Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIWW: Sweater + Leather






The air is crisp and the rain is here. All I want to wear are boots, leggings and sweaters. Luckily for me, CAbi has been fulfilling that desire with their new Fall 2014 line. And yeah, I'm still bad at the pictures, first I tried bathroom selfies (fail) then I tried outside (better). One day I will have my game together and have more professional photos, until then this is what you get :-) Happy almost Turkey day!!
                        

Sweater: CAbi Fall 2014 Joy Sweater (I'm wearing an XS, you can size down in this one)
Shirt: CAbi Fall 2014 McQueen shirt (I'm wearing a M, I have a large chest)
Leggings: Ann Taylor Faux Leather leggings (40% OFF! USE CODE SHOPANN)
Boots: Frye - I totally forget which ones.


Linked up with: Tucker Up, The Pleated Poppy, and Because Shanna Said So.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIWW: Bright Print + TWINS

It may be winter, but that doesn't mean you have to wear greys and blacks all the time. Today's outfit is a great spring dress converted over to winter with some tights and boots. Side note- I am not a CAbi rep. I am just a loyal customer. CAbi clothes are perfect for my work wear and my casual wear. So I have a lot of it. Just needed to throw out that disclaimer. Also my SIL Nicole wore this same dress today. Yes we totally called each other and planned it. We love being pretend twins. We have a lot of the same pieces because our styles are so similar. Do you have a pretend twin? Isn't it the best! We call ourselves Danny and Arnold (Twins movie, 1988). Since I am 5'2" and Nicole is 6', its obvious who's who.
                                                                  





                      
       Daily Look: CAbi Spring '13 Printed Shirt Dress, styled for our chilly mornings with our vintage Shrunken Cardigan, black sweater tights and black boots.                                                                       


I'm loving this dress paired with the cardigans and belt. I'll have to remember that for the next time I wear it. This jacket is fun and lightweight. It is great to dress it up or down.


Jacket: CAbi Spring 2013 Convertible poppy red jacket
Dress: CAbi Spring 2013 Printed shirt dress
Boots: Ralph Lauren, old.


Linked up with: Tucker UP, The Pleated Poppy, Because Shanna Said So.

Monday, November 17, 2014

There was almost another house





In honor of my hate of Mondays, Sarah (Jimmy Fallon) sums it up perfectly.

So some of you have noticed, there have been no inspiration posts for the past few weeks, as well as no real house updates. I wasn't sure what to say about the whole thing, as you see there was an "opportunity". Well that has all been resolved now. I think, I hope, pretty sure....


So here's the summary of what all happened: A while back SIL Karlye went to Gma Lois (house is on the compound/next door to in-laws) and asked if she would be interested in selling it to her and her husband Josh. **Rewind- Gma Lois is now in an assisted living facility.  Gma said no. Karlye left it at that and moved on in their search for a home.  Well time went by, and I suppose Gma thought about it some more. Karlye visited with her, and Gma said she would be willing to sell her house. So how this involved Kyle and I is this: Karlye and Josh weren't sure what the agreeing price would be among the family, and if they would be able to afford it and remodel. Kyle and I talked and decided to halt our process and wait and see. Because if Karlye and Josh were not going to buy the house, Kyle wanted us to.


I was in a little shock at first. We talked a lot about how we would redesign and add-on to Gmas house. It would have been a nice house for us. So we waited, and waited and waited. Everyone waited...hence the waiting place post. Well yesterday a family meeting was held. Karlye and Josh made their offer of purchase, and explained how they arrived at the price. Gma's sons discussed, and agreed it was fair and they would sell to Josh and Karlye. YIPPEE!! Really it's a happy ending for everyone. I'm really excited that they will live on Camus Road with us and our kids will grow up with their kids. We are all pretty lucky. And now we all have a plan!


So I guess this week we will submit for our building permits $$$$$. Not having a plan is extremely hard to me. This was emotionally exhausting for me, and I think all of us. I was not so nice sometimes because I just wanted it resolved.


other updates in our life: Kyle is all done with football (yeah I survived another season, #8). Ellie will begin Cougar basketball soon, this will be her first time ever playing. Should be REALLY interesting. She's also started up her hip-hop dance class. Its scary how well it suits her. They were dancing to "...I wish I was a little bit taller, wish I was a baller, wish I had girl so that I could call her..." OMG, Ellie's lips were all puckered out, she was brushing off her shoulders, putting her hand up to her hear like a phone. Too much. I love watching her dance.


