Deuce Cities Henhouse

Time for a Hammock?

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Yo Bros. Just dreaming about spring over here and wondering how you guys feel about hammocks? I feel very good about them, and am very much considering adding one to my backyard-garden-vibes. What do you think? I think it could probably make a totally great mother’s day present for a super cool mom (such as myself) who likes to chill in hammocks. Hint to the fam.

I don’t have any good hammock trees though, so I’m thinking about getting one of those wood arc stands. My husband guy thinks the wood stands looks like pirate slave ships, but I think they look cool and modern and have a bit more character than one of those generic green metal stands. Any of you cool dudes have experience with hammock stands?

I’m also still liking those white Nicaraguan hammocks. I’ve had my sights set on one of the puppies since last spring. I think the crocheted edges add so much hammock magic to the standard woven hammock.

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Spring To Do List

Hey Guys. What can I say? It’s currently snowing on my bleeding hearts and I am taking care of arguably the sickest three-year-old in Minneapolis. Things are moving slow the last few days and it’s driving me nuts because I have the unstoppable urge to do all of the things at once. What does one do in times like this? Make a list and tell the internet about it? Okay, sure, I’ll do that.

I have so many different things I want to do this spring/summer and I can’t wait to get started on them all. Besides trying to get this basement project underway, I want to do a lot in the yard and in the porch. There’s tiny bits of landscaping that need to be done, seeds that need to be planted, planter boxes that need to built, garage doors that need to be painted, concrete slabs that need to be stained, patio furniture that needs to maintained, lawns that need to be seeded and cleaned up, stairs that need to be built, fences that need to be stained, trees that need to be pruned, ceiling fans that need to be installed, and I might have accidentally broken the wall shelves in the music room. Point is, there’s lots of stuff to do and I am currently not taking on any of it.

For now I’ll scheme and plan and share some inspiration as I go.


Spring To-Do List!

▼ Wash the Exterior of the House
▼ Get Seeds in the Ground
▼ Edge and Seed the Lawn
▼ Clean out the Basement
▼ Replace Front Stairs of House
▼ Add Ceiling Fans to the Porch
▼ Install Blinds to the North Side of the Porch
▼ Clean up & Edit the Foundation Garden
▼ Plant a Birch Tree?
▼ Finish Staining the Fence
▼ Prune the Trees
▼ Fix Shelves in Music Room
▼ Paint the Big Garage Door
▼ Build New Garden Flower Boxes
▼ Exterior Light Replaced

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Wait For It

So, guys. I’ve been wanting to buy this certain rug for the boys’ room for a long time, and after waiting for-like-ever, we finally purchased it last month.

I know, buying a rug isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but I thought that after waiting for so long it was at worth a blog post.

There’s a lot that happens to your relationship to an object or thing if you decide to hold off and wait for it. Either the heart grows fonder or you get over it, (and go out with someone else). Simple as that. I knew I loved this rug before I knew how the boys’ room would change, before I knew I’d add that crazy geo pattern to the walls, before I painted it white, and before I purchased the bunkbeds. I knew that if anything would happen to this room it needed to involve that navy and white striped rug. I just liked it soooo much.

The rug was reasonably priced at around 300 bucks with all the discounts and such that RugsUSA is constantly throwing at you. It wasn’t just the price that made me wait it out though, it was the principle. I’ve been trying very hard to really consider how much I want, or as it were, need something, before I purchase it. I don’t want purchases to be things that are temporary, I want them to last. Even if they don’t last in that specific place they were intended for, I want them to be able to transition to other parts of our home, be reused and repurposed. I want to get the most out of them, I want to make practical thoughtful decisions about the things I purchase. I want this because I think its time that we all start doing this more often.

Sorry, I know this is like my second tangent in the last two weeks, I must be getting old and delusional and thinking my opinions matter and you want to hear about them.

I think we should start thinking about the impact the choices we make has on the environment and our surroundings. I think we should wait for it before we really go for it. I think we should all try and suppress the impulses and truly consider before we buy more.

I’m not perfect (duh). I buy crap I don’t need at Target and Ikea too often. I’m just saying, the more we all think about what we spend our money on, the more impact it has.

Anyway, I like this rug, and I’m happy I waited for it.

One last thing about the GD rug. Okay, I really like this rug because when you look down the hallway from the boys room you see the second level of my home summed up in rugs and color palette. The blue in the boys rug ties right into the navy of the sofa in the bedroom porch. See? It all make sense, this rug was essential to this plan.

Last month I shared version 2.0 of the boys’ room with you – today I’m sharing the more updated vs. 2.1. We added some kid-made-artwork to the wall on both levels of the bunk. I really love Finn’s whale. Gus has hung up some art too and they are both so proud of seeing it framed and displayed on the wall.

Keeping the walls white made it easy to add lots of colors with all the kids toys n’ stuff. These are Finn’s planets. He loves space, and black holes, and Neil deGrasse Tyson and all that stuff so much.

I’ve also tried to go through and make all the toyz more organized and accessible for Gus. We use this low shelf as a place for him to set out his toys and play, and the toy boxes are all organized by type of toy. It has really helped, and Gus loves playing in his space. The toys don’t float around the house as much and they stay relatively organized up in their bedroom. My kids appreciate order too ;)

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Date Night with Blue Apron

Date Night With Blue Apron
This post goes out to all the homebound parents of small kids out there. You guys know what it’s like to feel stuck at home with kids, doing kid stuff all the time. Kids are cool and all, but come on, lets be real — sometimes they just need to go away. Date nights out on the town can be few and far between when you’re dependent on babysitters or grandparents helping out. Date nights at home are a good substitute that can be even better than the real thing.

