Finished Kitchen Renovation


White Kitchen Renovation and Design

Our kitchen is finally done! It is so amazing not having contractors come to our home every week to work on cabinets,  paint, backsplash…the list goes on and on! So today I lots of pictures and I’ll give you details on everything as well. Let me first say that redoing our kitchen was a lot more work that I had anticipated on! However, I think in the end it was all worth it. I had a vision of what I wanted the end result to look like and it’s just as I imagined. Below are two pictures of what it looked like before the paint and backsplash.

And here is everything after.

White Kitchen Renovation and Design

Our cabinets are painted with Behr Swiss Coffee (semi-gloss), which is the color of our trim all throughout the house. When they first painted it I thought it looked so bright. But once the backsplash was installed (which is a bright white), the cabinets actually look much more creamy. The counters also look more grey no with everything completed. The counters are quartz and the color is New Carrara from Arizona Tile. We chose to use two slabs because I wasn’t a fan of pre-fab color options. Also, I don’t know if you remember, but we used to have a giant pantry to the left of the stove. We decided we’d rather have more counter space, so we extended the countertops to the wall. Now I use that space so much and I don’t even miss the pantry. Instead we have our spices, baking supplies, vitamins and other things in the two doors to the left of the over. We have all our canned goods and snacks in the drawer below the microwave.

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round cutting board: homegoods // small cutting board: world market

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fruit bowl: pottery barn

We had glossy standard subway tile installed (non-bevel) with a light grey grout color. Originally we weren’t going to go all the way around the window, but I am so happy that’s what we ended up doing. I think it adds much more of an impact and completes the whole room.White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design

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Our hardware is from Home Depot and it’s by Martha Stewart (pulls & knobs in brushed nickel) Andrew ended up installing all of them and he did such an amazing job (I was super impressed)!

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cutting board: crate and barrel

Like I mentioned in my part 1 of the reno, our sink (32 in.) and faucet are both from Kohler. Everyday I love them more and more. The faucet is not only beautiful, but it is so functional. It has an extendable spout and three different settings (normal, spray and one that cleans the bottom of the sink out). I’m really happy I went with an apron front sink. I love how wide it is so I can fit all my pans in it completely and I swear I enjoy cleaning our dishes more now!White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design

It ended up taking around two months to complete everything. Instead of having it all done at once, we wanted to space everything out (cabinets first, countertops next etc.) so we didn’t have to pay for everything all at once. It worked out great because we had a lot of time to decide on the exact thing we wanted done. Overall, I am so pleased with how everything turned out and I am also so thankful we did it all before our twins are born!


Bump Style


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Well hello everyone! I’m pretty sure I haven’t posted any outfit pics since being pregnant. Most of that is because I was so sick that I never felt up to getting ready! These photos were taken at the 20 week mark. My belly has really started to pop out and it is so crazy to see. This dress isn’t maternity but is super stretchy so it works! It has become so hard to get dressed in the mornings! Not much is fitting anymore so if you have some maternity websites that you love please let me know! Also, ever since getting this purse I’ve used it every day. It is the perfect size and looks cute with everything!


dress: marshalls

booties: marshalls

sunnies: loft

bag: sole society



Twin Gender Reveal Party


Twin Gender Reveal Party

So many of you know, if you follow me on instagram or youtube, that Andrew and I are expecting twins this December. I wanted to share with you all the details from our Gender Reveal Party that we had about a month ago. We had such a great time celebrating with our friends and family. If you are expecting a baby I would definitely recommend having a party like this because it gets everyone excited.

