Friday, March 24, 2017

FRIDAY VOL. 12

Spring is here and I have been enjoying afternoons out on the patio reading while Reagan plays and we wait for Matthew to get home from work! Fingers crossed the warmer weather is here to stay!!

Monday we welcomed spring with the perfect weather and by Wednesday it was back in the mid 50's. Thankfully it has warmed back up!

Tuesday afternoon we had some strong storms come through but they passed through pretty quickly. They did cause a lot of damage for some people, unfortunately. After work Tuesday I went to Murfreesboro to meet my best friends for dinner. We decided to try a new place in town that had just opened. We went to Puckett's for dinner and Hattie Jane's Creamery for dessert. 
They were both really, really good and I told we need to go there together very soon. 
I got their bbq and it was delicious.

Hattie Jane's Creamery was right next door to Puckett's so we just walked over. All of their ice cream is homemade in the store, and after about 3 different samples I finally decided on the "donut cream". Turns out they seep bits of donuts hole from one of my all time favorite donut places in Murfreesboro, Donut Country, into that ice cream...it was to die for!
It was a fun girls night with these two! It always makes me miss spending just about everyday with them when we were growing up. Thank goodness for our group message that we use just about everyday now!!

It's been one week since Reagan's surgery and I am more than happy to report that she is doing great and pretty much back to her normal self! We are still keeping her baby onesie on her when we aren't there during the day and during the night while we sleep, and so far it has worked! She still thinks that she can't go down the stairs in it lol so she'll just sit there and wait for me to bring her down...spoiled.
 She ate her dinner on the patio last night because the weather was so nice! She would probably stay out there all night if she could, girl loves the backyard.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

#THECOATSHOME: SPRAY PAINTING OUR CHANDELIER

When it comes to updating/upgrading things around our home we have to pick and choose where we want to splurge and where we want to save. Our light fixtures are on our list to upgrade in our home, but we also know that they are not cheap by any means. So in the meantime we decided to give our dining room chandelier a little update....

I forgot to take an closer picture of it before we took it down, but here is a picture of it. Basically, this is what it looked like before.

and here is a picture after we spray painted it and let it dry for a couple of days.

Total Cost: $7

Painters Tape - Already had on hand
Sandpaper - Already had on hand

We covered the entire thing in spray paint and then let it dry for 24 hours, and then went back in and spray painted a few areas that we missed the first time, and let it dry for 24 more hours before we hung it back up. The hardest part was taking it down and putting it back up, I left that to my dad and Matthew, ha!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HOMEMADE MEAT SAUCE | DINNER RECIPE


I have been looking for a new homemade spaghetti recipe and I finally found it! We all know homemade is better than store bought, and this recipe makes quite a bit for the two of us, so we can freeze it and use it later.

Homemade Meat Sauce

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons sugar
1½ teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and ground black pepper

Directions:
1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, cook beef, sausage, and onion over medium heat until mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain if desired, and then stir in garlic.

2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more salt to taste if desired.

*I actually let mine simmer for around an hour. The longer it simmers, the better...in my opinion ;)
You could also use this in Lasagna.



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Monday, March 20, 2017

WEEKEND RECAP - REAGAN'S SURGERY

I am welcoming spring with open arms and temperatures in the high 70's!!

Thursday night we took Reagan to PetSmart to pick out a couple of toys and to buy an e-collar for after her surgery.

Friday morning I dropped her off bright and early at the vet's office, and they called around 10:45 and said she was out of surgery and did great. Matthew met me at the vet's office when we got off to pick her up and she was p-i-t-i-f-u-l. Poor girl was still very droopy from the anesthesia and was in a good bit of pain. She was not a fan of the cone and kept trying to push it off with her paws. She didn't want to lay down with the cone on and would just fall asleep standing up. 

Since Matthew had to work Saturday morning, I decided to sleep downstairs with her Friday night, and around 2:00am she finally pushed her cone off with her paws so I pretty much held her the rest of the night so she wouldn't lick or scratch at her incision area. It was a long night for the both of us. I lost count of how many episodes of My Lottery Dream Home on HGTV I sleepily watched until the infomercials came on lol.

Saturday morning after her next dose of pain medicine she seemed to relax a little which meant we both could doze off for about 30 minutes at a time. Matthew got home from work and we took it easy the rest of the day. I was hoping to get some things around the house done this weekend, since I thought she would just lay around and sleep. but girl was in complete "hold me mode" so we got in a lot of (sleepy) down time this weekend, which was actually pretty nice.

Thankfully by Sunday afternoon she was feeling somewhat better and was actually able to play a little bit outside (just walk around and roll around in the grass on her back lol). 

My MIL suggested that we buy a baby onesie and put it on her so she doesn't have to wear the cone and we wouldn't have to worry about her licking the incision area, and it worked! It was also pretty adorable and we could not stop laughing at how she looked in a baby onesie. When we first put it on her I guess she thought she couldn't move because she just laid there on her back with her paws in the air looking at us like we were crazy lol. She finally got the hang of it though! It definitely helped her sleep through the night a little more compared the when she had to sleep with the cone on.

and that was pretty much our weekend! I only left the house to pick up groceries and church lol. Can't say that I was complaining about the down time too much, but we are more than ready for our girl to feel better again!

