Liebster Award

liebster award

Savvy Darling was nominated for The Liebster Award!  Thank you so much Tonya, from The Little Slice, for nominating and following me.  Your blog is so much fun and I love your breezy attitude, it radiates through your blog!

The Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
2. Display the Liebster logo on your blog.
3. Answer the questions the award giver asked you.
4. List 11 facts about yourself
5. Pay it Forward: list 11 blogs you want to nominate and ask them 11 questions.

What I was asked:

1. If you were a ruler/president/prime minister of your country, what would be your number one task to tackle?
    **Stream line the government by cutting every unnecessary program and instituting tax breaks for small businesses
2. What was your last dream about?
    **Giving birth to my unborn child.
3. If you could go back in time to change one thing what would it be?
    ** I would have gone to hair school right out of high school
4. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
    ** Tuscany
5. Are you a hat person?
    **Nope, I have the tiniest head in the world, so hats swallow me!
6. What was the last thing you recorded on T.V.?
    ** Nothing! I don’t have DVR, but the last thing I watched on Netflix was “Royal Pains”
7. What is the best food recipe you’ve made or tried from someone else?
    ** My husbands, grandmothers Italian meatloaf. Her recipe is amazing!
8. Can you do 10 revolutions of a hula hoop?
    ** Of course, maybe even more!
9. Do you enjoy a good mess or are you a everything-has-to-be-in-its-place kind of person?
    ** I enjoy a good mess every once in a while. My husband is the one whom loves everything to be in its place.
10. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
    ** Rachel McAdams. When I had red hair, people said I looked a lot like her
11. What keeps you hooked on blogging?
    ** The thrill of helping others by giving them DIY ideas, inspiration and faith inspired posts. Plus, it keeps me busy when I’m not in the salon.

11 Random Facts:

1. I carry an assortment of grandma-ish items in my purse always.
2. All the books in my home are business and faith related.
3. I can be completely content doing nothing.
4. I always change my living room furniture around.
5. I was a procrastinator before I got pregnant and now there’s no slowing me down.
6. I love to take road trips with my husband, we travel well together.
7. I lost 20lbs in prep for a fitness competition and then got pregnant.
8. I love to spray paint everything.
9. One of my pet peeves is seeing other people with dry lips.
10. I can sing really well, but have horrible stage fright.
11. I live at the beach but have not laid out on the beach in over a year!

Here are my nominations
1. Designs by Saenz
2. Ray of Soleil
3. Home is Where the Heart is
4. Flux and Flow
5. Leah’s Fashion Blog
6. A Pretty Penny
7. Forever Maddy B
8. Gusto and Grace
9. The Purple House Blog
10. You and Mie
11. M&J Blog

 My questions to my nominees:

1. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
2. What does your perfect day look like?
3. What’s one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
4. How would your friends describe you?
5. What’s the main thing that makes you unique?
6. How would you define honesty?
7. If you could predict the future, what would you do with that knowledge?
8. If you had to spend a day not using technology, what would you do?
9. What memory makes you smile the most?
10. What was your biggest blogging challenge thus far?
11. What drives you to continue blogging?

New Dining Room Mood Board Design

Hello everyone!

I hope your enjoying the new Savvy Darling? I know I’am and I’m so glad to be up and running again! I’ve got a few small hiccups to work out, but for the most part, my blog s now appealing and the hiccups are on  the back end and you can’t see those, so it’s okay for now!!  To start off my new web design celebration with a BANG!  I’ve decided to share some dining room design inspiration with you.

I’ve got big plans for our dining room in the near future and I wanted to show all of  you the direction I’m headed with this space!

If you’ve been following along the past two weeks, you’ve seen the small transformation my dining room has undergone.  I’ve painted the walls and cleaned up the space to be prepped for fun interior furnishings and such!  It was important for me to have a “clutter free” space to work with, kind of like a blank canvas, if you will!

I’m so excited to find similar items from my mood board!  By creating a visual mood board, it has given me direction and very much so serves as a check off list!  I think that’s why I like the mood board concept so much!

“It gives inspiration with direction”

If you didn’t already know this about me, than here’s something new.  I love ANYTHING dealing with organization, but I’m very unorganized!!  Hence utilizing a mood board to refer to when I veer off track, which I do quite often :/

Have a looksie at a mock up of my dining room…

Ughhhhh……I drool!

