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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween {the decor}

Happy Halloween!!

I'm sure those of you with kiddos are gearing up to go trick or treating tonight. And some of us spent the weekend at Halloween parties or Trunk or Treat events. 

I love fun holidays like Halloween. Even as an adult, its still fun to dress up like an idiot. :)

We had a little shindig at our house Saturday night with friends. Originally I was a little hesitant to host a party while pregnant {because my middle name is already "exhausted"} but when my friend Erin said she'd pitch in by bringing a lot of the food, I agreed.

And it wasn't until a few days before the party that I decided to decorate. I guess I felt silly initially since this was an all adult party. But I finally whipped up some Halloween spirit and broke out the festive decor.
I snapped a few pictures for you guys earlier in the day before the party got started.

I made some Halloween bunting out of scrapbook paper and twine to hang along the stairwell. 

I used a few old wine bottles at poison bottles. After peeling the labels, I wrapped black cardstock and the "vintage poison" printed labels around them. {found the labels here}

I had a couple of walls of bats. These really weren't tough to do either. I used a template to cut out several sizes, then attached them to the wall with painters tape. I love the effect and these made a great background for costume pictures too. {template found here}

And of course, what's a Halloween party without an overabundance of cobwebs in every corner? Simple, yet effective.

All in all the party was a great success! I'll be sure to share more with you about it tomorrow, including all the creative costumes!!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Wooden Canvas

This has been quite the ongoing project.

Back in this post, I told you about my stairwell and how lame it was. So I've been slowly but surely been working to vamp it up a little bit. J.B. and I added some board and baton wainscoting to the walls going up the stairs and in the foyer at the top of the stairs. 
We also bought some great pendant lights to hang in the stairwell {haven't gotten those up yet}.
And I was bound and determined to create a piece of art to take up some space on those huge walls. 

So here we are.

And here it is!

I salvaged some old fence wood from the April tornadoes and had my hubby cut the pieces down to size for me. This whole "wood canvas" piece is about 6 feet tall by 2 1/2 feet wide.

We lined up the cut pieces and secured them from the back.

{In retrospect, showing you my wooden piece on top of my wooden deck as a background probably wasn't the wisest choice I've ever made.}

I decided to use a stencil to write the fruit of the spirit from Galatians.

Traced first with a sharpie.

Then finished with some grey paint to cover. 

I must say, J.B. and I did have to channel several of these qualities while we were hanging this piece. It's on the back wall of a 19 foot stairwell and it weighs about 50 pounds.
After borrowing a nifty 20 foot stair ladder from our next door neighbor {thanks A.J.!} it only took us two hours and one trip to Lowe's to get this beast up.
And in all fairness, most of that time I was sitting at the top of the stairs whispering "please don't fall, please don't fall, please don't fall" to J.B..
Thank goodness for handy husbands!

Monday, October 24, 2011

18 Weeks!

It's a boy!!! We're so excited!!

I think J.B. and I really would have been happy either way. We had both a girl and boy name picked out and were ready for whatever God gave us.
But literally on the way to our ultrasound to find out the sex, J.B. says, "You know, I think I decided I want a boy." I told him it was a little late for that, haha.
So when the tech said it was definitely a bouncing baby boy, my husband was crazy giddy.

I love traditional names, especially Biblical ones. We've decided on naming him Jacob Aaron Wilder. Maybe Jake for short, we'll have to see what sticks.

I've still been feeling good. Little lacking in the energy department, but no sickness or crazy weird symptoms. {Other than a crazy love of hot wings, but I think that was pre-pregnancy...}
And despite my big ole belly above, I've still only gained two pounds. Whoop whoop!

Now starts the fun part! Registering, designing a nursery, buying adorable little boy clothes. And of course, we're still mostly clueless. If any of you guys have recommendations for new babies/new parents/baby boys please feel free to let me know! We're taking all of the advice I can get!
Love this little kiddo already!

p.s. Ironically, my friend J.J. is in labor with her new son at this very moment. I'm hoping everything goes smoothly and a big happy BIRTHday Baby Ben! Can't wait to meet you!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake - recipe

I love cheesecake. A lot. More that I should.

