Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Project Headboard

On top of all of the other little things we've been doing around the house, and all of those other little things that still need to be taken care of...I want to add a DIY project to the mix...

Subject: Headboard

To tuft or not to tuft...that is the question? 

If you aren't sure what I mean here are some pictures of headboards I've fallen in love with while obsessively pinning on Pinterest! (I just can't stop!) 

Tufted Headboards

The top right is my absolute favorite! It just looks so...cozy to me! Don't you think? I've seen this DIY project done on many shows on the HGTV network, and there are millions of blogs out there with precise instructions. I think Jason and I could handle this with my dad's help and nail long as I'm not the one using the nail gun! haha

This is what our bedroom looks like right now...pretty bare, but I love our bedding! You can't see it, but there is a small white headboard behind our massive amount of pillows. I love the pillows and they are staying, so we'll need to make the headboard pretty big....just not sure what color would look best? I'm thinking cream???

We also need to get a new dresser, and nightstand...just a few things on our to get list:) 
Any input would be great. I'm going to think about it over the weekend and hopefully we can make a decision and get this project started!!! 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Playing House

Well we've been at 3054 Stonewood St. just over a week now and we're absolutely in love! The move took place last week Friday, and with the help of family and friends everything was moved in, put in place, and looks amazing! Thank you to everyone who has helped make this a smooth transition for us, we could not have done it without each and every one of you!!! 

All of the big things have been put into place and we've made a list for the things we'd like to tackle and we're going to take things slowly to make sure it's just the way we want it! So far, I think the kitchen/dining area are perfect the way they are. We might add some things here and there, but I thought I'd start here with before and after pics! 



We had to get a new fridge (Thank you Mr. Mejeur!!!) but all of the other appliances were left for us which was incredible! The previous owner also left a washer, dryer, second fridge in the laundry room, and mini fridge for the wet bar downstairs! We got really lucky! 

I'll get to the other rooms asap, but here is a sneak peak of Baby K's room! Grandpa Neel helped daddy Jay put together the crib last Sunday. The crib was a gift from Grandma and Grandpa Neel and it's beautiful! We love the bedding we picked out, and Jason painted a couple purple accent walls to brighten up the room. 

Baby K's Room Progress

It's all coming together! Stay tuned....

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I like color

Tomorrow is moving day and we are so excited! It's been a busy week full of packing and painting and more packing....I hate packing...but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! We won't have to do this again for a LONG time:) I'm sure our friends and family are happy for this too as they have all helped Jason and I move around the country a time or two, or four!

So in the spirit of moving into our new house I have been looking for decorating ideas online constantly. I find myself at both extremes...very neutral colors and then boom I see something so out of the ordinary (at least for my taste) and I just fall in love! A splash of color is just what each room needs to give it some character...

I love the bright purples, blues, and greens! It makes each room, but I'm just not sure if I'm brave enough to incorporate these into our new home yet? We'll see! There is a very large mirror that the previous owner left behind that could use some creative TLC...we could paint it white and hang it, or try selling it??? I'd love any and all suggestions...

As for the nursery, we've decided on lavender, white, and gray! The walls were gray to begin with so we just need to touch them up, and paint 2 of the smaller walls lavender to match all of the bedding we've purchased. My mom and step dad have graciously purchased our crib for us so we'll have that on Sunday! Then we can start putting everything together!

Wish us luck, and more before and after pictures to come!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shopping for Mini Me

Baby clothes are adorable. Going into a store that has baby clothes is dangerous. I went to Babies R'Us today to shop for a friend and came out with the gift I'd intended on purchasing and.... a few things I bought for our beanette! I immediately called my mom to describe every detail and it turns out she's having trouble keeping her wallet closed too! We actually bought the same purple outfit! Go figure.

Jason insists I have a funny facial expression when I see something cute and hold it up to show him...and so what if I do?! Clothes are cute, but baby shoes are the best. It is impossible to walk by them without stopping to pick them up just to see how tiny they are sitting in my hand (probably making this face Jason says I make) and then oooo-ing and ahhhh-ing and then I have to laugh at myself. 

As I am still incredibly obsessed with Pinterest...I found these cute shoes that I would love to have for our baby girl someday! The lil'purple boat shoes and the aqua crocs are my fav! 

Chances are, you're making my face right now, and it's ok! 

Monday, July 11, 2011


Wow, what a perfect weekend we just had! Everything about it was wonderful, and I'm paying for it today...I'm exhausted and yesterday my feet were so swollen I looked like I didn't have ankles! Welcome to 30 weeks of pregnancy!!! Let's rewind a bit...

Jay and I were so busy last week...We spent time with my aunt and baby brother on the 4th of July which was awesome:) She made the most adorable things for our little girl and we can't wait to use them! (Pics to come...) It was also so great to spend time with my brother, but it was bittersweet as we had to say goodbye the next day because he had to get back to Texas and prepare for his next year long tour in Iraq. I was a mess at the airport and cried the entire way through security...but I'm so glad I had that time with him. I am praying day and night for his safety and am so proud of him and the man he is becoming. 

