Health, Love & Fire: January 2015

It's Finally Time . . . Kitchen Reveal

Thursday, January 29, 2015

So remember how I spent from May until December posting constantly about our new home and then I suddenly just stopped and left you all hanging after announcing we finally got the keys. Well I figured it was about time to give you a better look at our new home!

When making all of our choice selections for our new home, the kitchen was the one room in the house I spent the most time envisioning. I knew exactly what I was hoping for in an end product, and I honestly couldn't be happier with the results. When meeting with the surface company to pick out our countertops, backsplash and flooring I had a picture saved on my phone that I was hoping to bring to life in our new home. I quickly shared that vision with the person helping us and we were on our way to bringing it to life. Here's what some of the inspiration looked like (the larger picture on the left is the actual image from Parade of Homes that I brought with me to our selection meeting).

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From those images and ideas . . . I bring you our kitchen!

Watching a home get built day after day, you can forget how far it's come and how quickly everything really took shape. One of the best things about building our own home (aside from getting to pick EVERYTHING out) was getting to drive by and see the progress on a weekly daily basis. And I think we were most excited to see our kitchen come together. We wanted our kitchen to be the center of the home, the place where people hung out, and a place where we could host and entertain all of our favorite people. I truly couldn't be happier with the end result!

We went with Hickory flooring, granite tile countertops, painted cabinets and stainless steal appliances. When I envisioned our kitchen I knew I wanted something bright and clean and white cabinets were something I dreamed about from the start of our planning process.
After a bad experience at one of the lighting/fixture businesses, we made the decision to purchase all of our own lighting, which meant physically buying and storing every light in the home until the electrician was ready to install them. I am so glad we decided to do this throughout the home, because we truly got the lighting we wanted and were able to shop around for the best deal for what we were looking for. 
Our pendant lights in the kitchen were purchased from Restoration Hardware

I love sitting and enjoying my cup of tea at the island every morning. Cup from Anthropologie

When I saw this sign at Pier 1 I just had to have it for our new home! 

I wanted to add touches of teal and mint green as accents throughout the kitchen so I used the floral face from Anthropologie (they don't have this vase anymore but you can find others on their site) and the teal insulator and lightning rod from my grandparents home to bring in some color and history to the window sill. 
The first couple pieces of decor for the kitchen I bought ended up right next to each other on the counter. This awesome clock from World Market, and my favorite, this Etsy Print
I wanted to try to keep the counters fairly clean, but obviously there were a few things that needed to be out and ready to be used for cooking. 
When I found the mason jar themed collection at World Market, I just knew those were the perfect accent for the kitchen and went a little crazy putting everything in that collection on my Christmas/new home wishlist. Thankfully, my Mom knows me well and helped make my counter super pretty with it all! 
I was looking for a fun way to store our fruits and vegetables, so when I came across this metal basket at World Market, it was the perfect solution! 
The perfect place to put our cookbooks (hopefully that will help keep them a little cleaner when my husband is baking) I found at World Market
Lastly, the corner needed a little color! So I added my favorite cookie jar from World Market, and a pretty vase from Anthropologie that I had used to decorate in our previous home. 

We used Ferguson's for all of our surface purchases so they helped us with countertops, flooring, and backslashes. While this was one of the most overwhelming meetings just due to all the decisions that needed to be made, they were awesome to work with and made the whole experience really painless and fun! Please don't hesitate to ask any questions if you're wondering about a specific piece or color. I will be off daydreaming in my kitchen until then! 

Walls: We used Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) from Sherwin Williams
Flooring:Ferguson's Are floors are floating floors made from Hickory Hardwood
Cabinets: Beaudry's This is a local company that we used but our cabinet color is Alabaster White from Sherwin Williams
Trim: Alabaster White from Sherwin Williams
Backsplash: Ferguson's For our backsplash we did a combination of the Lucente Glass Collection and an Off White Subway Tile
Lighting: Purchased from several different places
Pendant Lights: Restoration Hardware
Home Sweet Home Sign: Pier 1
Mason Jar Themed Cookie Jar: World Market
Mason Jar Decor: World Market
Wire Cookbook Holder: World Market
Blue Wire Basket: World Market
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I felt guilty so . . . here's 30

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I decided since Dan's 31st birthday is on Monday and I am constantly reminding him how old he is (sorry honey) that I should listen to my own banter and get some things accomplished before I'm close to his same age. I've always said that one of the greatest reasons for marrying an older guy, besides the fact that they seem to be a bit more mature, is that you'll always have someone older than you! I absolutely tease and bother Dan about his age probably more than I should, but he takes it all with a good sense of humor. I'm lucky to have someone who will laugh with me, go on adventures, and put up with my bothering him all the time. But before that 3-0 are staring me in the face on my birthday cake in a couple years, I decided what better time than now to put together a list of things I'd like to accomplish before that day comes. So here are 30 things I hope to cross of my list before I'm 30, in no particular order of course, cause what fun would that be!

