Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Playroom Dilemma.

We have a nice space in our house that is the designated playroom. It is a loft area right by Hayden and Archie's room. It is a pretty good size with lots of potential. The first time we walked through the house it was looking something like this:


I know, dreamy right? We took one look at this room and new we had to have this house. Okay, not really. But, we were able to look past the beer wallpaper and terribly stained carpet to see it's potential. Fast forward to today and it has new texture on the wall, paint and carpet. Basically it is a whole new room. Yet it still looks anything but nice. On a daily basis it looks like a tornado hit it. Yes, I know it's the playroom so it should look like this, but it still gives me anxiety every time I go up there.


It drives me crazy that my children feel the need to dump out every. single. freaking. toy. within minutes of cleaning them all up. I keep threatening to throw them all away, but it doesn't even faze them. The little stinkers keep calling my bluff.  I vow one day to actually do it. I promise. In the mean time I have been searching for some pretty pictures to get my mind off of the play room madness. There is nothing like a really great picture to calm me down.

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 aahhh....much better. Okay, now back to the business of the playroom. I am really digging the colors of the mood board below. Just ignore the crib, okay. I just want something bright and airy and colorful, but not too colorful for the space. The room has a pitched roof so I can't put much on the walls.

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Hopefully I can come up with something quick, before my anxiety over the constantly disastrous playroom gets the better of me. Any tips on getting my children to clean up after themselves? Seriously I need advice!

Friday, February 24, 2012

inspiration.

Working out comes and goes for me. I will get in such a good groove working out consistently and then I just stop. I ran for the first time yesterday morning in over a month, it was hard. It's amazing how quickly you lose your endurance. While I want to keep running short distances I also want to mix it up a bit. I found a few work outs on-line that I want to try out.

First up is this simple routine:

It seems intense, yet doable. I am all about keeping it short and sweet yet mixing it up. My goal is to do this every morning after going for a run. I also want to keep track of my progress and document it here. I find it helpful to write down what I am doing so I can easily see the progress I have made.

I think a good way to stay motivated is to find a picture of either yourself at a time you felt healthy or a picture of someone else who inspires you. I found this one on Pinterest and I love it.


Man oh man, if I could get my ass to look like that I would be very happy. I guess there is only one way to find out. Here goes nothing.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Week of Good Food.

Okay, so it is no surprise that I am a pretty terrible cook. Well maybe I'm not that bad, if I would actually cook. I just find it so hard to plan, shop and cook a decent meal every day. So, starting today I am going to try something new that my husband will thoroughly enjoy, cooking on a daily basis. Each week I will scour the internet in search of delicious recipes. I will post them here and then shop for and cook them.

Let's get started shall we.

Monday February 27, 2012
First up is Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Pesto. Oh pesto, glorious pesto, how I love you so. There is just something about pesto that is so so good. It is also my goal to make homemade pesto, none of this store bought business. Only time will tell if that is too ambitious or not.

eat, live, run


Tuesday February 28, 2012
Creamy Avocado Pasta, mmm avocado. Sorry, but you can't go wrong with avocado in my book. This recipe boasts it as a 15 minute pasta, gotta love that. Especially when you are usually flying by the seat of your pants come meal time like me. Now for some reason my youngest, Archie, has such a hard time eating pasta and by that I mean he refuses to eat it. He is a peanut butter and jelly kind of guy and I am trying to change that. Hopefully he will eat this.

oh she glows

Wednesday February 29, 2012
Shredded Chicken Enchiladas. Mexican food is my total weakness, I seriously could eat it everyday. Enchiladas are pretty simple and I have made them quite a few times, but this recipe looked too good to pass up. Plus it has cilantro in it and I love everything about cilantro.

a sweet pea chef

Thursday March 1, 2012
Chicken Souvlaki. This is one that I have only tired once, but I was reminded of recently and thought I would give it a try. I am usually pretty boring in my food preferences, but I am hoping to slowly venture out and try new things.

What's Cookin, Chicago

Friday March 2, 2012
Margarita Pizza. Now this recipe is only for the crust, but it just so happens to come straight from Italy.  Yep, I have some connections. ha ha. I have been wanting to make this crust for some time now and I can't wait to try it.


Man, this is kind of hard. I was only able to come up with five days of meals. It's okay to eat out on Saturday and Sunday right? Now my goal is to make all of these recipes on the days I listed them under, but I will adjust it as needed. Check back next week for my take on all of these delicious looking meals. Hopefully at least of few of them will work out for me.

Monday, February 20, 2012

i'm lovin.

Here is what I would be wearing tomorrow- if we were past this whole law school thing and onto the career part.

1. I love sunglasses. I believe that is one thing you can never have too many of. And these are perfect.
2. Stripes and layers. Who doesn't love Madewell? So simple, yet so stylish.
3. I am in search of the perfect backpack and I think this might be it. With an 18 month yr old, hands free is the way to go. 
4. Madewell again. I'm loving the cuffed skinny.
5. Loving these oxfords. They would class any outfit up a notch.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Love and Fashion.

