pennington farms | grants pass, oregon

Pennington farms is a family owned berry farm & bakery just outside Grants Pass on William Hwy. I spent a couple years making jam on their antique pink oven, dreaming of the day I would someday get to bring my future children here and spoil them with cookies and berries. The orange glazed tea cakes are something other worldly Im telling you! I think back fondly on my jamming days, missing the smell of strawberry jam and the process of jarring up every variety of berry. You can order over the phone if you live out of the area or the bakery is open monday-saturday till 3pm. They also bring all their goodies to the grower’s market each week, but definitely plan a trip out to the barn and experience the aroma of fresh jam and pies for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh I love Pennington Farms! They’re pies might just be the best pies I’ve ever had. I drive by there every week on my way to work, but I don’t get to stop as often as I’d like 🙂

five affordable ways to update a room & add value

Most houses have so much potential, but are hidden under decades of trends and clutter. Going through each room and taking out all the stuff that doesn’t serve a practical or sentimental purpose can be so freeing. I think I take a basket to goodwill at least twice a month. I just love the feeling of getting rid of ‘things’, stuff that’s been sitting around untouched and un-admired.

If your home isn’t newer you can peel back the layers of trends. I think we removed 5 layers of linoleum from the kitchen! It’s so funny to see what was in style each decade. If you don’t need to take down walls or anything too invasive you can focus on just the cosmetic of your room.

1) Texture: if you have popcorn ceiling please oh please take it down. I know the sparkles are pretty, but it will make your room feel so much better having smooth walls! All you need to do is spray the popcorn with water and scrape it off with a flat head shovel. It’s one of the easier updates that cost nothing and makes a dramatic difference. Walls are a bit trickier and if your texture is heavy you might be able to re-skim them, but it can get expensive. 

2) Paint: I always choose something neutral, but still warm and light. You can try Benjamin Moore Simply White or Glidden Wedding White, they are almost a match to each other. You can accent with decor, it’s easier to switch out than repainting and you can change it up with the seasons instead of holiday colors clashing with your walls.

3) Light fixtures: This makes a huge difference. Get rid of the boob lights and update to something that doesn’t feel like builder material. Wayfair & Overstock always have affordable fixtures that look expensive. We just bought this for our stairway and Im obsessed. Try and stick to the same finish through out your house to give a cohesive feel. We have a lot of oil rubbed bronze mixed with antique bronze & stained glass and they fit well together for this house. 

4) Flooring: This one could get spendy. Look under your carpets for original wood flooring. Having them sanded and stained a color you love is way more affordable than laying stone, wood, or even carpet in it’s place. Updating with stone and wood is always the best choice over synthetic materials like carpet and linoleum when you’re looking to get a return on your investment. Also try and not have more than a couple types of flooring in your whole house. When each room is broken up with a different pattern and color it feels smaller and outdated. If you can lay the same material throughout the entire home it will carry your eyes throughout the house instead of being held up on different patterns. It also gives the illusion of a larger space. 

5) Adding in character. Even if you have a newer developed home void of all character you can still give it charm. We have a craftsman house and the previous owners had removed a lot of the trim & baseboards inside. Billy re-created the headers for the doorways, built a mantel for the fireplace and we also just added in some board and batten to the downstairs bath. If you have a period home try and stay true to the style and bring it back to life. You can add built in bookcases, base boards, crown molding, beams, mantles… there’s endless ways you can add touches to a room that make a dramatic difference and create the feel of a custom home.

 

You can see the before and afters of this room here.

What to pack for delivery + our birth plan | oh baby!

A few essentials during labor and after birth that I loved:

A yoga ball- bouncing on one during labor helps bring baby’s head down, dilating your cervix more quickly. Check with where you’re delivering and they might have one already.

diaper bag

Nursing bra with a robe that can be easily removed- I was just naked, haha! I didn’t come prepared with laboring clothes and was so hot that I couldn’t keep the hospital gown on… but next time I’m packing a few more things to labor in. I was extremely hot than suddenly freezing, laboring in and out of a tub, so having something comfortable and that you can remove quickly is helpful.

