Steamie Kitchen- Re Do!

It’s no secret the kitchen at the Steamie House has been on the To-do list for quite some time.  We’ve discussed what we’d want, and day dreamed & hoped. (and saved and saved and saved)   And then, it just hit us, along with the bottoms of the existing drawers falling out & spilling silverware all over my feet… IT’S TIME.

Time to Demo,  time to renovate!
We talked more about what we wanted, I drew up some plans, and then we met with contractors.  What did we learn?  Well, of course, we learned nearly any details I wanted to see in the kitchen required custom cabinetry.  haha… Poor us.   I think often of Steve, and how he happily entered into marriage with an architect- not realizing it would just plague us forever.  The perils of being an architect – high end dreams, without a high end budget!
Universally the word “custom” means “costs more” but in the end, I think we found a contractor that is a good fit- they build their cabinets custom for all jobs… so they are used to that, which means, we get our custom sized & shaped cabinets!  Hooray for enabling my crackpot schemes of appliance garages & cabinets reaching to the ceiling!  (Simple wishes, yet somehow too tricky for the readily available prefab cabinets!)
We’ve documented the before (pictures below) and with demolition wrapping up this week, we’re just entering the “during”.  But the “after” will come, and then we can revisit- hopefully with pictures of said custom cabinets, perfectly fitting all our functional and aesthetic dreams.  haha.  Fingers crossed!
Also- pinners be warned….  as one contractor told us, pinterest is a black hole of wishes that are far too costly to come true!  but man… it’s still fun to stare at & pin the pretty kitchens that someone some other people can afford.  haha.  C’est la Vie.  And who knows,  maybe later our custom cabinets may end up pinned somewhere haunting some poor sap who doesn’t know that custom is a bad (for the budget) word.
​Here’s some “Before” pics:
This is the view from the Living room.  Goodbye strange closet- thank you for holding everything from serving ware, gift wrap and party supplies, to cleaning supplies and light bulbs.  ​
Steve saving goodbye to his the kitchen in his own way….
Here’s some progress shots of the demo day 1!
View of the exterior wall all exposed!

Steamie does the Kidney Walk

This past weekend Team Steamie joined my office for the

National Kidney Foundation walk in LA. (And the Laker Girls joined as well)


This wasn’t the first 5k we’ve taken Everly to, however it was the first one that was a “walk” not a run, and the first since she’s been old enough to prefer to walk over stroll.

So….. she walked, and danced, and was carried, all while we managed the stroller (empty) through the crowds!  haha.

Here’s some dancing with Daddy:



Teeny Steamie- turns 1!!

file under: better late than never…  Our little Teeny Steamie is now 19 months old, but I realize I never published my post about her first birthday.  It’s been just a sad little draft sitting on my computer for months!

We celebrated each week on the red chair- but this year milestone is cause for a party!

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Everly’s 1st birthday fell on a Saturday- so it was so fun to have her party on her actual B-day!

Leading up to the party, people kept asking me what the “theme” was for the party… um… can “birthday party” be a theme!? haha. I didn’t have a theme per-se, but I did have a vision- RIBBONS… lots of them. I wanted to have one LONG table (I pretty much ALWAYS want one long table for parties) and I wanted to see lots of ribbons! I strung them up from the trellis to the house, and it created a colorful ceiling for our party! Other than the ribbons, we kept it simple, just a fabulous cake, family & friends, and obviously- some fun for the kiddos- in the form of a few toys, yard games (USC Corn hole) & we set the teepee set up in the yard with toys suitable for the littlest guests.   Steve & Danny crafted up a CUTE lemonade stand- that greeted people at the door, and some little “welcome” & “Everly” signs for the yard as well.     The lemons sprung up as a late mini-theme after we did her little mini shoot (scroll down for photo!).

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Here’s the ribbon set up on the patio.


 The moose had to get some attention too.


Spare ribbons embellished the wall of the side yard.  And happy discovery while rearranging for the party table- the outdoor sectional fits amazingly in the side yard!


The guests enjoyed playing out side. There were bubbles, cornhole & music via Danny!  (I do think some people think we hired him as entertainment!  haha… thanks Danny!)

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The little guests got to take home pots & seeds to plant and bubble & toys too.  I wanted to do a potting table, so they could pot at the house, but then I worried no one would want o get messy- so they just got the parts to DIY it later!


Daycare made this paper crown!


and the best part of all parties- The DESSERT!



Have your cake… Everly seemed a bit overwhelmed at the cake smash- she didn’t quite know what to do with it, but with her fabulous Grandma & Nana showing her how it was done, (and a little spoon) she did give it a good smash. and maybe even got a little taste in.

