The Berger Bungalow

September Recap // October Goals
Posted on:9.29.2016

Hey y’all! OCTOBER IS HERE (tomorrow) and I’m so pumped about it! I think my “goals” post from last year said about the same thing - that October is my favorite month (same with everyone else), and I am just super excited for all things fall like cool weather, pumpkin everything, and most importantly, non-stop yoga pants! HOLLA! Anyway, let’s jump into this past month’s recap, and then I will share my October goals with you guys! I did decide to combine my “Favorites” post with my goal post this month ONLY because I ran out of time and couldn’t post it (but I did write it this month wooohoooo), so yeah sorry if this post is REALLY long, but I promise to make it interesting. ;) Jumping in:

I’d say that I did really well on completing my goals for the month of September! We have not finished unpacking. We have one “Junk room” which is just all of the stuff that we are trying to figure out what to do with. Our neighborhood is having a community garage sale on the 8th, so there is a good chance that 70% of this stuff will end up there! Eating healthy and working out has been a massive struggle for me this month. I keep telling myself that I am going to get back in to it, but we have just been so busy that by the end of the day, I AM EXHAUSTED. I really need to start waking up just a little earlier each morning to get in some kind of workout. I definitely need it because I feel so much better when I am working out and eating healthy. Other than those three things, I completed all of my other goals!! 

September Goal Update
- Finish unpacking (ugh)
- Start decorating our home (we got rid of pretty much all of our fall and Christmas decorations, so we need a lot)!
- Get our TV mounted
- Get our garage doors repaired
- Scrub the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room floors
- Continue getting all of the drywall dust out of our house
- Change the air filters (This one is for Ian because I’ve asked him to do this 99 times already) ;) <3
- Read at least two new books
- Attend Bark in the Park with Les! <3
- Celebrate Ian’s birthday!
- Workout three times a week and walk as much as I can
- Eat healthy 80% of the time
- Clean the inside of my car

September Recap
We started to decorate our home this month. I found this PERFECT clock (and the cork jar) at HomeGoods. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to find both of these items - they’re perfect & so me! I also picked up a small white pumpkin for our mantle, and a few dish towels at Target which I’m really excited about, too! Then, the other day, my Grandma gifted me with these AMAZING pieces of art that have been passed down in my family for years. When decorating our home, my goal was to make each decoration special. I don’t want to fill our home with pointless decor that I will hate after a few months, or years. I really want to try to incorporate timeless, meaningful pieces that will just bring us joy for years to come, and this is exactly what these pieces of art are to me - special. I am so, so very thankful and I will cherish these for years to come! It also really sparked my interested in art, and I think I want to start collecting it in hopes of having more special items to pass on to my kids and grandkids!





We mounted our TV and it looks amazing! Shout out to Atlanta TV Install, the best company ever! We also got our garage doors fixed (YAY! Thanks, Overhead Door Atlanta), I scrubbed all of our kitchen, bathroom and laundry room floors, I have continued to clean away all of the drywall dust AND Ian did replace our air filters! I read way more than two books this month. I started a subscription with Kindle Unlimited and ended up reading about 8 books! 


Lesley and I went to Bark in The Park this year! We had so much fun, but ended up getting soaked on our way out. It was raining SO hard! I am so sad that this was our second to last game at Turner Field. I have so many great childhood memories there, and I really am going to miss it so much.



We celebrated Ian’s birthday with Pedicures and a few other things. He is finally my age for a few months, hahah! You can read my post about his birthday here! Oh, and I also had my car cleaned, but don’t have a picture of it because ya know, kids and dogs (aka. it’s already messy again hahah!).


September Favorites
I had a lot of great items and things to put in my favorites this month, but I had to narrow it down! My first two favorites are not items, which are the best kind of favorites. Before we get started, I just want to put out a reminder that my favorite posts do include affiliate links! That means that IF you click on a product below (not including Organic Burst) and purchase it, I will receive a small amount of money. This does NOT raise your price at all, so no fear there!! :) 

1. Family Time
My parents came up to see our house for the first time this past weekend, and we had a blast! Our family time has dwindled down over the past few years, and it is just always SO good to have (almost) everyone together. I can’t wait until the next time! 






