Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Truth Time

I really hate blog posts that go on and on about why posting has dwindled, apologizing for life getting in the way of blogging. I've done it in the past, and I've vowed to try to keep them to a bare minimum.

However, I'm sure you've noticed it's been a bit quiet here lately, so I feel that - though annoying - I owe you guys an explanation.

Here's a rundown of what's been going on:
  1. Remember when I said I started a new job? Well, there was a reason they hired me - because they needed help handling a lot of work. So that has been keeping me quite busy for the past couple of months. I work hard for the money! ;)
  2. I had a bit of a health scare a few weeks back - while at work, I got really fatigued, lightheaded and nauseous, and just generally felt moody and awful. I had a blood test to get to the bottom of what was going on, and discovered I'm deficient in the sunshine vitamin (aka: Vitamin D). I'm on a prescription strength supplement now, and I'm already feeling MUCH better.
  3. Owen has entered the Terrible Twos...6 months early. Holy cow, can that child scream when he doesn't get what he wants (I think he gets that from me, poor kid). He's gotten a LOT better over the past few weeks due to us taking suggestions from family and friends, like ignoring him when he's having a tantrum over nothing, calmly explaining why what he's doing is not acceptable behavior, etc.
  4. The house purchase that didn't happen quite as we had hoped, which I've already told you about.
Since I'm starting to feel better, posts will become more frequent in the coming weeks. Thank you all for your patience, I just felt like I needed to get my footing back and prioritize myself and my health for the time being.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Well. That was fun.

So, I think I've finally gotten to a not-so-emotional way of sharing this. Which is only done through the healing powers of time passing by.

Long story short, we are not buying the house. It was due to a myriad of reasons, but focused on two: the incompetence of our loan officer and the fact that it really wasn't our favorite house to begin with.

Oh, and it was a touch too expensive. Although we can easily afford it on both of our incomes, if I want any hope of going freelance/part time in the next few years around when Owen starts Kindergarten, then buying this house will be a step in the wrong direction for that.

I honestly was never wild with the idea of buying this house, but we got tired of looking and thought it might be easier. Turns out, it wasn't - in fact, after jumping through hoop after hoop after hoop, we found ourselves asking: "Is it really worth it??"

The answer, my friends, was a resounding no. My gut was screaming at me not to go through with it, that it was a bad idea. I've made the mistake of not listening to it in the past, and I wanted to heed the warning before it was too late.

We are shelving the house hunt for the time being - come early 2015, we'll be back at it, and will likely be regaling all of you with our tales. Be prepared, peeps.

So, I know this blog is all about injecting character into a cookie cutter home - namely, the one we're currently living in. Just because we are going to buy another home does not mean this blog is going away; in fact, there's a bit I'd like to do to it so we can make it more presentable for a prospective buyer, so that should be fun.

Stay tuned. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins

Oh my God, guys...it's FALL.

The leaves. The crisp breeze. Sweaters. Hot cider. Pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING.

*swoon*

Speaking of pumpkin-flavored everything, to help you guys celebrate the most awesome of all the seasons (true story), I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes: Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins. They're delicious, they're super-duper easy...what's not to like?!






Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins
Makes 12 normal-sized muffins

Ingredients
1 can of pumpkin (not the pie mix, just pure pumpkin)*
1 box of white cake mix
1/2 bag of cinnamon chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop the pumpkin out of the can into a medium-large bowl. Pour the cake mix into the pumpkin and stir until wet and somewhat smooth. Fold in the cinnamon chips. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake in the oven for 15-19 minutes.

*You can also use a small pie pumpkin that has been steamed and mashed (13.5 oz). That's actually what I did this time around, and they turned out great, albeit a bit more moist than normal. Just make sure the mashed pumpkin is cooled off completely before adding the cinnamon chips, otherwise they will melt too early.

Anyone else have a favorite fall recipe to share? Any great fall decorating ideas?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

*Knock* *Knock* *Knock* Laura!

Notice how I referenced Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory in my post title? Being married to a wannabe physicist/engineer, I often feel like I can relate to Penny. Not that Brian acts like Sheldon or anything...he's actually a lot like Leonard, except way cuter. ;)

Anyway...

Remember when I painted our front door? Well, I really want to get new hardware for it, because brass and dark pink/red just do not compute.



See what I mean? Yuck.

Here are some I'm thinking about - I'm really debating between the type where it has a handle and you push the lever above it to get in, or just getting a good old fashioned knob. Readers: any preference one way or another based on your experience? There's only so much experimenting at home improvement stores will do for me. I like the look of the handle, but please let me know pros/cons!!

Kwikset Montara Single Cylinder Venetian Bronze Handleset with Juno Entry Knob (featuring a SmartKey, which may or may not be smarter than me). Home Depot, $134.


Kwikset Hawthorne Single Cylinder Venetian Bronze Handle Set with Juno Knob (featuring a SmartKey yet again). Home Depot, $129.

Avendale Handleset with Carnaby Knob. Baldwin Hardware, price unknown (probably one of those where if you have to ask, it's too expensive).

Arched Entry Door Set. Rocky Mountain Hardware, I found the price, but it's crazy expensive. Hey, a gal can dream, right?!


Any other suggestions/thoughts? Any other sources that might have some more unique looks that are affordable?