Grace's Room Reveal

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ok, so a few weeks ago I announced that I am going to school for interior design. I love to decorate and I have a certain girl in my life that loves the way I decorate my house! She wanted her pink little girl room made into a "big" girl bedroom for her birthday last summer and she wanted me to do it for her. I was honored and psyched because I had started going to school and would love to have my first project to add to my portfolio!

This is exactly the kind of project that is right up my alley! It was so great to ask her some questions, get a budget from mom and get to work! I bought things over about a month time frame before her birthday and then spent a few hours over two days putting the whole thing together while she was away! It was so fun to see her expression when she finally saw the finished product at her party!

So this is Grace's pink room, before....

And this is the after....

What did I do? 

Grace's favorite color is orange, so of course she originally wanted to paint the room orange which we for sure could have found a decent orange to use on the walls, but I talked to her about how if her favorite color is orange and she is out at the store and finds something for her room, chances are if they have it in orange she will want that color, example: a picture frame. If she paints the walls orange and everything she picks out is orange the room will be overwhelming orange and not look good, but if we pick a color that looks good with orange she can add all the orange decorations she wants. She was convinced! 

The first thing I chose was the comforter. This comforter had orange and lots of other great colors in it. I picked a paint color by choosing a color from the comforter and making sure that orange looked good with it. Then I decided on a floor plan, I knew I wanted to move the desk to the opposite wall to leave more space around the bed. I knew that I wanted some piece of storage furniture to go under the TV to give her room for her American Girl dolls and some other trinkets that girls collect and to hide the TV cords. I knew I wanted to get a large rug because I don't feel that a room can feel really cozy without some coziness on the floor! I knew that I needed a table next to the bed for a lamp. And of course some decorations. I was given a $350 budget to work with (this did not include paint). 

What did I buy from the $350 budget? 

Side Table from Pottery Barn (no longer available) $50
Target tins - dollar bin $4
Lamp from 5 Below - $5 (similar here)
Je T'aime canvas from 5 Below - $5
White full length mirror from Walmart $10
Picture frames from various locations

If the item was still available I linked to it, but some of the prices have changed since I purchased them. If you purchase an item from my link, I do get a small profit. Thanks for supporting my blog! 

Birthday present items from us

12x12 corkboards - Target dollar bin $3 each (similar here)
magnets for whiteboard - Target dollar bin $1 (similar here)
push pins - Target dollar bin $1
orange storage boxes - Target dollar bin $8
G on the shelf which I made from this tutorial - $5 
Orange Vase from dollar store and we made the yarn flowers from this tutorial $6

I had an extra IKEA picture ledge shelf which I gave to her - $12

Obviously we weren't buying a new bed with our budget and I reused her bed skirt because it still matched and that was definitely a save to the budget. I kept her Orange Yogibo Max Giant Bean Bag and propped it up like a chair in the corner of her room facing the TV. I used the shelf that was above her desk in the pink room (before) and placed it next to the bean bag and filled it with books so she could also sit there and read. The shelf also worked as a great side table for the other side of the bed holding some pictures and a lava lamp that she had. I was super psyched to find such a great rug on Amazon that worked with my budget and was also soft and cozy. It is on the thin side, but a rug pad would make it a little cushier and that coupled with the softness makes it the perfect rug for someone on a budget. I mean, $125 for an 8x10 rug is a great deal! 

On the other side of the room the TV used to just hang on the wall with nothing underneath it. I wanted to conceal as much of the wiring as possible and she needed a place to display her American Girl dolls as they are still special, but she isn't taking them out to play very much. I was happy with the shelf because it was tall and provided a lot of great storage. 

The desk space is one of my favorites. I had purchased the cork boards and they worked out perfect with the white board that she already had. Then I used a cafe curtain rod and S hooks to hold some little metal buckets which I filled with pens, pencils, markers, etc. The desk is great but doesn't have a ton of storage so I thought this would work perfect to keep the desk as clear as possible! 


Finally, I sent my sister in law some extra decor options that were outside of my budget, but would fit in a few different wall spaces in the room and would be a perfect Christmas present to continue to add to the space. The room was a hit. I was super happy with how my very first project turned out and I am excited that I get to share it all with you guys! I am sure if you aren't into decorating, you probably tuned out after the reveal, but I get it! There will be lots of other posts coming your way, I am not turning into just a decor blog! 

