Wow! It has been a minute since I posted anything on the blog!! I think May was my last post. I really can’t believe it’s been that long because the time has flown by over here. This was an intentional break. Back in May, hubby and I decided to get in touch with our realtor and think about putting the house on the market. Well, thinking about it quickly turned into actually doing it and before I knew it, we had sold our house and moved! Since then, there hasn’t been a whole lot of DIY projects and cooking up new recipes, so not a whole lot to share but MAN! I am excited to get back into the swing of things.
There was a point last week that I ate Mexican food 3 days in a row…not mad about it, even a little bit. Day 3 happened to be these Carne Asada Tacos. And let me tell you…if there had been leftovers, I would’ve had them the next day and made it 4 days in a row!
It’s officially SUMMERTIME!!! Who is excited?!?! I am! We took Landon to the beach a few days ago, and the kid LOVES the water. It was actually kind of cold but you wouldn’t have known it by his excitement and attempts to jump in the freezing cold waves. I’m so looking forward to all the adventures we’re going to have with him in the next few months.
I’m sitting here trying to write this blog post but I’m so distracted because I CAN’T STOP watching footage from the royal wedding!!! Anyone with me?!?! Meghan Markle is just gorgeous and living a real life fairytale. *Sigh* The dress, the vows, the choir, all the heart eyes for everything!
It’s been quite a week over here. Landon has been going through his 18 month sleep regression, which has been the toughest one yet. He was waking up in the middle of the night and staying awake for hours or waking up between 4am-5am and would not go back to sleep. I think what has made it so much tougher is that he’s also in that crazy toddler phase of asserting his independence but yet not being able to communicate what he wants, which makes for some awesome tantrums. Couple that with being extremely tired and you’ve got a recipe for some long nights and even longer days! There’s been an excessive amount of coffee consumed over here, just in case you were wondering 🙂
When I first started getting into home décor I would buy real plants and new flowers every week. While I love the smell of some fresh flowers in my home, I realized I was spending A LOT of money on flowers every week. On top of that, I don’t have a green thumb (we’ve talked about this before…spent $200 on a fiddle fig tree, supposedly VERY easy to keep alive, but I killed it with a few months…smh) so buying live plants was also a waste of money. Finally, I started investing in faux greenery and flowers. Why did I not do this sooner?!?! I mean, they don’t need water, they don’t need light and they’ll always look great. What’s easier than that??
Hawaii is 2 weeks away!! AND it’s our first trip without Landon. I have never been away from him overnight. At first, as the trip got closer and closer I was having SO much anxiety about leaving him. Mostly just because I’m such a control freak and he and I are with each other ALL THE TIME so I know what all his little gibberish and hand signals mean.
Here comes another one of those DIY’s that is a result of me not being able to find exactly what I want in a store 🙂 Turned candle holders are hard to find, and tall turned candle holders, even harder. These little cuties are SO easy to make, I think I had them put together in about 10 minutes, then paint, sand and you’ve got yourself some new décor.
We attempted to take Landon for photos with the Easter Bunny today. It wasn’t very successful. Landon was terrified! Like, whites of his eyes, fists clenched around his dad’s arms, high pitched scream, terrified. He wanted absolutely nothing to do with that bunny 🙂 I can’t blame him though, those Easter bunny costumes are scary!! Oh well, there’s always next year.
He is 16 months old, and I’m already hiding vegetables to get my toddler to eat them. Is that bad? 🙂 A lot of things I read about feeding toddlers said to give them a few foods at each meal and make sure that at least one of those foods is something they like. Well, my kid likes fruit, bread and cheese so…
What is it about having kids that makes you want to celebrate ALL the holidays? Am I alone in this? I have never ever been a fan of Halloween or Valentine’s Day, but I was ALL about a Halloween costume for the little guy a few months back and today I found myself wondering if I should make Valentine’s for Landon to give to a few people.
I didn’t actually realize how long this project had been in the works until I sat down to write about it. For those who follow me on Instagram, you might remember the stories I posted about this hutch. I found it last year in May and HAD to have it. The problem, it is HUGE, weighs a ton and we don’t have a truck to haul it with.
