Monday, February 18, 2019

Still Weekending...

The kids are out of school today and B took off from work since he and I had a late night last night (Michael Buble concert!!!!) so I’m taking the day off from blogging to spend the day with the fam.  I’ll be back tomorrow to recap the weekend… AND THE CONCERT!!!! 

Bucket list CHECK!

In the meantime, you can see highlights from the concert in my Instagram Stories!

Happy Monday, y’all!

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Five on Friday - Thickening Spray, Q&U Wedding, and Quarterly Awards

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Hey y’all!  Goodness gracious, it’s been a crazy week and I’m really looking forward to next week when things will finally (hopefully) slow down a bit.  The painters finished up the cabinets this week so I’ve been working diligently to get everything back in them, plus we’re still working to get everything back in the entertainment center since it was painted as well.  We’ve had all kinds of Valentine’s Day festivities as well as Olivia’s Q & U Wedding and Grandparents Day at the kids’ school.  It’s been one of those weeks that I’ve been at the school a lot, but I sure wouldn’t have it any other way!  I’m just so grateful to be able to be more active there and volunteer more. 

Anyway, let’s get to some favorites from the week!

O N E – Kristin Ess Instant Lift Thickening Spray

I have extremely straight, fine hair and it’s pretty impossible to get it to do anything but be stick straight and flat.  That means that I have to wash my hair every single day and I also can’t use conditioner.  A plus to having fine hair (and not a lot of it) is that it only takes me about five minutes to fully blow dry my hair each day so it’s really not that bad. 

With that said, I’ve always wished for thicker hair and I’ve tried many, many products throughout the years to try and find something that will at least give my hair the illusion of being thicker, and I’ve finally found something that does the trick! 

I bought this Kristin Ess Instant Lift Thickening Spray a few months ago at Target and I absolutely love it.  I just spray a few squirts in my hand and run it through my hair (mostly around the roots) right after I shower each morning and it gives my hair so much more volume!!  There is truly a noticeable difference when I use it and it also doesn’t make my hair look greasy or dirty.  (I can’t use dry shampoo because it’s too heavy for my fine hair.)  I don’t use it every day since a lot of days I’m just bumming around the house in leggings and sweatshirts, but on the days where I have somewhere to be as well as on the weekends, I do use it.  If you have fine, flat hair like I do, I highly recommend this!

T W O – Thyroid Nodule Update

Last week, Olivia had her quarterly thyroid nodule check-up.  Each time we go now, the doc just gets a quick measurement of the nodule with the ultrasound machine just to make sure it isn’t growing.  At her last appointment in November, the nodule measured 1.8 x 2.2 inches.  At this appointment the measurements had changed a bit, but the doctor said since it’s very similar to a wiggly water balloon, he thinks it probably stayed the same size overall, but that it had just redistributed into a different shape. 

Because of this, he has decided to start measuring all three dimensions.  Before, he was only measuring the width and depth, but he now wants to start measuring the height as well so we can get a complete look to ensure we’re monitoring it appropriately. 

The nodule measured 2 x 1.5 x 2.5 at this visit and we are continuing to pray that it doesn’t grow anymore.  As long as it doesn’t grow, we won’t have to do surgery.  He told us again at this appointment that they don’t want to operate until she’s at least 11 or 12 years old, so hopefully this thing will stay stable until then.

T H R E E – Second Quarter Awards

The kids had their second quarter awards ceremonies at school a couple of weeks ago and they both racked up again!  

Jacob brought home:

Principal’s List Award (All A’s)
Religion Award
AR Goal Award
All Day Every Day Award
Top 5 AR in his class Award

Olivia brought home:

Religion Award
All Day Every Day Award

Olivia’s class doesn’t give out quite as many awards yet since they’re still so young.

We are just so proud of both of them, though!!  And I forgot to take pics at the actual ceremonies, so this picture will have to do... doesn't have anything to do with the events, but it's so stinking cute I figured I'd share it!