The Cheesecake Factory is a favorite of J.B.'s and mine and one of the few places where we always always always get dessert.

So obviously, this recipe is a popular one at my house. And since its pretty simple, I don't mind whipping one up occasionally.


- Oreo pie crust
 - 4 squares of Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate
 - 16 oz of cream cheese, divided and softened
 - 1/2 cup of sugar, divided
 - 2 eggs, divided
 - 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
Melt your chocolate squares. Be sure to stir them every 30 seconds so they don't burn. 

Add 8 oz of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of sugar, and one egg to the melted chocolate. Mix until smooth.

Pour into pie crust.

Now add remaining 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, one egg, and the vanilla into a bowl. Beat until  smooth.

Gently pour over chocolate batter in the pie crust.

Take a knife and gently swirl through the two batters...

Place the cheesecake in the oven for 40 minutes. 

Afterwards, allow it to cool and then refridgerate for 3 hours.

Then dive in and stuff your face!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Master Bath

Who got the final bathroom finished?? This girl!

You guys may remember me showing you my makeovers of this bathroom, this bathroom, and this bathroom forever ago. And well, the master bath just took its sweet time. That and it stays hidden away pretty safely when people come over.

Originally, I had this fantastic idea to hand stencil the walls. Kind of like these rooms...

I painted the bathroom a light grey, created my simple stencil, then went to work tracing it on the walls in a pale metallic color that just barely shimmered when it caught the light. It was amazing.
It also took me eight hours to do about 6 square feet of wall space. 

So I kinda gave up.

For 10 months or so.

Finally, I forfeited. I decided once and for all that I didn't have that kind of patience and that a new idea must  come to me. And that new idea was .... stripes!

Are you surprised? I kinda was. But I love the look now.
Taking pictures of this space was a bit of a chore because of all the angles, so I also added a little floor plan to keep you from being completely confused. 
Isn't that nice of me?

And sorry for the shadowy lighting - a tall tree outside this window doesn't provide for as much natural light as I'd like. But enough excuses...

My fake roman shade. I created some pleats and just sewed it all together. It doesn't move, which suits me just fine.

Finally done!
Now its time for a nap. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Time Flies ...

This weekend, J.B. and I made the 6 hour trek to his hometown of Cleveland, Mississippi for his 10 year high school reunion. 

I've only met a small handful of people that grew up with J.B. - like his best friend to this day, B.J.
{yes, J.B. and B.J. are BFF - completely comical}
so I was excited to find out some more dirt on my mischievous husband. And going to Cleveland is always an adventure for me. Cleveland totally makes me think of small town America. It seems like everyone knows everyone else and all of the businesses there are locally owned and operated.

The reunion was held the same weekend as the town's Octoberfest celebration, which brings out tons and tons BBQ competitors {southern BBQ, yum!!} and various craft makers. Friday night, we meet up with a lot of his former classmates as the festival excitement began. Dozens and dozens of BBQ smokers covered the city square as we roamed from tent to tent to check everything out. Bands played, kids jumped around in the inflatables and the smell of funnel cakes filled the air. 
Of course, this preggo chick had her fair share of good eats. I never did find out who won the BBQ competition, and I was very very disappointed that no one asked me to be a judge...

Saturday we took a tour through his old high school.
J.B. assured me that absolutely nothing had changed and I got to giggle at his goofy senior picture hanging on the wall.  It was a very different looking school that the one I had gone to. He graduated with a small class {100 or so} from a small high school in a small town. I graduated with a big class from a big high school that covered about seven different communities. So it was interesting to see the difference.

Saturday night we went to a catered dinner at a local restaurant called The Warehouse {which yes, used to be an old warehouse}. Not only was the food fantastic, but the location was amazing. They had an art gallery in one section and trades gallery in another with everything supported by local crafters and artists.

