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I’m not one to air my dirty laundry, but here are five reasons to switch to a “clean” laundry detergent. 

We recently made the full-time switch to a non-toxic laundry detergent after my son was experiencing daily itchiness.  (Non-toxic in the sense of normal conditions of use). Add this laundry detergent to your monthly subscribe and save now, for the most bang for your buck.  One bottle is about 32 loads of laundry.

1)    Big-box laundry detergents typically have overwhelming fragrances that make me gag.  This laundry detergent has a soft jasmine fragrance and keeps your clothes smelling fresh.

2)    My son’s skin sensitivities have not been an issue since we switched.

3)    The detergent is so “clean” it is greywater safe, meaning…if you have a greywater system in your house you can use the used wash machine water to water your garden.

4)    A “little” detergent goes a long way.  Less than a capful.  We do one load of laundry a day and go through one bottle a month.  Perfect for the monthly subscription that saves you 15% off.  That way, I save a trip to the store and buy more impulsive snacks we don’t need.

5)    We even got Reid’s mom to make the switch.  She always bought whatever was on sale at the grocery store, but now she’s tried it and loves the value and quality.

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Stay tuned for an amazing giveaway with Calinicoastal!

Also, see our kitchen in a magazine! Way to go!! Read all about it in this link

PENDANTS FROM CALINICOASTAL // NEOLITH COUNTERTOPS in calcutta luxe // SINK with accessories // FAUCET // ANTIQUE MIRROR TILE

Images by Jill Blue Photography

DIY custom framed art

by Shalice Noel

I was getting tired of the inflated shipping and delays, but wanted some killer framed art for the kitchen.

The last time we were in FL, Reid took some beautiful pictures in Alys Beach. Can you tell that’s our happy place? More of our FL house and 10 things to do in Destin HERE.

Ok, so how did you create this custom look, you ask, for roughly $80 each? Notably, it is nearly half of what I would spend otherwise. Keep reading.

1.First, I ordered 2 8×10 images that Reid took, in matte on Walmart.com and had them shipped.

2. Next I ordered a 24×24 frame from Amazon. Unfortunately, I noticed its not available right now, so I linked similar

3. I needed a 24×24″ matte with a 8×10 opening so I found one on Etsy, you can customize your opening. I chose 8×10. $30 each wasn’t bad! I love a rectangle within a square.

I love the look and this was a super fun project, though I hurt my hands a little doing it.

What do you think?

The mild temps are making a comeback here in the south.  I know it’s still taking a bit of time for the rest of the country, but don’t get impatient, the warmth is coming.  You will be out on your patio in no time.  With the spring season fast approaching, we decided to make some furniture upgrades to our pool deck. 

We first moved some old outdoor pieces around.  We took our large teak table that seats 8 and moved it into the cabana, in front of our outdoor fire place.  While the evening is a bit of a chill, the fire place makes dinning al fresco romantic and comfortable.  We also added some new rockers to the pool deck.  Do you prefer lounge chairs or rockers?  While I love getting vitamin D in a lounge chair, it’s still a bit too early for that.  That’s why I love these rockers, they are comfortable and modern.  The grey cushions go well with our flagstone deck.  We placed the rockers on a new striped outdoor rug giving the chairs a nice smooth rock.  The rug will make a great place for the kids to lay down a beach towel as well, come summer.  Add planters and colorful spring plants around the space to add color and texture.  Walmart has an assortment of faux flowers.  Add faux flowers to oversized vases and if the temperature drops a few nights, no worries.  The faux flowers always look fresh!

While enjoying the new rockers, we decided to make homemade malts.  We rocked on our chairs and looked out at the pool while listening to the waterfall.  I love sitting outside, sipping my malt and reaping the benefits of sunlight and nature.  It’s time to get outdoors ready with Walmart’s Patio Furniture selections.  They have great pieces designed to fit a variety of styles and outdoor spaces.  Show me your plans.

Use this malt recipe for your first spring patio party.

Vanilla Malts

Makes 7 – 1 cup servings

1 ½ cups whole milk

1 1/8 cups granulated sugar

3 cups heavy whipping cream

1 ½ tablespoons pure vanilla extract

¼ cup malt powder (add more to taste)

In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.

Pour out the mixture into a freezer bowl.  We use this:

Ice cream maker – 2 quart

or

Kitchen Aid 2 quart Ice cream maker mixer attachment

I love how this area came together, from the planters, stripe pillows, outdoor rug, string lights and new rockers!

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post!

8 Internet faves

by Shalice Noel


“Progress over perfection, consistency over perfection, balance over perfection”

Side table, drool! Love this veining so much!


Gold chain bag 20% off!


High Tops (get your true size)

Love at first site: New blazer in DOE


I get asked often about this bag


Boucle chair

Coffee table book 


Obsessed with gallery walls lately.  

Don’t forget to make my snickerdoodle recipe!

