Friday Favorites

It’s Friday!!

(I know every other blogger in the world has a Friday Favorites link-up. There are too many to choose from, so if you have a recommendation, I’d love to link up somewhere!)

Here are some recent favorites of mine:

1. This coffee. It’s so delicious! AND! Every bag provides clean water. Love it. (I picked up this bag from my local Whole Foods. However, I’m strongly considering joining the TOMS Roasting Club!)

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2. This little guy. ‘Nough said.

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3. Unsweetened Coconut Almond Blend. Great texture. Great taste. If you’re looking for a non-dairy milk alternative, give this a try!

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4. Relaxation in a bottle. I roll this on before bed and it helps me relaaaaaaaaax so good.

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5. Art from Gracelaced. Okay, this isn’t necessarily a new favorite, but seriously, you guys. If you haven’t ordered from her, GET ON IT! Her work is beautiful and inspiring! I just ordered these two prints. I don’t think I can wait til Christmas to hang them up! (P.S. She has a sale going on for a few more days!)

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What are your favorites this week?

Brain Dump

Happy Friday, one and all!

I need a brain dump. And I need a new Friday link-up (until InstaFridays get going again…I sure hope they do!)

1. I just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird (again) and had pre-ordered Go Set a Watchman, so Tuesday of this week, I trotted off to the bookstore to pick up my copy. 10-go-set-a-watchman.w529.h529.2x

Side note: I love Amazon. I really do. And we order from there almost once a week (hello Prime!), if not more. But there is something about going into bookstore and thumbing through books and finding things on sale and the smell! The smell of a bookstore is intoxicating. Totally worth the mark-up on books. Okay, sometimes worth it.

So I went to the bookstore to pick up my pre-ordered copy and I started reading it. I’ll be honest, though. I’m a little nervous. I don’t want this book to ruin everything I’ve ever known and loved about TKaM. Anyone feel me? Who else is reading it?

2. Gilmore Girls. I’m on Season 6. WHY HAVE I NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE??? Total, unashamed addiction. I’ll admit – it was a slow start for me, but after the first episode or two, I had fallen hard. Go watch it. Gilmore-Girls-Lorelai-and-Rory-Sets-collage

3. I’ve started using an Erin Condren planner. Y’all. Life = changed. The price was definitely off-putting at first, but the trade-off has been sooooooo worth it. I’ll be blogging about it TONS more. Just get ready.

4. Music. For several weeks, I’ve had Sara Watkins new album on repeat. Good stuff.

5. Maybe I should have called this Entertainment News with Kindel. Books, TV Shows, Music. I’m just missing a good movie to talk about.

6. Except that I haven’t seen any good movies lately. Except Cars. And Cars 2. And Despicable Me. And Despicable Me 2. #LifeWithAKid

7. Go read my friend Marian’s post today. Beautiful. If you need to read beautiful, inspiring, real words, go read hers.

8. Having a kid in daycare is hard. There are days where I just want to spend the whole day with him. A few weeks ago, we had a Friday off work and school so we just had all-day family time. A morning of bowling, an afternoon at the driving range. So fun and heart-filling!

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Yes, my little has his own golf clubs. And yes, they are the cutest thing ever.

9. Here’s a sneak-peek of a new lamp in our living room. I’m completely obsessed with this lamp.

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Forgive the unedited nature of this photo. Straight out of iPhone camera. You’ll be seeing a more detailed view pretty soon.

10. I can’t leave a list of 9 hanging there. So here’s number 10. :) Happy weekending, friends!

Living Room Makeover – The Mantle

Last week, I mentioned that we were buying a new couch. Well, in true “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” fashion, we couldn’t just replace our couch and call it quits. Buying a new couch has led to a whole BIG THING and completely re-doing our living room. Our sectional took up the whole room, so trading that for a regular sized couch left us with some empty space.

We have a relatively small living room with vaulted ceilings, so the space feels big but doesn’t have all that much floor space. When we first moved in to this house, we put our TV up on the mantle (because the mantle is HUGE) and it’s been there ever since. The only negative – okay, two negatives – is that the TV was up really high in the room, and I could NEVER decorate around it!

This past weekend, we bought a TV stand from Home Goods and two nights ago, the TV came down off the mantle and is now on the TV stand across the room.

HASHTAG EMPTY MANTLE. HASHTAG SO MANY DECORATING OPPORTUNITIES.

I promptly gathered up some things I had around the house and some things I bought this past weekend, and voila! New mantlescape!

*Disclaimer. This is not an actual “before” picture. I didn’t think to take one. This picture is of Austin City Limits when Nickel Creek was on. Now, lest you think I document my ACL watching by taking pictures of my TV, I was actually taking pictures of my son, who was glued to the TV and enamored with Nickel Creek, LIKE THE GOOD LORD INTENDED, and I was documenting that. Since I have to crop him out, this will have to suffice as a “before” shot.

