Thursday, May 26, 2016

Life Lessons & Update + an Exciting Announcement!!

Hey friends! Wow, it seriously has been so long. I honestly have never let my blog go by this long without posting. I am usually a very scheduled and organized person, so not spending time in this space has been a shock even to me. 

This month has been full. I mean like, Fuuuuuull. But all in incredible ways. Some very exciting things have been going down at our home. A new journey to head out on. Which is 1000% percent from God but also time altering in many ways. God has been teaching me a ton lately and spending every bit of free time in the word has been life changing this month.

So speaking about those lessons...the main thing God has been teaching me is that I need to say no more often. I'm a yes person. I'm sure I've probably talked about this here before. I am a people pleaser and saying yes, being the person others can count on, gives me value in life. 

But He's been teaching me that I can only find true value in Him alone. That I need to say no to some things. Because as I'm constantly saying yes to certain opportunities, I am then unintentionally saying no to others. Lysa Terkeurst wrote an incredible book called The Best Yes which addresses this entire phenomenon. I didn't have time to finish it....that should have been my first clue.

I have been so busy saying yes to everyone, that I unintentionally said no to the book that would have helped me out of this very situation. 

I've said yes to so many things recently that I've unintentionally had to say no the past few weeks to my blog. (Not the only reason why I've been a bit absent, but you get the picture). I'm sorry I haven't been able to check in with ya'll. But the comfortable homemaking hasn't completely been at a halt. If you keep up with me on Insta, you know I've been posting up a storm.

That leads me to my next few thoughts. I talked about it a bit last month, but I still don't think I've settled it yet...I'm not sure where God is directing me with this space. If God is directing me to continue as I always have or if this is a transition moment. 

I do know that I am a visual person, 100%. And I've recognized recently that a huge passion of mine has been on IG fooling around with home photos. Because they're my favorite. And the best person I can be is me. With that being said, there are going to be parts of this blog that transition into more of a photo diary. I am a visual person, I enjoy great photos, so it only makes sense for me.

Now that doesn't mean that I don't plan on continuing to bring y'all great content. I want to continue with that as well. I just know that if it is going to be heavier on the writing side, then I need more time to articulate that since it's not really my strength.

Now on to the very last thing that's been keeping me away....the exciting news. I have been working around the clock to put together a project that God has been putting on my heart for the entirety of 2016. In just over a week my hubby and I will launching our very own candle company!!

It is called Inspire Light Candle Co and as well as having delicious scents for you to enjoy, it is a company focused on God's word where Jesus speaks to us saying, "You are the Light of the World!" We're hoping that it will be a place to inspire each person to shine brightly in their world. The official launch will be in June and I'll be doing another post to share all about our journey so far, at a later date. But if you want to get on the mailing list for the launch, then just click here

I thank you all so much for sticking with me. I'm honestly amazed and humbled. I logged on to this account after my three week absence expecting to see a ghost town (picture the tumble weeds floating by). Only to find that my readership had not dropped at all. I know that's a God thing. I couldn't do any of this without Him and without the loveliness of all of my incredible readers. I love you all more than you know.

I pray that as we continue on this journey together we can learn from each other, I can help inspire your life a little more, and we can grow as community. Because honestly, that's what the online world is truly all about...building a lovely community. Enjoy your Memorial weekend friends!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The One Thing You Need to Decorate Your Home

Over the years I've spent a decent amount of time decorating and redecorating the different spaces in our home. To be honest, there are multiple reasons why I've done that. I recognize that pieces of my designs change because I tend to change as a person. I've also realized that for the greater portion of my time decorating our home, I've tried to stick within a particular theme. 

When you try to organize your space within one theme, you come very limited to how your designs manifest themselves. I'm more than just a wife. I'm a daughter, friend, creative, etc., so my style can't be defined by one particular word either. Allowing myself the permission to let go of "themed designs" has given me so much freedom in how I decorate a space.

But that's not the one thing that you need to decorate your home well. (Although it is a fun little snippet of thought for you to chew on.) So many people talk to me about how I've created my space at home. They ask questions about design decisions and what has helped me to decorate as well as I have. I can honestly say that it all boils down to one easy word.....


