Master Bedroom Tour – San Diego

Last weekend I asked on my instagram stories if y’all would like to see a bedroom tour and it was an overwhelming yes, so today is the day! I honestly LOVE sharing glimpses of my home here because not only does it helps me to document each move and how each space comes together, but how i’m forced to switch things up every so often while seeing how my style continues to grow.

If you’ve been following around these parts for a while you may notice that I absolutely adore greenery and natural tones in our home. I think it’s the love of the Scandinavian, Nordic, minimalist style that I admire and am trying to implement more into our day to day lives and living spaces. Plants/Greenery bring life to a room and I’ll be honest here, I have kill my fair share of plants. I have about 2 living plants in the house right now (YAY!) and a few outdoors but everything else (like this fiddle fig%) is completely fake. Not having to worry about the upkeep makes things so much easier and I just love the pop of life it brings to the room (and that tobi can’t knock it over to make a mess or eat it).

The bedroom space always feels like it should be a sweet oasis.
Eddie and I had a conversation before we got married how we didn’t want to have TVs in our room and really wanted to create a space that felt like an escape. With each home we’ve moved into we’ve slowly been figuring out what works for us to bring that sense of calm into a room. The sound machine is amazing and I’ve been using one for the last 5 years and it helps to just cancel out the busy street noise; at first Eddie wasn’t super sold on it, but now he makes sure it’s turned on while we crawl into bed. While I’m always moving things around right now this layout is working for us and as you can see Tobi loves making his presence known.


Sources

Bed Frame
White Quilt
Nightstand
Alpaca Print
Bear Print 
Dresser
Mirror
Curtains
Salt Lamp
Faux Fiddle Fig Tree%
Basket%
Sound Machine
Diffusor
Humidifier
Oils (see here & here)
Bench – Home Goods



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Beach Weekend Packing List

Summer = Beach Days.
I’ve been heading to the beach a lot the last few months and it just fills my heart with so much joy! I can admit that I’ve been completely spoiled with being born/raised/always living near the coast so beach life is just normal life to me. Since moving to California I often find myself just spending some spare time lounging on the beach catching up on reading and soaking in the sounds of the waves.

Recently I went back to my hometown to see family and friends, do some work on our house, and head to the family beach house for a few days. I shoved my essentials into this glorious vera bradley bag (similar one linked below, I could only find that pattern in the store) and soaked in all the fun times at the beach.

I’m sharing some of my favorite things to take with me when I’m traveling, especially to the beach. Y’all sunscreen, hats, light towels, books, and some amazing essential oils are a must to make me feel at home. I try to keep all of my items compact so that they don’t take up much room in my bags and this compact Diffusor% from SAJE paired with the Happiness Diffusor Blend Collection% made my space smell and feel so much lighter and brighter; it’s definitely a must when traveling.

I figured EVERYONE would love a good beach idea & packing list so I’m providing you with both, soooo you’re welcome! I’m a huge fan of lists myself so my OCD brain just screamed for me to make it! I would love to hear what some of your must-have items are for heading to the beach!


beach weekend, a loved life blog, a loved life,

Travel Diffusor% | Happiness Diffusor Blend Collection% | Travel Bag | Bathing Suit |  Hat | Sunscreen | Water Bottle | Sandals | Turkish Towel

 


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Thoughts While Sitting On The Kitchen Floor

Life is a whirlwind.
It’s been a little quite around here recently and I just didn’t know how to get back into the routine of creating content, posting, and connecting with everyone. I’m still not sure if I’m at a mindset to get back into the routine, but here I am just typing away.

I’m a floor sitter.
I have no problem sitting on the floor vs furniture especially if there is a comfortable rug to sprawl out on and just chat. Most mornings I’ll find myself sitting on the floor giving Tobi some love or scrolling through social media catching up on what all I’ve missed.

The other day I found myself scrolling through my follow feed and the next thing I knew I was spiraling down that rabbit hole of comparison. I’m not eating healthy enough, my weight is too high, I am not working out as often as I should, my life is boring, my husband and I don’t connect enough, my house isn’t as pretty, etc.

Like raise your hand if you’ve been there.
It sucks doesn’t it?
I’ve been thinking a lot about what all I’m putting into my mind – that whole theory of energy in = energy out. I really believe it’s the same as thoughts in = thoughts out which all boils down to, it’s really important what we’re investing our time in. There is this fine line between feeling that push of encouragement to better ourselves in a healthy and positive way vs the push of comparison that drowns us in this self deprecating cycle.

One of the things I love about community is the fact that when you dig in with another person and hear their heart you’re reminded that we all struggle and have insecurities, we’re not alone in that. I think of the most positive people I’ve been around in my life and they never hide their struggles or frustrations, but they have that unwavering joy through it. I’m sure they struggle with comparison and feeling as though they don’t measure up, but they have this ability to re-ground themselves in truth.

