Friday, July 11, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!



 I'm linking up today with The Farmers Wife & September FARM for Oh Hey Friday!


Today's topic of choice....If I had 1 month off from work I would spend it doing....

{one}  I would rent a cottage in some cute little beach town and just soak it in.  Day trips to the beach, take naps in the middle of the afternoon, sit on the porch with a big glass of sweet tea during a rain storm, and enjoy some of the best food around at the little hole in the wall restaurants (cause we all know those are the best!).

{two}  Transform our back yard into the tropical paradise we're planning for.  I have big plans for the back yard, and I really cant wait to get started on them.

{three}  Remodel our kitchen.  I loath our kitchen.  Its small, there's not enough cabinets, there's no personality to it.  There's no room for a huge master change, but here is my inspiration just to update it.
{four} Focus on me, and really work on my body.  Get in shape, learn how to cook the proper meals for weight loss and health.  Just take a month off for ME!  Gym, massage, facials, etc.  You name it....get it all done!

{five} Sew!  My desire to get some projects done and create has hit, unfortunately there's no time right now.  I've got some holiday things in mind, like I do every year, and can never seem to get them done.  Are these little guys not the cutest?!?!

I wonder if I would get bored of being away from work after 1 week....hahahah!  WRONG!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Taking Stock

 
I came across this post from Abi and thought I’d join in. (original post here.)
I turned 32 this week. 31 wasn't too bad, but I think 32 will be amazing!. These days...I stay busy at work, don't see my friends enough, and cant seem to blog or get a project done around the house.  In my head, all of that is about to change, starting Saturday night when I meet my girls for a night of wine and catching up.

Making : dinner every night for the Mr. and I.  We rarely go out to eat.
Cooking : anything new, especially from the Cooking Light magazine I get every month.
Drinking : iced tea for sure, especially on these hot summer evenings.
Reading: my favorite blogs everyday
Wanting: get our master painted, add the crown molding, and get my new curtains hung!
Looking: like I've got some major split ends, thank goodness I have a hair appointment next week
Playing: Pandora on either the Rat Pack channel or Ray Charles channel in the morning as I get ready
Wasting: my evenings sitting out on our new patio furniture!
Sewing: I have a Christmas pillow I need to finish up, but I have several things laid out to start working on.
Wishing: I could have fresh flowered delivered to me at the start of every week!
Enjoying: all of the rain we've had so far this summer....its keeping the heat away
Waiting: for July to get here so we can head out to NOLA, and October to get here so we can get to Canton!
Liking: my longer hair....I struggle because I love it short, but Im trying to let it grow
Wondering: why watermelons cant be THIS good all year long.
Loving: my bed and any extra sleep I can get
Hoping: I can relax a bit this weekend
Needing: a new handbag....I've carried my Dooney every day for the past 4 years...and its starting to show
Smelling: my birthday flowers that I've kept on my desk all week.  Thanks mom!
Wearing: simple jewelry
Noticing: I need to go make a major purchase on my favorite candles
Knowing: I have an amazing husband who is supper supportive and will even come sit with me at work till 10 pm so that I don't have to walk out to my car alone when no one else is in the building
Thinking: new flooring for the house
Feeling: loved this week...it was birthday week
Opening: birthday cards!!!!


Have a nice weekend!

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



I'm linking up with The Good Life Blog today...

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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! 


Thanks for following peeps!

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!