Archive | October, 2017

Home Update: The Master Bedroom

Thanks for all the love on the Halloween Boo Basket ideas earlier this week.  It’s such a fun thing to do throughout your neighborhood this time of year.  Today, I’m showing you a long overdue home update.  Specifically the changes that have happened in our Master Bedroom.  You can see what the room looked like when we first moved in about a year and a half ago here.  And what it looked like a month after moving in here.

Wow, that was fun to reminise and see what everything use to look like.  Going back through those posts also made me realize I owe you guys a bunch of updates!  I’ll get to work on those.  First up though is our Master Bedroom.

We’ve definitely used a lot of what we already had to complete this room.  Our furniture and most of the wall decor was used in our previous house and just repurposed here.  However, we have added several new fun things to make it our own.

Here’s what this part of the room looked like before.

And here it is now.

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Master Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door Inspiration

Master Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door Inspiration

Master Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door Inspiration

Not a lot different but we’ve gotten things up on the walls.  You know how rooms are never really done?  Well I’d love to get some more substantial lamps for our nightstands.  Or ideally, I’d like to get two small dressers to use as nightstands.  The current nightstands will move to the guest room whenever we get those dressers.  I’m wanting a more collected look and less matchy matchy.

Across from the foot of the bed is this side of the room before.

And now here is how it looks.

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Master Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door Inspiration

I feel like a grown up because we have curtains, haha!  Isn’t it funny the things that make us feel like adults or like we have our lives together? I have a friend that says if her car is clean she feels like her life is on track.

The curtains are from Ikea, because they are the only reasonable place to get super long curtains that aren’t a million dollars.  I love our tall ceilings, but our windows are so high that I have to get 100″ or more curtains to cover them.

I’ve also realized that I kind of hate the window placements in our house. Don’t get me wrong I love how many we have and all of the natural light.  However, the design of having all of our windows in the corner of the room makes curtain hanging difficult.

Now here is the other side of the room with the biggest update of all!

Master Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door Inspiration

Another project completed while my Father-in-Law was here, was this massive barn door.  Our house was built without a door from the bedroom to the master bathroom, and while I can sleep through my husband showering in the morning, it’s not ideal.  Plus, the door is such a statement piece, not just functional.

I’m so impressed with how it turned out! They followed this tutorial and adjusted quite a few things based on the size and orientation of our doorway.  We purchased all of the hardware to hang the door and the handles at Home Depot.  Surprisingly, the door track hardware wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be.

Master Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door InspirationMaster Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door InspirationMaster Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door InspirationMaster Bedroom Decor, Master Bedroom with Barn Door, Barn Door InspirationSo that’s the state of the master bedroom at this point.  Like I said, I would love to still update a few things, but I’m pretty happy with where it’s at at this point.

What’s your favorite part?  I hope you have a great weekend, and I’m excited to see you back here next week.  I had a real photographer come to my house to take pictures for the posts next week!  They turned out so good, I can’t wait for you to see them!

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Halloween Boo Basket Ideas and a FREE Printable

Welcome back for the weekend.  I know it’s already Tuesday, but I worked this past weekend, so Monday was definitely a day for me to catch up. Hopefully you had a fall-filled, fun weekend.

I feel like I just keep gushing over how fun our neighborhood is, but it’s the best.  We have great neighbors and do fun things all year long.  One thing we experienced for the first time last year was the idea of a “Boo Basket.”  I had vaguely heard about them previously, but was so excited to actually get one last year.

Do you know what a Boo Basket is?  Does your neighborhood do them? It’s such a great way to celebrate Halloween in your neighborhood!

The basic idea is to spread some ghostly cheer around Halloween.  The rules are pretty simple, put together two Boo Baskets filled with candy, Halloween themed items and treats.  Then place it by your neighbor’s front door and sneak off without them knowing.

Once you get “boo’ed” it’s your turn to “boo” someone else in your neighborhood.  It’s so fun to walk through your neighborhood and see how one little act can spread throughout the whole neighborhood!

You’re in luck today.  If you want to start this fun tradition in your neighborhood, I’ve included everything you need, just add treats!  Click on the printables below to download and print off all of your Boo Basket information.

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Halloween Boo Basket Ideas, How to Make a Boo Basket, Boo Basket Printables

 

Boo Basket Ideas

I used a variety of Halloween treats in my boo baskets.  I basically just went to Target and raided the Dollar Spot.

