I’ll keep this blog post short and sweet - we are moving back to Maryland on June 14th! In case you didn’t know beforehand, my husband Josh and I are both originally from Maryland. We grew up there and actually met each other in middle school. When we moved to South Florida a few years ago, it was mainly for new jobs and a chance to go somewhere new and get out on our own. We have loved spending the last several years here and have made lasting friendships and connections, but there’s truly no place like home. We are both very close with our families and it has been difficult to be away from them…Read More
Alright y'all, I’m super excited with the way this DIY project turned out and happy to share the tutorial with the rest of you so you can create something fabulous too! When I first saw this pretty piece of live edge wood at an estate sale, I racked my brain for what it could be used for because I just had to have it. Thankfully, it was the perfect size for a piano bench, which it just so happened that we needed a shorter one because the one with our piano was not original and it was WAY too tall - it barely slid underneath so there was no room for your legs when playing.
To back up a bit, we received an old Hardman Duo player piano for free when we moved into our current home back in June. It’s still in need of a good tuning, plus the player part needs to be fixed. I also decided that I wanted to refinish it to spruce it up a bit, and it was clear that it needed a bench that was the correct height. I shared the piano a while ago on Instagram, asking for suggestions for colors. Though many suggested white, I’m a lover of color and statement pieces…Read More
As Christmas quickly approaches, it’s time to wrap-up (or just get started?) that never-ending shopping list and begin to find the perfect presents for your loved ones. Does anyone else feel like last Christmas was JUST here?
Sometimes it seems impossible to find a gift for someone who “has everything” or maybe they are a teen that’s wise beyond their years and just doesn’t like the same stuff that other teens like. Perhaps you are on the hunt for the perfect gift for your spouse, who you’ve been married to for 25 years and just can’t find anything extraordinary to give him anymore. Well good news, friends - I’ve put together a unique (and affordable) gift guide with some creative ideas for everyone in the family! So take a scroll through the list and find some out-of-the-box gift ideas that will surely surprise and delight your friends and family this year…Read More
You may never have to take an extended road trip with your pooch (or simply choose to avoid it), or you may be like me and experience many long and short distance moves, a hurricane evacuation, camping trips, and other vacations that require you to tote your pup(s) along with you for the ride. This can be really tricky, because although many dogs love car rides, others despise it, and even if it’s their favorite thing in the world they are bound to get bored if you are in the car for more than an hour at a time.
Good news for you, I’m here to provide some tips and tricks to make this and easier and more enjoyable trip for all of you! I certainly don’t have all the answers, but my life with three dogs lends its own firsthand experience where I can gladly pass along what I have learned to all dog owners alike…Read More
I love houseplants - they add a touch of greenery inside our home while also helping to purify the air and create a cozy space. Our little beach bungalow is home to quite a few succulents and leafy greens, but I am always looking for more indoor-friendly plants that I can keep in high spaces away from from my dogs.
Our friends over at Kitchen Cabinet Kings have shared a fabulous infographic with us featuring 11 plants for your kitchen. Check it out below!Read More
I absolutely love my three dogs more than almost anything else in the world (of course I love my husband more, even though it may seem like the dogs come first sometimes - sorry, Josh). They have distinct personalities and quirks that make them adorably charming and sweet and my heart would be empty without them in my life. However, that doesn’t mean that having three dogs is easy; even having one dog can be difficult.
Is my house always clean? No. Do I have dog fur all over my clothing? Yes. Are there shreds of toys stuffed under my couch cushions? Yes. Is my furniture all in perfect condition? Definitely no.
As much as I love Knox, Katara, and Lola, they can be a pain. Especially when they decide to start chewing on the furniture or the corner of the rug just because they are bored. The basket of toys might be a few feet away, but they get tired of chewing on the same bones all the time…Read More
West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault may be my new favorite place (although every new brewery I check out usually becomes my favorite!). This delicious spot is the first downtown craft brewery and tap room in West Palm Beach. The tap room is open and inviting, the patio is secluded and dog-friendly, and the parking is easy and accessible. What more can you ask for?
