Apr 24, 2017

A Winning Weekend

Thanks again to everyone for all the birthday wishes over the past week or so. I have truly felt so much love and had one of the best birthday's ever. I felt spoiled all week/weekend long and now I have to come back to the reality of Mondays- blah. ;)

My siblings-in-law schemed with Jared to surprise me with a little grill-out and THIRTY balloons Friday night. It was a fun evening with delicious burgers, sweet gifts and an incredible bonfire that survived the sprinkling of rain that tried to ruin our fun. Also, Jared and I got a photo of the two of us together (without T) for probably the first time in a year so I consider that night a win!

Thank you for snapping this photo, Kayla!

My 30 balloons and my adorable beach tote I got for vacation! 
The rest of our weekend was a little bit of everything. Errands, a trip to Lowes, evening walks and of course catching some sneak peaks inside the construction of our new house. When we walked through, the tile in our bathroom was starting to be installed which was exciting to see! I've said it numerous times, but it is seriously nerve-wracking to see a tiny sample of something in the showroom and choose it to go all over your house. I can't wait until the flooring/carpet start going in because I think it will truly feel like it's all coming together then.
Master bath on the left and top right; bottom right was some of our counter tops and banisters that aren't in yet

This week my sister and niece will be in town and I am SO excited to spend some time with them! I know Aunt Brittney is excited to see T and I am excited to celebrate my niece turning 4 and spoil her with some gifts. I may have went a little bit overboard- oops. It has been way too long since I've seen them both.

Not a lot of concrete plans this week and I'm definitely okay with that. Happy Monday!

Apr 21, 2017

Favorite Birthday Ever

It's official. 30 has probably been my favorite birthday of all time. Jared made me feel like the most special gal in the entire world yesterday. He surprised me by taking off work, which I didn't know until I came downstairs to make a bottle for T and he was still there! He was making chocolate chip pancakes in the kitchen and had some gifts waiting on me. 

My big gift was a zoo membership for our family which I was SO pumped about! It's something we've talked about getting for awhile but hadn't totally decided on yet. Well, Jared made the arrangements, got the passes, and surprised me by taking off work that day! So the three of us headed to the Cincinnati Zoo for our first ever family trip. T was pretty enthralled by it all, especially the fish and the giraffes and I can't wait for return visits all year round!

After a few hours we headed back home to lay low until dinner. While Jared and I discussed where we might head out to after T went to bed, the doorbell rang and MUCH to my surprise, my bestie showed up!!! Jared and Lacey had been scheming behind the scenes to surprise me and they absolutely did. Lacey got off work and immediately drove an hour to come meet me for dinner and pedicures, all scheduled and arranged by Jared. I love those two A LOT!

It was the perfect mix of time with my boys and some time with my girl being pampered a little too. Not to mention all the cards, texts, calls, Facebook messages, etc from friends and family with their well wishes. I couldn't ask for a better way to celebrate turning 30. I have felt the love, for sure! Now let's here it for the weekend!!!

Apr 20, 2017

This is 30

The day has come, my friends. I am officially a 30-year-old today. When and how that happened, I couldn't tell you, but it's the truth. Happy Birthday to me!

30 has always been that "magical" age where I thought I'd have it all. The dream job, the house, the family, the money, you name it... for some reason 30 just sounded like the age that life really was booming for people. And let's just put it out there. My life is nothing that I'd dreamed up years ago. Is it better, is it worse? No, it just IS. Life is full of its up and downs. I've made countless decisions and taken numerous paths to get to where I am today. I don't know where it will continue to lead me, but I'm certainly going to enjoy the ride.

What I do know for sure? 
I'm happy with myself. 
I don't look to others for validation.
I believe in my marriage and in my role as a wife and mother.
I cherish "me time" and have no problem saying no when I need to.
I still make mistakes, but I always learn from them.
I value a good night's sleep, but still stay up too late, too often.
I have fallen in love with convenience- if it will save me time, sign me up.
I am totally blessed with this life I've been given.
I will still pick the Cincinnati Bengals to go to the Super Bowl. Every. Single. Year. ;)

So cheers to 30 years. Cheers to living life and embracing every age and stage.

Apr 18, 2017

NEW HOME: Guest Room/Office

I'm back for another post dreaming about our new house. It's been a couple weeks but I'm still pinning and stalking ideas for how we want to set up and eventually decorate. We've decided we want to have an office/guest room combination. Since I do work from home 10 hours a week right now, I'd like to have a dedicated space to get things done. Right now I kinda' work on the fly from anywhere with my laptop- which is nice to be able to do, but I am so much more productive if I have a set space.

