Guest Bedroom

We love hosting company! From the first night we’ve moved in we’ve been blessed to share weekends with friends and family at our house. So, naturally this makes our guest bedroom a really important space! One of the things that drew us to this home in particular was that the downstairs guest bedroom is actually a second master bedroom. It smaller than our upstairs master, but it has a bedroom, full bath, linen closet, and large walk in closet all together making it a comfortable space for guests. We use part of the closet to hang extra table linens and store some items that have no other home but otherwise it’s all for our guests!
We’ve slowly but surely been marking projects in this room off our list. Next up will be paint and organizing the linen closet with baskets but for now I’m really pleased with this space. We have two different bedding sets for the queen size bed. The newest set is a navy elephant print from Pottery Barn (I bought this set about a month ago on sale. It’s no longer available online but some stores still have it in the sale section!), which I’m loving right now! We want to eventually paint the wall behind the bed a navy color and get navy drapes hung so I think it will all tie in quite nicely. Our other bedding set is also from Pottery Barn in their PB Essentials collection. We have the white duvet with the flax linen diamond quilt. I use the quilt with both sets of bedding. For the elephant bedding I use it under the duvet and for the white bedding it goes over to add some more color. Both sets will look great adding in some more navy to the room.


The bed was my bed in high school, which we bought from Pier One Imports and the side tables came with our coffee table from Living Spaces a few months ago. We weren’t planning to use them in this room but I think they go nicely and of course offer great functionality!

Our Wedding Day

Like most other people (hopefully) our wedding was one of the best days of our lives. I love planning so for me, coming up with the details of our special day was amazing. We got engaged November 20, 2013 and immediately set our wedding date at our favorite winery, Leoness Cellars. The scenery at Leoness is so incredible and more importantly, it captures both Ryan and my style which is sometimes hard to do. We are both so different. In my perfect world he would have been in cowboy boots and we’d be saying “I do” in a little white chapel somewhere in a small country town, hay bales and all. But if I was saying “I do” to Ryan, (which I was and I was pretty happy about) this wouldn’t capture him at all and he’d be super uncomfortable. So out with the boots and in with the vans, haha! Although our wedding was very different from that scenario, it was one of the best nights we’ve ever had!
About half way through our planning I hired a wedding planner. This was the best decision I made because they did everything the way I would have done it, except I didn’t do it… they did and I was just along for the ride! The Yes Girls were so organized and made sure the day ran without a hitch or at least took care of any problems before they reached me (with the help of my beautiful maid of honor). It was hard for me to hand over the reigns but I’m so glad I did, as I was able to enjoy our day. People weren’t kidding when they said the day goes by way to fast! I wanted to hit life’s pause button for a couple more hours but looking back at all our fun pictures lets me relive that special day!

Ryan and I did all the projects for the wedding… it was very DIY with help from a couple close friends, my parents (thank you papa for your patience!), Ryan’s best man and his amazing girlfriend, and my maid of honor… all the way from Colorado! Ryan even built an amazing bench that everyone signed at the wedding. We are coating it with a sealant and putting it on our front porch at home.

One big thing we wanted to achieve with our wedding was thanking each person there for joining us on this journey for the last nearly 5 years by hosting a fun night full of little details honoring the moments making up our relationship. From the moment we met, each person in the room has been there in one way or another and this was our moment to reach out and thank them for standing by us and encouraging us. We’ve been though a lot in our relationship, especially though the journey of loosing my mama, and everyone at our wedding has faced life with us. We hope everyone had a blast that day from start to finish because it was as much about you as it was about us!

  

So, come walk through our wedding day with us in the pictures below! Thank you to our friends and family that celebrated this sweet time of our lives with us!

Thank you Kate Spade for comfy flats!

Thank goodness for my step mom and maid of honors patience… So many buttons!

Oops! Forgot to paint my nails… We did it right after this picture was taken.

Michelle, you’re amazing! 

The Menu

10 fun facts about Ryan and I

Our wiener dog cake topper

Everyone signed a leaf of our tree and added a note to our bench

My beautiful Maid of Honor!

Ryan’s best man walking my step mom and flowers honoring my sweet angel mama to their seats

About 5 people came up to me after the ceremony to say Ryan had tears in his eyes when we came around the corner… I love this man!

Papa and his girl

My parents-in-law, brother and sister-in-law with Ryan and I

The original Huylers

Ryan and his dad

Ryan and his brother Steven

With my parents… Just missing my mama

Mother-in-law with her daughters-in-law

Our Best Man and Maid of Honor, Cody and Jamie

Cory and Ashley

Brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Lauren

Alex and Melissa

WooHoo time for a glass of wine!

