layered door mats

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!  Ours was nice and easy at home this year.  Just us and the kids.  I still made the table a little fancy even though it was low key.  My husband surprised Izzy and I with flowers the day before so they were the perfect centerpiece.  This is from my Instagram.  

It has my new favorite table cloth and pattern in it.  You may have also seen that pattern in the post following.  

By the way, if you're not following me on Instagram yet I'd love to have you!  There is a lot that I share there that doesn't make it to the blog, and you'll usually always see what I'm currently working on there first.  

So, the rug.  That's what I've brought you here today for.  I've been wanting to add a little 2x3 rug under our door mat and finally found the perfect black and white gingham rug.  Which, I don't know if I'm using the correct term.  Is it gingham or buffalo plaid??

Either way I don't care, I'm in love!  Door mats don't usually get much attention, but now it is hard to not notice.  There are so many great combinations you could create.  You really can't go wrong!  Most door mats are 1'6"x2'6" (18"x30") so a 2'x3' rug works perfectly underneath.  I've pulled together some different looks for you, and even a couple of Christmasy ones.  My set up is the top left.  The gray squares on the white stripes aren't quite as dark as they appear in the product image, but it still works great since most of it is covered by the coir door mat.  

Which one is your favorite?  I think I want to pick up the Christmas car.  Especially since it's only $12.99!

kid's christmas gift guide

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I hope everyone is wearing their stretchy pants and having a great Thanksgiving!!!

I wanted to pop in today and share a gift guide for the kids on your Christmas list.  This guide is based off of items my kids already have and love or that they have added to their Santa list this year.

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space theme birthday party

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Samuel turned four this weekend.  FOUR!!!  I have to remind myself he's not a baby anymore.  This year it was all about space.  I'll link to sources at the end.

Sam loves the moon and stars (he has glow stars on his ceiling and a large moon poster over his bedso when I mentioned a space party he was all over it.  We used these super cute online invitations from Paperless Post.

Guests were welcomed with a spin off of Neil Armstrong's famous words. 

We hosted the party earlier in the day so we didn't have to mess with a bunch of food.  Just cake and cookies!  Decor was simple.  Just a birthday banner with hanging balloons.  The star balloons had pieces of doorway fringe taped to them.  I use the same piece of striped fabric for every single birthday party.  It just goes with everything!

The cake turned out fun with plastic planets hot glued to skewers and a surprise pattern inside the cake.  As tasty as cake always is, my favorite part were the sugar cookies that were made to look like planets.  I got the idea here, but used this sugar cookie recipe.  TIP:  Roll them into balls and then press them flat with the bottom of a glass over parchment paper before baking.

For a party game, I created alien faces on silver and green balloons with black cardstock and a Sharpie.  These balloons were cracking me up!

We placed them all over the backyard and let the kids "zap" the aliens with silly string.  It was SUCH a windy day.  The aliens and silly string were a flying!

Big kids got in on it too ;)

Sam wanted a piñata so I made one out of an old paper lantern, party streamers, and cardboard (for the ring).  It only cost me $3, which was spent on party streamers.  

The piñata was filled with Milky Way candy bars, finger flashlight "lasers", bouncy ball "planets", and of course, confetti!

Guests also took home goodie bags filled with foam rockets, planet cookies, and a set of DIY constellation cards.

The constellation cards are pretty cool.  You shine a flashlight at them and the constellation appears on your wall or ceiling.  I'll be sharing a tutorial and download for these soon so check back!

We had a great time celebrating this little guy of ours!  He's such a fun thing.  He hugs so hard.  He squeals and tells me, "I'm so happy you're home, I missed you so much!!!" when I've just ran to the grocery store for 10 minutes.  If he must change out of his pajamas he hates wearing anything other than shorts and t-shirts.  While wearing his pajamas he pulls his left arm in through his sleeve next to his chest and tucks his right foot into his pajama pant leg.  He loves "man trucks" and points out every single one he sees.  He hates puppy kisses.  He loves kissing girls.  And I love him so much I could burst.    

Happy Birthday Sam!!!


new living room rug

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Our living room rug bit the dust.  It actually needed to be replaced about 6 months ago, but I just kept ignoring the problem.  Like it's going to go away or something.  When the hole reached 1'x2' I knew I had to do something.

Pretty bad, huh?  I think a couple of things lead to it.  We went a long time before putting a real rug bad underneath and all the slipping and pulling tore the fibers up over time.  I also regularly vacuumed the rug with the bristles spinning (should have had them off) which almost always yanked some of the longer loose pieces up.  It was a full blown mess.  I was sad too because I loved the look of this rug.  But, off to the trash it had to go.  Here she is once last time.

I toyed with the idea of doing something completely different in here, but I just love the look of jute rugs too much to move on.  I ended up replacing it with this Safavieh jute rug from Plush Rugs.   

