The Story of Mysa How Mysa Came to Be, One Year Later

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The Beginning

When I think about how Mysa started, I know that it began many years ago, in a blue two-story house on the corner where I was constantly rearranging my room, helping my parents make decorating decisions, and sneakily making my siblings’ rooms more presentable.

I’ve always had a love for things that are pretty… in fact, my catch phrase when I was really little was “dis pitty” (this is pretty). And besides changing my outfit countless times a day (sorry mom!), that also came out in how I interacted with the spaces around me. I’ve always had a desire to create beautiful spaces.

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Learning & Growing

In college it came out as pursuing a degree in art—graphic design to be exact. I could make pretty things on my computer screen! I also fell down the giant rabbit hole that is design blogging during this time, and have since followed over 100 home and design blogs. I also may have annoyed more than one roommate throughout college with my incessant sketching out what our next room arrangement could be and then wanting to arrange it at 10pm. 🙂

After college I pursued college ministry for a couple years, which was an incredible experience, and was the first time I had my first (non-dorm) room again in four years. I continued to experiment with layouts, decor, and the like, but it wasn’t until my husband and I got married a couple years later and moved into our own place that my passion for interior design was able to really blossom.

Our first place was a four-plex with two bedrooms, a living, dining, and sun room, and a kitchen and bathroom. I just about went crazy! Decorating and furnishing that place was so much fun and I learned a lot during our year there.

To save money for a house, we decided to downsize, and somehow ended up renting a whole house (it was cheaper than our current place), so that was even more fun! I feel like that rental house is really where my current style started to develop. However, there was so much I wanted to do to it that we simply couldn’t since it was a rental.

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The Push

This desire to continue using my decorating skills led me to question my line of work (I was doing admin work), and was really getting my creative bones itching. I had multiple friends and family who saw my home and would exclaim how beautiful it was (which was saying a lot since it was a super gross house—saving money, remember?), and even offered to pay me to come help them with their house.

These kind compliments and offers got me thinking—why couldn’t I do the same thing I love doing to my house in others’ homes? Why couldn’t I help other people find joy and contentment in their homes, just like I had in our run-down rentals?

So with lots of encouragement from my husband, feedback from my friends and family, and courage from the Lord, in May of 2016 I launched Mysa Home Styling. And I’m SO glad I did! Because of Mysa I’ve had the opportunity to love on people’s homes with them, the opportunity to provide education and encouragement, and the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful people!

To finish up the story, we now own that house that we were saving up for, and it’s been such a blast to get to make all the changes we want to.

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“If you don’t try…”

Over the past year of business ownership I have learned many lessons—about marketing, content creation, pricing, accounting, and all kinds of other business ideas. But the biggest thing I’ve learned is the very thing that tipped me over the edge to start Mysa, the thing that my husband said to me one night as I sat in bed with tears of fear and uncertainty rolling down my face—”If you don’t try, how will you ever know?”

I’ve learned that trying something scary is far better than never knowing if you would have succeeded. Never knowing if your dream could be a reality is more scary than the fear of failure. So what’s that dream of yours? If you don’t try, how will you ever know?


This week I’m celebrating Mysa’s one year birthday! If you’ve ever considered booking my services or purchasing my guide to discovering your style, now’s the time! I’m also doing a giveaway on my Facebook page, so head over there to enter!

Creative Interview: Kendra Castillo Designs Paintings Inspired by Nature & Simplicity

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Creative Interview: Kendra Castillo Designs | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota Friends! Today’s Creative Interview is a really special one as I am interviewing one of the first connections that I made on Instagram when I was just barely starting out on this whole Mysa journey. Kendra has been a great encouragement to me from the start, and I’ve loved watching her blossom as an artist this past year.

You might recognize Kendra from when she shared her master bedroom with us, and today you’re going to get to know her a bit better. Make sure to check her out at the links at the bottom of the post, and show her some love if you like her work as much as I do!

