Our Home {before}

So I took this video during the inspection before
we were in the home.

It is super blurry in some spots and just being dumb.
But here it is :)


I'm working on uploading a after video right now

.empty rooms and perfect lighting.

There was a full room at the end of the hallway
that was stacked to the ceiling with boxes.
We cleaned up this room the other night
and now there is an empty room at the end of
the hallway that has the most impeccable light ever!

And I'm over here just daydreaming everytime I walk past it.


.soon enough.

We Love You Toby

So I've been debating whether or not to write about this is.

Since it is a pretty sad subject and still so surreal.
But Toby was my dog for 14 years.
I can't not write about this.

We've had Toby since I was in 4th or 5th grade!
He was an old dog, about 70 in dog years.

Toby has been through so much with us in life.

We rescued Toby form the Utah Humane Society.
In a way, we saved him.

I think rescuing dogs from animal shelters is
the greatest thing you could ever do!

Toby was such a great protector.

He wasn't a fan of kids, but with me and Shawna, He loved us so much.

He let us pull, tug and dress him up when we were little :)
He was a good dog.

We taught him tricks galore, like shake, sit, lay, high five,
rollover, jump, obstacle courses, etc.
He was so smart!

He was like a soft, fluffy teddy bear.

I think he had a hard time when both Shawna and I got married
and moved out. There was no one now that would be coming
home from school around 2 pm to hang out with.

I feel bad for that.

About 5 or 6 months ago, Toby was walking across some tile in
the house, and slipped, causing him to tear his ACL.

When a dog this old, tears his ACL, surgery is not the best thing,
since they may not always recover.

We gave Toby pain pills and just kept on eye on him to make sure
he would not be running and putting pressure on his hurt leg.

Eventually, it seemed to heal by itself.

Every week he was able to put more and more pressure on it.

We began taking him to parks and on walks.
And although he wasn't able to go as far as he used to
he was able to walk a bit and have fun sniffing things outside.

About a few months later, my mom took him
to a park for a walk.

Toby was great when he wasn't on a leash.
Never wandered to far out of sight.

As he was walking and sniffing around, a couple dogs,
chained up to backyard started barking and startled Toby.
He ran a little and tripped in a hole in the grass.
My mom siad he started crying and she had to carry him back to car.

When she got him home, she gave him some pain pills
and noticed that he did something to his other leg.

This can sometimes happen, when the are putting pressure
on the good leg instead of the hurt one. Causing the other leg
to become less stable and more fragile. It didn't help either that he
was older and possibly had arthritis.

Weeks went on and Toby was not doing so well.
He could only take shorts steps before he had to sit down.
Getting back up to walk, you could see the pain in his eyes,
the pressure he was putting on his two front legs was seeming to
be unbearable.

Toby has ALWAYS been a great house trained dog!
Really, he could hold it for hours on end!
And if he absolutley couldn't hold it anymore, he
would go into a tiled area and do his business.
He was like the smartest dog ever!
It was crazy.

But now, he was starting to lose control of his bladder.

The old age and the injuries had taken their toll.

A couple Saturdays ago, we decided it was time to put him down.

We felt guilty for letting him live this way.
As bad as it sounds we were hoping he would go by himself.
Making the decision to put him down was the hardest thing we've ever had to do.

I cried a lot on the weeks leading up to it.
I prayed for him, asking my Heavenly Father if this was the right thing to do.

We did not want to just take him somewhere, like the pound or vet
and hand him over. Toby hated the vet and would shake uncontrollably
when we left him with strangers.

My mom had found a vet that actually comes to your home and does it there.

The lady that came to do it was so nice and gentle.
She had such an amazing energy and spirit.

That day was so hard for me.

I remember all day thinking of how surreal it felt, it just didn't feel real.
Even before the vet came over and I was there with Toby and my mom,
I still didn't believe it.

It wasn't until she knocked at the door that I completely lost control of
all my emotions.

It hit me like a ton of bricks.

I couldn't stop crying.

Everytime I look at Toby, I would cry harder.

After everything was said and done, I didn't want to bury him.
It just didn't seem real, liek he was gone.

I've never really had anyone close to me die.
I've never gone through that before.

I've never been the type to be scared of death.
I always have felt that dying would be so much easier than living.
Going to a paradise and having no worries at all, how could that be bad?

