Kitchen Demo

Friday was crazy awesome!!!!!


We removed the appliances, turned off electricity and cut off the water from under the sink, etc. ( I didn’t, so i actually have no idea how to do that stuff :)…… just being real)

But what I did do was hit those cupboards and tile with hammers!!!! It was really really fun!

Here’s a little slow-mo action of the guys destroying the counter!!!!

Notes: (If you are looking at a project like this, these are just observations)

Prepare for a mess… I know, I know, I was prepared for a mess.. but it was a pretty big one 🙂   And it has extended far beyond the kitchen area… there are boxes piled in our spare room and our Master bedroom.. but even the living room, pictures had to be removed from the wall that shares the kitchen, because our attic entrance is in the closet we currently use as a pantry, that’s sort of a mess too! 🙂 But all worth it, I’m sure.

We didn’t think about things like dust pans for picking up all the scraps. So, a big dust pan would have been nice, We did use a big tub to throw all the random little pieces into and then tossed into the back of the truck. a wheelbarrow would have worked great for that as well.  (the men are taking it all to the dump this morning.) The Shop Vac we purchased was wonderful. Once we picked up all the bigger pieces, the vacuum took care of the rest very easily! The boys even had fun helping with that job!

Also I would suggest plenty of protective equipment. glasses, gloves, wear the right shoes (in our first videos we do not have proper shoes on for this kind of work.. but I went and changed shortly after)

We had a lot of fun once we brought the boys home from Papa and Grandma’s house (what would we do without Grandparents???) Daddy asked William to take his cup from the car and put it in the sink… haha. William’s huge smile was awesome when he opened the door and realized there was no sink. Check out the video.

So, we accomplished a lot in the first day! removed all of the old kitchen, removed the side wall. Began opening the doorway, removing the pocket door and moving the outlets and light switches. We also pulled up all the carpet in the dining room!! YAY!

There were quite a few “little” things that had to be addressed. We ended up putting extra support up in the attack just to be sure everything that needs to be supported is. Deciding how far to cut back the doorway, how large of a column we will need to keep for the other side, a pipe needs to be relocated so that we don’t have to have a giant column.



We are so thankful for our friend Jonathan, who knows more than we do about all this stuff and the stuff he doesn’t know? He’s willing to figure out with us, so, that’s awesome!

Next up.. dump run, finishing the door way, box out the column, wall repair, prep for flooring…. and it’s only day 2!

Here’s a video of day number 1!

Day #2 has gone well so far! The guys are continuing to work while I work on getting two very excited, tired boys to bed!


Today the guys got all the trash to the dump.  We finished up the new wider doorway into the dining room, set up the column, took off all base boards, Finished up the outlets and switches, patched up some drywall.  We cut out the rest of the carpet that needed to be removed. I’m sure a few other things….. We’ve just finished smoothing out the wholes in the dry wall so we’ll have a smooth surface to lay the tile, wallpaper and a couple places we’ll even be painting.

Day 2
  making sure our guys are eating, and then doing dishes in the bathtub! haha


Day 3 ( a little lighter day today so we all can have some church/family time)

But the guys still got a lot accomplished today…. Boxed in the column, and door frame, finished patching up walls, and more floor prep… oh and another run to Lowes 🙂


                  column other viewdoor framed out

Tomorrow Day 4!


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We have been working for months… for this day to come!!!

Months and months of preparation and planning have all come down to this weekend!

This ol’ kitchen is on it’s way out!


Here’s a little summary of what we have been doing so far.

(We have never done this before and have had little to no professional help in this sooooo we might have done it all wrong as far as order of events etc… but eh, we are here!)

The beginning of the year Ryan started asking a lot of questions about the kitchen and how much money I thought we would need if we were to redo the kitchen. He had been looking at our savings/finances and watching me struggle to get drawers to just open 🙂

So I began to pile some estimates. He helped me search for appliances, I knew I wanted white cabinets and figured IKEA to be the best bargain.  I had so much fun compiling all my design ideas (you know those ones that you save on pinterest or Houzz.. for that some day when you get to design parts of your house?)

