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Looking Back: Buying a House

I’m “looking back” over some big and small decisions (here’s my first post, on breastfeeding). Today, I thought I’d tackle home ownership. We bought our house about a year and a half ago, three months before Henry was born. We were so excited – after years of renting together, all we wanted was a place [...]

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Crafty – Again

The crafty, do-it-yourself craze continues in the Boyle household.  We can’t get enough of Home Depot.  Here are two small projects that we tackled over the weekend.  I love small projects that make a really, really big difference! Up first: DIY Mirror Frame. As I wrote in my last Crafty post, we’re trying to make [...]

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Our Amazing Backyard Transformation

I feel like I’m on HGTV.  Open your eyes and see your BRAND NEW BACKYARD!  Hurrah! Oh.  Our backyard.  It has been quite the journey.    You see, when we were house hunting, one of our Top 5 “wants” was a really nice backyard.  Mostly, I wanted the backyard for James.  Sounds crazy to buy [...]

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DIY: The Gold Standard

How does this happen?  Really.  How?!  That’s broccoli, by the way. File that one under “Another Reason Maggie is Warming Up to Henry.”   I thought I’d share a little home DIY project with you all!  Perhaps you remember this project, in which we spray-painted our dining room chandelier from tacky-awesome 1990s gold to a [...]

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DIY Wall Art

Success! After trying my hand at DIY wall art for the bathroom (and failing), you think I’d be scared to try again… but I found this post on New Domestic that described a super easy way to make modern art.  I figured I would give it another shot.   If you can put painter’s tape [...]

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Home Office

So, last night I commented that my attempt at Do-It-Yourself wall art was no better than an elephant painting.  And several people pointed out that some elephants are, actually, really good artists.  (Source)   Hah.   My DIY art is a fail (here’s proof), but the rest of the house is coming along quite nicely!  [...]

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Up To Something

Happy Saturday! Here’s what I was up to today: Well, for one, I broke one of My Four Rules of Running and ran back-to-back days.  After yesterday’s awesome 5-mile run, I was feeling extra motivated and decided to attempt to bang out another 4 today, which would’ve brought my weekly total to 15.  I don’t [...]

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Picture Perfect

If you recall, immediately after we moved into our new house, the air conditioning system blew.  Suffice it to say that replacing an AC is extremely expensive.  Three cheers for homeownership, right?  Fixing the AC ate away our fun ‘decorate the house’ money we had diligently been saving for months.  Some rooms of our house [...]

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Snore Solution + a Yard Update

I have solved the snoring problem! The problem was that I sleep on the right side of the bed, but on my left side because of the baby, so my pregnancy-inducing snoring was right in the Husband’s ear.  Someone suggested that I switch to the left side of the bed, but seriously – have you [...]

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Weekend So Far

I’m a serious commitmentphobe.  When it comes to rugs, that is. Normally, I’m pretty good at deciding what I want, whether it’s in my price range, and taking out my wallet.  True story:  when I purchased my first car, I found it online, headed to the dealership, opened the car door, looked inside, and said, [...]

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The nursery tour!   I must have pregnancy brain because yesterday, I spent the entire day telling people I was three weeks from my due date.  40 weeks minus 36 weeks is 4 weeks, not 3.  Meh.  Well, regardless, Happy 36 Weeks, BabyHTP!   I’m feeling pretty good this week.  I have really bad carpal [...]

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From OMG Gold to ORB Beautiful

I forgot to mention my very favorite kind of workout buddy… The four-legged and furry kind! Check out… How to Pick Up Friends at the Gym   I had grand plans to take James on a  long walk this morning – he was definitely my motivation to pull myself out of bed.  But then I [...]

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House Tour: Where We Got It

Lunch break! Just a grilled cheese with pea sprouts, an apple, and pickles.   Plus – hummus, chips, and carrots. House Tour: Where We Got It   I’ve gotten the questions “Where did you get your dining room chairs?” and “What color did you paint your living room?” about a dozen times, so I figured [...]

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A Path Less Traveled

Peek-a-boo! This lunch was missing only one thing: salsa!  Otherwise, it had all the fixins of a perfect patio lunch – tacos with refried beans and hummus, carrots, and rice. Oh, and most importantly…   A big bowl of juicy watermelon.  So delicious. When I was growing up, my mother always told me that her [...]

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