Friday, January 20, 2012

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

It's time for a new adventure. For the past two years Are We Wed Yet? has been a fun side project. But, my blogging tastes have changed. On Pinterest, you'll find more home and DIY project pins than anything else. And, even though I love love love the name of AWWY, I didn't feel like it would be a good title to represent a more "living life" oriented blog. And then, Two Live Colorfully was born. TLC encompasses all of the aspects of life that I love. From parties and style, to DIY projects and home makeovers. I can put it all here to share with you!

Obviously, in addition to the name change, we've updated a few aesthetics as well. New blog, new design, new host. Hello, Wordpress! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love thee! I've spent the past week reformatting everything from AWWY onto the new site and there are lots of features I know you'll love!

First of all, the menu bar. Now you can see how our home is looking these days (plus, related posts!) and also a recap of our wedding day (with lots of pictures to boot!). You'll also find our Room Love category (which will soon be filled with more boards!), the link to the TLC Pinterest Board which has links to all our projects and popular posts, and, lastly, a way for you to get involved! The "Join In" tab is full of all sorts of information about how you can be featured on Two Live Colorfully. I can wait to start seeing some of your submissions!

Further down, you'll also see our updated categories. They have been stream-lined and are now much, much easier to navigate. I also included an AWWY category which includes all of the posts from our Pre-TLC days. So, if you want to see what the blog was all about before the big switcheroo click on over there.

Further down still, we have all of our social media linked up. Facebook, twitter, and RSS feeds. Never miss an update!

I hope you're as excited about these changes as I am! Truth be told, I've probably been spending a little too much time blogging this past week, but I just couldn't wait to get Two Live Colorfully up and running. Next week starts more regular posting with some Valentine's Day decorating (yes, already!) and finally getting around to sharing our kitchen makeover (what's 6 months anyways?). So, here we go. Let's have some fun!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Home Goals 2012


I saw this little gem on Pinterest from The Nester and I thought it would be a really great idea to make an actually list of things I want to accomplish in our home this year. Of course, we still live in a relatively small apartment, so I'm definitely limited in the changes I can make. But my husband and I are both incredibly similar when it comes to home design (thank goodness, right?). We both ache for change about every 6-9 months. (I did mention my adventures in making over our bedroom this summer right?)

So, this list will outline a few of the cosmetic changes I would love to see happen in our home this year.

1. Change up our photo wall. Right now our small gallery wall is 100% dedicated to photos and memorabilia of our wedding. It has been unchanged since I put it on the wall and I'm ready for a little mix up. I'm thinking about changing up the layout, adding some different frames (possibly in a different color?), and adding some different things in the frames.

2. Style up the coffee table. The coffee table is definitely considered one of the most used drop zones in our home. At a glance, you'll see stacks of magazines, an old basket for keys and such, and my laptop (which serves as our TV for movie nights and such. It always feels cluttered and I'd like to take the time to dress it up a little. Maybe a new basket for out-the-door necessities or a tray to hold some books and coasters. Also, a few fun pops of color would look really great.

3. Purge! I've been on an organizing kick for the past month or so, getting all of our documents in order, but I've also been eyeing quite a few things that need to go. I've always craved a home filled with meaningful items and necessities rather than a home cluttered with things to collect dust and never be used. While, there isn't really a whole lot in our home that doesn't get used regularly, I still want to go through and make sure that our belongings are important to use in function and/or meaning.

And there you have it. So far I've established a few good resolutions and now a list of goals for our little home. I've got quite the busy year ahead of me.

What about you? Do you have a list of things you'd like to get done in your home? Or any other aspect of your life, for that matter? Join in!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book of the Month: A Practical Wedding

As I mentioned in this previous post, I've got a few New Years Resolutions to be working on. One of which is to read at least 12 books this year. While I'm not going down a specific list, I do have a couple of books prepped and ready. One of which is A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene, writer of the same titled blog. Sure, I'm not planning a wedding anymore, but I couldn't wait to support this book (I even got it on pre-order) because I love everything it stands for. Weddings don't have to be some insanity-inducing, stressful event. They should be meaningful and, if possible, as chill as possible. I'm about 50 pages in right now, and I've already cried once, so you can tell it's going to be good.

If you are planning a wedding, or maybe you just want a really amazing, genuine book to read, I would seriously recommend this. I'm even planning on gifting it to any and all of my friends who get engaged.

buy here!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Years Resoultions 2012 ed.

It's that time. Well, it has been that time for the past few days but, I'm finally ready to nail to down some commitments to my resolutions for 2012. To be honest, I've never been too successful with resolutions. As I'm sure a lot of people can relate, I often start out really enthusiastic only to deliberately give up or completely forget about these goals. But, I don't think that means I shouldn't make resolutions. I feel that it's important to always have goals and, with college graduation right around the corner, I'm feeling really confident that I will have success in completing this year's commitments. So without further delay, I present my 2012 resolutions.

1. Read 12 books.
Ideally, one per month of course. Fiction or non-fiction, as long as I'm setting aside some time for recreational reading. I used to love curling up on the couch with a book and now I feel like I either don't have time to read or would rather be sleeping. But, I miss reading and I can't wait to pick it up again.

2. 52 blog posts (at least). Good news for the blog! More content! Especially through the last few months, I have been slacking, which is sad because I love this blog and I want to continue to build it up with quality posts. So be on the look out for at least one post for week. Hopefully more though!

3. Run a 5K. Eek. This is by far the scariest of all of my resolutions. I've never really been into running, but I feel like setting this as a goal will keep me motivated to get healthy. Completing a 5K would be such an amazing accomplishment.

