Friday, August 19, 2016

Back to School Shopping

It’s that time of year again…summer is winding down and back to school is approaching.  This year my kiddos don’t go to school until the last week of August.  I don’t think it’s ever been this late before, but I’m not complaining.  All of their school supplies are packed and ready for Open House Night and their school clothes uniforms are being shipped.

Because my kids wear school uniforms they show their personality with their shoes and bookbags.  We recently went to get them started with school shoes at Foot Locker.  I don’t find it necessary to buy all of their shoes at once.  I decided to pace myself and get them some more in a month or so.  Jordan’s birthday and Christmas will be here soon and they always get shoes at Christmas.  We took the kids to pick out what they wanted, which I’m glad because Bri doesn’t like what I like and vice versa.  So she got these cute pink/blueAir Jordan hightops.  They were on sale (my favorite) and I like them.

Me and Bri went off to get her fitted and wait for the SA (sales associate) to bring us the ones for her to try on and left Jordan and DH to fend for themselves.  I came back to them and they found these blue shoes that they both loved.  I’m very plain Jane when it comes to sneakers, think Air Force Ones and that’s me.  I didn’t even let them convince me how cool these shoes were I just let them do their male thing.  Of course they weren’t on sale.  Of course they were more than I’d spend on my sneakers.  But they made my main man smile so at this point, what difference does it make?  They are the Nike Kyrie 2.  Whatevs.  I’m just glad he found a pair of shoes he likes.

We’re still looking for a bookbag that Jordan likes but we found one Bri likes at JcPenney.  I like getting her bookbags from there.  I usually get them on a great sale and cute design but with extra padding than I would find at say Walmart for example.  She picked this one, not me, she said “I’m going to middle school I have to step up my style”.  Insert eye roll here.  It’s cute and has enough pockets and padding and was $21 after sales and coupons. 

While we were in the mall she wanted to stop at Justice.  She is a tween after all.  So I walked in with her while the guys waited patiently outside the store.  I was drawn to all the cute shoes.  And I knew I would either be back or online soon to order her some.  So looks like I need to sign up for their emails since that’s someplace she likes a lot.  It’s cool though because I found a lot of great gift ideas for Christmas : ) 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Sweet Spot | Carolina Beach

It’s the morning of our last full day at the beach.  It’s my favorite place to be.  Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina…beach that is!  I guess everyone has their favorite beach.  For me it’s here at Carolina Beach.  I think it’s the perfect combination of beautiful beach, laid back atmosphere and kid friendly.  If you’re looking for a party every night and the club atmosphere this place is not for you.  If you’re looking for not too many crowds then I say hey welcome to my haven!!

you can't tell from here but these waves got big enough to surf on

I brought my laptop to attempt to break out of the blog slump but it’s not until the end that I am even the slightest bit inspired.  I guess I should’ve said before that if you want to see the highlights it would’ve been on my Snapchat (only1aria).  Yes there, not Instagram or Facebook and certainly not here.  I love my blog but quite frankly, as you can see I haven’t been here much.  This week was my week to forget about work…that thing that keeps me away from my blog.  When I get off work the last thing I want to do is open up my laptop and do anything.  Not shop, not browse, not anything.  That’s how stressful my job is and how draining.  I don’t even want to go there, I am on vacation after all.

What I love about Carolina Beach is that it’s the place where I can just unwind.  I can wake up in the morning, have my coffee and then go to the beach or the pool.  Over and over again.  I wouldn’t change it for anything. 

love the beach and the clouds #heaven

I’d say we’re pretty spoiled because we’re usually beachfront.  But this time we weren’t even planning a beach vacay.  We decided last minute to stretch a few days into a week and I’m certainly glad we did.  This time we were ocean view and we had a nice unit but it was three stories up and a good walk to the beach and pool.  I love love love the beach, but I spent more time at the pool because that’s where the kids wanted to be, but also because the waves were assaulting! I got knocked down a few times and I was like, I’ve had enough! To the pool we go!

My sand man, Bri didn't take many pics she was too busy in the water

On the way home we stopped by Wings on the way out of Carolina Beach.  Good thing we did because it was their end of season sale and everything was half off!! So if you live in one of the beachtowns where they’re located I’d say to hop to it and get the good stuff for great deals.  I got a cute Carolina Beach bag and my coveted CB car magnet.  I’ve always wanted one but I’ve seen them for closer to $10 that the $2 I got it for.  All is well!!!

