There’s something about Brandi’s style we can’t quite put our finger on. Maybe it’s the incredible vintage finds she lands, or how her looks are the perfect balance of simple and stunning. Whatever it is, she’s good.
What do you prefer? fruity or chocolaty? I kinda love that this Outshine® fruit bar is a mix of both!
My favorite thing about the Nestlé® Drumstick® is the chocolate coating inside the cone. It is such a fun surprise and added chocolate. If you can't tell, I am a huge chocolate fan.
We are still as excited as ever to be in our new house and while sitting out here we are dreaming about what our yard will someday be. It will be a while (and a lot of work) but we are enjoying the process and enjoying the dream together.
I added in an essential Häagen-Dazs®️ Vanilla Ice cream to the mix and now have our Ice Cream summer must-haves complete!
Find these delicious options at your local Target!
This weekend we went on a little spontaneous adventure. While on Facebook Marketplace last week, I found a listing for a garage sale that was supposed to have a bunch of the brands I love. I asked Alan if he may want to go with me (it was an hour and a half away) and he of course agreed...So we made a day of it! We went to Victor, Idaho then on through Jackson Hole, Wyoming and just had the best day! I wanted to share the best little bag from Hobo the Original for a day like this. Hands free, convenient to hold my essentials, and can I add so so cute! Leave it to Hobo to make the absolute most perfect belt bag. The leather is indescribably gorgeous and it's a piece I know I'll have forever!!!!! They were kind enough to share a discount code for 15% off all belt bags! Use code BRANDI15 (expires 6/5).
Get this exact belt bag HERE and don't forget to use code BRANDI15 for 15% off your belt bag!
I had been searching and searching for the perfect rug for our kitchen. We have a long space where I am often trecking either washing the dishes, loading the dishwasher, or busily cooking... I just wanted a soft, comfortable rug that would endure all of that. I found the perfect one from Incredible Rugs and Decor!!
I wanted something neutral and soft but also durable for a very heavy traffic area. I picked this one out and right out of the package I loved it. It is incredibly soft and I love the very subtle print! I didn't want to give it a full review though until I saw how it wore for a couple months...So here I am a couple months later... and its been WONDERFUL! It vacuums easily and even with Hucks muddy paws it has been easy to clean and manage.
The colors in this rug are black, grey, cream, and white...Perfect for you neutral lovers LIKE ME!
I am already stalking their website for more rugs for our home. This Loloi Brand has become a quick favorite of mine. We also have another rug from them in our bedroom and have also LOVED the quality!
This post is sponsored by Greek Gods but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Today I am sharing a quick, easy, and DELICIOUS breakfast option with The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt. This is THE MOST DELICIOUS YOGURT!!! The honey flavor is TO DIE FOR! It's creamy and doesn't have the traditional tartness (which I prefer!) of traditional greek yogurt. It's naturally sweetened with honey and has such a silky, smooth texture!!
K, here's what you need. The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt in the Honey flavor, a few strawberries, a banana, chia seeds, and your favorite cereal! I just pile it all on top and then stir it together. It is SO delicious and satisfying!!
Find your new favorite flavor of GreekGods Greek-style yogurt by visiting your local Walmart!!
It's been a bit over a month now since I visited my friend Karla in California. I'm a bit behind getting my trip here to my blog but I still wanted to share!!
I drove by myself from Idaho to California and honestly realized it wasn't as bad as I thought. I listened to podcasts the whole way which made it super enjoyable and quick! Thanks to Karla for such a fun time! I gathered many treasures for my instagram shop @stylish_treasures along the way as well.
Old town Orange is a must to visit if you love old, charming spots and antiques!
Honey and Butter Macarons are literally the best thing that exist haha. A MUST when visiting Orange County!
Wouldn't be complete without a photoshoot in a beautiful place!
Karla knows me so well and took me to all the charming, rustic spots around. We went to San Juan to wander the streets and search for antiques.
I wanted to buy up this whole shop! I ended up taking home this old piece of a farm sign!! It's currently hanging on the wall in our new home.
Beach hangs on a Sunday evening with the whole family...
We shopped, ate, enjoyed the beautiful California weather, talked a lot about life and religion. I am grateful to know Karla and for any time I get to spend with her. This was such a special trip.
On my way home, I stopped in St. George for the night and of course stopped at all my top favorites!
Urban Renewal for the best kind of shopping and Juds for an ice cream cone. :)
I really enjoy this whole process and may be changing things up all the time. I think the biggest thing about this room was finding a floor rug to really warm up the space. I went with a little color and one that has a vintage vibe. I am really happy with the progress. I say progress because it will always be a work in progress. We haven't decided on anything for the walls which might be YEARS before we really do! haha. I am also in search of an antique wardrobe I'd like to put on the wall by the mirror. That is the fun part about making a house a home and your own though. Taking time to find pieces that speak to you and represent you. That is not something to do quickly. Big shout out to my husband for his patience with me and help through this new journey of ours!
