Monday, January 31, 2011

The Backsplash is IN!

On Saturday morning Mr. Fix-It picked up 3 not-so-large but VERY heavy boxes.


They contained 30 square feet of "random pattern" polished carrera marble sheets. Our backsplash had arrived!


After months of searching, not only had we made a decision but our chosen tile was in our hot hands. One of our initial thoughts was to opt for subway tile, perhaps in a subtle blue. Then we we considered some glass tile options, but I thought they all looked too much like something that belong in a bathroom. I had wanted a raw stone look when I envisioned our kitchen in the very beginning, but then I couldn't find anything to flow with our new countertops. Alas, google searches and home renovation blogs lead us to marble, and I totally fell in love. From there, it was a matter of finding the right size and pattern, and when we found "random" it spoke most to my taste.

Our kitchen was begging to be tiled. Can you hear it? "Tile me. I'm naked." The shame.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wax On, Wax Off


I heart my Hunter boots. But I could do without the white weirdness.

After some google searching I discovered that they "off wax" over time. Certain conditions cause the boots to sweat the wax protectant, hence the whiteness. So, I found a few different articles. Some said to rinse them with warm soapy water. Tried that. No luck. Another said to rub them down with Armor All (tire protectant). But then another source said to avoid harsh chemicals.

Thinking I could go organic, I first rubbed my boots down with Olive Oil. Admittedly, I felt a little ridiculous, but they did look nice and shiny for about an hour. Then the oil dried and they were back to white and weird. I decided it was time for the real stuff.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Drowning Our Sorrows

Last week it was my Patriots, then his Bears. It was time for homemade cookies.

Friday, January 21, 2011

...like a natural woman

A few of the bloggers I follow are doing posts on owning their natural beauty. I'm all for this. I am the type to cringe when women post photos with loud disclaimers to the effect of, "AAAAHH! I'm so ugly! No make up!" Here's the thing - I'm all for admitting your bare face might not be your best face, but ladies, let's not call ourselves ugly. Please. You're just a leeeeetle nekkkid.

A few years ago Dove launched what I consider a FANTASTIC campaign on owning our real beauty. So, I'm not sure if this little 'ol blog inspires anyone, but here is my "real beauty".

Here I am right out of bed. I wear bareMinerals, and because I opt to take their advertising literally, I do sleep in my makeup.

Oh, look, she's waking up.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Our First Christmas

Mr. Fix-It and I spent our first Christmas together this year. That seems pretty crazy for a married couple, but that's how it is. We met in January 2008: the holidays 2008 were with our respective families, Thanksgiving 2009 I stayed in Chicago with Mr. Fix-Its family, and he flew to Providence December 26 to celebrate Christmas with my family, but this year we officially celebrated the actual holidays together. Like woke up on Christmas morning in the same place. Looks like we may have saved a thing or two for marriage after all.

So, we arrived in Providence on December 23. The first order of business was shopping on "The Hill", or Federal Hill to you non-locals. It's an Italian section of town perfect for picking up ingredients for our Christmas Eve anti-pasto. We stocked up on delicious Italian meats and cheeses and then met family friends for dinner.

The next day we hit the kitchen, hard. Christmas Eve is all about baking.


We even put Mr. Fix-It to work. My Mom make pumpkin pie, I whipped up my Grandma's famous Banana Cake as well as ricotta cheese cookies, butterballs, and those peanut butter cookies with hershey kisses on the top. There were probably others too.

In addition to baking up a storm, Christmas eve is also marked by a huge family tradition: LOBSTER.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2010 In Photos

I've loved reading year in review type recaps from fellow bloggers, so I've finally sat down to do one of my own!


January


Mr. Fix-It and I successfully hosted our first guests at our condo for New Year's Eve. Also of note, I started blogging in hopes of becoming a Weddingbee "bee"!

February


 We kept busy with more home improvement projects - large and small. 

March


Mr. Fix-It surprised me one evening with my reset engagement ring. I was THRILLED with the result. More importantly in the month of March: I GOT A JOB.

April


I got accepted to blog on Weddingbee! And I turned 28.

May


Bestie Allie got engaged. We went down to Atlanta to celebrate.

June


I got showered in Providence and we snuck in a surprise 60th birthday party for my Dad at an airport hangar.

July


I celebrated my bachelorette in Vegas, but the unthinkable loss of Mr. Fix-It's Mom Justine will by far define the month of July for us.


August


 I got showered in Chicago on a beautiful August afternoon.

September


 We got married. It was pretty epic.


October


We honeymooned in Mexico. I became determined to learn to properly use my dSLR camera after owning it for a year.


November

We celebrated our second Thanksgiving together in Chicago. Mr. Fix-Its family came together to prepare all of his Mom's classic recipes in her memory. It was bittersweet and heartwarming.

December


We spent our first Christmas together (ever) in Providence. We also put up a tree in our Chicago home to really embrace the season. 

2010 was a year of remarkable highs and lows. Here's to new adventures in 2011!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

For Me

Amidst the holiday season, I snagged a few "just for me" gifts. I'll admit, I used to be a bit more indulgent. Since becoming engaged (and now married) my self-shopping has gone from fairly frequent to painfully rare. I used to rock the "I totally deserve this" mentality, and now I'm more of an "I shouldn't" thinker. No question a huge factor in my shift has been sharing bills and a home with someone who raises an eyebrow more often than not.

Back to me, though. I spent the evening babysitting a few weeks ago with a boy I used to nanny for. I decided part of the money would be for whatever I chose. Holla. No guilt. I promptly ordered this:

A NEW CAMERA STRAP!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

And Then There Was Granite

A few weeks ago (yeah, I'm behind) we prepped our kitchen for the installation of our countertops. As far as things go in the continuum of kitchen renovation progress, this counts as HUGE.

Here's our kitchen the night before installation awaiting shiny, new, beautiful granite countertops: