Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com A Lifestyle and Design Blog Tue, 05 Jun 2018 03:38:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Haven Mentors 2018 http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-mentors-2018/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-mentors-2018/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 03:38:20 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10957 Author information
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Hello! I’m alive! If you’ve been checking in on social media, you know I’m planning a graduation party for my son THIS Saturday. I may or may not be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. No big deal.

So the girls and I are working SO HARD making this the greatest HAVEN ever for you! Of course, one of our favorite traditions has become our mentor program and doing this little blog hop to introduce them to you! “That’s so fun, Chris!” I know.

Take a moment and check out those lovely mentors! Am I right? We take our time to really choose bloggers who we feel are solid contributors to the blogging community. I’d say we did well, eh?

Monday

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality | Sheila of Maison de Cinq | Liz of Liz Marie Blog | Aniko of A Place of my Taste

Tuesday

Chris of Just a Girl | Haneen of Haneen’s Haven | Ashley of The Handmade Home

Wednesday

Traci of Beneath my Heart | Erin of Erin Spain

Thursday

Laura at Duke Manor Farm | Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick | Stacey at Not Just a Housewife

Friday

Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl | Diane of In My Own Style | Beth at Home Stories A to Z | Lauren at Bless’er House | Katie at Bower Power

If you don’t know me, Hi. I’m Chris! I’m one of the founders of Haven, and this is my house! My HAVEN.

All the mentors are answering some fun questions in their posts, so I’ll answer them too. Because I want to feel cool.

What is your best advice for a blogger?

Oh man. Let me begin with chapter 1…just kidding. I’m going to tell you my top three because after 10 years of blogging, even I have to remind myself of them!

  1. Stay consistent, but don’t be hard on yourself when you’re not.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others–even when you reeeaaally want to.
  3. You do you. Overwhelmed by social media? Afraid your analytics isn’t up to par. Don’t fret. There are bigger things to worry about. Ya know?

What is your best advice for a new Haven Maven?

Gosh. Do whatever you need to do to have fun. Let your guard down, talk to people you don’t know, stay up later because the conference only lasts for so long, and take lots and lots of notes. Go to as many classes as you can and ask questions!

Who are you most excited to see/meet at Haven this year?

Two people:

  1. All Haven attendees (yes, they count as one). Haven is like Christmas for us planners. We finally get to see it all coming together and seeing YOU have a good time. It’s seriously a high like no other.
  2. My best girls. I talk to them every day; I see them once a year. We’re changing that at some point, but I can’t WAIT to hug them!

Sarah Thrifty Decor Chick | ME! | Beth Home Stories A to Z

Hopefully, you’ve come over here from Aniko at Place of My Taste. If not, go say hi to her! And theeennn go to my friend Haneen at Haneen’s Haven! She makes me giggle. 🙂

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Mexico: What I Wore http://www.justagirlblog.com/mexico-what-i-wore/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:02:36 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10911 Author information
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Mexico Rule #1: Do NOT overpack. Your wardrobe will be comprised of mostly swimsuits and cover-ups.

Mexico Rule #2: Immediately regret that you didn’t abide by rule #1.

But…here’s what I did wear.

Sundresses

This green maxi dress was by far my favorite. Hands down the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn. So much so that I plan on buying more in other colors! For reference, I am 5’9″, and this came all the way to the ground for me. #thankyoubabyjesus

Another favorite is this palm beach dress. I was worried that it would be see through, but it has a liner. Yay! It is SO comfortable!

I purchased a Large, and it was too big for me. Just an FYI when ordering.

And because I’m obsessed with maxis, this blue maxi dress is another favorite. It has pockets. Winner!

Cover-ups

Outside of actual clothes, I wore a lottttt of poolside wear. I received so many compliments on this cover-up! Again, I ordered a large, and it was too big. Bummer. I love it so much, I think I’ll just buy a second one in my size. 

I found a similar cover up at Marshall’s, so this isn’t exactly it. Cute though! And you can see that I have a similar cover up in blue that I actually found at WalMart (no link). I love this so much that I’ll probably buy a second one of it too! 

Swimsuits

This Jantzen tankini was so nice. Mine is a beautiful wine color. Both flattering and comfortable! However, it did leave a complicated tan line. 🙂 

The rest of my suits were from Target. I went with tankini mix and match, so it was an easy way to freshen up the look each day. AND very comfortable! {Click on the pic below to go to the site.}

Hats

And finally what I wore for pure survival. The Mexican sun does not let up (yay!), so you really need some extra protection if you spend the day out there. I don’t have links for them, but I found these at Target, WalMart, and Kohls respectively.

Sorry–IG pic. Didn’t have an original!

Whew! That’s a lotta clothes right there, eh? If nothing else, take my advice–don’t over pack. Remember rule #1. 🙂

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DIY Mid Century Modern Sign http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-mid-century-modern-sign/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:41:18 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10940 Author information
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The weather here in Michigan is struggling (for lack of a better word), but I know a bunch of you are celebrating some beautiful spring weather! And beautiful spring weather means projects! And projects mean–ok, moving on.

