because my house is relatively small (1,250 square feet!), everything has to have a place and there's not much room for extra. but! i love so many things! my neighbor called me an "opportunity shopper" - which, i'll be adding to the top of my personal resume, thanks.
my guest room has become the landing place for all the things i don't need rightthisminute... but it's been a lot of minutes, so it was due for deep clean and refresh.
functionally, all the pieces were there, but nothing fit just right. i upgraded the bed from a full to a queen a while ago, which made just a little too tight of a squeeze to access everything in storage. i purged and i prayed over what NEEDED to stay, knowing it was going to be whittled down to what i could fit into three shallow bookcases from walmart. since this was a blitz of weekend project, i knew i could count on walmart home to have all the supplies i needed in stock and available at my fingertips. what i've come to appreciate about walmart is that they've got the functional and decor items covered. it's form AND function which is what my house has to be about because it's so small.
95% of the time this room belongs to me but when the guests come to town, i want it to be a comfortable place to stay. the clean white linens serve as a much-needed calm foundation to an otherwise noisy room.
i'm happy to report i put the finishing touches on the guest room on sunday afternoon. hung a few frames to finish the gallery wall, tucked those hospital corners on the bed, and organized the ribbon supply for the next emergency party. and now i'm ready for my next round of guests!
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My dad and nephews came into town last weekend - something we've all been looking forward to for a long time! My brother and sister in law work quite a bit and the boys were bursting at the seams for a change of scenery. As the only girl, sandwiched between four brothers, I don't have to fight for my title as Favorite Aunt - but still... teenage boys are hard to impress, so I pulled out all the stops to make sure they had something good to report about their trip.
Before they came, I asked my sister in law and mom about their favorite snacks and drinks and meals - I knew Walmart would truly be a one-stop-shop for the weekend for food and extra kitchen gear. This single-woman household doesn't always have five of everything when it comes to my kitchen supplies! As expected, I got carried away in the home department and stocked up on cups, dishes, serving spoons, tablecloths, etc. because the store had such a great supply of dishes and homeware that was right up my alley. In my house, red is a neutral, and if you know me, you know I'm committed to wearing/using/displaying any combo of red/white/blue every day, in as may ways as possible, through June and July and Walmart Home had my back.
I spoiled them with a hot breakfast every morning and Mason, the ten year old, discovered a new love for helping in the kitchen. I heard the boys love toaster waffles, so I wanted to show them how much better a fresh, homemade waffle could be than the frozen ones. I TRIPLED this waffle recipe (it's a keeper) for the hungry boys. While I was in the market of outdoing myself, I set the table, complete with a tablecloth and candles. Teenage boys could eat off a paper plate in the living room, but I wanted them to know they deserved nice things, too.
They could drink orange juice by the gallon, so the extra tall juice glasses were a welcomed addition to the table. And these plates were sized to fit waffles-to-feed-a-growing-teenage-boy helpings, three times over.
They requested fresh fruit with every meal, which makes me think their parents are doing something right! I was happy to oblige and they were even willing to work in the kitchen to make sure there was plenty to go around.
And my hero dad, who knew it was a photo worthy moment and offered to capture it with the big camera.
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a few of my favorite things for favorite things season!
since i ran through my go-to gifts to give at favorite things party in my instagram story a few weeks back, i've been keeping extra thoughtful notes about things that i already own and love so much... things that might feel a little bit more special than the regular things we see flying through our sponsored ads or the typical internet favorites.View full article →
My hope with these blog posts is to share and easy party and crafting DIYs to inspire you to think outside the garland box! Sky's the limit when it comes to these babies! I've brought on some of my very best creative brains to drum up some crafts - stay tuned!