My husband and I recently bought our first home! It has been an exciting and stressful time for our family, as any homeowner can attest to. When shopping for a home, we knew we weren't afraid of doing renovations and would love the opportunity to make a house our own. In addition to other updates throughout the interior of the home, we did a significant aesthetic renovation on our kitchen, and I am so excited to share it with you!!
We planned to spend a couple weeks doing updates before moving in so we didn't need to live in the mess of a renovation. Here is what it looked like before:
Our home was built in the late 1990s, and it shows. From the massive intercom system (remember how cool those were??), to the maple colored cabinets, to the laminate counter tops, the kitchen was a bit outdated. The kitchen does not get much natural light, so we knew we wanted to brighten it up with new lights and cool colors.
I am a VERY lucky girl because my dad has always purchased and renovated his previous homes and I've been able to watch his process. I love shopping at home improvement stores, and although I'm design-challenged, I love Pinterest and know how to put together what I like. I'm also VERY lucky because my husband isn't afraid of a big project and he usually shares my preferences for design. So... we got to work on our do-it-yourself kitchen renovation!
A lot of things happened before we took this picture... they removed the old countertops, took out that intercom and patched the wall, started painting the cabinets, and even took a saw to the island to bring it down to one level! While my dad made some great points about how a two-level island is a good design choice to separate the living room and dining room, I needed and wanted the additional counter space and had my eyes on some beautiful granite pieces, so we chose to level it!
I was lucky again here because one of our amazing friends is an electrician so he was able to move our island outlets to the sides and make sure the disposal and dishwasher were up to code. Apparently that's important! ;)
This picture above also shows the cool green that we first selected for the kitchen. I loved this color, but you'll see below that we ended up changing our minds once the kitchen came together.
One of the most drastic changes in this kitchen was the painting of the cabinets. Ideally, we would have been able to invest in new cabinets, or at least new doors, but we decided to save the money for other projects and paint the kitchen cabinets. If you're considering this project, my best piece of advice is to not do what you see in the picture above - make sure to keep the doors horizontal because we ended up with drips from the thick cabinet paint. We're still working to smooth those out, but I love how the color came out otherwise!
Easily my favorite, and most costly, update to this kitchen is the new granite countertop. My husband and I spent time shopping around to decide what we liked. We were able to combine our love for white and gray countertops to decide on this white seagull granite! Check out that island layout on the granite slab!
Installation day was an amazing day!! I love how the granite looks in the kitchen, and you can also see the new pendant lights over the island we changed out with the existing recessed lights.
We added an above the counter microwave, which you can see in this picture. I wanted to make sure I didn't have to share my counterspace with a microwave, and there was plenty of space above the stove for one. You can also see a glimpse of the gray color that we painted the walls in place of the green. It's the same gray we have in our living room so we just extended it into the kitchen. We like the continuity much more now!
Our final kitchen project was a tile backsplash. I shopped around and loved so many of the choices out there right now. I had my eye on a marble herringbone design, but it was actually too eye-catching. I wanted the granite to remain the star of the show, so we went with a basic white and gray subway tile with frost colored grout. As it was the final project, here is the final product:
So there it is! I just love how my vision came together, and I still can't believe the difference from the 90s kitchen we had before, to the one we have now! Here is a comparison of before/after renovations:
When the Rose Gold trend took off at Disney World, I missed the boat. I see those rose gold Minnie ears all over the parks and have basic girl envy, but feel a little hip knowing I didn't get on board with the trend.
Well, friends, it's all over now. When on a quick girls' getaway with Mandy from Ft. Lauderdale Housewives, we stumbled upon the new millennial pink champagne (though actually not Champagne but sparkling wine) in Disney Springs. Offered at Amorette’s Patisserie, this pink dream is made of bubbly and has A HAT. Not just any hat, it has Minnie Ears made of chocolate. Dusted in millennial pink sparkle. This is what basic girls dream of, and I loved it!
Look at her, in all her millennial pink glory. The sparkle, the bubbles. Made with an exclusively Disney Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvee from Iron Horse Vineyards. How can you pass it up? And if you're like me, you will buy it, giggle with excitement when the cast member expertly mixes the wine with Chambord and Hibiscus, and snap photos until you can't resist tasting it!
The next time you're in Orlando, own your love of all things pink, and head over to Disney Springs for the Millennial Pink Celebration Toast, and take all the pictures, giggle excitedly, and just own it!
