November 16, 2015

Curly Hair Don't Care - Celebrating You!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Dove Hair, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #LoveYourCurls #pmgdove

"We all want what we don't have." There's so much truth in this saying and almost always it is applied to material things but when it comes to women it's also a beauty issue. Straight haired girls want luscious curls and curly haired ladies want sleek and straight dos. 

That saying definitely applies to me and my curly hair. I didn't always have curly hair. In fact my hair was pretty straight as a child but throughout the years my hair has gone from straight, to wavy to funky curls. I don't hate them but I definitely don't love them or feel comfortable enough to wear them out of the house. So most days I tuck my curls into a "mom bun" and on days I have time I straighten it and wear my hair down. Many are actually surprised to find my hair is not in fact straight but curly. 

Straight hair seems the be the "one size fits all" hair type for women so when it comes to emojis, straight haired emojis are what we tend to use. I was so excited when Dove Hair introduced the Dove #LoveYourCurls Emojis for us curly haired girls. They've made a way for us to accurately express ourselves when texting family and friends. I don't know about you but I love using emojis and memes when texting so to be able to use emojis you can identify with is just great! I've always admired Dove Hair and their support of women being who they are. They encouraged me to not only embrace my curls but also celebrate them!
So last week I decided to wear my curls out to lunch with my sister and she shot some photos of me and my curly locks. It felt so good to not have to "fix" my hair to go out. I let my hair air dry and at first I felt kind of weird because I'm not used to wearing my hair down without it being straight but as the day went on my curly hair grew on me. I loved the whole experience so much, I plan to wear my curls out more often. I feel that the more often I do, the more I will learn to love my curls.
So many times we get caught up in what we wish we had and don't really embrace who we are and how God made us. I still like my hair straight but I don't completely hate my curls anymore. This mini shoot was a great reminder for me to be thankful for who I am and how God made me.
Do you have curly hair? Download the Dove Love Your Curls Emojis in the App Store and Google Play Store to show you #LoveYourCurls! 

November 13, 2015

DIY Easy Thanksgiving Banner

I wasn't planning on writing a post but I thought I would share how I made my gold Thanksgiving banner. So please excuse the iphone photos on this post. I usually use my camera but like I said this is a quick unplanned post. 

Target had a similar banner that said GIVE THANKS and I was going to buy it last time but my sister convinced me we could make it ourselves. I am glad she did because I love my banner even more than Target's. Here is what I used to create my Thanksgiving banner.
The gold metallic poster board is from Hobby Lobby and were on sale at 2 for $1. The stencils are from Target. You will also need some string and a hole puncher. You basically trace your letters on to the poster board and cut them out. Then you hole punch the tops and string them. It's that easy!
I feel like making a bunch more of these! So easy to make and it looks great! So if you need some quick easy Thanksgiving decor try this cute banner! :)

November 6, 2015

Simple + Modern - My Top Uncommon Goods Picks

Throughout the past year I've developed a love for simple, clean, modern design. I want my home to feel clean, open, and not cluttered at all. The less clutter the bigger and cleaner a room looks. That is my motto and my style as of now. So naturally I am drawn to mid century modern. Lots of wood tones, lots of clean lines. It just seems to fit our new home so well. 

So today I want to share how to keep things simple with your home decor. I want to show you some of my favorite decor items for both home/office and kitchen. I'm especially excited to share some of my favorite kitchen decor items because hopefully soon (I know I've been saying that for a while now) we will begin our kitchen remodel. 

All of my decor picks are from Uncommon Goods. Uncommon Goods is not just another online shop selling pretty things. They take pride in their business from taking care of their employees to making sure each and every one of their products are top quality, eco friendly, and unique. They work closely with artists to provide quality products for your home and your loved ones. I'm focusing on their home decor today but you should really check out all of their products, they have something for everyone! 

As you can see I love natural elements such as wood. I also have an obsession with globes and this one would be perfect for any home office! I like to keep things simple with my home decor by using natural elements and clean lines. Baskets are perfect to hold all of your clutter yet they can perfectly blend into any room. I actually do not mind patterned pillows, I like to add color with my pillows as you can see I did in our master bedroom. 

My kitchen picks include things every kitchen should have with a modern touch! I've included lots of wood tones into my kitchen picks as well. I have a love for white dishes! I used to own a green dish set back when I first got married and I look back and think "what was I thinking?". White is timeless and makes everything look organized and put together. 

