Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Favs 52

Happy Friday!  Even though I'm on maternity leave, Fridays still get me pumped because the weekends mean that Mr. M. is home with us!  Love that...and the extra sleep that comes from his help with middle of the night feedings!

Fav #1
 I can't talk about favorites without acknowledging that October has arrived!  I LOVE this month...the weather, the foliage, the fall fashion that I can finally wear.  Welcome October! Oh, how I have missed you!
Fav #2
I recently discovered the Etsy shop Layered and Long, and I am in love.  They shop features tons of gorgeous layering jewelry that is also special enough to stand alone. I especially like that you can customize your necklace's length and material (most pieces are available in silver, gold, and rose gold).  I have my eye on the gold bar necklace, which I'd love to have engraved with my kids' names.
...but I wouldn't be mad at anyone who bought me the Herkimer diamond necklace.  Just sayin.

Fav #3
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon the cutest personalized books!  Lost My Name books tell the story of a little boy or girl who has somehow lost his/her name, and embarks on an adventure to find it.  Each story uses the letters in the child's name to guide his/her journey to recover their name.  Have a kid with a short name?  They'll add in some extra part of the journey to ensure their story is at least 24 pages.

Ours arrived last week, and they are adorable!  I'm planning on giving them to my kids for their first Christmas, so I loved that I was able to include a personal message to each in the front of their books. 

Thinking this would be the perfect Christmas gift for the little one in your life?  Use my link for 15% off!

Have a great weekend!  We are watching and waiting to see what Hurricane Joaquin means for us.  Hoping your weekend is safe and dry!
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MIA: An Absence Explained

In yesterday's post, I promised to explain the reason behind my year-long blogging break...
...or should I say reasons.

Twins :)  You're totally forgiving my absence now, right?

As you may (or more than likely may not) remember, when I left you I was just a few weeks out from our first successful/unsuccessful round of IVF.  Remember, I went silent on you then too?  Apparently, despite my best intentions to share the details of our fertility journey for those you who are going through it too, I can't seem to get motivated to write about that stuff as it's actually happening.  As it turns out, IVF is kind of all-consuming and leaves little energy for much else. At least it was for me.  Maybe I'll share some details from a 'looking back' perspective for those of you who are interested.

Anyway, we started preparing for our 2nd round of IVF last October.  We ended up with just two viable embryos...

..who grew into these guys....

who grew into these guys...

...who are the best thing that's ever happened to us.

So that's what's been keeping me so busy....IVF, twin pregnancy, figuring out how to be a mom of two.  Just life as usual around here :)

But through it all, I did keep you guys in mind!  Posts about the nursery and other stuff that has changed in the house, some great Friday Fav ideas, and random post topics have been running around in my head and are all on the way!  I have a year's worth of ideas listed in my iPhone, and can't wait to put them out into the between diaper changes, feedings, and frantically seeking the lost pacifiers of my little binky addicts.

Seriously, the posts may flow more as a trickle than a gush.  But at least the drought is over for now!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Before I begin, let's start with the obvious...

You guys-- (if there are any of you left out there)....I haven't posted anything in a YEAR.  365 days on the nose. 

365 opportunities. Failed on every one of them. Awesome.

I never meant to let a year go by without posting.  And I certainly didn't plan on my last post being one about some random app that really has nothing to do with what this blog is all about.  Life just got kind of crazy, and somehow 12 months went by without having much more than a passing thought about writing, followed by absolutely no action to ever make it happen. 
Basically, this was me for a whole year.
But lately...I've been feeling compelled to finish what I started.  I'm not sure what that means yet.  It might be a return to semi-regular posts about house progress, Friday favs, the occasional project, and life in general....or it may mean finding a way to wrap up this story of our home and give this blog some closure. 
So we'll see what this little comeback brings. But for now...I bet you're wondering what went down that resulted in a freakin' year going by without a single word.  And I'll tell you... tomorrow's post. 
 I promise there will be one.
No really, I swear.
 And if you can't wait, you can always stalk me on Instagram ;)


Monday, September 29, 2014

App Crack: OverDrive

True story: When I was a kid, I was such a bookworm that I routinely tried to get away with sitting at the dinner table holding whatever book I was reading at the time with my left hand, while eating with my right hand.  Until my parents would tell me to stop being anti-social and made me put the book down to take part in whatever the dinner conversation happened to be that day. Which was never as interesting as what The Baby Sitter's Club or Sweet Valley Twins were up to (sorry, guys), but was an important part of keeping me connected to my family.  Eventually books got banned at the table completely, but up until that time I remember many dinners spent fighting for my right to party (ie. read at the dinner table). 

I was a total wild child, can't you tell?

And not much has changed over the years.  I still love getting lost in books, and would certainly rather be reading than doing half of the other mundane things I have to do around the house.  Which is why I'm so totally, crazy in love with my latest app addiction: OverDrive.

I'm pretty sure that OverDrive has been around for awhile, but I just found out about it within the last few months.  It lets me borrow library books on my iPhone and Kindle for free.  And not only book books, but also audio-books!  

I first became interested in audio-books decades ago, when my Nana and Pop Pop would listen to them on their loooong drive to Florida....

Now I'm really making myself sound cool, using the habits of my grandparents to explain my current day interests :) 

...but they are expensive, and the selection at my local library leaves something to be desired.  Plus, they're on CD's...which aren't exactly portable.  But now that I can get audio-books that I actually want to listen to  on my devices so easily, I love using them to keep my mind occupied while I'm doing all sorts of things around that house that would normally be boring.

 Especially yard work. And those million of hours that I spent sanding down the closets.

