Here’s to vacation time!

To the beach, back home and back to the beach again… this time making memories with my mom and aunt…from shopping and pedis in Morehead to lunch in Beaufort, ferry rides, and a day at the Cape. Next up… dinner in Beaufort and tomorrow exploring Oriental! #wp

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On taking a break

I enjoyed an almost three week social media fast and it was so refreshing. More time to work on establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships, better sleep at night, allowed me to re-focus on true interpersonal communication, gave me better perspective and was overall a welcome break! I tried new recipes, started cooking with fresh herbs and am back to a more consistent quiet time. So my new normal on social media will mean much more undistracted time spent on real life. #wp

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Farewell to the Pink Bathroom

Since moving to my home this pink bathroom has been on my wish list of to-dos. The pink tile surely beats the shag carpet but both had to go! As I’ve mentioned before, we had a ton on our home renovation wish list and the less expensive chores became the priority. Finally this spring we went ahead and tackled the job. And by that I mean we hired the pros and let them do the heavy lifting.


We knew we wanted to get rid of all of the pink tile. All. of. it. The tub is a really nice, original cast iron tub so we kept it. That saved us quite a bit of money since we didn’t have to invest in a new tub and shower which can be $1,000-$2,000 even for a basic one.

IMG_3751We started with our carpenters. We have two of they greatest guys who help us with most of our carpentry work in our home. They’re honest, dependable and hard working and we love them. With them scheduled, we coordinated a meeting with a plumber and tile contractor. I coordinated the subs, but whenever possible, I let them speak to each other directly.


I really wanted to maximize the space since it’s our only bathroom and it is really small. If I had my choice, we would have installed a shower and gotten rid of the tub. However, we thought if we ever decided to sell it, anyone with kids would immediately rule out a home with no tub.


There’s not a lot of space to work with so every detail was carefully considered. The colors needed to be clean and bright. The lines and patterns couldn’t be too busy. I wanted a timeless style, one that I would not get tired of, and something I could change easily by simply updating the paint color and accessories. IMG_3755 I searched high and low for a sink and vanity with some storage and not much depth. I only had a bout 15 inches of depth from the wall to work with. To give you an idea, the old sink was about 19 inches deep. Believe it or not, most pedestals are bigger than that.IMG_3757

Originally, we thought we wanted to have bead board on the walls but decided to go with board and batten for a couple of reasons. First, we thought less lines would mean “less busy” in such a small space. Second, the look of board and batten was a little less country cottage and seemed more sleek to us. So, once the decision was made, we gave this tutorial to our carpentry team. They thought it was a breeze to install.


In the shower, we used white subway tile with bright white grout. Again, a clean, timeless look…


We also had two niche cutouts added. It’s amazing how much nicer the tub looks with the white tile walls.


You’ll notice on the wall under the window that the board is off center with the window. It had to be centered on the wall or the window so I chose to center it on the wall because I thought it would look better when seen from the door. In hindsight, I think we should have centered the board on the window but it’s not a big deal to me.


We added a new paneled door and threshold and I think it makes the room look much better.

IMG_3961The floor tile was off the shelf from Home Depot. I thought I wanted to use white grout but the tile guy talked me into a complementary gray and that was a great decision! IMG_3958 IMG_3957 IMG_3956

We hope to replace the doors throughout our entire home soon.

IMG_3960We love the way it looks and it totally makes our whole house look and feel much better! It feels like everything flows seamlessly now and we really enjoy having the updated bathroom.


And even better, we came in under our $5,000 budget!



If you’re local and need a good carpenter, plumber or tile man, let me know!


  • Wall paint: Pirate Coast by Valspar in Sherwin-Williams paint
    (See all of our interior paint colors here.)
  • Sink and vanity
  • Light: Lowe’s
  • Floor tile: Home Depot
  • Shower Tile: Lowe’s

Passports + Pesos

20150428_162036Can I just be a proud wife for a minute? Will you humor me in that? This man. I tell ya… I’ve always been a firm believer that women should lift their husbands up. Too often our men are criticized for what they’re not instead of what they are. For so many reasons he is truly my better half. I don’t have to work very hard to find a reason each day to build him up. He works so hard and I could not be more happy that he’s mine. He loves me so unconditionally. I could go on and on but you are probably wondering why my hair looks like a hot mess in that picture. Well, we were on a boat.

A couple of weeks ago, we were fortunate enough to be able to slip away to Cancun. For six days, we spent time together relaxing and enjoying the sun, food and sights of Mexico.

For the second time, my husband won the trip because of his hard work and the Lord’s graciousness. Two years ago, we traveled to Hawaii on a rewards trip. I plan to share those photos sometime soon. Better late than never, right?!

In Cancun, we relaxed by the pool, ate fresh guacamole and fish tacos at the swim-up bar while sitting in the pool, enjoyed the best seafood ever, got dressed up for dinners, celebrated him, did some power snorkeling and laughed and laughed until my stomach hurt!

The trip was the first that I can recall fully unwinding and disconnecting from reality. I highly recommend it even if it is just stepping away for the weekend. The truth is, work, family, your home, your pets, your community, they can all make it without you. So go for it. Now, for an overdose of poor quality phone photos that I did not even take the time to edit. 20150429_09071420150429_144907 IMG_3853 IMG_3866  20150428_193015   IMG_3859 20150428_12520320150428_10073020150427_172227 20150427_133252(1) copy IMG_3854 IMG_3852IMG_3850