Modern Master Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

One of my main goals for 2015 was to redo our master bedroom. Well, as 2015 came to a close, I can finally say that it has been done!

Being the frugal shopper that I’ve become, I didn’t want to spend a fortune, but still wanted to have a luxurious feeling, modern and comfortable space to escape to.

Our previous master bedroom was very dark and plain. The colors were a little childish for a master bedroom and I was ready to grow out of them.

Master 1
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I’ve always been attracted to bright colors so I originally tried to keep the blues as an accent color, but eventually I realized what I really wanted was a more neutral palette.

And I am so happy with the space! I love retreating to my new master bedroom. Here’s where we ended up:

Master Bedroom Makeover

We weren’t updating any of the furniture, so I love that everything we added stayed neutral and added brightness to the space instead of being so brown like it was before.

Master Bedroom Makeover

I of course scoured Pinterest for inspiration and fell in love with some pretty pricy items. But throughout my shopping journey, I’ve found some really great stores that I fell in love with that offer the same style of decor but way cheaper. Kirkland’s starting becoming one of my go to stores.

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Here’s a breakdown of everything we purchased:

Bedding: Walmart – $39.96
Gold Damask Pillows: Kirkland’s – $15.99 each – on sale (gold no longer available, but there are several other colors)
Gold Line Pillows: Target – $17.99 each – on sale
Dream Pillow: Kirkland’s – $15.99 – on sale
Lamps: Kirkland’s – $34.99 each
Decorative Mirrors: Kirkland’s – $10.99 each – on sale (As of writing this post, these were on sale for $7.47)
Throw: Kohl’s (Jennifer Lopez) – $39.99 – on sale
Mirror Above Dresser: HomeGoods – $79.99
Picture Frames: HomeGoods – $6.99-7.99 each

TOTAL: $372.81

Paint: We definitely could have saved more money here if we did this ourselves, but we did decide to splurge and hire a contractor to paint our bedroom and bathroom just because of the hassle of painting and moving all the furniture. It cost $550, and we felt that it was well worth it!

I’m so happy we were able to complete my homeowner resolution for 2015, even though it took the whole year to do so! Ha!


Now, on to the next project!

Easy and Healthy Weekend Chicken Sandwich

Now here’s a really easy meal to cook for lunch over the weekend or even a weekday night! It’s super yummy and made with all ingredients that we normally have on hand. So on a lazy weekend when we’re tying to use up our fresh ingredients before a grocery shop, this meal is perfect!



    • 1 Chicken breast cutlet, seasoned with salt and pepper
    • 1 Whole wheat kaiser roll
    • Fresh sliced tomato
    • Field greens
    • Cheese of choice
    • Dijon Mustard (optional)

We always have chicken breasts on hand, so over the weekend, I grilled up a chicken breast on the grill pan, melted some cheese (I usually go with provolone) and topped it with a freshly sliced tomato and some field greens. I love the way field greens taste on a sandwich! Adds a little something extra tasty and different than most sandwiches you get when eating out. For a little extra flavor, I put on a little Dijon mustard, too.

On the side, I served up some roasted vegetables. I chopped up some left-over veggies we had in the fridge, threw some salt and pepper on top and tossed them in the oven to roast at 400 degrees for about 25-30 mins.


Now that’s a delicious and nutritious weekend meal made at home!

My Love Hate Relationship with the “Terrible Twos”

Well, our sweet baby girl is now 2 1/2 years old.


And we are experiencing – in full force – the dreaded “Terrible Twos.” It happened almost instantly after her second birthday and it’s really not hard to read the signs to figure it out. It’s kind of like this:

Sign # 1 your toddler has entered the Terrible Twos:
She is becoming negative about most things, often saying ‘no’ and experiencing frequent mood changes and temper tantrums.

Sign #’s 2-4 your toddler has entered the Terrible Twos:
Screaming, more temper tantrums and total meltdowns.

Yes, it seems like this phase will be a challenge, but I totally understand that she is becoming more independent and trying to express herself without the language skills needed to be fully understood. And as she continues to build her vocabulary and become more independent, I have grown to find that with this age has come some of the most wonderful, fun, and loving moments that we have had with each other to date.

These are the reasons why I love and hate the Terrible Twos:


The conversations. Yes, we have conversations. Like actual conversations. It’s amazing to think about how much Rylee knows. We talk about the weather and her days at school (who’s this Ethan??) and she knows how to tell me what she wants for dinner or responds to me “Goodnight” and “Love you” when I leave her room at bedtime.


The word no. She says it to everything! I think it’s just a natural thing for kids to want to say for some instinctual reason. She’ll say it even when I am sure she means yes. And I am sure she will continue to say this, even after the Terrible Twos.


I’ve learned more about Ry’s personality in the last 2 1/2 months than ever before. I found out she’s a complete girly girl. You know how? I painted her nails once, and when they started chipping, she was so upset, so I had to repaint them before school. Right after she asked me to put her hair in pigtails. With matching bows. She also complains when I take her bows out before bed.

Girly Girl Rylee


She knows how to control me. Especially now that she knows her manners. I can’t say no to her when she says “Pease, mommy” so nicely!


She says “Pease, mommy” so nicely.


Tantrums. The hardest part about them is me holding back the urge to run to her and give her whatever she wants, or depending on my mood, completely lose it! But I know that this only makes them worse. She’s such a sweet soul that calm voices and a hug will usually make it better. But I still don’t like them.

Unique Baby Rylee


Laughter. I love that she laughs when she hears others around her laugh. I love the sound of her laugh. I love the laugh she makes when I tickle her or throw her on the bed. And she knows funny. When Daddy does something silly, she says straight out, “Funny Daddy!”  And we laugh together afterwards.


When I can’t understand her and she gets legit frustrated. She knows exactly what she is saying, but unfortunately, sometimes I can’t make it out. I mean her f’s sound like p’s, so it’s not an easy language to understand. But my new tactic is to ask her to show me what she means, and that has actually been working well.


We get each other. Even when we can’t understand each other, we just do.

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    Play with me please, mommy!

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    During her favorite part of Frozen. She told me so.

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    Her laughter is contagious!

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    Ice cream is the best. Like I said, we get each other.

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    She's Pretty Cool


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