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The Art of Keeping a Cozy House.

Hello, friends! A happy Monday to you! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend! I definitely did. I was able to spend lots of time with my family, which I always love. Not to mention how BEAUTIFUL it was outside. Finally! Spring weather! Sundress season here I come!

I spent most of my Saturday at my Momma’s house, which got me to thinking about how cozy it is. How could I have forgotten that? How can I have a house that’s half as cozy?!

I have never wanted to live in a large home with expensive, white appliances and impractical white furniture. My heart skips a beat whenever I see old farm houses way out in the boonies. I love houses filled with antiques and well-loved furniture. Anything handmade or passed down from generation to generation, I adore. I understand that this is not everyone’s style and that some prefer a more polished and expensive home, but I am not one of those people. For us regular folk, it is also probably out of our price range. We shouldn’t feel ashamed about this, not at all. It’s not what makes a good home anyhow.

I’ll use my Momma’s home as an example, since my nest isn’t quite where I’d like to be yet. Especially right now. I’m trying to sell items I don’t have use for and in the process, I’ve kind of turned my apartment into a big ol’ mess. And let me remind y’all, it is far too small for a big ol’ mess. All part of the process, friends…

The flowers that I posted for the featured image are my mom’s. She bought them for $3.00 at Aldi, then put them in various clear jars and put them at both windows. It’s something that cost very little money, but made her home feel so much happier. It also kind of reminded me of one of my recent blog posts where I talk about little luxuries. My mother bought those flowers to brighten up the space and to give her just a little extra pep in her step. She only spent $3 on them and paired them with some jars that she already had. Not only is it the flowers that cozied up the place, but also the way she arranged them. Coziness goes hand in hand with ingenuity. It’s doing something unique with items, repurposing them when needing a bit of change. I took some inspiration from her and picked some daffodils that grow outside my church and put them on my windowsill. My aunt lent me a beautiful white vase to put them in and it pairs so nicely with the bright yellow of the daffodils. Just that little added something makes a home feel much cozier.

Bobby and I went to Goodwill yesterday and scored BIG time. We’re trying to find home decor for when we end up moving to Traverse City. We were able to find so much wonderful stuff. I bought some wicker baskets, a little homemade cup, and some wooden crates from a winery in Traverse City, two of them! (I also bought a beautiful red and white polka dot skirt, and Bobby found 13 DVDS) and we spent less than $50 on all of that! I want to scream from the rooftops that it’s not about where you buy something or how much it costs that makes the item a treasure. I spent the remainder of the day giddy about my $3.00 wicker basket.

A cozy home is one where people feel comfortable. It is a tidy home, but it does not need to be spotless. It’s simply doing your best. Life gets busy sometimes and maybe laundry isn’t number one on your to-do list. That’s okay. It also doesn’t mean you have expensive furniture or a freakishly large TV, instead, it’s a place where everyone has a place to sit and a feeling of belonging.  Where everyone can relax and enjoy each other’s company. Play a board game, talk to each other, maybe even share a meal.

A cozy home is one where the host/hostess is friendly and makes their guests feel at home. You may not have the most expensive food or be the best cook, but let your guests know that they’re welcome to what you have. Offer them a coffee, a tea, or a glass of water. If they’re spending the night, let them know where the extra blankets are. Act as though you are happy that they’re there, do not act as though they’re a burden! The kindness you give, mixed with the coziness of the home can make for a wonderful time, for both you and your guests!

It’s so easy for us to get caught up in photos and lives we see online. We go to Pinterest for inspiration and instead we start feeling bad about our own home. We follow an Instagram account for DIY tutorials, but instead we feel bad about our skills. This is so harmful to us! We’re so lucky to have these resources, but we must remember that our homes do not need to be copies of what we see online. What’s the fun in that anyways? What makes a home beautiful is the people within it. It’s fun to decorate and create a cozy environment, but at the end of the day, what’s truly important is the time we spend with our loved ones, our home is just a place to make that possible.

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Shopping · tj maxx

A Spring TJ Maxx Haul.