Friday, March 17, 2017

FRIDAY VOL. 11


I stopped by Kroger the other day to pick up a few groceries and saw these two adorable spring pieces...how cute?! Kroger for the win! I already had the eggs at home, those are from Hobby Lobby last year.

Reagan has been killing me with her head tilts lately!!!!
 I just can't...I love her so much. Baby girl is getting spayed today, so prayers that all goes well and that she has a quick and pain free recovery!!

I made these small prints the other day for our guest bedrooms. Now I won't have to worry about remembering to tell guests the password when they stay over. I'm going to print them and put them in a frame on the bedside table in each room. Each guest bedroom has a theme: coastal, girl cave (my office), and a rustic Tennessee themed room.


President Trump was in Nashville Wednesday and we had been getting emails all week notifying us of all the road closures. Sadly we couldn't make it, but I wore my patriotic colors as if I were going lol. Well I left my office like normal not expecting to see anything, but as I was sitting in a ton of traffic, his motorcade passed right by me. I was on the phone with my dad and started fangirling, my dad thought someone rear ended me (bless him) from all the commotion going on. No wreck, just president Trump and about 80 police on motorcycles (and for some reason an ambulance??) taking over the whole entire interstate. It was pretty legit and then I did what every normal person would do, I called everyone I knew and told them I just met Trump. Kidding, kind of. And then I proceeded to sit in traffic for the rest of the afternoon.
 Matthew got home late from work and I got home later than normal due to meeting the president ;) so we had a late dinner and watched Trump's speech live.

Happy Friday, friends!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE

Yesterday morning images started coming out of the famous mural here in Nashville that had been vandalized over night. Not just vandalized but completely ruined, from different news articles that I have read it appears to be covered with a "tar-like sealant that will need to be scraped off".  I don't want to share any images of the mural as it is now, because that's probably what the person who did this wants, but if you want to read the story you can find it, here.

This month marked the 5 year anniversary of the iconic mural and they were planning on having a celebration for it on the 25th of this month, according to their blog, the mural will be repainted and ready for the celebration, but it just saddens me to know that someone would do this to such beautiful artwork. Someone took their own personal time and talent to paint that mural and it was destroyed in a matter of seconds by someone who has no appreciation, respect, or love for this town and that is just an absolute shame.

That mural is what we used to share the news on social media that Matthew accepted a job here in Nashville and that this city would become our new home. 

Tons of famous people, tourist, and Nashvillians have had their picture taken in front of this mural and I'm excited to see that they will repaint it very soon! 

Have you ever been to Nashville and had your picture taken in front of this mural? If you are planning a visit to Nashville soon check out this article and this article, they list all of the murals to see around downtown.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I CONFESS VII

I haven't had a confession post since back in December so I'd say it's about time for one!


I confess...Reagan is getting spayed this Friday and I'm already dreading dropping her off Friday morning.

I confess...I have also intentionally blocked off this weekend (& next weekend actually) from any plans so that I could stay home all weekend and take care of my girl! I also told Matthew that I wasn't cooking this weekend so pizza and take out it is...unless I find a crock pot meal that doesn't require a lot of time in the kitchen, ha!

I confess...Soon after we got Reagan we also got a camera that we set up so I could check on her throughout the day...I know, I'm crazy. It first started out because I wanted to see if she was actually going to the bathroom on the thing we bought for her, and then it turned into more of a way I could check on her throughout the day when I get a chance. I can just pull it up on my phone and see what she's doing at any given time, and I love it. Eye roll and judge all you want, but we like it and that's all that matters. :) 

I confess...The idea of staying home all weekend and no plans makes me way too excited. After two weekends of being busy and away from the house I am more than thrilled to be staying home!

I confess...I pulled out our spring/Easter decorations about a week after Valentine's Day. I waited until March to put up our Easter egg wreath on our front door, but I love it.

I confess...I have had the biggest sweet tooth lately and it doesn't help that my office always has treats.

I confess...I went for my 6 month teeth cleaning check up last week and I have my first real cavity...not even going to lie, I was pretty bummed about it. It's probably the result of my previous confession.

I confess...The Easter dress I am going to buy, but haven't yet, dropped OVER $30 this past week!!!! I'm so glad I didn't purchase it last week lol.

I confess...Trump will be speaking in Nashville tonight and I'm sad we can't go. It doesn't matter what your political views are, I think it would be pretty cool to hear a president speak in our town. I'm also dreading the traffic I will be in when I get off. Still not sure what route I'm going to take to get home since both routes will more than likely be shut down all day :) 

I confess...We had the fire going last night for the first time in over a month because it just hasn't been cold enough until this week. You know you live in Tennessee when you can't have the fire going on Christmas because it's 75 degrees, but you can on the first day of spring because it's cold!!

I confess...I bought some lavender essential oil a couple of weeks ago and I am OBSESSED. I usually have lavender going all day in my diffuser on my desk and in the evenings in our diffuser at home. We run peppermint oil while we sleep though! 

