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Kiddo Room Inspiration

Now that we are in the "waiting for the phone to ring" period of our Adoption, I can finally start working on the nursery. It's different for every person going through the adoption process. Some can't bear to walk past an empty nursery every day, while others gleefully pass by because of what the nursery represents. 

I believe I do, and will as time goes on, fall into that latter category. 

There is NOTHING wrong with waiting to put your kiddo room together until after your baby is in your care. It really does differ from person to person. For someone like me, it's an energizing activity and fun to focus on! Initially, I was planning on acquiring only the absolute necessary basics and waiting to put together the nursery after the baby is in our care. 

But I made the turn on that as soon as our Home Study process was complete. I WANT to put it together. I WANT to be prompted to prayer when I walk past the room. I WANT to walk in there and imagine what it will be like when the little guy or gal is here, a part of our family. 

So, I'm slowly working on it! Luke and I been gathering inspiration for a while and I'm ready to share that with you! 

We are going gender neutral with our color palette because we won't know if it's a girl or a boy. So instead of pinks or blues, we're going with GREENS and light wood tones.

Here are some inspiration pictures for items I want in the nursery, with the links to where I found them: 

Changing Table/Dresser

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I love the idea of using a dresser with a changing pad secured on top. We are taking an old dresser from Luke's grandmother's house and will paint it this color. I'm not sure if we'll do the gold drawer pulls though. 

The piece we are getting is super special. My MIL told me that Luke's grandfather had the piece made for Luke's grandmother. It's really special! I'm glad it's getting to stay in the family. Yes, I have her permission to paint it. I'd leave it the way it is, but it's too dark for the aesthetic we're going for. 

Crib 

I love how the simple, light wood crib works with the bold dresser. It makes me giddy just thinking about it. 

Book Ledges

Who cares if book ledges are overdone? They are so cute and seem to be so practical. Until Pinterest shows me something cuter than a book ledge and chair combo, I'm 100% having something like this in my nursery. I like the white and I like wood tone. Who knows which way we'll pick?

Llama & Wicker Accents

I have been on the Llama train for a couple of years now. I am LOVING the trend. Everything has great color and texture and I'm excited to incorporate llama accents into my kiddo room. I already have the Llama head from Target. I can't wait to hang it up!

I'm also planning to incorporate wicker baskets for storage and other accent pieces.

A Good Rug

A room is not complete without a good rug. I'm keeping my eye out for a rug that won't just work in the nursery, but in my whole house. I like to switch things up and move things around! So I'm looking for something with color and a nice pattern OR something neutral that I could put in any room. 

A Really Good Chair

We are going to keep everything else in the nursery as affordable as possible, but we are planning to splurge a little on the chair. From everything I've read and people I've talked to, they all say don't skimp on the chair because you're going to spend a lot of time in it. So, I'm looking for super comfy and something that will work with the overall design aesthetic of my home. I'm planning to keep it forever. 

Those are some of the bigger things that I'm looking for! Of course, little details will come over time. Currently, we've painted the walls white. That's it! I'm excited to start working on it. Mamas, you can let me know what nursery items are necessary. First timer over here! All I know is what colors I like.... LOL. All help appreciated. 

 

 

Home Tour: My Kitchen

When we moved into our house almost two years ago, one of the main things we loved about it was that it was old and charming, but updated. The kitchen is perfectly fine, but we have big plans for what we would like it to be. 

The only cosmetic thing we've done is paint it white and swap out the pendant light. There's actually a lot I'd like to do in my kitchen, but a big reno is not on the horizon this year. My BIG dream is to re-work the layout. I think we've found a solution for a better utilization of the space, but this absolutely works for now. I'm thankful for this kitchen! 

#1 Favorite thing about my house --- The Hardwood Floors. They're original. They're worn in. They're always covered in dog hair. And they're perfect. 

The first thing I'd want to do is to get new counter tops. That gray/green formica isn't working for me. I love butcher block, but I also love bright white! The second thing I'd do is to take down the cabinets, tile the whole wall, and put in open shelving. The third thing I'd do is paint the bottom cabinets and the island a dark color like navy, or a deep emerald/teal. 

