Tag Archives: Winter

Quick Pre-Spring Project: Replacing Weber Grill Parts

It may be winter, but now is the perfect time to do a little preparation for spring and summer. I spent an evening replacing Weber grill parts the other day and decided to share it here with you all. We got this Weber grill from a garage sale five years ago for $5. The owner […]

A Quick Look Back at Our Christmas

Hey friends, happy 2017! I’m going to be honest and say that I’ve been a terrible blogger. More specifically, we’ve been terrible home bloggers. We haven’t had any real home updates for you all in awhile, and few other updates either. I’m hopeful for a fresh start and a renewed joy in checking in with […]

There’s Certainly a Santa – Sponsored Post + GIVEAWAY

**This post is sponsored by Certainly Santa and we received a book for review, but the words and opinions are all our own.** I’m so excited to share another super fun Christmas giveaway with you all this week! This one is so sweet, a Christmas book all about telling your kids the truth about Santa. […]

A Little Living Room Lift – Or, Why I <3 Curtain Rings

It’s been a busy few months around here, with very little progress or projects. But, I did made a little change in the living room a couple weeks ago by adding curtain rings to the window treatments in there. Let me just first explain that I realize this is NOT an earth-shattering post. You may […]

November Garden Update

So, I’m not sure what the weather has been like where you live, but here, it’s been pretty crazy. Crazy as in we have been wearing short sleeve shirts and sandals in November. And, that means our garden was still chugging along. We’d lost a few things, though. The peas bit the bullet a month […]

A Peek at My Plants

It’s been warm out recently, which has me dreaming of flowers and garden goodies…but I know it’s too early, so I had to satisfy myself with some indoor gardening. If you recall, one of my goals for the year was to add more house plants to our house…and keep them alive. A couple weekends ago, […]

New Clipboard Prints for Winter

Last week I shared our simple winter mantle with the new chalkboard quote. (If you missed it, click here.) Today, I’m FINALLY getting around to sharing the prints I picked for the clipboard wall this month. I don’t switch these out every month, but I try to do it every now and then, just for […]

Bright Thoughts For Bleak Days

I know the gray, dreary days tend to drag on for me. Luckily I now have a little bundle of sunshine around the house every day. I also finally got around to switching up our chalkboard on the mantle for something kind of fun for winter. After I took down all the Christmas stuff, it’s […]

Weekend Rewind: Snow Surprise Edition

Well, it’s cold. I shouldn’t be surprised, but last week, I was taking Will for a walk/jog in the stroller and now it’s 2 degrees outside. Literally.  And, we woke up yesterday morning to a snow surprise. This weekend was a good one. We ran some errands Friday night and I finished up returning a […]

Outtakes from Will’s First Christmas

It seems like the last month was a whirlwind of people, parties and presents. Also, unfortunately, tissues, coughing, stuffy noses. In keeping with his mother’s notorious ability to be sick on Christmas, Will got RSV a week before the bulk of our holiday events. Thankfully he didn’t have to be admitted to the hospital for […]

Cozy For Christmas

I know we’ve been a little MIA, but we’ve been getting ready for Christmas in our little corner of the world over here. And…we’ve been sick. Why are we always sick? Will and I are still struggling to get well before we get into the biggest of the celebrations, but we’re hopeful we’ll feel better […]

EASY Winter Wall Hanging

Even though the kitchen is finally done (woohoo!—and thank goodness!), the wall over the big table has been totally bare and boring for over a year now. I knew I wanted something large, rather than a lot of smaller things, mainly because of the plate wall in the corner. I didn’t want whatever I chose […]

A Pretty Pendant

Remember back when I told you finally decided on the lights for the kitchen? If not, that’s okay. It was awhile ago. We chose the Ranarp pendant lights from Ikea. Here’s the post about it. We really liked the black and white cloth-covered cord and the metal details. Made it feel a little nicer and gives […]

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 […]

Weekend Rewind: Rainbow Bookshelves Edition

This weekend I finally mustered up enough motivation and energy to tackle some organization. The first project? Moving into the new built-in bookshelves in our living room: These bad boys were pretty bare for the past 2-3 weeks after I took down all the random Christmas decorations I’d stashed there when we finished building these […]

Hello Again!

