Sunday, July 31, 2011

Keep breathing...

So things are starting to get a little stressful. Our apartment is filled with boxes (most of which are only half-packed because I can't decide what I might need in the next 2 weeks), it's been a struggle to get Claire on a feeding routine not to mention my own new feeding routine....which is basically telling myself NO all day long. Etsy orders are piling up and our weekend trip to my parent's house was the opposite of peace and relaxation.

It's moments like these when I dive into a dunkin' donuts cup of coffee (don't hate) and attempt a moment of perspective. As crazy as life is, we are finally getting our first home and it's only a couple weeks away (which I know - feels like an eternity). We have a sweet baby girl who makes me laugh - I don't know - a million times a day. Life is o-kay. And I haven't even mentioned my awesomesauce husband who is freakin hot. So. Nuff said. Stress is for dummies.

We got our official fantasy football invite today (thanks Mr. Garth). I know I am probably the only wife in the world excited about fantasy football, but WHY?! It's sooooo much fun. Chris and I are already planning our draft picks, so you better watch out A Ballstars. It's goin' down on the south side. what.

My project today for the new house was fence ideas. Wood or electric? Keep in mind we've got two pups and a budget the size of this [ ]. Literally, if it doesn't fit between those two brackets - it's too expensive. If anyone has some ideas let me know. Meanwhile I'll be in the kitchen eating my dinner, which is also this size [ ] so that someday my hips will also be this size [ ] too. :)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Guest bedroom inspiration

With the move looming, my mind is going crazy these days with design ideas. I was watching project runway tonight and I fell in love with one of the girls rooms at Atlas. I'm thinking future master bedroom design. I love the vintage yellow (who doesn't?) paired with a darker neutral on the walls. Right off the bat I knew I recognized the fabric. It took me about 30 minutes to track down where I'd seen it before. Dwell Studio. 2 yards of fabric should do it for my future home made upholstered headboard. I already have the lamp, white duvet cover and white curtains. A chic mirror and a couple cans of paint and I will have officially snagged this look. I seriously can't wait!

This has been a week of housing inspiration. First stop Holley C's casa where vintage meets inspiration. She has such vision for spaces full of potential. She finds the perfect balance of comfort and class, and everywhere I went I felt at home. Yesterday I found my way over to Holly H's house for a quick visit with Claire. I've got to say I loved everything about her design. From the countertops to the tile to the paint color, Holly's inspiration is one with my own. So many of our friends seem to be moving into new houses or doing major renovations on their current house. I am so excited to jump on that bandwagon and see what the Cagle's come up with for our new pad, and by Cagle's I mean me and my mother-in-law. Chris has only two opinions, "I hate it," and "it's okay." But I prefer to think of his apathy as full confidence and blind trust in my taste and opinions. :) Thank you honey!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

on becoming a proper housewife

As a housewife under construction, I thought it might be helpful to set some goals. When I googled how to be a good housewife, I found this...

ADVANCE: How to be a Good Wife

HAVE DINNER READY: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal--on time. This is a way to let him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned with his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and having a good meal ready is part of the warm welcome that is needed.

PREPARE YOURSELF: Take fifteen minutes to rest so that you will be refreshed when he arrives. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift. Greet him with a smile.

CLEAR AWAY THE CLUTTER: Make one last trip though the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up children's books and toys, papers, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you lift too.

PREPARE THE CHILDREN: If they are small, wash their hands and faces and comb their hair. They are his little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

MINIMIZE ALL NOISE: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise from the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

SOME "DO NOT'S": Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as a minor problem compared to what he might have gone through that day.

MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE: Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest that he lie down in the bedroom. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

LISTEN TO HIM: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

MAKE THE EVENING HIS: Never complain if he doesn't take you to dinner or to other entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his need to unwind and relax.


....of course I already do all these things. ;) Right.

