Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A home renovation

Last week, I was fortunate to get a great listing near Willow Lawn and it sold first day on the market because my clients, Dawn & Scott did such an excellent job with the renovation. Dawn shared with me before pictures that she took and I have posted the afters! Such a cute Cape!

Before Living Room

After Living Room
Before Dining Room

After Dining Room
Before Kitchen

After Kitchen
Before Kitchen

After Kitchen
Before Bathroom

After Bathroom
Also, many thanks to Mary with Montague Media & Marketing for helping me with the photos. I know her photos also contributed to this quick sale.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Menu Planner and Other Updates

What a great week! With three real estate closings and my listing going under contract first day on the market, I certainly can't complain.

I also picked up "Betty" yesterday. You may remember her from this post. Am I crazy to love this needlepoint picture so much? Stay tuned for a post this week on her new location at our house!

Found these cute eggs in the Dollar Bin at Target (2 for $1). I picked up three packs and found Clyde lining them up on the floor yesterday saying "Chicks, Chicks." Hopefully they will make it to Easter. 

Lands End is finally having their Friends & Family sale and everything is 30% off. I have had items in my cart for weeks waiting for it. Picked up these cute shorts for Clyde in green, yellow and red and this cute skirt & a top for Camille. 

Also, won a ticket to the Virginia Wine Expo and I think my friend, Melissa, and I are going to check it out tomorrow. I need some new wines in my life so I am excited. 

Here goes with this week's menu planner. I forgot to post last week's lunch, it was Taco-Salad Wraps. Michael added chicken to his and we didn't use the mango. 

Wednesday - Northstar Event at Hardywood Brewery

Thursday - Dinner: A Love Story Orecchiette with Sausage & Crispy Broccoli

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Winner Winner...

Well the time has come to announce the winner of my fabulous Bellatique Giveaway ...

If you have not "Liked" Bellatique on Facebook yet you will for sure want to because their cute Spring stuff is to die for and very very affordable!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered to win!
We had over 350 entries!! 

The Winner of a RealDana Top and Charming Necklace is ... 
(and I swear this was not rigged, so crazy!!!)

One of my favorite bloggers from right here in Lexington KY!!
So crazy!!

Miss Brooke!!

She is so adorable. I love her blog so so much. She has the funniest and cutest stuff over there! Go check out her blog HERE if you're not already! 

Brooke you will look so cute in your RealDana Top :) 

Bellatique will contact you about your winnings:) 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Wedding Wednesday:)

Shew ... whoever said planning a wedding is stressful was RIGHT!

Good grief ... 

I always said I would never be the stressed out bride. 
I would be the "go with the flow" never crazy or bitchy, just excited and happy ... 

Welllll, that bird has flown the coup friends .. I am officially stressed! 
(of course not crazy or bitchy though..yet! ha!)

hahahahaha this is hysterical!
Don't fret, this is not me, there are probably only about 3 people in the world I would actually like to punch in the throat, and they have nothing to do with the wedding lol!!
 (and no no no I won't name them, I'm not talking bad about people for lent this year ha) 

I think it is all the small little details that I am stressing about (not to mention I have OCD) and then also just getting things done in a timely manner when you work 60 hours a week and try to have a life at the same time, makes things a little more difficult too. 
Plus don't even get me started on how expensive all this stuff is!! Who knew forks and tables and bathrooms could add up to be so much? Every time I get on Pinterest I feel like I need to order something else ... Or I make a decision on something and get on Pinterest and see something totally different that I like better! 

hahaha again, hysterical and true. 

Poor Chris... I told him today the wedding is just going to be a total surprise party to him because I tell him something, then change my mind and forgot to tell him the new idea lol ;)
 He is so sweet ... he mostly cared about 4 things ...
1. The food 
2. The cake 
3. Me wearing my hair down and wavy like he likes it ha
4. and just marrying me ... and being happy :) 
So sweet, I know, but that is truly what he says and what he cared about, the rest he said he trusts my taste and judgement and I have never picked out anything thus far in our house, clothes, etc that he didn't like.
I think he will like everything ... if not .. you know what they say ... 

 I am full of these today, can you tell? hahahaha

In all reality ... I am in love with my wedding dress.
It hasn't come in yet, but I look at the pictures of it daily on my phone ha. I just love it. 
BUT ... does anybody but me have this feeling ... 

I am TERRIFIED that I will see another dress I like more!!
So I keep trying to skim past them really fast when I am scrolling down Pinterest lol 
We for serious need a filter for this!! ;) 

So today I met with my florist and in all honesty it made me feel so much better!
I am so excited about the flowers and decor ... and wanted to share a sneak peak ... 

Obsessed with these!
Some of the tables will have the tall arrangements with the birch wrapping which I am in love with .. but lots more flowers in them (this was a fake arrangement for sale in there for inside a house) so mine will have more flowers and blush tones with more moss etc! So cute! 

We will have the urns with candles everywhere on some tables ... just kind of to give it some dimension something different with the flowers too :) 

Lots of barnwood like this with cutouts for the candles and then instead of those little green things these will be moss and hydrangeas and blush roses etc! Sooo pretty and elegant :) 

I decided on these for all the guys ... I think they are perfect. Just the perfect touch of elegance yet still a little rustic too ;) Chris's will be a little different I think to make him stand out. 

So all in all today we actually got a lot accomplished and I am super excited about all the flowers, but want to leave some big things with them a secret ... so you'll have to wait on those!! ;) 

I am getting more and more excited ... just need to get all the small stuff knocked out so I can make it to June and then ... 

killing me today. 

No but really, this is what I am trying to keep in mind:

So true. 
Love it. 

Well, that's all the wedding talk I've got for ya today!
I am going to share our Save the Date's later this week also .. just need to get a good picture of them! 

PS. Look at this sweet, handsome baby on his walk this week ... just taking in the sunshine and breeze ... 

Love him so much. 

PSS. My Bellatique giveaway is over tonight with a whopping 354 entries!! 
Wow! So tomorrow I will announce the winner winner chicken dinner!

Don't forget to go "like" them on Facebook HERE ... 
Super cute new Spring stuff coming on daily and also the jewelry is the cutest and super duper cheap! 

Off to catch up on my DVR and snuggle with Chris & Frankie :) 

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Camille's new desk

I picked up a new desk / dressing table for Camille at Class and Trash last December. Last weekend, I got around to painting it.

Here she is before! 
Here is my inspiration pic from BHG January 2013 issue
And here she is after

I free hand painted the design on the drawers so it is far from perfect. 
I used two different sized biscuit cutters to create the polka dots

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Here is the run down on the project.....

First, I did one coat of primer with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3.

Next, I used three cans of RustOleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2X in Gloss Candy Pink. After it dried overnight, I free hand painted the design on the drawers and then used two different sized biscuit cutters for the polka dots. The white paint I had on hand from Michaels.

Camille was so excited about the finished product. She immediately put all her make up on top. This picture is her styling. 

And do you spy the mirror from the Goochland Goodwill. I am still trying to figure out the treatment for that...considering chevron or glitter or perhaps glitter chevron? I almost didn't purchase it but am glad I did...it is the perfect fit.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Weekend Update and Giveaway!! ...

Happy Sunday friends :) 
This is a long one, I am sorry for being a bad blogger and combining all these into one because I didn't post for a week ha but make it to the end for a special prize!!

I have been a little MIA lately, not by choice, but do to the early Spring Real Estate Market here in Lexington, KY that is BOOMING already!! 
Remember the new listing with the professional pics from last post?
Well ... 

(In my best NeNe Leakes Voice ha!)
Woohoo! SOLD in 5 Days! That's right ... not even a week on the market! 
So excited!
Love when people price their house right and do the things I suggest before listing ... this is what happens :) 

Now I have another awesome house I just listed this weekend to show you ... because the pics are amazing!
Gentry-Jackson & Associates is on a roll ;) 
So blessed.

4,000 sq ft up like new space loaded with upgrades!
Isn't that so nice?
And the theater room is awesome! Just an added bonus, oh and a hot tub too!
If you are in Lexington KY and looking for a new home and would like more information click HERE

Okay, let's talk Valentine's Day shall we? 

Saw this on Pinterest. 
Loved it. Perfect for Valentine's Day. 

Frankie sent out his Valentine to all his peeps ;) 
I made a little eCard for Chris and shared on his Fbook page early that morning so he would see it when he checked it that morning ;) 

I had my cute little XOXO burlap banner I got from Very Jane and my Happy Everything plate with the Valentine envelope on it! 
The kids were here so we had a Valentine's Party and Chris's parents came down to celebrate!
We cooked dinner and played games and opened Vday presents and just had a super fun night!
(Chris and I celebrated Friday night, just us, with dinner and such!)

Chris had my two favorite things ready for me before the party ... 
Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Confused Confections Bakehouse
The Bacon Cheddar Ring from DaRae & Friend's Catering ... 
Yyyyuuummmm :) 
(so much for the diet!)
I had ordered some special cookies for the kiddos ... and they turned out adorable!
How cute is that?
They were adorable and the kids LOVED them! 

We opened a few Valentine's presents :) 

And we got some wax lips hahaha

Silly girls ;) 

Pics from Her Knight Dance 
I had been wanting to share a couple of pics from the Father/Daughter Dance at our church that Chris took the girls too last weekend ... I just love that they went and they had so much fun... 
they will remember that first dance for the rest of their lives :) 

I had so much fun getting them all dolled up before their big night!
That is a memory that I will remember the rest of my life ;)

Sooo cute! :) 

They had this at the Keene Barn in Keeneland and it looked from the pics that Chris took that it was just so much fun and such a blessing to be at. :) 

So I tried to find a picture of me and good ole' Dan (my dad ha) just while I was uploading these pics of Chris and the girls .. and I found this little beauty to share with yall .... 

Brace yourself ha 

I mean I laugh outloud every single time I look at this .. .because my dad looked ridiculous. 
I mean what in the world was with the stach and the hair? hahaha too much for me to handle. 
I don't think I was in a smiling mood that day, probably because my mom cut those bangs!! Ha! 
But my outfit was pretty cute ... I can spot a cute outfit a mile away ;) 

Well, now that you got a good laugh ... 

Let me brighten your day even more .. 
with a GIVE AWAY!!!

A friend of mine has started an online boutique, BELLATIQUE ...  and I am already obsessed! 
You know I love me some online Boutiques!!

The even better news?
Guess who got a shirt named after them??

Little ole' me ... 

Let me introduce to you The RealDana Top ... sooo cute and comfy!

Mint ... perfect for Spring 

and Black ... a staple for your closet! Must have. 
The RealDana Top is only $25!! Comes in S, M and L ... runs a smidge big so I would size down. 

Check out some of her cute jewlery too ...  

Charming Necklace, love this. 

Wanna hear the great news?
Bellatique has agreed to give away a ...
 RealDana Top (mint or black) and a Charming Necklace!!

Here are the giveaway rules:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck Ladies!
You will LIVE in this top ... it is so comfy! 

Have a great week! 

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