Welcome 2013!

2 Jan

It’s been way to long since uploaded a post here. We’ve been slowly but surely working on projects here at the Pink Monster and I’ve just been really really bad about photographing them which explains why I haven’t posted anything.

Welcome 2013

So what all have we done?

  • Painted the living room
  • Put up the crown molding in the living room
  • Installed the glass in our ‘New’ antique front door
  • Installed the door itself
  • Framed out the columns on the fireplace
  • Installed a projection system in the living room that includes a 92 inch screen
  • Purchased some awesome chalk painted pieces at a local antique shop for the living room
  • Re-arranged the office and I’m in love with it!

I’m in process of purchasing a nice big DSLR camera so that I can take better images for several things so when That happens, expect way to many photos all in one post to catch up!

What are our plans for 2013:

  • Travel more, house less! Yep we’re at the point where once we complete a few things we’ll be satisfied with the house for a while so we can save up for the master addition and kitchen move. We’re starting with our second annual snowboarding trip soon. We can’t wait to carve some mountains!
  • Paint the house, add some decks, and get the fence installed. Yep that’s it for the big projects this year. We’re going to try to make this house less life encompassing this year. We’ll be doing some small painting projects and the like but that’s easy peasy stuff when you compare what we’ve been up against the last few years.
  • I’m launching two, yes two new businesses this year. I’ll be launching my candle company in just a few months and I will also be getting my Real Estate license in the very near future. Needless to say the job I started in the fall did not work out so I’m moving on. I’ve always wanted to venture into Real Estate and the timing just seems right. The candle company will be a once or by monthly booth at a local farmers market and I’ll be helping my Mom with her booth at the same market for her custom embroidery business, Sew Cute TN.  I love the chemistry and Mad Scientist I get to play when making candles!
  • Last but certainly not least, I’m getting my butt back in shape. I’ve been slacking for far too long. The gym membership has been obtained, Spin schedules have been memorized and this gal is going to get her body back. I shall defy gravity’s pull. I’ve already cleaned out the bad food in the house and started eating clean. I’ll be lifting heavy, maxing out my cardio, and driving my body fat % down. I’ve done it before and loved every minute of my gym time. I got lazy and let this house take priority over my health and that’s just plain stupid. Not in 2013.

So there it is. Our 2013 plan for the Pink Monster. I’ll be posting progress and projects just as soon as I’ve figured out my Nikon! Now… I just have to find time to take down the Christmas decorations before the neighbors start to complain…

What are your plans for 2013?

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Unrelated To The House: My Secret Skin Weapon

4 Oct

So this post has nothing to do with the house. I just realized that some of you may want in on my little secret skin weapon. It’s just come to my attention how often I get compliments on my face after I have used this little gem. I must admit, it wasn’t my original idea. Kandee Johnson introduced me to this product in one of her videos  several years back and I still use it to this day. So what is this amazing stuff? Un-Petroleum.

Image via Beauty Banter

This is how I use it. Right before bed I use my Spa Solutions face scrubber (similar to a Clarisonic with out the big price) from Sigma Beauty. I use it with my cream face wash from Mario Badescu’s Anti Redness kit. I love this kit because my cheeks are naturally flush and sometimes I’ll get a rosacea break out but this stuff keeps mine at bay. Plus it’s great for sensitive skin like mine. Okay I should say my suddenly sensitive skin as of age 28… How does that happen by the way??? So, then rather than slathering on a night cream I just use the Un-Petroleum as my moisturizer. It’s full of all natural ingredients like coconut oil, vitamin E, and more. I only use it a few nights a week so I haven’t had any problems with break outs and I get the most compliments on my skin the day after I’ve used this. I notice that my fine lines disappear when my skin is plump with moisture and I really look refreshed.

As my skin has gotten older I’ve realized the importance of a good routine and this is one of my favorite things to do to pamper my skin at home. This stuff is also great for dry patches in the winter, chapped lips, and even itchy winter legs.

Should I share more tips like this here? I know it’s a house blog but perhaps you’d be interested in things like this?

Perspective: Update

3 Oct

So since we’re coming up on our October 20th drop date for our goals I thought I’d update you on where we are.