But seeing Toby laying there, just a body and no soul.
All my fears of death had just left.
I couldn't help but think of where he was.

I can't even find the words to describe how I felt.
I prayed that night, asking Heavenly Father to watch over Toby,
to make sure he's happy and being nice to other dogs :)

I know it may seem silly to be this distraught over a dog, but
he was more than a dog. He was our family. And we loved him
like that.

We love you so much Toby!
We will see you again!
Love, your family.

Kitchen: To Date

Well our ktichen is just about there.
The main thing left to do is the flooring and molding,
installing a new sink and then a new light fixture
and possibly recessed lighting.

I can't believe what a process this was but
it was so worth it to be able to see all the hard work has
definately paid off!

Our kitchen just makes us so happy now.
And it makes the home more airy and bright!

So let's take a look at what the kitchen looked like
when we purchased the home about 1 month ago.

A close up of the cabinets

And now the after.

Our little mail basket, to keep clutter off the counter 

We sanded, primed and painted all the cabinets.
This kept costs down so we didn't have to replace any cabinets.

We tore out the 2 cupaboard cabinet above the sink
and replaced it with open shelving from Ikea.

We added crown molding to all the cabinets
and also added height to the corner cabinet for a
more custom look.

We put up paintable beadboard {wallpaper} by Martha Stewart
[that we purchased at home depot online]
on all the ends of the cabinets and around
the sides of the peninsula counter.

Since the kitchen and fmaily room are connected to form an open floor plan,
we decided to paint the wall in the kitchen to somewhat seperate it.
We used Wheat Bread by Behr, a greige {grey+beige} color.

We could not be happier with the results!

It was a lot of work but so worth it!

DIY Cake Stand with Dome

I have a MAJOR obsession with pastries.

I die everytime I see their delicateness and they
just make me happy :)

I really really really wanted a cute way to display
the pastries that I always buy so I decided to make
a cake stand with a dome to keep them fresh!

.What you will need.

.What to do.

Glue down plate to candle holder
place pastries on dish
cover with dome
and voila!

.easy peasy.

I'm debating on paint the candle holder gloss white to match the plate.

Here they sit on the counter in all their ooey gooey glory

Also, we made a few changes to the kithcen this past week! 

DIY Leopard Bow Flats

What ya need:
Leopard flats or any flats. I got these at Target for $7 on sale
About 1/8 yrd of fabric.
Hot Glue

Cut fabric and sew into a bow
Just loop each end into the center and sew the center pieces together.
Hot glue to shoes

Super easy and you could even add rhinestones, gold buttons, etc :)

I love them!

I'm thinking about making bigger bows!

Also I put a pink hair extension in today
and loveee it!
My mother in law gave this to me like last year
and I just found it while unpacking!

I'm pretty sure they sell all sorts of colors at Sally's Beauty
for like wayyy cheap :)

I need to get more! 

a little peek at our little home.

So I haven't posted too many pictures of our home,
mainly because it's not all done! :)

But here is a little peek and what is done.

Lets start with the family room.
the home has an open floor plan
and the kitchen is just across from the family room
and just down the hallway from the living room and entryway.

Anyways, enjoy!

The inspiration for the decor came from just about everything.
We really wanted something modern, contemporary, unique, vintage and just simple.
Something that would just make you feel like you were home.

We LOVE how it turned out!

The 5x7 flokati rug gives the room a warm feel.

The amazing faux reclaimed wood media console and coffee table
give the room a vinatge but modern feel with the cast iron frame.

And everything in between has come together so nicely :)

I need to get something for above the tv, I hate that bare wall!

I knew I wanted to have a gallery wall somewhere in the house
and we decided the family room would be the perfect pallet for it!

I LOVE mercury glass.
It's so pretty when the sun hits it and has the perfect balance of gold and silver.

I looked for weeks and weeks to find the perfect basket
for our blankets.
I was set on using a wicker basket until I saw this
beauty at Tai Pan.

The wire basket just balances out everything

It's the little things that I love most.

I also adore this floor cushion/poufe.
It's my fav.

I am still working on the family room.
Collecting things here and there.
So more pictures will be posted as I am still working on it

Next tour will be the bathroom,
now that all decor is up and ready to be shown off :)