Making a Rental House a Home

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I get a lot of comments and emails from readers who are discouraged about taking on a room design project because they are renting. I love it when someone emails me with that dilemma because that also means that they saw that I have been able to overcome the renter dilemma and create rooms that really do feel like our own.

When we first started renting at our townhouse, I was also discouraged. I was discouraged about the fact that I couldn’t paint the walls, refinish the cabinets, replace the flooring, etc. I will admit that I was stuck in that phase longer than I care to admit. One day it finally clicked. Just because I was renting that place didn’t mean I needed to treat it that way. I could make that house my home. That attitude has continued as we moved again to another rental home. I didn’t waste any time when we moved here because I wanted to create a home right away.

There are definitely some tips that I have for creating an awesome space without investing too much money or leaving too big of a footprint behind when you are renting.

When decorating, use picture hanging strips for every item that you possibly can when you are hanging things up. I love that they don’t leave behind any trace of it being there when it is time to take it all down. If you are hanging something up that would require an anchor, use a specialty hook nail that only leaves behind a nail hole but hooks in through the wall to be able to hold the weight that an anchor would. You don’t want to put too many large holes in a rental house wall, so these tips are vital.

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Healthy, Happy Hair Products

This post was sponsored by Garnier through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Garnier all opinions are my own.

My hair has been through a lot this summer. I have spent a lot of time outside, in the pool, or just had lazy summer days where I put my hair in a messy bun. I have kind of ignored the needs of my hair and I can definitely feel that it needs some extra attention. That is why I decided to give my hair a spa day, everyday!

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I recently tried the Garnier Whole Blends products made with Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter Extracts. The divine smell is the first thing I noticed when using these products. In my mind, you can’t go wrong with coconut oil. It smelled like a miniature island vacation in my shower as I used the shampoo and conditioner. [Read more…]

Our Little Rainbow Miracle

This has been a post I have opened up my internet browser to write at least 10 times. Each time I have come to do it, the correct words just haven’t seemed to be there. Honestly, I think there was a lot of fear associated with putting it all out there. I wanted so badly to share it with all of you, but for some reason I felt like putting it on here would jinx it somehow. I can’t keep the secret any longer though…

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Before I get into all of the details, I just want to take a moment to thank you all from the deepest depths of my heart. I honestly don’t know how I could have gone through the past year without the love and support I have gotten from each and every one of you. Sharing my miscarriage story was one of the scariest and most vulnerable things I have ever done. To this day, I haven’t ever gone back to read the journal entries in that post. The instant love that was sent my way, full of emails, comments, and phone calls was almost too much to even comprehend. I was suddenly adopted into this sisterhood of incredible women who had felt that devastating pain I was feeling.

As the months went on, things started to look more normal but I was slammed with a pretty difficult case of postpartum depression. It was like it came in a sudden tidal wave that completely took me off guard. The combination of that depression and a “chemical pregnancy” that came in March was enough to have me say that I was done thinking about babies for a while. I needed to really focus on getting myself emotionally healthy again. I decided to come out and share part of my postpartum depression story with all of you and once again was overwhelmed with your support.

It was once I was really focusing on myself that a miracle happened. A sustainable, perfect little rainbow baby miracle happened.

Maternity Shoot

It was a roller coaster of emotions as I learned I was pregnant. I was terrified that the doctor was missing something and that something was bound to be wrong again. Then the sickness came. Oh, the sickness came! I was SO sick. Some of you may recall a certain Snapchat story about me vomiting into a garbage can on one of the busiest corners of Boise. As sick as I was, I was grateful to know that the sickness meant that things were still developing the way they were supposed to be.

The dreaded 12 week appointment came and I was still terrified. That was the appointment I had gone to when they couldn’t find our angel baby’s heartbeat. Seeing that heartbeat still there at that appointment was a huge relief. I finally felt like I could start enjoying my pregnancy. We decided to tell extended family and our friends about the pregnancy, but I wanted to wait to tell all of you until I knew the gender. That’s right you guys, I kept it a secret for 17 WEEKS! I know the GENDER! Are you ready for this? [Read more…]

Resetting Health Goals

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I feel like when the school year starts, it is kind of the unofficial new year to reset goals after things got put to the side during the summer. I like to sit down and reset how I structure my weeks, make goals for my business, and make personal goals. Most of my personal goals revolve around my health. I like to continue to try to hold myself accountable year round and make sure I am living a healthy lifestyle before all of the cold and flu germs start making their way through everyone.

