Putting a Creative Touch on your Potted Plants

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Hello readers, happy Friday! I hope you are well, and thank you for visiting my page today. Really, thank you so much!

I have had a tough couple of weeks! Last week, I had to finish more homework than normal because I was going to be out of town that weekend. This last week, I have been battling a cold; a nasty, unforgiving cold. So needless to say, I haven’t had many opportunities to talk to you all on Little Things.

So with all of that to say, thank you for your patience. I’m still new to blogging, and I’m trying my best to stick to a writing schedule, but sometimes I mess up. I appreciate everyone’s grace and support!

To move on, I wanted to share my new potted plants with you all!

I bought these plants earlier in the day, the left one is called a Water Miser and the plant to the right is called a Shake Cotyledon. I was very selective going into Fred Meyer, I wanted something fairly easy to keep alive. I don’t have the best track record with plants, but growing and caring for them is a hobby I’d like to develop. So I thought these would be an easy starting point. I’m excited to see how beautifully they grow!

I had a last minute thought as I transferred them to their containers: Why not label them by their scientific name?

I had exactly two small chalk labels left in my craft drawer and decided to take advantage of them. So I labeled each plant by their scientific name, as you can see above. It’s my goal to have several plants in this apartment over the summer, and I wanted to come up with a fun way to make them stand out!

Also, I just discovered that at my apartment complex, there is a community garden area and I was thinking of trying out my green thumb there as well. I might make a feature out of it, since I’m new to this and it would be fun to note my progress maybe once a week. I will look into it soon, so stay tuned!

Hopefully this is of inspiration to you all. I bought both the pots and the plants for $13, so it wasn’t too expensive.

So if you are looking for a fun way to decorate your plants, give this a shot!

Let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks everyone!

 

 

Little Things of the Week #2

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Hey everyone, good morning to you all!

As you may have noticed, yesterday I failed to put this post out as I said I would be doing every Friday. I had some personal things come up that required my attention and I unfortunately did not have any time left over to write. I am sorry!

I take my blog very seriously, and I want to make sure that I am consistent in my writing and as professional about the structure of this blog as I can be, and I messed up yesterday. I apologize, and I can assure you that I fully intend to write for this feature every week. I’m still learning how to fit blogging into my crazy life schedule and I still make mistakes now and then, and I’m sure mistakes will continue to occur and I plan to learn from all of them.

With that being said, I’ll go ahead and dive into this week!

This was definitely a good week, but it was also a busy one. I did twice as much homework as I normally do and Kris was sick, so not a whole lot actually happened unfortunately. But I still have some wonderful moments that I can pull out of it, and I think this week I’ll go for a “top five moments” approach.

#5 –  Monday Movie Night

On Monday, Kris and I sat down and had a movie night together, and it was everything that I needed that day. He normally works until late on Monday’s but he stayed home sick. I was exhausted from homework, and I had studied for a test all morning leading up to my class which was in the middle of the afternoon. So coming home from class after all of that and then having to do more really wiped me out! Kris and I decided that we would put our responsibilities aside and just sit down and watch something with each other, so being the adults that we are, we watched Shrek 2.

I really enjoyed that night together. I have seen this movie a thousand times, but knowing that you are watching it because you are making time to be with another person out of love for them makes the familiar experience a little more enjoyable ♥

#4 – Make Your Own Pizza

On that same night, after the movie ended, Kris and I went to the store and grabbed some ingredients to make our own pizza rather than order one. The interesting thing about our relationship is that I take so much enjoyment out of doing ordinary and simple things together. He loves to make food, LOVES it, and I know that this made him feel better since he was stuck at home sick all day for the second day in a row. I love getting to see him excited over making food, I can tell it is relaxing and fun for him to cook and I’m glad that it was able to brighten his day some.

#3 – Beautiful Oregon Sunshine

I had a really busy day on campus yesterday, but I was so happy to be there because of how bright and sunny it was! This is my last year at Western and I feel both excited and a little sad that soon I won’t be coming back. Springtime at Western is my favorite time because of how green the place looks, there’s nothing like it ♥ There are trees that hug the main campus road and they just engulf the whole area and it feels like I’m surrounded by nature rather than just school buildings.

