Just a few things happening over here…

It’s a somewhat short and random list I’ve compiled, but bare with me.

1. Trim on the walls makes for one happy gal (aka me).

Wall Trim

Wall Trim 2

I know that might sound strange (who really cares about that kind of thing?) but, I’ve basically been begging Jeff to do this since we started dating. AND…last weekend Jeff finally got to it! There was something about the look of incompleteness that drove me nuts. However, Jeff tells me you can’t just slap some trim on the wall and call it a day. Apparently several other things have to happen to make it all come together (I’m sure he’s right, but I just prefer to think it’s a simple task). Now the house has lots of trim and I’m happy 😉 (until we get to the tedious painting part).

We found a little helper!

We found a little helper!

2. There is now photographic evidence that I too worked around the house this weekend.

Painting 2

When I helped Jeff paint the office/my new room, I begged him to stop what he was doing and snap a photo. (Jeff was of course thrilled and happy to help. Not.) This blog was starting to make it look like he does all the work, and now we all know that’s just not true (I account for approximately 3% of the labor intensive tasks). 😉

Painting 1

It wasn’t completely staged, I was hard at work too!

3. My oldest sister (I’m one of 4 girls. Yikes! My poor dad.) is a rock star at her career. (This one obviously doesn’t have to do with home improvement, but hey, it’s pretty cool and I just had to share.)


Shannon [Lindgren] & our littlest sister Kelly

She gave me explicit instructions not to go overboard in my praise, but I wanted to let you all know that she was named by Collaborate magazine (the magazine for corporate event planners like my sister) as one of the “40 Under 40: Class of 2013.” According to the Magazine (and me too!), she’s one of the “corporate meetings industry’s most talented, inventive and driven young leaders.” Congrats Shannon! I love ya.

Shannon 40 uner 40

Shannon’s profile is the first one on the left.

I think that about sums it up for the week, thus far. I hope your week is moving right along. Just think, it’s more than half over!


I Know, I know it’s Only a High-Five…

But I’m convinced when it’s Piper, it’s the cutest thing in the entire world (yes, the entire world). And when it’s just that cute, how can I not share it with all of you, right?


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It’s official, I’ve become the type of dog parent I always swore I’d never be (as in I take wayyy to many photos and brag about everything they do) but oh well, I guess there are worse things I could do. 🙂

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

Good Food, Great Wine…

And even better friends accompanied us this past weekend!

Charley and Megan at Phillip Carter

It was our third-annual wine-tasting weekend in Virginia with some pretty great friends (if I do say so myself) from New York and somehow, it only seems to get better.

Not only is this a great excuse to spend time with friends, eat too much cheese, and drink lots of wine, but this year Jeff and I were on a mission to fill that wine rack he made. It’s a pretty stressful task, but hey, someone’s gotta do it. 😉

How cute are they?

Now, I’m no expert on wine tasting, or wineries for that matter (some people who know me might say I drink my fair share ;)) but, we’ve had the opportunity to visit quite a few, and this year I especially loved the three we stopped at: Naked Mountain Winery, Phillip Carter Winery of Virginia and Barrel Oak Winery (this one’s an all-time favorite of ours).

Now, now…we went to Naked Mountain Winery, so don’t take that literally!

If you live near Virginia or visiting the area, I highly reccommend checking out many of the wineries in Fauquier County. It’s only about an hour outside D.C. and not only is the wine fantastic, but the scenery isn’t too bad either.

The vineyards weren’t in prime shape given that it’s winter, but it’s still not something you see everyday!

In addition to wine tasting, many of the wineries are dog friendly (unfortunately no space in the car this year for Cosmo and Piper) and you’re always welcome to bring your own food (thanks Charley for being the resident cheese expert) to have while you sit and drink wine among friends.

I’m sorry if this post sounds a little like I’m working for the wine tourism industry (I wish ;)), but it’s just something Jeff and I have found we really enjoy. Besides, who wouldn’t want to sit around on a Saturday with a good bottle of wine?

White Wine at Phillip Carter

So moral of the story, if you’re looking for a good winery tour guide just give me a call (Jeff would gladly come too). 🙂 And if you know of any great Virginia wineries you think we should visit, be sure to send suggestions my way!