 

Quick Questions

Preferred medium: Acrylic & Watercolor paints

Favorite spot in your home: I would have to say my studio/ living area. We are currently living in a smaller one-bedroom apartment where my studio is located in a small nook in our living and open kitchen space, so I love being able to work on my art projects while still being immersed in almost every other area of our home.

Ideal way to spend a Saturday: I would definitely say being able to have a slow morning, drinking coffee and maybe watching a Netflix show or heading out with my husband to do a little local hike.

Biggest inspiration: Nature. This may sound cliche but nature has always been such a source of inspiration. For me it’s all about the subtleties, the way the wind moves the grass and how the light reflects itself off different surfaces. All of these aspects of nature highly influence my artwork

Favorite color: Well, I guess I would have to say soft blues and greens right now. It can’t be denied if you take a peek at my recent work, they all seem to be sprinkled with blue and green tones.

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When did you begin painting and getting into art? Do you have any formal training?

I was always drawing and creating things from a young age. Looking back now I can see how it was a way for my introverted and introspective self to process life and explore the world around me.

It wasn’t until middle school that I really started falling in love with painting. I had an art class that really opened my mind and taught me how to develop my skills. This was also the moment where I really felt at home in a learning setting, which for me felt life-changing. As far as formal training, all my training came from classes I took in Middle School and High School, everything else was self exploration.

When and how did you decide that you wanted to start selling your artwork?

I always did small projects for people who would commission me to do a painting or murals which was alway fun, but it wasn’t until about a year ago when I really decided to look at my art as a business opportunity. My husband and I were bouncing between a few states after graduating from college and the opportunity to invest all of my time into growing and selling my artwork presented itself and I jumped in and said yes!

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What is the biggest thing you have learned about yourself since you started selling your artwork?

This is a hard question. I guess I would have to say that I have learned that I am stronger than I thought I was. Creating artwork can be a very personal process, so when you decide to open your work up to the public it is a very vulnerable place to be. I have been incredibly lucky to have such support and love from everyone and that has been my fuel to continue to create and be vulnerable everyday.

Does your art influence the way you decorate your home? If so, how?

Yes, definitely! The simplest way it does is the fact that it covers so many of my walls. Also, when I graduated with my degree in interior design I realized early on that my style was a bit minimalist and eclectic (yes, I think they can go together, haha). I love repurposing old furniture and incorporating new elements, like my artwork or more modern accents.

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Where can people find you?

You can always find me on my website and blog or on Instagram & Facebook.

25 Vases for $25 & Under Your Flower-Season Vase Round-Up

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If April showers bring May flowers, then flower season is upon us, friends! And flower season means one of a few things will be happening:

a) our husbands/fiances/boyfriends will be bringing home flowers to us
b) we’ll treat ourselves to a bunch from Trader Joe’s or another local grocer
c) we’ll be snipping flowers from our gardens

Regardless of how these flowers get into your house, you’re going to need a vase! Whether it’s a little glass bud vase for some garden beauties, or a large ceramic vessel for a bunch of wildflowers, I’ve got you covered with a round-up of 25 vases for $25 or less!

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And while we’re on the topic of flowers, what are your favorites? I love ranunculus, peonies, and tulips! I’m always on the lookout for unique flowers at Trader Joe’s and other affordable places!

Douglas Digs: Living Room Design Plan Embracing the Domino Effect of Re-finishing our Basement

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Today I’m excited to share with you our upstairs living room design plan. When we moved into our house last September, the basement had a large finished room, complete with sparkly popcorn ceilings, wood paneling, and bare bulbs. Not exactly the most welcoming (or cute!) place to hang out.

The past couple months we’ve been working on re-finishing it—mainly scraping the ceilings and replacing the wood paneling with drywall. And we’re finally getting close to finishing! So I can finally do more than just dream of designing that big family room… which also means I get to make some changes to our upstairs living room!

