Thursday, October 30, 2014

15 days and counting down and parking on rocks until spring!

                           

    There have been changes to the house both big and small. I guess to use every thing is progress but maybe most people wouldn't see many changes. I will say that being locked out of the house really presents a challenge and can be mildly frustrated for those of us who like to stop by daily.

Lucky for me I have my favorite and best sales rep Michelle who takes me to the house when I need to go and I really appreciate that she goes with me. Tuesday we popped by and walked the house. The details weren't as big as the last post with my pretty kitchen, this time the devil was in the details.

Here are the plugs that I was going to ask Mike (PM) to fix because they were upside down. I went room to room and noticed that at least one plug was upside down and thought it was funny that it happened in every room. I said to Michelle "I will have to let Mike know about these upside down plugs, easy fix right?" She then let me know that they were upside down intentionally to let us know what lamp works on the switch.  I laughed because that is pretty smart and I don't have to wonder around the room plugging things in and flicking switches.




Another change I noticed was our Guardian key pad was installed.




Girls closet shelves are in . I actually plan to change the closet to be a little better use of space.  I found the picture on the right on Pinterest and  plant to make this my winter project. I will get the canvas bins to put in the shelves and create a better flow. I find the closets in the secondary bedrooms to be a bit small in the Florence as well as the closets to  small.


89May Challenge: Project

Sinks and vanities in all the bathrooms have been installed as well as a few of the toilets. I did not take a great pictures of the toilets but my husband swears he has never seen a smaller tank on a toilet. Anyone who wants to add their opinion about the toilet so I can tell my husband..it would be appreciated.




Sinks


Things I can't really take a picture of is the finished paint job, the baseboards that are in and the doors have been painted and attached. We still have no door knobs but they are working on that this week. We will be taking some out of town family to the house this Saturday and I have not seen the house since Tuesday. We can't wait to show family our house and to hopefully see some changes. 





I have set up all the utilities and feel as prepared as I can until I can start packing. I know this to be true, having our family be able to see the house is exciting and celebrating a wedding is just as exciting. Any advice with 14 days to go??

I am running a giveaway on the blog for Jamberry Nails, If you haven't seen the products from Jamberry you have to check them out. You can win a $45 gift certificate by entering here..

These make such great gifts for the upcoming holidays or for yourself! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Yummy and quick noodle bake

          
        In our current temporary apartment I have been trying to find easy to make dinners. My husband loves some spaghetti and I always try to change it up a little bit. I thought a "bake" would be a great treat and would allow a little twist on the standard spaghetti and meatballs. I have about 1 square foot of space to cook so anything quick is my favorite recipe lately. My new kitchen will look like this..  
I can't wait to get in there and get some new recipes going..Until then here is my new favorite.





Recipe. Ingredients needed:

1 package of frozen meatballs (we got our from Aldi's)
1 box of noodles (I used bow tie)
1 container of mozzarella balls (in water)
1 jar of your favorite sauce
Fresh parsley and basil


Boil your noodles according to package and then drain.
Thaw your meatballs or cook them in the microwave so they are not frozen.

I used a small glass dish and added a little sauce on the bottom so my noodles wouldn't stick, added the cooked noodles and meatballs and poured the sauce over the top.

Place the mozzarella balls on the dish and place in the oven until the cheese melts and is nice and bubbly. I cooked at 350 for about 15 minutes.  

Sprinkle your parsley and basil on top and serve immediately.
This was easy and delicious and made awesome leftovers, I will be making this one again.

 

From my Kitchen to yours..Enjoy!



Jamberry Review and Giveaway


 I am not a nail person and I often wish I was but I do not paint well so I just usually forego the process. Finally something has come along and I am excited to do my first official product review. I work with Heidi and on the side she has become a Jamberry Representative. The designs were so cute that I just couldn't resist and when she asked me to do a review I knew that we had to include a giveaway. 

The giveaway would be perfect for birthdays, holidays and any other day. The nice thing about Jamberry is that they are easy to apply.  Here are the designs I have chosen for myself. I wanted to make sure I had a mix of items so I picked 2 for winter/holiday, 1 for an upcoming wedding and 1 just for fun. 


My Winter Favorite       My Holiday Fun         Dressing up            Just for fun

                                                     


1. Clean your nails with alcohol wipes and push back your cuticles
2. Match your nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits
3. Peel off nail wrap and warm with a mini heater or your blow-dryer (3-5 seconds)
4. Once warm, press wrap on to the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the wrap to the nail. use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle.
5. Trim the top with scissors and file off remaining wrap using a downward motion to remove excess.
6. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail. 

