Back to the #goldnugget’s Room!

We’ve been sloooooowly and steadily working on the nursery, and I wanted to have a little bit more done before I let you in on it. So, before the little buddy was officially known to be a little buddy (yes, we would have had a woodland creatures themed room for a girl), J figured he wanted to go this direction:Nuggetspiration_HouseofGoldNot-so-secretly, I hated the idea of an [actual] bear rug, but other than that, I was fully on board.

But once we were notified that the offspring in my womb would soon be taking after J’s beard-loving ways, his ideas changed. He wanted more of a “Beach Fishing Cottage” thing (link to the pinterest board with ideas…).

So first thing’s first. I finished painting three of the walls our favorite Windfresh White. We wanted to keep things neutral in there, because I had other plans for color and texture. On the fourth wall, I envisioned some kind of accent wall. I considered a ton of options– cedar shingles, wood planks, a bold color..? But ultimately, this photo had me at hello.     2014-10-03 11.01.59(hello.)

We picked up 3 sheets of underlayment, and ripped it into 8″ strips. Then I primed, painted, painted, and painted before anything else could happen.Boards Cut and Painted_HouseofGoldI also ordered some of our favorite rope (affiliate link) that I used on our master bedroom lamps

So, with materials at the ready, we decided on the layout of these wood strips (basically, I wanted to know exactly where all the seams would be– would they be bricked/ staggered, or would they be random?). Then J got out his nail gun and got crazy. This really did not take very long at all. AT ALL. One row of underlayment, one row of rope. And continue on down the wall until we got to the bottom two rows.Installing Planks_HouseofGoldTo cut the rope and prevent it from fraying, we just wrapped a small section with a piece of duct tape and snipped away.

Cutting Cord_HouseofGoldWhen we got closer to the outlets, I just marked the locations (using my nemesis, the tape measure) and jigsaw-ed out the holes. Luckily, I got it right the first time and didn’t have to redo any of that nonsense.Outlet Cuts_HouseofGoldAfter that, I filled in the nail holes with wood putty, sanded smooth, and touched up the white paint.Fill Nail Holes_HouseofGold (I originally filled in the seams, but then decided that was a bad idea and later scraped them out.)

As for the edges, we purchased rope that was a little thicker (1/2″) than the horizontal ropes, and nailed that in place. (Affiliate link)

Wall Finish Detail_HouseofGoldAnd VIOLA! An accent wall is born. Too bad, though. You don’t get to see the full-finished-wall right now. You’ll get that later. Mwuuuhahahhaha.

Cleaning with Dogs.

J and I have long-struggled with the whole “cleaning situation” in our house. The dogs. THE DOGS! Especially in the summer, they shed like it’s their job. I mean, I guess it kind of is? Pet dander, people dander, air dander (that’s not a thing. I just needed a third “something” to make a list.). How do we (sometimes) get a handle on our situation?

We vacuum. A lot. About 2-3 times a week in the summer and at least once a week in the winter. We bought this guy from Home Depot, which has a few attachments that are super-helpful. (I’ve been through many a vacuum, only to discover that Dyson’s do not work. At least for me. I’ve had the experience of using three different ones that ALL lost suction.) So we end up buying a “cheaper” vacuum, use the heck out of it for a few years, and then get a new one. Works for us. (affiliate link)

I end up vacuuming all the hard surfaces, instead of sweeping. With dog hairs, this just seems to be the best method. (If I have time, I dust first. But I usually don’t have time, so vacuuming suffices in the meantime.) Once that stage is done, I mop. We use this guy, which has a refillable canister and washable pads. I much prefer these washable pads to a plain old (disposable-wipe) swiffer. (affiliate link)

We change out the air filters! We have two in our house, and J handles that duty. Mostly because he’s tall and doesn’t need a ladder to change these out. We opt for a middle-of-the-road filter. We’ve heard that if you buy the top of the line filters, it actually ends up making your air handler work harder, which is no bueno for us… seeing as how our air handler is already 20something years old. (pleasedontdiepleasedontdie)Air Filter_HouseofGoldI try to do this more often, but if I’m being honest, it happens about once a year: dust off the fan blades. This is pretty gross, but fairly self-explanatory. I usually use a damp microfiber cloth to get the nasties off. Dirty Fan_HouseofGold

When I was down at Haven, I got to meet the kind people of Honeywell (the air purifier-people). They were quick to show me their newest product, the bluetooth air purifier, touting its benefits. What are said benefits, you ask? Well.

