February 9, 2015
by Ryanne

New Year, New Storage

Good afternoon! I hope y’all had a great weekend.  The weather was absolutely amazing this weekend!  The hubs and I got a long run in on Saturday afternoon (perfect weather) and spent pretty much all of Sunday outside.  The warm weather felt AMAZING and sure makes me wish spring was here :)

A couple weekends ago LJ and I upgraded our ‘pantry’ area.  Living in a home that was built in the 40′s is sometimes very difficult due to the lack of storage.  We have three very small closets in our whole house.  Apparently they didn’t use closets back in the day????  If you remember last year I upgraded our pantry/mud room area with some floating shelves.  It was a great addition, but still wasn’t giving me the storage I needed.  I thought about getting a custom built-in made, but in the DC area I knew that would be way too expensive.  So after a little research I found other DIY blogs that had used IKEA shelves and made them to look like built-ins by adding molding and baseboards.  This is what got the ball rolling for me to start researching different IKEA systems that would fit in our area and give us the maximum amount of storage.

The big issue with our mudroom is space.  We have our washer and dryer hidden to the right, so we needed something that wouldn’t stick out too far (still needed to open their doors to do laundry) and to sit above our dryer vent that lays on the ground and leads outside.



Dryer vent we needed to bypass

Dryer vent we needed to bypass

After some serious measuring, switching the opening handle on our dryer, and spending WAY too much time at IKEA, we finally came up with a solution.  We found the BESTA system.  We totally lucked out with this cabinet combination.  It fit perfectly depth wise, and we could fit two shelves without it being too wide to open our washer and dryer.  We also found out we could use the same metal risers we had on our last storage system without it being too tall…..SCORE!  It also happened to be 15% off if you joined the IKEA family (free rewards program)…woot!

Here she is………

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The black knobs are from Home depot.  We haven’t added them to the bottom shelf yet because we can’t decide whether to do knobs or pulls (the door pulls down).  I still have a lot of organizing to do, but I am so happy that we finally have a space that we can store our groceries, appliances, and hide our toaster and coffee maker!

What do you guys think? Have you been able to find IKEA systems that work perfectly in a small space??

February 5, 2015
by Ryanne

Hello? Anybody there?

Hi guys!  It’s Ryanne, remember me?  I think I have officially won the award of worst. blogger. ever.  I haven’t posted on here in almost 6 months! Not to mention that I almost forgot my password to log in……..

Life got busy, Megan had a baby, and blogging kind of got pushed to the back burner.  The good news is that LJ and I have continued to work on projects around the house, so I have a back-log of post to share with you :)  The bad news is that Megan told me the other night she  will continue to take a break from the blog — for awhile.  SO if you follow this blog to solely read Megan’s posts, sorry to break it to ya, but there probably won’t be any.  Maybe I can guilt her into a guest post once in awhile ;)

Through my short and not very glamorous blogging career I have learned that it is not as easy as it looks!  I felt like I had to do a project (DIY, cooking, etc) FOR the blog sometimes vs. just doing the project just because I needed to get it done.  So with that being said, if I’m going to keep this thing going, your probably going to be getting a lot of posts about a smorgasbord of random things in my life :)  For those who know me personally, you know I love to fit eating, drinking, and exercising into some what of a healthy lifestyle…so I’m sure I will share recent recipes, eats, runs, and also DIY projects.  LJ and I also have some pretty awesome travel plans coming up for 2015, so I will probably share those as well.

If you have any requests of posts you’d like to see shoot me an e-mail at ryanne.floyd@gmail.com.

Otherwise, I will see y’all back here on Monday for my first blog post in a LONG time.  Happy weekend!


August 27, 2014
by Ryanne
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Our Very First Home-versary Part 1

Saturday, June, 7th, 2014 marked our 1 year anniversary as home owners!  The only thing that helps me remember that date is that it also is National Donut Day :)  And the reason I know that is because LJ loves donuts and our realtor bought LJ a dozen of them on closing day!   But that’s enough about donuts….back to the main focus…our Home-versary.  I thought it would be fun to show y’all some before and afters of how far we’ve come on this homeowner journey!  Once I started putting this post together I realized how many pictures I wanted to share….so I’ve decided to share in a two part series.  Today we’re sticking with the outside!

Check out here , here, here, here , here, and here to see posts about individual updates we did!

This is what the house looked like at home inspection day....

This is what the house looked like at home inspection day….


The side yard off the driveway when we first moved in...

The side yard off the driveway when we first moved in…



As you can see Molly still continues to enjoy her yard a year later!  We still have a lot of landscaping to tackle, but it is slowly coming together!


Have a great day everyone!


June 11, 2014
by Megan

Staying Fit After Baby

Remember me? I know, it’s been a very long time since I last posted.  Life is definitely different after having a baby! You might remember my post a while ago about how I was trying to stay fit while pregnant, so I thought I’d share my experience for staying fit after having a baby.

