Thursday, January 18, 2018

#THECOATSHOME: POWDER ROOM MAKEOVER

I am finally getting a chance to share our powder room makeover. I posted our powder room inspiration here, and we ended up going with one of the wallpapers from that post. I am so happy with how it turned out, but I would be completely remiss not to give all credit to my dad for this project. My dad did the wallpaper and it looks amazing. I tried to do it myself, because how hard can it be, right? Joke was on me, for sure. Not only was it difficult, but our powder room is incredibly small, as most are. 

I fell in love with this wallpaper and knew it had to go somewhere in our home. I thought it would be perfect for our powder room, since it's a smaller room and thought this would make it pop.

Here is the before - what it looked like when we moved in. Tan paint, textured wallpaper on the bottom half with a tropical border in the middle- connecting the paint and wallpaper. It wasn't completely awful, but it wasn't something I would have loved to have in our home forever.
There was also a plastic paper towel holder on the wall behind the toilet (you can see the holes in the wall below) when we moved in...not sure why they chose that location, but we took the paper towel holder down the weekend we moved in.

And the after!!!! We ended up picking up this mirror  at Bed, Bath and Beyond and love it. 
 Also, can I just say that it was pretty difficult to take pictures of such a small area!

I love the way it turned out! Wallpaper can make such huge difference. In the future, we plan on hanging a few shelves on the back wall, above the toilet, and adding a couple of prints on them.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

POTATO WEDGE FRIES

I had extra potatoes leftover a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to make some potato wedge "fries". I remember my mom making these when I was younger and I haven't had homemade ones since I was a kid, we called them potato wedge fries. They were just as good as I remember, and really easy to make!

Ingredients:
- 4 or 5 small/medium potatoes
- 1 Tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of parsley
- 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning 
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- drizzle of olive oil

Directions:
- Wash potatoes and then slice them. I slice them thinly because we like them crunchy!
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl
- Pour onto a baking pan and bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes.
- Salt lightly as soon as they come out of the oven, if desired.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FIRST SNOW OF 2018

We had our first snow of 2018 over the weekend! It actually started later Friday afternoon and went through the night off and on. We didn't get much, just about half an inch or so, but it shut schools down and freaked everyone out, of course.

I laughed as I was walking to my car on Thursday afternoon because it was literally almost 70 and they had already salted the walkways and put this sign up in preparation for the snow/ice that was coming the following day. 
 
We did not leave our house at all on Friday and Saturday and it was SO nice and much needed before Matthew's busy season starts up. We lounged around Saturday, binge watched Parenthood (we've started it over because it's just that good!!), laundry, meal prepped for the week, cleaned a little, and I made our favorite soup for lunch. We had talked about going to see a movie on Saturday afternoon, but we were both just enjoying being around the house that we decided against it. We have tickets for a movie, so I'm sure we'll go soon!

My parents got me this neat little gadget for the kitchen and I am OBSESSED. I have been wanting something like this, but never found anything in a set like this. It also all fits in the container for simple storage. 

Sunday we finally got out of the house and went to church and out to lunch with some friends after. There was definitely still ice on our driveway because we kept slipping while trying to get in the car to go, it was hilarious, but thankfully we didn't fall, ha!

They are calling for more snow on Tuesday, so I am crossing my finger it does!

Friday, January 12, 2018

5 ON FRIDAY

Happy Friday! It's my first Friday post of 2018, and it is a "snow day" for us...well kind of. We haven't gotten any snow yet, just freezing rain and we're both working from home. So not really a snow day at all haha. We are both very thankful that we have the opportunity to work from home on days like this though, definitely a blessing, and I love spending the day with Matthew, even if we are both working.


- Since it was so cold all day, I mostly worked from the couch. Most of the time when I work from home it's at a desk, but today, was on the couch with Reagan!


- I am wanting to purchase the Hemnes 8-drawer dresser for my home office. I have read so many great reviews on it and I LOVE the way it looks! I would definitely want to add new pulls to the drawers, probably something gold to match the decor in my office.

- A friend that I work with gave me a bath bomb for Christmas and my parents put one in my stocking as well. Every since then I have been OBSESSED! I want alllll the bath bombs, ha! I have been looking up different recipes and I think I want to try and make them on my own. I also think that would be a fun gift to give to some family and friends this year. I found this bath bomb mold on Amazon and I'm looking forward to making them on my own soon.



- VLOGGERS. I have also been watching a ton of different vloggers lately. I love setting my iPad up while folding laundry/cooking/cleaning and listening/watching different vloggers on YouTube. Do you have any favorite vloggers that I should add to my list?


- We are going to the beach with my family this summer and I am so excited!! My family has always gone to Destin, FL, but we are looking into a few other locations to change it up a bit this year. We have it narrowed down to three places: Orange Beach, AL, Tybee Island, GA, or good ole Destin, FL. If you have ever been to Orange Beach or Tybee Island let me know if you liked it or not! With all this cold weather I am so ready to be on the beach!


Have a great weekend!!