Behind the Scenes

We put our house on the market… Then we took it off. Then we decided to stay here for awhile. Then we looked at homes. Then we wanted to buy a home. Then we changed our minds. Are we crazy? Most definitely.

For now we truly have decided to stay here a bit longer and build our savings. It would be great to get the equity out of our house but then what’s next? Homes are much more expensive than when we originally bought (back in 2011 when it was at the bottom here in Phoenix) so it makes it a lot harder from an investment standpoint to bite the bullet and pay a LOT more. For now the plan is to save and then maybe rent this little guy out. Unless something perfect comes along… Ugh so indecisive.

Anyway I had Caleb (my brother and awesome wedding photographer) come to snap some pics for MLS. Here are a few rooms you haven’t seen that I’m not too crazy about. They just seem unfinished and I feel like my style is a bit different now, but it is what it is.

First up is the laundry room. I LOVE doing laundry. Weird right? Who loves doing laundry? Yep, the weirdo over here. Actually I think I like it so much because of the smell. You know there is nothing better than sweaty clothes and stinky socks. Haha not! No but really the smell of clothes after washing is simply the best. I hang dry (more like lay clothes all over the house) most of my stuff so it makes the house smell amaze-balls. I love Target’s Up & Up brand! Anyway one day I want to go all out in here and really make it cute. Maybe paint the door in chalkboard paint? Add some art/ functional laundry stuff?


Next up is our guest bath. I kind of did this in a hurry before guests were coming years ago andddd it has always felt like a kids bathroom (no we don’t have any). It’s also on the list to get a re-do one day! Hopefully soon…


Here is our guest bedroom. Most of the furniture was handed down when we first got married so I sorta just worked with what I had. The bedrooms are so tiny in this house that I’m cool with this room for now. I do realize the vanity looks pretty silly in there but it was mine as a little girl and I want to hold onto it in case I can pass it down one day. Oh and those crusty flowers were from Trav when we just started dating. I want them forever ❤


Here is our second bedroom. Yeah we don’t ever use it… but I love the chalkboard closet. 🙂


Next up, the office! I feel pretty content with this room. It opens up to the living/family room which is great because I never feel secluded or closed off. I can have the TV on or music plying while I’m getting work done in here.


I know I’ve shown pictures of the kitchen but I’ve added a few things and it looks a little different in the evening.


Last up is the backyard. We have a corner house and have a pretty decent size lot. My dad designed the yard and did pavers for us and a built in BBQ. It was getting dark so this is the only good photo we got, but one day I’ll have to do a full reveal. It was in pretty rough shape before.


So thats about it! All the “behind the scenes” of the house. Anyone else out there indecisive about there home decisions?!



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My babies

So I generally post about my house and occasionally my life but today I want to talk about my two little beans. The Muffin and the Toot. The Burrito and the Tuna. The Skinny boy and the Chunky girl. Milo & Keva. My two most favorite creations to date.

I’m probably getting to that age where we could start having kids but the truth is I already have two munchkins. They wake me up in the middle of the night to pee, I have cleaned up more vomit/diarrhea than I can count (stop eating the dang grass!), I hand feed one of them soft food every morning and evening (my little boy forgets to eat), and play with them until I’m pooped. I even get them expensive all natural food at a pet store 25 minutes away because I want them to live as long as possible (it probably doesn’t make a difference). Yeah you could call me obsessive. I’m pretty sure I would be a terrible suffocating mother who wants to control everything if I ever had kids. Hence why I probably shouldn’t. Also I’m sure being a parent is a million times harder, even when you have high maintenance dogs like mine. 😉

Meet the Muffin. My lanky baby boy who is the sweetest cuddle bug. Okay he actually can get pretty feisty. He is terrified of big sweet dogs and makes this face with his teeth when they are around and will “threaten” them with his whiney bark. It’s the most embarrassing thing ever and people look at me like WTH is wrong with your awful dog. It’s so sad because he is the BEST dog ever to me. I’m his mamma. He likes to cuddle every night on my belly and wakes me up with sweet kisses in the morning ( I swear he still has puppy breath). We even experimented and had Trav act like he was attacking me, oh man Milo went wild on him! He also is extremely playful. If there is a toy around he will chew that thing to bits in a matter of minutes. Seriously. I bought him a teddy toy the other day and there are 7 pieces of him around the house right now. He wants to play fetch every second of every day when he’s not cuddling. Long story short he is our little misunderstood guy. We never really socialized him and he is kind of terrible but I wouldn’t trade him for anything. His heart is so full of love for us. He’s always at our feet, whether we are taking a bath, working, or cooking a meal. Muffin is there to help. He could never survive without us me and the feeling is mutual.

