Tuesday Creativity

So I’m going to brag for a minute and tell you that I come from a family of super creative and uber talented people. My older sister is one of the very best [[now retired]] wedding photographers that I have ever seen. Yes, of course I am biased. But seriously….go check out her work at Brandy and Beau Photography. Brandy was the Matron of Honor in my wedding and also shot our engagement photos, bridal portraits, and oversaw our wedding day photo shenanigans as well. However, I mentioned above that she recently has retired and moved on to a new adventure. And [[this is where I got sooooo blessed]] when she closed down her studio, she gifted Ryan and I with a gorgeous canvas of our wedding day. It was so pretty, I couldn’t just hang it. I had to paint my living room first, then collect some other art/pictures from around my home to accent it. This is what I came up with. I’m in love. I’m so proud to be featuring such a gorgeous photo in my living room. And I feel even more blessed that we are in it. I don’t mean to sound vain, but I’m obsessed with her work and creativity in photography. She found this sweet little corner of the garden we were married in where there was a mini forest of bamboo shoots that created such a beautiful canvas. I feel so blessed. Enough words. Check it out.

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Lets do this 2013

Last month I shared with you my 2013 resolutions. Well, I’m not sure if I mentioned that my husband and I did this together. We set some individual goals and some joint/family goals and in an effort to keep these goals in the forefront of our minds, I created a Resolution Board for our home. Now we have a constant reminder and accountability system to help us reach our goals this year!

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To make this board, I bought a thin sheet of plywood-like material from Lowe’s and painted it with black chalkboard paint. Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the board title, “Lets do this 2013” and I used a chalk paint pen and chalk to write each goal. As you can see, some of them are more detailed and “trackable” while others are just words to remind of us each goal. When I was finished my stud husband drilled some holes and hung it for me.

We’re both pretty pumped to have this daily reminder in our home.

Craft win. 🙂

Love, Steph

DIY Dining Room Table

Hi Friends!

I have wanted a beautiful dining room table for our apartment since the day we moved in…so I built one.

Inspired by Pottery Barn’s Keaton Dining Table for $1599.00, I sought some how-to help from blogger Diana at Our Vintage Home Love and spent $40 for the Craigslist find below.

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And three weeks later…this table emerged…

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20130304-234759.jpgI’m so excited for this new addition to our home. Hubby and I had dinner on it for the first time tonight and it was so neat to enjoy all my hard work.

Now if only I had chairs for my pretty table… haha…

Love, Steph

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Blogosphere! I hope that if you are single or attached, you enjoy this day and celebrate the ones you love. This could be a spouse, a child, a best friend, or another person. Show some LOVE today!

Below is a sneak peak into our home today. I snuck out of bed after hubby was asleep last night to do just a little decorating.

Our bathroom

Our frig

Our entrance

On a side note, I had an epiphany at about 1am this morning while I was decorating. I’m pretty confident the best motivator for me to clean my home, is the potential to decorate and improve it. And the worst part about decorating is that I have to clean to make room and to show it off. I don’t like cleaning but I put up with it to achieve the beauty and peacefulness I find in a new project and fresh clean decor. Haha….whatever motivates you works right?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love, Steph

2013 New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year from the Arnold’s.
Better late than never!

I told you yesterday that I set some outrageous resolutions last year that I knew wouldn’t be easy and I really loved the challenge, the entire year I worked with intentionality toward (some of) those goals. Now, don’t get impressed, I only completed 1 1/2 of my 4 goals but I still felt such accomplishment because each goal was pretty massive. With this in mind, I wanted to set even more goals/measurable resolutions for 2013. First I set up some categories (that I completely stole from my husband’s leadership team at work) then put an outrageous goal in each category. Here we go!

Social: Have dinner with friends once a month. Don’t let a busy schedule keep us from investing in our relationships.

Spiritual: Find a church that we are excited to invite people to, join a small group, serve on a ministry team once a month. We’ve been here for a year, and still haven’t gotten plugged in and we both hate that.

Physical: Run a half-marathon. Training for this will help get me in better shape in general.

Professional: Increase my income to $3500/month. Perhaps a new job, keep waiting table on the side, and build a business.

Intellectual: Read 12 books. Leadership, entrepreneurship, spiritual type books, not the Game of Thrones series.

Family: Have more sex. 3-4x/week. Don’t judge me, I’m being honest. Our schedules are opposite most days and I really want to be intentional with this.

Financial: $25,000 in Emergency Fund & $5,000 in checking account. We’re Dave Ramsey disciples and we are on Baby Step 3.

So, these are my goals/resolutions for 2013. I know it’s already February, this is just a late post. I decided on these in January and have already begun working on them. I’m reading three books right now, we had dinner with Steven and Mallory and their new baby Andrea in January, we fell in love with Fairfax Community Church and committed to a small group that starts next week, and I called Gold’s Gym to inquire about membership. Haha Ok you caught me, I still haven’t actually worked out yet this year but I am making progress. Baby steps. I’ll do my best to keep you posted on my progress throughout the year.

What kinds of goals/resolutions have you set for 2013?

Love, Steph