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February is here! Which means that the day for all things love is swiftly approaching. (Valentine’s day, people!) And to get us in the spirit of hearts and chocolates and warm feelings, I’m sharing our Valentine’s décor!

With the exception of Christmas (where all bets are off), I think just a sprinkling of festivity is perfect for any holiday. In most cases I use things that I’ve already got around the house to create little vignettes and maybe throw in a couple of easy, inexpensive crafty projects and then call it a day. Quick and easy swaps are the name of the game!

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With a circle punch, some twine, and all the pink paper I could scrounge up, I made this festive confetti garland to drape over our bookcase.

I also added the red, mini cake plate filled with pink tissue paper into our bookcase accessories and the red and white striped ribbon on the candle vase transitioned perfectly from Christmas to Valentine’s.

valentines-confetti-garland In our rotating frames in the dining room, I hung one of my vintage scarves with a gorgeous pink and red floral pattern. And next to that, I whipped up a cheeky print in photoshop and had it printed up at staples. (I actually found that idea from DESIGNLOVEFEST on Pinterest and just happened to have that same font on my computer so I fashioned one of my own!).

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And, remember those cute painted wood ornaments I made for our Christmas tree? That I then turned into magnets? Well, I went ahead and made another variation. I found these awesome wooden heart shapes at Hobby Lobby and decided to make some love-y magnets especially for this month. Just a little craft paint and those self-adhesive magnets is all it takes!
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In a stroke of luck, we discovered that our front door is actually magnetic, so I used these cute little hearts to hang up tiny love notes for Josh to see as he leaves in the morning.
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Just a few little tweaks made our apartment v-day ready! For us, February is a big month. We celebrate Valentine’s, our half anniversary, and Josh’s birthday! So extra little touches of appreciation and mushy-ness go a long way!

Did you decorate for Valentine’s day? Do you have any traditions or fun activities planned? Share with us!!

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our colorful life: and it begins!

Hello everyone!

I know that TLC has been a little quiet as of late but so much has been happening. Time for some really awesome news.

Josh and I are officially moving to Dallas. Yesterday, Josh was offered a position as a high school math teacher within Dallas ISD which will start this fall after a summer training program. We also found a new apartment, which we’ll be slowly moving into over the next month. In a perfect world, our next place would have been a small house, but it was more sensical to get another apartment. We found a great one on a whim while driving through the area surrounding Josh’s new school. It’s high up on a hill and the units are gorgeous. We’ve got some really fun plans for decorating and making it our own and we can’t wait to share it with you!

So bear with us as we get adjusted and I’ll be sure to update and get back to into the regular swing of things as soon as possible.

p.s. Since it seems as though this month’s book of the month post may not even make it up in May, it’s worth noting that I have finished Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love (which was fantastic) and am now onto May’s read which is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I’m over half-way through and it is amazing! I feel inspired every time I read a passage and I can’t wait to post more about my own happiness project!

our life: getting ready for things to come

It has been a couple of whirlwind weeks here in the TLC household. Graduation swiftly approaches as does our sudden shift in the ‘real world’. With the to-do lists getting longer, it feels like we barely have time to breathe let alone spend time with each other. But with so many big decisions coming up, it’s vital for us to remember we’re on the same team. So, we do what we can.

Last weekend, we went out for a little picnic. Josh made hamburgers. I made potato salad. And we trekked our behinds out to a picnic table by the pool of our apartment complex. It was breezy out and it felt so amazing to just be away from everything. I even left my cell phone at home.

I didn’t get very far with pictures though. Sure, I am guilty of pulling out the camera while we were eating but I don’t regret it because I got this picture:

I have titled it “No, Don’t!”  and it just cracks me up and it reminds me of the mini-date we shared. It’ the little things in life, right?

Let’s Hear It For The Boys – Get Your Guy Involved in Home Decor!

