Where Have You Been All My Life? 

Hey, Hey, Hey, everybody! Ive missed you! I’ve got a little “Must Haves” post for you today. These are things that I just absolutely couldn’t live without. It’s about to get real 1st world shallow up in here! I truly could live without every single one of these things, but trust me….I don’t want to…AT ALL!

First up…My Nespresso and milk frother.

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I’ve had this bad boy since my birthday in March, and we’ve slowly settled into a FOREVER relationship. Let me tell you… This thing has taken my mornings from “UHHHGGGG WHY?!?!” to “Coffee?!! OK! Let’s do this thing!” I seriously look forward to my morning cup of Joe every single day! It’s like having Starbucks on my counter. The milk frother is a total must, too! I really truly don’t know how I ever lived without this thing .

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So, I’ve been on a high fat, low carb diet for close to 3 months now, and let me tell you…I have NEVER felt better! Maybe I’ll go into more detail about this on a post later, but let’s just say my energy levels are insanely different. I barely recognize myself! Coconut oil is key in this diet. I use it every morning in my coffee. I cook with it. Sometimes I consider drinking it! Just kidding…kinda. I couldn’t live without this stuff.

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Along with the diet theme, apple cider vinegar is my new fav “treat!” I know that sounds weird, but I mean it! I LOVE vinegar! Every evening I’ve been mixing a little bit of apple cider vinegar into a big glass of water with a little lemon and stevia. It’s seriously yummy and I look forward to it every single night. ACV apparently has all sorts of health benefits and it’s making me drink more water, so double plus!

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I’ve also been hitting the gym hard lately. Or at least trying! It’s always been a struggle for me to spend money on sports bras. I’ll buy yoga pants all day long, but sports bras….What a waste, right?! Well not anymore! I cannot live without a pretty sports bra these days! Forever 21 has changed my life with their super inexpensive (and oh so pretty) sports bras! We’re talking like $14! I do have one Lululemon sports bra, and yes, it provides more support and will probably last longer, but besides the drastic price difference, they really aren’t that different!

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Ok, this stuff has changed my life, people! I’ve been oil cleansing with hemp seed oil for almost 3 months and I will NEVER go back to a cleanser. NEVER. PERIOD. My face has never felt or looked better. I’m 100% sure that diet plays the biggest role in this, but I LOVE oil cleansing. I’ve added a few drops of lavender and frankincense essential oils to my hemp seed oil, as well. Every morning and night, I massage this into my face and then wipe it away with a warm washcloth. It takes off all my makeup and leaves my face feeling soooooo fresh but also moisturized. I CANNOT live without this now. No way.

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Let me tell you how bad I wish I could hit up a nail salon every other week. I REALLY wish, but I just don’t see it as a possibility for me. With the hubby MIA, I just can’t see finding a babysitter every other week so I can get my nails “did” as a possibility. Someday girls….Someday. For now… I can’t live without my home gel nail polish. Painted nails is a must for me, but I cannot deal with chips! I get my gel polish out about every other week and give myself fresh polish!

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This Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is new to my makeup routine, but I’m in love! It’s pricey, but I’m obsessed with the glow it gives my skin! Sometimes I use it all over and sometimes I use it more as a highlighter. I absolutely LOVE it! I had been using the Becca Shimer Powder, but now that I’ve cleaned up my diet my face isn’t nearly as oily and I wanted to try the cream version instead. LOVE! It’s love I tell you!

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Shout out to my perfect browed friend, Leah, on this next one. I could not take my eyes off her oh-so-perfect eyebrows one day, and she was kind enough to share her secret. This Anastasia Beverly Hill Dipbrow Pomade is the bomb diggity…Like seriously! It took my brow game to a whole new level! I’ve tried tons of products and none of them even come close to this stuff. It stays completely put through even the sweatiest of workouts. This number 7 brush is a total must too! Precision is key and this brush is perfect for fine fine fine lines. This will forever be my go to brow product! I use the Taupe color on a daily basis and the Soft brown when I’m feeling in the mood for something a little more drastic.

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My obsession with this candle runs deep. REAL deep. I hate that I’m so in love because it’s expensive, but OMG I can’t live without it. When I burn it is fills the entire house with the BEST smell in the world! Even when it’s not burning, I can smell it every time I walk by. I buy these things in mass quantities. I’m obsessed!

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Last, but not least…. Blonde hair…Where have you been all my life?!? Now that I’m a blondie, I can’t imagine going back. Shout out to my amazing hair ARTIST, (truly, she’s an artist) Andrea Whisman.  I LOVE my salon days with her. Even though the blonde is maintenance, my salon days are the best escape! I couldn’t live without it!

