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kids' room at wilderness

Quilts/ similar
Blankets/ el paso designs
Sheets/ target
light box/ uncommon goods
clock/ amazon
beside table/ built by david
cactus pillows/ uncommon goods
essential oils / (i'm a distributer, message me for 10% off)
prints/ create in me a clean heart via she reads truth
earthenware bowl/ uncommon goods
photos/ chatbooks (free book here)
coat rack/ amazon
moss garden/ uncommon goods
reading lamp/ amazon

To catch you up to speed incase you are new here, last November we moved our family of 5 out of the city as we purchased 53 acres an hour south of the city.  The land we bought was raw - never lived on and we knew two things -- David wanted to build our house himself and that it wouldn't be a quick process to develop living spaces with utilities down in the country.  Our plans for our house quickly turned into plans to build what will eventually be our garage/David's studio and to move into that and settle onto the property before starting the build of our actual house.  It's been a lot more work than we could have imagined, but also a lot more life giving than we could have imagined.  

Where David is the one with the tools and the know how to build a house, I've tried to focus my abilities on making this "garage" a cozy home for our family.  My first focus was the room for the big kids.  As my parents where also in the process of changing houses, I was lucky enough to receive these metal bed frames that were in my grandparents' house and that I've been in love with since I was a child.  I knew I wanted to build the room around these beds with kind of a rustic/vintage/eclectic feel.  I used a lot of things we already had - frames, big colorful pillows, a dresser that was my dad's growing up, and a tiny bookcase that was mine growing up.  

I looked to Uncommon Goods (a great place to find personalized gifts see here and great ideas for birthdays see here) to add some pieces to "pop" with the white bedding from and wood walls.  The cactus pillows are hand embroidered and the perfect bright colors for a room shared by boy and girl.  Staying with a sort of flora theme, and because my daughter loves moss, this diy moss garden was perfect.  We evened turned it into part of homeschooling as we put it together (Henry adde the personal touch of a star wars plane!).  Also from Uncommon Goods are the light box and earthenware bowl which I actually found while searching through all their ideas for kitchen decor (see more here).  

Other new pieces in this room are the reading lamp and lcd screen digital clock.  For the price I definitely recommend these pieces.  In fact, I'll probably be getting more of each of these for other rooms.  Both are linked above and come in other colors too.  The middle table was built by David.  Its perfect and I love him -- though I do get jealous of his ability to just whip of things like this.  Literally I asked for a table and within an hour and a half I got this beauty!

I'll be sharing more of our home and property as we continue to settle in.  

evy's + lotta + vacay

Last week David and I decided rather last minute to take a trip to Highlands/Cashiers NC.  This is my rejoice happy dance outfit before we left.  We really needed some rest as a family away from all the work of building the homestead.  We figured out that it was our first family vacation together without being with other family or friends - just us!  And NC was perfect.  The weather was to yummy... a foretaste of fall to come.  Packed my new Evy's Tree button down (Amy in french floral) and my Lotta from Stockholm clogs (high heel classic in black) + my go to black skinnies and wool hat.  Will share pictures to soon of our vacay.  

Shop my shirt and clogs:
Evy's Tree Official
Lotta From Stockholm

10 favorites

1.  My newest ray-bans are my favorite yet (and I'm a bit of a ray-ban hoarder).  Loving these Ray-Ban gatsby 4526 sunglasses.  Found them at  There are several different color and lens combo.  I went for a slight mirror look.  These frames are super light weight matte acetate and the lens tint is light enough that I can still wear them when I step inside for a minute or as the sun starts to set, yet they are still strong enough protection in high sun.

2. Nature Nate's raw & unfiltered honey.  What does raw & unfiltered mean? It means it is more like it exists in the hive -- hasn't gone through crazy heating processes and contains tiny particles of the environment that it was in, including pollen.  A great help for our family in allergy season! It also means that they only thing added to the honey is its bottle - no rice or corn syrup adulteration.
I was lucky enough to win a year's supply of this yummy goodness, but I was already a huge fan long before.  Thank you Nature Nate's for the hook up.  Find them on instagram -- you never know, maybe you can snag some free honey too!

