About Amanda

I’m a Minnesota mama of three, wife of one, and human to our 4 legged canine friends Charlie and Jack. I’m a lover of all things DIY, coffee with cream, summer nights at the lake and good craft beer.

Basements and Hangnails

So it’s almost August and we’re roughly three-ish weeks away from this house being finished. HALLE-FREAKIN-LUJAH. And in typical fashion I’m way behind on updating the progress of this house. I last left off with the drywall complete upstairs. Well, not only is the drywall finished everywhere, but so is the painting…along with trim work […]

Drywall. Check.

Well, our home is moving right along. And that’s a very good thing because I think we are all ready to claim back some resemblance of normal family life. It’s weird living in limbo. Really weird. And with very young children it’s also…challenging. I’ve decided we’ve officially reached chaos threshold. While I like to think […]

Kitchen Talk

With each passing day we get that much closer to seeing this house finished and I can hardly wait! There’s still loads to do until it’s done, but I wanted to share a little sneak peek of some of the selections we’ve made, mostly because I just like to stare at the pictures and imagine the […]

Big Progress, Big Loss

It’s been a while since I last posted about the house, and there’s been some big progress since then. It’s really starting to look like a house now! The framing is all finished, the roof is on and shingled and it won’t be too much longer before siding will go up. I’m so anxious to […]

You Know What They Say About Walls…

That you are confined only by the walls you build yourself. So, we added some doors. Problem solved. And now our house is actually starting to look like…well, a house, because framing is up! I always think this stage is a little scary. The spaces play some sort of optical illusion and they look smaller […]

Digging Dirt

Somebody pinch me because I cannot believe the big day is here. We broke ground! This has been such a long time coming. classic family picture 😉 It was over three years ago I first told Rick about my idea to move back to the area I grew up. I’m fairly certain he didn’t give […]

It’s Only Been A Year…

Since I last posted. And I bet you didn’t think I’d be back. Honestly, I didn’t know if I would be either. But a lot of exciting things have happened during this time and selfishly, I want a way to look back and remember it all, so…here I am. For starters, we had baby #3! […]

Inspiration For Outdoor Spaces

You can’t see me right now, and that’s probably a good thing, because this girl is doing a happy dance! Why? Because spring is in full swing and summer will be here before we know it! And to kick off the beautiful weather ahead of us, I’m sharing with you some inspiration for outdoor spaces […]

Upcycled Wood Shim Frame

A few months ago I picked up this tattered old frame from Goodwill, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but for $3.99 I figured I’d eventually find a use. So when I was walking through our garage the other day and noticed some shims in our stockpile of wood, I […]

Wood Slice Hanging Planter

The calendar says it’s spring, but clearly it’s confused because I awoke to sleet and snow flurries. Not funny mother nature, not funny. Especially because I’ve had a serious itch to get started on some outdoor projects. While some of them are just going to have to wait for warmer weather, this super simple DIY […]

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