Saturday, April 18, 2015

Family room makeover

We finally put together our family room after being in boxes for literally two months. Hooray! It is finally starting to feel like a home.

We bought an older home, (built in 1988) with the hopes to fix it up a little bit to rent out in a few years. The second I saw the house, I knew that I definitely wanted to give it a fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceilings, lightening up the space. I also was not too big of a fan of the carpet.. wishing it was wood flooring- but I knew that a big rug would help change the look of the room without having to spend money to remodel the floor. 

This is a BEFORE picture.. one that I took as we were taking a tour of the house when we were first house hunting. Meaning, this was the previous owner's decorations/couches etc.

Ellie wanted to test out the paint color by having me write her name :)

This is after a fresh coat of paint and some furniture! We were getting there... but my tendencies for neutral tones were at full force, and we decided that we needed to add some more color and decor. 

and AFTER!
I added colorful pillows, curtains, artwork, blinds, and painted my bookshelf for a pop of color.

What do you think??

Sources below:

Wall Paint color: Benjamin Moore "Ballet White"
Rug: Rugs USA
Coffee Table: Target
Couch under window: Serta brand couch from WayFair (no longer available)
Dark grey couch: thrifted
Yellow & salmon colored throw pillows: Target
Window curtains: Target
Geometric throw pillow: Ikea
Fiddle Leaf Fig plant & yellow pot: from a local Utah nursery- Sun River Gardens
Shelf and picture frames: Ikea
Yellow 'Don't Worry Be Happy' print: Rifle Paper Co. 
Bookcase: Target  but painted with Benjamin Moore "Dark Salmon"
World Map canvas: Ikea
Eames style chairs: Overstock 
Wood & metal side table with wheels: World Market
Chess board set: The Chess Store

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Babymoon 2015 - New Zealand & Tahiti

Ryan found killer flight deals to New Zealand that included a flight to Tahiti with a three-nights stay.. so we knew we had to jump on the opportunity to take one last big trip before baby Cope comes in May!  I am telling you, my husband needs to be a professional travel hacker!! He knows how to get the most flight points/miles for your buck, and find the best deals on travel. Maybe someday I will have him do a guest post and share all of his secrets :)

After the loooonnngg flights to New Zealand from Utah, (4 consecutive flights just to get there) we picked up our rental camper van and hit the road for 4 hours to get to our first destination. We started on the South Island of New Zealand, trying to hit every scenic spot that we had researched. We were only in New Zealand for less than a WEEK.. and we hit BOTH islands. Other tourists thought we were absolutely nuts when we told them that... and we knew we were ;) But we didn't want to leave Ellie at home for too long, and we also couldn't take off too much work. So knowing that it would be a quick trip, we just buckled up and spent a lot of the trip driving, sleeping in our van, and cramming everything into our limited days. We ended up hiking a total of about 40 miles in 4 days, and driving 1,600 miles in less than a week. Go big or go home! Let's just say that this preggo momma was in heaven when we got to Tahiti and were able to relax and do nothing for 3 days. :)

Some super quick recaps of where we went: 
South Island: Hiked some of the Routeburn track, hiked the last few miles of the Milford Sound track, Kayaked in the Milford Sound.. with dolphins and seals!, cliff jumping at a hidden oasis near the Milford Sound, hung out in Queenstown and ate the best burger of our lives (Fergburger), Ryan Bungie jumped over the Kawarau River, and we did the breathtaking hike to see Mt. Cook.
North Island: Visited Hobbiton (naturally), hiked the 12.5 mile hike to "Mount Doom" (Tongariro Crossing), went to the cutest little beach town in Hahei..where we hung out at the beautiful Cathedral Cove, and tubed down the Waitomo Glowworm caves (Unreal). 

We took a TON of pictures and videos...  so I decided to make a video of our trip, rather than posting a billion pictures. But you can check out some pictures that we took on my Instagram and Ryan's Instagram

If anyone is thinking about going to New Zealand... just DO IT! It was absolutely amazing. Such breathtaking scenery and rad vibes there. If you have any questions or want some recommendations, just leave a comment below and I will get back to you! 

P.S. Make sure to click the "HD" button below on the video and watch it full screen :)

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Watercolor Gel Nails!

I got my nails done by Kiley Pugmire and I am OBSESSED. 
 She did a cute watercolor design using Sharpie markers. Perfect for Spring!! 

If you're in Utah, you NEED to call/text her! 801.380.3194. She works in Lindon, Utah and does soft gels, pedicures, acrylics, hard gels, and more.
 Check out her Instagram (@kiley.nailedit) to see other rad nail designs!

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I am alive! Please still be my virtual friends :)

I am alive!! I swear. 
The last couple of months have been a blur.. we have been traveling like crazy people- trying to cram in some trips before our lives change forever with this little guy coming in May! I have been updating my Instagram pretty frequently, because it takes less time than blogging- but I have a goal to blog more... So until then, feel free to follow our adventures on my Instagram. (@m_cope)
I am working on posting about our Christmas that we spent in Peru, a babymoon that Ryan and I went on to New Zealand and Tahiti, and lots of good camping trips. 
Also.. we bought a house. Eeeek! We are totally grown-ups now. ;)  So I want to post some tutorials and before/afters of the house. 
Lastly, I want to share some pregnancy thoughts with you all- - hopefully before this pregnancy is over. :) 
SO many promises from me.. and I swear I will follow through with them. In good time! I am only working for another month, then things should slow down for a few weeks.... until they pick right back up when baby Cope arrives.  Life is beautiful and crazy and I am trying to embrace the ride!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

UPS boy

This is completely random and doesn't have to do with anything.. but I just had to share it.  I was having a not-so-good morning and I watched this and it put a big smile on my face. Cutest video Ever. Do you agree??

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