Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Wish List..


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We're scaling back for Christmas this year but that doesn't stop a girl from making a wish list does it? (answer: NOPE)   Hunters are at the top of my list, I am in desperate need of some boots that will keep me dry in snow and rain.  My feet have been pretty cold walking the dog lately, so I may just need to replace the (f)uggs I tossed last year bc they'd gotten dirty.   What's on your wish list?  

xo
Kate

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Favorite Christmas DIY Round Up

I'm not exactly the craftiest person around.  I tried a few DIY projects for the wedding, that ended in me just getting mad, accidentally cutting myself (on more than one occasion) and ending up just buying the thing I was trying to make.  But I think for Christmas this year I'm going to give crafting another whirl.   Here's a round up of my favorite Christmas projects from around the web.

This mini tree advent calendar by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day is so adorable.  I'm a sucker for a good advent calendar.
I love this rosemary wreath made from an embroidery hoop, how simple.  This seems like something I can totally handle.   


This simple tree ornament is so pretty.  And, it's another one that looks easy enough for me to handle!
I saw this advent calendar DIY (based on a Pottery Barn version) last year on Katie Bower's blog, and think it's gorgeous.  Maybe I will try to do something similar!

Right now the only Christmas decorations we have are a festive wreath on our front door and some gold glitter pine cones. 
 
I feel like this wreath is pretty bad ass though, right?  Is this what being old and married is like?  Wreaths are exciting stuff? I'll probably tie a ribbon on it and maybe tuck a few pieces of holly in as well.
This charger cost me $1 at Michael's and the pine cones were $2.49.  Not too shabby. 
Hopefully next weekend we can pick out our first Christmas tree together! Now THAT is something to be excited about.  :)

 
xo
Kate
 
 
 


Thursday, November 22, 2012

What I Wore to Thanksgiving Dinner...

Grace tagged me for her Thanksgiving attire link-up...so here goes!  I pretty much think wearing a scarf dresses up any outfit.  Am I right?  Also, it should be noted that my shirt is not made out of t-shirt material like it looks  - the tag describes it as a "shell", totally thanksgiving fancy.   Also, I forgot to take my glasses off my shirt.  Woops!

shirt, pants, scarf: H&M, shoes: Target
 
 I've been wearing these cheetah shoes with everything, cheetah is totally the new neutral as far as I'm concerned.

Oh, you want a close-up?  Done.

Tim took these pictures with barely a grumble...must be the Thanksgiving spirit.  But I sometimes when husbands take pictures, you wind up with some like this.  In case you were wondering about my eyeliner. 
 Henry wanted to be in the pictures, but he's not allowed in the FENCED in yard off a leash right now since this morning he decided to dig up half of the raised flower bed (we don't have any flowers in there, we inherited it as just dirt when we bought the house).  So, he's lost the privilege of being alone in the yard.  Here's a shot of him in happier leash-free times. 
I am feeling so thankful for the amazing year we have had.  I can't wait to spend the day with both of our families.  Happy Thanksgiving to  you and yours!

xo
Kate

Monday, November 19, 2012

Simplifying Christmas


I just had to share this idea of a "simple Christmas" that I saw over on Ashlee's blog, (she got the idea to simplify Christmas here).  

The concept is to keep gifts to just 4 items.  Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.  Isn't that the best?  I totally LOVE it.  We're trying to keep Christmas low key since we've been spending so much on the house.  And when it comes down to it we are really fortunate and don't need a lot of gifts.  Reducing our gifts and keeping them within specific categories will make each gift count even more because we'll be putting more thought into them and getting creative. 

I'm definitely getting into the Christmas spirit.  I really do love this time of year, even if I do protest Christmas music before December ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ombré!

So, I took the plunge and went ombré.  It was supposed to be more of a brunette/blonde ombré, but my hair pulls red like crazy so it's definitely got a burgundy tinge to it.  I love it though, it's definitely the change I was looking for!  I may go back to red, but I like this new 'do for the time being.  Here's a couple of shots from our christmas card photo shoot this morning. :)


 
I like this one, but we're both a little squinty here, oops. 
And now for a few outtakes, because who doesn't love a good outtake? 
 
Am I sneezing and Tim is shielding himself?  Is he trying to break my neck?  No one knows.  My face is pretty priceless either way.
Who doesn't love a fallen tree photo op?  Thanks Hurricane Sandy.  I am very serious about whatever I am trying to convince Tim to do.  Doesn't look like he's buying it.
 
 
I think we got a few cute shots though, so our friends and family should be on the look out for our first ever photo christmas card!  Very exciting stuff.
 
xo
Kate

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Our First Christmas Cards..

I'm pretty excited about sending picture Christmas cards out this year for the first time.  My best friend and her boyfriend (who happens to be my husband's best friend, win!) are going to take pictures of us tomorrow, and we'll take their picture too.  It'll be a fun little photo shoot day.  I've been checking out Minted, they have some really cute cards.  Here are a few of my faves. 



