At Home: My Favorite Reusable Products

At Home: My Favorite Reusable Products

I’ve been trying to be more mindful of what we keep and use in our home. You may have noticed – I have talked about thrifting and re-using in terms of baby clothes a fews times in the past, but that is not all I am up to.

Slowly but surely, I’ve been replacing some items in our home with reusable products – you know, instead of using paper/plastic and tossing out daily. Thought some of you may be interested in hearing some of the ways we save paper and plastic in our home. These are some of my favorite new habits/products.
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The Friendly Fig Nursery Mood Board

Nursery Mood Board

Slowly but surely, we are chipping away at the nursery. This is probably what I have been looking the most forward to – I love decorating/redecorating in general, so a fresh new space to be filled is a dream. It’s hard to imagine what it will look like when half the furniture isn’t in yet and I’ve been just picking up pieces here and there that stick out to me. So, I thought it would be fun (and helpful for me) to lay out some of the items we’ve gotten so far and some that we will be getting. I’m a visual person and happen to love mood boards in general.

People keep asking what the nursery theme is and honestly… I am not quite sure! I usually say it’s just a bright and airy space. Think wildflowers, fruits, pops of color, and animals of all kinds. I initially was thinking a jungle theme, but I love all animals and want to include any and all! As you can see – we got a sweet bunny, cat, AND white tiger above. I’m serious when I say any and all animals. Love.

So really, it is just going to be an eclectic/bohemian/natural type style. As long as it is bright, sunny, and colorful, I am happy.

So here is a look at what we’ve got going on so far.
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At Home: Himalayan Salt Lamp + Candles

At Home: Himalayan Salt Lamp + Candles

If you know me personally or have been to my home, you know that I am pretty much obsessed with pink himalayan salt lamps, candles, and even the edible stuff. At my wedding, we had a candle on every table, and in my home, I have lamps in (almost) every room.

To be honest, I love them mostly because they add warmth and bring a gorgeous glow to the room – but, there are also benefits to these lamps (or so, it it claimed). I can’t say for certain that all of these are true, but I do know that they definitely have a calming effect – and that is enough for me. When I was going through a rough/stressful period in my life, I used to get up extra early, turn on my lamp, and just relax. It was and still is my favorite routine to start my day on the right note. When we are lounging at night (or even while I bulk cook on the weekends), I leave that thing running hot. There’s just something very comforting about it!
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Creating Calm Home Atmosphere

At Home: Creating a Calm Atmosphere

hi guys!

I promised a little while back to talk more about the ways that I cope with stress and anxiety. Over the past few months, I’ve been focused on creating a safe, comfortable space at home – quiet, zen, natural, tranquil… all the good stuff that makes for a happy home. These small changes have taken me away from the chaos of life, and have helped me to calm down. It has honestly been – for me – one of the best ways for me to cope. There’s something about shifting the ambiance that can work wonders on your mood. I don’t expect this to work for everyone, because it’s important to find what works for your individual needs, but I’d like to share my experience. If anything at all, you’ll develop a newfound love for your home. That alone is worth it.

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Bohemian Chic Home Tips

At Home: 13 Tips for a Bohemian Chic Home

Hi friends :)

I’m writing this post with a smile plastered on my face because this topic came about in the best way. A few of you have mentioned how much you love the style and decor of my home. So yes, I am smiling! It took us a while to get where we are (almost 3 years now) and we are completely in love with the way it turned out. I am constantly adding new statement pieces and items that go with our care-free, bohemian chic vibe, and so far we’ve been pretty successful in doing so.

I thought I’d share a few ideas on here to give you guys some inspiration. If you are as in love with the idea of a boho-chic home as I am, take note. These are some of the major pieces that I believe add to the overall mood and ambiance at our place.

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Coffee Table Books

Notable Coffee Table Reads

I love a full coffee table – from himalayan salt candles to crystals to books. I always think it’s interesting to see what someone puts on their coffee table. It can say a lot about that person! On mine, you’ll find a couple of my favorite books. I put them there so that when people come over, they can experience (hopefully) the same excitement and interest as I did when I found these books. All unique, and beautiful in their own right. I find inspiration in their pages, and I think you will, too.
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Essential Oil Diffuser Review

At Home: Essential Oil Diffuser

Hi friends — this week has been mentally draining. While I love my job, it is definitely an atmosphere that takes a lot out of you (hard deadlines, approvals, you know). As someone who already suffers from anxiety, I have definitely been challenged with learning how to manage my stress better and how to disconnect once I step out of the building and into my home.

My sister (hi Tianna!) recommended that I order an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser. And that’s what I did… and it’s become my favorite thing in the world. Let me tell you about it.
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How to Live Rich on Budget

A Rich Life on a Budget

hi there pretty people :)

I think I’ll ramble about money today. Between finishing our basement, caring for the yard, and you know, wedding planning… we’ve been living on a tight budget. We both do very well for ourselves, but we’re still both pretty frugal when it comes to spending. I’ve always been a saver, and I have my parents to thank for that – they taught me well very early on and it has (literally) paid off.

So it seems like all we do is dish out money here and there these days, but I’m happy to say that the savings keep on growing, and we live a very full and happy life. We are not rich by any means, but figuratively… I’d say so. We’re so lucky to have what we have and be able to do the things we do. Blessed blessed blessed. How do we do it? There’s no magic formula and I am certainly not an expert, but I wanted to share some of our habits and tips. Who knows, they may inspire you to make subtle changes that add up. Either way, these are the things that make me feel like we live like a king and queen – no matter how small.

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Best Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

The BEST Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

Yeah, I said best. Okay, so they are the best in my eyes, but still… the best. Sara shared a round-up of her favorite cruelty-free cleaning products a few weeks back, and now it’s my turn. Because as she so awesomely pointed out, we are insane. We’re like two 80-year olds who have nothing better to do than wipe down counters and then walk around smelling the damn house as their scents waft through the air.

Yeah, it’s like that for us. Wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

Favorite Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

I’ve done pretty well with kind-ing up my makeup bag and medicine cabinet. I’ve got my favorite Everyday Coconut shampoo, Alba conditioner, and dozens of Burt’s Bees lip balms floating around. But when it came to what was under my kitchen sink, I had a harder time. But I’ve been slowly replacing my harsh, animal-tested cleaning products (I mean I love Windex as much as the next but no animals need to suffer for my windows to be streak-free) with much kinder alternatives. Here are a few of my favorites! Continue reading