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Harper turned EIGHT last week, which seems crazy to me since she was definitely just a baby yesterday. She has grown into such a smart, funny and kind kiddo. We are so proud of her and just love watching her grow up, she cares so much for her sisters and her family. We loved celebrating her this weekend & of course plan to keep the celebrations going all month long.

For the last few weeks, she has been talking lots about wanting to rearrange her room and make it feel more “grown up” so we decided to surpriser her for her birthday with a little room makeover!! After she left for school on Valentine’s Day, we got right to work, chugging coffee, rearranging her room, adding a new chair for her desk plus a bunch of new accessories and wall decor. It was so much fun!!

She came home from school and was SO surprised!!! Her favorite things were the pin board & her new CD player! One of our favorite traditions to do together is to stay up late and watch awards shows, I usually put all the girls to bed like any normal night, and then sneak back upstairs to get her after her sisters fall asleep. We eat popcorn and drink sparkling water and watch all of the red carpet goodness. The art on her pin boards are all of celebrities in their red carpet gowns, plus Harper really wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up, so these are so special to her for many reasons!!

We got her the new Taylor Swift album to go with her CD player, but then she used all of her birthday gift cards to buy a few more over the weekend. It is actually so sweet to take a step back in technology and not use a streaming service, she is really excited to grow her very own music collection.

I feel like eight is such a sweet age, a glimpse into what they are going to be like as a teenager but also some bits and pieces of their little toddler self still sticking around. It’s also just the right age for a big girl room and we are so happy she loved it! And if you need me any time soon, I’ll just be over here crying about the fact that she is now halfway to sixteen.

Sources: Bed (similar here & here) // Wooden Stools // Desk // Desk Chair // Magic Flag // Braid Print // Heart Print // Bulletin Board // Tassel Garland // Dress Artwork // Rhino Head // Bedding // Pink Letterboard // Round Tray // Lamps // CD Player // Curtains // Curtain Rods // Light Fixture // Wall Color: BM Wickham Gray, Trim Color: BM Chantilly Lace

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Valentine’s Inspired Favorites

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!! It’s been a whirlwind of snow days, birthday party prep and procrastinating classroom valentines until the last possible minute. Say it’s not just me. I thought it would be fun to round up a few of my Valentine’s inspired favorites, really just all the pink things + all the heart eyes!!!

one // two // three // four // five // six

These red & pink pajamas have been at the top of my wishlist since after Christmas & I cannnnnot wait to wear them all Spring! I have them in purple and they are sooo soft. They pair perfectly with fuzzy slippers, a glass of red & a cozy night in!

What are your Valentine’s plans?! We are going out on an early date night to our favorite dive bar & then home to snuggle up for a movie with the girls. I LOVE Valentine’s Day!! Hope yours is the best one yet! XO

PS. Also needed to add, if you need a good flick for the evening & haven’t seen the movie Valentine’s Day, WATCH IT. Soooo sweet & such an amazing cast. Bradley Cooper (and Julia Roberts) forever!!!!!

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Our Lake House

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve probably seen our exciting news that we announced at the beginning of the year, we bought a lake house!!!

I’ll back up a little bit. Growing up both Brandon & I spent most of our weekends and summers at our grandparent’s farms. His was in Iowa, mine was in Missouri. Our favorite childhood memories took place at these little “home away from homes” and we both felt like it was something that really shaped us into who we are today. I can vividly remember being in middle school, having all sorts of middle school girl drama, and would come home from school to my parents who would say “pack a bag, we are going to the farm for the weekend!” And just like that, my troubles were forgotten. It was a place we could spend with family, granted this was before your troubles could follow you with technology, but it was such a good way to unplug and have fun without a worry in the world.

After we started having kids, we dreamt of having a place like this for our kids. In the last five years, we have lost two of our grandmas, and both of our grandparents farms. And earlier this year when my grandma was diagnosed with Cancer, we really felt pulled to find our “place” that will remind us of our grandparents and be a place that our kids can have as their “farm” growing up.

We spent a lot of time this past summer with some of our best friends in KC here at Lake Lotawana, and knew right away this was it for us. We were going to buy a lake house, spend lots of weekends and summers there, and also open it up to our own friends & family to be a getaway for them whenever they need it.

We house hunted for about six months, lost the cutest fixer-upper gem of a house over the summer, made an offer on another that ended up going off the market, and eventually found the lake house of our dreams.

We started moving in just before Christmas, and had the most fun celebrating NYE there with Brandon’s family. So far it is a mix of thrifted pieces & Ikea furniture and we are loving how it is coming together. We have never furnished a house from start to finish and know it is going to be a huge project, but we could not be more excited for it!

In the spirit of making this house feel lived in, truly like it could have been our grandparent’s lake house, I wanted to share a little bit of the design inspiration that we have in mind. This is very different than my normal decorating style so I see it as a challenge and can’t wait to bring it all to life!

sources: one // two // three // four // five

What would you call this style?! Trying to figure out a name for it. Cozy coastal craftsman?

If you have any Instagram accounts or online sources with similar style, please send my way, I want to dive in to all the dreamy lake home spaces for inspiration!!

More to come, soon! Thanks for reading!! XO

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