May 24, 2016

My Dream Master Bathroom

Last July, the hubs and I were seriously tossing around the idea of selling our home. Adam purchased our 1970s split level 6 years ago, put so much heart into this house, and we thought we were ready to move on to purchasing our first house together.

We were getting excited to dream of new possibilities, but the more we were fixing up our house to prepare for selling, a funny thing happened. We kind of fell in love with our little fixer upper after remodeling the kitchen, getting brand new gorgeous flooring, painting wood paneling, and so many other little projects.

Of course now that we've decided to stay and put more soul into our home, we're dreaming of the next few projects. And after squeezing to get by each other while we both try to get ready in our tiny "on suite" (I saw this with a laugh, as it's a dinky mini bathroom attached to our room), I'm dreaming about the idea of these gorgeous master bathrooms. A glimpse inside my inspiration...

Sophisticated master bathroom features polished nickel mirrors over blue vanities with laser cut doors and turned legs topped with white marble countertops atop calacatta michaelangelo marble floor flanking doorway to walk-in shower and water closet.:

Modern Rustic Bathroom Design - Vessel Sink in Open Shelf Wood Vanity:

Vanity Chandeliers

The bathroom is one of the few rooms in the house where many people are willing to spend huge sums of money to renovate. Inspired by dream magazine bathrooms, homeowners want to create a bathroom t…:


Walk In Marble Shower with Built In Marble Shelf Ledge


Weekend Wonderings - At The Picket Fence:

Bathroom design brings two spaces together..bathtub in the shower??!! Wonderful!:

With chic tiling (I love the wide variety at PlumbTile!), like herringbone flooring and gorgeous glass mosaics, I am dreaming about a spa like master bath full of cool grays and crisp whites. Where fluffy white towels are rolled up in baskets, fancy bathroom sinks adorn marble counter tops, and a vase of fresh flowers brighten the whole room.

There are so many different looks that I love. How on earth would I choose between rustic chic style with reclaimed wood and nature elements, and the ultra spa-like chic look of gorgeous marble surfaces and sparkly chandelier lighting?

And those huge walk-in showers! I can't even imagine a world where I don't have to wedge my leg halfway up the side of our 3ft by 3ft shower to shave - ha! With all this daydreaming, the Haskins House may be getting a face lift sooner than later!

What does your dream master bath look like?
Are you ready for a home reno project?

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May 20, 2016

5 Summer Blockbusters I Am Dying to See

With summer approaching quickly, there is one thing I can't wait for aside from lazy pool days... good movies. The countdown is on for these 7 movies, and don't you worry, I linked each movie title to their official trailers. #overachiever


1) Ghost Busters - July 15th

The funny ladies are in the house! Can't wait to see this cast reinvent a cinema classic!




2) Finding Dory - June 17th

I absolutely fell in love with Finding Nemo when it came out 13 years ago (has it been that long?!) and I can't wait to see what magical adventure Pixar takes us on this time around.



3) Me Before You - June 3rd

This looks both heartwarming and completely ugly cry prompting... Can't wait.



4) Secret Life of Pets - July 8th

I saw this preview in theaters last Christmas and have been counting down ever since. I'm a huge animated movie fan, and this looks hilarious. Think I can sneak in my dog?



5) Captain America: Civil War - May 6th

I know, I know. I'm not typically a huge fan of this genre, but Adam got me hooked on the Avengers and all of the movies. Great date night compromise! #wifepoints




And because another great wave of movies are always released in the fall, I couldn't bear to leave these few out! ;)


1) Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them - November 18th



2) Sully (no trailer released yet) - September 9th



3) The Girl on the Train (reading this right now!) - October 7th


4)  Moana - November 23rd


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So, how did I do?
Anything I need to add to my list?

I can already smell the buttery popcorn and junior mints...


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May 18, 2016

Gratitude Lately




Lately I've been thankful for this guy, in all his freckly glory, and how hard he works every single day to bring home the bacon.

For Harry Potter at the symphony, good views, and unleashing my inner Gryffindor nerd.

For high majestic ceilings that make me want to lay on the floor in the middle of the train station.

For neighborhood ice cream shops and how they remind us that summer's a'coming!

For zoo days with these party animals (...and the live penguin cam for work days I wish I was zoo-ing.)

For colorful grocery store finds that lift my Monday blues.

For sisters who make even better besties.

For rainy days and awesome playlists.

For nights out on the town and really pathetic selfie attempts.

For walks with views.

For noshing on the best Mexi food in town.

And for boozy family dates that include grapefruit champagne cocktails


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Here's to gratitude and how it makes life fuller, and the smallest things more than enough. As always, thanks for the inspiration, Today's Letters!