You absolutely need to have confidence in your design decisions or you will continue to struggle creating your home oasis. How do I know this?? Because it was something that I struggled with majorly when we first bought our house.

It became an overwhelming task for me to decide what I wanted to place on the walls, what colors I wanted in each room, and how I wanted the overall flow to feel. I remember that I kept thinking to myself, "What if I decide wrong??" But the truth is, if you have confidence in your design style then you can't really go wrong.

If you are a blue person and you decide to paint your walls green because that is what's "in," a part of you will always dislike that room, because you're not a green person, you're a blue person. Does that make sense? Your space needs to reflect your personality.

Yes there are definitely different color rules that will help give your home a certain feel. And mainly these rules were created after a decent amount of research into how our brains interpret different colors and patterns. But that doesn't mean you can't find something that describes your personality while still staying aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the decisions for all your colors, take some time to do a little research about what different colors mean. Is there a specific feeling you want your house to have? For our home I wanted breathable and cozy. So I chose colors that spoke those two things the second you walk into our house. And I was confident in the color choices I went with.

And what about decor pieces? If you see a funky item that you thing will look perfect on your dining room wall, don't second guess yourself. The item appealed to you for some reason. So pick that bad boy up and place it on your wall. Odd decor pieces usually have the most fun stories behind them and are always conversation starters.

If your having a hard time figuring out what your design style is, spend a little time on Pinterest. You can search basically any home style and find tons of pictures. I can tell you right now that my spirit does something completely different when I see farmhouse style pics versus modern loft style photos. Not that one is better than the other, it's just what my personal spirit responds to. That helps me understand the aesthetics I enjoy most, therefore assisting in my design process.

Also, don't allow trends to determine whether you want to purchase an item or not. Be the trend starter by picking up something different, something that is completely you, and something that adds personality to your home.

Believe me when I tell you that I allowed my fear of making poor choices affect my decorating for so long. There were so many walls in our home that just sat blank because I was afraid to make the wrong choice in what went up. Leaving me with an ultra boring home. Don't let fear stop you from giving your home the personality it deserves.

Oh, and one other thing that set me free when it came to decorating our home was this thought....nothing is permanent! Seriously! A part of me was so gripped by fear to hang up the wrong thing like it was going to be permanently plated there for the end of time. If you hang something up and in a week, month, or year later you decide you hate it, then you can take it down. It's that simple. There ya go....I just set someone's world on fire. You're welcome.

Having the confidence to know what is your style and what you can definitely live without will make your decorating more enjoyable. After all, decorating is a form of creativity. So let your creative side may just surprise yourself!


Monday, April 25, 2016

10 Inspiring Kitchen Renos

Hello my lovely friends! I wanted to take the day to show ya'll some incredibly beautiful at home kitchen renos that inspire me every time I flip through them. I love catching inspiration from multiple places and of course pinterest is the perfect spot to find some beautiful designs.

Enjoy all of the loveliness!

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Hope these were fun and helpful for ya!! So much love!

I have even more kitchen reno fun on my Pinterest. Come follow me over there!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What I Eat in a Day (With a Free Printable)

I've mentioned it on here before, but for those of you who do not know, I am a vegetarian. I know in some corners of the world I just said a curse word. But it is true and I have been for over 8 years now.

I love living a meat free lifestyle and never have issues with people asking questions. I actually get a lot of questions from inquisitors, which surprised me at first, but now I'm mainly used to it. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is simply, well what do you eat? 

Kind of an odd question, but I do understand that since most people were raised on meat, it's hard for them to picture life without it. My absolute favorite question is, "What do you eat on Thanksgiving??" Which I always have to laugh at because 90% of the Thanksgiving meal is veggies, carbs, and little extra sweets. Only one serving is actually meat, so I eat everything but the turkey.

But honestly, that is what inspired me to write today's post. I know there are so many people who are interested in the vegetarian lifestyle and what I consume on a regular basis. So I wanted to take you through an average day with me to give you a few ideas on a basic menu. I'm also hoping this is inspiring/helpful for people who are interested in becoming vegetarians and just don't know where to start.

