Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Let's talk exteriors! Because first impressions are everything!

Hi friends,
How are you doing??
The architect has finished the plans for Jules,
 Tonight we have our first construction meeting.
 (Confession this was 2.5 weeks ago)

Going into the meeting, the only thing we had decided for sure was the roof color
which was black.
For exterior colors we both liked the idea of Jules being grey.
M wanted one solid color; where as I wanted two.
Because ombre is totally in friends.
We spent six hours driving around looking at exterior color options.
 This was M's favorite color combo.
Traditional Exterior by Minneapolis Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Sicora Design/Build

This was my favorite, and we actually ended up choosing a similar color combination for ours.


 But really
 If I had complete creative control, this would have been it.
Craftsman Exterior by Mechanicsville Home Builders Shurm Construction Inc

I mean the mint door, I die!

So what is your favorite home color combo?

Happy Wednesday!!
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Am I still a blogger if....

Well Hello There Friends!
How are you!
It has been approximately 1000 days since I last logged on, and honestly I was not even sure I still knew my password. #blessed  (sarcasm)
I've always felt that blogging should serve a purpose
 for a while I sort of felt like my little online blog lacked direction and purpose.
Partly because I am, at times, totally random.
Which I stand behind fully,
but also because I just didn't feel inspired
didn't want to post blurbs that I, myself, did not enjoy reading back.
Because if I don't enjoy it, or get anything from reading it, how on earth can you?
Blogging to me, is all about connecting with other people.
My favorite part is, and has always been, the other bloggers.
Sure page views are great, but at the end of the day that means nothing
if you aren't connecting with other people.
drumroll please.....
As of approximately twenty-six seconds ago I have a direction!
At least for a little while,
The Peterson's are....
Building a house!
Literally, right here!
I'd like to introduce you to our future home...
Which I have been calling Jules
(after Julia Child of course).
 Bottom Floor
My favorite bits so far:
Two pantries!
Be still my foodie heart.
Ina Garten if you're reading this, lets be friends!
 Top Floor
My favorite bits so far:
His and Her closets
Please note that mine is inside the bathroom (winning).
I don't have the slightest idea how to build a house.
I promise to be honest,
share things I wish had been shared with me.
For example:
Adding a power outlet to your closet costs $40.
Which I object to!
Because I think they should be free.
My goals
 To really document this adventure,
Share our lessons learned,
In hopes that we will not go over budget,
Create a beautiful home,
Most importantly
That Marcus and I will not...
H8 each other when we're done.
Here goes nothing!
Thank you for joining us,
see you next time!

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PS. Linking up with these lovlies
Monthly Goals

Friday, August 1, 2014

Blow Outs and Lashes!

Hi friends,
Happy August 1st!
A few weeks ago, well maybe it was a month, the last person in our group of friends turned...
wait for it...30!
So in true friend fashion we celebrated!
I was lucky enough to spend the day with her, before meeting up with everyone for dinner, drinks and dancing.
We started at Blowout,
A blow-dry-bar
$35 dollars and 70 minutes later I was washed, blownout and styled!!
Can I just say that having someone (anyone) else do my hair is simply divine.
I really could care less how it looks.
#Headrubs much!
Thoughts. The bar was adorable and my stylist was a miracle worker. 
I had volume and curls in no time and I left with a girl crush.
Bonus: You can book online!
Address: 128 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Then we headed to Blush Beauty Bar,
Where I became a full-blown-lifelong member of having my makeup done professionally.
You see...prior to this outing, the only other time(s) I'd ever had my makeup done was for my wedding and other friends weddings.
Color me transformed.
Disclaimer: My selfie face is novice, and how uneven is my top lip, goodness??
Thoughts. Life Changing.
Plus if you spend $50 in product your make up application is...FREE!
But if you don't want to spend $50, getting your makeup done is only $38.
Makeup tip: When you're tired, hungover or just want your eyes to pop, use blue eyeliner! It makes the whites of your eyes stand out.
You're welcome.
Address: 513 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
I ended up spending $75 at Blush, because I needed a candle, the eyelashes, lipgloss and blue liner.
As a woman, I know some budgets can't accomodate activities like this, but if you can,
I promise you it's worth it just to feel pampered for a day!
Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

We moved to the burbs and I left my enthusiam in the city....

