Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Good Intentions

Hello friends...when I last blogged in January, I said I was going to do my best to post more often this year...at least once or twice a month. Well, I posted once in January and have been trying to post for a couple weeks now and finally decided to just get it done before February is gone. Can you believe tomorrow is the last day of the month? 2018 is flying by!

I decided to share some things I have been up to so far this year. I never shared my 2018 Word but this year I chose...
I have been trying to be more intentional in every aspect of my life. 
Keep scrolling and I will share.

At the beginning of January, I joined Weight Watchers. I have been needing/wanting to lose weight for years now and decided it was finally time to get down to business. Something I haven't shared on the blog is my choice to become a vegetarian last October. I won't go into detail but I will say it is a personal choice due to the inhumane treatment of animals raised for consumption. I have never been a meat lover so this was a pretty easy transition for me. Around December, I decided to switch to Pescatarian which means I added fish and seafood back into my diet. I was having a difficult time consuming enough protein and it was also very difficult to find something I wanted to eat when we dined out. I don't eat fish or seafood every day, usually 2-3 times per week. I also only purchase fresh seafood or wild caught frozen. I do not eat farm-raised fish. Anywho, in addition to this lifestyle change, I am now doing Weight Watchers Freestyle and absolutely love it. I eat so much more fruit and vegetables and have learned to make smarter choices with all foods the majority of the time. The great thing about WW is that nothing is excluded. I can eat anything as long as it fits into my points. I definitely eat the rainbow these days as you can see in the photo collage below. The bottom center photo is a meal I had at Ikea. They have veggie balls which are like meatballs but made with veggies. They are quite tasty and Joey even liked them. They also sell them in their market so I purchased a couple bags for the freezer. I am enjoying eating mostly whole foods. I eat very little processed food these days which is a really good thing.

I have also been intentional with my 2018 goals this year...one of which is to read the bible this year. So far...so good. I am right on track. Another goal was to rise earlier each morning and have time to do this before work and also just have more time in general so I don;t have to rush. I am doing great with that goal as well.

I have been enjoying bringing some live plants into my home. I have started with succulents and an air plant in my kitchen window. I bought a large plant to hang which I will share soon. I am ordering a macrame plant hanger for it before I share.

I try really hard to live a hygge lifestyle...see below. I have always lived this way but didn't realize there was a name for it until a year or so ago. 

I replaced my glass desktop with this one from Ikea...I love the top part with the drawers! I have already rearranged things since I took this photo. :)

Speaking of Ikea, I bought these lanterns the day I bought the desktop and Joey hung them for me. I love how this wall turned out. We still have to hide the cords, but I love it.

And my candles with timers give my room a very hygge feel in the evenings. 

I have spent time with my furn babies. Rooster is such a lover. He needs snuggle time every day. 

I have been very intentional with my planning each week. I set goals and check them off. I make lists of things that need to get done and try my best to get them all done. I use my planner to plan...imagine that!

I have been walking a lot over the last few weeks. I usually walk with a teacher friend who is also doing WW and we walk between 2.5 and 4 miles as many days as we can each week. 

We walk the trail near work. It goes over the Suwannee River. This is the old train trestle over the river. It;s a beautiful place to walk!

I walk from home occasionally. Rooster likes to drag me along...lol!

I have been more intentional in spending quality time with family and friends. This is my friend Heather's fire bowl that we enjoyed sitting around a couple times lately. By the way...for those of you who prayed for Heather (she's the one who had stage 4 cancer) she is doing great and is cancer free. I pray she stays cancer free forever!

I celebrated Valentine's Day with my firsties and made them these crayon hearts. They loved them!

I went down a size and haven;t been in this size in nearly 30 years! I was over the moon excited about this. I have lost 19 pounds so far and feel so much better overall.

Joey and I went to the beach for a quick little getaway. We are trying to do something different each month. Last month it was the trip to Ikea, Not sure what we will do in March. We went to Saint Augustine and spent the night in Crescent Beach. It was such a great weekend.

Excuse the grey streak in my hair...I really need to color it again. :)

We had such a great time together. We did a lot of walking. I was thrilled to find this beauty. It came home with me. 

