You guys, I feel like a brand new woman this week. SO many good things have happened over the past few days, but best of all baby Ava is getting into more of a routine and life is finally starting to feel somewhat normal again–which has been much needed after a few rough weeks. I’m getting more sleep, tackling a few projects I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I even started working out again. Plus my little guy finished his first full week of Kindergarten, which he absolutely loved. All good things are happening! It’s been glorious. And on top of everything I am feeling energized by the start of a new season with fall just around the corner. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ll be hanging on to summer as long as I possibly can, but there’s always something exciting about fall. School is back in session, schedules and routines are starting again, and it kinda feels a lot like January. I love the feeling of fresh beginnings and this new season has me thinking about new things I’d like to do with the ol’ blog. I’ve been doing mostly DIY and home decor for nearly two years now, which I obviously love, but I’d like to start incorporating even more of what I enjoy here on LVN. Many of you have even asked to see more lifestyle related posts, like motherhood and daily life stuff, so I’m hoping to start adding those in the mix every now and then. Maybe even some recipes too! We’ll see how it goes, but I’m looking forward to this new season. Ok, that’s probably enough rambling for now–let’s move on to Friday Favorites. Today I have lots of fun goodies to share, so here we goooooooo.
Dining Room Decisions
So if you follow me on Instagram you might know that I sold our dining room table about two and a half weeks ago. It was a hard decision because I really loved the table we had, but it was just way too big for our dining room. It filled up the entire room and left very little space for anything else. It was starting to really bother me, so I went ahead and listed it on Craigslist. Well it sold within just a few days, which was awesome, but since then I’ve been sitting with an empty dining room. I just can’t seem to find anything I love, despite hours of scouring Craigslist for the perfect vintage table that I can paint. It just ain’t happening, I’ve lost my Craigslist mojo. So the search continues, but today I thought it would be fun to show you two tables that have me really inspired lately.
Ok, how stunning is this French farmhouse style dining room? I found this shot on Pinterest from The Pretty Blog and it literally stopped me in my tracks. I’m just swooning over that simple, white table.
Another one I love is this authentic, vintage table from Miss Mustard Seed. Isn’t this just so darn charming? This table is exactly what I’d like to find for our dining room. EXACTLY.
Since I’m having little luck on Craigslist lately I’ve started searching for tables from my favorite stores. Right now my top choice is this gorgeous white table from the Magnolia Home line at Pier 1. This is such a cool design and I love the planked top. I’m thinking this could be the one if I can’t find what I want on Craigslist soon. I mean, this search can’t go on forever. I can only leave my dining room empty for so long!
New Bag for Fall
I was browsing in Target the other day and stumbled on this amazing messenger handbag. I fell in love right away and I think it’s the perfect bag for fall.
Isn’t it cute?! And does anyone else notice how it resembles ticking stripe fabric or is it just me? You guys already know I’m obsessed with all things ticking stripe (I shared some favorites in this post) so maybe that’s why I love this purse so much. But really, doesn’t this look like a farmhouse-y style purse? I’m absolutely smitten with this bag. Perfect for fall and it’s affordable too. And look guys–I even managed to get dressed and ready for this picture! Almost six weeks postpartum and I’m feeling human again. Whoot!
The Best Tea EVER
OK, you guys know I’m a die-hard coffee addict. There are few things I enjoy more in this life than a hot cup of coffee. Or two. Or three. But a few weeks ago my mom gave me this hot cinnamon tea and I’ve become obsessssssssed with it.
If you’re a tea drinker, or even if you’re not, I definitely suggest giving this stuff a try. It’s cinnamon, orange peel, and sweet cloves and it’s hands-down the best tasting tea I have ever had. EVER. You can drink it hot or cold, both ways are amazing. Definitely a must have for fall.
Vintage Sifter turned Flower Vase
OK, last up today I have to share this vintage flour sifter I got recently at a yard sale. Now I have several antique sifters like this, but I’ve never before seen one with a wooden handle–they’re usually always metal. Well I loved this one so much I took the inside wheel out so I could make it into a flower vase. I just sat a mason jar on the inside so it would hold water for fresh flowers. Simple, but I’m kinda loving how it turned out.
All righty roo, that’s a wrap on Friday Favorites today. I hope you guys enjoyed this random collection of goodies/dining room ramblings. I have some really exciting and new things coming to the blog next week, so I’ll see you back here on Monday!
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