The Bedroom Refresh

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This post is made in partnership with Therapedic International and Agility Bed Inc.

I am so happy to finally show you the bedroom refresh you guys!  This has been a long time coming.  From our old mattress that made me roll into the middle, to the lack of sleep because of feeling SO uncomfortable, the time had come!

With our first mattress, we only had about three years of sleep before both his side and mine had big divots, and we both were struggling to find comfort on a side hill as it felt!

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We really couldn’t be more happy with our Agility mattress. My husband and I genuinely look forward to going to bed each night.  It’s that comfortable.  I have even started dreaming again and wake up feeling like I found the sleep I’ve been missing for years.  I’m talking drool down the pillow, out like a light, sound blissful sleep I didn’t know existed.  I’m a side sleeper, so support for my hips and shoulders is critical. This mattress allows heavier pressure points to sink appropriately making my whole body feel cradled, and even my hard working husband stated he feels this mattress helps with his aces and pains from hard physical labor.  We topped it off with this stain repellant mattress pad that came with a 10 yr warranty, and these TruCool Side Sleeper Pillows that keeps you cool all night long (insert all the praise hands!).

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I also want to show you a few details and sources with this bedroom.  Many have asked about our sheets! I went with white wrinkle free 450-Thread Count Sheets by Therapedic. I can not begin to tell you how good it feels slipping into bed at night! I know that last photo doesn’t do them justice, and I really should have thrown them in the dryer before putting them on just to get the packaging creases out, but I have two kids (1 and 3 yrs old) sooooo yeah.. that didn’t happen! Opps!

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The floral print on top is actually a duvet from IKEA!  The coverlet is from the Schoolhouse spring collection, and the Eurpo pillows are from Anthropologie years ago.

The gorgeous handmade pillow in the center of the bed is from one of my all time favorite easy shops The Modern Farmhouse Co.  I will be hosting a giveaway on my Instagram account this coming week, so stay tuned!

The bed I haven’t mentioned much even though we have had it for a few months because I am not so sure I should have bought it.  I purchased it from Ballard Design (which I do not recommend and had troubles with their customer service), and I am not so sure the quality matches the price tag if you know what I mean.

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The mantel was built by my friend’s husband a few year back, and the night stand was my grandparent’s passed down to me.

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These curtains I shared a few sneak peaks in my stories on Instagram.  They are by another one of my favorite Etsy shops called Not Perfect Linen. They are a family owned business who avoid programmed machines or other non-human help and try to use as much human input in the whole process as possible in order we could not only provide you with truly handmade item but also hire more seamstress who could honorably earn for a living.  It really doesn’t get any better than that 🙂

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I hope this post answers a few questions you may have had, and I hope you will consider a Therapedic Agility Bed Mattress and Therapedic accessories when its time for you to invest in good rest!

Let me know if I missed anything, and leave me any questions you have!  Thank you as always for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

 

Ratio Coffee

**All photos taken by my sweet friend Jenna with Jenna Borst Photograhy.

I am SO excited to finally share our coffee maker that many of you have inquired about!  This coffee maker is from Ratio Coffee, and I wanted to share a little more of why we chose it!

jennaborstphotography-4254To start, let me say we have gone through a coffee maker a year just about.  I know, it sickening! I felt so down about the lack of quality in machines these days.  At then I found Ratio Coffee.  They brought back high quality products with a five year warranty you just can’t beat.  Their machines a made out of precision die cast aluminum with a stainless steel head, real wood, and a glass carafe.  I chose white powder coat with walnut to tie in the kitchen and the beams in one.

Not only is this coffee maker beautiful, but it is assembled in Portland, Oregon, and I love its pour over design.

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I guess I don’t have much more to say, than that I love. It’s amazing. And you need one ;-P

Thank you again for stopping by! And as always feel free to leave me questions!

 

Birdling Bag Love

This blog post is in partnership with Birdling Bags.

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Well you guys, this title says it all.  My new found love for Birdling Bags, and I wanted to take a second to share some photos of this bag I love!

They also asked me to answer a few questions so here it goes!