We'd like to have a bed and a small nightstand in there for any guests we might have. It's a decent sized room, so I know it's totally doable- but it's just a matter of how to set it up. Pinterest has some good ideas, but I've had to do a lot of digging for actual practical ideas versus the chandeliers and over-the-top decor ;) That's just not what I'm going for.

I like this set-up (what I can see of it anyway!) I really want to do a biggg bulletin board like this one above our desk. I'm not totally sure what they did but I'll be doing a little more googling. Anyone have a board like this in their house? We have this desk from IKEA and plan on keeping it- it's all we need! Pictures, to-do's, a calendar, etc- I want it all up above me and not cluttering up the desk space.

This one is nice too; it looks a little more like a daybed set up. But truthfully, I'm just obsessed with those curtains and the hooks in this one. How cool are they?!
I also like the idea of floating shelves but I don't know for sure if I want them. Sometimes they make a room feel more cluttered/closed-in but if they're done right I think they look really cool.

As far as colors, I am leaning towards something like this. I feel like it's the right amount of color and fun, without being too wild that you can't focus ;) This is definitely one of the rooms I'm most excited about decorating and setting up once we move in. Jared said I can do whatever I want with it so the possibilities are endless right now!

And the last thing on my must-have list for this room is as GOOD chair. I think these are so hard to pick out. I need comfy, support and preferably not one that's going to break the bank. I sat in this one at JCPenney and then saw the price tag... HAHA. This one from IKEA is really cute but I don't think it would be comfortable long term. Send me your suggestions on this one, please!!

Apr 17, 2017

Easter Weekend

Happy Monday, everyone! Jared and I had the best weekend with T and the rest of our families. Y'all know my love for Easter runs deep and we really fit in all of the festivities we could over the past few days. Friday night we grilled out with Jared's family. The food was absolutely delicious and the laughs and s'mores went laaaate into the night.

Saturday we headed up to my parents bright and early to spend the remainder of the weekend with them. T got spoiled with Easter baskets galore and we spent some time at a local park because the weather was just too beautiful.

Jared and I keep joking about how we're "homeless" these days, living with family and floating house to house, but we truly felt thankful over this past weekend. Thankful for family that loves us to death and family that is always willing to open up their homes to us. It felt weird at first not being in our own home on a big holiday weekend, but spending it with family in their houses was certainly the next best thing.

I have loved seeing everyone's family photos on Instagram and Facebook yesterday- can't wait to catch up with your holiday weekend recaps today. Cheers!

Apr 13, 2017

Thursday Thank-You's

Thank you, Jared- for putting up with me during this crazy stage of life. For working so hard for our little family. For providing. For making me laugh after a rough day. For being my best friend.

Thank you, T- For being such a good sleeper. For the slobbery open-mouth kisses. For dancing to my favorite songs and for laughing at all the crazy things I do to entertain you.
Hot mess of a mom- but he's adorable and that's what matters... right?! ;)

Thank you, Carters brand- for your incredible sales that are always going on. For clothes that fit T to a T ;) I realized he hardly had any shorts and with the warm weather we're having I scooped up this adorable combo for only $7 yesterday. And then I couldn't resist these for some summer fun around the fourth of July.

Thank you, Fitbit- for keeping me in check. For buzzing when I hit my step goal (that never gets old!) For motivating me to move, move, move!

Thank you, Birthday- for the discounts. While you have completely snuck up on me, the coupons rolling into my email are always welcomed. Did you guys know if you're signed up for Tory Burch's emails they'll send you $50 off a purchase for your birthday!? That's not quite enough to cover the cost, but how cute is this watch??

Thank you, Easter- for being the best holiday ever! For giving me an excuse to eat more candy ;) For allowing me to put T in fun onesies every day. I can't wait to give him his little Easter basket- even though he won't understand what it's for. 

Thank you, blogworld- For reading along. For commenting :) For being supportive and encouraging and full of input when I need it!

Anything in particular you're feeling thankful for this week?

Apr 11, 2017

The Ups & Downs of Moving

Hey world! I have been living in one insane whirlwind for the past week. I'm not sure the last time I've been more sore. Or more tired. Seriously. Moving is hard work and exhausting. I probably felt this tired was when T was a few weeks old and we were totally sleep-deprived but goodness, I need a vacation!

