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April
2016
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We got a LOT done this past week! We got over the biggest hurdle I think which was clearing everything out, and now we can focus on the fun part: painting and decorating!

Last Thursday evening I got my sample paint colors up on the exterior.

Trying to decide which color to paint: Dark Ash or Welded Iron. I was so tempted to write, "Dead inside" #oneroomchallenge #paintswatches @homedepot @behrpaint

After leaving it up for a couple days we decided on… *drumroll* … Welded Iron! Ultimately I wanted to choose a color that I could paint the exterior of the house with down the road, and I really like this one. We picked up two gallons of it on Sunday.

Saturday morning I spent my time moving the woodpile over to the new pile we created by our fire pit.

Left Side of the Shed

The goal of Saturday was to get the edges of the shed cleared so Joshua could power-wash the exterior. While I moved the wood pile, Joshua cleared out the tool shed on the other side.

Right Side of the Shed

He also started rearranging the garage to make room for his stuff that he would be bringing in from the shed.

Sunday morning my brother in-law Bobby and his wife Amber came over to help us clear out the interior of the shed. Since “my stuff” from the garage (aka holiday decor) would be moving to the shed, we had to get that out of the garage so Joshua could move his stuff from the shed in the garage.

The interior of the shed is all cleared out! Just gotta finish the tiny bit of flooring and then we can paint the interior as well! #oneroomchallenge #sheshed

Because we need the shed empty for painting, all the holiday decor + Dani’s stuff for storage is now hanging out in the entertainment room, Joshua’s stuff is all moved into the garage, and the shed is basically empty except for some extra flooring.

I think I underestimated how much work clearing out the shed would involve, which is why I’m so thankful we had the help we did!

And then to top everything off, Wednesday evening I came home from work to find Joshua getting the first coat of paint up on the shed!

First coat of paint is on the shed!

One Room Challenge Spring 2016 #oneroomchallenge
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April
2016
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I was hoping to share with you the painted shed, but unfortunately it rained all weekend which means I had to switch things up a bit. This allowed me to focus on the interior, so Joshua and I worked on clearing out anything from the shed that needed to be donated. We did a big donation run which freed up some space in the garage so next Joshua can work on moving the rest of his stuff out of the shed.

Sunday night we picked up some swatches from Home Depot, and we were able to narrow it down to two possible color choices: Behr’s Welded Iron or Dark Ash.

Grabbing some swatches for the exterior of the shed! #oneroomchallenge

Tuesday night we got our paint samples, and tonight I plan on painting them on the shed so we can decide on our color by Saturday. Our goal is to clean and prep Saturday and then paint on Sunday.

Paint Samples for the #oneroomchallenge

This weekend we plan on (weather permitting):

  • Pressure washing the exterior shed
  • Moving the smaller tool shed and wood pile away from the main shed
  • Painting the exterior of the shed
  • Moving anything that isn’t staying in the shed into the garage
One Room Challenge Spring 2016 #oneroomchallenge
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April
2016
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I’ve decided to dive in and participate in the One Room Challenge for the next six weeks. I’ve seen this challenge go around the blogosphere for years, and I finally checked into what it’s all about. Yesterday featured designers started their ORC, and today it’s our turn (the common-folk 😆).

One Room Challenge Spring 2016 #oneroomchallenge

My room of choice? The shed!

Our Backyard Shed

Our Backyard Shed

Originally it was going to be a workshop for Joshua, but he’d rather make the garage work for him since it’s closer to where he works on his vehicles. Instead he’s given me his blessing to turn the shed into a She Shed! It has the perfect potential to be an amazing little space!

Backstory

When we first moved in (almost 4 years ago) here’s what the exterior looked like:

The Backyard

A year later, a tree branch fell down causing some damage to the front of the shed:

Tree Damage to the Shed

Because it’s used for storage we didn’t really do anything to repair the damage other than clear everything away; it just wasn’t priority at the time. Then last summer we enlisted the help of our friend’s dad who is a contractor to help us fix up the major damage parts as well as put in a new light and door.

New door for the shed!

Joshua also started laying down the floor that used to be in our entertainment room. In addition to that we got the tree removed that was hanging directly over the shed to prevent any future damage.

When we moved in our house three years ago we had this tree that leaned over the shed. Not too long ago a branch fell from it causing damage to our shed. Today the tree was removed, and now the yard seems a little brighter.

Present Day

Right now it’s used purely for storage. We have extra furniture pieces, bags of pellets for our pellet stoves, even extra items that Dani had when she was at college that she doesn’t need right now but will need when she moves, and all other kinds of random stuff.

Inside the Shed

Inside the Shed

Inside the Shed

Inside the Shed

Inside the Shed

Left Side of the Shed

Right Side of the Shed

The Plans

The shed is divided into two areas: a main large area in the front and a smaller storage area in the back. I plan on keeping the back area for storage, probably separating it from the main area with some kind of cute curtain. It’ll be storage for things like holiday decorations, anything of mine that is currently in the garage that I will need access to.

As for the main large area of the shed? That’s where the fun will begin! Just some ideas my sister and I have for the space: craft area, studio for photos and vlogging, and a spot to do yoga.