Let's begin with Breakfast

On an average morning (when I have a little more time that's not rushing around) my favorite thing to eat is Fage 0% plain Greek Yogurt. Then I usually throw in some some blueberries, strawberries, and banana. Top it all off with some Kind Granola, and you've basically got the most delicious breakfast out there!

One of the biggest benefits of this breakfast is that there are 23g of protein in one serving of Fage Greek Yogurt. So many people ask where I get my protein from. Well....there ya go! Considering the average woman is only suppose to have 46g of protein in day, there is literally half my day right there. (And that's more protein then in the average 3oz piece of beef, btw.)

Next on to Lunch

In complete transparency, the large majority of my lunches are the left overs from the previous night's dinner. I simply portion them out into containers after the night's meal so they're easy to grab as I head off to work. One of my favorite, easy to pack lunches is a frittata. I make them frequently for dinner (at least once a week) and I always make sure I plan out more than enough for lunch packing.

Here's a typical frittata recipe

4 large eggs
4 large egg whites
2 tbsp of fat free milk
6 oz asparagus
1 small onion
1 diced tomato
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen corn
salt, pepper, garlic, basil (seasoned to taste)

You're gonna wanna pre heat the oven at 375 degrees. Throw the veggies in a pan on the stove with a small bit of oil and cook those up on medium heat. In a separate bowl mix up the eggs, milk, and seasoning. Once the veggies have cooked through (about 4-6 minutes) pour the egg over the top of the mixture, distributing evenly. Let that heat for about 4-5 minutes, until the edges seem to set. Then place the pan into the oven for an additional 15 minutes for the entire thing to cook. When the egg is cooked through, the frittata is complete. And completely delicious! 

Now being a vegetarian, I do still eat eggs. However I only cook with organic brown eggs from free range chickens. Each egg has 6g of protein and with 2 eggs being in a serving, that means I get at least 12g of protein right there.

Afternoon Snack

For an afternoon snack I usually go for an apple, string cheese, or anything else fun and easy. I like snacks because I tend to have lunch really early (like sometimes at 11:30am early). So a good 3:00 snack is something that helps my metabolism to keep moving.

Finally I complete my day with Dinner.

We are big Mexican fans for sure in our house. There are so many fun recipes we do each week that give us that Mexican flair! One of my absolute favs is our quinoa bowl.


1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
1 can black beans
1 cup frozen corn
 1 small onion
1/3 packet of taco seasoning
1 tomato
1 cup of fresh spinach
1 avocado
1 lime

Start by cooking the quinoa on the stove with 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes (or until it is fully cooked through). In a separate pan toss in the black beans, corn, onion, and seasoning. Let that cook through for about 5 minutes. Then assemble! I start by putting the quinoa on the bottom of the bowl, placing the black bean mixture over that, and then adding the slices of tomato, spinach, and avocado on top. Finish it off by squeezing the lime across it all. It is seriously so yummy!

I wanted to give you all a FREE Printable to go along with today's post for any of you meal planners out there like me. Meal Planning has literally changed my life in 2016.

Writing out my weekly meal plan has been a game changer so print it, write it, love it!! And enjoy life my friends!

If you want some more fun meals to share with those you love (including yourself), follow me over on Pinterest where I have a few different recipe boards!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

DIY Garden Boxes for Your Yard

I have always enjoyed the beauty behind plants and gardening but was never sure if I could actually be good at it. It's kind of funny for me to think that because I forget that as a really young child, my mom had a fairly large vegetable garden in our backyard. I would help her regularly and that's probably where I started to fall in love with it.

Fast forward several years later, I had completely forgotten about my love for plants, gardening, and creating my own fresh food. Now it just so happens that I married into a pretty garden heavy family. They all enjoy it and my husband is no exception to that. He has retaught me how to love our yard and the very best ways to grow our own garden. 

Last year we started on a journey together to learn the best ways to grow our own fruits and veggies. And to be totally honest, I was super impressed that anything survived at all, let alone the fact that we had delicious food for most of summer/fall seasons. It really motivated both of us to want to learn more, grow more, and stretch ourselves in this gardening adventure. 

This year we decided to add two more garden boxes to our yard and expand our vegetable growing capacity. I documented our box creating projects so that I could show all of y'all exactly how we made them. That way if you and your family want to create your own garden boxes, you'll have a nice blueprint to do so. Enjoy!!

