Category Archives: Popular Posts

I Was Prayed Over On Top Of Magnolia Market

No words can really explain what happened when I visited Magnolia Market last week but I did say that I would blog my experience so I will try to share it with you today. Last week, as many of you know, I visited Magnolia Market with the Magnolia Home Paint team. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and the best part about it was that I had no idea how awesome it was going to be. I mean I’ve always wanted to visit Magnolia market but I didn’t know when that would be or how it would happen and so when I finally got the opportunity I thought cool I finally get to see what it’s all about. Little did I know that it would be a life-changing experience. I didn’t go there with any expectations & I certainly didn’t go there looking for God.  The beauty of Magnolia Market is deeper than the surface. Of course every inch of Magnolia Market is dreamy & photoshoot worthy, but it’s also so much more than that. I was going to come on here today and give you my tour guide of waco and go on and on how amazing it was. It was. I about fainted 90 times from all the beauty every time I turned a new corner [I mean even the bathrooms were cute. Who does that?], but I couldn’t help but share about how God met me in Waco as well…

My Trip to Magnolia Market - Magnolia Market Silos Waco Texas

My Trip to Magnolia Market - Magnolia Market Silos Waco Texas

My Trip to Magnolia Market - Magnolia Market Silos Waco Texas

My Trip to Magnolia Market - Magnolia Market Silos Waco Texas

 

My Trip to Magnolia Market - Magnolia Market Silos Waco Texas

I know God is with me everywhere I go. He always has been & always will be. I feel His presence when I think of it, & I try to welcome Him in to every moment of my day, but sometimes, because I’m human, I will be going on with my busy life & He sends some big reminders that He is there. Like at Magnolia Market. The second I walked into the market on Wednesday night after I flew in I felt a calming presence. Like pulling up to my grams house for a visit. The energy level was half inspiring & half soothing. A perfect mix for my creative soul. & very much needed from my tireless weeks I’ve been having and the next day the God moments started. I won’t share them all with you because I know I share a lot on here, but some are a little private at the moment & some I just still can’t put into words. But right away I started meeting wonderful people. First was the Kilz team, I had no idea what to expect when I showed up all by myself & I ended up knowing two of the people on the team & they happened to have been my favorites from another project I was on & I had no idea they would be there. Also the rest of the team was amazing & all my fears of showing up alone quickly went away. During the silobration as I was walking around the market alone complete strangers were stopping to chat with me in the market including police officers who truly just wanted to chat about the weather & how I prefer my coffee. I met some random couples & we were talking like old friends in the first five minutes.  The people there were just nice. Then I started to meet some of my blog readers… & that was God moment after God moment. I first of all couldn’t believe how many wonderful people recognized this little girl from Michigan wearing her big floppy hat who happens to just share her little life online. Women who shared fertility struggles coming to chat with me & share their testimonies, women who have never had been to Magnolia who were not planning to come but came when they saw I was there so we could meet, men [yes, I guess there are a few of you!] who wanted to say thank me for inspiring them to start doing DIY projects, girls who felt like we were instant best friends, & so on. It was a dream to meet so many of you in such a creative space. But most of all I was humbled that anyone would ever want to meet me.. and I’m not just saying that, I truly don’t know why anyone would  want to come say hi or see me, but I am so grateful & will never take those moments for granted. Even when I’m in Target with  no makeup & a messy bun.. Love it. All day I had reassurance that Jose & I were being prayed for.. strangers coming up to us and telling us they pray for us & our 7 babies in heaven & our someday baby here on earth. It was such gift knowing that we are not alone on this journey & I’m so thankful for that strong reminder while at Magnolia Market. Lately I have been feeling very alone & struggling with our loss & infertility & this was such a gift knowing we have so many friends who faithfully pray for us.

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with m5 preset
There were also so many God moments in meeting people in my creative field as well while I was there. One of them happened while visiting the Findery [you must visit while in Waco!] that was down the road from The Silos. I met all the owners & their sweet employees. We chatted about things that were weighing on me in this business & without even looking for answers a lot of my questions were now gone. & I never even had to ask. I honestly didn’t want to walk around Waco anymore than I had to in the heat, but I felt a push & I’m so thankful that I went. Through my short time wandering Waco it’s like God led me to meet all of these amazing people that all taught me and helped me in some way. I also met some amazing vendors at the Silobration that were so inspiring and encouraging. Every time I started a conversation with someone during this trip I left feeling more full of life, more inspired, & smiling from ear to ear. I’m telling you, it was weird. If I didn’t know better I would think that someone planned all of this. Actually now that I typed that out, I’m dumb, it was planned. & I’m so thankful. I won’t bore you with all of the business talk, but every corner I turned seemed to be filled with more opportunities & after a few months of really burning myself out, I felt refreshed in my business life & my creative brain. Much needed!

