Gift Guide: For the Home

I'm so excited to kick off my 2019 Holiday Gift Guides with gifts for the home! Obviously I love the home, so this was a super fun one to put together! I think there's a little something for everyone :) If you scroll down you'll find some Christmas decor in case you're looking for some festive touches. 
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round cutting board / candlesticks / beautycounter hand soap / ginger jars / 2020 wall calendar / monogrammed dog bed (more colors) / striped pillow / kitchen aid mixer / volcano candle / tea pot / barefoot dreams striped blanket / pitcher / electric coffee maker / wood bowl / glass vase


I'm in the market for some new cutting boards (both functional and pretty ones to lean up against the backsplash) and this one is making my list! I love the marble stripes. 

The varied colors of those beautiful candlesticks are so lovely. Perfect for holidays! 

I'm not sure about you, but I'm obsessed with blue ginger jars. Whenever I see them, I always try to find a spot for them and pick them up if I have one. I'd love a whole collection one day! These are so pretty and affordable.

If you have a pup like we do and want a dog bed that goes with the rest of the decor in the house this one is a great option! And it's customizable, which you know I'm all about.

 I'm a big tea drinker and this might be the cutest tea pot I've ever seen (such a good price, too!) For the coffee drinker, this electric coffee maker would be such a fun gift. It's so sleek looking that it'd be great to leave out on the counter. 

If you've never felt a Barefoot Dreams cardigan or blanket, let me just tell you they are AMAZING! This blanket is definitely on my wishlist! It's the softest thing ever and on sale for under $50 right now. 

As a designer I can never have too many vessels and vases, so I love this long wood one for a dining table. You can fill it with apples or lemons or ornaments for Christmas time.  

Holiday decorations for the home:

Any items catch your eye?! Tell me what's on your list!
xoxo
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Favorite Cozy Sweaters for Chilly Weather

Happy Wednesday! Well, it's officially winter here in Michigan. We woke up to snow on Monday morning and it's been in the 20's for a couple days now, so the snow is actually sticking around! Snow =  Christmas music in my book, so that's what I've been listening to ;)

I thought I'd share some of my favorite winter sweaters I've found for this chillier part of the year! I picked this one up last week at the Loft and just love it! The texture is so fun. I still have to layer with a coat, of course, but it's pretty warm!



sweater / jeans (on me, these run a little big) / booties (almost identical, mine are last years' style)
I couldn't resist doing some "window shopping" for cute, cozy sweaters!
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This one on the bottom right was my birthday gift to myself ;) It's so cute! I just LOVE this color!


A couple more are below:

A couple days ago on Instagram I talked about some tips I have for living in cold weather (not that I've mastered it!) but I wanted to share some coats I think would be great for really cold weather like we get in the midwest:

Do you have to bundle up where you live?!
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My Dallas Trip Recap

Last week I traveled to Dallas, TX to host The Bloom Workshop right outside of Dallas, in a quaint little country town called Quinlan. This was our second time at The White Sparrow Barn and I'm just so glad we went back-- this venue is one of the dreamiest I've ever had the pleasure of seeing in person. It was the perfect backdrop to our two days with our attendees! It's up there on top wedding venues, right along with our own wedding venue, of course ;)

I thought I'd give you a glimpse of our week there from my camera roll!

The inside of the barn is all white with ceilings for days and gorgeous chandeliers.

We went with floral linens for our workshop tables and I love how they turned out! I'd never gone this bold before and I'm so glad I did. Especially with our workshop being called "Bloom", it fit so well!

After set up day we took some photos on the swing outside the barn. Things got fun when we started boomeranging, which you might have caught on Instagram.

Day one of the workshop, when everything was all set up beautifully for the attendees, was so fun! We love getting to meet all our ladies. The mugs from Sweet Water Decor were a hit.


After teaching sessions on blogging and branding for your business, Alex from Prairie Letter Shop taught us calligraphy for a fun hands-on session.

One of our attendees was a watercolor artist, so her brush calligraphy was quite impressive ;)

Here are some action shots from our learning to shoot in manual and flat lay styling classes. It's so awesome to see our attendees having lightbulb moments with their cameras!