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I’m fully embracing the fact that our newly finished basement will have a domino effect on our living room. You see, our TV is currently in our living room, and that will be moving downstairs (along with the large console it’s on and the comfy sofas and coffee table). So we’ll be lacking in furniture upstairs, but do you think I was dismayed by this thought?! Absolutely not! 🙂

I’ve spent the last few months researching to find the very best furniture replacement situation for our living room, as well as working hard selling stuff on Craigslist so we’d have money for said furniture. And this past week we finally pulled the trigger on the couch and chair I decided on from IKEA.

And I LOVE them! Even though our living room is slightly squished now since we’ve got the new furniture as well as the stuff that will be moving downstairs, I can tell it’s going to be good. So I pulled together this design board to show you what our living room will look like hopefully in the next month or so. Obviously, once everything is moved to its proper place, I’ll be giving you a proper tour of the new spaces, but until then, you’ll just have to imagine it.

If you’re curious, here’s the sofa, the chair, and the artwork. Everything else is stuff that we already own, and most of it is thrifted. I’ve rounded up similar items under the “Get the look” section below!

Design Plan

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I’m excited to finish these projects since it feels like we’ve been in limbo for so long! I’m also excited for the TV to move downstairs for two reasons. 1) In the hopes that we’ll watch it less if it’s not right in front of our face all the time and 2) when we do watch it, it won’t be right across from a giant window that causes major glare issues. Win-win! And of course getting to pick out a few new pieces and rearrange everything is a bonus too. 🙂

Get the look:

Reader Question: Downplaying Wood Trim Throughout the Home 3 Tips for Working with Natural Wood

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Today’s Reader Question is from one of my past clients who has lots of natural oak wood trim throughout her home. There’s much debate in the interior design world about painting trim vs. leaving the natural wood, so if you’re in the natural wood camp (or can’t paint the trim due to renting), read on for suggestions on how to blend the wood color into the rest of your decor!

Question:

Our home is about 20 years old and has that orange, oak wood throughout our home.  Many people are tired of that look and I get that! However, it doesn’t bother me too much and I don’t want to paint all my wood white which is what a lot of folks are doing these days. Personally, I love white walls and wood together. So, what can I do in my home to downplay or work with the wood that is everywhere—kitchen cabinets, bookcase, windows, bathrooms etc? What colors tone it down or blend with it?

Answer:

I love this question, because I have a similar situation going on in our home! Our home was built in the 60’s and there’s lots of natural wood. When we painted all the walls, we decided to skip the trim (for now, at least), and I’m actually really liking the warmth that the wood brings to the space.

There are a couple ways that you can downplay or help your wood blend into your home.

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Mix in other neutrals

Using neutrals that don’t have brown tones in your home is a great way to downplay the wood. So instead of using a white that has a creamy-yellow tone to it, opt for a cooler white. Grays, blacks, and navys all work great as well, and will tone the orangey wood color down.

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Incorporate furniture and accents with different wood tones

When selecting photo frames, bookshelves, and other furniture, choose pieces that don’t have the same wood-tone as your trim. Whether you select white or black, or just a lighter or darker wood tone, it will help to have different tones than your trim. And don’t be afraid to mix and match! As long as you have a good mix, the different tones shouldn’t stick out.

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Add contrast

Similar to incorporating other neutrals, you can harness the power of the color wheel and incorporate colors that are opposite from your wood trim. Since yours is orange-colored, then anything blue would be opposite and will help to balance it out. Generally, adding cooler colors will help to tone down all the warmth from the wood. Also, opt for contrasting hardware (black knobs with orange wood rather than copper knobs) to help modernize and downplay the wood.

I hope that these suggestions help you integrate your wood trim into your home better! Please leave a comment if you have other ideas. And don’t forget to drop me a line if you have a question that you’d like to see answered on the blog!

Mother’s Day Gifts to Show Your Love 9 Gifts For the Chef, Fashionista, & Home Decorator

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Mother’s Day is only ten days away, and I know how quickly it can sneak up! My mom’s birthday is May 10, so Mother’s Day has often fallen on her birthday, and at the least always falls within a few days of it.

