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parties + home decor + DIY + fashion + parenting

Five easy ways to conserve water during Earth Month plus a giveaway

Earth Month serves as a timely reminder that we can all do our part each day to help conserve water – in our own backyard and beyond. After having a child, I care even more about this. I did care before, but there is something about having a child that makes you want to make the world better.

Conserving water is a lot simpler than people may think. It’s easy to decrease our daily water footprint in small ways. (more…)

Building a sense of community in a new home neighborhood with Lennar Homes

This post is sponsored by Lennar, the leading builder of quality new homes across the nation. At Lennar- Everything’s Included, offering the best value at an incredible price. Their homes demonstrate customer commitment by showcasing outstanding new construction and homebuilding excellence. Lennar asked me to share with you a bit about getting to know your new home community and community involvement. You can also check out HGTV.com to get ideas for your own value-adding home improvements from Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott.

Lennar is one of the nation’s largest builders of affordable, move-up and retirement homes and has an “everything’s Included” platform. This is a great option for families looking to build a new home.

When we first walked into the model home in what is now our neighborhood, we laughed, assuming we could never afford a home here and thinking the homes were so beautiful. For a while, I doubted that we would actually be able to pull it off, but building new construction is possible and wonderful.

Many of you know that we built our home nearly two years ago. The experience of building was a good one and having a new home with nearly everything we want and our style is lovely. I could go on and on about why building new was perfect for our family, but I’m going to focus on something else.

The unexpected best part of building a new home with a builder in a development of new homes is community. We realized quickly after moving into our new home that this was a great place to live. (more…)

Introducing Oh Boy Style!

Some of you who follow us on Facebook got a peek at our new site, Oh Boy Style last week! Well, today, I’m thrilled to officially introduce you to my new project inspired by my boys.

Our new fashion site for cool boys on the go has been on my mind for years and in my heart since I found out our second child is also a boy. We’re here to fill you with ideas to outfit your little dude with hip wearable fashion in all price ranges. Check out our looks for Spring so far and share your favorites with your friends.

I’ve been hard at work on this site for weeks and months. I partnered with Ashley from The Blog Salon on the design and had the most wonderful experience! I’ve worked with Ashley before and she just gets me! (more…)

A simple Spring ladies brunch at home

My neighbor (just two doors down) and I hosted the rest of the women in our neighborhood for a brunch a couple of weekends ago. Planning it with a super fun, creative and realistic lady was awesome, but enjoying the day with her and so many other fabulous women was even better.

To ensure that we too could enjoy the day, we kept the brunch very simple with a few special touches and used mostly store-bought decor (probably for the second time ever for me) which made things very easy. Flowers in Oh Joy for Target cups were the main decor and were the party favors. We still had a good foot of snow on the ground so flowers definitely make home feel springy. (more…)

Our cheerful updated foyer gallery wall on a budget using free printables

After my last post about our gallery wall, I thought I should probably update you on the semi-finished/never really finished product. :)

We decided to change our old gallery wall from a hung wall to picture ledges for a variety of reasons. First, I love switching out art all the time. I change my style and mind too often and every time I’d take something down I’d have issues getting it back up or would no longer like the flow. I also felt like our gallery wall configuration was getting stale and there any change meant I had to find a way to hide nails, screws and holes. (more…)

Personal post: Why female friendships simply rock!

I’m sure it’s pregnancy, but I’ve been feeling really blessed by some of the women in my life and just so grateful lately.

I’ve always been a girls’ girl. I know some women do better with guys, but I’m not one of them. I have guy friends, but female friendships give me energy, joy, contentment and more. And since becoming a mama, I rely on my female friends even more. Today I’m writing a little ode to my most important female friendships. Acknowledging these friendships makes me want to be a better friend to everyone. True friendships are not ones that include judgment, jealousy, grudges. They are the ones that forgive, give the benefit of the doubt, assume positive intent, try to stay in touch even when life gets in the way… Cheers to wonderful female friendships!


How to plan a baby shower

I’m thrilled to have Stephanie from Spaceships and Laser Beams stopping by today to share tips for planning a baby shower. xoxo, Jessica

If “life is in the details” then you surely won’t want to miss the fun planning it takes to host a welcome to the world baby shower! Where to begin? Decide on a baby shower theme first and that will influence all of your other party decisions. How to decide on a theme? On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, we specialize in parties for boys (and non-frilly girls!) so I have a lot of party suggestions. Here are a few ideas that I always reflect on to help me begin party planning. (more…)

Bodhi’s travel-inspired big boy room with modern simplicity (plus a few thoughts on design style)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder Woodworking. The opinions and text are all mine. 

Decorating our new home for functional living with children has been a huge challenge and such fun! I’ve really developed my style while living here, although, my style isn’t as clear as I once thought it was. I’ve also learned that decorating on a budget can be so much fun.

Sauder offers a broad variety of designs and styles that cost a lot less than you think, giving you the freedom to furnish your home at a fraction of the cost. Sauder believes furniture should be affordable without sacrificing style or quality. And spending just a few minutes on the Sauder site will make that clear.

My two favorite pieces right away were Sauder’s Soft White side table and the Tower book case in white or yellow. I’d love to replace Bodhi’s shelf with this tower shelf. Sauder’s Pinterest page is filled with great stuff too.

Modern simplicity generally describes my style. And when it comes to kid rooms, I think it’s a great decorating approach. Bodhi’s room is finally complete and while you might be surprised at just how simple we have made it, it has become one of our favorite rooms in the house. (more…)

A rundown of some of what’s happening over here

Hello and happy Monday! After a week off celebrating my 32nd birthday, working on our nursery, enjoying time with my family and getting things done for a fun new venture launching soon, I am back sharing a bit of what’s going on over here. We are in the middle of a ton of projects and more. First off, see those cute diapers? We are in full-blown baby prep mode which means we are purchasing and organizing all kinds of baby gear.

We are 30 weeks now so while I’m not stressed quite yet, I am very ready to get things done in preparation for baby. We have also been on a Craigslist binge! We’ve been selling furniture, kids stuff and all kinds of other things left and right to make room for baby and to simply clear the clutter.

Before I show you all kinds of things we’re doing, I wanted to share a few small updates.

  • I just signed on as a contributor with Momtastic! I’m thrilled to be working with this fabulous site and am so excited to expand my freelance writing work. I’ll be sure to share my posts as they are published.
  • I’m launching something pretty awesome (if you ask me) soon and I can’t wait to share it in the coming weeks. Watch for an announcement here. :)
  • Baby is due in 10 weeks. TEN weeks! This pregnancy has gone by so fast.
OK, here we go.


Our bright, simple and FUN dinosaur birthday party plan

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a post a few weeks back with me sharing that I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired by Bodhi’s desire to have a dinosaur party. I have seen SO many dinosaur parties out there and wasn’t coming up with anything original for this year’s  fête. But, after a little thinking and a little accepting that it’s ok if it’s not an original party, I took off with the theme. I’m now SUPER excited about the theme and the bright color palette we chose. And most importantly, I think B will love it all and will have fun.

When I first saw Oh Joy! for Target announced months ago, I knew those colors would be fun for B’s party and would allow me to do a combination of handmade/DIY with some store-bought items for a great party. I just don’t have the time, creative energy etc… for a completely handmade original party this year. (more…)

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