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This Grey Reno: Kitchen and Family Room

3 Jul

We moved into our house in October 2011 and we knew that over time, we would make changes to the house to make it more “us”. After tackling the pool, outdoor kitchen, and upstairs flooring, the downstairs would be next. We started on May 1st and went solid for 2 months!

It all started because we wanted to take the laminate out of the dining and living room but wanted to replace it with wood look tile. Only problem is that we hated the rest of the downstairs flooring so why not do it all together? And if we are replacing the flooring then shouldn’t we update our kitchen all at the same time? And the bathroom vanity? Oh and the dark furniture we hated? Yeah, that’s got to go too. Might as well install a wine bar… and the last bit of carpet we had on the stairs needed to go…. and the vertical blinds… and time to update the decor! And that is how we got here 🙂 A brand new downstairs!

Kitchen, Nook and Family Room

Here is the Kitchen and Nook before:

As you can see it’s dark. And maple. And black. It wasn’t the worst kitchen but it definitely wasn’t the best either. We liked the overall layout so we opted for painting the cabinets vs replacing them.

And after:

Nice and light! We had the cabinets painted white, leveled the bar top (so glad we did), new granite and backsplash, new floors, installed pendant lights and now have double ovens.

Items:

Granite: Thunder White
Backsplash: Floor and Decor
Floors: Silva Ruber from Argentina Tile
Barstools: Target
Decor: Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Pier 1

Here is the nook before:

Nothing great. At all. (Other than Hud of course)

And now!

I pained the buffet server white and Chris made this gorgeous table. Added some new decor and a new light as well.

The family room before:

And after!

Coffee table, end tables and TV stand: Forest Lane Collection from Havertys
Pillows: Houzz
Wall Decor: Home Goods, Kirklands, Ross, Hobby Lobby
Ladder: DIY

Vertical blinds before:

Our pretty new curtains!

Curtains: Arabesque Blue from Amazon
Curtain Rod: DIY! Wooden corbels and black pipe

Kids table before:

And now:

DIY/Ikea Hack table
Chairs: Ikea
Shelf: DIY

Next post: our new dining room! If you have any questions, let me know!

 

 

Our DIY Outdoor Kitchen

20 Mar

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

As you know, we live in sunny Florida. When we moved into our new house, it didn’t have a pool but we made sure it had plenty of space to put one in. It took 2 years but we decided to finally tackle the backyard. We started with the pool first last Fall. In case you missed it, you can check out the pool here. The next project on the list is the outdoor kitchen.

This project is not for the faint of heart. This may be one of our biggest DIY projects yet. Thankfully, Chris is handy around a saw and my dad knows his electrical and plumbing. Rather than list every single detail on this post, I will give you more of a guideline on how we (and by we I mean Chris and my dad) build this bad boy.

Before we begin, here is a picture of the back of the house before we moved in. We put the kitchen on the open slab to the left.

 Step 1: Your layout

We had to decide on a layout back when the pool pavers went in. It just made it easier for us in the long haul for them to go ahead and lay the pavers as we would need them. It sat like this for a good 3 months.

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 Step 2: Pergola

For us, our step 2 was the pergola. Obviously, if you aren’t building a pergola than you would just skip over this. It took them about 2 days to put this up. It probably could have been done in one long day but trips to the hardware store and helping out with Kyler slows things down a bit.

We opted for 4×4 pressure treated posts and 2×6 cross beams. Everything is tied into our house so it’s nice and sturdy. We routed the ends to give it the look we wanted.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

 We also took 2x2s and ran them the other way. This made the pergola even stronger.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

The pergola sat like this for about 3 months also. Before moving onto the next step, Chris stained and sealed it.

Step 3: Frame out the kitchen

We were finally ready to tackle this kitchen! The guys took a day and framed out the kitchen. Again, we used pressure treated wood for everything. For us, our kitchen consists of a space for a fridge, sink, 2 cabinets, and a place to wheel a grill into. During this step, you need to know your exact measurements. That means you need to have your grill, fridge and whatever accessories (ie cabinets and sink) picked out so you have true measurements.

You may ask why we opted to skip the built in grill. Well as much as I love the look of a built in, we were trying to keep costs down. Also, I know a few people with built in grills and they don’t seem to last any longer than a stand alone (and can be a lot more money to fix). Who knows, we may retro fit one down the road but for now, we are happy we our decision 🙂

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Step 4: “Rough” everything out

They took another day and “roughed everything in”. If you don’t know what the means, it simply means to pull wire, run plumbing lines, etc. Nothing is hooked up, just ran and ready to go.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 5: Backer board

Time to seal it up! We choose cement board for this step. Chris took care of this in a short day while my dad worked on the plumbing and electrical connections. Thanks to my dad, we have 2 outlets, a light switch, and hot water!

