Between The Lines | Real Life


You know us as DIY and Home bloggers.

We love all things home, and are passionate about using our creativity and DIY skills to share unique ideas and techniques with you.

We often talk about projects we’ve completed, home decor finds and inspiring rooms we love. The real reason behind our passion for all these things is because of those we get to share our homes with, the ones we LOVE!

I can’t imagine my life without my favorite people!

Often we post our best images about our best projects. We hide behind the perceived image that our lives are perfect, free from any kind of mistakes or flaws.

That couldn’t be farther from the TRUTH!

Welcome to the raw unedited version of who we really are.

This is real life. Who we are, between the lines.

Follow along with us in this new segment of our site where we take you behind the scenes and share how life really is for us.

We often get asked “how we do it all” Truth? WE DON’T!

It’s easy to feel we’ve failed at many things every single day!

We want to be as transparent as possible to show you we’re just a normal mom and daughter, moms, wives, and friends, trying to beautify our homes, as we become better bloggers, photographers and business owners. 

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Real Life

Truth? This blogging gig is HARD!

Way harder than we ever thought when we dove in head first.

We work WAY more hours than we care to admit.

Pure vulnerability here!

I often feel like my plate is so full that even though I’m giving the best I can in every area of my life, that I’m also failing in every area of my life!

I feel like our business hasn’t grown as much as we’d like from the amount of work we’ve put in. I don’t spend as much quality time with my kids as I would like. I’m so busy trying to take care of all the demands of life that I neglect taking care of myself!

Can anyone else relate? Or am I the only one beating myself up?

**I’m not putting myself out there for anyone to pity or feel sorry for me, nor am I trying to complain. Rather, I want to be as real as possible to express that I am as real as it gets. I’m not perfect! I make mistakes every single day! I’m a normal mom trying to take care of my family and give the best to them as any other mom out there!

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This has been the longest summer of our lives! Covid restrictions have limited the amount of fun things we’d like to be doing.

Swimming lessons, multiple trips to the Home Depot, working on finishing our basement, trips to the Dr., covid testing, more trips to Dr., planning for the new school year, feeling uneasy about any and all decisions to make regarding school, trying to have a “normal” vacation, all…these…things…

We’ve fallen behind schedule on Ellie’s bedroom makeover. Our intent was to have this project finished weeks ago.

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Real Life

The bedroom will be completed, eventually.We’re all tired of living in a construction zone.

Even though we are, and life is stressful, we’re trying to enjoy some normal activities!

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Attending the Parade of Homes is one of our favorite things we look forward to attending every summer!

With everything happening this year, we still felt we needed to make this happen…some how.

So on top of everything else on our plates, we crammed touring 19 amazing homes into just 3 days!

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This allowed us time to slow down and take it all in as we toured each of these dream homes!

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This is just a small sneak peek at some of our favorites! Keep your eyes peeled for more on our favorite kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment spaces and more!

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So, amidst all that life throws our way, no matter how full our schedules are, how stressed out we get, and the never ending to do list, lets remember to be kind to ourselves!

No more playing the blame game, and beating ourselves up. No more feeling like we’re not enough!

All of these feelings and emotions remind me of a great movie, Moms’ Night Out starring Sarah Drew.  If you haven’t seen it before, you need to find it and watch it ASAP! It’s a great movie! It’s so relatable and shares a very important message!

At the end of the movie, Allyson (Sarah Drew) has a bit of a break down. She confides in a new friend that no matter how much she tries or how much she gives, she’s not enough.

Her friend wisely asks who she’s not good enough for, her family, her friends, God? He points out that the only person she’s not “good enough” for is herself.

Pointing out that we all spend so much time beating ourselves up, he counsels her to “just be you. [God will] take care of the rest.”

This conversation sparks a change in her attitude. She begins to believe in herself. She commits to share her feelings on her Mommy Blog.

I LOVE the ending message she shares with her readers.

“When at first you don’t succeed…

Just sit down and eat cake!

Then try again 😉

My life needs to change for me to be happy.

That would be FALSE. In truth, my life hasn’t changed much at all, I have.

TRUE. I’m not smiling all the time. But, I am smiling more. Smiling at the little things in my crazy, stressful, over the top, kind of beautiful life.

FALSE. I am a failure. Yes, VERY, VERY, FALSE. I’m not perfect, I make plenty of mistakes. But I am right where God wants me to be, and He has given me everything I need to be a mom.

I’m a mess! But I’m a beautiful mess. I’m His masterpiece.

And that’s enough!”

Thanks for joining us today for our first between the lines.

Remember you ARE enough! As Hal Elrod (author of The Miracle Morning) says, “Give up being perfect, for being authentic. Give up the need to be perfect, for the opportunity to be authentic. Be who you are. Love who you are. Others will too.”

(I will likely be writing between the lines on The Miracle Morning sometime in the future. It’s an amazing read! And I’m not even a big reader!)

And as always here @2thesunnyside


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I think you are pretty amazing as a person and mom as well as a wife. Appreciate and love yourself as God made you. Thanks for all you do and keep sharing for us all. We all need this in our lives. You are Loved 😊

    1. Kim you’re so sweet! Thanks so much for your kind words! It made my day, especially since I felt so vulnerable sharing my feelings like that.

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