Maximizing A Small Space x Home Tour

Thank you California Closets for sponsoring this post.

Hey friends! As you know, Austin and I bought a beautiful condo that we have poured ourselves into making feel like a home. One of the biggest challenges that we have faced has been having enough space and maximizing the space that we do have to fit our needs. And that is where California Closets comes in! California Closets offers custom organizational solutions throughout the home—of course they do closets but also much more! From pantries and media centers, to mudrooms and garages, California Closets enhances the storage potential and purpose of even small spaces to maximize the efficacy of the home.

I am excited to give y’all a look inside our home and share how easy creating custom organization for maximizing small spaces is with California Closets.

First, let me jump right in with some great tips that I got from my consultant, Jessica, on making the most of a small closet space. Lord knows I needed all the help I could get making that space stretch!

The KonMari Method

The first step in this method is removing every article of clothing from your closet and going through each item one by one, deciding what to keep. Hold onto the things that spark joy and donate the rest. Once you have removed the items that you don’t use, begin putting them all back from heaviest on the left to lightest on the right. If you run out of drawer space or don’t have any at all, using baskets or bins is encouraged to help compartmentalize folded clothes. Marie Kondo stresses that if an item can be folded rather than hung, it should be.

Watch THIS tutorial for some great folding techniques to implement when using the KonMari method.


Transforming Your Space with California Closets

In four simple steps California Closets can help you transform the messiest spots into a beautifully organized, well utilized space. California Closets’ professional design consultants will collaborate with you to create a custom design that meets your needs, reflects your personal style and works within your budget.

Once designs have been presented, wood samples have been shown to see what color scheme  you prefer, and costs have been discussed the designer you work with will show you exactly what your future custom closet or organization system will look like in your home with a virtual 3D design. Once your final selections have been made, California Closets custom crafts your designs – and they do it right here in the United States!

I have been so impressed with the detail that California Closets pays attention to when walking through the complimentary consultation. They review your space discussing what you like or don’t like about it, your vision, and all potential design concepts. They’re process is very collaborative and focused not just on serving clients but building relationships along the way. If you have any organizational needs I highly recommend California Closets. I am beyond excited to get some beautiful custom designs installed so our small space feels open and orderly!

I hope you enjoyed this little peek inside our home! We definitely still have a lot to accomplish but we are well on our way!

Have a beautiful day!



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tips For Adjusting To Homeownership & Married Life

Thank you GEICO for sponsoring this post.

Hey babes! I am beyond excited to finally say that I am Mrs. Long! Austin and I tied the knot, surrounded by our closest family and friends. I am stoked y’all. It feels like a lifetime of waiting [ long engagements are not for the faint of heart ] to finally be at this place. It is good friends!


Other than buying our home, getting married is the biggest and most life changing thing that we have experienced together. And other than getting married, buying our first home was the most exciting thing that we have ever done! Being a home owner is truly wonderful. I highly recommend taking the step of home ownership if you are able. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with it. Austin and I are so thrilled to have a place to truly call our own. There is a huge sense of accomplishment and security that comes with owning a home.

Today I am partnering with GEICO to share a little bit about how Austin and I are adjusting to homeownership, along with a few tips for those who are looking into buying a home in the very near future. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

01. Get Those Finances In Order

Staying on top of our finances has been the most important element in our journey toward buying a home. Making adjustments to our expenditures and securing solid homeowners insurance has helped leaps and bounds.

  • Austin and went through the GEICO Insurance Agency for our homeowners insurance. Austin has been using GEICO for a few years and cannot say enough about how fabulous his experience has been. Their service is top notch and they have helped us save money. GEICO is a resource beyond Insurance. We are so happy with their services and highly recommend them!
  • Fix things along the way. We haven’t encountered any major home repairs at this point [thank goodness! ]. We have fixed a few things along the way, some necessary and some cosmetic. Our home is an investment. Making sure that everything is up to date and visually appealing is a huge benefit, not only for us in enjoying our home but also for resale down the road. Your home is an investment. Take care of it so you can make a profit later!

Read more here about: 5 Spooky House Noises You should Never Ignore.

02. Enjoy The Experience Of Owning A Home

Austin and I love sitting back on the couch and surveying the fruits of our labor. Owning a home is such a tremendous blessing – one that we never want to take for granted. 

