Let’s Look: {How We Pumpkin}

Good morning! I am linking up with Erika and Shay today for their monthly Let’s Look Link-Up. Every month they share a little peek at how their families do something and invite others to link-up and share too. I thought it would be fun so I decided to join in! This month it’s all about how we pumpkin!

First things first…Y’all…I have a confession to make. I am not crazy about pumpkin flavor anything! There, I said it! Annnnnd I kinda feel like this….

But I do love pumpkins as decor! I’m more of an apple spice and cinnamon girl!

I was hoping to have all of my fall decor up so that I could share it with you on this post, but it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. I didn’t buy my mums last month like I normally do because we spent so much of our time in Hilton Head and I was afraid they’d die while we were gone. Now I’m ready to buy them and can’t find any nice ones anywhere. I’m going on a hunt this weekend and I’m hoping to at least get two for my big planters on my front porch.

Since my house isn’t fully decorated yet, I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite fall things!

The only pumpkins I have out right now are two of these white pumpkins I bought at Kroger this week. They caught my eye and were the last two white ones so it was meant to be! I love white pumpkins…they are my favorite!

And I am burning these candles that give me all the fall feels! They are seriously the best candles. Mulled Wine smells good, but my favorite fall scent is Spiced Apple. I have one at our beach condo and love the way it smells. I buy all of my Sand and Fog candles at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. They seriously smell so good and last a long time.

I love a fun halloween t-shirt and this one is currently my favorite. I bought it from the girls at Mum-Bae Boutique. You can follow them on Insta!

I also bought a new orange watch band for fall! I buy all of my bands from Amazon. They have the best prices on the silicone ones. I have them in multiple colors! You can’t beat $7.99!

When the kiddos were younger, we always tried to go to a pumpkin farm or do something “fall-ish” with them. If it weren’t for my sister, we probably wouldn’t have gone this year. She took my kids to Jaemor Farms while Joseph and I were in Hilton Head working on our condo. I am so thankful for her and the way she loves to make memories with my kiddos!

Another favorite fall activity we do is our Carnival at Church. They go all out and my kids love it!

And last, but not least we love Trick-or Treating! Our neighborhood closes our gates and has a big potluck before all the kiddos go trick or treating. We normally have friends and family over at our house and we hang out while the kids have a blast running around the hood. I’m super excited about Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, but I’m a little sad that my older two have opted not to dress up this year.

And that’s how we “pumpkin” around here! We decorate the house, go to a pumpkin farm, attend the church carnival and go trick or treating! Next month we are talking about our holiday menu and then in December, our Christmas cards. Holy moly it’s almost Christmastime!

I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday and as always, thank you for stopping by and reading!

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Just When You Thought God Was Done…He Shows You That He’s Not

I’m going to be an aunt, again! We are so excited to welcome this sweet baby into our family.

My sister and her husband tried for years to get pregnant. During their struggle with infertility, we lost my dad to cancer and then almost a year later my brother in law lost his mom to cancer too. The years that followed brought a lot of grief, hardship and trials.

God worked a miracle in their marriage and then again when He gave them their sweet miracle baby, Mila.

They fully expected Mila to be their one and only, but God! Y’all, my sister is expecting again and we found out tonight that it’s a BOY!

I am just so amazed at the way God has moved in their lives. My sister shared her story on the podcast You’re Not Alone last year and I wanted to share it with you. It’s a story that will encourage you to not give up on God in the midst of life’s tragedies and hardships.

You can listen to her story here. I hope it brings you hope and encourages you to continue to walk close to God and trust in Him.

I watched my sister walk this journey with a confidence in Christ that I aspire to have. Thank you Gabby for sharing your story.

Monday Motivation: Girl, You Are Doing An Amazing Job!

This weekend I finished The Fight to Flourish by Jennie Lusko. I know I sound like a broken record, but I loved this book so much! As I finished it this weekend, this journal entry Jennie shared really spoke to me. And I think it will speak to you, too.

