The Modern Farmhouse: Half Bath and House Update

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I feel like I've been trying to be as prepared as possible when it comes to have narrowed down my design picks for the house. Yet somehow I'm still scrambling to make a decision when asked to make one. This past week the plumber came and plumbed out the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. After going back through the bathroom with our cabinet guy, we decided to do a floating vanity in the boys bath. This means the plumber needs to come back out and reinstall the plumbing to go through the walls vs up through the floor.. This got me thinking a LOT about the half bath. 

Here is a rough draft of the half bath. It's definitely not to scale haha. Anyway, there is a linen closet in the bathroom, then, the sink and toilet. Originally we were thinking pedestal sink. Then we started thinking about a cabinet vanity sink but the thought of that butting up to the linen closet just felt too smooshed for my liking. The bathroom is about 10x5.5. the space they have for a sink is 40" wide. Last night while browsing Pinterest as one does when it's late at night, I saw a bucket sink and just knew that's what we should do in this half bath! It wouldn't take up much space and wouldn't feel heavy or overwhelm the small bathroom. So far we are LOVING #2, #4 & #5. I really like the idea of 4 because it sort of has it's own "counter" to set soap on and whatnot but 5 is stunning with the contrasting colors. We also love the simplicity of #1. We have a little longer to think about it but it's hard trying to choose! You don't want to buy one and then not be in love with it when it comes time for the install. I'll let you know which one we choose in my next post.

Okay now onto some house photos and some thoughts on the design thus far...

Josh, his brother (who is a licensed electrician) and their dad are all installing the electrical over the weekend. Each week gets closer and closer! There have been so many people helping us along the way to build this home of ours. We're so lucky to be able to save a lot in doing some of the manual labor work ourselves which in turn saves us thousands and thousands of dollars. Without the sweat equity we wouldn't be able to do the upgrades we're planning on. So far we've saved nearly $13,000. We're hoping to save another $15,000 with some of the interior work we're planning to do! 

Some things we've upgraded so far have been to add 8 foot tall doorways opposed to the standard 6'8" height. With Josh being 6'4" and me 5'8" there's a pretty good chance of the boys being tall and the 8' height of the new doors looks so much better! This was a cost of about $70 a door. Not too bad but it added up quick!

If we choose the #5 sink, that will be another upgrade since that is quite the hefty price tag. 

When it came to exterior we knew right off the bat we wanted black windows against the white house. We also wanted a stained wood garage door for contrast. After seeing the cost on both we came to a compromise and opted for white windows and decided to invest in the stained wood garage door. The dark windows would have been an extra $1,700 and they would have been a dark bronze, not even black steel (black steel was WAY more!!. When it comes to the garage door, Josh is good friends with the garage guy we're working with so we will be getting that at a discounted price and saving nearly $3,000.) We're thinking it will really stand out among the white brick exterior. So putting money into that just makes more sense for us. I also cannot wait to show you the exterior lights we ordered from Barn Light Electric so stay tuned! They are going to add so much character to the exterior!

Starting to add the roof. 
Roof is about on. 
Waiting for porch to be poured and gable, pillars and shed roof to be framed.
A little of the interior. 
This is from the kitchen area looking out to the family room. 
From the kitchen looking to the backyard. My favorite thing is the double French doors leading out back.

We will be taking more photos today so stay tuned! 

Pair Up with JCPenny

Copeland is starting his first year of preschool in just a few short weeks! I know it's cliche to say, but honestly where does the time go? I remember considering putting him in preschool this time last year but just really wanting one more year with him home all day with me. We decided not to put it off any longer and have officially enrolled him. We started getting school clothes and he got a new backpack filled with his school supplies. He's ready to go, although I'm not quite sure I'm ready for this stage in our lives. 

During this back to school time where we have been getting everything he needs for school, I heard about the Pair Up with JCPenney campaign and it hit my heart pretty hard. The Pair Up campaign is such a great cause and I'm so lucky I get to share it with you guys! 

This back-to-school season, JCPenney is asking customers to Pair Up with JCPenney to ensure all kids have the basics they need to succeed. From August 1st through the 15th, for each pack of kids' socks or underwear customers buy, JCPenney will donate a pack to the Y to distribute to kids in need, up to 750,000 pairs! 

