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!








Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday 5: Week 3 of Construction


The house has been buzzing with workers, so I've been trying to stay out during the day. I've basically been splitting time between running random errands (like having my wedding rings polished) and going to the gym. My arms are just now feeling normal after big ball day in Pilates on Monday, which I'm taking as a sign I need to keep it up at the gym even after construction is over.

What a difference bigger trim makes! Floors are mostly done and now trim and door casings are starting to go up.

Counters are in and look great! Waiting on backsplashes and cabinet painting now.

Construction isn't the only thing keeping us busy - the kids have had a full week of activities and games too. Vance was inducted to the National Junior Honors Society! There were only 23 kids inducted this year at his school and we couldn't be prouder of his hard work! 


I didn't get any pictures of Vaughn at her softball games this week, but was lucky to catch Vance on the mound and the Flower Moon in this picture. 

Another busy weekend ahead with softball and baseball games, but am looking forward to it! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama's out there! Cheers!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Friday Five: The Past 3 Weeks

 A little bit of what's been keeping me away from here lately.

Baseball games

Numerous trips to Home Depot

The floors are being redone at the house and we're constantly looking for reasons to get out of the construction zone, so brunch at a fun, new place.

A couple of hold-ups with the flooring has put us behind schedule, which has meant staying out of the house more, but we're back on track now. Smooth sailing from here, fingers crossed!

New stress reliever because of above mentioned hold-ups

Celebrating Vaughn's 9th birthday! 

To add to everything, the kids have been off of school all week due to flooding in nearby areas. This has been the worst week to have the kids home because of the construction and not being able to move freely throughout the house. Things are looking up though - the water is beginning to recede, no more rain in the forecast, the sun is shining, and it's Cinco de Mayo! Gonna be a great weekend! 

Cheers!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Five: Easter Weekend

Another busy week with house and kid stuff! The kid's had a half day of school yesterday and no school today, and I'm looking forward to some downtime this weekend with the fam. What else has been going on? Well, picking a white paint color is always harder than it sounds, had to take back Vaughn's jersey to have it fixed since they forgot the 'n', Muffins with Mom at Vaughn's school yesterday morning, prepping eggs for dyeing, and looking forward to Easter celebrations including more cascarones. Messy but so fun! Hope you all enjoy the weekend too. 
Cheers!






 

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