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Top 10 Things to do in Downtown Bakersfield, CA

September 7, 2017

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Bakersfield, California

A couple of week’s ago Lonnie and I celebrated 19 years of marriage. I think that’s definitely a reason to celebrate. We chose to stay in town and enjoy the city we live in. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I harp on how great our little downtown is. I love living, working and playing in downtown Bakersfield. We have great restaurants, entertainment, and so many great antique and thrift shops. So whether you are visiting Bakersfield or live here and are just not sure what downtown has to offer, I’ve put together a Top 10 guide of things to do, see, and eat here in sunny downtown Bakersfield.

We can almost see The Padre Hotel from our house. We loving having dinner or just coffee there, but we’ve never stayed there.  So, having a night “away” at the Padre was really such a treat. Stepping in the doors always feels like a breathe of fresh air. This place oozes cool. I’m such a detail person, and The Padre Hotel delivers so much charm and character. It first opened it’s doors in 1928. After being closed for many years, the historic hotel underwent a transformation to become a sophisticated boutique hotel with restaurants, nightlife, wedding venues and conference facilities. The Padre Hotel is a big reason why downtown Bakersfield is a cool place to hang out.

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Bakersfield, California

  1. Stay at The Padre Hotel! This goes for out of town guests or if you are local, I highly suggest a staycation with a night here. The bed was probably my favorite thing about the spacious Head Honcho room. It was literally like sleeping on a cloud. The room also has the biggest hotel bathroom I’ve ever seen with a gorgeous walk in shower, and jetted tub that fills from the ceiling and sleek black penny tile everywhere! Also, if you are going to have a night in a hotel, definitely order room service breakfast, nothing says vacay like breakfast in bed.
  2. The best restaurant in Bakersfield is definitely the Belvedere Room at The Padre Hotel. We’ve celebrated a few anniversaries and a couple Valentine’s Days here. It’s elegant atmosphere is a great spot for a romantic dinner. They serve fresh, in season and local ingredients. The menu is always exciting and there are fun modern twists on classics. Every bite I’ve ever had at the Belvedere has been completely delicious. We started our meal with the a beautiful cheese and charcuterie board. It was loaded with unique cheeses, like a lavender and coffee rind cheddar and soft Italian cheeses that had names I’d never heard of. We enjoyed roasted duck, rib eye steak cooked to perfection, mushroom rissoto and the yummiest crispy brussel sprouts I’ve ever had.
  3. If you are looking for a more relaxed meal or just a coffee break, we also love the Farmacy Cafe and Brimstone. Both of these restaurants are also located in the Padre Hotel. The Farmacy has great grab and go options, a full espresso bar and is also just a really great breakfast spot. The Brimstone is one of our favorite date night dinner spots. The serve fantastic appetizers, loaded burgers and decadent desserts. It’s a fun lively, but chill environment.
  4. If you need a sweet treat, De Coeur Bakeshop is just around the corner from the Padre. Yummy French Macarons and the flakiest croissants. Be sure to take a picture with the copper heart on the wall (I made it).
  5. If your sweet treat of choice is ice cream, there’s only one place to go – Dewar’s Ice Cream! Let’s just say huge scoops of ice cream and homemade marshmallow cream, need I say more? They have been making ice cream and candy in downtown Bakersfield for over 100 years. Dewar’s is walking distance from our house, so ya, we are there often.
  6. If you like to thrift and wander through antique malls, well Bakersfield is the city for you. I highly suggest hitting the Five and Dime Anitque Mall in the old Woolworth’s Building. If you have time, definitely stop for a burger at the diner or just a cold soda at the bar. I have a few other favorite antique malls. Mill Creek Antique Mall and Timeless Furnishings are both great spots. You won’t be disappointed with the vintage scene in Bakersfield, and the prices are great!
  7. If you are looking for entertainment The Flics at the historic Fox Theater is one of our favorite things to do. Most Friday nights, starting in the Fall they show the current foreign films. Lonnie and I try to go as much as possible. And a ticket is only $7. And for the best entertainment in town, I highly suggest the Dueling Pianos at the Prospect Lounge in The Padre Hotel every Friday and Saturday night. These guys were soooo talented and Lonnie and I stayed till midnight singing along with all their tunes.
  8. Smitten Cafe is a must while in Bakersfield. If you are looking for a great latte or the best avocado toast in town, Smitten is your spot. My favorite drink on their menu is actually the Matcha Green Tea latte.
  9. For fresh flowers, plants, and unique gifts and cards, House of Flowers is my favorite florist in town. They also offer a lot of fun workshops like wreath making and bouquet arranging classes. Be sure to see if there is a class being offered while you are in town.
  10. If you are in downtown Bakersfield Wednesday through Saturday, The Hen’s Roost is definitely a stop you need to make. It’s a micro farmer’s market with the yummiest vegan food, local produce, homemade nut butters and so much more. You HAVE to order the Thai Street Fries!  You can thank me later.