Here are some cute Halloween nail designs that were already applied..



                                   Giveaway


Heidi and I have teamed up to do a $45 gift certificate to Jamberry Nails. Enter below for a chance to win. These are such a great gift or can be just for yourself.  Thank you Heidi for having me do a review and for my lovely new addiction to Jamberry! You can also visit Heidi's Jamberry site here.



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Friday, October 24, 2014

The True side of Breast feeding - A Guest post



        I was never able to breast feed, I had a breast reduction years ago that took me out of the breast feeding game.  Since I can't speak on what I do not know, I have invited a new guest blogger.  

      Jen and I found each other on  Babycenter and have supported each other during two pregnancies each. Jen has given birth to two adorable little boys and has agreed to share her thoughts on Breast feeding. 

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   Ah, breastfeeding, a love/hate relationship. I love snuggling close with my baby, knowing that I am providing everything he needs to survive. I love that breast milk provides antibodies to help keep my little guy healthy and makes specific antibodies for whatever he is exposed to. I hate the struggles. Who really talks about the struggles?                        
 My little guy went on an 11 day nursing strike! Nursing strike= bottle feed + pump + chase 3 year old + take care of 2 month old. The lactation consultant tells me, “Maybe he just prefers a bottle.” The pediatrician says, “Everything is fine, can’t find anything here.” 

But this mama knows, something is not right. Through my own research and determination I discovered that little guy had an extreme upper lip tie and posterior tongue tie. Who knew? I had never even heard of a lip tie, let alone knew about it’s impact on breastfeeding. We got it fixed, or revised as they call it in the tie world, and surprise, he has been nursing like a champ since. But that’s not all. 

Green poop. Yep, that is what little guy was doing for a month. After cutting dairy out of my diet, we took him to the allergist and turns out he has egg, milk, and corn allergies. Want to lose baby weight fast? Try eliminating those three from your diet! Nursing in public. I don’t do it. Why not? I have no problems with it. Little guy will not do it! He loves to be in his quiet nursery without distractions. He even gets finicky when I talk or eat while nursing him. So add some trees blowing in the breeze, people walking by, or noise and it is game over. Pumping. Not fun. Need I say more?                                         Sometimes I feel like my life revolves around my breasts.                                                           
But all the struggles aside, is breastfeeding worth it? Yes! We have had our fair share of struggles and challenges, but knowing all the many benefits of breastfeeding and all that I am providing for my little guy is soooo worth it!




           Thank you Jen, please come back anytime to   Happily Ever Rushed!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

23 days and counting down..some changes to the house.


                                                     23 Days to go...

 If there are no delays (knock wood) then we should be moving into our Florence in 23 days. I have included some pictures because last night I was able to see our kitchen and counter tops installed as well as the bathroom vanities. It finally feels like it will be a home.  I guess seeing it in this state makes me worry that 23 days isn't enough time but I have nothing but faith in Mike (PM) and Ryan homes. I have been locked out so my awesome SR Michelle taken me twice to see the house. Last night when she took me and I saw the kitchen it was very exciting and nice to have her with me. She was there when I picked out the kitchen cupboards and counter tops so it was a bonus. I really like our Sales rep and will be honestly sad when this process is over.

Scottsdale Espresso cabinets mixed with the upgraded counter tops in the Antique Moscarello and we are all set. I was worried the floor would clash but it looks nice and eventually we will upgrade to wood floors. For now its perfect. We have doors but no door handles and lots of stuff will be happening this week. I pray and pray for nice weather because we will get a drive way poured. If not, we will be with a gravel driveway for the winter..YUCK

My husband isn't able to go as much as I am but when I showed him pictures of the kitchen he was really happy and can't wait to see it in person. 

Jessica and Katie at NVR have us almost all the way thru underwriting and I will add them to my list of people I will miss chatting with when this process should end. They have both been amazing and kind and working with them has been nothing but comfortable. They take time to explain things and have done nothing but look out for our best interest in this process. 


Front porch and the wood is covered by a pillar..So pretty! The front door should be painted black soon. I can't wait for that since I was a bit concerned the front of the house didn't have enough contrast..I have now grown fond of our siding and brick combination.






Standing in the Living room..I love my kitchen..




Kitchen from the corner of the morning room..

Opposite corner of the morning room..


Master bath ..double vanities



When I tried to get our new trash account set up the girl couldn't find our street. I thought hooking utitlies into our name would be easy but I am guessing that each call will be a long one. 

Less than 30 days to go..Any advice or lists to work from?  Send 'em over if you got 'em. I want to make sure I don't forget anything..

