Monday Musings

Happy Monday, babes! I hope you’re week is starting off great. We were up bright and early this morning and headed to Hilton Head for the day. I shared last week how we decided to test the market and put our condo up for sale and it sold within 30 minutes! You can read the full post here.

So we are headed down to look at a property that we put under contract without seeing in person (eeeek!!). Thankfully, we put in the contract that if it’s not something we definitely want, we can back out today. Y’all this property has huge potential!! I can’t wait to share it with you. Follow me on Instagram for some live updates today!

On Friday morning, I shared a little bit of my heart on my Instagram stories. I had so many of you message and text me about how you are going through similar situations. It definitely made me thankful that I shared! Sometimes when I share I feel silly and a little scared to be so real and raw with my followers because of fear of what they may think. But when God presses on my heart to share and I am obedient, He always confirms it. And He did that this weekend through so many of your messages and texts.

Joseph and I have been talking about sharing more of our story and what we did to move forward after suffering through years of financial crisis. We’ve gone through foreclosure, we’ve lost our cars, we’ve lived paycheck to paycheck and eventually had to file bankruptcy just to be able to move forward. We’ve never shared our whole story and honestly it’s a little scary. But if it can help one person move forward then it’s worth sharing. As our pastor says, when you share your story…it helps somebody!

Our story begins 16 years ago when anxiety, depression and severe panic attacks took over my life. I shared some of my story on the You’re Not Alone Podcast a little while back, but I wanted to share it here for those of you who don’t know me or haven’t heard my story before. It’ll give you a little background on me and hopefully encourage you today. You can listen to it here.

Joseph and I will work on some upcoming posts with the rest of our story. But until then, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate in reaching out. We are an open book. We’ve learned that when you keep your story hidden it gives the enemy power to torture you. Believe me, we experienced so much shame, embarrassment and fear of people knowing for years. Telling our story equals freedom. And like I said, if it helps one person move forward then it’s totally worth it.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you have an amazing Monday.

XO

Friday Favorites {10.16.20}

Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe it’s the end of another week? I feel like these weeks are just flying by!

On Fridays I love to link up with Erika and Andrea for their Friday Favorites. It’s a fun post where we all share some of our favorite things from the week.

Let’s get started!

Have you guys heard of the Make Up Eraser?! Oh. My. Goodness.

I was telling my sister in law how I struggle to get all the make up off my face at night and she told me about it. It’s amazing how you don’t need any cleanser. All you need is hot water and this towel and it literally “erases” the make up off your face! I bought one for Mary to use for her mascara and she’s loved using it, too.

I love a dress with pockets! Don’t you?

Y’all, I love this dress that I bought at Target a couple of weeks ago. Love the color, material and the fact that it has pockets just makes it better!

I love white pumpkins and was so excited when I spotted these at Kroger.

I love mums on my front porch in the fall. I postponed buying them because I knew we would be out of town a lot and I didn’t want them to die while we were gone. But now that we are home for a little while, I was excited to finally buy some.

I was a little let down with the ones at our local Kroger so Joseph and I went to Athens and found these at Home Depot. They are beautiful! And they are only $9.99!

I decided to go simple this year. We may add a pumpkin or two once we carve or paint them. I’m trying to convince my kids to paint our pumpkins instead of carving them this year. It’s not going in my favor. What do y’all do? Do you carve or paint your pumpkins? And how do you keep them from rotting?

It’s no secret that I LOVE coffee mugs. I had a sweet surprise in our boo basket from one of our neighbors.

Oh my gosh. I love it so mmmuch!!

This girl right here 😍.

She’s been asking for more blonde in her hair so more blonde she got! Thank you Aunt Beth!! I can’t believe how grown she looks these days. It seems like just yesterday she was the little girl in the next picture….

Oh mommas with littles. I hated the moms who told me to enjoy every moment because one day I would miss the younger years. So I promised myself I’d never tell a mom that, but gosh they were so right. So I’m going back on my word and I’m going to tell you: enjoy every moment!! The days may be long but the years are short.

And that concludes my Friday favorites for this week! I can’t believe it’s Friday!

One more thing before I go! Yesterday I shared our final Beach Condo Renovation pictures. If you missed it, go back and read it. I share some super exciting news. Here’s are the links to all three posts:

HHI Condo Transformation: Kitchen and Dining Room

HHI Condo Transformation: Entryway and Living Room

HHI Condo Transformation: Bedrooms and Bathrooms

I hope y’all have a fantastic Friday and an amazing weekend!

XO

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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

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