Labor day weekend!

You know it was a good 3 day weekend when Monday night rolls around and you feel rested, relaxed, and ready to take on the rest of the week. And that’s exactly how Jordan and I felt, it was the perfect weekend. We didn’t have to much planned and even enjoyed a relaxing day up north with family. These are the times that I want to look back and remember. Carson has been a lot of fun lately and is constantly making us laugh. It was a great weekend spent with family and friends. We also were able to get some projects done around the house that we have been wanting to do for a while now.

On Saturday, i woke up bright and early to get in 10 miles before it got too hot. Saturdays are usually my longer run days and I have been really enjoying it. Having a couple hours of peace and quiet is therapeutic for me! After my run, I came home and made some protein waffles and got cleaned up. Our whole family decided last minute to take a trip up north to Prescott so we quickly loaded up the car and were on our way!

 

 

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We Spent some time by the lake and Roxy decided it was a good idea to go swimming and chase the ducks!

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The Whole gang with Katy the selfie taker :)

We had a great time up north even though it was just for a few hours!

On Sunday morning, we went to church and then decided to do some projects around the house. One thing that we have been wanting to do for a while now is fix our front door. We had a ugly security door on the front and I’m not sure why it has taken us this long to take it down and paint our front door, but that is what we did and it turned out even better than i thought!

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After working on the house all day, we were wiped and decided to grab a quick dinner at the habit and called it a night!

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Monday we pretty much did nothing. Which was perfectly ok with us. We went to the gym in the morning, did a little cleaning, and did some baking of course! I made some Healthy peanut butter cookies that I plan on sharing here soon. All in all, it was a great weekend and feel so full of thanks going into the week ahead. Now that labor day has come and gone, we are so ready for fall and all the exciting things that come with this season!

Shiplap wall/home renovations

 

Man, I’m really slacking at keeping up with blog posts. Life has been pretty busy lately, but the good kind of busy! The days that I am home with Carson, I feel as though I cant turn my back for two seconds. Take this morning for example, I was doing the dishes and I turn around to find my son with a mouth full of cotton balls. Like, where does he even find this stuff!?? So as you can imagine it can be difficult to find the time to write a full on blog post.

Even in the midst of all the craziness going on lately, we have still managed to find a few things to fix up around the house, so I wanted to share a little bit of what we have been up to. Little projects like this make us so excited and to our surprise were super affordable! Jordan and I have been wanting to do a shiplap wall for some time now, but we weren’t quite sure where to do it. We finally decided on our living room wall, because it is one of the first things you see when you walk into the house. Now although I was the one who originally begged said we should do a shiplap wall, I must give major props to my awesome and hard-working hubby. He was the one that came up with the measurements, pattern, and hard labor. And as it turns out our living room is slightly slanted, so some of the cuts at the bottom were totally random.

For the wood, we decided on maple plywood from Lowe’s. Which we are extremely happy with! They were even nice enough to cut our wood into 6inch x 8ft strips for us!

Our typical Friday nights..

Once we got all the wood, paint, and supplies we needed, we got straight to work. Jordan worked on this project for most of the day on Saturday, but was done early enough to go play a round of golf. So it was definitely only about a days worth of work.

Not the best picture.. but this is BEFORE:

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In the middle of the process..

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After all the wood was up, we decided to paint later on that night after Carson had gone to bed. We used a flat white paint.

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AFTER:

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We are so pleased with how everything turned out and how cheap it was to do it! With supplies, wood, and paint the overall total was around $125. We were (and still are) so in love with this wall that we even ate dinner in there for a few nights afterwards! This is probably my new favorite room in the house! One thing I also love about this room is that everything in it is either from goodwill, something we made, found on the side of the road and fixed up, or was a hand-me-down(the couches). The only thing we paid full price for in this room was the rug and pillow cases, which were both from Ikea. Okay, and the TV, we got that at Target. lol

We also added some shelves to our spare bathroom for some extra storage and to be able to keep things up high that the little man shouldn’t get into (stuff like cotton balls). This little project was super easy and only took a couple hours total. Total cost for these shelves were super reasonable and came out to be around $30 overall!

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Weekend Randoms

This past weekend was just so great and relaxing! The weather was beautiful and time was spent with the people we love. On Friday, we spent the day cleaning around the house, running errands, and then had family dinner at my parents. We put carson in the grass for the first time and his reaction was priceless. At first, he was afraid of it and didn’t like the texture.

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Saturday morning we made our usual pit stop (Starbucks) and headed to Home Depot. We spent a good chunk of the morning there picking out plants and chatting with the Home Depot lady. Jordan and I love walking around the nursery and seeing all the different plants and outdoor accessories. We could spend all day there.

Where this boy got his eyelashes from?? I’ll never know…


  

After home depot, we came home and got straight to work putting in the new plants. We originally had a massive bush right by our front door that was taking over the walkway and was just plain ugly. So we ripped that out and put a pot in its place with some flowers. Before:

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After working in the yard, I decided to make another Roman numeral clock. This one turned out much better than my first.


Saturday afternoon we had our family pictures done and then went to dinner with my brother and sister-in-law. My mom took Carson off our hands so it was nice being able to have some adult time! Sunday morning we went for a walk, went to church and then spent the afternoon napping and catching up on fixer upper. Sunday night we celebrated my sweet sister in laws 25th birthday and went to bed early!


