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And, since I had leftover colors from the 1st pour, I made a smidge more white and used them to make coasters. See the first painting here.

I’m loving on the metallic blue in these pours.

But as far as the coasters go: I love how they came out! They’re still drying but are looking super good! ♥️

Check out the process video clip below👇👇

But – it’s time for bed and watching Ozark with Rob. More to come as they dry and need a top coat!! ✌️

Enjoy the week!!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had an amazing new year’s and had fun celebrating (safely)! We had a small group of friends over, played games and ate yummy food, and watched the ball drop! Waking up this morning (thankfully not hungover) left me in the spirit of thinking of my wishes for the new year. Of course there’s obligatory health goals but, outside of those, 2019 has a lot in store for us.

  • We’re going to sell our house in GA
  • Rob will get a new car (that’s a 4 door!)
  • Fingers crossed we get pregnant with baby #2
  • Add in a dash of home renovation (master bathroom? New shed? Backyard landscaping?)
  • Travel/try to go on 3 vacations
  • Continue to set aside time for me to read, blog, craft, and play games each week
  • Continue working to make healthier decisions! (Try to eat out less and cook at home more, use my elliptical at home 4ish days a week, and log my food more often on my LoseIt! app)

It sounds like a lot to try and do but really, is it? This morning Rob went on and on about how new year’s goals are dumb and that people shouldn’t wait till the new year to start them. I agree but I also disagree.

The holidays are a hectic time and a lot of the things we want to do get pushed to the back burner to make room for the holiday festivities. I feel like viewing January as a reset is logical to me. Yes, of course, I should have been working on the majority of my “goals” already but, due to lack of free time, some were deprioritized and that makes me human. The craziness has died down now and it’s a new year. I’m ready to shift my priorities a bit and welcome the new year! In my mind it isn’t that “2019 is going to be my best year ever” it’s more that “2019 is going to be another good year and here’s why…”

What are you looking forward to for 2019?

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving this year was a total success. I was so nervous about ruining the turkey and, I’m happy to report, that it was edible and even, dare I say, delicious!! 💪 This was our first year hosting in our home here in Cincinnati and we invited both sides of both Rob’s family and my family as well as my sister’s in-laws. We had about 16-ish adults and Hannah was the only kiddo. It was loud and fun and I can’t wait to do it again (though not every year since hosting was a lot of work)!

Rob and I cooked the turkey, made stuffing, and made two cocktails to share with everyone (mulled wine and spiced cider). I even burned the marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole (just a wee bit) for my grandma since she couldn’t make it. Everyone else each brought various side dishes, desserts, wines and appetizers. It was a hit! Then again, how could it not be when the family is full of great cooks!?

The turkey recipe I used came from my sister (who got it from a magazine). See the recipe below. The real trick is to brine the turkey and, in doing so, it turned out amazing!!


We did about 1.5x what the recipe said for our 22lb turkey and added some water at the end to make sure the bird was 100% covered in our bag of briney awesomeness. Also, I used regular mushrooms instead of dried (since I couldn’t find already dried ones at the store). With the slight change in the recipe it still turned out to be a winner. We started brining the turkey Tuesday night to cook it on Thursday. We cooked it for about 4.5 hrs and brined it throughout. The first few times we brined it with butter until we used the whole melted stick and from there on out we brined it with the juices in the roasting pan.


One good tip for cooking Turkeys
Don’t trust the pop-up thermometer. Ours didn’t pop
but lucky Rob’s step mom mentioned that sometimes they don’t
and when we checked the temperature with our hand held
digital thermometer it was ready to go!

The stuffing I made was from Pinterest and I personally super loved it (I didn’t take votes to see what everyone else thought but know I’ll use this recipe again). I doubled it since you can’t ever have enough stuffing. Plus – who doesn’t love Thanksgiving leftovers?! I’ll take it that the recipe was a super hit since a lot of it disappeared.

The two drinks I made were a mulled wine and a spiced cider. The cider was a recipe I kinda came up with on my own but it was super delicious. See the recipe below:

  • 3/4 gallon of apple cider (I did a whole gallon but didn’t need as much in the end)
  • 2 bottles of pinot grigio
  • 2 green apples
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 750 ml of spiced rum

The drinks came out really good. I accidentally left the cranberry juice out of the mulled wine (since I’m a failure) and didn’t realize it until now. smh.. It explains why it was a little strong! BUT, in the end it didn’t matter since we mixed the two (2 parts cider to 1 part mulled wine) and it was tasty. I’m sure drinking brandy + rum + pinot grigio + cabernet sauvignon all at once wasn’t the best choice BUT it didn’t really cause any issues. All the food really absorbed the alcohol.


Aside from the food – getting everyone to fit in our house was another task! Luckily our family all had folding chairs and tables to donate to the cause. We definitely could not have hosted before our renovation. We did a card table in front of the couch, a long folding table in between the TV and dining room, and then had our dining room table. Don’t worry, though. The TV wasn’t blocked and we were able to watch Harry Potter ALL DAY. Another fun Thanksgiving thing that I wouldn’t mind doing each year. I’m a major HP fan!

But that place setting thoooo. I’m so happy everyone fit (I was only slightly concerned).

One fail was that I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted. I feel like that always happens. I need to get better about that!! I got one photo of Rob and I, a few of Hannah, and two of Hannah and I together. Maybe next year I’ll get one of the three of us and some of our other family that was there. I guess we can only do so much, right? At least we did learn that Hannah loves black olives!

Happy Thanksgiving, internet. Now bring on Christmas!!

