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It is finally summer break for me, and I am so glad. I have 3 weeks to get everything taken care of that I have been putting off. Little Luna babe needs to get spayed, and I have little projects around the house that I want to take care of. Do y’all have any summer projects you are planning to get done?

I noticed the mornings around here have been a little crisp, and oh man am I loving it. The other day I mentioned to Kyle that after the summer we have had here in Georgia, I would totally be willing to settle a little farther north one day. Maybe on the coast once the kiddos are grown and out of the house (so a billion years from now). I dream of no mosquitoes and sweaters during cool summer nights. Two things that don’t exist in Georgia. I never would have thought I would seriously say that. Summer is usually my favorite season. I love the heat, and I usually HATE the cold. But lately I have been longing for layers and boots. Who am I?!

Is anyone else Nordstrom sale’d out?! I tried so hard to avoid the craziness and not buy EVERYTHING. Luckily, I stuck to only buying one pair of PJ pants that I will probably wear class and act like they are supposed to be worn out and about. My other pair of black comfy pants have a hole in the rear end (something Kyle pointed out to me while walking down the hall of the cruise ship) so I needed to replace them. At least in public. J I got those sweatpants from Walmart (high quality) when I was in high school. They are my go to comfy pants, and nothing can truly replace them. They are the PERFECT length and fit. Do y’all have any clothes that you will NEVER get rid of? The go-to piece when you’re feeling like crap or just need something familiar? I ALWAYS pack them when we travel just in case. I am hoping my new pair will be up for the challenge. I will keep you updated because I know you’re dying to see if they live up to my high standards. (UPDATE: They are pretty comfortable, but they run a little big. The leg is kind of long and they almost have a bell-bottomed flare that covers my entire shoe. Overall 7/10.) Did you snag anything in the sale? I’m not going to lie, I wanted every single piece I saw. I even added everything I wanted to the shopping cart and exited out before I bought them. I even considered doing a post of pieces that I loved from the sale, but every other blogger in the blogger universe did that post, and every single post is exactly the same, sooooo I decided against it.

So instead, I decided to post about a few décor pieces I LOVE for the house. Some are dream pieces and others are serious options. Let me know what you think!

This rug for the living room

This rug for the sunroom (I really love this one)

This rug for kitchen

This couch for the sunroom

This faux brick for an accent wall in the living room. I want to find a brick that matches the brick in the garage so it looks like the brick from the garage is just backed up to the living room. We have brick in the sunroom that used to be the exterior brick prior to the addition of the sunroom. I love the industrial look and I hope to incorporate even more industrial features down the road.

This faux plant for the end of our hallway for some greenery. I usually HATE faux plants. I feel like they just collect dust and serve zero purpose. But this plant was posted on Instagram the other day by Lynzy and she has me eating my words. I would like to put it next to our mirror to give the hallway some texture and color.

These picture frames for the hallway or something similar. We have the photos we want to frame printed out in black and white. We just need the frames. I don’t know if I want more of a shadow box frame or a matted frame. The frames would go on the wall to the left in the above photo.

This console for the living room. I love this so much!!

If we had a bigger bathroom with an empty wall, I would have something like this ASAP.

These side tables for the living room to compliment the TV console.

This coffee table for the living room. I love the marble but I don’t know how it will work with our couch. If I could get some sort of boomarang type table painted a funky color to give a pop to the room, I would be in heaven.

We are just looking for some tie in pieces to round out a lot of our rooms. Slowly but surely it is coming together. We did snag this AMAZING couch at the Scott’s Antique Market in South Atlanta a few weeks ago and we are so obsessed!

Is anyone else adding some fun pieces to their homes? Find any AWESOME pieces?

Our House (FINALLY!)

So I have finally gotten around to getting some pictures of our house together. Most are prior to moving in, but I have included some of how we have started decorating. *NOTE*  I am not an interior decorator, and I took most of these pictures on my phone (my inner photographer is incredibly disappointed in me). Please do not judge my poor photo quality.

And we begin…

This is our front door and living room. We have pieced most of this together but it is more functional than decorative. Kyle and I are very minimal when it comes to decorative pieces. My dream home would look like this place if I could handle it, but when it comes down to it, my anxiety is so much worse when I have a lot of things around me. I prefer pieces that are necessary and pieces that mean something. It it doesn’t fit into either category, I don’t want it.

