Wednesday, April 16, 2014


There are several years that have passed where I have found myself thinking, "Wow that flew by".
And yet, turning 25 years old seems impossible. Surely those quick years don't add up to 25.
"How in the world have I already lived a quarter of a century?"
I know that 25 is not "old" and I know that my adulthood has honestly just begun. However, 25 is a long time. Even though the majority of my life is just beginning (hopefully), I have already completed being an infant, a toddler, a child, a preteen, and a teen. I have graduated high school, and earned two college degrees. I have become a young adult. I have married my best friend and adopted our first child... even if Buddy has four legs and a tail... he counts! I have opened a savings account, bought a reliable car, bought a home, been hired by a reputable company, and started a garden. I have even traveled, not outside of the US but to every eastern US state and San Francisco, CA. Heck, I even owned and operated my own business, Buddy Care, for five years. I even did all of that pretty well- I was an athlete, I worked for a local TV station, I was on honor roll, president's list, dean's list and a collegiate national honor society. Through the God lord's blessings, I accomplished a lot in what seems like short amount of time until you put a number to it!
Once I started thinking about HOW MUCH I did in the first 25 years... I decided I wanted to make sure I accomplish just as much, if not more, and grow my knowledge of life in the following 25 years! By the time I am 50... woahhh... I want to ExHaUsTeD from accomplishing life and not wasting it! So here goes... I will start with 25 things to do before I am 26!
In a little less than one year I hope to...
1. Hit my savings goal, and keep that amount in my savings account, untouched, so I will have it in case of emergencies OR to eventually retire on :).
2. Pay off at least HALF of my car loan!
3. Be at a healthy weight and BMI with habitual exercise and healthy eating!
4. Be in prayer and scripture reading daily, with proper tithing and church attendance. Serve in the church and make more relationships with other believers!
5. Finish projects! Start with finishing the kitchen table and chairs,
 then make the upholstered headboard.
6. Hang photos, paint the interior walls, and keep organized/decluttered!
7. Sew regularly as a means of relaxation!
8. Spend time outdoors! In the garden, under the sun, redneckin' with hubs, running with bud...
9. Take several quick weekend getaway's with hubs.
10. Strive to do better than the day before!
11. Make goals/deadlines and Achieve them. Home projects, Work assignments, etc.
12. Advance within the company in knowledge and skillset.
13. Blog Often!
14. Take photos and actually print them. Make the 2nd year-in-review photo book!
15. Get to know a neighbor.
16. Have people over to our home for fun evenings, often!
17. Spend girl time with friends. Take a girls trip!
18. Learn to play an entire song on my guitar.
19. Find something to do when not happy, other than eating! Make it a habit/natural reaction.
20. Spend time with family, immediate and extended.
21. Volunteer & serve: help those in need. Share God's love!
22. Make sure I am being a great wife- don't get too busy to forget to show love!
23. Make new traditions with hubs and continue ones already created.
24. Make cleaning the house less of a hassle by doing a little each day.
25. Try new things and blog about them :)
Here's to Gray Hair...
"Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life." Proverbs 16: 31

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring into March Madness

You read it right...
In the Morenus home... we do not wait on April showers to bring May flowers... we start spring NOW. We had a beautiful Sunday in Charlotte, NC with spring like temperatures and the ability to stay outside all day and not catch a cold [Knock on wood]. So we are officially celebrating Spring!
{Even though it will most likely drop below freezing again this week...}
March is a GREAT month for college sports fans! We get to see multiple basketball games as the March Madness challenge unfolds. I always complete a bracket with DUKE winning the entire thing, and haven't been correct in awhile. Tyler always thinks UNC will go all the way. We WILL decorate with {some} our Duke and Carolina items and there will be lost battles resulting in wearing your least favorite team's apparel, etc. It makes for a fun month! Hopefully the leprechauns will bring some luck DUKE's way middle of the month! You can see below that my colleagues are Carolina fans and have already started a battle...

Back to spring.
We have completed a few things already to prepare for the change in seasons.
The red and pink pillows were stored away in a pink Rubbermaid to be used again next February.
In their place now lives blue pillows and our friend, Mr. Squirrel.
My lovely sis, McKenzie, made the other two pillows!
On the Side Tables, we have stored away the winter flowers and brought out our spring vase and cherry blossoms. Fake of course... I have a brown thumb!
I have also purchased a few gold items to give the room a new accent color.