Address Sign

Well if one of your projects involves a new address sign, I have just the tutorial for you. I’m here for you.

how to make a mid century sign

I did a front yard makeover for a reader, and she wanted a mid century vibe. It was a little out of my comfort zone, but I knew “clean lines”…and who doesn’t love clean lines?

DIY address sign

Here’s the breakdown:

I chose poplar for this project since it was such a focal point in the walkway. Thought the nicer finish would be better.

The fundamental list is actually quite short, but you do need a couple of things to keep it protected.

Address Sign Directions

This is really my favorite part because I kept it simple. I literally used one type of wood and attached it all together. I cut down the 1×4’s into 36″ lengths. I measured about how high I wanted it from the ground and figured that using 5 rows was about the right height.

 

For the three pieces in between, I just kept them long enough to bury them. I think they ended up being about 26 inches? The three went into the ground to stabilize, and then the mulch kind of wrapped around it to keep it more secure.

I ran some wood glue along the three vertical pieces to stabilize the wood and nailed each piece in. I used a piece of scrap wood to space them apart ever-so-slightly. Once the front was in place, I did the same on the back. Built. #micdrop

how to make an address sign

Once it was built, I applied pre-conditioner, stain, then urethane to protect it. Be sure to get into all those ridges and backs!

Finally, I attached the numbers and walked away slowly. Woot! Seriously one of the easier projects I’ve done, and it makes a huge impact!

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One Room Challenge Week 2: Home Office http://www.justagirlblog.com/one-room-challenge-week-2-home-office/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:10:17 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10930 Author information
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Ok. Wanna see the plan? In week 1 of the One Room Challenge, I talked about redoing the home office and why I felt it needed an update. So here’s where we began.

And this is what I’m hoping will be the after. I mean, we are talking about me here. 😐
home office design
THAT, folks, is more reflective of my style. And now I can’t wait to get started! So the big dog is obviously going to be the bookshelves. And painting the dresser. Oh, and the money. Yikes. #canigetalittlehelphere?
Until then, here is my wish list. I’m hem-hawing (love that word) on the rug since the one in the above photo is no longer sold (why?!), and I’m sure the decor items will vary based on what I find in stores. Lezzzz be honest here…it’s not like I have money flying out of my wallet. And if I did, it would just be a couple of one’s.

That’s it! Now all you have to do is keep checking back! This weekend I’m tackling the bookshelves, but it’s supposed to be cold with freezing rain. Because that’s what Michigan does to my DIY plans in the spring.
One Room Challenge Logo
Check out the other participants as they work on their 6-week projects! It’s fun.

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Shop the Look: Target Opalhouse http://www.justagirlblog.com/shop-the-look-target-opalhouse/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 01:21:35 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10925 Author information
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If you haven’t heard already, Target had a new line come out this week. And really. Who isn’t always excited about a new line at Target?

Target Opalhouse

It’s a gorgeous line, but it’s quite a mix of colors and styles. I find that I want a couple of pieces from each theme, so I thought I’d just show you some of my favorites. That way, you can go check out the rest for yourself!

Happy Shopping!

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The One Room Challenge Plan http://www.justagirlblog.com/the-one-room-challenge-plan/ Sat, 07 Apr 2018 03:04:29 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10907 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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You read that right. ORC…One Room Challenge. I’ve never joined simply because I’ve never wanted to be restricted to a rigid timeline. Unfortunately, timelines tend to be my #1 nemesis when it comes to projects. I start one…then abandon it. No worries though ’cause then I start another one. And abandon it. Are you sensing a pattern here yet?

One Room Challenge

The concept of the ORC is simple. Six weeks to finish a project/room redo. Each week, you get an update. And then a big ol’ reveal the final week! #cuethesweatglands I’m obviously joining as a guest, but there are 20 selected participants that you can follow each week as well!

One Room Challenge Logo

Ok. So if you follow this blog at all (hello, all 37 of you!), you know that I already have a pretty nice home office #inmyopinion. We worked really hard building the bookshelves ourselves, and then I painted the room and upgraded the furniture. But it just never…felt…right. It’s pretty. I like it! I just don’t love it. Does that make me a brat? Probably.

white home office

Soooo what’s the problem? I wanted a place to be more feminine for me, but really I get that with my classroom. Then I noticed that it didn’t really blend well with the rest of my house. While each room has its own flavor, they still tend to have the same familial color tones. But not this one. That’s the start of the issue anyway. Did anybody even read that paragraph? How boring, eh? I could barely stand to re-read it myself.

Home Office Inspiration

I knew I wanted something different, but I was hovering over some paint options for the bookshelves. Then I saw this office by ABD Studio (Brittany Haines). I was hooked.

black white home office

The shelves have to be painted. The end. Well, really just the beginning, but that sounded more dramatic. I’m leaving you with that. Next week, I’ll show you the exact(ish) plan! Until then, I’ve got some paint prepping to do!

