and plan are for their home version which can be found here. Ours is a little bit different.
I still envision some rustic wood or painted gables for some extra wow factor, but we can add those over time. Craftsman homes have a ton of character. I have ideas to keep adding it over time, but this plan is a beautiful charming design on its own. 

Click the photo below to go to the Architectural Designs page. 

Exterior Paint Colors

Siding- Sherwin Williams,  Anonymous 7046

Trim- Sherwin Williams,  Shoji White 7042

Shutters-  Sherwin Williams, Urbane Bronze 7048

We were unsure where to start with stone. I love the look of both stone and brick, but then this nasty thing called a budget came and made us rethink all our choices. We ended up finding a manufactured stone product that saved us money but stil gave us the beauty and design we wanted. We used Premier Stone Products and chose the “rubble” style in the color “Sierra.”

 

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I love modern gray colors, but I also love warmth. The Sierra color stone provides both.

We didn’t add shutters right away, but I felt they were missing so it was on the immediate “to-do” list.

We painted them the way wrong color at first! I knew right away we had picked the wrong color. Whoops!

We finally settled on a darker color, and never turned back.

Our garage doors are by Overhead doors, and our front doors were custom built. 
We used iron pickets for our front and back porch to avoid having to paint them over and over again. So far it’s a great choice because all the paint could used to be touched up.
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The wood ceiling on our front and back porch is V-groove pine and is stained using Minwax Provencial Stain. The stone on the porch floor is real field stone and was bought from a local distributor.
One thing that sold me on this house was the layout! We had some uncompromisable requests for our home:

  1. A full basement
  2. A mudroom
  3. A room for 3 kids and us
  4. Hubs wanted master in main (I didn’t.. kids)
  5. A functional & beautiful kitchen. 
  6. Beyond those items we were up for anything.This AD house plan (73330HS) checked all our boxes. 

Main Level:Second Level:Basement Level:We considered moving the garage to the side because I’m not a huge fan of garage on the front, but then for our lot it just made sense to keep it as is. We can pull straight into our garage as opposed to making a big turn. (It’s not always just about design, sometimes the functionality of something matters more!)

    Dining Room Revamp

    Post in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops And That, a store I absolutely love! All sponsored items are from their new line The Grainhouse™. This post contains affiliate links, full disclosure here.

    I was thrilled to start off the New Year partnering with And That. (for short) They recently launched a brand new line, The Grainhouse™, a beautifully curated line of farmhouse essentials and decor at unbeatable prices. I want to start off by offering a huge thank you to this terrific company for helping this revamp happen.


    I have been eager to finish our dining room. Our original table was too ornate and fancy for my matured taste, but I was going to live with it. I painted this room to match the upholstered material and was fine with using it. That is, until, we moved in and the realness of an open concept home was glaring at me.

    This table did not fit in our new house, literally. It was huge. So, thanks Craigslist for the connection, and you’re welcome to the nice fellow who was dreaming of my table. (He told me so picking it up.) Bye, bye table! I proceeded to use the cash to buy a more suited farmhousey feeling table. End dining room revamp.

    So there it sat, waiting for some final love. Some entertain your family and friends in my comforting space love.


    Enter The Grainhouse Line at Christmas Tree Shops And That, and I easily styled this space.


    The line is just full of entertaining goodness! They had the best selection of farmhouse style baskets I have seen in one store and honestly the best prices too.


    I stocked up on some beautiful dining-ware and serve-ware. The lettuce serving plate is seriously so cute. They also had a smaller version of the lettuce server that I think I need to go back for to use as salad plates.


    I loved how the dip bowl was used, in store, as a server for cups. They had all different sizes and materials (marble and wood, oh my!) of cutting boards and serving boards.



    Also some of the cutest farmhouse pillows I ever did see. Some were sold out online, but were in the store.


    Ignore the boo boo on the wall; (PT. 2 revamp will fix this, if you have been following my IG stories you’ll know what I’m talking about) I had a battle with a piece of double sided tape and the tape won 😵. Just focus on that pillow perfection.


    This line offers so many cute signs too, like the rustic, galvanized farmhouse sign and the local sign. I also snagged an adorable pantry sign for the kitchen.


    This affordable line is an easy way to revamp a space without spending too much or worrying about coordinating.


    The fabrics and material used in this line offer so much texture and the perfect colors. This braided runner comes in multiple colors. All the colors go together and are easily mixed and matched within the line.

    I bought most of my stuff in store but the line can be found online here. 

    Sources

    1. The Grainhouse™ Solid Chenille Herringbone Square Throw Pillow

    2. The Grainhouse™ Large White Embossed Leaf Platter

    3. Grainhouse™ 16” Mango Wood Paddle Serving Board

    4. The Grainhouse™ Solid Braided Cotton Table Runner

    5. Grainhouse™ Wood Dip Board“>

    6. The Grainhouse™ Textured Stripe Square Throw Pillow

    7. The Grainhouse™ 24” Metal “Farmhouse” Wall Decor

    Kid’s Gift Guide

    I may be a little behind with my Santa shopping, but there is still time to receive these ( with the except of the puzzle 😭) before Christmas.

