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kitchen update

May 19, 2016

Many of you know I stare at beautiful pictures of interiors everyday for pleasure and for the marketing I do for Restyle Design. It was slowly driving me crazy seeing beautiful kitchen updates with what appeared to be a coat of white paint! My poor husband as I kept talking to him about my white kitchen dreams until one day… he said OKAY. I don’t know about all of you but when I finally get the go ahead on any house project, I try to casually leave the room right after and then frantically get in touch with a contractor as fast as my fingers can dial.

So, last fall I contacted Summit Cabinet Coating and got a bid for painting my alder cabinets WHITE. As soon as I saw some before and after pictures, I was SOLD. What I thought would initially be one small change, became many. To list a few; new faces on my cabinets, the demo and new install of counter tops, new sink and faucet, larger crown molding, new under cabinet lighting and all the hardware. One thing leads to another… and luckily I am still on good terms with  Susan at Restyle Design now that we are done. She was really a champ with my late night indecision and my often WILD pinterest ideas.

This process was pretty short in my opinion. I signed the paint estimate in January and then worked backwards with my paint date being scheduled for April. After researching all sorts of marble knock-offs, my husband suggested we stick with black counters as we would need to ground all the white I was planning! He was right as now that the kitchen is complete- it would have been one big sea of white had we not installed a honed black granite. I also went for a BIG Blanco sink which is so thrilling to me! No more divider for my pans! I do find that with a big deep sink, however, my kids just pile those plates deep in there thinking I won’t find that they didn’t make it to the dishwasher. Oh well- small price to pay!

The other thing I could not decide on was the back splash! My sister joked that I really had high expectations from a tile. She was right! I was all over the board- color! detail! shape! until I slowly realized that everyone was saying the SAME two words to me – “subway tile”- there is a reason it is a classic! Thanks to Erin at Everitt and Schilling tile- I chose the Jeffrey Court subway which has a very subtle basket weave pattern to it. Here was my attempt at a design board with my choices-

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And here are some before and after pics- oldkitchenoldkitchen 2newkitch4newkitch3newkitch1newkitch2

Special shout out to some other people who I drove crazy during this project as well- Wendy, Stephanie, Becky, Trisha and anyone else who felt like I told you every single detail of this kitchen remodel. Oh, and my husband.. because you know he had it worst of all.

slow down

May 3, 2016

april extras

April 19, 2016

keyringA couple of you reminded me of some other things I like but haven’t blogged about- so here goes:

My friend Heather B knows how to do beachy waves. Thankfully, she offered to show me how! After one side being better than the other, I mastered it and regularly add some quick waves to my straight hair. The best part is the wand is $20 at Target. Conair You Curling Wand – I cannot find the right link here- this one is bigger than the one I use and mine was $19.99. I guess the takeaway would be look for a wand similar to this in the aisle and you are good. Use the thumb protector those first couple times! You may burn yourself getting used to it.

My sister Wendy sent me this O key ring last year and I LOVE it. I can just plunge my hands into the depths of my purse and always find my mail key when I need it! Plus, it fits around my kids handlebars if I send them to the corner to grab the mail.

One year later and I am still crazy for my Lettermate. I appreciate a well addressed envelope.

Think I am too old for these tennis racquet clips? I love everything from hello shisho. My daughter may be sporting these at her next tot tennis lesson.

One last recipe suggestion- yummy marinade- Sue Jackson’s steak marinade– a go to.

Have a great week!

 

 

spring favorites

April 14, 2016

oatmeal

I made these amazing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with my daughter the other day except she was adamant that we NOT use raisins, only chocolate chips! I used a dark chocolate chip and the results were…. INCREDIBLE. My husband told me these could be my TOP cookies.

The Easter bunny brought Brooke a bunny from Warmies. She is a stuffie girl but this one is taking all the attention from the others as you warm it up in the microwave before bedtime. She just LOVES it.

