Exciting News!!!

Coming in September our little family is getting a new member. šŸ˜ I can’t tell you how excited we are for this new chapter in our lives to start.

Being pregnant has not been the easiest thing I’ve ever done for sure – but there was a time where we wondered if having a baby was ‘in the cards’ for us- so I’m just really thankful for all of it. Of course, I could deal with less puking. šŸ˜‚ That part has straight up sucked.

I’m writing this at the end of week 14. In 2 days we have our 4-D ultrasound scheduled. šŸ„° Today I spent my day off running around picking decorations for a fun little gender reveal for our families. And in general everything is falling into place for after this little baby comes.

I’m so so thankful for our 2 supportive families that are going to help us with child care, and also my job who worked out reducing my hours so I can continue working but be at home a lot more than I would have with my old schedule.

I’m just content and happy.ā˜€ļø(With a slight touch of nervous. šŸ˜¬šŸ˜‚ )

Stay tuned- every post on here won’t be a baby post but after we find out gender soon I will be going into full on nursery mode – so you already know that will be a blog. ā˜€ļøšŸ˜Š

Dealing with disappointments….

This post has really been a long time coming and it’s a little more heavy than my usual. It was hard to write. But I feel like it’s time to explain something that has changed since I started this blog.

People that know me in real life know the nitty gritty details of it already – and I won’t get into that too much here. (Because I’m not a petty person.) But lonnnng story short I am no longer a realtor.

For my friends that do only real estate for a living- ya’ll are a rare breed. It’s really hard to be a warm, efficient, tough person that can let things people say about you roll off your back. But for me- it turns out I wasn’t that good at letting things roll off my back. Especially when the person trash talking me was a family member. šŸ¤·ā€ā™€ļø

When I decided to quit I initially felt embarrassed, like I was letting everyone down who believed in me. Including myself.

I had spent about 6 months working to get that license and studied hard to pass my tests. I spent countless hours working hard for my first clients who ended up unhappy over something I had no control of- and blamed it on me anyway.

The point of all this is to say that I tried something. I tried it really hard with my whole heart. I burned my candle at both ends holding down a full time dental hygiene job and working my ass off hustling in real estate. I can still walk away with my head held high knowing I carried myself with class and integrity in spite of some extreme stress and negativity.

And if you’re reading and you’re sitting on an idea you can’t quite shake I encourage you to go for it. If I wouldn’t have tried real estate I would have always wondered ‘what if’. This second job gave me a life line during an uncertain time in my career which I’m happy to say has worked out now. And it made me that much more thankful for getting that quality time back for myself and my family- which was ultimately the reason I tried this in the first place.

Everything you try won’t always work out. It’s just a fact of life. Instead of feeing embarrassed about it I’m choosing to take away the good life lessons and be thankful for everything great coming my way these days. ā˜€ļø

The blog will be changing and growing with my life and you can still expect some home/ DIY posts, travel, and just life in general. Thanks for reading. šŸ’•

NYC trip – p.s. Iā€™m 30

In January for my 30th birthday Bill and me took a little trip to the big apple. I’m so glad we were able to make this trip happen.

Traveling has always been super important to me. Basically I couldn’t care less about designer anything- I love me some Target if you didn’t already know. But a good trip/ experience is my kryptonite. It’s what I love to anticipate and spend my money on.

So since it’s now March and I’m just now writing this I may have already forgotten some of the details- but the way I like to start planning a good trip is by hearing what other people liked about places they’ve been. So here’s our little 4 day NYC trip in a nutshell with some pictures of course. Maybe it will help you plan your trip! šŸ˜Š

NYC in late January is one of the most affordable times to go there. Hotel rooms are at their least expensive and we chose to stay at The Edison which was just a couple blocks away from our main attraction of the trip. It is located right off of Times Square and right in the center of broadway. We chose a very basic room in the hotel. No frills, no bells and whistles. But there are nicer more updated rooms/ suites in the hotel if you want to drop the cash. We ate one morning at the the attached restaurant Friedman’s because we wanted to sit down and eat- which can be a novelty in New York.

The first night there we walked Times Square- went in the Disney store and bought our nieces souvenirs. We also had Shake Shack for the first time. I highly recommend the cheese fries.

The second day was my favorite and was spent seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 šŸ˜±…. this was the point of this trip. It’s all I wanted for my 30th birthday. This was my first broadway show and it did not disappoint in any way. The effects were so impressive and the actors and score were…. well you get the idea… I LOVED it.

We got some good pizza between part 1 & 2 of the show at a pizzeria right across the street from the lyric theatre. We had such a great experience at our first broadway show we tried to hurry up and snag some tickets on our last night to another show…. I had my eye on Hamilton or Waitress… but there were no shows for either that night. So we’ll just have to go back sometime!

The secondary goal of the trip was this bomb birthday cake from Milk Bar…..nuff’ said.

We spent our last day subway-ing out to ride the ferry to see lady liberty šŸ—½ since this was Bill’s first trip to NYC. We froze our butts off for these pictures but it was worth it.

The next big birthday trip we hope to take will be Bill’s 40th in 5 years (he hasn’t said where he wants to go yet) and my 40th in 10. šŸ˜¬

So I’m already hoping for my 40th we can make it back to Hawaii because that’s my favorite place we’ve ever been. šŸ¤ž

Kitchen cabinet paint tutorial

This post has been a looong time coming. I’ve contemplated painted my kitchen cabinets since we bought our place 5 years ago. And I wanted to do a tutorial on the method I decided to go with now that I’ve officially *started* the project.

