home makeover

Two Meatballs: I Could NOT Be More Pinterested!!!!

Did you see what I did there!? #clevergirl #thatoneisforyoukristina Me and Jenny have been on super opposite schedules lately and it has been hard to get together, but don’t worry we are working out with sweet Sandy tomorrow and cooking segments will make a sexy return very soon!  In the meantime, whats a gal to do with herself while trying to relax more in her off time!?  Ummm, spend countless hours watching HGTV while simultaneously pinteresting my life away.


You guys, honestly nothing makes me happier!!!!! #worstangle #noupshots I get in my little nook on the couch and  start a pinning away.  You know Jenny and I love an obsession and as she has been day dreaming of Kylie Jenner’s style, I’ve been drooling over new home ideas.  Mom and dad took me to 100,000 open houses when I was a kid, which I loved #babyvoyeur and there was no shortage of Martha Stewart magazines littering the house.  I have been obsessed with real estate and interior design from the word go…so creative!  Over the years I have made many changes to my home, putting in hardwoods downstairs, getting my ceilings smoothed, 1,000 paint jobs, lots of new furniture, appliances, frequent bedroom facelifts and no shortage of revolving art installations!  I have no shortage of ideas of what I want to change now.  I’m in a real pink and gold phase of my life and I’m itching to give my house a pick me up.  Here are all of my  current home dreams:

It is time for this carpet to go!!!



And here is what I want!




The living room is pretty great, I spend most of my time in here and it makes me so happy, it is the most me room in the house besides the shocking pink bathroom.  But, you know I love pink so I’m thinking just some paint, reupholstered chairs and swap put some accent colors in here! And don’t worry, I didn’t clean up AT ALL for the befores…makes for better afters!



This is the direction I want to go!


So pretty right and I like to think,  a grown up pink!  Now onto my cluster eff of a laundry “room”…i hate this dumb space.  This is a super minor facelift.  I just need to completely clean it out and switch up how I store thinks, maybe a cute backsplash type thing!



Look at this beauty!


And this sad pantry!



This is my literal fantasy!


In the kitchen I replaced all the appliances last year, now I just want some subway tile, new countertops, paint, paint cabinets and some light fixtures!



This is what I love!


The dining room I want to do a dark navy blue with a different table with mixed seating.


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I want to give my sad little office a facelift!  This is all cosmetic!



I love all of these sooo much!


This last pic really got me going!  I love everything about it.

Then my third bedroom is real sad right now.  I donated my childhood single bed to Wyatt since he had outgrown his bunk beds…so I’m thinking Closet!!!



Wouldn’t these be everything!?


My bedroom is pretty much my dream, I just want to ditch the dark navy(this is the navy I’m thinking for my bedroom!) and get some lighter neutrals in there.



Look how luscious!


My closet just needs refiguring!



This organization is appealing!


My bathroom is the bane of my existence and  where the mold was found…time for tile!  Also, this tiny space is already cut into two with a big stupid, useless wall.  My dream is to personally tear that shit down, myself! See the wall, doesn’t it make you so mad!



These are everything:


I am so obsessed with penny tile!  And I love these gold accents.

The middle bathroom just needs to be modernized!




and lookey here!


A little shelving above the loo would be everything!  These are all my dreams!  I just get so excited every time I look at these beautiful images and they feel so right and homey to me!!! So what now?!  Well, I’ve been pretty financially responsible.  My credit score is 816.  I bought a house at 22 and I’ve taken full advantage of my retirement funds.  I could use a little tightening of my day to day budget, but it would be worth it to really love my home even more than I already do. For my health and for my happiness, I need to make my home more of a safe haven and sanctuary.  I’ve worked hard and it has paid off…


Hahahaha, I love my boss! Now it’s time to do something! I’m not going to do anything crazy, I don’t want to price myself out of my own neighborhood, but I’m thinking of starting with the most health beneficial items on my list.  Bye bye carpet, hello tile in bathrooms, my kitchen (since I’ll be in there cooking all the time ;)) and then some cosmetic stuff! My next move is to make an appointment with a contractor and get some quotes.  I could not be more excited right now.  I literally can’t wait to give y’all an update.  Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on pinterest! Xoxoxoxoxo




Two Meatballs: Will Cook For Labor!