My style may not be yours and that is ok! The most important thing is to take pride in your home. Let your home reflect your own personal style down to your salt and pepper shakers. 

October 12, 2015

Fun & Easy Way to Grow Your Kids Faith

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Lifetree, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #growkidsfaith
I've shared the importance of praying with your kids on my blog before. Praying with them before school is one of the things I look forward to each morning. This year I started doing a short devotional with them as well. I make sure to wake up 15 minutes earlier so we have time to do a devotional and pray in the car each morning before dropping them off to school. This time for me has been precious! Listening to them ask questions and talk about Jesus is so wonderful but I still felt like it wasn't enough. I've been wanting to do an activity type of devotional with the kids in the afternoons for some time now but after dinner, homework, and bath time, I was left with no energy to come up with anything.

Then I found out about the Buddy Box Subscription Program. I'm sure you've heard of subscription boxes by now, they seem to be super popular nowadays. I myself love them! I've subscribed to a couple different ones. This one, however, is for your kiddos. It's not just a fun little box it's meant to grow your kids faith through hands on activities, crafts, songs, and bible study.
Buddy Box is a monthly care package for kids' faith that gets them excited about growing their relationship with the best buddy of all - JESUS! We went outside on a beautiful day and spent the afternoon learning more about Jesus and how he can help us face our fears.
All three of my kids had so much fun not only going through their box but doing each and every activity. Even though they are all different ages they all enjoyed the activities the same. The box is very well planned! Every month they feature a buddy and a theme. The buddy this month was a bat and the theme was facing your fears. The box includes a magazine with instructions for crafts, activities, and a bible story. 
We read about Jesus walking on water and got to do a hands on activity with clay and water as well... 
I was SUPER impressed with the way these boxes are planned. They really plan every single detail out and everything in the box just flows with the theme so well! 
It really makes things SO MUCH easier for parents. No need to think up or look up ways to talk about faith with your kids. This little box has it all and it's all planned out for you. Two of my favorite things were praying to God over our fears and releasing them by using the spinning disc toy.
Another activity I loved was decorating a pillow that could be used when you are afraid. The kids decorated it with encouraging messages and drawings to remind them that God is with them.
I loved watching them enjoy their box and listening them talk about their fears and how God can help them. We ALL loved the box so much we are ordering another for November! I'm pretty sure we will be monthly subscribers from now on. 

You can try Buddy Box too for just $15 by using Promo Code: BUDDYBOX by October 23rd! Invest in your kids and grow their faith! This is one purchase you won't regret! We can't wait for our November box!


September 23, 2015

Master Bedroom Details

First of all THANK YOU ALL so much for your sweet comments on our master bedroom! In case you missed it, you can find our master bedroom reveal here. Today I am sharing all of the sources of our bedroom. 

ONE // The wall color is the same throughout the house. We decided to do something light because it makes everything looks so much brighter and cleaner and since we did dark floors I wanted that contrast. We chose Tear Drop from Pittsburg Paints. It's a very soft almost white gray. 

TWO // Our floors are also ones we chose for almost our entire house. They are wood grain tile. We LOVE our floors, they look great and we don't have to worry about spills or scratches. We purchased them at Home Depot: MARAZZI-Montagna-Saddle

THREE // I spoke more about our awesome HUNTER fans on this post. We love our fans! The Windemere fan is modern and clean and just goes perfectly with our new master bedroom.

FOUR // Ah our bed! LOVE our bed! We purchased our bed from West Elm using a coupon we received in the mail when we first moved in. It is absolutely gorgeous in person and I finally feel like a grown up sleeping in an actual bed and not a mattress on box springs.

FIVE // Levi is currently in our bedroom. We turned his crib into a toddler bed. We plan on moving him to Joshua's room eventually so I will have to find a way to use up this space once he moves in with Josh. His crib is this one from IKEA. 

SIX // Our curtains are from West Elm. They were on sale and we needed quite a few panels for our entire bedroom so we went with these and they just blend in nicely with everything else.

SEVEN // We received this beautiful african gazelle print courtesy of Minted. I loved it ever since I saw it on their website. I purchased the frame from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. 

EIGHT // I made this pillow cover using fabric I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I bought the insert from IKEA.

NINE // These pillows are from TJ Maxx. 

TEN // This art is a DIY that I shared on the blog here

ELEVEN // Our bedding is from IKEA. It is a duvet set. I purchased the insert at Target. 