It seems like these days men are made out to be these “dopey” companions that don’t quite understand what’s going on. I’m sure, at some point in time you’ve seen a commercial where the wife is snickering and rolling her eyes at her husband because he is doing something silly.

Well, I’m here to say that my husband is not a doofus. And when it comes to the design of our home, I want it to be apparent that Josh and I live there, not just me.

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Now, of course, it’s also important to know that Josh is nowhere near as interested in home-y things as I am. So, to fish out styles and ideas that he likes, I let him flip through my Pinterest page whenever he is up for it. He can scroll through everything that I’ve pinned on my “Dream Home” board (or any of the categories) and say what he likes and what he doesn’t like.

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If he finds something that strikes his fancy, then he can pin it on a special “Josh Likes” board. Be it design or clothing, anything he likes he can pin it there. (All photos in this post are things that have been given his stamp o’ approval.) And, I’ve already learned a lot. For instance, Josh likes lighter colors for walls but hates big white spaces. Darker woods and clean lines are also a go. And while, I definitely have different tastes, I’ve found that there are a lot of things we both agree on.

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So, here are a few tips to get your guy involved in the process:

1. Let him get involved when he wants to be involved. In other words, don’t try to cram tile/carpet/paint samples down his throat and expect him to be excited. In order to find out what he’s really into (decorating-wise of course), let him have the freedom to do it when he feels like. Maybe, if he peeks over your shoulder while your busy pinning or hand him a catalog to look at in his spare time (Josh likes the CB2 catalogs). Either way, he’ll be more into giving input if it comes up organically.

2. Once he does get involved, don’t make fun of his choices. There will always be differences in opinion between any two people, so, for example, if he does point out a photo online that he likes, don’t shoot it down. As him why he likes it (clean lines? darker colors?) and keep those notes in mind when decorating your home. I’m not saying, to only follow what he likes, but try to incorporate his tastes in with yours.

3. And lastly, if he gives you 100% control, STILL keep his preferences in mind. He may say that he is 100% giving you the reigns when it comes to decorating, but that does not mean he wants to live in the frilly, french boudoir style you love. I can pretty much guarantee that he will be uber thankful if you keep him in mind when designing your home, even if it’s just in some manly accessories or art.

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As for us, when the time comes for us to buy a house and then make it our own, I will fully expect some arguments about color schemes, furniture placement, and definitely something about his Star Wars poster, but just having some sort of idea of his style makes me feel more confident. If we agree to hold out to find something that both of us love, then it’s guaranteed to be a win-win.

How do you get your partner involved in the design of your home? Or do they leave it up to you? Share below

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Happy New Year!

How did 2012 get here so quickly? It seemed like it moved so fast. Josh and I are already preparing for a crazy year. Lots of big things are happening.

But as a nod to 2011, I wanted to create a cute, simplified memory of 2011 to share with our families and to have as a keepsake. Of course, Pinterest has continued to serve as inspiration for so many projects I’m doing these days, so it only made sense for me to turn to some of my past pins to accomplish this particular task.

And, instantly I fell in love with these adorable newsletters.


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What an adorable way to share you year! So I whipped up our own little version using photoshop. I kept the format very similar to both examples but tailored it to our little family. As a poor college couple, we obviously didn’t need a travel map of the world, but we did include some fun achievements from 2011.

I especially love the little married couple. Adorable! And I also wanted to add a “coming soon” section to hint at big events happening in 2012. As you can tell, it’s going to be a big one.

How do you share your news with family? What are you looking forward to the most in 2012?

Our reason to DWIT: A Big Move

When I first introduced dwitting, I didn’t explain the biggest reason why we were “doing what it takes” and since today marks 5 full years of being together, I thought it would be extremely appropriate to elaborate. Josh and I have lived in the state of Texas for our whole lives and when we moved to college and got married, we decided that it would be amazing to get out of Texas and experience a different state. We pinpointed the northwest as our preference and even further narrowed it down to southern Oregon.