Anyone else feel just a little bit relieved when you’re husband’s favorite football team isn’t playing in the Superbowl? Don’t get me wrong, I always hope for the Seahawks to win every week and make it to the big game but the couple of times they have made it, my husband has literally been a WRECK for at least a week before the game. Like, stressed out, reading every article, re-watching old games, can’t sleep the night before, WRECK. Please tell me I’m not the only one here!! So, while I wish the Seahawks would have a killer year every year and make it to the Superbowl, I’m not made about the lack of stress in my house 🙂
I picked up these faux fern sprays from Michaels in the fall and haven’t used them until now. They are pretty large and bushy and I was struggling to find a bucket, basket or pot that they looked natural in, nothing was really working until I came across this hanging olive bucket at The Urban Coop. If you live in the Portland, OR area, love farmhouse style and haven’t been to this little shop, I HIGHLY recommend making a trip. It is the cutest little shop with beautiful items and I have to stop myself from buying too many things each time I go.
I went to Trader Joe’s for the first time EVER not too long ago. I know, I know…I live under a rock or something. #1 I was SHOCKED at how low my total was at checkout. Especially since I got what was on my list as well as about 10 different recommendations from people on Instagram. #2 The Cookie Butter Cookies are LIFE CHANGING! Thanks, but not really, to my sister for that rec. Pretty sure my hips have gained 10 lbs just from those little gems. #3 Their frozen organic brown rice is the ultimate time saver for weeknight dinners. I have been using that and the frozen cauliflower rice religiously. Literally, 3 minutes in the microwave and DONE!
Happy new year everyone!! What did everyone do to celebrate?? We had a very low-key night, stayed in, finally finished watching Stranger Things 2 and I nursed a cold. I have to say, I’ve been so lucky and somehow haven’t gotten sick since before I was pregnant. But this on is a doozy. And sadly, Landon has it as well 🙁 It’s one thing for me to be sick, to be able to take medicine or use whatever remedies I feel like trying but it’s so hard to see him sick when there is so little I can do for him. Fingers crossed it doesn’t last much longer.
Merry Christmas weekend friends!!! Who is still scrambling last minute to get things done? Me, always. I wanted to post a quick tutorial on my Christmas cookies because I’m pretty impressed with how they turned out, especially for a first timer on the frosting piping bag! Real talk…I DID NOT make these from scratch. I went straight for the Pillsbury sugar cookie dough from the refrigerated aisle and Betty Crocker vanilla frosting out of the can because, sorry, but mama’s got no time for “made-from-scratch” this year. 🙂 Where I spent my time was on the fun frosting! And is so much easier than it looks as long as you have frosting bag and plain round size 5 frosting tip.
Let’s be clear…I am by NO MEANS a johnny-on-the-spot, efficiently organized, if-you’re-on-time-you’re-late person…AT ALL! I mean, Christmas is 7 days away and I did the bulk of my gift shopping online last night. I’m a last minute, rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off, study 1 hour before a test kind of person. Always have been, probably always will be. Every year I tell myself that I’m going to be organized about our Christmas cards and get them out early. This was not that year. But…once again, thanks to Shutterfly, I had the cards ordered one morning while I drank my coffee and watched the munchkin play with his toys. The whole process took me about 15 minutes. Just pick your card design, upload your photo and boom! Holiday card perfection! There are so many layouts to choose from, with 1 photo or multiple photos, front and back designs and customizable text boxes so you can simply say “with love…” or write a little note to your loved ones about the highlights of your year.
Anyone else feel like Christmas is just sneaking up on us? How is December already halfway over?!?! I had all my decorations out the weekend of Thanksgiving, and somehow, I’m still not done decorating everything! Could it be because I keep redecorating areas I’ve already decorated? Hmm…
So many cute holiday signs out there this year. I saw so many different versions, I couldn’t decide which one to buy. Finally, I saw one that I liked, it was on the Instagram account of a local boutique that I follow. The problem, the actual boutique is not very close to where I live and the thought of making the trip, in recent weeks, just didn’t seem that fun. Why is it that I’m so willing to drive anywhere and everywhere in the summer but not in the winter? It’s gotta be the weather. I am NOT a cold weather fan. Continue reading “Holiday Wood Sign”