  I've long been a fan of music during these tasks, but getting lost in a book is an even better escape!  I just pop in my headphones and am content for hours.  

It's the best.


So how does it work?  Well, once you download the free app, you'll need to link it to a participating library in order to browse and borrow from their collection.  If you live in PA, I recommend using the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA residents can apply for free here), which has a fab collection of current books.  

How fab?  Here's a sampling of what I've read (or listened to) through OverDrive lately:

Side Note:  If you read Andy Cohen's book, which you totally should if you're a fan of Andy, the Housewives, Watch What Happens Live!, or basically any element of pop culture, I highly recommend that you listen to the audio-book.  It's read by Andy himself, and his tone and inflection totally makes the experience.
Cracked. Me. Up. 

Pretty great, right?! I'm on hold for a bunch of other titles that I've been wanting to read, but didn't want to pay for on the Kindle store, and find that waiting times are usually a few weeks for new books, and non-existent for books that have been out for a while.  

Have you made the conversion to e-books?  I was so against it, but obviously my opinions have changed!
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favs 51

Yay for Friday!

What a fab week this was....but now that it's almost over, I'm pretty excited to sleep in tomorrow. 
When am I not??

So here's some of the things that made this week so great!

Fav #1
This. Soup. I can't stop eating it. I'm kind of ashamed (but apparently not that ashamed since I'm putting it on the internet) to admit that I ate it for lunch 4 out of 5 days this week....and once for dinner.  The creamy tomato version is amazing too.  And since a local grocery store carries this stuff for $1.29, I'm clocking in at around 30 cents a meal, and I don't see an end in sight. Oh,and it's gluten free...which I don't really care about.  But you might!

Fav #2
I bought these boots this week, and I'm in love!  Not only are they cute, but the 2 1/2' wedge heel makes them totally walk-able!  I can run around in them all day at work without being in misery, which is by far the best thing about them.  I bought the gray, but have found them around the internet in other colors. I need brown?!

Fav #3
Now that our closet doors are finally re-installed, I'm on the hunt for the perfect hardware.  These brushed gold beauties from Kohler are exactly what I have in mind, but are not an option at 25 bucks each, especially since we need 8.  Let the search for a suitable replacement begin!  But I'd better hurry...I kind of want to wait until the closet is completely done to do a reveal, and I can't wait much longer! 
It. Is. Fab.

Have a great weekend!!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

State of the Closet Address

Happy Monday!  I'm at jury duty all depending on whether or not they have wireless, you can expect either a ton of blog-productivity out of me...or none.  I've never had jury duty before!  I hope it's interesting.

You may remember that a few weeks ago I shared a plan to brighten up our master bedroom by painting our honey-toned built-ins...

Well, the project is in full swing, and already the changes are SO GOOD.

I used a palm sander and the Dremel Multi-Max to remove the finish from the face of the frame, drawers, and both sides of the closet doors.  After they were sanded down, I primed and painted two coats of white paint on the frame and drawers, while Mr. M. cut and and added molding to the closet doors to bring in some architectural detail.

(Please don't mind the hot mess that is our spare bedroom.)

Aren't they going to look amazing?!  Getting them to this state was no easy task. He had to shave about a quarter of an inch off of the width of the front of each door to allow room for the doors to open and close due to the increased depth the molding added to each door, before cutting and attaching the moldings using wood glue.

We're currently in the process of priming and painting the doors, and I just can't wait to see them once they are hung.  The paint has already made such a huge difference in the brightness of the room. I'm also looking forward to styling the window area....although I'm a little stumped on what I'll put there.

Any ideas?!

I can't even tell you how hard it was to have 90% of my wardrobe displaced. At least now the drawers are back in place, so all of the items that live in them are back in their regular spots.  But restoring the contents of the closets themselves is a work in progress. I have so many clothes that I never wear! Right now, the majority of my clothes are hanging in the cedar closet and I'm trying to be very selective in what I allow back in.  Now that my closets are going to look good on the outside, I want them to look just as good inside, so I'm trying to pare down.

This is the most excited I've been about a project in a while!  Hopefully it lives up to my expectations!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday Favs 50

Heyyy!  Long time, no favs.  

I'm so pumped for the rapid approach of autumn.  I love's the season that makes me want to light a scented candle, sip a pumpkin latte followed by a pumpkin beer, use my crockpot, and cut my hair into a sleek, new style....all while wearing a scarf and boots.   

So in honor of my favorite season, here are some of my favorite things about fall!

Fav #1
Fall nail colors.  Unfortunately I'm not able to get regular manicures, but when I do splurge on a mani, nine times out of ten it's during the fall.  I just love the colors!  My fav as of late has been a mushroom-putty color.  And if I'm doing my nails at home (which I suck at), I go for Sally Hansen's Slick Slate.

Fav #2
The return of non-curly hair.  My hair has a lot of wave to it and doesn't survive heat and humidity when straightened, so I wear it curly pretty much every day in the summer.  Which I love...but get sick of.  I'm always dying to cut and style my hair in the if I could only get better at the styling part.  It's kind of like I have two left hands :)

Fav #3
Porch decorating. Mums! Wreaths!  I'm trying to hold off on buying my mums until October, so they last through Halloween.  But I feel my resolve crumbling daily...I can't wait to do up our front porch.  Here's a flashback to last year's fall porch decor in the meantime...

Fav #4
Fall beers. While I love my pumpkin spice latte, I really love my autumn-inspired brews. There's nothing better than a pumpkin-ale on the patio on a Friday night in the fall, a theory that I'm pretty sure I'll be testing out once again this evening...

Someone's gotta do it.

What are your fav parts of fall??

Have a great weekend!

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