Jeff and I at Naked Mountain

P.S. If you happen to stop at Barrel Oak (It’s basically a must. It’s one winery we make sure to stop at every year!) be sure to ask for Matt. Not only will he teach you everything you need to know about wine, but he’ll make sure you’re having lots of fun in the process.

If only every day started this way…

Free Starbucks? Yes, please!

Is there anyway to make this an everyday occurrence?

Don’t know about you, but it was a good way to start my Friday. Now, I’m just eagerly awaiting the long weekend and the arrival of two good friends from New York.

Happy Friday all!

Love is in the air…

It’s just like ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ right?

I know, I know it’s super cheesy. I guess it’s the day that just does it to me.

There’s a 90% chance Jeff disowns me after this post. 🙂

What can I say? I just love him and I’m awfully thankful I have him to spend the day with (and every day). Who else would help with all that house work? Just kidding. 😉

I hope you all have a wonderful day with the ones you love. And if you’re not into the festivities, well then hopefully you can bear it for a day.

Happy Valentine’s Day all!

P.S. can you name possibly the sweetest movie line of all time (I’m pretty sure it’s the greatest, but I won’t hold it against you if you disagree!):

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Now all we Need is Wine and Whisky…

So feel free to send some our way! 😉

Joking aside, I want take a moment to brag about Jeff and all of his talents (he’s rolling his eyes at this post). In addition to singing in TWO choir concerts this weekend, he also found time to finish a beverage tray (Jeff’s the liquor drinker in this duo) and wine rack (that’s all me). And well, I’m just loving the finished products!

Jeff Working on Tray

Tray 1

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you’ve probably seen similar wine racks, but when you have a handy boyfriend like mine, turns out you don’t need to spend extra money to buy one. He even took time to cut slits for wine glasses. 🙂

Wine Rack 1

I told you we needed wine to help fill the rack. It’s in a pretty sad state right now.

Wine Rack Glasses

Someday we’re going to spring for some matching glasses.

Now the tray wasn’t quite as labor intensive, but we can’t have a ‘sophisticated’ bar without one. Imagine the travesty! 😉

Whisky Tray

Not a lot of bourbon there yet, but we’re working on it.

So after all that work, Jeff still made it to his choir concerts. How did I find such a talented and hardworking guy?

Jeff and Elaine

Jeff and his mama before the big show.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post and you’re wondering what I contributed to the house this weekend (I’m not sure I have a real answer for you) well, someone’s got to take all the photos, right?


Cosmo Lake Yard

I don’t know why, but its felt like one of those weeks and I’m so glad it’s coming to an end.

While this weekend might not be too productive in the home improvement department, thanks in large part to Jeff’s choir concerts, (I’ll try to snag some photos and video if  I can) we’re going to try our hardest to get a few things done.

The dogs are enjoying a relaxing weekend at the lake with Jeff’s parents, (their lives are pretty stressful, so a vacation was in order 😉 ) and I’m going to try to drag Jeff to the thrift store to see if we can find a few items to refurbish for the home. If I find anything good, I’ll of course snap some photos and share them with all of you.

I hope you all have a great weekend and if you’re reading this from the New England area, good luck with the blizzard!

P.S. I’ll leave you with this story I came across today that is sure to make your heart melt. 🙂

I wish I had lots of updates…

But the stomach flu reared its ugly head on Friday and pretty much stayed around all weekend. Thanks a lot flu!


Jeff made an early morning drugstore run for me. I’m one lucky gal. 😉

If there’s one good thing the flu brings it’s snuggle time with the pups and catching up on some DVR’d TV. Who knew a mini-series about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings could be so addicting?

Piper and Me

She just gives the sweetest kisses.

Thankfully the weekend wasn’t a total waste. Jeff was able to get the room we cleared out last weekend almost fully painted! So fingers crossed with some new trim and floor boards the room will be good as new. 🙂

Painting Office


Now I know the paint color isn’t the most exciting (at least according to Jeff) but once we get some furniture and wall decor it won’t look so boring. At least I hope not. 🙂

Hopefully, I’ll have more home updates for you later. And anyone else out there battling the flu, I feel for you. It’s pretty much the worst.