Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring & Easter Home Decor

I didn't decorate as much as I would have liked to for Spring and Easter, but I wanted to share the few little touches I have added to our home.

I found these glitter eggs on a stick at the dollar store.  I put them in a vase with some green paper grass and have them on our kitchen table.

 Last year I made this mini Easter egg tree using glitter eggs from the dollar store.  You can find the tutorial HERE.

All I did to our entry table is add a little yellow flower candle wreath to a candle.  I meant to print a Spring printable for the frame but I never got around to it.  You can find the "What I Love Most About My Home" printable HERE.

I added a fun Longaberger Easter basket to one of our end tables in our living room.

I also added the Easter egg wreath to our front door.  You can find the tutorial HERE.

Like I said, not a ton of decorations, but just a little touch of Spring here and there.  Do you decorate your home for Spring or Easter?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Things I've Learned As A Newlywed

Today I'm guest posting over at Believe in the Sparks, sharing a few things I've learned as a newlywed.  Make sure you head over to Believe in the Sparks and check it out!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Recap: New Car, Trivia Champs, & Relaxing

This weekend recap is actually going to start last Wednesday, because I have a couple extra things I wanted to share that happened before the actual weekend started.

WEDNESDAY:  You might have already seen this on Instagram, but I traded in the first car I ever bought and got something new.  After driving it for 7.5 years, it was time.  So I said goodbye to my 2004 Pontiac Grand Am and hello to my 2011 Chevrolet Equinox.  And I'm in love with it!

THURSDAY:  Kevin and I went to play some trivia at a local bar/restaurant with some friends Thursday night, and guess what?  Our team won!  So next week we get to have this cool trophy sitting on our table while we play :)

FRIDAY:  We didn't do much after work...caught up on the DVR and hung out at home.

SATURDAY:  We had a productive morning of cleaning out the gutters, cleaning out the flower beds, and cleaning up all of the remaining leaves out of the yard.  It was rainy Saturday night, so we enjoyed a relaxing night in after our day of yard work.

SUNDAY:  Another good day.  I got up early and went grocery shopping and then we went to church.  After church we went and saw Captain America.  It was really good, I'd totally recommend seeing it.  Sunday night we sold our old patio set on Craigslist and put the finishing touches on the patio set we got for Christmas--it has a part that lights up, so we put the batteries in and tested it's pretty cool!  The rest of the night was spent doing laundry and watching TV.

Hope your weekend was as good as ours and Happy Monday friends!

Dateless in Dallas

Friday, April 11, 2014

Intentional Life Project: Time Management

Linking up today with Bre and Ginny.

The Intentional Life Project

April's "theme" for the Intentional Life Project is Time Management (you can read all about the Intentional Life Project HERE).  Who couldn't use a little work on their time management skills?  I know I need it!  I decided that I wanted to wake up about 20-30 minutes earlier every morning to get some small tasks done.  I find that I'm more productive and motivated in the mornings before work, than I am when I get home from work.  I figured I could handle getting up a little earlier, and I would like coming home knowing I don't have things waiting for me to do.

So far I've been doing just "ok" with this, but I'm hoping to get better.  I love getting things done in the morning, such as emptying/re-loading the dishwasher, putting away laundry, cleaning off the papers that have piled up on the kitchen counter, and yesterday I even ran the vacuum through the house real quick!

When I get home from work, I'm usually ready to do a quick workout (sometimes), make dinner, and then relax for the night, so getting this little things done in the morning has really been nice for me.  As usual, I'm loving what the Intentional Life Project is doing for me.  It's making me be INTENTIONAL (see what I did there?) about little things in my life that can make a big impact.  If you haven't participated in this series, you should definitely check it out and link's not too late!

Do you have any tips for improving time management?  Any great time saving ideas??

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kitchen Update: Grout & Backsplash

I've checked a few things off of the list I created in my original kitchen post HERE.  I wish I would have had more done by now, but life happens!  Finishing the grout and backsplash was so super easy, I wish I would have done it a lot sooner!

There were some spots that the previous owners had not finished grouting for some reason.  It was all of the edges, which just left it looking unfinished.  They had left behind some grout, so we decided to give it a try.  The grout was super easy to use and I would definitely buy this kind again.

This kind is from Menards, but I think any premixed grout would work the same.  It's perfect because you don't have to mix anything.  You just open the lid and start using it.  You just put some on your fingers and apply where needed.  Could not be any easier.  And then you can put the lid back on and it stays sealed so you can use it again later--perfect for little jobs this like!

