Paint on the Walls

I had been anxiously awaiting the day when we could see the paint colors we picked up on the walls of our house. As I’ve said before, trying to use small samples of everything doesn’t always give you the “big picture” of how the house will come together as a final product. Yesterday the painters started putting color up on our interior walls, which meant I was thrilled. Let’s take a look!

It appears that the painters started upstairs with the primary color that will be used throughout the house….Great Grey by Porter Paints. Then they moved on to the main level and got a lot (but not all) of the first coat done on the main level. 

My Loft
My Loft
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom

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Five on Friday

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Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge vaccine advocate. In fact, I don’t know a pharmacist that isn’t a huge vaccine advocate. Anyway, with the recent measles outbreak, I thought I would share this short little video I found that does a really great job of showing why people should vaccinate their kids.

I’m more than happy to talk to anyone about their concerns with vaccinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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Norwex came out with some awesome new products in January. I got to hear about the new products back in December, and one of the most exciting announcements (in my opinion) was the release of a new line of personal care products. There’s a body lotion, hand lotion, and….shower gel! I had actually been wishing Norwex would create a shower gel, and my wishes were answered! I’m going to be ordering a bottle within the next month, and I’m really excited to test it out. 

Shower Gel

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Stone, Granite, and Stain

I wasn’t expecting to see a lot of progress when we went out to the house last night. I was complaining to Dave that I’m tired of them priming….I just want to see PAINT! While we don’t have paint on the walls yet, I did get a few surprises yesterday.

The first development was very apparent when we drove up…our stone has been delivered! We had been told that it would be delivered “soon” a couple of weeks ago, but when I saw another house in the community getting brick earlier this week I crossed my fingers and hoped that our house was next on the list. The other house was finished up today, so I have a feeling that our stone will be going up very soon (today maybe?!). We picked a combination of three different stones. The masons will mix them up when they’re put on the house, but right now they’re in separate containers.

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FitBit One Review

First of all – thank you everyone who reached out to me with encouragement after yesterday’s post. When I first mentioned that I had ordered a FitBit on social media, I got so many positive responses from FitBit owners. I haven’t come across anyone with anything negative to say, and I now I can see why. I’ve fallen in love with this tiny little device!

Picking a Model

When you go to the FitBit website, you can see the summary of all their tracking products:

FitBits 

I pretty much knew I wanted one of the “Everyday Fitness” products. The ChargeHR and Surge have features I simply didn’t want or need, like continuous heart rate moniorting, GPS tracking, and caller ID. I’m sure it’s great for some people, but that’s not what I was looking for in a device. When you’re looking at the “Everyday Fitness” devices, they all have a different combination of features. Obviously all of them track your steps! If you’re just looking to track steps, the Zip is probably for you. It’s also the least expensive model at $60. The One and the Flex are both at the same price point ($100) but have different features. Both of them add sleep tracking, which I think is a cool feature. The One also tracks the number of floors you’ve climbed, which I thought was another cool tracking feature. When you compare the products on the website, it says that the Flex tracks active minutes, whereas it doesn’t show that feature for the One. While I can’t see “active minutes” directly on my One’s interface, I can see it on the mobile app and on my desktop dashboard….so it seems to track it anyway. Go figure. The Charge is higher in price than the One and Flex, at $130. It has the floors climbed feature along with sleep tracking and active minutes tracking. Additionally, it adds a caller ID feature.  Continue reading FitBit One Review

Getting Candid about Weight and Health

Last week, I ordered us FitBits. I don’t really know where the idea came from. Maybe it was the realization that we’re going to have another wedding to go to this summer, maybe it was the thought of seeing my old high school friends for the first time in 10 years this fall. Maybe it was seeing my friend’s new treadmill. Maybe something in my crazy brain just got tired of the way things are right now. For whatever reason, somehow I decided I should look into getting a FitBit. 

The plain and simple truth is that I am not at a healthy weight, and I haven’t been for a while now. 

CLGA Juniors 2004I’ve heard a lot of people say that they’ve struggled with their weight all their life, but that really wasn’t the case for me. I was a really active kid. I grew up playing soccer (outdoor and indoor), running cross country and track, and I even played basketball one year. Don’t forget the fact that I used to be a competitive golfer. During my senior year of high school I spent 3 – 4 hours each day training at the golf course and 1 – 2 hours in the gym, and I did that 5 days a week. When I graduated in May my 5’6” frame was a lean 135 lbs with 14% body fat. For a woman that age, I was on the low end of healthy, and was told that it would be unhealthy for me to let my body fat percentage get any lower. Continue reading Getting Candid about Weight and Health

Interior House Progress

There is so much progress being made on the interior of the house, I’m going to break it down into bullet points:

  • The trim carpenter returned to add the missing trim pieces on our fireplace and add the trim detailing we requested on the wainscot in the dining nook.
  • Granite installation is complete in the kitchen (including the island!) the powder room, the Jack & Jill bathroom, and the vanity in our master bathroom. The granite pieces for our shower are sitting there but not yet installed. We don’t have any granite installed in the basement yet.
  • The vanity with the incorrect finish color was pulled out of the basement bathroom, and the new (correct) one has now been installed. It looks much better with the tile in that room
  • The correct doors for our kitchen cabinets have arrived! They’re sitting in boxes in our garage, and still need to be installed on the cabinets. 
  • And finally….painting has begun! 