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Then there was the night I attended the Johnny Swim concert. Oh, that beautiful, life changing night. The Magnolia Home paint team & I were able to attend the concert on the rooftop of the Magnolia Market. It was a dream come true to see the beautiful place from such a high vantage point. The first memorable part of the night is being in Joanna’s presence for a few moments on the way to the rooftop in her office. Remember how I said Magnolia Market carried that peaceful vibe? Well, so does she. She is everything you see on TV & more. A beautiful down to earth woman who looks you in the eyes when you talk & treats everyone like they are someone. I gathered that from the 60 seconds I was in her presence. Her mom & sister are the same, they will make you feel like family after you meet them once. When Chip & Jo went onto stage & started talking it was like God was like “Hey Liz, you need to hear this.” Of course Chip & Joanna were hilarious as always, but they shared a deep message that really struck me. I think everyone could have gotten something different from it, but they spoke about not being able to do it all, slowing down, family & friends first, & to really take it all in. Oh my. I’m one of those who thinks she needs to do it all. I’m a people pleaser, a night owl, & work has always taken a priority. It took hearing that from two people I had never met to make me notice that. I need to slow down. I need to give myself a break & not put so much pressure on myself. I need to put my family & myself first. It’s all going to work out. There words were so raw & real. Of course Johnnyswim was dreamy and I’m a new fan of them as well & listening to their music really just made the night a complete dream.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

 

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

 

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

& then came a moment I never saw coming. The defining moment of the entire weekend at the silos that brought all of the God moments together. I went out of my comfort zone to say hi to a beautiful woman I had seen walking around the silobration that day. I had spotted her earlier in the day wearing a beautiful dress rocking a baby in a crowd of people & she had a glow around her that I couldn’t ignore. I didn’t meet her during the day & so when I saw her on the roof of the market that night I had to say hi. Best decision ever. She had the most calming energy I had ever experienced and as she sat swaying her baby as we talked I found myself starting to sway with her  as we got to know each other. She was wonderful. Her name is Jen & she is a singer, has amazing style, makes cute babies, & just oozed with the love of the Lord. Of course she is so much more, but this is about the moment that meeting her created. We were joined by Jamie from Three Twenty Co., & Christina Crenshaw. We talked about a lot of wonderful things & then the beautiful topic of babies came up & I somewhat froze. I am very open about our miscarriages & our fertility. It usually never bothers me to bring it up, but this night was so upbeat & I had just met these women. When it came to me, I just blurted it out, “We have 7 beautiful babies in heaven.” & there was a pause, but not for long & they all chimed in like I had just said that I had a beautiful baby at home. They were not phased by my rather alarming statement I had just made. They started sharing their journeys with fertility & gave me stories of hope. Then the moment I NEVER saw coming happened. Jamie asked if they could all pray over me. I was shocked. These women who I just met wanted to lay hands on me & pray. Of course I said yes. I can’t begin to explain the words they all spoke over me, but it was the most caring an loving thing that anyone has ever done for me that I just met. What an amazing gift. After they were done praying I felt a new spirit in me, I felt renewed in my faith, I felt changed. This might have been a small moment for them, but to me it was huge. It was something I will never forget. There I was at the top of Magnolia Market, surrounded by these Godly women, the breeze of the Texas air whipping around us, Johnnyswim playing in the background, & These wonderful women praying over me.

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

14523053_1266587050038362_2605603662795730508_n

Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

& that’s how the week at Magnolia was. It was filled with small & big moments that I felt God in. I didn’t go there looking for God, but God met me there. He introduced me to some amazing people, He showed me a lot of things I needed to see, He taught me a lot about myself, & He certainly showed me that He is always there. I truly believe that the Gaines built that place upon The Lord & that He had His hand in all of it & it shows through everything that happened to me on that trip. I’m so thankful that they invited God into that place & I’m so thankful that they invite all of us to come there and experiece not only their creative talents, but the Holy Spirit. Thank you Chip & Jo!!!! xx

 

Ps. I will be blogging my fun experience with Magnolia Home Paint very soon as well because that’s a whole other amazing story. Thank you to Magnolia Home Paint & Kilz for bringing me on this amazing trip!

