Casual Friday: November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

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Earlier this week, we had a dinner and game night with some of our friends at our cabin and it could have been the mountain air, or how we left all of our 8 kids (excluding Polly) at home with babysitters,   but it was exhilarating playing games, acting silly and making an pyramid a-frame in our a-frame to document it all. My advice–don’t wait until your house is perfect to have people over. Throw the house-warming party first thing and jumpstart the memories. Not only will it immediately feel more like home, but there’s no better way to celebrate. We sat on a mix of furniture that was left behind (including patio chairs) and had the best time.

Other fun things this week!

• Mark your calendars! Next Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm, Chris and I will be at the Sleep Number store in Idaho Falls, ID for a meet and greet with refreshments, photos and we’ll be offering free bedroom design advice–I’m even bringing my paint decks. So if you’re in the area, please come! We’d love to meet you and chat about help you make your bedroom a beautiful, comfortable sanctuary.

• I purchased these beautiful, small wooden trees (so inexpensive!) a few days ago as a part of our holiday decor. I plopped them on the shelves in the reading room and I think they’ll work all winter long! I love them so much for their simplicity and the two sizes side by side are perfect for on top of a stack of books. (Update! They’ll ship for free using promo code TREAT all weekend)

• Speaking of holiday decor, these stockings!! Even though I already ordered monogrammed stockings for our family this year, with the addition of Polly and Willow I had to!, I set myself an alarm to at least check the pricing on these. Because, I would pay $$!!!

• We’re anxious to get started renovating the A-frame, but now I’m in a major planning stage. Follow along on my Cabin board on Pinterest to see where we’re headed!

• I posted the photo below on my Instagram Stories before we headed up to the cabin and I’ve never received more inquiries in my Instagram life regarding the sources in the photo. Here are my boots. My overnight bag is from Walker Family Goods. We backed them in their kickstarter earlier this year, but their shop is now open! Yay! My bedding is from here.

• I rarely spend over $30 for a shirt (I’d rather buy a throw pillow, honestly) but I splurged on this North Face turtleneck “poncho” and I have zero regrets. The proportions are spot on, it’s so cozy and I want it in every color now. (I got a small/medium black)

• Lastly, today’s the last day to enter the $500 Arhaus giveaway! Head to this post to enter. 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We’re starting a big bathroom renovation this weekend and a series of how-to videos for Lowe’s YouTube channel and I’m trying to kick this cold I’ve had for 2 weeks at the same time. Somehow I think the cold isn’t going anywhere. 

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  1. Keely says:

    Hi Julia!

    I am looking for your comment in which you mention the source for your boots! I have scoured your past posts and can find you mentioning them, but not the source. Sorry to bring up old topics!!!

  2. Heather says:

    I don’t know where else to say this – but this page and the newest one about white elephant presents aren’t showing up on your homepage. No need to post this officially, I just thought you might want to know.

    • Julia says:

      eek!, they are showing up for me. Do you mind letting me know what browser you are using? And how you found the posts if not on the home page (direct link? etc). Thank you for letting me know!

      • Heather says:

        Maybe it is user error – I’m sorry!

        I’m using Chrome and I only found out about them because I clicked over to your Instagram and found the post about the two pages you last wrote about (picture of the wreath, and a picture of the cabin bedroom).

        To find them, I went to page 2 at the bottom of the home page, clicked the << and it brought me to page 1, which finally showed them. If I stayed on page 2 and clicked the 1 (for page 1), they didn't show up. Very confusing.

        Most likely – this is just my problem. I should have restarted… They seem to be showing up now! So sorry!

      • Julia says:

        Always grateful to hear of any issues that we can resolve. Glad it’s working now!

      • mkcubed says:

        I don’t think it is user error as I’m experiencing the same problem. I’ve been getting to the new posts by entering older posts and then clicking on Next Post link. I use IE as a browser.

      • Julia says:

        Thank you for the info! We’re on with out support team, but they are beginning to think it might be a regional wordpress thing. A few other blogs (with different hosts, but all wordpress) are having the same issue with a percentage of their readers. Here’s hoping we can get it figured out soon!

      • Sarah says:

        Was just going to Instagram message you and thought I should check on my phone and saw these messages!…works on safari but on my chrome on my desktop I can’t get to the newer posts! It’s actually been for a few days I think cause I just saw this casual Friday post today even though I check your blog everyday! :)

  3. Kate says:

    I don’t want to be that person…but here I go…I love Source Naturals Wellness Formula. Take it several times a day when sick. They make pills, liquid and an alcohol free kids liquid (my choice). Sold on amazon as well!

  4. Shera says:

    Meet and greet!! I can’t wait! And the cabin looks so dreamy already, I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  5. Alisha says:

    omg, those stockings! Thanks for sharing :D

  6. Corine says:

    Meet and greet! We’re there. We love our Walker bags! They are the perfect size! Your cabin is an absolute dream! The views are breathtaking! I need your boots and I think that’s all. Happiest Friday!! My favorite post of the week is always your casual news.

  7. Kathryn says:

    Congrats on the cabin purchase, you guys! Can’t wait to follow along! Also, I would LOVE to know where you ended up getting your monogrammed stockings from! I’ve been on the hunt for good ones. Thank you!

  8. Allie says:

    Where did you guys buy your stockings from? We have a new addition too and I am trying to figure out who has the best and where to buy from!

  9. Stacey W says:

    We did the kickstarter for the bags as well – all YOUR fault! – and I am quite happy with mine!

  10. Kimberly says:

    So sad to miss a meet up in Idaho Falls! (We’ll be in SLC for Disney on Ice.) Congrats on the cabin purchase and thank you for being an inspiration on prioritizing gathering and friendship in spite of unfinished spaces! I love that.

  11. Kris says:

    Do you do essential oils? I didn’t use them even though my daughter sells them. I usually battle a cold for weeks!
    I got some Thieves from her and put on my feet at night for a few nights & my cold went away! It’s also great to diffuse and helps prevent it.

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