Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Both Fortunately and Unfortunately--House projects have continued--blogging has not. And before I continue--weird, but big thanks to all you guys who have messaged me about liking the blog. Its kind of a joke that we write the blog to look back and enjoy reading things we wrote back here, or here...

Clearly we have a record of unfinished projects, but our home will NOT be one of those! So I totally appreciate all of you guys keeping us in check, and letting us know you are taking on something fun for your place. Its super fun and I LOVE LOVE LOVE stalking what other people are creating for their houses so PLEASE SHARE!!! :)

All that aside, we have no excuses. Except I will blame Bobby for not holding up his end of our deal. But I'll do a quick catch up and try to keep the words to a minimum and let the pictures tell you the story....

First off...what started as an "easy-peasy quick project" turned into a pretty intense fiasco. I have a jacket problem...and I also have a walk through the door, shoes leave my feet and stay in that place problem. Thus I wanted a dump all. Fortunately Bob and I have LOTS of storage in this big house, so we decided we wanted to convert this small coat closet right off our laundry room to a pseudo mud room. 
   
We (aka Bobby) removed the door.  And Measured and pre-cut some leftover bead board from the bar.


We tricked our friend Richard into helping. *THANKS!*


Then we ran into a whole slew of problems....I had originally asked FIL/BOB to create a storage bench. But after the caulking and painting of the bead board took longer than expected, we just decided to scoop up the bench from Bed Bath & Beyond because it was a few inches shy of the space and would be a perfect fit. 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 

The funny thing about DIY, is it AINT ALWAYS PRETTY. A few inches shy of the space, meant a tight squeeze...

Two huge holes later, a letter to the future owners of this house and a bench that is tightly comfortably situated in its forever home....

Meet my favorite little corner of the house... 




She's quite functional and cute. Just my kinda gal. Yes. My Mudroom-Closet is a girl. 

Next up--I just did a quick coat of chalkboard paint on the inside of the pantry. Funky, fun and functional. FCubed! :) 


Then I finally completed a Starburst Mirror with shims. I guess its best to now come clean about my speech impediment. I cant say Mirror. I say MEER ROW. Get over it...dont try to help...I cant say it. I'll share the list of my other speech problems as they come up..

But yes, its much bigger than the last one
 


And finally...picked these babies up from the thrift store a couple of weekends back and had been waiting to fix em up. I think this will do.... 


SO Yes...projects havent stopped. But nothing too big taking place. We have plans to tackle our deck soon. But I'll be sure to try to squeeze in some more of my Halloween Decor. 

What have YOU been doing?!?! 

-M

Friday, August 10, 2012

Quiet

No we didnt exactly fall off the face of the planet...we have still been doing small projects like adding a new area rug, planting some plants, making some new furniture...just the usual. Okay for serious, we have been prioritizing our projects because we are focused on getting our deck started. Yep. 

But in the mean time, we have been doing stuff like this...

Hanging out at the beach and grabbing some beat-up-been-through-hell wood....

Bringing said wood back for FIL creations---


Measuring wood....





 Using phones to do division problems to figure out dimensions....


Unsafely cutting wood on the back of trucks....


   

Making Progress....



I'll let Bob show you the finished project and all the fun he's been having when he posts....

In the mean time...I've been enjoying the peace and quite of a calm house. 

I finally settled on a rug. It was a steal for the size and the perfect-I-wont-ball-my-eyes-out-if-when-the- dogs-destroy-it kinda price. SO in my frugal book, a clear winner. 
  


What have YOU been up to? 

P.S. I also FINALLY added a Follow US button...so do me a favor and follow y'all! :) 

xoxo
Monica

Monday, July 9, 2012

Little Bead-Board in my life...

Yep. Two bloggers is SUPPOSED to be better than 1, but with my husbands lack of enthusiasm for blogging,  I'm back to just good ole' me. (FOR NOW)

So I have big plans for this bar, but again, that's the thing about a new house. You cant justify gutting a brand new kitchen in a new house because it's not exactly what you would have picked. LOL. Until I feel we can safely remove all back splash, change kitchen cabinetry and re-do the bar, I'll love my bead-board bar with all my heart and soul. 


So here is a picture illustration of our supposed to be easy-peasy project. 