  1. It matches Ringo’s fur. Very important.Ringo Purifier_HouseofGold
  2. You can control it from across the room, check the filter status, set a timer, etc etc etc with the [free!] app.Screen Grab_HouseofGold
  3. It has a LOT of different modes… like a general clean, a germ, an allergen, and turbo. We usually leave the turbo mode on during the day when we leave.Honeywell Top_HouseofGold
  4. You can schedule when this thing should turn on and off! So if you’re going out for the day, leave it on “general clean”, but want that extra boost right before you get home? You can totally do it with this guy.

So these guys were so nice to send us one of our very own to test out. Again, with the screaming and jumping around. J was so stinking excited about this guy that he had it completely set up and running before I even got home from work. Which basically means in the five minutes he is home before I am, he let the dogs outside, ripped the box apart, plugged it in, downloaded the app, and set the entire machine up. Honeywell Overall_HouseofGold

So here’s the deal. I think, for some reason, I expected magic. As in… this guy would run for approximately 10 minutes, and then VIOLA! Our house wouldn’t smell like dogs anymore! We would have zero hairballs trolling through the house! And Angels would sing.

These things aren’t magic. They clean the air, not your house. They’re not Rosie from The Jetsons. (Can we bring back that show? I quite enjoyed that.) And when I say they clean the air, they don’t necessarily make it smell better. I have a different trick for that. BRB with that tip.

What they will do for your house: It’s got a HEPA filter, which traps VOC’s, mold, allergens, etc. Basically, it makes the air realllll nice. So while it may not necessarily make your house smell like lilies, it definitely keeps things fresh and circulating when we’re gone. A definite MUST.

So about the “making it smell better” thing for us? That works like MAGIC and is crazy cheap? Get out a nice bowl. Or glass. Or shoot… get your paper plates out. Whatever you choose. Pour some (whole) coffee beans into said [open] container. Wait for a couple minutes. Those beans will absorb those nasty odors out of the air. True story. It took somewheres around 15 minutes for our living room to not smell like dog flatulence. Coffee Bean Bowl_HouseofGoldGot any other tips for us?


*super huge muchas gracias senores to the folks at Honeywell for sending us one of these to test out.*

The door to Narnia?

Remember when Mom and Dad came and essentially fixed all of our doors? Or most of them? They replaced the Deck Door here.

Back Door Complete_HouseofGoldAnd then they added the Doggy Door to our Garage door here. And all was right with the world! Dogs Testing_HouseofGold

Except for a couple things.

  1. The Doggy-Door-Door was NASTY. It had this sticky-like substance on all the mullions of the window, it dripped along to look like the window was crying, and it was left (for many many years) in it’s primed-but-not-painted-state.
  2. The Deck Door was suddenly facing the same fate of being primed forever.

This could not continue. NOT HERE. NOT IN MY HOUSE.

Not in my house So I got in touch with the folks over at Modern Masters (whom I met at Haven), and said… heyooooo! Can I test out your stuff? And they’re all Suuuuure! So I went on the site to check out the front door paint, downloaded the free app, and J and I agreed on a color. HERE’S WHERE WE HIT A  ROADBLOCK. I didn’t research everything I could have and the color came and it wasn’t what I expected. You see, Modern Masters also has a ginormous pinterest board with real-life pictures of their colors on real-life doors. I should have started there. But, in case you like it, here’s what one coat of Successful looks like. Successful_HouseofGoldRegardless, we got back in touch and got the [most absolute prettiest ever color ever] situation rectified and got Peaceful.Back Door PaintedThis is a suuuuper easy paint to use. It takes about an hour between coats, with the final coat needing 2-3 hours to dry. That’s a lot less time than most other paints that would require you to do one coat per day. No thanks. They’ve even broken it all down into baby steps here.

But seriously. The door isn’t quite done yet. SO MANY WIRES. I plan to get those bad boys under control, get some flowers in the beds, and re-take that picture in approximately 4 months. Or however long it takes to get that situation under control. BUT IT LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER! Back Door Before After_HouseofGoldRIGHT??! Oh. You might also notice that because I’m a crazy person that is growing a tiny human and <sometimes> have irrational thoughts, the doorknob HAD TO BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY. So my lovely, loving, wonderful husband did that for me. But for real… it looks way better than shiny brass, right?