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I made a decision not to go with permanent shelving. I thought I would get more use out of it with a nice open space. Also, you can see the mini hot water heater here.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

We used Hardi Board for the inside of the fridge space.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 6: Pick out your tile/siding

Well this step was pretty hard for us. We had decided on the siding pretty early on in the project. I love the look of stone but when it’s at least $10 a sq ft., that wasn’t going to work with our DIY budget. We ended up finding this tile from Lowes at $2.42 a sq.ft. Score!

I would have loved a solid surface but everything was just a bit too pricey for us so we went with a tile counter top. At first, we picked a darker grey tile but after leaving the test piece in the sun for about 30 minutes, I quickly changed my mind. Way too hot!

We found a cost effective travertine ($1.99 a sq ft) that worked well. We also picked a marble border to go around it to give it some pizzazz.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 7: Counter Top

Chris took a half day and put on the counter top. We used 3/4″ plywood and then put a 1/4″ of cement board on top of that.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

For the bar top, he did the same, however, he inserted thick metal steel bars in between to hold up the weight. One of the perks of owning a sheet metal shop 🙂

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 8: Tiling

Time to start tiling!

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

To tile this entire thing, it took about 4 days (not full days by any means).

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Tiling at night to get this thing done!

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Ready for grout!

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 9: Lighting

One of the last things to add into the pergola was the lighting. We opted for 50′ commercial grade string lights. I thought about installing a pendant light or wall sconces but that was going to turn into a lot more work. After installing the string lights, I am not really sure we need anything else. They are great and put off a lot of light!

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Step 10: Accessorize

Last but not least, it was time to accessorize!

Steel Doors: BBQguys.com
Grill: Weber Genesis EP-310 and we removed the wings. We LOVE it.
Sink: HomeDepot.com
F
ridge: Haier Fridge

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We are THRILLED on how the outdoor kitchen came out and every time I look at it, I can’t believe how great it turned out! I am so proud of all the hard work my hubby Chris did and of course we could not have done it without my dad. We are so excited for spring/summer to begin and are looking forward to many cookouts this year! I have no clue how many we saved by doing this ourselves but I imagine it is thousands. We have 3 other outdoor projects and then our backyard oasis will be finished. Thankfully, those will be much easier 🙂

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

What do you think? What outdoor projects are you starting on?

DIY Wood Plank Wall

19 Mar

I love me a plank wall these days. I knew I wanted to install one for the 2nd nursery for a long time now. If the baby was a boy, wood stain it is. If the baby was a girl, it would have ended up weathered grey (hmmm maybe somewhere else in the house???). As soon as we found out baby # 2 was a he, it was time to get planning!

We did some research online and determined we wanted to go with sanded plywood. I love the pallet look, however, I did not want to round-up tons of pallets, worry about splintering of the wood (pallet wood is not the best), and then no know where the wood has been (chemicals, etc).

We opted for 3/4″ Sanded Oak in 4’x8′ sheets. We could have gotten away with 1/2″ but that is what our store had to offer. Our wall took 3 full sheets and we had Home Depot do the big cuts for us (we choose 6″).

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We took our 6″x 8′ boards (24 of them) and laid them out to stain. We choose to go with 3 similar stains to give the appearances of a rustic and worn wall.

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We stained 8 boards in each color.

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pallet wall, diy pallet wall, wood plank wall, world travel nursery

Before installing, Chris attempted to find the studs on the wall.

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We installed the boards on an exterior wall. We have no clue what it’s made of but we are assuming it must be a combo of concrete block and metal straps (reminder, we live in Florida). Because of that, we couldn’t use a run-of-the-mill nail gun. We ended up using a T-Nailer with large nails made especially for concrete and metal. Pro: The suckers don’t move. Con: You can see the nail head loud and clear. We were going to attempt to cover them up, however, A) We didn’t want to ruin the wall and B) Once we moved everything in place, it actually looked fine!

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As for the cuts, we really just went with where the studs were and there was no rhyme or reason as to what color came next. We just made sure we didn’t go with the same exact color side by side.

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Getting there!

Finished look!!

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We are LOVING our little man’s plank wall. We have even talked about doing something similar in another part of the house! Any questions? Feel free to ask!

