Transitioning into our new space + Rug Pad Review

Monday, April 24, 2017

After our addition was finished, I couldn't wait to put everything back together and make it our home again. It feels like we have moved a couple of times as we are transitioning into our new spaces and rooms. It's been such a huge blessing but there is still so much to do! (Picture boxes of stuff I didn't know we had or why, that I now have to put somewhere)

The whole dynamic of our living space has changed... for the better. It's so much fun fixing everything up, but it's exhausting also. I still feel like I am cleaning up construction dust. I can't tell you how many trips I have made to the thrift store. You would think that now that we have more space there would be a place for everything, but I am finding myself wanting to simplify even more and truly question what I bring into our home.

Notice: This is a sponsored post for RUG PADS USA. All thoughts and opinions are uniquely my own. 

Since half of our house is brand new, I am trying to get the other half not looking so drab. My head has been spinning with all the projects that have to be done and that I want to do. I am trying not to get overwhelmed and tackle one thing at a time. And of course there is this little thing called money.

Why do I have to have such expensive taste?

I also have to remind myself that I did just have a baby and that I can only do so much. It's so hard though when I see all the projects that need to be done.

One of the first things I did was order a new rug for our living room.( after I asked Josh if it was okay;)

The rug we had before was not the coziest to lay on and all the dirt would go right through it. It was also a pain to clean. That might be because our old vacuum broke and I literally took the rug outside and shook it. I know with 6 kids and a husband, dirt will always be an inevitable problem, but I am trying to get sneaky and smart about the choices I make for our home.

You can be sure before my new awaited rug arrived, I went online and ordered a heavy duty dirt sucking  new vacuum. (again, thank you honey)

With all the wear and tear we put on things, I am trying to make sure I am investing in pieces that will last, not just buying them because they are cheap. If you have boys you know what I mean. Why are boys so destructive!?!?

When I was trying to decide which kind of rug I was going to buy, I tried to keep in mind that it would indeed eventually get dirty. Though I often fool myself into thinking that things will stay the way they look when I bought them. I wanted to find something that would hide the dirt as much as possible, while still being aesthetically pleasing to the eye and fit my style.

I was so excited when I found a rug that I knew would work for our family. After I bought it, I wanted to find a rug pad also to protect our floor and make it more comfortable for all the living that would happen on that carpet.

Of course the first week we got the rug, Luke christened it by peeing and throwing up on it. ;( You know just the normal stuff! Nothing that a little elbow grease and cleaning solution couldn't remedy.

As our rug was being shipped to our house, I was contacted by Rug Pad USA.

How did they know!?

I have to say I was a little disappointed when I realized it wasn't Rugs USA, asking if they wanted me
to review their rugs, as rugs are a bit more pricey then rug pads. But as I did indeed need a rug pad, I was happy to be asked to review their pads. The last pad I purchased ruined a portion of our wood floors, so I really was excited to get a product that would protect our floors, not harm them. And their prices really are very reasonable!

Unlike most rug pads which are made out of PVC, plastic and are filled with toxic chemicals. Rug Pads USA are all made with ECO-friendly materials and made right here in the USA from ethical sources; hence the USA part.

I picked out the Contour Lock pad for wood floors. I told them the size of my rug and they cut it to fit my rug's exact dimensions.  It arrived very soon after I ordered it. I couldn't wait to get my rug down on the floor! The first thing the kids asked me was, why I was putting the rug pad down first and what it was for.  I explained to them that rugs usually need a pad to go under them to protect the floor and give it more cushion for walking and playing on.

Ellie explained it best, " It's like underwear for the carpet!" Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Something that no one else sees, but is a very vital part of your wardrobe;P I love how kids think!

We have had the new rug and rug pad for over a month now and I am so happy with my choices! Not only does the rug still look brand new and hide everything, but the rug pad has definitely made it even better. I love getting down on the floor with Ahava and the kids now. There is just something about a sweet baby lying on the floor.

