Category Archives: House

The Day The A/C Died

Summertime in Minnesota.  The living’s easy.  Unless your air conditioner breaks during a stretch of 85º, humid weather…with a toddler…and a newborn…and a wife.  Granted, we were operating on borrowed time with this classic 1972 model, built from actual Viking steel, but psychologically I wasn’t ready to bury the ol’ girl.

Air conditioner 1972

I will say that we handled the news fairly well, laughing about how enjoyable it is to buy appliances and discussing whose kidney we got to sell; but the real fun came when we learned no matter what, we were going to have to spend at least four days without cool air coursing through the veins of our house.  Here’s how that went down. Continue reading


Rainbow Nursery

rainbow nursery gender neutral

Here we are, within days of Baby Stein #2’s arrival and I’ve finally completed the nursery! We are beyond excited to welcome this little one into such a bright, colorful world. All furniture is from IKEA, and most everything else is handcrafted by me. Q did create his own 2 pieces of artwork for the baby and you can see it hung low by the bookshelf. The only thing left is to create an initial for the door once we know if we have a boy or girl joining our family.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this space for our last baby, and it feels so good to be done with this space. We’re ready for you anytime little one! Continue reading

The Blue Spoon

There I was, standing in front of the mirror, getting ready for the day. Suddenly, the door flew open, nearly decapitating my big toe and narrowly missing the rest of my body. I was expecting to see Q, with a balloon in his hand and a smile on his face, ready to play before work and school. What I saw was pregnant woman with a look on her face that was a combination of “there’s hair in my mouth” and “someone just stole my burrito.”

“Are you ok?” I asked. Continue reading

Eat Your Greens

We seem to have had an extremely good year for kale, as evidenced by the 2+ garbage bags full of the green stuff. How are we going to eat all of this?  

Year-Round Garden Goodies


As summer comes to a close and we move into the best season of the year (hello pumpkins, falling leaves and Halloween), I wanted to do a quick recap of our garden output this year, and give you my recipe for the best pickles of all time. Seriously, you need to make them. Continue reading

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Are you ready for some football?

Q’s got the best seat in the house for watching opening weekend games.  

His Cross to Bear

so this happened today.

Glitter on the Wall


I spent the better portion of a weekend or two re-evaluating my current jewelry system. I had a nice, stand-alone jewelry armoire, but it just wasn’t  cutting it in our new home. Our bedrooms are smaller here, so I just don’t have the space for my jewelry to have its own furniture.

Enter my new wall mounted jewelry display. Isn’t it lovely?!?!


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How A Dog Tortured Us Into A Zombie Apocolypse Situation

You might look at this picture and think to yourself, “Oh wow…Hotel Stein is being used for a scene in this season of ‘The Walking Dead!'”  You would be wrong.  No, this barricade you see right here does not exist to keep zombies from invading the living room and stealing the PS3.  It’s not even the worst homemade fort mankind has ever seen.  It’s actually the only way we can keep the Dude in his kitchen area. Continue reading