april [ these days ]

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running outside on the incredibly nice days between the incredibly rainy days

watching Kyle work on a project I can’t wait to share

wishing there was more space in my garage so my car wasn’t cast outside during said project

drinking cold brew like it’s my job

making flavored coffee syrups

saying goodbye to a property this family will surely miss

maintaining calm when my daughter dresses herself in a bit of everything in her closet

wondering why she loves bugs so much #gross

loving that I am somehow lucky enough to have found friends that love my girl as much as I do

prepping for a busy next few weeks then beyond to summer which is always the best kind of busy

laughing at Veep (why am I so late to the game on this show? hilarious!)

 

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stepping up our dinner game + a blue apron giveaway

 

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I have read about Blue Apron a few times and always wanted to give it a try but set the idea aside for some reason. I mean, did I really need a dinner delivery service? But after we started to live in a chili, chicken, pasta dinner rotation, I decided to give it a whirl. I am SO glad I did. We have been receiving little blue boxes for two weeks now and our dinner game has really stepped up a notch.

Day 1 : Chili - Blackened Cod

Day 1 : Chili – Blackened Cod

Day 2 : Pan-Seared Chicken Verijus

Day 2 : Pan-Seared Chicken Verijus

Day 3 : Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Day 3 : Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes

How it works…

Sign up online and specify your dietary preferences

A refrigerated box arrives on your door step once a week containing all the fixings for three meals, picture recipe cards with detailed instructions and a little note about this weeks meals

Follow the directions which typically take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to prepare dinner

We have absolutely loved getting to learn some new tricks in the kitchen as well as expanding our recipe catalog.  Also, we only receive a two person meal box but there is plenty to feed all three of us so at $20 per meal, my food budget has stayed about the same and I get to ditch the huge grocery store runs. It’s been a total win for us!

And now for the great news, Blue Apron is giving one free meal to three Pretty Wednesday readers. To enter to win a meal, leave a comment below letting me know your favorite thing to cook for dinner. Three winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, April 15th.  Note: To win, you must be new to Blue Apron. Not open to existing users.

 

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dressing up your door mat

DOORMATS

Welcome to the season of outdoor maintenance aplenty. Spring is really giving it a good go here in the northwest. One day it’s cold, the next it’s 70 and sunny. On those days, I shamelessly text Ky mid-day that we should ‘spend the afternoon in the backyard’ aka ‘i think we might be interested in some yard work this afternoon. right honey?’

It’s high time we get some curb appeal going! And, because I can’t seem to resist any chance to shop, I went ahead and started looking for new welcome mats. These bad boys caught my eye and I thought I would share in case your front door is screaming for some help like mine was.

1. This hello mat from Amazon is just killing it.

2. After my friend Kendra so kindly had me obsessed with the H&M home site, I ended up purchasing a runner as well this striped guy. My front door thanks me.

3. This fox was just too cute. He almost had me.

4. I have jute welcome mats at both my back doors. They seem to help keep at least some of the pine needs from coming in with my dogs. #isweepEVERYday

5. I must have a thing for stripes but I love this pink mat. Added bonus, it’s on sale!

Also, can we just note that I so badly want to exude all cheese possible and call this post I adore door mats but your welcome for refraining.

Happy weekend!

 

 

happy thursday + last sunday

I’m so late with this post that I’m sure you are all like what the heck is she doing? Easter was so last week. I KNOW. But with the roll out of the new look, I’m just a tad behind. Throw me a bone and pretend like I’m somewhat timely with this and you still care. K. Thanks! Love ya’!

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Anyway, we Easter’d on the most beautiful farm last weekend and I just couldn’t miss sharing it with you guys. We were lucky enough to get tickets to a local farm that hosts a pretty spectacular Easter event. Madelyn has been talking about it since, and when we went to the zoo this week, she was thoroughly disappointed that there would be no feeding and petting this time around. The farm really did spoil her!

Beyond that, It was just so fun to get to watch her experience the holiday outdoors, with all the gifts a spring holiday brings. Seeing her pet bunnies under cherry blossom trees was so surreal to me. Just like on Christmas, it struck me that Easter is so much more spectacular as a parent then it ever has been before. Something about the joy on her face fills me up to the brim. I could do a million Christmases and Easters this way.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well (and I promise to pull out of this time warp next week)!

There are about a million photos of the day below and I could have included at least 100 more…..Easter 1 Easter 2 Easter 3 Easter 6 Easter 4 Easter 8 Easter 10 Easter 9 Easter 5

 

pretty wednesday gets a new look

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It’s been more then a long time coming so I’m thrilled to announce that Pretty Wednesday FINALLY went through a huge transformation overnight. I’ll be honest, I had my doubts that I could get it done but many hours later and I would say the update is about 90% complete. Feel free to do a little extra browsing today.

In the mean time, here’s a little tour to acquaint you….

1. We now have a hover Pin It button on every photo. Go ahead and put that bad boy to work!

2. A link to the Facebook page is included with the social media icons. This is such an easy way to follow Pretty Wednesday. It’s shameful this has taken me so long.

3. I finally updated and streamlined all the post categories and listed them on the side bar. Another thing that’s been a long time coming.

4. The photos are almost double the size from the old site. I’m a little nervous about this one but it might be just the push I need to step up my photography skills.

5. The navigation bar follows as you scroll down. Another little addition that will be super helpful in finding your way around.

6. There are less lines and boxes with this new look. I’m hoping it makes it easier keep your eyes on the page.

7. Finally a bio on the side bar!

So far, I am LOVING everything about this new look. Hope you enjoy!