Talking ‘Bout My Girl

Our threenager, Taylor, is a girl of many expressions, and she keeps our days interesting, to say the least. She’s full of sugar and spice. First she’s sour, then she’s sweet. She takes care of her baby dolls with such TLC,  but she can also take down her big brother in a wrestling match. She’ll go from playing barbies in her bedroom to racing cars with her big brother without missing a beat. She’s a country girl, and she loves tagging along in the woods with her daddy; but she also loves twirling in her girly dresses and all things pretty. She’s got a big personality, and I love watching it develop more and more each day.

Just recently, I was trying to capture a few photos of Tay wearing a couple pieces of beautiful jewlery she received from The Orchid Fox, and she had me rolling with some of her silly facial expressions. These photos are just too good not to share. So, here I am sharing some of her best shots along with some of her silliest. I hope you get a kick out of them, just as I do

Enjoy! XOXO

Jewelry: The Orchid Fox (@orchid_fox_)

Bow: Wunderkin (@wunderkin_co)

Top: Matilda Jane Clothing (@matildajaneclothing)

Boots: Smallwood Home (@smallwoodhome)

Leggings: Gap Kids

Master Bedroom Makeover: REVEAL

Nearly two months ago, we  demo’d our master bedroom and began a project we had *hoped* would go quickly and smoothly. It went smooth for the most part, but much of January and February were spent fighting various strains of illness in our household. Needless to say, progress took longer than we were hoping. But alas, the room is complete, and I’m thrilled to share with you what we’ve been up to. Better late than never, right??

As you will see, we made quite a few changes. We started by putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls (Benjamin Moore, Gray Owl), followed by all new trim and (drumroll please)…SHIPLAP. If I said I wasn’t completely obsessed with shiplap, I’d be lying {thank you Joanna Gaines}. If I could shiplap every wall in our home – I probably would! With this makeover, we decided on just two walls of shiplap – one with vertical shiplap and one with horizontal.

We built our home just three years ago, but with three kids and a dog – our carpet had seen better days. I cannot even tell you how excited I was when my amazing hubby agreed to tear out the carpet and install burrow oak hardwood floors, even though it meant much more work for him. He is so amazing and put so much time and hard work to make my dreams come true. 😉

Without much further ado, I’ll let the photos below do most of the speaking. You will see I kept our quilt (because I still LOVE it – you can find it HERE) and our nightstands (from Hobby Lobby); but we changed out the majority of our light fixtures, I painted our dresser, and we added a BARN DOOR! Have I said yet how amazing my husband is?! For real, though. I really do appreciate him doing all of this in the very little amount of spare time he has!

For BEFORE photos, click HERE.

Master Bedroom: AFTER

You can find our semi flush ceiling light in-store at Menards, OR a similar one HERE, and our wall sconces HERE. 

Our sliding barn door was made locally by a friend of my husband’s, and it is exactly what I wanted! Find the large, distressed “Family Tray” online HERE, and the beautiful “Fresh Joy” mugs HERE.

Another huge thanks to Joanna Gaines for my love of stacked books. I pick up old books at yard sales or antique shops any time I can find them reasonably priced. The clock is from Hobby Lobby, and you can shop the “Queen Anne’s Lace Pitcher” (pictured above) online HERE.

Another one of my favorite new pitchers, the “Fresh Joy Pitcher” (pictured above), can be found online HERE.

I was thrilled to “win” the antique chair pictured above at a local ladies’ event. It was just what I was looking for to fill this little corner of our bedroom, and it was perfect timing. The quilt above is ED by Ellen Degeneres, and the large, hand blown glass lantern can be found HERE. It’s such a gorgeous piece and I love changing it up seasonally! The lantern comes in three sizes.

I had been on the lookout for a small ladder, and I have to give a shoutout to my mom for finding this one for me at a local repurposing shop. It’s just what I was looking for! The “good morning gorgeous” and “hello there handsome” signs are from Hobby Lobby. Here you will also see a glimpse of the dresser I painted white, and my husband added the new hardware.