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Closing date and lots of changes..UPDATE

            I haven't been able to get anything posted for a week or so and I have actually had a few changes to the house and today I got the news that our closing date is November 14th! We will skate in right before Thanksgiving and I couldn't be more Thankful. I hope that writing this post doesn't jinx the move in date..30 DAYS AND COUNTING! Almost time to finally purchase the appliances..

Last I posted we had our drywall meeting and a delay. Well the next day we ended up with drywall even though there was a delay because randomly someone was available. We were very lucky and I am grateful. Then the brick was laid on the front of the house. It looks totally different than what I thought it would look but it was pretty so I was happy. Then the siding was put up and we honestly thought our siding would be more of a gray and it is straight up Tan or Pebble Clay. We are going to check the sample in the model because it is just not what we pictured. 

I also took my 3 year old the other day and the two of us walked around the house and discussed how this would be her new home and where things would go. She was so much fun and I will be including pictures of her in the house just because she is so darn cute..


Pictures Galore!

Falls Canyon Brick - Love it but looks different from the sample we chose..




Family room to the great room...



Morning room..



Kitchen and pantry



Family room with super cute 3 year old..



Stairs going up..



Upstairs hallway leading to bedrooms...what a cute model!



Our master bedroom upgraded shower...LOOK AT THIS SHOWER MOMMY! 




Brick with the Black shutters up.. I LOVE MY BLACK SHUTTERS..




House with the siding and I would love some honest opinions..we thought the siding would be more gray (thus the black shutter choice) but this is just TAN as can be.. Its not that we don't like it, its that it is opposite of what we "thought" we chose. I could use some advice because I know they won't reside the house...





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Before the drywall was hung..



   The idea of writing on the wood frame of your house (thank you bloggers) prior to drywall is one that I knew I would want to do. Some used scripts from the bible or famous quotes to mark their homes. I had plenty of time to think about what I would put down for my daughters and husband. To be honest I couldn't wait for the meeting and once we were upstairs I couldn't wait for it to be over so I could share with my husband. 

Our PM was nice enough to let us close/lock the house after we were done so that we could share this moment together in our house. My husband sometimes finds my ideas cheesy but I was pleasantly surprised that he really liked the idea of marking something for our family. 

When my daughters were born and I held them for the first time, I experienced actual magic. My daughters are incredible little people and I know as a mommy that I have been blessed with amazing love from them both. My husband and I are just head over heels for our daughters. This will not be our first house but it will be our first home with our kids. I had no doubt what I would write on the walls of their bedrooms.

When my first daughter was fussy I would sing to her the mommy favorite.                                                                   "You are my sunshine.."
To this day if she is upset not only will she ask me to sing it to her but she will sing with me. So on the bedroom wall of my very first baby.. our favorite song and a Sweet dreams blessing from her mommy and daddy.




Our second daughter is just as amazing but in her very own little way. My baby, my love and the one that taught me so many things. Our favorite song came about in a different way. In the hospital during her seizures it was hard to soothe her to sleep. I tried a couple of different songs but the one that worked for her was a classic from the Disney movie Dumbo. You can read about her story here and here..

"Baby mine, don't you cry. Baby mine dry your eyes. Rest your head close to my heart, never to part. Baby of mine..."  and so for her...



 Last but not least.. I kept the quote for our bedroom a secret from my husband until the last minute. I think it can be hard to find something that sums up your love and life in marriage. I have hundreds of qoutes that I could have used but there was one that I heard last week and I knew immediatly it was the one. My husband is so supportive and amazing and so for us and our bedroom..

My favorite line from a favorite movie...The Notebook. 

"If your a bird, then I am a bird. I am whatever you are..." 



Thank you to all the building bloggers who gave this idea. It was so nice to have the "house" to ourselves and to do something with such emotion. It is covered now with drywall but we will know it is always there as a part of our home...


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pre-drywall, Project manager love and a pushed back date!

                                           

    Well we had our pre-drywall and it went really well. We did see some things that need to be worked on but our PM Mike has already taken care of them as of this morning so the changes were quick and easy. I came with my list of questions that were a mix of my own and the pre-drywall list that is floating around the blog world. My PM asked for a copy of my list and I was happy to oblige. I think he was very curious as to where my questions were coming from..

In our previous home (condo) we were able to hear everything. Every toilet flush, foot step or someone rolling over in bed. We could hear the neighbors and their toilets and sinks and banging of cabinets. To say our condo was not well built is an understatement. This is what had me asking Mike about the below listed questions.

