Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekend Recap: Fantasy Football, Hard Cider Run, Class Reunion, & More!

I had a busy, but fun-filled weekend so let's get to it...

FRIDAY:  Kevin and I headed to Muskegon Friday night for our fantasy football drive.  We try to do an "in person" draft when possible, because it's just more fun that way.  We had lots of yummy food to snack on while we all made our picks.

SATURDAY:  My sister and I headed to Grand Rapids Saturday morning for the Hard Cider Run.  Unfortunately, it rained most of the night and continued all morning, so it turned in to more of a mud run, but we still had fun!  The rain stopped by the end of the run, so we were able to enjoy some cider outside after we finished running.

I dropped my sister off after the run, and then I headed to my mother-in-law's to celebrate my brother-in-law's birthday.  Then it was time to get ready for my 10 year high school reunion!  Kevin and I met up with some friends for dinner before the reunion, and then we headed out.  There wasn't a huge turn out, but it was fun!  It nice seeing people I hadn't seen in a while and chatting with everyone for a few hours.

SUNDAY:  Sunday was a lazy day.  I caught up on laundary, and that is about the extent of the work I did on Sunday.  Kevin and I took Admiral for a walk and I enjoyed an afternoon nap, magazine reading, and blog reading.  It was much needed after a busy week and weekend.  And now it's time to tackle another week--bring it on Monday!

Bella And The City

Monday, August 24, 2015


Happy Monday everyone!  I felt like I spent the majority of my weekend cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping, etc.  All the necessary, but not fun things, you know?  We did manage to sneak in a little fun this weekend though.  On Friday night, we went to a rooftop party that one of my co-workers was having.  It was a perfect night for it--beautiful weather, amazing food, and a gorgeous view of downtown Grand Rapids!

We headed out around 9:30 pm to go watch a friend's band play at a bar downtown.  We had fun listening to them and dancing while they played on a big outdoor patio area.

I didn't do a whole lot on Saturday other than grocery shopping, laundry, and other stuff around the house.  We rented a couple of movies Saturday night and had a low-key night in.  I got up early Sunday morning to head to Greenville for a softball tournament.  We ended up playing three games, but our day ended early after we loss two of the three.  I came home and finished up laundry, went for a run with Admiral, and baked my first ever loaf of blueberry zucchini bread.  As I'm writing this, I haven't tried it yet, but if it tastes good, I'll definitely share the recipe!

How was your weekend?  Do you feel like you're constantly trying to catch up on cleaning, laundry, etc??

Thursday, August 20, 2015

September Farm Feature & Giveaway!

I have been super busy this week with work and just life in general, but I'm not complaining :)  Just wanted to pop in real quick to say that I'm featured over on September Farm, along with three other great bloggers, so make sure you head over and check it out HERE.  Oh, and did I mention we are hosting a giveaway too?  Head over to September Farm to enter!

I hope you all had a great week and enjoy your weekend!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekend Recap: MooseFest & Family

You know you had a great weekend when it's over in the blink of an eye.  This past week was another good one!  I got up early and headed to my parents' to meet up with my mom and my aunt.  We headed to MooseFest, which is a free country concert that a local radio station puts on every year.  They had a great lineup this year which included: Ten-Cent Heroes, Kari Lynch, Logan Mize, Mickey Guyton, Josh Dorr, Brothers Osborne, Michael Ray, and Thompson Square.  It was hot and sunny, as it always is, but we had a great time!

Our traditional breakfast of pretzels and beer!
my mom, me, and my aunt

My sister and I with the "Lumberjack" which is the mascot for the local hockey team :)

Thompson Square
Funny story...this couple won a "free" wedding from the radio station, so we all got to see them get married before the concert started haha.

On Sunday we had a cook-out at my parents' because some of my family were in town from Texas/Louisiana.  We had a great time eating, catching up, and playing yard games.  And then all of a sudden it was Monday!  But that's how it always goes...the best weekends never last long enough.  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Living Room Style

We are slowly, but surely making our house a home.  This month marks three years since we bought and moved in to our first house.  We LOVE our house, but it has taken sooooo much longer than I imagined to get things how we want them (or should I say how I want husband is fine with whatever).  We've painted a few rooms and done some little projects here and there, but I still have so much I want to do.  I mean, it took me nearly three years to finally fill the blank wall above the TV with this DIY Starburst Mirror!

The room we spend the most time in is our living room.  I have so many things I want to do in this room including paint, curtains, a new rug, and new furniture.  New furniture will be a big expense, so that probably won't happen soon, but I do want to keep that in mind when decorating the rest of the room, so that the furniture will fit with the rest of the room's style.