One thing I love about this brewery is that they have their own restaurant onsite. The Intracoastal Kitchen is located within the brewery and prepares food in sight. They have a handmade, custom built brickfire oven where they cook their food, and let me tell you, it is DELICIOUS. The reason I love that they have a restaurant, even though this is mainly about the beer, is because I almost always need to eat while I drink. I am a lightweight when it comes to beer, and I also love to snack when I have a good brew in hand…Read More
Our trip to Barrel of Monks Brewery in Boca Raton included my parents when they were visiting over my birthday weekend in May, as well as some of Josh’s coworkers. This hidden gem is another brewery located in a warehouse-type location, like Due South, thought much smaller. Plus, there is better signage to guide the way.
The inside is dimly lit with some funky seating strewn about, and the bar has a really neat vibe. However, this space was super small and it was very difficult to find any available seating, let alone standing room. I would definitely recommend they expand their tasting room. Regardless of the space, the beer was good and we had a blast visiting with family and friends. We ordered a few flights to share amongst the group, as usual, to be able to taste a variety of beer. Much of the options were either too dark for my taste or just too sour, but the Wizard Whit has become one of my all-time favorite beers …Read More
I’ve been away from the blog for about a month simply because it has been crazy, crazy busy here for us over the last few weeks. To give a brief update before I dive into this post on my beloved Riverhouse, we moved to an adorable beach bungalow in West Palm Beach about three weeks ago and LOVE it. We were living in Delray Beach before (which we also loved) since I was working in West Palm and Josh in Boca Raton, but since we are both working in West Palm now we moved mid-June when our lease was up. Our new house is tiny but so full of character, and it is great to be 10 minutes to work and 5 minutes to the beach! I’ve really enjoyed arranging our furniture and decorating the new space, so I promise I’ll do a home tour on the blog once we are all settled. PLUS, I’ll be sure to share some tiny home organization tips and tricks since I’ve been really creative with saving space!
After we moved, we traveled to Maryland for a wedding weekend, then traveled again a little over a week later to head to the Riverhouse for our family vacation…Read More
We are continuing our Summer blog series on brewery reviews with another local favorite - Due South Brewing Co. Located in Boynton Beach, Florida, this warehouse brewery can initially be a little difficult to find. There are not a lot of signs to point the way, and it is off the main road a bit. However, once you find your way to the brewery, you won’t be disappointed!
The warehouse is the perfect location for this relaxed microbrewery. When you enter from the back lot, the scattered tables, lawn games, and fun signs on the concrete floor are welcoming and casual. The Tasting Room provides a separate small space inside of the warehouse, if you are looking to hang out in the air conditioning, or you can visit the bar space in the “outdoor” area of the open warehouse. Part of their space is even dog-friendly, which is awesome…Read More
At the request of my husband, I’m starting a summer blog series on Brew Reviews! Of course, Josh only suggested this because he wanted to tag along with me to drink beer at different breweries. I actually thought it was a great idea and I’m planning on extending this through Labor Day, but I’ll be sure to break it up with some other blog topics as well for those of you who are uninterested in beer.
So please, follow along with me on the blog and on my social media pages to check out local breweries, as well as others that we’ll be sure to hit when we are traveling. Also, feel welcome to make recommendations on breweries that I just have to check out, or share your opinion on a brew too…Read More
In past posts, I’ve shared with y'all my Top 10 Things to do for both my current town, Delray Beach, and for Boca Raton, where we visit often due to its close proximity. Today I want to share more about West Palm Beach and my “must do” recommendations for this city. West Palm Beach is where my job is located, so I am here almost every day. This is a larger city than Delray or Boca, for sure, and hold more “touristy” places than most else in the county.
If you are planning a visit to the area soon, West Palm Beach was probably recommended to you as the place to stay and explore. So, as a local, I want to share my tips and tricks with you to enjoy your trip here and take advantage of all that the area had to offer. Check out my Top 10…Read More
When planning a wedding, there are a million little details that come together to make the day a bride’s dream come true. With everything from the music to the apparel to the invitations to the food - a lot of time, effort, and decision making is required. The floral arrangements are just one part of the big day, but did you know how large of an impact they can make on your guests and the overall “feel” of the wedding?
