#100daysofhustleandveg · Goals · Inspiration


So wow! I made it to 100 days! (Yesterday- today marksbpost #101) This was quite the challenge, but so rewarding and I’m so glad I was able to finish! 

If you have been following along, you’ll know that I started this 100 days challenge, well, 100 days ago, on April 4th, with many others challenging themselves to commit to completing 100 consecutive days of doing something creative of their choosing. I have wanted to have a blog for a long time. I started once before and sputtered out because I never really had the time or energy to commit to building my site… this challenge was exactly what I needed to push me into making my blog a priority. First, let me say that I’m so happy I did this, and I’m definitely planning on continuing to blog, maybe not everyday, but certainly cosistently…Here’s some other stuff that I learned/ reflections from along the way…

1. Cultivate ideas to blog about from your life and during your day. 

I know I wanted to have a lifestyle blog with recipes, shopping, projects and ideas, and family/mom life, so most of the ideas for my blog have come up organically from our day. I would like to add more projects and DIY’s in the future which, is one of my future blogging goals.

2. Speaking of goals… 

I have always been a goal oriented person, but haven’t always had the best follow through… committing to and working on this blog has really helped learn the importance of keeping goals, big and small, and how to break things up into smaller chunks in order to complete the things I want to achieve. It’s also really helped me to prioritize and get my thoughts and future plans down on paper. I recently bought this planner– which starts in august- and includes lots of concrete break downs of plans and goal setting- which I’m so excited to use! 

3. Take lots of pictures!

Even though I’ve always loved taking lots of pictures- and it’s so easy now with our phones- I love taking the everyday shots that you may have missed in the past, because you didn’t think they were as important, but actually end up being really cool reminders of the small details of moments you don’t want to forget. There were definitely (more than a few) days where I would be thinking about what I wanted to blog about and I would refer back to my camera roll to see what was going on in my day.

4. Speaking of remembering details…

Keep a notebook- this is one I’ve done for years, but definitely proved to be instrumental while blogging. I write down ideas, thoughts, inspiration, quotes, websites, recipes, even draw small sketches that I want to remember. This ‘inspiration’ notebook is so helpful for brainstorming, keeping track of a recipe I’m working on, or housing everyday photos/ ideas. 

Another thing to help me remember things I want to come back to is by taking screen shots on my phone- this was especially helpful for shopping posts and articles I wanted to link to when I do shopping round ups and best week ever posts.

5. Stay open to new ideas and experiences!

This isn’t just about blogging- but nice life advice in general! Sometimes, I must admit, I honesty decided to try something because I thought, “well, even if it’s not great, it will be an interesting blog post…” and 9 times out of 10, it turned out to be a fun and positive experience.

6. Let people in…

I really like how personal my blog has become- I think it’s a really good representation of my life and my family, and it’s nice to use as a place of reflection that I hope brings other people some smiles and some inspiration as well. The comments, follows, and likes I’ve received On my blog mean the world to me, and it’s Just so wonderful being able to share a piece of my world with you. 

I hope you guys have enjoyed reading so far, and hope you come back again- I’d love to hear more from you ❤️ so cheers to 100 past posts and many more to come! 

Art · Family · Inspiration

Making family keepsakes

My friend and I went to this awesome place today where you can make your own wooden signs! This family growth chart literally started out as a raw piece of wood and it was so amazing to not only see the transformation, but to also be responsible for it! I literally kept looking at the finished product saying, “I can’t believe I made this!” The place we went to, called Board and Brush is a franchise with new stores popping up in every state. We happened to be at one that was run by the original proprietor’s sister who told us her story. Her sister, who lives in Wisconsin, was looking for a Christmas sign one year and couldn’t for the life of her find what she wanted for under $300- which is obviously ridiculous! So she decided to make it herself! It came out so wonderfully and she got so many compliments, that she decided to start holding parties for her friends in her basement making signs. Soon her friends and acquaintances were asking her to have more and more parties, that she realized she should open a store! And over 90 franchises later, she’s sure glad that she couldn’t find that Christmas sign! 

There are tons of different variations of signs you can make and I decided to make a growth chart to measure the kiddos on. When we first moved into our home, we found markings of the concrete in the basement of the kid’s heights from the family that lived here before us. I love the idea of having a growth chart for your kiddos, but felt bittersweet when I saw it, because it’s a bummer that the family had to leave that memory behind when they moved. Now with this chart, I’ll be able to take it with me if we ever leave this house. Do you have a growth chart for your kiddos, or a special family sign? 

The transformation

Art · Inspiration

Recreating Iconic Rooms

How deliriously cool would it be to spend some time in one of your favorite spaces? A place that you’ve seen (and probably memorized) a million times.  A place from inside your television or movie screen, or maybe a favorite painting? nd if you can snap a picture, even better! Here are some recreations of some iconic spaces that had been staged for anniversaries, reunions, or just for the sake of art- and oh how cool it is!