Ok kids. That’s it. Toodles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wish List

Guys, It’s been forever again! Do you get sick of me saying that all the time? You should be by now. I’ve been so busy with work and putting in way more hours than I had in the past. It’s a nice change of pace, but It’s taking some getting used to. My house got seriously messy there for a minute! There’s no real news around here, lately. Same old, same old. It’s actually kind of nice. I’ve really craved routine, and I’ve finally got it. Since there’s nothing new going on, I though I would update you on my current wish list! You would think that spending $5,000 of someone else’s money in the past week would sort of satisfy your shopping needs, but it totally doesn’t. It makes it worse, and makes me realize how much I want for my house. It’s silly, but it’s how it goes.

First up.

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This rug is less of a “wish list” item and more of a “I totally bought it” item… Oops. I haven’t gotten it yet, but it’s on it’s way. Our bathroom rug bit the dust in the washer so I’ve been looking to replace it. Our previous rug was similar but with reds. With the blue walls and the white vanity, it kind of had me singing the Star Spangled Banner most mornings. I decided I wanted to try a more monochromatic look, ’cause that’s my thing…

This past week I went to Z Gallerie for the very first time. I really don’t know how that is, but I had never been. Most of their stuff is a bit too glitzy for my taste, but I did fall in love with quite a few things there.

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I really don’t know why but this little shot glass set had me at “Hello!” I almost NEVER entertain, but for some reason when I saw this I wanted to invite all my imaginary friends over for shots! Haha! Sometimes I feel like if I have all the nicknacks for really great entertaining, I’ll be more likely to actually want to entertain. It’s probably not going to work, but oh well.

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Wine glasses have always been a conundrum for me. I really prefer drinking out of the proper type of wine glass, but I also HATE having a ton of stuff. Please, tell me where I’m supposed to put all these “proper” wine glasses?!? When I saw these, also from Z Gallerie it was like a dream come true. Combo red and white wine glasses?! They’re so perfect. I most likely will be buying these.

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This is a strange thing coming out of my mouth, because I hated it for so long, but I’ve turned into a bit of a whiskey sipper. So, now I need fancy rocks glasses! I love how quirky these are.

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Ok peeps…this is serious knowledge I’m about to drop… Z Gallerie has the NICEST and most reasonably priced faux stems I have seen anywhere. These are like Target prices but SOOOOOO much nicer and more realistic. I’m 100% going back to pick of some of these for myself. Also, some of these:

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I LOVE fiddle leaf trees so hard, but I know there’s no way in hell I could keep one alive. These stems are so nice looking and I won’t ever kill them! Just FYI in the store you can buy individual stems instead of a pack like what they offer online.

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These are also on my “bought it but haven’t received it yet” list. I never in a million years thought I would buy high top Chucks. I wear my low top ones all the time, though. So, it was time to take the plunge.

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I’ve always hated myself in hats, but I have always wanted to wear them. I’ve finally decided that maybe I’m just being too hard on myself and it doesn’t make my head look as flat as what i’m seeing. Life is short, I want to wear hats. It would be cool if it was a sports team hat, but let’s be honest, I’ve not watched a single minute of any sporting event in the last 4 years. So, a White Sox hat is only going to make me look stupid, but a plain baseball hat might make me look as sporty as I wish I was.

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I want all of it. Literally, everything about these two white, black, and leather rooms feel like everything I am in life! Or at least I wish my living room looked that sophisticated, laid  back, and well traveled.

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I’m still totally working on convincing myself that I’m not too Plain Jane to rock a choker necklace, but I do think I want one. Just in case I get brave enough to wear it to Walgreen’s one time, and if people don’t really seem to notice it too much than I’ll wear it again. Baby steps.

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Two of these pillows have been sitting in my Etsy shopping cart for weeks! I want them so bad! I will forever and always be completely in love with indigo. I will also always and forever struggle with spending $62 on a pillow, but I’m probably going to have to do it. I love it too much not to!

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I’ve really wanted to start switching out some of my vases for some vases and pots that feel more like art. These from Crate and Barrel are SO beautiful!

Well I think that’s about it for now. That’s plenty of things to want!

Art!

I love designing and decorating for other people…I really do. However, I HATE picking out art for other people. Art is so incredibly subjective. People seem to never really know what they want, but they always know what they don’t want. Honestly… it’s just a pain in the rear. Picking out art for myself, on the other hand, IS AMAZING!!! I’ve decided, after a good two years of talking about it, to splurge a little and get something for our bedroom. Our bedroom is fairly neutral, so really I’m just going to pick out pieces that I love and go from there. So… Here they are!

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I’m obsessed with water. The ocean, lakes, rivers, mud puddles. Give me a body of water, and I’ll feel more alive than ever. I SERIOUSLY want to wake up to this every day

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I’m probably not going to put a horse in my bedroom, but I LOVE this for an entry or hallway. To me, there’s seriously no creature more magical than a horse.

