November 25, 2015

House (Unevenly) Divided

Thanksgiving Day…

  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Stuffing
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Family

Tomorrow my family and I will be watching the Bears vs. Packers game which is kind of a big deal in our household. You see, all of us are pretty big Bears fans…


…even my adorable nephew Max will grow up a fan.


But my mother? A Packers fan. In fact, she is the only one in the family who is, so you better believe she makes it well-known. Needless to say, we will all be watching the game together, house (unevenly) divided.


With football season in full swing, there’s a lot of lounging on the couch and munching on snacks throughout the games. In an effort to resist gaining the Football 15 (that’s a thing, right?) I like to put a snack board together including healthy options such as apples, pretzels and almonds.


Blue Diamond was kind enough to send me two of their delicious flavors to test out including their Traditional Smokehouse Flavor and their Bold Wasabi and Soy Sauce Flavor. Whoa, delicious! If I don’t eat them all within the next few days, I’d love to try out some of the recipes incorporating both flavors on the Game Changing Flavors website. Yum!

What are your favorite healthy snacks? Will you be watching the football games tomorrow? 

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November 23, 2015

Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!


After months of living in a dusty and torn up home, we finally have everything back in its place and our remodel is complete!

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I wish so badly I took before pictures (and I actually thought I did) but just imagine white laminate countertops, white appliances, white sink and faucet and outdated brown cabinets. Well, everything was outdated, really. We also had light wood laminate floors in the kitchen/dining room area and carpet in the living room, so we decided to tear both up and put in all new dark wood flooring to make it even throughout our ranch style home.

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We bought all new stainless steel appliances, tore out the long row of cabinets above the stove and installed a hood vent in its place to make it more open.

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We put in a white subway tile backsplash with an accent piece in the middle, bought new hardware and painted our existing cabinets white to save on cost. We also installed new granite countertops and a stainless steel sink and faucet which makes the world of a difference. It’s not easy being a red wine drinker with an all white sink and counters, let me tell you…

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Since we were already painting our existing cabinets white, I decided to refurbish a dresser my sister gave me years back, painted it white and use it as a coffee station!

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With all of the remodeling and changing things around in our house, it gave me the perfect excuse to go shopping and buy some new furniture and decorations I have been wanting. I LOVE this buffet hutch I bought from HomeGoods and we store all of our wine and beer glasses in it.

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We bought a new TV stand (our old one was the dresser we painted white!) and new lamps from HomeGoods as well.

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Our living room that once had dirty old carpet in it, now has the same wood floors as the kitchen and dining room, complete with a new rug, curtains, table and clock from the one and only Target.

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We are so pleased with the work Property Revival has done to our home. They are truly a great company to work with and I would recommend them for any project, big or small, in the Madison area!


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