And the jars they send have SO MUCH PAINT. You could paint a second door! So we did. Also, you can kinda see in the below picture that Mom and Dad painted/ caulked/ repaired the fascia/ trim around the ENTIRE HOUSE because they’re nice people. It looks so much better, no?

Deck Door Painted_HouseofGoldMaybe you should try this project as soon as it warms up, yes? FRONT DOORS FOR ALL!! Hip, Hip, Hooray! #grateful for Modern Masters for sending me a jar of their Peaceful (and Successful) paint colors and being kind to the lady that perhaps chooses the wrong color the first time!


#goldnugget Round 2

Week 16: Fairly Routine week… nothing too terribly crazy happened. EXCEPT! Baby child got to go to the lake and experience sunshine. This was the second time I dared wear a bathing suit in public since finding out the news. I felt a bit giant… but floating! Ahhhh floating in water is bliss.2014-09-03 20.16.21 Week 17: We finally got to tell all of our friends that we’re having a little boy-child! J is suuuuper relieved to not be expected to keep that secret anymore. He’s not much of a secret-keeper. And he totally spilled the beans a couple of times. 2014-09-12 19.36.50Week 18: Baby kicks! On precisely the 18th week, I think I have progressed from “that kinda feels like a lot of gas bubbles” to “I’m pretty sure that’s my boy-child kicking the junk out of my innards right now.” And it’s awesome. It still feels a bit like bubble guts mixed with a muscle twitch, but it feels a little different than it did before. So I’m going with it. Yay!2014-09-20 20.08.47

Week 19: I had the thought earlier this week… If this is what pregnancy feels like, let’s always be pregnant (ish)! I think I have completely forgotten about the first trimester, and am in the honeymoon phase of it all. I feel great, I can still move around, and I’m enjoying foods again. Also, fetuschild is having dance parties in there. At least, there are lots of “muscle twitchiness” feelings that make me believe it’s fetuschild.2014-09-16 09.38.20Week 20: HALFWAY THERE! We had our ultrasound yesterday, and that was super-fun. It’s just always so reassuring to see the little nugget in there, kicking around, moving, breathing, and watch his little heart beating. I think any parent-to-be experiences the whole “freak out what if everything isn’t okay in there” moments, so getting to see the little man doin his thing is just so calming. Also, I learned the child enjoys laying his head on my bladder. Which explains the whole “going to the bathroom every 20 minutes” thing. Thanks, little buddy.2014-09-30 17.41.58Week 21: This was the week that #goldnugget decided to start kicking in earnest. And also, he doesn’t sleep very much. It’s so strange to feel a tiny human inside you moving, swimming, kicking, etc. What a strange, fun, interesting, and complex time in my life!2014-10-06 17.46.48Week 22: More of the kicking! Tiny Human seems to appreciate snack time, based on the amounts of kicks I receive after I finish eating. Also, he’s still not a fan of overly-sweet things. In fact, my body tends to revolt after I eat a super-sugary snack. Back pains have started as well… which means prenatal yoga is in full swing, so that helps out quite a bit. It doesn’t exactly “solve” the back pain, but it certainly helps. I HAVE DISCOVERED THE GLORY OF A HEATING PAD. This basically solves all my back pains. I mean, this and yoga. LIFE IS GOOD.2014-10-14 17.31.22Week 23: Chocolate is very, very bad. And results in heartburn for hours. I don’t know how I’m going to survive. But! In other [weird] news, glutens no longer bother me. SERIOUSLY. I can eat gluten again! This is cause for much rejoicing and celebrating! I don’t know if this is temporary, or a permanent thing, but for now, I will enjoy a sandwich, a burrito, and tons of other foods I have missed terribly.2014-10-22 10.00.03Week 24: More of the same! Stretching, yoga, heating pad. You know.2014-10-28 20.26.33Week 25: WE WENT TO MEXICO. AND AUSTIN. Tiny Human loved it. Which basically means: I loved it and Tiny Human enjoyed the fact that he got to eat every 2-3 hours.  2014-10-31 12.18.21

Week 26: I survived the glucose test. I think I passed it? Maybe? Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. You just drink a sugary-sweet drink and get poked three times to have your blood drawn. Tiny Human is starting to seriously dance in there. Like… roll around and move and it looks suuuuper-weird from the outside.    2014-11-17 17.41.55Third Trimester, Commence!