DAY FIFTEEN: my new home

make a mood board. are you brainstorming a room re-do, or are you dreaming of glamping with gal pals? Share a collage of any kind!


i am moving on saturday. goodbye, one bedroom apartment. hello, two bedroom townhouse.

so naturally because i am so excited about a space that is bigger and that i can do up how i want…

i have been pinning things for the home! check out my home board here.

i am also pinning all the things i want to sew after we make that extra bedroom into an office/craft room.


home inspiration

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honestly i’m not too sure what we will do to our new place. i’m not sure when we’ll do something to it.

but i definitely enjoy thinking of all the projects i want to do!

i am in love with clean, color and eclectic.

and bookshelf walls.


what sort of things would be on your mood board? link your pinterest below so i can check out some of your pins!


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DAY THREE: growing up

“when I grow up I want to be….” feel free to answer as your 5-year-old self or as of now.




when i was very young i wanted to be a famous fashion designer. not sure what age that dream appeared but i think around 10.

it started with filling pages and pages full of my “designs”. then, i randomly found a bag of scrap fabrics at a thrift store and begged for my parents to buy it for me! i took the small scraps, needle and thread and hand sewed clothing for my barbies. the last thing i remember hand sewing was a black and white polka dotted pleated mini skirt.

while i was a freshman in high school i briefly started to sew tote bags on an actual sewing machine. it started with a simple square, no lining bag. then i started getting fancy by adding pockets and making them reversible. i used it as my school bag and my friends started paying me to make them one! MIND BLOWING.

i started sewing church clothes because nothing was long enough or fit properly. lots of skirts and dresses. lots of mistakes while learning. two of the hardest/best things i’ve ever made was my costume for my madrigal choir class and my prom dress for my senior year. the night before prom i was putting the zipper on my dress and i went to put it on and the zipper broke! devastating at the time but funny now. you would think i would have learned from my procrastinating…nope!

the whole time growing up i had planned that i would go to a great fashion design school, go on project runway, be super famous, be on the runways, dress celebrities, etc.


i didn’t go to fashion design school right out of high school like a planned. i worked and waited.

during the waiting i was discovering new things that i wanted to be. like a mother. and a wife. things that i never thought about much before.

i ended up deciding that, even though i love to sew, i don’t really want to be a “big” fashion designer like i previously thought. i can still sew and be something else that doesn’t take up as much time from life and is more flexible.

i have always loved hair and makeup. my whole life i would try new beauty products, learn new techniques and do them on myself and friends. i never thought about it seriously. until one day, my favorite hairdresser who i went to for a while said to me: “you should go to beauty school! you are so creative and you love messing around with hair and makeup. you would be so good at it.” and then i thought about it. it can be flexible later when i have kids. its something that i’ve always loved.

i signed up for beauty school right after that. i worked the entire time, graduated on time, at the top of my class. i made some great friends. i won several competitions. and now i’ve been working in a salon for a few years and have a nice clientele. it’s something that i love. but i’m not sure if i only want to be behind the chair.

i know what i want to be when i grow up.

i want to continue to transform hair and faces.
i want to continue to make beautiful things.
i want to have my own business selling things i make.
i want to teach, inspire and motivate others to do great things.
i want to be an amazing, fun, loving, patient, hard-working, understanding, creative mom. (like my mom)


what do you want to be when you grow up?




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DAY TWO: happy things

“write about what makes you happy, from the little joys to the huge game-changers.”

it’s funny how when you sit down and write the things that make you happy you see there are so many things!

here are a few happy things of mine, in no particular order.


glitter / books

spending time with my husband. fluffy clouds. sunlight. pinterest. taking photos.
glittery sparkles. connecting with people.making beautiful/functional things. being weird.
ice cream. watching movies. singing loudly. dancing weirdly. vacations. musicals. netflix.
kind words. helping people see themselves as beautiful creatures.  happy songs.
reading a really good book. any shade of blue-green. sitting on the beach. the change of seasons.
babies. making other people happy. celebrating random holidays. graphic tees. patterns.
finding things that match the color of my nails. pretty flowers. cuddling. new beauty products.
having good hair days. having good face days. family parties.  chocolate.

what makes you happy? i want you to tell me!