My most favorite... I took down the City of Charlotte Christmas painting my sis, Amy, and I made and re-hung my Grandfather's painting of Spring. This is one painting from a set of all four seasons. My mom and two sisters have the others. My Grandfather could barely use any of his muscles and was completely handicap by the time he passed away, but yet he produced some amazing paintings before he lost all muscle function. He died a few days before my 10th birthday, so sadly I do not remember much of him. Glad to have this artwork to connect me to him!

~** SNEAK PEAK **~
This week I will be finishing the pedestal table and chairs for our kitchen. We bought them last fall at a yard sale for $40 total... table, pedestal, 4 chairs. The seats of the chairs and the table top are maple wood  (remaining that way) and everything else was an ugly green color. I was confident I could strip the green away... and man is it hard to do! It has taken awhile but now that our garage is clean and spring is approaching... I am motivated! I will do a post on the table project when it is complete but here is the progress so far... note the finished product will be maple wood & brown distressed paint (seen on chair legs below).

Of course, Buddy wanted to say, "Hi" too.

I won the Sunday School bible drill yesterday :)...
"For the wages of sin are death but the GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord"
Romans 6:23

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February Month of love... Continued.

Projects have been completed...
The snow not only gave me more time at home to complete craft projects, it also inspired me!
First... I cut strips of fabric and then cut the strips into squares. Then I folded the squares in half and cut SEVERAL hearts! I kept the heart outlines and the hearts and crafted away...

I also made pillows. The HUGE pillow was made from sewing two tablecloths together that my mom gave me from her holiday decoration bin. The smallest pillow was purchased from Target in their dollar section...too cute not to add to my collection! I have also stitched a heart shaped pillow but the snow is keeping me from getting to Hancock Fabric for more stuffing!
Hope you all enjoyed. The Morenus' house is loving February so far! Lots of quality time, snow fun, crafting, AND... we bought a new car :)

Don't forget to take all of your worries to the Lord!
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18.

Friday, January 31, 2014

February is a month of love in the Morenus home.
We were married in February...

Buddy's birthday is Feb 4th, just like nana's!
McKenzie's is Feb 20th and Grandma Ruth's is Feb 11th!
Valentine's Day is celebrated...
We take a trip to the beach to see our Crawford Grandparents...
Who share our wedding day which happens to be Grandma's birthday, too :)
So it is easy to see why I wanted to decorate for February... a whole month of hearts, and red and pink surrounding the home to remind us of how special the month is.
Starting today, January 31st... maybe I procrastinated.. I will take the following items and craft them into February Love Decorations...
Visit again throughout the month to see what they became :}
I hope you have a month of love too!
"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those
 who love him and keep his commands."
Deuteronomy 7:9

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ring Christmas Bells...

I couldn't help myself... Christmas decorations have started to appear at the Morenus home. Mark the calendar... the tree went up on November 21st.

I am taking my time at actually adding the ornaments and such. It was a miracle that we even found the tree. It was not in the shed with the other decorations and it was not left in my parents attic. I panicked but Tyler found it in our attic along with a few other boxes that were thrown up there during the move. POINT FOR HUBBY!
Let me remind you that all of our tree ornaments are DUKE and chapel hill themed.
And most have a matching pair, like these two...

I will post the fully decorated tree once it is complete!
The crafts that have been completed so far for Christmas 2013 are...
"Jail Break Deer"... Tyler named him...
A dry erase board count down... with a deer for tyler and a penguin for me...

A miniature burlap wreath... planning to make large sized wreaths too.
Lastly, I held my first "pinterest party" where some of my favorite ladies came over and spent a few hours crafting... so much fun! Here is what it looks like when six ladies craft together...
Here is some of the items we made...
Thanks for reading :)
**He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.** Colossians 1:15-17

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pruning Cabinets...

Our Pastor did an amazing job teaching us about pruning on Sunday, so I figured I would keep the theme going. After all, we did in fact prune our cabinets after church... and all day... here's the details.

At the beginning of summer our neighbors set three beautiful cabinets on their lawn. I drove by, circled and came back by, left for a little while, came back home, drove by twice again and finally called Tyler who had also seen the cabinets that morning. He said to go for it, so I rang their bell asking if they were getting rid of them. THEY WERE! And they WERE FREE! The lady had a friend move in with her and he brought with him several pieces of furniture that weren't needed and he just wanted to know that the cabinets would go to a good home (check) and would be used (check). The man and the lady even helped my sister, Amy, and I get the cabinets to my house and in my garage! SO HEAVY!