#2 – Cleaning Up the House

Also yesterday, I took some time after my classes to clean up around the apartment. As you may have seen in my last blog entry A Great Perspective on House Cleaning, I take a lot of enjoyment out of doing chores around the house. I had a tall list of things to work on yesterday: homework, cleaning out my car, running a couple of errands, but cleaning really helped me to calm down and focus on whatever I was doing in that moment.

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy

The part of my week that made it to number one was definitely the movie night on Thursday when my husband and brother-in-law and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy together! I had been looking forward to this movie all week. Kris and I have been trying to set aside one day every week to be together and do something fun. He has never seen this movie and I was seeing it for the first time myself technically. I say technically because when I actually did see it for the first time, people were talking through the entire thing and I had no idea what was going on. Anyway, we all really enjoyed it! I love the Marvel universe and enjoy almost all of the movies that come out, and I’m really glad that I had a chance to finally see this one. Now I’m dying to see the second movie!

So that was my week this time around! It was not very eventful with homework taking over my time and poor Kris getting sick and having to take care of him. Regardless, there are always a few gems that I can pick out that help brighten a busy week, and I’m glad I had some moments that made this week fun and memorable!

Thank you all for reading!

 

A Great Perspective on House Cleaning

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday, I hope you’re all well! I apologize for not posting for several days. I’m trying to blog at least once a week, and I believe I blogged twice last week, but I still feel like it’s been too long. School has been eating up a lot of my time, and now I finally have a moment to breathe and type out my thoughts for you all.

I feel like I might be a little late in the game posting about this, we are coming towards the end of spring and most people have probably done their spring cleaning by now. Regardless, this is a topic that has been on my heart ever since I read the article in the Magnolia Journal. In the spring edition, Joanna Gaines wrote a piece titled A Case For Spring Cleaning, and I really appreciated her perspective on the topic.

Joanna speaks to the deeper reasons as to why  it’s beneficial to clean our homes. She explains that with creating a cleaner, clutter-free environment, it also can help alleviate the anxieties of life, and it can feel rather therapeutic. She ends the article by explaining that cleaning your home can be a way to express thankfulness as well. “It’s actually about nurturing, about being grateful, and about making room in your life to take good care of what you already have” (Gaines, 30).

It sometimes surprises me to read Joanna’s words, because I feel like she takes them straight from my brain and prints them on paper. I am so glad that she looks at spring cleaning -and cleaning in general- in this perspective, because this is exactly how it feels for me. I make time to clean my home and tidy it up not just because it’s a chore, but because it’s out of love and a heart of gratitude.

I love making time to decorate my home and do projects, but I also love getting to clean it because I feel like doing either of these things holds the same value. Like decorating, cleaning up around the house gives me a chance to show off how lovely it really is, whether that means dusting, vacuuming, mopping, or even scrubbing the toilet (not my favorite, but necessary).

My apartment is not cheap, and it took a long time for my husband and I to be able to afford a new home, but we were finally able to save up enough money and come here. I want to make sure that I always walk through the door of this apartment with a heart of thankfulness and humility.

I also agree with Joanna on the point that cleaning can often feel therapeutic. For the last two and a half years, I’ve been working a house cleaning job that I do once a week. In these last two and a half years, I have experienced tremendous amounts of anxiety over a multitude of things, and up until recently, I hadn’t gone to counseling for it or learned how to manage it. I can honestly say that cleaning every Friday morning helps me through it. It gives me something to focus on.

That is all I have for now, I just wanted to applaud this article and add my take to it. I hope you all enjoyed! Please do let me know in the comments what you think. I would love to hear from you!

 

Little Things of the Week #1

Blog Weekly Highlights Cover Photo 1_LI.jpgHey readers! Happy Friday to you all! I hope you had a wonderful week ♥ I have something new that I’d like to try on Little Things! It’s going to be a once-a-week feature that I include and I believe that it will enhance my blogging experience, and also help me to be more personal with you all.

