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How to make a barn door

12/06/2015 22:14:17 PM

I have loved barn doors from afar for a while now. Eyeing them on Pinterest just wasn’t enough. So, when we got the chance to totally rethink our bedroom I found a way to work it in. As I mentioned in the bedroom reveal post, we wanted to ...

Master Bedroom Before the Remodel

11/22/2015 17:42:08 PM

A few years ago, our Saint Bernard puppy was in our room during the day and we thought he was old enough and would be fine. We thought wrong. He chewed every piece of trim and door casing in our room and we had three doors. He also straight ...

Football Engagement Photos

11/15/2015 10:00:34 AM

Since it’s football season, and I haven’t shared these on the blog yet, here are our football engagement photos. We had these taken in the spring of 2014 after the Seahawks won the NFC Championship, but before the Superbowl. We didnR ...

We rescued a Great Pyreness dog

10/12/2015 10:55:04 AM

We got a second dog! And he’s big. Like 100-pounds-but-still-underweight big. Sherman loves his new brother and we love him just as much. We debated for a few days about what to name him and finally decided over a few IPAs to name him Newman. ...

Great Grandma’s Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

08/06/2015 21:55:51 PM

We grew pickling cucumbers in our garden this year. We should have picked them a lot earlier, but they still taste good. Since they grew so big, I decided to make refrigerator pickles, rather than canning them. I remember my mom making these ...

Self-catered Wedding Menu and Timeline

08/04/2015 08:36:34 AM

For my wedding, I was extremely fortunate to have my mom head up the catering. In our family it is sort of a tradition to serve our own food. At least that’s what happened at 3 of my cousins’ and my brother’s weddings. I helped prep

The Nautical Wedding I Would Have Had

07/19/2015 12:51:22 PM

I helped my grandma, mom, aunt, and cousin cater a wedding in my parents’ hometown. I was delightfully surprised to find it was a nautical themed wedding, just like mine was last year. I loved all the decorations and casual feel. Basically, ...

Mobile Phone Photography with Light

07/15/2015 21:31:22 PM

I’m traveling for work, so this week has been difficult to make time for the photography challenge. The plus side is I had a new area to photograph. Day 2 of the SITS Girls photography challenge was to use your mobile phone to tell a story ...

Rule of Thirds Photography

07/14/2015 01:18:09 AM

I’ve always been a good writer, but I have SO much to learn about photography. I received an email from the SITS Girls about their photography challenge and thought it would be a perfect way for me to improve. The first challenge is about ...

Nautical Bedroom Home Decor

07/02/2015 22:40:39 PM

It took a long time, but I finally have the nautical guest room finished! I love the nautical theme because Tyler and I grew up on the coast of Washington and got married this summer on the Tacoma waterfront. Lots of the home decor in this room ...

How to Make a Raised Garden Bed

05/02/2015 18:31:17 PM

Our house had a garden before we moved in, but it was only about 8″ tall. This is fine if you don’t have a dog. So last year after we remodeled our kitchen, I used the old kitchen drawers to plant vegetables and give the garden some cha ...

Nautical Wedding Centerpieces

03/01/2015 00:05:18 AM

Our wedding was at Foss Waterway Seaport on the Tacoma, WA waterfront. Therefore, we had a nautical theme with blue, white, green, burlap, and rope. I don’t like things super matchy-matchy, as you can see from my home and wedding. I wanted ...

Elevated Dog Bowls in Repurposed Trunk

02/15/2015 22:15:14 PM

A few years ago, Tyler and I made an elevated dog feeder from an old trunk I bought at the Goodwill. It’s made from plywood so when our St. Bernard would drink, the water would drip into the trunk and settle on top the trunk. This turned the ...

L-Shaped Kitchen Layout with Perpendicular Dishwasher

02/06/2015 23:45:46 PM

Our kitchen is a strange layout, but it works well for us. I call it ‘L-shaped’ but the dishwasher kind of curls around the bottom of the L. For my writer/designer/marketing friends, it’s like a serif L. That’s the best way to

4 Seahawks Football Drinks for Game Day!

02/01/2015 11:41:44 AM

Back to back Super Bowls call for excellent {and pretty} game day drinks! Here I’ve rounded up 4 football cocktails for you to try (plus a bonus pick-me-up at the end). They all look fairly simple to make. I’m going to make the margar ...

