Monthly Archives: March 2013

Latelies. 2

Lately I’ve been… Ready For…spring!  I’m on my 4th cold of the winter this week.  I’ve also had the stomach flu once this winter.  I don’t think I’ve been that sick during one winter in years.  Not to mention we’ve had like 30 inches of snow in Kansas City this winter.  Over. It.  Our poor puppy Gracie has had a stomach bug all week, too.  We’re all ready for warmer weather and less sickness around here! Enjoying…the comforts of home!  I had a couple evening activities this week, and, you all know when you have a cold, all you want to do is come home and climb into bed.  It’s been so nice to walk through the door and get into my sweats and into […]



My Grammy’s Art 4

I spent some time visiting with my parents at their house this weekend.  They had just returned from a trip to Texas where they were seeing my dad’s side of the family, who all live in and around Dallas. Anyways, my mom said she had something for me.  She showed me three paintings and told me I could choose any one of them.  The other two would go to my two brothers. The paintings were all painted by my great grandmother on my dad’s side  (Grammy, as we call her).  She passed away many years ago, but she was a successful and accomplished artist and painter while she was alive.  It never occurred to me that I didn’t own any of her art, so I […]

Best Floor Mats For A Home Gym + Basement Gym Updates 29

(Update! It’s now been 2 years since writing this post and we are still using the horse stall mats in our home gym daily and they look brand-new.  They have stood up to jumping, sweat, dog hair, weights being dropped on them repeatedly and more and are still like new!  Can’t recommend these horse stall mats as the best home gym flooring enough…they are half the cost, sturdy, DO NOT slide around and are large (cover more space with less money).  Please let me know if you have any questions!  On to the original post…) I’m not sure if I’ve ever shown a picture of our basement/home gym on the blog before, so today is your lucky day.  Not only will I show you our […]

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Latelies. 4

Lately I’ve been… Watching…Girls & Californication.  My husband and I have been long-time Cali fans and can’t get enough Hank Moody.  Although, the last couple seasons just haven’t been able to reach the level of awesome the first handful of seasons did.  And, Girls.  Oh, Girls.  Awkward, weird, cringe-worthy, good.  The finale!  So good! Enjoying…Lifetime Movie Network.  Did I just admit that?  Seriously though…I just discovered it.  And with March Madness going on and my husband constantly watching basketball, it is a lovely girl’s TV getaway! Moving…I have been running and lifting weights like crazy lately!  Since I started using my office gym on the days I’m in the office, it’s been much easier to lift weights.  I love going down to the gym over […]

Spring/Summer House To-Do List 3

Good morning & happy Monday!  Did you guys have a great weekend and St. Patty’s Day?  We had a pretty packed weekend and ran around like crazy but spend alllll day Sunday cleaning our house!  Most importantly, we steam-cleaned some of our carpets, which is HARD work! So, now that we’re in the spring cleaning spirit, we put together a list of things we’d like to accomplish this spring/summer.  Specifically on the exterior of our house.  We’ve been stuck inside all winter and now can’t wait to get outside and spruce the place up! Here’s what we’re planning for this summer: Mulch front and back yard. Side of house landscaping clean-up. French Drain maintenance/cleaning. Trim trees/bushes. Plant vegetable garden. Stain top of the fence. Stain […]



Master Bathroom Toilet Room Updates 2

I’m pretty embarrassed by the title of this post.  But there was really no way around it.  You all know the room in the master bathroom…the one with just the toilet?  Apparently that’s it’s name – toilet room.  Nothing fancy, just…toilet room. So that’s what we’re doing today, talking about some update I’ve made to our Master Bathroom Toilet Room. To start, I need to share this text I got from my boss (my boss’ boss to be exact) wayyyy back in November: My boss and I talk home design quite a bit.  She’s into it just as much as I am, and, as luck would have it, she’s downsizing her condo while I’m up-sizing my new house.  So, she’s been giving me some sweet […]

The Story Of Our House 3

On March 9, 2012 – one year ago this Saturday! – my husband and I signed the papers to buy our first house.  I remember the day so clearly.  It was an unusually warm March day.  That morning, we handed over probably the biggest check we will ever write and our realtor gave us the keys to our new house!  We quickly drove to our new empty house to celebrate! …if you think that’s champagne, you’d be wrong.  We fill our champagne glasses with Belgium Wit beer in our house.  We’re classy like that. Anyways, we started saving for our house long before we even got married actually.  We had paid off all our debt + student loans about a year or two before we […]



OMG I Have A Yoga Room 2

So, we have 3 unused bedroom upstairs.  We use our master bedroom, 2 of the rooms have our old queen beds in them, and the last room sits empty.  We usually end up throwing random projects in the empty room, as seen here: The other day I was working out in our basement and wishing I had a place to stretch and do yoga. And then it dawned on me – I have MORE than enough room to do yoga, I just need to set up a space in one of our empty rooms. I knew which room would be perfect, too.  It’s the room we refer to as “the blue room” because it’s, well, a blue room.  When we first moved in, it was […]

Mudroom Shoe Storage & Bench Makeover 2

Hey, hey!  Happy March to ya!  Today I’ve got a makeover story.  A mudroom shoe storage and bench makeover, to be exact! One thing I was pretty excited about when we moved into our house was the mudroom shoe storage and bench area.  It’s so nice to drop your bags and kick off your shoes as soon as you walk in.  And since our mudroom area was right off the garage, it made it super convenient. But there was one thing that bothered me about the mudroom shoe storage area.  It was…rather difficult to get to.  Check out this before picture (take special note of the extreme messiness…and the rogue Victoria’s Secret box): Yeah…there’s a nice bench there but it’s closed off in front.  If […]