Tuesday, March 26, 2019

MAKING OUR HOME FEEL LIKE HOME WITH STAGE...








What makes your home feel like home? Is the smell of your favorite candle, children running around, food being cooked, pictures and decorations, or flowers? For me, it’s all of those things. If you didn’t already know, our family is a military family. My husband has been serving in the army for almost 5 years now. That means that we’ve been constantly moving. We actually haven’t lived in the same place for over a year. We’ve moved 5 times in the past 5 years, renting homes or returning back to Houston (while my husband is deployed). Making our current living space feel like home is extremely important to me. I want our children to come home from school and be comfortable. I want them to spend time in our living room, not in their rooms and invite their friends over because they would much rather be here than somewhere else.

Decorations can make the difference between a “home” and another house that’s filled with your things. A few things to decide on when decorating your home is to decide on what theme you want. I redecorated a couple of rooms in our home last week with a lot of affordable pieces that I found at our local Palais Royal. Stage has a huge selection of new home décor in stores and online. Do you remember everything I got for my Christmas dining table décor (blog post here)? I feel that they’ve tripled the home selection since then. I’ve decorated our entry way, living room, dining room, and laundry room with pieces that’s I’ve bought from Stage. Everything I bought was around $200 in total!  They carry decorations for Farmhouse Living, Garden, Coastal View (beach theme), and Tropical Glam themes. Growing up in Texas, I’ve always wanted my home to feel like a country house. A country house with more modern ties to it. I love plaid, mason jars, wall art, and the fresh smells of flowers. Most of my inspirations came from Pinterest. I save images that I like and then I look at them while I shop. 

In our house, all of our rooms are on the second floor. Our family spends 80% of the day downstairs in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and unfortunately, the laundry room. Washing clothes is a never-ending cycle for me because Liam and Chloe go through at least two outfits a day. I’ve learned a few things over the years to help make a home feel like home and I want to share those tips with everyone. I hope they help! 

TIPS ON MAKING YOUR HOME FEEL LIKE HOME

Open and Clean Spaces:No one can argue that a clean home makes the world of a difference. We clean up our house every week and clean daily. Windows, mirrors, and white items can help make a room feel more open and clean. White pieces like the home sweet home jar and the stacking pigs brighten up a space. Flowers and greens also help bring a room to life. Eucalyptus are pretty cheap here so we try to buy a fresh batch every week.  

Cozy Touches with Pillows and Throws:If you were to take away all of our sofa pillows, it would look plain and uninviting. Make your home feel warm and cozy with soft decorative pillows and a soft throw. We got a few pillows from Palais Royal and they were all under $15. Decorative Pillows can be ridiculously expensive so I was thankful to find a handful of them reasonably priced. 

Candles and Oils: As soon as you walk through the front door the smell of your favorite scent should make you feel at home. We light a candle every morning for a few hours. My favorite scent is Marshmallow Fireside. 

Put up Pictures and Art:Time passes by so fast and I don’t ever want to forget the special moments that I’ve shared with my family. We picked up this home sweet home sign and a few picture frames to put around the house.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope these tips help create a warm and welcome home for everyone. 

xo, 
Annie

*Thank you Stage for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF SPRING...





ROMPER: VICI // SHOES: VICI // BAG: VICI

It's the first official day of spring 2019. To be completely honestly, I thought spring had already arrived. When March arrives I assume that it's spring. I have so much to look forward to this season. Liam and I have our trip to Disneyland/LA next week, I turn a year older, trips to the pool with the children, and so much more. I'm not able to plan last minute things so I've pretty much have a schedule for the next 3 months. 

I thought it would perfect to share this fun and flirty romper for my first spring post. I had ones of these rompers in white last year and LOVED it. It would be a cute outfit for any upcoming travels or a day out. I personally think it pairs better with a flat sandal versus a wedge. The romper already has a lot going on and it's on the shorter end so I kept it simple and balancing it out. Since we're already talking about romper, does any feel exposed when using the ladies room in public while wearing a romper or jumpsuit?! The worse is when you're not wearing a bra so you're basically completely naked in that stall, lol. I haven't gotten use to it but I will soon because half of my spring pieces are rompers or jumpsuits. 

I also had to share this picture of Liam because he NEVER wants to take a picture with me anymore. I try my best not to force him to take a picture with me but I miss our little mom and mini pics. Liam only likes taking pictures with his friends, dad, chloe, and basically anyone but me. Hopefully he'll feel different when it's just us two in Disney. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

*Photos by Banavenue 




Thursday, March 14, 2019

THE PRETTIEST JUMPSUIT...



JUMPSUIT: Revolve (love this one too!)

Since Instagram went out yesterday, I thought I could take the entire day off. Honestly, I'm glad Instagram went out. I was barely on my phone and it was so nice to spend time with my family. The kids and I drove  3 1/2 hours to see Tommy to only learn that Tommy has a 3 day weekend and will driving back to Houston today. We basically drove 7 hours in total to visit Tommy for less than 24 hours. Oh, well! We ended up getting dinner and watching a movie so it was worth it. Liam and Chloe did so well on the way up. I'm use to taking long road trips so I knew that I had to time the start of the trip around Chloe's nap time. The first 30 minutes of the drive she was awake, then slept for 2 hours, and then played with her toys for 30 minutes after her nap. She got cranky at the end but we were practically here at that point. Liam had his books and hot chocolate so he was very entertained. 