Everything about this say’s simple, rich and elegant.  I’m a big fan of over all neutrals from wall to wall and then adding something BRIGHT, any pop of color to wake up all the neutral.

I’m hoping my dining room comes together as easily and as quickly as this mood board did!!

What do you all think? You know I love your feedback!

If you are as much in love with these items as I am, you can find the links below!

1. Large Farlane Chandelier, Antique Brass$1,655.00 2OKA Nicolai Upholstered Dining Chair, Oak Legs$765 3. Jamie young ball chain mirror $400 4. Merced Black 3×5 Hooked Rug By Trina Turk by Trina Turk$160.00 5. Pineapple Print$30 6. Alpine Dining Table 7. Floral Arrangement $670.65

Everyone have a fantastic morning and thank’s for following along!

Updating Our Home One Room at A Time

The past two days have been much of a blur.  I’ve been busy priming and painting my life away, literally! Hence the past two days being “much of a blur”.

My husband and I installed new window fixtures in black, I decided it was time to give my dining room a color makeover.  We previously had tan on the walls and tan and black are nice colors that fit well together, I just needed something a little more dramatic.  After adding the window fixtures, one thing led to another and we started working on the kitchen.

Before we get into what my dining room and kitchen look like now, let me show you the atrocious monstrosity it was…..

Everything was disheveled and my poor husband was going nuts!  With the pregnancy coming to an end in 3 short months, I’ve been going stir crazy trying to get things accomplished. Below are a combination of paint colors I chose for our dining room, three colors to be exact!  You can’t really tell and I guess I’m horrible at choosing paint colors….My husband picked out our new paint color and I love it, its lighter than all three of those “same shades” in the picture below.

Our kitchen is another story!  I think this stressed my poor hubs out the most, because we purchased an IKEA island.  We all know that when you purchase anything IKEA, it comes in a million ba-jillion pieces…..So, what we really purchased were two base cabinets, all their doors, hinges, pulleys, knobs, dividers and a butcher block top………I’m pretty sure I’m leaving a few more things out…..Below is what our kitchen looked like during this installment.

After all the doors were placed together, I started the painting process.

The next day, my hubby and I decided that we needed the IKEA kitchen island to have a custom look, which we are still working on.  I will be sure to share with you all the end result  Here’s a sneak peek below of where we are going design wise.

For now, here is how far along we’ve come with both the dining room and kitchen.

My husband picked out a fantastic color in mint called “Green Vibe” by Valspar.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I love Valspar paint! The knobs are from IKEA and of course, I would put in the link to buy them, but they won’t ship em’……..ugh……

The paint color we chose for the dining room is called “Silver Leaf” by Valspar.  I love it far better than the other three colors I had swatched on the wall.  It’s the perfect shade of grey with a hint of blue.  Hopefully one day we will add some crown molding to this room.

The next project, which will be a breeze, is the interior side of the front door.  I’m planning on….yup…you guessed it, I’m painting it!  I think I will paint it the same color as the wall, but in a semi gloss, of course.

I cannot wait to reupholster these wing-back chairs.  They are such an eye sore!!  We will also be changing this table out for a large round one!  So exciting!

I love how this Silver Leaf color plays with the dark grey/blue in my hallway!  It’s the perfect visual when walking in through the front door!

Okay, that’s enough for now!  I can’t wait to share the finished rooms with you.  Right now, I’ve got 100 projects going all at once, suits me right!  I’m having a baby…..I’ve got to get this mess done!!!

Everyone have a fantastic Saturday!

7 of My Favorite Pregnancy Travel Essentials

Good morning everyone!  I hope your day is starting off sunny!  We’ve had a lot of rain here recently in south-eastern North Carolina, but that’s southern summer time for ya!

Just a couple of days ago I was searching through my purse and realized, I have A LOT of prego things hanging out in there.  Things I have never needed nor carried around before getting pregnant.

Then it hit me!  They were right! Who are “they”, you ask? “They” are all the woman whom have been pregnant before me. They told me so many bodily things would change and I would need “this” and “that” and maybe a little more of  “these” to go with “those”. Ummm, can you say mentally drained and not to mention, they we’re only “kind of right”.