‘Skinny’ Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

01/18/2015 23:21:43 PM

These are basically ‘skinny’ muffins because there’s no white sugar, vegetable oil, or eggs. Disclaimer: as you’ll see, there are natural sugars and carbs. I adapted this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Ski

DIY Christmas Gift Crafts (Or Other Time-of-Year Gifts!)

12/27/2014 12:42:50 PM

My friend Kelli ( and I attended our first barter fair a few weeks ago with some of our handmade crafts and canned food. I posted the photo below to my Instagram and told a few people what we made. Since I was ...

Anatomy of a Wedding Invitation

11/16/2014 18:42:24 PM

Wedding invitations are one of the first impressions your guests will have about your wedding. It will set the tone for the degree of casual/fancy, the decorations, and theme. These ‘pieces of paper’ can get expensive though. We bought ...

How to Refinish Wood Furniture – desk, dresser, vanity

11/09/2014 16:58:37 PM

My grandma gave me a wood vanity with a large mirror that had been in storage for a long time.  It needed to be stained or repainted to use. Since we had no furniture for our nautical room yet, this was a perfect addition.  For nautical room ...

How to Organize Your Kitchen

10/23/2014 22:52:24 PM

Do you wonder how other people organize their kitchen? I especially wondered how to organize my kitchen when I recklessly and repeatedly shoved my falling Tupperware Snapware back into the cupboard. Tyler and I both like our kitchen to be clean ...

Nautical Bedroom – Home Decor Ideas

10/10/2014 15:32:41 PM

As you know if you have read any of my wedding blog posts, we had a nautical themed wedding at Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma. Tyler and I grew up in a small coastal town and love the water. The venue, theme, and our history were all very fitting. ...

Pumpkin No Bake Cookies Recipe

10/06/2014 13:34:57 PM

I made this pumpkin no bake cookie recipe a few years ago and since then, it has become my most pinned blog post on Pinterest! If you love fall, pumpkin, and simple recipes, this is the cookie for you! Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin puree 2 TBSP ...

How to Can Fresh Peaches – Canning Fruit with a Water Bath Canner

10/04/2014 17:21:20 PM

We bought a water bath canner a few years ago and have barely used it. Probably because we are busy, had a crappy kitchen, and did not have a dishwasher. But now, since we have a beautiful kitchen with a dishwasher we canned our first batch ...

Anchor Wedding Garter Belt – Where to Customize Yours

09/26/2014 11:08:53 AM

One day, in my nautical-wedding-craze, I was searching “#anchor” on Instagram and found Mama’s Little Baby. The shop had just made a cute anchor headband / hairbow for little girls! Although I don’t own any kids (I don’

Remodeled Kitchen Fully Revealed

09/19/2014 12:02:39 PM

As you may have read in this blog post, we remodeled our kitchen and dining room 100 days before our wedding. The rehearsal dinner was at our home. It was so fun (yet a lot of work) hosting our family and friends in a ‘new’ home! Tyler ...

Wedding Chalkboards from Vintage Window

09/12/2014 13:13:04 PM

Chalkboards are fun, easy, and trendy way to personalize your wedding. I love that they are reusable. For my wedding I tried not to buy things that were one time use. What would I do with boxes full of “congrats to the new couple” signs? ...

How to Make an Elevated Dog Feeder from a Trunk

09/10/2014 17:36:49 PM

A few years ago we made this elevated dog feeder for water and food. It has worked great for our Saint Bernards! They do drool and drip water, so the metal and wood is looking a little tired. The trunk doesn’t look quite as nice after a few ...

Lasagna Recipe with Garden Fresh Tomatoes

09/05/2014 14:02:00 PM

This year my garden included three tomato plants, plus a few plants from last year grew back. (Normally they only produce one year). With an abundance of fresh tomatoes, I decided to make lasagna. My dad and I also made salsa with the Ninja ...

Wedding Day Schedule

09/01/2014 10:05:16 AM

It has been a few weeks since our wedding and honeymoon (which were both amazing)! I’m excited to start blogging about it all, but I will spread it out over the next few months. My goal is not to show off how cool I thought my wedding was ...

