February 2018 archive

Decorating Trends for 2018

We’re well into 2018.  Are you used to saying and writing that now?  I thought I would share some of the decor trends for 2018.  Some things carry over for years and some only last for a year or two.  I feel like bigger things like kitchens go in phases of like 7-10 years and smaller things like accessories for your living room change every couple of years.  Thank goodness because I don’t know many people that can give their kitchen a facelift every couple of years. Here are some decorating trends for 2018.  Did you guess some of them?

Decorating Trends for 2018

PINKS, FLORALS, and FEMININE TOUCHES Pantone’s color of the year in 2015 was Rose Quartz which was a blush pink.  It came in and never left.  I think it is here to stay.  That blush color has become so common that it is considered a neutral now. Men need to get comfortable with pink and feminine touches in their homes.  Done subtly it can be just beautiful.  Putting feminine touches like fresh flowers and candles in a room can soften it up and make your home look lived in without looking too frilly.  Nobody does pink better than Summer Adams.  You can check out her pink office reveal here.

Adding pinks and florals to a room can give it the feminine touch it needs. You can never go wrong using fresh flowers.

MIXED METALS– There are so many reasons why mixing metals is still so popular. It is affordable, creates drama, and gives off an elegant vibe in your home. I think the most important element is it gives a cohesive look, without looking like you just ordered a matching set of furniture from a catalog. Also, if furniture doesn’t have to match now, you can replace items and update your room one piece at a time without having the cost of replacing all the pieces at once.  That is a win-win for everyone. Interior design can take a page out of fashion’s handbook.  If pieces blend well together and you like them then go with it.  Your room is a reflection of your style.  Be confident in your choices and it will turn out beautifully. You can see in the picture below that I have gold accessories, a mercury glass lamp, and the picture frame is an antiqued silver.

I love the use of mixed metals in this black, white and grey guest bedroom. The picture frame, accessories, and lamp all look like a cohesive grouping.

TWO TONED KITCHENS– White kitchens are still popular so don’t freak out.  However, we are starting to see multi-color cabinets and counter tops in kitchens.  My kitchen actually has cream colored cabinets on the bottom and then the darker cabinets at the top.  I also have a solid counter top and brown and white one. If you wait long enough everything comes back in style. Since the white kitchens are so popular and grays are still in style, these colors are being used in the cabinetry and counter tops. I personally love this look.  A great example is Dear Lillie’s kitchen.  I have always loved her style.  You can check out her kitchen here.

LIGHTING– Lighting is such an important part of a room.  Of course if you have a natural light  source available in your room than that is your best bet.  However, some people don’t always have that and changing that is difficult and costly.  So using chandeliers, lamps, and recessed lighting can play a big part in how you light your room.  Chandeliers have become so popular recently.  There is such a wide range to choose from now.  Of course there were aways the glamorous ones, but now there are the rustic ones, craftsman style, farmhouse, and industrial masculine lights. I’m sure if you look hard enough you will find the perfect lighting for your new build or your makeover. The best place I’ve learned about lighting is in Rebecca Robeson’s design sessions.  She is an interior designer in California,  She has a Youtube channel, but she does design sessions once a month.  She did one on lighting that was amazing. Check her out for more information.

GALLERY WALLS– Aren’t we glad gallery walls are still popular?  You can display your family  pictures or your art in planned groupings on your wall. There are so many things on Pinterest about gallery walls that I’m not going to repeat it here.  For a good reference on gallery wall configurations check out this post.

I hope you are crushing on some of these trends for 2018 because they may hang around for a little while.  Which ones are you currently using and which ones might you use in the near future?  I would love to know.  Leave me a comment below and let me know if you have any projects coming up.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Best Winter Workout Finds

I have really found my groove with working out over the last year. I thoroughly enjoy it and crave it for the positive way I feel after a workout. I definitely see what people were always saying about the endorphins released after you workout. In the beginning, I did it to help lose weight, but now I do it for many other reasons.  I have found some products that I think are amazing and I would like to share those with you.  You may have set some goals for yourself this year and I hope you stick with it and reach those goals.

