Happy Spring friends! It's about time!! We are pretty excited about all the warm weather and sunny days. Everything is starting to bloom here and I can't wait for the leaves to grow out front. It's pretty magical.
Spring is almost here! You can totally feel it. When spring is around the corner, I start freshening up the house with white bedding and lightweight throws, fresh plants and more plants! I partnered with Birch Lane today and four amazing bloggers to share different ways to refresh your home for Spring!
It's super easy to achieve this fresh spring entryway! I chose many of these pieces from Birch Lane's New Arrivals, using Classic Farmhouse and Country Romance.
1. Start with your favorite bench. I picked this one, called the Beresford Bench and it was easy to assemble. Not to mention affordable and durable! Imagine my toddler jumping up and down on it until I caught her! Because it totally happened! haha!
2. Add your favorite baskets. I picked the two larger baskets called handle storage baskets but could have fully fit all three below for storage. I love how the baskets add so much texture and have durable handles. Then I threw in some driftwood and logs for more textured elements. It is so fun to bring nature inside. I bought some various size pots and gave it a layered look. I showed a couple looks, one with pillows stuffed and the other with my favorite plant inside it. I love the plant best but both looks are very clean. Just go for your gut feeling on this one. I wanted a fiddle fig plant but there were not any at our local greenhouse.
4. Pick out a throw or two! This throw is nice and bright and really pulls all the colors together. It is also organic, which I love! If you pick two throws you can layer them softly over each other, where you can still see the other one behind it. Layering is a good thing! ; ) You never know how many guests might want to hang around and talk and they might be chilly.
5. Add your favorite pillows! I bought laila gathered white pillows which have beautiful tufting along the middle and give a tailored look, the large edie wool pillow cover is my focal point and lastly the dream lumbar pillows! They are my showstopper pillows which compliment all of them. Super soft!! Love love!
6. Throw in your favorite large planter! This one is a lot larger than it looks in the picture. It's called the Estrada Planter and just beautiful. That wood grain gives me all the feels and has a vintage vibe, which to me screams farmhouse! Add your favorite plant inside. I was able to throw in a pot inside it and it was ready to go.
7. Add your favorite art above your bench. I found these pretty large tins squares from an antique store when we went to Charleston. A painting would be dreamy or a set of vintage windows! The possibilities are endless. You could even go all the way in and do a fun gallery wall!
See how easy that is?! When in doubt, throw some pillows on it! I mean really, throw them even on the floor nearby for guests. We are all about comfort around here at the farmhouse.
Keep it fun and cozy. Don't stress. Freshening up your home is easy.
This look shows the lumbar pillows on the end for added comfort. You could toss the striped pillow underneath and put the white pillows in the corner with the lumbar in front of it on each side at an angle.
This bench is very sturdy and beautifully designed. Every home needs a nice bench! I just need to add a fun rug!
P.s. Told you that wood grain is so good on the planter! #allthehearteyes
There you have it friends, a fresh spring entryway! I hope your weekend is beautiful!
Thank you for stopping by! BIG Thank you to Birch Lane for partnering with us, they are a company we support and believe in the durability in their products and we put our faith in this brand.
Don't forget to check out the other bloggers listed above and follow them on IG! Up next is Julie with Lemon Stripes!
Follow the tag #birchlaneessentials to see all our spring refresh pictures on Instagram & you can follow Birch Lane on Instagram Here!
Well, I'd be lying if I said this BIG grin isn't from that handsome thang beside me! I met a good one! His name is Johnny and he is from New York. He calls me country and I call him city! Harper loves him to pieces.
Aren't they just the cutest?! They are besties and it makes my heart melt. Every time I go to give him a kiss, Harper one ups me and gives him two. It just makes me so happy to see them spend time together and see Harper happy!
He is a good man that works hard and has made a great life for himself. Johnny is inspiring and charming, loving and hopeful. Honestly, I was scared to even go on a date with him! I never get a babysitter and was just nervous all together! Like changed my outfit three times and talked myself out of it the whole way. We ate at a sweet little Italian restaurant and kind of just locked eyes and couldn't stop smiling. I couldn't even read the menu, I was so excited and nervous. After our date we started seeing each other as much as possible!
