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Monday, February 20, 2017

Makeover Monday

Happy Monday!
Let's start this week off with a makeover Monday post.
For this week, I thought I would share how I white washed the brick to my fireplace.  Then when I went to find a "before" picture of it, I saw that it was of my whole dining room and you guys!  Praise Jesus that whole room got a good 'ole makeover!  I almost forgot about the nasty old carpet that was in my dining room!  And just how dark it all was because of the rusty red brick.  Blah!
So, without further ado!

Before
After
It's almost like two different room!  I absolutely love our new floors!  I am so thankful that God provided for us to be able to rip out all the old carpet through the whole house.  We laid the hardwood flooring everywhere except the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and foyer.  Those rooms all have tile and so we will tackle those floors when we renovate those rooms.  (Praying our kitchen is next as far as the next big project!)
Now, let's talk about this table!  So, when we lived in our small town house before moving here, we didn't even own a dining room table because there was no space.  When we moved here, we went around and looked for a table at local consignment stores.  I liked what we bought but it was white and the paint was a pain to clean!  Two kids and lots of play dates,  you need a table that is easy to clean.  Well, we have a friend who makes these amazing farmhouse tables.  Kyle worked out a great deal and got me this beautiful big table!   We can have company over and it seats all of us.  Well, most of us if we have my entire family over.  ;)  This table still makes me swoon when I see it.  ♡

Before
After
When I was about 28 weeks pregnant with Harper is when I decided I could not look at this red brick any longer!  Perhaps it was nesting or I just knew it was a "now or who knows when this will happen" situation.   Regardless, I am thankful I finally did it.  I just mixed half and half of water and white primer paint.  It took about 2-3 coats for the finish that I was pleased with.  It made my dining room so much happier and brighter.  

So, there you have it.   What are some makeovers you've been able to tackle?  Or you have on your list to tackle?  Please share if you've posted about it.  I love looking at real life house projects. ☺

Saturday, February 4, 2017

January Favorites







These are a few of my favorite things.


It's been a few days now but January is gone for 2017.  I figured I would share some of my favorites for the month of January.  

  •  During Christmas I love burning candles that smell like, well, Christmas.  When January came I was ready for a new smell however.  Everytime I went to TJ Maxx I would smell just about each candle searching for the perfect one.  I wanted something floral and cozy and Jasmine is right on point. I've managed to pick up two candles on two separate trips and realized they were both Jasmine.  Clearly, I am loving this scent.


 
  • Hanalei lip treatment.  I got this in my ipsy subscription and this stuff is amazing!  Though we haven't had a whole lot of cold weather, my lips and skin still got really dry.  Though, I am pretty sure I deal with dryness all year round no matter the climate.  This stuff though.  Godsend.  I apply it every night and my lips are still soft and smooth the next morning. This is just the sample size and it's lasted me going on 2 months with still plenty product left. You can purchase here for the actual size.  I have heard that Bath and Body Works makes a good night lip balm.  Not sure of the price or the comparison.  I might have to purchase and compare myself.

  • que bella bath and beauty products.  I received these in my stocking at christmas and I have been so impressed.  They are sold in Target and costs as low as $2 per packet.  It's the perfect in home spa treatment for super cheap.  Who doesn't love that?

  • Oils.  The tarte maracuja oil is another ipsy item.  It has been great to use to mix with certain foundations to give it a more dewy look.  Again, I deal with dry skin and some foundations I own cling to dry spots and so mixing it with this oil has helped tremendously.
    Frankincense essential oil is amazing!  I mean, it was one of the gifts the wisemen brought to Jesus at the manger so that says something, right?  I have been using it for so many things recently but mainly for my face.  I have been diluting it with some coconut oil and rubbing on my face.  You can read about the oil and it's benefits  here.  

  • Oversized sweater cardigans.  I basically live in them right now.  Heavy enough for when it's cooler at night and light enough during the afternoon when it's warmer.  So cozy.  I am loving this pink shade right now too. ☺

What are some of your January favorites?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Dusting off the cobwebs




Hello!  I have come back to start blogging again.  I sure have missed it.  Life got pretty busy, to say the least, and why there was a long two year break. So much to update on. I will dust off the cobwebs of this here blog and do a quick run down of the last two years.



