Saturday, December 29, 2018

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018


Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are getting some R&R.  It's unbelievable how quickly this year flew by! Here is a roundup of the top 10 posts of the year.  I was thrilled to see a couple of my own design projects make the cut:-). Here they are in no particular order...

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Design Addict Mom's Top Ten Blog Posts for 2018- design addict mom

Let the countdown to 2019 begin! xx


images: 6, 7, and 9- Lea Hartman

Friday, December 28, 2018

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card


Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom
This post is Sponsored by Starbucks, but all thoughts expressed are my own.


My home is somewhat of a laboratory for me as it’s constantly changing. In fact, when friends come over, the first thing they ask is, “what’s new?” As a design blogger, I am always inspired with fresh ideas, but, at the same time, I usually brainstorm/seek out ways I can save dollars on my redesign projects. Otherwise, as often as I change things up, it would be quite expensive. 

You might recall my prior post with Starbucks where I utilized the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card as a budgeting tool for groceries, well I am excited to tackle the mini refresh of a bedroom and also on a budget. I’ll once again be utilizing the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card as a budgeting tool where I load a certain amount to the card for this mini makeover. Armed with some of my favorite ways to save while redesigning a space, my goal will be to stick to the budget on my prepaid card. I love to save money so this will be an exciting challenge!  Here are some of the money saving techniques I intend to incorporate:

*Repurpose what I already have


This office that I am sitting in above to brainstorm for this bedroom redesign is actually one of my redesign projects and a great example of repurposing. This was once a closet that was just being used for collecting junk and I repurposed the space to create an office. I also repurposed a slab of wood that is now being used like a table in the space. For the bedroom refresh, I plan on repurposing/looking for ways to reuse existing items in the house.

DIY painting-designaddictmom


*DIY

If there is painting involved with any of my projects, I am usually the one completing the painting aspect. I save a lot of money painting myself. Mind you, there are certain services that I pay for because I know I am not great in those areas, for e.g, wallpapering and anything electrical. However, I am great on painting walls, so for the bedroom refresh, since I plan on changing the wall color, I’ll be painting it myself.

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom

*Shopping Online

Since I earn Stars for everything I buy anywhere I shop when I use my Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card, I will definitely be shopping online instead of driving hours away to shop in stores. I love the convenience plus I’ll be saving on gas for sure! 

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom
The rocking chair in the boys’ bedroom is thrifted and their dresser is second hand

*Thrifting

I am addicted to thrifting; maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt or the excitement when I discover a gem but I absolutely love it! Almost all the spaces I’ve designed has a thrifted piece or two. Often times, I’ll check the thrift store first when sourcing items for a design or redesign and I’m because it’s a great way to save. However, it can be time consuming because one has to hunt for the treasures so it’s a good idea to set aside time for thrifting. Nonetheless, the gems found are worth it.

A much needed break with Starbucks

Closet transformed into stylish office nook-design addict mom

 Closet transformed into an office-designaddictmom
Often times, while working on a project, it can become all consuming, especially because I work from home. However, now that baby Cheyenne is here, I often have to take breaks and switch to Mama mode.

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom
 I enjoy going on little dates with her and with all the Stars that I’ve earned by using my 
Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card, I think it’s time to reward myself.

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom

Although I am a creature of habit and tend to order the same thing, I love to explore what’s new  via the Starbucks® App and maybe even try something new. Rewards are also good for pastries, sandwiches or food items on the menu at participating stores.

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom

Coffee is always a must have for this Starbucks lover and I can’t wait to receive my Birthday Reward. Integrated directly into the Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program, Starbucks members who use the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card will, enjoy a food or drink Reward every 125 Stars you earn and receive a Birthday Reward. How cool is that!

Saving on a Room Refresh and A Rewards Moment with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card-designaddictmom
Are you a Starbucks Rewards member already enjoying the perks of your Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card? I’d love to hear what you love most. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the card here

At participating Starbucks® stores. Some restrictions apply. See Starbucks.com/terms for details.

Debit cards are provided by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Member FDIC


images: Lea Hartman

Friday, December 21, 2018

Some More Random Christmas Pics and Merry Christmas!

Some More Random Christmas Pics and Merry Christmas! - design addict mom
The boys will officially be on Christmas break from school today and so I am popping in(while i have the time to spare) to share a couple more Christmas pictures around the house and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Be safe, love, laugh, and enjoy this time with your loved ones. As promised, here are some more pics...

Foyer Decorated for Christmas- design addict mom
The foyer got some festive touches.

