The Homies 2013

Exciting news to share!

homiesI have been nominated for the Apartment Therapy The Homies 2013! Specifically in the category for the Best Home Design & Inspiration Blog.

I was nominated last year and while I had no notions of winning then, or now for that matter, it’s super cool to be nominated and stand in line with so many other amazing, inspirational blogs out there. Many that are on the list are ones that I already visit frequently and the others are just new gems to be discovered!

On that note, please head over to Apartment Therapy and cast your vote for my own and other blogs that you admire (that handy link right there gets you to where you need to be to cast your vote). I am eternally grateful for all the support I’ve had from family and friends over the past year as I’ve pursued this hobby. I hope to grow it in so much more and could never accomplish that without you. You guys rock.

Much Love,

Catie

Happy New Year

Hello friends and family (and new friends too!) Happy new year to you and yours! If you’re stopping by the blog for the first time, welcome! With the hub-bub of the holiday’s, I decided to take a little hiatus from blogging but I’m excited to be back online today with some updates, recaps, and reflection.

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(thanks to our good friend John M. for this photo and the one at the end of the post…great shots buddy!)

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind…work was busy as we closed up shop for the winter break, and then we hit the ground running with social gatherings and holiday travel to see family and friends (New Jersey in the HOUSE). I had big plans for some posts throughout the holidays recapping my cookie exchange party, our “friends Christmas” first annual gingerbread house competition, as well as some decor ideas, projects, and updates…but alas, so many plans, so little time.

So here’s the plan. Show of hands…how many people feel a little sad to see the holiday’s come and go so quickly? Who always feels a little bummed to put away the Christmas decorations? That’s what I thought…me too. So, rather than let some of the photos and ideas I had surrounding the holidays go to waste, we’re going to do a little post-holiday recap this week and make Christmas last just a little bit longer. To top it off, I have some fab details to share from the New Years Eve black and white party we hosted the other night. So consider what is to come ideas for next year…savor the last few moments of the holidays and file away the inspiration for next season.

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(Sneak peak from our New Years Eve black and white party…print in frame from The TomKat Studio)

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On that note, as I type, there is a message at the top of my screen indicating that my subscription to getcareydaway.com is about to expire at the end of January which means I have been blogging for almost an entire year! That’s crazy. This little nugget started on a whim and I’m reflecting on how much I have enjoyed it. Yes, I’ve had a little hiatus or two, and I experimented with starting another blog about health and fitness (another big part of my life). I can safely say that this whole blogging thing has really started to become a passion and I’ve learned so much (well, just scratching the surface) in the past few months about photography, site design, writing…I’ve discovered some awesome blogs along the way as well and have already begun to develop some neat connections through this community. So, for the new year, I have officially decided to focus solely on Get Carey’d Away and will let the other blog go.

I have big plans for this blog this year and plan on switching it over to a self-hosted format for more flexibility including a site re-design which will include a new look as well as some new topics including travel and style in addition to things I already enjoy discussing such as home design, decorating, and DIY. I really look forward to presenting more of our lifestyle…for example, travel is a huge passion of ours and our journey’s definitely influence how we design our home and some of the plans we have for future updates. I always gravitate towards home elements or jewelry and accessories as souvenirs from our travels…it’s all related so we’ll discuss it here!

Overall, 2012 was a year of growth, experimentation, and marked our first full year of marriage. It was wonderful, challenging, and inspiring. I’m finally settled in a job I enjoy very much, I have a super fulfilling hobby (this blog), and the best husband, family, and friends a person could ask for…you all know who you are…you are so amazing, some days I don’t even think I deserve you. I’m looking forward to 2013 with an open heart and wide open arms. Some experiences in life recently have made me realize that I need to relinquish some control…not EVERYTHING is up to me. I’m a pretty faithful person privately, but I’m compelled to share a statement my husband makes (I bow down to you again oh wise one…)… He says:

“Work like it’s all up to you…Pray like it’s all up to God”

Truer words have not been spoken. I’m making that my motto in addition to the following mindset which is: plan for life you have and not the life you want. Hubs and I have big plans for our little family and we are realizing timing is not always up to us. We realized we were slowly accumulating a growing list of plans, adventures, projects, etc., but were constantly left with giant “what ifs” hanging over our head. That’s no way to live. So, in the spirit of live in the moment, we’re going to do just that…you can always adjust your course and travel a different heading. Now, someone just please remind me of this post and these words when I get frantic! I’m really bad at taking my own advice.

