Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Recap: Bonfire, Sunshine, & House Projects

This weekend recap is a little late, but our weekend was so busy and so fun, I didn't have to time write about it last night...so here it is!

FRIDAY:  I took a half-day off from work and came home to relax on the deck in my new zero gravity chair that Kevin got me for my birthday.  I LOVE the chair and can't wait to use it again this weekend :)  I sat out and read while enjoying some cold beverages. 


When Kevin got home, we headed up to my parents for a bonfire for my birthday.  It was a small group of family and friends, but I had fun and can't wait for more bonfire nights!  My mom made some really yummy food, and luckily I got to bring some leftovers home with us.

This was the fire when we first started...
We let it die down so we could roast S'mores.  That would be my Dad, Admiral, and Kevin roasting marshmallows.
SATURDAY:  Kevin went golfing for a bachelor party all day on Saturday, so my dad came over and helped me with some projects around the house.  We did a couple small things like replace the deadbolt in our front door (which hasn't worked in a LONG time, I just finally got around to getting a new one to replace it), and replacing the lock on our back slider--it broke while my dad was there, so he helped me take it apart and showed me what I needed to get to replace...so I did that after he left.


We did a couple larger projects too.  One was removing the old satellite dish from our back yard.  The previous owners had dish, but we don't and will not get it, so we wanted the dish gone.  We had to pull up all the cables that ran across our entire yard, and then dig up the dish.  So my dad helped with that and then I filled everything in after he left.  Glad to have that ugly thing out of our yard!


The biggest project was the headboard.  Last week I shared my ideas for removing the built in headboard because it sticks out of the wall and drives me nuts.  It makes our nightstands too far from our bed, and then they don't fit right in the room.  Instead of tearing out the entire headboard, we decided to just cut it down.  This wasn't an easy project, as we had to be careful not to damage the walls, and it was built really well, so it took us a good 1.5 hours to finish, but I LOVE the result.  It's not totally done, but I was able to put the night stands where I wanted them, and it is SO much better!  I'm hoping to paint the trim and everything this weekend, so I'm excited about how it will look when it's all done!

All the wood we removed.
You can see where we removed part of it.  This will all get painted white.
You can see that the nightstand actually goes next to the bed now.  Before it had to be right next to the doorway and you pretty much ran in to the corner of it when you walked in the room.
SUNDAY:  On Sunday we went up to a lake with some friends and just relaxed on the water.  It was great!  One of our friends has a huge six person inflatable tube thing, so we tied it to the end of the dock and the six of us just sat on it for several hours.  It was just what I needed!  After some time at the lake, Kevin and I headed home to finish up some yard work (mowing, weed whacking, weeding, watering flowers...it never ends).

We had a GREAT weekend full of some of my favorite things: family, friends, bonfires, and sunshine!  I can't wait to hopefully finishing painting this weekend...but if the weather is nice, I might end up enjoying the sunshine instead.  The painting can wait for a rainy day, right?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five (random) Things

Since the normal 5 on Friday linkup is taking a break for summer, I'm joining this fun Friday linkup with September Farm.  Enjoy today's random five things!


ONE.   I'm taking a half-day off from work today to do nothing.  It's going to be great.  My plan is to go home, change in to my swim suit, maybe water my flowers, and then sit in my new chair on my deck and read and sun bathe for the entire afternoon.

TWO.  Wednesday night we went out to dinner with my parents and my sister for my birthday.  We went to Bonefish Grill, so of course that meant Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers...four bowls of them.  I mean, they're only $6 on Wednesdays and it was the first time my family had ever tried them, and they were hooked.  As if that wasn't enough, I got Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos for my meal.  They were delicious.  And of course a free birthday brownie.




THREE.  Thank you to everyone for your input on my post on Tuesday about my bedroom ideas.  My dad is coming over on Saturday to help me with the headboard issue...we're going to try cutting it down first, but if I don't like the way it looks, we're ripping the whole thing out.  Should be interesting!  Make sure you follow along on Instagram to see the progress!

FOUR.  I bought myself a little birthday present.  My first pair of Kendra Scott earrings!  I'm in love with them...I think I need them in every color!  I'm glad my co-workers friends talked me in to getting them :)


FIVE.  Tonight we are headed to my parents for a bon fire for my birthday.  I'm looking forward to seeing family and friends and having some drinks around the fire!

Hope you have a great weekend!




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's My Birthday!

Today is my 27th birthday.  How am I spending it?  At work.  Sounds like fun, huh?  I decided that if I took the day off, I would just end up cleaning my house, and even though a clean house would be nice, I figured I'd wait and take a day when I can do something fun, like have a long weekend or go to the beach.

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My parents and my sister are coming over tonight and Kevin is taking us all out to dinner at Bonefish Grill for my birthday.  On Friday my parents are having a bon fire at their house for me, so I'll celebrate more on Friday.