F O U R – Q & U Wedding

On Wednesday this week, Olivia’s Pre-K4 class had a wedding to marry the letters “Q” and “U” since a U will almost always follow a Q.  They go all out for the wedding, setting up an entire ceremony complete with arbors full of flowers and balloons and guest book.  The ceremony was held in the courtyard at the school and there were lots of people in attendance. 

They had the sweetest little ceremony where all of the Qs (the girls) married the Us (the boys) complete with the exchange of rings (blinking light rings) and kisses (Hershey Kisses, hehe).  The Pre-K4 classes have way more girls than boys, so they borrowed a few boys from the freshmen class to make up the difference, and Olivia was paired with one of the freshmen. 

After the ceremony they had a little reception where they had their first dance and then boogied down to Can’t Stop the Feeling.  After dancing there was wedding (cup) cake back in their classrooms.  It was the stinking cutest thing ever and it may have been one of my favorite events at the school ever.

F I V E – Professional Daddy Daughter Dance Pictures

Last weekend, Brian and Olivia attended the Daddy Daughter dance at Olivia’s school.  The professional pictures are now available, so I thought I’d share them here.  I loved being able to see these because it enabled me to see all of the cute decorations since Brian is a boy and doesn’t think to take pictures of stuff like that.  Hahahaha.


Well, our cabinets are done and THEY ARE STUNNING!!!!  I could not be more pleased, y’all!  I really couldn’t!  I did a post Wednesday with the befores and afters as well as a little back story, so if you missed the post, head on over here to check it out!

And finally, some more memes… I swear, the internet has been on fire lately and it’s cracking me up!

Exactly my thoughts right now with all of these refreshes going on in our house.

Because there's no better place to wander than Target!

Ballet recital costumes, soccer equipment, holiday gifts, birthday gifts, treats to bring to school... it's always something.  Yep, they is expensive fo' sho'.

It's been particularly bad this week.  #Olivia

Me this week when I was singing all the words to "Hook" by Blues Traveler in Publix.

Happy Friday, y'all!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Kitchen Cabinets Refresh

If you’ve been following along in my Instagram Stories, then you know that we’ve had painters here for the last week updating our kitchen!  They turned out truly perfect and I love them even more than I thought I would.  And y’all, I thought I’d love them a lot so that’s really saying something.  :o)

After B and I got married I moved into his teeny 1,200 square foot bachelor pad where we lived happily for the first couple of years of our marriage.  He had bought a fixer-upper when we first started dating, and together we had completely transformed the whole house complete with the happiest yellow kitchen with freshly painted bright white cabinets… all painted by yours truly.  Oh, and Brian, too.  ;o) 

However, B and I both knew that having babies in that house was out of the question.  We were already bursting at the seams with just the two of us, and with only one bathroom, no closet space, and an outdoor laundry room we knew we didn’t want to stay there long-term.  So we said goodbye to our beloved first house together, and we decided to move on to something roomier and with more closet space.  It was bittersweet for sure.

We looked at houses on the market here in town for weeks and there was always, always something lacking.  I knew exactly what I wanted (and I’m a control freak), so since we couldn’t find exactly that, we decided to build.  The building process was surprisingly easy and smooth, and I loved every second of picking out upgrades and paint colors and floor finishes and pulls.  Going in, I had my heart set on another bright white kitchen, but when we attended our first design meeting I fell head over heels for the allure of the trendy Red Mahogany cabinets that our builder so highly recommended. 


Upon building I thought it was the prettiest kitchen I’d ever seen, but it only took about a year or so for me to realize that we had made a very expensive mistake.  Not only did they stain the outsides of the cabinets, but they had stained the insides dark as well, and I could barely see their contents because everything was swallowed up in a dark abyss.  (Dramatic, no?)  I knew we’d have to live with them for a while, so I added it to my long-term to do list to have them painted and I moved on. 