So they set all summer just waiting to be worked on. Yesterday, we "painted" the cabinets with a polyurethane remover and scraped all of the goo off of the first cabinet. IT TOOK FOREVER! It is a very "easy" process but very time consuming! SO WORTH IT! This week I will tackle the other cabinet. My wonderful in-laws helped us... one cabinet down. We brought it into the home to take a photo, and returned it to the garage. Once I finish the other cabinet we will clean both of them and return them to the living room to be accessorized :}

Below: left side has been worked on (but not cleaned) right side is original...

**Note: The mantel is still missing... that project is coming up next! Also, my father-n-law and husband "Puddy and Sanded" all the nail holes, etc. left from the previous owners... so we have "Dalmatian walls" for a little while too. Luckily, PHO (previous home owner) left the paint codes so I can go get some touch up paint and restore the clean, smooth paint look!

"I am the TRUE vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." John 15: 1&2

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Get out old... New is taking over

Somehow saying "Out with the Old, In with the New" just didn't seem to do it justice for me.

I am loving the home owning experience. With and a million decorating magazines everywhere I look, it is SO easy to get overwhelmed with ideas. However, I love it. All of it. I know that half the ideas will never come to life, and the majority will be shot down by the hubs... but the ones that we do act on will be awesome!

Here are three things we are working on: My Office, The Kitchen and Our Living Room. Why the rooms have official capitalized titles, I am not sure.

My Office:

I said, "Goodbye" to the white fan that was in the room when we purchased it. It reminded me of a child's fan... small, solid white, and with an enclosed lighting system... one tiny little bulb that did NOTHING as far as lighting the room is concerned. Luckily, while at Lowes looking for grill items, I ventured over to fans and the beautiful fan I ended up choosing was on sale. I shopped Lowes, several other stores, and returned a few days later to purchase the fan. I call this the Morenus way of shopping... I'm starting to get used to Tyler's "think on it" method! The base of the fan perfectly matches my black-brown "espresso" office furniture and the blades, wood grain, add the perfect adult taste... in my opinion. Did I mention that the fan actually cools down the room now and the lights actually light the room... Amazing!


The Kitchen:

When touring the home before purchasing it, the kitchen is one of the things that made me want it. So beautiful. The previous home owner had upgraded the kitchen already so not much at all was needed to be done. But every room deserves a little personal touch. While shopping at Pier One a week ago, I found an awesome Tea Cup drawer pull for... 18 CENTS! LITERALLY PENNIES... 18 of them! This is one tool-required house project I tackled on my own! I only changed the one cabinet that stores all of our cups. You can see that the tea cup is a bronze-brown color and the remaining cabinet knobs are silver... who cares :). Maybe i'll change the other knobs later on!

Our Living Room:

As much as I love to decorate, when we moved in I could not come up with ANYTHING different than what the previous home owner had done in regards to furniture placement in our living room. The room requires furniture to float as there is a carpeted section outlined by hardwoods (laminate). So our couch and loveseat took the same home as before. However, Tyler and I both wanted to change the TV situation. A TV mount was left in the corner of the room, and before milk was added to the fridge Tyler had one of our TVs mounted. For months we searched for a piece of corner furniture that would either host the TV or stand just below a mounted TV. We never bought anything because we never loved the idea. THEN... drum roll... I found two bookcases FOR FREE. Our neighbors were getting rid of bookcases and offered them to us... for free. I took them. 9 foot tall, solid wood, glass front doors, bottom cabinets, with lighting already in the inside. We walked the entire house with the tape measure, that evening, trying to figure out where 9 foot tall cabinets would go... but the ceilings in our home only allowed for them to go in our living room and only in one place due to the number of windows we have; AROUND THE MANTEL! So excited! Tyler and his dad mounted the TV above the mantel and fixed all the holes in the walls that the mount and other nails/screws left. During the process, Tyler tried to loosen the mantel so he could shave down the edges, eventually allowing the bookcases to sit flush with the mantel... and the mantel collapsed to the floor. SO... right now we have no mantel and we have two bookcases in our... garage (on their side... too tall to stand)... waiting to be stained. When the living room project is finished... it is going to be AMAZING! Here is the before photo, but you'll have to look back for the after!

Today's bible verse comes from an adorable Celebrating Homes plaque I purchased with our family name printed on it. "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:15.

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