So first off: I’m excited to report that today is day 18 that I’ve logged my food in a row!! I’ve been logging my food on my LoseIt! app and trying to get in any exercise I can. Slow but I’m sticking with it! I’m not below my calorie goal/eating in line my macros everyday but I TRY and that’s what counts!
I’m pumped to keep up with it through the holidays and know that I’ll see results! I’m already down a total of 35lbs! It’s slow but it’s healthy and it works! It’s a lifestyle change 💪
The spaghetti squash was amazing. Low carb and delicious. My one squash made 6.5 2/3c servings and the nutrition was good:
Also: the squash heats up great too. Essentially I’m definitely making spaghetti squash like all the time. The cheddar cream sauce was also super clutch. 🥰 Get. In. My. Belly.
The lasagna bake was also super yummy. Very cheesy but good with a small serving of pasta (we use these for quick pasta adds to dinner – they’re new for us but I love the convenience). Sometimes just half a cup of pasta is all you need and, though it is adding carbs, it’s not a whole cup worth. The lasagna bake was also good as a sandwich.
Here’s the lasagna bake nutrition per serving:
As far as crafting goes…
My newest fancy is acrylic pouring. It is so much fun and I’ve made 7 paintings so far. Two are totally done and the others I’m still working on. There are so many cool techniques and methods to use so each time I try something different or new. I’ve used alcohol, a torch, silicone, different top coats/sealants, different pouring mediums, different pouring methods, and even different surfaces. There’s so many options and it’s a lot of fun exploring.
I want to take a video of some of my pours and maybe I will if I ever get a cheap tripod for my phone. Right now it’s too hard to position my phone right to record what I’m doing. For now pictures will have to do!
Here are a few I’ve made so far. Next up I want to try coasters, cutting boards, serving dishes, and more!
What color combos should I try next?!
But how’s that time management thing going?
I’m loving that I set aside the time to craft. And then, during that time, I actually craft. Owning my free time has been freeing. I decide what to do with my time and I love reaping the rewards! I feel like I get more done (and who doesn’t like feeling productive). Today we super cleaned the house (like the whole house), went through all of Hannah’s toys to sort out stuff to donate/pack up, dropped stuff off at Goodwill, and I got to work on some paintings.
For our kitchen, one of the next big projects we had to finish up was our backsplash. We already did all of the shopping for materials (see the list below) and just needed to find a day – lucky for us grandpa came to the rescue!
For our backsplash we did a mosaic sheet of white subway tile. It’ll blend well with our busier quartz countertop and give us a timeless look. Also, added bonus, the sheet option will make it a bit easier/less time consuming to hang. Additionally, we plan to sell our house one day and felt that the subway tile would be liked by more buyers vs having to find one buyer who loved our design choice (if it was more outlandish).
First things first. What do you need if you’re going to DIY your backsplash?
After we got all the tools upstairs we prepped the space by covering all of our countertops and floors with brown construction paper. Here is where we used the frog tape to hold the paper to the counters/floors and not damage them. This was super helpful since doing the backsplash was really messy. Also – we have a garage trashcan and bringing that upstairs to work was really helpful in controlling the mess and to not clog up our kitchen trashcan.
Next, once we finished setting up inside, Rob set up out on the back deck and got the tile saw ready. Luckily he checked it because the water pump wasn’t working and we had to run to Lowe’s to replace it. Fountain water pumps for the win. It wouldn’t be a Ruwe DIY if there wasn’t a pain in the ass hardware trip involved. smh.
Once we were back from the store it was time to actually start. Only a few hours later than we originally intended. Ugh! But anyways… The internet says to “start with the side of your kitchen that is most visible”. Or whatever that means… I feel like the whole kitchen is visible. Kinda the point of an open concept, right? But, with that in mind we picked the part that is longer and will be over the oven.
We started lining our tile up on the counter and seeing where we’d have to cut. The first cut is easy to make the tiles line up flush against the wall. From there we were able to do one full sheet and a little shy of half a sheet on top.
After a few sections were measured, it was time to get the tile adhesive out and start putting them up and measuring/cutting as we went. The tile adhesive is ready to go so no prep needed there. When applying mastic – only put up a little at a time so it doesn’t dry. We found it easiest to put up enough to do one tile sheet wide with a half sheet above it at a time. The trowel isn’t small so it is hard to apply the adhesive if you only have a tight space to work with but too much space and it will dry.
When the tiles are lined up and spaced properly on the wall smush each individual tile into the mastic. You can roll the tiles once the spacers are out so the are all evenly pressed into the wall. As you press them into the wall you need to clear away the extra adhesive that squeezes out. You don’t want it to dry in-between or on top of the tiles.
When it came to the outlets we would eyeball where to cut (since it didn’t have to be perfect and would be behind an outlet cover). We would hold the sheet up to the wall and mark the outlet box size on the tile in permanent marker. Each tile impacted by the outlet box cuts we removed from the tile sheet and cut individually on the tile saw. Using a flashlight to look through the tile sheet helped to see where to mark for the outlet box.
We tried to use tile nippers and they were the biggest waste of time. Even if we scored or tried to cut tiny pieces off at a time
THE TILE NEVER CUT STRAIGHT.
Working around the outlets was the hardest and required the most spacers and we had 5 outlets to go around. Though this was the hardest part it wasn’t that hard really. When doing the outlets be sure to:
unscrew them from their boxes
and have the power off
Having them loose will allow you to screw them back in when your done but on top of the tile so they aren’t deep set behind the tile.
As we started getting them up it started to fly. To keep it level over the stove we used our level and just made sure to keep the gaps even. As the tiles started to set, I went back and started cleaning them off and getting the grout lines cleared while Rob did the cuts. You need to wait until they dry a bit before cleaning them since they’ll wiggle if you press on them too much. Also, don’t forget to remove the spacers as the tiles set.
Overall getting the tile up took about 6 hours. It looked so good when we were done!! We let the tile dry overnight before grouting.