Trigger Point Performance Grid Foam Roller – I have been using a foam roller for 15 years before it was a cool workout piece of equipment.   I was in a car accident and had a therapeutic one for my neck and back for physical therapy exercises.  Mine is not pretty and it’s a lot bigger, but you get the gist. These are great for exactly what they say.  Rolling trigger points after a workout will help keep soreness down to a minimum. I have also found they help you from getting muscle spasms and long term soreness.Trigger Point Performance Grid Foam Roller by Prosource- www.yourstrulyjenn.comBose Sound Sport Wellness Headphones- I have used the beats wireless headphones for about 2 years, but for some reason the ear piece always hurt my ears.  I have not had any problem with these headphones and the sound quality is amazing.  Who could go wrong with a Bose product?

Bose Sound Sport Wellness Headphones- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Hydro Flask– These are a little pricey but you wouldn’t believe how many different water bottles we have at our house that just don’t do the trick so the price justifies itself. This one keeps the same ice when you return 10 hours later. The Hydro Flask doesn’t produce any condensation on the side of the bottle. I can’t speak highly enough about this product.  I have the solid teal one.  My son gave it to me for Christmas.

Hydro Flask- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Athleta Excursion Tights–  I absolutely love the Athleta tights.  I am 5’7″ so I ordered the tall which I love.  After I wear leggings twice they usually are too short which is so annoying.  These are still the perfect length after 3 months.  They also have a pocket on the side that is deep enough for your phone to be completely covered.  Great for working out and then throwing a sweater over to make a Target run. They are the perfect fit, right amount of thickness, oh and did I mention they make your butt look really good.  What else could you ask for?  Check them out in this picture.

check out these amazing workout finds. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Calia Sweater–  My son gave me this women’s effortless metallic hooded sweater made by Carrie Underwood’s line Calia for Christmas. I think I’ve already worn it like 4 times in 2 weeks. I get really hot when I shop and run errands so this sweater is perfect for me.  it is casual but super cute and trendy so it is perfect and can be used for multiple purposes.  The sweater is pictured above.

If you are looking for some new things to add to your workout stash checkout these products. I think you might find some of them to be beneficial to help you in your fitness journey.  I would love to hear about products you are loving.  Leave a comment below if there is something you’re using that I need to try.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.  I always thought of Valentine’s as kind of a made up holiday.  My husband and I always agreed that giving flowers, cards, and gifts meant so much more any other day of the year.  However, it can be a fun day to show your kids, girlfriends and of course your significant other why they mean so much to you.  Plus, you don’t have to spend much money to tell others they mean a lot to you.

Gorgeous Valentine's Day pink and white mantel styled by Yours Truly Jenn | www.yourstrulyjenn.com

My sister and her husband are both turning 40 this month and there are lots of celebrations planned.  February is not only important because of their birthdays, but Valentine’s Day is significant to them too. Their first date was a blind date on Valentine’s Day. I find that so neat that it worked out and they are now married with two kids. So, Since so many people are meeting through dating sites and through blind dates, I thought it would be fun to make a list of 10 “get to know you questions” you could ask over the first couple of texts or dates to get to know each other better.  Of course you could ask your spouse these as well because they are kind of fun.

pink roses and white hydrangea Valentine's Day mantel styled by Yours Truly Jenn | www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Ten Get to Know You Questions

  1. What are you afraid of?
  2. What are your pet peeves?
  3. What is your go to band/fave artists?
  4. What’s your ideal way to spend a Sunday?
  5. What movie best describes your life? Why?
  6. Where’s the most interesting place you’ve been?
  7. What website do you visit often?
  8. What are you addicted to?
  9. What is something you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t?
  10. If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow what would it be?

Beautiful pink and white mantel arrangement styled by Yours Truly Jenn

I had so much fun decorating my mantel for Valentine’s Day.  I ordered the eucalyptus garland from ETSY and all the flowers were from Trader Joe’s.  They have very nice flowers for affordable prices (hint…hint…guys).

Beautiful Valentine's Day tablescape styled by Yours Truly Jenn

To make a special family breakfast, you can use your best dishes and make everything shaped like hearts,  Plan breakfast in bed for your spouse or a special dinner for two with a beautiful tablescape like the one I styled below.

Sweetheart Valentine's Day tablescape styled by Yourstrulyjenn

I hope you can take a little time for yourself on Valentine’s Day and spend time with the people you love most. For more Valentine’s Day posts, check out Valentine’s Day Family Brunch and What is the Nicest Thing Someone Has Done for You?

