Monday, May 22, 2017

our farmhouse-inspired dog crate

Hey friends! Happiest of Monday's, and I hope you had a weekend so great that it makes Monday feel not-so-bad!

Kyle and I finally finished our farmhouse-inspired dog crate that we have been working on for months now! Our dog, Sophia, has been in need of new house for a while now. We had been using one of those old metal ones that is very unflattering in the terms of it's looks, but functional overall. I asked Kyle to design and build something (he's seriously the most talented woodworker ever, you guys) that looks nice enough that we could leave in the living room full time, but still keeps Sophia contained.

So, he came up with this:

Isn't it gorgeous?! I am so unbelievably in love with it. It fits my style (and our home) perfectly, and our dog loves it. Okay, she doesn't love being "in bed", but she doesn't mind being in there when she does have to be in it.

I still need to decorate the left side of that area. I'm thinking a homemade bench that can double as seating in our living room, and maybe some sort of greenery.... and I think I'm going to do some faux shiplap or pretty wallpaper on this wall... and I want to do some more decorating in the open wall area... Yikes. Sorry. I'll slow the idea train down a bit. :)

Anyway. I'm obsessed. It's one of my new favorites in our home!

Also, I'm having a blast updating on our home reno's and projects, and I hope you are loving it, too! :)

Have a lovely Monday!

{linking up with blovedboston}

Friday, May 19, 2017

five on friday

Hey friends + happy FRIDAY!

How has your week been? I hope you answered with "absolutely fabulous!" :)

O N E || recovery

My recovery has been so up and down this week. My incision and surgical spot pain is finally starting to chill out, but was quickly replaced with digestive issues. All day Tuesday and most of Wednesday, I wasn’t able to keep anything down, and I had the most horrible stomach cramps. My diet has consisted of applesauce, mashed potatoes, and chicken broth this week. 

It’s hard not to get discouraged. I had many, many people tell me that they bounced back very quickly after this surgery, so it’s discouraging that I’m not. I have an appointment with my surgeon for follow up today, so maybe he can help!

Either way, I’m glad that I’m healthy overall, and at least not in as much pain this week!

T W O || lilli’s room

Did you see my post earlier this week giving a progress report on the remodel in Lilli’s room? You can see that HERE!

T H R E E || kisses, A

I refused to watch the show Pretty Little Liars for the longest time, because I thought it looked like the silliest show… but now I’m on season five and I’m obsessed. It is so much better than just some teen drama like I thought it was. I love mysteries, and although this one seems never ending, it’s definitely good. Have you seen it before?

F O U R || little lumber co.

Kyle and I opened our shop back up this week (see it HERE)! We only keep it open until we hit so many orders, and then we close to catch up until the next time. If you have your eye on anything, be sure to grab it now! We are working on adding more inventory, so stay tuned!

F I V E || disney

I finally posted about our Disney trip this week, as well. You can see that HERE.

I hope you all have had a fabulous week and and even more fabulous weekend to come!

{linking up with smidge of this}

Thursday, May 18, 2017

our little trip to disney

Hi, friends!

I'm finally getting around to posting about our trip to Disney! We had such a great time, and it truly is the most magical place on earth!

I have a lot of photos, so I'll cut right to the chase:

disney springs

Disney Springs was the first place we went to explore the first night we were in Florida. Well, technically the second night, but the first night we had just traveled for 24 hours straight. :)


I have always loved it here. Kyle and I went during our honeymoon a couple years back, and it has already changed so much since then. I love the live music everywhere, and all of the delicious food smells coming from every way. Lilli loved seeing all the "new", and it made me so excited to see how she would love Disney the next day!

my birthday

The first day we spent at Disney landed on my birthday, and it was the best birthday I've ever had!

matching shirts
Lilli is absolutely obsessed with Mickey and Minnie (specifically "mimmie"), and she was soaring during their show at the castle. She kept waving to them and yelling "mimmie! mimmie!"