I have a new favorite hand lotion. Not only is it totally moisturizing- it smells AMAZING. It’s Capri Blue Aloha Orchid Lotion and locals can buy it at Heyday – I did! Makes a great mother’s day gift for your mil or mom- my mom LOVES hers.

go-to clutch in black- Loeffler Randall Tassell Pouch

favorite vase- Anthro’s pinched glass vase

new favorite wine- Wine by Joe Pinot Gris

app that my boys are on ALL THE TIME- Musical.ly

movie I’m so excited about since I loved the book- Me Before You– June 3

dream mountain home by Studio McGee

always glad to hear about your favorites too- so send me an email or leave a comment-

 

 

 

 

 

mid march favorites

March 7, 2016

grass

Hi all! Quick round up of some favorite things.

Rainbow carrots are back in season – my kids love the colors- sometimes meals need the fun of a rainbow! And we tried a Sumo Mandarin last night (ugly fruit) and it was delicious!

The best chocolate chip cookie skillet – I think I blogged about this last year when we made it- and my husband and son made it again last weekend- soooo amazing! Kind of rich, but unbelievable!

Just read Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon. She has led an interesting life and I never knew she stutters- amazing to learn that with her fantastic career singing. Many parts I skimmed as I didn’t know all the performer’s names, but for the most part- I liked it.  Poor James Taylor- I don’t think he has any secrets left after she wrote this memoir!

I was psyched to see this Metal Photo and Card Holder online at Magnolia Market. I bought one a couple of years ago for my holiday cards and LOVE it. There are tons of clips attached so you can add them quickly. I am buying another as one isn’t enough!

Thought this cake was a sweet idea. Always good to catch your kids off guard- in a good way!

Tried Blue Apron last week and forgot to cancel this week in time. We had an awesome shrimp dish and an okay chicken one. Oddly, my husband loved BOTH nights. That probably means the chicken dish was healthier than I like my meal to be!  We have two more meals shipping this week and then I will make a decision if it’s a good aid from time to time.

Found Honest Dish Soap in white grapefruit at Target and we are fans. It smells so fresh.

Have you ever planted wheatgrass seeds in time for Easter? SO EASY. Seriously. If you plan ahead, these babies grow in a week and a half and are a great centerpiece.  I have zero talent in growing something and even I do this a couple of times a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it’s just a phase

January 28, 2016

Oh my. My friend Allison sent me a link with a warning I would probably need tissues. When all is quiet in your house (right!) watch this video. Although my daughter is still in a tutu phase, I can see my oldest son in this too. 8 minutes long.

happy new year 2016

January 10, 2016

sweetishhappy new year!

Sharing some quick things that have come into my inbox lately-

Trader Joe’s Customer Choice Award Winners

16 Goals to Set for Next Year

and some new finds-

Loving this dish soap smell! Honest Dish Soap in Lemon Verbena- I found it at Target

Stiga Table Hockey Game– I love this game! We have been keeping it on our kitchen table as we are playing so often. Becomes addictive.

Toddler Little Sleepyhead Pillow– Brooke needed a pillow for her bed that was smaller than an adult pillow and I took a chance on this based on all the positive reviews- it’s adorable in the pink case! She LOVES it.

Crate and Barrel dip bowls– I ended up buying more with the holiday sale as we use these more than any other bowl we have. I know it says it’s a dip bowl, but it’s a cereal, yogurt, dessert bowl in ours!

SMaK Salve– My friend Maureen and friends started this company and she sent me a kit of their products. I am using the Salve all the time- cuticles, dry lips, elbows, feet- love it! I will be reordering from this dry state I live in.

and for a REAL treat- order these Sea Salt caramels! My sisters and my mom had these when we stayed at a hotel in Scottsdale and begged for more from the concierge. Now we are ordering them on our own and the owner Julie couldn’t be nicer. Sweetish Treats– YUM!

 

 

 

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