The recreation of Ferris Bueller’s room

Ferris Bueller’s room recreated in Toronto plus an interview with the artist on tracking everything down!


-A breakdown of every item in Ferris’ room

Van Gogh’s bedroom

-Staying inside one of Van Gogh’s paintings (it was actually on Air B&B!)  

Colorful: In the blue and yellow tiled kitchen, pots and pans in primary colors line the blue counter, and baby Maggie's high chair sits in a cornerColorful: In the blue and yellow tiled kitchen, pots and pans in primary colors line the blue counter, and baby Maggie's high chair sits in a corner
Place to relax: A look inside reveals colorfully decorated rooms, including a living room with the fictional family's iconic red couch

A real life version of the Simpson’s house! (Which was won in a contest!) 

Fans can visit the fictional Upper West Side one bedroom that the TV version of Jerry Seinfeld called home and check out props and set pieces from the NBC sitcom's nine seasons.

-A recreation of Jerry Seinfeld’s memorable apartment for Hulu’s premiere of the show! (Although it was located in the meatpacking district in NYC and not the Upper West side) 

Fans of 'Friends' will have only a month to enjoy Central Perk.

-The quintessential coffee house, Central Perk, “reopens” in NYC for te 20th Anniversary of Friends 

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-Which prompted Jimmy Kimmel to recreate Monica and Rachel’s apartment for a skit to celebrate the anniversary 

Professor Green and his wife Millie MacIntosh recreate the iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

And..who doesn’t recognize this iconic scene?

Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green recreate the photo to raise awareness and funds for another charity, War Child. 

Definitely inspiring!

Art · Inspiration

Front Yard Art Installations


How cool is this tree trunk truck sculpture? (try saying that five times fast!) This is in someone’s front yard on the way to Steve’s work! It’s mostly trucks, but I spotted at least one airplane, and a little alligator peeking out; he’s towards the bottom of the pile! It got me thinking about how long this family has been collecting and building this amazing installation, and what the story behind the different trucks are. One of my favorite aspects about this work of art, is that it’s  made from recycled items that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. Here are some other works of art, right in their own front yards!

Mark Oliver, Yard Art Installations
Mark Oliver’s Sculptures
Mark Oliver, Yard Art Installations
Mark Oliver’s Sculptures 
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Hastings, Nebraska invited 35 residents to make their own yard art and distributed signs and maps for their “neighborhood” gallery
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Cleveland artist revitalizes old unwanted tires 
Bottle trees actually have a rich history! 
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Can you imagine having these hedges? 
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This flower bed!
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Public art installation in Arlington, Ma
A tribute to the unelected 
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A happy yard art installation in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
La Jolla artist Nasser Pirasteh 

And… not actually a front yard, but so dreamy, nonetheless…

Giant Rabbits in D.C.’s Navy Yard
Decorating · Home · Inspiration · Mood Board · Shopping

Surf Shack Chic

So I am fully in the throws of re-doing the guest room. We had originally gone with a sort of travel/wanderlust theme to the room, but I’m looking towards a major change. I don’t know if these 90 degree days got me going, or my total anticipation and love for the beach and surf, but I’m going with a kind of casual surfer shack feel for this room. In fact, I’m so in love with this theme, that I kinda want to re-do my whole house centered around this idea. A few years ago- pre-pinterest- I ripped out a surfer shack spread from a magazine, that I was super obsessed with, and I still swoon over these images. (below)

YES, this carpet in my house is gross and needs to go!

Pre-Pinterest pinterest 
The surfer shack look is a carefully curated design, there is a fine line between it looking effortlessly cool and boho, and hokey Oriental Trading. (Read- plastic surfboard decor). I liked to focus on cultivating a look that incorporates some boho, a little mid century modern, rich woods (and carvings), macrame, definitely some rattan, and top it off with just a little bit of shibori. Here’s some of my inspiration for pulling together this look…


Room View
Carved Coffee Table

Wood Slice Coffee Table
Living Edge Coffee Table

Carved Accent Table

Gray Round Seren Chair and a Half
Seren Chair

Gray Seren Half Moon Ottoman
Seren Half Moon Ottoman

Woven Cave Chair
Woven Cave Chair

Mid Century Chair

Slide View: 3: Curved Rattan Bed
Rattan Bed

Frosted Glass Globe Hailey Pendant
Orb light

Wicker Orb Pendant
Wicker Pendant

Rope Chandelier
Rope Chandelier

Macrame Chandelier
Macrame Chandelier

Hippie Blanket
Hippie Blanket

Serape Pillow Case Set
Serape Pillowcase set

Slide View: 1: Graham Keegan Blush Shibori Tapestry
Shibori Tapestry
Decor & Misc.

Wood Panel

Wicker panel set

Macrame Bunting, Macrame Garland, Bunting Banner, Wedding Bunting
Macrame Bunting

Faux Monstera Leaf Stem
Monstera Leaf

Macrame wall hanging, woven wall hanging, woven wall tapestry, boho wall hanging, wall tapestry, macrame, boho home decor, textile hanging
Macrame Wall Hanging

A couple’s dream Hawaiian surf shack

This book.

