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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Joseph Michael | Nine Month Update

I know I literally day this every month.. but man is time flying by! We are in the process of planning Joey's first birthday in 3 short months and that's when it really hit me that in THREE SHORT MONTHS I will have a ONE YEAR OLD.

Time. Slow. Down

Nine Months: January 8, 2018
Weight: 22lbs
Height:  28inches
Diet:  formula, fruits and veggies along with solid foods broken small
Sleeping:  wakes up a few times at night 
Clothing Size: 18 months or 18-24 months
Diaper Size: size 4's
I am pulling myself up on everything and walking along the sofa. I have two teeth fully in and my top ones are starting to break through. I like chasing charger around and think it's so funny when mommy and daddy carry me while chasing him in the house!
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Farmhouse Winter Home Decor from Amazon

The holiday is come and gone! I love the house decorated for Christmas. The extra twinkle and color makes me happy, but at the same time, I can't wait to get it back to 'normal'.

Do you decorated for winter? I like to leave up some of the greenery in the house but take down the reds, plaids etc. 
Today I rounded up some farmhouse inspired winter decor from none other then the best site for finding everything.. Amazon

Flocked Wreath
Winter Farm Picture
Pillow Cover

I like to go back to my neutrals after the holiday's but still have that warm and fuzzy feeling. I just love this picture from Lisa Russo! I am going to purchase it and replace a picture we already have hanging in the living room. Also that flocked wreath.. give me all the heart eyes!!
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Our Home | Kitchen and Sunroom Christmas Tour

Twas the Eve of Christmas Eve and all through the house, the only christmas cookies left were that for a mouse!!
Do you like that little rhyme I came up with?? Well it's the truth! I baked last weekend but didn't want all the sweets left in the house. So I made little goodie bags of cookies to give to our neighbors and friends and brought the rest to a work christmas party. I did leave some for Santa for christmas eve, but I think Mr. Claus aka my husband; already ate them all.
Today I'm bringing you on a home tour of our kitchen and sunroom decorated for christmas. Like in the living room and bedroom I didn't go too over board with the decorations this year. Let me know what you think!

Table | Ikea
Chairs | Zulilly
Pillows | Target (Dollar Spot)

Christmas Sign | Target (Dollar Spot)

Tray | Target (old)
Mug | Target
Jars | AC Moore
Stirs | Target (Dollar Spot)

Garland | Hobby Lobby
Small trees | Hobby Lobby
Planters | Home Goods c/o Rae Dunn
Cheese Board | Home Goods c/o Rae Dunn
Hanging Mason Jars | Amazon

Frame | Michael's
Garland | Target (dollar spot)

Mugs | Home Goods c/o Rae Dunn
Mug Tree | World Market
Coffee Pot | Home Goods

Tree | Wal Mart
Stand | Target
Ornaments | Pottery Barn, Pier 1, Vintage
Star | Target
Boots | LL Bean

Sofa | Ikea
Embellished Pillow | Pier 1
Coffee Table | Vintage
Greenery | Hobby Lobby
Blanket | Pier 1 

Furniture | Home Goods
Nativity | Michael's 
Litte Tree | Michael's
Greenery | Ikea

You can check out our 2017 Christmas home tour here:
Other Rooms
Living Room
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Joseph Michael... Eight Month Update

EIGHT months. Holy moly!! Time is literally flying by. Every day there is something new with this little boy. He is such a joy in our lives and can't imagine life without him. Thank you baby boy for choosing me to be your mom!

Eight Months: December 8, 2017
Weight: 21lbs
Diet:  formula, fruits, veggies and cereal with a spoon, introducing solid foods as well!
Sleeping:  From 8pm, wakes up around 3am for a bottle and falls back asleep til 6
Clothing Size: 12-18 months or 18 months
Diaper Size: size 4's
I am crawling backwards and shimmying all over the floor. I love the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and dance to the Hot Dog song! I am eating solid foods like meatballs and pancakes but still love my bottle! I cant wait for Christmas!!
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Our Home | Christmas Bedroom Tour

I voted to put a tree in our room this year, but I got shot down. So instead I found these adorable little tree's from Michael's and stashed them away until Joe went to work to bust them out. 

You will only see the one angle of room, simply because I only decorated this area! 

