Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween!

we have our treats ready to go for halloween! snickers, reese's peanut butter cups and m&m's for the trick-or-treater's. and i made red velvet mummy cupcakes for me and nick! :) hope you have a sweet halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

halloween at work.

not only did i get to be mary poppins this halloween, i also got to recycle my costume from 2 years ago and be cleopatra at work! (wow, looking back at those old pictures make me want to get a tan!)

our office has a crazy competitive halloween decorating contest and all the kids of the employee's can come trick-or-treating.

my team did an "around the world" theme... each of our cubes was a different country. we had france, canada, tahiti, ireland, germany, india, and of course, my country egypt.

we kind of did a half ass job... well it was a lot of work, but it paled in comparison to the others!

here are some pictures from our day...

Saturday, October 29, 2011


guess who we were this year for halloween...

yep! mary poppins and bert, the chimney sweep.

we had such a fun time dressing up and even won the best couples' costumes at the costume party we went to! go mary!

unfortunately, we didn't take any pictures until we got home after the party... and i am wearing my hat backwards and i didn't take any without my hat on, but my hair looked so cute! just like mary's. oh well, you'll just have to take my word for it!

i haven't been able to get "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down..." out of my head! that song was on repeat while we were getting dressed, hehe.

 look at us, practically perfect in everyway... :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

orange-cha glad i joined pinterest?

i held off as long as i could, because i knew i would be addicted. 
but, i finally caved. 
if you'd like to follow me, i'm laceymead.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

birthday boy.

{me and my brothers.}

happy 23rd birthday, austin. 
even though you tower over me, 
you'll always be my baby brother.

can't wait to see you in december. 
love you!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

our home.

we are still loving our new house and are getting more and more settled everyday. now that we have the entertainment center done, i thought i'd share some more pictures of our living room with decor.

{click here to see the pictures of the house right when we got our keys.}

i'm still working on a few things... new throw pillows, hanging art near the entry way, etc. and soon it'll be time to swap our the halloween decor for fall decor. :)

nicholas thinks its a little too girlie, so i'm going to work on making it more masculine. any ideas?

Monday, October 24, 2011

our diy entertainment center.

we finally got our new entertainment center completed! our last entertainment center was one that i had picked up from ikea in college. my roommates and i put it together one night while drinking a few too many beers. the legs were on backwards and the drawers were installed wrong. haha. needless to say, it was time for nick and i to get a new home for our tv and DVDs and board games, etc.

we were looking online for one a white one with storage, but they are so dang expensive. i loved the look of this pottery barn modular wall system...

after scouring craiglist, we came across one for $300 with storage and similar glass windows, but it was oak colored, not white. we offered the guy $100 for it, and he took our offer, so we decided to paint it white! 

i wish i had a better "before" picture!

after sanding, two coats of primer and two coats of paint (thank god for husbands!), we finally got it set up in our living room and it looks great!

so happy for the extra storage and display cases! there are even lights inside the cases. overall, it cost us about $300 - $100 for the entertainment center, $100 for the rental truck to get it home, and $100 for paint, primer and supplies. i think we got a great deal.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

25 ways to wear a scarf this fall.

i am loving the crispness in the air lately... the pumpkins, the lattes, the orange and yellow and red leaves, and wearing boots and scarves! check out this awesome tutorial on different ways to wear a scarf.


originally spotted on la belle vie

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

reason # 34 i love my husband.

his texts make me laugh out loud.
this guy loves his cookies.
and i love that he's coming back home
after being away on business for a few days.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

surprise party in omaha.

last weekend, nicholas and i secretly hopped on a plane and flew to his hometown, omaha, nebraska, to surprise my mother-in-law, debbie, for her 60th birthday. his siblings in portland, seattle and iowa all did the same.

boy, was she surprised when she showed up at a restaurant for a "quiet birthday dinner" and eighty of her closets friends and family yelled "surprise!"

nick with his brothers, sisters and mom.

we weren't sure if we'd be able to pull off the surprise, especially with so many people involved. nicholas called debbie on her birthday, while our cab was outside to take us to the airport, and i texted her during our layover... we even sent a decoy gift that arrived on her birthday!

luckily, all of nicholas's siblings were able to be there, too. it the first time in 5 years since they'd all been in omaha at the same time!

we had so much fun!
happy birthday, debbie!