Alright, I'm really putting myself out there! I've pushed this off long enough! Here we go...
I am starting a fitness journey! On Fridays I will be sharing some of my favorite workouts and meals. I would love for us to all be able to support and keep track with each other in the comments section! That way we all can share together. We ALL have different goals!!
My weight has fluctuated all my life. I ran track back in the day and have been pretty active. I've always been really muscular. Although, my body changed after having a baby and it was a lot easier to gain weight in my stomach after that. When I gain weight my stomach looks round like I am preggers sometimes so hence the shape. It actually makes me uncomfortable to even look at and show you. It was much straighter a few months ago. I think it's because I had a cesarean and diastasis recti but it can go straight over time with a lot of hard work.
I am short so my weight shows a lot easier on me. Here are my current stats...
I'm 5 feet tall and 132 pounds.
The past 2 weeks I have worked out every single day. I am already seeing some changes but mainly, I am gaining a lot of muscle right now. PLUS: I feel amazing and am sleeping through the night. Sleeping so good, that I am actually falling asleep around 9pm (the time I usually try to post on Instagram at night! haha) So that is why I have been MIA lately! Mama needs a nap!!
I lost 15 pounds in this picture! I weighed 115. This was taken 8 months ago and then I gained it back after dealing with a break up and just eating my feelings instead of drinking them. It is my fault. I have shaped myself to this point and I take full responsibility! I want to get back to this picture. I felt great!! Honestly, I am not far from my goal but feel like this may help you! Maybe you can relate with me? Maybe this will inspire you to start working out again or just eating healthy?! I know it doesn't matter what the scale says! I am not a nutritionist by any means. My goals are to lose weight and tighten up all over. AKA look and feel good naked. That is the ultimate goal!
WE all should love ourselves and feel good in our own skin!
I would preferably feel better if I lost some weight :). My goal is 115.
Here is the meal plan I'm on right now but tweak it some if I go to a restaurant last minute. Oh, and I started drinking Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and it really seems to help with cravings and helps me feel better too. It is supposed to help with weight loss, but we will see about that! Also, I switch up my proteins with chicken and sometimes add rice in the evening, change it up with a sweet potato or avocado! Variety is so good! I eat bananas some for snack too and some fruit. I am just trying to keep my sugar intake low right now.
BREAKFAST: 1 tall glass of water, 1-2 tablespoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, little shot of honey and a squeeze of lemon; sugar fee or low sugar if you really need sugar - oatmeal, egg whites, if you're in a super hurry, grab a protein drink since you can't have eggs, drink more water
Eat every 3 hours.
SNACK: handful of almonds and apple or apple and tablespoon of peanut butter, or oikos triple zero (I love the chocolate)
Drink more water!!
3 hours later LUNCH: SALAD spinach leaves, onions, red and green peppers, couple of tomatoes, couple of cucumbers, half a grilled chicken breast (correct serving size is the size of your palm) mild cheese, extra virgin olive oil & vinegar if you need dressing or squeeze of lemon
((This is the time I workout! Although, my favorite time to work out is early in the morning!))
then I drink a protein drink after my workout.
3 hours later SNACK TIME yayyy!
1 cup of skinny popcorn or carrots and hummus, or oikos yogurt if you prefer
DINNER TIME: Broccoli, steamed, salmon (size of palm) apple sauce unsweetened
Drink lots of water...
SNACK TIME: Popcorn or 2 graham crackers, you could always grab more veggies if you are super hungry!
I will post some of my favorite workouts next week. For the most part I do 40 min hiit workouts/cardio and then weights for 20 minutes. I do try to mix it up and sit in the sauna!
STRETCH before bed! I am always sore now haha!! Okay who is with me?! It is hard but so worth it! I do 1-2 cheat meals a week!
Just so you all know, it took me weeks to get enough courage to post this. I have work to do. I want to be honest with you though and show you where I am at right now. This is the beginning.
I can also post my workout playlists and some motivational vids I love if you want them too!
