Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Peaceful

I love fall, the routine, the cool weather, the beautiful leaves. It always feels peaceful and hopeful to me. I am sorry for being sporadic through the summer but we are getting into a routine now that school had restarted and my blog will be getting more love. For today catching up on laundry, pampering a baby with a cold, paving for a business trip as well as a trip to the cities, and slowly trading over to fall decor. Hope you guys are enjoying some peace and quiet just like me :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

down stairs bathroom


It's been really busy around here lately.  The kids are back in school I have tons of chores going on and and thing I wanted to get checked off the to do list. First up the girls hot mess of a bathroom. 
The flat teal paint that they also got all over the ceiling. The olive green shower. Ugh.  Here is the after. .
I started by painting it a light grey blue.  I touched up the white ceiling,.  I went today and got a shower curtain that matched the more neutral vibe.  I also grabbed a cute elephant toothbrush holder.  I wanted to change out the floor mats but there wasn't anything I was crazy about.  Much better so far for sure.  There is still some changes I want to make over time but you'd is already livable for now (or will be once I change the mats; ) have a good day guys

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I had a few jobs I have been dragging my feet on since the move, one of which was the bathroom.   It had a nasty molded peeling tub surround ,cracked flat paint, then the people who had painted before painting the ceiling and just rolled the roller right across the wall leaving white paint all over the beige color.
Here is the end product. .

Here is what I changed: I added two shelves from ikea above the toilet for extra storage.  There is a new tub surround that was put and we took out the old moldy peeling one.  Last but not least I painted the walls gray and added a matching curtain. 
I am now officially done with the bathroom.  Yay, another room completed.  :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

family bday

  Last weekend we were in the cities to celebrate maxs birthday with my family and a few close family friends.  My husband worked this weekend so we made the plans to celebrate up there the weekend before his birthday.  Here are some pictures from the celebration.

He really enjoyed his smash cake. 




When we got home he spent a huge part of the week playing with his new cars and ramp.
 Besides playing with his new cars all day.  He obsessed with the construction going on next door.  So if he wasn't standing in the window saying "woo woooo".  Then he would throw a fit til we would stand outside to get a better look.  Like when they were laying cement and the cement truck was here.  That was Max gold.  I had to stand in the yard for him to gawk for over a half hour.  Every time the construction guys would signal the truck driver he was sure they were waving to him and he would start waving back all excited.
That was our week in a nut shell :) I hope you guys had a great week. 

Maxs first birthday


We had a huge bash at our house Saturday.  It was maxs first birthday/a bit of a house warming.  It went great there was tons of food, tons of friends,  and tons of fun memories.   My gf Kady from random and wonderland acted as photographer.  She got such great moments. Here is a sneak peak of some of my faves.  You can swing to her blog and see all the fabulous pics here

It's hard to believe my amazing, sweet, little lover boy is 1. Time flies ugh. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

how we work our budget/ramsey envelope system


 For a bit now me and the hubby have been working on a budget.  We tried about 3 years ago to do the Dave Ramsey envelope system and we fell off the wagon.  Now I have buckled down and I have set up things in a very organized way and it is going much better.  I thought I would share with you guys how I am making this work.  ( I will link to everything I mention so you can get your hands on what I used)
1.  The first step I took was make a list of all our monthly bills and when they are due.  I then went through my agenda and put stickers on the date with the amount on the date they are due.  I also put a green dot on paydays and I have a tally in the margin of the bill total due until next pay day.  (the amount we have due in bills until the next time we get paid)  My agenda is from walmart.  I was thinking about ordering a expensive one but I made this one work for what I need and I have it set up in a way that it is working great.  :)

 2.  I did daves monthly cash flow plan.  It helps me decide what we are paying and how much we have to work with.  It also suggests the proper percent you should be using for certain things.  You fill this out and when you get done you should have a 0 balance no money left. It should all be some where either savings spend where ever it should all have a place. For your non bill money you will have envelopes (for things like grocerys, car, clothes, savings, vacation, ect.)
3. I then down loaded simple budget app.  It lets you set up envelopes to keep track of how much you have and track spending so you know what the money went to.  It looks like this I set this up as a example.
 4. Then every pay day I pull out the amount of cash I need for my envelopes.  I have been using this for most of my money.  My sister who is a sewing rock start made me this for my birthday to go along with my diaper bag.(which I also love btw).  She has a great little shop with purses, bags, wallets, and jewelry.(she is a huge sci-fi fan so if you love dr who, star wars ect you will be in heaven but she does now sci-fi stuff like mine too.) She sent me a coupon code for 10% off for my readers :)  It is SWEETAIMEESKNITPICK.

 It is a great wallet with a  magnetic snap  closure.  It has six "envelope/pockets" inside.
 It looks like this there is a zipper for change.  My first envelope is grocery.( I labeled them with washi tape)

 Then clothing,
 Then restaurant (our eating out money.)
 entertainment, (movies, renting movies,ect)
 car (for gas repairs tabs ect.)

Cosmetic (this is for getting hair colored or cut, and of coarse make up lol)

 Behind that their is 6 card slots.  I don't typically use this at my wallet wallet just for my envelope system.  So allot of my stuff is in the other wallet.
Here is one of her awesome Dr who ones :)

 And for my vacation and emergency envelopes I keep those at home in actually envelopes out of sight out of mind right. ;)
So I use cash for everything we spend.  One envelope I don't have pictured is presents for holidays and birthdays.  I hope this was helpful for some of you.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.










Friday, August 15, 2014

Gwynnie bee ootd/ review


I mentioned last week a outfit from gwynnie bee that I was in love with and told you I would do a ootd then i got busy.  Will here it is.  It's a igigI true wrap dress.  It's soo comfortable and flattering.  I will be purchasing this one because since it is a wrap dress it will adjust to fit me no matter my size and be flattering. I have worn this quiet a few times and I still love it.  If you want to see a more in depth review of gwynnie bee, I have one here, as well as another ootd here. Hope this was helpful.  I am going on three months with gwynnie bee and I still love it. This isn't something I got to review. I pay for my subscription with my own hard earned dollars.  I hope you guys give it a chance.  If you do leave me a comment and let me know how you like it.  Or if you have any questions leave them in the comments.  Have a great day guys.