Fireplace Updates

Andrew and I love fixing up our home.  I really think little and inexpensive updates go a long way.  Over the two years that we’ve lived in our home, we’ve fixed up slowly but surely fixed up our fireplace. Here’s a look at our fireplace over the years (and holidays).

IMG_9438 |our fireplace when we first moved in July 2013. we added candles from Ikea, which was a mistake. don’t buy candles from Ikea. they crumble and melt way to fast.  It’s worth the money to buy better candles|
IMG_0426|we added a mantel (see how we did it here) and christmas decorations from Home Goods|
IMG_4838 |valentine’s day 2014 (burlap banner from our wedding) and new vases from Home Goods and the mirror I stole from my mom, thanks mom =) |
IMG_0401 |andrew removed the dirty, dusty old screen |
IMG_5659 |studying for my master’s exit exam|
IMG_1634 |newest update. I painted the inside of the fireplace with heat resistant black paint.  it makes it look clean and fresh|
IMG_1641 |I love how the black paint makes the white brick and candles pop.|
IMG_1643 |now I just would like a few more candles… my pup doodle decided the candles made fun chew toys|


The Little Things 

|2nd anniversary = cotton & dinner at sugarfish|

Andrew’s mom, stepdad and sister have been staying with us for the last two weeks and they’re going to leave this weekend. With them in town we have been keeping busy with fun activities, like trips to Disneyland and nightly game nights.  It’s been fun having company!  Andrew and I also celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary on Monday and had the best sushi.  We have been reminiscing about our wedding all week.  If you’re curious about our wedding check out: Our Wedding LookOur Wedding Details, and Favorite Wedding Moments.

|view of the valley on a hike at Fryman Canyon|

|ladies breakfast at Joan’s on Third|

|DIY pizza party with friends|

|at the happiest place on earth with the one who makes me the happiest|

DIY Outdoor Table with Succulent Planter Box

My husband made this table. I can’t believe it. I think it is just the coolest thing. I absolutely love how it turned it. Andrew found several pallets and made this beauty. He pretty much winged it and it took him about 8 hours in total and $40 in supplies. None of this is exact but this is how he did it. He used his circle saw to cut the individual planks away from the plank. Then laid out the pallet pieces together like a puzzle from upside down to lay out the design of the table. He created a planter box in the middle of the table. He outlined the edges of the table with two by fours and placed additional two by fours under the table and nailed each individual pallet piece into the two by fours. He added legs and then sanded and sealed it. Then I added adorable little succulents. I LOVE it! Hope you do too. I know we are going to have countless summer dinner parties around this table with family and friends.  Cheers to summer.








Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

My mom and I threw a bridal shower for my cousin over the weekend. It was adorable and I’m super excited to share photos in a post this week. After the party, my house it a mess of decorations, which is probably why most these links revolve around cleaning. I’m ready for some spring cleaning! Happy spring everyone!

1.  12 problems that can be solved with baby powder.

2.  How to keep kitchen clutter under control.

3.  Andrew and I are coming up on our 2 years in July.  Never too early to start planning: DIY versions of traditional anniversary gifts.

4.  I’m love coconut oil for many things: cooking, lotion, chapstick…  One jar of coconut oil equals 16 household staples across three rooms.

5.   When spending a little more money traveling is a good idea.  Who else is ready for a vacation?

6.  Clever furniture fixes.


Favorites from 2014

I’ve been blogging for almost a year now. I’ve loved sharing the little things in my life and the things in life that mean most to me. It’s been an amazing year filled with blessings. It was the year of travel. It was the summer that all future summers will be compared to. Andrew and I kicked off the summer in Denver and the Colorado Rockies with Andrew’s dad. Then switched gears from the cold weather to weather in Maui. My family, my grandparents, Andrew’s dad’s family and Andrew and I rented a house on the beach in Maui. The 11 of us spend days on the beach, eating shaved ice and even survived the Road to Hana. After Hawaii Andrew and I flew to Bordeaux, France and spent 10 days with his mom’s family and grandma at their beach house in the French countryside. Then just 12 hours after I returned home from France my mom, sisters, and I went on a girls trip to New York City and The Hamptons. As I write this I’m still in shock that we managed to travel that much. Like I said… It was the summer to remember! Besides all the traveling, what I’ve loved most from this year is that it was the first full year being married to my amazing husband. 2014 has given time with my family, husband, friends and puppies that I cherish. I look forward to what 2015 has in store! Happy New Year!

My year in photos:
San Diego Sunset |San Diego with Doodle as a puppy|
20140317-142753.jpg|The day we got our little Piper|
20140516-105924.jpg |LA rooftops|
IMG_8044 |Maui|
IMG_8711 |Bordeaux|
IMG_8799 |East Hampton|
IMG_9962 |my family |

My and your favorite posts:

Maui Vacation
The French Countryside
The French Countryside 2
C’est la Belle Vie
Au Marché
Au Revior for Now
Livin’ the Good Life in East Hampton
48 Hours in NYC
Day Trip to Redlands & Oak Glen

Finnish Pancakes
Wine & Cheese Night with a Twist
His & Hers Egg in a Cup
French Macarons
Gluten Free Tart
Baby Back Ribs on the Grill
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Basil Pesto

Our Wedding Look
Our Wedding Details

Door Desk
Bar Cart
Bridal Shower Card