Bathroom Face Lift – Round 1

Before we moved into our house in April I had made a massive and comprehensive list of all the changes we were going to make. Painting walls, ripping up carpet, digging out flower beds, replacing counter tops, tearing down the old basement kitchen…and then we moved in and everything went out the window. We got almost everything unpacked within the first week and then our motivation to make changes dwindled and we just wanted to enjoy the new house, sit around on the porch, and deal with any necessary improvements as they came up.

In the Fall I decided to take a small step to personalize the house a bit more and gave our bathroom a little face lift. I had big plans to attempt to paint the tile because as you’ll see in the pictures below it covers the bottom half of the walls and is kind of a difficult color to pair things with. However, after watching several YouTube videos and scouring Pinterest for advice I decided to just work with what we have. I prefer more color than neutrals typically, but decided to bring in more neutrals than I normally would and add pops of color so it didn’t look funky with the powder blue tile.

I knew I wanted to stay within a pretty low budget because there are a lot of other improvements we do want to make down the line and the bathroom was not the first priority. It was however the smallest space in the house so I felt pretty comfortable that I’d be able to tackle the project and finish it within the week.

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Target Thanksgiving Picks

Thanksgiving is one of the best low key holidays because your only job is to cook, eat, and watch football. There are no costumes to prep, presents to buy, or baskets to fill. It’s just a good ole fashioned stuff your face holiday. Sitting around a big table with family and friends reminiscing about the year and reminding yourself what you’re grateful for while referee whistles can be heard blowing in the background and grandma is inevitably critiquing the decision to put sausage in the stuffing is what America is all about. So, before Christmas officially takes over for the next two months here is a round up of my favorite Thanksgiving items from Target! Click the pics for more details or to purchase.

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Oven S’mores Remix

We have a ton of leftover Halloween candy at our house because we got way fewer trick or treaters than we were hoping for. Staring at our plastic pumpkin filled with fun-size goodness is oh so tempting, but even if we were to keep picking out a few pieces every day we’d still have a ton of candy way into the new year. I’m assuming I am not the only one with this problem! Here is a fun and simple recipe to use up some of that Halloween candy and create a dessert that can be shared with your family, co-workers, and friends…pretty much anything to get it out of your house and away from your belly.

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Halloween Party – Night of the Villains

This is the third year in a row that my husband and I have hosted our annual adult Halloween Costume Party. We pretty much have it down to a science now. We send out the Facebook event invites at the end of August/beginning of September. This may seem ridiculous, but our friends know to look for it, plus it gives them the date to plan around. We start decorating around mid-September and start party food and drink prep lists at the beginning of October. We use a Halloween playlist, hand-picked by my husband, for the outside speakers and have the Pandora Halloween station on in the living room.

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House Hunting Tips

My husband and I spent around a year and a half house hunting. We went through two realtors before finding one that fit our personality, spent most Sundays at open houses, and were full on addicted to Zillow. It was frustrating at the time, but I am so glad that we waited until we found the house that was right for us and checked off most of our “must have this” boxes. We’ve been in the house for seven months now and still have a ton of projects we want to do, walls to paint, and furniture to pick out, but we’re taking it slow and trying not to overwhelm ourselves by doing too much too fast.

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Bar Cart Styling: Halloween

My husband got me a bar cart for Christmas last year and it is one of my all time favorite things. I had been hinting at it for months by constantly showing him examples of stylized bar carts on Pinterest that he had absolutely no interest in and walking him through the home decor aisles at Target to gesture emphatically at bar carts or items that would look amazing ON bar carts. So, he picked up what I was putting down and got me the bar cart of my dreams!

We have it positioned against the wall in our living room when you first walk in. I like that I can see it from the hallway and the living room because it’s one of my favorite pieces in our whole house. It will look even better in the space once we do our living room overhaul this winter: rip up carpet to expose hardwood, paint walls, new furniture, etc.

If you’ve watched any of my InstaStories lately than you know that we have a ton of Halloween decorations and accrue more every year, so I was super excited to be able to style the bar cart for Halloween. I used a combination of tall and short decor pieces, stuck primarily with a black, white, and metallic color palette with a few pops of orange, and of course included a lot of booze. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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10 Halloween Decor Items Under $10

I am always on the hunt for new Halloween decor. I am also always eternally budget conscience. I’ve put together 10 Halloween Decor Items Under $10 from Michaels, Target, and Amazon. Halloween items at Michaels are all already 40-50% off so #winning.

10 Halloween Decor Items

1. Halloween Paper Diamond Garland
2. Assorted Bat/Spider/Skull Hurricane Glass
3. Black Spider Web Lace Tablecloth
4. Four Count Mini Pumpkin Decor
5. Book of Spells
6. Large White Pumpkin Tea Light Holder
7. Two Skulls Throw Pillow Cover
8. Black Spider Web Die Cut Candle Holder
9. Tapered Candelabra Candle Holder with Spiders
10. Halloween Spooky Wooden Sign with Ivy Design