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Our Mid Century Modern Farmhouse

April 12, 2016

We are quickly approaching 1 year of living in our farmhouse and thought it would be fun to see how much our space has changed. We have so much more we plan to do and continue to find inspiration while we save up as much as we can! I swear I have shuffled decor, furniture, plants from room to room so many times but finally think I have things decorated to my liking. The hubs and I are huge fans of the mid century era and have found ways to incorporate our love for mid century modern style in the farmhouse. Some of the rooms have been a challenge to decorate but I have enjoyed thoroughly the process of everything coming together! One of our first renovations we plan to do once the money is saved up is the kitchen! It’s quirky and small but we have learned to make the most of it until that time!

When we first found our house on the market this picture of the living room cracked me up! The furniture was all available to purchase but we obviously didn’t work that detail in to the sell of the home 🙂

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 9.50.07 AMOne of the most frustrating initial elements of this house was painting the horrid gold and red crown molding. This room is gigantic and it took an entire week to not only paint the walls white but had to use 3 coats of white paint over the red and gold molding. What they were thinking I still have yet to understand!?  Once we completed the painting everything else started to come to life.BlueVinyl (7 of 21)It’s crazy how painting a bright color and changing out light fixtures can revamp a room! We love the bright airy feel to this well lit room. It changes the whole mood and is one of my favorite spaces in the house!Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 3.48.35 PMScreen Shot 2016-04-12 at 3.52.37 PMThis past year Charlie’s precious grandfather passed away. He was an incredibly kind man and we are so sad not have him with us anymore. Every time we visited his home we would talk about how much we loved his furniture and how amazing it was that he still had some of the same furniture pieces since his early marriage. After he passed away  we were offered some of his thing by my mother in law… we were beyond honored to accept his legacy of mid century style. Our dining room table was the same table my husband grew up with…we even found his younger brothers initials under neath the table top. We have loved incorporating a piece of our families history into the home and mixing it with modern style. Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 4.04.05 PMBlueVinyl (13 of 21)I am kind of throw pillow junkie and I never buy a pillow and put it where I think it will go but it all eventually works out. I have found the best luck at Target, TJ max and of course our far away friend IKEA. On a recent treasure hunt for some new duds for the house we ran across an eclectic store in west Nashville called “Weird Things, Cool Stuff” and it was exactly that and were in love! We found our ophelia aka, cow skull, and couldn’t wait to find her place in our home!Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 4.07.29 PMOur entry way still has some love to be had but it is at the bottom of priorities for now and I am content with it. The most we have changed is giving it a fresh coat of white paint. The color that was on the walls when we moved in was an antique white or as I have called, scotch tape. I can’t tell you how much I loathe this color and having to paint white has only been somewhat satisfying since the entire house was painted scotch tape.Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 4.15.38 PMOh the kitchen! Our house has a 100 year old history however in the course of that time it has been added on twice. I am happy that there is more house now than existed 100 year ago but boy do I wish I could slap the head of the folks who added on so poorly. The kitchen size is not frustrating as much as what happened sometime in the 50’s when they tried to add some of the current style to it and stuffed as many things into this tiny kitchen as possible. Remember that scotch tape color I was talking about? They went crazy with in the kitchen! They painted the trim, the metal cabinets and the walls because why shouldn’t everything be this horrid color?!Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 9.50.46 AMSo we decided to start with a simple rip as much out mentality as we could. One day we will tear the wall down on the right and extend the kitchen into our current mud room into a beautiful modern farmhouse kitchen but until money we’re just working what we got. We decided to play into the retro metal cabinets and give them some life back and this played to the majority of the inspiration. We took out the upper cabinets which immediately brighten up the room, we threw away the microwave and got rid of the portable dishwasher and moved the fridge around to open up counter top space. We put a fresh coat of white over everything possible, put in a new  light fixture and threw a pop of color on the metal cabinets. We have been super happy with it and it has forced me to live very simply in the kitchen as I don’t have a lot of storage space. It’s more manageable than you think!BlueVinyl (19 of 21)BlueVinyl (1 of 1)

For now we have a start and we fall fin love our home every day as we get to incorporate our style. I have never loved living somewhere as much as I do here! There is something so peaceful and beautiful about our land and the light in the house is just what I need on daily basis! I’m eager to show more soon!

