Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cozy Winter Entryway

Oh winter! We went through Christmas without it really feeling like it was winter. It finally seemed to hit in January and the weather has inspired me to keep my home nice and cozy starting with a Cozy Winter Entryway. I have shared most of my winter decor but realized I never shared the entryway after I took out all the Christmas decor. We still have a month or so of winter left so I wanted to show you what I did! I didn't change a ton of stuff from Christmas since my decor is pretty neutral all year long but it definitely feels like winter now and not Christmas. Small changes can make a big difference!

I kept the winter wreath, chicken feeder, and winter stems that I used for my Christmas decor. I pulled out all the red that was in the space and made it more neutral. This makes it feel like winter without being to Christmasy. 

I layered a couple of blankets and a few pillows to make it nice and cozy. It has a nice welcoming feel when you first come into our house. Kick off your shoes and stay awhile! 

The gallery wall is about the same. I again took out the red and added back some neutral pieces. the "Get Cozy" print still fits nicely for winter along with the wreath and scarf on my wire deer head. I also  placed my wifi password print down here. I moved it from the guest bedroom to the entryway while everyone was here for Christmas and it has stayed there. I think its there to stay since anyone who comes over usually wants the password! 

I am definitely enjoying my Cozy Winter Entryway. Well thats about it! Like I said, I kept it pretty simple. I really love changing up this little space for the seasons. This might be one of my shortest posts ever! Short and sweet! Thank you as always for stopping by! 

If you missed my other winter decor posts you can find the links below

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I'm Turning 30!!

I have no idea what this post is going to be, I am just going to lay out some thoughts and feelings that are going through my head at the moment turning 30 (and share some of my travel photos, since if you know me you know I love photography). Ok I kind of don't even want to look at that title right now. How in the world am I turning 30 already?! It seems like yesterday that I graduated from high school. Life never seems to work out the way you think it will. In my mind by 30 I would have been settled in somewhere, my husband would be around all the time, we would have a kid or a couple of kids by now. However that was my plan, not Gods plan for me.

"For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" -Jeremiah 29:11

Instead I have been placed into a marriage with a lot of long distance. We have been married for 10 years and a lot of that time we have been forced to be apart from each other. The military life is hard. It is not something I ever planned on doing but you can't help who you fall in love with. I was meant to do this for a reason. I still don't know what that reason is and I may never know. All I can do is be the strong independent woman my mom raised me to be and keep moving forward. My husband is currently in Texas going to school to fulfill his dream of being a Physician Assistant and I am so proud of him and what he has accomplished in his 12 years in the Navy. He has so much more to do and I will be here every step of the way.

I also thought at this point in my life that I would have kids. I have always wanted kids and even want to be a stay at home mom some day. Well infertility is a large part of my life and that was not in my plan one bit. You can read my full story HERE. At this point I don't even know if kids are in my future, if its something we will be blessed with or not. A career was never something that was the top of my list, I just set out to be a mom.

"She holds onto hope, for he is forever faithful" 
1 Corinthians 1:9

You know what though? There are so many things I have done that I never would have done if I had followed my own plan.

 I have made it to Europe a couple of times in the past few years and they were experiences that I will always remember. Hopefully those won't be the last times. Once you go you always have the travel bug after that. I was able to see some of the the coolest most beautiful places on those trips.  (My love for photography is about to come out. I'll just apologize now for the picture overload)

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

Castle Ruin, Ireland

Elgin Cathedral, Scotland
Inside Stonehenge, England
Paris, France
Brugge, Belgium
 On top of getting to travel, my life not going to plan has landed me in a career I never knew I wanted. Since the baby thing was on the back burner for awhile I looked into career options. I finally settled on becoming a Respiratory Therapist. It has become something I am proud of. I love working at the hospital (most days!) and its something I feel like I am good at. I may not do it forever, or I might take a break when and if I finally have kids but for now it is fulfilling.

So yeah, my life has not turned out how I thought at all at 30 years old. I'm pretty sure the next 30 won't be what I expected either, but thats ok. Here's to the journey!

DIY Valentines Day Heart Banner

Yesterday I shared my Romantic Valentines Day Bedroom and today I wanted to show you how I made that cute heart banner above the bed. Seriously you guys it was so easy it probably is ridiculous that I am writing a separate post about it but yesterdays post was long and I wanted to break it up. This little banner sparked the redo in my bedroom and maybe it will inspire you to decorate a bit for Valentines Day!

