Magnolia

So unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper. I’m a fan. Obviously they are big into the whole modern farmhouse vibe and so am I. So when Brian had a work trip in San Antonio, TX he easily talked me into going with him (and our littles) by promising me a stop in Waco to see the Magnolia Silos. And trust me, I earned the stop by being stuck in a hotel for a week with two kids under the age of three….

Waco is about an eight hour drive for us, so we left in the evening and drove as far as we could so the kids could sleep for most of the drive. We stopped at a hotel about an hour outside of Waco so we could wake up and only have a little bit of a drive and get to the silos right after they opened. I HIGHLY suggest getting there when they open or soon after on a weekday. It was already busy, but there were still plenty of free parking spaces left and while the store and bakery were bustling with lots of people, we didn’t have to stand in line or anything.

I follow the Magnolia store on Instagram so I was prepared for everything to be beautiful, and it was. As someone who worked in retail for half of their life, I fully appreciated all the work that goes into setting displays and watching people rearrange and touch all of your hard work. I can also sympathize with all of the refolding of t-shirts that must go on in that place! The store was really clean and open and if there was something you wanted to look at but couldn’t because there was a crowd in the way, it was usually in another place or two. Things were a little pricey in my opinion, it was priced a lot like Anthropologie or West Elm. I got a t-shirt $28 and a couple candles for $26 a pop.

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We also stopped into the bakery, which is so, so tiny. It looked so much bigger on t.v.! It was worth the stop though, Brian and I both got a warmed, cheddar, bacon and chive biscuit….heavenly. I NEED that recipe in my life. I’m really kicking myself for not getting some cupcakes to go. It’s one of my biggest regrets.

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The kids’ favorite spot was the large, faux grass yard. I loved it too. It was a great way for the kids to run out some energy before we had to get back in the car and drive to San Antonio. I loved the fake grass because it looked nice and kept the kids clean…I am now wishing our lawn was fake grass. There were bins full of balls and outdoor games, but we didn’t even need them, Hollis ran laps while Bo took some wobbly steps.

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There were also big swing sets at the far edge of the lawn, but we didn’t get on them. I was impressed with how clean and tidy everything was. I can only imagine how full this lawn in on the weekends!

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There were also a couple of rows of food trucks and tons of picnic tables and places to sit. We would’ve loved to try some of them, but we were there too early. Next time, maybe. Although, I could just live on biscuits every time I go and be perfectly happy about it. They also had tours you could take that would drive you by some of the housed the Gaines’ have done. We didn’t have time for anything like that, but it would’ve been fun to see them.

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Brian even ran into someone he knew there, because of course he did, he knows everybody. We couldn’t leave without taking the obligatory picture out in front of the Magnolia sign. The employees were spread out all over the place and were all very friendly. There were a few outside the store that offered to take your picture for free, which I gladly obliged since there are only about six pictures of all four of us together in the universe. I don’t even care that we aren’t all looking at the camera….All in all, it was a good trip and I’m glad we had the opportunity to do it, and I would do it again anytime!

 

Inpsirado: Colorful Modern Farmhouse Kid's Room

bos-room-2Since the holidays, our family has been passing around a nasty cold back and forth to each other. Pretty typical stuff this time of year, but it’s baby Bo’s first time getting sick and he’s been having a rough time sleeping and resting thanks to a stuffy nose and cough. In an effort to help him get a little more peace and quiet, I went ahead and moved his crib into the guest room so his big sister doesn’t keep him up anymore than he is now.

I had planned on my little ones sharing a room for a couple of years, basically when Bowen was ready to move to a big boy bed. I liked having the kids in one room where all the little toys (aka mess) could stay together and all the essentials little ones need (wipes, diaper cream, medicine, etc.)  could be easy to grab for both kids. I also really enjoyed having a designated guest room that was always clean and ready to go without having to do any deep thinking of where guests would sleep. Ultimately I decided that it wasn’t fair to keep Bo from having his own space for the chance that we might have a guest for a brief time. We have a few good options for sleeping arrangements for when we do have guests, it will just require a little moving around, no big deal.

So since this was kind of a spur of the moment decision, I have some planning I need to do for how to decorate little man’s room. The walls are a Kelly green (Valspar’s Woodlawn Promised Land) and while I may paint in the future (you all know I love to paint), I still really like the green and am going to try to make it work. The room is the smallest of the three bedrooms. It has three windows on three of the walls, a closet and a built-in desk on the fourth wall so there is not a whole of open wall space. I like that the wall color adds some interest since I don’t have room to hang  a lot of artwork.

Here is what it looks like now.

