Monday
Jun302014

Skincare {a review + new favorite}

When the founder of Ellovi contacted me about their body butter I was intrigued. My overly sensitive dryer than dry skin has me very limited on what I can use on my body, but after reading the ingredient {there are only 6!} and knowing it is fragrance free then I thought I would give it a go. The box arrived right when we were leaving for Colorado and I grabbed the lip butter while flying out the door. As my lips started to chap in the dry Colorado air this stuff really saved me and the kids. It didn't leave a weird white film that often happens to me and almost immediately put my lips back to normal. I used it only about once or twice a day and it really lasted. By the time I got home my skin was really ashy and somewhat gross. I immediately started using the body butter and fell in love. It goes on really thick so you only need a little, but after two applications my skin is completely back to normal if not better. I also love that I can use it on Ellie knowing that I am not putting added chemicals on her skin which is hugely important to me. Her skin is even more sensitive than mine so most lotions and creams just don't work for her. So happy to have an actual option for her now and a new fave for me!

*I was given this product to review, but all opinions are my own. I am a new fan and will be buying this again and again.

Friday
Jun272014

My Sporadic Process

We still have high hopes that we can move into the new house Tuesday. It will have been painted, cleaned, and the floor in the kitchen fixed. I still have to change out the lighting, add new hardware in the kitchen, get a washer and dryer, install carpet on the stairs, add window treatments, hopefully redo the main bathroom sooner than later and unpack of course. I have settled on a few items for the house. This fixture will go in the dining room. It will be just perfect in there. I bought two of these when West Elm was having an additional 20% off sale items. I am not 100% sure where their final resting place will be, but for now I am leaning towards the office and KJ's room or maybe even both kids room. Then again they may go in the kitchen although I am 99% sure I want to go with a schoolhouse fixture in there. I think in the end it really will take me sitting in the kitchen for a few days before I have my "a-ha" moment. The upper cabinets are going the same white as the rest of the house and the lowers are going a dark gray {not too far off from our old kitchen}. I would LOVE to share images, but they have yet to actually be painted {see before here and allow your imaginations to run wild}. As for the knobs I'm on the fence too. Imagine that. I like the idea of brass, but I like dark too, then I came across these and the kitchen has the same color scheme I am going for so maybe they are best? As you can see I am highly wishy washy currently. Thankfully I pulled up my favorite antique rug to pack away before we left on vacation so it was saved from the flood. It too will live in the kitchen and that makes me happy. The last thing to do will be to find a tiny fridge on a bargain and choose a faucet. I want to go more modern so I am thinking something like this or this {in my dreams}.

Thursday
Jun262014

Hi & Low

Yesterday we swung by our house to try and find a few things and I soon gave up. Ellie said it best when she so kindly stated "it looks like we are hoarders." We are still in the process of seeing what the next steps will be. Our new rental home will hopefully be ready by Tuesday so we can move in. It won't be "done", but it will be livable. I also realized that living with what I have in a suitcase is not so bad. I can see a HUGE purge coming on. All our rugs were ruined of course and when I saw Rugs USA was having a huge sale I jumped on this rug. I think it will add just the touch of color I am looking for in the living room, if not I am sure it will make it's way into one of the bedrooms. Crossing my fingers it's a good one!

Tuesday
Jun242014

Our Bedroom {paint colors + wardrobes}

I went by our new rental yesterday to see the progress. Our bedroom was done and I absolutely adore the way it turned out. The room is small, very small. Painting it white will not make it look any better once our king bed is moved in so I finally did what I have been wanting to do for years, go dark! I went with Martha Stewart gabardine from Home Depot. Depends on time of day it either looks deep green, deep blue, or dark gray. I think it makes the gorgeous molding and brass hardware really shine.

The one thing I know we will need for our bedroom is some sort of wardrobe. You can see a peek of the closet above and in reality you are pretty much seeing it all. it might be 3x2, but I believe that is an overestimation. HA. To the right of the closet we have space for some sort of wardrobe. These are a few that have caught my eye. I keep on going back and forth whether this is somewhere we want to invest or keep on the cheap. It has to function and not fall apart, but at the same time it is in our bedroom. Any thoughts? Or have one you love and would recommend?

 

Clockwise: one {saw this one in person and loved it}, two {the wood would be amazing against the dark walls}, three {I like the dual function and the wood looks less orange in person}, four {budget friendly, but may be too dark for the walls}, five {It would add a more modern look to the room}, six {budget friendly and simple}

Monday
Jun232014

It happens...

Hello! We are back from Colorado and had the best best time. It was absolutely beautiful and the weather was quite the treat compared to hot Alabama summers. Now we are in somewhat in limbo. Our home flooded while we were away. Thankfully our rental agent came by to show the house so it was only two days worth of destruction. Everything is piled high. My papa handled the emergency crews while we were away which was a huge blessing. The next few days I get to go through things and see what has damage and what doesn't. Overall it doesn't seem too bad though when it comes to our "things". The floors are in the process of being ripped out, looks like some cabinets will need replacing, and the walls have fun holes in them to air out. Unfortunately our new rental house is not ready for us, but hopefully will be done towards the end of the week. So for now the Mr is staying in town at a good friend's and the kids and I are bunking it at my parents out of town. I am going to try to post regularly, but we shall see. We are highly grateful that it wasn't worse. Everything is just a mess and that can be sorted out with time and plenty of trips to the laundry mat.