The best Boho apartment in Australia

And this pinterest board.


Decorating · Home · Inspiration · Shopping · Style

Design Inspiration

Since finally getting going on the re-do our guest room, I’ve fully caught the redecorating bug and have been swooning over design lately! Here’s some of my fav places for some eye candy!

DOT & BO has carefully curated collections grouped together by theme!


EMILY HENDERSON’S BLOG: stylebyemilyhenderson.com Exemplifies how styling is done. She’s amazing!


Schoolhouse Electric has the coolest interiors, plus you can buy everything you like right there!

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I’ve been following Elsie Larsen’s (of A Beautiful Mess) innovative and inspirational decorating for years; as she uncovers her fresh style room by room in her gorgeous 1970’s Nashville home!


URBAN OUTFITTERS never disappoints in their effortlessly cool composition.


I’ve been known to wander around Terrain’s brick and mortar shop admiring the displays and snapping inspirational snapshots a time or two.



Anthropologie, owned by the same outfit as Terrain (above) is a go to source for beautiful eclectic pieces that you won’t find anywhere else, and beds that look so comfortable, you’d never leave the house.

Slide View: 1: Vibrant Geo Hanging Planter
Geo Hanging Planter
Slide View: 1: Tahla Quilt
Thala Quilt

What else, but Jonathan Adler’s insta account?!


Between TARGET‘S collabs with crisp designers and their own Spring 2017 lookbook, it looks like you’re never running in for ‘just one thing’ again!



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Family · Inspiration · Motherhood

The wisdom in children’s literature


Raising our children to be lovers of literature is important to Steve and I; so we are trying to get our kids excited about books and reading right from the start. Dash is already a little bookworm who gets giddy for trips to the library and at buying new books. When I think back to some of my favorite books as a child, I think so fondly about reading exciting tales spun by Roald Dahl and the real love I could feel while reading The Velveteen Rabbit. I recently stumbled across a great article that articulated some of the most profound passages and quotes from children’s literature, that we may not have understood when we read them, but can certainly appreciate the gravity they carry now. (Excuse me, while I go read A Wrinkle in Time again.)

Here are some of my personal favorites;

“When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend that you do not notice them.”

Horseradish by Lemony Snicket

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

“And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to an end; but that was not to be.”
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

“Believing takes practice.”
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

“I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.”

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“‘What day is it?’, asked Winnie the Pooh.

‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet.

‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”

The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

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Tied to the ocean…

Today was a hard day. It was one of those days where everything seems to go wrong and I ended up in tears several times. (OK, more than several… OK, there might still be tears in my eyes as I write this). One of the only things that really inspired me today was this quote. Maybe if I can imagine myself walking on a sandy beach, breathing in a breath of fresh salty air, and forgetting all the worries in the world, maybe, just maybe, I can relax for a moment today. I hope your day was a good one.


#100daysofhustleandveg · Spouse

Slumber Party Questions!


My new fav thing is coming up to bed early, putting on some music, lighting a few candles, and actually getting to spend some time just talking to Steve. Lately, it seems that all our daily routines have us so busy that we barely have anytime to just sit and talk anymore. Sure, we could talk about work, and how our (busy) days went, but for a change, I thought we could switch things up a bit and maybe even learn some stuff about each other we didn’t know before! I came up with a (giant!) list of slumber party questions- some easier than others- cut them up into little strips and put them into an empty jar for us to take turns pulling from. You could do one question a night, or a whole marathon session of, “wow! I didn’t know that about you!” I included a free download of  SLUMBER PARTY QUESTIONS! (click to download) I printed them on colored paper to make my jar a little prettier! Now you and your sig other can have your own slumber party! Enjoy!


#100daysofhustleandveg · Inspiration · Uncategorized


Magazine Inspiration

What inspires you?

When I decided to start the 100 days project, I can’t lie, the first thing I thought was, am I going to have enough ideas to blog for 100 days straight?! This got me thinking about the different things that inspire and excite me. (You know that feeling that you get when something really inspires you and jump starts your creativity? Isn’t that the best feeling?)

Here’s a list of some of the things that inspire me most… how about you? What do you find yourself screenshotting on IG just so you can look at it again later? What issues of magazines do you read over and over (and over) again? I’d love to hear if you’d like to share!

Magazines: Old issues of Readymade Magazine, old issues of Blueprint Magazine, new and old issues of Domino

Catalogs: Schoolhouse Electric, (they have an amazing instagram too!) CB2

Instagram: Homepolish, the_home_edit, TheJoshuaTreeHouse, ElectricConfetti, OhHappyDay, classyclutter, urbanoutfitterscampwandawega, palmspringsstyle, em_henderson

Brick & Mortar Shops: Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain