Never Stopping and Always Inspiring – Our Anniversary

Hello-Hello! Today is a special day for LMB and myself, we tied the knot 9 years ago today. We were young, and had no idea what we were doing, but we knew we didn't want anything else. I like to take these very fast years of our marriage and reflect on some wonderful moments of year 9, because to me this marriage is one big adventure, with one of the strongest and inspiring people in the world. This little gal has my heart. From the early morning coffee to the... "I JUST WANT TO GO TO BED... STOP COMING UP WITH PROJECTS!!!" She doesn't stop moving, and I do my best to catch up with her everyday. This fun new estate is what we have dreamed about 9 years ago. We are having so much fun changing, and making it ours, while learning what God has planned for us. We can't wait to chase the little niños around in the near future. The projects keep going and we keep laughing. We wake up every morning, and go to bed every night thankful for no more deployments, duties, and … [Read more...]

How to turn a ladder into a light fixture

Hey Guys! Project after project, they are stacking up. We are trying to get a lot of the projects that you need the door open for, out of the weight before the frigid Michigan winter creeps in. It is officially my favorite time of the  year, Fall. Yes, it's Pre-Fall, but the humidity is nearly gone and the windows are open at night. I am sure most you have already secretly indulged in pumpkin spice something, no judgement. My favorite morning brew right now is getting me through all of these projects, is actually a mixture. My buddy, from New York, sent me Death Wish Coffee and I have been mixing it with Pumpkin Spice Ground coffee in the french press, it'll get ya moving, that for sure. For this week's project I wanted to share with you how we turned a ladder into a light fixture. Disclaimer: Use the proper safety precautions when dealing with electrical, turn off power at the breaker, and consult a electrician if you do not have previous experience. Hanging the … [Read more...]

Why you need a Miter Saw

Hello and Happy Monday! LMB and myself are having so much fun this summer with the big move to our new farmhouse and helping keep up The Found Cottage. I can't believe The Found Cottage has been open for over 6 months now, and the overwhelming amount of support from both local Michiganders to people across the state. LMB and her two other partners in crime, have been doing such an amazing job, I was so happy to give them a hand in opening the doors. The adventures at the farmhouse have also been so much fun. I have to say for a DIY blogger couple, right now our biggest challenge is where to start first. "So much room for activities." While our hopes and dreams begin to be imagined, the DIY list piles up. I am trying to get in the new routine of just life being in a new home, let alone figuring out my DIY schedule and blogging time. LMB posted the home tour video a few weeks back, I think Mr. LMB should do a Garage/Workshop tour soon, but not right now (it turned into our temporary … [Read more...]

Re-purposed Card Catalog

Welcome-Welcome! LMB and myself have been scheming this past weekend with new projects for the house, and yes we haven't really finished any of the ones we have started, but that'll come one day...I hope. Here is a little recap of our adventures on top of our re-purposed card catalog. Weekend Recap Let's see... we painted a bunch of end tables with our new Graco Paint Sprayer, oh and a cement rabbit lawn ornament, and a rickety rocking chair ...  I've come to realize, Left Over paint + Trigger happy LMB, everything and anything was up to be painted. I will be doing a post on it, hopefully sometime this week. We hung a barn door slider in the dining room, it turned out great, check out LMB's Instagram (here), for a, "before the post," sneak peak. Grand Rapids, had a tough weekend with a tornado, which is a rare scene for us up here. Started in on our front living room, and found some really cool stuff. Which got me thinking, what new tools do I need to finish that room … [Read more...]

What’s Next? Finding Success with Simple Motivation

Tis the season for projects. Summer is slowly cooling down, clearing the path for my favorite season... Fall! I love summer, but Fall is my season. The baking, the color, the smells, the projects, and pumpkins.... It is much more enjoyable to take on projects both inside the house and out, and that is exactly what we are doing. On top of our house projects, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a little organization happened this past rainy weekend. Oh, did that feel good. I did start building again, and I hope I can get plans and cut list up, sooner than later. Since I don't have a project completed or an update to share, I wanted to take a step back and offer some motivational thoughts that we here at the LMB household live by, it's called What's Next? The Concept What's Next... seems quite simple and maybe a little stupid, but let me explain. In the military a common phrase that is tossed around is, complacency kills. As horrific and harsh as that might sound, it is … [Read more...]

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