Kitchen menu nook

A few months ago I found myself staring at this one area of our kitchen. It was blank and looked lonely.

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After scouring google images and Pinterest (my usual go to for getting ideas) I had a vision to make it an area for a weekly menu board. So I gathered all the pieces I needed to get it started.

– 23  x 4 in white crown molding shelf from Home Depot
– bistro sign from home goods
– 22 x 28 in canvas which I had repurposed and painted with chalkboard paint

I had my cute helper, who was also sick that day, help with the positioning.

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And here’s how it turned out. When I’m on top of my game, I use it to write our dinners out for the week. When I don’t use it, my world falls apart. Well not exactly. But it certainly has helped to make our meals more efficient and nutritious.

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These past couple weeks our meal planning has taken a backseat to other top secret projects (which I’ll reveal after July 13). That means two things. 1) We’re eating out way too often and 2) Dan gets to go grocery shopping (hello cupcakes and cinnamon bread).

To make the menu board a little more appealing, I’ve decided to add an area to hang a cute little towel to make it easier to erase. So tonight I crocheted this little guy.

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And tomorrow I’ll be back to show the finished area PLUS how I use this awesome binder to get my meal planning and grocery shopping started.

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Nothing but fun and exciting times in the Silberez household!

This post is linked to:

A Bowl Full of Lemons

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It’s project time

Or at least it’s project catch up time. There are a lot of things we’re working on now but I kind of want to catch the blog up on some of the things we have done so far. So why not start out with the biggest project we’ve tackled which is the backyard.

Here is what our backyard looked like for the first 5 months after we moved in.

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 Around March I started feeling pressure to do something back there. I know, a whopping 3 months after move in. But I just couldn’t stand it. It was so bare and depressing. So I thought “This is silly. It’s time to get serious and come up with a serious plan.” And that is when this very serious and professional plan came about.

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Yes it was drawn by myself, with a number 2 pencil and crayons. And yes, everyone who helped with the backyard got a good laugh. BUT if you compare those plans to what the backyard looks like now, it’s almost the same.

So the first thing we did was interview contractors for the patio. We knew we wanted stamped and colored concrete. We ended up interviewing about 6 different contractors and once we found the guy we liked, he got straight to work. Look at the form. Doesn’t it look just like the drawing?

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One of the toughest decisions was deciding on the color and all we got to help us was two, one foot by one foot samples.

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We ended up going with terra cotta and cappuccino and this is what it turned out like.

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We were happy and relieved that it came out just as we hoped. We also had the contractor install a drip and sprinkler system and grass.

After we waited the 3 days needed for the patio to cure, we got to work on landscaping. And here is how the yard looks now.

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I by no means have a green thumb. Far from it actually. The little that I do know has come from the 2 month research I did to create that beautiful plan which included going to nurseries, talking to my mom and actually listening to what she had to say about gardening and of course checking out the very wise internet world. I’ve still got a lot to learn but so far it’s been a great experience.

Since this is around our backyard anniversary time, I’d like to end this post with the top five things I’ve learned after having a backyard for a year…
1) Hostas grow back after winter! I thought they just died.
2) Never leave an umbrella open all night. Ouch. We learned that one the hard way.
3) Don’t leave a possibly large growing plant in a pot with a hole at the bottom. This taught me firsthand what root bound means.
4) Landscape fabric has a purpose in this world and should be used in strategic places like the rock garden near the fountain.     Pulling weeds from that area sucks.
5) You can never have too many electrical outlets in an outdoor space.

Coming along!

I’ve wanted to start this blog for a long time now. Since 2011 our world has changed a lot. We went into contract on a house in July that we watched be built from the ground up AND we got married in September of that same year.

It was a whirlwind of an experience. The wedding planning and house process crossed paths at many times. At one point we were designing and printing invitations for the wedding while also picking out tile and granite for the house. Although a little stressful at times, it was so much fun!

We got married on September 24, 2011 at the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda. It was truly a beautiful and magical day. I feel so lucky to have married my best friend and to have such loving and supportive friends and family who helped every step of the way. Here are some pictures from that day, although I hope to be adding more.

We moved into our brand new house on December 24, 2011. Yes, Christmas Eve. Luckily our parents and brothers were there to help, and didn’t mind.

Ever since moving in, our lives have been consumed by the house. It’s been one project after another while also just learning a lot about home ownership in general. One thing for sure is I LOVE it! I love love love love love it! I love organizing spaces to make them more functional. I love designing. I love attempting to paint. I love crafting. I love tools! I want every tool possible even if I don’t know how to use it (which is most of them). I love cleaning! No wait that’s not true. I love creating cleaning schedules and (mostly) following them. And I sometimes love cooking and baking.

So that’s what this blog will pretty much be about. All of those loves. And maybe, just maybe we’ll include Dan’s main love…JORDAN’S. Yes. This will possibly be a blog about home design and Jordan’s.

Welcome to our blog!

Dan this first post is for you…since nobody else will view it! I finally started our blog and I’m so excited to start airing our dirty laundry. Oh yeah. It’s going to get good. 

But it’s not going to get good tonight because I have a test tomorrow that I have to study for. 

Peace.