You guys.  I was initially so upset about having to get rid of my last rug.  It was the same feeling I have whenever I'm saying goodbye to an old car at a dealership.  I'm staring at it all sad faced, thinking about all the fun I've had in the car and all the memories.  Feeling guilty for letting it go.  Then the car salesmen pulls up with your freshly detailed new car and it's all, "Peace out, hooptie!"  I don't even look back.

The rug I purchased was in stock and arrived a few short days after ordering.  My husband's first comment was, "Wow!  It looks so nice and clean!"  It's pretty much the perfect neutral jute rug.  The price is amazing and it goes with just about anything.  There are gray, tan, and brown tones.  You can dress this puppy up or down.  Added bonus: the nubby texture feels like a massage on your feet.   

A couple of things about jute rugs:

  • Do they smell?  They have a wet grass smell when you first unroll them, but that goes away in about 2-3 days.
  • Do they shed?  If you sit down in dark clothing yes, you will have little fibers left on your clothes.  We don't lay on the floor in here so it doesn't bother us.
  • Are they soft?  Jute rugs are much softer than sisal rugs, but they aren't what you would call soft and fluffy.  But, having said that, we actually love the nubby feel on our bare feet.  It's like a little massage.
  • Do they hide mess and dirt?  Yes!  The kids are always dropping food crumbs (even when they know not to eat in here), and unless it's full up cracker laying on the ground, you wouldn't be able to tell.  The color variations in the rug also help hide dirt from dog paws and shoes.  
  • Do you need a rug pad?  If you're rug is going down on a hard surface like wood or tile then absolutely.  If your rug has the same weave on the front and back (it doesn't have a fabric backing) you'll want to get a nicer felt and rubber pad to keep it in place.  You can check out my post on that here.
I couldn't be more thrilled with my new rug!  Look ma, no holes!!!

SOURCES:  jute rug // chairs // sofa // lumbar pillow // coffee table (similar here) // metal accordion table // bamboo blinds // white drapes // DIY mudcloth pillows // DIY lacquer tray // round mirrors - Pier 1, sold out (similar here) // round marble vase - Homegoods // table lamp - TJ Maxx (similar here)


Disclosure:  I did receive a discount in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own. See more of my disclosure information here.

christmas brunch

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It's not even December and I'm already feeling behind the ball.  I've wanted to put together a fun Christmas brunch and Secret Santa gift exchange for friends for a couple of years now.  I have yet to pull it off.  Maybe this will be the year.  If I can do it, here's what I've been dreaming about.

INVITES // You just can't go wrong with an online invitation.  Being able to send them out immediately and the ease of RSVP make them my go-to.  This Rifle Paper Co. invite from Paperless Post stopped me in my tracks.  The non-traditional Christmas colors were the inspiration for everything else.  You can also craft it as a Christmas card, which brings me to my next point.  I just noticed they also have a bunch of great PAPER photo Christmas cards.  I'm adding them to my list of sites to check this year.

DECOR // This moody table setting is speaking to me.  There's black.  I always like a bit of black in my decor, and I love how it contrasts with the bright orange in this DIY wreath.  Again, not your traditional Christmas wreath, but it's gorgeous.

FOOD + DRINK // Orange and cranberry scones.  Orange.  Noticing a theme here?  This Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata needs to go ahead and get-in-nah-belly.  And, I like this delicious spin on a mimosa.

GIFTS // With a group of friends, I think a Secret Santa exchange is the way to go.  Love the simple wrapping on these packages.  I think this t-shirt would be a fun gift and it's totally brunch appropriate ;)

Do you guys do Secret Santa's with your friends?  What's the best or worst gift you've received?

party dresses

Friday, November 11, 2016

It has been a LONG time since I've needed a party dress.  My husband's company doesn't have Christmas parties.  Wah, wah, wah, wah, wahhhhh...  They need to get on that.  However, this year, my husband was recently given a pretty awesome award from our college, OSU, and I needed a dress for the event.  Enter stress out mode and panic.  I  hit up Nordstrom and actually found a lot of great options.  I'm sharing my picks in case you might be on the lookout for a dress for this time of year.

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ONE // This was a top contender.  The seaming was super flattering as were the tops of the shoulders.  Its a very form fitting dress but forgiving at the same time if that makes sense.

TWO + FIVE // I'm really digging the two piece options lately.  This was fun and I love how you can get more looks out of it by wearing them separately.

THREE:  This was a great dress on.  Loved the sleeves and fuller skirt (that back of the sleeve has a pretty detail).  I may go back for this one since it would be a great dress for any time.  You can change the look by doing a different belt or sash.

FOUR // This was my pick!  Loved that it wasn't a typical plain black dress and the lace detail is gorgeous in person.  The material is very forgiving and I love how the lace goes over the shoulders a little more.  This was also my husband's favorite :)

SIX // For the love of God, somebody better get this dress!!!!  This was by far my favorite dress.  I love it so much!!!  It was super flattering and insanely gorgeous in person.  Sadly, it just wasn't right for this particular event.  Borderline tears having to leave this one behind.  I was like the kid in the toy store where the kid is in hysterics trying to grasp said toy while being pulled away by mom.

I need more fancy events in my life.


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