This is (obviously) our kitchen. We love the open concept and all the natural light that comes in from all the windows. We decided to keep them all uncovered.

We got these adjustable barstools on Target.com. They were on sale AND we had a discount code. Savings FTW!

This is our laundry room door past the island. We are looking for chairs to match our little breakfast nook table, but we haven’t found a pair we love. The color on the door was Kyle’s idea. It looks even cooler in person. It is Desert Coral- Behr. I would say it dries darker than the website lets on, but the lighting in our nook wasn’t the greatest either.

Luckily we haven’t gotten our kitchen table finished yet because we found a wooden bench at Ikea. So now we can have them finished together so they can match. I want to keep them as close to natural as possible, so I am hoping we can add some wear to the bench to make them a little more similar.

This is that credenza I posted about a few posts ago. SOOOOO I painted it blue (the blue that is around the mirror). The color on the can showed a beautiful midnight blue, and I was so pumped for the result. Well fast forward 24 hours and my credenza was a bright, hideous royal failure blue. So we stripped it and did a gray/ white, and I am much happier. You live and you learn. The painting on the wall is from our wedding. We wanted to do something similar to a unity candle that we could keep forever, so we did a unity painting instead (Atlanta Braves colors of course).

This is the guest bathroom. They re-glazed the tub before we moved in so it is no longer yellow (thank goodness).

This is the master bathroom. This picture does not do it justice. The marble wraps around the entire bathroom. It’s amazing.

Our basement is like 3/4 unfinished, but this is the portion that is finished. We have zero furniture down here yet, but we are hoping to eventually turn it into a movie/media room. Hopefully we can get a projector and some of these to make it all happen. We also talked about getting a used pool table, but I SUCK at pool, so it probably wouldn’t get used too much.

This room is on the backside of the finished part through the door to the right of the fireplace. Eventually we want to put some rubber floors in and get a squat rack. Maybe even a small rig with a pullup bar. I love that there is a door to the backyard so I can run out and vomit if necessary. Also, so I can keep an eye on Georgia while I’m working out. Priorities.

That’s about all I have for this walk through. Do you have any projects going on or projects that didn’t go quite as planned?

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Spring has sprung!

And that means it’s baseball season! My favorite time of the year! We were able to go to the Braves preseason game against the Yankees, and Suntrust Park is absolutely beautiful. I can honestly say they did amazing work at this park, and I am so excited to see it fully completed. Baseball is my JAM, and I am so lucky that I found a husband that loves it as much as I do.

So, I feel like this week just started and it’s already Thursday. Is this what people were talking about when they said things like, “Just wait until you’re older. Time flies?” Because I never doubted the truth in that. I just thought that it would take a little longer for me to notice. Like I would have kids and stuff before I was begging time to slow TF down. I don’t want to have this post be about time flying by and all that stuff because that’s stressful. And honestly I’m feeling really chill right now, so let’s keep that movement flowing.

So today the cable guy is coming and getting everything hooked up the way the first guy was SUPPOSED to do it. So *fingers crossed* we will have internet and cable soon, and I will be able to resume binge watching all my shows.

Also, HHgregg is bringing our replacement dryer since the first one they delivered burned up. Literally. Sparks and all. It was lovely. Luckily we were home, and the breaker did its job and shut off power to the dryer. They tried everything possible to blame it on us. But jokes on them because I used to work in the electrical business and I may not know a ton, but I know enough to be dangerous. And defend myself. So they are delivering a new dryer tomorrow (UPDATE apparently the “inclement weather” has affected our delivery time and they can’t deliver until Saturday. I will NEVER be purchasing from this company ever again. It has been a complete nightmare.) and I will FINALLY be able to do laundry after two (very long) weeks. Is it bad that I’m excited to fold laundry and watch This is Us?

On another note, spring classes are almost over, and I am so ready for finals and the end of this semester. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE school (super nerd for life). I could be a lifelong student. But chemistry is killing me, and I recently found out that by the time I am able to apply for my grad program, they will no longer be accepting that prereq. So I am in a class I despise for no reason. And I have to work my butt off to maintain my current GPA. So I will be taking summer Chem, which consists of 6 hour classes twice a week, to make up for these wasted 4 credit hours.  But that’s ok! Because that will keep me on the learning train and make me reach my goals a little faster. Positive thoughts right?! RIGHT?!

Back to zen.

