My New Favorite Room

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The day, ladies, is finally here! Our home office/classroom remodel is complete, and I’m so glad to share it with you. The trick was to keep the wall colors fairly neutral while adding pops of color. If it was a room for just me, it would have pink ALL OVER! Since I have to share it with boys (tee hee), I had to add some more masculine colors and a darker rug. Most of the accessories we purchased were spray painted gold if they weren’t already that color.

We started this last year. Look HERE to see how the room started. We were at the end of the project and I wanted to have a picture of Milt and me in a little, gold frame. That held up posting the ending results. After that was done, he agreed to build the two-person desk I had begged him to build. In the beginning, I had wanted the two-person desk for him and me and then we would give Milty his own desk, but when he didn’t build the desk, he and I shared the one we had. His pile of papers over-crowding my cute little space got old…fast! Lol.

What I do love about the desk is it’s everything I envisioned. He even put an outlet with a USB charger in it. Anyway, after the desk was built, I then had to wait for it to be painted/stained. In his defense, he has been all over the place remodeling here, NY, working, etc.

I also recorded a YouTube video of the space. I’ll get that posted within the next few days, if not sooner. I’ll give you an idea of where we purchased some items:

  • the lamp was from Home Goods. We spray painted it gold and attached the flower we purchased from Hobby Lobby
  • the polka dot curtains, the tassel pillow, and the A+ mug were from Pier 1
  • my desk was from Target – the knobs were spray painted
  • the chair in the corner was from Marshall’s
  • the other two ghost chairs were from Home Goods and Ross
  • the cork board was given to us by a friend and we put fabric and gold nail heads on it
  • the clock was purchased from Marshall’s and spray painted gold
  • the gold curtains, two small mirrors, and rug were from Ross
  • the two side tables were spray painted gold
  • the shelves on the wall were from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • the other decorations on the wall were from Hobby Lobby, Target, Ross, Home Goods
  • the personalized pen cup was from Pineapple Proper
  • the personalized Kate Spade mug was from Swoozies

If I missed anything, please leave a comment below or send me an email. Thanks for reading!


Transitioning…or Not?

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Happy Wednesday, ladies! How are you surviving the week so far? We are in the first week of HIGH SCHOOL! I don’t know how the time flew by so fast. I’m still amazed.Last week Friday, the hubs and I decided to run out for a few hours before picking up some food to take home. The running joke is he’ll ask me what’s for dinner. I say it’s Friday (or Saturday) and I don’t cook on the weekends, and he tells me I don’t cook on any day. That may be true haha, but, seriously, on a Friday, the last thing I want to do is be in the kitchen. Blech.

This shirt is yet another purchase from NY and Company from my shopping trip in Tennessee. I love the detailing on it. It is an off-the-shoulder top, but I pulled it up on my shoulders. The leopard booties were a FREE item from Macy’s when they had one of their buy-one-get-one-free sales a few months ago. They are surprisingly very easy to wear. The clutch is the Uber clutch from GiGi New York. I love the fact mine is (and yours can be) personalized. The pencil skirt was purchased from TJ Maxx a few weeks ago.

Now, I must ask…am I the only one stuck in limbo? I LOVE the fall season. It’s probably my most favorite season because of pumpkin everything. The problem is I also love the feeling of the summer and I love winter because of the snow and Christmas. Spring is also amazing because of the significance of new life and beautiful flowers, etc. . I always feel so torn when the seasons are about to change. However, this outfit is a great way to transition into the fall while holding onto some parts of the summer. The light chambray material in the shirt screams hot weather, while the orange clutch and earthen tones of the leopard give the feeling of cooler weather clothing.

I wore this casual outfit when the hubby and I went out a few days ago. Milt and I are weird. We have fun going to Publix together because it takes us back to when we did extreme couponing. We have great memories saving tons of money there, CVS, and Walgreens. So, what about you? What are some things you do with your significant other when you have time alone?

Thanks for stopping by!


What You Can Tell by the Sparkle

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DSC_0263Happy Monday, everyone! I know many of the counties around us have started school already, but today is my son’s first day. I’ll have more on his schedule, what we use as curriculum, and finally, I’ll reveal the home office/classroom makeover later this week. Yay!

When I wore this outfit last week, my sweet friend came up to me last week and told me she couldn’t see my face because someone had their arms up and blocked her view. She said she knew it was me though because of the sparkles in my skirt haha. So funny.

Anyway, how was your weekend? Mine was great. I spend all of Thursday with my gal pal trying on handbags. The next day,my son and I met with some other homeschooling friends from church so we could take the kids to paint pottery and then have lunch. It was really interesting to just sit there and listen to the boys chat away, as the adults did the same. These meet-ups is something I’d like to implement more and more this school year. Last year was a very trying year for us for many different reasons which I will explain at a later date, so with Milt starting high school, I want to take more time this year (and all of high school) to smell the roses. Later that night, he went to a lock-in at church from 8PM until 7AM Saturday morning. Since Milton had to work so early the next morning, we did a little window shopping, ordered in, and watched a movie.