Love you all bunches! Thank you for stopping by and just being so supportive. I am going to just close my eyes and hit save & publish. Hope this helps you and maybe you can join me!!
Happy Valentine's Day loves. Valentine's Day always makes me happy! Because who doesn't want to celebrate love?! It's everything. I love my blue eyed baby girl bunches. I told her this morning that this is our fourth year celebrating together. She smiled so big and handed me the sweetest card she made. I couldn't make out the words but I'll keep it forever. She also made up a song for me and it was precious. I couldn't wait until today and had her open up all her gifts last night! I not the best at keeping surprises. Made me so happy to see her all excited! I even had to find her a tiara that magical powers. Do y'all know how hard that is to find on amazon?! haha! Let me show you some fun pictures...
These are her handmade cards for her sweet friends! She was so excited to hand them out to her friends today. Harper is such a giver! Makes me proud.
Harper "bought" me some flowers and pillows at pottery barn! I can't wait to share with y'all all I got! BUT FIRST...My bedroom!
I saved up and bought this headboard at Pottery Barn in December for my birthday and Christmas! I love it! They make it by hand so it took a few weeks to get here. I love the texture and the tufted fabric is beautiful. The nightstands are perfect for this space. I am going to style it more soon. Just wanted to get some pictures out here for you to see. I will add more vintage style books here and some ceramic vases. I got the nightstands from Pottery Barn. I love how much space the drawers have and the shelves are just a bonus. The other side is my side of the bed and I have some of my favorite books stacked up in the corner. I have so many half read books, it's not even funny.
Let's talk chandelier!I got this bad boy at 24 E Design Co. It's the Geoffrey Chandelier and honestly, I saw it hanging in their shop and it stopped me right in my tracks! I was like, I have to have this!! It's even more gorgeous in person. I love the contrast it adds to the room and the overall rustic aesthetic vibe.I am sharing more about 24 E Design Co. in a few days! I have a lot of pretty pictures I took there in Savannah! You're gonna freak with everything I found there.
I gave you some easy clickable links below...
Shop my bedroom.
I am thinking about taking the basket down. I am also changing out the mirrors we have in the entryway and hanging them over the nightstands! They are going to be a little bit taller than the headboard, but I think they will be perfect :)
After I save up enough money, I am going to take the window down here and put french doors in it's place! It will be perfect to walk out on to the porch and get on the swing bed! I also plan on making a corner for my easel outside on the porch to paint there too!!
The vase holder and the basket are both part of our collection with Painted Fox!You can get it the vase here and the baskets here! They are both on sale right now! I love how you can change out different flowers and mix it up. The baskets are so pretty and Harper likes to hide my stuff in them.
This is my new cozy corner! My brother's friend moved the settee into the living room and then this bad boy right here! I need to get a wider curtain rod and curtains but I love it here. On a sunny day, you can see out on the front porch and all the gorgeous rosebushes. This blanket is my absolute favorite! We both fight over it constantly. I mean, she always wins though. haha! The pillow and purse are part of our Painted Fox Collection too! I got the Sugarboo pillow here and the bag here. I hope you have a beautiful Valentine's Day and rest of the week. Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and read about the bedroom makeover and us! Lots of love to you and your family!! XOXO,Sarah
Hey friends! It’s been too long!! A while back, we went to Hilton Head to see the Festival of Trees at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island and it was pretty amazing! I know a lot of you all followed us in our stories and posts and watched our videos but I wanted to share some more pictures here!! It was honestly so much fun. We had never been to Hilton Head in the winter. It is one of the best times to go, especially around Christmas! It’s beautiful and everything is all lit up!! This was our second trip to Sonesta!
You an see our first youtube video below! We are doing more videos soon of our house and travel! I am not the best at vlogging (video blog) but I will get better! I promise. I hope you love it. We truly had a blast! You can subscribe to our YouTube HERE!
Our Vintage Farmhouse at Hilton Head - YouTube
Every day looked like this.
And every night looked just like this! All the glow!
Our outfits are from Velveteen Clothing! I love their outfits, especially the mommy & me matching outfits!!
We pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves, which was really nice. The water was cold but it was still fun and the sun warmed us up! The beach is beautiful and so is the hotel.
Luckily, the pool was heated so we got to swim a lot. Harper loved it.
FESTIVAL of TREES
Sonesta had it all decorated! It was gorgeous!!
She said can we take these home?! haha! I wish!
Deep Well Project is amazing.
All the proceeds go to help a local family in need. There were a ton of Christmas trees! Each had their own signature design and theme. They were all special and unique. I was like a kid in a candy store because Christmas is my favorite! Harper loved it as much as me!! We would go to the lobby during the day and night to look at all of them. The white train tree and troll trees were her favorite! I love to give back and see companies give back as well. I couldn't help but think all the families and schools they were helping out. It is so giving of Sonesta. I thought about all the happy faces on Christmas morning, all because the hotel and such a giving community. Hilton Head is such a tight knit community and it's really lovely to see!!
The hotel looked amazing with all the trees wrapped in Christmas lights. Harper loved it so much!!
Blurry but a goody! She will always be my little girl. I love her so much!
BRUNCH at the Hotel
Y'all, we brunched it up! Every day is brunch day! The hotel has the best food! I am serious. I know you don't hear that much. Everything tasted different and so good! Nothing tasted the same. I love some food. H loved making her own waffles every morning. They have an awesome omelette stand where you can create your own! We got a little bit of everything! We ate at Heyword's Restaurant for brunch, it's inside the hotel.
One day Harper was playing with her plate while I was packing on the eggs in the brunch line and I told her to be careful. She kept playing and sure enough it broke into so many pieces! I was embarrassed. One of the employees came over and instantly gave Harper a hug and another plate. Then two other waitresses came over and cleaned it up quickly before I could even get all the pieces picked up and told her it was ok. It really meant a lot to us! The staff were super considerate and made sure to make Harper feel special. They have a great staff and go above and beyond. They even text you to rate your stay and ask if you need anything. It is really thoughtful.
And since we are talking about food, here's a few of our favorite restaurants outside of the hotel!
OLD OYSTER FACTORY // Get everything on the menu! It was so good! Crab Cake Dinner
SKULL CREEK BOATHOUSE //Sushi & Low Country Boil
THE SALTY DOG CAFE // Snow Crab Leg Dinner is amaze!
Day Trip to Savannah
We also took a quick trip to Savannah for the day! It isn't very far from the hotel. We loved the shops, carriage ride and restaurants. I will post more on my next blog post because I actually went back to Savannah after this trip! I have all kinds of good stuff to share!
We are excited to be sharing a post with Crate & Barrel SUNDAY (we changed the date):)! It’s going to be fun! We wanted to give a quick sneak peek before it goes live!
Fall is one of our favorite seasons because it’s about being together and cooking with each other! It’s about having friends over and entertaining! Without giving too much away, we are making one of our favorite fall dishes and can’t wait for you to see more!
Head on over to Crate & Barrel’s blog Sunday to read more! Big thanks to Emily Anne Rich for taking all the beautiful pictures! I can’t wait for you to see the rest! Have an amazing night!
Pumpkins. Meeting Sadie & Letting your light SHINE.
After Several weeks of calling pumpkin patches and all the regular pumpkin places, we finally found someone that had some! Whew! We jumped on it as quick as we could too. One of our friends on facebook told us we could come to his hardware store and get some. He had literally just got a shipment in from one of the local farmers. We were super excited and rolled up in there on a mission. They took us to a back room and then out to their extra store. This is straight VIP pumpkin status y'all! hahaha! I would of taken the entire box if I could. The green and white ones were my favorite.
We got a ton of pumpkins and had the best time just being with each other! It doesn't take much for us to have a good time. This sweet thing batted her eyes at the hardware employees and next thing you know they were giving her all kinds of tootsie rolls and then popcorn. She has this talent. She will find food no matter where it is! Another crazy thing is... we will be at a random store or restaurant and people come up and say here, you are a cutie! Have a dollar! I wish people would walk up to me and hand me money! hahah! No joke! She has probably made $30 just in being cute! She has got it made and doesn't even know it! I am thankful that even though she is a straight up diva, she is still very thankful and appreciative. She gives her dollars away to random people too. She pays it forward and it's super sweet.
