May 21, 2018

Our Entryway | Progress

Today I wanted to share and give you all an update on the progress of our entryway, which isn't all that much.   But we're getting there and I figure its easier for me and you if I blog about it in two parts, for reference.

If you've been following on my Instagram and Insta stories, then you kinda know we were at a standby with this project.  Because of life and busyness, I've needed my husband's help and personally I just haven't had the opportunity or energy to continue with it, until now.

For now, let me explain how we got here and where we are at the moment.

Our entry way is pretty much the focal point as you make your way in through our front door.  I knew when we moved in that I wanted this space to be something special.  Of course when renovating on a budget and yourselves whenever time allows.  When you finally decide to do start, well its going to take time to finish.  Like any project we basically do around here.

It also took me some time to really visualize what I wanted this space to look like without breaking the bank.  Because truth be told, we literally renovate and decorate on a penny's worth.

I originally wanted to get started on this little renovation in January but of course after the holidays and basically having zero time and money, we had to push back.  I believe it was beginning of March that we finally decided it was time.  So I started by selling the Entry way Hall tree that I had bought and spruced up.  That is how most of my projects get done around here by me buying, fixing/painting, and re-selling.  It works.  And that way everyone is happy when I'm not spending unnecessary spare change.

Its not a very large space so keeping it simple was key.  I'm also loving a very minimal and sleek yet still a modern farmhouse look.  I knew having shiplap on at least the main wall was a must for me.  

Not to mention I knew it would be cost effective since it doesn't cost much when doing just one wall.  I was also debating if keeping our chalk painted wall for writing on was going to be a keeper not.  And I settled on keeping the stop portion.  As you can see in the photos we decided to frame out that same portion of the chalk wall to give it a more formal look.  Personally I love it and the Mr. did an amazing job at framing it out.  I used Country Chic Paint's Antiquing Wax to stain the frame of the chalkboard.

For the main wall, we used plywood.  Yup, plywood, cut into planks.  Thanks to my good friend Taylor, who's also a blogger and quite a talented wood crafter, she gave me the recommendations on what kind of wood and size to get.  I love my blogger friends.  Always there for a helping hand.

I did not want to add the nickel or quarter in between the wood for the small gap in between the shiplap.  I prefer the close up look and imperfect almost like it has always been there look of it.  If that makes sense.  Or gathered look per say.  I really love how the wall turned out and all you need is Underlayment Plywood this is the one we purchased [here].

Primed it, painted it with Glidden Diamond in Pure White.  Its basically what I use all around the house now.  We used the Satin for this wall since its a high traffic area, I like having a little shine to it to be able to wipe it clean easy enough if necessary.

The wall hooks are from Lowe's.

There's still a little bit of work to do but for now, it feels just about finished with the shiplap wall and the chalkboard framed out and so I couldn't help myself but add a few finishing touches to the space to give you an idea of where its headed and how much better it looks from before, see below.

Still deciding on whether more shiplap will be added below the chalkboard.  I love the simplicity of it now and I hope to add something creative but I am on the indecisive side at the moment.  So I'll be keeping you posted on what I decide.

I am also deciding on what type of lighting to add just above or towards the top of the shiplap wall, because this space tends to have very little natural light and there is literally only one pocket light near the door entrance.  Unfortunately adding more downlight or pocket lighting unfortunately is impossible due to the structure, that sconces is the next best option.

Our popcorn ceiling removal is still in progress so that kind of puts a damper and hold on things at the moment not to mention eventually we'll have to replace our BIG front door due to a crack that has been there since we first bought the house.  Its just a very awkward size of a door therefore a customized door is going to be pretty expensive and its just not in the budget.

I hope this gives you an idea as to where we're headed with this space and working on it ourselves gives us a sense of gratitude.  Appreciation as well for being able to do it on a reasonable budget.

