Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Master Bedroom Makeover

When we built our house 11 years ago, we were young and honestly, we didn't really have a clue what we were doing.  Yes, we thought we did, but we didn't.  We didn't know what color we wanted to paint our bedroom, so I told the painter to paint it a cream color and that we'd just repaint it once we figured out what we wanted.  Remember there was no Pinterest 11 years ago, so we were on our own for ideas.  We didn't love the color then, but we figured we'd wait a while to repaint since we had just spent our money building the house.  Years and years went by, and we still had no idea what to do.  I think I was just having a hard time committing to any color that wasn't white or beige.  Well, 11 years and one very talented friend later, this room finally got a much needed makeover.

Here's the Before...

The flower bouquet on the wall is mine from our wedding.  It may not be what some consider stylish anymore, but it was a wedding gift from my Mother in law, and I love it! 



And here's after...

The only thing we did to the room was paint the walls, change out the curtain over the door and we replaced the night stands.  It was a cheap makeover, but one that I feel made a huge difference.
We got our night stands from Costco, which worked out perfectly since that's where our headboard and dresser are from as well.  We've been able to get a piece every couple of years, and none of them were expensive enough to break the bank.


I'm keeping my eyes open for a lounge chair for this little nook.  I think it will be the perfect spot to cuddle up with a good book, a warm blanket and a hot cup of tea.

We have a pocket door in between our bedroom and bathroom.  I left it open in this picture so you could see where the door leads to... because if you are anything like me, you'd have been wondering.


The fun thing about this paint color is that it looks different in different lighting.  One time of day it will look more blue.  Then later in the day it will look kind of grey, and then other times especially in the evening, it takes on more of green tone.  It's a little harder to get tired of a color that never seems to look the same.  ;)


My advice to you today is, if you are ready for a change in an area of your house... buy the paint.  I can't get over how drastically different our bedroom feels. 


Have you updated a room in your house lately, or are you looking to?


Enjoy your day!

XO,

Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday!

 Happy Friday Friends!

Weekends are definitely a favorite around here.  To celebrate the kick off of the weekend, I'm sharing a few of my favorites from this week.


~ONE~


Football season has started back up, and even though the Seahawks didn't play well at all last game, I'm glad it's that time of year again!  There's something to be said about a lazy Sunday afternoon of football, yummy food, and relaxing with your favorite people!

Do any of you play Fantasy Football?  I wasn't planning on playing again, as I've played the last couple of years, but Dan signed me back up because they needed a couple extra teams.  So what did I do?  Well, my team beat his, this first week.  I wonder if he'll sign me up again next year.  ;)


~TWO~

A blue sky was a favorite!  The smoke moved out of the valley and Monday morning was beautiful!
There was just a bit of smoke by the mountain, but nothing like what we've been bogged in with.  Unfortunately, it didn't last too long... the smoke is back.  Regardless, Monday's blue sky was still a favorite!


~THREE~

 Danielle at Against All Grain
I don't know if any of you have food restrictions... if you do, I would highly recommend following Danielle on Instagram.  We eat a lot of gluten free foods around here, because one of my kiddos has to.  And let's face it, if I'm going to make dinner it's going to be something that everyone can eat.  Who has time to make two separate meals, and honestly how sad would that be for her to feel excluded.  So... all this to say, I have loved following Danielle and getting everyday tips and tricks, plus tons of fun recipes.


~FOUR~

I shared this scarf with you guys a week or so ago.  Well, in the mean time it finally arrived and I love it!  It is so soft, light weight and it was only $19.   This is not an affiliated link, it's just me telling you how seriously pretty a scarf is.  You're welcome!  ;)



~FIVE~

 
Yesterday I shared my chili recipe.  Be sure to head over and check it out.
It's simple and delicious, and the best thing is you can mix things up a bit to make it your own.  Personally, I like my chili with a bit of a kick, as where my family prefers it on the milder side.  The possibilities are endless, but with this recipe, you've got your layout set so you're free to play around.


Well, that's it for me today.

What's a favorite of yours from the week?

Linking up today with Andrea, Erika & Narci.


 Enjoy your weekend my friends!

XO, 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Homemade Chili


 If you love homemade chili but don't want to be in the kitchen all day, then I have a recipe for you!

This recipe is quick, simple, and delicious!


