Friday, April 4, 2014

{five} on Friday



Yesssss!!!  Its Friday....and you know what that means!  A quick little {Five} on Friday!!

{one}  Its a working Friday (I work a 9/80, meaning I'm off every other Friday), and the Mr. goes on nights tonight.  So, it looks like I'll make my list of errands to knock out tonight, meaning I wont have to do them Saturday or Sunday!  Got some grocery shopping to do, laundry, bathrooms, oh the list goes on...

{two} Tomorrow I'm headed over to my sister-in-law's house to help her paint our nephew's room.  He's turning 3 soon....and he's getting a new bedroom!  Goodbye nursery, hello Super Heros!
Inspiration Photo
{three}  Last Friday I had my hair dyed...and I just love my girl Patti to pieces!  I show her a picture on Pinterest, and she does it to fit me perfectly.  Recently I decided to grow my hair out (easier to pull back for all of this working out I'm doing....holla!), and to go blonder.  I have fine hair, and it will not hold volume or a curl for anything, especially in his Houston humidity.  But, she taught me how to curl using a flat iron, and I've curled my hair every day this week, getting more compliments at work than I have the 2 1/2 years I've been here!  Here I am today at work wearing my super cute new hat from Bass Pro.

 {four} I've slacked the past 2 days and haven't done a lick of exercise...but I'm itchin' to get back on it today.  I'm loving this DVD by Advocare right now, and running or biking.  If you're looking for a good, quick work out....this one is perfect.  7 work outs, 2 levels, each work out is 24 minutes long.  I'm not one for DVD's in my living room, but this one I love!  You can order your own here.


Advocare Can You 24 Workout DVD
 {five}  On Sunday, I think I'd like to sit down with the sewing machine, especially since its supposed to be stormy all day.  Maybe I can make it to the fabric store on Saturday and pick up some fabric for a few of these projects....I may be dreaming big...but its ok.



Elastic Waist Skirt



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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wish List Wednesday: Gettin' Physical


So its been a few days weeks....I'm sorry.  Lately I've been focusing on other things than my blog, like diet and exercise!  The Mr. and I started working out every morning at 4:45 about a month ago.  It was hard at first, but now my body expects the work out, and I'm OK with that.  It doesn't always happen at 4:45 in the morning, but it happens every day!  Our diet also got an overhaul, and it has changed us for the better.  I feel like our marriage is healthy, our attitudes are healthy, and in turn, we are so happy.

This weeks Wish List Wednesday theme is about the healthy and active lifestyle....so lets get started.


  • These Leopard Print Nike Shoes just need to come home with me.  RIGHT. NOW.  Again, I am a lover of all things animal print (and monograms too).


  • Its hard to find nice plus size jogging shorts, but these might work out perfect in my work out wardrobe.
  • But tell me these aren't just darling! 
  • Currently I use a pedometer type system that links up to my calorie and fitness counter profile.  Ultimately, I'd really like to get something like this Garmin Forerunner 305 to get a more accurate reading on distance, calories, and heart rate. 
  •  And last but not least....
    Source
A nice, relaxing, and comfortable home gym.  Hey, a girl can dream cant she?!?!










































































































Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2014 Goals Check-In


Well...its almost the first day of spring for 2014, so I thought I would recap my goals for the year, and see what I've been (or not been) up to lately!


* Update the his and her closets in the master.

    Still haven't been able to get to this fully, but my closet did get a paint job and a small    adjustment.

* New paint in the master bedroom.

   Trying to decide on the perfect color right now, I keep going back and forth!

* Adding crown molding to the bedrooms.

   Yikes!  Crown molding is expensive....we're having to save a little to knock this one out.

* New flooring in the house

   This might happen later in the year....maybe late fall.

* Updating the feature wall in the breakfast nook.

   I cant decide whether to plank it, or just paint it....your vote??

* Reviving and upgrading some plants in the front yard. 

