Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What Lily Ate Wednesday

Oh hey, guys.  
It was bound to happen.  
Just a few short days after going back to work, Lily put her naughty pants back on. 
I thought to myself 'wow, if only I could document her behavior somehow.'  
And then I remembered -- I have a blog!  

Anyway, here I am (again).  
Back to Lily, though.  
She's got some serious separation issues now that we aren't cuddling all day.  
We're talking accidents, miscellaneous bodily fluids, and eating things.  
She's eaten some cardboard, mail, and this favorite:  the bathroom garbage.  

If you own a dog, you know it's a good idea to get a garbage can with a lid to prevent scavenging. 
However, do note that your dog will observe you and eventually figure out how to get to the treasures inside. 

I love her to the moon and back, and her guilty-ears back-I'm so sorry look gets me.    

Please tell me I'm not alone and your fur baby has been bad lately... 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Chair Makeover

It's project city over in our house right now.  
One that I was meaning to do for about a year, but never got around to, was this chair.
Can I just say how easy this was?
All I needed was a little less than a yard of fabric, a few upholstery staples, and the chair looks so much better! 

We got this chair at a garage sale last year. 
All indications point to it being a 1926 dining chair [namely the markings on the underside].
I love the bones of the chair.  It's unique and pretty darn sturdy. 

A seat cushion change is one of the easiest things you can do with the highest impact. 
Just unscrew the seat, and remove the old staples. 
(luckily our cushion was in good shape, otherwise that's an easy fix too)
I used the old fabric as a template to cut the new fabric.  
Stretch the fabric tight over the cushion, and staple the heck out of it. 
Boom.  Done.  
Here's a little before/after for you:

I wanted to paint the chair -- and I still might -- but the husband prohibited it. 
He loves the dark color. 
We'll see about that.  
It is part of a master bedroom mini-makeover we're working on right now, so I'll show you soon how it all comes together soon! 

Easy-Mac, y'all.  
Happy Monday! 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

First Days

Labor Day signals the final days of summer, which means it's back-to-school time for students.
Whether it's the first day of school, or a new job, first days are almost always the same -- 

Will my teacher/boss like me?
What the heck should I wear?!
Does this outfit look prudish or slutty? 
Am I going to make friends?  
How will I get past the awkward small talk? 
Did they find my blog?  [Answer: yes]
...don't look like a moron.  

All of those and more happened on my first day.
But like all the first days before it, everything was okay.  

Just remember these things:
You don't have anything in your teeth. 
You look beautiful. 
Wear comfortable shoes. 

And if this happens to you each morning, your heart will break...
...but you have to pay for her food somehow.

Oh, and have an amazing Labor Day weekend with your families!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

{5-Ingredient} Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Grab a cold glass of whatever kind of milk you drink, because these cookies are delicious. 
And oh hey, they don't have gluten in them.  

Makes 8-9 cookies
1 cup peanut butter (you can also use almond butter)
4 scoops protein powder (such as ViShape) 
[these will not be gluten free if your protein powder has gluten in it...]
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract 

Yep, you read that right.  F-i-v-e ingredients.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. 
Spoon dough on to cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or lightly spray with cooking spray).
Use a fork to lightly press down cookies. 
Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven; let sit on baking sheet additional 2 minutes; cool on wire rack. 

These guys are super filling, which is good for a cookie-lover like me. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

For the Love of Sweatpants

I'm sure 90% of you run and change into them as soon as you get home from work.  
And let's not kid ourselves, ladies.  If you put on yoga pants when you're not going to the gym, it's the same thing. 

When I first became unemployed, my best friend warned me:  
"Do NOT live in sweatpants.  You won't know if your real pants are getting too tight." 
She warned me. 
God love her.  

But did I listen?  
After 5 years of wearing suits, skirts, blouses and a fair share of spanx, I was so excited about the prospect of not wearing real pants. 
Call it lazy, sure okay.  
I didn't sit around and eat bonbons all day, but I did sit around in sweatpants.
And my real pants got too tight.  

When I did leave the house wearing real clothes, it was for interviews, meeting up with friends, and occasionally an effort-filled trip to Target.  
And you best believe that once I got home the sweat pants came back on again. 

