Our Costume Party Invites this Year + Projects on Board!


We love Halloween around here and every year, for the past 6 years!, we have thrown a costume party. Everyone really goes all out with their costumes, we set up a photo booth, have lots of food and every year we dress up for the invites to really put the costume in costume party. This year, we channeled the Beatles. We used the free font “Bootle”, which looks exactly like The Beatles logo font to add our last name to the invitations and kept the information in a simple font which felt kind of vintage, too. (The font is Hanley and it’s worth the money–we use it all the time). I ordered a few wigs on Amazon for me, Greta and Chris, and Faye’s feathery hair (yes, those are our two beautiful daughters!) worked like a charm with those round Lennon-like glasses that were a $2 add on item on Amazon. We sat on the entry bench…

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Our Kitchen: One Year Later


It’s been a whole year since we finished our kitchen renovation (how!?) so we thought it would be fun to share how it looks today (not all that different) and how it has been wearing, as well as, some additions we’ve made and things we’re thinking about changing or would do differently. 1. What’s new? There have only been a few additions since completing the kitchen a year ago, and maybe that’s a good sign. We added hanging herb planters a few weeks ago that instantly added life to the kitchen. We also ended up buying a second over-the-counter cutting board from Ikea. Initially we bought it to replace our current one for when it was worn, but we ended up putting it on the other side of the ranges and it just stayed there. It’s so convenient to have a couple chopping stations “built in” and they are only around $10 each….

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Must-Have Cookbooks


We have more cookbooks in our home than any other type of book. We have a small batch on the kitchen counter that get rotated out from the shelf in the study. Chris keeps a stack on his nightstand and then there’s all the food magazine subscriptions we subscribe to filling our new sideboard and scattered throughout a few magazine racks in the house, too. All that to say, you can frequently find Chris lounging on the couch in the evening, after the girls go to bed, with a good cookbook–he reads them like novels. Some are labeled duds (sorry, The Kinfolk Table–you’re still a very pretty coffee table book), and others we use and reference all the time. Here are our 16 must-haves: 1. Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes by Yotam Ottolenghi–We aren’t vegetarians but we do appreciate and love vegetables and this book has definitely helped us step up our vegetable game….

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Ep 21: Life is a Mixing of All Kinds of Things – Blending Styles In Your Home

Chris Loves Julia - Full Kitchen Reveal

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 21: Life is a Mixing of All Kinds of Things – Blending Styles In Your Home Game: Taboo Show Notes: In this episode, Chris and Julia celebrate one year in their new kitchen by revisiting some of the things they love most about it, as well as sharing a few recent additions they’ve completed. They also talk about blending styles and give some advice on how to make that work in your home, and how to choose which styles you should/could blend. CLJ posts mentioned: It’s Done! The Full Kitchen Reveal. East Idaho Parade of Homes Highlights Other items mentioned: The Flavor Bible Episode Sponsored by:         Visit Blinds.com today and receive 20% off your entire order with the code CLJPODCAST – Offer ends 9-30-16 Please leave a rating and review for the podcast! Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire How to Listen (iPhone): 1….

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