Jan 13, 2017

Happy New Year and House Update!

I just realized I never said Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I got to spend Christmas this year with my whole family in my childhood home in Seattle!

We got back from Seattle a couple weeks ago and have been pretty busy for the most part, but hating this cold snowy weather.  I'm ready for Spring!  I have been enjoying picking out lighting for the house right now.  And, speaking of the house- here is an update from the past 3 months:

We got some beautiful window wells!  They look 100 times better than the white metal ones and will be so much nicer to look at downstairs!

They are a cement that looks like stone.  We got them done by Stone Haven Window Wells - go check them out here: http://stonehavenwell.com

Framing got started but took over a month to finish:

We got some walls up:

We got more framing and walls up and the trusses were finally delivered but were the WRONG ones! :(  They had actually MADE the wrong ones.

Went to Floor and Decor to look at tile options:

 Final marble choice:

Finally got the right trusses and then the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical got installed:

Now we have been waiting for a couple weeks for inspection to pass.  I am hopeful we will have some drywall in the house next week.

Dec 15, 2016

Favorite Things Friday: 10 Christmas Traditions

Today I wanted to share my favorite Christmas traditions that either I have grown up doing with my family, or that me and my husband have started with our own little family.

Dec 8, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffer Ideas

One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is find cute little gifts for my kids' stockings.  I usually give myself a budget of $10-$20 per stocking and will pick a few nicer items then fill the rest with things like oranges, candy, and things I already have to buy anyway like toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Mean right?!  Haha!  Here are some of my favorite things to stuff stocking with:

1. Art Stuff

Dec 2, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys and Novica $50 GC Giveaway!

1. An Awesome Box

You can never tell the men in your life how much you love and appreciate them enough, and these Awesome Boxes are a perfect way to do it.  Not only are they really nice and personable, but they also make it SUPER easy to get a lot of people involved - perfect for fathers, grandfathers, teachers, etc.   You won't believe the nice quality and how great they look when you see it in person.  I made one for my parents this last year and this year we are making one for our grandparents who have TONS of grand-kids and great-grand-kids and hopefully will love the messages and photos we send.

Nov 18, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Girls

1. Clothing 

I think my #1 request every year is some kind of clothing.  I am sure the girl you are shopping for has at least one piece of clothing she is looking for.  Online boutiques are a great place to start and I Shop Simply is one of my faves.  I was so lucky to be able to work with them and do some modeling.  I ended up spending more money than making any because I HAD to have like 10 things from their shop!  

This Perfectly Pink shirt was one of my favorites to wear.  Here are some more of my faves:

Nov 11, 2016

My Current Diet- Feeling Great and Not "Dieting!"

I have been asked by a couple people how I manage to stay skinny having kids, not working out a lot, and not being on a super strict diet (in my eyes) and thought I would share- not just for others, but also because I like to keep a food journal every few months when I'm feeling really good so I can look back for help and ideas when I'm not feeling as great.

outfit from I Shop Simply

Nov 3, 2016

Fireplaces and House Update

I know I REALLY need to do a house update!  Here is a quick one:

We have basically gone from digging in September to getting our window wells in today...it has taken quite a bit longer than expected due to delays with the subcontractors - bummer but not much we can do about it. :(  


Nov 1, 2016

Must-Have Road Trip Travel Gear