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?

August 24, 2014

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We are having a great weekend! Camille and Clyde did a drama camp with SPARC for the past two weeks. They really enjoyed it and Friday was their performance of the Jungle Book. It was so cute! My pictures didn't turn out but they did an awesome job.

We completed some more home projects....hooks for coats and book bags hung in the mudroom and a bench for tying and storing shoes assembled! Can't believe this is our last week of summer before school starts. With our move, the summer has flown by! We plan to sneak in one last beach trip to Sandbridge before school starts. YAY!

I bought a best of Cooking Light cookbook last week at the Goodwill. Two of the recipes on this week's menu planner are from that book. Excited to try them!

I am posting last night's steak taco's recipe because it is so delicious!

Saturday - Steak Tacos (We use the marinade in this recipe and M makes his own pico de gallo. We serve with chopped iceberg lettuce & avocado slices)

Sunday - Cumin Dusted Chicken Breasts with Guacamole Sauce, Refried Beans, Corn on the Cob

Monday - Roasted Salmon with Fresh Vegetables

Tuesday - Night off! (PTA Committee Meeting)

Wednesday - Balsamic Pork Loin with Parmesan Risotto, Sauteed Squash & Zucchini

Hope you have a great Sunday! I am eyeing this light fixture for my foyer from World Market. I may or may not be waiting for the clock to turn 10 am and the store to open! I hope I can make this work in our space!
Gold Lotus
Update: I didn't end up getting the fixture. I love it but in person it didn't look quite as good and I don't think it will work in our foyer. :(

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