Our closing was supposed to be yesterday and due to a stupid clerical error on the appraiser's part, more paperwork had to be filed last minute and they pushed closing until this evening. Nevermind that Jared took off work yesterday, we made arrangements with T... UGH! So, if nothing else goes wrong today (fingers crossed!) we'll be finalizing everything this evening and can finally breathe a sigh of relief. I just feel so uneasy with the closing hanging over us at this point. One of those things that until it's 100% official I'm just going to be anxious about it all.

This photo pretty much sums up my current mood. Jared snapped this right before we hauled out the last load of junk from the house. It's true what they say, you always have more stuff than you think you do. We have gotten rid of LOADS of things over the past 6 months (before even deciding we were moving) and I still can't believe how much there was to get out of the house. It's scary how things pile up in places you don't think about. We threw away countless trashbags, made additional trips to the donation center and even sold some last minute things on Craigs List.

And because I'm boring myself to tears talking about moving, who needs to see a couple cute photos of T?! It's Easter week and he has multiple outfits to wear starting with this one ;) Jared got to go overboard on Christmas, I'm choosing to buy too much for T's first Easter.

Pray that we close our house with no more issues tonight!!! xo!

Apr 7, 2017

T G I (next) F

I think the title of this blog post says it all. Thank goodness it's (NEXT) Friday ;) Moving weekend is here and I am just ready to get it over with, so I'm already looking forward to next weekend. When it'll all be over- at least phase one ;) I might not have made it clear, but though we are closing on our current house and moving out- our new one isn't done just yet so we'll be living with family for a few weeks.

I logged about 6 miles for the first week of 30 Miles/30 Days, so not a bad start. Some of you have been tagging us in your progress on Insta and Twitter and I love it! It is so motivating to know that there are people out there working towards a goal along with you. Feel free to link up a blog post too if you want, that link will be live all month long!

We'll be loading up and moving this weekend, but we'll take a quick break to attend Jared's cousin Natalie's wedding reception tonight. She's having a private ceremony at the courthouse but then we get to celebrate afterwards at a fancy restaurant with them. I'm so thrilled Natalie has found the love of her life and we couldn't be happier for her.

If I can get it together next week, I've got a few fun posts planned for next week. Mostly Easter-themed, yay! :) Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Apr 5, 2017

Currently: April Edition

It's that time again! Time to link-up with Anne and her cohost for the month Jess for the Currently series. And obviously since April is the best month of the year I couldn't miss the link-up despite my world being upside down at the moment ;)

Accomplishing: Not enough! We are just 5 days from moving out and it feels like things will never get done. There's of course the packing and moving itself, but all the other little items to check off that you could easily forget about. A good cleaning of the house still needs done; Canceling or updating various services like cable, trash collection, utilities; Having our mail held and/or forwarded. Hoping I don't forget anything major...

Feeling: Stressed. I feel for people who have to move often... whether for work or whatever. I'm not handling it all that well, let's just say. On the bright side I am totally counting this entire week as a workout because I'm sore and sweaty every day- lol!

Needing: A nap ;) Oh, besides that? I'd also take a cleaning fairy and a million dollars. Let me know if y'all have any leads on either of those for me.

Practicing: Finger foods and new sippy cups with T. Meal time is getting really messy these days but it's still so fun seeing him try new stuff and watching him try to get food from the tray to his mouth. Shoutout to Amanda for recommending these cups- we love them!

Pinning: Mostly decor ideas for the new house, but also a few Easter treats/recipes that I'm hoping to make for our family at some point. Even though we'll be house hopping and living out of boxes for awhile, I'm determined to make Easter special for my little fam :)

What are you doing these days???

Apr 3, 2017

April, Let's Go!

April!!! It's Easter month. Birthday month. Moving month. Holy moly it's gonna' be a wild one, that's for sure. I feel a lot better about the move after the past few days. We got SO much packing done and it feels like we are well on our way to getting out of here. Since our new house isn't ready just yet, we're renting one of the portable pod/units to store most of our things in. The unit gets delivered at the end of this week and I cannot wait to load it up!

Besides talking about moving (boring, I know!) I have a bunch of other little things that are going to makeup the rest of this post. I haven't been able to focus on anything else so there are things I keep forgetting to mention or document. Bring on the blurbs....

- I took T to storytime at the library for the first time recently and it was one of the cutest things I've ever witnessed. He loved seeing all the other kids and was super into the book and songs they did. I got to meet a new mom friend who's also a blog reader (Hi, Jenny!) and her cute kiddos and we plan to meet up there regularly, as we can.