2. Friend Time
I literally have the best friends in the world, y’all! We have been insanely busy, so our friendships have been lacking a bit lately, but no matter how often I do or don’t see my friends, all of them support me when I need it, and I hope I do the same for them! We have had more friend time in the past month or so than we have in a while, and I am so grateful for it! We also have our housewarming party TOMORROW and cannot wait!


3. Passion Fruit and Organic Burst Baobab
Okay, so first things first. Passion fruit is amazing! It has so many health benefits, and my favorite thing about it is that it is low in sugar, so it won’t cause you to crash later on!!! YAS YAS we all need that! I drink smoothies every morning, and sometimes it really is hard to get the taste of sweetness without adding a ton of fruit, but this solves my problems! I can load up on spinach, carrots and protein and have this to sweeten my smoothies. Now, the star of the show is the Baobab powder. This powder has so many benefits, and I really do swear by it. I work part time with kids, so I need the extra vitamin C that this powder provides. If you want more information on it check it out here. I 100% believe in this company and their products. Organic Burst has helped our family in so many ways by using their powders (and no, I am NOT getting paid for saying that - I don’t even get paid if you order from their website!). Check them out and let me know what you think! Maybe one day, I can do an Organic Burst giveaway for one of my lucky readers. Would anyone like that?! 


4. McClure’s Spicy Pickles
Ohhhh yeah! Let me tell you about these pickles. They are dangerous, in a good way! They are SO hot, but you just can’t stop eating them. I really think they add something that is addictive hahah just kidding. I found my jar at The Fresh Market, so check there if you have one in your area. I really hope they will come to other stores around my area (maybe even Costco, so I can buy it in bulk?!) ;) 

5. Fall Items & Recipes
I am loving all the fall recipes and small decorations. Target has THE cutest items in their dollar section right how, and HomeGoods is speaking to my heart with all of their fall kitchen items. My first fall dish of the season was this amazing Plum Torte! I got the recipe from the NY Times, but my Grandma also has a recipe that is very similar to this that I am going to test out, and then share with you all! The trick to this recipe is to use Italian Prune Plums, which are hard to find because they are only in season for a short time each year, but I used regular plums and it turned out just fine! 


Here are a few more things I am loving and wanting this fall (affiliate links):





October Goals
- Have our housewarming party & share it with all of you!

- Go to the last Braves game at Turner Field (so many emotions!)

- Organize our “junk room” and garage

- Design, order and receive our dining room table! SO EXCITED.

- Choose which chairs we want to go with our table.

- Buy a temporary bookshelf for our sitting room (or maybe office for now)

- Clean all of our blinds...ugh

- Start my Christmas shopping

- Eat healthier and workout and/or get 10k+ steps at least 3x a week

- Pass out Halloween candy for the first time in our new house!!!! (our neighborhood is filled with kids, so I am so excited to finally be able to do this. Unfortunately, Ian has class this night, so hopefully one of my friends will come over and help)

- HOPEFULLY celebrate Ian passing his first CPA exam (fingers crossed, y’all!).

- Keep up with the blog

- Finish all of our thank you notes & moving announcements. 


I hope everyone has a fabulous October!! What are you looking forward to most this month? What are your favorite products lately? Are any of them the same as mine? Let me know in the comments!
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House Adventures // Sitting Room
Posted on:9.28.2016

When we first started our house hunt, one of my “wants” was an extra room for a future playroom. We looked at so many houses online and it just didn’t seem like there were many affordable houses with an extra room, but then we found our which which has TWO extra rooms (not including the dining room or bedrooms). We know that once we have kids, our current office will turn into a playroom & our current sitting room will turn into an office, but until then, we had no ideas on what to do with this extra room. We finally decided that it would be a sitting room, I guess kind of like a formal living room which sounds really lame, but that’s what we are doing with it until kiddos are around!
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Here is the sitting room when we first purchased the house:

As you can see, it has a mustard yellow wall color & it also has popcorn ceilings.
Here is what the room looks like right now after we added new paint and took off the popcorn ceilings:

Plans and Inspiration:

1. Our short term plan is to get a cover for that pull out couch & see if it works.
So, this couch is not what I pictured in the sitting room AT ALL. It’s really not my style, but my cousin gave it to me and we are going to make it work for now so that we can focus on other, more important renovations and purchases. I do want to get a new couch cover for it, though to make it more my style. I think it would look good to purchase a slip color that is similar to the one already on it in color, but just a bit higher-end. Then, we can dress it up with pillows! Here are a few ideas:

*Update since I wrote this post - we purchased the L.L. Bean cover and it came in on Monday! I will update you with a new picture, soon. :) 

2. Add a built in bookshelf
This is not in our immediate renovation “wants”, so I think we will get some temporary bookshelves from Ikea for a while, and then in the next year or so we will add in built in bookshelves. I LOVE the look of built ins, and it will add some character to the house!

3. Add more furniture and decor
This room does not have a fan or any built in lights, so we need to purchase a floor lamp for this room. I really love Ruelala for purchases like that because you can get a deal on high-end products. I would also like a side table or two, maybe a coffee table & possibly a chair (or a new sofa and a new chair if we fall in love with something), and some decor in this room! The issue with making purchases for this room is that it will eventually turn into Ian’s office once we have kids, so there is really no reason on buying a ton of expensive items for it. With that being said, we still want it to be our style...which unfortunately, I tend to want pricey items. ;)
4. Add plantation shutters. [same as Dining Room]
I am just not a fan of blinds, so the options are either to keep these and not be completely happy, or take them off and either add curtains, or plantation shutters. I love the look of plantation shutters and it adds a [small] amount of value to your home, so I think we are going in that direction!

5. Add a dimming feature to the light switch [same as Dining Room]
This isn’t a huge task. It’s pretty easy to do and not expensive, but it also isn’t a priority, so we will see if it gets done! We want to do this throughout the house. It’s a small touch that will update the home a bit.

6. Maybe think about re-doing the floors [same as Dining Room]
Let me be clear by saying that I LOVE the floors we have now. They are laminate wood floors and I never thought I would like them, but I really do. They are easy to maintain and they do not get scratched up like traditional hardwoods do. While I love them, I think that we *might* consider re-doing all of the floors downstairs and putting down traditional hardwoods throughout because it would add value to the home. So, this is still up in the air. It would be a big project to take on, so I think we would only accomplish this IF we stayed in it long enough (which hopefully we will).
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A New Year is Coming
Posted on:9.26.2016


January is right around the corner. This means that most of us will be in search of another planner. I have used multiple planners over the past few years and I just haven’t found the right one... until now! Most are either TOO detailed and bulky, or too small leaving me hardly any space to write down everything I need to get done. Thankfully, with Bailey Craft Planners, I found a happy medium! The design is SO adorable. I am loving the flowers on the cover page, and how it is personalized inside for you. I think that is just a small touch that adds a lot of flare to it! 




As you can mostly see, the tabs included in this planner are 2016/2017, Goals, the months & also a journal and thoughts tab. I typically don’t use a journal section in planners, but this is super handy for remembering dates that you need to put in your next planner! In the beginning of the planner under the 2016/2017 tab, it has all of your Holidays laid out for you, each month in a small box as a snapshot view, and also vacation planning, internet passwords, recurring bills, quarterly/annual bills, gift list, and a page for thoughts. Most of this is really useful to me - I would totally use the holiday list and monthly snapshots, yearly bills, and vacation planning. On the other hand, I don’t think I would use the internet passwords (I just don’t really find that too safe unless you are holding the journal 24/7 to make sure it didn’t get stolen or looked at), yearly bills (I typically write this out on each monthly page), or gift list. 









Each month is laid out extremely well. It has a list of things to do on the side, which I typically use to list out all of the bills that need to be paid that month. It has snapshots of the months prior to and after your current month which could be helpful, and each day has a great amount of blank space to write on.