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

Jesus defeated the power of death. But on THIS day, death will die.

Today:

  • Have confidence in Christ.
  • Walk close to Jesus.
  • Don’t let anything be wasted.
  • Be a good wife.
  • Be a fun mom.
  • Take your role seriously, but not yourself.

Lord, have your way in me today. Open my eyes to see how you see.

This is my prayer for today and I encourage you to make it your prayer, too. Lord, help us be confident in you, walk close to you and make the most of every moment we have. Help us be the wives and moms you call us to be and to have fun while doing it!

If you are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed today, stop and breathe. Girl, you are doing an amazing job! We are so hard on ourselves and we are our own worst critic. Today, see yourself as Jesus sees you. You are special, loved, His masterpiece, His daughter. You may not be strong, but He is. You may not feel like you are enough because you are not. No one is. But we serve a God who is more than enough!

Rest in Him, embrace your journey, love those around you and stay close to Jesus.

Have a great Monday! Let’s get this week started.

XO

Friday Favorites {10.09.20}

Happy Friday, friends!! I can’t believe it’s the end of another week. I am excited to link up with Erika and Andrea for this week’s Friday Favorites. I have some fun things to share with you today so grab your coffee and let’s get started.

ONE

I first saw the multicolor glitter bracelets when Shay shared them a while back. They were out of stock so I wasn’t able to order them then, but I checked back last week and they were available again. Not only did I order those, but I also ordered the ones with the multicolor beads in them and the black ones. I am loving them! So much fun to throw them on even with a casual outfit like jeans and a white t-shirt.

The weather has been amazing and I’ve loved adding a couple of fall transitional pieces to my wardrobe. These were my favorites from this week.

The girls and I went to H&M and I scored the white and cream colored sweaters off their clearance rack. They are going to definitely be some core pieces this fall and winter.

The blue short sleeve sweater is from Wal-Mart and I think I’m definitely going to order another one in a different color. It runs true to size and is $14.96!!

Last month I bought a pair of leggings from Lululemon and they have become my absolute favorite. Since we are in HHI this week, I decided to buy another pair and ended up buying two more! I know the price tag on Lulu is a little high, but I wear my leggings for years and these stand the test of time. In the bottom middle picture, I am wearing the green pair with a short sleeve crop top from Lulu as well.

And lastly, who doesn’t love a good plaid shirt?! Most of mine are from Old Navy. I normally try to buy some when they are on sale . I threw mine on with a white tank top and my jean shorts to run errands on our first day here.

THREE

I ran into CVS to buy contact solution and this make up line caught my eye. I’ve been looking for a good neutral color lipstick and this one looked fun. I actually love it! I do add a little bit of gloss or run my chapstick over it after I apply it. This color is ‘Sup Nude?.

FOUR

I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my bright yellow slippers. I bought them on Amazon and love the color. They are just bright and yellow and they make me happy!

FIVE

Outside of our condo, there is a big beautiful tree. I’ve wanted a picture in front of it since we bought our place. Last night after dinner, we came home and my mother and sister in law took a couple of us!

SIX

My most favorite thing of the week was the memories we made with our family. Joseph’s sister and her family came to stay with us and then his mom, stepdad and 91 year old papa joined us for the second half of the week. Y’all, we couldn’t believe papa came and he sat on the beach with us for two whole days! We had the best time watching him and spending time with him. I am so thankful for our family and for the way that 2020 has brought us back together and reminded us that family is everything.