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Spring Break Mexico http://www.justagirlblog.com/spring-break-mexico/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:00:28 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10889 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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Hey all! It’s Monday, and I’m actually not feeling too bad about it. On Wednesday, we are leavin’ on a jet plane for Mexico! It’s my son’s senior trip, so we’re going with a few other families to an all-inclusive.

Puerto Morelos Beach{source}

It is currently 34 degrees in Michigan. Let’s just think about that for a moment, shall we?

beach in Mexico{source}

Ok. Minute’s over. I’ll give you all the details when we get back, but I’m excited to spend time with my kids and reconnect as a family. If you have teenagers who have jobs, sports, and social calendar’s that’ll make your head spin, you know exactly how important it is to get some time away with them.

Follow along on Instagram to see what we’re doing! I have a feeling it’ll involve a lot of sitting on the beach. And eating. Lots of eating.

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Shop the Look: H&M Home http://www.justagirlblog.com/shop-the-look-hm-home/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:08:35 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10873 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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You guys. Have you ever been in love with H&M Home line? And then completely forget about it?! Who does that, right? Me. Right here. DAR.
So I’m starting to work on some new things around the house…which means buying some new things for the house. And THIS line stopped me in my tracks. Until I forget about it, of course.
I just chose their neutrals for this post, but they have a gabillion things (exaggeration) that I’m in love with! My car is full right now, and I’ll show you what I buy on my IG stories. As soon as my shopping finger does some editing. #mamagocrazy
Be sure to click over and see the second page of items. I just couldn’t edit down the objects to one page. Self control: therapy session #1 for me. 🙂 Happy shopping! Don’t blame me when you’re self control no longer exists either.
Oh. PS. I use some affiliate links. Is that even a surprise to readers anymore? We’ve all gotta pay ‘dem bills, you know? (Insert a kissing emoji here.)

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Irish the Puppy http://www.justagirlblog.com/irish-the-puppy/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/irish-the-puppy/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:33:06 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10876 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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Two years ago (almost to the day), we lost our big boy Maximus. Meaning that two years ago, I cried tears of sadness. And then tears of joy. My house was mine again. No more dog hair. No more drool. I declared to the world that we were DONE. No more big dogs to ruin my home! I. am. the QUEEN of my domain!

And then this happened.

copper bullmastiff puppy

Yap it up, everyone. Clearly, I think I hold a lot more power in this house than I actually do. If you’ve been watching over on IG, you know that I’m not really a dog person. I love the companionship and the fuzzy hugs. But it kind of ends there for me. Cue the pitchforks.

bullmastiff puppy

My husband’s family is Irish. He’s a copper puppy. We got him days before St. Patrick’s Day. It was a no-brainer. IRISH, it is.

Like Maximus, he’s a bullmastiff. He’s 8 weeks old. So yes, I’m aware of how big he’ll get. #lordhelpme

bullmastiff puppy 8 weeks

So let’s recap.

I have a dog I didn’t want.

I have no control over my family.

Irish is THE cutest puppy in all the land.

And one more thing. When will this guy stop hating him?

Irish the Bullmastiff

bullmastiff puppy

I’m asking for a friend.

copper bullmastiff

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Midweek Mentions http://www.justagirlblog.com/midweek-mentions/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:10:35 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10852 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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Well what d’ya know? Here on a Wednesday! Tapping back into my Midweek Mentions that you seem to like!
Midweek Mentions
This time of year always has me finding things that bring comfort. Blankets, textural items…and a wine tumbler.
1. Did you hear the word? Crocs. They’re making a comeback, people! My daughter received the gray pair above. She wears them for softball tournaments so she doesn’t have to wear her cleats all the time. Just trust me–they’re back.
2. That stunning picture with the beautiful view? I shared it on Instagram this week, and I think it’s safe to say people agreed with me. It’s beyond beautiful, and I would LOVE to look at that view every day!
3. I’m on the hunt for throw pillows. The problem here is that I’m always on the hunt for pillows. I like pillows on beds; I like pillows for guests; I like inside pillows; I like outside pillows! It’s a never-ending battle that eats at my inner core on a daily basis. I’m sure there’s therapy for it somewhere. These pillows from Etsy caught my eye–especially because they’re affordable!
4. Speaking of therapy…I received one of these wine tumblers from a student for Christmas (funny in itself!), and I love it! I’m not a huge drinker, but I have to have my drinks cold! Score 1 student!
5. And I’m pretty sure I saved the best for last. I stumbled on these jeans/jeggings/leggings from Old Navy, and they changed my life. Now four women that I work with have the same jeans because we’re so in love! They have a BAND at the waist, people! Old Navy Rockstar Jeans for President? Yes. Here’s my vote.
So there’s what I’m eyeing and buying this week! Hopefully you enjoyed a little virtual eye candy yourself. 🙂
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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