Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Favorite Eclectic Holiday Ornament

Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to take part in Ariel’s Eclectic Ornament Blog Hop. I had a cool vintage/thrift shop one to share with you which promptly broke as soon as I tried to photograph it. And that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

So, being that as it may, I decided to showcase a DIY ornament I love that is a bit unconventional yet totally inspired by Kate Spade’s fancy schmancy ornaments that cost $28 each…my electrical tape ornament.

Eclectic holiday ornament inspiration

I created this ornament last year (you can get the full tutorial here) and I made 6 of them and they’re so inexpensive to make. I think I made the 6 ornaments for less than $5. The ornaments are from Michael’s and they can sometimes be found in stores for about 60-cents each (plus coupons!), and the gold ornament cap and red ribbon come standard. Electric tape costs under a $1 and comes with plenty of linear feet. All in all, this means if you want to create yourself a designer inspired Christmas tree, you could likely make a bunch of these for about $30.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

House Hunting in Corpus Christi

The house still hasn't sold despite a $16,500 drop in our asking price. What the heck, man? People really don't like our house.

But, there's nothing I can do about it since I've done everything imaginable, so for now I'm putting it out of my head. This past weekend D came to hang with me in Corpus, and we had a FUN time. On Saturday we went and had lunch at our fave place (Niko's Steakhouse- delicious!) and then just drove around aimlessly looking at the various neighborhoods over here. We found a lot of neighborhoods that we definitely would not want to live in, and we found two neighborhoods that we absolutely love and would consider buying a home in next fall 2017.

One of the neighborhoods is Rancho Vista, which reminds me of that quintessential All-American neighborhood. There were kids playing sports, families riding bikes, couples walking their dogs. I could really see us settling down there, maybe starting a family, and enjoying life with Pee Wee. I really look forward to being out of the apartment by mid-September 2017.

In Rancho Vista, they had model homes, and we looked at two. We looked at a 4/2/2 which sacrificed a bit of living space to accommodate another bedroom, so not my fave. The 3/2/2 however, was spectacular and I cannot get it out of my head.

While I love our Beeville house that we cannot seem to freakin' sell, I was overwhelmed by its size at 1900+ square feet. This model home was 1601 square feet and felt so spacious and airy. Here's one of the elevations and brick patterns available.


It was a little warm/brownish on the exterior for my taste, but there are other options available. Overall, super cute house with lots of curb appeal once the sod is put in.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Selecting Statement Artwork for a Living Room

I'm about to say something that will likely not be popular...I am not a fan of those huge gallery walls above sofas in living rooms. I like smaller gallery walls in bedrooms or offices, but nothing about curating a ton of stuff to hang above sofa sounds like my idea of a fun time.

So, when thinking about what the heck to do in the apartment, I knew a collection of small stuff was not going to happen, but I did have a lot of wall to work with, as you can see below. Pee Wee was so cozy and refused to move for the shot. I'm so happy he likes the apartment. Thank goodness!

Tips and inspiration for selecting a statement art piece for a living room. This apartment living room looks glam and chic!

I hopped on Minted because I am addicted to their artwork. It's unique, artsy, trendy, and you can find anything, and I mean anything, on their site. I've been really drawn to horse and equestrian type artwork lately, and since I live in an apartment that's dark and warm, I feel a bold horse print works well to balance out the pink rug, animal print and gold everywhere. 

They generously sent me the art print for the apartment, and they're sponsoring a mega giveaway for two of my readers (details at the end of this post).

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Favorite Eclectic Holiday Ornament

Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to take part in Ariel’s Eclectic Ornament Blog Hop. I had a cool vintage/thrift shop one to share with you which promptly broke as soon as I tried to photograph it. And that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

So, being that as it may, I decided to showcase a DIY ornament I love that is a bit unconventional yet totally inspired by Kate Spade’s fancy schmancy ornaments that cost $28 each…my electrical tape ornament.

Eclectic holiday ornament inspiration

I created this ornament last year (you can get the full tutorial here) and I made 6 of them and they’re so inexpensive to make. I think I made the 6 ornaments for less than $5. The ornaments are from Michael’s and they can sometimes be found in stores for about 60-cents each (plus coupons!), and the gold ornament cap and red ribbon come standard. Electric tape costs under a $1 and comes with plenty of linear feet. All in all, this means if you want to create yourself a designer inspired Christmas tree, you could likely make a bunch of these for about $30.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

House Hunting in Corpus Christi

The house still hasn't sold despite a $16,500 drop in our asking price. What the heck, man? People really don't like our house.

But, there's nothing I can do about it since I've done everything imaginable, so for now I'm putting it out of my head. This past weekend D came to hang with me in Corpus, and we had a FUN time. On Saturday we went and had lunch at our fave place (Niko's Steakhouse- delicious!) and then just drove around aimlessly looking at the various neighborhoods over here. We found a lot of neighborhoods that we definitely would not want to live in, and we found two neighborhoods that we absolutely love and would consider buying a home in next fall 2017.

One of the neighborhoods is Rancho Vista, which reminds me of that quintessential All-American neighborhood. There were kids playing sports, families riding bikes, couples walking their dogs. I could really see us settling down there, maybe starting a family, and enjoying life with Pee Wee. I really look forward to being out of the apartment by mid-September 2017.

In Rancho Vista, they had model homes, and we looked at two. We looked at a 4/2/2 which sacrificed a bit of living space to accommodate another bedroom, so not my fave. The 3/2/2 however, was spectacular and I cannot get it out of my head.

While I love our Beeville house that we cannot seem to freakin' sell, I was overwhelmed by its size at 1900+ square feet. This model home was 1601 square feet and felt so spacious and airy. Here's one of the elevations and brick patterns available.


It was a little warm/brownish on the exterior for my taste, but there are other options available. Overall, super cute house with lots of curb appeal once the sod is put in.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Selecting Statement Artwork for a Living Room

I'm about to say something that will likely not be popular...I am not a fan of those huge gallery walls above sofas in living rooms. I like smaller gallery walls in bedrooms or offices, but nothing about curating a ton of stuff to hang above sofa sounds like my idea of a fun time.

So, when thinking about what the heck to do in the apartment, I knew a collection of small stuff was not going to happen, but I did have a lot of wall to work with, as you can see below. Pee Wee was so cozy and refused to move for the shot. I'm so happy he likes the apartment. Thank goodness!

Tips and inspiration for selecting a statement art piece for a living room. This apartment living room looks glam and chic!

I hopped on Minted because I am addicted to their artwork. It's unique, artsy, trendy, and you can find anything, and I mean anything, on their site. I've been really drawn to horse and equestrian type artwork lately, and since I live in an apartment that's dark and warm, I feel a bold horse print works well to balance out the pink rug, animal print and gold everywhere. 

They generously sent me the art print for the apartment, and they're sponsoring a mega giveaway for two of my readers (details at the end of this post).