Thursday, October 31, 2013

Big Dogs Huge Paws-Paris


Meet our newest and possibly sweetest foster dog, Paris. She is the most cuddliest dog we've had. Paris is a 7 year old, 100 pound Great Dane, though she looks like she has a little lab in her. She loves to set her face on your lap while you are trying to get something done... but with that face we all know not much gets accomplished. Paris and Mahz were instant best friends. They love to cuddle and play together. Paris even makes Mahzy a lot less neurotic when we aren't by his side. She is a little skittish of males but after being properly introduced (usually by Mazy going over to the new person and licking their hand to show her they are nice) she is such a sweetie to everyone.

If you or someone you know want to help make a difference go to and go to their "available dogs" page to look at all the sweeties.

WARNING: If you want to adopt Paris you have to be an amazing, kind, sweet, human because we wont let her go for anything less.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tour de New House

This video reveals some dirty laundry, all the crap we have. When our wonderful friends were helping us move in they continued to tell us how much crap we had. It was a humbling experience. Since then I save sold and got rid a some stuff..... but I have also bought more and so we are about even. My name is Nicole and I am a horder. I am really trying though to live with less, it's a slow process.

If you forgot (a little reminder here) and you are wondering why all our shi... crap is in our basement it's because we closed on both our old house and the new house but we weren't able actually move into the new place for about a month. So we moved all our stuff into the empty basement while the old owners lived there a little longer.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Reno 911

We needed a bathroom reno pronto. And instead of Reno like the place. It's reno, as in renovation, try and keep up.

Since we moved into our first home a few years ago our bathroom had slowly gotten worse and worse. The paint was bubbling, cracking and actually running down the walls onto the tile. There was the beginnings of mold in a spot or two, and the paint on the windowsill, located in shower, was starting to crack and chip off.   It was the embarrassment of the house. We continued to procarastinate (much like I do in every aspect of my life, hence this blog post when we have already moved into a new house) until the mold started to show up. sick.

It was time to get our butts into gear.

First Derrik had to install a bathroom fan, which was a major factor in all the problems we were having in the bathroom.  Since we had to repaint the walls, and the people that we bought the house from thought it would be a really good idea to paint the ceiling to match the walls, we had to repaint the ceiling too but first we had to remove all the amazing ceiling texture job (sense the sarcasm). Then patch all the holes.Then we had to strip all the layers of paint off the windowsill, then sand, sand and sand a little more. The walls needed a lot of help too. Since the paint had started to mold, bubble and chip away we had to clean and sand the walls down. Luckily our bathroom is abnormally small and there is tile that comes about halfway up on all walls.

Now time to paint. We used oil based primer on the walls, window frame, ceiling and cabinet door, we decided to do 2 coats of primer to be safe. Then we painted the ceiling basic white, which I firmly believe every ceiling color should be. For the walls we chose a dark navy/gray color that matched well with my towels and since we have white tile halfway up the wall and a white curtain the dark color would add some drama.

We started with the mold, cleaned it real good with bleach.

Because the ceiling was painted the same color as the walls, 
a yellow/tanish color, and then had the same color of texture 
put on it it was next to impossible to simply just repaint the ceiling. 
We had to remove all the texture first.
We had to scrape, fill holes, and sand.

Then we stripped and sanded, sanded, and sanded some more
 the window sill in the shower (whoever thought a window 
with a wood frame in a shower was a good idea was very wrong. 

Here is the paint "dripping" down the walls and onto the tile

Then came the priming. We primed the ceiling, 
walls, and window frame. 2 coats to be safe.

The picture doesn't even do this reno justice

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Video Tour, Our First House

Before me and Derrik moved into the new place we took a video home tour of the old house so we could always remember it. We also did it for those people that never came over when we lived there (Grandma I'm looking at you, jk, but really)

Hope you like it, there are a few disclaimers however.
1. dont mind the wide angle, we shot it with a go pro.
2. Ignore me creepily watching guard as I make sure Derrik does a good job.
3. Forget that Deek puts his hand over the microphone a few times.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Harvest Gathering

Harvest Gathering is my new favorite tradition among our friends.
This year we decided to keep it a bit more casual then last year with the mountain man theme.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

So Long

I know, I know. Why am I still posting pics about our old house when we are already in our new house? Because I have them and between moving and getting our current house livable I didn't have any time before now.

It is so fun to go back and look at these photos of this house. I love our new place but I do miss this house, it was me and Derrik's first house together and it will always be near and dear to me.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I (to) DO!

Let me just get something out of the way. I l-o-v-e- love 'to do' lists. I love the feeling of crossing stuff off and feeling like you accomplished something, this is why I usually have 4 or 5 of the same list, just so I cross it off multiple times. So when we moved into our new place a 'to do' was a must. I like to make little lists for that night, for that week, our fist priorities, ect. I also made one for the whole house.

This list is pretty much stage one of the whole house. Although there are a few things that are a little further down the road, and of course things change so we'll see how much of this we will actually do and how much we will add.

To Do:

Front Yard:
Remove rocks
Line gardens with black edging
Plant large bushes
Refinish lamppost
Take out large rose bushes
Paint flower boxes and shutters
Paint front door
Remove/replace storm door and decorative iron on door and windows
Fix sprinklers
Transplant flowers in weird half circle spot

Hall way:
Paint baseboards
Paint doors
Paint ceiling
Paint walls
Replace lighting fixture
Paint back of front door
Get washer/dryer
Paint built ins

Window treatments

Living room:
Paint walls
Paint ceiling
Paint baseboards
Paint fireplace
Replace window treatments
Remove carpet
Finish hardwood
Redo green fireplace tile

Dining room:
Window treatments
Paint baseboards
Paint walls
Light fixture

Window treatments
Replace glass in cabinets
Replace/paint knobs

Paint baseboards/chair rail
Paint walls
Replace window treatments

Master Bath:
New bathroom vanity or new knobs and counter
Refinish mirrors
Make ironing board cabinet into little shelves
New light fixtures
Sand and paint walls

Remove wallpaper
Paint baseboards
Paint ceiling
Paint walls
New carpet
New lighting fixture
Window treatments

Guest bathroom:
Remove carpet
Vanity (paint, replace)
Window treatment

Carpet stairs
Washer and dryer
Tile bathroom

Level lot
Lay sod
3 raised garden beds and lay sod in old garden
Remove rocks
Remove bushes

New windows
Replace door handles
Replace light switches and outlets

Monday, July 29, 2013

New House

So we closed on our house on June 7th and we were suppose to move in on the 21st, but since the old homeowners forgot that they had actually sold the house to us (this seems like the only logical reason they wouldn't get out when they said they would) we weren't actually able to move in until the 1st of July. So for the month of July we stayed with my sister, went to Cali and then stayed up at Derrik's parents in Liberty, so I guess you could say we were nomads for about a month.
We have now been in our new home for about a month and we have been working hard on getting it just how we want it.
Lucky for me... and you I took some photos of the home before we stared. 

Here are a few photos of the main rooms the day we moved in. I will keep you updated as we continue to work on rooms.

Those green shutters have got to go!

These pictures don't do that hideous wood trim justice

Wood fireplace with forest green marble and gold doors... a 1980's dream

Lucky for us there was pea green curtains everywhere