My Office Reveal // Before & After

And one year later, it's time to reveal my completed office space! I can't believe that it was just last September when we moved into this house. A heck of a lot has transpired over the last year when it comes to what this place looked like when we moved in compared to what it looks like now. One of the happiest spots in the house is my office which was definitely planned out when dreaming up this space. Any place that I have to sit in for hours on end is a spot that better make me feel good. There is no rhyme or reason, no set color scheme, no theme or anything like that - it's just full of things that make me happy. Fortunately, it does just that. 

Before we jump in, we need to pay tribute to what it looked like before I got my hands on it. These were pictures that I took when we first looked at the house -- as you can tell it's not the most exciting of offices. While the coat tree and walker give it a nice touch, it's not exactly me. 

And here's what it looks like today....

rug: ikea / heart decal: urban walls 

The only thing I was sure of when I started planning out what I wanted my office to look like was that I knew it had to have an aqua ceiling. I went with Sherwin Williams Tantalizing Teal and it did not disappoint. It's always amusing to watch older people walk through our house and just stare up at the ceiling and say "wow, that's bright." Old people - they just don't get it. Because the ceiling is the statement piece I wanted a neutral color for the walls - Sherwin Williams Rhinestone for the win. To really make things pop all of the trim and doors were painted white.

As you can also see from the photos above, I do have two different desk areas in this room. That wasn't always the original plan but after I got my beloved HP Sprout I needed to incorporate another sitting space into the room to use that bad boy. After finding that cute little grey desk at a local vintage shop I was all set.

As far as the other desk, that came from Staples I believe for super cheap a few years ago.

light up camera : junk art gypsyz
stacked boxes : lifeguard press

I changed out the closet hardware with these cute little knobs from Anthropologie and they match the ceiling perfectly. 

Because we are limited in closet space at this house, I have to get creative with where I can store things. I decided to spray paint an old shelf that we have and then fill it up with all of my jewelry. I had also purchased an old window with a screen and use that for my earrings. It's not only functional but cute! Winning.

pineapple print : mama designed [use code yellow for 30% off] - lots of great inexpensive prints!

Top it all off with a killer light fixture from Shades of Light and a few other prints here and there and that pretty much covers it!

flamingo print : mama designed [use code yellow for 30% off]

And there we have it - my happy little work space. If you have any questions on where items are from that I may have forgot to link to feel free to ask! Thanks for stopping by, come again :)



I Belong To A Wine Club. I Mean Book Club.

Three years ago a group of strangers came together to form a book club - we were all introduced to one another through one common person. Many of us living in the same neighborhood at that time, however I had never met any of them. There were some of us in our 20's, others in our 30's, a few in their 40's and somehow it all just worked. A few have left the group, a few have joined - but since day one we knew this group was going to be together for a long time. Three years later here we are - the amount of life that has happened between our group over the past several years is enough to fill a book...and the amount of laughter should be illegal.

our first official "book club gathering" 
 us today

While I haven't been the most active participant on the reading home front [I have successfully read 2 books out of 30, oops] I have been an active supplier and drinker of wine. Every club needs one of those right? Recently I have been on a huge peach kick. Fresh peaches, peach flambe, peach flatbread, frozen peaches, peach everything. When I found this Sparkling Peach Moscato from Caposaldo I knew it was a must for our latest book club. I paired it with peach and prosciutto flatbread and two different pound cake desserts - one with whipped cream and fruit while the other had scoops of peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter syrup on top. Unfortunately my husband ate all of the above before the food made it with me to book club. Oops. 

Because not everybody may be a peach fanatic like myself I also took a bottle of Caposaldo Prosecco because who doesn't love a good Prosecco? Full of citrus, green apple and acacia blossoms it's absolutely delicious. By the end of book club the wine was polished off and in the last 5 minutes of our 3 hour get together we actually talked about last month's book! Priorities. Caposaldo Wines blends a handcrafted, artisanal approach to winemaking with cutting-edge quality standards and techniques, so that it stands as a benchmark of iconic Italian wines, which translates to food-friendly and appealing flavors.

