4 Reasons We Decided to Buy a Minivan

6.17.2015

Well, we bought a van.  I NEVER thought I would say those words, but you know...you grow up and life gets real. Our van is definitely not the prettiest or coolest vehicle in the neighborhood, but hey it's a blessing to be able to even have a car. We experienced not having a single car for one day and it was a nightmare.

2007 Toyota Sienna
Below are 4 reasons we decided to buy a van.

1.) Budget
  • We have never had a car payment during our marriage of 5 years, so in our car search we wanted an affordable vehicle that we could pay cash for. Unfortunately, we hadn't been saving for a car, so we only had the $6,000 we received from our insurance company for the value of Alex's camry. We are Dave Ramsey fans and had been living debt free, but this time around we did get a small loan. We're hoping to pay it off by the end of the year.
  • Most people would buy an SUV or wagon if they needed a larger vehicle, but if you are really comparing prices, vans are much cheaper. Yes, I would love to drive an SUV over a boring minivan, but sacrificing looking cool for peace of mind is completely worth it. 
2.) Growing Family
  • We would like to add to our family very soon and space is a must. We take lots of trips to visit family (4 hours north for my in-laws, 2 hours south for my family), and a van is perfect for road trips! The van has a DVD player with 2 headsets which is one of my favorite features.
  • Right after we purchased the vehicle and were about to drive it off the loft, I noticed Turner had a dirty diaper. Cue the giant trunk. I laid him in the back and had a perfect place to lay him out and change his diaper. It felt like such a luxury compared to changing his diaper in the front seat of our car. 
3.) My husband is huge and needs leg space
  • Alex is very tall, and can't drive comfortably with a car seat behind his seat. This isn't the reason we bought a van, but it was the reason we crossed sedans off the list of potential vehicles.
4.) We have a woodworking business & I love thrifting furniture
  • We run a small woodworking business, BuiltWell, and make lots of trips to Lowe's & Home Depot for wood. Thankfully up until this point, our gracious neighbors have let us borrow their truck. Alex's dream is to own a truck, but a 4 door truck just wasn't in our budget at this time. A van was the next best thing that had large trunk space and seats that folded down.
  • I am ecstatic that I can FINALLY pick up those random pieces of furniture I see on the side of the road! Alex on the other hand, not so excited.

There you have it! Now, I totally get it if you aren't a minivan fan. It's not for everyone, but it is just what our family needed at moment in our lives.


Do you own a minivan? Are you for them or against them?

#JesseCoulter - No.12

6.12.2015

Guys! I learned how to curl my hair, and now it will officially take me 30 minutes longer to get ready. I have been spoiled with curly hair that dries pretty good naturally, so the process of blow drying, straightening AND then curling feels like FOREVER. But it makes me feel super fancy!

Jumpsuit: Calvin Klein via Ross ($15). 
Cover-up: Target. Sandals: Old Navy. Sunglasses: Forever 21. Hat: Aerie (Only $10 right now)
Shorts: DIY (Men's Levi's 501's via Goodwill). Shirt: Gap. Sandals: Old Navy. Hat: Stetson via Dillards

Check out more of my style on Instagram!

Before and After: Twin Bed Frame

6.08.2015

This weekend I did something I've never done before. I chose a bold paint color! I usually stay safe and always choose neutrals when it comes to my home decor and especially wall paint.  I had this old bed frame lying around and thought I would paint it for fun, maybe for Turner's future big boy room.  I have been seeing a lot of green lately, so I finally decided to take the plunge since it wouldn't kill me if I hated the color.



I went super kelly green, and chose Behr's Luck of The Irish paint. 






What do you think? Do you incorporating bold colors in to your home?

#JESSECOULTER - No. 11

6.05.2015

I'm finally getting used to wearing a hat....kind of. I'm not used to seeing myself in hats so it's weird.  Do you wear hats? I definitely think people should wear them more often. Perfect for bad hair days and good for keeping the sun off your face.