The best Farmhouse Ceiling Fans

The best Farmhouse style ceiling fans - a must pin for farmhouse, cottage, or industrial style rooms!

click the words below to go directly to each fan:

metal cage ceiling fan [here] Bronze & chestnut indoor/outdoor fan [here] black hammered glass ceiling fan [here] Weathered gray ceiling fan [here] Galvanized cage ceiling fan [here] black craftmade light fan [here] bronze cage ceiling fan [here] galvanized ceiling fan [here] double fan [here] chrome cage ceiling fan [here] simple modern cage fan [here] windmill fan [here]

or click the image below to go directly to the fan:

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

I never thought I would see the day where I was picking out a ceiling fan for our home, but alas here we are for our sunroom that is under construction picture above. You see I’ve never been a huge fan of ceiling fans. Not that they are terrible looking, but I just always found another light source I liked better.  when we lived in North Carolina they were a must because the south. No other words needed. But here in Michigan yes it gets hot, but air conditioning usually takes care of it. Nope. Not in this big farmhouse. we have had some hot days here already & a ceiling fan in the sunroom where we mostly sit is a sweet little luxury that we want to keep in there. Since this is the first spot we are re-doing & we are almost done with the painting, it’s time to pick out a new fan for the space. I gathered a few of my favorites I have found this past week online while browsing for them & I would love your input on which one is your favorite! I did leave out some places because I ran out of time like Restoration Hardware & so on. So if you know of another one, send me the link please! Which one would you pick? Do you have ceiling fans in your home? Do I go with one of these or just a basic white one? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today!

See more of my favorite items below… 

Untitled-1

See my favorite farmhouse chairs from Target [here]

Untitled-5

Industrial furniture all from Target [here]

*Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links, but as always ALL opinions are my very own. 

The Best Farmhouse Decor From Amazon

 

The best farmhouse decor from Amazon! Now you can find amazing farmhouse decor pieces on amazon & get them delivered right to your door step in two days. This is a great sources for farmhouse decor & inspiration!

Bread box [here] Nest Pillow [here] Bottle measuring cups [here] Coffee/Tea/Sugar canister set [here] bottle dryer [here] metal vintage laundry basket [here] cow sign [here] wall clock [here] set of buckets [here] scale [here] tiered tray [here] beaded chandelier [here] bench [here]

click the photos below to be taken to Amazon to view the item…

I was looking on Amazon tonight for laundry baskets & of course I got side tracked & found some of the best farmhouse decor so YOU KNOW I had to come on here & share it with you guys. I honestly couldn’t believe a lot of this was on Amazon so I couldn’t just keep it to myself. I honestly had a hard time choosing only a few things because there were so many things, but you know I will be back later with another post with some more of my favorites. I just did a post last week [here] about how to add farmhouse style to any home & these items are a great way to start adding that farmhouse vibe to your home. I hope you guys like some of my finds.. let me know if you end up purchasing any of these items or if you already have any of them! Thank you guys so much for stopping by my blog today & I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite finds. I think I need a few of these things for our new farmhouse.. what do you think? xx

 

See some of my other shopping posts below…

Untitled-2

Cozy cottage bedroom decor [here]

Untitled-1
Farmhouse style dining chairs from Target [click here]

PicMonkey-Collage-10
How to give any home farmhouse style [here]

* This post may contain affiliate links, but as always all opinions are my very own. xx

How To Give Any House Farmhouse Style

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

I wanted to come on the blog today to answer a question I get all the time! It’s such a good question & I feel like after making our 80’s tri-level into a cozy little home with farmhouse style I have some great insight & can give some good advice on how you can make any home into the farmhouse style that you love. We happen to have just moved into our dream farmhouse with tons of character that I am so excited to take you guys on the journey with soon, but not everyones dream is to live in an old farmhouse like we do now, but it’s true you can get that farmhouse vibe with these 10 things…

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

farmhouse sink

Honestly it’s so crazy how much a farmhouse sink adds that instant farm vibe to a kitchen. You can add a farmhouse sink to really any kitchen & it’s a huge start on turning your new build home into looking like a home that has been there years. We LOVE our farmhouse sink & I shared where we bought ours & a full review [here]. I think a farmhouse sink is a great place to start on changing your new home to that vintage farmhouse style you love.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
shiplap

One major thing we did to our 80’s tri-level home to add charm was to add shiplap accent walls. It was an easy & affordable way to add lots of detail & character our home was lacking. We weren’t there long enough to do it in every room, but I’m sure if we stayed long enough it would have happened. Here is a full tutorial we did on how we shiplapped an entire room for less than $100 the easy way [here].