Okay, back to pumpkins! haha! We were really happy with our pumpkin haul and can't wait to get more. I stuffed them in our newly painted fireplace and mixed them with our "new" vintage books we got at our favorite antique store down the street. That store is our favorite but dang, we have to almost wear a mask in there because they stain a lot of their furniture and it stinks to high heaven. I kinda feel like I burn all my nose hairs when I leave so I don't take Harper often! We run in and out! She gets shipments in from London so we can usually find some pretty neat stuff. If you follow our insta stories you know all the crazy stuff we came across too! Hello creepy clown doll.
For everyone asking, these signs are really awesome and no, I am not just saying that. I am only going to share with you things I love and these are definitely amazing! I collaborated with Laney at @pine.and.birch and they are exclusively at @paintedfoxhome. You can find them in our home line here. They are on sale right now too.
The day we met Sadie Mae.
I have been on a puppy hunt for several months now. Harper wanted a puppy or a baby sister for her birthday, so puppy it is! No joke! She has been begging for a sister like crazy too. It would definitely be divine intervention right now and there is no way she gets a baby for her bday! We went to shelters and searched online. Harper finally picked out a few types of dogs she liked. It was a lab, a golden retriever, a minature dog or labradoodle. I searched high and low. One of our sweet friends found a picture of Sadie and it said looking for a loving home! I was like OH MY GOSH! Harper will freak out. She just had the sweetest eyes. I thought about it for a while and finally messaged them and we loaded up the car, with no leash at all mind you and were hoping to fall in love with our new addition. There was a lot of crazy exciting emotions and singing going on in that car! We made it and Sadie was much bigger than the picture we saw. I said, "wow, I didn't know she was 9 months!" They told me she was 9 weeks! That's right, yall! Our little Sadie, is gonna be a giant Sadie! We fell in love with her and had to take her home that night. I had no idea what i was doing. Literally, rushed to the pet store nearby and handed them my card. She set us up with food, crate and toys! We raced back home and I carried in the heaviest crate by myself. It took over an hour to get that dang thing to pop open. It was a wild night but we were so happy to have Sadie with us. We wanted a loving family dog and also a guard dog. It gets scary out here sometimes and I think she will be all that and more.
NOW, that being said, this has been one of the happiest times of mine and Harper's lives but also a hard time as well.
I have had some really bad comments sent to me, one of which pretty much bashed me for anything and everything I was doing wrong, including judging my faith, life as a single mom and puppy decisions. I will not make much light of the horrible things they said or the few other awful messages because that will just shed more light on their hate. It really shook me to my core. Normally, I do not let things bother me like that but you guys, it was bad. It really bothered me. Those words made me question my life. It is hard y'all.
I try to be open and honest with you all as much as possible. I shouldn't have to validate myself here but I am a single mother. I wake up in the morning just like anyone else and pray and hope for the best. It is a struggle sometimes. There is a lot of work involved, working two jobs and also being a mama. I am doing the best I can just like anyone else. We are all struggling and trying to do the best for our family and ourselves. I would never want any of you to think I live this fake bright and shiny life all the time. I choose to be positive and change my perspective daily. Making people happy and inspiring others is everything to me. Sharing things that are beautiful makes my heart happy. I want you guys to embrace the beautiful parts of life and try your hardest to stay positive through the hard times.
