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House Love

A Lot has been changing in our little townhouse the past few months so I thought I would share a few shots of my favorite updates…here goesImage

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chalkboard quote from Frost

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two new metal shelves from ikea ($14.99)Image

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a new gallery wall in the living room..the DIY mode podge Map was a DIY project that I did a previous post on

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a DIY burlap wreath and a white pumpkin are keeping my entryway seasonal

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DIY Chalk Paint with Minwax Stain

Okay, as you can see, I’m still on my Chalk Paint kick. My hubby is out of town this week so I was able to knock this dresser out in two days! I just used green and white acrylic paint mixed with my Plaster of Paris Chalk Paint recipe. (2 tbs of PoP, 2tbs of water to 1 cup of paint) I also used a Minwax Kona stain after I applied one coat of clear Minwax to give it a darker, worn appearance. Here is this finished look.

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One Coat of Chalk Paint
One Coat of Chalk Paint

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DIY Mod Podge Canvas Map

Hola! Mine and my husband’s one year anniversary is this coming Sunday and as I was googling..”one year anniversary gifts” I came upon this great idea to put a map onto a canvas or poster board and then put pushpins or flags or whatever on all of the places that you have visited together. It’s a great reminder of the memories you’ve made together. It will also look pretty on your wall…hopefully.

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Our Wedding Video

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA the last few weeks. I was a bit sad after leaving my family in Georgia to come home to California but I think I’m finally over it again 🙂 I always thought I was one of the “tough” ones who could move anywhere and be happy but being so far away from our families can be really hard sometimes. In Lou of our one year anniversary June 16th I’m showing a clip of our wedding. I like to watch it because it reminds me why it’s worth being homesick sometimes.

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Happy Belated Mother’s Day

Happy Belated Mother’s Day! We are currently still in Atlanta for my little sister’s graduation. It has been a whirlwind of a trip. We flew from San Diego to Atlanta, which was a five hour flight, then the very next day we drove from Atlanta to Jackson, Mississippi for my sister’s college graduation. It was a great time spent with my family and I actually quite enjoyed the long car ride there because it meant we were forced to talk to each other 🙂

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Here is most of my “little” family with the graduate

It has been a great trip so far and being home has been such a treat for us.

How was your Mother’s Day? Any graduations on your horizon?

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UnBEElievable

Bee Swarm

Can I just share with you how our Friday has been so far? This morning I was upstairs cleaning in our guest room with the balcony door open and I started to hear tons of little buzzing noises-almost the sound that house flies make when they keep smacking themselves up against the window. I went to the open door and stood their in disbelieve. There were hundreds, HUNDREDS of bees buzzing around in the courtyard between our houses. I felt like I was in Egypt witnessing a plague! I quickly slammed the door shut with only one bee making it in. Phew! I ran downstairs to get a closer look out the window and to watch the show that was unfolding before me. There were tons of bees just swarming around like a cloud in between our houses, then suddenly, like they had all gotten tired of flying at the same they all picked a branch to pile on together and rest. Of course my first thought is to google “bee swarms” and this is what I found.

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I guess when a colony gets too big for just one queen, the extra bees fly off with their new queen and she becomes tired while flying so she will pick a branch to rest on and all of the other bees swarm around her on the branch to be able to communicate with her “pheromones”  (the way they communicate with each other). The swarm will then send out scout bees to try to find a new spot for their hive. “well isn’t this convenient”. Usually this “swarming” lasts from one to three days before they decide to move. (has anyone else watched My Girl).

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About an hour after all this began, the bees are still “resting” on the tree branch so I calmly and slowly walked past them to my car and when I returned a few hours later they were STILL there on the branch..a huge, black dot!

I suppose another family called the county because a man in a bee suit promptly showed up and showered the poor bees down. I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for these poor creatures. I was hoping that they were just going to relocate them but judging by the piles of bees on the ground still I’m guessing they poisoned them. There are still quite a few swarming around the branch and the bee suit man is gone…hmmm. Is he coming back?!?!

 

Bee SwarmsHope you have an eventful Friday in a much different way 🙂 See you next week!

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Pumpkin Pancakes, Thrift Stores and Starbucks

Mondays are my husbands day off so this morning I decided to venture out of my usual breakfast routine and make him pumpkin oatmeal pancakes. I know they sound delicious but they were quite tricky and ended up being more like little fluffy pumpkin cakes. Yes, we still ate them of course.

After breakfast we decided to drop some clothes off at Salvation Army. We ended up with a very nice glass cake stand and cover. I was super excited about this find because I’ve been looking for one every time I visit a thrift store for the past few months.

We then headed over to our regular Starbucks to read and relax. This has become one of our favorite activities to do together. It’s a very cheap date and we can either talk or stick our noses in our own respective books and ignore each other:)

We finished the day with chinese food for dinner and are about to sit down to watch the movie Lincoln. Happy Monday and have a blessed week.

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Obsession: Beautiful Journals

Beautiful Journals

Journal Obsession Anyone? Okay so I’ll admit that I can not go past a journal/notebook isle without hesitating and at least glancing at the cute little beauties. Over the past few years I have really outdone myself with my journal collection. I’m not sure what it is – there is just something about purchasing a new journal that holds so much promise. Every time I purchase a new one it’s like hey, this TIME I’m going to journal each and every day of this beautiful life I’m living and some day my children’s children may sit down together and read this diary of my journey. Of course, I usually quit using them some time during the first week of ownership but oh well, they are still quite beautiful creatures sitting there on my end tables, in my drawers and on my bookshelves. So here’s a nod to all of my beautiful, half-filled journals. Continue reading

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Back Patio Oasis

I love our back patio. It is like my own private oasis or my own little spot of land that I can do with what I will 🙂 We have lived here for 9 months now and this little patio looks SO different from when we first moved in. There was absolutely no grass or plants-just dust so we planted grass seed that would pretty much grow anywhere. The pumpkins that are growing were actually a mistake..oops…lol.. I thought that throwing my pumpkin from Halloween in my compost pile was a good idea until they started sprouting up pretty much overnight and I did’t have the heart to pull them up even though they will most likely burn up during the summer months :/

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