- We also did what the "pre-drywall walk through" of our new house. Basically checking out all the locations of outlets, lights, plumbing, and making sure everything is correct up to this point- which it was. It felt so surreal walking through the house... I truly can't believe in such a short time it will be a completed home for US to move into. I'm counting down the days, y'all.

- Yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day! The whole month of April is Autism Awareness month and Jared and I are rocking some shirts for a special friend and her sweet boy, Kase. #LightItUpBlue all month long!

- I logged my first 3 miles of April with a nice, brisk walk on a nature trail with my guys yesterday. It ended up being much warmer than we thought it was going to be so we couldn't let the sunshine go to waste. Family walks are pretty much my favorite thing to do!

- Finally, and possibly most importantly.... T'S TOP TOOTH FINALLY BROKE THROUGH. Oh my goodness, this one was brutal. And we won't talk about the fact that three other top teeth are on their way. This one finally making an appearance was seriously life-changing. He went from super crabby to happy as a clam overnight. This momma is HAPPY and so is this little guy ;)

Mar 30, 2017

30 Miles in 30 Days

So I'm going on vacation in a few months and let's just say I am no where close to feeling ready to be in a bathing suit on the beach. And that's putting it lightly. I have really struggled to get into any type of workout routine and it's definitely beginning to show. My friend Amy and I have been trying to motivate each other via text/snapchat/etc which I am so thankful for. It's always easier to get going when you know someone else is gonna' check in on you ;)

We thought some of you might want to join us for some additional motivation too, especially with the warmer weather and shorts/swim season coming quickly. It's nothing crazy or drastic but it's just a reminder to keep moving. We're doing a 30 Miles in 30 Days challenge. Personally I'm going to be trying to run those 30 miles- but it can be any form of exercise. Running, walking, biking, swimming- whatever your goal might be! As a sidenote- I'm not counting my normal FitBit steps/miles for this challenge. I'm talking actual dedicated mileage in a workout. Make sense?

Anyway, if any of you want to join in- it's no big commitment or anything. But you can post about it anytime you want and linkup with us. The linkup will be live April 1-30 so you can add a blog post whenever you write an update. I'll try to mention/update once a week about where I stand.

PS- I was going to use a hashtag but anything remotely similar to our linkup name is already being used by a bajillion people. So hey, just tag me on IG or Twitter if you're posting about it!

Mar 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, everyone. This week has been a hot mess and it's only halfway through it- someone pray I survive the next few days. I haven't linked up with Shay in awhile and today felt like the perfect day to do so as I sit surround by boxes and packing tape. Here goes nothing!

What we're eating this week:  Lots of veggies, and lots of soup. We've been trying to have more meatless meals around here (which I'm loving!) and since I also caught another nasty cold, soup has been my BFF for the past few days.

What I'm reminiscing about:  Being able to sleep in ;)

What I'm loving:  This facial scrub. It's super inexpensive but I love the smell of it. Definitely wakes me up in the morning!

What we've been up to: Oh, cmon- everyone knows the answer to this one. PACKING and MOVING! That's truly all our life consists of at the moment, sorry.

What I'm dreading: See above answer.

What I'm working on: In the few moments a week I give myself some free time, I've been continually working on organizing digital photos and files on my computer and my external hard drive. It's something I do little by little so it's never a monstrous project.

What I'm excited about: A very small, private wedding reception we get to attend next weekend. I mentioned Jared's cousin is getting married in the courthouse with just immediate family, but we were invited to a dinner reception with everyone afterwards and I can't wait!

What I'm watching/reading: Watching some college basketball, but not nearly as much as I like to this time of year. And I recently read Girl on the Train. Even though I'm years behind the rest of the world- I LOVED it.

What I'm listening to: Too many kids songs on YouTube ;) But Frank Sinatra is still a regular on our record player in the evenings. I refuse to pack up our music until the last minute.

What I'm wearing:  HAHAHAHA. Oh, you really wanted to know? Mom uniform on repeat. When I have to jazz it up I am all about the LOFT ponte pants (similar, via Ann Taylor) I have- love, love love them.

What I'm doing this weekend: Packing and all that jazz, plus hopefully getting out the house for some family walks if we get any warm days without rain!

What I'm looking forward to next month: Closing on this house. My 30th Birthday. Easter. You name it... BRING ON APRIL!! :)

Mar 28, 2017

NEW HOME: Master Bath

I guess I sorta' started a mini-series about our new house. If you missed it, I talked about our kitchen selections and shared some inspiration pictures a few weeks ago in this post. Since I am constantly daydreaming about our new home I figured I might as well post about other parts of the house I'm pretty darn excited about!

