The engagement photos are here…

and though you may not admit it, I’m sure you were probably on pins and needles waiting for these photos. :)

Engagement Photo 1

No but seriously, my amazingly-talented cousin over at Nicole Clifford Photography just did the best job. And when she’s working with a couple like Jeff and me, you know she’s got her work cut out for her. Sidenote: anyone looking for a great lifestyle photographer in Kansas City should look Nicole up. She’s just all-around a lovely person.

I must admit that although I love bugging others with my obsessive picture taking, it’s much harder to be the one in front of the camera. Especially, when it comes to any kissing photos. We quickly figured out that it’s not really our thing.

engagement photos set 3^^See what I mean? I swear I really love Jeff, but every time he went to kiss me on the cheek I would naturally move away. That’s not a red flag or anything, right? Right?^^

We originally planned to take our photos outside, but the day we’d sat aside for the photo shoot on our short trip to KC over Thanksgiving turned out to be very cold and windy. Looking back, I’m so glad it was, because for our first location we ended up at an adorable urban winery downtown. And if you’ve followed this blog at all, you probably know by now that I LOVE wine (in a socially responsible way, of course).

Engagement PhotosNicole found the location for us and the folks at Amigoni were gracious enough to let us shoot a few photos in their gorgeous space. We kept it to one glass of white wine (although I tend to prefer red) to make it more photo friendly, but I can’t wait to go back and try more of their wines. The Viognier we had was delightful.

Still not willing to brave the subarctic temperatures (I’m only slightly exaggerating) we moved the shoot to Kansas City’s Union Station and their sky walks.

Engagement Photos Set 2Having shot there before, Nicole was quick to suggest it, and again, I’m glad she did. While I love the historic nature of Union Station, the sky walks offer such a clean, bright look. Perfect for a laid back feel that really showcases Jeff and me as a couple.

Now here’s where I get really cheesy…these photos make me so thankful for Jeff, family so graciously helping us out, and the big day still to come. Thanks again for following along, we can’t wait to share more of our journey!

Dashing through the snow…

okay, so maybe it wasn’t a lot of snow, but we did get a snow day out of the deal! So, I’m not complaining.

2013 Snowday 2 Snowday 2013

^^And hey, it provided a few hours of winter beauty, which of course is the perfect excuse to turn up the Christmas music and get the soup cooking!^^

Much like our ‘snowday’ last winter, the dogs frolicked in the snow/slush mix and napped. In that order.

Cosmo Snowday 2013 Dogs Snowday 2013

^^Now, I know that photo might look bad, but I promise they just love to chase each other and growl. It’s what they do. 99% of the time they’re sweet as pie. :) ^^

Besides, then after they’re all worn out, they turn into little angels like this one… ;)

Piper Sleeping, Snowday 2013

I’m only slightly hopeful we can snag a few more days (not like blizzard amount or anything) this winter curled-up with these sleeping (they’re definitely not as cute when they’re misbehaving) pups.

Photobooth fun…

with the family!

While home over Thanksgiving Jeff and I got to share in my cousins amazingly fun wedding, and lets just say we (well, mainly me) took advantage of the photobooth. In fact, I think my sister Jenny and I were the main culprits. Somehow we both magically appeared in all the photos.

photobooth 5 photobooth 4 photobooth 3 photobooth 2^^I wasn’t quite ready for the next photo. Opps.^^

photobooth 1

I think I’m sold on getting one of those for our big day, but I might have to promise Jeff I won’t spend the entire evening there.

See now, weren’t those photos a great start to your weekend? Happy Friday everyone!

I see your bathroom has a nautical theme…

but, how did you find all that decor?

Bathroom After 6I recently had a reader ask if I could update my bathroom ‘before/after’ post (the one from wayyyy back when) with a little list of where I got everything I used to decorate the space. For a request like that I’m more than happy to oblige! Gotta help spread that nautical decor around. :)

Here’s how it all breaks down:

Bathroom After 6 with details

1. Distressed wooden block with a painted anchor: sadly, it looks like this item is no longer available on Etsy, but I got it from this shop, here.

