And just like that the first three weeks of the new year are already over! I seriously can’t believe it! Although, for us, Weeks 1, 2, & 3 were spent recovering from a wicked stomach bug, strep, and scarlet fever; so that could be why it was kind of a blur…my memory must be trying to just block it out. 😂
Anywho, Week 4, I see you! And this week has been dedicated to preparing & planning for 2019! If you’ve followed me on Instagram for awhile, then you already know I’m a planner. And a list maker. And an all around control freak (but that’s neither here nor there). Well, my Holy Grail of planning & staying on track is my Erin Condren Life Planner.
Any of you guys already planning (or trying to plan) your holiday outfits?? 🙋🏻🙋🏻 My excuse is that I’m traveling for the holidays so I’ll have to plan & pack in advance. 😆
But even if that weren’t the case, I’m sure I’d still be franticly searching Pinterest for ideas. Lol. I do it every year!
I noticed, while exercising my thumbs on the Pinterest search page, however, that most of what I was finding was a little too dressy for what I’m going for. Don’t get me wrong…I love a good sequins skirt as much as the next girl, but for our family Christmas, I thought that might be a bit much.
So…I thought some of you might be in that same pickle; looking for some holiday outfit inspo that’s a little more casual, still cute, and can be dressed up or down depending on your choice of accessories. So, if that’s you, then read on Sister! Continue reading →
So, as I’m sure you know, over the past few weeks I’ve shared a few holiday round ups from some of our FAVE budget friendly places to shop. Well, as much as I LOVE those retailers, I also wanted to put something together for y’all that might be a little more “gift giving friendly”. Not that giving (or getting) gifts from Target isn’t fabulous, BECAUSE IT IS!!! But I know sometimes, for Christmas we try & step up our game a little bit for certain people in our lives (Moms, Mother in Laws, Best Friends, Sisters, Grandmothers, Favorite Aunts, etc.)
You guys wanted me to do a quick round-up while Old Navy was having their HUGE 50% off sale! So I’ve gathered my faves here in this post for y’all! I’ve even included mens & kids items too! Happy Shopping Friends!!
I can’t believe it. Our kitchen is finally done!!! The estimated 2.5 week renovation (which ACTUALLY took just under 5 weeks) wrapped up this past week & WE ARE THRILLED (and so relieved)!! Kitchen & bathroom renovations are no joke!! And my most frequently asked questions…
Was the experience painful? yes
Did you have to eat out every night? no, I wish! We (the hubs) grilled. Every. Single. Night
Would you do it again if you had to? hell yeah! I love the results!
Now, don’t get me wrong, things could most definitely have been worse. All things considered, it went pretty smoothly. It’s just that, keeping tiny fingers & toes out of the construction zone, making design choices without actually seeing them first, having our main home zones completely torn up, & the constant flow of people (strangers) in your home, sure can wear on ya after a while. Again, I’d do it all over in a heartbeat because it made SUCH a difference in the overall feel of our home; but….I just wanna make sure I’m giving any of you readers out there who are considering a major reno, the truth about what it’s like during construction.
Okay, now for the fun part. The before & after shots!! I’m pretty sure that’s why you’re all here so let’s do this!
Still a beautiful kitchen, just wanted it to be a little more “us”
Refrigerator & “butler’s pantry” view
This breakfast nook photo was taken from VHTStudios for the real estate listing
Now, just for fun, let’s take a look at the mock-ups I put together to help us visualize what the kitchen would actually look like when all was said & done!
To do this I just used Photoshop & a pic of our pre-renovated kitchen to create my design plans. I had so much fun putting these together! Plus, it was crazy helpful to to actually SEE our design choices before-hand. It gave me so much more confidence that we were making the best choices for our little fam! Not to mention, I was able to share it with the contractor as well, which was SUPER helpful!
Okay, so now that you’ve see the “vision”. Let’s see how it actually turned out!!
You like my daughter’s purple drawing of our family on the fridge? Lol! I couldn’t take it down!
I finally got to hang shiplap!!!
This used to be cabinetry but we removed it to do open shelving!
What do y’all think?? What a difference right?? HUGE transformation!! Here are a few more closer-up shots for you guys!
In love with these quartz countertops!!
We are absolutely THRILLED with the results!! It’s exactly what we were hoping for!! One of my favorite parts has to be the custom island! We love it so much & it’s got tons of storage (functionality was a MUST)! There are so many other fun details in this kitchen that you can’t see from these photos! I’m thinking about doing another in depth post about the renovation process (sneak peek of that below), & also some of the smaller details/design choices that went into this project (spice cabinet, hidden trash can, special outlets, cabinet lighting, etc.). What do y’all think, would you wanna see that?? Let me know in the comments below!!
Sneak Peek of the Kitchen Under Construction
Although it feels AMAZING now to have everything done, it definitely was NOT an easy process! If you’re thinking of doing a kitchen reno, or already have one in the works, feel free to reach out with any & all questions you may have!! I’m no expert, but if nothing else, I can at least relate to eating on paper plates for 5 weeks 😆!!