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My Favorite Amazon Purchases of 2021

Here are my favorite items I have purchased this past year from Amazon. There were a ton of items I ordered but had to return because the material was so bad but some were very impressive! I’m always on the hunt for new items so please share with me your favorite Amazon purchases!

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Interiors

How I Keep The Whole Family Sleeping Comfortably

sheex cooling sheetsSome of us run hot, some of us run cold, some sleep in shorts, and others in pants. I tell you what, keeping our whole family sleeping comfortably at night can be a challenge. I have slowly been figuring it out and just got the final piece to help us out, our new SHEEX bedding. My husband likes to sleep with the temperature really low and has had the privilege of having a thermostat in the primary bedroom that controls only the primary bedroom and bathroom. Now that we split time between our primary bedroom and our guest room (if you know us, you know we have bad sleepers in our house and our primary bedroom is too far from the boys’ bedrooms), which does have a thermostat in it, and is right in the middle of our children’s bedrooms, we need to consider them.

Our youngest son is only one year old and he does sleep in a sleep sack but when the thermostat is set below 71 his little hands are cold when I get him in the morning. Our middle son moves a lot while he sleeps and never has his blanket on in the morning so I never want the room too cold for him. Our oldest son is not a good sleeper and finds his way into bed with us one way or another before the night is over, so he is not as affected. My husband and I on the other hand are always so hot at night I don’t let us put the thermostat below 71 compared to when we don’t have to consider the kids and set it to 68.

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I really needed some cooler bedding so we could sleep comfortably and I found everything I needed from Sheex. The first step to sleeping comfortably is staying cooler with your bedsheets, you want them to be breathable and provide optimal heat transfer from your body so you don’t end up sweating during the night. SHEEX has a line of sheets called Arctic Aire that has a softer than silk feeling and is made from a sustainable material called Tencel. Tencel fibers contain submicroscopic channels that help regulate absorption and then release moisture for a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

sheex cooling sheetsI also got their mattress pad because I feel like most mattress protectors make you hotter in the night because they aren’t breathable. The unique shape of the fiber fill in this mattress pad prevents heat from accumulating in the material surrounding the body. This technology is designed to keep you cool and dry throughout the night by pulling moisture away from your body and enhancing moisture evaporation. I never knew there was so much thought and engineering put into creating bedding!

sheex cooling sheetssheex cooling sheetsOur bed is topped off with the Arctic Aire Quilt and the Original Performance All Season Comforter. I planned on using just the quilt but with winter coming I thought the comforter would be useful. The quilt and comforter are both white but not the exact same shade. The sheet set does match the comforter perfectly. I actually like the contrast the quilt adds to the bed.

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Everything I ordered from SHEEX is extremely soft, even the pajamas. I almost forgot to mention those. When I first pulled the pajamas out of the package they seemed like workout clothes because they are thin and made of moisture-wicking material, just like the sheets. My all time favorite thing about these is how non-restrictive they are. I once preferred to sleep in as little as possible but now that we have children and have to wake up at odd hours of the night I wear pajamas but I’m very particular. The joggers blew me away. When I first got in bed and into my sleeping position, on my tummy with my right leg up and bent, I didn’t have to adjust the pants at all! Very impressed.

I have been sleeping so well with my new bedding and pajamas and I’m so happy the whole family can sleep comfortably.sheex cooling sheets

This post is sponsored by Sheex. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Interiors

How To Design A Bathroom That’s On-Trend But Not Too Trendy


Designing a house is very overwhelming. I loved the process but there were a lot of decisions to make. I wanted things to be modern and on-trend but look on-trend in 10 years also.  Luckily I had help from our amazing interior designer Jennifer Sweas but I also have a lot of strong opinions and did loads of research to help make my own decisions. Picking bathroom finishes was one of my favorite things to do, along with picking light fixtures.

We have six bathrooms in our house so I had a lot of different ideas that could come into play. This post is going to be for the 3 guest rooms, 2 are currently occupied by our boys but all the rooms are right next to each other. Throughout the building process, these bathrooms were labeled bathroom #2, bathroom #3 and bathroom #4 so that is how I will refer to them in this post. Bathroom #1 and bedroom #1 were the master bed and bath.

