Home Update

We’re on day 94 (but who’s counting!) of living with family while we build our forever home + time is just flying by. Our building process is moving along – next stop, framing!

Lately I’ve been obsessed with everything on Wayfair. It’s just so much fun to pick out lighting and window dressings + to dream about the endless decorating possibilities. So I’ve had to limit myself to ordering one thing a month (you’re welcome, Matty).

We’re going for a modern-farmhouse look, so everything with barn wood, neutral color and simplicity just gives me goosebumps – and gives Matt’s wallet a heart attack.

When we were in the planning process, I loved looking at other people’s homes for inspiration. So below I’ve put a couple of the things we’ve picked out this far.

KITCHEN CABINETS + COUNTERTOPS
kitchen

FLOORING
flooring

LIGHTING
Moyet+3-Light+Kitchen+Island+Pendant

HOUSE COLOR
white black house
or
gray house

Stay tuned, because the next post will feature our session with Maria Smal Photography. But for now, here’s a little sneak-peek. ūüíõ

 

Photo credit: Maria Smal Photography

 

You’ll Want to Read This Now

Yesterday I saw an Instagram post of a quote that said,

“Set some goals. Stay quiet about them. Smash the sh*t out of them. Clap for your {dang}¬†self.”

And I have to say, I completely disagree with this. Why wouldn’t you want to share your goals with people? Getting them out into the world pushes you harder to achieve them and surpass your expectations. Sharing your dreams and goals allows you to be vulnerable + sometimes that’s the best thing to be. Which is what I’m about to do with you…

I’m hosting a pop-up fitness studio this summer!

Thanks to Dana at Ruby Blue Dance Studio in Bennington, I’m pursuing my passion: to help others become the best versions of themselves.

So here’s the scoop:

For four weeks starting June 14, I’ll be teaching three classes a week at Ruby Blue in Bennington.

SCHEDULE

Wednesday’s @ 7pm | BarreMix (a mix of Barre technique + Pilate moves)

Thursday’s @ 8pm | HIIT (a High Intensity Interval Training station workout)

Saturday’s @ 8am | Sweat + Tone (moves to bust your booty + activate those abs + make you SWEAT)

PRICING

Drop-in Class | $10

Unlimited Classes | $100

I want to share my love of movement, feeling empowered, and sense of community with YOU.

So if you’re in the Bennington area this summer (or want to make the short drive from Omaha) + are up for the challenge, join me.¬†

Simply email me at tayler.wickham@gmail.com, message me on Facebook, reach out on here. However you want to do it, just do it. 

Take time for YOU this summer with me.

Here’s to talking about our goals + smashing the sh*t out of them. ūüí™ūüŹĽ

xo . t

“Push Pause”

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A wise man once told me that “sometimes you just need to push pause and¬†head to Mexico.” So that’s what we did. And in case you’re wondering, that ‘wise man’ was my husband.

You¬†may have noticed I’ve been a little MIA on here lately. I promise there is a good excuse¬†for that (there always is, isn’t there?!) but that’s another story at another time.

For now, here are a few stories from our time in Puerto Vallarta this past weekend. We stayed at this beautiful resort, had a room that overlooked the ocean and enjoyed exchanging our cell phone use for sunburns + bottomless mojitos.

‚ô• You’d be surprised how “at home” you can feel in Mexico when almost every couple you talk to is from the Midwest. Seriously, no exaggeration.

‚ô• On our last full day, my macho hubby stubbed his toe on a rock in the ocean, which prevented us from going into the water for the remainder of our time. Yes – I pretended like it was no problemo.¬†No – he doesn’t know I was secretly upset (until now).

‚ô• We definitely realized how much of an “old married couple” we are. The resort had parties every night + we honestly intended on going to them all. But by 9pm we called it a night +¬†fell asleep to cable movies with Spanish subtitles.

We made a goal to “travel more” within the next couple of years. So if you have suggestions on where our next stop should be, let us know!

It’s good to be back. Thanks for reading¬†‚ô•

xo . t

 

Lifestyle Shoot

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I just love this little gallery wall we created.

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This photo makes me laugh!¬†As you can see…there’s nothing in those cups! #posers

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I believe in giving credit where credit is due. Before we sold our home, I wanted to do a short lifestyle shoot to help remember the spaces that created wonderful memories for us. We absolutely love the work of¬†Maria Smal Photography¬†+ can’t wait to work with her again!

