Sweaters for fall/winter--for the very occasional, reluctant shopper like me

11.16.2017

I used to love shopping. In high school, shopping for clothes was probably my favorite activity. I saved my allowance and lunch money up and took lunches from home so I could accumulate enough to buy quasi-designer brands at Nordstrom Rack. I went shopping after school, on weekends... this was before online shopping was that successful, so you really had to go out to do it. SO time-consuming.

I had time back then I guess, but now, I almost never make time for shopping and I find it so unpleasant when I do decide I want to buy something in particular and I go to multiple stores and can't find it.

I guess you could say "I hate shopping"... but, what I've found works for me is avoiding the stores altogether most of the year, then around November-December when there are really good sales and my wardrobe is looking pretty boring, I treat myself with what I need and it feels so good.

So I did that again recently--ONLINE!! I bought myself sweaters, a quilted vest, some tops, and some maternity jeans...


It was a big success. I ordered two sizes of a couple things like the jeans, and returned the wrong size to the store. But the sweaters all fit, which is great because they are almost sold out of some in-store.

The easiest--Satisfying sausage & greens Paleo soup recipe (and my formula for easy, comforting soups!)

11.14.2017

I'm in the second trimester now but still not feeling my best, but hungry all the time and know what sounds the best?? Soup! Not thick soup like chowder or chili, but a soothing, savory, simple-flavored soup with plenty of broth.

I went to a girls' night with friends a while back and the hostess made a big pot of Paleo Zuppa Toscana, with Italian sausage, potatoes, and kale. It was sooo good and just what I wanted! I've since made my own at home, but with whatever ingredients I have on hand. It's so easy and fast, and the perfect soup I've been wanting! Here's my recipe, which you can modify with different proteins and types of greens, even different starches if you like.

Best of the Magnolia + Target Hearth & Hand collection

11.10.2017

You've probably heard about the Hearth & Hand collection by Chip and Joanna Gaines that hit Target stores on November 5th. If you were out shopping, you may have seen lots of stylish-looking women hitting up Target first thing that Sunday morning, and if you were at home, you may have seen loooooots of Instagram Stories of the same iron house-shaped frame inside the store, and the same cute kitchen and holiday goodies in black, cream, and green. This is probably one of the more universally exciting Target collaborations ever and the buzz has been huge!

I checked it out in person and yes, it is fabulous. In case you haven't had a chance to peruse all the goodness online or in-store, I've rounded up my faves plus the items I've seen the most excitement about among fellow shoppers and home design influencer community!

Turns out their current aesthetic is SO perfect for the holidays, too.

90's fixer upper reno before and after listing photos!

11.07.2017

First, a real estate update. The first offer we accepted fell through, but we had so much interest and offers over asking that we raised the price $5k. That'll give us more room to negotiate on repairs for the next buyer. We did the whole open house/coordinating house showing thing again and accepted another offer on Sunday. Phew. (Read the whole story of why we're selling here.)

It's now been several solid weeks of living in the house in its cleanest, tidiest, most finished state ever!! I posted the after tour here and did an Instagram Live the other day of an even more thorough tour. 

I wanted to go back and compare the listing photos of the Stanley 90's reno when we bought it (yikes) to now, the ones that got it so much attention and kudos from buyers!

What I know now about the first trimester

11.01.2017

As I said with our big announcement... I am so, so, so grateful to be expecting our first child next spring. (And thank you for your support and interest!!!)

However, even just 16 weeks in, this pregnancy has already been very humbling and has had its challenges. I read every post I could about morning sickness cures and what to expect at 5 weeks or 8 or 10, but I still wasn't mentally prepared. I wanted to share my experience with you all--experienced moms, future moms, and even my future self for when I do this next time!!--as a thank-you to my body, an affirmation that perfection is probably impossible, and a reminder to focus on what's really important.

Also--I am brand new at this, so it is exciting to have more experience than I did before at this whole pregnancy thing, and I want to share!

Almost 16 weeks. Sunday morning walk in nature. I had a headache, felt pretty gross, and hadn't slept well... but being outside felt good.

Hang removable wallpaper horizontally! Walls Need Love geometric print laundry room update

10.26.2017

Our laundry room was one of the last rooms to get paint and flooring... and it felt so good when it did. We also installed white shaker cabinets above the machines for storage, in place of the cheap-o shelf that was there. (Here's the post.) It was MUCH better but still so plain! And nowhere to hang art, really.

So, removable wallpaper to the rescue again. (See how we used it in the powder room above a chair rail.) I found the perfect geometric print to accent, but not overpower, our tiny laundry room, and installed it so quickly for a fun accent wall!

Backsplash Look Horizontal Removable Wallpaper Tutorial



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