LITTLE THINGS THIS WEEK.

1. this oversized suitcase…

because it’s borrowed from a friend and fingers crossed, big enough for four.

2. this tiny sound machine…for the (hopefully) extra sleep everyone will get whilst room sharing on our holiday travels.

3. these sweet family stripes from a fairy godmother…

because come December you’ll find us wearing them nightly (I’ve already been cheating by wearing my leggings).

4. this pan of homemade granola bars…

for being ready to wrap up and tuck away for a long day of travel tomorrow.

5. this stack of tiny warm hand-me-down clothes…

for two little boys headed to winter!

in other news:

we’re on vacation!! i’m scurrying around cleaning and throwing things into suitcases haphazardly, consulting my packing lists and intermittent breaks for side-clenchingly funny videos that mike finds on instagram. our flight leaves for indiana at five pm tomorrow and i’m relying on a combination of preparedness by trying to think of all possible scenarios and also prayer. it’s our first flight with both (very mobile) boys, right around bedtime! 😬 i am sure we will come away from it so much wiser than we are now. we are so excited for a whole week with family! what are you up to this weekend, reader? something good, i hope.

PEACHY BATHROOM INSPIRATION FOR THE BOYS’ (& GUEST) BATHROOM.

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via Burtsbrisplease instagram

I mentioned yesterday that I’ve been working on the boys’ bathroom (which doubles as our guest bathroom too). I thought I would share a little bit of my inspiration before I’m actually through with the space. towel rack

I didn’t mind our bathrooms when we bought our house. They’re decent, and kind of remodeled. I say kind of with a little trepidation because the only remodeling that has been done is that someone replaced the vanity. Original peach tile, basic tub, and peeling black window frame all remain. I like the tile! I really do. Our old house had pretty vintage blue tile that I always loved (Mike wasn’t a huge fan). So this was a happy surprise (for me) to find a house that had colored tile in the bathrooms. So of course I wasn’t planning to re-tile the whole thing. Nor did I want to replace much. I just wanted a little refresh. Add a little charm to the place. You know?

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Honestly, I just wanted to  paint the vanity and I thought I would be done with it. But you know how one project leads to another because you’re looking closer at everything and suddenly the project has become much larger because you’re doing something to everything in the room? Yeah. That’s happened. Monday Inspiration_ How We React Emotionally To Colour - Mad About The HouseI’m not going to go into much more detail because I’ll save that for the actual bathroom remodel post! These are just a few pictures that inspired me throughout this process, the pink vanity being the biggest part. Quickly followed by open shelving (and a gaping hole in the wall by the towel bar I removed), wall hooks, etc. etc etc. 🙂 Happy Monday, all!

All photos have been found via pinterest, my favorite source of inspiration!

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

What have you been reading lately? I’m halfway through Nine Perfect Strangers and it’s starting to get reeeeally good. I have a little pile from the library sitting on my shelf and a never ending list of books I’d like to read on goodreads. But I’d love to hear what you’re reading. Here’s just a few others I’ve read and loved this year

DREAMING ABOUT: A COZY BEDROOM READING NOOK.

img_1481We moved into our new house almost two months ago and while it’s bigger! better! and all the other adjectives that mean it’s amazing, it’s also bigger! emptier! blanker! It’s been no rush as building a home is a marathon not a race, but we’ve filled in some of the spaces with lucky finds from the side of the road and some painstakingly sourced items off of facebook marketplace. After a rush of decorating in the first month, I’ve hit a real standstill with my efforts.

When we bought our home, we knew that we wanted to re-do the kitchen within the first year, and a lot of other little projects are on the list (laundry room, bathroom, general painting, gardening, etc), but our bedroom didn’t make the list. It turns out though, that as our place is a lot bigger than our old one, our bedroom furniture is dwarfed by the size of the room. We have room for more than just the bed and dresser of our old house.

I’ve been browsing pinterest and dreaming of bermuda shutters, a plant, a new lamp, frames for the walls, a little writing desk and a cozy reading nook. First on my list is the chair for next to the built in bookcase. A desk, I would prefer being used, so it’s just a matter of happening upon the right one. An upholstered chair on the other hand, I want to be fresh and clean and new. I’m thinking I smell a Christmas gift to ourselves. Here’s a few that I’ve found in the hunt so far!

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Shop the chairs:

  1. The Lillith  // Home Depot // $210
  2. Cancome Armchair // Wayfair // $204
  3. Brynn // World Market // $240 // (the current forerunner)
  4. Lohoms // Amazon // $146
  5. Ethan Mid Century Modern Linen Chair // Sofa Mania // $130
  6. Neva // Sixpenny //$1100 (absolutely a splurge. I can’t believe chairs can even cost that much!!)

Which one is your favorite? #3 is winning right now for me, but I’ll keep looking around until I find just the right one. No rush, right? 🙂

HI THERE.

It’s been nearly 8 months since my second child (a boy) was born and life has been so gosh darn good to us lately. The holidays are en route, were feeling fairly settled in our new home (almost two months later and we only have a handful of boxes left), Charlie just turned two, Ben is crawling, sleeping (through! the! night!), he’s eating, laughing & rarely crying. And, oh yeah, the school year is in full, chaotic, messy swing.

I’ve been pondering the idea of routine lately and what part it plays in my life. What things and events do I choose to include in my every day? And what things are just purposeless filler for the empty spaces that pop up. I want this spot to be an intentional part of my routine. This check in of saying hi. Sharing what’s new with my family – how we’ve been seeking joy lately, what we’ve been cooking, making, baking, celebrating, doing. How we’ve been making our home and, perhaps most importantly, memory keeping for years down the line when I know I’ll be happy to have everything here in a neat little package. All those things currently live in a vault on my phone called “photos”. It can all be laid out here in a scroll-able, readable, date-stamped format which I love. I want to use this space as a digital journal, scrapbook, cookbook, and mindful reflection and guide for each season of life. I think it could become so good for me, you guys.

I feel like I’ve started and not finished this post innumerable times over the last few months, so I’m finally here now. I’m making time for this little piece of my routine. Today and many suns to come, I’m here saying Hi. Hello. How are you?