So here’s the thing that makes me really disappointed about this post. We saw that all the granite in the kitchen and the bathrooms had been installed on Friday night. Unfortunately it was dark out, so getting good pictures was nearly impossible. I decided that we should go out to the house on Saturday before heading to the Indianapolis Home Show, solely for the purpose of getting decent pictures in the daylight. Unfortunately my husband was a complete slow-poke getting ready in the morning, and then insisted on stopping for lunch before heading to the house. When we walked in the door, the painters were in the process of covering up our powder room vanity with plastic. I was ready to about swat my husband. So if you’re disappointed not to see pictures of the granite in any of the bathrooms….blame Dave. Had we been out there earlier, I definitely would have had some pictures for you. Sigh

At least I was able to get a couple pictures of the granite in the kitchen….

Kitchen granite

This is the main section of perimeter cabinets (where the doors still need to be replaced) with the granite. The big empty space is where our range top will be installed. Continue reading Interior House Progress

Five on Friday

It’s time for Five on Friday again, and I’m not quite sure where this week went! I’m pretty sure it was just Monday yesteday…right? Apparently not. Anyway, here’s my Five on Friday list for you this week…

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Let’s start out with Blogger Love this week….

Responsible Blogging: An Introduction – Seriously, Sarah?

I don’t know why someone hasn’t done a series like this before. Maybe someone has, but I haven’t seen it. Sarah blog a lot about her medical conditions, primarily cervical dystonia. She does a great job bringing awareness to the condition, describing her personal symptoms, and explaining what therapies she’s tried and how they’ve worked for her. It’s obvious from her writing that she’s done a great job educating herself about her condition, and she’s very clear that she’s talking about her personal experiences, and that her experience might not be what everyone else experiences. That’s responsible blogging. Unfortunately, other people who blog aren’t always as responsible, and it can be dangerous. The sad thing is that we both happened to come across two different posts this week that were prime examples of irresponsible blogging. Their original content contained content that could hurt people if they followed the advice or suggestions given in the post. That is irresponsible blogging. In my opinion, there are many kinds of irresponsible blogging, but posting any kind of medical advice without finding (and preferably citing) good scientific sources is probably the worst kind of irresponsible blogging. Ok, there….end rant. Here’s a great quote from Sarah’s post that pretty much sums things up:

“If you want to write something controversial or even insulting, that’s your prerogative, but there are a few things that you can do to prevent dangerous,  irresponsible, and potentially damaging posts.”

What to say when someone’s told you they’ve miscarried – The “Florkens”

Is it just me or have there been a lot of people in blog-land posting about infertility and miscarriages lately? I feel like I’ve seen as many infertility / miscarriage posts as I’ve seen pregnancy announcements lately. While it’s unfortunate that so many women and their families are struggling with these issues, the fact that I’m noticing something like a 50/50 ratio of infertility to pregnancy announcement posts probably sheds some light on how common infertility and miscarriage problems are for women. Kate’s post about what not to say (and what to say) to someone who miscarried is enlightening, especially for those of us who have never tried to get pregnant and have no first-hand experience. 

All The Joys Friday Favorites

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Hardwood

Shaw Great Expectation in Dusk

When we headed out to the house on Tuesday we saw that our hardwood had been delivered. It wasn’t a surprise when I went out yesterday to find a crew installing said hardware. 

I’ll start with the good news. When I headed out around 3:45pm the floor was completely layed in the great room, and they were working on the dining nook / kitchen and the powder room. They had prepped the upper level, and one guy had started working on our master bedroom. I didn’t want to get in his way to check if our closet was done, so that’s a big unknown. Dave went out a bit after me, when he got off of work, and by then they had finished up the powder room and were finishing up my office nook. The kitchen / dining nook was almost done as well. Upstairs they had finished my loft and our bedroom, and were halfway done the hallway that connects the two rooms. The only location that hadn’t been started was Dave’s office.  Continue reading Hardwood

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Things

I barely blog about fashion. Why? Because I don’t consider myself to be much of a fashionista. I spend a whole lot of time in sweatpants or scrub pants. Comfort is the name of my game. But sometimes I have to leave the house (and I rarely go out in sweatpants!) so today I figured I would share some of my favorite things. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot more than 7 favorite things, but I’m trying to keep it simple. This board is a pretty great summary of my style. Continue reading A Few of My Favorite Things

Getting Old

This weekend my phone dinged with a notification from Facebook. I had been invited to join a group about putting together a 10-year high school class reunion. TEN YEARS! The group is aptly named Class of 2005 (ish) because our high school was so small that we constantly had classes with people a year above and a year below ourselves. Having a 10 year reunion without including people from the classes of 2004 and 2006 (and maybe even 2003 and 2007?) would just be weird. The starting comment in the group included the question “who feels old now?” Uhhh…yeah, this is definitely making me feel really old! 

High School Friends
High School Friends

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