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The lack of wall space also makes furniture placement a little tricky. We had a large, queen sleigh bed in the room while it was a guest room, but have decided to move it into Hollis’ room because she has the room to accommodate it. We moved her twin trundle daybed (which turns into a king size bed or 2 twins) into Bo’s room which gives him a lot more floor space to move around and to play. Right now I have the bed and his crib both in the space, so once the crib is out and he’s ready to use his big bed, I will add in some functional toy storage for him. I have big plans for the closet in his room, which is a good size, but I want to tweak it a bit to be able to fit a dresser in it and keep from having a dresser take up precious space in the room. The built-in desk helps a lot since it provides some good shelving and doesn’t take up anymore floor space.

Here is the plan I’ve come up with so far. I have already ordered the gray buffalo check bedding and have mostly been working off of that. I found some super cute (little kid) bedding at Target that I just about jumped on, but decided on something more classic and timeless. I love me some buffalo check, and I think the soft gray will be easy to work with if I ever do decided to paint.

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As you can see, I’m trying to keep with the modern farmhouse style that we have going on in our home. I’m also trying to tie in the green and make it work, but we will see how it turns out!

 

 

To Fill, or Not To Fill

I feel like I’ve been MIA for a while in blogland, but my baby Bo is getting in four teeth…at the same time. Poor little babe. He’s a tough little guy, but I’m not as tough. He’s been waking up every 2 hours at night for the last month and I’m feeling the lack of sleep. I’m in full on mombie (that’s mom + zombie for those that don’t know) mode and doing super productive things like pouring orange juice in my coffee instead of creamer…

But I digress…I’m actually here to talk about filling up those large empty, or awkward walls in the house.

Our old farmhouse is the opposite of open concept. I know Instagram is full of beautiful pictures of open concept homes where you can see from the front door all the way to the back door. But I have to say, I love that in our house when the playroom looks like a bomb went off in it, I can just pull close the big pocket doors and pretend that the little playroom fairies are behind the door cleaning away while I sit in the living room sipping my oversized glass of Cabernet. Don’t get wrong, there is a good flow, but the rooms in our house are all pretty much separate which makes for a lot of walls to fill up!

Here are a few ways I like to fill up the walls…

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When hanging things on the wall, I like to mix things up. I like hanging simple objects like a rustic, old window. I like the dimension and texture it brings to the room while still being really simple. I also like a small shelf or two where I can easily change things out by just leaning pictures on it, and using small decor that can be rotated out with the seasons or whenever the urge strikes. file_007

Plants in fun containers on the wall are also a new fave of mine. I love a good pop of green and try to incorporate a plant or two…or ten in all the rooms in our house. I feel like they bring a lot of life and energy to a space.

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And of course there is paint. If you’ve followed this blog for very long, you know I love to paint. Like really love it. I used a lovely shade of pink and some painters tape to fill a wall in the playroom with a “playhouse” for Hollis.

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Again, I used some rustic shelves for Bo’s side of the kid’s room. I just love the versatility of it. I can swap things out as he grows and his interests change. I also like to hang things around the shelves to add more interest and create a little “mini gallery wall”.

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I have to say there is just something that really speaks to me about a simple picture hung on a large, empty wall. I struggled with what to hang on Hollis’ side of the kid’s room. I really didn’t want to mimic the other side of the room and have it feel too matchy-matchy. I finally decided to make my own graphic onto two matching frames I had. I love how simple it is, yet it really stands out when it is the only thing on the wall.

I am currently trying to figure out what to do with the large wall space that runs along the staircase. It is such an awkward space to fill! I’ve been looking all over for inspiration. One of my go-to sources of inspiration is Wayfair.com. There is a whole post on decorating a large wall.   It’s a great place to get some ideas when you are stuck on a space or if you just like to look at pretty decor pictures. I especially love the idea of using statement piece, like one of these beautiful starburst mirrors!

 

Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants

 

 

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Clockwise: Jade Plant // Succulents // Rubber Plant // Snake Plant // Air Plants // Iron Plant

Spring is officially here! I am patiently waiting for the plant nurseries around here to open up. All winter I’ve been making a list of plants I want to pick up, as I do every year, but this year I have done some research and made a list of ‘hard to kill’ plants. I like to consider myself fairly domesticated, but apparently that stops at maintaining plants. I was not blessed with a green thumb, but I am trying really hard to at least fake it ’til I make it. Here is what is on my list…so far.

 

Jade Plant

A few years ago, Brian and I bought a Jade plant. It’s the first plant we’ve had that has really thrived and it has been so easy to care for. Seriously, it is practically indestructible. The thing has been outside, inside, in full sun, in not full sun, and it always looks awesome. It only needs water every couple of weeks, at most. It has been living in our upstairs bath since we moved here, and it makes the space feel so happy and alive. I think every room in our house needs a little green. So now I’m on the hunt for more low-maintenance plants that look awesome.

