Navy + Artichoke Garage Entry

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Disclaimer – I was provided product for review courtesy of CSI Wall Panels. Thoughts and opinions are my own. You can see my full disclosure statement here.

New year, new door color! 

During our garage makeover last spring I painted the door leading into the house the same red color as our front door. I love the color on our front door and I liked the red in the garage at first, but it quickly became too much. I think it works so much better on the front door because of the trim color and plants on the porch. In the garage it’s just all white and then a bright red door right in yo’ face. 

Over the weekend I decided to re-paint the door navy. I used leftover paint from
our master bedroom, so this refresh only cost a few dollars for a new roller and tray. The paint color is Parisian Nights by Dunn-Edwards and it’s seriously the perfect navy! I’m not even exaggerating, if you’re looking for the perfect shade of navy, this is it! 

I also added this artichoke wreath from Silk Plants Direct courtesy of CSI Wall Panels. I think this wreath is so unique looking and works for pretty much every season. The quality is great too. The artichoke and leaves look real and not fake-y plastic like some I’ve seen. Anyway, I used a clear Command hook to hang the wreath, so it took less than a minute to hang. I love how it looks and I love seeing it every day when I pull into the garage. The navy and artichoke wreath combination seriously makes me so happy. I know some might think that it seems a little frivolous to decorate the garage, but this is the first space we see when we come home every day. Why wouldn’t we want it to be welcoming?  

The rug (Home Depot) and the hooks (Target) are the same as before, but I just love them so much more with the new door color and wreath. The colors in the rug look so good with the navy door! If we’re being honest, those hooks are usually stuffed with our reusable bags, but I cleaned them up for the pictures. I still want to add a sign or some artwork above the hooks, but I haven’t found the perfect thing yet. We also added a white board on the other side of the door, so Adam can track our cars’ maintenance schedules. 

The rest of the garage is still in work, but we made so much progress over the break. We hung the second light, mounted the pegboard over the workbench, brought shelving units back in the garage and started organizing. We only have a little organizing left before we’re ready to call this project done. I hope to share some final pics and details soon!

2017 Recap + 2018 Goals

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy 2018!

I hope you all had a fun New Years! We went to a Phoenix Suns basketball game and then to a friend’s house for New Year’s Eve game night. I won most of the games, so I started 2018 feeling pretty smug. New Year’s Day we stayed home and cooked filet mignon and lobster tails for dinner. Growing up my mom cooked whatever we wanted for dinner on New Year’s Day (I always picked shrimp scampi). She thought it was a fun way to start the year and I’ve continued the tradition since moving out.

With the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to set some goals and create a project list. Before I get into my goals for 2018, I want to take a moment to review my 2017 goals.

Overall I’d say I did OK, but I definitely didn’t achieve what I wanted to last year. Anyway, let’s start on a high note –

One of my goals last year was to blog more consistently and I feel like I achieved that. I wrote 17 more posts in 2017 than in 2016…including 8 posts in December vs. 0 in 2016! I also feel like none of it was filler content like I might have wrote in years past.

I was also successful with my goal to eat less meat. I wanted to plan at least 2 meatless dinners a week and I’m happy to say I did it! I missed a few weeks here and there because of various reasons, but other than that, I really stuck with this goal. We found some great recipes over the past year that we’ll definitely keep in rotation.

Now let’s talk about the half-ass goals and flops. I started strong with my decluttering goal, but totally fell off after a couple months. I cleaned out the master bathroom and closet, but I think that’s as far as I got. This one is going on my 2018 list.

Also, half-assed in 2017 and carrying into 2018 is my goal to read more. Technically I did read more this year because I read 10 books in 2017 and only 7 in 2016, but my goal was 24 books. I think that might have been a little too lofty, but I definitely don’t feel like I read enough this year in general, so I can’t use that as an excuse.

And lastly, I wanted to finish a room in the house and I didn’t do that. I don’t really have an excuse, I just feel like the year got away from me and I wasted a lot of weekends doing nothing productive. Such is life.

OK, let’s move on to my 2018 goals!

1 | Take More Pictures
I only have 12 pictures of Adam and me from last year…and 4 of those were taken around Thanksgiving once I noticed a lack of pictures. With cell phones, I feel like there’s no excuse not to take a lot of pictures. I even bought a new camera last year! So I seriously have no excuse. And it’s not just Adam and me…it’s everyone. We went to Las Vegas for his nephew’s birthday party in March and I only took 3 pictures – none of them are of him and his nephew. So this year, I’m taking more pictures! Friends and family, be prepared!

2 | Read More
As I mentioned above, I’m carrying over this goal from last year because I love to read, but I don’t do it enough. In 2015 I read 53 books, but only read 7 in 2016 and 10 in 2017. My goal for 2018 is to read 18 books. It’s definitely an increase from the past 2 years, but I think it’s manageable. It equals out to a book and a half per month, plus 18 in 2018 just seems fitting.

