Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! I feel like enough words were written in my last post, so without further ado here are some of my favorite links from around the web (and apparently dining spaces are really catching my eye). Enjoy your weekend!

This pretty open area
The paint job on these bentwood chairs

and these links:

This dress
Awesome DIY headboard
Dream record player
This vacation home
Beauty advice
This nursery
This post on motherhood
1 bookshelf 4 ways
This DIY wall hanging
A pretty spring roundup

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Running Story

Ten years ago this week, my boyfriend of four months bought me a shiny blue iPod mini and that marked the (near) beginning of my running journey. That little iPod has run with me through rain, snow, sleet, two pregnancies, and lots of sweat. I've often thought about sharing my running story here but shied away from it because I've felt a) you're probably not interested and b) it's a little personal for this private girl (who has a blog…..the irony is not lost on me).  However, on the off chance that I might inspire some of you to not put limitations on yourself, I thought I would share this piece of me.

The beginning of my running story is not a glamorous one… at all. It began with a lot of frustration, some tears, and asthma. I hated running but wanted to love it. I loved the idea of being able to get a workout in with no equipment other than my running shoes. I wanted to love it, but hated it. Connor was in ROTC at the time and we would often run together and he would get me on a breathing pattern "In In, Out, Out" he would say whenever my breathing got difficult, and it helped. (I still follow that breathing pattern when I feel my breathing getting difficult.) Slowly my three mile max became four and a half miles. I remember the first time I ran that four and a half miles and I said "Do you think I could ever run seven?", and Connor said "of course." with no hesitation whatsoever. My mileage stayed consistently there until we moved to Seattle. There was little to no humidity in Washington and I was having less and less breathing issues as a result.
That Fall in Washington I ran my first 10k, and I was so overcome with excitement (almost to that dream of seven miles!!). Little did I know that by the end of that year I would complete both a half and a full marathon. After that 10k I started running with another army wife….who ran marathons like it was a monthly ritual. She inspired me and asked if I would want to run a half marathon with her that summer. I remember coming home a little skeptical and asking Connor if he thought I could do it. "Of course" he said. So- I signed up. Halfway into my training, I started to dream really big, bigger than I had ever dared to dream. Connor was going to be deployed to Iraq for a year, and I felt like I needed something that made me feel like I was accomplishing more that year than just spending it waiting. So I asked "Do you think I could do a full?", and again with no hesitation Connor said "Of course". So that year I ended up doing my first 10k, my first half, and my first full marathon.
I found that I could always run one more step, and concentrated on that rather than "today is the 20 mile run".  During training, I had issues with my IT band…which for me meant if I stopped to cross the road my knee would buckle and I couldn't bend it for half a mile sometimes, but I kept trucking on hearing that "of course you can" in my ear and praying under my breath. My marathon came about a month after Connor deployed which needless to say was difficult. I remember running my 18 miler a couple days after he left while I was trying to pack up my house, say goodbye to friends and my life in WA, and move across the country (not to mention I was the matron of honor in two weddings that month). I was stressed, food made me nauseous, and I was not sleeping. So that last month of training was purely about mileage for me (the nutrition aspect was seriously lacking). So it should come as no surprise (though it did), that race day was difficult. I flew through those first 18 miles before I hit what I assumed to be the dreaded runner's wall. In actuality it ended up being hyponatremia, or over hydration. I was seeing black spots, I was nauseous, lost all strength in my back so that I was hunched over, and had a lot of mental confusion (had difficulty saying something as simple as my name). Despite those slower remaining miles, I was able to run the race within the time range I had hoped for(though on the very low end of that range). I was rushed to a medic tent right after the race and spent over three hours there on IVs getting pumped with sodium while I drank chicken broth with an ambulance waiting nearby. Thankfully after three and a half hours, my sodium levels climbed to a place that the medics were happy with and I was allowed to get my medal. That night in bed was the greatest feeling (aside from the fact that I had lost 9 toenails and had to sleep with my feet out of the sheets). Would I do it again? I think about it every year….the time commitment keeps me away right now. But I would like to do another full at some point. These days I enjoy half marathons- they are still fun (for me, full marathons don't fall under the fun category), they keep me in running shape, and I don't have to be as rigid with the training.

