Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rug Refresh with Old Time Pottery

Thank you Old Time Pottery for sponsoring our Rug Refresh. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

I'm knocking items off my January project list left and right. This week's project was a rug refresh. I feel like a rug is one of those decor pieces that you should always put at the top of the list. It anchors the room, can pull together colors, or can serve as texture to your space. Last year I updated all the rugs on the main floor of our home, so this year I decided to set my sights on our bedrooms and upper floor of our home. 

Because these are some of the rooms the kids frequent the most, and not ones typically seen by guests, I wanted to try to keep these rugs more budget friendly. Old Time Pottery was one of the first places that popped into my mind. They are usually one of the top places I go when I need seasonal decor or great accessories, but I remembered they also have a large rug section. 

And boy do they ever. I didn't realize how large of a selection they actually have until I started working my way through it. 

Indoor rugs. Out door rugs. Bathroom rugs. Large, medium sized, small, handmade...they offer it all. 

There are tons of colors, patterns, piles, and textures available in a variety of sizes. I knew I needed something in the 5x7 to 8x10 range, and had specific colors in mind. I had a hard time limiting myself to not take a basket full of rugs home. There were so many great options and one rug in particular had me almost convinced to re-do an entire space around it. But, I managed to show restraint. 

For now. 

My favorite shopping buddy and I left with two rugs - one for the baby's room and one for our master bedroom. 


Our bedroom seems to be one of those spaces I constantly am tweaking. I think because it is one of the rooms we spend the most time in it. We have a little reading/TV watching nook set up in it and the kids love snuggling up in it while I'm folding laundry or cleaning. 

I've actually been on a hunt for a rug for this room for years, but could never find anything I just loved. Just when I put it out of my mind, I find something. This was actually the first rug I spotted at Old Time Pottery. I noticed the cute tassel edges and it looked like the right color blue that we have sprinkled throughout the room. When I opened it up to check it, I knew immediately it was going to come home with me. And for less than $130...Mr. Cute is lucky I didn't buy two. 

The rug also has a subtle cream pattern in it too that I love. 

The rug was just what our bedroom needed for a little pop of color amidst all the neutral whites we have going on. 


The nursery is the room that will be getting the biggest makeover this year. Our baby isn't so baby any more. It's more than time for her to be in a big girl bed. And let's be honest, she's only slept in that crib like five days her entire life. She "naps" in it some nights, but most of the time she sneaks into our bed or her siblings beds. 

Her room will be staying similar colors, but she's requested a "princess" room. When I spotted this rug, I knew it would be the perfect addition to her big girl room makeover. 

But I just couldn't resist going ahead and putting it out. It immediately brightened her entire room. I wish I had done a rug refresh in there earlier. 

Her room is one of my favorites we've done in our house. It will be bitter sweet to see it change from nursery to a big girl room. She's the last of our little ones and it reminds me how quickly she is growing up. 

But it is fun getting her input and seeing her little personality take shape in her room. More pink, more "make-up", and more soft touches like this rug. It was also a steal at under $100 for the quality and the size (its a 5x7). 

I'll share more about her updated room soon, but for now we're all enjoying these little rug refreshes I found at Old Time Pottery. Now to decide whether to go back for that rug I'm still thinking about days later...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Home Sweet Home Tour: Dining Room

It's been a hot minute since I've shared a post in the Home Sweet Home Tour series.  With the holidays and everything being decorated for Christmas I took a little break from it, but now the house is back in order and I'm back to sharing!

Today I'm sharing our dinning room, but first here is a little look back and the other posts in this series: 

Just after buying our first house we needed to have the exterior painted.  We were in our early 20's, trying to save money every way we could, and the Mr. got a wild hair that instead of paying professional painters, he would just do it himself. I wasn't really on board and didn't think it was the greatest idea because it was a two story house.  However, he convinced me by saying that with the money we saved we could buy dining room furniture.  That's all it took to sell me on the idea! We had been living with an empty dining room and I was eager to buy furniture. He bought all the equipment (including a two story ladder), painted the house every weekend for about a month, and then we were off to buy furniture! 

We found our table at a store in Atlanta called Manorisms that I believe has closed down now.  They used to carry one-of-a-kind pieces and the second we saw the table we fell in love with it!  

It didn't have chairs to match, but we found a bench at the same store that worked for one side and then ended up getting Parsons chairs from Ballard Designs for the other sides. 