Hi Friends!
So....we moved!
I know! I know, it is devastating. For a few reasons...
#1. I am absolutely and irrevocably a Portlander at heart.
#2. I am back across the river, in the city I grew up in, hating the fact that I am "back home"
Note: I in no way mean to disrespect people who never move away; but I genuinely never thought I'd live in the 'Couve again. Insert tears here.
And here.
PS. I only moved 10 miles, but it feels like 1000.
#3. I now have to pay sales tax.
What-The-Hooker is up with that! 9.6% on everything.
That's so many bottles of California Crush. 
 And don't even get me started on taxed Target trips.
#4. My commute to work went from 8 minutes to 45.
Rush hour makes my blood boil; it is in no ones interest that I have any part of it.
Trust me.
Just ask my husband.
#5. My wonderful address is now ugly and boring I live on a number for crying (literally) out loud.
My street is full of row houses instead of bars, restaurants and boutiques.
#6. Moving just sucks.
Your house is a mess, you have to find places to put the stuff you just "had" to keep that you haven't even looked at in years,  "Can you believe we are 30"..."Oh Hi Senior Sweater" and your first drivers license you were sure cute (NOT).
Plus we didn't have internet or TV for TWO Weeks! That's basically a year in 2014!
But there are positives too.
I swear.
#1. We gained so much sf. Like for real! We went from 981sf to 2215sf!
That is so much more house!
#2. My books now get to show some skin

#3. The master closet is huge, and we have a gym.
So what if it's currently empty except for 6 weights, a TV and a bouncy ab ball.
#4. The deck is humongous, and my relationship with sun bathing has been happily reestablished, we're expecting bum tan lines in 5...4...3...2....1.
#5. We have a second master for guests.
Come on over friends!
#6. M is happy, so I'm happy.
Lastly, I took a hiatus (a year) from blogging and though I cannot say I'm back for good, I can say I'm feeling inspired and hope to contribute something fabulous to this blogland. More than anything I've miss you friends.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

We're getting Saucey in the PNW!

Hi friends,

When you find something you love do you eat it every day? 
Because that is what I do. 

I have been wanting to give up sugar because I will be 30 here shortly 
 I've had enough of the fluff. 

Insert this cookbook!

I bought the Kindle Version so I could access it on my iPhone and iPad, 
which makes grocery shopping so much easier!
Plus the Kindle version is half the cost of the paperback version.
You can get yours here!

So easy, so delicious!

The first time I made this I followed the directions exactly. 

The second through fifth time, I substituted a few things.

I used EVOO instead of avocado oil
A sweet onion instead of a shallot
I also made a non-spicy version and left out the red pepper and cayenne pepper

There are so many options, and they are all sugar free!


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

It is a print party!

Hi friends,

M and I have been trying to remodel/reorganize our closet for the last 100 years. 

We both shop 
Having to share one closet is devastating

So we recently moved my accessories from the closet to the bedroom.

I have the perfect little nook to call my own

I'm on the hunt for the perfect little (big) mirror
Something vintage with gold
In the mean time...

I wanted to put up some cute prints. 

I recently joined the year 2014 and stopped living under a rock
Got Photoshop!
Holy option overload. 

Here are the two prints I just made, 
The grey background is just so you can see them a bit better. 

I'm clearly not an expert but I am looking forward to playing with Photoshop a bit more.

Any and all helpful hints would be appreciated!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The hunt for Tom-October

Hi Friends,

Have you seen this image floating around?
It was posted on Nordstom's Facebook page.

Do you see #3?

Are you dropping everything to visit Nordstrom and see if they have them in your size?

Hold the phone friends, you won't find it. 

I've looked EVERYWHERE. 

They do have them in denim size 10-12; but that doesn't help me or my wardrobe. 

So if you see them in an 8.5 
I'll hug you, 
Buy you some bubbly, 
LOVE you forever. 

What do you want this Tuesday?

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