Once a week on Fridays, I plan on highlighting positive events that occurred during the week for me. Though I realize that my blog is centered on home decorating, I would like to incorporate more of a lifestyle element to it. I realize the importance of focusing on my theme, and so that is why this will be a once-a-week occurrence. I created Little Things because I appreciate how small, decorative elements within a room can have such a wonderful impact, and I realize now that that is how life should be looked at: Life is too short not to recognize the little blessings in our lives. Though these things can seem insignificant at first, they have a wonderful impact on our overall well being if we choose to focus on them over the negative things. It’s important to take note of the sunshine and fresh air you get to experience on a small walk, or that spare couple of dollars you have to go out and enjoy a cup of coffee, or even a dumb joke shared between you and a friend that brings you laughter every time.

I am a person that experiences anxiety quite frequently, and on rare occasion it can affect my ability to do basic tasks during the day. I have noticed though, that thinking of one or two positive things that highlighted the day for me can make a huge difference. So that is what I plan to do once every week, and today marks the first day!

So without further ado, here are the little things that brightened my week!

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On Monday, life got a little more real for me when I finally picked up my cap and gown for graduation. It has taken five years of late night studying and copious amounts of coffee to finally get me here, but I am so thankful for the journey and SO excited! I’m graduating with a degree in Business Marketing, hopefully some of what I learned will help me grow this blog that I’ve got here, ha!

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Another highlight of the week was watching my spaz of a cat go nuts with this box. I received a package on Monday and gave her the empty box – I also give her the paper bags I use for grocery shopping once I’m done with them, she’s pretty cute ♥ I love watching her tumble around with her favorite toy mouse in the little space the box provides for her, I tried to document it here but once she saw that I had the camera pointed at her, she went for a more serious, professional look. Having a small, furry animal in my life gives me a joyful heart, I’m so thankful for Nessy ♥

This handsome guy in the photo above is my husband Kris. We are both so busy with work and school, and our days off don’t always align which can be a bummer. This week however, we both had Wednesday off from both work and school, so we decided to make that day our date day. We spent the later part of the morning hiking Mary’s Peak in the B.E.A.utiful state of Oregon where we live. It felt wonderful getting to be outside for several hours, especially now that the weather is getting warmer here! This hike made us both sweaty and out of breath, but the view at the top was worth it! We went out for lunch once we drove back in town and found a new favorite place to eat once we finished our meal. I didn’t know a turkey sandwich could taste so amazing, but this restaurant did a fantastic job! Wednesday was a great day.

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Thursday was a crazy day for me. I had work at 7 in the morning, and because I have to have an hour for the drive there, I got up a lot earlier than 7. After that I had to drive right to school for my Business Leadership class, then back home where I immediately started writing a paper and studying for two tests. As you can probably guess, I was exhausted by the time I got home, and I needed a pick me up real quick. I found a detox drink recipe online that helps clean the body of toxins (my stomach hasn’t been feeling well in the last few days), and I whipped that up before getting started on my assignments. I found this recipe in a top 25 list of best detox drinks (no. 2). You can look at the list here if you are interested. It gave me the energy that I needed and helped me through all of my homework for the day. Also, it was DELICIOUS!

I don’t have a photo for today, but I am considering the entire day as a highlight because it’s my homework-free day and I can do whatever I want. Taking breaks are always helpful, and I seriously need one after this busy week!

Did you all have a good week? Do you have any highlights from the last few days? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading!

 

 

Fun Living Room Project in the Making

 

Hey there readers, happy Monday! I have a fun project I’d like to share with you all! This one hasn’t even been started yet, but the ideas and design are currently being brainstormed and I wanted to let you in on what’s going on.

Kristofer and I currently have a TV stand that we are using for the TV and other consoles we use, and it is small, very small. To add to the inconvenience, the cable outlet is right next to the large (and only) window we have in the living room. So the TV sits awkwardly in the corner and overlaps with the window so that we can connect everything nearby.

We decided that since we can’t do much about the positioning of our entertainment center, we want to build a stand that adds convenience but also accentuates the window in the room.

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What we plan to do is make a large wooden structure that serves as a bench with storage space underneath the window, and an entertainment center at the far left. The structure would extend from the left end of the window to the corner on the right.

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This is what we drew up as our final design, and we plan to start buying wood pieces for it soon and begin building.

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This is the paint color Rain (6219). I looked at a few soft grays and found this one to be my favorite, so I plan to paint the structure this color. This photo can be found at its original source rughdesign.com if you want to learn more about it.