I may have sent my husband my birthday wish list that I posted last week, and he ordered me the zero-gravity chair that I wanted and it arrived last night!  I can't wait to test it out this weekend!

My phone has been going off since 6:30 this morning with texts and notifications, so I'm definitely feeling the love today.  Bring it on 27, I'm ready for you!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I Need Your Opinion: Bedroom Ideas

I need your opinion on some bedrooms ideas.  Here is what our bedroom looks like:


The first thing I want to do is tear out that built in headboard.  While I think it's a unique feature, it's just not practical/functional and it drives me nuts.  We wanted to get a King size bed, but couldn't, because it wouldn't fit between the headboard.  We now have night stands (not pictured), but they can't be next to the bed because of that headboard...so they are awkwardly placed and aren't convenient when you want to set something on them during the night.

I just want to tear out that part that sticks out from the wall, not the entire wood wall.  I think taking all that wood off the wall would be way more work than I want to do.  What do you think?  Any thoughts for or against it?

Here's my other question.  The photo below is an old photo from when we first moved in, the walls are now painted a different color, but I wanted you to see that wall.  All of the wood, trim, and doors are dark wood.  The floors are dark.  Our dressers and nightstands are dark.  Even the light switch cover is dark wood!  There is a lot of dark wood in this room.  The room is not big, so I feel like all of the dark wood makes it seem smaller and darker.  I would love to paint all the trim, doors, and that wood wall white, and leave the dark floors, dressers, and nightstands.  The trim in our kitchen, living room, bathroom, and hallway was already painted white when we moved in (you can see the hallway trim in the photo below).  What is your opinion on painting over this dark wood?


So what do you think, should I tear out that headboard that sticks out?  Should I paint the trim, doors, and wood wall white?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Recap + Guest Posting

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was busy but good.  We had dinner at Kevin's Dad's on Friday night, I attended a bridal shower on Saturday, followed by a graduation open house, and then dinner with Kevin's grandma Saturday night. Sunday we had lunch with Kevin's other grandma before heading home.  Here's a little photo dump from my phone from the weekend.



My fortune from dinner Saturday night.


After a little yard work, we sat and enjoyed  a couple of drinks :)
Admiral loved being outside with his baseball.
Today I'm guest posting at Showered With Design, so make sure you check it out.  Lisa just got married is off on her honeymoon, so I'm excited to be guest posting while she is gone.  I'm sharing some things I've learned after one year of marriage. Make sure you head over to Showered With Design to read it :)




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Friday, July 11, 2014

Herbal Essences Naked Voxbox

A few weeks ago, I received the Herbal Essences Naked Voxbox from Influenster (if you want to join, let me know and I'll send you an invitation).  It included samples of the Herbal Essences Naked Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as a full size bottle of the Naked Dry Shampoo


I've had time to use all three products, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.  I LOVE the scent of all three of these products.  I really like the shampoo and conditioner, and would purchase them in the future.  I actually normally use Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner, but I really like this new Naked line.

I've tried a few different dry shampoos, and this Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo is one of my favorites.  It doesn't leave any residue at all, it's really light, but still gives some texture.  I don't know that it really adds much volume for me (which could be my lack of styling skills), but I like that it's light, adds texture, and smells good too.  I would definitely purchase this dry shampoo too.

Now, I'm not normally one to take selfies, but I took this in the car before I left for work yesterday.  I didn't wash my hair yesterday morning, so I just used some dry shampoo at the roots and curled it.  I washed it the day before and used the Herbal Essences Naked shampoo and conditioner when I washed it.

side note: my teeth look really white in this pic...if only they always looked like that!

Have you ever tried any of the Herbal Essences Naked products?  What do you think?



I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Birthday Wish List

Since my 27th birthday is a week from today, I thought I'd share some of the items on my wish list.  I've already asked my parents and my sister for a couple of the items.  When I was putting the list together, I realized that many of the items are fitness related.  I'm hoping some new fitness gear will keep me motivated!

Birthday Wish List


The bow tank top is just too cute.  I'd love some new, cute workout clothes.  I'd also love the yurbuds headphones.  My headphones are about 8 years old and I'm ready for new ones.  I can't wear the normal earbuds because they don't stay in my ears, but I've heard good things about the yurbuds.  A couple of my friends have the fitbit and the love it, so I'd love to get one and try it out.  My last fitness item on my wishlist is dumbbells.  I have 3lb and 5lb dumbbells, but I'd like to add 8lb and 10lb ones to my collection.

The other two items on my list are just for fun.  I'd love a pair of Sperrys, and these grey ones are so cute!  We currently have a patio set and a couple of chairs on our deck (you can see them HERE), but I'd love a lounge chair I can put out on the deck when I want to relax and sunbath.  I've heard these zero gravity chairs are amazing!

What's on your birthday wish list?