I talked this project into the ground with anyone that would listen to me. I asked for advice from friends, and on social media multiple times. I was literally paralyzed by indecision for SO LONG.

I finally talked with a guy that works in the paint department at Home Depot and made a decision on how best to do it for me.

Step 1: remove the doors, pulls and prep the wood for paint. I used this liquid sandpaper that was recommended. It’s so simple to use. You use a old T-shirt rag and rub it on in a circular motion all over. This stuff made me think of nail polish remover. The best part is you can just leave it on- no need to wash it off after.

Step 2: if you’re planning on changing the type of cabinet pulls on some of your cabinets you need to also remember to use some wood filler in the old pull holes with a putty knife. This stuff was awesome because it starts out bright pink and changes to a tan after it’s dry. I used the liquid sandpaper again to wipe off the excess after it dried.

Step 3: pick the right type of paint. I went with a alkyd satin enamel on the advise of the paint counter guy that is specifically for cabinets. Per the guy that helped me this paint has a leveling quality to it to help make your finish more even. It also has less of a paint smell to it. I honestly didn’t even smell any paint fumes at all! The color I used for the pantry cabinet is behr pink elephant. This is the same color I used for my front door. It’s the perfect blush with a tendency towards coral color. I’m planning on only doing these cabinets in this color because a little pink goes a long way. I will be using white and black on the rest eventually.

Step 4: Use the right tools and techniques. If your cabinets have groovy details like mine you want to brush those bits first. Then use a FOAM roller for the flat parts. (This helps insure your finish will be flat and even.) I had to do about 3 coats with both the brush and roller to get the coverage I wanted.

Step 5: Being patient while your paint dries is the worst – but it’s also an important step so you don’t jack up all your hard work.

I’m super happy with the results of this project and I will be using the same technique on the rest of the cabinets as I have the time. I’m planning on using our existing pulls but giving them a facelift with some spray paint to save money. (Except for the bottom of the pantry cabinets – they will get a long handled two hole type pull once I find the right thing.)

Before….

After!

Christmas Decor Guide

This year was kind of a re-boot year for our Christmas decor for a lot of reasons- mainly being that we have done a lot of work updating our home since last Christmas and I felt like I had a whole new house to decorate. (i.e. new painted fireplace, new coffee bar, new open shelving, new finished basement— we have done a lot of work!)

Also this year we spent doing a lot of decluttering/ getting rid of crap. I would by no means call us true minimalists yet… or maybe ever… maybe I would call us minimal-ish? Because a true minimalist would probably not put out a Christmas decor shopping guide. So… I realize the irony here. But all the photos below are linked so click away!

We also decided this year that we were well past time to replace our huge white Christmas tree we had – because after 9 years of use it was yellower looking every year we got it out of its box. I didn’t want to spend a ton on a Christmas tree- but I was still in love with the white tree color so I went in search and found exactly what we needed at Michaels for $64 dollars. Made me feel dumb for how much we had spent on our white Christmas tree many years ago- but back then- we were the only people with a white Christmas tree that I knew so they were much harder to find.

I went pretty selective and minimal with the ornaments – half of which we had before – and a few I purchased this year at Target (Hearth and Hand)- the tree skirt is also from there. The pink furry ornaments are from Hobby Lobby. The topper was from Hobby Lobby last year. One just for fun ornament made the cut- Harry Potter duh! And one sentimental ornament– a vintage camera that belonged to my Grandpa. This ornament will always get a special place on my tree no matter what.

I added a few Christmas touches to the decor around the tree as well like the Joy to the World letters hanging on our vintage map that is up year round. They’re from hip hip party goods. We also added the wreath over the existing picture we have up year round. I swapped one of the pictures on the ledge to Christmas that I got several years ago at Home Goods. This year I also added this white metal ornament tree from target that was $10 and I used a few of my hearth and hand ornaments on it. It is hands down one of my favorite decorations.

One of my favorite ways to decorate for holidays is by just tweaking what you already have up year round- just a nod towards the current holiday. This is also a way more budget friendly way to decorate for the holidays.

The fireplace was super fun this year because this is my first year to decorate after painting the whole thing white. So this year I bought a garland for each side of the mantel, twinkle lights that are on a timer, bottle brush trees from Kohls and Hobby Lobby (sold out online), and stockings from Target and TJ max. The warm & cozy and peace signs are from one of my favorite small businesses feather & birch and they stay up all year. The Harry Potter sign is also up year round from a local maker in Ohio.

In the dining area I added a sort of sparse Scandinavian inspired tree from target. Again- under $100. Instead of a skirt I opted for a tree collar….which my husband said he liked…because it looked like a tire. šŸ™„ I decided to keep it anyway because I like it. The tree topper is really simple and minimal and was $5…and other than that all that is on it is one strand of wooden beads and 1 string of twinkle lights. On the wall I splurged a little for this garland from Anthropologie — although I did get it on sale.

In the kitchen all I have done – so far at least is add this little boxwood wreath to the window. And I love the simplicity of it. I might have to leave it up all year. In the coffee bar area I added these blush mercury glass trees- and I’ll put out the couple Rae Dunn mugs I have that are Christmas.

All I did in the basement was put the little 3 ft. pink tree I have had since I was a kid down there. I had to replace the lights because that thing is old. I was able to find all pink at hobby lobby. For decorations I used a Fa la la garland from TJ maxx and this mini tree skirt from target. I also got a new wreath from Target’s opal house collection.

I subscribe to the less is more mentality in home decor. Simple is best – at least for me. Here are a few photos of my house with some of the items I’ve linked above. I hope this helps if you’re looking to simplify your Christmas decor like I was.