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Trying to leave our little slice of America better than we found it!

Lou Gehrig Art

July 3, 2014

Have you seen the video below? @TODO Insert this video - It features 30 MLB first basemen reciting Lou Gehrig’s famous “Luckiest Man” speech. Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the speech, and it reminded me how lucky we are to have a reminder of that speech in our home. Every time we walk into our office, we are reminded of the notion that even though we may have setbacks in life, most of our life is so beautiful that it outweighs the “bad breaks.

Picture Tour: Yarmouthport, Massachusetts

July 1, 2014

Harrison and I slipped off to Cape Cod for a few days, and I have a few pictures I want to share from the trip. Despite my mom & aunt growing up on the Cape and my nana still living there, we discovered a small strip of land on the bay that neither my mom, aunt nor Nana had ever discovered. Wild, right? The houses and land surrounding this beach were so picturesque.

#Travel #Places

Astilbe Mine

June 26, 2014

We have a spot at the very beginning of our driveway that’s a bit of an eyesore. The driveway is cracking, the lawn is weedy, the soil is sandy (thanks, plow trucks!) and the curve itself is edged in deteriorating blacktop. Lovely, right? I didn’t want to pour much cash into this spot. I figured until we know what we’re doing with the driveway and the lawn, I’d plant some flowers to bring in a bit of color.

#Garden #Flowers

Pretty-ing the Porch

June 24, 2014

Seeing as it’s nearly July, I’m glad I finally have some color on the porch. About time, right? I had an old “Welcome” coir mat that looked a little worse for wear, so I tossed it. With that gone, I was left with a pretty boring entryway. I needed something… anything to distract my eye from our desperately-in-need-of-updating storm door. I love the look of traditional stone urn planters but I don’t love the $100+ price tag.

#Before & After #Flowers

Snapping Beauty

June 19, 2014

The “tagline” of this blog used to be “It’s always something!” You know, because when you have a home, (especially an old one!) there’s always something breaking. Or, if you’re a “half-full” kind of person, there’s always something to improve. Well, I eventually tired of that slogan but lately I’ve been thinking that I should bring it back. Not because something is breaking (or needing improvement) but because there’s just never a dull moment.

A Letter To My Baby (3 Months)

June 17, 2014

Hi Harr Bear! It’s Mom again, and I’m back with another monthly check-in to keep track of all of your achievements this past month. Yes, I said achievements. What?! I’m a proud Momma, what can I say? Three months. Three months. Wow. Two things are certain: I have no idea where those three months went and you’re changing every day. Oh, and one more thing that’s certain. I love you more with each passing day.

#Family #Baby #Baby Letter

Our Blinged Out Kitchen

June 12, 2014

When I envision my dream kitchen, it generally involves white cabinets, a giant island (maybe in the next house) and a deep, big sink (also in the next house). That vision never involved under cabinet lighting, but now that I have sweeeeet under cabinet lighting, I can’t live without it. It started one day last month, when an Amazon package came to the house for Matt. He opened it and explained that it held the contents to a new under cabinet lighting system.

#Before & After #Kitchen #Little Projects

Let It Go

June 5, 2014

If you’re here because you think this post is about Frozen, Queen Elsa or Idina Menzel herself, you’ll be disappointed. It’s not. It’s just a rambling reminder to myself (and you, if applicable!) to let. things. go. (Source) With this ol’ house of ours, we have a to-do list that has literally hundred of items. You can check it out here if you’re so inclined. We were on a roll for a while.

State of the Garden (Late May 2014)

May 30, 2014

Right about now, some of my favorite plants in the yard are quickly approaching their prime. My hydrangea bushes are slowly becoming covered in greenery - in typical bottom-to-top fashion. The peony garden that I jump started last year has 15+ buds and my Astilbe plants are gaining a ton of ground. While I wait for those, here are a few shots of what else is popping up around here as of late May.


American Baby

May 27, 2014

I’m checking in post-Memorial Day with a few new pictures of our little guy. Hope you guys had a great holiday! It was so hot here in Connecticut, but we had relatively low humidity so the day was actually really beautiful - especially in the shade! There was an occasional breeze, too. It felt downright heavenly. It was our first Memorial Day with Harrison and although he’ll be too young to grasp the concept of the day for quite a few years, we enjoyed dressing him in patriotic colors and talking about how we’ll introduce him to the reverence of Memorial Day down the line.

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