I enjoyed some reading time while listening to the wind and the waves crashing. I have been trying to be more intentional in reading for pleasure. This is something I used to do more of. 

I have started visiting thrift stores again...I'll explain why in a few minutes, but in doing so, I found a few baskets to add to me basket wall. This is my latest decorating project. I am tweaking me living room and will share when I finish it. I am adding a little boho flair to it....or my idea of boho anyway. 

I have been intentional in enjoying my porch. I love to sit on it and even eat out there occasionally. Speaking of eating...this is a favorite of mine...avocado toast. I like it different ways...with salsa...pesto...tomato and onion, you get the idea. It's so yummy!

Sadie and Rooster like eating on the porch too. Of course, they like eating anywhere...anytime...anything. LOL!

And I saved the most exciting news for last. I know many of you have already seen this on Instagram, but for those who haven't, Miranda is engaged! Slade proposed to her a couple weeks ago. They had tickets to go see Phantom of the Opera (which is one of her favorite things) and he proposed before the show. She's on Cloud 9 and I am so excited for them both. Isn't her ring beautiful...it's rose gold, another one of her favorites.

This brings me to the reason I am hitting up the thrift stores again. We are using mismatched china and glassware for her wedding reception so I am on the hunt. I already have quite a bit but will be collecting over the next several months. She wants some boho flair in her wedding and reception and I am excited to bring her vision to life. 

We want to do something similar to this with the glassware. 

And, that my friends is the end. I am sorry this turned out to be a long, rambly post. If you made it to the end, thank you so much. I have enjoyed catching up and letting you know what has been happening with me lately. I hope you are having a lovely week. Hopefully I will be back soon...I am trying to be more intentional with blogging too. 

Until next time.....

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Farmhouse Glam Master Bedroom Remodel

Hello my friends and Happy 2018! 

I have missed you all so much. I have had so little time to blog or visit blogs over the past few months. I'm so grateful for Instagram so I am able to keep up with some of you there. It is so much easier for me to scroll through IG when I have a few minutes here and there. I am going to try my best to get back to blogging at least 1-2 times per month. It's one of my 2018 goals. We shall see...:)

I know many of you have seen my bedroom remodel on Instagram but I wanted to share some more pictures here for those who have not seen it. This is one of the many reasons I have been so busy the last few months. Well, this and my bathroom remodel and life in general. I'll share pictures of it soon. We still have a few things to finish in both rooms, but they are both about 90% complete. 

In the months leading up to the remodel, I knew I wanted to keep the colors neutral and use different textures and metals. My vision turned out even better than I had imagined. Come on in for a tour. My room is not very large but I tried to maximize the space by using smaller scaled furniture pieces. We covered the walls in tongue and groove wood and stained three of the four walls white and one dark. We also put new laminate flooring in that we aready had to match the rest of our home. We hope to upgrade to hardwood some day.

 I reused the curtains I already had as well as the duvet and pillows on the bed. There was nothing wrong with them and I still enjoy them. They fit the color scheme so I saved money by keeping them. I love my new headboard and foot board. I found it on Wayfair for a great deal and it had excellent reviews. I have loved these types of beds my whole life. My granny had one when I was a kid and I just love the old fashioned look. It goes well with my eclectic farmhouse style. 

I purchased our furniture pieces at Ikea. I love their furniture and feel it is great quality for the price. I also like the smaller scale. Most of the dressers and nightstands I looked at at other places were really large and just seemed too overpowering for the room. The Hemnes collection at Ikea fit the bill perfectly. I scored free shipping during a special they had a couple months ago and got a couple pieces on sale. I was able to purchase the dresser, two nightstands, and the glass front bookcase as well as a few small items for the same cost as a dresser at another store. 

We have mounted the tv on the wall above the dresser since I took this photo and we are adding something on either side that I will share soon. I have a pretty new perfume tray on one side...

and a few other pretties on the other. I already had most of the decor I used. The wax warmer on the left was an unexpected Christmas gift and happened to work perfectly with my decor in here. I love that it has a timer as well and will turn off after 3, 6, or 9 hours depending on where I set it. I like the warm glow it gives as well as the heavenly scent.