Sometimes in life we run into adversity. It may come from events or other people, nevertheless we have to strive to be the best person we can be. We NEVER blow someone else's candle out to make our selves shine brighter. We don't point out (our perception) flaws of other people because to someone else that might be the most beautiful thing about them. I have struggled over the past few days with the way some of my followers have voiced their dislike and disapproval of me and my choices. I have contemplated over that for a few days now. It has been really hard. I have decided that I AM PROUD of what I have done from every mistake to every failure because i have the ability to humble myself in learning from them. I have also seen the look in my daughters eyes and witnessed her kindness toward others and decided that I will not allow bitterness in myself to tarnish that in her. So please be kind to one another. Tell someone they look beautiful today. Ask someone a random question that you know they know the answer, to lift them up because we are only able to control our actions and reactions. I will not let someone judge me and tear me apart. I have worked too hard to let someone try to take it away just because they don't like my choices. Let your light shine! Be the light. People will try to tear you down but push through anyways. People will try to be mean but be nice anyways. People will try to use you but love them anyways.
If you can take anything away from this post, please take this:
You are beautiful. You are brave and smart. It doesn't matter what people say about me because I love myself and I am going to continue to let my light shine.
NO bully or anyone for that matter can stand in your way. You are meant to be something amazing. Let that fire in you continue to burn. Be creative. Think outside the box. Do the impossible but don't ever let someone tear you down. You may get sad, cry. You may fall down. Pick yourself back up and continue to follow your dreams. In the face of adversity, continue to shine.
Sending you all our love! Thank you everyone that watched our ig stories and sent an outpouring of messages. They were beautiful and I cried my eyes out reading them. The good outweighs the bad. I am thankful for my faith. I am thankful for you all.
I've been dreaming of freshening up the kitchen for a while now. I fell in love with my kitchen at first sight. I love the galley style kitchen and open shelving that originally came with the house when I bought it. The previous owners did a fantastic job designing it and the pinewood floors are everything! No farmhouse is complete without a large farmhouse sink! I wanted to freshen up the walls and make it bright in here because there isn't a lot of natural light, other than the two windows and then side door window. I also wanted to lower the shelves some and make them more user friendly! Although beautiful, shelves I had were not wide or thick enough.
I went through some gorgeous paint colors from Pottery Barn and decided on the brightest clean color, Sherwin Williams Extra White. Sometimes it is hard to purchase paint online but I recommend zooming in on the color with your phone and holding it up to your wall like a swatch on the spot! It did match perfectly. The color was super clean and turned out better than I even imagined. Luckily, I had help from my friend Charlie Bryant with Bryant Construction! They helped paint and hang the floating shelves. We actually hung them together and they were very easy.
The shelves are even more beautiful in person! I mean, I knew they had texture but goodness, there is all kinds of juicy texture and different colored browns all wrapped into one. I like the chunky look and felt the length was perfect for my kitchen. I also think they would look pretty lined up from top to bottom on a wall in a dining room! The shelves are from Pottery Barn as well and super affordable. I got them here. The biggest thing I recommend is to have help hanging the shelves because they are a little heavy and you wouldn't want to risk dropping them and scratching your walls! Once you screw the long bracket in, you lift the shelf up and push it down flush to the wall and it clasps from there. Pretty genius! I have tested out the durability and it is super durable! I am talking these dishes are really heavy and it didn't even budge!
This part is my favorite. Think first, what do you want most from your kitchen? For me, I want to be able to utilize this space as much as possible! I used the long shelving so I can stack different plates, cups, plants, and almost anything else i can imagine! I want to have a nice space for my coffee area and then another for my go to dishes above the oven. After styling them, I started decorating the left over space on the shelves and build from there! The best way to get a fresh look is to add rustic vases like these and then fill them with your favorite flowers. I love all the different vase heights. It just flows effortlessly through the room. I plan on using them all the all year round. The cutting boards are great to add throughout so you can use them quickly for all your yummy recipes. These trays are awesome! They add height like the vases and you can put hand soap on them, all the way to candles. I placed the napkins on the shelves and left some out on the counter too. They are super durable and I use them for more than just napkins. I have used them to dry dishes with too and they work great. They are pretty even just stacked on your shelf.