  • We love to celebrate our home by hosting get togethers with friends. Sharing the home we’ve created with those that are closest to us is so fun! Filling our new abode with laughter and joy really sets the tone for the whole space. Speaking of hosting, take a gander at these House Cleaning Hacks: Get Your Home Guest Ready In 15 minutes
  • My creative mind has flourished with the blank canvas that is/was our home. I have a number of projects planned out. Our patio needs a little love – I’m thinking greenery and outdoor curtains! Plus, I plan on changing out all of the interior doors. Albeit one at a time as we budget for each project.


03. Putting time Into The House & Each Other

Austin and I have made a habit of spending time at home on Saturdays cleaning up around the house and making sure that everything is in tip top shape.

  • Each morning, Austin and I make sure to hit the main areas of the house, tidying up any messes left from the evening before. Keeping our home tidy is part of good stewardship. Plus, it really makes each space more comfortable and inviting at the end of the day!
  • There are many ups and downs in life and homeownership. Reconnecting with each other is essential in maintaining a happy home and a happy relationship. We love to cook dinner together, whip up a couple of lattes and kick back. We have been doing this more and more lately and we are loving it!

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How did you adjust to home ownership? Are you in the process of buying a home? Tell me all about it in the comments!

xo, Jenna

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

My Journey To a Fresher & Healthier Lifestyle

Thank you Freshpet for sponsoring this post. Check out Freshpet refrigerated pet food, made with fresh, all natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives, truly making a difference you can see and your pet will feel!

Hey hey! It has been 30 days since I first started using Freshpet for my sweet fur baby, and took on the journey of fresher eating for myself as well. Let me just say, it has been amazing! I have seen such a improvement in Dekker [ he’s getting up there in years ]. He has more energy, his coat is softer and he gets excited about meal time now. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I try to give him a fresh food diet as often as I can. With Freshpet’s many options – rolls, bagged food, and tasty snacks – I can do so easily! Freshpet products are always free of byproducts and fillers which I love.

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The #FreshWithYourPet Meal Plan has really changed the way that I approach feeding my fur baby. It has also changed the way that I cook. Making delicious meals at home has become so easy. I have enjoyed this journey to a healthier and fresher lifestyle and will continue to explore it more!

Fresh Food Made Easy

As I have said before, I am a huge advocate for eating fresh food. Having a biliary disorder has made me very aware of what I put into my body. Fresh food is always the best choice for me. Hello Fresh makes it easier for me to make fresh food meals that taste fantastic and that are well balanced. In just a few easy-to-master steps, you can chop and sauté your way to an outstanding meal in 30 minutes! By covering the shopping & planning, and delivering step-by-step recipes and pre prepped ingredients, Hello Fresh gives you the freedom to relax and enjoy all there is to love about cooking – and eating!

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The best way to kick those 5 p.m. excuses, I have discovered, is by feeling unstoppable in the kitchen. When you cook and eat delicious and healthy meals, you’ll want to keep doing it again and again. HelloFresh makes easy cooking possible for me [ and my soon to hubby ].

I am so glad that I tried this meal plan – for me and my pup! Cooking has become so fun, and the peace of mind that it brings me knowing exactly what is in my sweet old boy’s food is invaluable. If I could give all of you a full 30 day meal plan I would! My experience with it [ on both sides ] has honestly be great. I am completely sold on using HelloFresh for dinners with Austin, and Freshpet for our old pup – because fur babies deserve fresh food too!

Stop by HelloFresh and take a look at their meal plans! And don’t forget to give your pup a fresh and healthy diet too with Freshpet’s while goodies!




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Keeping Things Fresh

Thank you Freshpet for sponsoring this post. Check out Freshpet refrigerated pet food, made with fresh, all natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives, truly making a difference you can see and your pet will feel!

Hey babes! I hope that you are enjoying beautiful fall weather. It’s still pretty warm here – which hasn’t stopped me from wearing sweaters. I’m willing it to be cold. This month I am embarking on fresh food journey. This new meal plan will make my life a little easier and my fur baby’s healthier as well.

I am a huge advocate for eating fresh food. With my health issues always at the forefront I have to be aware of what I am putting into my body. Fresh food is always the way to go! With Hello Fresh it is even easier to cook fresh meals that are well balanced. In just a few easy-to-master steps, home cooks can chop, zest, and sauté like naturals thanks to recipes that take just 30 minutes.