TWELVE  // This mid century nightstand came as a set along with the dresser and we purchased them off of a lady on craigslist.

THIRTEEN // Since we only had one nightstand we needed another so I decided to try the whole mix matched nightstand thing and I purchased this one from Target. 

FOURTEEN // This is a DIY I shared on my blog here

FIFTEEN // These are all thrifted items. I shared a little more about the globe on my instagram. You can find my thrifted finds using #cinsarahthrifted on instagram. 

SIXTEEN // I purchased this plant at Home Depot and I couldn't find a cute planter for it so I grabbed the kids bathroom trash can and it was the perfect match.

SEVENTEEN // This is a craigslist find. It was my birthday present from my husband :)

EIGHTEEN // The chair is an old goodwill find and the pillow cover is another DIY I shared on my blog here

NINETEEN // These frames are from Target and the artwork is another DIY you can find here

TWENTY // This desk is made out of boards from our old dining table and the legs are from IKEA

TWENTY-ONE // This chair I found at Ross.

TWENTY-TWO //  This lamp is a Target clearance find.

TWENTY-THREE // My MOST FAVORITE DIY is this! My husband built this bookshelf inspired by West Elm and you can find the post here

Thank you all again! If I missed anything feel free to leave me a comment. Our next remodel is our kitchen!! So excited to get started on that one and to share our progress with you. Follow me on instagram to keep up to date and watch our progress. 

September 21, 2015

Master Bedroom Reveal

Finally our last bedroom reveal in our new home. This is one we put the most work and money into because it is a big room with tons of space and a little office nook to the side. We love our new large master bedroom and vaulted ceilings. The ceilings and our new Hunter fan were just meant to be. I only want to share before and after photos today and I will have another follow up post with all of the details later this week because that will take some time to put together and all I want right now is to show you the results. I'm pretty sure that's what you want to see too. So here are the before and afters!
The BIGGEST changes in our room are the ceiling, floors, and walls. We had all of our popcorn removed from the ceilings, retextured ceilings and walls, and got new wood grain tile flooring. Levi is currently in our room but we plan to move him in with Josh soon. 
I love that we have this space next to our bedroom which we have turned into our office nook. As you can see we've still got a couple minor details to finish like wall plugs and the closet doors but all in good time.
and here are a few more photos...a
Make sure to check back later this week for a more detailed post with sources. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will reply either below your comment or on my next post.

September 17, 2015

DIY West Elm Inspired Ladder Bookshelf

 Here is our last DIY for our master bedroom. It is my favorite because my husband built it. We had this empty wall in our office nook that I knew I wanted shelving in. It is right next to my desk and was just a dumping ground for stuff like my sewing machine and crafting leftovers.
I looked online for shelves to buy but didn't find anything affordable and I didn't even think to ask my husband to build some because he already has a lot going on but when I mentioned I was just going to buy some cheap IKEA shelves, he told me he would build me some. We both searched online and then I saw West Elm post this photo on instagram...
I showed it to Omar and he told me he could build something like this for me so we drew a rough draft and measured our wall and compared it to west elm's version. We decided to make ours a bit taller and wider. Here are our original plans. I don't really have a full tutorial for you all but I'm gonna share as many details as possible in case you want to build these yourself. Here are our plans...
Our shelves ended up being 60in wide and 70in tall. Hope the picture explains itself, if not please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. We used pine wood: 1x12 for the shelves and 1x3 for the ladder or the long ends in the the front and back. Mu husband cut the tops, bottoms and notches (which I will explain a little more below) to a 10 degree angle.
First he measured everything and cut our boards to the length we would need them. Instead of having ladder boards like west elm to hold every shelf my husband built little notches where the shelves could fit into. He used his miter saw and cut about 1/4in into the boards at the same 10 degree angle as the bottom and tops. 
When we assembled them he used his wooden mallet to get them into place and then he nailed the whole thing down. Before assembly he sanded and stained all of the shelves with Minwax® Special Walnut 224 Stain and then I painted the ladder (front and back sections) parts BEHR Graphic Charcoal in a satin finish. Love our new shelves! They fit perfectly along the wall in our office nook.
Here's a comparison of West Elm's shelves and our DIY version. Not exactly alike but at a fraction of the cost and the fact that my husband built them makes ours 100 times better for me ;)
I will be posting our master bedroom reveal next week! 
Let me know if you decide to try to build these yourself. They aren't too difficult to make.