First let me share this. My girlfriend and I were chatting last night. She’s been going through a lot of stress having a home renovated before purchasing it and it has been more than challenging. She and I were chatting about our perspective and how when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or just off it’s helpful to think about those things we are thankful for. I realized that I’m a skeptic. I view things in life in negatives more than positives. I’m pretty sure I was born a skeptic and I’ve had that perspective on life for as long as I can remember. I turned 30 this year and I’d love to know how one  conversation at a Mexican restaurant can reveal so much about my personality when 30 years of experience hadn’t brought it to my attention. The funny thing is, I have no problem talking about positives and glass half full stuff with friends in trouble, but with myself is a different story.

All this is to say that from now on I’ll be making a more clear effort on how to make things better, how to be thankful, how to see all the good and positive in my life. I’m going to put more positive energy out there. I am going to will myself into being a thankful positive person rather than a skeptic.

With that said, here’s the update on my perspective post:

UPDATE: Even thought we will continue to work on projects here at the house, we’re not going to measure our success using our project ‘to do list’ any more.

Here are mine:

  1. Wake up and start my day no later than 7am each M-TR. Okay well 7:30
  2. Walk/Run Maddux every day. Not met this one yet… Poor Maddux!
  3. Launch a new business idea by Sept 1st. As per my last post, I have a full time job so this one is a wash.
  4. Get library card and begin reading books on my book list. CHECK
  5. Make a list of current ‘Lindsey’ projects and finish them before I begin any new ones. See below. 
  6. Find a gym I like, get a membership, and begin my training program. Not happened just yet thanks to the 40 hr work week. 
  7. Reach my wedding day weight by our anniversary. LOL, I’ve got 18 days and honestly I don’t see this one happening. 
  8. Plan at least two date nights a month with Brian outside of the house. CHECK We actually went out of town for a few days last month and this month is our anniversary!
  9. Plan at least one lunch/girls night with my friends each month. I’ve been doing so much better with this. Love, love, love seeing my girls. 

Here’s the projects I’ve started and not finished:

  1. Curtains for the new Sunroom shelves. (The last panel is in the wash right now!)
  2. Ikea BJURSTA buffet update. We need the storage but the style is just too modern. (I’m halfway thru this update.)
  3. Polly/Wax Dining Room table & benches. (I’ve got one coat on the table top but it needs at least 3 more.)

Here’s Brian’s list:

  1. Wake up at 5:30 each M-TR. He’s doing better for sure. Not quite 5:30 though. 🙂
  2. Begin application process & obtain study materials for PE (Professional Engineering) exam in April. CHECK
  3. Organize the tool room & maintain the organization. (Finding tools is a nightmare right now.) Getting a dumpster in the next month or so to get this all straightened out. 
  4. Find a gym he likes and get a membership or get a home gym set up. (We don’t look for the same things in a gym so even though there’s usually a family discount, we don’t always go to the same one. He also prefers home gyms while I MUST have a great spin class.) Again not quite there on this one but we’ll get something figured out very soon!
  5. Reach his wedding day weight by our anniversary. Again… LOL. He’s lost more than I have but we’ve got a ways to go for sure. 

Both of us want to:

  1. Have at least two backyard BBQ’s here before the weather gets too cold. Finishing the Living room this week and hopefully set this up in the next few weeks!
  2. Get back on a clean diet. We’ve been eating junk for a year and it’s time to get back on track. It’s crazy how good you feel when you eat clean and when you fall off the wagon it’s hard to get back on. We’ll be implementing our Sunday is Grill Day method. We cook all our protein for the work days on Sunday night, that way dinner is as easy as steaming or grilling some veggies and heating up our lean protein. This also makes packing our lunch each night easier too. UPDATE: I’ve recently subscribed to The Fresh 20 and am loving the recipes so far. I haven’t had an opportunity to do the full week because our schedules have been so busy but I’m shooting for next week to be a full week. The recipes we’ve had so far were DELISH! The idea is you keep 20 items on hand at all times, you shop for 20 items each week and the recipes will feed 4 people 5 dinners each week. LOVE the concept. Everything is fresh or in season and no preservatives. I like that very much. They also include the calorie count so you can decide how to manipulate the menu if needed. There are Classic (3 meats, 1 fish, 1 veggie meal each week), Gluten Free, and Vegetarian menus available. Full review will follow my first full week on the plan.  

So there you have it. Our updated perspective goals. I’m happy with where we are and looking forward to accomplishing more.

