This week has been a rollercoaster in the Stratton Household! We closed on our home Wednesday and slowly moved things in to our home. Then on Saturday, some of J's friends helped us move the big furniture! I am in love with this home and we have become quite acquainted in our new homestead.
I still have a lot of work to do, but for the most part we are finished! I snapped a few pictures to share, but it was dark when I took them, so I took a few more in the morning.
Details: Rug- Lorena Canals | Loveseat- American Furniture Warehouse | Flag + Clock courtesy of the U.S. Army | Jesus Picture- Deseret Industries | Mason jar- courtesy of my Mother-in-law | Friendsgiving- Target | Stockings courtesy of my mother
This is probably my favorite space in the house. I love our sitting room and how you get a view of our stairs as soon as you walk in the door. It has been a dream since we were planning on buying a home, to make it very 'All American' and patriotic. I clearly have a special place in my heart for country pride as well as pride in my soldier! This space is so welcoming and open, all the while representing who we are as a couple.
Details: Dog bed- Texas Tractor Show | 'S'- Ross | Canvas- CanvasPop (post here) | American Flag frame- courtesy of my mother
I didn't think I could do it, but miraculously I fit all of our things in the kitchen! It is a lot smaller than our old apartment, but I think I made it work and I have loved this little kitchen so far. I love how bright it gets from the window over the sink, and then the huge sliding doors to the left!
I really look forward to the summers when we can open up all the windows and host parties with our friends. We have a massive deck going off the kitchen and it is more space than we could ever need!
Details: hot tools holder- Holster Brand | Mirror- Ross | Mosaic bowls- Deseret Industries
Another small miracle, was fitting all of my makeup and beauty products in this bathroom! haha This is the downstairs bathroom that will be for guests, but is also mainly to hold all of my makeup and hair tools! Our upstairs bathroom is more marriage-friendly and all of his things (and of course more of mine) are up there. I love how girly this bathroom is, I have a small makeup stool, some vintage decorations, and I love how it all looks!
This is what I have completed so far, we also have finished our TV room, but we don't have a couch in there just yet, so I am holding off on that for now. We are also planning on upgrading our bedroom furniture so that makeover will be fun to share on my blog!
I know I am very excited for our new home and what all we will be doing to it and I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do! Please comment down below what kind of home related posts you would like to see, I would love to have some extra input. Thank you all and I will be back to regular blogging!
I'll be the first to admit I am not a fan of Halloween decor. But, I love fall decor and had a great time decorating for the season!
I like to do everything on a budget, because that's just how I am haha. My husband and I took a trip over to Target and I got everything from the dollar(s) spot there! This entire shopping trip was under $20- which is hard to accomplish in that store, amiright?
Here is everything I purchased. I fell in love with this wooden box and thought it'd be fun to decorate it. So I put that in my basket and was inspired to decorate it and make it the center focus. Everything was $3 each! Grand total: $18!
I started with mapping out how I wanted to decorate the box. 'Thankful' happened to fit on it perfectly! I then decorated the sides with the leaves and pumpkins. I love these stickers because they are wooden and added an extra dimension to the space.
So I will be the first to admit I hate the smell of spices (ginger, cinammon, etc.). BUT, I love the smell of Holiday Spices! It reminds me so much of Christmas, which I am so ready for already, and it looks adorable surrounded by these cool fairy lights. I like that the light string is copper as it goes along with the theme and vibe of the entry way!
I put down one of the cloth napkins because I loved how simple, yet pretty they were! They aren't holiday specified, so I like that I could use it year round if I wanted to. Last but not least, I hung this Friendsgiving banner and it just so happened to have all the colors I used in it, it was fate y'all!
And that is how you decorate your entry way for fall, under $20! I don't like a ton of clutter, so this space is very fitting to my style, but adding pumpkins and other decorations would be very cute if you would like! I like entry tables just for keeping things like my keys, sunglasses, and anything I want to grab when I'm on the go; so the simpler the better!
My current full time job is being a wife. Granted, with James away I have less duties (and a whole lot less laundry!) but I have felt myself thriving in this position. I have already wrote about why I chose to be a stay at home wife, but I would like to explain further what exactly I do throughout my normal days, aka when James is home.
When I stopped working and going to school, I would be fibbing if I didn't say I would sleep in and not do any of these things. Transitioning into this lifestyle was hard on me, but after reevaluating myself I realized I wasn't getting any fulfillment out of my days & not accomplishing anything.
So, I stepped up my game.
You've heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well, mornings are the same for a stay at home wife like myself. If I sleep in and don't do anything in my mornings, the whole day drags on and feels like a waste.
Since mornings are so important, and I have a knack for routines, I decided to put together a quick routine that gets me the most fulfillment out of my mornings.
