6.27.2017

Show + Tell Tuesday {Home Tour 2017}

I don't know about you, but I LOVE looking at other peoples houses.
I love going to Open Houses, I love looking at houses on the internet.
It's not just because I am nosey (well, maybe a little bit!) I just really love seeing how other people live & how other people decorate. I love how everyone's styles are so different & unique.
I have blogged about most of our house before, but today I am updating some of the rooms.
Thanks for the fun link up Andrea!
 Let's start with the kitchen, since this is where I spend most of my time!
Here is our Kitchen/Family Room:
 Opposite View:
 Eating Area & Family Room:
Another view of Family Room:
Last year I got a new sign for my family room wall....I LOVE it!
  If you want to see Before & Afters of the Kitchen/Family Room from when we first moved in, check them out HERE
Living Room/Dining Room:
 Here is a BEFORE of our Living Room/Dining Room
We re-did this area in Fall 2014 to get rid of the nasty brick fireplace & conversation pit.
Our house was built in the 1970's when conversation pits were all the rage.

 The conversation pit was right in the middle of the living room & dining room. Totally awkward & waste of space. For the first 4 years we lived here, I just put all the kids toys in the pit, so it was like their playroom. 
AFTER:

We added a French Door so that we have more flow to the backyard.
I also moved the direction of our dining room table:
Got a new rug for the living room & some new throw pillows:
 This room is SO much more user friendly now!!
Now onto the bedrooms......
Here is our Master Bedroom:
You can see the Before & Afters from our Master Bedroom Re-do HERE 
(2 years we actually took out the hardwood floor in our room & put in carpet in our room, so that is another change we made since I posted the Before & After of our room)
  
Kate's Room:
I LOVE  her comforter!

This is the 3rd time we have given her room a facelift.
You can see the Before & Afters and more pics of Kate's room HERE
We recently re-did Claire's Room because she said her room was too "baby-ish"
Here is what it looked like Before:
This is the same paint color we had when her room was her nursery. 
You can see those Before & Afters HERE
Claire wanted a BRIGHT pink room. Pink is her favorite color, but wanted something not so babyish. We painted it last year & this is what her room looks like now:
 Hello Pepto Bismo pink room ;)
 I'm not going to lie...I may or may not have started to have a panic attack when Kevin and I started painting her room. It's just SO PINK.
 It is WAAAAAY brighter than I would have picked. In fact, I wanted to re-paint it the week after we painted it.
 It's sooooo bright. But, it's also soooo Claire.
 She absolutely LOVES it and thinks her Bubble Gum Pink room is the greatest thing ever. So, the paint color stays :)
 Comforter {HERE} // Aqua Pillows {HERE} // Pink Pom Pom Pillow {HERE}
Luke's Room:
We also re-did Luke's room 2 years ago & switched his room from nursery to a Big Boy Room.
 Here is what Luke's room looked like when it was nursery:
Here is what his room looks like now:
We kept the same "theme" which is basically navy/red with a sports emphasis.
Those are Luke's favorite colors & he loves sports, so it worked perfectly to keep his room with the same theme. I LOVE his name "Scoreboard" {HERE}
Bed {HERE} // Dresser {HERE} // Bedding {HERE} // Lamp {HERE} // Toy Bin {HERE}
 His crib & dresser where white, but I for his big boy bed, I wanted to switch to dark wood.
 We took down the rain gutter bookshelves because we needed more storage & we were putting his bed along that wall. I got THIS bookshelf {HERE} and  bins {HERE} to store trains & cars.
The "L", baseball piggy bank & lamp {HERE} were from his nursery.
I kept the same canvas prints up (HERE) but updated the one in the corner (Homegoods!)
He got THIS chair for Christmas last year. His nightlight is also from HERE.
 
 I got his sheets HERE. They are SO soft!
I love Luke's room & bedding because it is classic & simple...I think it will work until he is in middle school/high school...if it holds up that long!
Here is our Guest Room/Office:
The other side of the room "the office" You can see more of our Guest Room/Office Before & After HERE
The final stop in our home tour..... our backyard:
Another view:

And, our side yard where the garden is:
These pics were taken 4 years ago, that is why our grass is so green. Now, our grass has a lot of brown since we are on water restrictions because of the major California that we had for almost 4 years.
 2 years ago Santa brought a trampoline, so now that is there instead of the play structure.
   You can see more Before & Afters from our Backyard HERE
 
We are in the middle of another Backyard re-do....we got rid of some grass & we added more cement.
And we took down our pool fence!!!
Here is a photo of the construction:
We are adding an outdoor structure off our kitchen/family room (where the orange cones are)

We also added an outdoor kitchen area that Kevin built. Pics coming soon!
Once the backyard remodel Part 4 (or is it Part 5? I can't keep track. LOL) is complete, I will do another Backyard post!
 
