2016 Goals Check-In: See How We Are Doing

Hello Sunshine! We are a little over 7 months into the year and I wanted to check-in and share our progress on our 2016 home and personal goals. This year is my year to FOCUS not only on my home but more on myself and our finances. Let's jump right in!

FOCUS GOALS CHECK-IN FOR HOME

ONE | LAUNDRY ROOM

We are still miles away from this room being finished. There are a lot of things holding us back, mainly time. In February I took a full-time job and that has consumed a big chuck of my day. I added new hardware to my upper cabinets and we purchased new flooring. We are hoping to carve out sometime in the next week or two for our installation day. But if I'm being completely honest, there are a lot of large appliances we are not too fond of moving, like the water heater.

TWO | LIVING ROOM REFRESH

We have curtains and they are linen but they still need to be lined and hemmed. I will have an update soon on my blank wall. I won an art print from Minted and Chris Loves Julia which helped with my art wall. I still have a couple more prints to pick out but it's coming along nicely.

THREE | BOYS ROOM ORGANIZED

Um, yeah, lets not even talk about this one! Okay. Okay.

FOCUS GOALS CHECK-IN PERSONAL

HEALTH

I've made big strides in my personal health goals. I didn't want to focus solely on my weight but on my overall health and workout regime. I found that I need a partner to workout with. It's key for me to hold myself accountable. One of my co-workers was game and off we went. We have taken kickboxing and zumba classes. Kickboxing is awesome but extremely intense! After I am cleared by my doctors from a pinched nerve I have been nursing for a week we are taking our first Pilates class.

In the few short weeks of me committing to working out regularly I have lost 2 inches off my waist and I love that! Another thing I thought would never happen, no matter how many times my husband told me, was that working out would become addictive. And it is!

EATING CLEAN

I quickly got in a rut of eating out while I was finishing up a big project (that I can't wait to share with you) and quickly got my wake up call at my yearly physical. My cholesterol levels were elevated and I can't have that. So back to planning out and actually cooking meals at home. We eat really clean as it is but that fast food was taking its toll on my body.

PAYING DOWN OUR DEBT

This is highly personal and I never talk money but we want to be debt free. To date, from the beginning of 2016, we have paid off 5 bills! 5 bills! Cue happy dance! We have 6 to go but we plan on having most paid off by the end of year, if not all, fingers crossed.

What was one thing you wanted to accomplish this year and actually did it? See ya soon!

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At the Farm: Mini Photo Series

Hello Sunshine! On Thursday, May 5th I chaperoned my sons class trip to the farm. The same lovely little farm where we go strawberry pickin'. It felt like a chilly, breezy March day but in May. A rare day to fire up our fire pit and roast marshmallows. We had to wear jackets but by the end of the trip we were all shivering.

My children's field trips are very nostalgic for me. They happen few and far between and I think they go less and less every year but it's one of my favorite things to do. 

The kids were more interested in aerating the soil in the raised planters and role-playing with a real farmers market stand. However I walked away with a wealth of knowledge. From planning a garden to proper plant spacing, that you should allow your soil to rest by planting a cover crop that will add nutrients back to the soil, and we learned how to operate a strawberry picker. It was a great day to spend with my son and his classmates!

At the Farm Mini Photo Series
See ya soon!
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Living Room Refresh : Blank Wall

Hello Sunshine! So we have this blank wall in our living room. It used to house our command center and blue console table but when I started our living room refresh I moved everything to new locations and was left with this blank wall.
I like the fact that we don't have anything obstructing the walkway anymore. My kids would often bump into the console when rushing past.

Now that I have this blank wall I want to fill it with something interesting. A gallery wall came to mind but a picture ledge would add some depth and interest. I'm thinking two ledges, one on top of the other, lined with a mix of art and family photos. However recently I've been thinking of adding one large statement piece as a focal point.

Here are some inspiration shots that caught my eye:
Which would you pick, gallery wall, photo ledges or one large statement piece?
See ya soon!

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6 Easy to Care for Houseplants


Hello Sunshine! Lately I've been in full planting mode. I blame it on spring! Planning my garden, planter beds, and window box have kept me happily busy. In honor of Earth Month I wanted to list out six easy to care for houseplants.

