Letter's to GOD Series: Letter Five

31 March 2013


Dear GOD,

I am feeling completely overwhelmed inside. I have told you that I have struggled with contentment. I have asked for discontentment to be removed from me – I have prayed to be thankful in all circumstances. Today however I want to lay my life at your feet, I want to remove this façade to reveal my truly broken nature. You see on the inside I am always conflicted, my feelings are fleeting – sometimes I am happy, other times I am not. However when I keep my eyes on you I can feel joy even when I am sad, and I want to feel your joy every day.

I need your help. I now know that you are the only one who completes me, not even my husband who I love so dearly can do that. Not even my family who showers me with love can do that. Not even my friends who are so kind and always a joy to be around can do that. The way my husband, family, and friends make me feel is just temporary, although always welcomed – they cannot complete me. I never really looked to them to do that. As I have grown older, gotten married, went to college, moved into my own home, and started married life – I noticed I felt really empty inside. I had a void that seemed so large. A void that made me bitter, angry, unloving, and unlovable – a void that nearly tore my marriage apart a few years ago, a void that took me further from you than I have ever been. This void was a child.

For the first five years of dealing with the inability to conceive I have been angry, brokenhearted, bitter, and almost poor at the cost of infertility treatments. My marriage has suffered, my self esteem has suffered, my relationship with friends and other pregnant women have suffered – most of all my relationship with you, my God – has suffered. I am so sorry for thinking that anything could ever fill your place. I have seen that though I have not conceived and though it’s been my challenged for many years you have always given me joy, you have brought me PEACE. I have redefined PEACE since I began living for you. I know that PEACE is not living in perfection, but that PEACE is knowing that you have things under control even in the midst of chaos. Some of my dreams have not come true, but when I look at all that I do have – I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you. I now know that my life is not about what I can physically reproduce but what I can spiritually reproduce to glorify your KINGDOM.

Daddy, I have not given up hope – I know all things are possible with you. I have not released a dream of becoming a mother one day, because I know that you put that desire in my heart and I know it will be fulfilled. I trust in you Daddy – I rely on your strength to climb the mountain that has been assigned to me. I am perfect in your sight even if I never conceive, even if I never birth, and even if I am never called MOM. I know that you love me and that is enough! I want to always believe and know that, even when times are at their roughest. So here is where I need your help – help me to always fill complete. Anytime that I feel that void I ask that you please send your Holy Spirit to remind me of who completes me.

I thank you for the courage that you have given me to share the depths of my life with people around me. I pray for the women out there who are like me. I ask that you bring them comfort and light – I pray that they would be aware of how much you love them and how they are complete in you. I pray that the world would not beat them down with questions about their fertility and that people would not patronize them for their desire to be mothers. I pray that the women and men who have had the chance to conceive would hold their children tight and know that they have received favor from you. I pray that all people of the world would see children as a blessing and a gift from you – and that they would value their lives, even at conc. I also pray for the men that hold our hands through the ups and down – please continue to provide strength to the husbands that are dealing with infertility too. Please renew their souls so they understand that they too are enough, that they are loved by their wives, and above all that they are loved and complete in you. I pray that family members and friends would have wisdom and think before they speak, that they will speak love where it is needed but that they will also give silence where it is required.

I pray for my own husband that he continues to see how grateful I am for him, and how much I adore him. Thank you for sending me this wonderful man. Help us to serve your Kingdom and to strive to complete your mission as we wait for your blessings.

I love you.

XOXO,
Charity

Faithful Fridays: Prayer

29 March 2013

Happy Friday Lovelies. It's Good Friday. A very crucial time for Christians all over the world. A day of newness, cleansing, forgiveness, and the pinnacle of our Faith.

I have been feeling some what off kilter for the past few days. I don't know if it's settling down in my life again or if it's the change of the seasons. Either way I haven't been organized in my life, postings, or even in my prayers. I know I know you are probably thinking well how can you be organized in your prayers? What does organized prayer look like? Well there is no such thing as organized prayer but a while ago I had gotten in the habit of praying more frequently. I read a scripture that talked about how we should always be praying. So I set out to make my life a prayer. 

Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

While we all know it's impossible to get down on your knees and pray all day it is possible to make your life a prayer. Making your life a prayer is all about just trying to stay in constant communication with God. At first it was really hard for me but the more I did it the easier it became. Praying as I got up, showered, cooked, cleaned, before I ate, or went to sleep. I even prayed while driving, eyes opened of course - it helped me deal with road rage. You do not always have to close your eyes to pray. As of late though the connection has been unintentionally released, on my end of course. I still do pray but it's not as constant as I would like. So as this week comes to a close and as I start up a new month and a new chapter in my life I am back to working on regaining that closeness to God through my prayers.