What are your plans this weekend? Tonight I'm heading to a friends apartment to hang out by the pool with the family. Saturday, I'm hitting up BodyPump super early, heading to the Personify Austin blogger brunch downtown, and then working on some home projects the rest of the weekend. I'll also be taking over HomeRight's Instagram for the weekend, so follow along for some paint tips, DIY projects and decor inspiration.




My fav ASOS peplum tee is from last season, and unfortunately isn't being sold anymore, but I've linked a few similar peplum tees below. 

3rd ATX Blogger Mixer

6.02.2015

A few weeks ago Erica and I hosted the 3rd ATX Blogger Mixer.  It took a bit more planning with this event due to the need for a large private space, but it was worth it!  Cover 3 Downtown on 6th hosted us, and spoiled us with amazing food and drinks. We were expecting just a few appetizers, but the plates kept coming...Seared Ahi Tuna, Parmesan Fries,  Brick Chicken Mac-N-Cheese (Spicy and AMAZING....I'm obsessed), Jumbo North Atlantic Scallops, Salmon, Beef Tenderloin Sliders, Brownies and more! We also sipped on wine and specialty cocktails (try the Strawberry Basil Lemonade).

We had some amazing giveaways from Chelsea Laine Francis Photography (mini photo session), Blue Elephant Boutique ($75 gift card), Lauren Jade Martin (custom illustration), Maggie Villamaria (necklace & bracelets). Thank you again ladies!

Jess Lively was our wonderful speaker, and I feel that many of us related to her message of finding our purpose. I asked Jess to speak because I knew she would inspire and encourage us, which she did! Check out her weekly podcast to be motivated and inspired every week.













After the event we headed over to the Stitch Fix Rooftop party on Congress. We ate more, styled some fun pieces of clothing and met up with more bloggers!




Thank you to all the ladies who attended our event! Erica and I are already planning the next mixer, and this time we promise to have a large space so everyone can attend. Stay tuned for details!

Choosing an Upholstery Fabric

5.29.2015

I scored these amazing chairs on a Saturday morning while driving home. I saw a garage sale sign near my neighborhood, and thought "Why not?". When I saw the $5 price tag I knew they had to be mine, plus they are SUPER comfy.  I usually don't stop at garage sales, because there is never much good stuff, but I'm so glad I did this day. I don't know if I'll ever be able to drive by a garage sale sign again, because you never know what you will find.



Now here is where I need your help! I've been going back and forth in my mind about fabrics. I've FINALLY narrowed down my options to two. #1 - Gray & Tan Herringbone #2 - Navy & Tan Herringbone. They are the same fabric, just different colors. The fabric is super thick and the pattern is subtle. I am not painting or staining the chair's wood, so whatever fabric I decide on needs to go with the original wood. I will have one in my bedroom and one in my living room. I have tan carpet in my entire house, gray walls, and a very neutral bedroom and living room. Please tell me which one you would pick!



I decided to have them reupholstered at Round Rock's Economy Upholstery, because I really didn't want to screw up these chairs.  This will be my first time to ever have anything professionally reupholstered so I'm super excited to see how they turn out!

Terrarium Workshop at Austin's Love Ding

5.27.2015

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a Terrarium Workshop at my favorite new home decor store, Love Ding. Some of my favorite Austin bloggers and creatives were there, and we had a blast creating our own terrariums. I was NOT a natural, but thanks to Slavonk and Hortus Terraria it turned out ok!






I was in awe of the beautiful and intricate pieces of furniture and decor inside Love Ding. I was like a kid in a candy shop, except I didn't have any money (ugh adult struggles). Kirsten snagged an amazing gold leather pouf for a great price, and many other ladies walked away with blankets and brass trinkets. 







Good news! Love Ding is hosting their next Terrarium Workshop on June 30th ($40), which includes amazing food and drinks (I was stuffing my face most of the night). Get your tickets HERE

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