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    Florida Family Vacation

    Last week we spent 6 days in my favorite way; no agenda & all play time. We built sand castles to knock down, paddle boarded as the sun rose, chased crabs into their homes, and I had my fair share of mocktails.

    You’d think after living the first 14 years of my life in Florida that I wouldn’t forget fundametal things like how the heat & humidity smack you right in the face when you go outside…especially in JULY….but turns out I forget every. single. time. and every single time I’m left wondering why on earth I brought a hoodie “just in case” (true confessions of a shameless over-packer) I also packed 6 swimsuits and only wore three of them, but that’s neither here nor there.

    Thankfully, the Atlantic is just right and with the long Florida tides we were able to spend all day in the shallow water. Margot, you had a ball and you loved catching up with cousin Jack – you still ask for him to come play at home *break my heart*. You learned about jellyfish, boogie-boards, and watched Mullet jump in the water. You fed catfish some french fries and ate calamari for the first time (which you LOVED).  You slept like a dream from spending all day in the sun and first thing you would say each morning was “I wan pay Dack ou-sigh!” (translation: “I want to play with Jack outside!”) At least once a day you would wander back up to the house, stand under the outdoor shower and wait until we came to turn it on – I’m assuming you wanted to cool down and once you did you would run back down to the beach to play. I love that you are adventurous and unafraid to wander, sometimes we would let you walk  just to see how far you would go – we found out it was uncomfortably far & always had to come get you!

    Lastly, I have decided that I want to be better about making home videos! I have loads of little videos on my phone and computer but never get around do doing anything with them – So here is Hollar family video #1 with hopefully many more to come 🙂

    Song: Anywhere we go // Kaptan

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    DIY, Family, Home

    Margot’s Playset!

    When we first moved into our house we knew that having a playset for Margot was a huge priority. Especially with me being pregnant, I don’t always have energy to get to the park and I don’t foresee that changing when the newborn comes along! I scoured the internet and pinterest for playsets but I kept finding that the only ones I really liked were custom built. We played out the logistics of building our own playset but when it came down to it, it just wasn’t really worth it for us. Julian is pretty good at building things but between weatherproofing all the wood first, planning out a design, cutting all the pieces just right, etc; it didn’t seem easily feasible (and we didn’t want this to be a project going on for months). Next we looked further into the pre-fab options that I liked… and all I can say is; holy cow, I had no idea how much a playset could cost! So, he told me that if I could find a pre-fab playset that I liked that was a reasonable price, we could customize it however I wanted. As it turns out that was a great idea! it was a total win/win for everyone including our pocketbook! I also had a lot of fun planning out changes I wanted to make and seeing them make such a big difference! It ended up looking more like a play house than an actual play set which I really love! . I have had a lot of questions about it so I thought I’d do a quick post with the details and changes we made 🙂

    Don’t mind the avocado stain on her shirt and dirt all over her knees…she’s a messy kid.

    This is the playset we used

    Online they have it listed for $1299.99 but in the store they were selling it for $999. So definitly worth looking into getting it at your local store.

    • We didn’t instal the front slide. This was mainly began as space issue rather than a problem with it aesthetically, however I really ended up liking how it looks more like a little house. -We then blocked off the opening with extra wood we had, it doesn’t matter if the wood matches if you are going to be painting it anyway.
    • The most obvious alteration: We painted it white – Julian and his dad used a paint sprayer to make it a bit easier and we painted everything except the door.
    • We Removed all of the green window accents and added wood crossbeams to the large upstairs window and the opening where the slide would have been. I stained them to match the door.
    • I changed the door handle to a more modern gold handle that I had left over from our kitchen cabinet remodel.
    • Spray painted the bell gold and moved to to the side of the door instead of on top.
    • Didn’t install the A-frame molding about the door or the flags above the slide- I still have a plan to put a real flag on there but I haven’t quite gotten there yet.
    • One of my favorite changes that we made was moving the grill set to the side. We thought it would be more fun (since the slide was gone) to use the spot the grill was supposed to go as a serving station/open window.
      • To do that we cut a 1×8 piece of wood to fit and used shelf brackets under to hold it in place. I had some marble contact paper on hand so I jazzed up the shelf with that. It seems to be fairing well even with the sprinklers! (More photos below)

    • Since our playset backs right up to some bushes (with just enough room to climb) I wasn’t all that concerned with aesthetics of the rock wall BUT if yours was in the middle of the yard and you wanted something other than the green, yellow, and red ones it comes with, you could look into getting some better looking climbing rocks, I know they sell grey ones etc. Just another idea!
    • Because of my obsession with plants I planted some vines at each corner – my hope is that it will eventually look like a magical fairytale forrest tree house. But thats still TBD. I also hung a little airplant at the “serving area” just by screwing in a hook.
    • Instead of putting the hanging bar between the swings we put our baby swing, which would only be a necessary change if you have a baby, of course.
    • Lastly, I made the upstairs fun by adding some bunting along the top, an outdoor rug and some pillows.
    • I looked into painting the slide so it wasn’t yellow but came up with no good ideas so yellow it is! I actually ended up kind of liking the pop of color but would still be open to something more mellow like a grey…If you come across any options that don’t involve buying a whole new slide- let me know 🙂

    And that’s it! The painting was a labor of love but most of those customizations were really easy and didn’t require a ton of effort. If you guys are putting it together yourself definitely plan on needing a couple or 3 days to get the whole job done – but you can do it!

