Sunday, January 25, 2015

Battle of the Bulge

Wow it doesnt seem like 5 months since I posted a blog and it doesnt seem like 12 weeks (tomorrow) that my little nugget will have been in the world. I am on a new journey to lose the stubborn baby weight that came along with indulging during my last pregnancy and perhaps enjoying some holiday cookies too much. I plan to journal what I eat and what I work out as well as monitor my progress here for the next few weeks as Mike and I have entered a 12 week workout goal together. We are beginning week 4 and I have not noticed any changes yet which is super frustrating. We have had 2 glorious cheat meals and Mike 'caught' me the one time I added a smidge of cream to my coffee but otherwise have been on a strict protein eating plan that gives me high and low days of carbs. I have been lifting weights heavier than normal, started back to doing pilates reformer and do body combat 3 times a week which is getting increased to 5 times a week starting tomorrow. 10lbs to go and a lot of firming up to do....Ill check back with ya to let you know how its going.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A 27 Week Baby Bump Thought Process:

A 27 Week Baby Bump Thought Process:

I can squeeze into that
Ugh I’m fat
I want ice cream
Maybe I should go to the gym.

I have not journaled this pregnancy as much as I did with Lily, one for lack of time since I have two other kids and two because it has not been the most fun pregnancy. I am in no way complaining because at least I get the opportunity to feel like garbage where I know a lot of other women are struggling to conceive so I am counting my blessings for a healthy third child.

Cravings: First trimester: Sour Patch kids, anything starchy
                 Second trimester: pickled beets

Aches and Minor complaints:

First Trimester- Extreme morning sickness, afternoon sickness and night sickness coupled with extreme fatigue and the joy of losing my job a week after finding out I was pregnant. So there was no stress there whatsoever. 10 + gained just from peeing on the stick. Oh and let’s not forget about the glorious explosion of acne. I went through a bottle of Tums in the first few weeks; I am telling you plain air gave me heartburn. I am overjoyed to be pregnant with a dash of what the hell were we thinking. I was rehired a few weeks later before a bump was too noticeable however baby brain really had set in and I was surely missing my afternoon nap with lily. 

Second Trimester: It’s angry down there, Vern is a mean sonofabitch. My energy level is back from the dead but not to 100%. That is in part to transitioning Lily to her big girl bed and having some sleepless nights from her waking up more often. That seems to have leveled off now and we are back to the normal waking to pee and find a comfortable position. My nose is a desert; never had this issue before where it is just painfully sore but it’s been added to the odd world of pregnancy issues. Add 10 more lbs this trimester. Boy names are 3 trillion times harder to agree on. I was certain this pregnancy was another girl based on the morning sickness, since I had that with lily and not Matthew. Alas, a pecker was seen and even though we initially settled on Jason, we have since changed our minds and landed on another name to be announced when he arrives, incase pregnancy hormones change my mind again. I feel that my mood is not as wishy washy with this pregnancy, but Mike may have another response for you. I have continued going to the gym longer with this pregnancy, twice a week combat classes, and minimal weights. Alas I am having severe sciatic pain to which my doctors attribute to it being my third pregnancy and all the symptoms happen harder and faster. YAY! BUT with that I am blessed to be kicked and jabbed all day long, by far this is the most active baby in utero. No more wanting to vomit, just wanting to meet him.

We will be celebrating our little girls second birthday in just a few weeks and also sending Matthew into the first grade, as much as I want D day to get here, I also want to freeze time where my babies are still little and precious, and snuggly and want to live with their mom forever. Can’t have my cake and eat it too. Cake? I’ll be right back.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

 With baby #3 on the way I of course have the itch to create another nursery, however the space in our house is not allowing each child their own room. Luckily, my oldest boy is totally stoked about sharing a room with his baby brother and he can sleep through a tornado so I think doubling them up will work out nicely.

This weekend I came to the harsh realization that their room is not as large as the space planning drawings and ideas I had in store. So I have moved the furniture around in every single layout possible and am just not there yet. So while I drive my son crazy with a new bed position every night, please enjoy the inspiration photos below of some gorgeous nurseries.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Antelope Roam

Its been a while since I have blogged- I suppose there were more pressing things to tend to like having a 6 year old start school, a two year old running wild and a 21 week old brewing. Since we have the little bundle on the way, my list of needs/ wants for the house are ever changing. We went price comparing this weekend to determine if hardwood or Berber carpet would be a better solution for our upstairs flooring needs. There is close to 1100 sq ft to cover plus the stairs.  We plan to move in the next year to two years so I am looking for something that will stand up for that amount of time to a dog, 3 boys and a toddler girl. Plus my Mr. handyman likes to do everything himself so I was also considering the amount of time for installation into the equation.  The hardwood we love is a hand scraped bamboo that was surprisingly less expensive than the Berber that I was not at all impressed with. However, while at the carpet shop, I did happen to fall head over heels for this antelope rug. It would make no sense in our homes decor but I love it anyway. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Renovations and list making

We are in the middle of Matthew’s bathroom renovation; which is taking longer than I had hoped but the labor (Mike) is free so I can’t complain.  So of course while one project is being done I have my eyes on the next one or twenty. Here is the current list of updates that we are going to tackle.

