LIFESTYLE

It’s a Girl!

October 18, 2016

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As you can tell by the title of the post, we found out we are expecting a baby girl! I am so incredibly excited. Obviously my husband and I were just hoping for a healthy baby (which she is!!) but we (mostly me) really, really wanted a girl. We have had a girls name picked out literally before we were married, engaged ect. Pretty much her name has been set for 3 years now and I couldn’t be more excited that we finally get to put it to use! However, we are keeping her name between us (and a couple close friends) until she is born. Gotta have a little bit of a surprise left 😉

We just found out yesterday at our 20 week anatomy scan and I have already spent way too much money buying girl specific baby items now…oops 😉 The first thing I bought was this ride-on unicorn from Land of Nod. It goes with the theme of the nursery I have had planned sine the day I found out we were expecting. I’ll do a post soon on the nursery inspiration. I have already made a couple large clothing haul purchases a well. I mean, baby girl clothes are just TOO CUTE! Some of my favorite shops to scour online have been Old Navy and Zara. I’m not into super froo-froo girl stuff (tutus, sparkles, ect.) and Old Navy and Zara have baby girl clothes that are just the right amount of girly, without being over the top plus they are cheap. I’ll do a round-up post soon of some of my favorite clothing items I’ve purchased so far.

I can’t believe we are already half way to meeting our baby girl and knowing the gender has made everything feel so much more real. I’m so excited and hoping these next few months will fly by 🙂

 

 

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BEAUTY

My New Favorite Fragrance

September 14, 2016

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When it comes to fragrances I have tried quite a few over the past few years in hopes of finding one that I could commit to and could really become my ‘signature scent.’ From cheap drugstore buys to expensive, I only want to use this sparingly because it cost so damn much, fragrances. I’ve tried them all.

It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago when I was in Anthropologie that I found THE ONE! I had actually gone in to try and find the Mermaid No.1 perfume that I had heard a lot about, but with no luck I started sniffing away at the countless other perfumes they had. And that’s when I found it, Fictions Eau De Parfum line, specifically the London She Knew He Was Forever. Initially I was drawn to the packaging. (I’m a designer so this tends to be a trend that gets me to take interest in a product) Not only was the packaging beautiful, and well crafted but the scent of this fragrance was basically everything I had ever been looking for and so much more!! (dramatic, I know, but I just love the smell so much!) The fragrance is a floral scent but not overly sweet like I find many floral scents to be. It’s top notes are magnolia and honeysuckle (my two favorite floral scents!) and subtle hints of green tea, honey, and a warm woody smell. Basically everything I could ever want to smell constantly.

I initially purchased the smaller, travel sized bottle so I could test it out for a couple weeks and make sure I was still in love with it before I purchased the full-size, more expensive bottle. One thing I’ve noticed with this perfume is a little goes a long way and lasts all day! Something that any quality fragrance really should do. And really, the cost of the full size bottle, $48, isn’t really all that much for something I think will last for months and months.

Safe to say, I’ve purchased the full-size bottle and will stick with this scent for the foreseeable future. 🙂

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LIFESTYLE

We’re Having a Baby!

August 25, 2016

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I still can’t believe it but we are expecting our first baby March 2017! We are so incredibly excited. The first trimester seems like it has flown by. Although, on the days where I felt like I would vomit every minute, it seemed as those the first trimester would never end 🙂 With that said I do feel like my morning sickness was relatively mild compared to some. I felt really great up until 7 weeks and then the waves of nausea hit. The constant nausea lasted for about 2 weeks and the day after we had out first ultrasound the actual vomiting started. But luckily, it only lasted for about 3 days and I slowly started to feel like myself again.

We found out we were expecting a few days before the 4th of July. And good thing we did, because we spent the holiday weekend camping at Lake Billy Chinook and it was full of boating and boozing (fake booze for me). That was probably the hardest part, pretending to drink without people noticing I wasn’t actually partaking in those activities. We decided to tell a few of our close friends that were on the trip so they could offer to make me fake drinks, ect. It worked out pretty well, but to be honest, I was in bed by 9:30 each night while everyone else was partying into the wee hours of the morning and I don’t think anyone really noticed.

As of today I am officially 12 weeks! I am dying to find out the gender!!!! Mostly because I want to start planning the nursery and buying cute baby clothes 🙂 (not that I haven’t started already) We have our fingers crossed for a particular gender (I’m not saying yet because I don’t want to jinx myself!) but obviously all that really matters is that we have a healthy baby. We have the first and middle name picked out for the gender we are hoping for (and have actually had this name combo picked out for 3+ years, prior to us being married or even engaged ha!) and that is also part of the reason we are hoping for that gender. We have no clue as far as a name goes for the other gender! But, I’m sure we would figure it out one way or another.

