Author: Brittany

Playhouse Makeover

Every time I see a fixer upper, i envision all the little tweaks i would love to do to update it. When I saw a local playhouse for sale, I immediately saw a modern little farmhouse for Hudson to play in. I snatched it up and Josh and I went to work!

The Process

First, we took the playhouse apart. We then drilled drain holes in the bottom of the pieces since we knew we would be power washing it and we didn’t want to get any water stuck inside.

We then power washed and scrubbed it.

After drying, we spray painted each piece. We added an additional coat to each, then finished with a clear top coat spray.

The only pieces that could not be removed were the shutters, so I wrapped the walls in plastic wrap, and using painters tape to secure it, while I spray painted it.

I purchased solar lights, a bell and mat. After drying, we drilled in the lights and bell, and I added topiaries. Hudson loves it! The neutral colors make it easy for us to decorate each season!

House

Spray Paint

Black

White

Clear Top Coat

Accessories

Solar Lights

Bell

Door Mat

Topiaries (similar)

Clean Masks for Glowing Skin

I’ve been heavy on the self-care front for as long as I can remember. The beauty aisle was always the first spot I would browse through on TJ Maxx trips with my mom when I was 10. I was always on the hunt for face masks, so I could throw them on while I was soaking in the tub!

I’ve come a long way with my face mask selections, and this Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask truly feels like an in-home facial and has all the perks! From polishing dull skin, uneven skin tone, sun damage and supporting healthy cell renewal, to unclogging pore congestion and oil, my skin looks and feels so healthy and glowing afterward! My “mask routine” looks a little different 20 years later, throwing it on while I load the dishwasher & switch laundry before bed, but I’ll take it!

Clean skincare has been the key to clear skin for me. I never realized how simple it was, the cleaner the ingredients, the clearer my skin has been. I recently started using Kora Organics Noni Glow Oil, and love how brightening and healthy it makes my skin look. I added the Noni Glow Sleeping Mask to my nighttime routine to boost hydration and plump skin (fine lines & wrinkles especially!) while I sleep. I wake up the next morning with such healthy, fresh looking skin!

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

Matcha green tea powder is pretty much the mothership of superfoods. Need an energy pick me up? Want to boost your metabolism? Clear your skin? Lower anxiety? Fortify your immune system? Improve concentration? It’s a cure all! Any chance i can sneak a teaspoon, I do!

I love making chia seed pudding and sticking it in the fridge for a quick snack or dessert. Chia seeds kept you feeling fuller longer, so I love bringing them to work with me. I decided to combine the two to reap all the benefits!

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

Makes 2 Servings

1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or other Non-Dairy milk)

4 TBSP Chia Seeds

1 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder

1 Squirt of Stevia (or 1 packet)

Optional: Unsweetened Organic Coconut Shreds

Toppings: sliced strawberries, banana, blueberries, chocolate chips, nuts

Mix ingredients (except for toppings) in a bowl or mason jar (I like to use a mason jar with a lid then divide into servings). Let sit overnight, top with your favorite toppings!

My 5 Top Nordstrom Sale Must-Haves

The NSale is officially live for public access! Here are my top must-haves to scoop up before they are gone!

#1 LEOPARD | I will be incorporating leopard detail in booties, camis and cardis this Fall! The neutral print is so versatile, you can’t go wrong! This comfy cardi is sold out (not sure if it will be restocking), but I found a dupe here! I can’t wait to pair this silk cami with long dusters! (More options: here, here & here)

Skirt | Denim (another great buy!)

#2 GLO PRO | This has been one of my favorite beauty buys. I use the lip, eye, and body attachments, as well. It basically tricks your skin into thinking it needs repaired, so cellular growth is promoted, allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin to be much more effective! [ Sale Price $179 – Retail $260]

#3 OVERSIZED SWEATERS | I’m soaking in all the oversized coziness when crisp Fall air arrives. These pullovers pair perfectly with these boots, or these must have leggings and slip on flats! (Another great option)

#4 SNAKESKIN BOOTS | Another neutral print I’m loving this season. These boots are a fun alternative to a basic taupe or black, to spice up any outfit! [Sale Price $79.90 – Retail $119.95]

#5 RUNNING SHOES | I normally get a new pair of running shoes each Fall. This staple has a fun subtle dose of sparkle! They also come in White/Rose Gold combo. [Sale Price $63.90 – Retail $85]

If you’re looking to stock up on gift ideas, I recommend this throw, this blanket, or this diffuser! I’d love to know your favorite finds, as well!

Toddler Activities We Love: Do a Dot Art

Each morning, I like to have a fun activity lined up for Hudson. With excessive rain as of late, it’s nice to have a variety of activities prepared if it means we will be spending a good portion of the day inside. I wanted to start sharing different activities we love weekly on the blog if it helps other mamas too! I would love to hear yours, as well!

We have had our fair share of marker art on our white sofa (thank goodness for spot remover & washable slip covers!) Hudson loves to paint, and we do so often, but maximum clean up isn’t ideal for every day. When my boyfriend’s sweet family got these Do-A-Dot markers and activity books for Hudson, it was the perfect hybrid of the two, mess-free! We love gifting it to his friends for birthdays & holidays, also!