I didn’t blog much this week, but I just decided to take the time to truly live in the moment. I didn’t work out as much as I normally do on vacation, but when I said something about that, my sister in law reminded me that when we are 91 years old we aren’t going to regret not working out on vacation. We probably won’t even remember that we didn’t work out, but what we will remember are the memories we made with our family. God is teaching me all about balance and how even good things can become bad when we obsess and over do those things. I can get so wrapped up in my busy schedule that I forget to stop and just enjoy the moment. God reminded me of this as I laid down to go to sleep thinking about all the things on my to-do list that I had not done while here. As I opened my book, The Fight to Flourish, I read, “God reminded me of not just showing up but being fully present in a moment. When we turn up and stand out, God often has something special for us and for someone through us. No matter what’s going on in our lives, we can sow kindness and generosity. We can pour into others instead of retreating into our busy schedules and even our pain.” That was the exact reminder I needed. I don’t want to miss a memory! I want to be in the moment, always!

And that wraps up this Friday Favorites! I enjoyed sharing my fun finds. Thank you for reading and stopping by my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! XO

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Throwback Thursday: Finding the Peace Within

We are soaking up our last day on the 🌴 island so I thought I’d share one of my previous posts from a couple of years ago. It’s something that can speak to us everyday.

I can’t get something off my mind from the message at church yesterday.  The pastor talked about solving conflicts.  He began with talking about the conflict within ourselves and how we have a lot of pressure within us.  The pressure within us is what causes conflict in our marriages, families and relationships.

This morning on my run I started to think about the peace within and how I could make sure that I had that peace.  How can I make sure that my soul is at peace?

I am reading a book called Love Lives Here.  Excellent book-you should read it!  Yesterday I read a chapter about comparison.  I know I’ve talked about this before, but the author quoted Theodore Roosevelt when he said “comparison is the thief of joy.”  Isn’t that the truth?  She says, ”  It (comparison) will rip us off and steal our lunch money every time.  Rather than running away, it just stares us down as it blocks our path forward…  It doesn’t just dominate the room, it burns it down-with you in it.  It whispers to us that we’re not good enough or smart enough or talented enough or brave enough.  It hisses and bubbles in the hallway and says there’s no way around it.  But the fact is, comparison is a liar.  The way forward isn’t over it or through it; it’s simply to ignore it completely.” (Maria Goff, Love Lives Here, P.46-47)

This morning as I ran, all I kept thinking about was “the peace within.”  How can I be at peace?  How can I live a life of joy?  A life of purpose and a life that I am proud of?  You see, I’ve always struggled with comparison.   Especially in my early years of mommyhood.  I was a depressed, anxious, overwhelmed stay at home mom .  We lived paycheck to paycheck and some weeks only by the grace of God did we make it.  Oh how I would wish things were different.  I always found myself comparing my life to other moms who appeared to have it all together.  I say appeared because now I know, no one has it all together.

After my run that day, I came home and decided I would look up verses in the bible that talked about peace and one in particular stood out…

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.” Col 3:15

You know….what Maria Goff said about comparison is true, but it could also be said of all the things that steal our peace.  Those triggers in our life that dominate our lives.  They bring us down and whisper to us that we are not worthy.  They tell us that our past mistakes are the only things people see.

The enemy lies.  He uses all of that to take our peace away.  And then it trickles down into the rest of our lives.  It ruins our marriages, our families and our relationships.

So how do we find peace?

We ask for it.  Every day.  Cry out to Him and ask Him to surround you with His peace.  When any anxious thought or lie from the enemy tries to come into your mind, rebuke it and replace it with the Word of God.  Wake up each day and choose to be in a gratitude state of mind instead of a comparison trap.  I know our circumstances are not perfect.  I know you may be living paycheck to paycheck.  You may be going through some health issues.  You may have just lost a loved one.  I get it.  I’ve been there.  But instead of focusing on what God has “taken away”, let’s focus on what He continues to give us.  I read something recently that hit me hard.  It said that God is still the God of everything that is left in your life.  When my daddy died.  God didn’t stop being God.  He is still God.  And He is still the God of my life.  He gives us His peace freely.  All we need to do is ask.

