Dining Room Rehab

Last night, I was FINALLY able to paint my dining room. My boyfriend was holding off because he wanted to take down all the trim and redo it. However, after looking at it more closely, there are only two pieces of baseboard trim that really need to be replaced. The trim around the archways and doorways also need to be replaced but, taking down the existing won’t hurt the walls. SO, he gave me the go-ahead to paint. I’ve had the paint for over a month now and I have been dying to see it in the room.

Our dining room was an icky beige color (along with everything else in the house) and the color looked a little something like this

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The color, now, looks like this

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please excuse the mismatched furniture, NONE of it is staying but we have to wait until spring to build our new furniture. The black entertainment center is actually not even suppose to be there, it’s just too heavy to carry into the basement. (Or we’re too lazy…I’ll stick with the first)

I’m so happy with how the dining room now flows nicely with our super light grey living room that was painted just before Christmas, it too was that icky beige color.

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Again, I know the decor doesn’t flow, but it will…eventually. This is by no means a “before-and-after” post of the dining room because it is nowhere near completion.

My boyfriend has been making jokes about our “50 Shades of Grey” house because every room, so far, is a neutral grey color. But, I think with the new dining room color, I have completely sold him on the color choices. He keeps telling me how much he loves it and how it feels more like “us”. (To that I thought, I sure as hell hope this feels more like us rather than that boring beige color, I would hate to know the version of us that actually liked that)

I really believe a nice neutral wall with pops of accent colors in the decor, is the best way to design a room. I think painting a whole room a strong color like green, blue, or red INSTEAD of just decorating with them (or just having an accent wall) is very overwhelming or overpowering. I always tell my boyfriend, “I keep my neutral side on the walls and my wild side in the decor.” Then again, my wild side isn’t very wild compared to most people.

Right now, the room has shrunk, a little, not too badly but, because the grey is much deeper than the beige, it makes the room feel smaller. To fix this, I’m going to decorate with lighter accents to, not only, tie in the living room but also brighten the room up a bit. It also doesn’t help that four huge pieces of furniture currently reside in my dining room, all of which are super dark colors.

Our style in the living room is light, airy, with deep wood tones and gold touches. Since the living room is deep wood tones against a light grey color, I want to carry some light wood tones into the dining room against the deep grey color.

Here is some of my inspiration for the dining room (so far)

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I also love this following picture particularly, because this is exactly the color in my dining room. And, whoever designed this room mixed the wood tones just like I envision for my room as well.

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I can’t wait to bring this room to life and make it another beautiful living space in our home.

If you have any suggestions please let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,
Feli

Banana Peach Smoothie

By far, the BEST smoothie concoction I’ve made since I started making smoothies.

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Ingredients
1 cup greens (I use a mix of kale and spinach)
1 cup sliced frozen peaches
1 banana (sliced)
1 cup almond milk
3 oz of fat free yogurt or Greek yogurt
Half serving of protein powder
1/4 tap of cinnamon

Now, there’s a million smoothie recipes out there, in fact, there is probably this recipe somewhere in the universe already. BUT, I don’t usually follow recipes, I just play around with ingredients and find mixes that taste good to me while still giving me nutritional benefits. I feel like you could mix anything together and make a smoothie. It basically comes down to getting your greens, fruit, and your liquid and playing with the amounts to get the right consistency you want. I put protein in mine because it’s usually my post workout meal and I put cinnamon in for its nutritional benefits.

If you have awesome smoothie recipes, please share! I would love to try them!

Thanks for Reading!

Sincerely, Feli

Vacation Dreaming

Seeing this

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Dreaming of this

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10 months and we will be swimming in that pool once more! Orlando, Florida is one of my absolute favorite destination spots due to the amazing resort we stay at and the parks that are near by. The resort is Bonnet Creek and it is stunning. Ever since we found out we would be going back for New Years, that’s all we’ve been able to think about, even though we have another vacation in August to the Smoky’s! I love to travel and to see new things or old things at new angles. (Hence, us visiting the same place several times before trying somewhere new.) However, the resort in Tennessee is not the same one we stayed in last year. This one is smack dab in the heart of the smoky mountains, while the other was about an hour and 45 minutes away.

Thanks for reading!
And maybe even dreaming a little with me. ; )

Sincerely,
Feli

The Moment I Have Been Waiting For

Today, my moment of relief came. A moment I have been waiting for, for at least two years.

With the completion of all my prerequisites and required proficiency exams, I was ready to complete the form for candidacy placement for the Fall 2015 Nursing Program offered at Lake Michigan College.

Today, I handed in that form.

I left my morning history class and headed straight for the records office. When I reached the office I saw that perfect, little, wire box where everybody places any forms needing to be examined by the records office. There it was, completely empty, just waiting for the most important form of my life to be placed in it. I delicately removed that form from my folder, desperately trying not to put the slightest wrinkle in the paper and then, it was in the box, and I left the office.

Looking around, everybody is just going about their day-to-day business and I’m walking down the front corridor of the campus with fireworks going off in my head. It felt too simple. It took me four years to realize, that form is what I wanted and NEEDED to change my life. For the past year, I have been working fiercely to correct mistakes I made, academically, in those first three years. Shouldn’t handing in the most important form in my academic career feel more complicated? Shouldn’t there be more hoops to jump through?

On top of it feeling too simple, now I sit and worry that I missed something. I’m praying that all the information they need to make the biggest decision of MY life, and that would completely change the way I live forever, is there.

May 7, 2015 is the day all of these candidacy applications are due. I will not know until after that time, well after that time, if I’m even on the candidacy list. After the candidacy list, is the ranking of GPA’s and THAT is how you get your seat in the program.

I’m nervous, anxious, excited, scared. I’m hoping that with whatever happens, I’m led to do what I need to do in this life and, right now, I’m praying that is to get into the 2015 LMC Nursing Program.

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,
Feli