So, here’s the before. The TV was centered on the mantle and with the surround sound speakers (also known as the bane of my decorating existence) there was barely any room for decorating.

Also, hello, Sara. I love you. Let’s be best friends.

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And now, here’s the after, in all her decorated glory.

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So fresh!!

Come back for more updates as we get our new living room put together!!

 

Sources:
Large tobacco basket: gift from my grandmother, found locally.
Tall square vases: Walmart, looooooong time ago
Fake plants, white candles and holders, white pitcher: Ikea
Bind My Wandering… Print: SheReadsTruth
Love Hopes prints: Red Letter Words
Glass kerosene lamp: local thrift store

Living Room Makeover – The Backstory

When Cody and I first got married, we had a hand-me-down couch from my grandmother. I loved that couch. It was comfortable, big but low profile, and pink. Yep, pink.

I LOVED that couch.

Slowly, over time, the couch sank lower and lower til finally, when we sat on it, we were sitting on the ground. The actual floor in our apartment. The couch was broken and irreparable.

But I LOVED that couch. Y’all, I cried when we took that couch to the dump. I still have a piece of the fabric to remember it by.

Our first couch purchase as a married couple was a large, brownish, sectional. It’s huge and super comfortable. We slept on this couch when we were getting a new bed. We slept on this couch when our closet fell and all of our clothes spent a few days covering our bed.

I LOVE this couch.

However, if we had had any forward-thinking abilities at the time we had bought it, we would have opted for leather instead. Pets and children do not “go” with a fabric couch. I hate DESPISE WITH EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING that I have to constantly, though still not as often as I should, vacuum pet hair off the couch. And when various beings that live in my house vomit on the couch and I have to remove every cushion cover and wash it and dry it five times to make sure it’s dry all the way through (I’m looking at you, dog, cat, and child), I would just as soon sit on the floor to watch TV.

(Someone asked me, “Why not just get rid of the pets?” Well, that would be like asking me to get rid of my child. And none of those things are going to happen.)

So, in order to keep the Thomas family in tact, and this mama keep her sanity, the couch has to go. In fact, tonight, it will be on its way to its child-free, pet-free new home, where I hope it will be loved and treated well.

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So long, old friend. You were good to us. I wish we could have been as good to you.

Stay tuned for the rebuilding of our living room, since this couch took up the whole room, and now we are almost starting from scratch.

Hello, Again!

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If you’re still reading, BLESS YOU! I fell off the blogging train for a while, but I’m back! :)

If you’ll notice, things are a little different right now. I’m finishing up my new design, and instead of waiting until everything is perfect and in the right place, I’m just gonna go ahead and put it out there! So here’s the new design in all its imperfectness!

There are a few broken links, which I’m working on, and over time, you’ll see new stuff added and better organized. But for now, we’ll enjoy the way it is, okay? Great.

All this time taken from blogging has given me lots of new stuff to share with you so I hope you’ll come back to read more!

Happy Monday, people!

Don’t Mind the Mess

If you come hang out here this weekend, please excuse any messes you may find. I’m tweaking overhauling the design of my blog.

You know how after Christmas, everyone is tired of decorations and wishes they had white walls and blank tables and flowers everywhere and they want everything to be clean and fresh? I’m kinda like that with my blog about twice a year, and it’s time! :)

By Monday, everything should be tidied up and ready for visitors! Thanks for your patience!

My Favorite Shoes in the History of Shoes – The Root Collective

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Have you heard of The Root Collective? It’s a company founded by Bethany, and they partner with artisans in Guatemala to create the most beautiful artwork for us to wear on our feet! No, seriously. Look at these shoes!

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And that’s just some of them.

To get a clearer picture of the mission and vision behind The Root Collective and its partners, check out this video. Warning: get the tissues. :)

 

The Root Collective — Walk the Vision from Em Grey on Vimeo.

Beautiful, right?

Yesterday, The Root Collective launched its Spring line. You need a pair or seven, trust me. I have two and will be ordering a third pair soon. They are comfortable, super nice, and can be dressed up or down.

If you purchase between now and Sunday (3/8) and use the code ‘SPRING’ you’ll get 20% off! (Another amazing thing: when there are sales and coupon codes, the artisans overseas still get paid 100%. I mean, how awesome is that…)

***I’m an affiliate for TRC, because I believe in their mission and products. I wear them on my feet almost daily. I suggest that you do, too. :) ***

***TRC let me borrow the above pictures, and the video is produced by www.shimmersofgrey.com***

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February Goals

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So far, I’m enjoying this goals thing! It’s been fun to remind myself that I have a deadline to complete tasks, and I think I work well under pressure. Granted, that’s not necessarily reflected in this month’s goals…I didn’t do so hot in completion, but I made strides! And that’s important!