I often think about that frustrated girl who had asthma issues at mile 2, and I wish I could tell her that someday she would run 26.2 miles. And if you were to ask me now if you could do a marathon, even if you have never run a mile in your life, my response would be "of course you can!".

Ps. It's back to design come Friday, thanks for taking this detour with me :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Healthy Living Post: Simple Taco Salad

I debated for a while whether to share this one with you or not….it almost seemed too simple. However- this stage of life that I'm in…..this season of eating on the go and in between nap times ……this season calls for simpler meals. I'm betting some of you are also looking for healthy meals that don't require a special trip to your health food store. This taco salad has become my go-to lunch, it's easy to throw together, guarantees my spinach intake for the day, and does not require any salad dressing (thank you salsa). Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Taco Seasoning
2tsp. minced onion/onion powder
1tsp salt ( I usually do about half)
1tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepepr
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. oregeno
1/3 cup water

* I usually use ground turkey and throw it on top of some baby spinach, along with a little bit of corn, cheese, and salsa. I make enough taco meat/ground turkey for the week, so it's easy to throw together every day. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Entryway Reveal

One of the challenges I have faced with having a newer development style home and also having a minimal design aesthetic (my love for small amounts of color doesn't help things either) is that things can quickly start to look unfinished rather than purposefully minimal. This entryway is a prime example of that. Take our entryway a year ago:
There's nothing wrong with it really, but it's looking borderline unfinished and plain whereas in an old home with character it would look more "minimal cool". I spent a few months trying to figure out how to bring attention to this space while still maintaining my design. Enter the abstract wall mural. I knew it would either be a disaster or exactly what was needed, and thankfully it ended up being the latter. If you've followed me on instagram for a while, you'll know that it was a while back that I was working on an abstract wall mural (August I think?!). With my new resolve (mentioned here) to share more of my  house and less time waiting around, I've decided to share it with you today:
The wall mural was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I couldn't get it out of my mind, so I had to give it a try. I used some tape and mapped out the shape I was going for and it was an easy afternoon project while I was pregnant with Charlie. I was very happy with the results, it brought some definition to the entryway, and added the necessary modern touch to a space that was starting to get too rustic for my taste. 
We made the bench out of some old wood and hairpin legs (I'm on the search for a sturdier/more functional piece of wood because right now it's purely decorative), and a map of our old neighborhood in NY sits on it. Connor helped me make those awesome wood faceted hooks (more on that soon!) as well. I think one of the reasons I love this space so much is because of how personalized it is through DIY and sentimental items. 

Bench- DIY (and these hairpin legs)
Runner- West Elm
Hooks- DIY (coming soon)
Today is a Good Day wall hanging- White Horse Home
Basket- Lantern Moon
The air plant and planter-gift

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Favorites

The dreamiest wallpaper. I'd love it for an awkward wall in my living room….also as throw pillows…and an iPhone case…too much? 
The looks of this sweet nursery

and these links:

Best online art resources -this is golden I tell you
Beautiful wrapping paper
This necklace
The textiles in this etsy shop
Now I want a mounted antique phone for my entryway
Spring basics
Sunglasses (at many price points)
Kirsten's studio
Ice cream cone macarons (because everything involving macarons has my attention)
Loved this

Monday, March 30, 2015

Watercolored Easter eggs

I realize this may not be the most innovative option out there ( look no further than pinterest for some of those), but I think watercoloring Easter eggs has some of the prettiest results without a lot of prep. I wanted to keep things simple this year, and since Reese has been really into watercolors lately, it seemed like the perfect option. 
For a minute I was worried we would have only black and brown Easter eggs(see her reaching for the brown), but I tried to sit back and let her create. She eventually added in color. Once they dried, we turned them over to paint the bottom portion.

Happy Easter everyone! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bedroom Reveal

I finally got around to snapping photos of our bedroom and thought I would share with you before I change out the fur blanket for something less wintery. We have lived in a lot of different homes over the years, but this is the first time it's felt pulled together. I'm not sure if I'd call it done (a bed frame and rug would be nice), but it's pretty close!
We found this reclaimed wood, and Connor added some caster wheels to create a low bench. It cost a whopping $10 and adds a lot to the room.

I was a little unsure of this antique orchard ladder at first, but next to the midcentury dresser(thank you craigslist) it looks fresh and modern. 

You've seen this nook before, but it's my favorite corner of our bedroom.

That's it guys, hope you're enjoying these spring temperatures!