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Lightening Up With Bright Tech Shop

As you all are aware and have graciously been on this journey of making our house a home – you know I’m slowly bringing my Pinterest living room to life. While I was debating on a sofa and looking for a side table, we realized we were missing something else very important in the space: light.
The lighting in our rented home is not the best with no major light source in the main living space. It mainly resides in the front entry way and there is light in the dining room but that’s it. I like to read in the evening and even work from the couch so I needed some added light. But finding a lamp I loved was proving to be just as difficult as the side table search. Luckily for me, the lovely people at Brightech lamp reached out and they have a collection of floor and table lamps that made my heart go pitter-pat!

I chose the Harper because it’s exactly what I had in mind when I envisioned lighting for the living room. I loved the look of a tripod lamp and the Harper is all that I wanted and mor…

The Couch Conundrum: To Color Or Not

I feel like I’ve spent the last year of my life hating our current couches. I’m just not a fan of leather couches although I totally understand the appeal of a good natural leather one w/ a modern spin. They are freezing in the winter and WAY too hot in the summer for my liking. I don’t particularly enjoy sticking to my seat while watching a movie with my family nor needing to put a blanket down just to sit and enjoy the lights from the Christmas tree.

But couches are EXPENSIVE y’all. Like stupid pricey. I mean, I know you get what you pay for and generally the more costly ones will likely last a lot longer but still, a decent sofa will run you about $1500 minimum and even more if you’re looking at a sectional or different types of fabrics. It’s hard to break with that kind of bread when you’ve got a kid in braces and a host of other expenses.

Of course I could just go to IKEA and drop a couple hundred on something there and that’s still an option but I also have to factor in Husbae’s t…

8 Things I've Learned In 8 Years of Marriage

Last month marked 8 years of marriage for husbae and I. Eight. years. In those eight years we have moved twice, welcomed a new baby (who is no longer a baby) begun raising a teenager, taken a few road trips, stayed up way too late, lost a sister, shed some tears, dealt with sickness and aging parents, argued about dumb stuff and laughed until we cried. It has been a wild ride full of twists, turns and stomach lurching drops we never saw coming. When I was 20 and falling in love I never imagined it would be like this. 

In the last eight years, I've learned a few things about marriage and relationships and since writing is my jam - I figured why not share some of what I've learned with you. 

Fight about what you’re fighting about. We are all guilty of arguing about one thing and a word or a look triggers us about that one time back in 2002 when you they did XYZ to piss you off/hurt your feelings. But instead of addressing it then, we “let it go” only to have it rear it’s ugly head…

Bedroom Boredom

Our bedroom is super boring. Before you get excited - I don’t mean that kind of boring. I’m talking about the overall design. In our last home I loved our bedroom. We painted the walls and there were hardwood floors and a full wall sliding door allowing for a ton of light to shine in. Our current room is carpeted, still has windows but not the best placement. (see below)

It also feels like our furniture is too heavy for the space as well as for this place we’re in right now. The bed and dresser are a set that we bought like 9 years ago - one of the first major purchases we made as a couple. It was our attempt at “adult” furniture as before we’d always just had a mattresses and bed frames. But over the last few years I’ve felt the pull towards something lighter

Something more – not feminine, but something that feels more in alignment with where we are after 8 years of marriage. Relaxed and luxe with a mix of California cool but still full of life. We upgraded our mattress shortly after B…

Light, Love & Laughter: Some Notes On My Rosé Birthday

At my age, there are few things that I desperately want for my birthday anymore. I don't ask for gifts save for the occasional gift card (they really are the gift that keeps on giving) and when asked about what I want my plans are; am hard pressed to come up with something specific that I desperately want to do. I mean the day spa is always a good idea though.
My birthday goals are to enjoy my day doing things I love, with people I love, laughing a lot and eating good food. That's it. 
The fact that my birthday fell on National Rosé Day this year seemed like a sign from the Universe. Gather those that I love for an afternoon of day drinking, game playing and side splitting laughter. I don't mind hosting folks at my home so long as I get to barefoot in the backyard and am not on dish duty. 

After listening to Addye's birthday wish I realized light, love and laughter were the unintentional themes of the day. 
My favorite days are the ones when the stars align and the Univers…

Summer Classes Are Just More Work For Moms

I just spent a ton of money signing my kids up for week long Summer camps and classes and as I was putting it all on the calendar it dawned on me - this is just more work for ME. Sure they're getting some enrichment while having fun and they definitely can't sit in my house all day everyday but looking at the schedule I realize, I'm going to be spending a LOT of time in my car. I took an informal poll of my mom friends and they all shared my sentiments; Summer is great (hooray no homework!) but it's also a lot of work for us moms. We use the dishwasher and washing machine more because so many towels and swim gear. There are more trips to Costco to stock up on snacks as our kids graze through the kitchen hourly and we spend even more time shuttling them to and from activities and "adventures". Target trips are less fun as we now have littles tagging along and asking for every. single. item. that looks like it can be used in a pool/park/ backyard. 
It's a LO…

5 Things I'm Loving At Target This Week

I'm trying my best to be on a shopping hiatus because at the moment I don't actually need anything really. There is however, a bunch of stuff I like and wouldn't mind adding to our home or my closet. So in an effort to keep myself out of the stores and spending all the money, I thought I'd curate a list of items I'm loving each week that I've seen both in-store and online so y'all can live your best lives. And in turn I can live vicariously through you! It's really a win/win. 

Let's get started shall we? 

Belt Bags - I know, I KNOW! These are controversial. I grew up in the hey day of 'fanny packs' and they were not this cool. But this one is fly as all get out. Also - does anyone know why we called them fanny packs when for the most part they were not on our fannies? Anyway. I'm loving them for summer. Easy hands and shoulder free place to store all your goodies. Stylish and they are perfect for long days in a park, at a community music f…