You guyyys?!  Little inside scoop on me…I am not handy! I have great ideas and I’m a good worker but the inner workings of the executions are lost on me. I am also co-dependent.  I feel very capable but I just think all things are more fun when you do them together…am I right ladies!? (hello TWO meatballs!)  Being single, vertically challenged, overweight and without a ladder of my very own makes even simple tasks like changing a lightbulb for instance DIFFICULT! So what’s a single gal to do…sweetly ask for the help of her family and friends!!!  Lately I have been receiving soooo much help and just support in general and I couldn’t appreciate it more!  I’ve been hooked on HGTV for awhile and needed a summer makeover at casa del Beard.  If you saw my house you would say…yep that looks about right.  It is chock full of neon pink bathrooms with dead doll chandeliers, tons of quirky art and one hundred thousand million pictures. BUUUUUUUUT there were some areas that were lacking.  I think bc of my continual hangover that lasted all weekend every weekend from my former life…there were just a lot of things on my list to do that never got ta done.  Well with a clear head and my new budgeting skills this girl went out and bought a grill, patio furniture and gave my prison inspired bedroom a much needed facelift.  Home Depot, Target and Home Comfort are my new looooves. So I called in the troops and offered a barter system of food for labor and they oh so sweetly agreed!


Who is cuter than these two!?



Oh wait…maybe this little shark!


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This was our oh so helpful buddy Doug at Home Depot who I think would rather be gored by a bull than take this picture!

Obvi I needed help and a wayyyyy bigger car than Jane Honda.  My parents are total life savers.  Now time to assemble this mess!!! Sidebar…I was helping not just snapping 1000 photos!  Thank goodness my family likes the camera!


It wasn’t the easiest project but the end result was totes worth it…I can live outdoors now!!!!



On to my sad sack of a bedroom.  I repainted awhile back and I wanted everything gray…I went full 50 shades…but then because of my intrinsic laziness and before mentioned challenges when it comes to projects…i never hung any of my artwork back up …and I chose a gray bedspread…and I felt super bummmmmed every single time I looked around!  It so did not feel homey to me…time for change!

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Ugh….sooooo much better!!!!  Now I just love waking up in that beautiful room every morning!


On to the grill  which was assembled minus the propane tank which I had to call my buddy and old roommate Matt over to help me bc it made a terrible…I’m gonna describe it as explosive…like impending death sound when I attempted to hook it up!  He seemed to have no trouble at all…thanks Matttttt!


Loving this outdoor lifestyle now and grilling will open up so many more cooking options so that i wont get bored and my child like mind can stay entertained! Which brings me to my next segment called…how do you repay all these acts of kindness!?  With healthy delicious food made with your love and appreciation…ding ding ding! So I invited my family over on Sunday to thank them and show off my new grillin skillz (yeah I did a z…what).  So what’s on the menu today???

Chimichurri Ribeyes, Garlic Roasted Green Beans, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Butter Roasted Corn on the Cob!!!!  Holy yum balls this was sooo good!


Here are the recipes:

Chimichurri Marinade:

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 cups fresh cilantro chopped

1 cup fresh parsley chopped

4 cloves of garlic minced

1tsp sea salt

combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until blended.

Pour 80% of this over your steaks…we had 6 ribeyes in a glass cooking dish and cover and let marinate for at least an hour.  Take steaks out of the fridge 45 minutes before cooking to let get to room temp.  Turn grill onto medium high heat and cook for 3-4 minutes per side depending on your preference.  yum yum yum


Then I preheated the oven to 450 degrees…where is the degrees symbol on a laptop!? hmmm….i digress.  Take the husks and silky stuff off your corn, butter it and wrap individually in tin foil then place on a baking pan and roast for 30 minutes.  Then toss your green beans with EVOO and garlic salt, place on a foil lined pan and place them in the oven next to the corn.  Then slice 3 medium sweet potatoes and toss with sesame oil, sea salt and black pepper and place directly onto a baking sheet that you have sprayed with coconut oil and throw those bad boys into the oven as well!  My house smelled like HEAVEN.


Reserve the last 20%…see there is the percent sign but I still don’t know where the degrees button is!?..of the chimichurri sauce for dipping that yummy steak and everything else in and blam…lunch is served!


I cannot explain to you what a total 180….where is that god forsaken degrees button!?!?!?… this is for me.  I used to only be responsible for showing up at gatherings bc it was common knowledge that I could NOOOOOOT cook.  At most I could be trusted with bringing a soda…maybe a store bought dessert.  I’m def the baby of the family.  And I know that this post sounds like I am helpless damsel in distress but really I’m just a lover of great company…I just want to spend endless amounts of time together! And I want to pay back the years of never contributing food to the family cause.  And look at those faces…this was yumo!  After lunch the kids were full of Urkle entertainment and we enjoyed the new outdoor options at Mo’s house (that’s me you guys)..


Chase is really good at going potty solo but just has no idea where those pants are supposed to go afterwards..it’s too high or too low…and Wyatt is always down to entertain.  He will kill me one day for these pics!


Those hiney’s…those wedgies…I love these kids…they are so fun and soooooo funny!  I hope that you try out these recipes and love them as much as we did.  Have the living best day!  Love you all…and thank you again to all my family and friends who help me out allll the time!  PS JENNY I MISS YOU COME HOME!!!!