I am so happy with how everything turned out. The color turned out perfectly and the shelves are fabulous! This proves that paint and some lovely shelves can truly transform any room! It is a lot brighter in here now! We painted the cabinets with the same paint on the walls. This made the countertop really pop! I have already spilled spaghetti on one of the cabinets and didn't know until the next day. It freaked me out. I used soap and water and it came off instantly! Yass! Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you all love everything. It's been hard keeping it quiet this long!
Here are a few extra links to some of the decor I used...
I am still pinching myself over this crazy amazing experience. This is the first HGTV home I have been in and it was unreal! Meeting the HGTV crew & Brian Patrick Flynn was icing on the cake. A few years ago, if someone told me this would happen, I would of never believed them. But it happened! I am honored HGTV invited me and can't wait to show you the inside! The best part is that anyone could win this gorgeous home! You can apply to win twice a day! This gorgeous craftsman cottage is located in the 4th and Gill area of downtown Knoxville, TN! Scripps Headquarters is also located in Knoxville! I am a little biased because I went to UT but go VOLS!! I love it here!
Let's see this sweet Urban Oasis...
Check out these few before pictures!
This house has went from drab to fab and I am kinda loving every square inch. Ok...I am loving ALL of it!! Brian Patrick Flynn and the HGTV Crew did a fantastic job. Speechless is an understatement. The blue is fabulous. Everyone has been blowing up my inbox on the details of the blue and pink door, so here it is...
Sherwin Williams Sea Serpent and the INFAMOUS pink door is Sherwin Williams Hopeful. The trim is Sherwin Williams Incredible White.
Almost everything furnished in the home is by Overstock.com.
The pink door is a millennial pink! Brian talked about how he looks at the most pinned pins on Pinterest and what the most popular trends are! He wanted the house to stand out! I think the contrast is fabulous! I want a pink door now!! We should all get pink doors ;)!
Here is some basic info before we go into the home...
With art direction and décor from Atlanta-based interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, the approximately 1,850-square-foot Craftsman home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms centered around an open and airy living concept. HGTV Urban Oasis 2017 Project Manager Scott Branscom oversaw the renovation process, which required turning a duplex with separate living spaces into a single-family home. This home was designed & renovated by architects Open Door Architecture and Tillman Companies and the feel of the home is best described as casual modernist with artistic style, and the clever use of space makes it exceptionally practical for the modern-day family.
During the sweepstakes entry period, which runs from October 2 through November 22, eligible viewers can enter twice per day online at HGTV.com/UrbanOasis for a chance to win the giveaway. The HGTV Urban Oasis 2017 grand prize winner will receive the completely remodeled and furnished home plus $50,000 provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans®. HGTV Facebook, Instagram and Twitter fans can check in for ongoing updates and new details (#HGTVUrbanOasis).
The HGTV Urban Oasis 2017 sponsors include Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSTK); Quicken Loans®; Kohler Co.; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; SimpliSafe Home Security; American Institute of Architects; and Bush Brothers & Company.
Cue take my breath awayyyy by Berlin!! This front porch is everything!
Hello gorgeous front porch! You know how much I love blush + blue, so I was pretty much in Heaven the entire time!! Speaking of Heaven, did you get to see the live tour on my IG with Brian? That was awesome! I wish it would of let me save it but it was over 30 minutes long. He is mega talented and has the best personality! HGTV, if you can hear me... give this man his own show! ;)
Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams - walls Swanky Grey, trim Incredible White
I love the open floor plan and the overall fill of the living room. I love the mix of classic and modern! Bryan talked about how much he dislikes the television hanging in the living room because it takes away from the overall aesthetic. He also wants it to be an open space where guests can just chat and spend time together. The beautiful abstract painting by Sally King Benedict is perfectly placed when you walk into this cozy space!
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams - trim doors Tricorn Black, walls and ceiling Incredible White
Hello gorgeous master bedroom! I never would of thought to use blush curtains! The curtains and closet really make the room. When you look inside the closet, you'll find wall to wall custom floral wallpaper! I hope you got to see it on the live video. He picked out beautiful accents that just flowed together, some new pieces and some antique. Brian made sure to add all different elements and even added a pair of vintage gloves to give off an Audrey Hepburn vibe!!