  //  What are you thankful for today? //



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April 26, 2016

10 Makeup Bags You'll Love

Apparently I must be a crazy driver, because yesterday I tossed my makeup bag in my work tote and by the time I got to work makeup was scattered all over the place! Now it very well be my driving skills (hello extreme road rage!) or the fact that I was trying to squish 15 different oddly shaped tubes into a tiny red mosaic cosmetic pouch that was way too small for it's contents.

So gone are the days of saying a little prayer that the zipper wouldn't break after every use. I decided I needed an upgrade desperately, so I did a little window shopping if you will. Check out these 10 makeup bags that are not only super functional in staying organized, but are cute to boot. 




1) Tartan + Twine - Ulta

2) Watercolor Classic Nylon Ezra - Kate Spade 


3) Bow & Drape - Nordstrom  



4) Stephanie Johnson 'Tamirindo Pink' - Nordstrom


5) Secrets of Salvador Train Case - Petunia Pickle Bottom 



6) The Escapader - Sephora


7) Blue Showater - J. Crew Factory


8) Theochiltree 'Gray + White Dot' - Etsy



9) Navy Stripe - Vera Bradley



10) Carry All Pouches - Society 6  (3 sizes!)

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Now the tricky part is how on earth do I choose?
Which one is your favorite?



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April 25, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Mingle Monday

Over the past 5 years it's been so fun to create and maintain Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up, and meet so many great bloggers. I am very happy and proud that it's provided a great basis for bloggers to connect and network in an easy and fun way, and somehow managed to be a popular weekly stop for many.

As much as I've loved it, behind the scenes it's been time consuming to prep on a Sunday night and expensive to host each week (something that many don't realize when dropping by a link-up)! Many times I wanted to prep fun weekend recap type posts or use other weekend creativity and inspiration to draft a post for Monday, but always felt obligated to my Mingle Monday responsibility. Other times it was discouraging to see a dip in interest from when it was first created (in the height of blog link-ups), or a lack of people sharing or commenting - the only rules I requested to participate.



So as sad as it may be, I think it may be time to say goodbye to this wonderful link-up. My hope is that in parting ways with it, I can feel a sense of freedom to get back to what I love to do - blogging from the heart, instead of blogging only when it makes sense. It's no secret that in the last 2 years it's been a struggle at times to feel inspired or not got lost in the comparison game, but I truly feel like I'm coming out of that dreaded slump! Hoping to build readership back up and continue growing this hobby I love so much.

A big thank you to the many of you who made Mingle Monday a joy, for the countless shares, encouragement, "thank you's", and for letting me get to know you and your blogs better!

Lots of hugs for your support!
Here's to getting back to better blogging!


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April 22, 2016

Currently

Good gracious... we made it to Friday!

I've barely done much aside from work, physical therapy, and home this week. So needless to say, this girl is ready for some good sleep and new adventures to awaken my creativity.

Here's a little snapshot of what makes me super giddy lately.

Currently...

laughing//
...at these hilarious photos captured as people drank another glass of wine - ha! Thanks for sharing Jess!

anticipating//
...our trip to Michigan for a family friend's wedding in May. Adam and I are planning to stop in St. Louis for a day exploring at City Museum. If you need us we'll be crawling through every inch of that adult playground... 10 story slide included.




<span style="line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">You don't have to be a kid to appreciate the whimsy of this place. It has every nook, cranny and crevice you could possible want to explore.<br /><br />Photo: The City Museum</span>



listening//
...to my new favorite Spotify station, "Evening Chill". So many good new tunes, especially "Bones" by Dustin Tebbutt.

loving//
...this weather! It's going to be in the 70s this weekend and I plan to be outside pretty much the entire time. Dog park, long walk, dining al fresco, you name it.

planning//
...a raised bed garden and I'm super pumped! We have had the structure for years, but we need to do a little garden makeover. Ready to get my hand in the dirt Saturday and plan out what we're going to grow this year! Any green thumbs out there?

reading//
..."The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo... aka the KonMari method. It's all about pairing down your home and belongings to only keep what "sparks joy". More on this coming next week!

obsessing//
...over organizing and simplifying lately (obviously KonMari sparked something in me). Craving the simple life and loving The Home Edit Instagram account in meantime. My inner OCD craziness totally nerds out when I see spaces that are beautiful, simple, and well-organized.



exploring// 
...this little blog post. My bestie Courtney at 12th & White posted her favorite interior decor Instagram accounts and they are spot on.

watching//
...People vs. OJ Simpson. Anyone else hooked?

loving//
...my green utility vest from Gap! It sold out in no time flat, so after calling customer service, I was able to track down one of the last vests in my size in the whole county. A big shout out the Philly, PA Gap! ;)

making//
...a few new baby items for my Etsy store. I'm trying out a few sewing patterns for adorable baby headbands in mod fun fabrics, so stay tuned. I LOVE new projects!


What have you been loving lately, friends?


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