1. A little bit about your background.  
I grew up on a beef farm and married the boy next door who also grew up on a cattle farm.  Now we have two boys in live in his grandparents farmhouse between his family farm and my families. Yikes!
2. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.  Besides all this decor/homestuff and motherhood I share, I am actually an RN, BSN! And this photo below is of me dreaming of a vacation sooooooooooooonnnnnnn ;-P
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3. What’s in your Birdling? What are the essentials you can’t leave home without?
Currently, nothing because with a 1 and 3 year old we haven’t traveled in a bit! But I chose the weekender for its size for camping this summer with the boys! With camping I would say I can’t leave without a toothbrush, clean underwear and socks! (So boring, I know… :-P)
4. What do you love most about your Birdling?
I love the thick canvas that seems sturdy and easy to clean!
5. What’s one thing you do to stay more organized and sane in everyday life? 
Well, funny thing is I am totally NOT organized.  So maybe I should ask you all this question and get some pointers…!
 
6. How do you manage to stay organized with kids?
Well, again, I am SO not organized!  But I love all the compartments on this bag. I know it will help me find things without spending minutes digging for whatever I need is always in the bottom of the bag right?!
7. If you could drop everything and travel today, where would you go? Who would you bring? 
Yosemite national park, hands down.  I love the wilderness and couldn’t imagine a more beautiful and educational trip.  I dream to see the Red Wood Forest.  I want to learn all the different species of wildlife and put my hands around one of their HUGE 
tree trunks!
 
8. What’s your most funny, terrible or memorable travel moment?  
Well, sadly I haven’t traveled much, and this question is hard for me to answer… But I have traveled the Oregon Trail. I was around 6 years old and traveled with my family and uncle.  We spent two weeks traveling by horse and buggy, camping along the way and bathing in the river.  The most terrifying memory I have was on that trip.  During the midst of our stay, I was horse back riding on one of my uncles horses.  The horse got spooked while I was sitting on it, and it is still to this day one of the most terrifying experience.   I remember it bucked, but I held on.  Then the next thing I knew it was running as fast as he could down the trail.  The saddle had turned and I was riding bare back holding onto his mane.  I looked back to see everyone we left behind getting smaller and smaller.  A few others on the trip were racing their horses after mine, desperately trying to catch up.  Finally the horse stopped and bucked me off after a man saw us coming and stood in the middle of the road waving his arms stopping him in his tracks. Good thing that man was out for a walk, and good thing he was brave enough to stand in the horses’ path! 

A little Spring Cleaning

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Hey you guys, I have a confession.  Every time the sun shines, I see more dust and dirt than I ever thought a house could and should have.  There I said.  I never said I was a good house keeper did I?!  ;-P.

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If you’ve read my post about Grove, so sorry here I am writing another one (insert eye rolling emoji here).  BUT I really love Grove collaborative, so I wanted to write another one for new followers 🙂 AND if you’ve signed up before you still can get free walnut scrubbers by clicking here.

This time I wanted to share a few of my favorites before discussed the free offer because seriously, Grove has changed not only how I clean by using natural products and decreasing waste, but also having FREE shipping to the home with two little’s is a LIFE SAVER.  With the FREE offer for those who sign up this week will receive their choice of Mrs. Meyer’s Day hand soap, dish soap, multi-surface spray, AND this gorgeous pink linen apron!

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Now, there is a 20$ minimum.  So here are my favorites- microfiber cloth, the replaceable head scrub brush,  and their all purpose cleaner concentrate just to name a few!

My goal for 2018 was to decrease on waste.  From meal planning to decreasing wasted food, to buying in bulk and stop using throw away items such as paper plates/towels, etc.  I have used Grove to help me with this by using their microfiber all purpose cloth in place of paper towels. They not only decrease paper waste, but also do a better job cleaning! mWin, win!  Each and every change can make an impact on this world and I can’t believe its taking me this long to figure that out!

 

Now one more time lets repeat, this week only Grove is offering Meyer’s day hand soap, dish soap, AND this adorable linen apron!  Click HERE for your free offer!  I love Meyer’s soap because Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Soap contains a special recipe of aloe vera gel, olive oil and a unique blend of essential oils to create a hard working, non-drying, yet softening cleaner for busy hands.  Paraben free, and made in the USA.

Now I love Grove for soooo many reasons.  But you just can’t beat the low prices with free monthly deliveries on orders with a 20$ minimum.  Plus I love love love all the natural products they provide from beauty products for myself, to baby products and more :).