I suspect that this is a little bit like having your birthday fall on Christmas, or having the same birthday as a sibling—always getting joint gifts and parties, never having either day fully celebrated. Sorry mom! But I think it’s actually worked out okay in her favor in more recent years when we’ve realized that if we’re going to combine gifts that we should maybe double the value since we’re covering two holidays. 🙂

Anyway, my point is that Mother’s Day can sneak up. So I wanted to share a little gift guide for you guys with plenty of time to spare. And make sure and scroll all the way to the bottom for a special Mother’s Day sale on my guidebook!

For the Chef

Williams Sonoma Marble Hexagon Trivet, White
Who can’t use a trivet? And a beautiful one like this can double as kitchen decor when not in use!
The Food Journal
This journal is for the true foodie. She can record her favorite recipes, clippings from magazines, dining out experiences, and more!
Cookbook Holder
This cookbook holder is another double-duty kitchen piece, as it is both beautiful and functional.

For the Fashionista

Laser-Cut Tote for Women
This affordable tote is the perfect bag for running errands or date night.
OPI Nail Lacquer, You Don’t Know Jacques!
Nail polish in a trendy (yet subdued) color is always a good idea!
Panacea Statement Triangle Collar Necklace, Black/Golden
Opt for jewelry that is simple, yet bold for your mother’s day gift. We all remember the days of giving our mothers “mom” necklaces… now it’s time for something a bit more sophisticated.

For the Home Decorator

Nate Berkus Cream Pom Dot Square Throw Pillow (18″x18″) – Nate Berkus
A neutral throw pillow is the perfect thing to help your mom spruce up her home for spring!
Tag Associates Group Slate Blue Terracotta Lantern
This outdoor lantern will be just the thing for patio dinners and evening BBQs. Include a citronella candle and you’ve got yourself a real winner!

And last, but certainly not least…

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How to Discover Your Style & Create a Cohesive Home Guidebook
For the moms who long to have a home that they love and reflects them, this guidebook will help them discover their unique style and create a cohesive home. Now through Mother’s Day, get 25% off the regular price of $14.95!

I hope you feel inspired by these ideas for Mother’s Day gifts, and that your mother feels oh so loved on her special day!

Guest Post: Practicing Hospitality as a Family Extending Hospitality to the Outsiders While Continuing It to the Insiders

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Hey! I’m Sarah Maiers and I hope to be known by loving God like crazy, giving “too much” of myself to others and finding joy in the hardest and smallest of things. I’m passionate about marriage, motherhood, healthy living and simplicity. My favorite person is Chris Maiers and somehow I get to call him my husband. We have two boys, Zion and Malakai, and we hope to fill our home with many more little ones! And yes, of course I love coffee and chocolate.

I’m honored to be here to share a little bit of my heart on hospitality + motherhood. Whenever I’ve finished reading a blog post of Heather’s, I feel capable and excited to open my life and home to others, and I never feel burdened or overwhelmed by her thoughts and ideas. She shares ideas and writes words with such grace and understanding and I want to comment that her life is lived out in the same way! I hope that the words I leave here will do the same for you, that they would be life giving and that by implementing the thoughts and ideas I share I hope it would take you a step closer to serving others with more freedom from expectations! 

Hospitality is a way to serve others by opening up our lives and inviting friends, family and strangers in. In order to be hospitable, we need to learn how to create a space that is inviting and welcoming, where people feel safe and able to let their walls down. With that being said, being hospitable is not easy—it requires sacrifice in some area (at least one) whether it be finances, time or letting your own walls down. That’s my most basic explanation of hospitality and there’s a lot of different ways we could talk more in depth on the subject. Check out Heather’s other posts here for some great reads on hospitality. 

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As a mother, the biggest challenge that I face when inviting other people into my life and my home isn’t how I can serve “the outsiders”—friends, strangers, extended family, but more so how can I continue serving and loving “the insiders”—my own family. This is what I want to talk about today. Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets more focused on what my home looks like or how the food turns out rather than if my husband has been encouraged and/or I’ve gotten down on the floor to play with my toddler and look into my baby’s eyes.

