Memory Verse Monday – August 14

Hi, friends!

 

I just shared on this week’s memory verse Monday on my instagram but I decided to share it here too just in case!

 

“For we are God’s workmanship created in Jesus Christ, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

 

One of the reasons we taught this one to our girls is because we want them to always remember that God loves them AND He has a plan for them. So after we recite this one, we talk about God’s love and His plans. Both are placed individually on each of these precious lives and that is something to celebrate!

 

Hope y’all are having a great start to your week!

 

Laura

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Master Bathroom Reveal

Hi, friends!

I’m so excited to finally be able to 1) have our bathroom done 2) share it with you! It was a long time coming and like most projects, we had some major hicups we had to deal with along the way. We made it thru and lived to tell about it tho.

For starters I wanted to share a little bit about why we chose to do this bathroom renovation. In our little house, our master is on the main level and the layout has confused me from the first time I walked in. The closet was tiny, the bathroom was tiny, and the bedroom was huge! It just didn’t make sense to have all this wasted space in our bedroom and not even be able to have two people standing in the bathroom at the same time.

So we decided to blow out a few walls in the existing bath and closet to give us twice the space in both rooms!

Here’s a little before shot of our bathroom:

 

And here’s an after shot:

So as you can see, we extended the wall in the bathroom and the wall in the closet into the bedroom and placed sliding doors in front of both new entrances, which are now side by side. I chose this dark grey double vanity because of what a statement piece it was, not to mention it was very affordable and included faucets and that cute basket. I obviously chose a pretty bold tile for the floors. I couldn’t help it. I fell in love with this concrete tile look alike and never turned back. I originally chose beveled glass mirrors to hang over the vanity, but once I saw them in there, it was starting to feel a little sterile. I wanted to add warmth and make it feel more cozy, so I went with these beautiful wood mirrors from World Market. I love how they turned out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve linked all the sources at the bottom of this post but please feel free to let me know if you have any questions about anything we used!

Since the renovation process is so fresh on my mind, I just wanted to share a few tips to keep in mind if you’re also planning a reno or maybe in the middle of one!

  1. Your contractor isn’t perfect: Our team we worked with did an amazing job but we still had junk we had to work thru. A few things were done incorrectly but the important thing is that when we had a problem, we worked together to resolve it. Now everything is great and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome!
  2. It will cost more than you think: One of the issues we ran into was that when they pulled up the old floor, the subfloor was totally rotten. This was obviously something that had to be fixed before we could put down new flooring. It was a pretty big ding in our budget BUT if you go ahead and plan about 10% of an increase for unexpected things that come up, you won’t be quite as frustrated when they do.
  3. It will take longer than you think: We had originally chosen to start this project while we were out of town at the beach because our contractor was pretty confident that he could get the whole bathroom done during the time we were gone. Well, thanks to the crazy amounts of rain we had and drywall that did not want to get dry, the project ended up taking two weeks longer than we had planned. We ended up having to stay with family for a while but it worked out since Matt’s surgery was also during this time. Crazy town over here, people.
  4. You still need to be kind: Depending on the contractor you have, there may be times that you have to be firm in your communication. That’s totally fine! But just remember to maintain mutual respect because when that goes out the window, it’s just not pretty. Most of the guys in this industry are super hard-working but they’re spread very thin so if you want to be on their radar, you have to communicate clearly and often. But you can still be kind while doing it!

I’ve listed all the items we used in the bathroom below. Thank you so much to David Lopez and the whole DBS crew for being amazing throughout this whole process!

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Dear Reese

It’s your fifth birthday, my sweet girl and I literally can’t believe how fast time has flown since I held you for the first time.

You were born into what felt like very incapable hands. From the moment I laid eyes on you, I felt the most intense love followed immediately by the most intense anxiety that I was going to mess it up for you somehow. Everything was hard for us in the beginning. The nursing. The soothing, The sleeping (or lack of it!). I couldn’t put you down long enough to eat and I remember thinking to myself “Will I ever eat with both hands again?” The postpartum hormones play dirty.

But then as days (and really long nights) went by, we found a little rhythm. I could breathe again and started to feel the weight of anxiety lift as we found our stride going to lunch together, walking through target, reading books, and snuggling. You weren’t just my daughter. You became this amazing little friend.

