Category Archives: home


new year, new sleep with allswell

January 3, 2019

Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be the year of #HouseJohnston for us and now that we’re officially moved in, we have big plans on turning this house into our home. One of our big new purchases we knew we had to make was getting a new mattress. While we don’t bedshare with H, we knew we wanted a king-size this time around to fit him too. (He’s been in the 96-99th percentile for height his whole life, so a king was necessary.) The next question was, what brand to go with?

Enter: Allswell. I’m thrilled to be partnering up with them for this post to introduce their namesake hybrid mattress. It’s made up of memory foam as well as coils, so you get the best of both worlds with comfort and support. It also starts at $245, so compared to other mattress-in-a-box companies, this one has great savings. As far as comfort goes, I would say this mattress is about medium-firm level and J and I both agree we’ve had the best sleep since we received it.

When the box arrives, it’s best to unravel it and let the mattress “breathe” overnight AKA expand fully before sleeping on it. The morning after, we let H go wild on it for a bit before we put the sheets and linens on top. Did I mention Allswell carries bedding also? Everything you need for a great night’s sleep.

Where to get your own Allswell mattress? Hop over to their site to shop or head to your local Walmart. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

This post was #sponsored by Allswell. All images and opinions are my own.


new house walk-through

September 13, 2018

Just kidding, this is nothing like our house… yet. This is in our community though and our lucky neighbors in this row have already moved in and are settled, while we are still waiting for our future home to finish up. We still have a couple of months left until completion, so we are anxiously awaiting for the day we get to settle in ourselves. In the meantime, it’s been fun shopping for home things because that’s really the fun part of adulting, isn’t it?

This is the current state of our home as of a month ago. You’re looking at the side of it where the garage will be and the front door is on the other side of this building, on the left. It’s missing a few things, but I’m just as excited for this stage. I’m so eager to later compare photos of the before and after.

Our front door is there behind all of the scaffolding. It will face the courtyard which I think will be so lovely.

The garage:

The view of the living room area from the kitchen:

The view of the kitchen from the living room area:

The dining area, which is right next to the living room area:

Stairs leading up to our bedrooms:

Our future double vanity aka the unsure pipes:

Future shower in the master bathroom:

Our bedroom:

Feeling incredibly humble and grateful we get to experience this whole process and cannot wait to make memories within those future walls.