Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 30

Fireside Five for Friday!

Happy Friday! We’ve had a great, uneventful week, and I’ve loved every second of it. It’s not very often that we don’t have plans nearly every moment. I have been reminiscing this week on what I was doing this 3 years ago…getting ready for our wedding! Even though our anniversary isn’t until next week, we got married labor day weekend 3 years ago. I love looking back on that time and seeing how far we’ve come, how many memories we’ve made, how much we’ve learned and how truly blessed we are. I’m one lucky girl!!


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Fireside Five for Friday!

On to my five random things this week!

ONE– This is SO exciting!! What you’re looking at here is my new business card to my very own private practice. Holler! I can officially announce that I have started my own therapy practice and will start after maternity leave. There’s a LOT involved in starting your own business, as you may know or can imagine. Eric has been amazing in helping with every step of the way. He’s my business guru/coach/cheerleader. We’re just about done with the final steps in the process, which is super exciting. Really, I feel like I’m about to birth TWO babies….one human baby, and one professional baby. Fireside Five for Friday!
TWO– Hello bellies! I LOVE being pregnant with this gal. We share all of our ailments, pains, fears and joys of pregnancy. On this particular night, we used our bellies as tables for our apple pie a la mode. It’s what we do. Fireside Five for Friday!
Check out that sweet ottoman! Not only is it super cute and functional, it doubles as a storage box. Now that’s what I’m talking about. We realized that although we really like our accent chairs, we needed a place to prop up our feet! In came the Target furniture sale. This was a no-brainer at $39.99. See this cozy corner? It’s my new favorite place in the house.Fireside Five for Friday!
Hamburger and Biscuit Casserole- probably the easiest weeknight meal ever. Please ignore the two jacked up biscuits. I have made this before, but this time I decided to pack it with some greens to make it a little healthier. Ingredients: Ground hamburger, one can tomato sauce, one can green beans, 2 cups zucchini, shredded cheese to your liking, one can of refrigerated biscuits. That’s it!   Fireside Five for Friday!
So, I just bought this Moby Wrap yesterday. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it from other Mommies, so I decided to give it a try. I took it out of the package last night….this thing is HUGE and complicated. Holy smokes. I’ve already told a friend at work that she’ll need to come over the first week and show me how to use this sucker! I still think it was a good purchase and I’m excited to use it very soon!

Fireside Five for Friday!Have a great weekend!

Aug 28

Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover

This update is long overdue. One of the only things I didn’t love about this house (other than the basement…but that’s another story for another day) was the dining room wall color. Was it purple? Maroon? Red? Who knows. Everyone saw a different color, and I just saw dark and out of place. I’m not a fan of dark wall colors, especially not in this airy, light space we were creating. We were lucky enough to love the wall color in the rest of the house (a soft, muted grayish blue), so this color just stood out…and not in a good way.
In my nesting kick, I decided to go to town on painting over the darkness. That’s right, I painted it! Don’t worry, I asked my doctor and several nurses first and they all told me if it was well ventilated, the baby would be A-OK 🙂Dining Room/Kitchen MakeoverLet’s just say, when I get an idea in my head, I don’t exactly give up easily. This was several months ago, so I was feeling great physically and didn’t have any problems painting the space. I rather enjoy painting, actually! I brought in a plate to Home Depot that I liked the color of and had it color matched.  Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover I’m not sure if it was because the green was SO different from the purple/maroon/red, or that it didn’t match the plate that I color matched….but neither Eric nor I were exactly in love with the new green dining room/kitchen. It definitely took some getting used to. Now, it feels like the right color for the space and we really like it!Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover I recently added some decor above the cabinets to spice things up a bit. This “Kitchen” sign was a quick DIY project I did the other weekend. Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover This side is still a work in progress. It’s getting there though!Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover Dining Room/Kitchen MakeoverBEFORE:
Dining Room/Kitchen MakeoverAFTER: Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover Isn’t it amazing how paint can transform a space?


Pregnancy Update: We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little one! I am progressing well, the doctor says. My due date is September 14 so we have a few weeks to go. We are SO excited and can’t wait to meet our daughter!