On Day Two we have teaching sessions on how to use social media for your business, floral arranging, photography and design, and then we have a big styled shoot complete with models, tablescapes, flowers, invitation suites and yes, even pups!

Meet Eda Mae, the owner of The White Sparrow's sweet puppy who we all fell in love with.

Our bridesmaid models were insanely beautiful!


EDA MAE killing it with a smile. But also our bride and groom model were just stunning! They're engaged and they couldn't be cuter!

We also had a fun addition to our shoot with specialty cocktails from Potent Pours. If you're doing an event in Dallas, I highly recommend adding signature cocktails with Kim! She's so talented and kind.

One of the best parts of our workshop was getting to see two of my sweet friends Victoria & Jill. Victoria graciously came to help me run the behind the scenes of the workshop and Jill came to speak on our panel. I've known them both for years through blogging and Instagram and they are both JOYS! I only wish we lived closer.

I couldn't help but show you one of my very favorite things tucked in our gift boxes this year. This adorable BLOOM leather keychain from Twin Sparrows. Box + Bow did an amazing job putting our gift baskets together.

Another highlight were these heavenly sugar cookies Sami, of Oh Taste! Bakery, created for our ladies. They're not only beautiful, but equally delicious!


Okay, one more thing before I sign off. This is really exciting!! The owner of the White Sparrow built her own home right next door to the barn. When we were there for the workshop 2 years ago she let us walk through it while it was being built. I asked if we could possibly see it now that it was all finished, and I'm so glad I did because you guys, it's INCREDIBLE. These photos don't even do it justice!! It was dark out and she let us come by at zero notice. All 8 of us speakers walked through her house and she was so gracious about it. 

You have to follow her instagram @thewhitesparrowproperties because you'll get some killer inspiration but also some exciting things are coming there soon! 

Here are just a few peeks at their gorgeous home:


Be right back while I cry tears of joy over this wallpaper in the kitchen:

Yes, this range backsplash has 3d tile roses in it.


Take a look at the shower in the mirror.



I'll give you a better look in some videos on Instagram today. Stay tuned!


Happy Monday!
xoxo



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29 Things You Might Not Know About Me (on my birthday!)

Today I turn 29! I can't believe it! I thought I'd share 29 things you might not know about me in honor of my birthday. And I'm going to warn you-- I'm getting personal. Hope you enjoy + I'd love to know if we're similar on anything I'm mentioning!
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1. My parent's had a different name in mind for me for most of my mom's pregnancy. They changed it at the last minute because my grandma said she didn't love it...ha! I'm so glad they did, because I like my name much better ;)

2. My dad owns his own business and every summer in between high school, I'd work as the receptionist at his office. I thought answering phones was so cool.

3. I am the furthest thing from athletic. Never played a sport in my life. I loathe running (I'm not good at it) and I don't like sweating. But I'm really enjoying our gym membership and I'm trying hard to change those mindsets. I've been running a little and even sweating. My family would be so proud ;)

4. I AM however, pretty good at yoga! I used to do hot yoga in college and haven't really done any yoga since. Our gym has awesome yoga classes (not hot, which I'm totally okay with) and I'm loving going 3 times a week!

5. I'm a rule follower to my core. Even jay-walking freaks me out!

6. I didn't have alcohol until I was 21. (Except for the sip of wine my dad would occasionally give me to prove that I wouldn't like it. It totally worked + refer to #5 ;))

7. I eat cereal almost every night before bed.

8. I thought I was going to marry my boyfriend before my husband. I was truly heartbroken (many of you were around when I was going through that) but I'm so grateful that God had other plans. 

9. I've always had a deep love for God and have wanted to follow him from a young age. So thankful for my parent's who instilled this in me and for the guidance of mentors along the way.

10. I carry a water bottle with me wherever I go. I have always been nervous I would be super thirsty or start coughing and need water, so I've always done this as long as I can remember. You just never know what's gonna happen- ha!

11. I will always, always pet your dog. Even if I don't know you and I'm across the street from you...I will come over and pet the pup. I can't get enough!