“No, I don’t have time to play with you. Go play by yourself. I need space, watch a show. After I’m done with this, no, after I’m done with this. Maybe later. You are late. I said Roma tomatoes not heirloom!” All things I’m guilty of saying and all things that are withholding love from the people within my home. If I’m working hard to show love by serving my guests at the expense of giving love to my family, I have gotten something wrong. Hospitality does require me to make sacrifices but the sacrifices I make should never be withholding love from other people.

Now I know this has just taken us into a scary zone, it seems close to impossible to be a present wife and mother while creating a (somewhat clean and inviting) place for others to come into. The good news is that both things—being hospitable and being a present wife and mother are both part of God’s design. Why is that good news? Because when we desire to do things God’s way, He makes it possible! 1 Thessalonians 3:12 says: “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.” As we lean into Gods way, He is able to increase our love for all which includes our guests and our family. Yay!

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Teaching Moments

In opening up our home to others there is tremendous opportunity to impact lives beyond the impact that serving brings. On one hand, there is opportunity to teach and show your kids the importance and purpose of hospitality. On the other hand, there is opportunity to show your guests what a healthy, loving home and family looks like. Whether being intentional in these areas or not, the example is being set by your actions and your kids and your guests are picking up on it.

If I spend all of my time focused on cleaning the house and making the food and fluffing the pillows, my kids will begin to think that inviting others in is about what things look like. While the guests are over and if the whole time the kids are shooed away and told to go do their own thing, our guests will begin to think that kids are a distraction. If I invite my kids into the time I spend preparing my heart and home just think of all of the teaching that can happen! While our guests are over and if I am mindful that they are picking up on the interactions between our family members just think of all the teaching that can happen there, too!

Family Remains A Priority

Just because you are hosting people, doesn’t mean you ignore and alienate your children and husband. Remember, the goal is to add people into your family for a few hours, not sacrifice everyone and anything in your family in order to make sure your guests have a good time. You still need to talk to your children about how their day was and let them join in appropriate conversations with your guests. Affirm and encourage your husband in front of your guests. This makes the hosting experience enjoyable for everyone involved!

The last thing you want is for your children and husband to dread every time you tell them that someone is coming over for dinner knowing that they will have to deal with “momzilla” or “wifezilla” for the 24 hours leading up to the guest’s arrival, and then “put on a face” of happiness (knowing that they will be second rate) while your guests are there.    

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Thoughts and Ideas

I am continually growing in these areas and always learning new tips and ideas for how to invite others into my home while remaining engaged with those in my home. I certainly do not have it all figured out. Here is a small list of things we do in our home that I hope will be easy to duplicate and/or get your mind going on ways you can implement things!

  1. Show and Talk about your guests!

    The days leading up to our time with our guests we spend a lot of time mentioning our guests names, praying for them, telling Zion how we met our guests, why they are coming, what we will be eating and doing, what we like about them etc. We Facebook creep our guests and show Zion pictures of our guests, which he really enjoys. It’s fun to watch Zion’s excitement grow as we talk about them with him.

  2. Plan for easier meals, let your kids help.

    I know that a lot of the times this adds more time to prep (especially with toddlers) but here is an awesome teaching opportunity! (And the making of future chefs to make delicious food for their parents—ha!) Plan for more time than what it would normally take you. Put toddlers in charge of mixing ingredients or grabbing things from the fridge. There are safety knives you can invest in and preschoolers can begin learning how to chop fruits and veggies. We love to do tacos when we have guests over—we throw meat in the crockpot early that day and then spend 30 minutes prepping the sides.

  3. Carve out intentional time.

    I try to allow time for little helpers in the kitchen but sometimes it just isn’t practical and I need to get something done and out of the way. If I know something is going to require more of my time around the house I need to be extra mindful of the type of time I’m spending with Zion in between the busy moments. I’ll give him a heads up, too. “I’m going to play with you for 20 minutes and then I need a little time to get something done.”