Life has a funny way of truly working out for the best. I believe no matter what happens in life, you should never give up on love. There were days I felt like my heart would never be the same, like my heart was gone. Faith makes you stronger. God gives you unbelievable strength when you give it all to him and just put yourself out there, as hard as it is. I am thankful for his grace and love that lasts forever. That love kept me going. Now meeting someone so special makes everything even better. I hope it works out, but if it doesn't I will continue to put myself out there because we all deserve to be loved and take chances.
Last weekend we went to Charleston for a quick trip. Harper did really well with the drive. The weather was beautiful. The sun was pouring into the streets of downtown as we walked around. "Insert magical sun beams." Lunch at Magnolia's was so good too! The food was delish! We highly recommend it, along with the restaurant FIG. Soooo good!!
She loved everything about the beach, even though it was a super windy + chilly day! It was so beautiful seeing her smile from ear to ear and run back and forth into the water, scooping up wet sand in her hands and throwing it.
Harper's sweet little sparkle shoes are joyfolie!
We made some fun memories in Charleston and can't wait to stay longer next time! I picked up some goodies at a local antique store that I am sharing soon!!
We stopped in Asheville on the way home, eating barbecue and dessert at Smallcakes! Y'all have to try it! They have incredible cupcakes and homemade ice cream! Yummy!
Valentine's Day was magical! For starters, Johnny and I went to a great little bistro called the Dancing Bear last weekend! We celebrated early! The restaurant was insanely beautiful. I actually posted some pictures on my IG stories. We went to the movies afterwards and exchanged gifts. It was very sweet. (On Christmas Johnny bought harper some beautiful outfits! He told her to pick out one to wear because he was going to take her out for valentines day!) Fast forward to Valentine's Day, Johnny pulled up and knocked on the door with a bouquet of hershey chocolates, stuffed lion and Harper's fav dvd. It was so dang precious!! Harper grinned from ear to ear! I curled her hair "just right"! She just beamed and had been talking about their date for weeks! Johnny helped each of us to the door and treated us like princesses! I loved watching harper just feel so special. We are blessed.
I told you I found a good one! I can't wait to share more of our adventures and more of Johnny! Sending lots of love your way! Don't let fear hold you back from the love you deserve. Find happiness in yourself first and don't be afraid to put yourself out there!
You know how much we love parties and we are excited to share some of our favorite game day tips!
Bring on the fun football plates and bowls!
Throw in some footballs and fun napkins!
Don't be afraid to have a chalkboard out with your favorite team written all over it! (I would of done that but it would just say go food ;))
When in doubt, finger foods are the best foods! Always!
I like to keep a lot of the drinks and desserts in the kitchen so there is more room for all the snacks in the living room. AKA less mess in the living room.
Add your favorite pillows and throws! You want it to be super comfy and fun!!
Throw extra pillows on the floor for added seating. criss cross apple sauce!
Keep the kids busy with football crafts for the kids in the other room. I recommend pipe cleaner shaped footballs or paper and crayons projects! You don't want to walk in there and it be a train wreck of glued footballs all over your dining room. (Believe me, this actually happened but at a baby shower and with diapers)
Some great finger friendly desserts are football shaped brownies, chocolate strawberries with white laced stripes and cookies! Lots of cookies!
Sangria is always a great game drink! Make sure to have several nonalcoholic drinks too, remember your drivers!
P.s. Keep extra hand towels in the bathroom for guests!
I hope you all have the best time tomorrow!
GO GAME!! GO HALFTIME!!
We partnered with Garden Fresh Gourmet because it is fresh, non GMO foods that we truly believe in. Their food is amazing and we put our faith in this brand. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Life is about taking chances and really following your dreams.
It's easy for someone to say, "Take chances! Follow your dreams!" The hard part is YOU are the one that has to take those chances and YOU have to follow your dreams! It truly is easier said than done! I am not going to sugar coat it for you! I know, I am bubbly, happy and hyper but I am still real. I hope you read this and take something away from this that inspires you and moves you to follow your own dreams.
I have never felt more alive than when I started following my dreams. Honestly, it wasn't my choice. I was forced into a fight or flight situation. When you lose almost everything and hit bottom, there is no where to go but up!
