JORD watch giveaway

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When decorating our house I like adding in natural wood elements like baskets and wooden bowls to give it texture and warm it up.  To me it really finishes a room off.  When I first saw JORD wood watches I was immediately smitten.  I mean come on, how cool?!  It's a watch, made out of wood!  So when JORD asked me if I was interested in reviewing a watch, I jumped at the opportunity. 

I chose the Fieldcrest Zebrawood and Maple wood watch ($129).  You can check out all of their women's watches here.  Personally, I like a watch with a larger face but not so large that it's over powering.  The Fieldcrest fits the bill.   And speaking of fitting, you can print off their measuring guide and have them size the band for you so it's ready to wear as soon as it arrives!  

This particular watch (except for the mechanism and clasp) is made out of Native West African Zebrawood and Maple.  All of their wood watches are made from sustainably harvested wood, have a scratch resistant glass face, and come with a 12 month warranty.  

The wood makes the watch incredibly light weight.  I hardly feel like I'm wearing anything!  I can easily see this becoming my go to watch this summer.  But, like most watches, it's only splash resistant.  You don't want to dunk this in the tub while giving your kids a bath.   

One last thing.  You know how first impressions are everything?  JORD makes a great one and it just goes to show their attention to detail.  The watch is packaged in a cool wooden box that is absolutely perfect for giving as a gift.  Right now I'm thinking of Father's Day gifts (which is quickly approaching) or unique gifts for your favorite grads.

So here's the best part!  JORD is offering one lucky winner a $75.00 e-gift card towards any of their watches!!!  And that's not all, everyone who enters (except for the winner) will receive a $20 e-gift card that you can apply toward any watch on their site!  There are no losers here!   

Giveaway details:  This contest runs 5/25/16 through 6/1/2016 at 11:59pm.   One winner will be chosen at random by JORD to receive a $75.00 e-gift card that will expire 7/1/16.  All others who enter will receive a $20.00 e-gift card that will expire 10/1/16.

Disclosure:  I was gifted this watch by JORD; however, all opinions are my own.

Wooden Watch Review

bedroom ceiling fan

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I mentioned in this post that I was on the look out for a new ceiling fan for our master bedroom after our last one died during a major storm.  I could have easily replaced it with the exact same fan, but sometimes it's nice to switch things up.  This time I wanted to go more modern.  

After searching and searching and searching, I decided on the Home Decorator's Collection Merwry fan in matte black.  The style was right, the matte black tied in with the matte black fixtures in our master bathroom, and it was practically a steal.  Sold!

The LED light puts out a nice amount of light too.  Something that can be hard when looking for fans with light kits.  You can check out my post on more good looking ceiling fans here.

I know not everyone is a fan (har, har) of ceiling fans in bedrooms.  I absolutely LOVE the look of a fabulous light fixture in a bedroom.  But, momma can't sleep without a ceiling fan on at night.  Even when we lived in a colder climate I had one running at night.  My husband is the same way.  Anyone else out there addicted to having a fan on at night?

For some more ceiling fan ideas, check out my DIY cage light fan and my DIY drum shade fan.

SOURCES: ceiling fan // DIY picture frame moulding // rug // headboard // white duvet // grey blanket // black pillows - made by me (similar) // white drapes // bamboo blinds // DIY skirted nightstand // wood nightstand - family piece // lamps - TJ Maxx (similar here) // large green leaf - Hobby Lobby 



back patio re-do

Monday, May 16, 2016

There was this time a year and a half ago when I thought our back patio was finished.  You can see the reveal here.  Box checked.  Moving on.  Then our dog ate the furniture.  Like, there was a huge hole through the arm of the outdoor sofa.  Oh, and he ate the rug as well.  Here's what it used to look like.

We salvaged the two chairs by moving them to the front porch, but the sofa was toast.  I also accidentally left the cushions out one day and those were chewed on.  When it came to choosing new furniture I was at a loss and honestly just plain over it.  So, I let my husband decide.  He said he wanted adirondack chairs.  I regretted letting him choose :)  But in the spirit of letting go, I went for it.

Now, there are of course still some things I want to do out here, like putting back up the striped curtains, but wanted to share with you some of the progress.

Obviously the biggest change are the chairs.  You guys, I actually love the chairs.  They truly are comfy.  We went with the Highwood Eco-Friendly Synthetic wood Folding Adirondack Chairs in Coastal Teak from Overstock so they could stand up to the weather and be easily sprayed off to look like new if they got dirty from the dog getting into them.  But, I don't think that will be happening anymore.  I made him a pretty sweet dog bed he's digging that I'll share later.  

Now, I know a rug would ground all the furniture, but I'm not planning on adding one.  For the same reason I don't have one in our dining room.  As pretty as it would be, it just doesn't make sense at this point in time.  Kids are going to spill food on a rug in the dining room and I'm going to be upset.  Archer is going to chew up a rug outside and I'm going to be upset.  It's just not worth it.  I do plan on adding some pillows to the chairs, but those can easily be brought in when we're not using them.  

Another change are the plants.  The ferns I originally had flanking the fireplace weren't having any of it.  It didn't help that I always forgot to water them.  I'm trying out these California Elephant Ears that are suppose to be pretty hearty.  Finger's crossed!

I also sat some succulents on the DIY coffee table.  They serve a purpose much greater than looking pretty.  It's to keep Archer off the table.  He thought it made the perfect dog bed (you can see scratches in the wood from his nails).  This bowl is too heavy for him to nose out of the way and he has stayed off.

So that's where we're at with the patio right now.  I think it's actually a really good change!  I'll share the finished version when I figure out pillows.

SOURCES: adirondack chairs // DIY outdoor storage coffee table // galvanized planters - IKEA, no longer on their site (similar here) // DIY rope mirror // succulent bowl - Homegoods (similar here)



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