The separate day pages are my favorite part of the planner! Each day has a pretty good amount of space on it, and it also has a things to do/shopping list section which I LOVE! My list goes on and on and I just can’t fit most of it in a normal planner, so I love how this is an addition to the regular day. On the top of each day page, it says “To Do, Daily Tasks, Goal Look Back, and Exercise Log.” Honestly, I don’t think you have enough room to put all of those on one day, BUT if you just have a few appointments and to do’s, I think this is a perfect planner for you! The weekend section is a bit shorter, which is understandable because most people do not have a huge to do list on weekends. I usually have a huge list because we just purchased a house, so I do wish this section was a little bit bigger, but it probably works for the average household! 

At the end of the planner, it comes with a cute little pocket which is so handy! I put all of my important documents that I will need throughout the month in there & then I always empty it once I get to a new month. This planner would be PERFECT for a high school or college student that has a good amount to do, but doesn’t have TOO much on their plate. I also think it would be great for someone out of college that doesn’t have a huge daily to do list and a lot of appointments. For me, it is perfect! Some days I have a lot of things to do, but I always seem to have just the perfect amount of space to write everything in. I definitely recommend this planner, I love it!


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House Adventures // Dining Room
Posted on:9.22.2016

Hey everyone! The original reason I started my blog was to document and remember all of my life happenings & I wanted to do that with our new home, too! Over the next few weeks, I am going to post pictures of each room in our house (and our exterior) and show what we have done and also what our future plans for the rooms are!! Today, I am starting with our Dining Room! When we first got the house, the room was red, and there were popcorn ceilings which we hated (see this post for more information)! Our first priority was to get the ceilings smoothed out, and to paint the room. *This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click and purchase any of the linked items below(not including Pinterest links), I will make a small amount of money off of your purchase. This will NOT raise the price of the item for you. Thank you for supporting The Berger Bungalow!

This is what the room looked like when we first purchased the house:


Here is the dining room with new ceilings and paint! OBSESSED!



Plans & Inspiration:

1. Remove popcorn ceilings and paint the room
The room was originally red and had popcorn ceilings as you can see above. We took off the ceilings and painted a more neutral color that we love!

2. Get new lampshades [short term] & a eventually a new fixture.
In the next few weeks, we are getting lighter shades for the current fixture. I just feel like these are too orange for the room, and they are super dirty too. In the next year or so, I want to completely change the fixture. Here are a few fixtures that I’m loving:

3. Add a rug.
I prefer lighter colors to brighten up the room, so I am thinking that a light, neutral colored rug would be the perfect addition to this room!

4. Add a dining room table.
I LOVE custom made farm house tables, so I that’s what we are going to go with for both our kitchen and dining room tables. We haven’t decided on the exact look yet, but I think for the dining room, we are leaning towards a darker color throughout, and for the kitchen I think I want white on the legs! We have chairs picked out that look similar to these, but we are waiting to make our final decision when we have a table color picked out. How pretty is the tufted look, though?! 


5. Add some decor, furniture and a plant.
I think a large, green plant in a corner would look perfect in here! I love the idea of cleaning the air while adding a touch of nature to the room. Also, I am wanting to find a few pieces for the walls and to put in the center of the table. I also want to add a buffet or china cabinet to add some storage space.

6. Add plantation shutters.
I am just not a fan of blinds, so the options are either to keep these and not be completely happy, or take them off and either add curtains, or plantation shutters. I love the look of plantation shutters and it adds a [small] amount of value to your home, so I think we are going in that direction!

7. Add a dimming feature to the light switch
This isn’t a huge task. It’s pretty easy to do and not expensive, but it also isn’t a priority, so we will see if it gets done! We want to do this throughout the house. It’s a small touch that will update the home a bit.