Hope you enjoyed our house tour!
We have lived here for 7 years and have done TONS of work on our house, but we like doing house projects :)
Be sure & check out the Before & Afters to see what it looked like when we first moved in.
If you want to see our old house, HERE is that home tour :)

As you can see from these pics, I am VERY simple (and kind of boring) with my decor.
I don't like clutter, so I try and keep things light & simple!
Thanks for coming along on the tour & I can't wait to go check out your houses!

6.20.2017

Loving Lately // June 2017

It's time for another round of Loving Lately!
I am going to do this once a month & they have a color theme.
January was gray, February was pink and March was green and for April the color theme was  yellow/gold, May was coral and June is AQUA or some may call it TURQUOISE!

Here is this month's Loving Lately....

// ONE //
 It's summer & the weather is hotter which means I really, really, really need to drink water more consistently.
How cute is this Swell bottle?
I swear I drink more water because it keeps it cold and it's a cute bottle. 
They also keep things hot!
They come in tons of designs & color options!
Check them out HERE.

// TWO //
How cute are these flip flops?

I need to get them for Claire...they have 3 of her favorite things...flamingos, the color pink & the color aqua. She is going to love them.

// THREE //
Speaking of flip flops, let's chat for a minute about what happens when you wear flip flops all Summer. Cracked heels. Or am I just the only one?
UGH. Mine get so bad...literally the only shoes I wear during the Summer are flip flops or running shoes (if I go on a run) My heals get so cracked and for years and years I have tried to figure out a remedy for them & last summer I figured it out!
First, I use a pumice stone on my heels.
Then I exfoliate my heels with the Rodan + Fields microdermabrassion paste.
Then I wash it off and put on some of this magical Foot Cream


I just found out it also comes in a tube


Then I put on socks. I do this right before bed maybe 2-3 times a week.
No more cracked & bleeding heels! 
Love this during the summer months!

// FOUR //
How cute is this shirt that I got in myStitch Fix


Love it with white shorts or white jeans.

I am seriously loving Stitch Fix lately.
Have you given it a try? If not, you should! I have done Stitch Fix every month for the past 3 years.
You can customize it and do it every other month or every 3 months, etc.
It's like Christmas when the box arrives :)

// FIVE //
I am loving all the free time I have in the summer to read!
Last week I finished this book:
I loved it. I loved the author so much that I am going to get some more of her books! 
If you like suspense, mystery and a little creepy...this book (and author!) is for you.

// SIX //
Lash Boost
My "out the door with 1 coat of mascara, wet hair in a bun (or hat) and lipgloss look" is a whole lot better thanks to Lash Boost!
Needless to say I'm in love. These are my personal results after 12 weeks of Lash Boost:
 One tube of Lash Boost lasts me around 4-5 months!
I have FIVE $20 off COUPONS available to the next 5 new Preferred Customer orders of the Lash Boost Conditioning Serum.
100% natural, 100% real!
If you want longer, darker & fuller looking lashes, this is the deal for you!
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// SEVEN  //
Loving going to Lake Tahoe....especially in the summer.
The lake is Aqua....check out this photo I took at my favorite beach:
My happy place. Year round.

//  EIGHT  //
Since it's summer & I am in Tahoe... I am loving this hat
You will see me in this hat almost everyday in the summer.
I LOVE it.
It comes in several colors!

// NINE // 
Loving  my kids wearing Rash Guards
Luke has this one and loves it.

I love rash guards because they protect against the hot sun when we are swimming or spending time in Lake Tahoe. The girls have these ones. I make them wear them almost everyday that we are in Tahoe. The sun there is so harsh!

 // TEN //
We are Loving the Stand up Paddle Boards that Santa brought us!

They are inflatable so that we don't have to put them on roof racks.
You would never know they are inflateable! We love them
They come with a backpack, pump, oar & other accessories.

Santa got them at over 50% off on a Black Friday deal, but they are on sale again right now!

They were a gift for Kevin & I, but the girls have pretty much claimed them as their own.
 
They took their maiden voyage this past weekend and we all loved them.

So, there you have it....some lovely aqua/turquoise l things I have been Loving Lately.
I'm just all about Summer....can you tell?!?
What have you been Loving Lately?

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