31 May 2013

Paradise for Rent: Mojito Recipe

Why is it that 4 day work weeks are always the LONGEST work weeks?  In that it’s a Friday and the sun is shining (at least here) we felt the need to share with you a mojito recipe that will last you all weekend long – or depending on your week, maybe just tonight!

The first part of the recipe is the key to making a perfect mojito – it takes just a teeny bit more time, but it’s totally worth it – we promise.


30 May 2013

Shut the Front Door: Paint Colors & Tips

I've always loved front doors that pop.  A fresh coat of paint can really make something come alive, and give your house some serious personality.  I found this article on Houzz that breaks down what your front door says about you.  Just like body language makes a subconscious statement about your feelings/mood – your front door does the same for your house.

We have a colonial style house, and I love the details.  The moulding above the windows, dormers,  and the multidimensional aspects of the chimney – the house has character.  However, our front door was uninspiring.  It was a matte black. Black is without a doubt a strong color; but, it doesn’t really exude warmth.  Really – it’s like we hung a no soliciting sign and booby trapped our stoop.

28 May 2013

Paint, Patchwork & Planning {First Project Weekend}

The house work has begun! After living like extreme minimalists for the past two weeks (seriously you can only change up 9 outfits so many ways), we finally got our hands dirty…which has meant unpacking and a plethora of other projects. Talk about good motivation.

In preparation for the home improvement kickoff, I had to pick out paint colors. That means this past week I have been painting various patches around the house trying to figure out what exactly I want (do you know how many shades of gray there are?! – PS it’s a LOT more than 50.) Our house is looking like a patchwork quilt…which in my opinion is a small step up from the poorly painted blah walls and banged up dark trim.

BUT after much experimentation, I have found the winners.

21 May 2013

LazyBoy Makeover: How to Reupholster a Recliner

The recliner used in this project has been in my family for ages -- it's been dubbed the "sick chair."  It's been through a knee surgery, an ankle surgery, countless colds, bouts of the flu, and even cancer.  Magic comforting ability? Behold the power of a well broken in recliner!

When Nick and I moved into our house, my gram let us retire the chair and give it a healthy home.  My gram & mom recovered it once already -- and did an awesome job, it just didn't really mesh with the colors/decor in my living room.  I'd been telling them for ages that I was going to re-cover it -- telling, or threatening?

This was my first reupholstery project.  The ottoman was due mainly to the efforts of my mother, so to go solo on this was a little intimidating.  Nonetheless -- I did it!  It took me about 3 months to find fabric that I really liked.  Strangely enough, I found it online.  I highly recommend checking out Premier Fabrics. They have great patterns and are more than reasonably priced.  Not going to lie, it was a little scary to order fabric online -- but their pictures are true to form.

So without further ado, here's how to reupholster your own!

17 May 2013

Bathroom Demo(lition)

This project is exactly the reason why I've slacked on chatting with you all lately.  It's consumed our lives!  Nick and I decided (awhile ago) that our first major project was going to be rehabbing the downstairs bathroom.  Small and dated, not really the best combination.  Well due to one reason or another, we've been putting it off -- we've had all the materials for months. Motivation on aisle 3?

My brother is living with us this summer while he completes an internship -- his bedroom is downstairs. Just the fire that we needed to kick this project into high gear.  So this week has consisted of gutting the downstairs bathroom -- it makes me excited and ridiculously anxious all at the same time. Nonetheless -- check out our progress thus far!

14 May 2013

True Story: Starting Rehab [Project Addict]

It’s finally going to happen. We are going to close! Friday is the day! Even though I will be out of town at a golf tournament, I am so happy that we are finally going to own the house. What a long journey this has been.

The current owner has been letting Kevin and I live in the house for the past 2 weeks, which was really nice so we wouldn’t be homeless, BUT there are lots (and lots) of projects that Kevin and I want to start working on and can’t since it isn’t ours yet. Sidenote: we may or may not have put some paint on the wall to get an idea of colors. Shhh don’t tell anyone! The nice thing is that since we have been living in it we have really been able to evaluate which projects are necessities, which projects we may have overlooked, and really understand what is and is not working for us in the house.

So this post is going to be a little different than the usual ones. I am going to give you a preview of projects to come; what we are going to have on our plate in the next few days/weeks/months. If you have any questions about projects that are coming up, go ahead and send them our way! OR just wait and see the progress as it happens J

10 May 2013

Brain Freeze: Foodie Post

I really do love to cook; especially when I have ample time – which nowadays seems to not happen very often. Between work, workouts, housework and just wanting to be outside in the fresh air, there’s just not enough hours in the day!  I’m not a huge fan of boxed meals; it’s just not the same.  I don’t care how much Marie Calendar tries to mimic my grandmother; my gram will always win the battle of frying pans and aprons.

I stumbled across this gem the other day: frozen meals on the cheap, and thought I would share!  This chick has some seriously great ideas in her arsenal -- I highly recommend reading!  On the off chance that I have some free time this weekend, I’m going to try and knock some of these meals out and stock up my freezer.  What beats having dinner figured out before you even head to work? Not much. Trust me, after a long day working, the last thing I want to do is cook a meal – much less, a healthy meal.

As easy as it is to order pizza – it’s even easier to open my freezer and pull one of these out. I can already hear my bikini thanking me!

Hopefully this link can give you some good go to ideas, and I’ll let you know how this adventure turns out!

Xoxo, Kate

08 May 2013

Pack Rat [The Anti- Hoarder Moving Edition]

Today was the day. Kevin and I are officially homeless (well, temporarily at least.) We still don’t know exactly when we are going to be closing on the house we are buying due to some septic issues, but we are hoping sooner rather than later.

For now we are going to be vagabonds; mooching off my parents and any na├»ve willing friends we can bribe into having us! We are so thankful for all of the support we have had so far. It has definitely been one of those moments where you step back and think “I really do have some amazing people in my life.” I love when you remember to appreciate what you have been blessed with.

BUT it has also been exhausting. Packing is not fun, not even a little bit. And it’s sneaky…you think you are so ahead and you don’t have that much more stuff, but you are sorely mistaken. So I thought I would share some packing tips with you to help ease the pain of cramming your life into a million organized cardboard boxes.

06 May 2013

Ole', Pizza! [Recipe]

I have a soft spot for pizza and Mexican food.  It's a borderline problem.  Both have cheesy goodness -- and who can really turn down tableside, fresh guacamole? Hint: not this girl.

So when I found a recipe that combined the two, the clouds parted and I rejoiced!  Okay, maybe a little dramatic.  It was probably more of a fistpump and a "heck, yes!!"

The good news: it's quick and easy. The better news: it tastes fantastic. The best news: it's a crowd pleaser.  Check out the recipe below -- keep this one in your arsenal!

Sidenote: I would have had pictures but it was eaten before I could even try/remember!

03 May 2013

Giveaway {WINNERS!!!}


The winners of the coaster giveaway are.......

Erica Caldwell, Katie Boyle, Courtney Ward Morrow, Sarah Laine Peterson & Collen Cully!!!!

Please message or email us your addresses so we can ship these babies to you!

As always, have a fantastic weekend!!

Xoxo, Christie & Kate

01 May 2013

I Have a Deadline...I NEED a Donut

Ever notice how when your schedule is slammed, and you have 5 million people pulling you in 10 million different directions all you want to do is eat...preferably something coated in sugar.  Possibly deep fried.

stress eating

I'm going to shed some light on this bikini busting issue.  Women, well people as a whole, are more stressed now than they were 50 years ago.  The economy is in the tank, job security is questionable, a housing crisis, rising health care costs...whew! I can feel my blood pressure rising.