Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Crazy Month Update Coming Soon

Hello all!!

Things have been extremely hectic lately. From Emily's birthday party to Christmas and moving to a different state, things have been very interesting. I have missed blogging and am definitely going to be getting back to it as soon as things start to settle around here (which should be within a week or two). So expect a real post pretty soon showing all our recent adventures. 

Thanks for sticking around!!

-Chantel M.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Emily's 1st Birthday & Christmas Wishlist

Hi eveyone!! It has been way too long. Things around the Medina houshold have been absolutely crazy lately. With Emily's birthday, Christmas ,and moving, it's been hard to come up for a breath. Since Emily's birthday and Christmas is coming up pretty soon, I thought I might share Emily's wishlist!! Of course she didn't write it herself, but these are things that she has enjoyed at other people's homes that she loved and/or seen in stores and would love to use.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dining Room Table Makeover

Check it out!! After many mistakes, and many blisters, it's finally done!! (Minus the table leafs). I love how it turned out so much.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My New DIY Cakestand Obsession

The other day I was in a Pinterest frenzie. Amazing ideas kept pouring out of my computer screen and begged for me to do them!! One especially caught my eye, which my Pinterest followers may have noticed, because it led to a lot of cake stand, and diy cake stand pins!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cozy Coupe (Little Tikes) Makeover

Check it out!! I finally finished Emily's Little Tikes Cozy Coupe makeover. She absolutely loves this little guy. Her favorite thing isn't to ride in it, but to push it!! She crashes it into walls, gets it stuck, and then yells at me until I get it unstuck for her.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Getting Behind

10 days!! That's how long it's been since I put up a post. I'm actually suprized  because it feels like it's been much longer (more like three weeks). This post is once again a first step into trying to regularly get back into it!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Realistic Dream Home

Someday day, Jaime and I will get our dream home. It probably won't be quite a dream home right when we purchase it: I'm imagining a little bit of work going into it, but eventually that's what it'll become. I thought it would be fun to put a post up of some of the work I would do to and what I would look for in my dream home.

Hopefully we'll be able to find a cozy little craftsman home or a cottage; something with a little character.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Big 23!

I'm 23!! It's pretty strange, but I'm excited for this age. Actually, it's weird of me to say, but I am really excited to be eventually going into my late 20s and early 30s. Hopefully it doesn't go too fast though! I'm really trying to enjoy what I have while I have it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Future Wardrobe 2014

Goodness gracious!! I haven't posted in around a week!! Two and a half of those days I was out of town, but what in the hay was I doing otherwise? Not a clue. 

Anyways, I am so excited for my birthday. So. Excited. Check out my Pinterest Wishlist! For my birthday, Jaime is going to get me some type of clothing that I pick out, which I am very excited about because my clothing is getting old. My shirts are all stretched out, stained, dingy, and some even have holes. 

Unfortunately it's hard for anyone else to get me clothes. You know how family always wants to get you clothes? The thing about me though is that when I was a teenager I didn't get to go through the whole experimenting with clothes phase. That phase unfortunately started a lot later. The good thing though is that I've "settled down" and have found the style that I like. The bad thing is that when people buy me clothes they don't know what my style is since I don't own what I like yet. So I figured here you go. Here is my style!

All picture sources are found that this link.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fitness Week: Day 9

Last night I completely forgot to workout and was pretty bummed about it. Especially because I took a nap and woke up feeling super weak. I didn't think it would affect me to not work out, but it seriously has. To make up for it, not only am I working out tonight, but earlier I went for a jog and felt a little better. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pinterest Series Vol. 8

Home: Faux Aged Wood Table  .  Beauty: Lace Wedding Dress  .  Food: Crockpot BBQ Ribs  .  Kids: Toddler Birthday Ideas .  Random: Arm Workout

Number 8 in the series?! Dang! Already?!

1) Home: I love this "make new wood look old" tutorial!!

2) Beauty: This to die for lace wedding dress is absolutely fantastic. Can I remarry my husband just for this dress? No? Dang.

3) Food: A crock pot ribs recipe? Are you kidding me?! I have to try this. Seriously.

4) Kids: Such cute toddler birthday party ideas. Can't wait for Emily's birthday!!

5) Random: With my fitness week continuing, this post definitely caught my eye!

-Chantel M.

Thanks so much for reading my blog post!! You guys are so great for stopping by. <3 p="">

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fitness Week: Day 7

This fitness week has been fantastic. About halfway through was the hardest, but I still worked out which was great. I did not work out on the sixth day, but on that day I did stretch and didn't feel bad about skipping. Our bodies need a break to heal anyways.

Even though I only made a goal for the week, I'm going to keep going. One more week. And heck, if I still feel good at that point, then I'll keep on going. It might be tough after another week though because my brother will be leaving me to head to the military. What will I do without my workout buddy?!

The nutrition has been going alright. It started out great, but then I started to slack off a lot. Lately I've been having hardcore slurpy cravings that I've been satisfying, so that's a thing. Honestly the nutrition thing wasn't my biggest goal to keep. I really wanted to just eat more vegetables, which I have been doing. Also, I have loved making smoothies with kale or spinach in them to get even more veggies without having to taste them!

