2014 Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour

Fall is my favorite time of the year (along with just about everybody else). I love the cooler temps, colorful leaves, and pumpkins everywhere. Texas usually has a pretty short fall, and the colors change on the leaves so fast you barely get a chance to enjoy them. So, to make the season longer for me, I decorate in the beginning of September. That gives me a good 2 and a half months of enjoying all things fall!! Welcome to my fall home!

DIY chalkboard woodslice
Tutorial on wood slice coming soon!




I found the scarecrow and leaves at Dollar Tree and the pumpkin is from Target dollar section!





The "Give Thanks" sign is from the Target dollar section and the pumpkins are from Hobby Lobby.


I made this wreath using my DIY Wreath Tutorial, I bought the leaves from Dollar Store!


As you can see, I don't spend a lot of money on decorations. I just can't justify it since they are only up for a short period of time! What is your favorite thing about fall? How do you decorate your home?



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Roasted Veggies and Garlic Noodles

OMG y'all this dish has got to be my new favorite dish to make in our house! It's so easy to cook, healthy, and makes tons of leftovers. All wins in my book. This will be perfect to make Sunday night and to have for lunch the next day.


Ingredients:
1 Bag of baby red potatoes quartered
Frozen broccoli
Frozen baby carrots (optional)
Olive Oil
Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
1 Box of Rotini noodles
Minced garlic
13x9 pan

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In pan place potatoes and broccoli (and carrots if you choose, we just don't like them!), drizzle olive oil and stir. Next add salt and pepper to your liking, and coat with Italian Seasoning. I love the seasoning, so I put a lot on it! Stir again and place in oven for 30 mins.

Step 2: After 30 mins, take out and stir again, place back in oven for 20 mins, stir again, put back for another 20 mins. 

Step 3: Cook noodles according to box directions. Once done, drain, put back into pot. Drizzle with olive oil and put in as much garlic as you like and stir.

Step 4: The veggies should be done, and easy way to tell is when you stir them, the broccoli should just fall apart, it'll be really tender.


Step 5: Put back into oven if you feel it needs more time, I do 5 min increments. When done, add noodles to bowl and top with veggies! I sometimes add a bit more salt and a little bit of butter, but you don't have to! 



Enjoy!



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Home Tour: The Kitchen/Dining Room

So I realized the other day that I never finished the home tour...not that there is much left to show, but here is our kitchen & dining room. We painted the kitchen the same color we used for the navy blue accent wall in our living room. I really like the way the dark walls make the white cabinets and back splash pop. Although we did not paint the cabinets white, we bought the house that way, I have been slowly painting all of the insides white as well. Let me tell you, that is no easy task!! It is taking me forever, but I only have the two bottom cabinets next to the stove left! It's amazing the difference it makes painting the insides!  If you want to see some pics, I posted some on Instagram! But without further ado, here is the kitchen and dining room.



Now mind you, our kitchen is not always this spotless. I try my hardest to keep up with the dishes, but I just HATE doing them!!








The hubby has gotten into the candy corn! That thing was full just a couple of days ago!







There's not much to see in the dining room. We really need to get a large area rug to go under the table. It'll define the room more. Fun story about this table (yes, we are missing a chair, it's in the guest room), my parents actually won it! In my hometown we have a furniture store that does a huge raffle every year, and we all put our names in it. We had never won before until this! I really want to do a project with it. Paint it or stain it, or something. Any ideas of what we should do with this huge area behind the couch?? We have thought about putting in a huge built-in of bookshelves with a seating area, but that seems like a lot of work for a house we won't be staying in for a long time.



Click HERE for the entry way
Click HERE for our living room
Click HERE for the hallway makeover
Click HERE for our guest bedrooms
Click HERE for the master bedroom
Click HERE for the master bathroom
Click HERE for the master closet

