Top 5: Favorite Kitchen Items

Top 5: Favorite Kitchen Items

Happy Monday!  Did everyone have a fabulous weekend?  It was freezing here but the sun was shining so we counted that as a mini-win.  Nate and I celebrated the sun by going out for pizza and sleeping a lot.  Makes sense, no?  Ike got in some sun bathing on the rug but was disappointed in the lack of walk.  Little dude doesn't understand below zero temperatures.

We don't have a lot on the project front lately but I have a weirdly strong desire to blog this week. I thought I'd start a mini-series sharing our Top 5 Favorites in various life categories.  (If the past is any indication of the future, this will be the only post of this sort that you'll see because I'll lose interest.  Michelle = attention span of gerbil.  Sorry to all offended gerbils.)

Today I'd like to share Nate and I's top 5 favorite kitchen items.  These are tried and true items that we use often.  A few of them were things that I wasn't even sure we actually needed but now I'm not sure we could live without them.  (You know, first world couldn't live without.)

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Curing the Winter Blahs with Minted Art

Curing the Winter Blahs with Minted Art

Man.  Will this Winter ever end?  I keep getting questions of why I haven't been blogging as regularly. 
Well, I was battling some nasty stomach issues for awhile.  Once those resolved, Winter really took hold in Iowa and it's been gloomy and freezing.  I haven't had motivation to do anything productive let alone DIY.  The muscles of this operation is working 80+ hours per week.  Hence, no blog posts.

What have I had the motivation to do?  Snuggle Ike, hit "view next episode on Netflix" and put a lot of things in virtual shopping carts. 

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Life With a Wire Fox Terrier

Life With a Wire Fox Terrier

Yesterday was a big day.  This dude turned eight.

We celebrated Ike's birthday with homemade dog treats (find the recipe here), tennis ball playing and snuggles. Sounds like a great birthday to me.

I often get asked questions about Ike.  That squishy face attracts people left and right.  We rarely make it through a walk without someone wanting to pet Ike.  Nate and I love the Wire Fox Terrier breed and we think Ike is a perfect fit for us.  The breed does have it's challenges and I'm not sure I balance that enough with the squishy face pictures. I feel that we will always own a Wire Fox Terrier because we love them so much. A lot of the qualities that we find charming, may not be so charming for a lot of people.  I'm pretty confident that none of Nate or I's family members would own a Wire Fox Terrier (maybe my brother?).  And that's okay.  I always warn people to do their research before adopting any breed of dog!

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New Office Chair + Death of Old Chair

New Office Chair + Death of Old Chair

Man. Long time. No blog.

It's either because our lives have been so crazy busy awesome or so ridiculously boring that there was 100% nothing to write about.  I'll let you guess.

I do have a few posts planned for this week. Whoa.

I was cleaning the office the other day and realized that I haven't blogged about our new office chair. And the death of our old office chair. Normally office chair stories are probably boring.  But then there is my office chair story.

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DIY Living Room End Table Tutorial

DIY Living Room End Table Tutorial

Do you know what makes the middle of the work week even more boring?  A Decor and the Dog tutorial.  But some people love these.  People that are crazy like Nate.

Without further ado, here's the tutorial for the living room end table that I shared on Monday!  Thanks to all of you that shared your thoughts.  We're still torn on it but it's hanging around until a better model arrives. You know, similar to how Nate and Ike are keeping me around.

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Books I've Read Lately

Books I've Read Lately

I've been sort of over the internet lately.  I went from a major addiction to not touching my laptop for a week. But what does one do if they aren't obsessively checking all things interwebs?  They play Trivia Crack and read books.  Lots of crack.  Lots of books.  The summary of the past few weeks of my life.

I know a lot of you are readers (of the books) so I thought I'd share my latest reads in case you're looking for your next book to devour.

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Stuff We Might Do In 2015

Stuff We Might Do In 2015

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Ours was on the boring side.  Nate has started his long tax season hours and I've been on a cleaning/organizing binge.  I'll spare you most of that.  (Here's our shamefully messy closet and here it is after I throw crap away. Ta-da!)  Ike was busy getting into trouble.  He managed to get into the pantry and rip open an entire bag of flour while I was working out.  That was fun.  We've lived here for 6 years and he has never once touched anything in our pantry.  I guess the cold Winter days are getting to him.  Luckily, the weather cooperated and we were able to get him outside yesterday.

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2014 Report Card

2014 Report Card

It's time to talk about 2014 even though it was so like 2 weeks ago.  Why can't I let go?  Because I have to see how we did on our 2014 house goals.  That's why.  Gosh.  Strangely I am having zero trouble writing the date as 2015.  Maybe because 2014 was kind of boring and I'm thinking 2015 might be a little more exciting.  Maybe that's just wishful thinking.  Boring isn't all bad.  It's better than super lame or horrible.  I digress.

So how'd we do?

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