Summer is right around the corner, and our kids need enriching experiences to make this the best summer yet! Check out these camps in the area!
For ages 6-18, Camp Weed Summer Camp helps campers experience God and experience nature through our core values of love, enthusiasm, open-mindedness, creativity, and faith.
Barrett School of Music
Join us for our second annual Music Summer Camp in Brandon!
Students will try out a variety of instruments including the piano, percussion and their singing voice in several different settings such as drum circles, garage band, songwriting and choir. Join us at the end of the day on Thursday for our talent show and Friday for our final group performance.
In addition to a our amazing lineup of music activities, students will alos get to spend plenty of one-on-one time with our awesome teachers and professional musicians. They'll make new friends with fellow campers, and everyone will enjoy age appropriate crafts to develop into well-rounded musicians.
Group rates, one day drop in rate, sibling discounts and bring-a-friend specials are available upon request.
Camp Dovewood is a non-profit dynamic Interdenominational Christian camp for girls 7-17 in North Florida. This year will be our 41st! We offer one of the most fun-filled and best all- round equestrian programs in the Southeast featuring: Western pleasure, Rodeo, English Equitation, Dressage, Trail rides, horse shows, vet care, grooming and stable management. We also have 22 other great activities for the girls: archery, tennis, ballet, cheerleading, gymnastics, art, drama, swimming, water ballet, music, photography, river rafting, volleyball, softball, baton, cooking, basketball, leadership and great books . Dovewood is accredited with the American Camping Association ,Certified Horsemanship Association and Christian Camp and Conference Association.
Directors: Jim and Roberta Richmond
Phone 386-935-0863 or 386-209-1908
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
For more than 25 years, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has provided children with inspiring and educational experiences with some of the best Tampa summer camp options found anywhere! Busch Gardens offers two exciting options for campers: Day Camp or Resident Camp. Home to more than 12,000 animals and world class coasters, Busch Gardens has camps for both animal lovers and thrill seekers alike.
I received a mattress and bedding through my relationship with Allswell Home. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
As I recently started shopping to upgrade our queen mattress to a king mattress, I realized there were endless options, and few stood out. I could spend hours shopping at multiple stores and being approached by salespeople, or I could brave the Internet and select a mattress based on online reviews. Neither option sounded great, but with our family of five, a king sized mattress has become a necessity.
With our first home purchase resulting in many renovations, I realized I did not have the time to go from store to store to shop for a mattress. I started to shop for a mattress online and reading reviews when I came across a new brand, Allswell Home. I was instantly drawn to their "Supreme Queen" mattress, formerly known as (FKA) the King. Because ladies, who is really in charge of shopping?! Who decorates and makes the bedroom a sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily lives? We do!
Luxury Bedding, Perfectly Curated
To add to my excitement about the Allswell brand, I saw that they have even worked with four incredible designers to assemble limited edition bedding collections that will look like they are straight out of a showroom (or Instagram!). With one click, you can add the entire look to your cart! Of course you can later customize, but for the design-impaired like me, this was a phenomenal and easy way to shop!
Luxe Mattresses to Meet Any Need
Allswell Home has two mattress options: softer or firmer. Despite the fact that I love a soft mattress, I went with the firmer because I have been struggling with back pain for the past four years, and keep hearing that a firm mattress is best for your back. I also loved that the Firmer One mattress has both memory foam AND coils!
So, how does ordering a mattress online work? I expected delivery to take a week or so, but I was pleasantly surprised that the box appeared on my doorstep just 3 business days after I ordered!
I didn't want to deal with finding a box-spring (are you sensing a pattern here? I'm all about time-saving!), so I purchased a platform bed frame with wooden slats to support the mattress. All I had to do to set up my new Allswell Supreme Queen mattress was unbox it! Followers of my social media and blog know that I like to keep it real, so you are welcome to check out my Live unboxing of this mattress:
I had NO idea what to expect when unboxing a mattress of this size, and I definitely got a little flustered there at the end. The good news, however, was after one more pass of the included opening tool, I had a beautiful, luxe mattress!
