Tuesday, November 21, 2017


We are hosting Thanksgiving for the second time ever. Secretly it feels good to break out the fine china for the second time in seven years. 
Here is what will be on our Thanksgiving table:
Turkey | The hubs is going to use his Big Green Egg this year
Dressing | Cornbread dressing recipe of my grandmother's
Cranberry sauce | I am a canned sauce girl all the way
Mac and cheese | A new recipe but how can you go wrong with this classic
Sweet Potato Casserole | Again the traditional route with a brown sugar and pecan topping
Slow Cooker Collard Greens | You can't go wrong with a no fuss crockpot recipe
Bacon Brussel Green Beans | Eager to try this new spin on an old classic
Chocolate Pecan Pie | My recipe was clipped out of a Southern Lady magazine but is similar to the linked alternative

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sephora Faves

I am no skincare guru but I turned to my favorite beauty store when I knew I need to step my skin game up. I always used a drugstore cleanser but it seemed to just dull my skin. Here is a roundup of a few favorites that I love and  may snag during Sephora's big sale going on now: 

Monday, November 13, 2017


2017 is not even over and it has been a year of change. Change in our family. Change in my work. Change in me.

Having two kiddos is no joke. Some days I wonder if I will ever make time for myself, for my husband, for anything ever again. When Hampton hit three months life got tremendously easier, as big sister wanted to help out more and play more but still ... talk about non-stop from 6:30 am until they go to bed.

I truly don't think one can ever be balanced. There is always something that will take the backseat and I am learning to be okay with that. The hubs and I are trying to make more time for each other by taking advantage of having date nights when we can. I am also trying to find ways to incorporate 1-on-1 time with Mary Tilman as well. Whether that is a solo trip to the store or a fun craft, just giving her some undivided attention is usually the solution to most of our meltdowns (and lordy a three-nager she is). Balance--and perfection--is basically not possible and I have to be okay with that.

I haven't said anything to people other than family but I was laid off from my full-time job in late August...yes I work full-time in addition to J. Wills. It was a punch in this hormonal new-mother's gut. Even though I was one of 1,000 others, it still felt personal and was heart-breaking. Since then, I re-learned how to interview for job (talk about rusty) and re-learned my worth. I realized I am dang good at what I do and felt validated for it by receiving two great offers on the same day. I am happy to report I have started a new job and one with some great people and an even better role for me at this point in my life.

Tons of people asked me if I was going to stay home with the kiddos with this new found time and while I would love that, now is just not the time. Mary Tilman LOVES school and has learned so much more than I would have ever been able to teach her. Hampton also seems to thrive, which makes the after-school snuggles that much sweeter. My new team is extremely flexible and values family life which was a key factor in accepting my offer. So for now, I am doing the working mom hustle.

On the J. Wills front, business is doing fantastic as we are tripling our sales from last year. I have big dreams for this store and to accomplish that I need to continue expanding our customer base in addition to reinvesting in inventory and new lines. Prior to J. Wills, I had no retail experience so absolutely everything has been self-taught. I dove in head first and have loved every second. I have learned so much about running a business and have mad respect for fellow entrepreneurs. This third child of mine is still very much in a growth phase and a pure labor of love that is continuing to make me oh so proud.

I saved the real-ist for last and I can't believe I am sharing this much. Babies and hormones make me a crazy person and make me forget who I was before. I have anxiety and stress and sometimes don't know how to handle it. This on top of my job situation, I know I was less than ideal to be around these past few months.

Sadly, we as mommas and women don't ever talk about our struggles. We don't ever talk about the bad and feel like we should only share the good. I like to talk things out but it is hard to quantify exactly all the changes and feelings that come after a baby. Sometimes I felt so alone and other times I felt like I could squeeze my little nuggets because I love them so much. I felt like my to-do list would never be accomplished and I would never been content again.

These past few months have been a lot about reflecting and really seeing what is important. I have realized who my true "people" are and what I really want in life. I have also had to learn to truly live in the moment because it could completely change the next day.

Mommas out there... I know your struggle and it is time we finally feel the courage to say "I need some help." I need to find myself again, because really we all know how fun I was in college :). Joking aside, 2018 brings a big birthday for me and selfishly it is about finding myself again and loving every second of this life I have been blessed with.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Menu

I don't think of myself as a Pinterest-worthy mom because merely pinning things takes time and that I don't have. I however I am trying to think of some fun theme dinners to get my sassy toddler to eat better.