Anna started school.  In 2014 she attended the 3k class at a local private school for the last few months of that school year.  She's since gone to preschool and is attending kindergarden there right now.  She loves it there.  Plans after this school year is to homeschool.  Sure there will be plenty of posts regarding that journey as I learn that whole new world.

Before
After

More home improvements in our home since moving in.  LIke new floors!  Can I get a hallelujah?!  I still smile every time I pull into our home drive way.  That is always a good sign. 



My first tomato plant....that Nolan pulled off the vine. More thankfully followed

  • I have finally started a veggie garden.  I started off with just a pot garden and last year we made raised beds.  I am still a huge work in progress, as is my green thumb, but I absolutely love it.  With spring coming, it's just about time to start seeding again. YAY!  

Hearing baby heartbeat for the first time

It's a Girl!  Harper Joy
    Getting pregnant and the birth of Harper Joy.  From the trying to conceive to her actual birth was a total trust in Christ our Lord and His love truly never fails.  (If you wish to read her birth story, comment below and I will make a separate post about it)


    • A new job offer for Kyle.  In Nashville!
    • Wow!  We are really moving to Nashville!
      Nevermind. We are staying in Florida.
      (This too would have to be a post all on it's own.)
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter?  No?  Florida isn't getting a winter this year it looks like.  It's February and Spring has come early folks.  

    Here's to 2017.  A brand new year with brand new goals, dreams and adventures. ✌

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Dear Coffee, I love you. That is all

    I painted and refurbished this old microwave cart that our old neighbor sold to us for cheap.  I have been looking for a cart of some sort to play as some extra counter space and coffee bar.  We found a beautiful one at TJ Maxx one day.  Had the butcher block and all.  I excitedly told Kyle that it was exactly what I have been looking for.  He responded, "Let's get it".  Oh, my sweet dear husband.  He clearly didn't look at the $600 price tag.  I just laughed and told him that's sweet but I am not willing to spend that kind of money.  After I told him the price he was very glad we agreed on that.
    Then our ex neighbor who we love and miss, posted on a local yard sale group that he was selling his microwave cart.

    Oops.  Almost forgot to take a before picture


    Thankfully there is pinterest.  I knew I could easily paint this and make it look like exactly what I wanted.  I was a bit nervous though.  See, I've always claimed myself as having no creative bone in my body.  I also can be a huge perfectionist.  So, never have painted furniture before and worrying that I would screw it all up, (even if it is just paint and we only spent $25 for this cart), I did a lot of research, pinteresting and even turned to my ig friends for tips and encouragement.  I received some and so I told myself that I can do this.  It can't possibly be that hard.  I chose the exact tutorial that I wanted to follow, (because there's like a million plus one) and bought my supplies.
    I chose to follow THIS tutorial.
    I gave just the top counter a good sanding.




    I already had the wood finish from a shelf I had painted for our play room.  I just watered down a bit and did the paint on, wait a few and wipe off.  I didn't want the counter top too dark.  It's obviously still dark but it would have been darker had I not done the previous stated.


    I did buy chalk paint from a local flea market.  I just bought a sampler and it was a little over $11!  I know there are tons of tutorials for how to make your own but I knew I could get by with just the sampler so I just spent the money.  It also being my first time doing anything like this, I at least wanted good chalk paint.  The sampler was just enough.  There wasn't a drop left.

    I used a few coats of the chalk paint and when it was all dry, I placed the drawer and second shelf back on.  I am very pleased with the end result.  I am glad that it was indeed easy peasy.
    So easy in fact that I am now looking at some old furniture in my house that could use a good face lift. ;)  My next project is to paint and refurbish my two night stands in our master bedroom.  However, I might really look into making my own chalk paint and try it out.

    What are some recent house projects you have done or have plans to do?