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And now for my Toot. The chunky little gorgeous girl who loves looking out windows. It’s her favorite thing on the planet. We have a bed that backs up to a window in our front bedroom and you can find her there 99.9 % of the time waiting for people, and squirrels, and delivery men. Our little watchdog who couldn’t hurt a fly. We also say that she loves strangers. Keva isn’t the most expressive girl but when a stranger is around she wiggles her big boooty and begs for attention. There is just something about em that makes her react with joy. We always joke that she wants to leave the fam! It’s kinda sad because everyone loves the Big Tuna (we have a lot of weird nicknames), while people avoid Milo who is showing his teeth and making grunting noises (I don’t blame them). Keva just clicks with everyone and is never needy. She’s always been that way. I remember trying to force her to cuddle as a puppy and she would run off and sleep in the closet. Really sad when you think about it. Haha. She is also such a Daddy’s girl. LOVES when Trav comes home from work. If she’s not in the front room, she is sleeping right by Trav’s pillow. That’s our toot toot! Loving us from a distance, but loving us nonetheless!

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Sorry this probably wasn’t the most entertaining post, but I think it’s important to to talk about the pups. It’s something I can read and smile about years to come. 🙂 Any one out there a furry baby mom who is obsessed with their dogs?! I am sure most people are like this, right?!

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Bathroom Reveal

Yeah remember when we started our bathroom like more than a year ago? Ha! Well it is done!! And has been done for over 6 months… talk about suspense. For some reason I dread setting up final pictures. I feel like I have to take 2 weeks off prior to perfect every square-inch of the space. And even now I feel like I should have done more pics and different angels. Pffft. Oh well I can always update, right?!

Anywho here are the final pictures of our master bathroom! It’s funny because when we originally bought the house it was my least favorite room (it was so tiny and hideous!) and now it is my absolute favorite place to be. I feel like it is my true style at this moment.

As a reminder here is the before:


DSCN1215And After: (Some of the pics are kinda tiny so just click on them to enlarge.)



We ended up going with a glass door for the bathroom so that you could always see our custom linen cabinet. It’s such a beautiful piece, I didn’t want it to be hidden behind a door. The lack of privacy doesn’t bother us for those of you wondering but I know it can be a real deal breaker for some.



How I love soaking in this bath with a book and a beer! Yep I said beer. Sorry wine is the worst! Unless it’s white and bubbly. 😉



1378319_10151930553726912_1341122517_n-1Like I said I still want to get more pictures of details and angles, but it shows you quite a bit for now. I’ll try not to let 3 months pass before I post again. I know I say that a lot but this time I’m serious! I’ve got some interesting news to share and pics of the house done.


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Favorites Right Now

Good grief it seems like a lifetime has passed since my last post! Maybe because it has… Today I want to dive into my latest obsessions. My taste is always changing and right now I’m digging a lot of the boho tribal stuff. I’m also convinced that emerald green is going to EXPLODE! I’ve had my eye on it for quite some time and it makes me want to completely switch up my colors. But seriously how cool is this rug?! (Source)


I’m also head over heels for this kitchen. I don’t really think it’s my style but I’m still in love with it. Isn’t it funny how we talk about home stlyes like we talk about fashion? I always liken it to loving a trend but knowing you just couldn’t pull it off. Like right now I’m totally digging leather leggings but let’s be honest I would probably look ridiculous in them. I might still give it a go though! I saw Target had some. 😉 (Source)


Okay again with the green but c’mon it’s soooo cool. I just love it. I’m also loving the dark wall colors everywhere! (Source)


This was a super cool combo I came across. The look of the cabinets with the grey backsplash! Can you say genius?! I just think its a great way to work with a darker wood color and make it more modern and updated. All the details are wonderful. Those little knobs! Oh, man. (Source)


While I loved the previous pic, my heart will always be with white kitchens. I love the patterns in this one. Stunning! (Source)


I know not everyone will love these photos like I do but I think it’s cool to share or over-share your thoughts on different home trends and styles. What I like today, I might hate tomorrow. Just kidding, I really love this stuff but it’s cool to see things that are different and not necessarily popular yet… especially where I live! Phoenix is so behind.


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Lips & Mustache Party

I’ve been MIA lately because I was diagnosed with stress ball disorder. Just kidding. But for reals if you could get diagnosed with something like that, I would have been.

We hosted a co-ed shower/engagement party at our house last weekend and let’s just say my first event caused me to hyperventilate into a paper bag way too much for one lifetime. I don’t know why I let myself freak out like this. Oh wait, yes I do. It’s because I was born with this thing called wanting-things-to-be-perfect (which SUCKS) and it makes me stress over every minute detail from cleaning the drains in my shower to paint touch-ups behind the toilet. Yes these were the thoughts going through my mind. Because really who is going to notice a dirty shower drain or a paint scratch the size of my pinky nail behind the toilet. All joking aside it was actually a great experience for me and I should admit that I had 2 other gals to help with the stress load. They were great and I think together we ended up throwing a pretty amaze-balls party.

