Monday, January 27, 2014

Flower Power

Flower Power

As we have finally begun to unpack, the first items I am looking forward to purchasing to spruce up our new home are rugs. They can provide such a punch of color, and can help keep your carpet or hardwood from getting worn or ruined.  They also can give that extra umf to take your room from blah to fabulous without spending a fortune.

Here are some of the girly looking rugs I'm coveting when I go to decorate my office which is going to be a much different feel from the other rooms in our home that are various muted shades of grey's and whites.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kitchen Update


While we continue to trek away at finishing our kitchen I thought I'd share an update.  In the last two weeks, we've painted the kitchen a light gray called "Silver Drop" replaced the counter tops with a granite called Azul Patino, and removed the old backsplash and put in a new one.

Here is the before , and the current. Will share new photos once we paint the cabinets a fresh new coat of White (they are currently a beige color unlike the photo below shows.)

BEFORE:


CURRENTLY:




In the picture above it looks more green, it's all actually shades of greys and light blues with flecks of black and white.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

THIS WEEK



I'll admit the last few weeks have been a bit trying. Between work, our new house, the apartment flood, and life I've been a bit overwhelmed. So when this article caught my eye this week, it was a fresh reminder that to keep your head up high and that regardless how far you fall, you will get through it.

My personal favorites:

  • You have to give more then you get in return right away
  • You have to care more about others then they care about you
  • You have to lead when no one else is following you yet
  • You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Andy and I will finishing our kitchen renovation - so let's cross our fingers all goes well.


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My Favorite: Lipgloss

My Favorite: Lipgloss

There are few things you should have at all times, a type of lip balm, lipgloss, or lipstick should be one of them. I can honestly say at one point I probably carried a minimum of five different balms, sticks and glosses. I have since minimized and on a normal day carry from 1-3.

As you can see by my picks above, I'm a HUGE C.O Bigelow fan. I worked at Bath & Body Works for six years, so that could have a lot do with it.  The Mentha Lip Shine should be a staple for any woman, and it doesn't hurt that it's got a kick of mint to freshen your breathe. Word of advice though, if you get chapped lips easily, this isn't for you. It will sting.

I tend to use a gloss if i'm going to work, or trying to bring a little additional shine to a Lipstick. If I'm just running around town, I'll use a balm, and If I'm really going out, or want to make a statement I use a Lipstick.

What are your favorite lip balms, glosses or sticks? Do you prefer one over the other?

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas: For Her

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. I know, I know it's a "Hallmark Holiday" but I  just love it. I've always enjoyed creating my own Valentine's cards for friends and my special Valentine's. This year will be extremely special as it is our first Valentine's Day as a married couple. We have so much to celebrate and I'm looking forward to a night out on the town just the two of us (even though we do it all the time!)

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Welcome Home!

The last two weeks in one word would be: CRAZY.

As if purchasing a home wasn't a big enough hurdle, we also encountered a major flood in our apartment just days after signing the dotted line on our new home. It's as if fate knew we had to get the "hell" out.

We had until the end of January to get things set up at our new abode and then make a stress free transition. It didn't happen like that, in fact as I stood in 3 inches of water in my bedroom in my PJs I couldn't help but laugh and cry at the same time.

It's been a insane two weeks jam packed with renovation, packing, cleaning, painting, more cleaning, and lots of stress. But, it will all be worth it in the end.

We had prior to the flood already been set to take out our old counter tops and put in new granite ones. They said it would take 2 1/2 weeks to get the slab cut, it only took them three days. So we had three days to remove the backsplash, demo the counter tops, and paint our kitchen to only paint our kitchen a color we ended up not liking.

Since, we've updated the backsplash, installed the granite, and repainted the kitchen a new color. We've since decided to paint the cabinets & upgrade the hardware too. The only thing left will be to get new appliances which I think will come after we file our taxes.

We have also painted our master, office, living room, and formal dining room. It's all coming together nicely, especially for only having keys for two weeks.

Hope to post the pictures soon, as we finally have internet!


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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Snowmageddon 2014


For anyone living in the Mid-West chances are you got clobbered with anywhere from 8-11 inches of snow today.  Compared to folks in other parts of the U.S.  it's really nothing, but for whatever reason it shuts down everything. School is already closed tomorrow for at least 400 school districts across Metro Detroit. This has me crossing my fingers that work is closed for us too. That probably won't happen though. Oh how the real world sucks sometimes.

Above is our dog Lincoln running at full speed in the snow today. Andy and I thought it would be fun to get out and run him around in the snow. He loved every second of it. Lincoln that is, but Andy too.

Hope you all have a great Snow Day!


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