I am happy to report that I am already halfway through this month's book - The Girl on the Train and have every intention of finishing more bottles of wine the book. You better believe I will be serving more Caposaldo wine at our next book club as it's an awesome go-to wine for all girls nights. They have a large variety of sparkling and still wines, sure to please every palette. You can find it nationwide - be sure to check out their Facebook page for more information and how you can get your hands on some asap for your next evening in.

ps. We have a new member of our book club - unfortunately she won't be all to enjoy "all" aspects of book club for a few [21] years however she's cute so we'll let her come back.

pps. we all totally got lei'd at our last gathering. Gotta get it however you can ya know?

 This post was sponsored on behalf Caposaldo Wine via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.


Make: Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets & Chick-fil-A Sauce

If there is one thing that I will drive 45 minutes for, it's Chick-fil-A nuggets. There's just something about those little guys that my mouth can''t seem to get enough of. Because my time was limited last night I couldn't just hop in my car and make the trek over there to satisfy my period induced cravings [is there anything more intense really?] so instead I got wise, went to my best friend Pinterest, and confided in her to fulfill my dreams. Thankfully, she did not disappoint. I found myself on this blog post and went to down. They did not disappoint and even my husband agreed that they were absolutely delicious and necessary to our well being. 

Because I wasn't planning on posting this recipe [it's all because of you precious "I need this recipe!!" IGers], I didn't photograph the making of these little nuggs so the best you're going to get is the picture up top. Just trust me when I say you need to make them. Also trust me when I say you must also make the special Chick-fil-A sauce to go with them! Here we go..

Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Ingredients [serves 4]

1 Large Egg
1 Cup Milk
1 lb. Skinless and Boneless Chicken Breasts
1¼ Cup Flour
2 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
½ tsp Chili Powder
Peanut Oil for Frying [may also use Canola Oil]

1. In a large bowl whisk milk and egg together. 
2. Cut chicken into cubed size bites while trimming off any extra fat. 
3. Place the chicken into the milk mixture and mix it so that all of the chicken is coated. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
4. In another large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients listed above and mix together.
5. In a large pan pour in the oil at least one inch deep and place on medium to high heat. 
6. Remove the chicken from refrigerator and place about 8 pieces into the flour mixture, making sure to coat all chicken pieces fully. 
7. Place the chicken into the hot oil and cook each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. 
8. After cooked, place the chicken on paper towels to soak up any extra oil before serving. Sprinkle with extra salt if necessary. 
9. Repeat the same steps with the rest of the chicken and serve.
10. Make the sauce below to dip them in! 

Chick-fil-A Sauce Ingredients [serves 4]
½ Cup Mayo
2 tsp Prepared Mustard
1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp BBQ sauce

1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Serve alongside chicken nuggets and enjoy! 

And there you have it - the best dinner you ever did see. 



Look Mom! No Pee!

Well, the time has come to talk more about pee. You knew it was coming, I knew it was coming, and now we are here. For the most part I would like to believe that we are all pretty much women who show up to this blog. I would also like to believe that we are all friends, would sip wine together and discuss every fabulous glamorous thing about being a woman...like peeing our pants in inopportune times. Fortunately, I was just sitting with a group of women recently and we did just that.

It all started with a new mom in the group - supposedly after you have children, pee doesn't prefer to stay inside you, nor does it like to give you a warning that "Hey! I'm coming out!!" and so it just happens. All over the place sometimes. And not just one other woman in the group was all "I know the feeling!" but every woman in the group was all "OMG YES. JUMPING JACKS! TRAMPOLINE! SNEEZING! I UNDERSTAND!" Including me. Even though I have yet to birth a child [does my dog count?] I have this whole sneezing issue that has been brought on in the last year or two. It's not the sneezing that's the issue, it's what happens when I sneeze that is the issue. People tell me that there are kegel exercises for this but guess what? Ain't nobody got time for that. I do however, have time for this....

