Pandemic Project # 348: PHOTOWALL

To be honest, the majority of our time at home this past year was spent keeping Moo out of trouble AND keeping the business out of trouble. We didn’t complete too many home projects. I am extremely jealous of the people who checked off task after task.

As such, we have plenty of shelves & pictures to hang, but when Photowall reached out for a collaboration I was not about to say no. All the printed canvases in our home are from Photowall and our newest print is just what we needed to reignite our home-decorating passion.

Have you ever paid hundreds for a professional photography session only to sit around on the final prints and use them as extremely expensive iPhone backgrounds…? Yeah, us too.

Or maybe you snapped an amazing picture, but it’s now trapped in your phone with no where to go and no one to admire it.

Enter: Photowall

It looks intimidating, but the assembly process is simple and takes less than 20 minutes.

Right now this gem is hanging in our bedroom, but our plan is to order more & hang them in the foyer. I ordered a 31.5 x 39.37 inch print. It’s huge and the print quality is amazing.

Photowall also has a huge selection of artwork and wallpaper. If you have a boring wall in need of something bright, bold, or unique, check out the designs on their website.

Shipping is free and SO fast. Such good people with great hearts.

This particular canvas was gifted to me, but I HAVE and will continue to buy from Photowall with my own hard-earned money. The people and products are truly top-notch. #sponsored

As I said, behind the Photowall name are some amazing people.

They’ve given me a code to share with you- good for 25% percent off anything on the site! Use audielou25 at the check out and treat yourself to some beautiful art!

If you have any questions about the company or code, please let me know!

What a Weekend

Coming at you live & late this morning.

For being a short month, we’ve sure packed a lot into February. We’ve had business events in three cities so far (Cleveland, San Antonio, Dayton) and zero free weekends. We’d planned to stay home & recuperate this past weekend, but my mother-in-law planned a surprise cabin trip for my father-in-law and we were whisked off to the woods for a night.

That said, it was still a relaxing, fun, slow paced weekend.

My father-in-law turned 60 on Saturday. We celebrated with lots of family, pizza and a taco bar, more cake than anyone deserves, and games. It’s rare to get everyone together with no agenda. We played Cards Against Humanity (some folks for the first time LOL), Mario Kart, and other games. We also went hiking- which might have been ill-advised given the high winds warnings. #LiveLifeOnTheEdge

K and I got home late Sunday afternoon, finished watching the NASCAR race, and I did some dishes, laundry, and picking up. After a quick shower, I was about to grab some food & settle in to watch the Oscars. And then we lost power.

SIGH.

We ended up in bed at 8:30pm with two dogs & multiple blankets. Monday morning was a chilly one. Ly is a husky mix so she stayed home and was quite comfortable. Enzo came to work with me. We finally got power some time around noon.

And that was our weekend.

Will next weekend be a quiet one at home…? Only time will tell.

What I’ll Miss…

Guys. It’s done. Last week we signed the papers & sold our house. (That sigh of relief you heard was me- there’s no one in your house or office. It was just that loud.) I am so happy!

Thank you, Jesus. Seriously. I’ve been praying hard for months.

While I know the new inhabitants will love it, there were aspects of our old house (that’s weird to say) that didn’t work for us. At times we didn’t jive with our neighbors on either side, the yard was tiny for two dogs (+ future kids), the street was a little busy, and our three cars didn’t fit well in the one-car garage. Also, if I never hear the term “flood insurance” again it’ll be too soon. But to be honest, I sure did love our house.

These are the things I’ll miss most about her…

The fireplace
Our new home doesn’t have a fireplace and I’m not really ok with that *sigh*. I will miss my mantle so much, especially around Christmas time! (This pic is post-packing… that’s why it’s so bare!)

The walk-up attic
Our attic was the length of the house and fully accessible. I’m going to miss all that storage. It was such a cool feature. During home tours I’d always show off the attic.

The proximity
We live in a fairly small town and we’re staying in this town, but we’re going from two blocks off the town square to a smaller neighborhood east of “downtown.” I won’t miss the noise or the lights, but it was sort of nice to be in the heart of it all.


I promise to share pictures and details once we’re settled in, but for now you need to know this:

WE HAVE A CREEK IN THE BACKYARD.

Also, there’s a laundry chute.

Guys! My very own creek! And it’s a part of the creek I played in as a kid! We’re moving to the neighborhood I grew up in. The field our house is built on was where I played capture-the-flag at my 13th birthday party. Be still, my nostalgic heart.

I wanted to take & post a picture but it’s been raining and dreary all weekend/week.

I’m still sore and exhausted and we’re currently living among boxes, but it’s almost over 😉

So who wants to come play in my new creek next summer? And what do y’all know about putting in a fireplace…? Lol

I’ll Be Home For Christmas…

Everyone’s posted a holiday home tour but me (or so it seems ). Let’s fix that!
(Check out other people’s houses, too! Mattie, Emily, Taylor, Michelle)

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Typically the decorations go up mid-November, but we don’t get our tree until December. This year we really procrastinated. I knew I wanted a smaller one this year (and we set up a larger one in K’s company office), but I don’t know that I was picturing it this small… Perks to buying your tiny tree the Saturday before the holiday weekend? We got it half off. Say hello to $10 ‘Ronald Trees-ley”:

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Yep, he’s real. Both of them.

Ok… on to the house tour.

No house light this year. Just my sled & fox.
No house light this year. Just my sled & fox.

Favorite holiday spot in the house
Favorite holiday spot

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K and I are the snowmen, Ly is the “woof”, & Enzo is the fox

Ronald, Enzo, & Ly

If you missed it on IG here's one of my favorite ornaments!
If you missed it on Instagram here’s one of my favorite ornaments!

I think we have five nativity sets in our house...
I think we have five nativity sets…

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I love this little cutout in our house

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What a Christmas wreck... ha.
What a Christmas wreck… ha.

Where all the magic happens ;)

And there ya have it. We only decorate the first floor, although there is a pine candle in the basement. Sorry my pictures aren’t high quality… that’s just life!

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I’m going to get religious for a minute.

I am a firm believer in faith by example. Rarely do I mention religion here on my blog, but I don’t shy away from identifying as a Christian. It’s my hope that through acts of kindness and openminded-ness toward others I get across what I believe to be the important parts of being a Christian. I think that being ‘Christian’ means knowing that you are flawed, seeking forgiveness and wisdom, and spreading kindness and love to the other flawed humans (and animals) on this planet. We’re meant to love and take care of one another. I don’t think Jesus cares if you voted Republican or Democrat (or Independent). That doesn’t make you a better Christian. I don’t think Jesus cares where (or if) you got an education. That doesn’t make you a better Christian. I don’t think Jesus cares about your skin color, gender, pay grade, criminal record, or hobbies. I think that Christianity is about serving Christ- and since we have no idea what He looks like or when He’ll appear, it’s best to serve one another with a happy, genuine heart.

All that to say, Merry Christmas, friends! (And if you celebrate a holiday other than Christmas, I welcome your festive greeting! I do not feel like there is a war being waged on me or the holidays I celebrate, and I hope you feel the same.) If you’ve ever thought about visiting a church you should slip into one on Christmas Eve and listen to the story of the birth of Jesus. If you live near me and you’d like someone to go with I’d be more than happy to have you along!

If you are not a Christian or you celebrate another event this time of year: Happy Holidays!  ❤︎

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Regardless of your beliefs, spread a little love and cheer and kindness this weekend, friends! Thank you for your friendship here in Blogland ❤︎

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