Thursday, July 24, 2014

Zero Dollar Decorating Challenge

I was watching Kelly from House of Aqua on Youtube the other day (if you haven't checked out her channel, you are missing out!), and decided to participate in her fun Zero Dollar Decorating Challenge.  The challenge consisted of decorating a space or room in your house without spending any money.  Sounds easy enough, right?  Well, it was a bit challenging for me because everything we own has its place in our home, but I still managed to pull it off. 

Let's see what I started of with...

As you can see, the layout of the furniture doesn't do this room justice.  The bookcase seems to be the focal point instead of the sofa and chairs, plus it looks a bit cluttered.

Now for the after.  By rearranging the furniture I was able to create a better conversation area, leaving more floor space to play with my son. :)

I moved the bookcase over to this wall and I really like it.  I also added a few more books and decorating items.

My desk area stayed the same since its the perfect size for this corner.

Even though the room did not change, by rearranging the furniture and adding a few decorating pieces I already owned, the room feels like a completely different space.  I had so much fun participating in this challenge, plus it didn't cost me any money.  Just like Kelly challenged her viewers, I challenge you to redo a space or room in your house.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish with some free time and a little imagination.   

Thank you so much for reading!


Live Simply

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Nursery Tour

Hello friends,

I hope everyone had a wonderful and festive 4th of July.  How did you celebrate this holiday?  We spent the day with family and tried our best to stay cool in this heat. We have been experiencing 100+ degree weather and it appears the heat will be sticking around a little while longer.   After all, summer has just begun.

I am just now getting around to posting a tour of the nursery due to the birth of my son.  Speaking of, Micah was born on Mother's Day at 12:34 a.m. and is one healthy and beautiful baby boy.  I am now seven weeks postpartum and the last several weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions as I adjust to this new role as a mom to my precious baby boy.  I hope to share a bit more of my experience thus far, in the meantime, let's jump right into the tour for now.

I can't quite express how much I enjoyed putting together Micah's room.  It was a real joy seeing it come together little by little.  The decor in his room is not based on a specific theme; instead, I focused on pieces that fit the color scheme I had in mind.  I wanted his room to feel decluttered, inviting and relaxing, yet still look like a nursery.  Looking at the end result, I believe I achieved the look I envisioned when I first found out our baby was on the way. :)

We didn't want to over spend on the nursery.  As always, working with a smaller budget proved to be quite the challenge at first, as there were so many beautiful yet expensive pieces out there (hello Pottery Barn Kids!), but we managed to stay within budget.  This just goes to prove that you can still achieve the look you want but for a lot less money. 

Most of the furniture and decor was purchased from some of my all time favorite stores such as Target, World Market, Home Goods, Buy Buy Baby (a new favorite), and Anthropology.  Like I mentioned before, most of these items were purchased while on sale, others were given to us at our baby shower, and some pieces we already owned.

To give this Target dresser a bit of a special touch, we replaced the original knobs with these cute crystal knobs we found at World Market.  A quick and simple change that only costs us less than $15.  Below is a quick look at the dresser with its original knobs (sorry about the poor photo quality).

Anthropology sells similar knobs but for a lot more money. 

In my opinion, baskets are a must in every nursery.  They are so versatile and functional, which is why a have a few in his room, this one is from Home Goods and it was under $10.


My husband was a huge help with a lot of the DIY projects.  He spray painted a few pieces in Micah's nursery and put together all the furniture (some sure tested his patience, haha).  Overall, I am in love with his room.  One piece missing from his room is a small area rug.  I am thinking a white fluffy rug I spotted at Target a few months back.  Also, I am thinking about making a mobile to hang over his crib but I haven't decided on the style yet.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my son's room.  I will be sure to post an updated tour if I make any major changes.  Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions regarding any specific items or if you know of a place where I can find a cute yet affordable white area rug.  Until next time.

Live Simply,


Monday, March 24, 2014

Finally, My Maternity Pictures!