I'm always on the search for great indoor plants that are easy to grow and keep alive with minimal care. Houseplants not only provide oxygen and remove airborne toxins but they are beautiful and can be just the thing that can bring a room together.

Laundry Room : Choosing a Floor

Hello Sunshine! I'm hitting the ground running on our laundry room home goals and today is all about flooring. Picking out flooring is a daunting task, especially if you walk into a flooring center not prepared and with no clear direction. One of the first steps for us was to sit down and pick the type of floor we wanted before the style.

Throughout our home we have beautiful 68 year old hardwood and I absolutely love them; however, I knew we needed something a little different for our laundry room. This particular part of the house is not heated so I had to ix-nay tile. Tile is cold underfoot and before you say it we did not want to install a heated tile system.

Wanting the durability of tile but the warmth of hardwoods we chose laminate. Laminate is a great option for our family and how we use our laundry room. Aside from laundry, my most dreaded task, this room is right off our back porch. So needless to say my boys run in and out of the house a billion times bringing in dirt, mud, and equipment.

These floors have to be water and scratch resistant, able to stand up to high traffic, and be easy to install. I found all of that with Aquaguard laminate flooring. I ordered a few samples in colors the family chose.
I laid them out on the laundry room floor and let life happen. I was pleased with the quality and how easily they cleaned up. The only problem was committing to a color. From top to bottom the colors are Smoky Dusk Water, Calico, and Amstel.

We loved the color pattern of the Smoky Dusk Water floor, plus my daughter loves that name. Calico was light and would give me that overall airiness I want for the space. Amstel is the only flooring option that closely represents our hardwoods.

I was so happy that we had a Floor and Decor store to open in our area and over the weekend I went to see our flooring options on a larger scale. And I'm glad I did cause I immediately knew that Amstel was the right choice.

The floors are delivered and acclimating to our home and I can't wait to get started on installing them. Which style are you drawn to? To see more about our laundry room click here. See ya soon!

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Rug Swatch Wall Art

Hello Sunshine! I'm back with another living room refresh update. When I started out redesigning our living room I intentionally left the wall to the right of the sofa blank. We plan on eliminating that wall when we remodel our kitchen. Knowing this I didn't want to dedicate that wall to anything permanent but it was a little too blank and left me wishing I had something there.
I shopped the house, thrift stores and a few of my favorite retail shops for pieces to hang on the wall and I kept coming up short. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on anything knowing that it will eventually come down. Recently I purchased two carpet swatches on clearance and instantly knew that they would be perfect.

Today I will show you how I turned two carpet swatches into an unexpected, unique piece of wall art!
For this project you will need:

- carpet swatch
- plywood
- birch edge tape
- iron
- permanent spray adhesive
- frame hanging hardware

ONE | Measure your carpet swatch and have your plywood cut an 1/2-inch smaller than your carpet swatch. Bring your swatch to the home improvement store so you can make adjustments there, trust me on this. I used a thin plywood.

TWO | To make the edges of your plywood smooth, apply birch edge tape to all four sides using a iron set on low.
THREE | Using a permanent spray adhesive, spray both the plywood and swatch. Assemble immediately and smooth. Allow to dry.

FOUR | To hang, attach d-rings with picture wire to the backs of your plywood. Hang your new, one of a kind wall art and enjoy!
Although this is a temporary art installation I love how it looks in our space and it's in good company next to our DIY blanket ladder.

Tell me what you think of our rug swatch wall art. Have you been working on anything lately?
See ya soon!

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Laundry Room Cabinet Hardware

Hello Sunshine! We finally have knobs! This small detail took a while for me to commit to. I went back and forth on the topic of knobs vs pulls for our cabinet doors. After much deliberation, knobs were my choice for the doors and pulls for the drawers if we decide to include them when we purchase base cabinets.

With there casual flair the Martha Stewart Bedford nickel ring knobs are a perfect compliment to our shaker style cabinets.
We started our laundry room project about a year ago and the progress has been slow moving. Like at the speed of a turtle wearing leg weights! This year we plan to make a little more headway on this project and try to get 'er done.

What home projects are you currently working on? See ya soon!

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