Weekend Fun + a Shabby Apple Review

Since this blog is a digital journal of sorts for Kev and I to look back at over the years, I’m having fun throwing in a few ‘Weekend Fun’ posts here and there to see what kept us busy when. What’s even better is that it’s a virtual reminder of Liv’s (fast!) growth. It’s amazing what a short couple of months mean in baby-time. She’s still so teeny tiny but she used to be this and this teeny tiny. Time flies.

Back to photo journaling…

Visiting Balboa Park in San Diego is one of our favorite weekend activities. On this particular weekend we walked the beautiful grounds and then visited the Stickley exhibit at the Art Museum. Gustav Stickley is an especially important character in the Arts & Crafts furniture and home building movement and you can see plenty of Craftsman style homes here in San Diego that were influenced by his style of architecture.

I perused Balboa Park in my new Da Vinci dress by Shabby Apple. They had offered to send me a dress to review here on the blog and I was pretty hesitant at first. What if I didn’t like the dress at all? What if it didn’t fit well or just wasn’t my style? To my great relief the Da Vinci dress fit perfectly (a true-to-size fit) and and the jersey knit is incredibly comfortable. I’ve worn it on numerous occasions over the last couple of weeks because it has what I’ll call a ‘forgiving fit’ in that the waist line can be worn across the hips or a bit higher above the waist so that the top slouches. All post-baby imperfections are safely concealed.

If you’re a fan of this blog then you know that I love Shabby Apple and I think their goal of making everyday, attractive, modest women’s wear is awesome. Did you know that they also have a full line of kids and baby dresses? Shabby Apple, I’ll review a dress for Liv next! ;) (we’re practising standing above, not posing! promise) Check out these links for bridesmaid dresses, swim wear and jewelry.

Shabby Apple is currently having a store wide 20% off summer sale! Not sure if you can stack these, but you’ll also get 10% off if you use the code: pepperdesign10off and don’t forget to like them on Facebook to receive regular promotion updates.

In May we attended my brother’s college graduation at Notre Dame. So proud of you, Andy!

Memorial Day is our little neighborhood’s favorite holiday, complete with a parade, relay races and basketball tournaments. Kevin turned a piece of his architecture project into an impromptu float and won a first place award. Poor boys had to carry that huge structure nearly a mile on their shoulders!

This past July 4th weekend Liv discovered the sand and the ocean for the very first time. I know, it’s a crime that we live in San Diego but we don’t visit the beach more often. But that’s what summer is for and we’ll have to make up for lost time!

Family from Arizona and friends from all over joined us for a full sun-filled day at the beach (early afternoon until fireworks – Liv was such a trooper!).

Happy weekend to you all! Hope you enjoy this one and don’t forget to capture it for future memories.

Office Makeover: Plastering by Night

As many of you know, Kevin is a full-time student by day and a home-diyer by weekend – or night. After a brief stint in the Marines he went back to school to study architecture and very recently wrapped up his second year. So by day he was conquering finals and by the light of the moon (or just a really massive spotlight) was plastering the new guestroom/office. Such a stud.

If you need a quick catch-up, here’s a recap of us getting back into the ‘swing’ of things after a busy school quarter (demo & before pictures here).

In the morning the rounded arches in the back of the room and the soft curve dividing the two spaces looked a bit more like this. Those rounded ceilings are original to the architecture of the house! Love them.

Oh sweet transformation.

Even my favorite wallpaper is gone.

She’ll receive a sanding, one more layer of plaster, a coat of primer, paint and maybe a wall of grasscloth(?), but the room already feels brighter.

Yes, we’re messy diyers – don’t mind the floor.

Yeah for summer break :).

For more Office Makeover posts, check out: inspiration for a diy desk, back in action!, desking hunting for under $300, bookcases under $300, inspirational rooms, room layout options, demo part 1 & demo part 2.

Adding a Little ‘Bloom’ to the Patio

Hope you had a wonderful 4th! I’ll be back soon with a round-up of pictures (once I get through sorting them all…) from Liv’s first beach day.

Meanwhile… a little patio update. Kevin finished the outside grill/fireplace area two summers ago and we’ve been enjoying the fruits every since. It’s always needed a little something green though – I get a concrete and stone overload every time I peer out through the new kitchen doors. But the minor update was relatively low on the list… (forgive the random photo I have of the fireplace – we just stocked up on extra wood).

Then came an afternoon at Lowe’s with a friend who was landscaping her front yard, and the wheels started turning.

Hours later and I had purchased two ceramic pots and two each of three different ‘high sun’ plant varieties (these babies will get zero shade so flowers that can handle 100% sun was a must).

I would have added nutrient rich potting soil to the mix but the soil from these gallon and half gallon pots was more than enough.

After pulling your plants out of the plastic container (a gentle kneading of the plastic should do the trick), break up the roots at the base to encourage growth.

After planting, water water water. And unless your new pots are on a drip system, keep up with frequent watering on an every day or every other day basis.

Yeah for a little summer green!

Plant choices are 100% reliant on your climate – be sure to choose plants that meet location criteria (shade, partial shade, full sun, etc) and that can live within your seasonal changes (snow, humidity, intense heat, etc). Here’s a helpful climate zone map to learn more about where you live and what grows best.

Liv gets some old fashioned vitamin D while attempting to discover who this big furry friend is:

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