Saturday, July 30, 2011

The weekend is here...

and that means uninterrupted work on the house. woot!

Nick will be getting the house ready for an electrician to come first thing next week and I will hopefully be working on a little side project. You see currently the washer and dryer reside in the kitchen, but on opposite sides of the room. We plan to remedy that by purchasing a stackable set and will put them in the washers current location.

To be able to do this Nick had to remove the cabinet above the washer. Considering this house was built in the 1940's and that we believe the cabinets are original, Nick wasn't able to just unscrew it from the wall. Oh no, he had to pry that sucker off. It was nailed into the concrete wall. He used a crowbar and mallet to get the job done.

He was able to get it off in almost one piece, the back did come off in the process. But look how awesome that cabinet is. This is where the side project I was talking about earlier comes into play. I have big plans for this cabinet and I love that I will be re-purposing it instead of just throwing it out. I'm pretty sure Nick thinks I'm crazy, but I'm so excited to get started.

What about you, have you been able to give new life to an old item?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

my weakness.

I have an undying love for chocolate chip cookies. They are my ultimate sugar weakness, whenever there is a choc. chip cookie around I just cannot resist their chewy chocolaty goodness. I have been trying out many different recipes over the years in search of "the best in my book" chocolate chip cookie recipe. I believe I have found it. I was scouring Pinterest yesterday looking for nothing in know how it goes...and came across the blog The Comfort of Cooking. It was there that I found what looked like a good cookie recipe, so I set out to make them.

First I gathered all the required ingredients:

and then I got started.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

- 1 cup (2sticks) butter, softened                               - 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar                                         - 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar                                           - 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 eggs                                                                     - 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract                                                - 2 cups chocolate chips

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Combine: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Combine: butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix until very creamy.
3. Add: eggs and vanilla to creamed mixture. Beating well after each addition.
4. Pour: flour mixture into creamed mixture one cup at a time. Continue mixing until well combined.
5. Finally add chocolate chips. Stir well.

*Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are golden brown.

couldn't have made them without my little helper.
I highly recommend this recipe. The cookies came out perfect, crisp around the edges and chewy on the inside, just the way I like em. There is nothing quite like a warm chocolate chip cookie and a tall glass of cold milk.

What is your favorite treat, the kind that is just too hard to pass up? Got an amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe you want to share?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Southern Utah has some of the best summer thunderstorms ever. There is nothing that compares to a good storm here in the desert. About two weeks ago we had a few of those glorious storms. The best part for me however was when my three year old came running in the house yelling, "mom, I found a rainbow, hurry come look!". So out the back door we ran to catch a glimpse of the rainbow that Hayden herself had been the first to spot. She was so excited, she couldn't stop laughing.

We stayed out there for a few hours enjoying the somewhat cooler weather provided by storm clouds obstructing the suns glaring rays. Hayden kept "her umbrella" by her side at all times in case of a sudden burst of water from the sky above. Of course that never happened, instead the sun decided to show its bright shinning face.
Who knew cowgirl boots, a rainbow, and an umbrella could make one little girl so happy. It's moments like these that I hope to remember when life is starting to bring me down. Leave it to the children to teach us more than we teach them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

for the love of fashion and style.

I have this thing I love to shopping. Well, actually it would be considered online window shopping. You see, I love going to a favorite clothing website and putting anything that strikes my fancy in my cart. Then, once I can't find anything else I like I go back and look at everything I just added. After that I remember I can't possibly afford any of it right now so I simply walk away.

I love clothes and accessories...anything to do with fashion and style. However I struggle everyday with what to buy. What to wear. I am constantly snapping a photo of myself with my phone and sending it to my sister to ask for her opinion.

Another problem that I face is is just too expensive to buy all the clothes I want. Wouldn't it be nice to not ever worry about money for your wardrobe. If I had unlimited amounts of money I would buy shoes...lots and lots of shoes. In all sorts of styles and colors, I would have a different type of shoe for any outfit and any occasion. Ahhh... now that is my idea of heaven.

Reality check, I don't have that luxury. There are many clothing options out there however, for those in the same boat as myself.

The dress, shoes and necklace all come from Charlotte Russe. The blazer is from gojane and the clutch is from Boden, but I can't seem to find it on their site anymore.  All of the items on the above style board are under $40, how is that for frugal fashion.

You see you don't need to have obscene amounts of money to have a killer wardrobe. Get out there and experiment. I know that's what I plan on doing.

Monday, July 25, 2011

a little demolition.

Okay, maybe a lot.

Saturday July 23, 2011 was the day. The day we started tearing this house apart. It feels good to finally type that. We started in the kitchen and boy was it cathartic to rip things out.

First thing to go..the linoleum tiles. It took some time and there were a few spots that were pretty stubborn, but for the most part it came up fairly easily.

While we..myself and Brandon, a friend we somehow talked into helping us..scraped the floor, Nick was busy removing the kitchen sink. First the water needed to be turned off and then the pipe taken apart from the wall.

Yes, it really was that dirty under the sink.
Next he used a small crowbar and a mallet to separate the sink from the counter top. Once it was loose Nick was able to just lift it out with ease.

Once the sink was out, he was able to remove the counter tops and then the cabinets. Using a mallet he went to town breaking the cabinets apart and a crow bar to take them off the wall.

