vacation set.

Jan 15, 2017

We figured it out!
The weekend of Labor Day, we will take our first real vacation together, Liam's first time out of the country, and we can not wait! We decided to go to Paris and we have received mixed reviews: amazing or not bad but nothing special. It came down to a few things for us on deciding where to go for vacation.
  1. Cost (of course).
  2. Our song mentions the Eiffel Tower and the Northern Lights so we decided Eiffel Tower it is, maybe later for winter we'll do Iceland.

It is so exciting for me to go back to Europe and for Liam to finally get out of the country. He may be a little nervous, he has stayed close to home his entire life and I think he needs a little culture in his life. Everyone thinks he needs a little culture in his life, a bit sheltered in that area and I am always up to travel. We will also spend a few days in Zurich, Switzerland just because we decided it would be awesome to see Switzerland!

We have not bought our tickets just yet but we priced them out last night and decided we would wait a few days. I am pretty sure this week we will buy them but we are still looking around at dates and places to visit (in case these are not the places we will visit but most likely yes). Then next steps to search for some AirBnB spots, potentially renting a car for travel, and spots to visit and things to do in each location! Any suggestions will be most helpful.

This is going to be a great year. I wish i had more vacation but we are going to squeeze in as much as we can try!

the kitchen! reveal day

Jan 14, 2017

If you have been reading for the last few weeks (or months), we have been renovating our kitchen and we are about 97% complete. The important thing is that I can now cook in my kitchen! I have cooked almost everyday and I absolutely love it. I love my sink, my butcher block countertops, and my IKEA island. Also, the gas stove is always a plus.

But I'm sure you don't care much about my cooking and want to see the final product! I'm learning how to use my camera better and taking photos of the house, one day I'll be as good as Chris Loves Julia and Yellow Brick Home. For now, let's get started:

There are a few cosmetic things we need to finish up but right now things are fully functioning in order for us to cook and that's what really matters. The blue tape resembles where we are going to build our shelves in the future. There will be two sets of shelves but not exactly where the tape is showing it. We're too lazy to take the tape down and we will revisit this in the spring time when it's warmer out.

We plan on keeping the holiday cards up for a while, we really enjoy seeing all of our friends on the fridge. We have some work to do on placement of things but it will come together when we have the open shelves. More shelves will go along the wall by the stove and we want to hang some artwork as well (by "we," I really mean me).

It looks fantastic. It's  exactly what my heart dreamed! The only thing I want right now I know I  won't get rigtht away is the subway tile backsplash. We are in the middle of deciding on a matte or glossy finish tile, we received a whole case of matte finished tile for free, it won't cover everything so we would need to buy more or buy everything in the glossy finish. It's 22 cents a tile so it's not out of budget but mostly free tiles is difficult to pass up... not sure what the verdict will be!

I love my farm house sink, it's so large and clean and beautiful. Most people see the sink and just love it too. How could you not? The knobs go perfectly with everything too, my modern look. The soft closing drawers are the special touch, the cherry on top honestly.

We are both so so so happy with how it turned out. Especially because we built it. WE BUILT A KITCHEN. From this to now. I love it. The proud feeling of this kitchen is going to last for so long and thanks to everyone who rooted for us while we went through it. I am going to go sit at my island to meal plan and stare the hard work we accomplished.

things that make me happy | 04

Jan 12, 2017

The new year has started off extremely busy! The good kind of busy where you have events every night, cooking in your brand new kitchen, all of those sorts of things! But I have no abandoned you yet blog! So what's been happening in the world of OHS? What's making me happy recently...

Blog makeover. Easy peasy with the great help of an awesome Etsy shop owner. I love it, simple-clean-white. It suites me well.

Liam and I celebrated our one year anniversary this past weekend and it was super low key and a lot of fun. We exchanged cards in the morning and he totally won the card contest, hands down. He did a great job surprising me with it since he hasn't gone anywhere without me recently. He almost looked at my card while we were in Target but I caught him before any mishaps.

It was freezing on our anniversary so it was difficult to spend any time outside. We went to breakfast and it was delicious, I love going out for breakfast- one of my favorite meals. Afterwards, we decided it was time for pedicures. Liam was terrified the first time I had ever taken him and now he wants to go every few months, he loves it. It was so relaxing. We headed to the arcade in the mall where we had first hung out and looked at puppies! We had no intention of buying a puppy but we wanted to look. We did fall in love with one in particular but we want to adopt a dog and not spend $850 on it.

I was surprised with a "1-year Anniversary Starter Pack" when we got back to the house. It was the sweetest thing! We built the puzzle on the island while I put our groceries away and shouted Alexa, do this. Alexa, do that. Alexa, what's the weather. Super excited!

The Bachelor started. I know, this is a bad thing to be addicted to but it is so entertaining I can't help myself. Please don't judge me too harshly.