Like new! Refinishing a bed and dresser

5 Mar

I knew I wanted a vintage bed for Kyler’s new big girl room and I wasn’t willing to pay an arm and a leg for a brand new “vintage” bed. I love the Jenny Lind style so that was my first thought. I popped on Craigslist every now and then in search of the right bed and I came across this gem.

I knew with the some new paint and cute bedding, this would make one cute bed. We picked it up for $139 and I was perfectly okay with that.

Next step, was finding a comparable dresser. Again, after searching Craigslist, I decided I was looking for the french provincial style. Now this style tends to have really big dressers so that was another obstacle, to find a 6 drawer that would work for a little girl’s room. After looking and looking and finding plenty (but out of my price range), I was feeling defeated. One day, we were out and about looking at some consignment shops when we drove by one and I told Chris “oh wait, we need to turn around!” I spotted one in the window and it looked perfect driving by. I called the shop immediately and asked for the price. When they responded with “$130”, we turned around and headed to the shop. It was in perfect condition, but again, just needed some paint!

Sanding

Chris started with the bed first. We thought about just using a deglosser since sanding this puppy would take a while but he ended up hand sanding all the spindles. We just decided we wanted to do it right so why not take the extra time and prep it correctly. It did take A LONG time but it was worth it.

Sanding the dresser was a lot easier. Only took him a day to sand the entire thing and the paint came right off.

Priming

For priming, we used Valspar’s binding primer at the suggestion of the Lowes guy. We wanted to ensure that a toddler couldn’t easily scratch up the paint and didn’t want to deal with paint peeling off. It would well!

Again, the spindles made everything take a lot more time. So many little grooves to get into.

The dresser on the other hand was cake!

Painting

I knew I wanted to keep the Coral and Aqua color scheme in her room and was dead set on painting her walls a bright Coral. I went back and forth with going with a simple white or a pretty Aqua and decided to go for the color. We settled on the color “Aqua Glow” by Valspar, but went with Sherwin Williams Pro-Classic Interior Acrylic Enamel for the actual paint. Why, you ask? We have refinished furniture with Valspar before and it came out okay, but we really wanted her furniture to painted with a quality paint. I am SO glad we splurged and made that decision. I am telling you, it makes all the difference in the world.

One coat on!

And the dresser

For the hardware, we bought a Metallic Silver spray and it worked perfectly!

Sealing

Since her bed and dresser will both be used daily, we decided to use a sealer on them to protect the finish. After some research, we opted for Minwax Polycrylic. It went on SUPER easy (thank you water based) and there was hardly any smell.

Aqua Jenny Lind bed!

Aqua French Dresser!

What do you think? Any questions? Just ask!

Inspiration for Hudson’s Room

11 Feb

I knew before I was even pregnant what type of nursery I wanted. As soon as I found out it was a boy, it was time to officially start planning (okay, I MAY have bought a few items for a boy’s room just in case…. it was a great deal at Home Goods and we all know if you see something you want there, you just have to get it).

Here is a mood board I created way back when (before I was pregnant, I told you I knew).

Here are some inspirations for Hudson’s “Tiny Traveler” Room.

We are working on his room now and can’t wait to show you the finished product!

Discount for World Map Decal!!

6 Jan

One of my favorite things in Kyler’s playroom is her big world map decal. I know there are a few map options on Etsy, however, I truly think I found the best shop that carries it 🙂

Lucie from Lulukuku is offering 10% off for ThisGreyHouse readers!!

Just use the code: THANKS10

World Map Decal

They are great at customizing decals and their color section is great so I am sure you can make something work! Thanks Lucie!

Top 10!

4 Jan

A year ago, Apartment Therapy posted Kyler’s playroom on their site. I am proud to say that as of today, there have been 15,000 pins from that post alone! I also excited that they picked our playroom to be apart of their favorite playrooms for 2013!! Thank you Apartment Therapy!

You can read all of the playroom details  here:

A Playroom for Kyler

Our Bright and Fun Playroom: The Details

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Our New Pool: Start to Finish!

18 Nov

When we were looking for our new house, we knew we wanted it to have a pool. When we searched the market, turned out many houses with our must haves did not have a pool… Bummer. We then looked for houses with a big enough backyard to be able to put in our own pool. Our house had just that. It’s not by any means a BIG backyard but it’s not teeny tiny like some in Orlando. We still have enough grass space for the doggies and Kyler to play.

Here is the pool building process in photos step by step:

Pool in the design stage:

pool

Last day of having a grassy backyard:

Sod is cut & frame for the pool is done:

Time to dig a pool!

Steel is next!

Gunite! Actually looks like a pool.

