And away we go!

So, here’s our big news:

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In September Steve and I decided it was time. We were both ready to move home. After an interview and some house shopping and lots of waiting to hear news of an offer, we were back in good ol’ OH (IO!) by December. Once we made the decision that our time was up in Indiana, it felt like we blinked and our Hoosier days were behind us.

I am leaving behind a tremendously wonderful group of coworkers who I have the privilege of calling my friends (and one special bff in particular – a shout out to my pal and new business partner — not-so-subtle FORESHADOWING, I know — more on that later). I’m lucky enough to stay on remotely at my job, for the time being, so the goodbyes weren’t too terribly sad.

I haven’t had time to take decent photos of the house yet — I didn’t even take empty-roomed “before” pictures! Everything changes once you have kid, man. Here are just a few from my Instagram feed…

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I should mention we moved in four days ago.

There is a TON of wood. WOOD TRIM WOOD PANELING WOOD BUILT-INS WOOD CABINETS. It’s everywhere. It’s a beautiful home, but it needs some updating. There is bright mauve carpet in Rose’s room. How you even find bright mauve carpet is beyond my comprehension, but it’s there. I promise.

It’s so fun to be in House Love again, and to be able to see each room’s full potential, instead of just seeing the ugly carpet and wallpaper. Oh yeah. I forgot to mention there’s wallpaper. Lots of it.

We have our work cut out for us — this is going to be a HUGE year! I won’t be blogging daily but I hope to keep up with you guys in some normal fashion.

But for now?! UNPACKING. We have Rose’s birthday party in two weeks and I currently can’t even locate my pants.

Radio Silence and The Fourth Month

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I know. That’s about all you’ve heard from me in a few weeks. Summer, man! It seems every single minute of every single day is packed full of goodness. And most of those gooey, delicious bites usually don’t involve spending time writing. Sadly.

We are finally getting around to a few finishing touches on the front of our house — re-landscaping took us a good 5 weeks. I can’t wait to share some pictures. Although the outcome doesn’t necessarily mirror the amount of hours that were put in — new plants are small! — it still looks like a different house to me.

Somehow Rose is now four months old. How did this happen?

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We have turned a corner with her colic and I am pleased to say that our sanity has mostly returned (I’m a realist. I know it may not ever return). Our evenings are no longer spent fighting back tears as we take turns holding/bouncing/shushing a screaming, inconsolable baby. Now they are spent with smiles, laughter, and SO MUCH TALKING.

Seriously. This girl talks all the time. We are in for a real treat when she starts to learn words.

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Watching her discover her feet was probably one of my favorite milestones so far. That, and rolling over. You should’ve heard us cheering her on. As if screaming out supportive ovations would’ve given her the extra boost she needed to flip over like a pancake. As soon as she figured out how to roll over IT WAS ON. All she does anymore is flip front to back and back to front as soon as you set her down.

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Her smiles come from inside her gut, and her giggles all but knock me over. I’ve never heard a sound so sweet and I feel like, for the first time, I’m meeting my daughter — the real her.

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Don’t get me wrong, she is still a baby. She still fusses and cries when she’s hungry, and has cases of The Cranks, but the happy times are finally far outweighing the grumpy times.

Her alertness and propensity for learning continues to blow my mind. It seems she teaches herself something new every day, and I know that’s only going to continue to flourish.

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Even though we’re still only sleeping in three hour shifts, our lives are whole lot more manageable than they were a month ago. It’s hard to believe this little peanut screamed so hard for long. I can finally say, to other mothers dealing with colic, THINGS GOT A LOT BETTER. We’ve finally approached the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s so bright and beautiful.

Olive & Clyde – GET EXCITED

(First thing’s first – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!!!! <3)

Preface: This post was written Saturday evening and posted this morning. I’m not an alcoholic – I swear. Although a bloody mary does sound delish. 

I’ve had a few beers. I’m not going to lie to you guys. I was thinking about the perfect way to announce my announcement (I blame the alcohol for that awkwardness) and I decided to just ramble and let my excitement speak for itself.

So, without further ado (I love that word) (also, I really love adding random thoughts via parentheses because it gives you guys a snapshot into the workings of my overactive brain) I’d like to introduce you to my newest baby, Olive & Clyde!


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Way back in September, my business partner slash BFF slash evil-genius friend and I started talking about how we needed a creative outlet. We were feeling a bit down in the dumps about the balance of what we call HHB in our lives and our more creative sides, and we needed a new project.

We had so many one-liners in our bank of ideas that as we were talking about what to do next, starting a greeting card company seemed like the most obvious decision. Not only would we get to use our design and writing talents, but we could create something of our own, as well.

Our target audience is basically us. Which makes things pretty simple. If you’re friends with us or can relate to the following things, you’ll probably be a fan of our cards:

  1. You think the general public takes itself way, way too seriously.
  2. You want to throw up a little when you hear / find yourself using business phrases like “circle back” and “think outside the box.”
  3. You have a healthy love of all things cheese and/or cookies (and really just food in general)
  4. You are lucky enough to have people in your life who get you and love you
  5. You obviously appreciate the humor in flatulence (I’m going to be totally honest here – the first time I typed that word spell check was like “No idea wtf you’re trying to say”)
  6. Deep down you know that love is what makes this world go round. Shitty people suck.

Do any of those sound like something you can relate to? We hope our cards can bring a smile to your face and a big ole laugh to your belly.

Here are a few of our bestsellers, just to give you a taste:

For your most lovable divorcée:

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The inside reads: “Sorry he turned out to be a dick. I always liked you better anyway.” Pretty straight forward. The bride’s face says it all, really.

