this & that

want a look into my life & my head right now?  i always love reading rambling posts from others – it kind of gives you an idea of how a conversation would go with them if you were to sit down and catch up over coffee.  so grab a cup of your favorite drink and cozy up with me!

how’s my life after closing the shop?

this is my most often asked question over the last month and a half!  my quick answer:  wonderful!  next question:  what do you do with all your free time?  my answer: i’ve already filled it!  but what is totally different is my mind space.  i feel like i have room to breathe and space to think, things i haven’t had in a long, long time!

so, crazy weather here, right?

i know it seems silly to go straight to the weather, but seriously… it was around 85* today!  we spent the afternoon at the beach after church and it was hot!  i was prepped with comfy pants and a sweatshirt just in case, but so thankful i packed bathing suit bottoms and a tank!  the kids played, we hung out and chatted with friends, and then sean and i peppered with the volleyball for a bit.  and today:  i am a bit rosy from the sun and sore from the volleyball – apparently i need to do more squats!

i was part of a great round robin giveaway yesterday on Facebook, and i was giving away a $25 gift card to target.  i asked for a simple answer as an entry to the question: what was your last purchase at target?  it was so fun reading all the answers!  want to know the most common answers?  diapers, the movie frozen, easter treats, bathing suits, dollar spot items and bedding.

you know how i do fun things at our school’s thrift store, like setting up displays, rearranging sections, and doing the window displays?  well, my job there just got much larger, more of a consultant position that involves me working more closely with the staff.  i am super excited about this opportunity because i am so passionate about the store!  ever since heading up the renovation there, i feel tied to the store’s success, so i’m excited to get more involved!

even though i no longer have my shop, i am still running the stitch market with my partner emily.  its in less than 3 weeks!  the funny thing is, i plan on having a booth like always, but i am still finding out what i want to put in the booth!  i’ve been making a handful of things here and there, but i need to get on making more products soon!  i’m excited to see the response to my new, and totally random, products!  it feels weird, and oddly freeing, to not really care too much about what i’m going to sell!

so, thoughts on mom shorts?  when you’re a mom, is there a length you should stick to?  i know body type has a lot to do with it, but what’s appropriate?  i personally think i look better with a 3″ inseam, but as a mom i feel like thats a bit short.  plus, we tell our girls to stick to the school dress code, which says our shorts and skirts need to at least reach our finger tips, and at 3″, they don’t.  thoughts?

remember those houseplants i bought awhile back?  they are all still alive!  i cannot believe the difference that houseplants make in our home.  i know it sounds weird, but they add a freshness and vibrancy that you can’t get from other decorating items.  want to know my green thumb trick?  water!  i know, its brilliant!  actually, thats not totally true.  i have 2 tricks.  the first is to actually remember to take care of the plants and my second trick is ice cubes.  rather than pouring water on the plants, every few days i put a 1-3 ice cubes on each of the plants so they get watered slowly.

sean earned a trip again for us this spring – we’re going to barcelona!  we leave in less than a month and i am so excited!  while the majority of the trip is basically planned out for us, we are heading over a few days early to catch a world cup game, then explore on our own a couple days.  any suggestions?  we’re thinking maybe mallorca?  anyone have any suggestions for must-see’s?






house tour – nicole’s home {upstairs}

here’s part 2 to nicole’s home tour!  i already shared the first floor, here’s the upstairs!

as i mentioned before, nicole is not a blogger and won’t be able to share all her sources – sorry!


just off the entryway is a set of stairs heading up…




and a fun little peek over the railing back to the entry.


master bedroom at the top of the stairs





master bath





the boys’ room




kids’ bathroom



daughter’s room







office (unfinished)


laundry room