We are in the middle of Matthew’s bathroom renovation; which is taking longer than I had hoped but the labor (Mike) is free so I can’t complain.  So of course while one project is being done I have my eyes on the next one or twenty. Here is the current list of updates that we are going to tackle.
Listie McListerson:
Front Entry:
·       Paint front door- preferably yellow but mike wants a new wood door with glass inlays which I don’t prefer in case I have to ninja crawl to the peep hole one day.
·       Change light fixture to Monrovianstar 

Living room:
·     Comfortable seating- chairs and sofa/ loveseat. Currently we have antique ish seating which goes well with the d├ęcor and feel of the house but isn’t very comfortable for someone who is tall or weighs more than 100 lbs since the springs sink to the floor. 
 I would love something that looks like this. It is keeping with the style of the rest of the furniture but more comfortable. I also love this feel but am not sure I am cured of my OCD enough to handle sloppy slip covers.

·       Hang window treatment- Mom took down the last one to make a few tweaks

·       Pillows- I feel in love with this fabric and didn’t have a good place to make use of it until I figured I could always use more pillows. So I bought striped fabric for the back and will use the gazebo cloud on the front and voila I am satisfied.

·       Bigger rug- I bought this rug from Overstock about 2 years ago because it helped to bring in some other colors and it was fairly cheap but it has been pen marked by my brother, peed on by the dog and about 2’ too short, so I am considering buying the same rug in the next size up or looking for a different rug altogether. I am not sure yet.
Dining Room

·       Bigger rug- again I purchased a rug for the living room that was too bland so I moved it into the dining room, it fits okay but by decorators law it is too short, the chairs should touch the rug when people are sitting in them, not just when they are pushed in.

·       Refinish table- I found this table at a stationary store in Florida about 5 years ago, they were closing and selling everything in the store. I got it for $300- 6 chairs and a nice table. I have recovered the chair seats (twice) and am now considering ombre dying the legs from deep pink to at the feet to a high gloss white on the actual table top.


·       Seal tile backsplash- We finally replaced the horrid brick glass tile that darkened our kitchen to this much more airy small subway tile. It just needs to be sealed. Quickly. Before grease splatters and stains the grout.



·     Move light fixture- the previous owners had a ceiling fan in the dinette area in the kitchen. First I think that is weird, Second it was a horrible are deco fan that made no sense with the above mentioned brick glass tile and other questionable choices they made in their kitchen upgrade. So when we took down the fan to hang our light fixture, it hung not over the table, but over one of the chairs, meaning when you stood up – tall people that is- you  boinked your head on the chandelier. In a quick fix my father in law zip tied the chain to itself at a higher point. So we need to actually take it down, patch the hole, climb in the wall and saw another hole, move the electric and then re hang the light. But we are waiting to do that until we are ready to texture the ceiling. More on that below.


Downstairs bath:

·     Paint trim- I have neglected to paint the trim in this room and every time I am in there with the door closed (which is rare when you have kids since as soon as a door closes its like their spidey senses go off knowing you are looking for a moment of privacy and come knocking/kicking/yelling for you) I see that there are paint drips from the wall and make mental note “gotta paint the trim”

·     New staircase rail- There is nothing technically wrong with the rail but I am sure I can find something with a little more visual appeal.


Bonus Room:

·     Flat screen tv- thanks to my brother in law and friend matt, Mike and I were gifted for our wedding with a nice large tv, since then though tvs have become flat, instead of 2 feet deep. BUT we have a preschooler who occasionally hits said tv and I bet his little sister will likely do the same- so we have opted to keep the large out of date eye sore until we can rationalize the expense. Perhaps it will be our Christmas gift to us this year.
·     Console table- when we get said flat screen- I want to get a repurposed console table like this one


·     Area rug

·     Flooring- I am undecided about new carpet or using wood floors throughout the entire second floor including the bedrooms.
·     Large scale prints above sofa- Currently I have a swirling bird thing going on above the sofa- I like this but do not love it. And I know that when Lily becomes mobile those will be plucked off one by one. I like this idea of oversized photos


·       Remodel bath- add shutters to window

·       Scale down furniture- we have LARGE furniture in our room. The bed is very tall and the wood is very dark. When they delivered it I was pregnant with Matthew I was hesitant about it, then wasn’t sure if it was my hormones making me wishy washy or because it was actually extremely large. Turns out it was the later. Its quite the show when I am late in pregnancy trying to heave myself up on to the bed multiple pee breaks a night. 

·       Window treatment- to be determined as I do not want to close the room in any more than it is

·       Foot throw- I head of this at a fabric store. Instead of taking your comforter/ coverlet etc and folding it up at the foot of the bed, why not just have the right size and beautiful fabric made so that there is no messing around in the morning?

·       Pillows- will coordinate with foot throw


Matthews room:

I just went hell bent for election as Gramma would say in Matthews room and to tell you the truth I am not sure why and/or if I accomplished what I wanted.