Halloween Boo Basket Ideas, How to Make a Boo Basket, Boo Basket PrintablesHere’s a list of a bunch of great things you could include in your own Boo Basket:

  • Candy
  • Glow sticks
  • Halloween decor
  • Halloween napkins
  • Fake spiderwebs
  • Orange and black straws
  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Pumpkin carving set
  • Googly eyes (they literally work for everything!)

Feel free to use the ideas above to inspire your own Boo Baskets. Put everything in a basket, include the printables above and add some “You’ve Been Boo’ed” tags then sneak them onto your neighbors front porch or by their front door.

Halloween Boo Basket Ideas, How to Make a Boo Basket, Boo Basket Printables

Happy Boo-ing!  I hope you get just as excited as me when you start seeing the “We’ve Been Boo’ed” signs popping up all over your neighborhood.  Boo Baskets are such a fun way to spread some Halloween cheer throughout your neighborhood!

 

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Fall Front Porch 2017

Last week I showed you the inside of my home all cozied up for fall, and today I’m going to show you my fall front porch.  You can see the last two years here and here.  Welcome, walk on up to our front porch!

Fall front porch decorating ideas, fall front porch decor, how to decorate for fall on your porchWhen I took these photos it was a beautiful fall day with perfect weather.  We’ve since had a quick snow with a few inches and now all of our plants are much more droopy than they were before.

Fall front porch decorating ideas, fall front porch decor, how to decorate for fall on your porchFall front porch decorating ideas, fall front porch decor, how to decorate for fall on your porchI was really wanting to add some tall corn stalks in the little corner by the window.  However, after searching at least four stores and coming up empty, I let go of that idea.  I do think they would look really fun though.

Fall front porch decorating ideas, fall front porch decor, how to decorate for fall on your porchI have a pretty standard formula when it comes to decorating my front porch for fall.  It’s simple….

Pumpkin + Mum + Something Extra = Perfect Fall Front Porch Vignette

This year I used my recent anniversary gift and filled that bronze bucket with a bunch of small pumpkins and gourds.  It’s my something extra this year.  I also love that it lets you know who lives at our house, with our name on the bucket.

Fall front porch decorating ideas, fall front porch decor, how to decorate for fall on your porchHere my something extra is this outdoor lantern.  There are so many fall things you can use to add a little something fun to your front porch.  Try using typical things like hay bales, corn stalks, or dried corn.  If you want to be a little bit more original, look around your house for things that are a little different.  Use buckets, baskets, rustic boxes, old shutters, metal tubs, signage, or crates to mix it up.

Fall front porch decorating ideas, fall front porch decor, how to decorate for fall on your porchThis year I feel like my decorating is so much less planned out or thoughtful.  I think we’re just in a season of life, where other things are taking priority.  I totally underestimated how much more time it would take to care for a newborn and a toddler.  It also feels so good to let go of everything and just enjoy snuggling a baby.  I’ve definitely been trying to give myself more grace on those days where it feels like I should just hold the sleeping baby on my chest.  I mean as everyone always says, the days are long, but the years are short.  It’s totally ok to have a less decorated front porch (and other areas of the house) when you’re soaking up a new baby and trying to make memories to fill the short 18 years we get with our kiddos.

Anyway, moving on from my deep parental thoughts this morning.  I hope you were inspired to put to use a simple formula for a Fall front porch.  What do you plan to use as your “something extra” in your decorating?

 

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The Power to Empower

This past weekend my company held their annual convention.  I wasn’t able to attend in person but was able to watch the entire convention virtually.  How cool is that?  The theme of the convention was “The Power to Empower.”  I came out of this weekend so empowered that I had to share with you.  I don’t normally talk much about my skincare business on the blog, but this weekend enforced that this is so much more than skincare.

There were so many takeaways but the main two I’d love to share with you are how amazing our company is and how empowering we all can be.

The Business

Ten years ago two female doctors created breakthrough products that have completely disrupted the skincare market by creating personalized skincare regimens. Plus they use an innovative approach to get them into the hands of customers.

