Friday, January 23, 2015

Julian's 13th Birthday!!!!

Julian's Lego stop motion youtube channel My baby is growing up!!!! So hard to believe but he is growing into a very talented artist!!! He has his own Youtube channel and makes these movies! He also helps me edit my videos.I am really proud of the young man he has turned into.He was my easiest baby all around,from his delivery to just about everything.We became a complete family since his birth:) For his birthday Julian requested that he would like to open some wrapped presents and also would like to pick out his own presents.He is like his mom,lol! So we woke up and he opened his gifts before Dad went to work and then the boys and I went to pick up Jacob .Julian wanted Taco Bell for lunch and so we went:) It was his lucky day because after we ordered the worker gave us all FREE large drinks if I filled out a survey.We were pumped,lol!!! After lunch he wanted to go to GameStop which is a video game store.I kind of browsed at Ulta and Sephora which were right next door then we ended up at Target.He was in heaven!!!He scored a large stash of games!In the evening we had his birthday cake and we ordered pizza from Toppers(thats what he wanted) I had to drive to the next town to pick it up since his brother called the wrong pizza place and they wouldn't deliver.Bummer,but it was a happy day on the end!!!!!! Love you Jules!!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dressing Room Tour

Ok,so I am learning how to edit on my iPad using iMovie and this what I did so far!!! Hands down my FAVORITE room in my house (second to my pantry,lol)I have added a few new girly pieces to it and I am in LOVE!!I found another 3 tiered cake/cupcake stand from Opuluent Treasures like the one I purchased last year ,in a different color and about 1/3 of the price at Homegoods!!!! We went out of town a few weeks ago and I picked the hotel we stayed at (from our last anniversary) because it had resteraunts that we liked and it had the BEST Homegoods store across the street.Of course ,it was a really nice hotel as well ,lol:) Here is my mini movie trailer of my favorite haapy place! I may need a bigger room soon,lol!! A look into my favorite room!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year 2015!!

Happy New Year!!Although it is January 12 already lol!!! I am ready to write my new goals for the year!!! I just started working out again but I need to commit to 3 days a week. I will go to Zumba on Monday nights,possibly Wednesday mornings and one day at a different gym with hubby. I usually will go on the treadmill or elliptical,maybe some weight machines(at hubby's gym). I also would love to do some Yoga and Pilates at home when I can't get to a class. As for diet,I really feel my body does best on a low carb, protein based diet.I wouldn't say high protein but balanced low carb.The challenge for me is that my husband does love more carb style food,so the challenge will be to really think about what I order when I am out on a date night or saying NO to the kids for a fast food run. Today I woke up and made a protein shake that was delicious. I used almond milk,chocolate protein powder , ground chia and flax seed and a tiny bit of frozen strawberries and banana. I probably should switch the fruit to blueberry to make it more low carb but I am taking baby steps.I usually get over strict with myself and then will basically go back to eating crappy:( Also if the scale moves up instead of down from muscle gain I freak out!! All this is crazy but real.I really want to be easier on myself since for my age. I know I look pretty good but I always want to be better. My birthday is next month and I want to look GREAT for that so that is my mission :). I just thought about it ,I will allow a cheat day once a week!!! I also want to organize my house .I really want to be a neat and tidy as Martha Stewart,lol. Living with all boys that is a struggle ( even my boy dogs are messy)! Along with my fitness goals ,I want to learn to cook low protein meals that are delicious!!!That one would really impress hubby. Last year I started wearing more makeup and I want to carry that into this year.I want to dress up at least on the weekends but look nice even when I am home. For house goals,I want to repaint the kitchen (same color) and freshen up the rooms on the first floor,repaint my room and maybe even add some cool wallpaper to a tiny section of the room. In the spring we need to finish the outside of the pantry and maybe start working on the garage ,oh yeah add a new fence to the back of our yard.Me and the boys tore it down about 2 summers ago ( there is still a chain link fence up) but I need privacy .I noticed I haven't wanted to be in the yard because I dislike seeing the neighbors behind us.We may add another bathroom to our main level.I really hate when we have clients or guests over and they have to go upstairs and use the bathroom.we finally worked out a plan where it would go on the main floor.The bathroom would be the main project of this year. It would be a game changer.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pantry tour