Random Updates and Zero Excusess

20 Sep

So… july, July, JULY! That’s when I posted last.  So sorry for leaving you hanging people. Life got in the way. I’m sure you know how that goes. So what’s been going on you ask? Big changes. Big changes because I started a full time job August 20th. My previous job was great but I needed more hours. So rather than launching the business idea I had and waiting for it to grow, I decided to take an opportunity that came my way. I’m still learning the ropes so we’ll see where it goes.

On the house front, we’re slowly but surly getting things done. We’ve got a drywall finishing guy in this week to get the ceiling all smoothed out. We’re looking forward to getting the trim up this weekend and getting the Living Room DONE. We’ve already finished up the fireplace stucco and got the tile laid for the hearth. All that’s left is adding the mantle and grouting the tile.

This past few weekends have been spent with paint stripper and a sander. I finally have the front door almost ready for install. We’ve got the glass and just a bit more sanding and a coat of primer and it’ll be ready to install glass. Once that’s in we’ll be ready to install it in the front! I can’t wait. I also found a great product I want to share with you all. If you’re looking for a way to keep your neighbors from looking in this product may be what you need. It really REALLY mimics the look of textured glass. No, I’m serious! You can’t tell the difference. So much better than the stuff you buy in the home improvement stores.

Image via Anna White by way of  Shanty 2 Chic

I also built a desk last weekend using one of Anna White’s plans. I can’t wait to get a coat of paint on it so I can share how well it turned out!

Perspective

27 Jul

Perspective noun \pər-ˈspek-tiv\ a mental view or prospect <to gain a broader perspective on the international scene — Current Biography> (source)

Sometimes we need to step back, re-evaluate, and re-prioritize. That is almost always the case when renovating on the scale that we are. A couple of Sunday’s ago Brian and I made a list of some goals for ourselves for the next 90 days. The kicker? None of them could have anything to do with the house.

We’ve spend the better part of the last year measuring ‘progress’ with the status of projects at the house. When there’s so much that needs to be done, it can be hard to remember the things that are important like family, friends, and even our health. So over the next 90 days Brain and I will be working toward our individual and couple goals.

Even thought we will continue to work on projects here at the house, we’re not going to measure our success using our project ‘to do list’ any more.

Here are mine:

  1. Wake up and start my day no later than 7am each M-TR.
  2. Walk/Run Maddux every day.
  3. Launch a new business idea by Sept 1st.
  4. Get library card and begin reading books on my book list. CHECK
  5. Make a list of current ‘Lindsey’ projects and finish them before I begin any new ones.
  6. Find a gym I like, get a membership, and begin my training program.
  7. Reach my wedding day weight by our anniversary.
  8. Plan at least two date nights a month with Brian outside of the house.
  9. Plan at least one lunch/girls night with my friends each month.

Here’s the projects I’ve started and not finished:

  1. Curtains for the new Sunroom shelves. (The last panel is in the wash right now!)
  2. Ikea BJURSTA buffet update. We need the storage but the style is just too modern. (I’m halfway thru this update.)
  3. Polly/Wax Dining Room table & benches. (I’ve got one coat on the table top but it needs at least 3 more.)

Here’s Brian’s list:

  1. Wake up at 5:30 each M-TR.
  2. Begin application process & obtain study materials for PE (Professional Engineering) exam in April.
  3. Organize the tool room & maintain the organization. (Finding tools is a nightmare right now.)
  4. Find a gym he likes and get a membership or get a home gym set up. (We don’t look for the same things in a gym so even though there’s usually a family discount, we don’t always go to the same one. He also prefers home gyms while I MUST have a great spin class.)
  5. Reach his wedding day weight by our anniversary.

Both of us want to:

  1. Have at least two backyard BBQ’s here before the weather gets too cold.
  2. Get back on a clean diet. We’ve been eating junk for a year and it’s time to get back on track. It’s crazy how good you feel when you eat clean and when you fall off the wagon it’s hard to get back on. We’ll be implementing our Sunday is Grill Day method. We cook all our protein for the work days on Sunday night, that way dinner is as easy as steaming or grilling some veggies and heating up our lean protein. This also makes packing our lunch each night easier too.

So there you have it. This is what we’ll be working toward over the next 90 days. What challenges will you give yourself over the next 90 days?