Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!! Super pumped the weekend is here : )

I'm the featured blogger for the H54F linkup today which is really exciting! Check out Katie, Tif & Della's fun linkup!

Can you believe it's been 5 years today since the royal wedding?!  Hard to believe. I love this couple!

A definite favorite this week is that our bathroom doesn't look like this anymore (photo from before we moved in)!  See the final look here!

This awesome giveaway is happening on my Instagram right now! Check it out here


A definite favorite this weekend is getting to hang out more with this guy! We're running like crazy during the week so I'm thankful for weekends when we can catch up and spend quality time together! This week has been extra crazy so bring on 5:00!!

We had really severe weather in our area this week. One night I was at my grandparents and lost power for several hours. We lit some candles and just sat around and talked!! It was actually super relaxing and we had a great time talking. Love them!!

See you back here tomorrow for a Fitness Update!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bathroom: Before, Middle & After!

Do you have one room in your house that it just took forever to get right?  If so, you'll totally understand.  This hallway bathroom (we use this as our main one since it's the largest) has been a pain to finish since day 1. 

This is what it looked like when we bought our house.  I can't tell you what this brown is but I can tell you it wasn't staying in our house.

I hated how dark the bathroom was and wanted to brighten it up and decided to go with yellow!

This yellow looked so pretty on the paint chip and even the small sample I put on the wall looked okay, but after painting the whole bathroom I swear it looked like a fluorescent Big Bird massacre!!

The tiny, unnecessary double mirrors just made it worse too!

I was afraid to tell our families and Jared that I wanted to repaint it but when we were all there one night I finally fessed up that I hated the yellow (there may have been cheers all around)!  Apparently I'm not the only one who thought Big Bird wasn't a good look.

So...I decided to go with the same green that was in our guest bedroom!

and I thought I liked it...until I realized I didn't!

During this time we also took down the small mirrors, patched the wall and added this one big mirror!  So. Much. Better.

Not bad but I just wasn't feeling it!  I decided that I wanted a more relaxing blue and bought some samples to try!

I originally planned to do the blue on the far right but at the last second decided to go with the one in the middle!

One night a snowstorm was coming and Jared was at work so I went and bought supplies and spent the night completely redoing the bathroom!

Finally painted!  I loved the way the blue looked!  I've also accepted that this bathroom is never going to be my dream bathroom (I would never have picked a crème countertop, toilet & bathtub for starters).  Or a double sink for that matter!  Some people may like them but it's in no way worth the lost countertop space to me! 

I knew I wanted to put something on the walls above the toilet and on the left wall, as well as change the rugs (tip: don't buy crème rugs for a bathroom you share with a man or do your makeup in, they do not stay crème!) and the towels on the towel rack!

I decided to add pictures of the girls getting ready on our wedding day to this bathroom and put a groom's portrait and groomsmen picture in the other bathroom!  As soon as that one is done, I'll share pictures of it too!

Other wall! 

Finished product!!  (I found these gray Martha Stewart rugs at Macy's!)

I'm super happy with how it turned out and definitely look forward to getting ready in this bathroom more now that it's complete :) 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Hi all!  It's What's Up Wednesday and I'm linking up with some of my favorite blog ladies to share what we've been up to lately!!

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1. What we're eating this week...

This week, we are trying to re-commit to cooking at home and meal prepping!  Monday night, we totally failed at this because Jared was landscaping until late and I was working out so we had

Wasabi (I always eat Jared's soup and salad and then make TJ's chicken potstickers to keep the WW points low!)

Last night was my Crockpot Fettucine Alfredo

the rest of this week we are having some new meals I hope to share soon!

2. What I'm reminiscing about...

Our awesome trip to Louisville!

How crazy it is that we got engaged over two years ago!!  We have done so much over the past two years and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

3. What I'm loving...

Pretty flowers blooming!

Spring colors of my favorite tunics!  I bought this color and the hot pink and LOVE both!

4. What we've been up to...

Enjoying the spring football preview at U of L!

Garth Brooks concert! See more of that here.

Celebrating Lauren's birthday!

Growing the business!

5. What I'm dreading...

Nothing right now!

6. What I'm working on...

Still working on reaching my weight loss goal!!  I have 14 pounds to go and am determined to get there :)  I post fitness updates once a week on my progress.  See the most recent one here.

7. What I'm excited about...

Our bathroom (well, one of the two)  is finally complete and I will be revealing the before, middle & after on the blog tomorrow so be sure to check back for that post!

I'm almost done with this gallery wall and can't wait to share my how-to post on creating a gallery wall and our final product!

8. What I'm watching/reading...

Reading lately has been pretty minimal unfortunately!  I love to read but it's our busy season and when that comes, reading falls by the wayside.  I can't wait to pick it up again in the fall/winter!  Some books I want to read right now if I had time are: Balancing in Heels, I Said Yes, Celebrate (do you sense a theme?)  I'm all about serious reading but with summer coming I want to read some fun books too!  I'm also looking forward to reading the two magazines above that came in last week!

We have a lot of favorite tv shows but they are mostly just filling up our DVR right now!  Some of my favorites I've been watching are: Quantico, Reign, RHOBH, Chicago Fire/Med/PD, Grey's, Scandal & Blue Bloods.

9. What I'm listening to...

This world is just depressing sometimes and I think what we see on tv and hear on the radio definitely affects our attitude and direction of our thoughts.  I'm mainly listening to Christian Family Radio while I'm in the car to try to combat that!


10. What I'm wearing...
11. What I'm doing this weekend...

Not sure!  But hoping it includes lots of this...

Last weekend, we were busier and apart much more than we hoped for so we're hoping that we can just hang out and enjoy being together this weekend!

12. What I'm looking forward to next month...
A day off from work for Memorial Day!  Hopefully another busy business month too!

13. What else is new...
That about covers it!