Here is our Night-Before-Halloween menu that I totally didn't make up on my own... thank you internet :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Life Lately

Sorry I am blog slacking again. Time is a rarity these days if not filled with J. Wills, kiddos, husband, house work, the list goes on.

Here a few pictures of our past few days:

  • Hampton sleeps in the Merlin Magic Suit and it is amazing. We transitioned around 8 weeks after he continually broke out of the swaddle. I know we are only providing another sleep crutch but he sleeps so dang good. The first to bed and the last to wake means a pretty stellar baby in my opinion. I anticipate breaking him in the next few weeks when the weather drops. A tip for those considering - we only put him in a onesie because the heavy cotton can get rather warm.
  • After a great three-year check-up, I took Mary Tilman to get a super cool unicorn milkshake #momwin. She chose strawberry ice cream which should cap out any sugar quota and when we got home she proceeded to get sick. Mom lesson learned that day but I will still blame it on a flu shot side effect #momfail. (Atlanta locals - Cheesecaked off Lindbergh has other cute shake options).
  • We went to a new pumpkin patch this year and had to take an obligatory pumpkin picture. Hampton's head looks like the size of most of the pumpkins and it is at approximately 95% for head circumference. I will take credit for all his smarts ;)
  • The hubs knows my love language and I would take a gorgeous flower arrangement over a gift any day. Blooms of Dunwoody is our go-to shop and this year's arrangement did not disappoint. 
  • We went back to college earlier this month and taking two small kiddos is not for the faint of heart. Little Miss loved it, little man couldn't have cared less and Mom tried to remember why she ever wanted to leave. But side note, do girls not wear clothes anymore to football games? I saw more mid-drift shirts and butt cheeks than I cared to at one o'clock in the afternoon.

Monday, October 9, 2017


"A strong marriage requires two people who choose to love each other even on the days when they struggle to like each other." - Dave Willis

I will be the first to admit I am a hard person to live with. I am independent and Type-A to a fault. I like order and structure. My husband is pretty opposite in every way I just mentioned. My husband however is a rock and a stronghold when I am not myself. When I feel like giving up he firmly just says failure is not an option.

Marriage is hard to me. Marriage is harder with kids. This year has been a tough one with some unexpected obstacles thrown our way. We haven't made time for ourselves much less each other. 

This past weekend, we had a night to ourselves and discussed our wants and wishes for the future. On our wedding day we vowed for the future, versus the past, which I think so many people get stuck on; thinking what could have been done differently opposed to taking each new day as a gift and seeing what could be done in the future.

Cheers to 77 more years and our forward-looking perspective!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fall Wardrobe

Y'all... this 90 degree weather has got to stop! It is crushing my Fall spirit. I literally drank a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino the other day because it was so dang hot (if you do this normally, no judgement but I would rather have a hot PSL).

My white and ivory dresses are just taunting me to wear them but my rule-following self just can't do it. Fall you need to arrive ASAP so my wardrobe won't be so confused.

Here are a few beauties to dream about until I stop sweating:
Tie-Waist Poncho | I love oversized sweaters and this one is perfection
Embroidered Blouse |  Loft has a sale every other day so I may snag this beauty soon
Tulle Dress | If I had a fancy-pants place to go, I would wear this precious dress
Kimono Jacket | The price makes me say ouch but this jacket is A.MA.ZING
Scalloped Top | Simple with a touch of the unexpected

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

How is it Fall tomorrow and still 85 degrees? Why oh why? I am on the struggle bus for what to wear these days - wear shorts in September or wear pants and sweat to high heavens?

Trader Joe's is my favorite little spot to pick up fun things and this Green Fin red table wine is A.MA.ZING! For $4.99 you are keeping this lady happy because I never spend more than $12 on a bottle of wine.

I am torn between trying to lose the baby weight and wanting to bake every chocolate dessert recipe I see. Anyone else have that problem? No... just me...? But I have been working out every day this week and feel a huge difference. Other than the fact, I am sore throughout 97% of my body I am hoping I can make this a habit (to counteract my chocolate cravings).

I love all things pumpkin. Call me #basic but a pumpkin spice latte makes any day better. This pumpkin banana bread is a must keep recipe and perfect for any aging bananas you may have (that was my initial reason for baking but now this is a keeper for Fall breakfast breads).

