September 2013 Month in Review

September was a pretty light month around the blog, so this post will be shorter than most month-in-review posts.

First up this month I shared with you a recipe I used to make sweet pepper jelly, and let me just tell you: this stuff is delicious.I had a bunch of peppers at the end of the gardening season. In addition to jelly, I froze hollowed-out peppers and stuffed bell peppers.

Sweet Green Pepper Jelly from BetweenWeekdays.com

 

Next up, I shared my new favorite clothing find: Twice. Have you checked this out yet? Be sure to sign up for emails if you like this clothing option as much as I do, because they often send coupons.

MICHAEL Michael Kors

We’re hoping to have a party sometime in October, so I thought it might be fun to look at some fall-inspired party ideas. Here’s hoping we can find a free weekend to have some friends over!

I made a pretty big life announcement next: I’ve gone back to work. It’s been a huge adjustment, but I’m enjoying my new job.

A Life Update

You know we love our furbabies. Recently Travis composed a poem for our sweet Isabel.

A Poem for Isabel at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

The only crafting I got around to in September was super simple. I’m so looking forward to using this little out of treats sign on Halloween night.

3Out of Treats Sign for Trick or Treaters at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

Since going back to work, I’ve noticed a few things that have really made my life easier. It may sound silly, but a special cup can really brighten my morning.

And that wraps up September, ya’ll. Since I’m working again, I can’t promise regular posts. I do promise to try. Bear with me!

August 2013 Month in Review

Hooray for the end of summer! Who’s with me? I’m so excited about the upcoming fall season, but before we can move forward, we need to take a look back at all that was August 2013 here at BetweenWeekdays.

My front door received a huge makeover when I painted it red! I’m still in love with how well it turned out.

Red Front Door at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

Next, I moved on to a simple update that made a big difference when we had a window replaced in the dining room.

Window with Broken Seal at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

A family friend of ours replaced the above window for us, so I thanked him with a very special cookie tin. Bonus: if you’ve been looking for an easy, freezer-friendly chocolate chip cookie recipe, click here!

Thank You Cookie Tin at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

I was excited to devote an entire week to gardening with a new post every day for a week. I hope you enjoyed garden week as much as I did!

GardenWeek at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

We covered a lot of ground during garden week, beginning with a tutorial for canning green beans. I promise, it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think.

BetweenWeekdays How to Can Green Beans

 

The next day I shared a fabulous recipe for bruschetta using ingredients straight from your garden. This oh-so-simple recipe is a definite crowd pleaser and a family favorite around here!

Fresh From the Garden Bruschetta from BetweenWeekdays.com

 

We delved back into canning with a tutorial for canning spaghetti sauce (recipe included!). This method of canning is much easier because a pressure canner is not necessary.

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce from BetweenWeekdays.com

Preserving fresh foods from the garden was the theme again when I shared a tutorial for freezing green beans. This is how I preserved the beans from my garden this year, because my crop just didn’t yield enough to can.

How to Freeze Green Beans at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

Garden Week 2013 closed with an end-of-season update from my garden this year. I learned a lot, and I’m looking forward to putting what I learned this year into place next year.

Basil at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

The tour of our blue house commenced again with a tour of the kitchen. I’m actively working on updating the kitchen, so there wasn’t too much to share in here just yet.

Kitchen at BetweenWeekdays.com

Up next, I shared a simple storage solution for my dogs’ rain gear. I still can’t believe it took me eight months to figure this one out.

Hidden Raincoat Storage at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

I bid farewell to summer with an end-of-summer tablescape featuring navy and orange. Winter was sweet enough to “help” me photograph the table.

Navy and Orange Tablescape at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

What’s in store for September? I’ve got a couple more garden-related posts: bell peppers, anyone? And I’m hoping to pick up the tour of our blue house again. There’s not too much left to share.

How do you celebrate the end of summer?

May 2013 Month in Review

Hi all! I hope you all enjoyed the month of May as much as I did. We’ve actually only been back from vacation for about a week, so I’m still settling back into the daily swing of things. Let’s take a quick look back at the mont of May before we head full speed into June.