Customer Service That Sets Them Apart
Shopping online can be a bit nerve-wracking if you are making a big purchase like a mattress. What if something goes wrong? What if you don't like it? Allswell Home Allstars have you covered. My original shipment included the mattress, two Euro pillows, and a mattress cover. The mattress cover I received was actually for a Queen bed, so I had to work through an exchange. I emailed their support team, received a personalized response within an hour apologizing profusely for the error, and had my new, correct, Supreme Queen mattress cover within a couple of days. They included the shipping label for my return, and I just had to drop it off at UPS.
In addition to an easy ordering process and painless return, they included some amazing swag with their shipment. Check out that mask!
Sleeping on an Allswell Home Mattress
It has been almost three weeks sleeping on our new mattress, and our entire family loves it! No, we don't all sleep on it every night - my three boys have their own beds, but the struggle is real, friends! Nearly every night, my husband and I have someone sneak in to join us at some point, and the Supreme Queen keeps us all happy! I don't even notice when one of my boys comes in - the mattress doesn't transfer their movement and wake me up.
Florida friends - I was also concerned about memory foam making me hot. If you're looking for a mattress that doesn't make you sweat, I've been comfortable every night so far on my Allswell Home!
Connect with Allswell Home
Thank you to all who attended our March 29th Ladies Night Out event at Irish 31 Westchase! It was great hosting in this part of Tampa for the first time, and I hope we can continue to build our community there. Thank you so much to the staff of Irish 31 for welcoming us and taking such great care of our group!
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses with a spotlight at our March 29th Girls Night Out; including their information to connect. This is a great opportunity to connect with those vendors that you might have missed networking with at the event. I also encourage you all to like each other's pages to keep the love going; as we all grow together! Oh, and don't forget to keep them in mind for your shopping and event needs
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Matt Johnson
Whether you're planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, we can work together to develop specific strategies to help you achieve your goals. We can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Throughout it all, we're dedicated to providing you top-notch client service.
Life taught you to be a giver, to take care of others, to not rock the boat. But that super power turns into your kryptonite and you find yourself exhausted, walking on eggshells, and just plain resentful. At Harper Therapy, we help you reconnect to your core values, and cultivate courage to embrace your authentic, imperfect self. We help you honor your own needs as much as you honor everyone else's. We create a safe space and time for you to know yourself more completely: body, mind, spirit, soul, emotions, passions, desires, needs, YOUR TRUTH.
Don't ignore the desperate cries of your weary soul any longer. Call Harper Therapy at 813-434-3639 for a free consultation to begin your journey of Hope, Growth, and Healing.
Extended Beauty and Posh Wax
Extended Beauty and Posh Wax is Tampa’s Premier Beauty Salon and Spa, promoting a lifestyle that inspires wellness on the inside and out. Specializing in facials, chemicals peels, microdermabrasion, facial rejuvenation treatments, lash and eyebrow tinting. In addition to brazilian, bikini, and full body waxing for men and women. We are committed to bringing you a perfect blend of spa and salon services to meet all your personal needs.
Smith & Associates Westchase
Originally founded in 1968, Smith & Associates Real Estate is one of the few independent luxury brokerages left in the state of Florida today. Through the years and generations, we have become Tampa Bay’s trusted source for real estate.
Based in St Petersburg, FL, we are a mobile boutique -a store on wheels- setting up shop in various locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.
We take pride in being able to offer high-quality boutique trends at an affordable price!
Check our EVENTS https://shoptoska.com/pages/events to see where we are going to pop-up next!
We are a Tampa based Multimedia studio offering: innovative and creative design for your business with the knowledge, vision and experience you would expect from a large agency. Our custom designs will enhance your company's image.
You can continue to support our group by inviting your friends to LIKE & follow along with our page for local events, outings and giveaways.
When we choose non-profits to spotlight each month, a major focus is to find a grassroots, local charity. I am excited to share about an organization that is striving to support victims of domestic violence by truly considering what victims need the most. Purple It Up has an ongoing mission to develop outreach ministries nationally to support the victims of domestic violence. The main goals are to educate, encourage, support outreach, and empower advocacy. It is a necessary resource for victims to be able to look forward and succeed in the rebuilding process. It's life saving, and becoming a victor not a victim is truly rewarding.
Purple it Up Transitional Housing Initiative
Throughout America, there is limited number of fully equipped locations and resources available for individuals enduring domestic violence. Purple It Up sees a great need for shelters and ongoing resources supporting advocacy throughout each community. In fact, in the state of Florida there is only 1 certified safe locations per county for a victim to go to for safety. The struggle to equally resource these domestic violence centers is an ongoing need to as well as to maintain the care.