Witch hazel wipes– for your face and your downstairs after labor to sooth and promote healing. I just couldn’t live with out these. After delivery its painful to sit or even walk, dont get me started on pooping. These wipes soothe your lady parts and cleanse in a natural way while healing.

Period undies– who wants to wear giant paper underwear with a huge pad? Bringing several pairs of period undies sounds so much more comfortable.

Nursing pads & extra nursing bra- bring more than you think you need of this one. We ending up needing to stay at the hospital a week in the nicu and I was not prepared for that. I was drenched in dried milk and tears for days. Being in the nicu is so tough. Every meal and clean shirt people brought us meant so much.

Yoga pants or something stretchy & comfortable to wear home.

Minerbs mama bundle. The mama glow serum and rose water are my favorite products to indulge in.

Infant car seat- My sister in law just bought this one in ‘moon birch’ and I think it’s so cute. We initially bought a convertible carseat but it was still too big for our new little girl so Billy had to run to wal-mart and grab an infant one 🙂

Something comfortable for baby & a swaddle- bring a couple sizes in case one doesn’t fit. My friends shop will always be my favorite. Her soft bamboo newborn things are so sweet.

pacifier – just in case. I didn’t get to stay the night with Ivy her first two nights (biggest heart break of my life) so Im glad I packed this paci. Its a natural rubber from a tree.

You can bring music and essential oil diffuser or anything to create that atmosphere you want to bring your baby into.

A printed out birth plan. This saved me because we had to deliver at a hospital we had never been to and with a different dr. than planned. Being able to hand over my birth plan to the nurses on staff made everything so smooth. All the nurses honored my wishes and supported me.

Chapstick

Healthy snacks or have family/friends bring you things. Hospital food is not the best! I just discovered these lactation bars from Oat Mama that I want to try the next time around.

Personal toilettries

Massage oil

Hair tie

A camera

Baby book for footprints and to write anything down if you have time. Artifact Uprising just came out with this cute one. Love this Promptly one as well!

Our birth plan if you need it to help come up with your own.

tiny tudor house | the design

We just closed on our next fixer!

and it’s a bit frightening. We were immediately overwhelmed by how much work this house needs, but after thinking about the design for a couple days and just focusing on the first steps, I’m super pumped to see how the transformation will take place! Knowing we won’t be doing all the work ourselves this time is encouraging and meeting with a contractor this week felt like a good first step. Hearing him say over and over, “that’s easy” as I walked through the house with him put me at ease! It’s a tudor style on the outside, inside, it’s completely void of anything original, but the almost one hundred year old floors are still there and beautiful. Transient people have been living in it for a while and everything has been stolen, even the door knobs. It’s so sad, but we are happy to make this old lady a beauty again and see someone fall in love with her!

Tudor is traditionally an old world style, with lots of stone and wood. There’s not much of that in there now, but I’m bringing it back in a way, with earthy stone& woods, plaster & lime wash. These are my soul elements and I’m excited to finally have a home to put them in! Im going for a really clean, simple feel, with lots of natural elements. Old world spa, I’m calling her!

We’ll be using the hashtag #nelsonsbeflippin if you want to follow along and insta-stories to see the before & progress!

p.s. Dear Mail Man, Im so sorry for the amount of things I am about to order on top of my Amazon Prime problems.

 

our pacific song | oregon coast on film

This summer we celebrated Billy’s birthday at the coast, our favorite place, our favorite beach. The variations of grey tones in the rocks & sand, the deep moody blues of the sea, air you can drink and the stillness of our coast is indescribable. When I’m there I feel like everything else fades away and the beauty of our surroundings washes over us. The moon pulls the tides and my body the same. I watched Ivy come alive. I don’t think she stopped running the whole weekend. Rolling, climbing, continuously laughing in the sand and we couldn’t stop smiling.

Where we stayed

Where we ate

I’ve been dreaming of a travel resource, a guid for Oregon and all of our Pacific beauties. I want it to be a curated collection of the west, a Pacific Song. I’ve made an Instagram and eventually, when I have a bit more time, want to make a separate website solely for all things westward.