BEFORE:



First FIL and Hubs meticulously took off the molding and baseboards working extra carefully not to destroy them so we could reuse on top of the bead board panel. (HA!)




They were pretty awesome in removing it perfectly...


Then hubs got to work on the corners...


And of course what is ANY project without our favorite little helper...



All molding and baseboards off...


Measure and cut panel...


2.5 Beynaerts to figure out if it fits....


FIL and some more help from Boss sweeping the mess...


all in place...


Yea so remember the baseboards and molding they meticulously pulled off. HA... didn't work out as planned. Which meant my bada$$ husband got some experience cutting some 45-degree angles. AKA hard stuff...and he was a supa-star at it. 

Therefore, caulking, sanding, painting later....


TADA!!!!





It's a very subtle touch, but adds just the amount of charm that I felt necessary. We are going to do the ceiling as well which will help bring it out some more and its a lot more obvious in person than in pictures.


It makes me smile. 

Lessons Learned:
1.) Boss the Hoss is the BEST helper in town....


2.) Sometimes "easy" projects aren't SO easy.
3.) THANK GOODNESS HOME DEPOT is less than 2 minutes away.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

BBBL--a little later than originally planned

As I've started to get back into this, I searched through some of my draft blogs I had done to see if I could cheat and pick up from one of those. My usual procrastinator self was happy to find the below; dated 6-12-12. Before I started this blog, I had another one and at the ripe ole age of 22, I created the below bucket list! 

You see the 11+ years Bob and I have been the unstoppable duo of Bobica, we have had a running mental list of things we wanted to do and accomplish before the "next phase". If I'm being honest, Bobby has humored me for the last decade plus. I'm a planner of the worst kind, and his go with the flow attitude and mine collide to produce catastrophic events on the daily. We created a BBBL (before baby bucket list) long before we even seriously talked babies. Obviously it's a little late for the BEFORE BABIES part, but never too late for some Bucket List progress. 

Do you have an actual bucket list? Is it a personal bucket list or a joint one? I'd say we probably have both. And the best thing about it is that it's never supposed to be finished! How boring would that be? 

The Bucket List

In no particular order; and all things I'd like to do before I kick the bucket. 

1.) Learn how to successfully navigate blogging. 
Jury is still out. Stay tuned.
2.) Buy a fixer upper house with a pool and pour my blood, sweat and tears into making it my dream house. Err.. buy a brand new house and make it everything we ever wanted!
We live in planning, transition and scheming all the time. We have a long list of projects waiting for us to begin, big and small. I am starting to feel the sad longing for a pool...this is probably not going to happen in this house. 
3.) Have babies. Gorgeous babies, and lots of them. (Catch me on a bad, stressed out with kids day and I SAY I only want dogs....dont let that fool you.) 
Well I'm obviously extremely biased, but she's pretty dang gorgeous. I can't wait to make more just like her. 


3.5) Be the best Mom I could ever be. 
If we are lucky, Chuck will be able to answer this in a few short years. But if I can, I'd add "live by my standard, not comparing myself to other moms and try to not harp on the little things and feel guilty" to the above. That will for sure be a feat for me....

4.) Sing karaoke in public. 

5.) Get married, to the love of my life. Big wedding, or small--walk down an aisle and see his beautiful face waiting for me at the end.  
100% had the most beautiful wedding (obviously biased) I have ever been to, with the most perfect man I could have ever dreamed of ready to spend his life with me.

6.) Spend a NYE in Times Square. 
Working on this still...I've settled for some amount of time in December as opposed to NYE.

7.) Go on a cruise. 
2 ships, 3 cruises, 7 ports. Best. Way. To. Vacay. 
8.) Have a gorgeous yard that my Beagle, and future Chocolate Lab can play in. And a sweet doggie door for them to go in and out of. 
Make that a Boxer to go along with the Beagle. Both of which share a doggie door my FIL (Father in Law) and husband installed. 

9.) Give a speech at a wedding. 

10.) See the pyramids in Egypt. 

11.) Spend a Christmas Eve with a less fortunate family and learn how to be more appreciative of the blessings I have. 

So for the past two years, we have hosted a Booze exchange at Christmas. (Think white elephant with nothing but grown up drinks to pick and steal from friends!) Somehow our marvelous friends did us a huge heart happy favor and brought toys. Bobs best friends mom started this amazing non-profit called A Simple Thread and we were able to donate these toys to the kids on Christmas Eve. It's so important for me that we always give back and it was pure joy being able to see the kids open these gifts. We plan to do this every year and hope the people in our life continue to help us give back!  