Some More Random Christmas Pics and Merry Christmas! - design addict mom

Christmas Village Advent Calendar-design addict mom
As is our tradition, we made our traditional advent village from a Mr. Printables download

Christmas Village advent calendar-design addict mom

Some More Random Christmas Pics and Merry Christmas! - design addict mom
Cheyenne is always on the move and look at those yummy thighs:-)

Add Christmas cheer with twinkly lights- design addict mom
Adding twinkly lights equals immediate Christmas cheer and such an easy way to add festive flair

Simple Christmas tablescape- design addict mom
A simple Christmas tablescape. Pictured are some branches i cut from a tree in the back yard and all those plates and glasses on the table were actually thrifted. One of my favorite places to look for unique tableware is at the thrift store. Brass candlesticks are also thrifted.

Simple Christmas Tablescape- design addict mom

Pretty ornament  from Oh Joy Co- design addict mom
The cutest ornament.

Some More Random Christmas Pics and Merry Christmas! - design addict mom
I have these mini trees sprinkled everywhere. I just love them!

Some More Random Christmas Pics and Merry Christmas! - design addict mom
I could just gobble her up!

And in case you missed the tree in the bedroom and living room posts: here and here. Thanks for being a part of the Design Addict Mom community. I'll be back with a couple posts after Christmas. xx

images: Lea Hartman

Friday, December 14, 2018

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year


Plants in the bedroom is always a good idea #plants #bedroom - design addict mom
I've always wanted to place a Christmas tree in our bedroom but never did it as that would mean buying an extra tree just for that purpose and that seemed a bit over the top for me. However, since our fiddle leaf fig, Glory the Fig has basically taken over the sunroom, there was no space to place the Christmas tree that I would usually place in there. 

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom
And so I decided to place that tree in our bedroom instead and it looks so beautiful in there.  This tree is not baby proof like the one in the living room. This one is for Mama with all her vintage ornaments that she collected over time:-). 

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom
Thank goodness, Cheyenne is more interested in the honeycomb than the ornaments(for now at least)

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom
The colors used in the tree go beautifully with the rest of the space.

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom
view from the bed

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom
Love the glow in the evenings

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom

I Placed a Christmas Tree in Our Bedroom This Year- design addict mom
And there you have it. Sometimes i come in here just to look at the tree.  Can you believe we have only 11 days 'til Christmas? xx



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

This post is sponsored by Starbucks, but all thoughts expressed are my own.


As a family of 5, food is undoubtedly one of our most expensive bills in our household and we’re always strategizing ways in which we can save on that grocery bill. Honestly, sometimes the thought of shopping for groceries make me feel overwhelmed; the thought of the numerous aisles to navigate and possible long checkout lines and usually with children in tow can make for a less than desirable experience and there is the added stress of trying to make sure we stick to the budget.


Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

Like I mentioned earlier we’re always strategizing ways to save on groceries and to overall better manage our finances. One strategy we’ve used is comparing prices from different grocery stores/supermarkets. We’ve shopped at a number of supermarkets and have found that shopping at the commissary on our local Military base tends to give us the biggest bang for our buck. Their discounts are amazing!

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

We’ve also recently added a new layer to our budgeting strategies and that is; incorporating the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card as an additional budgeting tool for grocery shopping. 
We believe it is a great budgeting tool because it’s a prepaid card and we can limit what we spend each month on grocery. For example, if we only want to spend $400 a month on groceries, we can load only $400 on the card for the month to use until it runs out 
plus there are no monthly or reload fees associated with the card. Other fees may apply. 

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

With this prepaid card, you can earn Stars everywhere you shop which makes it perfect for using  at our local Military commissary. Also, since you’re earning Stars everywhere you shop, you get to enjoy those Rewards much faster and this is the only Visa prepaid card that allows you to earn Stars for all the purchases you make with the card. 

Plus, when you sign up for the  Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card, you can earn 125 Bonus Stars once you use your prepaid card the first time to load $10 or more to your registered Starbucks Card through the App.How great is that? This has been an exciting layer especially with the benefits that accompany it. You must sign up for Rewards to get the card. 

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

Unlike my debit card which doesn’t offer any rewards, I take solace in the fact that when I use my Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card, I am earning Stars as I shop some of my trusted brands which might be a little more expensive, but worth it. In addition, I am still saving because I am getting a great price by shopping at the commissary.

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

Saving on Groceries with Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card - design addict mom

Utilizing the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card as a budgeting tool for groceries not only helps me manage my monthly budget and financial goals, but I am also earning and stacking up on Stars!

Photobombed by my fiddle leaf fig-#plants-design addict mom

After a quick stop at my favorite Starbucks store on my way home from grocery shopping, I get to quietly enjoy my Reward and much needed coffee.

Are you a Starbucks Rewards member already enjoying the perks of your Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card? I’d love to hear what you love most. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the card here

At participating Starbucks® stores. Some restrictions apply. See Starbucks.com/terms for details.

Debit cards are provided by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Member FDIC

xx