December 9, 2012

BetweenWeekdays Has Moved

Posted in Blogging at 9:57 pm by BetweenWeekdays

I’ve finally taken the plunge and made the switch to a self-hosted blog. You can now find me at BetweenWeekdays.com.

If you’re currently reading this on a reader, like Google Reader, you’ll need to update your subscription to BetweenWeekdays.com in order to continue seeing posts from me.

If you’re an email subscriber, you’ll continue to see posts as normal. Hooray!

All of the posts I’ve written to date (sans this one) have made the transition to the new location, and I’ve got lots more planned — including a site redesign — that you won’t want to miss.

I do hope you’ll continue to follow along with me over at BetweenWeekdays.com. See you there!

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December 5, 2012

The Closing That Wasn’t

Posted in Blogging, Moving at 8:32 am by BetweenWeekdays

I woke up early Friday, Nov. 30, and began preparing our home for the new buyer. All the necessities that had been left needed to be packed. Every room needed to be vacuumed or swept clean. The bathrooms needed scrubbing. Travis came home early from work to load the items I had packed that morning and disassemble our Sleep Number bed.

We were so excited, so ready to close that door (literally) in our lives and open a new one.

And then the phone rang, and the deal was off. Maybe temporarily. Maybe permanently. We didn’t know, so we did the only thing that made sense: we continued emptying and cleaning our first home.

Packing the Kitchen

The water had already been shut off, and we had no way to connect to the internet — a necessity when you work from home. We had to leave whether we closed on the house that day or not.

We left our empty home not knowing when or if we would see it again and made the drive to my father’s. The weekend came and went. We would have to wait until Monday to learn if we could close.

We got the bad news Monday. We can’t close on our first home until after Christmas, which means we can’t close on our new home either.

I won’t go into the specifics of what happened. It’s really not important in the grand scheme of things. We’ve got some options, so we’ll be be looking into those this week.

In the meantime, we’re calling my father’s house home. We’re so blessed that he and my step-mother invited us back home for this time in our lives. They welcomed us with open arms and even said I could set up my Christmas tree in their living room this year.

I’m sure I’ll find plenty to blog about during the next month; just maybe not what I’d originally intended to write about. We’ll hopefully be in our new house before the new year, and I’ll happily blog about it as soon as we arrive.

November 5, 2012

October 2012 Month in Review

Posted in Blogging, DIY Art, House Tour, How To, Month in Review, Recipes tagged , , , , , , at 8:30 am by BetweenWeekdays

October brought with it much colder weather and also the end of the tour of the interior our current house. I still hope to be able to show you the exterior of our current house and the garage, aka the laundry room soon.

We kicked off October with a tour of the upstairs bathroom. This room is tiny, but it has served us well. Click here to see how we make the most of a small-ish bathroom.

The last spaces on the main floor of our home were the next up on the tour. I showed you all the details of our master bedroom and bathroom, and I shared what I dislike most about these spaces. Click here for all the details.

I took a break from the tour to show you a few items that have been on my wish list for awhile. I really need to get busy writing my letter to that jolly man in red. Click here to see some of what might be on my Christmas list this year.

I created some DIY map art a couple of years ago, so I figured it was about time I showed you. I can’t wait to incorporate this into some keepsake art to commemorate our first house. Click here to see how I made the map art and how I hope to use it in our next house.

Up next I showed you how we make our oh-so-easy nachos around here. It’s one of our favorite meals. For the “recipe,” click here.

Thanks to you guys, this blog experienced its highest site traffic to date in October! Thank you again to everyone who stopped by. Click here to read all about it. Seriously, thank you again.

The tour of our current house picked up again in the downstairs living room. We have a separate apartment downstairs, but we’ve never rented it out because this room serves so many purposes for us. Click here to see all the ways we use this room.

The tour then moved into the downstairs kitchen and bathroom. I know it’s odd to lump those two rooms into one post, but I promise it’ll make sense once you read the tour of those rooms. Click here to do just that.

The downstairs guest bedroom is the last room of the tour of the interior of our home. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the whole house, and I can’t wait to get more use out of this furniture in our next house. Click here to see what I mean.

The month wrapped up with a spooky Halloween greeting from my family to yours. Boo!

I can’t wait to see what November brings! Posting may be a bit more irregular that norming during the next couple of months, but I promise I’ll do my best to keep you updated on all the big change happening in our lives.

Happy November!

p.s. If you missed any of the rooms of the tour of our current home, click here.

October 17, 2012

Highest Site Traffic To Date

Posted in Blogging tagged , , at 9:59 am by BetweenWeekdays

Yesterday this little blog of mine received the highest traffic it has ever had. Thank you if you were one of my 314 visitors yesterday. I do hope you’ll come back for a visit soon. The photo below was taken at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, October 16.

 

I realize for a lot of bloggers, 314 site visits isn’t that big of a deal. But it meant the world to me that so many people found their way to this little blog of mine. Thank you, again.

October 1, 2012

September 2012 Month in Review

Posted in Blogging, House Tour, Month in Review, Recipes tagged , , , , , , , at 8:15 am by BetweenWeekdays

September 2012 was my first, real month since returning to blogging, so I’m very happy to be able to, once again, do a monthly recap of what I’ve blogged about. However, I should back up a bit and include a couple of posts from August, too, just so everything makes sense.