12.) Go BACK to Vegas. 

13.) Have those gorgeous babies in time to meet our great-grandparents. 
Seeing our great grandparents meet their great, great granddaughter is more special than we can put into words. 



14.) Change someones life for the better. 

15.) Successfully grow hydrangeas. 
If I knock on wood after I put this sleeping baby down I can go ahead and say my girls are thriving! Stay tuned, this is the most temperamental plant I've ever touched....
16.) Use my crockpot I got for Christmas 2009 that has only been moved out of the box since. 
Haha so if you know me, I don't cook. God blessed me with a man who loves his kitchen and you will never hear me complain about that. So being a coaches wife I've learned to embrace the crockpot. I got a good Hawaiian chicken down, a BeefStroganoff, Pork Tacos--but define igl need some more ideas for the upcoming football season.    
17.) Catch a HUGE fish. 

18.) Donate my hair to Locks of Love. 
Done it once, would love to do it more than once. 


19.) Skydive. With Bobby. (Its very cliche) 

20.) Piddle-Paddle with photography, fall in love and make it my passion. 

21.) Live near my family. 
We live 3 miles from My Grandparents, Mother-in-law, Father-in-law and 6 miles from my mom and Step dad. YES that's amazing to us!

22.) Have a big Thanksgiving dinner, that I COOK, at my house with ALL of our family present. 
Our first Thanksgiving in this house was the best. See 16. I don't cook, but we had everyone here!

23.) See the Texans go to the Superbowl. 

24.) Never have to go without DVR. 

25.) Take Bobby to Disney World. 

26.) Convince more people to register to be organ donors and save lives. 

27.)Volunteer. 

28.) Learn to sew. 
Working on it...
29.) Play the piano. 

30.) Own my own business preferably a sno-cone stand. 

31.) Spend the majority of my middle life watching Friday Night Football games. 
See post about Bobby's Career. 
32.) Have every Scentsy fragrance ever made. 

33.) Own a pair of Jessica Simpson heels...or 2, or 3....Yep. closet is a happy home to 2 pairs. 

34.) Go on a roadtrip around the country. 

35.) Kiss under the Effiel Tower. 

36.) Write a book. 

37.) Collect watches. 
Well on my way...

38.) Spend $100 at a dollar store. 

39.) Swim with dolphins. 

40.) Drink a legit, Italian bottle of wine. 

41.) Travel with Bobby to Holland. 

42.) Change my last name. 
Meet Monica Renee Beynaerts. Be Jealous. I'm way cool.

43.)Teach Bizzy to successfully execute "dead dog". 
I posted a blog. Not 100% sure she retained this....

44.)Own a MAC. 

45.)Have twins...I have this obsession with wanting twins. 
Umm so no so much a bucket list item any longer. #oneatatimeisenough
46.)Have a closet like Carrie's in SATC. 

47.) Go on a date night every week with Bobby. 

48.)Meet Owen Daniels. 

49.)Design my dream kitchen, that makes me fall in love with cooking...psh. 

50.) Run a marathon.

51.) Be a supportive and encouraging Coaches Wife (and don't dwell on all the absence)  
52.) Think of more things to add to my list...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Laundry Room Decor

Do you like laundry? What a stupid question... 

I'm sort of convinced if my laundry room looked 
like THIS>>

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or
THIS>>
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I would for sure love everything laundry, but if we are being honest, probably not. 

So taking inspiration from all the things I have pinned, I found this and reminded myself to put this on my to-do list and to-buy list for my next Hob Lob trip.

I also liked the bright colors of the WASH in the picture, and wanted to emulate as best as possible to bring happy-ness to an otherwise icky room.
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Scrapbook paper, some Mod Podge and some Wood letters from Hobby Lobby in hand, I began. 








It was a super simple project. And we had this canvas laying around that Bobby had Spray Painted for the Man Room (JACKED!)

So some $1.99 letters, $0.50 Scrap Book paper and Hot Glue later....






And of course my little Bizzy Boo's sign.

We ARE those people who buy all things that look like our dogs...







oh and JUST for fun...here's a sneak peak of our next project which we are currently working on!




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