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Aug 31, 2013

DIY: tiny polaroid magnets
from instagram photos

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

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difficulty  ★  ☆ ☆  
would i do it again? : yes!

see how i made these after the jump!

Aug 29, 2013

our house is falling apart.

can you imagine the queasy feeling in the pit of our stomachs when fish and i pulled up to our house...

...and saw this?

yep, that large piece of rotting wood is falling off our house -- and threatening our very expensive picture window.

duhn-duhn-duuuuuhhhhhnnnnnnn...

Aug 27, 2013

expanding...
and planning

a bit of personal news today...
our little family will soon be expanding!
...and it's another boy!

we're expecting our bundle of joy New Years Day 2014.

Aug 24, 2013

DIY: tiny newspaper
save the date cards

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would i do it again? : yes!


Aug 21, 2013

gettin' figgy with it

hi everyone! we're back from vacation and slowly -- slowly -- unpacking. in the meantime...

notice anything different?
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

ever since fiddle leaf figs started popping up in homes across the world, i was IN. LOVE. i love the big, broad leaves. i love their skinny little chicken-legs trunks. i love how flouncy they appear.

sadly, they are still quite uncommon around here. i scoured the big box stores for ages...since last year!...and never found even a small figgy. i finally lucked out at a local nursery last spring with our Baby Figgy.

Aug 10, 2013

vacation time


we're grabbing some much-needed family time
and taking off for an end-of-the-summer vacation adventure!

we'll see you back here in a week or so. :)

* mari


Aug 8, 2013

once in a new moon


well, the clear string of lights fizzled out.
...then all the blue lights on the colored strand stopped working.

so we were left with this:

Aug 6, 2013

what i'm reading

hello fellow bookworms! here's my quasi-monthly round-up of books i've read. i've had good luck recently -- only a few duds. if you're curious about other books i've read and enjoyed, find me on goodreads as meandering.
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Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald
my rating: ★ ★  ★  

"From an award-winning New York Times reporter comes the full, mind-boggling story of the lies, crimes, and ineptitude behind the spectacular scandal that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever . . . 

Aug 3, 2013

progress in the laundry room

remember 17 years three months ago when i talked about our plans for the basement? fish has actually been getting a lot of work done down there -- so i figured it's high time for an update...even though it's not complete yet.

we decided to start with the laundry room. the first thing fish did was install new vinyl planks over the old cruddy vinyl tiles. we chose crisp and clean white flooring: allure vinyl planks in livorno onyx.

the process involved clearing out the room, removing the baseboards, deep-cleaning the old floor to get rid of as much grime as possible, then laying down the new planks. 

Aug 1, 2013

july in review

blame it on the lazy days of summer -- my posting schedule slowed down a bit this past month as i enjoyed the beautiful weather...and fish being home more. he finally has more free time, yay!

here's a quick recap of what went down in july...

first, my favorite instagram pictures:
you can find me on instagram @meandering_mari.