Functioning Kitchen and a Demolished Dining Room

07/18/2014 10:47:05 AM

We are SOOOO excited to have a functioning kitchen again! And a beautiful one at that! I have waited to post photos because there were little things, like the crown moulding, that were just installed this week. It is not completely finished. ...

Painted American Flag – 4th of July Craft

07/04/2014 12:04:01 PM

Happy 4th of July! Many homes celebrate this day with decorating their outdoor spaces, having BBQs, and watching the fireworks. If you are looking for an outdoor craft this 4th of July and have wood strips, try this project! My college roommate, ...

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel

07/02/2014 18:30:15 PM

Every couple’s love is tested throughout their relationship. I think a kitchen remodel among planning a wedding is one of the bigger challenges we have faced. Those of you who have done major house projects with your significant other know ...

Visual Layout For Your Wedding

06/30/2014 17:05:12 PM

With the wedding fast approaching, I’m now finalizing the logistics and details. Thankfully, this weekend some of our family and a few friends helped us with wedding crafts and preparing our house for the rehearsal dinner. They got so much ...

What Does It Mean When Your Engagement Ring Breaks Before the Wedding?

06/27/2014 15:30:16 PM

Exactly 45 days before our wedding my engagement ring broke. I took it in a few months ago to replace a small diamond, clean the ring, and bolster the prongs. The woman told me I was hard on my ring and that I should take it off when I’m ...

Under Cabinet Lighting in Remodeled Kitchen

06/25/2014 16:25:25 PM

Everyday is a new surprise when I come home. Yesterday, the under cabinet lighting and microwave were installed! (Some other less noticeable things were accomplished too.) Our lights are GE LED Under Cabinet Light and this photo was taken at ...

Nautical Bridal Shower

06/21/2014 09:18:11 AM

My fiance’s family hosted a nautical bridal shower for me at the Polson Museum (our local and only museum) in my hometown. It was amazing to have so many female family members together in one place. My mom’s family, dad’s family, an

Sam’s Stuff: Tacoma Artist, Blogger, and Etsy Seller

06/18/2014 09:48:23 AM

Connecting with other people and putting yourself out there is so important to growing your network, skills, and business. That’s why today’s blog post is featuring Sam’s Stuff – a local Etsy seller and blogger right here in T

Creating a Temporary Kitchen For a Remodel

06/16/2014 10:05:03 AM

Our kitchen was due for a remodel. One of the biggest reasons was no dishwasher and no room in the layout to add a dishwasher. Now we are in the middle of the remodel with a temporary kitchen in our dining room. I hated doing dishes by hand, ...

DIY Dresser & Nightstand Makeover: Sangria Colored Paint

06/11/2014 10:29:35 AM

Our roommate, Dena, has acquired a lot of furniture from friends and family for (wow, that’s a long alliteration of Fs) her new adventure in Seattle. {And BONUS she was just hired last week for a new job closer to her new place!!} We will ...

Paint in the Kitchen, Jackhammer in the Dining Room

06/09/2014 19:13:44 PM

It seems every major house project comes with a surprise. We’ve already had a few, but this one was the biggest pain. I say ‘pain’ like I actually did any work to remove this concrete pad, but really it was my brother and fiance. Ou

Wedding Cake Tasting with 8 the Cake!

06/07/2014 09:20:32 AM

8 the Cake is my cousin Cynthia’s new cake business, but she has already made many cakes this year. Her and her boyfriend made Tyler’s Lineman cake (see post) and it was amazing! I feel like cakes don’t really need many words, so

Rosemary Pork Shoulder Roast in the Crock Pot / Slow Cooker

06/06/2014 13:00:26 PM

This simple recipe for rosemary pork shoulder roast only contains a few ingredients and is basically thrown together in the crock pot! Due to our non-existent kitchen and dusty house (we had to remove a concrete pad from our hallway)… the ...

Choosing Paint for the Kitchen

06/04/2014 11:38:56 AM

Easy DIY Ring Bearer Pillow Instructions

05/31/2014 11:19:14 AM

Pillows are one of the easiest things to sew and making your own ring bearer pillows is a simple way to save money. Our nautical wedding colors are navy blue and clover green; by accident I started using the chevron pattern too in our wedding ...