Aug 23

Fireside Five for Friday

Happy Friday all! Eric and I were talking the other night about how fast the weeks go and how every day (or really minute for that matter) holds more meaning than it ever has- every day is one day closer to meeting our daughter 🙂 That is beyond exciting!! People look at me at this point in my pregnancy and say, “Any day now!”, and I nod and smile and think….holy canoly, our baby will be entering this world so so soon. Just thinking about this brings tears of joy. We’re so ready to hold her and introduce her to this beautiful life.

I feel like I should call this the “nesting edition”. That’s exactly what I’m doing these days- nesting! I spent last night making four freezer maternity meals/sides. Talk about a productive evening!

Like every Friday, I’m joining the link party that hosts the 5 on Friday posts! Click the logo below to join in on the fun! Fireside Five for FridayONE– Barnwood “Kitchen” Sign

I’ve been neglecting decorating above the cabinets for some odd reason. The other day, it occurred to me that I’m not exactly going to have gobs of time to decorate once Ms.C gets here, so I better get on it. I asked Eric to cut me a piece of barnwood from the garage, got out of my stencils and paint, and made myself a sign! The whole process took 10 minutes- that’s my kind of project! I’m thinking the other side of the kitchen cabinets needs a sign too…I’m going to go with “Market”. Fireside Five for Friday TWO– 37 weeks!

This is what “full term” looks like people! I’m not a fan of selfies, but it’s better than nothin’. It’s still amazing to me the things strangers say to a pregnant woman when they look like this. It’s like people lose all sense of boundaries when they see the belly. Most people have been nice, thankfully 🙂

Fireside Five for Friday THREE– Maternity Meals: Chili and Enchiladas

These were the two main meals I made last night to freeze for maternity leave. I like to be prepared, people, so the idea of having a few meals all ready to go on an evening I don’t feel like cooking makes me quite happy.

Fireside Five for Friday Fireside Five for Friday Fireside Five for FridayFOUR– Homemade Salsa!

There’s really nothing like it! My friend Angela gifted me with some delicious green peppers, which were the inspiration for the salsa. I don’t want to brag or anything, but this stuff is the bomb. I’ll share the recipe soon, don’t you worry.

Fireside Five for FridayFIVE– Zucchini Bread!

And last but not least, I whipped up some divine zucchini bread last night! I made two pans- one to freeze and one to gobble right now. Here’s the recipe: I’d highly recommend it! The zucchini was given to me by Michelle, who has a massive garden. Love me some garden veggies! I grated up the huge zucchini, used 2 cups of it for this recipe, and froze the rest of it in a cupcake pan for easy access.

Fireside Five for FridayWe have a fun weekend planned with good friends- gotta soak up all the pre-baby friend time we can get! Hope you all have a splendid weekend 🙂

Aug 20

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

It’s been a little while since I’ve sat down to write a post about my building adventures.  The “tree house” has kept me very busy since we moved in back in January.  I have about 10 projects in the queue that I am looking forward to sharing soon.  Well, there’s no better place for me to start than one of Kelli’s main “nesting” projects that I was assigned: tiling the bathroom.

As usual, my friends Google and YouTube got me started off on the right foot.  I have a wee bit of experience with tiling during our days in Sidney, but I’m still considered a beginner since we used porcelain tile this time instead of vinyl.   Also as usual, I had a buddy helping me out. You will see Thayne in a couple of the pictures.  He is the man!

He and I have a good partnership going when it comes to house projects. We are both blessed with amazing PREGNANT wives, so while they kick it on the couch and watch trashy tv, we work on each others houses’.  They are due about a month apart so we both have been given very similar lists.  It’s worked wonderfully in getting things done.
So let’s get started on Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom Floor


Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom


Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

First Step: pull up the existing floor.  We found out that it wasn’t just one layer.  1st layer – carpet, 2nd layer – padding for the carpet and the tack strips.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

3rd layer – vinyl tiles

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

4th layer – cement board that the tile is glued down on.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom 5th layer – laminate from the 90’s in bottom left of the picture above. 6th layer – Honeycomb laminate from the 70’s in the picture below.  I tried to talk Kelli into going retro in the guest bathroom.  She veto’d.   Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

