Kitchen Island Inspiration

February 6, 2015

Our kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in our house. It’s big and white and perfect. The only problem is that there’s no island. Initially, I liked how open and welcoming the kitchen felt without an island blocking anything, but after living in it for almost a year, I really want the extra work surface and additional storage underneath. Out kitchen is also big enough to hold our dining table that usually holds 4 and can accommodate up to 8 easily, which I love. But I can’t have both a big workhorse island and a lovely dining table in the same space. So… What’s a girl to do?! We’ve been looking at islands and brainstorming sizes.

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I love this white, chunky, “pull up a bar stool and hang out in the kitchen” look. Except I don’t want our family to eat at a bar, I want a place for Allen and I, and our future kiddos or couple friends, to have an easy place to sit and enjoy a casual dinner together without walking all the way down to the formal dining room.

kitchen island inspiration

White countertops, white backsplash, white cabinets and… BAM, a gorgeous chunk of butcher block. I love this look.

kitchen island inspiration

Not so much the colors in this one, but the open shelving. Gotta have a little place for cookbooks and stylish platters.

kitchen island inspiration

Are you sensing a theme? Love the white and butcher block combination on this one.

These island ideas get me all excited, now I just have to work in the dining surface somehow. Any suggestions?! :)

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Silly Valentine Cards

February 3, 2015

Happy February! This month is one of my favorite months, only sort of because of Valentine’s Day, but mostly because February means that the cold and yucky month of January is over and we’re that much closer to springtime and warm weather. But Valentine’s Day is fun, too! And these silly cards from Emily McDowell are just hilarious. I can’t decide which one is my favorite!

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See all Emily’s cards in her Etsy shop.

It’s a…

January 28, 2015

gender reveal brunch table setting 1

. . . G I R L !

gender reveal brunch table setting 2

We are thrilled that we’re going to welcome a BABY GIRL into our family this July. We found out a few weeks early… I couldn’t stand to not know! We had a little brunch celebration to share the news with a few friends. I couldn’t keep it a secret for too long, but I wanted to do a little something fun. We are so excited about this baby girl! I admit I was taken by surprise, I had always envisioned myself with a boy baby for some reason. But now that I know it’s her, it’s perfect. This baby girl will fit right in with the closeness with my Grams, Mom & Sister. The Curtis family is way boy-heavy – it’s about time to add a sweet girl into the Curtis family mix! I’m getting so excited about all the Mom & Daughter things this baby and I will share. She will be my firstborn, the way I am my Mom’s firstborn. This special bond is not lost on me and I am giddy at the thought of being as close with my daughter as I am with my Mom. (Love you, Mom!) And Allen, my sweet, sweet husband, is going to be such a great girl-daddy. I cannot wait to see how his daughter will break into his hard exterior. She will melt him, I’m pretty confident. Mostly, I can’t wait to see him playing dolls, having imaginary tea parties, brushing hair and putting on bows!

And, a little side story, just for fun. Our ultrasound appointment was really sweet. To tell us the big news, the technician actually typed the words “I’m a… GIRL!” For a moment, I thought was an odd communication method, but I’m so thankful she took herself out of the moment and let Allen and I have that time for us to share. It was really, really sweet.

Eeee! It’s a G I R L !

Pregnancy Things

January 26, 2015

I’m 17 weeks and 5 days today and I have a few silly bump pictures to share. These photos were taken last week, at 16 weeks. I almost didn’t notice at first, because the size of my belly was fluctuating throughout the day for a while, but I definitely popped out between 15 weeks and 16 weeks! It looks really tiny from the side, but from my view looking down, it’s big! We’ll get better at the real bump pictures, but I had to share these early ones for family & friends who are far away.

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I already love having a bump. I find myself rubbing it and resting my hands on it all the time. It’s definitely not immediately obvious that I’m pregnant, but I just keep rubbing my belly! There are so many things going on in my belly, in my heart, in our lives. It’s just such an exciting time. My heart is full and I’m thankful.

Pregnancy Bump, 16 weeks

Maternity Wear

January 15, 2015

I’m 16 weeks this week (eee!) and I’ve got a little teeny tiny bump starting to show. That means I’m eagerly and excitedly shopping around for maternity options and secretly hoping a big baby bump will pop out soon! My first search for stylish maternity was a newer brand I’ve seen around the internets lately, Hatch. These pieces are gorgeous, simple and sleek. These are my favorites so far.

Hatch Maternity Wear

Hatch Pull-Over

Hatch Maternity Wear

Hatch Mia Dress

Hatch Maternity Wear

Hatch Demin Leggings

Hatch Maternity Wear

Hatch Marais Dress

PS – I’m keeping track of all my maternity wishlist items on Pinterest!

Our Big (Little) News

January 12, 2015

… We’re having a baby! 2015 is going to be a great year for the Curtis family! Allen and I are so excited to be experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime feeling. Expecting our first baby simultaneously feels life-changing and shocking, and yet completely natural. We had a great time surprising our family and friends with the good news before the holiday season. Baby Curtis will be joining us in July, so Allen and I are going to be busy, busy for the next few months preparing. We are so thrilled!

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Thank you all for the congratulations and well wishes! We are grateful. (Oh and PS - please, please send us all your tips, advice and recommendations!)