My friends at FTD by Design recently put together a post on floral arrangements and color psychology and I LOVE what they had to say. By understanding the way our brains interpret colors, we can ultimately use colors to create a certain atmosphere at a party or big event (like, I don’t know, your wedding). How cool is that…Read More
Guess what today is? It’s National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day! You probably didn’t even know that was a National day, since there are so many silly days thrown into the calendar, but this one is actually a pretty important day for shelters and rescues across the country. You see, the thing is, there are millions of homeless animals across the nation just waiting for a home. Unfortunately, a large amount of those animals are euthanized in shelters due to an over abundance of stray pets and the lack of space to care for them. Today provides an additional way to spread awareness for shelter pets everywhere.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters in the United States every year. Of those, about 1.5 shelter animals are euthanized each year. Thankfully, these numbers have been steadily declining, and this is largely in part to the fact that the public is better educated…Read More
If you haven’t noticed, gallery walls are becoming more and more popular. As a way to show off many pictures, mirrors, and other decorations in a wall-filling way, gallery walls provide a unique approach to decorating an empty space. Rather than spending a large amount of money on a huge painting or map or another mirror that you don’t even like that much, try working with what you already have.
Josh and I don’t really have that many framed photos or wall decor yet. As a young, recently-married couple on a budget, we are mostly working with wedding gifts, hand-me-downs, cheap yard sale finds, and the few framed photos that we do have (which were also mostly gifts). We haven’t invested a whole lot into furniture or decor, since we have continually moved around and have yet to buy a home...Read More
In a previous blog post, I talked about some of the common ingredients we find in natural cosmetics and how they can benefit our skin as well as provide a healthier alternative to conventional cosmetics. I mentioned that conventional makeup products are often filled with chemicals, however I noticed that many people are unaware of what those chemicals are and how they can poorly affect our skin. Truthfully, I didn’t understand those ingredients either until I did some digging, and I wanted to share the facts with you to help anyone interested in natural alternatives to find better products.
If you picked up a conventional foundation right now and read the ingredients, I am sure that most of them would be unfamiliar to you. Fortunately, many chemicals can easily be avoided by purchasing natural cosmetics instead...Read More
Feeling inadequate is a constant struggle. Whether we don’t feel good enough at our job, not good enough as a parent, not good enough as a spouse, not good enough as a daughter, sibling, grandparent, etc. there are a million ways we fall short every day. But are we really falling short? We are so incredibly hard on ourselves as individuals. Constantly comparing our looks and talents to what we see in the media or to others who seem to have it all together.
Guess what? No one actually has it all together, and that’s okay! That’s how it should be! How boring would life be if we all “had it together” - because what does that even really mean? Comparison is the thief of joy, and if we continually look at the “perfect” lives portrayed by people on social media or on TV and try to be like them, we are straying from our true selves and the real purpose in life...Read More
A while ago, I put together a post on my Top 10 Things to do in Delray Beach - which you all loved! This is been a popular post that has seemed to prove useful for those of you traveling to the area, planning a vacation, or simply living nearby and have never checked out those attractions. So, since I live in such a beautiful area with so many unique, local hubs, I wanted to share MORE.
My husband works in Boca Raton, and we chose to live in Delray Beach when we moved down here for his job since we felt we meshed better with the Delray vibe and we loved Downtown Delray on Atlantic Ave. Boca is an entirely different environment, but it is also a beautiful place and everything about the town just stands out...Read More
When the bulk of your day is spent in your office (whether at an office building or at home) it’s important to have a comfortable space that inspires you on a daily basis. For me, I spend 8+ hours a day at my desk at work, but then I also have a home office space that I use for blogging, crafting and reading. Not only do I need both spaces to be functional, but I also want these offices to reflect my personality and inspire creativity.
It seems like many of us never get around to decorating our offices. Or maybe, we have been meaning to get a new office chair or desk for quite some time, but just keep pushing it off. So we wind up working in a standard ugly cubicle or plain white room with uncomfortable furniture and we can’t wait to leave it at the end of the day...Read More
I am thrilled to be nominated by a fellow blogger, Bryoni Burns, for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This award is given by bloggers to other bloggers who are inspiring, positive and creative. It is a great way to provide a little extra light in an otherwise dark world, as we push each other forward and reach the same goals together. Instead of focusing on competition, this award is all about inspiration and getting to know one another.
So, as a nominee, I will answer the questions below provided by the lovely Bryoni. In turn, I’ll give my own 11 questions for my 11 nominations. Check it out and get to know me a little better...Read More