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Summer Style Inspiration

I have an Rodan+Field beach retreat coming up at the end of this month and I’m so excited. It’s amazing to know that these are the women I will get to travel with forever. And we will get to go on these awesome trips because we are helping people change their lives and embrace their healthiest skin. Plus we get to keep adding fun people to the crew.

So naturally, when I go on a trip, I decide I need all new clothing. I have been finding myself clicking on SheIn a few times and I’ve ordered from them before (I talked about it HERE) and there’s a few things to note. Make sure it says Priority Dispatching and read the reviews!! Reviews with customer images are the go-to’s.  Regardless of if I grab these exact ones, or use these for inspiration, I thought these styles are adorable for Summer. Having a toddler, I need to make sure my clothing is practical, but I also like to have a fun earring to go with my practical clothing to spruce things up when I sneak out.

How cute is that fringe sleeve shirt and those gold hammered earrings?! Everything on here is $20 or less. You can grab insurance on the items for $1.99 and then your return is free. So that’s a total win.

What have been your summer style finds?

I know tassel earrings are the rage and I love them, but that might be A LOT of twinning when you get all the girls together.

Beach Cover Up Dress|| Fringe Tee || White Tee w Ruffle Hem || Blue Striped Plunge Dress || Cold Shoulder Tie Shirt ||Palm Dress ||  Face Earrings || Gothic Black Leaf Earrings || Gold Etched Earrings

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Make Your Own Kids Chalk Table || DIY

This is the easiest DIY you will ever do! Seriously. Jeff’s mom gave us this cute out door kids patio table, but I had an idea for it. A Chalk Table! I DIY’d this little baby into a little art table asap, and it’s possibly Reeg’s favorite thing. She loves to sit and color. And the BEST part?! Chalk comes out!! (Hooray for a Mom Hack!) So, while I haven’t let her play much with crayons and markers, she is always covered in chalk. And there is zero need to get stressed over it.

What You’ll Need For Your Chalk Table:

Seriously, that’s it. And it doesn’t have to be a similar table. You can do this with any table you have or one you find at a garage sale. I would recommend a smooth top, wooden picnic table would be tricky for coloring.

Step by Step

  1. Clean the table and let it dry.
  2. Wipe the table down with your cloth and mineral spirits. (I did this a few times to make sure all the dirt and oils were off.)
  3. Use the roller to paint the chalk paint on.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Second Coat.
  6. Dry
  7. Repeat as needed.
  8. You’re done!

Yup, that’s seriously it!

We did ours over a two night span. I wanted to make sure the paint was really dry. At first you’ll see lines of where you rolled, but as it dries, those go away. I was thinking of doing the bench seats as well, but Jeff reminded me that then her booty will constantly be covered in chalk. So, we skipped it. For now.

This would even make a great gift. Kids are so hard to shop for.  Up-cycling a little art table for them is sure to be a hit.

Keep the roller and paint around! My daughter really pounds at that chalk table and has chipped some of the paint. I don’t fret. Eventually, I’ll sand it and redo the process.

Like the Chalk Table? Check out my Industrial Curtin Rod DIY Here!

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod :: Guest Room

I love a good DIY. And even more when it’s the cheaper option.

When we bought the house, the downstairs room was actually an open entry way office. And while those windows are incredible for an office, it became quickly apparent that we would need a downstairs guest room for our parents. We decided to have Home Depot place some french doors on the room and convert it into an airy guest room. Because this  is at the entrance of the house light , and these windows are a huge source of light downstairs, keeping the room light and bright were a must. French doors made the most sense. They match pocket doors that lead into the dining room, and it makes it where if we ever were to sell, the next owners can decide if they want it to be an office again. It was a win-win all around.

There are perks to living in a home well thought out by a developer like John Wieland (Like the basement being stemmed for a bathroom); but there are also annoyances like not being able to match anything. I called the John Wieland company to try and get specifics for the french doors to match the pocket doors, but they had zero info for me. They didn’t care to be honest. So, I got over my perfectionism (with a help from a few friends), and headed to Home Depot. The customer service at our Home Depot was great. They gracefully dealt with my anxiety and installed the doors and transom for us without faltering.

But now that guest room needed a little privacy!

Patio Inspiration

“Winter is over, which means just one thing…” – Olaf

It means that I’m in our backyard with Reegan on a daily basis. Seriously. This kid wakes up, grabs her shoes, and walks to the back door. I feel pretty lucky to have a backyard after 13 years in apartments, but as of right now, there’s no where to lounge and chill. So as I sit in the grass, I often day dream about what patio furniture I would love on our patio and deck. The list of things to get for this house is never ending, so it’ll be a hot second (Jeff says years. Dear Sweet Jesus…) before we actually get these pieces… But this is what I’m thinking…

** Details Under $50 at the bottom!**

1. Rocklin Set || 2. Bistro Set || 3. Woodstock Wooden Set || 4. Porto Loveseat

You Are Super Mom.

Super-Mom

Ok. I can’t take it anymore. You need to know this.

The other day is was checking in with my friend who is 2 weeks postpartum, and she just kept sounding like she felt like she sucked at this whole mom thing. She doesn’t. She has a beautiful healthy baby. She is giving him so much love, has help from her wonderful family, has all of his best needs in the forefront of her mind, and she’s still running her business. While on a “maternity leave” that basically just means she is working from home.

The pressure is out of control.

Checking In

Here we are. A few long and delirious weeks in our new home. 90% of our belongings trapped on a dock in Nassau, the other 10% put away in some haphazard ‘we have no furniture’ way. The air is beginning to crisp. My favorite uniforms (sweaters, jeans and boots) are back in play. And the holidays are quickly approaching. So, how are we?

Well. We are doing amazing. Sure, Jeff’s hours are longer than they were the last few years, and Reegy’s ability to get into EVERYTHING is growing daily. I’m exhausted by her consistently have more energy than me, but I have never been happier. Cheesy. Fine. But true. Slowly we are making this house our home. And while the vast empty spaces are far from ‘finished’, they are quickly filling with memories and love.

Design Inspiration || Guest Room

My entire life is Blue, Gray, Beige, and White. Simple. Basic B. Classic. Whatever you want to call it. I know what I like. It works for me, and therefore I just keep heading in that direction. When it came to grabbing a few things to make our guest room cozy ASAP, I ran to my trusty Targét down the street. Threshold never fails me.

When I was planning our wedding, I remember being the most annoying bride ever by never telling anyone our ‘color’ or ‘theme’. There was no ‘theme’ or ‘color’, there were shades and vibes. Annoying. I know. I don’t care, it came out gorgeous. So, moving into our first home, we have basically been implementing those wedding shades and vibes, into an entire house. So far, so good.