I am still learning how to work with my camera and the light that comes in isn't the easiest to work with but no complaints because I love all the natural light our house brings in.
I found these gorgeous pillows in a shop on Etsy called Grace and Valiant. Her shop has become a favorite of mine to find pillows for the house. The brown ones are REAL LEATHER!! All handmade which I love. I love supporting a small shop, as you know, so make sure to check out what she has!!
Sources: Rug HERE. (This website will price match. I highly recommend them. They're a smaller company, do free and fast shipping, and have an amazing selection!! Pillows HERE. Small rug, bedside tables, and chair by the bathroom are all thrift finds. The antique dresser is a family heirloom that I grew up with in my childhood bedroom. Tufted chair I found at a shop in Utah but the exact one you can find HERE. Duvet Cover and charcoal throw HERE. Cream throw HERE. Mirror HERE. Bed HERE. Bamboo shades HERE. Pouf is from our trip to Morocco!! How do you like how it's come together??? xoxo
We have now lived in our new house over a MONTH! We were without internet for three weeks which explains a little why I am so behind on this post. These photos are as we were getting stuffed moved in. I wanted to show the house empty and then share over time how we decorate it. So, here is photos of our new house. As well as a photo of our first meal in the house. Arby's haha. Thats classy!
For some reason, I forgot to photograph the laundry room as well as the giant garage (which is what Alan was most excited about!) But you'll see them soon enough in future posts. We are so thrilled with this beautiful home in a new town in the country. Can't wait for all the memories we will make here.
Read our house hunting journey and the story of how we found this gem HERE.
These Celestial Seasonings Teas have zero calories. Theres nothing like an amazing, healthy tea to keep me on track to meet my health goals. Celestial Teas has a variety of flavors including Peppermint, Honey Vanilla Chamomile, and Country Peach! I'd have to say my favorite is the Honey Vanilla Chamomile. It's my favorite to drink right before bed.
We are FINALLY moved into our new house! We've been moving things over for a week straight and it's so nice to finally be able to sit and relax next to our NEW FIREPLACE!
I had a lot of positive feedback on my instagram to share our funny house hunting journey. I'm curious for those who have looked for your next venture, if it was anything the same?
I never pressed the subject of finding a home for us to purchase. We've lived in a rental three years now that is comfortable, in a great neighborhood where we have made good friends and have a wonderful church family. There we were really close to stores and my mom and dads home, and having both of us been older getting married and having moved a ton as singles, never having a set place, I didn't want to rush to move again. But, heres where it started.
One evening as Alan and I were watching television, he handed me his computer to show me an old farmhouse on three acres. It looked like a fixer upper but I was like AWESOME! So that week I drove by it and then the next day Alan and I walked through the house. It had an amazing red barn in the backyard but WOW, the house was a total wreck. I'm talking terrible add ons and spaces that didn't make sense. There was just too much work for the price and it had some quirks even in the yard that we wouldn't have wanted to take on. But, this sparked an excitement in us that didn't stop. So begins our house hunting journey.
We actually started looking at property instead of houses to buy. We were starting big by looking at 5 acre lots. Right now, if you don't know, the market is HIGH for buyers. Good for sellers. So as we started kinda factoring in costs we were afraid we were in way over our heads. So then starting to look at homes that had no question what they cost was appealing to us.
I wanted something with charm and character. In my head, the only way to get that was buying an older home. So I had 100% tunnel vision overlooking any new homes and only interested in old fixer uppers. I had a few friends suggest I make a list of things that were most important when searching. Most said that you may not hit all of the list but its good if you can hit about 85% of it!
Here's my list and I highly recommend doing the same!
*unique and charming
*shop for Alan
*in the country
We found old houses on more land that needed soooo much work.
We found old houses on less land that were a better option house wise but not the space we needed!
We found houses that had no growth opportunity for a family.
We found houses that were way too expensive to put more money into fixing up.
Here's where it gets funny. I have never had such a rollercoaster of emotions when it comes to what I wanted.
So we start by looking at that old farmhouse, then we figure we should build, then we decide to look at houses, then we consider the option of just buying a house that could be one we live in just a few years then sell (we wanted to find more of a forever type home initially)...