And lastly, pounding in the top of staples.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
We were able to pull up the toilet pretty easily and then proceeded to leave the “throne” in the dining room, for easier access, obviously. 😉

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
There was a little bit of prep work we had to finish before we started putting the new layers down.  The first was to cut the door trim high enough to fit the cement board, 1/4 inch of motor, and a 1/4 inch tile.  We went with the logic path to make this easy.  We put the cement board down and then two tiles on top of that, which would equal the total height.  Then we took the best tool ever, the oscillating plunge saw, and cut the trim up to the correct height.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
These aren’t all the measurements, but it does map out our toilet area.  When I jump into projects that have a lot of measurements, I find it easiest to make a drawing and then list all the measurements I have.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
Originally, when I was thinking about cutting cement board, I was at a loss on what to use.  Luckily, my dad had just got done doing a tiling project and had a great recommendation of below blade on a jigsaw.  I’m not sure what the exact name is for this blade, but it worked great!  Thanks for the recommendation Dad!

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

And there she is!  We used cement board because it is very rigid and it doesn’t mold.  We put a lot of screws into the floor, mostly around the outsides of each piece.  It is very important to not let the cement board move at all since that is what the tile sits on.  If it moves it will crack your grout and you will have to start over.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
We weren’t sure if this was the best way, but Google told us to mark the line with a chalk.  It worked really well in keeping us straight after we started laying the tile.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Before we started laying the tile, we put mortar in the cracks of the cement board.  I think this again helps with a complete moisture barrier as well as keeping the floor stationary.

The other thing we did before laying the tile was laid out the entire floor.  This was THE MOST CRITICAL STEP for us!  This let us make sure we didn’t have any tiny pieces on any of the ends throughout the entire floor.  I think the professionals could start without cutting every piece, but for us beginners cutting every piece is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  If we wouldn’t have done that, we would have had dry mortar, terrible cuts, and all kinds of other issues.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
My engineering highlight was using a kitchen bowl as the stencil for the toilet hole.  I was pretty impressed that I figured that out on my own.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
We had never cut tile, but this is what it looks like.  I used a wet tile saw to make all of our cuts.  Pretty easy, but it can be a little dirty.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
Here’s Thayne laying the mortar and then the tile.  We would put down enough mortar to lay about 2 rows.  Just in case you didn’t know (because we sure didn’t at the beginning) when your tiling the bathroom or any room, you want to start from the furthest corner so you never have to step on tiles you just laid.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
Here’s what the tiling looks like after we get them all spaced and laid down.  80% of the time we spent on the project got us to the picture below.  Once the tile is laid it needs to sit for roughly 24 hours to firm up before you walk on it.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

The next step is to lay the grout.  We had a lot of the tools from the last time we grouted, but we used a foam trowel, bucket of water, and a grout sponge.

When laying the grout, the ultimate goal that I was trying to achieve was to make sure all the grooves were completely full of the grout.  TIP: fill the gaps in at a 45 degree angle like the picture below.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom


TIP #2: Try to get all the grout that is not in the grooves off the tile. If you don’t, sponging the grout off is a ton of work!  It’s already a shoulder workout without adding more difficulty to the project.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

We’re getting close!! The last couple things I had to finish up was to spray the grout with sealer and to re-install the baseboards.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom


Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
And…it’s complete!!!!!  I was pretty proud of how it turned out since I’ve never laid “real” tile down before.    I’m not sure if this is true, but I feel like I could attempt just about any tile project now.  The cool thing about getting one of these projects under your belt is that you feel like you could really try anything tile-related.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Kelli had me put a couple floating shelves to give the walls a little flavor.  She’s the creative brain behind all of our decorating.  She’s a very gifted lady when it comes to decorating.  And I’m a very gifted man when it comes to doing what I’m told….which ends up looking amazing.  Kuddos to you Kel!

Until next post, which on my current writing trend, will be a couple months from now.  Annndddd Kelli and I could have a new member of our family by then!


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