Here is my story (I'll give you the shortened version to save you days of reading):
I have been divorced for two years now. Prior to my divorce, I was living happily in Franklin,TN as a stay at home mom. At that time, I had around 10,000 followers on Instagram, that I had grown organically. I was my first follower and just started marketing myself by sharing my family, my art and farmhouse furniture. I had to teach myself everything and, after a while, realized I might be onto something. However, my life kind of flashed before my eyes when I found out I was getting a divorce. I felt like my life was destroyed at that time. The word "divorce" never crossed my mind, ever, but it was happening.
I had no idea what I was going to do. I was a mother and I was jobless. Thankfully I had a degree in Communication Studies that I earned several years back. I was truly devastated and cried for weeks. There was no way around it, the more I cried, the more I knew I was going to have to make a choice.
THIS is where the chance happened. There I was, out there on Instagram, everyone saw my family pictures and how I tried to post inspiring quotes to uplift others and follow their dreams. At one point I was going to delete it all. It was just so embarrassing and painful. Weeks went by and I decided Forget that!! I am going to push on. I worked so hard and I was not going to give up on myself or Harper, or the connections I have made. Instead, I was going to show my baby girl to BELIEVE in herself and FOLLOW her dreams!! I was going to make my daughter proud!!
I decided to move back home with Harper so that I could be with my family. I stayed up for days packing up all our things by myself, waiting for my brothers to arrive. The large moving truck sat there in my driveway, while I loaded every memory that we had. Fortunately, the house sold quickly and I was able to have some money from that. I recieved child support and a few months of alimony (for those single moms asking). I had no idea what kind of job I was going to have, what my life would look like, if I would ever love again and how I would turn it around. There were just so many variables that I needed to be surrounded by family. We moved back to my parents house in a beautiful small town in the country. I honestly didn't know what home was anymore but knew I needed to make one for H and I. My parents did not live there because my Mother is a Presbyterian Minister and served a church in Virginia at the time. My youngest brother lived upstairs, my oldest brother lived right beside us and my middle brother lived a mile away. They supported me unlike anyone else ever could. They helped care for us while I was a mess of sadness. Meanwhile, weeks went by...
This was the real moment! Fight or flight!
I knew I was going to keep my IG but how could I go on? What is my story now? What will it look like? What can I do to give Harper a better life? A life where she believed in a strong Mother that never gave up. I was bawling one night and holding Harper tight, I asked God to please help me. All I have is my faith and my baby girl, but that was all I needed! That night, I promised God and Harper I was going to turn this around. She just turned two and had no idea what I was saying lol!! Still I knew I was NOT going sit around anymore and feel sorry for myself. I started coming up with a plan and putting my goals on paper. I applied for several jobs and three months later I started working at a graphic design studio and then received a job offer as a Communications Coordinator for a utilities company. Meanwhile, I was messaging companies to work with on IG and staging products in my bedroom, which was full of boxes not shown in the pictures. This is what kept me going. I worked hard all the time and still tried my best to keep Harper first! I made sure every day we did something fun because I wanted to make up for all the lost time where I had to work all day. I also wanted to make her feel special and loved. Although I do want to say, she has a Father that loves her very much, too.
One of my goals is giving Harper the best life possible, full of love, kindness and happiness. Placing my baby in daycare was the hardest. I kept sharing pictures of her standing on the front porch and her out in the country. She had no idea her life had changed. Now, I realize it was such a special time because even though I was in pain, Harper and I created a beautiful bond. A bond between a mother & daughter and now, best friends. It was this love I can never explain and I now have hope for the future.
Companies started pouring in and I received my first paying job. I was blown away! Thank you God! I was working with some mobile app companies here and there, which I was grateful for. Then I received a message back from Crate & Barrel! My dreams had came true!! I was honored. They asked me to do a blog post for them and share their products. Honestly, they are an incredible company and helped us in more ways than one. I appreciate them all SO much and to this day, I still can't believe I work with them. My following continued to grow. At this point I had around 40,000 followers or so. My new job was going very well and Harper seemed happy as ever. I told everyone on IG once I moved that I was a single mom. October 24th 2014, I wrote an IG post about how things don't always go as planned but you are sometimes given another chance for a new beginning. Suddenly people realized I was divorced and I feared people would judge me. To my surprise, they still supported us! Single mom messages came pouring in and we were receiving SO much love and support. Everyone told us how they are praying for us. It was truly the most beautiful thing. God turned my worst nightmare into something beautiful. I continued to work with several companies and one day Country Living asked me to take over their Instagram!! I have always loved them and was thrilled to work with them. Still continuing to share and put myself out there, opportunities continued to surface themselves.