Oh those? That would be the new Poise Impressa® Bladder Supports. I played videos of how these work with that same group of women last week after our conversation and let me tell you, excitement has never come out in more full force. FREEDOM FOR ALL! These babies protect you, me, and all of us from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) - bet you didn't expect to get an anatomy lesson today huh? How these work are very similar to a tampon - you simply insert it like you would a regular tampon [that means into your vagina for those of you who have never used a tampon before], however it lifts and gives support to the urethra allowing the leaks to stop before they even happen. Neat right?

They do come in three different sizes as you can see from the package - the sizes are relative to how often you have issues (not your jean size). I would recommend starting with size 1 and seeing if it does the job at hand. If you still experience any leakage move up to size 2 and so on with size 3.

If you know you are going to be working out, jumping on the trampoline with your kids, have a cold, or partaking in any other activity that causes you to squirt a little pee out from time to time, these are your jam. I absolutely love that this product is bringing freedom and fun back into women's lives all while tucked away cutely in my tiny purse. Why shouldn't we be able to do what we want, when we want, without having to worry?

Some people may be all "but can I still actually go pee on the toilet if I need to while wearing these?!" Why yes, you certainly can my friends! I'm sure you are wondering all sorts of other things [at least I was!] so be sure to check out the handy dandy FAQs here.

You can conveniently find Poise Impressa® Bladder Supports at Walmart and you can also conveniently find me jumping in local parks.

If this post brings just one of you a little more freedom in your every day life, my job here is done. Get to doing whatever it is that you used to not be able to do ladies, our bladder supports have got us covered. Our men will have never found us sexier ;)

disclosure: I was compensated for this post however all opinions and embarrassing stories are 100% real. And yes, I did use the words vagina and urethra in a sponsored post. awkward.


Weekly Goals And Why I Can't Have A Kid

weekend snapshots :: my friends are cute, my friends kids are cute, my husband is cute, and my new clothes are cute. basically it was cute. if you didn't catch that link for the floral shirt, here you are ;)

Ahhhhh, Monday morning. As much as I know I am supposed to hate it, it's always one of my favorite times of the week. Fortunately I don't head into work until the afternoon [more on that in a Q&A post coming soon] so I have the first several hours of every new week to sort things out, get a wrap on what's going on, do some laundry [every girls dream, I know] and just slowly ease into the busy-ness that's bound to come. I would highly recommend to every person out there to turn in a request to your boss this morning demanding to have Monday mornings off from now on. Blame it on Living In Yellow, they'll understand.

With the turn of this week I've got all these goals I want to accomplish. Basically they equate to: 

1. Drink more warm lemon water so I can actually go to the bathroom from time to time. See here

2. Complete an 8 minute workout every day. I know that sounds like a walk in the park BUT supposedly it will kick my asterisk. That would be long for ass for those of us who don't say those words but rather use elementary terms because we are afraid our parents will scold us for cursing online. My friend at work [hi Allison! thanks Allison!] introduced me to this app DailyFit <--- download it now, it comes with a free 25 day workout that is made up of workouts that are 10 minutes or less. Basically I need something that is excuse free and I figured this could be it. Not that I would ever make an excuse as to why I couldn't work out*.

3. Not eat crap. 

Unfortunately I'm about to fail at number 3 because Scotcharoos are staring at my face and they are being all annoying begging me to eat them so I HAVE to. On the bright side they only have 1 cup of sugar in them so we should be okay. 

Moving on - the weekend. It was a good one that's for sure. A little bit of crazy mixed in with a little bit of boredom. I did learn something however in that stretch of doing nothing! I learned that you shouldn't ask your husband if he is bored while trying to fix a water leak [while you are sitting on the couch]. "BORED?!?" will be something like how the response goes. Men. 