 
Which do you like best?  I'm leaning towards the last one because I love that lyric, but I wish it was horizontal! Any other holiday card sites that I should check out?   I really want to include Henry & Poppy in the picture, but I have a feeling that would be tricky.  Most likely the picture would be of Henry trying to sniff/jump on poppy while she hisses/bats him in the face - with Tim & I looking on in horror.  Probably not the best photo op? :) 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Dream Come True?

Remember when I talked about my dream chandelier? Well, look what showed up in my inbox today (!!!!)   Is that not a sign?  (If you're not sure, I will tell you -  IT IS!!!)
And I got my husband's blessing, so this baby is coming home to our house! DREAM CHANDELIER!
 
We also had a $125 gift card, and it was on sale for $239 after the 20% off.  So, steal of the century?  Definitely.
 
Also, my hair is ombre now as of 4pm today.  It's been a big day ;)   Pictures to follow soon (aka after I straighten my hair). 

xo
Kate

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Insta Life

1. Fun day of shopping, I was giving lots of menswear fashion tips. 2. London Broil in the crock pot. SO GOOD.  why haven't we done this before? amazing. 3. Watching some t.v. with Henry and his trusty neck pillow (right before he turned on me and tried to hump. neutering fail). 4. So excited to read Gone Girl, I've heard very good things.  5. Poppy Seed thinking about making a surprise landing in the family room. 5. OOTD, Tim calls these "belts in the middle of nowhere"  "what is it holding up??" :)

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Move over Thanksgiving..

Christmas lights are already up in our neighborhood.  Did I miss something?  Is it December already?  Don't get me wrong I love Christmas, I just feel like poor Thanksgiving got skipped already.   
 
I have to admit I didn't do a lot of fall decorating in our house, so hopefully I can redeem myself at Christmas.  I have visions of wrapping garland up our banister and in our doorways just like this.  I also want lots of twinkly white lights, the more the merrier (literally).  White lights always seem romantic, I've never been a big colored lights fan.   

 
Oh, and we will have a real Christmas tree.   Tim mentioned maybe getting a fake tree, I was horrified.  No way, I need that evergreen smell!  So, I can't wait to pick out the perfect little tree for our first Christmas in this house.  You can bet that slobbery hound dog puppy of ours will not be allowed near it.  He can't be trusted.  Thank goodness for baby gates! 
 
xo
Kate

"Fixed."

This guy got "fixed" last week.  The vet kept saying "castrate" over and over, I think Henry knew what she meant- he tried to make a run for it.     
 

Is this neck pillow preventing him from chewing at his stitches, or is he just ready for a nap (or airplane ride) at any moment?  He looks ridiculously adorable in it.  He would probably also float in a pool with no effort.   Yes, that is a reindeer squeaky toy behind him and the tips of his ears are wet from hanging in his water bowl.  I'm glad you asked.

xo
Kate

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Yoga..

I bought a Living Social deal a few weeks back, so I've been going to yoga with my best friend on Monday nights.  Unfortunately Monday is always a super hectic day at work for me, I have more meetings and somehow always end up staying late.  So I'm almost always rushing to class, and I don't have time to stop home so I have to change there.  Frantically rushing and being stressed about getting to class on time probably won't negate all the positive yoga benefits, right?? RIGHT?   

I'm glad to be back to yoga, I always feel way better after class.  And bonus, it also makes me want to eat healthier.  So despite all the rushing around, I think it's worth it. 

Oh, and that move up there?  I cannot do that, in case you were impressed.

xo
Kate   

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dining Room Details..

We definitely lucked out in the window treatment department with our house in that the previous owners left all the blinds in the windows and the hardware still in the walls.  While they might not be the exact blinds I'd like they aren't all that bad, and it sure beat having to go out and buy all new ones.   But recently one of the blinds in the dining room broke - so we're in the market for curtains (hooray!).  It's a big double-window, I'm sure the neighbors have loved being able to peer right into our house for the last month or so, but we think it's time to put an end to that.   Here's what our dining room window looks like. 


Which results in me googling things like "how many window panels are needed for a double-window?".   Google told me one on each side of the window should  be okay.  Let's hope that's right, those things are not cheap!  These are the ones we're ordering (with a giftcard that somehow did not burn a hole in my pocket like usual! win!).

 We also finally started hanging things on the wall.  We have Target to thank for this cool tin tree art. I think the cool greens work pretty well with our grey scheme.

 
I also have big plans for a new chandelier that also involve West Elm (obsessed), but we'll have to wait until after Christmas before making anymore big purchases.  Here's what we're working with. 
 
 
And here's the chandelier of my dreams.  Is it pathetic to have a dream chandelier?  I don't care.  West Elm or bust.
 
 
 
Making small changes like adding curtains makes me feel a little better about the fact that our house is a little bit of  a mess right now with everything that was in the basement being in our front room.  It's slowly coming together though, and I'm getting pretty excited about decorating for our first Christmas in this house.
 
 
xo
Kate

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hugs for Henry...

