April 24, 2016

Five Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

Mother's day is coming up and you might or might not already have that weekend planned out. If you don't have plans or you want to try something different this year, let me help ya out a little with some ideas. Here are five different ways you can celebrate Mother's Day this year:

All you outdoor lovers, this is for you. We all know parks get super packed on holidays so why not set up the backyard for a day of fun? For food you can either pack sandwiches and snacks or order pizza and eat it outside. The best part is the clean up is easier because you don't have to wash any dishes if you use disposables! Set up a tent and read together, sing, play board games, look through old baby pictures, or simply talk! You can plan fun outdoor games, maybe have a nerf gun war, or plan a scavenger hunt. You can also plant some flowers together, start that garden you've been wanting to do, and maybe even have a water balloon fight afterwards. There really is no limit to what you can do outdoors. 

Again restaurants are FULL this time of year so you can eat a fancy dinner at home without cooking. How? You can get a dinner catered and delivered to your home. Have everyone dress up, set a beautiful table, and then dance with each of your kiddos. 

This one could either be fun or torture depending on if your kids cooperate or not. You can schedule a photoshoot on Mother's Day. Again you can get everyone dressed up and have a family session. Photoshoots with the family can be exhausting, trying to get everyone to smile, but they are very worth it when you see those beautiful photos of your family. 

Maybe you work all week long and all you want is a day at home to relax and do nothing. Have a lazy day. Let the husband and kids pamper you by cooking all the meals and cleaning up afterwards. You can set up the living room to eat and watch a movie together. Take a nap! I know all mamas want that. Have your husband take the kids outside to play while you nap. 

Just the other day we were in Austin and we had so much fun going through the city sightseeing and taking pictures in Austin landmarks. Plan a day to visit a nearby town or city and play tourist all day! 

I am still not sure what we will end up doing for Mother's Day but I'm sure it will be a little bit of #1 and #4 since I will still be recovering from surgery. One thing is for sure, I love having my kids all dressed up and matching. Gymboree has got the cutest clothes! I am able to have my big boy match with my little man. They get so many compliments walking around matching. So no matter what you decide to do, check out Gymboree for your kiddos! Also make sure to follow me on instagram as I will be giving away a $50 Giftcard to Gymboree
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Gymboree. All ideas and opinions are my own.

April 18, 2016

Life Lately

Things have been quiet around the blog for months now. Home projects have come to a halt for a number of reasons but the main one being I'm about to get my umbilical hernia repaired and so projects are not on our priority list right now. I will be in recovery between 4-6wks and I want to write a post on my experience because I did research and found very few posts on people's experiences so I want to share mine. I am not sure I will share photos but I will be coming back to a post and documenting my experience and hitting that publish button once it's complete. 

Once I recover I've got a few projects in mind but mostly just finishing up our kitchen remodel. We are about 90% finished. We just need our island vent hood installed. It is too long and so we have to find a way to install it so we are looking for someone who can help us with that. Other than that we just need a few paint touch ups and we are DONE! Can't wait to show you what it looks like now.

I also want to get a regular blog schedule going as I used to. I at least want to post once or twice a week. I do miss blogging but ever since we moved it's just been hard getting back to it! There's just always something to do around here! 


April 7, 2016

Our Dining Room - Currently

Here is a room in our home that I haven't shared completely. It isn't 100% finished but it's come a long way from where we started. Here's what our dining room currently looks like...

and to refresh your memory here is a photo I shared the day we purchased our fixer upper...
and the glorious listing photo...
Our dining room has come a long way but it's still not where I want it to be. For starters I am not in love with the lighting. It's not ugly but I feel it is too small for this space. I chose it at Ikea kind of as a meanwhile fixture. I would love something like THIS from West Elm.
I'd also love a rug and some colorful curtains to take away from all of the brown in this room. I also plan to do a small gallery wall on the wall where I've got two frames right now. 
Our mid century dining set was a craigslist find. I had been searching for one like this for weeks and then this beauty and the perfect price appeared and my husband brought it home after work. The previous owner re-covered the chairs. Love our dining set! 
The centerpiece is one my husband built for our Thanksgiving table and I added some candles and Ikea pots and it is now our dining room centerpiece. Even though this room is not yet where I want it to be, I am thankful and proud of where it is now. We have done a lot in just the first year we've lived here. I plan to share more photos soon as our home evolves because it's an ever changing process.

March 25, 2016

Spring Home & Fashion Tips with Kohls

Spring is here! It might or might not feel like it depending on where you live but it is here. In fact just last week we were having perfect weather, it actually felt a little more like summer to me and then we were hit with a cold front this past weekend. That's Texas for ya! Today I want to share a couple of ways you can bring some Spring into your home and share some Spring fashion tips for all your Spring events such as Graduations which are quickly approaching.