Hi guys! Have you had a nice holiday? We took a break from blogging (and work) over Christmas to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation with friends and family. Now, we’re back to work, but thankful for another holiday later this week to help us ease back into the habit of getting things done. We […]

The Open Shelving is Done!

You guys, our kitchen is so close to being finished that I can finally taste the finish line. (That’s a weird way of saying it…) I want to come back with some details later on to tell you all about how we tackled the open shelving, but for now, I have to share a photo […]

What we’ve been doing…

The past few days have been full of scrambling around and trying to finish a bunch of odd projects for the kitchen. We’ll be back to share details on a few on those projects, but in the meantime, just know we’ve been doing things like… Building shelves: Painting: Installing shelf brackets: Building bookshelves: Painting: Buying […]

Weekend Rewind: Door Draft Distraction Edition

As we’ve found time and time and time again through this entire year of remodeling, projects beget projects. So, after spending the majority of the last few weeks on the floor, literally, while we put down our new flooring, we noticed a few drafts coming in from various places. Namely, the front door wasn’t sealing […]

Resolution Update – It’s Time for One Final Push

You guys, it’s November, and that means we only have a few weeks left to accomplish our entire list of 2014 goals and resolutions. To refresh yourself on our progress over the year, you can read our original resolution post, here, and our first update, here, and where we were at the halfway point, here.  This […]

Weekend Rewind: “LEAFing” Fall Behind

We may have had our last gorgeous fall day if the weather people are correct. Today’s highs were above 70 degrees, and the weekend was still sunny enough to spend some time outdoors compared to what is in the forecast for the coming few days. In fact, we might even be seeing some snow this week! […]

Some Spray-painted Stuff

This week, with the exception of snow on Tuesday night… the weather was oh-so-nice here in the midwest. As in, 70 degrees and sunny pretty much very day. So, I did what any DIYer who has been cooped up all winter would do, I spray painted everything I could get my hands on. I started […]

Resolutions 2014—Our First Attempts

Well, guys, it’s the middle of march, which means we’ve had about 2 and a half months to get started on our resolutions so far…and it’s time for a little accountability… To see our initial post about our plans for this year, read this post. 1. The kitchen/flooring/stairway project. So far, we have managed to choose […]

Shipman Speed Show: Florida Fun Edition

We’ve now been home from vacation for several days so I’ve had enough time to put together our video for you all.  (Actually, it’s for us so we can remember everything we saw and did on these fun vacations—and so we can someday show our kiddos what fun their parents had traveling around and just […]

Weekend Rewind: “Where Have We Been?” Edition

Did you miss us the past couple of days? Well, we missed you, too! Although, to be honest, we weren’t really thinking about missing you that much because we were on vacation…in warm, sunny Florida! Yup, we left last week and got back early this week, and while it was certainly glorious to be away […]

Weekend Rewind: Valentine Edition

This Friday night, Hubs and I spent a romantic evening at Wal-Mart doing some grocery shopping. I wasn’t excited about it but we’d put it off all week and were out of almost everything so it was a must. Really, it was a great time to go because it wasn’t at all crowded so we […]

Coat Closet Craziness

Last night I finally tackled the mess in our entryway. Hubs was sick so he was chilling on the couch for most of the night. I, on the other hand, was anxious to clean this mess up: Yup, in the process of digging out a bunch of warm clothes to wear in the snow the […]

Weekend Rewind: Birthdays and Butchering Edition

Well, as usual, this weekend was a busy one. We spent the majority of our time with my family for our annual butchering weekend. My family raises beef cattle and every year, we butcher our own meat. It’s an “all-hands-on-deck” kind of situation, so we always make the short trip home to help out. This […]

Snow!? In Missouri!? Who would have thought!?

In case you all haven’t noticed, we have some snow outside. We had snow dump on us all day Tuesday, probably 10 – 12 inches. Melissa helped me shovel the driveway twice. Once Tuesday afternoon. Even though it was still snowing, it was helpful to get that first layer of snow off the driveway. Luckily, […]