In the master bathroom, we finished one wall with vertical shiplap, and we continued the paint color in from the bedroom (Benjamin Moore, Gray Owl). We also added a new light fixture above the mirror that can be found HERE.

My husband built the beautiful, industrial shelving after I showed him a photo of what I wanted. I should never doubt his skills. 😉 The sign and the & on the top shelf are, of course, another Hobby Lobby find. I also sort of have a thing for vintage Ball jars. I have a cupboard full of them, and I hoard them! You never know when an occasion may arise where you need 27 Ball jars, am I right?!

The rotating memo board above is one of my favorite pieces. One side is printed on, as you can see, with the verse, “Be filled with fresh joy from the Lord. Isaiah 29:19” What a beautiful reminder for us each day! The back side is left blank and can be used as a chalkboard or a magnetic board, since it’s metal. The “Fresh Joy Rotating Memo Board” can be found HERE.

And just because I can’t say enough about how great my hubby really is…

 A few photos of our project in Progress…

My man hard at work…isn’t he cute? 😉

Our five year old, Jake, loved “helping out” on this project. He loves all things construction related, and he’s definitely following in daddy’s footsteps! One of his favorite lines comes from Chip on Fixer Upper…”It’s demo day, baby!” 🙂

Easton @ Eight Months

Today officially marks Easton’s 8th month of life. It was an exciting last month with him officially sitting up on his own and learning to scoot – he hasn’t quite mastered the crawl. I know that him becoming more mobile means more work for me and babyproofing, but I really love this stage.

I love that he can entertain himself a little longer and can scoot around to watch his siblings play. I can’t wait for the day he can run and keep up with them. Although they smother him with their love on a daily basis, he is their biggest fan and he loves the attention. He also just started giving “kisses,” and this mama will take as many as he is willing to give. 🙂

The past month also held his first ER visit for a respiratory infection. Although it gave us a little scare, we were thankful it wasn’t anything more serious.

Each day he is getting more and more fun. I love his sweet baby giggles when we tickle under his neck and those big, gummy smiles first thing in the morning. I love the way his chubby little legs kick as fast as they can in the bath tub and how is eyes light up when he sees daddy come home after a long day of work.

The past month held several new and exciting “firsts,” and part of me just wants time to slow down – babyhood goes by far too fast.  He’s growing rapidly and changing a little every day. Even though it is bittersweet, I absolutely love watching him grow, and I cannot wait to see what the next month has in store for this busy little boy.

I love you so much, little buddy! Cheers to 8 months, and here’s to another exciting new month full of many new firsts! XOXO

Valentine’s Mini Shoot & Bloopers

As the mother of three, I have learned that getting a “frame worthy” pic of my littles can be quite the trick. I’ve also learned that for every one GOOD photo we capture, there will be about 200 to scrap. Someone is usually blinking or whining or fighting or coughing or moving or crying or drooling or laughing or pushing or bored or “CHEESE-ing” too hard or…you name it – and it’s probably been a part of our photo sessions. But…it’s teaching me patience, that’s for sure!

I’ve come to absolutely love the candid shots, and as I was going through the Valentine’s photos I snapped of the kids, the “blooper” shots had me giggling. I just had to share a few of our outtakes. So here you are – the best, the worst, and the bloopers…

Happy Valentine’s Day!! <3


A little over a year ago, my family and I packed up and set off on a road trip to Texas. Yep, that’s right. An eighteen hour drive with a two and a four year old, AND I was pregnant. A road trip from Minnesota to Texas. A total of 1,056 miles. EACH WAY. But we were not just going to Texas – we were going to WACO, Texas and it was going to be worth it. (If you don’t know why we were going to Waco, I’m not sure we can be friends. 😉 Kidding. Waco is the hometown of Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper. Now you know.)

So the day after Christmas, we got up way too early (3am to be exact) and hit the road in a snow storm. Fortunately, we drove out of the snow and the kids slept for several hours. We told ourselves we would take it slow, stopping as needed to give the kiddos a break from the road.


