Mountain Gray, Tightrope or Ashen

April 11th, 2012

There’s about to be some serious painting going on in this hiz-ouse starting tomorrow. Just saying…

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The Easter Bunny!

April 8th, 2012

The Easter Bunny paid vannyB a little visit this morning..

I could barely set it down in front of him before he had ripped the matchbox cars out of the basket.

They are kinda his thing right now.

After breakfast he spent about 20 minutes lining them all up and giggled over and over..

Then later in the afternoon, we hit the Richmond Easter Parade on Monument Avenue.

Both van and his cuz, Gus, were sporting their Easter Outfits that their grandmother Cece made.

I think people thought they were twins.  Such cuties!

What a fun day in the RVA!

Happy Easter Everybody!

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Things That Make Me Happy

March 30th, 2012

Definitely this Guy..

And His Daddy Too…


And Those…

Happy Friday!

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Cleaning out

March 10th, 2012

So we met with a realtor this past week to discuss getting Chateau vB on the market.

It was a great meeting, but a bit overwhelming at the same time.  We have approximately 6 weeks to check off everything on the To-Do list.  {Said list includes tiling, painting, landscaping, trim work, drywall, de-cluttering, more painting, and staging. } Looks like Mr. vB and I will be pulling some late nights and full weekends to make our deadline of May 1st.

So today I took the plunge and started the de-cluttering process.  First up was the pantry.

It’s such a great big old space, but over time it had accumulated quite a bunch of stuff.

So I took everything out that was not a food item and put it all on the dining room table.  Then from the table I made 3 piles- Trash, Goodwill and Storage.  I wish I had taken a photo for you. It was nap time so I was rushing to get it done before my little helper woke up, but it was a Big Ol Mess!!

The majority of the stuff ended up in the Goodwill pile and then straight into the back of my car!

Here’s what the pantry looks like now.

Better, but I still have some work to do.

Tomorrow I am going to dig into the bedroom closets while Mr. vB tackles tiling the 1/2 bath floor.

If anyone out there in blog land is bored and/or has a thing for going through other people’s junk give us a shout!  We could use the help!  De-Junking the Basement is up next!

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A Much Needed Face-Lift

March 6th, 2012

Hey ya’ll..

Remember waaaa-yyyy back when I posted about our 2011 Home DIY Resolutions??

Resolution 9 was to fix the leak in the porch soffit, repaint the railings and trim, and fix the cement stairs.

It took a year to get around to it, but I’m exciited to report that the front exterior finally got that much needed face lift.

Here’s the before:

It was really starting to look a bit run down and quite frankly EMBARASSING!!

During the Demo:

During the rebuild:

And it’s FINISHED!

Nice, right?  Now I just need to work on the flower beds and our Curb Appeal should be complete!

Thanks to Nick Hardesty of Hardesty Construction for making the transformation happen.

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Valentine’s Day Wrap Up

February 15th, 2012

Happy Belated Valentine’s Everyone!

We had a great Valentine’s Day at the vB household.

vanny made some fun valentine’s for his school friends…

Super-pops courtesy of pinterest and zakkalife.  They were a hit!

We also made everyone heart shaped rice krispee treats!

And for the grandparents we made “hugs”

The hands were originally suppose to painted hand-prints, but vanny was not cooperative with that, so we went with cut outs instead.  A little bakers twine taped to the back of both and viola- a hug!

So after a full day of celebrating- vannyB came down with a fever.  102.9 to be exact.  He was well enough to eat one of his rice krispee treats- but then it was straight to bed!

We headed to the Pediatrician this morning ironically for his 15 month well visit and am happy to report no flu or strep.  But he continued with the high fever all day.

Hopefully tomorrow my little poodle will feel better!  I love the extra snuggles but I know he just doesn’t feel good.

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Why you should label paint cans

February 6th, 2012

Exhibit A

In my haste Friday night, I grabbed a paint can that I “was sure” was the kitchen wall color.  It wasn’t labeled but looked pretty darn close to the same color.

Guess what- it wasn’t.


Thankfully it was only one wall.  And now both paint cans are properly labeled. {Kitchen Walls and Not Kitchen Walls aka Bathroom}

I’m also happy to report that we fixed our “little tile issue” in the pantry room (more on that later), and got the floor grouted.

We are also training van to drink out of the dog bowls.. it will cut down on washing dishes…

I kid, I kid.  He totally took it upon himself, no training needed.

Happy Monday!

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Shoe of the Month- February

February 1st, 2012

I spotted these cuties on Pinterest today..

but I just can’t decide what color I like best!

