A surprise to end all surprises

It’s been a busy few weeks and the last thing I wanted to do was work on the house, more or less figure out how to mathematically hang our soon-to-be-arriving wall decals, despite how awesome they would look. Normally the end result is motivating enough for me but not in this case. Even if it would look like something like this…

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes (http://greenweddingshoes.com/siennas-nursery/)

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes (http://greenweddingshoes.com/siennas-nursery/)

Disregard all baby accessories and furniture….those are completely irrevalant to this post. But I will admit, this is the coolest baby’s room EVER.

Like with most of my ideas, this was Pinterest inspired. Except I can officially count this as a completed project compared to all the ones I dream about. I really am a lot more crafty, artsy and creative….in my head. But it wasn’t so easy of a start. You see we had already painted the room this awesome mint-green color. I insisted we do it as soon as possible so I could move all my office stuff crap into the space and finish unpacking one of the rooms. Unfortunately, this Pinterest inspiration didn’t show itself until AFTER we had painted the room. This is key, especially when you read how this mom designed her gorgeous nursery AND chose her colors. We did it backwards. Of course.

After weeks of going back and forth between decal colors (to attempt to fix our mistake), we decided to fake it. Yup, fake it. We weren’t about to spend another $100 bucks on white paint to redo what we just completed. So we bought gold and white decals. I felt so wasteful. White decals?! Never again. But hey folks, I’m saving you the energy, money and time in case you decide to do this to your walls!

Also, Kyle wants me to point out that you should read the Mur Decal details and FAQs carefully. It may not work on your walls. For example, all our walls have an ‘orange peel’ texture and Mur said that it may not adhere. I had the “vision” and couldn’t shake the design inspiration. Subsequently I “coerced” Kyle into getting some to test out. We purchased the minimum amount to see if it would work. After anxiously waiting two weeks, the gold decals finally arrived and they stuck! #winning. Unbeknownst to me, Kyle also bought the white ones and hid them without me knowing they arrived….until today. This is what I saw when I walked through our front door:

Kyle nearly completed with his surprise.

Kyle nearly completed with his surprise.

TA-DA! The “completed” surprise.

Completed Mur Decal DIY by Kyle.

Completed Mur Decal DIY by Kyle.

Honestly, we’re really pleased with how this turned out. We were a bit hesitant for the cost that we had put into it, especially since it was more expensive than the paint. And that doesn’t include paint time or Kyle’s one-man-show today. He literally spent ALL day working on this wall though I’m sure it would go a lot quicker if there are two people. But as he said, there is definitely a learning curve with trying to get them to ‘stick.’

All in all, this was one of the top three surprises Kyle’s ever been able to pull off. It ranks up with my 30th birthday jewelry and him proposing to me. That’s how GOOD it was.

P.S. We (Kyle) needs inspiration and motivation. What’s been your most successful DIY project?

The day we were up-sold by Apple.

After being in retail for a number of years, I typically pride myself in identifying coy, manipulative gestures from retail staff to try to upsell me products. I don’t mean that to be rude but it’s a fact. If you’re in retail your  main job is to sell stuff. And the best way to do that is to sell ‘up’ the customer on a product or add more items to their original purchase.  It’s just part of the job.

Well, one Apple employee did quite well. More than well. After moving into our home, we decided  we were going to put off our ‘home-gym’ for a variety of reason but were stuck with our first flat screen TV. I know — #FirstWorldProblems. Not knowing what else to do with it (we had already opened the box), we decided to see how we could plug our laptop to it and watch tv shows.

We went to the store to buy a $19 dollar cable and walked out with a $99 Apple TV.

It's not the screen but rather the little black box that does the magic. Photo Credit: apple.com

It’s not the screen but rather the little black box that does the magic. Photo Credit: apple.com

 

Apple TV allows us to listen to music, watch movies, and mirror our laptop through a remote or computer control. Not to be confused, it’s not the TV you’re paying for. That would be the cheapest Apple product…EVER. In fact, it’s the little black box that connects your computer over wireless to the TV. It’s absolutely brilliant. The ‘would be’ $19 days of  having to get up and down to control shows, music and movies are a distant thought. Now we can have entertainment during parties, watch movies from the couch and manage it all through iTunes, and play Angry Birds from the iPad for a much fuller ‘experience.’ Needless to say, it was the best upsell and $99 we’ve spent at Apple.

Even if you’re not an Apple lover-user-aficionado, I would still recommend checking out a streaming device, like Roku. It makes having a music library, Netflix account, Hulu account, movies, apps so much more usable….so usable it’s scary. And besides it really is the cheapest up-sell you’ve ever spent at Apple. And that’s saying something.

Top 5 things that will consume your life… if you let it

For the last five months this blog has sat idle. But rest assured, I have not. In fact, life has never been more full, more busy, and more insane than ever.  I’ve also realized that there are things that I’ve allowed to consume my life because I’ve let it. Which has also led me to reluctantly putting things that are important to the back-burner….like this blog.  I can’t promise it will get better but I can promise I’ll try.

1. New home ownership:  The moment  you realize you can paint the walls whatever color you want and you can buy nice, new furniture. Cue: multiple trips to Home Depot and Ikea.

One of the top contenders for a sleeper sofa bed.

One of the top contenders for a sleeper sofa bed.

2. Pinterest: Did I mention we are new home owners? I finally know what it feels like for brides who have multiple inspiration boards. Now, I just need to convince Kyle to let me get an hanging chair for our master topped of with fur-lined seat cover.

3. Work. With some recent changes in the office, it’s become all consuming all the time. I love what I do. I love the peeps I do it with. But, I need to bring balance back into my life.

 

4. The James Patterson Book Series’. Yes that’s plural. I’m addicted to all of his murder mystery crime novels. In fact, I think I caught up to Tac Anderson’s goal of reading a book a week with this crime series alone. Now Kyle can insist I do something product other than read and search Pinterest.

Photo Credit: Amazon Kindle

Photo Credit: Amazon Kindle

 

5. Nike+ Fuel Band. It’s changed my life. Originally, I bought this because I thought I’d have to give up my gym membership when we bought our home. Luckily, we were able to keep it but this little doo-daa, helps me maintain a healthy, active life. It’s gamification…or competition at it’s finest. Nike really has the best in class user experience, social + web + mobile + digital strategy I’ve seen to date. Oh and their Nike Training Club app is now my personal trainer, for free. I could go on and on and on about how much I love them, but I’ll save that for another post.

Nike+ Fuel Band Facebook App

Nike+ Fuel Band Facebook App

Think I can add to this list? Add a comment and let me know what needs to be added to this list.