You have taught me more about myself and my own need for sanctification than anything else I’ve ever experienced. To know your sweet spirit is to love you. You have such a forgiving and gracious spirit. I have failed more times than I’d like to count and every time I ask for forgiveness, you are so very quick to say “I forgive you mommy! I love you so much!”

For someone who loves words as much as I do, it’s a testament to your incredible character that I literally can’t describe you. You’re just something that words fall short of wrapping themselves around. You are so joyful. So sensitive. You see things other people miss. You notice people in their pain and you love to rejoice with others in their joy.

You have been a gift from the moment I found out you were growing in my tummy. I’m forever grateful for you. my baby girl.

Thank you for making me a mommy. Thank you for being so patient with me as I’ve fumbled thru this thing called Motherhood. You’ve been a gracious teacher.

I love you, little one. I hope I get to celebrate a hundred more birthdays with you!

Love,

Mommy

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Back To School Shopping With Lenox Square

Hi, friends!

Last week, the girls and I were invited to shop the Better Than Tax Free weekend event at Lenox Square. The deal was that for every $100 we spent, we earned a $10 gift card. Yay! We loaded up all the snacks and I bribed them with the promise of cupcakes dependent on good behavior. Then we set out to shop!

Lenox Square is HUGE (over 250 stores!) so we had to narrow down our choices since toddlers only last so long. We hit up GAP and Gymboree first since I figured the girls would rather try on clothes earlier in the outing. Then we went to some mommy stores.

Here are a few of the things we loved!

 

 

 

 

Next we headed to Loft so momma could find a few things!

 

 

 

 

 

We finished out our trip by eating a yummy lunch at Cheesecake Factory , which was so conveniently located right at the entrance to Lenox Square! Then the girls earned a cupcake at Sprinkles for dessert!

I loved being able to go to Lenox Square with my babies! I have the sweetest memories of going as a little girl with my mom and Mimi to ride the pink pig, get a hot chocolate, and visit Santa Claus. Christmas will be here before we know it and I have a feeling we will be taking plenty of return trips to see Priscilla and continue making our own traditions!

My outfits are linked below. Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you to Lenox Square for inviting us on this fun Back To School Haul shopping trip!

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Guest Bath Renovation

Hey Sweet Friends!

Well, all the dust has settled (literally!) and we finally have a completed guest bathroom. PRAISE. HANDS.

If there’s one I’ve learned from all the home renovation projects we’ve done, it’s this: It will always take longer than you think, cost more than you planned, and be a bigger headache than you anticipated. Ok that was three things. You get my drift though, right?

Home projects aren’t for the faint of heart and there were many a nights that I stood in my destroyed bathroom and thought to myself “Man, I miss the old bathroom. Even with all it’s flaws.”

In typical Laura style, I started the demolition process in this bathroom long before I had the actual blessing from Matt. Oopsies. I took down the large glass mirror, ripped up two layers of vinyl floor, patched walls, and then finally got to ripping out the tub enclosure and had to call in backup. I’m honestly surprised my sweet Dad has’t just blocked my number at this point because I rarely call with any news that doesn’t begin with “Hey, Daddy, I need your help.” It’s been that way my whole life so I guess he’s used to it by now.

In true Daddy Hero fashion, he showed up with the tools we needed and we went after it. If you’ve never torn out a thirty year old tub enclosure, you’re really missing out. It was epic. Ok, actually it was horrible but we got it done.

We finally had an open space so I went to work picking out finishes. This guest bathroom doubles as my girl’s bathroom so I wanted it to be somewhat feminine without being pink. Although I do dream of doing a pink bathroom. Any takers?

For the design in this space, I stuck with neutrals and touches of antique gold. Moms of littles, y’all know how crazy things can get in your kid’s bathroom! So I was going for all the calming vibes. I wanted to also add some fun texture so my dad installed this awesome faux shiplap wall and I decided to give a little pop of color with this amazing buffalo check (removable) wallpaper. It was SO affordable and SO easy to work with!

Another favorite feature of the bathroom is the wall faucet. Once I found the $150 console table, I immediately thought a vessel sink and wall faucet would be the dreamiest. God bless my dad for making it possible!

Without further rambling, here’s the beautiful guest bath!

Here’s the BEFORE

 

And the AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for sharing in the JOY that is my upstairs bathroom being all done. Now y’all come over any time to use it, ok?

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