Big Woody

Monday, July 28, 2014

I think the title is a little inappropriate. But hey, that's me :-) Everyone should go to the Restoration Outlet store in Wrentham, MA. This place is our Mecca. We pretty much bought all of our furniture from that place. The prices are incredible, literally 50%-80% off because of simple scratches, dents, etc in the furniture. They also increase the amount off the original price depending on how many days it has been in the Outlet. And sometimes there are additional sales ON TOP of the discounted price. It's crazy town over there. People don't realize how easily furniture at the outlet can be fixed! So we went there to score rugs, our kitchen and dining room chairs and our dining room table.

Anyways, we have always had the idea of turning our foyer into a library-esque setting. Think bookshelves, sitting area, etc. So Jon has always kept his eye on this GIANT library media system in "Brown Oak Drifted", that he loved whenever he went there. It was his third time seeing it and he was shocked it hadn't sold yet. So he looked at the price and gave me a call to tell me about it.
He texted me pictures and I fell in love. It was exactly what we were looking for (originally we thought we would build it), so I measured with tape (like I discussed here) to outline if the piece would fit. It was a tight fit, with about four inches on either side, so we crossed or fingers and hoped it worked out. There was no way we were letting this piece go!

The measurements were 143"W, 19"D and 95"H.
Two gentleman came to deliver it and we found out that this piece is heavier than you think it would be. For a minute I didn't think it was possible to get it upstairs. Thankfully, the piece came in pieces and they assembled it when it was all upstairs.

It was PERFECT. And matches Luna, our mirror (from Jordan's Furniture warehouse, also at a discount, scored for almost free using a gift card)!

 Where the bannister is below, we will eventually add a nice chair, small side table and wall lamp.
Something like this:

Here's a breakdown:
Original Price: $4,300
Outlet Price: $700 (due to additional 40% off, dents, scratches & had been at the outlet for a long time)
Delivery/S&H: $100
Our Total: $800 a whopping $3,500 off.

I'm going to do a full post on how we save so much (and rarely ever buy full price) since I get a lot of emails about it.

My love affair with Downton

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I am 100% a TV snob. Except for when the RHONJ are on. Well, not this season. #bringbackcarolineandjacqueline

But moving on now...I really fall in love with shows that have an amazing cast, script and soundtrack.  Especially period pieces. I have already told you how I love Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. But Downton Abbey really takes the cake for me.
The show struck my fancy a few years back, but after one episode, I was too busy with work/a baby to really sit down and enjoy it. This past winter, during Snowmageddon, I realized that I couldn't venture outside while the Polar Vortex was off being a mean muggin' fool, so I parked my butt on the couch and started watching it on Amazon Prime (using AppleTV, it projects the Prime to our TV. I don't know how it all works. Ask Bill Gates) when Jack went to bed at night.

I WAS HOOKED (as I mentioned here). The music. The acting. BRANSON. OH SWEET BRANSON. Like an even hotter version of Niall Horan (and older...BOO YA NOT ROBBING THE CRADLE GOD I AM SO CREEPY FORGIVE ME FATHER FOR I HAVE SINNED) Irish men for the win!
I watched all of the seasons in 2 weeks. Every night that I could, I sat down and watched 2-3 episodes into the wee hours of the morn. I was fine with it because...well, coffee exists for this reason. Even with no sleep, I couldn't stop watching.
Some of my favorites
The music is something that really stuck with me and made the series. No TV will be successful without the perfect music in my opinion. I told Jon that if we had a big wedding and had watched the show before hand, (still don't regret how we had our wedding) that I would walk down the aisle to "Such Good Luck" (1:35 and on) off of the soundtrack. Absolutely breathtaking. I love that song.
The characters story lines are truly remarkable. Such romance and grace within each and every character. The love between Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley was mesmerizing. Even after all of the heartbreak (on Mary's part, but we are all dumb when it comes to love), they finally get together on the Christmas special and I totally seal clapped and bawled my eyes out with such joy as if they were my own friends.
Don't even get me started on Anna and Mr. Bates. A love so beautiful, so pure, not even that wench Vera could break it. He is such a gentleman that I fell in love with him by the end of season one. My heart belongs to you, Mr. Bates.
I could go on forever with what I love about the family and staff on that show. I cried along with them (RIP Lady Sybil and Matthew I LOVE YOU FOREVER), smiled with them and even laughed as if I was right next to them. I realize the show is NOT real (I GET IT JON) but I get so emotionally invested in great series. The actors are incredible and pull it off so well. This is definitely one show I wish would never ever end.

Have you seen Downton Abbey yet? The next season premieres in January and I already have the date on my calendar. Also, I have seen this awesome Downton Abbey cookbook in Barnes and Noble that I totally want. But now I'm off to take my medication of crazy pills. Holla.