John 14:27 says, ” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Sweet friends, God doesn’t give as the world gives.  His love is not the kind the world offers.  People will disappoint us.  They will break our hearts.  Our loved ones will die.  Sickness does exist. But God tells us to not let our hearts be troubled and to not be afraid.  He comforts and strengthens us.  He is there with us through the ups and downs of life.  Nothing is insignificant to Him.  That request you may think is insignificant to God? It is not!  It is just as important as any other.  So present your requests to God.  All of them and stand assured that the peace of God will guard your hearts and your mind just as it says in Philippians 4:7.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

When we are at peace, we bring a person at peace to our marriages, our families and our relationships.  That is God’s desire for us.  The enemy is after our marriages and our families.  Don’t let the whispers from the enemy steal that peace that God has given you.  Hold onto it tightly and ask for it daily.

Dear God, thank you for your peace.  Thank you for your love, your faithfulness and your reassurance that you are with us.  Life is crazy.  So many things are pulling at us, trying to steal our peace.  Help us stand firm on your promise to not be afraid.  Guard our hearts and our minds dear Lord.  Send your peace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

-Maggie Eterno

HHI Condo Transformation: Entryway and Living Room

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a great weekend. We are in HHI for Fall Break and have had the best time. It’s our first time coming to our condo for “fun” verses “work” so we are soaking it up.

My kiddos are loving having their cousins here for a few days. They’ve had the best time hanging out, riding their bikes around the plantation and going on the golf course after it’s closed for the day. Joseph took all of them to play a couple of holes and he sent us this picture. The sky was beautiful!

I wanted to share a little more of our condo renovation today. Here are a couple of the before pictures of the foyer and living room.

In this next picture you can see the wall and the wet bar that we had taken out.

And now for the after pictures!

When Joseph and I began to look for decor we hit every store possible. We stopped by World Market and decided to walk into the Big Lots next door. We had not gone into a Big Lots in forever! I found the clock in the previous picture there and love the way it looks on the wall. If you are looking for a clock, check them out! This one was only $34!

I seriously love our new floors! They are water and scratch proof which makes it perfect for these two…

I love how taking out the wet bar opened up this space. We were a little bummed that the city made us add that column but now I think it helps define the space.

I decided to keep the sofa and loveseat. We looked and looked for new furniture for the living room and couldn’t find anything we liked. I also felt bad getting rid of these couches. They are from Havertys and for the most part were in great condition. The sofa is a sleeper sofa and those can be expensive! So instead of replacing them, I found a rug that would go with the space and replaced the throw pillows to match. I love how it turned out!

We found the TV console at Hobby Lobby for $180. It fits perfectly in our space. The center table and accent chairs, we bought from our clients and the two canvases are from Big Lots. The floor lamp is from Target.

I love all of the extra can lights we added. It helped brighten up the space along with the white walls. When my sister suggested doing white, Joseph wasn’t really feeling it. But after some convincing, he finally let us do white and now he loves it. Thank you Gabs for your suggestion!

And that’s our foyer and living room. I am working on a final post with all of the bedrooms and bathrooms. I can’t wait for you to see how they turned out.

As always, thank you for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful Monday. XO

Friday Favorites {10.02.20}

Happy Friday, Friends!

It’s the end of another week and if you live in our town, it’s the beginning of Fall Break! I am so thankful that our school system schedules this week off. Whether we travel or stay home, it’s always nice to have a week off from our crazy, busy schedules.

This week we are headed to HHI so we are super excited about that!

On Fridays, I love linking up with Shay and Sheaffer. They do a Friday Favorites post where they share some of their favorite things from the week. It’s always a fun way to end the week!

So here we go! Grab your cup of coffee or drink of choice and let’s get started.

ONE

This necklace is my new favorite. I’ve literally worn it everyday since it came in the mail. I started following a blogger on Instagram and this necklace is actually named after her. It’s called the Nasreen and it’s sold on Etsy by RustikHeart. If you are looking for a good quality, dainty gold necklace then look no more and purchase this one. The price is great, too!