As you know, I am a fur mama to a fluff ball of a Pomeranian named Dekker. I try to give him a fresh food diet too. He is a part of the family and I want him to be as healthy and energized as the rest of us! Freshpet creates whole, fresh food for your pup that is free of byproducts and fillers. They have lots of options to choose from – rolls, bagged food, and tasty snacks. It’s like HelloFresh for your pet!

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The Fresh Pet Difference.

Freshpet is teaming up with HelloFresh to bring the power of fresh food to you and your pet for the next 30 days. Freshpet is real, all-natural pet food, fresh from the fridge! It is free of pre-processed meat powders, “chicken meals,” or by-products. Freshpet uses real US meat as the #1 ingredient, and real veggies you can see.

The #FreshWithYourPet Meal Plan will change the way you cook delicious and easy meals at home. It also brings the same benefits of a fresh and well-balanced diet to your pet. I am so exited to take this journey to a healthier and fresher lifestyle, for me and my fur baby!

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We’re only a week or so into the meal plan and I have to say I am loving it! While anyone can deliver a box of food, HelloFresh opens up an experience that goes beyond the final plate. It brings the fun of cooking back into the kitchen in a truly enjoyable way. Cooking complete meals [ and feeling like a pro chef while you’re at it ] has never been easier.

I have noticed that Dekker seems to feel better on his meal plan too. He is no spring chicken but seems to have a renewed pep in his step. He loves the Freshpet food so much that he races through the kitchen to his dish. It’s adorable.

I’m thrilled to be hosting an amazing giveaway that gives you the chance to win 1 of 10 free HelloFresh boxes and $39 worth of Freshpet manufacturer coupons. Take the first step to a fresher lifestyle for you and your fur baby by entering through the link below!

Hello Fresh + Freshpet Giveaway

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Kitchen Essentials: Outfitting Your First Kitchen With Calphalon

Hey babes! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. A whole new week is here which means I am that much closer to marrying the love of my life! [ I have a count down and I’m not ashamed of it! ]

When Austin and I first got engaged I wasted no time making our registry. I spent hours choosing each pretty item for my soon to be new kitchen and felt quite satisfied with the finished result. Once my engagement bliss settled down I realized that some kitchen essentials were missing. Namely, the right cookware and bakeware!  I adore cooking, and baking especially [ proof, proof, and more proof 😉 ]. Outfitting our kitchen with the right tools for creating the best dinners and treats is so important to me and Austin. Cooking together is one our favorite activities to do as a couple! It is important to us that we have the highest quality cookware and bakeware on our wedding registry so we can create the best possible results in our kitchen.


Creating a wedding registry is.. stressful. Am I the only one that completely stressed over that?! There are so many little things that are easy to forget to put on the registry. The bigger more essential items can be difficult to narrow down. When it comes to cooking fantastic meals, you need to start with fantastic cookware – Plain and simple. Starting with quality bakeware and cookware is key to coxing out the most delicious flavors from your food. I chose to outfit my first kitchen with Calphalon because I know that it provides me with the highest quality tools, that are expertly crafted and designed, to bring the best out of every meal, which is so important for me and Austin as we look to have the best cookware!


So what should be on your wedding registry? I have narrowed down the most essential cookeware and bakeware item that you need in your kitchen! These pieces are a great base to build off of. Many of these items can be added to your wedding registry in sets – making your life that much easier!

Essential Cookware

First things first: the cookware [ because you can’t have dessert without having dinner first.. or can you? ]. Great results in the kitchen start with quality cooking tools. Selecting quality cookware is the ultimate way to build a kitchen collection that will encourage time together and inspire great tastes!

A starter kitchen, or any kitchen for that matter, should have these essential cookware items:

  • 1 8qt stock pot
  • 1 5qt dutch oven
  • 1 large sauce pan
  • 1 medium sauce pan
  • 1 12in omelette pan
  • 1 10in omelette pan

These basic pots and pans will become your lifeline in the kitchen. Every delectable dish will start in one of them and come together in chef quality dinners for you and your partner! The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 12-piece Cookware Set is a great starter set for to put on your wedding registry.


Essential Bakeware

I am a sugar girl! Desserts are my jam. I’ve never met a baked good that I didn’t like! Baking is a precise art; it takes thought and care to bake a cake well. The right ingredients and the right pan can produce some insanely good desserts! Creating the best treats begins with the tools you use to make them.

Every kitchen should be outfitted with these essential bakeware items:

  • 2 round cake pans
  • 1 square baking pan
  • 1 muffin pan
  • 1 large baking sheet
  • 1 small baking sheet
  • cooling rack

You can make life in the kitchen even easier if you opt for Calphalon’s Signature Nonstick Bakeware 6-Piece Set, and skip greasing the pan before you bake.