   Seeing that Houston has had quite a few ice storms this winter, it looks like I will be doing a lot of sprucing up and replacing some plants.  I've vowed not to plant anything new till Easter!

* Starting the flower beds in the back yard, and hopefully laying sod.

   I have big dreams for this.

* Giving new life to the outdoor fixtures and accents.

   A quick dismantle and coat of paint would fix this, but the weather hasn't been cooperating.  Maybe this will happen this weekend.

* Staining the swing I blogged about last year

   Again, this task depends on the weather!

* Trimming trees

    DONE!  You can check out this post to see the results!

* Adding a planked ceiling to the guest bathroom, and new paint on the walls.

   I think this project will fall in the budget of crown molding....so we wait!

* Replace an old and weathered exterior door on the side of the garage

   DONE!  Post to come soon about this update. We even replaced the kitchen door too.

* Find some sort of night stands for the master that I can give a paint treatment to 

   I'm still on the hunt

* Create a gallery wall in the guest bedroom

   I've started this, I just need to get on the ball and FINISH this.

* Update the multi-purpose room.

   No comment!  Haha.

* New curtains for the living room.

   I think a trip to High Fashion Fabrics is where I need to go.

* Replace all door and window trim.

   I think I'd like to complete the next task below before diving into this one.

* Replace interior doors. 

   Must. Buy. One. Every. Week. (Or it will never get done!)

* Add wall treatment to master bathroom toilet room, just for some visual interest!

   I accidentally put all the wood I was going to use, into the burn pile a couple of weeks ago.  


So, in conclusion, I haven't really been that busy it looks like.  In reality I feel like I've been super busy lately.  I'm waiting on a nice sunny day soon to prime and paint all of the exterior doors.  It may have to take all weekend, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.

 

Also, this Friday, we're having the air ducts cleaned in the house.  I hate to admit this, but in the 6 years I've been in this house, I've never had this done.  To be honest, I'm really looking forward to it.

 

Here's to spring and its warmer temps! 


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Its no lie I love to bake, and cook for that matter.  My co-workers call me the office Betty Crocker, and at one point started a fund so that I would keep making them cupcakes.  So sweet of them, and I love that they enjoy the sweet treats.

I found this recipe on Pintrest, shocking I know, and it lead me to My Baking Addiction's website.  Originally I made them per her recipe, but I've changed it up a bit, more to my liking.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
24 Reese’s Miniatures; frozen (this prevents them from disappearing into the batter)

Peanut Butter Buttercream frosting

3 sticks salted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1.5 pounds (24 ounces or about 5.5 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
6-8 tablespoons heavy cream (if using milk, amount will be less)


Directions:

Cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer and bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and water. Mix on medium speed until well combined.
3. Scoop the batter between the 24 cupcake wells; about 3 tablespoons of batter per well. Place one frozen Reese’s Miniature into the center of each cupcake, but don't push it all the way to the bottom of the pan.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Don't mind the void that the peanut butter cup created, you'll fill that with the frosting, yum!!!
5. Remove cupcakes from muffin tins.  While allowing them to cool, prepare the frosting.


Peanut Butter Buttercream frosting

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer and bowl, cream butter and peanut butter on medium speed until fluffy. Turn your mixer down to low speed and slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar, and continue mixing until well blended.
2. Add vanilla and 4 tablespoons of heavy cream. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add an additional 1 to 4 tablespoons of heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy
3. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and enjoy!




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thinned and Trimmed


This past weekend we had our trees trimmed, and I couldn't be more pleased with the service we received.  When I was a single gal, and embarked on the task of buying a home, I knew I wanted a big yard, and mature trees.  What was I thinking??  Its so expensive to have the trees trimmed, but they are too big to do them ourselves, even after I met and married the Mr.!