Furthermore, when their time is exhausted in the domestic violence shelter, the individual has to start all over looking for a place to call home. These active resources are limited. However, the victim’s safety is even more vital at this point.
We plan to provide:
*Permanent Placement - Home Ownership Assistance
In many cases the victim will go back to the abuser because of the fear of being homeless and/or stranded. Current resources usually give precedence to mothers or fathers in this situation but the single individual needs shelter also. Purple It Up provide services to all victims.
Purple It Up is looking for realtors and homeowners that have (non-productive or rehab) property and would like to put it to good use, by allowing them to secure the property for their Advantage Point Homes Transitional Housing Initiative.
Purple it Up Mandatory Life Legal Counsel
In addition to surviving the imminent danger or making the decision of flight or fight, it becomes imperative to have immediate legal counsel. This continuously remains an uncertainty, which is very unfortunate to tarry this alone. Most victims are repetitively victimized because they have very little legal advice throughout the process.
In most cases, it is very clear the victim is at the point of helplessness, and becomes overwhelmed due to the circumstances. Most of the time the victim does not have the ability to pay for legal services and are left to endure the abuse in silence.
Purple It Up plans to provide:
*Point of call legal representation up to 10 years
*Ongoing Case Management
Purple it Up Advocate Life Link - Network of Support/Resources for Community Advocates
It takes a lot of time and monetary support to keep places available for the support of victims. It is critical to have the resources available to help when needed. Purple It Up wants to utilize all resources that are already in place with other non-profits and be able to assist victims in finding the support they need in the community.
We plan to provide:
*Advocated Outreach Center
*Life Skills Training/Educational Scholarships
*Community Advocacy & Supportive Resources
How Can You Help?
Veronica with Purple It Up is passionate about supporting victims of domestic violence and wants to spread the word about her organization's efforts. If you are able to donate your time and/or resources, please contact her for more information: 813-922-5433 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will also have the opportunity to meet Veronica at our American Social Girls Night Out at American Social on April 25. We hope to see you there!
Looking for fantastic professionals for the best wedding in the Tampa area? Start with our featured businesses below!
Lunchbox Wax Tampa
LunchboxWax is a full-service speed waxing salon catering to women and men who are mindful about the people they choose for personal care. We wax bottoms and brows, cheeks and chests – a little (like ear fuzz) or a lot (from tip to toes).
New to LunchboxWax? We can’t wait to meet you. To show you how excited we are, we’re giving you the best buy-one-get-one-free beauty deal around. Simply book your first service with promo code APERK4U, and the next one is free.
Plus, bride-to-be! Your pre-wedding visit is complimentary when your bridal party of three or more books the same services at the same time you do. Call the salon to book your party: 813-442-5366.
701 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
Flower trends are ever-changing and we strive to bring fresh and creative designs to you. Our style is unique and modern. Your wedding day is incredibly special and we would be honored to be apart of it! Picking your wedding flowers can be a confusing process and our goal is to work with you to stay in your budget and make your floral experience fun and stress-free! We would love to help you bring your vision to life!
12630 Curley Street
San Antonio, FL, 33576
Hello Gorgeous Photobooth
Our open-air photobooth is a modern spin to the traditional boxy photobooth. We are a Photo Event Experience providing studio quality pictures, utilizing professional photography equipment and a fast, high-grade printer. We pride ourselves on our one of kind props, we love a good treasure hunt, and we find the coolest props hands down. You will be amazed when you see your wallflower cousin “bogarting the booth” and your guests will feel like movie stars on the red carpet, because of how incredibly awesome they look in front of the camera. Your pictures will amaze all of your guests on the quality and clarity, they will marvel on how you had a professional photographer stowed away in our booth- they are that good.
We are a husband and wife team dedicated solely to our fine art photography business. We specialize in Weddings, Engagements, Families and Portraits. After a long love affair with landscape photography and selling some of my finest work for print and web, I was encouraged to take on the challenge to photograph families. Landscapes are easy because they don't move, but people? Yes, people are challenging because they are ever moving, emotional beings... I love people and love to see people smile!
No judgments! Just you, us and the camera. I promise you will be comfortable and have lots of fun. We will be honored to be your photographers, whatever your event may be. Let's talk!
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!