Bathroom 2//
2020 bathroom designBathroom #2// This bathroom is all about the kids. I knew one of these three bathrooms needed a bathtub for our future children. We started designing this house before we got married and it was really important for me to think of the future in the process. I designed this room for kids to be able to comfortably share at some point but wanted to make it unique. Often times you will see a Jack and Jill bath and there are two sinks at the vanity, I suggested that between two of the bedrooms but our architect and builder advised against it saying, in the long run, you’ll prefer each bedroom to have its own bath. I wanted only one sink but still two sides. I love having the window in the middle with two mirrors on the side, it seems a bit backwards and I love it. In the future, if any of our children decide to share this room they will get their own side with a mirror and a set of drawers, they’ll just have to take turns at the sink!

The tile in this bathroom is my favorite. Choosing the hexagon tile was bold only because I kept being so cautious to make sure designs would be on-trend in the future. I wanted something that caught the eye but wasn’t too distracting. The tile in the shower is a dark charcoal glass subway tile. I love that it has a bit of shine and the floor is more matte, it is a great combination.

2020 bathroom design2020 bathroom design+ sconces- Tubo FT Slim LED Bath Bar by Robert Sonneman in 32″ chrome.
+ chandelier- Restoration Hardware Parisian Architectural Milk Glass in 20″
+ mirrors- West Elm Floating Wood Wall Mirror
+ tray- Anthropologie Composite Agate Cheese Board
+ soap dispenser- Bed Bath and Beyond
+ faucet- Kohler Stillness Widespread Faucet in polished chrome
+ towel ring- Kohler Stillness Towel Ring in polished chrome
+ cabinet pulls- Atlas Homeware Round Rail Pull 
+ shower curtain- Serena & Lily French Tassel Curtain in navy
+ paint color- Benjamin Moore Perspective CSP-5


Bathroom 3//
2020 bathroom design
Bathroom #3//
This is the middle bathroom. It is very calming and gives me spa-like vibes because of the tile on the wall. Originally the tile was supposed to go up the whole wall but things were getting expensive so I dropped it down to the backsplash height- a decision I regret. I love the idea of the storage bench here. This room is designed for one person so I didn’t need two sinks or mirrors so we added the window and seating area. The closet for this bedroom is on the other side of that door near the bench.

The center of this vanity is actually a door, we added the pulls to make it look like two drawers for a more seamless look. The bottom two drawers on each side are actually one deep drawer, again we added an extra pull to make it look like there are four drawers on each side but really there are only three. These are things you definitely want to take into consideration when designed your bathroom, think function and aesthetic.
2020 bathroom design2020 bathroom design+ mirror- Ikea Stockholm Mirror in walnut
+ pulls- Atlas Homeware
+ soap dispenser/cup- Bed Bath and Beyond
+ faucet- Kohler Stillness Widespread Faucet in polished chrome
+ towel holder- Kohler Stillness Towel Ring in polished chrome
+ hand towel- Restoration Hardware ‘Linen Bordered Turkish Towel in pewter
+ sconces- Rejuvenation Momo Single Wall Sconce in polished chrome
+ paint color – Benjamin Moore Penthouse CSP-35


Bathroom 4//
2020 powder room design

Bathroom #4// This bathroom is probably the most frequently used. It is somewhat off the kitchen and near the laundry room which the garage is off of. We use this bathroom anytime we are near the kitchen or about to leave the house or when we first come home. This bathroom is also a powder room, the shower room can be closed off so there is only a toilet and sink. I designed it this way knowing this would be a very frequently used bathroom but still wanted bedroom #4 to have a full bathroom connected to it.  The shower is very sleek, the hexagon floor tiles have a subtle wood design to keep things earthy. The tiles on the wall in the shower are the same as the floor tiles throughout the bathroom. I love any tile but a standard square.

This vanity was custom made like the others. When I was looking for countertops I always asked to look at the scraps in the back because they are always marked down. Since this countertop was going to be small in this bathroom I knew there was a good chance I could find a scrap that was big enough. I loved the finish on this counter and we were able to get two corner shelves for the shower also.

