5th Healthy Habit

For the month of May, I decided to make a new habit, and also bring a new hobby back. Isn’t it funny how we grow up and grow out of old hobbies, but the second we start doing that hobby again, we remember how much we enjoy it?


When I was in first grade, I was the number one reader out of the whole first grade class. I was reading books that were on a fourth grade level, I even read a book for the talent show. (HAHA, what a nerd.) In sixth grade, my sister and I would walk to the library and fill our wagon with a stack of books to read that week. We would finish 3-4 books a week! We obviously had a lot of free time.


One day I realized that reading articles and social media updates on my phone weren’t fulfilling my love for reading, so this year I made it a goal of mine to read more books.This month, I made it a habit to read at least a chapter every single night before bed. I picked a book back up in February, and made it a nightly habit the beginning of May. I am just about finished with my fourth book this year.
I am currently reading ‘What Alice Forgot’ by Liane Moriarty. My boss gave it to me as a birthday present, and I absolutely love it. I would recommend it to anyone. They are even making a movie out of it in 2017.


Instead of scrolling on my phone and reading about other peoples’ lives every night before bed, I am working my brain, imagining stories, and exercising my eyes. I have slept so much better this month. Reading clears my head and makes all of the stress from the day disappear. I am so excited for all of the books that I will soon read, and all of the new things I will learn from them. I love all of my five new habits, but this one is my favorite so far. I feel like my complete self with a book in my hand, so here’s to picking up old hobbies! I am so glad I reminded myself how much I love reading,  I’d be lost without it.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

DIY Fireplace Makeover Tutorial

To be honest, out of all of the projects that we did on our renovation, I think the fireplace was my favorite. Mostly because the second I first saw it, I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like. I wanted to create a wall that made the room feel large, and brighten it up a bit. (A LOT) It was so fun seeing that vision come to life. By the way, my vision did not have pink shag carpet.

Our fireplace is the number one thing we’ve had compliments on, and it’s one of my favorite features of this house. I always wanted to have a wood burning fireplace, with a picture from my wedding day above it, and I am so happy with the way it turned out! I will eventually decorate my mantle, once I (Derek) get around to hanging that giant canvas.
Also, here is a sneak peak of our new couch, and our new puppy, Harvey! We welcomed him into our little family four days ago. Once our living room is complete, I will be sharing a full room tour. But first,  the fireplace tutorial!


Items that we used, and that you may need:

Side Note: We bought all of our items at Home Depot and Lowe’s.

  1. A can of basic white paint (and primer if you want to skip a step) we had left over from our baseboards and trim, so we used the one that is pictured below.
  2. Paint masks (personal preference)
  3. Black HIGH HEAT spray paint. We bought paint that is used for BBQ grills, since our fireplace will eventually be extremely hot.
  4. A paint gun (personal preference) It saved us TONS of time, and brushes would’ve been too difficult in our situation, since our wall is natural wood.
  5. Paint tarp

Step 1: 

Using the paint tarp and heavy duty duct tape, tape off all ceilings, floors, and walls surrounding the fireplace. Using the spray gun, begin painting.

Side Note: I did not get any pictures of this first step, because Derek did it while I was not there, but as you can see our vent, walls, and fireplace is all taped off, and he is spraying the mantle. (Or in our case, the whole wall!)

Step 2:

Remove all paint tarp and prepare to paint fireplace surround. (The bricks) 

By this time, Derek had painted our ceilings, cabinets, doors, baseboards, and some of the walls, and he had had enough with the paint. So, I decided to take on this part.

Step 3:

Using more paint tarp, tape off all areas surrounding the fireplace surround. Since I used black spray paint, Derek made sure to tape off every inch of the white wall that he had just painted.Step 4: 

Clean off all dust from bricks, and get spraying!

I did two coats of paint, and only used 1 can.

Side Note: Since we didn’t have our floors down yet, we didn’t worry about taping those off, but in most people’s situations, TARP OFF YOUR FLOOR.

Step 5:

Remove all tarp and tape, and enjoy your finished project!

Like I said before, I am so happy with the way our fireplace turned out. Looking at these pictures makes me so happy. It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted. A pretty home, that my husband and I designed, filled with new furniture. A wedding canvas on our mantel, and a puppy on our couch. My dreams just keep coming true!

Onto the next adventure, Wren


Mom’s 50th at the Beach

Last Friday, my beautiful mama celebrated her 50th birthday. She wanted nothing more than a day filled with friends, sunshine, and her toes in the sand.

Since we’ve all been extremely busy this month, and couldn’t make it the ocean, we decided to make a day trip to the lake! My mom invited her friend, Natalie, Ali invited her friend, Lauren, and our family friends, Kristen and Maren also tagged along. We rented paddle boards, ate a lot of junk food, and had plenty of girl time.

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After the lake, we all went out to dinner to Sakura, Derek even joined us.

(PS look how cute all of these SINGLE ladies are!)


I think my mom had a great time. I am so thankful for the great people in my life, sunshine, sand, and especially my wonderful mom.


