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Stopping in on a Friday (what’s gotten into me?!) to share a house tour I stumbled on. And by stumbled on, I mean googling “house tours” because I’m obsessed with looking at beautiful homes. #issues

I have to share because it’s one of the few homes I could pack up my bags, move into, and do nothing to it. Like, NOTHING. Even when we see houses we la-la-love, there’s always something we’d change, right? Not here. El zippo. Open drawers, insert clothes–the end.


Told ya. Happy weekend!

Built by: Jackson & Leroy 
Designers: Elizabeth Kimberly Design and architect Bradford Houston from Establish Design.
Photos by Joshua Caldwell

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Just a Girl Midweek Mentions http://www.justagirlblog.com/just-a-girl-midweek-mentions-3/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:55:58 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10377 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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Heydy Ho! That’s right, folks. I’m here in the middle of the week. It’s been a busy one with work, parent/teacher conferences, and softball, but I have summer on the brain! That means I’ve been shopping the ol’ web for colorful and fun items. Wanna see my favorites this week?

If you click on each item, it’ll take you to the website. Please don’t ask me how I did it, because I pretty much have no idea. 🙂

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Just a Girl Travels: Chicago http://www.justagirlblog.com/just-a-girl-travels-chicago/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/just-a-girl-travels-chicago/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:09:55 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10323 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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I’m pretty sure the #1 rule of blogging is to keep a consistent schedule. Awkward silence…..

Sorry–life just gets too busy for me to keep up with it, so perhaps that’s a blogger fail? I’ll make up for it with some cool pictures of Chicago, ok?

We recently had spring break here, and we were one of three families in our town who didn’t go somewhere. My son went to Florida with a friend’s family, so I took my daughter, her two best friends, and their moms to Chicago for a couple of days.

We got lucky and dodged all kinds of rain, but it wasn’t super sunny…until we went up 94 floors in the John Hancock building. The clouds parted, and we were given a gahorgeous view of the city.

A few of the girls did the Tilt where it leans you forward over the building (yikes), and you can clearly see that Miss Thing had no problem with it. I love how her bestie keeps one foot on the building. 🙂

I didn’t even edit any of these pictures. Crazy how beautiful the water is, eh?

We spent a LOT of time shopping and wandering around the city.

Of course, I had to take a moment to embarrass my daughter. I don’t mean to do it. It just kind of…happens. You should have seen her face when I told her to get a picture of “me and my friends”.

Candy…

No trip to Chicago is complete without the obligatory bean picture. I’ve been here numerous times, but it’s still cool.


We wrapped up the day on the Navy Pier. What a great view, eh?

And of course, one more opportunity to embarrass the little one.

So what do I recommend for a quick trip to Chicago?

  • Navy Pier–shopping, restaurants, great views of the city
  • Magnificent Mile–lots of shopping
  • Chicago pizza–be prepared for a wait time for the meal
  • The Bean–good picture-taking
  • John Hancock Observatory–beautiful views of the city
  • WALKING–just wander the streets; you won’t regret it

**Notice no mention of the fabulous museums. That would be a whole other blog post. Chicago is only a few hours away for us, so I’ve been there a bunch of times. We’ve done all the museums, parks, shows, etc. My favorite museum is the Field Museum of Natural History–Just FYI.

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Haven Mentor Blog Hop http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-mentor-blog-hop-2017/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-mentor-blog-hop-2017/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10292 Author information
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Coming over from Sarah at Life on Virginia Street? Welcome! She’s a cutie, eh? And don’t get me started on that house of hers. Oh, and that pool is easy on the eyes, eh? 🙂

Year 6?! Seriously? Can you believe a handful of creative women started this conference that long ago, and we’re still 1. going strong 2. having a great time and 3. haven’t killed one another yet?! Last year, we started a mentor program at Haven, and it was a huge success! We knew immediately that we wanted to do it again, so I’m here to introduce you to them….and let you learn a little about me while you’re here.

So who am I, you ask? Who’s the girl behind Just a Girl, exactly? Ok…enough with the dramatics. Here’s some answers for you.

1. How many years have you been blogging? 57 years. Not really–but it sure feels that way sometimes. I just celebrated my 9th year. Woot! My friends and I call ourselves the dinosaurs. I like to refer to us as the originals, but whatever. I just want to sound cool so it offsets how old I feel.

