. Sunday, April 22, 2018 .

Happy Earth Day! In an effort to cut our water use, we have taken out sod in our lawn. In place of the sod we are going to create an amazing backyard garden, a space for flowers and another space for vegetables and herbs. We hope to attract butterflies, birds and honeybees. Watering a lawn of grass is so expensive and uses so much water that it is wasteful. There are lots of beneficial plants that can take its place and use far less water. We have a bunch of seeds we are going to plant after the last frost, after Mother's day. I have some seedlings growing inside as well. All of the sod is pulled up and now we just need to till the area and put a garden path in it.

My husband took a Lowe's run with our daughter Mila on Thursday and he came home telling me that they had tons of plants on clearance at Lowes. Mila and I have checked out all of the plants in the garden center in anticipation for planting season so we know their stock was good, they had tons of beautiful plants available. We had previously scored three rose bushes and some poppy plants on sale for $3 each! Anyway, I was putting Mila to bed so Thomas went back and filled carts full of plants! We have a backyard budget and we did want to include already developed flowers, so this was a great opportunity to stock up! (In no way is this a sponsored post, I just wanted to share our experience).

Garden landscaping: clearance plant extravaganza

. Saturday, April 21, 2018 .

I am on the search for a beautiful rug runner to add to the upper level of our home. I love that rug runners have the potential to add beauty, color, pattern and texture to the hallway. I have searched the internet and have found eight rug runners that are all under $75. The rugs are full of color, pattern and personality. I might just have to order one of these. I'll let you guys know if I do!

Which rug runner is your favorite?! Do you have rugs throughout your home? I love rugs in all shapes and sizes! They help keep your feet cozy and add a nice warmth to any space.

O N E - Green rug runner - $71.24
Size: 2'3" x 8'. This rug is made of natural cotton and handwoven with multiple colors in the main section and green on the outer edges. I love its texture and overall design. It also comes in five other colors.

T W O - Hand braided rug runner - $53.24
Size: 2'6" x 8'. This braided rug is made of 100% cotton and is handmade. I love the texture and bright color of this rug!

T H R E E - Colorful rug runner - $32.99
Size: 2'2" x 6. Full of color and boho flair this rug runner has a jute backing and is constructed mainly of polypropylene. This material is my least favorite but I think this type of rug is easier to clean.

F O U R - Aqua floor runner - $39.99
Size: 2' x 8' long. This floor runner is made of polyester and is good for both indoor and outdoor use. I love the diamond pattern design and the bright aqua color.

F I V E - Floral rug runner - $73.49
Size: 2'3" x 8'. I absolutely love the floral pattern on this rug runner! I love the pattern and the fact that is is made from 100% wool.

S I X - Handwoven rug runner $59.99
Size: 2' x 8'. This navy blue handwoven rug is gorgeous. I love the contrast of the white design against the dark blue. It is made of cotton.

S E V E N - Brown and Ivory floor runner- $75
Size: 2'3" x 9'. Made of hand tufted wool and cotton this rug is made to last. I love the unique geometric pattern that is inspired by Persian designs. The material is even dyed naturally!

E I G H T - Blue rug runner - $59.45
Size: 2'3" x 11'. The intricate design on this rug is beautiful. I'm not sure what the material is made of because it is not listed on the website but my guess is polypropylene.


8 stylish rug runners under $75

. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 .

One component I love about our home are the vaulted ceilings that make the main level of our living room, dining room and kitchen feel so spacious. We have a lot of wall space to work with and I knew a gallery wall in the dining room would be the perfect way to make the most of the space. We created a gallery wall in Mila's nursery and I just fell in love with how they look. It is fun to view so much art at once. I love art and I believe the more the merrier; gallery walls will always have a place in our home. :) For months this wall remained bare, but within six months of living in our new home, I was able to find and frame all of the art to create the gallery wall and I couldn't be more thrilled and pleased with how the wall looks.

Our dining room gallery wall

. Saturday, April 14, 2018 .

Spring is here which means planting season is upon us. I love finding the perfect pot to pair with a plant and nothing is more special than a mosaic pot you created yourself. In the spirit of creativity, I would like to share a fun DIY mosaic planter pot that I created from broken ceramic dishes I had collected through the years. I did a mosaic on a larger pot so it definitely took a good chunk of time, I'm estimating in total around 5 hours. This is doable on a weekend, which is when I did it. I love how my mosaic pot turned out and am excited to make another one in the near future! Let me show you how I made it, so you can make one too!

DIY Mosaic Planter Pot

. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 .

After reading about different houseplants in one of my books I realized I don't have any flowering houseplants besides the Peace Lily in our home. I once had a Cyclamen but it didn't do too well. I was determined to find a flowering house plant and I found the perfect one in the form of an African Violet!

My new African Violet and our cat Lizzie

. Sunday, April 8, 2018 .