Happy birthday mama, 50 never looked so good. (Seriously!)

Onto the next adventure, Wren


Our DIY Cabinet Makeover

Hello all! Looking back at these pictures make it seem like years ago that we were re modeling the Dursteler Abode. It’s crazy that we’ve only officially lived here for almost two weeks. Since we did the whole re-model ourselves, I have decided to make some DIY tutorial posts. Starting with our kitchen cabinet makeover.

Ha, makeover is a funny word considering it was just a few cans of paint, and some new hardware, but they do look pretty made over. Here is our (beautiful 😉 ) before picture.



The second I saw this kitchen, I knew that those cabinets were meant to be WHITE. The brown looked outdated, old, and very tacky next to those red/orange counter tops. Derek and his dad knew how much work I’d have to put into painting them, but after a lot of begging and convincing, they agreed to help. And boy did it pay off!

Let’s get started!

Materials needed: 

Household Items:

  • Electric Screwdriver
  • Sanding Block
  • Screwdriver
  • Rag
  • Sponge

Things that you will (most likely) need to buy:

  • Paint!

We used: Advance Satin Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint 792 Jones Paint & Glass.

  • Liquid TSP heavy duty cleaner Home Depot
  • A paint gun/sprayer (optional) Home Depot
  • Rollers/ and paint brushes (if not using a sprayer) Home depot
  • Paint tarp Home Depot

I’ve inserted some pictures of the things that we used!


Step 1:

Number all cabinets and drawers with tape and a permanent marker (I also drew a picture of my kitchen layout so that I would know which number goes where)


Step 2: 

Using your electric screw driver, remove all drawers, and cabinets.


Step 3:

Using your screwdriver, or electric screwdriver, remove all hardware (handles, hinges, drawer sliders) THANKS sister in law. 😉


Step 4:

Following the cleaning directions, use the TSP cleaner and a sponge to clean the cabinets and drawers.

13237851_1006478339405255_4698832337222458006_nStep 5:

Lightly sand cabinets and drawers and wipe away extra dust with a rag.




Step 6:

Using the paint tarp, tape off kitchen walls, sink, counter tops, and inside of cabinets and prepare to paint!


Step 7:

Lay all cabinets on another tarp in a well ventilated area (we used our back yard and covered patio since we don’t have a garage.) And begin painting!

I don’t have any pictures of Derek painting cabinets that are inside, but I promise he did it all. (I’m so thankful for him.)

SIDE NOTE: We started using a roller, but it took way too long, so we switched to the spray gun, it saved us a lot of time. Personal preference though!


Step 8:

Attach hinges on cabinets, drawer sliders on drawers, and put everything back in its proper place. Thanks mother in law! 😉

SIDE NOTE: We spray painted our original hinges silver to update them, and save money.



Once all cabinets are hung and drawers are in place, attach new handles. (The original ones were in terrible shape, so we had to buy new handles.)

AND WA-LA just like that our kitchen looks (and feels) bright, clean, fresh, and open. It even feels new! 🙂




Onto the next adventure, Wren

4th New Habit

Well! We finally got our computer up and running in our new home. I’ve missed blogging a lot. I am so excited to share with you all the ideas and posts that I’ve came up with. I am currently in the process of updating my blog,  and making it look better. I am trying to figure out why my pictures upload blurry, and I will eventually be linking my instagram, twitter, and pinterest on here. Thanks for being patient, showing the support, and following along while I am still learning. I appreciate it a lot, and I am so excited for what’s to come!


I think April was the one of the craziest months of my life. Between finishing our house, Derek’s birthday, working full time, and FINALLY moving in to our house, it was so messy, but so exciting, and beautiful! I love this time of year. I love all of the celebrations and new beginnings that Spring has to offer.

Between it all, I stuck to my “new years resolution” and made a new habit for the month. It’s crazy to me that I now do four (going on five) new things daily that I didn’t do back before January. By the end of the year I will have TWELVE new healthy habits. It takes 21 days to make a new habit, and it’s never too late to start!

My new habit for the month of April was pretty simple, and something I’ve always tried to work on, but didn’t make the time for. I started flossing my teeth! (haha) I know so simple, but something we “don’t have time to do” in the morning. We’ve all been there.


After growing up with (EXTREMELY) crooked teeth, wearing braces for two years, and a retainer for three, my teeth, and smile have always been one of the things I get compliments on. I realized that I needed to start taking better care of them, if I wanted those compliments to last.


I can’t believe the difference I have noticed in the health of my gums, and teeth. It’s amazing what 30 seconds a day can do to your health, beauty, and confidence! Even though it took me 22 years to make this a daily habit, I know this is one habit that I will never give up.

Now that I have our computer up, and my own little corner, in our own office, in our OWN home, I will be posting a lot more.


POSTS COMING SOON: kitchen cabinet DIY tutorial, fireplace DIY tutorial, and once everything is settled, OUR HOME TOUR.

Thanks for following along.

Onto the next adventure, Wren