Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inside Smith's Room

The minute Smith knew we were building a house, he asked for an orange room.


I love orange.  I love it when it's confined to pumpkins and Halloween decorations.  In fact, there are really few things that I love more than a pumpkin during fall...but I don't typically use orange as an accent piece in my decorating.  

That being said...I have this precious little four year old boy that is absolutely obsessed with the color, so we surprised him with an orange room.  We kept telling Smith that his room was going to be green (like his old room at our other house) and he was okay with that (he never fussed or complained)...he would just kind of say "an orange room would be cool".  The day the painters put up all of the sample paint colors throughout the house, we took the kids and walked from room to room looking...and when we got to Smith's room and he saw that big orange sample on his wall, he screamed.  He was sooooooo excited :).  Granted, he doesn't have an entirely orange room...he does have one big orange accent wall and that has thrilled him to pieces.

Smith slept in a twin bed at our other house, so we upgraded his bed to a full in this house.  I found all of his bedding at Pottery Barn Teen.  Baseball sheets, plaid pillow cases, rugby quilt and navy duvet.  And yes, he has one Yankee pillow case and one Red Sox pillow case...that's called compromise in our house.

 I found these superhero pieces at Hobby Lobby.

Smith loooooves his alarm clock :)

 I actually found the Fenway Park sign outside of Fenway Park.

A peek inside Smith's bathroom.  We gave Smith a shower because we knew that one day soon, he'll be a big teenage boy in this room...and a shower just made more sense than a tub for a big boy. 

So there you have it.  I love Smith's room because it's so him.  And just so you know, I typically don't make his bed every day because he still naps there (and that seems like a lot of work to make his bed and then unmake it a few hours later for a nap)...but I made it for you :).

And for lunch today (or a yummy side dish!)...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inside Our Kitchen

A few weeks ago, I shared photos of the inside of our pantry and many of you asked to see our kitchen too.

In our 10 years of married life, Andrew and I have lived in 5 different places...and in every single home, the kitchen was the center of the house.  When we started planning and preparing to build our new house, the functionality and design of our kitchen was really one of our biggest priorities.

This kitchen is where we live.

Come on inside our kitchen :).

 We wanted the kitchen really open and in the center of the house.  We wanted it to be the spot where people gathered.

Three bar stools for three kiddos.

This is our fridge hiding behind those heavy doors.

 On either side of my farmhouse sink is a dishwasher.

This is our favorite part of the kitchen (and maybe even my favorite part of the house).  We sit up here, the kids play up here, every morning, I read my Bible and have breakfast up here, I can use this space for serving platters during parties, people can sit right there and chat with us while we're cooking... it's just a great place right by the big windows looking out.

Right off of the coffee bar area is our little prep kitchen area.  This little area (often called a butler's pantry) is between the kitchen and dining room and holds an extra sink, mini fridge, ice maker and all of our china, seasonal dishes and serving pieces.

The other side of the little prep kitchen area.

We've lived in our house about 8 weeks now and the kitchen is most definitely our favorite room.  The best parts of my day are spent in that room with my sweet hubby and kiddos.

I hope you enjoyed the tour!  I wish I could invite you all in for some coffee and a piece of bundt cake :).

To see our pantry, click here.
To see my laundry room/office, click here.
To see my closet, click here.
To see what's on my walls, click here.
To learn more about our building process, click here.

Tomorrow, I'm showing you Smith's room...I bet you can't guess what color it is???  ;)

Also, I know some of you will want to know exact names of paints and materials used, so if that's you, email me and I'll try and figure it out :).

And speaking of my's what's cookin' in there tonight...

...Andrea's amazing Pulled Pork!!  Seriously one of my very favorite meals!

And thanks to the fabulous Narci D. Photography for the first photo (and my new head shot photo too!).

Monday, July 21, 2014


Last Tuesday, Andrew and I left Dallas and headed to Savannah, Georgia so that we could hang out with Jamie and Brooke Deen and be a part of the new Paula Deen Network.

