May 21, 2020

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I don't know. Maybe this one should be titled "a toilet closet makeover", because that is essentially what it is.

One of the positives of quarantine (because if you can't find the positives, this whole experience is going to be miserable) is that house projects around here have been getting checked off around here!

Being home all day has made me step back and think about what it is that I really want our home to be. I have been trying to clean out closets and bins, cutting the clutter and mess. Some days I am really productive and other days I get nothing done at all. It's the season we're in and I'm just trying to roll with it. It is what it is. That's what I tell myself a few times a day. It. Is. What. It. Is.

The biggest things we have been doing are what I like to call "mini makeovers". Really, they are just little projects around the house to freshen up rooms that have been neglected. The patio. A couple of bathrooms. Restyling shelves and organizing the hall closet. Simple stuff but it's making a big impact.

In April, we decided to tackle part of our master bathroom. We have a separate room for our toilet and it was bare and pretty ugly.

I had a roll of wallpaper I grabbed years ago off a clearance rack at Target (similar here). It was only enough for one small wall so we decided to use it as an accent wall behind the toilet. To start, we wiped down baseboards and gave the walls a fresh coat of white paint. 

Applying the wallpaper sounded easier than it actually was. I don't mean it was hard, exactly. Maybe tedious is a better word? Either way, we got it on and it completely elevated the space. 

The edges aren't perfect but it's a toilet closet that only we use so done is good enough

I ordered the prints from Etsy (my favorite way to find inexpensive art for our walls), popped them into my favorite frames, switched out our basic trash can for a pretty seagrass one w/a lid, and added a faux fern.

The entire project cost us under $50. We had the wallpaper and paint on hand and the picture frames were on major sale. Simple steps, a little bit of elbow grease, and stores with drive-ups, and a few days later we had a space that is gorgeous and functional. Gorgeous and functional, my forever goals for our house!

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What I read this year

May 19, 2020

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In January, I made a goal to read 52 books this year. I was pretty sure I could average a book a week and still have some cushion if I found myself burnt out. 

I hit a small bump exactly halfway in, but I picked up another book, kept going, and I just finished book number 34 last night. So, I'd say the goal is going pretty strong! 

I've been documenting my progress on my Instagram highlights reel and in my Get To Work Book (the planner that has ended my search for planners!) and it's really great to actually get the products of this goal down on paper and be able to flip back through the pages.

There's so many good stories in this mix but these are a few favorite mentionables...

Daisy Jones & The Six - An easy, fun story written in interview style. It was a different style than what I usually go for but it was so well-written that for most of the book I was convinced these characters and this rock band were real.

This Is How It Always Is - This one pulled on my heartstrings. Parenthood and love and being different were central topics in this book and it was such good one!

Little Fires Everywhere - I loved the little mystery thrown in the mix of a story about two families from two different worlds and what happens when they collide.

Big Lies in a Small Town - I've been a fan of Diane Chamberlain for a while. This book was no different. A beautiful story about an artist, second chances, stories of the past wrapped up in small-town history, and love.

The Alice Network - By far, my favorite book of the year. Powerful female characters, a gripping storyline, a historic background, and a sprinkling of love and family. SO GOOD.

I'm in love with books and feeling SO GRATEFUL that there are so many good stories to read. Especially in today's current quarantine. 

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