Thursday, July 26, 2012

Favorite Things: Avery edition

These are a few of Avery's favorite things



helping mama cook






Doing the dishes



Painting





Wearing our shoes






Tuesday, July 24, 2012

$100 Home Project :: Master Bath Reveal

Remember this?!


 Yeah....I have been slacking.
 I blame pregnancy, but let's be honest, I was slacking before we got knocked up. 

Well, at any rate, I did finally finish my first $100 home project, the Master Bath. If you remember this is what it looked like before. Nice, but not really inspired. I hadn't done much after we moved in.





After giving myself a $100 budget, I went to work. I added some shelving, a roman shade, a magazine rack, and more organized storage around the bubble tub.

I am pretty happy how it turned out. 



I got this beautiful piece of art at a little restaurant in my hometown. We went to brunch with my parents at Omar's Cafe, and while the food was delicious, the artwork on the walls that was for sale, was outstanding. I saw this picture and knew that I had to have it for my bathroom makeover and the colors were perfect. It fit perfectly in my budget...$15. I know!




Truth be told, this room has been done awhile, except for the roman shade. That also has been made and sitting on the edge of the tub for quite some time. I lacked the motivation to actually hang the shade. Tony was in a productive, tool-using, kind of mood, and hung it for me this weekend. 


I stuck pretty close to budget. The shelves I got for free, so that helped a lot. It pays to be nice to the trim carpenters on your job sites ;)

I bought the fabric for the roman shade, new baskets for the tub/toiletry storage, a new towel ring next to the shelves, and the magazine rack. I used items I already had to style the space. 

While I am done for now, I would eventually like to figure out what I want to do with this wall


I have an idea, but will wait a while to make sure I am sure. Know what I mean? 

So that is that. I also did some work to the mudroom, and like the truly organized person I am, didn't take any before pictures. I will see what I can round up and get a post together. 

So what do you think?






Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Minnesota Vacation


We took advantage of the Wednesday holiday and headed North to Minnesota for a long weekend over the 4th of July. 

My entire family spent time at my parents farm, and we slept, enjoyed the pool, and let the kids go nuts. 



It was incredibly relaxing. My dad, brothers, and Tony went golfing, my mom and I went shopping, and we all took turns with dinner. I didn't check my phone and used the internet mainly in the mornings to look at the news. Avery was in heaven with her Papa and Mama around for 4 days. 




My parents added a some landscaping around their pool area, and it is so nice to hang around at. 




After several days of lounging, we got all dressed up, and braved the heat to attend my cousin's wedding. With the whole family together, you would think that we could get a nice family picture. FAIL.


Tony and Avery taking a swing break after the wedding and before the reception at the Mayowood Stone Barn  in Rochester. It was a beautiful property that belonged to the Mayo brothers who founded the Mayo Clinic.



Avery LOVED dancing with her cousins. She was a bit timid for the first song, and after a while was running and jumping all over. 




I'd say it was a successful trip. 

I am too tired to write much more, but I will try to be better...



Monday, July 2, 2012

'Round Here

We have been bowling in the hallway...




and planting more perennials.


We also have lost the empty lot next to us. We came home last week to see stakes in the lot, and now there is giant machinery parked on it. It's gonna be pretty weird to have a house next to us, especially since the neighbor girls come over through the lot to play with Avery.


Seriously though, we are pretty bummed. {I know, I know...#firstworldproblems} There has been conversation about night work to refill any holes that are dug, or errant concrete being poured...{we kid, we kid...}


In other boring Casa Bower news...my deck garden is going gangbusters. I have 6 pepper plants and 2 zuchinni plants that are kinda wilty with this heat, but producing fruit. As a rookie, I am pretty proud of myself.



We also spent Saturday sunning ourselves at my sister-in-law's pool. It was heaven in this heat, and Avery *loved* it...



Avery and one of her "Papa's"


It was a great day spent with the Bower family.




Slam. Dunk.


Have a safe and festive 4th of July...

Sparklers...
Casa Bower