It really hit home the other day when I was doing laundry and almost the entire load of dark clothing was comprised of my various sweatpants.  
Yikes.  My poor husband. 
Even though he would never say something

Don't get me wrong, sweatpants have a very real purpose in life... 
Those rainy days when you curl up with cocoa and a movie; sleeping; when you're sick; Thanksgiving... 
I love them, and they certainly love all of me.  But I've got to cut the cord, sweatpants.  
Our relationship is bringing us both down.  

What's the point of this post?  
I'm not sure, other than to confess my obsession for sweatpants and hope that someone out there can relate.
Happy Hump Day!  

Monday, August 19, 2013

This Weekend, I...

This Weekend, I... spent quite a lot of time in the Home Depot door department arguing discussing visions for our new front and storm doors.  
Oy.  That's no fun. 
I did do something much more interesting and fun, though.  

This Weekend, my bud Lauren's parents officially opened their gorgeous event property called Coop's Event Barn.  Kelly and her hubs carpooled with Jeremiah and me for the hour and a half drive southeast of Minneapolis to Dodge Center, Minnesota. 
(for you Minnesoooottaaaah folks, that's halfway between Owatonna and Rochester)
(for you Florida folks, that's the land of corn and soybean fields, grain silos, and tractors)    
Lauren and her husband Jesse had their wedding there almost exactly two years ago, and her parents toyed with the idea of turning it into a business ever since.  
There is a great article chronicling the transition here.  

If anything would make me want to plan another event of epic proportions again, it is this barn. 
It's stunning and casual at the same time -- elegant, yet approachable.  
I also want to hire Lauren's mom to come help me find antiques for our place (Lo, can you get on that?!). 

There are multiple locations to host a ceremony including out in the yard or up in the old hayloft.  
The main room holds over 250 people, which is perfect for those large Minnesota families.  
Lauren's family perfected all the little details, and it's just awesome.  
The food wasn't so bad, either.  

A blogger...meets camera...meets wine...meets flowers...

Blogger beers...

And since it is Jesse and Lauren's anniversary, we did a little impromptu photo shoot.  
My gosh, are these couples adorable, or what?!  

Such a fun weekend!  
Oh, and no bloggers or blogger husbands were compensated for gushing over Coop's Event Barn. 
Well, we ate free food -- but that's about it.  

Linking up with Syn and Sar

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dear Blog:

Hey B, 

How have you been?  
I apologize for neglecting you lately.  
Actually, I didn't want to hurt your feelings... 
I'm not sorry for neglecting you lately.  I hope we can still be friends.  
You've collected some dust, and you've lost some weight, but I still think you're lookin' fine. 
Have no fear, though, because your bestie is back with a dust rag and some food to fatten you up. 

The past two months have been filled with sun (although you can't tell), friends, music, 
and a little soul-searching.  I saw your cursor blinking in my face each day, and I didn't know what to say... so I said nothing. 

Enough with all the fluff, right?  That's not my thang.  
I guess you want to know what I've been up to -- taking a lot of pictures with my iPhone... that's what. 
Since I last saw you, I:

- Went on about 9 different interviews, and landed a new job!  I'm starting soon, and I am so happy! 
- Celebrated my 26th birthday with a trip to The Bachelor Farmer for the most delicious meal I've ever had. 
- Went to see "Pride and Prejudice" at the Guthrie
- Saw The National play at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.  I had never heard of them before the concert, but I actually liked seeing a band play live before hearing their recorded music... it's been a while since that happened. 
- Drank some margaritas, went to Target, and ate countless birthday treats. 
- And cooked, and ate, and cooked, and ate, and walked, and cooked, and ran.  


Sorry it's not too exciting, B.
I had to stay close to home in order to be available for all of those interviews.  
I wish I had more for you.  

Well, I'm glad we're back together.  Let's grab a bottle of wine and catch up some more.  
I've got a few quinoa dishes you should taste.  And maybe a baked good or two. 

Oh, and shout-out to Kelly, Lo, and Syndal for being amazing bloggy friends.  
They surprised me with lunch on my birthday, and were the best cheerleaders the past two months. 
I'm so lucky. 

Okay, enough of all that mush.  
Forgive me, B.