Hi, friends! I hope that your week is going well so far! I wanted to hop on here and share some goodies with y’all that I bought at TJ Maxx. As I’ve said before, I’ve been waiting (not so patiently) for spring, and TJ Maxx had so many cute spring stuff today, so I definitely picked up a thing or two!

Firstly, I bought this super adorable letter board! I’ve wanted one for so long, but I just couldn’t find one that wasn’t super expensive, but this one was only around $8, I believe! I think this will be so cute to use for blog pictures, or even just for decor! So adorable.

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I also bought these super cute linen pants.( I acknowledge that I use the word cute way too often, but I generally find things to be pretty adorable, hehe!) I don’t know if you can see it very clearly in the picture, but the pants are white with dark red stripes. I paired them with a white tank top I had from Old Navy, and then a medium-wash jean jacket, also from Old Navy. These will be so great for not only spring, but also the summer, as I can already tell that they are super breathable.

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I bought this dark navy and white striped jumpsuit. It feels like pajamas, but looks so put together, especially with some heels.  I paired it with a white chiffon shirt. I think it would also look nice with a little cropped white turtleneck. It’s such a great basic piece that simultaneously works as a statement piece.

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I bought this little whicker purse too! It’s so unique and unlike anything else that I own. I only buy black purses, and even then, I only have two of them. I’m not a huge purse kinda gal, but this one just begs to be taken on a picnic, and if you know anything about me, you know I love me a good picnic.

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That’s all, folks, but a couple quick things before I say goodbye!

  1. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos! I took them after it had gotten dark, so I had to use just the light in my room. Also, my lovely fiancé was unavailable to help me take these pictures, so I had to make do with using my messy room and my mirror for them!
  2. I bought the little succulent from Meijer, not TJ Maxx, but it looked so dang cute with everything, I just couldn’t resist!

Thank you so much for reading, friends! I hope that you saw a thing or two that you liked, and since I bought them today, you just might be able to find them yourself! Have a great rest of your week!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Monthly Favorites

February 2019 Favorites

Hi, friends! Hope your week has been wonderful! Can you believe that it’s already March? I sure can’t! I wanted to start a new segment on my blog about my monthly favorites! I was thinking about doing ten per month and seeing how that goes! Please share your favorites of the month, too!

1.My first February favorite was going to see Legally Blonde: The Musical! I won’t go into too much detail about it, since I already have a blog post up about it, but it definitely is still worthy of a mention

(Pictured is me after the show with my new Legally Blonde shirt!)

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2. Another favorite of mine is this dress that I bought! I really wish that I could remember the name of the boutique it was from. I think it is just such a cute piece that is really versatile. It’s a great option for the transition between winter and spring because you can easily throw some leggings or tights on underneath and pair it with a jean jacket or a vest. You can also dress it down with a pair of hightops or dress it up with a cute pair of boots.

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3. Now this one may seem a little bit silly, but when I was so dang sick earlier this month, this helped me tons: Elderberry flavored Kevita. Elderberry is known to help with sickness and I find that it helps me when I have a sore throat. I was drinking at least one a day for a whole week. If you’ve never tried it, I definitely recommend it! It’s super tasty, too!

4. My next favorite is Blaze pizza! We got one in town a couple of months ago and Bobby and I went for the first time last month. And as someone who grows more and more lactose-intolerant day by day…. pizza can be a tricky thing. This place has some awesome substitutions for various dietary needs. INCLUDING VEGAN CHEESE! And oh my gosh, is that cheese delicious. A lot of vegan cheeses aren’t able to melt very well, but this one melted wonderfully and honestly tasted like real cheese. Definitely recommend if you’re lactose-intolerant or vegan!

5. This favorite may seem super basic, but it’s still a favorite! I found the cutest jean jacket at, where else, T.J Maxx! I am a huge fan of jean jackets and arguably own too many, but I didn’t have one that wasn’t too large on me. For the most part, I like my jackets to be a little bit baggy, but I wanted to purchase a jean jacket that was a little bit tighter so that I could wear it with a slightly baggier dress. It’s not a steadfast rule per say, but generally, when I wear a piece that’s tight, I like to offset it with a looser piece. If I were to wear a tight pair of jeans, generally I’d wear a top that was a bit more flowy and vice versa. And this jacket is perfect for that! It looks so cute with the dress that I mentioned in #2!