My five must haves

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This is a post inspired by Man Crates
When Man Crates asked me to create a list of my 5 Must Haves, I was totally on board. Every woman knows what she needs to function on a day-to-day basis, so it was easy for me to come up with my list.
1. Chapstick. Without chapstick, picture me doing this every two minutes
I always have one in my car, my pocket, my purse, my nightstand and gallbladder. Just seeing if you're still paying attention. I need it to be happy. Dry lips make me miserable, so this is absolutely #1 on my must have list. 

2. Me Time. I love Jon and Jack. But Lord do I need me time. I am a total introvert and I love to be by myself. I count Wednesdays as my Holy day because my Mother-in-Law watches Jack the entire day for us. This is the day that I get work done or sit on the couch and do nothing. I just relax and recharge and do things I can't do with a toddler.
3. Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. This may seem strange to you, but I don't go a day without listening to these two hams. I swear I was born in the wrong decade. Driving in the car, on a walk, cleaning or even hanging out with Jack, I'm listening to one of them. Jack even asks to listen to "Frant Simata or Dean Mardin" from time-to-time. Ahhh, start em' young.
4. My Camera. This may be obvious to everyone who knows me... I can't live without my camera. I have been known to pull over on the side of a road just to snap a picture of a field, animal, sunset, etc. Sometimes we do random and spontaneous trips and I like to have more than my iPhone available to snap a picture if necessary.
5. Coffee. Or as I call sanity juice. I need a good cup of coffee in the morning to give me a jolt of energy. Don't try and talk to me before I have it either.

So what is your must have list? Any items that we share? 
By the way, you need to check out Man Crates. They are a new company 
that ships awesome gifts for men in custom wooden crates! They help eliminate the hassle of buying gifts for that guy in your life! Which I am so on board with. I have only bought one gift for Jon...ever. And he returned it. Oops :-) 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When I spy the last slice of pizza 
 When Jon tries to turn on the World Series of Poker
 When Jon tries to hide that he just farted but I smell the toxins already
 When I try to take any pill of any kind
 When Jon makes dinner and comes in with a salad
How Jon shuts the door on me when I'm annoying him
Trying to take skinny jeans off after I go out to eat
Trying to quickly clean when company comes over

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Thoughts on Blogging

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

When I first started reading blogs, it was 2009. That is like... one thousand years ago in internet years. Even though I wasn't blogging back then, I still tuned in to my favorite blogs once or twice a week to catch up on what they renovated, decorated, family events, fashion posts, etc. How many times can I say...err...type blog in this post? BLOG BLOG LOBJKNFDKJ

Anyways, the past few months, I have been completely turned off by blogging/pinterest/instagram/social media in general. I felt forced to post. Why, you ask?

The bloggers that I used to love, are now ALL about sponsored content...which I (sometimes) get, because it does take time and effort and money to run a blog. BUT they seriously, seriously lack in the quality and content they once had. They post 5-6 days a week and maybe 2 posts are worth reading. Blogger Ego is way out of control and pinning their images left and right, twice a day, is intolerable. Instagram is now filled with links to make money or overly posed pictures of their breakfast with glittery pencils and a friggin paint brush in the picture just to make it look artsy. Unless you use a paintbrush for a spoon, why the heck is it posed for the picture? It doesn't say cheese, lady.

When I started my blog, I did it for fun and to maybe make some friends along the way, while I gab, feed you terrible jokes and post about our life and home.

That was how it was back in the day. More of a community/journal feel and less of a competition to make money and have perfect pictures, outfits, homes, kids, etc.

I have never, and will never, be the kind of blogger that takes sponsors unless it makes sense for my blog. I make a small amount from ads and some sponsors, but that is it. And it is a small amount. Sure, if I did a post of useless content everyday, filled with affiliate links to get page views, I am sure I could make more. But that is not why I started this journey.

I am glad that my all time favorite blogs; Young House Love, Quality Rivets and Bower Power haven't changed (they do have sponsors but it makes 100% sense for their blogs), but unfortunately, every other blog I read, has totally gone into the (excuse my language) shitty blog vortex. With no signs of them coming out. Some blogs don't know how to grow without losing their original content that first got them in the game.

I am in no way jealous. I am more disappointed that a community I once loved, is gone. A community that I used to be able to go to and vent, ask questions and feel a sense of belonging (for a total introvert) is no longer here. It makes me sad.

Maybe one day, blogging will be back to more of a community feeling than competition. I sure hope so. I have started to get a desire to blog again, which I am happy about. I love to write and pour my strange humor to complete strangers. I love to document Holidays, parties, life events and so much more. I have met friends that have turned into lifelong friends and I am so thankful for that. So I'm not done with blogging (which I thought I was for a few weeks). I still have that desire to click publish. I just hope I never let it get the best of me, like so many others have.

If you think I'm a total diva loser for this post, I get it. I am whining over an online community of people I don't know. But for me, it is like when your older sibling gets too cool to care about you anymore. They only care about themselves.

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