Home Decor : Macrame Everything!

Being a kid I often heard about my mom and dad’s projects creating macrame in the 60’s and 70’s and how awesome some of them turned out – sadly before I was born they were donated (I am crying softly as I write this) but the love of Macrame was definitely passed down to my sister and I and my mom still has her 1970’s Macrame instruction book so I guess that is the silver lining? Fingers crossed I will get around to making one of my own someday! πŸ˜‰

As I am sure you have noticed Macrame is all over the entire internet and has definitely made it’s comeback. You do always have the option to create your own or buy new, but I personally love looking at the thrift store as you can find some really intricate patterns for dollars!

As you can tell I am totally in love with Macrame, in trend or not, I dig it! It truly gives such texture and interest to a space. What are your thoughts, love it or leave it?

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are πŸ™‚

All images via Pinterest

-Allison

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Home Decor on a Budget : Thrift Store Finds

I am a true lover of what my family calls “home shopping” in short This is basically when you change around all the junk you already have… πŸ˜‰ I do get bored with the way things look around our house so I like to have different artwork or decor to change out. As we all know artwork can be so expensive! And as much as I love certain pieces at this point in my life I can not justify that kind of investment; so off to the thrift store I go πŸ™‚

As with anything thrift store related it takes time to build a collection that you love so don’t rush yourself and also remember to see the potential in pieces. Like the crane painting in the nursery – it had a horrible cheap yellowing frame, but I just could not get over the painting so I bought it for a whopping 3$ and spray painted the frame. Now it looks like such custom artwork and I get compliments on it all the time. Also the first picture of the couple kissing was just a poster that I put into a mat and frame. The sconces on either side of it are also from the thrift store originally from Crate and Barrel with the tags still on them!

I am not ashamed to say that most of our artwork and home decor items are thrifted. I love to get inspiration from the “big box stores” (target, ikea, etc.) but I don’t like having the same things as everyone else. So when I am out and about I do take a lot of photos for inspiration in thrifting, crafts, or whatever else!

What are your go to places for unique items?

Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!

-Allison

2018 House Purge : My Closet / Office

Oh lord, even looking at these photos make me anxious! I have definitely kept too much for too long, and as I have said time and time again 2018 is the year of the purge for our household (for me really because I am the one that holds on to everything!)

In order to keep myself accountable I am documenting my journey to a clutter free home. I wanted to start in my closet because this room is like a black whole and catch all for things that we don’t want to put away but want out of sight – THE MADNESS NEEDS TO END!

My main addiction is definitely shoes – as if you can’t tell in that last photo! I just love em’ and you will always fit into your shoes (I have used this excuse to keep them in the past) but in being honest with myself how many pairs do I really need or wear? I had to have my husband sit with me and go through all of them and encourage me to get rid of more than I would have alone and it was empowering! I probably let go over over 20 pairs (don’t judge me) and some were like new! I still have quite a bit of work to do until it is how I want it and I will definitely share photos along the way. It is hard to get started but once you are in it it becomes a little, dare I say it, fun!?

What is your biggest project to tackle in 2018?

Thanks for reading

-Allison

Before you Donate…

As I have said many times before, 2018 is the year of the purge in my household so I am trying to make some hard decisions and declutter my life. Along with decluttering often comes the emotion of “This was expensive so I should keep it” Even though I can totally relate to this I thought I would share 5 options for selling your unwanted clothes, accessories, and even some household items that makes letting go a little easier.

  1. Poshmark (online only – clothing, accessories, shoes, etc) – Posmark is, in my opinion, the most simple way to sell things. It is online or through an app on your phone and all you have to do is snap a few photos, post them with a short description and boom! there is an option to make offers rather than buying outright so you will get a little less money at times, but it can be made up in the amount of items you are able to sell. You can follow my closet here.Β 
  2. Depop (online only – clothing accessories, shoes, etc) – I have never sold anything on Depop, but I know people who have and only good reviews! It is definitely marketed towards more unique, vintage, quirky fashions, but such a fun place to shop and how people merchandise their products is so awesome.
  3. Etsy (online only – clothing, home goods, craft supplies, basically everything) – I have always been a fan of Etsy even before I started my own shop. I love that it is full of such unique pieces and supports people in making their own business a reality. You can find my shop here, (lacking a little attention, but listings are up to date πŸ™‚ )
  4. Buffalo Exchange (in person only – clothing, accessories, etc.) Even though BE is not in every city if you are in a place that has one it is a great and fast option to get some quick cash and they will even donate the stuff they don’t take for you! They are also more interested in vintage, one of a kind of items or even DIY stuff.
  5. ThreadUp (online only – clothes, accessories, etc.) I have also never sold anything here, but I have a cousin that uses it regularly and some of the vloggers I follow also do. It is also a great option to buy or sell and it definitely more main stream, meaning known brands like Gap or Banana Republic, so it would be a great idea to take a look if you have a dress code of business casual at work

Do you guys have any other places to buy or sell clothes? I would love to hear about them! Hope you are having a great Wednesday πŸ™‚

-Allison

Everyone definitely has different ways of dealing with mornings, even if you love mornings they can sometimes be a struggle! I definitely used to think of myself as a morning person, but after having a baby I really am just a whenever-the-baby-is-up person! πŸ˜‰ I do have a few things I try to do each morning to start my day of right, read on to hear what they are.

