Mini Vacation

Monday, October 26, 2015
The past few weeks have been rough and the next few weeks are going to be just as hectic. It's all a good crazy, but crazy none the less. So when Jordan won a free stay at a lodge in Southern Arkansas at work, we jumped on it and headed straight there the moment our schedules didn't conflict with each other.

We stayed in the super small town of Kirby, Arkansas at a resort called Self Creek. We got a cabin overlooking the lake with our own hot tub plus a day long boat rental. Overall, it was about an $800 value that we got for free. We were ecstatic!

After dropping Josie off with my folks, we hit the road.

It was a beautiful (very windy) drive. When we finally arrived, we checked out our two bedroom cabin and back deck. First of all, we had our very own hot tub. Yahoo! Second, the views around our cabin were beautiful and in all honesty, these pictures don't even get close to giving it justice.

After we got settled we decided to find somewhere to eat. However, Kirby, Arkansas only has two restaurants so we decided to drive to the next nearest town and grab some Mexican food, The remainder of the night was spent relaxing in the hot tub and a movie. 

The next morning we stopped into one of Kirby's restaurants and have a delicious breakfast, followed by some diamond hunting (where we found nothing!), a boat ride and finishing the day off with steaks on the grill, another relaxing hot tub session and The Addams Family movie. Perfect, perfect, perfect!!!

The picture above was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Jordan decided to turn on some music and anchor the boat in the middle of the lake (the lake was empty that day so a major plus as well). We decided to cuddle up on the back end of the boat and lay there for awhile. It was so calm, we could feel every ounce of stress melt away!

After our mini trip, we drove through Fayetteville to pick up our pup. At first, she wasn't down for leaving my parents house (because they spoil her!). But once we got in the car, we started to feel like we were missed a little bit. ;)

She kept trying to sneak up front with Jordan and when she couldn't, she would just lay her head on his arm. Man, I love that pup!

Now that vacation is over, it's back to reality. Hope you all have a wonderful Monday! More new house stuff to come soon!!!

Happy Friday!

Friday, October 16, 2015
More koozies are here! Except, not really here. They are on their way to Waverly, Iowa as I type this. They will soon be for sell in the new, wonderful shop called Maker's Market!

These are the same as my Go Hogs koozies. They are my chalk drawings turned beer holder. I've had so much fun with these. I love seeing them come to life from my chalkboard to these small black and white koozies. I hope others love them as much as I do!

Are you sensing a theme with this group of koozies? Yeah, that's because we drink beer when we tailgate so I thought these were only appropriate since it's football season! Ha!

When I stopped by the printer today to pick them up, the woman at the counter asked what I was here for. Before I could even finish saying "koozies" she throws her hands in the air and yells "BEER!" I about fell on the floor laughing!!!

So, here they are! Your next beer keeper. ;)

In other news, we stopped out at the soon to be new house tonight to get our to do list going. Before we got in the car to head back to the rental house, we stopped for a second to take in the sunset.

Josie was pretty bummed to have to go back to the rental after running around the new yard...

Now our night is being filled with a lot of couch cuddling and Netflix. Time to enjoy every beautiful minute this weekend has to bring. Have a wonderful weekend friends!


Is it November yet?

Saturday, October 10, 2015
I've never wanted an October to be over ever! But, I'm counting down the days until we can get our hands on this house and start getting some work done to make it our own. Until that time comes, I've been researching anything and everything and have the house pictured in my head exactly how I hope it will look once we are done with it.

So, to continue with the home decorating dream, I'm going to share a few more Pinspiring images that I hope we can make happen in our home.

Also, I thought I'd share a few pictures of our house! From here on out, I will continue to share images of our new home and what our plans are for each room. Here goes nothin'! :)

This is our living room. Eventually, the walls surrounding the fireplace will either be knocked down opening the kitchen to the living room or the doorways will be expanded. But for now, here is our to do list:
  • Paint walls grey/beige
  • Paint trim and doors white
  • Replace lighting
  • Replace blinds
  • Remove heat baseboards along back wall
  • Update fireplace

When it comes to the fireplace, I'm not sure what I want yet. All I know is that I promised Jordan a large, old, charm filled beam from Iowa as our mantle. As for the rest of the look of the fireplace, here are a few images I found on Pinterest that I'm leaning towards...

Decisions, decisions! :)

The second image I wanted to share of our house is one of two screened in porches. I think we will spend a lot of time here. 

Here's our to do list for this area:
  • Replace ugly carpet with a cool brick floor or wood/decking (not sure yet)
  • Long term: the outside of the house will be painted/redone which means the siding in the screened in porch will eventually change as well

As far as decorations go, I would love to take all of the string lines we had at our wedding and string them all over the ceiling, hang sheer white curtains, and bring in some homey outdoor furniture/ or hang a fun swing. Can't forget all of the candles and lanterns that will be strategically placed everywhere!

Here are a few screened in porches I found online that I like the feeling of...

Oh my gosh... seriously. Come on Novemeber!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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