Life and Pregnancy Update

Hey everyone! SO sorry I fell off the face of the earth right after dropping that pregnancy bomb, my computer died and has been in the repair shop. I tried to get it fixed through Apple, but they quoted me $500 to get it working again...which I just can't/won't do. Fortunately I found a local guy to get it working again for about … [Read more...]



Boys + Bluebonnets = Four (obviously)

If you live in the Texas hill country, springtime bluebonnet pictures are a must. They’re practically a requirement to live here...I’ve heard rumors that if you don’t take at least one bluebonnet picture each year they kick you out of the state. Each spring for the 6-8 weeks the bluebonnets are out you can find cars pulled over on the side of the … [Read more...]



Grout mistakes and installed bathroom tile

*Thank you to Floor & Decor for sponsoring this post. Last month I shared with y’all the process of picking tile for our kids bathroom, and I’m happy to say that it's all installed, and we are that much closer to having a livable house! As a reminder, here is the tile we picked - a brushed marble tile for the floor, a tumbled marble subway … [Read more...]



Choosing interior paint colors

I don’t think anyone here would disagree with me if I said choosing paint colors is hard. There are just so many options, and they usually look very different on the wall than they do on a little paint chip. Saying you're “just going to paint it a neutral color” doesn’t make things any easier either...even though it may sound like giving up. … [Read more...]



Texture and Primer

For a long time I was doing really great at keeping up with blogging about progress on the house, but I’ve since fallen a bit behind. I’m going to do my best to catch up though, and today we have a thrilling post about texture and primer (which actually happened about two months ago). So the last time I updated y’all on the inside of the house … [Read more...]



Prepping to Sell – Curb Appeal and Porch Updates

When it comes to selling a house, I feel like curb appeal is the most important thing. Buyers make snap judgements on houses just like they do on people (even if we don’t want to admit it, we do.) If you pull up to a house and it looks overgrown and uncared for, you're going to decide (probably subconsciously) that the owners aren’t excited about … [Read more...]



Round Top Antiques Fair

The weekend before last Adam and I went to Round Top for their giant antiques fair, which is one of the biggest and best in the country.   Last year I went for the first time and was blown away by how insanely huge and amazing it is. It is miles and miles and MILES of fields and pastures, barns and tents bursting with unique old … [Read more...]



Boys Bathroom Tile

*Thank you to Floor & Decor for sponsoring this post.  Alright, so it’s time to start diving into all the finish selections for the inside of the house. Up until now we have concentrated on exterior stuff, but the exterior is almost finished and so is the builder... which means that Adam and I have a whoooole lot of work to do in a relatively … [Read more...]



Exterior Limestone

Okaaay....that was awkward. Totally did not mean to take nearly a month-long blogging break. I assure you I got lots of important things done and didn’t just sit around binging on New Girl and Fuller House and going to bed at a completely reasonable time each night. (That’s sarcasm, I did and it was awesome.) So, where were we? I believe I owe … [Read more...]



2015 Year in Review

(I started writing this post mid-December with the best intentions of getting it out the first week in January, but that obviously didn’t happen. Each time I sat down to collect pictures I got super distracted looking at old photos. I was even going to make a year in review video (I have so many videos!) but I eventually had to tell myself it was … [Read more...]



Prepping to Sell – Bathroom Updates

Originally Adam and I had planned not to sell this house until after we move into the new one. Our current house is paid off, and we figured that one of the advantages of not having to carry two mortgages is that we can move at our leisure. We were planning to finish the new house as much as possible, move our stuff over (slowly, because I’m going … [Read more...]



Drywall Changes Everything

If you’ve ever built a home, you know how big of a deal drywall is. It takes your home from feeling like a cold, empty skeleton to something you may actually be able to live in (and decorate!) one day. Last time I wrote about the house we had just filled our skeleton with spray foam insulation, and it looked like this... And then a crew of … [Read more...]



Gold leaf stencil art, honest house photos, and a giveaway

*Thank you to Cutting Edge Stencils for sponsoring this post.* Things have been so busy with the new house that I haven’t done any fun craft projects lately. And even though making super quick and stressful decisions about $10,000 expenses is crazy fun, I kinda miss the quick and easy projects that provide instant gratification. I’ve been itching … [Read more...]



Spray Foam Insulation

I’ve come to learn that people in the construction industry have very strong opinions about insulation. There are basically two categories, people that love spray foam insulation and people that hate it. Adam is firmly in category A, while our builder is firmly in category B. It seems that builders either exclusively use it or won’t touch the … [Read more...]



Things I’m Lusting After

Before we jump into this post, I just have to say thank you for all the comments on my latest post about the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". First of all, y'all are hilarious, and second of all, you proved me right beyond the shadow of a doubt. It's funny because Adam loves to read (as an adult and a kid), reads to the boys all the time, AND … [Read more...]



Choosing a Rock (is making me crazy)

There are so many decisions you have to make when building a house. Lots of them are small, quick decisions...and some of them are big 'ol monster decisions. Choosing rock is a big 'ol monster decision. Rock is a big investment, and you can't change it. I feel like exterior paint was a big decision, but the fact it is, it's just paint. If I had … [Read more...]



Beams, beams, and more beams

I've always loved beams. Big, chunky, rustic beams ... the more the better. So when I started thinking about what I wanted in our new house, a boatload of beams were pretty high on the list. Farmhouse Kitchen by Austin Home Builders Dalgleish Construction Company Farmhouse Entry by Washington Architects & Building Designers Donald … [Read more...]



The Top Ten Posts of 2015

.Happy New Year everyone! 2016, isn't that crazy? It's like we're living in the future or something. When someone talks about an event that happened in the 90's I'm like "okay, so like 10 years ago." But no...I'm about a decade off. I swear it feels like yesterday that I was rocking my slap brackets, blue eyeliner, and knockoff JNCO jeans (thanks … [Read more...]



A Shoji White Farmhouse

I think my favorite week of the whole year is the week between Christmas and New Years. I love Christmas, but it's nice to have all the chaos behind you and a fresh new year in front of you. Plus, it's the only week of the year where it's not only okay to be lazy, it's actually encouraged. I'm happy to report that I've slept in past 8 am every day … [Read more...]



Christmas Wreath Chandelier

Hard to believe there are only a few days left till Christmas! Are y'all ready? I'm almost ready... I have a few more gifts to buy and that's about it. Our Christmas is very simple this year, because things are crazy, Adam and I are tired, and simple is good. Speaking of simple (you like that seamless transition?), I have a Christmas craft to … [Read more...]