Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday 5: Hello 2019!

Friday 5

These awesome bracelets from BuDhaGirl have been a staple on my wrist since I got them for Christmas. They're lightweight, soundless, but most importantly, serve as way to set daily intentions. In the morning, you set an intention as each bangle goes on. At night, when each comes off, remind yourself to be grateful for the day. The creators have a lot to share and I enjoy reading their blog. Check them out

I keep hearing of more and more people being taken over with some sort of nasty illness, so until that comes to a halt, everyone in this house gets a daily tablespoon of elderberry syrup. We're too busy to let the germs win! Wiping down doorknobs and light switches helps too, but I like knowing I'm doing something from the inside to boost my immunity. As a plus, the syrup takes the bite out of apple cider vinegar and makes it more tolerable. Win-win! What do you do when you feel a cold coming on?

Surprise! We got a dog. Minnie is a mini goldendoodle, as cute as can be, and while I'm still on the fence about her presence, I vowed to always keep her in a cute collar. Here's her Valentine's Day collar that just arrived. Please share if you have any favorite Etsy sites for collars or slides! 

I wanted to share one of my go-to dinner recipes. It's fast, simple, and everyone in this house gives it a thumbs up. The recipe is from the The Recipe Critic and is easy to tailor to your likes and needs - I use chicken thighs instead of breasts, sometimes follow her recipe to bread the chicken, sometimes not, and throw in some other roasted veggies. A little prep work, 30 minutes in the oven, and dinner is done with only 2 sheet pans to clean. 

If you're needing something to watch this weekend, try Escape at Dannemora. I think it was fantastic!  It's a true prison break story, Patricia Arquette just won a Golden Globe for her role in it, and was directed by Ben Stiller. They tried to keep it as true to life as possible, even filming at the prison and several other locations where the action really went down. 


Forecasts are calling for a lot of snow this weekend and everyone is buzzing about it. I'm hoping they're right and wouldn't mind a snow day! What are your big plans? Whatever they are, hope you have a great weekend! 

Cheers!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

It's Time to Start Again


Happy New Year! 

One of my resolutions is to CREATE more, so I figured it was time to come back to blogging.  

I miss writing. 
I miss reading other bloggers.
(Can we start a comeback to what blogging was like 15 years ago?)

I'm still figuring out all the details, but I remembered my Blogger password, so that's a start! 

Looking forward to being back! 









Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grateful & Thankful Printable




I know Thanksgiving is next week and my timing for this printable is a wee bit late, but nonetheless, if you're needing a little touch to your decor, here it is. Just print, trim, and place. 

I'm in shock by how quickly November is flying by, but you better believe I cannot wait for next week to get here and spend time with family. Gobble, gobble everyone!

Click HERE to print. 



Psst...If you're needing place cards - click HERE!



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pumpkin Watercolor Printable

If your fall decor is lacking, here's an easy option to spice things up a bit. Just print and place. 😉
Click on the HERE to be taken to the link for the printables. 

Happy Fall! 




Friday, July 21, 2017

House Update: All Major Work is Done, Son!

The painters finished up on Tuesday around noon and I can't tell you how excited I am to finally have the house back. Morning coffee in the kitchen! Not eating breakfast and lunch in my bedroom! Explaining once again to the kids that they can't have friends over because of the toxic paint fumes! I can do laundry any time of day and not get in anyone's way! All reasons to be celebrated! 

While there's still a list of stuff left to be done (lighting, rugs, door hardware, furniture) 
I'm overjoyed to say the major work is complete and we couldn't be happier! The improvements make the house feel more like us, something we've never had in our past 3 homes.

While we couldn't make the island wider, we extended it to make it longer and who knew that a foot would have made such a big difference?! I love the having the extra work space and it's just as nice to have another place to tuck a barstool because even though the island is small, everyone ends up gathering there. 

This middle area used to be a desk, which no one used and felt dated, so we opted to install another cabinet for storage. Still waiting on the doors to be delivered. 

Before: orange and dark. 

I couldn't find a before picture of the stairs, but they were the same orangey oak that matched the kitchen and stood out like a sore thumb next to the floors. We didn't want to undertake a whole stair redo (maybe in the future), so we chose to have them glazed. Glazing is much cheaper than stripping, and while it's hard to get a good shot of the color, they turned out great! No more orange and the brown tone blends with the new floors. 

Another item to be refinished was the kitchen table. A square fits best in our kitchen and I couldn't find a new table that I liked as much, so I found someone who could bring it back to life. Again, out with the orange! Like the blue folding chairs?!? I'm still on the hunt for new chairs...stay tuned!

The table before is was refinished. Still going strong after 16 years! 

Looking forward to the weekend! Hope you all have a good one too! 

Cheers!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Kitchen Progress Pictures!

Over these past 3 months, I've learned that most things don't go right the first, second, or even third time around when it comes to remodeling. Surprises are always around the corner which leads to setbacks. What's been getting us through this stress? One, choosing the best companies and having faith in them. Two, having a really good sense of humor and three, copious amounts of alcohol. We've had more than our fair share of complications, but it's all working out and we're loving the end results. Since we're in the home stretch now, I thought I'd share some before/after pictures. Next up is cabinet painting, stair refinishing, and then wall paint! Can't wait!

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July! 
Cheers! 

Kitchen before:

New floors:

Old granite tops:

New quartz tops:

Old window before:

Old sliding door before:

New sliding door after:

New window after:

Here's a comparison. Not only does the new window let in more light, it fills up the awkward wall space. (Yes, the new one opens - awning style.)

New backsplashes:

There wasn't enough of the quartz slab left to do full height backsplashes here, so I opted for a 2" splash and then subway tile to the top.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday 5: School's Out!

Last weekend we were out of town for one of Vance's baseball tournaments. After being seated in the hotel restaurant for breakfast one morning, the waitress came over, looked directly at me, and kept saying, "Are you?...Are you?...Are you?" until I interrupted and said, "Am I what"? She stammered around for a bit before saying, "Are you their mom or their sister?" referring to the kids. Turns out she didn't know whether to offer me coffee or juice (because adults only drink coffee and kids only drink juice) and that's how she chose to go about it, not just ask what we'd like to drink. 

I know I look young, but I'm feeling pretty O L D right now because as of yesterday, I'm officially the mom of a 7th and a 4th grader. Next thing I know I'll be planning a high school graduation party and that scares the bejesus out of me. They're getting older, yes, but the fact that they still can't seem to remember to brush their teeth and are at times scared to go to the basement alone, keeps them young in my heart and mind. I'm looking forward to not over booking them with camps this summer and to just enjoy time together. Party on, Wayne!

L O V E this new shirt

I bought this hat to keep the sun off my face (because I'm old and have been noticing more sun spots), but turns out he keeps the rain off just as well. (See below)

Vance's tournament last weekend saw more rain than it did sun, but we made the best out of it!

I'm on a mad hunt for rugs and chairs! Let me know if you have a great source for either!

A friend from the bus stop made these awesome last day treats for all the mom's. (Thanks again, Jen!)  On top is a shower bomb, which I can't wait to try out! Up to this point, I had only heard of bath bombs. Have you heard of them before???

Just like last year, we silly stringed the kids when they got off the bus, which is always fun. Thinking we need to switch it up next year with water balloons and squirt guns!

Vance's birthday is this weekend and I'm looking forward to celebrating, watching him play some baseball, and especially spending time with family over the holiday weekend. Hope you have a great weekend as well.

Cheers!








 

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