Friday, April 20, 2018

five on friday

{1} I finally got my Ring doorbell thanks to this crazy good promotion for $50! Technically it is a very early birthday gift from my parents but I am so freaking excited.

{2} Edith is constantly cracking us up. She has approximately five states of being: a) butt naked, b) nothing but underwear and a necklace, c) dress up clothes, d) footed pajamas, and e) nothing but a swimsuit. On this particular night, she chose to combine Etta's peacock costume and footed pajamas while we read a story before bed.

{3} Etta is our resident troublemaker. We didn't have to baby proof anything with the older two (besides stair gates). Etta has decided to make up for them tenfold. She stamped on my walls, I painted it that day, and then she colored in nearly the same spot I had painted the next day. She cannot be trusted alone. Definitely our most mischievous child - she is giving me many gray hairs.

{4} I am obsessed with the Fetch Rewards app. I've had it 2 weeks and I've already redeemed for $15 worth of Target gift cards. So easy! If you are familiar with Ibotta this is a similar concept--you take a photo of your receipt and it automatically finds 'points' to add to your account based on the brands you bought (some of the big ones you get rewards for are Jell-O, Dove, Aquafina, Ben and Jerry's, Blue Moon, Campbell's, and seriously so many more). You'll also get 200 points for every receipt even if you don't have purchases of the brands affiliated with the app. The points can be redeemed for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Kohl's, Mastercard, etc. and it adds up so fast. A $3 gift card = 3000 points but considering you can get a ton of points easily--1000 for buying 1 Dove deodorant, 500 for Jell-O cups, etc. you can redeem for gift cards in no time. If you use the code FB2WH when you download the app you will automatically get $2 after you upload your first receipt.

{5} Want to know what's not my favorite?? The weather lately. It has snowed at least three times in the past week. Probably more. I don't know, I'm too salty and I lost track. This is definitely turning out to be one of those springs where we won't actually get a spring. We're going straight from 6 months of winter to scorching summer heat, that's my prediction.

Linking up with KatieAprilAndreaNarci and Erika!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

syrup winners

Ladies, check your emails so I can get your syrup in the mail :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

get a ring doorbell for $50 shipped!

This deal is too good not to share, but hurry because I don't know how long it will last! Today I got a Ring doorbell for just over $50 shipped!

1. Download the Ring app using my referral link. This will automatically put $10 in your Ring account.
2. Sign up for the app. The app is 100% free to use. 
3. Go to and sign in using the same login info you used to create your account.
4. Navigate to the Ring doorbell and add it to your cart.
5. Checkout. At checkout, you will see your $10 credit from my referral link. Also enter the promo code DS40OFF

This brings your total to $54 shipped!

hump day

Another day, another bathroom project.

Because we are incapable of having just one project on our plates at a time and seeing it through to completion.

Our master bathroom remodel is starting Monday, and in an effort to save some costs we are trying to do a lot of the prep work ourselves. This means tearing down wallpaper, patching drywall, taking out the vanity and toilet, and removing the floor tiles. Monday night I took down the mirror, shelf, and towel rods then removed all the wallpaper. One good thing about wallpaper in a bathroom is the humidity acted as a lovely little steamer so that wallpaper came down in sheets in about five minutes.

Last night, I decided we should tackle the vanity and floors to see what we were up against. We had never removed a vanity before and we figured it would be somewhat straightforward but wanted to be sure. We had also never removed floor tile so we didn't know how challenging that would be.

It took about 20 minutes, but Jon was able to remove the vanity without much fuss. Next up was the tile.

Naturally, I wore the same clothes to do work as I wore to work. If Jon had to list the top three things about me that drive him crazy, not changing into grimy clothes to do house projects would likely be at the top of his list. The thing is, I can't be bogged down by details like changing my clothes. That is precious time I could be spending on house projects.
I discovered some old wallpaper that must have been up when the house was first built:
The good news is that the tile is actually coming up pretty easily. The bad news is there's quite a bit of water damage to the subfloor around the toilet. I can only imagine what it will be like by the shower because the shower is leaking and that's what triggered this entire remodel. 
Today I am hoping to take out the toilet, mud some of the damaged spots on the walls, and remove more tile. 

