The Garage Just Got Prettier

Apparently it's been three weeks since my last post (not counting the baby letter). Oops. We've been quite busy around here and I have about six posts in limbo, so as I warned, there should be a flurry of posts coming your way soon. This is the first.

When we bought the house five years ago, my aunt and uncle gave us a gift card to Home Depot as a housewarming present. We immediately spent it towards lanterns for either side of the garage.

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A Letter To My Baby (8 Months)

8 Month Old

My love, my sweet boy, my Harr Bear. Hi, and happy 8-month birthday!

The past month has been craaaaazy. Crazy. You've been such a busy boy. Are you ready for a rundown?

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Posts Coming Your Way

It's been nearly three weeks since I've posted... yikes. Like everyone, we've been crazy busy with life. We're working on a bunch of random projects right now so I'll have some posts coming your way shortly. Nothing is too fancy and everything is completely all over the map...

Our current Fall projects:

Planing/Sanding/Painting Pantry Doors

Adding New Garage Lighting

Transplanting Plants

Winterizing 

De-Cluttering

Brainstorming Holiday Decorations

Brainstorming Master Bedroom Upgrades

Brainstorming Childproofing

Sooooo.... I'll have a lot of stuff coming your way in a bit, including Harrison's 8-month letter!

Hope you're enjoying your November!!

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The Spookiest School House Stories

Bat Attack

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought it was an appropriate time to share the top five "spookiest" (read: top five grossest) things that have happened in the five years we've been in this house. 

A warning before you continue reading... some of these are really gross. As in, reeeaaally gross. Blood, fangs... Okay, that's your warning. Stop reading if you can't handle it. Oh and by the way, there are pictures. So maybe you shouldn't show your small child. Also, some of them are longer than others so grab your coffee.

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Skinny Brownies

I happened upon a recipe from fitnessmagazine.com that sounded interesting... "Guilt-Free Double Chocolate Brownies." Um, you had me at "Double Chocolate."

I tried it out this morning (days are so much better when they include brownies before noon!) and I have to say, they're good. They aren't Ghirardelli triple chocolate good, but they're good for having 18 carbs and 111 calories.

I like this recipe because you make it all in a sauce pan. It may just be me, but it seemed a lot easier than other non-box recipes.

Ingredients:

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4th Wedding Anniversary Linen Pillow

4th Anniversary Linen

Apologies if the site looks a little wonky today - I have my web guy on it and it will be remedied soon enough. 

My choices for a fourth wedding anniversary present for Matt were floral, silk or linen. He can't name 90% of the flowers in our yard and he's not a silk kind of guy, so linen it was.

You can read a little bit about the before process here but I ended up making him a "Game of Thrones" themed linen throw pillow. You know, since he loves GoT and I love throw pillows. What a pair, right? He put a ban on no more throw pillows but I circumvented that with this gift. Brilliant!

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A Letter To My Baby (7 Months)

Harrison & Bubby

Hello again my sweet, sweet boy. It's Momma and I'm a bit late on your letter this month. Again. Forgive me. You turned seven months old on the seventeenth and we decided to take you all over creation in the days after, leaving Mommy zero computer time. It was all worth it, of course, but that's why this is a little tardy.

Instead of a letter in paragraph form, I decided to try a different layout this time. I hope you don't mind. In fact, when I read these to you in a few years, I bet you'll like this alphabet version better.

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4th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

4th Wedding Anniversary

If you read yesterday's rambling post about my husband thinking I'm nuts because I re-use Zip-loc bags, you must really be a loyal reader. That ish was long. And pretty boring. But, if you read it, and you read it all the way to the bottom, you knew this post was coming.

Matt and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary yesterday. October 15th. 15 de Octubre. I can honestly say that I truly love him more today than I did four years ago, so I think we're doing something right. I won't get too sappy here, but one day, maybe he'll get his own letter. It's 10pm and I've put down two glasses of wine, so this will be mostly picture oriented. 

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Me and My Initiatives

When it comes to being "green," I have a pretty severe eco-conscience but I'm not an extremist by any means. In general, I believe in less packaging, up-cycling and turning off electric goods when not in use. 

Simple, right?

That being said, I don't not buy a product because it's packaged in too much plastic, I definitely don't up-cycle everything that comes through the door and I'll occasionally leave the kitchen lights on during dinner if we're eating on the couch. 

So when Matt asked me what the Zip-loc bag was doing hanging over the kitchen faucet and I told him I cleaned it to re-use it and now it was drying, he just shook his head and said, "you and your initiatives."

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Friday Night Bush Slaying

Curb Appeal

Matt and I have been rocking our Friday nights of late. A few weeks ago, we spent our entire Friday evening organizing the garage and sweeping it out from corner to corner. It was pretty amazing.

What? You don't think that sounds "amazing?" We had our tunes and we had our beers and we had each other, so we were good.

The following Friday evening, we got Harrison to sleep and set our sights on the side of the garage that is not visible from the street.

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