Jordan took a walk with me on the beach one evening.

I love to tan!! My nose is already peeling...

I could stay at Carolina Beach all summer and would be so happy!!! On my life goals list is to own a beach house, nowhere else but here, where my heart smiles : )

Jordan before his tan and with these goggles we got from Wings when we first got to the beach.

On the boardwalk shops is a great place for donuts called Britts Donuts, sooo good we had them two days in a row!

Every Thursday night they have fireworks, you can see them from the boardwalk/carnival area or get a perfect spot on the beach like we did.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pillow Talk

I love a good quote or a good saying.  I am that person who would have all these sayings on the wall, like all over the place and you’d be like, I think this is a bit overboard.  Oh well.  I especially like positive phrases.  I feel like in a world full of so much that isn’t positive, I will take all that I can get.  I love a good pillow.  And I love a pretty pillow.  I was in Kohl’s the other day and fell in love with all of these pillows.  I decided to snap a few to share on my blog.  Lord knows I’m trying to declutter and not buy things I don’t currently need, like pillows.

These are in no particular order, and this post is not sponsored by Kohl’s.  I just wanted to share what I liked and if you like them, you can go out and buy them!  I looked for links so if I was able to find it online I shared the link.  See how that works? Haha!  Let’s get started.

It’s hard to say I have a favorite but I think this Be Happy pillow the most!  It reminds you to get your thoughts and mood in a happy place!

Some others are this cute “there are so manybeautiful reasons to be happy” pillow.  Reminds you to be grateful and stop and smell the roses, or in my case, look at the clouds : )

This “Enjoy Today” pillow is cute for fall.  Perfect around Thanksgiving time.  I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the past and the future and sometimes you just need to enjoy where you are right now in your journey.

I love this “I love you to the moon and back” pillow.  It’s always been a great saying me and my kids love. I used to read that book to my babies all of the time. 

Always believe that something wonderful isgoing to happen”.  Love this so much because that is something I say to myself all of the time…except I say it like this:  something good is going to happen in my life today.  Either way works.  You have to train your mind to dwell on the good things to attract good things to you.  I’m a work in progress : )

I am that person who loves the wall art that are house rules.  They’re always so cute!  And practical.

Since I saw so many cute pillows I couldn’t leave out those that didn’t have quotes.  Is there such thing as too many pillows?  That’s debatable.  While I’m figuring that out let me show you these pillows that add a little something something.

I’m a tad obsessed with two main patterns that are popular now…chevron and trellis.  This trellis pillow is super cute!! 

This tapestry pillow is cute too, probably doesn’t match much but I like it!

I like basic shirts that have a little bit of detail that sets it apart from the rest.  That’s the same way I feel about this cute pillow with the ribbon belt! At least that’s what I call it!

This cute button pillow would fall in the same category.  It adds a little pizazz to an otherwise basic pillow.

I saw this basket weave pillow and knew it would be great in a bedroom.  It’s sooo comfortable!!

This last pillow I’m sharing caught my eye but my daughter fell in love with it.  Clearly it’s for décor and not comfort.  It’s fit for a princess if I do say so myself!

Again I love pillows and I hope you saw some you liked too!  Someday soon I will have my own home and you can call me out on my pillow problem! But I think that’s not a bad problem to have!! Thanks for stopping by and reading!  I appreciate my readers for sticking with me even when I don’t post as often as I’d like.  Truly makes my heart smile!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Parade of Homes | Part 3 | Craftsman Style

I am finally able to share Part 3 of this Parade of Homes Series.  I’ve had my pictures for this post edited since I posted my last post in this series, but haven’t had the time to post nor did I have a title.  I didn’t want to name this post after the neighborhood it’s in as I was intending, because some of these pictures belong to a home that was pending sale.  So just in case it’s been sold I don’t want to put the insides of their home on blast by telling you where it is, if that makes sense.

This neighborhood I have loved since I first saw it a couple of years ago.  I love craftsman style homes and I love all the colorful homes in the neighborhood.  It’s pretty to look at.  I personally think the neighborhood is overpriced and they tend to have houses that sit on the market for a long time and I’ve always seen price drops after such a long time.  I used to want to live in the neighborhood but now I have other plans.  I looked at two houses in this subdivision that we’ll focus on today.

Anyway, on to the inspiration shall we?

