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    A few of my favorite things

    A few of my favorites things include:

    • When the sun shines in your window on a summer morning with no alarm set and no where to be
    • Downtown Matthews. If you haven’t been go on a Saturday morning. Get coffee at Brakeman’s, visit the farmers market, go to the library, walk around Renfrow’s, get lunch and a beer at Seaboard. Just do it. It’s my favorite.
    • Sunday afternoon storms with a good book or Netflix show.

    • Trader Joes. Aldi. Give me all the reasonably priced delicious food please.
    • Finding a good deal on home decor in thrift stores, habitat for humanity, antique shops
    • DIY house projects. Give me all the house projects

    • Frozen pizza, eggs benedict, bloody mary’s, bread pudding
    • Online shopping, rainy days, books, and coffee
    • Puppies, dogs, but really mainly Tank
    • Podcasts (S-Town, Up and Vanished, Missing Richard Simmons, Crimetown, Convicted, Serial).

    • Starbucks and specifically the delicious drinks at Starbucks
    • Old school rap, Fetty Wap, overalls, and farmhouse decor
    • Essential oils diffusing
    • Late night popcorn and binge watching good shows (I’m talking about you, Last Chance U, All or Nothing, and Stranger Things).
    • All things Lululemon. Literally. All. the. things.

    Those are just a few of my favorite things to help make it through the week- happy Tuesday!

    Life Lately, Our Home

    Laundry Room Makeover

    Slowly but surely I’ve been updating our home to be more of our style. When we first bought our home the walls were plastered with yellow’s, green’s, and just some interesting color choices I personally would not have chosen.

    Most of the time a random home project just pops in my head and I’m like “yes, gotta do it. Gotta do it now. Must start on said project and finish within 4 hours or else.” I am not the most patient person and I honestly just think of doing things randomly after seeing something on pinterest or just thinking about our home.

    We’ve DIY’d everything since buying this home. Our budget just doesn’t meet the “complete renovation” status quite yet. We’ve done our kitchen (painted the cabinets, painted the walls, added backsplash, updated lighting, and took out some shelves in the wall (not pictured below)).

    Cabinet color top: Sherwin Williams iconic white

    We’ve painted walls in our living room, painted our fireplace, my awesome husband created us a custom beam mantle and we sit and enjoy this room everyday.

    Wall color: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter Fireplace color: Sherwin Williams iconic white

    We’ve painted and ship-lapped our den. We’ve yet to add any furniture to this room but at least we’ve gotten the structure taken care of!

    Wall color: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter Ship lap wall: Sherwin Williams Iconic White

    We’ve updated our entry way trip and stairs to be black. I’ve also painted all the doors in our home (except the kitchen) to be black as well. I’m all about making things pop and black doors are a must for that.

    And the last big project that I’ve completed is our laundry room. I’m going to be honest with you when I say our laundry room has always been something that’s got me cringing whenever I walk in there. Our washer and dryer are two different colors (but honestly I don’t care because they came with our home PTL), the floor is this horrendous linoleum like plastic flooring that shows every possible stain that could come about, the walls were yellow, it was just our clutter/throw shit in room to be honest.

    Here are some before pictures so you can understand what I was/had been dealing with:

    I started looking for inspiration on other people’s blogs and pinterest and decided I was going to transform this area in one long weekend (thank you President’s day for your help in this project). This room is really a place for me to do laundry and where Tank’s crate is so I didn’t need it to be too fancy or anything but I did desperately need an upgrade

    I decided to farmhouse up my laundry room and go with some black and shiplap to really just upgrade this area.

    For the shiplap boards I just went to lowes and had them cut plywood to be 4×6 pieces. I didn’t want to go too thick but I also wanted to be sure it looked like true shiplap. You can see in the above picture we also have some lovely pipes coming into our laundry room from our water heater in our garage. I was determined to make those look like part of the design or to be just not so horrible looking. (You can also read this post here where I shiplapped a wall in our home and gave all the great instructions for how to do this!)

    I painted the boards, you guessed it, Sherwin Williams iconic white. Who would have thought. It’s just my favorite shade of white ever. Again, all you’d need for this project is a nail gun, pieces of shiplap boards, spacers (or you can use nickles), a level, and if you’re super particular some caulk but your girl is not super particular so I never do this part.

    To get to my laundry room you have to walk through the beautiful door my once again awesome husband put up for me as one of the first house upgrades we did.

    Now, when you walk in it’s heavenly.

    Overall this space is MUCH better to look at and be in. It makes me happy instead of slightly put off. I’m so excited with how it turned out. This was a fun, inexpensive way to update our laundry room.