I'll keep you posted on how it goes and hopefully I'll improve again on my nutrition!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Chantel M.

Emily's Play Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Look at that, I'm finally getting around to showing you the whole makeover!! Sorry it took so long, I have been feeling extra lazy lately. Not quite lazy enough to forgo my slurpy runs, but too lazy to take out my memory card reader and edit my pictures.

Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY Bug and Emily Update

After I finished Emily's play kitchen I've been waiting for the right time to give her coupe a makeover. And it's finally happened!! I have the diy bug! Oh, and I am now officially a smurf. Here's the proof:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Birthday Wishlist 2014

Hi everyone!! My birthday is in 14 days!! I love my birthday. It's my second favorite holiday (Christmas is number one). So I decided I'd post my birthday wishlist top five. 

Obviously I'm not going to get a LG G3 phone, but a girl can dream!! Maybe my fairy godmother will FINALLY appear. It's taken her long enough!

Hope you're having an awesome day!!

-Chantel M.

What's your favorite holiday?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fitness Week - Day 4 Update

Things have been going pretty well so far. I am proud to say that I haven't missed a day of exercising yet. I've been doing about 15 minutes of exercise each day that targets areas that I want to work on. The first day was abs, the next was arms and then abs again. Today I'm planning on working out my core.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fitness Week

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't posted in a while. I always feel like I can't post something unless I have a picture to go with it, but screw it, it's just been too long since my last post!

Guess what I'm doing this week...eating healthy and exercising! This. Is. Huge for me. Since my brother is staying with me and is very fit, but has no clue how to eat healthy (he was only eating like 1500 calories a wonder why he can't gain muscle weight!), we decided to do a week of exercising and eating healthy.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Things I'll Learn Before I'm 30

There are certain things that I think everyone should be able to do. Unfortunately, I can't do a lot of them!! So I made myself a list: 30 things I'm going to learn to do before I turn 30. I have about 7 years, so hopefully I'll get most, if not all of it finished!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Bucket List Top Ten

Whenever I mention bucket lists, people always mention how depressing it is to think about them. But I completely disagree! I always think of them as a positive thing. I mean come on, everyone has a life in which they hope to acomplish some amazing things. So why not write them down (so you don't forget them), and actually do them?!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Family Room Picture Collage

I'm finally finishing making my apartment feel like home!! And it really does feel that way. Just recently, I hung a picture collage of random frames that have been lying around and put them over my couch.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Yard Sale Project

Oh my goodness people!!

So I get home from visiting a friend's house and right across the little street where I live there's a little yard sale. And guess what I DIY projects for Emily!! Well, for me to do, and Emily to enjoy. Five bucks each. Yep. Best. $10. Spent. Ever. If you cant tell, I'm super excited.

They are absolutely perfect! Well, perfect for an diy project. They aren't even close to perfect yet!
Ill keep you posted on the projects and the ideas I have for them.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Getting Back to It

Here I am in the throws of laziness, trying to get myself to make a blog post and I'm finding it to be near impossible! So I figure, why not just put up something random to start! 

Not too much has been happening lately, but a couple of things are coming up. Jaime is going to start school next week, the fair is starting, my best friend is moving away, and Emily has a doctor appointment in a few days!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Free Monthly Budgeting Printable

I've been budgeting lately and wanted a personalized budget form with all the little details that I was looking for. It was based off a similar budgeting sheet (here) that didn't quite have everything I needed.This little guy was revised around three times because I kept forgetting expenses! So here it is.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Collecting: Magnets

Ever since I was little, I had a thing for collecting. I remember collecting rocks, foreign money, old pennies, and many more things. Nowadays I'm not collecting as much as I did when I was little (I used to be a pack rat), but I still do enjoy it. So I figured I would show you some of my collections!! As you probably knew from the title, I'm going to start by showing you my magnet collection!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In Need of a Change [progress #1]

This blog is an update to my blog post "In Need of a Change" post which is linked HERE.

Even though I was mentally ready to make the big changes that I posted about, I wasn't quite ready to really put in the effort. A few days ago, I was finally ready. After reading THIS POST, I became inspired and immediately got off my behind and got to work.

So far in my journey, I have set a bedtime and wake-up time for myself, began getting ready for the next day at night, and started stretching in the morning. Also, I have slowly began wearing color. So far, all of it has felt really great. The house, (after a long time of chaos), is being cleaned, and organized, and feels more like home than ever.

All of these things have been great, but there is just so much more that I want to be doing everyday. Each night I write a sometimes insane to-do list that couldn't possibly be finished completely the next day except by those super moms that have been dunked in toxic material and have emerged with legit super powers.

However, I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. I am going to continue doing what I am doing and later on evaluate if I can take on more things. I know that one day I'll be able to reach my daily goals like those super-human super moms. It'll just take longer for me to get there.....probably a lot longer. And you know what? That's ok with me.

-Chantel M.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Katie's Third Birthday "Princess Tea Party"

Dang do I love birthday parties! Just the other day was my friend's daughter's party. The theme was "Princess Tea Party".

