Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Few Updates

Melinda has officially moved into her new apartment and started her new job! Probably the best news from her new adventures is that Richmond is significantly warmer than DC, so yay for freezing less. She is working out a few storage issues, but so far is enjoying the new city.

We were supposed to close on our house last Wednesday, but the bank still has to clear the title of liens. Fortunately, this is not a huge deal as the liens are from the local code enforcement board which is usually pretty straight forward. At first, this setback was a bit annoying but I have been using this time to figure out the details of our first remodeling project! We are going to redo the main bathroom and hopefully bring back some character from the 1930's. There is nothing original in the bathroom and the things in place are not great. I've found options for tile and plumbing fixtures. I', considering going shopping for antique lighting this weekend to bring a bit of old back into the room.

We are going to attempt a consistent but light blogging schedule while Melinda adjusts to her exciting new routine and I sort out house things. The goal is for Posh Purpose to not turn into the blog of Briana's house, but there will be an increase in that category as it is my main focus. You may also notice a decrease in How to Host posts on Melinda's side until she gets more settled, but maybe she will share some more about staying organized? She also has an entirely new set of thrift and antique stores to explore and share!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Update from Florida

I'm so excited for Melinda to start her new job soon! She mentioned that I have news as well. Right around the time her job prospects were looking good, I discovered an adorable house that had just went on the market. Things have gone well and now J and I are in the process of purchasing it!

Between house activities and tons of traveling for Christmas Eve and the Orange Bowl (thanks baby sister!), I haven't had much time to create new content for the blog. However, I will be able to post quite a bit more when we officially own the house.

This isn't the first time big things have happened so closely in Melinda's and my lives. We also got engaged a few weeks apart and planned our weddings together. Hopefully we will be moving around the same time as well. Please excuse us while we take care of the less fun bits like packing/unpacking/organizing/cleaning!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

We're Alive!

Hey Posh Purpose Readers!  Briana and I are indeed alive and well!  We took an unintended break in December that was only supposed to be a few days, but then snowballed into about a month.  We're sorry!  BUT we have really good reasons!  I'll let Briana share her news with y'all at a later date, but I'm finally able to say that after much prayer, wishing, hoping, and hard work...I got a new job and Mr. 3 and I are moving to Richmond!

Part of the reason, I've been MIA since Thanksgiving is because this past month I've:

Cooked dinner for 8 for Thanksgiving
Went to Atlanta for work for 5 days
Studied, prepped, and had a 1st and 2nd round interview
Spend days in Richmond searching for apartments
Signed a lease on an apartment
Bought a new car
Attended various corporate and friends Christmas parties
Flew to NC to visit my parents
Drove to southwest Virginia to visit Mr. 3's parents

I can't remember ever being this tired (I've also had two colds)...and now I face a mountain of packing.  We are set to move on January 14th, but between now and then I've got to wrap up projects at my current job, go to a ton of doctor's appointments since I won't have sick leave built up at my new job for awhile, and say goodbye to all of my friends!

I'm so excited to be moving to Richmond and I know I can make it through the next few weeks, but it is coming up fast.

Briana and I have no plans to give up Posh Purpose anytime soon, so bear with us while we are making some transitions in our personal lives!

Happy New Year everyone!  2015 is looking really great for us!  Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

I'm almost done making all the Christmas gifts on my list this year, but I am starting to get worried about not finishing on time. J and I are going on our anniversary trip for 4 days, and then we are leaving the Friday before Christmas to visit family in South Florida up until Christmas Eve. This means I have significantly less time than I realized. I only have thirteen crafting days left! Eeek!

For those of you looking for last minute inspiration, here are a few of the DIY gifts I gave last year, plus a bonus gift idea from Trial and Error Creativity. All three projects involve objects you can easily pick up in Marshalls, Walmart, or Home Depot/Lowes and normal craft supplies.

DIY gold terra cotta pots were super easy and fast. The pots still look perfect after a year on my parents' back porch. That being said, they have also sat empty for the whole year so I can't say what happens if you plant something in them. Mother seems to prefer the pots as is.

This painted spoon project is also very easy, but you will need to prepare for a lot of drying time. My sister Bekah has been using these spoons for a whole year and the paint is still looking great. She even tosses them into the dishwasher!

My sister-in-law monogramed these glasses as part of our wedding gift. Aren't they great?!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Today J and I are celebrating our second wedding anniversary. We are going on a short trip next week, but celebrated with grape leaves and chocolate for now. Yum!