How I Shop Estate Sales in My Pajamas

I come from a long-line of pickers and tinkerers. I could probably make a Genesis-style genealogy for you showing how my love for treasure hunting and do-it-yourself projects was begot. When I was a kid, I spent weekends getting up early with my mom to go “garage sailing” (as I thought it was called) or [...]

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5 Ways I’ve Let Myself Go Since Becoming Mom

Our neighbor’s 20-year-old daughter dropped by the other day while she was home for the weekend. When I opened the door, she had her hair pulled back in a messy bun and was wearing a pink tank top with cut off shorts. It’s a look I used to get up two hours before class trying [...]

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Life is Beauty Full, Not Perfect.

Lately I’ve wrestled with whether this blog is a worthwhile use of my time. On one hand, I love when I get an email from someone who came across a DIY project here and felt empowered to take on a project in their own home. Maybe I’ve never told you this but I chose the [...]

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Transform a Leather Ottoman with Chalk Paint

Hey Friends! Okay, I’ve FINALLY got a chalk paint tutorial for you. (Kayla, I know you’re out there cheering because you’ve been begging me for one for months.) If you’ve never used chalk paint before, this is a great project because it’s fast and you won’t use even half of a sample pot of Annie [...]

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How to Hide a Doorbell Box

There isn’t a lot of sleep happening around here these days with a hungry, little six-week-old and a super-helpful three-year-old who insists on being up with me to help with the baby. I’ve discovered that if I can stay up until about 2:00 or 3:00 AM and keep myself busy in between those first feedings [...]

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Repurposed Armoire into Peek-a-Boo Changing Table

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This is the tale of a $50 entertainment cabinet that has served three different purposes in as many years. First, I refinished the cabinet in a pretty gray-blue, installed shelves and used it as a pantry in our old house to solve our food storage woes. When we moved last summer, we no longer needed [...]

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White Ikea Ektorp Sectional Review: One Year Later

Last week, I tried to convince my brother, Josh, to buy an Ikea Ektorp Sectional. He and his wife, Megan, are expecting their first baby in October so I felt like it was my duty as his older sister and as a new second-time momma to pass down my sofa-buying wisdom. I often rave about [...]

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Eli’s Gentle Birth: 5 Positive Changes I Made For My Second Pregnancy

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve already met our new little guy, but if not, allow me to introduce you to Elijah Finn. Or more simply (as we like things around here) Eli. He was born June 19th and we’ve spent the last two weeks just swooning over him. As you can [...]

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Making Treat Baskets for Nurses

Hey, Friends! I thought I’d pop in real quick and share with you the treat baskets we’ve made up for the nurses who will be helping us once Baby Eli decides to join us. My mom is a nurse so I know how hard they work and wanted to make sure we showed our gratitude [...]

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Eli’s Vintage Americana Nursery

Hello Friends! I apologize for the cobwebs on this little, old blog but these last few weeks have been so busy trying to prepare our home for Baby Eli. I’m 37 weeks today and our house feels like summer, which feels like Eli. I know that must sound crazy but from the moment I had [...]

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