How to Thank A Mom Friend

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Let’s put this simply: motherhood is rough. It’s beautiful and exciting, yet can also be isolating and scary (that will be a whole post of its own). During those less-than-perfect moments, it’s so helpful to have a mom friend to offer you advice, a shoulder, or even make a joke to lighten things up. As an introvert, I have difficulty meeting new people, let alone other moms. On top of that, our family moves every few years, which only adds to the challenge. Luckily, while living in Kansas a few years ago, I met a couple of amazing ladies who

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How to Have a DIY Date Night (with 10 Date Ideas)

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So here you are, trying to plan your Friday, Saturday, or whatever night. It’s date night and you’re not feeling the whole “spend 3 hours at a fancy restaurant” vibe, but you still want a good dinner and an enjoyable time. You may or may not want to dress up, the babysitter is up in the air, and you’re just looking for a simple, frugal plan. This is my husband and I on almost every date night. Honestly, I’m not a fancy person and I often have trouble

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7 Tips for Life with Twin Toddlers

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“I have no idea how you do it with two!” I hear this phrase pretty frequently, and while it’s hilarious nice that people think I’m “doing it” with two, it often doesn’t feel that way. My twins are now almost 18 months, and while many things have gotten easier (like feeding them), some things have also gotten harder (also, like feeding them). Still, I’m often asked for tips on how to handle twins, or just two close in age, especially once they become mobile toddlers. Well, get ready, because here is my tip:

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White Kitchen Remodel (Renovation Update Pt. 2)

Just want you all to know that this post is NOT sponsored, mmmkay? We just like Lowe’s!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a renovation update, whoops! Since we last saw each other, I’m pretty darn excited to say that we now have a new kitchen. I mean, I kind of miss having cabinets with the edges chewed off (by hopefully, a dog) and countertops with the world’s strongest glue stuck to them, but they’ve moved on to better places (dumpster heaven?). Let’s kick off this post by showing some love to the original cabinets. You can check them out below…

I’m pretty sad to say that I did not take any close up photos of the missing corners, holes, or extreme grease that was packed onto them when we moved in. What you can see though, is that they were the standard, builder’s grade beauties. Normally, there’s nothing wrong with that, but, with the damage I mentioned and with us needing to resell in a few years, they had to go. The photo above shows us right after having appliances delivered, because we flat out didn’t have any! (It also shows some babies chilling out, one missing a shoe, because…who needs two?) You can find out what brand we chose for appliances at the bottom of the post.

Installing the Cabinets

As you can see, the kitchen only has one little window, so when choosing colors for the cabinets, I went with white. Not only because I love white, but also because I felt that the kitchen was dark and depressing. I used to season our food with the salt of my teardrops…just kidding. I know in past posts, I told you guys that we can’t go crazy personalizing with colors or anything, since this isn’t our forever home, but I’m still SUPER happy with the color scheme here! (Scroll to the bottom for the specifics on makes/brands that we used).

Now, you may remember that I have a talented family member who likes to help with house stuff, right? His name is “Dad” and when he came to work visit last fall, he was kind enough to measure and design a new kitchen for us. He eliminated strange cabinets that wasted space, gave us drawers, true corner cabinets, a bigger island, and ordered some fancy crown molding to jazz things up a bit. All doors and drawers also close on their own, which is extra helpful! He traveled out here to install them, because otherwise I was going to complain about customer service (kidding, Dad!).

The cabinet installation took only a few days, including tearing up some of the old flooring (more on that later). After watching him install and watching my husband help, I quickly realized that this job is not for the faint of heart. Issues arise, such as having walls that aren’t straight, and a rookie would probably be set back WAY longer in trying to solve any problems.

About the Countertops…

When the cabinets were done, we only needed to wait for our countertops, which arrived about a month later. They were ordered during the cabinet installation, with the help of my mom, who makes better decor design and decisions that I ever will. In the meantime, we just laid the old countertops back down to give us a surface use, which you can see in the photo above. If you’re doing a renovation, you can also just use plywood if you need to! Anyway, when the countertop arrived, there was one slight issue. A piece of granite cracked during the installation, and would need to be replaced. No big deal, what’s another week of waiting, right? When the new piece arrived, it was like it never happened! You can check out a few photos of the complete finished project below! It’s hard to tell, but there are little specks of a cranberry-ish color throughout, which I love!

I ate all of those cookies in the corner…

Details:

Cabinets: Diamond Shaker Style from Lowe’s

Countertops: Allen + Roth Tauro Leaf from Lowe’s

Appliances: Whirlpool everyyything from Lowe’s

Do you think we like Lowe’s?

What do you guys think? Are you working on a renovation of your own, or plan to? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

(PS: Read our last renovation update here and the story of our purchase of a foreclosure here!)

 

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DIY Framed Bathroom Mirror

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up your builder-grade mirror? Well, friends, look no further! If you’ve been following the blog, you’re well aware that we purchased a foreclosure that needed A LOT of love before we could even move in. After getting most of the larger projects out of the way, we had some small details to handle. The entire house was built with builder-grade, outdated materials. So, it’s no surprise that our bathroom mirrors were just plain ole’ mirrors. No borders, nothing fancy, no thrills. We wanted a way to update them, but not kill

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3 Healthy Foods for Kids on the Go

If you’re reading this, you probably have kids, or maybe do a lot of care taking. So, you know how the days can go. Sometimes you get errands done, make it home in time to prepare a healthy lunch, and all is well. Other times, everyone has a diaper blow out at the grocery store, your dentist appointment runs an hour late, and you still have to pick up some essentials at the store. The morning has passed you by and it’s time to eat again, so you look for a quick fix. What do you do?

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7 Great Tips for New Moms

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Now that I’ve been doing this “mom thing” for over a year now, I’m finally beginning to find a little bit of a groove. Don’t get me wrong, things are ever-changing, but accepting that has been part of transitioning into parenthood! There are still days that seem completely insane and my house becomes a mess within 2 seconds of cleaning it, but I’m good with it. As a first time mom, I wanted to share a few pieces of advice that helped me care for my babies this past year. Maybe it will help someone out, or make your

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How to Create the Perfect Military Care Package

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As the weather is getting warmer and summer is creeping closer, we’re coming up on a couple of pretty patriotic holidays. I know that for a lot of you, that means heading to your patio for some grilling with family and friends, or maybe to the beach to let loose. While I’m all about those things (trust me, have you seen me eat?), I’m also about remembering the reasons behind those holidays. For those new to the blog, the military is close to my heart. My husband is currently serving, and I am prior service as well. With Memorial Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all of our fallen soldiers, as well as coming up with ideas on how to

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10 Tips for Running with a Stroller

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Now that spring is in full swing (for the most part), the twins have finally been able to accompany me for  some outdoor workouts. Many of you know that weightlifting is my preferred method of working out, but believe it or not, I’m always game for a good run. Running and I are like old friends. We were close, then we hadn’t talked for awhile, but when we reunited, things fell back into place. Part of the reason I began running again, was because

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How to Stay Healthy as a New Mom

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If you’ve ever been sick while your little ones are sick, then this post is for you! After going through not one, but TWO bouts of the stomach bug, I was exhausted. On two occassions this past winter, one twin developed a stomach bug, and passed it to the other, then passed it to me. Lovely, right? This meant that amidst my own vomiting, I had to clean up theirs’, as well as change butts and do a billion loads of laundry!  Eventually, my husband had to take a day off of work to help all of us, because we were a complete disaster.  This whole fiasco made me realize

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