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the blog-tember challenge!

i am nervous/excited to announce that i am doing the blog-tember challenge created by bailey jean of the brave love blog!

i found this challenge through pinterest (you should follow me on pinterest BTW) and after i read her original post explaining the challenge i decided that i wanted to do it! (and then i immediately second-guessed myself and was doubting whether i could actually do it. self doubt sucks!)

well, i finally decided that even if i do this challenge and suck at it, it would be better than not doing it and regretting it! trying and sucking is better than not trying and sucking. at least i think so…plus she has post ideas for every day for the month! so she’s practically writing these posts for me! (ha-ha)

i am going to put all of the topics below and after i write my post for that day i will link up to it so its in one nice, organized place! here are bailey jean’s prompts:

Sept 1st: Imagine the front sleeve of a hard cover novel. Give us your “About the Author” so we can get to know one another, and for fun tell us what your imaginary novel would be about.
Sept 2nd: Write about what makes you happy, from the little joys to the huge game-changers.
Sept 3rd: “When I grow up I want to be….” Feel free to answer as your 5-year-old self or as of now.
Sept 4th: Pick a fashion trend you love and a fashion trend you hate. Win us over!
Sept 5th: “I am passionate about ______________. “
Sept 6th: A “currently…” post. Tell us what you’re loving, hating, reading, eating, etc. If you want to borrow a list, mine is here.
Sept 7th: What’s on your current reading list? Or what have you read that you recommend?
Sept 8th: Music that moves you. Are you a Spotify addict or a Pandora guru? Tell us your favorite artists/stations!
Sept 9th: Let’s talk personality types. Introverted? Extroverted? Unsure-troverted? 😉 If you know your Myers-Briggs type, tell us about it! If not, you can take this similar test and share your results.
Sept 10th: List 10 things that you love about yourself! Let’s kick that negative self-talk outta here!
Sept 11th: How do you stay inspired? Who inspires you the most?
Sept 12th: Tell us about a favorite tradition. It could be a family tradition or from a holiday, university, you-name-it. What makes it so special?
Sept 13th: Your current relationship status. If dating/married, give us a glimpse of your story! If single, share about this special season.
Sept 14th: When did you start blogging and why?
Sept 15th: Make a mood board. Are you brainstorming a room re-do, or are you dreaming of glamping with gal-pals? Share a collage of any kind! (Examples here and here).
Sept 16th: “Most people don’t know this but…”
Sept 17th: Be brave: make a vlog!
Sept 18th: Tell a tale of traveling, a city or country you’ve been to or a favorite vacation.
Sept 19th: If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
Sept 20th: Share a day in the life. Pictures, timelines, stats, however you like.
Sept 21st: Fall Favorites. What do you love most about this season?
Sept 22nd: Introduce us to 5 blogs you read on the regular, and tell us why!
Sept 23rd: A guide to your city! Share some of the hot-spots and hidden gems of where you live.
Sept 24th: Your fall bucket list. What do you want to do before winter rolls around?
Sept 25th: Grab a guest post! Swap blogs with someone, and share about anything. 🙂
Sept 26th: How have you changed in the past year?
Sept 27th: What’s on your wish list? Be sure to include links so we can shop, too 😉
Sept 28th: What were your highs and lows for this month?
Sept 29th: What are your go-to blogging resources? What would you recommend to a beginner?
Sept 30th: A farewell coffee date. Take some time to breath, sip a warm drink, and share with your new blogging buddies. If you’d like a prompt: how did the Blog-tember challenge go for you? Any surprises? What was your favorite prompt, or what would you like to see included next time?


i just wanted to preface the challenge with this mini-post to let you know a little about it!so stick around! and if you are hearing about the challenge after its started, no worries! its never too late to start!