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    Beauty & Fashion, Family

    Mornings At Home + JORD watch giveaway!

    In the most wonderful way, life has been a bit chaotic at the Hollar house for the past week! We are finally getting boxes into the dumpster rather than in our living room and things are beginning to feel a bit more like home. Instead of relying of door dash we actually made dinner at home today for the first time since we moved in and now it reaaaaally feels like we actually live here!

    With all that has been going on I have been thankful more than ever for the mornings Julian gets to go to work a bit later and is able to help out. As I am sitting here writing this blog post wearing the very same thing I have on in these photos (because I wear the same thing to bed several nights in a row..does anyone else do that? No judgements) I feel like I want to share that our mornings do not always look quite as beautiful and most definitely are not always as orderly – but you might as well give it all you’ve got if you’re going to document a certain morning right?!

    I just figure: As time is flying by, I want to remember the everyday moments with Margot, not just the parties and holidays.

    We usually start off with our Margot-alarm waking us up around 7:30. Most days I try to wake up at 7 to get a few minutes of “me-time” before she wakes up. A lot of mornings my “me-time” ends up being spent looking at the back of my eyelids, but I suppose that’s good for me too. Probably my favorite part of the day happens next, groggy cuddle time in bed and Margot aaaalways asks for a book. “I Am a Bunny” is one of our very favorites and she loves to point out all the items on each page. Usually one and a half times into the book she realizes she’s hungry and wants a “manny” (banana – no one knows why she calls it a manny) and she’ll try to crawl away coaxing her non-morning type parents out of bed.

    Jules loves to be in the kitchen so he will often cook breakfast when he’s home. Margs loves eggs so usually thats what we will do with a big ol’ glass of milk. Eating with M is usually quite an event. I’d estimate that about 1/3 of hers ends up on the floor…which is better than the 9/10ths we were dealing with 6 months ago, so I’ll take it! She has been boycotting sippy cups lately picking at the top with her fingers yelling “Off! Off! I want off!” So the past two mornings I have tried a regular cup. Biiiiiggggg mistake BOTH mornings she hit it with her elbow and milk ended up everywhere. No crying over spilled milk? Needless to say, we are back to the sippy cups.

    But that smile though, everything is ok when she flashes that toothy smile.

    Now is when mom gets to take a little time to prepare for the day while dad changes diapers, dresses baby girl, and does his very best to make order out of those unruly curls on her head.

    Over the past several months Julian has really made an effort to separate himself from his phone while he is at home. As a personal business owner with 80 employees his phone is always lighting up. He has found that one of the best ways to avoid looking at his phone when it’s unnecessary is by always wearing a wrist watch! I guess it’s not rocket science, but it was a really revolutionary thing! Even if he just doesn’t feel the need to have his phone in his pocket to keep time. About 45 minutes before he needs to leave he will start getting ready for work and his outfit usually involves some variety of the Stance Star Wars socks…

    I’m a bit partial but I think he looks like a total stud.

    One of his (our) favorite watches lately is by JORD. He has the Frankie in ebony & gold. All of their timepieces have a wood band and this one is so light weight you easily forget it is even on. Until you want to know the time, that is. It is sleek & minimal and I love the black face with those gold accents. Just manly enough without being over the top and just beautiful enough that he better watch out or its going to end up on my wrist soon!

    (See what I did there? With the watch out…?)

    He also loves that it can be a “go-to” watch because it coordinates just as well with casual attire as it does a sport coat. He has yet to find an outfit it doesn’t go with!

    Then comes the time to reluctantly say bye to dad. I love this little daddy-daughter relationship, sometimes Margot runs to the front window and repeats combinations of  “bye-da-da-bye-bye-da-da” waving her little hand until he actually drives away. I could almost cry every time!

    I am partnering with JORD to bring you guys a really exciting giveaway. Not only will a winner be picked to get a $100 gift code but every person who enters will get $25 off of a watch! How amazing and generous of them is that?! They also have some pretty great looking ladies watches too 🙂 Click the link below to enter the giveaway!

    I’m so thankful that this partnership with Jord gave me the idea to document our morning routine. It’s sweet times like this that I all too often take for granted and I know I will miss when she’s older and we’re running off to school 5 days a week.

    But wait… I’m never going to let her get that old. So maybe I’m in the clear.

    The giveaway will run until May 7 and at that time all prize codes will be sent to your inbox 🙂


    Luxury Wooden Watch