Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites

I am linking up with Erika, Narci & Andrea to bring you my favorites for the week.  I have a bittersweet relationship with this weekend because Matt is leaving early early Sunday morning to take his dirt bike up to Canada with a friend for a week.  It also means I will be placed under paint arrest until he gets home- meaning, my job will be to paint the dining room while he's gone!   UGH.  I loathe painting.  


Evan had his first game the other day and it was so much fun.  I am SO SO SO proud of him.  I am looking forward to a fun season with friends and seeing these boys play is really fun!  The hour is pretty comical.  

Evan ran out of right field in the middle of the inning to ask to go to his best friend Chase's house after the game!

These boys will be trouble.


I started back up on my Ideal Protein diet March 1.... and I am finally able to fit into my favorite jeans!! :)  They are Citizens of Humanity 'Emmanuelle" slim bootcut in harbor petite.  I am wearing a size 27 ... They still are a teeny bit tight but I am excited none the less.  

I bought these jeans forever ago and they are so worn and thin that I just can't let go.  I am short so to have a pair of jeans that hit at just the right height for flats is a must have in my book.  I also love the wash/color.  I think its a perfect match to any casual tee or dressy/fancy top... LOVE THEM!


First cone of the season.  We had to take our car in to be serviced and we had a little bit of time to waste so we decided to treat ourselves to some ice cream.  I am looking forward to so many more days of this.  

Fun Fact:  My water broke while eating a double scoop coffee ice cream in a sugar cone August 8, 2012... It was Matt's birthday... and it was this bench :)  Fast forward two years and here we are, sitting on the bench, hoping that the same coffee ice cream would do the trick... 

Ryan was a week late! so, nope... it didn't work.... but this bench will forever be my favorite spot to eat an ice cream... probably not for anyone else haha....

Also, fast forward a year from here and we celebrated Evan's 3rd birthday at this dairy farm.


I make these no bake energy bites for the kids.  I usually make a batch a week and they are all different.  The kids love them and they don't even realize that they are healthy for them.  

1 cup of dry oatmeal
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup of ground flaxseed 
1/3 cup of honey
1 tsp of vanilla


Im. All. Out.... and I am sad.  This is my scent... and I LOVE IT.  However, I am all out and I need to make a run to the mall because I feel naked without it.  I love when I walk by someone and they're wearing it... it is almost like I want to stop them and say OMG I love your perfume.. you're wearing coco mademoiselle... but I think I would be a little creepy.


The mother of all cordless vacuums.  I am obsessed with vacuuming.  I am obsessed with cleaning and organizing in general but vacuuming is taking it to a whole other level.  A couple years ago Matt installed central vac in our house and I SWEAR it is the best thing he has ever done for me... aside from tickling my arm for 14 hours of labor... 

However, I have been literally taking that central vac out about 4-5 times a day, no joke.  I just hate to leave the house with crumbs on the floors.... and not to mention we have three slobering werwolves that live with us... one of them a shedding crazy saint bernard.. so he got me this vacuum as a quick and easy pull out and BAM, miracles happen.  I have it mounted on the inside of the basement staircase and I am head over heels in love with it.  It also has a bunch of attachments.. perfect for kids high chairs, or in b/n the couch cushions... this is a must have product if you are a cleaning/vacuuming junkie like me.

OH!  and did you see that they made a hair dryer!!!
I want it.


We are making progress on the hutch.  One thing we've noticed is that it takes a really long time to dry in between coats of joint compound so we feel that it is slowing us down a little.  

This is where we are at right now... Literally waiting for paint to dry.... I am so excited for the after product, but we are so far away from that.  I am really thankful for my handy husband and all his hard work.  This is going to be my favorite room... I am looking forward to eating many family dinners in this room, the boys doing their homework and school projects at the dining room table, and all our family holidays to come.... 

Have a great weekend!!  I heard we are going to have some really cold temperatures next week and I am not looking forward to it at all!  boo!

Also, don't forget to check out these lovely ladies!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Meet Our Dining Room


We are in our third trimester of dining room renovations.  Homestretch!  Seriously, I feel like this project has been going on forever, and it kinda has. 

We bought our house in 2006.  We were young 20-somethings.  We weren't married let alone engaged... we just got out of college and we decided to buy a "fixer upper"

My one regret in life- buying a "fixer upper"  We literally bought the first and only house we looked at.  It was a good price.  It was close to my work at the time, so why not right?!!?  

We hit the "bad idea" mark twice.... We ignored said diagram.

Looking back, I am pretty sure I was blindfolded as I walked through this house because somehow I did not notice the blue eagle wall paper in the dining room or the fact that the kitchen didn't even have any drawers.  Also, we didn't know what it would be like to raise a family in this house, had I known I probably would have liked to have my main bathroom upstairs with the bed rooms.  Bath time with the kids would be so much easier if we were upstairs...

