Slow, but steady start

So I don’t know if it’s just the introvert in me, the fact that I’m talking to people 10+ hours a day or that I haven’t had it in forever, but I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying my “alone time.” And before we go any further, please get your head out of the gutter because I’m referring to my quiet, humble abode.

Because Saturday's are now for homemade breakfast and "New Girl" marathons.

Because Saturday’s are now for homemade breakfast and “New Girl” marathons.

Working in a hospital and having over half of my job include calling people, I am absolutely people-drained by the time I set foot onto the metro home. By the time I hit the threshold of my apartment, the shoes come off, I jump into some comfy clothes and I take a deep breath… because entering that door is entering serenity and I embrace that quiet like no other.

Also, given that Washington D.C. is a big swampland, it holds that humidity like crazy and I usually spend the first five minutes hanging out by the air conditioning; trying to cool-down after hanging out on a train with a bunch of strangers and no air conditioning what-so-ever. It’s a glorious smell if you know what I’m talking about and by glorious I mean horrendous. But again, I’m not complaining because my commuting time has been cut by two-thirds, it’s just a mere–and accurate–observation.

I haven’t gotten used to the extra time either: What do I do with myself? Do I do laundry? Do I work out? Do I do some unpacking? Or maybe just sit here and watch 10 episodes of “New Girl” because I can and no one can tell me not to? It’s a complicated game in the evenings.

The mornings have been amazing though. I’m still in shock and awe of having time to COOK breakfast in the morning and sit with a cup of coffee, or in the case of hot, summer days, a nice glass of ice-cold energy juice. I’ve even had time to curl my hair. I don’t even know you guys, it’s crazy.

Decorating was quick in the beginning and has since slowed. I’ve been sketching out what I want to do and then come back and go “Eh, no.” It’s rough. Instead of thinking so much about it, I’ve just been going for it: today I put up a bulletin board in my kitchen along with a housewarming gift from my brother and his girlfriend… because wine is everything and no one can tell me any different.

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I love my new calendar printables that I found from Love vs Design (the jewel 2014 calendar) and my monthly calendar from Elli. Definitely check them out! Love vs Design has so many other templates for the year-long calendar, but this one just called out to me and the month design reminded me of my current blog layout. I knew I had to have it!

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Despite my uncertainty with the decor, I do have some wall art ideas for the horizon and I can’t wait to share those with you!

Till next time lovebugs,

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DIY: Family Canvas Wall Decor

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve been a blogging slacker for the past few weeks. A few weeks ago I took a “staycation” and decided I was going to focus on me, myself and I. Unfortunately, the social media blogette side of me also went on holiday and thus, the updates having been occurring regularly: including “Treasury Tuesday”, etc.

So, I missed Mother’s Day a few weeks ago. But I hope you all had a GREAT Mother’s Day and enjoyed it with your kids, mothers, wives, sisters, etc. After taking my nephew to get his driver’s license that Friday, we all went out for celebratory froyo. My 5-year-old niece turned to my sister and said “Happy Mothers Day Mom!” and then turned to me and said “Happy Mothers Day Heather!” While I have not physically had children myself, I feel very protective and maternal towards my niece and nephew as well as our pup and all of my little craft projects. So I smiled really big and said “Thanks darlin!”

For my mother, I made a wall decoration that we’ve placed in the kitchen. It has one of my favorite quotes, that I think sums up our family pretty accurately. As she gave me my Cricut for my birthday, I wanted to use it to make her something she could see everyday as a reminder of:

  1. What an awesome daughter I am 😉
  2. What a great family we are

We really are and it’s not to say that we haven’t had our ups and downs (and sometimes disownments) but that’s what makes our family so ridiculous and amazing. No matter the hardships, we’ve all stuck together.

In the great words of Caroline Manzo: LET ME TELL YOU-A SOMETHING ABOUT MY FAMILY! WE ARE THICK AS THIEVES.

It’s true.

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Treasury Tuesday: It’s like you’re my mirror…

Ok, I have been obsessing over Justin Timberlakes new album for ages and can’t get this song out of my head. Today’s Treasury Tuesday comes from the inspiration behind the jam!

Check out my mirror creation: “‘Hello, Sweetie.’ Vinyl Mirror Decal”

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You know I absolutely adore the pink mirror by AMirrorImage, love a good pop of color! I also love the bar style mirror by touchmeallover, what a great way to use wine corks!

Are you as obsessed with this album as I am? Be sure to check out the Etsy finds above!

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Weekly What?! I will find a way to boil these eggs!

Happy Thursday poppets!

Mom and I decided we’d try some of those fabulous Pinterest ideas and see if they really worked!

She made Pumpkin Muffins from this pin: All you need is a can of pumpkin and spice cake mix! Or so it says… I decided to “hard boil” eggs in the oven… yeah I had the same look on my face too y’all.

BREAKFAST! Pumpkin Muffins – only 2 ingredients. That’s right, just the cake mix and the pumpkin. No oil, no eggs, no water, nothing else. Bake at 350, this is a Weight Watchers treat, very low cal.

make “hard boiled” eggs in the oven! – The Burlap Bag

So… did it work?

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DIY: Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper shakers!

Ok, I was a huge kid-nerd for Blues Clues… but for Steve, not the next dude to come along with the weird purple or orange sweater… who WAS that guy? I mean, we know why Steve left… toke and coke y’all, toke and coke. But anyway, I was perusing the isles of Walmart today when I stumbled upon these cuties: $0.97 salt and pepper shakers! Instantly I had a flashback to those days of spending the mornings alone at home during the summer, watching all of these Nick Jr. shows.

I knew I had to make these, after all, who was cooler than Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper?

So without further ado, meet my two new pals! They just make me happy, they will definitely be displayed on my table in my future apartment! Perhaps I can convince my parents to use them now… except they have some new shnazzy salt and pepper grinders… pft.

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