Good Morning! Can you believe we are only 24 days away from Spring? After our second snowstorm this month, I am so ready for it. It doesn’t help that I’ve been reading and watching gardening tutorials on repeat, which makes me very eager to get my hands in some dirt. 🌸 I also need spring to hurry up and get here so I can get back into playing tennis. I’m embarrassed to say it’s been since Hawaii since the last time I picked up my racket.
Before I begin with this week’s recap, I wanted to say thank you for all the support on Monday’s post. I wasn’t sure how to put my thoughts into words with that subject, but you all seemed to understand. I was also surprised to learn that many of you were having the same thoughts, and I loved hearing your opinions on the whole art of blogging vs. social media world.
Anyways, I hope you all had a fantastic week and even better weekend, and let’s get this recap started!
Like last week, I didn’t blog much of my weekdays, but I do have a few photos to share!
After finishing up my blogs, I had some avocado toast and tried to finish up a painting of the new house with cottage style flowers. I regret starting this project because it’s taking forever, but I refuse to leave it unfinished. I may try to knock it out while watching Bachelor tonight.
For dinner, I finally decided to try out Hello Fresh. I had a $50 coupon in the mail, and that meant a week’s worth of meals for $20 bucks! This was their stuffed poblano peppers! I used Daiya cheese and Kite-Hill for the replacements to make it dairy-free, and the recipe was phenomenal. Kyle and I both loved it. There was a ton of extra filling, so I added a couple of bell peppers in there to make it last longer. The leftovers were a nice treat the next day.
We had a snow day on Thursday!
The snow is always prettier and more enjoyable when it’s rare, which is the case down here. I didn’t feel the same when I was living in the midwest. It only stuck onto our cars, but it was nice while it lasted.
I am going to try to change up my breakfasts soon. I haven’t gotten sick of my avocado toast and fresh fruit yet, but I think it’s time. Once the ingredients run out, I’ll try something new 😊 It’s pretty much the same thing every day, remember how long it took me to kick my protein oats breakfast?
On Friday, I took a trip to the mall with my mom, so we could get out of the house for a while. It was cold and rainy all week, the perfect excuse to hang out and get our steps in at the mall.
The only thing we ended up purchasing was Chipotle! I couldn’t believe it, but this was her very first time trying Chipotle! She’s a fan (I mean…who isn’t?)
Friday evening, I made rice, shrimp, and zucchini from Hello Fresh for Kyle and I. Another win at dinner with their meal service.
The house is coming along so quickly. Every time I come here to blog, something has changed, and that is why we visit so often. It’s also important because sometimes we’ll notice things they did wrong, and we’re able to have them fix it before it’s too late. Last week, we saw they installed a few solid doors, but we had glass doors, so they made sure to get the correct ones installed 😊
Our railings went up, the crown molding, trim, cabinets, doors, brick, and a few more things! It’s so amazing to see it look like an actual house.
We are eventually going to change the white railing posts for black wrought iron ones. We weren’t fans of the ones the builders had as an option, and they were super pricy, so we will have those installed later in the year along with the wrought iron door that leads into the loft. I think that’s the fun part about building a house; we get to continue to add our personal touches once you move in as well. The only problem is being patient and not trying to do it all at once!
But one of the first things I’ll do is change out the hardware pulls on the cabinets. They do not go well in my kitchen, and I need something a bit more modern. I think they’ll look fabulous in a kitchen with more of a farmhouse feel, but that’s not the look I’m trying to do. One of my neighbors has them installed in her kitchen, and they look really fancy and fitting in there, but with my kitchen being SO WHITE, they stand out too much. The ones I have in my hands here will be the replacements 😊
On Saturday, we headed to a few home stores to check out stair runners. We think we know which ones we are going to go with, and we love that they come from a local store! We are going to try to shop local for decor pieces as much as we can. The store is called Main & Gray, and it’s in Fort Mill SC if you’re local and want to stop in there! They have some amazing decor and fun pieces to add to your living space.
I love the Dash & Albert black and ivory rug for our stairs. They’ll be able to custom cut the rug for us to have installed, which is going to be a must since we have two dogs that like to spring down the stairs! Safety first 😊
We love bringing the contractors Krispy Kremes on Saturday mornings. There are always new contractors working on the house, so it’s fun to meet them and give them a treat for working so dang hard.
On Saturday afternoon, I picked up a few dahlia tubers to put in pots to kickstart for my garden. In a few months, I’ll be able to plant them in the yard!
Saturday night, Kyle and I headed to my friend, Emily’s housewarming party. ♥️ It was nice seeing the girls, and finally getting out of the house to be social. The end of February is always a hard one for me. I feel like cuddling up and going to bed at 7 pm and waking up when it’s spring. I still have to force myself to be social, but once I’m out, I have a good time. I know for a fact some of you can relate lol
Sunday morning called for gluten-free french toast, fresh strawberries, sautéed blueberries, and maple chicken sausage.
We usually wouldn’t stop by two days in a row (wait, yes we would!), but we had to see what the front looked like since they were putting the siding and board and batten up! I wanted to cry when we pulled up to the house because it finally looked like a home. I still want to white-wash the brick, but that will be another thing added to my to-do list. I’m hoping that my flowers will cover it all and then I won’t have to worry about it right away.
Oh, and did I tell you…WE GOT OUR CLOSING DATE!
We will be moving into our home on April 24th! That’s 59 days, and it’ll be here before we know it. We are going to try to have all the lights installed, and a few more projects done before officially moving in. We decided to take our time with selling our current house, and we most likely won’t put it on the market until April.
When we got home Sunday morning, Kyle finished up some work, and I finished up a blog post from my potted herb garden, I did a few years back. I thought I lost those photos, but finally found them in a random album on my lightroom! I was so happy and finished writing up that blog, and I’ll have that go live Wednesday!
I made some vegan & gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! I want to perfect the recipe a bit more (thinking coconut oil will do the trick), and then I’ll share that recipe with you all. They were delicious, but I want to work on the texture 😊
Kyle made dinner for us last night, and we ended our evening watching American Idol. I’m so happy it’s back because it’s our favorite Sunday tradition. I don’t crave chicken wings, but Kyle is the ULTIMATE at making them. I still need him to write out his recipe for the blog.
It’s time for me to head out on a dog walk before the rain starts and get back in with some coffee and catch up on emails and your comments! Have an incredible week, and I’ll catch up with you in the next blog post!
Questions for you!
- Do you ever find yourself trying to tackle too many things at once?
- What Spring activity are you most looking forward to?
- Describe your weekend in one word.