By this time, I had spent a substantial amount of the house settlement from my divorce on living expenses but I was able to begin saving to buy a home. I saved an extra $4000 to put towards a house. I had always dreamed of living in the country someday, barefoot and chasing babies around my farmhouse. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, I started looking for houses. I had my heart set on a house near my parents but it fell through. One day I was driving down the road and saw this gorgeous farmhouse for sale. I was speechless. I was like, dear LORD! This has our name all over it! We scheduled a time to go see it and almost everyone thought I was crazy to buy a farmhouse as a single mom! They tried to talk me out of it, including my family. I know they were looking out for our best interests but sometimes you HAVE to take chances!! We walked in and my best friend Crystal was holding Harper. My jaw hit the floor. Once we set foot in the back door I knew instantly, it was made for us and we had to buy it! I put an offer in and it fell through. Still I held on tight to the belief it would be ours! Somewhere deep inside, I knew it would work out. Three months later or so, we heard back from the owners and they were interested in making a deal! I signed all the papers on my own, with my oldest brother by my side and cried once I had the keys!
THANK YOU God!
We bought a farmhouse! God answered our prayers. I believe it happened through faith, hard work, setting goals and never giving up. Harper was my driving force! I actually have a furniture line now with White Shanty Design (they are so amazing) and get to work with so many incredible companies. I continue to take chances. Through all of this, I refuse to give up on love. I have always tried to be a loving and positive person. Recently, I met someone amazing. Even though, it's been a couple of months, I feel hopeful for our future. I am grateful to have met such a kind hearted and loving person. He is wonderful and shows Harper so much love, it's truly beautiful.
So here is my message for you:
Don't give up on love and don't settle. Get up, put your big girl panties on and do your very best each and every day. Push hard and keep your head up, SURROUND yourself with loving, positive people. With hard work and a dream, you can do anything. Even if you feel no one believes in you, hold tight to your dreams. Always remember, sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.
I just want to say thank you to my family and all my wonderful friends that stuck by my side this entire time. I love you all. Thank you to each and everyone of you that follows and believes in us. We love you all too. Thank you to all the companies that gave us a chance. We are honored and forever grateful.
Christmas is coming and we are so excited!!
We wanted to share some of Harper's favorite outfits for the Holidays! We picked some of our favorite Janie & Jack pieces!
The outfits are all so beautiful and it was hard to choose just one.
You guys, we cannot tell you how excited we are about Christmas! Harper is beyond excited!! She has talked about it nonstop!
She seriously looks like a little angel!! I just love her so much!!
Her entire outfit is from Janie & Jack! The coat is seriously the cutest thing I have ever seen!!
I am so blessed to call her my daughter. She is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me. We have read Twas The Night Before Christmas maybe 100 times now!
Those hunter boots paired with leopard print pants give me all the feels!! If you have followed us for a while now, you know how much I love dressing harper up! She loves it just as much as I do. Now that she is getting older, I let her pick out her outfits and she does such a great job.
We loved partnering with Janie & Jack! They are such an incredible company and the quality is amazing.
We hope you have an amazing Christmas with your loved ones and a Happy New Year!! Wishing you a ton of blessings! Thank you for all your support and all the love you have shown us over the years!!
Sarah & Harper
It's so hard to believe that today is December 20th and Christmas is in just a few days! We are beyond excited over here! Harper hasn't stopped talking about Santa and hoping to see him the night before Christmas. I really do love this time of year and am going to miss all the Christmas decorations. We have family coming in soon and wanted to get the house ready!
This is our Master Bathroom! We haven't actually shared it with you all yet! I know, hard to believe ;).
I absolutely loved partnering with Serena & Lily on giving our bathroom a makeover. They have so many incredible timeless pieces!!
The French Tassel Shower Curtain is everything. I love the tassels and how it adds texture and a pop of navy!
Let's talk about this beautiful handmade Solid La Jolla Basket. It's one of a kind and no two baskets are the same!!
I love how you can throw ANYTHING in there and hide it. We all have extra towels, coats, toys, you name it! This is THE hiding spot, my favorite hiding spot. As of right now, it is stuffed with towels. I loved the baskets so much, I am going to get some for a few other rooms too.
