Working From Home

About 6 months ago, Billy and I moved about an hour away from our hometown due to his job relocating. It doesn’t sound too far, but it’s far enough to change life up a little bit. It’s crazy how different this area is–we went from hustle and bustle, to cows in our neighborhood. And I honestly love it.

One of the changes that came with moving, was finding a job. A job that I enjoyed and looked forward to. I found a listing online for an online job, and it had my name written all over it.

After a couple weeks of interviews and training, I was hired by a company called Qkids! I am an online ESL teacher to children in China. Basically, I teach English to adorable kids each morning through a computer software program. It’s pretty much the happiest way to start my day!

Interested in possibly working for Qkids? Keep reading…

Why I Love It:

  • I get to choose the amount of hours I want to take on. The flexibility is so nice.
  • I totally work in pajama bottoms. (That’s just our little secret, okay?)
  • It pays well!
  • I make money from within my home. On my sofa. How legit is that?
  • It is such a rewarding experience interacting with children across the globe! They make me laugh and smile. It’s so fun to learn about them and what they like, their hobbies, favorite foods. My heart melts just about every morning.
  • Working from home frees up my time to do what I love: blogging and being a homemaker.

Qualifications:

  • Native fluency of English
  • Live in the U.S. or Canada with strong internet connection. The upload speed should be at least 2mb/s, and the download speed should be at least 10mb/s.
  • Have a degree or are currently enrolled in college
  • Prior teaching experience preferred
  • Outgoing personality
  • Digital literacy
  • Availability to work at least 6 hours a week

What It’s Like:

  • Each class is 30 minutes long.
  • Children are 5-12 years old and you will have 1 to 6 kids per class.
  • You don’t need to speak Chinese. The program uses animation, games, and virtual flash cards to help you guide the students. It’s really quite fun!
  • I work every weekday morning. And then I’m done for the day! My schedule is open for all the cooking, cleaning, reading, and Netflix my little heart desires!

Does this sound like something that would suit your lifestyle? If you’re interested, please contact me via the contact page, comment below, or DM me on my Instagram! I’d be happy to give you more information and to referyou!

This is honestly the best job I’ve ever had. It has been such a blessing to work from home, have a flexible schedule, and have a home cooked meal on the table when Billy gets home! Very much so an answer to prayer. I’d love to help you if this job sounds like a good fit for you!

Apt. Reveal :: The Bedroom

A few months ago we moved about an hour away due to my husband’s job.  Although relocating has been hard in some ways, there has been so much joy in it. So much blessing. And so much to look forward to. We’ve actually come to fall in love with our new city. It’s quite beautiful and scenic. A refreshing change of pace.

We were very excited to make our new apartment home. And I must say: we were seriously stoked about finally having white walls. lol. We are very minimal in that way! Needless to say, I am so excited to share with you our home.  This is the first blog post of the series. Today I’m sharing our bedroom, because it has completely transformed from our old apartment.  Below are pictures featuring details, links to products, and our design tips and inspiration.

Welcome to our home.

Nightstand Details

I knew I wanted mid century nightstands for our bedroom update. However, everywhere we looked they were all so expensive! Starting at $150. No, thanks.  I found these at Target and fell in love! Exactly what I was looking for and only $80 a piece. You can shop them here. The drawers slide nicely and they look so classic. The “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chalkboards are from our wedding. A special little reminder of our day.  The box on my nightstand is a vintage Lane cedar chest. Dried eucalyptus in an old bottle adds just the right touch of greenery and character.

Let’s talk these lamps. I love them because they don’t take up room on our nightstands and they give that “hotel” vibe. The picture frame is from Marshalls and houses a special picture from our dating days. The faux fiddle leaf fig tree looks shockingly real and completely transforms the space. I can’t stress the importance of greenery enough!

I wanted some sort of candle holder on one of our nightstands. This one comes in a set of 3, of varying heights. Looks expensive, but the set was just under $10. I like the subtle vintage vibe it gives, and it ties the headboard in nicely.

The Space

I’ve been getting lots of questions about this mirror lately.  It is our latest addition to our bedroom. Mirrors are an excellent way to open up a space and bounce light. I like the rounded edges of this one and the matte gold finish. It quite nicely complements the gold accents we have throughout our home. For an affordable price, this mirror looks much more expensive and the quality is very pleasing.

Our wedding shelf is a darling memento to our big day. It houses our toasting flutes, communion cup, a jar from our centerpieces, our wedding invitation, and our homemade candle favors.

