Installing an outdoor shower has been on our to do list for awhile. The hubby especially is obsessed with the idea of installing an outdoor shower and have even carved out a spot in the backyard that he thinks is ideal. Can you imagine soaking up the sun's rays in that pink bath above. I guess that would be more of a bath experience instead of a shower but just as delightful. O.K., let's drool over the others, shall we?
Sometimes a little rainbow motif is all it takes to add immediate cheer to our lives and spaces. These 12 spaces provide great examples of this. I love how the addition of the rainbow motif above enlivens the space (source) and add contrast to the white walls.
A great way to add cheer and fill that blank space behind the wall is with a lovely rainbow ruglike the one pictured. Check out the rest of these great examples below.
Over the weekend, I was busy pulling weeds from the garden as I excitedly planned what flowers I would be planting this year. Gardening is one of my favorite activities and I find it to be therapeutic too. When I look at our outdoor space as it is pictured above and remember what it was, I can't help but smile with pride regarding its transformation. I have to thank Home Depot again for their partnership that led to this amazing transformation. You can read the article and see before pics HERE. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!xx
A loss of a loved one is never easy and although my mother-in law would've recently turned 90, it doesn't make it any less painful realizing that she is no longer here. Nonetheless, I do take solace knowing that she lived a long and full life and was deeply loved. We affectionately referred to her as Grandma Birdie, always sporting a twinkle in her eyes with the most contagious giggle/laughter. Grandma Birdie has touched countless lives and will always be remembered in the fondest of ways. I especially am grateful of the time we shared and that she was able to bless of the children's lives with her presence. Though she lived in the United States, it was her wish and there was never any doubt that she would be laid to rest amongst her ancestors and other family members in her beloved home district of Trelawny, Jamaica. Hence, the bit of quiet here on the blog as we prepared for travel to Jamaica with the children.
She received the most wonderful send off, very deserving of the amazing matriarch and community servant that she was. I know she must've been beaming with pride. Whilst this was undoubtedly a bittersweet trip, Jamaica and its beauty has a way of salvaging ones wounds and we embraced that with open arms. It was the children's very first time here and observing them enjoying the beauty of Jamaica, one would think they were born here. They were right at home. Here are some pics from our trip. These were all snapped with an Iphone.
In the country where we spent a bit of our time
a visit to Devon House was a must-the kids absolutely loved it there
We spent a few days in Portland too and it was the best! Everything was so lush and beautiful there!
A resort in Ocho Rios
hanging at Miss T's kitchen in Ocho Rios
stalls at the Blue Lagoon
the most beautiful blue at the Blue Lagoon
Ricks cafe never disappoints
Since we've returned, the boys have been talking about Jamaica nonstop. They are already anticipating and talking about returning. xx
Do you remember when I unveiled thebedroom refresh earlier this year? I mentioned in that post that I might have the perfect art piece for behind the bed, and it couldn't be more perfect! It's like it was custom made specifically for this room, the colors go so beautifully. I had it framed at a steep discount at A C Moore and I love how it turned out. This is a quick iphone snap but the beauty still shines through. It's by Justina Blakeney- i love all her work! And it's available here.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I prefer a low key celebration at home as it's usually so overcrowded at the restaurants, plus it can also be a pain to find a babysitter. Do you love to thrift? I sure do and almost everything featured on the tablescape for this romantic dinner I styled is thrifted.
The table and chairs, the lace fabric pieces I draped over the table, the brass candlesticks, the cups with 'you' 'me,' the vase, the glassware, and a few of the utensils are all thrifted. Yep! But look how stylish they are. These were thrifted over time and I pulled from my thrifted stash to use for this romantic dinner.
I bought these pink and red garlands from Target in that area where you can buy things for a dollar etc. These were 3 dollars I believe. I had the idea to drape them over a few of Glory the Fig(my fiddle leaf fig) limbs and love how it turned out.
This was a behind the scene shot of me multitasking while we were shooting. Love the look on Cheyenne's face!
This post is sponsored by American Women’s College, all opinions are my own.
"...And I feel like what I've learned from this whole experience is, women, we’re nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us. We have our children, we have our husbands if we're lucky enough, and our partners. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, "I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that.” This excerpt from Glenn Close’s Golden Globe acceptance speech earlier this year couldn’t be more apt and also served to more solidify the intention of more self care that I set for this year.
As nurturers, we tend to place the needs of others before ours, be it our children, spouses, etc., and this habit seems even more pronounced when you’re a military spouse. You can easily “lose yourself” in that role, many times over extending yourself to make everything work and meet the demands of an ever changing military paradigm. I am not one to usually make resolutions, but rather set intentions and though 2018 was a wonderful year in many aspects, I found that the area of self care could be vastly improved.
So, this year, I will be focusing on just that; fostering a more healthy mind and body.
Self care and how it’s manifested will look different for each of us but ultimately it involves taking care of ourselves and possibly becoming a better version of ourselves. For many military spouses, that means pursuing higher learning or completing an advanced degree. Online education has proven to be an invaluable tool for military spouses and civilians alike and as a military spouse who has completed an advanced degree online, I can attest to this.
An accredited, fully online Bachelor’s program, The American Women’s College, was created just for adult women and offers over 20 degrees in dynamic fields to afford military spouses the opportunity to seek higher education that is accommodating for their lifestyle and helps them to realize a goal of self actualization. I especially love that they offer an accelerated program that allows you to get your degree in less than 1-3,- years helping women realize their full potential sooner. xx
It's no secret that color excites me and though it may seem that I am always redoing our bedroom, the green version has actually been in place for awhile(well, maybe not that long). Anyway, toward the end of last year, i felt it was time for a change and I kept leaning toward a shade in the pink family. However, last month while shopping for new bedding, that rust/coral bedding caught my eye and it felt so right once i brought it home and placed it on the bed. It really made me happy and so, the idea to paint the room a similar shade was born and of course, the color just so happens to be similar to Pantone's color of the year; living coral.
I chose Benjamin Moore Coral Gables and it is the most delicious color in this space. I didn't change much of anything else in here and it made the existing pieces/accessories look brand new.
It's the perfect backdrop for the plants too-so lovely!
One of my favorite areas in the room
A little glimpse into the bathroom. I was fully prepared to repaint the pink adjoining doors in case they didn't work with the color, but I like the contrast pop and will leave it(at least for now)
Most of the art is leaning in here because I can't bring myself to place anything on the walls. However, I recently acquired what I think is the most perfect piece for behind the bed and keeping fingers crossed that command strips will be able to hold it in place. I'll show once it's in place. This coral color is truly a delight and I think I'll be keeping it around for a bit:-). Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm. xx
This light filled apartment in Seattle is very easy on the eyes. There is a quiet elegance about each space and it is clear that each object was meticulously placed. There is a sense of calm as one goes from room to room despite the evidence that the interior designer who lives there, Terry Hunziker is clearly a collector, there is a sense of order to how everything in each space is artfully arranged.
I think most of us are either covered in snow and freezing or if we don't have snow, we're still freezing. Yikes! Stay warm folks. xx