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Life Lately

Wow...I must say it's weird sitting here in front of the computer writing a blog post. I took a looooong unintentional break from blogging, but am happy to be back for now at least! One of the things that changed in the past couple of months is that I got a new job! I'm still doing accounting, but I'm now working 3 days a week for a non-profit organization here. I absolutely LOVE it. I really feel that this is what I'm being called to do. My whole family works for non-profits so it was an easy decision for me. Working for the CPA firm was causing me too much stress, and in order to keep my auto-immune disease under control, I have to control my stress level because it is stressed induced. I was not happy there, I loathed going to work everyday, and was mentally and physically exhausted every day when I got home. I'm happy my stress is now under control again, and I'm not tired all the time. I'm able to enjoy my time with the husband and be able to actually get stuff done around the house. I also work at our church one day a week as the receptionist. It's been super fun and laid back, and I've loved getting to know the staff better. I'm only doing this until they find a full-time person, but I'll take the extra cash for now! :) I'm definitely considering doing one more tax season next year, but I'd only work the two days I'm not working at the non-profit. Well after this super long break, I'm hoping somebody is still out there reading!! I'm sorry I left for so long. I can't guarantee I'll be posting on a regular basis, but now that I have a routine with my work schedule, I'm hoping to be posting more! I miss the blogging world too much!


And a picture for good measure! This is my hubby and I at his cousins wedding in Boerne a couple of weeks ago! I wish someone had told me my hair was in my face before taking this picture! 

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Oregon Trip 2014

**Warning: TONS of pics in this post!**

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I, one of my best friends, and my family flew up to Oregon to see my dad's family. Going to Oregon is always a trip we look forward to, and have made several times. We flew out of Austin bright and early at six in the morning. Once we landed in San Francisco at eight (their time), we found out that our flight to Eugene had been cancelled and we had been re-booked on a flight out the next day. Since the point of us taking such an early flight was to get us to Eugene late morning so we would have the rest of the day to rest and hang out, flying in the next day was not going to cut it.  The best the customer service center could do is fly us up to Seattle and we would have a super early flight into Eugene the next morning. Since Seattle was a lot closer to where we needed to be, we got on the flight. When we landed, we discovered that mine and my husband's luggage didn't come with us! Everyone else's luggage made it onto the plane, but ours somehow got on a flight that was coming in TWO HOURS later. We were pissed to say the least. Just annoyed with the whole situation, we all decided to just rent a car and drive down to Oregon that evening. We would get in about 9 that night, but it was better than waiting another day to get there and waste our vacation. Once we got to my aunt's and uncle's house, we passed out. We had been up for 23 hours with hardly any food. Time changes really mess you up!

The next day, we got up and went to the Wildlife Safari that my aunt's mom volunteers at. We got a private tour of the whole place. I wish I had taken pictures but I was exhausted. The afternoon we headed up to Eugene to pick up my other brother from the airport and have dinner with my dad's brother and his family. We met my cousin's fiance and had a great meal with them all!

All the cousins!!
The next day, my brother Stephen, my husband, my friend, and I decided we wanted to do some hiking and bike riding. We decided to go to Diamond Lake. It was about an hour and a half away and had some great waterfalls along the way that you could hike to. We stopped at one waterfall on the way there, Susan Creek Falls. It was about a mile hike to get to it, so not very far.  We were the only people on the trail so it was wonderful! The greatest thing we realized about Oregon was how nice everything is kept. There wasn't any litter on the trail, no dog poop, no graffiti, it was amazing.



Hubby

Brother

Sister Friend

Isn't this place beautiful?!
Next stop, was Diamond Lake. It was a warm 54 degrees, rainy, and windy when we finally got there. It was amazing how much the weather can change with different altitudes. We ate brunch at the lodge, took some pictures, and got out of there!!



Since we had intended on staying at Diamond Lake longer, we decided to stop at another waterfall on our way back to my aunt and uncle's house. This water fall was called Watson Falls, and you definitely had to do some steep hiking to get to it, but it was so worth it! My brother is very adventurous and ended up going off the path and leading us to the bottom of the 272 feet waterfall, which just happens to be the 3rd tallest waterfall in Oregon. It was incredible. That is the only word I can think of to describe it!



My brother is 6'5 to give you some idea how big this was!

At the base of the waterfall!

The next day, the whole family headed to the Pacific Coast. We drove to Winchester Bay, OR, and had a great time! The water was freezing, but the beach was beautiful. It was a lot prettier than the beaches we have down here in Texas!




After all the adventure-ness, we laid low the next day. We went to a couple of wineries for some wine tasting, and an arts & crafts fair.




The next day we flew out, but not without our plane leaving 2 hrs late causing us to miss our connecting flight! Instead we had a *fun* overnight layover in San Francisco. At least we were able to go walk to some of the water by our hotel!



Well, that concludes the longest blog post ever! This was definitely a trip that I will never forget! Have any of you ever been to Oregon? Where did you go? Where should we go next?

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