Remember a few weeks ago when I said that things are happening… big, exciting, woohoo type of things? Well, we are officially homeowners! We closed on our home in late April and since then, we’ve been busy prepping our new home for move-in. With contractors working around the clock, things have been much less than calm but so very exciting!

As first-time homebuyers, we certainly have a lot to learn along the way but I have to admit that it’s been so much fun so far. From picking paint colors to deciding which hardware fits best in which space, we’re already seeing how minor adjustments can make a big statement. I’ll be doing a series of updates as we move into our new home and this is just a sneak-peek into the kitchen.

With wood cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, the kitchen is open and spacious, something that was on our “must-have” list during the house hunt. While we could see the potential in this space, we knew it needed a little love and attention to really make it feel like ours. Here’s the before:

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The paint colors we chose are Sherwin Williams’ ‘Snowbound’ for the cabinets and trim, ‘Silver Sage’ for the walls, and ‘Dovetail’ for the island. Silver Sage is a Restoration Hardware color that they can mix for you at Sherwin Williams and we used this color throughout the entire house, so you’ll see it in lots of photos to come! It’s a beautiful blueish-green shade that’s subtle and soft but adds a bit of color to brighten up the home.

None of the cabinets or drawers had hardware (which immediately seemed so odd to me) so we chose the Gilmore line from Restoration Hardware and just love it. It’s very heavy and will stand the test of time as our family makes lots of memories in this kitchen. The hardware and paint have really transformed the whole feel of this kitchen and we couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. A glass cabinet is being installed at the edge of the island and once that’s finished, the kitchen will be done! Here’s where we are as of yesterday:

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I’ll be sharing more home renovation and design photos in the coming weeks! We move in less than 10 days which means, oh yes, it’s time to get back to packing… Ta ta, for now!

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Do you know why I’m so happy it’s Tuesday? Because we’re one day closer to having a three-day weekend – woohoo!

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, we don’t yet have any major plans in place. I figure it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the city in which we live and love. San Antonio offers a variety of things to do that are relatively inexpensive or even free for families who want a stay-cation. Here are my top picks for the upcoming long weekend. Having lived here since I was three years old, I am still discovering new hidden gems and little surprises in this lively city.

Rainbow Gardens

For Saturday – Rainbow Gardens Rain Barrel Workshop

Pearl Farmers Market

For Sunday – Pearl Farmer’s Market – Yes, they now have it on Sunday’s too!

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For Monday – San Pedro Springs Park and Pool

The city’s website also has a great list of free attractions in the area too. With tons of parks (including off-leash dog parks), a brand new children’s museum (coming soon) and some of the best Tex-Mex in every nook and cranny, SA is home for our family and I can’t wait to discover more of it!

Happy upcoming Memorial Day weekend – how are you celebrating your freedom?

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Many of you mommies with school-age children know that last week we celebrated and thanked our precious teachers with a day known as Teacher Appreciation Day. With my oldest about to graduate (from preschool) I’m becoming very familiar with this holiday and I realized this year just how much my boys’ teachers looked forward to this day.

Since our teachers do so much for our children – from helping them to write their names to teaching valuable social skills on the playground, I believe that next to parents, our teachers are some of the most influential people in our children’s lives. Even though we’re just about to embark upon this journey with our little family, I look forward to seeing both my kids develop a respect and love for their teachers as they grow.

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In honor of these very special people, we celebrated the whole week with fun little surprises – all tied around the adorable children’s book series known for “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” If you happened to accidentally overlook this day, fear not, for I think any teacher would gladly accept an encouragement or two throughout the school year! Here’s how we showed our appreciation on:

Monday
If you give a teacher sweets…
One of my son’s teachers loves chocolate, so we spoiled her with a Dove milk chocolate bar. The other is not a fan of sweets, so instead we bought her roasted cashews. She just loved them!

Tuesday
If you give a teacher a flower…
I bought a bouquet of tulips (you’ll know as my fave if you follow me on Insta) and split them into mini bunches since we were celebrating multiple teachers. This was more cost-effective than individual bouquets and looked just as pretty!

Wednesday
If you give a teacher breakfast…
What teacher doesn’t love Starbucks? This was our big splurge for the week. My local grocery store has a whole section of pre-loaded gift cards. I found a three-pack of $10 Starbucks gift cards – jackpot! So whether they want a coffee or a croissant (or both) I knew this would have them covered.

Thursday
If you give a teacher snacks…
Snacks can mean so many different things to different people. I discovered these adorable little packaged chips and hummus snacks – all set and ready to go. At my oldest son’s preschool, his teachers are often there until after 6pm, so this was the perfect thing to help tide them over until dinner.

Friday
If you give a teacher a compliment…
Ok, I know you’ve been waiting for it – here’s the DIY part! I made little “compliment” jars out of mason jars. Wrapping some sweets in pretty paper and writing nice things about the kids’ teachers really made me appreciate even more all the little things they do to help my children grow and learn. I added some twine and a little tag saying “sweet compliments for you!” and I had the perfect way to end our week of appreciation.

Hopefully this inspires you to celebrate the teachers in your life in your own way – even if it’s just a simple “thank you!”

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