Hope you all have a great week! Till next time 💙

Friday Favorites

Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! I spent half of this week sick and the half trying to catch up from doing nothing for three days. Not fun! But hey at least I got to do some blogging! Linking up with the Friday Favorite ladies, Andrea, Erika and Narci


Chatbooks! Have you guys heard of them? I started at the beginning of the year taking more pictures and adding them to Instagram specifically because I downloaded Chatbooks and you can sign up to get a book every 60 pictures that you upload to social media or just take on your Iphone. Instagram is my favorite social media so I decided to try it out! I got my first book this week and I love it! 

Once you are up to 60 pictures you can edit the book, so I took out some pictures that I uploaded that were not family pictures and you can edit the cover and make a name for your book series. Since I am using Instagram, I called my book series, Litchergrams 💗

This book was all the pictures that I had posted on Instagram prior to 2017. My next book should be ready to go by the end of the weekend because I am almost at 60 pics in my first 2017 book! It has really made me take more pictures and I can't wait to see them in the book. If you want to check it out, click here


Since we are talking about books, I figured I would talk about a few that I have read lately that I really liked. First my favorite of the books I have read recently has to be The Magnolia Story

Seriously, I thought I loved Chip and Joanna from the show. Knowing their backstory made me love them even more! Great book! 


I read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng for my book club this month. This was a quick read because the book starts immediately with a death of a character, so I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know how it happened. I love a book that captures me in the first chapter, this one was the first sentence, literally! 

Lastly, I read,The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel by Peter Swanson. I got this recommendation from one of my favorite podcasts, Young House Love has a Podcast. They said this book was great. Very similar in style to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and I would agree with that. I loved both of those books, so as soon as I heard them compare this book to them, I ordered it up! I was not disappointed. The other part that got me about this book is that parts of the book take place in Maine, so it was cool to read about places that we have been! 


Another favorite this week would be the big announcement post! It was so nice to get it out there and get some great feedback! I am so grateful to everyone that reads this blog! You all are my favorites! 


Olivia's favorites are her American Girl dolls and baking, so this weekend we are going to an American girl baking class at the mall. I am excited to get some one on one time with my little girl, and I know she is going to love this class! It is my favorite that although she is growing up so fast she  still loves her dolls and hanging out with her mom! 

I hope you all have a great weekend! 
Till next time ❣

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Big Announcement Day...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I have been keeping a secret from you all, or most of you all, for about a year now and I am ready to spill the beans!

I have mentioned on the blog before that I still did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I have been and still am, perfectly content with my mom job! With that being said though, my kids are getting older and I want to do something for me. But, I want that to be super flexible because I still want to be home when the kids get home from school and as much as possible, meaning pretty much always, on vacations and summers! I had pretty much decided that it would be very difficult to find exactly what I wanted and hadn't really been trying, but remember I am pretty content, so I was OK with this. I stay plenty busy when the kids are gone and still don't feel like I have enough hours in  my day so I am certainly not going to add something in that I don't enjoy or that keeps me away from the kids. Doesn't make sense, right?

Let's back track now to last spring. My cousin was buying a new house. She sent me the link of a house she was going under contract with and said, "please help!" I need you to come down and help me decorate and organize this new house. I was super excited, looked through all the pictures and was thinking about what I would do with the space. I was laying in bed that night thinking about what I would do with her house and got to thinking, I wonder if I could take a course on interior decorating or design?

My cousin wasn't the first one to like my decorating style, even though my house was tiny, I did keep it nicely decorated, organized and it had a very cozy feeling that people liked. But, I certainly don't know all the tips, tricks, rules of design, so I wondered if I could learn them??!!

In bed I pulled out my phone and started doing some research and there were a few online courses for interior design. I told Mike what I was thinking and he was like, do it! Just like that, no hesitation. I had thought about going back to school for various things over the years, but always thought, ugh I don't want to do school again. This feeling was totally different, this topic of information I could not wait to learn about!! I didn't hesitate at all! I even remembered that waaay back in middle school, I did a report on what I wanted to be when I grew up and I interviewed and reported on an interior designer. Somewhere along the way, I started to enjoy science and thought I wanted to go the medical route, but here I was coming full circle back to interior design. Who would have thought?

I did my research on a few of the programs and ultimately decided that New York Institute of Art And Design was the right course for me. I have been very happy with the coursework and the staff!

Now, I have kept this a secret for a long time, telling only my closest friends and family for the most part, for a few reasons.

1) I change my mind A LOT! I wanted to be sure that this was going to stick before I made any big announcements!

