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Friday, June 28, 2013


It is Friday!
The sun is shining!
It feels like summer in MINNESOTA.
Lots of sunscreen. Flipflops. Grilling. Laughing. Bubble Tea. Fresh fruit. Walks to the park. I am in my Blissful state. 

Every week, I link up with Lauren and Jeanette for High5 For Friday, showing you some highlights of the week! I also have my weekend recap here.

Yesterday, my three year old was invited to her best friend's 3 year old birthday party! They just happen to be our next door neighbors! It was perfect. Four little girls tying ribbons on flip-flops, playing on a slip-n-slide, eating pizza and cupcakes, opening princess dress up clothes, having their nails painted by our nanny, Noelle. She even custom made a polish for each girl! It was perfect! 

 I finally finished making a painting for our dear friends, Katherine and Cordie. They got married last fall! I posted about it here and here. I wanted to make them a canvas with coral and navy tones (their wedding colors). I used items from their wedding invite and song lyrics from their ceremony (Use Somebody, by Kings of Leon). I love it. They are moving today to NYC for the summer, then heading to Florida. We will miss them dearly. They are family to us. My daughters call Katherine, "Tia", which is auntie in spanish. (Tears all over writing this... I need a coffee) We will miss you sooo much.

Some scenes around my homefront.........

Deck life. bliss.

Loving my Independence Day mantel. 

Roses in my front yard.

I finally painted my stools. I posted about it here!

My Zakiyah Nova. She is my joy! I love her to pieces. Crawling everywhere this one!

Happy Friday! 

Do you have any plans this weekend?


Wednesday, June 26, 2013


I started Lock Lock Wednesday to get myself motivated to style my hair everyday. It is so easy, for even hair stylists to get in a rut with their hair. I am hoping to inspire you along the way with simple and fun techniques to help you look fabulous! Join me along the way. It will be fun! All you have to do is take snapshots of your hair during the week and link up with me below! 

I twisted both of my sides back and twisted them into 3 buns. 5 minutes or less. easy and fun. 

result of humidity hitting my styled hair.

 TIGI curl wand. dry shampoo and hairspray. teasing comb. done!
I took my hair into two messy versions of a french twist. I put in my girls headband. took less than 5 minutes.

Noelle, my amazing nanny, in a awesome bow bun!!!!

What did you do with your hair this week? 
Link up below and show off your locks! Grab a LLW button on my ride sidebar for your blog!  Follow me on instagram #locklovewed and #locklovewednesday

Happy LLW!!!!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

my stools-revamped!

I love how paint can make such a difference. In decor. On walls. It gives things a new start. I have been wanting to paint our stools at our island for a while now. I got some time this past weekend to do it up.

I painted the kitchen yellow a month ago, added new lights this past spring, and painted the scripture on the wall.  When I painted the walls, we took out the stools thinking I would get to it sooner....but life happens. So this is how my kitchen looked without my newly painted stools. 

Lets go down memory lane, and remember what my kitchen looked like before we moved in.....

Above is a picture of the kitchen this past winter. 
No paint. 
No new lights.
No new curtains. 
Note:  the espresso stools. (too dark and no punch of color)

My hus sanded them down to this for the prep. 

The A F T E R
I Love It! 
tiffany blue

 The color is Sherwin Williams- Drizzle. I painted it with a brush/ two coats. I finished with a matte finish sealer. I am so happy with it.

My goal was to tie in the blue that is in my wool rugs that are in my kitchen. I think it pairs well with it.

I also picked some pink roses from our rose bush out front and put it in my crate-n-barrel vase. The tray is C&B as well. The candle is target. The planter is Anthro and the elephants are Pier One.  Happy Table makes happy Christy

Are you working up any projects!? 

Check back tomorrow for Lock Love Wednesday!

Monday, June 24, 2013

weekend recap.

 we had a lovely weekend, despite the weather. Holy storms batman. I can not get over the storms. So loud and crazy. My plants/flowers are depressed and suffering. Kiyah is not liking the thunder.....up a lot with her. We opted for indoor swimming and playing outside as much as we could in between the showers. 
 Friday night, we headed to our friends house for a pig roast. It was great spending time with friends and letting the girls get lots of play time. The Cors were great hosts as always. Joe made some amazing pork sandwiches. It was quite the production. (Joe is our nanny, Noelle's dad)

Four different rubs.

Mar-Mar loving on Kiyah

Slack line addiction. 

The kids in their blissful state. 

Saturday morning....... we headed to the farmers market in Rochester. I gave Zion all the money for her purse and let her be in charge of paying. It was a good opportunity to teach her about money. We had a blast.

We got radishes, lettuce/greens, popcorn, and green onions. YUM!

We hit the gym twice this weekend for swimming and workouts. So needed. It was a great relaxing weekend with the kids. Sunday was typical sunday funday with the Gate youth. We were outside all day. 

Here is a sneak peek of my stools I painted over the weekend. Check back tomorrow to see the reveal. They look awesome!!!!! 

Happy Monday!