 

 

 

Family, Featured

Our Farmhouse Life

February 1, 2016

It’s been a bit since I’ve been here. So much has changed and so many new things consume me and my family. We left our town and went 30 minutes down the road for a new way of life. We wanted a little seclusion and a lot of wonderment to create and grow. I can’t believe we will soon be 1 year into this journey. Words can’t describe how in love we are with our new home that is full of quirks and character. There is a beautiful 100 year old history that we now are a part of and privileged to continue writing it’s story.

I have the great task of homeschooling. It’s terrifying, exhausting and my absolute joy. I am learning so much from each of my kids specific learning styles and allowing them the freedom to explore that process. I have forced myself to listen and learn from them to help guide them more effectively. I have so much still to learn and more trial & errors to make but I love doing life with my family.

blue-vinyl-9While holistic health is still a crucial component to our family it is now just a rhythm of life and my outpouring is on my kids. My hope is to share a window vision of our new way of life through homeschooling, preparing to become rookie farmers, motherhood, our farmhouse renovations and more from our daily ruminations.

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A little of our dwellings…

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Featured, Weight Loss

5 Things I Have Learned About Maintaining My Weight

October 15, 2014

15 months ago I made a huge decision to clean up my diet, heal my allergies and finally lose baby weight! I was sick and tired of all the excuses I would tell myself and never felt content with my after baby size. Mostly because I knew that my decisions to stay overweight were completely unhealthy and the struggle to give up soda, fast food and all the rest of the comfort food would be really hard. I am not one of those girls that have eaten well my entire life and then just “poof” made a decision to lose weight. I knew that my desired commitment to change would be climbing a gigantic horrible mean mountain. I didn’t want to lose weight ONLY to be lean, I really wanted to be healthy.

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Fast forward to present day and 48 lbs lighter I understand now that maintaing weight is just as much of a challenge as losing. Sure, there are way more perks but the battle against the foods that I have spent most of my life consuming will always be present and always trying to find a way back in as a habit. When I initially set out to lose weight my goal was 60 lbs. While I am so proud and thrilled that I lost 48lbs, I do intend in the near future to give it that last go and reach my goal. But until then, I have learned so much about the importance of maintaing my current weight:

1) I have learned that maintaining weight for a good amount of time is really helpful to teach your body to live at that weight. This is one of the reasons we go through weight plateau’s during weight loss. It’s your bodies attempt to balance and catch up to your new structure.

2)I have learned that losing and maintaing weight is not something that should happen fast. Losing weight too quickly can end in health problems like nutrient deficiencies, eliminating muscle mass, loose skin, hair loss, fatigue, dehydrations and in some cases heart attack.

3) Maintaining a 48 lb weight loss has given me a break from being consistently disciplined and lets me let loose! If I can’t enjoy this new weight then why work so hard for it! I love to eat and that will never change!! But this season of maintaining has allowed me to not be so strict when I’m craving my favorite grass fed hamburger and fries from Burger Up in Nashville. We have to live life and enjoy it too!

4) Maintaing my weight encourages constant exercise. The largest contribution to not gaining weight has been that I exercise 5-6 days a week. I’m not obsessed and spend tons of time away from my family. Quite the opposite really. My workouts consist of 20-30 min HIIT routines that I do in my guest room or Saturday morning runs with my husband. I love the way I feel after I have worked out and when I go a day or 2 without it my entire being feels off. It’s just a simple rule if you eat more than you burn you gain. So if your not exercising and eating high calories in most cases you will gain weight.

5) Maintaining my weight and not quite reaching my goal has taught me to be content with who I am and not who I want to be. It’s so easy to get caught up in the more, more game. I want to lose more, I want to be more lean and more..more…more. I have had come to terms with the fact that my weight isn’t my identity and no matter what size I am, I want to love who I am presently.

Losing and maintaing weight is a lifestyle change. If you decide to make this change commit to making this a part of your life and not just for a small season. This doesn’t mean your life as you know is over (I literally thought mine would be) It means you learn self control, discipline, how to make better choices and sometime see food as fuel and not just a craving. Besides making the decision to become debt free there is no other commitment I have made that I am more proud of then changing my diet, losing weight and now learning to live with my new weight. All my efforts, every single one of them have been completely worth it. I wouldn’t go back to my old lifestyle for anything!