Hand bags under $300

Get this suit for Zoom meetings

Latest TJ MAXX finds

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My Favorite TJ MAXX finds

by Shalice Noel

So many good finds at tjmaxx.com! I’ve been wanting a luxe coffee table book, large vase and found them all online. Tjmaxx.com is my secret to finding great home finds for our Florida house. Lots of design and decor pieces for home and beyond. I’m loving this sequin dress that is perfect for date night. Tip: add a denim jacket and sneakers for a dressed down look.

Sequin Dress in small // Coffee Table Books and this one // Similar Vases //

Shop them easily when you click on the images below.

Thank you tjmaxx.com for sponsoring this post!

LED candles (AA and AAA battery powered) // Sherpa jacket // Black lanterns // Vacuum // Smart TV and mounting

We have a fun family tradition called gift exchange night.  It started with my family as a child.  As my siblings and I got married with kids our exchange night turned into quite the event.  We would all meet at Oakbrook Mall, near Chicago, draw names and give each other a gift limit.  As the years progressed, it got harder and harder to do the gift exchange at the mall.  Sticking to our price limit was a huge challenge.

We then moved away from my family and no longer could carry on the tradition with the extended family, but we started making it a night for our immediate family.  With young kids, we couldn’t do this at the mall so we moved the gift exchange to Walmart.  It is a perfect place for the gift exchange.  There is something for everyone.  Reid loves workout stuff, so Brooks found him a jump rope.  Brooks loves golf, so Mathias found him a new golf hat.  I love anything for the home and Levi bought me a cool star fish and shell for my console table.  Everything was $10 and under!

We have so much fun running around the store and finding something within the limit but also meaningful to that person.  We then rush home and without even wrapping anything, we sit in the living room and starting with the youngest, we exchange our gifts.  It’s a really sweet time.  You must see the video of Levi giving me my starfish.  His face was precious.

With the inspiration of the starfish, I expanded my home décor even more from Walmart.  I found LED “flame” candles and a couple black lanterns.  The LED candles really warm up the living room and dress up the space for both Christmas and throughout the year.  With the fun of decorating, I’m motivated to clean.  With the new beach house, we’ve been needing a new vacuum.  We found this one at Walmart and it has been perfect for our wood floors and soaking up all the sand.

As we love our gift exchange night and making memories, I hope you try this tradition for yourselves.  Check out Walmart and all the meaningful gifts you can find for every budget. I’m thankful our family gift giving will carry into life long lessons of thoughtfulness. We plan on doing this throughout the year to remind ourselves to think of others.

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post, all opinions my own.

1.KETTLE

2. ESPRESSO MACHINE

3. MUG

4. COZY SWEATER

5. PRETTY ART

I’M A BIG HOMEBODY and I’m loving this time at home as a family in between holidays. The kids and I have been baking and making lots of hot chocolate and coffees!

We got the new Breville from Walmart! Such a great buy and fun to use.

I recently perused the Walmart home section and was LOVING their vast selection, from Espresso machines to kettles to cozy sweaters.

I also included some new art finds. WOWm can you believe the prices? I opened this one that I ordered and both my girls were fighting over it.

Which is your favorite?

ESPRESSO MACHINE // KETTLE // PLANTER // TEA CONTAINER // SWEATER // GOLD SCULPTURE // NOEL MUG

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post!

Welcome to my new kitchen!!

I’m overjoyed to show you more of the post renovation. It was been a dusty journey of endless paper plates, washing dishes in the basement and lots of patience in between.

What do you think?

While we still have plumbing and backsplash behind the stove to do, I thought it would be fun to show some sneak peeks of our kitchen using some new Walmart home finds. Like these wood pieces, faux magnolia flowers, pasta bowls and ADORABLE soup bowls! Now, If I could only replicate Grandma’s tomato soup!

Click to shop below:

Faux flowers // Glass Jug // Pasta bowl // Soup bowls // Wood Pedestal Cake Stand // Denim shirt 

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post!

We recently made some new changes in our home. We needed some organizational help in our newly painted pantry and rocking chair. Both we found at Walmart! I also found an adorable faux cow hide rug. You will find so many gems at Walmart home. Which is your favorite?

Here are 5 tips to organizing your pantry:

1 Start with a clean slate, i.e. a fresh coat of paint. We used White Dove by BM.

2. Make a list, and check it twice. Atalie took inventory of what containers we needed and how many. We listed our pantry staples, for example, we have 4 varieties of flours!!

3. Place like things together. My organizational friend in CA, Sabrina, always said place like things together! It’s so much easier to find things once you do this.

4. Place the food into bins. I like these clear bins from Walmart. You can see everything and it is sealed shut!

5. Use a label maker to label each and every bin so every member of the house knows where everything is.

ROCKING CHAIR // COW HIDE RUG // ORGANIZATIONAL CONTAINERS // LABEL MAKER // MY SWEATER // CHEWED HEM JEANS

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post!

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