1. Will I be able to hear the toilet flush from one floor to the next?
2. The bedroom that backs up to our master bathroom, if we flush the toilet at night will it wake a child?
3. Will I be able to hear people walking on the floors?

During our meeting Mike answered honestly that he really didn't know these answers. Today Mike called me and asked if I wanted to come to a Florence that was ready to close..and test out my questions? I was so touched that he cared and literally put thought into how to answer these questions. I went on my lunch and stood in the bedrooms and here is the answer. Once again, amazing service from Ryan homes.

1. No, you can't hear the toilet flush from one floor to the next.
2. Yes, you can hear the water running (bath) and toilet flush..but its so quiet that it won't disturb anyone..it was like a low, low sound.
3. Yes, you can hear people walking up stairs but its very soft and only when they stomp. Mike was nice enough to stomp so I could actually tell he was walking.

That is so AWESOME..My PM kicks some serious butt. That was truly very thoughtful and much appreciated. 

It was also nice to see a house that was finished but wasn't the over-decorated model. It was a reality and the house looked beautiful and it made my excitement return in full.

Here is the one issue: Mike did tell us our completion date is back to the end of November and that it would be the last weekend. I let him know that is Thanksgiving weekend and we would really love to be in our house for the holiday. To be fair, this was our our original date but it got moved to the first week of November when they were digging. Now with 3 delays from sub-contractors (drywall, finishers and plumbers) we are back to the end of November. To be honest, I was having a tough week and this didn't help and I just really really want to be in our house for Thanksgiving. Instead of having people over we will be moving on the Holiday weekend. I guess the positive is that we will have good Black Friday sales in case we need anything. The negative is good luck to us finding help to move...Turkey waits for no one.

Drywall was hung the day after our meeting and the stone was supposed to go up on Friday but it still isn't hung. On our list of things that needed to be fixed it was completed not 12 hours later. 

Thank you Mike for thinking of us the next day and for answering all of our questions.

Basement bathroom

 

Recessed lights in the kitchen

 

We had 3 spots where this was torn and has already been mended..

 

Look, Gas lines have been marked

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What will I cook in my new kitchen?


    Well this is picture of what our kitchen will eventually look like. The style not the colors and not the wood floors. We did not upgrade to wood floors and hopefully we will finally decide on a refrigerator. Isn't this beautiful? I can't wait to actually be able to cook in this kitchen and have more than 1 cubic foot of space for preparation. I really enjoy cooking but honestly the apartment that we are in is cramped and the kitchen isn't inspiring me to cook anything more than it takes to prep in the previously mentioned 1 cubic foot of space.

We did upgrade to the island and we will be having Espresso cabinets with the level 2 counters. It isn't granite but it will look like granite and I am fine with that. Seeing this kitchen has me thinking, what will I cook in my new Ryan Home Florence kitchen?





Our projected finish date is the first week of November and hopefully at our pre-drywall next week we will get a more firm date. This means that technically I could cook Thanksgiving dinner but I won't set my sights that high. Instead I will settle for something for my and my husband and the girls or hopefully something for our family that will help us move (Please and Thank you)

The first night we can break in the kitchen I think I will make one of two dinners. I guess my choice will depend on how much I unpacked and the weather outside.

1. My award winning Sausage Corn Chowder (I won the soup cook off at work, still counts as a award winning)


I can use the crock pot, it will make the kitchen smell good and could feed a lot of people that may or may not be helping us move (Please and there will be Soup involved)



2. My second option is labor intensive and will use all of my new kitchen space and goodies. This recipe is one of my most requested and I haven't made it in awhile so its about time for some

Pollo Fundido Chimichangas. Who doesn't love LOVE Mexican food?

Also, this can feed a crowd as well and so any possible movers who don't love soup..NO Fear. I can also whip up some Mexican food..YUMMY.


Whatever I decide to make (I am sure this will change in the next 30-45 days (Per our PM) I know that I will finally be in our new home and able to have more than 2 people over at a time. I can't wait to have space to cook and not feel squished in the kitchen. 

I can't wait to stand with my 3 year old at the Gourmet island and make cookies for Christmas or finally have a place to put a big Christmas tree. I can't wait to put our new dining room table in the family room and sit at an actual table to eat instead of wooden TV trays.

My Sister's birthday is today and this weekend we will be celebrating her birthday. I will be making my Black Bean Chicken Tacos  these are easy and seriously delicious.

Happy Birthday to my sister, I can't wait to celebrate your birthday this weekend!

For those of you still building and those of you who are about to close on your new houses..What will you make in your new kitchens?

Fall is coming so those of you moving in time for Halloween, How will you decorate?