Levi's Big Boy Room

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Levi turns 3 this week. I just can’t believe it. He has officially started wearing clothes without the letter “t” in the size, he is potty trained, and he is definitely ready for a big boy bed. For his 3rd birthday I partnered with Living Spaces to pack away the crib and graduate him to a bonafide twin bed.

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It sure was an emotional day when that crib left the house. Countless hours have been spent rocking my babies over that crib. I remember the day we first set it up and how I couldn’t believe a baby would be sleeping in it. Now, here I am…The crib is gone and Levi is sleeping in one of the most gorgeous twin beds I have ever seen.

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He is practically Prince and the Pea because he has the nicest mattress ever. If you didn’t know, they have their own mattress line called Revive. I got the R2 plush mattress, and I wish I had one for my bed. I own one for my guest room, and after sleeping on it I was hooked. They also do a lot of giving back to their communities. During certain times of year they do buy 1, give 1 events where for each mattress purchased a twin mattress is donated to a foster family through Arizona Helping Hands. So cool, right?!

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I kept all of the items from his nursery, and I rearranged the room to incorporate a twin bed. Instead of keeping the big mirror hanging above the bed, I moved the dresser to the opposite side of the room and put the mirror above it. This created some space to put up a wall clock and have the bookshelf be more of a focal point.

If you’re looking to design a room for your son or daughter, I have shared some tips on Living Spaces’ Behind the Design blog.

All in all I still love his room. I’ll miss the beautiful nursery that I brought him home to, but this space is just as great and one for him to grow into.

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

Upstairs Guest Room with Garnet Hill

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This post is sponsored by Garnet Hill.

It took me a whole year, but I finally got back into decorating spaces again. This guest room has been unfinished for a year since we moved Elle into the other room. It was time to finish nesting. 

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I had a different bed in here, but moved it downstairs when we divided furniture. I wanted another room for guests to sleep in, so I got this bed from Lamps Plus. Though I am a modern girl, I thought this bed was super cool. I was really impressed that they even carried bed frames. 

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I already had the BEST linen bedding from Garnet Hill. It has soft pink ticking stripes, so it really set the tone for what was coming next. 

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The wall was already painted black, and I had already experimented with pink and black for Elle's room. I knew I liked it, but when I saw this rug from Garnet Hill I knew this was the direction I wanted to go. It's STUNNING! I LOOOOOOOVE it. I have never loved a rug more. The quality is amazing. 

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Everything fell into place from there. I used a brass lamp I already had from Living Spaces, and wool stools from my bedroom. I also found the perfect spot for my great, great aunt's steamer trunks from the 1800s. 

All in all, I could not be happier to have another beautiful room complete in my home. Now bring on the guests!

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

The Future is Stigma Free

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One day in the not too distant future I hope mental health is treated like we treat physical health. I hope I see people meditating like they are exercising. I hope I see people going to check ups with a psychiatrist or counselor like they do their primary care doctors. I hope we admire someone’s peaceful state of mind and emotional maturity like we do their bodies and fitness routines. I hope we digest educational podcasts and books like we eat healthy foods. I hope we refuse garbage for our minds like we do with foods that make us feel gross. I hope we hold each other accountable to our mental health goals as effectively as our fitbits and pedometers.

Ultimately, I hope we regard mental health as important as our physical health, and end the stigma that surrounds it. The only way to do that is to talk about it. Start by wearing a shirt like this one. 100% of the sales of this shirt go to Bring Change to Mind. And for every post that uses #thefutureisstigmafree on Twitter or Instagram $5 will be donated to Bring Change to Mind.

Because, you see, taking care of your mental health not only impacts you, but those around you. ✨🌻 You can get your shirt at Saks Fifth Avenue or Off Fifth. 

ENDING THE STIGMA SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH

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I'm super excited to share with you a cool collaboration with Standard Wax, a local candle company here in Phoenix. They have developed the YAY candle with a scent that is meant to brighten your day, and $5 of every purchase is donated to Bring Change to Mind - a non-profit devoted to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. 

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As part of this collaboration I have shared some of my experiences with seeking counseling and prioritizing my mental health. You can read the entire interview on their blog. 

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I hope that my journey encourages others to seek help. There are just some things you can't fix on your own, and it's okay to ask for help. In fact, it's more brave to ask for help than it is to white knuckle it. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have. 

Photography by Lunabear Studios.