San Francisco Carousel


On Pier 39 stands the most photogenic carousel- okay when is a carousel not photogenic though? Of course we had to stop & take photos. 🎠 

This weekend was a blast with family! My mom has the pictures on her phone with all of us in front of the carousel. We were celebrating my older brother, Sam’s, birthday since it’s tough for us to fly down there at the end of the month. #StudentLife 

We had fun celebrating though. He tried to get one of the workers at Fuddruckers to sing to him. It didn’t work. Haha but we sang to him later! Here were the different things he asked me for while he was here. He is so cute! He didn’t ask me for the last item on the list, but apparently he’s been asking mom for that for the past few weeks!

🎂 Sam’s Birthday Wishlist 🎂

  • A notebook. No, not The Notebook, just a blank notebook.
  • An LA Lakers Magazine. Apparently he has been a closet fan until now? 😂
  • 2 buddy passes to LAX. He already flys for free… 👀 
  • A new iPhone 8. I can’t fault him there. 

I just love him! He is hilarious and oh so sweet. 

Okay well, that’s enough for now. If you’re ever in San Francisco, go check out Pier 39! This is just one of the many cool things on the list. 

Happy Sabbath!

XOXO,

Alyse

Creating a Home on a Budget

Unpacking and trying to make a house a home can be tough… especially when downsizing. California rent is a real thing. However, we’ve been trying to make the most of it by getting creative with smaller spaces and looking for ways to save money, but still have a beautiful home! Here are some tips that we’ve been using:

  • Get rid of clutter. We’ve taken about 7-8 giant bags of stuff to Goodwill. I’ve always been a clinger- especially with clothes because you never know when that thick, ugly sweater will come back in style. But, what I do now is when I do a deep cleanse, I keep whatever I am going to get rid of in a plastic bag and then keep that “Goodwill Bag” for 1-2 months. Then if I discover I want something, I can go grab it. 9 times out of 10, I don’t miss anything in that bag. I go through it once more before giving it to Goodwill or letting my sister have dibs. It feels amazing to have a cleaner closet and to give good clothes/things away that someone else can appreciate.
  • Be smart about space. Right now, we don’t have a lot of closet space, much to my dismay. But, we do have a bigger laundry room than I’ve previously had. We just got a wire rack on Amazon for $50 that is now our storage and pantry. Apparently built-in pantries in California are not a thing? We’re planning to get a bookshelf for the living room. So we can make the most of our space and have more places to store things.
  • OfferUp. It’s a free app, like Craigslist, but easier to use IMO. Facebook Marketplace is another great resource. We found 4 barstools for our new place for a steal of a deal. Granted, we’ve had to work to get them clean because they were well-used, but I actually really love going on the app and checking out what people around me are selling!
  • Invest. It’s so easy when you’re first starting out to say, “Oh, we don’t need a kitchen table now.” Um… I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to invest in some items you need. That doesn’t mean you head over to West Elm and pick out your favorite piece. I mean, if you have that kind of money be my guest. My point is, it’s good to invest in a few things that you need. When I first moved to Dallas, I didn’t get a bed frame because I was trying to save money and “it wasn’t essential.” I slept on the floor for YEARS. I should have just gotten a cheap bed frame from Ikea or Craigslist. A friend just told me that her husband tried to save money by not getting a shower curtain. He took one shower and when he realized there was a small lake on the floor, he immediately went and bought one. HAHA. I just got an area rug (pictured in the photos) because we now have hardwoods instead of carpet. I am proud of myself because it’s not only cute, but now our couches won’t slide around when you sit down. 🙂
  • Personalize. You can still make a house your own on a budget. Yummy smelling candles make it feel cozy, dollar-section Target decorations for holidays make it festive, and photos of family make it warm.

There are a million ways to make a house a home on a budget, and this little list is just scraping the surface, but I hope it helps a few of you that are in the same boat as me! If you have any ways you’ve done this comment below!

Also, I love overall jumpers! Here are some similar ones to the one I have down below.

XO,

Alyse

Pretty in Pink <3

We always have the most fun dressing up & this photoshoot was no exception. Mia let me borrow her cute Girl Power shirt! It’s adorbs, huh!? And I’ve always loved her sparkly polka dot shirt from J. Crew.

Okay so all my life, I have been a shirt person. Well like, everyone wears shirts, but I mean when it comes to shopping, I’ve always instinctively bought shirts only. I can never find pants that I like and that fit me. But that has totally been a different story for both me and my sister these past few months.  All we find ourselves looking at is new cool denim or some fun pants! Not complaining, it’s just weird. I’ve complied some cute denim below under $25.

Also, I am now on my way to a long awaited vacation with my family this weekend. Any guesses where we are going?!

Love y’all!

XOXO,

Alyse