Spring is here! 

Happy first day of spring y’all!

Ok I’m a teensy bit late, the first day of spring was actually yesterday, but I’m back from my hiatus!

And I’m so excited for spring!

I mean the weather is pretty great all year round here, (perks of living where others vacation) but the time change makes my evenings more enjoyable and the weather means mini and I will be visiting the neighborhood playground a lot more often. Actually after I picked her up last night, still sweaty from climbing the stair master at the gym, she asked me if we could go and I obliged.

There were a lot of other kids enjoying the playground and the beautiful breeze, had me thinking about bringing some spring into our home…


I want to do a little house refresh for the season change, bring some “outside in” and brighten up the house and outdoor spaces.

Here’s some of my inspiration for some potential DIYs, tell me what you think or if you have any other  ideas! Are you doing anything to refresh your home this spring?


Let’s start with the front of the house. I need a welcoming wreath; I  had a fall one, a Christmas one and now the wreath hook is looking lonely so I need one for spring.

I really like these two wreaths because they mix textures and colors. I love the look of the rustic branches with the different flowers and leaf types.


I also want to put one of those door decals that says hello or welcome, in a pretty cursive.

How cute is this yellow door with the decal?!:


Our porch could use some kind of a table or chair too. It’s a small space, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be bare and boring, which it is right now. Maybe a rustic rocking chair next to a planter of flowers (bonus points for fresh herbs!) and a lantern to finish it off?

Something like this:


D could sit out here in the evenings and have a glass of cognac and a cigar like he likes 🙂

This is cute too, but I would need a nice outdoor cushion to make the chair comfortable to relax on.


Inside I want to incorporate more green and glass; I think by making some terrariums. I love the little glass worlds of moss, rocks, pebbles and fun miniature accents.

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I have an empty jar shaped just like this one waiting to be useful actually.

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I’ve been meaning to dress up the entryway area by changing up the light fixture and probably updating to smart bulbs (Phillips hue anyone?). I’m kind of obsessed with this pendant light I found on arhaus:

Love the Moroccan vibe and shape of this!!!
And this one I’ve had my eye on for the dining area from westelm.

It comes in silver too, but I think the dark accent will look nice with the wood floors and dark bar furniture in the space.

Actually I was looking on arhaus site, under the living room section, after i found the pendant light and I think we could use a couch upgrade.

This neutral color, some bright yellow pillows, a cozy beige throw and I think I’d be ready to curl up with my latest unread book. After I scotch guard it of course 😀

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Maybe a new media console too? Life of living with a toddler means I can never have too much storage, our current one gets the job done but it isn’t exceeding my expectations. I want something with doors so I can put all the boardgames, puzzles and cookbooks into.


Let’s not forget the backyard; it needs some loving too.

I donated our patio furniture because it couldn’t fit our space when D wasn’t home a few months back and haven’t replaced it with anything yet. He was not so happy to hear that! But the furniture was too large for the size lanai we have, he couldn’t argue with me about that fact.

I’m thinking a cute wicker bistro set so mini and I can sip lemonade while D grills summer veggies and chicken kabobs for us and friends 🙂

But I also want a fun sitting piece like maybe this round swivel from arhaus

Or this fun lounger with a shade from pier1


Also definitely want to get a smart thermostat. With the warmer weather I would love to save some money on the electric bill by having a smart thermostat to help regulate a comfortable temp for when we’re home and when we aren’t. Since we moved in last year, I had my heart set on the Nest. It’s sleek, has an easy to use interface and pays for itself not too long after buying it.

But at a friends house recently I saw they had the ecobee and it piqued my interest, so I’ll do some research on both.



Are you doing anything new for spring ?

Weekend in Review – I’m Back

*whispers into the dark* are you there? did i lose you? can you hear me? is this thing on?


i took an unexpected break from blogging, and i gave you no warning. for that  I’m sorry. a lot has happened, i forgot to wish you a happy holiday season with your loved ones, i didn’t get to toast to a new year’s with you but I’m back.

i’ve been juggling a lot of things at once, and felt i needed to take a break from some things to help clear my mind. you ever get that feeling too? that you are taking on too much and it’s starting to weigh a little heavy?

anyway, i’ve been hitting the gym pretty regularly the past few weeks, and i’ve recruited a coworker to join in the fun with me. it’s nice to have someone to keep you accountable and to push you when you feel you might want to slack off a bit.

