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Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

I have been struggling with lower back pain for about five years now. I have gone to a back specialist, physical therapist, and have taken prescription medicines to manage the pain. Each of these things would bring temporary relief, but soon, I’d once again find myself in pain.

Last month, I partnered with LeWonde Healthcare, and they sent me a Back Plus. The LeWonde Back Plus is lightweight, easy to assemble, and is designed with massage nodes and accupress points to relieve your aching back.

The Back Plus can be used as a lumbar spine support- its curved design actually presses your spine forward into the correct alignment, which supports your lumbar spine AND corrects your posture. Using the Back Plus as a spine supporter has really helped with my lower back pain.

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There are other uses for the Back Plus, too. You can lie on it and stretch your spine, which decompresses your spine and improves your flexibility. I feel like my back has definitely become less stiff just in the month I’ve been using the Back Plus.

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LeWonde Back Plus can help stop your back pain, maintain the right sitting posture, retrieve your confidence and obtain the best productivity you can. For more information, or to order your own Back Plus, go to this link.

Enter the giveaway below to win your own LeWonde Back Plus! Winner will be announced tomorrow.

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Saturday Musings

So much has happened in the past few weeks that I can scarcely keep it all straight in my mind. I wanted to share some of my current reads with you, but also to talk a little about some things we are currently working on.This is what I’m reading this week:

BHG: Rooms that Say Fall

Country Living: 25 Rustic Paint Colors for Fall

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Decorating a dining room on a budget

We have so many rooms that are “in progress” in our home. As much as I’d love to finish it right now, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and house renovations are never cheap. 

Our dining room has undergone something of a metamorphosis since we moved in four years ago. 


So dark. So blank. So empty.

One of our first upgrades was to buy new furniture. We found this set on Craigslist.



Next, we added the curtains and the rug. 



Next, we added a botanical gallery wall.


We also have started decorating this blank space above our China cabinet.


Next on the list:

We plan to square off this arch and close up this awkward pass through. 


We also plan to replace our chandelier.


I cannot believe we are so close to completing this room. 

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Getting organized with Cozi

Our family is going through something of a transition, and as a result, we are trying to manage our time better and organize our lives better. 


Some time ago, I heard about an app called Cozi. At the time, I owned an Android phone and Cozi wasn’t available on Android. 

Now that I am an iPhone user, I decided to give Cozi a try. First, set up your Cozi with all your family members. You can also tie one account to the phones/devices of all your family so you can all keep one another updated. We have even synced my Cozi account with my daughter’s iPod Touch. 


This way, when you input calendar events for each family member, it color codes them and uploads them to each family member’s phone. 


Here’s a sample weekly calendar layout. See how each of our events are a different color? 


You also get an email from Cozi on Sunday nights reminding you of your schedule for the week. 


You can also upload recipes and schedule them for certain nights. Cozi will even build a shopping list of all your ingredients.


Cozi also includes a built in shopping list AND a to-do list. The type A in me is loving it, y’all. 

I love using Cozi. It has helped me to remember appointments, keep up with meals and shopping lists, and create a to do list to help keep everything straight. And best of all, Cozi is free. There is a premium version but the free one does everything I need. 

I highly recommend you give it a try.  For more information, visit the Cozi website. 

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Make Something Monday: make a faux pumpkin look real

I like decorating with natural elements, but sometimes those natural elements can rot and make a mess. Plus, when your toddler likes to throw things, you probably shouldn’t have real pumpkins where she can reach them. 


I found this pumpkin at Walmart for a little over $5 and I liked the shape of it. I wasn’t too into the color, though. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know I don’t let color put me off. I can fix that.

Out came the Waverly chalk paint and my trusty brushes.

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I think it turned out quite well, don’t you??


Don’t let color put you off. Grab that spray paint, chalk paint, or milk paint and make it what you want. 

Now I have a super cute pumpkin that won’t rot or make a mess. 

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Real life: 6 lifestyle changes I’m making right now

As you know, my family is currently experiencing a difficult time. We are adjusting to our new normal and we are honestly just doing the best we can. I want to take some time today to share some lifestyle changes I am currently making.


1. Bible reading and faith


I got out of my routine while out of work, and my walk with God has suffered. I am trying to read His word and pray daily. I was doing really well with this, but then I just…stopped. I am trying to let go of the excuses and stop going through the motions and just be.

2. Be more present


I’ve got a bad habit lately of disappearing in my smartphone when I don’t want to talk or when I’m not feeling up to par. Lately I’ve started putting away the phone after 5 and just spending time with my family. It’s amazing how much being with your family can lift your spirit.

3. Get some exercise each day


I have been trying for awhile now to exercise each day, but I got out of practice. Now I’m doing at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. I don’t always want to or feel like it, but I always feel better when I’m done.

4. Change my diet, change my life


I have been doing Trim Healthy Mama for almost two years now, though I did stop for a bit shortly after my dad died. I ended up gaining weight and feeling pretty poorly. Now I’m back on track and feeling better.