    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    As for me and my house...



    WE WILL SERVE THE LORD

    This is our new house!  We have actually been living here for going on 3 months.  So many times I have attempted to sit and write a post about the big, gracious, challenging, blessed adventure of moving into this beautiful home and either words would leave me, I would get overwhelmed with all of the detail that goes into the story or little humans that are my children would rather me play with them.  So, in this rare moment of one being content playing alone and the other still napping, I will try and give the quick story without butchering up too much.  :)

    As soon as Nolan was born on our living room floor, we realized just how cramped we all were in our little townhome.  It was actually more of hating the fact that our children had no yard to play and explore in.  We couldn't have people over for dinner because we couldn't even fit a dinner table inside our house.  We were just outgrowing the house and we knew that it was time to get out.  The question was how?  Where?  When?  Did we ask how?  That was the biggest question.  We were pretty deep under water with the home.  We couldn't sell it for how much we still owed on it.  So, lots of praying happened.  When I say lots, I mean we took the bible literal when it says "pray without ceasing".  I am pretty sure that during conversation with people, if that conversation stalled for any amount of time, they heard me praying.  Ok, maybe not.  However, perhaps saw me space out as I was praying in my head.  Then one day, after Kyle talking and discussing it all with some friends who are in the real estate biz, we discussed doing a short sale.  Pride wanted to jump up and overtake us.  Worry wanted to choke us to death.  However, we just prayed even harder and really just asked God for peace.  Peace for whatever He wanted us to do.  Of course He did.  So, we filled out the paper work to do the short sale on our home and get it on the market.  Very soon after it being on the market did we get a buyer.  Yes!  It was so fast!  We will be out of here in no time!  What silly thinking we had.   It was many months of getting papers filed and mortgages to approve.  However, 7 months later it all went through.  It was time to house hunt.  In all those months of us waiting to see what was going to happen with the townhome, Kyle's dad told us that he wanted to get a loan out for us to buy and when our credit is back, we buy from him.  Again, pride wanted to jump.  How would that make us look?  What would others think?   Also, that is a huge offer!  Would we be horrible people to receive such a blessing?  We prayed more!  Asking God to give us peace again if this is the route He wants us to take.  Remove our pride and become humble.  To not rob Ron and Tricia of being a blessing.  Of course He answered and peace consumed us.  So, off to search for houses for sell.  We looked at a few with our realtor.   We had a list of houses to go look at and so we went house to house.  Giving lots of shoulder shrugs and "ehs".   After we had looked at all the houses that we had wanted to look at, our realtor told us of one more house he wanted us to see.  It belonged to an elderly woman who wasn't capable of living alone anymore so her daughter was selling for her.  Built in the late 60's and she was the original owner.  We pull up and I told Kyle that this was it.  This was our home. We toured inside and despite the old lady decorating and smell, I could visualize our kids growing up in this house.  It also had so many little details I had prayed for to have in our next home.  Between an open and big kitchen, two living spaces so we could have a play/learning room, walk in closet and fireplace, it truly was an answered prayer.  We then walked in the backyard.  Not only did it have a good size backyard, (or just a backyard in general!  It really was hard having kids in a home with no yard!), but it also had this huge car port/ back patio with a porch swing!  You see, I didn't hate our town house.  It actually had a few details that I loved and knew I would miss.  My upstairs balcony was one.  It wasn't a great view.  It was looking out into our neighbors front porches actually.  However, it was such a serene place for me to go and rock on our patio rocker and do lots of thinking.  I loved it!   Not only did I get a space like that again but it was so much bigger and it had a swing!!  Can't nobody tell me that my God isn't romantic.  :)
    We left very giddy and pretty much knowing this was it.  We showed it to Kyle's parents.  We prayed more!  We then went through the long process of bank approval and all the fun jazz that comes with, for Ron and Tricia, purchasing a second house to rent.  All the while we are having to pack and leave the town home because it's sold.  We were blessed enough to get to stay with Kyles parents.  All the money we saved from having to stay at a hotel or condo. It also saved my sanity.  A stay at a hotel or condo is only fun when on vacation. This certainly was no vacation.  The seller of the house also allowed us access to the home and us to move our furniture in and start doing some work around the house before it was technically ours.  All the money we saved not having to rent a storage unit.  It was a total of a little over a month that we were in between houses and living with Kyle's parents.  
    When it was time to close on our townhome, God showed us just how big He is and just how He provides for His people.  We prepared ourselves having to still owe a few thousand dollars to balance what we still owed the bank after the sell.  We also prepared ourselves for however much we would owe for the closing.  Let me tell you, we paid zero amount!  Not a penny.  You ask me how that happened even today, I couldn't tell you.  It seriously makes no sense to me!   Can't nobody tell me that God doesn't provide either!
    So, there you have it.  The story of our home and God's sweet provision.  I'm sure it's not what some would do if in our position.  I'm sure some could think of a different route that we could have taken.  Perhaps.  We truly did what we believe God wanted us to.  Seeing how it all played out so far, I have no doubt that we did the right thing.   It's been our testimony and we are still seeing Him do His work when it comes to this house.   So, yes, the house is beautiful and spacious enough for our family to grow here.  It's more importantly a house that serves our Lord.  Kyle and I want to use this home to bring all glory to Him.
       


