July 1, 2015

family pics & Seattle...




As some of you probably already know, we make family pictures a priority each year.  We have had some amazing photographers in our lives the past few years.  What you may not know is that this year is extra special to us.

When I lived in Lincoln, Nebraska growing up I was a nanny for a family for many years.  The parents (who were awesome) were local realtors and they had 2 little boys, Dane & Wyn, who I spent many weekends, summers, and years with.  They were always around for my major life events including high school graduation, and when I got to perform at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, they were there on opening night in the front row.  

Wyn and I stayed in contact through letters for a few years, and then life just got in the way. He graduated middle school, then High School, and then was in college.  Life kinda just went on it's way.  

Then one crazy day, Karen O (one of our family photographers) put a post on Facebook about hanging out with Wyn Wiley.  I thought "no way that that is the SAME Wyn Wiley that I used to know?!?  But then again, how many Wyn Wiley's are out there?"  I called up Karen right then and there and asked her to ask Wyn if he remembered Lindsay Boyd from when he was little.  I could hear the screams through the phone.  Such a small world that we would all connect again.

Come to find out that he is an amazing photographer and has now graduated from college with a photographer dream-sheet in his hot little hands.  

We had kept in contact and then the stars aligned and he was going to be in Seattle the same time we were there.  I asked him if would be willing to do our family pics and he couldn't say "yes" fast enough.  What is really crazy is that our kids are the same ages that he and his brother were when I used to take care of them!

We met up with him in Seattle, treated him to his first M.L.B. game with the Mariners and spent the day catching up and taking some great pics.  

I can't wait to see them all!!!  Life is crazy right?  Crazy wonderful.

June 14, 2015

meh meh...


I have a great friend Kelsey who says "meh meh" when things are kinda sucky, no fun, or just not quite going your way.  Well, our experience with Giani Countertops was just that.  Meh meh.  

I was super pumped to do the process and give our UGLY kitchen a quick little update with just a little bit of moola.  I should have known better.  It is never that easy to do a makeover with just a little bit of $ and also be super happy with the results.  When things look too good to be true, they probably are.   

So now its on to Plan B.  We got a quote from a local countertop company called FloForm countertops and they are super sweet but a tad spendy.  So we went to Lowe's today (which I have never been to...honestly!  I am a Home Depot shopper myself) and we saw a few good options there. 

We will have to see.  For now, I am a frustrated DIY-er with one epic fail under my belt. 

Meh meh.  


May 31, 2015

Alaska!...





I got back from Alaska yesterday and it was an amazing trip, I have to say.  I left on Tuesday and I think 5 days was the perfect amount of time.  We did a lot of amazing things (and I have some amazing hosts to thank for that):
  • 5-hour boat tour from Whittier, Alaska to see glaciers and we also saw otter families, seals, and salmon
  • While on the boat tour we drank "Glacier Margaritas" where the ice was actual glacial ice that we knocked off the glacier.  Very cool!
  • Nature conservatory where we saw a porcupine that whines, moose, reindeer, buffalo, foxes and bears
  • Went through a mountain-side tunnel that takes 8 minutes to get through at 30 MPH (I didn't love that, but it was pretty cool anyways)
  • Bike riding in Anchorage around numerous lakes and parks
  • Dinner at a restaurant that sits right next to a lake where sea planes land every few minutes
  • Also went to dinner at "Crow's Nest" which is on the highest floor of the Captain Cook Hotel and the room we were in was surrounded by windows so that you get an amazing view of downtown Anchorage and the ocean
  • We played some tennis which seems boring, but its not when you are surrounded by mountains on all sides!














So glad to be home and it was a wonderful trip!

May 18, 2015

Junebug wedding photos...




I just LOVE a good engagement, family, or wedding picture so I couldn't help but share the new June Bug Weddings 2015 best Engagement pictures.  I love them all but these are some of my favorites:








The last photograph here is from the talented Karen O'brist who did our renewal pictures.  So proud of her!  Check out the link for the photographer information. :)

May 15, 2015

Giani Granite substitute...



A few weeks ago we got a quote on our kitchen counter tops.  Now keep in mind we have a pretty small kitchen and the quote came back at $6000!  Holy snikies!  My mouth about fell to our ugly laminate kitchen floor, but I digress.  In frustration, I took to the web and got some ideas on how to pretty up your kitchen on a major budget.  Now, we were going to do our kitchen moderately anyways including a coat of paint for the cabinets, some reasonable hardware, new counter tops, subway tile back splash and then down the road, re-doing all the main level flooring including the kitchen floors.  

I will be honest that I don't care too much about finishes and kitchen just aren't my thang.  Yeah, a nice kitchen can stop you in your tracks but one of those kitchens a.)  isn't in our budget b.)  doesn't really fit our house style and c.) we don't want to go crazy on a remodel that puts our house out of the re-sell budget in our neighborhood.  Thus meaning $6k counter tops are out of the question.

While pa-rousing the web, I found the product Giana Granite which seemed like a great short-term fix to our problem.  We currently have laminate counter tops and they are U-G-L-Y.  So I ordered 2 cases of the Sicilian Sand color and are aiming to try and get it done by end of the week.  Cross your fingers for us!!!  You can also use their products in bathrooms which could be awesome for a bathroom reno on a major budget.

Here are some other great pictures of their products (they also have cabinet paint and appliance paint):






We will share our results with you fine people :)  Have a great weekend!!!

May 3, 2015

stella & dot...




Sorry for the radio-silence lately!  It's been a chaotic few weeks at work, school activities, and we celebrated Jeremiah's birthday on Friday.  Jeremiah has officially been cancer-free for 2 years now (which is a big mile-stone) and we had a fun day celebrating him.  We have also been super busy adding some much-needed curb appeal to the house (pictures soon).  

On top of that, I hosted a small Stella & Dot party on Saturday night.  My dear friend is trying to jump-start a career as a Stella & Dot stylist so I agreed to host a party.  It was a lot of fun (and all the gals who came are a hoot and truly great friends to have).  If you haven't heard of Stella & Dot, they are very similar to Anthropologie and J.Crew in style on a Target budget.  We had wine and desserts, gabbed, and did a little shopping.  Everyone ended up buying something (there is so much to love)! Here are some of the favorite items we saw:














Here is a link if you are interested in checking them out for the first time or if you have several pieces and want to add to your collection!