For your BFF’s birthday: 

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The inside reads: “Just another year that you have to keep all my secrets. Happy Birthday, sucker.” Which is pretty fitting if your friends are anything like mine. 

For your lover / significant other / best friend / partner-in-life:

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The cover says it all. (Blank inside.) Also, stay tuned – this one is going to turn into an art print.

For anyone who enjoys a damn good piece of birthday cake: 

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The inside lovingly reads: “CAKE! ALL THE TIME! IN MY MOUTH! NOM NOM NOM NOM. Happy Birthday.” I don’t really know how much more I could want to eat this card. 

For anyone that you love, who has maybe done something dumb, but you need to remind them that life goes on: (blank inside)

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They’re snarky. They’re lovable. They’re just like YOU! We have a card for every weirdo in your life.

Do us a solid (yes, I just said that) and visit our site:

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Or better yet, our Etsy store:

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I’m not even going to beg you to buy a card. I mean, please do (:: wink ::), but all I am going to ask of my loyal readers is that you help us spread the word. Share us, like us, follow us, pet us, feel us up, and do whatever the other inappropriate social-media verbs tell you to do.

Haley and I are incredibly excited for this new adventure and I’m so happy that after 8 months of planning I can finally share our big news.

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And duh. You didn’t think I was going to announce this huge launch and NOT give you guys a nifty coupon code to use, did you?

How does 15% OFF sound? I thought so.

For ONE WHOLE WEEK (starting today, May 20th, through Tuesday, May 27th) use the coupon code YOHARPSTERHOME to get 15% OFF.

Sigh. So, so happy. I hope you can feel the love.

 

A Free Upgrade – BOOYAH

I’m going to start this post with some math.

WAIT. DON’T GO YET.

The goal was to swap out our teeny tiny master bathroom mirrors for something more substantial. After Craigslisting the old ones for $70 and buying a new one for $60, I’m pretty sure we came out ahead. Let me crunch the numbers… carry the two… yes! According to my calculations we finished this upgrade with $10 in our wallet. (Hence the “BOOYAH.”)

The previous owners were either Leprechauns or I don’t know. Maybe we’re giants. We had to tip the mirrors all the way up to see our reflection and it made me dizzy.

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I know they’re all fancy and I did really like them but the one tricky thing with mirrors is you should actually be able to, I don’t know, see yourself in them.

I know you’ll say “Why didn’t you just raise them?” because you’re a smarty-pants. And the answer I would give you is that wall is HUGE. And those teeny mirrors were not only too small for us, but they were too small for that humongo wall.

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And now ask me why the previous homeowners put lights on the ceiling, BEHIND WHERE YOU STAND TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR. That, my friend, I do not have an answer for. That will be our next upgrade for this room: actual vanity lights instead of overhead track-lighting.

Here’s a better view of the mirrors before we took them down. They’re nice, though, right? Just too small. Womp womp.

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If you’re ever looking for a way to instantly make a room look like a shoebox, remove the mirror.

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I was downstairs wrangling The Kid while The Lumberjack was working his installation magic. I imagine he was like a cloud of tasmanian devil smoke, buzzing around measuring, screwing, and hammering.

He gave me the “ALL DONE COME LOOK” yell and I ran up to see my brand new bathroom. I’m not sure you guys realize how annoying it is to not be able to see yourself while trying to get ready in the morning.

I turned the corner and the bathroom already seemed lighter and brighter and 10x bigger.

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I know some of you are going to be offended that we took down designer mirrors and replaced them with a builder-grade polished-edge mirror. Feel free to contact my publicist with all of your complaints. He handles all of that stuff. Also, my publicist is Kit Harrington and he may be too busy being sexy to deal with you.

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The best thing about the large mirror is it reflects more light from the skylight above. It’s really incredible what a difference this has made.

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Dopey picture, but it illustrates how I can look in the mirror and see the skylight, which I couldn’t do with the smaller mirrors and provides TONS more light.

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But most importantly, the plants seem pretty happy about the change.

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I didn’t know I could talk so much about a mirror switch-out. It has made me pretty happy, though. Life really is about the small things.

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This is how I feel now:

My next obstacle is trying to cover up those lovely mauve and beige tiles. Have any of you had luck with those stick-n-peal vinyl tiles?

Happy Friday, party people! Do something fun. Maybe surprise your best friend with a glass bottle of wine and some chit chat. Whatever you do, have a great weekend!

 

A Day in the Life of Mush Mush

I have an anyone-can-do-it DIY Plant Hanger project coming to you this week. But, until then, enjoy this peak into a day in the life of Rose, Professional Eater.

Rose’s favorite food is spaghetti. I never pack it for daycare because I actually like the teachers at her school. Every time I load up her tray I think to myself “Maybe she won’t get that messy this time.” And 30 minutes later I think, “Self: You are a Grade A idiot.”

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Her favorite styling product is any type of goopy food that’s impossible to get out.

After a delicious lunch and either a complete wipe down and/or bath, Rose settles in for a long winter’s nap. She holds up all of her stuffed animals for me to kiss, and then she gets the last one. Somehow she manages to end up under this enormous pile. 

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The day is usually rounded out by one of her favorite activities: bird watching. Watching the bird feeder from the family room window captures her attention longer than any toy, surprisingly.

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Whenever I tell her the Big Red Bird is back she comes running from whatever room she’s in and climbs onto the couch. I love that kid. Even more than she loves birds.

Stay tuned for the plant DIY I mentioned earlier! Also, I have begun the process of taking pictures for the house tour, so maybe that’ll come this week, too. If you’re getting hit with snow like we are, stay safe and warm! I really hope this is the last of it…