October 20, 2014

A little time to Renew

Renew: (v.) to make new, fresh, or strong again. 

This weekend was just that. Time for me to refresh and get a little bit of a recharge. Time to make "new" friendships with people I've been friends with online for some time. All leaving strong myself, and with stronger relationships with great people!.

Thanks to Madison and Rachel and their awesome planning for  Renew Retreat, I'm pretty sure we all had a great weekend!

The mornings were spent with great coffee and homemade biscuits. Uhm. Sweet Potato biscuits. YES.

To me, the best times spent are slow mornings with coffee and people I love.  And that's just what this was. Great food, great friends, and open hearts.

Saturday we all went out exploring, and Meg, Amy, and I decided to practice some shots on each other. 

While I don't necessarily think of myself as a portrait photographer, I did have some great subjects and had fun capturing their fun and beauty. 

It's always a challenge to find cool places to shoot at in the middle of a city, but if you just have an open mind and a little bit of an exploring spirit, you can find some great places. Hence this massive woodpile.

It looks awesome and like we're in the middle of a farm or something. Nope. a little to the left was a weird hotel, and to the right was the weird hotel's weirder laundry room.

If there's one thing I can say to the question of why do I blog... it's this. Real friends. Who potentially would have never met had it not been for these spaces we all write in, sharing our lives.

People may not understand why we blog... and yes, there are lots of reasons, but for me, the community is best.

I'm so thankful for this weekend, where 15 of us got to hang out and get to know each other more, as "real people." 

Because that's all we are. Real people, sharing some of our lives on our little spaces on the Internet.  

And occasionally some really sweet things come from it. 

Side note. I'm really sad we didn't get a big group photo!! Mental note for next time!

And go check out more great fun over at Week's End & Jack of All Trades

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October 17, 2014

Fun Stuff Ahead

Happy Friday everybody! I hope you're getting ready to have a great weekend!

I know I am. Know why? 

Because I'm heading up to these beautiful mountains, to hang out with some online friends who are about to be real life friends! 

Yep. The Renew Retreat starts today! So excited to spend some time with some of these bloggers, get to know them, and take in what I think are some of the best views around.  

Then, next week starts the Allume Conference. Y'all. I am so excited/insanely nervous about this conference! I know it's going to be so incredibly fun/potentially overwhelming. But mostly fun and filled with good stuff! 

So... for the next couple weeks on this space you're gonna find some recaps of the retreat and conference, a little DIY of the blog business cards I created to take with me, the Etsy Swap reveal, and a couple more fun things!

Stick around... I can't wait to tell you all about these fun weekends!!!

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October 15, 2014

From House to Home: Boys Shared Bedroom

Welcome back to our home tour!

Today the little boys and I wanted to share some photos of their room in it's current state. 

We decided to move them into the same room a while back. One, because we think it creates more closeness and bonding. Two, because we needed a space for The Hubs to have an office.  

The first thing we did was snag some bunk beds from a friend, and painted them gray.  Then we decided to add a railing across the top while they learn how to not fall out of bed.

Then we made a little Ikea trip and grabbed a the big white shelves (we already had the two smaller ones, some bookshelves, and some knick knacks. We also created those Marvel card posters with The Hubs old Marvel action figure card collection.  And then hung that football poster because it's just plain awesome. 

The rest of the stuff was combined from their two rooms to bring it all together. 

A couple of Christmases ago their Uncle Dubs made us some pallet bookshelves. We knew we wanted to give each boy his own space in their shared space, so we hung those shelves for them to keep their "stuff." Which right now is books and some special toys and things they love.  It will be fun to see how that changes over time!

We also clipped some work lights (I don't know what else to call them) from Home Depot so that they could have their own reading lamps and not disturb the other.

We moved a couple dressers into the closet to clear out some space for toys.

The plan is to get a couple of these from Ikea and create a toy/reading area over in that toy corner.  And then probably as they get older we'll do a couple loft beds so they can have more space under them.

It works pretty great for now!

What about you? If you have kids do they share a room? What are some suggestions you have for shared spaces?

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