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Kitchen Remodel – Post # 2 – Painting Kitchen Cabinets

{part of the mess, my anxiety was so high}

Well this past weekend I took on the project of painting my kitchen cabinets. I went into this scared shitless because all that went thru my head was if I screw this up what am I going to do {haha}, needless to say I moved forward.

{it continued..}

I probably didn’t do this the professional way { I know I didn’t do it the professional way, I did it the “Beth” way} and I certainly didn’t paint the cabinets the way my Mother would have {her response when she walked into my house Saturday afternoon was “oh my, I would have done it …”}. I tried taking off all the doors, but some of the screws were in so tight that I didn’t have the strength to take they down so I improvised {this is where a handyman would have come in play, but that’s ok}.

While the color of the cabinets looks more blue to me than light grey, I’m happy with the way the turned out. My kitchen looks a lot brighter and “fresher.” I’m still getting used to the new look, but I’m overall happy with the way they turned out.

Next on the list, a new floor. I’m hoping to have that done in the next few weeks if possible.

{this is right before I hit my head on the ceiling like 10 times}

Because I’m trying to do as much of this on my own to save costs, stick to a budget and for some silly reason, to prove to myself that a single female who is living on her own can handle a project like this {it’s all about empowerment and telling myself I can do this} I’ve been trying to cut costs as much as possible. So far for the paint, paint brushes, primer and sand paper my total costs have come to around $70.

{after photos}

{ I painted the bottom half of this wall a navy blue, which I am in love with!! I have an idea for an art mural sort of project for the top portion, but before I commit to that idea, I’m going to keep it like this for right now}

Until the next task is complete… if you have any advice on flooring send them my way!

-B 

It’s About Taking Care Of Yourself

I’ve been feeling more stressed and defeated lately than normal, so when my friends over at gifts.com reached out to me about their 92 Self Care Ideas, it was perfect timing. With our busy lives, it can be SO easy to forget to do little nice things for ourselves and it can even sometimes feel selfish! With work, family and friends it’s hard to prioritize making some time for you. It feels like something we can easily put off, even though we shouldn’t.

There are tons of different ways to treat yourself, you can sort the ideas based on whether you need mental, social, physical, emotional, and practical self care so you can really personalize your self care day.

Check it out!

Kitchen Remodel – Post #1 – Wallpaper removal

I’m entering the third year in my house and I have wanted to redo my kitchen for a while so I finally decided to start this remodel today. If you’re a homeowner you know there are always projects for you to work on {unless you’re a millionaire and purchased your dream home, but I’m not there yet, so I have to keep dreaming} and the kitchen is probably one of the biggest remodels you can do to your home.

First up was taking down wallpaper above my kitchen sink and cabinets {wallpaper is the worst, the WORST}. A few hours later and the first project is complete. Next up on my list is to sand, prime and paint the cabinets…

{kitchen before pictures}

Because its easy to just call a contractor or hire someone to do these things for you, I’m determined to do as much as I possibly can myself. They say challenging yourself is a good thing, so I’m going to challenge myself to get through these next few weeks as I tackle each project one by one.

If you have any tips or suggestions please pass them along my way! And follow along on my Instagram {@bybuffalob} and FB accounts as I tackle these projects.

-B 

 

No fancy title here, just my thoughts as of recent

 

{Photo by Seek Axiom}

Life is a crazy thing and its scary. As I sit here and type away at the key board I have so many thoughts and feelings going through my head and I don’t know how or what is really going to come out or if it will even make any sense. I don’t know how people who read this will take it, but at the same time its thoughts that I think a lot of people often ignore because they don’t like to deal with things head on. Life is tough, its not always sunshine and rainbows, its hard and sad and while you can sit here and act like life is great and post only what you want people in the world to see, you can only mask things for a certain time and then they resurface.

You see even the toughest people who are strong, independent and smart go through shit and sometimes they need someone to lean on, someone to take care of them. You can have a great job, have an amazing family and amazing friends and still feel like something’s missing. You can feel this way and its not because you aren’t appreciative of what you have in your life, but because you feel like you have to be the one to always keep your shit together. The one who is always the bigger person, the person who will fix everything, make everything better and let people treat you bad and say “it’s okay” because you want to do the right thing and just be a good friend, a good person. But in reality that’s not okay. Its not okay because you only have one life, you don’t always have a second chance and you aren’t guaranteed anything except this moment you are living right now so you have to make it worth it.