I have to remember to pray during the big and small things that happen in my life. Prayer is a wonderful way of centering myself and restoring the PEACE and calmness. Not only does it affect how I feel during the day but it brings me closer to GOD. There is nothing greater than the feeling you get after you have prayed. You know when you stop talking and that calm rains over you? The quiet you hear and peace you feel in your soul? The connection you feel to God? That's what I crave.

I will keep you all in the loop on how I strive to make my life a prayer. I hope you can restore your prayer life or build one up too. 

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XOXO,
Charity

A - Date

28 March 2013

So my awesome bloggy friend Kaitlyn and her friend Sharlee are hosting the Alphabet Dating Series. So this week I am linking up my awesome "A" date with the hubby.


This was a week long date - just to give you a little background my husband and I had been apart for two months. So our date started at my Arrival on American Airlines flight 1754. 


As my plane landed into NYC my butterflies began to kick in. I seriously felt like a giddy little school girl with a crush. I had no idea what I would say to him, what he would feel like when I hugged him, or what we would do beside's stare at each other for several hours. Seriously touching down into NYC felt so good.
New York City
As I left the plane and headed to baggage claim my heart raced with every step. Seriously at one point I thought I was going to faint, I have no idea why I was feeling so anxious. As I was texting family members to say that I had arrived safely I walked right into strange but familiar arms. I didn't even expect him to be at the airport that early, but there he was.


All we could do was smile at each other while we waited on my bag.


After getting my bags and heading home with my two months worth of junk I unloaded and took in our little city apartment all over again. My sweetheart treated me to my favorite - Indian Food. A little place called Amma - perfect for an A Date right. 


We had wonderful food. Aloo Gobi, Chana Masala, you name it. The food was awesome but gazing into his eyes was the best part of the date. 



After stuffing our bellies to the brim we head to Anthropologie to do a little shopping. Hey don't judge me shopping is a perfectly awesome thing to do on a date. I picked up this cute little dish too.



We also caught a movie at...you guessed it AMC theatres. My hubby and I are really lame and love cartoons so we saw the Croods in 3D. 

Didn't the place look like a starry night?  We might have just seen a cartoon but it was so romantic.

This is us after our date. Almost eight years married still very much in love.
After two months without this guy I was very excited to be with him, we could have done just about anything and I would have been happy. We had fun, laughs, food, and kisses - our A date was pretty amazing, Airport, Airlines, Amma, Anthro, and AMC included. If you had an A date  link up here

XOXO,
Charity

On my heart...

27 March 2013

GOD, as I relive the passion of Christ I am overwhelmed at the sacrifice that was made for my life.

My husband. Is it possible to be loved this much by a human? I never fathomed that anyone could make me feel the way that he does. I never dreamed that we would be this in love.

The children of the Drop Box. If you have never heard of it please take a moment to watch the video below. It broke my heart in so many ways. I continue to think about them but I have no idea what God would have me to do.


My family. I worry about their individual issues, and pray that they know they are not alone. Of course for most of their issues I am worthless to them but God is not.

My friendships, while sometimes I feel strain in maintaining them I know that it is so worth. A brief history - I've always had many friends, some of the relationships withered and other I destroyed myself. I am learning how to be a friend all over again - but this time it's more rewarding than before. I read something in Proverbs a few weeks ago that said "we should not seek to find good friends, but we should seek to be good friends". I am trying to be a good friend.

These are a few things that have been on my heart today? What's on yours?

XOXO,
Charity




Coach Giveaway

25 March 2013

Spring is in the air and so are the cutest Coach bags EVER! I wanted to thank you all for being such great friends by teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers and giving y'all the chance to win one! 

Here are some of my faves:





A new Coach handbag up to $275... all YOURS!

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Samantha//Kelly//Kalyn//Kaitlyn//Neely
Becca//Holly//Gayle//Libby//Ashley
Beth//Jen//Kenzie//Mallory//Sophia
Charity//Jovana//Kristine//Mandi//Tif
Chrissy/Laura//Kristyn//Melissa//Ricci
None of the entries are mandatory, but please take a minute to get to know these ladies. They have been such a big part of my bloggy life and I know you'll love them too!
All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below and cross your fingers! Giveaway will run from today, March 25th until Friday, March 29th. 
Winner will get to choose their choice of bag up to $275 dollars.
 Open to US residents only. 
Winning entry will be verified so please, play nice :)
 Good luck! Xoxo!