A good shot of the kitchen minus the bottom cabinets and the upper cabinet doors. We plan on keeping the upper boxes and just building new glass-front doors.
I also love the discovery of sunflower wallpaper behind the cabinets and the fact that they just painted the orange color right over the old wallpaper.

After enough damage was done on the kitchen cabinets, Nick got started in on the bathroom. Starting with the bathroom vanity and then moving on to the tub and wall enclosure. To remove the wall of the shower he first had to cut out the dry wall to reveal the edge of the wall. Then using a metal scraper and mallet he was able to remove the surrounding drywall. Next came the fun part of hacking away at the shower wall with an ax. After removing the shower wall and tub in a few pieces a boarded up window was discovered! We can't wait to open that window back up, it will lend some much needed light...and natural light at the space.

Just before calling it a day on Saturday, Nick and Brandon pulled the carpet up in the house. It came up very easily with only a little elbow grease going into removing the tack strip around the perimeter of the room.

First thing Sunday I got busy on the tile in the small storage/future backdoor area and Nick started cleaning up the remnants of the flooring removal from Saturday. Then I got started working to get the linoleum tiles in the bathroom up...those suckers were tough...while Nick removed the water heater. Making sure to turn off all gas valves first.
After working for two days straight we were beat and decided to call it a day early and considering I had to wake up at 4:00 the next morning to go run 15 miles I was ready to get out of there. We made some good progress this weekend and can't wait to start putting everything back together again.

I leave you with this...a shot of the appropriate footwear to wear while involved in demolition and the temperature we were working in.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Once upon a time I decided I wanted to be an Esthetician, this was back in 2004. Fast forward to 2011 and I am a Master Esthetician and have been since 2007. While I don't work in any type of spa setting I love having the knowledge about skin care that attending school taught me.

Maybe one day I will save up some money to buy a plethora of glorious products to start giving facials and other fabulous treatments, but until then I am hoping to use this blog as a way to educate and enlighten not only myself but you as well.

Skin care does not always have to cost a fortune, you can find ingredients right in your own home to care for your skin. Oatmeal, yogurt and honey are such simple ingredients and yet they can have a huge impact on your face and skin.

Oatmeal and Yogurt Face Mask:

-1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground
-1 tbsp plain yogurt
-a few drops of honey, warmed up

combine oatmeal and yogurt in a small bowl and stir until well blended. Add warm a spoon under hot water for one minute and then add a few drops of honey to the the oatmeal and yogurt mixture and stir well.

Gently apply mask to face...avoiding eyes...and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and follow with a warm washcloth.

Apply moisturizer and enjoy your refreshed skin.

an obsession.

I recently discovered say i am obsessed would be an understatement. I love Love LOVE this site. It makes it oh so easy to collect inspiration photos for just about anything and everything.

Here are a few of my favorite pins:

My children would absolutely love this....hell, I would LOVE this!

This room is perfection.


OH. EM. GEE. This caprese salad looks delicious. 

I want it to be fall NOW, just so i can wear this outfit....LOVE!

How creative is this....those are thumbtacks... genius.

If you haven't checked out pinterest yet....get on it.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


They are so many ideas flowing through my head right now as we get closer and closer to starting the kitchen renovation at the house.
this is a quick shot i took of the kitchen the other night...we have our work cut out for us. 

we plan on keeping the boxes on the upper cabinets and then building new glass front doors. the cabinets on the bottom are super cheap and falling apart so we will get all new ones. i have this vision in my head of how our kitchen will look and i am super excited to make it a reality.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas so far:
{ love the bright white with the rich wood tones and pops of yellow }

{ loving farm house sinks }

{ love the combination of white cabinets, black counters and dark wood floors }

{ subway tiles, white cabinets and pops of green make me swoon }

{ again with the farm house }

{ love the lights over the island }

{ this kitchen is a very similar layout to you can't go wrong with white }

{ loving the wood paneling in the cabinets }

{ a pop of green in the back of the cabinet = love }

if you couldn't tell i am a bit obsessed with white kitchens. i just love the open and airy feel. i don't know if i will be able to implement all the aspects of my "dream kitchen", but i am sure going to try.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

our house

we are currently in the process of fixing up an older home that sits in the heart of st. george. it used to belong to mr. nelson's great-grandmother and we are so excited for the finished product.

lately we have been focusing our attention on the second floor, which consists of a loft area, one bedroom, a small closet and two attic crawl spaces. we brought in a drywall expert to re-pair the large holes in the walls and to re-texture the entire area.

still on the to do list:
- paint
- trim
- windows
- light fixtures
- floors

we still have quite a bit to do before we can move in, but at least we are making progress.

Friday, July 8, 2011

photography inspiration.

i love photos. there is just something about capturing a feeling or emotion that i find so beautiful. while i in no way have any sort of skill when it comes to photography i do have a cannon rebel xsi and i am making it my goal to figure out how to use it properly.

i hope to have photography be a continuing topic here at one30two, whether it be my sad attempts at it or inspiration from others.

this photo was taken last summer by yours truly. mr. nelson will probably kill me for posting this, but i think he looks pretty sexy. i love that you can also see little h in the background.

the start of something wonderful.

i have decided i need a creative outlet and a hobby. hopefully this blog will serve that purpose.

i am a wife to a hard working husband and mother to two adorable children. i have the privilege of staying home with said children and i love love LOVE it...most days anyways...but there are many many moments of needing to do something just for myself. that is where this blog becomes my saving grace.

i hope you join me for what will hopefully be the start of something wonderful.