I’ve found my two big barriers to fitting in a workout are time and energy.  Even if you haven’t had a baby, these might be your barriers as well.  After I had Baby D I tried to start walking short distances and made sure I listened to my body so as to not overdo it.  I did this a few times a week and noticed my distances became longer and faster.  It was hard having a baby in the winter when it was freezing out, so on the really cold days I walked with Baby D in a carrier around the track at YMCA or the mall.

imageOnce I was cleared by my health provider to work out more intensely, I started slowly getting back into running.  I started off loosely following this plan I found on Runner’s World and doing core exercises.  It was very difficult and frustrating at first because I wanted to be able to run the pace and distances I had been running before I got pregnant (which was totally unrealistic!).  It was the strangest sensation and I felt really jiggly in my belly area, but that only lasted about 2 weeks.  I also did various toning classes at the YMCA  that I had previously attended before giving birth.

and then I went back to work….

And my exercise routine went down the drain.

So now, after getting into some type of routine for work and sending  Baby D to daycare I’ve started doing the following things:

1) I signed up for The City of Oaks 1/2 Marathon in November as my first post-baby race.  It helps me to keep up with running when I have to train for a race!

2) Aimed for running 2-3 mornings a week before work (usually one of these days ends up being on the weekend).

3) On days I don’t run I’ve gone for a nice family walk after work.

4) Stopped being so hard on myself when Baby D doesn’t sleep well at night and I don’t get a run in that morning and have to postpone it another day.  Life happens and I have to be flexible (still working on this)!

5) Enjoyed time with my new favorite exercise buddy!


Do you have any tips for staying fit when you are low on time or energy?  Stay tuned for my a future post on my favorite fitness gear!

**This is just my experience, make sure you are cleared by your health provider before starting any physical activity.



June 3, 2014
by Ryanne

Kitchen Makeover On a Budget

I often wonder if life will ever slow down??  LJ and I have had tons of visitors, gone out of town, had bachelor/bachelorette parties and weddings !  Anyone else had a crazy busy spring/summer?  I FINALLY had some time to sit down and write about the details of my kitchen painting extravaganza.

I had to do some digging, but I finally found a picture on my iphone of what our kitchen looked like when we first moved in.  Sorry it’s a bit blurry…


Our family room/kitchen/dining area are pretty much one space.  The family room and kitchen were both painted the beige color pictured above.  While I really love the beige, I knew I wanted to paint the kitchen a different color to help define the two spaces.  After hours of patrolling pinterest and other blogs I decided to grab a sample of the Glidden “Gentle Tide” from Home Depot.  I got the idea for this color from my favorite DIY blog—Young House Love.  They had it in their kitchen in a previous home and I loved the way it looked.  After applying a few strokes…I was in love!  It’s amazing what a little paint can do for a space.  **FYI they no longer have a color swatch for it at Home Depot, but if you ask for it, they still have it in their computer system.


The next item on my “to-do” list was painting the cabinets.  Ever since we moved into our house I thought our kitchen was nice (small) and updated, but the dark cabinets with the black granite and hardwood floors were just too dark for me.  Switching the granite color was not an option (too expensive and wasteful), so I decided the cabinets would need to be painted.  I’ve always been more partial to white cabinets, especially with black counter tops.  Believe me when I say this decision was not made lightly.  I first brought the idea up to LJ who was completely on board.  We also discussed it with  our parents, realtor (husband and wife team) and various friends.  Everyone was split down the middle.  A majority of the women said “Go for it!” and almost all of the men said “it looks nice like it is, don’t bother” or “those cabinets are nice, why would you paint them?”.  To make a long story short I stalked some more blogs and pictures before making the final decision to paint.  LJ was out of town when I first started the project, so I called him for one last pep talk before I started (because once you paint–you can’t take it back), but once I got going I was really, really, happy with my decision.

…..Until this happened.


Yes, you are reading  seeing this correctly.  That is paint peeling off of the cabinets.  YIKES!  Let me back track a little bit and tell you what I did to get to that point.  I decided to use the popular Annie Sloan chalk paint.  Our cabinets had a semi-glossy finish and I didn’t really want to fool with too much sanding, so I thought that was the best route to go.  The color I used was “Old White”.  I first removed all of the hardware and doors from the cabinets.  Just like my other projects using this paint I took some sand paper and “roughed up” the cabinets to help the paint absorb a little better.  After the first coat dried I was good to go and feeling very confident in my decision.  After the second coat is when the peeling started.  I mayyyy of had a minor freak-out!

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Luckily I still had the e-mail of the owner of Shabby Love (instructor of the class I took on  using this paint).  I snapped a few pics and waited for her expert advice.  She was shocked that I was having that result….but assured me it could be fixed.  She sent me to Home Depot to get some Kilz Spray Primer.

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This stuff was a life saver.  It definitely did the trick!  I ended up sanding the cabinets pretty well, sprayed the Kilz (in the crevices where is was peeling most), let it dry thorougly, then applied the annie sloan paint.

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To get the coverage I wanted I ended up doing two coats.  I also sanded the edges for the “worn/shabby chic” look, and finished with waxing.

…..And there you have it! A completely finished kitchen!







Despite the issues I had I am still happy I did it AND used the Annie Sloan paint!  I think with regular paint I wouldn’t have gotten the color/coverage/”worn” look that I wanted.

LJ and I have also been busy working on other home projects in the house (if you follow me on Instagram rfulrich, you may have seen the board and batten bathroom) and in the yard.    It’s hard to believe that we are approaching our 1 year home owning anniverseary.  I plan to put together a post of before and afters of what we’ve done so far.

I hope you all had a great weekend….happy Tuesday!

*Has your summer been busy already?

*Working on any projects?

*Have you ever used the Annie Sloan chalk paint and if so, did it peel?