All you need for this project is:

- An old book (or paper in your choice of color)
-A heart punch
-Command Brand clips (optional)

I went to Goodwill and grabbed an old book to use (I didn't want to ruin any of my old books for this project so I went and got one that I didn't like the cover of). I also didn't have the heart punch so I picked one up and used a coupon for it. If you grab it at Michaels or JoAnns make sure to use a coupon! I had all of the other materials at my house already. Even if you had to buy everything this would be a pretty cheap project!

Here is the punch I used and book I picked up. You can really use any type of string you want. I used twine and also some string I had around the house. Bakers twine would probably work really well. 

The first thing I did was cut out a lot of hearts. I just went to town with my heart punch after pulling out a bunch of pages from the book. It actually goes by quickly with a punch. 

After that I literally just taped the hearts to the string. You can make yours as long as you want and you can space the hearts out to whatever you want as well. I ended up making two strands because I wanted more on the wall. I placed the hearts pretty close together since I wanted that look. You could of course also use scrap paper in whatever color. I used a book because I like the neutral look with the texture of the words from the book. It had a romantic feeling to me. 

To hang it on the wall I used these mini clips I picked up at Target. I didn't want to put nails up since this is temporary so this was an easy damage free solution. 

Here is how the banner turned out! 

See how easy that was!? This would be a great craft with kids or just something to do while your binging on Fixer Upper (you know you do it!). I love how it turned out and how it looks above the bed with the shiplap. A simple cheap way to add a little Valentines Day touch! I hope you liked this little DIY and that you have a wonderful rest of the week! 

Romantic Valentines Day Bedroom

I want to start off by saying that I don't usually decorate for Valentines Day. I think last year was the first year I did a little bit and this year I wasn't going to at all. Cue Instagram. Yep, it sucked me in! Seeing everyones decor inspired me to do a little decorating. I was sitting at home, bored, and wanting to make something when I decided to make a cute little heart banner (more on that later). I thought it would be super cute above our bed for Valentines Day and of course you know I couldn't just do that, I had to redo the whole thing! I will say I didn't really spend any money doing this, I mostly just shopped my house! To me thats the best way to decorate sometimes, especially for smaller holidays that you don't want to buy a ton of stuff for. Let me show you what I came up with!

Like I said I shopped around my home for everything. That beautiful flower throw is actually a scarf I already had. I tossed it over the bench to add a romantic touch. That inspired the color pallet. I used little pops of purple to match the scarf and lucky for me I already had flowers from the other day that had purple as well. It was meant to be! 

I say this all the time but I LOVE old books. It never seems like I have enough! If you run across any for a good deal you should snatch them up! There are so many ways to use them around your home. I added some in softer colors for more of that romantic feel. I also took the flowers that I bought the other day and spread them around the room. They smell so good too! 

For the bed I pretty much kept it the same as I had it for Christmas and winter. The cuddle weather pillow still works perfectly, I just added that little heart sweater pillow that I already had on hand. Its great for winter and of course Valentines Day!

For over the bed I kept it super simple and neutral. I made this cute little heart banner out of book pages and strung them up above the bed. I will share details tomorrow on a separate post! I also added the Love Nest sign that I previously had in our bathroom. Adorable right!?

On the night stands I added old books and flowers. I bought some small clothes pins from the dollar section of Target and pinned up a few pictures of my husband and I. It is Valentines Day after all! Why not put up some cute pictures of you and your significant other? For the flowers you can use so many different things as a vase. I used an old stoneware bottle and a goblet on this side. I also added a pretty geo I bought a couple of years ago in Arizona. Since I ended up using more purple then pink it matched perfectly. 

For the bench I used a picture frame for the tray, put floors in a gravy boat I had, and added that cute diy LOVE sign I made a few years ago. Some floral sandals, pillows, and old books finish it off. 

I am so glad I decided to decorate for the love holiday. I love how simple changes can transform a room. This Romantic Valentines Day Bedroom makes me smile. Even though I don't get to spend it with my husband it does make me think of him and I love how cozy this room is! I still stare at that shiplap and those windows every chance I get and I finally got to decorate it. What do you think? Do you decorate for Valentines Day? If so how? I always welcome questions! Leave a comment, chat with me on Instagram, or visit me on Facebook! Thank you all for taking the time to stop by, it means so much!