First, I broke the news that we’re selling our house. After nearly four years here, we’ve decided to make the move to be closer to our family. Click here to read all the details.

Since we are hoping to move soon, I decided it was only fitting to do a room-by-room tour of our current space. I kicked-off the tour with our living room. Click here to read all about the room where we spend the majority of our time. 

We continued the house tour with our kitchen and dining space. This kitchen has served us very well, and I’ll definitely be sad to say goodbye. To read the full post detailing our kitchen and dining, click here.

The month of September began with a post all about my rules for shopping at yard sales and a few of my recent finds. I’m learning to love shopping at yard sales for all of the awesome deals to be found, but I always make sure I always follow my own rules when shopping. Click here to read more. Do you have rules you follow when shopping at yard sales?

The next room up on the tour of our current house was the office. I spend a lot of time in this room, and I absolutely love it. Click here to read see full tour of our home office.

Next up, I showed you a quick and easy DIY paint chip art piece I created during a difficult week last year. This is a great project for any DIYer. Click here for the tutorial. This project so easy, I’m not sure you could even call the post a tutorial.

Then, I shared a recipe for our very favorite taco seasoning spice blend. Trust me, it’s way better than the packets you buy at the store. Click here for the easy and delicious recipe.

The last post for September 2012 was a continuation of the house tour with the upstairs guest bedroom. We really hope our guests have enjoyed staying in this room as much as we’ve enjoyed their company during the past few years in our home. Click here to read the full post.

I’ve really enjoyed this past month of blogging, and I’m looking forward to many more.

p.s. How weird is it that it’s already October? I’m super excited for all the goodness that comes with fall! Plus, Christmas is right around the corner!

Check out the months in review below from last year.

August 31, 2011

August in Review

Posted in Blogging, Christmas, Dogs, Entertaining, Getting Organized, Holiday, Month in Review, Showing Off tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:40 pm by BetweenWeekdays

August was my second full month of blogging, and it was jam-packed full of storage solutions and Christmas prep.

This month began when I showed you my unsightly second guest bedroom and shared my lengthy to-do list for the room. This space has been in serious need of an overhaul for nearly three years now.

Last week, I was finally able to mark one thing off my to-do list for the second guest bedroom when I updated a pair of lamps.

Lamps After

What do I hope to tackle in September in this room? I hope to add a small tv to the space and rearrange the furniture to better utilize the space for starters. Also, I would like to refinish a pair of nightstands for the room. I have a projected goal of the end of the year to have this room completed. It’s anyone’s guess whether I’ll actually make that goal or not. To see my full to-do list for this room, click here.

Earlier in August, I also shared with you the second part of The Complexities of Isabel series. If you missed that post, click here to read all about what my complex little Chihuahua loves, doesn’t like and tolerates. I’ll give you a hint: she LOVES pink.

Isabel is Very Complex

We only saw one wreath this month, but it was simply lovely. Originally inspired by Centsational Girl’s gorgeous gemstone wreath, I transformed this beauty from the vertical to the horizontal. Confused? Click here.

Re-Imaging the Vertical

In August, I found a few unique storage options. I was especially excited about the shelves my husband made for my ever-growing dish collection. Why was I so excited? Because we found storage space where there previously was none. This was huge for me since our house doesn’t have a ton of awesome storage.

Then, I found a better storage system for the Christmas gifts I buy early every year. (Read more about why I buy gifts early here.) It may be out of sight, but it’s certainly not out of mind.

Lastly, I found a simple way to store paintbrushes. They’re totally not out of sight anymore, so maybe I’ll stop misplacing them.

Functional and Cute Storage

Speaking of Christmas gifts, I made two gift purchases this month that I was extremely excited about. Thinking outside of the Christmas gift box can sometimes score some serious deals. Click here to read about the Christmas gifts I purchased during the back to school deals.

I also continued to share with you my brunch plans for the ladies-only brunch I’m hosting at my house. Since then, I’ve hit a scheduling wall, so I’m not sure if this is going to pan out this year. I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have a McKay in your town? If you do, you should go there now. Find out why here.

McKay

August was a great month, but I’m totally over this crazy heat we’ve had this year. I’m super excited for fall weather. Bring on September!

June 28, 2011

I Didn’t Abandon My Blog

Posted in Blogging at 7:16 pm by BetweenWeekdays

I know it looks bad, but, really, I haven’t given up on my blog. I know it may look that way, but it’s just not true.

The truth is I’ve been on a massive, week-long vacation! We went to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon.

I can’t wait to share all the details of my trip, but, for now, I’m readjusting to eastern standard time and working full time. What a drag!

I promise to share all the details of my trip (including an unforgettable return flight home) as soon as I have time to sort through photos and jot down some details.

Until then, though, I have some other posts to share with you. See you soon!

June 2, 2011

Introductions

Posted in Blogging at 8:32 pm by BetweenWeekdays

Hi! I’m Kate, and I’m a desperate housewife. No, not really. I don’t even watch the show. Not even the Atlanta edition.

I work full time outside my home for a small media company, but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is what I do between those pesky weekdays during the weekend!

My husband and I live for the weekends and the projects that happen in and around our home on those days. Although, sometimes those projects tend to leak into the workdays.

I hope you’ll enjoy our posts and follow along as we continue down the road of homeownership.