    Anna set her dolls like this one day when coming to visit the new house before we had officially moved in.  They were keeping guard I suppose. ;)  Photo taken by my mother in law.  :)

    You're always worth it



    I have always enjoyed the song "Worth it" by Rita Springer.  Who doesn't enjoy her voice??  I even saw her perform one night at a local church here.  I loved her story and testimony.
    When I saw her perform, never did I know that this song that she wrote for her own life struggles would ring so true in my own life.
    Two years ago today, this song became my anthem.  When I had miscarried Sky it was so hard and tough trying to figure out why God would allow it to happen.  However, I knew that His plans are always so much better than my own.  His ways are so worth any heartache, any pain, any confusion.  I don't have to try and understand it.  What freedom that is really.  I would go crazy if I tried to use my own understanding of why a lot of things do or don't happen.
    Even today in other situations I am having to remind myself to choose praise when I don't understand why.  Again, I will lean on the fact that His ways are always better than my own.


    Monday, June 9, 2014

    The Hippie Hocky Family

    I know I haven't posted in a long time.  It's been what?  6 months? 😳
    There's so much to catch up on. Too much for one single post so I will just start with family photos.   We had our first family photo shoot as a family of four last month.  We used Plumb Photography, who else. ;)  I honestly don't use her just because she's one of my dearest friends. Her talent is amazing.  I just love her work and  creativity.
    When I set the date of our shoot, I knew I wanted to have an old vw van as a prop. Naturally I looked to Pinterest for some idea inspiration and my desire to have a van only grew.  Kyle and Ali both posted on Facebook asking if anyone had a van for us to borrow for the shoot.  Sadly, there were no responses.  The week before our shoot, I was trying to think of other ideas and was a little sad that we couldn't get a van.  Then, two nights before the shoot Kyle and I were driving down a street with lots of car shops. In one of the shops I spotted two vw vans!  I told Kyle that he should call the shop and work his magic and see if we can borrow one.  He called and talked to the owner.  One was for sale and the owner said that it didn't have a title or tag and so couldn't be driven off property. He then went on to say that he knew the owner of the the other van and could give Kyle her number.  He called her and asked her the random question if we could use her van for our family pictures. She was delighted!  I was then delighted!  When she drove that beautiful van into our little spot that we were taking the pictures, I fell in love.  The vans owner was so sweet.  She told us the story about how this was her dream van and she was honored to let us use it. She called it the magic bus and she was happy to share the love. True hippie spirit. :)  Loved her. It took self control not to hug her for letting us use it.  The kids did great.  Anna played shy, per usual for any photo shoot and Nolan flashed his infectious smile.  It was truly magical, thanks to that van.  :)

    So, without further ado, here are some of the pictures. Hope you enjoy! :)