Casual Friday

Aloha! Chris and I flew to Maui yesterday for some much needed R&R and a little babymoon he surprised me with for Valentine’s day. The funny thing is, we have never taken a babymoon before, but I guess it’s our last one so we’re living it up before becoming a family of five! We’ve never been to Hawaii before and don’t have any major plans while we’re here–snorkeling, eating, and relaxing are topping our list. But if you have any outstanding places or restaurants we should definitely check out, especially in the Ka’anapali area where we’re staying, we’d love to hear! We have a few posts scheduled for while we’re gone, but I couldn’t resist checking in today and sharing a few things that I came across this week that I can’t get out of my mind… (cue my terrible podcast song? haha) • My current favorite maternity dress (pictured above)…

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A Rug and Dresser for the Nursery (and Beyond!) | One Room Challenge Week 4

It’s time for another update on our One Room Challenge, where we’re making over our nursery for our 3rd little girl due this summer. Week 4! How did we get here?! So far, we have added loads of pretty trim in week 2 and dreamy wallpaper in week 3. And if you missed the before, head to week 1. This week, we rolled out a new rug and dresser for the space–the foundation pieces if you will, that needed to be less baby/nursery specific and more could-transition-elsewhere-after those precious years. This rug, the Marin from Rejuvenation, was definitely the choice that took the longest of any decision in this room. After we nailed down our wallpaper choice, I looked at no less that 750 rugs for the room. Probably a lot more, actually. I looked at vintage rugs for days. I pinned several of them (see them on this Pinterest board, if you’d like). I put…

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We Got A Sleep Number Mattress (And We’re Giving One Away, Too!)

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This post is sponsored by Sleep Number®. We’re so excited to not only share a big bedroom update that happened around here (we got a Sleep Number® mattress!) but WE’RE ALSO GIVING ONE AWAY! We have had such a positive experience with the brand and we can’t wait to award one of you the same opportunity. Look for those details at the bottom of the post. But first, I wanted to give you a little look into our sleep history in case you’re just tuning in. Chris hurt his back, badly, about 2 1/2 years ago lifting a band saw by himself. After many months of therapy, he had to get back surgery, a discectomy. While it helped the immediate pain, his doctor warned him, he’ll always have a bad back. Sleeping has especially been troublesome for him these past few years. Me, on the other hand, can pretty much sleep anywhere, although I definitely prefer a…

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Ep 36: The Woman’s Place in DIY, Broken Noses and Giving Yourself Some Credit

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“I could never do that.” Almost every time we share the final photos of a project, we have someone make this comment. We start this episode by talking about it, and how people need to give themselves a little credit. “I’ve never done that” sometimes becomes “I can’t do that,” but it shouldn’t be that way. Google, watch Youtube videos, read books, ask friends and neighbors who have experience. Learn what you need to learn so you can do what you want to do. Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. This Episode is Sponsored by: Modsy Get 20% off your first room. Visit to receive the discount   Thomas Avenue Ceramics Receive 20% off your tile order Visit and use code CLJ Listener Question: How to choose the right flooring  • The final decision isn’t always final • What factors to consider for deciding on a material and color • How to best use flooring samples…

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