Thursday, September 7, 2017


It feels like Fall! I hope this is not a tease and we are in for the real thing! I love all things Fall - pumpkins, leaves and layers. Yes I like to layer up come September.

Cream Vest | I bought a vest last year and it was one of my favorites. I love this option for the versatility of the color and the lightweight look

Khaki Cardigan | Um adorable! I love the look of this khaki option

Navy Hoodie | Casual yet dressy and a much better option than a bulky sweatshirt

Boyfriend Blazer |  Perfect for work or a night out

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hampton's Birth Story

- I merely share this because I did one for Mary Tilman and stalked a lot of others in preparation for the big day. If births scare you, I could pass right over this one. - 

Hampton Lee 
Friday, June 9, 2017
11:53 pm
7 lbs, 15 oz 

Tuesday I went into the doctor for my 39 week appointment with no really progress. She also did a membrane sweep which supposedly speeds things up. I instantly starting having contractions and thought they were the real deal. Well, they were false contractions that happened for another three days. Yep, the sweeps work on most people... I must not be the most. The contractions would come and go with no real pain and always subside by morning.

Fast forward to Friday, and we had dinner out followed by a movie to help pass the time. Around 10:45 pm I thought my water broke, only I wasn't 100 percent sure. Graphic but I heard a pop and still was completely clueless. So I called the doctor and she suggested I come in to be safe. We called our family and told them to head this way. Almost instantly, back labor started and it was as horrible as they describe. I could barely stand during the pain and it took all I had to get my bags packed and dressed out of my pajamas. Unfortunately we had to wake Mary Tilman but she was so excited to meet her brother.

We left the house around 11:30 pm for the hospital. We were in a rental car (oh yeah I got in a car accident at 37 weeks pregnant, forgot to mention that one) but the entire ride to the hospital was a blur. It seemed we stopped at every traffic light but I politely suggested for Aaron to rev it halfway through with the emergency flashers. (I say politely because afterwards I was informed a few foul words slipped out but I will blame it on the pain).

We pulled up at the ER valet, and the moment I got out of the car I knew I needed to get upstairs stat. My stomach had dropped and I thanked my lucky stars I wore leggings (funny in hindsight). Luckily a lady came to my rescue, after I was abruptly parked in the ER lobby by a very frightened valet attendant. I guess my huffing and sweating was scary. I was then wheeled to Labor and Delivery with dad and sister in tow. We scooted in on two wheels and were directed to my room. My amazing doctor was on call and immediately asked me if I wanted my epidural. After huffing out a yes, I was shocked when she said it was too late and called for her entire team to come in quickly. I was once again speechless and didn't know if I could do this thing naturally. Shock instantly set in because I was quickly surrounded by ten nurses and told to try to stay calm all without the hubs by my side.

After two pushes, my sweet baby boy arrived at 11:53 pm. Luckily, the nurses kept Mary Tilman busy with a popsicle so Aaron could come into the room. Our parents were shocked to hear how fast things happened, but boy were we all smitten after a hectic few hours!

Lesson learned is that no two births are the same :)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Five on Friday

1. I am eyeing some fun Fall Mules. I saw them during the big Nordstrom sale earlier this summer but something about suede in 97 degree weather makes me cringe #sweatyfeet. These are the top contender and at a great price point.

2. College Football starts back this weekend and while I love it, I have thoroughly enjoyed this short separation from ESPN. Does every other Southern wife feel like that is the only station on from September to bowl season?

3. Target is amazing but so are their workout clothes. I just can't muster up spending $100+ on an item doing an activity I don't really enjoy (exercising). I am currently wearing these shorts and they are everything. Yes I wear workout shorts when I am not working out... judge away.

4. In the rare moment I actually sit down and watch TV, I get sucked back into the Real Housewives franchise. My current favorite is the Dallas season because they are such a hot mess. Plus having your husband spend millions on a house you don't even like has the perfect recipe for trashy TV.

5. Mary Tilman turns three this weekend and I am slightly devastated. She constantly tells me she is getting big and it takes everything I have not to sit down and ugly cry. Why do the years have to fly by so fast?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Gosh a lot of has happened these last few months.... mainly having a sweet baby boy. I didn't intentionally take a blog break but I needed for something to give. I forgot the demands of an infant, coupled with the demands of a toddler / twonager (diva game is strong over here).