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
Classic tile 

This one is a great way to add that “this house has been here for 100 years” element. From subway tile to penny tiles, you can give your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, & other rooms in your home a classic farmhouse vibe with tile. We chose subway tile in our kitchen with dark grout, but in the next house I might play around with more tile options.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
Window trim

This one is huge & often overlooked! I didn’t get amazing photos of the window trim in our home, but we chose to do a thick chunky window, door, & floor board trim throughout our whole home. Old farmhouses always have the best thick trim so to make your new build look old, adding thick trim really adds a HUGE farmhouse element instantly.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

Texture & Painted Furniture

Cozy blankets, burlap, wood grain, chippy paint, shabby pottery, linens, greenery, metal buckets, vintage patina, glass, & some painted furniture add so much dimension and character that screams farmhouse. I love adding crackle pottery with plants, chippy painted furniture, grainsack pillows, antique trunks, & so much more to every room. All of the texture & the painted furniture takes it from a plain white room to a cozy farmhouse. All of the textures from smooth glass to rough chippy paint gives the room a new perspective of an old farmhouse.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
Slipcovered furniture

I ADORE the slipcovered furniture look & in our tri-level home I think it was a huge factor on making it look like a farmhouse. Why you ask? I think the slipcovered furniture look takes a modern piece of furniture and adds an antique vibe which in turn pairs really well with the farmhouse look. & slipcovered furniture is just amazing in my opinion. You can read my review on our slipcovered sofas & see where we got them [here]. Slipcovered sofas make a great blank slate for more cozy texture with pillows & throws as well which caters well to the last point.

DSC_7409

DSC_8477
DSC_6119
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
Antiques & Vintage

In every room of our home I would say 80% of the furniture is antique or vintage. I like mixing old with new to create a lovely farmhouse inspired space. Adding antique elements with new transports any room to an antique farmhouse. You can also go the “faux antique” route if you are having trouble finding antiques and vintage. Stores like Painted Fox sell reproductions that are very convincing & really add the farmhouse vibe like scales, clocks, signs, lighting, & more.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

 

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
Farm elements

Basically decorating with anything you would find on a farm. We have added farm elements to our 80’s home such as barn doors, farmhouse fabrics like grainsack, tobacco baskets, chicken nesters, farmhouse signs, barn wood & more. These elements are things that you would have found on an old farm & by adding them to our house it really gives a lovely farmhouse tribute in any home. You can find farmhouse elements like these at vintage boutiques, barn sales, & more. You can also find new reproductions of vintage farm elements at places like Painted Fox & more.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

DSC_8013
DSC_8586
natural wood

wood furniture, wood countertops, & in our case, lots of wood flooring. Natural wood really brings that old time feel along with lots of warmth to any space. In our home we have lots of wood flooring in every room, but you can also bring in natural wood kitchen cabinets, wood dressers, wood trim, & so much more.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.
How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

How to give any house farmhouse style  - Great tips on how to make any home look like a farmhouse! A must pin for a great blog with farmhouse style tips & tricks.

botanicals 

Ok. we can’t forget about botanicals. Adding natural elements to your spaces, especially real nature brings the outdoors in & adds the fresh farm harvest vibe. I like a mixture of faux greenery & real greenery. I blogged where I find my favorite faux greenery [here].

DSC_8208
DSC_7945
DSC_7943
These are a just a few things you can do to your home to add that farmhouse vibe. I truly hope this post helps a lot of you who have new build homes, older modern homes, & even some farmhouses that you need assistance with decorating, & every other home add some farmhouse style to it. I get a lot of emails daily & lovely people coming in my store daily asking how to get the look & this is just a start. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today & for sharing it with your friends & family, it means so much to me! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest [also, I’m now on snapchat:lizmariegalvan]. xx

DSC_4847-1
See how to make any room cozy [here]

Farmhouse Guest Bedroom Makeover

Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!