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I’m super into this guy…not sure why. I generally like anything with a watercolor look. This is so lovely!

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I don’t know just something about this one!

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Again with the water color tie dye look.

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Blue addiction.

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Not for my bedroom but I can’t help but love this.

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I saw this in a room I loved recently. In the right setting, I’d really love this.

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Because we all had a rock collection at some point…

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I’m not completely settled on any of these for the good ole bedroom yet. I wish I could have all of them! don’t they look lovely together?!

We will just see what happens!

 

 

Fixer Upper Inspired Lighting

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It’s no secret that Fixer Upper has taken over the world and infected the minds of small town America everywhere! Our clients at work are really no different. Everyone loves Joanna and what she does. I find myself channeling my inner JoJo a lot lately for projects, like when I put together this sunroom design for a client.

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Don’t get me wrong, I like this look, but I’m itching to do something different. It’s just further proof I need to move to the beach. You midwest people all eat this stuff up, though. I feel like lately all I do at work is pick out lighting straight out of JoJo’s design book…(She doesn’t have one yet, but she will.) I figured I might as well share my finds. They ARE great finds, even if I’m feeling a little bored with it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t still a great look.

Click the pictures to see where you can purchase them!

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Sweet and Simple

I’ve been pretty open about how tough life is, lately. Shane is constantly traveling for work, and JoJo and I are flying solo. It makes life rough to say the least. Tackling being a mom to a very opinionated (yes, she totally got it from her mamma) 1 and a half year old completely on your own is…HARD. On top of all the time apart, we are at a major crossroads in life. We’re both making huge decisions about our career paths and taking big risks. It’s incredibly stressful, to say the least.  Today I had a moment, though. As I was putting on my makeup and my shadow was pretending to put on her makeup, I suddenly knew that down the road I’m REALLY going to miss this point in my life. Regardless of how much I’ve wished it away, I will miss the time when it was just me and my sweet little girl, in our sweet little house. As much as I’ve hated being alone, I also want to remember this. I want to remember our bond. Life is tough right now, but our days are so sweet and simple.

   

   

Life Lately

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged! I’m so terrible at consistency! Just not my strong suit. I’m working on it, though! I’ve been consistently working out lately.IMG_2524 I felt like I needed a photo as evidence. Most awkward selfie I’ve ever taken….So embarrassing. Almost as embarrassing as how much I love Taylor Swift. My life has significantly improved since I realized that I’m actually not too cool for T Swift…Or gym selfies. I just want to be sure that when I get ripped no one confuses my hard work for good genetics. Side note: That’s my brother- in-law in the picture. He’s working hard, too, and we coincidentally are on the same gym schedule.

Working out is occupying a lot of my time and head space lately. 4ish months ago I nearly threw out all my bikinis. I though, “Well, I won’t be needing these anymore.” And then I realized I was taking the easy way out. I’ve always been in fairly good shape, but I’ve never been totally ripped. It’s now or never, people! I figure I might as well try once. My husband and I are super competitive with each other, and he’s been in insanely good shape before, (and getting there again) I can’t let him one up me like that! I’ll keep you posted on if it actually happens. I think it will. I’m pretty motivated, but it’s pretty hard for me to imagine. Abs? What are those? This Instagram account has been pretty motivating for me!

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#goals

Aside from the working out, This past weekend I was on the West Coast getting one of my very best friends married off! It was a really fun weekend, and some much needed time away completely solo. No kid and no husband! That NEVER happens.

  
I got to flex my creative muscles a bit and do all the flower arranging, too! Way fun!   

In design news…I’ve been working on a fun project for work. It’s sort of in the waiting phase, but should wrap up early June. It’s been super fun, because even though the couple came from an incredibly traditional house, they are now living in a downtown loft, and totally game for all things modern and fun. These are just some of the pieces we’re getting to use that I’m really excited about.

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Click the pictures for the link.

In additional design news….

 I scored this wall hanging at a rummage sale for 25 cents! I have no idea where I will put it, but I love it!

Warm weather is almost here to stay in Indiana! Hallelujah for shorts season! When I first had Jolie, I tried to class up my shorts game a bit in order to look more motherly, but it just wasn’t me. This year, I honestly just don’t care! I like cut off jean shorts and I may just rock them until I’m 50. I apologize in advance. I recently restocked my probably-to-young-for-me shorts collection.

I picked up these from H&M.

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And these.

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Crop tops and high waisted short are basically my summer uniform.

I’ve been wearing the heck out of this simple black mock turtle neck crop top.

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I also bought my second EVER romper the other day. How late to that scene am I, right?!? I always felt like they looked a little awkward on me, but suddenly the ease of putting on one clothing item and still looking pulled together, has me SOLD! I’m all about easy, and it just doesn’t get any easier….until you have pee, but I’ll hold it.