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I bought these large chalkboards from Hobby Lobby and painted the frame white. Then I used chalk board markers to write everything. It was fun to see what everyone predicted our twins to be. *We know that the twins are identical which is why they can only be boy/boy or girl/girl.Twin Gender Reveal Party

For our drink set-up we had a mimosa bar, water, pink lemonade (with blueberries to make it pink and blue) along with iced tea. For the mimosa bar we used mango, pomegranate and orange juice.Twin Gender Reveal Party

These pitchers were my friends but I am pretty sure she got them from Costco.
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I really wanted to have a chalk board with some wives tales that predicted what the gender would be. I just googled some popular ones and then circled which ever applied to me. (Not sure if these apply to twins!)
Twin Gender Reveal PartyFor food we had fruit, veggies, artichoke dip, a cheese platter, meatballs and turkey wraps.Twin Gender Reveal Party

I had this cake made for me at a local bakery and I love how it turned out. The cake topper is from etsy along with the cupcake toppers.Twin Gender Reveal PartyTwin Gender Reveal PartyAfter we all mingled and ate, it was time for the reveal!! (A friend of mine put the boxes together for us. I gave her the results after a doctor’s appointment, and she was the only one who knew!)

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TWO GIRLS!

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I was so shocked. I really thought we’d have boys. But clearly what do I know?

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Here is a video of the day, and you can see us opening the boxes!



Kitchen Reno: Part 1


Alrighty, so here are a few pictures of our kitchen half way through reno. This is all new cabinets, sink, faucet, microwave and oven. I’m currently in love with our sink. It’s by Kohler and I love how deep it is. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s beautiful! I would highly recommend this sink and faucet. I put together a video so you can see the process of taking out the old cabinets and putting it the new ones. Up next is paint, hardware and backsplash! I can’t wait to show it to you once it’s all finished!

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sink: kohler

faucet: kohler

oven: kitchenaid

microwave: LG

rug: homegoods

towels: anthropologie

 



Host on Airbnb!


Hey guys! Long time no talk. This pregnancy has put me under the radar for quite some time it seems. The nausea has decided to stick around for longer than I had anticipated which puts things on hold a little longer! I wanted to share with you all a great offer Airbnb is having for San Diego residents this summer. I was excited to partner with Airbnb because I have been using their services for a few years now staying in places from Santa Barbara to Boston. It’s also been on my mind lately because Andrew and I want to do a Babymoon soon and are going to go through Airbnb again. Both Andrew and I are huge fans of it because you really get to experience your vacation in a more authentic way. I love feeling like a local and learning all the best places to go from my hosts.


If you are already an avid using of Airbnb, or even if you aren’t, I wanted to open you up to the idea of hosting one of your rooms or even a few rooms in your home. It’s a way to earn extra income and also meet people from all around the world. If you live within 25 miles of San Diego, they are offering a $200 cash bonus using this link http://airbnb.com/WithKendra and then you’ll need to create your first listing through that link as well.

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So if you are looking to earn a little extra money to go on a trip yourself I think this is such a unique way to do it. Plus you can do it around your schedule.

Things to know:

-Airbnb hosts in San Diego can make up to $4,000 per month in the summer!*

-San Diego is a highly coveted vacation spot with a growing demand for hosts.

-If you have open rooms, you might as well make some money off of them!

-People use Airbnb to live like locals and get a different experience.

*Average monthly earnings from top 10% of active San Diego listings June to August 2015. Source Airbnb.

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I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! It seems to be flying by. This has been quite the warm summer too! Andrew and I have been taking full advantage of our pool…and the AC!


If you have any questions on hosting with Airbnb head over here to find out more!



Nordstrom Sale Picks


I’m sure most of you have heard by now that the Nordstrom sale is in full swing. Early access is available for those with a Nordstrom Debit or Credit Card, until July 21st. Then the sale is available for everyone. The nice thing is a lot of fall items are on sale so you can get a jump start on your shopping. I’ve pulled a few items that are first of all super cute, and secondly, great steals! Have you guys started your shopping yet?Nordstrom Sale

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Kitchen Reno Progress


Hey everyone! So our kitchen is currently under construction and it’s madness. Our cabinets are fully installed which is awesome, but our water isn’t connected yet so we have been washing dishes outside which has been lovely. We had our countertop guy come out today to take measurements and everything. I’m in love with the counters we found. They are going to be quartz but the pattern looks so similar to marble I can’t believe it. The company is Arizona Tile and the style is New Carrara. The one I originally chose was way more expensive so I’m glad this guy suggested this brand instead. We were going to just go with pre-fab pieces, but the color selection was so limited. So we decided to spend a little more on fabrication to get the design we really wanted. We also still need to have our cabinets painted and have our faucet installed. Our sink and faucet are both by Kohler and I’m in love with both! I’ll link them for you if you want to see! (sink & facet)


I wanted to share some pictures that have given me inspiration. I can’t wait to share actual pictures of our kitchen with you soon!
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I’m Pregnant!


