Tag Archives: adventures

Mudding Through Manual Mode: Giveaway!

Here’s the deal, manual mode is hard. I’ve found that out the hard way, several times. Of course, it’s also awesome when you get it right. Seriously, I was shocked when I got this shot of Wyatt in a semi-dark interior room on a rainy, dreary evening. One of the biggest challenges to overcome was […]

Weekend Rewind: Springing Into Action Edition

This weekend was wonderful! The weather was nice, we didn’t have anywhere to go (besides church and a couple meals we met up for with friends) and we were able to tackle a bunch of projects we’ve been needing to get going on. Three cheers for a progress-filled weekend! Woohoo! Sorry, I’m just a little […]

Weekend Update: Valentine’s Edition

Well, our first Valentine’s weekend as a family of three (to be!) has come and gone. I didn’t feel wonderful, but we still enjoyed the time together. I even updated our chalkboard to help set the mood a bit for this lovey-dovey day. We had some friends come stay with us and took a day […]

Shelf Stable: Mounting the Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Today is part 2 in the kitchen shelves recap. We’re slowly and surely making progress on the kitchen, and in telling you all about it. ūüôā When it came time to hang the shelves (which we talked about building yesterday, here), Wyatt was careful to find and use the wall studs to mount the brackets. […]

A New Home for Stevie…the TV

One of our home goals for the year was to find a new TV stand. You already know we didn’t be crossing every item off our list this year because the kitchen project really took up a lot more time than we had planned. You can read that recap here. But, after several online searches, […]

Our Goals for 2015

Well, now that we’ve been honest about how we did last year, I guess it’s time to post our list of goals for 2015. I had fun looking back at our resolutions and goals from 2014, 2013, and even 2012. I’ve started calling these lists more goals than resolutions because resolutions typically are more general […]

Resolution Rewind 2014

Well, I know even before writing this post that we haven’t accomplished everything that was on our list for the year. But we did accomplish a few things that weren’t on the list, so I have to have some grace with ourselves as we weigh all the things we’ve done this year with all the […]

Trimming and Final Touches

Since finishing the floors, we’ve been tackling jobs that will help us get back to a “normal” state of living around here. Unfortunately, these “finishing touches” take a LONG time. But, with Christmas coming up QUICK, we have no choice but to keep going. Thanks for sticking with us as posts have been fewer and […]

And now that we all know I have no patience…

Here we are, blogging failures lately. Sorry, guys. Not only has it taken us a LONG time to get this Q&A video filmed for you guys, we’ve been seriously slacking in the writing department lately with no new house or remodel updates to share. And as you’ll see in the video below, I’m not very […]

Prepping to Lay Engineered Wood Flooring

I shared last week about¬†our frustrating progress of demoing all the floors. You can read that here. Then it was time to actually start prepping the subfloor for our engineered hardwood flooring. This is one of those projects where (hopefully) it takes a long time to set up but then goes fast once you get […]

Weekend Rewind: Leaf Peeping Edition

This weekend, Wyatt and I snuck off for a long weekend of glorious fall fun away from home. We had gorgeous fall weather the entire time, and despite Wyatt ending up with a cold, we had a great time just relaxing and not working on the kitchen. ¬†And taking couch selfies using a new setting […]

10 Years Strong

Yesterday marked a fun milestone for Wyatt and I. We’ve now been together for 10 years total (dating and marriage years). Wowza. That’s over a third of my life! And just for fun, this photo was taken the day he asked me to be his girlfriend. 10 Years ago yesterday.   Since we had been […]

Grout, Doubt, and Seal – Our Backsplash Reveal

It’s time to show you our finished tiling job, guys, and I have to say, it was a lot of work, but totally worth it. I can’t get over how fancy it looks! Like a “Real” kitchen. For grown-ups. To back up a bit, after we finished tiling, things looked like this: We let that […]

Everything You Needed to Know About Tiling Your Back Splash – Part 3

We’re back with part 3, after part 1 and part 2 in our tiling tips series, so without further ado, here are tips 11-15. 11. Back-buttering is an art. A messy art.¬† We already mentioned we had a LOT of cut tiles. (The larger your tile, the more cuts you’ll have to make) So, to […]

Everything You Needed to Know About Tiling Your Back Splash

Last week, we got to work on a big project. The tile back splash. We’d never tiled before so this otherwise “small project” felt even bigger to us. There are already a ton of tiling tutorials out there, so we’re not going to attempt to rewrite the book on back splashes, but we did want […]

