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Homecoming Weekend

Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Badgers!  (Have I mentioned I'm a die-hard Badger??)  Yup, that was the overall theme of this weekend.  After a quiet night at home on Friday, we got up early and headed to Madison for Homecoming.  An 11:00am game meant an early morning but it was totally worth it to watch the Badgers blow Maryland out of the water.

By the end of the 3rd quarter, it was such a blow out that we were kind of bored.  So the girls visited Bucky's Locker Room for a little bit of Badger shopping.  I now have quite a few items on my wishlist, this being just one of them.

After the game, it was time to tailgate!  Yup, we do thing a little backwards when it is a morning game.  As usual, my aunt and uncle totally spoil us! It was quite the spread!

Finally, it was getting close to 6:00pm, which meant it was time to head home to pick up the pup from doggie day camp and collapse.  I think I was asleep before 10pm.  A very large portion of Sunday looked like this before I mustered up the motivation to do some laundry and clean out some closets.

I love my new Badger PJ pants.  I really wish I was at home in them now.
 How was your weekend?

Friday Favorites

TGIF!  Where did this week go?  I know I got something accomplished.  I think?  Let's dive into some favorites, shall we?

1).  These Shoes

I bought them a few weeks ago and OMG they are comfortable.  On point for Fall and great to wear when you have a big day of being on your feet.  I kind of want more colors because I have been living in them!  No such thing as too many shoes, am I right!?!

2).  La Belle Carousel - Too Faced

Sometimes you just need to buy something fun.  After seeing a review of this over on Tati's YouTube Channel, I knew I had to have this.  The colors in this are FABULOUS!  The carousel is adorable (and pink and sparkly) and when broken apart, these palettes are perfect and travel size.  It can also be broken apart for small gifty items for the holidays.  Great bang for your buck!  I can't wait to play around with it.  Let me know if you want to see swatches!

3).  Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

I grabbed a small travel size of this mask out of the aisle of doom at Sephora.  You know, the aisle you stand in while you waiting to check out, grab travel sized items to try and inevitably end up spending more money?  Yup, the aisle of doom.  Anyway, after giving it a try I. LOVE. THIS. FACEMASK.  My skin looks and feels incredible after using it.  It exfoliates, unclogs pores and just overall makes my skin pretty.  I ordered a full size one off of Amazon, where it is fortunately about $20 cheaper than at Sephora. Woo hoo!  Little tip from me to you: check Amazon first.  I know I don't get the Sephora Beauty Points, but I do save a few bucks which is sometimes even better.

4).  Starbuck's Holiday Blend

Yes I know it is still October, but I am in looooooove with the Starbuck's Holiday Blend and while at Costco this week I found it.  In bulk.  What could be better than that?  Christmas came early this year!

5).  Shadow of Night

Those of you who use a Kindle/Nook/Electronic Device to read from, do you find you have no idea what the title of the book you are reading is?  This happens to me all of time.  I think because you don't look at an actual cover every time you open a book up.  I am on the second book in the All Souls Triology and had to search for the book on Amazon so I could type it's title.  It is as amazing as the first and I am flying through it!  I'm going to be really sad when I've finished this trilogy.  It is just that good.  I'm hoping to make a good dent in it this weekend.

What are some of your favorite things this week?  Have a fabulous weekend!

A Fall-Filled Weekend

Hi guys!  Sorry I took a brief hiatus.  It wasn't intentional, time just sort of slipped away from me.  I'm still in recovery from this weekend, sniffles, aches and all.  We babysat our two nieces this weekend and we had a blast.  I learned a valuable lesson.  Chuck-E-Cheese is FULL OF GERMS!  We went to a birthday party there with the girls.  Next time I will remember to bring hand sanitizer.  By yesterday afternoon I was stuffy and achy.  Here's hoping it goes away soon!

After the birthday party, we went to a pumpkin patch.  I had never been to one and I'm not sure who had more fun, me or the girls.  The only downside was the temperature dropped and we were not appropriated dressed so we were all popsicles by the end of the afternoon!  We took a hayride (another first for me) out to the pumpkin patch, but it has been raining a bunch recently and the field was VERY muddy.  We were not in appropriate shoe wear so we just took a hayride.  There were plenty of pumpkins back at the front of the farm to choose from.

This was a full farm/amusement park/pumpkin patch.  There were train rides, petting zoos, 
hot apple cider and donuts, all sorts of fun things to do.  
We tried to cram in as many as we could before we froze.

My 7 year old niece took this picture!  I think there is another budding photographer in the family.

As my mother-in-law said, only I could find a pink tractor!  It was a very happy accident.  
I love me some pink!  John Deere eat your heart out!

After the pumpkin farm we came home, carved pumpkins (yes we carved on for Buoy) and had grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner.  Then we snuggled in for a Disney movie before bed.  I love babysitting these girls.  They are so much fun to be with and it gives me an excuse to watch Disney movies.

Sunday morning we had a lazy PJ morning with pancakes and another Disney movie.  My hubby was awesome and made us each a pancake with our initial.  The girls call me E, so I got an E!

That was our weekend in a nutshell!  A fun, fall-filled weekend with our nieces.
How was your weekend?  Have you done any fall activities lately?

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Wine Fun at a Dinner Party

Over the summer, we attended a dinner party and tried a fun little experiment.  I've been meaning to post about it for awhile but for some reason never got around to it.  So here we go! Finally!  You can obviously try this year round; it definitely is not a seasonal thing!

