Oh Baby! A Tropical Vacation to Turks and Caicos with a Baby (at Beaches Turks and Caicos)

Oh Baby! A Tropical Vacation to Turks and Caicos with a Baby (at Beaches Turks and Caicos) #turksandcaicos #beachesresort #allinclusiveresort #beachvacation #outdoorlounging

Before Hayes was born we traveled A LOT…like every single month for a solid year with the 12 trips in 12 months series and at least every few months before that series and after it…until we had a baby that is. We felt like we needed to slow down the travel a little bit around the time Hayes was born, with just a couple of quick trips before he was six months old, to see family in New York and Jacksonville. BUT now that we (kinda) have our bearings with the parenting thing, travel is back on our radar in a big way.

Starting with a trip to Turks and Caicos with our closet friends (Ashley, Kelly, Lexy)…and all of the husbands and kiddos. It was relaxing and crazy all rolled into one with five kids and eight adults…for a total of thirteen people if you’re counting. We stayed at the all-inclusive family resort, Beaches Turks and Caicos, and I’m sharing all the details (and a whole lot of drool-worthy beach photos) today!

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The Cool Kids: 62 Super Cool (Uniquely Illustrated) Books for Kids

The Cool Kids: 62 Super Cool (Uniquely Illustrated) Books for Kids #kids #kidsroom #kidsroomsdecor #kidsroomideas #kidsbooks #babybook

It took a little while, but I’ve finally built up a solid collection of books for Hayes. There are a handful of books from my childhood (literally, my mom saved some of them for me) and a whole bunch of new ones filling up his shelves.

So, I thought I’d share my absolute favorites because it took me a while to find books with cool illustrations and interesting or creative messages. Bonus – To make it super easy, every book in this roundup is available on Amazon!

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Room Reveal: A Guest Room / Home Office with Renter Friendly Design Solutions

If you’ve been around for a while, you know that room makeovers are probably my favorite thing to share around here. I mean, I did do a whole year of room makeovers last year for 12 rooms in 12 months, so it makes sense, right? And for the last couple weeks, I’ve been working on another one…only this reveal wasn’t at my house. It’s at the Invitation Homes Make It Home Show House.

Today I’m sharing all the before and after photos, along with my renter-friendly DIY ideas for decorating a space to make it feel like yours, even when you don’t own the home you’re in. Click through for the dual-purpose room I designed: a relaxing guest room meets fully functional home office – all in one space.

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Bag It Up: How to Make a Basket Bag for Summer

How to make a basket bag for summer! I love this tutorial because it's so easy and you can use almost any basket! Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

Using a simple basket (nearly any basket will work), you can create a super cute summer bag that is totally on trend.

Inspired by these bags from Clare V that I literally have been seeing everywhere lately, I wanted to create a bag that wouldn’t break the bank, but would mimic this look. After a little trial and error, I came up with this quick and easy tutorial. And you’ll only need a few supplies to make your own!

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Total Hack: 8 Budget-Friendly Furniture Hacks for Revamping Pieces You Already Have in Your Home

Total Hack: 8 Furniture Hacks for Revamping What You Already Have (On a Tight Budget) #furniture #makeover #upcycle #upholstered #chair

I have to admit, when it comes to the house, I am one of those people that craves change. I am constantly arranging and rearranging furniture – I mean, I swap out artwork like it’s my job…and it kind of is. Hehe. BUT while I love the feeling of a freshly decorated space, I don’t (always) love running out and buying brand new stuff every five seconds…pretty sure my bank account doesn’t love that either. So, I started brainstorming budget-friendly furniture hacks that would upcycle furniture for free or very little money. And am sharing all the ideas I came up with today.

There’s really so much you can do with what you already have, to give your furniture (and in turn an entire room) a little facelift. Here are 8 ways to upcycle your furniture on a super tight budget.

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift Idea: How to Paint on Glass + Create Custom Pattern Vases

DIY Mother's Day Gift Idea: How to Paint on Glass + Create Custom Pattern Vases #mothersday #diygift #diy #vase #paintedglass #glassvase

Flowers are one of those gifts that I will always, ALWAYS happily except. Which isn’t exactly unique to me…I don’t know anyone who would turn down a bouquet. 

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I added my own little twist to the typical card and flowers gift for Mom, with custom painted vases that will be a forever keepsake long after the flowers have wilted. I partnered with Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts to bring it all to life and am showing you exactly how to make your own after the jump. Click through for the tutorial and more DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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Take the Plunge: The Coolest Summer Swimsuits

Take the Plunge: The Coolest Summer Swimsuits #swimsuit #summer #swimwear

I’m headed to the beach at the end of the week and could not be more excited for a tropical vacation. It’s our first real vacation since Hayes was born and I fully plan to live it up. But before ?I get ahead of myself own vacation plans, I need a swimsuit…or two!

I did a little window shopping…and rounded up 47 of my favorite swimsuits for the beach (or the pool). One pieces, bikinis, solid colors, patterns – the works!

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