I recently found out about the site called Chairish, which is an exclusive curator approved, online marketplace for vintage furniture.  Our living room is small, so there is not a lot of room for big pieces, but we do want to enough seating for when we have people over.  I would love to find a fun chair that fits in out living room better than the one we currently have.  That's where Chairish comes in.  They have so many great, fun chairs to choose from!  I had a hard picking one to incorporate in my living room style board, but I did it :)  Here is what I am thinking for our living room:

Living Room Inspiration

I want something light and comfortable, with little pops of color here and there.   It's so hard for me to make up on my mind on things I want in a room, especially big pieces.  I'm hoping to slowly pull it all together over the next year or so, since I finally think I know what my "style" is.

Is decorating your home a long process for you too?  Or does it come easy for you?  If it comes easy for you, tell me your secrets!! :)

*I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wedding Weekend

We spent the majority of the weekend in our home town for a friend's wedding on Saturday night.  Before the wedding festivities started, I went with my mom and sister to see my Aunt & Uncle's new puppy, Twiggy.  She's a mix and is super cute!  I was too busy playing with her and getting puppy kisses, and totally didn't take any pictures.  Oops!  I did get pics from the afternoon/evening of the wedding:

Kevin and I before heading to the wedding.

Waiting for the reception to start (someone tell me how to tame the major frizz I have going on???)

Me and Lisa (sister-in-law)

Me, Lisa, and Joni (mother-in-law)

The beautiful bride and groom during their first dance.

Joni putting baby CJ to sleep!

Kevin and CJ hanging out :)

Kait, Lisa, and me
After the wedding, Kevin and I went with his cousin and his fiance to see a late showing of Trainwreck.  Kevin and I were actually disappointed because we didn't really think the movie was that good.  There were some funny parts, but it was more serious than we expected.

We headed back home Saturday night and slept in on Sunday since we didn't get home until pretty late.  We finished a project we had been working on (I will share soon), went grocery shopping, caught up on laundry, and enjoyed some relaxation on the couch.

I hope you had a great weekend!  Happy Monday!

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Last...

My girl Pinky from p!nk pers!stence did this fun post a couple of weeks ago and I decided to copy borrow the idea and do it too :)  So here it goes.  The last...

Thing I ate:  fresh blueberries that my mom gave me

Thing I watched:  How I Met Your Mother is on the TV right now, but I'm not really watching it...

Account I followed on Twitter: @CraftaholicAnon - that's the blog that inspired us to make a tie rack for our bedroom.

Blog I visited: p!nk pers!stence

Activity I did: Took my first cycling class at the gym after work today...pretty sure I won't be able to walk tomorrow!

Song I listened to: Whatever was on the radio in the car on my way was a country station, but I don't remember what song it was.

Time I swore: Probably when I was cooking dinner...I always seem to swear about something when I'm cooking!
Some of us just like to 'enhance' more than others... :P -
Product I used: My Avon face moisturizer.  I always put it on my when I get out of the shower.

Book I read:  Gone Girl.  I just started book 13 from James Patterson's Women's Murder Club (I love all of his books).

Thing that frustrated me: people driving slow in the fast lane on my way home from work/the gym.

Time my husband shocked me:  When he bought me this "The Horse" watch that I had only mentioned I wanted one time.  He does listen!

Happy Friday everyone!  We are going to wedding tomorrow and then have no plans on Sunday--definitely looking forward to a great weekend!

Monday, August 3, 2015

DIY Starburst Mirror

The space above our TV in our living room needed something...something big.  I purchased a clock a couple of years ago and hung it above the TV, but it didn't like right, so I returned it.  The wall was left empty and it drove me crazy...until now!  I love the look of the starburst mirrors I see in the stores and the DIY ones I've seen on Pinterest, so I decided to make my own.

I purchased all of my supplies from Hobby Lobby and Menards, but any craft store and hardware store should have everything you need.

Supplies From Craft Store
Round mirror
Wood circle (from clock building area at Hobby Lobby)
Hot Glue Gun (and glue sticks)
Supplies from Hardware Store
Wood Shims (I used 8" and 12" shims--the amount depends on how big your mirror is.  I think I used 2 packs of each size.)
Wood glue

First I glued the wood circle to the back of my mirror using wood glue.  I clamped it, and let it dry over night.

While that was drying, I spray painted all of my wood shims (both sides).

Once everything was dry, I glued the 8" shims on the back of my mirror, using hot glue.

Then, I glued the 12" shims in between each of the 8" shims, using hot glue.

I didn't take a photo of the next step, but in order to hang it, I used hanging wire. I used a staple gun and put two staples on the back of the wood circle.  I put the staples 2-3" apart, and then I wrapped the hanging wire around each staple to create a hanger.  I put a nail in the wall, and hung it up!  I think some wood circles may already have a hole in them for hanging--so you might want to look for one like that and save yourself a step.

I love the way it looks hanging in our living room!  It adds some personality to that blank wall and adds a pop of color to the room too.  It would also look great in a bedroom, hanging over a bed.

Dolen Diaries