Catamaran Groom’s Dinner in Costa Rica

Non-Traditional Groom's Dinner Catamaran Tamarindo, Costa Rica

– Tamarindo, Costa Rica –
February 28, 2016

Joel’s parents, Hal and Mary, planned the most amazing groom’s dinner for our entire wedding group off the coast of Tamarindo, Costa Rica. It was the day before the wedding, all of our friends and family waited on the beach to be queued onto these long dingy boats that would shuttle us out to the catamaran. The sun was bright and air warm, but the windy was rocking and threw those little dingy’s all over the place. If you sat in the front the ride out to the catamaran was a wet and wild rollercoaster, which is of course where I sat. I was soaked. It was awesome.

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Slowing Coming Together

Our Home Updates
So, it's been a while since I last checked in here. I took a break from traditional blogging and have been working on posting more regularly on my YouTube channel. I've been posting a new video every week! Today, I thought I'd stop in a show you a few new bits around our house, which is very slowly coming together!

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How to Remove Wallpaper Without a Steamer

How to Remove Wallpaper Without a Steamer

If you remember from the before tour of our new house, you’ll know nearly every inch of our place was covered in wallpaper. The old lady who owned the house before us had a deep love of wallpaper. There were only like 15 different patterns going on and even a border on the ceiling in the kitchen, but who’s counting?

Task number one after we closed on the house was remove all the wallpaper before moving in. A tall order. I search endlessly on the internet to find the best way to remove wallpaper, the suggestion was always a steamer. Joel and I bought ourselves the best rated steamer on amazon, plus our realtor gave us one as a home warming present. We thought we were set to rock and roll off that awful 80’s wallpaper, but very long 3 hours into the job and only a few sheets off wallpaper removed we were desperate to find a quicker, less tedious way, and one without the scalding heat of a steamer. It was the last weekend in July in Minnesota and we were baking in our kitchen trying to take that damn wallpaper off.

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Minnesota State Fair Vlog

Minnesota State Fair
For all Minnesotans the State Fair marks the ceremonies end to our hot, humid blimp of a summer we have. This summer has gone by WAY too fast! I remember the summers between high school and college seemed like they took foooorrrreeever. But now, they seem to slip between my fingers all too quickly. I will say this has been a really exciting summer for Joel and I. I mean, we bought our first house! I'm not complaining the lease bit, just feeling that strange youthful nostalgia that comes with your late 20's. That's a thing right?

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Master Bedroom Mood Board

Bedroom

I’m so excited for this room! Right now we are sleeping in the guest bedroom while we wait for our new KING SIZE bed to arrive in a week or two. The all caps was me squealing with pure joy. I can’t wait to sleep like a starfish in our new mega blob of a bed. I’ve been dreaming about it. So, for this glorious new master bedroom, I’m hoping to create a calm, warm, rustic vibe that makes ya want to cozy up to warm cup of tea and dive into the next big young adult novel series or just straight pass out in that marshmallow bed of linen. Over the past few months of house hunting, my decor taste has been shifting, which is making purchasing furniture and such decision impossible for me. Like most of the internet, I was totally hook link and sinker on midcentury modern EVERYTHING. I still love the lines of midcentury modern furniture, but I’ve been craving something different. About this time, my good friend introduced me to the HGTV show Fixer Upper. I binge watched like 4 episodes in a row sipping on rose, of course. Oh, Joanna Gaines you had me at shiplap. I mean, she just does that whole rustic yet feminine farmhouse look soooo good. I may not be ready for the total farmhouse look, but I’m loving some of the details and overall casual vibe. So, this is my hipster spin on the rustic farmhouse look for our master bedroom.

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Fixing Up The Place || Video

We bought a house | Minneapolis fixer upper

We’ve been living in our new place for about a month now. Unfinished projects are everywhere… paint and hang doors, dining room shiplap walls, porch ceiling, but this unfinished mess is all ours! I thought it would be kind of neat to chronicle our fixer upper so here’s just the first video in what might be an endless playlist of YouTube videos for your enjoyment. That is if you like this kind of thing. Yes you say? Well go on over here and subscribe.

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Our First Home: Before Tour

Before House Tour | Minneapolis

We bought a house! After what seemed like a million showings and open houses we found the perfect house for us. It’s a one story 3 bedroom, 1 bath rambler, with a basement ‘full of potential’ in South Minneapolis. It’s biggest drawback at the moment is it’s down right UGLY. Literally all but one room is covered in 90s wallpaper. I think I counted a total of 13 different wallpaper patterns! But Joel and I see potential and really love the neighborhood. We’ve had about a week to work on the house and it already looks a lot different then these before photos, but still has aways to go before we move in mid-August.

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Wedding planning has begun…Let’s catchup

a and be bridal Minneapolis | Kitty Cotten

It’s been an embarrassing long time since I last posted here. So, it’s about time we catch up! Exciting stuff has happened in the past two months along with plenty of stressful hurdles to to navigate. As many of you know Joel and I got engaged, but that was back in August 2014 and not much has happened on the wedding planning front. Well, actually I didn kinda sorta try to plan a wedding here in Minnesota, but it just never felt right. I was overwhelmed and our families were getting antsy. Then about a month and half ago Joel and I were driving somewhere and I threw an idea at him, “What about we get married in Costa Rica?” Keeping his eyes on the road he said, “Sure.” In all that exciting glory we committed to a destination wedding. So, in the past month or so I’ve crazily planning a wedding in Costa Rica!

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