12. The thought of being pregnant scares me. I'm so nervous I won't feel well and won't be able to work, be a burden on those around me, and won't feel like myself. (This is me being REALLY honest.) But we definitely want kids in the coming years and I love, love, love babies! 

13. I've always had a lot of friends, but only a few who I'm super close with. One thing I see as being one of God's biggest blessings in my life is anytime I've moved, He's provided really wonderful friends for me. So thankful!

14. When I moved across the country to date my now husband in 2014, I was so, so homesick. I was trying not to show it to anyone, but it was one of the hardest times of my life. 

15. I loveeee celebrating! Any excuse to throw a party, have people over, go out to dinner, get a gift for someone-- I'm there!

16. I'm such a homebody. I love being home and snuggling up on the couch! The fact that we have a fireplace now is just taking this to a whole other level.

17. One of the reasons I haven't been out of the country (other than a missions trip to Mexico when I was younger) is because I'm scared of being on a plane for so long. Not that something will happen, but that I'll get claustrophobic and won't be able to keep myself entertained for that long.

18. I'm a hypochondriac. Almost all my fear and anxiety is around becoming sick (especially at terrible times, like when I have to be teaching a workshop or something). 

19. I'm really good at pretending to be okay or look like things are going better for me than they are, because I want people to think highly of me. This is one of the things I've learned most from learning about The Enneagram. As a 3, one of my "talents" (haha--not!) is called "shape-shifting". I'm trying to recognize times when I do this and ask why I'm doing it, then work to get at the heart issue (people pleasing, wanting people to like me or think highly of me) so it can happen less and less. 

20. Planning our wedding was one of the highlights of my life. It was SO fun and memorable! Our wedding day was the best!

21. I could watch FRIENDS every day for the rest of my life and never tire of it. The Bachelor / Bachelorette is totally my guilty pleasure. 

22. A huge dream of mine is to design and build out own home one day!

23. I already have our non-existent children's names picked out and keep a note in my phone with my favorites ;) We've agreed on a girl name but I'm still working on the boy name with my husband. Luckily we are not pregnant so we have some time haha!

24. We didn't live together before we were married (or do other things married people do...TMI?! HA!), which made us moving in together after our wedding SO sweet!!

25. My husband and I have a hard time agreeing on movies because we have such different tastes and usually we spend so much time trying to find one on Netflix or Amazon that we just give up. Anyone else?!

26. I LOVE rollercoasters.

27. It's my heart's desire to live near my family again one day. I'm not sure what this will look like or when, but we're praying about our next steps a few years down the road. 

28. When I was in high school I dated two guys, each kind of on-and-off. Both were the best on their sports team which I loved, and both weren't following Jesus (at the time, I'm not sure where they're at now...) I knew God didn't want me to be with someone who wasn't pursuing Him, but I dated them anyways. Probably because it felt good to be liked and have someone. Both guys treated me terribly and even dated other girls at the same time as being my boyfriend. "Unhealthy" would be a good way to describe both relationships ;) Then in college I dated someone who proved to me that good guys do, in fact, exist. We ended up breaking up (#8) but I'm so thankful I dated someone who showed me what it could look like to be in a healthy, Christ-honoring relationship. My husband was the 4th and final man I dated. I'm so grateful for all those experiences (though it would have caused less heartache if I'd skipped the first two) because it lead me to McCann. 

29. When I was little I would draw floor plans in my journal then build them out of jenga blocks on my floor. I even got scrap fabric to make pillows, blankets and rugs to make these block houses more inhabitable for my "block people" (blocks with faces drawn in Sharpie). Then I would drag my parents in so I could tour them around the new floor plan design. You could say design and obsession with homes started at a young age :)

That's it...my 29 things! Did any of them surprise you?! Are we similar on anything I mentioned? 

Tonight we're going out to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants and I'm excited! Margaritas and tacos! And it's extra fun going to a nice dinner because today I have a hair appointment (my hair stylist is my best friend). Always fun to have somewhere to go after getting your hair done :)

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for being here!
xoxo
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Beautiful Fall Porches You Don't Want to Miss!