My truth is Jesus.
My truth is knowing that no matter what stage of life I’m in, what size jeans I’m wearing, the status of my friendships, or the depth of communication in my marriage, I’m infinitely valuable and already seen as worthy in God’s eyes. I know that can sound like religious fluff but let me just be completely clear, there is freedom in knowing there is love and joy and acceptance in the imperfect. This world will sit there and throw out so many lies and beliefs that we should be doing or looking like XYZ and if we’re not there is something to help us reach that goal or we should be better at striving to be that perfect instagram-worthy self…and there is no such thing.

My hope is that if you find yourself in that spiral where you’re comparing yourself to this woman, or that man, or this fitness expert, or that couple, etc that you stop, ground yourself, and repeat the truth that lies within reach. It’s ok to be imperfect; in fact you might as well embrace being imperfect because it’s most real, honest, and beautiful. I’ll be doing my job to remind myself of that as well; because I get stuck in the spiral more than I want to admit looking at other people’s perfectly curated social media lives.

For the record, my life isn’t perfect. 🙂
I’m in a city that I hardly know.
I’m making (great) friendships with people I’ll have to move away from soon.
I’m away from family and friends.
I’m not at the health level I want to be at and often scold myself for what I eat or don’t do for exercise.
My husband is in the military which poses a lot of complications on communication and time together.
I often (like daily) feel inadequate in my businesses.
…the list can go on and on and on.


Lorena Canal Washable Rug% | Pants% | Top (currently on sale!)


PS – This rug is LIFE!
I’ve been wanting a bigger rug for the kitchen (for all the sitting I do in there, seriously!) and Lorena Canal sent me this beautiful Bereber Beige Rug and I’m in love.
I actually have Bereber Black Rug in the Living Room under the coffee table and have had it with me since Maine when it was in my entryway as well as in Connecticut in our master bedroom. I’ve washed them a few times and they are still going strong which is a necessity in this household. Having a white rug in the kitchen equals spills (Eddie just spilled BBQ stuff all over it for the 4th of July and Tobi often pukes up hairballs on them) and they wash right out! You should totally browse the other beautiful wall accents, baskets, washable rugs, cushions, and blankets from Lorena Canal.

Waffle Bar Brunch

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One of my favorite things growing up was going to brunch.
As a little girl I remember women using that word and found myself thinking “that’s so adult and so cool” and you want to know what? This almost 30 year old still thinks it’s cool! I mean who can complain about breakfast foods in the middle of the day paired with delicious drinks, cute decor, and good friends? Definitely not Amy!

I’ve been wanting to have some of my girls over for brunch and was brainstorming ideas on what we could munch on that would not only be easy to put together but still tasty and full of options! I always enjoy having options for different toppings whether it’s for my mashed potatoes, eggs, ice cream, etc.

Waffles seemed like a no-brainer, WHO DOESN’T LOVE WAFFLES?!
My mind started working through the logistics and a few things kept coming up: I would need a waffle maker, or at least 2, and instead of being able to spend time socializing I would be secluded in the kitchen making sure the waffles were constantly flowing. Then it was one of those light-bulb moments that just slammed into me, FROZEN WAFFLES!
I made a quick trip to Walmart and found myself scouring the frozen waffle section for something delicious and filling and zeroed in on the new and improved Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Original Belgian Style Waffles. Getting them for the brunch didn’t make me feel bad at all because they are just like you make at home…and now have colors and flavors from natural sources!

PS – There are also a lot of other new flavors (YAY!) for you to try out: Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Original, Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Blueberry Waffles, Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Cinnamon Brown Sugar Waffles, Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Double Chocolatey Waffles – so they should all fit your fancy! AND You can sign up for ibotta and earn money back on the purchase of Eggo variety (while supplies last)


COMBINATIONS I MADE

Peanut Butter + Honey + Bananas + Chia Seeds + Sliced Almonds

Greek Yogurt + Blue Berries + Chia Seeds

Peanut Butter + Apples + Honey + Slivered Almonds + Granola

Greek Yogurt + Bananas + Cinnamon + Chocolate Chips + Dragon Fruit (from a smoothie pack!)



NOW TELL ME YOURS!

What are some of your favorite brunch ideas?
OR favorite toppings on your waffles?


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Patio Days

Being outside is one of my favorite things.
I can remember even at a young age grabbing a book and running out to our screened-in porch and jumping into the hammock to swing and read for a while; that really hasn’t changed. The last two places we’ve lived (Maine & Connecticut) haven’t really allowed for just to enjoy much outdoor space at home. We had little patios but they were surrounded by our neighbors and lacked any real privacy. Now I’m able to lounge and read and listen to music at my leisure; we can grill out and have people over and just ENJOY the space that we’re in right now.

