When Jacob and I moved in together for the first time, there were many things each of us had to learn about sharing a space together. From me learning not to kick him off the bed in my sleep to him getting used to my new-found love for HGTV — constantly. It’s been almost 10 months to date since we settled down into our first home and while we’ve gotten accustomed to each of our own habits, we still learn new quirks about one another every day. As it turns out, one of these just so happens to be food. Making something to eat for myself is one thing, but when cooking for two, I find myself coming up with dinners I would never have thought to create on my own. One of Jacob’s favorite foods is anything buffalo chicken. From wings to pizza, if it has poultry, buffalo sauce and a bonus of ranch dressing, he’s sure to try it. And it’s what inspired me to try something new and create my own take on a healthy-conscious breaded buffalo chicken breast.
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A couple months ago, I happened to stop in the Books-A-Million store at our local mall to browse some new reading material. It’s been a while since I’ve gone into a bookstore without a specific book in mind to purchase. When I was younger, that’s how I’d spend my Friday night (I know: nerd alert), but as I got older, it got to be too busy to spend more than 15 minutes looking for something new to read. But, seeing as I had the day off, I stopped in after running an errand and walked through aisles upon aisles of bookcases in pure joy. As I was going through fiction and biographies, I found a cover that caught my eye right away. It showed a dog peeking over the bottom of the cover on a dark blue background, with the title reading “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” I wasn’t quite sure how a picture of a dog and racing related to one another but — once I brought the novel up to the cash register and walked out the door — I looked forward to finding out.
We’ve all heard that first impressions can sometimes be lasting impressions. Whether interviewing for a job or going out on a first date, we are all influenced by either positive impressions or damaging ones. And the same is also true for many homes. I think for a lot of people whenever they enter a new house for the first time — whether it be family or friends — the look definitely plays a part in the “wow factor.” For some, it’s the entryway that decides it, while others find it in the living room or kitchen. But for me, it’s hands down the guest bathroom. You may of just had to take a double read on that, but let me explain. When it comes to bathrooms, I’m kind of a neat freak. I can’t stand smelly toilets, hair on the floor or gunky bath tubs — and I think a lot of people feel the same way. So when I see a guest bathroom that’s both clean and has an appealing design, I feel pretty ecstatic about my first impression. And that’s the idea I had in mind when I decided to do a complete renovation of our own guest bathroom.