Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CHRISTMAS DECOR MUST HAVES


What items are on your all's list for Christmas decor purchases?  If you are a consistent reader, you will know that I don't tend to spend too much on seasonal decor.  I just can't get myself to get too in to it - because by the time I do, it is time to take it all down.  Because all of our decor crates are stored in our attic; which is a place I DO NOT like going too...I use it as somewhat of an excuse....lol - so I don't have to put it away and or get it out of that creepy, dark place.  

But that doesn't mean I don't have a few items on my wish lists!  I walked into Pottery Barn Kids a few weeks ago and they had their kids Christmas bedding out and I fell in love.  This bedding quickly became on my short list of items to purchase this winter...but, then I just fell back into the, "I'd rather purchase stuff I can keep out all year long - and use all year long".

Chamois sheet set 

Duvet
Also on my list this year is lighted garland to hang around my front door - on the exterior. 

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 A front door wreath is a must as well!  Here are some of my favorites!

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LOVE this one from Etsy -

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Another awesome one from Etsy -

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Target has the cutest holiday collections right now as well...I want to go there, but am slightly afraid of being sucked into all of the cutest I will find, lol and have to have;)

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How awesome is this floral wallpaper?!

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I hope this offers you just a little bit of holiday inspiration!!
xx

Shelby

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A NIGHT IN


*A Night In is sponsored by Anolon.

I know we all looove looking at the bright white, well lit spaces on social media and blogs around town...but, do you ever feel like you are ready for something a little different?  Friends - I have you covered because for today's post I have been invited to participate in a series where us bloggers are sharing photos of our home at night - with the lights down - and the sun down - and the moon out....lol, you get the point;).

buffalo check blanket // popcorn bowls


One of our families favorite night-time rituals is being together and watching a movie.  Even if it means watching Inside Out, Frozen or Jurassic World for the 100th time - there is nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with your babes and being lazy for the evening.  For us, watching a movie means popcorn.  You have to have the popcorn.  

Measuring Cups

Due to obvious reasons, I am very against microwave popcorn.  So for the past few years, I have always made our popcorn on the stove in my spaghetti pot.  Yummm....

This has worked great, however, recently I have been cooking with my cast iron skillet more and more and came across a few food bloggers mentioning that the best stove made popcorn they ever had was when cooked with a cast iron.  I honestly had never put two and two together that you could even do this.  Because I love cooking with our cast iron - I had to try using it for the popcorn.  


I knew I would need a 'deep dish' cast iron, and one with a lid.  In comes Anolon and their 5 quart round casserole cast iron.  It was exactly what I was looking for to make copious amounts of salty popcorn for our movie snuggle nights.  It even came in a really pretty navy blue color that just happens to be my 'color' throughout my home.  I love to leave this dish sitting out on my stove.  It just looks pretty.



Because I thought you all might be curious - here is the Reed Family Cast Iron Homemade Popcorn recipe -

         - Pour enough oil down in your pan to cover the base (be sure to use an oil with a high smoke      point, like avocado or peanut oil).
         - Heat your cast iron on medium high heat (b/c it's cast iron - it will take about 5/6 minutes to fully heat up).
         - Drop 3 - 5 kernels into your pan and wait for them to pop - once they pop you know the pan is hot enough.
         - Depending on how much popcorn you want to make (I typically make 1/3 cup if it's the kids and I, a little more if Mike is included;)) - dump your kernels into the pot and put the lid on (extremely important if you want to limit the random kernels popping all over the place).
         - This next step is something I like to do, but not crucial - when you drop in your kernels, also drop in a teaspoon or two of butter.  This way when the popcorn pops it will be tossed around with the butter in the hot pan.
         - Use some warming pads to shake the pot around to get the kernels moving a little quicker, if needed.
         - Once the kernels have slowed down - turn the heat off and take the pot off the burner.  I always err on the early side, because I am not typically a fan of those burnt pieces.
         - Pour on the salt, and if I'm by myself, I like to sprinkle parmesan cheese (shake cheese as my Mom used to always call it) after it has cooled down, along with some pepper.

ENJOY:)xx







Now for the really awesome part!  Would you like to see some of my favorite, uber-talented bloggers sharing some of their homes in the dark??  These ladies author blogs that I have followed since before I started GLG.  I am so honored and grateful for my name to be in this group!  Be sure to check out these inspirational ladies A Night In spaces below...


Julia & Chris Marcum, Chris Loves Julia

Kim & Scott Vargo, Yellow Brick Home

Kristin Jackson, Hunted Interior

Alison Alien, Deuce Cities Henhouse

Gwen Hefner, The Makerista

Anna Smith, Annabode + Co.

Brit Pierce, House Updated

Joni Lay, Lay Baby Lay



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Monday, November 14, 2016

OUR BATHROOM: GOOD, BAD, AND THE EXPENSIVE


I have never done a final 'reveal'  post of our bathroom renovation.  And I honestly don't think I will - for a handful of reasons, but mostly because I think it is still evolving slightly.  While most people will say the bathroom is done, and while it is done, there is just something that is missing in there for me...I don't know if it's just that I have been thinking and staring at it, and contemplating every single inch of that space for too long??  But, it just feels like it is missing something.  So - I am on a hard core mission to figure that out - lol - and one day I will, and then I will do a 'reveal' post! ;).

