A Bit of Randomness + A Recipe

We’re soaking up the last bits of summer and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m just craving Fall to arrive in the worst way.  I see so much Autumn decor online, in magazines and in stores that I wish it were here already.  Sadly, I’ll have to wait at least another month for jeans/t-shirts, homemade soups and pies, slippers and blankets.  Hopefully, It will be here before ya know it ;)

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“I wish they would stay little a while longer.”   “If I could just freeze time.”  These are just some of the phrases I hear people say all of the time.  I don’t know why, but I just don’t feel that way.  I look forward to each and every milestone.  I am thankful that I get to wake up every morning and experience a new day with all of my kiddos.  As I get older, I realize that life is a gift.  I definitely don’t take it for granted.  It seems like I’m always reading about someone whose life ended just a bit too early.  It’s sad and depressing and unfortunately, real life.  Besides, does any one really want to relive the teething phase???

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This little guy turns 1 next week and I’m so incredibly excited.  He’s so close to walking. I can’t wait until he toodles around the house.  The little pitter patter of baby feet on the tile is such an adorable sound.

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More rolls than a bakery…yummy ;)

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As soon as we walk in the door from picking up the big girl after school, the fighting begins.  These two are at each other’s throats and it drives me nuts.  I think it’s a combination of she being around other kids all day and he having me (almost) all to himself while she’s away.  I’m just thankful that we can now go outside in the late afternoon without melting.  They appear to get along better outdoors :)

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I’m also looking forward to cooking more “lavish” meals, if you will.  I just don’t cook a lot during the hot summer months.  None of us are interested in a 3-course meal.  Last night, I wanted something light and healthy to eat, so I made this quinoa salad.  It’s super simple and so good!  The lime juice, cumin and fresh cilantro blend nicely and give it a refreshing flavor.  I will definitely make this again.  I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen (no hubby, not where I belong…ahem) and share more recipes with you all. Enjoy!

Zesty Quinoa Salad (recipe also found here)

  • 1 c quiona
  • 2 c water
  • 1/4 c EVOO
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste (I left these out for kiddos sake.)
  • 1 1/2 c halved cherry tomatoes (I used romas.)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped (I used red onion, but would have preferred green.)
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.
  3. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions together in a bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.  (I chilled mine for an hour to let the flavors soak in.)

Updates to the Master Bedroom

Happy Friday Y’all!  I hope everyone has been enjoying their last days of summer.  I sure am looking forward to Fall, as it’s my favorite season of all time.  I’m definitely looking forward to cooler temps!  I finally got around to doing this post and after sitting down to look at the pics, I actually feel like I’ve been making progress around here. Woot!

Anywho, last week I stated that I’d share updates to the master bedroom this week.  I’d like to state that I definitely LOVE when people post some dramatic before and after pics where the room is all finished.  However, if I did that, it would probably be years before I’d post anything.  I just can’t seem to work on one room at a time.  Maybe it’ll be better when I’m not interrupted every two seconds by the munchkins :)  Anyway, on to some pics :)

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This is the Master Bedroom “before” (circa January 2014…WOW, it was THAT long ago?!).  You can see that post (here).

Master Bedroom 6

Master Bedroom 3

Look at how little my baby was.  I remember being able to put him on the bed and he wouldn’t go anywhere.  Awe, memories.

Master Bedroom 5

Nope, these still aren’t reupholstered.  Are you shocked?  You shouldn’t be ;)

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And here we have the “after”.  Those pics above the bed will never be straight.  I have 2 monkeys children who like to jump on the bed and touch those while I’m not looking. Maybe I should have taken the time to straighten them before taking pics?

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I kind of want to paint the bookshelf a “fun” color.  Thoughts?  I’m open to suggestions :)

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The giant mirror will be going back on top of the dresser, but I was in the middle of painting it when these pics were taken.  It has since been finished and is back in place. Mirrors definitely add so much to a room!

So, there ya have it.  See?  Getting there!  My next steps for this room is to paint all of the furniture.  The hubby thinks I’m nuts and I think he’s a little hesitant with me doing it. This is our first “real” furniture that we bought when we got married and it wasn’t cheap. What can I say?  We both had jobs and no kids, so we bought it new.  It’s what we thought we were supposed to do.  If I were to do it over again, I would buy from a thrift store.  It’s the only way to go (for us anyway).  Especially since I like to re-purpose old stuff.  The set includes an over-sized bedroom set (dresser, night stand and bed) that is just too dark for my taste anymore. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with the furniture and I still like it, but I want it lighter and brighter.  AND painting is so much cheaper than buying something else.

Also, I’ve increased the size of the photos.  Yay or nay?


We’re Making Progress in the Large Living Room

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day!  I wish I could say we relaxed and didn’t labor. The hubby worked much of the day and so did I (ya know, scrubbing toilets and scraping water balloons off the brick in the backyard…fun times).  Luckily, we had our fun on Saturday and Sunday by enjoying our time playing with the kiddos and going to the splash-pad ;)

Anyway, I realized it was eons ago that I said I was remodeling the “large living room”. Although I’m not done with it, I figured an update might be appropriate.  That, and I just washed the slipcovers on the sofa.  I know a big, dramatic reveal would have been fun, but let’s face it, who knows when that would happen.  So, here we go.

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Here’s what it looked like before.

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A shot of the other side of the room.

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And the after.  You’ll noticed that I had to install some corner protectors on the coffee table I made (here).  Gotsta protect those little humans of mine ;)  Also, that wall needs something.  I get it.  I’m thinking some canvas prints of the kiddos?  An electric fireplace? You know, for all those freezing cold nights in the desert…duh.

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I like the nice little seating area created for reading a book, enjoying a nice cup of coffee or watching the kids play in the backyard.

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The brown blinds are gone and brighter white curtains have taken their place.  So much brighter.  Take note that the brown trim is still there.  Yup, not happy about it, but all in due time my friends.

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A nice little basket to hide blankets, toys or whatever else the youngsters put in it.

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This wall above the sofa is a blank canvas just waiting to be decorated.  However, I’m just not sure of what to do yet.  I have some ideas, but I’m still not 100% sure of what I want. Maybe I’ll surprise the hubby and hang some antlers.  Could he love me anymore?!

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Aaaand, the other side of the room still looks like this.  Toys R Us threw up over here.  It’s ok.  No really, I’m fine with it.  Did you even notice the little bambino there or did he blend in with the chaos?

See that tv stand/armoire on the left?  Well, that will be painted.  Probably white, but we’ll see.  I’m kind of indecisive lately and it’s driving me a little bonkers.  I think I have writer’s block, but with decorating.  I just really don’t have a clue what I want.  Also, I REALLY want to put that gray dresser in the little lady’s room, but she’s holding on dearly to her baby one (changing table).  One of them has to go, but she doesn’t want to give up either of them.  I’ll let you know who wins that battle.  Until then, I’ll keep on painting things I’m 100% sure of.  I’ve painted the master bedroom, office and a what seems like a million pieces of furniture.  Slowly, but surely, I’ll get there :)  Maybe, just maybe, if I get my rear in gear, I’ll have some pics of the master bedroom next week.