Across America, many kids in low-income households do not have enough socks or underwear to wear to school. This weighs so heavy on my mama heart. I actually wanted to film me talking about this for my YouTube channel but every time I went to read it, I would start crying. I can't imagine the emotional impact of not having these basic items can have on both parents and children. 

In addition to the Pair Up donation campaign, The JCPenney foundation is making a $1M contribution to the Y to help close the academic achievement gap by supporting afterschool and preschool programs! 

So mamas, let's help out these families in need! Head to your local JCPenny and let your kids pick out their favorite character underwear and/or socks JCPenney will donate a pair as well! 

Thank you all for reading! This campaign means so much to me.

Park City Host & Photo Dump

A couple weekends ago we were able to stay at the most darling town home in Park City, The Modern Ski Home. I honestly always forget about how much I love it up there. It's only about an hour drive and once you get there you feel like you in another state all together. It's tucked up high in the mountains and the little ski town is very quaint but with plenty to see and do, although we loved just getting up and lounging around the house. 

We were so graciously hosted by Luke of Park City Host (find our exact rental HERE). He was so kind to meet us there and show us around, letting us know if we needed anything at all, he was only a phone call away. 

The first night there we headed straight for our favorite place, Main Street Pizza & Noodles. We sat outside so that we could people watch and enjoy the fresh air. If you head there, skip on the appetizer garlic bread and go straight for the pizza or noodles. We usually do a create your own and all share a large. After dinner we strolled for a minute and found ourselves at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, of course. Everyone there came for the ice cream, but we came for the coconut haystacks and chocolate covered gummy bears. HEAVEN! There are a ton of art shops that are fun to look through and there is a free trolley that will take you up and down the historic street. Once the sun set we headed back to the town home which was only about a five minute drive and headed up to the rooftop private hot tub to relax before bedtime.

LOLing so hard at this photo of Finn following the lady in the reflection with this facial expression!

The following day we met up with some friends to hit up the Alpine Slide, get some lunch and eventually dinner. We all headed back to the town home for some hot tubbing and games. The Park City Host home we stayed in was stocked with great games like Cards Against Humanity and Settlers of Catan. It was a night full of laughs for everyone!

Thank you so much to Park City Host for the wonderful and having us!

Gingham Lovin'

I've become a little gingham obsessed lately. I mean who doesn't want to look like they're wearing a tablecloth around town and be seen as "fashionable"? But honestly, I do think it's super cute even it does give me a sort of Dorothy from Wizard of Oz feel. I Love pairing it with something simple like jeans, or adding a pop of color. Anyway, sharing some of my favorite gingham picks below. That red bikini is THE CUTEST. It's by far my favorite swimsuit that I own! 

Sweet Sweet Baby Yawns

shoes / top . similar / jeans / purse 

If you've been following along with me since I've had Finn, you know what a struggle it has been going anywhere with him because he hates every car seat we've tried. No joke, we've tried three of them! When Cybex asked me to review the Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat, I was a little hesitant because of Finn's hate for them. How the heck was I going to get him strapped into this thing and then proceed to take photos of him not losing his crap?! I'll admit, I put the whole thing off for about a week and a half, I didn't even open the box because I didn't want him to see what was coming. When I finally decided to unbox the Cybex Cloud Q, to my surprise, Finley came to see what I was up to. Once I got the plastic off of it, he plopped his bum right into it and started rocking. He was totally digging it! I quickly snapped a picture and sent it to Josh because of how rare this was!

You guys, I was seriously in complete shock. Then came the real test, to put him in and strap him down haha. This is what he hates most! We decided to take the boys to my favorite chocolate bakery, TASTE. I was pretty anxious about the whole situation. When Copeland was a baby we used his infant car seat all the time! He would fall asleep in it constantly and it made running errands and going out to eat so easy and convenient! Of course, Finn is the complete opposite so we never got to use his infant car seats, except for in the car, while we listened to him cry and scream. That is, up until now. We were able to go sit down and guys, HE FELL ASLEEP! My favorite thing about this car seat (and I'm sure it's Finn's favorite too) and what totally sold me on it was the fact that it has a full recline position outside of the car. It's the coolest thing! I hate seeing poor babies with their head slumped over when they fall asleep in their car seats. This eliminates that cricked neck by fully reclining! So while Copeland and I enjoyed some frozen hot chocolate, Finn enjoyed a peaceful nap. I was able to enjoy a restaurant with both hands for once! Haha, but seriously, I can't remember the last time we went out somewhere where I wasn't having to hold Finn if he fell asleep. 

