4.29.2014

The Evolution of Our Schoolroom

I've never been one to leave stuff alone!  Like ever!!!  After I "finish" a room Graham asks his age-old question, "How long will it stay this way?"  I can never know for sure how long I'll keep a space one certain way.  If you visit my home, chances are it'll look different from your previous visit.  That's me!  I was the kid who rearranged her bedroom once a month--just ask my parents! It's not that I'm constantly spending money to re-do things, but I move stuff around often, add, take-away, sell stuff, replace stuff...change!  There are a number of reasons why rooms change around here, but mainly it's to better fit our needs.  That's especially true for our office/schoolroom.

First time around:  I painted my childhood desk, painted the walls brown, and added some personal touches. At the time, I thought I really liked it and I probably did.  Now...not so much! :)  These pics make me cringe just a little!

Take two: I repainted the walls to lighten the space up, added the girls' desks, purchased some shelving from IKEA, and prepared the room for our homeschooling adventure.

Take three: I added my Instagram photos to the "H" and a few more school items.

And presently... 
I rearranged the room by moving the desk and shelving.

We purchased another bookshelf from IKEA.


I moved our filing cabinet from the closet to the office.  Man, I sure wish it was tan and not black! That's sure to change!! :)

It just makes sense that our files are next to my desk.  Before, I would walk across the house to file things away or grab papers that I needed--not user-friendly at all.

I added some IKEA curtains that had stashed in the attic.


 I added one of Mamaw's little frames to my desk.

 I'm still loving my Instagram pics displayed on the "H".

I added more organizational bins!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to organize!!!!!




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Like I said earlier, things are ever-changing around here.  Case in point: the entryway is now on it's 210th look!!!  It's morphed too many times to count and now it serves as a workplace for the girls!!  I'll be posting about the "new" table (and make-over) and entryway re-do in the coming weeks.


 Are you a "decorate and leave it alone" person? Or, are you like me? Do you change it up often?  

Be warned:  This room is sure to change again!!  I'll be sure to keep you posted when it does!

4.25.2014

Five on Friday

After about a month break from Five on Friday, I'm glad to be back!



[ONE]
Monday was a SAD day around here...I ran out of my beloved Aromatique: The Smell of Christmas.  It's my absolute favorite smell.  all.year.long.


[TWO]
These are the kinds of love notes my husband leaves me...

The best part of waking up... is a fresh pot of coffee!

[THREE]
This week, I got the best deal!!!  I have been wanting a 7X10 rug for my living room.  I came across a beautiful rug at Target marked down from $159 to $79.  I was really happy with the clearance price so I snagged it. Low and behold, when I checked out, it rang up for $44! How awesome is that?  One day in the future, it will look nice on some hard, dark, floors!  A girl can dream!



[FOUR]
Look who's standing strong...

She'll be ONE next week! ONE???!!!

[FIVE]
Earlier this week, I mentioned changing up the Happy Hostess Link Party.  I'm looking for a few more blogs to host the link party every other Monday.  If you would be interested in helping with this link party, let me know by sending me an email.  



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Did you get to check out these posts from earlier this week?

Guest Post: Our Life on a Budget


Easter Through the Years

4.23.2014

Guest Post: Our Life on a Budget

Last week, I was a guest on Our Life on a Budget.  You can read the post HERE.  Today, I am honored to have Stasia as a guest over here on my the blog.  You will love her bio, her tips, and her blog.  
You can also follow her on BloggerInstagramPinterestFacebook, and Twitter
*Be sure and read to the end--I have a special announcement and proposition!
Without further introduction, here's Stasia...

Hey, I am Stasia from Our Life on a Budget
I am a wife, mom, preschool teacher, cloth diaper consultant,  unofficial campus minister (my husband is the actual campus minister… I just like to help him:), and probably a few other things that are slipping my mind right now. I like to do a little bit of everything.

Our family when sweet BD was about 1 month old!

I started blogging a few years ago, but never really got into it until my husband and I lost our first child through miscarriage (you can read a little about this journey here and here).  We were brought to an incredible low, but God really used writing on the blog as a way for me to heal.  Slowly, but surely I began writing more and more, and  have grown to love blogging.  As the name of our blog infers I intended to write all about living with in our means.  But as my blog grew and as I read more blogs, I realized I like reading and writing about a wider variety of topics. My favorite blogs are ones that I call “this and that” blogs, covering everything from budgeting, to parenting, to whatever else!  So if you stop by and visit {and I hope you do} you will really read a little bit of everything.

I am not even going to lie… this picture is super old… like before we were even married old.
My husband Andrew and I have been married for almost 5.5  years… in that time we have had 4 homes, lived in 2 states, and have had 7 jobs between the two of us.  And the funny thing is we are probably about to move again for new jobs.  I never really considered ourselves adventurers… but I guess we kind of are!  Speaking of adventure, we started our adventure of parenthood a little over a year ago with the birth of our precious "little"(she was 9 lbs 9 oz at birth so she was never really considered little) girl Bailey Drew.  She is a hoot and has a HUGE personality already!

BD at 8 months
So I want to share with you a couple of my favorite posts of all time! There are my posts that are more personal like the one about our daughter’s birth and ones that have become popular on Pinterest about things like tips and tricks of moving. But when I think about a post that is a little bit of both, personal and informative, my favorite is 10+1 Things I Have Learned from My First Year As a Mom. I love it because it shares some of the things I wish I had known a year ago, while also reminding me of the journey we have been on for the past year.

Thanks for letting me share! I hope y'all stop by sometime!

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Thanks so much, Stasia, for sharing! I sure did enjoy learning more about you and your blog.  
In the coming weeks, Stasia and I will be teaming up again in a new way as we try to add more hostesses to the Happy Hostess Link Party.  I'm so excited to find new blogging friends that enjoy it as I do and are up for new challenges!
*If you are interested in helping with the link-party through hosting it on your blog, please email me!  

4.22.2014

Easter through the Years


Easter Through the Years...

2008: AG's first Easter
2009: I couldn't find a picture of our family for 2009, but I did find a pic of Graham with AG and me with AG.
2010: Edy's first Easter and our last Easter in Arkansas
2011: I suffered a miscarriage the day before Easter and was sad, but we had a wonderful Easter celebration with our church family and I was filled with joy!  Amazingly, it remains one of my favorite Easters to date.
2012: We had been trying for over a year to conceive and still had six or more months before we would finally get the good news we had been hoping and praying for!
2013: One of our final family pics before Joy's arrival--she arrived five weeks later!
2014: Joy's first Easter!

Resurrection Sunday 2014

As always, we had a wonderful Easter. Great time of worship with the body of Christ, great fellowship with friends and family, and great food!!!

This was Joy's first Easter and I loved seeing her basket sitting next to her big sisters'!



I love this pic of my FIVE family mainly because it reminds me to be thankful and give Him the glory for everything! *more to come in an upcoming post!

Our Easter lunch was just perfect. We got to enjoy it with family and some of our close friends.  I shared our Easter table setting and menu here.





Love's Lookout egg hunt

Can you tell the girls were coming down from a sugar high at this point?

Good friends reunited! 

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Coming up:  Easter through the years!