It was so nice waking up Monday morning and not having to jump into a normal Monday routine. I woke up early to go for a run and then spent some time on our porch with Jordan, mapping out our future plans for the backyard.


Monday afternoon we had a bbq get together with my family and Jordan’s family. I love that our family is so close and that we spend most of the holidays together. We had quite the spread and I definitely indulged in way to many treats! This past weekend was busy and relaxing all at the same time, but our hearts are full and so are our bellies!


Super thankful for Gods abundant blessings and for 3 day weekends! Happy Labor Day!

From Trash to Treasure

Every few months our neighborhood has a bulk trash pickup where people throw out “bulky items” to have hauled away. Jordan and I use this opportunity to pick up pieces to fix up and breathe new life into. We actually have quite a few items in our house that we use on a daily basis from our bulk trash finds. We recently found an old wooden gate that had been cut up in pieces.  I made jordan throw it in our car so we could put it to good use. We had some blank walls in our living room that I have been wanting to fill up, so we put a little TLC into the gate and threw it on the wall. The best part is? We didn’t spend a dime on it! Everything we needed we had on hand. When we found the gate it was an ugly looking green color, so first thing we did was freshen it up with some white spray paint.



After spray painting it we attached some hardware on the back and then placed it on the wall!




Once the gate was on the wall, we decided it would be cool to turn it into a little shelf and to also give it a little 3d pop. The gate originally had an L shaped bar on it, which was perfect for the shelf. So we re-attached and spray painted the original gate hardware and placed a piece of wood on top that we had in the garage. We stained the wood with a grayish stain, let it dry, and then added some books and a plant. We  are happy with the end result and we love it even more since it was free! This project was so easy and hardly took any time. Those are the best kinds!


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How to make a wooden roman numeral clock

Jordan and I are obsessed with the show fixer upper on hgtv. Every house she designs is our dream home! We love their sense of creativity and the unique pieces she uses to stage the homes. We have noticed that in a lot of the episodes, she has an old, distressed wooden clock that is the focal point of the room. We love this style and think it really pulls the room together. Recently, my mom just so happened to make her own clock out of a old round table top. Here is the clock my mom made:


After seeing my moms clock on her wall it gave us some inspiration to make our own. We have a blank wall in our dining room that has just been staring at us, so we figured this would be the perfect place to put it. This clock was actually pretty easy to make and only took about 2 hours. My mom had some leftover wood in their garage so we decided to cut that out in a circle and use that as our base.


We used a jigsaw to cut the wood into round circles. We made the clock 2 ft round. After cutting the wood, we sanded it down to smooth out the rough edges. We also used a hammer to “ding up” the wood a little bit to give it that “old beat up” look. For painting the clock I decided to paint it with brown spray paint first and then went over it using a foam brush with white paint. I just used basic white paint that we had in our garage.


  
After painting the wood, we drew roman numerals on paper, cut them out, and used them to stencil onto the clock. Once all the numbers were outlined with a pencil, it was time to paint! Painting the numerals on was probably the most time-consuming and meticulous part. Jordan and I are not painters, so the black paint is clearly out of the lines. But it was a fun project we could work on together.



Instead of buying a battery and hands to make it a working clock, Jordan decided to paint hands on the clock that pointed to the time 3:30 (our wedding date). Love my crafty husband! Since we had most of what we needed on hand the only thing we had to purchase was black paint and brushes. So total cost invested was around 5 dollars. We love our new little clock and I also love how it commemorates our wedding date.

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Our kitchen remodel

Jordan and I purchased our first home back in June and have been fixing it up here and there ever since then. There are lots of things that we love about our new little home but there was also a few things we wanted to change. The kitchen being one of them. The kitchen had outdated cabinets and the laminate on the countertops was starting to peel. At first we weren’t sure if we could afford a kitchen remodel since we had just plopped down lots of moola for our down payment. After looking and shopping around. A LOT of shopping around. We decided to bite the bullet and go for it. We are so glad we did! Family and friends have been asking us how the renovation was going so I figured I would share it on here! We spent around $150 in paint for the cabinets, 2,000 for granite, and around $300 for the lighting. We felt like this was the cheapest option and did all the labor oursleves (except the granite) to keep the cost down. Here is the before pictures:



My mom and I painted the cabinets with Annie Sloan chalk paint. I originally wanted to do grey cabinets. At the store, they recommended I mixed graphite and French linen Annie Sloan paint together to get a medium grey look. After giving the cabinets two coats and going over them with soft wax it came out looking grayish blue. Which I was not expecting, but I’m really happy with it. We also spray-painted the old kitchen knobs black instead of purchasing new hardware.


After painting the cabinets, Jordan and I shopped around for granite. We finally decided on a granite at Home Depot. And it just so happened to be on sale! It turned out matching the cabinets really well.


As you can see in the before picture, there was a fan in our kitchen and lights coming down making the kitchen kinda feel like a dungeon. Jordan tore down the fan and took out the old lighting fixture. We purchased Led can lights and feel It has made such a huge difference and opens the room up.



We love our new kitchen and feel like it fits our personal style. In my mind this wasn’t the kitchen I had pinned pictured but thankfully everything all came together and exceeded my expectations. It was a lot of work and there were days I worried it wouldn’t be worth all the time, money, and energy spent. But it was and we couldn’t be happier!




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