^I know this photo of me is like, derp, but look at those baby yawns!^
YOU GUYS! Up until now, Finley has literally screamed in every. single. car seat. What the heck?!

So I've mentioned before that we purchased our Cybex Priam stroller when I was pregnant with Finn. Were coming up on two years since purchasing and it's our absolute favorite stroller! It rides like a dang dream. I wish we would've just spent the extra money on the Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat because it's definitely worth it as I'm now finding out. We decided on this vibrant in Autumn Gold color. Check out the Cybex Cloud Q and all the available colors HERE.

Thank you to CYBEX for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

The Modern Farmhouse: Kitchen Accessories

We have started framing guys! Well technically, lumber has been delivered and we're framing next but still! They say within 3 1/2 weeks we will be ready to wire electrical. It's very exciting as each day passes knowing we are getting closer to moving into our new home. I think I've mentioned before that everything we own, besides clothing, is in our storage unit. While living in my grandmas basement, we're very lucky that it is set up like an apartment. We have a kitchen, our own entrance, bathroom, etc. It's completely furnished which is so nice but also so hard. It's hard not having your things. I'm constantly going to get "that one thing" only to remember that it's packed away in a box somewhere.

I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite old and new kitchen accessories that I actually did end up bringing with us to make this place feel like home for the next few months.

Recipe Box. 
I love this little tin box! I bought it for myself for Christmas last year, I believe and I've been slowly adding my favorite recipes to it. It's quite large and can fit a ton of recipes! Plus it's super cute to leave out on display.

Pop Up Sponges. 
I discovered these little cuties last year on Amazon and they are the freaking best! They come small and compact so they are easy to store. Once you get them up, they pop up into a sponge! They are my all time favorite sponge and the only kind I buy now. They come 12 in a pack so they last quite a while.

Utensil Canister.
I actually packed this away and am so wishing I had it with me, along with favorite utensils found HERE. My grandparents basement has a few utensils but I'm so missing my silicone ones.

Colorful Washrags.
I just ordered these and I'm already obsessed! I will say that I'm nervous to wash them because the poms might fall off, but the rag itself is very plush and thick. Super absorbent! HERE is the other option without the pom poms. I just thought the poms were super fun and cute!

Berry Basket.
I ordered this berry basket after we moved out of our old house, so I have it here with me and I really love it. It's very aesthetically pleasing and does it's job of holding my fruit.

Cutting Board.
Okay, obviously a cutting board had to make it in my list of kitchen accessories. It's must! And this is pretty so it wins :)

Some other things I wish I would've packed with us.

These Pots and Pans. They are my favorite and I'm so missing them right now.
My Utensils, like mentioned above.
This Little Catchall Basket. Catchalls are my favorite things in the kitchen. You should see part of our kitchen counter. Crap everywhere.

I also wanted to share an updated house plan with you all! We had to actually flip the house due to a water/sewer drain. I'm not exactly sure, but Josh said we could either run it under the concrete driveway, which would only suck if it were to bust later on in the future because we'd have to end up tearing up our driveway or we could just mirror the house.

We decided to mirror the house. The red writing on the plan are things we are still changing. Our architect has been incredible! We sent him a few things to change and move around two days ago and he already got us back the plans, and of course I found more things to change. But it's coming together so nicely. We are anxiously awaiting the walls to be put up so we can get a feel for room sizes. Going out to the lot this past week since they've poured the basement floor kinda had us worried that the home may be a bit too small. I mean, we were never going for a huge house to begin but definitely want something comfy for two growing boys. Who lives in a 2,000 square foot home? Is it just the right amount of space? Too small, too big? Our last home was a little over 1,000 square feet so this should feel a lot roomier. It just looks so small on the lot. Pretty sure our house is the smallest on the block haha. But my gosh, I'm thinking it's going to be very charming and cozy!