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We loved the ruffle cake, and her ruffle romper- I thought it tied in with the ribbons nicely- and she was the picture of Cuteness!

Everly LOVED the party & having all her favorite people over. So much so, that the next day- she kept crawling & opening the sliding door to head out to play with everyone again! Too bad they all had to go home! :)

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Earlier in the month we did a mini shoot for her “1 year” pics! She wore her ruffled birthday outfit- and out of the 100 or so photos the photographer sent us home with- she smiled in approximate 6. haha. But she had fun playing with the lemon and tolerated the headband long enough to snap the pics- so I’d call it a success!

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Happiest of 1st birthday’s to our little Everly. You are an amazing girl, and we’re so enamored & proud to be your parents!

i heart blogshop


SO as a little treat to myself- I attended this weekends Blogshop LA.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I do already know how to use photoshop (at least for my purposes at work, or crafting), and I don’t really “BLOG” why on earth would I take this class?  But something about it kept calling me, can’t look at all those instagram posts & not get lured in I guess. Last year, before we sold our condo,- I told Steve, if it sells, I’m treating myself to Blogshop!  Well… thankfully the condo sold, but Blogshop kept selling out before I could sign up!

Finally I was able to snag a spot.  I was getting nervous this week, sort of second guessing my decision, but come Saturday all fears were alleviated- as the class was informative, fun, and extremely well run!  LOVED the preloaded thumb drives, all the example tasks, and the personal attention.   Bri & Angela made us all feel welcome, and the helpers quickly jumped in to answer any questions.   And lets not forget the goody bags.

It was a weekend full of photoshop tutorials, with dabbles in graphic design and blogging tips.  All of which seemed useful and applicable to blogging, obviously, but also to any graphic/media communication.

Having used Photoshop for years (with NO training) I could usually create the final images I wanted, but I for sure was using the LONG way. I’ve now learned much faster techniques, and several completely new to me, and total “Ah-Ha” tips.  All in all, a very excellent course, and I can’t wait to put the skills to work.  Be it at work, or at home.


 I wanted to post some items I made. This is NOT everything we made, but while it was still fresh I wanted to get some goodies up. Hopefully I’ll keep all the skills learned today and push forward and develop more! I mean seriously- I’m so fired up. I keep looking at all the images I see, thinking about how I could edit/embellish!

Also- Rule one was about keeping all images the same width…  I’m already FAILING- since I can’t tell how to control that yet on here… I will make an effort to fix that (for the next post… I’m already done with this one!  haha)


New skill- making GIF animations!

Everly’s First trip to Disneyland!!

The Friday before her first birthday, mama, dada & grandma all took the day off & headed to the happiest place on earth- DISNEYLAND! Everly still couldn’t walk more that 2-3 steps- and hadn’t even watched any of the cartoons, so we weren’t quite sure what she’d think of Disneyland, but the magic kicked in instantly.

We had to shop for the “First Trip”  & “Happy Birthday” Buttons!

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Everly was captivated. Just FASCINATED and loved looking and taking it all in. I was worried the rides might be scary- too dark, too much going on, but again I forget, Disney knows their little audience. Everly smiled & clapped her hands right on through the rides, (even the parts I think are spooky!) and LOVED watching the parade too- danced & smiled as they waved to her!

We managed a few character photo ops- the first was a impromptu Pluto visit- she loved his nose!


Then we went into Toontown & through Mickey’s house. I think she was fine meeting Mickey, but seeing the photographer and the full set up seemed a wee bit overwhelming.

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First ride: the Carousel!, also got to enjoy it’s a small world, and the winnie the pooh ride.

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We played & napped, (napped in stroller with grandma watching, while Steve & I got to sneak in a big kid ride!).

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Overall we all fully enjoyed the day- and headed home to rest up for the party the next day. Well, Everly got to rest, Mama & Dada got to clean & set everything up!

Steamie Yard- recap

Our Yard was completed back in early April- but with baby prep (and arrival!) & letting the plants grow a bit- we haven’t done a proper “after” blog post.

I keep waiting for us to have an official outdoor party so I could have pictures with the yard full of people & food & drinks.  We have we have had a few small bbq’s, but on those days I (of course) forget to stop to take pics of the yard since we’re busy enjoying it!

So this morning- while Steve tended to the watering & weeding (he’s doing a great job keeping things green & happy!)- I snapped a few pics so we can see some of the progress photos and a kind of  “where are they now” look at things.


Here’s the side yard- progress and today- those plants are SUPER happy even in the late summer heat.



Here is the view from our master bedroom into the back yard- Progress, and today.







Here is the back yard from the BBQ area- progress and today.


And here’s proof we have sat out there & enjoyed the fruits of our labor-



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