Author: Monarch Way

Sausage and Shrimp Skillet

Since moving to Texas, my priorities have definitely shifted. Now, I am seeing the consequences (my clothes are tight). I am no longer teaching fitness classes, I sit in front of a computer most of the day, and I am surrounded by really good food. Some weight gain was inevitable but I am trying to get back on track. My aunt and uncle are doing Keto, my mom is always watching her carbohydrates, so I figured I better start making better choices before it gets out of hand. I am walking/running with my dog after work and a quick sun-salutation in the morning. My mom introduced me to a breakfast (Light n Fit Greek Vanilla Yogurt, grain-free granola, and frozen berries) and I quit eating Cheez-Its, chips, protein bars (with lots of carbs), crackers, Whataburger (which we were eating at least once a week), and Dominos (ordered every Sunday). I found this Shrimp and Sausage Paleo Skillet Meal and thought I would give it a try. I did find that I did not need the …

Backyard Projects

In addition to inside projects, we have been working on the backyard as well. When we started looking for our first home, a big backyard was one of our priorities because we have an 85 pound dog. Our realtor found this home and even though it did not have the big open backyard, we really loved it and we liked the covered patio and pool, which we have really enjoyed and our dog seems to be pretty happy with it too. The pool has required some work but I’m sure we and the dog will appreciate it when it’s 90 degrees. Initial Updates The portion of the yard with the pool was fenced in but that included the grassy areas so we needed to fence in just the pool not an entire portion of the yard. So my husband built a wooden fence to meet up with the mesh fence the former owners put up, only blocking off the pool (eventually, he will replace the mesh fencing with more wooden fencing). In order to transition …

New Home Updates

We have made a lot of updates to the house. New plugs, plates, light switches and light fixtures have made a huge difference. Touching up paint on the walls, doors, and cabinets, installing new toilets, cabinet knobs, new door stops and air exchanger covers, plus deep cleaning the tile and grout, wiping down the walls, and many other projects have kept us busy. I still need to paint the bathroom cabinets, install a new backdoor, paint trim and the ceiling, but for now, the inside projects are at a stopping point. Lucca Chandelier I Table Runner I Silver Chargers I Chinoiserie Napkins After extensive shopping for a floral arrangement for the dining room, I decided to make my own using green hydrangeas, white peonies, and white roses I purchased previously. Rug Piedmont 4-Light Lantern Gold Frame I Thin Gold Frame I was not crazy about the gold gallery wall in the living room so I took those pictures down and hung them separately in the hallways. Picture Light Our focus is now on the outside …

Decorating Inspiration

What is currently in the living room? Nothing much. As I mentioned previously, I read somewhere that it is best to focus on one room at a time rather than stressing about furnishing an entire house at once. As of this moment (thanks to my husband’s recent electrical work), the dining room, foyer, master bedroom, master bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room are now basically complete. What’s left? Work is still needed in the living room, study, guest rooms, guest bathroom, half bathroom, upstairs living room, and the pantry (just waiting for the light fixture). A while back, my mom hired an interior designer to come to her house and arrange the furniture and items already on site to best suit the current spaces. While working, the designer said that my mom didn’t really have a specific style, she just likes what she likes. That is definitely the case of this house. There is no specific style throughout but so far, I think it flows pretty well. Because I have inherited a lot of the decor …

Light Fixtures

Imagine you have purchased a home and you are walking room to room making a list of the things you would like to change or update. In my case, and I am assuming in the case of most people, it is not feasible to spend $10,000 at one time changing every little thing. When we were waiting to move in, I would stare at the pictures of our house online everyday, making lists of all the projects I was planning. I wanted to paint all the walls and trim, switch out all the light fixtures, remodel the master bathroom (eventually), and landscape the front yard. I had numerous smaller projects as well like replacing all the plugs, switches, and plates, having the tile and grout professionally cleaned and sealed, installing new toilets, and installing a new backdoor. The weekend we moved in, I felt very overwhelmed. I did not know how I would get through all the boxes. I set a goal: I would have all the boxes unpacked, broken down, and removed from the …