Chic Chair Change


Chairs are oddly pricey. I didn’t realize this until I started searching for a single chair to add to the desk we just recently built (post about that coming soon). I went online, and these were some of chairs below that I thought would be perfect until I saw the prices:


Crazy expensive, right?

At least looking online gave me an opportunity to zero in on the style of chair I wanted. I kept gravitating towards the same french provincial style, wicker back chairs with upholstered seats. Despite loving so many of the options I saw, I could never bring myself to spend that much money on a single chair.

I went to Craigslist to see if I could find something similar that was significantly cheaper, even if it meant repainting and reupholstering. Luckily, after shuffling through several pages I found one!

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6 Trends to Leave in 2015 (and 3 to keep into the New Year)

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Christmas is over and the New Year is fast approaching. I must say that I am sad to see 2015 go. With getting married, visiting with family and friends more often than previous years, and finally starting to feel “in the groove” at my job, 2015 has brought many blessings. Still sometimes with the good comes the ugly, and 2015 brought some pretty unfortunate trends that I hope we leave behind. Below is a list of 6 trends/fads that I just couldn’t get on board with this past year.

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5 Days of Smoothie Bowls

Fact(ish): Smoothies are delicious.

I have a couple “go-to” breakfasts during the work week just so I can avoid having to think about what I am going to make. I always want something quick, satisfying, and healthy that will set the healthy eating tone for the day. While I can’t promise that I won’t eat that donut or cookie a co-worker brings in later on, at least I can try to start the day off right, right?

Smoothie bowls have recently been added to my breakfast list! They are refreshing and full of vitamins and nutrients, and the possibilities of what you can create are endless!

Question: But why not just a smoothie? Why do you have to put it in a bowl?

Answer: Using a straw makes it a drink; using a spoon makes it meal. I know there is little logic to that, but eating has become very much of a mind game for many, including myself. Despite both options being the same amount of food and therefore the same amount of calories, there is something about pouring the mixture into a bowl, topping it off with fruit and/or granola and eating it like a yogurt parfait or cereal. It’s just overall better!

Below is one work-week’s worth of smoothie bowl recipes!

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Dressed up Dresser!


This dresser was not cute. It might have been at one time with the flowers and what I believe was once clean, white paint. But after years of dust, wear and tear, and stickers, it had undoubtedly lost its appeal. Despite how it looked, it was still functional as a dresser; it just needed a little face lift.

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Underrated Holiday Decor

If you’re anything like me, you are ready to bring out the Christmas decorations mere hours after eating Thanksgiving turkey. The excitement for Christmas is too much and let’s face it, there’s a reason it’s called the most wonderful time of the year. 

In an effort to one day decorate my house in a way that would put Martha Stewart to shame, I try to add to my collection of ornaments, lights, and other little random decorations each year (usually by shopping for them after Christmas when everything is on sale). In my hunt to find a good bargain, I keep a keen eye out for sales on my favorite form of holiday decor: wrapping paper!

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I’ll Be Home for the Holidays

For the first time in years I will actually be home for the holidays, and by home I mean my house in Virginia Beach. Originally from Michigan (where the heart is), Kyle and I have made the 14+ hour drive north, holiday season after holiday season, to spend some quality time with family and friends. Each year has been a whirlwind filled with fun times, good food, snowy roads, and memories made. It goes without saying that the decision to forgo the trip this year is bittersweet; however, we are looking forward to waking up in our own space Christmas morning- just me, Kyle, and of course Gatsby.

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