Summer Time Heat

As a lot of you know, we are currently living in my grandparents basement while our house is finished being built. We are so beyond grateful to be able to live here and save money on a rental. It's been great, aside from the fact that all of our stuff is in storage. But it's been especially nice since it's summer because we are hardly home during the day. We try to be outside as often as possible, although the 95 degree heat kinda puts a damper on that. But better 95 degree weather than freezing in my opinion! 

I put together a fun summer bucket list for us and the kids. I made a list mainly to help myself be more organized haha! I'm going to print this off and hang it on our fridge! You're welcome to do the same :)  My goal is to do at least one of these activities weekly.

popsicle art via twindragonflydesigns / pineapple art via thejoyofcolor / tent artwork via cornercroft
tiedye shirts via weheartit / flamingo art via deckleandhues

The Modern Farmhouse: Front Porch Hangs

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Something that we will probably furnish first, although silly to some, is our front porch. I'm so excited to create a warm and welcoming area out there. The exterior of the home gives you that chance to share your personality to everyone who drives by! Josh and I love driving around checking out homes together. I love seeing how people decorate their front porches because it gives me an idea of how their home is decorated. Okay that sounds kinda of creepy haha. But I swear there is nothing more fun than driving by and seeing the cutest front porch, it just makes the whole house stand out!

Something I actually saw on Pinterest was these photos ^ and I died. I think would completely set the tone for our modern farmhouse. I haven't always been a fan of these swinging chairs. I thought they were a little too modern and pod like for my taste, but seeing them in these settings I LOVE them! Plus in all the times I've driven around I have yet to see a house with them on the front porch. So it would definitely catch the eye. I love that they used blankets, pillows and layers to make the areas a lot more cozier as well. If you missed this post where I share a little bit of detail into the exterior of the house. What do you think? Think it would fit in well? 

The Modern Farmhouse: Exterior Lighting

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Good morning! I'm excited to share another update with you all on our home build. This past week has been busy and is only getting busier as we are quickly approaching the weekend. Our contractor sent his crew out to form up the foundation walls (yay! any progress is great progress!). They removed the forms this morning and are going back tomorrow to spray the foundation. From there, Josh, his brother and a few guys he works with will dig a trench for the electrical conduit and get our electrical panel set up and tied into the home. Since our city no longer allows temporary electricity we had to do this step sooner than anticipated. Luckily Josh's brother is a licensed electrician. We are extremely grateful to him for helping us out with all the electrical that we will be doing throughout the home building process. We will be saving nearly $5,000 doing this ourselves!!! I'm excited to get a babysitter so that I can help the boys shovel and rake rock which will be used as a filler and base for the concrete basement floors which will poured next week. So much is happening this week and it's all exciting and very exhausting. Gotta love that sweat equity ;)

We have yet to get our budget breakdown and selection calendar from our contractor but Josh and I have been busy making lists and pinning ALL THE IDEAS. If you live in Utah, you're probably familiar with the Parade of Homes. If not, this is a fun yearly event where builders and designers create beautiful homes of all kinds. The homes are available to the public to walk through and gain design ideas, meet builders, contractors, subs, etc. It starts this week and we are so excited to be attending this year to get our creative juices flowing. The past years we've gone have been strictly to see the huge homes. Seriously you guys, I'm talking 10,000 square foot homes with bowling allies, indoor swimming pools, huge saunas and exercise rooms, etc. Insane homes. This year I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the more modest homes for some budget friendly ideas :) I'm going to be sharing our walk through's on my Instagram stories so stay tuned!

As our home build keeps progressing I feel like my mind keeps a changin'. I think we've finally settled on outdoor light fixtures and the verdict is gooseneck lights. Depending on the style, I feel like they will fit in nicely with the overall modern farmhouse vibe and be a classic feature for the years to come. So let's get into our top picks...

1. Short Arm Gooseneck. I really love this one. I like to think of it as literally short and sweet. It would hug the home nicely and not overpower the other exterior design aspects like the wooden beams, metal shed roof and black framed windows. This particular light comes in a variety of lengths, sizes and colors. 