1 Start a family
2 Rent a houseboat
3 Take a cooking class
4 Host a craft day
5 Climb a mountain
6 Go on a spontaneous weekend getaway
7 See the redwoods
8 Get a forestry tag and go hunting in the forest for our Christmas tree
9 Go zip lining
10 Take Cooper camping (maybe in a yurt instead of a tent)
11 Become a Grand Club member for Relay For Life one year, which means raise $1000
12 Run in a Warrior Dash or other obstacle course run
13 Introduce my Mom to my birth parents
14 Visit NYC - preferably at Christmastime
15 Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls
16 Visit 2 new baseball stadiums
17 Go to Crater Lake
18 Run 2 more half marathons
19 Attend a blog conference
20 Go to an Oregon Ducks football game
21 Host a friends giving
22 Become pen pals with a friend who lives far away
21 Read at least 10 new books
22 Plan a staycation
23 Surprise a friend with a gift every month for a year
24 Take a trip with girlfriends
25 Spend an afternoon on the Portland Brew Cycle
26 Get 1500 followers on Bloglovin'
27 Visit holiday lights displays at The Grotto and Peacock Lane
28 Host a Wine/Dinner Party
29 Get a Tattoo
30 Plan a fun 30th birthday celebration!

Do you have a bucket list you want to complete by a certain time? What things come to mind first when thinking about things you want to do, see or accomplish?
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Happy Little Friday & If You Really Knew Me

Friday, January 16, 2015

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Happy Friday everybody! I am so excited to be co-hosting the Little Friday linkup with Ashley! She's one of my favorite bloggers, and the creator behind my amazing blog design! Since many of you may find my blog for the first time and since I always love learning about other people and it's been a little while since I've done a little introduction post, I thought this would be the perfect time!

So here are some things about me that you would know if you really knew me. I also included some of my favorite goofy pictures for your entertainment and my embarrassment!
I have to get dressed up every day for work, but am usually in sweat pants and a sweatshirt about 5 minutes after getting home. I live in layers, because I am almost always cold. I can usually be found at the far right corner of our couch in the same indentation wrapped up in a blanket every evening (that is if I’m not hanging out with my cute hubby or parents or friends).

Even though I don’t love being all dressy for work, I love getting dressed up and acting silly! Lucky for me I have the goofiest, most fun husband ever! We have so much fun together and laugh all the time!

I love any reason to throw a party! Christmas, Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Halloween . . . you have a reason, I’ll throw you a party!! But if it’s for Christmas, you better believe there will be ugly sweaters, Christmas trees, and a photo booth involved!
I don’t drink coffee and probably never will (although I said that about diet soda and now I’m addicted). But I don’t like the taste of coffee. My perfect morning drink would be a cup of hot black tea with a splash of soymilk in it. That drink brings me back to many days spent with my grandmother growing up playing cards, baking bread, and reading books all with a cup of tea close by.

My husband and I LOVE to travel! I also love to travel with friends! I think another Vegas trip may need to be in our future plans! We have some of the best friends who are honestly more like family than friends! It’s so nice, especially with Dan being gone a lot to know I have people I can always count on!
Vacations and travel are even better when they involve water! That water can be in the form of pools, oceans, seas, lakes, ice-skating rinks, snow or anything . . . I just love the water!
While we love to travel, I hate driving! I commute to work at least 40 minutes each way every day and before this current job my commute was at least an hour each way. If I’m with my husband, you will rarely find me in the passenger seat. I am much happier playing DJ and co-pilot!

I've been known to wear lots of tiaras and find any reason to wear a tutu! I was homecoming Queen in high school and our local festival's court, so I am pretty sure for about 6 months when I was 17 you could find me wearing a crown more often than I wasn't. And I mean, who doesn't love tutus? 
I take pictures of everything and cherish all the memories they hold! I'm so thankful for the people in my life, the opportunities I've gotten, and the future ahead . . . oh and of course my pets! I' d love to get to know more of you so leave me a comment or email me and let me know a bit about you if I really knew you! 

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I'm Alive!! A sort of update of life as of late!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hello everyone . . . let me clear off the cobwebs around this place. Apperently I got too used to my two weeks off from work and too involved with trying to unpack every box and decorate our new house that I let this little blog sit empty for a bit. I had a few posts prescheduled that helped fill you in during my absence but other than that it's been pretty quite.

Life is good, just crazy currently! We are still unpacking boxes, hopefully getting internet soon (after being stood up by the installer twice already) and trying to settle in to our new home. Our holidays were wonderful and filled with lots of family time and relaxing time in our new home. It's still all setting in a bit and starting to feel like it's really real. We have most boxes unpacked and now I'm left staring at blank walls trying to decide what to fill them with. To say I'm in love with our home is an understatement! So while I'm still trying to get back in the swing of this whole working every day and blogging too, I'll leave you with a few pictures I snapped of some of our new home and holidays.

The first night in our new home . . . I already had the carpet moved in and our stockings hung! I was determined to make it seem like our home as soon as possible!
                                         Celebrating my birthday with Dan & my parents! 
Our second night in our home, new furniture moved in and our tree all decorated! 
Christmas morning in our new home! 
And below, New Years Eve with friends & clearly the pets are happy in their new home too! 
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