Let’s talk mint. Although I do not like it anywhere near my ice cream or chocolate, I do love it all over my furniture. A pop of mint green can add color to a neutral space without taking away the soft bright look you are going for. Did you know that the color green is technically a neutral? Did you also know it is my favorite color of all time? Maybe it is because my name is Jade and I am obligated or something, but even still I am obsessed. One of my favorite places to use it is on a night stand in a Master bedroom.
I used Behr “Establish Mint” on my own nightstands. I gave my bedroom furniture a big face lift about 5 years ago and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made! Originally the bed and night stands were black. I opted for a neutral cream color on the headboard and footboard but because I love color I decided to paint the nightstands with a clean soft green.
Growing up I used to look forward to summer vacations and getting to sleep in for hours on end, except in my house this was not the reality. The reality was that at least 4 out of 7 mornings I was woken up by the sound of my mom singing along to Celine Dion at the top of her lungs, while vacuuming. “Mom I am trying to SLEEP!!!” I would yell from my bed but to no avail. She just turned it up and sang louder! I never understood why she had to a.) clean that early in the morning (7 am!) and b.) why she couldn’t clean with out music blaring. Well now that I am much older and wiser, I totally get it. The only time you can see the fruit of your labor in a clean house, is when your kids are asleep.
As for the music, I have learned anything worth doing in life is best done to the beat of your favorite songs! Cleaning is like therapy to me. I have fought many an imaginary battle with people all while cleaning my bathrooms or kitchen sinks.
Oh.my.gosh. I am actually doing this! I feel like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone when he finally gets up the nerve to run out from under his parents bed and yell “I’m not afraid any more!” I think this is going to be my new life motto (along with “fake it ’till you make it”). This, starting a blog, is something I have wanted to try for a very long time, but talked myself out of it over and over again. I thought I was showing up too late to this party and that there were already way too many amazing people doing it, so there was no room for me. Even though that may be true, I am making room for myself! I am elbowing my way in and taking a big leap of faith. I have stuff to say, dang it! I have talents I want to share. I want to grow and learn new things. I want to be brave. I want to show my self and my kids that you can always try new things no matter how old you are.
Now so we can move on to me telling you a little bit about myself. My name is Jade Bennett and I am thirty one, (I have decided this is the ugliest number and must be spelled out always) I have been married for almost 10 years to my kind of perfect husband. I say “kind of perfect” because if you ask anyone in my family about my husband, Ty, they will declare him the most perfect human being in the world. To them I am now second best to the amazing person I chose to marry and have all the babies with. Speaking of babies, I am lucky enough to be the mama of three beautiful kids, Peighton 7, Miles 18 months and Indie 3 months. These babies and my husband are my greatest blessings.
I get questions about my son’s heartbeat print very often on my Instagram feed. I decided there is no time like the present to open up and talk about it. Although this may seem like just a great black and white design choice (which it is) this heartbeat has so much meaning to me on a personal level.
We have had quite the journey getting our babies here from heaven. My first pregnancy about 8 years ago ended in heartache, at about ten weeks into my gestation. It was our first baby and we were so excited when we found out we were expecting! I had already spent so many nights laying in my bed imagining what this little person growing inside of me would grow up to be like. Moms totally get this, even though you just found out your pregnant, like, yesterday, you are already so attached to the person you are basically planning their future weddings in your head! Sadly, when we got to our appointment, I laid on the table holding my husband’s hand in mine waiting for the little blurry picture on the screen to blink. “Where is the heartbeat?”