Activity Books: Letters, Numbers & Shapes | 123 |Construction | Work TrucksMighty Trucks | Discover My World | Mermaid | Animals

Markers: Ice Cream Dreams | Ultra Bright Shimmer | Metallic Shimmer | Rainbow | Brilliant | Royal Shimmer | Juicy Fruits

My NSale Picks & Tips

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It’s finally here, and it did not disappoint! I rounded up my top picks from this year’s Anniversary sale, with staples to build a chic F/W wardrobe. As someone who thrives off of neutral hues, (& a closet full of them), I am loving snakeskin footwear this season!

TIPS:

  • Shop online & Pick Up in Store.. Items are selling out at an all time high this year. I ordered my items online, for in-store pick up
  • If an item you love does sell out, be sure to keep checking online in case returns are made.. I am dying for these booties!
  • Snag investment staples.. I focus on my everyday core pieces: boots, denim, sweaters, cami’s, activewear
  • Pair your pieces.. If you can’t create multiple outfits out of it, it’s probably not the best investment piece
  • School Shop.. Hudson begins preschool in August, I stocked up on shoes, boots and outerwear before they go to full price
  • Stock up.. Blink, and the holidays will be here! It’s the perfect time to stock up on beauty, accessories & home pieces

I’ll be styling pieces, as well as including my top picks for kids and home decor, stay tuned!

 

Last Minute Easter Gift Ideas

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If you late to the game this year, here’s a roundup of colorful basket fillers that can all be delivered with 2 day shipping or sooner!

 

 

Mediterranean Detox Salad

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One of the top spots on my to-do list for Spring is always detoxing my closet. Going through and purging pieces I won’t miss, and adding a few fresh staples always sets a crisp tone for a new season. Between low energy, skin issues, and not feeling like myself as of late, I decided a revamp my nutrition, as well. I found a plant based 30 day program to promote energy, better sleep, weight loss, muscle tone, and clearer skin and relieve bloating and inflammation. Unlike “cleanses” I have tried in the past, this has been the easiest program to follow, (no counting, juicing, or meal skipping involved!), and I have felt not only full each day, but healthier, more toned, sans bloat and headaches. I’m not even half-way through the program, and I feel that it was exactly what I needed to get back on track with clean eating, and nutrition based meals, and a vast boost of energy!

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My favorite go-to salad lately is a Mediterranean detox salad. It’s super simple to meal prep, without becoming soggy like other greens! Not only is it delicious, but there are countless health benefits to the ingredients. The versatility of the salad makes it easy to mix things up for the week, by eating the salad for lunch or dinner, or stuffing it into a grain-free wrap with a scoop of hummus for a protein packed meal! So so good!

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Detox Salad

  • Parsley
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Chickpeas (roasted is even better!)
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Pepper
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Optional Protein: Chicken, Lamb or Steak (The program is for carnivores too!)
  • Optional Toppings: Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Pepitas, Vegan Cheese, Apple Cider Vinegar

If you’re in need of a Spring detox, or could use help with meal plans, recipes and clean eating, I’d love to chat!

 

Special Valentine’s Day Traditions for Kids

Happy Valentine’s Eve! I’m putting together Hudson’s Valentine’s basket to surprise him tomorrow. Since he was born we’ve formed little traditions for each holiday, and he’s now at the age where he really looks forward to them!

Valentine’s Basket – I love gifting him holiday themed books, because he has built a collection for each holiday. For each upcoming holiday we display those books on his nightstand shelf to read for the weeks leading up to it. He always remembers who got him each book also, which makes them special! This year I added a Limited Edition Valentine’s version of his favorite body wash, Yum Earth heart gummies and lollipops, and chocolate!

Valentine’s Breakfast – A special breakfast of heart shaped pancakes and cut-out fruit are such a fun touch to make the holiday special! Coordinating napkins, plates and cups are such a festive addition!

Baking & Decorating – Hudson loves to bake with me! This year we baked molten chocolate cakes with strawberry sauce in heart shaped silicone molds. He loves adding ingredients (& stealing chocolate chips in the process!) Sugar cookies are always a favorite! This recipe is so yummy! I put a variety of sprinkles in a paint tray, which makes it fun to get creative!

Arts & Crafts – Something as easy as having a simple craft setup with supplies we already have on hand when Hudson wakes up makes him so excited! Here are some cute ideas!

The Night Before.. we read The Night Before Valentine’s Day!

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s traditions?

Photography by Rachel Domitrovich.

Where to Still Snag Cyber Monday Deals

Abercrombie: Up to 50% off select styles!

American Eagle: 50% all sweaters + 40% off everything else!

Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sales styles + 40% off everything else!

Baublebar: 35% off everything! Code CYBER35

Express: 50% off everything + Free Shipping!

Gap: 50% off everything + extra 10% + Free Shipping! Code CYBER

J.Crew: 50% off everything + extra 60% off sale styles! Code CYBER

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off + Spend $250, get $50!

Old Navy: 50% off everything!

One Kings Lane: 30% off site wide!

Pottery Barn: 25% off + free shipping! Code CYBER

Revolve: Extra 20%! Code CYBER20

Shopbop: Additional 30% sale items! Code WOW18

Victoria’s Secret: 40% off all bras + select sales!

The Subtle Statement Selects 

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GloPRO – This is one of my favorite beauty purchases!

a Slouchy Sweater (50% off!)

Cozy flannels + Distressed Denim (Both 40% off!)