Introducing Hampton Lee Williams... he is pretty terrific. Boys are definitely different than girls and they sure do love their mommas. I find it a unique gift to be able to make him smile bigger than anyone. He sleeps through the night now which is the true gift (can I get an amen mommas?) I like to think of him as my little sidekick because he so easygoing and I can tote him everywhere, although a minimum of two hours to myself wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen :).

But what else has happened these last three months? We have been to the beach, lake, enjoyed family and laughed with dear friends that I don't see frequently enough. I have devoted A LOT of time to J. Wills but it is like my other baby, only I didn't have to gain 25+ pounds for it.

How was Hampton's birth? I have that bad boy written down and can't wait to share.

How has it been with two kids? That is another post for another day.

How have you been? That is a longer, more therapeutic, post for another day.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Baby Boy's Room

I am still here and still pregnant :) Life has been crazy these last few weeks with little down time but I rely on this blog for memories. I couldn't miss out on sharing little man's room as we patiently await his arrival.

I know now that a good sitting area is a nursery must-have and I could not be more in love with this little space. Luckily, we could reuse a lot from Mary Tilman's nursery but add some new touches as well.

I love this sweet sign and this classic quote. I needed to fill the wall between the room doorway and the closet doorway and this was the perfect addition.

Again, I reused a lot from Mary Tilman's room like the crib and bedding but love the masculine look. The sheet is from my favorite, Serena and Lily.

Ever since finding out we were having a boy, I knew I wanted to incorporate a federal mirror. This little area is just like I imagined.

Picture close-up of the mirror and paintings, done by my dad. I wasn't planning for a jungle theme but it turned out in a subtle way.

I can't wait to have bring little boy home here in (hopefully) less than two weeks.

Chair - Reused from Mary Tilman's nursery
Ottoman pouf - Reused from Mary Tilman's nursery
Side table/ottoman - One Kings Lane
Floor lamp - Target
Curtains - Made by my mom; fabric here
Curtain Rod (how amazing is this lucite rod) - Ballard Designs
Crib sheet - Serena and Lily
Crib - Reused from Mary Tilman's nursery 
Dresser - Reused from Mary Tilman's nursery
Toy Storage Bags - Pehr Designs
Table lamp - Home Goods
Federal Mirror - Etsy
Peter Pan quote painting - House of Belonging
Animal paintings - painted by my dad
Animal Heads - gift from in-laws; found here

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baby #2 Gear

Again sorry for the sporadic posts. My time management and lack of remembering anything is going downhill with only nine weeks left. 

Luckily I went the gender neutral route with our first, so little boy won't be surrounded by pink. However, there are still a few items I need to stock up on before his arrival (aka the no travel zone when we are scrounging for things to do).

Baby Monitor | So apparently our monitor has been discontinued by the manufacturer so I not only need another camera but need a two camera bundle. The first go-around I really wanted a Wifi version so I could view from my phone but with my decreased travel schedule, that is not a priority. Why are there so many options?!

Swaddles | I got rid of all our pink swaddles with the hopes of adding some new ones with this little man. How adorable is this line and these precious prints?

Wubbanub | Mary Tilman was never a pacifier lover as she much preferred her thumb, which was super convenient. In case he follows suit, I plan to not to stock up but maybe get one or two.

Nursing / Car Seat Cover | The 2-in-1 functionality of this is amazing! I love the fact that I can use this as a car seat cover and nursing cover as well, especially since we will be on-the-go more with this little. There is no playing around with little Miss's weekend time.

Convertible Gown | Not to plug J. Wills but these gowns are the best! You can make it a gown for easy diaper changes but also pant legs when a little more warmth is needed. Again I love a versatile piece.

Bath products | I am a true believer in Aveeno baby bath products but there is something amazing about Noodle and Boo. While on the pricier side, it is worth the splurge for that sweet clean baby smell.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

South's Best

Southern Living just released their South's Best list and it has great old and new favorites taking part!

Best Small Town
Beaufort is #1 and I could not agree more. After visiting last September, it is one of my new favorite places, perfect for a girl's getaway or a romantic retreat. The laidback vibe makes it the perfect escape.