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Bakersfield, California

The Padre Hotel hints at Bakersfield’s country, oil town vibe in a cool, subtle way. Be sure to take in all the details.

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Even the wallpaper in the hallways hints at the cowtown and oil field city that we are.

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Bakersfield, California

We tried to spend as much time in our hotel room as possible. We drove less then a mile from our home, but felt like we where definitely on a getaway. I’m a brand new fan of the staycation.

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Nothing makes you feel like your on vacation like breakfast in bed. The California Burrito and the Lemon Curd Buttermilk Pancakes were so good.

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Everything is definitely within walking distance, so there is no need to look for parking (which is never hard in downtown Bakersfield anyways). But, I always think you take in more of a city’s vibe when you walk the streets.

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Friends, come enjoy my city!

I big THANK YOU to The Padre Hotel for helping us celebrate our anniversary in style, Bakersfield Style!

Food & Drink

Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

September 6, 2017

Anyone else a fan of the smoothie bowl? I sure am. I’m feeling some Fall vibes with this yummy Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl. And it’s perfect timing for our heatwave. Because there is no way I’m going to turn on the oven and actually bake real carrot cake.

Believe me,  you don’t have to love carrots to love this smoothie bowl. It’s sweet and creamy and really does taste like a treat even thought it’s totally healthy and packed full of goodness.

Head over to Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company for the full recipe. And if you don’t live where Natalie’s is available, any carrot juice will work. I’d just add a 1/4 of turmeric to the recipe.

I hope your week is going well.

Design

What I’ve Thrifted Lately

September 5, 2017

Hi friends, I hope you had a great long weekend. We escaped the heat and headed to San Diego, where my brother lives. We got two beach days in and the water was so warm. San Diego knows how to do Fall.

Well, I’m back with another installment of “What I’ve Thrifted Lately”. And ya, I don’t have a clever name yet. I’m sharing my thrift store, garage sale, flea market and antique mall finds and then how I’m using those pieces in my home. This week’s finds are GOOD! Well, at least I think they are, you let me know what you think.

First up is this cute little brass pitcher. I originally bought it thinking I’d use it for a food styling shoot, possibly a mocktail.  But, I love it as a cute little vase with a little greenery on my coffee table. I picked this up at Goodwill for just $4.99. This is a Goodwill location that I don’t hit very often, but it’s near Olivia’s gymnastics, so I darted in and within 5 mins., I had made my purchase. That’s the thing with thrifting, it doesn’t have to eat up a whole Saturday. I think I find good stuff mostly because I go often.

Also, I should mention the wooden beads, I picked these up a few years ago at a flea market. They are actually counters for billiards or pool. I think they hang on the wall and you slide them across to count. Anyways, I loved the colors of them and they often end up on my bookshelves or coffee table. I think I paid $10 for them.

I bought at least 5 of these cute little wooden and brass boxes. They were $1 each at Restore. I thought I’d use them for gifts, and actually this week I filled one with a necklace I had bought for my sister-in-law and gave it to her for her birthday.

