Celebrate with JB

May 22, 2015

ebb + flow :: celebrate with JB

As I write this my sister is, hopefully, nearing the Wisconsin/Minnesota state line! Which means, before I know it she’ll be in Minneapolis! And we’ll be hugging! We’ve got three days of flea markets, home projects, cackling, drinking, eating, sunshine and life to enjoy and we fully intent to savor every minute. I’m also hoping to sneak a viewing of Pitch Perfect 2 in the mix. Embarrassing, but true. I’ll be sure to check in Monday with some links from around the web but until then enjoy your holiday weekend. It’s shaping up to be a great one!


Tomato Binge

May 18, 2015

ebb + flow :: tomato binge ebb + flow :: tomato binge

Meals at the Erickson house lately have been rather lackluster. Translation: we’re eating a lot of cereal (Hey, Golden Grahams!). But looking through my pins and favorites today I’ve got a serious tomato recipe habit forming. Might have to ditch the cereal bowl and give this Baked Caprese Chicken and Arugula and Tomato Crostini a try this week. Here’s hoping the red guys are on sale at the store!

Source :: Damn Delicious :: Life As A Strawberry

Weekend Wrap Up 5.17

May 17, 2015

ebb + flow :: weekend wrap up

If you could see me right now, you would think I got in a fight. I’ve got cuts, scrapes, a swollen lip, a smashed finger and numerous bruises. Truth is, I did get in a fight but it was with our old bedroom carpet and I won. The monstrosity is no longer installed upstairs! The hardwood floors below definitely need a bit of love, but I’m optimistic. Now the question is do we DIY or outsource? While we ponder the pros and cons, enjoy these links from around the web this week.


May 15, 2015

ebb + flow :: puppers

I’m not sure what it is lately, but our (not so) little puppy will not leave my side. He’s on my lap when I’m doing my makeup, attempts to share a desk chair with me as I work (not possible with an 80 lb dog), refuses to be apart without whining, barges into the bathroom… really, it’s a scene. As we often find ourselves saying, he’s lucky he’s cute. He’ll have to get used to some time apart, though, because tomorrow I’m locking myself upstairs and tackling the carpet removal in our master bedroom! I’m so, so excited and am hoping this excitement carries me through because I have a feeling this project will be more than I bargained for. I’ll be sure to report back on Sunday with the wrap up. Enjoy a great weekend, friends!

Source :: Wistful thinking.

A Surprise

May 11, 2015

ebb + flow :: bedroom floors

“SWEET MOTHER OF PEARL! We just found hardwood floors under our disgusting bedroom carpet!” That’s the text I sent to my mom last night and to convey my level of excitement, I’m not sure why I only used two exclamation points (!!!!!). The Red Head and I were planning to install new carpet in our master bedroom but a late night glimpse under the repulsive upstairs shag has revealed a major surprise. I’ve got big weekend plans of rolling back carpet, picking out staples, removing tacks and assessing the damage. I’ve spotted some paint splatters on the wood so far but nothing a little sanding can’t fix. Let’s hope there’s more good news hiding under that carpet… like a pile of cash? One can dream!

Source :: Julie Blanner

Weekend Wrap Up 5.10

May 10, 2015

ebb + flow :: weekend wrap up

I’m lacking serious motivation today. Send Diet Coke, pump-up tunes and a butt-kicking my way, please. We’ve got a house and yard full of projects, freelance duties to tend to and Mother’s to celebrate. That last one is the most important so I’m off to do that while you enjoy these links from around the web this week!


May 8, 2015

ebb + flow :: master bedroom

If you’re friends with me in real life or just on the interweb, you’re probably really sick of hearing about our bedroom remodel. That’s too bad, though, because there is still a TON of work to do and my big mouth needs to blab about it. Apologies in advance. Over the last few weeks (months, maybe?) of painting (and re-painting), prepping and collecting decor, the above color palette has start to come together (remember this original idea?). We finally have the wall color right, the carpet is on its way out, the closet doors are stained and the wainscoting has been measured. On an impulse the other day, we also scored this couch at a sweet, sweet price. Now we just need clones that stay home all day to touch up paint, assist with the carpet install, pick out and hang lighting and stalk the mailman until our curtains and bedding arrive. One thing I’ve learned: I prefer working with small spaces! This beast is testing my patience and wallet. But it’s Friday so try and enjoy the weekend, friends!

Source :: Crate & Barrel Couch :: SF Girl by Bay

In the Yard

May 5, 2015

ebb + flow :: no flowers

I’ve been thinking it through and if I were to splurge on one service for our home, I think it would a gardening/lawn service. Between the brutal winters, one crazy pup and our apparent lack of a green thumbs, our yard it looking pretty sad. I take that back it’s looking REALLY sad. I stained some timbers last night, put down two bags of mulch and dug up 7 dead plants (that are being exchanged for living ones on Friday) and you can hardly tell the difference. Also, worth it to note that the seven plants are so far dead that I’m hardly able to identify them anymore. BLARGH! Any tips for Minnesota winters, hard to kill (and low-cost) perennials, please end them my way. Pretty soon our entire yard might just be Hostas. As my brother put it, ‘those can survive an atomic blast.’

Source :: remain simple

weekend wrap up 5.4

May 4, 2015

ebb + flow :: weekend wrap up

The best way to start your Monday is with a dead car battery, right? If so, I kicked my week of right! I guess leaving an overhead light on for two and a half days will do that do a car. Oy! At least the rest of my day picked up from there and I have some really stellar links to share with you today. Enjoy, while I go triple check that every single light in my car is off.