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How are we already halfway through February?! This month has been crazy (aren’t they all?) but we are feeling all the Spring vibes and finally coming out of our extra long month of post-holiday rest! Today I am rounding up a handful of my favorite accessories for the home, all (but one) under $50! These are the things I love no matter the season & think they are all truly timeless accessories for making your home feel cozy + a little whimsical!

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Cutting boards are great for kitchen styling but also make perfect photo props when you are shooting food! I love that they’re functional & durable, and also bring warmth to a kitchen. Obsessed with this one from Target for only $13, and the little copper insert makes it even cuter!

WeΒ  have updated almost all of the lighting in our house, I think it is a relatively inexpensive way to totally update a space. If you or your spouse are handy, these can be super easy to change out, otherwise it is also pretty inexpensive for a professional to pop in and change them. We LOVE this wall light for under $50, we have it in bronze in our hallways & powder bath, and in chrome in our other bathrooms. I also love the ceiling version found here to update boring boob lights! πŸ˜‰

Storage baskets & trays are the easiest way to contain clutter and make it not feel so messy. All of our closets & drawers are filled with baskets like these, they’re perfect for makeup, headbands & bows, puzzle pieces, everything! These are the cutest and are under $5! Give me all of them.

Coffee table books are probably my favorite accessory of all, I have absolutely no shame in buying a book that has a pretty binding & also find it so therapeutic to flip through actual book pages instead of scrolling on a rainy day!

I will never stop collecting all of the colored latte bowls, they’re the easiest way to switch up kitchen decor for holidays & are the perfect size for your favorite bowl of cereal! Also in the kitchen, cake stands! I use them for every single holiday & birthday, and they’re an easy way to add height to a tablescape or just to keep on your counter for year round decor.

And of course, throw pillows! I am definitely a pillow & blanket hoarder. But most of the pillows in our house rotate between rooms, they could easily be on our bed, couch or even in the girls rooms and still feel like they fit! I am in love with this embroidered one (with tassels!) and would most definitely claim it for my own bed.

May have to buy it for myself for Valentine’s day! πŸ˜‰

Hope you all get to enjoy lots of fresh flowers & heart shaped things tomorrow! Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!! XO

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Game Day Entertaining

The big game is tonight & you know we will make any excuse to celebrate!! Our kids are always super worn out by this time on Sunday evening so we will plan for early baths & bedtime for them so we can host some of our friends & family for food & festivities!!
We are sharing our top three tips for those of you hosting:
1. Keep the food super simple! Nobody wants a huge mess to clean up on a Sunday night, we are opting for ordering pizza and some light apps like wings & popcorn with different toppings! Dips & festive desserts are also great options.
2. Set the scene with a fire in the fireplace, extra seating, a cooler in the living room for convenience & good playlist in the background!
3. If anyone is having a few drinks, vow to be a #DesignatedRider and take an Uber! You know we are always super passionate about partying πŸ˜‰ but we are also passionate about Uber’s initiative to reduce drinking & driving and keep the roads safe on game day!
Hope you all have had the most fun weekend ever. Time to relax, sit back & enjoy the halftime show. Oh, and the game!Β 
This post is sponsored by Uber, thank you for supporting the brands that support our blog!
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Getting Inspired

Lots of you asked on my Cultivating Happiness post about ways that I get inspired & what some of my favorite podcasts are. I thought it would make for a fun blog post to talk about these things & a few other ways that I like to spend my alone time. We’ve all heard the saying, you can’t drink from an empty well. This is so true for women & moms, as we constantly take care of others & pour ourselves into them, we must also fill our own well. Be intentional about your own happiness so that you can radiate happiness to others.

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I was chatting with one of my good friends last week and she asked me “what do you like to do for fun, for yourself, like when your husband takes the kids and you can go do anything, what do you do?” She said she had a hard time coming up with an answer for this for herself. It took me a second, and I realize I was trying to think of an answer that would sound right, like maybe go do yoga or read or go for a run, all of those are not for me. I wouldn’t choose to go get a massage or facial, or even to go shopping. I would choose to curl up in my bed, with my favorite blankets and pajamas, and a huge iced coffee and flip through design magazines, scroll pinterest (I keep a private pin board for images + quotes that inspire me!) or maybe work on lettering/design projects while watching Diane Keaton movies in the background. It’s how I get inspired. And after I get a little time to do these things, I feel completely recharged & full of ideas!!

I’m also a compulsive multitasker when I am by myself, if I am getting a pedicure, doing mindless work, putting away dishes, or sitting in traffic, I have to be doing something else. Sometimes I just listen to music (mostly if I am in the kitchen I am listening to Ray Lamontagne or VanMorrison) but when I have a little more time, I like to squeeze in a podcast! Here are a few go-tos (and ones that have been recommended to me!) that you can add to your queue:Β Girlboss Radio, The Chic Site DAIS,Β Magic Lessons, Happier, Brene (the queen!), Chris Loves Julia,Β Risen Motherhood.Β Dozens of people have told me that they are obsessed with True Crime podcasts, I have literally never listened to a single one but I am SO curious about Serial & Dirty John, may have to give them a whirl on one of our next flights or roadtrips!

So that’s it, a few of my favorite things to do when I have free time all to myself! Would love to hear a few of yours & any books or podcasts you might recommend!

Have an amazing week, friends!! xo

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