This ceramic bell or wind chime is one of my all time favorite finds. I got it earlier in the Summer, but I think it’s still worth sharing. It’s from the 60s and is definitely handmade. It’s strung on leather and the little flat beads on the string are all pottery as well.  I found this at one of my favorite antique malls in town, Mill Creek and at $17, I couldn’t say no. Now it hangs on your front porch, beside the front door.

We are big campers already, so these green enamel plates seemed like a must. The don’t all match, which doesn’t bother me at all. But, I’m sure we are going to use them often, not just for camping. They are great, indestructible outdoor dishes. These were $1 a piece at Goodwill and I bought all 9.

Here’s a sneak peek at our hallway that we’ve spent so many hours on lately stripping wallpaper and painting walls and trim. As you can see, the stairs and railings haven’t been touched yet. They are next on my list. But, we did put our little IKEA shoe cabinet in and I styled the top of it with a few fun objects.

Let’s be 100% honest here, my husband isn’t always a fan of my thrifted finds. This 1960’s screen print hasn’t grown on him yet. I bought it because anytime I can afford an original piece of art (which isn’t often at all), I like to buy it. I also just liked the blocky composition and the colors felt right for our house. It’s called “Still Life with Pipe”, and no, I don’t think anyone should smoke. I also think it could be a golf club and oversized gold ball. Either way, I like it and it only set me back $30. I reframed because the original frame was in pieces. I picked up a cheap brass frame from Target and I think it’s an interesting addition.

So, here’s what I spent:

  • $4.99 – brass pitcher
  • $10 – wooden beads
  • $1 – wood and brass boxes
  • $17 – ceramic bell
  • $9 – green enamel plates
  • $30 – vintage screen print

Total – $71.99

Thought? Anything in my finds this week that speaks to you? And do you like this series?

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The Week’s End

September 2, 2017

Happy Long Weekend Friends!

We are escaping the heat and heading to San Diego to spend a couple days with my brother’s family. Hoping for some beach time and a just a break from the 110 F weather of Bakersfield. It’s really quite handy to have a brother who lives so close to the beach. Can you say FREE VACAY?

In other news, I thought I should mention that I’m bringing back my newsletter. It’s a great way to get all your favorite O+P content right to your inbox. I’ll be sharing all kinds of exclusive content their, so you won’t want to miss out.

And now, here’s a few fun things I think you should check out:

  • If you are looking for a fun Instagram feed to follow, I’ve got a REALLY good one for you. Pretty colors, plants, vintage, and from the Netherlands – ya, it’s a pretty great combo.
  • This digital wallpaper is super timely with all the eclipse buzz of the last couple of weeks.
  • Yep, totally digging this color for Fall.
  • You know I love a Mocktail, and if it involves rhubarb, I’m all in. Be sure to check out this Rhubarb Collins Mocktail.
  • I wear a neckercheif, scarf, or bandana at least twice a week. Just look at this rainbow of dyed bandanas. I’ve actually dyed and bleached bandanas in the past, but just didn’t share it as a DIY on the blog. Now that I see all the color options that are out there, I’m better stock up on a whole bunch more.
  • This pretty workspace has be wanting to paint another half wall!

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Design

12 Stylish Office Chairs

September 1, 2017

Well, my little office space is coming along. I’m excited to share it with you very soon. But, since I’ve done so much sourcing and researching for products, I thought I’d share with you what I’ve found. I’ve already shared some great wall-mounted desk options, now let’s look at a few stylish chair options as well. 12 Stylish Office Chairs

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I end up spending way more time then I want to at my computer, so I’m ready for a “real” chair. my back and hips are tired of countless hours in a kitchen chair. But, it turns out finding a stylish and comfortable desk chair is not easy. Well, it’s easy if you want to spend lots and lots of money. But, I was in the market for one somewhere way less then $400. And while comfort is king, my little desk is in a main traffic area of our house, so I wanted to make sure it had a little style.