In the mean time - I thought it would be fun to share some pics and stories of how we are using it currently.


We love the deep soaker tub!  It is a little hard for the kids to get in and out of - but they love being able to fill it up deeper for their toys to swim around in;).


Love getting shots like this and then wondering what are those floaters doing in there?!!  Gwen is working potty training right now...:(.  Evacuation time...lol


Having countertop space is a dream!  Especially when I can use it to set pretty drinks like this one while the kids are swimming around.


I am so glad we added in the handheld.  I use it to help clean out the tub and walls after I spray them down with a cleaner.  But it's also nice just turning it on in addition to the shower head.  Another good decision was to add in the can light above the tub.  We also put it on a dimmer, which is a must for those early morning showers when you don't want all that light coming in.


It would have been super helpful if this mirror would have been turned horizontal versus in a vertical position.  Because this space is on the smaller end, a lot of times Mike and I and possibly one or both kids are in here at the same time fighting for that mirror space.  But, when I was working through the design in here, I thought about that and wanted to place the mirror in the vertical position thinking it would make the bathroom appear larger, with some of that added mirror going up to the ceiling (which it does work perfect for that illusion).  So - while this is something I still have issues with, I don't think I would have done anything differently here.

Another comment is the hardware...I wanted the Kohler Purist line - obviously classic, can't go wrong.  However, because we ended up spending so much additional labor time on contract hours due to unforeseen issues to the max... money had to be cut, which resulted in less expensive hardware.  I wasn't too upset about this in some areas, however, you can really notice it with this towel bar.  It doesn't move - the handle part stays stationary - which is kind of weird when you are putting a towel on there?  Almost feels like you are going to snap it in half every time you try and squeeze a towel back behind there, lol.


Here is a good before and after for you -


After -



I love having the open shelves.  The wood brings in a bit of a natural element to the space. We knew the shelves had to be deep given the dimensions, so it can bit a bit of an issue on the upper shelves.  But I think they are perfect for putting those items you don't use on a daily basis.  My only other comment on the shelves is I wish we would have had them installed while working on the drywall, so that they would have been more 'built in'.  We ended up using these small L brackets to hold them in, which still looks good - but again, it's the details that get me.


We all love having the shelf at the end of the tub - which holds our bath toys, shampoo, face wash, soap, etc.  And obviously my favorite part of this project is the floor!!!


I know this isn't a comprehensive post on the bathroom.  But, I still thought it would be fun to share some of our end pics of the space - and hopefully I will be able to do a more detailed one in the near future.

Happy Monday friends:).

xx
Shelby


Friday, November 11, 2016

BEDROOM UPDATE ON THE CHEAP


In lieu of a Fashion Friday post - I wanted to share a super easy, super quick, and super cheap way I updated our bedroom this week - and got a little more in the holiday spirit as well;).

I have never been one to have multiple sheet sets just laying around...I have pretty much always only had 1 sheet set.  I take it off weekly to wash and then put it right back on.  Maybe this is why they always wear so fast...??  I am a pretty simple person, and I do not like to have a ton of "extra" things just taking up space in my house.  However, I also do not have a linen closet, so I have no where to store those extra sheets anyway! lol.

I was taking a casual stroll through Target this week, and spent waaayy too much time looking through their home decor section (which is amazing right now ps.).  But - I saw they had their flannel sheets out and I got so excited!  I have been wanting to get flannel sheets every winter - just never pulled the trigger for some reason (i.e. see reasons stated above;)).  And then I saw these -


These were PERFECT - they were flannel, and they have a Christmas vibe going on to them - which makes me feel so on it for having 'Christmas' sheets on my bed this year;).


I switched out my center pillow a few times while taking these shots.  I couldn't decide which one I liked better... in person the black and tan one looks awesome.  But in these pics I kind of like the cheetah;).






What was SO amazing about this...the sheet set was only $29.99!  I thought that was a steal.  Especially when it made such a big change/impact in our bedroom.  And let me tell you - sleeping with these sheets is so super comfy.

Do you typically change out your sheets during the holiday season?  If so, where do you keep your other sheets?  And what are your favorite times of the year to change them out?  I am so excited about this $30 update, and feel like I am on the sheet 'train' now;).

xx
Shelby

Friday, November 4, 2016

FASHION FRIDAY: PERFECT FALL ACCESSORY


Everyone has been wearing them lately, and recently I have realized how much of a lifesaver they are on those mornings where I am rushing around, trying to get out of the house and don't have time to wash my hair.  Especially now with the temps cooling off - this is quickly becoming my go to fall accessory - the black fedora style hat!  Honestly....I don't really know what you call these - I know it's not a fedora...is it a panama hat??  lol - regardless, I think you guys get what I am going after:).

PS.  I had my hair down in these pics, but I think these hats look really good when your hair is pulled up in a low messy bun too.







Have you guys tried this fall trend?  I picked up the hat I am wearing at H&M over the summer - it just happened to one of those things you see on sale and is so cheap you just buy it.  However, I tagged quite a few ones below that I love and are reasonably priced!


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  We have basketball games and school projects to work on...but I am excited and ready for a weekend around the house.

xx
Shelby


 

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