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    Life is just right.

    Happy Monday folks! I’m sure a lot of you are working right now but I happened to have taken a “mental health” PTO day and so I find myself wanting to blog. The whole “mental health” day sounds more dramatic than it is. I have a few days I plan to burn before officially going out on maternity leave and let’s just say I feel that the atmosphere at work is very “calm before the storm” right now and I wanted to take advantage. That and last week I was traveling to Kansas City, MO for work and the time commitment was pretty demanding and felt a three day weekend would help me recover. Which btw, Kansas City, not what I expected. It’s a very cute little city, blooming tulips and all, and had some stellar places to eat (read: BBQ). I was quite impressed with all the work the city has undergone in the last ten years or so and it wasn’t at all what I had judged it to be before making the trip. (Note to self: NO judging!)

    Life lately has been great. To those of you readers who are not my friends & family (is there anyone left?!?), we are expecting baby #2 and are pretty stoked to announce it is a GIRL!

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    This week will mark 27 weeks, time is FLYING by and a part of me wishes I had captured more of the pregnancy on the blog since it is such a look back in time for our family. But you know what, I’m sure I’ll remember and frankly, we have been so busy working and raising Oliver that blogging consistently is and has always been a struggle. I have to remember that I just need to write…THAT’S IT. So that’s what I’m doing today. I have got to remember just to WRITE more when I’m feeling the mood strike.

    It is officially spring in Minnesota which feels ah-mazing. It’s crazy how much you take the warm weather for granted when you don’t have a solid 5 months of cold temps. We are now entering the next 7 months that I absolutely love and Chris can attest to the attitude adjustment just by turning on the sprinklers for the first time. (It’s seriously my favorite sound!) With the warmer weather and longer days I find myself invigorated to spend more time on this little hobby of mine. While I always have the best intentions, I have a few things I would love to capture here this summer. One of which being the birth of our daughter but also some of our upcoming house projects that we always have more energy to tackle during this time of year.

    I’m hoping to get the majority of the projects done in April and May, seeing as how we will mainly want to be outside all weekend long come June and July. The two biggest projects we have going are replacing our carpet on the stairs and upstairs bedrooms and obviously the nursery. Oh nursery planning, there is nothing better. A kid area is seriously the most fun to design. Besides that it’s really just smaller tasks, like painting the inside of a coat closet or two, a fireplace makeover and finishing our bedroom that we painted last year with the fun details: art, throws, decor, etc. That alone is a tall order in the next two months, but we’ll give it a go. I know there will be a drastic productivity plunge once baby girl arrives and I’m fine with that.

    It’s after 2:00 pm and I wanted to get a walk in with the dog and maybe some reading before picking Oliver up from school, so I’m going to sign off for now, hope everyone’s week is off to a good start!

     

     

    Paint Half Full

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    So I’m just going to slip this post in like I haven’t been a non-blogger since early 2015. If you are new to the site or curious as to where the direction of this blog is heading, feel free to check the “About” page. With that out of the way, let’s focus on this semi “new” trend I’ve been drawn to. Frankly, the idea of painting a wall only halfway is appealing for a lot of reasons, but a major reason is the fact that it takes a lot less energy than painting an entire wall, am I right? Read more…

    Art for Oliver's Room

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    Folks, I have a legitimate problem of starting projects and not finishing them. Someone once told me that it’s a sign of creatives, I just think it’s lack of follow-through. With that being said, Spring is here and that means we are kicking off more house projects. I am determined to finish every last detail that’s in my head for Oliver’s room, it feels like it’s been 90% done for almost a year. It’s sad to say that I have drug my feet on hanging anything on his walls…enter Minted! Read more…

    Life Lately

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    Tulips are back in the grocery stores! That my friends is a $9 bouquet of happiness.

    Is it just me or is this year already whizzing by. I’m conflicted because a part of me absolutely wants the freezing temps to lift, the snow to melt and to frolic in the awesomeness of summer, but I also need time to slow down. Oliver turned two yesterday and I felt like I practically blinked and he aged a year. With so much on our calendar these days it seems like more and more we talk in terms of months (even years!) than in weeks or days.   Read more…

    Giving your wall some clothes.

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    Sometimes I wonder if a gallery wall will ever be the equivalent of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster…or chevron (we all jumped on that train didn’t we? guilty!) But then I think, how can something so magical as a gallery wall ever become tiresome? Especially when there are SO many variations. I’m officially claiming 2015 as the year of the gallery walls (in our home at least). The walls in our house have been super neglected (so naked!) and I think having some pieces hung would add instant warmth to our overall luke warm spaces. Read more…

    Getting Our Play On!

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    So here I am, first post of 2015….on January 13th. Resolution to be a better blogger??…NAILED IT. (yea right) I feel that I have two great excuses for my tardiness, one was rolling into the new year with the flu (yea!) and the second was the painting and rewiring of the electrical in the basement, of course got off schedule because of it. But things are looking up! We have finished painting and finished putting in the recessed lighting. We have also replaced all the outlets and covers but still need to get to the door knobs. I always wrestle with showing pictures of a project before it’s done. I think it takes away from the before and after reveal, but like I’ve said before I’m trying to push myself to show more of the process. Read more…

    2014

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    2014 was a good year. We were finally getting our bearings being parents (I think it takes about a year to feel a “new” normal), we purchased our first home and have had a really fun time making it our own. Spending the holidays in our house was really special for us and made the season that much greater. I’m a big fan of resolutions, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized it’s more important to have fewer, more substantial goals and it’s also more realistic. Read more…