Letters to GOD Series: Letter Four – CONTENTMENT

24 March 2013


Dear GOD,

You have given me such a wonderful life, there are so many things that I have to be grateful for. Sometimes I do find myself being discontent, and I know that is because I put my hopes and dreams in things of this world – instead of in you. I ask that you help me to always have peace about where I am in my life. I owe it to you to be satisfied, because you have given to me sacrificially. Sometimes the world pressures people to live, think, or behave a particular way, and when we cannot achieve these things discontentment settles in.


There are all these checkboxes in life for every stage. In the beginning of my life my checkboxes were not all that apparent. As I have gotten older I am more aware of things that I have not done, or have no intentions on doing. I thank you for being patient with me during the many times I have fallen down the discontentment slope. Thank you for pulling me out.


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As I grow closer to you, and learn more about what is written in your word I have discovered the secret to being content is being thankful in every situation. I know that not all situations will be great but you promised that you would bring good out of the bad for those who love you – so that naturally means me. And since I know you love me there is no reason why I should not trust the plan that you have for my life. I know that you have great things in store for me – and if I don’t get to check a particular box it means it’s not the time or that you have something better. To be content I need to trust in your provisions and your will for my life.

I also learned that it is important to focus outwardly helping others and serving to uplift your kingdom. Not only does this accomplish the work you need done but it is a healthy distraction away from an idle mind that looks for discontentment in the things that have not gone my way. Being preoccupied with the interested of others is what I desire. Daddy I want to be content in the good and the bad – and not moved by my circumstances. I want to be content with a little or with a lot, I’d like to be content because I know you have my back and because I can do all things through your strength. Most of all I’d like to be content because I know that trusting fully in you means being content with where I am right now – today. I ask that you to help me be mindful of all these things please remove any spirit of discontentment that rest within me.

I love you Daddy.


XOXO,
Charity

Versatile Blogger Award

22 March 2013


I have been unexpectedly nominated for this Versatile blog award, and I graciously accept.


Rules

1. Include a link back to the person who nominated your blog.
2. Choose 15 blogs/bloggers you have recently discovered or frequently visit to nominate.
3. Include a link to all 15 of the bloggers you nominate.
4. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


 Thanks to Hannah for the nomination! 

Seven acts about Me:

1. I absolutely love the color pink.
2. I am obsessed with India.
3. I love to cook and bake.
4. I have dreadlocks.
5. 6 years ago I cut my hair just one notch above a buzz cut.
6. I am vegan but my husband eats meat, that I cook for him.
7. I love foreign films, I should have been a movie critic.


I now nominate:

Bri
Alesha
Shaunna
Jennifer
Savannah + Mallory
Chrissy
Jessah
AnnMarie
Trina
GOGH
Christen
Kalyn
Shaina

I hope you will check these ladies out.



XOXO,
Charity

Craigslist Finds

21 March 2013

Hey Lovelies,

If you follow me on Instagram and twitter you know I said I'd share all the items I've purchase on Craigslist. So check on the video below to see what I've gotten so far. The second video is just a Mashup of this weeks highlights.




Items from Ikea:

Molger Shelf $39.99 purchased from Craigslist for $20

Norden Occassional Table $199.00 purchased from Craigslist for $40

Bekvam Kitchen Cart $59.99 purchased from Craigslist for $20

Stornas Table $329.00 or $449.00 for 6-10 seats, purchased from Craigslist for $30

Ingolf Chair $59.99 purchased all three from Craigslist for $25


Let me know what you think in the comments below.

XOXO,
Charity

Monday Mashup

18 March 2013

Hey Lovelies! I hope you all have had a fantastic weekend. Mine was spectacular and I tried my hardest to make the most of it especially with this being my last weekend in Florida. I totally missed my family and wanted to make lasting memories.

Friday: The weekend began quietly for me, I woke up at about 6am to get ready to hangout with one of my really great friends. We decided that we would start the morning with a walk near the beach and it was a chilly but fabulous morning. Our conversation was one of the deepest we have ever had, it brought about so many revelations. We talked about our childhoods as well as what we had hoped and dreamed would come true for the baby girl my friend is expecting. Did I mention that I will finally have a Goddaughter? Well its true. In less than a month my husband and I will become the proud Godparents to a baby girl, who we look forward to leading and grooming in her walk with Christ. We've already been praying for her birth and life to come - praying that she will honor and serve God with every fiber of her being to live according to his will. I feel so honored to be tasked with this responsibility. I already love you baby Elena.