    One thing that marriage and my financially wonderful husband has taught me over the last few years is that you don’t always have to have every piece of a project completed in one time. And what I mean by that is we still need to replace the flooring in this room and the light fixture but instead of overspending and splurging on these things I’ve learned to wait and enjoy what’s already been done and save up for those minor things. I know, who am I?!

    We also have a bathroom in here that Matt is making a custom barn sliding door for. I still need to touch up paint in there as well but will post pictures of that when it’s completed.

    I’m no longer annoyed with being in this room anymore and really enjoyed getting to re-do it on a budget. All the items on the shelves above our washer and dryer either came from goodwill, habitat for humanity, Marshalls, or I already had them in my house.

    Life Lately

    Nordstrom Anniversary Top Picks

    It’s that time of year again, friends! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale. The time when people start thinking “man, I really wish I had a Nordstrom card to shop the sale early.” I’ve been in your position friends. Get a card. Shop the sale. Be happy.

    This past weekend I sold the playset in our backyard and Matt told me I could do whatever I wanted with the money I sold it for. You best believe I sold that thing for as much money as I could (without feeling bad, it was used and has just been sitting there) and used all of it to shop the sale. Now, Matt has a spot to build our firepit/lounge area in the backyard and I can buy all the things from the Nordstrom sale. Everyone’s a winner in the Hall house.

    Okay enough chit chat. Let’s just get to it. I will also say that I spent my budget very quickly and still have things on my wish list that I so desperately want still!

    1. Lush Raw Edge Split Tee: Talk about the perfect tee for layering this fall. I actually needed a quality short sleeve black tee shirt to layer with sweaters and cardigans this fall and I’m so glad I jumped on this one.
    2. Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie:
    3. Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie: I have to tell you that I was only going to get the taupe color of these booties. They literally will go with everything this fall and I don’t have any booties like these currently. But then I remembered that I have 0 black shoes in my closet. Literally 0. So I also got the black pair and I felt bad about it for .5 seconds and then justified it. I SOLD A PLAYSET OKAY?! I deserve both pairs.
    4. Socialite Cozy Thermal Top: I got this top in the Soft Rock color and am so excited for it to come in. Another great layering top and a great transition piece into the fall.
    5. B.P. Lightweight Cardigan: I will have to tell you that this color I’m pretty excited about. I really wanted the grey one (#10) but they were sold out already in that color. This color is good though because lord knows I really don’t need much more grey in my closet anyways. This will be great for layering this fall as well.
    6. B.P. V-Neck Pullover: Another just solid piece to layer, wear with a ton of different outfits, dress up or down, etc. I felt that I needed it in my life and you probably need it in your life too.
    7. BP Ripped Crop Skinny Jeans:  I actually didn’t buy these jeans but I want them sooooo badly. I walked away from them for a few reasons. 1. I am not normally a huge fan of the lighter washed jeans but I saw someone post a picture of these and they looked darker than they do online (hence why I still want them). I also didn’t pull the plug because I can’t wear them to work. I work in a very relaxed environment but ripped jeans are a no-no except for the last Friday of the month. So, I walked away from these. For now….
    8. Vince Camuto Karinta Block Heel Bootie:  I also didn’t pull the trigger on these shoes either. I reallllyyyy wanted them but was a little weary of the height and I also already got the other booties above. Because of that, I walked away but I do love love love these. I originally would have gotten them in the Taupe color but may consider the Greystone if I were to get them now since I own quite a few pair of taupe shoes as it is.
    9. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Cardigan: Oh friends. Barefoot dreams is just the greatest gift God gave to people who are generally cold natured. They have the best quality and softest material ever. A few years ago I got the blardigan during the sale and it is still one of my favorite things to lounge in at home or wear to work with layers. I didn’t get this cardigan but I am sure it is the most heavenly piece of clothing ever. Maybe if I win one of the 123141 Nordstrom gift card giveaways I’ve entered into I will get this gem but for now I had to let it go. BUT YOU SHOULDNT. Trust friends, trust.
    10. B.P. Lightweight Cardigan: I really hope the grey comes back in stock in my size but for now, I’ll just leave it here and tell you to get it and pair it with some skinny jeans and booties and a pop of color top and you will be golden.
    11. STS Ashley High Waist Skinny Jeans: Guys. These pants were in my cart. I went to checkout and all of the sudden Nordstrom was all “sorry within the last 25 seconds that you added these to your cart in your size we sold out of them so you can’t have them at this time have a good one!” I was so.so.sad. I have been wanting some distressed black jeans for a while now but haven’t pulled the trigger on them (see reasons in #7) but I was going to do it for these pants!!!! Not at this time though. Thanks to all the other women shopping for them this weekend.
    12. Topshop Lattice Sweater: Oh I am PUMPED for this to get to my door. I don’t have any of the new trend of lattice tops but have had my eye on a few and then I saw this and thought “I CAN BE WARM AND CUTE AT THE SAME TIME YES.” And immediately knew I had to have it. Apparently this runs big friends so if you do get it size down!

