16 May 2016

Sprucing Up The Boys Room With Fathead Wall Decals #peelstickdone

It probably doesn't come as a surprise, but I love to decorate. I am by no means at a professional status, but I really enjoy designing rooms and seeing my ideas come to life.

With that in mind, I decided to kinda of spruce up the boys room! Or rather, finish decorating the kids room. Ever since we combined their rooms last year, I've left the wall spaces almost blank. I didn't know which direction to take the decor, and wasn't sure what the boys would like long term. Because kids, they change their obsessions frequently, yes? I wanted to put things on the wall that would be kid-ish, but not childish. Does that make sense?

We were introduced to Fathead wall decals, and I knew instantly this is exactly the kind of thing we needed to complete the boys room! They have such a wide array of options, it was very hard to narrow down. We filled our shopping cart with all sorts of cool decals & let the kids in on the action. They were instantly drawn to all of the sea creatures. Which totally makes since, since the kids and I love the beach & the ocean. They are obsessed with marine life.

And SHARKS. Sharks was the first thing they asked for. So... sharks definitely had to make the cut. We also found a really awesome sheet with assorted tropical fish, sea turtles, sting rays... etc.

When the Fathead decals arrived, the Reef shark sheet also came with a few other fun decals! The kids are going to save the others and take them to the beach house to put in the walls in their room there!

The application process is pretty simple, but I do recommend following all of the instructions.
  • The Fathead decals are delivered rolled up nicely in a canister. But they need to lay out flat for a bit before trying to apply. So find a flat surface and spread it out for an hour or so.
  • Measure and make sure you have enough room!
  • Clean your walls making sure you have a warm, damp washcloth to wipe down the surface. Avoid using soaps or cleaners.
  • Ask for help if you need it! Some of these decals are quite large, and can take two people to get them on the wall.
  • STICK IT! Apply to wall, then use the squeegee to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Start from the middle and work your way to the edges.

The decals went up fairly quickly and easily, and I'm so pleased with how everything turned out! We let the kids choose some of the various tropical fish and stick them around their room. They had a really good time deciding which creatures they wanted to put up, and where to put them. I feel like these fun sea creatures were just what their room needed to complete it! And the kids are so excited about it! What do you think??

Fathead has such a wide variety of options! They have so many different themes to choose from. Sports teams, movies & entertainment, animals, decorative accents, music & dance, video games, vinyl lettering, personalized monograms, and so much more. There is something for everyone. So if your walls need a little bit more flavor, I highly recommend hopping over to Fathead and check out some of their wall decals.

05 May 2016

Laundry Can Wait.

Remember the days when someone, a friend, neighbor, whoever -- would stop by unannounced? And you'd invite them in and chat & visit. Or okay, maybe "unannounced" is reaching a little. Perhaps, more like, they would call text and tell you they are in the area, and want to stop by for a bit to catch up or whatever! No? Doesn't happen to you?

I'll tell you why, it's because there is no time for it. Society has become all about filling our schedules, never saying "No" to anything. We're multi-tasking, and staying so busy that we're all running around like headless chickens. It's almost like if we aren't super busy all of the time, what on earth do we do with ourselves? I feel like this is a problem, and not just a little problem, I think it's a big problem.

Do you ever have those friends that you invite to every single event, playdate, girls night... etc. And literally, every single time, the answer is "Wish I could make it, I just have so much going on!" or "Oh man, things have just been so crazy busy lately, I'll try and make it next time!" I mean, man at this point, I'm starting to wonder if they just don't want to hang out with me. ;-) But the truth is, they probably really are that busy. And if this is the case....

Slow Down. Everyone, we need to slow down.

There is no reason why we should be so busy, that we don't have time for anything out of the "norm." And not only that, we need to actually make room in our busy lives for spontaneity. Sounds silly to set aside time to be spontaneous, but that's the point we've come to. For example: being able to just text a friend and say "Hey, what are you doing right now, wanna get lunch?" and then actually have them say "Sure, let's go" -- is pretty freaking awesome. It's rare, but it's awesome what that happens.

And you know what, as soon as we do have a spare minute, we're all driving ourselves crazy trying to "get stuff done." Listen, I know we're adults with responsibilities. But I am here to tell you that the laundry, is not a priority. I know, I'm talking crazy talk right now. But something I have come to realize, is that while I love to have a clean house and I do my best to keep it (at least the downstairs) picked up and tidy -- CHORES CAN WAIT. They really can. Next time someone randomly asks you to come to an event, or invites you to dinner, do not respond with "I really should get home, I have so much do, I have like 5 loads of laundry to put away." Really? I get it, you are trying to be productive. But in the grand scheme of things, the housework is not the priority. People, experiences, family, they are the priority.

This mentality of staying busy, working all of the time, and leaving no time for anything else, what is life even? Life is passing us all by while we're caught up in air-tight schedules and feeling the need to be oh-so-productive all of the time. And then feeling guilty if we don't get to everything on our to-do list.

So my challenge? Find a balance. Tend to your schedule, but leave yourself some down time. Let yourself off the hook if you decide you want to go sunbath instead of finishing the dishes. Don't beat yourself up if you decide you want to go to lunch with a friend, and put off grocery shopping a little longer. It really is OK.

Slow down. Learn to say "No" when you have too much on your plate. Bring a little spontaneity back into your life. And for the love, laundry can wait.