First up, I shared with you some inspiration for a baby shower I’m hosting in a couple of weeks.

I’m so excited to plan and host this baby shower for some of our nearest and dearest friends, who have also proven to be great inspirations for their shower.

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Just in time for the quarterly Pinterest Challenge, I whipped up several Pinterest-inspired baby shower projects. This post receive quite a bit of traffic, so thank you for visiting!

Cast Your Vote Gender Chalk Board from BetweenWeekdays.com

We took a break from baby shower planning and moved onto baking; yum! First I showed you how to properly grease and flour a cake pan. (p.s. every time I intended to type “flour,” I actually typed “flower” while writing this post. Here’s hoping I caught all the typos.)

How To Flour Cake Pan

Then, I shared one of my favorite (and super easy!) bundt cake recipes with you: butter pecan bundt cake.

BetweenWeekdays Butter Pecan Bundt Cake Recipe

The next post was actually a repost from last year when I shared with you my large-scale paint chip art. To date, this is the only piece of art hanging in our master bedroom. This post was featured on If It’s Not Baroque. It’s my first-ever feature. Thank you again Lauren!

DIY Paint Chip Art from BetweenWeekdays.com

May is birthday month around here, so I whipped up a birthday-themed tablescape to help us celebrate. The store-bought cupcakes were delicious!

Birthday Tablescape from BetweenWeekdays.com

 

Next, I shared with you some of our favorite pet products. During the past six and a half years of pet ownership, I’ve been on a constant quest to find the perfect products for our furbabies.

I finally got around to personalizing our laundry room a bit when I made a clothespin photo wreath. I love it so much. Be sure to check the post for a full tutorial.

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

With the baby shower quickly approaching, I thought it might be a good idea to share with you some of the finer details. I also shared with you a photo of the closet holding all the baby shower goodness. Yikes!

Baby Shower Storage at BetweenWeekdays.comThe house tour picked back up again in the office, which happens to be one of my favorite rooms, which is nice since it’s one of the rooms where I spend the majority of my time. To see more of the tour, click the blue house link on the top navigational panel.

The Office at BetweenWeekdays.com

With all of the upcoming June weddings, I reposted How to Freeze a the Top Tier of a Wedding Cake. I updated the text and photos a bit, but it was originally posted in September of 2012. So far, we’re only attending one June wedding. How about you?

Our Wedding Cake

Our Wedding Cake

The last post of the month was on one of my favorite topics: gardening. For the first time ever, I have the large garden of my dreams. This post details what I’ve planted and some of my favorite gardening tips. I look forward to sharing an end-of-summer garden update with all of you, too.

Garden at BetweenWeekdays.com

What’s on the docket for June? A baby shower! I’ve only got a week left to clean up the outside, finalize the menu, and figure out how to make it all come together. Other than that, expect to see some more of our house as we continue the tour, maybe some more crafting and definitely more food-related posts.

What’s on your agenda for June? I hope it’s full of fun!

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April 2013 Month in Review

Is April really already over? It’s hard to believe. This month saw the end of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, a few recipes and some entertaining. Read on to learn more.

The month kicked of with the continuation of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 when we talked about our master bedroom. You might be surprised to learn that we aren’t changing any of the lights in this room for now. I have plans, though, and I hope to share those with you soon!

MasterBedroomLight

I’m so happy to finally share our new, blue house! I began the tour in one of my favorite rooms in the whole house: the front guest bedroom.

FrontGuestBedroom_Night

In this next post, we said goodbye to the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. When it seemed like the lighting shuffle would never end, it did with the discussion of all the lighting we will not be changing in our house. That’s not to say we’ll never change out these light fixtures; we just won’t be changing them any time soon.

LivingRoomLight

Our kitten, Winter, is growing like a weed! We captured the first time she saw her reflection on video, and I shared it here! This is not a post to be missed, as I promise you’ll laugh as soon as you see my crazy kitten’s reaction.