  1. Water – Going to sleep at night I always have a huge glass of water with me so IΒ can have it before bed, during the night, whenever, but I also try to drink a lot of water in the mornings any throughout the day. Sometimes I love just ice water, other times I will add fresh lemons, limes or mint. It really makes a huge difference for me andΒ how I feel throughout the day.
  2. Getting Ready – I make an effort to be fully ready before my daughter is up. I am a huge makeup lover and I also really enjoy trying new products so that time in the morning I consider my “me time” I always use a primer for my makeup so it will last all day as I am a full-time employee, mom and wife! I recently got this in my ipsy bag and it is great!
  3. Puppie Time – I feed our dogs and give them lots of love. With a 8 months old in the house our dogs are not given as much attention as they used toΒ  so I do make it a point to give them lots of love in the mornings. They have both been so great with Ro and I truly cannot imagine our family without them so I take advantage of our time together.
  4. Tidy Up – If I have time I try to clean up. You always hear people say “there are never enough hours in the day” and that is so true, but you multiply that by 1,000Β  that is basically how I feel all the time πŸ˜‰ Because of that I do try to manage my time and be focused on the baby when she is awake, but while she is asleep to be productive with my time. If she is able to sleep until I wake her up in the mornings I will try to wipe down the counters, unload the dishwasher, all those fun things! just less that I have to do later.
  5. Get Baby Girl Ready for the Day – This one is my favorite! Wake my daughter up, play a little and get her ready for the day. We are so lucky that our daughter is happy when she wakes up, even if she is woken up! (Don’t take this to mean that she never cries, she is a baby, they all cry) She is definitely a morning person and is usually just happy to get up and dressed. She and my husband are really what makes my day start off on the right foot!

What are some things you do every morning to make sure you have a good day?

thanks for reading!
-Allison

I am sure you are thinking, “here we go, another mom post” but really this applies to everyone, single, married, lone wolf, whatever. I know personally that I can easily loose track of time and I am trying to make a effort to do things for myself everyday. To be clear when I say making time for yourself or doing things for yourself I am referring to small tasks that make you happy or tasks you enjoy doing that give you a feeling of accomplishment. For me there Is nothing worse than going to bed at the end of a long day and feeling like I accomplished nothing that fulfills me. Below are a few things that I do for myself, some daily, some a few times a week – you might be surprised!

– Clean the kitchen: I know you are now googling the nearest physiologist to have me examined, but pause a moment and hear me out. I love the smell of this new cleaner we bought and coming downstairs to a clean kitchen every morning starts my day off on the right foot. The older I get the more I love to clean and organize because it gives me such peace and satisfaction – Cliche I know!

– Vacuum: the feeling of freshly vacuumed carpet under your feet is so great! I love that it cleans up the house and also I get huge satisfaction from seeing all the vacuum lines! I also really love to mow the lawn, I am thinking that I should buy a zen garden so I can rake to my hearts content, lol!

– Change the sheets and make the bed: I know this sounds like another chore but fresh sheets and bedding is seriously one of my favorite things in the world! After a long day at work, then play with Ro and putting her down taking a shower and getting into bed with clean crisp sheets sounds like literal heaven 😍

– Making a list of tasks: this is something recent so I don’t do it as often as I would like, but I have so many thoughts and ideas before I go to bed I write them down for inspiration later when I feel stuck. The time before I go to sleep I will also read, or catch up on the news.

I would love to hear about the things you do for yourself and if some are cleaning related like mine! 😁

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are

-Allison

I have never met a single person that hates to travel – flying or getting there maybe – but never actually experiencing their destination. Right out of college and early in our marriage I worked for a large hotel chain that had great perks for staying at different properties around the globe. At that time it was also just the two of us (no baby yet)Β  so saying that we took full advantage would be a understatement. We took “weekend” trips all of the time and I wanted to share how we make the most of each trip together.

  • this is the most important in my opinion – you cannot control everything when it comes to traveling so you have the opportunity to makes things an adventure or an ordeal. When I first heard that I was blown away! what a great way to look at it; and ever since then I have chosen the adventure – like that time we almost ran out of gas and were lost in Klohn Germany! (a story for another time)

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New York

  • Make weekends count – We do always try to leave on a Thursday night and come back Sunday, or leave early Saturday morning and come back Monday. This way we feel like we get a full two days to experience our destination.

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Seattle

  • Stay away from tourist destinations! – this tip may not work for everyone but we personally hate the “herding of people” as we call it, at tourist destinations. For my husband and I it is much more of an authentic experience to go where the locals are and experience the city in a genuine way (this does include talking to people who live there! omg!)

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  • Get out of your comfort zone – for me personally travel is about not only discovering new things, but also learning about myself. I do try to push myself to get out of my comfort zone, my husband helps me a lot with this too! Sometimes it is hard as an adult to try new things, but Jerrod and I both want amazing stories to reminisce with each other, to tell our kids and even grandkids, so why not?!

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Colorado Springs

  • Don’t pre-plan your days – this, like number 3, may also not work for everyone, but for us it is the best way to enjoy a city and make the most of our time. We do always make an effort to rise at a reasonable time (no later than 8 – I know some of you are having a heart attack right now with my saying that is resonable! lol), but we just talk about things over breakfast and whatever we are feeling like that day we go and do. We are morning people and do turn in pretty early so we are rarely in the hotel room during the day.

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Long Beach, CA

What places are on your list to visit?

hope you are having a great day wherever you are!

-Allison