 After years of making chili without a recipe and just adding whatever I wanted until I thought it was just right... I have finally sat down to write it out.  This is an easy recipe that you can use to mix and match or add to as you'd like.  If you want your chili to have a bit of kick, go ahead and add more spice to it.  If you only have certain beans on hand, no problem.  Substitute whichever beans or can of tomato sauce you like.  If you stick to the basics and mix and match where you need to, you'll be just fine and your chili will taste great!


If I'm going to a potluck or having people over to watch football, I usually double this recipe.  Plus we like to have extra for leftovers.  Soups and chili are actually better the 2nd day, as they tend to absorb even more flavor.


Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed)
  • 2 cans kidney beans (rinsed)
  • 2 cans chili beans (do not rinse)
  • 1 large 29 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

Cook and brown up ground beef with with diced onion and minced garlic. Shut off pan and drain any grease.

Rinse all beans except for the chili beans.

In a large pot or slow cooker, add in all the beans, tomato sauce, and the meat mixture, along with the water, chili powder, cumin and salt.

Cook on low for 8 hours or on high in the slow cooker for 4 hours.


Tips

For maximum flavor, don't leave out the chili beans and cook on low for 8 hours. 

Serve with cheese, sour cream, Frito's, or crackers of your choice.

For a spicier chili, add in a can of tomatoes with green chili's.  You can also add in more Chili powder or cumin to taste




For our family, chili is a staple throughout Fall, Winter and Spring.  When it's cold outside, we look forward to a hot meal at the end of the day.  I love knowing that I can put this in the slow cooker first thing in the morning, and that I don't have to think about dinner again until it's time to set the table.

Feel free to pin or print this recipe.


Enjoy!


XO,

Monday, September 11, 2017

Our Home

Today I'm sharing about our home and all the reasons I love it!

 We love where we live in Montana.  Even though I probably whine too much about not having a Target or a Starbucks... I am thankful for where we live!  The streets are quiet and the nearest freeway is about 60 miles away.  For the most part, we live in the country outside of a sleepy little town.

This is our little valley that we live in.  I took this picture from up on the mountain across the river from our house.  The only way in and out of the valley is to take the highway along the river in either direction.
Both my older sister and I built out in our parents hay field.  My Grandpa first acquired the land, and over the years, a good part of our family has settled in this valley.





 It's hard to beat these gorgeous mountains.  
This is the view from our front porch.

Here is our backyard.
We have tons of windows on the back of our house, because we don't have neighbors this direction.  We have tons of privacy unless someone is horseback riding or driving the tractor through the field.

We lived in town for the first couple of years of our marriage, and I missed living in the country so much, that Dan agreed that we could build out by my parents.  Bless his heart!  :)

We built this house 11 years ago.

Okay, so I've covered the outside of the house, now onto the inside of it.

My kitchen is one of my favorite spots in the house.  This where life happens.  Homework gets worked on, dinner is cooking, conversations are had.  No matter how comfy the living room is, the kitchen is the happening place in the house.

Even though white cabinets are the in thing right now, I still love my dark cabinets!  The moment I painted them white, dark cabinets would come back in style.  So I'm waiting this phase out.  ;)


Our living room...

I don't claim to be much of a decorator, but I like a simple and clean look.  I just want it to be homey.


Our bedroom is my getaway.  When I've had too much football, or Disney, or noise in general, I retreat to my bedroom with a book or my laptop.

Since this picture, we have repainted which I'm hoping to post pictures of soon.  It's long overdue.


All of these are reasons why I love our home, but the number 1 reason I love my home is because these people and their Dad live here.   Home is where the heart is, and these 4 have my heart!



Today I linked up with Erin.  Make sure and head over to her blog to check out the rest of the link-up. 

I hope you had a great weekend!

XO,

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Today, I'm Linking up today with Mel, Shay & Sheaffer to share what we've been up to this last month.



 What we're eating

Last week we had Taco salad, Chili, and lots of Fair food.


What I'm reminiscing about

My sweet little Emma turned 10 the end of the month.
 I've definitely reminisced about all the fun years of being her Mama.


What I'm loving

I know this sounds a bit vague, but I'm really loving the ages that my kids are right now.  They are old enough to be pretty independent, funny and fun to be around.



What we've been up to

This month was a crazy one.

Gracie got her drivers license.