When I think about the fact that Jared and I are going to have an actual master bedroom and master bathroom I seriously want to explode. Okay, I feel that way a lot about our new home in general but I am just so thrilled to be moving into a space that will be all our own. And to actually you know, HAVE space in general. Our current bedroom is tiny, no overhead lighting and the bathroom attached is anything but spacious. In fact, let me show you our photo from our real estate listing, since I happen to have it handy ;)

Yeah. Small. We actually put that sink/vanity in ourselves a few years ago because if you can imagine... the original one was even tinier than that. And that's just a square shower stall back there. Goodbye, old bathroom!

Hello, new bathroom! We'll have a shower and a tub plus a double vanity- yay, storage! Here are a few photos of similar layouts to what we'll have; not necessarily the colors/design, but how the room will look overall. 

We originally had been gravitating toward white/gray for our bathroom (just like our kitchen!) but ended up changing our mind after a veryyy long time at the design center. White and gray felt a bit too 'modern' for me for the bathroom once we saw a few examples of it in actual homes. We changed to more neutrals with a pop of blue-ish/green in the accent tile. My hope it that is will feel cozy and also just a little bit beach-y once we decorate! *Also, there is not a window IN the shower, that is a reflection in these photos!
Our actual selections!

And decorating is what I'm getting the most excited about for this room. We won't need a ton of stuff, but I look forward to plush new towels (we're overdue for them anyway) and hopefully some fun decor that reminds of our favorite place- the beach! I love this soap dish and this bath rug. Just simple touches that will make it feel like our little oasis.
Found here
So that about sums up our master bathroom, I think. I'm honestly glad we won't need to do too much in terms of decorating; I think the design and options we picked out will speak for themselves. I sure hope so, anyway ;)

Mar 27, 2017

Pressing On

Thanks to everyone for your sweet words on my last post. I know Jared really appreciated your comments as well. Last week was an emotional, long week but we are all pressing on and getting back into the swing of things. We sortof don't have a choice but to get back on track since our move out date is closing approaching.
A beautiful rose we saved from the funeral.
Our house right now looks like absolute chaos. There are boxes half-packed, packing supplies, trash bags of things to drop at the donation center and of course the baby toys that seem to multiple overnight. I don't think Jared and I have ever bought T a toy ourselves so it's crazy how many he has. Ack! This move is helping me realize there are plenty of things he has outgrown already and I've been all too happy to box those up knowing he won't miss them!
We have also been surviving on way too much junk food lately... oops. It's so easy to make the excuses for it, but we're hoping to change that this week. Although the next couple of weeks will still be stressful, eating crappy doesn't help anything! However... I was not mad about these donuts showing up at our house over the weekend.

T turned 10 months old yesterday. So of course I took a ridiculous amount of photos, videos and then scoured the internet trying to decide what I want to do for his first birthday. I feel like most first time mom's have the whole thing planned by now.... Um. I have decided nothing. Like, I don't even have a date in mind and I also don't know if we'll have a home by then. So that's going well ;)
I title this photo, "Moving, with a baby who likes to move"

As crazy at life seems right now, I actually have a lot of blog posts I'm excited about for this week so I hope you'll check back again. Happy Monday and as always, thank you for reading!

Mar 23, 2017

A Precious Lady

It's been a weird couple of weeks or so for me around here hence the lack of blog posts. We've of course been busy with our move (18 days until we have to be out of this house- HELP!) but life has thrown us all for a loop we weren't expecting. Jared's sweet grandma passed away last week and her funeral is today. It's been sad saying goodbye to such a precious lady, but Jared and his family have such treasured memories of her that will stay with us forever.

She was sweet but spunky and I always loved that she would speak her mind. Even at her age, she could still crack a great joke that would make us all laugh. She told fascinating stories about her time working at a factory during WWII. When I was pregnant, she told me story after story about raising her 5 kids and which one cried the most, which one was her "favorite" and who was the easiest baby.

I'm so thankful she had the chance to meet T and get to know him over the last 10 months. Seeing T with great-grandparents was a huge blessing to us all. She was a loved lady who will be missed by so many people. Please keep Jared, my mother-in-law and the rest of their (huge) wonderful family in your thoughts and prayers.

Mar 20, 2017

Spring: Goals & Plans

Happy SPRING, everyone! Ohio is kicking off the first day of Spring in perfect fashion- I woke up to a gentle rainstorm and rolling thunder this morning. I truly cannot believe it is March 20th already... time is going faster than it ever has and it's all I can do to hang on and enjoy the ride! In the past, I've blogged about monthly goals but I've fallen away from that habit. Steph hosts a seasonal goals link-up so I thought now was the perfect time to get back into some goal setting.