Good Cutlery

I absolutely cannot survive in the kitchen without a good set of cutlery. Knife cuts matter, babes! I started cooking when I was sixteen, and one of the first things that I learned how to do was knife cuts. Food just looks so much better when it’s cut properly. Remember: We eat with our eyes first!

Every kitchen should have these essential cutlery items:

  • 8″ chef’s knife
  • 6″ santoku knife
  • 1 paring knife
  • 6″ serrated knife
  • set of 4 steak knives
  • kitchen shears
  • self sharpening knife block

Trying to prepare/cut food with dull blades is a [ no pun intended ] recipe for disaster. Make sure you add a self sharpening knife block to your wedding registry to keep those blades super sharp! The Calphalon Precision™ 10-Piece Space-Saving Self-Sharpening Knife Block Set is the perfect option!


Setting up your first kitchen can be a breeze – Calphalon products are available for you to add to your registry at many fine retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s and Williams-Sonoma. You can add your favorite pieces to your wedding registry or add the collection set that suits your needs! You can also learn more about Calphalon product offerings by visiting or by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @Calphalon!

I am so excited to use my Calphalon cookware and bakeware to make many delicious recipes for years to come! I have already broken both sets in which the most delicious coffee infused scratch made granola. It is crazy good! The recipe is coming your way very soon!

What essentials do you keep in your kitchen? Did you have fun setting up your wedding registry? Let’s chat in the comments!

with love,


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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Caring For Your Engagement Ring


You have spent years dreaming of the perfect engagement ring. Now that you’re engaged and that dream ring is a permanent fixture on your finger [ that’s seriously exciting right!? ], you will want to make sure that it stays as sparkly and shiny as possible – for many years to come!

Austin proposed this past December and it was just as special and magical as I hoped! I baby that beautiful diamond. After we got engaged I did a little research on the care of diamond engagement rings and there were a few things that I didn’t think about or realize. So today I am sharing 5 tips that have helped me take better care of my engagement ring and I hope they help you too!

Read on for 5 simple tips for keeping your engagement ring as safe and sparkly as possible.


Do Keep Your Ring Clean

To keep your diamond sparkling, clean it regularly to remove everyday dust/dirt, skin oils, and lotions. All of which cloud your diamond. You can soak your ring in warm water and mild dish soap, and scrub gently with a soft bristle toothbrush. Any brand name jewelry cleaner is a great option!
Of course, you can always take your ring to a jeweler to have it professionally cleaned if you’re not comfortable cleaning it yourself. Once every 6 months is a good timeframe.
Don’t let your diamond lose it’s sparkle! The Jewelers Mutual Comprehensive Cleaning and Care Guide is a great resource with time-based checklists to help keep you on track cleaning and caring for your ring all year long! Download you own checklist guide here.



Do Purchase Insurance

Your engagement ring is an investment. It is important to protect that investment in the event that it gets damaged, lost, or stolen [ heaven forbid! ]. Getting the right jewelry coverage for your diamond ring is so important! Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company specializes solely in jewelry, so you can have peace of mind knowing that you get an extra level of protection that goes beyond what may be covered in typical homeowner’s or renters’s insurance.

Bonus Tip: Have your ring appraised every five years or so as the cost of precious metals and diamonds goes up. The value of lost ring that was appraised 10 years ago would be far less than the actual replicant cost. So make sure you have your ring appraised!


Do Schedule A Maintenance Appointment

It is so important to have regular maintenance done on your ring. Schedule an appointment with your jeweler at least once a year or every three months if your ring sees a lot of wear and tear. Your jeweler will make sure the prongs of your ring are tight and the diamond isn’t loose, as well as, checking for any hairlines cracks in the shank of the ring.

Don’t Remove Your Ring [ And Set It Down ] In Public

Removing your ring and setting it on top of the sink can be tempting when washing your hands in public, but this is a recipe for disaster. The chances of you walking out without your gem are very high. Steer clear of this temptation! If you must remove your ring, place it in the pocket of your purse. If you do forget to put it back on before you leave, your mind can rest easy knowing that it is still in your possession.

Don’t Expose Your Ring To Harsh Chemicals

Remove your ring whenever you perform tasks that require interaction with harsh chemicals [ often found in household cleaners ], scrub the bathroom, or wash the dishes. These tasks erode the setting and dull the finish of the ring.