Not only is the extra padding super comfy but not one iota of  dirt has gotten under the rug; which has been a pet peeve of mine in the past. Because who really wants to be taking up your rug all the time to shake it out and sweep piles of dirt from under it?  Not this mama!
It's amazing how our new rug(and rug pad) has transformed our living space. It adds so much color and pattern to it. It just makes the room feel whole and welcoming! And though we might not see the rug pad, we feel it, and it makes a big difference. Like Ellie concluded; it's like a good pair of underwear, that you forget is there but is obviously vital!

 As you can see we do a lot of living (and sleeping) on our carpet. Since our couch is getting too small for all of us, it makes do as another spot to sit. Now all we need is a new couch! Ha! It's always something!

Use the code  REBEKAH123 to take an additional 5% off Rug Pad USA's ongoing sales! Cause you know I'm all about the sales, especially when they are for quality products! This code will last for a month from today!

What are some ways you are making your home inviting and comfortable?

Do your kids destroy everything also?

Do your struggle with making decisions for the products you bring into your home?

Harris Family Addition Video

Friday, March 31, 2017


The road to getting an addition put on our little 2 bedroom, one bath has been a long one. A lot of prayer, waiting, work and headaches went into the process.

We are SO, SO thankful to our amazing contractor, workers and volunteers who put countless hours in to help us see our prayers answered.

It's been amazing living in our new space over the past few months with our precious new baby.

From the start, I knew I wanted to make a video of the whole process from beginning to end. I normally take a bajillion photos of everything but I haven't fooled around with videotaping that much, but I decided to give it a go.


It's not perfect by any means(as you will see) but I couldn't be more happy with the end result and that I took the time to document everything. It still baffles me at how easy we can forget things and become complacent and discontent. Even a few weeks after moving into our addition, I would often look around and wish we had done this or that differently, instead of just being thankful.


No matter how good you have it; the comparing doesn't stop. I don't think we will truly be content till we get to our heavenly home. Thankfully God is always quick to put me in my place and help me to remember his goodness and grace and all that he has done for us; despite how undeserving we are.

I finally had a chance to put together all the videos I took and edit them. I literally started bawling when I watched it, because it brought back so many memories of how we waited so long for this and how many hard days there were to get to this place. God is SO good!


When I first started recording, I knew I had to put it to music and the song that came to mind was "Beautiful Things" by Gungor. It fit perfectly. He really does make beautiful things out of the dust!

If you are waiting and praying for something, please keep persevering in prayer and being faithful right where you are!  He sees you, he hears you and has the best for you...in his perfect will and timing!!

Enjoy! And thank you for following along with us on this journey!

Be sure to let me know what you think!

video

If you haven't read all my posts on how our addition came to be please go check out these posts!

Our New Addition

Addition Update #1

Addition Update #2

Addition Update #3

And be sure to check out The Before and After of our new Kitchen and My Kitchen Inspiration Post

Have a great weekend!!

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My New Dream Kitchen: Before, In Between and After

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The kitchen is the heart of the home and in our case this is true, as there is hardly a moment that it is not being used. Unfortunately our tight little space wasn't always heartwarming. It was like being in a tiny claustrophobic box. 11ft. by 9ft. to be precise. Though we have a lot of good memories in that little kitchen, it was often very frustrating.

When we bought our charming little cottage of a house, it was perfect for Josh and I, Israel(2) and our new little baby Judah on the way.  But as we grew exponentially, it became harder and harder to all fit comfortably. It was like going into the chocolate factory with Willy Wonka, where it seemed impossible for everyone to fit through the door, but somehow they do.


We of course made do and I learned a lot in that little kitchen, as I tried to make everything somehow fit and washed loads and loads of dishes by hand, and eventually in a mini dishwasherLooking back now, I truly believe God performed a miracle for us, because it just does not make sense that meal after meal came out of that little kitchen; much like Mary Poppins' magic carpet bag.( for some reason movie metaphors keep coming to mind;)

When things began to get more difficult in that space I started dreaming of a bigger kitchen and becoming more and more discontent. I would drool over pinterest images of big, beautiful kitchen spaces. I would often get frustrated at the kids and my husband that I didn't have an efficient space to feed my family in and would make excuses for my behavior. Eventually God showed me that I needed to be content right where he placed me and learn to make the most with what he had given me, and really it was a cute little kitchen; emphasis on the word little.