The towels are super soft and large! Honestly, I love fresh crisp towels! The braided pattern is so beautiful. I totally approve of all things Serena & Lily! Their products are amazing and extremely durable.
I am hoping to rennovate this bathroom down the road and add either a clawfoot tub or walk in shower and push the wall out further for more room. We also have a half bath upstairs that I am sharing soon.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!
Christmas came early at our house this year! We have been waiting for this day all year actually! Our living room is complete! Honestly, we couldn't be happier with the Jonathan Louis pieces we picked out. After ordering a settee from them back in January, I knew I had to get another piece. The quality, style and durability is amazing. My settee is white and velvet fabric and I love it so much. We almost went with white velvet in the living room but last minute I decided on the linen and flax fabric to bring some natural cream elements in with our wood grain coffee table. (you can see the different swatches they have to choose from here... swatches) I think I might throw in some velvet poufs later down the road. We went with the Calista One-Arm Chaise in Sensu Flax and a set of the Glendora Accent Chairs in Belfast Linen.
We are so happy with our choices. Harper actually helped me pick it out. The colors are perfect and the fabric is just beautiful. I was suprised how large the Chaise really was. It fits perfectly and breaks up the room well. We have already been cuddling up reading stories together on it and Harper loves to line a ton of her animals on it and just go to sleep! Jonathan Louis offers stylish yet durable pieces. They really are perfect for any home décor. It's a great time to add new pieces to your home, just in time for the holidays!
The Glendora Accent Chairs are gorgeous too. They fit just right side by side in here. I love their shape. It's so beautiful and welcoming. The texture in the fabric really makes it pop. We can't make up our mind which new piece is our favorite because we love it all so much that we just sit all over the place! Haha! No joke, we are so happy to have our living room fully furnished and it's what I always dreamed. For over 11 months we walked through this large living room and dreamed of entertaining and just gathering together. This is truly what we dreamed of. I'm so happy and thankful!!
I knew I had to have some more of Jonathan Louis pieces and I'm so happy with what we purchased.
To find local Jonathan Louis Furniture dealer near you, go here. Our local places are Sprintz Furniture in Nashville and Knoxville Wholesale Furniture in Knoxville!
We had a party last week and the house was filled with family and friends. It was such a great night! Everyone loved our new furniture. We actually have a family room and a living room. Everyone spent more time here in the living room than any other and that has never happened before! Ah! I loved it.
By the way, I have to tell you that I spilled white wine on the chase myself and thought I was gonna freak out!! It came right out with a little soap and water. Thank goodness! This goes to show that durable fabric is the way to go!
We only share companies we truly love and believe in and Jonathan Louis is that and more. I'm honored to have not one, but four of their pieces in our home now. I will be a returning customer for good now!
Christmas can come early at your home too!! Jonathan Louis has agreed to generously giveaway a couple pieces for your home! We are sharing the giveaway on instagram soon! Thank you so much for stopping by our farmhouse! We hope you love our new furniture as much as we do! Have an amazing day!
Welcome to our farmhouse!! We are so happy you are here to hang with us on our front porch! We partnered up with four other bloggers to host a blogger's progressive dinner again, this time for Christmas! Five bloggers, five homes, five courses! The menu is incredible and I couldn't ask for a better group to be hosting with. So let's take a look at the menu...
Enjoy friends and Merry Christmas!!!
As a parent we worry about our children’s safety. I know when I brought Harper home from the hospital and looked into those big blue eyes, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was so in love and petrified at the same time. There were so many how to mom books and baby books out there. I was completely overwhelmed. Being a parent is the most rewarding and scariest thing at the same time! You have this gorgeous child you get to raise and you want to do the best job possible. Clean & Happy is a new application and website geared towards providing information and solid advice for parents and caregivers! I wish they had this app when I first became a Mama. It is so helpful. Hello lifesaver!! Lol! Okay so the app is tailored toward parents that are passionate about making decisions in keeping their families safe, clean and happy. Their primary goal is for this community to make safe, clean, happy homes, so that we can have time for the most important things, like quality family time. The best part is you can stay connected with other parents to navigate through the stages of life. I am all for some parent talk! I love that they are believers in making parenting young children less isolating and confusing, especially for first time parents!
