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April 2020

5 things that make me happy

5 things that make me happy 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
Um, 2020 is so weird. Like, really weird.
Who would have thought we’d ever be in quarantine in the year 2020. Definitely not me.
Being a full-time work-at-home mom and having 3 children at home 24/7 has by far been the most challenging thing I’ve had to go through and most days I pretty much pass out as soon as the sun goes down.
That being said, I’ve had to find ways to keep my sanity since I’m home all day and can’t venture out anywhere…AND SHOP.
Man, I miss shopping.
Anyways, here’s a few things that have been such a blessing lately.
1. Outlander
G U Y S.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram YOU KNOW that I love me some Outlander.
And I love it 👏🏻all👏🏻the👏🏻ways.
I started off watching it on TV but now I’m digging deep into the books and it’s just the thing I need to transport my mind away from my computer and all those freaking dishes in the sink.
I recently bought books 1-5 in paperback AND on my Kindle AND audiobook.
Why did I buy them in all the versions?
Because I’m a Sassenach freak, that’s why.
I got the actual books from Target and they were a great deal. I got the first 4 books in a set of 4 HERE and then each of the other 4 books separately (5, 6, 7, 8).
If you’re a reader, get the books. If you’re more of a tv gal, WATCH THE SHOWS.
I’m not going to promise you won’t fall in love with James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.

2. My Brooke Ring inspired painting

A few weeks ago my girls and I signed up for Brooke Ring’s virtually painting class and we had a blast! Even though I chose colors that didn’t really go with my house, it makes me incredibly happy every time I look at it.
If you’re interested in taking on of her classes, she hosts a new one every month or you can purchase her previous lessons HERE.
3. Snail mail
Old fashion snail mail is one of my absolute favorite things and the past few weeks I’ve been sending lots of goodies to my team members. Surprise gifts and fun postcards to lighten their day.
After my cousin Angela showed her new vertical garden HERE from GreenStalk Garden, I knew I had to have one. It hasn’t even come in yet but I’m completely giddy just thinking about it. I really got it for my 9 year old because she’s ALL about gardening right now and she’s going to love having this.
If you’re interested in starting your own use code SHAWAVENUE and you can get $10 off any tower! Grab it HERE
Psssssst…this would make a fabulous Mother’s Day present!
Photo courtesy of GreenStalk Garden
Never in my life would I EVER have thought that a piece or workout machinery would make me happy but here we are. 
2020, you are weird.
I ordered this baby for my wedding anniversary present and I love it more and more each day.
PRAISE DA LORT that I got this during quarantine because there ain’t NO WAY I’d be fitting into my summer clothes if I didn’t have it.
For $150, it’s been the best thing I’ve purchased in a long time.
What are some things that are making you happy right now? Let’s chat below!

Favorite things to pick up at antique stores

Favorite things to pick up at antique stores 564 846 Jenn Pennell
 Favorite things to pick up at antique stores
Hello Love!
Going to antique stores is one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend. My girls and I will grab my mom and go around Chattanooga once or twice a month and hit all of our favorite spots. Here are 5 of my favorite things to pick up at antique stores.
Today I thought I’d share with you 5 of my favorite home decor pieces I love to pick up while I’m scavenging.
 Favorite things to pick up at antique stores

1. Baskets

I love nothing more than a good quality basket. My mom collected Longaberger baskets years ago and filled our house with them. Once I got married and moved out, I did the same, using them to both decorate and store things away from sight.
Longaberger sadly went out of business a few years ago but I love to pick them up at great prices at antique stores and thrift shops.
If used baskets aren’t your thing, have no fear! A former Longaberger employee started a new basket company in Dresden, Ohio, and was able to hire many of the Longaberger employees back. So great, right?! I recently became a Dresden & Co. Proprietor and love that I get to spread the word about this amazing company, located right in the heart of Ohio.
I love a good MADE IN THE USA product!
If you’re interested in shopping for a new basket, shop on my website HERE!

2. Mason jars

When we built our current house, we went with countertops that had a hint of blue in them. After finding a few aqua mason jars at a shop, I knew I wanted to display them in the kitchen. Along with my teal Pyrex collection, they add the perfect pop of color. These can be on the pricy side but I only buy them when I find them under $5.
 Favorite things to pick up at antique stores

3. Crocks

These are a great way to display things from artificial & dried flowers to using them to hold kitchen utensils.
These can be a little pricy so hold out until you find a good deal. I’ve never paid more than $20-30 for one.

4. Wood pieces such as frames, ladders, and windows

I’m a sucker for any old, chippy wood items. From tobacco baskets to old windows, I love to have earthly elements all around the house.
Here are some of my favorite pieces.
When I find architectural pieces in antique stores, I try to think out of the box on how to display and use them in my house. I found these old printer stamp drawers and decided to hang them in my laundry room to display all my essential oils.
 I also found an old box with shelves that I use to keep my old magazines.

5. Old quilts

Now, this collector piece can be a little on the pricy side, as some quilts can be hundreds of dollars but now and then you can find a VERY well-loved one for a great price. I don’t mind pieces that have a little damage to them as I like to display my favorites in my old ladder, as seen below.

Looking for more antique farmhouse decor inspiration? Check out these blog posts:

Styling A Farmhouse Hutch with Antiques

I’m A Top-Notch Antique Picker

My 5 Favorite Essential Oil Diffusers

At the time that I’m writing this, we’re currently on stay-at-home orders due to the Covid-19 (Corona virus) outbreak. Since we haven’t been able to leave our homes for non-essential trips in almost 6 weeks, I’ve been shopping in my attic for old decor pieces that haven’t been out in a while. I found another crock with artificial flowers, a wood display piece, and many other things that I can use to give my spaces a fresh look.
As always, feel free to leave questions or comments below! I’d love to chat with you!
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How I clean my fabric face masks

How I clean my fabric face masks 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello love!
If you’re like me and you don’t leave your house without your face mask, this is my secret trick to keep them clean.
Obviously I don’t wash it every time I wear it so to keep it free from germs and smelling great, I give each side a little spritz of my Thieves spray. I keep it handy in my purse so even between stops, if I have to touch the mask for any reason, I can spray it and feel better that I’m not spreading anything.
If you’re looking for cute, handmade masks check out my friends Amy Anne Apparel and Daisy Faye Designs!
To grab a bottle (or three) of Thieves spray, find it HERE.