Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend Thoughts

My two year old took his diaper off and ran around the house dancing and singing Let It Go. It was pretty darn cute. Until he climbed up on the couch and pooped. And then somehow got it on his foot. And walked around. So that was fun.

My 6 year old has also had the worst attitude this past week. So bad I almost made him clean up the poop. If this is an indication of what he'll be like at 16 one of us is not going to make it.

My computer's hard-drive is also full making uploading pictures impossible hence no real weekend recap, not that you want to see pics of a sassy 6 year old or crap. I'm headed out of town for work for a few days and I'm hoping the time away will give me a chance to re-charge my patience and Google "how to keep your kids from growing up to be aholes."

Anyway...enough of my petty little problems. And before you start commenting-be grateful, at least they're healthy, they're only little once, etc, etc. I know. Just needed to keep it real today.

Linking up Biana for Weekending.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Marinated Farmer's Market Salad with Feta

I made this light and refreshing salad for J's birthday bbq this weekend and it's the perfect side to balance out all that meat. The vegetables can be found at your local farmer's market or grocery store and you probably already have all the other ingredients you need sitting in your pantry.

*Note: Make sure you make this a few hours ahead of time that way the marinade really soaks into the salad.

What You'll Need:
Adapted from here
-3 medium to large tomatoes, cut into chunks
-3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
-1 onion cut into small slices or rings and separated
-1/2 cup feta cheese
{For the marinade} 
-1/2 cup vinegar
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 cup water
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-2 teaspoons salt
-1 teaspoon crushed black pepper

Chop vegetables and set aside.
Mix ingredients for the marinade until well combined. It's easiest to use a fork or a whisk.
Pour marinade over vegetables and mix until coated.
Add feta cheese, mix again, and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

Linking up with Alesha, and Susan.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday, Friday

Happy Friday!!! These weeks are flying by and I'm definitely not complaining. Summer weekends are just the best. This weekend is even more special because we'll be celebrating the husband's 34th birthday all weekend long, complete with presents and cake on Sunday, his actual day of birth.

My 5 this week are ideas for celebrating your man's birthday that don't include a deck of cards with 52 ways I love you written on them.

Although I'm not a Jack Daniel's fan, my husband is and these cupcakes are the perfect mix of dessert and booze so you really can't go wrong.
This is almost as cheesy as the deck of cards (no offense if you've done this, just not my husband's cup of tea), but at least presents are involved. The gifts don't have to be anything big, I was thinking his favorite snack, gift cards, much needed socks that he refuses to buy for himself, etc.
Yes, another idea with booze. If you can't drink on your birthday then when can you? I gave J a basket with a bunch of little bottles of alcohol for our anniversary, but we didn't have a lot of mixers to go with them. This brilliant idea pairs the little bottle of booze with the mixer so you're all set to go. I could also see this working for the ladies out there with an individual bottle of cranberry juice and mini vodkas. The possibilities are endless!
Whether you're four or forty, this just seems like fun. Bonus points, no helium required, just good ole fashioned air.
And although boozy cupcakes are sure to be a hit, in case your kids or a non-drinking person wants a little something to eat while you celebrate, these mini brownie ice cream sundaes are sure to hit the spot and they're SO cute. There's also a cookie dough version!!!

We'll now that I want a drink and a sundae, I'm off to tackle the day before the weekend officially begins. Hope you have a great one!

Linking up with KarliAmanda, & Liz.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Our New Home {The Before}

It's been almost two months since we've moved into our new house and if I put off showing you all pictures anymore it might just be Christmas before I get to it.

Now when I say "before" pics, the house we bought was lived in for a mere 3 months. The fridge was brand spanking new so either the people never ate or bought it new to help sell the house. The couple who bought the land built the house, but ended up not living here very long due to his profession (doctor) and also what we think was a nasty little affair while he was still married. His loss, our gain, although if I was his wife, now ex, I would have demanded to keep the thing.

There honestly wasn't anything that absolutely needed to be done before or even right after we moved in and everything we've done/are doing is pretty much cosmetic. Enough with my rambling, let's check her out.

Main Floor 
Stepping inside the front door

Formal Dining Room, looking left from the front door

Standing in the formal dining room looking at the front door, coat closet, and hallway leading to the laundry room, guest bath, and master. Stairs leading to the upper floor are just to the left of this picture.

Looking at the front door from the living room through the formal dining room.

Living Room

Standing in the living room looking into the kitchen and dining nook

Kitchen, in case you were confused

Dining Nook

 Patio off of the dining nook

Laundry room which is accessed by turning down the hallway off the front door and just to the left if you come through the garage door. Garage door is to the left in this picture.

Guest bathroom off the same hallway as the laundry room catty-corner from the laundry room

Master bedroom at the end of the hallway

Looking at the master bedroom from the master bathroom

Half of the master closet which is off the master bathroom. Forget to photograph the other side. Opps.

Master bathroom looking from doorway. Closet is to the right and a little behind of this picture

Upper Floor
Looking up the stairs, front door is to the right

Top of the stairs, Jack's room is the door to the far left, playroom door is in the center, closed door is a linen closet. Next to the closet is another bathroom and Ben's room is on the far right.

Jack's room from the door and closet which is on the left in this picture.


Playroom closet, aka my "office" aka place to store all my crap

Guest bathroom

Ben's room 

Ben's room looking out to his door and bathroom

Ben's bathroom and closet

Lower Floor aka Basement
Heading back down the stairs and down the hallway next to the main level guest bath are stairs to the lower floor/basement/J's area.

Living area looking out from the bottom of the stairs. The door to the left is a bathroom

Walking into the living area, wet bar is to the left

Standing in the wet bar area looking into the living room. Straight ahead and to the right you can almost see the doorway to a bedroom.


Stairs leading back to the main floor

As if there weren't enough pictures, here are a few from when the kids saw the house for the first time.

Congrats for making it through this post.  I'll post updated pictures as we continue to change things, decorate, and complete projects because let's face it, the before and afters are the best part of settling in to a new house.

Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.