I really can’t tell you for sure for sure, if these are all comfortable, because I haven’t sat in all of them. But, I did read lots of reviews and tried to source ones that could be easily returned if they didn’t work out. But, I do think I found some handsome options that won’t break the bank. Spoiler Alert!!! I picked number 8. When I polled folks on IG stories, a few people said that they had this exact chair and then it was sooooo comfortable. And then the very next day, West Elm had a flash sale and I paid only $229 for it!!!!!!! Yep, I’m pumped. It won’t be here for another couple of weeks. But, my next choice would probable by number 2. It feels 100% Scandinavian.

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Do you have a favorite? In true Oleander + Palm fashion, I looked long and hard for an awesome dark green option and a found a few. I feel like leather is a good idea, it should wear well and just look better over time. I’ll keep you posted, but I’m excited for you to see my tiny little hallway office. Stay tuned.

And happy long weekend friends!

Food & Drink

Turkey Meatball Gyros with Lemon Feta Tzatziki

August 30, 2017

Turkey Meatball Gyros with Lemon Feta Tzatziki

Mid-week dinner just got a lot better with these yummy Turkey Meatball Gyros. As the head cook in our home, I’m always looking for healthy meals that can be made easily in the middle of all our hectic weeknight schedules. Many nights of the week, we have a very short window where we can sit and eat together, between gymnastics, guitar, cross country practice, and church. It’s got to be quick, easy and nutritious. I’m also one of those folks that easily gets bored with the same old meals, so I’m always looking for ways to change things up and try something new. This is one of those meals that layers lots of interesting flavors and keeps a weeknight dinner interesting. Sweet, spicy, tangy and crunchy – these gyros have it all.

As you may know, I’m married to a Biology teacher, and about a year and half ago he decided to stop eating beef. It’s all to do with the draught and how much water raising beef takes. Anyways, to make a long story a little shorter, I’m always looking for other protein options. And turkey is number one. Ground turkey is a healthy, leaner and lower calorie alternative to ground beef and is an easy substitute for leaner meals. Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey is USDA Certified Organic and raised free-range on organic land. It’s100% natural with no antibiotics, no GMOs and no added hormones or steroids.

I trust Foster Farms for their organic ground turkey, they are the leading producer of organic turkey in the Western United States. And for me, they are local, Foster Farms turkeys are raised right here in California’s Central Valley. 
Turkey Meatball Gyros with Lemon Feta Tzatziki

Let’s start with tasty, crunchy side to serve with these gyros. On a recent trip, we were served crispy chick peas as a little starter to our meal. They were so addicting, all of use couldn’t stop munching on them. Quick and easy to make, I’m sure you are also going to love these Crispy Curry Chickpeas.

Crispy Curry Chickpeas

Crispy Curry Chickpeas

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp. coriander

Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas. In a large bowl, combine the spices, olive oil and vinegar. Add the chickpeas and toss to coat them evenly.

Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake at 400 F for 35 mins. Stir the chick peas every 10 mins.

Serve warm.

Crispy Curry Chickpeas

And now for the main course. The nice thing about this meal is that you can make everything ahead of time and then just when you are ready to sit down and eat, all you have to do is warm up the meatballs.

Turkey Meatball Gyros with Lemon Feta Tzatziki

Turkey Meatball Gyros

  • Pita bread or mediterranean flat bread
  • cucumbers, sliced
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • fresh cilantro
  • Sweet and Spicy Red Onion Pickles (see recipe below)
  • Lemon Feta Tzatziki (see recipe below)

Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 lb. Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. harissa paste (or Siracha is a good substitute)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

In a bowl combine all the ingredients. Using small ice cream scoop, scoop the meatballs onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 F for 17-20 mins. Be sure to check them at 17 mins., you don’t want to over cook them, remove them as soon as then are done. This will prevent them from getting tough or dry.

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Sweet and Spicy Pickled Red Onion

  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 a red onion sliced thinly

In a jar, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper. Add the red onion, seal and place in the fridge for at least two hours.