You're going to start by picking up twelve large 8 foot long, pieces of wood. The boxes are going to be four pieces high, so eight pieces will be your longer sides and four pieces will be cut in half to create your shorter sides. We did our shorter sides at 3 and a half feet to fit the area in our yard better, but you can always cut them straight down the middle to have two equal pieces of four feet each.

We picked ours up from Home Depot and the great thing about their wood department is that they will cut your pieces for you in the dimensions you request.

However, the machine stopped working for the very last piece of wood so we cut that one ourselves lol. If you have a circular saw at home, it is fairly easy to measure it out and cut the pieces you need as well.

Next you are going to stack the wood in an every other sort of pattern. Kinda reminded me of playing with Lincoln logs from when we were kids (if anyone remembers those!). Measure up the longer piece next to the shorter piece and then vice versa on the next level.

You are then going to take a power drill and drill a hole through each of the connected pieces in the corner. This was the one area of struggle in getting them together. Eye up each piece as best you can so that the holes will connect from one log to the next.

Then you're going to want to get a twelve inch spike (also available at Home Depot, in the nail isle) and drive that through all of the holes you just created in the four pieces of stacked wood. We added some extra smaller nails on the sides to finish it out for a little more support.

The next thing we did was add a rock layer to the bottom of our garden beds. This is a completely optional step for you. We have a ton of these rocks in our yard from the previous owner and have wanted to get rid of them, so this allowed us to utilize them in a better area. Also, rocks are a great drainage system for your plants so it was an added bonus for us! If you can get your hands on some rocks then great, but absolutely not necessary if it's going to be an added expense to you. 

After your boxes have completed the building stage, you are going to want to staple in a weed barrier landscaping fabric. This one is the Vigoro brand from Home Depot. This helps to prevent weeds from  growing throughout your garden. 

Last but not least, you are going to add your dirt. We ordered one yard of dirt and one yard of compost, however it ended up being waaaay to much. Partially because we had placed the layer of rocks at the bottom and partially because we over estimated what would be needed. To fill in two garden boxes with the 8 x 3.5 dimensions we created, you probably only need about 1 yard (we seriously had that much left over).

Once your dirt is in place, your boxes are complete and ready to be filled with delicious vegetables. The next step my husband and I will be doing is to dream up what yummy foods we wish to plant. There are so many that we eat on a regular basis and this will literally cut our grocery bill in half (or more) by growing our own.

Oh! And I wanted to mention that both boxes ran us about $55 for the one and only $25 for the other (praise Jesus for sales!!). That included all of the supplies. The dirt was a little bit more and I think cost us around an additional $100. But for all of that, we now can save on most of our groceries this summer and fall as well as in the all the years to come. Not a bad investment if you ask me!

Now I want to hear from you! If you could grow anything in the world, what would it be? I would love to hear your ideas (they may just help us plan out our garden!). Love you all lots!

I want to credit my amazing hubby with giving me all of the correct info to write this post. These boxes are his brain child and it was his research that gave me most of the knowledge that I was able to pass on to y'all. Yaaaay Hubs!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Little Touches of Spring for Your Home

Changing seasons gets me excited for so many reasons. (Oh yay, I just read that back and it totally rhymes!) But honestly one of my most favorite reasons is switching up the decor!! I could flip stuff around, trade spaces, and redesign just about any area of my house and have a blast through every second. I love finding new items at Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Pier 1.....I mean the list seriously does go on and on. And then I like to dress up my space with my new treasures.

I love spring. Mainly because I love spring decor. I think my personal style is a bit different than the average spring decor stylist. I know people love adding in bright pops of color, but my personal style is much more muted. So I tend to gravitate to the bright whites and creams. They're probably my fav in most of my designs. And gold! I've been loving gold lately.

I've organized a few pics of how the home has been getting a bit of a spruce up for the spring season. Enjoy loves!!

My basic feel for our overall space has been to clear away the clutter, add some bright white accents, and a ton of flowers (both real and fake). I love the brightly colored flowers. Tons of big white hydrangeas and tulips, with only tiny pops of color here and there. 