DIY Flat Glass Stones Decorated Mirror

05/25/2014 15:25:47 PM

Mirrors are a fun, easy, and beautiful way to bring personality and light to a room. By light, I don’t mean kumbaya energy – I literally mean light from lamps or the sun because it reflects around the room. That’s why I particularly

Repurposed Drawers for a Raised Bed Garden

05/23/2014 15:44:30 PM

Here was the dilemma: a 100 pound (and growing) Saint Bernard who loved to dig in the dirt. We have a square foot garden in our backyard filled with… you guessed it… dirt. I knew we need to raise the garden or build a fence somehow to k ...

How To Remove Tile Without It Breaking

05/18/2014 22:53:38 PM

The first stage of our kitchen demo (see blog post here) was to pull up the tile that was secured to cement board and had low grout. This floor was incredibly hard to clean because the grout was so thin between the tiles. When we started removing ...

Demolishing Our Kitchen

05/15/2014 10:23:03 AM

Let the destruction begin! I always thought demo was the fun part of remodeling… it’s actually really hard. We started the demo by pulling up all the floor tiles, which was surprisingly, deceptively easy. You can see tiles on the edge of ...

Red Velvet Crystals & Coral Necklace for Mothers Day

05/11/2014 23:47:28 PM

If you follow the blog’s Facebook page you may have seen that my mom requested a ‘red, chunky necklace’ for Mother’s Day. So, of course, that’s what she got this year! I saw her on Saturday and gave her the present a d

100 Days Until Our Wedding & We Decide To Remodel Our Kitchen

05/08/2014 11:11:12 AM

Now, I know this sounds reckless, crazy, and fast. But, we actually have been thinking about remodeling our kitchen for over a year. We have been saving our money, spending less, growing our money (stocks – Tyler says it’s been his hob ...

Bachelorette Weekend: Dancing and Wine & Cheese Tour

05/06/2014 11:46:59 AM

This weekend was my bachelorette party. We started Friday night going out to Masa on 6th Ave. in Tacoma doing the more traditional dancing and drinking. We woke up early the next morning to drive north for a wine and cheese tour on the Washington ...

The Paris Wife: Book Review

05/01/2014 10:25:29 AM

I recently finished the audio version of The Paris Wife and LOVED it. I am fascinated by the stories of writers and also historical stories from the point of view of a supporting character. I admit I knew nothing about this book when I decided ...

Prepare for Summer Entertaining

04/30/2014 11:58:05 AM

This will be the nicest week of the year so far in the Pacific Northwest. With our wedding rehearsal being held at our house in about 5 months, we have been hard at work making our lawn, gardens, house, and garage look nice. Here are some ideas ...

Amazon Kindle Deal For Select Customers – I Got It & Donated the Kindle

04/27/2014 11:48:33 AM

My friend posted this offer for an Amazon Kindle Only $19 after seeing it on Budget Savvy Diva. It’s only available to some people, so you have just try it. I did get the deal (not sure if it’s because I’m a Prime member or don̵

My Secret to Organized & Stress-free Wedding Planning

04/26/2014 09:49:40 AM

Wedding planning is a huge undertaking, especially if you want to invite hundreds of people, have particular tastes, or enjoy DIY. Like any good MBA, I love spreadsheets. When it came time to plan my wedding, I knew my first step was to create ...

Best Glues for Different Craft and DIY Projects

04/24/2014 13:11:45 PM

Have you ever made something incredible, just to have it fall apart the next day?  Do you ever get frustrated trying to remember what glue to use for different materials?  I definitely have, which is why I created this glue cheat sheet. It’s ...

Happy Earth Day!

04/22/2014 12:54:04 PM

In undergrad, I was president of GREAN (grass roots environmental action now), which was the student environmental club. The project I was most proud to be part of was instituting the student green fee fund, which raises about $70,000 per year ...

Easter Sunday Egg Hunts

04/21/2014 13:33:38 PM

We had a busy Easter in our hometown, seeing lots of our awesome families. Counting the ‘egg hunt’ at our dog store, we went to four egg hunts this weekend although we didn’t get to participate in any. These are dog treats from our

5 DIY Easter Crafts for 2014

04/19/2014 10:36:38 AM

Easter has so many fun, colorful crafts & DIY projects for adults and kids. Here are of my favorites I found online this year. Stamped Easter Egg Peek at Lovely Indeed for the whole tutorial. Easter Bunny Pallet Art Hop over to Design, Dining, ...

