I just shared all the details of the mint, pink, and gold baby shower we threw for my sister-in-law in preparation for her first baby - a little girl whose aunt loves her so much already!
That post was a run-down of everything at the shower. This post will take a closer look at the 4 DIY projects we completed to add some special touches to the shower while also being money-conscious!
My sister-in-law is due with her first child (my first niece!) at the end of March and I am beyond excited for her and my brother! As thrilled as I am to witness the two of them become parents and get to meet their little angel, I was almost equally thrilled at the chance to throw a baby shower in my sister-in-law's honor!
My mom and I co-hosted the shower for her in my new home, and I basically started planning this from the moment I found out she was having a girl. It was such a fun process, and I am sharing all the details (and lots of pretty pictures) with you below!
If you've visited this blog before, you've probably picked up on the fact that I am a fan of saving money. However, you've probably noticed that I am also a fan of shopping. So how can a person be a fan of one without contradicting the other?
Well, you have to shop smart. This doesn't mean you can't indulge every now and then, but it also doesn't mean you have to pay top-dollar for the things you want. You have to know where to go, what you need, and what you are willing/able to spend.
I'm going to show you a round-up of budget-friendly items I've purchased recently from some local stores to incorporate in our new home. My goal here is to give you the perspective and inspiration to create beautiful spaces while still being able to put food on the table!
Do you ever feel like your life is way too complicated and/or lacking that pure joy you just know is out there? I know I have. And the funny/sad thing is that when I take a good hard look at why my life feels that way, I discover the source is the one thing in this world I can control: myself.
Before I became a mom, I never knew what all those women struggling with children at the grocery store or restaurants were really going through. I was that judging individual thinking "why can't they keep their kid quiet?" or "I'll never give my kids a device to keep them busy."
I want to go back in time and slap that young woman who dared to judge other women who had traded in their own lives to assume the role of motherhood. I now understand what a sacrifice it is and I fully support any woman on this journey because it is not an easy road.
However, while you leave a lot behind when you become a mom and take on a whole slew of problems you never even knew existed, there are also some truly beautiful things you can only gain once you enter this crazy territory of motherhood. Things that I personally can't imagine my life without now.
This may sound super silly to you, but this right here is a serious DREAM COME TRUE for me. I have pined after my very own coffee bar ever since I started seeing them come across my Pinterest feed a few years ago, and now I finally have one that surprisingly didn't cost a fortune to create!
My frugal/novice decorator heart is so happy with this addition to our home, and I've given all the details of how this whole thing came together without breaking the bank below (plus tons of pictures because I am so in love with the final product)!
Let's just be honest: mom life is crazy. Most of the time it seems like we are just hanging on for dear life as our emotional, needy, fickle, high-energy kids take the reins. No two days are alike, and while that leaves you with never having a dull moment, it also makes for a bit of chaos (mixed in with a lot of really beautiful moments).
So, how does one survive motherhood? And possibly even thrive in this role? Well, I'm no expert, but I'd like to think that I have navigated through my 2 1/2 years of motherhood fairly well. And along the way, through the blunders and lessons learned, I have come to find that there are some things out there that a mom just needs to help her out on this wild journey.
The other day I was sitting in a restaurant with my mom, sister-in-law, and two daughters enjoying a meal. I glanced at a booth located near ours and was pretty discouraged by what I saw: an older woman carrying on a conversation with a younger woman whose attention was totally devoted to her cell phone as she actively snap-chatted at least a dozen people.
As rude as it was for me to just stare at this little scene, I couldn't help but notice how incredibly disheartening it was. While the older woman talked directly at her, this young woman continuously sent pictures of herself with little captions under them, only occasionally offering a nod or brief word to the woman across from her. I get it; snap-chat can be super fun, but the fact that this young woman was sacrificing a real conversation with someone sitting right in front of her for the sake of sending a quick one-liner to a few friends just made me feel all kinds of disappointment at the world we live in today.
It's been a little while since I wrote a blog post about my bullet journal journey. That is in large part to me taking a little break from it after having the baby. But now that life has (somewhat) settled down and I am able to (somewhat) get back into the swing of things, I'm giving my bullet journal a little freshening up and sharing all about it with you!
As a former English teacher, I've read my fair share of poetry. But it wasn't until I had to teach it to high school students that I developed a true appreciation for it.
I've grown to enjoy it so much that I've even gone as far as venturing to write my own. And like most things in my life right now, the first thing I thought to write about was motherhood.
So this is my first attempt at poetry. I might regret putting this out for the public eye to see, but I have this blog in order to exercise my love of writing, which now includes novice poem-writing, so I feel compelled to share it with all of you!