Succulents 

I love succulents. I love all the colors and variation. They are hardy little plants, even though, I have admittedly killed my fair share of them. I have learned they need to get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. I try to keep mine near an East-facing window and that seems to help. They need to be watered when you notice the soil is dry, except in the Winter time, then they just need water every 2 weeks or so. Succulents also need a good water-draining soil if they are going to be in a container.

Rubber Plant

I want to get something with some height to it, like a small tree. I think a rubber plant would be good for that. It needs bright light but prefers indirect light that isn’t too hot. Some people recommend putting it near a window that has sheer curtains. It requires a little more attention during the growing season, it needs to be kept moist. It is also a good idea to wipe off the leaves of your rubber tree houseplant with a damp cloth or spritz it with water. If you water the rubber tree plant too much, the leaves will turn yellow and brown and fall off. During the dormant season, it may only need watered once or twice a month. If the leaves begin to droop, but not fall off, increase the water you give the rubber tree houseplant gradually until the leaves perk back up again.

Snake Plant

I’ve also been looking for a Snake plant, which are also known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue. I actually tried to snag one last Spring, but none of the nurseries around here had any, so I am determined to get one this Spring. They do well in low light and require little watering. I have also heard that they can purify the air in your home which is awesome. I would love to put one in each of our bedrooms.

Air Plants

I have been seeing these guys pop up on blog after blog. I’m intrigued. These beautiful little guys grow with no soil. Their roots are used only to attach themselves to things. You can just plop them down without a pot or anything.  They need little water, just a mist once or twice a week. They love warm weather, but do well in partial shade. Don’t let them sit somewhere that gets lower than 45 degrees.

Cast Iron Plant (Iron Plant)

I mean, a plant with that name, has to be a sturdy son of gun, right? These guys can pretty much grow in the dark and they require little water. The plant also thrives in very hot, dry summers and is not easily damaged by cold winters. Insects seem to leave it alone, and it very rarely is bothered by disease of any kind. This plant would be great if you are just trying to add a little green to a space.

What indoor plants have you had good luck with? I’d love to check some more out this Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

Pillowfort at Target

Have you all checked out the new kid’s line Pillowfort at Target? I’m in love. Cute stuff for boys, girls and tons of gender neutral stuff too. The prices are actually pretty reasonable, I picked up a new comforter set for Hollis for $40 + 10% off + free shipping. I want it all, but I’ve narrowed down a few of my faves!

 

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So cute right?! I didn’t even pin pics of all the adorable bedding, so many great sheets, blankets, and comforters!

What's In My Diaper Bag


Baby day is getting closer and closer. We are only a couple of weeks away and he pretty much could make his entrance into the world anytime now. My hospital bag is packed, baby’s bag is packed, and now I’m turning my attention to my diaper bag. I’m so used to packing for a two-year old, I have to retrain my brain for packing for a newborn….they need so much stuff! I’m trying to pare down to the bare necessities since I need room for two. Luckily these days, Hollis doesn’t require too much stuff anymore. And to be honest, a lot of times I just pack her a bag with a few diapers, toys, snacks and an extra pair of pants that I just leave in the car and grab out what we need at the moment.

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For my bag, I have the Charlie bag from Timi and Leslie and I absolutely love it. I did a lot of research on diaper bags and even posted about it here. I love this bag because it holds a ton of stuff and has a lot big pockets inside that are easy to dig around in one-handed which is super important while holding a baby or wrangling a toddler. It comes with a changing pad, insulated bottle holder, stroller straps, and my favorite part is a wristlet for me to keep my phone, keys, and wallet all together and easy to grab. It’s also super cute and doesn’t look like a diaper bag, I get compliments on it all the time.

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Teething Toy/Distraction– These get switched out often, but I like to have something for baby to chew on like, Sophie the giraffe.  Hollis loves these Llama Llama books, and so do I. They are short and rhyme-y (is that a word?), Hollis has most of them memorized and she loves to bring them in the car when we go out somewhere.

Wet/Dry Bag– A wet/dry bag has saved me, and my nose, many times. Blowouts and wet pants always happen at the worst times, and usually in front of the most witness, so this thing is a lifesaver. My diaper bag came with one, but I like this one better. It’s a nice size and easy to throw in the wash.

Change of Clothes-For the same reason as above. I like to keep a set of seperates for quick changes. I also keep a pair of pants for Hollis in the car and not in my diaper bag.

Blanket– Always handy to have an extra one of these. Besides the obvious, I’ve used it as a window shade in the car and as an impromptu nursing cover when I forget mine.

Diaper Ointment/Lotion-I like Burt’s Bees in general, and I really like the size of this ointment and lotion for the diaper bag.

Sunscreen– I keep a bigger bottle of sunscreen and bug repellent in the car, but this tiny roll-on stick is great for the diaper bag. I like Aveeno and Babyganics.

