Friday Five

Friday, May 19, 2017

I love to read Friday posts that have fun, random information to share so I thought I'd try a similar post myself. Here's a couple things I've been up to lately and some fun things I've been into.

This article from The New York Times about learning to say no. I've read several articles and even a book (it has colorful language but the point is spot on) about how important it is to say no. There are several reasons but what stuck with me the most is that by only saying yes when you want to, you'll do a better job, have more fun, be more pleasant to be around, etc. I have a hard time saying no to things that feel "expected" but then I'm grouchy about having to go. I try to have a good attitude but I wonder if it's sometimes obvious that I'd rather be home chilling out with Ruby. :)

I've been slowing getting into listening to podcasts and LOVE listening to The Popcast every Wednesday. They talk about all things pop culture and it's just so fun to listen to. Especially when Knox and Jamie disagree. You can subscribe to their newsletter (that's actually where I found the link above!) for even more fun in your week.

On Instagram I've been following Alison Faulkner for a few months now and she posts all sorts of fun stuff. BUT, for the month of May she's posting a dance move video daily with the hashtag #idancebecauseimawesome to support Mental Health Awareness month. The videos are fun and make me smile everyday. And I think it's a good reminder that dancing or being silly for a few minutes can do wonders to bring a little joy to your day. Check her out if you haven't!

Last week for me was mainly spent in Michigan celebrating my cousin's birthday and then Mother's Day with Mom. The birthday celebration was super fun! We had a great girls day and a delicious dinner to top it off. :)

For Mother's Day I went with my Mom, Grandma, and Aunt to Grandma's church for a banquet. All the ladies at the church bring food and they had my favorite...taco salad! :) 

I've been reading the Jones Design Company blog for awhile now but for some reason had never checked out the shop. I think I just assumed it would be really pricey so I didn't want to get lured into loving things outside of my budget. However, I took a peek this week and it's SO affordable! She has such cute accessories for your home! I have a few items in my cart...just searching for a couple more things so I can get free shipping. :) Please tell me I'm not the only person that buys more to avoid shipping fees!

That wraps it up! Hope you have a great weekend!


P.S. Next kitchen update coming soon!

Kitchen Reno: Part 1

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hi friends! I mentioned last month that we were about to get started with the kitchen renovation at our house and thought I'd finally provide an update. Let's start at the beginning...these are listing pictures but the only real changes were pictures taped to the fridge, and our cowboy pig cookie jar on the counter. :) There's going to be a lot going on so I figured I'd break the posts down and try to share in real time as much as possible. Today it's pretty much all about demo...

We're replacing the flooring, cabinets, counters, and back splash. The plan was to do the demo portion ourselves to help with the budget. A few weeks ago Loren removed all the cabinets and we started removing the tile. Thankfully a friend came and helped with that because he was way more successful at breaking up the tile than I was! We used a Bagster for all the debris and it was so easy. I'd highly recommend it if you're going to have a lot of construction materials that are heading to the dump. We were able to get all the tile up and then decided to have the flooring installation crew finish the demo of the subfloor.

It was a bear! They worked on the floor for days getting it ready for the flooring to get installed. The subfloor under the tile had been glued AND stapled over linoleum.

And here's a sneak peek of the flooring getting installed!

It's so exciting. All of the flooring is in now but the trim work isn't happening until next week because some piece needed was on backorder. We also have started installing a few cabinets in places where we can. Hopefully I'll be back with prettier photos and updates next week. And keep your fingers crossed that I can make a counter top decision within the next couple days. :) Hope you're having a good week!


Beautiful Banff

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Loren and I recently took a long weekend trip to Banff, Alberta to meet up with our friends for a weekend of skiing (the boys), chatting (the gals), and exploring the area. I'd seen Banff on an episode of Live with Regis and Kelly years ago, thought it was beautiful and have wanted to visit every since then. Here's a recap of our trip...beware there's a lot of photos.

We flew into Calgary which has a very nice airport and then made the easy drive to Banff (the drive is about an hour and twenty minutes). The hotel we chose to stay at was Banff Park Lodge. It was a great location, reasonably priced, and had a hot tub! The rooms were roomy enough and clean so I'd recommend it if you're looking for a place to stay.

The first day in town the boys went skiing and Ang and I caught up and had a yummy lunch. :) We picked them up at the end of the day so we could all go to Lake Louise to see the views. Unfortunately, it was snowing by the time we got to the lake so we didn't get to see the best views.

Loren took this picture while they were skiing. 

Photo Cred: Eric (& selfie stick)

Everywhere you look there is gorgeous scenery, we stopped for a couple pictures on the way down from Lake Louise.