6. Now if my Elderberry Kevita favorite seemed a little silly, this one may seem VERY silly, but… Garlic powder! I’ve always been a big fan of avocado toast, but holy cow, putting garlic powder on it changes EVERYTHING! It adds just a little something extra to it, adding so much flavor to it. Basically, I’ve been adding garlic powder to everything I cook, it just makes everything better!

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7. Now, a lot of people on the internet get sponsored by this company, however, I am not. I just find it to be wonderful! It’s the browser extension, “Honey”. You basically download it and then it searches the internet for coupon deals! I’ve sort of (yikes) gotten back into online shopping, so this extension has been super awesome for me.

8. As I said, I’ve been loving online shopping, and I wanted to share two of my purchases from the month of February. The first item that I bought was a pair of blue-light glasses. I’m sure y’all know, but if you don’t, they’re glasses that are designed to protect your eyes while you’re using the computer. As a college student who also blogs, these have so far proved to be a life-saver, as I seem to find myself on the computer a whole lot. Not to mention that they are so dang cute!

9. Another J.Crew purchase was an adorable scarf with the cutest little pom-poms on it. I love fashion scarves so much, but I always have the absolute hardest time finding some that I think are cute and/or practical enough for day-to-day wear. I think this one checks both of those boxes. It’s a beautiful light green/grey color that serves as a great neutral. I envision pairing it with my new jean jacket, a black t-shirt dress and some white high tops! I think it will be the perfect spring outfit. I’m wishing and waiting for springtime, can ya tell?

10. Last but not least, Hulu! I’ve had Netflix for years and years, but couldn’t seem to justify having a membership to two streaming services. But Bobby somehow convinced me, and I gotta say, I think Hulu may be even better than Netflix! What do y’all think is the better service? All I can say is that they have some of my favorite tv shows, Pioneer Woman included! Should I say goodbye to Netflix? Hmm….

Thanks for reading, friends! I hope that you’re having a wonderful day! What are some of your monthly favorites??

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Target

A Target Haul

Happy Friday, y’all!

I have a confession: I LOVE Target. To be fair, who doesn’t? I have a slight obsession. There’s just so many cute things to find! As I get older, I’ve started to become more and more interested in home decor and decorating my apartment. A large majority of my home decor comes from Target. Especially their fall decor, oh my gosh — but that’s another blog post… They’ve recently gotten a new brand to replace an old one, so a LOT of their clothes and shoes have been on super sale and I have definitely been taking advantage of it.

This blog post I wanted to dedicate to some shoes I’ve bought recently!

The platforms I bought a week or so ago. I usually wear a size 7, but these are a size 7 1/2 and they fit great! They’re the brand “dv”. ( I believe that’s the brand, anyhow. If I’m wrong, let me know!) And oh my gosh, they are adorable! I wore them to church last Sunday with a black pair of jeans and a chambray shirt. And, as a short girl, of course I love the extra height that they give me! I can’t wait to style them with more outfits. They were originally $29.99 and I got them for $20.98!

Next are these white cowgirl boots. I just bought them yesterday and I cannot wait to style them. Again, I’m usually a 7, but I got these in a 7 1/2. They’re the brand “Universal Thread” and I got them for $34.99. I think they’re just the cutest! I try and stay away from white shoes, but I couldn’t resist them. At my Target they didn’t have them in black, but it looks like online they do! I envision styling them with an all black outfit with a jean jacket or something. I think they’re perfect for fall. And once again, I love the extra height they give me!

Thank you so much for reading! I have plenty of other things I recently bought from Target to write about, but I thought I’d start with the shoes. I’m thinking I may try to do a lookbook because I’ve never done one before. I definitely want to do a fall-inspired blog post coming soon. I’ve been gathering lots of cute fall stuff lately. (And by lately, I mean mid-July. Ha!)

Hope you have a great weekend!

 

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