2. What is your favorite DIY project that you have completed? Not gonna lie. 9 years lends itself to quite a few projects. Some favorites…

My son’s room is one of my loves. The pallet wall was completely free, so that also gets a “favorite” vote from my husband. It was in my feature in Better Homes and Gardens, so it holds a special place, for sure.

rustic pallet wall

My other favorite is my daughter’s room–again, because it was so inexpensive and yet makes a statement. I painted the tree mural myself (yikes!), and the Ikea curtains were super cheap. My daughter loves it, so I love it. teen bedroom

And lastly, I’d have to say my fire pit and patio. It’s still a work in progress, but considering where it started…

diy patio before

…to where it is now, I’m pretty happy with it. We did the whole patio, fire pit, and landscaping ourselves, and it has been a labor of love. This is the most updated picture I have since living in Michigan means we’ve been hibernating for months. I’ll have more updates once we can be sure that snow isn’t going to dump on us at any second. #pleaselittlebabyjesus


3. What is something useful you have learned from a blog conference? Well, Haven is the only conference I’ve actually “attended”. I may be partial, but the classes we offer are out of this world. I fill my phone with notes; I rack my brain with what to start on first; I panic at being behind on everything! Then I realize that everyone is learning just like me. So my “something useful”? Haven (and I’m sure other conferences) fosters friendships that you could never get through your computer. And friendships allow you to ask questions and clarify information. THAT is what I find to be the most useful.

4. What is something you love about blogging and what is something you wish you could change? Oh man. This could be a slippery slope. I’m a dinosaur original, remember? Blogging has changed my life and brought me opportunities to work with and learn from people I never thought possible. Some of my closest friends were made through blogging! And Haven is my baby. Blogging/Haven has given me a sense of creative empowerment that can’t be matched. I’m thankful, thankful, thankful.

And what would I change? Ugh. Social media. It is my opinion that social media has “slanted” blogging. We can now take very particular pictures of small corners of our lives, and it leads to those ugly things called jealousy, comparison, and insecurity. In the world of Instagram or Facebook, everyone has the perfect life, ya know? That “perfect life” mentality doesn’t sit well with me…and I sure would change it if I could.

5. What is one piece of advice you would offer a blogger–new or otherwise–who is going to Haven? I’m going to copy and paste what I said one year ago because I believe in it that much. Leave extra room in your suitcase. When you see the amount of swag you leave with, you’ll thank me. Ok that was dumb. How ’bout another one?  You’re going to be tired, but push through. Stay up a little late. Meet the girls in the lobby even though you want to go to bed. The conference flies by, and you’ll regret not taking some extra time to spend with your people after you get home.

My favorite part of the post has come! Time for me to introduce you to Courtney at French Country Cottage! Grab a cup of coffee before you go, because you’ll be staying at her blog for a while! 

 

And finally! Get. Your tickets. to Haven. Visit our conference page for all the details! I really hope to see you July 20-22!!

Monday: Southern Hospitality | Finding Silver Pennies | Jennifer Rizzo | Chaotically Creative 

Tuesday:  Life on Virginia Street | Just A Girl | French Country Cottage | Maison de Pax 

Wednesday:  Thistlewood Farms | The Handmade Home | Beneath My Heart That’s My Letter | Sweet Tea, LLC

Thursday:  Centsational Girl | Mom4Real | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | The Lettered Cottage | Shades of Blue Interiors

Friday:  The Inspired Room | Beauty and Bedlam | The Kim Six Fix | Shabbyfufu

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Basement Progress: Choosing Flooring http://www.justagirlblog.com/basement-progress-choosing-flooring/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 03:15:33 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10239 Author information
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When we first started this very-diy-adventure we call the basement, we knew one thing would be an important decision–the flooring.

basement mood board

We considered the who’s, how’s, and what’s that come with making up our minds.

Who would use it? Adults and kids. Oh, and dogs. Maybe some hamsters? Kind of covered a lot of ground there.

How would the floor be used? Entertaining–and a whole lot of it. From teens to adults, we like having people over. It makes us feel like we have friends.

What did we want it to look like? We were easily in agreement that we wanted wood. Well, we at least wanted it to look like wood.

All the answers we came up with pointed us in the direction of laminate flooring. We had already begun exploring the world of laminate when Pergo reached out with an opportunity to work together. After doing some more research, we felt like that confirmed our decision. Perhaps it was meant to be?

Pergo flooring

We went to various flooring stores to look at the construction (in other words, the validity) of laminate flooring. The laminate we grew up with is certainly not what you find today, so it took us a minute to dispel that misconception. We were sold.

My favorite part, of course, was deciding on what it was going to look like. Based on the mood board, you can see that we were looking for gray tones. We wanted wide planks, and my husband wanted it to be rustic. But not too rustic. Ya feelin’ me?

choosing laminate flooring

We painstakingly narrowed it down to four choices–all of which are gorgeous!

1. Vintage Tobacco Oak–a bit too brown

2. Stonegate Oak–a close second, but perhaps a little too rustic for us (in honesty, too gray for me)

3. Handscraped Manor Hickory–too red

4. Smoked Chestnut–juuuust right

We loved the width of the planks, and the tone of the Smoked Chestnut was exactly what we are looking for. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that we are well into installation, and I can’t wait to show you that process! It was so fast, I almost missed getting pictures of it.

Ok, you twisted my arm. Here’s a sneak peek for you.

pergo flooring

I’ll be back soon to show you how easily it went. And then…how gorgeous the completed floor is. I’m in love!