2. Classic Black. There is something I really love about the classic black gooseneck light. I feel like it will always be timeless and will really pop off the white color of the house. 

3. A Pop of Color. Again with some nice color popping :). Do we dare go bold with hunter green light fixtures? I'm kinda digging these and really feel like they would add a nice welcoming touch to the whole home. 

4. Minimal White. These are less than $45 and also comes in black. I love that they have a high and short neck but I think it would be too much white on the exterior. 

5. Mixed Elements. This is by far my favorite. We're really hoping we'll be able to afford copper gutters but if not, I think these copper light fixtures would be a pretty good second choice. They are stunning and I can just imagine how beautiful they will look adorning the white exterior. 

What's your favorite? Do you like the goosenecks? What would you do?

This is their Childhood.

A little preface for those who are new to my blog.

                  I wasn't the girl who would dream of getting married. In fact I never even envisioned my wedding until josh and I were practically engaged and I though crap! I better started planning something. Same with kids. I never wanted to be a mom. Up until a few years into mine and Josh's marriage I always thought I'd be a career woman with no kids living this life with my husband and my husband only. I remember the day I told my mom I didn't want kids and she cried. She told me how much I'd be missing out on and how life is so much more fulfilling with them.

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When I became a mom and it all changed. I loved my little Copeland fiercely. I was obsessed with being his mom. But once I realized I was a stay at home mom there was so much of me that missed working. Being home all day alone with a baby can be hard, especially when you;re use to working full time. I missed having the responsibility of a job. Not that being a mom isn't a job but I missed my co workers, hitting monthly goals, being evaluated. Being a mom is hard, a lot harder than the job I had. But there definitely was a small nagging void in me.

When I had Finn is when life got 100x harder. I can finally step back and see that I was suffering with a mild form of PPD. I had a REALLY HARD TIME with prenatal depression as well. Like really bad. There's a reason why I haven't shared Finn's birth story and I'm trying to find the courage to share it.

After going through everything I had gone through during my pregnancy with Finn and the postpartum time, I wanted so badly to go back to work and to have an actual job. I tried pretending like blogging was my job but let's be real, if I didn't respond to an email it's not like I was going to get fired. I could feel myself slowly getting lost in motherhood. It wasn't a bad thing but I longed for something outside of being a mom. Something that made me feel validated. I was losing myself because I had a baby completely different from my first. I no longer had time to myself. If Finn happened to go down for a nap my attention was 100% focused on Copeland. If Finn was awake, he was most likely crying and I was unable to comfort him for the longest time due to his colic. I needed validation that I was doing a good job.

Being happy in motherhood is something I have prayed about so many times since having Finn. So many times I've prayed for help in being content with being a mom and stopping this need for wanting more. We passed the year mark with Finn less than a month ago. And since then a lot has changed. I've changed. I've grown. I've learned so much looking back on the past year and I wanted to share a little bit of that here. Because for me I feel like out of all of this chaos there did come a happy ending.

I think having Finley and going through what I did with his pregnancy, his birth and everything else I dealt with postpartum has been nothing short of a blessing. A blessing I needed to feel content in my journey through motherhood. Funny how a screaming baby can put things into perspective.

The past year has been overwhelmingly hard. Harder than I ever imagined. My marriage was put at the bottom of my to-do list (pun intended ;) ) and I found my anxiety became practically crippling. I literally felt like my life was falling apart and I had no control over it. Most days were a struggle to get myself out of bed but somehow when you're in that situation you do what you have to do for your babies. You're barely keeping your head above water. In survival mode, but you're there, doing it. Getting through life, barely.

Through all of these trials we have faced in the past year I'm finally seeing that having a such a high needs baby has made me realize just how important being a mother is. God works in mysterious ways, indeed. Just by holding Finn I'm able to comfort him. No I wasn't able to comfort him while he was sick with Strep/colic (our doctors are still in disagreement over what they think he had), but now if he's crying all I need to do is wrap my arms around him and the tears subside. It's all I've ever wanted to do. Comfort my baby.

