Let’s Talk Bedding Take 2

by Koko on October 1, 2014 · 2 comments

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You guys know how much I love a good bed. (Proof here). Since my last post, Q and I decided to upgrade. Well it was mainly me asking Q every day when we were going to get a King as we once discussed. And finally, he said yes.

So the hunt was on. What mattress? What frame? What bedding (obviously my favorite part)?

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The mattress was the first order of business. We have been sleeping on a 10-year old Serta Temperpedic. And we had no issues with it except it started to show its age (a little sagging, not as firm as it once was). So we started to hunt. Q had heard of Tuft & Needle through all of his cool guy blogs and it sparked my interest. A fabulous mattress made in the US for $600 with a 30-day return policy. Oh and free shipping and fab reviews on Amazon. So we gave it a try. It arrived in a rectangular box and had all the air sucked out of it. Per the directions, we opened it up and let it breath for 4 hours before trying it out. The consensus? We LOVE it. Not only because it is a King (which is SO nice), but our sleep quality has increased tenfold. It is just firm enough, holds it shape well, and I can’t feel a thing when Carl or Q decide to move/get up in the middle of the night aka 5AM when he leaves for work. I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you don’t want to go to the store and pay $100 for delivery.

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The bed frame was next on our checklist. For about 3 weeks we had an awesome mattress sitting on a box spring on the floor. It reminded me of the early Alaska days (those dark days when we slept on the floor for a month)

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We both have been fans of One Kings Lane for a while, so they were our first stop while looking for a frame. We wanted something gray since our walls will eventually be white. And I liked the nailed look of a few of them. This Anne model was very reasonable for a bed ($659) and was shipping in less than two weeks, so we got it. It definitely is assembly required, and I’m lucky enough to have a super handy husband otherwise I would have probably cried at all the pieces. I think it looks fabulous and will be even better once the walls are painted and we hang our artwork.

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All I wanted for my birthday was bedding. Mind you, my birthday is in a month, but I was a woman on a mission. I looked on Land’s End, Garnet Hill, One King’s Lane, Target, LL Bean, and Pottery Barn before settling. We decided on this dotted Pottery Barn duvet cover and shams. We loved the simple pattern on a crisp white background. Originally I thought I wanted a monogram, but since I go by Koko and not Alexandra, we decided our initials would be a cuter idea. We went with gray for the duvet and light blue for the euro shams to give a little contrast and I’m really glad we did. For our duvet, we were up in the air on what to get since Q sleeps very hot and I cool. We were also hesitant about paying $400 for a duvet that we weren’t sure we would love. In the end we went with this one from Amazon and have been extremely happy. For our euro pillows, I got them a little oversized (recommended) from Overstock.

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Every night when I get into bed I look at Q and tell him how happy I am. My dream bed!

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Cooking Without a Kitchen

by Koko on September 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Kitchen Remodel, Recipe

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Q and I don’t eat out. It’s just not our thing. We much prefer sitting in our own home with homecooked food. So when this kitchen renovation came around, I was worried. What would we eat? Would we have to order take out every night? Our solution: set up a make shift kitchen in the mud room. I’ve got a microwave, a hot plate, a toaster oven and a coffee maker. What don’t I have? A sink. This truly is the MOST annoying part of living without a kitchen. We try and eat on paper plates, but I still have dishes to clean each night. Picture me standing above a bucket and a hose outside scrubbing pots. Not so much fun. But we are doing it.

What is working for us:

-The slow cooker saves us most nights. I come home from work around 4ish, pop some chicken or ground turkey in the slow cooker along with a mixture of a yellow onion, beans, diced tomatoes, mushrooms and any veggies laying around and hope for the best.

-The rice cooker (we have this model and love it). Another incredible tool. Most nights I make 1.5 of brown rice to go along with whatever slow cooker concoction I came up with.

-Making enough for 6 servings. I make enough for dinner, lunch the next day, and two frozen servings for later. This is a lifesaver on nights where I get home too late or don’t think of anything in time. I started freezing dinners about a month before we went into our reno knowing that there would be many nights when I wouldn’t be able to pull anything together. We currently have a mix of roasted tomato soup, Asian fried rice, turkey chili, red beans and rice and an assortment of one-off meals that I stuffed in there.

-Not having a picky husband. Q is just happy to have something homecooked on the table. If I make turkey chili 5 nights in a row, he still says thanks. Gotta love him.

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The hardest parts of not having a kitchen:

-Not being able to bake anything. We had a wives’ function this past week and of course I immediately thought, “Oh, I’ll bring some cookies” and then I remembered I am kitchenless.

-No sink. It is seriously killer. Next time you use your sink or dishwasher, think of me and how jealous I am right now. We have those big drinking water tubs from the grocery store for drinking with and are using the Brita religiously. Washing plates outside in a bucket is my least favorite thing to do after dinner.

-No entertaining. We can’t even have people over to watch football because our house is a dust bowl and I have no food for anyone. We are super excited to have a big shindig once the kitchen is complete.

-Those nights when you think “OMG what are we having for dinner?” and can’t think of anything and end up getting pizza (it’s only happened twice folks). I always regret it and the pizza is never as good as homemade.

I have a question for you: what is your favorite slow cooker/one pot wonder meal I should incorporate into our lives during this remodel?

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Lunch on the Go

by Koko on September 26, 2014 · 0 comments

in Cooking

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With construction, subbing every day, and the lack of a great kitchen, I have been doing a lot of quick grab and go lunches. Now this is not one of those “WOW I made this home cooked meals and it took no time” recipes. It is more like a “this has nothing homemade in it, yet it tastes incredible and works for me right now” recipes.

The key here is to spruce up something you already have on hand. We always carry cans of soup, but I NEVER just eat soup (booooring and not very satisfying). Instead I take my soup (usually tortilla or black bean), I add about a 1/4 cup of cooked rice and 1 link of chicken sausage (diced) and heat it up. Then (and here’s the kicker),  I add a big dallop of Greek yogurt and half an avocado and TA-DA! These additions make a simple cup of soup into a real meal. And let’s be honest, it takes about 3 minutes from start to finish.

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What are some of your favorite meals on the go?

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Currently Loving

by Koko on September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

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I have always been a big t-shirt and flannels sort of PJ person and then I was introduced to Maison Du Soir and everything changed. Mary (whose blog I just adore) has ranted and raved about them for the past year. I thought I would give these 100% silk pajamas a try to see what all the fuss was about. The conclusion: I love them. Light as air and so comfortable. They make me feel like I am really living in luxury. I got the Jaclyn shorts and the Magnolia top for the summer and will be investing in the longer Ava pant for the winter. Their customer service team is GREAT (ask them about sizing and they are right on).  I truly cannot say enough fabulous things about this Manhattan Beach local brand.

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