Monday, May 20, 2019

Spring Cleaning: The Living Room

Let's chat about spring cleaning the living room! 

Our living room is pretty massive but fortunately the living room is a pretty easy place to spring clean.

Here's what I did to accomplish a clean living room (can you see exactly where I was sitting right before I took this picture? Totally forgot to move the pillows back into place before I took the picture!)

The first thing I did was start by doing any dusting that needed to be done. Since we live on planet Earth and deal with gravity it's always best to work from top to bottom. I dusted my pictures, all the furniture, and moved around everything in order to get everything wiped down.

I vacuumed the couch, folded all the blankets and rearranged the pillows.

I don't have the ability to get my windows washed on the outside being on the top floor of an apartment but I make sure that the inside is squeaky clean. This is a great time to also wipe down your blinds and wash your curtains.

Decluttering is also important. I regularly go through these baskets and keep the clutter in this room to a minimum.

Our living room also serves as a mudroom for us. This is where we take off our coats and shoes when we get home. I put all the heavy coats away in our front hall closet and pulled all my boots off our shoe mat and brought them to my closet for the summer.

Once everything had been dusted, cleaned and decluttered I did a thorough vacuum job of the entire room. This is a great time to move furniture and vacuum behind and underneath everything.

Have you finished your spring cleaning yet?

Friday, May 17, 2019

Life Lately

I have seriously been slacking taking pictures this month! I'm going to try to update you on what's been going on lately. 

For the Kentucky Derby Tim and I joined his parents at Foxwoods Casino. Within three minutes of walking in I found a $100 poker chip on the floor! We traded it for a $100 bill and took it home since I wanted to pocket it rather then gamble it away.

We stopped for a drink at The Sugar Factory and I had the s'mores martini which was amazing! The drinks there are phenomenal and I am so glad I finally had the opportunity to try them.

We watched the Kentucky Derby and then headed to dinner at Guy Fieri's Kitchen and Bar.

The trashcan nachos were amazing! Tim and I stuffed ourselves with these.

I had the Motley Que Pulled Pork sandwich and it was delicious as well. All of our sandwiches were huge and definitely took some determination to eat.

Tim and I attended a couple of fundraisers last weekend. On Friday we went to The Rathskeller to attend a fundraiser for a former co-worker of mine named Danielle. Danielle was diagnosed with cancer this year and has been through hell. It was great to see so much support for Danielle and also great to catch up with my former co-workers.

On Saturday morning Tim and I walked the Rainbow Race 5K. This is such a great cause and we really enjoyed walking on such a beautiful day.

While we were there we both entered the basket raffle and I won an autographed picture of Dont'a Hightower!

Later on we headed to hang out with Derek, Ally and Ally's parents to celebrate Derek's masters graduation.

On Sunday I celebrated Mother's Day with my mom and the rest of the family. We had lunch at The Pizza Place in Westerly and it was great to hang out with my mom!

What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Home Additions

I am all over the place lately! This week expect another post on Friday in lieu of this past Mondays post. I try really hard to keep to a blogging schedule but since this is simply my hobby I don't always have time!

Today I want to show you a few new additions to our apartment. Our house hunt has been going veryyyy slowly and initially I was not purchasing anything for the apartment but then I decided since we weren't going anywhere right away I needed to make our space work better for us.

The first purchase was from At Home. This past winter I picked up two aloe plants and they have been just sitting on the floor under the window. I finally gave in and purchased this to hold my plants. The planter in the center was also purchased from At Home a the same time as the table. The other two planters were purchased from the Target Dollar Spot and I love how they look all together. I love that this table is plain and works with our furniture no matter what room it ends up in.

I always just draped the blankets over our couch and was getting sick of that look so I picked up this basket at HomeGoods. I love the look of it and it holds 4-5 blankets which is perfect. 

Lastly I picked up this oil diffuser from Vasseur Essentials and it looks gorgeous in our bedroom! I also picked up the day and night kit with tons of different oils. 

What have you picked up for your home lately?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Recent Reads: May 2019 Edition

It seems like it's been forever since I've done a book review here on the blog. I've been reading quite a bit lately and wanted to share my recent reads. I hope to keep this reading pace up because I truly love to read. 

The first book I want to share with you is one my mom recommended to me. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman is such an enjoyable read! Eleanor Oliphant is an interesting individual who has a complex history. She is used to her routine and seems to enjoy the monotony of her life. I didn't expect any of the twists in this story before they arrived and I truly enjoyed every second of it. It's a hard book to describe but an easy read if you are looking for one!

The next three books are all part of a fantasy series by Sarah J Maas called Throne of Glass. So far in the seven book series I have completed the first three; Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire. I am absolutely loving these books and have trouble putting them down! It follows Celaena Sardothian an assassin who is pulled from the prison where she works in the mines to compete for a role working for the king. I finished the first three books within two weeks and with the third book I stayed up half the night trying to finish it! Definitely give this series a chance if you have enjoyed any  fantasy series in the past.

What have you been reading lately? I have quite a few books on my To-Be-Read list but would love other suggestions as well!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Four years.

Four years ago today Tim and I went on our first date.

Look what babies we were!!!

I will be forever thankful that he walked into my life and the last four years have been the best of my life.

We've become best friends and I can't imagine my life without him.

Over four years we've spent pretty much all of our time together and been on our share of adventures.

We've spent holidays together.

and traveled quite a few places.

I love you so much Tim and I am thrilled to be your wife.