My Bag– This wristlet came with my diaper bag and I love it. It’s so nice to have all my important things, (phone, keys, wallet, lip balm) all in one spot that is easy to grab or take in to a store alone without the big bag.

Portable Potty SeatThis one we haven’t gotten to use yet, so I don’t know if we like it or not, but I love the idea of it! Hollis is not potty trained yet, but we are working on it. I’ve taken a step back from it for now because the new baby is coming and I have a feeling she will regress when the baby gets here. So we will focus more on it in a couple months. I started carrying this guy around with me just in case she feels the urge to try to use a big potty away from home. Anyone used one?

Diapers and Wipes– Duh.

Bottle– We tried a few different brands of bottles including the ones that came with my breast pump, but we didn’t have any luck until we tried these Dr. Brown bottles. Hollis would get really gassy and spit up a lot, but the problems pretty much subsided when we switched to these.

Sippy Cup– We also went through a few of these before we found ones we really liked. I love these Nuby sippy cups because they have a straw so that you don’t have to tip the cups up to drink. It made for an easy transition to regular cups with straws when we go out to eat. I also like that they close and are spill proof.

Snacks– Snacks are a must. I don’t know where my tiny two year old puts these snacks, but she goes through them so fast. As soon as she’s done with one snack, she’s asking me for another one. She goes through so many that I keep a bag of just snacks in the car for emergencies and just pull out a few for the diaper bag when needed. I love these pouches because they are so portable and require no utensils.

Bibs– I love these Baby Bandana Bibs because they are super soft and just feel more stylish than regular bibs. They are cute without being too cutesy, if that makes sense. They come in really great patterns and colors so they are cute enough to leave on all day as a drool-catcher for when baby is teething. I also love that they have two snaps to adjust for baby as they grow.

Not pictured: nursing cover, wrap baby carrier, granola bar and bottle of water for me (These things usually get left in the car and thrown in the diaper bag as needed.)

What are your must-haves for the diaper bag? How do you fit two or more kiddos worth of stuff in there?

Well This Is Embarrassing…

Have you ever lived with something for so long that you forgot how much you disliked it until you saw a photo of it? This is how I feel about our stairway and landing. (This is also how I feel every time I see a picture of myself ;)) I walk through this room every day, multiple times a day, but I guess I must do so with blinders on.

I didn’t notice how bad things were looking until we set our Christmas tree up in this room and I went to take some pics of it. I never posted them because I was so embarrassed at how the the rest of the room looks. We only have two rooms of paneling left that have not been painted and this is one of them. The office is the other one, and I planned to paint it first, but now I’m thinking I should tackle this room first.

Here is how it’s looking right now….it really hasn’t changed much since we moved in.

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The time of day/sunlight determines just how orange it is in here. Please notice all of my mismatching window treatments or lack of any treatments on a certain window that is out of my reach.

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This shot of the stairs helps explain why I haven’t tackled the painting yet. I am going to have to find a ladder that will allow me to reach the walls along the staircase. And since being pregnant, I’ve had to cross tall ladder projects off my to-do list.

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As you can see, I’m using this area as storage for baby clothes currently until I get little man’s closet redone. The large white cabinet houses my crafting stuff and sewing machine. It will most likely have to stay here (I don’t have anywhere else for it yet…) and I’d like to get rid of the totes and dollhouse and add a small table or desk where I can draw/sew/craft.

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My next issue is the rugs. This ivory rug came with the house and the rug at the bottom of the stairs is just a $20 Ikea rug that I had and threw in there. I’d like to replace both of them. The problem with the one upstairs is that the size of it doesn’t seem right to me in this space, but I can’t figure out what size would be better. The room is kind of a fat, L-shape and I can’t decide if two runners would be better (in an L-shape), or one runner down the larger part of the room,  or if I should replace this area rug with a smaller sized rug that can be centered better.

I also don’t know what color to paint in here. I keep going back and forth between a bright, cheery color, or a nice neutral color. Either way I want something that will highlight all the wood trim. I’m leaning towards the neutral options because painting in here is going to be a pain and I want something I will love for a looooong time. Since I can’t decide,  I think I’m going to shop for rugs first and then choose my wall color based on that. I want the rug upstairs to feel cohesive to the rug downstairs, but I don’t want them to be an exact match.

Here are some rugs I’ve been looking at:

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 Apparently I’m subconsciously drawn to greens and blues. I like the idea of the rugs having some color in them, especially if I do a neutral wall color. I’m surprised at how much love #5 for upstairs. I think it would look so nice with the kelly green and navy blue bedrooms in that hallway. Actually, the more I think about it, I think it would look really nice downstairs too with all the dark wood. Of course it’s the most expensive option. I don’t want to spend a fortune on these guys since I’m having to buy at least two rugs.

Any thoughts or advice on wall color or rugs?! I’m open to any and all suggestions at this point!