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Home, Out and About



Spring is here!  I want to do nothing but pick flowers and twirl around all day to celebrate.  We have been in our house for about four years now I think and we have come a long way with making our house ours.  We have some remaining To Dos that I keep my eyes peeled for whenever we go to Home Goods, vintage stores, etc.  The other bits, cleaning/organizing the basement and garage, I want to tackle by handling two boxes at a time until it is all done.  With us, I am the one with more “stuff” to sort.  What’s on your home to do list this spring/summer?

Tomorrow my mom and I are going to the art museum and I cannot wait.  There is an exhibit called Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  There will be works from Kahlo, Picasso, Dali, Pollock, etc.  Yes!

I need to head out now, have a great day!

Juice Crazy.

Home, Process, Recipes




I’ve been bitten by the juice bug again and have been enjoying every drop.  Instead of my usual green lemonade recipe, this time I used the following:

  • 1 blood orange
  • half of a lemon (peeled since the lemon wasn’t organic)
  • a bit of ginger
  • 2 fuji apples (cored)
  • 3-4 peeled carrots

Delish!  If you have any juicer recipes you love, please share.  We have been planning out our meals every week and now we don’t throw out food as much.  Little changes here and there are making quite the difference.

In sketching news, I haven’t had a chance to work on my “Do What You Love. Love What You Do” print.  I do want to get back to it though, soon.  In the meantime I have been painting and took a trip to the art store with my little Babycakes.  They opened up three Trader Joe’s here, finally, so after checking out one and going shopping (love their frozen meatballs), we went to Meiningers.

My friend Tracy suggested soft press watercolor paper a long time ago so I picked that up (Fabriano), some Princeton and DaVinci watercolor brushes, a portable pop up water cup and some lead refills (HB for sketching and 4H for drawing on watercolor paper).  Not too bad of a budget buster, I can get so lost in art stores.  They are my happy place.

Thanks for stopping by.

Organization – His & Hers Office/Studio

Home, Organization

Making more progress with everything having a place, organized and designed.  The last room to tackle was Raul’s office.  In the midst of getting other projects done, this room ended up being the parking lot for lost items.  Items we weren’t ready to deal with at the time. We could just close the door when a curious crawling baby, now walking toddler would want to check that room out.  When I took the class on Skillshare, I knew this would be my homework assignment.  As a side note, now I completely understand why “Before” shots (bottom of page) look so bad in the first place.  I know that for me, when I was finally ready to just spend a day on this room, I wanted to get in there and start.  The photos were taken haphazardly because: 1) I didn’t want this documented and 2) I was ready for change and photos just delay the process.












I am so happy with both rooms.  We still have a mini pile but at least it is MINI.  :)  Only have so many hours in the day.  Here are the sad, sad before shots.  But it’s all in the past!

photo 2-2

photo 3-2

I also made a few more tweaks to my office styling and just today I bought a little 4 inch golden pothos plant to add some life to my area.




I’m trying to slowly end the ban we have on plants and introduce more into our home instead of just succulents.  We’re getting there.   Now it’s time to go watch Homeland.  Gnite.

Organization – Office and Entry Closet

Home, Organization


I have already shared here that organization does not come naturally to me.  I was working on it while Raul and I dated, then he moved from his condo into my condo and we had all of this stuff to merge with no storage besides closets.  Then we moved into our first home together about three years ago and making improvements to the home itself did not run parallel with organizing.  We wanted to make our home into a home bit by bit.  Trying to find things we really loved instead of just filling it up.  And there is the part about us being tired from all of the improvements too.  Oh and add to that a baby and everyone said to “let that stuff go and just be with your baby girl”.  And we did.  Now Addy is 16 months old and we can focus more on making our home into our dream home.

So fast forward to present day and you will find me pinning awesomely designed rooms and following organizational blogs.  It’s helping and I’m excited about the results.

Operation Office – So I don’t know if you know but there is this place called SkillShare.  It is an awesome place where professionals share their skills by offering small classes from $19 to $30 on whatever skill is their expertise.  There are classes about digital illustration, photography with iPhones, painting and more.  One of the classes I signed up for was “Interior Styling: Style Your Place Like a Pro”.  Now I am obsessed with Justina Blakeney and couldn’t stop looking at her beautiful site full of beautiful designs this weekend.  This class was not easy and there were some projects I could not do.  In this stage of life styling a coffee table isn’t going to happen plus I think it is too stuffy with what we have going on all around the coffee table area.  Right now this piece of furniture is pushed across the room anyway.


I swear I did not do the Take-A-Crappy-Before-Picture-To-Make-The-After-Picture-Look-Better thing.  I took the pic early in the weekend, we had not installed our new blinds yet, I was just determined to get this project done already.  Also, the piles of books in the before pic is also a result of a little curious toddler who doesn’t give up.  So just like a flood, keep moving things up higher and higher and this is what you get.  To get from A to B took a lot of staring, grumbling but even though my books aren’t together by subject like before, they are easier to find this way.




Now I can see my desk and might actually get some painting done.







I also re-did my arrangement above my other set of drawers.


Operation Entry Closet – We have been battling a growing pile of stuff (shoes, diaper change stuff, the vacuum, etc ) that was piling up at the bottom of our entry closet.  I found a solution at the Container Store (I am a convert and love this place now).  The Platinum elfa Mesh Start-A-Stack works like a dream.  The top drawer holds everything for Addy (her diapers, diaper cream, shoes, etc).  The other drawers are for my shoes/flip flops and Raul’s shoes/flip flops.  Just enough room on the side for the vacuum to still live in there too.


Two areas done!  Hoo-rah!

Hello September.

Home, Life, Organization












Can you believe it is September?  I can’t.  Updates here came to a hault because so many other things have taken a front seat.  Spending time with Addison, only her second summer ever which is much different than when she was only 2-5 months old.  Loving running around with her, watering plants, going to events, etc.  Then there are the home to do items like working on our deck, refinishing the garage (putting epoxy down, getting shelves) and adding more to our backyard.  We planted nothing but perennials and the yellow purple combination is so nice!  We have cloreopsis, a vibrant purple butterfly bush for bees and butterflies, some penstemons to hopefully attract hummingbirds, a yellow trumpet vine that should look gorgeous when it blooms next year, russian sage and some really pretty whiteish lightpinkish petals.  I can’t remember the name right now.  Also, this month was my birthday!  Flipped another digit.

Lots of change at the same time, trying to juggle and enjoy.  Carve out the life I want for me and my family and that process isn’t always an easy and clear-cut one.

I’ve missed you and in order to get more organized and get things done; managing cleaning this home, the projects up above, painting, putting more paintings in my etsy shop, exercising, posting here, I am putting everything on a Google calendar.  I also use Wunderlist which is an excellent app for sharing lists/projects.  So far that is working the best for grocery shopping with Raul and I.  Do you have any tips for organizing your dreams and household?  I absolutely love crossing items off of lists.  Best thing ever.

Oh and did you do anything amazing this summer?  The highlight of my summer was going to Sante Fe. Now it is the place where I took a photojournalism road-trip in college, got engaged  and went on road-trip with my parents/lil family.  Love.