Pardon our Dust

We finally got rolling with our biggest house project since we moved in: transforming a room in our basement into an actual bedroom. Half of our basement is finished, but it was seriously dated (think barn wood, brick planters, old carpet, paneled walls… you start to get the idea). The walls in the larger room were painted three years ago when Joe was working from home to brighten up the space, but we hadn’t done much with the other room. We set it up as a guest room/storage, but it still had a dark, uninviting feel to it.

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One corner of the room, but the whole space looked a lot like this.

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My New Favorite Granola

Is anyone else over the pumpkin obsession that happens every fall? I mean, I like pumpkin, but I don’t really need it in ALL THE THINGS. Anyway, all that to say, here’s a new recipe for something that has zero pumpkin in it. You’re welcome.

Also, full disclosure: I totally stole this recipe from my mom… but she doesn’t have a blog to share it on, anyway. Thanks, Ma! Continue reading

Links and Clicks and Takes

This ended up being just long enough to stretch into Jen‘s Seven Quick Takes linkup… so check there for more reading material!

1. First, could you spare a minute (or more!) to pray for this family? Mary writes so lovingly about their family’s journey through her daughter’s final weeks on earth. The faith their whole family shows is so inspiring, and it comes across in every post she writes. If you feel called to help them out financially (they could really use it!) you can do so through her site as well.

2. Here’s a cool new product for all you crunchy people out there (or if you just live somewhere that doesn’t use grocery bags!). Joe’s company made the video, and when he showed me, I was really impressed! (Both with the product idea and with the video, Joe). I’m definitely no hippie, but I’ll use these for sure.

3. My brother’s girlfriend nannied (nannies? they weren’t clear on the details) these kids and when she sent me this video, told me she’s pretty sure they still don’t keep flour in the house. I can’t say that I blame them. Also, I have to say that I’m seriously impressed that the mom didn’t freak like I surely would have.

4. Jenny is doing a great series this month about what Catholics believe about sex and marriage… this one is my favorite so far, but they’re all good!

5. For all you comic book nerds out there (not me) check it out–my cousin is Batman! He was used as a model for this Batman arc, plus another cousin was used as the model for a new villain.

6. Molly wrote a wonderful piece on being open to life, and how that looks different for different families.

7. And that’s all I’ve got for now! Hope you all enjoy your weekend–we’re planning on hitting up the homecoming football game tonight and I think I might finally bust out some fall decorations tomorrow. Maybe we’ll go on a pumpkin hunt, too, because what fun is it to buy them from the grocery store?

 

And now I’m hearing loud crashes from Grace’s room where she is decidedly not napping… this should be good.

Five Trader Joe’s Favorites

It’s not very often that I get to hit up Trader Joe’s, since there isn’t one within a three-hour radius (go ahead, pity me… and send me a care package) I tend to stock up on some winners while we’re there. We also like to try some new things when we go, and thus far, here’s some of my faves:

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1. Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds: it has a little crunch (so Joe stays far away, which means more for me!) and takes all the thinking out of adding flax+chia seeds for that extra metabolism boost or whatever it is they do. I like it a lot better than adding chia seeds to smoothies, plus it takes out that step.  Continue reading