Also, please tell me how Elden and Edith--who wake up if I so much as breathe heavily in my room--didn't stir once in spite of my hammering and dropping of tools approximately ten feet from their heads.

Also, don't forget to enter the syrup giveaway! It ends tomorrow at midnight!

Monday, April 16, 2018


I had been sick basically all of last week/over the weekend which means I did not go to the gym once.

Can't say I was disappointed.

I may not have exercised once, but I did finally make progress on the kids' bathroom that we started in October. A project I assumed would take me two weeks, tops.

Tasks completed include: hanging the mirror and shelf, touching up paint on the walls and doors, painting the ceiling, and chiseling out the entry door and door frame to accommodate a new handle. We still have to replace the vanity top (painting it did not go well; we have a new top on order and are just waiting its arrival), replace the outlet/light switch, chisel out the closet door to put in that new knob, and I'd really like to switch out the light fixture. Our master bath remodel starts a week from today so Jon and I will be using this bathroom for a bit which is why I felt so compelled to finally finish this project.

At the beginning of the weekend it was actually really warm (it got into the 80s at one point!) so we spent a lot of time outside during the day. And now it's supposed to snow today. I hate everything.

Yesterday at church, Elden and Edith ran off and I couldn't find them. I passed our sanctuary twice and peeked in but didn't see them. On my third pass I happened to notice a certain little Poppy-esque ponytail that served as a locator beacon:
Today's task at hand: surviving. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

five on friday

{1} Simple Gourmet giveaway! Click here to enter :)

{2} Yesterday was in the mother loving 70s here. It was like being kissed by a unicorn for our winter-worn souls. I'm not exaggerating when I say we went outside after dinner and didn't come back in until it was time for baths. My favorite was when Edith was digging in the garden and got so excited she caught a 'tomato' bug. :) Lest you think I am getting cocky, Ohio is keeping me humble with a chance of snow on Monday.

{3} OMG. I have been wanting a Ring doorbell for ages and they are less than $100 now! I may just pull the trigger!

{4} Our bathroom remodel should start in the next two weeks and I am so excited. My room has been ground zero for the materials and I feel like I am suffocating. I am also entirely over trying to come to agreements on design decisions with Jon--we are both very opinionated and have dramatically different tastes. I keep telling him we could never build a house together because we would end up divorced.

{5} Elden has grown so much over the last year. He's still in preschool and therefore hasn't really worked on reading or writing much--if he asks we help but we haven't wanted to push it because we just want to let him be a kid. The other day he asked me how to spell "dear mom, I hope you feel better." I said that was a lot of words to spell and Jon realized he was holding something in his was a post-it he had written for me, all on his own, where he attempted to spell that out (Dr Mom I hop u f Bedr). Suffice to say, I melted. Then yesterday he played with our neighbor for over an hour--they took turns playing with his teeball toy and digging in the dirt. I'm not sure whether Elden initiated all this playing but the fact that he was engaging with and talking to another kid was HUGE for him! He was super bummed when he realized the neighbor wouldn't be home during the school day tomorrow.

Linking up with KatieAprilAndreaNarci and Erika!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

simple gourmet syrups {giveaway}

Recently a friend raved about some locally made syrup she had bought and I knew I needed to try it.

The Simple Products syrups are locally made in Holmes County, Ohio, using trees on the family's farm. Not only do they sell unique syrups, but they also make jams, glazes, dry rub and vinegar. Michael graciously agreed to send a few bottles of syrup for me to try.

I quickly whipped up a batch of pancakes so we could get to tasting.

First up: sugar cookie syrup.

Let me tell you: I am generally not a sweet breakfast food kind of person. This syrup is making me question everything

Elden had six pancakes and asked for a seventh--we had to cut him off. He told me this was the best pancake syrup he's ever had.

The lavender syrup actually reminds me a lot of the flavor of honey - perfect for vegans (ahem, Jon) who don't eat honey! As expected, salted caramel tasted a lot like a dessert and I fully intend on sweetening my coffee with it in the morning!

And now I get to share it with you! I am giving away three bottles - one per person - to three lucky winners! You must live in the United States to win and you will have a limited amount of time to send me your address before I pick a new winner. Enter below!
Disclaimer: I was provided with three bottles for free to review and three to give away. All opinions in this blog post are honest and my own.