Making Wedding Invitations

04/12/2014 11:51:13 AM

My sister, the Maid of Honor, has been working hard the past few days on the invitations with me.  She’s on spring break, so I capitalized on the opportunity. My roommate and bridesmaid printed the invitations, which deserves a huge thanks. ...

Duct Taped Mailbox Spotted On Walk

04/07/2014 19:08:01 PM

This duct taped mailbox stopped me in my tracks while walking this morning.  I’ve never seen a mailbox covered in duct tape or even a neon-colored mailbox. This seems like a simple DIY way to personalize a mundane part of your home.  I ...

Cheese Grater Jewelry Holder DIY

04/05/2014 12:37:51 PM

This is an easy and useful project for your spare cheese graters.  Somehow we acquire many cheese graters and other small kitchen tools.  I hate throwing useful things away, so they either go the Goodwill or turned into a new use. Materials ...

Met the Author of Wise Craft

04/04/2014 09:57:10 AM

Every other week I visit the library to check out an audiobook for my commute.  Luckily, I came in this Monday because I saw the poster for a meet the author event – Wise Craft by Blair Stocker, which was tonight.  She was funny, witty, ...

Saturday Farmers Market

03/29/2014 17:03:04 PM

It’s been months since I went to the Proctor Farmers Market in Tacoma by my house and although today is really rainy, my mom and I went.  Mostly, we wanted to scope out the fresh cut flower vendors for the wedding. I bought this beautiful ...

Engagement Photos with St. Bernard Dog

03/28/2014 13:05:08 PM

We are slightly obsessed with our St. Bernard puppy, Sherman, so he had to be in our engagement photos. He did great at the photo shoot and only barked a few times when we wanted to join us. He was trying to eat a treat in this one, but I think ...

Two Strand Freshwater Pearl Necklace

03/18/2014 12:29:31 PM

I love pearls and recently our local bead store received a large shipment of assorted pearls. I may have went a little overboard, but that’s the beauty of pearls. They never go out of style because they make such classic, elegant jewelry. ...

1 Year Since Our Proposal

03/17/2014 10:51:12 AM

In honor of our one year anniversary of being engaged, I wanted to re-post our proposal story. I am really glad we chose to have a long engagement because it is a lot less stressful planning a wedding with a lot of time. Plus, I just love the ...

Honeymoon is Booked and We’re Going To…

03/16/2014 08:54:11 AM

We talked to two travel agents before finally meeting one that was actually helpful. The first never called or emailed us back after promising to show us options the following week. The second travel agent wouldn’t meet with us in person. ...

Mr. & Mrs. Letters for Wedding – DIY

03/15/2014 10:10:17 AM

While shopping for nautical centerpiece supplies and ideas (see this post), we spotted a section of already-created wedding crafts. Gold, sparkly MR & MRS letters were propped against a backdrop of lace and other wedding ideas. I thought about ...

Wedding Glassware Ideas & 20% Off

03/13/2014 22:46:59 PM

Personalized, fun glasses are a great addition to your reception in two ways: 1) Functional, as people will most likely drink a lot 2) Decorative, to dress up the table or even as a wedding favor to all of your guests Here’s an idea using ...

Nautical Ring Bearer Outfits

03/12/2014 08:06:44 AM

There are so many cute outfits for ring bearers in a nautical themed wedding. Now is the perfect time to start looking for clothes because the spring and summer lines have a lot of anchor and marine styles. Here are some of my favorite pieces: ...

Questions to Ask the DJ Before Booking

03/10/2014 19:59:11 PM

This weekend we met with a DJ. The week leading up to this meeting we kept hearing horror stories of DJs that didn’t show up on time, dressed like Tenacious D, or failed to play songs while looking like Jack Black from the 70s. The DJ we met ...

6 Month Wedding Planning Checklist

03/08/2014 09:56:38 AM

Five months to go and my checklist on the Knot (which I HIGHLY recommend you signing up for – it’s free) says I have 52 items on my To Do list and 6 items are overdue.  I feel pretty good about the progress we’ve made so far, but