My Vision for Our New Home

When Austin and I moved into together in our apartment we had about a month to get our shit together before moving. It was a lot of running around but we were very fortunate to receive a lot of help, both financially and otherwise, from our families. Our apartment wasn’t my idea of perfect as far decor goes but I was happy with what we were able to throw together. I wanted to enjoy the apartment and feel at home there but I also didn’t want to invest a great deal in to everything when I knew at some point we would be moving everything into a more permanent home.

I’m definitely a believer that every home has its own vibe; its own style that radiates from the space and influences how you furnish the space. The home we’ve bought radiates an earthly, woodland vibe. The home sits back off the main strip on .6 acres of land shaded by dozens of trees and down the road from wooded walking trails. By the time we move in there will only be about a month and half before the temperate drops so I don’t want to work too much on landscaping this year. That’s definitely a project that nature, and my wallet, will need to push to next year. As for the interior, I have plans to create a rustic oasis with touches of metallic accents and plenty of greenery.

I am planning to film quite a few videos following our process of turning the house into our home. I’ll be filming an empty house tour before we move in so you guys can see the bare bones we are working with. The next video will likely show how the living room comes together. I have the living room mostly figured out so it’s just a matter of moving in and buying the furniture. After that I’m not sure what room will be next. It’s going to depend on when I find the right pieces for each room. I’ve been hitting the yard sale circuits hard this summer looking to find the perfect pieces for our home at a discount. I can’t say it’s been super successful but I have found a few cute accent items.

We’ve also been checking out second-hand shops looking for something special no one else will have. There are probably 6 or 7 different second-hand shops in my mom’s neighborhood and we’ve come across many things we liked, but we have nowhere to put anything so at this point we are just crossing our fingers that the pieces we want won’t sell before we can buy them.

For some reason I’ve felt the urge to breath new life into older pieces with our home. While I am by no means opposed to buying things new I want to have items in our home with genuine character. I think the juxtaposition of rustic old wood accents with hints of gold and bright white (like the table above which I love) will do justice to the feel of the home without looking dated.

I know I won’t be able to tackle the entire house at once. The wonderful thing is that I don’t have to. This is our home for however long we want it to be our home. I’m excited to be on this new home owners journey with Austin and I can’t wait to start making new memories in a place that will be all our’s.

Happy Mother’s Day

Good evening lovely internet. It’s been so long since I actually wrote a blog post I don’t even know what I’m doing anymore!

I just wanted to stop in to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, guardians, mother-like-figures, pet moms, and plant moms out there. Hopefully that covers everyone. I hope everyone had a pleasant day.

Here in Baltimore it was a tad windy but the weather was lovely aside from that. We had a cook out at my brother’s house with several people from our family and Austin’s as well. I love that we can use these “Hallmark holidays” to bring the family together. I especially love when I get to see my baby cousins. Those girls are hilarious and I can’t wait until they are angsty teens. Oh what fun!

The picture above is me and my mom, taken last fall in an apple orchard. My mom is so spunky and wonderful. She’ll drop everything to help you but beat your ass if you start acting a fool. She’s the mom that became the “adoptive” mom of nearly all of mine and my brother’s friends at some point. Alway there to listen and give honest advise. She never judged the gritty details or sugar-coated her thoughts. She’s what I like to call a “truther.” She’s probably the coolest mom out there and I just wanted to tell you all a little about her. Maybe she will be in a video one day!

I hope you all ease comfortably into your week and are enjoying Spring. Talk to you all again soon!

♥ Amanda

Hask Hair Envy Shine Oil Sampler Review

Hask Hair Envy Shine Oil Sampler Review

I haven’t been able to review very many beauty products over the past year since I’ve committed to buy very little in order to chip away at my stash. That commitment also included hair products so when I was afforded the chance to review these Hask hair oils I was super excited to have something new in my rotation. Check out what I think about them.

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Small Sephora Haul

Small Sephora Haul

Hey yall hey! Long time no chat! I’m currently standing next to the stove and typing and I reheat some macaroni & cheese. Quite a random time to get the urge to blog but whatever.

I actually hauled this a while ago but I never got around to posting about it. I know, I know, I’m really trying to get better about that. A few months back my blue eye liner was smelling a little off so I trashed it and needed a new one. I’ve heard great things about the Kat Von D liquid liners so I knew that’s what I wanted. I think this dark blue color is called Baudelaire. It’s just a really nice deep blue without looking black. I’m very happy with it so far.

My purchase came with a few samples of the Josie Maran Exfoliating Cleansing Powder. This is a nut shell powder which means if used too aggressively it could cause damage to the skin. I find that if you use it with a light touch it’s quite nice. I’ll talk about it further in a future empties video. I used my points to get the Josie Maran Black Oil Mascara. I also plan to talk about this in detail in a future empties video, but to be brief – it’s good, not great. I also used my points to get a deluxe sample of the Tarte Tartegaurd 30 Sunscreen. I actually really liked how life the formula was but I could not use this on its own. I would need to layer this over another moisturizing product because I found it just wasn’t enough for me. It was also a bit difficult to get all of the product out of the container.

I have a few more hauls to post and hopefully I won’t wait forever to get to them.

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Paula’s Choice Haul

Paula's Choice Haul

It’s no secret that Paula’s Choice is my favorite skincare brand. I’m sure none of you are surprised that when my toner bottle ran dry I order another Paula’s Choice product. This time around I purchased the Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner from the Moisture Boost line. I usually purchase from the Resist line but I wanted to mix it up a little. I would love to try most of the products Paula’s Choice offers over time. If you haven’t checked out the brand and you have skin concerns I highly recommend you do so. You will not regret it!

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