It had been two years since I have skied, it was at Solitude Mountain in Utah in 2016, just a few months before I became pregnant with Mila. It was so fun to be able to ski again when we took our trip to Shweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, ID. We weren't expecting to bring Mila with us skiing but we did! The thought came to us when we were dining out for dinner. The next day while Steve and Sherri took some runs, Thomas, Mila and I drove down to the Walmart in Sandpoint and picked up a forward facing baby carrier. Thomas is an amazing expert skier. He can do the hardest blacks and has been skiing his whole life. With his experience we both agreed he was fine to wear Mila and they both would be safe.

Skiing at Schweitzer Mountain + Mila's day on the slopes

. Saturday, April 7, 2018 .

For Easter, Thomas, Mila and I flew to Idaho to spend a long weekend with family at Schweitzer Moutain. We all hung out, went skiing and had a blast! It was so nice to spend quality time with family in such a beautiful location. It warmed our hearts to see Mila spend time with her grandparents. We had gourmet meals each night, slept well and had fun, including being in the hot tub while snow gently fell from the sky. It was the perfect getaway and I am very grateful to my in-laws for this wonderful trip!

Our Easter Holiday at Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, ID

. Wednesday, March 28, 2018 .

Spring is here and so is Easter! It's been fun seeing Mila play with her Easter eggs, collecting them in her basket inside our home and in our backyard, they are the perfect toy for little ones to play with, great for manual dexterity too. She loves to open the eggs and close them and place them all throughout the house.

Mila's Easter Basket

. Sunday, March 25, 2018 .

Yesterday we spent most of the day tearing out the section of lawn that we are going to transform into our garden. We made a lot of progress! After this hard manual labor I was itching to go on an outdoor adventure. So we decided to visit Palmer Park, a cool park full of lots of trails. Mila and I had came here earlier in the week after a trip to the library and I brought the stroller up some trails but it really wasn't a place for a stroller, lol, so I decided then we would come back with daddy. So we did. It was a beautiful day and just what we needed! It was a spontaneous adventure, we parked and just ventured into the woods and then came onto the Kinnikinick trail and followed it. It was so peaceful and beautiful! I love that Spring is here!

Palmer Park Trail

. Sunday, March 11, 2018 .

Last year our goal was to get settled into our new home and decorate the interior. While we aren't completely done with this, some rooms still need lots of wall art, for the most part we have the furniture and rooms how we want them. This year our goal is to focus on the exterior of our home. This includes painting our house and making a garden! I'm so excited for both and especially for making a food and flower garden. We have a very large backyard and one side of the house gets full sun so much that the grass is always baked there, so that is where we are going to put both gardens.

Garden planning

. Thursday, March 1, 2018 .

I've always wanted a library in our home and thanks to my wonderful husband we now have a library in our living room! My husband built us three gorgeous pine bookshelves from scratch. These bookshelves were a labor of love and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. This room is my favorite room in the whole house! It is the first room in our home off the front entry way when you walk in. The large window floods the room with light and it is filled with plants. It is just a cheery comfortable room to spend time in and the bookshelves look as is they were meant to be in this room. I love to sit on the couch and read with a cup of tea. I also love to play with Mila on the floor and read to her in the arm chair.

Handmade pine bookshelves

. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 .

We have been cloth diapering Mila since she was two months old and have really enjoyed the cloth diaper journey! Cloth diapering has many benefits, the cloth diapers come in cute prints, patterns and colors, they are environmentally friendly and cost effective. While the initial investment of cloth diapers isn't cheap, you are getting a great value in the long term and will save hundreds if not thousands a year over buying disposable diapers. You also prevent the use of toxic chemicals being near your baby and you save thousands of diapers ending up in landfills. It is a very green practice to cloth diaper!

How to cloth diaper

. Thursday, February 15, 2018 .

A few days before Mila turned 13 months I took her last photo session of her at 12 months old. These are the final photos of her first year's monthly development photo shoots sitting on the blue chair with her little fox stuffed animal. Our little girl has grown up so fast! She is no longer a baby but is now officially our toddler.

Mila: 12 months

. Monday, February 12, 2018 .

A few weeks ago I did a post about being inspired to paint this plant wall in our family room black. Well its done! I ended up painting the wall a dark chocolate color that was actually leftover paint that was in our home already. The paint was found in our utility room, it was used to paint our pergola on our back patio. I really like the color and decided to just use what we already had to paint this wall. The color is called Phantom Mist by Olympic paint.

Our dark chocolate plant wall

. Friday, February 9, 2018 .

For Christmas my mother-in-law gifted me the prettiest handmade wood planter. She carved a wooden bowl into a unique shape, stained it and adorned pretty blue crystals on both sides of it. Then she filled it with an array of succulent plants and moss and drilled holes on the bottom for drainage.

A unique handmade wood planter

. Thursday, February 8, 2018 .

I absolutely adore Mila's room! We spend a lot of time in this room whether we are changing diapers, playing or reading, it is so nice to be in a pretty environment. Her room is definitely a fun and peaceful place to spend time in. I would describe the style of the room as boho chic, it is cute, feminine and fun. There are lots of pink and gold tones with accents of blue, I really love everything about this room!

Mila's nursery tour

. Wednesday, January 31, 2018 .

What are Kantha Quilts?

