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Saturday, April 30

4 Tees New Moms Need

The tricky thing about Mother's Day is that you're really not supposed to buy things for yourself - it's up to your husband and children to deliver on showing you their appreciation. But what do you do when the child in question is too young to put their hand-prints in cement, color a picture, or "help" make breakfast in bed? 

Plus, I think we can all agree that moms need to be recognized year round. So maybe this time, treat yourself to one of these tees. All of them support other mom-run companies!

1. Grace Upon Coffee Tee from Camplight Apparel



Keeping it real people! New moms run on prayers and caffeine. I own this shirt, and not only is it super soft, but it's also not super thin. It's one of my go-to tees for the weekend. Plus, this is from a mom-run business that gives back - a portion of all proceeds go to feeding malnourished children.

2. Proud Sponsor of Coffee and Cuddles from Dovetail Vintage



I own the Fruit of the Spirit baseball tee from Dovetail Vintage, but I almost bought this one. It's too perfect for mom bloggers!


3. Don't Waste Your Motherhood from Today Is A Miracle.



Here's the heart behind this tee: "For those mommas who put their own health on hold to bring your child into this world, for those mommas who fought hard and kept believing even when all logic said to give up, for you mommas who couldn't carry your own babies and had to ask for help, for you mommas who know deep in your bones how priceless this gift of motherhood is...this one is for you.  Don't waste your motherhood." Also, $5 from every tee sold is donated to the Cystinosis Research Foundation.


4. Embracing Mommyhood from Sweet T's Design Shop.



The story behind this tee:

"Here at Sweet T's, we are passionate about women. We are passionate about Moms. And we are passionate about sharing what we have with others. Our goal with this tee is to have Moms wear it and be reminded to embrace the hard days, the good days, and all the in-between. Mommyhood is a huge calling and though it's not always easy, it's what we were created for and we can do it!!
With each "Embracing Mommyhood" tee purchased, we are going to donate 10% of the proceeds to Young Lives. This organization brings hope to teen Moms and gives them a safe place to feel loved. They share the gospel with these sweet girls, they love on them without judgement, and they accept them ... All Mamas, young and old, deserve this love and acceptance and we want to help spread this message."

It doesn't get better than that!

And even though it's not a tee, just for fun, I think every new mom in your life needs one of Honeycomb Baby Good's super cute teething necklaces!

Edison greats me every day when I get home from work and pick him up by promptly chewing on my necklace. These beads are made from silicone and are soft and chewy, perfect for little sore gums.


Of course, these tees don't just make great gifts for new moms - moms of all stages would probably love one of these great tees. 

So there you go! Treat yourself, support other moms, and give back to great causes! Happy Mother's Day!


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Tuesday, April 26

Living Area Progress: The Difference a New Paint Color Makes

Although I've already gotten used to the new look, I realized I never shared any before and after photos of our main living space. So let's take a quick trip down memory lane. 

When we bought the house, it looked like this: 


And the entryway before: 


And the dining room: 


Last fall, the living room looked like this.

Our first change was to paint the fireplace white, which immediately made the living room feel three times larger. Then in January, we tackled repainting the main living areas of the house, the laundry room, kitchen, dining room, living room, entryway, and hallway from their original beige to a bright, serene gray. 

It feels like we gained a few hundred square feet!


On the wall with our TV, I created a mini gallery wall. It still makes me happy every time I look at it. The print, "The days are long but the years are short," is from Handlettered Design.


I got my navy wall! It only took two tries to get the right color, but it was totally worth it.


I love the pop of color when you first come in. 


Here's the view into the kitchen: 


I've got big plans for our little kitchen. As much as I'd like to start by tearing out that low ceiling Fixer-Upper style, it's not all that feasible to tackle first. But I do want to make the kitchen less cave-like by replacing some upper cabinets with open shelves, and painting the lower cabinets white. That will do a lot to take it from totally 80's to farmhouse chic.


And our little dining room, where one end of the table is often occupied with some craft project I'm working on:


Obviously, this photo was taken around Easter. Or let's just pretend that I update the chalkboard frequently. 

As you can see, the table is pushed all the way against the wall. And still, it feels too big for the space. So tragically, as much as I love my farm table and chairs, I've decided to sell it and replace it with something smaller. If I can't find a table that's narrow enough to fit, I might end up having Brian build one. I may not have run that idea past Brian yet, so I'll keep you posted on how that turns out.

No more beige! I love the gray - it really felt like a new house. The color is "Quiet Rain" by Glidden.

One question to those of you with light walls - how do you disguise cords? I hate that the TV cords are black and show up so much against the wall. Do you paint the cords to match the wall? Maybe I'm crazy, but I'm thinking about it. 

Next up in this space: finding a smaller coffee table and two small end tables, and a new rug that fits with the color scheme better. I continue to go back to my living room inspiration post to gather new ideas.

Soon I'll post an update on the progress we've made on our office over the last year, and a handful of DIY projects. 

What do you think of the new look? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook.

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Friday, February 12

Friday Finds: Treasured Vintage Bazaar


For several years after moving to Arizona, I thought only one decor style existed: Southwestern. The only acceptable color scheme was brown, beige, gold, terra cotta, orange, and maybe olive green if you're really adventurous. Basically, most homes and places of business were brown, light brown, yellow-shiny brown, red brown, bright red brown, and green-brown. You did have the choice between going more South of the Border Southwestern, Native American Southwestern, Elegant Spanish Southwestern, or Full-on-Cowboy Mode Southwestern, but there your options ended.

Then, thanks to Instagram, I discovered an entire community of vintage lovers in the valley. They made and sold everything from art to jewelry to home decor in styles like Shabby Chic, Victorian, French Country, Retro Modern, Mid-century Modern, and Full-on-Hipster-From-Portland.

So it was with much anticipation that Edison and I went to check out the Treasured Vintage Baazar hosted by Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market and Scottsdale Bible Church


Unfortunately, soon after arriving, we encountered a problem. There was no possible way I could fit the stroller into the booths. I could only peruse the very edges of the displays, and even then, there were so many people, I felt like I was blocking traffic. After a few laps around the building, looking longingly at all the cool things I couldn't reach, Edison got cranky. As the crowds grew, so did his displeasure. Outside, he was fine, but as soon as we went indoors, he started crying. So, Brian ended up coming and rescuing him. Of course, he fell asleep just before Brian arrived.

Amazing "junk" from Junk in the Trunk.


Globes, dream catchers, and other awesomeness from Savannah Ashley Art.

I really, really want one of these log coffee tables. And the orb light fixtures.


In addition to shops, they also had fresh flowers from The Florette, a farmer's market, and food trucks. Plus, the proceeds from the ticket cost went to the school in Tanzania that Scottsdale Bible founded and supports. 



Here's what I did buy: 



I've found a home for everything - the frame and key are part of the new gallery wall soon to be revealed, the vintage books are on display, the plant stand is in place by the fireplace, the bowl and heart are on the mantle. I've worn my baseball tee maybe a little more than is socially acceptable, and while Edison's might be a little big on him still, I'm very excited for us to be sort of matching. 

I discovered so many great vendors that I'm looking forward to visiting again! The future over here is definitely not looking brown - more like white, mint, and chipped, and maybe a little rusty.