Disclaimer: Pergo generously provided the flooring and accessories for our basement in exchange for an honest review. You will definitely be getting that! 

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Haven Ticket Announcement! http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-ticket-announcement/ Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:06:33 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10260 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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It’s a BIG WEEK for us Haven girls! Tickets go on sale!! The girls and I have been working behind the scenes for months already, so this is always a big time for us!

haven tickets

Set your alarms and have your computers ready for this Wednesday at 7am EST. It’s time for Haven!

Haven conference team

If you have any questions about where, when, how, why, who…go to our Haven Conference page! We’re answering any and all questions as soon as we know the information!

SEE YOU JULY 20-22!

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Just a Girl Midweek Mentions http://www.justagirlblog.com/just-a-girl-midweek-mentions-2/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:12:25 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10257 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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Happy Wednesday! I’m back with some midweek mentions. You know–stuff I like, items I want to buy…items I will buy. 🙂 I can’t believe I’m actually on week two. Could this thing actually stick? We’ll see.
Midweek Mention 2

 

 1. Leather Tote–This tote at Target is currently sold out, but it will be mine
2. Black and white home tour–I shared this picture on Instagram this week, but you just have to see the whole house. It’s divine!
3. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate 08–I stumbled on this lipstick last week, and it’s my new favorite. Love the color; love the feel of it!
4. Navy rug–I’m incorporating indigo into my living room, and this rug has my attention
5. Woven drawer organizer–Target is killin’ me here. Also sold out, but I love the colorful combo
I’ll add some links once they get re-stocked, but I wanted to share. I hope you love that home tour as much as I do! Still dreaming about it.
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Industrial Wall Sconces http://www.justagirlblog.com/industrial-wall-sconces/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:09:28 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10253 Author information
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Well, the basement has been slow-moving recently. Sometimes those rascals we call kids and that nuisance we call careers tend to get in the way, ya know? #eyeroll
I have, however, been doing some reconnaissance–aka shopping–to be fully prepared when we’re ready to go! I’m a lazy blogger, so I’m just using some cellphone pics to update you on the basement bathroom. Let’s start with the inspiration–
industrial bathroom
And then let’s finish with my first design mistake. I told the electrician the wrong place for the lights! ARGGHHH! Why, Chris, why?!  I’ll tell ya why. I was tired, the electrician was coming the next morning, and my husband was “rushing” me about my lighting decisions. I need a good 6…7 years to make up my mind, and I freaked out. I panicked. It happens.
basement bathroom
 I guess that means we go with option 2–sconces. Wanna see what I’ve come up with?
Industrial Sconces
As you can see, I’m going back and forth between polished silver and a more rustic bronze. Almost all of the options above come in either shade, so it’s just a matter of making up my mind (6ish years, remember?).
I obviously have some decisions to make, but I’ll let you know what I decide!
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Just a Girl Midweek Mentions http://www.justagirlblog.com/just-a-girl-midweek-mentions/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:36:59 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10248 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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Happy Wednesday! In an effort to make myself check in more often, I thought I might share some of my findings midweek. Being a teacher and a DIY blogger means I can’t paint a room every week or frame out a chalkboard on a Thursday night. I told myself to blog smarter last year, and I’ve failed miserably at it. Instead, I just blog less. That’s a bummer. So let’s see if this works (and helps take the pressure off from remodeling a room every week).
Midweek Mentions
St. Paul house tour–I’m kind of obsessed with small homes that still feel light, bright, and airy. This house is so charming!
Threshold Baskets–I’m loving these baskets from Target. They’re light and airy (I’m sensing a theme here), and I need them for summer storage.
DIY Shibori–Do I dare try this myself, or will I end up looking like this?
Jennifer Lawrence
Kate Spade wallet–I purchased this for myself last year, and I get so many compliments on it! Thought maybe it was worth sharing. I love it.
Anthropologie quilt–I’m jonesin’ for this ruffled quilt. Is that pretty or what?
So there you have it. How I spend my time when I’m waiting in a parking lot after practice. See you soon!

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The Week in Review http://www.justagirlblog.com/the-week-in-review-2/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:51:31 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10236 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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Monday: Feeling alright! Walked into three sneezes today. That can’t be good.

Tuesday: A kid just blew his nose in front of my desk. I’m doomed. I would say it’s quiet in class, but kids are coughing so much I can’t hear myself think!

Wednesday: There are zombies walking in the halls. Shells of students who shouldn’t be here but have decided to infect the building. Disinfect the desks! Bleach the door handles. We’re talking Defcon 10.

Thursday: A staff member just puked in the bathroom while I was eating lunch. The plague is upon us. My body is fading. Fast.

Friday: Death is here. I may not make it. Leave me–save yourselves! My lymph nodes are swollen. And hot! Whaa? Leaving early for the med center. I love you all.

sick teacher

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