So to begin we talked to our friends Jonathan and Tiffani about helping out with the project, We are blessed with such great friends!

We decided to buy up all the appliances we wanted to replace first. We wanted the convenience of time to allow for finding the best deals. The majority of them being purchased at sears outlet. See my previous post here about appliances.

There are lots of little things to decide about, especially since we are removing a part of 2 walls. one to open into the other room and the other to widen the doorway into the dining room.  We also decided to widen the entire kitchen by moving the counter with the sink into the family room by about 10 inches!

So for awhile we have just been buying buying and buying all the little (and big!) components of the kitchen. The Ikea cabinets and some organization things!  Read about our IKEA purchasing experience here.

I picked out some awesome elements like a wallpaper for a section of one wall and an amazing sink, faucet, pendant lighting, tile for the backsplash.. etc.  I planned to make a full shopping list eventually so stay tuned!


For now I’ll just leave a few before pictures here……. and I’ll return with a Demo update soon. Just a couple more hours before the sledge hammers fly!!! 🙂


kitchen BEFORE

This is looking in from the play room/family room. All of these upper cabinets will go in order to open everything up.



Kitchen BEFORE

these drawers have been a challenge for awhile now!

kitchen BEFORE


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It’s Kitchen week!!

It’s finally here! I’m so nervous but mostly just crazy excited!
There is much to do these few days before demo begins..and because I’m an uber plan- ahead kind of girl, I’m freaking out a little, that I haven’t done more preparations.. but we will be fine! And now that it’s here, I will be 1000% on kitchen prep 🙂

I’ve made my menu for nearly a month without a kitchen, I’ll be making frozen crock pot meals and microwave ready lunches. And we will be BBQing a ton! I’m even going to attempt “baking” frozen french fries on the grill for the boys! Thanks Pinterest! I’ll be sure to share some of my recipes! Or you can follow me on Pinterest!

If you don’t love your crock pot, let me urge you to give it a shot! There are sooooo many amazing recipes, some you would never believe came out of the crock pot, seriously! 🙂

This is one of our favorites here ~ beef burritos!!! In the crock pot!?! yes!

I think the thing that makes me the most crazy about not having a kitchen will be washing even a few dishes without a sink :/  I think I’ll get a big tub or two for the back yard and pretend we are camping… and of course we’ll be using paper products for everything we can.

We will be assembling cabinets every night this week, we started, but got distracted and then took a family vaca.. and then… anyways it’s been busy around here. So, we have 6 or 7 cabinets to build. William is super excited to help put more drawers together!

Then I’ll pack up the kitchen and move anything we will still need into our office.. where I’ve set up our make shift kitchen!

My beautiful sink came!!! This thing has been a pain.. choosing the size and material with the look I wanted proved to be a difficult task. And then when we finally found one.. it was out of stock… everywhere! When it finally shipped we were leaving for vacation and had to have Fedex put a vacation hold on it, but it is finally here now! And it’s HUGE, I just love this thing…..

Want to see it?

New vigo kitchen sink



It’s from Vigo, made of composite stone. 36 ” in length! It is apron front and  has 2 different faces so that you can choose which you want showing. (one side has a vertical pattern and the other is plain)

AAAHHHH!! I’m sooo glad I chose a giant sink! I Can’t wait to see it in the kitchen!   Hey, maybe since it was so hard to pick it and get it here.. it will be super easy, smooth sailing for installation (let’s hope so)!


I can’t think of anything else we are doing right now except prepping food, staring at our beautiful new things all piled in the garage 🙂 and running to Lowes for more supplies!


I am counting down the days (and there aren’t many more now) for that first hammer to fall!

