Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter

Or your leaves... whatever. Since we moved in to this house in the winter last year, we didn't realize the leaf problem that awaited us. Winter 2013

Back in the summer/spring of 2014 the outside of our house looked like this:


Then fall came, and the leaves started falling like crazy, and we had this tree removed and our roof looked like this:


You can see that we had a huge leaf problem. Believe it or not this picture was taken 3 days after we had cleaned out the gutters. We couldn't keep up. IMG_3355

So we headed to Home Depot and found these bad boys: Lock-on Gutter Guards (TM). Hahhaa. I love that these are trademarked. How silly. They are a little less than $3/each 3 foot section. About a $1/foot. That was fast math. IMG_3359

LB hopped on the roof and went to town. They are each 3 feet long and black. He did them around the whole house with a pair of wire cutters and now the gutters are looking significantly less leaf filled.  IMG_3362

What I really appreciated about them is that (1) they lock in place so you aren't measuring except for the ends that you trim, (2) they are discreet, and (3) they are black. Why do you appreciate the black you may wonder? Well, great question. Despite the weird glue looking thing happening on the end of this gutter, we already have the black paint for these bad boys. We just need it to be warmer than 20 degrees to get out there and start painting. The gutters and shutters (new reality show title??) may end up waiting until Spring for their makeover. It's fine... I guess. IMG_3365

So spill. How do you handle the onslaught of leaves besides cutting down trees? I am a rhyming fool today!

PSSSST: This isn't a sponsored post. I just dig these gutter guards as a more affordable solution than other alternatives I have seen. 

Shopping List

I turned the big 3-0 yesterday and I feel totally great about it. I'll be reflecting and posting on what 30 means to me in a few days, but for now I must confess something not so grown up and mature and budget oriented: I've got the urge to spend money. money

Ok fine. I want to buy stuff. I am sure that it comes from feeling I get to treat myself because it is my birthday (keep in mind that I used my extra earnings from taking pictures and helping at weddings to buy myself Hunter boots and got myself $200 worth of stuff at Nordstrom Rack with my birthday money budget). <--- Feeling totally convicted writing that. BUT MAN OH MAN, do I have the urge right now. When I get said urge, it helps me to make of the things that I actually want so that WHEN I SAVE UP FOR THEM (TREANA!), I know what I am saving towards. Got it? Great.

This is where you come in. Here is my list of things that I think I want to buy, but perhaps just want "stuff," but really think I want to buy... categorized by website, because well... OCD.

If you click on the pictures it will take you to the magical place where you can purchase said item.


This Denver print has been in my Etsy cart for at least 7 moths, but it is $50. And this gorgeous weekend duffle taunts me with it's pretty little ways.

Denver travel duffle

Heat Press

Yeah. I want one for Katie and I's Etsy business... and for life. Do you know how many adorable shirts and onesies and totes I could make? (Answer: a bazillion).

heat press

Walmart- The Devil

I hate Walmart and their crappy-crappiest treatment of their employees, and China importing, and general exploitation of other humans so that about 50% of the top ten riches people in the world are Walmart kids... but... I LOVE this couch.



This chair is gorgeous. We need another side chair upstairs. Period.

Honey We're Home Overstock Biltmore Wingchair_46

Orrrrrr we need this chair. LOVE the more mid-century modern vibe of this guy.


One King's Lane: Affiliate Links

This bed... in a king size... would complete our master bedroom. I don't want to go too cottagey with the headboard since we're trying to pull some modern touches back in there will new pulls for the nightstands (they're ordered... will post).


Master bedroom currently looks like so:

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I am currently working on ordering a GIANT wedding picture for over the dresser and just need to freaking pick one already.

Psssssst: I am also loving this compilation of bedroom trends that One King's Lane put together.

Wayfair: Affiliate Link

This dining table... buuuuuuuuuuuuut perhaps I would want to wait until we get our island installed/wall knocked down and butcher block counter on said island before making a dining table decision. OH. And small detail... it's $1,600+ JUST for the table. SAY WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHT!? We're gonna end up thrifting this guy.


This bathroom vanity for the upstairs bath:


Current upstairs bath... I think something like above will make the space feel less tight (what a nice way of saying small).

bath 5

I am loving everything in Wayfair's new shop:

Sooooooo, anyway. Those are a few things that I am wanting to spend money I don't have on things I don't need right now. :) What are you lusting after? I can't be the only one.