5. Read more books


I love to read but often wait until long breaks from school to read anything, citing lack of time as an excuse.  I have decided to read for a few minutes each night, no matter how long it takes me to finish it.

6. Slow down


Too often, I feel like I am in a hurry. I feel like I am always on the go and I never stop and rest. I’ve decided to take a moment here and there to just be silent and just…be. It’s amazing what we notice when we aren’t too busy to stop and take a look around.

What changes are you making in your lives this month?

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Saturday Musings 


Happy Saturday from this guy. Things have been rough and stressful this week. My dad is not doing well and we know his time is coming. Thanks to everyone who has found time to send us messages and kind words. We appreciate your prayers and well wishes. 

Despite the difficulties, we have managed to find some smiles.


Speaking of smiles, someone is missing a few teeth…just in time for picture day at school. 


And this kiddo fed her PopPop some apples. 


Here are my girls sharing some mac and cheese at my parents’ house.


And then sleeping in their car seats.

We are spending time with family and enjoying my dad while we have him here still. If things get quiet on the blog in the next few weeks, please don’t worry. 

Here is what I’m reading this week:


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Have a great weekend.

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From nursery to toddler room: transitioning my baby to a big girl room

My youngest daughter will be turning 2 in just a few months. While she is still small, she is getting older and growing everyday, and her needs are changing as well. My goal for her toddler room is to simply upgrade her nursery a tiny bit to make it reflect her changing needs, but without making a lot of changes or spending a lot.

Here is what her room currently looks like:



My dad built matching headboards for both my girls before he got sick. This is one of them:


I am hoping to keep the shabby chic feel of the room but make it a little less “baby.”

I love this bedding at Target:

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I’d leave the same rug and curtain, but I think instead of the chair and end table, I might create a teepee. What little girl wouldn’t love a teepee?

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I also think I’d like to get a small bookcase and paint the back of it light pink. I might use the shelf as a nightstand and use a few baskets to hold her small toys and books.

 

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I also want to do a more updated gallery wall than what she currently has. I love this one!!

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          I am slowly but surely working on her room. I cannot wait to show you the results!

 

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: DIY wall art

I like decorating that looks costly but I don’t want to pay a lot to get it. I’ve managed to find a few good ways to create artwork for my walls that don’t cost a lot. Some of my favorite DIY art methods are creating subway art, framing scrapbook paper, creating DIY canvases, and printable art from the internet.

I have used MS Word to create DIY subway art three times now, once for Emorie’s nursery, once for Emorie’s new room, and once for a Father’s Day gift. This is pretty simple- just select your margins, create some text boxes, change your fonts and colors, and go!

Michael’s Father’s Day gift. I made a similar one for my Daddy.

Emorie’s nursery art. Love this!
I didn’t water mark this, because it isn’t original to me. Found it on Pinterest.

Framing scrapbook paper also makes great DIY art. I’ve heard of people canvas-mounting it, but I’ve never tried this. I like to frame it. The trick is to cut the paper the same size as your mat. If I try to cut it to fit the mat opening, I usually end up coming up short or cutting it crooked.

This is some scrapbook paper that will soon be cut, matted, framed and hung over Emorie’s new bed in her new room.
I chose this paper, not only for its repetitive pattern, but for the fact that it looked sort of like vintage wallpaper. Antiqued frames completed the “old” look I was going for.

I love canvas prints, but they can be costly. The one in the middle is actually a Faux-wrap canvas from Wal-Mart. The two baby pictures of Emorie were created using a tutorial I found on Pinterest. I used a 10×13 photo I already had. I painted the sides of the canvas black, Mod Podged the picture to the 9×12 canvas I ordered from Blick Art Supply, and hung them on the walls.  I’m actually in the process of making more.

Another great way to get cheap art for your home is to print it off the Internet. If you’re into botanical prints, you are in luck! The Graphics Fairy  and The Painted Hive are two of my favorite sites to use. You can find loads of these things on Pinterest, too.


Got this from The Painted Fairy. It is on one of the bookshelves in my office.


This is a botanical print of a chicory flower, and one of my favorite art pieces in my whole house.


I love these vintage veggie prints in my kitchen, because they look like watercolor paintings. I printed them off the same website with an inkjet printer.

Lastly, this picture hanging in my dining room was a complete DIY. I cut and measured a piece of foam posterboard, used a stencil and a white paint pen to evoke chalkwriting, and wrote a prayer on it. My mother-in-law took it to Hobby Lobby, where they built this rustic frame for me. I love, love, love this. And yes, I know some of the text is crooked. It was done on purpose.

I hope you enjoyed my DIY art! More posts to come soon.

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Make Something Monday: Inspired And Empowered

My oldest daughter is a gymnast, and we are also in the process of updating both girls’ rooms. This quote is hanging in her gymnastics studio, and it’s a quote we have come to use a lot at our house.
I am a fan of anything that is positive, empowering, or promoting trying vs. Quitting. I plan on printing this for display in both my classroom and my daughter’s room. 


To download the printable, please right click on the printable, save to your device, and print it. 

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