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day. I know I did. While my husband had school all night, my mom took the kids for a few hours and I was able to spend some alone time wandering quietly around Target. It was amazing.

I love fashion. I love expressing myself in clothes and accessories. There is nothing better than feeling good in what you are wearing. Fashion is a way to let people know who you are, or at least let them guess. I love people watching and especially love looking at what people have on. I love people who are bold and brave in their fashion choices. One of my resolutions this year is to be more bold with my wardrobe. Now, when I say bold I don't mean just wearing some obnoxious color or pattern. I mean really figuring out who I am and actively trying to profess it through fashion.

I am totally digging lace and soft blouses. How gorgeous is this outfit, I love everything about it. So simple, yet so beautiful and feminine.

shopbop.com

I am usually pretty boring with my clothing choices. Black is my go to color which is usually because it makes me feel skinny, or at least skinnier. I need to infuse more color into my closet. Like this gal. How adorable is that outfit.

thedaybookblog.com

It is always fun to look at celebrities for fashion influence. Rachel Bilson is someone I feel has great, effortless style. She takes risks, yet always looks confident and put together.

frugal-fashionistas.com

Another girl who's fashion sense I love is Lauren Conrad. That girl has style. And while she isn't always wearing bright colors, she wears everything with confidence.

frugal-fashionistas.com

My latest fashion wants are a pair of skinny jeans in a fun color. I mean how great are these pants. Perfect for spring. I have no idea if I could actually pull them off, but I will try.


forever21.com

I would also love a great blazer. Something like this:

forever21.com

What about you? What are your fashion inspirations? What have you always wanted to try out, but have been too afraid?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

So I bought a sewing machine.

I decided that that this was the year, the year I learn to sew. I guess you could say I technically know how to sew since I have sewn a few things in my life, but I in no way, shape or form can sew well.  I look online at all the talented people and think, "I want to do that", so that is my goal.

Once I purchased my sewing machine I got a bit ambitious and decided that my first project was going to be a new clutch. I love me a good clutch. It is just the perfect size bag for my checkbook, credit cards, chap stick, gum, phone, keys and any other small random things. Plus when I need to leave a diaper bag with a sitter I can just grab my clutch and go. After deciding what I wanted to sew I started stalking the internet, mostly pinterest and etsy, for inspiration and found some cute ideas.










I am having a mild love affair with all things chevron these days so I had to pin this awesome clutch. The link above has a full tutorial on how to create it and it can also double as a diaper and wipes carry-all.







Source: etsy.com via Jennifer on Pinterest




This is just such a classic with the nude leather and the tortoise shell closure. Not sure I could pull something like this off though, it looks very intimidating.









Source: etsy.com via Jennifer on Pinterest








Oh stripes, how I love you so. How adorable is that nautical emblem, I just love it.









After reviewing many options I just couldn't find The One. So, I just decided to wing it. I gathered all the necessary supplies, plugged my sewing machine in, and turned season 3 of 30 Rock on. I decided on a navy and white striped fabric for the exterior and a floral fabric for the lining. I have a clutch that I love, but has seen better days that I used as a guide when I needed it. After sewing, removing stitches and then re-sewing just about every stitch at least twice I finally finished.






There are a few things I will change up the next time around and you don't want to look at my stitches too closely, but I'm quite happy with myself. Plus I loved every minute of the process and can't wait to get started on my next project. Hmm...any suggestions?



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Linking up to these parties.

The 36th Avenue
HookingupwithHoH

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Love Day.

I love Valentines Day. There is just something so fun about it. I mean come on, it's a day dedicated to letting that special someone know you adore them. While I do agree that you should let people know you love them all year long, there is nothing wrong with a whole day of extra attention. Right?

Now I had every intention of baking heart shaped sugar cookies and hanging some valentine garland up, but time just got away from me. So, instead I will show you a few fun pictures from around the internet.

ashleymeaders.com

marthastewart.com

nestofposies-blog.com
Oh how I love the Day of Love. Tomorrow I will share how we spent the big day. Who knows maybe we will get those cookies made after all. xoxo.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

What I am loving this week.

I love scouring the internet for inspiration. In our house we don't have a dinning room, our kitchen is just a pretty good sized square and in one corner we put our table. I would love to do something like this with that spot.

Palmer Weiss Interior Design

I love everything about this space. The upholstered bench in a fabulous yellow fabric, bright green throw pillows, crisp white retro table, metal chairs and even the awesome pool print on the wall. It all just screams "Come. Sit. Have a cool drink and relax".

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In the past I have had long hair, short hair, curly hair and straight hair. Lately however, I have been rocking the long curly hair, it is just so low maintenance. I spray some leave in conditioner in it fresh out of the shower, throw it in a low bun and go. A little later I pull it out of the bun and let it air dry to its natural state of unruly curls. The next day I forgo the shampoo and conditioner and just pile it all on top of my head.







I am the queen of putting my hair in a bun on top of my head, it is my go to second day look. I so wish I had as much hair as the chic in this photo, look at the size of that bun. I love it.

