magic hour

The sunshine here yesterday was much appreciated and we even broke out our grill for the first time this season. Ryan and I decided that we should make it a belated New Year’s resolution to grill more this spring/summer – it’s so nice to enjoy a little sunshine and our patio while we cook dinner! When the sun begins to set, we get the most beautiful light in our front room – it’s kind of magical…

by Valerie | 04.09.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

I can see clearly now

After enjoying a delicious blueberry pancake breakfast, it was nice enough yesterday that we were able to get outside and start some yard cleanup for spring. We also managed to wash our windows on the outside which made a huge difference; I don’t know why we waited so long to do that, but it’s amazing what a difference just washing your windows can make - so nice to have some warm sunshine and clean windows to see the world through!

And today (besides being National Beer Day, Coffee Cake Day, Caramel Popcorn Day, No Housework Day, and World Health Day) is my Mom’s birthday – Happy birthday, Mom!!!

by Valerie | 04.07.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

All I can do…

All I can do, when I wake up in the morning and it’s late March and the “feels like” temperature is in the single digits and there’s fresh snow on the ground, is buy myself more flowers and put them all over the house….

by Valerie | 03.26.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

π

Yesterday was Pi Day and to celebrate we naturally felt the need to partake in some delicious form of pie; we chose pizza and visited a fairly new restaurant in town, Bigalora, to enjoy a slice – it was tasty, but my favorite thing I ate there was the delicious orange salad in the photo above…yum (they have tasty cocktails too)!

Ryan’s been laughing over the jokes in this book and won’t stop sharing them with me; like this one…”How do you organize a party in space? You planet!”

And I picked up this new lovely below, to brighten up our kitchen table.

danova

by Valerie | 03.15.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Spring forward

Did you remember to set your clocks forward an hour? Another hour of daylight and warmer temperatures ahead…as Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, on 30 Rock would say, “I want to go to there.” One thing I always like to do when the seasons change is switch out our bedding – goodbye red quilt (until next winter), hello white duvet cover with a brand new grass green pillow case – it somehow make it feel more official to me. The white rabbit cookie jar with golden ears and mixed tulips on our kitchen table certainly don’t hurt either. I’m already getting excited about the forsythia and lilacs that will bloom in our yard in the coming months; happy (soon to be) spring!

by Valerie | 03.09.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

Lego my…

Over the weekend, I enjoyed dinner and a movie with friends, a delicious brunch out with Ryan and a little shopping (Why is the right pair of jeans such a magical, yet often elusive thing?), and a pedicure followed by a mouthwatering Cabernet Sauvignon with a friend.

Instead of watching the Oscars, we enjoyed catching up on some of the final episodes of Breaking Bad and eased the tension with some 30 Rock. Kenneth is my favorite! When I told Melody the Oscars would be on TV, this was her reaction… To be fair, I keep telling her to do the laundry and clean the house while we’re at work, but she hasn’t taken the hint.

by Valerie | 03.03.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Bright & Shiny

On a recent Saturday at home on the couch, as I was flipping channels, I came across Bubble Boy and found myself getting sucked into it; it’s silly and ridiculous and just the sort of mindless comedy I needed at the time. Bright and shiny?

Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, the winter weather continues…the highest predicted temp for us for the next 10 days is 26 and more snow too - just so we’re sure not to forget that winter is not over; I’m done with it, but it’s far from done with me. Which is why these bright, happy yellow spray roses and coral tulips in my kitchen help me to make it through the cold, dreary days!

We did manage to get out and make a trip to IKEA over the weekend and picked up some things to create a workspace in our basement which we were both happy with in the end (the legs gave Ryan a bit of trouble, but he won the battle!) – a large table with telescoping legs, 2 stools, a rolling storage cart, 3 lamps (for lighting over the table), and a few other things (I can’t leave without buying a plant…or 2).

by Valerie | 02.24.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

Making whoopie

…pies, that is; we took our first crack at making whoopie pies over the weekend and they turned out great. Full disclosure – it was a box mix, but the fact that we had to add our own fresh ingredients, combine them all, and then bake and assemble these ourselves justifies our calling these homemade in my opinion.

Happiness is…

  • I’m not sure what this says about me, but Songza has a playlist called “Grandpa’s Naptime” that I rather enjoy.
  • I discovered a new-to-me song/band this week – Michigan by The Milk Carton Kids.
  • A simple, easy pasta dinner at home with a good glass of red wine and homemade whoopie pies for dessert.
  • Ryan dancing in the kitchen.
  • Helix marathon, on my couch, under my electric blanket, in front of the fireplace.
  • Sending Valentine’s Day cards in the mail.
  • Yellow parrot tulips, white alstroemeria, and yellow daffodils in my house this week.

by Valerie | 02.09.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

table triumph

We finally wrapped up our kitchen table project and I feel it was a smashing success. It’s now proudly in its place in our kitchen and we’re already putting it to good use. I had to share photos of our completed project…one gorgeous table, coming right up!

by Valerie | 02.02.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

frosted window panes

by Valerie | 01.31.14 | Around our home, Photography | No Comments »

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