Plumbing… yikes!

We have tile!!

Let’s add some pavers….

and the baby fence!

Almost done…. shooting the finish, Grey Harbor Mini Pebble.

Last step… add the water!

That’s our new pool!!

Next is Phase 2: Pergola and summer kitchen. Here is a sneak peak!

Stay tuned!!

How to Install Beadboard & Wainscoting

3 Jun

Installing beadboard or wainscoting is an inexpensive and quick way to dress up a room! Beadboard/wainscoting is fairly cheap, however, if you are doing a large room then I can see how it can become costly. We have done both in our new house and we are happy with the results:

Shaker Style Wainscoting:

Beadboard:

They both install pretty much the same. The tools we used were:

  • Table Saw (or you can use a circular saw)
  • Jig Saw (for small cuts)
  • Miter Saw (for trim)
  • Crow Bar
  • Level
  • Nail Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Painting supplies

Beadboard:

Building Materials for this project:

  • Beadboard panels
  • Trim
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint

Step-by-steps:

  1. Our baseboard has a bit of a ledge on it therefore we did not have to remove it. If your baseboard curves to the wall, then you will need to remove your baseboard first before installing the panels.
  2. Determine how high you want your beadboard to go on your wall.
  3. Once you know how high you want the beadboard to go, measure your first panel and determine your cuts! This is by far the most tricky part. Make sure you consider electrical outlets, cuts around vanities, windows, etc. We went back and forth with the table saw and jig saw for this.
  4. Once cut, place on the wall and ensure everything fits. Make sure you locate your studs. If everything looks good, put some glue on the back of it and place on the wall. Take your nail gun (if you have one) and nail a few nails into the studs. We choose to glue and nail to make sure it was flush against the wall. If you were to nail only, there is a bigger change of your panels bowing out especially if your wall isn’t completely straight.
  5. After you have installed all of your beadboard, the next step is the trim. We used the miter saw to make all of our cuts. We picked a molding that had a cap on it and I highly recommend that. Once everything is measured, leveled and in place, glue and nail those to the wall as well.
  6. Once everything is installed, take your caulk and seal up all of the joints. This is the messy part. Be patient with this step as this is key to making sure everything looks polished.
  7. Take wood filler (you could also use caulk, however, we did and I wish we hadn’t) and fill in all of your nail holes. Let that dry and sand down before painting.
  8. Last step…. paint it! You can paint it whatever color you like. We picked a crisp white in a semi-gloss since it’s in the bathroom.

Shaker Style Wainscoting:

Building Materials used for this project:

  • Plywood
  • 1×6’s
  • 1×4’s
  • Trim
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint

Step-by-steps:

  1. Start by taking your baseboard off with a crow bar. You will be using a 1×6 in place of this.
  2. Measure everything out before you cut. You need to determine how much space you want between your stiles. You want to make sure you have the same amount of space in each box throughout the room. This is where your math skills will come in handy. Laying all of your boards out on the floor will give you a good visual.
  3. Once you know where you want everything, time to cut your plywood. If you have smooth walls, you can really skip this step. We have textured walls so it would have looked funny. Score if you have smooth walls!!!
  4. Glue and nail the plywood panels onto the wall. Tip: Make your seams where you are going to place a 1×4 over it to hide the seam!
  5. Once all of your panels are up, cut and install your 1×6 baseboard around the room. Make sure it’s level and glue and nail into place.
  6. Cut and install your 1×6 top rail next. Again, make sure it is level!
  7. Cut all of your vertical stiles and then glue and nail in place.
  8. After you basic shaker boxes are up, measure and cut all of your trim/chair rail then install!
  9. After everything is up, caulk all of your joints and fill in all of your nail holes.
  10. Once dried and sanded (nail holes that is), time to paint! Make sure to use a primer first so you don’t have to keep putting a lot of coats on.

What a difference right? You can really change the style or feel of a room with some molding. There are so many different styles of wainscoting out there and some are easier than others. I will say this…. if you aren’t the handiest person or don’t have some one that is handy nearby, this project may be a little difficult for you. The cuts are by far the most challenging aspect so you need to be comfortable with a saw and your measuring skills.

Good luck and happy wainscoting!!!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

5 May

As usual, we jam packed this week with lots of plans, activities, etc. I swear I need to stop doing that so we can just stop and relax but as I am typing this… I am laughing because how do you do that with a busy busy 15 month old?!?! Which reminds me I have not done her 15 month post so I need to get on that before 16 months comes up on me (seriously time, slow down).