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams - trim and ceiling Incredible White, Benjamin Moore - vanity Universal Black
I like to call this a honeycomb wall and it's fantastic! They made sure to tile it all the way to the ceiling. I love how open it is. There are windows added at the top for extra lighting.
Brian said if you are going to use bold wallpaper or bold colors put it in a smaller room you don't spend a lot of time in for the most impact. Genius!! This custom wallpaper is so feminine and yet the tile brings a masculine side out as well. It is a healthy balance where anyone could live here and just be happy as can be.
I don't think I would ever leave the tub!!
You can tell there was a lot of thought put into this entire house, every single detail was well thought out.
Paint Colors: Benjamin Moore - cabinets Van Deusen Blue, Behr - ceiling Frost, trim color match to wall tile.
This kitchen is what dreams are made of! Those chandeliers alone were just phenomenal! Bananas!
He left the exposed brick as a focal point and painted it a nice whitewash. The baskets add some beautiful texture and highlight that accent brick wall. I would never think of going this blue in the kitchen but after seeing it, it's a total game changer! The blue is beautiful and timeless. I could see it in a farmhouse too!
See the small vintage plates on the sides? Yes, he thought of everything!!
Paint Colors: walls Swanky Gray, trim Incredible White.
Brian talked about how he chose a round table so you could pull extra chairs around it for added seating if needed. That is such a smart idea. The blue chairs were so beautiful! See how the blue flows throughout?!
Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams - ceiling Krypton
The open hallway is lovely. I love how the bench sits perfectly at the end! It's so airy and free. All that white!
The walkthrough laundry room is such a nice touch.
Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams - trim and doors Grey Matters, walls, ceiling and closet interior Passive.
The guest room is super inviting. He framed a duvet that was too small for this bed on the wall to the left!
How awesome is that?! Such a great idea!!
Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams - walls Composed, vanity Raging Sea
OKAYYY this bathroom is amazing! Do you all see over to the right? That is a sliding "barn door" shower and it is gold!! I went to the bathroom and may have slid it back and forth a few times hoping I wouldn't get caught! Haha!
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams - Incredible White
This second guest room is just perfect for an office and extra space for guests. I love the built in bunk beds!
The beach is my happy place. I am always game for waking up with no worries, rushing out to the sand and watch the waves come in or swimming backstrokes in a gorgeous pool gazing up at the palm trees. We were pretty excited to visit Hilton Head again this summer and make some great memories together. We stayed at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island and it was pretty incredible.
A while back I posted on Instagram about surprising Harper with a trip to the beach. I loaded up the car full of our suitcases, favorite snacks, beach chairs and lots of sunscreen. She had no idea. We drove home like usual and then I surprised her! Harp was excited!! It took her a while to process that we were actually leaving at that moment. She kept saying, "but I need my bathing suit" haha! We had that and about everything else in the house packed and ready to GO! After driving 6 hours, we made it. Stepped foot out of the car to one gorgeous hotel!
When we got to the room there were two large beach bags full of the cutest gifts. Homemade chocolates shaped like alligators & flip flops. We got hot pink & bright blue towels with lots of cookies and sand toys. That was pretty amazing. Not to mention a huge fruit and cheese tray! We went straight for that and the cookies and milk. So let the adventure begin, with feeding our faces. The room was beautiful and we loved having two queen beds. Harp would bounce back and forth, wishing she could sleep in both at the same time haha!! The bathroom was insane, with a large tub and glass shower! It was a little piece of heaven!!
The way to my heart is foooood! We are big foodies but can appreciate good junk food when we see it too!
The breakfast at the hotel was amazing. We ate a lot at Hewards Restaurant and Seacrest Restaurant inside the hotel. I am talking they had a smorgasbord of build your own homemade waffles, omlettes, bagels (insert heart eyes), an entire fruit bar and so much more! Harper looked forward to decorating her waffles every morning. I think her favorite was the a tower of whip cream and a single chocolate chip on top. I loved the bagels and omelettes. Bailey's Bar & Terrace is really cool too. It transforms throughout the day and is recognized as the heart of the hotel. You can get a quick morning coffee, treats and then cocktails in the evening!