I know I'm way behind on my weekly Henry updates, hopefully this adorable series makes up for it. 
We call it "Hugs for Henry", almost sounds like a charity - free hugs all around. 
Don't be fooled by that face, we swear he loves it. 
He has quite the expressive face.
 
 
 
xo
Kate

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ode to the Bloodhound..

I wrote a little post over on Megan's blog about what it's like to own a bloodhound, you should definitely go check it out here.  I mean, how can you say no to this face?  You just can't. 



xo
Kate

The Aftermath..

[Jane's Carousel in DUMBO (NY) - photo credit]
 
Hurricane Sandy really hit our area of Pennsylvania hard around 7pm on Monday night, the winds were unreal.  It felt like a tornado was coming our way, trees bending halfway over every time a huge gust hit.  Our power flickered a few times, but didn't go out...at first.   Finally around 9pm the lights flickered and out went the power.  Meanwhile we'd been checking our sump pump because it runs pretty continuously during normal rain storms.  We thought the power might come back, and weren't too worried.  But the water was slowly rising in the sump pump.  We knew we had to do something, so we started bailing water.  I would use a plastic pitcher to fill Lowes buckets, we had three in our rotation, while Tim would run them up the stairs and dump them outside.  This went on for hours, I think we bailed water for about 4 hours, at a fast pace too.  It was exhausting. 

At first we were maintaining, but then the water start coming more quickly and we just weren't making any progress.  We knew we had to give up so we spent the next hour moving everything from the basement into our living room.  Giving up was so depressing, since we knew the basement would be ruined.  We did however, at the suggestions of our home inspector, get an additional sump pump rider on our homeowners policy when we bought the house.  Probably the best decision we could have made.  That inspector will be getting a thank you note from me, that's for sure. 

On Tuesday morning we checked the basement in the morning to find the sump pump had overflowed followed by the french drain around the perimeter, in short the carpet was completely soaked everywhere.   It was maybe only 2 inches of water, but enough to soak every inch of carpet.  Meanwhile most people we knew were out of power as well.  Our neighborhood turned into generator city, I swear every other house had a generator.  We were definitely not prepared enough, we may have gotten food, water ,and gas for the hurricane, but we should have gotten a generator or battery back-up for the sump pump. 

We called our insurance company on Tuesday afternoon to report the damage to the basement, and they referred us to a company who cleans up and rehabs flooded basements.  But they couldn't come out to run their fans until we had power.  My dad brought their generator up to help us pump some water out for a few hours, which was a big help.  Tuesday came and went, and we were so very cold in the house.  We had candles going and were using flashlights to get around the house.  Our cellphones were waning (we would charge them in our cars), and we needed to shower so we headed to Tim's parents who only lost power for about 12 hours.  We plugged in our phones and laptops at their house, and took gloriously hot showers.  We then headed back to the house with fingers crossed, but when we got back the house was still pitch black.

On Wednesday we still didn't have power, and the rug in the basement was starting to stink so we made the decision to remove it ourselves.  Let me tell you, carrying soaked carpet & carpet padding? Not a good time, they are so heavy.  We cut and rolled the scraps of rug up, then duct taped them and put the padding in large contractor grade trash bags.  We filled 20 trash bags, and about the same number of carpet rolls.  Getting them up the stairs was super daunting.    We took a break to drive to my parents, who had gotten power back, and picked up their generator and got a few cups of hot coffee (thanks Mom!).  It took forever to drive the normally 45 minutes to their house, trees were down and roads were closed everywhere.  We brought the generator back and hooked it up to the sump pump, and cleared it our again and also used it to charge flashlight batteries.  

On Thursday a lot of people in our area were getting power back, and they even updated our power restoration estimate to Thursday at 11pm, they'd previously told us 11pm on Sunday.  We both had to go back to work, so we were hopeful that it would restored by the time we got home.  That was not the case, we  got home and the house was still freezing cold and dark.  We made the decision around 10pm to take the dog and go sleep at our friend's house whose power had been restored that day, since we'd taken a walk down the the tree on the power lines for our neighborhood and no one was working on it yet. 

In the morning we came home around 7am, and our power was back on!  I will never take electricity for granted again.  We are so lucky to have family & friends that could lend us generators, let us shower and sleep at their warm houses, and charge our electronics.  A flooded basement and loss of power is an inconvenience, but I feel so thankful that we did not lose more.  There's a house just across from our neighborhood that was sliced clean in half by a tree.  We were really lucky all things considered, and that notion is not lost on us.  The devastation in New York & New Jersey is heartbreaking.  My heart breaks for those who lost family & friends from the devastation of the storm.  

xo
Kate

P.S.  As I was blogging this our power went out again, supposedly it was on purpose as they worked on a tree on a power line.  The outage lasted four hours, so we had to plug the fridge into the generator again.  I am so ready for life to be back to normal.