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Sunday, February 4, 2018

The BIG Game

Guys, I'm so excited for the Super Bowl this year! Why you ask.. Well because my team is actually in it- I'm a Philadelphia Eagles fan!!! If you have been around these parts then you know my husband is a huge Charger"s fan.. prime example , but these last few weeks I've gotten to gloat just a little! 

Jersey | Victoria's Secret old
Jeans | American Eagle
Moccasins | Ugg's 
Joey's Shirt | Old Navy (similar)

Do you have any plans for the big game this year? We plan on staying home to watch it and make some picky foods. One thing we are going to be making is these easy cheesesteak egg rolls. 

enjoy the game and GO PHILLY!!!!

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Farmhouse Decor from World Market

One of my favorite online shops for home decor is World Market. Last year I purchased all our baskets for our linen closet organization from there and picked up some great accent pieces too. Two summers ago, I snatched so really cool rope lights for our patio as well as some fun lanterns for around the patio table.
Today I'm showing you some of my favorite farmhouse decor for around your home. 

Candle Holders
Wire Baskets with Liner
Wire Basket
Floor Cushion
Wall Rack
Fiddle Leaf Tree

Now that I look at the items I picked, it looks straight out of my living room! I love to hang decorative items on my wall rack behind my door, but yet still use it as functional for coats, umbrellas, bags to throw some of Joey's toys when we head out the door. I have similar candle holders on our catch all table as a similar fiddle leaf tree in the corner of our living room. I have black thumb and can't keep anything alive, so faux greenery is the way to go for me!

With Joey on the move these last few months, we had to free up some room in the living room. We decided to put our leather reclining chair in the basement in order to push our ottoman against the wall making the middle of the room open. I purchased these floor cushions to use as additional seating and also to help out our butts while we play on the floor with Joey! The ones from World Market are much cheaper, but we really wanted ours to match our sectional!

The lined wire baskets are used all throughout my house! I have one in the kitchen that holds our cookbooks to make our shelving a little more tidy. I also have them used in our upstairs bathroom, bedrooms for additional storage and a large one holds Charger's toys . I just love that they go with everything and the liner hides the stuff inside them.  The pillows above add a pop of color to a somewhat plain and neutral decor scheme!

What do you think? Are you a follower of the farmhouse/ neutral trend?
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Monday, January 22, 2018

2017 Year in Review

This may be a little late, but I've started this post back in early December and have yet to finish it, until now! We have had one busy, busy year and boy was it fun! Such huge milestones and love this year past. So without waiting anymore.. here is our year in review!

January 2017...
We started off the year getting right down to organizing the house in preparations for Baby Joey's arrival. The first check on our list is our downstairs (and now only) linen closet. Posted how we did this project, and also some free printables for you to use on your own organization!

February 2017...
Holy nesting February! I felt as though the whole house needed to be cleaned and I mean every. single. inch. It was so nice to have everything tucked away and clean.. boy do I miss the house looking like this!! We also did a gallery wall on our stairway and turned some old frames from Goodwill into Shabby Chic displays!

March 2017...
March was a BIG month for us. The countdown was on and we had a lot to get done! Our half bath upstairs was turned into a whole bath and like that it made life so much easier! This was one the biggest projects in our house to date and it felt like it took forever. Now more then ever with baby, this is so nice to have a shower upstairs. 
We finished Joey's nursery early in the month and I found myself just sitting in there some days. 
We also were blessed with an amazing baby shower. The theme was 'Little Slugger' and everything about it was perfect!

April 2017..
and I can confidently say, April was by far the biggest month of the year for us. We welcomed Joseph Michael Melchionna into the world on April 8, 2017. You can read all about it birth story here!

May 2017..
In May we celebrated my first Mother's Day! I know everyone says it, but you really can't imagine loving someone as much as yourself, but this little person proves you can!
June 2017...
We were pretty busy getting to know our little man then not much time was spent on the little old blog, so I do apologize for being a little absent! In June Joey got baptized into the Catholic faith. 
I purchased a new car.. however if you didn't know, you would prolly think it's the same exact one! Hey stick with what ya know.. right!
Joe and I celebrated our one year married anniversary! Even though it feels like decades, can you believe it's only been a year!! We celebrated at the place it all happened.. Hotel Bethlehem.

We had an exterior makeover and had our siding on our house painted, and man did they change the whole look! We are in love with it!
Joe also celebrated his first father's day! Aren't they just so cute!!

July 2017...
Another home project I took on is painting the backsplash in the kitchen. We really didn't want to spend the money on replacing the back splash and it wasn't terrible.. just the god awful color! While I was pregnant with Joey on our many trips to Lowe's I picked up the paint. It did have a lot of fumes, so I opted to hold off on this project until summer when the windows were open and Joey could be upstairs

August & September 2017..
These months feel like blurs. Joey had so many milestones and is growing bigger and bigger! One thing that was a total set back was we learned Joey has tortacolis which is where he favored one side of his neck causing the muscles to be shortened on one side. However, his case was very mild and we started therapy to fix this! He loves going to therapy because he gets to play with toys the whole time while our therapist massages his neck muscles! Every time we go we see so much more improvement!

October 2017..
We celebrated Halloween this month and Joey also turned six months!

November 2017...
Back on Labor Day weekend we had a freezer problem that led to water getting under our new (installed last May) floor!!! Insurance of course got involved and held up the process therefore causing mold to form under the boards. It was an absolute mess to begin that cleaning process and the floors couldn't be spared. We did end of finally getting our new floor installed in November and I love them. Actually a lot more then the previous ones installed!

December 2017...
And just like that we've made it to December. We spent December doing Christmasy things with our little guy and getting the house all ready for Santa. 

I hope to be more active on the blog this new year! But no matter what my family time will come first! I want to thank each and every one of you for following along on my little adventures! Cheers to the next year :o)

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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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