I wanted to take a picture of this house because it’s green.  It’s not a color I would gravitate towards, yet it’s appealing at the same time.  Let’s just say if I was building I would choose different colors and I’m not a fan of a front facing garage yet in this neighborhood I give it a pass.

Let’s take a look inside…

Don’t mind my shoes, I’m just making myself at home… just kidding.  In many of these houses they prefer you to take your shoes off and for some reason when we entered the house everybody had their shoes inside and not on the porch.  I waited till everyone was gone to snap the pictures I got.  But anyway, I like this entryway.  I like that the stairs are off to the side.  I really don’t like when you walk into a house and you’re greeted by stairs.

In this picture I am standing in the formal dining room to get a good picture of the entryway. I love the size of the room and I love the molding and wainscoting.  I also love the hardwood floors.  And I love the view of the stairs!

While we’re discussing stairs let me say how much I love this molding detail.  It just adds that something special.

And this light fixture you see as your‘re climbing the stairs… love.

I love these built-ins in the living room but I am not a fan of the small windows.  It wouldn’t have been too much to make the windows a bit larger in my opinion.  The wall space above them is unusable to me, and I do like the windows to the right but they shortchanged these windows if you were to ask me, and I’ll assume that you are!

This kitchen is from the same house…I love the light fixture again, and the kitchen is nice but it feels as if something is missing.  Maybe counter space…again for this price point the kitchen should be bigger.

I like this little eat-in nook space, space is an overstatement though, it looks like it would be quite tight when you add a table and chairs.  Seems like it would only hold a bistro table set.

This kitchen is configured a little differently.  What you can’t see is that there are some cabinets and a fridge behind this wall on the right.  Still seems too small for me.

I didn’t get nearly as many pictures as I would have liked but next are some master closet pictures.  I liked all of the closet spaces in both houses, they are very similar so I just grouped them all together here:

To me, there is nothing worse than buying a new house and it comes with those plastic wire hanging rods.  This is what a closet should look like.

Lastly in this home I got a picture of the bathtub in the master bathroom.  I thought it was interesting although it’s not the tub I would prefer, or rather it’s not how I would design my tub area.  I don’t like standalone bathtubs.  I’d prefer it to be encased but the tub itself I like.

And these other pictures from the bathroom in the second home.  The shower and bathtub are much more my taste.

I hope you enjoyed this Parade of HomesSeries. I think that I will do them every year now.  I like Parade of Homes because I like to see what’s new in home and interior design.  I like to get inspired!  If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 in this series.  I mentioned in the first post that I wasn’t sure if other areas had this Parade of Homes setup and it turns out a lot of them do!  I found this great feed on Instagram called ParadeCraze.  You should check them out if you like posts like this!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Birthday/Father’s Day Gift Guide

My husband’s birthday is this weekend and Father’s Day is next weekend.  In a perfect world my honey would get an overload of gifts…but that’s not our current reality.  I decided to make a gift guide for the men in your life, well my life.  I have curated a selection of fine gifts that my man would enjoy and you may find some inspiration for the man in yours.

Let’s get started…

These aren’t numbered in any particular order…

XBOX one | Louis Vuitton| Beats by Dre

XBOX ONE Elite - He already has a 360 but he’s been wanting the XBOX ONE for a while now.  Might as well go with the one with the higher storage capacity.

2.   ClarisonicAlpha Fit Sonic Cleansing System for men – basically a clarisonic for men and I think he would like it.

3.   BeatsStudio Over the Ear Wireless Headphones – wow that’s a mouthful!  He has a pair already but they’ve been through some thangs, so he needs another pair.  I won’t lie, I like the headphones myself, I wouldn’t mind a pair of on the ear wireless headphones : )

4.   LouisVuitton Keepall 55 Bandouliére in Damier Ebene canvas – another mouthful.  Okay so if you don’t already know, let me inform you…I am obsessed with Louis Vuitton.  I want bags, slgs (small leather goods) and luggage.  This is the bag I will get for my husband one day for when we are going on weekend trips or short trips.  I want the same bag but in monogram print canvas and this one will be for him.  : )

5.     Louis Vuitton Multiple Wallet in DamierGraphite Canvas – yes another LV item…but I figured if anything, he would need a Louis Vuitton wallet.  Well, perhaps not need, that’s an overstatement.

6.   Kiehl’sMen’s Starter Kit – I like this set and it’s perfect for when we travel and I like to give gifts like these so that he can try the products and see how he likes them.

