Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Whatever Wednesday

Welcome back to another edition of Whatever Wednesday and happy first day of Summer! The days are going by faster than I can keep up it seems, so my blog has been put on the backburner a bit, but I'm popping in for a bit today!


What I'm Obsessed with:


No big surprise here; I'm obsessed with this perfect little chick.. She has the sweetest heart of anyone I've ever known and I'm not just saying that because she's mine. I feel like she's grown and grown up so much since I had Carter. She handles everything with so much grace for such a little lady. Currently, she's loving gymnastics class, swim lessons, spending every minute of summer with her cousins, going to the park, playing and checking out library books and helping me cook. She does this thing right now where if she wants me to pick her up, she says "Pick up truck" and when she wants down, "Dump truck" Don't ask me where she came up with it because I have no idea, but I love it and I love her so, so much. 


What I'm Wearing:


Okay, I know it needs ironed, but how cute is this dress from Sugar Boutique?! I posted about it last week after I ordered and I love it even more on. IT's very flattering and fit was true to size with what most other brands I wear are. I got a small. There were still a couple in stock last time I looked. It's by Karlie. 


What I'm Watching:


I've watched this smutty show since episode one and I'm not ashamed to say I love it. I initially started watching for the scenes of my favorite city, but quickly fell in love with this hot mess. My opinion on this season: Shep's a mess and needs to get his life together, the act isn't cute. Cameran is my favorite and I want to raid her closet. Also, cutest pregnant lady. Kathryn seems to have gotten herself on the right path and I'm hoping this is her come back. I love a good come back story. I love Chelsea and hope she's picked up as a cast member next season. Craig and Naomi are cute, but they are getting on my nerves with all their issues. Do y'all watch? Thoughts?



What I've been up to:


That's my headshot for my real estate ads and business cards. It's a pretty slow market in Maysville right now since the announcement of the impending closing of a coal fired power plant that is a major employer in our area, but I have been doing quite a few showings recently (I started with my brokerage in late February), I have my first listing, have had one property close and have another under contract so things are going great! I'm learning a lot but not away from the kids more than a couple of hours a week, so this is a decision that I am so glad I made. I considered getting my license back when I was pregnant with Caroline, but put it off. I SO with I had gone ahead and started back then, but I'm glad I'm doing it now. It's a pretty lofty goal, but I'd like to save a very large portion of whatever I make working until we can afford to buy a house on the lake or near Charleston. It'd be a place for us to get away to pretty often, but I'd also like it to be income generating when we're not staying there. It's a few years off at this point obviously since it's still a dream, but something I'm really interested in pursuing. I'd love to have a place my family could get away to for everything they do for myself and the kids, too, so that would be another great bonus. 

Happy Wednesday, y'all!




Monday, June 12, 2017

Recent OOTD's

It's been a while since I posted some outfits, mostly because 90% of what I wear is workout clothes, but on the occasion that I do get gussied up, I try to snap a selfie so I thought I'd share here a few outfits from the last few months as well as sources. 

Dress: Nordstrom (Wayf brand) | Shoes: Tory Burch | Bracelet: Bourbon and Boweties

I love, love, love this dress! It's so pretty and feminine with the lace details. I wore this for Carter's first birthday party. 

Dress: from Red Clover Boutique in Savannah (www.shopredclover.com) | Shoes: Tory Burch Miller sandals

Dress: J Crew (runs on the smaller side and is SUPER see through) | Necklace: Beaufort Linen Co.

Dress: Asos (old) | Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer | Bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties

Romper: Ribbon Chix (in Murray, KY but brand is Buddy Love)

This romper rans pretty small. I normally wear a size small in most brands, but needed the medium in this and it fit well. You can wear it off the shoulder as well and it has pockets. 

So there ya go, some recent outfits. I'm hoping to do a better job of documenting some fun outfit inspiration and sharing it here. I love to shop and I love to find outfit ideas from other blogs. Happy Monday!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Five on Friday

Hopping right into this super late edition of Five on Friday!

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Hoe cute is this simple floral arrangement for a summer tablescape?
I found it via Southern Lady Magazine's facebook page and here are the instructions on how to make your very own, along with other options to use as your base like a pineapple or lemon. I'm going to attempt a variation of the watermelon at our next cookout. 

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The pretty kitchen from The Cottage Journal caught my attention as I was scrolling Facebook as well. I love how bright everything is, but also how the bold colors in the runner and the wood in the pendant lights above the island balance all the white. It's basically the kitchen of my dreams. 

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I ordered this adorable dress from www.scsugar,com earlier this week and can't wait to get it in the mail! I'm thinking it may end up being what I wear for our family beach photos here in a few weeks. They've got lots of other super cute new arrivals on their website right now as well. Sugar is one of my go-to online shops for cute clothes for myself. 


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I just finished up a book that I've been ready for the better part of the last month and a half. I usually try to finish a book every two weeks or so, but I just don't know where the time gets away to every day. It's like I wake up, I blink, then it's bedtime. Anyway, I've got this book on my nightstand ready to start tomorrow.


Has anyone read this book? Thoughts?  I'll be sure and share my opinion on it when I finish it, but I remember they adapted this book into a television show a few years back and I loved the show. It only lasted one season, but I'd never read the book, so I figured why not?


