You know that feeling you get when a room starts to come together, and there are certain parts that look super unfinished once you get 1 thing done? That’s basically the story of this week’s One Room Challenge saga. After I finished painting the install, this little built in nook area looked so sad and unfinished.
So you’ll remember from week 1 of our One Room Challenge that we have a completely undecorated office unless you consider cords and general mess (here’s looking at you empty La Croix cans) decor. I started with painting the feature wall which I like to refer to as the install. It sounds cooler and like I’m super artsy or whatever, so just amuse me by going along with that.
After some thought and seeking advice from friends via Insta stories, we have decided to participate in the One Room Challenge! I have said every month that I will complete Nick’s office. It’s April, and it’s still a mess. However it will get done this month or within the 6 week time frame of this challenge. Either way it’s happening y’all.
Today’s post is sponsored by The Home Depot, but all creativity and opinions are my own.
It’s spring y’all! Or like it was for all of winter here in Texas. Then it was super cold over Spring Break. I don’t even care because Easter is next week, so let’s get all pastel-y and Spring-ish. I partnered with The Home Depot and some incredible bloggers to put our own spin on a wooden door mat as part of their DIY Workshops.
I can’t even post a picture of our master bedroom in its current state because it’s so bad y’all. Also I don’t have one. I mean who takes a picture of an ugly room anyway?? You’ll have to settle with this pre move in picture. The master has historically been neglected around here. We’ve been wanting to upgrade the bed to a king because it seems like a very adult thing to do. We landed a king Sleep Number mattress via Nick’s grandparents who needed to unload their brand new one for an adjustable one. Thus escalating the priority of getting a design plan for the bedroom and purchasing an actual bed.
Easter is super early this year, so I’ve been thinking hard about what gifts we should get the kids. We’ve been massively purging, so I want things that are practical and timely (hello Spring). Nothing that would eventually clutter up the house I’ve worked so hard to declutter.
There are so many ways to start a blog post after you’ve been MIA for months. Do I say sorry? Explain what I’ve been doing? Ignore the fact I haven’t posted and pretend it hasn’t happened? Let’s just imagine that I’ve done all those things. You’ve just forgiven me, and there’s a silent agreement to never speak of such things again. Now onto what we’ve been up to…
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To start this post I’d like to take the “If you give a mouse a cookie” approach because it’s so fitting. Sometimes you make a wreath early in the season which makes you start thinking about what you’re going to do this Christmas. This leads you to order an Advent study for you and your husband to do together because that is what you want to do the most. Then you start thinking about getting the kids involved, so you build an Advent wreath to celebrate with them. You want to do a study with them too, but they are still little and everything out there for Advent seems either too simple (Christmas story only) or too advanced (you have a toddler and a kindergartener not a pre teen). So since there isn’t anything out there, you decided to plan your own family advent study.
That is basically how we arrived here. I wanted to align my She Reads Truth Advent Study (Nick is using the same study but for men so He Reads Truth) with something my kids could study. It isn’t completely parallel, but it accomplishes the goal of a deeper anticipation for this season and its meaning.
I have been in full Advent planning mode for about a month. For some of you an Advent wreath has always been a part of your Christmas tradition. I had no idea what they were until I started planning for Christmas. Once I learned their significance was more than just candles (read about advent wreaths here), I was all in and needed one.
I found this advent wreath and figured I could DIY something similar since buying it wasn’t an option. All white candles would make this look more modern, but I didn’t want to lose the significance of the colors of the candles. I guess you could say my wreath is modern with traditional candles. We do like to mix styles around here after all.