I don’t know if you know, but we own a commercial janitorial business. The hubs had to cover someone for two weeks straight while they went on vacation. Just when he thought he would have a break, two days later, someone else hurt themselves, so he had to fill in for them until he could find coverage. We ran an ad, had several people show up the first day, they didn’t show up the second day, and then someone who cleaned the place before called and said they wanted to come back to work. It always happens this way.

This shirt I’m wearing is yet another one I picked up in Tennessee while out with my friend. NY and Company was having a buy-one-get-two-free sale. I love the ruffled details on the shirt. The skirt was purchased last year right before Christmas. I thought it would be cute to add the yellow, suede pumps with the outfit, the leopard belt, my wood watch from Jord, and of course, the cross body.

I’ll let you know how I…I mean, Milt survives his first day of school. I’m here debating whether or not I should take classes in the fall. This is my last week of summer classes, and I’m tired lol. It’s been a long summer. I’m not quite ready for it to be over, but I’m ready for it to be over. Make sense? Not to me either 🙂

Have a great day!



P.S. If you have questions about where I bought any of the other items, leave a comment below or send me an email. I’ll be sure to answer.

Blogging All Day

DSC_1097DSC_1095DSC_1094DSC_1093 DSC_1092 DSC_1091DSC_1096Happy Friday, all! I’m so glad to have made it to the end of another long week haha. It was a  great week, to be honest. How was yours?

I posted about our staycation in two parts HERE and HERE this week. I didn’t finish up the last of what we did that week, but I did want to do so. On the fourth day of our staycation, we slept in a bit, which is so abnormal for us, especially the hubs, who is always awake by 6AM. We drove up to Viera to Home Goods. I LOVE Home Goods. You? We were looking for a wall mirror to match the mirrors behind our night stand lamps…found it! I cannot wait to show you some bedroom progress photos! You will NOT believe your eyes. I still can’t.

After that, we went to Merritt Island, a town close to ours. We went to the mall there for a bit because Milty has outgrown almost ALL the pants we just recently bought him. His legs are so long it’s unbelievable. We had tried several stores in Orlando and nothing worked. We spent the evening in Merritt Island.

See my shirt? I bought this in Tennessee at Forever 21 Red. When I saw it, I had to buy it. It was part of the shopping I did with my friend while at senior bible quizzing nationals. If you have never shopped there, I would highly recommend it. This shirt was $6.99!

On this day, we went to the beach to have pizza. The pizza is New York style and is so good! We then went to pick up the pottery piece we painted while on our staycation. We then went home, swam in our pool, and watched the Olympics. Days with my boys are my favorite days.

What are some fun things you do as a family?



Staycation Part 2

DSC_1009DSC_1002DSC_1006 DSC_1004 DSC_1003 DSC_1020DSC_1021DSC_1023DSC_1114Happy Wednesday, everyone! Have you read the first part of our latest staycation? If you missed it, go HERE to catch up.

We had such a blast this time around. The first year of camp, I cried for the whole week because it was the first time my son had been gone from us. The second year, we took the week to completely remodel his room. The third year, we planned on going to Charleston, SC, but ended up staying home and having a staycation again.

This year, I was as carefree as anything lol. So, on Day 2,  we started out the morning at Keke’s Breakfast Cafe. We normally share a meal anyway, but at Keke’s, sharing is a must, especially if you’re having the pancakes! Those things are huge!

After breakfast, we went to Downtown Melbourne to paint pottery. Again, we shared in this task as well. We wanted something useful, so we chose a plant pot. Milt painted the pot, and I painted the bottom piece. We thought it would make a great addition to our pool deck.

The next day, we went to Orlando. We spent the day going to some stores, including one we’ve never visited – Z Gallerie – LOVED it!!! We also went to Ikea, and then the Mall at Millenia. I, of course, had to go to the Louis Vuiton store and try on bags.

Dinner was next on the agenda. We went to Long Horn’s for dinner and then spent some more time in Orlando before heading home.

What are some fun things you all do when you have time to vacation at home?


Staycation Part 1

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A few weeks ago, my son went to church camp for the week. The plan was for us to go out of town during this time as an option to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We ended spending so much time in New York and I was going to be going to Tennessee a few days after returning home that we opted for a staycation instead.

On our first day, we thought about going out to breakfast, but decided to go on Tuesday morning instead. We went to Starbucks for a short time. I had the hot caramel macchiato and Milton had the sweetened passion tea lemonade. We went back to the house for dinner and then went to BJ’s Brewhouse for dessert (and coffee for me) and ended up ordering the root beer rib appetizer too haha.

