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How to Turn Your Guest Room Into a Cozy Retreat

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How to Turn Your Guest Room Into a Cozy Retreat

Contributor Note: Today's post is brought to you by Marie Flanigan, founder of Marie Flanigan Interiors. Based in Houston, Marie is an award winning interior designer with clients across the country. With roots and education in architecture and over a decade …

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Contributor Note: Today’s post is brought to you by Marie Flanigan, founder of Marie Flanigan Interiors. Based in Houston, Marie is an award winning interior designer with clients across the country. With roots and education in architecture and over a decade of design experience, Marie’s strength lies in the integration of interior and structure. Photos courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors.

We have been admiring Marie’s work from afar for far too long!  Last week, we decided it was time to pay her a visit in her own stunning guest house and ask the expert for her tips on being the ultimate hostess when it comes to overnight guest. If you are expecting summer guest, don’t miss these simple, budget-friendly tips to help you prepare. Read ahead to learn from a pro on how to transform your guest room into a retreat so that guests feel like they are staying in a cozy boutique hotel.

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Pay for Your Next Vacation by Kicking These 5 Habits

Caroline shares her packing tips and tricks for summer travel
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Pay for Your Next Vacation by Kicking These 5 Habits

  Photo from our Packing Tips Post  With summer around the corner and our Instagram feed full of beautiful travel images, we have been preoccupied with planning a getaway to satisfy our wanderlust. If you’re in the same boat, you’re might …

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Caroline shares her packing tips and tricks for summer travel

Photo from our Packing Tips Post 

With summer around the corner and our Instagram feed full of beautiful travel images, we have been preoccupied with planning a getaway to satisfy our wanderlust. If you’re in the same boat, you’re might be strategizing the best time to take off work as well as how to take a true vacation that is also cost-friendly.

We’re firm believers that everyone needs to take a solid week-long break every once in a while to refuel and be inspired. Of course, a seven day vacation can get pricey, so we’re budgeting ahead of time. We evaluated our weekly spending habits and decided that there are quite a few we can live without, at least temporarily. Read on below for a list of 5 weekly habits to kick so that you can book the vacation you deserve! 

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Weekend Reading

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Weekend Reading

1. The Shocking Truth About Nighttime Potty Training: I have heard a lot of talk among friends recently about when to take away the bedtime pull ups.  It seems like the ages vary from two to ten and it can …

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1. The Shocking Truth About Nighttime Potty Training: I have heard a lot of talk among friends recently about when to take away the bedtime pull ups.  It seems like the ages vary from two to ten and it can vary a lot boys versus girls.  Knox was, what I am now realizing, a rare child that actually potty trained during the day and evening at (about) the same time (he was two years old).  I found this article comforting to know that before we start with Andrew that there really isn’t any training involved in the evenings.  You just have to wait until they consistently wake up with a dry diaper.

2. How Vineyard Vines Built A Giant Brand Without Raising A Penny Of Equity: I love reading stories about how brands I love were built.  The story of Vineyard Vines, a favorite brand for all three of my boys, was a interesting read on how they did it without raising any capital.  Speaking of, do you ever listen to How it Was Built Podcast?  It’s a good one!  (See our other favorite PodCast here!)

3. Implementing The One Minute Rule: I loved this article from Helena about implementing the one minute rule.  I am sure this is a popular topic considering how well known the The Happiness Project is, but I personally haven’t read it so the concept was new to me.  I personally find myself thinking “I’ll do that when…”, but then that time doesn’t get here soon enough and I find myself late to reply to an email or my house is a total mess.  I love the idea of doing little things along the way to prevent getting to that completely overwhelmed state where you have too much on your plate to tackle.

4. America’s Matriarch OR America’s Matriarch: I love seeing our whole country, no matter what political party you belong to, come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Barbara Bush.  I would be lying if I said I haven’t shed a few tears reading about all her accomplishments and the loving words from her family.  Her services were held here in Houston where they called home after their time in the White House.  They left such a mark on this community and the entire country.  I know her legacy will live on long after her time here.  And how beautiful is this illustration of Barbara reuniting with her daughter?  (She lost Robin to cancer when she was just four.)

5. The Biggest Sephora Sale Of The Year: Have you heard?!  Now is the time to stock up on all your beauty favorites.  The Sephora sale is going on now until Monday!  I am linking to some of my favorites for you below…

by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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White Cold Shoulder Top

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White Cold Shoulder Top

I can't get enough statement tops this spring.  I love how versatile they can be for all the unpredictable temperatures.  (Is it 80 or 50 today?!) -Shop the Look- [show_shopthepost_widget id="3106355"] Photographed by Kate Robinson I wore this look to a …

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I can’t get enough statement tops this spring.  I love how versatile they can be for all the unpredictable temperatures.  (Is it 80 or 50 today?!)

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