Dining Area Tour

If you follow me on Facebook then you know this has been a long time coming! Sorry it took so long! I haven’t been feeling very well and we seem to have a place to be everyday. After a a super long time of planning and 8 months of building we’re in our new house and slowly getting rooms just the way I (we? Nah, he lets me take care of that) like! So today we’ll start the tour! We’ll begin with the dining area…


You can see just how close to my parents we live! There’s the view of their house from our dining area! Our little lemon tree isn’t doing so hot, so if you have any tips please share them and save Lou!


Our dining table and chairs are definitely my greatest Craig’s list find ever. A somewhat local women was selling her nearly perfect Pottery Barn table and was kind enough to even deliver! The seats at the heads of table match, but not really :) one is TJMaxx chair, the other IKEA, both have Target Shabby Chic chair covers on. The small shelves are IKEA too!


Most of the things in the picture have been painted dozens of times ;) These things have traveled with us!


My wildest choices in this house go to the lighting category for sure! I am in love with my mason jar chandelier. It looks so pretty on or off! It was a plain light with glass tubes, but we switched the tubes out for wide mouth ball jars. Much better!


Here’s a not as pretty picture, taken at night…oh well! Also, this was before I “Spring-ified” my buffet and table!

Area Rug- http://www.worldmarket.com

Light- http://www.lowes.com & http://www.freshpreserving.com



We have a date! We know what day we’re moving in and it’s very soon!!! I can’t wait! I’m ready to unpack, decorate, and organize!

My dad hard at work! Over 120 houses have been built by this guy!

My dad hard at work! Over 120 houses have been built by this guy! 

I’ve been planning and buying and getting too excited! I hope to share it all in near future, for now I’ll share some of my favorite finds and purchases!

Perfect laundry room lighting from Grandin Road! http://www.grandinroad.com/metal-and-crystal-pendant/indoor-decor/743358

Perfect laundry room lighting from Grandin Road!

Coolest shoe cabinet ever from Ikea! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169559/

Coolest shoe cabinet ever from Ikea!

You can check out some my dad’s work at- http://www.silvacustombuilders.com


I see the light…

at the end of the housing tunnel that is! I cannot wait to move into our new house! This has been a long “journey” of squatting at my parents’. Moving your husband, 2 kids…lets specify BOYS, 5 fish, 2 snails (now 1 :/ ), and 1 dog in with your parents who you have not lived with since you moved out to go to college is…something. I cannot wait to have my own space to decorate, organize, and or not clean. Yes, Mom, the NOT clean is for you!

It seems like it’s been a long time, but over the last few days I’ve started realizing I probably won’t get this time again (insert weepy face). I won’t get to to torture my parents or annoy my mom by being her shadow, but really I’ll miss it.  I know my oldest is going to have a the hardest time adjusting to having our own house again…but we share a front yard ;) I’m sure they’ll be a ton of barefoot trips across the yard in his (and the littles) future! (Insert another weepy face as I think about how they will not be little forever).

So I leave you now to finish watching “fixer upper”, but I’ll make a promise! You’ll see lots more from me in the very near future!

i leave you with a glimpse of the new PURPLE Ball jars <3




You could call the department of… Uhhh Blog neglect(?) on me!

Since moving in with my parents I have just been horrible about updating! I’m not very good at the whole thing, so I’m really not motivated to do it!

Here’s quick word vomit about life…

Our new house! Isn't she cute?!

Our new house! Isn’t she cute?!

Our house is up and will hopefully be completed soon! I love my blue front door despite what others think! :) I have been forced to pick things and make decisions for the house and I hate decision making! My oldest turned 4! I really have no idea how that happened!

I cranked out some rainbow blankets over the summer, but decided not to open my etsy shop back up. I’ve been working on some embroidery hoops for Instagram instead. I’m still an Origami Owl designer, in fact I’m now a LEAD designer ;)

I play with kids and do “school”, cook, clean, and that’s about it! Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more! It’s so easy to throw stuff up there!