If I would have listened to every single women on the planet in my first trimester, I would have had enough products to open up my own, or at least been able to supply with enough product to open up shop!

Instead of heeding everyone else’s advice, I listened to my own body and what it had to say. I was then able to understand some of the advice given to me.  Some certain things women told me would happen, didn’t! So, it’s just a matter of listening to what “your” body tell’s you.  After all, every woman is different when it comes to hormonal fluctuations and such!

So, let me share with you all of the wonderful pregnancy items I cram into my purse and just cannot live without .  Maybe you might find something on this list you didn’t think of and could use!

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

1. Snacks- Oh my word….How I love a good snack 30 minutes right after I eat!  Since the baby is growing and squishing every internal body part I have, eating for two has quickly turned into….”ugh….after eating half of that carrot, I’m about to POP”! So, getting hungry more throughout the day is becoming pretty routine, since I can’t eat as much as I used to without it becoming painful. Having a small snack around to keep me going is a plus.

2. Chap-stick- Here’s one thing no one mentioned would happen, since everyone loves giving advice on what your body will do, without realizing every body is different…..My entire second trimester, I had chapped lips!  No, I was not dehydrated because I drank TONS of H2O!  It was unbearable to say the least and I’m not the type of person who can stand dry lips. In fact, It’s a pet peeve of mine for anyone else to even have dry lips in my presence.  Can’t you tell when your lips are dry?  It looks really uncomfortable…..I know I’m uncomfortable with dry lips…..So I can only assume if I can notice your dry lips, you are uncomfortable too!? This pet peeve is something I’m working on…..I know it’s strange…My fave chap-stick is Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm, it works the best for me.

3. Tissues- My ENT (ear, nose & throat doctor) mentioned that some pregnant women have nasal issues due to hormonal changes.  These issues didn’t occur until late in to my second trimester.  I would have trouble breathing through my nose at night and some times during the day, not to mention when I blew my nose a bit of blood would come out…..Needless to say, I carry around tissues just in case.

4. Deodorant- After becoming pregnant and starting your second trimester off with a bang, you might notice a change in the way your body smells…..Totally normal and if you never experience this, than go you!  I however, noticed right away when my deodorant stopped working and unfortunately for me it happened in the middle of giving a haircut…I now have a travel size deodorant that I carry around in my purse!

5. Breath Mints- After all of the eating for two you might be indulging in, it might be smart to have breath mints available.  Especially if you are having any weird cravings, say onions….That would not be good to get caught up in a convo with someone, all the while having onion breath……These are a must for me since I do hair and when I snip bangs, I’m all up in yoe face!

6. Panty Liners- I actually read about having panty liners on hand for when your pregnant, no one told me it would be like a leaky faucet down there… more ways than one…..”palm smack to the forehead”…..I don’t have to tell you why you will need these throughout your pregnancy, but I will tell you that when your 3rd trimester creeps up and your worst fear becomes sneezing in public, panty liners will be to the rescue.  If you’re still curious as to why you might need panty liners before the 3rd trimester….Then you’re lucky and not experiencing what most women experience…chances are you’re experiencing it though!

7. Flush-able Wet Wipes- This is another “OH MY WORD” moment!  Flush-able wet wipes have changed my entire life!!!  If I have to say another word about why these are so awesome, than again….you are not experiencing what most women are experiencing during pregnancy….chances are, you’re experiencing it though….Do yourself a favor and get some Flush-able wet wipes… changer!  I use the Cottonelle Fresh Care Flush-able Wet Wipes.  They can be expensive so I’ve put the link for the coupons here.  Also, the containers are pretty big to lug around.  I suggest putting a few in a plastic baggy to carry around!

That about sums up my list thus far.  I’m in the beginning of my 3rd trimester, so I still have a way to go.  If there are any other items that can be added to this list, then by all means leave it in the comments and share with me what has helped you through your pregnancy!

Have a fantastic day y’all!

Before Baby Arrives- Bucket List

It’s Tuesday already?  What happened to the weekend!?

I spent my Saturday at work, of course.  A hairdressers gotta do what a hairdressers gotta do! Sunday my husband and I took the fastest trip to IKEA one could EVER take.  We picked up a kitchen island and I’m so excited to have it completed with a custom paint color, knobs and all. Monday, I hand scrubbed my entire kitchen floor.  I’m talking hands and knees style and I think I might be that much closer to carpel tunnel….WOMP, WOMP, WOMP!