Once we reach a certain point in building it, of course I will want seat cushions and curtains as well. I’m trying to take this project one step at a time though, it’s the biggest one Kristofer and I have ever taken on!

We estimated this whole process to cost at least $200, which is a lot for us, so we will have to take this on in small pieces. It would be nice to do it all at once of course, but it gives me more blogging material to work with if I can write about it for the next couple of months.

I’m excited to share our journey with you on the blog!

Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading everyone!

Coastal Bathroom Additions

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday to you all, I hope you’re all well!

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of additions I made to the bathroom. A few weeks back, in early April, my husband Kris and I decided to decorate the bathroom into a coastal/beach theme, and we got the project started with the intention to add to it later on. You can see that entry here.

Last Friday I made some time to do a little more shopping for the bathroom and came up with some fun and useful ideas!

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So to start off, I’m gonna talk about my absolute favorite piece: This octopus framed photo ♥♥♥ What I love most about this picture is the way that it stands out against these white walls. It makes a statement and adds some fun to the space. Also, I love octopi, they’re pretty darn cute ♥ I have seen a lot of examples of people’s take on a coastal themed room, and I wanted to be a little creative and add some elements that I don’t really see too often, and when I saw this small poster at Michaels I immediately wanted it. I suppose this is more of an ocean thing than a beach thing, but the two are so closely related that I wanted to blur the lines a little bit. After all, this process should be about having fun and making the space my own!

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On the counter, I adde the green jar with the netting around it that holds our toothbrushes. I have been loving the greens and blues lately, so this theme has been a lot of fun for me to work with. I’m trying to stick with green and blue as the basic color scheme.

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I’m not entirely sure, but I think this towel hook is supposed to be a bird feather that is painted gold. I’ve had my eye on this one for a couple of weeks now, it’s sold at Michaels right now for 50% off, and I finally caved and purchased it last week with the rest of the décor. The gold color of it matches the gold rectangular plate that holds the netted green jar among other things that you can see in the photo above. It’s probably my second favorite decoration in here, and I’m lucky to have grabbed one of the last ones!

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These letters were more of a last minute decision, as in last night! My brother-in-law lives with us so three people sharing a bathroom has been interesting. It hasn’t been an issue, except that we get our bath towels mixed up and we aren’t sure whose is whose, and it gets confusing. So I decided to put our initials above the towel rack as you can see so that we can avoid getting confused again. I grabbed these letters at Michaels and painted them French Teal. I LOVE this color!

An additional tip for those who share a bathroom with multiple people: Have different colored towels for each person that help go with the color scheme already present in your bathroom. It is a dangerous game for everyone to be using the same colored towel, and an unsanitary one too lol!

These new additions cost roughly $60, I had a lot of gift card money so I was able to buy more than I can normally afford. Thank you to any family reading this who gave me Michaels gift cards for my birthday! They were much appreciated ♥

So if you are looking for ways to bring a little beach to your bathroom, hopefully my take on it brought you some inspiration! Let me know in the comments below what you think, and follow me if you want to see more of my decorating adventures!

Thanks for reading!

 

Making Your Flowers Last a Little Longer

Hey readers! In this quick post, I wanted to share what I did with the flowers I received for my birthday last week.

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So these are the BEAUTIFUL flowers I got last week from my family! I set them on top of the wood crates that sit in the corner of my bedroom. For a better look at what I did, you can look at my Bedroom Makeover entry.

Yesterday I had to throw them away because the petals started falling off and it made a mess all over the floor. I noticed there were a few good flowers still left over, I didn’t want to throw them away so soon, so I decided to keep the ones that are still fresh.

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I took the pink roses that were still fresh as a daisy (pun intended!) and left them on the wood crates in the bedroom, along with my lovely framed scripture ♥

There were still plenty more fresh flowers to pick from, so I bundled them up and placed them throughout the apartment.

I placed the flowers on the bathroom shelf and on top of the stove in the kitchen. Good thing I have a million mason jars lying around! I almost always prefer to use mason jars as vases, one because they are cute and two because they are very cheap. I always buy mine at Michaels for $1.00.

So if you have lots of wilting flowers and a few gems left over, see what areas of your home could use a little pop of color!

Let me know in the comments below what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!

Thanks for reading!