Life Update: Introducing Happy Camp Collective

September 26, 2017 in Stories

I seriously didn’t realize how off the radar I have been until I saw the date on my last post and realized it has almost been a month since I have posted! Yikes! But rest assured we have been working like busy little bees at the Happy Camp household lately. I noted a while back that August/September/October and February are my super busy months for my full time job so the blog just has to take a back seat for some of these seasons. Between now and November 5th (40 days away) I will be traveling a total of 20 days (including 2 trips to Nashville!). As much as I want to be that cool blogger typing a post whilst sipping on a chai tea gazing out over the tops of the cloud on her mid morning flight – I’m just not.  Read more…

10 Must Have Ingredients for Surviving Whole30

August 30, 2017 in Stories

My sister is starting a Whole30 this week so I thought it would be a good time to do a quick round up of the 10 Whole30 must have items that got JR and I through our 30 days! Again if you are unfamiliar with Whole30, I did a recap of our experience here. It is essentially a 30 day food challenge where you cut out all processed food and then some. We survived all 30 days and I have been checking my calendar for another 30 day window to do a second one while produce is still fairly in season. If you are interested in doing one I highly recommend reading the book first. It does require a bit of planning but with some good meal prep and these 10 Whole30 must have items you will be set!  Read more…

10 Wedding Playlist to Solve All Your DJ Drama! 

August 28, 2017 in Stories

Our DJ didn’t show up for our wedding. Well, he showed up, but after some stern phone calls from some family members and about 4 hours late. It could have been a disaster but thanks to some good organization and some super helpful and wedding-DJ-experienced friends most of our guests didn’t even notice! One of the best ways that we avoided chaos was having some good organized wedding playlists. Note: I didn’t say wedding playlist – I said playlists! Thankfully I had all our music organized into separate folders based on time and all on good ol’ reliable Spotify so anyone and everyone easily had access from their iPhone. With our renegade DJ missing, my sister, her iPhone, and our helpful DJ-experienced friend, Colton, swooped in and saved the day. So, here are the 10 wedding playlists you need to keep your favorite jams organized for your big day! Read more…

Our First Anniversary (454 days of being married!)

August 25, 2017 in Stories

I have been following a lot of new blogs lately and have noticed the trend through the spring and summer (when a lot of weddings are held) of anniversary posts. Initially, when I started blogging I was super concerned about fitting into a niche. I was only going to post home design/renovation posts and maybe a few life posts on the side. We have had a super busy summer and our funds (especially after Camp’s tooth debacle) are on the low side. So naturally, there hasn’t been a lot going on in the home renovation market at our house (except starting our bathroom reno!). Our first anniversary flashed by back in May and I felt like we didn’t really sit and reminisce. After seeing a ton of other bloggers post about their anniversaries I decided to take a go and am excited to have this annual post. I can’t wait until we have been married 5, then 10, and 20+ years and be able to look back at all the reflections of each year being married!

This will be a post on our first year of being married – if you are interested in some wedding posts shoot me a message! I have held off but I’m up for writing a few if there is interest! 

We got married on Memorial Day weekend in 2016 on May 28. I was so nervous about the weather and the spot where our ceremony was supposed to be held actually ended up being underwater when we arrived! Thanks to a ton of help from family and friend (a special thank you to my Aunt Robin and Uncle Jeff – our hosts!) we got the crew rallied together, set up some tents, and made it all work! It was such an awesome day and I truly wouldn’t change anything for the world. Read more…

Currently Obsessed: The Best Grocery Store Iced Coffee, Sam’s vs. Costco, and A Possible New Pup!

August 23, 2017 in Currently Obsessed

This week has been a whirlwind. We spontaneously decided to renovate our bathroom this past Saturday (check out before photos and design plan here) and made serious progress throughout the last four days. I am hoping we can get the vanity and toilet installed before we go back to Nebraska on Friday – fingers crossed!

I set some major blog goals for this month and one is to make sure I keep up with my weekly Wednesday roundup and so far I’ve got two in a row! WOO! I’ve got some great content coming your way that includes home decor/DIY, travel, some of our wedding photos, and other fun random stories. If you don’t want to miss a post be sure to like the Facebook page! On to my weekly faves… Read more…

Main Bathroom Design Plan: A Weird Style Mix and A Crazy Faucet

August 21, 2017 in Design Plans

We officially started our first fall renovation this past weekend by demoing out the main bathroom. We took the summer off so our budget and our backs could take a break but we are ready to hit the ground running all the way up until Christmas…I think. The debate for the next renovation project was between the kitchen and the main bathroom but due to our minimal budget the bathroom won over. I started on a design plan and laid out a budget and a timeline. To be honest, I was pretty proud of myself. For the entire bathroom (tile, grout, supplies, and decor) I only had to budget a little over $1400.

The Current Bathroom: Before Photos

This bathroom isn’t quite as bad as our master bathroom (see master bath design plan and before photos here.)  It is fairly large and has the matching tile that we have throughout the kitchen and master bathroom.

We debated on keeping the vanity and changing up the doors and/or the knobs and replacing the sink. Our love of our master bath vanity and the new/clean vibes won out and we decided instead, to get a vanity from IKEA that matches the one in the master. The tile is formatted around the current vanity so we may need to work around the size and possibly add in some trim pieces to make it work.  Read more…

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