I’m so excited to be able to share this news and will continue to post monthly updates as well as nursery plans and any awesome baby products I discover along the way!

-Lee

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LIFESTYLE

Early Veggie Garden Start

April 13, 2016

IMG_8677IMG_8696IMG_8737IMG_8710IMG_8731IMG_8725IMG_8686IMG_8780IMG_8767^^^naughty pup^^^IMG_8813IMG_8792IMG_8794IMG_8802IMG_8824For Christmas my sister and brother-in-law gifted my husband and I an above ground garden planter, built by them! My brother-in-law is always building new furniture and actually custom builds these planters (reclaimed or new wood, ours is reclaimed 🙂 ) and sells them as a side hobby outside of his real job as a small animal vet.  We worked with them to decide on what size we thought would be best and we decided on a square 4′ x 4′ planter. We figured this size would be big enough without being too obtrusive in the yard, and not too big that we would have an overflow of veggies on our hand. But who am I kidding, I don’t exactly have the greenest of thumbs so I really just didn’t want to end up with a plethora of dead plants haha.  Anyways, the 4′ x 4′ size really is nice and we’re able to easily walk around the garden on all sides making watering and harvesting easy.

Before planting anything we filled the planter with a soil/mulch/fertilizer mixture that my sister and brother-in-law brought over with the planter (almost a whole trailer full). We filled the entire planter to the brim knowing that the soil would settle and drop about 6 inches or so. After a day or two we added a bag of nice garden soil to lay down a nourishing base for the vegetables to hopefully flourish. Now we were ready to start planting!

When choosing what veggies we wanted to plant we (obviously) wanted to pick veggies we knew we would eat and tend to be regulars in our meal choices. We also wanted to make sure we didn’t overcrowd the planter but also tried to maximize the space.

What we have planted so far…

  • Black Prince Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Black Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Hot Chili Peppers
  • Sweet Basil
  • Thai Basil (my husband is obsessed with all asian food and would eat it for every meal if he could)
  • Heirloom carrots

To be planted in a month or two when the weather warms up more…

  • Bok Choy
  • An assortment of hot peppers

After getting the first round of vegetables planted we topped them off with a little bit of plant food to again, hopefully ensure that they actually grow and don’t just die like most things I plant 🙂 If all goes well we should have some really delicious veggies to look forward to this summer, but I mostly can’t wait to eat caprese salads from my backyard all summer long!

 

DECOR

Bathroom Remodel Inspiration

April 11, 2016

modern-farmhouse-bathroom-inspiration-boardWhen my husband and I purchased our first home last Spring we knew there were some things that we wanted to change to make the house fit our style and taste. The house is a small, 2 bedroom 1 bath built in 1952 and let’s just say, it was pretty evident no improvements (other than new windows) had been done to the house since 1952.  Overall the house is in decent condition but updates are still needed.

In comes our sole bathroom. It’s tiny, dingy, and totally 50’s style. With that said, its completely functional and is just awaiting some remodel magic 🙂

I put together an inspiration board before we started anything so I could visualize all the materials I had selected together. I really think this is the best way to start any project when it comes to remodeling or even just basic decorating. I had a hard time choosing a light fixture so being able to simply swap different photos out really helped ease the decision making so I didn’t feel like I purchased something that really wouldn’t work in the space.

I can’t wait to share the before and after photos soon!

-Lee

LIFESTYLE

The Beginning

April 1, 2016

The inaugural post. Oh man. This idea, this blog, has been a thought for what feels like forever. I did a lot of talking about wanting to start this after spending countless hours scouring other lifestyle blogs every day and always wishing I could have a similar space. And now here I am, actually seeing this come to life and I’m pretty excited.

After my husband Mars (yes, like the planet) and I got married and purchased our first home last spring I knew I wanted to create a space to document our lives and our inevitable home projects. Not only that but I wanted to create a space of my own that would challenge me in new ways creatively, to dedicate myself to something that inspired me and hopefully will inspire others as well.

I am so excited to have this space to share everything from our home diy projects, to decor inspiration, recipes I love, beauty products I’m addicted to and every-day life.

Welcome to The Lovelee Life
(It might not always be so lovelee 🙂 haha)