UPDATE: Before I could even post this (I think I started to Monday) So much has happened. We have been very busy getting things ready for Demo this weekend.
I pretty much cooked and prepped food for about 24 hours!! But now our Freezers are stocked and I feel so much more ready to be able to still feed my family during the chaos that is fast approaching 🙂

We (and our friend Jonathan ) have been to Lowes a couple times this week. I have to go again tonight to finalize a paint choice and return a couple of things.

Today we will finish packing everything away.

The boys were “helping” me pack the Tupperware yesterday…

boys helping in the old kitchen




Tomorrow it begins!

I’m praying for safety and wisdom throughout this whole project. That we can figure out what needs to be done and how and that we all don’t hate the process.


We are so very thankful for our friends willingness to help us with this gigantic project! And I’m overwhelmed by the the blessing of getting to remodel our kitchen! yay!!

I’m also praying for our boys (and patience with them for me) while everything is a little mixed up from the norm. It’s hard to figure out what and where they should go while we are working.. I am very thankful for the helpful Grandparents and babysitters we’ve enlisted for help with them. But, I know our 4 year old likes things “normal”, and is super curious, so I’m praying it isn’t to ruff on him during all of this process. On the days we aren’t working, I am planning on taking them to the park and play dates/drives… just to keep us out of the construction zone! 🙂

Stay tuned for the next post covering Demo weekend and the first sledge hammer swing! 🙂

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Preparing for summer vacations?

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It’s vacation season!! yay!

We haven’t done much vacationing as a family yet so there are some items we just need to invest in for this and  future trips..Just in case you need to upgrade some traveling “necessities” here’s a fun handy list!

sleeping bags (or I guess their new name is “slumber bags”? weird)

Suite case organization?? yes please!


I just think those are so awesome!

For the kids suitcases I decided to try this idea… and I’m kind of in love with this plan!!

kids suitcase

Each bag has a shirt, pants, and either a diaper or undies (depending on child) for the day!

kids luggage


then because we are talking about the children there is an “extras” bag for each.

packing the kids


I am really excited to try this on our next trip, I really think it will eliminate some of the unorganized frustration of living out of a suitcase for a few days! AND a big plus will be if anyone wants to help me get boys dressed during the day it will be easy for anyone to find what they need! 🙂

need suite cases? Amazon has some great options!






These pinterest ideas for organization are Ah-mazing!!




packing list/outfit planner



I just love lists!! These help me keep all my thoughts in one place as I think about all the things each person needs!

And this probably goes without saying but I’ll say it anyways 🙂 It’s always a good idea to check local weather at your destination before you pack!


And if you don’t have a vacation planned yet, Don’t forget about Groupon Getaways!

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Whatever you do this summer, wherever you go, I hope you stay safe, have fun, and make memories!


Yay for summer family time!




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Boy Mom!

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I want to tell you all about a company I am super excited about!!!

Check out this tank my hubby bought me this week??


I had been hinting about these shirts I saw advertised on Facebook for a little while and I am so glad he noticed! 🙂

I am super impressed by the quality of this tank… the fit is nice, the material is soooo soft and I might have to wear it every day this summer!!!!


I immediately jumped on their site to see what else they have and discovered that Boymom designs is a really cool company and there are so many things on my “wish list” now!

Also, I found out I can be affiliated with them here on Love and Scribbles! Yay!


They gave me a coupon code for 60% off and I just couldn’t wait to share it with you!!

(Just enter code: 2a4 at checkout)


Check out the story behind the Momma who started boymom designs….

I feel like she gets me and this world I live in 🙂


I mean look at all this stuff???


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There is even a line for Grandmothers!

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And for all of you wonderful Girl Mommas there are some cute things for you too! 🙂


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Just enter Coupon Code: 2a4

and you’ll get 60% off!!!

Oh there is even a pretty rad Dad shirt for sale on the website… Father’s Day IS coming soon after all!

I cannot wait to order a few more things! I hope you will come back and let me know what you order for yourselves!! Send me a pic when you get it too!! 🙂


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Shop Rotita

Rotita is one of those stores you see advertised on facebook and google. You know, I never know what to think about those kind of shops but they had some cute things so I took a chance….