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We are trying a new spot for family vacation this year, North Topsail Island in North Carolina. If anyone has any recommendations, I'd really appreciate them. I'm beyond excited to get back to the coast. I feel like I belong at the beach. Every time we go, I can't find a good reason why we don't live at the beach, or at the very least, live much closer to it. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kitchen Reno Inspiration


One of the bigger projects we'll be tackling with our new house is renovating the kitchen...on a tight budget. We feel like based on the neighborhood comparables, we got a great deal on the house we bought and we have set a budget for updates that we feel will still leave us some room when we move out of this house in a few years to hopefully recoup our investment and make a little bit as well. Anyway, I narrowed down our countertop material to three options as seen below for Juston to choose his favorite. I love all of them, so I'm good regardless of what he chooses. 


We are definitely doing a white shaker cabinet. I feel like that style is timeless and appeals to almost anyone. I'm partial to things that I feel like aren't trendy even though they may be in style and popular right now if that makes any sense. Like white subway tile for example. I know it's everywhere right now and super on trend, but it's also in homes built a hundred years ago and true to that period as well, so I feel like it has staying power. 

I have some before pictures of the kitchen, as well as the plans our contractors have developed that I'll share soon as well, but this post is for sharing some of the kitchens I've pinned on Pinterest for inspiration. So, without further ado....









 Y'all, in a perfect world, these gorgeous soapstone countertops would fit neatly into the budget we set for the kitchen space...but alas, it doesn't fit. But I'm okay with it since I know this isn't our forever home. A girl can still dream though. I explored the idea of doing honed black granite as a substitute for the soapstone, but the granite man I spoke with really discouraged it citing a ridiculous amount of upkeep which could prove challenging with all the cooking we do plus two kids. So I scratched that idea, but ultimately, I love really dark countertops, or really light. I'm not a fan of the in between and I'm not a fan of things in the tan/brown family personally. I've shared the dark countertop inspo, so below is the light countertop inspiration. 












Friday, May 26, 2017

Exterior Progress

I thought I'd share a small update we've finished on the exterior of our new house, the shutters. Everything about this house we bought, both inside and outside was SO brown...beige...tan. I don't mind those shades in small doses, but it was literally everything. Take the exterior for example; the brick, the roof, the shutters, the sconces and a lot of the landscape even vary in their brown tone. Well, we're knocking the brown out one step at a time. 

Here's  the picture we took shortly after purchasing. 




And below is the exterior as it currently is. Still a long list to tackle, but wow, just changing the shutter color has made such a big difference already. Juston and I can't agree on painting the brick (I'll let you guess who falls on which side of this discussions;)) so we're going to start with painting the siding around the dormers and where the roof pitch changes. It's sort of a primer gray shade right now and we're going to paint it a creamy white. Has anyone ever painted siding before? I'm doing it either way, but am curious how it's held up for anyone who has done it. 


Here are a couple of other "Before's" that I believe were from the listing. Juston is going to build some window boxes that I'll paint to match the shutters and I feel like that will add some much needed depth and dimension to the front of the house. We played with the idea of adding a portico, but ultimately decided we're rather put that money towards doing some bathroom updates instead. 




And another "In Progress After". We've really thinned out the landscaping as well, but most of that has taken place out back. The back yard was a like a jungle...or a mosquito heaven. Either way, we needed to get a lot more sunlight back there so that we could get a spot for our garden we'll be planting, hopefully soon. You can see the two trees on the right side of the house that we removed out front. 



I'll share some photos of the back changes once it shapes up a bit more. I feel like the house is slowly waking up again and it's a fun process to watch. I'm having commitment issues with the front door color. I know I want to do something fun and bold and I thought I'd narrowed it down to two choices, but now that I'm seeing the shutters up, I'm opening up to some other options as well. I want to add in some color with the window box flowers and adding in some more colorful foliage in the front landscaping. We'll be adding black iron railings on either side of the front porch steps as well. I'm going to hold off on painting the front steps until close to the end of our exterior update. I've also considered painting the downspouts the same color as the shutters as well, but haven't committed to that yet either. I think we're going to do one step at a time where paint is concerned before committing to the next step. 

Our remaining front exterior to-do list looks something like this, in order of completion:

Paint Front Door and change hardware
Add stair railing
Add Window Boxes
Paint Siding
Add lantern lights on either side of the door (and a flag)


Monday, May 22, 2017

Mother's Day

I'm a little late with this, but always like to document the holidays here. We had a great Mother's Day weekend! I got a few hours to myself to workout, which is usually the first thing I'll do if I ever get some time to myself. Then Sunday, Caroline helped her daddy make breakfast which we ate outside since it was such a perfect morning. 


Before we headed to church, I got a pretty cool present as you can see. There's a lake really close to the new house we bought, and I've wanted a paddleboard for awhile now, so this should be fun when I get to take it out. I think we're going to take it on vacation to the beach, too. 

We all got gussied up and headed to church where Caroline made me a sweet little flower pot in children's church. 





After lunch, we all headed to lunch at deSha's, had some great food and conversation and just enjoyed a laid back day. 



Just the mama's and all the kids. We get this picture every year after lunch and I can't get over how much all the kids have grown when I look back on year's past. So there you have it...nothing over the top or exciting, but still a great Mother's Day with all the people I love so much. 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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It's been over a week since I posted here so I just wanted to pop in and say I'm hoping to get back to posting regularly soon. I just haven't been feeling it here lately. 'Overwhelmed' seems like an appropriate word to describe all current situations in my life at the moment and I'm just trying to get caught up on lots of things before I get back to a schedule on my blog.

 I'm hoping to do a little facelift on my site here before too long as well as a name change. I haven't figured out what I want to change it to just yet, but I started this blog when I was pregnant with Caroline and now there two sweet Pate babies, neither of which are exactly babies, so I feel like a name change is in order. 

Anyway, I hope everyone's Mother's Day was incredible and that all you ladies felt loved and appreciated like you should! Happy Wednesday!