Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday No. 6

Last Friday Justin and I restocked our wine bin as we have been running super low on wine for some time now. We belonged to three wine clubs at one point and had a big stock pile that we couldn't keep up with (horrible problem, right?!). We ended up canceling all but one wine club but have held off on shipments the past 2 quarters. The trip was much needed.

For Christmas in 2015 I received Orioles Cabernet. I held off on drinking it because I liked the label too much but when I did finally open it, I was delightfully surprised! It was so much better than I expected and now our local wine store carries it!

The gallery wall I have been planning is finally starting to come together. I decided that I want to use black and white photos and white matte/white wood frames. I am going to do three rows of three and have all nine photos picked! I know this is going to make me want to paint my family room again too...

Just a few of my favorites below :)

It has been light when I am leaving work now which is such a tease of spring! The sunsets have been so gorgeous.  Especially last nights sunset!


I saw this on Instagram a while ago and then saw that Emily Meyers of  The Freckled Fox posted it last night and I just love everything about these words. I have been trying to be positive and it has completely changed my attitude and general well being. My positive attitude and smile also have rubbed off on others. 

Being negative takes so much energy. It's a completely different mindset and now looking at the good in every situation is so freeing!

This weekend is filled with fun. We are going to the car show, getting sushi, and hopefully enjoying a gorgeous warm day on Sunday! Happy Friday :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 14th

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The most controversial "holiday" is just around the corner! & for those of you who aren't on the "everyday should be a day to say I love you" train, I've created a little gift guide for you!

Valentine's Day happens to be the day that Justin and I went on our first date, so it is a day to look back and think about how far we have come since that day. If you do celebrate with gifts then I think you'll love some of these ideas!

1. J.Crew Socks - because Justin loves his sock game
2. Titleist ProV1 or ProV1x Golf Balls - because according to the golf channel they are like magic
3. Grill Tools - because who doesn't love massive spatulas?!
4. Sunglasses - because summer is just around the corner! #praisehands
5. Beef Jerky - because yum
6. Scratch Offs - because men love to gamble
7. Boxers - because ooh la la
8. MVMT Watch - because they are relatively inexpensive and look really nice

Happy shopping!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday No.5

Switching things up a bit because sometimes five on Friday turns into four on Friday! 

Yesterday I woke up reminiscing on the anniversary of the day Justin got down on one knee and tiredly asked me to be his wife. It's hard to forget when it also falls on Groundhog Day. 

Poor Justin. I am the worst at surprises. So bad that I used to unwrap Christmas gifts and re-wrap them as a child. I begged him to give me hints and details and then got frustrated when he wouldn't budge. I have apologized to him a lot. 

I thought I knew what was going on. I thought it would be a Saturday and it would be obvious when it was going to happen. Saturday came and went so I had written off that weekend as being "the weekend." We walked into a Superbowl Party, started saying hi to everyone, and before I knew it he was down on one knee and our friends surrounding us in a circle. 

It was the best surprise ever and he totally caught me off guard. I'm getting better with the surprise thing now :) 

Totally random but a few weeks ago, I was asked what my favorite color was. I responded "black." I wear black all the time. I don't wear pink or violet or buy things because they are "my favorite color" consciously. I like to wear black because it's sleek and doesn't stain.

I started thinking about it and realized that my favorite color is probably definitely black AND white. Although I never wear white, I buy a lot of white. So then I looked it up:

"Personality color white is associated with high standards in cleanliness in appearance. Your consistent choice of white over other colors shows your confidence in yourself, your openness, fearlessness and your striving for perfection."

"The color black is the color of sophistication. Not everyone understands its refined beauty but those who have personality color black do. Personality color black was described by color psychologists as decisive, powerful and confident, people with this personality type will make excellent leaders or entrepreneurs."

So random I know, but so true!

Last night I went through old photos on my old laptop. I have been meaning to put them onto a hard drive and just haven't gotten to it but definitely need to do that asap! I found pictures that I had on my blackberry and first iPhone!
such babies!
One of my favorite things to make for weeknight dinners is a quinoa stir fry because it's so filling and you can add so many different veggies. Wednesday night I made one of the best ones yet. 