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The weather is better, the land is prettier, and you don’t have 40+ days of temperatures over 100 degrees. (Yes! That’s what’s happening in Texas right now. Blech!) It sounds a little crazy, especially since Josh and I haven’t ever visited this state, but we’re up for a leap of faith. We’re in the perfect position to do something like this. No kids, no huge obligations. We just need to get there.

So, this is why we’re dwitting. To get to Oregon and start our life. (Hopefully by the end of 2012!)

Have you ever taken a huge leap of faith like this? How did it turn out? Any great advice? Leave it in the comments below! I want to hear about it!

The DWIT Stage: Doing What It Takes

Today was my first day at a new job. Don’t misunderstand, I’m still working very hard to create and maintain my own company, Très Sweet Designs, but in this current stage of my life, that particular endeavor isn’t covering our expenses. Not only are we trying to cover our current expenses, but we’re also trying to get out of student loan debt (before graduation day) and start saving for that “dream life”. So, today was my first day at a new job…

That’s right, I am currently employed by the world’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart. And you know what? I had a lot of fun today. I won’t go into the specifics, but I think that it could turn out to be a great and (dare I predict) fun experience.

In honor of this new stage, the husband and I have coined a new verb: dwitting. It’s fun to say and it makes sense so, why the heck not? “Doing what it takes” is extremely important to me. I have this wonderful (but not unreachable) idea of our future life and I’m willing to sacrifice my extra time and energy to help get us there. We’ve got big plans for the future and it’s going to be so worth it when that time comes.

*I’ll be adding more “dwitting” posts to the blog to chronicle our progress, so stay tuned.

Husband of the Year: 2011

Yesterday started out as a good day… that turned horrible in about 2.3 seconds. I won’t get into details, but I got some rough news that came out of nowhere and yielded some pretty outlandish accusations about my company. Needless to say, I was pretty upset.

But luckily, I have the best husband ever. This phone call came while dinner was in the oven and I was mixing batter for some awesome red velvet and cream cheese whoopie pies*… so as I paced the living trying to breathe, he finished dinner, and kept an eye on me the whole time. Not only did he jump to my defense after I hung up (therefore, fulfilling his “big-strong-man” duties) but he continued to comfort me and talk out the situation throughout the night

And then, he did the best thing of all; he made me laugh. I have this weird habit of taking strands of my hair and putting them over my top lip to create, what some might call, a fairly handsome ‘stache. Every time I do this, I try to see if he’ll 1) let me put the mustache on him and/or 2) ask him to kiss me with this hairy lip. (I don’t know how he doesn’t find it attractive or at least hilarious!) After sitting on the couch for the better part of an hour and sorting out the details and the truth, I began fiddling with my hair as always. And then he said, “This is a one time offer, but if it’d make you feel better, I will kiss you with a mustache.” Why yes, that would make me feel better! AND THEN, he let me put that handle-bar monstrosity on him! And I just laughed!

I really can’t explain how lucky I feel to have such a great husband. Our first year of marriage has been pretty rough but nothing that has happened has even come close to putting a damper on our relationship and that makes me happy. (Note: we have also decided that when our one year anniversary does come around that we will be buying lottery tickets as a testament to how crazy the first year has been. Here’s hoping we’ll get lucky!!!)

*Just in case you were wondering, the whoopie pies turned out awesome!

Cabin Fever

Maybe you’ve heard, but the entire DFW area is covered with ice. The past three days have yielded highs in the teens! Needless to say, this area is definitely not equipt to handle this sort of weather, so school has been cancelled since Tuesday and we have been hold up in our apartment for the past three days! (Going on four).

After receiving the third message saying that school had been cancelled for Friday, I looked over at Josh and told him at least I was stuck with someone I could stand spending 4 straight days with. (I’m so lucky!) Movies, hot cocoa, and the daily adventure through the snow, just to get out of the apartment keep us sane.

Here’s a short vlog of our first snowy adventure.

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