Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 My first year Hosting

This year was my first time hosting and cooking for thanksgiving. In years past my mom or grandmother would host us and I would hustle to make a side dish 10 minutes before we had to leave. I was terribly nervous, mostly because I had never cooked a turkey and I knew nothing about stuffing.  I am not known as a great cook and felt that I had a really high bar to reach. But at the end of the day, everything was absolutely perfect.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Upcycled Empire Dresser turned Chic Country Bench

A few months ago I went to a tag sale in town. The gentleman having the tag sale asked me if there was anything in particular I was looking for. A few things came to, ironstone etc. He told me he had an old dresser in the basement missing drawers, and I expressed interest. He told me he would call me when he could dig it out and when he did, it looked like this....

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tag Sale Story

This is going to be a funny blog post with very serious key parts. It's moments like this, I have a thought inside my head and I can't get to the keyboard fast enough. I don't want the good stuff to slip away. In order to get to my blog, I have to open my email, where in the inbox I see an email from a guy named Jim responding to my ad on craigslist for my 65' Wooden Whirlwind boat. Which I am desperately trying to sell before the snow flies, as it's uncovered in my driveway. In my head I say "sorry Jim, you have to wait" because I know I need to get into the typing field to get the thoughts out of my head and on this page quick.....

Monday, September 14, 2015

Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms & Kale

Happy Monday friends! Today was supposed to start out at the gym for spinning class at (6am) but due to severe lack of sleep, I decided to do an afternoon session instead. I feel like I operate better in the afternoon anyways, so I started the day off with this yummy, healthy recipe. This morning, my goal was to completely stop sauteeing veggies in butter and olive oil, so I started by sauteeing the kale and mushrooms in a little bit of water--definitely not as flavorful, but a lot healthier. When I was done, I added a !pinch! of sea salt and a light handful of shredded cheddar cheese.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Healthy Cod with Sweet Potato and Snap Peas

Today I had planned to rest, but because I was feeling so good I decided to go to the gym. I mentioned the other day that I have been running, and since I'm not a runner the two mile per day goal has been kicking my butt. Over the last week I've been running outdoors either on the road or around the high school track but today going to the gym gave me a refreshing change! Running on a treadmill was awesome (a temp-controlled gym) considering the crazy humidity in the air outside! Earlier today I posted my new favorite breakfast recipe (beside eggs) and tonight I am going to share with you this absolutely scrumptious (and bland-nicole-style) super healthy cod, sweet potato and snap pea recipe. 

Sunday's breakfast -- Healthy Oatmeal

There's really nothing fancy going on here, since I have been getting back on track with my diet and health, eating clean is what it's all about these days. It's really difficult for me to understand why I would let go of what I had three years ago when I got married. I know it's not good to dwell on the past, but to think that I was 129lbs and very very fit....well makes me ashamed that I weighed in today at 185. #holybleep. Some of the recipes that I post, while they may not be very complex, will pack high protein and yield low carbs and cals. So let's check this oatmeal out....

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Try this trend! Shiplap, your virtual lookbook!

The design world is constantly introducing and reintroducing trends. Some trends last for multiple decades. Some take their turns going 'around the block'. Some we are happy to see them come back around, while others; such as gold shag rug should have never, ever, even been invented in the first place! One trend that I know (confidently) will always be "in" is shiplap walls. This relatively easy DIY project can bring in high style, and blend  with a wide range of home decor styles. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Transferware Ironstone Covered Dish and Tray | SALE

Over the holiday weekend I was able to do some basement cleaning which really gets me excited! I love finding treasures that I forgot I even had! I have listed a lot of the items for sale on various sites such as craigslist but i'm kinda having trouble parting with this beaut, which I am selling for only $40!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Cherry Buffet in Benjamin Moore | Silver Marlin

About four months ago my dad called me to tell me he had this awesome cherry buffet for me and he wanted to bring it up. I was pretty excited because even though it is newer it's completely solid wood and a really nice piece. My excitement ultimately stemmed from my dad taking interest in what I do for work and taking the time to think of me when he found this piece, that meant a lot.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DIY Paper Triangle Banners (Bunting)

I love making bunting. (the term for a string along banner). I use all types of found materials, like burlap, paper, felt and more! Today's DIY project calls for paper, but once you've done it a few times, I encourage you to step out of the box and try different materials!

The New England Girl goes Cross Country, 5 day countdown!

Aspen, CO
When I was young, my family never took elaborate vacations. Mainly we would take weekend trips to the beach, or to our family's cabin in Vermont. I only flew on a plane twice, once in 1995 and the other in 1998 when my brother was born. Both trips were to Florida and I was all too young, to really enjoy them. It's quite sad that I can list on two hands all of the states I have actually been in, and many of them I only drove through, not even getting out to stretch my legs! I am excited to take this cross country trip. The photos within this post are photos of some of my destinations along the way.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bedroom in White Down

I have been slowly working my magic on the house and painting, painting, painting. Choosing neutral colors such as Hopsack and White Down.... but I remember when I was a teenager making massive color mistakes. I had the brightest hot pink room. I painted it  (poorly) when my mom was at work and when she came home, I thought she was going to have a heart attack.