As I surrendered my heart and dreams to him, he so faithfully changed my heart and attitude. Though I still struggled at times, God truly changed my heart and I can honestly say that I found contentment in him; right in that tiny little spot. You could say this blog was birthed in that kitchen:)

If things had gone as I had wanted, we would have moved or added on a long time ago, but there might have not been such a great work done in my heart and I might not have experienced the growth that God wanted to do in me. It's been quite a long road, but I am so thankful that everything came together in God's perfect timing and we were able to add on last year.

If you have read my addition updates, you might have noticed I didn't show that much of the kitchen because I wanted to wait for the Big Reveal. I love before and afters! My favorite show is Fixer Upper, because it is so amazing to see the drastic changes that can take place with hard work and great design. (and I just love Chip and Jo!)

So if you haven't read how this kitchen came to be, please go back and read those posts so you can get the big picture.

                                                                                   BEFORE

I really wanted to show you the before pictures in this post so you could see all the room we gained. That whole wall in our living room came down to make way for our much needed dining area. The back wall of our kitchen was the end of the house. With the addition we added on 14ft. to the back of the whole house to include our new kitchen, our master bedroom and bath.






                                                                              IN BETWEEN
















The thing that made the biggest difference is that the wall between our living room and kitchen came down. I can't tell you how long I waited for that wall to come down! It just opened up the whole house! I cried tears of joy when I saw it for the first time!

As you can see Josh did just about everything minus the plumbing and electricity. So thankful I married a handy man!
                                                                       
                                                                                 AFTER




So this is where our old kitchen was. It is now our dining area. One of the biggest things that I wanted for our family was to be able to sit down at the table all together. This is now possible! Josh is going to make me a new table (when he gets the chance) For now we are making due with a folding table, but it works!

Okay so now for the big reveal!!!






 













After the addition was finished, Josh and I would stand in our new kitchen in unbelief that this was really our house. Our house is not huge by any means now, but it feels so big and open, and just perfect for our family.

Our final inspections were finished last week and I was so giddy to take off all the stickers and give the windows a good cleaning. We have a ton of projects yet to do, but it feels so good to be officially finished.

I couldn't be more in love and thankful for my new dream kitchen. It's everything I (and Josh and the kids) hoped,  prayed and dreamed of.  I share more in detail about what inspired me for this kitchen in my post here.

Now instead of having to drag myself off the couch at night to clean up, (because even though the kids have chores, there is always more to do.) I love cleaning the kitchen until it sparkles and shines. There is something about getting new appliances that makes you want to keep them looking new. Though I admit sometimes I just don't feel like cleaning...period.

My favorite thing of all about the kitchen is all the light that pours in. It just makes me so happy! I love looking out the window above the sink as I do the dishes. Thankfully I have a beautiful view of our neighbors trees and can see the sun coming up. It's perfect!

A close second to the light and my window, is the pantry. I am SO glad we put it in! I really don't know how I stored everything before. Oh yeah...I remember I had to use our hall closet, the garage and everything basically was overflowing. It's so nice to come home after a shopping trip and be able to have plenty of space for everything.

I also love that the kids can all get their own drinks from our new refrigerator! It's such a nice convenience! Basically... everything is awesome!;)

Looking back it all seems like a big blur. It was such a crazy intense time, especially for Josh. I am so thankful for all the hard work he put into our addition and for giving me full reign( within our budget and time restrictions) to make it how I envisioned. Josh is thankful too...that it is all done and he is thoroughly enjoying it as well, as he is a great cook.

This post has been a long time coming and I am so excited to be able to share our  journey with you and give glory to God for his goodness and faithfulness.

There is still a lot to do in getting our house back in order after the addition. It feels like we have moved a couple of times. I can't wait to share more updates and before and afters. It really feels like a new home.

I still have to pinch myself that I have a Pinterest worthy kitchen...it really is the heart of our home.

I pray that whatever kind of kitchen you find yourself  in, that your contentment would be found in Christ. Because at the end of the day it doesn't matter what are kitchen looks like...but our hearts.

What do you think!?

Do you struggle to find contentment in your home?

What does your dream kitchen look like? 

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