Everyday Stuff.

March and April have been busy months for us. Easter brought with it egg hunts galore plus the baptism of little Marlowe.

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

And who doesn’t need a custom ice sculpture (which very quickly became a bloody mary bar that you wouldn’t believe) to celebrate their big morning?

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv is playing soccer on Saturdays (I still can’t believe it – that’s quintessential older kid mom status, I no longer have just babies!).

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

And we’ve already begun Mother’s Day gifts (that were spurred on randomly by some scavenger hunting – can you guess?).

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Marley went to her first baseball game (go Padres!):

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

And it still just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

My little dramatist doesn’t ever fail me with her intrigue.

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff | March & April 2015 | PepperDesignBlog.com

This one will for sure be our firecracker.

How is your week going? Hope that you enjoy a beautiful weekend wherever you are and with whatever your plans are!

PS more of the everyday.

Master Bath/Bedroom: Week 8

I wanted to share an update on our master bathroom renovation with you today. Guys, I know I say it every week, but this space is coming together in an amazing way. We had a few roadblocks in the month of March (mostly time issues) but we are back on track in April thanks to a friend and a brand new burst of motivation to finish by the middle of May. May is just around the corner, and watching this space evolve every day (and knowing what we’ve planned for it) is just awesome. I’ve never been so thrilled to see a space transform in such a drastic way. I hope that you will love what I envision!

Week 1:

Master Bath/Bedroom Demo Day 1 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Week 2:

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 2 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Week 7:

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 7 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Week 8:

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 8 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Sorry for the slightly awkward skewing that’s going on in these panoramics, but hopefully it helps to paint a picture of what is happening in more detail.

Timing-wise, Kevin was able to take the month of February off from his job in architecture to demo the room and rough in many of the behind-the-wall functional necessities in a bathroom (plumbing, insulation, etc). He worked hard – as in (almost) 30 days straight, 10/hours a day hard. When March arrived he was back at his day job and was only able to dedicate his weekends to the project. We accomplished a lot in April but now suddenly everything felt as if it were coming to a halt (burn out + time constraints), we were wondering if we had better get ready for a looong remodel process.

With perfect timing though, a close friend of ours (who also happens to be a contractor) became available for a month between projects and we counted our lucky stars. Hey, David!

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 8 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Now Kevin contributes his time on the weekends, and David takes over during the week. It means that the budget for our bathroom project has gone up, but given the option between a 3 month renovation and a 9 month renovation, I’d say the spent savings will be well worth it.

Significant changes during week 8 of the bathroom/bedroom craziness include sealing up the window wall with Hardibacker (check out that handsome new window!). Hardibacker is cement tile board and is a bit like drywall but it’s built to sustain moisture and you can bond tile right to it.  This wall will become part shower wall and part bathtub wall, so moisture indeed.

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 8 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our new french doors are in (we went with Andersen because this exterior wall is also shared by our kitchen with Andersen sliding doors), the pine will eventually be painted a bright white:

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 8 | PepperDesignBlog.com

We debated for a long while whether or not to add french doors here and finally Kev agreed that access to the outside would make this space feel much larger. I really think that it will (and the bedroom half of this room is really very tiny).

Other updates: most of the bedroom walls have been finished with a coat of plaster. After drywall has been hung, plaster helps to hide the joints between sheets of drywall on the wall so that they disappear and you’re left with a smooth finish. We have an expert plaster friend/sub who has been helping out with this portion of the project as well, it can be tricky and time consuming! Shawn is meticulous and quite the perfectionist – just what I love.

The last and final major update is that the subfloor for the bathroom is in – you can see it in almost all of the pictures above and it’s just waiting for that radiant heating system (that I mentioned here) and tile!

Week 9 should bring a lot of excellent updates to share, stay tuned.

PS if you want to start from the beginning of this remodel project, head over here. A quick jump to the inspiration for this bathroom, and what the bedroom looked like before the sledgehammers came out. 

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

I have a recipe to share with you today that has made the morning routine around our house so much easier. I’m a big fan of a hearty breakfast for the girls and so this (loved by all) make-the-night-before cold oatmeal has become a favorite. It’s not a cooked or baked oatmeal, it’s actually made the night before simply by soaking oats in milk. And it’s soo good.

When Got Milk asked if I had a recipe to recommend to busy mommas with very busy days, this healthy shortcut immediately popped into my mind (and I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought to share it before). It’s that good! and so easy!

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Overnight oatmeal is delicious, but it’s a bit unusual. I was skeptical when I was first introduced to the idea of soaking oats as a yummy breakfast solution… but it turns out it’s actually very awesome.

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Now that we are eating overnight oatmeal regularly I have come to appreciate its simplicity for so many wonderful reasons during the morning. A cold breakfast means that I can have food on the table when the girls wake up and that I might even get to sit with them for a few minutes while they embellish stories for me about their upcoming day (the best). Oatmeal with milk means that it’s a breakfast that will fill them up and fuel their little bodies. I know they’re starting on the right foot.

Extra healthy add-ons can accompany the milk + oats. We usually prep our cold oatmeal with chopped nuts, raisins and chia seeds, though you could add fresh or dried fruit, flax, coconut flakes, almond slivers… whatever is on hand.

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Overnight Oatmeal
 
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups milk
  • Handfuls of add-ons: nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Pour milk to just cover oats.
  3. Cover and refrigerate mixture overnight.
  4. Serve with a pour over of cold milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon in the morning.

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

This recipe makes enough for me and the girls, it would be perfect for two adults and you might double it for a family. If I’m making a big batch I’ll use a large tupperware container with a lid.

Once the oats have soaked up all of the milk, the cold oatmeal is ready to eat. I love to add a little cinnamon and even more chilled milk before serving. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Finding ways to make our days run smoother (and more efficiently) is the name of the game. Hope you enjoy this morning shortcut!

PS this post was sponsored by Got Milk. Incorporating milk into an everyday (and ever busy) routine helps kids to feel their strongest. Thanks for letting me share an easy recipe that helps you do that!

PS in the fall we made milk art, and here’s another easy and yummy morning treat.

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