Sweet and Spicy Quick Picked Red Onion

Lemon Feta Tzatziki

  • 1 cup whole milk greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pepper to taste
  • zest ad juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated cucumber

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Turkey Meatball Gyros with Lemon Feta Tzatziki

Foster Farms is offering $2 OFF their Organic Ground Turkey. Click HERE for the coupon!

Foster Farms will be conducting a Facebook drawing over the next three weeks for a FREE package of Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey; five winners will be drawn randomly each Friday. To be eligible, readers just have to comment on this post, HERE their favorite way to prepare Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey. 

This post is sponsored by Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey, thanks you for supporting the great companies that help make this blog possible. 

Design

What I’ve Thrifted Lately

August 22, 2017

In the past, a had a regular series called “Thrifting Thursday” and it really was just and show + tell of all the things I had found thrifting, antiquing and garage sale-ing. But, recently I asked my Instagram friends to let me know what it is they want to see more of on my blog. And the two most requested topics were pictures of my home and all the things I find thrifting. So, I’m giving the people what they want! Let’s try this again.

My hope in sharing what I find thrifting will inspire you to go out there and hunt for inexpensive treasures. I firmly believe that a beautiful home and interesting spaces, don’t have to cost a fortune to decorated. So, much of what fills our rooms, decorates the shelves and hangs on the walls of our home cost less then a Starbucks drink. And honestly I love to go to thrift stores, antique malls and flea markets. If I’m feeling creatively drained, it’s the easiest way to refuel me.

Sometimes I find big furniture pieces, but more often it’s just weird little bits and pieces. Actually, most of the dishes and glasses I use for photoshoots are usually thrifted. It the best way to keep my costs down and also find unique pieces you aren’t going to see in everyone else’s images.

I’ve quickly become a huge fan of incense. Not just an incense, there’s really just one that I LOVE, Blackbird’s Tenoversix. (I buy it at my favorite local florist, House of Flowers). It’s like a special treat in my day when I get to burn this scent. It reminds me of my years in Yemen and my mind always wonders to adventures in the old city of Sanaa. When we were in Idaho this Summer, I found this little brass piece at an antique mall for $6. An incense cone fits in it perfectly and now when the smoke streams out of it, I can’t help but pause and watch it.

I also found the black platter that everything is sitting on at my local Goodwill for just $2.99. I do not think it is old, but I just liked it and look, I’m already using it on my kitchen table.

Somewhere in between Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park, I found a quirky little antique store in the middle of nowhere Montana. There I found this awesome brass desk calendar. I believe it’s from the 40s. There is a small sliding knob on the back that allows you to set the month, any month of any year. How cool is that?  This little piece set me back $10, and it was worth every penny. I know I’m going to love this for years and years to come. And it’s definitely going to sit on my new desk.

And finally, I found this cute little cane stool in Idaho for $18. It’s in perfect condition and really has the prettiest bent legs. I bought it knowing that it would make a perfect little plant stand, and look, it does!

So, here’s what I spent:

  • $6 – Brass Incense Holder
  • $2.99 – Black Ceramic Tray
  • $10 – Brass Universal Calender
  • $18 – Cane Stool

Total $36.99

I’ll come up with a better series title. But, is this kind of post something you’d like to see more of here? And now I want to hear from you, so what have you found while thrifting lately?

 

Food & Drink

Pineapple Chile Ancho Cooler

August 21, 2017

Pineapple Chile Ancho Cooler - a fun mocktail the whole family can enjoy. Sweet, smokey and just a touch of heat, this drink is far from boring.

Happy Monday and happy eclipse day friends, if you make it through the day alive, how about celebrating with a yummy sunny colored mocktail. And while is packs a little bit of heat, it’s guaranteed not to damage your eyes. I’m really excited about this latest mocktail recipe. This Pineapple Chile Ancho Cooler has been in the works for a while. I love unusual flavor combinations, and pairing sweet pineapple with smokey ancho chilies really works. My son thinks this drink tastes like a pineapple grilled on the BBQ, which is super yummy and also his description might be spot on.

