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The Low Key Baby Boy Room

It is crunch time! At the moment this post goes live, I will be in the OR having a cesarean.  Unless of course I very suddenly went into labor right before and didn’t have time to quick come edit this. Haha. I really, really, wanted a beautiful nursery. And it is quite nice actually. I just need some different artwork on the walls. Something bigger and more dramatic maybe.  If ….

Chow Mein Stir Fry with Pea Pods, Carrots & Shirataki 'Rice'

When I was a little giril, my mother went to this dingey take out joint for chop suey chow main on occasion. I’m sure it was about as authentic as chow mein in Saint Paul in 1982 could be.  Although, it was nothing like what I see in take out places now. My mother even actuually came up with what she called chow mein hotdish, because you know, Minnesota.  It ….

Baby Room Update: Dresser Makeover & Elephant Art

This is only a small update, but I thought I would share. I have a bunch of stuff coming in the mail to add to the nursery. I have a scheduled cesarean in 10 days if I don’t go into labor before then for a VBAC, Nothing like the last minute, huh? I took the black vintage dresser from the girl’s old room and re-purposed it in the nursery. This ….

A Mini Makeover for Our Family Room & Basement Bathroom

I wish I could show you just how awful our basement stairwell, family room, and hallway were. The pictures are too dark to do it justice. Wood paneling, nursing home inspired wallpaper, and so many shades of green that were very in during the late ’80s. After weeks of removing wallpaper, sanding walls, skim-coating with joint compound, more sanding, priming, and painting, I solved the wallpaper problem. It was almost ….

Boy Bedroom Before & After

Remember the new boy room that was part of ‘phase one’ of the basement renovation? Well it is complete. Or rather, as complete as it will get right now. I need to focus on getting the nursery set up and making sure this baby has a place to sleep and some clothes to wear. And I keep getting distracted by things like, my urge to repaint all of the bathrooms. ….

Ipsy Glam Bag & Beauty Box Five June 2016

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription where each month you receive a Glam Bag with around five samples focusing on makeup and sometimes nails or skin care. The cost is only $110 per year with occasional savings options, and you can purchase full sized items from your bag on your Ipsy account for a discount. referral link! In this month’s bag: Peter Lamas Youth Revival 5 Oil Hair Treatment Mask ….

Spinach Pepper Salad with Grilled Chicken

*Sponsored by Mezzetta Are you tired of Summer cooking yet? Of course not! The June rain storms are just clearing up! Right now, the only thing really thriving in our garden is spinach , so we have had an awful lot of salads. Since salads are one of my favorite meals, no problem. At least we can still take advantage of summer grilling and outdoor dining. We are a spicy ….

Midwest Summer Crab Salad

Outdoor dining and sipping wine on the patio is one of the best parts of summer. Not to mention summer salads! My husband and I are big salad eaters. We often feed the kids something more substantial and then after they go to bed, is when we indulge in a fresh salad with vegetables from the garden. Every now and then I get a hankering for a seafood salad, but ….

The Girl Room Before & After

If you recall, I never really did an “after” with the last girl room. Two toddlers in one bedroom generally doesn’t allow for a decent after picture. However, this time I was smart and instituted some toy storage that puts me in control of the mess and clutter. What can I say? I’m a slow learner apparently. This room was originally a disorganized and not really decorated domicile of my ….