WHW: Christmas Card 2017

Hey y'all! Happy WHW Wednesday - you know, the last one before CHRISTMAS!? Ah! How are we here already? HOW?! Anyway, today I'm sharing our little family Christmas card and some of the outtakes too. This entire process took about 10.5 minutes because hubs didn't want to be dragged away from painting and tiling the kitchen so he changed, hid the paint stained hands and we went on the front stoop of our new home to snap a quick, card-worthy shot. (Thanks Cici for the photos!) I've used Photoaffections now for three years in a row and I simply love them. The options, super fast shipping and even the way they arrive in their cute little box make me so happy! (I'm also sure to snag a Groupon for them every year as well meaning I paid $34 total instead of $150 for 100 cards - amazing right?!)

So we're still WAY overdue for an actual photo family session (like..she was 7 months the last time we did one) but these turned out just fine for this year's card. I simply had to choose the one where she is practically jumping out of Seth's arms front and center! She is such a little ham and I absolutely love it! I hope y'all have a safe and merry Christmas and I'll see y'all back here for a recap next week.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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WHW: Lately

Hey y'all and welcome to another WHW! December is straight up flying by and of course I'm still not caught up on my shopping whatsoever. I feel like I need a TJ Maxx/Hobby Lobby run and I can usually knock it all out. (love those places) We've been so busy lately with church, kitchen reno, trying to maintain a clean and balanced home (sike) that I feel like I don't really have anything super blog-worthy today so I'll just catch y'all up on some fun things we've done in the last week. The Chamber of Commerce put on their annual holiday house tour in our town and I absolutely loved it. We used this event as our monthly ladies group outing and it was so much fun! It snowed the entire time (oh yea, we got our first snow and it was a lot!!!) and we all met in the morning with yummy (spiked) hot cocoa! It was just what I needed and we're thinking about maybe adding our home to the tour next year!

We also had our big Christmas Cantata and dinner at our church and guess who made an appearance? Santa! Andi was so excited and WAY more accepting of him than she was last year - however - still a no go on the lap sitting thing. Although she did make sure to yell from a safe distance that she wanted the Belle Musical Tea Party Cart for Christmas and that she had definitely been a good girl. It was absolutely precious!

Home wise - still waiting on replacement sectional sofa piece and custom pillows but we do have the tile down and ready for grout which also means we will FINALLY have appliances! Can someone say meal planning to the utmost extreme? I'm seriously over eating takeout and so ready to cook y'all!

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WHW: Hostess Gift Guide

Hey y'all and welcome to another WHW! Today I'm joining in with Brittany, Owen and Emily on their last part of the gift guide link-up series. Today its all about stocking stuffers and/or hostess gift ideas! This one is sort of my favorite because this guide can be helpful for all year and not just at Christmas time. (does that sentence sound odd? Year-round maybe? Ha!) Its always polite and Southern to bring a small hostess gift am I right? Super clubs, dinner parties, Holiday parties, etc. I can't wait to browse y'alls posts and ideas on this one. Link up below and join in!

and can we just talk about how much I need these little beauties in my bar cart life? LOVE! 

Or these! Also from Williams Sonoma (they are killin' it this year with gift ideas!)

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Hey y'all and happy Monday! This weekend was so much fun and we were happy to have Seth home for the entire weekend with his new schedule. (the night shift thing sort of sucks but the weekends off are great) He made some great progress on the kitchen and I can literally start to unpack a few boxes probably in the next couple of days. We still need to decide on counter tops and have changed our minds again. I'll share a pic below and y'all let me know what you think. I think we are going Thursday to try and look at the actual slabs.

Saturday we helped decorate my parent's house and Mama and I kicked off holiday movie watching with The Holiday. We love The Family Stone, Four Christmas', Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, A Christmas Story and Jackfrost. Those are the must-watch ones! Sunday we went to church and Miss A decided to be a 'big kid' and go to children's message. It was so cute seeing her up front with the older kiddos and y'all she turned around and gave us a thumbs up! I tried so hard not to bust out laughing at that little cutie. Afterwards we walked (yes walked now that we're right in town!) down to the Christmas Parade. It was so cute and Andi was over the moon excited! Then we headed to my in-laws for some good home cooking and to celebrate my brother-in-laws birthday. All in all we had a fabulous weekend but I STILL have not started Christmas shopping. Y'all, send help and prayers!

Linking up today with Biana

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WHW: Kitchen Update

Hey y'all! Its time for What's Hap-'pinning' Wednesday and another home update. We're definitely making some progress on the kitchen and the white did indeed brighten everything up big time! Hubs and my FIL have primed and painted and now we just need to put them back and pick out a new hardware. We're trying to sell the appliances currently because they are fairly new and quite frankly, we just need them gone. Once they're out, we can put down the backer board and install the gray tile we have picked out. Hubs also finished covering the yellow walls with the new paint we picked out. It is in the gray family but super light. At night it seems darker and during the day it seems almost white. Its Possibility by Valspar. 

I also FINALLY squeezed in some craft time with that gold spray paint I've been DYING to use. My Mama scored me a can of this spray paint that is literally always sold out at Michael's. I did a lot of research on which spray paint would most resemble antique gold which is my absolute favorite. The results are in and I adore it! Its brilliant gold (antique gold is good too) by Design Master. (You can get it here!)  I had bought some old, matted and thick frames from yard sales, etc with the intention on switching out the artwork and painting the frames gold. They seriously turned out so cute and I'm so sorry I didn't get a before picture. I did two small frames, 2 matted frames and one large mirror and still have a lot left over. I now want to paint everything in site and cannot be stopped!

its the first one pictured on the left!