Toms Ballet Flats- Eliana Blue Suede, Katia Chambray and Eliana Pink Suede.. $79 Each

Don’t forget that with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need.

That almost makes me think I need to get all 3 pairs!

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The Month in Review

January 28th, 2012

Shesh…Is January really almost over?

I know I’ve been MIA all month.  We’ve been really busy working, playing, traveling, planning DIY projects, and most importantly having FUN.  Next month I’ll be better.  I promise!

So I thought I would recap the month for you in photos.. Enjoy!

{was hoping to talk my mom into making this for vanny}

{Looking more and more like his momma every day!}

{what looks better?- white or red}


Told ya we had fun!

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Happy 2012!

January 2nd, 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

I’ve been lucky enough to have the past 8 days off to enjoy family, food, and hanging with my little dude and his daddy 24/7.

I’ve loved EVERY second, but alas it is coming to an end.  Thought I would try to sneak in a quick recap of the Holidays before things get crazy again.

Let’s start with all the playing we did…

van made out like a bandit with Santa.  Apparently he was a VERY good boy this year!

He got a kitchen, a shopping cart, a rocket, some books, and a cute stool with his name on it.  And that doesn’t include what he generous grandparent’s and aunties/uncles/cousins gave him!

We also said “see you soon” to van’s Day-Care provider.  {Now that he has turned 1, it is time to move on to another day school as Ms. Sutton only watches infants.} Thankfully she still babysits after hours, so Mr. vB and I might have snuck in a date during my week off.

{disclaimer- I love this woman.  She is like van’s 3rd grandmother.  Who knew I would get so attached??}

Somebody also got his first hair cut!

Here he is pre-cut..

He was a trooper during the trim process.  No tears and minimum squirming!

Thanks Jay {at Wyldology}!

Lastly we have fit in a lot of time being outside in this amazing un-December like weather. {for those readers that don’t live in Virginia, we have had several 65 degree days lately!}

“look ma- both hands!”

Now on to some new recipes we made…

For Christmas Breakfast with my family I was in charge of a yummy treat.

This receipe for sticky pecan rolls has been ALL OVER pinterest lately, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Photo courtesy of Nicole at The Jones Way

OMG! They are SOSOSO easy to make and SOSOSO good!

My little sous chef even got in on the fun of making it!

I highly recommend trying it out for yourself!

And then last night I tried my hand at making fried chic peas.

I have had them several times at a local wine bar in town and the waiter told us it was just chic peas, with a little panko crumb and salt.  I thought how hard could that be?

Well, it wasn’t hard and I ate them so fast I didn’t get a photo.  OOPS.

I searched the world wide web for a good receipe and none that I saw mentioned panko crumbs.  I took libertys with this specific recipe and kinda made it my own.  Even van liked them- {but he likes almost everything so that’s not saying a lot!}

I used them as a side for the main course of greek chicken pitas, but they would also make a great appetizer or snack!  Definitely another easy, must try recipe!

Finally, being stuck at home time twice a day for naptime might have lead to some furniture rearrangement.. {blame van, not me}

The Goodwill Gold Velvet chair has moved out of the living room to make room for the mini kitchen

Not my favorite location, but what else you gonna do in a small house?

I have thought about moving it to the back room, but the tile work that we started 4 months ago is still not complete.  So maybe one day that room can become the make shift playroom.  Maybe.

I also moved that big {5 shelf} bookcase out of the the hallway, orginally thinking the mini kitchen would go there.  I’m kinda digging it empty though.

I think it would be cool to do a picture wall on that left side with a variety of black frames and stuff.

Something similar to what the gang over at younghouselove did.

photo courtesy of

You might have also noticed that I moved some of the rugs around.

{who am I kidding- no one noticed but me!}

Sorry about the bad lighting, but the sisal with black band use to be in the hallway and the oriental that is currently under the sofa was by the front door.

Here it is from the other direction.

Eeh, I’m not sold on the switch-a-roo, but am too lazy right now to put them all back to where they were originally!  So for now they stay put! ha-ha

Perfect Timing.. the wee one is starting to stir from his nap, so time to wrap this up!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy Holiday and here’s to a great 2012!  I’m hoping to debute a new look for b& in the next couple of weeks.  I’m serious this time!  I’m working with a designer friend to get the new look I want and then my web-developing hubby is going to make it work.  I also hope to update you soon on some new projects we are undertaking in the new year.  They include but are not limited to drywalling the ceiling in the basement, tiling the downstairs half bath, and MOVING!!!

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