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Winter Bedroom Essentials with Crane and Canopy

I can’t believe we are already into February.  Where I live, we have almost tripled the amount of snow we got last year.  I don’t think spring weather is coming anytime soon so figuring out how to make my bedroom a little warmer and cozier is top on my list.

I personally like to spend time in my bedroom. I strive for a luxurious look while getting that cozy, comfortable feeling as well. Your bedroom isn’t just another room. It’s where you relax, renew, and rejuvenate for the next day.  That is where Crane and Canopy enters.  They are a charming, luxurious bedding company that offers speciality bedding and bath at affordable prices. Here are a couple of my favorite sets that Crane and Canopy offer.

The Vienna Soft White Duvet Cover and Shams from Crane and Canopy- www.yourstrulyjenn.comVienna Soft White Duvet Cover and Shams

The Montgomery Duvet Cover and Shams by Crane and Canopy- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Montgomery Cobalt Blue Duvet Cover and Shams

Crane and Canopy has such great options to choose from.  Their sheet sets come with an option to purchase without a top sheet.  My son is a very squirmy sleeper and would often throw blankets off the bed. To have the option to buy sheet sets without a top sheet is amazing. That works much better for my son. Their duvets come with interior corner ties and hidden zipper closures. Their towels are even cool. There is an unique loop for convenient post-use hanging.  All of these details matter when you’re going for the perfect look.


The Linden Black Border Duvet Cover and Shams from Crane and Canopy- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Linden Black Border Duvet Cover and Shams

I tend to spend more time in my room in the winter. I like to use a heavier duvet and luxurious throw cover.  The one I use in the winter is the Linden Black Border Duvet Cover from Crane and Canopy. We let our dog sleep with us so we wash it often.  It cleans up beautifully and has stayed this beautiful white color for two years without looking dingy.  I also have the Coral Pacific Duvet cover pictured below.  I will share more about this one later in the year.

The Pacific Coral Duvet Cover and Shams from Crane and Canopy- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Ways to Make Your Room Cozier For Winter

I also like to layer my bedding in the winter with extra warm blankets in case we get cold.  Who am I kidding? I really mean if I get cold.  My husband always has a fan on and I’m always wrapped in the extra blankets.  I also like to keep baskets of blankets and pillows in the room in case our kids want to hang out and watch tv with us.

Crane and Canopy Bedding -styling by Jenn Ely from Yours Truly Jenn Blog

Adding texture to the room also makes the room feel cozier.  There are several ways you can add texture to a bedroom. Some of my favorite ways are to add rugs, curtains, and lots of big, soft pillows. Doing these things can immediately warm up a room.

Crane and Canopy Bedding - Styled by Jenn Ely from Yours Truly Jenn Blog

Try styling your bed in multiple ways to see what looks best. Using Crane and Canopy bedding and some of their mixed decor pieces to add texture will give you a more cohesive and custom look.

If you have space, create a cozy sitting area. Sometimes you want to be in your room to unwind, but you’re not ready to go to bed.  This area is the perfect spot to read, work on bills, or check some emails before going to bed.  Your sitting area should be another focal point of the room, but should be its own little space off to the side. It should not be a place to just collect your clothes or bags from your day.  Keep it nice and it will add an extra calming element to your room.

Create a comfortable sitting area in your bedroom. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Finish off the room with final details by adding some family photos to make it feel personalized. You can also add a few feminine touches like fresh flowers, a candle etc… You can also hide any unattractive items in decorative boxes for easy storage. This will make your room beautiful and cozy while keeping it practical as well.

Crane and Canopy bedding styled by Jenn Ely from Yours Truly Jenn Blog

I hope you have found several tips to make your room a little cozier in the winter months.  Check out Crane and Canopy and let me know what you think.  Leave me a comment below telling me what makes your room special.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Tips to Ward off The Winter Blues

 As winter rolls on and the weather is less than desirable, I tend to feel a little blah.  The days are short and the nights are long and I yearn for a hint of some warmer weather.  I like to have some things that I can look forward to, so here are some things I do to help ward off the winter blues.

Reward Yourself

I like to make a list of a couple goals and then give myself a reward when I accomplish the goals.  I usually like to purchase an outfit or something special like that so I can also enjoy the day out shopping which makes me even more happy.