Our yummy cake!

Can’t forget the wienies!

Father/daughter dance… The only time I cried. He was telling me how proud my mom would be… Woosh thank goodness for waterproof makeup!

Mother/son dance

For those that haven’t heard the story… My wedding band was made by Jeweler’s Touch and was my moms gold bracelet melted down and dipped to match my white gold engagement ring. They did such an amazing job getting it to look exactly how I wanted and finding a way for me to incorporate this special piece of jewelry in a usable way. I think my mom would have loved it!

Thankful Heart

Happy Thursday! This week has been and still is such a busy week and not in a fun way so I thought I’d write this post on some things I’m most thankful for!

Firstly, I am thankful for a Savior that loves me and shows His never-ending grace to this sinner. He wraps His arms around me and guides me. He is compassionate and strong and He is my best friend. He has walked with me everyday of my life and whom else can you say has done this? Who else has loved you unconditionally 100% of the time? By the grace of God I am saved and serving Him is my hearts greatest desire.

I am thankful for this man of mine puts up with my craziness with a smile on his face and I couldn’t love him more. He balances my soul and loves me without condition everyday. He displays Christ’s love to me. He allows me to run his home and serve him and this does my heart well.


I’m also thankful for these 3 wiener dogs. They drive me absolutely insane and I’m pretty sure are part baby but I adore them and their unconditional pup love. We’ve been doing better walking them at night so they are pooped out and poop less in places they aren’t supposed to… well the puppy does. The other two always go outside.

I am thankful for this house we call home. We have so many projects we want to do here but we have a beautiful home to grow our marriage and family in.


I am thankful for my sweet friends that are there to celebrate the happy times and support me in the tough times. Friends that call just to listen, laugh with me, and never judge our decisions. They are always there to support our hearts.

Lastly, (on this list) I am grateful I am this angel’s daughter. I miss her more each day and the ache in my heart grows bigger at each step in the road because I don’t get to share these things with her but I know she’s rejoicing with her Savior until I see her again. I’m thankful she instilled an intense faith in Christ into my soul. I’m thankful she prayed for my heart everyday of my life. I’m thankful she loved me until the last second of her life and mostly, I’m thankful she isn’t suffering anymore.


What things are you thankful for today?

What We Eat

Nothing bothers me more than wasting food. It’s like throwing money right in the trash and 9 times out of 10, the next time I go grocery shopping, I’m rebuying that wasted food!
The other night I really wasn’t prepared for dinner and thought I’d end up making a meal I had in the freezer plus a salad but I realized I had some squash and a potato on their last leg and needed to make them that night. As much as I love veggies, Ryan is not going to appreciate a meal consisting of just a bunch of different vegetables and frankly, I probably wouldn’t like the meal these items were heading for either.
So after combining a few recipes I’ve seen I came up with the perfect dish to use up all my veggies at once. It was super easy and really could have added a ton of different vegetables if I had others I wanted to use. Very versatile recipe as far as ingredient go!

Ingredients
1 yellow onion
1-2 zucchini (I used two small and has a couple pieces unused)
1-2 yellow squash
1 medium potato
1 tsp minced garlic
Italian cheese blend
dried thyme
salt and pepper
olive oil
*tomato would be a yummy addition to this dish if your family likes tomato or any other round vegetable you need to use up.
Instructions
1.    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2.    Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Saute in a skillet with olive oil until softened.

3.    While the onion and garlic sauté, thinly slice all the vegetables into equally as thick rounds.

4.    Prepare an 8×8 baking dish (I used coconut oil spray). Spread the onion mixture evenly over the bottom of the dish. Place the rounds in alternating order until the dish is full.

5.    Sprinkle salt and pepper and thyme. Add shredded cheese as desired.


6.    Cover the dish with foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are about done. Uncover and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
7.    Enjoy!

*This recipe is also great reheated the next day! Depending on how fresh our veggies are will determine how long the dish will keep.
** After thought: If I was going to the store to deliberately make this recipe I would try to find vegetables a little closer in size as our potatoes took longer to cook.


Clarins Gift with Purchase

Clarins is having a gift with purchase at Nordstrom right now so I wanted to share some of my must-haves from this brand. I really love Clarins and have been using them for about 2 years now. About half of my everyday products are Clarins products and I don’t plan to change that anytime soon. I switch back and forth between two of the face oils but this product, hands down, is the most important part to my skincare routine. My skin can’t live without this… or at least wouldn’t live well!

