Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekend Recap

How is there only one weekend left in October? This month has flown by and this weekend was no exception. On Friday night J and I went to a gala for my work where almost $400,000 was raised for autism research and services. 

Our Saturday was pretty typical complete with our morning donut run (in my pajamas) followed by a solo trip to Target (not in my pajamas).

I finished MindHunters on Netflix and if you haven't watched it you definitely need to add it to your list. It just came out so there's only 1 season, but I'm already looking forward to the next. 

J and I also watched 1922, the Netflix original movie based on Stephen King's novel. It's hard to explain how I feel about it. It was good, but super super dark. Worth checking out if you've got an hour and a half to spare.

Sunday was dreary and cold so we hung out at home. The tree in our front yard is the most beautiful red and this picture doesn't do it justice. That night was another beautiful sunset followed by the season premeire of The Walking Dead. The perfect way to end the weekend!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 
Monday, October 16, 2017

Our New Home {Guest Bathroom Update}

The title of this post may be a little deceiving because when I say "new home" I mean the home we bought 2 1/2 years ago. So rooms have been updated for awhile and I'm just now getting them on the blog and we still have work to do on others. The guest bathroom on our main floor has been updated for awhile now and it was a pretty easy update but it made such a big difference.

The bathroom is pretty tiny and you see it immediately when you come in from the garage. It was a dark navy blue which made the already small room feel even smaller and it had an ornate gold mirror which was totally not our taste. 

The Before

The After
I can't tell you what a difference the paint made. I went with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and it's the perfect light and airy color for a small space. I also replaced the gold mirror for a simple gun metal silver one from Menards. 
The plant is Ikea, frame is Walmart, and print is a free printable I found on Pinterest. 

 I'm thinking about putting a small rug in front of the sink and would love your thoughts. Do you think it needs it and if so, what kind?

Friday, October 13, 2017

5 on Friday

Happy Friday the 13th! Hopefully this day brings you lots of good luck and nothing too spooky. The weather forecast for this weekend keeps switching between sun and rain but either way I feel like Hocus Pocus will definitely be on the agenda again. Linking up with Christina and Amanda to bring you my 5 for the week.

Last weekend was the Parade of Homes and one of the homes happened to be a few houses down from ours so I decided to stop in and take a look. The house was beautiful but the staging was even better and I feel in love with this outdoor patio space. Now I just need someone to recreate it for me.

In case you missed it earlier this week, you can go here to read all about how my car was stolen early Monday morning from our garage. Thankfully we were able to find it, but it has been quite the ordeal.

Sorry the picture quality isn't the best, but this sweater from Target is so adorable. I wore it to work yesterday and not only is it cute but it's also SUPER comfortable.

I made this butter pecan banana bread from Handle the Heat and it didn't last more than a day. I'm not a huge banana bread fan, but everyone else loves it so I end up making it pretty often. The secret to this recipe is the buttered pecans which are super easy to make.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Crush Fest 2017

Fall & festivals go hand in hand and each year we try to go to as many as possible. We love festivals so much that they always end up on our fall bucket list and Crush Fest is no exception. This was our second year attending and while 87 degree temps aren't the ideal fall temperature we still had fun.

Unlike last year, we didn't actually stomp the grapes due to an abundance of swarming bees. I'm not sure if it was the warmer weather or what but they were everywhere.

After the activities it was adult beverages for us, grape juice for the kids, and a perfect view of the Missouri river.

See you next year Crush Fest!

Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Sunday night we accidentally left our garage door open. I didn't realize it until early Monday morning when I went to go to the gym, opened the door to the garage, and my car was gone. We usually keep our keys in our car in the garage but put the garage door down. My husband happened to take his key fob in the house with him Sunday night, and although they rooted through his car, they obviously didn't find his key or take anything. 

Luckily I didn't have anything of value in the car and we're even luckier whoever stole it didn't walk right into our house from the garage since our door connecting the two was unlocked, as it usually is. After filing a police report and contacting our insurance company all we could do was wait, keep our eyes open, and hope we heard something from the police. 

Later that afternoon I received an email from a woman who works for the same University as me that said her husband found my work ID badge near a trail area about mile from our house. I contacted the woman and also spoke to her husband who helped narrow down the specific area. My husband decided to go on the trail and see if he would find any other things that they might have tossed along with my name tags. Just as he got to the end of the trail, he noticed some apartments that backed up to the trail car. 

The Sheriff and police interviewed people in the apartment complex and of course no one knew anything. After inspecting the car, they dusted and were able to get a few good sets of fingerprints. I'm guessing this isn't these people's first rodeo, so I'm hoping they're already in the system and the fingerprints will turn up a hit. Everything in the car was gone including the boys' carseats and Ben's backpack. They also found a wallet and some items from another girl that they must have stolen as well. 

To be honest, this entire situation was been one huge pain in the ass. For my own mental sanity I'm telling myself that the little assholes must have really needed a carseat and backpack and that it went to some innocent little kid instead of being trashed in a dumpster. I keep thinking that if I had just shut the door or gone back out to get something from the garage I would have noticed the door was up. 

In the past day we've changed our locks and garage remotes and codes, upgraded our security system, and put in extra security cameras. We now lock the door from our garage into our house and keep our cars locked in the garage as well. Since we don't live a "bad" neighborhood, I never thought we needed to do these things. One of the things that surprised me the most in talking to people about this experience is just how many people have had their car stolen or broken into. And we all have similar reactions. You feel violated, annoyed, on edge, but also grateful.

While I was waiting for the police to arrive, the sun was beginning to rise, and I was finally able to calm down and get a little perspective back. While it's annoying and a huge inconvenience, at the end of the day it's just a car. We were safe, we learned some valuable lessons, and we put safety measures into place that we should have been doing already. Scary, shitty things are going to happen in life. But so are wonderful awesome things. And I'll be celebrating those things while cruising in my car with the windows down :)