I have to tell you how crazy I am about this skirt. I found it at TJ Maxx and couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I went to get it the next day. I normally do that. Also, these Sam Edelman shoes, from Amazon are so stylish and comfortable. I might want to get the nude color. To achieve this look, I kept the outfit a bit neutral while adding pops of leopard. You can shop the look above.

The next morning, we went out for breakfast and to paint pottery. I’ll share that experience and those photos this week!

Thanks for reading!


Off-the-Shoulder Top…Kind of

DSC_1112-01DSC_1111-02DSC_1101-01DSC_1102-01DSC_1107-01I am writing this blog post on Thursday night. I am watching the Olympics, eating cheddar cheese rice cakes, and doing everything but what I’m supposed to be doing. What’s that? You ask? My schoolwork, of course. Haha. I am procrastinating so badly, but I actually work better under pressure. I have an assignment due tonight and one due on Sunday. Sigh.

We went to the grocery store on Tuesday because I felt hungry all day long. It’s weird because we had shopped with coupons for so long that we’re so programmed to barely pick up anything that’s not on sale. We went to Publix and then Sam’s Club. My son asked if we were having a barbecue because we bought so much food haha. We still bought what was on sale, but I threw caution to the wind a bit more this time and picked up a lot more than normal.

I did want to share with you this outfit I wore to church on Wednesday for several reasons. One, the “off-the-shoulder” shirt is from NY& Company. When I was in Tennessee, I went shopping with my sweet friend and had a ball! They were having a sale where you buy one item and get two free. This is one of the items I purchased. I love the pin striped look and the fact I could wear it on my shoulders! I have been eyeing off-the-shoulder shirts for so long now but didn’t want to take a chance in being disappointed if they didn’t stay on my shoulders.

The next item is the lace, custom-made skirt from Normony Design on Instagram. The skirt has a lining underneath it and the white worked so well with my blue and white shirt and leopard shoes, which were a bit uncomfortable the first time I wore them. Now, I want more colors lol. I also added pops of hot pink in my cross body and watch. Outfits like these are my favorite because I love having neutral colors with pops of colors and I love to mix patterns and textures.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to sign up for my latest giveaway on Instagram!


InstaNatural Free Sample and Review

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On Instagram, I have seen other bloggers post pictures of products they’ve used for cleaning their skin. I had thought about trying them, but never quite got around to it, so you must know how ecstatic I was when InstaNatural reached out to me to review their Vitamin C Facial Cleanser.

I was particularly interested in the vitamin C because of the many health benefits to the skin. Vitamin C is an anti-aging power-house. It brightens the skin, boosts collagen for firmer skin, reduces inflammation and redness, and actually makes your sunscreen more effective. I was sold on the part about skin-brightening.

The ingredients include green tea, chamomile and rose, coconut water and aloe! I have used this cleanser for a few days now and absolutely love it!

It’s so easy to use. You apply a small amount to your damp skin and rub it in, rinse with water, and then apply a serum or moisturizer. I love that I can focus on the dark spots. Each time I washed and dried my face, my skin felt so clean and cool. I didn’t feel any residue whatsoever and my face didn’t feel greasy.

Now, here’s the best part: you can also try a sample of this for free! Go HERE to sign up. There’s no long questionnaire, no credit card info needed, and no other gimmicks. There’s a limited supply, so please don’t wait to take advantage of this offer.

Thanks for reading,


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

My New Crossbody Revealed

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DSC_1046-02Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend?! Mine was incredible. I think I’m finally over my jet lag from the Tennessee trip, but I had such a great time and can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Well, without further ado, here is the Louis Vuitton bag I purchased the day before my trip…literally the day before my trip. I’m talking about waking up at 7AM to drive almost six hours round trip to pick up my bag.

This started right after Christmas. I was convinced I wanted a cross body, so a few months later, I visited the Bloomingdale’s in White Plains, New York to straighten out a shoe issue I was having. I ventured over to the Louis Vuitton boutique in the store and tried on several of them. I even posted pics on Instagram asking for people to vote on which one they liked best.

The funniest thing is the bag I bought is not one I was even considering before. I saw this, the Felicie, on a trip to Orlando during our staycation and fell in love with it. The things that sold me on it were the gold chain as the only strap and the two inserts – one in the monogram print and the other in a pink leather which has card slots and a place for cash. This would eliminate me having to carry a small wallet or coin purse and I saw it as getting three pieces for the price of one.

What do you think? Like it?

Also, this dress is one I bought at Forever 21 in Tennessee for about $6! I’ll be sharing some of the other pieces I snagged when I was out shopping with my friend. The boots are Michael Kors from Macy’s and the ruffled cardigan is also from Macy’s. These are perfect pieces for transitioning to the fall. Click on the slideshow pics above to see/purchase similar items.

Thanks for reading and voting,