Through innovation, global expansion, and consumer connected commerce we have become the #1 anti-aging brand, the #1 acne brand, and most importantly the #1 skincare brand in the United States.Be the CEO of you, the power to empower, life changing skincare, best skin of your life

Innovation

This company is innovative in our products, distribution channels, and in how we give back.  Innovating new breakthrough products every year that deliver dermatological results to your home, we have been able to drive growth.  In fact, our revenue grew 84% last year, while many other traditional skincare brands were only growing 2-5%.  We were also able to reach 1 billion dollars in sales in 2016.  That’s something that doesn’t typically happen to companies this young.

Through a partnership with extremely intelligent individuals (like you and me!), the company is able to share how our products are truly life-changing.  Not only transforming skin into the best skin our customers have ever had, but also transforming the lives of those who share the products.

We’ve also been innovative in using social media to raise money towards our non-profit The Prescription for Change Foundation.  In just four days this past weekend, we were able to raise over 1.4 million dollars for the foundation.  Just incredible!

Global Expansion

I love that we aren’t just expanding globally because we can, but doing so in such a thoughtful manner.  We’re currently in three countries, the US, Canada, and most recently Australia with plans to grow even more.  The company is committed to grow to countries that have skin involved customers, people that are tech savvy, and ensuring the right products are available for the customers in that region.

Consumer Connected Commerce

What is consumer connected commerce?  When is the last time you went to Facebook to get a recommendation on a product?  You may not have realized it, but that is consumer connected commerce.  Getting recommendations from family and friends is the new normal for purchasing practically anything.

In this company we leverage social and digital tools to show real life results.  All just by sharing our stories and experience with the business and the products.  Sharing in this way delivers such a personalized touch to our customers experiences.

The Power to Empower Yourself and Others

Now, one of the most motivating parts of convention for me was hearing so much about female CEO’s, female salespeople, and how females are building a life they never thought possible by partnering with our Doctors.

It was amazing to see how many people are dreaming big and empowering others.  How do we empower others?  We can give others the gift of their own business which could create financial freedom, time freedom, or the ability to give beyond your imagination.

I’ve always dreamed of owning my own successful business, and through this company I do!  I am my own CEO and don’t have to answer to anyone else.

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I love the exercise that our female CEO did and asked everyone to picture a CEO.  Most people pictured a man in a suit.  What did you picture?  Did you know that there are only 27 female CEO’s of the top 500 US companies?  That number is far too low in my opinion.

So, I’m changing the picture of a CEO through owning my own business and sharing the opportunity for other women to own their own business too.

It’s time to stop being litter girls with dreams and become women with vision and confidence.  It’s time to start seeing grand things for ourselves.

And in the words of Oprah, “create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life. Because you become what you believe.”

Be the CEO of you, the power to empower, life changing skincare, best skin of your life

If you want to learn more feel free to reach out to me and I can fill you in on even more good stuff about this company and how to et the best skin of your life.  Either way, I hope you leave here knowing a little more and empowered to go out a do great things!

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A Cozy Fall Home Tour

This Fall is a little different around our house. We have an additional child, our basement is being completed, we have a lot of travel planned, and not many free weekends.  Because of those things, I haven’t done as much seasonal decorating.  Mostly, all of our things are piled up in the corner of our basement while it’s getting completed.  It’s going to be so good, I can’t wait for you all to see it!

I focused on a few areas and tried to just make everything cozy, while adding texture and fall colors.  I’d love to switch out my living room pillows since they are summery blues and yellows.  However, the more fall-like pillows are under a massive pile of boxes and sawdust in the basement.

I’ll leave you to look through our living and dining rooms all cozied and warmed up for fall.

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Fall Home Tour, table setting, fall decor, fall colors, dining room, fall living room, decorate for fallFall Home Tour, table setting, fall decor, fall colors, dining room, fall living room, decorate for fallI love having this mantle to decorate throughout the year and for all of the parties we host.  See it dressed up for Christmas here, or for a baby shower here.

The dining room is really lacking in decor.  I was able to add a few fall wine colored napkins and make a table setting using gold painted twigs.  I plan to add some cinnamon scented pine cones and candles eventually.  You know when the basement is accessible.

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How do you decorate for fall? Are natural elements from outside like twigs and leaves part of your decor?  Do you add cozy blankets and pillows?  Do you put pumpkins everywhere? What colors do you gravitate towards?

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Celebrating everyday!