We invested in a couple of iPad minis for Christmas for this road trip specifically. HELLO, if we are going to drive across the country – I’m GOING to use any form of entertainment/distraction possible. Judge me if you want – but it was completely worth it. I loaded their favorite tv shows, movies, and games onto their iPads prior to Christmas so that when they opened them up on Christmas morning, they were all set to go for the next day. It worked like a charm for our four year old. He put on his little headphones and hardly made a peep. Our two year old did get a bit antsy and the iPad didn’t work as well with her, but we had some other toys and tricks up our sleeve to distract her.

Somewhere in Iowa…

The first day we made it about 12.5 hours to Tulsa, Oklahoma before we called it a night. It was good to get into a hotel room and let the kids play and run around. We ordered a pizza and enjoyed being out of the truck for awhile.

The next morning we headed out for our final stretch to Waco. Just five and a half hours to go. Except there was Dallas. Just a word of advice – try NOT to hit Dallas at rush hour. There’s nothing like six lanes of backed up traffic, all headed through the heart of Dallas. That was quite the experience, and let me just say – it made me extremely thankful for my one stoplight, rural hometown in northern MN. I really don’t think I could deal with that regularly! Once a small town girl, always a small town girl. 🙂

We arrived in Waco by the early afternoon and were all set to see everything there was to see. We checked into our hotel, Hotel Indigo, which is located just about three blocks from THEE Magnolia Market. Hotel Indigo is a wonderful place to stay and close to many attractions. The rooms are beautiful, modern, and clean, and I highly recommend staying here if you are planning a trip to Waco. It’s a five star hotel in my opinion and a reasonable price to stay. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

The only slight downfall to the hotel was the outdoor pool. It would have been great, but it was unseasonably cold for a couple of the days we were there, making it tough to climb into a cold pool when it was only 60 degrees outside. We enjoyed the hot tub instead (or as our four year old would call it – the “hot pool”). The pool really wasn’t a make or break for our stay. We spent very little time at the hotel anyways. I’ve also heard that the Gaines family frequents the restaurant in Hotel Indigo, so you never know who you may get lucky to see during your stay.

After check in, of course we headed straight for Magnolia Market. We were there about an hour before closing time, and as we soon found out, it was the best time to visit the store. The crowds were quickly dying down, as opposed to the mile long lines earlier in the day. Magnolia Market is really a beautiful place to visit. You can tell they have put much thought and effort into making it a destination for travelers. I was in awe to see the Silos at Magnolia, which I had seen for so many years through my television screen. The Magnolia shop is absolutely perfect and gorgeous. The farmhouse style is what I’m all about, so I could basically just live there. If you need me, I’ll be on the lower floor napping in the twin size bed covered with the gorgeous “Matilda Jane by Joanna Gaines” bedding. Oh, and I’ll probably snacking on some freshly made kettle corn.


Behind Magnolia is a large, grassy, back yard area with giant swings, yard games, food vendors, a covered shelter with picnic tables, gardens, and Magnolia Seed + Supply. I could literally spend hours here just hanging out and taking it all in. It is such a fun and inviting environment.



The Silos Baking Co. next door is super adorable, but the lines are so LONG to even get in – unless you are there at 7am when they open! My husband went on an early morning run a couple of times during our stay and stopped in right when it opened, in hopes to find something for breakfast. There weren’t too many breakfast options, but he did bring a box of delicious cupcakes back to the hotel for us. Cupcakes for breakfast? YES, PLEASE. While on vacation…right?!

While in Waco, we took in as many sights and experiences as possible – many of them being “Fixer Upper” related. We drove by several of the homes that have been featured on Fixer Upper, including Chip & Joanna’s Bed & Breakfast, the Magnolia House, in the nearby small town of McGregor, Texas. It would be a dream to stay in the Magnolia House, but it books out months in advance so getting a reservation can be a little difficult.