After our walk we went home to freshen up for Lunch, and tried this nice little cafe called the White Lion.


Saturday: Another early start to the day. My family and I prepared to go to a picnic sponsored by my mom's job. She is a teacher so every year her teachers' union throws this big hurrah to bring teachers and their family members together in support of teachers' rights. Any how the majority of my immediate family goes every year. There is free BBQ, cotton candy, drinks, popcorn, cake, rides, raffles, info booths, and face painting for the kids. I can never eat anything they have there but we had a blast, I was able to just enjoy my family minus the pieces of my heart that were unable to come this year. My brother also came but missed the photo op - this was his first time.
Being Chauffeured around by my parental units, and having Panera Bread.
From Left to Right: Me, my cousin Faith, my Stepdad Alfed, my Mom, my Aunt Nicole, my cousin Destiny, my Grandma, and my cousin RayRay. Several of my loved ones are missing from the photograph but this is the majority of my immediate family.
After four hours of fun the picnic ended - we headed to a friend's church to enjoy a musical called the Story. It was the bible stories beginning with Creation all the way to the crucifixion of Jesus. I was a blubbering mess watching all that happened to Jesus and knowing that he did it to save me (and you). As hard as it is to watch it I am for sure it was a lot harder for him to be hanging on the cross, but its great to be reminded of the precious gift that was given. The New Test Baptist Church did a wonderful job telling this story through narration and singing, they will be performing again on Good Friday so if you are in the area check it out.

Sunday: A very low key day, my family and I have reserved this day for resting and quality time for many years. After a wonderful service at my church CFMiami on aligning your marriage we had brunch and watched a few movies together. I caught up on some much needed blog reading and began writing out my packing list because I had just two days before it was time for me to go home. My flight is on Wednesday and I do not want to forget a single thing. I am sad to be leaving my family but the it's time to be reunited with the rest of my family.

Today will be dedicated to packing the majority of my luggage except for essential items that will be needed for travel.

So how was your weekend? What were the highlights? Let me know in the comments below.

XOXO,
Charity


Letters to GOD Series: Letter Three – FORGIVENESS

17 March 2013


Dear God,

This month has been a time of reflection on the things that you revealed to me last year  At 25 years old I was able to recover so much of what I allowed the enemy to hold over my head, and so much of what I allowed to keep me from experiencing your complete joy. Thank you for the revelation of what having an unforgiving heart was doing to my life. Thank you for showing me just how much holding a grudge was changing me from the person you had crafted me to be. As dark as my heart had become there was no way that I could live up to my name. 




I have been hurt by people’s actions and words. Some of them proved truly remorseful, others pretended to be oblivious of the ways they had hurt me, but you God are my defender. I had no business trying to get even by coldly cutting people out of my life. I had no business rejecting people’s apologies, and I had no right to say that someone did not deserve my forgiveness. Yes in doing this I too rejected my right to be forgiven by you, you've commanded that we should forgive those who trespassed against us. By having an unforgiving heart I was not being obedient to you or sharing the grace that you extended to me. But still in this time you were so patient with me and so gracious, you continued to give grace to me even when I was hoarding it all for myself. I apologize for ignoring all the people you had speaking into my life on forgiveness. 

Your conviction and your words finally rang true to me last year and I opened up wounds that I had never treated – in doing this I was able to grab your hand as you lead me in the direction of being victorious instead of the constant victim. Your love for me and the hope of your forgiveness was enough to help me to try and repair those broken relationships. It has been a year now and that garden of dying relationships is finally showing signs of life again. You have helped me to restore the relationship with my earthly Father and to fill empty relationships with close relatives with love instead of hate. Jesus’ words in Luke show me that I should have a forgiving heart always, but to still guard my heart in the process. Help me to shield my heart against gossip, toxic speech, and jealousy. I have to know that if people do not know you, they cannot love like you.

I am so sorry for the time that I spent wallowing in a fatherless stupor, never realizing my true Father had been watching over me the entire time. When I foolishly hitch hiked you were there, you sent a loving Christian to take me home. The times that I cried into my pillow at night, not being able to sleep while being filled with anxiety over all the things that went wrong with my Earthly dad you were their soothing my soul so I could sleep. When I was sent into a spiral of anger and hardheartedness about gossip, and rumors that were being spread by my own family you were there assuring me that I was loved by you - and that was all that mattered. The bitterness that blackened my heart changed who I was but your love can over come anything. Thank you for always being there for me, thank you for being a father to the fatherless.

