February 10, 2016

Our Kitchen Plans

Whoa I haven't blogged in a while. I have been meaning to share our kitchen plans because they've changed a bit since I last blogged about it here. Ok so let's catch up shall we? If you don't already follow me on instagram then you probably don't know that our cabinets were installed this past Friday, FINALLY! I felt like the day was never going to come, I kept talking and talking so much about it that I'm sure some of you thought I was pretty much lying since we never got started. Well the day came and the remodel has begun, Hooray! The cabinets are getting painted today and should be finished by Friday. I am sharing progress photos on instagram because it's just so much easier than blogging nowadays but of course the FULL reveal will come and I will blog it all out for ya'll. 

So back to our kitchen plans. I've been meaning to make a design board for our kitchen but I've been having issues with my macbook charger so everytime I would begin a board, the computer would die or crash me out and so I JUST finally finished it. 

Our kitchen cabinets will be painted white with the exception of our island which will be the beautiful gray color you see up there. I REALLY wanted Carrera Marble for our counters but they're both pricey and a pain to maintain I hear so I think we are going with a similar pattern but a much more family friendly counter which is Silestone. I've always loved white subway tile so of course we will be doing that with a gray grout to make it all stand out even more. We have some open shelving in our new kitchen, I plan to have those stained a not too dark color. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of GOLD hardware SO MUCH, but I'm afraid it won't look good with all of our stainless appliances and sink so I'm sticking to stainless hardware. It's also WAY less expensive! 

I can't wait for our kitchen to be finished!
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January 21, 2016

Levi's Super Mario Birthday Party


My blog has been pretty quiet for a while now. I apologize for that. I want to strive to blog a lot more frequently this year as I have done in the past. Especially since we are going to be working on our kitchen soon and I want to be sure to document every detail. But today I want to share some of the details from Levi's Super Mario Birthday Party which was a couple weeks ago. Please excuse some of the grainy photos, some are from my camera but many are from my iphone. 

Levi turned three on the seventh of January and he actually chose the theme for his birthday party. He likes to watch his big brother play Mario, so that is how the theme came about. My sisters and I had a lot of fun working on his party. This is the first BIG party we throw and maybe even the last haha. Parties are a lot of work and if I didn't have my sisters helping me I wouldn't have done it. Let's begin with some of the details I shared on instagram...
The invitations where something I pinned. I got my inspiration from this pin. Actually most of our decor and ideas all came from pins on Pinterest. My sisters and I created a board months before the party and began pinning ideas left and right. These invitations took a while to make but they turned out super cute!
I designed and printed these coloring books as party favors for all of the kids at the party. I just opened up an etsy shop so I'm thinking I will post these printables for sale for those who are interested. I will post a link on here once I do. 
These bubbles are from the dollar store, the tray is from Target's dollar spot and the labels are just avery labels. I was planning on printing them but I ran out of ink so I took a red marker and hand drew the Mario logo on them.
Good ole poster board is what I used for this.
My sister's friend made the SUPER AWESOME cake! It turned out beautifully and it tasted just as good as it looks! The Mario Juice is just Hawaiian Punch and the Luigi Juice is a Green Watermelon Juice I found, I think it was Snapple Brand.
These little goomba cups were made with white out and sharpies. Loved how these looked! We just spooned some chocolate pudding into the cups.
The Super Star Krispies were supposed to be pops but I actually liked them this way better. They're topped with white chocolate with yellow food coloring. The eyes are just black icing.
Levi LOVED his party! He had so much fun! My sister had the Mario theme song on and he did a little dance for all of our guests. The party was a lot of work but VERY WORTH IT when we saw how happy Levi was throughout the party. 

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December 2, 2015

Our New DIY Mailbox

We kind of took a little break from fixing up our home for a variety of reasons. We have SO MANY projects still left to do but no time and let's be honest no money left to do them. We are STILL currently waiting for our kitchen remodel to begin. We are waiting on my husband's cousins to start building our kitchen but they've been busy busy recently and so all we can do is wait. 

Well a couple weeks ago we decided to tackle on a project to get our DIY juices flowing and to distract us from the kitchen remodel or lack of. By WE I mean my husband cause he's the builder around here and I'm just the decorator. He builds, I make stuff pretty looking. We make a good team I think. 

The mailbox was one of those things on our list and one of the least expensive ones so a new mailbox was built. Here is what our mailbox looked before...
We went on pinterest and found these two as our inspiration. The left one is from this etsy shop and the right one I couldn't find a source for. We loved this style because it matches our house number sign that my husband recently made. 
I'm not writing a tutorial from this DIY because we don't have any actual plans. My husband just looked at these inspiration photos and built it on his own. I am however sharing progress photos for those of you who want to give it a shot. I hope they will help somehow. My husband worked on this thing almost every afternoon after work. It took about two weeks because it was raining and it gets dark our early now so we raced against the sun set. 
and here is what it looked like for a few days before staining and installing the house numbers...
We stained it the same color as our house numbers sign and used the same modern numbers. I love how it came out and it matches perfectly with our house numbers. 
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December 1, 2015

Our Annual Thanksgiving Photos

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Little Skye Boutique, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #embracechildhood  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
Every year for Thanksgiving we get together as a family and take family pictures before eating our Thanksgiving dinner. This is our third time having them professionally done since my sister is a photographer. We used to just take iphone pics but then a couple of years ago my sister decided to go all out and shoot our family pictures with a tripod. I love looking back at our photos! This is a tradition I would love to keep going.

I am the oldest of my sisters and the only one with kids. Hopefully that will change in the next couple of years! ;) My youngest sister (Wendy) is married and lives in Houston so it is nice to have her and her husband over during this time of year. My sister Kendy is the middle child and an awesome photographer! She takes all of our family photos like the most recent fall photos I shared on instagram of my three kiddos.
It's usually just our side of the family that gets together for Thanksgiving but this year we had my in-laws visiting and join us for Thanksgiving. It was perfect because my kids got to spend time with both my parents and my husband's as well. 
I am such a planner that I plan our outfits weeks before Thansgiving! I always start with my kids outfits because kids clothes are the cutest! This year Sarah got to wear a beautiful Paper Wings Clothing top from Little Skye Kids’ Boutique Clothing and she absolutely loved it! She got compliments from everyone on her super cute top. It made for the perfect Thanksgiving outfit and she was comfortable in it all afternoon. You can see the beautiful detail in her top in this photo with her Tia Wendy. She loves my little sister! :)
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Are you having a family photoshoot this Holiday season? 
Do you plan your outfits ahead of time like me or are you a last minute person?
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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 http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

"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! 
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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! :)
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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