How it works:
You can log on online at CleanandHappy.com or download the app (available on iPhone and Android devices) and participate in the conversation board, sharing thoughts and experiences on parenting and home safety topics. Creating an account is simple and free and can be done so by visiting www.cleanandhappy.com
Honestly, I love the extra help, especially being a single mother. I have already been using it and find everything so helpful. My Mom will thank me because she will be getting a lot less calls!! Haha!!
Thank you for coming by today! Let me know what you think about the app. We believe home safety is so important, all while being a parent and raising your children on solid positive values.
We are in the Christmas spirit over here at the farmhouse! There is no doubt about it. We have one more tree to decorate together and the house will be done! :)
One of my favorite Christmas Traditions is reading the The Night Before Christmas with Harper! My parents used to read it to us and we just loved it. Every year we looked forward to reading it together. I am so happy that I am able to share this sweet tradition with my baby girl. Harper just loves it. We cozy up every night to read and count down the days until Christmas.
These cozy Hanna Andersson jammies are everything!! I seriously love them. I always wanted to be matchy matchy with Harper. They are too fun!
She looks so stinking cute!! I love how soft they are!! It was hard to decide which ones to get because they are all so beautiful!! Hanna Andersson has jammies for every member of your family, even your dog!! You can purchase them HERE.
Well we hope you all are getting super excited about Christmas! Thank you for stopping by the farmhouse!! Hope y'all have a great rest of the week!!
Sarah & Harper
P.s. tag me in your Hanna Jammies if you get some!! I would love to see your cute pictures!!
This blog post was sponsored by Hanna Andersson, a brand we truly love! @happyhannas #hannajams
Falalalala! It's time to deck the halls y'all! Seriously, these are the first family pictures we have hung on the wall so far!! I know that's crazy considering we have been here since January! It's hard to commit to hanging pictures sometimes. Thanksgiving and Christmas is all about family. I knew we needed some sweet family pictures up, especially for the holidays!! I was so dang excited when we came across Artifacts Uprising!! Just upload a high resolution photo and then pick out what you want! Next thing you know, it's at your front door.
The directions are super easy. You measure out where you want it and make sure it's straight, then add the paper example shown and tape it tight. Drill marked holes for the screws! Hold the frame over the holes, add the hardware and screw on the brass coated bolts and you are finished!
We chose the floating frames for our living room! They look so beautiful floating on the walls. They give off a clean modern farmhouse feel! I love the brass coated bolts! I think it really makes the frames pop! These are our favorite pictures taken out in our front yard.
I was blown away by the quality of the pictures too and the durability of the frames themselves.
I absolutely love how it turned out!!
(This chair is from Grandin Road!) The frames are so timeless and work with vintage or modern furniture!
We definitely look forward to getting more frames from Artifacts Uprising soon. There are some books we have our eyes on too. Thank you for stopping by! We hope you love the pictures as much as we do! You should definitely take the plunge like we did and hang some memories on your walls.
Wishing you the Happiest Thanksgiving and many blessings!!!
P.s. We partnered with Artifacts Uprising on this project because we believe in them and their amazing products.
It's an honor to have them in our home.
Here Comes Santa Tour
Christmas is our absolute favorite time of the year! We love everything about it! Harper and I love to pull out the decorations early and start decorating the rooms one tree at a time. We listen to our favorite Christmas songs and bake cookies and then curl up by the fire! It's the season of giving and sharing it with the ones you love most.
I am so excited to be doing the tour with five amazing bloggers and partnering with Grandin Road! These beautiful candles are battery operated and come with a remote too! I got this gorgeous cascading garland from Grandin Road too! The barn wood christmas trees were purchased a couple years back at a store in Franklin. I got the sign at Between You and Me Signs. The ornaments I got at Hobby Lobby and painted them with chalk paint!
Harper helped me decorate the tree. Her favorite part is going back and rearranging everything. She cannot wait for Santa to come! She said she wants some trolls and a soft teddy bear. I can't wait to see her face on Christmas day! She is going to be so excited.
We love baking, especially around Christmas time! These sugar cookies are our family recipe past down and they are so amazing! I know you and your family will love them.
Santa's Sugar Cookies
Today we are sharing our favorite homemade sugar cookie recipe that is perfect for Santa. We have passed down this recipe for as long as my family can remember. These sugar cookies are crisp and tasty, guaranteed to melt in your mouth.
Yields eight dozen cookies (about 2 1/2-inches in size)
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup milk
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter and sugar mixture, along with milk. Cover and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out cookies into desired shapes and place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Decorate with icing and sprinkles. You could even add a chocolate kiss in the middle while they’re still warm.