  4. Be okay with tidy, not perfect! Use timers.

    This is a tip I’ve heard from others that I don’t do the best at implementing (I try!). Instead of panicking and spending  the majority of your day trying to vacuum, clean, scrub toilets, do dishes, make meals, pick up toys (the list goes on), set a timer for a realistic amount of time and do what you can within that time. When the timer goes off, you’re done. The place will be tidy enough and the people aren’t coming over to see a clean house, they are coming over to be with you!

  5. Paper Plates.

    This goes with the above point. It doesn’t have to be paper plates but find one or two ways where you can simplify the night. Maybe it’s asking your guests to bring a side or dessert. Maybe it’s ordering out a meal on extra crazy days.

  6. Encourage Togetherness.

    While guests are over make sure to include some things where everyone can get involved! Pray over the meal together. Dance Parties. (This is the best tool/our favorite we’ve found to get everyone of any age together having fun.) Include the kids in conversation.   

  7. Build Up Your Husband and your kids.

    It’s easy to focus all in on the guests when they are over. Serving food, engaging in conversation, etc. Try to be mindful of the interactions with your people! Grab your kiddos and whisper an “I love you” to them, grab your husband’s hand, affirm and encourage your husband in front of guests. These little moments will confirm for your family that they are still being thought of and that their importance isn’t put on hold when others walk through the door.

I hope this leaves you encouraged and ready to fill up your calendar with more dinner dates and/or weekend guests than you’ve had before! Thanks for taking the time to read! 

Two Habits I love & Two Habits I Wish I Had Learning from Each Other's Routines

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I love routine and habits. There’s just something so soothing about having a way that you do things, or having a value that you stick to. And there are times when I hear about someone else’s routine or habit and think “that’s a great idea! I should do that!” and then there are also times where I’m sharing something that I do and mostly take for granted and someone shows appreciation for it. So today I want to share two things that I do that I’m proud of or really appreciate for our lives, and two things that I wish I did more of. Let’s learn from each other!

 

Two Things I Do

 

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Guard Our Calendar

I make it a priority to guard our calendar and make time for fun, relaxation, time with friends and family, and getting things done. Some may say I’m a little too obsessed with my google calendars, but there’s just something so gratifying to me about seeing our week planned out.

And you better believe that I put “relax at home” on our calendar, as well as appointments and events. Whenever our calendar starts to get too full, I make sure and intentionally block out time to just be, and I hope to continue this value when we have kids with busy schedules some day as well!

 

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Nightly Routine

Most nights we try to get off TV and computers around 9pm and spend about an hour in wind-down mode. This was due to a 2016 resolution, and minus a few hiccups, we’ve stuck to it pretty well. We spend our time reading or doing other things around the house, and Brian and I always go to bed at the same time, which I adore. Cuddle time, plus pillow talk make bedtime one of my favorite times of the day!

 

Two Things I Wish I Did

 

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Daily Quite Times

Something that I used to do in college and during my time on staff with The Navigators (a college ministry) was have daily (or at least frequent) quiet times. This was time where I would read the Bible, pray, listen to worship music, and just enjoy communing with Jesus. As I’ve settled into “real adult career life,” I’ve found it more difficult to do this. I can find all kinds of excuses and it usually has to do with sleep or just plain forgetfulness. This is something that I am actively trying to change.

 

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Meal Plan

I’ve never been that into cooking, but I do kind of wish that I did more meal planning. Every once in a while I’ll get on little recipe planning kicks where I’ll gather 4–5 recipes I want to try, shop for them, and then do them all in a week. Then a few months go by of unintentional meals until I hit another kick.

One of the reasons that I’ve never pursued meal planning fully is because I have very spur-of-the-moment taste buds and cravings. I often don’t know what I want for dinner until that evening, so planning out meals for specific days doesn’t seem like it would work very well. Perhaps if I try this out I will just plan meals that I can choose from in one week or some variation like that.

 

And how about you? What are some life habits that you do that you love/are proud of? What is something you wish you did more often?

DIY: How to Make a Wreath for Under $10 Create A Wreath for Any Season With These Easy Steps

DIY: How to Make a Wreath for Under $10 | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis MinnesotaA couple weeks ago I shared some spring wreath inspiration and great resources to buy a beautiful spring wreath for under $50. Well, if you’re anything like me and like things to be real affordable, then today’s post is for you! I’m going to show you how to make a wreath for under $10!