Working on my house has recently lead me to ponder the things I’d like to do before the baby arrives.  With everything that has been taking place around my home, it almost makes it impossible to think about a bucket list.  I feel as if my home itself should be my bucket list.  I’m really not down with that…..I wanna do some fun things before baby arrives.

So, here is my bucket list before baby Patrone makes his or her debut.

1.  I want to take a trip to Washington, DC, just my husband and I.  We actually have already decided on this trip to DC and I could not be anymore excited.  We usually take a big trip once a year.  After baby gets here it will be much different!  (Question, what’s up with this whole “baby moon” trend?  Can’t I take a trip with my hubs before baby and it just be a trip!?…weird).

2. I want to get the baby’s room ready.  I feel awful for saying this, but I have yet to start on the baby’s room!  Anxiety is setting in and I’m starting to feel just a bit of pressure to have my home 100% finished and with not having started on the most important room in the house, It has me feeling a bit green…..So, this is on my bucket list for the next 3 months for sure!  I will give you all a before and after, don’t worry!

3. I want to get a tan. I’ve been so busy fixing, painting, rearranging and adding to even want to step foot outside.  Not to mention, I’m like a worm in hot ashes squirming in the summer sun.  Probably the most uncomfortable part of being pregnant right now, is the heat.  I squirm and sweat and get all super antsy, but all I want is a stinkin’ tan…….Is that so much to ask for?  I guess I will have to just sweat and bare it!?

4. I want to make a ton of crock-pot freezer meals.  The perks of being pregnant during the summer and not spending all day out side… word…..Pinterest!!  I want to make a TON of frozen, ready crock-pot meals before the baby comes.  That way, dinner is not such a big deal.  You just take a meal out of the freezer and throw it in the crock-pot!!!  Life simplified!!!  Pinterest is such a help with that, there are tons of crock-pot recipes and blogs on this topic.  I’ll let you know how that goes too! ;)

5. I want to have a spa day.  I’ve tried just going and getting a pedicure and it just doesn’t cut it.  Everywhere I’ve been, the service has been awful and I’ve come out with scrapped up tootsies and ankles…..I actually used to do pedicures and manicures and NEVER in my life have I ever used a disposable pumice stone on the side or top of someones foot…..not to mention ankles…..ouch!  I think I will move this to my top of my bucket list!!

6. I want to have one whole months worth of blog topics ready to post without having to stress.  I’m so nervous about not being able to post after the baby comes, so I will be busy preparing so you all have something to read… do like this blog, right!?  I mean, that’s why you come here!? ;)

7. I want to have our home professionally cleaned.  Did I ever tell you that I’m ridiculously allergic to dust mites?  Well, it’s hard to clean my baseboards, ceiling fans, nooks and crannies with allergies, let alone having a baby inside of my belly making it hard to bend over.  I mean, if I tried to dust all of my baseboards, I would probably pass out due to lack of oxygen to the brain that bending over causes.  All in all, it’s not a good idea for me…  Let’s face it, this should be on every expecting mama’s bucket list!

8. I want to spend one entire day disconnected. I say this all the time and I really need to crack down on putting it into action.  I really want to take one day out of the week to just disconnect from my phone and social media.  I’m sure with a baby on the way, that will be much easier for me to do, but like I said, I don’t want to stop connecting with you awesome people!

9. I want to have professional maternity photos taken. I have already set up my maternity photos for the end of August and I’m so excited about them.  I’m so stuck on the style and what I want to do, so if you all have any suggestions……laawwd, I need them!  I think I want some photos taken in my home, like in the nursery and in our boudoir!  Don’t worry, I will show them off when they’re done!

10. I want to have a girls get together.  I helped a friend with her yard sale a couple of weeks ago and it was just us girls, hanging out and having fun!  I enjoyed my time so much that I’ve decided another girls get together is just what I need before baby!  It’s so important to have a group of Godly women to spend time with.  I’m glad I’ve met some!!

I’m pretty sure the items on this bucket list will get crossed off quick!!  Is there anything you all can think of that I need to add to my list!?  I would love to have your tips!

Everyone have a fantastic week!