HappySnaps 5

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Wow! HappySnaps 5?!? That means we have been doing this for five whole weeks! Time has been going by too fast. Luckily, we are able to capture these little moments in the crazy blur.

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Look at this light Tyler unearthed from the bushes in our front yard. It was completely hidden in the ivy. It is so cool!

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The first flowers we purchased to fill our home. I never used to go for sunflowers, but in the past year or so I have been in love with their bright yellow petals!

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We have been working like crazy in the yard. Any downtime we have is spent ripping things out and cutting things back. We’re trying to get ready for planting grass. That will be really interesting!

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This is a fun little shot from our friend’s wedding we were in last weekend. It was taken by Hannah of Elate Photo… You should check her out. She is really talented!

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These girls… they bring us so much happiness.

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We have a pretty decent collection of old photographs. Some from Tyler’s family, some from swap meets. They are all really cool. I never can decide how to showcase them. When I saw some posts on pinterest about blowing up photos for under $10 I had to try it! These two photos are 3 feet by 2 feet! That’s huge! It was only 15 dollars for both. They are so fun! We used fabric covered tacks to hang them too, so there are little pops of color in each corner. Both of these photos are from Tyler’s family.

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And finally, the cutest photo of my happy little nephew. I am so in love with him! Look at that smile!

What made your week happy??

4th of July diy

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It’s almost the Fourth of July! Wow! Where did June go?? Anyway, Tyler and I both agreed that one of the first parties we wanted to host at the new house would be on the 4th. Something small, but fun (sparklers!!). I used to dream of hosting parties at our house, and now it’s actually a reality! This is one of my favorite holidays too. I decided to make some simple little food decorations and drink stir sticks.

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What you need: red, white, and blue construction paper, precise scissors, skewers, glue stick, ribbon.

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I started by drawing out one star. Then after checking to see if the size was what I wanted, I (sort of) used it as a template for the other ones. They all still came out pretty different, but that’s what makes them cute and unique! I cut my skewers in half(ish) so they wouldn’t be too long. The stars with the sharp ends will go into the food, and the stars with the flat ends will be for the drinks.

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Then I glued the sticks to the back of the star. See? Easy! I doubled up a few of the stars to make more of a starburst shape. Those ended up being my favorite!

I actually didn’t like the ribbon stick as much as the stars. It reminded me of those fancy toothpicks they put in your sandwich. And after all of the trouble the ribbon was giving me, I stopped after one.

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I will definitely make a ton more for the party. So cute! I can’t wait to decorate with these!

What are your plans for the 4th?

vintage Cosco bar cart & the grappler

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Look at this thing. I found it for $10 dollars on CraigsList. I’ve known I really wanted a bar cart for entertaining for a long time now. When I saw this I knew it was perfect. So much potential in this neglected little cart. Plus, we went on a really fun adventure to get it.

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It really needed some work. Whoever owned it completely abused it. I think it’s funny how many times we find something amazing that the owner completely gave up on just because it needed a little work. And then it turned into a rusted rotten mess (aka a fun challenge for us).

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The lining was really cute and unique, but in horrible shape. It peeled off so easy! And taking the cart apart was a cinch too.

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Once everything was taken apart, I sanded and sanded and sanded. Most of the rust came off. The really stubborn stuff just got some extra love with the primer.

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We used a white primer because we decided to repaint it yellow, and that would be easier to cover. Gray would be more ideal for a darker paint color.

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Ta-da! Awesome, right? We love it! It came out so pretty.. and it was minimal work. You could even do this without taking the whole thing apart, just tape off the metal sides (unless yours is in horrible shape like ours was, then take it apart. It’s worth it). I took it apart to give it some extra love, and we bought new screws for it which will lengthen its life and improve its sturdiness.

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I used steel wool to brighten up and remove rust from the metal handles. WOW what a huge difference it made! It’s my new favorite tool for restorations.

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I figured if I’m sharing a post about our new bar cart, might as well make one of my new favorite drinks right? Tyler named this the Grappler. This drink was one of those accidental drinks that came from an (almost) empty fridge. It’s another easy, but flavorful drink. Just two ingredients.

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the Grappler, makes one

1.5 oz Stoli apple vodka

3 oz grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed, or not)

grapefruit wedge (for garnish)

Pour vodka & grapefruit juice over ice. Stir, garnish, and drink.

This drink is pretty sweet, and the apple vodka takes all bitterness out of the grapefruit juice, which results in a really refreshing (alcoholic) drink. I was surprised by how delicious this combination was. It sounds…. weird. But it isn’t. It’s delicious.

