October 21, 2014

Our Master Bathroom Currently

FINALLY! Here is the bathroom update I promised. As most of you know we started our master  bathroom remodel process this summer. I shared the before photos here. It's taken us WAY longer than I thought but at least most of the big stuff is done and we can actually use the shower again. There are still a couple details left and they require money so we are waiting to save a little more to completely finish it. One of the main things we still have to do is this little area next to our shower...
We plan to make this into a small vanity but we still have to grout the floors and fix the walls. 
The mirrors and lighting are all done but we still need to update our countertop and cabinets. I am so ready to see those pink cabinets gone! We already purchased the hardware for the doors but haven't had a chance to paint the cabinets just yet. Here is a list of things we still have to do in order to finish this restroom:

- fix walls
- grout the tile in the vanity space
- buy rain shower
- install new baseboards
- paint cabinets
- install cabinet hardware
- get new granite countertop
- install vanity mirror

I think that is pretty much it. I hope we can finish it soon but it doesn't look like it because as you may have seen on instagram. We have already started on another project. My husband is building bunk beds for Joshua's room so it looks like his bedroom will be done before our bathroom is. That's ok as long as we keep working on the house, a little bit here and a little bit there. 

October 15, 2014

My Browsing Real Estate Addiction

One of my favorite apps is the Realtor app. I love browsing through it finding beautiful homes I cannot afford. I'm weird like that. Are you weird like that too? I can't help it, I love looking at homes! I recently found a home I fell in love with. I love it so much I would convince my husband to sell our home and move if we had the money. My favorite style of homes are both craftsman and ranch style. This is a ranch style home that has been renovated beautifully! Take a look...
Isn't it perfect? It's got everything I would want right down to the large backyard. If we ever buy some land I would want to build a house just like this. I will be so sad the day that little "pending" banner appears on this house! I've got a list of homes in "my saved real estate" folder in the app and I get sad each time one of them sells. I'm weird like that, tell me I'm not alone! Do you like browsing through real estate? It's an addiction! Kinda like Pinterest!

October 13, 2014

Exterior Updates

I've taken a break from blogging but the home updates haven't stopped. I shared a photo of our new painted front door on instagram this summer but I hadn't blogged about it. We also finally fixed the rotten siding that the termites left behind. This is what the exterior looked like before...
We still have to paint all of the siding in our home but at least things are looking a little better with the new door and siding. My in laws stayed with us for a whole month this Summer so my father in law helped us paint the front door with some leftover paint we had from Joshua's room. I am loving my new blue door!
Isn't it great how a little paint can make a big change? You can see the before an after of the door here. From boring to BAM!
I will be sharing our current bathroom remodel state later this week so make sure to check back on that. I am also thinking about doing another AS IS HOME TOUR soon! Would you all be interested in joining me? If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out this post from last year or look through my AS IS HOME TOUR label here. Our home has changed from last year so I would love to share what our home currently looks like and I would love to see what your homes look like as well. It really is very motivating to see the changes made in a year, from home upgrades to little decor changes. It's all fun! :)


September 30, 2014

Getting Back To Blogging + Fall Photos

Hello! Remember me? Still following me? I haven't blogged in forever it seems! I have been busy but not only that I think I forgot how to blog. Seriously! Like what do I even write about? I have so much going on right now that I don't even know where to start. I am thinking I should write up a post to let you all know about our bathroom renovation process which I will do so soon because I'm sure you've been wondering. 

But today I just want to share these photos of my cuties! My sister took these last week and I love them! We actually took them on the first day of Fall and guess what? The weather was awesome that day! It's like a switch flipped and suddenly the intense heat was gone... for a couple days at least. Texas weather is unpredictable but we have been enjoying the cooler temps. We took the kids to a nearby park and got some good shots. 
Levi was not interested in photos and ran all around the park exploring. Thankfully though we were able to capture a few photos with him in them like this one...
So school is back in session. Both Josh and Sarah are in school and I am just enjoying my time with Levi here at home. He keeps me plenty busy and I have actually been working with a few customers on design work which has kept me busy as well. I don't promise I will blog daily or even weekly at that but I promise to try harder. I do miss blogging I just don't miss the time it takes to do it. If you are still following me... thank you! I have been mini blogging on instagram though so if you aren't already following me you can do it  here