 

Debt Story, Family, Featured

Ladies and Gentlemen…WE’RE DEBT FREE!!!!!!!!

October 6, 2014

September 2012 we embarked on a life changing journey to go against the mainstream of culture and rid ourselves of debt! When we started Financial Peace I didn’t really think we’d be able to do it. Sure, maybe we’d make progress and get it down to at least a normal number but never did I think we would be standing on this side of the line. Since living on a budget, working our debt snow ball, taking every job we could and putting all of our money towards debt, we paid off $175,000 in 2 years!!!!!!!! We are no longer shackled or bound by any “owed” payment!!

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There were definitely times of struggle and frustration but overall our family has grown through working hard together in a way that I never thought possible. My relationship with Charlie has changed significantly because we have aligned ourselves together and live on common ground when it comes to finances. The sacrifices we have made to become debt free seem small to what we have earned and are reaping. Our children have watched this entire process and asked so many questions along the way. Of course my favorite from Norah ” When we become debt free, does that mean we can buy everything and anything we want”? Obviously we have more teaching to do when it comes to finances but we have taught our children a valuable lesson that we had to learn the hard way. If you don’t have the cash you cant afford it!

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We have big plans for our family of saving, investing and building our wealth but first we’re gonna celebrate since we just conquered a mountain!! So Ladies and Gentlemen, The Gann’s are officially DEBT FREE!!!!

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Photos by Kellie Mueller 

 

Featured, Recipes

Easy Peasy Fruit Salad

October 2, 2014

Lately, I’ve been pretty lazy when it comes to cooking or spending much time in the kitchen. My dinner recipes have been thrown together crock pot meals and I wait till the last minute to make the kids lunches for school.

I go through these seasons where I just can’t muster up the motivation to be creative and add the extra needed nutrient filled foods. But this morning I woke up a little earlier than normal and found myself with a few extra minutes while the kids were eating breakfast. I knew that I would be eating my daily cottage cheese bowl and was thinking what topping I wanted.

I was gazing upon my fully stocked fridge (thanks to a recent grocery trip) and realized that I had bought strawberries and kiwi which are two of my favorite fruit! I quickly threw together this super food salad and was reminded how easy it is to throw together beautiful simple healthy foods.

Wether you need a topping for your cottage cheese, yogurt, Kefir or just to eat plain this fruit salad is a mixed array of nutritious energy packed ingredients.

EASY PEASY FRUIT SALAD

Cut to your desired size:

Organic Strawberries 

Organic Kiwi

Organic Grapes

Raw Walnuts

1-2 TBS of RAW honey

1 TBS of Chia seeds

Mix together well. Serve immediately and keep chilled. 

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Debt Story, Featured

I Can SEE Clearly Now the Debt is Almost Gone!

August 13, 2014

A couple weeks ago charlie and I killed one of our last 2 credit cards!!!! We pushed the “pay outstanding balance” cheered, kissed and ate a huge helping of pad thai! Heck yea we are celebratin!!!

We haven’t seen our outstanding debt this low in a very long time!!! We are so so so close and will be doing the debt free dance soon! We have been working hard and staying the course to achieve a big goal! It has brought us together as a family and I can’t even imagine what the future holds!! We are so thankful for the principals of Financial Peace University and the changes it has made in our family. We are so ready for bigger and better things than being in bondage over debt!

 

Featured, Product Highlights

Heylee B: Flower Patch Dress

May 12, 2014

I am a sucker for a beautiful dress especially when vintage inspired. I fell in love with this flower patch dress during the last Heylee B shoot and was already conjuring a spot for it in my closet. It’s lightweight fabric gives me the option to wear it all spring and summer, easily worn dressed up or down so naturally a win/win. I love the colors, simple pattern and feminine neckline. It’s incredibly comfortable and can be worn very different ways depending on mood or look.

Snag this dress before it’s gone! visit Heyleeb.com for more unique styles. Grab this dress here

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Family, Featured

Foto Friday: My Love

November 1, 2013

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I am incredibly lucky to be married to my best friend. I can’t imagine life without him. From the minute i laid eyes on him 12 years ago i was captivated by him. He is the most compassionate, loving, hard working man i’ve ever known. He fights for us everyday.

 

He is committed to his family and leads with strength. He creates and captures life through his art and inspires me to to seek beauty. I am grateful for our friendship and our love for one another. He is my constant and my treasure.

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