Classic White Kitchen Inspiration

Monday, February 27, 2017

I stayed away from Pinterest for a long time (5 years)...well at least from looking at my dream home/kitchen pins. And before Pinterest it was magazines that I had to stay away from.

There is nothing that makes you more discontent in your situation then looking at things that you can't have at that moment.

So I stayed away.

It wasn't until I got the final word that we were really and truly adding on to our home, that I started scouring Pinterest again and stalking my favorite home inspiration accounts on Instagram.

I had waited so long for my dream kitchen to become a reality, that I could hardly believe it was actually happening! I had to pinch myself to ensure that yes, this was real! I was free to pin to my heart's content!

Even though I went to crazy town pinning away; I pretty much knew in my mind what I wanted.

My design style has morphed over the years and I am sure it will continue to, but I think I have always wanted the classic white kitchen with the farmhouse sink, subway tile backsplash, a window above it and stainless steel appliances.

Yeah, I am such a trend follower but I can't help it. I love the latest kitchen trends!

I can not wait to show you the before and after pictures of our kitchen, because it is truly dramatic! But before I do I thought it would be fun to show you some kitchens that gave me a lot of inspiration during the whole process.

If you are getting ready to renovate or add on, I hope you get some great ideas. If you are not, and are still in the waiting process for your dream kitchen then you might want to look away or at least pray that God helps you to be content and faithful; right where you are!;)

This kitchen is from one of my favorite Instagram accounts. I love her kitchen! I wanted to do quartz countertops, cabinets and an island like hers, but it didn't work out with our time crunch and space. Maybe someday...until then I am very happy with what we chose instead.


I had the hardest time deciding on what kind of shelves to get. I knew I wanted open shelving but did I want wood shelves, floating shelves, black brackets, white brackets??? Decisions, decisions...

My friend Kim also had the same dilemma and came up with some great inspiration for kitchen shelves here.

I also got a lot of inspiration from this picture as you will see...


Such a sweet little spot in this charming kitchen! I love the hanging pendant!



This was one of the first kitchens that gave me inspiration for what I wanted.

Even though I have my dream kitchen now, there are lot of things I wanted that we weren't able to incorporate; like an island or bar with stools, quartz countertops and custom cabinets. I have found that although I am in seventh heaven enjoying my new kitchen, it can still be easy to let discontentment creep in. It's so silly, I know. But it happens to all of us. It will always be something.

After barring myself from Pinterest, it was so fun to scroll through all the kitchen eye candy; drooling over subway tile, quartz/wood countertops, color options, shelving and hardware ideas. There is a puddle on the ground as I am speaking!

Everybody has different dreams, but mine has been of a space to cook for my family that doesn't leave me feeling claustrophobic.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and it's worth it to take the time to get ideas from the interwebs to decide on what you want for yours.

Though I would like to think that I have original ideas; let's face it, there is nothing new under the sun and we all pretty much borrow each other's ideas.

Even though I knew pretty much what I wanted, it's crazy how the smallest details make such a difference. Like paint color, grout color, hardware style,
and color...etc...etc..

Browsing Instagram, Pinterest, and pestering my friends for their design advice went a long way in helping make those little but very important decisions.

I hope you were inspired by these beautiful kitchens and if your ship hasn't come in yet, I pray that God will help you to find inspiration with what you have and where you are!

Did these kitchens inspire you as well?

Is it hard for you to look at Pinterest/Instagram sometimes?

Are you getting ready to remodel or add on??

What does your dream kitchen look like?

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Making the most of the little moments with a newborn

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The more children I have, the more I realize how fast the baby stage goes by!

 My 6th baby, Ahava is already 6 weeks old and it feels like it went by in the blink of an eye!

With 5 other little ones vying for my attention, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and exhausted during this time, but it's also such a sweet time of loving on my baby and seeing my older children and husband fall in love with her as well.  I wish there was a pause button to slow these sweet times down and fast forward button to speed through the difficult ones!

 My husband and I  love the baby stage. (which is why we keep having them;)  But it can also be difficult transitioning to caring for another little person; who often doesn't want to sleep when you do.