YawningWinter

The tour of our blue house next moved into the back guest bedroom. This room still needs a few finishing touches that I’m hoping to tackle soon.

BetweenWeekdays Back Guest Bedroom

Have you ever had a jewelry party? I did, and it was so much fun. Plus, I had a blast putting together a simple, spring buffet table for my guests.

SpringBuffetTable

If you’re looking for the perfect grilled kabobs for summer cookouts, look no further! Travis and I had fun coming up with three, simple kabob recipes for a recent family dinner. Yum!

BetweenWeekdays Grilled Steak Kabobs

We host a weekly dinner on Tuesdays for family. During the past few months of family dinners, I’ve gotten planning a feast for a large crowd down to a science.

TravisAtTheGrill

For one of our weekly “supper clubs,” I prepared an easy strawberry shortcake trifle. It was delicious, easy to prepare and low fat!

BetweenWeekdays: Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

A lamp I bought at Goodwill for $3.99 received a quick and easy makeover that cost me absolutely nothing since I already had the fabric on hand. I use it frequently when choosing which jewelry to wear.

GoodwillLamp_After

The tour of our new-to-us, blue house rounded out the guest quarters when we next moved into the guest bathroom. This room still lacks a few finishing touches before I’ll count it as done. There’s also a dream list of things to upgrade in here, too.

BetweenWeekdays Guest Bathroom_After

April was a busy month for us in the “real life” department. We had a yard sale, we both took separate weekend trips with friends and I had a jewelry party. Plus, gardening season is upon us, so we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. Next month will be a busy month for us around here, too. We both have birthdays (so does Roxy!) and in between our birthdays our first niece will be born! Throw in Mother’s Day and a little more traveling, and we’re going to have one busy month!

What can you expect from the blog in May? In short: a lot! I’m planning another baby shower, gardening and continuing the tour of our house.

March 2013 Month in Review

I love looking back at each month to see where we’ve been. It’s also a pretty good reminder of where we’ve yet to go. March was spent talking about baby showers and lights with a few other (never before seen) goodies tossed in.

The month kicked off with a quick and easy greeting card storage solution. If you’re anything like me, you buy the cards, forget to give them out, lose them, buy more cards, forget about them and on and on and on it goes. I had to get off of the insane greeting card merry go round once and for all, and this is how I did it.

DIYCardStorage

I’m happy to report that I was able to easily find a thank you card when our neighbors brought over a welcome to the neighborhood gift basket! My greeting card systems is working just as well as I had hoped it might.

We moved on to Part II of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, where we discussed the office light situation. The “new” light in the office is my very favorite, and I’m also pleased that we were able to find a new home for the previous office light fixture.

Since my sister’s-in-law baby shower was held the first weekend of March, it took me about a week to recap it for the blog. I hope she was as pleased with the shower as I was. I actually had one of the guests look me up on Facebook to tell me how nice everything was, which made me feel very good inside. (In case I haven’t mentioned it before, the expectant dad is Travis’ brother. No, they don’t look anything alike, nor do they act anything alike.)

FamilyPhoto

It’s been a long time since I shared a Complexities of Isabel post, so I thought a post dedicated to my sweetly-complicated chihuahua was overdue. This installment discusses her many, many names. She is named after a queen, so I would expect her to be a bit complicated in the name department. To read Part I, which tells a hilarious story of a pink food dish, click here. To read Part II, which discusses a list of her loves (including the color pink, no joke), click here.

Isabel

Speaking of one of my precious furbabies, I also created a page dedicated solely to them this month. It lives on the top navigational panel, where I will continue to update it.

LittleLovesCollage

I also created two additional pages this month, as well. The first is dedicated to our blue house. This is where the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 will live along with a house tour and other blue house posts. The third new page is a source list of everything in our home. I always love reading these on other blogs as I find them so helpful. Here’s hoping you’ll find this one helpful, as well. All of the new pages can be found on the top navigational panel just below the header.