Once we get the internet up and running, I will have a post up with pictures of the new house! It will take a minute and I am currently posting while at school whenever I can find time before or after class. So unfortunately I can’t do it now.

Our backyard during some of the rainstorms.

The weather was NO JOKE yesterday in and around Atlanta. I was getting flood warnings and tornado warnings out the WAZOOO. But once I got home, I just couldn’t get over how beautiful the rain was hanging in all the trees and the heavy fog. Y’all it was too much. I was snapping pictures of the trees like I was a prom photographer. “Oooh yes girl. Pop the limb. Long necks now.” Anyways, it was gorgeous, and our little trickle creek got some much needed rain. So it is flowing like a big daddy now.

We are having our families out for Easter next weekend, and we are super excited to be hosting our first holiday in our new house. What do y’all have planned for Easter weekend? Binging on discounted candy from Kroger? Me too. Don’t you touch my Reese’s eggs.

I hope y’all have a FABULOUS afternoon and weekend!

Slowly but surely back to a routine.

Our new backyard

Y’all, I’m seriously the worst. And I’m not going to sit here and tell you how busy I am, because really, who the hell isn’t? Right? Waaah waaah cry about it aaaand…. Let’s move on.

I really like when bloggers act like they are talking over drinks or coffee and sharing stuff face to face. So that’s how this will go. I have a (rather large) glass of champagne, because it 3 in the afternoon and I’m an adult so I’m allowed to have it. What are you having? A mimosa? A glass of champagne with me? Maybe just a glass of water because holy balls this Georgia weather ain’t playin!! Which I’m not complaining about because I’ll take 83 over 38 ANY day!

Anyways, tell me about your week. We are ALMOST to the weekend! What have you been up to?  What are you reading? Any good shows?

Our new front door!

I’m reading this book (I’ve actually been slowly reading this over the past 6 months but I am finally forcing myself to step away from the damn phone and read the freaking book) and watching this show  on demand. Well, attempting to. We still haven’t had the cable and internet (I’m posting at school) set up at the new house. (YES! We got it. I’ll have a post with more pictures up soon. Not with furniture though. I’m not Joanna Gaines. She’s an angel from heaven.) We had Comcast come out and it was one of the worst experiences I’ve had with a technician. He complained the entire time, huffed and puffed, rubbed his face like I was asking him to install gold plated coax cable up his butt…. After what I thought might lead to him hyperventilating because of his rapid, annoyed breathing, he told me that he’s going to have to drill holes in our hardwood floors and have cable running in these grates and across our exterior brick walls in potentially in windows. ABSOLUTELY NOT, buh bye dude. So we will find someone else to do it.

Starting to feel the champagne do its thang.

How is the husband, wife, partner, kid, furkid, roommate, empty house? Any pointers on how to make a house less creepy at night without installing spotlights in every corner? Or the best polish for hardwoods? Or maybe just how in the world you get rid of that stale, empty house smell quicker than just living in it for a long time and burning enough candles to warm a village?

We’ve been looking into getting Georgia a brother or sister. Now that we have a yard, we think it’s only fair to get her a playmate. She’s just so spoiled; we don’t know how she will react to losing her only child status. Any pointers on that? Introducing a new pup to the king/queen of the castle?

How’s your glass? Need a refill?

So we found this blueberry cheesecake ice cream at Kroger. It was on sale so we thought, “It would be irresponsible if we DIDN’T buy it. We must!” So we did and holy moly it’s fabulous!! No regrets. Except our cruise leaves in 6 weeks and a tub of ice cream doesn’t really make me go, “hell yeah! Swimsuits!” I was going to say, swimsuit ready, but honestly what does that even mean? I think being born essentially made me and anyone else swimsuit ready. We were already flopping around in our own little private pool before that. I think we are all pretty set on that front.

Do you have any amazing summer recipes you would like to share? I need some forreal.

I will forever love this pasta salad. Seriously. This pasta salad is one of the best I’ve ever eaten. It can be added over top of a salad and tossed (because who doesn’t love salad over salad? Egg salad over romaine FTW!). It’s also delicious with some crispy grilled chicken. It’s refreshing and filling and I can’t sing its praises enough.

The champagne has my eyelids getting heavy and I’m ready for a nap. After I unpack and do dishes and a billion other things. But that’s ok because there is always tomorrow.

Bye y’all!