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Monday, August 25, 2014


On Saturday I had this brilliant idea to paint & stain our kitchen table.  It needed a little makeover.  After we got home from church, I asked Jordan if he could help me carry the table to the garage.  And I got that look like here she goes again.  But I actually surprised myself and did it without his help.  I did get a little impatient during the process, but thankfully I'm going for the shabby chic/vintage look so you can't tell, ha!

Here is the process:
1. I sanded the table
 2. Then I painted it
 3. Then I rubbed the stain with the grains of the table
 4. Then I stained the chairs
 5. Then I added a little table jewelry (It's still in my garage because the smell was pretty strong and I didn't want James inhaling it)

The best part was that it was free!  We had the paint & stain already..

You can find more painting & staining tips from home talk.  Here is the website:

Sunday, August 17, 2014


What I thought would take a couple weeks to update our half bath took a couple months.  I had a $175 gift card to Lowe's from our credit card points & Jordan's painter said he would paint our bathroom at cost since Jordan gives him so much business.  I ordered one faucet from Lowe's & after a couple weeks of not receiving it, I finally called Lowe's to check on the status of it--they have been meaning to call me and tell me they no longer carry that faucet.  So I ordered another one.  I anxiously went & picked it up at the store and guess what?  I accidentally ordered a mini faucet.  Oops.  I got little impatient and just bought a display one at the store.  Jordan installed it.  It looked horrible, to say the least.  Ughhhhh--so frustrating.  Jordan suggested that we order one from his preferred vendors, so that's what we did.  So I used my giftcard toward a tilt mirror and the light fixture.  
I added some flowers to liven the bathroom up a little.

 Cassidy Delta faucet & towel ring:

We used a Sherwin Williams paint called Sea Salt.  It is also in our dining room:

Check it out on

Saturday, August 16, 2014


My sister, Rachel, motivated me to pressure wash our house & the cement around it.  So, yesterday I did our front steps.  Notice the mildew on the steps in the left picture and on the right, they are mildew free.  It took me 10 minutes, but it looks so much better.  And the best part is, that it is free :) We don't own a pressure washer, we borrowed it from the Wood family!  This before and after picture got me even more excited, I might go a little pressure washer crazy in the next few days!

Thursday, August 7, 2014


I've been called an "old soul" before and I used to think "Wow! I'm mature."  Wrong.  I realized it's because I have old lady tendencies.  I am an eighty year old trapped in a twenty six year old's body.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized I have more elderly habits than I realized.

1. I go to bed early.  Clarification: I don't go to bed at 8 PM. I know people like to exaggerate it a little bit, but usually around 9 or 10 PM.  Occasionally I can stay up to 11 and every once in a blue moon I can stay up until midnight, but then I start getting delirious.

2. I have the worst memory.  This is no exaggeration.  True story:  one time I was watching tv with my roommates & this movie preview came on.  I said, "I want to see that!"  They all looked at me with puzzled looks and replied, "You know we saw that in the movie theater recently, right?"  Gosh, I'm an idiot.  I can remember numbers like no bodies business, but cannot remember names, places, movies, music artists, events that occurred, etc.

3. Bad hearing.  I blame my mom for this one.  I think it's genetic.  That lady can't hear for her life.

4. I have an 80 year old bladder.  Long road trips often requires frequent stops for this Wood family.

5.  Aches & pains.  I wish I could blame that on pregnancy & carrying around a huge baby all the time, but I am pretty sure my back and stomach hurt before James ever existed.

6. I drive slow.  I am not sure what it is.  When I lived in Los Angeles I was a speed demon, but since I moved to Georgia, I started driving slow.  I guess that's my way of coping with the slow pace of life here.

7.  I walk slow.  I am not sure where I got this, my whole family walks fast.  Jordan said that when we were dating, I walked so slow and when I would talk while walking, it slowed me down even more.  Yikes!

I wish I could say I talked slow and ate slow, but I talk 100 mph & same with eating.

I just need to face it, by 35 I'll probably be wearing a hearing aid along with a diaper and diagnosed with dementia.  Poor Jordan.