Ouch.

Does anyone else find it ironic/somewhat comical that I possibly gave myself a concussion on the day I was switched from my mom’s good insurance to my own that only covers ‘catastrophic events?’ No? Just me?

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(The door frame leading to our upstairs is much lower than we’re used to. Joe and I have both bonked our heads on it a handful of times, but I hit my head extra hard last night and have some symptoms of a concussion this morning. Fun!)

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Now let’s just hope I feel better by Friday! I’m sure I will.

Also, can we talk for a second about Jojo’s poor decision last night on the Bachelorette finale? Whyyyy, Jojo, whyyy?!

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Shout-out to the Disney GIF app for existing.

ps. Yes, friends and family – if my head still hurts when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll go get checked out.

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Happy Monday! 8/1

Wowowow. How is it already August?! Time flies when you have no spare time, I guess 😉

  1. August 1 = new agenda day! I discovered Ban.dō agendas last year, and they’re just so cute and sassy and fun! One of the first agendas I feel like I actually want to use. The fun stickers help too.
  2. We’re officially moved out of our rental home with LOTS of help from friends over the weekend. Couldn’t have done it without y’all! (Really though.) Now Joe and I get to have “fun” unpacking, organizing, building beds…etc. Buuut we’re in our new house, we have wine, and Barb is only slightly bothered by all of the hubbub – so life is good. (I actually think Barb is more concerned by all the crap sitting everywhere but whatevs.)
  3. Our Disney trip is so soon! A weekend of R&R would have been a welcome reprieve from the craziness that is the moving process, but Disney is it’s own (hectic) kind of R&R, sooo I’ll take it! Obviously. I can already hear Dole Whips and Boma’s Zebra Domes calling my name. (But let’s be real; that’s always the case.)
  4. I downloaded the beta version of iOS10 recently, and all of the updates are super great so far. Minor bugs, like photos coming through iMessage with an inverted pink hue, but that’s manageable! (They look normal when I click on them.) I’m very glad Apple releases their beta software to the public now so I don’t have to do a bunch of back-door finagling to get it on my phone 🙂
  5. While our friends were helping move the big stuff over the weekend (and small stuff that Joe and I hadn’t gotten to yet,) I was on the other side of the state for the Nick Jonas/Demi Lovato concert…and it was everything I had hoped it would be! Even if it did seem to end rather abruptly. (They didn’t really make it clear that the encore was the encore – oh well!) Shout out to my friends for paying for everything I needed…since I forgot my wallet in Kzoo. Thank goodness for Squarecash.

In other news, if you haven’t started watching Stranger Things on Netflix – DO IT. We’re on episode 5 right now, it’s crazy. And awesome. And we probably chose the worst time to start watching a binge-worthy show. So it goes.

In other other news, the Bachelorette finale is tonight! Gotta get a significant amount of unpacking/organizing done before 8. Wish me luck! 😛

Happy Monday!

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Happy Monday – 7/25

Welp, we’re officially in the moving in stage of house things! Crazy. Exciting. Overwhelming. We have a lot to move before the end of the week…but right now the Bachelorette, a growler of beer from Gonzo’s, and enchiladas take precedence. Priorities. 😉 I don’t foresee the rest of the week being quite so relaxing.

Today’s post is just going to be all in photographs – hope that’s alright 😛

Super happy Monday! Now just wish us luck actually getting everything moved by Sunday o_O

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happy thoughts for a monday

  1. A new computer! I’ve had hand-me-down MacBook Pros throughout the duration of my Graphic Design ‘career’ which worked out pretty well, despite some fixable issues and general slowness. But holy moley – everything is so fast now! I want to open Illustrator? Less than 10 seconds later, I’m adjusting invoices or playing around with color choices for a freelance project. It’s lovely. Trying to decide if I want to desecrate it with stickers now.
  2. The Super Moon! Blood Moon? Whatever it was technically called – it was awesome, and especially awesome to just stand in our front yard with Joe for a bit and enjoy it together (and subsequently start looking into how expensive telescopes are.) It was also nice to think that during the next supermoon eclipse (2033) we’ll probably be sharing the same experience with our 13ish year old child. Sorry, is that weird? Maybe that’s a little weird. Oh well. Blood Moon Drawing
  3. Freelance! I’ve been incredibly busy with freelancing – which although it’s been keeping me from working on organizing the house as much as would be ideal, I’m super grateful that companies on the other side of the state are willing to work with me. The distillery man asked if I could attend a gallery opening on Thursday (in Metro Detroit) to introduce me to some people I’ll be working with throughout the duration of my time with the company, so that should be fun — and I can stop at IKEA for hangers on my way back Friday morning, woohoo!
  4. I finally got around to framing 3 prints that I got during De Program in The Netherlands. Narrowing it down to 3 was hard, but hooray for introducing a bit of Dutch design to our house 🙂
  5. Yesterday Joe and I went over to a friend’s newly acquired house who needed help moving an organ. It was super heavy, so rather than watching them potentially hurt themselves moving it to the curb, I suggested/offered to put it up on Craigslist/Reddit to see if anyone wanted it. The friend wasn’t too convinced that my solution would be successful, but lo and behold, it was picked up within 6 hours, with 3 other people interested in it. Bwahaha. Hooray for a perfectly working (albeit dirty) organ not going to waste! 

