New Look + Affordable Blog Templates

5.25.2016

I decided on a whim that I wanted to redesign my blog, and with not a large budget I searched Etsy for templates. I found a great designer that lives in Munich, Germany and she was super affordable! Premade templates are THE way to go if you want to start a blog and don't have any HTML experience. You can find templates for Blogger and Wordpress, and for an additional cost designers will work with you to customize the site.


My Favorite Free Desktop + Phone Wallpapers

5.18.2016

I don't know about you, but I'm obsessed with digital wallpapers for my phone and computer! When I went back to work after maternity leave, I put up a photo of my kids, but then I day dreamed about them too much. So back to fun and inspirational wallpapers it was.  I enjoy having a pop of color on my phone and desktop screen. There are some great places online to grab FREE downloads every month. Here are my favorite sites!

May Designs: Austin based company that creates the most beautiful personalized notebooks and stationary! They are sweet enough to share their designs via free wallpaper downloads!

ATX Blogger Mixer Recap

5.17.2016

Erica and I had an absolute blast at the 6th ATX Blogger Mixer! The time and effort it takes in planning this event is so worth it, because we know the outcome. A few hours of great conversation, meeting bloggers you follow but have never met, and truly creating quality relationships. Jessi from the Darling Detail was our guest speaker, and spoke about her success and career as a blogger. I think everyone left energized and motivated, as she spoke about finding purpose outside of blogging and using your platform to further your purpose and goals.

Cove boutique graciously hosted us in their chic and modern store located in the heart of South Congress. Thank you to all our sponsors!

5 Ways To Beautify Your Yard

5.16.2016

I can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to updating your yard, but today I'm here to give you some ideas! You may not have the greenest grass or prettiest plants, but these tips can help give your yard a fresh look.

1. ) CREATE AN INVITING ENVIRONMENT:

I'm blessed to have wonderful neighbors that I enjoy spending time outside with almost every day.  Kids run from yard to yard playing, and often times the adults are searching for a place to sit down and relax.  By setting up a comfy and inviting spot in my front yard, I welcome those moments for conversation and fellowship. These chairs are comfy and modern, and I added a pop of color with this retro side table for drinks and snacks.

Walt & Whitney - 4 Months

5.14.2016

I'm in a golden stage with these babies where they are sleeping good, smiling, smell like newborns, and are NOT mobile. The other day I imagined what it will be like chasing after two crawling babies, and it hit me that this stage will likely be the easiest for a LONG time!

I'm getting back in to the groove of being a working mom, and I'm enjoy enjoying it. We still don't do a lot of outings with all 3 kids in tow, but Alex and I have both been able to figure out how to watch all 3 alone. That gives both of us the freedom to plan dinners or outings with friends. Don't get me wrong, it's utter chaos when one of us watches all three. Turner watches a kids movie most of the time, but you do what you have to do to survive!

One Room Challenge Favorites - Spring '16

5.12.2016

It's one of my favorite days of the year! Calling It Home's One Room Challenge Reveal day! Designers get 6 weeks to transform a space (really 5 since the space has to be ready to photograph)! I absolutely love seeing all the ideas people come up with. The best part about the challenge is that most participants aren't interior designers, but simply enjoy this type of project (like me). Having a dead line can really kick you in to shape when it comes to decorating a space! I encourage everyone to participate next fall, even if you aren't a big blogger. Here are some of my favorite reveals this year!
 

Turner's Bunk Bed

5.05.2016

Turner went to stay with my parents last week, and on a whim Alex and I decided to surprise him with a bunk bed when he returned. The bunk bed adds extra space for guests, which we have often. We chose this simple IKEA bunk bed. It's sturdy, and I like that the ladder doesn't take up any extra space. I would prefer it to be white or a bright color since my walls are gray (maybe I'll spray paint it one day).

Turner loved it, and immediately crawled the ladder to the top. When it came to decorating, I found these cloud sheets online from Target for $18 and fell in love. The sheet set came with a flat sheet, but I won't use it until we have guests. It's a pain to make the bed, so Turner will just use his quilt. Most nights he ends up sleeping with a blanket from our living room anyway.

Bunk bed