Thursday, June 24, 2010

Here's What I've Been Up To.....

I'm on summer vacation now, because I don't start my job until July 6th. However, I have a list about a mile long of things I want to accomplish before I start my job. I've already crossed a few things off.....

We chose paint for our master bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen.

I started painting the kitchen on Tuesday, and my mom and I finished it last night. What do you think?

We need new curtains, a new table, and blinds for the windows (we are getting white wooden blinds). Once that is all finished I will show you the entire kitchen. For now it's just a little teaser because the decorating has only just begun!

We bought mulch for our front yard and laid it all last weekend. It was a lot of work, but check out how much nicer it looks.

Next step is to plant some pretty flowers.

I've been planning out our workout room, which will revolve around this elliptical that Nick's sister gave us! She moved out of her apartment last weekend and said we could take the elliptical, which she claimed to have never used. Crazy. This will eventually get moved into our new workout room (another thing on my to-do list).

Until we move this thing inside, it's stuck in the garage. Working out in the garage in 90 degree weather means I have to get out there as early as possible in order to beat the heat. I've been working out before eating breakfast, which is something I think I could get used to. I do eat a handful of berries, a few bites of granola, and a cup of coffee before I get on this thing (I carry water with me too).

What Have I Been Eating?


Messy Pumpkin Oat Bran

(oat bran, soy milk, regular 2% plain yogurt, 1/2 T almond butter, and 1/2 cup pumpkin)

Fresh Ohio grown tomatoes, which are amazing at this time of year.

Sliced on top of some egg whites, cheese, and greens.

And tons of strawberries. Thank goodness I can eat berries on this FODMAPs diet, or else I may go crazy.

Gina's To-Do List Before July 6th

- Plan our house warming party (July 3rd). Who's coming?!

- Order blinds for the kitchen

- Paint the living room

- Put together out workout room

- Prepare meals for Nick since I will be doing most of my training in Pittsburgh (if I don't prepare him anything, he will order pizza every night, or just not eat at all. Crazy)

- CLEAN the house after out July 3rd party

What projects are you working on at the moment?

Coming Up

On Saturday I will be posting a review on a new dietary supplement I received. Until then, have a great week/weekend! And as always, thanks for reading.


  1. That color is really similar to the one we just painted our living room with! Love it!

    Sounds like a big summer ahead for you!

  2. I love paint color! Looks great!

  3. Wow lots to do! I love the color of the kitchen!
    I've been doing just little craft projects in my free time, scrapbooking and such : )

  4. The tomoato looks like its suspended in the air..:)

  5. Looks wonderful!! Great job for doing that all, painting is such hard work. You have a lot to do girl! haha men ordering pizza, yep that's what Chris would do :)

  6. Love your kitchen! Beautiful color!

    Enjoy your "vacation!" I know you have a long to-do list but make sure to truly enjoy your last days of "freedom!" :)

    I've prep work to do for several summer classes I'll be teaching in July and August. But I'm also enjoying summer with the toddler! Actually, that's my number one priority right now! :)

  7. I love the color you picked!! That is exactly what i fantasize my dream kitchen to be.

  8. I looooooove the color, it looks great!

    you have a lot going on right now but just imagine the "choregasm" you will have when you are done...LOL

  9. I'm working on organizing my condo. Since getting married and moving myself into my mans small condo we have been cluttered! I can't stand it anymore.

    Seems like a never ending process but I'm set on getting everything done this summer!

  10. nick is a very lucky guy for you to prepare meals for him while he is away to make sure he is eating healthy delicious food :) your so sweet!

    ps. i really loved your post agave!

  11. We are so much alike with our crazy to-do lists. :-)

    Love the decorating job! It sounds like you guys have some great plans in the works.

    When I was in Indiana visiting my sister, I ran before breakfast, too. I didn't think I'd like it, but it was actually kind of nice.

  12. Love the newly painted kitchen! And those tomatoes look great. Nice and red to compliment the new paint. I can't wait for our tomatoes to come in season here!

  13. Me me me! I want to come to your housewarming party! =)

    Your project list looks like it's as long as mine is right now. Although mine is centered on getting stuff done to make some money!

  14. i love all your projects-it feel so good to get all your stuff done and start work with a clean slate! i think you should have a blogger housewarming party :)

  15. Enjoy your time off before the job starts! I'll bet you're excited to start, though :) I hope we're in Columbus that weekend so we can crash your house warming party ;) Since we know 4 people in Columbus, you're officially invited to ours. IF we ever get a house!!! The kitchen teaser looks awesome! I love the white cabinets :)

    And P.S. I loved, "You do LOVE your fish tacos" - LOL!

  16. The yard and kitchen both look great! I love gardening and decorating..looks like fun!
    I'm doing the opposite of you- getting ready to move out of my house and selling furniture!

  17. Enjoy your break! I'm sure you'll get lots done :)
    Woot for the new treadmill!

  18. I love the kitchen paint color! It's so bright and refreshing.

  19. Your yard looks great! And I love wooden shutters--I want some for our house!

  20. i have so much painting to do. ew my bedroom is the nastiest snot green color and its been that way for all the 21 years ive grown up!

    enjoy any bit of relaxation u can amidst the renos before u start ur job!

    xoxo <3

  21. I love that color Gina!
    I'm moving this weekend!! Yay!

  22. I was wondering when you were going to start your new gig! Congrats again on your new position and your fabulous home. I'm so happy for you!

  23. You sure are productive with your time off. I love your kitchen and I love the color. Its very inviting :) We are lucky in that there's not a whole lot that needs to be done to our new house. But we do want to paint the baby's room. I can't wait to get started!

  24. I LOVE the color Gina! It's so bright and fresh. Great score on the elliptical. Those things are so heavy. I had to help my brother move his a few times and they require a bit of strength! :) I'm planning on painting my bathroom in the very near future!

  25. I LOVE the color Gina! It's so bright and fresh. Great score on the elliptical. Those things are so heavy. I had to help my brother move his a few times and they require a bit of strength! :) I'm planning on painting my bathroom in the very near future!

  26. The squash bugs are really tough to beat. My best advice is to plant early. Earlier than you'd even think. You might lose some this way, or even have to replant, but planting early can help to get flowers and squash on early and beat the bugs. I'm sure there are some kinds of sprays that will kill them, but since I grow organically, I couldn't really pinpoint the right one for you. Bugs and weeds....ah, if only you could boss them around!

  27. You have some pretty handy work going on there. I helped my husband paint our house hallway and I was so tired from doing just two walls! Painting and gardening are not as easy as they look! Good luck with your projects and hope all will turn out great.

  28. I am working on NOT working! Although, I can't help project building...some already growing...a small container garden, learning how to charcoal grill, and putting up new drapes in one of the rooms upstairs...

    and I'd like to CAMP! How to make that happen???

  29. Your home is coming along beautifully. It's smart to get things done right away while having a new home still feels exciting. It's a lot of work, but it's rewarding when you get a project done. I'm sure you're glad to have the painting out of the way.

  30. Love the color of your kitchen!

    You have been doing such a great job making your house a home - can't wait to see more pics.