crazy ... exciting ... week

well we're all healthy again ... but this is a crazy exciting week ... we're getting our floors on our main level done ... some new hardwood in some rooms and all finished darker ... we're so excited but it's not fun living in our master bedroom.  :)  i'll post the before & after pics soon ...


ugh ... our weekend

hopefully will resume blogging later this week ... 


valentine's day ... classroom ideas

valentine's day will be here before you know it ... in order to prepare i thought i'd put together a few posts to make sure you're ready.  today's post is all about valentine's for school ... not sure what amount of time you have or how creative you are here are several ideas to spark some creativity.  

as i said these range from a quick online order ... to quite a craft project.  no matter how much time and what your budget ... there are many options out there if you plan ahead.  

images shown from pinterest, etsy & tiny prints


happy {chinese} new year

do you know what chinese zodiac sign you are?  your husband? and kids? co-workers?  employees?  today would be a fun day to celebrate & talk about or even do a quick team building around.  enjoy!


happy national popcorn day

who doesn't love popcorn ... i swear my kids are more into the popcorn than the movies we go to see.  i knew i'd need to do something special for this fun little holiday ... here are some ideas to give you some inspiration. 

details on the "career kids coffee" pinboard on pinterest


the enormous home improvement project of 2012

since moving back to denver in august of 2010 we have been planning and analyzing and then re-planning and re-analyzing what projects to focus on, but 2012 is the year of the enormous main floor home improvement projects.   just to back up a bit … we bought the house with the best layout, yard (ha), and neighborhood that we could afford … but style the house did not.  we knew we would need to embark on some significant projects over the next few years and let me tell you the list is truly overwhelming at times.  in the first year we focused on the kids rooms and a playroom.  the second year we started out the year with a great entertainment wall in the den and over the summer we planted LOTS of trees in the backyard, but for the most part we got stuck in analysis paralysis – the kind we hadn’t seen before.  the cause – PRESSURE – this is the house we plan on being in for 25-30 years … so this is for real this time.  honestly budget is a factor for us but quality is more important so it’s a delicate balance.  not to sell ourselves short we did start some additional projects towards the end of the year (which we will never do again).  we (the hub & father-in-law that is) did the framing, electrical and we had a contractor in to do all of the plumbing for the new pantry and the new basement guest suite.  but 2012 the pressure is on ... below is our {overwhelming} list of projects.

major projects in 2012

convert formal dining room to butlers/walk-in pantry  

hardwood floors – replace or refinish the main floor so all is hardwood  

redo the powder room

new window treatments for den & formal office

create guest suite in the basement

{possible} kitchen remodel

minor projects for 2012 

replace all door hardware throughout the house

playroom décor updates

simple mudroom makeover

den décor updates

adding landscape grasses

i’ll be excited to be sharing my updates as the year goes on … if i make it. 


color of the month

can you believe half of the month has past ... happy january!  here's some inspiration to keep you going ...

sources ... see jane work, nordstroms, & google images