A Thoughtful Place


A Front Porch Refresh Under $100

So most of you know we live in Southern California where it is quite warm most of the year. But I always wait until this time of year to transition our front porch to a more springtime look. We spend a ton of time out here. The children play and often times we hang out with our neighbors and relax. My husband and I also unwind out on the porch after the children have gone to bed. We don’t have a sprawling big back yard, but we do have a cozy porch that has seen it’s fair share of really special moments. Last season I used an orange and yellow color scheme. This year I wanted to use the navy rug I had picked up months ago and switched things up for a fresh green and blue look.


I am all about shopping my own home when I transition spaces for the seasons. So here is how it all broke down:

New Finds:

  • two floral pillows {$40} HomeGoods
  • new outdoor ottoman {$30} HomeGoods
  • throw blanket on clearance {$10} HomeGoods
  • fresh flowers {$5} Trader Joes

Shopped from the house or back patio:

  • navy rug {$10} Target 
  • green garden stool – borrowed from back patio
  • wood tray – borrowed from living room
  • blue glasses – gift for our wedding over 13 years ago


My advice to keep costs low is to choose a color scheme that supports some items you already have. From there, maximize bang for your buck by mixing prints. All I bought were the pillows, ottoman and throw but they are all different prints so they create more of an interesting mix. And if you have trouble mixing prints try to stick to one graphic, one floral and one stripe. If they are all in coordinating colors you’ll be in good shape.


We received these glasses and a matching water pitcher for our wedding. We have used them almost every summer since. Just love the color and fun shape.

front porch atp

Here you can see my rule of trying to always mix three prints. I have the floral, small stripe of the ottoman and larger stripe of the throw.

front porch garden stool

front porch blanket

The throw won’t live on the porch but we always grab one when we go out in the evening. I am the one that gets chilly. And this one was a steal for only $10 from HomeGoods. Always check that clearance section!

front porch view

We are lucky enough to have a really pretty view from porch. The greenery makes me a happy camper.

front porch floral pillow

front porch refresh

One last shot peeking through the landscape. I am thankful for this front porch of ours. It’s where my husband and I reflect on our days and talk about all things big and small. We are firm believers in communication and in checking in every single day. We are fortunate that our lives allow us to do that.

It was cute. I redid the porch and when he got home from work I told him to go out and take a peek. His response, “Oh, I am so ready for summer!” Yes. Me, too. Cheers to cold drinks and warm days.

The orange and yellow front porch can be seen here. And our other patio can be seen here. Enjoy your day, all.



Dallas Wrap Up

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I traveled to Dallas for a work conference and it was quite the whirlwind. I learned so much and enjoyed seeing so many talented bloggers. And being away from the family also makes coming home that much sweeter. I really missed the sweet faces of my babies and of course my hubby. Because I spent all of yesterday loving on my family, I decided to do a quick recap via phone photos.


Megan has been a friend for years now and I always feel so lucky and blessed when I get to spend time with her. It’s like we can’t get in enough conversation.


dress {so comfy to wear. I am wearing a size small} 

Pretty much in love with this dress. I think the back makes it even more fun. And you can still wear a normal bra with it. Huge plus. I plan to wear this for summer date nights and a wedding we have coming up.

So on Friday night we got all dressed up and headed out to a beautiful party . . . which we were immediately evacuated from due to a crazy thunderstorm. You should have seen 200 bloggers in heels being evacuated from a tent in the torrential downpour. Had someone video taped it it may be a contender for America’s Funniest Home Videos.

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Ashley {Fancy Ashley} | Megan {Honey We’re Home} 

 Cassie {Hi Sugarplum} |  Carly {C.Style}

We still made the best of it and spent time catching up with old friends and getting to know new friends. Such a talented and inspiring group of women. I so loved meeting Ashley and Carly for the first time. Such talents.


Had a wonderful time getting to know Veronika {Veronika’s Blushing}. She brought her adorable daughter along so it was so much fun seeing a her toddle around. It made me miss my babies even more!



The venue really was a fantastic spot for a conference. It doesn’t get any lovelier.


white halter top | purple skirt

And this sweet and beautiful girl was such a blast. I have been reading Caycee’s blog for years and I knew we would get along so well. She is such a bright light.


white halter top | purple skirt

Natalie is pure kindness. What a beautiful mama. She honestly should be a supermodel. But beyond her beauty, she is as real as they come and I loved meeting her.

I am a huge fan of this purple skirt and halter combination. The skirt runs large. I bought a size zero and a size medium in the top.

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image via @beautifullyseaside

If you don’t already know Desiree, you are missing out. She is kind and sweet and is just so darling. You can get to know more about her over at Beautifully Seaside.

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image via @charmingincharlotte

Mallory from Charming In Charlotte is one of those people that I feel like I have known for years. She is just darling and I so enjoyed hanging out with her. I just wished she lived closer! Her home and style are flawless.


And that’s a wrap. I could go on and on but wanted to stick to the highlights! Thanks for letting me share. Hopefully you found some new blogs to go take a look at!


When I walked into our master bedroom, this was here! What?! I had mentioned one time that I love these and would love to have one. The hubby made one for me as an early Mother’s Day gift. He even styled it. My jaw dropped. I was so touched. I will share details in another post soon.

And update: Gigi New York has free personalization on their gorgeous leather numbers today and tomorrow. You can see my favorites here, here, and here. I love the idea of giving them as gifts, too.


Wishing you a wonderful Monday. I pretty much dropped my bags at the door and will be spending the day unpacking and getting caught up. See you back here tomorrow!

See more travel wrap ups here: Bora Bora | San Francisco Day 1 | San Francisco Day 2


Saturday Shopping | What’s In My Bag?

Happy Saturday, all! I’m currently in Dallas with some fellow bloggers but wanted to check in and say hi. I hope you all had a wonderful week. While I always love traveling, it will be so great to snuggle with my little ones tomorrow. Daddy has two birthday parties on the docket so he’ll be nice and busy with the kiddos. As for Dallas, I packed some fun goodies in my bag and wanted to share! I didn’t go crazy with shopping for this trip. Most of what I am taking you will recognize as it’s pieces I already own.


skirt {on sale} | white top | favorite heels | sunglasses

 A red skirt with pockets. Say no more. This is one that I will wear year round. Switching up the top to a pretty white sweater during the holidays creates a whole new look!


white pants | tank top  | lace bralette | sunglasses | heels | necklace

Yep. You’ve seen it all. And it all came with me on my trip. I love these pieces and find that I wear them all the time. This outfit has become my security blanket.

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skirt | necklace | watch | perfume | bag  | dress | pearls | heels


charming tassels {on sale}

When my sister was in town, we covered some major ground shopping. I picked up this cute tassel to add color to my black and white striped bag.


purple skirt 

Oh, I just adore this skirt. It is the prettiest color. And the cut is fantastic. For reference I am a 2/4 and wear a size 0 in this skirt. It runs big!


comfy black dress 

I totally love this dress. It comes in other colors, too. I actually wore it on the plane with sandals and my jean jacket. It’s a close second to a nightgown but looks totally chic and cute. Highly recommend. I wear a small in this dress. Oh, and the racer back cut is darling on it.

So that’s a little sneak peek of what’s in my bag for Dallas. I will do a full recap when I return. Hope you enjoy your weekend all. See you back here on Monday.

A few great finds rounded up below.

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