We entertained friends both Friday night and Saturday night which was fun. So fun we lit our kitchen up in flames making peach flambe. That would be me being dramatic...nothing besides the pan it was cooking in was up in flames, it just sounded like a better story. 

Somewhere along the lines I also learned that we couldn't have a child even if we wanted to. You see, we have no room in our refrigerator. I know that sounds slightly selfish that we couldn't make room for our toddler to store a few jars of applesauce but it's a real problem and something you have to take into account when life planning. I mean sure, we could have their food out in the garage fridge but that seems a little harsh to make them walk out during the middle of the Winter to fetch their string cheese. So I guess we better just keep practicing abstinence. 

I think this concludes today's blog post. Come back tomorrow for lots of other beneficial information - like "how to drink wine!" and "why you should pile ice cream on top of pound cake and then cover it in peanut butter syrup!" 

*my favorite sports bra is in the wash so I'm not sure if that whole working out thing will happen today. 

ps. A Scotcharoo was consumed during the writing of this post. It's okay though guys, my lemon water is working its magic so it's like it never even happened. toodles. 



Girl Boss

 necklace :: manic trout [use code YELLOW for 20% off]

This whole "blogging for money" topic has been on my mind a lot recently. When I wake up in the morning, when I sit silent at dinner and when I'm trying to fall asleep at night. It all started a few days ago when I received a message on Facebook that mentioned how I've lost them as a reader - that I used to write about personal stories but now with every blog post I'm promoting a sponsor or product. They obviously preferred the personal stories [as per anybody] but finished the comment with "maybe one day you'll understand..."

My first reaction was to get angry because I felt like I needed to defend myself about how I do understand and HOW DARE HER. But then I remembered that I had just written a post about using our words for good and how love wins so I bit my tongue and responded back by saying how much I appreciate the feedback and that she is exactly right - my blog has become a lot more sponsored than it had ever been before and while I don't exactly love that about it, I have chosen that. To go along with that I also made the comment how as soon as my mortgage company will allow me to pay my monthly payment with a personal story I will end all sponsored stuff. Because here's the deal - whether you like it or not, my blog is my business. It is my job. It is my source of income. And because of that, I have to make money off it it because I have chosen that for myself and my career.

Last night as Shawn was getting home from work and I was in the kitchen making dinner I felt myself verging on tears as I had just read another comment from a loyal reader about how my blog feels like a big commercial sometimes. As I started explaining how I was feeling to him and started questioning whether or not I should make money from blogging he kindly reminded me that this is what I do now. I've either got to make it here or I need to make it somewhere else. And by somewhere else that means working 40 hours a week for somebody other than myself [no thanks]. He proceeded to go on about how no justification is needed when it comes to this. We don't question others making a living from showing up to their place of employment so why should we here? And then I started reflecting on this journey - what it started out as, where it has led me to, how it has evolved, the places it has allowed me to go, the products and brands I have been introduced to, the people it has allowed me to meet, etc. And while yes, I agree that sometimes things do feel less personal around here it's still a place I love to come back to daily to write, share, laugh and store not just memories of things happening day to day but a whole period of time that I can look back on and say "remember when I had that really awesome job that allowed me to drink wine at 2 pm on a Tuesday in sweatpants while still providing a way for us to live?!?" So cool. After this conversation and reflecting on it all I was filled up with so much joy and gratitude. This was all obviously proceeded by singing loudly in my kitchen while doing the robot because gosh, revelations are worth celebrating.

I am so thankful to those of you who started out with me in the beginning and still check back from time to time - I know things have changed some and while I am always looking for ways to bring more balance into this space I am so grateful that opportunities like this exist for anybody willing to put in the work. I promise to never stop weaving my own stories and daily happenings in this space. 1160 posts later, it's amazing I still have an ounce of anything left to talk about but I have hope - as long as periods are still a thing and male country singers still get my body a little hot we should be okay.

Whatever you are doing - do it confidently. Listen to those around you who love you well, be open to criticism and look for ways to grow, be smart, and always remember this - work is work, it isn't always going to be easy and it's certainly not always fun. There are people out there admiring your efforts and passion for whatever it may be. Know why you are doing what you are doing and press on.