27 April 2016

April Stitch Fix - The time I kept EVERYTHING.

Boom. We are almost at the end of April already! What the WHAT? I am so stoked for Spring to continue to get warmer & warmer. We've already had several 80 degree days, and I've got the start of a nice tan already. Which... brings me to this month's Stitch Fix! I requested from my stylist, Nicole, some Springy colors & florals to transition me into the season of warmth!

Before I dive into what I got this month, let me tell you about Stitch Fix, you know, in case you've been living under a rock ;-)

First thing, stitchfix.com and check it out! Next, create your style profile. Also, be sure to start a Stitch Fix Style pinboard and link it to your profile so that your stylists can get a feel for your clothing tastes and preferences. Then schedule your fix!! The stylists will hand pick 5 items for you to try on. They send the clothing pieces directly to your house, you try them on and decide what to keep (if anything) and then you send back what you don't want. Super easy and convenient!
  • There's a $20 styling fee, which you can use toward your order. (that's awesome!!)
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give on the pieces sent to you, the better they get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you'll love.
Before I show you what I got in this month's Stitch Fix! Let me just say that this month, I am pretty sure I'm keeping the entire box!! I am really impressed with all of the pieces they sent!

Item #1 - Bart Scoop Neck Blouse by Papermoon
This is not generally a pattern I would be drawn to on the rack at a store. But I'm really kind of digging the fun colors in this top. It's like confetti! 

Item # 2 - Dinky Fringe Sandal by BC Footwear
Okay so I'm pretty darn excited that Stitch Fix is now sending SHOES! This is the first pair I've received and they are stinkin' cute, I love the color & the fun fringe. And they fit perfectly!! I am over the moon about this new addition.
Item #3 - Maddox Crew Neck Top by THML
Confession. When I got the e-mail that my fix had shipped, I hopped on the Stitch Fix app and peeked at the items in my box. Initially I wasn't really excited about this top. I didn't think I would like the style or the pattern. But I mean, once the clothing pieces show up on your doorstep, why not just try it on?? I always try and keep an open mind. I'm very surprised that I actually really like this!! It's comfortable, and the pattern isn't as obnoxious as I thought it would be. lol. I LIKE IT.

Also, notice my cute new shoes. :)

Item #4 - Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket by Market & Spruce
Holler!! This is just what I need in my life!! A super cute, lightweight jacket. Perfect for Spring, and chilly Summer nights. And the color is spot on, it will match basically everything. 

Item #5 - Truxton Embellished Crew Neck Blouse by Le Lis
Well helloooooo there gorgeous floral tank. It's mine, done, hanging in the closet. That's all I need to say. ;-)

And seriously, these sandals are to die for, right?? I can't stop talking about them, they spruce up any outfit!

I am so so so excited about this fix. I think I will actually end up keeping the entire thing!! LOVE when that happens. Stitch Fix, my closet thanks you kindly.

What did you think about my fix this month? Have you signed up for Stitch Fix?? If not, what are you waiting for?

26 April 2016

Making Social Media A Positive Outlet Again

It's been a super long time since I've just sort of chatted about stuff. Since I've spoken freely and honestly about whatever the heck I want. I kinda miss just brain dumping all over my blog. So excuse me, while I do that right now. :-)

I was chatting with a friend the other day about social media. Okay so mostly, social media is a great thing. It helps us to keep in touch with friends & family, stay connected to local communities and events, and gives us a place to share our pictures and goings on. I really don't have very many complaints about social media. But I think that is because I have chosen to make it a positive experience. CHOSEN, being the key word.

A lot of people get frustrated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... etc. and some even go as far as to swear it all off.  Some claim that people on social media are fake, and only show the most perfect parts of their lives. I get it, I get what you're saying. Because honesty, I'm guilty of that, too. But look, we all KNOW that no ones lives are perfect. Nobody. I don't care how much money you have, or how "blessed" you are. We all have our challenges, our faults, and our bad awful days when we just feel like failures.

Here's the thing. I have actually come to grips with reality, and have just stopped comparing. And it's amazing how great social media is again. What I choose to show you, that's my prerogative. Maybe I choose to "keep it real" write a post about how crappy my day is going, or upload a picture to show how messy my house is. It feels good to do that sometimes. But the truth is, some people just don't want to focus or dwell on the negativity, and that's fine, too. So let's just stop accusing people of being fake or "too happy", and recognize that beyond what they actually share online, we all know they have their share of difficult days, and let's move along.
And also, newsflash!! You can choose how you perceive things, and what you engage in. Don't get me started about politics or any other controversial topic! I have absolutely had my share of debates in the past, thanks to a hot button topic posted by friends on Facebook/Twitter/IG. But I chosen to disengage myself from any and all posts that have to do with anything controversial. I have made the decision that that is NOT what I want my social media experience to consist of. I don't need the added argument and stress. So yes, as harsh as it sounds, I will hide you from my feed, or "unfollow" you, if your posts attract a lot of debates or negative comments. It's not personal, I promise. I just want to focus on using social media in the best possible way. Otherwise, it will cause more anxiety for me. Which, is not worth it.

So if you feel frustrated by social media, here's my challenge.

Stop comparing, stop assuming that you have any idea what someone's life is like based on their feed, stop judging, stop the cyber bullying, and if you need to -- stop reading controversial articles & posts.

Make social media a positive outlet again.