I can't wait to show you the rest of the house on our other Christmas tours we are doing. Have an amazing day and thank you for visiting our farmhouse! Merry Christmas and enjoy the rest of the tour!!
Your next stop is at the talented Craftberry Bush's House!
We had the best time updating little Harper's bedroom!! Storage to the rescue!!
These campagne toy boxes are everything!
We partnered with Land of Nod, a company that we love dearly to share Harper's updated room!
We added some flowers from our friends at Fanciful Designs around her dresser too.
Don't let this sweet face fool you, deep down she is as messy as her mama! We were looking for a storage solution because toys were piling up all over her room and out into the studio! haha! I wanted something beautifully designed and versatile. These beautiful toy boxes really made her room and were everything we were looking for!
I love clear open spaces! Simple is good y'all! Say it with me, simple is good ;)..
I believe a space for children should be open and free for them to learn and create. My mom always preached to me to have a clean open room and it will let my imagination grow! She is so right. I find people run to the most clean open spaces in your home as well to spend time together. Clean and fresh always inspires me. I know Harper was relieved to see there was a nice spot to put all her toys in and she uses them as a seats too. She also loves to play with her toys on top of the boxes, and color pictures like mini desks. Her bedroom window is my favorite and the view is unreal. You can see a huge chunk of the countryside right outside her window. It's everything I have ever imagined for my little girl and we are truly thankful. She watches the cows roam and loves to yell out to the donkey she made friends with!
Her sweet little butterfly costume is everything!! She has been dancing all through the house in it!!
Costumes are so great for their imaginations and play!
I love the all the doors and the added rod, to hang all her little pots and towels.
My beautiful butterfly!!
I love when that golden light pours into her room!! Isn't it beautiful?
We recently found a dresser in an old antique store out in the country! It was at the very back of the store and I just couldn't believe it!! This piece was just made for Harper! I got it for $120!! SCORE!
We came across our friend, Fanciful Designs and were blown away by her talent!! Can you believe that these hanging flowers are handmade?? They are made out of paper too and have little hangers on the back to hang gently to your walls. I am still in awe by their beauty. Harper loves flowers and they are perfect for her room. I plan on using them for parties as well. Noel is a beautiful soul and her creations are by far the most beautiful pieces I have seen. She does a lot of weddings too. You can also see her work on instagram and make sure to give her a follow if you haven't already. <3
I love how the flowers flow along her walls. They are so timeless.
All the heart eyes.....
They are truly magical!! I would cover her entire wall if I could!
Her bed is from Beddys and zips up! We got the sweet cat from Land of Nod too.
If you aren't already following Land of Nod on Instagram, you should! They are a wonderful company and we are honored to have their pieces in our home! Thank you so much for taking the time to read our post today! Have an amazing week and let me know if you have any questions! The comment section is at the top.
Thanksgiving is just a around the corner! It's time to get everything ready for lots of family and friends to come over!
My sweet baby! I love her so! I'm teaching her about thankfulness and how important it is to give thanks every day! This sweet Jolie Marche pillow is truly the sweetest reminder! "There's always something to be thankful for!" It's so true. Always!
It really is like a fairytale here. I am finally living my dreams and it's just unreal. We are so thankful for all the blessings that have came our way! Just want you to remember to never give up on your dreams!! Anything can happen. Enjoy this fall season friends!! Xoxox
When your daughter begs you to be Frozen, you deliver!
Do you want to build a snowman?!
You guys, we had the best time last night trick or treating!! Honestly, I wasn't looking forward to dressing up like a princess. I had envisioned making some fun cat costumes again but Harper really wanted this. I mean really wanted it.
I also didn't really love the idea that we were trick or treating by ourselves this year. I didn't know where to go or where to start! Lol! We went to uncle Sam's and had chili, then decided to start at our friend, Beckey's house in town. She lives in a huge neighborhood. We walked around after visiting her house and all the sudden we saw some friends and they told us to jump on their hayride and trick or treat around the neighborhood. Gah! We were so happy. It all worked out. I couldn't believe we even ran into them.