I remember being in the thick of his strep/colic period and wanting so badly to just comfort my crying baby and rarely being able to. I felt so broken. I felt so useless as a mother. But now I'm able to make him feel safe, loved and cared for. That feeling of being valuable is there. When Copeland hugs me and tells me thank you for making him a sandwich at lunch time, it is the sweetest thing in my whole world! I'm needed in my home. Not at a job that I thought I wanted, not online as a blogger, taking photos (although when I have the time to, this is something I truly enjoy), but in my home. I'm not saying to lose yourself and your hobbies but for me I needed to take a huge step back from what I thought was important; social media. That was my hobby and it was destroying my ability to be a mother.

I'm needed in the messy, mundane duties of everyday life. I'm needed to wipe away tears, to change poopy diapers so my little one doesn't get diaper rash, I'm needed to get snacks for grumbly tummies, and to play Go Fish so I can teach the importance of not being a sore loser. This is where I'm needed now. This is where I'm valuable now. Someday my babies will be grown and their need for me will become less and less but right now I'm their lifeline. I'm their comfort and it's the most important job for me. Life as a mom is busy and crazy but it's seriously the greatest thing us moms will ever do. I still love IG and my blog and social media in general. And when I have the time to I love to post. I love sharing photos. I love sharing our daily happenings.

As my kids grow older and I yearn for more babies and I'm learning that I don't need a job to help me feel fulfilled. What I needed and what I've done over the past few months was to throw myself completely into my marriage, motherhood and God.

I think especially now more than ever with social media it's easy to think that being a mom isn't enough. You see so many women kicking ass at being bloggers, running businesses all while being an awesome mom but for me all I need is to be a mom. That's it and that's enough. Being a mom is enough. 

The other day my mom and I were talking about this and how difficult the past year has been. My mom has been by my side through all of this. I'm so lucky to have such a great mom! I can tell her anything without feeling judged or ashamed.

As we were talking about how hard it has been but how special it is now she told me something that stuck with me. We were at the park watching Copeland run around and Finn was waddling his way down the park path. They were laughing and squealing. My heart could've burst it was so precious. My mom and I laughed and she said while looking off at my babies, "Natalie, this is their childhood".

This is their childhood. These are their memories, their habits forming, their personalities developing. This is their childhood and they are still innocent little children who need a 100% present mom and dad.

The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your home.

House Update: The Floor Plan

Yay! I'm so excited to share our floor plan with you guys. It's been such a fun part of the home building process to deign a home that fits our lifestyle and personal needs. Like I said before, our home is pretty modest in terms of new builds in our area. Josh and I were talking about how excessive homes have become. While we were driving around Salt Lake last week we drove by the old charming homes around downtown and talked about how different it would be to raise a family in a 800 sq. ft. home and then you get to our city and each home has around 1,000 sq. ft per person living in the home. So much space! Something Josh and I loved and hated about our old home was the space. We always talked about how it would be the perfect home if the living room square footage was put into the family room. That home was a little over 1,000 sq. feet total. But we loved it! We were close and the tight living space was actually really nice. It was just the family room that was extremely small, especially when we'd have guests over.

Our new home is a little over 2,000 square feet of finished living area with an additional 2,000 square feet of unfinished basement that will be used for storage. The thing we love most though, is the lot. The half acre of land that has endless possibilities (Josh and I already are thinking of the landscaping we want to do over the next two years. I'm thinking pool, he's thinking basketball court ;) ) but I'll save that for another post.

So let's get into the floor plan.
It's not the best quality. I'm trying to figure out how to make it more clear.

The first thing we knew we did not want was a living room. We never used ours in the old house so that was out the window. We instead made the family room, kitchen and dining one big area. We also moved the staircase to the basement into the entryway to open the area up a bit more.

The entryway and family room as well as the master bedroom all have vaulted ceilings which we are pretty excited for. I'm have dreams of wooden beams and ship lap ceilings.

Something we weren't sure on and made a last minute change to was the double french doors off the back of the house. We initially had a single door going out to the porch and after talking with the architect and our builder we decided to go for he double french doors with transoms. I think it will look amazing and will help open the area up a ton during the summer. Plus our view of the mountain is something we don't want to hide.