    1. Melissa & Doug Dust Swept Mopt- My kids love to help clean, but they typically look like they are wrangling an anaconda. These should be a little more managable.
      1. Sleeping bags- I shared that I bought my girls sleeping bags at Home Goods. These two are super adorable as well. I dont have boys, but I know my nephew would love this Star Wars storm trooper sleeping bag.
      1. Marble run- At our physical therapist office they have this toy. My daughter loves it and it doubles as a physical tool. They are forced to squat up and down as they marbles go down. Hopefully, once its in our home it wont loose it’s luster. Let’s get real, kids always play with other peoples’ toys better. Fingers crossed.
      1. Scissor Practice- A great activity book that is a little different than the drawing or writing ones.
      1. Magnetic blocks- My girls love blocks and I have only heard good things about these. Looking forward to seeing if they like these as much.
      1. Balance bike- We bought my three year old a bike but she can not manage to pedal just yet. This bike I think would be a better option for her age.

    Bar Stool Wreaths 

    I shared this super easy tutorial on my Insta stories the other day. 


    All you need for this project is a wreath for each chair and some ribbon. I bought all my materials including the finished wreaths at Joann Store. 
    I found some similiar ones that would be beautiful as well.

    My barstools are by Ashley Furniture and can be purchased here. They are very affordable and are beautiful! 

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    Here is how my wreaths looked at first. 


    Tie the ribbon around the chair in a knot, tight enough to support the wreath. 


    Next I tied ribbon to the wreath for added impact, and uses the two hanging knot pieces from the step before to tie the wreath on. I did a simple knot and molded the ribbon to look like all part of the same bow. 


    The final step was adding the skinnier red bow for further dimension. So quick and easy! Small wreath and usually inexpensive to find, but also would be an easy DIY. 


    Easy Peasy Thanksgiving Tablescape 

    I had all the supplies for my table scape on hand, but if you don’t it’s easily obtainable materials and probably on sale as Christmas decor moves in. 

    All the pumpkins are from Target or the Dollar ​​Tree. The scale I purchased from Joss & Main but it’s carried other places too.
    I made one set of the candle sticks on the built in from Home Depot table legs screwed together.  The other set came from Goodwill. I stuck some pumpkins on top to “Thanksgiving” them. 

    The candle sticks I got at Hobby Lobby 50% off. They have such a fabulous selection of candles. The garland is a mixture of one from here and one from the Target dollar spot. 

    The cute chalkboard cutting board and chargers are from Decor Steals.  

    The table, benches, chairs, and table runner are from World Market. 


    The placemats I found at At Home store. 


    The jars with cranberries are literally recycled jams, spaghetti sauce, and pickle jars I have been hoarding. I filled with water and fresh cranberries (from Costco $3 for a ton) and voila fancy tablescape! 

    Sick Kid Survival Kit

    The summer shorts and flip-flops are packed away, replaced by sweaters, boots, and unfortunately runny noses too. After three years of motherhood, Ive learned the transition into fall is essentially a switch for my kiddos’ noses. We feel so bad for our little angels when they are under the weather and want to do anything to help them feel better. After pulling through what feels like a billion colds with my girls, I have found some tried and true products that I always keep in our medicine cabinet.

    1. The first must have cold survival product is a humidifier. Keeping moisture in the air is a great way to help your body stay healthy during a cold. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which may help ease coughing and congestion due to a cold.” Keeping a humidifier clean is a very important aspect that should be taken seriously to maximize health benefits with use.

    2. Bigelow Perfect Peach Tea- I love this stuff myself sick or not. I add a touch of honey and my girls love the taste. Served warm it is soothing and it never hurts to keep drinking when sick.

    3. Zarbee’s Soothing Chest Rub- I like this product because it uses natural ingredients, it smells good without being overwhelming, and it works! I rub a little on my girls chest before bed or through the day as necessary. Aromatherapy is a great way to keep airways open. I use it myself as well.

    4. Zarbees Natural Cough Syrup- Honey is one of the main ingredients in this product which is a very effective way to soothe a sore throat or cough. I am all about natural products in general but in medicine I especially try to use as many natural combinations as possible. (within reason, I am thankful for modern medicine!)
    5. Little Remedies Saline Spray- This product keeps with the theme of the humidifier. Moisture keeps everything working properly in our bodies. A few times a day spritzing the saline into the sick kiddos nose helps to move the mucous on out.
    6. Children’s/ Infant Motrin (Speak to your doctor about dosage and when to switch from infant to children’s etc.)- Use sparingly! There is a time and place for all medicine but please just keep in mind little bodies have a whole lifetime of use ahead. Medicine must be processed by the body so overuse is not a good thing. We try to reserve the use of this for fevers or obvious discomfort. Having it on hand all the time isnt going to hurt even with seldom use.
    7. Thermometer- It seems like any ole thermometer will do until you need accuracy to make a decision to go to urgent care. It is important to have a true reading when a fever is high. There are many good options out there, but I will say the cheaper ones I have tried have been fairly inconsistent. It is a good thing to invest in.