MOVE. Ha, this probably goes without saying but I figured it should still be on my list. Maybe since I put it at the top of my list it'll motivate me to realllly get packing and going on things. I have been slacking and closing date is coming quick.

CELEBRATE EASTER. I have mentioned a time or ten how much I love Easter so this is one I can't wait to check off. Jared and I are having fun collecting little things for T's basket and I have definitely gone overboard on Easter clothes, whoops! I'll be making some delicious items from my favorite holiday cookbook and hopefully spending time with lots of our family.

START PLANNING T's BIRTHDAY. My child turns 1 at the end of May (WHAT?) and I really haven't decided what I'd like to do to celebrate or when to have it. With the moving craziness we might be barely settled into our new home. Plus we want to accommodate for some out of town family and other busy schedules.

FINISH T's PHOTO BOOK. In relation to his first birthday (why do I have to keep reminding myself?!) I want to finish his first year photobook on/around his birthday. I've been working on it little by little but it's the toughest book I've ever tried to make. Since I take SO many pictures of him, it's hard to narrow it down because obviously they are ALL adorable ;)

GO TO A WORKOUT CLASS. I don't belong to any gym these days, but I'd like to try to get back into the swing of a weekly class somewhere- be it Zumba or Barre3. When I think about the times in my life I've been most fit/healthy it was always when I was a part of a structured workout with a group- I'm one of those people who needs it!

VISIT THE ZOO. Jared and I have been talking about taking T to the zoo all winter long and I'm hopeful we'll get a nice, free day sometime soon where we can. We'd like to buy a membership to the zoo for our family but we're still trying to determine if we'd go enough/get our money's worth. Either way, I need to see all the new zoo babies that are happening in Cincinnati. 

Also of note for Spring will be:
- Celebrating my 30th bday
-Celebrating my niece's 4th birthday when they are in town (yay!)
-Celebrating our 6th anniversary
-Going on a big family vacation

Sounds like we're going to have a busy, but fun Spring. What are you planning on doing this Spring? 
Life According to Steph

Mar 17, 2017

NEW HOME: Kitchen Dreaming

As we continue to watch our new home being built, I want to try to document as much of the process and details as I can. We've made all the main choices at this point but I still get nervous about seeing it all come together. It's one thing to see a small sample of a cabinet, a square of tile or flooring/carpet... but it's a whole other ballgame when you go, "Yeah! Put that all over my house!" So let's just pray the stuff we chose looks good once it's plastered throughout the home ;)

Today I wanted to talk about our kitchen selections in particular. Before we met with our design rep, I honestly didn't think we were going to go with white cabinets- but (spoiler alert) that's what we ended up picking. I know white cabinets seem to be what everyone is doing these days, but I was still a sucker for the darker colors! Once we looked at some combinations at the design center, I really saw the appeal to the white, though. 
Just some sample kitchens that have similar colors to ours.
The home we're moving out of always felt very dark and something we were excited about with a new home was better natural lighting and lighter colors in general. White cabinets just made sense. With semi-custom homes like ours, you pick and choose what things you want to upgrade and pay more money for....AKA, the price tag can go up quickly if you aren't careful. We decided on the nicer cabinets with crown molding and they are also soft-close, which I love. 
Our cabinets are in the middle! This is a crappy cell phone pic from the design center.
For countertops, we decided to stick with the basics and not pay for the granite upgrade right away. To do granite for our whole kitchen would have been a LOT of extra money and I figured we could always update those down the road if we decided to. We also opted not to add a backsplash because I didn't think the cost was worth it, when I know that's a project Jared and I can tackle together if we want to. I'm pretty happy with the countertops we picked out, though. Anything is better than our current navy blue ones, ha!
Samples of our gray laminate counter tops that I think look pretty darn good!
I think with our whites and grays we're going to do some green accents in our new kitchen, maybe some yellow too- we'll see. You know you're an adult when you're already picking out new potholders and tea towels, right?! I am just so excited to have a kitchen with an island, a pantry and lots of cabinet space. Three things we haven't had for the past 6 years in our marriage. Hosting and entertaining is about to go to a whole new level once we move in- I can't wait!

And while our house certainly won't be as decked out as the models they show, here's an idea of our layout in the new kitchen. Have I mentioned that I CANNOT WAIT!!?!

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