One Saturday we were out running errands.  The hubby needed something to do while I ran into Ulta, so he wandered into a new wine store.  It had recently re-branded and boy were we impressed.  They do wine tastings on Saturdays and we found several wine we liked.  Their prices are very reasonable and they are very knowledgeable about wine.

We picked out a few bottles from the tasting to take to an upcoming dinner party.  To be on the safe side, we grabbed a second bottle of one of the wines and accidentally grabbed a different vintage.  Here is where the fun begins (as if drinking wine in the middle of the day wasn't fun enough!).  The cashier suggested we do a wine tasting to compare the two!  And this wine shop will email you descriptions of the wine you have purchased.

So we brought the wine with us and started the dinner party with a fun, quick wine tasting.  It required no work other than bringing the wine and the descriptions with us.  After tasting each wine, we read the descriptions out loud.  I love wine but I don't have a delicate enough palate to taste the insert wine flavor here.  I just know what I like and don't like.  And of course, I can't remember which vintage I preferred, but I definitely preferred on to the other.  As a group, we were split down the middle but each of us had a preference.

So there you have it.  I hope this helps you spice up your next dinner party in an easy way!

That Weekend We Spent Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets

I swear, I have never been so excited to go back to work on a Monday.  It means I don't have to paint anything! Woot woot!  And bonus I get to wear jeans and a hoodie today.  I love casual days!  If only they were every Monday.  As I mentioned on Friday, this weekend we painted out kitchen cabinets.  Holy Moly what a project!  I am so glad we did it, but man was it a lot of work!  Thanks goodness my mother-in-law spent the weekend helping us.  I'm not sure it ever would have gotten done without her.  Even with 3 sets of hands working hard all weekend, the doors still are not back on and a coat of varnish needs to go on the backs of the doors.  I don't have pictures of the finished product yet, well because it's not finished, but hopefully these photos will give you an idea of what we accomplished.

Here are a few before shots.  Of course I forgot to take any before we actually look the cabinet doors off.  These are back from when we first moved in. The cabinets are builders grade.  They weren't horrible, but oh my goodness what a difference some paint made!

Choosing a color was definitely tough.  We have white appliances, except for our fridge which is stainless steal.  The worlds ugliest, most neutral but goes with nothing granite counter tops, white trim, grey walls....you get the picture.  For a whole lot of neutrals it was tough.  The color we ended up with was the same color as our living room/dining room walls which was somewhat of an accident.

The next project on the list is putting a cute contact paper in the shelves and then cleaning them out!  So glad doors hide the clutter!

Fair warning, your house becomes a mess while this is all going on!  There are still doors covering pretty much the entire living room/dining room floor and stuff is everywhere!

My mother in law is the best!  She MADE the color.  We used chalk paint (Annie Sloan), which is AWESOME for projects like this.  No priming, no prepping, just paint.  2 coats and a finishing layer of a polyurethane with a satin finish (ok 2 coats in some placed) and we were done!  The only thing we did ahead of time (besides taking the doors and drawers out, removing all of the hardware and using painters tape to take off edges) was wipe everything down with TSP (make sure you wear plastic gloves!!) to get any gunk and grime build up off.

DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

(In case you are wondering, this is a mixture of Old White, Graphite and French Linen)

Oh except, since our cabinets are not super stellar quality, we discovered some pretty big gaps after we painted a test door.  So the hubby headed off to Home Depot for some wood filler.  He had to fill the gaps, wait for it to dry and then sand and wipe the doors down.  An extra step we were not anticipating.  Had we realized this we would have gotten it done ahead of time.

DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

And then we painted and painted and painted.  I decided I wanted the back of all of the cabinet doors painted too, to give the kitchen a more overall finished look.  It made everything take a little longer but I think it was worth it.

DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Proof that I painted and DIY-ed something!

Buoy was such a good boy all weekend.  And a huge help. ;-)

This is as close to the finished product as we have at the moment.  Hopefully we will get the doors back up tonight and be one step closer to being DONE!  It was a lot of work, but totally worth it!  And now I get to work on the fun part: finding some more pops of color to decorate with!

Phew.  So there you have it.  The weekend we spent painting our kitchen cabinets.  If you are looking to make and "easy" and inexpensive update to your kitchen, I would highly recommend giving Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a-whirl.  It was a long weekend, but now we will get years of enjoyment out of it.  Totally worth it!

Friday Favorites: My Hubby's Pinterest Board

Happy Friday everyone!  It took long enough to get here!  I was in desperate need of inspiration for today's post.  I have to thank my hubby for it.  Last night, he was putzing around on Pinterest.  (Yes, my husband pins.  And loves it.)  I forget to check out his pins sometimes so I began to mosey around and see what he was up to.  And then it hit me, some of these are too good not to share.  He has a "Things for Katie" board and boy does he know me well.  So this week's Friday Favorites are my favorite pins form his board.  Enjoy!

This was the story of my life. All. Week. Long.  Except I start this process about 9:30pm.

I want this in my house.

Everyone should have glittery stairs in their life.

Indoor firework lights?  You betcha!

Something I would totally wear.

This about sums it up.  He is a good man to put up with me.

Does your hubby, significant other, etc. know you this well?  At least he's got a sense of humor about me!  Wish us luck.  This weekend we are embarking on the largest home/DIY project I've ever done.  We are painting the kitchen cabinet.  With a little a lot of help from my mother-in-law. Stay tuned for pictures on Monday if we make it out alive!

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