A recent news article(at the time) shared that the Gaines had purchased a local restaurant that they would be transforming – so we stopped by that and took pictures outside (then: Elite Cafe, coming soon: Magnolia Table). The Elite Cafe was a historic diner in Waco that is said to have been frequented by Elvis Presley in the 1940’s. How cool is that?? I’m super excited to see the way Chip and Jo fix this one up.

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COMING SOON! Master Bedroom Makeover: AFTER

Here is a little sneak peek of our master bedroom makeover. We started this project in early January, and unfortunately we ran into a few setbacks. However, despite the unforeseen setbacks, we were still able to make a lot of progress. There are just a few odds and ends to get finished up before I can give you the official reveal.

So stay tuned! We are hoping to have this bedroom makeover wrapped up in the next 2-3 weeks, and I will be sharing more photos with you then.


Master Bedroom Makeover: BEFORE

As promised, here are the BEFORE photos of our bedroom makeover. We are currently in the process of giving our master bedroom a little facelift, and I will be showing the AFTER photos as soon as we wrap things up. My wonderful and talented husband works full time (and OVER time) so he is tackling this project in his spare time. Bless his heart! As much as I like to hurry things along, I’m practicing my patience and trying to enjoy the process. 🙂



Laundry Basket Babies

^A display of photos for Jake’s 1st birthday party!

A tradition I started – kind of by accident – when my oldest son was a newborn, was to take a photo of him each month in the same laundry basket. I actually took his first photo at just a few days old. When he was a month old, I was doing laundry one day and wanted to see how much he had grown. So I snapped a quick photo. At two months old, I did the same…and so on. I loved seeing his growth each month!

Now, I’m on my third baby and have continued this tradition for each child every month through their first birthday. I display several of these photos in my laundry room. On those crazy days when the laundry is piling up and I find myself complaining that it never ends, I see their photos and I am reminded that it is a BLESSING to do their laundry – not a chore. I am thankful for every single day I get to spend with them, and I’m beyond blessed to have three little loves (and a wonderful hubby) who create these piles of laundry for me. I’ll be completely honest, laundry is not my favorite thing to do. But seeing each of their sweet, little, happy faces in the very laundry basket that I am using reminds me to count my blessings and to serve my family with a cheerful heart.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22

The Boy’s Room: Jake & Easton

A year ago we found out that baby number three was another sweet little man. We had one of each gender already, so this was the tie breaker. Our oldest son, Jake, was really hoping for a brother – mostly because that meant one day he could get BUNK BEDS. Big dreams, I know. But a kid’s gotta dream, right?? So when we got the news right around 20 weeks that we were expecting a baby boy, Jake was over the moon and could not wait to meet his little brother. We were all ecstatic to find out, but I knew there were a lot of projects that I wanted to accomplish before he made his grand entrance.

Our daughter Taylor’s room was a little bigger, making it a better space for the boys to share. So that’s where we started – flip flopping the kid’s rooms. I had BIG dreams and ideas, and can I just say how much my hubby loves all of the time I spend on Pinterest?! 😉 Kidding, for sure. But I really do love planning things out, getting ideas, and decorating. While my husband was busy painting and installing ship lap (yes, I’m a shiplapaholic thanks to Chip and Jo), I was impatiently keeping myself busy (most likely ‘pinning’ away) until it was my turn.

In Jake’s old room, he had a cars/traffic theme centered around the colors in his duvet cover from Pottery Barn. I carried over this theme to the new room and added a touch of vintage childhood pieces. It has beeen a fun theme to work with, and I love adding pieces here and there when I find them at local antique or repurposing shops. Hobby Lobby is also a major go-to when I’m on the search (this is where I found his night stand with the locker style drawers and the letters for their names).

There are still some things that I’d like to accomplish in the boy’s room, including better closet storage – fitting clothes and necessities for two boys in one small closet and keeping it organized has been a trick. For the most part though, the room is finished. I was skeptical when my husband, who’s a contractor, wanted to do vertical ship lap, but I’m in love with how it turned out. Something about this room just makes me happy…maybe it’s the vibrant colors of childhood…or MAYBE it’s the two sweet little boys who will make many memories sharing their life here together.