i’ve been working on some things for my baking business; i’ve written up business goals for 2017 and i am proud to say that even though its only January i have already started achieving some of the things i set out to do. also i’m researching and trying to perfect my craft. if you want to check me out on instagram : @beesbakedyummies. ( i love feedback!)


but yeah this weekend. got a good leg day in friday morning with my friend and refueled with a yummy lunch at Panera. I love that even though Panera is quick and clean. Their food is great and they’ve committed to cutting out all the extra unnecessary stuff (damn this is starting to sound like a Panera ad! Ha they aren’t paying me, i just love Panera)

Later I cleaned the house and made dinner. It didn’t come together how i envisioned but everyone had seconds so i can’t complain. Coconut rice, pineapple chicken and a strawberry and spinach salad.

Also I baked a cake to enjoy while we had game night. Scrabble was our game of choice and it was really fun! (Using Monopoly is the go to, but D was not there and we opted for something a little less intense).



Saturday was pretty much a lazy day, mini and I lounged around til my bridesmaid dress appointment. Had to get fitted for a dress I will wear later in the year, glad i went because the dress size i normally wear was NOT the size i had to get and the dress takes 14 weeks to be delivered!


Sunday after the rain cleared, and we bundled up we headed to get some stuff from the craft store. I really just needed Gorilla Glue to fix one of the kitchen drawers, but i found some stuff to do crafty projects with.


Can you guess what I’m working on?

 

Also today is my grandma’s birthday! I love that little lady! Happy Birthday Dahling !(not her name).

Weekend in Review- Shelves & Science

i needed to pick up an order from a store on the other side of town this weekend. it was an online order so i could have had it shipped for $6 or i could pick it up in store for the free…

i chose the free option because well yeah it was free. and this particular store happens to be next to an IKEA. who doesn’t love IKEA? i don’t know, everyone i know does. so yeah i paid IKEA a visit and picked up some things for the house, including materials for a project I’ve been meaning to do in baby girl’s room.

a book wall!

we’ve been collecting a good number of books for her since she was born and it makes me so happy for her little book collection to be growing at such a young age. i hope she loves to read like her mommy..

but up until this point we haven’t had a good way to store them. in the last house i had a few small bins that i stacked by age/type of book. in the current place, they’ve been collecting dust in a box. yeah we still haven finished unpacking all our boxes; it’s a process, don’t judge me!


in comes the book wall. and it only cost me $18 (+ materials i already had at home)

each shelf is actually a picture ledge from IKEA, $6 each !

all i had to do was gather up my mounting materials and get to work

drill

pencil

anchors

screws

level



and voila. book wall that looks inviting and helps her see some of the titles so she can choose. this doesn’t hold all her books, but I’m happy with it.


Sunday, our friends invited us to go to the Science Center with them.

not going to lie, that place was pretty amazing. they had 4 floors of interactive fun for the family, and our babies were eating it right up. it made my heart swell to see them engaging their minds and playing with all the “toys” .

i’m a big fan of creative play so i know we will be back to the center in the future to spend more time having fun.

Do you have a hobby? 

As a mom, I find that much of my time (outside of work) is spent wiping stuff; wiping noses, wiping counters, wiping floors, wiping butts. 

There’s a lot of cleaning as part of a momma’s daily tasks, but honestly, it’s not my favorite thing to do. Surprise right? The thing I do the most in my time, is not the thing I love to do. (Don’t get me wrong I do keep my house clean I just don’t LOVE breaking my back picking up socks off the floor, scrubbing the shower grout lines, folding loads and loads of laundry and things of that nature 🙂 )

To be really honest, I feel like I don’t love my job some days too. The stress of it, the time it takes away from being with family, the feeling that they don’t place value on employees, etc. it just doesn’t give me the warm fuzzies all the time.

All of that being said, I think it’s important for a person’s sanity and wellbeing to take a little time out of their day to do something they love. 

Everyday I think you should do something you love, even if it’s just 15 mins! Take 15 minutes for yourself and do something that will make you happy. Maybe it will help brighten other parts of your life, or just give you the motivation to get thru the stuff you don’t love doing to get to the stuff you do like to do.

So what do I like to do? 

Artsy stuff actually. I like to bake (but my waist said I can’t do this all the time!!), make beaded jewelry (after princess has gone to bed), write (obviously cause I have a blog), and I think I’m going to get into some modern calligraphy, maybe throw a little paint in the mix somewhere. 