  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa
  • 1 Pound of Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 of Onion, chopped
  • 1 Sweet Potato, cubed
  • 8 oz of Mushrooms
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 Jar of Three Cheese Pasta Sauce
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and bake sweet potatoes.
2. Boil water and add quinoa, let simmer until cooked through.
3. In a separate pan, brown ground turkey then add the onions, mushrooms, and seasoning. Once the quinoa and sweet potatoes are cooked, add them in and add the sauce!

It may look like a bunch of mush but it's SO GOOD.

That's all folks. HAPPY FRIDAY!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Goals

Time is flying and now when I am leaving work, the sun is still out. It's a beautiful thing. Although I still feel like NYC was forever ago and Christmas was ages ago, I can't believe it's February. This month is filled with birthdays and fun plans. We have something almost every weekend except this one. 

January Goals:

  • Eat Vegan 1 Day a Week - I went fully vegan for breakfast everyday and vegetarian for lunch (I have a slice of cheese on my sandwich). Dinners are the hard part. So I will half check this one off. 
  • Finish Painting Kitchen/Dining Room Lighter Color 
  • Develop and Complete Annual Budget
  • Successfully Go Snowboarding - Booo to the weather! It's been too warm.
  • Blog 3 Times per Week - Working on it ya'll!

February Goals:

  • File Taxes - Welp, already did this one last night!
  • Stress Less - I stress so hard and it's not good for me, my health, or anyone else. How will I do it? Idk. I am working on that part. Breathe! 
  • Go to the Baltimore Car Show - Justin is in the market for a new car soon and he regularly reminds me that I got to pick my car without much of his input. Going to have to work on that stress less goal..
  • Finish Side Door Project - We have so many projects on the docket but this seems like the most realistic one this month.
  • Celebrate Our Dateversary/Valentine's Day - Justin took me out on our first date on Valentine's Day, so we use that as our anniversary of dating. Our annual tradition is pizza and beer and that tradition isn't changing anytime soon! 
  • Bag Leaves in Carport - Hoping for a warm February day! That means I may wash my car too :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wood Wall: My Favorite DIY Project

Ah the wood wall. It's such a focal point to our entryway that leaves everyone oohing and aahing. Even me. Sometimes I just look up at how pretty and warm it is. 

On my last blog, I touched on this wall but never really gave the full deats. It was one of those intimidating projects that once we started, we realized how easy it was. The only challenge was the slant at the bottom of the wall that we wanted to level off with one piece of wood. 

Once we got going, it went up fast. We took our time with the bottom piece to make sure the wood was secured and looked right from underneath. 

  • Standard Pine Wood (in desired size, we used 2x4s)
  • Nail Gun
  • Liquid Nails 
  • Miter Saw
  • Stain with Poly (we used Varathane walnut)
  • Measuring Tape, Pencil, and Patience
What We Did:
  1. We borrowed a compressor, miter saw, and nail gun from a friend and thoroughly measured the wall. Our wall is not plum, so each board was going to vary in size a bit.
  2. We did some math and bought just enough boards to cover the space. I think we bought 4 or 5 eight foot long boards to then cut down to size.
  3. We started at the bottom, excluding the slanted part of the wall and carefully cut each board based on the size of the wall. 
  4. We applied liquid nails and wedged the board into the space, then used 2 nails to secure the board even more (this thing is never coming down).
  5. After reaching the top of the wall, we cut a board down to size and finished the slanted area. 
  6. Next, I got on a ladder and stained the wood carefully. I only did one coat of stain and it is absolutely perfect!
I change the wreath out seasonally and this large focal point wall is now all dressed up! I am hesitant to do another wood wall somewhere else in the house because it does seem like a permanent thing. This wall isn't in a bedroom or bathroom that would be changed out with new owners and such. 

If you have thought about doing a wall like this, one piece of advice: just do it.  

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