Wednesday, January 23, 2019

On My Radar

Hey y'all! Happy What's Hap-pinning Wednesday. I'm sitting here catching up on the Bachelor and drinking some red wine and realized I completely forgot to draft a post for WHW. With that, I'm admitting that this will be a little random but I want to share what has been on my mind lately. Lets dive right in shall we?

1. ALL the new shows! I go through phases with shows and movies and I've been in a binge mode (not in a loser type way I assure y'all haha) Here are my most recent binges and feel free to send your favs my way!


  • YOU - Netflix. Seriously addictive and such a fun nod to good ole' Dan from Gossip Girl. Also just renewed for a second season!
  • Gypsy - Netflix. Slow but addictive nonetheless and who doesn't love Naomi Watts?
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Hulu. I FINALLY started this and of course I'm hooked. I read the book many moons ago so its good to see it all unfold again. Its intense so beware! 
  • The Bachelor - ABC. I mean I'm 20 seasons deep...why stop now? 
  • Anything on Bravo lets be real....but mostly Real Housewives of Dallas, Southern Charm and the new Bravo Home series like Sweet Home.
  • The Sinner - Netflix. Crazy addictive and great Jessica Biel - again, intense!
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon Prime. OH MY GOSH - Watch it! 
  • Trying to finish Gilmore Girls - one more season and then the year in the life! 
  • Dirty John - Connie Britton is gold! 


2. Edenton, NC & Beaufort, NC. We've been addicted to searching and getting ALL the notifications for real estate and fixer uppers in those areas. I want to visit either of these towns so badly and soon too. Let me know if you've been! We've tackled a lot of things but never waterfront....hmmmmm? (its also been noted as the South's best small town...I mean....all the heart eyes for a downtown, waterfront main street)



3. The Old House Life - you want to competely lose me for a good like ummm 3 hours? Catch me reading through my favorite site - The Old House Life. Michelle is my spirit animal and has some roots around our parts too!


4. Paint colors by Sherwin Williams! I just finalized all of our paint colors for each and every room of the new 'old' house. I'll share next week once I put it into an example chart for y'all. Now to finish the light fixture fiasco I have ahead of me...whew!



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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WHW: Recipe Files

Hey y'all and welcome to another what's hap-pinning Wednesday. I haven't shared any good eats in quite some time and with the new year underway, we've tried some great new dishes! I have successfully picked back up on the meal planning and we still receive two meals per week from Home Chef. My meal planning consists of a grocery list that lists all ingredients needed to make 6 meals for my family. I've planned out 4 separate weeks so that we aren't repeating meals too often. So that method paired with the Home Chef ensures that we are covered meal wise. Woot woot! (so far so good but I still refuse to give up Mexican food) 

Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of super simple weeknight recipes that we've done and we've loved! Also, all of these are toddler approved which is a huge score in our household! 

1. Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbreads with almonds
you will need: olive oil, salt & pepper, white onion, arugula, chopped almonds, 1 pear, flatbreads, shredded mozz cheese, a little goat cheese

  • preheat oven to 400
  • caramelize the onion in a skillet with olive oil
  • quarter pear and core. cut into thin slices
  • toast flatbreads for 5 min in preheated oven
  • assemble flatbreads with mozz cheese on each leaving a slight crust border
  • layer pears on top and drizzle with olive oil
  • place directly on oven rack for 10-12 min
  • garnish with onions, almonds, arugula, goat cheese etc. 


2. Caprese Calzones & Sweet Vidalia Roasted bone-in Chicken w/ Roasted Pears & Brussels


3. Stuffed Poblano Peppers & Mesquite Chicken with Loaded Potato Wedges 


Roasted Red Pepper Tortellini Pasta with Spinach 




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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Reno #3: Progress!

SO. MUCH. PROGRESS! I'm literally over the moon with where we are right now in the progress of renovation numero tres. The dry wall has all been hung, taped and mud on y'all and it just might be a little more exciting than Christmas day. The house is so bright and it is so much easier to really envision the design style I want for each and every room. After the sanding takes place, it will be time to dive into picking out paint colors. I'm shocked we are there already and even more shocked that we may be listing another home in a little over 5 months or so. Also completed - the HVAC. The heat is on and working y'all! Ok this is a huge picture overload so bear with me. Are y'all ready to see more than just studs? (haha)


Entryway



Living Room

Living Room leading into Dining Room

Dining Room

Kitchen


Half bath/Laundry

Master Shower

Master Closet

Master Bedroom 

Master Bedroom


Guest/Playroom

Upstairs Hall

Guest Room with ensuite 

Guest Bath

Andi's Room 

Andi's Closet

Andi's Bath

Sunroom/Office space?


After paint, we'll hammer down a decision on floor refinishing and also a decision on what will be done with the kitchen floors. Luckily all of the original floors can be salvaged but unfortunately the the ones in the kitchen have to be replaced. If you remember from the beginning of the structural design phase, the kitchen was made possible by blowing through two sets of staircases and into an adjoining room. Because of this, the floors didn't match (and one was a gross and rotted vinyl) I think we're going to go with a slighter wider hardwood and run it horizontally with the island. Below I'm throwing in some current inspiration pics and pieces that have been pulling me into the design phase aspect of this reno. I;m so pumped to get started! As always, thanks for following along and have a fabulous rest of the week!


Kitchen color and floor inspiration 
This sideboard (or something similar in color) has to be in my dining room - love love love!
via Joss & Main


and maybe something like this little guy on the other side of the room - keep in mind that my dining room table and chairs are white this time around and that is so new to me! The blues will play off of the fabric I am using on the dining room chairs and we're also going to do a pretty loud statement piece by painting the dining room ceiling a deep blue. Stay tuned for that one!

Via J&M

via Ballard Designs

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!

Oh haaaay strangers! Did anyone else take a blogging break to soak up the holidays? Y'all, Christmas this year was simply magical and we loved every single second of it. I hope y'all had a great one as well! Seeing it all through Miss A's eyes was just fabulous. I could use some more snow though! An like I say every single year - why does it go by SO dang quickly? Ugh! Anyway, we've been plowing ahead on renovation #3 and the drywall is in! I cannot put into words how awesome and different it was to walk through the door and see it so bright with white drywall. I'll share an update next week hopefully so stay tuned for that one. 



Switching gears to NYE, we actually stayed in! It was probably my first NYE at home since being preggo and I was oddly happy about it. Hubs was off and we had plans but everyone got lazy with the dreary weather and decided to stay in. We had friends stay with us the night before and needless to say we were slightly hungover from that visit so staying in seemed like the best remedy. Also, being with Miss A was super fun and of course we still popped all the bubbly. (she did cheers with her sippy of milk folks but stayed up the entire time!)


This new year brings with it a new motivation for me - my first time attempting a resolution. It sounds silly but I just never set a resolution and this year I'm determined to be a healthier version of myself for not only me but for my family. Hubs and I have decided to start a no fast-food or eating out (minus a date night here and there) plan for at least 30 days (you know, to make sure we can do it..) and I'm also jumping back on the meal-planning wagon because I honestly REALLY miss it. I'd like to keep up my workouts and definitely lose that 10 pounds that has been bothering me lately. So, with that said, can someone keep me accountable? I'm so ready! 2019 will be a great year, I'm sure of it! Cheers to a new home and a healthier me!


my fav meal planning template 1 and template 2


Oh, and definitely time to start focusing on these two books I might've just purchased... bring on 2019 y'all!



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