Naruto Tattoo

The fiancΓ© got a Naruto inspired tattoo today and I thought I would do a quick share!

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In this pic it’s still taped up, so once it’s healed a bit I’ll post an update.

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The tattoo is a combination of Saske’s curse/seal, with a special ops anbu symbol (like Kakashi’s) on his arm.
Nerdy but totally fierce too. I can’t deny my inherent attraction to men with tattoos, & this one hits the nail on the head.  πŸ˜‰

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List Lovin’

Hey all, Bride here.

I know, I’m awful at updating this blog, but I am so busy lately it really falls behind. On top of work and summer classes, we have decided to host our wedding reception in our pole barn, which means we have a lot to clean-up to do before next May. We also got a puppy, Logan, a month or so ago, and he of course takes up a lot of our free time!

Logan

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Isn’t he just the cutest! That was taken when he was around 11 weeks old. He’s closer to 14 or 15 weeks now, but I’m not in the mood to take the time to count and find out exactly how old he is! Maybe next post! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, with all of the stuff we need to get done around the house, I have decided to make a list for everything. Things we need to get done before the wedding, things we need to get done before the end of this summer, things we need to get done by July 25th when people come over to help us get other things on our lists done… (We are having people come over that Friday and Saturday to help, and rewarding hard work with pizza, beer, and margaritas – whoop whoop!)

So today I am going to post my list of things I want to get done before everyone comes over. It’s a fairly simple list, but it keeps me sane. Later on I hope to post my other lists and then some overall house updates.

To-Do List (Before Guests Come Over)

Great Room

-clean up media center

-move empty cardboard boxes to craft room in garage

-rug doctor the carpet

-rug doctor the couch

-clean off the top of the bookshelf

-organize cords, video games, etc

-find a basket or trunk to put blankets in

Dining Room

-clear of table

-fix broken chair legs?

-move laundry basket into bathroom

Kitchen

-finish sanding cabinet doors

-paint cabinet doors

-install cabinet doors

-mop floor

-clear off counters and wipe them down

-get caught up on dishes

-clean sink

Half-Bath

-sweep floor

-scrub floor

Full Bath

-clean shower

-sweep floor and shake out rugs

Bedroom

-clean room

-wash sheets/comforter

-move picture frame to garage

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So that’s everything I want to get done before company comes over to help with the big stuff, like painting the garage, removing shrubs, and power washing the deck. Hopefully I can get all those little things done in time and the house looks “great” for people coming over!

~bride

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Kitchen Organization Planning [Free Kitchen Subway Art Print]

Hey all, Bride here. πŸ™‚

If you haven’t noticed, Kaylie (Poor Chick) doesn’t much post on this anymore (not that I do a lot either, but hey, I post here and there :P). Anyway, she’s off on her adventurous journey of having a real job as a hair stylist and also she’s back to college this semester as well. Needless to say, we’re both pretty busy and blogging isn’t our number one priority most of the time.

Still, I do like to document my house journey on here, and so here is the latest update…

Upper cabinets for the kitchen are finally painted! I’m not going to post pictures just yet, though. (I’ll wait until they are hung, my wonderful dad is helping do that tomorrow). Needless to say, this is a very exciting time for me… I’ve been manically plotting carefully planning out how to organize everything. Here’s a basic layout of where I want everything to go:

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As you can tell, it’s a very detailed sketch. Yes, I’m kidding. (Notice the “non” missing in front of the word “perishables”. And the arrow marking the switch of the baking cabinet and the food cabinet. Yep. Super professional!)

I have been once again scouring Pinterest for ideas on how to organize everything. I’ve decided to go with a magnetic spice rack inside one of the doors to the food cabinets, using tins from World Market. On the other door will be all of my measuring spoons and cups, and possibly a conversion chart. I plan on using an upside-down wire shelf to hold/organize my canned goods as well. Below are my inspiration pictures. (I’ll be sure to post what my final results look like when I’m all done!)

Source: A Lo and Behold Life

I ordered the same tins online from World Market, but they only offer the silver tins. You have to go in-store to purchase the blue ones.

organizing measuring cups and spoons (6)

Source: Inffarantly CreativeWire shelving for canned goods

Source: FamilyHandyman.com

And with all of the cabinet planning, I have also realized that my kitchen space is about to change again. Right now we have a huge industrial shelf in the corner, with lots of cooking/baking/etc items on it. When the cabinets go up, all of those items will be moved and the shelf will be taken out to the garage to be used for more storage. That will leave a nice empty corner (until we buy more cabinets for the “L” where we will be putting in a breakfast bar later on). I think I may move my baker’s rack over there (right now it sits against the wall in between the hallway and the dining/great room. My plans for that wall were originally to put in a nice china cabinet or hutch, but I’m thinking of using some shelving to make a banquette there instead. That will leave a large space on the wall above. What could possibly fill it?

At first I thought – giant chalkboard, duh! But the giant chalkboard Kaylie and I made at the apartment will soon be getting framed and put up in the great room. I don’t want two giant chalkboards in such close proximity. So I Google’d “kitchen wall decor” and saw some awesome kitchen subway art prints. I love subway art, and loved these, but I knew they weren’t going to be big enough to fill the space. The wall is almost 8 feet long, and the shelving I have in my head would be at least 4 feet wide in the middle of the wall.

My next thought was an engineer print. These are all the rage on Pinterest. You take your file on a usb drive into any office store (Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, etc) and ask for an engineer print. You get a black and white giant photo on paper, which you can later frame or attach to foam board/plywood. I then set out on making my own kitchen-themed subway art on Ribbet.com (the site that replaced Picnic) that would be a big file size to keep it crisp when enlarged. This is my final result:

Kitchen Subway Art

Kitchen Subway Art

It only took me an hour or two to make. Oh well, I say it was time well worth it. I can’t wait to get it enlarged and put up on my wall!

By the way… feel free to save and use for yourself!Β KitchenSubwayArt8.5×11.pdf

Let me know if you like/use it, I’d love to get some feedback since this is the first subway art I’ve made.

Alright. This post has gone on what feels like long enough. I will be posting more updates soon about all the fun kitchen decor and cabinetry organization!

~bride

We Have Walls!

Its getting down to the nitty gritty here! Move out day for the apartment is this coming Wednesday, summer session of classes is down to two weeks left, and the new house is almost liveable! πŸ™‚ The last electrical inspection will be today. So now for some pictures that are pretty awesome if I do say so myself! I present to you… walls!

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And I also present… electricity!

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And you can also see me brand new kitchen window in the above picture! The view of the backyard is fabulous! I love my window so much I get giddy just thinking about it! πŸ™‚

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The bathroom is also much less dirty, along with the great room…

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The craziest part of all this, you ask? Well these pictures are a week or two late! We have ceilings and paint and much more soon to come! I do happy dances just thinking about it! πŸ™‚
~bride

House Updates

Well its been a busy time going on while the blog has seen no posts! My first summer session class is almost over and I’m about to start my next one. But the house is finally ready for drywall!! So here is a photo dump of all the cleaning and reno done to the house (pre-insulation)!

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Well, we’ve come a long way so far and can still only go up from here! Hopefully there will be some more photos soon! πŸ™‚
~bride