And on that long note, lets get personal - any questions you'd like to ask that I can answer in a post soon? Whether it be about blogging for an income, house remodel updates, my horrible diet, etc - I'd love to hear it! Ask below in the comments and I'll put that baby together asap. In the mean time, please enjoy my first ever q&a post that took place back in 2012 (whaaaaaaaaaaaaat)! According to that sucker I should have a child by now. Oops. Off to go work on that if you know what I mean....wink.

ps. it should also be noted that while I may say "yes" often to opportunities presented to me, I will continue to only say "yes" to those that I am 100% confident in sharing with you all. If I'm ever blogging about stirrups or fishing bait, you know we have a problem.



Master Bath Reveal // Before & After

It dawned on me last night that I have yet to reveal the complete master bathroom renovations that consumed much of the first part of this year. As chaotic as that time period felt - moving in with my parents for a few weeks, not sleeping on a regular mattress, having dust EVERY FREAKING WHERE in our house, I almost miss it. Chaos keeps life interesting and it's probably good for me to learn how to do things like clean every once in awhile. You may remember the partial reveal of this space from March but it's time to show it off in its full glory now that it has the fancy things like a shower door, lighting and cabinet hardware. It's the little things in life, ya know?

Before we dive in to the after pictures, it only seems right to share what this bathroom looked like before. It was a tiny little bathroom with a single sink, shower, and barely space to tend to your business if you know what I mean. Yes, I meant poop. Continue on.

You can now understand why we wanted to change it up a little. After moving one of the walls to make this space a little larger here is what we came up with...

We'll start with the vanity area - we really wanted to have double sinks so that it wasn't a punching match every evening when it came to who would be able to brush their teeth first. We worked with the same company [Design Studio for those of you who are local] that we did for our kitchen. In fact, we went with the same exact cabinets and hardware because we loved them so much. Because our house is lacking storage space like no other, I try to find ways to add more as we go. By adding in the cabinets up to the ceiling it did just that. The bottom one opens towards my sink and the top opens towards Shawn's sink. We love the added space for all of our lotions, face washes, etc.

We have become huge fans of quartz stone after finishing our kitchen so we chose that for the countertops and I couldn't love it more.

Now, for the lights - it took Shawn a little convincing when I informed him that I wanted hanging lights over our mirrors instead of the standard mounted lights. Fortunately our design of the vanity made it so that we had to go with hanging lights and we both love the added dimension it adds to the space. I found these babies at Lowes [for cheap!]

We did add in deep drawers in the base of the vanity for those larger items [think blow dryers, hair straighteners, boxes of tampons, the usual..] Shawn decided to get all genius on me and had an electrical outlet installed in his drawer so that none of his razors and such have to sit on the counter to be charged. I love having this as it allows for our counters to stay clutter free! Totally recommend this to anybody.

As far as the faucets go, we went with this spa looking thing - they are Delta however I can't remember where we purchased them from for the life of me.

And now, onto my favorite part - the shower! We chose all tile and I had the idea of making the back wall feel a little bit like a waterfall, or at least the colors of water. I wanted this space to feel as spa-ish as possible. It broke up the floor and side wall tile and I love the statement it makes when you walk into the bathroom.

On the floor we went with a river rock and darker grout for easier care. I don't love how the darker grout looks as white is my jam, but there is no way we could keep white clean in this space so dark it was.

Just to confirm that yes, we do have a toilet in this space - here you go. Exciting stuff.

And just a few other personal touches...

Other items to note - the paint color is Sherwin Williams "On The Rocks" and that amazefest shower panel is from Amazon. It has four functions - rainfall, waterfall, body spray, and a handheld sprayer. To see it live and in action click here.

And that my friends, completes the master bathroom tour. Interested in checking out the other bathroom renovation? Enjoy the guest bathroom before and after here.