I actually got some books in the mail today that I will be reading. (My reading choices are scattered and I’m not ashamed to admit that I love reading what the bookstores classify as teen fantasy fiction: Harry Potter, Twilight, the Lunar Chronicles series etc 🙂 )
I mean when I find the time of course. 

Leg Day

There’s nothing like hitting the gym after you stuffed your face for Thanksgiving !

And nothing like going to your gym after visiting a different one while you were back in your hometown.

Last Tuesday I found the closest LA Fitness to my mom’s place and I was honestly disappointed. For being there at 8 am I found lots of dumbbells and plates scattered on the floor and dust bunnies as big as Brina, my mom’s yorkie! Gross right?! People have allergies and that’s not cool to leave clumps of hair and fuzzies just hanging out on the weight floor. It made me really appreciate the cleanliness of my normal gym!!


 

Walking Lunges 50 lbs.

 

3x each

Squats 50 lbs. 12 reps

RDL. 50 lbs. 12 reps

 

Front loaded squats. 30 lbs. 12 reps

lateral lunges. 30 lbs. 5 each leg

good mornings. 30 lbs. 10 reps

 

 

Stairs Machine. 15 minutes

 

abs + stretching 5 minutes.

Weekend in Review- Thanksgiving

I’ll save you the customary Thanksgiving food posts because everyone does them.

I was thankful to spend time with my family and also for my little brother to show us how to “Juju on the beat.”

and of course thankful for this little bundle of joy and sunshine


Friday, two friends were getting married so I went black friday shopping at a bake store down the street from my mom’s and rushed back home to get ready.

The wedding was supposed to start at 330 and was about 1.5 hours away from her house. Formal attire meant I had to find a gown, and I was pleased when I tried the little sage number on after having ordered it online.

I was so happy to see some of my girls and spend the evening with them as we celebrated the union of two people who seem truly fitting for each other.


look at that beautiful bellyyyyy on her though. She was absolutely slaying in this red dress.

The wedding ended up stretching out til past midnight so my friends encouraged me to stay with them.The long drive back in the dark was not something i was looking forward to so I accepted.


As I was completely unprepared for a sleepover, we stopped at a Walmart by her house and picked up a few things i would need. The few people that were there at 130 am gave us some interesting looks but two different people told us they liked our dresses hahaha. I told her we must look like we went to prom tonight !

The next morning we talked while she made breakfast and I made my way back down south to my moms. They were having a lazy day so the girls snuggled up in Nana’s bed and took a long afternoon nap.


Sunday mini and I headed back to our home. After being gone for a week we needed to do grocery shopping, get a tree, unpack and get situated before the start of the new week.

remind me to tell you my struggle story about this christmas tree i put up.

Leg day 

Now you know after eating all that cake and cupcakes and delicious brunch over the weekend I had to get back in the gym so I can get ready for thanksgiving ! 


Started with 

Walking lunges : 50 lbs
4sets

Squats.bar + 30 lbs . 12 reps
Good morning to squat. 50 lbs. 10 reps
Deadlifts 50 lbs. 10 reps

Plie squat. 20 lb db. 12 reps
Stair master. 16 mins 

Weekend in Review – 


Lots of fun happened this weekend including mini and I traveling to my hometown for my cousins gender reveal party. 
And lucky me I got to know the gender before everyone because I was hiding it in these cupcakes for them to eat and see ! 

Cutest theme  for a gender reveal of twinkle twinkle little star …and guess what! 

It’s a baby girl !! 

Another little princess gets added to our family tree. 


So excited for them on this new journey. She’s not due til May so they have some time before their world turns upside down haha.

Also it was dad to be’s birthday this past week so I made him a birthday cake filled with chocolate and peanut butter goodness.

Saturday was a family day. 

And after the party mom, mini and I slept good on the couch. 

And Sunday was a girls day.


I got to have brunch with these pretty girls that are stuck with me forever 💕 have you heard that quote that says if you’ve maintained a friendship for 7 yrs statistics show it will last a lifetime? Yeah well one of these girls I’ve known since the 6th grade and the other since 9th grade!! And considering my 10 year high school reunion is next year, well yeah that means they are stuck with me! 

We had chicken and waffles + bottomless mimosas and salmon deviled eggs to start. And sadly I lost the pictures of all that glorious sounding food!

My actual entree consisted of an egg sandwich with avocado, heirloom tomato slices and srircha aioli and a side of tater tots! 

 It was great but next time I want the sauce on the side and the egg cooked thru cause yeah it was messy business. 

Hope you had a great weekend filled with family and friends too❤️