So fast forward about a year...
This is what our dining room looked like after a year of hard work and moving in.  We decided on a primitive style decor.  We had a lot of stuff hanging on the walls, tons of nick nacks on the shelves and everything including the curtains were dark earthy tones. 

These are the best photos that I could find. Looking at these photos with these colors and decorations the room looks really small.  In my opinion primitive decor is a lot of clutter.  You can have a lot of things hanging on the wall or items sitting on counters and tables.  

We picked Lenox Tan for all the rooms downstairs.  We added this wall paper boarder above the chair rail.  I think the colors really went well together.  On top of the dining table there is a lazy susan.  Matt's parents got us this for Christmas one year.  It is an old french wine barrel top.  We still use it to this day.

When we bought the house this room was really closed off.  Matt's dad opened it up with another walk through on the right.  It really made a huge difference.  Especially having two boys now they run circles around this center stair case.

SO, fast forward another 7 years and that is when everything changed for me.  I was now a mom to a little boy.  There wasn't anything baby friendly in this house.  Every nick nack on the built ins were breakable, all the end tables and small chairs were easily tipped.  I had small little lantern lights in arms reach of little fingers.  

My Pinterest obsession kicked in and I convinced Matt to start this major house renovation project.  Evan was 5 months old when we started.  We've done so much since Jan 2013 and we have SOO SO SO SO much more to do.  

I don't really have any good pictures of the dining room after we renovated the first time... but as you can see in this photo what we decided to do was paint the top a light green and the bottom white.  We added wainscoting to the bottom under the chair rail.  We also changed the decor in the room.  We got these belgian flax linen drapes from Pottery Barn.

We added the Holman Entertaining Shelves from Pottery Barn.  They are on sale right now.  We got 2 top racks and 2 bottom racks and put them together like they have in this picture. We got them in black.

I don't recommend them.  Matt had to use extra screws through the wood to support the weight.  We filled the top with wine like they did and all our glasses were hanging.  We just didn't feel confident that over time this will hold the weight and after 3 years of having it, it did crack.  I am not sure we will be able to rehang it once we finish the dining room.  

Here we are taking them down.  We had a buffet table under the wine rack.  We used it to hold our good silverware and also to put food on during the holidays and when we had company.  The two poofs the kids are sitting on are from Target.  We got them to use as extra seating.  We just keep them under the buffet.  

The rug is the Pottery Barn Bosworth rug in gray.  It is an 8x10.  We got this rug pad to go underneath to add extra padding and comfort. 

Here we are taking down the buffet hutch that you can see in the first picture.  This is currently what we are working on right now.  We are going to reframe the inside of the hutch to build new shelves and a new buffet style.

Matt took down the existing walls and then everything was piled into a wheelbarrow.  

The boys helped clean up the rubble and what mess was left.

The boys love helping dad with anything and everything.  

We decided we were going to frame in a smaller size hutch inside the existing space.  We needed to make some cuts...

Taking a break and thinking it might be a good idea to add a slider... maybe a porch off the dining room with outside seating... 

Renovations with kids means the job will take twice as long.  

We still have so much to do and we are making progress.  I will keep you updated. 

Have a great day!  Tomorrow is Friday!!! YAY

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

The last Wednesday of every month I am linking up with
The Larson Lingo, Mix & Match Family and Sheaffer Told Me To

Each month we answer these questions...

What we're eating this week...

Tacos!  We love tacos around here.  We usually have them once a hitch home and they're delicious.  It's easy, and fun for the kids.

What I'm reminiscing about...

My Goddaughter Madison.  We just celebrated her 9th birthday.  WOW, 9 years old.  It is crazy to think that much time has gone by.  She is the sweetest most caring littler girl in the whole world.  Here we are at the zoo near my house.  We had so many weekends together and I'll cherish all of them. 

Although this is a terrible photo, it will always be my sweetest memory.  I am on the phone with my doctor.  My water broke a month early.  I wasn't expecting to have a baby that day.  (OH, and during labor I made Matt take off his horrible striped wheres waldo t-shirt bc it was so distracting) HA

What I'm loving...

It is that time of year when you want those beachy wavey locks and you can get them with this bumble and bumble surf spray.  I use this before I use my curling wand and it works awesome.  It give just the right texture.  

What we've been up to...

