Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bathroom Inspiration

We're just getting started on our Mini Master Bath project.  And by "started" I mean O went to HoPo yesterday for paint.  Here's a few things I've been pinnin' as inspiration--I can only hope it turns out the way I'm picturing

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It's such a small space, that I'm going for light, bright and monochromatic gray with silver and mercury glass accents.  I'm worried it may not be exciting enough, but we'll see! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Budget Master Bath Make-Over: Before

Fact: We have the smallest master bathroom ever.  Another fact: I hate it.  Ok, I don't hate it.  But I don't love it.  It's one of the only rooms I haven't put a lot of attention into.  All thats about to change.

Here's what our master bathroom looked like on move-in day:

{the good} I've tried to make minor improvements here and there over the last two years.  Like replacing the light fixture

{the bad} Painting the vanity a dark espresso color adding new hardware.  Painting the vanity a super dark color just made the room feel *that much* smaller

And {the ugly} attempting to make that gold medicine cabinet a little more attractive by adding some silver rub 'n buff to the frame.  Major Pinterest fail.

Enough is enough.  This bathroom needs a little love, even if we are the only two people who ever see it!  I'm giving myself a $200 budget & a three day weekend for the whole shebang.

O's probably taking bets on how much I'll go over the budget, and how many additional days it'll take for me to wrap this up.  I do love a challenge ;)

Pssst!  Check out the finished bathroom here!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Peanut Butter Pie

We finished celebrating O's birthday this past weekend!  All this kid wants on his birthday every year is a Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake.  He knows I'm more than capable of baking him any kind of cake, yet the DQ Ice Cream cake is his thing.  And of course I got the birthday boy what he wanted, I just waited until we had some friends over to help us eat it.  There's no way we could should eat the whole thing ourselves.

I couldn't let his actual birthday go by without something homemade to stick a candle in, so I whipped up one of our favorites.  Peanut Butter Pie.  It's Cindy's recipe and couldn't be easier to make--five ingredients!  I love recipes with as little ingredients as possible.

Peanut Butter Pie
Serves 8

6 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1, 9 oz container of Cool Whip
1 graham cracker or chocolate pie shell

Whip the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth--add in powdered sugar and peanut butter and mix until creamy.  Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, and add in half of the container of Cool Whip, mixing again until combined.  Pour filling into the pie shell.  I used a pre-made Oreo crust in the interest of saving time.  Feel free to make one from scratch if you're an over achiever.  If you're not a chocolate fan, use a regular graham cracker crust--its just as good!  I digress; pour the filling into the pie shell and top with the remaining Cool Whip.  I added a little hot fudge to the top, but you could easily add chopped peanuts or leave it alone.

That's it.  It's so easy that I might just make another as soon as I polish off the other half of the ice cream cake while waiting for the NSYNC reunion on the VMA's.  PS: Miley, you should stop.  #eww

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer Recap

How is it already the middle of August?  Seriously.  Where did summer go?!  Keep a secret?  I'm kinda ready for Fall.  I'm ready for cooler temperatures, football, pumpkin spice everything, Keeneland, and definitely ready for good TV to return.  But this seriously has been a great summer!

We took a day trip to the Woodford Reserve Distillery.  Super cool place--everything smelled like bourbon.  O was in heaven!

We hadn't planned on it, but we put all new flooring in the basement.  Story for another day.

Lots of snuggling with these sweet pups,

A week-long business trip to Chicago, which was amazing!

Fun Friday's walking along the riverfront

And plotting my next house project!

I'm sure I'll be wishing for summer again as soon as there's frost on my windshield at 7am, but I'm ready to see what the next season brings us!
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