This is Harper posing with her virgin strawberry daiquiri! lol diva! To the right, me and my brother, Sam! We spent time with our family while we were here and our sweet neighbors!! It was the best!!
Some of our favorite restaurants in Hilton Head...
Salty Dog Cafe, Skull Creek Boathouse, The Crazy Crab, Sunset Grille
There was always something fun going on at the hotel! So much in fact, that we weren't able to do everything. Here are some of the fun things we got into...
getting our nails done at the spa! Arum Spa is gorgeous! They are upstairs in the hotel room and it's like a little oasis. It is calming and the music almost put me to sleep walking in! I can't even imagine with a massage too! We loved getting our nails done together. That is one of our favorite things to do together, aside from painting pictures. We got mani's & pedi's! Harper was so proud of her blue nails and wanted to show everyone!
feeding the turtles! shut the front door! We got to feed a ton of turtles. There were a lot of children around, so I didn't get a good picture of the turtles but they were everywhere. It was a lot of fun. Literally, you just walk out of the hotel to the large pond and just start feeding them.
playing at the kids zone! So they have a kid's area called Just Us Kids! It's a program where they can watch your children if you want to go on a date, or just let them have play time and go on beach adventures. Harper loved doing crafts with all the kids and spending some time out on the beach together. The teachers were super sweet and really outgoing. It was a great experience for her! She still talks about her teachers (and the turtles!)
I love how the resort was super kid friendly, with dive in movies at the pool, turtles and they even had a place set up for kids to get floats and anything else you might need.
buying a bunch of jewelry at the gift shop! Harper picked out a ton of handmade layered bracelets. She loved them and stacked them all up her arm! My little diva. The gift shop is called Pearl's Market and it is super cute, full of breezy apparel, outdoor and sport accessories. They have a lot of island inspired gifts, toys, gourmet foods and snacks. They can even pack up goodies and send them right to your room! I love love that idea!!
As I lay in bed writing you guys after a long day, I can't help but feel grateful. I am grateful for you guys that have followed us all this time and just showed us so much love & support. We can feel it from here. Really. We all have a lot to be grateful for. Speaking of gratitude, I'm thankful for our new guest room as well! This has been a long time coming. We have been here for 19 months now and finally have a guest room, (can you believe it) with a beautiful bed and all! Almost everything seen here is from Structube!! I am going to give you all the details! It goes to show that sometimes it really is worth the wait.
Harper thinks this is her second bedroom now because it's right down the hall from her room! I meannnn. She loves it!! We come in here and read books together. I can't wait to have friends and family over now! They don't have to sleep in our pull out beds anymore!
This Versailles bed is fantastic. I was floored with the craftsmanship and the details are just beautiful. I got it here. It's a major statement piece and the fabric is pretty. I got the bedding from Anthropologie and the purse is Free People.
The curtains are from West Elm and the views from the countryside is magic!
She makes my heart sore. Look how precious and she wanted to get her picture taken too!
The Hamburg nightstands are rustic and chic! The drawers slide out easily. I got it here.
This Zak bench gives off a rustic feel and super easy to put together! I got it here.
It is only $111! I love a good deal. The Navi rug has so much texture and I love the natural colors. I got it here. The faux fur pillow is fun and super cozy. Everything from Structube is affordable! I was really impressed with their pricing.
My vision for this room was light and bright.
The lamps are from Grandin Road! I got them here. The pedestal base is beautiful and timeless. It almost looks like a wooden sculpture.
Honestly, I am happy with how everything turned out and can't wait to add some art, a chandelier and dresser soon! It is a perfect place for our guests to come and stay for a while. Thank you for stopping by! I can't wait to show you more. I hope you have a beautiful blessed week.
Structube is an amazing brand we believe in and are honored to have their pieces in our home!
Stay tuned for more on our guest room soon! :)
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