GIVEAWAY!

Giving away this adorable watermelon clutch on my instagram today!  It is completely sold out so I’m giving away mine.  It is perfect for the 4th!  Enter to win HERE

Yesterday was such a neat day for our family.  We closed on our property that we will build our home on in the coming months.  I have mentioned before that I am more of a private person when it come to sharing personal info, but for those of you who follow me on here, I want you to understand who I really am and what I’m about.

So a little bit about our journey to this point.  Ben and I sold our Woodlands home over a year ago because we knew it wasn’t where we wanted to be long term.  We didn’t like having a pool which our old house had and, though we were grateful to be there, it wasn’t fully functional for what we needed in a home.  We wanted more of a backyard so the kids could run around and Ty could throw a ball.  He was starting to want to play baseball more and more!  We were also wanting to change School districts and hoping for more of a small town feel.  It felt right to sell it and though we weren’t sure exactly where to go, we listed it and it sold in a week!  We looked for an existing home, but couldn’t find one so we decided to rent.  We actually ended up renting in the same neighborhood where Ben and I lived before we had Ty.  It’s a neighborhood that felt like home.  We had no idea we would be here 1 year and a alf later, but after multiple attempts to build or buy a home, here we are.  There were a couple of times we came close, but something would fall through or not work out, or the neighborhood we were considering completely flooded even though they said it would NEVER flood….thank heavens we didn’t do that one.  It just never felt right so we started looking for land and entertaining the option of building a custom home.  I even wrote letters to land owners I found on MCAD!  Trying to find someone who would sell the perfect property.  We did have some bites on that actually, but there was ALWAYS an issue!  Powerlines, a creek running through the middle that we didn’t know about, neighbors that were a little scary…..one friend of mind did tell me that “it’s a journey to find your land,” and she was right.  Another friend of mine mentioned a neighborhood to me that I hadn’t considered previously and I LOVED IT.  It felt like home and they were going to be building a whole new section of lots!  I got on the list to get one of the first acre lots and THEN the delays came…the land will be ready to purchase in 1 month, 3 more months, no 6-8 more months…..!!!! I was willing to wait and thought that was the way to go, until one lot happened to pop up! It was a builder that had bought the lot years ago and was ready to sell.   I found it on HAR late one night when Ben and I were winding down from the day.  We both we interested and just happened to have my Mom and Dad coming into town the next day.  We got away after church on a Sunday to check it out and really loved the property so we decided to make an offer.  Luckily, the seller was willing to work with us and we made the purchase!  We officially closed yesterday and I am still kind of in disbelief.  It was a journey to get here, but I think we are where we are supposed to me.  I want to encourage any of you that are in the midst of this.  Maybe reading this gives you some hope that it will all work out and every frustrating part of the journey is a part of getting you to where you need to be!

 

My FAV Scents | Candles at all Price Points!

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Lets chat candles for a second shall we?  I have a confession…I am literally obsessed with candles.  LIKE OBSESSED and also super picky.  All of these picks are great options and you won’t be disappointed.  To me, a great scent sets the scene in your home.  I connect scents with memories and have a really sensitive nose so maybe that has something to do with it, but it just makes sense that one of my first home posts be about my love for scents.  Some people wont burn them, but I always do, and usually keep the jar.  Live a little and burn the candle, enjoy the scent, live the memory!  I like to think they are good for the soul.  I always love the little jars they come in and love the little bit of beautiful light they put off….they make me happy 🙂

My all time favorite scent is SWEET BALSAM from a brand called SKEEM.  This is the first scent I am going to burn in our new home when we move in and I can’t wait.  I bought this scent years ago in Anthropologie and they have since stopped carrying the brand.  I will always be my favorite I think.  Himalayan is another one of my favorites and I LOVE their jars…..LOVE LOVE LOVE.  They have the most amazing jars and tins.  They are hard to find too, and I will see some every now and then in a boutique or something and stock up, but I hardly ever get to shop so online I go.  My favorite scents from them are ORANGE GROVE, CAMPFIRE(can be a little strong but I love it) and TOBACCO BARK.  I am not a french vanilla or sweet smelly “candle person.”  I like a more rustic scent or fresh scent.  I have bought so many candles throughout the years and have found some of the most amazing scents and most beautiful jars.  Most of them are NOT expensive and can be purchased online, so I rounded up some of my favs and added lots of variety for you guys!

Watermelon

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Watermelon Clutch HERE | Dress HERE | Earrings HERE | Sunnies HERE

Shoes HERE

 

This little sliced summertime clutch is !!!!!!   I paired it with a simple (and comfy…wearing size 4) white dress.

Last week as a quite an adventure for me and not in the best way!  I had what I thought was an allergic reaction to a food, but after a trip to the allergist, turned out to be most likely a virus.  I had hives (I had never had these before) all over my body for about 4 days on and off and was so miserable.  We had planned to take the kids to the beach all last weekend but had to stay back.  They ended up going away and I was able to get some sleep after taking medicine, but the medicine also had side effects that took days to wear off.  I am so glad to finally be feeling back to me and to get back to the fun of summer.  I try to go with whatever is happening, but it is so hard when you have plans and want to get out with your kids and you just don’t feel good.   I’m so thankful for family that lives close by and help when I needed it!

This week is a really exciting week for us house wise!  We are closing on our 1.8 acre lot out in the country this week and we are taking a look at the first floor plan for our new home this week!!  The floor plan is literally a sketch I drew and have been trying to work on for months, but it is a compilation of my horrible sketches and some southern living floor plans I love.  It will be interesting to see how it all works out!  I will be sharing more on my instastories this week on home progress.

I know it’s Monday, but I hope your weeks starts off on a great note!

Shop Local | Seeds & Sycamores + Fern Home and Fashion

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Top Seeds and Sycamores| Earrings Fern Home and Fashion

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Top Seeds and Sycamores | Earrings Fern Home and Fashion

Seeds and Sycamores Picks

See more and order HERE and HERE

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See more and order HERE and HERE

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SO excited to spotlight both of these local boutiques!

Seeds & Sycamores is a boutique located in Downtown Magnolia, Texas tucked inside the Texas Jack Rabbit Emporium.  They offer trendy boutique clothes, home decor, florals and more. It’s kind of a little treasure hunt whenever you stop by! It’s southern style at an exceptional value.  I love what they stand for when it comes to their business and they support Fair Trade & Handmade where a “for-good” purchase can support a  brave business woman provide for her family.  P.S. Their very best deals are found in our Facebook VIP Group. We’d love to have you there.

Fern Home and Fashion is a local jewelry artisan who has such adorable pieces.  There are a variety of items she offers including gemstone jewelry and statement earrings (which I love!)  I love how feminine and fun her pieces are!  They are all so unique.  She is super nice and so easy to work with!  Thank you Cecille for reaching out to me!  I loved featuring your pieces!

 

4th of July Picks | Style the 4th

 

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 If you follow my stories on instagram, you already know that I have been dealing with a weird food allergy for a week now!  It looks like I’m finally on the tail end of whatever it was and hoping to get an allergy test done this week to see what in the world I ate that caused this string of events.  I may go ahead and do a sensitivity test to just because I’m interested now to see what my body won’t tolerate.  I have never had an allergy to food before where I’ve broken out into hives for a week!

Sadly, we were supposed to spend the weekend at the beach with my husband’s family this weekend at a birthday celebration that I had to miss.  I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things this week but only time will tell.  Thanks everybody for your kind words and concern.