Monthly Archives: February 2014

Last major kitchen project – started!

It was about time for us to start the last project left in the kitchen – the tile backsplash!  We’ve had the boxes of tile stacked in the corner of our dining room for, oh, I don’t know 4 months or so.  Just sittin’ there.  Waiting.  Collecting dust.  Just longing to be on display behind the range.

With all the holidays, G’s birthday, and scheduled visitors out of the way, we figured it was time to start that project which would undoubtably make our kitchen a dissaster.  We were realistic about the mess because it was not like we had a week off in order to complete the project – we knew it would be a done a few hours at a time after G was asleep/on the weekends/when we had a few minutes here and there.  By accepting the mess and being able to leave all the tools/supplies out on the counter, it would be easy to pick up and work on a section and then put it down to be continued later.  Ideal? No. But do-able with work and a toddler? Yes.

We also knew this project would take a little extra time because unlike 99% of people who take on a tile job and purchase that tile already assembled on one foot by one foot sheets where each tile is already perfectly spaced and the project moves 1 square foot at a time; we decided to mix two colors of the ornate tile we purchased and had to remove each tile from the pre-spaced backer and place each individual tile one by one on the wall!  Oh, and the two colors of tile are not the exact same size making it a spectacular effort to keep them well spaced, level, and plum! Handmade tiles, we love you, but you’re a real B—- to install!

Here’s a sneak peak from when the first few rows went up (you’ll have to wait for the rest!):

tile 2

Optimistic we can get all the tiles up by the end of the weekend (maybe even grouted??) and then share with you all.

Happy Friday!



February 21, 2014 · 10:34 am

5 years of wedded bliss.

We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary back in September. A little over 5 months ago. Go figure…Anthony always said 5 was his lucky number, so it’s perfect. Or a totally cheesy excuse as to why I’m only getting to these now. You decide. 😛

One of the things we love to do when on vacation is stay at a B&B…we hunt and hunt for one with charm, character, modern amenities, and walkability to local shops/restaurants/sights. So far we’re 4 for 4. 🙂 This time, our criteria also included being within a 2-3 hour drive from Baltimore since Aunt Raq was watching G for us (MAJOR AWESOMENESS!). After days of searching, we landed on Gettysburg. I’d never been but Anthony worked on a project there (at Gettysburg College) years ago. We were both excited to learn more about the history of the battlegrounds, but even more so to just get 48 uninterrupted hours together to eat, drink and be merry…and not be at the mercy of a nap schedule. 😉

The Brickhouse Inn was nothing short of spectacular in every way. Highly recommend it!!!

The minute we arrived, we were greeted with freshly baked chocolate cake and iced tea…and the ability to chill our champagne. Yessssss. We chose the Carriage House for our home away from home. It was a privately-entered-off-of-the-garden, loft-like sort of space that was the perfect size.

Here’s the lush and tranquil garden and patio space between the 2 old homes that made up the Inn. The Carraige House was to the right of this photo. We were lucky enough to be able to have breakfast out here both mornings! The weather cooperated, which is unheard of in our marriage. The weather cooperating for any big event? Crazy talk. We pinched ourselves multiple times. The grounds, the hospitality, the peacefulness, the fresh baked goods each afternoon and the fact that we could walk from our B&B right into town…we couldn’t have asked for a better getaway!

The green and yellow building below is the old, original RR station for the city of Gettysburg. Why can’t all RR stations be like this one and look like something out of a magazine?

We decided to take a horseback ride tour (provided by Artillery Ridge Campgrounds) through the battlegrounds to learn as much as we could about the Civil War. Best decision ever. Having a furry four-legged friend accompany us as we heard some of the serene timeline of events, kept everything in perspective.

This was the view as far as the eye could see. It was surreal to think of it as a place so many people lost their lives.

The trip was absolutely perfect and so needed for this weary mommy + daddy. 😉

Here’s to another 55 years, A! 🙂

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February 13, 2014 · 11:19 pm

Fun and exciting news!

We’re excited to share that we’ve taken on a new little gig that will help us connect with more people and, hopefully, connect some of our ideas and inspiration with others.  We’ve joined team ibby as contributing guest blog writers!  What is Ibby, you say?


Well, it’s pretty awesome- is the answer.  A new company, yes, but once you see what they are about you’ll say, ‘of course this makes sense and is awesome!’  At least that’s what we said when we got connected.  Just the DIY and designers in us?  Perhaps.  But a very cool concept to think about having the ability to think about and design your own space without the pressure and intimidation of cold calling a random contractor to begin talking about ideas you have for a new bathroom, mudroom (and soon, other projects).

Confused?  Let me break it down.  Yours truly will be writing support blog posts for Ibby’s blog where we’ll get to talk about all sorts of topics ranging from DIY to products we enjoy and everything in between.  Hopefully our posts will help excite people to take on their own projects.  We’re compensated for our post but in no way will our views or opinions be compromised.  And don’t worry, we’ll link you over to those posts right here when they’re up so that you won’t miss a thing!

We were really excited when Ibby reached out to us and are hoping we can ‘do them proud’. Look forward to even more fun this year!

Wait, what’s that?  Oh, our first post is ready for primetime!  Check us out HERE.  (and 1,000 bonus points to those of  you guessed what we chose to write about first!)

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February 3, 2014 · 2:13 pm