The Vanity

I love this little space. It allows me to get ready for the day, without hogging up the bathroom. This vanity was purchased from Target but is no longer available. Here is a similar option. This oval vintage mirror is a favorite of mine. It has so much character.  Billy got it for free awhile back, and painted the wood frame a muted gold. Love.

Garden Vibes

This butterfly wall hanging is not only classic and stunning, but also near and dear to my heart. It was our guestbook at our wedding. I love walking by it each day and catching a glimpse of a sweet message someone wrote. Puts a smile on my face. Every. Time. 🙂

These succulents are, yet again, fake. But so lifelike! We purchased these and the twine at Michael’s a few years back. A whimsical touch indeed!

The Bed

This quilt gives me all the cozy feels. I love its old fashioned look and its soft material.  We bought it at Target a few years ago.  I’ve gotten some questions on our new headboard! It is from Wayfair and is an excellent price! Again, it has such a vintage flair. The painting above our bed is from a local vintage market. I saw it across the room when we were checking out. I said, “Billy! That painting! Over there! It’s perfect.” And it truly is. I love its rugged wood frame, its character, and the woodsy feel it brings.  It makes me think of all our fun adventures in Georgia.

Life Update

If you haven’t already heard–we got a puppy! This is Lady Darling Brown and she is the cutest little sweet potato.  She loves squeaky toys, stealing daddy’s socks, the dog park, long naps on the balcony, and staring at herself in the mirror. A constant joy, this one.


With our bedroom, we really tried to give it character. It reminds me of a cute little bed and breakfast and I love that! We stuck with a very neutral color palette of white, black, brown, and greenery. Gold accents give it a little something extra. When decorating, I always try to stick with classic pieces. Because classic never goes out of style. I hope you’ve enjoyed the first installment of our apartment reveal! Decorating is such a passion of mine. I enjoy it ever so much.

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Christmas Decor Ideas

I’m quite the homebody. I love a quiet day spent at home, tea in hand. This season, I’ve enjoyed decking the halls in our new apartment home. 🎄

My philosophy when it comes to decorating for the seasons, is bringing the outside in. I try to implement this strategy in as many ways as I creatively can. It’s certainly a budget friendly motto to live by!

Here’s some festive Christmas decor ideas that’ll warm your heart just as much as a cup of hot cocoa.

1. Homemade Potpourri

My, does this make for a pretty display! And the smell? Ah! Delightful! All I did here was dry some oranges in the oven, arrange them in a bowl with some fresh cranberries, a cinnamon stick, and a sprig of our fresh Christmas tree! Some fresh cloves would be a fragrant addition as well. I think I’ve made myself a new tradition right here!

2. Set the Scene

Display your favorite Christmas reads! This gives off that lived-in Christmasy home. I always like to take off the paper sleeves on my books. More often than not, there is a gorgeous book underneath!

3. Christmas in a Jar

Perhaps the easiest Christmas decor to accomplish! All you need is a large mason jar, some red ribbon, and some Christmas tree branches! I don’t put the branches in water, but let them dry instead. This prevents mold from building up in there.

4. Orange Slice Ornaments

I dried some extra orange slices to make ornaments! Simply string them with some twine, and hang them on a branch with a light behind it. Natural stained glass! I can see myself making these with my future kiddos one day.

5. Mantle Arrangements

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a mantle. More like an IKEA tv shelf, but let’s pretend, shall we? Here I took more Christmas tree branches, added some pine cones, a few berries, and some battery operated fairy lights! Magical.

6. Remember the Reason

Don’t forget to add some Christmas cheer to your kitchen! How lovely is this nativity? It was my grandma’s years ago. (Thanks, Grandma!) I love its simplicity. A beautiful reminder of what Christmas is all about–the birth of our Savior!

I hope you feel inspired to think outside the box when you decorate this season! Wishing you and yours a very, merry Christmas!

Seasons


I live a humble little life in a 675 square foot apartment. And I love it.

I love it’s creaky wood floors, it’s old charm, and all of its little quirks.

Sure, I look forward to owning a home one day. But dreaming of my future home doesn’t stir up discontentment of where I am right now. I love where God has me.

Life has its seasons. There are seasons of trial. Seasons of waiting. Seasons of nothing. Seasons of opportunity. Seasons of hope. Seasons of bliss. Seasons of grief. Seasons of simplicity.