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The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 trudged along when we discussed the entry lights. Two and half were new, two were tossed out and half of one was reused in another space. It sounds confusing, but it’s really not. I think.

ShadowEffect

Bouncing back to the baby shower, I shared the “games” we played. I’m not a fan of the typical embarrassing baby shower games, plus I needed games that could be played for the guests who dropped in without staying the entire three hours. I broke down all of the games we played and how well they went over in this post.

BabyShowerGame

Back in February (doesn’t that seem so long ago now?), I participated in an Instagram photo a day challenge. It was a lot of fun, and definitely helped encourage me to take more pictures. I can’t wait to complete another photo-a-day challenge.

FMSPhotoADay_Week1

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 trudged along when we entered the laundry room. This room didn’t see any shuffling action, but, instead, received a brand new fixture. Unfortunately, I didn’t account for the light only lighting below and not above. Live and learn, right?

LaundryLighting

The next hot pink and zebra baby shower post was a full rundown of what we ate, exactly how we served it, table decor and what menu items were hits and misses. (Spoiler alert: broccoli was the only slight miss.)

FoodWithCake

As the month moved along, I decided to share an admission: I have a lot of shoes. To see just how many, you’ll have to read the post where I also mention some ideas I’ve seen to corral them. Warning: my closet is a disaster!

Our kitchen received some new lighting (not without complications, of course) in Part V of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. I can’t help but stare lovingly at the new lighting in there every time I walk in the room now; especially at night. Sigh, I’m in love.

KitchenLights2

The last hot pink and zebra baby shower post was a recap of all the loot the expectant parents took home! In addition to gifts, they also took home quite a bit of the shower decor making cleanup a breeze for me.

BabyShowerGiftCollage

I’m a little sad that the baby shower posts are wrapping up, but not to worry. I’ve got another baby shower on the docket for this summer!

The last post in March (can you believe it’s already April?) is what I like to call Easter Baskets Two Ways: Baby and Husband.

EasterBasketforBaby

Travis and I had a very happy Easter Sunday, and I hope all of you did, too! And, yes, he absolutely loved his first Easter basket.

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What’s in store for April you ask? Probably a couple more lighting posts. Have I mentioned I really love lighting? Also, I hope to show off more of our new house. Plus, gardening season is here!

What did you do to make March 2013 the best ever? For me, March marked the third full month in our new house. Each day this place feels more and more like home.

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February 2013 Month in Review

Whew! What a month. This month has certainly been busy with all of the baby shower planning, house renovating/decorating and unpacking.

The month kicked off with the Thrift Shop Challenge sponsored by Young House Love. I had so much fun doing the challenge. I still can’t believe I found green gator shoes. Ha! I may not have purchased the green gator shoes, but I didn’t manage to score some fantastic dishes.

$20Pocket

After having so much fun participating in the Thrift Shop Challenge, I was inspired to create a Parisian-inspired tablescape with my new-to-me, thrifted dishes. The tablescape then prompted me to try out a new scone recipe that was absolutely delicious.

Tablescape

After the thrifty fun was over, I realized that I had to get busy preparing the house for a baby shower I’m hosting for my sister in law this weekend. The to-do list for the house may have only contained six items, but they were pretty major and took all month to accomplish.

MessyBedroom

I knew there were several items I wanted to craft for the baby shower, since I think homemade touches are really special when you’re hosting an event like this. The first item on my crafting agenda was a baby shower corsage for my sister-in-law to wear during the shower. The best part is that it can later be used for my niece.

BetweenWeekdaysDIYCorsage

Since I was already feeling crafty, I moved on to creating a tutu wreath to display at the shower and then to later be displayed in my niece’s nursery. This was surprisingly easy to make, and I’ve already got plans to make more.

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When Valentine’s Day rolled around, I shared a quick story about how I thought Travis might propose to me on Valentine’s Day several years ago and a few sweet pictures of my little loves.