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Getting Scrapbooks in the Mail

Oh my goodness!! Don't you love getting mail? I sure do. (And no, I do not consider bills to be mail). I also love getting packages. They're like getting mail, only a million times better.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Scrapbooking from 2013

I am in no way good at paper scrapbooking. Simply terrible in fact. My paper scrapbooking could be compared to an eight year old's work and be worst. Luckily, I was introduced to a scrapbooking site called Heritage Makers a year or two after I was married, and I fell in love.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LA Trip [Part 2]

Hello again my fellow blogsters. Here's part 2 to my mini LA trip. The Aquarium of the Pacific!

Monday, August 18, 2014

LA Trip [Part 1]

Hi everyone!!

We just got back from yet another mini LA trip! As you might have noticed, taking little trips is kind of a trend for us. We love traveling! And not just regular trips, but mini getaways and day trips too.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Emily's Nursery

We've lived in our new little 2 bedroom apartment for a few months now, but were unsure when to move Ems to her own room. We were a little afraid to be honest. It was always a comfort being able to look over and seeing her sleeping. But then everything changed. Ems became big enough to stand up. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Beach Trip with Em's Cousin!!

Since I've been posting some mini vacations from this summer, I thought I'd post a little LA trip we made (even though it was a few weeks ago). We stopped by the beach to hang out with Em's cousin!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Fourth Wedding Anniversary

I can't believe it's been FOUR years since we tied the knot! Four years, a college degree each, and a baby. Time really does fly by. Just thought I'd share some of what we did today!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Vacation Story...that turned into something not so great...

I've been out of town for quite a while so I figured I'd share what we've been up to!! My family moved to Utah, so we helped them pack, drive up, and unpack a little. It felt much longer than we expected, but was quite nice. The packing and the drive up was probably the hardest part. For me with the baby and my sister, the drive was 16 hours (when it could have been 10), but for my husband who went with the boys and the moving van, it took 18 or 20 hours!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

DIY Moving Away Gift

A few weeks ago a really good friend of mine (my daughter's international godmother) moved away. I wanted to do something special for her, but wasn't sure what. Simply giving a gift wasn't an option, so I started searching Pinterest boards for ideas. This idea was a combination of a few people's DIY gifts and became this little beauty.

Friday, July 25, 2014

I'm Back

Vacation. I'm sure most everyone has heard "I need a vacation after that vacation!!". Always thinking that was silly has sure been proven wrong! Apparently trips with kids are much different than without. And forget the vacations, getting back in the swing of things after getting back is so tough for me. Anyways, the "week break" turned into a month break and is no bueno. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

In Need of a Change

At first I wasn't sure if I wanted put up this post. After thinking about it for a few days, I figured this blog was for me anyways. Somewhat of a journal if you will. And plus, when I post things, I feel obligated to keep to them since someone has got to read this, right? Anyways, here it is:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Styling Long Baby Hair

Once the hair starts growing, the fun begins!! Well, it begins before that, but for the sake of this post I'll just stick with that statement. For the littles, it's good to try different ways to style it to not only look adorable, but also to keep it out of their cute little eyes. Here are a few different ways to style a cute 'do.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Saving Some Money

Everyone loves baby clothes. Maybe it's because they're so little. Or maybe it's because cuteness looks even cuter on a little cutie!! Whatever the reason, it really is hard not to buy all those expensive little clothes when your little one will only wear them for a short time before he/she moves on to the next size.

However, do not dismay!! There are other ways to buy baby clothes than at those expensive stores at the mall. Here I'll share a few of them with you now.

1) Yard Sales

It's best to search on Saturday mornings. I like going around 9 am, but as long as you go toward the morning  time you'll still get lucky at yard sales!!

2)Consignment Stores

Salvation Army, Goodwill, ect...all have a luck factor. there's nothing wrong with looking though.

3) Hand-me-downs. 

Of course not everyone has older kids, so ask friends, people at church, and other family members with kids if they have any extra hand-me-downs. You might be suprized how many clothes someone will bring you if you let them know that you'll use them. 

4) Ross or Marshall's 

A little more expensive than the other choices, but still cheaper than stores at the mall.

Now, all of these options are a matter of luck. So don't be discouraged if you try a few different places in one day and don't find a single thing. Go back in a week or two when there are new clothes available and you might luck out with a bunch of things!! Good luck!!

-Chantel M.

What are your favorite places to get cheaper baby clothes?

Monday, June 9, 2014

And on the 6th day....

It always amazes me what us mothers are so relieved to see. The new experiences. The good, the not so good, the: I better look that up online to see if I should be worried. You see, I started feeding little Ems solids a few weeks ago. So far it has been going great. She's a natural, loving every second of "real" food, and being a great chewer with those two little teeth.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Getting back to Painting

I used to paint a little, but it got put a way for quite a while. While shopping with the family, a painting inspired me to follow along.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Baby's First Toys

Right before my little Ems came I was so excited to get her her first Christmas present. However, her first Christmas was about 2 weeks after she was born, so naturally I had no clue what to get her!
Now that she has been playing with toys, I know which ones she actually liked to play with!
Here are my favorite, and top used toys for baby's first 6 months.

1) Contrast Book