Hello friends,

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  Our weekend consisted of time with family and friends, some organizational projects and time in the kitchen baking a new dessert (with a little rest in between for this mommy-to-be).  If you read my last pregnancy update (here), I mentioned that I was going to post my maternity photos last week.  I originally intended on posting them on Sunday (remember that pinking promise, sorry!) but a slight change of plans moved the date to today.  My husband and I felt compelled to fast from technology for a day - that day being Sunday.  It felt great to disconnect from all social media - it helped us focus our attention on what truly  matters most. 

I am back this week happier than ever to share this post with you.  Our dear friend volunteered to take our maternity pictures a couple of weeks back (big money savings right there) and I quickly accepted the offer.  We were blown away with his photography skills and couldn't be happier with the end result, he did an amazing job!  He listened to my ideas and was able to capture this beautiful moment perfectly.  As difficult as it was, I was able to narrow down my selection process to 18 pictures from the 60+ photos we got.  I hope you like them as much as we do.

I had a blast!  It truly was a one-of-a kind experience that I will always remember.  Next on the agenda is our son's first photo shoot!  I can't hardly wait for that one.  I've already spent countless hours browsing Pinterest for newborn photo ideas. :)  See why we needed a little technology break? :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

Live Simply

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

29 Pregnancy Week Update

Hello friends,

I am back with another little update at almost 30 weeks.  The single digit count down will soon commence and I couldn't be happier.  As you will see, not much has changed from last week but I am not complaining one bit.  Let's jump right into it.

  1. How far along? 29.3 weeks 
  2. Maternity clothes:  No new purchases this week.
  3. Stretch marks: Still none to report. :)
  4. Sleep:  Got worse this week, bummer.  Mother nature is really putting me to the test.
  5. Best moment this week:  Sharing our maternity pictures with family and friends. 
  6. Miss anything: Being able to sleep through the night, but I guess those days are over so I might as well enjoy the little sleep that I am getting now. haha
  7. Food cravings:  No.
  8. Anything making you feel sick or queasy:  Not really
  9. Gender: Boy!
  10. Symptoms:  Back to normal this week.  This pregnancy has really been good to me and I am so thankful for that (well, except for #4 above).
  11. Wedding rings on or off? On
  12. Happy or moody? Excited and anxious to meet my little boy.
  13. Looking forward to: Completing the nursery.  This has been my absolute favorite home project thus far.  Especially because I got to share the experience with my dear husband who was very involved and helped turn my ideas into reality.  Loved that. :)
I haven't forgotten and will post my maternity pictures later this week, pinky promise.

Have a great week and thank you for reading.


Monday, March 10, 2014

28 Week Pregnancy Update

Hello friends,

Happy Monday! 

Here's a recap of my 28th week of pregnancy.  This week, baby is the size of an eggplant and weighs about 2 1/4 pounds. :)

  1. How far along? 28.3 weeks 
  2. Maternity clothes:  Still wearing maternity pants, leggins, and regular tops.  Although, the weather was so nice this Friday and Saturday that I actually wore some of my maxi dresses.  They were so comfortable! By the way, I am loving this shade of blue.
  3. Stretch marks: Thankfully, none have come in yet. :)
  4. Sleep:  Better this week.
  5. Best moment this week:  My husband and I celebrated our 7th year anniversary this past Tuesday.  We realized this will be our last year as a family of two.
  6. Miss anything:  Being able to sleep on my stomach.
  7. Food cravings:  No.
  8. Anything making you feel sick or queasy:  My dear husband cooked bacon for the first time this week and enjoyed every bite.  Conversely, I don't eat bacon and I didn't have the heart to tell him the smell was making me a little sick.  
  9. Gender: Boy!
  10. Symptoms:  Two new ones this week - light cramps (or maybe Braxton Hicks contractions?) and heart burn.  Not a fan of either one. 
  11. Wedding rings on or off? On
  12. Happy or moody? Excited.
  13. Looking forward to: Printing our maternity photos!  We had our photo shoot this past weekend and I am in LOVE with every. single. picture.  I will be posting pictures soon (hopefully this week!). 
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!