September 14, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Painting begins tomorrow on some of the rooms in the downstairs of our house! I couldn't be more excited. Paint colors are picked (thanks Anne Hunter). Once the painting is completed, I feel like I will be able to better pull together the spaces. Our couch also arrives this week! Yay!

I shopped some yard and estate sales this weekend and am loving my finds.

Also, Michael painted his man cave a deep blue this weekend! It has been a huge project that he has taken on  and to be honest I have been very little help. I was fired as his assistant today! Oops! Click here for a preview.

I am still trying to decide on a front door color and honestly I am not sure I like any of these! Thoughts, comments, opinions, new suggestions welcome!

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

Sunday - Baked Parmesan Tilapia, Red Potatoes, Broccoli

Monday - Pretzel Encrusted Honey Mustard Baked Chicken, Risotto, Baked Apples

Tuesday - Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Wednesday - Turkey Salisbury Steak with White Bean Mash

Thursday - Back to School Night - Tortellini with Vodka Sauce

September 9, 2014

Family Photo Shoot with Libby Selle Photography

I recently met cute Libby Selle at a UVA Networking lunch. Libby specializes in wedding photography as well as family, newborn, senior and maternity portraits.

I must confess we have been using a tripod to take our Christmas card shot every year and haven't had professional pictures in probably three or more years. It was time. Libby took the most wonderful photos of our family. She did an amazing job of capturing Camille and Clyde's personalities! During the shoot, she was easy going but efficient at getting all the best shots before loosing the interest of a 5 and 7 year old and maybe a husband. ;) 

I will let the pictures speak for themselves but I would highly recommend Libby next time you need a photographer. 

Will you please? He cracks me up!

And she is just the sweetest thing showing off her elephant necklace!

You can see even more pictures from our shoot on Libby's blog. And be sure to check out her website. It is never to too early to start planning that family picture for your Christmas card. 

September 7, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

It was busy weekend that included a neighborhood yard sale, showing houses to clients from out of town and three birthday parties! Today we took a quick trip to Bryan Park to watch Michael play soccer.


Here goes with this week's menu planner

Sunday - Spicy Sausage Pasta

Monday - Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts

Tuesday - My birthday! Dinner at Portico!

Wednesday - Chicken Fiesta Salad

Thursday - Taco Pizza

September 2, 2014

New House: Mudroom & Back to School

Woohoo! School started today! Here is my sweet girl headed off to first grade. Can't wait to hear about her day. 

And Clyde met his Junior Kindergarten teachers this morning. Full day tomorrow. 

Since we are back to school, I am sharing our mudroom today. It is in our basement right off of the garage. Previous owners used it as an office so there is tons of storage as well as electrical outlets. ;)  I would love to install the cubbies that are so poplar these days. But the project list is pretty long over here and that is not a priority. We purchased a few things for the space but mostly made do with what we already had!
The rug was used in Clyde's room at our old house. I found the leopard rug at Walmart for $1.98! Hooks and the bench we purchased at Lowes. Basket is from our old house but originally from Ross Dress for Less. The mirror was black and I sprayed painted it green then added some of the children's artwork on existing cork board.

This is a little counter next to the fridge that we found for a steal on Craigslist. Love having an extra fridge for adult beverages and freezer for bulk frozen chicken, ground turkey etc from Costco.

September 1, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We spent the weekend in Sandbridge arriving home late last night to prepare for Back to School tomorrow. We have the groceries, loads of laundry are spinning through the washer, and back to school outfits are pressed! We are ready!

C & C enjoyed lots of pool and beach time over the weekend...bye bye summer!

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

Monday - Leftover Tortellini Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

Tuesday - Slow-Cooked Chili Con Carne

Wednesday - Stuffed Pork Chops with Stove Top, Baked Apples

Thursday - Tex Mex Turkey Burgers, Refried Black Beans

Friday - French Dips, Best Baked French Fries

Check back tomorrow....I am posting about the mudroom in our new house. Hope everyone has a great first day at school!

August 28, 2014

New House: Curb Appeal

Everything takes time and money but I have made some progress on the front porch of our new home.

I found these great planters for either side of the front door at Garden Ridge (new name At Home.) So I would have not to replace every season, I decided to go with boxwoods and ivy for the plantings. I purchased the boxwoods at Great Big Green House. It was a little bit of an upfront investment but hopefully it will save money over time.

I currently have a shell door knocker. It matches my shell bathroom sinks but that is for another blog post! I have ordered this one in solid brass from House of Antique Hardware.

I also have plans to paint the front door a fun color! I am leaning towards a teal color.

Here are some inspiration pictures...
Source here

And one of these days, we would like to add more bushes to create a bed along the front of the house. My mom suggested relocating those large box woods to the end of each side of the house. But that seems like a major project....they are pretty big but also growing into the banister. 

August 25, 2014

Flush Mount Foyer Lighting

I am searching for a new light for my foyer. The so called "boob" light isn't cutting it and I am having a tough time finding an attractive, reasonably priced flush or semi-flush mount light that Michael and I can agree on - the last may be the hardest of the criteria!

I am looking for something a little wider than the current light and it can't come down too far because of the clearance of the steps and front door. (Side note...I welcome your favorite neutral paint color suggestions! I am trying to get on the painter's schedule and this room is one of the first to be painted. )

Here is what I have come up for lighting....thoughts?

Waverly with Parchment Shade

Waverly with Tuxedo Shade

Hampton Bay Angelina
Gothic Arch
Iron Ceiling Fixture
It is really hard and I don't know that I like any of these. Would love to hear what you think or do you have other suggestions?