Best Restaurants
The sad part of this list is I have not eaten at the Atlanta location but I have for two others! Hominy Grill in Charleston could be one of the best brunches I have ever had and Highlands in Birmingham is always a great meal. Saying that, this list contains several other must-try spots in my future.

Best Hotels
The only Alabama property is a beautiful restoration to the Battle House's glory. There are other great places I am eager to visit like the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

Best Islands
I love everything about Florida's Emerald Coast but there is something idyllic about South Carolina and Georgia's coastal island towns. Having never been to Hilton Head or Jekyll, I would love to cross those off my list.

Best Breweries
If you are an avid beer drinker and never been to Asheville then you are missing out. No wonder the Wicked Weed was #1 on the list.

Thanks Southern Living for adding to my ever-long travel list :)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

As if you couldn't tell, this ole blog has been taking a backseat. Not that I want it to but I don't have the time. Yes there are busier people out there but being a wife, mommy, employee, business owner, cook, cleaner, laundress and just a plain human being are sucking me dry of any free time. I haven't caught up on the latest Real Housewives or Scandal episodes if that tells you anything :) Hopefully I will have a nursery to unveil, fun weekends to post about or great new recipes, but right now I am running dry on ideas and stamina.

Baby boy has a name! While we are inadvertently keeping it close, thank goodness a name has been picked. Let the monograms commence.

Chrissy Teigen was all over the news this week for her Glamour essay. Mad props to her for opening up on a taboo topic like postpartum depression. To be honest, I think all of us mommas get something of the sort. I sure know I did. Your world is just rocked and you have so many body changes on top of so many new responsibilities that you don't know which end is up. I just wish people were more open about it. Kudos to her!

I am in the mood for some more sandals (I don't need them) but my feet seem to be the only thing not huge these days. These are too cute!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

J. Wills is hosting a Virtual Trunk Show today only! We had a successful show last August in my hometown but wanted to open it up to everyone this go-around. There is still time to participate by emailing julie@shopjwills.com to get your exclusive 15% off new arrivals code!

Potty training is for the birds. Mary Tilman has been doing great for three straight days without messing up until the other night she peed on the stairs. The post conversation went like this:
  • Me - "Mary Tilman, why did you pee on the floor"
  • Mary Tilman - " Mommy I didn't. I peed on the stairs."
  • Me - sitting in silence as I just got schooled by a toddler
Lesson Learned - don't potty train when you are pregnant. The lack of wine is not ideal.

We have started back up on HelloFresh. The convenience factor and my lack of wanting to do anything have spurred this back up. Plus I think their meals are great and have us eating healthy and differently than we usually would.

We went to the circus last weekend for Mary Tilman's first and last time. She was entralled the entire time but I was slightly disappointed. I was expecting more animals and less humans. However they know a thing or two on coaxing you into forking over $25 for a light-up toy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


I am not a lover of Valentine's Day but little Miss has made it pretty special. Her pronunciation of "Valentine" is the true gift :)

What I really wanted to do with this post is to share a great experience with Minted. I do not love the store bought Valentines so opted another route. These were too sweet and pretty easy (click, order, assemble).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Don't Blink

The days are long but the years are short.

I never really got it until I had Mary Tilman. I never got the exhaustion, the busy, the lifechanging-ness that everyone said would come. I never got a lot of it until I had Mary Tilman.

When she was an infant, I yearned for more sleep, less baby weight, more help, less fear. I longed for the next phase, whether that be sleeping through the night, sitting up, crawling, walking and talking. I was always ready for the next phase. 

Expecting our second baby, you tell yourself what you would do differently. You set new expectations because you have already lived through it and come out the other side. You know that the moments are fleeting. There will be good days but there will be bad ones too. There will be long days but days that will fly by. There will be a moment when you look up and see this toddler standing in front of you and you wonder where the time went.

The days, yes they are long, but the years are way too short.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

We got to see little man last week and he is growing like a weed! Already one pound, he may end up being a big boy at the end of these next 18 weeks. I say little man because we don't have a name yet although there have been some intense discussions. Hopefully we will come to a consensus soon for all our sanity (and monogramming needs).

J. Wills is headed to market later this week and I am so excited. The 2016 February market was my first and I have learned so much since then. Each season is a new experience but it gets more and more rewarding every time! Follow J. Wills on Instagram for some sneak peeks!

