Friday, August 1, 2014

A little of this...

Well, hey there.

Big life changes over here. After a lot of thought and careful consideration, Frank and I decided that at this time it is best for our family if I stay home with Livy. I am so excited to be there for her but, it was definitely hard to say goodbye at work. In other news, we're still getting settled here at the new house, we took an amazing trip to Spain, Livy had her first real fever and illness, we spent some time in the ER with Frank (just your typical ax to the forehead situation- we're all good now though) and life has been busy, busy, busy.

I also have two new ventures in the works! I've mentioned a little bit about how I've been slowly switching over to clean beauty products. It started years ago when I heard a very scary radio segment about all the nasties in our beauty products. To give you a tiny example, the European Union has banned over 1,300 ingredients from beauty products... the United States? 11. Yikes! When I was pregnant I went into a semi-hysteria over not putting anything "toxic" on or in my body (minus a few episodes with kraft macaroni and cheese). I'm not perfect, but I feel like when you know better, you do better and now that I know all the scary things that are in beauty products I cannot turn back.

That being said, it is HARD to find great, clean beauty products that actually work. I'd heard wonderful things about the Beautycounter line and the more I researched, the more I was intrigued... so much so, that I've joined the Beautycounter team as a consultant!! I've been using their "Countertime" anti-aging line for a week now and I can already see significant improvement. It is the first time I really feel like "clean" beauty products are really working! I've been battling melasma for a few years and the most common treatments can't be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. This is the first time in years that I feel like I am finally seeing some improvement! Phew!

This is a great video that explains the company. Do yourself a favor give it a quick watch.
Want to know more about clean beauty? Know Everything
And of course, you're welcome to peruse the line at Beautycounter.com
I've been seriously impressed.


I've also been dabbling in a sewing and monograming more!
My amazingly skilled friend, Quinn, has been fixing up a little website for me.
She us uber talented and if you need any website work, you've got to check her out!

I'm especially excited about the little "Game day Gear" items. 
Baby onesie game day shirts and bloomers? Too fun.
http://lovelylittledesign.blogspot.com
We're still tweaking a few things, but feel free to check it out.


Phew. TGIF, friends!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Playroom...

Just a peek:






Remember what it looked like when we bought the house?



This is technically the breakfast nook off the kitchen (with laundry behind the closet doors).
the not pictured side of the room has 3 full length windows. I love this little room.

I originally planned to put in a small banquet and breakfast table,
but I realized we'd benefit more by giving Livy a dedicated play area.

I think I'll probably spend more time cooking since she has a special area right off the kitchen.


Friday, June 13, 2014

A matter of perspective

I'm having the hardest time arranging furniture and hanging pictures in this new house. I think when you are so used to something being a certain way, it is hard to reimagine it. Case in point: the framed pictures that were in my striped hallway. I was so bummed when we moved in and I realized that I didn't have a great spot to hang all six of them together.

It took a few weeks but I figured it out and I like it even more...


funny how that works!

Those little doors lead from the den to the bedrooms and bathrooms.
I love that I can close off the entertaining area from the bedrooms 
(especially when a little someone is sleeping).

The hall is broken up by five doors, but I finally managed to find a way to hang all the pictures.

As you walk into the hall...


... and turn left towards the master and nursery.








 I'm determined to find two more frames that are similar enough to blend with the others.
I plan to hang them on the empty side of the hallway.

Remember what it looked like before?


Starting to feel like home!