EngagementNight

I love magazines, and All You happens to be one of my new favorites. The February issue shared an article on managing paper clutter that I thought was not to be missed. If paper clutter has got you down, be sure to read All You’s tips for dealing with paper clutter accompanied by my own.

Before I knew it, I only had 11 days until I was hosting a baby shower for 50+ of of my sister’s-in-law closest friends and family members. Yikes! I realized there was still a lot left to do, but writing it all down really helped me get it done.

Between Weekdays: TuTu Wreath

One of the bigger renovations we tackled pre-baby shower was the fireplace mantle and surround. I still can’t stop staring at it. It’s amazing to see what it was before and what it is now.

FireplaceBefore

Since the baby shower is coed, my 5-year-old nephew will also be in attendance. I whipped up a quick gift basket full of fun activities to, hopefully, keep him entertained during the shower. The best part is that I was able to purchase everything without my wallet suffering too much.

GiftBasketforBoys

One of the perks of being married to an electrician is that you can change out lighting fixtures easily and quickly. I like to call what happened in our house the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. In Part I of the great shuffle, the dining room received a new chandelier and the old one found a new home in an unlikely spot.

NewDiningLight

February was a busy month around here! Next month, I’m planning to share with you how the baby shower turns out and continue the Great Lighting Shuffle. I’ve got some other projects planned, as well, and I’m really hoping to show you how our house is coming together. I hope you all had a very happy February and are looking forward to March as much as I am!

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January 2013 Month in Review

We began this month with a bang when I shared the news of our new house! We are so happy to finally be in this house after spending a month without a home at all.

Our New House

The first couple of weeks spent in our new house were a frenzy of painting. In this post I shared with you my best tips for preparing walls for paint. I also shared a sneak peek of our dining room.

sneakpeek

At this point in the month, it was beginning to feel like we were never going to get anywhere with our house. But, I was happy to share with you the floor plan of our current home, affectionately known as the blue house.

Floor Plan

I put together a large post full of pictures of the before photos of our house. If you’ve been following along with our little house journey, this is a not-to-be-missed post!

LivingRoom

And then I announced a huge surprise. We adopted a kitten! Click here to meet Winter.

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Up next I shared a nifty how-to post giving all the details needed to remove carpet dents. This trick was employed a lot right before we moved out of our first house. I also had two, little “helpers” while ridding our first house of carpet dents.

HowToRemoveCarpetDents

As the month progressed, if felt more and more like we would be stuck in “the middle” in the blue house for awhile. Click here to see what I mean.

BedroomPainting

 A new knob in the laundry room lifted my sprits a bit about being stuck in the middle. Knobs are cute.  I like cute.

NewKnob

After not being able to get my craft on for several months, a 49¢ art project lifted me out of my funk.

DIYChandelierArt

Lastly this month I shared with you how I’m planning a baby shower for my sister-in-law. I’ve only got a month to plan, so expect more on this subject in February!

January was a jam-packed month for me. I can’t wait to show you more of the blue house and more of my plans for the baby shower next month.

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December 2012 Month in Review

There wasn’t a lot of action on the blog in December. We were expecting to move at the end of November, but our closing was halted when we had some problems with the buyer for our house. To read more, click here.

While we were waiting to close on our house, I decided to make the switch to a self-hosted blog. This little blog also got a new design thanks to Revka over at Berries & Cream. I also gave an update on our housing situation and shared a fun picture of Travis and Roxy in this post.

Reindeer Roxy

Next I shared a few of my recent love affairs with products I’m digging these days. None of them will cost more than $15, which is awesome since most of our budgets are screaming for some relief after all the holiday shopping.

We enjoyed Christmas with lots of family, and I hope you did too!

MerryChristmas

 

Honestly, I’m glad December is over. We were in a constant state of worry over our house and not knowing if/when we would be able to close. We were happy to be able to stay with my Dad and Stepmother for the month, but we’re relieved to have a place to call our own. Here’s to 2013 in our new place!