Our days often go by so fast, as everything takes way longer to do. It's been so good to slow down and really reevaluate what is important. Knowing now how fast this time goes by, I have been trying to be more intentional about soaking up every moment with my sweet little girl.

Holding her and getting in as much newborn snuggles and kisses as possible.

Gazing at her while I'm nursing, instead of at Facebook or Instagram.

Prioritizing household chores, so I don't get overwhelmed.

Not taking on any extra projects or time consuming activities.

Staying home instead of running around town and exhausting myself.

Saying yes to kind friends and family who offer help and support.

Knowing my limitations and saying no to people or things that I just can't commit to.

Giving myself a lot of grace.

Though I am not always good at sticking to all of these; I try to remember that no time is wasted as I cherish my newborn babe and enjoy her milky breath, soft velvety skin and sweet newborn smell.

With my first baby, I have to admit that I couldn't wait for him to get bigger so I could interact and play with him... and not be so sleep deprived!

Now I wish time would slow down so I could enjoy this precious time a little longer. And though it's not fun being sleep deprived, somehow over time you learn to survive with less sleep and even get used to it; well sort of.

Having a newborn is not easy; whether it's your first or sixth. It's adjusting to a whole new life; with new demands and schedules that your body and mind are not accustomed to, or haven't been used to in a while.

Although I can't get enough of the baby stage; it's not always sunshine and roses, so I try to make the most of the times when she is alert and happy.

I was inspired by the Honest Co. to write about some of my favorite ways to bond with Ahava during this precious newborn stage.

One of my favorite things to do to slow down and cherish this time is to make a ritual out of bath time and diaper changing.Though not all babies like this time, I am so glad my sweet baby does. Even her siblings want to get in on the action. It has been such a fun time of kissing her sweet feet and trying to coax a smile or a laugh out of her.

When I lay her down to change her diaper , wipe her down and spray on some soothing bottom wash or slather on some homemade natural diaper cream. She smiles, coos and always perks right up; if she has been grumpy from a poopy diaper and sore bum. But who wouldn't be happy to wear these adorable diapers from Honest Co. I wish she didn't dirty them so fast!

She also loves bath time! She might be the exception, but she has never cried once when I have given her a bath. I always know that if she is fussy and I give her a bath she will calm right down and fall asleep right after. Especially if I wash her with this wonderful smelling shampoo + body wash. All my kids use it, even my husband and I.

Because I wanted to make the most of this special time, I opted to give her, her first bath at home instead of letting the hospital do it. I think I waited a week before I gave her a bath. Am I the only one who doesn't want to wash off that newborn baby smell???

I am so glad I waited to give it to her myself, because it was so special! She handled it like a pro and I still remember how she looked at me and how much she seemed to enjoy it even at such a young age. Now I give her a bath almost every day just because she loves it so much and she smells SO good from the gentle fragrance of the shampoo + body wash. It's funny how she can get so smelly from sour milk and all the little gunk that gets stuck in her little toes and hands.

Being a parent is no joke! It requires a lot of sacrifice, patience(or lack thereof) humor and grace.

It can be hard to cherish these fleeting moments when a million other things or people are calling for your attention... and all you want to do is sleep. Believe me most of the time I wish I could take a nap and then when I do get a chance I can't fall asleep, thinking of all I need to do!

I do know though, that I have never regretted a moment that I have spent cuddling her instead of folding laundry, or giving her extra attention instead of crossing off my to do list. I love how she calms right down when I pick her up and how she is teaching me what she wants and needs.

Moments spent with your newborn are never wasted moments. So put that phone down, let the laundry pile up(for a little bit), make the most of the little moments...and remember that babies really don't keep.

This is not a sponsored post but was inspired by the Honest Co. I love their safe, effective and eco- friendly products for family and home! I have included links to some of their products in this post that I hope you will check out and enjoy for yourself! 

Do you love the newborn stage?

Or are you struggling to get through it?

What are some ways that you enjoy the little moments with your newborn?