For mother’s day, the hubby got me this MVMT watch!

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 I’ve been wanting one for a while, and let me tell you….It did not disappoint! It’s such a nice watch for roughly $100. Seriously, I was so impressed from the packaging, to the expensive feel! The all black one is next on my list!

Last but for sure not least….Jolie!!! She’s getting insanely big! She has really turned the corner from  baby to toddler and I’m loving it! 

  
She’s my little partner in crime everywhere I go, and it makes life a lot more fun! 

   
We spend all of our time outside. Bubbles are king, and dunking her entire head in the water table is a close second. 

  
Also, putting babies in the food processor. 😁 Toddlers are sometimes terrifying! 

  

 Life is perfectly simple, lately. After years of constant travel, it feels good to live at a slow pace! It makes for boring blogs (sorry), but a happy heart! 😍

 

 

Practicing Gratitude 

I feel like my blog has been a bit impersonal, lately. When I initially started blogging, I wanted it to be all projects I was doing in my own home. I didn’t think 6 years ahead and what I would blog about once all our projects were done! I never thought I would seriously keep it up so long! Yeah, blogging hasn’t always been super consistent for me, but I can’t believe I’m still doing it and still really enjoying it! It might be the longest I’ve ever stuck with ANYTHING. Scratch that, I do have an 12+ year old sports bra that’s still going strong….till death do us part, but that’s it. That sports bra and blogging.

I’ve been feeling a little, “What now?” about the whole blogging thing. We’re mostly done with our house. We have a few maintenance type projects, but for the first time in…well…EVER, I’m completely satisfied with our house. Showing you more pictures is only redundant now, because nothing has changed! So, I’ve been showing you design stuff that catches my fancy and what I hope to do in the future, but our future is seriously up in the air. Our plans change almost daily. Although, we really hope to sell and buy a new house this year, that’s today’s plan. Tomorrow we will likely decide that we plan to retire in this house. Just kidding. I don’t think that will ever be the plan, but we’re so all over the place who knows?!?! So all that is to say, someday in the nearish future, I hope I’m once again showing you remodel happening in our house, but for now the remodeling is done.

I’m left feeling like, “well then how do I still make things personal around here?” I think the answer is to just be personal. If you absolutely don’t want to hear me ramble about my life and what’s happening in it….now is a good time to check out, ’cause it’s about to go down.

So, someone once told me that women go a little cray cray when they turn 30. Well, I think I’m feeling it….ahead of schedule. I turned 29 a few months ago, and for the first time in my life I’m wishing things would slow down a little. Historically, I’ve been the exact opposite. I couldn’t wait to be on to the next stage in life. Reality suddenly hit real hard around here. I have this incredibly vivid memory of telling someone I was 22. NO WAY was that really 7 years ago. OMG! Life is just flying by, and in a strange way it feels like I’m missing it.

I’ve been feeling kind of sorry for myself lately. When I think about the last year and a half, it feels like I’ve mostly been a single mother. Yes, I have a husband, but he travels so much for his job. He has missed huge chunks of Jolie’s life, my life, OUR life together. It’s really so easy to start wishing our time apart away. All of the sudden it’s starting to click for me, though. You get one shot at life. One shot at this year. Even if it’s not ideal, I better figure out how to make the absolute best of it. I don’t want to feel like I’m missing out on life another. single. day.

Shane and I had a conversation about gratitude the other day. It seems like all super successful and happy people identify gratitude as an important philosophy to live by. It really resonated with me. Of course, when I’m asked, I can immediately come up with handfuls of things that I’m grateful for, but lately I’m practicing FEELING gratitude. I’m working on letting it fill me up.

  I’m letting moments like these be enough. This sweet girl is only this big ONCE. 

  I’m working on seeing the world like she does. It is one big adventure and I need to be eager to get out in it! 

  And bubbles really ARE the coolest thing ever…

  I’m going to not worry about getting my hair wet.

  And I’m going to get excited about the little things, like my very first herb garden! 

I have so much to be grateful for!

  I have a super fun job, where I get to help design spaces like this! 

And I’ve been getting a decent amount of my own design work on the side. I’m currently helping a family totally redo and really love their house without spending a ton of money. 

  

  Which I feel like is where I really shine. Getting to do this is something I need to learn to really be grateful for. Um hello…I’m living my dreams over here!!! 

When I spend time filling myself with gratitude, I get embarrassed that I was ever feeling sorry for myself. The truth is life is passing me by more quickly than I’d hoped. No matter how tough it seems, no matter how much I wish my circumstances were different, life is good. So incredibly good. It’s time to slow down, take it in, and enjoy it! Oh… And also stretch more…because I’m insanely inflexible and this body has got to last me! 😉