Peyton is again fascinated this week with his penis, how it gets longer then smaller when he pushes really hard when going to the bathroom. I just shake my head. He also is turning 5 here in a few weeks, and Kyle is obsessed with him learning the alphabet. He's terrified he won't know it by Kindergarten. I'm more lax about it.


I've been working hard at getting in better shape. I've lost 3lbs, and 1% body fat! So that equaled like 3in in my waist, 1.5in in my arms and 1in in my thigh! I'll take it.


Oh, in my Sue's stories: I played bunco with her and her friends Tuesday. We almost didn't make it. Sue, me, and 3 of her friends all rode together. None of them knew the address to where we were going. Oh, I felt like I was going to be lost in the car with them forever. I was dying listening to them all try to remember where this lady lived. Finally we had a street name, I summoned Siri and we found it.
And her quote of the week: "I could never do one of those FYI shows", Nicole: "Do you mean a DIY show?" "oh, yeah that kind". I don't know why everything is FYI with her, but it makes us laugh.


And Kyle and I took the kids out to Red Robin Friday night for dinner. I was getting dressed and look up and see Kyle putting on his North Face vest. I was like, hey I was going to wear my vest! I had no energy to change and already had my jeans and tee on. So we were twins. Very Pacific Northwest of us.
                      



Friday, November 14, 2014

Inspiration: Do you know a guy?

www.camusrd.blogspot.com
Okay, so today's "inspiration" post is more about finding the right guy/company do to the job. Since starting this whole "let's build a house" project I have been asked quite a few times by friends about who I'm picking to do certain projects. I'm fortunate that Kyle is already in the construction business and knows a lot of people already. Not everyone has this connection and it can be really scary to hire someone you know nothing about.


We have all heard the horror stories of a bad contractor. The latest I heard was a family that hired a general contractor to build their dream home. They gave him thousands (!!) of dollars up front. They weren't currently living near the building site so it wasn't something they came to check up on, they just took his word for the things that were getting done. BIG MISTAKE. Eventually they came several months later to check on the project...And they came to learn they were totally ripped off. The contractor had not pulled any permits, the framing had been done- and nothing was square. And of course the contractor was no where to be found and he had screwed them out of nearly their whole budget for the house. They had nothing but a frame to show for all the money they had given him. I felt total heartbreak hearing my friend tell me this of this family who's home was being built behind her.


There are several ways to ensure nothing like this ever happens to you. 1) talk to your friends. Ask them who they have used. 2) if you hire someone you just looked up, ask for several references. 3) Always check up on them. Yes you have hired a general contractor to do this for you, but when it comes down to it, it's your house and it's your money. You have to take some responsibility.


In today's world we go to the Internet for everything. And shopping for a contractor on the Internet is now a possibility. There are several sites that can help you with this. If you don't have knowledge of the industry or any recommendations from anyone, these sites can be really helpful.


One I recently stumbled upon was SmartReno. Here's what peaked my interest about this site/company:
  • They find the contractor for you, based on your metro area and the project description you've submitted.
  • They gather the bids for you from several contractors so that you can compare
  • if you have a complaint or dispute with one of their contractors, they will serve as the mediator and help resolve the issue- huge stress relief you aren't alone!
The contractors are only on here if approved by SmartReno, if the contractor is not fulfilling projects and/or getting several complaints, SmartReno won't refer them.


So how do you work this service into your budget? You don't, because it's free.


I'm all about the one stop shopping. And I like that you can search for anything from a masonry to landscaping to a general contractor on this site. There is a lot of peace of mind in the fact that the contractor is held accountable by this company. This site is certainly worth looking into if you are having trouble finding a contractor to do a project or simply need more options to compare prices. You can never do too much research when looking for a contractor to do a project on your home. And this site does the search for you!


