Patio Plans

January marked two years since we moved into our house! I can’t believe it’s already been that long. We had a lot of work done before we moved in, and one of the areas that we focused on was our back yard. The yard was fine, but felt very compact without a lot of open space. We gutted the yard apart from three trees and started from scratch. One of our goals is to finish the patio area so it’s fully functional by this summer.

Our yard has been updated quite a bit and now we're focusing on the patio.

Looking into the yard from the kitchen door, you can see how little open grass there was. The retaining walls were a good 7-8 feet from the fence line and even more in some places. This raised wooden deck had seen better days. Although the tree with the circular bench was pretty, with two young kids, our priority was to have an open space where we can run and play. read more

How to Organize Your Bathroom

The start of a new year always makes me feel like deep cleaning and reorganizing. I’m always so optimistic that this will be the year that I manage to find the right systems of organization for our home. One of my major goals for 2017 is to get control over the clutter. One area that has been driving me crazy lately is our bathroom organization… or lack thereof.

Beautiful inspiration for bathroom organization.

We have plenty of storage in our master bathroom. What we need is for each item to have a home. Maybe then the drawers won’t end up looking like the lost & found bin at school, which we all know is pretty scary! I’ve been scouring Pinterest for inspiration and seeing those beautiful pictures is so motivating. I’m trying to keep this project low-budget so I’ve been searching for organization methods using items that I already have on hand. Here are some ideas to help get the bathroom chaos in order. read more

10 Days of Advent: Day Seven

The kids have been out of school for all of four days so let’s take a survey. How many of you have kids who have already said “I’m bored” at least once?? In spite of all the excitement of Christmas coming, the reality is that there are a lot more hours in the day to fill when school’s out. My kids are in a stage of life where they’re having a hard time getting along. I can only play referee for so long before I’m a frazzled mess so craft time is a great way to keep everyone busy and happy. read more

Fall Home Tour

It’s practically the Christmas season, but I wanted to share a little fall home tour before it gets too late. I don’t typically go overboard on fall decor. I like little accents of fall colors here and there. This year, I added more orange than I normally do and I’ve been enjoying the pops of color. We don’t get a lot of fall foliage here in southern California so it’s nice to infuse some of that bolder color into the more neutral backdrop of our home.

Fall Home Tour at Sweeter Still.

Our open-plan kitchen and living area is the hub of our home. The dining room is just behind the wall where the stove hits, and in the opposite direction is our den. Because these three rooms flow together, I try to make the decor complimentary. read more

7 Fantastic Sources for Affordable Holiday Decor

With the holiday season upon us, I’ve been pulling out our seasonal decor and pinning loads of new inspiration photos. If you’re anything like me, you already have a healthy stash of holiday supplies. I try to use what we have first, but it’s always fun to pick up a couple new things to add to our home’s festive feel. I don’t want to break our budget with new seasonal accessories so here are seven of my favorite places to find affordable holiday decor.

Decorate for the holidays without breaking your budget. Here are my 7 favorite sources for affordable holiday decor.

Target

This is an obvious one right?! I love Target’s dollar section for super affordable holiday items. They’ve really upped their dollar spot game over the past couple years and there are loads of cute accessories to be found in the $1-5 range. The trick is to shop early because the good stuff sells out fast.  read more