September 4, 2014

DIY Framed Art + Free Printable

I've been on a bloggy break and it's been good but I missed blogging. I missed being creative and sharing it with you all. Did you miss me? I hope so! I've got a couple things I would like to blog about but today I want to share a super simple DIY that I did a couple weeks ago for Levi + Sarah's room. I asked a couple weeks ago on instagram + facebook for your help in choosing a new print...
...most of you chose three so I went with the majority. I actually liked number one the best but I'm glad you all chose three because it came out quite nice. For this DIY you will need just three items...
1. The printable below (just click + save) 2. A frame with matting (I like IKEA RIBBA) 3. Sharpie gold pens
All I did was freehand some polka dots on the matting...
and voila! Here is the new art hanging in the room...
You can also download the alphabet art printable pictured above for FREE on my blog HERE

August 26, 2014

The Importance of Praying with Your Kids Every Morning

Kids everywhere have either returned to school or are going to start soon. Weeks before we begin making preparations. From buying school supplies to picking out clothes. The night before we start packing lunches and make sure everything is ready to go. I prepared, I bought the supplies, I picked out the clothes, I packed their lunches but there is something I forgot to do the morning before I took them to school. With the rush of taking pictures and getting the kids to school on time I did not pray. I didn't even realize it until this morning (the second day of school). Although I prayed for them the night before, I didn't pray with them. There is a difference.

Why does it matter you ask? We've all seen crazy things happening in schools recently, from shootings to sexual assaults. It is scary stuff! You would think by taking them to school they would be safe but we live in a messed up world. A world so torn by sin that you can see the consequences everywhere you go. So why would schools be any different? Instead of being paranoid and keeping my kids home all day everyday I choose to trust, trust in God. I may not be with them but God is. It is important that I not only pray for them but that I pray with them. I want to teach them to learn to love God and trust in Him and by having them pray with me they can begin to form that love and trust. 

Growing up my mom would pray with us each morning before school started. It kind of became a routine for me and although sometimes I wasn't in "the mood" to pray, there my mom would pray and I would just sit and listen. A seed was planted. I can see now how God protected my sisters and I from many things. A couple years ago I learned that the bus driver that drove my sister and I to high school had molested a young girl for four years. I was shocked! This man seemed like such a nice man, my mom would give him bagels and such. I couldn't believe it and although I felt extremely sad for the girl it made me realize something. This man who was capable of molesting kids drove me to and from school for four years and never laid a hand on me. I know now that God protected me. Would my mom had known this man was capable of such things she would have never let me ride the bus but her trust was not in that man, not even in the men and women who taught me. Her trust was in God. The seed she planted is growing. It drives me to pray with my kids every morning knowing full well my trust lies in Him and Him only.

"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go,"
Genesis 28:15A

You see you may not be with your kiddos 24/7 but there is someone who is. God watches over our children but we must pray. We must pray for their teachers, for their classmates, for their school but most importantly we must pray with them. Pray with our kids so that they may learn to love God. So that they may learn to trust in Him. Let us plant a seed. 

Let us pray with our kids. For there is power in prayer. 
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth." 
Psalm 145:18

July 22, 2014

Our New Dining Room

Those of you who have been following me on Instagram for some time now know my husband had the whole month of December (2013) off so I made a list of DIY projects for him to do and guess what? He did two of them! They are both in our dinning room. I posted our DIY Chalkboard Planked Wall earlier this year and today I'm sharing the rest of the dining room including the gorgeous farmhouse table he built us. I was having a hard time picking out the perfect dining chairs so I had you guys help me here. I finally decided on the IKEA INGOLF chairs but we didn't purchase them until just last month. I am loving our new dining room! Especially because of the table my husband built! Isn't it GORGEOUS?

This is what our dining room looked like last year...
I love looking back and seeing all of the progress we've been making to our little home. We still have TONS left to do but little by little we have been making it our own.