And before I go any further, I’m not saying that I don’t love dark cabinets, but I will say that they drastically darken the entire first level of our home since we have an open floor plan.  Plus, THEY SHOW EVERY SPECK OF DIRT AND SPILLS.  Oh my gosh, I learned that lesson the hard way.  I’m still dealing with this mistake in my black on black SUV.  Sigh.  Since we also went with the trendy dark Spokane Merlot hardwood floors (which I still love, but also hate because – ALWAYS LOOK DIRTY), it was the darkest kitchen ever. 

When 2015 rolled around we decided to add on to the back of the house, and the minute that porch roof was extended across the back of the house we lost every precious ounce of daylight in our living room and kitchen, which basically turned our entire downstairs area into a dungeon.  It was then that my tolerance for the dark cabinets turned to pure hatred.    

After eight years of tolerating/hating them I finally convinced Brian to have them painted.  ;o) 

We are no strangers to painting… believe me, I’ve painted plenty of walls and ceilings and cabinets and pieces of furniture in my day, but after painting our cabinets in our old house I swore I’d never paint cabinets again.  It was SUCH A PAIN.  Not to mention everything in the cabinets stuck to the paint for months afterward.  Sigh. 

So anyway, once B granted my wish, I did a bunch of research on local painters and we ultimately decided on one of the more popular companies in town to do ours since they had the best (and most) reviews. 

We booked them back in December and they were so busy that the earliest they could book us was for the first week of February.  I waited (kind of) patiently for several more weeks and they finally arrived last week to get started.  They worked all last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and a little bit Monday (for some touch-ups) and they drastically transformed our entire downstairs.  I am completely OBSESSED with the kitchen again and it finally looks like the kitchen I had dreamed of all along. 

We went with PPG Delicate White paint (PPG 1001-1) and it is absolutely perfect for this room.  For you Sherwin-Williams fans, it's comparable to SW Pure White (SW 7005).  I knew I wanted a bright, true white, but I also didn’t want the room to look cold and sterile.  Delicate White is a pale, true white but not stark white.  It has an LRV (light reflectance value) of 88 which means it is reflects a lot of light which is exactly what we needed for our dark dungeon kitchen.  

Also, there is barely any color added in to the paint (only one tiny drop of black, if I remember correctly), which means that we don’t have to worry about any weird gray or green or yellow or blue undertones popping up like in so many other white paint colors.  Since it has no undertones, it basically goes with everything.  Our kitchen faces south, so we have a lot of warm afternoon light that comes in, especially during the winter months, and that helps warm the white up a little, but not too much.  

Okay, enough with the chit-chat… I know you’re just here to see the befores and afters so let’s do this thing!

Here is the kitchen before the refresh:

Here is the kitchen after Day 1 of the refresh:

And here is the kitchen in natural light after the refresh (and please excuse the photo quality... they are kind of grainy because it's been raining for 40 days and 40 nights here and we haven't seen the sun in forever):

And with the lights on:

And finally, a side-by-side comparison:


Since the insides of the cabinets had been stained dark, we had to have them painted as well, and I cannot even believe how much cleaner everything looks.  Our painters spray everything, so they have a super sleek and professional finish unlike the brush-painted look.  I could not be more in love.  And for an added bonus... it made me fall in love with our floors all over again!!  They look AMAZING next to the white cabinets.

I will say that I was slightly worried about how the white paint would look with our granite countertops, but it looks fantastic.  We have the Giallo Santa Cecilia Light Granite, which has flecks of white in it, so it ended up being a seamless transition.  

Eventually I would love to add a white subway tile backsplash as well, but that’s not in our budget right now so it will have to wait.  In the meantime, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy being able to see everything in my cabinets for the first time in ten years.  ;o)  Just look at the difference:



Amazing, isn't it?  It's like I have all new pots and pans!  Everything just looks so much cleaner and shinier!!

Well that was long-winded for a post about kitchen cabinet painting, but I’m just so darn excited I could blab about them forever.  Just ask Brian.  :o)    

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