Addition – Weeks 8, 9, and 10!

My goodness, friends! Things are shaping up around here. We have about two or three weeks left until we can really start living in our new space. We’ve been documenting our progress on Instagram stories and Facebook but here is a bit more in-depth look at where we find ourselves today!

The room that’s getting the most love at this point is our master bathroom. There are a few finish details that need to be completed (hanging this mirror, installing the rest of the crown molding, installing the shelves in the linen storage area) and it will be ready to go.

We are really loving the black, brass, and white combo in this room; it feels so clean (which is great because God only knows how often I’ll actually clean it).

Adam installed the wood floors in the library and the “hallway” between the kitchen and the master bedroom. He’s started on constructing the built-ins and he brought the cabinets in this weekend to see how things look.

As you can see from the random toys scattered about, the babies are really anxious to explore the “new house” (not pictured: Ivy using Adam’s router table as a play kitchen).

These cabinets will receive a proper sanding, a couple coats of primer and two coats of Simply White satin paint. Adam will wrap baseboard around the base of all the cabinets and there will be a crown of molding (see what I did) at the top to tie the built-ins into the rest of the space. We’re both relatively sure this corner of the house will be a favorite.

All the ceilings and walls are painted – now I’m on to baseboards, crown molding, and doors. My good friend, Kate, stopped in this weekend to help me with some of this task. Speaking of help – we’ve had a lot of it – both in labor and childcare. Trying to get a project like this done while living in the space means a lot of busy weekends, nights, and everything in between. Thank you to our friends and family who’ve lent a hand – we’re so, so grateful.

There are a few unglamorous steps left to complete like blowing insulation into the attic and under the floor. Adam will obviously be working on completing the built-ins. At some point, we’ve got to tackle the deck project – sealing the boards, and constructing the handrails and steps. We still don’t have siding up on the exterior but we’ll get there!

All the pretty details are starting to come together (particularly this chandelier from CB2 Adam installed in our master bedroom). We are so close. Our carpet gets installed next week! That means we’ll be watching movies in our new family room next weekend and this will all be worth it!

-Adam & Layne


Dressing Mama – Putting LipSense to the Test

Five years ago, I sang with a cover band called the Big Wow Band. These guys are quality musicians and a lot of fun to work with. I had the opportunity to fill in for their current female vocalist this past weekend for the Race to Robie Creek after party – and party we did.

What does this have to do with lipstick? Whenever I get to perform on stage, I take that as my opportunity to have a little fun with the things I wear and be a little more bold with my makeup (yes, I am…Sasha Fierce). A few months ago, I sent a note to my friend, Kimberly (a LipSense distributor), about this bright red LipSense color I saw posted somewhere on Facebook called Blu-Red. She gave me some details and a couple days went by and I plain forgot about the conversation.

A couple weeks ago, Kimberly reached out and asked me if I’d like to collaborate. Since the buzz about LipSense has grown, I was really excited to say yes. She sent me the starter kit: the Blu-Red lip color, the Glossy Gloss, and the “Oops” remover.

Being a stay-at-home-mom doesn’t necessarily lend itself to many opportunities to bust out this high-voltage, long-lasting red lip but, when the Big Wow gig came my way, I knew this would be a fun place to try it out.

Here’s the morning’s first awkward selfie:

(…don’t look too closely or you’ll see my not-so-subtle dry shampoo appearance.)

I drank some coffee, I helped unload gear up at the event site, I talked to a lot of fun people, and then I checked in on my lips around noon (12:02 p.m. to be specific).

We scored some free Gatorade from the event organizers and I wanted to check things out after downing some liquid.

Selfie game? Still awkward. LipSense game? Strong. Ceiling paint on nails? Check.

I should mention that, though I brought my Glossy Gloss along, I didn’t get a lot of chances to re-apply it. So. My color was mostly matte throughout the day but it didn’t bother me.

Are you ready for some action?

We sang and sang and sang. For folks that had just run up and down a mountain for 13.1 miles, these people had amazing energy.

I took this photo at the beginning of our third set; my vocal chords were giving out but my lip color was still making a statement (the statement was: don’t pay any attention to the “mom moves” she’s throwin’ down – check out those lips).

After a really, really fun reunion gig with these fellas, it was so great to get home to my little family (there was no cell signal up at this gig – it felt like I was on the other side of the country). I snapped the following photo after the kids were in bed – when I got a chance to fall onto the couch and relax.

Even my Mac Longwear lipstick couldn’t take a beating like this. Yes, after ten plus hours of wear, you can see my waterline but – I’ll take that over having lipstick on my teeth, chin, microphone, or not having lip color at all. I totally get the appeal and I’m excited to pick out a couple more color options – the next on my list is a color called Bombshell – it’s a pinky-nude color. LipSense for the win – I’m hooked.


This post was a happy collaboration with Beauty by Kimberly. You can check her out here, here, and here.


Annnnnd, if you want to check out the Big Wow Band with their normal (super hot) female vocalist, head over to their Facebook page and keep an eye out for gig alerts!