This 100 year old house pops up on Zillow (where I obsessively checked too many times a day..) It was 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage, and on 1/3 acre. So many thumbs down on our checklist. I had to see it though! I took Alan and on the way even said in the car, "this is probably a NO house, but I really wanted to see it anyway." We go in and I'm in love. it was totally remodeled and beautiful inside. I sat on this house for a week wanting to make it work but knowing it wasn't right. I even took my dad there and that same day after we had seen the historic home, dad suggested we go look at a house down the street that was a brand new build. I agreed mostly just to appease him. WELL, this home was incredibly beautiful inside. haha. I had to kinda evaluate in a short time my negative feelings about having a newer house! We called the owner of the house and turns out it sold in literally a day (wasn't surprised it was beautiful!) But this opened my eyes to not being close minded about a new house. I had to again talk to Alan about my rollercoaster of emotions that went from an old farmhouse, to building a house, to a fixer upper, to an old house that had already been fixed up, to a new house. haha
A new home build popped up on Facebook later that week that I thought was cute but kinda already knew would be a no but I took my dad (Alan was out of town on a work trip) and we walked through it with the owner who also happened to be the wife of the contractor of the house and a realtor. I liked the house but didn't love the location and didn't love a few things in the house. This woman though was so tenacious and she got me excited about the idea of building again! In the beginning, we began looking at 5 acre lots....Now after looking at so many properties, we knew we could be happy with even one acre! So we started on the journey to build a house. Looking for one acre lots we could love. Running into problems with building a basement in certain areas because of sub water. We even met with the contractor about a floor plan we loved! It felt a little overwhelming being so new to all this but also exciting. During all this I still continued to watch what popped up on Zillow or Facebook. And heres were the rollercoaster ride stops.
As of a Thursday in the week, we were in full plan mode to build a home, on a Friday I saw a home labeled "Farmstyle home on one acre for sale" IN OUR PRICE RANGE pop up on facebook. I didn't even SAY anything to Alan because I didn't want him to be like "uh, Brandi, what the heck...Are we building a house or what do you want???" So, back to Friday. Alan was home sick. I told him I was going to run errands. haha I drove out to this house. It was in the area we had been wanting to be in, it was on one acre, it was on a quiet 25 mph road (hard to find in the country! Most roads are 50 mph) and the house was white which I really wanted! I didn't see the inside but loved what I saw on the outside. It was a new build and did have the look of a spec home but had a few elements that really spoke to me even just on the outside. I walked around, sent my dad video, he was like "you gotta go inside!" But I headed home. On my way, Alan called me and told me he needed to go to Rexburg (30 minutes away) to drop some papers off at the bank. I knew that the house was on the way so I was like "oh I want you to drive by this house I found..." totally nonchalant. He was like "why don't you just come with me?" So I did. We went to Rexburg first then I navigated him to this house WHICH HE KNEW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT. Nothing. I literally said "lets go drive by this house." Thats all he knew. Oh, and I did plan just to do a drive by but at this point started feeling anxious so I decided to call the owner and see if we could get in that night. She happily agreed! So we get to this house Alan knew nothing about....The owner/contractor and his wife met us there and were able to tell us everything there was needed to know about the property. It was on a long and narrow one acre piece (so ideal because it gives you a big front and backyard), had water rights, a big three car garage (Alan was all smiles for that). It had a mudroom, shiplap details, unique light fixtures, hardwood floors, a beautiful country view in the backyard. It checked off SO MUCH on our checklist I just felt like it was right. This was the first home both of us had walked through that we both didn't have things we'd want to immediately change everything about. The only thing on my list that it doesn't have are mature trees but that is something we will just have to work on. A shop will come later too but we are excited to have a big garage to start out with! It had a full unfinished basement with a COLD STORAGE which was something I really wanted. I wanted a home we knew we could grow into. Alan was thrilled about the idea that he wouldn't be volunteered for big renovation projects haha. More time for fishing! We left that night and before I burst, I wanted to get Alans reaction before he heard mine. HE LOVED IT!!! I LOVED IT!! we didn't need an hour to even think about it and called the owners that night to make an offer. They got back to us SUNDAY. So guys, Thursday, building a house, Friday we look at a new house, Sunday, we had an accepted offer. OH how all this didn't come out how I expected but oh how happy I am with the outcome. We feel lucky! We feel like it has all worked out out so perfectly that this is meant to be. We do also feel lucky it only took us three months because I know so many said it took them years! But, we are buying a house! We are in the final days of closing and can't wait to be in our new home. I'm grateful for a husband who was so patient with his ever mind changing wife.
Pictures to come! I will share more about the town we will be living in that we are super excited about and our favorite things about the house too. This is kinda a boring post but I wanted to let you all in on our ride. We can't wait for it to continue in this beautiful home we will soon call ours.
Well I'm back to show how versatile they can be for winter!
They're fashionable, incredibly lightweight, comfortable, and great for a day at the park that was FULL of feathery, white snow with my two loves. A boot so good...Whether its rain, shine, or snow, they're most definitely an everyday essential.
These Totes Cirrus Rain Boots are made with Everywear™ technology, which makes them 60% lighter than other boots. Light as a feather which is pretty refreshing compared to other bulky and heavy rain boots. I would highly recommend this gorgeous muted green color and using the code CIRRUSGIFT30 for a 30% off discount makes them insanely affordable.
Winter Fun Outside in my Totes Cirrus Rain Boots - YouTube