Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pallet Console Table

Since moving into this house almost 2 years ago, we keep redesigning one room at a time. The bedroom is completely done and so is the dinning room besides another hutch. But the living room is my least favorite room. Perhaps it is because I hate our couch and the color theme is so dark. I am a more neutral, spring color girl. We have a lovely white brick fireplace, but to the right of it was a sore spot. We have to keep all our technology plugged in there so that was just hanging out. I moved the dogs' beds over there just to make the space seem less vast.

Oh my, oh my, oh my, I married such the handy man! I don't think he even knew he could be so crafty until I asked him to make a console table out of pallets. He is a landscaper so getting free pallets were not a problem for him. I kept e-mailing him all these awesome ideas off of Pinterest. It did take him a couple of days (months more like it) to get really motivated about doing. He constructed this with no instructions. He did an amazing job!

It fit perfectly into that corner. Then it came time for my part in this project, the decorating. I knew I wanted baskets for the bottom shelf. And candles on top. But that was about it. Did I want a vase? All silver pieces? My mom was asking me what I wanted for my birthday and she is an amazing decorator. We went to Pottery Barn to see what they had and I feel in love with some of the pieces! 

Aren't those baskets amazing?! Perfect for hiding our magazines in. I love the candle tray. That is something I would have never thought of.  My mom and I both think I need a larger, taller pieces for when the glads are no longer there. I am thinking a huge vase in the same distressed, white clay as the pitcher and candle tray.

I love how it is rustic and romantic! I have decided that is how I want most of the house decorated. It's funny how my mom's decorating themes are completely different than mine. But I use her rule of thumb the most; "It is all trial-and-error. Move pieces around constantly". Now time to save for a new couch and rug!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

I have been wanting to start blogging about the wedding again since I never completed my series. So I am jumping a few hours of the night to share with you my father-daughter dance. My daddy is a very quiet, reserved man until you get to know him. He is the nerd in the class blowing spit bubbles in high school. He is a Chemical Engineer and can explain basically anything to you, except for common algebra and science when you need help with homework (he knows all the complex stuff).  My favorite times growing up with my dad are at the breakfast table. I didn't appreciate it then (wasn't an early bird), but those were moments that we kids had the most time with him. He prepared us a huge breakfast every morning before school.  I am very thankful for those mornings now.

When Rob and I were planning the reception, I knew what I wanted to do for my father-daughter song. My dad loves rap music, and all that mushy songs are just not us. In fact, I felt awkward listening to half the songs on every recommended list I could find. And they were mostly country; no sir. His favorite artist is Snoop Dogg (or now Snoop Lion). I knew I had to play a part of his song to act like we were going to dance to it! I picked 'Drop It Like Its Hot' to start out with. Oh it was fun! If we could dance good, we would have dance to that song the entire time! 

 For our normal song I had found this musician online that has a whole CD of wedding specific songs. You can get the whole CD or just download the songs you want. Our DJ  took care of the downloading them. It is T.Carter music. Their songs were not overly mushy, but said everything you wanted to them to say. We talked the whole dance, so I don't think Daddy could tell you what was sang!

Happy Father's Day Daddy! You are such a great example of what a father should be like! Thanks for all the breakfasts and little moments like those!

All photos by Hudson Photography

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Do What Makes You Happy

 We are getting more comfortable with our diet now that we have completed it for two weeks. It also means we are also starting to use our flex meals! This means we can eat whatever we want. So far, we haven't set up any true rules on how far we can 'flex'. Our first date night out we went to The Bottle Shop to enjoy some Michigan beer that has finally made its way to Texas. (Remember, Rob is from MI). 

We then went to our favorite sushi restaurant, Teppo Yakitori. This restaurant is a true Japanese sushi place. The menu is in Japanese, so we always have to ask what everything is. We ordered a lot of sashimi and loved it. My favorite was yellow tail and Rob enjoyed the tuna. We then got some grilled vegetables. Oh and Miso soup. We did not eat anything that is not diet approved except for the soy sauce. We were so proud of ourselves and felt so good cheating but staying within our range of options!

The next day Rob flew to Atlanta to see his mom & Ray. I got to stay home with the kids, which meant they had sleepovers with me every night. Its our favorite thing! Rob is such a good husband and cooked all our required meals for me before he left. He put sticky notes on them so I know what they are. Isn't that amazing! 

While he was gone, I went and saw 'Now You See Me'. I can't stop thinking about it! It was such a good movie and I did not expect the ending! I recommend it to everyone! Tonight we are having another date night and going to see 'The Great Gatsby' at a Studio Movie Grill. Have you ever been to one? This is our first experience!

We did take our measurements this week. But there was hardly a difference on anything. Maybe 1/2 pound here and 1/4 inch there. Nothing to write home about!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh my, here is another good recipe! I cannot even tell they are Paleo. It is a little piece of heaven in every bite. These cookies are grain free. You are suppose to make them with Paleo chocolate chips, but I cheated and used the bag of chocolate chips I already had. So these count as a cheat for us.

Just a heads up, they do not brown or harden like normal chocolate chip cookies. They will stay doughy in the middle. It made me worried at first, but it is normal. So bake away!

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 cups almond flour
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup raw honey
2 large eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Set aside.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs, honey, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer or wire whisk.

4. Pour wet ingredients slowly into the dry ingredients and beat with a mixer of fork until combined.

5. Add the melted coconut oil and continue to blend until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Drop tablespoon size balls of cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet.
7. Bake approximately 8-10 minutes.

Another great recipe from