Let's start off in the kitchen. Sure flowers are an easy way to bring in some color and cheerfulness into any room but in your kitchen you can use the natural color and beauty found in fruits and veggies. I used this bread bowl from Kohls in my kitchen and purchased some artichokes to brighten things up. Even my husband noticed when we walked into the kitchen after work. 
Another way to bring in some color into your kitchen is with a fun rug! I found this chindi rug in the clearance section at my local Kohls and it knew it would go perfect in the kitchen. I love the way the peach color just pops. I'm giving away two of these on instagram so make sure to enter to win one for yourself!
Moving on to the living room. The best way to add some spring is with foliage and pillows. You can bring in color by adding some floral pillows to your couch. I actually just grabbed these from my bedroom to see how they would look in the living room and they worked perfectly! I also used this square serving tray from Kohls for our coffee table and decorated it with a thrifted vase, a faux succulent, some books, and a starburst I had lying around. The best way to decorate is to shop your home, you can move things around and often find things look good and work in almost every room in your home. You can find tons of spring decor items such as the ones I used at Kohls
Spring is definitely busier than winter when it comes to social events. There are Holidays such as Easter, Weddings, Graduations, and many more. So shopping for Spring clothing is a must but it doesn't have to be expensive or you don't have to buy a dress for every occasion.I  actually have my sister and brother in law's graduations & graduation party to attend this Spring. So here is a way you can save a bit by using the same dress for two different events. I went to my local Kohls and found a Lauren Conrad dress that is perfect to dress up or down. I plan to wear this to one of the graduations dressed down and then dress it up a bit for the party that night. 
The casual/dressed down outfit includes the dress, a simple necklace, cute flats, and a cute cross-body bag. There tends to be a lot of walking and stairs in graduations so flats are a must. 
The dressed up version includes a light blazer, heels, and a more fancier necklace. 
You can do this with almost any spring dress. I chose to use a neutral color because I can wear this year round by adding a cardigan and some tights later in the Fall. When shopping for clothes, try to think of more than one way you can use a particular clothing item. I have bought dresses for special occasions only to find them hanging in my closet unworn because they just didn't work with anything else. I've learned my lesson and now I try to find items I can wear over and over and mix and match with other pieces I already own. Kohls is a great place to find closet staples such as this dress.
How do you decorate your home for Spring?
Do you have any Spring events scheduled? Share some of your tips below...

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kohl's and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.

March 11, 2016

Kitchen Progress

I realize I haven't really blogged about our kitchen progress. I shared our kitchen plans/picks which actually changed a bit and all of the before photos but I never actually shared the progress on the blog. I have been updating you all on instagram but I figured I would just share ALL of the photos on here as well to keep them on record. I apologize in adavance for the picture quality, I used my iphone for all of these. 

Here is what the kitchen looked like all gutted...
Omar's cousins built our custom cabinets, they came on a Friday and installed them all...

 Then we had our cabinets painted. If you are in the Austin, TX area and need a cabinet painter let us know! We highly recommend the people who painted our cabinets!
Here is a photo I shared a couple weeks ago and this will be the last one I share until the reveal...
 We are pretty much done except for the island hood vent which gave us some issues because it is too long but I'm hoping we can find a solution. Once that is installed we just have to do some paint touch ups and some caulking and we are finished! I'd love to have it done by the end of the month so I can share the reveal sometime in April. We shall see!

March 2, 2016

Our Living Room Gallery Wall

I've always wanted a gallery wall in our living room. I never got to hang on in our first home but I knew I wanted to in our new home so I began collecting Goodwill frames. Every frame (with the exception of the pocket frames) were purchased from my local Goodwill. It took me almost a year to collect them all but it was very worth it! The deer antlers were also from Goodwill but from an auction. Frames can be expensive so if you want to create a gallery wall but are on a budget, I recommend shopping your local Goodwills. My frames were all less than $3.99 each. If it has matting even better! Those are the ones I looked for as I know matting can be expensive too.

The frames I had the most fun with were these beautiful pocket frames from Details 2 Enjoy. These frames are so fun and easy to customize to your style. My style is a minimalistic style so I stained the frame, painted the Texas insert and added a Texas map to the back. I LOVE how it came out! It is my favorite frame on the gallery wall. You can pick from a variety of cut-out inserts and back slots to mix and match. To find out more about pocket frames visit their website here.
The little heart frame is also a pocket frame. I went with a gold foil on the back but my plan was to print out a photo of our first home and use it in the heart but I didn't get a chance to. I love how our gallery wall came out! I sometimes go to the living room just to stare at it.... I know I'm weird! 
You can purchase my "HOME SWEET HOME" print and other prints I've used in my home at my etsy shop here. I am working on new prints and also a couple other fun printables for your home! Stay tuned...

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!