3.  My favorite snack -- especially right now while we are more or less "camping" at the house.  RX Bars.  My favorites are the blue and the black.  They aren't cheap, but nutrition and a bit of indulgence go along way in my book.

4.  Where to start on this bag from Just Porter?!  We have been gypsies since we moved out of our house in November.  A few days here, a handful of weeks there... lots of traveling, lots of moving pieces.  This bag has been a family go-to, but has especially become my husband's bag.  He can fit it all in there... computer, bible, a couple changes of clothes, chargers, book, toiletries, paperwork for the contractors etc., snacks, and a few other camping necessities for when he spends the night at the build.  And lets be honest, a lot of the kids stuff gets stuffed in there too.   He loves the different zippered pockets, the padded computer department and padded straps, magnetic front closures, and waterproof fabric.  Everything is safe and has a place to stay organized.  You'll be seeing more of this bag for sure -- we love it.
But let me add what we reallllly love about this bag... it creates sustainability for a community in need!  When you buy a Just Porter bag you give a bag too.  Just Porter hires local bag makers (supporting small businesses), they fill the bags they give full of school supplies (aiding in education).  You can feel good about your purchase! // instagram + Facebook 

5.  Lipsense.  Yup.  The stuff you might be seeing pop up all over your Facebook but maybe haven't stopped to really look at yet.  You need too.  I was the same way and then was gifted a couple colors. Its really fun and for my dryish lips I can never get an even non-flaky lipstick coat... this does the job.  I have two colors - a nude/pink "apple cider, and a darkish purply read "sheer berry."
My friend Heather can hook you up too.  Find her on her Facebook group page or message me and I'll get y'all in touch.  She really knows the colors and all the tips.  I've known her since college and she is just a gem! **mention this post and she'll give you free shipping on starter kits**

6.  If you've ever been on my blog before, you'll already know my love for fashionABLE.  What started as scarves made in Africa giving women the ability to feel pride in their work and care for their families... then leather, jewelry, and now apparel too!  The started with some closet staple tees.  I have three and am not surprised that I'm obsessed.  The fit is great.  The fabric is yummy soft but not the pilling kind of soft.  No itchy tags.  I'll be partnering in a few days with a couple friends to give some away too - so keep a close eye on my instagram!

7.  Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  Might seem like a random thing to add to my favorite list.  But for a novice/reluctant homeschooler, I've been super thankful for this book.  Its the same one my husband learned to read with.  I love the way it builds on just 20 minutes a day.  It's perfect for the parent too - anything in read is for the parent to use for instruction, it literally tells you what to say to your child when in the course of the lesson.  Magnolia has about 25 lessons left.  She loves looking back at her early lessons to see where she started and where she is now.  I'll be starting with Henry in August.  It's less than $15 on amazon.  

8.  Natursutten Pacis.  I thought I would just use these for Mary Rose as an infant, but we just can't quit these and she'll be 1 next month.  It started out because I liked the aesthetic.  But I really love that they are 100% natural - no parabens, pvc, or chemical softeners.  They are all one piece, so no joints or creases for dirty grime or mold to sneak into.

9.  Lotta from Stockholm.  I you don't have a pair.  You need one.  Or if you are like me, you need a few pairs.  Just added these classic high heel clogs to my closet.  Love these slides for any season. // instagram + Facebook

10.  We are moving in to the house.  As in, I'm currently finishing this post at the hotel while baby naps and then we are driving down to officially move in.  I've been dreaming of the kids room design for a few months now and found the cutest accents from  Love these embroidered cactus pillows.  There are two different styles - got one of each for each of the kids beds along with a few other goodies that I can't wait to set up, photograph and share (hopefully sooner than later), mean while, check out uncommongoods for some great personalized gift ideas.

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