Addition Update #3

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Living through a home renovation is not easy or for the faint of heart.

Renovating your home, running a side business, homeschooling and getting ready to have a baby is just plain crazy, but somehow we lived to tell about it.

When we began our addition I knew it would be difficult but I don't think I realized how difficult it would be compiled with everything else we were going through. But because we had been waiting so long for this to happen, we were so excited to get started! 

What I do know is that all the waiting, difficulties, setbacks, discomforts and a million trips to Home Depot were all totally worth it. 

I had planned on posting a lot more updates but as things got crazier and crazier, I found myself just trying to survive and everything else got pushed to the wayside. 

If you have read the previous addition posts here, here and here and my birth story; you know that I was praying that God would work a miracle by our house getting done before I had our 6th baby.

Well a miracle did indeed happen!

My husband, our amazing contractor and his team busted it out in record time! 

All in the same week we moved back into our house( after being at my husband's parents for over two weeks), got all our appliances, light fixtures and plumbing installed, floors finished, bedroom and kitchen painted and had a baby!

While I was in the hospital, Josh was able to go home and switch our bed into our new bedroom, get us a new mattress, put in base boards and hang curtains and blinds! Not only that but a sweet friend of ours who owns a cleaning company came and cleaned the house before I came home from the hospital. What a blessing! 

I had our sweet baby girl on the 22nd of December and was able to come home on Christmas Eve! It was truly a memorable Christmas!

I love, love, love our new space! 

I can't stop saying how much I love everything. 

Not only did we go  from a 776 sq. ft. home to a 1180 ft. home, but we also have all new appliances, our own bathroom and a beautiful deck and walk way to the garage(where I do my laundry.) 

I feel so spoiled! 

One benefit of waiting for so long to get a bigger house is that you truly appreciate every little detail and amenity that you have had to learn to live without.

Living in our little home with 7 people has definitely inspired me in my desire to be faithful with the little and I pray that by God's grace I will continue to do so in our bigger space with 8 people now.

There are still a ton of projects to be done and I hope to show you the before and afters, and details of the renovation as time allows.

Painting our new bedroom.

Josh installed, sanded, stained and polyurethaned all of our hardwood floors himself! It was truly a labor of love and one of the most grueling jobs of the renovation!

The state of the house when we moved back in.

Our beautiful new floors and dining area, which used to be our kitchen.

Our new farmhouse sink getting ready to be installed.

Hallway off the kitchen to our new bedroom.

New wood counter tops.

Our big new pantry!

How the back of the house and yard has looked for the past couple of months.

Kitchen plumbing being installed!

Cleaning and trying to get things somewhat put back together.

Installing hardware.

Josh installed the tile for my backsplash all by himself and did a great job for his first time.

Painting the dining area.

A ministry from our church called men of arms spent two Saturdays installing the rest of the siding and putting in our deck! Such a great practical ministry!

The kids got right to work sweeping the deck and playing on it! I can't wait to sit out here in the morning, reading my Bible and drinking coffee and having friends and family over for cookouts!!

The kids new favorite place to be is on the floor in front of our french doors that lead out to the backyard.

Life is still pretty crazy around here as we try to settle back into our new norm, with our new baby and new addition.

It's been about 4 months since we got started on this project and we are just now finishing up this week. It has been a whirlwind for sure and it's hard to believe that this space was so much smaller.

Now that all the hard stuff is mostly done, I am excited to get started on all the other projects that need to be done that we can take our time with. Looking back there are a few things I wish I had done differently( like pick paint, hardware and fixtures out ahead of time) but because of our time crunch, had to make a quick decision on the spot. But of course I couldn't be happier and more thankful for all that he has accomplished in such a short time!

Though it wasn't easy living through construction with 5 kids and being pregnant, I didn't have to do any of the hard work. I am so proud of my husband who worked so hard to make this all possible for us. You can be sure there was a lot of sweat, blood (literally), and tears shed through this whole process.

I don't think the reality has really sunk in yet that this is our new home! I keep having to pinch myself!

I can't wait to show our completed rooms and projects soon!

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