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Home is the best R&R

IMG_3129I’ve been going non-stop lately it feels like.  I actually don’t even plan a lot on the weekends (or during the week for that matter, unless it revolves around food), but with Rob’s schedule and the rush of wanting to get stuff done around the house before baby comes, I think I just needed a day. So I took one the other week and stayed home with Jace. Creating life an’t easy. And this time around I’ve encountered some new things. Like sharp pains in my sides and below the belly, cramping, hip pain (it’s almost like my hips feel bruised!) and some weird back end issues that shouldn’t be happening because I’m actually drinking a ton of water this time (what!?). It’s so hard to be my happy self when things start to weigh down on me, literally. We had our hospital tour recently, too, which just makes me wish it was April 4th already so I could be in there, getting it done! But at the end of the day, when I watch Jace run around the house in his blankie superman cape, or ask me if my butt still hurts, or when Rob runs me a epsom salt bath and puts the heated blanket over my belly, all is well in the world again. I’m so dang lucky to have this little family of mine and for the every day moments of life. I can’t express how wonderful it feels to be in our home together, just hanging out, just us. It’s really been my sanctuary during this pregnancy. I absolutely crave it when I’m not here. Something about a Nespresso in the morning, reading a book in bed while it rains (just finished Still Alice – heart breaking!), hanging in our front room on our $40 couch from Goodwill, cutting fresh roses from our bushes, or cuddling up to watch Annie (Jace loves it, ha), is where my zen is. The best kind of R&R for my changing body. Well, thanks for listening. I’ll just be here stretching more to get this baby grown .. and opening the windows so I can smell the orange blossoms that are already out! ;)

Date Night, Family, Home, Projects

My view lately

IMG_2748Hi friends. How are you? Me .. I woke up at 4:30a this morning, mind racing. Mostly about all my projects at work that are really lagging and the fact that I have less than 10 weeks to get everything wrapped up and handed off. But outside of work, my view lately has been pretty great. Starting with that Arizona sky lately! It’s been raining on and off for over a week now, with sunny and cloudy afternoons, which makes for great baseball playing outside in our backyard.

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Home, Projects

IKEA hack: Shelves made into a vintage piece

ikea-shelves-diy-bar-cart Wanted to share a little IKEA hack a friend of mine told me about. A “hack” if that’s what you call it when you take a cheap IKEA piece of furniture and make it into something even cooler? Like something you’d find at a vintage flea market? Well, this little DIY IKEA shelf was ridiculously easy and can have multipe uses! In our case, I decided to move it into our front room so it could be on display as a bar cart. Rob likes his options for scotch and gin, and me some rose. Add my little pineapple details and it’s complete!

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Heather by Hand, Home

Our Lady Wood Housewarming Gift

lady-wood-custom-wood-design-home-decor-idea My best friend Heather is trying her hand at something new these days and I’m so excited to show it off. Mainly because it’s now hanging in my new house! Look at this custom wood piece she made for us, with her own hands! It’s seriously amazing. I had family over last night for Thanksgiving and I’m pretty sure everyone commented on how beautiful it was throughout the night. It was also the centerpiece to our feasting table. It’s the perfect stain of wood for our house, and the gold and white just finish it off perfectly. It goes with everything, especially a little greenery. My heart warms every time I see it when I walk in the door.

custom-wood-designs-lady-wood-home-decor-ideas custom-wood-design-home-decor-ideas-southwest-bungalowNow, for the good part! If you’re really interested in getting your OWN custom piece, Heather is starting to take orders. She has officially started a new line of custom wood design, called Lady Wood (which falls under her Heather by Hand shop). As you know, she also does a lot of other custom projects by hand, like calligraphy, water color, retail displays, shelves, and more. If you want to see more, look at her Instagram page. She’s quite the home-maker and traveler. Her little pup, Rudy, is a big part of her brand, too. You’ll never meet a cuter doggy. I’ll be sharing her next piece for us once I hang it in the new nursery;)

Family, Friends, Home

Some shots from our house cooling

img_1726A couple weeks ago we hosted a little house “cooling” and invited a bunch of our friends and family. Because the weather was still cooling down, a friend gave me the idea to just call it a house cooling and have a bunch of cold, freshing drinks and snacks. We threw some beer in a wheel barrel full of ice, put some rose over ice, served otter pops and salsa, and some fresh Papa Murphy’s pizza and called it a day!  Man, we had so many people in our house! Of coures I took NO pictures of the crowd mingling, only these that my sister sent me. It was a busy night of catching up, house tours and scrambling to find more wine for the many guests! Our families hung out for the first part and then friends closed it out. Jace was on cloud nine of course with friends to swim and play water guns with. He also could be found sitting in his favorite blue patio chair, eating an otter pop (of which he had like 20!). Towards the end of the night the temps finally cooled down, and we turned the patio lights on closed down the pool. Such a great afternoon with our Arizona peeps!

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