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28

Jul

Can you believe I am still alive?!?!

I am so sorry for the complete radio silence.  It was a little intense getting ourselves packed up and moved out of China.  I am happy to report we made it out alive, organized by no means, totally sleep deprived, but happy and ready for America. 

Here we are just boarding our flight, Kate not so sure about all the madness, but you can’t hide how happy we were — finally done with China!

And I do not know how we got so lucky, but Kate was an amazing little traveler!  I as a full blown adult can barely handle that 10 hour flight.

20 glorious days of vacation followed, split between Hawaii, Colorado and Georgia.  It was amazing, but we ended up doing 7 flights in that short amount of time, carted 6 suitcases across the globe and finally, finally, a few days ago, made it to DC.

Like Meg, living in remodel madness, we are still in a bit of disarray ourselves.  We are in temporary corporate housing until August 1st, but our stuff isn’t slated to arrive for another few months, we have to take procession of our three storage units, but who in the world even knows what is in there (some of the stuff we have lived without for the last five years!) and I just tonight found my computer charger.  We are a mess, but each day getting a little more organized and little more acclimated to being back to America.  It feels good and I happy to back in this space.  THANK YOU Meg for covering for me, I owe you so big time.

-Tash

23

Jul

Backyard Shenanigans

Even though there is still work to be done on the addition to our house. We have shifted our focus (and by our, I mean mainly Jer) to making the backyard liveable again and adding some personality and function.  Right now there are a lot of holes in the ground and a lot of dirt, but that is soon to be replaced with a stone patio, fake grass and lots of trees.  Here is what we are looking at now:

They have been making quick progress, so look for more updates to come, plus I still need to post the finished guest bath!-MEG

16

Jul

Anniversary Sale is Here!

It’s that time of year again!  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here.  It is always a great time to stock up on basics and if you live in a colder weather climate this is the sale for you.  I personally don’t think this is the best Anniversary Sale I have ever seen, but there are still tons of great deals an a lot to add to your wish list.

These two are splurges, but super cute.  If it ever dropped below 70 degrees here I would probably scoop one up:

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These 2 tops are in my cart right now.  One’s a straight up knock off of a J.Crew top I still am kicking myself for not buying and the other a great basic even with jean shorts in the summer:

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I’m in desperate need for some new workout gear, thankfully there is a pretty good selection, I wouldn’t mind adding  a few of these to my collection:

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Two fun shoe options:

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I really wish I had a spot for these pillows in our new master:

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I suggest you get shopping!  Things tend to sell out quickly, last year I missed out on the Rag and Bone Harrow bootie and I am still sad about it (why didn’t they bring it back??).  And if you want something truly splurge worthy check out this Chole bag.  And don’t forget Hanky Pankies and Natori are always a great deal, as it a great pair of Spanx leggings.  And if you have little ones there are great deals on Hanna Andersson PJs. -MEG

14

Jul

Paella!

Jer and I were looking for a fun easy theme for a dinner party for some friends that have been so helpful on the house remodel.  After much thought we decided on a paella/Spanish theme.  It turned out pretty awesome if I do say.  Serving paella was perfect because it is a “one pot” dish so we didn’t have to worry a ton about sides and that sort of stuff.  We bought a pan made for grill and according to Jer it was super easy.  Spanish appetizers can can be kept simple and light with a cheese plate and prosciutto and melon.  Who doesn’t love sangria, and for those who didn’t want that we had plenty of Spanish wine and beer.  My friend Lindsay made a flan that rounded out the meal perfectly.  Good times all around, if you are considering a paella party here is the pan we used.  We also bought the rice, saffron and Spanish sausage off amazon, but I am sure you could find them all at a specialty market. Here is the recipe we used.

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-MEG

08

Jul

Back to Reality

Did everyone have a great 4th of July?  Our trip to Vegas was fantastic, we packed a lot into a few days.  We got to swim, visit the splash pad, ride the High Roller and see The Book of Mormon at The Smith Center.  We introduced Jim and Linda to Blue Ribbon where the best chicken wings in the world can be found, and according to Jim they have a pretty amazing Arnold Palmer too.  We ate tons of yummy food, home cooked goodness and we got to check out some fun off-the-strip spots.  I even had time to drop into my favorite little boutique.  Other than getting Mimi and Popi all to himself, James’ favorite part was the front yard fireworks show.  Just ask him and he’ll tell ya;) Here are some snaps:

-Meg

01

Jul

This pic is for my Mom because I know she will love it.  Enjoy the 4th! We are off to Vegas for a long weekend of fun.  I’ll be back to the blog next week with some fun details of the trip and lots more house stuff coming up.  Tash gets stateside soon, so I am sure she will be chiming in.  Oh, and what a bummer about the World Cup????  It was fun to see everyone get so into it.  I am sad its over, now it’s a long wait until the next one, at least we still have the 4th to celebrate America! -MEG

This pic is for my Mom because I know she will love it.  Enjoy the 4th! We are off to Vegas for a long weekend of fun.  I’ll be back to the blog next week with some fun details of the trip and lots more house stuff coming up.  Tash gets stateside soon, so I am sure she will be chiming in.  Oh, and what a bummer about the World Cup????  It was fun to see everyone get so into it.  I am sad its over, now it’s a long wait until the next one, at least we still have the 4th to celebrate America! -MEG

26

Jun

Speaking of closets….this is exactly how I feel right now.  What is wrong with me????-MEG

Speaking of closets….this is exactly how I feel right now.  What is wrong with me????-MEG

24

Jun

Closets

Closets are done!  I snapped a few pics just as I started putting Jer’s clothes away.  Needless to say we are pretty excited to have total access to our wardrobes again and some sort of organization.  We love the way they turned out.  We opted to keep them the natural wood color which you don’t see much of, but I am totally digging the look.

-MEG

Carpentry by Woodwise

19

Jun

The New Twinset

I’m not sure if it is because I am really loving rompers (can’t wait to wear this one) right now or if it is because I find shorts so much more functional than skirts and dresses lately, but I am loving the idea of of a matching short set.  Lots of reasons to get on board with this trend: 1. since it’s two pieces it is easier to fit than a romper if you aren’t perfectly proportional, 2. there are an endless amount of outfit combos you can make by breaking up the set and wearing the top or shorts solo.  3.  It just looks rad.   -MEG

17

Jun

Bathroom and Closet

Here is the latest at the Livengood household:

New floors in the guest bath:

New tile being installed in the shower:

Closet installation!!!!

Look at that cute little blondie taking it all in! -MEG

*Closet by Wood Wise Carpentry.