And a few more…

Burberry | Louis Vuitton | Fitbit | Kiehls


1. Burberry Check Stamped Bracelet watch – I just love a good watch on a man.  It’s very attractive.  And for me, a watch is for me what shoes are to others…yes I want you to have nice shoes, it says a lot about oneself, and so do watches.  This watch is by no means inexpensive, but it’s worth the investment in my opinion.

2.   Thisguy is one awesome dad Mug – this is for the times when he wants to just have a small cup of coffee.  When he goes to work he uses a large coffee mug but I think this is too cute to pass up!

3.   FitbitAlta – I currently have a Fitbit Flex and I will upgrade soon to the Fitbit Charge HR but ever since I got my Fitbit Flex my husband has wanted one for himself.  Not so much for his activity but for his sleep.  I think this one would be good for him because it’s sleek.

That’s all for my roundup of gifts for my sweets.  He deserves all of these and more.  Now what my hunny loves the most are shoes and hats and clothes and when I can I will build him his dream closet.  I showed him Dwayne Wade’s shoe closet/kingdom that I saw on Snapchat.  Something like this…

DJ Khaled's Shoe Closet
DJ Khaled's Shoe Closet 

One day it will happen…for now he’ll enjoy his birthday and Father’s Day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Parade of Homes | Part 2 | Townhomes

Thanks for joining me for round two of my little Parade of Homes series.  If you haven’t read Part 1 you can click here to check it out.  Today’s post is going to share some area townhomes that I have looked at for years and are more realistic for me when looking for houses.  I’ve decided on the one that we would get if we did go the townhouse route.  But for now, I’m sharing some of the great townhomes in the neighborhood that we would move to.  What I like when I do look at these townhomes, or any of the homes on the Parade of Homes tour, is that sometimes they’ll open up several homes that are for sale, but not on the Parade of Homes tour, for you to look at.  And that’s what happened with the townhomes. 

Before we get to the townhomes, I wanted to share a couple of pics that I forgot to share in my last post.  These are from a home/neighborhood that I really fell in love with.  It wasn’t a neighborhood I paid much attention to before, but after seeing this home, yes I would totally live here.  And they’re not overpriced in my opinion.

I loved this house but I only took these pics of the master bathroom.  I liked that the sinks are separated and the master bathroom is huge.  {Don’t mind my children who made a few cameos}

Now onto the townhomes…

When I’m looking for homes I am looking for square footage, great kitchen, storage space and great bathrooms.  The following pictures are all from the top contender townhome for us.  With a first home one has to make compromises.  I am willing to compromise having a single family home for a townhome if it means more square footage.  I am willing to not have as many windows, and I’m willing to have  a large overbearing garage.

This kitchen is really great for us, has enough counter space, has enough cabinet space and I love the floors.  It gives me a little backsplash action and it looks like it can fit a monster fridge, which is awesome.

One of the reasons I love this kitchen…I love a lazy Susan.  Why she has to be lazy is beyond me, but she reminds me of my grandma Josephine and is a must have for me.

Across from the kitchen is the laundry room.  I’m glad it has cabinets.

Here’s the living area in the townhome.  I am not a fan of a corner fireplace but I do love the stone façade.  I also like that it allows more space for windows on the other walls.  This looks like it’s enough space for a sectional or a full sofa collection.

This master bathroom is amazing.  Gives me everything we need.  It doesn’t give a full water closet but is that really a necessity?  Apparently not seeing as how I don’t have one now.  But I do like that it has a partition.

Talk about storage space…this master closet tho.

This is a master bath/shower combination in another townhome.  The tub is jetted.

This master bath also has a water closet enclosed with a pocket door.  I love a pocket door.

Here’s one of the kitchens we saw.  I love it.  I’m really torn when it comes to light or dark kitchens.  I used to be totally cherry cabinets but now I’m really open.  As long as it’s not light oak cabinets I’m happy.

I am also loving this beautiful kitchen.  But what I don’t love is that this is all it is.  An island could be added but where I’m standing to take the picture is where a table would go and that’s the only dining space in the home.  That takes it off the list.

That’s all for today’s post in the Parade of Home series.  I hope you enjoyed it.  And look forward to the final post in the series coming soon.  Eventually once we do move the blog will start to turn in direction.  I want to be more of a home/décor/organization/lifestyle blogger and add all of that on to what I share currently.  Until next time friends!


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