About two and a half years ago, Brooke Deen reached out to me because she had seen my blogs and thought we had a lot in common.  Over the last few years (through really good times and really bad times), we have cemented a truly genuine friendship.   

Back before Christmas, Jamie reached out to me and tipped me off that they were going to be creating a Paula Deen Network and that he'd love me to be a part of, now that the network is about to be launched (it launches this September), they invited us out to film.

As a side note, back in 2005, Andrew and I went to Savannah on vacation just to eat at their restaurant The Lady and Sons.  To say this was a full circle moment would be an understatement :).   

Savannah bound :)

When we landed in Savannah and were walking to baggage claim, I looked up and saw these two really sweet ladies Cheryl and Lauren waiting for me :).  They had seen my Instagram pic earlier in the morning (the first pic on this post with my flight info on it) and wanted to say hi to me and welcome me to Savannah.  They were sooooooo sweet!!  Thank you so much ladies! You made my morning!!

After we checked into our hotel, we headed to a lunch at a pub (nothing better than a pub burger!).

As we were walking back to our car, we went past The Lady and Sons restaurant (the famous restaurant Paula and her sons started 25 years ago).   Seriously, when we went to Savannah 9 years ago, it was pretty much just to eat at this restaurant.

When we got back to our hotel, Jamie had dropped off a goody bag filled with things he and Brooke love in Savannah (soaps, honey, beer and cookies...perfection!).

And then that night, Jamie and Brooke picked us up at our hotel and we went to dinner at Pacci.  Listen, the trip was a total blast but my very, very, very favorite part was just hanging out with Jamie and Brooke on Tuesday night.  We are so much alike, we raise our kids the same way, we have the same values and beliefs, the same interests...we are truly good friends.

If you're in the Savannah area and haven't eaten at Pacci, you should!  This is the secret garden area behind the restaurant.  And listen...order the short ribs.  Seriously.  Order them.

Mr. Deen and Me :)

Love them.

So, the next morning, we were to be at Paula's house at 9:45.  Paula used to film everything in her real house (the same kitchen/backyard and such you see on her TV show), but then a few years ago she got tired of living and filming in the same house, so she moved down the road.  We went to her studio house to film segments for the Paula Deen Network that begins this fall.

Andrew was sitting out in the audience (yes, they bring in an audience of about 30 people for each taping and they sit in her living room area) and Jamie asked him to come participate.  They made some fancy grilled cheese sandwiches together.

So cool!  This is the Paula Deen kitchen I have seen a million times on TV and all of MY ingredients for MY recipe are sitting out on the counter for me to make!  So stinkin' cool!

Introducing me before my segment begins :)

Paula Deen was just as sweet and wonderful in person as I had wanted her to be.  I felt like I had known her forever and that we were old friends.  She was so sweet!  And I loved that she wanted to see pictures of my kids...and I showed her pics of all of them...all three of them :).  

I'm not going to spoil any surprises...but we taped 5 segments that day and they were so much fun.  When I have air dates and recipe information, I will share it with you.  Let me just say one point, Paula fed me a meatball...while I was blindfolded.  Things got crazy ;).

Around 3:00, we were done taping, so Andrew and I hit the streets of Savannah for some walking and looking.

And then the Deen family treated us to The Lady and Sons for dinner that night.

 Andrew and I had the VERY best time being a part of The Paula Deen Network!  If you haven't signed up for it, you should!  This new network works off of your Smart TV and digital device and I really think it will revolutionize how we view cooking shows, download recipes, create shopping lists and so much more.  Click here to sign up today!

Andrew and I loved our Savannah trip. The best part though was just spending time with the Deen family.  They are as sweet, thoughtful, grateful, humble and sincere as you would think.  They truly are friends for life.

So...what's cookin' in my kitchen this week?  Well, it's Meal Planning Monday... here to see the simple and yummy meals I have planned for your week.

And I showed you Paula's kitchen tomorrow, I think I'll show you my kitchen too :).

Happy Monday!

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