Friday Favorites: December 20 Friday Favorites - December 20

Friday Favorites is a series where we share small, seemingly mundane moments from the past week – little details, often overlooked, that comprise this thing we call life.

Except this time I’m basically updating you on the last 1.5 years… at least that’s how long it’s been since I last wrote a “Friday Favorites” post.

In all actuality, I’ve been gone from the blog for nearly four months. If you haven’t noticed, spare my feelings and pretend like you did, alright?

Following the sale of our bungalow and the move into a rental, I’ve taken an unintentional hiatus from the blog. Let’s just say I’ve been feeling uninspired.

For the sake of my own sanity, though, I’m working out a weekly rhythm that’ll hopefully help me get back into designing (and writing about it).

Here’s what you missed in the last four months: I turned 30 this past September, my littlest is turning one in just two months, and the husband and I celebrated our 7-year wedding anniversary. Wow, quite a few milestones, huh?

Something else very, very exciting took place during my absence, but as much as I want to tell you all about it, there are some details that must be finalized before I can share. Suffice it to say, it is very, VERY good news, and if you’ve been missing renovation content, stay tuned!

Ah, I’ve said too much already!

In the meantime, I’m rounding up a couple posts, below, that I’ve got in the works for the new year. Tell me: which of these are most exciting to you?

1. The Girls’ Playroom Tour, Inspired by Montessori Principles: The playroom was the very last finished space in our bungalow, and although that chapter of our lives is officially closed, I just wouldn’t feel right not sharing the final results here on the blog. Besides, several of you asked how to get started when designing a play space for little ones, how to reign in all those ideas floating around in your head…so tune in for that!

In the meantime, you can check out:

2. How to Stage Your Home for Selling: This particular post was requested by several people on Instagram, and I’m excited to share our experience on the topic! Here’s a fun fact: According to the National Association of Realtors, a staged home will sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home, and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less.

In the meantime, you can check out:

3. A Before + After Tour of Our 1930 Bungalow: I cannot believe that I’ve never shared a proper before and after tour of our little bungalow. It’s gone through quite the transformation! In case you don’t know the whole story: Back in July 2015 we bought nearly seven acres of land as an investment opportunity. On that land stood an abandoned bungalow, originally built in 1930 but left to rot for the last 20 years. I’ve shared many, many renovation projects over the years – but never a full before and after tour, so get excited, people!

In the meantime, you can check out:

4. Baby Must-Haves: What You Actually Need: I don’t know how many of you are actually expecting – or know someone who is – but this is a topic I’m asked about nearly every day. For centuries, parents have managed to raise their babies with very few essentials – a fact I remind myself of daily. That is not to say that modern inventions aren’t time-saving, but the baby gear industry is notorious for monetizing on mothers’ desires to “get it right.” As a self-professed (sort-of) minimalist, I’d love to share my take on what’s actually necessary.

In the meantime, you can check out:

Now, what else…

It’s nearly Christmas Day! Did you know that?! Of course, I’m being sarcastic.

This year is the first year that Mila has actually understood and enjoyed our family traditions, so it’s been quite fun to rediscover this magical season through her eyes. For the first time ever, I made an Advent calendar – but instead of chocolates or gifts, we filled ours with simple activities – everything from Christmas crafts suitable for toddlers, to various events we attend every year, to baking cookies for our elderly neighbors.

I know it may sound like a lot, but I intentionally kept it super low-key, because life and babies and yada yada. But you know how every winter you think you’ll do all these wonderful seasonal activities, but y’all, if you don’t write it down then it will not happen – believe you me. For me, creating an Advent calendar was more about being intentional in how we spent our everyday, rather than sticking to a rigid schedule or adding more chaos.

Needless to say, there’s a half-decorated Christmas tree in the middle of my living room and a pile of dried oranges atop my countertop – but I’m choosing to be perfectly alright with that. In a season of intense pressure to “enjoy the holiday magic,” I’m reminding myself that no handmade decorations or perfect Instagram photo can compare to making meaningful memories with our families. When everyone around you is looking like next-level Martha Stewart with their holiday crafts and baking parties and matching Christmas pajamas, it’s easy to feel like you should be doing|photographing|sharing more. But this time of the year always has me asking, If there was no social media, would we still be doing this? So, I’m choosing to prioritize family traditions that never make it to Instagram and encourage you to have more of those!

Now, tell me all about your week, month, life (ha)! What are you doing, searching for, thinking about, planning, and obsessing over these days?

Please share in the comments section, below.


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