Renovation

Living Room Refresh Inspiration

It’s currently Friday evening as I type up this post and I’m so excited for tomorrow. My mom, Hannah’s sister-in-law, and I planned a little baby shower for my sister and I can’t wait! I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and maybe even squeeze in a vlog to remember the day! 

Okay, onto the topic of this post. Jimmy has been diligently working on a new fireplace and mantle for our living room (it was our Christmas gift to each other!) in his free time and I’ve been dreaming of sitting by the fire with my little family 😊 

Since we’re doing a little makeover of the fireplace, I think it’s the perfect opportunity to do a little refresh throughout the whole living room. I made a little inspiration graphic below of some of the ideas I have in mind. 

Navy blue and coral living room decor

Coral pillow covers // Gray Blanket // Jute Basket // Navy Blue Pillow Covers // Watercolor Print // Curtains // Succulents

Basically, I’m really liking navy blue and coral together. Our walls and couches are gray, which I think is a nice neutral background for coral and navy. I’m thinking lots of texture and pops of color. I haven’t told Jimmy my ideas yet, so I’ll see what he thinks 😉  

I definitely don’t want to go crazy with this little project because I’m sure new curtains/pillows/decor will be ruined well-used within a few years (living the toddler + dog + cat with claws life over here) so I’m wondering if you have any budget-friendly decor stores you recommend?! 

Do you have any favorite color combinations?

Are you working on any home projects at the moment?

Duck Eggs and I Understand Now

When I was growing up, I never saw my mom buy anything for herself. She would take me back-to-school shopping and not even glance in the women’s department. I would always ask her why she didn’t buy herself clothes, or maybe a purse? A pretty necklace? Her response was always that she wanted her kids to have the new clothes, fun items, etc. rather than herself.

Since becoming a parent, I finally understand what my mom would always tell me. I would much rather buy Sadie a new shirt than myself. I think I can count on one half of a hand how many items of clothing I’ve purchased for myself since I’ve had Sadie, and most of them have been nursing bras. It’s just so much more fun to buy clothes for my child than myself!

Garanamals leopart toddler long sleeve shirt from Walmart

Like the above shirt. It was $4.50 at Walmart and Sader Tot is in need of fall clothing so I picked it up for her. While we were in the store, I didn’t even glance at the women’s department. I’m becoming my mom, haha. Not really, though, because I don’t have too much trouble using my spending money on books 😉

I just finished up Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus and wow, what a (true!) story. It deals with adoption, deafness, and identity. It had so many twists and turns that I had a hard time putting it down. I’m also working my way through Hannah’s Song, which is a Bible study on the book of 1 Samuel. While I don’t agree on the author’s viewpoint oo salvation, the rest of the book has been very insightful.

Onto duck eggs.

My brother and his wife bought a few chickens and ducks this spring and they’ve been getting eggs lately and passing some on to me. They know they way to my egg-loving heart ❤

Duck eggs and chicken eggs

Can you guess which ones are the duck eggs?!

My brother said he heard duck eggs are excellent to bake with because the high fat content results in fluffier baked goods. I asked them if they wanted me to bake them anything with some of the eggs as a thank you and they requested challah. Can’t wait to make it 🙂

In other news, we had a normal day over here at the Zottola Zoo. Sadie learned about the color orange and did some painting.

Toddler painting with orange paint

I went on an organization spree while she went down for a nap. Our linen closet is one of the spaces in our home that slowly becomes a catchall over time and today was the day I decided to finally tackle it.

I ended up nailing baskets and old plastic containers to the door to add some extra storage and it helped clear up a lot of space inside the actual closet!

Closet organization with baskets on door

Time will tell if it all holds up 😉

Yesterday was Niva’s first birthday and tomorrow she is getting spayed. Poor girl. It was so hard to see Mavis struggle after she was spayed (I’m going to blame my crying on the pregnancy hormones in 2018, lol) and I’m hoping it’s a better experience for everyone involved this time!

Do you have any catchall spots in your home? Our linen closet, basement, and a few drawers in our living room are our places.

Do you like to buy clothes? I would much rather spend the day in a bookstore than clothing store, but enjoy getting Sadie clothes.