November 2012 Month in Review

I love writing these months-in-review posts. It’s so much fun for me to look back on the past month to see where I’ve been. I hope you enjoy the look back as much as I do!

I started off the month with a bang when I told you our house was under contract. In my humble opinion, the month could not have started out any better.

Once we were under contract, I knew I had to get organized for a successful move. So, I created a moving binder. I’m happy to report that it was a huge success, and I used it nearly every day during the month.

Our next house will have a room that I’ve been dreaming of for years: a dining room! I whipped up my first-ever mood board to share how I might decorate the new space.

We were so excited when the sale pending sign appeared in our yard! I may have been a bit more excited than Travis. He didn’t squeal with delight like I did.

Up next, I shared our moving plan. Moving is never fun or easy, but I did everything I possibly could to ensure a stress-free move.

Raise your hand if you love Sarah Richardson! I know my hand shot up into the air. In my next post, I compared the use of textiles in our first home after being super inspired by Ms. Richardson.

Just when you thought the tour of our first home was over, I shared with you our pitiful, little laundry space. I almost didn’t include it in the tour, but I really wanted to show the bad with the good. I know pretty soon I’ll be missing our first home fiercely, and, hopefully, thinking about this space will help me miss our first home a little less.

Next, I moved in a completely different direction and showed you a “Nashville”-inspired iPhone case I ordered. Here’s hoping it finds its way to our new address!

The tour of our first home concluded with a very long post showing the outside areas of our house. It was definitely a labor of love.

Since the furniture in our first house’s living room wouldn’t work in the new house, we were forced to purchase all new furniture. I know, twist my arm some more, right? This post details all the newness that we’ll grow to love in our new living room. It’ll be delivered next week, and you know I’ll show you all the goodness.

The month wrapped up with us saying goodbye to our first home. It’s crazy that we began the month with the news of our house selling to ending the month saying goodbye. We’ve shared some awesome times in our first home. The last post of this month shared a lot of what we experienced under this roof.

To see the full tour of our fist home, click here. To see previous months in review, click here.

October 2012 Month in Review

October brought with it much colder weather and also the end of the tour of the interior our current house. I still hope to be able to show you the exterior of our current house and the garage, aka the laundry room soon.

We kicked off October with a tour of the upstairs bathroom. This room is tiny, but it has served us well. Click here to see how we make the most of a small-ish bathroom.

The last spaces on the main floor of our home were the next up on the tour. I showed you all the details of our master bedroom and bathroom, and I shared what I dislike most about these spaces. Click here for all the details.

I took a break from the tour to show you a few items that have been on my wish list for awhile. I really need to get busy writing my letter to that jolly man in red. Click here to see some of what might be on my Christmas list this year.

I created some DIY map art a couple of years ago, so I figured it was about time I showed you. I can’t wait to incorporate this into some keepsake art to commemorate our first house. Click here to see how I made the map art and how I hope to use it in our next house.

Up next I showed you how we make our oh-so-easy nachos around here. It’s one of our favorite meals. For the “recipe,” click here.

Thanks to you guys, this blog experienced its highest site traffic to date in October! Thank you again to everyone who stopped by. Click here to read all about it. Seriously, thank you again.

The tour of our current house picked up again in the downstairs living room. We have a separate apartment downstairs, but we’ve never rented it out because this room serves so many purposes for us. Click here to see all the ways we use this room.

The tour then moved into the downstairs kitchen and bathroom. I know it’s odd to lump those two rooms into one post, but I promise it’ll make sense once you read the tour of those rooms. Click here to do just that.

The downstairs guest bedroom is the last room of the tour of the interior of our home. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the whole house, and I can’t wait to get more use out of this furniture in our next house. Click here to see what I mean.

The month wrapped up with a spooky Halloween greeting from my family to yours. Boo!

I can’t wait to see what November brings! Posting may be a bit more irregular that norming during the next couple of months, but I promise I’ll do my best to keep you updated on all the big change happening in our lives.

Happy November!

p.s. If you missed any of the rooms of the tour of our current home, click here.

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