Love to you all and happy new year!

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20 Questions…

Ok, so more like 11. But I’d like to thank One Loved American Girl for tagging me to continue this charming little “get to know you” of the blogosphere. I agree that this seems like a great way to get to know some other bloggers out there and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the responses posted by bloggers that have already participated. So here goes.

First a little housekeeping; I’m supposed to post the rules –

The Rules:
You must post the rules.
Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create eleven new questions to ask the people you have tagged.
Tag eleven people and link them to your post.
And, let them know you have tagged them.

Here are the questions I have been tasked with answering (I’m all of a sudden really paranoid that I am the most uninteresting person on the planet)…

1. If you could have dinner with anyone living, deceased, famous or not who would they be?

Bethenny Frankel. I seriously love this chick. She is funny, bad-a*s, and real. I think she reminds me of what I hope my alter-ego would be. Sassy northeastern gal who isn’t afraid to go for the gusto and stand up for what she believes in. A quick draw with the wit doesn’t hurt either…I envision a dinner with her being “snort skinny girl margarita out your nose” funny. BUT, if I really only get ONE choice of dinner guest…I would, in all seriousness, choose my grandmother. What I wouldn’t give for just one more meal with that lady…

2. Are you a happy person?

Fundamentally yes. I’m not gonna lie though, I am a bit of a pessimist. I trend towards the attitude of anticipate the worst and hope for the best. I like to be prepared and I’d rather brace myself for disappointment and be thrilled to bits to get to do cartwheels instead.

3. What brings you the most peace on a stressed out day?

Laying next to my husband in bed at night. No bad day can ruin that feeling. I sleep on my stomach and Andrew is usually next to me on his back. We’re close enough so that his hand touches the side of my leg and my hand his. Just that innocent contact is enough to keep me eternally peaceful. I know that’s probably a rather intimate moment that I’m sharing but it makes me so happy that I want to shout it from the rooftops…so here I am, shouting it to the internet.

4. What one accomplishment of your life has most defined you?

Being a decent enough human being that my husband actually wanted to marry me. On a daily basis I try to be the woman my grandmother and mother taught me to be…work hard, love harder, and help your neighbor. Accomplishing that is good enough for me…it is ever the work in progress though.

5. If you can begin any charity for any cause what would it be?

Yikes, this is a difficult one. There are already so many great causes out there that I’ll answer with a link to one that has really piqued my interest lately. Reading Education Assistance Dogs. This appeals to my education as a Speech Language Pathologist (even though I work with adults), love of children, and love of animals.

6. What is your favorite go to dish when having company over?

Eggplant Parmesan. Hands down. With crusty garlic bread and a glass of Malbec.

7. What is your favorite scent?

Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen…because that means it’s summer and we’re probably in our pool or at the beach swimming.

8. What one kitchen item could you not live without (forks and plates are not an option ;) )

Recently, my immersion blender. That thing is quite literally a magic wand…my soup making has entered a whole new stratosphere.

9.  What is your favorite book?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

10. What inspired you to start blogging?

Honestly, all the other amazing bloggers out there. There are so many wonderful blogs and I felt, I too, had something to contribute. Also, so many of our friends/family live out of state and I felt this would be a great way to keep everyone updated on us, specifically as it relates to our home and all the little projects we get into. Finally, it’s a really therapeutic way to “download” all the ideas and thoughts I have floating around in my head and my husband can attest to the fact that I drive him less crazy about home improvement things now that I have this outlet.