Pineapple Chile Ancho Cooler - a fun mocktail the whole family can enjoy.

Like any good mocktail, this drink starts with a delicious simple syrup. And this chile ancho syrup is such a pretty amber color. If you aren’t familiar with chile anchos, they are just dried poblano chilis. They can be found in the Hispanic section of the grocery store.

Pineapple Chile Ancho Cooler

  • Pineapple Juice
  • Sparkling Mineral Water
  • Chile Ancho Simple Syrup
  • Pineapple slices, leaves and a little piece of the chile for garnish.

Start by making the Chile Ancho Simple Syrup. In a small pot, add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 large chile anchos crumbled into small pieces. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool completely. Pour through a fine metal sieve to remove the chile ancho pieces.

In a glass filled with ice, add 1 oz. of the Chile Ancho Simple Syrup. Fill the glass half full with pineapple juice and then top with sparkling water. Stir and garnish with a slice of pineapple, leaf and a little piece of the dried chile.

For a cocktail, adult version, I think a little dark rum would pair well with this drink. 

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Design

Wall Mounted Desks

August 17, 2017

Ok, the time has come. I’m ready for a desk space in my home. I’ve been blogging for over 6 years now from a laptop at the kitchen table, on the sofa, or even in bed. Sometimes that flexibility is nice, but lately my back has been telling me that a proper desk and chair might be a good idea. Yes, I do have a studio, but honestly most of my computer screen time is in the evenings once the kids are in bed. So, I really don’t want to pack up and head back to the studio.

While our house is not small, there isn’t an extra room for home office. So, My place is to find a wall mounted desk for our hallway. It’s actually a pretty good sized area and the wall is about 48 inches wide, so I can get a pretty good sized desk in there. The only issue is that the intake vent for the AC and heater is in the floor right under where I’d like to put a desk. So, take the furniture off the floor and mounting it on the wall seems like the best idea. The end of my laptop’s life is pretty somewhere in the near future, so I’m hoping to make the move to a desktop. I’m ready for a bigger monitor, especially when I’m editing pictures.

Wall Mounted Desks

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Wall Mounted Desks

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Because I just don’t have the motivation right now to build something custom for myself, I’m on the hunt for a great wall mounted desk I can just buy. I’ve rounded up 8 pretty great options. Number 2 is definitely out of my budget, but it’s pretty dang gorgeous in person. Number 4 feels the most like me, but I think I might need a little more storage. Number 5 is really interesting, but it’s just a little too wide for my space, but I included it because I thought it might work for one of you. Number 7 might be the winner, it’s priced right and the scale of this piece works really well for our hallway.

Is there one that stands out to you?

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And if you are just looking for a desk and don’t need to have a computer on it, this one is gorgeous. And actually there are a lot of great pull down options out there. They just can’t hold a desktop computer and that’s what I need at this point.

Wall Mounted Desk

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Anyone else looking to create a little home office without a bedroom to spare?

Next up, I’m on the hunt for a comfortable, stylish office chair. Does that exist? I mean it does, but really I can’t spend $3000. I’m on the hunt for one somewhere way below $400.

Find

The Week’s End

August 11, 2017

Well, this week definitely felt like the end of Summer. After being on the road the last couple of weeks, I hit the ground running and worked a jam packed week. It feels good to get stuff done and put out some new content. Today we are going to try REALLY hard to finally finish the painting in the hallway and stairway. We started the week with a good 2 1/2 days of wallpaper scraping. But, I’m so happy to see the yellow stripes GONE. You can follow along on Instagram stories for all the riveting wallpaper removal and painting posts.

This is our last weekend of the Summer. So, we feel like we need to get ALL THE PROJECTS done! I’m kind of mourning the end of Summer, I don’t think I’m ready for all the hustle and bustle of getting three kids off to school. But, maybe a little routine will feel good.

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Here’s a few things I think you should check out:

Happy Friday, hope you all have a great weekend. Soak in all the Summer you can friends.