Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 | Q4 Book Report


Audiobooks:
1. A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
2. I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
3. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

I always try to hit my numbers early on in the year because I know I won't be able to read much during Q4 (aka The Holidays). As you can see, I only listened to three audiobooks this quarter. They were all really good, though, so I feel really happy on how I wrapped up this year.

Do you have a TBR list for 2019? I'm trying to make mine, but I always have such a hard time sticking to it. Either way, I'm looking forward to hitting more reading goals in the upcoming year!

M

Sunday, September 30, 2018

2018 | Q3 Book Report


Audiobooks:
1. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Books:
1. Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampies #6)
2. Fade Out by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampies #7)
3. Blood On The Tracks by Barbara Nickless (Sydney Rose Parnell #1)
4. Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless (Sydney Rose Parnell #2)

Whew! I slacked a lot this quarter! I read four quick reads that were okay, but not memorable. The audiobook, however, was amazing. I found myself crying as I was finishing it up because women are incredible and science is incredible - which means women in science is my absolute jam. I highly recommend Hidden Figures!

M

Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 | Q2 Book Report


Audiobooks:
1. Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill
2. Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke
3. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
4. Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann
5. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire #1)

Books:
1. Adam by Ted Dekker
2. Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires #3)
3. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
4. Feast Of Fools by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires #4)
5. Lord Of Misrule by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires #5)
6. Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant

I didn't read any comics or graphic novels this quarter, but I did listen to some amazing audiobooks. Beyond Belief and Killers Of The Flower Moon were both incredible. Did you read anything you loved this quarter?

M

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Master Bedroom Inspiration

I shared a picture of our bedroom when I gave a quick walk through on this post. One thing I knew for sure when we first walked through was that the room needed to be painted and we needed to get rid of the pink curtains.


On top of the painting and curtain removal, I new I wanted keep the color scheme light and airy. We already decided to go with a grey duvet cover before we moved, so I wanted to incorporate that.


1. Wicker Light Fixture 2. Gold Hardware 3. Round Mirror 4. Grey Throw Pillows 5. Fiddle Leaf Fig 6. 7. White & Grey Sheets 8. Neutral Rug

We have some olive green paint left over from the dining room, so I'm going to give our dresser a face lift. It's old, but I think I can give it new life with some paint and new drawer pulls. I also want to add some DIY shelves into a section of wall that's kind of inset, and get some meaningful art pieces on the walls.


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These are some photos I've been pinning as I've been planning out this room. One of the things I love about our room is how much amazing natural light we get. I see a lot of natural light coming through in my inspiration pins.

Here's my to do list for this room:
-Remove wallpaper boarder
-Paint
-Mount bookshelves
-Paint dresser
-Hang art

I can't wait to get this room put together, but realistically it will probably be the last room I finish on this floor.

M

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Dining Room Inspiration

It's no secret - our dining room area needs help. Beard and I are both in agreement that one of our first bigger projects will be to rip up the blue carpet. It. Is. Terrible.


A lot of the updates we do to the dining room will have to correspond with our kitchen updates due to the open concept of the rooms. I don't love the kitchen counters, but they're nice and brand new - so I wanted to see if I could keep them and make them nicer.  


Since the counters are green, I wanted to paint a color in the dining room that would pull the look together. I settled on an olive green for the far wall and also decided to paint the bottom cabinets in the kitchen the same color sometime down the road.


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A lot needs to happen in this room to make it a space I fall in love with.  We'll be keeping our current DIY dining room table, but I think I want to paint the chairs black instead o their current white. I would also love to have a bench that would provide more seating that could be tucked away under the table when it's not in use. I really want to add some shiplap on the far wall that we're painting green, but I'm not sure if I want to make it a full wall or a half. If I go with a half shiplap wall, do I paint it white or still paint it all green for a monochromatic look? So many ideas and possibilities!


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I've been pinning a lot of ideas for this room, but as you can see above, I've been very specific in my searches to include the olive green and modern ceiling fans. Some of my pins are photos of actual dining rooms, but have elements I want to include. 

Here's my to do list for this room:
-Remove carpeting
-Lay new flooring
-Paint
-New light fixture
-Hang art
-Hang shelf
-Refinish dining room chairs

I'm hype to see how this room turns out, because I really have no idea what exactly I want. I'm just diving in with a general idea!

Friday, April 6, 2018

5 Things


1. I'm in Niagara Falls, ON for the weekend!
2. I just started listening to What Happened by HRC and I'm loving it so far.
3. #the100dayproject kicked off this week and I'm excited to see where this goes! You can read more about my plans here and follow my progress with #100creativehouseupdates.
4. I'm watching True Blood for the first time and having a love/hate relationship with it.
5. Last, but not least: I bought tickets this week to see The Dollop in November!

What are your 5 favorite things this week?

M

Saturday, March 31, 2018

2018 | Q1 Book Report


I've taken a massive chunk out of my 2018 reading goal so far this year. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and read a lot of graphic novels and comics. Below is a brief breakdown of what I tackled in Q1 of this year.

Audiobooks:
1. Troublemaker by Leah Remini
2. If You Ask Me by Betty White
3. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
4. We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
6. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
7. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
8. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files, #3)
9. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files, #4)

Books:
1. Written In Red by Anne Bishop (The Others, #1)
2. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
3. The Transfer by Veronica Roth
4. The Initiate by Veronica Roth
5. The Song by Veronica Roth
6. Murder Of Crows by Anne Bishop (The Others, #2)
7. The Traitor by Veronica Roth
8. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kahling
9. Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
10. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Comics/Graphic Novels:
1. Paper Girls (series)
2. Squirrel Girl (series)
3. Monstress (series)

My favorites so far this year are: Trouble Maker, Written In Red, Grave Peril, Why Not Me? and Monstress.

What did you read in Q1? Let me know! I'm always wanting to add new stuff to my list!

M

Monday, February 26, 2018

New House Tour

I haven't had time to take any photos of the new place, but thought it would be nice to show the photos from Zillow. Let's walk through the new place, shall we?

First up, the view from the road.


Living room.


Kitchen/Dining Room.


Our bedroom.


My office.


Spare bedroom.


Full bathroom.


Half bathroom.


Mancave.


Laundry and storage space.


Studio space.


Deck area.


Backyard.


There's so much we want to do to update this place and make it our own. I can't wait to share all the projects we have planned!

M

Saturday, February 24, 2018

We Bought A House!

After being in the townhouse for almost 5 years we bit the bullet and bought a house yesterday! Of course, there are a million updates I want to do, but for now, I'll leave you with a picture from Zillow. 


M