When we found out we were pregnant with Lily,  I almost immediately made the decision to take the queen out of the guest room (now Lily’s room) and put it in Matthews room-rationalizing that if we had guests, they could sleep in Matthews room and Matthew could sleep in the twin that I was putting from his room into Lily’s room and when Lily grew out of the crib she would already have the twin, Made sense to me.

 WELL, that worked fine at first. Then I realized how massive the queen was in Matthews’s room and it didn’t leave him much room to play. And then I got a hair and sold his dresser (mdf special) on Craigslist without having any idea of what to replace it with. I knew I wanted to get him a desk, so that all his crayons / craft stuff could be contained plus give him a space to make a mess without coloring my other furniture. I had previously bought a VERY LARGE scale world map, in hopes that he would be smarter than me geographically and add visual interest to the room as a plus. So I was left with a large map, moving the twin bed back in his room and a bunch of clothes on the floor since I could not find the perfect dresser. Chaos.

 I wanted second hand because I see no reason to spend $800+ on children’s furniture just so it can get destroyed. I scoured Craigslist hourly- I wanted to spend under $200 for a real wood dresser and not have to put a lot of time into refinishing if I didn’t have to. Almost a month went by before I found this gem.

I love the knobs, the color of the wood, the wheels on the legs and the height of the dresser. I loved the price too- $100. I do not like that the drawers stick a bit but my knowledgeable mom will help me soap the rails for a smoother glide.

·       Window treatment- We had these in his room but they no longer made sense so I am reviewing my options.

·       Refinish Pie safe- I have become a believer in Chalk Paint


·       Create larger fire pit- with chimney so that you aren’t overtaken with smoke when trying to enjoy a nice fire on a cool autumn night with the kiddos

·       Add pergola to deck for shade- our house is white which just reflects the sun and makes it impossible to enjoy the deck after noon, ever.

·       Refinish deck- previous owners did poor job at staining and it is peeling up

·       Stain playhouse- afternoon job- paint gun ready- stain purchased, just have to find a dry 2 day period
·     Oh and why not add a doily hammock?


·       Remove diseased Bradford Pear tree – Replace with weeping willow or another fast growing tree


Throughout the house:
·     Flooring 7” plank walnut

·       Ceiling texture- our home has flat ceilings, just painting, no texture- no popcorn which is good- but plain flat just painted ceilings shows every roller mark. We are going to have the whole house textured with knockdown. This is ONE thing mike is willing to let someone else do, they say they are in and out in an afternoon- move and replace furniture and clean up. BAM!


·       Add sunroom behind garage which would extend the kitchen

·       Second floor addition above sunroom extra bedroom and laundry room



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It’s a Wish List Wednesday

I have been going full speed ahead this year, I cannot believe its late April already and that I am 33! So far I have ran three 5Ks with more on the horizon, I won a trip to Tampa, Florida to see Kenny Chesney in concert with my bestie as well as see my family and friends to show of the babies, on top of that I was gifted free tickets to Disney so that Matthew could see the Magic Kingdom while Mike didn’t have to have a conniption over the cost, I then re did Matthews bedroom for probably the third time since living in SC, Mike has his car habit and I have my decorating- I will blog about the transformation later, I celebrated my 33rd birthday with a dinner out with friends and was able to sleep in while Mike tended to the kids as well as a sweet heart necklace that Matthew picked out with love (surprisingly it has yet to turn my skin green),I had the opportunity to go to Vegas for next to nothing and although I didn’t come back a huge winner, I did win enough to cover my expenses which included $21 drinks and tickets to see Peep Show with Coco which was quite amusing, I was then blessed enough to find a cohort to attend the Carrie Underwood concert with me last night and had a great evening out- phew. Now that all of that is done and I am putting myself on a spending moratorium, it is time to put all my wants down on paper- sort of like window shopping:

 I have a thing for chevron- no surprise

And I have a thing for comfy throws

So Why not mix the two?

I am sorta obsessed with these flats from Target but cannot find them in a store

Who doesn’t need a bright orange egg crate to display tasty  treats like this one from Rachel Ray?


And speaking of tasty treats- I like to make home made whip cream and this nifty little contraption will dispense it like RediWhip!


And what better way to display your berries to top with said whip cream then with these porcelain berry baskets?

I am still looking for a great floral shop where you can pick freely, the farmers markets are hit and miss



And lastly I am looking to the future to bring Mike and I to somewhere exotic, romantic and serene where we would be greeted with these – perhaps for our 10 year wedding anniversary? (honey… are you listening?)


Oh this is on top of my Macys Wish list with a plethora of cute tops and dresses- but since I am still working out I don’t want to put too much money into my closet plus after reading the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess; I have cleared out my closet from anything that doesn’t fit or that I know I wont wear and have a box in my trunk to send to a friend and a bag to donate so it seems counterproductive to just fill it up again. However I do recommend the wish list, as it alerts you when items you desire are on sale, just in case.