SO what is the point of all of this stuff I just wrote, I don’t know, maybe its me just wanting to let anyone know that if you’re going through a tough time and trying to figure out your life, know its okay, you don’t have to have all of the answers, you don’t need to always feel like superman or superwoman. You just have to live, do the things that make you happy and say whats on your mind and how you feel. Why? because everyone deserves to be happy and be loved. Everyone needs to know its okay to cry and its okay to be sad. Its okay to be vulnerable sometimes because being vulnerable means being uncomfortable. When we put ourselves out there we often wonder if we will get criticized or feel hurt, but because of this we are courageous for opening up and allowing ourselves experiences that we need in order to bring a purpose to our life.

Lastly, we need to love because love is the most important thing you can do as a person and its also the most risky thing you can do. Love is powerful and uncertain and loving someone leaves you to being emotionally exposed. It’s scary, but we’re open to being hurt because we can’t imagine our lives not being loved or loving others and all of this is vulnerable and risky at the same time, but we allow it.

Its funny how over the last year I’ve learned so much about myself, but know there is so much more to learn.  I don’t think anyone would ever say they like to feel stressed or anxious, sad and defeated, but at the same time I am a very strong believer in things happening for a reason. Lessons being learned during some of your most difficult and stressful times. Its during these times that you learn more, you feel more, appreciate more and find the real meaning of your life, what your supposed to be doing. It’s almost as though a light bulb goes off and everything clicks and you find those answers you’ve been looking for, sometimes it happens quickly and other times it may take a while, but it happens.

As I finish typing and debate in my head if I should really hit the publish button, I’m worried what people will think of this, but then I think of what a good friend told me recently and sometimes you just need 20 seconds of insane courage and then its done. So here’s to that 20 seconds…

Just know you have a purpose in this crazy world we live in and each day when we wake up its another opportunity for us to share our love with others. xo

-B

 

Harlie Girl

{the real queen of the house}

Its been a while since I posted an update on my best friend little Miss Harlie girl. Harlie is now about a year and a half old and she is has gained a personality that is truly one of a kind. When she wants something she makes you know, when I have a busy work week she lets me know she isn’t happy with me and when she’s tired she nestles up next to me.

I’m looking forward to these warmer months when I can get her out of the house and take her on long walks to new places. Each day is a new adventure with her and with that my love for her grows stronger. It really is true, a dog is your best friend she knows when I’m sad and when I’m happy and she knows how to cheer me up. Below are some pictures of her over the last few weeks. Once of the best things as of recent is the ability for me to take her to work with me. Not only do I love it, but I think she enjoys all the attention from my co-workers.

Until next time.

-B 

A Special Shout out…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we enter the weekend, I want to send a special shout out to two coworkers who have become good friends of mine. Not only do they make my work day more enjoyable, but they are really good people who I am lucky to call my friends. So Kelsey and Brad, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope your birthday’s are filled with lots of laughs, love and fun memories.

-Beth

Harlie and Me – 1 year

{the first day I got Harlie}

It was 1 year ago that Harlie came into my life. I won’t forget the day I went to pick her up from the foster family with my brother, I was excited and nervous. It had been forever since I had a puppy and I didn’t want to do anything wrong or make any mistakes. I constantly thought am I doing the right thing. The first few weeks I remember hating to leave her because I didn’t want her to think I wasn’t coming back. I would come home from work during the day just to check on her and make sure she knew that I would always be here.

As this past year unfolded, I learned a lot about Harlie and I think its safe to say she has learned a lot about me. As I’m writing this post she’s laying next to me napping while soaking up the sun.

She reminds me of both my family dogs – she has Sabre’s goofiness and she has Wallace’s “cuddleness”. She knows how to test me, has at least one temper tantrum a day, but also gives me the security I need.

You see buying my home and moving out was one of the most accomplishing things I can say I have done with my life, but it was also a struggle for me to go from being surrounded by people at home to coming home to an empty house. Add that on to my anxiety of being alone at night, having a dog was the solution to my worries. Growing up with dogs in my house since I was little is a part of me. It was choosing the dog that was right for me and Harlie was it, she is like my best friend. Even on my worst days she is always there to cheer me up.

Some people who may read this won’t understand, but I really don’t care. As Harlie and I celebrate are 1 year anniversary together as a family, we will celebrate with maybe an extra dog treat for her and a glass of wine for me. A special thank you goes out to my friend Kate who helped me with finding Harlie and another thank you goes out to Diamonds in the Ruff for the amazing work you do each and every day.

Until next time.

-B & H

 

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