February 27, 2015

'Toast' event...


We were so excited to be asked to be the guest bloggers for the 'Toast' event next weekend!  I am taking a very good friend, Kelsey, with me and we are ready to be wined, dined, and see something pretty stuff!  Details about the event can be found at the above web address, and I will also be doing a blog post after the event to spill all the beautiful details.  Stay tuned and if you are planning on going, come say 'hello' to Kelsey and I :)

February 12, 2015

the best laid plans...


Helloooooooooooooooooooooo strangers!  So sorry about our slacking unforgiving inexcusable disappointing absence from blogging lately. My bad. 

My new job is going fantastic but it is all-consuming and by time I get home and do kiddo homework, baths, dinner, snuggles, bed-time...I am exhausted!  It's no excuse because everyone has their "stuff" but I am feeling the "burn" as in "burn-out." Plus, I am traveling next week which always seems like a lot more work BEFORE the trip than the actual trip.  However, just thinking about this upcoming 3-day weekend and this great weather that Portland is having has me charged up :)

Also, L&F is getting a little update. So, if things look a little funky in the next week or so, my apologies. 

We finished all our house-changing plans which is a lot of work...but so much fun!  We are re-doing the...
  • Master Bathroom including take a wall out, black hexagon floor tiles, a new double-vanity and a BARN DOOR!  I. am. so. excited! 
  • The kiddo and guest bath are getting pedestal sinks, the same black hexagon tiles, and a general little re-do.  Nothing major but just a refresher.
  • Paetyn is getting a little room refresh with a new vintage bed (love it already) and we got her a cute $20 desk that will also get re-finished, a new rug from Land of Nod, and some cute new art.
  • Maddux is getting a fun new bed.  Can't wait to share it!
  • We got a quote from a landscaper for the backyard and we are good to go!  They are going to re-do the entire back patio which has gone to total sh*# the past few years and now the kids want to spend even more time out there now that we got a basketball hoop, so no more excuses!  We need a new back fence, landscaping, a fire pit, and lighting.
  • And the kitchen is getting a new facelift with a white acrylic countertop from Ikea, a re-paint of the cabinets in a olive green, and new hardware and backsplash.  
I figured if I wrote these down, I could commit to each of them for 2015.  We are well on the way with the planning alone being done and the funds ready, so it's simply making the time to get it done.  Luckily, we are not doing too much ourselves.

So, there it is.  Forever on the internet, so it has to be done and true, right?  :)  Have a great holiday weekend!

January 26, 2015

a little thing...


Something has been bugging me for a while...our shadowbox!  Remember when my pal Heather came over to help me with our gallery wall?  Well, we hung it up empty because it was a perfect for the space but I was clueless on what to fill it with.  I started to think about my mom and the vintage pins that she collects.  I decided to look on Etsy and see what I could find, and I was delighted to find many options.  I was most drawn to all the old Russian pins, so I ordered a few sets and decided to mix and match them in the shadowbox.  I didn't think of getting a close-up picture (duh) but this will have to do until I get around to doing that. 

The character and whimsy that it adds to the space brings a smile to my face.  It's the little things in life that can give you joy, am I right?

January 21, 2015

hooked on Instagram...


I finally joined the world of Instagram and I have been impressed with how easy it is to use and edit photos.  I also really love seeing other photos from all around the world (my favorite so far to follow is National Geographic)!   Have a great rest of your week and weekend!

January 11, 2015

life with bangs...



Life with bangs...it's a whole new world for me.  Although I don't really have the styling down 100% yet (thick hair, scar to cover, and glasses make it a more challenging for me and my lack of experience) and although I am not 1/2 as beautiful as these women, they give me hope with a life with bangs:










Sorry for the lack of posts lately...our days have been filled with entertaining kiddos, watching football and basketball (go Seahawks and Blazers), and the return of our favorite TV shows so we've been a little distracted :)

January 7, 2015

Hello 2015!...

Hello all!  I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season :)  I can truthfully say, I struggled a bit with mine.  Don't get me wrong...the kids and our families are all happy and healthy and had a wonderful holiday.

My last day of my previous job was on the 24th which was a bittersweet goodbye and then it was time to celebrate the holiday!  If only I wasn't sick, didn't have to visit Urgent Care 3 times in 4 days with awful symptoms and then was told I had a terrible Staph infection.  No fun at all.

It started a few weeks ago when I was feeling super run-down and tired.  Like 'sleeping 14 hours in single day' tired.  I then got a weird cut that became inflamed and swelled.  Awesome.  Luckily it was on the very top of my forehead and I could cover with a hat for holiday pictures and going out.  Then I started on some pretty heavy-duty antibiotics and then my whole face swelled.  Another great moment.  It took 3 days of trading off the antibiotics and Benadryl to get back to normal, hence the sudden need for my bangs.  I needed them ASAP to cover my forehead scar so some triage bang-cutting was necessary.  I was going to do them eventually, just wasn't planning on it right away!  Oh, well, So, I am on my last 3 days of meds and hope to be feeling 100% very soon.  The meds also made me gain 6 pounds in 2 weeks (+ holiday food eating) so that's great too.  :)

Also, it was my birthday so not much celebrating was had.  I did however manage a Netflix binge with all the 'New Girl' and 'How I Met Your Mother' episodes, so at least I was productive :)

In other news, I started a new job and I am super excited!  More details to come but I am really enjoying it so far and it will be a great challenge for me.

Hope all is well with you all!

December 25, 2014

happy holidays!...


I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a nice chill Christmas eve eating our favorite stew and playing Pictionary with my parents.  This morning the kiddos slept in until 8 (yay!) and then we opened presents, ate our traditional Christmas morning breakfast, and then waited until Jeremiah's parents got here before we took our Christmas nap and Jeremiah is out right now picking up some dinner.  Perfect day.

My last day at work was yesterday, and although my stomach is full of butterflies I am feeling really grateful and excited about my new adventure.

Also, since I have a birthday on January 1st and lots of goals for the new year, we have decided to actually write out a list of the things we want to get done in 2015.
  • We are re-doing our kitchen!  We are going to paint our existing cabinets and update the countertops, hardware, backsplash, etc.  We have made all the choices and now we just need to take the plunge.
  • I am getting my hair chopped!  Can't wait to show off my new look.
  • I am traveling to Alaska and Europe in the new year (dates TBD).  I love to travel and since J isn't a big traveler, I have found pals to go with and we are pumped!
  • I know it sounds funny, but I don't know anything about makeup.  :(  I have always relied on friends to help me with big parties or family pictures, but I think its about time to learn it myself.  I mean I am 36 years old.  Seriously.  But don't worry, I have a plan :)
  • More Oregon adventures!  We have lots of plans for adventures in the new year:  kayaking, whale watching, and more. We are excited!!! 
So, we are signing off for the rest of the year!  Raise your glass to 2014 and raise it up even higher for 2015!