Bonus Tip: Before you wash the dishes, remove your ring and put it in a safe place. Setting your ring on the windowsill or the counter can result in a heartbreaking slip that sends your ring tumbling down the drain! Don’t take the risk.


What is your number one do or don’t on taking care of your engagement ring? Was your proposal magical? Tell me all about it in the comments! 
Be sure to download the Jewelers Mutual Comprehensive Cleaning and Care  for more helpful tips!

Have a beautiful day,


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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6 Tips For Hosting An Elegant Bridal Shower

Hosting a bridal shower for the bride to be is an honor and a bundle of fun – Who doesn’t love a party, right? Though it can be undoubtedly stressful trying to coordinate between what the bridal party thinks the bride wants and what she actually hopes for, there are a few simple steps you can take to make it a success – And dare I say it.. the best bridal shower ever!

I had the pleasure of hosting my best girlfriend’s bridal shower recently and boy was it a wild ride. Opinions were abundant, ideas flying around like they had wings, and stress, well, that was plentiful too. More than anything though it was fun! I have sweet memories that I can carry with me always from our sophisticated and loving celebration.

Today I am sharing my top six tips for hosting a bridal shower to help your event go smoothly! No two bridal showers are the same, but, keeping a few things in mind while planning any bridal shower can make the process so much more enjoyable and ensure that it goes off without a hitch.


Make A Great First Impression.
Before guests ever get to the bridal shower you want to give them an idea of what the bridal shower will be like. Invest in high quality, beautifully designed bridal shower invitations to give guests a hint at the elegance to come.

Start here for good quality & elegant invites: Minted Stationery

First impression don’t stop there. You want to welcome guests into the venue, no matter the size, with pretty details that represent the couple being celebrated, and set the tone for the style and attitude of the shower. Place pictures, a welcome sign, flowers, balloons, or sweet treats at the entrance to welcome guests in with style and elegance!

Use The Wedding Colors.
One of the easiest ways to ensure less stress and create an elegant bridal shower is to use the color palette of the wedding. Theme’s can be super fun, and you can still bring theme elements in, but, sticking with the wedding color palette for bridal shower plates/napkins/cups, flowers, balloons, table decor, and even decorated treats will build a cohesive look that hints at the beautiful wedding to come!

Light Bites Go A Long Way.
Food is one of the very best ways to bring people together. Most of the time, bridal showers include women from different circles of friends, and different age ranges. A great bridal shower menu can make all of the difference in bringing women together. Generally speaking you want to keep three things in mind when planning the perfect bridal shower menu.

  • The flavor palette
  • The type of food
  • The bridal shower color theme

Consider the guests varied taste and plan your menu to fit within general appeal to all tastes and appetites, while impressing guests with delicious flavors! A bridal shower is a great place to put a sophisticated spin on the party menu. Finger food is one of the best choices for bridal shower food. Mini quiches, chicken salad, pasta salad, and fruit/cheese bites are great examples of easy, crowd pleasing finger foods. You can easily provide multiples options with finger food – anything that is easily eaten with just a plate and a fork will do! Stack your menu with a variety of finger foods that compliment each other, yet, hit the basic points: protein, savories, fruit, and sweets.

Start here for easy unique & sophisticated light bites and sweets:
Fig Onion Honey Muffins  by Feast + West
Asparagus Ricotta Puff Pastry Tart  by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Sweet Potato Bake  by A Savory Feast
Espresso Brownie Sandwich Cookies  by Broma Bakery


Play A Game and Shower Guests With Favors.
Once your guests have had a chance to eat and socialize get everyone’s attention and play a fun wedding themed game or two, and shower guests with thoughtful, useful favors! Favors add to the fun for guests and are a nice way to say thank you!

Cut/Serve The Cake While Presents Are Being Opened.
The process of opening bridal shower gifts can take over the entire shower. Everyone likes to enjoy this time and see what the bride received! It is the ideal time to cut and serve the cake – ensuring that the process is equally fun and deliciously sweet!


Do Enjoy The Bridal Shower Yourself.
During the time of eating, games and gift opening, take a step back and enjoy the shower too! After putting in all of the time and effort to make sure it goes off without a hitch you need to enjoy those happy moments with the bride and celebrate with everyone!

Where these tips helpful? Have you hosted a bridal shower before? What are some of your go-to tips for entertaining? Share your tips and experiences in the comments!

With love,

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