Jesse's ear drum ruptured and he lost over half of his hearing. (Thankfully it was only temporary) But that also meant no more swimming, which was not what we wanted in our last month of summer.


School started back up

& volleyball and soccer have begun.

Our firewood showed up.
Every year, we have one of the loggers drop off a load of logs.  We hire someone to cut it up, and then we are ready for the long winter.


What I'm dreading


Even though I'm not dreading anything, I'm also not excited about all of the fires and smoke we have in Montana currently.  There is no rain in sight and some say we might have to wait for snow to put them out.  The smoke is so thick through out our valley, that they are calling it Hazardous, which isn't great especially for those who have health issues already.   It's so thick that the aircraft's aren't even able to fly to help with the fires.
This picture was taken from my front porch.

I know there is a lot going on with the whole country right now, but if you think of it, Montana would LOVE your prayers for rain up here!


What I'm working on

 I took senior pictures for my nephew and a friend of his last month.  I'm trying to make the time to sit down and finish editing them.  I'm hoping now that the kids are back in school, that I'll be able to finish them up.


What I'm excited about

Two of my friends both have Freshman at the college in Bozeman this year, and we are planning to spend the weekend over there and check in on them.


What I'm watching/reading

I just finished Hart of Dixie, and haven't started anything else yet.  Randomly, we'll watch Last Man Standing.  It is such a funny show!

As far as reading, I have done absolutely nothing.   I blame it all on this new game I downloaded.
Anyone else a Pinochle fan?  It's addicting, and fun to have a card game right at my finger tips.


What I'm listening to

With the kids back in school, my house is really quiet.

I really want to start listening to podcasts, but how do I find them?  I've listened to Jamie Ivy's, but that's it.  Do you have favorites?


What I'm wearing


In the summer, I keep it simple.  Capri's, tanks, shorts, and Birkenstock's.

I'm sure going to miss wearing these outfits.  Within the next month, my outfits will have completely changed, and I'll be wearing jackets and boots.



What I'm doing this weekend

Not too much.  Gracie has an away game that we won't make it to, and Jesse has a soccer game that we'll attend instead.  It's hard missing one to go to the next, but her game is quite a ways away, and she has a lot more games than her brother, so we'll miss this one and hit the next.



What I'm looking forward to next month

I'll be watching lots of volleyball and soccer games, which are fun!  I'm looking forward to being back into the school routine.


What else is new

I can't think of anything else...

What is new with you?


I hope you are having a great week so far!
 
XO

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hello September

Can you believe that August is over?!  This summer flew by for us, and we're already gearing up for Fall.

Last week I pulled out all of my Fall decorations and started decorating our house.  I hate being sad that summer is leaving, so instead I like to get excited about something else.  Fall just happens to be my something else... because if you can't beat them, join them, right?!
Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite Fall things

Nothing says Fall, like a hot bowl of chili and some football on the TV.
 Chili is a Fall, Winter and Spring staple around our house. I'll be sharing my simple recipe with you all soon.  When I'm in the kitchen I tend to just mix and add until it's just how I want it, but I've had people asking for this recipe often enough, that I figured it was time to write it out.


Speaking of recipes, I picked up this new cookbook the other day at the grocery store and I'm excited to sit down and look through it.   With all of the kids sporting events, I often find that I have extra time on my hands while I wait, so it's nice to have something to browse through while I'm sitting around.
 We pretty much eat gluten free, since one of my kids has to.  I like finding recipes that I can slightly alter to fit our family, so we can still eat the things that we like.  Plus if you are anything like me, you get tired of making what seems to be the same 10 things over and over again.  A new cookbook is a fun way to get some motivation and hopefully a few new ideas.


Another thing I love about Fall, is the change in wardrobe.  I should start by saying that I think I would be a very happy girl if I could wear shorts and flip flops year round... but, it is nice to eventually put some of the clothes I've been wearing all summer away and pull out pieces that I haven't worn in a while.  A couple of new scarves and you feel like you have a whole new wardrobe.  Isn't this scarf cute?!
Link


You all know I love to read!
  Well, Fall evenings are the perfect time to cuddle up and grab a good book.  Here are a couple of books that I've been wanting to read.
 The Husband's Secret

Uninvited
Have you read either of these?  Also, I'm needing a few book recommendations.  If you've read anything good lately, please share!


What's your favorite thing about Fall?


XO,