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OUR BASTROP MODERN FARMHOUSE: Feb 2021 Update

 Well, still here. Still designing and selecting all the things. Still waiting to start the construction loan process (thanks to a change with our requirements after the election results were announced. And hello needing to have X amount in the bank unexpectedly to move forward. EEK!) BUT, we are almost at the finish line. And by finish line, we mean starting line! HA! It's one and the same when building a custom home!



So,  as of February 5, 2021, here's where we are:

PLANS:

They are complete! We are so so so happy with the way everything turned out and we have no one but our builders to thank for that! Jonathan did a wonderful job bringing our vision to life and designing our plans to feature everything we wanted in every room. The trickiest part? The master bath! BUT, he worked it so many times until it was just perfect for us. 

We've decided not to share our completed plans at the moment but here's a peek from the outside!

DESIGN + SELECTIONS:

We feel really great about the direction of our design plans in hopes of truly creating our dream home. As far as selections go, we have finalized everything except tile + wood. We had originally shopped around and "picked" all of those options but to be transparent, we were in a little bit over our head. We made the mistake of meeting with the in-house designer versus a sales associate who actually knew the costs of the items we were selecting. So as we picked tile we got a lot of "well I don't know the exact price but I think it's somewhere in your budget." Quick note, some selections were about 4 times our budget! 

SO, we are going tomorrow to another shop in Austin to try again. This time making sure we are looking in the right places. 

BUDGET + ALLOWANCES:

Well, we got the first look and no shock to any of us, we are over budget. So we have had the initial meeting about where we need to dial back the allowances plus what we can wait on/exclude from the loan. So we know where to start and are simply just hoping we can move forward without having to give up too much. I know, easier said than done. 

Once we adjust a few pieces of our budget, we should know exactly where stand and what that construction loan will look like and be able to adjust from there. 

2020 Gift Guides

Unprecedented. Challenging. Uncertain.
These are all words I've heard thrown around A LOT when talking about this year. 


Let's just be real, 2020 has been pretty bad. 
...but not for long because Christmas is here! And we are here to help!

Gifts For Him:
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Gifts For Her:
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Holiday Fun:
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GAME NIGHT: burrito // puzzle // christmas cards // jenga

ORNAMENT: keg // trump // sushi

Under $25:
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My Skincare Routine + How It's Changed My Skin


I've always been pretty self-conscious  about my skin. Growing up I had horrible acne. It was all over my chin and my forehead. My skin was so oily, I had to wash it three to four times a day. I went to a dermatologist every month for over four years. I tried all the topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, retinoid creams, peroxide washes, and even went down the Accutane route that consisted of monthly blood tests. On top of all this I tried Proactive, witch hazel, and all the vitamins in the world. 

Nothing truly helped my skin problems until I moved to Texas about five years ago. Maybe it was the release of stress, maybe it was the humidity, maybe it was just me getting older, but my skin started to clear up with only a touch of acne breakouts, discoloration, and some pretty horrible acne scarring. Still, all this was a blessing compared to what it had been like before. 
Also fun to note, I did a 360 and now I have incredible dry skin. CRAZY!

Over the last six months, I've started using Tula and have seen a huge shift how my skin looks AND feels. I've had very few breakouts, my acne scars and dark spots have become almost non-existent, and my overall skin has become brighter and healthier. I've learned about my skin-type, what works for me and what doesn't, what to lather on and what to avoid, and what to splurge on and what's okay to use from the drugstore.