And lastly, we also squeezed in some girl time when my friend Cici came in from SC to visit. Cheers to girl time, Christmas decor, home renos and crafting!

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WHW: Home Snaps

Hey y'all and welcome to another What's Hap-'Pinning' Wednesday - Join me and Jenn and link up below as usual! Hopefully y'all are sharing some yummy Thanksgiving recipes because I am SO ready for tomorrow. We celebrate with both families and have a meal at noon and a meal at 6pm so I've learned to pace myself over the years. I'm so thankful we live close enough to visit both families in one day and I hope that never changes - now, bring on the beans, greens, casseroles, bird, etc


Anyway, today I'm sharing some of the demo we've been diving into lately. Luckily, we've finished all of the painting minus the kitchen and almost all of the furniture has arrived. (the couch debacle just updated its ship date to early December instead of January!) We still need a dining room buffet/sideboard but my MIL wants to help us out with that for Christmas (How fabulous is that?! Love her!) So we took out the old kitchen counter tops and we've decided on LG's Rococo Quartz since we've had granite and marble in the past. Also, like I mentioned before, we're keeping the cabinets but painting them a semi-gloss white which will really brighten up the space. We're only doing a back splash on the back wall where the stove is and the other walls we're just going to carry the counter top up another 4 inches. We have the backer board ready to go down for the flooring and then the appliances can come in after that. Hopefully instead of a white Christmas, we'll have a finished white kitchen!

In other updates, we finished the playroom for now and added the love seat from our old living room and corner cabinet for the TV. We painted the walls an oatmeal tan by Valspar and Andi simply adores the (her) space! The guest room is painted and staged for now as well as Andi's bathroom and the upstairs ceilings. (we even painted the fan to match in the upstairs hall) I'll report back once we fully get going on the kitchen and share more pictures.


Happy Thanksgiving Y'all and enjoy your holiday!

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Hey y'all and happy Monday/short week/Thanksgiving week! I"m not sure how we already got to Thanksgiving week and although I'm SO ready for the food and family time it brings I'm also sad at how fast it is all going already! This weekend was packed and I still haven't fully recovered. The sectional we ordered was delivered and it was the WRONG pieces. I seriously just about cried. They delivered two love seat sides instead of one love seat and one longer sofa piece that connects the two. After a ton of phone calls, we have a replacement order being processed with an anticipated delivery date of January 1st...I repeat....JANUARY. Again, I just about cried. I'm really hoping that it comes sooner like it did with the initial order.

Saturday I made an overdue trip to Hobby Lobby and snagged some new ornaments and decor including a new 7.5 Christmas tree because ours was missing a ton of lights this year (RIP buddy - 17 years old!) We're not using our 9 foot tree this year so we decided to get another 7 footer. I'm thinking that bad boy will go up tonight while listening to some old Christmas music - cannot wait. I also ordered new stockings and a new tree skirt from this new company I found called Merry Stockings. Y'all, I ordered 4 personalized stockings and a personalized tree skirt and it shipped the SAME day! I'm super impressed thus far and hope that when they arrive today I love them. (Went with ivory quilted and green monogram) of course I ADORE my old stockings but wanted a slightly different theme this year with lots of whites, blues and green instead of my usual burgundy.

Saturday evening we had our high school's annual auction and night out and it was so much fun! The theme was lights, camera, auction and everyone looked so fabulous. Can we talk about being 30 years old and drinking too much liquor? I knew I should've stayed with my usual wine - what was I thinking?! I was out of commission pretty much all day Sunday and then hung out with my Mama for The Walking Dead and slowly recovered. Whew y'all, old age is no joke. Anyway, I hope y'all had a fabulous weekend! Linking up with Biana today for weekending!

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WHW: Ladies Gifts

Hey y'all! Welcome to another What's Hap-'Pinning' Wednesday - I'm going to also collaborate with the three fabulous ladies I joined last week for another gift guide. Tis' the season! Today is all about the ladies and of course I'm going to be channeling some of the items on my very own wishlist but also great ideas for any woman in your life!

I keep seeing everyone post their holiday decorated home pictures and I am LITERALLY scratching like an addict to join in on that fun....however, our sectional still hasn't arrived and for some reason I cannot put up our tree up until the living room is complete. I did get an updated shipping notification though - on or before the 17th! Hopefully my new pillows will be here shortly after and then - THE TREE! I'm just doing one tree this year, maybe two (but definitely not 5..womp womp)

We ordered a different color for the sectional (Hilo Flax) The white/cream is great but I love wine and have a toddler! I also added a green monogram to the blue leopard pillows to match the green ikat ones! Check out Wheaton Whaley Designs on Etsy if you're in the market for new pillows or super cute home decor! Y'all, here stuff is too dang cute! 

Ok so shifting gears to what we're really here - this week's gift guide! Here are some of the things I've been swooning over lately and also some other good finds for any leading lady in your life! Link up with us as I link up with them! Happy Wednesday y'all! 

4. Spill Proof Wine Caddy (and add wine!) 

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