The next day we went to check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. It was incredibly overrated. And smelly (mineral springs). After that 20-minute adventure we continued on to Johnston Canyon Trail. There are two waterfalls that you can see while you hike. The lower falls are considered to be an "easy" hike which I think would definitely be true if the trail wasn't covered in ice! The scenery was breathtaking but the trail was so slippery in some areas you just held the handrail and slid down the slope on your boot heels! We didn't make it to the second waterfall. Eric was ahead of us and said the trail was very difficult so I knew I wouldn't be able to manage it. The trail overall was a great experience and I'd say a must see if you're in the area.

After our hike we stopped at a pretty lake on the way back to town. I'm not totally sure but I think this was Lake Minnewanka, this is based on Googling and Instagram searches. It was super pretty (and windy!), I'm glad we spotted the sign and made the pit stop.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and then decided to head out to visit the Upper Hot Springs. It's essentially a pool sized hot tub with mineral water. Worth a trip, but I wouldn't plan on spending more than 30 minutes there. They do have lockers and towel rental (swim suits too if you really need one!).

Photo cred: Eric
On our last day in town the boys returned to the ski slopes while Angela and I entertained ourselves by driving around and taking pictures of the scenery. We would literally just pull over on the side of the road whenever we saw a pretty spot...which was often! The beauty in Banff is so breathtaking and at the risk of sounding cheesy, it just made me feel so grateful that I was able to experience it.

Our last night we grabbed dinner and went out for a few drinks before heading to bed. 

It was such an incredible trip and such a fun time with good friends. Looking forward to a new adventure together soon! Thanks for sticking around through all these trip photos. :)


Life Lately

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hi Friends! I figured since I've been a little MIA I'd do a quick update on what's been going on around here and then hopefully I can get back on a somewhat regular schedule.

I've been busy planning our kitchen renovation! Our cabinets and flooring have been ordered and I'm so excited/nervous! It's been months of getting price quotes from lots of different sources and a few tweaks in the design along the way too. Also, trying to find the flooring was a difficult task but I finally found the wood flooring that is the same as our wood that's installed on the rest of the first floor of our house. Our cabinets are being delivered this week and flooring next week so hopefully by the end of April the kitchen will be done! I'll be sure to post updates once I have them but for now here's a layout plan, it's going to end up a little different but this is an idea.

Loren and I also took a trip to Florida to visit family and friends. We started in Jacksonville and left from Fort Myers with a stop in Lakeland along the way. :) It's always nice to see family and spending some time in the warm sun during the Winter doesn't hurt either! While visiting my Aunt & Uncle in Jacksonville we took a drive to St. was mostly a driving tour but it looks like a cute town and we did get out and check out the beach quickly (it was a tiny bit windy!).

We visited my Grandparents in Lakeland and my parents actually were there for a portion of the time too. Mostly we spent our time there eating, swimming, and watching some good game shows. We also managed to get in a solid game of dominoes!

In Fort Myers we had lunch with Loren's Grandma and Aunt and then went to meet up with our friends that live in the area. We had so much fun exploring the area that they live in and they were all great hosts. We went to Captiva Island and to Fort Myers beach - lots of fun! And probably too many drinks!

That's pretty much all the fun stuff we've been up to. Loren and I both had colds - mine seemingly lasting longer than his but I seem to be on the mend. I binge watched Friday Night Lights and it's definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. So, so good!! If you haven't watched it, I can't recommend it enough. Just for fun here's a picture of Ruby on St. Patrick's Day. She's a total furball at the moment and getting a haircut today. :)

Ok, that's it; enough random updates for today. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!


Valentine Decorations

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hi there! Wanted to share a quick post of the Valentine decorations we have up at our house. I love Valentine's Day so I try to always decorate a little bit...a few hearts around the house never hurt anyone! 

The mantel has a few things up that are always there but I added a few free prints that I saved from several years ago, a glittery heart wreath, and the love sign and photo garland are from Target. My sister got me that garland and I love it so much! Before we moved we always had a Valentine party with our friends so I printed pictures from those parties and hung them up. We might not have our party anymore, but it's fun to have the memories up of our buddies. 

Our entryway got a little Valentine spruce too. Another free printable, some little heart sticks that I made years ago, heart paperweight, and a super cute felt garland that I picked up at Target. Oddly enough, I think the only time I feel like this entry table is decorated is when it has holiday things on it! 

Anyway, that's what we have going on here, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a sweet Valentine's Day! Let me know in the comments if you decorate your house or have any special plans! 

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