Happy Birthday to my Man

It this guys 32nd birthday today!

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And Landyn couldn’t be more excited. The girl likes any reason to celebrate.

But our Joshy is a low key birthday boy. He doesn’t like the spotlight, he doesn’t like cake, and he doesn’t like presents. My dad told me celebrating birthdays is a girl thing…..Psssshhhhh.

So we will celebrate Josh with a group of our closest friends tonight and force him to like birthdays. Because he’s our favorite and 32 years is worth celebrating.

Love you low key lover. Happiest of days to you.

xo

Lindsay

One Year Together: J+L

A year ago today, my world became a little bit sweeter when this guy and I made things “official”.

I could get all mushy on you but I’m going to keep things simple. I will say though, that I am the happiest I’ve ever been and thank God everyday that things worked out the way they did.

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 My best friend.

My rock.

My hearts keeper.

He makes me laugh harder than anyone can.

This man takes me right where I am at and loves me big, flaws and all.

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Cheers to us and many more years of HAPPY.

I love you Josh Baltimore. You have me for as long as you’ll keep me.

xo

Road trip to Redmond, Oregon

When family needs a helping hand, you do whatever it takes to make it happen. It’s one of the many things I love about Josh… his willingness to serve. He’ll go to the ends of the earth for those he loves. If you look up heart of gold in the dictionary his picture would be next to it, and this will forever go a long ways with me.

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Josh moved his mom up to Redmond, Oregon this past weekend and I went along for the ride. 34 hours of driving in three days and I was quickly reminded why it works with him. He is patient. He is kind. He makes me laugh harder than anyone can. He puts me at ease. I can spend two days in the car with him completely bored, and there is still no place I’d rather be.

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Josh and his beautiful momma

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We got to see his mom’s gorgeous new home in Redmond and spend the day playing tourist and checking out the neighboring city of Bend, Oregon. Bend reminded me a lot of the town where I grew up but less people and more green. It’s always fun visiting new places and seeing other senses of community. Whenever I am traveling, I always remove myself from what I’ve always known and imagine myself doing life there. While I love where I live more than anything, I think I will forever have a piece of me that will always wonder what life would be like somewhere else. With my family of course.

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trying out huckleberries in the form of a mojito… yum.

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Josh’s mom made us her homemade chocolate chip cookies… I’ve gotta share this recipe.

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IMG_2277Lake Shasta 

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 We’re back home with Landyn and ready to conquer this week. I still feel like I am in a moving vehicle and am trying to get my bearings back. What has been your longest road trip? Do any of you have any suggestions?

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Have a great week!

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DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Dining Table

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I salvaged a dining room table last year and have had grand plans of re doing it. My new place allows for such projects and my handy boyfriend came in for the assist. So excited to share the tutorial with you.

Supplies: 

Milwaukee hand sander

sand paper (60 grit, 150 grit, 220 grit)

Varathane wood stain in Dark Walnut

Sherwin Williams “pure white” paint in satin

Varathane Polyurethane sealant in semi gloss

high quality paint brush

padded applicator brush

old rag (a old white cotton tee shirt is best)

painters tape

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Tutorial: 

Sand the entire table with 60 grit sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain. Vacuum surface to get rid of sand residue. Continue sanding with 150 grit sandpaper, clean, and then finish with 220 grit sandpaper to get the smooth even surface. We used a air compressor to get rid of all residue before staining. We completely stripped all paint from the table top and left some original paint on the legs in case we decided to distress. Either way is fine.

Using painters tape, we then taped off the perimeter of the table top to prevent the stain and paint surfaces running together.

Using an old rag, we stained the top of the table again going in the direction of the wood grain. Allow to dry completely overnight.

Once the stain is dry, re tape the perimeter for painting.

With a high quality paint brush we painted the legs of the table in Sherwin Williams “pure white” paint in satin. The quality of the brush makes a huge difference in the overall finish. Allow to dry overnight.

We then applied a polyurethane sealant in semi gloss onto the table top with a padded applicator brush. This will help preserve the overall quality of the table and protect against water stains. Allow to dry.

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Project complete. I could have gone a step further and distressed the white legs of the table for a more farmhouse look, but I fell in love with it as is. I have some chairs that I am going to re do to match next. If you have an old table, this entire process can cost you under $100. Way better than the $1200 price tag on Pottery Barn’s dining tables.

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And I can’t finish this post without a huge thank you to Josh for all his hard work. He was out in the shop sanding and painting after work last week while I was directing and photographing. LOVE that man and his ability to bring out my creative side again.

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