I confess...I have the urge to make any and all kinds of crafts lately, but I don't want to buy any of the materials for it. So for now I'll just pin all the crafts I want to make and keep telling myself I need to get the items next time I'm at the store.

I confess...I am really wanting to get a headboard or some type of bed frame for our bedroom. Matthew and I both like different styles, but I think we have finally agreed on a couple of styles that we both like. Now we just need to find a good deal on one! Here are two that we both really like, this one and this one

You can see all my confession posts, here.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WEEKEND RECAP - MATTHEW'S BIRTHDAY

Matthew requested one thing for this birthday weekend and that was to, take it easy and relax. So that's just what we did. He got home late from work on Friday night and we had homemade sub sandwiches and watched some Netflix before calling it a night around 10:00. I told Matthew if he really wanted a relaxing weekend then he couldn't do any work on Saturday. Unfortunately his birthday lands in the middle of busy season, so I reminded him that he needed a break and to take the day off, not to look at any emails, or do any work, and much to my surprise he didn't once pull his laptop out! 

We woke up Saturday morning to about an inch of snow, which was completely unexpected! We were expecting some rain/snow showers Saturday afternoon, but not Saturday morning so that was a fun (and very cold) surprise! Last week it was in the 70's so the snow melted just as fast as it came down, we only got to see it for about 2 hours before it was all melted. Our best friends, Ethan and Rachel, came over to the house and we headed out to brunch..birthday brunch! We let Matthew pick the place since it was his birthday weekend and he chose IHOP lol so IHOP it was! We both couldn't remember when we had been there last, it had been a couple of years at least, and agreed that we need to go back soon!!

After brunch we dropped Ethan and Rachel back off at their car and Matthew and I headed to Hobby Lobby. A true miracle happened Saturday morning...without any prompting, me mentioning that I wanted to go or anything, Matthew asked a question that was just music to my ears, he said, "hey, do you wanna run by Hobby Lobby after brunch?" Rachel and I both paused our conversation and looked at each other to make sure we had heard him correctly LOL. So off to Hobby Lobby we went. He wanted to get his certificates matted and framed and I, of course, took the opportunity to browse the whole store. I ended up only buying a spring piece for our mantel but love it! Matthew's frames will be ready to pick up in a couple of weeks and we are so excited to get them up on the wall in his office at home.
After our glorious Hobby Lobby trip we headed home for some snuggles and a Saturday afternoon nap with out puppy girl, before heading to Matthew's parents house for the rest of the weekend. We had a delicious dinner and dessert with his parents and then played a few rounds of Mexican train before bed!

Sunday we went to church and then had Chinese for lunch with his parents before heading over to my parents house for the afternoon. My sister is almost finished with her room and it looks so good so far. We discussed some deck-building plans with my dad and I'm excited to see what we do this summer! 

It was the best relaxing weekend celebrating my favorite guy, and we're actually not finished celebrating juuuuust yet...I have a little surprise planned in a few weeks to end his birthday month and I am pretty excited about that! 
There are no words for how thrilled and thankful I am to be celebrating you today! It's been a year filled with transition, change, new roles and titles and responsibilities. You have met challenges and struggle with humility and an open heart, using them to grow more reliant on the Lord and trusting in His perfect plan for you. You have noted and enjoyed God's faithfulness and clung to His promises. You have held steadfast to your faith. You have grown in confidence and wisdom. You have led our family purposefully and prayerfully. I have learned so much from you and I couldn't possibly be more proud of you in this year. You have done so much hard, good, important work and I have loved catching a glimpse of the man you are becoming. You are an excellent husband, my best friend, and a truly great man. I feel thankful and proud every single day I get to wake up with you by my side. I can't imagine a better love, partner, and friend to walk through life with and I hope for many more birthdays spent celebrating YOU! I love you more than I could ever say! You're my favorite.


Friday, March 10, 2017

FRIDAY VOL. 10


I picked up this foundation to try last night. I have heard and read great reviews on it, so I'm curious to see how it holds up throughout the day today. Has anyone ever tried it??
I also picked this frame up this week for our living room. We are wanting to do a very small gallery wall in our living room, and these frames give me all the heart eyes. I wouldn't really call it a gallery wall, but I don't know what else to call it lol but here are some examples of what we're going for...
I love the big frames and how simple this look or "gallery wall" is. Clean lines, simple and white frames! We've been talking about doing this for a few months and I'm excited to get started on it. The blank wall in our behind our couch has been driving me crazy. ;)


One of my favorite bloggers shared their kitchen on her blog this week and I am in love with every part of it....
The painted their islands in Waterscape by Sherwin Williams, which is the same color we painted our kitchen. I love that color and love the thought of it on a kitchen island!
Also, her birth story and video literally had me sobbing lol it was so good and the pictures were powerful!

TOMORROW IS THIS GUY'S BIRTHDAY!
We are celebrating with birthday brunch tomorrow with some friends and then I told Matthew the rest of the day is up to him, we can do whatever he wants to do! I have something planned for his birthday later this month, so we'll probably just keep it low-key this weekend and relax, which is exactly what he said he wanted to do.


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