This rug was a Pier1 find and I happened to find it on a whim and it was of course on clearance, so I could not pass it up.  I knew I wanted a patterned 4x6 entry jute rug or similar and this one won me over.  The color and pattern is just everything I needed in my life and in this space!

The bench was a Target find and was also on clearance and after considering a few options including a Magnolia bench at Pier1 that I had had my eye on for a long time, I realized that something a little more modern and minimal would look best in this space.  And boy was I right.  I could not be happier with this bench and the simplicity yet modern look it gives this space.  

Below I added a few similar finds to some of the choices in this space if you're interested.

Make sure you follow along as we continue to finish this space, I will be sure to keep you posted!

One last look at our progress.

Cannot wait to see what this space ends up looking like.

May 10, 2018

DIY Lavender Sachets

Personally I think this makes a perfect mother's day gift but being that we're so close to mama's day I'm not sure you'll have time to dry the lavender before Sunday.  Guys, I'm so happy you're here because today I'm sharing how to make your own Lavender sachets.  These are great to have around in any room, closet or drawer and have everything smelling so good!!!

So I knew this one would be fun to make especially since I've always wanted to create my very own sachets.

I may be sharing this one a little late for Mother's Day, but its also a pretty and personal gift for any occasion such as a girl friend's birthday, a baby shower, or a bridal shower. 

These were easy to make so I hope you find these easy enough to make them yourselves.  I only spent $5 for the mini canvas drawstring bags at my local Michael's.

First thing you want to do is either cut your own or buy a bouquet of lavender from your local market or farmers market.  I simply walked to my front yard and cut some sweet lavender flowers.  You can eyeball it like me.  My bunch made about 1/2 a cup of dried up lavender.

After I dried my flowers.  I simply slipped them off of their stems.  Don't they look pretty already? 

So that's just your first step, making sure you have the dried lavender to move on to making your mini canvas drawstring bags pretty.

This is the second best part of this DIY.  IF you want to get creative and personalize your sachets, especially if they're going to be a gift for mom or a friend.  You want to make sure you have some fresh flowers of any kind or remember to keep a fresh stem or two of Lavender for this part.

Don't mind my "pretty hammer" its been put through some good use.

You're going to be hammering the imprint of your flower stem onto the mini canvas bag.  You can hammer straight over the flower onto the bag or place another mini bag over to keep the flower in between both and you'll get two canvas bag imprints done at the same time.

Below is how they'll turn out with the lavender imprint.  For some reason the purple of the lavender doesn't transfer in purple but instead more of a brown.  So you'll have to improvise.

In this case, I could have used fabric paint.  Unfortunately I did not have some around and since I won't be washing my sachets I didn't feel it was necessary.  Plus spending more money shouldn't be necessary if you explore your options.  I always have acrylic paints around from previous projects or the kids school projects.

I pulled my red and blue acrylic paints and combined them to make purple.

I grabbed a small brush (because you should have those around too if you DIY a lot like me) and I played around with the pattern already transferred onto the mini canvas bags.  I simply enhanced the lavender flowers to stand out.

Use the flower as your guide.

The green stems transferred perfectly well, so I did not need to color those in and I actually like the faded look of the stem against the canvas drawstring bags.

I love how they turned out, and literally took minutes to dry.

Once I had both the dried lavender and my mini drawstring bags ready to go.  It was time to add 2 drops of lavender oil to my dried lavender.  The dried lavender itself smelled amazing already, but I wanted to enhance it and make sure it lasts longer since these sachets will be placed in my dresser drawers.

As you guys know I've been in advent user of Young Living oils the last few months and I have been trying to use them in multiple ways for all the right reasons and easiest of ways.  Like these sachets.

I have quite a few favorite oils and lavender is one of my top favorites.  Not to mention I pretty much love lavender anything.  If you read my previous blog post, the current cleaning products I've been using from Mrs Meyers are all Lavender scented as well.

So in love with how lovely the lavender scent enhanced after I added the drops of lavender and mixed it well.  