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Sometimes I find things online that are just too fun and random to not share. How awesome is this tape? You could find so many uses and they come in so many fun prints and colors.

cutetape.com

I'm thinking wrapping gifts in simple plain paper and letting the awesome tape take center stage.

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I am a fairly organized person and yet I always feel so frazzled when it comes to planning and executing a menu. I found this on Pinterest the other day and decided it was just what I needed to get actual meals on the table every day.

artsyfartsymama.blogspot.com
Just click on the link above to download your own menu planner. I will let you know if my husband quits complaining about me never cooking.

Friday, February 10, 2012

some of my favorite beauty products.

Being a licensed Master Esthetician you would think I use all sorts of fancy products on my skin, you would be wrong.  I just don't have the budget for it right now. Instead I hit up the local Wal-Mart or Target for my beauty needs.

First up in my daily regime is face wash. Now, I have oily/acne prone skin so it is quite difficult to find a cleanser that really gets it clean, but doesn't overly dry it out. As of late I have been loving...




St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser
It is gentle yet effective. I use it at night to not only wash my face but to remove my eye make-up as well.







In the morning and any other time I feel I need a little extra cleaning I love to use a good scrub. They are so beneficial to glowing healthy skin and sloughing dead skin cells off. My go to scrub is.....





                   St. Ives Apricot Scrub
                   sigh...I just love it so.






Next up is moisturizer, this is a tough one for me. I have tried so many in the past and I am still on a mission to find the perfect one. The following is my criteria a good moisturizer must meet: an SPF of 30, oil-free, hypoallergenic, and noncomedogenic..which is a fancy word for it won't clog your pores. I recently added this moisturizer to my routine...



Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer
It met all of my criteria, plus it has vitamins A, C & E which are great for the skin. It has a nice light fragrance and it's silky smooth.


Well there you have it, the three staples in my bathroom. What are your go-to products to keep your skin clean, moisturized and looking radiant?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

let's bring back grunge


I have a lot of hair. thick wavy hair.
And once I learned what a straightener was it's been handled a little better- in the desert.
Now I live in Virginia.
The only other time I've lived in humidity was in Elementary school, in Seattle, in the 90s. Needless to say I didn't worry too much about my hair. Looking back I sort of had this Alanis Morissette thing going on. Actually although I wasn't too worried about my hair being “on trend”, I was definitely rocking that grunge look. Mostly it looked terrible, but wasn't that sort of the point of the grunge trend.

Flash forward to 2012.
I'm right back in Alanis territory. I went back to a side part because it was just a little to difficult to refrain myself from walking around naked thanking India in song.
The point you ask?
My name is Heather and I like to party. I’m the new girl with frizzy hair. Nice to meet you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

oh exercise, what a twisted game you play.


This is the first post in a series on health and exercise. Each week I will try new workouts and healthy meals and then document my experiences here. I struggle everyday to eat right and exercise and I hope by sharing my progress it will be just what I need to stay motivated. Either that or you will all see me for the slacker I really am. 

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In high school I played soccer. Then I got married, got pregnant twice and gained 60lbs. Nine months after baby number two was born I was still overweight and unhappy so I started running. It was glorious, don't get me wrong it was almost always torture, yet it was exactly what I needed. It was my escape from the little ones controlling my life. I was losing weight and getting back something that I desperately needed, my sanity. After nine more months of enjoying my new found lease on life I made a drastic decision, one I told myself and anyone around me I would never do, I signed up for a marathon. Over the next 5 months I ran and ran and ran and ran. Mon-Thurs I would wake up at 5am and run 4-5 miles. Then Saturday was the long run, the dreaded LONG RUN. Oh, how I hated those Saturday morning runs. By the time race day came around I was burnt out. I wanted to give up every step of the way. By some act of God I finished that blasted race and vowed I would never run another marathon.

As crazy as it sounds I still enjoy running, even after enduring 26.2 miles of pure torture. I just prefer it in small doses.

Monday, February 6, 2012

We actually did something on the house.

So we have been complete house slackers lately. Once we moved in projects became pretty non-existent around here, we..okay my husband...was just too burnt out and way too busy. But, I talked him into building me a fireplace mantle, replacing the front door and starting the trim. I have already shared the fireplace, so I am here to show you the front door and trim. Now, don't get too excited because neither of those things are completely finished, but they are getting there and that makes me very happy.

When we first started this whole renovating a house thing this is what the front door and surrounding area looked like:


An off center linoleum section, disgusting carpet, and an old dirty door with a brass doorknob. It just wasn't working for me, so we changed a few things.


Aah...so much better and it's not even finished yet.

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Next on the never ending to-do list was the trim. We have had this massive pile of trim sitting in the living room since we moved in. It is the bane of my existence.


While I would have liked to have gotten rid of it completely that just wasn't going to happen in one day. But, we did make a small dent in the trim pile. Here is a photo of the doorway into the kitchen before:


and the doorway after:




I am so excited for this trim, Nick did such a good job. And I just love the small trim piece he added to give it a little something extra.

And, because I love my new fireplace so much I will leave you with another photo of it. Enjoy!