There were a couple of spots in the kitchen were it looked like a piece of tile backsplash was missing on each side of the window.  The previous owners had left some of the extra tile behind, so I was able to have my Dad cut a couple of pieces to fit the empty spots.

With new backsplash piece.
These are small changes, but have made a huge impact for us.  They were little things that just needed to be taken care of.

After looking at these photos, I added a new item to my kitchen list: sand and re-paint the trim around the window.  It's full of chips, scratches, stains, etc. and really needs to be re-done.  Here's my updated list.  Someday it will be just might take me a year!

Kitchen List
Organize/clean all drawers and cupboards.
De-clutter counter tops.  This is always in progress, but it's getting there.
Create a mini command center near breezeway door.  Again, work in progress.
Clean all trim (repaint if necessary) and caulk.  I cleaned it, just need to repaint some spots, and caulk it.
Clean floors (including grout).
Purchase and install a new faucet.  Need to convince my husband that we should do this...
Paint walls grey.
Re-cover seats on dining chairs to add some color/pattern.
Finish grouting and trimming the back splash.  Grout is done, just need to figure out what to do for trim.
Sand and re-paint the trim around the window.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Five on Friday

Linking up with ChristinaDarciApril, and Natasha and you should too!

ONE.  We went for a walk the other night since we finally had a decent day weather wise.  Admiral loves to find sticks when we go for walks, and after Kevin pointed a nice big one out to him, he just had to carry for the next half-mile during our walk.

TWO.  I joined the #1800MinuteChallenge (read all about it HERE) and am hoping it helps me stay motivated to exercise for the next couple of months.  I'm hoping to get back in to shape and get toned for this summer...I'm hoping to spend a lot of time at the beach and I want to feel confident in my swim suit this summer!

THREE.  I did some organizing under the kitchen sink the other night, which led me to want to organize more areas of our house.  I have today off from work (because I worked last Saturday and I'm working tomorrow), so I think I'll be spending the day cleaning and organizing.  It always feels good to get some little organizing projects done....but then they always seem to lead to another project.  Anyone else feel the same way?

FOUR.  The ACM Awards are Sunday in Vegas.  While I'd love to go to Vegas for the ACM's or the ACM Party for a Cause Festival (it's the first time they are doing this festival), I am lucky enough to be able to see many of the acts that will be at that festival for free this summer!  I can't wait for the B93 Birthday Bash in June.  They announced the lineup a few weeks ago and this is who will be there:

Saturday, June 7
Lucy Hale, Eric Paslay, Parmalee, Jerrod Niemann, Colt Ford, & Dierks Bentley
Sunday, June 8
The Cadillac Three, Danielle Bradbery, Will Hoge, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, & Justin Moore

To say that I am excited is an understatement.  I think this will be my 5th or 6th year going to Birthday Bash and I always have a blast every year!  Outdoor country concerts are one of my favorite things about summer!  Are you a fan of country concerts?

FIVE.  I saw the recipe for Slutty Brownies on Carolyn's blog the other day, and I'm pretty sure I will be making them for Easter weekend.  I mean chocolate chip cookies, oreos, and brownies in one?  Yes please!


Hope you have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Do you ever have one of those days where you have zero motivation to do anything?  Yesterday was one of those days for me.  I worked an hour later than normal, which throws me off to begin with.  After two days of beautiful weather, yesterday was cold, dark, and windy.  I got home from work, made dinner, and then plopped on the couch for the rest of the night.  I had zero motivation to do anything.  There were dishes to take care of, laundry to put away, and a workout to be done.  But I didn't do any of it.

I don't like days where I'm unmotivated.  I feel like I wasted my day.  I blamed it on the weather, but I know that I only have myself to blame for my lack of motivation.  I joined the #1800MinuteChallenge which started yesterday and I did nothing towards it.  That lack of motivation ends today.  I always feel so much better after I work out, so I'm committing to doing it every day.  Whether it's a walk with my husband and dog, a workout with my Jillian Michaels DVD, or a run (I do have a 5k in May I need to train for), I'm going to do something everyday.

Also, this month's Intentional Life Project topic is Time Management.  I'll have a full post dedicated to this next week, but what I'm going to do is get up 20-30 minute earlier than normal every morning.  I'm much more motivated in the morning than when I get home from work, so I'm hoping to get a couple things done in the mornings before work.  Whether it's emptying or reloading the dishwasher, taking care of laundry, writing a blog post, etc.  I think that extra time will make me feel better when I get home and don't have things waiting for me to get done.

What do you do to stay motivated?

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