So, if you are a family or friend you know this is a long time coming for us. We've been waiting for months, got really close once, but now the search is over. We bought a house!
We got our offer accepted on a home we have never even seen... We are only slightly crazy I know! Since J went to Germany, we got out of our apartment lease. So, essentially we are homeless when he gets back home (thankfully we have a great friend who is letting us stay with her!) We have had terrible luck finding the perfect home, and have had so many offers denied or outbid.
Our wishlist for a house was a split level, two car garage, and to be unique. But, then we found this home. Going through the photos, having our amazing realtor go through it filming a walk through, and we just completely fell in love with it. The home is in a perfect location, right in the middle of everything we want to be by, looks so cozy and inviting, and is perfect for raising a family in. There are schools nearby, it is close to our favorite shopping center (hello, priorities!), and also close to his work.
This week they will be doing the inspection and from there we will slowly be going through the check list of what will need to be done before closing. It is so exciting to finally have a place we will call home, even though we haven't seen it yet, and it will be our first home together!
We won't be moving in until late fall/early winter but I could not be more ready! I have been pinning home ideas like crazy & I feel kind of overwhelmed having to go from a two bedroom apartment, to a three bedroom, two bath house! What I am very excited about is finally having a yard for Pepper, and on the side of a home is a huge deck which will be great for friends.
I am really excited for when we move in and I will blog the whole process, decorating the rooms, buying furniture (oh my gosh we are going to be such adults! haha), and will blog the overall moving process.
I hope you guys are ready for all this house talk & if you are searching for a home right now, my advice is to not give up and not get attached to anything, unless your offer is accepted. Purchasing a home is such a rollercoaster, so just take your time because your perfect home is out there.
Today's post is by our very first guest blogger, Claire! She is a military wife, an avid homemaker & is budget savvy.
I've always felt my super power was the ability to find or create great financial deals! Since becoming a stay at home wife, my day-to-day goal has been to be extra picky about my tiny families finances!
I grew up around budget-savvy parents, who taught me the value of the dollar and how "living within your means" was the key to staying financially afloat. However, I've come to my own conclusion that living below your means is how to stay afloat.
To quote Henry David Thoreau, "I make myself rich, by making my wants few." He's inspirational, isn't he? I sure think so. Lessening our wants is a great way to avoid breaking even every month, (on top of a beautiful way to practice contentment and gratitude) but wouldn't it be better if we could lessen the cost of our needs? Nobody wants to spend their hard earned money on toothpaste, dryer sheets or toilet paper, right? I can think of a million other purchases I'd rather make. I'm sure you could too.
What if I told you I made my own five gallon bucket of laundry detergent for less than two dollars? I can bet your first question would be, "How?!"
Well, welcome to my DIY laundry detergent tutorial!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
STEP ONE: grate the fels-naptha soap
Have you ever grated cheese before? I'm sure you have. Same task, just with soap! Grab your cheese grater and gate the soap! Easy-peasy.
STEP TWO: fill a pot with 4 cups of warm water & add grated soap!
STEP THREE: on medium to high heat, watch the soap dissolve!
Note: This process takes about 10 minutes! Set your timer and stir every once in a while
STEP FOUR: fill a five gallon bucket halfway with hot water and add soap mixture!
(I always use our bathtub!)
STEP FIVE: add one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda
STEP SIX: (OPTIONAL) go ahead and add in two table spoons of your preferred essential oil!
So far I have used tea tree oil, sweet orange, lemon and lavender- but the choice is yours!
STEP SEVEN: fill the rest of the bucket up with warm water & attach the lid and let it sit for 24 hours.
By this time you have finished creating your laundry detergent! Job well done, sweet friends! Once the 24 hours is complete, you can remove the lid and check it out!
Although it's VERY important to note that your detergent will be gloppy! The reason we wait 24 hours is to allow the detergent to gel. Which is exactly what you will find once the wait is over. Do not panic, this is supposed to happen!
Personally, I find this last step fun! Grab a pair of gloves (or feel free to use your bare hands) and mix the gel into a more liquid consistency. Some people prefer a completely liquid state detergent (much like store bought) So they add the extra step of blending the gel with an immersion blender. This is completely optional and does not change the effectiveness.
As a homemaker, I am always looking for unconventional ways to store ordinary items. There are woven baskets in our pantry and I store our Q-tips in old candle jars! I will do anything to display household items in a pretty fashion!
The laundry detergent was no exception!
If you want to fancy-up your detergent, Walmart sells the super cute drink dispenser photographed above- which works fabulously for soap display! Lastly but surely not least, if you would like the free "Homemade laundry soap" printable I used, a quick visit to Pinterest will do the trick!
Remember y'all, a penny saved is a penny earned and you won't pay taxes on a saved penny!