TWO

I am loving Natalie Grant’s new album. Y’all. Her voice is powerful and beautiful, but when she sings I feel like the Holy Spirit pours out. No Stranger and My Weapon are my favorites on the album.

Three

A couple of weeks ago, I found this couch on Facebook marketplace. I was super excited about this find and love the way it looks in my keeping room. The only thing it was missing was some color. So I decided to go with a yellow and navy combination which are my favorite colors to decorate with. I was having trouble finding some that I liked and was just about ready to give up.

Until I found these at Wal-Mart! I was there looking for towels for our HHI condo and found all kinds of awesome deals! The plaid pillows were less than $13 and the yellow ones were less that $8!! You can’t beat that price. And they are great quality, too. Pillows can get so expensive. The price of one can be almost what I paid for all four of these. If you are looking for throw pillows, hit up Wal-Mart y’all!

FOUR

I’ve been needing to change up my table in my foyer for a while. I had a bunch of picture frames and two dark potted plants on each side. I really wanted something bright and crisp. I really love the way this turned out! The vase and flowers are another Wal-Mart find and the candle holders and the wooden hello sign are from Hobby Lobby.

This vase is less than $10!!

FIVE

Speaking of Wal-Mart finds, this sweater is also from there! My sister loves the Aerie sweaters and introduced me to them. I’ve since, bought a few and love them. This sweater, makes me think of those, but without Aerie’s price tag. Get this, this sweater is less than $10!!! Yup! I wish I would’ve picked up more colors. I am normally a small and bought a large. I could’ve gone with a medium, but I’m going to wash it and see if it shrinks a little before purchasing another one.

SIX

I decided to go a little or maybe a lot longer with my nails than normal, but I am loving them! How do you like your nails? What shape do you like? I would love to try the almond shape, but I don’t know if I could pull that off.

SEVEN

Y’all. This combo right here gave me life the other night ha! If you are in need of a sweet, macro friendly snack then you must try this combo. So so good!

EIGHT

And last, but not least. This picture is my favorite of the week. Our sweet Nana passed away last month… she passed away on the same day she married Papa 68 years ago. Yesterday Joseph went to lunch with Papa, his mom and sister. His sister sent me this picture 😍. I am so thankful for the example that Nana and Papa have given us. I pray that I can be more like Nana and that Joseph and I will strive to love each other the way that they did.

And that wraps up this week!! Thank you for reading along. I hope you have an amazing weekend! XO

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If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Proverbs 15:1

A couple of days ago, the kids and I were in the car heading home from school. I don’t know what it is about afternoon pick ups, but they bicker the whole way home. You would think that after not seeing each other all day, they’d be a little nicer, but nope! One of them says something to irritate the other and the other one has a comeback to get back at the first one for saying what they said.

I know it’s a season and I try my best to remind them that we are family and that we should choose to be kind. The other day I told them that our tongue is one of the strongest muscles in our bodies. It has the power to completely crush someone’s spirit. I reminded them that we should always choose to think before we speak because words hurt. Words cut deep. Words destroy relationships, reputations. But they can also encourage, empower and bring life to someone. And it’s up to us to choose to think before we speak, to respond instead of react, to stay silent instead of exploding with anger.

This morning my devotional went right along with this conversation. Levi Lusko says, “There are things that matter much more than temporary vindication. As good as it feels to unload on someone in the moment, the pleasure is extremely short-lived and you’re left with a mess. Don’t trade what you want for what feels good right now.”

I must admit, I’ve not always been good at keeping my mouth shut. And when I feel hurt, threatened or embarrassed, I can resort to passive aggressiveness to defend myself. Earlier this year, God really convicted me of this and ever since then, I pray daily for God to guide my words. To give me the strength to pause before I say a word when I feel upset or angry. And I can tell you that I am not perfect, I still fail but I am getting better.