The table is oversized and every time we moved and looked for a new house the dining room was often a make or break for us.  I wasn't willing to give up the table and a lot of homes we looked at didn't have dining rooms that were big enough to fit the table.  

When we bought the house we live in now, the original house had a sunken living room that was just one step down from the rest of the house.  As we were reworking the layout and changing things up, this space was going to become our new dining room.  We talked about raising the floor to make it all level, but I kind of liked that it was different. And, it fit our dining room table perfectly! 

It's hard to tell from the picture above, but we ultimately decided to keep the step down and added an archway to set this room apart.

I knew I wanted judges paneling on the walls and I like having the little ledge on the top of the paneling. I'm able to rest things there instead of having to put more holes in the wall. I bought those HOME letters from Hobby Lobby to go somewhere else in the house, but they ended up working better in here.  

I found these giant mason jars in the basement left from the original owners and I can't even image how old they are.  The house was built in the 60's and when I found them they were covered in what looked like years and years of dust and dirt.  It was such a treasure though because I cleaned them up, filled them with some greenery and found the little caddy at Home Goods to hold them all.  

That pretty much sums up the dining room.  The Mr. jokes that this room never gets used, but we actually used it a ton over the holidays so it just sort of depends on what we have going on.  I love having this space though and wouldn't change it! 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Better Options for Bed, Bath & Home

Each year it seems to happen. With Christmas chaos behind us, and the last of the decor put away, I step back and tend to see my house in a fresh light. I get the urge to do a bunch of house projects, clean and organize every nook and cranny, and take note of what needs freshening up.

This year's house project list is a mile long (more on that later), but currently I've been concentrating on smaller little ways to make a space feel "fresh" without going overboard. Little changes here and there that aren't too noticeable to most people, but to me and my family might make a big difference.

Topping the list for the year was new linens. With a family of five, our sheets and towels are on continuous rotation. Not to mention my husband and I hated our current sheet set. I love the feel of them and bought two sets, but while they are soft and luxurious they lacked one major thing from being a great sheet set - they never stayed on the bed. It never fails in the middle one of the corners would pop off of the fitted sheet. We'd both be up wrestling with them all night long.

First world problem? Absolutely.

But still, who wants to be dealing with twisted sheets all night.


At the end of last year, Carrie Beth and I were introduced to Better Options Company. It's a local company here in our little slice of Atlanta, Georgia, and one we realized we've long loved - they've just changed their direction to include more southern brands.

Remember when I ordered this fun Stair Barrier for our stairs when our mini-est Magnolia became mobile? Well the Stair Barrier is now The Better Options Company. TBOC is an expanded effort that includes luxury bedding, linens, and the coziest of blankets you will ever snuggle up in.


I couldn't wait to give them all a try! I was especially intrigued by the Southern Drawl Cotton Sheet Sets. I ordered the Rope Draw sheet set in White/Tan.

The moment I took them out of the packaging, I fell in love with how soft and luxurious they felt. They are made from 100% sustainable cotton and are completely dye free.

I opted for the rope set because we hadn't had much luck lately with the elastic of fitted sheets, and I was curious how it would hold up. After just a few nights I realized the rope draw system was a game changer! I am now a huge fan and plan on ordering more Southern Drawl sheet sets ASAP!

Southern Drawl doesn't stop at just luxury bedding though. They also make amazing bath towels.

There's just something luxurious about crisp white bath towels. They are such a classic when it comes to style and luxury, and they will always coordinate with any bathroom. They also remind me of being in a resort.

And who doesn't want to bring that feeling home with them?!

Carrie Beth and I both enjoy the six piece set, and they have been a joy to both have on display as well as use.


I'm a blanket person. Throws are one of those year round accessories I can never get enough of.  Even in the hottest Summer months you can find me snuggled up in one. I have a ton around the house for our family to use, or guests to snuggle up in when they visit. I feel like you can never have enough. So, when I spotted this Carolina Crafted Herringbone throw, I couldn't resist. 

The Carolina Crafted blankets are all made from 100% recycled cotton/poly blended yarns that have been pre-washed for softness. And oh my goodness, soft they are! 

I also love that it is washable! Because unless I hide that blanket from every single living thing in my household, it needs to be something that can easily be thrown in the washer and dryer. 

Updating linens might not seem like the most glamorous of home updates, but oh my does it feel good when you're cozying up in all that luxurious cotton goodness. And I love that I was able to knock out these tiny updates to our home while supporting an amazing local brand. 