Overall, we pay to have this done by professionals for a few reasons.  One being liability.  I really don't want to put a hole in our roof AND be responsible for that.  Two, we would like these trees to last as long as we own the home, and proper trimming ensures that.  Three, we live in Houston, which gets hurricanes and other strong storms.  Having these trees maintained allows us to sleep soundly at night.  Knowing that our risk of a tree branch crashing through our bedroom in the middle of the night and waking us up isn't a big worry to us.

Front Yard- Live Oak
I always make sure to get several estimates, and this year we decided to go with a local arborist.  Lately I've noticed some decline in the health of the Ash tree in the back yard, and he ensured me that with the proper pruning, it would live another 15 years.

Back Yard- Arizona Ash
Now with the canopy thinned and trimmed, our grass will be a lot greener and thicker this spring and summer, and our full sun plants will no longer suffocate in the shade.  Having this huge chore checked off the list is a big relief, but now I've really got the spring fever, and I'm itching for some projects (big and small).



Have a great week peeps!

Mood Board: Master Bedroom


Lately, I've been thinking a lot about our Master Bedroom re-do.  Some key words that come to mind in what we want are: New Orleans/French Quarter (the more tropical colors, not golds and maroons), warm tones, texture, light walls, with a bit of luxury looking items.  I popped onto Olio Board's website, and came up with a mood board for kind of what I'm thinking. 

Option 1 is my favorite.  Currently I am looking for some unique nightstands that will match our bed, shown in the image above.  My personal style has corals, oranges, teals, bits of red, greens, etc.  Very tropical, yet traditional.  The duvet, I'm thinking, will be neutral, so that later I can change out throw pillows for a whole new look.  The tropical pattern fabric you see there, would be 3 euro shams to rest against the headboard.  Throw in our crisp white sheets and pillow cases, and then top off the layers with the coral/orange leopard print throw pillows, and a lumbar pillow in a solid.  As a lover of all things on casters, I'd love to find this bench to put at the end of our bed.  Its nice to have a place to throw your junk on sit and put on your socks and shoes.

Option 2 is nice, calming, and traditional with a bit of french influence to it.  I wouldn't mind the blues/teals with tan linen with ruffles, not one bit.  But, its kind of blah the more I look at it.  It needs some warmth added to it.  Can you tell this is a girl who loves her animal prints (in any color scheme) and will sneak them in anywhere possible?!?!  Thank goodness the Mr. knows this and accepts this flaw unique trait I have.

Ultimately, I'm having a hard time finding the duvet cover that just speaks to me. Once I find that and the shams, I'll hit the ground running.  It may turn out that I sew them myself, which would be a huge task, but very rewarding.  There is a shop here in Houston called High Fashion Home and it is wall to wall, and floor to floor with amazing pretties.  Maybe I need to grab mom and take a little trip into town.
High Fashion Home  
For now, I'll focus on priming and painting the room, and adding the crown molding.  That's the biggest part I would like to get done sooner rather than later.  I don't want to have to move that heavy bed too many times.  I hope to have a progress report sometime in the next month....bare with me!

Happy Tuesday peeps!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

My top {five} of the week....


Today is by far my favorite day of the week....so to start it off right, here's my top {Five} from the week!

{one}  This was delivered on Tuesday, and this girl is SMITTEN!!!!
  
{two}  I treated myself to a few new things last Friday while I was out running "errands".  This is my new favorite top in my closet....purple and navy snake skin....I mean, does it get any better??

{three}  Last night, the Mr. and I decided that our marriage will in fact withstand the test of time.  We replaced the ceiling fan in our bedroom last night, together, with no arguments!  On Wish List Wednesday I talked about a new fan, but I let the Mr. pick it out, since I've secretly planned out everything else in our Master re-do!  He chose this one  based on my comment of "think New Orleans"...he did good!
Prestige by Hunter Claymore 52" Brushed Cocoa Ceiling Fan

 {four}  Happy Birthday to the best dad a girl could ever ask for.  You loved me first, showed me so much about life, and gave me my passion to work with tools and to always have a project!  I love you dad!


 {five} I'm off to spend this beautiful weekend with the Mr.!



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