Anyways, I've shared this jumpsuit a few times on my Instagram and I'm OBSESSED! The second that I laid my eyes on it, I knew I had to have it. I love the ruffle detail and how simple it is. I'm brining it to California with so expect to see more of it. This jumpsuit does cost a little more but I truly LOVE it. I did link tons of other jumpsuit options that are under $100. Revolve has this new line "superdown" and I want everything! There are tons of pretty pieces that look like they should cost $100+. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo, 
Annie 


Monday, March 11, 2019

WHERE TO TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO HAVE FUN DURING SPRING BREAK...

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese's. The opinions and text are all mine.






Spring Break has arrived so that means that the sun is out longer, children are out of school, and vacation mode offically begins. This year we decided not to travel anywhere, instead we're going to take advantage of living in the city. Honestly, Spring Break hit us by surprise this year. I've been so busy that I didn't realize that it is Spring Break until a few days ago. As soon as I realized it, I planned out something our family could do at least every other day. Liam enjoys being out of the house and playing with his friends so we have a full agenda ahead of us. 

One thing that we're definitely doing is going to our local Chuck E. Cheese's. I grew up going to Chuck E. Cheese's with my siblings in California and those are some of my happiest memories. I don't remember a lot from when I was four years old, but I do remember my trips to Chuck E. Cheese's aside from having movie marathons with my family. 

  I've been taking Liam at least once a week and sometimes twice if he's behaving really well. You might have seen all of my Instagram Stories of Liam and his best friend, Sofia, there these past couple of months. We take them during lunch time so they can play and also eat while we're there. They're constantly running around, sliding those cards on every machine, and dancing with Chuck E. We may have a little argument here and there because the children can't decide who gets to go on a ride or play a game first but they usually last about a minute. Since Tommy has been back, Liam has been wanting to do everything with his Dad. We have a routine when we go, we start out with games, take a quick pizza break, play more games, and then see what prizes we can get with our tickets. When Liam plays the games, he usually gets about 2 or 3 tickets per machine. I'm pretty sure we spend a good 20 minutes putting all of his tickets in the ticket eater! What I appreciate about Chuck E. Cheese's is that you're able to purchase the prizes for a penny a ticket. When Liam is 20/30 tickets away from a prize he has had his eye on, I'm able to make up for the tickets. Liam's happy and I avoid a disappointed and crying toddler. We already know how hard is it to get your child to leave Chuck E. Cheese's. 

During Spring Break Chuck E. Cheese's will have an "All You Can Play" special for $10! All you have to do is sign up for the More Cheese Reward Program on the mobile app (iTunes or Google Play) or online. With every visit you can earn rewards for food, drinks, games, and prizes. My sister was the one who told me about the app months ago because as soon as you sign up, you get a free personalized pizza. There are also birthday perks, referral bonuses, and a $10 reward after you've visited 3 times (within 12 months). 

They say that children start building long lasting memories at 3 1/2 to 4 years old. I hope that as he gets older, he remembers those happy memories that he spent with his family and friends. It's easy to plant a child in front of a TV and call it a day. Trust me, I've done it before and I felt so bad after realizing how long he was watching tv. I enjoy taking Liam out to do things that he loves. He's able to  interact with us, friends, and have an amazing time. Taking Liam to Chuck E Cheese's always excites him and I don't break the bank doing it. 

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Spring Break! 
xo, 
Annie


Friday, March 8, 2019

ACCESSARIES THAT WILL LAST ALL SPRING LONG...


DRESS: Red Dress (love this one too) // SHOES: Marc Fisher (similar here) // BAG: Red Dress // CHLOE- Dress: Zara (old) // SHOES: Freshly Picked

Hi everyone! I know it has been a while. Geez, this is my first blog post this week. I've been stuck in a rut where I didn't know what to write about or have any to share with yall. Maybe it's this gloomy weather in Houston or the booked up schedule I have. It has been raining for almost 2 weeks in a row so it has been hard to create content. I've probably spent less than 1 hour at my house everyday this week. It has been crazy.  

Anyways, this outfit is one of my first spring outfits I wore out and I LOVE it. The pale mint color is so pretty and this straw bag has been on my wishlist for over a year. I'm not going to lie, when I first put this dress on it wasn't that flattering, it was too big on me. I learned a trick for longer length dresses and that's to tighten the waste drawstring or tie a belt around your waist then roll extra fabric behind the drawstring/belt. It changes the entire look and if you're short, this tip is life changing. 

When it comes to planning spring outfits, I know that a pair of sandals and a straw bag can go a LONG way. There probably the only accessaries you need. I've had these platform wedges for 3 years and they're still going strong. They're worth every penny. When investing in items that are $100+, I try to find an item that I'll have for at least 2 years.

I've also had my eye on this bag for years as well but this version is much cheaper than the ones I've seen online. I personally love straw bags. They look clean and are refreshing. I usually get one or two bags per season and I'm set.  There is no doubt that you'll be able to throw these two spring accessaries with all of your outfits and be set!

Chloe is popping in for this blog post because I had to share that sweet face of hers! 

Thank you for stopping by!

Best, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 



 

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