Category Archives: Outside the Box

Looking Forward

A year ago I was blogging about nursery updates, bathroom makeovers and floor poufs. I worked 2 days a week at a non-profit and had the rest of the time completely to myself. I kept our house immaculate, did fun projects, ran errands, met friends for coffee and blogged. I loved my life.
I snapped this full-length selfie a few minutes ago right before handing my beautiful 9mo baby girl off to my hubby, grabbing the laptop and forcing myself to a solo Starbucks blogging date. I like to call this my “pretend to be cute coffee shop” look. To be honest I am unshowered, I’ve been meaning to curl my air-dried hair for 2 days and I probably smell like breast milk. I love my life.

I also moved 500 miles away and have been living with my inlaws for 5 months. Even though it’s been an overall good experience, I am longing for our own space like crazy! Tomorrow marks the first day of spring which = more houses will be coming on the market. So today I am toasting my decaf hazelnut latte – here’s to finding a home and making it our own!


New Gig

After much anticipation, I would like to introduce Evangeline Jane!
baby_girlWe may be a little biased, but we think she is the most beautiful baby in the whole world and we’ve been busy getting to know our little girl. I know I’ve made a lot of excuses for not blogging, but this one was legit.

So what direction will this blog go now that I’m a stay-at-home mama? I’m not quite sure yet. I do know that I desperately need an outlet and miss doing DIY and blogging, so don’t count me out yet! I told Ben that I may need internet access and a Keurig for this new gig:) I’ll keep y’all posted!

New Year’s Non-Resolutions

I’ve had incredible dedication to my 2010 and 2011 New Year’s resolutions. They were small, but challenging and attainable – flossing daily and not using any plastic bags. This year I’ve decided not to beat myself up and simply write down a few exciting things that I’m looking forward to in 2013!

  1. Books into Movies. I love seeing my favorite books come to life on screen! Beautiful Creatures comes out on V-Day. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is being released Aug 23rd, our 10-yr anniversary! And, of course, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out Nov 22nd.
  2. Organizing our house and decorating a nursery. There’s nothing like putting a fire under you to do some much-needed home organization like a baby on the way! I’m not sure when “nesting” is supposed to start, but I’m already at full-steam ahead!
  3. Having a baby. Ben and I are already preparing to have a completely natural birth using HypnoBirthing which we’re really excited about! We know that our lives will forever be changed, but we couldn’t be happier about this new adventure!
  4. Celebrating our 10-yr anniversary. We spent our 9-yr on a beach in Mexico so that will be tough to beat (especially with a 2-month old baby), but Ben is surprisingly creative and romantic when he puts his mind to it. I couldn’t be more in love with this guy!
  5. Becoming a full-time housewife/mom. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be excited about such a thing! I will be resigning from my part-time job after the baby comes (although I hope to continue staging). I don’t mean to brag, but I am a fantastic housewife and am looking forward to adding “mom” to that title.

There ya have it, my non-resolutions! What are you looking forward to this year?

Images found here and here.

Summer Fun

I can’t even begin to tell y’all the fun things I’ve done this summer! You can see a glimpse in the pics above and here are a few surprises that I never expected:

  • Running two 5K’s and being signed up to run two more races – am I becoming a runner <gasp>?
  • Zip-lining from a 50 ft tower into a lake.
  • Volunteering with SOS (Service Over Self) to roof a house for a day in 100 degree temps.
  • Trying a bacon donut.
  • Becoming a 2-car family again.

What haven’t I done while being so crazy busy? Blog. The creativity in me has been itching to get out, so never fear! #ilovemylife

