I asked my husband the other day to write down the things that I do that irritate him. These are his exact replies to my email in his own words. Now mind you I pulled up the email and scrolled through the list and actually laughed out loud. As I read some of his replies, its funny how they relate to my replies in part one (My list.) Here is my husbands list of the top ten things that I do that drive him crazy.
Ok so I admit I said the vows, for better or for worse. I love my hubby don’t get me wrong. But when you are married to someone and it’s long past the honeymoon phase, the things you used to ignore about him will become the things that irritate you the most.
Wait was that too harsh? Did I just write that? Luckily he does not read my blog on a daily basis. Now don’t get me wrong we are talking about the love of my life, my heart, my husband, and my soldier. He works very hard and my reasons to love him list is very long. But these are literally some of the things he does that make me want to pull my hair out.
I have always put so much time and effort into my guest quarters. As a women living with three boys I find myself needing one room in the house that is perfect most of the time. My guest room is very relaxing and always looks perfect, since no one is usually in there. I decided to share some of my tips on how to spruce up your guest bedroom. These extra steps will make offer your guest a beautiful and comfortable space to enjoy. Also Anticipating what your guests will need to rest will make them feel appreciated and isn’t that the goal of every host?
I love when I enter a guest room and instantly feel “at home.” So that was my main inspiration for my guest room. I love when I stay at a hotel and my every need is anticipated. From the fluffy towels ,to the complimentary tea and popcorn. So I want to make sure I offer my guests that same respect when they come to visit.
Bedding: When you walk in a bedroom, bedding is one of the first things to catch your attention, and let’s admit t’s pretty essential for a guest room. The bedding has to be functional and comfortable (while being gorgeous at the same time.) *Side note linens should be fresh and clean when guest arrive. Even if they are clean you may want to show them in the dry with some smell good dryer sheets to give them that fresh smell. It is very important to make sure you have plenty of pillows and extra blankets for your guests. Target has some beautiful quilts and bedspreads, for whatever look you are going for in your guest room. I also like to leave a throw across the bed just in case my guest needs it.
Closet & Drawer Space: I tend to store stuff in my spare room, so I make sure to clean out a closet and a few drawers before my guests arrive. You want to offer them a place to unpack and hang items if they wish to.
P.S. This is a great opportunity to leave a wrinkle remover spray (travel size) for your guests to use if they need it (Add to gift basket Cost $1.54 @ Target )
Fresh Flowers/Plants: Nothing brightens up a room like fresh flowers. I think it makes your guest feel appreciated, and it makes the room smell fresh. I am obsessed with succulents, so I have them all over my house. They are very low maintenance and work perfectly if any of your guests have allergies or are scent sensitive. *Side note a simple, fast, and inexpensive way to make a vase for fresh flowers is a few coats of chalk paint and light sanding to any mason jar. This will brighten up a room and you can change them for each season.
Magazines & Movies: I love magazines so I always have current ones on hand, which I leave out for my guests to enjoy. I also head to the Red Box and grab a few current movies, so they have something to watch when they retire for the evening.
Charging & WiFi Station: This is one of my favorite DIY projects. I made up a wi-fi password printable and framed it for my guest room. This is a cute way to share your wi-fi passwords with your guest. You can also write this up on a chalkboard if you are feeling stylish (and have good handwriting, which I do not lol.) I also like to leave my guests with a charging dock, which allows them a way to charge multiple items on one power source. This way they can recharge all their devices in one area without having to seek out multiple outlets.
This guest room printable can be found at http://www.eleganceandenchantment.com/guest-room-printables/
Snack Baskets: I enjoy making snack baskets for my guests. I always leave one on the nightstand, full of their favorite treats and a few bottles of water. I think this is super thoughtful, and offers your guests a late night snack or treat. This comes in handy especially if they are dealing with a time change, and may need an extra boost of sugar until the morning.
Bathroom Basket: I always make a bathroom basket each time we have a guest visit. You can make this a small or large basket depending on your preference. I add a few fresh towels and wash cloths, along with some essential toiletries. I also add the basics; toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, travel size shampoos and lotions, blow dryer, shower gel, chapstick, Tylenol, Tums, razors, facial cleanser, and hand sanitizer. P.S. I like to plug-in a night-light and have some sort of air freshener in the bathroom.
I adore this idea of using a vintage suitcase and all the items mentioned above into one area (snack, books, magazines, throw, handwritten welcome note, and the bathroom basket.)
Last but not least enjoy decorating your guest room. Your guests will love having somewhere to stay that is inviting and relaxing. So make sure you add those special extra touches, that make it feel like home. You want your guests to feel welcomed and relaxed. Each and everything you do will be appreciated, and will not go unnoticed.
Please stay tuned for my farmhouse accessories article coming soon. All those beautiful accessory ideas to add that perfect farmhouse touch to your home.
Dear Best Friend,
I can’t believe it has been so long since we last talked…. I never thought that this would happen to us. So much has happened since the last time we talked and I feel like you have missed everything. I often want to pick up the phone and call you, the time just seems to keep passing. It seems so crazy that we aren’t as close as we once were, but I feel like I could still trust and tell you everything without a second thought. You have always been my “person” and that will never change.
You have always been the one I could count on for well just about anything. You were my go-to person when I needed to cry, yell, shout, or share both good and bad news with. You Are My Person that will never change.
So I am the first to admit, I think I have an addiction to Rae Dunn Coffee Mugs (Ok let’s be honest all Rae Dunn products). The addiction starts with picking up the occasional mug when you run across one. Then followed by a tea-pot, canisters, cheese plates, OMG anything you can get your hands on. I guess if you look on the bright side I could be addicted to something far worse so this isn’t all that bad right? This is the moment when my husband is literally rolling his eyes wondering why we need 15 coffee mugs( when I am the only one who drinks coffee in the house).
So let me set the stage….a few months back I wondered on to a military wife Facebook page and it changed my entire world. The name of the group is “White Walls” and sharing the most awesome home decor is the game. I could spend hours scrolling the page looking at the most amazing home decor. These ladies also share my love and passion of “Target”. They show how they decorate and stage their homes and find the most amazing pieces. Now I am not going to lie I WANT IT ALL!! Continue reading
I am one of those people who wave at others when I drive by. I am also the person who let’s the car go, who is trying to merge into traffic. The person who talks to strangers everywhere I go (Drives my husband CRAZY)….
What happen to the good old days where people talked to their neighbors. Everyone was always outside working in their yards exchanging tools and cookware. What happened to the days of sitting on the back of the truck, on a dirt road, watching the sun set.
I know you go to work each day and probably see women along the way, dressed so nicely, hair and makeup done to a T. With their high heels and dress clothes looking smoking hot. Then you come home each night to me, your simple and frumpy haired wife rocking her pony-tail, cut off t-shirt, and my yoga pants.
Well to be honest these feet haven’t seen high heels since my 20’s. There are so many reasons my hair isn’t curled and I’m sporting a 5 minute make-up job. So many reasons my hair is messy and I have stained jeans. Being comfortable is just my thing. I am a mom and most days it looks like I just rolled out of bed, and trust me I probably did. Most days I look like I have the flu, and feel like it to. But this letter is to explain the reasons you should love my pony tail and be grateful for all it represents.