Painting Upside Down (and other updates…no pun)

Remember where we ended up a couple weeks ago in the old dining room project (a.k.a. my own personal never-ending nightmare, only more dramatic)? Then got waylaid because we have trouble focusing? (Truth: because between the two of us we somehow ended up with five jobs in addition to volunteer work. Hi, we’re Chris and Teresa and we have trouble saying no.)

Well, Chris polished up the new drywall and installed trim around the perimeter of our new beadboard ceiling. I’ve been painting it, with a brush, craning my neck while working upside down. In the wee hours of the morning. Post-shower, pre-work. Thankfully I have friendly, observant colleagues to point out the paint smeared into my forearms or mushed into my hair. Jeez, I’m a wreck!

But progress is progress, no?


Wall color is Benjamin Moore Classic Gray matched to Valspar. Ceiling is a glossy match to our kitchen cabinets. Window trim has yet to be painted. I’m working on it!

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Happy Mum & Daughter Day?


It’s my birthday…and Mother’s Day. Talk about ironic thunder stealing.

But all’s well that results in a makeover of mum’s kitchen. Trust me. So far: new paint, new stove/sink, realigned and refreshed cabinets, new hardware, bright new tile backsplash and counter, and more!

Before and after pics to come later this summer. It will shock. Promise.

In other news, teaching my first Insanity* class tomorrow! CANNOT WAIT!!!

Bringin’ it,


*Tested it out on the hubs and roller derby sis this morning. Hehehe.

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Once Upon A Time [Things Are Looking Up]

Don’t worry. We haven’t been napping. Except maybe sometimes. Anyone remember back in kindergarten when nap time followed lunch and the floor mats would come out? And we’d circle up for a story then snooze? Kindergarten was way better than adulthood.

don't grow up it's a trap! print // inspirational instant download print // black and white home decor // motivational wall art

(You can purchase the print above here)

While I can’t provide you with a floor mat or nap time, I can tell you a story. With pictures!


Once upon a time, there was a horrendous dining room. Actually, it was once a teeny bedroom – as teeny as teeny could be. Previous owners added on a new bedroom and converted this sad little space into a sad little dining room. Where no one dined.



Then along came the heroes of our story. (It’s my story so I get to be a hero.) They ripped out those crazy diagonal cedar strips – which had taken on a fishy odor – and tripled the size of the window and alas! A giant hole in the plaster was discovered.



But our heroes were not deterred. Well, not much, anyway. They rolled up their sleeves, had a few martinis, and drywalled right over all that business. While this solved the wall problem, there was still an old damaged plaster ceiling with which to contend. Hours spent perusing photos online and in magazines revealed the answer – cover it up! Decoratively! So they did are.



Now isn’t that better?

The end. (For now.)


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So Last Weekend Was…


So last weekend was…insane. No pun. Unless you mean pun as in punishment. ‘Cause I definitely felt a little punished. ;)

Last weekend this happened:


And then, right after that happened, like, the next day, this happened:


I’m so excited to now be certified to teach both INSANITY and Turbo Kick! I’m not gonna lie – I suffered a little. Like, you know, spent an evening in the fetal position on the floor next to my foam roller. And then ate my weight in popcorn because I couldn’t stand to cook myself dinner. And then stunk because I couldn’t do stairs to get to the bathroom. But these workouts totally kick a**.

INSANITY is so incredibly challenging – physically and mentally. And Turbo Kick is so FUN! Like a party with lots of sweat and uh-mazing music!

Message me if you’re in the area and interested in these classes! And of course, I’ll continue to lead indoor cycling, too, of course. :) Of course. <3

Ta for now!



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Throwback Thursday – The Pink Hallway

Ah, when we bought this place, everything was so…pink.

Fortunately, nothing a little paint and elbow grease couldn’t handle. Check out the upstairs hall then and now:



So long, pink!

Were I a single gal, I’d marry soft, neutral colors.  Wall: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray matched to Valspar; trim: Valspar Daylight (same we’re using in the living room). Cool old door and handle: original. :)

Throw way back!


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Eye Candy Alert: Open Shelving Inspiration

It seems like we eat our weight in legumes, seeds, and whole grains each week.

Beans (of all kinds). Split peas. Lentils. Farro. Steel-cut oats. Quinoa. Flax. Wild rice. Etc.

And what Chris eats in quantity rivals that of an entire army command. He was in the Army, so I know what I’m talking about. We literally buy pounds of the stuff each week. Each weekend I soak and cook and freeze beans for the week.

My secret? Three words: electric pressure cooker.

The easiest way to cook and eat this way is to know what you’ve got at a glance. I’m obsessed with the idea of storing our grains, nuts, seeds, beans, etc. in clear containers on open shelves.

And we’re working on it! Will have pics to share soon.

In the meantime, a few inspiration pics…

open kitchen shelf

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open shelf in kitchen

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open shelf in kitchen

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open shelf in kitchen

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open shelf food storage

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kitchen open storage

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open shelf food storage

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Carriage House Lights

How long are you allowed to sleep in and blame it on Daylight Savings? Just curious. But I must say, IT’S HAPPENING PEOPLE! It’s starting to warm up outside!

Which is good!

But also sad…I’m still waiting for all that snow I imagined we’d get this year.

Before our rather disappointing winter began, we were working like stressed little woodland creatures preparing for the season, trying to get our garage primed and painted. You may recall where we started and where we ended up.

Well, we even got as far as choosing light fixtures. These puppies:


They’re pretty cute and the price was right (read: they were cheap). Didn’t get ’em up before the snow.

But! The snow is GONE and the sun is HERE and me thinks it’s high time to start hinting to Chris. Wink, wink.

In my imagination, ours is a cute little English cottage-style garage. Carriage house? Ah, to dream:

Cottage-style garage

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Oh, fine, let’s be honest. This carriage house is nicer than our whole house. But it would be kind of funny to have to spend your weekend mowing your walls.

“Yeah, we’d love to come to the BBQ but we’re only halfway done mowing our carriage house.”

So fancy,


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