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This drink is definitely a “base” drink for something more creative. I just don’t know what yet. It will be fun to experiment. Plus, after decorating our new cart, I realized how measly our drink collection is. I guess we will need to bulk it up soon!

If you’re not much of a drinker or a party hoster, this cart is still a fun easy project that has so much potential. It could be used in the kitchen for extra storage. It could be a cute coffee bar with mugs and an espresso machine. If you have room, it could go in the bathroom to hold pretty toiletries. It could go in the dining room to hold extra dishes or serve-ware.

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Where will you put your cart?

grandma’s table

workhardstayhappy.comToday I finally finished a project at the new house! It’s really nice working on things in our own backyard. We are both so grateful for my mom’s generosity with her backyard and house during the last three years, but it is such a nice feeling working on something at your own home. I started this project at my mom’s, and finished it here.

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workhardstayhappy.comworkhardstayhappy.comWe had some trouble deciding what to do with the seats. They have a metal frame, and the seat is actually made from this weird rope-ish material. It’s really awesome, but was really rotten in some spots and hard to paint. We decided to leave the centers as is for now, and maybe once they all rot through we will replace it with wood slats or something fun. We decided to keep all of the seat white, hopefully to not draw attention to the condition of the rope.

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HappySnaps 4

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Welcome back to HappySnaps! This week has been insanely busy! We are (still) getting settled in our house, prepping to be in our friend’s wedding, and next weekend is my sister’s birthday. Maybe after that we will get some sleep….. In the mean time, here are some HappySnaps for you : )

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Such a sweet housewarming gift from our friend (and Bride-to-Be) Gabi. Everything was so thoughtful and perfect! We are still blown away by how much love people have been showing us throughout the new move.

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Some snapshots from baking for the bachelorette party last weekend. Notice that kitty paw in the pie dough? Yeah, that was Robin “helping” me.

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Obsessed with this gorgeous tile in the bathroom at Buca di Beppo!

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Two of our cutie nephews. So in love with them both!

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Tuesday night we went to Ikea for some miscellaneous items. We had some fun while we were there ; ).

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We sold Tyler’s truck Saturday morning. It was a really hard decision for us to make. We both loved the truck so much, but it was such a small car that it just killed Tyler’s back and knees when he had to go long distances for work. So right now, we are carpooling! Last year we carpooled almost all year and it makes our mornings so much better! That extra time together is really nice. We are definitely enjoying it.

That’s it for this week’s HappySnaps. Tomorrow we are in our friend’s wedding (!!) so expect to see lots of happy from that! (And I promise to post a normal post next week, i.e. not one solely about our new house)

party time

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A couple of our good friends are getting married next Friday (!!), so this weekend was their bachelor/bachelorette parties. We got to host part of it at our house! It was a fun, small, party. Perfect for our first one at the new house.

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We knew we wanted to hang up lights whenever we moved into a real house, so it was really exciting seeing them go up. These lights were used at our wedding, so they are extra special. Besides the lights, the only really “party prep” was unpacking the house. We unpacked it all and even had time to decorate a bit.

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In the morning, we threw Gabi a surprise picnic. It was very fun and mellow. We just hung out, ate a lot of breakfast, and talked. The guys were out on an all day hike to Devil’s Punch Bowl.

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I made mini blueberry cream cheese hand pies. They were really delicious and so easy!

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The bachelor party ended way earlier than ours, so we had all the guys come join our dessert party. We were all really glad because even though girl time is fun, we missed our guys!!

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Everyone had a lot of fun celebrating the bride and groom, just talking and hanging out. Our first “party” was definitely a success and I can’t wait to have people over for a real, big, party this summer, with lots of BBQs in-between!

HappySnaps 3

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It’s Friday! This week has been exhausting, but SO worth every late night and early morning. Honestly, it was hard for me to narrow down my HappySnaps choices this week. So many great things are going on!

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We found this on our car one morning before we moved. What a sweet little sentiment! Things like this mean so much to us. One thing we are going to miss so much about our old condo is the community there. We knew almost every person on our street, and every trip to the parking lot was a social event.

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Some party prep work… I love parties!

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Lunch at home! Always so much better than lunch at the office right?

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Our sweet little nephew Abel came over last night for a quick visit. We love him so much! This little guy always brightens our days!

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The house has really started coming along nicely. We set up the front yard with some lights! They turned out so beautiful.  Also, those chairs are a little sneak peek at an upcoming project post over here!

What made your week happy?