I honestly believe it was a God thing, because I was thinking about bailing early since we were by ourselves. We had the best time running door to door, filling Harper's bag full of candy and then hopping back onto the hayride. I guess the moral to all of this is, reach out of your comfort zone and just show up, no matter how bad you want to sit at home. It was totally worth it. Things don't always happen like you plan them and you're better for it. I am so thankful my friends were there and made our night ten times better. Harper just beamed ear to ear. She loved every minute of it.
She even woke up this morning asking to go trick or treating again! Haha!! She said 100 times how beautiful I was and how she could not believe we were real princesses! She was truly the beautiful one. I still can't believe she is mine!!
P.s. Did you all see we are doing a giveaway with White Shanty?! You can win any door of your choice plus hardware!!
Here is all the info... GIVEAWAY INFO
This giveaway is amazing and I wish all of you could win! Good luck friends!
Our furniture is live with White Shanty! You can see it all here... OVF Collection
We are adding more pieces soon. This is all such an honor and I give all the thanks to White Shanty, my family, my baby girl and the Lord. I could not have done any of this without him leading me! I still cannot believe this is my life. It has changed drastically in two years and I can't wait to see what two more years looks like. It has been a struggle, don't get me wrong. All the blessings have outweighed the struggle for sure! I am living proof that anything can happen and to NEVER give up on your dreams.
This gorgeous headboard and nightstands are part of the line. They are beautifully crafted and timeless. The woodgrain is everything. I am going to share more of the line on a blog post soon and give you all the story about how it all started! Thank you so much for supporting Harper and me! Thank you for all your love. I hope to see some of these pieces in your home!! I also would love to share some of your pictures on my insta too!! Have a beautiful day!!
For all the things my hands have held the best by far is you!!
I look forward to this year and making new memories with Harper Grace. I cannot wait to watch her grow and be her amazing little self!
You guys, we got a few major upgrades in here!
Finally the moment you have all been waiting for! Drumroll please........
We got new dining room chairs!!
That's right! I can still hardly believe it myself. For months and months we searched high and low for the perfect chairs. I do believe we found them and they are just perfect right here, in our dining room. We got them from World Market! They are called Light Walnut Finish French Bistro Side Chairs! The are gorgeous and super comfy. These chairs were the easiest thing to unbox too. Literally, they were wrapped up so good and all I had to do was cut the wrapper! They were ready to go! I am thinking about adding cushions soon just for extra comfort and I think it will help pick up some of the color in the rug :).
The table is @lamonluther!
The sideboard in the corner and everything on it, including the mirror is from Crate and Barrel. I am sharing a couple more pictures on a new blog post soon. We loved working with C & B. You can see more on that blog post HERE.
The gorgeous painting is from my best friend @hammmadefurniture!! Her work is amazing.
There are so many amazing chairs from World Market to choose from! I am so happy with our final decision. We look forward to making so many fabulous memories in our dining room and sharing along the way with you!
I love all the lines on the chairs and it goes so well with the barn wood table.
I couldn't believe how well it all turned out!! I am so excited to have another room finished in our farmhouse. Only add pieces you truly love! Believe me, it's worth the wait.
Make sure to follow @worldmarket on Instagram for more of their amazing designs!
What do you all think of the chairs? Let me know in the comments under the title of this blog post! I would love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by!
P.s. Get ready for Harper's birthday party post and her mini bedroom makeover with Land of Nod. Thanks again and thank you for all your love & support!!
Hey friends! I cannot believe my new couch from Interior Define is already here! We are just head over heels in love with this piece!! Thank you everyone for helping us pick out a color. I went with the Maxwell by Maxwell Ryan in wheat! The legs are natural oak and simply stunning! The look and feel is exactly what I wanted! It is truly a timeless piece.
Interior Define is a company that prides themselves on high quality and timeless design. They customize your order and work hard to create unique pieces for your homes. I am in love with their modern timeless designs.
The couch is super comfy and the added pillows really tie in the entire design!!
OK SO, Let's get to the really good part! We partnered with Interior Define for an amazing giveaway!
One lucky winner will win a $1000 shop credit to Interior Define!! That means you can use it for any of their furniture!
1. GO to Interior Define's website and sign up for their I/D email list here EMAIL LIST
2. Come back here to this blog post and comment your favorite piece that you want for your home in the comment section! (The comment section is above, under the title of this blog post ;))
The winner will be announced here October 13th!!
Good luck you guys!!!
Make sure to share our giveaway with your friends!! Good luck!!