Firstly, I’m obsessed with Clarins Face Oil, which I’ve mentioned before, here. I have dry skin so I use the BlueOrchid Oil everyday, but when I do experience a breakout or we have a hot summer day, I will switch to the Lotus Oil which I find helps with congested skin. Both these oils set great under makeup. I find that when my skin has proper hydration my makeup stays put all day, which this oil is the perfect base for that!

Next, I love both these masks! I use the hydraquench mask a few times a month and notice an instant difference in the hydration of my skin after washed off. My skin feels smooth and soft! I recommend this mask to anyone because no matter your skin type, we all have days of needing a boost of hydration and this mask supplies just that. You wont get oily like some other masks, just pure hydration. I also love the pink claymask. This is for oily or congested skin. I don’t normally put this on my entire face because I’m too dry, but I will put it over a pimple area and leave for 20 min or so and when I rinse I notice less redness, a dried out pimple, but not too dry of skin in the surrounding area. It’s a gentle mask for congestion.

For those with oily skin, the poreminimizing serum is amazing! My husband uses this (works great for men and women!) daily in the summer and a couple times a week in the winter and has noticed a big difference in his skins balance. He isn’t overly oily, which is why he only uses a couple time a week in winter, but this serum shows signs of smaller pores instantly. Another great product for oiliness or oily spots (great for T-zones) is the gentle exfoliator/brightening toner. I use this about once a week or if we are going out on my t-zone to balance that area of my skin. I love how gentle it is yet effective. I definitely notice a brighter balance in the areas I apply it to.

Lastly, Clarins Skin Beauty Repair or SOS treatment is unique to anything else I’ve ever tried. I keep a bottle in our general medicine cabinet and in my bathroom drawer. We have used it on minor burns (my husband hit his arm on a hot motorcycle pipe and I used this… it was minor!), bug bites, sensitive skin patches, cracked knuckles, and more. I love this product. It’s a little pricey but so worth it!

What We Eat

We have a couple staple food item in the fridge at all times. I find we eat healthiest if we have quick meals already prepared. I’d much rather grab something fresh and homemade than eat out if we are in a hurry. Usually Sundays and Wednesdays are my days to make sure all our staples are freshly stocked. Sometimes I’ll use them as a side for dinner if I didn’t have time to prepare a full meal, other times I’ll add them to Ryan’s lunch or eat them myself of course!
I found a set of stacked bowls in 4 sizes from Costco last year and absolutely love them. They always contain the same things in our fridge. My brother and sister in law bought us another set we asked for for Christmas so I use one at all times and have the other either in our trailer or use it for leftovers, etc. I always have one full of quinoa. I love quinoa and it’s great because it can be eaten cold or warmed up.
Another key thing we have is the salad below. I love this salad because it’s so simple to prepare and is super filling. It affectionately has been named the garbage salad because I can basically add any extra veggies from the week’s dinners inside it if they need to be used up! I’m always munching on it and there is nothing bad about it! I sometimes add feta in but even still this salad is super healthy and delicious. It’s also husband approved!
Disclaimer: I make this salad in a large quantity because I want it to last us a few days. If you want less, just adjust the recipe, as you desire. This salad doesn’t last long in our house, but it will keep for at least 4 days in a container depending on the freshness of the veggies being used.
Ingredients
3 cucumbers
2 yellow bell peppers
2 orange bell peppers
1 red onion
1 large can garbanzo beans
feta cheese
olive oil
red wine vinegar
oregano
salt



Instructions
1.    Chop all your veggies into about equal sizes and toss in a salad bowl. Add beans and feta.
2.    Add a splash of red wine vinegar and olive oil so veggies look slightly coated. You want enough to taste but you don’t want the salad to look too wet or have any liquid sitting at the bottom of the bowl. The salad won’t keep as well.
3.    Sprinkle with oregano to taste. Add a pinch of salt.

* I also like to add olives, artichoke hearts, or tomatoes if I need to use it up from another recipe or if I’m just being a little fancy! This salad tasted amazing with quinoa for a little added substance.


Home Design Inspiration

I love looking through home magazines, Pinterest, Instagram… anything that can give me a little home design inspiration. My design style is very southern, country chic, pretty. But I try to balance that with a sense of classic design that my husband will also appreciate.
Below are a few pictures of rooms I’m loving right now. We have a few projects on the docket for our house and these pictures are helping us narrow down our wish list!
I love this wallpaper design

Beautiful tub with chandelier

Love this wallpaper design also!

This space looks so warm and inviting. Love the use of real stone!

Love the wall behind the toilet

Ah this floor!

Love the walls… Shiplap look!

Gorgeous open concept

I love this entryway table. Looks so unique and pretty.

WOW this window!