Plan to Own My Free Time

As an effort to plan better and manage my time more effectively I’m going to work on changing a few things about myself. First, what type of activities do I want to focus on in a given week? Like consciously, each week, what do I want to do to be happy? What will make me feel like I’m effectively using my time how I want?

For me those things are…

  • Getting in some exercise
  • Eating healthier and meal prepping
  • Spending time with family
  • Spending time with friends
  • Having time to craft/DIY
  • Setting aside some video game time
  • & Blogging!

Outside of list, how can I make sure I actually do these things? I’m a major planner already so I’ve decided to plan a wee bit more. Looking at our schedule for each week I want to set aside time to do the above things. I think this will help to keep me from just watching Netflix/Hulu at night (wasting my evenings). Inste will make the most of my free time and feel successful in the areas of my life I previously felt I didn’t have time for. I’m sure my “activity list” will morph but this is my list I’m starting with.

With all of that in mind, below is my plan for “loving my free time again”. In the upcoming week I’ll fit in gym time, meal prepping, cleaning, family/friend time, watching TV, blogging, video games, and crafting/kitchen reno work.

MONDAY: a bit of cleaning, some meal prepping, and relaxing with some video game time. #1 I want to clean since the house will need some love with us having left for our trip in a hurry Thursday night (and getting back at 945pm on Sunday before working Monday). #2 Meal prepping is a must for eating healthier but the menu kinda depends on what’s in the fridge and, being in that I’m in the car right now, I’m not sure what we have currently. I think I can make pizza chicken and bacon cheeseburger cauliflower casserole. I try to eat less carbs if possible so my recipes tend to lean that way. I just made these stuffed peppers last week and they were amazing! #3 Video games. As you’ll learn, I like to play games and I’m currently playing the StarCraft 2 campaign/playing online (with Rob when he’s not playing Destiny). I am not too far into it but it’s fun. I like the build-up-a-town and kick-ass-army type of games (think Age of Empires). Also yes, I’ve accidentally called the game Star Trek a few times.

TUESDAY: gym night and Netflix-ing/cleaning. Hannah goes to bed at 7:30pm like clockwork so when I go to the gym at night I go after she’s down, usually like 7:45/8pm. I’ll probably just do cardio this time but it’s something to get me started back on track! I want to lose about 60lbs more to get to my goal weight and also be healthier pre second pregnancy! 🤞 I’ve lost 30lbs so far (since I’ve had Hannah and gained baby weight). After the gym I’ll probably relax and watch Hulu/Netflix to wrap up the evening while I clean. I just finished Harlots on Hulu (so good), am watching season 5 of The 100 on Netflix. I want to start the new Ozark second season and still need to finish Grace and Frankie season 4. Basically Netflix and Hulu are my jam.

WEDNESDAY: dinner for my mom’s birthday and hitting the gym (more cardio – day 2 this week!)

THURSDAY: swinging by Home Depot for the half bath shelf project supplies!

FRIDAY: Hannah is staying at her grandma’s house for the night so I plan to start my shelves and hit the gym (gym day 3!!) while the stain dries.

SATURDAY: playdate (maybe – gotta confirm!) with some friends of ours that have kiddos, work on/maybe finish my shelves, then a night cap of baseboard painting.

SUNDAY: meal prepping, cleaning, games (?), and getting ready for the next week. Sundays are chill in our house so I’m sure it won’t be too chaotic. If the shelves are done I might hang them.

With blogging being super fast and easy on my phone I’ll probably just fit that in whenever I want and see how that works. Thus far it’s worked well so we’ll see if that remains the case.

Cheers to a kick ass week, y’all 🍻 let’s see how this new plan works!

I Picked My Next Project

So… In honor of owning my time and getting my act together in that regard: I’ve decided to tackle our half bath shelves! Anyone who knows me knows my weakness is decorating my house so, in my doing these shelves, I’ll get to do just that. The half bath needs storage (shelves + a new vanity) and then it is completely renovated!

I already made a set of these shelves for our bath upstairs (is it weird that I want to do them for downstairs too?) and pretty much know how to/already own everything.IMG_20180903_212410.jpg

I feel like it works still since they won’t look exactly the same. They’re just amazing storage that’s super adorbs. I’m thinking I’ll still stain them white to match the trim, mirror, and new, future vanity I want (for that think small, white shaker doors, white counter/sink/top, with some lower storage).

This week we have a wedding out of town so I won’t be able to start on it but next week – game on! I’ll be sure to post pictures and steps once I get started!

Balance? What’s that…?

As of late one thing I’ve been struggling with is balance. It’s so hard to do it all and there literally aren’t enough hours in the day. Being a mom, working 40+ hours a week, renovating our house (*our kitchen reno is almost done!*), cooking/cleaning, trying to hit the gym, attending family/friend events, and having anytime for hobbies. I want tips on time management!

What do you do to manage your day-to-day? Do we just decide that somethings aren’t going to happen? Should I say “no” to more invites to use that time otherwise? Do I pass up the “me hobbies” for more girlfriend time? Do I just sleep less and jam in as much as I can? I feel like there’s a zillion directions to go in!

Currently, I use a planner (family calendar on the fridge so the hubs can see what the schedule has in store) and a personal planner that I keep everything in. Essentially it’s the same stuff written in two places but I like being able to carry the one with me. Plus that one has week+month views. I’m weird.

Anyways… what works best for you and your family, oh smart, insightful interwebs? I’m hoping to go into the fall season with a better “plan” and am thinking some feedback could be good! Let’s hear it!