I actually am a little bothered every time I go into this bathroom. I wanted the height of the toilet to be standard height knowing we would have kids using it (great choice since this is Myles toilet choice) but the toilet looks so small next to this vanity which is way too tall. When you build a custom house you get to pick everything. There are standard measurements but you don’t have to follow them. We wanted the counters in our master to be a little higher since Michael is taller but keep the guest room counters shorter so kids would be able to wash their hand and brush their teeth without needing a stepstool forever. What I didn’t take into consideration in this bathroom was that we have a vessel sink. This gorgeous sink from Living Roc is 4.5″ on top of an already taller than average vanity at 36″. The standard height for a counter is 32″ which felt a little low, bathroom #2 and #3 are 34″ high. I really want this counter to be 30″-32″ with the added vessel sink but since it is a floating vanity it is really secured to the wall and it seems like too big of a project.

Another thing I don’t love about this bathroom is the toilet in general. I chose these tankless toilets for the powder rooms (bath #4 and our powder room that I’ll show in another post) because they were sleek and looked cool. They don’t flush as well and fingerprints are all over the flush panel!

Bedroom #4 was supposed to be the main guest room because of the bathroom set up. Since we don’t have guests often the bathroom would be more of a powder room but for when we did have a guest, there is a drawer and space for their toiletries and of course the shower which is connected to the bedroom. This ended up being Myles’s room. I forget why but perhaps because it is the smallest bedroom or because it is the first in the hall making it closest to the master.
2020 bathroom design

+ mirror- Crate and Barrel ‘Colby Nickel Mirror’ in gunmetal
+ knobs- Atlas Homewares
+ soap dispenser- Target ‘Acacia Soap Pump’
+ faucet- Kohler Loure Widespread Faucet in chrome
+ towel holder- Kohler from the Loure collection in chrome
+ hand towel- Restoration Hardware ‘Linen Bordered Turkish Towel in charcoal
+ vase- CB2 Celia White Vase
+ paint color near sink- Benjamin Moor Baltic Gray 1467
+ paint color at shower- Benjamin Moore Glacier White AC-40

My tips for creating a bathroom that is on-trend but not too trendy…
– Choose a tile that you like now and you think you will like in 10 years. Try not to choose something that you are seeing everywhere and is really bold, chances are it will go out of style sooner.
– Stick to finishes you really love. Don’t let your friends, designer or builder persuade how you feel about the final decision. If you truly love it you will always love it.
– Go super trendy with accessories. Items like hand towels, bath mats, vases, and shower curtains are a great way to go bold.
– You could even go bold with paint color since it’s easier to paint than it is to replace tile.
– I also love that all of our bathroom can be intermixed. In my head I have a little theme of the bathrooms but at the same time all the colors go together and any type of person, boy or girl, child or adult, can use these bathrooms.

Are you building a house or renovating a bathroom? I hope you can learn something from my experience and find a little inspiration!

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Family

Clean Floors For My Crawling Baby

memphis floor cleaningWomen go into extreme nesting mode while they are pregnant. Everything needs a home, the nursery should be perfect and nothing out of place. That wasn’t the case for me. Of course I would love for everything to be in its place but with living between 2 states and a toddler it just wasn’t going to happen for me. I have a nesting mode part 2 which is when my babies become mobile. Having clean floors is an obsession when my babies start to crawl. We wear our shoes throughout the house, we have a dog that opens the door on his own from when he is outside and the floors just get dirty, even when they are mopped once a week. I was thrilled to be able to work with America’s Best Carpet & Tile to get area rugs and tile cleaned.

We stop and drop to play anywhere in the house and our tiled hall is filled with natural light and Noah and I often chase Myles up and down this area and end up on the floor. We have a small nook that has a rug and some baby toys that the kids end up on but now that Noah is a pro crawler he is off that rug in a second and on to the tile floor. Having clean floors is so important with little ones, Noah puts everything in his mouth, including his fingers so to know the floors are clean gives me a small piece of mind.

Like I mentioned before, the toddler, the baby and the dog means sticky hands, spit up and mud are all common yucky things that end up on our floors. Every once in a while to get our floors and rugs professionally cleaned is a must. Ever since America’s Best Carpet & Tile came to my house I have been obsessed with looking at the floors. Our tile is so crisp and clean and there is not a spec on our area rugs. I am loving our clean floors and my babies are too!
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memphis carpet cleaningmemphis floor cleaningThis post is in collaboration with America’s Best Carpet & Tile. As always, all opinions are my own.

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