We are working on our dining room.  We bought our house back in 2006.  It had blue and gold eagle wallpaper that I stripped off.  We painted the dining room a dark tan, added some primitive and antique type decor, put up some curtains, filled the dining room hutch with our wedding china and called it a day.  Fast forward a few years, and a couple kids and I wanted a change.  I no longer liked that antique cluttered look, with dark walls and dark curtains.  I wanted a fresh, brighter look.  My taste had changed and I convinced Matt to do some painting, which turned into tearing down walls, putting in a new kitchen and bath, updating our furniture and making our house finally a home.  So now we are in the process of finishing all of that.  We are working on our dining room built in hutch.  Where do I want shelves, how many cabinets, how many drawers, what will be displayed?!?! so many questions running through my head.  We will be doing a full before and after tour of the dining room. We also will take you on the long painful ride of home renovations as we get going.

What I'm dreading...

I am not really dreading home renovations but I kinda am.  I know that it is a lot of hard work... it is a lot of money, time and patience- but money well spent when you can finally sit back and enjoy your home.  We are going to work hard and it will be worth it.  This photo is our kitchen.  It has come a long way since this photo was taken but this is pretty much your worst nightmare right here.  

What I'm working on...
This blog and our home renovations.  I have a lot of spring cleaning to do.  However, I saw this funny meme once that said cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating oreos and it is so true.  I need to go through the kids closet and drawers and pack up their winter gear and start opening up their summer bins.  

Speaking of summer... We have our bucket list ready!

What I'm watching/reading...

I am so excited to share with you that I have Mix and Match Mama's cookbooks.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this lady and all of her recipes.  I am so excited to now display them in my kitchen.  

What I am listening to...

I made a hitch goal that I was going to try and work out more and indeed I have... So with that comes a new play list of motivation music... my girl rihanna happens to motivate me... and we hit up the gym a few times a week together.. & I am really loving my play list... 

What I'm wearing...

I love my timex watch.  I need to wear a watch at the gym because the boys are only allowed in child watch for 90 minutes.  I don't want to be that mom that is late picking up her kids.

My sneakers are Brooks, size 6 (true to size) and my pants are from old navy.  They are pretty old.
I am wearing this black athleta hoodie.  The black color is on sale now!

PJ Salvage pajamas in Pink Paris from Nordstrom.  They are so lightweight and girly.  I am wearing a small and I think they fit true to size.  
This print is old but they have the cutest new ones in right now!


I love the 3/4 length sleeve.  I think it is perfect for summer!

My J.Crew New Balance sneakers in the color salt.  I am wearing a size 6 and they fit perfect.

Spanx Jeans / J. Crew T-shirt {similar}  / J. Crew Hoodie {similar} / Sperry Topsider Sneakers

How cute are these sneakers!?!?! I love them.  I love them so much I think I want them in ivory.

When I first got them my immediate thought was box them up, return them.  I am so glad I tried them on again.  They took all of 5 minutes to break them in and they are really comfortable. 

What I'm doing this weekend...
Saturday we will probably go to the farmers market in the morning.  I really want Matt to try the Birch Tree Bread Co. upstairs.  I can't stop dreaming about the vermonter toast that I got, it was so delicious.  We have a t-ball game in the afternoon and then we will probably work on the house for the rest of the day.  

The "Vermonter"
applewood smoked bacon & cabot sharp cheddar cream cheese with an apple maple chutney and housemade pancetta lardons on challah bread. 

Sunday morning I am going to church and then to spend the day with my sister.  Matt is leaving early Sunday morning for a week for a dirt bike trip with his friends.

What I'm looking forward to next month...

I think I am going to move our raised beds this year to a new location in our yard.  I think I am going to encounter some pros/cons but ultimately I want them closer to my kitchen.  See, this is the issue with having these beds so close together as they are now... each plant starts off so cute and small in their own corner but give them some sun and water and then they swallow you whole.  You can no longer walk in between the beds as you can now and it makes it really difficult to get your veggies.  So, with that being said... I am looking forward to figuring out a new lay out for our garden and I am going to really want to make the process of picking veggies a little more fun and a lot less like a scavenger hunt.

What else is new...

Just a slide.  That he went down 739,465 times.

Evan's first t-ball game is tonight.  He has been wearing his uniform pants all around the house practicing how fast he is going to run.  He wants to show you that he can jump really high in these pants and that he will be "super duper" fast.  These were the best photos because obvi- he was super duper fast.

What is your favorite mother's day gift to give or receive?

I think my most favorite gift to receive would be anything sentimental.  My first mother's day I got the most beautiful book of photos of my pregnancy and my birth, and most of Evan's first year.  I loved it.  It was awesome, and I cried like a baby when I opened it.  This mother's day I am going to the spa for an entire Saturday.  I have a day full of amazing treatments and I can't wait.  

We've always gone to brunch on Mother's Day for my mom and it is always fun.  My mom just loves having all her kids together and if you throw in an all you can eat buffet of lobster tails, well that is the ultimate gift for her.

This will be Matt's second time home with me on Mother's Day and I am really looking forward to it. 

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