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I’m excited to share with you all that I am pregnant! My husband and I were so happy when we got a positive pregnancy test! The crazy thing is, at our first doctor’s appointment we found out there isn’t just one baby growing inside of me, but TWO! Now I have a million questions and concerns going through my head at all times of the day. So I wanted to share how I found out I was pregnant and also some of my symptoms. (They have changed drastically!)

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Currently I am 9 weeks and 2 days, so I’m not out of my first trimester but it was getting so hard not to say anything. I know it’s a little risky spreading the news a little early but I also was feeling sheltered and on my own. The day I posted on Instagram, I got so many well wishes and great advice from you guys. I think it made me feel better knowing I’m not alone in this and having the support felt amazing.

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I ended up taking two pregnancy tests on a Monday, and I wasn’t supposed to start my period until that Thursday. But I had been feeling a little different for a few days. I was very crampy and moody. I usually don’t get cramps until the day before or day off my period, so I knew it was a little odd. I ended up taking my first test (a cheap one from the dollar store) late in the day around 2:30, so I knew the chances of it being positive were low. Yet, two lines filled in right away. I honestly couldn’t believe it. So then, I used one of the more expensive digital tests to make sure. Three minutes later there was a big YES on the screen!

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Symptoms weeks 1-4:

-cramping

-bloated

-very moody, emotional and easily irritated

-tired around 4

-sore boobs

-starving all the time


Symptoms weeks 5-8:

-nauseous throughout the day, comes in waves (NO FUN)

-no food sounds good, but always hungry

-very tired most of day, bed around 9:00

-random cramping

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I’m excited to share this journey with you guys and also learn from your experiences! Praying for a safe pregnancy and two healthy babies!


 


Fashion Favorites


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I’ve put together a list of all my fashion favorites this month. I’ve been really into keeping my style very laid back and casual. If I’m not wearing flats, I keep it to wedges are chunky heels. For accessories I’ve been wearing a lot of delicate gold pieces and layering them. I love the look of simple gold jewelry. It looks effortless and goes with everything! For clothes I’ve been loving stripes and also beachy/sporty pieces. I hope you have all had a great month! If you missed my beauty favorites you can watch below!


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Facial Treatment Essence


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by SK-II through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about SK-II all opinions are my own. 

With the weather changing, comes alterations in my skincare routine. Recently my skin has become much dryer than it ever was. (Yay for aging…) So because of that, I add in a few more steps and use products that bring and help retain moisture in my skin. I have stared using SK-II Facial Treatment Essence after I cleanse my skin. The first thing that peaked my interest is that people refer to this product as ‘miracle water’. Yes please! This product moisturizes the skin and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle. As we age, we produce cells at a slower rate, so I love using products that help speed that process up.

The essence is enriched with more than 90% Pitera™, containing vitamins, amino acids and minerals. I’ve noticed my skin tone has evened out and looks much more smooth since using this for a couple weeks. And even though it doesn’t claim to help with breakouts, mine have cleared up a lot since using!Here’s how to use: I add a few drops onto a cotton round and apply all over my skin, then follow with a serum and moisturizer. (They suggest applying to your fingers and pressing into your skin, I’m just a creature of habit and put every liquid product onto a cotton round.) I’d highly recommend this product if you are looking for something that is both anti-aging and hydrating. I’m planning on doing a full skin care video this month, so I’ll have a corresponding blog post as well! Stay tuned to see all the other products I use for my skin.


 

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