8. Maybe think about re-doing the floors 
Let me be clear by saying that I LOVE the floors we have now. They are laminate wood floors and I never thought I would like them, but I really do. They are easy to maintain and they do not get scratched up like traditional hardwoods do. While I love them, I think that we *might* consider re-doing all of the floors downstairs and putting down traditional hardwoods throughout because it would add value to the home. So, this is still up in the air. It would be a big project to take on, so I think we would only accomplish this IF we stayed in it long enough (which hopefully we will).
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How You Can Help During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Posted on:9.19.2016

From what I have heard, when you become a parent, your priorities change immediately. Your most prized possessions aren’t your playstations, purses, cars, or clothes anymore. Instead, the most important thing to you becomes your children, your family. If you do not have children, put yourself in the shoes of a parent. Imagine sitting in a hospital with your child only to find out that they have cancer. You feel helpless, you wish you could take their place, and you are lost and don’t know what to do. So many parents go through this daily. According to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. Cancer actually takes more children's lives than any other disease in the U.S. Thankfully, we have a glimmer of hope to improve this statistic! Getting out the word, and donating money to help research are just two small ways that you can help. During the month of September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I urge you to talk about these scary facts to spread the news, wear Gold (and post a picture with the hashtag #KidsAreGold) to honor these brave children who have fought, or are currently fighting cancer, and donate to help fight cancer!
Graphic provided by St. Baldrick’s Foundation
If you do not know where to donate, I have you covered! 
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds the most promising cancer research just for kids. They are the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, and they are determined to give children with cancer a chance at having long, healthy lives. Each and every child in this world deserves a future without cancer, which is why St. Baldricks funds millions of dollars in research each year.  They truly believe that Kids Are Gold and deserve to be treated that way! 
Graphic Provided by St. Baldrick’s Foundation


Support the gold standard in childhood cancer research. Help the St. Baldrick’s Foundation continue to fund the best research, wherever it takes place. Make a donation today!
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Finding Birthday Activities Through Groupon!
Posted on:9.16.2016

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. #Groupon #AD

This past Tuesday was Ian’s birthday and we were SO excited to celebrate! I am one of those people that love to celebrate on not only the day, or week, but I love to celebrate for a full month! #BirthdayMonth y’all! I also tend to go pretty overboard on pretty much anything I plan, so I had to find a way to make this birthday special for him without breaking the bank since we just purchased our first house. 

Groupon to the rescue!! Groupon is one of my favorite websites - I constantly search their website daily and always find so many fun things to do around the area. I dare you to check out the website and try not to purchase something. It really isn’t possible, which is a good thing because you are getting to do fun things AND making it affordable! If you search on the “Things to Do” section, they have a variety of different fun events, and ways to explore your city. They have events for date nights, events for children & families, events for fall, sports events -  the list goes on and on. When I searched the website, I found a million and one fun things to do, but we decided to narrow it down to getting our nails done and going bowling which was so much fun! I loved how affordable and easy it was to find things to do where we live! 




We had the best time celebrating Ian’s birthday thanks to Groupon! Have you ever used Groupon? Check out the Things to Do section and let me know what you think!!
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Easy Naan Pizza
Posted on:9.12.2016

You’ll want to break out this recipe when you have picky eaters over at your house! I started making this for two of the kids I watch, but I became really fond of the idea of a quick dinner for myself. When Ian has grad school, he doesn’t get home until 11:30pm, so I have to eat alone. As much as I like to cook, I don’t like to make fancy meals for just myself, so I usually end up eating mac and cheese, a smoothie, a salad, or something else really easy. Wanting to switch it up a bit, I grabbed a few frozen pizzas at the grocery store the other week, but realized it wasn’t that healthy for me because they are so processed, so I went shopping again and picked up ingredients for these naan pizzas! Yeah, it’s not the healthiest recipe, but depending on your toppings, you can get in a few servings of vegetables which is always a good thing & since they aren’t as processed as a frozen pizza, you know what is going in your body. It is quick, easy and most importantly, yummy!


Easy Naan Pizza [basic recipe]
- 1 naan per person. You can find these in packs at your local grocery store.
- Mozzarella cheese
- Olive Oil
- Himalayan salt
- Toppings of your choice

Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
Step 2: Put your naan on a pan and drizzle with olive oil. Put a handful or two of mozzarella on your naan and add any toppings you would like. Pictured above is just mozzarella and salt on one pizza and spinach, garlic, salt, pepper & chives on the other. YUM.
Step 3: Place in the oven for about 10 minutes. You will want to take it out of the oven when your naan starts bubbling up. The crust should be crispy, but the inside should be soft. Enjoy!! 


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