I’ve learned that it’s not worth it. It’s not worth saying something and risk losing my testimony. How can I share a bible verse on my instagram story and then cut someone deep with my passive aggressive comment? I’ve done that before and God has really had to work on this with me.

In, The Fight to Flourish, Jennie Lusko talks about how the enemy hates when women gather together because he knows how powerful we are when we have each other’s backs. He knows we are unstoppable when we are united and serving God. That is why he does everything he can to keep us throwing jabs and punches at each other. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to be kind and lift each other up. “It can be easy to throw out a snarky comment or put someone down in a passive-aggressive way. It’s much harder to fight to be honorable, to believe the best about others and assume they’re not out to hurt us.” (Jennie Lusko)

A lot of time when we throw out those passive aggressive comments it’s a deep reflection of our heart, our insecurities and our struggles. It’s sad, but true and I can tell you that because that’s how it is for me. I jab and throw punches when I’m feeling insecure about myself or I feel angry or threatened. And that’s the enemy! When we allow ourselves to be provoked by things that others say or do, we are handing over control of ourselves to them. They have the power over us when they are able to do or say one thing and it sets us off. I don’t know about you but I was done giving people and circumstances power over my life. Levi lusko says that he has found freedom in realizing that regardless of what someone else does or says, we still have a choice and can respond in a way that is completely different than our initial impulse. I want that freedom and self-control! Don’t you?

“Your intentions don’t matter; your behavior does. No one can hear what you say; we hear only what you said. The impact you have on the world is what you’re accountable for.” ( Levi Lusko)

What impact do you want to make in the world? Do you want to leave every conversation feeling the regret of putting your foot in your mouth once again? I’ve been there! Or do you want to leave the conversation feeling at peace with yourself?

You choose.

Here are a couple of things I read this morning in my devotional, Take Back Your Life, that I’d like to share:

  • Gentleness and friendliness are stronger than fury and force.
  • It’s when you humble yourself as a servant that people want to follow you as a leader.
  • Being nice is one thousand times more effective than being a jerk.
  • No one cares what you know if they don’t know that you care.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

I hope this has challenged and encouraged you today! Let’s be better. Let’s choose to lift and encourage with kindness and not allow the enemy to steal our peace. XO

What’s Up Wednesday {09.30.20}

Anyone else happy that we’ve made it to the middle of the week? Our kiddos are out for fall break next week so we are counting down to Friday! Also, can you believe it’s the last day of the month? Where did September go?!

I have a fun post for you today. On the last Wednesday of every month, Shay and Sheaffer do a What’s Up Wednesday link up. As shay puts it, “It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re wearing, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else all in one post.

1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

If you follow me on social media, then you know I am in a middle of a reverse. Many of you have asked me for more information on this so I am working on a post coming soon! In short, it’s where you slowly increase your calories after being in a calorie deficit (cut). It helps with resetting your metabolism and balancing your hormones.

Since I count my macros, I try to make macro-friendly meals. One of my favorites is taco bowls! I love the bowls and since I’m in a reverse and get more carbs, I can have two! Yesterday I was pressed for time so I stopped by to pick up a rotisserie chicken. I pulled off all the chicken breast and threw it in a stir fry pan, added a little water and taco seasoning to my taste. I added black beans, corn, salsa and plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

If you read my Sam’s Club post last week, then you know how much my kiddos love these chicken bites and fries. They taste just like Chick-fil-a! They are a quick and easy dinner option for those busy evenings.

I have a yogurt almost everyday. I normally do the vanilla and add in peanut butter and chocolate chips. Yesterday I decided to pick up a new flavor, toasted marshmallow. I crushed up two of the thin oreos and OMG….it was so good! I think I’ll have another one tonight!

2: WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

This picture popped up in my memories a couple of days ago… Oh how I miss our Saturday mornings at Cracker Barrel with my dad. I just wish he was here to see the kids and how grown up they are. He would be so proud!

