Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Historic Remodel: Part 1


Living in a neighborhood full of fantastic, savvy neighbors and historic homes makes for a really creative community. I've never met so many interesting people in a few square miles. One of my beloved neighbors is embarking on her second (that I know of) home renovation/restoration and I am beyond thrilled to experience her journey. My hope is that I can be helpful along the way. To top it all off the house is on my street! Not only will it be so fun to watch but we will have another beautiful home to admire in our neighborhood.

As my neighbor, Greta, goes through this process I hope to bring photo updates, and once the home is fully restored to her liking, and descriptions/helpful tips of how you might embark on your own renovation.

Here are a few photos to spark your interest! I LOVE this house!!

-Alison

Living Room

Kitchen

 
Bedrooms

Bathroom


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Snacks on a Stick



The afternoon slump hits hard sometimes and you just crave something immediately, which often results in overeating crackers or cookies that throw your diet out of whack. If you're looking for a healthy option that would also be really fun to eat, put it on a stick. Stick food reminds us of the bad sort of food on a stick-chicken on a stick, corn dogs, cotton candy, sugary popsicles-so in a way you can pretend you're being bad. Just lie to the little devil on your shoulder and give a wink to the angel on the other because once you put some healthy options on your kabob stick, you're doing yourself a favor. These ideas are even great for lunch if you have multiples or for your kiddo's afternoon snack when they get home from school. The best thing to do is to prepare your chunks of food and put them in separate bowls, ready at the drop of a hat to jump on a stick and then into your mouth. If you decide to sword fight with the sticks after you eat the contents, no judgement. Call me if you need a sparring partner. 
-Laurie

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to "School" Grown-up style



When school supplies hit the shelves, I must admit that I get a little jealous that I don't need cool little erasers to use at work, or awesome binders and folders. While I think Lisa Frank definitely rocked back in the day, I really love the chic patterns I'm seeing around office supply stores...which is good because it means that any age really can indulge in a pretty little notepad or two. So instead of thinking in terms of school supplies, let's turn to our workspace and really "work it" this semester.

-Laurie

Friday, August 15, 2014

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found Lawn Game Fun!



Enjoy another summer weekend outdoors with lawn games! Happy Weekend!
-Laurie & Alison

Thank Goodness I Found: Summer Storms


Even after loving every minute in the dry, western states I find comfort in the sticky, summer storms of the South. Usually they bring cool relief to hot afternoons...even if it means you just have an opportunity to lay down for an afternoon nap during a day of yard work. Here is a little Friday comfort for all you other southerners out there!

-Alison

P.S. I currently feel a little suffocated by this southern humidity right now....


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Alison Goes West: Part 2


Part two of my Western US trip is all things Oregon. We had a fantastic time in this beautiful state.

A fantastic artist in his shop in Canon Beach

Canon Beach




Astoria, OR




Multnomah Falls

An Oregon winery


My favorite rose, Just Joey







-Alison

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Get A Good Night's Sleep!




I am a light sleeper and I have discovered a few things recently that have helped me have a more restful sleep. Sometimes, our minds tend to keep us awake so I try to tune out the internal noise with a room air purifier. The white noise is soothing, but I have also used noise makers in the past that I liked as well. After I wash my face at night, I like to get my wash cloth really hot and wrap it around my feet. For some reason, having clean feet makes me feel nice and clean when I pull the covers over me and the heat is so relaxing. Having soft sheets and a comfy pillow are sort of a given, but when you really find the perfect pair, snoozing is so much better. My favorite thing and most affective sleep aid is lavender essential oil. I use doTerra, which I think works better than something available at Whole Foods. The oil is more concentrated so you can use less and it goes a long way. I put the oil on my chest, back of my neck and sometimes on my feet. Within about ten to fifteen minutes I’m sleeping like a baby. I’ve noticed lately that I am sleeping through the night since using lavender and wake up way more rested in the morning. 

-Laurie
 

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