September 1, 2014

Keepin' it real in our master bath

We "may" have been getting a bit lazy about keeping things in their place in our master bath.  You know all those things that don't appear in a magazine photo shoot but are necessary items in an actual bathroom?  Like toothbrushes, mouthwash, toothpaste, etc.  They were collecting all over the top of our countertop and it was not pretty.  I headed to HomeGoods in search of some way to keep everything organized and yet still easily accessible.  I found this 2 tiered stand in the kitchen aisle and I thought it could work.
2 tiered wire basket stand for bathroom
It certainly isn't as pretty as a vase of gorgeous hydrangeas, but it is really working well to keep us organized.  Plus, it keeps all of our toiletries up off the countertop so I don't have to worry about damage to the carrera marble.  I considered purchasing a pretty glass bottle to store our mouthwash in, but decided against it.  I decided I really didn't have the time or patience for that!  So the Listerine bottle sits in the back of the stand.
Tiered wire basket stand for bathroom
I am still keeping my makeup in the vanity drawers and my hair items (blow dryer, hairspray, etc) in the baskets below the vanity.  I talked about organizing those items in this post.  That system has been working well.
Wire basket organization in master bath with carrera marble countertop

Lowes venetian arch mirror with home depot waterton sconces in master bathroom
Over on the tub side of the room, I have been enjoying the over-the-tub shelf the kids gave me for Mother's Day.  I love to read in the tub so this has been perfect.  
Pedestal tub with vintage style faucet and over the tub rack

Garden stool in master bathroom next to tub

Do you have a system for keeping things organized in the bathroom?  I am always on the hunt for new ideas!
2 tiered wire basket stand for bathroom storage and organization

August 26, 2014

Grilled Flatbread Pizza

Grilled Flatbread Pizzas with spinach and
This time of year, I am always trying to come up with new ideas of things we can grill.  We are tired of the usual BBQ roundup of burgers and grilled chicken.  Last week, we tried these flatbread pizzas and they were yummy and easy and so versatile.  Here's a list of what you'll need to make these:

August 22, 2014

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts (Back to School Entryway)

School starts very soon around these parts so I put together a little "back to school" decor in our entryway.  On the chalkboard (you can read about how we created it here), I wanted to put some sort of an inspiring message for my boys as they head out the door to start a new chapter in their school lives.  I have always loved Coach Taylor's quote from Friday Night Lights.  Did you love that show as much as I did?  I think Tami and Eric Taylor are just about my favorite tv couple of all time.  
Back to school chalkboard with Friday Night Lights quote "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" with Lowe's portfolio galvanized light

August 18, 2014

Our Bathroom in Print (Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Makeovers)

Yesterday, my youngest guys and I were browsing through Target when we came to the magazine aisle.  This was after spending a half hour in the video game, movie, and books aisle "just looking". These last few weeks of summer are wearing me more vacations and a husband who is working every. single. day for the rest of the month.  I spotted the new issue of the magazine that did a photo shoot at our home last October. Secretly, I don't think I really believed the article would ever actually be published.  I opened it to the bathroom section and there I saw the words "it's full of boys" and I knew that those words meant us!
My little guy was so proud of his mama and that his been my favorite moment of this whole experience :)  Middle boy mentioned that it was very fitting for me to see our house in a magazine at Target since I spend so much time there it is like my second home.  He's a funny one.  When I first shared pictures of our master bath last year on my personal scrapbook of a "blog", I never imagined the road that would lead me down.  A feature of our master bathroom can be found in the Fall/Winter issue of Kitchen and Bath Makeovers by Better Homes and Gardens, on newsstands now.  There is also a digital edition available here.
Better Homes and Garden Kitchen and Bath Makeovers Fall/Winter 2014
It seems surreal to see a space that I use everyday all prettied up by a stylist and photographed by a talented professional.  It was exciting to get to read what the writer, Jorge S. Arango, had to say about us and our DIY bathroom.  I felt like he really "got" our family.  It was a thrill to watch the photographer, John Bessler, work.  Best of all, Marie McCartan, the magazine editor, said that I have "savvy shopping skills" in her editor's note, which really is just affirmation to my husband that he should just trust my shopping habit, right? :)

For other bloggers out there, if you ever have an opportunity to have a magazine come to your house for a feature, I highly recommend it.  The guys that came to my house were down to earth (and funny!) and gave us a little bit of insight into how the magazine world works with their stories.  It was an experience we will never forget.

August 8, 2014

World Market Comes to NJ

Farm sink with World Market Fresh Baked pies
When we were on vacation on the beginning of July, I was looking at Instagram and saw a post from Shelly at Calypso in the Country saying that she was with her adorable boys at a new World Market in NJ.  Say what!?!  We haven't had a World Market anywhere near our neck of the woods before and this was practically the best news I had this summer so far.  In the past, I have ordered a couple of things from their website.   Like this side table in our master bedroom.

August 3, 2014

Summer Changes in the Living Room

Striped Drapes, lantern light, Ikea hack coffee table in Living
We are at that midway point of summer when I start itching to get some stuff done in the house.  The kids have been home for over a month and their stuff. is. EVERYWHERE.  I start to crave some order in the house.  One recent afternoon, all of the kids were out of the house so I straightened things up and took some idea of a relaxing afternoon.  I think it might have stayed this way for five minutes after they got home :)

July 30, 2014

Our Golden Story

Story of a family that loves Golden
Billy and I brought our first Golden home during our first year of married life.  Billy never had a dog growing up and he always wanted one.  A big yellow dog. We thought that we would get a yellow Labrador Retriever, but after meeting our friends' Golden, we decided that a Golden Retriever would be the perfect dog for us.   As soon as we purchased our first house, we began the search for a Golden and we found a breeder in NJ.  Our first Golden puppy, Bogey, made us fall in love with the breed.