I bought a bathing suite for this summer since I need one that actually fits 😉 and not quite ready to invest in an expensive one just yet since I’m still “shrinking”


It has arrived.. first of all you must know that this comes from china and so shipping can take a while, so be patient!

Second, be sure to measure yourself and not just guess your size when ordering through sites like these because they are foreign sizes most of the time….

The material is definitely not super high-grade, but of course I knew that I was getting a $24.00 suite not one that costs $150.00. So I wasn’t surprised… still it is good enough, pretty cute and I am happy with my purchase! I think it fits well and I hope to order some of the other cute things I’ve seen on their site soon!

They have lots of summer dresses, cover ups and things that look really fun!

Check it out


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Buying Ikea cabinets

We picked up our cabinets a couple weeks ago!

There is now a huge pile (ok a few huge piles) of boxes in our garage just waiting for us to test our marriage and communication skills while we assemble them! 🙂 hehehe It’s going to be GREAT!!!20160415_214807286_iOS


It took a lot of thinking, measuring, planning before we could pick them up.   I used sticky notes all over my existing kitchen to make sure I have a spot for everything in the new one. Then I attempted to use the Ikea Kitchen Planner on my computer.  It is a fantastic idea, but the actual program is very difficult to work with because it doesn’t load, jumps around, and takes forever!  So, eventually I got fed up with trying that and stuck with just good ol’  pen and paper!

Kitchen Remodel

This was when we were deciding if we could extend the countertops and fit in another cabinet! Because we are removing this wall we have a lot of options here!

Kitchen remodel decisions

Sticky notes everywhere and we taped the measurements on the floor to make sure it was all fitting correctly!

If you are looking into Ikea Kitchen cabinets make sure you pick up ALL of their catalogs and books. They have separate books for cabinets, faucets, sinks, appliances.  It will give you a full picture of what they have to offer.  In the end I took the cabinet catalog and cut out all the cabinets I wanted.


See here:

planning our IKEA kitchen


Move cabinets around ALOT! Make sure you really like how it feels and of course that it makes sense. (if you are using existing pipes and things like that you’ll need to make sure some things like sinks are where they belong!)


Then when you are ready to buy, if you can time your trip with the kitchen sales that IKEA has a couple times a year.. you will be very glad you did!!  The current sale we landed on was 15% back on your full purchase on an IKEA gift card.. which was perfect for purchasing the microwave my amazing husband found in the as is department and some of the fun accessories for inside the drawers.

We decided to go with all drawers instead of shelves and cupboard doors on the bottom cabinets. I like that the drawers pull all the way out and I like the organization so much better!

Now for putting them all together… we’ll need to assemble a couple cabinets/drawers a week in order to have them ready before demo weekend!


So exciting!


Let me know if you have any questions about IKEA.. I’m most certainly not an expert but I have been learning a lot! 🙂


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Mother’s day shopping

Mother’s Day is May 8th. That’s this Sunday!!!


If you haven’t found the perfect gift for your Mom (and don’t forget your wife) Don’t panic!! Here are a few places that you can shop online and still get a gift in time for Sunday!


Amazon has so many great gift ideas and with Prime many things can be here in just 2 days shipping!

Click this link for $10.00 off an Amazon Fire!!

If that’s not quite right, don’t worry! Here are some really great suggestions for every Mom……..

Another great option is Groupon!

Shop Gifts up to 30% off during Groupon’s 12 Days of Goods Sale!

You can look for goods (shipping time may be an issue here) or how about her favorite restaurant or a voucher for a spa day? For the adventurous Mom Groupon can help you plan a great day!! Go to a cooking class with Mom or Send her on a little vaca…. So many ideas!


$10 off $25 for new customers while using promo code (WELCOME)


And we can’t forget and are still available for Mother’s Day with their convenient pick up in store option!

Shop here! here!


Whatever you get for the Ladies in your life, just remember to package it with love and appreciation for all that they do!



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