The weather out here in California is constantly beautiful (I say this as it’s super overcast and chilly!) which means I can pull the chair out into the sunshine to catch some rays and when it starts to cool off at night I carry a blanket outside and lounge on the sofa. The other night Eddie was doing something on the computer and when he came back into our living room he wasn’t able to find me; lo & behold I had creeped outside and was staying quiet! 🙂

One of my favorite things in our patio is my Grow Table% from EarthEasy. I got it a few months back (as you can see the veggie growth progress!) to start growing my own herbs and a few veggies while I’m here. It’s been so cathartic to watch the kale go from supper small to “woman, EAT ME” size; and I’m shocked at the growth rate of Basil, that stuff grows so quickly! One of my favorite things to do with the mint is to add it with either lemons or oranges to my water, it’s refreshing and delicious!

What are some of your favorite things about spring/summer days?
Also, do you grow any herbs/veggies in a home garden because I want to hear all about it!


Patio Details

Grow Table | String Lights | Seating | Coffee Table | Lantern | Rugs | Hammock


Cabrillo Tide Pools

Eddie was telling me the other day that he “loves San Diego Amy” because I’m truly thriving out here.
I made him walk me through it because it was the first time I had heard him mention something about “San Diego Amy” and I’m a woman who needs more explanation! He said that back when we lived in Maine it was my first time away from Charleston and I’m I arrived during the dead of winter, I knew absolutely no one, and he found my inside a lot. Connecticut I went out exploring more, hitting up new towns, and even making a few friends through The Rising Tide (a creative community) and a few other Navy Wives. Now that I’m In California I really have gotten myself used to the pattern of, find a place, get in the car and go explore it! I also have made some amazing friends here, my tribe, and we hike together, do movie nights, coffee dates, and just see new areas of San Diego (and beyond). My calendar is full again and I’m back to that place of shuffling things around to fit in more things with more people.

I will fully admit, I needed this. I NEEDED this place that I’m at now, to show me what all is possible.
I thought I would only be able to really thrive back in Charleston; that would be my home base and everywhere else, well I would just make work. I’m so glad I was wrong. Personally I think it comes from being able to be vulnerable, letting people in, and building those friendships. I think my tribe is what is helping me to enjoy this new town, annnnddddd the weather helps too! One of the many things I’m loving about San Diego is the ability to get out side, explore, and stay active all year long.

Take for instance this past weekend, the husband and I took a day-date out to Cabrillo National Monument and walked the path along the tide pools. Cabrillo has quickly become one of my favorite places to go spend time and walk around; I was actually there a week ago to just lay on the rocks and read a book because it’s so dang calming. The morning started with this brisk chill that always seems to linger on the coastline. That’s something that I’m still getting used to out here, the lack of humidity paired with a cold breeze makes it hard for me to figure out how to dress; so I’m always either wearing pants + a tank or carrying a cardigan. I recently received this tank & pants from prAna and this was the perfect weather day to wear them out while strolling along along the coastal cliffs at the tide pools. It definitely helps when my clothes are super comfy, breathable and ethical!!
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Learning more about prAna’s mission makes me even more motivated to purchase clothes and accessories from their company; prAna uses 100% organic cotton & implements a lot of fair trade and sustainable values throughout their products and company, basically a win win here. Fun fact: Knowing that I would be doing lots of walking/climbing this outfit was the perfect choice and I finally took my new Chacos out for a spin and am super impressed (thanks Meg & Beth for introducing me to Chacos!).

A Quick Run Down On Cabrillo

You’re able to go down to the tide pools and walk the path that takes you up around around the cliff area, visit the small museum telling you all about the importance of the monument, seeing the monument itself, and then going on a few other trails that are in the area. You also pass the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on your way into the monument and it is like being in the presence of a small Arlington Cemetery; it is truly humbling and reminds you the price of freedom.

TIDE POOLS
There are bathrooms at the far left entrance as well as a guide that normally stands there to ask any questions you may have regarding the tide pools.

MONUMENT/MUSEUM
The museum part is normally open right after you’re able to enter the park. It’s a quick little walk through that explains the history of the area and personally I found it to be super informative. ((there are also bathrooms and a gift shop right by the museum)) The Monument itself is a super short walk from the museum and is breath taking to look at with the San Diego skyline behind it!

HIKING
There is one main trail that goes to the right of the monument and all the way down to the bottom (It’s about 2 miles) and it’s really beautiful; I also think there is another shoot off trail from this main one but haven’t tried it out myself yet.
There is another trail at the tide pools.

* I suggest bringing a towel to sit on, pack a lunch (or snacks), and wear some great fitting shoes.

 


Outfit Details

Foundation Scoop Neck Tank% | Shala Pant% | prAna Tote% | Chaco Maya II Sandals 

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