Canning Craziness: Preserving our Garden Produce

Guys, I’ve been a canning fool this year. And by fool, I mean someone who has no idea what she’s doing but who is enjoying the craziness and trying all sorts of new recipes. This was the stash from a few weeks ago: Here’s what it looks like now: Not only have we been working […]

Weekend Update: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Edition

Remember last week when I was all “Look at my kitchen! It’s beautiful!” in this post?   Well, now it looks like this: Yup, we went from wonderful to wild. It’s like two steps forward and one step back… But, I know that when we have a tiled backsplash (hopefully in the next week), I’ll […]

Because I’m just so excited…

I have to share this picture with you guys: I’m in shock I think. I had forgotten a little bit of the dream. But now that the fridge and microwave are all built in, I’m falling head over heels for this kitchen renovation. I just can’t stop staring at our new cabinets. As of last […]

Winding Down to the Last of the Summer Bucket List

Well guys, after the amazing fall weather we had this weekend, and the COLD! weather we had on Thursday and Friday of last week, it’s time to admit that fall is, most definitely, around the corner. Which means it’s time for a little check up on our Summer Bucket List and for one last push […]

KC Chick Events: Handmade and Vintage – GIVEAWAY

*Update: Please see revised prize list at the bottom of this post…and cross your fingers you win the new (awesome) stuff! Today I’m super excited to share a really fun event with you all that’s happening in KC in 18 days, the Handmade and Vintage Chick Event! This outdoor market for handmade and vintage goods, […]

Weekend Rewind: Home Sweet Home Edition

Today has been a busy one, friends. First of all, I’ll admit I was distracted a few times by my amazing new counter tops. But more than that, I’ve been trying to get caught up on life and work after being gone for almost two weeks to work at the state fair. Yup, we spent […]

Weekend Rewind: Lake Edition

This weekend, we spent Saturday at the lake visiting Wyatt’s grandparents. It was a great day to relax on the water considering we’ve both been working A LOT. We also got to check off something else from our Summer Bucket List. (Fishing!) And, guess who caught the most fish (with my father-in-law’s help?) Me! Most […]

Weekend Rewind: A Winter’s Tale and Summer Stuff Edition

This weekend, we enjoyed summer. Not only was it beautiful outside, it was also a holiday weekend, so there was plenty of time to spend enjoying that lovely weather. On Friday, Independence Day, we worked on installing the new cabinets which went pretty well, all things considered. We spent the majority of the time working […]

Weekend Rewind: Summer Sun and Fun Edition

This weekend, Wyatt and I took a much-needed little getaway and spent some time just goofing off and having fun. And, we crossed one important item off our Summer Bucket List, floating around in a lazy river. (You can barely see the water behind us. I didn’t actually take my phone with us while we […]

No More Floor

In addition to¬†planting flowers,¬†visiting family, and watching soccer this past weekend, we also ripped out the floor in our kitchen. Yup, we’re now down to the subfloor, in the whole kitchen, not just under where the cabinets were. We had to remove the flooring to make room for the new flooring…remember WAY BACK when we […]

More Middle-Of-The-Country Map Pins

I finally got around to adding pins from our Kentucky Wedding Roadtrip (watch the video recap, here!). The process is pretty much the same for doing this every trip, but for a recap of how we made this fun¬†interactive piece of art, go back and read this post. First, I gather the supplies needed, and […]

Garden Growing Pains

This year, we’ve already had a few garden issues to try and overcome. After enlarging the entire area and adding a few new beds, we were left with a garden that looked like this: Then, we had an encounter with Yard Bird. For some reason, the three tomato plants we planted a few weeks ago […]

Weekend Update: Yard Bird Edition

This weekend, we had an adventure of the avian variety. On Friday evening, I looked out to the garden and saw large flapping wings inside our bird netting. I was shocked and angry at first, but after we went out there to check it out, we saw it wasn’t a bird trying to steal our […]

Resolutions 2014 – Halfway Point Progress

We’ve officially made it to the middle part of the year, so it’s time for a little accountability update on how we’re doing with our goals for 2014. To see our initial post about our plans for this year, read¬†this post. You can see our first quarter update, here. 1. The kitchen/flooring/stairway project.¬†You’ve only heard […]