I am trying to introduce coloring to Kyler but she isn’t having it…. at school she colors and I get her Pablo Picaso  doodles sent home all the time…. but at home, nope… she would rather try and eat the crayons (of course giving me that grin like “I know I am not supposed to do this but I like to anyway.”

A reader reached out to me about Kyler’s first birthday invitation since she was doing a navy and orange nautical party for her son’s first birthday. Since I designed Kyler’s invitation, there really wasn’t a template that I could just send to her and I didn’t mind tinkering it to create something else super cute and fun so I offered to help. I think it came out super cute!

Wednesday was my 27th birthday! I get somewhat annoyed when young people say “I’m so old” but I can honestly say that I am really starting to feel that way… I know it’s not but 27 just sounds so much older than 26 to me. Silly, I know, but a feeling none the less. My birthday was AWESOME. My parent’s hooked me up with a little shopping trip (I was in desperate need), my co-worker aka Magic family rocked it, and of course my sweet hubby and doubly sweet daughter capped off the night with dinner and a yummy dessert.

My sweet Kyler Bug said Happy Birthday!

So did my pups ❤

Before I get into the antics at work…let me digress a minute. I am in a department of 3 (4 when we have an intern) and we are extremely close. We are highly inappropriate and like to laugh and joke around when we can. When it came time for Danny’s birthday back in February, we decided we needed to show his desk and car “some loving” and completely wrapped his desk with saran wrap and filled it with balloons. We also turned his car into a cow (he is from Wisconsin so it’s fitting). For Phil’s birthday, we hired a company to fill his yard up with funny signs and then covered his office floor with over 2000 cups of water. So needless to say, I knew I had it coming.

When I got to work Wednesday morning, my desk looked like this:

Every square inch was covered in aluminum foil. EVERYTHING I tell you.

Then, it gets worse…. as we were walking out to lunch, I came across this:

Yep, that is MY car parked INSIDE the Amway Center on the 3RD Floor. Boys were sneaky and got my keys and drove it up the ramp and into the freight elevator. Too funny.

When I walked up, I had some friends up there waiting on me…. pretty sure to see my reaction 🙂

Classic, right?

After that, we headed to get some yummy sushi and I heard all about how they pulled that off.

My sweet Kyler

That night, Chris, Kyler and I went to Outback for dinner and it was delicious.

Again, trying to color 🙂

After dinner, we went home, they sang Happy Birthday to me and we ate Red Velvet Cheesecake. This is the cake we had our wedding cake made after so it has special meaning to me 🙂 Chris is just so awesome ❤

Sushi, lunch cupcake, and Red Velvet Cheesecake!

In other news… Kyler has been killing it with the fork usage! She has really gotten that science down. Now a spoon? Not a chance.

I have been on the hunt (kind of sort of) for a big girl bed for Kyler. I love love love the Jenny Lind beds from Land of Nod but do not have or want to cough up almost $600 for a twin bed. Instead, I found this little gem on a Craigslist ad at a local resale store. I got the bed for $139 and feel like I got a good deal! We will be refinishing this into something special…. that post will be at a later date.

Peanut Butter face!!

Saturday night, we headed over to the Gilbertson’s for a little Cinco de Mayo party! All the necessities for a good time (The Jose is for us of course)

The girls of course had a great time…. I think there were 7 kiddos under the age of 4 there. My how parties have changed.

Twins again, and no, we did not plan this time either!

Story time!

The girls took a bath together and that was too cute 🙂

After the kiddos went to bed, we adults had some fun!

J bone!

Macko and Jenks!

Kendra and Jeremy:

Today, we went over to my friend/co-worker’s house to help him with a little DIY project. He just bought his first house and needed some help with it. Chris did most of the helping, I was just along to give my opinion and keep Kyler as entertained as possible.

Told you 🙂

Danny needed a headboard and wt work, we came across this cheap and masculine idea for a one:

headboard

His bedroom has all of these black shelves hanging up (bad picture):

Once I saw those, I knew we could just re-purpose them into a headboard! Just take them down and screw them back up! I believe all it cost Danny was a pack of drywall anchors and a can of black spray paint (to touch up the areas on the already painted black wood). Can’t beat that!

Looks great, doesn’t it?

I love doing home projects, decorating, DIY projects, crafty things, and party planning so this has been a fun week for me! I am always up to helping out and so if anyone is stumped on something or wants an opinion, I am free to ask! I am by no means an expert but I love this stuff if you can’t tell already 🙂

Andddd it’s time to go as this is most likely the LONGEST Weekend Update to date. Thanks for hanging in there and see ya next week 🙂

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