I was at the airport the following day to pick up my best friend Cindy Lu who flew in from Atlanta. We'd been counting down the days and were just so excited to see each other it was so nice to just spend some time catching up in person and hanging out like old times! We met Ms. Jenn Harp for dinner and fell back into our old banter, and it just reminds me how blessed I am to have the friends that I do and how lucky we are to have such strong relationships after all these years despite the distances between us. 

Friday came quickly and we got into the car to head to Chicago!!! (We got out of the city just in time...I don't know if anyone outside of Grand Rapids, MI heard about what happened, but a man snapped and went on a killing spree that lasted from 3pm to midnight. He killed 7 people before killing himself and leaves a wake of grief and questions unanswered behind. Read more here) We are continuing to pray for the Heeren family and all the others that were closely effected by the events that occurred that night. 

On a happier note, we made it to Chicago in record time and had an amazing dinner with our newly married friends the Boonstra's. We headed out to the Kerryman and met up with all my girls and Miss Walters, the bride to be! Friday afternoon we finally made it to Kuma's Corner...we were stoked! Jason and I lived in Chicago for 2 years and never made it there to try the cities best hamburgers...what in the world were we thinking???  Best hamburger EVER!! The pretzel bun did me in...I really think that every other hamburger joint in the world needs to make this a priority, that's just my personal opinion. 
Friday evening we attended Ash and Brett's beautiful wedding downtown at Pazzo's. We are so happy for them and had such a wonderful time celebrating with everyone! 

Saturday we headed out to the burbs to catch up with our Chicago friends with burgers and Arnold Palmers (I drank worries!) Then headed back for what was one of the best dinners I've ever had in the city at Carnivale! The Guac was killer, and the Ribeye was mouth watering...let's just say it was a pregnant woman's dream. 

Sunday came too quick and we headed out after having one last breakfast with Amanda and Smaka at Twisted Spoke. It's an absolute must for Sunday brunch and it never fails to make us full and happy. Then we made a pit stop in South Haven to unwind on my Dad's boat. The water was a very cool 70, but I braved it to try and help the swelling that had taken over my feet. We stopped by our house to water the flowers (trying to be responsible homeowners) and collapsed into bed. 

*I just realized that I have been talking a lot about food in this post. I'm pregnant, don't 
judge me. 

Now it's go time...we're working, packing, and moving all week long! Packing is a pain. Necessary, but a pain nonetheless. As I type this, Jason is being a wonderful husband and he's painting our master bedroom at the house right now...I needed to take a break from the packing. Being 30 weeks preggers is kind of crazy. Only ten more weeks until we get to meet out little girl, and I'm getting more and more excited with every kick I feel. I feel huge, tired, hungry, and uncomfortable pretty much all day everyday, but I'm keeping a positive attitude. It's all part of the process, right?! We finally chose the bedding. Our little beanette's room will be gray, purple, and white! We're so excited to put her nursery together!! 

All in all our entire week last week and weekend was perfect! I love my husband, and I have the best friends that any girl could ask for. Life long, pick up where you left off, funny, sincere, blunt, beautiful, crazy, and always entertaining friends! 

I am going to end this post before I start rambling...more updates to come and say a prayer for us and our move!! 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Things I like on this 4th of July

I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July weekend! It's I'm trying to stay as cool as possible so I don't swell up!  Jason isn't feeling very well, poor does one get a cold in the summer??? 

Anyway, I'll keep this simple and sweet and just show you all that I love that is red, white, and blue! Yummy treats, stylish home decor, and a cute top! I really want to try and make those strawberries...maybe next year when my lil'one can get in on the fun!!! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Wow it's been a crazy couple of weeks! We've been busy working on the house and we're so happy with the progress that's been made! Last Sunday our parents came over to help with cleaning and fixing the landscaping (which was incredibly unruly...the owner just let everything go after he'd sold us the house...irritating, but out of our control!) My dad was there this past week helping to fix our french doors, trim around the house, and just making sure everything was safe and stable. We also found out we had a bit of a bird problem in our attic....he took care of that thank goodness! We're so blessed to have all of the help that we have had, all of our parents have been so wonderful! 

So here are some before and after pics of the front of the house....

Jason is working on the outside trim that we'll have to repaint, and Keith is trying to expose our porch...all of the trees and plants were so overgrown and it honestly looked like the porch had been swallowed up! 

Surprise...we do have a porch! It looks so amazing! Jason's dad brought over some new mulch, hanging baskets, and flowers that we still need to plant!

We're still working on the inside...we need to paint our master bedroom, the babies room, and the guest room downstairs. We're waiting until my dad is done making his adjustments and we'll get in there asap! We're shooting for a July 17th move stay tuned!