Thank you all for stopping by and if you just now signed up for Grove Collaborative, get ready to get excited for you FREE offer!

Farmhouse Pottery

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Hi you guys!  Today I am excited to annoucne I have teamed Farmhouse Pottery!  I have been obessed with their handmade products for years, and they want to give one of my followers a maple syrup and small bell pitcher! How exciting right?!  (Well, at least I am excited ;P)

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To enter the giveaway, please check out my Instagram page and look for a photo with the small bell and maple syrup.  Like the photo, follow myself and @FarmhousePottery, and tag a friend who would like one too!  That’s it! Giveaway 3/11-3/17.  Good luck to everyone!

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The Nolan Dining Table

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Hey you guys!

I’ve been getting questions about our new table we got a few months ago, so I thought I’d give it a quick review will some photos to help!  We chose SixPenny’s table called the Nolan Dining Table.  I loved the old English design with its simple clean lines and classic look :).  The color is called English Breakfast, and I love its warm tones!  It weighs a ton, and I am so impressed with the six layer finishing technique on kiln-dried solid hardwood.  It truly is a beautifully made table!

 

With two young boys our table will always take a beating.  From stabbing their forks on the table to crazy scribbling during coloring time, you name it, it takes a beating, and I wanted something durable! I will admit the table has a few dents on the top from those two hooligans I’ve mentioned, but it sure adds to the character it has naturally.  The finish is very durable with an antique look I love 😍.   It also has two beautiful drawers on either side.  I keep napkins and spare silverware in there.  I can not believe how handy having those drawers are!  Nothing it worse than getting up a million time during dinner for a napkin or extra knife for the butter, etc.  I sure do love that feature of it!

And yes,  I would highly recommend this table!

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Also, someone asked if you can sit a chair at the end.  Yes you can!  You do have to pick the chair up over the leg at the end, but I love the design of this table and don’t mind doing that if you really want a chair at the end!  Our dining space is small and I probably shouldn’t have a chair at the end, but after putting our youngest Woodrow to the table with us now in a junior chair, we had one too many chairs so I stuck it on the end 🙂

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As always, let me know if you have any questions!  Oh, and for those wondering about my chairs, they are from IKEA!  Have a wonderful day!

 

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year guys!  Now lets get clean and organized for a great start to 2018!

If you’ve read my post about Grove, so sorry here I am writing another one (insert eye rolling emoji here).  BUT I really love Grove soooo I wanted to write another one for new followers 🙂 AND if you’ve signed up before you still can get free walnut scrubbers by clicking here.

This week only Grove is offering Meyer’s day hand soap, dish soap, lotion, walnut scrubbers AND this adorable cleaning caddy!  I love Meyer’s soap because Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Soap contains a special recipe of aloe vera gel, olive oil and a unique blend of essential oils to create a hard working, non-drying, yet softening cleaner for busy hands. Paraben free, and made in the USA.

Now I love Grove for soooo many reasons.  But you just can’t beat the low prices with free monthly deliveries on orders with a 20$ minimum.  Plus I love love love all the natural products they provide from beauty products for myself, to baby products and more :).  I especially love their household products including candles, dish towels, and my favorite dish scrubber of all time (all the praise hands!)

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IMG_8154Well, thank you again for stopping by as always and check them oooutttttttt.

Monkey Bread

Hey you guys! So this recipe is sooooo easy its embarrassing.  I can’t believe I am about to share something so ungodly unhealthy, and so easy you will forever think less of me I am sure. But okay, here it goes.

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Monkey Bread

-You can either use 3 cans of refrigerated biscuits, or I used one loaf of frozen bread dough.

-One cup packed brown sugar

-1/4 white sugar

-1/2 cup melted butter

I let the frozen dough thaw and rise.  Once fully thawed, cut bread dough into pieces.  Put pieces in large bowl with lid.  Add brown sugar, white sugar, butter and shake.  Set into greased bunt pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  ENJOY!!!

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Yuuuupppp, thats it.  Crazy simple right?  You may add cinnamon, nuts, etc, but with two little boys and a picky husband, the simpler, the better ;P.

Recipe adapt from Taste of Home, and photos by Jenna Borst Photography.