Happy Monday! 🙂

DIY – Fall Mickey Wreath!

Since the moment I realized there was a hole in our front door just asking for a wreath to be hung, I’ve been wanting to make a fall wreath…and after a somewhat overwhelming trip to Michael’s and a very messy ordeal in our living room, we now have the absolute best fall wreath hanging on our door!

After looking around online for some inspiration, I saw a picture of a Mickey shaped wreath and immediately knew that was what needed to happen – but there weren’t any directions – sooo I had to wing it, and I gotta say, I think it turned out even better than the picture I initially saw 🙂

I posted a picture of the finished product on Facebook last night and a handful of people asked how to make the wreath, so here it goes!


Craft stores (should) sell the base of each of the 3 wreaths (1 large, 2 smaller), which by the way will not only stick to/catch on each other and pretty much everything else, but create a giant mess of your work space. I struggled to find 3 wreaths that worked well with each other and had the right proportions (so many of the larger wreaths were oval shaped due to shipping, probably) – but after going through pretty much every single option, we found the perfect set!

I also bought 2 “vines” of fall leaves with small pumpkins hanging off of them (could have definitely gotten away with one vine, but I wanted multiple colors of leaves!) a stem of black eyed susans, a stem with fall berries on it, a pack of smaller pumpkins, a small pack of wooden discs that matched well with the size of the pumpkin (mickey ears!), 2 shades of orange paint (one would have been fine, but try to match it to the pumpkin color), and raffia to secure the ears to the head!

Now for the directions!

  1. Paint the wooden discs orange, one side and the edges is really all that’s necessary. Two per pumpkin, if that clarification needs to be made, since they will turn into pumpkin Mickey ears 🙂
  2. While the painted ears are drying, secure the wreath ears to the head using raffia. The more wraps the better – you don’t want Mickey’s ears to droop! Make sure to secure the ears in multiple places, especially closer to the top of the head. Try to get raffia that matches the color of your wreath, so it blends in relatively well.
  3. Once the paint on the ears has dried, use an exacto knife cut into your pumpkins – a cut just deep/long enough to shove your painted orange ears in – make sure your cuts result in the ears being in generally the right place – they should stay in without a problem (all of the pumpkins I ended up with are foam, which definitely helped things.) I made the ears a little more permanent by then hot gluing the seam between the backs of the ears and the pumpkin.
  4. At this point you’ll have all of your parts generally ready. Cut off leaves from your vine(s) as you need them, and just start placing, shoving, and gluing everything onto your base wreath as you see fit! You’ve got all sorts of creative freedom here to make your wreath how you’d like – so go crazy 🙂
  5. Once you’re happy with your wreath (remember, sometimes less is more. I think I went a teensy bit overboard with my leaves, but oh well) use your raffia to make a hook for your wreath and hang your lovely new creation for the world to see! 
  6. I ended up with a lot of extra materials, so I used them to decorate our newly assembled shelf for Fall – but keep that in mind as you make your way through the black hole that is Michael’s/JoAnn’s/Hobby Lobby. You probably don’t need as many materials as you think. Also, Michael’s and Joann’s coupons are interchangeable – so make use of them! Lots of Fall stuff is on sale right now too (the vines were 60% off, for example) so that helps with keeping the cost down.pumpkins

We may not be able to be in Disney World for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but at least now Joe and I have a little bit of Disney Halloween to enjoy up in Michigan until we get down there for Christmas, woohoo!

If you make your own wreath, let me know – I’d love to see them 🙂

Happy Thoughts for a Monday. 

Nobody likes Mondays, though I suppose today could be an exception for those of us who get to celebrate Labor Day with sleeping in and barbecues. Anyway, I’ve decided that every Monday I’m going to try to make a list of things that make me happy, or have made me happy over the past week! Here goes nothin’:

  1. 50% off at the Kate Spade outlet, which meant a new wallet for me!
  2. My mom’s co-worker traded cars with her for the weekend, allowing us to get our new couch to Kalamazoo in the bus. I mean Expedition.
  3. Living vicariously through my sister who got to go to Disney World this weekend. The jealousy is high.
  4. I got to go to Pure Barre on Saturday! Totally, without question, my happy place. And I’m still sore. But I got a cute PB branded Pura Vida bracelet so I can take my love for the barre back to Kzoo with me!
  5. The broken parts of our credenza were delivered! I’m beyond excited to finish building it and start filling it with everything that didn’t fit in our kitchen. Is this what married life is like!? 😛 I’m also looking forward to putting the wire triceratops on it that I got from the Fab warehouse sale this weekend (along with a lot of other things, including an 8×10 rug for our bedroom, all for under $300 shipped. Hooray Labor Day sales!)

Happy Monday, y’all!