Just because we're married it doesn't mean we can't celebrate our dating anniversary anymore right?!

I say we celebrate as much as possible....

because there is so much to celebrate. Happy 4 years babe!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Our House Hunting Experience So Far

It's Monday again, how does that seem to happen so quickly?

Today I want to share a little bit about our house hunting experience so far but first lets just talk about our current situation. My husband Tim and I live in a two bedroom apartment which we have been in for almost three years. It's been a pretty good place to live because we are very close to pretty much anything we could need. We have quite a bit of space for two people and honestly most of the time we are hanging out in the living room together so it works out fine. You can see a full view of where we live here.

We started off super excited to be in our own space and have our first apartment together but over the last three years we have created quite a list of reasons why we want to buy a house. Last year we started seriously looking for a house but quickly put it on the back burner when our wedding became our top priority. Our main priority is to find a house in Washington County, RI close to the area where we both grew up. We both work in that area and don't want to be too far from work but also want to make sure we are in a nice area where we can raise a family. 

That being said since we are first time home buyers our budget is quite small. We have a down payment saved up from our wedding gifts and have been pre-approved by the bank but we have a pretty small budget to work with. Unfortunately the area we want to be in is very pricey because the tax rate is very low. The housing market is currently a sellers market meaning that there are more buyers then sellers and not a ton of houses on the market to choose from. 

Now here is what we are looking for in our first home:
  • Preferably 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms but we are considering houses that don't meet that.
  • Washer and dryer or area in which we can put a washer and dryer (yes my standards are low after sharing with nine other apartments the last three years).
  • Dishwasher or an area where we can install one.
  • Kitchen that is somewhat open, not a galley kitchen.
  • A yard! At least a small outdoor space that we can call our own.
  • Clean. I have what I think are normal standards of cleanliness and would like the house to be somewhat kept up.
Honestly, I don't feel like we are asking for all that much but it's been quite a road so far. We have been to see dozens of houses, made an offer, almost made another, and been disappointed far too many times for my little heart to handle. I know that everything happens for a reason and eventually we will find the house we are meant to be in but it is definitely a tough journey!

We originally found a house we really liked a little out of the area we want to be in. We decided to put an offer on it which was a cape with a big backyard. Our poor realtor went through the trouble of putting an offer in for us just for the other realtor to announce the owners had already accepted another offer.

A second house we were about to offer on had a problem with the land surrounding it. Thank god our realtor is great at researching and figured out the problem before we were stuck with a house we could never resell.

We have been to see a ton of houses and wanted to see houses that were off the market before anyone even looked at the house. The area we are looking in is very popular with tourists and often people from NY and CT buy summer houses here without even seeing them in person. 

We even went as far as talking with someone who builds houses to see if that would be an option but unfortunately we think that will be out of our price range. 

So, that's where we are at. Still looking and hoping to be in a house sometime this year. I will definitely keep you updated as we continue to look and hopefully buy our own place!

As frustrating as this journey has been so far I am hopeful and excited for what's to come.

I would love to hear about your house buying journey and if it took a long time for you or if you found your house quickly. Please share!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Motivation Monday: My Favorite YouTube Cleaning Channels

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Easter if you celebrated! We spent Saturday celebrating with Tim's side of the family and yesterday celebrating with mine. We had a great time and can't believe how fast the weekend went by.

Since I'm sure plenty of you have a lot of cleaning up to do after a holiday weekend I wanted to share a little cleaning motivation with you. I have been obsessed with YouTube cleaning channels for some time now and wanted to share my favorites with you. These girls always keep me motivated and for some weird reason I think it is super entertaining to watch someone else clean.

1. Kelly Marie

Kelly posts mostly cleaning videos and I am obsessed! For some reason her videos are some of the most satisfying. I also relate to her since I'm not cleaning up messes from kids and her videos also feature her adorable puppies!

2. Brittany Vasseur

Brittany does a wide array of videos but cleaning and organizing are definitely present on her channel. She has such an amazing personality and her son Carter is just the cutest! She also gives great tips and life hacks and I find myself watching every single video she puts out, no matter what the topic is.

3. Elle Fowler

Elle started out as a makeup guru but has rebranded her channel as a lifestyle channel. Right now she is decluttering a different area of her house every Monday while she prepares to move across the country. I am obsessed with her declutter series and look forward to Monday's because of her videos!

4. Brianna K

Brianna K is a stay at home mom who has an gorgeous house that she regularly does cleaning videos on. I found her through the YouTube cleaning community and I always watch her cleaning and decorating videos. Her kids are absolutely adorable too!

5. Love Meg

I couldn't make a cleaning channel list without the cleaning queen herself! Love Meg makes some awesome videos and just moved into a new house so there are plenty of new areas to see her clean. She is always super thorough and her family is really cute too!

6. Beauty and The Beastons

Tiffani is a mom to three kiddos and always seems to have a mess to pick up! I love watching her cleaning videos because she has a beautiful home and I love how her house always is the epitome of "real life" since she isn't able to pick up after her kids all day long.

7. Erica Lee

Erica Lee makes some great cleaning videos although I feel like her house is always clean to begin with. She is pregnant with her first child though so maybe we will be seeing some super messy clean with me videos in the future!

8. Clean My Space

If you haven't heard of Clean My Space then you should probably head over there right now. Melissa Maker owns a cleaning business in Canada and gives awesome cleaning tips to help you get everything in your own into tip top shape!

Those are my favorite Cleaning Channels on YouTube, now I want to know what are some of your favorites?