It is so easy for us to constantly be looking for the next season. But if we live like that, we will never be happy or content. God has you right where He wants you. Look for the joy in the season you are in.

I’ve gotten pretty good at this concept. Honestly, I am very content right now. But every now and then, someone will try to bring me down. You know…those subtle comments. They may not even be aware that they’re doing it.  It may not be intentional. But, you start comparing and feeling inadequate. (Social media, I’m talkin’ ’bout you, ya little contentment-killer!)

Take a step back and revel in the fact that you are incredibly blessed. 

So decorate your 675 square foot season. Make it beautiful.  Have joy in it.  Joy is not found in a nicer car, or a bigger house, or whatever else you’re looking for next.  Joy is found in the Lord!

Meet My Apartment Part 2: Living

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Welcome, back friends! If you haven’t read Meet My Apartment: Part 1, be sure to check that out before you continue reading. Today, I’d like to highlight the living room of my apartment.  This is my favorite room. There is such a tranquil vibe in here, and nothing relaxes me more than sitting on that sofa with some green tea and Gilmore Girls.

When you first get an apartment or a home, you have this blank canvas. An empty space. And it can be shaped and molded into anything you can imagine.  It’s rather exciting, taking an empty room, and making it something beautiful. In last week’s Meet My Apartment, you saw what this room looked like virtually empty. But looking at the picture above, it now has a theme, a vibe, an atmosphere.

Taking a blank slate and making it all your own can be intimidating.  How do you make a space flow? How do you make it make sense? How do you create a room that is inviting and functional at the same time?

First, you need a theme. Are you going for a modern look? A minimalistic look? Perhaps upscale? Or maybe cozy and warm? When creating the theme for this space, I wanted a cozy atmosphere, with vintage touches to compliment the natural charm of the apartment.

Second, you need a color pallet.  The color pallet gives you something to go off of when selecting decor and furnishings.  We’ve chosen mint and gold as the color pallet for pretty much our entire apartment.  This gives a flow to our home.

If you have a solid theme and color pallet for your space, you have the beginnings of a beautiful room/home.

Let’s talk about the lovely details, shall we?

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Pictured above is my favorite piece in the entire apartment: my Grandma’s cedar chest that she had since she was 13 years old.  I had been wanting a trunk for a coffee table for a really long time.  When we first got the apartment, my Grandma called my mom and asked her if I’d be interested in having her cedar chest.  She had no clue that I had been wanting one.  I was so excited to receive this special beauty.  It will no doubt be a part of our home forever.  It is truly a gorgeous piece and a perfect nod to our vintage theme.

The rug adds some nice texture and defines the space.  I like how it’s not floral or too distracting.  The TV stand is your classic Ikea shelf.  Functional, but looks nice and clean.

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So, how do you style a coffee table? Well, there are no rules.  However, a great place to start is with a tray.  This red tray with gold flowers was given to me by my parents.  Place some pretty/decorative books in a stack and place a small plant on top.  Then, have a nice catalog or coffee table book for guests to flip through.

Display “special things” on a high shelf to make them stand out.  This solid oak clock has our names and anniversary on it.  It was handmade by one of my husband’s best friends.  The Willow Tree figurine was a gift from my hubby to me on our first married Christmas together. 🙂

Remember, not everything has to be hung in a frame on the wall.  Hang some succulents from the ceiling.  These were super inexpensive from Michaels.  Hanging string lights from the windows gives a cozy ambiance to the room. Coffee, string lights, and a book- I’m in my happy place.

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The picture above just says “sanctuary.” Soft colors, warm accents, and cozy textures. Again, the mint striped pillows and gold pillows (from Target) tie in the color pallet.  The gallery wall has lots of gold touches as well.  I love how metallics add a sort of richness to a look.  In a future post, I will give my tips to creating the perfect, balanced gallery wall!

I’m a lover of all things cream and sweater-like.  I wish I could tell you where I bought this gorgeous blanket, but it’s not store-bought! My Grandma Nancy made this for me as a bridal shower gift.  Stunning! So many intricacies in its pattern. Another favorite of mine.

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They say “home is where the heart is.” I think our heart is stamped all over this beautiful space. Love is sprinkled on every detail.

My greatest advice for aspiring decorators, is to be intentional with every detail. Don’t just throw a bunch of nicknacks on a shelf. Select them intentionally. May your apartment/home share your story and speak your heart. “The Brown Abode” is a painting of our love.

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