Now, I suppose for it to be a real DIY post, I should have process photos, but this project is so simple and quick that I totally forgot about taking any! It’s really only a couple steps and takes about five minutes.

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Supplies

I got my supplies at Hobby Lobby. They sell grapevine wreaths for $4.99 (and I used their weekly 40% off coupon!), so you can get the base for your wreath for next-to-nothing! Then pick what greenery or florals you’d like to use in your wreath!

I wanted mine to be simple and asymmetric, so I chose a fern branch and some eucalyptus-looking thing (can you tell I’m no gardener?!). The real trick to doing this project on the cheap is to wait until Hobby Lobby has their florals for 50% off. Thankfully, the day I went they did, and so I was able to snag all my greenery for $5.50.

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Process

Then I simply cut the branches down (you’ll need wire cutters or some sharp pliers), stuck them into the wreath, twisted them to the same shape, and secured them with the wire left over from the cut-off portion! Wah-lah! If you plan to do flowers, I would suggest using a hot glue gun to help secure them, but I found with these branches that intertwining them and using some wire worked great.

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Enjoy! Please let me know if you try this out… I’d love to see your wreath!

Spring Goals 10 Goals for Our Home

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I recently wrote about three goals I have for my homewhich were more heart-oriented. Today I want to share with you ten practical goals that we have for our home (and life) for Spring! These are mostly home projects that we hope to get done in the next month and a half, as well as a couple things we want to do with the arrival of the nicer weather!

Plant gardens by our front door and back patio

We have a lot of dirt that’s just begging for some hostas, ground cover, and flowers. While we were in Nebraska last weekend my nana gave us a bunch of plants from her garden, so we have a good start!

Trim our pine tree so we can hang up our hammock

We have a giant pine tree in our backyard that’s boughs touch the ground. So we’re going to trim it up and then hang our hammock from it and a nearby pine tree who already has higher branches. I can hardly wait to lay out in the sun and breeze!

Visit a local Farmer’s Market

Now that we live in a different area, I can’t wait to see what the local Farmer’s Markets are like. One of my favorite quintessential spring/summer ways to spend a Saturday morning!

Find a spring/summer wreath

Now that we’ve taken down our Christmas wreath, our front door is looking a little bare. I’d love to find a wreath that works well for spring and summer and welcomes people to our home! Or maybe I’ll end up making one!

Take the wheelchair ramp off our patio

We have a wheelchair ramp on our patio from the previous owners, and I’d love to remove it to free up more space. We may have to replace it with a stair, but maybe not. We’ll see!

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Beautify our patio—lights, rug, plants, candles, etc!

I talked about my patio dreams recently, and this is definitely the #1 thing that I’m excited for once the warm weather really hits! Ideally, I’d love to paint our patio as well (it’s a pretty bright yellow currently), but with our basement project going on that might have to wait for later in the year or next year.

List unwanted furniture on Craigslist

Since moving, we have quite a bit of furniture that just doesn’t fit in this house, so it’s been sitting either in our basement or out in our shed all winter. Once the weather’s a bit nicer I plan to drag it all outside, photograph it, and make some moolah!

Get potted plants for front and back of house

Along the lines of planting in our garden space, I’d love to spruce up the front step and back patio with some potted plants. Bring on ALL the plants!

Check out the nature center near our home

We have a nature center not too far from our house that we’ve heard great things about, so I’m excited to check it out this spring. Going on walks and rollerblading is a favorite of ours when the weather’s nice, so it will be lovely to have a beautiful place to do it!

Finish our basement family room

We’re currently re-finishing our basement family room (taking it from sparkly popcorn ceilings and wood panelling to, well, normal). My goal is to have it finished in time for a bachelorette party that I’m throwing for my future sister-in-law in May, but we’ll see if that happens. These things always seem to take longer than expected.

What are you hoping to accomplish this Spring?

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