Summertime!

Well kids, I finally did it.  I ripped up the disgusting carpet on my stairs.  I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, I’m not going to lie.  This is what I’m dealing with….

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What have I done???  I have to keep telling myself: the carpet was terrible, becoming a second cat scratching post, super smelly, and  beyond filthy.  So far I have gotten all of the staples out (that took forever!), and cleaned all of the dust and carpet fibers off.  Next on the agenda is to fill in holes and dents with wood putty.  I bought some paint from Home Depot (Behr – Sweet Molasses) that I plan to use on the treads and the railing.  I’m planning on using basic while on the risers.  I also predict I’ll need to use a truckload of caulk on all those gaps.  This may take longer than I thought 😦

In other news, I’m happy to report that I’ve lost 25 pounds since I began eating healthier and exercising in December!  I feel a lot better, and I have much more energy.  I have even gotten my husband involved; we go on Saturday morning walks at our local greenway.  I think we need to start getting up earlier – last time we went around 10 AM it was already nearly 80 degrees! I also have been meal prepping, which really helps me stay on track.  My biggest challenge lately has been eating healthy on the weekends.  What do you do to stay on track on weekends? Do you meal prep for weekends too? I’d love tips if anyone has any 🙂

Until next time, cheers 😉

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Fireplace Makeover

I am so excited to show off our fireplace makeover!  When we moved in, our fireplace was surrounded by marble, which was pretty.  Just not really us.

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Enter Airstone.  This is a material we found at Lowe’s that you can cut without fancy power tools and finish in a weekend.  We had great results with it 🙂  Here is a shot during the whole process.  As you can see, we rigged up some scrap wood from the garage to hold things in place while the first few stones dried.  

And here it is finished!  I love it ❤ We are so happy with the way it turned out.  On to the next project now!

Until next time….cheers 😉