Saturday Musings

I hope you are doing well and having a wonderful weekend. We have had a wonderful week and now we’re just having a low key weekend with family.

Last week, we had a birthday. Our oldest turned six.


We let Emorie choose what she wanted to do (within reason). She chose to go to the trampoline park


To Chick-fil-A 


And to BuildABear


Then, we had dinner at her favorite restaurant in our town. She had a blast!

This week, she had cheer camp:

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​Aubrey is loving having Mama at home for summer:



                          Home:

On the home front, we are working to finish our entry way and dining room! We also have some bigger projects in mind but I can’t talk about them yet. 

 Here is what I’m reading this weekend: 


Country Living: Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Fall

The Nine Dollar Polish Queen Elizabeth Always Wears
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Farmhouse Friday: Farmhouse Kitchens

Every Friday, I like to share something farmhouse related . Sometimes I share farmhouse decor at local stores, but sometimes I share farmhouse rooms from Pinterest. This week I’d like to show you some farmhouse kitchens I’ve been crushing on.


            Source: Tidbits and Twine

I love the simple beauty of this kitchen. From the white cabinets to the neutral colors, this kitchen is warm, cozy and inviting. It has a lot of high end elements, but doesn’t appear fussy. And how pretty is that Roman shade?


          Source: Home Bunch

This white marble kitchen is lovely! I really love those open shelves and that subway tile backsplash. That range hood is speaking to me, too!!

What about these two kitchens from DIY Decorator? 


I love a kitchen with a large island, interesting lighting and lots of natural light! The paneled backsplash adds a lot of warmth to the room, too.

Next week I will be sharing farmhouse fireplaces. Have a wonderful Friday!

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Organizing your chest freezer


The end of the school year is always an intensely busy time for us. That busyness trickles into our home and it makes things a little chaotic here. Our routines and organization gets a little lax and before you know it, our fridge looks like this:


Y’all. Every time I opened this drawer, something would get stuck and I’d have trouble getting it closed again. I got so tired of fighting with it, and with never knowing where to find ANYTHING that I decided to do something.

And in true Organized and Simplified fashion, I began by making a huge mess. I took everything out of the freezer and got  my trusty plastic in bins.

I threw away anything that was expired and put any bulk items in our chest freezer in the garage.

I categorized everything. I put breakfast items in one bin, frozen veggies in one, entrees in one, poultry in one, beef in one, etc.

When I finished, the freezer looked like this:



I can find everything I need and the drawer doesn’t stick anymore. I think I’m going to call it a win!

How have you organized your kitchen?

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Awesome and useful Dollar Tree finds


This week, my oldest and I went into our local dollar store. I try to avoid the store as they typically don’t have quality items, but in the past few years I’ve learned there are lots of useful items you can regularly find at Dollar Tree.

Here are just a few neat finds you can get at Dollar Tree.


1. Grocery bags

I don’t know about you, but I have tons of grocery totes. Even though I have a bunch, I always seem to need more. For only a dollar, these totes are actually well made and worth the buck!


2. Dishes

I had a cabinet full of Dollar Tree dishes in college, and I actually still have a few of them floating around. These are surprisingly sturdy and you can often find them in a pretty color/pattern.


3. Gift bags

Their gift wrap is thin and not useful, but their gift bag selection is nice. You can find lots of colorful bags for almost every occasion. There are a lot of nice cards available too. 


4. Party supplies

I found plates, table cloths and napkins in almost every color. I even found party decorations that I’d buy, such as paper lanterns and tissue Pom poms. 


5. Some decor

I don’t always find lots of decor items I like, but these glass bottles are neat. I almost bought a few of them for my mantle.


6. Cleaning products

This is hit or miss. Sometimes you can find name brand cleaners amidst the cheap, not as effective cleaners.


7. Check out the end caps

I found a ton of items for having a garage sale on one end cap and barbecue items on another. While Dollar Tree merchandise isn’t always worth buying, you can find a few bargains worth buying.

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Designing my dream living room with Arhaus

A few weeks ago, a representative from Arhaus contacted me and asked me to create my dream living room. 

I was able to find several living room furnishings on the Arhaus website; in fact, I probably could have created three dream living rooms! Arhaus has a lot of different options, whether your style is contemporary, traditional or modern. You can find the Arhaus Furniture page right here.

