0 In marriage/ relationships

Dear Husband, Thank You

Dear Husband,

It is our anniversary. And on our special day, I wanted to say “thank you”.  Because I don’t say it enough. And I know that me sharing this on the internet may make you squirm in your seat but in this busy season of life and parenthood I may not have a chance to sit down and tell you.

First, thank you for giving me a chance. I know when we first met, I may not have given the best first impression. Thank you for sweeping me off of my feet when I wasn’t looking for love.

Thank you for taking those dance lessons I begged you for before our wedding even though you needed some liquid courage.

Thank you for letting me steal the covers and take up 75% of our bed every night. I appreciate your selflessness as you cling to the edge of the mattress so that I can have a good night’s sleep.

Thank you for carrying in all of the groceries.  I’ve never known anyone to fit so many bags on each arm and carry them all in at once.

Thank you for just really getting me. You know that when I come home and whip off my bra and put on that certain pair of yoga pants and your old t-shirt it means I’ve had a rough day. Without a single thought you go out and get my favorite ice cream (chocolate peanut butter cup) and put on Law and Order SVU reruns so that I can decompress.

Speaking of tv, thank you for all the times you’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy, HGTV and all of the Real Housewives with me. Although, I think you secretly enjoy them.

Thank you for putting up with all of my quirks. Like how I load the dishwasher,  have certain towels that are for decor and that you can actually use, and how I turn into a trucker when I get behind someone who is driving too slow.

Thank you for working so hard for our family so that I could stay home longer with our son and be the type of mother I’ve always envisioned.  All of those hours, it does not go unnoticed.

Thank you for understanding that I need my “me time” and never giving me a hard time when I need a solo trip to Target or a glass of wine with a friend.

And when I’m looking for a fight and say some words, thank you for just biting your tongue and walking away (although at the time I may want you to fight back and nothing infuriates me more than your silence.) Thank you for your forgiveness.

Thank you for loving me through my dark times and even though you may not always understand, for your patience and your listening ear.

Thank you for telling me how beautiful I am when I ask if I look fat and for truly still seeing me as the girl you fell in love with.

Thank you for doing all of those things I did not even have to ask. Like filling up my gas tank when you move my car and see it’s empty, picking up that pile of crap we’ve been walking past on the stairs, and taking out the trash.

Thank you for being an incredible father.  From helping with diaper duty, to bath time and our morning marathons trying to get everyone ready and out the door, you do it all with ease. I love the way you get down on the floor and play with our son as you soon as you get home from work, still in your work clothes. And how excited you get showing him different trucks, tractors, and trains. And no one else looks cuter singing Baby Shark (Doo Doo Doo Doo).


Thank you for being my person. The one that I want to talk to about my day.  The one who believes in me, fights for me and always supports me.

You ‘re still sweeping me off of my feet.
Happy Anniversary.

Love,
me XoXo

2 In Amazon/ Fall fashion/ Style

19 sweaters on Amazon you need in your closet

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Fall in Upstate New York is pretty much my favorite time of year.  Like all basic girls, pumpkin spice, flannel scarves, cozy sweaters, and Ugg boots are just a few of the things that make my heart happy (who says being basic is a bad thing?) I live for sweater weather. Sweaters are an effortless way to look put together. Throw one on over a pair of leggings with some boots or a comfy cardigan over a t shirt and jeans and you’re good to go.

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Basic puggle and she’s got no shame

Because I’m obsessed with all things Amazon, I found 19 of my favorite sweaters, each one under $50 and most can be ordered Prime. (Who’s your girl?)

Here are 19 of my favorite sweaters on Amazon

Pullovers

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Cardigans

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Tunics

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Sweater Vests

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Sweater Dresses

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What’s your favorite sweater look? I personally love an oversized, chunky pullover or cardi with a big scarf.

And I’m sharing where you can shop all of my Amazon favorites!

3 In breakfast/ food/ holidays/ Recipes

The Ultimate Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

I love fall and all the comforting, warm flavors that come with it.  This apple cinnamon french toast casserole is so reminiscent of fond memories with family and friends during the fall and holiday season.

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There is just something about fall that makes it my favorite time of year.  I have so many fond memories apple picking with family, the smells of the apples and cinnamon wafting through the house as my mom made her famous homemade pie.  She usually only makes it twice a year, once after we go apple picking and for the holidays and it’s something I always look forward to.  I used to love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and eating a slice of that warm apple pie for breakfast. Having dessert for breakfast just feels so decadent and I love the way that food and flavors can trigger memories.