Now I'm off to get my GC (Kyle!) to get some work done. Otherwise I will have lots of complaints to submit.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WIWW: Werkin out

I'm doing an 8-week boot camp at a local gym. I don't know if I would actually call it a gym. When I think of a gym I think of tons of machines and everyone doing their own thing. This is more like a small group that does an intense 30-45min circuit workout. We all encourage each other and plow through these intense sets. I love it.


So when I work out, I want to look cute. But by cute I don't mean slutty. There is a difference. I'm not an oversize t-shirt and sweatpants girl. Nor am I in my booty shorts and sports bra. There is a happy medium ladies. Plus I got two new pairs of NB kicks this week, so I needed to show you both :-)


                                     

24-956-JG-front model Movement Jacket 


1/ lululemon movement jacket 2/ CAbi reversible tank 3/ CAbi tech pants 4/ NB classics CW442

                                     



Run:Inspire Crop II 




1/ Bon Lemon tee limited  2/ lululemon camo crop's (old, similar) 3/ NB classics WL501 High Roller


And because I have to go to a day job and unfortunately can't hang out in my workout clothes all day, this is what I threw on today.

                                     



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1/ CAbi confetti sweater 2/ CAbi Ricky leggings (old, similar) 3/ Bon Lemon necklace 4/ Frye Regina wedge boot 5/ Michael Kors Microstud Hamilton Tote (40% off!)


What do you like to WERK out in?

Linked up with: TuckerUP, Because Shanna Said So, The Pleated Poppy & J Petite

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WIWW- Camo & Rhinestones









Serioursly, I need to work on photos. Some other ladies have this figured out, I do not. Plus today was terribly rainy here in the PNW, so no outside for me. #IphonePhotoFail.

Top: Ann Taylor Loft Back Button Pullover
Pants: Ann Taylor Loft Camo Print Tailored Twill Skinny Pants Marissa Fit
Jewelry: Bon Lemon and Ann Taylor Loft (old, similar)
Shoes: Me Too (old, similar)
Makeup- MAC holiday collection- Keepsakes/Beige Eyes

Linked up with: The Pleated Poppy, Tucker UP, Because Shanna Said So

Monday, November 3, 2014

All about the family

**WARNING: Photo Overload**
This weekend it was Halloween, so there was the family night of trick-or-treating. That consisted of Me and the kids, Lynise and her boys, Karley and Bailey all going over to our SIL's Nicole's house where SIL Alyssa meet us there, and WE ALL treated around Nicole's neighborhood. We made it down the street and back and thru one cul-d-sac and we were done. The kids ran and ran. I was thinking that would tire them out, apparently not. One house handed out the glow necklaces, I thought that was a fabulous idea.

Ellie was adamant about NOT being a fairy or princess or anything similar to that this year. She wanted to be a vampire. I was not OK with that. So we came to a mutual agreement and went with a Monster High costume of skeleton girl (i forget her official name). Peyton and the boys were all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Since there are only 3 boys, we were short a turtle. And Bailey in all her cuteness was Minnie mouse.


So then the next day I had scheduled family photos. We have not done family pictures in like 3 years, it was time. My good friend Melissa just enjoys taking pictures and has a great Cannon camera like we all do but never use. So she came over to the house and we just took pictures around the yard. We took 181 photos! And Peyton had a goofy face in 95% of them. So here is a picture overload for you of the session.
Camus Family 2010 (Peyton was almost 1!)
 



 My <3
 
 Kyle's face just screams I LOVE TAKING PICTURES

 And Peyton takes after his dad
 




HOUSE UPDATE: nada, nothing, blah, boring, maybe next week.

Outfits: I wore this great new plaid shirt I picked up at EXPRESS. My SIL Nicole snagged it too, because we like to pretend we are twins. This shirt is supposed to be a loose, boyfriend fit. I got it in a M, I probably could have done a small. I did wash it on hot and dried it to shrink it just a hair. Jeans are old Hudsons. Jewelery by BON LEMON. Shoes: JCrew.

Ellie's sweater is from GAP last year. And GAP skinny Jeans, GAP biker boots. Peyton is Levi Jeans, old GAP tee and GAP shoes. Kyle, no one cares what he is wearing.