Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday must-haves {camping style}

My kids get out of school for summer on June 1st this year which is crazy early for us, but since they started Aug. 15th we are all ready for break. Just this morning taking my son to school you could tell the "I'm over school" feels had set in.  He was dragging his feet and super emotional about going today.  I think we are all just tired.  I plan on pumping his mood up later with reminding him how little amount of school he has left and that when school is over is when we are going camping.  He loves camping, I'm learning to love camping.  Because we have a two night camping trip planned for just after summer starts I thought it was fitting to do a round up of all the things I'd love for our camping trip.



I say just because we are camping doesn't mean I can't make our set-up cute....right?  I'd love to grab each of us a canvas sling chair to hang out in around the fire.

And with our cute chairs we'd have, I think an outdoor rug would be great too.  I like having a surface to escape to when the dirt is just too much. Again, I'm learning here.

For the evenings and because of the lack of electrical outlets, how amazing will these solar lights be?!  Must have.

Now, we all know I can't do without my morning coffee, so this pour over carafe is perfect.  Just heat up some water over the fire in our kettle and then enjoy our perfectly brewed cup of magic.

And because we will be making this yummy coffee, then I definitely think the hubs and I need these cute camping coffee mugs.  My personal instagram name is Mamabearmoysa, so it just feels like a must purchase.  And then, of course, I'd grabbed the Papa bear for my husband.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday must-haves {beauties and beats}


(First off, did you get the title? So clever, right? haha)
I'm telling you, sometimes my Monday must-haves are going to be a bit random and this week may be one of those.  I'm completely ok with that and hope you are too.  I'm just going to share with you the things that have been kept open in my 'safari' on my iPhone.


I have been on the hunt for the best neutral lip gloss for years...years I tell ya.  I'm super excited to try this one, Milani in Adorable, after hearing so many rave reviews.  I'll be sure to report back if this finally satisfies my hunt.

Heading into spring and summer always makes me want a fun flirty earring.  I have no shame that I wear jewelry to the beach and pool, why not?  I just love how these earrings from Miranda Frye give a little twist to the classic hoop.

My newest plant obsession is the Dracaena Marginata 'Tarzan'...I want him in my house! I'm on the hunt to my local nurseries to find one because I just know it'll look great next to our new sofa!

I think we all need a great stripe pillow on our sofas and The Ivory Gull has that perfect stripe totally mastered.  She offers it in three color ways: pepper, sea salt and oyster.  She sells out quick so grab one while you can.

And lastly, we always always have music on in our home.  I tried to catch a video of my daughter and I dancing in the kitchen earlier, but she was camera shy!  Right now we just love listening to the Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo╩╗ole station on Pandora.  We love our island music.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Time for some change {our living room}

I have felt a slight shift in my style over the last 6 months or so and have decided to integrate it into my living/family room.  I feel the urge to brighten up the space and instead of tackling painting the walls white like I really want to, I've decided to lighten up the wood tones and sofa.  I'm in the process of trying to sell our sofa so that I can purchase a white one. Did you just gasp?  I hope not, because white doesn't scare me one bit, especially when it's slip-covered.  I just really am yearning for a super comfy sofa.  We don't have a large budget for this room redo so I am finding items already in our home, working with some of my fav small shops, selling the items I don't need and am stalking online deals like crazy!  If you follow me on Instagram you've recently seen we have gotten a set of new chairs and today I laid out our new top layered rug.
My overall design concept looks something like this, but I know the pillows are going to be changing as I hunt for the perfect combination.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Large art {my favorite moody prints}

I shared on my Instagram how I am a huge fan of big art vs. a bunch of small art pieces to fill a large space.  I love a great gallery wall, so don't think I'm knocking them, but in some cases a large piece of art just feels right.  It can add a bold statement or a subtle elegance or in my most favorite case, a bit of moodiness.  I'm currently into really mist filled art and wanted to share my favorites.
1,  2,  3,  4


Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday must-haves {cooped up edition}

I have been cooped up in the house for an entire week with my sick and injured little girl, so all I've dreamed about is redoing my living room and summer. Ha!  So this weeks must-haves are some great pieces for anyone's abode and a little bit of what I'm digging for spring and summer.




Every home needs plants in it...every!  If you don't have any currently, now is the time to go shopping. Not only are plants great for your air quality, but they also add such a liveliness to any space. I love a big air plant and am for sure going to grab one of these for myself.

Another piece you all need in your home is mirrors.  They add reflection and when you use round mirrors they add such movement.  This is my go to mirror from Target.

I am crushing on this new fringe pillow I grabbed from Target the other day that was included in the new launch of decor items.  There is some really great black and white items rocking it at Target right now.

I'm back loving aviator sunglasses after not wearing them for about a year.  There is just something about a big wire frame and mirrored lens.  Even if you are just rocking a simple tee and ripped jeans, aviators take that outfit up a notch.

I love me a cute slide sandal for warm weather and I just love how these from Kristin Cavallari have just a little bit of a heel and I love the striated pattern and metallic touch.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My top picks {wooden arm chairs}

I've been in the process of redesigning my living room space because it is officially time to say goodbye to our sofa and welcome something a bit more cozy.  And of course, with the introduction of a new sofa I have to contemplate whether I want to keep the rest of the room the same or change it up. Right? Totally normal?  I think so.  When I was searching for new accent chairs I kept coming across some great options in all different price points that I thought I would share.  I am definitely focused on a chair with wood arms and then a comfy seat.  Here are some of the options.

1,  2 and 2 (Bolster stripe cover),  3,  4,  5

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday must-haves {sleepy time}

It has been an exhausting weekend of parent duties, so all I can think of is sleep.  Like I'm counting down until I can crawl into bed, turn on some totally worthless tv and just drift off into snoozeville.  Doesn't that sound lovely?  Because of this I thought this weeks must-haves would be all about me dreaming of some ZZZ's.



I have been eyeing this pajama set the last few times I've gone to, you guessed it, Target. There is just something about the stripes.  The top is actually so cute, I'd wear it during the day, except now that I'm making you all aware that it is a pj top I maybe shouldn't do that.  The shorts have the little extra ruffle detail that I just love too.

I'm in need of some new cozy slippers and I just loved the look of these Uggs.   The color of them is so fun and different from the usual brown that I have always thought I'd grabbed.

How about a ridiculously cozy blanket for all this worthless tv watching!  This merino wool blanket by Sarah Lou Co. is a stunner.  I recently saw it on an Instafriend's feed and it stopped me in my tracks.

I'm all about lighting a candle and this grey lavendar one sounds like it will be nice and soothing.

And because it just sounds so very yummy to go along with getting cozy in bed...why not have a Hot Toddy?  This little recipe print is so cute and a perfect addition to any bar cart area.

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