I love the springy feel that a solid green plant brings to a space as well. I think the combo of white and green play off each other to add such a sweet feel of color and comfort. Finally I switched up all of our bedding to get rid of the heavier winter colors (not to mention weight of the old duvet) and added this brand new all white bedding set I found at Home Goods. 

What are some of your favorite ways to add little touches of spring to your home? 

If you want more fun photos of my home and how we are lighting the place up for spring, or you just wanna get to know me a little more, then head on over to my Instagram and follow along on my home decor adventures! I'd love to be Insta friends!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spring Cleaning the Soul

I need to have some real talk with y'all for a minute. I've actually sat down to write this post about 4 separate times over the course of a month long period and just couldn't seem to do it. There has been a hardcore block in my writing lately and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why.

I've been to two separate conferences in the past month, sharing in God's love and bonding with my sisters in Christ. First Devoted Conference in Virginia Beach and then Pursuit Conference in Rome (no not Italy....Georgia y'all). In this time I've learned so much about God's heart for me and my business that I'm in the process of getting organized and ready to release. But most recently I realized why I was having such a struggle writing.


It's almost hard for me to admit, but I realized that there was a piece of me that has stopped being authentic over the past few months. I've read through some of my more recent post and noticed just how much they sound like a bubbly, but bad 80s infomercial. And that is not me y'all. Not in the least bit.

It's almost like, I want so badly to share with y'all but have way too much fear choking me out to just be me. I am a major goof, but my posts never sound funny because I have a fear that if I write in my true voice, y'all will be like...well she's just way too quirky for me. And then not want to read my stuff anymore.

During this past week at Pursuit Conference, there were so many speakers who kept reiterating the necessity to simply be authentic. Just be who God created you to be, they kept saying.

I haven't been doing that here recently, and for that I am so sorry y'all. I truly am. In fact, I'm not all that sure you know a whole lot about me. And that's sad because, that's how you truly reach out to people and make a real impact in their lives. I know those are my personal favorite bloggers to read, and yet I haven't been doing it myself.

Vulnerability is super scary. It's allowing yourself to be put out there with the knowledge that people could just judge you right on back. Fearing judgement is something I have always struggled with. But after this week I've realized that I am not the only one. We all struggle with that fear and we really just need a soul sister to jump on up and say, Yes! me too! I'm just as scared! But together we can get through it because that is why God gave us these sisters.

God has been calling me to step up this year and do some big things with my life. Things that will impact so many people. But if I'm honest, I haven't been rising because I've allowed those deep seeded fears to take root over the word of God for my life. I need that to end. I need it to end now.

From now on, I want to draw closer to Him, and become more vulnerable with y'all. I wanna stand on this platform that He has given me and encourage my fellow sisters who are struggling just as I am. I want to share in the compassion of all of your stories and get to know you all better, because my blog is truly here for all of you. It's to help encourage all of you, and teach y'all about home design, and how to make your little corner of the world the comfiest it can be.

So from now on, I am promising y'all a much more authentic voice. More of the real me. And more care for all of you. I'm not going to let the enemy take me down with fear anymore. I thank all of you who have been with me on this journey so far. Trust me, I don't take any of you for granted. And I'm excited for where God is taking us all together as we move into the future.

So with that ramble being said, I want to talk about some changes here and some growth that will be coming to Comfortable Spaces. First of all, I know that my writing and posting has been sporadic lately. I sincerely apologize for that. Part of that has to do with not being fully inspired, and the other part of that has to do with life. I took on a new job just before the holidays and that means I'm out of the house a whole lot more than I ever was. So I'm learning how to balance all of the things I love.

Moving forward, you can expect two posts a week, every Monday and Thursday. I have some wonderful content coming your way with beautiful creatives who will just be sharing their craft with y'all. You can also expect even more comfy home designs, a bit of travel, and a ton of encouragement.

I thank you so much for your patience while I've been learning that balance. It's been a hectic ride, but I love where God is taking me and I know it will only help strengthen me so that I can pour more into you.

I want to be more of me, so that all of you can be more of you. I love y'all so very much!!

PS. If you kept up with all of those y'alls, then you seriously deserve a massive hug. I wrote this so feverishly that when I went back to proof read it I was like, daaaang! There are a lot in there. But it's me, so I'm taking them out haha! xo
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