2. Lantern for a tealight: found that little gem at Ikea, of course.

3. “Never a ship sails…” print: this shop is closed on Etsy now, but looks like you can still find that quote in other Etsy shops!

4. Faux floral bouquets: found those at Hobby Lobby. Each bouquet was $4.99! (no link available) The blue and white pots were both found at Ikea.

5. Anchor hook: also from Hobby Lobby and it looks like it’s on sale.

Bathrom After 2 with details

1. “Bath” sign: also a Hobby Lobby find. Looks like they still have the sign online, but it might be a slightly different color.

2. Striped anchor print: courtesy of Etsy, but it looks like that exact print may no longer be available. However, you can check out the Etsy shop I got it from, here.

3. White shelves and brown storage baskets: both finds came from trusty Target.

Seems like if you shop on Etsy, or at Ikea and Hobby Lobby then you’ll be set. Apparently that’s all I did!

Hope you all found this helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions.

This looks familiar…

I’m telling you, she’s basically Kelly “The Dog Whisperer,” and much like the last time, there was another sweet little boxer (not that I’m biased) that just took to her. You might’ve seen him on this blog before. ;)

Cosmo and Kelly 5If you follow me on Instagram (you mean, you’re not tired of all those dog photos yet?) then you might’ve noticed we made the long drive to Missouri last week with the pups in tow! It’s definitely not as simple as Jeff and I hoping on a plane, but well worth it with these two and the little bond they had going on. I think I say, “my heart’s melting” far too much, but this time I really mean it.

Cosmo and Kelly 2

^^I mean Cosmo even let her use him as a footrest with little complaint! Can’t say he’s thrilled when I try that too.^^

Cosmo and Kelly 4 Cosmo and Kelly 1

I’m thinking I’ll just secretly adopt a boxer and leave it on their doorstep. I’m positive my parents will thank me for it later. ;)

My heart might be melting…

and I’m only exaggerating a little. I mean aren’t my ‘little’ Cosmo, and our friends daughter Addie just the sweetest?

Addie and Cosmo 1

Every time she’s over Cosmo just follows her around thinking (or at least I’m guessing he’s thinking) he’s going to have to jump in and save her at a moments notice. You never know.

Well this time, Addie was just big enough (she’s growing so fast!) that she wasn’t even slightly afraid to pet or love on him. I couldn’t get enough.

I think he’s just smitten by this tiny, cute little human. But then again, how could you not be with a little smile like that one…

Addie 1 BW

Brb. Going to mop up my melted heart. :)

P.S. I also snapped a few family photos of Ben, Grace & Addie for their upcoming Christmas card and as a result I got this little gem out of the mini-shoot. Got to love babies.

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Spice up your life…

every boy and every girl. Spice up your life? No? Okay. Well, then maybe spice up your kitchen?

Pallette Spice Rack

Jeff woke up last weekend and declared he was going to make a spice rack out of the extra pallet we had leftover from the wine rack he made last spring. And make one he did!

Palette Spice Rack 1

This is where it all began.

He got to work sawing, sanding, nailing, staining, etc… You know the drill by now.

Palette Spice Rack

And I got to work finding spice bottles and labels to make it look all cute. You’ll be surprised to know that Jeff didn’t care so much about that step in the process. Boys.

DIY Pallet Spice Rack 2

In addition to finding the spice bottles with the black lids at Bed, Bath & Beyond (with a coupon of course!) and the ones with the white lids at The Container Store, I came across a handy and creative blog with FREE printable spice labels. Are these not the cutest?

Spice Labels 1

Spcie Labels 2

Oh and because I had different spices then there were pre-made labels, I also sprung for the five dollar blank labels where I could type in my own text. For someone slightly neurotic like myself, this was a dream come true. It might also be somewhat sad that these are the things I get excited about nowadays.

Jeff even included a few handy hooks on the rack to hang pot holders and if ours weren’t old and crusty (TMI?) I’d have those on display too. I guess it’s just another reason to go shopping!