The kitchen ceilings will be 9' to be able to have the kitchen cabinets go up to the ceiling and we also decided to make the island a little larger to make room for a double farmhouse sink.

One more thing we knew we wanted from the beginning is a window in every room. This made tweaking the plan a little harder because a window in the laundry room was a must. Our architect was amazing though so he was able to get everything just so to be able to optimize as much natural light as possible.

Everything else in the floor plan seems pretty self explanatory. We are getting so anxious as the process continues and I can't wait to start talking about the design aspects of it all! Tile, flooring, sinks, vanities, railings, furniture, decor, I just can't wait!

Oh and I know I keep saying I'll talk more about the process and numbers so here is a bit of whats been going on with that. When we closed on our lot we had to pay $55,000 towards the loan as a down payment. When we close on the house and the construction loan and lot loan are merged into one mortgage, we will put down the remaining $30,000. That will be our 20% down give or take depending on what the actual price of the house comes back as when we go to close.

Also, one of the reasons why we started so late on the house was because we found out that we might have to bring in better soil to make a better starting ground for the foundation. The bank had to rewrite our loan putting in an additional 10,000 dollars! Josh and I were pretty bummed about that but what do you do? Once we broke ground, the geo-tech came out to do an analysis on the soil. We got the reports back this week and they came back perfect!!! So now that $10,000 can either be used for upgrades in the house or not used at all and be taken off the loan (and off our mortgage) come closing time!

Do you guys have any specific questions you'd like me to answer regarding the home build or anything I've talked about so far? I'm trying to remember everything that's been happening so far ha.

My Curated Closet

top / skirt (on sale for $29!) / bag (on sale!) / similar hat and here / similar shoes and here

I'm so excited about today's post! It is not sponsored, it's just something that I've been really looking forward to talking about here. So if you remember this post from a little over a month ago, I talked about This Book and how I was really digging it! Fast forward to now and it has completely changed the way I shop.

A little bit about The Curated Closet. It's a book/guide written to help women find their personal style and to put and end to the over buying that we do in hopes to have something to wear. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to my closet each morning and ended up in sweats because I really dislike everything in there. I was a huge fan of buying cheap and buying excessive amounts of clothes but nothing in my closet made me feel good, sexy or beautiful.

After reading and using the techniques in The Curated Closet I've almost transformed by wardrobe into a place where I love everything and every piece fits me and my personal style. I'm still cheap AF haha and a total bargain shopper (which is why I rarely use Reward Style). Buying things at full price is not something I like doing so I will almost always wait for things to go on sale. There a few pieces that I've bought at full retail though, of course, but for the most part I only shop the sale sections of my favorite stores. My favorite sale piece so far was a dress I found during an Asos sale. Originally $150 and I got it for $40!

Moving on... One of my favorite parts of the book was defining your personal style and naming it, then recognizing your own color palette. It goes beyond what every "style guru" claims are basic/staple pieces/colors and helps you create your own basic/staple pieces for your lifestyle.

I named my personal style Everyday Feminine. I love soft colors, delicate fabrics and feminine cuts. I also am a mom though so my wardrobe has to work around my everyday life of laundry, dishes, running errands and changing diapers.

My color palette is pretty neutral. This was another thing I loved doing though! Finding the colors that speak to you and not going by the books. I've always tried to go out of my comfort zone and buy bold pieces. Those pieces usually end up in the back of my closet and a huge waste of money. Recognizing what my color palette is and sticking to it (even if it may be boring for some) has helped a huge deal in loving every piece I own! My color palette consists of my three main colors; white, blush and denim. My neutrals; grey and black and my accent shades; lilac, coral and pale blue. So bring on all the whites and blushes!

You can look through my Pinterest board with inspiration to My Curated Closet here.

My closet is a work in progress of course. I wish I had the funds to make it over in the matter of a month but alas I have a small budget for clothes at the moment. I feel like I'm finally finding my personal style that I truly love though and I've been so inspired by clothes now where as before I hated shopping and dreaded trying to find an outfit to wear.

One other quick thing that has helped me so much was buying a clothing rack and hanging out my outfits for the week. Being a mom is already makes my days so busy so not having to think about an outfit makes life so much easier!

If you end up getting the book let me know your thoughts!