My dream living room has a fireplace, oak beams and shiplap walls, and would be found in a 100 year old farmhouse. 

I found this picture on Pinterest, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find an original source.


If I were going to furnish the room above, it would look like this. All of the furniture, the rug and the drapes are from Arhaus. The paint color is Simply White by Benjamin Moore.

Because a couch is an investment piece, you should probably choose a neutral color. This sofa, with its skirting and rolled arms, fits right into my farmhouse theme. I absolutely love that buffalo checked chair! I’d buy two of them to compliment the neutral sofa, and provide more seating. The rug and draperies are also neutrals, but they pair nicely with the checked chairs. A neutral throw adds a layer of softness to the room, while throw pillows add a pop of color. This room looks cozy and comfortable but also nice enough to be formal. The furniture from Arhaus is absolutely perfect! 
Shopping guide:

 Sofa.  Chairs. Drapes. Area rug

Throw.  Pillows.  End tables.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my dream living room! What does your dream living room look like?
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Happy Father’s Day

“Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”(Psalm 103:13)

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, especially my dad and my husband! I am so blessed to have you both!


May all of you dads have a wonderful day today! 

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Happy birthday, Emorie


Tomorrow, this sweet girl will turn six. She came into the world on June 18, 2011, 3 weeks early. Her birth happened so fast that her doctor missed it and she was delivered by a random doctor I’d never seen before. 


Her big heart and sweet spirit have been such a blessing to us.


She’s caring, she’s kind and she’s helpful to others.


She’s mischievous and silly but she’s lots of fun.


She’s a big personality in a tiny body. She’s laughter and sunshine and happiness in human form.


She’s a great sister and a wonderful daughter.


Watching her grow up is a pleasure, and everyday I’m thankful the Lord chose us to be Emorie’s parents. 


I can’t wait to see who Emorie grows up to be. 

Happy birthday, sweet girl.

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Improving our entry way


You may remember this post from earlier this year. We are still working to create our new and improved entry way. 

We are, however, a little closer to having our entry way completed. 


My dad helped us build this awesome built in coat tree. It started like this:


Here my dad and husband are measuring out the wall and hammering the first boards.


Next, I puttied the holes and sanded them. Then, I painted the coat tree.


I then installed these chrome hooks.


We are already getting lots of use out of our new entry way, even though we are not finished.


Next, we will install a new light fixture, paint the back of the door black, and get a new rug. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

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Word-full Wednesday:

With this post, I’m totally at risk of being more transparent than I usually allow myself to be. For once, I’m not going to worry about that. Most people who know me know that I’m currently going through some stuff. I’m trying to handle it and deal with it the best way I know how. When I saw this quote, I felt like it applies to where I currently am in life.

“The days that break you, are the days that make you.”

Do I consider myself to be broken? No. Not yet. But I know that there are some things that have come pretty close to breaking me.

Have you ever heard the quote “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?” As much as I hate that quote, I can’t deny that there is a lot of truth to it.

The days that break you are the days that make you. I plan to remember that even though there are things that happen that are almost impossible to get through, we do get through them. And we’re stronger people for it.

 

Have a wonderful week.

 

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Organize your fridge

 

 

Our summer is busy already, and because we’re involved in so many different activities, it seems we’re never home. Our fridge, which is normally organized and neat, was looking pretty bad.

I was getting frustrated because things were falling out when you opened the door. I also couldn’t seem to find anything. I was at a new dollar store which recently opened near my parents’ home when I spotted these plastic fridge trays.

They actually offered three different sizes of them, and the prices were good. Plus, they look like the pricier acrylic trays that are so common in the blogosphere. I’m all about things that look expensive but aren’t.

I bought four of the smaller size, and four of the mid sized. I plan to later buy two of the large size, but they were sold out, and that would have put me over budget. Still, I’d say that this is an improvement, wouldn’t you? I ended up spending about $30 to get our fridge organized. It’s definitely a big help because now I can see everything in our fridge and I can tell when we’re out of something.


I’m still working to organize this monstrosity of a freezer. Can’t wait to show you next week what I did with it.


How have you organized your fridge and freezer?

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