Bed Frame | Ikea (old)- similar
Sheets | Kohl's- similar
Comforter | Target
Smaller Pillow | Kohl's- similar
White Throw Pillow | Pottery Barn
Night Stand | Ikea
Taller Dresser | Ikea
Wide Dresser | Ikea
Lamps | Wal Mart
Clock | Target (similar)
Candle | Home Goods
Books | DIY
Plant | Ikea
Wooden Sayings | Hobby Lobby
Grey Frames | Kohls
Throw Blanket | Pier 1
Tree's | Michael's
anything that is not linked, just ask!
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Review: Aquis Hair Towel

I received this complementary product from Influenster but all opinions are my own!

Do you have thick hair that you HATE drying? This girl is raising her hand very high right now! I have naturally curly, thick hair. I will usually rock the braid, high messy bun or low pony daily because let's face it.. who has time to sit there and dry your hair then style it. Not me! I'm busy working full time, doing my side hustles and oh yeah raising an eight month old! It takes me at least 30 minutes to dry my hair completely. and if that drying is a blow out, I will still have to go over it with a straightener. 

But ladies, this Aquis towel cuts down that time in at least half. Mornings I go into the office, I will typically get up and jump right in the shower. As soon as I'm done I quickly get dressed, comb out my hair and hurry to get Joey ready for my mom's and us out the door. One little thing missing is finding the time to dry my hair. Now, I will comb out my hair and wrap it back up in my Aquis towel while I feed and change Joey and finish getting ready for the day. This towel is a life saver! I no longer have to worry about sopping wet hair when I go into the office. 

Hurry and get yours today! 

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Our Home | Christmas Living Room Tour

I love decorating for Christmas. The twinkly lights.. the decor you only see once a year.. the use of the color RED! Strange I know, but if you've been around these parts of the blog before then you know our home is very neutrals and the most 'out there' we get is blue and turquoises! 
Today I'm taking you on a little tour of our living room all dressed up for Christmas. I tried to link all the items, but if there is something I missed just message me and I'll be happy to let you know where we found it!
Let's start with our 'catch all' table. This table usually is cluttered with phones, keys, sunglasses, mail.. you know the usual! But thankfully it has those two nifty drawers we can just throw everything in when people come over!
Table | Walmart
Shutter | Vintage
Candle Holders | Target
Snow Globe | Target (old)
Truck | Target (old)
Treats Jar | Home Good
Frame | Michael's
Postcard in Frame | Vintage
Ski Sign | Christmas Tree Shops
Reindeer | Pier 1 (similar)

I already filled Joe, Charger and Joey's stockings up with some stocking stuffers.. as you can see why mine is hanging limp (insert sad face!)

Garland | Hobby Lobby
Stockings | Pottery Barn
Stuff Polar Bear | Cuddle & Kind
Rocking Chair | DIY
Accent Pillow | Domaci
Gallery Wall | DIY

See that wrapping paper. Totally didn't put it there as a design element (maybe or maybe not forgot to move it after wrapping the last of the gifts!!!!) but I kinda think it goes.. ya know!
Accent Pillow | Kohl's (old)
Bench | Home Goods (old)
Basket | Pottery Barn
Snow Man | Target (old)

Ottoman | Wayfair 
Tray | Pier 1
Curtains | Home Goods
Mug | Rae Dunn
Blanket | Kohl's

Table | Walmart
Lamp | Target (similar)
Trees | Target (last year dollar spot)
Nativity Scene | Target
Book | Gift
Candle Holder | Vintage
Sign | Target (dollar spot)

One of my favorite decorations to put out each year is our Christmas cards from each year. We started sending Christmas (photo) cards to family and friends together four years ago. It's so cool to see how much we've changed and grown.

Tree | Target (old- 7 feet)
Ribbon | Home Goods
Poinsettia's | Pier 1 (similar)
Moravian Star | Moravian Book Shoppe
Tree Skirt | Pottery Barn

Reindeer Pillow | Pier 1 

I think it's funny when I look at this photo because as I was just finishing up taking them, the Fedex man delivered this pillow! Score!!!
Pillow | Magnolia Market

Hope you all enjoyed the tour today! Check back next week for more of our house all decked out!
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