This big white monster of a cabinet was custom built for us by our friend Josh. It's two pieces and SO HEAVY. My vision for this piece is to be pantry storage with pretty containers and baskets. We don't have much of a pantry (one terribly tiny cabinet in our laundry room lol) so having a place to store food is something I want. Right now, it's more decorative, but my dream is the open storage/pantry.

We've played fruit basket turnover with this piece. Here's what it looked like before. 

It used to be reddish/orange and serve as our china cabinet in our dining room. I love the way that the white pops against the stain, but I prefer it painted white. 

Before we moved the big cabinet to the kitchen, the area served as a coffee bar, which I loved! 

Sometimes I go back and forth on whether I like the big cabinet or want to switch it back to a coffee bar. I love both! I love that big blue cabinet that's missing a door (lol!). So now, what do I do.... coffee bar or open pantry?? 

Hope you enjoyed my kitchen tour! I'd love to have you over for dinner. Maybe I should start planning a dinner party!

Backyard Times
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This is our first year to ever have a yard. Our lot has a nice sized backyard, especially for a home in town and not out in the country, that we're currently LOVING. Our home is an older home that's surrounded by really tall mature trees. It's nice and shady, but has the perfect sunny spot for a garden.

We set up a badminton net in the middle of our backyard. We say we did it because we wanted to spend more time outside with our dog, he's so cute out there! But the real reason is because we both had badminton nets set up at least one summer in our backyards growing up and it was awesome!

We've gotten pretty good at Badminton. If anyone wanted to challenge us, bring it on.

Also, I've just realized that I've been saying and spelling Badminton wrong for my whole life. I always thought it was Badmitton. OOPS!

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We also planted fresh herbs! I've never had a fresh herb garden before. If y'all thought I was nervous about keeping my indoor plants alive, I'm WAY nervous about killing these little guys hah!

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We stocked up at our local Home Depot last weekend on supplies and I had to buy a few succulents, obviously. A new friend in our church graciously gave me some of her seedlings to plant in our little garden! She gave me zucchini, cucumber, jalapeños, bell peppers, and tomato seedlings. I can't wait to plant! Thanks, Denise!

My goal for my first garden is to learn the basics by trial and error and eat at least one meal with food grown in our yard. I'll keep you posted!

Here's to backyards, fire pits, badminton, big dogs, and growing vegetables! - JJ

Investing in Myself

Last year Luke and I bought our first house dream house. It's that perfect blend of old and modern. It's got old wooden floors and charm, but new bathrooms. I just love it. I wish that I could invite you all over for a cup of coffee and plant health seminar - I'm the one who needs the seminar on keeping my plants alive btw. While I'm lost in color schemes and dreaming big on curating the perfect details for each room, it got me thinking about how I should have the same approach with my overall health. I'm spending a lot of time, energy, and money on making this house represent my ideal lifestyle, filling it with things that will reflect the kind of person I want to be. I can do the same thing with ME!

I can spend time, energy, effort, and money into making me the person I want to be.

It may be a stretch to link decorating your house with eating well, but it totally connects for me. I've lived in a lot of different places, but I'll only live in one body.

It's odd for me to put my physical health on the same level as picking out a couch or where to hang a picture because I've never done that before. It's easy for me to see myself as not worthy enough to be taken care of.

When you're on a weight loss journey and lifestyle change, you can link anything to your feelings about food.

Just like filling your house with things you love while you're on a budget takes time and careful planning, so does health! I'd be crazy if I expected my home to be decorated perfectly, reflecting who I want to be in one day or one week. True design takes time to figure out what you like and what you don't like. True health takes time, planning, and commitment.

You don't give up on a room design because you can't have that expensive tufted leather sectional at the moment. You wait, you plan, you save, you watch for it to go on clearance or when there's a sale (obvs). Same goes for me in my body. Time is an investment.