Kantha quilts are beautiful, vibrant, colorful quilts that originate in India and Bangladesh. They are made from pieces of women's old saris and are intricately hand stitched stitched to create light blankets and throws out of scraps of fabric. I love how they re-purpose these to make a completely new beautiful and practical product.

DIY Kantha Quilt Curtains

. Tuesday, January 30, 2018 .

I love animals and one of my favorite things to do is watch wildlife in nature. Over the years we've come across lots of beautiful animals in the great out doors. I thought I would share all of these animal sightings on the blog.

Bird sighting - Northern Flicker Woodpecker

. Friday, January 26, 2018 .

Mila LOVES books. Thomas and I love reading and we love that Mila does too! Reading is a part of our everyday lives, we read to Mila everyday. I've tried to find books whenever we go to thrift stores and have grown a collection of books that she can grow into. It's gotten to the point though that her book bins are overfilling. I eventually want to get a cute smaller wicker bookshelf that will fit all of her books so they stay organized.

Books Mila absolutely loves at 12 months old

. Thursday, January 25, 2018 .

I was browsing through the aisles at Tuesday Morning when I discovered the most beautiful tiger plate. It was too pretty to eat on, the vibrant shades of blues and oranges, the plant and flower details were all just gorgeous. The plate was also only $2.99! I didn't buy it that shopping trip because I was contemplating what I would do with it and where I would hang it if I got it. I decided I couldn't pass it up so I went back to Tuesday Morning, luckily it was still there, and I bought it. My plan was to find another plate to pair it with to be displayed on one of our walls.

Tiger and leopard plates in the breakfast nook

. Monday, January 15, 2018 .

As of January 10th, Mila is one year old! It's crazy to think a year ago I was in labor giving birth to our precious little girl and through the nursing, diaper changes, sleepless nights, tummy time, rolling, crawling, and now walking our daughter has grown up so much and so have we! Being parents has been an amazing experience and I am glad we have entered this forever commitment to love and nurture our sweet daughter, I love being a mama and wouldn't have it any other way! I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family, an amazing husband and the sweetest little girl! I am so thankful for these two and look forward to forever watching Mila grow each day, as she learns and develops!

Mila's First Birthday

. Saturday, January 6, 2018 .
Our sweet Mila turns 12 months old in less than a week! Last weekend we celebrated a combined 1st birthday party for Mila and her cousin Lucas that is two months older than her. My dad's side of the family was there as well as Thomas's family. It was a lot of fun and cute to see Mila interact with her cousin and everyone. She is such a loving baby and snuggler! She is always happy too. :) We are also going to celebrate her birthday on her actual birthday next Wednesday. I am going to make her a special cake. :)

Mila: 11 months

. Thursday, January 4, 2018 .

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2017 was the year of becoming a mama and nurturing our beautiful baby girl as she grows up each day. It was also the year we became homeowners and began all of the fun house projects to make the house we bought a home. Yes, 2017 was a leap in our growing up status! I definitely feel like we are 'adulting.' It makes sense too that I went through my Saturn Return in 2017 in astrology this happens for the first time when you are 28-30 years old. It is a time when you mature and are officially considered an adult. While I have a lot of posts I need to share of all of the things we've done so far in our home the past year, the list of projects I want to do to our home's interior continues.

Black accent plant wall

. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 .
Thomas, Mila and I in Manitou Springs on New Year's Day, photo courtesy of my sister :)

Crazy how fast the year flew by! 2018 is here and in one week it will be Mila's first birthday! The past few weeks have been so busy but also really fun and special. My sister, brother-in-law and nephew flew out here from Hawaii and we got to spend some quality time with them, as well as with Thomas's family. The guys went up skiing and snowboarding at Keystone, while my sister and I hung out around the shops with the babies. The highway even closed to get to our hotel due to snow so we ended up bunking with them for the night. It all worked out well and it was all good. It was also really cool to see snow for Christmas!

Our nephew is two months older than Mila so while they were visiting we threw a first birthday party for both of them as my dad and stepmom's home. It turned out great! I'm sad they left but we plan on seeing them later this year, which I am so excited about!

Anyway I am interested in Numerology and I ordered these books recently:

The Secret Language of Your Name: Unlock the Secrets of Your Name and Birth Date Through the Science of Numerology

Glynis Has Your Number: Discover What Life Has in Store for You with The Power of Numerology

Numerology for Healing:Your Personal Numbers as the Key to a Healthier Life

2018 from a numerology perspective adds up to 11 which adds up to 1. In Numerology 11 is a master number which has significance. I'm excited to get the books listed above so I can learn more about this year being an 11 and 2 year.

This article by Numerologist Felicia Bender describes 2018 as the 11/2 year that is all about partnership, cooperation and balancing our needs and wants with others.

Here is another great article about 2018 from a spiritual and metaphysical perspective.

This article describes January based on your personal year number. Your personal year number in numerology is your birth date, the month and day, added up with the current year (so 2018).

I wish you all many blessings in 2018! I'm excited to start fresh this year and am excited for all of the experiences and opportunities that lie ahead! I'm still working on my goals and New Year resolutions, and I will share them in upcoming posts.

Happy 2018!