You my God have restored me – in times of dissension I thought that by not speaking to certain people I would have peace. This was not true peace as I was not doing anything you had told me to do. I also know that family is a gift and as much as I felt like I did not need some of them I know that you had given them for a reason.  So who am I to reject your gifts? Who am I to say they were not good enough? Who am I to say they do not have a purpose in my life? Thank you for allowing me the time to work through my stubbornness and for allowing me to realize how wrong I was even though I had been hurt. I honor you by being your obedient child, and I forgive because you forgave me. Thank you for restoring my peace and my family. Even though this family is not perfect  in you we can be.  I will do my part to make the memory of my family a legacy that loves Christ, a family of morals and values to be upheld and inherited by my children. I will make this family my ministry.

I ask you to use me to help others change their unforgiving hearts, help my heart to always look like yours – to be one that loves, forgives, and extends grace. 

I love you. 

XOXO,
Charity

Currently

16 March 2013

Getting a Mani and Pedi my toes have expressed their gratefulness.

Reading the first installment of the Mortal of Instrument series. I have been so busy that I am not getting into it as much as I would have liked to. However thats all going to change as I am heading home on Wednesday so I have a full three hours to make up for lost time. Yay for uninterrupted reading.

Listening to Meredith Andrews - Not for a moment. This song embodies exactly what my relationship with Christ has been like. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy about him. I love that it reminds me that even in the rough patches he has never forsaken me, not even for a moment. Check it out.
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Craving the you pick two from Panera Bread, I used to really love the Tomato soup from Quiznos but its nothing compared to Panera Bread's tomato soup which is ridiculously delicious. I also love their Mediterranean sandwich which is meatless but oh so tasty.

Anticipating hanging out with my entire family tomorrow at a Picnic. I haven't seen some of them since last year July when they came to visit us in New York. I am also looking forward to having some nice food, laughs, and just having our family in one place - we are going through so many transitions both individually and as a family, so this will be a nice distraction. Praying for no rain.

Watching my favorite genres of movies "Bollywood" via Netflix. Just finished watching Swades, I really enjoy watching Shah Rukh Khan Movies. My favorite Bollywood movie of all time is Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi if you have a Netflix subscription check it out. Beware it might spark and obsession with these colorful musical love stories.
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Obsessing over spending time with my awesome bible study friends. So sad to be leaving them on Wednesday. I am also obsessing over the bible series on the History Channel, you should check it out.


Loving all the ideas that I am finding on pinterest to fix up my living room. Check out what has inspired me HERE. Also loving that spring has come to Anthropologie, this dress is absolutely gorgeous.
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What are you up to today? Feel free to tell me in the comments below or to link me to your own "Currently" post.

XOXO,
Charity

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Your Inheritance

15 March 2013

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of sitting down with two friends (a married couple) for lunch, during this time we shared what was going on at our churches and in our own hearts it was an awesome time of fellowship. The husband then began to share how he works as the youth ministry leader and how he was trying to prepare the kids to evangelize. He explained how so many of the kids are anxious to share the Good News with their friends and families – so he decided to do a Q&A session just to see what exactly they were prepared to share. The funny thing was that he only had two questions to ask the kids and I thought that was hilarious – and surely they would get it right. So he goes on and says I ask them:


1. What is salvation? and 2. How is it received?


Hopefully I got this conversation right, if not it’s just a small matter of detail. Essentially the basis of sharing the Good News is sharing knowledge of what it is and how it is received. I have been a Christian for many years now but even I at one point struggled to answer questions about my faith. I know God knew this because I constantly found people that wanted to ask me questions about it. I was a big ball of sweaty nerves but answered to the best of my feeble ability and then later thought of how much I could have said. I think as a believer what my friends’ husband said is truth. How can you be prepared to share the Good News if you yourself do not have a healthy understanding of what it is? Am I saying that as a believer you will know everything or always have the right things to say? No. What I am saying is that one thing remains the same and that is Salvation and how we receive it – like Christ it’s always the same and unchanging. According to the Good News Christ came, died and did what we could not do. So are you wondering what Salvation truly is? Do you want to know how to receive it? 
Let’s just look at the definition of Salvation:


sal·va·tion  [sal-vey-shuhhttp://static.sfdict.com/dictstatic/dictionary/graphics/luna/thinsp.pnghttp://static.sfdict.com/dictstatic/dictionary/graphics/luna/thinsp.pngn]
noun
1. the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.
2. the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
3. a source, cause, or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
4. Theology. deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption.

