LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Weekend & Moving Day

Our Memorial Weekend looked a little different than years past. We moved the final boxes and fixed up the last few things in our old house until the early morning hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Next year I'm planning on having a much more festive Memorial Day. As of today everything at the old house is down and all that's left now is for the new family to move in.

Now that we can focus all of our efforts on the new house, we have a lot to get done this Summer including refinishing and staining the deck, adding a fence, building the kids a play structure, and maybe starting a garden. Not to mention all the not so fun things like organizing closets and making sure I get all the laundry caught up so we have some underwear to wear.

Here's what else we've been up to in pictures...

My dad had surgery the same week we moved  and I'm convinced he planned that on purpose :) Ben helped him with his daily walk down the hall and now he's home and eating ribs so I'd say he's pretty much recovered.

Instead of packing the night before we moved, I spent it in the ER with Jack after he slipped in the bathtub and busted his chin requiring stitches.

Just what everyone wants to see on moving day. Although it rained for a little while, by the time the movers were ready to unload our stuff it was barely sprinkling. 

We rented a trailer to move our BBQ grill and mower since the moving company wouldn't move those things. We ended up getting the trailer stuck in our yard and I have the battle wound on my leg from when I tried to stop it from going all the way into the woods.

I felt so much better when the kitchen was unpacked and everything put away.

Jack helped daddy put Ben's new bed together. 

And last but not least, one of the best things about our new house is that it's about 5 minutes from a new Dunkin Donuts that just opened. People went bananas over it and the lines were so long.

Jack gave the glazed munchkins his seal of approval. And in case you're wondering, 2 munchkins is not enough for this kid. Neither is 4. 

 Linking up with Biana for a late Weekending.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Easiest Boot Storage Ever! {No more floppy top}


Now that the warmer weather is here to stay, it's time to finally pack away those heavy winter boots. But year after year I have to deal with the "floppy top" which can leave boots in less than perfect condition come next fall. This little hack will leave your boots standing tall and it's so simple it almost doesn't need a tutorial. 

What You Need:
-Serrated knife
-1 pool noodle for each pair of boots

What to Do:
1. Line the noodle up next to the boot.
2. Cut the noodle to about 3/4 the height of the boot. You don't want to see it sticking out the top.
3. Slide the noodle into the boot and you're done.

That's it! Told you it was easy :)

Before

After

I did 4 pairs in less than 5 minutes and that was with a 6 year old helper who insisted he needed to cut the pool noodles. In his defense, it's pretty fun to do.

Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Life + Mother's Day Recap

Happy Monday! 

I want to start off by sharing that we closed on our house Friday and I couldn't be happier to officially own this house. We move this upcoming Friday and are very excited to start making it our own. The home is practically brand new so we won't be making any big changes right away but we definitely have a running list of things we'd like/need to do. And don't worry, I plan on blogging along the way so stay tuned for lots of before and after pictures!

On Friday Ben's school had manicure and pedicure stations set up for the kids to do their mom's nails. Ben did one toe and was over it but man does my big toe look good.

Saturday morning was our usual donut run and we also stopped by some garage sales. One of J's clients had a big event both Friday and Saturday night so he spent lots of time helping with that which meant picnic dinners while watching Frozen.

While the kids repeated every single line of the movie, I attempted to put together boxes and get a few things packed which was nearly impossible because this little guy insisted on playing in the boxes.

On Sunday we went to an early lunch with my family (where I failed to take any pics with my mom) and enjoyed the beautiful weather before a thunderstorm rolled in. 

I'm declaring the Moscow Mule my official summer drink. So light and refreshing.

Despite his best efforts, Jack just couldn't get settled for a nap so we all snuggled on the couch while the rain came in. We had plans to travel to J's family but didn't want to risk it with the storms, which ended up being nothing.

When the rain finally stopped, the boys continued with their Mother's Day tradition of planting new flowers in the flower pots.


I hope you all have a wonderful week! Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

I just wanted to pop in and wish all the moms out there a very happy Mother's Day! It's also important to remember those who are longing to become a mom as well as those whose mom are no longer with them. This day can be tough so take a moment to let other women know you're thinking of them.

We're spending the day with both my mom and J's mom and grandma. 



Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekend Recap

I can't believe it's May and that we close on our new house in 5 days! If you're thinking about it, could you please say a little prayer that all goes smoothly and in the next 5 days all hell doesn't break loose? Once everything's official and we have the keys in our hands I'll fill you in with the details on what's been going on throughout this process.

I've been rocking these Nike's that I found at our local neighborhood garage sale for $3. The lady who sold them wore them twice. This is the first pair of shoes I've ever bought at a garage sale for myself. Although I'm no Kilee when it comes to thrifting, I'm pretty proud of these. As with all thrifted/used items, just give everything a good cleaning in the washing machine before you wear it.

After a long Friday, Chipotle was a no-brainer for dinner.

I also worked on end of the year teacher gifts for Ben's school. Although I've loved serving on the PTO, I'll be glad when school's over.

Saturday afternoon I attended this lovely lady's wedding. If I had one word to sum up the day, it would be details, details, details. Rachel looked beautiful, but I'll wait to post a pic until she does. In the meantime, I wore my new striped skirt from old navy.

One thing I love about weddings is that it's a good excuse to get everyone together. I got to hang out with girlfriends that I haven't seen in forever especially since one of them lives in Norway. No matter how long it's been, it's so nice to be with friends who just get ya. After the wedding we headed to one of our old favorite college hangout spots and caught up over some drinks before the reception.

All the way from Norway...

My friends Sarah and Ali are identical twins. And yes, I can tell them apart. Very easily actually.

After such a late night, Sunday morning was a little rough :) At least these cinnamon rolls made for an easy breakfast. Have you all tried these Rhodes frozen ones? They are WAY better than the Pillsbury kind.

While J and Ben went to see the new Avengers movie, Jack crashed hard on the couch and woke up with this awesome bead head.

I wrapped up the weekend by finishing the last of my gifts for the kids' teachers and working on a little anniversary present for J which I'll share after our anniversary which happens to be tomorrow.
(all these printables were free and found on Pintrest)


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Linking up with Biana for Weekending.