We headed down to Ponce City Market last weekend and it was a really cool place. The Food Hall had some outstanding eateries, even allowing us our first famous H&F burger. We also stopped into Candlefish (as little Miss chowed down on a lollipop) and it was a candle-lovers haven. I am itching to try one of their candle-making classes.

Trying to avoid many new maternity clothes, I am loving the "baggy" trend. This Anthropologie dress would be a little dark for Easter but nothing some bright jewelry couldn't fix.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday

Now that the Dirty Birds have made it all the way to the Super Bowl, I have a reason to cook plan some yummy food. The hubs wants to grill and that is a-okay with me.

Here are some great looking options for the big game and the real attraction - the commercials:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

If you like Habachi salad dressing then go to your local Fresh Market and get this dressing. While not an exact replica, it is a pretty good second.

I got a spiralizer for Christmas and it is a new favorite. The best part is you can trick your kids into eating more vegetables :) Here are some recipes that look like good tries:

We have started down the potty training path and it doesn't look good. Most stories I have read said don't push if you have an "independent" child and they are so right. I have doled out so many bribes and come up useless. Prayers we will have her out of diapers before brother comes.

I had Monday off so Mary Tilman and I made a visit to the mall (we both happily obliged to a shopping trip). We popped in Anthropologie and they have some great new arrivals. Unfortunately for me I can't fit in my normal clothes anymore. Although I am tempted to buy some "lose baby weight" inspiration pieces:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Words

Having an opinionated two-year-old puts things in perspective. She has some headstrong thoughts on what she wants to eat, what she wants to wear and what she wants to do. She can push her limits (multiple times a day) but as hard as it gets, I wouldn't have it any other way. 

As much as I would love to say I have grown into this amazingly confident women the older I have become, that would be a lie. I can fight tooth and nail on some issues but on others just curl up and keep my thoughts to myself. There are some people I can share anything with because I know we have that relationship but there are others I just can't seem to be the real me. In both professional and personal life, it is a constant battle to stay true but also please others.

However, the older I have grown, the more I have been able to see both sides. While I know I am right in a lot of situations, boy do I know when I am wrong. Growing up in a small town and moving to an (extremely) big city has given me new perspective on all walks of life. Everyone has a story--something they are going through but may not share. We all have our bad days but we also all have our good. 

When I look at my little sassy pants, I can't help but smile because I know she will be a remarkable woman one day. She will fight for herself but also has the most loving and caring demeanor. It is crazy that a child can teach you to stay true and stay humble but most of all just stay yourself.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Baby Boy Nursery Inspiration

Since Baby Boy is the second bambino, he is getting several items from Mary Tilman's Nursery. Mainly, the crib / bedding / dresser / chair. The chair needs a reupholstering job but other than that, everything is perfect for its new home.

Even though we are re-using a lot, his arrival still gives me lots of inspiration.

I am leaning towards wallpapering a focal point in the room and love this safari animal print. While I wasn't really going for an animal theme, I am kind of loving it.  I am also still debating on a buffalo check for the curtains but overall slightly giddy over this room board of gold, grey, white and blue. Now if only I had an abundant amount of time. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Ikea Hack | Rast Chest

I love a good DIY and it is even better when you like the final project (there have been many craft fails in my time).

I can't take full credit for this hack due to to Hubs doing everything but I did find the inspiration picture :) This sweet little chest is in Mary Tilman's new big girl room. We moved her dresser to the nursery so I needed some drawers and for under $75, this turned out pretty cute.

Materials Needed:
Instructions include: build, paint, attach hardware and you are done! Easy peasy and super cute.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I rarely look in the past. Yes I reflect but I am always looking forward.

What will I eat for lunch? What will our next vacation be? What will our next big "life thing" be? What is to come? 

I am always looking into the future and thinking. Thinking about the what-ifs and not the right nows.

As simple as it is, my new mantra is to live in the moment. Live in the now and embrace the present.

I want to remember the hilarious one-liners my toddler is saying. I want to be able to play without worrying about the next household chore. I want to go on a date night with my husband without thinking of the next item on my to-do list.  I want to appreciate vacations, not thinking about where next.

While it sounds simple I think with social media and life today, this is a hard accomplishment that few conquer. It will take sacrifices and less me-time but I will be richer in memories. If you take all of life's luxuries away, aren't you only left with the memories you made?

My other 2016 goals are also carryovers to this year. Scratch that, not goals but a new way of living in the moment.