Have a fun weekend!

Time to change the light bulbs!

Traditional light bulbs are a thing of the past! Incandescent light bulbs vanished as of January 1st 2014. As the SHOPPER for this family I’ve had to make the switch myself. I’ll definitely be checking Sylvania products out when we get to put bulbs in our future new home (I already have my lights picked out)!

Sylvania is changing with the times. Watch the video and remember them the next time a bulb goes out!

Check out this funny ad from Sylvania.

p.s. you can head over to their site for a coupon =)


*Disclosure I was given  compensation for the writing of this post and sharing information.

My Perfect Nursery

We have two months until we are scheduled to close so I am putting off packing and such for a while longer…but, I’m trying to mentally prepare myself! The other day I was sitting in my older son’s room and I suddenly started to feel super sad. I love that room! Can I just take that room with me!?

Mr.M's Room

I remember spending my long hot super pregnant summer days painting animals all around that room!

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I thought (and still think) farm theme is the best nursery theme!


I spent the early Fall making this quilt for his arrival. I remember finishing on Halloween night while watching Hocus Pocus! He FINALLY arrived on his due date 5 days later =)

When he was about 10 months old the Thomas invasion started. So we worked in trains!


Then before Mr.R arrived we took my dresser from when I was a baby and had my brother paint it blue and replaced the knobs with these awesome train knobs and pulls!

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We intended on keeping this in the baby’s (transportation) room , but Mr.M begged me to move it to his room. So there it sits!

Anywho, good bye room and good bye paintings! I’m taking the rest with me =)


Nutella! Yummmm

So what’s new…..not too much! Still living in our house, we are scheduled to move out in May! Yahooo! In the meantime we are planning and going about our days.

I started up Insanity again! I’m relying on the motivation from the wonderful Sara at Slim Down With Sara! Check her out on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SlimDownWithSara  I check her page multiple times a day to get myself going =) No dieting for me though! Just eating normally! 

I’ve also started planning our summer vacation, but I’m struggling between two places now! Grrrrr


If you’re here you’re probably here for this! Image

Beautiful! Delicious! Tiny!

Nutella!!! So if you were lucky enough to get the buy one get one coupon for Nutella, then you definitely have enough to make this!

I found this delicious recipe at Cooking Classy (http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/09/baked-nutella-doughnuts-nutella-glaze/)

Because I made mini ones I had to add an extra 1/4c milk to the doughnut recipe, I needed it to be the right consistency to pipe the dough into the molds. I love my mini doughnut pan! 

These are by far the best thing ever! My oldest begged to have them for breakfast today…I caved, but he did have a banana too ;)



I also have to give a shout out to my wonderful mom! She made me this for my birthday! Image


Perfect isn’t it!?



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Milk free Mac and Cheese!

I’m a mac and cheese lover, but I am horribly lactose intolerant…boo! Sometimes I just suffer, other times I use Lactaid milk, but this week I changed things up. I’m sure I’m not the first person to try this, but I must share because I think it’s better this way!


Milk free rue is delightful! The SUPERSTAR of it is chicken broth!



-Cook your macaroni and drain

-In a medium sized pot melt 3Tbs butter (or whatever substitute you want)

-Add 1 1/4c Chicken broth 

-Add 2Tbs flour to thicken and bring to low boil. Stir to prevent burning

-Start to slowly add cheese. I used 2c Monterey Jack and 1c Cheddar. Continue stirring to avoid burning.

-Season with a small amount of salt (if you used broth containing sodium) and pepper.

-After it’s all melted add it to the cooked pasta.


So, in our house mac and cheese does not qualify as a main dish unless there’s something else in there for protein. Today we went with cooked ham and avocado. I just cut them up into small pieces.Image

-Now start to layer! One layer Mac and cheese, next layer ham and avocado and repeat.

-Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until all melty and it starts bubbling. 


Here it is finished! It’s delicious! Better without milk!




ps. starting my second week of insanity and I’m already seeing results!