August 14, 2014

Camille is 7!

Last winter, I was on a lucky streak and won a free birthday party to Core Kids Academy. Camille takes gymnastics there and loves it so it was a perfect spot for her birthday party.

 I highly recommend having your party there....the kids love it and the staff helps everything run smoothly. They provide the balloons and will provide table clothes, napkins etc but we wanted our own.

Cupcakes are from Pearl's Cupcake Shoppe.

 As your can see from the photo bomb above, Clyde was pretty much a wild man at the party!

The next day we hosted a family party at our house. Here are a few shots from that party.

We ordered the cake from Martin's this time. They have a design your own cake option and I let Camille make the selections! Phew! Until next year....

August 10, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen that our sweet Camille turned 7 last week. We have had quite the week of celebrations that included a day of shopping, donuts for breakfast, cupcakes for dessert, a gymnastics party and today we are having our extended family over for dinner. You only turn 7 once right?

Stay tuned for a post on our gymnastic party but for now here are a few shots from last week and this week's menu planner! Enjoy.

Monday - Chicken Brunswick Stew (Recipe from my friend Marty's mom), Bread

Tuesday - Mexican Lasagna

Wednesday - Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo with Salad

Thursday - Burgers & Fries

August 8, 2014

New House: Playroom

A playroom was definitely on our wishlist for a new house. Our old house was 1800 sq feet and toys were everywhere! The playroom in our new house is a finished third floor that was previously an attic. It isn't perfect, it gets pretty hot up there in the afternoons and we are working through how to solve that. Hopefully it will be nice and cozy in the winter! After I picked up all the toys and got ready to snap my first shot, I realized my camera battery was dead so iPhone pictures will have to do for now. 

I found this great table on Craigslist for $25! The chairs are hand me downs from my sister's attic. Bins are from Dollar Tree and Bulletin Board is from Now is a perfect time to stock up on extra crayons and markers....soooo cheap at Walmart! 

We purchased the futon frame on Craigslist and bought a new mattress & cover from

Everything else in the room we pretty much had on hand. 

It may be a while before I can share another room in this house. Phew! So much to be done. Happy weekend! 

August 4, 2014

Menu Planner

We worked on our house all weekend. There is A LOT still to be done in terms of painting, decorating etc but I have unpacked about 99% of the boxes and even hung a few pictures.

Michael and I headed out for a date night Saturday night at Continental Divide. Can't believe I never went to the one in Charlottesville. Anyway, it was delish!

I didn't take any pictures this weekend but I will share one find from my favorite, Diversity Thrift, last week. (Man, I have missed that place.) I found this cute shade and a lamp to match for $11! Shade is in perfect condition and it looks great in our playroom. Speaking of the playroom, that room is almost complete for the time being so I will try to snap some pictures and post this week.

Here goes with this week's menu planner.

Sunday - Chicken Parmesan with this Tomato Sauce (so good and easy)

Monday - Turkey Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes, Sauteed Zucchini

Tuesday - Pork Loin with Mango Salsa, Vigo Beans & Rice

Wednesday - Girl's Night at Estilo

Thursday - Best Stir Fry Chicken, Fried Rice with Kale & Scallions

Friday - Crispy Fish Tacos, Vigo Beans & Rice

July 28, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We had a successful weekend trip to Green Front Furniture. The good news is we found a great couch, the bad news is it arrives in 8-10 weeks. Enter my mom's carpet and upholstery cleaner, I machine washed all the cushion covers on our old couch and did my best to clean the rest of it with the cleaner. It looks pretty good and will definitely work for the next 8-10 weeks. We also found a sisal rug at Green Front for $90 which I am super excited about!

I was a little overwhelmed with all the options for couches. Michael wanted to go with this one.

We ultimately decided on this one. ;) Although we selected a slightly darker khaki color and different throw pillows but you get the idea on the style.

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Monday - Turkey Burgers, Homemade Fries

Tuesday - Sirloin Steaks, Sauteed Zucchini with Mint, Basil & Pine Nuts

Wednesday - Taco Salad with Grilled Chicken

Thursday - Keep It Clean Tilapia, White Bean Salad with Zucchini & Parmesan

July 25, 2014

Life Lately

We have had quite a busy summer. We sold our house, moved into a tiny apartment, bought a new house, celebrated our 10 year anniversary in Mexico and are now unpacking and getting settled in our home. It is a slow process but is coming together.

Here are some pictures from our trip. Our friends, Shep and Micah, traveled with us. They were both in our wedding and it was fun to share the celebration with them. We had a blast. Our resort was amazing...I highly recommend El Dorado Casitas Royale.

Camille and Clyde stayed with Michael's parents during the trip and had a whirlwind week visiting the aquarium, the zoo and a water park just to name a few of the many activities. They also had a blast! We can't thank Moe and Neena enough for entertaining them while we traveled.

We love our house but we have a lot of work still to do. My mom and sisters have been also a huge help to us this summer. We lived with my mom briefly and she entertained the kids, cared for our cat and much more. My sister, Kate had us for dinner many times during our apartment stay and has watched C and C more times than I can mention. And last but certainly not least....huge thank you to my other sister, Anne Hunter of H2 Interior Design who helped me select and coordinate my carpet and hardwood floor installation. I am so in love with this runner....

Ignore the wall color! That is first to be changed. 

Stay tuned for a house post soon. There is lots of painting and refinishing of furniture to be done. I will try to document and blog about as we make progress. First up, Green Front Furniture tomorrow to look for a couch, some chairs, maybe a rug! We will see. Happy weekend!

July 6, 2014

Beach Tour

Camille, Clyde and I spent the last nine days at the beach! It was tons of fun. Michael popped in on the weekends and we were able to spend time with both sides of the family! My twin sisters birthday is on the 4th and we rarely get to all celebrate it together. Here is a recap of our trip in pictures.

Back to reality! We are beginning our move this week. First trip to the storage unit was today for boxes....thrilled to get out of this apartment!