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Cute Tiger Graphic Tees

Today is the big day for college football fans!!!  Tonight is the National Championship game between LSU and Clemson.  Who are you cheering for?

I love football and hope we get to see a great game tonight, but I also love me some theme wear. When it hit me over the weekend that the mascot for both of these teams is a tiger I immediately had several cute tiger tops pop into my head that I'd seen over the past week. I was so tempted to buy several of these and really wished my team's mascot was a tiger or maybe one of my kids' teams could be the tigers.  Sadly, no tigers in my life, but for some of you maybe some of these tops and tees will be perfect. Or, maybe you are just like me and want to get one anyway.  That Easy Tiger sweatshirt is calling my name!

1. Easy Tiger Tank - I wear tanks year round and just layer them under a cardigan or denim jacket.

2. Easy Tiger Sweatshirt - Comes in several colors and on Prime!

3. Tiger Print Top - Limited sizes, but on sale for under $15.

4. Easy Tiger T-shirt  - Comes in several colors and only $20.

5. Tiger Sweater - Saw this one in person and the quality very nice.  It's a lightweight sweater and only $15.

6. Go Get Em Tiger T-shirt  - Love this worn, vintage look.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Favorites

It's FRIDAY!!!!  The first week back after 2 weeks off is usually a rough one, but this week has actually been pretty good for my little family. I loved the break, but it does feel good to get back into a routine!  Today I'm linking up and sharing my Friday Favorites!

My first favorite was our New Year's Eve from last week.  We started having a NYE party a few years ago and it it has grown to be one of my favorites for lots of different reasons! 

I didn't take many pictures from the night, but I love being able to spend it with great friends! 

It's quickly become a favorite for my kids, too.  They love being able to stay up late, counting down to midnight, and celebrating with everyone! 

Plus, I love the start of a new year. It's great to have a fresh start, a new beginning, and kind of a reset to life...even if it is just a date on the calendar.  The mindset of starting something new just refreshes me and gets me excited about the future. 

I had some Amazon gift cards I'd gotten for Christmas so ordered this Mom Mode sweatshirt the second I saw it.


If there has ever been an outfit that describes my life, it is this one. Mom sweatshirt, Spanx leggings, comfy shoes, a big mom bag and Chick-fil-a sweet tea in hand. Ha! The sweatshirt comes in several colors, is light weight (so I can totally see wearing it into spring), and just really cute for a casual day of #momlife.

It's very rare that I share a book before Book Club day, but I LOVED this one and have been telling everyone I can about it.  

Daisy Jones and the Six tells about the rise and fame of a 70's rock band on their way to be world famous and explains the mystery behind their immediate breakup.  It is told through an interview style and reads as if it is a biography or memoir.  It felt SO real.  I even Googled at one point to see if it was about a real band.  I really loved listening to this book on Audible because every character is a different narrator and to me, that just makes it so much more believable.  It was so different than a typical novel and so creatively written.  I just loved it and it is going to be hard to top as my favorite book of the year.  

I don't really love to cook and I think part of that reason is because often times it is hard to find something the entire family will eat.  This week I was reminded of one of my family's favorite winter meals.   I made this Taco Soup and I can't remember the last time I had so many praises for something I made for dinner. 

It might not look really pretty, but I promise it is so good. It is a favorite of mine because it is SO easy to make in the crockpot.  I was introduced to this Taco Soup when my friend Anna made it for us one Halloween a few years ago. You can see the full recipe I shared HERE

My last favorite of the week is a new Netflix series I just started watching.  I honestly can't' believe I just wrote that sentence. My very closest friends know this about me, but I DO NOT watch any type of TV.  I just don't have time or don't make the time. However, when I saw someone share about CHEER on Facebook earlier this week, I was so intrigued.

I'm three episodes in and I'm kind of obsessed. My oldest daughter is an allstar cheerleader and it is a world like none other.  Having kids in all different sports I get to observe the different worlds that come along with each of them. Everyone thinks their sport is the most intense, but I am telling you...the things that competitive cheerleaders endure is INSANE!!!  The training, stamina, practice schedule, dedication and athleticism that is expected of these kids is intense.  This series focuses on a collegiate team, but gives you a glimpse into what the competitive cheer world is like and doesn't sugar coat anything.  If you are are at all curious about competitive cheer or have your doubts about cheer as a sport, check this out!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and we'll see you all back here next week! 

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