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.
I am beyond excited to spend the weekend at Universal Studios in Florida. We bought our 2 day park-to-park tickets weeks ago and I have been ready to go ever since. I’ve wanted to live at Hogwarts for over a decade and I can’t believe I’m finally going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I am not even attempting to reign it in and have purchased a couple more Harry Potter tees/tanks to wear at the park, lest anyone confuse why I am there.
We’re spending the weekend in Florida and then Monday morning are boarding a 4 night Disney Cruise with my extended family. I’m planning ahead and packing my carry-on for the weekend and my checked bag for the cruise that way I only have to sift through one piece of luggage at each destination. In the carry-on I’m packing 2-3 day-time outfits for the parks and 1-2 nighttime outfits that can all be mixed and matched. I’m also packing a bathing suit, cover-up, and flip flops because our hotel has a pool. I’m bringing a pair of sneakers for the parks and sandals for night. I am making a concerted effort to pack light for the weekend because I am the most diligent over packer on the planet aside from my mom.
Check out what I’m packing, which will be especially enjoyable if you’re an HP fan.
I love putting together stockings for people. I grab a medium hot chocolate from Dunkin and wander the aisles of Target, Home Goods, and Kohls searching for little items I can cram into a giant red sock. Our stocking gifts as kids were always wrapped, so I’ve continued that tradition too. It’s fun to open a bunch of little things and prolongs the excitement of Christmas morning.
The past few years I’ve put together a stocking for my husband. I pick up little things here and there and before I know it the stocking is full! To save you some shopping time, here is the Husband Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide.
Harry’s Grooming Gift Set, Audio Wireless Speaker with Earbuds, Leather Saddle Gloves, Flannel Pajama Pants, Capital Gaines Book, Roku Streaming Stick, Duke Cannon Soap, Muk Luks Moccasin Slippers, Swiss Army Knife, Striped Scarf, Fit Bit Flex 2 Activity Tracker, Madden NFL ’18 Video Game
Target, Dicks, LL Bean, Walmart, Best Buy, Duke Cannon, Nordstrom
Secret Santa gift shopping can seem like such a chore. You wander aisle after aisle at Target and Kohls, battle through crowds at the mall, and fall down the rabbit hole on Amazon oftentimes just to end up getting the person a Starbucks gift card. Don’t get me wrong, a Starbucks gift card is nothing to turn your nose up at, but the purpose of Secret Santa is to have a fun new gift to open. In my various Secret Santa ventures Continue reading
We had one of those rare, don’t stop moving, super fun, jam-packed weekends. Our big Halloween party was Saturday night (full post coming later this week), so we spent Friday night and all day Saturday prepping food and drinks, cleaning, and throwing together last minute decorations. The party was a blast and we are so thankful to have friends that still like to dress up and be ridiculous with us every year! Sunday we went to my husband’s cousin’s wedding in Mystic and it was a wonderful day. The weather was perfect, the venue was right on the water, and the bride looked stunning.
Here is our weekend in pictures! Continue reading
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.
Here is some advice from one house hunter to another Continue reading
My go to fall look consists of jeans and a tee with boots, scarf, and aviators. I have always been a jeans and t-shirt girl and as an adult I find the style comfy, easy to mix and match, and perfect for fall drives, apple picking, or a night at the local brewery. My current favorite pair of booties are last season LC Lauren Conrad (pictured below, similar here). I wear them to work and during the weekend and have styled them with both jeans and dresses, so they’re super versatile.
We took a drive to Hogan’s Cider Mill over the weekend and grabbed some fresh apple cider and baked treats for later. They had some antiques for sale upstairs and a bunch of flavors of hard cider as well. During the fall we try to avoid the highway and take the back roads. It may take a little longer, but the scenery is worth it! I went with my fall staple look for the day: Gap t-shirt, skinny jeans, and a pair of cowboy boots I got years ago from a friend at a clothing swap. y
What’s your go to fall weekend look? Share in the comments!