DIY Wood Mantle

Phew!  We have been vacationing like crazy this summer but are home for a few days.  I have two simple projects I really want to get done.  One of them is a DIY wood mantle.  I decided to get this one out of the way yesterday since I was able to find what I needed on hand.  I didn’t do a ton of step by step photos but I will talk you through it.

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DIY Herb Garden

DIY herb garden

I had my hubs pick up some herb plants for me the other day.  I was not exactly sure how I was going to pot them, but I knew I needed them.  You know what I mean?  Anyway, I made a pasta salad this past Sunday and I actually used some basil from one of the plants in the pasta dish.  I don’t know if it was the perfect combination of the first 80 degree day in WI this year with the first pesto pasta salad I made on that particular day, but I became convinced I needed an herb garden.  I needed to be able to pluck fresh herbs for salads all summer long!  So I am going to show you my quick DIY herb garden that I was able to complete in a day!

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Coffee bar update

coffee bar update

I feel like I am just crawling through January.  Not even walking.  I am in a total funk and it has been tough for me to get inspired and motivated.  Couple this with the below freezing temps and that it gets dark before I get out of work, and I got a full blown case of the blues.  On top of that, we said goodbye to our cat of 19 years last Friday.  In case you are counting, that is two pets in one year we said goodbye to!  Super sad face emoji going on over here!  

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New Year’s bar cart

newyearsbarcart

I recently bought myself a bar cart and it is my new favorite decor item.  I am having more fun than I should styling it and stocking it for the holidays.  For Christmas, I had a small gold tinsel tree with twinkle lights.  Since I just took down my Christmas decor, it needed a re-style.  We won’t be having a party at our house for New Year’s Eve, but I styled a New Year’s bar cart anyway.  Of course I would.

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Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas in the Kitchen

Oh you guys, we have been dealing with dishwasher woes since before Halloween.  We bought our dishwasher in March 2016 so it was just over a year and a half old when the problems began.  It started having a drain issue and could not complete a cycle.  The drain pump and circuit board were replaced with no luck.  And the hoses, traps and filters were tested, inspected and found to be free of clogs.  Our sink was snaked and pipes cleaned and no problems there either.  I somehow had the mind to buy a 5 year warranty when I bought the thing (probably because they told me I would get my money back if I didn’t use it).  So we will be getting a new dishwasher installed 2 days before Christmas.  And we still have not gotten our countertops and sink replaced and our backsplash installed.  I have no clue when that will happen:(  But that does not mean there could not be some Christmas in the kitchen!

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