    There are still quite a few things not on this list above that I would love to add to my closet. Many of those things I don’t actually need so they are sitting on the backburner at this time. I mean, I didn’t even touch on home decor, accessories/jewelry or handbags. Don’t even get me started.

    If you’re thinking about getting me an early Christmas/birthday present feel free to get me anything from the Nordstrom sale. I wouldn’t hate it, trust me.

    Life Lately

    I’ve been a it MIA

    Hellllooooooo world! It’s been, ahem, quite sometime since I’ve stopped in over here to chat. And by quite sometime I’d say its been about a year or so since I’ve been regularly blogging. I guess you could say I’ve been a bit MIA.

    I have some good reasons and some not so great reasons why I’ve been gone and what we’ve been up to over here.

    First off, I work at a digital marketing company. Which means I stare at a computer screen and talk to people all. day. long. Literally the last thing I want to do when I get home is get my laptop out and stare more at a screen and produce thought. Instead, I eat dinner and plop myself on the couch to totally decompress and destress from the day. And guess what?! I’M NOT SORRY. Sorry that was a little aggressive but I’m really not sorry.

    Second off, I really haven’t felt like I’ve had much to say on here. Sure, I could talk to you all about the recent/updates I’ve done to my house or the fun weekend I’ve had with friends, or the funny things Tank has been doing lately buuuut it really just boils down to the fact that I’ve been lazy. There. I said it. I’ve been too lazy okay?!

    I mean you have to take pictures and plan and then upload said pictures to computer and then edit them if need be and then post them and I’D RATHER BE NAPPING.

    But lately this place has been calling me back and tugging at me to begin writing on again. I’m not making any promises on how often I’ll be posting back on here or what I’ll be posting about but I am going to make a little more of an effort.

    So we’ll see right? And if you forgot all about me and don’t care that I’m back that’s cool too. Carry on with your day like any other, no offense taken here. BUT if you were once a follower of this little space and are totally excited to continue hearing about the awkward, semi entertaining aspects of my life then welcome. Come one come all.

    Now to leave you with a hilarious picture for your Monday of me and the Mr. HAPPY MONDAY PEEPS!

     

    Life Lately, Recent Reads

    What I Read: April

    April was not so much the month of reading. We spent many a weekends hanging out with friends, having people over, family in town, and reading just didn’t take the front seat this past month like it normally does. Nevertheless, I still got to read a solid set of great books that I’m excited to share with you guys today!

    The Mother’s Promise

    5 out of 5

    I love love love Sally Hepworth. She is one of my favorite author’s and each of her books has left me with tears in my eyes and I typically read her books in no time. This book is about a mother and daughter who’s bond is very strong. The mother is diagnosed with stage IV cancer and her daughter who struggles with social anxiety disorder must cope with her mom’s illness while they both learn to live in the world without each other. It’s heartbreaking but oh so good.

    The Perfect Girl

    5 out of 5

    This book was woah. Very good- so good that I’m going to use part of the back of the cover to show what this book was about: Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding that Zoe do the same. Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of Zoe’s life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead. How did she die? What happened? Read it to find out!

    I Let You Go

    4 out of 5

    This book just made me a little annoyed but it was still really good. It’s got a slow start after the intro where a little boy runs out in front of a car on a rainy day and is hit and killed while the driver of the vehicle drives away. Without giving anything away, I was fairly certain I knew what was happening until a LARGE twist came into the book that totally changed the perspective of what was going on.

    Along the Infinite Sea

    5 out of 5

    Beatriz Williams is one of my favorite authors. Although this book wasn’t as good as her A Hundred Summers book (literally one of my top 5 favorite books in 2016) it was still super good. This book jumps back and forth between two women and their present and past. To help you understand just how good this book is- here’s the Amazon synopsis: In the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler’s problems are in a class of their own. To find a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries—the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician—she fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction.  But the car’s new owner, the glamorous Annabelle Dommerich, has her own secrets: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. As the many threads of Annabelle’s life before the Second World War stretch out to entangle Pepper in 1960s America, and the father of her unborn baby tracks her down to a remote town in coastal Georgia, the two women must come together to face down the shadows of their complicated pasts.

    What are you reading lately?