Archives for September 2012

A Week in Pictures

Here are a few Instagram snapshots of my past week.

Now that the kids are both in school all day, I can hit the pavement and get some runs in…alone! No one riding beside me on a bike.  Just me, my headphones and a sweaty run ahead of me!

I’ve been working my tail off lately, getting in shape. Making better food choices and making sure I get some excercise in.  And as a benefit to all that work, I’ve been enjoying wearing a belt!   These orange cords {which look super neon in the photo. Hopefully they aren’t that bright in person!} are one of my favorite purchases this fall.  The cords and sweatshirt are both from the Gap.

Dan was gone on Saturday so I took the kids to see Hotel Transylvania.  We all enjoyed the movie. {Looks like someone’s fingernails – ahem, me! – need attention!  Maybe I should have squeezed in a manicure too!}

Here’s another fun outfit, with a belt!

Shirt  {Old Navy}, Pants {Loft}, Belt {Gap}, Watch {Nordstrom BP}, Necklace {Target}

And lastly, some pumpkins that my mom grew. Aren’t they fun!

I love this time of year.


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Our New Refrigerator

This weekend, we noticed that our refrigerator was having an issue staying closed. After closer examination, we determined it was probably time to replace our 15 year old fridge.  We searched at a few local stores and decided on a new GE Profile.

When old appliances break, it’s bitter sweet.  Spending money on a new one isn’t fun, but getting something new and shiny is a thrill. Something that has more bells and whistles. Something that actually has drawers that slide open easily. Something that has a water filter.

So yesterday, we said good-bye to this old thing….

And we got to say hello to this handsome appliance…

It looks so pretty in the kitchen!

And thank goodness the fridge got here when it did.  The delivery man went to check out the old fridge before loading it into their truck and the door fell off in his hand! Talk about perfect timing!!

I’m loving the new look it gives the kitchen! Though it only makes me want to replace the white double oven next to the fridge! All in good time….


Favorite Things…Windex Wipes

If you have little kids, it’s quite likely that your bathroom mirror resembles mine.  The kids rush a brush job and seconds later, there is toothpaste splattered all over the mirror {see below!}.

We often brush our teeth in our powder room downstairs and there isn’t a lot of storage.  Keeping windex and a roll of paper towels isn’t an option.  I’ve used baby wipes, clorox wipes and a wet paper towels…..and they all leave the mirror a streaky mess. {Yes, I’m just too lazy to actually walk and get the windex from the other room.}

Fortunately, Windex is a few steps ahead of me.

These small packs of wipes easily tuck away in our small cabinet in the bathroom.

So after one quick wipe….

…the mirror is clean again!!

Are you going to add Windex wipes to your shopping list?!


Melted Candles

Yes, candles are supposed to melt.  You light the wick and they centers of the candles burn down.

My candles are battery operated. So I didn’t think twice when I decorated with them on my front porch.

But remember the warm weather I mentioned yesterday?

And did I mention that my battery operated candles are also WAX candles??  Apparently the heat was too much for them.

Thank goodness Costco has their supply of battery operated candles for sale now!  And thank goodness my fall decor will soon replace this melted mess.

So into the trash they go.


Fall Mantel

Northwest weather is typically quite pleasant in September.  But it’s been plain hot here lately. {Well, hot for the northwest!}  The heat has made it challenging  to feel like decorating for fall!  But I didn’t think my starfish and driftwood decor was appropriate anymore since we are in full fall routine here.   So a few days ago, I dug out some of my fall decorations.

This is what I came up with.  It’s simple and uncluttered. And it feels a bit unfinished, but at least I’m headed the right direction!

I picked up some pumpkins and mums at the grocery store.

My ferns were relocated in front of the fireplace.  And my fall burlap banner was hung up.

Bittersweet was added to a watering can…

…and the mantel is complete {for now}.


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Favorite Things…Chalkboard Pens

Writing on a chalkboard can be messy.  Chalk dust gets everywhere.  And the letters sometimes smudge if your hand lays on the writing.

The solution? A chalkboard pen!

I just recently purchased my first chalkboard pen. Maybe I’m slow to be on board with these….but I love them!

The precision that you can achieve with a chalkboard pen is much greater than with regular chalk.  Dear Lilly created this on her chalkboard.  Surely she used a chalkboard pen!


I have the pen, and I have several chalkboards… now I just need to practice {and practice and practice and practice} my handwriting so I can create something as beautiful as Dear Lillie.

I recently purchased this cute caddy from Target’s new Threshold collection, and was was able to try out my pen.

Writing with it was so simple! And when I made a mistake, a wet paper towel cleaned if off in no time!

I can’t wait to try my pen out on other chalk boards! And maybe one of these days, I will have mastered some fancy writing to create a piece of art like Dear Lilly!


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Under the Cabinet Outlet Strips

A few years ago, my brother and his family did a huge kitchen remodel.  When I was up at their house this weekend, my brother commented on how much he loves their under cabinet outlets.  Instead of doing standard outlets {in the backsplash area} they built outlet ‘strips’ underneath their cabinets.

There wasn’t any cutting into the pretty glass tiles to make room for outlets.  The backsplash is beautiful and seamless.

Cell phones can be charged.  Coffee makers plugged in.  And there are still plenty of outlets {which are virtually out of sight!} for any electrical needs that may arise.

I’ll be adding ‘under cabinet outlets’ to my wish list for our kitchen remodel! Will you?


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First Day of School 2012

It was a big day here in this house…both of our kids are in full day school!  That’a big milestone in the life of this mommy!  It’s the first time in nine years that I’ve had a free day while they were both in school for more than just a few hours!!

I was scrolling through some old pictures this morning and was reminiscing over much they’ve grown through the years!

And here is Emmie this year….

And Jack this year…

They were pretty excited this morning. And they even posed for the numerous pictures that I took of them too!

Here’s to a great year!!


Male Teacher Gifts

Today was the open house at the elementary school. The kids got to go meet their teachers. find their desk and drop off their school supplies.  I always like to bring a little something for the teachers.  It’s usually it’s in the form of a bouquet of flowers from my garden…

But this year, Jack has a male teacher.  What to do?!  I’m sure he doesn’t get too excited about a lovely bouquet displayed in a ball jar, with a note and some twine wrapped around it!

So I did a little looking online and found a cute idea on Pinterest, of course.  I found the A&W logo from the internet and created this fun note…

…then attached it with some twine to a six pack of root beer!

I think the teachers liked their gifts!  I know the kids enjoyed delivering them today!


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