A Little Holiday Fun

This post is sponsored by Joss & Main.

Happy Holidays you guys!  I was honored to work with Joss & Main a few weeks ago to add some holiday love to the home, and of course, I went for simple and practical. I wanted to show you guys a few items I fell in love with just in time for the holidays and most importantly, just in time for the best deals!

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The first find are these amazzzinnggg gold silverware.  I found some in a few department stores, but was so disappointed with the quality.  And let me tell you, these certainly don’t lack that! From just the right sheen, to the weight of each piece in your hand, these are hand down my favorite I have yet to see!  Click here

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Next, I added a beautiful wool rug to the living room.  And I can’t tell you how happy my family and I am about this!  I’ve had uncomfortable rugs for allllll too long now, and to finally have a cozy place to sit together just before the holidays couldn’t be better!  Now I have to tell you something really important while I am thinking of it.  I want you guys to take a little extra time thinking about rug size.  I think I finally figured it out.  I have spent the last umpteen years of my life always going cheap and buying rugs too small for the space. You want the rug to look anchored and proportionate to the room. With that being said, you need the rug to go under your furniture instead of just touching it.  Does that make sense?  It seems silly, but I can’t tell you how much of a difference it has made with me going with a larger rug for this area. So let me tell you again, buy the bigger rug! hehehehehe. You can find this rug here.

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And lastly, we finally have a rug for the bedroom!  If you have followed me for a while, don’t you think this room looks so much cozier now?! Both rugs I’ve shown you here today are such beautiful and great quality rugs, I promise you, you won’t disappointed! To find the bedroom rug click <a href="https://www.jossandmain.com/rugs/pdp/allegany-rug-cntc1700.html"rel="nofollow"here.

All photos by Jenna Borst Photography 🙂

Happy Holidays

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Jenna Borst, and she captured a few simple decorating ideas in our home before the holidays!

I thought I would put together some of my favorite photos from the shoot in hopes to inspire some of you before the holiday season!

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I always say I am a minimalist in training.  And I hope the dining room table shows just that.  I gathered things we had from around the house, mixing old with new. The glasses were my mothers, and the antlers were from deer my husband has shot over the years as he hunts to provide meat for the year.  I added a few pillows from the living room to bring warmth and texture along with real napkins as I keep thinking I would love to use them daily instead of just around the holidays 🙂

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Someone had asked me what I do with my holiday decor when I am not using it.  And well you guys, this right here is why I try harder and harder every year to be a minimalist.  The pillow on the far left I have had out every season for one year now.  I try to be neutral and just add one thing the screams the season with a pop of color :). And one last tip- when it comes to pillows, I try SO hard to just buy fun pillow covers rather than whole new pillows.  Especially the ones from big department stores like Target because to be honest, there is NO way I am going to store a handful of pillows when the season is done.  Just over a year ago I stocked up pillow inserts form IKEA and have slowly started mixed IKEA covers with a few ETSY shop colors to bring in something handcrafted, made in the U.S. and above all WASHABLE.

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And I just had to add this photo she captured here as this couldn’t be anymore me.  A few month ago my friend Rachel Butcher sent me a text saying just this.  I was almost finished with the most dreadful kitchen remodel, and spent days, no weeks, nope more like MONTHS asking for her advice. From design, to color, to counters she was my go to gal.  Well, apparently she had had it and finally told me how she really feels 😛

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Lastly, I have a photo of our bedroom.  I added just a little faux garland, and that is all I think I am doing this year.  Before, I had spent hours and lets face it- all too much money on the “in” artificial trees and decor to scatter around the home.  The older I get, the more I realize more of what I truly love, and really all that doesn’t really matter.  This year I not only want to minimalize on decor, but on the gifts we get and receive.  Part of the added stress around the holidays, to me, is the stress we put on ourselves.  And every year we feel the need to do as much if not more than before.  Instead, I hope the husband finds time to spend with the kids making gifts for others and secretly making one thing special from him.  I also opted out of the Christmas name drawings with the families and hope to spend less time opening gifts, but instead spending time with one another.  As that to me is the most important part.  Well, that and the food of course ;P

Thank you again for those stopping by!  And Happy Holidays!!!

Love, The Fords