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    Christmas Decor + Gift Guide For the Home

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    Last week we hosted our first Thanksgiving for our family at our home. We were able to decorate our home for Christmas, and we finally got to use our fancy dishes and silverware we received as wedding gifts that we had stored away for special occasions. With a little bit of help from Pinterest I was able to throw together this holiday inspired rustic tablescape for Thanksgiving. Today I am showing you all the details of our table and tree decor. Plus I am sharing our favorite tradition for the holidays and my gift guide for the home.

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    Home Office Tour

    I can’t believe it. I am finally done! My home office is officially complete after a year of putting it together. I think the biggest thing for me was making sure to keep true to my own unique style by incorporating pieces that have personal meaning so it inspires me. I love all the bright colors, pops of gold and yellow, and all my inspirational wall art. My office is where I spend most of my time creating, writing, and brain storming for my blog. It is also multi functional as a dressing room, with a vanity desk separate from my working desk, so I have space and room to play around with my make up, as well as make YouTube videos. It is the one place in the house that the boys are not allowed in. It’s my Girl Cave. I have to give a special shout out to my wonderful husband who helped make my vision came to life. Half of these pieces were either constructed, painted or put together by him. So I hope you enjoyed this home office tour, I’ve linked as much as I can from my office below.

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    5 Tips to Get Your Summer Patio Ready with Pier 1 Imports

    Thank you Pier 1 Imports  for sponsoring this post.  As always all thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog.5 Tips to Get Your Summer Patio Ready with Pier 1 Imports by Houston blogger Dawn P. Darnell

    This past weekend my husband and I decided to throw a Mother’s Day Crawfish Boil for our closest friends and family. It was our first time hosting a Crawfish Boil at our house so we wanted to make sure we had everything together including our outdoor summer patio ready for the party. Thankfully we teamed up with Pier 1 Imports  to share our decorating tips we did to make our summer patio block party ready. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, Pier 1 Imports has the perfect decor pieces to refresh your outdoor space. Check out our 5 Tips to Get Your Patio Block Party Ready for Summer with Pier 1 Imports below! You will want to incorporate these tips for your upcoming Memorial Day block party.

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    For the Home, Holiday

    Personalized Home Gifts for the Holidays with ShutterFly

    Thank you Shutterfly for collaborating with me on this post.  As always all thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog.

    Personalized Home Gifts for the Holidays

    sweater (got in an XL for oversized look)| socks | jeans| earrings

    There’s nothing like decorating for the holidays, and I love adding a personalized touch to everything especially for Christmas. This will be our second year celebrating Christmas with our little guy who will be turning two next year, and I love being able to have little things to remind me of these times when Jayden is little during the holidays. If I could have a picture of Jayden on everything I would. Luckily I’ve teamed up with Shutterfly to make my dreams come true. I mean what mama doesn’t love to have their cute kiddo’s face plastered everywhere! Plus I’ve even got cute personalized gift for our little fur babies too. Here are some of my favorite personalized home gifts for the holidays with Shutterfly.
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    Fashion, For the Home

    Office Inspiration: 6 Tips to a Chic Workspace with Francesca’s

    Thank you Francesca’s  for sponsoring this post.  As always all thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog.

    Office Inspiration: 6 Tips to a Chic Workspace with Francesca's by Houston blogger Dawn P. Darnell

    Every girl dreams of having their own personal workspace they can call their own, and as a mom I love having a place I can escape from the hustle and bustle of mom life, where I can focus on my blog with zero interruption. At my house it’s my Girl Boss cave, meaning no boys allowed, unless of course there is hugs and kisses involved or room service to refill my coffee cup. So late at night it is usually just me and Sasha (my cat) getting work done while the boys are asleep.  If you follow me on  Snapchat my office has been a work in progress. But this month I’m so excited to team up with Francesca’s and share some office inspiration to revamp my work space from drab to fab with these 6 simple tips to making your home office look CHIC!

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    Family, For the Home, Travel

    Inside Magnolia Market + Video Tour

    Inside Magnolia Market + Video Tour

    Last month my hubby and I took Jayden for a fun little weekend trip to Dallas to visit family. You can see that post here. Before we went to Dallas we made a pit stop to Magnolia Market in Waco. I am a big fan of Fixer Upper and I couldn’t wait to find me something to decorate my office. Last time we went the store was closed so we were only able to see the outside. They are closed Sunday’s so this time we went on Friday. It was a beautiful day when we went and the perfect opportunity for me to take a video tour of an inside look of Magnolia Market. Check out my video tour below. Continue reading

    Family, For the Home

    6 Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh When you Have Pets

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #yougottabekittenme #CollectiveBias 6 Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh with Pets

    This month we welcomed in our new addition to our family, Rocky Rotel Darnell. We decided to add to our pet family with our first family dog. Sasha was my first pet I adopted six years ago when I had just graduated college. But now that I’m married, and the mom to the cutest little guy, my hubby and I decided it was time to get a dog our son could grow up with.  It took us three weeks and several adoption agencies later and we finally found our match. We adopted him from the Save Rescue Coalition, and we couldn’t be happier. Continue reading

    Family, Fashion, Fitness, Food, For the Home

    The Best of 2015 – A recap of my First Year Blogging

    The Best of 2015

    I can’t believe it’s already 2016. 2015 flew by and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the blessing we received. It was a year of ups and downs, but overall I wouldn’t change it one bit because through all life’s challenges I have grown so much and become a better person because of it. This year I became a mom. We welcomed our wonderful son Jayden into the world on January 19, 2015. I never knew how much I could love something until he came into this world. It scared me how much I loved him, I would die for him. protect him with all my being, and I would go to the moon and back just to give him the world. He was my inspiration this year, and because of him I became a better blogger. Because of him I was able to step back from my full time career to focus on being a mother and it also allowed me to pursue blogging. I’ve blogged about being a mother, fitness, fashion, and photography. So if you have followed along or have just started here are my favorite posts of the year. Continue reading