Lessons Learned

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As first-time home owners turned first-time sellers, there were¬†so many¬†lessons learned about preparing our home to sell & the whole¬†selling process in general. Putting your home on the market, allowing strangers to walk through and¬†judge everything you’ve worked hard on + waiting for the “perfect offer” is not for the faint of heart. Then you have to squeeze in packing, checking off last-minute First Home Bucket List items + trying not to be a complete grinch to your S/O (which I totally was – sorry Matty).¬†So I’ve compiled a list of things to remember for next time we sell – which will hopefully be¬†never because hello, dream house in progress (include all the heart eyes here)!

  1. Don’t take anything personally. People aren’t going to like your cleaning capabilities, your backyard, your asking price, the fact that you have big dogs… oh well.¬†Be proud of the home you’ve created.
  2. There is no such thing as a¬†“perfect offer.” And even if you think there is, they end up asking for your washer/dryer, homemade dog house + to replace ONE SHINGLE on the roof.
  3. Having early morning showings during the week + making it to work on-time is nearly impossible. Yes, we have dogs. No, we don’t have kids.¬†It’s¬†still hard.
  4. Don’t buy cheap packing tape to save money. You’ll end up using 3x the amount +¬†have to buy more.
  5. Everyone + their brother takes things to Goodwill on Sundays when it’s rainy. Dare to be different just to skip lines.
  6. Order a change of address with USPS before you move out, not three days after. Oops.
  7. Spending your last night eating chinese food on the floor of your empty home may sound romantic, but it’s not. You’ll end up getting 654813 flakes of dirt + dog hair mixed into your food.
  8. Love on your S/O. They’re not the enemy – people who say “thanks, but no thanks” to your home are.¬†Okay – I’m exaggerating, but you get what I’m saying.
  9. Working with a realtor is 100% easier than For Sale by Owner. Less headaches, less stress, more people to turn to for questions.

We loved working with Ryan and Laura Schwarz to sell our home.
If you’re looking for a realtor in the Bennington area, we highly recommend them!

Thanks for reading.
xo . t

A letter to the new owners of 8618…

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photo credit: Maria Smal Photography 

We will officially lock the doors on our first home for the last time on Thursday. Even just typing that creates¬†a huge lump in my throat. For the last 2.5 years, our little 8618 has been a place of firsts. And with that, here’s a letter to the new owners:

We are so happy that your little family is about to make our home yours. We sincerely hope that this house gives you everything it has given us in the past 2.5 years + more. Your nextdoor neighbors are¬†some of the kindest people – keep an eye on them for us. When the weather is nice, the neighborhood girls¬†will most likely leave their bikes in the driveway +¬†play by¬†the tree in the front yard¬†– enjoy this + say hi to them. The house may be cozy, but throw parties – the deck in the backyard is the best hostess. The firepit (+ a couple bottles of wine) is the best cure for¬†a rough day. And don’t worry too much if the grass gets too long – it just means you’re spending time on the more important things. But most of all, remember that “love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate; where you can eat + sleep so close together you can’t help but to communicate; + if we had more room between us think of all we’d miss; love grows best in little houses just like this.”

And to our sweet, little 8618 – thank you.
Thank you for providing us 2.5 years of firsts, withstanding storms, providing comfort¬†+ helping us grow. We’ve enjoyed our time in the city limits, but it’s time we go back to our roots.

xo . t

Trusting & Trying

Here’s what I believe: When something is going¬†really good¬†in life + you are truly happy, Satan slithers his way in + tries to knock you down. I’ve been letting this happen way too much lately. Let me explain a little more; here’s what happened Monday…

We were getting new carpet installed ¬†+ were signing with our contractor to begin the building process of our forever-home at the same time. Total¬†cloud 9 moment. Then we got a phone call saying our carpet installation wasn’t going the way we¬†planned. In moments like this, I usually say a little Sunday School phrase from back in the day, “I believe in Jesus, Satan take a hike!” Because I truly believe that declaring my love + belief in the Lord will wash away all the bad ju-ju happeneing in that moment. But wouldn’t ya know, that wasn’t the end of it. Throughout the day, we had thing after thing happen to throw us off of the path that we put ourselves on. And that was the problem. We were trying to control the situation instead of just sitting back + letting Him take over. We had opportunity after opportunity to give into the temptation of getting upset about the “bad” things happening (not going to lie, I let it get to me a couple of times) instead of focusing on the good + exciting leaps we were taking.

We’re now two days past those bumps in the road + we have beautiful new carpet, our home is officially on the market, and we’re projected to move into our forever-home in December. So it leads me to wonder why it’s so hard to just¬†trust that things are going to be okay instead of letting those tiny stressers in life take over. Because there’s a lot of good happening in our life right now… we’re getting ready to sell our first house, we’re in the process of building our forever-home, we both love our jobs, ¬†my list could go on + on.

So here’s to trusting + trying.
May we all choose to celebrate the good in life + overcome the bad.

xo . t