How to ward off the winter blues- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Plan A Weekend Away

Plan a little weekend get away with your spouse or some girlfriends. That gives you something to look forward to.  Spend a couple weeks on Pinterest researching places to visit, where to eat, and best places to stay.  If you can’t afford to do that or you can’t take time off from work, plan a staycation that’s packed with tons of fun adventures in your own area.  There is a ton of stuff I hate to admit that I haven’t done in my own area.

Tips to ward off the winter blues- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Spring Ready Body

So many people have some type of fitness goal as part of their new year’s resolutions.  How about pushing yourself to meet your goal and then purchasing a brand new bathing suit to get ready for your first beach day of the season.

Pamper Yourself

There are lots of things you can do at your own home to pamper yourself.  I love to buy fresh flowers. You can find some great prices and beautiful blooms at Trader Joe’s or local grocery stores. Lighting a candle, taking a bath, meditation, putting on some music, and taking some quiet time to read a book are all things you can do at your own home to bring joy and peace to a chaotic day.

Pamper yourself to ward off the winter blues. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

These are all simple things you can do to ward off the winter blues and have a great start to 2018. If you want more in-depth ideas on how to take care of yourself, check out my new self-care series here, here, here and here.  I hope the whole year will be amazing for you.  I’m looking forward to this year and what is in store for me and my family.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

5 Easy Ways to Deal with Stress

Love Yourself Series

No one wants to be stressed or have anxiety, but life isn’t perfect and it hands us overwhelming situations.  I found, if I do things in preparation I feel a lot less stressed about my day.  I can’t control everything, but at least I can help myself feel as prepared as I can for the day and weeks ahead. Here are 5 easy ways to deal with stress.  I hope they help you as much as they have helped me.

Prepare for the next day the night before

There are several things you can prepare the night before so you’re not so rushed in the morning.  Some people like to sleep in late and leave no extra time for things that may arise. They leave no time for traffic issues, dog problems, and kids not listening.  That is not how “real” mornings play out so preparing things the night before leaves time for when these stressful situations happen in the morning.  You can set out the main parts of your lunch.  You might not want to make the sandwich, but you can set out a banana and crackers.  You can press your outfit and pick out your shoes.  This will save a lot of time in the morning.  You can go ahead and place your breakfast out so in the morning you are just quickly making it. You can also pack up your work bag.  This also means finding your keys and being ready to just walk out the door.

Set out your clothes the night before to have a smooth morning. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

keep your planner up to date

Writing down your schedule and important dates will help you see everything in a glance. Seeing the big picture will help you stay organized and allow your brain to relax a bit. Then you’re not always having to constantly remember all the tidbits of your life. That’s draining!  I also like to keep a pad of paper by my bed so if I think of something important I can jot it down and then add it to my planner in the morning.  This can really help if you’re having sleep issues.  I always feel if I write it down then my brain can relax.

Write down your schedule in a planner so you can see the big picture. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Manage your time wisely

I like using block scheduling in my day.  I like to set up my day in chunks so I can fit everything in.  I try to stick to those times unless something is really pressing.  It really allows you to try to get to all the things on your list. Setting a timer is also so helpful. For some reason, that timer really keeps me cruising along.  I don’t know what authority it has on me, but I really push myself to stay on track if the timer is set. Know your priorities and get the most important things done first.  This is very important with time management.  If you know something doesn’t have to be done until next month do the thing that has to be done tomorrow first.

Spend time with family

Spending quality time with your family has shown to relieve stress.  When you’re around people who love you, you tend to relax and just be yourself. Isn’t that a novel idea that we can be the people we want to be around the people that love us.  Ask yourself, “are you spending the amount of time you want with your family or are you working too much?” This could be one of the causes of your stress.  Evaluate this in your life and see if there is anything in your schedule that you can shift to help you spend more time with your family.

Spend as much quality time with your family as you can. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Stay Positive

We are all a work in progress.  Taking baby steps is still progress.  Any time you are moving forward is progress no matter how small.  Nobody is perfect and you shouldn’t strive to be.  That in itself will bring you more stress than you know.  Let go of the past and try to move forward with some new priorities set in place to bring about positivity in your life.

Today was the last day of the series.  I hope you have been following along and taking good care of yourself.  If you missed any of the posts you can check them out here, here and here. Have a great weekend.

Yours Truly,

Jenn