Thursday, March 31, 2011

Refreshing the Walls

True to my nature, as we were in the heat of our second marathon must-finish-the-kitchen-now weekends I took on a random project. It involved a trip to JoAnn Fabric & Crafts. For those of you who are familiar with my crafting abilities, you should realize this meant I was desperate for a distraction.


Along our main hallway we have a series of photos that were taken on a trip to Italy in 2008. They're pretty good pictures, but they just weren't doing it for me anymore. I've been enjoying home design blogs where I've seen an abundance of what I consider "preppy patterns".

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Let's Chat! (of the tiny variety)

Tonight I'm going to be Jenna's (That Wife) guest on Tiny Chat! If you haven't tiny chatted before it's pretty cool. Jenna and I will be live to video chat and you can join in and ask us questions by typing in. I'm excited to talk about anything related to our wedding, marriage and family therapy, home renovations, and designer (bargain) shopping!

It will be fun! Come on by at 8pm CST!

Can you spot us?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Huge Accomplishment & A Chevron Pillow


This weekend we accomplished the seemingly impossible. OUR KITCHEN IS DONE!

I have many, many, many posts to share on how we got from where we left off to where we are now, so get excited. This is what 6 months of do-it-yourself looks like. And best yet, they were our first 6 months of marriage and we managed to survive.

To celebrate, I purchased a new pillow for our living area. Since it's adjacent to the kitchen I thought it was a nice addition. I'm kind of loving the chevron craze, but couldn't commit to a major piece like curtains or walls. Plus, I'm hoping the navy will keep me from repainting our kitchen walls navy. I think Mr. Fix-It was going to hide the paint brushes on me if I attempted that one.

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Lots and lots of photos, tales from the trenches, and tips to follow!

Friday, March 25, 2011

My ABC's

Remember those MySpace surveys that were ever-so-popular at one point in time? I definitely completed one too many of those. And, man, do I have some crazy MySpace stories (yes that was plural, and if you're lucky I'll share someday). So in the spirit of enjoying a blast from the past here's the latest survey that's been going around the blogosphere!

A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom floor and shower drain. Hair that is not attached to a head makes me gag.
D. Dogs: None that I personally own. My family has a dog, Max, a chocolate lab that lives at our St. Thomas home.

Our dog lives here. I freeze my butt off in Chicago. This was clearly not well thought out.

E. Essential start to your day: Medically, I'm on this stupid new pill for hypothyroidism. I have to take it on an empty stomach, not eat for a half hour afterwards, and not take any vitamins/other meds for 4 hours. It has seriously messed with my morning routine.
F. Favorite color: I was always a purple girl. When I was four my birthday party theme was purple: purple presents, purple decorations, the whole she-bang. Guests even wore purple. It's still a fave, especially a rich aubergine.
G. Gold or silver: I love that yellow gold has come full circle. I'm into it for random accessories, but for classics (like my wedding band and engagement ring) I lean toward platinum/white gold.
H. Height: 5'9"
I. Instruments you play: None. Like, really none. I have tried the violin, flute, and piano. It has been established that I have no musical talent. When I was singing recently Mr. Fix-It also pointed out that I have no sense of something in my voice. I wish I remembered what he said because it was probably totally accurate.
J. Job Title: Marriage and Family Therapist.
Let's all enjoy this dramatic reenactment of my job.

K. Kids: I LOVE BABIES. OMG.


L. Live: Chicago, IL
M. Mom’s name: Jane
N. Nicknames: Stan. Those of you who know my maiden name get it.
O. Overnight hospital stays: None. But I have had some fun tests. When I was a kid my acid reflux/academic anxiety was so bad doctors were suspicious I was having sleeping seizures that set off my vomiting in the morning. Testing ruled this out and we cut down on my apple juice consumption. I never did get over freaking out about good grades in school.
P. Pet peeve: I'm sure I have many. Poor self-care tops the list right now. Soap and water are not the luxuries in life, people! You can do it!
Q. Quote from a movie: I constantly quote movies and TV shows. I've got nothing for you right this second though, it has to be relevant.
R. Right or left handed: Right handed.
S. Siblings: Younger sister Julia.
T. Time you wake up: Around 7:30. However, my more recent discovery that the later I leave the better the traffic is, isn't helping my sleepy-in-the-morning tendencies.
U. Underwear: Thongs with tighter pants, cute bikinis with whatever else.
V. Vegetables you dislike: I have a serious love/hate relationship with spinach. I order it all the time - on pizza, in a sandwich, omlet, stir-fry...but a heap of steamed spinach on a plate just gives me the heebie jeebies.
W. What makes you run late: The internet. I can definitely get lost/distracted reading or blogging something and lose track of time.
X. X-Rays you've had: Aside from dental x-rays, I had one of my foot in college. I had gotten into running and was having a lot of weird pain as I would move through one part of my stride. The x-ray was inconclusive regarding diagnosing the problem but it was discovered I am missing a bone in my foot. Honestly, I'm not surprised, my feet are creepy flexible.

not my foot.
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Y. Yummy food you make: My culinary skills are a work in progess. Nothing I make is especially bad, but I don't have a specialty yet.
Z. Zoo- favorite animal: The Polar Bears were always a fave when I was a kid. I'm not a huge zoo animal type person, but they always were pretty cute. I was pretty upset to hear that Knut died, though.
Care to share your ABCs or any other random fun facts?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

One Shell Of A Wedding! : Boys, Bowties, and a Surprise!


This cool thing happened with our getting ready photos. Since they're timestamped, when I put them into my computer in chronological order I was able to see exactly what Mr. Seashell was doing while I was getting ready too. Not surprisingly, he was done and ready to go before me - but he had to be at the chapel first - so whatever.

Monday, March 14, 2011

One Shell Of A Wedding! : Getting Bridal


After wrapping up at the salon it was time to head back to my parents' house and officially become a bride. Our photographer and my bridesmaids left the salon first so detail shots were taken before I arrived! It worked out wonderfully because I was starting to feel the time crunch when I made it home. My girls were already dressed so the only thing that stood between me and the wedding was putting on my dress and jewelry!

Friday, March 4, 2011

One Shell Of A Wedding! : Time to Get Ready

Friends, it's finally here. The actual Seashell Wedding Day. This is where the real fun begins: pro pics, pretty details, "I do's" and all that good stuff.
I woke up the morning of our wedding feeling great. The sun was shining and the day looked beautiful. I slept well all night and didn't have the same overwhelming feelings of anticipation that plagued me the day before. When I got out of bed to brush my teeth I was struck by how ordinary I felt. Like, shouldn't there be birds singing on my window sill from some Disney movie? I looked in the mirror. Nope, just me, getting ready for one of the biggest days of my life.

First order of business: hair and make up with my girls.


When our photographer arrived I was in the midst of getting my hair done. After struggling to choose the right look, I finally found something I was excited about.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

One Shell of a Wedding! : The Welcome Party

While we were busy rehearsing, Mr. Seashell and I organized a "Welcome Party" for our out of town guests to attend. Since they were arriving at different times throughout the weekend we planned an event for later in the evening on Friday. We offered dessert, drinks and coffee in the penthouse of the hotel with the intent of letting our guests grab dinner as they pleased, but also with enough time to see everyone after we were done rehearsing.

It worked out perfectly - we were able to have the smaller, more intimate rehearsal we desired and also the warm, large, invite-everyone party as part of the evening too.

Speaking of those arriving guests, when they were greeted at the hotel they found...


Out of Town Boxes!