DIY kitchen make-over on a budget? Read on!
Growing up, I spent a lot of time at Home Depot with my mom. I remember attending a tiling class one day when I was about 8 years old after she got an itch to tile the entire house. Who knew how useful that class would be 20 years later!
Last August my boyfriend bought a condo that had recently been updated from its original 1970’s interior. Though the previous owners revamping efforts set a nice base, the kitchen was seriously lacking some warmth and personality. With a limited budget left from furnishing the rest of the house, we were looking for something reasonable in cost, but high in impact. Backsplash it was!
We made a trip to a few tile stores, but ended up finding the most perfect Allen and Roth subway tiles at Lowe’s. Of course, I always seem to have complicated taste as we learned the tile color had been discontinued – leading us on a wild goose chase around town to round up all the remaining boxes from Lowe’s stores around the valley.
Installed Cabinet Lighting
We couldn’t be happier with the new look and feel of our kitchen – it’s starting to feel like home!
Now that it’s been a few weeks and I’ve finally recovered from my little sister’s bachelorette party, I’m ready to share all of the fun that went in to planning the weekend! To make it short and sweet, I’ve summarized my tips & tricks in to 10 simple steps!
1. You need a Hashtag – There’s nothing like a witty hashtag that gets the group excited about the upcoming weekend! It’s a great way to brand the weekend and group pictures taken throughout the weekend. Nothing compares to scrolling through your hashtag feed on Sunday morning to relive the weekend!
2. Plan the Party 3-5 Months Out – If you can, give the group AT LEAST 3 months to plan for the big weekend! We all know weddings are expensive, so try to remember that when planning.
10. Lingerie Shower & Games – No weekend is complete without embarrassing games and a pile of sexy lace! We turned the lingerie shower into a game, leaving the bride to guess who got her what. For the big game, I opted for a dirty version of the Newlywed Game, meeting up with the groom before the weekend to answer saucy questions. We asked, and the bride guessed the soon to be grooms answers – pretty hilarious! Fortunately for our bride, it turns out her and her soon to be hubby were pretty in sync, so her penalty shots for guessing the wrong answer were limited.
Cheers to a lifetime of love, happiness & wine!
What You'll Need:
Time to Layer!
The most amazing zucchini lasagna (and probably the best thing I’ve ever made!) for when you are all zoodled out.
Cabo countdown starts now!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Let’s Get Cookin’
I remember the first time I went to church by myself, the first time I sat at a restaurant and dined alone, and the first time I bought a solo ticket to the theater to get lost in the latest motion picture. At the time the thought of doing these things alone left me feeling extremely uncomfortable. It was a really odd feeling to just sit, “Table for one?,” not look at my phone, and just be in the moment… alone.
To some I am sure I looked like a complete weirdo. What kind of twenty-something doesn’t have a friend, a boyfriend or a family member they can drag along to do these types of things? I have to admit, it all felt completely unnatural… at first. But the older I get I realize it isn’t as easy as it was in the dorm days to rally a buddy for these types of things - when you really want to do something, sometimes you might just have to do them alone.
This was a turning point in my life, a moment, a feeling I will always remember - part of “growing up” if you will. Learning how to be alone and be comfortable with it. It is so important and refreshing to develop this type of self-awareness, yet it is something very few millennial's will dare to experience, especially as technology weighs so heavy in today's cultural norms.
Recently, I crossed another big “do-it-alone” bridge when I adventured to Chicago. Because life is unpredictable, my traveling partner had to suddenly reroute to be with family leaving me with the option to call off the trip or go at it alone.
With non-refundable flights and a hotel room waiting for me it was a use it or lose it situation and Chicago wasn’t something I was willing to lose. After all, in this situation one thing was made known: life is short, and who knows if the opportunity to visit the Windy City would rise again. So, just like that I boarded my flight ready to take on a new city, alone.
Chicago what an incredibly breathtaking, vibrant city!
I took myself out to visit the Bean, bright and early to beat the crowd.
Strolled through Millennium Park and gazed at the beautiful trees and flowers that line the walkways.
I signed up for the River Architecture Tour which was surprisingly entertaining. I won't ruin the fascinating stories of the city - you'll have to hear them for yourself. Not only was it educational, but they served drinks, I was able to be out on the water soaking up the sunshine and see the city from a whole different view. It was gorgeous!
I was even fortunate enough to catch a winning game at Wrigleyville! Go Cubs!
This was an adventure I could have easily missed with dreams that would never amount to what I actually experienced on my tour around the city. It was on this trip I really understood the old saying, "when life throws you a curve ball, move with it – don’t stand in the way and let it knock you down." Push yourself to do more, see more, learn more – even if it means going at it alone. Take it from me, all your really need is an:
Just like that, you’ll be ready for your OWN adventure in this beautiful world❤
A collection of memories and experiences, featuring home staging and decor, lifestyle trends, travel tips, and DIY projects. Hoping to leave things a little more beautiful than I found them.