Lilli is so chill in this photo, haha! 

Kyle's parents were able to join us during our trip, and we snagged a date night (at Disney, on my birthday - talk about the best date ever!) that evening, and we rode the rides Lilli wasn't able to go on, stayed for the fireworks, and did some exploring, just the two of us!

day two


Out of everything we did on the trip, Lilli meeting Mickey and Minnie was my favorite part. I had tears in my eyes the entire time, and seeing the pure joy in her face was priceless. She gave Minnie tons of hugs and kisses, and was so sad when we had to leave her.

She was quite literally screaming when we had to leave them and continue our adventure. But she was fine after she got to play in the little water circus park.

day three

Day three we spent at Epcot for our final day. We were there during the flower and garden festival, and it was absolutely beautiful.

my shirt // bow // lilli's romper

I think this was Lilli's favorite ride of our trip. She loves fish and anything to do with underwater, and the Nemo ride was right up her alley. I really loved this ride, too, and I think it was one of my favorites. :)

the rest of the fun


Although we want to wait a few years before we visit again, I loved every minute of this trip. It was a dream, and Lilli's reactions, smiles, and joys were the best part. I'll never forget how much happiness this vacation brought us!

I'll be making a post in the near future about my tips for visiting Disney, specifically your first time!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

progress report || lilli's room

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday. I hope your week has had a great start!

I'm slowly recovering from surgery - too slowly for my liking! I had a lot of people tell me that they bounced right back after having their gallbladder out, so it's a little discouraging. But I'm healthy and doing as well as I can, and that's all that I can ask for!

Anyway - back to the point of this post. We've started renovations around our home, and I couldn't be more excited! We've made some progress in Lilli's room, to the point where we only have a few more things left to do before I call it finished-for-now, because I'm never fully done when it comes to decorating. :)

What we've finished so far:

 Lilli's "bow" wall 

I made the large bow holder in the middle by take a thin wooden rod, cutting it down to size, and tying different ribbon that matches the room colors on it. Then I glued faux flowers on the top.
headband holder
cream bow holder || flower crown

sweet little gal
toy and book storage

I took two wooden crates, painted them yellow, and glued them together. Then I took some felt and covered the corners to protect Lilli in case she fell by them.

corner spot

strength and dignity

toddler bed + sleep area 

I handmade the floral "L" by gluing faux flowers and leaves on thick cardboard.

What we still need to do:

\\ floral wall decal for the bed wall. I'm thinking this one or this one. which do you think?
\\ hardwood the floors. we are doing all the floors in the house, so this one might take a while.
\\ picture for the white frame in the corner spot. yep, I still have the picture that came with the frame in there, lol! i'm planning on ordering from this shop!
\\ area rug. i'm planning on buying from here!
\\ a wreath for the closet door.
\\ find a cute pillow for the chair. 
\\ I haven't decided whether or not to find a small basket to hold the items on Lilli's dresser. 
\\ a new light fixture. I haven't decided between a ceiling fan or this fixture.

If you can't tell, I'm obsessed with all things floral. Lilli's room makes me so happy, and I can't wait to see it finished!

You can see all of our house updates on my Instagram and via the hashtag #littlehomeredo.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

devotions delivered

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” - Susan Sontag

I have always loved to travel. I didn’t get to much as a kid because my parents didn’t love to travel. But when I did travel, even if it was just to the next state, I was filled with so much passion to explore. I want to see and know of other places other than my home. There’s so much world and beauty that God created, and I want to see it all.

Kyle and I made a decision a long time ago that no matter happened in a year, we had to take two vacations (small or big) each year: one just us, and one as a family. We want to see, and we want our children to see, too.

That’s one of the many reasons I love Devotions Delivered.

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So not only do we get to “travel” to a beautiful place right from our own home, but we get to learn from it, too. 

The other best part? It's already stamped. Once we see, read, and learn, we can send that encouragement to someone else that we love.

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Where do you hope to visit one day?

With love, Brandi