2) There are certain people I know that are going to take this information and laugh and joke about it because I have thought of and tried so many things and had so many jobs in my life, and ultimately don't stick to them because they aren't what I want. I laugh along with them because don't get me wrong, it is funny, but I didn't want to hear the jokes until I knew for sure I was where I wanted to be! (If you want a little background on the things I have tried or wanted to be, read this post!)

3) Lastly, I wanted to be sure that I could do this school thing again. It has gone much slower than I want, but I am going to be picking up the pace here to get it all done by next February. And I am doing really well! There are 6 units and I got an A on the first one. The second unit I have something I have to fix on one part, but the rest of the projects, I had an A+ on, so I think I can do this!

I absolutely love doing this work! So you will see a few new types of posts on the blog starting now that I have made this announcement. Last summer I redid my nieces room for her birthday. She loves the way I decorate my house and asked for me to do her room for her, so of course I jumped at the chance. I took before and afters and I want to share them! Also, if you have been following along with me, you know that we just underwent a HUGE renovation and I have a ton of finishing touches and decorating to do on each room of my home. I will be posting my inspirations and ideas for each room and of course before and afters (when each space is finally finished)!

I am so excited to get this out there!! I hope you will enjoy following on this new journey because this is what this blog is about, my journey through life. Now my journey includes a possible new career or at the very least a hobby and a beautiful home!

Till Next Time! 

Friday Favorites - Maple Syrup Edition

Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy Friday! I am so happy for the weekend, yet so sad that is going to snow Saturday. I can't even. I went out without a jacket yesterday afternoon and tonight it is going to start snowing. Please bring spring, please! 

I love telling you guys what some of my favorite things are, and I figured where I did a fun post on Tuesday, why not another one today??!! 
Linking up with the Friday Favorite ladies, Erika, Andrea and Narci


Netflix Binges. They are so good, yet so time consuming! Right now I am watching One Tree Hill which I watched a bit of when it was originally on. I totally forgot how much I liked the show and how much I hate Dan Scott...anybody else?? 


The basement is mostly cleared out finally so we had room to set up the treadmill again. So if I want to watch One Tree Hill during the day, I can only do it on the treadmill. 60 minutes yesterday :)


We made our own maple syrup last weekend. The boys tapped two maple trees in the backyard and collected 8 gallons of sap throughout the week. On Sunday we boiled the sap down all day. 

We thought it would take about 5-6 hours, but it actually took 10 total between outside and inside boiling. It was a fun Sunday spent outside! 

Look what we got!! 

8 gallons of sap made 3 1/2 jars of maple syrup! We boiled about 2 minutes too long, so it is a bit thicker than maple syrup you would find at the store, but about 10 seconds in the microwave and it is perfect! The next morning of course we had pancakes and the last two nights we had a dessert that might now be my favorite, vanilla ice cream with warm maple syrup drizzled on it. Seriously. to. die. for. 

After all that work, Mike understands why maple syrup is so expensive! Ha! But the process was fun! 


This picture of Bentley is now my favorite. Our first baby is getting old and doesn't hear very well anymore, so I was able to get right up close without him opening his eyes. 

If you want to see more of my favorite photos, you can check out Tuesdays post. Show and Tell your 5 favorite pictures! 

Friday is a favorite in our house. Today I am having breakfast with a friend I haven't seen in a while, searching for bathroom tile and then settling in with the kiddos and the hubby for pizza and movie night! Any good suggestions for a movie?? 

Till next time! 

Show and Tell Tuesday - 5 Favorite Pictures

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Today I decided to join Andrea over at Momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday and share my 5 favorite photos of all time. This was not an easy task. I have so many pictures that I consider a favorite. I would think I had it narrowed down and then I would think of another one! Here is my list, with maybe a few extras just because I couldn't decide!


This is one of my favorite family photos! It is just quick selfie, but it makes me smile! We had so much fun on our trip to New York and this shows it! 


A girl and her dad. 


This picture of Olivia and her cousin just represents pure joy to me! This is summer in Maine and I love it! 


This candid of the kids makes me smile every time I see it. Believe me they aren't always this sweet with each other, but when they are I cherish it! 


My all time favorite photo with my kids. 

 And because I couldn't choose just 5, here are a few more faves

That hat, those cheeks

Again pure summer joy...

and more...
Are we seeing a summer theme here??

This one with papa always cracks me up! Could they look any cooler? 

And of course, I can't not put a picture of the house in here. This picture signifies the end of a long, long project and has to be one of my favorites! If you want to check out the journey of the outside and inside of the house you can click here for the outside and here for the inside

Thanks Andrea for hosting a fun link up!
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