I've been offered a job as a nanny for one of my friends when she goes back to school this fall. I'm really going to have to step up my game if I'm going to renovate our new house and care for two pups and two kids at the same time. I think there might be a little less peace and order for my husband to relax in. Sorry, Chris. We've started packing. We're about 50 boxes in and looking around my house you wouldn't think we'd packed anything. It looks exactly the same. Where did all this stuff come from? I'm glad we're moving to a bigger house because we have definitely outgrown this one. Speaking of the new house. We are headed over there for one last look later today. I'll post some pics for everyone to see.

our first project will be to tackle our pink and blue bathrooms respectively. I will send pics of them later. I know you can't wait. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

if i had a glee t-shirt, it would read "fat"

so life has been all about overcoming obstacles lately and the latest one I want to tackle is a little scary. drum roll weight. i was super nervous to write about wanting to loose weight in my blog (my stomach is kind of sick even now), because (omg) that would be admitting i'm fat. then it occured to me. it's kind of obvious. it's not like some state secret that i'm not a size 6. i have struggled with my weight my whole life. it's soooo frustrating and i know i'm not alone. it seems like 2 out of 3 people i know have the same issue. i go through periods of eating great, working out and loosing weight, then i slip back into bad habits - don't care for a while and then have nights like tonight where i just want to lock up my fridge and not eat for 3 weeks.'s so frustrating. i need some motivation to trim down and i just can't seem to catch the right wave of positive thinking, but alas i am going to put on my big girl pants (literally), suck it up and try again. SO if you see me - ask me how it's going. PLEASE. and if you see me with a cookie - throw it on the ground and stomp on it. then i will know you are really my friend.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

we are officially a one-car family. it's a little scary, but we wanted the equity out of our current cars to pay off debt without sinking ourselves with a scary new monthly payment.

mission accomplished. we have a new volkswagen tiguan, an extra 6 digits in the bank and the task of learning how to share a car. chris has a really bad habit of leaving loose change laying around everywhere. litterally - all over the car, the house, other people's houses. i think if we added up all the discarded change he would have accumulated in the past 30 years we could retire. or should i say - he could retire. i've already "retired".

i do; however, own a little shop on i started it on a whim just to see if i could make a little extra cash, but it has become a full-blown side business. i mostly sell digital art and burp cloths. i've had seven orders this week which reminds me.... i really need to get sewing.

as for monday's pizza night. a-mazing. homemade crust - not as hard as it sounds. i think everyone reading this should pick one of their favorite dishes and google a home-made recipe and make it tonight. we seriously need to rediscover the art of cooking. speaking of food - Claire is starting solids this week. claire is our 4-month old. i think friday night will be the big reveal beans. pretty lame if you ask me. i think your first food ever should be something amazing like steak or cheesecake or a cake pop. our pediatrician has assured me that's not how it works....... so green beans it is! as long as she doesn't eat them in the new car.

Monday, July 18, 2011

lately i've been using this website called it is awesome! it takes a little while to set up, but once you get your recipes plugged in, you can plan your meals for the week and it compiles your grocery list for you. love love love. right now i'm making birthday cake pops (thanks Britt) like the ones at Starbucks (minus the $2.50). hope they turn out yummy!

the mantle is going well, we have our first coat of paint on and it's already looking fly (yes, with it).

...i've been thinking a lot about god today. i think this is the first time in my life that i've truly known the meaning and the power of rest. god has been immeasurably good to our family. he continues to bless us beyond what we ask for and in ways we don't even know how to ask. crazy right?

stay tuned. i'm making an emeril lagasse pizza recipe tonight. never made a pizza crust before and i'm making it for the first time for my in-laws. what was I thinking? :) if the recipe rocks like i know it's going to i'll post it for everyone. or if you sign up for i can send it to you there! have a great day everyone. and if you have any tips for homemade pizza hit me up.


Friday, July 15, 2011

so. we're getting ready to move into our first house! all 5 of us (2 dogs included). i know our pups abby and archie will love having a yard and chris and i will love having a house of our very own. claire is only 4 months old...and lets be honest - she won't know the diff. we are T-35 days to moving and we have a lot to do.

yesterday i bought a faux mantle off of craigslist for $30 and i spent the last hour of daylight today trying to strip the 900 layers of paint off that came with it. i got through about 3. this half-way finished project is chillin in my driveway where i hope no one steals it tonight. somebody say a prayer. :)

Getting Started

my situation: a career-minded 24 year-old turned mother of 1 (claire) and housewife of 1 (chris)
my ambition: to be passionate. to love people. to ultimately redefine growing up.

this blog is a little bit of everything. i'm hoping to inspire myself as much if not more than anyone who might read along. i have a lot to say and mistakes to make, but i'm a risk-taker and i'm puttin my chips on the table.