The questions I have for others …

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

2. What is the first thing you purchased with your own money?

3. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but turned out to be for the best?

4. What are three songs that you would include on your “life soundtrack”.

5. Summer or winter?

6. What is your favorite spot in your home?

7. What is your hidden talent?

8. Would you rather have many casual friends or one close one?

9. What daily activity bores you?

10. If you could do it over again, what would you study in school?

11. What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

 

And now, I would like to tag …

Into Mind – for her refreshing, versatile, and creative blog

loveinamasonjar – for her super cool, super chic rustic stylings

beautiful,charming,glamorous – because I’d love to be Giselle Bundchen for a day

In Quest of Life – an inspirational blog on health and well-being by a childhood friend who I wish I kept up with better (Hi Steph!)

Cheers Y’all – southern living and charm by a favorite sorority sister (Hi Court!)

Hoof Beats and Footprints – great little adventures featured here, nice photos too

On The Road Again – (I’d like to be on the road at all…) My running inspiration!

Decorating the Dorchester Way – great DIY ideas and I envy her craft room!

Hello Hue – sunshine and creativity

The Apprentice Extrovert – great furniture makeovers

Callaloo Soup – indulgent creativity here


Yo Homie

Get yo’self over to Apartment Therapy and feast your eyes on the awesome lists of blogosphere nominations for all blogs home-related. Apartment Therapy has been an awesome inspiration of late and most certainly a gateway to all the other amazing blogs out there…whatever tickles your fancy, including the best of the best home design, cooking, family, and DIY related blogs.

For 2012, Apartment Therapy has brought back The Homies, a survey of all the wonderful blogs out there showcasing a vast array of personal creativity and passion for all things “home”.

So in the spirit of “The Homies“, dougie your way over to Apartment Therapy and check out all the wonderful blog nominations. You can even cast your ballot for us! (Registration is as simple as creating a log-in with your email address, and no, they won’t bombard your inbox, and casting your vote…we’re nominated in the Best Home Design blog category). Be sure to survey the other nominees and vote for your favorites! And, thanks for your support. This blog has been such a fun experience to date and we LOVE LOVE LOVE sharing our home with you.

Pixelmator, Schmixelmator

Thanks to my techie husband…I now have Pixelmator for Mac.

(Mac makes me 🙂 )

Since starting the blog last month…and before that admiring all the pretty blogs out there…I have been extra motivated to start learning ways to spiffy up my posts. I realized that all it takes is a little creativity, editing software, and a dose of patience (ok, a whole gallon, of it)…and it doesn’t hurt to have a husband who “works with computers”. When I first started the blog, I nosed around all sorts of tutorials, posts, etc., just to get a feel for what this was really all about and what special skills could help me in the future. My mind was alphabet soup…CSS, RSS, HTML…oh my. I asked my husband if he could tell me a little bit about what CSS was…his response, “it’s a cascading style sheet…and that’s NOT what I do….so don’t get mad”. Haha… “who, meeee?”, I said.

Anyway, bless his heart, he sits me down the other day and shows me Pixelmator. I had started throwing the Photoshop word around and I think he started panicking…I hear it comes with a hefty price tag. A quick internet search suggested that, instead, Pixelmator was a stellar program for my needs so I downloaded it from the app store for $29.99. Here’s a great tutorial that you can download for a small fee from the app store to get you up and running in no time.

At this point, I’ve just been playing around with the features to get a feel for the program and see what it can do for me. I love instant gratification so I’m especially excited to share that a mediocre use of the lasso tool and some cut and paste action gets you 7 minutes in mood board heaven in no time! I have been drooling over all the yummy mood boards on great blogs out there for months and there was always that voice in the back of my head asking “how the h-e-double hockey sticks did they make that?!”…and now I know. And I’m having a blast constructing my own. AWEsome.