3: WHAT I’M LOVING:

This primer, mascara and lash serum! I shared about it last Friday on my Friday Favorites post. I am LOVING the way my lashes look!

4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We are knee deep in sports with all three kiddos! Jojo is running cross-country, Mary is cheering sideline and competition and Mackenzie is playing with a club soccer team. So most days are spent running three kiddos in three different directions!

5: WHAT I’M DREADING:

I am loving the fall weather, but I know the cold is coming. I am totally dreading cold weather!!

6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

I am working on being more productive with my days! I am trying to be consistent in making a daily list and marking things off that list. I am also working on setting a timer every time I scroll social media to help me manage my time better. I’ve really enjoyed being productive, but man is it exhausting ha!

I’m also working on a Wal-Mart post for you guys! Y’all, they have stepped up their game. I got so many awesome things yesterday. I can not wait to share it with you all.

7: WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

FALL BREAK!! When we started school in person, so many doubted that we would still be in person and here we are. I am so thankful for our administrators, teachers and staff. They have done a phenomenal job! I am excited about a week without school and practices. We are also excited to head down to our condo. It’ll be the first week without having to really “work” on it! If you missed my post from yesterday, check it out here. I share before and after pictures of the kitchen and dining room transformation.

8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

During my quiet time I am doing Levi Lusko’s 40 day devotional, Take Back Your Life. LOVE!!! I have blogged and posted on social media about this devotional and how amazing it has been for me. If you are looking for a great one, this is the one!

I am also reading his wife’s book The Fight to Flourish. Oh my goodness, you know those books that you can read over and over again? This is one. I know I will read it again multiple times. If you are going through a struggle or have lost a loved one, buy this book. It will heal your heart.

In the mornings when I go to the basement to do my “blaire strength” (this is the workout from my trainer) I am watching Fuller House. I never finished off the last couple of seasons so I decided to finally finish the series. Oh my goodness…the last two days I’ve watched the episodes where Kimmy has Stephanie’s baby! Tears!!!!! Trying to lift weights while crying is not easy ha! I loved how they name her Danny Jo after Danny and DJ….. ahhhhh so many tears!!!

9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

I am loving Natalie Grant’s new album. My two current favorites are My Weapon and No Stranger. I just love Natalie Grant. I love who she is and her voice is just powerful. These songs have been on repeat in my car and in the mornings while I’m having my quiet time.

10: WHAT I’M WEARING:

I am loving my new dress from Amazon. It was $24 and a total win! It was cool enough (thank you Jesus for the fall weather) to add a jean jacket! If you are looking for a fun casual dress, this one is it. They have several colors and is a perfect transitional outfit from spring to summer and to fall!

I am also loving this new necklace. I started following a blogger on instagram, Nasreen. She shared this necklace and I loved it. I’ve been looking for a dainty diamond necklace. I ordered it and had it in my hands in less than a week. The quality is great and I have worn it everyday since I got it in. The Etsy Shop is called RustikHeart. Definitely check them out. I will be ordering other items soon!

I am also loving my new yellow house slippers! The color just makes me happy. I wish I would’ve sized up, but other than that I love them.

11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Heading off to HHI for Fall Break!

12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

I love October!! I am looking forward to the cooler temps and all things fall. Our community has also decided to move forward with Halloween as normal so I can’t wait for that. Especially with Halloween being on a Saturday this year. Here’s one of my all time favorite pictures of my sweet girl in her costume a couple of years ago. Why does this seem like it was so long ago????

13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

I think I’ve covered it all!

Thank you for hanging with me and reading! I hope you have a fantastic last day of September!

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HHI Condo Transformation: Kitchen and Dining Room

In August, a 10 year dream became a reality as Joseph and I closed on our very first beach condo on Hilton Head Island. For years, Joseph and I have dreamt about this. We’ve planned, worked hard, studied the island and searched properties daily.