DIY Pallet Spice Rack 3

So there you have it, our latest DIY project. In a tiny kitchen like ours, any little storage space is a huge help!

P.S. Jeff tells me this is something anyone could recreate themselves, but if you have any questions let me know and I’ll pass them onto him. I don’t think I’m qualified to help.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Who needs Christmas when you have the fall we’ve been having out here in D.C.? (Just kidding, love me some Christmastime too!)

I mean, can we talk about how pretty and vibrant the colors have been this year? I’m smitten. That’s why I thought I’d post a few photos I snapped both in my neighborhood in Arlington, and Georgetown yesterday to share with all of you. Have a look…

Fall in Arlington 2

All I had to do for this photo was walk right out my front door. If I wasn’t such a baby about the cold weather, I might still be out there.

Fall in Arlington 1^^I might have stopped mid-drive down our street to grab this one. Don’t worry, there were no other cars and I came to a complete stop.^^

Fall in Georgetown 4^^And then there’s Georgetown. It’s already pretty, but toss in the fall colors, and you’re set^^

Fall in Georgetown 3

Fall in Georgetown 2Now the only real problem (depending on how you look at it) with this season is it makes we want to throw on some leggings and a sweatshirt, curl up on the couch with a glass of red wine (I guess that part applies to all seasons :)) and basically not move until Spring. However, my current state is not conducive to our long list of of home projects that are just calling our names. Send help!

I’m sorta kidding. We did a little DIY project last weekend and as soon as it’s finished I’ll share it with all of you. I think it’s going to spice things up. (hint, hint ;))

If at first you don’t succeed…

try, try again, right?

Welp folks, this weekend we had a little mishap with the counter tops Jeff was working on and basically, it ended badly. News Jeff was less than thrilled to share with me and all of you.

Broken Countertops Broken Countertops 2

^^Those would be the countertops after they broke in Jeff’s arms while he was trying to move them. Opps.^^

I must not have as much faith in the process because, I was ready to throw in the towel, dip into some savings, and pay someone to do the work, but Jeff’s wasn’t quite ready to give up. So back to the drawing board he went!

Jeff believes the reason the concrete broke when he went to pick it up was that it was weak where he left a hole in the form for the sink. This time he’s going to fill in the entire mold and then use a saw to cutout the hole for the sink after the concrete is cured (aka dry).

Counter top platform 1 Counter top platform 2

This weekend Jeff got to work building a new platform to hold the counter top form. He said this time around he’s focused on building a stronger, sturdier platform. Jeff also said he took a different approach this time, because although the last platform didn’t cause the problem, it wasn’t as sturdy as he had hoped, so it likely contributed to some of the issues.

On Friday afternoon I was feeling confidant we’d have new countertops in our kitchen in the next week, but boy was I wrong. What can you do? We’re definitely learning as we go, and we’ll of course fill you in on all of our DIY successes and mishaps!

They just grow up so fast…

these two. :)

Dogs Playing

So in the midst of weddings (not ours yet!) and working on our never-ending project (at least it feels that way), I’ve realized I’ve forgotten to give you all a little update on the pups. I know you’ve been clamoring for one.

Well luckily for you, they’re still crazy and cute as ever. Which….is probably why I followed them around the yard last weekend for far too long trying to snap the best photos.  I’m that dog mom I’ll admit it, but hey, at least Jeff was thankful the camera wasn’t on him for once.

Dogs Playing 2

I think she’s saying, “Wait, you took my toy Cosmo!” Or something like that.

Cosmo October

Piper in the Backyard

^^I mean, but seriously, would you be able help yourself either?^^

Okay, so aside from chasing the dogs around, we did get SOME work done. That was until Jeff’s tools failed.

As we wait for the new ones to arrive, I thought I’d leave you with a little photographic evidence of the next phase of the project.

Cutting the Kitchen Countertops

We’re getting there slowly but surely. And, here’s hoping we have a much more productive weekend!

P.S. Oh yeah, and Happy Halloween!