4. Get organized. Is there anyone out there who doesn't have this on their list? I have been working hard on getting our household management, meal planning, and finances under control in the past month and my goal is just to keep plugging along until we've got some good systems in place (posts on this coming for sure!).

5. Take more pictures. So I tallied up the number of Facebook pictures I posted in 2011. 45. Pretty pathetic. I know I probably took a few more than what I posted on FB but I need to get better about using my fancy new camera. I'm guessing I'll be super thankful when I'm 70.

So, there you have it. A quick run down (and written commitment) of my 2012 resolutions. A good variety of goals for different aspects of my life. Here we go!

What are your resolutions? Any frequent flier resolutions that are on the list every year? Share below!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas Storage - Easy DIY Methods

We all know how excited I was to put up our Christmas decorations. In fact, I was pretty sneaky about getting it up early. But, now I'm getting excited about organizing the way I store all of our holiday decor. What a conundrum!

Once again, it was pinterest to the rescue with some great, simple, and cheap organization ideas, the number one being storing your ornaments in plastic cups that have been glued to cardboard. This makes sense for a multitude of reasons, the best being that they won't be rolling around, hitting eachother in storage, if you keep the hooks on, they won't get tangled up, and you can remove the whole board they're attached to for easy decorating, rather than going back and forth with a few ornaments at a time. So here is a peek at my Christmas storage:

As you can see, I just hot glued the shorter plastic cups to layers of cardboard that fit the storage container. I purchased these particular containers from Wal-Mart about two years ago. They are made up of a strong fabric, so they weren't doing much to protect my ornaments from damage. And even though these ornaments or the "shatter-proof" kind, I still want to keep them in good shape. The cups provide each ornament with a cozy space that keeps them ding free. On the top layer, I also added a separate cup for ornament hooks. This way they are always by the ornaments and easy access.

Here's a peek at the layers. With three stacks, it holds 50 ornaments, which is my entire collection of these silver, gold, and glittery ball ornaments.

For my more special and breakable ornaments, I purchased a storage container with a hard, plastic shell. Each ornament still has its own space and is protected from damage.

For the rest of my Chrismas decor, like the tree skirt and topper, I used another red, fabric storage bin. To give my decorations some more protection, I fashioned a foam core insert to create a hard shell. I just cut it to size and hot-glued the frame together. Easy peasy! It zips right up and all of my other decorations are in one easy spot.

So, there you have it. A rundown of my holiday storage plus some super easy (and inexpensive) tips to retrofit your current storage for more protection.

Do you get excited about organizing holiday storage? Just me? Bueller? Do you have any other tips or tricks for easy storage?? Share below!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

How did 2012 get here so quickly? It seemed like it moved so fast. Josh and I are already preparing for a crazy year. Lots of big things are happening.

But as a nod to 2011, I wanted to create a cute, simplified memory of 2011 to share with our families and to have as a keepsake. Of course, Pinterest has continued to serve as inspiration for so many projects I'm doing these days, so it only made sense for me to turn to some of my past pins to accomplish this particular task.

And, instantly I fell in love with these adorable newsletters.

images here and here

What an adorable way to share you year! So I whipped up our own little version using photoshop. I kept the format very similar to both examples but tailored it to our little family. As a poor college couple, we obviously didn't need a travel map of the world, but we did include some fun achievements from 2011.

I especially love the little married couple. Adorable! And I also wanted to add a "coming soon" section to hint at big events happening in 2012. As you can tell, it's going to be a big one.

How do you share your news with family? What are you looking forward to the most in 2012?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Our Christmas Tree + DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt

I'll admit, I put up our Christmas decorations in a very sneaky fashion. Josh said I couldn't put up any Christmas related decor until after Thanksgiving (something like "one holiday at a time" or whatever). So, on Wednesday I started messing around with a winter mantle (nothing overtly Christmas-y), then, on Thursday, I put up our stockings. But it wasn't until I had our Christmas tree out of the box that Josh even noticed I was being so sneaky. Yes, I'm good.

I just get so excited about Christmas. Mostly because I bought the majority of our decorations on super sale after last Christmas. I've waited a whole year to put up our new stuff. So, here are some beautiful, glowy pictures of our Christmas Tree!

Another, reason I'm so excited about this year's tree is because our old tree was about 2 feet tall and it held about 5 ornaments before it started looking weird. But we're moving up... to a 4.5 foot tall pre-lit awesome tree. Love!

As far as ornaments go, I've got a pretty nice system going on. Josh and I have a small (but growing) collection of meaningful ornaments, that include an ornament from the first Christmas we were dating (2007), an ornament from our first married Christmas together (2010), and this year I added an adorable and inexpensive Texas cookie-cutter fashioned into a Christmas ornament.

All other ornaments are simple ball ornaments that were left over from our wedding. They are all silver and gold and really let our special ornaments stand out. For garland, I used some leftover fabric strips from our Christmas skirt. Simple and still inexpensive.

Our tree skirt is one of the holiday items I'm most proud of. I found this great tutorial here on Pinterest. In the past, I've always favored bright and colorful Christmas decor, but this year I really got into neutral and metallic decoration, so this tree skirt immediately drew my attention. Plus, it's a no-sew project. Basically, just strips of fabric hot glued to a tree skirt. It took me a few hours to complete and the burned fingers were totally worth it! Take a peek.

So, there you have it. There are a lot more Christmas posts to come including gift wrapping, our winter mantle, and a super easy tutorial on temporarily changing up those cone trees that are so popular now. Stay tuned!

Do you have your Christmas decorations up yet? Or are you waiting for December? Do you go with a theme or color scheme for decor? I'd love to know! And also, I'm on Pinterest!