The theme was Mustache & Lips! Unfortunately we were running around like mad women trying to get things ready up until guests started arriving so I didn’t even finish snapping pics of everything. :/ But here are some I did snap! Again excuse the editing… I seriously need to take some sort of camera/edit class in the near future.

Here are our invites: I didn’t make them so I kinda don’t know how she did them but I know she got one of Target’s create your own invites. I think they were $9.99 for 20 of them and then you print your own info.

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I turned my buffet into a sort of entertainment center. We provided wax lips and fury mustaches along with stick props. A girl I was planning with came up with this “guess who’s famous lips and mustache” game which was great! I even had fun trying to guess who was who. We provided all the full pictures too so people could easily look at ones they were stumped on.


All the food we did ourselves. We had a veggie tray, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, jalapeño poppers, meatballs, individual bean dip cups, cupcakes, and a chocolate fountain.




And for drinks we served beer and sangria, along with water and lemonade.


I wish I would have gotten a picture of the tables. I’m sure someone has one that will surface. We had white table cloths with black and white chevron runners. Our center pieces were red gerber daisies in a vase on top of a mirror. We even had black chair covers with white tool bows!

We turned my craft room into a photo booth. I have chalkboard closets so people could write what they wanted and choose from a bundle of props.



As a small party favor we put cut-outs of lips and mustaches on dum-dums:


The weather was beautiful too. In the 80’s with a cool breeze! Anyone else recently throw showers/events that’s turned them into a raging psycho path?


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Healthy for Change

I watched a documentary the other day called Healthy for Change. It’s been taunting me on Netflix for the past 6 months with its colorful pictures and enticing title. And now? Well let’s just say I’m healthy for change! I’ve always tried to be relatively healthy my whole life (thanks to my awesome parents), but after watching this documentary I realized how much healthier I could get. And how much sugar is in EVERYTHING. :/ I never thought I’d be one of those people who checks lables at the grocery store but I seriously can’t help myself. Things I always thought were relatively good for you have sugar listed super early in the ingredients! Now don’t get me wrong, I am not the type of person who has the self control to completely cut sugars from my diet, but I definitely don’t want to waste my sugars on something that doesn’t even need sugar!

I also learned how important it is to really get your servings of fruit and veggies each day. I always make sure to include a veggie with all dinner meals but honestly other than lettuce and tomato on my sandwiches and fruit sometimes for breakfast that’s really all I’m getting. So what did this documentary suggest? I bet you can guess…. Juicing! Yep, juicing. So no joke that very same day I researched and bought a juicer and about 10 pounds of produce.


Here is all the produce I snagged! Plus tons more that aren’t photographed. I have to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every concoction I’ve made. I already have to run to the store for more! I find that carrots, celery, and spinach are a good base and then I add things like pear, apples, and oranges to sweeten it up a bit. I’m planning on getting some beets and pineapple today as I’ve gotten some good recipes with those in it!

I plan to juice 1-2 times a day while cutting out process foods from my diet. I’m really trying to make this a way of life but I also want to be realistic in that I’ll prob have a few cheat days on the weekends. I also am trying to get in some good exercise at least 4 times a week. Although this awesome weather we’ve been having makes that pretty easy. Not sure how motivated I’ll be when it’s 110 degrees out. 😉



If any one knows of any good recipes for juicing or for some healthy meals, let me know! I think its important to stay motivated and dedicated through this whole process.


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I really feel like the worst blogger ever right now. I give mad props to those who post regularly despite having a busy life, jobs, and especially to those who have little ones. I mean let’s be honest. Sometimes all you wanna do is snuggle up in your Pajamas and watch an entire season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. on your day off. Am I right? Especially when you have a to-do list as long as (insert something really long here). It’s times like that when I have to remind myself why I started this blog. I started it to document our progress. To remind ourselves how far we’ve really come. To learn to live in every moment. To not stress if everything isn’t perfect for the time-being.

Can I be honest about something else? We seriously considered buying a new house (or should I say new old house), in the midst of practically being done with our current house. Crazy right? I mean granted this would have been our semi-forever house and it had tonsssss of potential, but still. It made me sad. Like I was just abandoning our current little guy before we even got to his full potential. Right when I was having all these feelings we found out the house we were set on buying had 2 offers before we were done qualifying. And that was that. So I decided to get more dedicated to this blog. To my little house that’s come so far.

Awhile back my brother created this before/after collage and I like to refer back to it when I’m feeling overwhelmed. It reminds me that we have accomplished a lot and one day we will get to enjoy every inch of this house without being in the middle of a single project!



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