When Joseph mentioned this unit to me, I was hesitant. It was a bit further from the beach than I wanted and I was overwhelmed by everything that needed to be done. We LOVE a remodel so that didn’t scare us, but being almost five hours away definitely did. We prayed about it and asked God to guide us and give us wisdom. As we felt that this was an amazing opportunity, we decided to make an offer. It was definitely a scary thing because we had only seen the unit through facetime with our friend John. Thankfully he is also a real estate agent and lives in HHI. But still… putting a contract on something we had not walked ourselves was scary for me.

This unit was a foreclosure so negotiating with the bank took time, but in the end we were able to come to an amazing price. I am so thankful for my husband and the wisdom that God has given him. He is good at what he does. He studies the market more than anyone I know and truly knows the island like the back of his hand. He always says there are two markets he studies daily; our market at home and HHI.

Once the bank approved our offer, we needed to figure out how we would go about remodeling. This was something else that lined up so well and confirmed that this was the condo for us. One of our friends in Jefferson referred us to her father and he helped us with the entire renovation. Y’all. He was a Godsend. He was incredible and we could not have done this without him. I am also super thankful for our friend, John who was a huge help from FaceTiming us and taking pictures for us and letting people into the condo. What a blessing all of these people were to us. I am so grateful.

After a couple of weeks of renovating and going back and forth to furnish and decorate, we are done! So much love and work has gone into this and I am so excited to finally see the final product. Now, for the huge debate. Do we flip the property or do we keep it?

We haven’t made the final decision, but until then we are definitely going to enjoy it. We had professional pictures made for us to either list it or put it on the rental market. The photographer did an amazing job capturing our little piece of heaven.

Today, I want to share the kitchen and dining room transformation with you. I have so many pictures, so I thought it would be easier to break it up in different posts. So stay tuned for the ones to follow!

Don’t you just love the wall paper?
These two had the best time taking it down!
We got rid of this wall and opened it up to give more of an open concept.
We painted and put in new floors.

As I mentioned earlier, we toured this unit through facetime with our friend for the first time. We finally came down and walked it before the financial contingency was up to make sure this was the one we wanted. When we walked in, we were surprised at the furniture that was left. We even had a washer and dryer! We kept most of the furniture in the bedrooms, but also got rid of a lot. There were really nice mattresses in there as well. Originally we were going to replace them all, but after walking the condo, we noticed they were practically unused. We’ve learned from our neighbors that this unit has been vacant for a long time. I had a company come out and sanitize all the couches and mattresses so that saved us a lot of money on our furniture budget and allowed us to use some of that to make upgrades in other places.

In the dining room, we painted, replaced the floors and changed out the light fixture. We bought this table from some friends of ours, the chairs are from Marshalls and the rug is from World Market. I think this space came together so good. We used navy, yellows and lots of greenery throughout the entire condo.

We opened up the wall. We were bummed that the city inspector made us keep that beem, but the construction workers did an amazing job making it look good.
I LOVE this angle. I will show you in an upcoming post what we did over by the staircase to open the space up.

With the money we saved in furniture, we decided to upgrade the counter option and go with quartz instead of granite. Isn’t it beautiful?! We kept the original cabinets, had them sanded down and painted. We also added lots of can lighting throughout the condo that you will notice in the pictures. It really helped brighten up the space. We chose a white subway tile backsplash and replaced all the old hardware on the cabinets along with paint, flooring and new appliances.

Love my wooden map of the island on our counter. We found that at a local gift shop on the island.
I am still waiting on a rug to be delivered, but it will help add in a pop of color.
Here’s a closer look of the quartz countertops.
I loved the detailed pictures from our photographer.
Coffee station.
We bought the table and chairs from our friends. It worked perfectly in here. I love a round table!

And there it is! Isn’t it beautiful? We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Thank you for stopping by and reading. I can’t wait to continue to show you more of our little piece of heaven! I hope you have a great Tuesday! XO