New scarf from Ralph Lauren, and wallet from Kate Spade. Thank you outlet sales.
New scarf from Ralph Lauren, and wallet from Kate Spade. Thank you outlet sales.
Oh hey, bony wrist. Love this bracelet:)
Oh hey, bony wrist. Love this bracelet:)

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Claire

furniture, bugs, and target gift cards

Our first major piece of furniture was delivered today, a credenza ordered from Zulily. As quite possibly the most impatient person in the world, I wanted the 150 pounds of credenza inside and built as soon as possible, so I opened the box on our side porch and started carrying it in, piece by piece. In 90 degree weather. Oof. Once it was all inside (and the AC was turned back on) I started working my way through the directions, only to realize that two of the major pieces had huge smushed parts that would be visible. So…building the credenza has been put on hold. Luckily the company is sending new parts that should arrive within 3-5 days…our house is still such a disaster though, the parts can’t come soon enough!

On another note, we’ve come to realize that our house has a mild ant problem, but we decided to become exterminators for the day, setting out little ant traps and spraying the baseboards, spraying the foundation outside, and sticking some weird ant bait things in the grass. Maybe we went a little overboard, but almost all of it was on clearance at Target – go big or go home, right? I’d really rather not re-live my bug instigated anxiety attack from our honeymoon at Morgan’s Rock (which, Morgan’s Rock was seriously amazing, especially once I got over the bug thing. Again, a blog post for another time.)

Speaking of Target – we used the last of our wedding gift cards tonight! Partially on food, partially, and more excitingly, on summer clearance items. We were super excited to find a cute little outdoor table/chair set for under $35…we may not have been able to build our credenza today, but gosh darn it we were determined to add some type of furniture to the house! Plus having a glass of wine on our deck before bed…it doesn’t get much better than that 🙂

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Claire

Home?

I’ve lived in the same house my entire life. Well, at least until last week.

My home is no longer 10 minutes outside of Detroit, with the pink striped bedroom that I helped ‘design’ when I was 7, and the garden Joe and I started at the beginning of summer that is producing more cucumbers than we know what to do with.

Home now means our cute little house in Kalamazoo, still in dire need of a lot of furniture (we’re working on it!) – not the place I grew up in, with my parents that welcomed Joe in to our family with open arms, treating him as a son-in-law long before it was official. We both are constantly catching ourselves talking about home when referring to Grosse Pointe, subsequently wondering if and when Kalamazoo will actually feel like our home…like we’re not just visiting for a few years before making our way back to the ‘bubble’ that so many of my high school classmates are doing their best to escape.

We hung our first thing on one of our walls last night, a framed photo from one of Joe’s groomsmen, and amusingly, despite still lacking almost all of our real furniture, hanging that picture felt like the first step in making our new house feel like home. Hopefully as we replace the piece of glass on top of a plastic tote with a real coffee table, and put the pile of stuff currently in the corner into the credenza that is on its way from Zulily (oh, Zulily. Thats another blog post for another time), and have a couch to cuddle up on while we binge watch American Horror Story, we’ll feel like this is a home we belong in, sooner rather than later.

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(I’m sure unpacking my clothes will help too.)

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Claire

our first real meal…with a side of oops.

I’ve officially been living in our house for 25 hours, and while we did heat up frozen chicken and spring rolls last night, we cooked our first official meal together tonight…with only a mild catastrophe!

We decided to make tostones (fried, smushed chunks of plantain) which we learned to make on our honeymoon, elotes (mexican street corn), fried cotija (the best cheese ever), and steak! Joe manned the grill, while I worked on the flavoring for the corn and frying the plantains and cheese. Seems simple enough, right?

Wrong. Having never fried anything before in my entire life, I assumed the oil needed to be boiling before frying anything. 10 minutes passed, then 20, then 30, as I continued to turn up the heat waiting for it to boil. Joe had been popping his head in from outside every so often, and when I was hitting the 35 minute mark with oil on the stove, he mentioned it was looking a little smoky. As if on cue, the smoke alarm started singing the song of its people…so while Joe was frantically trying to 1) locate the smoke alarm and 2) turn it off, I shut off the stove, grabbed the pot, and quickly brought it outside to our (wooden) deck. I didn’t learn until later that I also sloshed the oil around while frantically bringing it outside, and ended up with a few little dots of oil burns. Oops.

Oops number 2 came when, after successfully turning off the smoke alarm, Joe said “you didn’t put the pot on the deck, did you?” Oops. 

Luckily the pot only left a little burn mark on the deck, and after letting it cool for a good 10 minutes on the concrete, we brought it back inside…and it was still hot enough to fry 8 of our 12 plantain chunks without even turning the stove back on.

The rest of dinner prep went quite smoothly…I now know the proper way to fry things, and our house is still standing – good news considering we have yet to get renter’s insurance (I’ll do that tomorrow)! Another plus? Our dinner was SO delicious – and totally worth a slightly bumpy first go at frying 🙂

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Now pardon me, as I finish this glass of champagne and slather my finger in Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment – I’ve had this tin since maybe 7th grade, and only recently discovered how amazing it is at curing all sorts of maladies.

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Claire