New Year, Mom’s Must Haves

I wanted to share a few “favorite” items before the ball drops in 5 days! I LOVE most aspects of New Years. I love the festive celebrations and all the champagne and glitter. I love the traditions, like black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread for good luck. I love planning and dreaming of the year ahead, all that I aspire to do and the fresh start it brings (is it just me, or does anyone else always want a fresh start?).
This year I am happy to be spending a cozy New Years celebration at our favorite beach with our favorite people! I cannot wait. There is no better way to ring it in!
Below I have linked my favorite cozy sweater (can’t take it off), a new crisp and clean planner, my favorite mask for the upcoming dry season, and more! These are just a few of my favorite happy things to kick off the new year feeling our best! xoxo

I personally LOVE this style planner. This one from  MAY DESIGNS  is a great price point and has that “custom” feel.

I personally LOVE this style planner. This one from MAY DESIGNS is a great price point and has that “custom” feel.

I am a huge fan of vitamins! They have completely rebooted my life and help combat daily ailments. I sleep better, feel better and AM better. These from  OLLY  are a must for me!

I am a huge fan of vitamins! They have completely rebooted my life and help combat daily ailments. I sleep better, feel better and AM better. These from OLLY are a must for me!

The other MUST have mask from Summer Friday’s! This is great for exfoliating and dry patches.  OVERTIME MASK!

The other MUST have mask from Summer Friday’s! This is great for exfoliating and dry patches. OVERTIME MASK!

I have not read this yet, but it is on my list!  An “almost” memoir by Ann Patchett  with relatable aspects for anyone!

I have not read this yet, but it is on my list! An “almost” memoir by Ann Patchett with relatable aspects for anyone!

My favorite sweater right now. Goes with everything and is so soft! From  MADEWELL

My favorite sweater right now. Goes with everything and is so soft! From MADEWELL

Love these High Rise jeans for everyday wear. From  Mott and Bow

Love these High Rise jeans for everyday wear. From Mott and Bow

This is a great long lasting  perfume by Glossier !

This is a great long lasting perfume by Glossier!

A nourishing lip tint is always crucial, especially during the cold months! This is a favorite of mine by  Bobbi Brown

A nourishing lip tint is always crucial, especially during the cold months! This is a favorite of mine by Bobbi Brown

This is a MUST have for the dry winter months. I use this as a moisturizer and it is simply the best. From  Sephora by Summer Fridays

This is a MUST have for the dry winter months. I use this as a moisturizer and it is simply the best. From Sephora by Summer Fridays

I’ve read this once, and plan to reread this January! A  great read  for self-discovery and reflection.

I’ve read this once, and plan to reread this January! A great read for self-discovery and reflection.

I plan to upgrade my diaper bag this year for a fresh update! Love this one by  Freshly Picked .

I plan to upgrade my diaper bag this year for a fresh update! Love this one by Freshly Picked.

Another great Winter sweater. This is cashmere AND on sale now! I love the length for chasing my boy around! By  Halogen at Nordstrom

Another great Winter sweater. This is cashmere AND on sale now! I love the length for chasing my boy around! By Halogen at Nordstrom

I look forward to starting this year with a clearer mind and healthier life! 2018 was a journey, with lots of ups and downs and “one step forward, two steps back” kinda days. I have learned so much during this year about myself as a mother and even a sister, daughter and wife. It has been filled with countless moments of joy, fun and unexplainable crazy toddler antics, too.
Cheers to 2019! I just know the best is yet to be for all of us!

xoxo, Tori

Playhouse Project, Part One

I am so excited to share this post because I just love a good project, especially with the right resources AND when it’s for my baby boy. I previously shared our hopes for getting Thomas a Playhouse or “clubhouse” for Christmas. I love the idea of letting him play outside more and use his imagination (while maybe NOT trying to get into the dishwasher or playing with steak knives.. ya know?). 
Our good friend Ryan Hamilton owns his own woodworking business so we knew he was the perfect person to hire (or at the very least, ask for recommendations or insight). We were so happy he was able to help us! He quickly sketched an idea (more functional and more resilient than most of our inspiration) and quoted the project! He got started right away so we can have it ready for Christmas! The best part; Thomas loves watching him through the window 🤩.

Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking
Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking

Below is the progress so far. I can’t wait to paint and add special touches! He’s going to LOVE this! Especially this Spring. 🙌🏻

Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking
Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking
Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking
Backyard Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking
Backyard Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking
Backyard Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking

The craziest part is this was all completed within two days! I know he had a good bit of prep work, getting the wood and supplies and scheduling, etc. But damn, it was incredible to see it go up so intentionally and swiftly. And extra nice that I don’t have to rush the “fun stuff” now (like painting and accessorizing). I am so thankful for Ryan and my husband for getting this going so perfectly! You can also follow Ryan on Instagram where he shares a lot of unique projects and behind the scenes (one day he will be doing our pier when we live on the bay hehe).

Below is some inspiration we had for our wooden playhouse that I found on Pinterest! I know I want to add a unique light fixture and chair for the porch. Oh and a potted plant or two!

Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking
Playhouse Project | Victoria Austin | Hamilton Woodworking

In the next post, I will share the finished playhouse and then all the “Playhouse Must-Haves” that we have come across. Any tips on paint? I have some ideas already but always open to suggestions! Thanks for following along!!