Thursday Purse Day

Being that it’s Thanksgiving and all, I knew if I googled “turkey purse” something would come up!

Don’t you just want to tote that around all day? 🙂
Best wishes to my family and friends for a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I’m so greatful to have each of you in my life. Cheers!!! –DP

Sweet Tip of the week: Liquid soap extender

How many times have you unintentionally squeezed WAY too much soap out and spent more time (and water) rinsing off the excess?  “Money down the drain” you say? I’m guessing this is what the soap industry is hoping you don’t realize every time you squeeze/ pump too much soap from their bottles.

A quick fix to this problem: add water. I usually add 1 part water to 3 parts soap depending on the “thickness” of the soap. (I use a refillable bottle that I just add new soap to). For the pump variety you can also add a plastic cap from a juice container around the “neck” of the pump. For details click here. -AY

Thursday Purse Day

I’ve kinda got a thing for clutches lately. This one is extra special, it’s reversible 🙂 Love, love, love.  –DP

Kitchen Reno: weeks 4-5

Howdy folks! Sorry I’ve been slacking a bit on the posts…I’ve been a little under the weather the last few days (I’ll just blame it on Ikea- guessing I caught a bug during one our MANY trips to #$@% Ikea over the last couple weeks!).

So we found out the hard way that the double hung drawers were supposed to be installed BEFORE the counter…so we’ll have to get creative with that situation. Hopefully our contractor will figure something out…fingers crossed. Another snag was our farmhouse sink was apparently defective and sadly cracked after installation. It’s debatable who’s fault that was…luckily, we were able to return it and get a replacement.

Now don’t get me wrong, Ikea can be great…but when it comes to cabinets, sinks, drawers, and the “joy” of kitchen DIY- I curse the little smiling bastard in the “instruction” manual! So, despite some expected issues along the way, things are definitely coming along!

Also, thanks to my cousin Kevin (who was here last week) we have all our appliances working and plugged into new outlets (that are up to code)!! Whoohoo! He was also kind enough to give us not one, but FOUR double outlets for all our small appliances!! This was no small feat considering our exterior wall is composed of plaster, cement, and brick. He was able to cut into the wall and place them IN the wall so we don’t have them mounted ON the wall! Thanks Kev!! You rock!!

I know you are all on the edge of your seats anxiously awaiting the photos…(ok…most likely not. 🙂 Anyways, here they are!:

Kevin measuring for the new outlets!

Counters and appliances are in!!! (temporary string lights until lighting is installed next month).

Mark showing off the end result of his skills! (NO pre-drilled drawer fronts here- good thing Mark has patience).

So for the next few weeks things will slow down a bit since our contractor won’t be back again until December. In the meantime, Mark and I will be finalizing the remaining drawers, door fronts. etc. and also start planning out our back-splash and paint colors!! -AY

Thursday Purse Day

Kimono clutch – love it!

Kitchen Reno: week 3

Ok- so things have been pretty busy to say the least…after numerous trips to Ikea, Home Depot, Lowes etc. Mark and I are pretty beat. Needless to say- we know this will all be worth it in the end…So here’s what happened during “week 3″…

Counters in! (photo is a little blurry- I think I was so excited I couldn’t hold the camera still 😉 ).


Macgyver seemed pretty fond of our new sink…

Looks pretty- huh? (too bad it cracked and we had to replace it this week…more on that in “week 4’s” post).

My parents were here visiting during the weekend and they were more than willing to help assemble the drawers!! ( Thanks Mom & Dad!!!) We put together roughly fifteen (about half).

While we worked on the drawers, Mark installed the runners!

Here’s a sample of his handywork 😉


Thursday Purse Day

Bold and fun yellow for Fall 🙂 Love me some Anthropologie.