It's that time of year where I'm REALLY in the fall spirit (it only took me a month to arrive!) and I thought it'd be fun to get inspired by some gorgeous fall front porches. Feast your eyes on these, friends!


This one is just simple and neutral, but that's usually my style!

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I'm not usually one for much color, but I'm really into this!!

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I pretty much adore anything Julia does, so no surprise I'm all about this sweet, southern front porch! I just don't think I'll ever have the budget for 30+ pumpkins and 16 mums-- Ha!!

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Again, neutral and just really pretty!

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This is SO classic and I love the black door. The boxwood wreath is awesome-- they could keep it for Christmas, too! The candlelight is lovely, creating some cozy ambiance. 

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I bet this is from Nantucket or somewhere on the East Coast, if I had to guess. All those pumpkins and gourds are so cute coming down the steps! 
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Hope this gave you some inspiration!!
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Friday Finds: Favorite Fall Boots

Happy Friday! Fall is in full effect over here in the Midwest! What about where you are? In fact, we're going up North this weekend to Traverse City to see the pretty fall colors. I can't wait!

Since we pretty much live in boots from October-April, I thought I'd share some of the boots and booties catching my eye this season. 


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Do you gravitate more towards tall boots or booties? I always grab my booties first, probably because they're so comfy, but I do love my black Penny Riding Boot. I also secretly love my Uggs. When it's this cold, all style goes out the window. I got these cute one with bows last year for Christmas and I love them! Then I have a realllyyy bad black pair I wear to take the dog outside in (I've had them for 10 years...yikes!)

Do you have any favorite boots I need to know about?!
Have a great weekend! Be sure to follow on Instagram along on if you'd like to see some gorgeous fall color! 

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Green & Blue Living Room Rug

Last Friday was an exciting day around here because our new living room rug arrived!! My husband stayed home with a cold, so he was feeling under the weather but when it came I begged him to help me roll it out. What a guy ;) I knew we needed a much larger rug with color and pattern for the space! The old rug was great for the apartments I've lived in, but was much too small for this new space. Hopefully one day we'll also get a larger couch, but there are other things we're doing before that. #priorities

Here's our new rug, which I got from Well Woven. When I found them on instagram one day and started looking through their selections, I was really impressed! The reviews were all really great and the prices are awesome. Talk about an extremely affordable rug-- this 8x10 was $299! I am really excited to be partnering with Well Woven to show you the Maxwell rug in my living room. They've been so kind to give my readers a discount code (on top of their affordable prices!) so scroll down to get that. 


I knew I wanted something in the green, blue and neutral family and I also knew I wanted something that had a vintage looking pattern. I didn't want it to be too saturated, so when I saw this one, it caught my eye! I always recommend looking at the photos people post in the reviews of products, if there are any, and this one had so many photos that I felt super confident about ordering!

The colors ended up being perfect-- my current pillows work so well with it. And of course, Lincoln is loving that he has this super soft, larger, new rug to lay and roll around on ;)

Little peek at my new homegoods find for the entry way!

This is a pretty low pile rug, which is great for walking without tripping. It's also extremely soft and comes in a variety of sizes (would be such a pretty runner!) I still need to get a rug pad, which I always suggest for keeping rugs in place and for extending the lifetime of a rug, but I was too excited to see it down, so I went for it. (When McCann learned we're going to have to move the sofa and rug again to put down a pad he wasn't thrilled with me ;))


There is just enough color in the rug for my liking! If you want to play with pattern and color, but are typically a neutral girl like me, rugs are the perfect place to start because they lay flat on the ground, not in your normal sight-line and usually furniture would be placed on top of a rug.




We are so pleased! Not only do we have some life breathed into our space, but it's also the appropriate size (8x10)! In case you need some tips for picking a rug, this post is helpful. It's really important to make sure at least the front legs of your furniture in a living room are on your rug. When in doubt, go bigger! Other than seeing too small of art or art hung too high, too small of a rug is the next thing I see the most of. Hope these hints help!
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