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Exercise has always been an important part of my life but as I have gotten older, I have realized that it is actually a lot more therapeutic for me than I ever realized. Even if I don’t have time to fit in a full workout in my busy day, I like to make sure that I can at least stretch my body. I like to stretch in my office because it is the one room in my house that I feel like I am in total control of the mess that happens. It is kind of like my little retreat each day. [Read more…]

Swimming Hairstyles and Tips

I feel like we have lived at the pool this summer. Between swimming lessons and pool days, we have definitely done our time at the pool! Summertime can be really hard on our hair, especially when a lot of that time is revolved around swimming. It is no secret that chlorine is hard on skin and hair, but that doesn’t mean that swimming needs to be completely avoided this summer! With the right hairstyles and products, you and your kids can enjoy the pool all summer long.

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Teaching Kids to Have Confidence

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Watching the Olympics as a family has become one of our favorite things to do together lately. Hearing the stories of each of the athletes is really inspiring. There is so much time and dedication that has gone into getting where they are. As inspiring as those stories are, I can’t help but think of the people who worked hard to get to the Olympics and didn’t make the team. I would imagine that their entire lives have revolved around getting onto the Olympic team as well. Besides the devastating disappointment that they probably experienced, I would imagine that these athletes went through a series of hard emotions that they had to go through. I think that that would be the same for the parents of those athletes as well. Seeing our kids fail can be a really hard thing to witness.

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I have only been a mom for 4 1/2 years now. I know that I haven’t seen my child or future children go through most of the disappointments of life that they will experience, but what I can do now is instill the confidence within her to get through those tough times that are sure to come.  [Read more…]

How to take care of little girl curly hair VIDEO

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Little girl curly hair can be a major source of frustration for parents who haven’t had much experience with curly hair. We filmed a video full of little girl curly hair tips a while back but since Harper’s hair has changed a lot in terms of texture since then, we decided it was time for a sequel to or original video!

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The reason we decided it was time for a new video was because the first time, Harper’s hair was much more fine and we weren’t really needing to use many hair products in it. Her hair is out of the baby/toddler phase and is definitely little girl hair now. [Read more…]

Wardrobe for fall without spending a fortune: Le Tote Review

I like updating the contents of my closet just as much as the next fashion loving girl does, but I can’t ever seem to be able to afford all of the pieces that I want each season. I usually end up settling for a few staple pieces that I know I can style in many ways, but I can’t help but think of the clothes that “got away” when I couldn’t afford everything I wanted. That is why I love the concept of Le Tote! If you haven’t ever heard of Le Tote before, it is a website that you submit your style profile and they choose items to send to you. You get to see everything they are going to send you so that if you want to switch something before they send it, you can. You can then wear everything they send you and you are given the option of purchasing anything they sent. Along with the items, they send a bag with a prepaid label to ship the items you aren’t interested in purchasing back to them.

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Highlights from Blogger Bash!

I have been home from my marathon July vacation for about a week and a half now, but I still feel like I am playing catch up! It is totally worth every last load of laundry and every random pile of stuff laying around the house. It was so much fun! As you may recall I went to Blogger Bash last year with my friends, Holly and Jill. We had a blast at that conference and taking on NYC together.

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When I saw that Blogger Bash was looking for ambassadors this year, I knew I wanted to apply. By some sort of miracle, I was asked to join the ambassador team and was beyond thrilled! It really meant a lot to me because I hadn’t originally thought I could attend. I had thought that I would have a month old baby in July, so the fact that they asked about ambassadors shortly after my miscarriage was a huge blessing to me. I now had something that I could look forward to this summer instead of dwelling on the sadness that came with our family’s loss.

It was really fun to be involved in Twitter parties and hype before the actual conference. I got to meet the other ambassadors virtually and didn’t even feel nervous about attending a conference that I would be alone at. I got to Blogger Bash and was immediately taken in by the other ambassadors as one of their own. I am forever grateful for the friendships that I was able to make in those 2 1/2 days.

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Finding the Best Athletic Underwear

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It may sound a little crazy, but I have been on a journey to finding the perfect athletic underwear for a while now. Last spring, I found my love for running and that was one area I wasn’t too familiar with when it came to what type of undergarments I should be wearing. I also have learned from a lot of trial and error what types of underwear I prefer for my cross training that I like to do as well.

When it comes to running, the biggest concern for most people is chafing. Anything that you can wear to prevent chafing is the best. There are a lot of different brands out there with athletic shorts, but my favorite has definitely been Nike.

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