I am hoping to purchase the cathedral window mirrors on Decor Steals when they have them back in stock again. I want two to hang over out nightstands.

This piece is my favorite! Of course you know I love a bookcase! This one is a beauty. The two boxes on top hold accessories for my wax warmer and my essential oils.

Let's have a look inside....

here are the top two shelves...

the middle...

ans the bottom two. The baskets are basically empty. They are designed to fit this bookcase so I purchased two for extra storage as we need it.

I especially like this pretty glass box I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby about a year ago. It holds most of my bookmark collection. That pretty wooden one on top was a sweet Christmas gift.

In the evening, my timer tea lights come on and adorn the bookcase and other areas with small points of light. It gives the room such a soft, warm glow.

Here's another angle. 

I reused this wall art I created a few years ago. I still love it.

I purchased this piece on clearance from Hobby Lobby last year and have just been saving it for the remodel. It's pretty large and I love it!

I love the simplicity of the nightstands. They are the perfect size. I found the wicker jug at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $10 just after Christmas. I love it! 

I bought matching lamps on clearance at Lowe's a couple months ago for $10 each and then bought the shades at Target. The nail head trim was a perfect match for the base of the lamp. It was a match made in heaven. The little plant and basket holder are from Ikea. I love their artificial plants and they are so affordable.  

I didn't take a picture of the hubby's nightstand but his has the same lamp and a diffuser. We diffuse lavender oil at night to help him sleep. Actually you can see the diffuser in the photo below. This is an evening shot with the lights on over our bed. They are pretty even when they are off. They look like the were half dipped in mercury. They are a shiny silver color. I bought them on clearance at Michael's before Christmas. 
This picture is making me want to go to bed. :)

It's evening as I type this post. It's been a busy week at school and I am tired. Tomorrow is Friday though so I can make it! It has been pretty miserable the past few weeks. We have had some really cold weather. It was 22 degrees when I left for work this morning...brrr! I am so ready for it to warm up. I don't know how some of you do it! Anywho, I have lots of things to share with you as time allows. I appreciate your dedication so much and thank you for visiting. I'm going to try to catch up with you all soon. Have a lovely Friday and weekend.

Until next time.....

Monday, November 6, 2017

Twin Topiaries

I don't know about you, but I have become a fan of faux greenery over the past few years. I love having pops of green scattered throughout my home. 

While I would love to have real plants in my home, it is just not possible. As many of you know, I live in the woods and due to that fact, my home does not get much natural light. I have tried  a couple different houseplants over the years but  haven't had much success with them.  

So, I was excited when I was contacted by a company called HedgeScapes asking if I would like to give an honest review of one of their products. I decided to go have a look around to see if they had anything I wanted. I only wanted to choose a product that I knew I would use and enjoy. I was thrilled to see they had topiaries

I have always loved topiaries! These came in a set of two which was even better. I put my request in and received my package promptly. I was excited to open it and see if they looked as realistic as they had online. 

I was not disappointed. They look very realistic, from the foliage, to the stem and even the pot looks like it has dirt in it. The clay pots are really nice as well. 

When I ordered them, I had intentions of using them in my bedroom after we remodel, but since we aren't finished with that project, I decided to use them in the dining room for the holidays. I couldn't bear to leave them sitting in the box for months.

I really do love them! I have been asked to review a few products over the years and have only done so a couple of times. I won't review anything I wouldn't consider purchasing myself. 

I recently updated this space with my new cow pictures above the buffet, so here's a couple shots of it now. I am in love with the whole look!

I hope you enjoyed as well. 

If you are like me and like using faux greenery around your house, you may want to check out HedgeScapes for yourself. 

Again, I received these topiaries in exchange for my honest review of these products. 

If you are a blogger and are interested in reviewing a HedgeScapes product yourself, leave me a message and I will direct you to the representative.

I have lots of life updates I hope to share soon. I hope you are all well and have a wonderful week!
Until next time.....

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