I really enjoyed meeting so many of his old friends. And though I endured endless stories about high school football games, being chased down the highway by police, and getting in trouble with everyone's mama, it was great to hear more about how J.B. had grown up.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DIY Halloween Costumes

I can't believe that Halloween is right around the corner!
It's a favorite holiday of mine and J.B.'s and we love to celebrate with all kinds of silliness. We've been bummed the last two years to have been either moving or preparing to move around the end of October, so we skipped out on parties and costumes. 

 But no more of that!
This year, J.B. and I are throwing a little shindig of our own, so fun costumes are a must.
And because of this ever growing baby belly of mine, it looks like we'll be DIY-ing this year. And my costume idea is heavily under wraps.

But in the spirit of crafting and Halloween, I thought I'd share some super awesome DIY costume ideas that I've come across. Check these out....

The owl! Looove it!!

Lego Man. This seems so incredibly easy! But creative!

I'm not sure if J.B. and I could ever pull this off, but I think its absolutely amazing!

Gosh. So freaking cute. I love Up.

What about you guys? Have you come up with creative costumes of your own? Are you making or buying? Can't wait til Halloween!

Monday, October 10, 2011

j.b.'s chili {recipe}

While I do most of the cooking here in the Wilder household, I'm still super thankful to have a husband who can maneuver his way around the kitchen as well. 
I'm so excited that it's fall because I finally have an excuse to beg J.B. to whip up one of his staple recipes.

I believe this chili is a rendition of a chili recipe that his mom makes, but J.B.'s done some tweaking of his own to make it just the way we like it. It's thick and perfectly spiced and warms you to the core. And in keeping with his own manliness, the recipe is simple. Gotta love the efficiency of my hubby!


 - 2 lbs of ground beef
 - 1 bottle of salsa
 - 2 cans of sweet corn {drained}
 - 2 cans of chili beans {drained}
 - 2 cans of diced tomatoes
 - 2 tablespoons of chili powder
 - 1 tablespoon of cumin
 - 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of oregano

Makes a huge pot of chili - 8 or so folks.

I didn't include any pictures here because, well, you don't need them. 
{and because you're tired of seeing my orange Rachel Ray cookware}

Brown the meat, then mix everything into a large pot. 
Let it simmer for 30 minutes and then chow down!

We like to have ours with a little shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream on top.
{of course, this preggo girl gets a little extra!}

Happy Fall ya'll!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fun with Scarves

From October to March, I'm a hardcore scarf wearer. 
I have a ridiculous amount of them {some that I hang  h e r e }.

I thought this video was genius and now I have a ton of new ways to tie my beloved scarves!


Monday, October 3, 2011

15 Weeks

For the 3857982375th time, I was I was tall and slender.

Alas, here I am at 5'2" {thanks a lot mom}. Which means Baby Wilder has no where to go but out. Counting down the days until I officially become the size of a barn. No worries, J.B. has promised to put a gleaming "See Rock City" mural on my backside. He's so sensitive. 

All jokes aside, being short and pregnant does kinda stink. Baby takes up lots of important room. Like room for my stomach. I'm a food-aholic, but lately I can't eat more than half my meal before being completely stuffed. 

On the upside, this means I've lost some weight. Throw in a growing baby and the numbers on the scales are equaled out. 15 weeks and I haven't gained a pound? We'll put that in the "win" column!

The "loss" column has things like daily headaches, sleeping like crazy, waking up to pee twice a night and no beer during football season. But I suppose I can live with those. Especially since I still haven't had an ounce of morning sickness.

We find out what Baby Wilder is in just two weeks!! I'm so. freaking. excited. Seriously. Ahhhh!! Did I mention I was excited? We've finally agreed on a boy name and a girl name {don't get any weird ideas - we're going pretty traditional}. Can't wait to dish!!