Friday, July 14, 2017


Whew this week just got a little crazy after we last chatted on Monday!!  My car started acting up on my way in to work on Monday and I had to ask one of my BFF's to follow me home (on the back roads of course) to make sure that I didn't have any issues.
When we came to the stop light I received a text:  "Nice Hooptie".  I knew immediately what she meant and started to laugh hysterically.  Some of you may be too young or just didn't grow up with us but when we say hooptie it's not the best thing to happen.....when you don't intend for your car to look like it has hydraulics ;)  Ok, ok so it wasn't THAT bad but you get the point.  It was clearly obvious to all those around me that I was having a "slight" issue!!!

So Tuesday I hopped in my Jeep to head to work and made it half way and my Jeep started pulling and my low tire light popped on!  Sure enough my tire was losing air and quickly.  Sooooooo I turned around and again took to the back roads to make it home.  Yep I had a nail in my tire.  Not my week!!!  Blah, so I worked from home.

I believe I was meant to be home that day because our little fur baby, Zoey, needed an unexpected trip to the vet to have her poor tail looked at.  Not great news but holding out hope :-)  The vet had to sedate her in order to get a good look at her tail.  Here is Jake comforting her while she was sedated. She was still awake but completely still.  I think he was worried she was scared....

Have you ever had to hold a 100 lb german shepherd as her drugs were kicking in?  Wow we got our workout in that day at the vet!!!!

Anywho, enough of my excuses for why I've been a slacker.  Here is what we got done last Sunday on our landscape project!!

So what do you think?  We're making some serious progress, huh???  We cannot wait to get them in but it looks like we're shooting for the first week in August....maybe the second.  There is still a ton of prep work that needs to be done to be completely side walk ready but we're getting there.  CAN.NOT.WAIT.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sidewalk Prep!

Happy Monday everybody!  The real bummer about this week is the fact that we actually have to work FIVE whole days.  I'm thinking I could really get on board with a THREE day work week.  Hey, a girl can dream can't she?

Onto our landscaping update.  First thing that needs to happen are the sidewalks.  Now mind you on Friday night I told my husband yeah let's start getting a plan together for our sidewalks and shoot for pouring them in August.

Well, when I got back from Adventure Saturday with my brother, my kids, my nieces and nephew, Ryan had already laid out the sidewalk.  Here is what I came home to....

Here is the front porch where our new steps will go!  Just found out that many places don't even make rounded concrete steps because of strict new guidelines.  Soooooo, that made my decision easy. Square steps it is!!

Here is where the sidewalk will go across the front of the garage and lead to the front porch....and Zoey my little photo-bomber.  The space close to the house will be where we pant the arborvitae and my pots filled with flowers.

This is on the left side of the house (if you're facing the front).  There won't be a sidewalk here but we're digging it out so we can't plant here.  We'll outline it with cottage stone.....yet to be determined.

I am soooooo excited.  I really think it is going to make a huge difference.  As many of you know, or some of you have figured, my husband does NOT waste any time once he focuses on a project.  Come back tomorrow and I'll show you what we got done on Sunday.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Landscaping Time....Finally!!!

Well we are FINALLY getting moving on our landscaping and sidewalks....oh and some front porch steps.  #awkward #babysteps

We all know that it takes time and MONEY when it comes to landscaping.  Last summer our big project was the concrete in the barn and we're finally focusing on landscaping this year.  Don't let me fool you though, it popped to the top of the to-do list because we have a graduation party next year. #sayitaintso #cryingalready
Sometimes it just takes a little something, like a graduation party, to provide the incentive you need to get a project moving forward.

Obviously these pictures are from when we just finished the house but I forgot to take some pictures this weekend!!  You get the point......

The side walk will go across the front of the garage here on the right and lead to the (soon to be) front porch steps.

Clearly the front porch needs steps cuz that first step is a doozy!!!  We're on the fence about rounded steps or square steps.  I can't decide.  Ugghhh the struggle is real.  What do you think?????

Now onto the landscaping.  I'm thinking about arborvitae along the front of the house, with some ornamental grass and pots filled with bright colorful flowers.  We are going with black mulch this year and may decide on stone in the future.  However for now, I want black mulch.

I love the arborvitae in front of this house.

I love the purple in this fountain grass as well!

So that's where we're at right now.  Nope, I haven't finished the great room makeover and nope I haven't finished covering my dining room chairs and nope I haven't painted my mom's outside patio furniture.  I just keep adding more projects to the list cuz that is how I roll!!

Any plant/trees/bushes you love and recommend????

Monday, June 26, 2017

{DIY} Fireplace Log Holder

Happy, Happy Monday!!!!  Did that sound chipper?  I tried my hardest to sound all woohhhooo it's Monday again but man it's a real bummer that Monday is here already.  Oh well, moving on!

I decided to bust out my favorite spray paint this weekend and brighten up a little something in our great room.   I never realized how blah our log holder was that sits next to our fireplace.  Here is the before picture.

See, just kind of drab and boring, huh??  Don't get me wrong though, I do love it.  My FIL had it sitting in his barn and it had never been used.  He was nice enough to hand it over to me.

I took it out in the garage and got all of the dust off of it (awkward) and knocked off a few spots where there was flaking.

Once it was all cleaned up, I flipped it upside down and put in a large box I had in the garage to keep from getting too much over-spray.

 Here is the bottom all done.  I let it dry for 20 minutes and was ready to flip it over and finish up.

Here is the finished product.  All done and ready to dry.  Really I love this paint.  It really is forgiving and makes such a quick and cheap impact.  In case you can't read that tiny writing it is Gold Bright Metallic Finish from Krylon.

Here is the finished product back in the great room.  Love it!!

Huge difference, right????

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Martini Glass Obsession

I have a confession to make!  I'm addicted to martini glasses.  So, I agree, there are worse things to be addicted to but man I can't get enough.  Mostly because you can get them at the Dollar Tree for, well, a BUCK!!!  Sign me up.

1.  Desserts.  I love to use them for desserts.  Here you'll see pictures from a baby shower where I used all of the smaller martini glasses I had to display all of the cupcakes I had made.  Sure I could have just used a cake plate but isn't this MUCH cuter?  I think so.
I've also made individual trifles in martini glasses.  They are quick, easy and make you look like Martha freaking Stewart.

2.  Mashtini Bar.  OMG this was sooooooo good.  I decided to put together a mashtini bar for bunco night at my house.  Not only was it adorable but it was so easy.  I made a huge pot of mashed potatoes and kept them warm in the crockpot til party time.  Then once it was time, I placed all of the toppings (bacon, green onions, fried onion straws, salsa, butter, gravy, sour cream and whatever else you might want) in those cute little glass bowls from the dollar tree.  Once it was time to eat, everyone grabbed their large martini glass and loaded is up with their mashed potatoes.  Then they made their way through the bar with the fixins.

3.  Table Decor.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to table decor.  I love using them at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Here are some pics of the Thanksgiving table that I put together at my mom and dad's house several years ago.  Again, quick, cheap and easy.  For the pictures below all you need is some water, fresh cranberries and tea lights.
You can also use the bigger martini glasses and add whichever flowers and greenery are you faves. Hey, you could even add your favorite floral arrangement and stack on top of wood slice centerpieces. Come on, you know I love wood slices ;-)

4.  Martini Bar.  Duh!!  Seems to be pretty obvious, huh?  Grab your favorite booze and get creative. We've made pomegranate martinis, apple get the idea.  Man I could go for a martini right about now....

There you have it.  There are just a FEW ideas that show how I've used my martini glasses.  Have you used martini glasses in a creative way?  Share some pics!!