Speaking of decorating, here are some pictures of the little decorating I've done. I've got some fun ideas for my house that will happen (hopefully) soon!

Joyfully, JJ

Buddy Bear Campbell
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If you follow me on Instagram (@mrsjjcampbell) you know that we have a new family member. I'm happy to officially introduce Buddy Bear Campbell!

Let me share a little about Buddy and how he came into our life. For the past 6 months Luke and I have discussed and made plans for when we could have a dog. We've researched what kind of dogs would be great for our lifestyle and family. While Luke would take any dog off the street, I'm a little more picky.

We've looked at dog breed after dog breed looking for a dog with the right temperament and protective instincts, etc. Finally, we settled on a German Shepherd! They are always high on the list of family dogs and ranked exceptionally high in overall dog-goodness. Also, I grew up with German Shepherds. They were always our family dogs!

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Now that we had decided on what kind of dog we wanted, we were ready to look for puppies! We realized quickly that good puppies are $$$$. We also realized for the first time that puppies are a lot of work. We were unsure of how we could train and take care of a puppy when we both work 30 minutes away. So then, we decided to wait until we had kids and I transitioned into a work-from-home mom (Not pregnant, just thinking ahead) so that we could be able to spend time with a puppy.

Fast forward to Christmas. We like to call my dad The Dog Whisperer.All dogs are drawn to my dad. I've never seen anything like it!  It's kind of crazy! He was out and about a couple of days after Christmas and encountered Buddy and his previous owner. He commented on how impressive Buddy was and jokingly asked if the owner was looking to get rid of the dog (only the Dog Whisperer could get away with that!). The owner said yes!

We immediately drove over to check out the dog and LOVED how friendly he was, not to mention beautiful. A couple of days later after spending a little more time with Buddy, he jumped in our car and came back home with us!

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It's been a full week of Buddy living with us. We think he's adjusting well. He seems very content, is fun and playful, and makes every step with Luke. We've also adjusted to life with Buddy. He definitely encourages a more responsible lifestyle like taking him on walks and waking up on time to let him out.

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I've always liked dogs, but I've never really loved a dog. I'm LOVING Buddy. He's hilarious and loves having his ears rubbed, but he also likes to chill out. I'm sure that Buddy would love to meet you. Just let us know when you're coming over. We're working on his manners when people come in our house.

Finding My Style

For the past few months my mind has been consumed with home design. What color do I want to paint this wall? What new / new to us furniture do we need for our new house? How many throw pillows are allowed in my budget? Before I could determine wall colors, furniture, and even throw pillows, I had to figure out my taste and what I like.

My style has evolved over the past few years. I describe my previous style as whatever I could find at thrift stores / what was on clearance / what people gave to me. Things I used to love, I don't love so much anymore. And that's okay! It's good to change and evolve in every area of your life - even your design taste.

It's been interesting to really evaluate, look at designs that inspire me, and try to figure out what I'm going to surround myself with that cause feelings of joy! I want our space to feel cozy, fresh, and welcoming. I also knew that Luke and I collectively like natural elements like wood and plants, appreciate color, and are drawn to mid century modern furniture.

I like the mixing of colors, plants, patterns, and textures of Bohemian style, but I also love the foundation of mid century modern style. One day on a whim, I typed both styles in the Pinterest search board and it all fell together like magic! It was what I was picturing in my head. It was SO cool to see it vividly displayed in front of me.

Here are some pictures that I am using as inspiration as I put together our spaces. Click for attribution. 

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I love how each room is exploding with color and texture!

I'm excited to spend time putting together each room! After the Holidays I'll really focus in on bringing this style to my whole space one room at a time. You can follow along with my Pinterest board as I continue gathering ideas and inspiration!

I've realized that it's important to live in a space that inspires you to be the person you want to be. Loving my space encourages me to make better choices and discourages laziness.

I'm excited to share these projects here on the blog! Any activity I can have that keeps me out of the snack cabinet is worth sharing!

Also, if anyone is getting rid of colorful rugs let me know!