DIY Haircut

Why are guy haircuts getting so expensive? By the time Ben pays tip and everything to his boy Jeremy at Sport Clips it’s like $22 which adds up to $264 a year! So when I came across this blog post I decided that it wasn’t rocket science and I would give it a try.
Even though the tutorial I read suggested $5 scissors from CVS, we splurged on a $10 pair from Tarjay (we’re fancy around here!). Ben took a quick hair bath to wash the gel out, but it was mostly dry by the time I started cutting.
This was the only out-of-focus before profile pic I got of him, but he was definitely a scruffy bunny in need of a chop-chop.
We set up shop in the dining room and our high-back dining chairs came in mighty handy. I was pretty nervous because selfishly I didn’t want to have to look at a bad haircut for the next several weeks on my hotty hubs.
I started with the easy trim work. The tutorial I watched didn’t use trimmers at all, but Ben said that Jeremy always used a #3 on the bottom part. “Jeremy this, Jeremy that…” I got tired of hearing about his “ex”. I shaved his neck and used the trimmers for everything but the top. Bowl cut, anyone?
Who doesn’t want to have a little pretend soul patch fun in the midst of a haircut? I bet Jeremy wouldn’t have allowed that at his fancy salon – ha!
I trimmed the top a tiny bit longer than finger length and did all my cuts vertically so he wouldn’t look like The Three Stooges. With all this hair, you would have thought Ben was a man-beast…
Fear.the.beard. Disclaimer: this was prior to Ben and I dating and no, he’s not embarrassed in the least. I bet your man couldn’t grow a beard like this!
Here’s the final product – helloooo, sexy haircut! It honestly looks identical to Ben’s regular haircuts (minus the $22). Eat it, Jeremy! I cannot believe how easy (and surprisingly fun) this was.

Now, what to do with that extra $264 a year… Anyone else cut your husband/kids/dogs/hamsters hair?

People Who Do Stuff Do Stuff

We hung out with our friends Kevin and Holly last night who are passionate about coffee. As in they roast their own coffee beans that they order from all over the world and have their own mini coffee shop set up in their living room!
They recreated an amazing drink I discovered at Bongo Java in Nashville a couple of weeks ago called a McBowl (a hazelnut latte with Irish cream – yum!). Throughout our conversation it came up that they recently set up a coffee shop bar at a 700 person wedding and how much fun they had doing it.

This brings me to a motto we like to live by, “People who do stuff do stuff.” It is both exciting and frustrating to be surrounded by friends who do stuff.
Our friends Craig and Merschon pursued their dream of living in Europe and sharing their faith and moved to Dublin, Ireland to be missionaries.
Our friends Michael and Bobbie pursued their dream of living a simple life and moved to a town with a population of 100 and live on one part-time income.
Our friends Justin and Brandy pursued their dream of owning a business and opened a cafe and coffee shop that has a supervised play room.

What do all of these people have in common? They do stuff. Ben and I like to think that we played a part in each of these pursuits but, as awesome of friends as we are, we can’t take credit. They stopped dreaming, talking, reading, watching, researching and simply took action.
I feel like I am at the highest point of a roller coaster right before your stomach drops out from under you. I’m ready to do stuff. Wish me luck!

Roller coaster image found here.

Too Much Fun

I feel like I owe an apologize to my awesome blog readers for my unexplained slacking. I’ve been working a lot more at my part-time job and, as a result, my blog has been on the chopping block. Fortunately, my extended work hours are about to be a thing of the past – whew! So… what’s been going on?
We got our bowl on with friends. It’s seriously been years since I’ve bowled and my score definitely reflected that. I kept getting all the pins or none which I like to think reflects my personality a bit:)
We spent a rainy Sunday reading on our front porch (Cali napped). I finished my YA fiction series AND Mad Men Season 4 all in one weekend. Downton Abbey saved the day (love it!) and I’m still in the market for a new book.
We went to an album release concert in our friend’s backyard. Have I mentioned how much fun it is having friends who live in artsy Midtown?
We are still loving our new Paleo lifestyle! The pounds keep coming off and Ben keeps having to buy new dress pants (there are worse problems – ha!).
We splurged and bought a membership to the Memphis Botanic Garden. Side note: a 13yo boy walked up and started talking to me about the book I was reading. I was both excited and humiliated.
I like to call this one Super Cali – just look at those ears! She was very excited by a visit from her grandparents on their way through to Destin last weekend.
We saw Wilco at the Mud Island Amphitheater right on the Mississippi River Рsuch a cool concert and venue!

I guess, looking back at the last few weeks, I have managed to squeeze in a lot of fun stuff. Maybe work has little to do with my blog-slacking after all;) Who has a good book series suggestion? Anyone else gone to 3 concerts in 3 days? Is it odd that we take pics of ourselves reading books in random places?