I think it's so important to be a good listener. That's what our moms taught us right? Still it's so very hard to do when you have ideas and thoughts you want to say LOL. But here's the deal ya'll. I have learned my lesson when it comes to design and my kiddos and listening. I remember when I was pregnant with Mia 14 years ago, and the insane amount of time and effort I put into designing her perfect "hot pink and lime green" PotteryBarn nursery (apparently neutral wasn't a THING 14 years ago). Everything . . .
I fought it hard ya'll! Because in all honesty fall is not my favorite season to decorate for. Maybe it's the blazing hot Florida temps that rob us from actually experiencing fall like you see in the northeast, or maybe it's because deep down I just want to keep everything light, bright, and blue....sigh. So when I actually bite the bullet and start the decorating process, I try to spend as little money as possible. After Irma this year I was just so excited to be back in my own home with the AC on, I . . .
Sometimes the struggle is REAL friends! If you follow me on Instagram you know I recently went Target shopping for my daughters for fall. I tried my best to stay away from that stinkin home section, but you know.... Instantly I needed everything, and everything in my home had to GO! I took a deep breath and slowly (crying a little on the inside) pushed my cart past the amazing clearance home section, and told myself I could live another day without blowing my budget and chucking all my current decor. In . . .
Today I had a win! This room was a total disaster this morning....paw patrol EVERYWHERE! My son Knox just turned 3 and quite honestly the toys after the birthday party were out of control. I thought I did a good job of going through my boy's toys before his birthday, but when I walked in this morning that was clearly not the case! Basically friends, to live simply in your kiddos room you have to get rid of the toys. Not all the toys, but you have to get rid of most of them. Let's face it, they don't play . . .
So when we moved into our home 3.5 years ago, it was 2 weeks before Christmas, I was pregnant, and I had 3 kids (one of which was a 9 months old). It was crazy to put it mildly, but I fell in love with our home the moment I stepped through the front door. The previous owners built the home as a model home and had it professionally decorated. It was pretty, but it wasn't my style. Here is what the kitchen looked like. And here it is today. So this is what I did: I painted the cabinets using . . .
Oh my goodness you guys I am so excited to share this post with you! Getting rid of the clutter really has changed me in so many ways! I feel lighter (even though there is still baby weight to loose). I feel more determined. I feel more focused. Most importantly I feel content. I have everything I need. Yes, it is always nice to get a new pair of shoes, but now I choose very wisely. Instead of shopping for the fun of it, I shop for items I actually need. I used to spend hours in the mall, buying things I really . . .
I'm so excited to bring you this new series Live Simply. I have found in my short 36 years on this earth that less is more, and cutting out the clutter really does make a difference. Cutting the clutter physically (our STUFF) leads to cutting the clutter mentally. Seriously I sleep better when I have LESS in my home. So I thought it would be fun to tackle different areas with you in my home and life where I choose to Live Simply. First up THE KITCHEN! This is what living simply in the kitchen means . . .
Well I lost my dinning room. Yep it's gone. GONE GONE GONE. And believe it or not I am OK with that. You see when we found out I was prego with baby Helen, I had a panic attack. I mean I thought I was GOING to have a panic attack for sure. I just couldn't wrap my head around 5 kids in our current house. It has 3 bedrooms, an office we made into a 4th bedroom, a tiny family room, and I could go on and on about why we needed a bigger house with 5 kids, but the reality is our home is perfect for us. Yes it . . .
Hello friends! If you have been reading this blog for awhile you've seen the evolution of this room over the past 3.5 years. I am constantly changing things up as my style evolves and I learn what I truly love. When we first moved in I painted everything white, because I didn't what else to do, and shoot everyone was painting their walls white. Over time I realized I wanted more color and warmth on the walls, so I chose Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams. It is the perfect gray for this space, and it . . .
Yes the elephant in the room, let's just say it is, "you haven't bogged in 9 months!" I know! I know! So ,much life has happened in 9 months, but here we are again. Thank you for sticking with me. Thank you for finding your way here again. You might notice I changed the name of my blog to This Loud House (from Marianne's Blog). For a few reasons, one I only chose my original name because I couldn't think of anything better, and two because This Loud House truly describes the state of things around here . . .