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April 2016

Drab to Fab

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Good morning beautiful friends!

Normally I get a serious case of the Mondays (and Tuesdays) but I have to say that this gorgeous sunshiny weather has me feeling amped up and ready to rock this week!  So here it goes…I have been meaning to do a post on our beautiful refinished buffet for a while now.  A few months ago we had the debate of selling our large wooden buffet or refinishing it.  It must have sat in our garage for months!  It is such a great piece and really is great for extra storage (which we need!!!)  The only problem was that it no longer matched with any of our furniture & paint colors!  I had browsed lots of ideas on Pinterest and ended up coming up with a design that made it look totally brand new!  Instead of the old brown netting that kept popping out on the top sections, we added chicken wire to the inside of doors by using a staple gun.  Chicken wire is super durable and also CHEAP!  I found awesome brushed black handles for the cabinet doors from Home Depot and Reid spent multiple days sanding it down in order to spray the entire cabinet white.  The same color was used as all of our kitchen cabinets, Behr Marquee Polar Bear.  The buffet itself was already a big gorgeous piece, it just needed a little TLC.  I couldn’t be happier with how well it turned out with just a few modern updates here and there.

All in all, it seems like a quick fix, but the amount of work sanding, priming & spraying ends up taking about a week if you do a little bit each day.  The worst part about these projects is waiting for the primer/paint to dry to do the next coat!

Below are some pictures of the cabinet before and after.

Decor:

Coffee mug holder: World Market 

Record player: Crosley…Old version, but found lots of great ones here.

White vases:  Old but similar ones found here.

Reclaimed wood wine rack: Etsy…best purchase ever for under $100!

 

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Thanks for checking in!  Hope to chat with you soon 🙂

Xoxo,

Kristin 

A Weekend Retreat to Key West

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Well, this past weekend I decided to finally do it.  I left Auggie with grandparents for the first time and I flew all the way to Key West to spend a weekend with my hubs (and all of his friends)!  It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Immediately upon landing, there is a bar in baggage claim where you can get an ice cold beer.. and the best part?  You can walk around town with it!  This was the first time I have ever made an impulse decision to travel and I am pretty stoked about it.  I think I will be doing more of this in the future 😉

We stayed about a mile outside of town and rented beach cruisers to get around everywhere.  There’s something super exhilarating about cruising around on bikes!  But I think my absolute favorite thing about Key West is all of the live music.  Almost every bar or restaurant you go to has someone playing catchy music whether it be acoustic covers or originals.

On this blog post, besides sharing some pictures, I thought I would do a little breakdown of some of my favorite places to see & eat.

Here’s a little list of places that are worth checking out if you venture to Key West 🙂

Bike Rental: Eaton Bikes

Best Evening Attraction: Fury– Commotion on the Ocean.  This was a sunset booze cruise from 630-830 with unlimited drinks and apps and we had an absolute blast.  I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  How could you not want to cruise off into the sunset with a beer in hand and a live band playing your favorite old timey covers?

Best Fancy Dinner: Blue Heaven, I had the yellowtail snapper which was insanely tasty.  I was creeping on the table next to me that ordered Key Lime pie and if I wasn’t so full I would have been all aboard the dessert train!

Best Happy Hour: The Commodore, located right on the marina with a beautiful view of boats and even better people watching along the boardwalk.  All small plates and drinks are 50% from 430-630…can’t beat that!

Best Coffee: Cuban Coffee Queen, order the iced cafe con leche..do it!

Best Cuban Food: El Siboney…it’s a little cruise to get there but oh so worth it!  Let me tell you, this sh** is authentic! We even got to witness a live rooster fight right outside.

Best Fish Tacos: Hogfish Bar & Grill.  It’s a trek depending on where you’re staying, it was about a 10 minute drive for us, but a great change of pace.  I ordered the blackened hogfish tacos which were loaded with homemade salsa and jalapeños with a side of cuban rice and beans. If you’re looking for something with a little extra flare, this is your spot!

Best Beach: Higgs Beach.  It’s a few minutes cruise in the opposite direction of town but there’s a lot less people than the main beaches and you can rent a couple chairs and an umbrella for $20.  This is a great spot if you’re looking to lay out for the day.

Best Spot to Dance: Sloppy Joes…need I say more?

Below are some pictures from my trip.  I guess it’s time for me to get back to “adulting.”  Key West, here’s to hoping we meet again.

Cheers all & enjoy the rest of your week!

Xoxo,

Kristin

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips

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Happy weekend all!  I am sitting here going over all the stinkin’ precious pictures from our adventure to Tulip Town yesterday!  My friend Jackie and I took Auggie on a day date to frolic in the flowers, and he LOVED it!  He even tried eating them…I was pretty sure the security guards were going to kick us out for disturbing the beautiful fields, but when you see a face like Auggie’s, who would ever dare?!  😉

I don’t have too much to say today (I know I normally don’t ever shut up!), but I just fell in love with all the photos Jackie took of my mini man and I and figured instead of blowing up Instagram, I would share them all with you here.

If you haven’t been to the Tulip Festival, I recommend going, even just for a photo shoot.  Kiddies love it!  We continued on to one of my favorite restaurants in La Conner, Seeds, for  some coffee and snacks (and milk for Auggie).  Springtime in the northwest is amazing and I am so excited to be able to share it with the little dude this year.  Here’s some pictures for you to enjoy, and yes, the red tulips were actually that bright!!!

Coming soon– a post on Reid refinishing our buffet.  It looks awesome!

I am off to have a little girls day brunch…#sundayfunday (I’m pretty sure that’s what the cool kids do these days).

Lots of love,

Kristin

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