I started the gym back up! No, not one of those new years resolution type gym moments but the moment you finished renovating your house and you can actually have a life to go to the gym. I suck at running, but I do it anyways.

Girls night was last night. We learned that Canadians don't know that rock, paper, scissor you go on "shoot!"

So far 2017 has been full of friends and food that we can make ourselves!

cheers to 2017

Jan 4, 2017

Figuring out what to do for New Years Eve is always a struggle, it is always supposed to feel like some BIG extravagant party where you dress up, wear party hats, and toast champagne at midnight.

We did wear party tiaras and we sort of toasted at midnight with red solo cups. I think it was one of my favorite NYE memories to date. It amazes me how much can change in only one year. It was a low key night with some really great friends and lots of cheese, I mean lots of cheese and don't ask us why. The boys built a fire, we vegged out, and spent time together. When we started this year, none of us were really that close and over the months we became the girls.

The girls minus one. She decided to stay in Canada, but she was there in spirit and SnapChat.

We cheers to a new year!
What type of goals are we planning for 2017?
  • Getting back to the gym, not like those people who go to the gym for the first few months and stop. We only stopped because we moved and started rebuilding an entire bathroom and kitchen.
  • Travel. Travel far or travel not so far, just travel.
  • Begin scrapbooking again, I loved Project Life and stopped a few years ago. I want to start on a minimalist version.
  • Save money. Future house or new car next year.
  • Spend more time together. Yes, we live together but we like Candy Crush a little too much and may need to put down our phones once in a while.
  • Learn how to sew.
  • Make our house a home.
  • Finish renovation projects: stairwell, stairs, third floor living area.
  • Help more with the DIY projects we make and make at least 5 of the projects I pin.
  • Volunteer our time somewhere.
  • Enjoy the moments more.

My new planner can help with some of this stuff! By the way, I love my new planner. We have so many adventures to plan and memories to make this year. I can not wait to see what it will bring.

things that made me happy in 2016

Dec 31, 2016

As we say goodbye to 2016, the year of crazy things happening when we didn't expect it, we reflect on what it was like for us personally in that year. Mine was nothing like I expected, especially moving in with someone new. It's been real 2016, bring it on 2017 we're ready for you.

01.08.16 - our first official date to a Jackals hockey game with his friends, he was nervous to bring me which is adorable considering he is so confident. We went to Friendly's for ice cream and I drew him a picture of himself eating ice cream. It's when it all started.

We spent Valentine's Day together at a Sweetheart Ball in 0 degree weather. We drove to see frozen waterfalls and had lunch at a brewery. We fell in love in two months, we moved in together within months of dating, we fought, we laughed, and had a ton of fun in the last 11 months together. 

I went to six weddings this year, five of my friends weddings and one of his. It was a great year for love. Another friend of mine went to ten weddings, which is crazy because I thought six was a ton, both were a ton. In 2017, we have one wedding and in 2018, we have three! Already!

Liam experienced his first ever pedicure and fell in love with Starbucks soy chai's, our drink of choice. He also fell in love with pedicures and wants them once every few months to make sure his feet are like walking on clouds, as he puts it.

I met my favorite high school band, The Spill Canvas, and went to a concert with two great friends. The best part is that Hal brought her baby girl to the concert and we put sound proof baby ear muffs on. We received a lot of stares but it made it all the more funny, she fell asleep half way through so those things worked!

In May, my little Gabbi had a bachelorette party in Las Vegas and we partied like we were in college all over again. It was exhausting and amazing. We danced and got to see a 50 Cent and Ludacris concert.

In June, my friends here in Upstate New York threw a bachelorette party for our friend T. We drove around in a limo to a bunch of wineries around the lake. It was amazing in the bonding type of way, when you know the friends you've made are perfect for you.

Travel. Not nearly as much as I would normally like to but Liam and I went to Washington DC for my training. I visited Cape Cod before my friend J left for Boston and visited Nashville for the first time.

We started renovating a house and I learned all about construction, renovation, decorating, and so much more that I never thought I would learn. HGTV is our favorite channel. Fixer Upper is my #couplegoals.

I took Liam to his first college football game. Rutgers is terrible but it never stopped me from visiting and going to as many games as I could manage. 

My family was together for Thanksgiving and Liam was able to meet tons of my family. We went to Atlantic City and my dad taught him how to play poker, it was the cutest thing ever- he was so excited to play and win.

We cut down our first Christmas tree and I took my first couples Christmas photo.

This year has been a whirlwind of emotions, new friends, moving in with a boyfriend, renovations, and so many memories. Although this year has been crazy in the world of politics and celebrities, for me it's been pretty great. Last year I ended the year in Seattle with a different boyfriend, we both knew we were splitting up but we decided to go on vacation. When I ended that relationship I whole heartedly intended to spend the year focusing on work and laying low on the dating scale. Liam walked into my life like a whirlwind and we have been enjoying this crazy ride we call us since then.

Cheers to 2016, and a toast to 2017 being an even better one.

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