Let me make some excuses and be a little vulnerable before we dive right in. January has been a hard month. Life has just been difficult. Throughout the holidays, I feel like we ride this sort of “high” of being on vacation from work, spending lots of time with family, doing fun, out-of-the-ordinary kinds of things and we kind of get to “check-out” of real life. Then *smack* January comes and you really notice all of those things that you’d pushed out of your mind. This January, some changes happened at work that took me by surprise, some opportunities have come in my personal life that I couldn’t pass up but have taken a lot of brain space, and some progress is being made in the legal case of our cherish child. Lots and lots of “stuff” has just been happening and truthfully, I feel a little overwhelmed. A lot overwhelmed, actually. So sometimes, through good and bad things, life is just hard.

Sorry to be #vagueblogging. I’ll be sharing a lot more details in the future but for now, on to the review of last month!

January Review:

• Read a book. Okay, I didn’t finish a book, but I almost finished one! That’s got to count for something, right? I started reading (and almost finished! :)) Radical Hospitality. I will definitely be doing a review on this book because I feel EVERYONE should read it. It will make you look at your neighbor in a completely different light.

• Finish decorating the nursery. I did this! I added the last few touches to the nursery and I love it! I’ll be sharing all the details soon!

• Blog three times a week. Ick. Let’s just not talk about this one. Failed. Miserably.

On to goals for February!

February Goals:

• Finish decorating the guest bath: Our guest bath actually connects to the guest room and the hallway, so it’s super convenient to the nursery. That also means that I want it to be nice for guests, but still have a sweet nursery feel. I painted it months ago but pretty much stopped right there. Well this month is the month!

• Finish the book I started last month. Ha! It’s really good! I really just need to make more time.

• Work out three times a week. This is something I did actually start last month. Well, my husband started this last month and kind of went along with it. I’d like to keep it up, even though I HATE working out…ugh. This week, I’m already behind but I bought a new pair of work out pants so that totally counts.

InstaFriday!

After working for a few hours last Saturday and having a really busy Sunday, I feel like I didn’t get a weekend and this week has been just off everyday. Not one single day this week did it actually feel like the day that it really was. Ha! Does that even make sense? It does to me, which may speak to how glad I am it’s Friday. Looking forward to shutting my brain off tomorrow and not leaving my pajamas.

But today is not pajama day, it’s Friday! Linking up with Jeannett!

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We turned on the fireplace last weekend. I love it. This is the second winter we’ve had a fireplace, and it’s just so darn nice!

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My new favorite diffusing combo. Love it! So fresh!

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I bought myself this blanket with a Christmas gift card. I kinda have a thing for blankets. It’s so soft and I love the color. However, anytime I use it, I usually wind up sharing it with the cat he always steals it when I get up to get a drink from the fridge or a snack. Silly Bubbles.

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We had an episode of the ickies this past Monday. At least, I think it was Monday. Our toddler was acting a little strange and just a little “off.” I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until he upchucked all over me and the couch. (And my new blanket.) Fortunately, hubby was able to swoop in and take Little Man to the bathtub while I immediately stripped off my clothes right there in the living room and started cleaning the carpet. Sorry for the visual but that’s motherhood, y’all. This was my arsenal for the rest of the night. Diffusing Thieves, Oregano, and Purification (to cleanse the air and our bodies of any germs), rolling the Immunity Roller (Thieves and Oregano) on the bottoms of our feet and down our spines, and cleaning the floor and couch with Thieves Cleaner. Thankfully, no one else got sick and our Little Man slept well through the night with no more ickies! #oilsforthewin [Still running the January promos! Email me if interested!]

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And finally, to redeem everything from this week, hubby went out and found me some Crispy M&M’s last night! Remember these things? They were discontinued in 2005 and now they’re back! Best hubby award goes to my boo! :) (Don’t worry. The blanket is clean now. Well, it was until I spilled pineapple salsa on it. So it’s been washed twice this week. Hashtag real life.)

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Happy Friday!

Word for Word

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I’m not going to call this a series because who knows when I’ll write about this again, but today I’m sharing some of those funny-sweet moments between adults and toddlers!

I don’t know how much time you spend around a toddler but they have some funny words that don’t necessarily mean what they think they mean. It leads to some hilarious moments and also some moments that I’ll cherish forever. There are some things that I won’t correct because what Big Boy says is just too funny, and I want to record them here so I’ll always remember them.

For instance:

Bee-Boo: This means boo-boo. “Mama, fall! Bee-boo!”

• Pidaman: Spiderman. We’re still working on the S’s.

• Choo-choo: Of course this is train and I will be sad when the day comes that he calls it a train.

• Bupper (rhymes with supper): Diaper. Ugh, so cute.

Eee-bot: Robot. (He got a toy robot for Christmas and he loves to snuggle with it on the couch while watching TV.)

So adorable, I can’t stand it! Please tell me I’m not the only mom out there who appreciates these sweet words!