Tour: My Room in a New-Orleans Style Double Gallery Downtown Home

Welcome to my new home, CWH readers!

Today, I’m showing you my room and some other snaps. I have a few old trusty things that have moved with me since I first got my own bedroom set for my sophomore year of college, and a couple of new additions as well. I’m so happy to show you!

The story of how I came to move…again. 

I feel like the only reason I haven’t explained it out there on the Inter-web is because I never want to sound like I am bragging or all “look at me”. But, I don’t want to be one of those bloggers who just sidesteps her most frequently asked question. So here’s the short version of the story: My family had a home in Cypress, TX (a suburb of Houston – 45 minutes from downtown.) When I decided to go to college at the University of Houston, I wanted to move to a place closer to town to avoid that 1-2 hour commute that Houston is famous for because 290 sucks and we have horrible drivers here. (No offense, people!) So I moved into an apartment near town. (You probably saw a tour of it here.) Coincidentally, Angela (my step-mom who is a total bad-ass and one of my favorite people on planet Earth) decided to buy a beaten-up, ancient bungalow house near town and have it “fixed up” just like Chip and Jo as part of an investment. So, that meant once my short-lease was up, I could move in there. THEN, my youngest sis Clara (Ang’s daughter and another one of my favorite people in the world) got into HSPVA (our performing arts school downtown and Beyonce’s alma mater) because she is super talented and she rocks. So wouldn’t you know it….looks like the whole fam needs to move downtown! However, there’s a slight glitch. The “farmhouse” (the fixer upper project that I now live in) is too. dang. SMALL. I mean it’s teeny tiny and not meant for a family of 4 + 2 sisters who visit when home from college + a cousin who lives with us sometimes + all our friends and family that visit. SOOOOOOOOO. We rented that one out, sold the Cypress home, and moved into this home with more space for all of us. The end. So…I only have one home now. This one! I live here with Clara, my dad, Angela, and our dog, Chip!  read more

July Favorites: Trader Joes, Journaling, and More!

We are already in the second week of August – WHAT.

I’ve been trying to tell myself that I love August. My friend Hannah was telling me that she tries to stray from having a “favorite season” and “least favorite season” because she just always strives to be happy. Isn’t that awesome of her?

I tend to get pretty anxious around August with school starting and things…dun, dun, dun…changing! It’s always been a busy month because it’s move-in, the start of school, the start of a whole new schedule, etc. read more

How To Choose The Best Planner For You

best 2018 planner for students

It’s my most favorite time of year!

Not back-to-school time….PLANNER TIME.

I’ve had a planner every year since the second grade. Maybe it came from a Type-A/perfectionist place at first, but now it’s just something I plain enjoy. I love writing, so list-making, scheduling, and mapping out goals just falls into that pocket of sunshine for me.

I love planners so much that I tried out THREE. And I’ve found a way to make them all work for me.

But you may be wondering – which one is right for me? read more

Overnight Oats Recipe + “Wind Down” Activities

overnight oats recipe

Happy Thursday, CWH readers!

I recently have fallen back in love with a lot of old favorites: manicures with one nail painted different, watching the Gilmore Girl series through another time, and short hair! (Did you see my Instagram post?)

Another old favorite is overnight oats!

When I started my sophomore year of college, I was really keen on getting a good, satisfying breakfast, but I had early classes and knew that I didn’t want to have to get up at the crack of dawn to make something yummy. That’s how I found OO’s and fell in love. read more