Here’s how I’m going to break down weekly tasks:

  1. Paint the exterior
  2. Clear everything out of the interior
  3. Finish the flooring
  4. Clear the walls, fix any holes, outlets, etc. that need attention
  5. Paint the interior
  6. Decorate!

I’m so excited to get started!

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April
2016
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A Day in the Life: April 2016

A Day in the Life is a monthly linkup where bloggers document their daily life on a designated day each month to show what a typical day is like. Head over to Hey Georgie to participate!

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What was one thing you did this morning?

I took my BBT (Basal Body Temperature). Now that I am on medication that will help with my PCOS symptoms and get me ovulating again, I need to be better about tracking things like my BBT. In case you’re wondering, I use the app Glow to track all the female things. 😉

What was one thing you achieved today?

I got a bunch of wireframes done in time for a 1:30pm meeting. I was on a tight deadline and wasn’t sure I’d be able to get it all done; not only did I get them all done, but I managed to squeeze a couple extras in. Oh and the client ended up being happy with the direction, so yay!

What was something you were not impressed with?

The phone holder thingamajig Joshua got for his car. First he got one that was suppose to clip to his AC vent, and that ended up not working so he returned it. The second one he got had a suction cup that supposedly you could put anywhere but it only worked on his windshield. Yeah, not impressed.

What were you doing at 4:25pm?

I was in the middle of trying to style a Gravity Form on a template site I’m doing work on. Thank God for the Chrome inspector and CSS Targeting Samples.

How was the weather?

It was so warm! It felt like summer! I had to use the Nest app to turn the AC before I got home.

What will you do before you go to bed?

My night time routine which includes taking a shower, PM skin care routine, brushing my teeth, and taking my PM vitamins.

Theme: Happy

What four things made you happy today?

  1. The excellent customer service I’ve been receiving from Stitch Fix. My shoes from last month’s fix had some problems, and they’ve been working with me to get them exchanged. If you want to check out Stitch Fix use my referral code! 🙂
  2. Woke up to see my skin the clearest it’s been in a really long time.
  3. I got my workload in a really good spot. First day in a long time I was able to leave the office before 6pm and feel good about how my work was going. It’s been crazy busy at work, so I’ve been having a lot of long, jam-packed days. It’s a good problem to have though, trust me.
  4. Joshua and I had a mini mid-week date. We went to Chili’s for dinner and did a little driving around afterwards. It was really nice!
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April
2016
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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! On Sunday, I hosted Easter dinner for my family. I spent all morning and afternoon cooking (and cleaning) while Joshua cleaned up the front yard. I managed to get all the cooking done by 3:45pm and then family started showing up a little after 4pm.

Home Decor

Here’s the front of the house decorated for Easter.

Front of the house decorated for Easter

Front of the house decorated for Easter

The sign is from Target and the wreath was given to me by my mom.

In the living room, I put two prints above the pellet stove.

Easter Mantel

Easter Mantel

You can find the prints here:

  1. He Is Risen Printable
  2. Floral Happy Easter Print

And here’s a look at my table setup…

Dining Room decorated for Easter

Dining Room decorated for Easter

Food

For appetizers I made an Easter Carrot Cheese Ball with Veggie Straws and crackers for dipping. I also made Deviled Easter Eggs.

Easter Appetizers

Easter Dinner: Leg of Lamb and Ham

Dinner consisted of leg of lamb, Crockpot Honey Baked Ham, sautéed spinach, and salad. Dessert was homemade strawberry shortcake.

Deviled Easter Eggs

Ingredients:

  • A dozen eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Food coloring
  • ¼ cup of mayo
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 ½ tbsp cheddar cheese
  • Paprika

Directions:

  1. Place eggs in a large pot and fill pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Add salt.
  2. Brings eggs to boil and let simmer for 12-15 minutes.
  3. Run cold water over the eggs to stop them from cooking. Then start peeling eggs under cold water.
  4. Cut each egg in half, scoop out yolk into a separate bowl.
  5. Add food coloring to a couple of glasses and mix with water. Drop egg halves into the coloring. I was able to get away with 3 halves in a glass at a time. Let them sit for a few minutes keeping in mind that the longer you leave them the darker the color. I referenced this recipe from TheLittleKitchen.net for creating the colors.
  6. When eggs are finished, let them dry on some paper towels.
  7. Meanwhile, mix the mayo, sour cream, cheese and mustard in the bowl of yolks to make a creamy yellow mixture.
  8. Distribute mixture into the eggs. You can use a spoon or if you want to get fancy, put it in a plastic bag, cut a hole in the corner, and squeeze the mixture out like a pastry chef.
  9. Top with Paprika and serve cold.

Easter Carrot Cheese Ball

  • 2 blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese plus 1 cup extra to put on top
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Minced Onions
  • 1 bunch of parsley

Directions:

  1. Mix everything except the parsley and extra 1 cup shredded cheese together in a medium bowl.
  2. Form mixture into a carrot shape on a long plate.
  3. Top with the extra shredded cheese
  4. Trim parsley stems and put them in the top of your “carrot”
  5. Serve with crackers or dippers of your choice.