We’re big fans of mixing up a few cocktails and making late night meals on the weekends after our kids have gone to bed. It gives us a chance to catch up after a long week, just the two of us. Recently I was approached by Blue Apron to try out a few of their pre-portioned meals for two, and I immediately thought this might be the perfect dinner for one of our in-home hang seshes.

Date Night With Blue Apron
Blue Apron delivers step-by-step recipes and fresh ingredients to customers nationwide. The experience of opening a Blue Apron box is reminiscent of opening a CSA box straight from the farm, and each week the refrigerated box is different. The ingredients are farm-fresh seasonal, and sourced straight from the purveyors, all with recipes designed by chefs.

I loved the convenience of using Blue Apron. All the menu cards and details were delivered right to my doorstep, along with pre-portioned ingredients that are perfectly measured to the recipe so there’s no waste leftover. All you need to make these delish meals is a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Plus their plans are totally flexible so if you need to skip a week or opt out for a bit, no problem.

I love trying new things when it comes to eating out, so I was excited about the prospect of having meals that I might have not normally tried preparing before. What I really enjoyed though was someone taking over meal planning for me. Cooking new recipes was much more enjoyable with all the guess work taken out of it, and not having to go grocery shopping for hard-to-find ingredients was tyte.

I really like to cook, but I can get really get stuck in a rut preparing the same meals over and over again for weeks on end. Even our date night meals are generally the same, so getting this Blue Apron box was a great opportunity to be exposed to some new recipes and cooking techniques. It was kind of like a mini-cooking school experience in a box.

Blue Apron offers two types of plan, a family plan and a plan for two. Since my kids are basically the pickiest eaters in the entire world — and because they weren’t invited to date night, duh — we ordered up three meals from the two-person plan. Considering the cost of a date night out of the house, this is a really affordable option; meals actually come in under $10 per person. Not only that, I really appreciate that all the meals are between 500-700 calories.

So do you have an in-home-date-night on the horizon, or maybe just a busy schedule that is keeping you from planning meals? Blue Apron’s got you covered. The first 25 readers will receive two free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Woohoo!

Date Night With Blue Apron

Date Night With Blue Apron

Date Night With Blue Apron

Date Night With Blue Apron

Date Night With Blue Apron

Date Night With Blue Apron
For our date night we cooked up some flank steak with peppercorns, creamed spinach and fingerling potatoes.   Saturday afternoon we prepared some turkey pita sandwiches with a side salad and it made the perfect spring time lunch. Both were super good.

Date Night With Blue Apron

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So There’s This Thing Called Pinterest

Recent Inspiration :: Deuce Cities Henhouse

Hey Guys, Whazzup? Not too much going on over here, the leaves are just about to pop on the trees and I couldn’t be happier. If spring hasn’t happened to you yet, hang in there, it’s on its way.

Here’s a funny story. I just recently discovered pinterest. I know, what took me so long? Well a few things, I’ve had an account since the beginning and I just never got into the idea of pinning stuff I found on the internet. I felt like pinterest was gushing with way too many cutsie craft projects and DIY’s that nobody would ever actually really try in real life. I cringed a little every time I logged in.

Not only that, there was the whole argument of pinterest being over saturated with so much eye candy that it begins to stunt actual inspiration. I get it, I am worried about being over inspired by the internet, and not finding inspiration from the things in the world and life around me. I want to trust my gut and do it on my own, but there is a lot of value in inspiration. There is also the whole legal argument of pinterest being a place where images get lost and are never properly credited to their true source. I hate that. Then there’s the thing that happens to some people when all of the pretty stuff makes them feel inadequate because they get wrapped up in comparing themselves to others.

Anyway, none of that bothers me enough not to visit the site and I’m actually experiencing a very positive reaction. I see it as a super inspiring place. Recently after making my obligatory three month stop on pinterest I realized that it had changed, or I had changed. There was a lot more inspiring beautiful spaces in my feed, and barely any recipe hacks, cute animal cakes, or things I could make out of clothespins and magnetic chalk board paint. I was relieved. So I slowly started pinning a few things. Now, I like visiting the site every morning while I sip my coffee and watch the Today Show — I kinda get a kick out of seeing what sort of douchey thing Matt Lauer is up to each morning.

Recent Inspiration :: Deuce Cities Henhouse

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I’m very selective in what I pin, I have only been pinning spaces that really truly inspire and trigger a gut reaction in me. The payoff for the whole thing is going back and looking over what sorts of inspiration I have pinned and finding common threads within that. Instead of pinterest being an overwhelming land of repetition, it’s actually made me see my style in a more clear and defined way.

I wanted to share with you some of my most recent favorite bits of inspiration. How do you guys feel about the old pinterest, you into it, or what? Maybe next month I’ll learn how to use the twitter.
Recent Inspiration :: Deuce Cities Henhouse

Recent Inspiration :: Deuce Cities Henhouse

Recent Inspiration :: Deuce Cities Henhouse

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