My love of pantries began with my love of old homes,probably on the show This Old House!! It is one of my happiest memories of my childhood,watching the show with my mom. My mom loved that show and although we never did renovate our home growing up ,my mom would clip out ideas from magazines and file them away.I have kept up that tradition,lol! I call my notebooks with all the magazine clippings my "dream books". I have been lucky enough to have some of my dreams come true!!! One of those dreams was to have my own pantry! I have been obsessed with pantries especially after watching my favorite movie " Practical Magic".The whole house would be my dream home really but I learned in order to manifest your dreams it starts with appreciation for what you have. I do LOVE my home it is small but it has a charm about it.When we came to look at this house my hubby and I thought it had good bones,lol! We have been lucky enough to transform it into my little dream. So back to my pantry,this home was built in 1898 and it is almost the exact replica of Trent's grandparents home in Harvey,Il. Very strange since we live in Wisconsin but not so much if you believe in coincidences.I really loved grandma's sink which was an old cast iron farmhouse sink and the first room that reminded me of their home was our kitchen which has a huge cast iron farmhouse sink! The Harvey home had a pantry which was long and narrow in the back of the kitchen but our home had a huge kitchen with no pantry! Our house had a side enclosed porch that was small and wasted space.We basically didn't use it except to let the dogs in and out to the yard. One day about 3 or so years ago I told Trent that we should convert the porch into a pantry.He thought it was to much work and basically said NO.I kept talking about it and a year later he caved and said we could turn it into a pantry.Well, we started working on it and immediately stopped because the floor was sagging and we would have to rip it out and reinforce it and it was too much money.I still imagined the pantry and talked about it and then this June while we were cleaning out the porch ,the boys told me " dad is ripping out the floor" . So the pantry project began! My hubby redid the floor joists and re built the inside of the pantry!! We added wood ship lap looking walls and shelves ,a new hard wood floor ,electric and lighting ( which never existed before)and we have a dream pantry!!! The exterior is still being worked on but it now is to cold outside to complete.Hopefully it will hold up until we can complete it but here is a tour .

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Our Haunted Porch tour!!! Have a safe and spooky Halloween!!! It is 36 degrees and snowing here in Wisconsin.Last week we were in the 70's bummer!! We will be trick or treating with our winter coats on .Also it started snowing!Yikes!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Baby Raiden

Baby Raiden was born on October 15,2014.My last post was about our son Tristan and Marta's baby shower in Chicago.It seemed like a long two weeks until he was born!! So glad we have finally met our new grandson.We have been so busy that I never had a chance to share the news!.We went to Chicago twice in the past couple of weeks to visit with them.On our way to Chicago I remembered I had written to someone on Craigslist about purchasing a claw foot bath tub ( they lived in Chicago) for Marta and Tristan's bathroom. I rewrote the person and said I was in the city for the day and would like to see the tub.So after a while the man called me back about the tub.The bathtub was a really good price and we figured we would see it and buy it on the spot.The only problem was that we had my small sporty car and needed a truck to get the bath tub to my dad's house (where Tristan and Marta live).After trying to see who we could borrow a truck from we finally remembered you can rent a pick up truck at Menards (home improvement store) hourly for a good deal.So off we went to rent a truck after spending most of the day with Raiden and purchase the bathtub and the hard part was carrying this bathtub up to a second floor bathroom.I don't know how my husband and boys did it but they got it into the bathroom and by a miracle the bathtub fit in the spot(which was another challenge).My husband had built this bathroom years ago in the attic of my parent's home.When we lived there we had a mini size claw foot bathtub but the one we bought for Tristan and Marta was a full size claw foot tub.So this was the adventure the first day we met our grandson!!! Never a dull moment in our family.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Baby Shower

This is breaking news to my blog,we are going to become grandparents again very soon!!!! My oldest son Tristan and his girlfriend Marta are having a baby Oct.10 or so. We wanted to throw them a baby shower and since they live with my dad in Chicago we had the shower at grandpa's house.This is the house that I grew up in.It is a Chicago brick bungalow.Most of the city has versions of these homes. The kids decided we should have a Halloween theme since it will be an October baby and Tristan has always loved Halloween(he trick or treated until he was like 18 with his younger brothers,lol)!! So the boys and I made a lot of the decorations and we bought a lot of different items and used some of our Halloween Stash.I bought a blowup Hello Kitty(at the end of the season last Halloween) to put up in the front of the house.We thought it would look cute for the shower day so everyone would know the "party house". The boys and I went the Friday before and cleaned and rearranged my dad's house and decorated.The party was on a Sunday and we went early to finish the prep work.Chicago,Il is about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Kenosha,Wi(depending on traffic).Luckily we arrived on schedule and the party was a success!!! My friend Maureen made the baby shower cake and the boys and I made cupcakes.One thing I have learned is that it is definitely harder to throw a party at someone else house and in another state!!! I am still recouping and it is 4 days later,lol!!! Here are some photos of the party..