3 | Clear the Clutter
This one is also a carryover from last year and something I desperately need to do. If you’re a fan of Gretchen Rubin or have listened to the Happier podcast, you’ve probably heard her say “Outer order contributes to inner calm” and for me, that’s 100% accurate. I feel more stressed when the house is mess, so I really just need to purge and clean for my own sanity. The kitchen cabinet with our glasses and coffee mugs is overflowing and every time I open it or try to put something away it stresses me out. And that’s just one example, so for 2018 my goal is to declutter/organize a room every month. I think setting a timeline and manageable goal like that will really help me stay on track.

4 | Be More Active
You can’t have a list of New Year’s goals without one being related to living a healthier life. Instead of the cliché goal to exercise more, I’m just trying to move more in general. I work at a desk all day, so I live more of a sedentary life than I’d like. I can’t change the fact that I work at a desk without completely changing careers, but I can be better about getting up and moving throughout the day. I can easily start using the bathroom or filling up my water bottle on a different floor or just walk a quick lap around the floor. I’m going to start wearing my FitBit again and work on upping my steps.

I also want to drink more water and lose 15 pounds #kiddingnotkidding

5 | Finish Two Rooms
Last year we switched around the extra bed rooms to make space for an exercise bike and treadmill. With that move, both rooms went from being almost finished to disarray. That said, I don’t think it would take that much time/effort/money to get them put together and crossed off my list. I’m also so close to finishing the laundry room, master bedroom, and getting the garage completely organized. So I’m stepping up my game this year and changing the goal from finish one room to finish two. We’ll see how that goes…

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Friday Five: December 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

1 | Christmas

How was your Christmas? Did you go anywhere or get anything fun? Adam, the dogs, and I went to my parents’ house in Prescott, AZ for a few days. We had a fun trip and of course it was great to spend time with my family. I got an Instant Pot from my mom and I'm so excited to try it out this weekend! If you have any tips or recipes, leave them in the comments! 

I also got a present from Adam that made me cry. He put together a 'Choose Your Adventure' binder and it was the sweetest thing ever. He cut out pictures and letters from magazines to make it. I felt stupid crying, but I couldn't believe the thought and effort he put into it. Of course I'm excited for the adventure we're going to go on too!

2 | Cone of Shame

The weekend before Thanksgiving Adam noticed something wrong with Ringo’s ear. It felt like an air bubble, but after a quick Google search we discovered it was a hematoma (like a blood blister). So we took him to the vet and after discussing our options, we decided that he needed surgery. That was the day before Thanksgiving, so we had to wait until the following Monday for the surgery. Anyway, he had the surgery (they drain it and suture the cartilage in his ear together so I won’t come back) and he had to wear a cone for 3 WEEKS! We didn’t want him scratching his ear and ripping his stitches, so cone life for Ringo.

We were so worried that we were going to have to fight him over the cone, but he was SO good about it. He just accepted it and wore it without any fuss. The stitches finally came out on the 18th (he had to be sedated because he’s so wild) and he’s loving life without the cone of shame. The tip of his ear doesn’t stand up anymore and we’re not sure if it ever will again, but he looks cute either way!

3 | AZ Blogger Bash

A few weeks ago I went to the AZ Blogger Bash hosted by Cathy from Our Mini Family. It was so fun to meet and mingle with other Arizona-based bloggers. We did a white elephant gift exchange and I ended up with the gift that Tammy brought and she ended up with mine. Crazy! Of course the food was amazing (give me all the Nothing Bundt Cakes bundtinis) and the swag bags were so, so good. There was a bottle of wine in them! I also won a raffle prize! It was a bottle of Queen Creek Olive Mill’s limited edition Cranberry White Balsamic Reduction and it’s delicious (we also got a bottle of their EVOO in our swag bags).

I had a really great time with my fellow bloggers, especially the ladies at my table: Beverly, Camille, and Isabella. Beverly gave me her bottle of wine so she’s officially my best friend (although she doesn’t know it). I’m pretty shy and awkward around new people, so I had to really push myself to go and not be the weirdo in the corner. Like I seriously gave myself a verbal pep talk before I went…and I’m so glad I did. I had such a fun time and can’t wait for the next event!

4 | Hamilton

The touring show of Hamilton is coming to Phoenix in February and I got tickets! I had to go through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan process to get them though. The process was kind of a pain, but I don’t think there’s any way I would have gotten tickets otherwise. I’m sure all of the bots and dealers would have bought them all before I could have gotten seats. They were expensive to begin with, so I can’t imagine how much they would have cost at resale value. I read some stories about people hating on the Verified Fan process, but I actually think it works.

Have you seen Hamilton? We’re SO excited to see it!

5 | The Handmaid's Tale

Adam and I just finished watching the first season of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu and it was SO good. It's so crazy, but I loved it and can't wait for the second season! Also, I'm totally moving to Canada if they ever start forcing women out of the workplace. Seriously, that means it's time to GTFO!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?

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