Quality Over Quantity

Quality Over Quantity | The Urban Pig

Has it really been a month since my last post? Oops. Life really does fly by sometimes. It has been so busy since Thanksgiving; I have been prepping for Christmas and working extra hours. And I have really been meaning to post this for two or three weeks now, and it just kept escaping from my priorities. But, I am back and want to talk about something I have been thinking about and trying to keep in mind lately.

So often in the blogging world, we hear the phrase “quality over quantity” in relation to our blog posts. This phrase has been on my mind, not just in blogging but more with applying it to life.

It seems so common for us to compare ourselves and try to keep up with others, and constantly want more. More clothes, more money, more this or more that. We live in a world where happiness and success is thought to be achieved (and often measured) by the number of things we have. It takes a lot of effort to remind ourselves that this simply is not true. I could think of 100 things in my possession that I could do without and still be happy (and probably not even notice they are missing)! I could think of 1,000 things not in my possession that I will never, ever want or need.

I am trying to be conscious of this concept, especially when browsing Pinterest or out shopping at the store. If I see something I like, I try to go through steps of “appreciation” rather than lust. Recognizing its beauty, appreciating its design, and moving on. Of course, easier said than done (especially around Christmas time), but practice helps.
I also must often remind myself of our future goals and what really matters. Our dream is to have a home, modest and affordable, so we can use our money to raise a family and travel. Reminding myself of our dreams and goals puts me right back on track and helps me to bypass “things.” To me, that speaks of quality over quantity.

Quality Over Quantity | The Urban Pig
Quality Over Quantity | The Urban Pig
I feel as if we put so much pressure on ourselves to have more objects to show for our success. But who really cares? I barely remember what my childhood homes were like or what objects they held inside. But I do have the best memories of traveling the states, camping with my family, and discovering nature and viewing national monuments. A simpler life at home is an easy trade-off for quality experiences. And simpler does not have to mean barren or be a huge sacrifice.

Quality Over Quantity | The Urban Pig
I think it just comes down to understanding, and maybe changing, what happiness truly means.
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Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

We have been on a bit of a pause working on our house the last week or two; rejuvenating our ideas and spending time with family this last weekend. I must admit, it was a pleasant break from the house, and I might continue to take advantage of stepping back from the work to think through our next steps for our home. Connor and I finally got netflix, so between watching our favorite tv shows, and planning some adventures to get outside, our home has been on the back-burner a bit. We were actually out looking to purchase bicycles, when we stopped by Goodwill, and found a beautiful solid wood dresser for just $60. We snagged it up to use for our front entry. The area isn’t quite set up yet, but to get the existing furniture out of the way, we moved it to the back entry/mudroom and spent some time working there. It’s not how I imagine it in the future when it is complete, but it is 100 times better than having a bare room (how it was just yesterday), even if it is just temporary.

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

It’s funny how furniture can change just based on the room it is in and the combination of items it is with. I have been pretty unhappy with our front entry, which held the same chair and cubed shelving. Moving it to the back entry gave it a whole different look, but I’m not exactly sure why. It makes me happy to see the spaces evolve and come together.

Mudroom Makeover

Snapshots From Lately

Snapshots From Lately | The Urban Pig

Is it too early to call it spring? It’s been in the upper 60’s here, so it sure feels like it! Almost all of the snow has melted from our back shady patio, so that’s a good sign. We moved into our house at the beginning of winter, so we haven’t had a lot of good weather days to explore our neighborhood. But we took advantage of the amazing weather this weekend to walk to the park behind our house, and it led us along the creek and to the golf course. So nice to have finally found a little nature around here.

Spring Walk | The Urban Pig

While out and about, we found a pretty awesome restaurant called Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers. They had the craziest combinations for pizza toppings, but it was delicious. Some of it was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I tried it anyway. Tasted great, and it was right up Connor’s alley. Pretty rad interior design, too.

Snapshots From Lately | The Urban Pig

We have still been unpacking decorations and finding perfect homes for each and every one. Every day something new happens around here, and the excitement is overwhelming sometimes!

Snapshots From Lately | The Urban Pig

My little-shared secret is the IKEA clearance/as-is section, where we got this rug for half price. I have had my eye on it for about a month, so when I spotted it there, I was over the moon excited to snag it. We also got curtains for our bedroom, which we completed this weekend, so I will be sharing the before and after pictures for that soon!

Snapshots From Lately | The Urban Pig

Countdown to Christmas

The Urban PigSome days it feels like winter is here, and some days it feels like Spring. The weather has been soo nice, and Connor and I are fighting back to keep the Christmas spirit alive. We have been doing little things, like wandering the malls to look at lights. Last weekend, we went to a mall nearby for the first time, because we heard of an ice rink they had. Although we weren’t prepared to go skating, we had fun watching the little kids go around the rink. The mall was fully decorated with lights, and even had a large outdoor fireplace to keep our noses warm. It was a great place.

We have also been continuing to decorate here and there, as well as watch lots of Christmas movies while drinking hot cocoa. And of course, plenty of shopping and work to be done around here to get our home set up for my parents to visit in a week. So excited for them to see our house!

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Last, enjoying the winter sunrises as we commute to work each morning. They are absolutely beautiful, and every morning, I find myself telling Connor to hurry and take a picture. It comes and goes quickly.

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I hope you have a fantastic week while the countdown to Christmas continues!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Friday Shopping

Happy belated Thanksgiving and Black Friday! It was our first year being away from family for the holiday, which made it a little tough, but Connor and I still had a good time. We cooked our favorite classics and as we waited, we looked through Black Friday ads. I am normally not big on the Black Friday thing, but as we are totally house poor and in desperate need of some basic essentials (i.e. sheets…we have been sleeping on blankets), we decided to check if there was anything worth braving the crowds for. There was! So, we had a delicious candle-lit dinner on the floor (no table, yet) and we were stuffed after one serving. Looks like we will be having leftovers for the rest of the year. Then, we watched the Pursuit of Happyness, and it was a movie that we realized was perfect for Thanksgiving. Maybe a new tradition?

After getting all relaxed, it was time for the craziness to begin. We only wanted to go to Target, which is less than five minutes from our house, and as we pulled into the parking lot about 30 minutes before it opened, we caught a glimpse of the crowd – lined up through the entire parking lot. My little hometown can’t even compare to the shopping madness here, even in the suburbs! The ONE time I went Black Friday shopping in Spokane, we thought the 50-100 foot lines were long and ridiculous. I am so glad we weren’t planning an all-nighter here.

But, we got inside pretty quickly and found the great deals we were looking for. King-size flannel sheets for $16, king-size 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets for $40, and a gorgeous king-size duvet cover by Kenneth Cole for $90 (I was planning on spending $150). I can now mark all those off our home-needs list!

We have still been busy unpacking and organizing, but I can’t wait to start on some projects, especially getting some paint on the walls! We have already started tinkering around with little fixes and changes…patching the walls, turning the kitchen island into a bookshelf, arranging furniture, and throwing LOTS of stuff away. We currently have a room dedicated to garbage and cardboard boxes, since we were left with an overflowing trash can and then we missed garbage day. But, it will slowly but surely all come together. I hope to start sharing projects and pictures soon. Anyway, I am thankful for our beautiful home and the time I was able to spend with my husband for the holidays.

We are getting internet today, so hopefully this blogging thing will be a bit easier from now on. Hope everyone enjoyed your weekend, and maybe start pulling out those Christmas decorations!

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