And if or once the sachets loose their scent, all you have to do is add another drop or two to continue using them.

Once you've mixed your lavender well, you're ready to fill your sachets.

With 1/2 a cup of dried lavender, it was enough to fill 2 mini canvas drawstring bags.

A quick recap of the things you'll need.

Fresh lavender (for drying)
Extra Fresh stems of lavender
Mini canvas drawstring bags
Acrylic or Fabric paint
Mini angled paint brush
Lavender essential oil

I really love how these turned out and I'm already putting them to good use.  I will definitely be making more of these and putting them in every drawer in the house probably.

I hope you find these easy enough to make.  Not to mention super fun.  And like always let me know your thoughts in the comments.


May 8, 2018

Spring Into Summer with Grove Collaborative

In just a few short weeks, my son will be out of school again and my home will be filled with dripping swimsuits and towels, sleepover bags, and everything that comes with Summer madness.
That's why I'm making the most of the time I have right now to do some deep cleaning and get the house in order for Summer.

Luckily for me, Grove Collaborative makes creating a healthy, beautiful home effortless and affordable. They hand-select the best natural products and deliver them (carbon offset) right to my doorstep, on MY schedule. Grove has you covered for all your Summer household essentials, starting with this free kit with your first order of only $20:

New Customer Offer

Free Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap
Free Mrs. Meyer’s hand lotion
Free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
Grove Collaborative replaceable head dish brush
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If you're already an existent customer, you'll receive a set of free Grove walnut scrubber sponges — perfect for scrubbing pots and pans after a Sunday barbecue. I love that they look so natural and fit our homes aesthetic.

As a busy mom, I need hardworking, multitasking products. That's why I'm a huge fan of Mrs. Meyer's. A few drops of Mrs. Meyer's dish soap can clean tile floors, degrease grill grates, and remove grime from patio furniture. Mrs. Meyer's hand soap is tough enough for gardeners or your little peoples hands that have been playing in the dirt. And of course, the matching lotion is a necessity for skin that's dried out from cleaning or swimming in the pool.

I can't tell you handy its become to have a hand lotion right next to the dish soap and hand soap, comes in pretty handy for all of us.

On top of being effective, it's important to me to use products I can feel proud to display. I love a hard working dish soap like any, but knowing that Mrs. Meyer's is both effective, affordable and looks pretty enough to have on the counter, well its just perfect. I'm definitely proud to have them displayed.

Grove Collaborative's dish brush is beautifully effective for tackling dishes on taco night but also makes a lovely sink side display. Even if guests stop by unexpectedly, I don't feel like I have to hide my cleaning products under the sink!

You'll get all the products I've mentioned above free when you place your FIRST ORDER of $20 using my link.

To give you an idea of what you could order, here are some of my favorite summer essentials:

Grove Collaborative mint SPF 15 lip balm $4.95
Seventh Generation disinfecting multi-surface wipes $2.99
Alba Botanica sunblock SPF 45 $8.49
Preserve food storage round (large) $2.99
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Grove Collaborative replaceable head dish brush FREE

You'll get all these amazing products (I mentioned above) for a total of $24.41 with free shipping! Plus, once you have submitted your order, you'll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial.

I love using products that are free of harmful chemicals or close enough to be able to read and understand the ingredients included, so make sure to read those carefully always.

This offer is only available until May 13th, and these kits always go fast. Here's how to get yours:

Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Mrs. Meyer's Spring Seasonals Set for free when you sign up!

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You made it! Thank you for reading this far and getting informed, now all you have to do is ....

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As always if you have any questions and/or comments feel free to leave them in the comments below or email me directly.  My contact tab is at the top of my blog.

Happy cleaning and let's get ready for Summer together!

Full disclosure, this post has an affiliate link, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase from Grove Collaborative.  I only recommend products that I use and personally love myself, so I know you'll be in good hands.

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