So because sin put us in debt with God, and because we obviously could not possibly repay him for all the wrong that had been done, Christ laid down his life for us so that we might have a relationship with God (Galations 2:16).  So what is Salvation? It is Jesus’ death on the cross, which paid for our sins to make us right with God. By his death we have been delivered and redeemed – which is way he is called our Savior.  


10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,‘The stone that you builders rejected    has now become the cornerstone.’12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:10-12 NLT

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How do you receive Salvation? Well think of Salvation as an inheritance – someone has died and you seek to gain from their death. I know this does not paint a very rosy picture because no one wants to profit from someone else’s death. However a life was given for you – as a gift, there was nothing either of us had done or will do to make us deserving (Ephesians 2: 8-9). Just like any other inheritance once said person has died you weep, mourn, and grieve but eventually you have to make the decision on whether you choose to claim your inheritance or not. The same goes for Salvation, Christ has already died for you and me, the only thing else you have to do is believe and receive to be saved from the debt of your sin. Come to Christ in prayer to repent, ask for forgiveness, and request that a change be made in your heart.

When you receive Christ his Holy Spirit begins to live in you, to help give you the strength and courage to lead a Christian life. You are now free in Christ and have given him the contract over your life, you have now agreed to live for him, you have now received Salvation, you have now been Saved.

With that being said I do not know anyone who would give up their pet let alone their only son to save someone’s life. Yet God has done that for you and me, he’s given us a free gift (John 3:16) – he has left us an inheritance. Will you claim your portion?


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XOXO,
Charity

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Upcoming Projects: Craigslist Update

15 March 2013

Hey Lovelies,

So a few weeks ago I talked with you all about how to Bargain Shop for furniture pieces on Craigslist. I walked you all through steps even down to contacting the seller about an item that you are interested in. I shared that I was interested in the coffee table pictured below and had contacted the seller about making the purchase.



Well I'd like to announce that we are now the proud owners of this wonderful table. Mr.FixIt actually drove all the way to Philadelphia to pick it up while I was in Florida. Talk about determination and going out of the way to show love for your spouse, he is an amazing guy - even I was too lazy to take the drive.

Coffee Table Purchased via Craigslist $65

The price was right and the quality of the table was very much worth what we paid, and it was in excellent condition. I will say that at $65 dollars it is the most expensive Craigslist purchase to date, however it still ended up cheaper than the IKEA table I fantasized about while still coming very close to the look I was going for. We still have to paint it but there will be no major repair work needed as this item was in top of the line condition. So as I head back home on Wednesday this is what I have to look forward too.

Mr.FixIt and I also have another project that we are waiting to start. We have a old credenza that we are wanting to paint and fix up for our hallway. This is also a piece that is in great condition, all it needs is some sanding, primer, and a few coats of paint.

Credenza from Craigslist $30 dollars.

I know it seems as if we have many projects going on but I am trying to get a collection of pieces to work on at the same time so that when we begin the messiest stages (sanding & priming) we only have to prep and clean up once. We will likely dedicate an entire day to sanding and priming as soon as we find our end tables.

And just for fun here are some photos that I have been looking at for living room inspiration. All images were found via Pinterest search.


Aren't these living rooms just to die for? I love the bold colors, open spaces, and mismatched furniture that still seems to flow together. Most of all I love the mixes and pops of color in each living room. Which one is your favorite? Also I went to Homegoods and nearly fainted when I saw their sign that said welcome to India. Apparently every year in February Homegoods does a big haul of goods from India....(fairtrade of course) to sell in their stores. I just happened to be in Florida at the time and couldn't possibly take back all that I had seen. Here are some items that I was swooning over.

Colorful hand painted trays.
End tables and decorative vases and boxes.
Beautiful seat cushions.
Cute little hand painted end table.
Repurposed fabric turned stool.
Oh so India arm chair.
And if you cannot tell just based on the photos what my design style is check it out below. My results were spot on which I thought was hilarious because most of my friends and family have already told me that. It was like a confirmation. But just because I have OCD I did the quiz for a second time to see if the results were the same, and there were. I am officially BOHO.


 Well lovelies I hope that was enough inspiration and catching up on what we are currently doing or planning to do. Want you know your design style? Find out HERE. Also let me know what you think in the comments below and follow me on BLOGLOVIN. Thanks.

XOXO,
Charity
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