This is an exciting week here on the blog!! I will be doing final before & afters of all the rooms in our home as we are now moving into our new, well very old, farmhouse that you can read more about [here] in my announcement post last week. During our move I am taking photos of each room as it looks right before we pack it up & sharing the final look here on the blog. We lived in this house for a year & a half & did  TON of work on it to update it from the 80’s tri-level it was to a modern day farmhouse style home. If you have been following my updates onInstagram [here] or Facebook [here] than you know it’s been a bitter sweet journey leaving our current home to live in our dream home, but you guys have been so amazing with all your encouraging & helpful words. Just one more reason I love sharing this journey with you guys. Today’s post is all about our tiny little guest bedroom. It was the former office on the lower level, but I wanted to create a cozy nook [let’s be honest, I wanted to create a room to nap in] So, I created a little guest bedroom in this space & let me tell you, it really was the best nap spot in the world…

Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!

Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!

Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!
Here is how the space looked BEFORE I got my hands on it…

DSC_01881

& AFTER….

Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!

To update this space simply said I removed all the blue carpet & replaced it with luxary vinyl planks, painted the walls in Behr Dove White, replaced all of the ceiling tiles with wainscotting, & added lots of cozy decor. I added [this] daybed from World Market, some cozy bedding from Arhaus, some striped bedding and large pillows from Ikea, a rug from Marshalls, & some found items like the mantel, doors, window, & bed frames on the wall. The No Vacancy sign is a Home Goods find, the greenery is Ikea, & the lanterns are from Pottery Barn [here]. Above the mantel I had some art from Target, candlesticks from World Market [here], & some pottery pieces from Target. Honestly this room was kind of an eclectic mix of decor from around the house & I kind of love it.

DSC_8665

Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!
DSC_8558
Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!
DSC_8628
Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!
Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!
Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!
Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!
Guest bedroom makeover - See how this bedroom was turned into a dreamy farmhouse guest bedroom with all of the sources! A great blog for farmhouse decor inspiration!
This room was one of my favoarites in our home & I will greatly miss this space, but it’s all packed up after today & headed to our new  home. I also equally can’t wait to play with all of these items in our new house. Be sure to follow me on Instagram & Facebook for all our new home updates & be sure to check back at the blog every day this week to see a room makeover in our home. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog & sharing it with your friends & family, it means a lot!

Thankful For Loss – Our Second & Third Babies

Thankful for loss - my miscarriage story
I shared the loss of our first child last mothers day here on the blog. Since then we have had to say goodbye to two more little babies. I wanted to share this here on the blog today not for sympathy because we are so happily at peace about the loss & we know that God wanted those babies with Him & not here on earth, but I wanted to share for those out there that feel like they are alone in their loss. You are not alone. I want you to know that it’s going to be ok. You will be ok.

LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-0035

Last August I had a slight feeling that I was pregnant, which was strange & random because we had been trying for a year since our last loss the August before, so on a whim I took a pregnancy test & to my shock I got a big fat positive. I was a little nervous for the simple fact that at the same time the year before I lost our first child, but I went to the doctors and things seemed to be going great. A few weeks later right before our 6th wedding anniversary I had signs that I was loosing the beautiful life that was growing within me. I was devastated that another one of our children was being taken away from us so early. No answers as to why, except for the simple fact that the baby was not healthy. For that reason I am thankful. I’m thankful that the precious baby that was with us for 9 short weeks is now perfectly healthy in heaven, I’m thankful that I will meet that sweet child one day, & I’m thankful that God allowed me to get pregnant for the second time.

LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-0119

Fast forward to last October, I was taking a bath one night & I felt a sensation in my lower belly that was so sudden and sharp that I knew something was going on. I hopped out of the tub & took an ovulation test trying to figure out what that feeling was & a big fat smiley face showed up right away. To prove it was ovulation & that I wasn’t pregnant I also took a pregnancy test right after & sure enough it said “pregnant” within seconds. This couldn’t be, we were not even trying. In fact we were about to start with a new fertility doctor the next day. Excitement, fear, & more emotions were looming over me. Were we ready for this? It’s really strange and maybe I shouldn’t admit this here on the blog, but every time we get pregnant I’m scared that we are not ready for kids & maybe not ready to say goodbye to this life we have known for so long with just us two that we love so much, but again we know God will make it perfect, like he has made it now & we trust He knows best. And who is really ever completely ready for that big change right? Along we went with our new doctor & things were going great this time. Over Thanksgiving we went to visit my friend Rach in Savannah & on that trip I was 8 weeks pregnant feeling tired & nauseous, but excited for this third baby & that is also when she took these photos of Jose & I that are in this blog post. These photos are special because I feel like it’s a way we can remember that third baby of ours & celebrate the short life & happiness that the baby brought to us. Thanksgiving in Savannah was amazing & the little life in me was still growing strong. When we got back to North Carolina a few days after thanksgiving we had a baby appointment that would change me forever. We went in not expecting much, but to our surprise right there on the Ultra Sound screen we saw a tiny baby heartbeat flickering away & a few seconds later we heard the beautiful sound of the babies heart filling the room. Tears. It’s the first time we had heard any of our babies heartbeats. What a beautiful sound it was. We left that appointment with photos of our precious baby & walked in silence because we were still in shock of how amazing the appointment had been & the fact that we had a tiny healthy little heartbeat flickering inside me. A week later our hopes and dreams for that little baby here on earth were brought to an abrupt halt. A few weeks before Christmas we lost our third baby. That little heartbeat just stopped beating. Again, no answers & no explanation other than this baby was unhealthy & is in a better place. Again I’m so thankful for that tiny baby & that God knows what’s best. I’m also thankful that I was able to get pregnant a third time. Such a blessing to have been able to carry one of God’s children even though it wasn’t for very long.

LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-0110

No matter how thankful we are for God intervening in our life their are still moments where the losses are hard & some days are more difficult than others, but when I learned to say thank you for everything in my life, not only the easy things, my life became so much better & more full. Accepting that it’s all part of God’s perfect plan for us changes the way we view the losses of our beautiful children. Our life is amazing because He is in control.

LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-0102
I want to end this post out by saying that I am thankful for my losses. You read that right. I am so thankful for every move God makes in my life. I am thankful for the lesson he has taught us about how fragile life is. I am now so aware of life & how precious each moment it is. I see miracles when I look at healthy babies & I no longer take for granted the things I used to. For that I am thankful. I am so thankful that God showed me just how amazing this husband He gave me is & just how amazing & strong the Marriage he blessed us with really is. I love this life of ours & I’m not going to say that it’s perfect, but for the lack of a better words it’s perfectly ours & I know if I planned my life it probably wouldn’t have been this good. I have this ability to wake up with a smile on my face everyday & be so excited about life because I have this faith in God that can’t be broken. I am thankful that through hardships he has made my faith in Him grow to limits I never knew were possible. I know He has amazing plans for us & I see them unfolding daily. Jose & I are so blessed beyond measure & I know some people may think we should not be this happy with 3 losses in the past two years, but everyone suffers from something in their lives & it’s how you choose to live your life that can make or break you. God didn’t choose for us to have those three babies here on earth, & we are so excited to meet them someday in their perfect form that they will be in. In a dream the other day I dreamed that Jose & I were on a honeymoon that lasted for years just us two & laughing & being free. After waking up I realized that’s exactly how our life is now. We moved away from home right when we got married seven years ago & have lived just him & I on this honeymoon by ourselves loving life & being able to just enjoy each other as best friends & soak every second in together. After that dream I regretted ever trying so hard to change God’s plan that I had lost track of being happy in the moment. ENJOY THE NOW! Enjoy the beautiful moment you are in whatever it is. Don’t focus on the loss, the heartache, marriage problems, money issues, job difficulties, or whatever you are going through because all these things will pass & you will be so much happier looking back realizing you chose to be happy through those times while trusting that God’s plan is better than anything you could imagine. Happiness is a choice. Be thankful for every moment in your life because God is shaping you for something great & those things are making you a better person. Choose to let those situations make you a better person. Let it make you softer, kinder, & love more deeply. Smile today & know that you are going to be ok. It will all be ok. 

fcfe10c0b76ea4cf407c6ea856e04b6a

LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-0076
LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-0107

af3c974af9818f1d56471b033c6b5ad6
Dear sweet babies, I’m so thankful I was your mom for your short lives here on earth & I’m so thankful you have each other up in Heaven. Your dad & I will think of you everyday & we can’t wait to see your beautiful faces someday. I’m so thankful you are healthy & happy now. We love you so much. Love your mommy & daddy. 

LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-LizJoseSyled Ivory and Beau-0116

Photos by Rach Lea Photography/Facebook/Blog
Styled By Ivory & Beau