September 24, 2017

Cute Fashion Finds

Three of the five pieces in this outfit are new purchases that I love!  My favorite is this olive colored military style vest.  It's from Jenny Collier's online store Gray Monroe and only $38.  If you've never shopped Jenny's online boutique you should definitely check it out.  She has such cute, affordable pieces.  I've always loved both her home and fashion style.  The boots I got during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and love the cutouts and V-shaft style.  And the sunglasses are so cute for the price. Regularly $24 and now 40% off.  Such a great deal.  I'm of course already wearing the sunnies now, but can't wait to wear the boots and vest this Fall!

Next week, Oct 4th starts the Fall One Room Challenge Series and I think I'm going to try and participate again.  There is so much inspiration and always a good way to push me to finish a project. If you're interested, you can check out my Spring ORC project.  I hope you'll follow along!

Enjoy your day!

September 21, 2017

Gallery Wall

I am so happy to finally have pictures of our family on display in my home.  When I was in college and a new homeowner I had pictures in frames everywhere.  Then we moved to our second home and I had maybe two picture frames in our entire home.  I wanted to add personal pictures, but just never got around to it.  I think the tedious task of going through the thousands of pictures I have on my computer and picking out the ones to display played a big part.

When I came upon this post, I knew that was exactly the look I wanted for this big blank wall in our family room.  I loved the idea of a systematical pattern and decreasing the saturation in each photo to create a more muted color palette was perfect.

These are definitely some of my favorite candid photos that we all cherish.

I edited each photo in Pic Monkey taking the saturation to -75 and then ordered prints from Shutterfly.  All the photos are 11x14 and frames are 16x20.  For this wall, four columns and three rows fit best.  Most of these pictures are from my iPhone.  The look I was going for wasn't perfect posed professional pictures, so even my iPhone pics with lower resolution turned out great!

September 11, 2017

Fall Favorites

Good Morning!  We are finally getting somewhat back on track around our part of town.  My kids are heading back to school today after being off since August 24 because of the hurricane.  There is still lots of cleanup going on all around us.  My husband has been helping on some demo crews and I've been helping with the food crews.  It's still so unbelievable how bad the flooding was in so many different areas of Houston and Southeast Texas.  Thinking and praying for those now experiencing the affects of hurricane Irma.

Yesterday, I finally sat down and browsed a few of my favorite stores.  We are hoping to do family pictures for our Christmas cards soon, so I was trying find outfits for that.  Of course lots of other things caught my eye too.  Below are a few other Fall favorites...


I am loving those long comfy cardigans!  Definitely high on my wishlist for this Fall/Winter.

Have a wonderful day!

September 4, 2017

Ways to Help Houston

It's been almost 10 days now since we first started to feel the affects of the storm here in the Houston area and it's hard to believe that some neighborhoods are still dealing with the flooding.  Many of those only a couple of miles from our backyard.  I know the national news has covered many stories but the scale of this flooding is so massive.  There is just so much water everywhere!  I can only image the amount of stress being absorbed by those who's homes flooded, as I'm sure it's both physically and emotionally exhausting.  It's such a struggle to watch as there is no immediately solution for those families.  Unlike so many, we were very fortunate to be spared any damage to our home and we continue to pray and help as we can.

Despite all the sadness, I've been amazed by all the heartwarming stories I've seen during and after this hurricane.  As we are finally starting to get back on track a little after the hurricane, I wanted to share a few ways to support those affected.  I know some many of us want to help, so I've found items you can purchase that will help those in need.

1.  Skinny Mini Bar Necklace - Love this adorable necklace!  And 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Diaper Bank.

2.  Come Hell or High Water T-shirt - Paris Texas Apparel shop will donate 100% of the proceeds from this t-shirt to the J.J. Watt Houston Flood Relief Fund.

3.  Texas Tough and Still Kickin' Tote - Consider buying one of these cute totes to support our great state.  All proceeds going to help those affected by Harvey.

4.  Goldenthread - This local shop is offering a couple different necklaces and proceeds from those purchases will be donated to the Harvey relief.

5.  Girls Texas Strong Ruffle T-shirt - The Hair Bow Company is donating 100% of the proceeds or this shirt to the Hurricane Harvey Relief, specifically the Houston Bay Area residents.

6.  Texas Strong Tea Towel - All benefits of this tea towel will benefit the Bread of Life, a mission in Houston that provides meals and fresh produce for homeless and unemployed folks in transition.

So many great items to purchase that directly support Harvey relief funds.  A few of these will not only help Houston, but all of Southeast Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast that were devastated by the storm.