This past weekend, the temps got a little chilly. You bet I busted out my favorite chunky sweater and we hit up the apple orchard for some picking.  When I came home with my bushel, I was thinking, “what am I going to make with all of these apples?”  I decided to throw together this apple cinnamon french toast casserole.  Now I’m not one for breakfast.  Usually it’s just a cup of french roast with cream for me.  But this apple cinnamon french toast casserole reminds me of my mom’s apple pie and those feelings of comfort and indulgence.

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Ingredients

  • Butter (for greasing your pan)
  • 1-2 loaves of french bread cut into thick slices
  • 12 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 4 apples cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup of pecans roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (for topping)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (for topping)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

2.) Lightly grease your casserole dish with a stick of butter. (I used my 9×13 corningware)

3.) Arrange the slices of bread into the casserole dish so that the tops are facing up.

4.)  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

5.) Pour the egg mixture over the bread into the casserole dish, being sure to soak each piece.

6.) Add the apples and pecans, pushing them down into the cracks between each slice of bread.

7.) Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl and sprinkle on top.

8.) Bake in the oven uncovered for 40 minutes.

9.) Let cool before serving.  I dusted some confectioners sugar on top and to make it a little more   special, a dollop of whipped cream.

 

 

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Enjoy! And Happy Fall!

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3 In distressed furniture/ DIY/ farmhouse bedroom/ home decor

DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture Tutorial

 

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I have had the urge to paint and distress something for awhile now.  I absolutely adore how rustic it looks and how each two pieces are never the same.  Initially I had been wanting to paint our kitchen cabinets but the husband nearly killed me. So I decided to settle for our bedroom furniture instead to give it a little makeover.  For those who are new here, Joanna Gaines is pretty much my spirit animal.  Like Jo I get these grand ideas and hubby well he’s like the Chip to my Jo, he makes it happen! It came out great and it was super easy! I shared pieces of the process on my Instagram stories and so many people had been asking for a tutorial so here it is.

First you will need:

  •  Screwdriver
  • Chalkpaint or Rust-Oleum light color kit (I’ve seen lots of tutorials using chalkpaint and after doing some research I decided to use the Ruse-Oleum cabinet kit because it is a little more durable and doesn’t wear as easily)
  • Palm sander
  • Sand paper (I used 120 grit and 220 grit for the distressing)
  • Paint brush
  • *** If not using the Rust-Oleum kit you will also need a clear wax.

 

Step one: First remove all the hardware with a screwdriver.

Step two: Lightly sand all surfaces of the furniture with 120 grit sand paper. We also used a palm sander which made it much easier.  This will give the paint something to stick to. When sanding, sand in the direction of the grain of the wood.

Step three: Wipe down the furniture with a damp cloth or towel to remove any of the sawdust particles.

Step four: Once the furniture is dry, paint with either your chalkpaint or according to step 2 of the Rustoleum kit if using the kit. We did two coats.  Then let dry.

 

Step five: Using sand paper (we used 220 grit for this part), lightly sand/distress the corners and edges of furniture until you receive the worn look you want.

 

Step six: Clean all surfaces again with a microfiber cloth.

Step seven: Apply the lacquer included in step 4 of the kit. If not using the kit, apply a clear wax. This will serve as a protective coat.  When applying the lacquer or wax, you do not want to over brush, apply in long passes.  Let dry in a cool area.

Step eight: Replace all of the hardware

We went a step further and reupholstered the headboard and footboard of the bed.

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For the re-upholstery you will need:

  • Fabric of your choice for reupholstering
  • Stapler Gun
  • 3M Spray Glue
  • An old credit card
  • New razor blades

Step one: Cut all of your fabric to the appropriate size you are looking to cover.

Step two: Stable the fabric to the bottom edge first.

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Step three: Using the spray glue, spray the entire area you are going to cover.

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Step four: Pull the fabric from the bottom up to cover the area.

Step five: Using a credit card, go side to side to smooth out the fabric and any wrinkles.

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Step six: Using the stapler, finish stapling the remaining three sides.

Step seven: With the razor blade go around the edges and trim the fabric to your liking.  I left mine a little unfinished to give it more of a rustic look.

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And that’s it! To complete my modern farmhouse look I found the cutest duvet from Linens & Hutch.  I chose the Rugged Stripe pattern in light gray to complement the white furniture and light gray walls.  Since I love them so much, you can use my promo code Ourtinynest at checkout to receive 30% off non sale items.

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So there you have it friends! Since this is my first DIY tutorial, I would love any feedback and would love to hear how yours comes out!