Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Some Christmas Traditions...

...may be due for retirement.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

And all through the house,
treats were baking
(with the help of my spouse), 

Dinner was served (and prepared with great care),

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Night at the Nutcracker!

Nothing like sneaking out of work a little early...
...grabbing a bite with some wonderful friends

enjoying The Nutcracker from box seats...

...and soaking in the wonder of the holiday season.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Miscellaneous Monday

1. Way back in July - in Greece - I bought "bird hooks". Mr. Fix-It thought I wanted them for our guest bath, but I was hoping to use them to hang necklaces in our bedroom. Being such a handy and get-it-done kind of guy, I thought it wouldn't be a big deal to get these placed and hung. But, for some reason, I have had to ask no less than 10 times if he could help me hang the hooks. Frankly, I would have done it myself, but I was advised that they were heavy and it would be preferred if I didn't mess up the walls. 5 months later, we finally have bird hooks hung!

My Dressing Area

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Tell ya friends, tell ya wife. It's a huge blog sale! Hosted by The Fix-Its, Bien Living, and Forty Twenty Four!

If you're interested in any of the items below, e-mail: thefixitsblog@gmail.com and give the item number. An invoice will be generated to the e-mail address you send from, via PayPal. Also, all prices INCLUDE shipping! Contact thefixitsblog@gmail.com if you have any questions too!

1. Patagonia Women's R4 Jacket. Size Large. Black. $40.
This is a great, warm and fuzzy fleece jacket. It's gotten a little wear, but is still in good condition. Originally $225.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Green Home

Hello all, it has been a while since I have posted anything on our blog.  Sunday was the first time in a while where I was actually bored and did not have some looming deadline over my head to address.

My other disclaimer is that while I write this our home is not being very green.  We have 400 lights on a 7ft tree, the gas fireplace is getting used fairly frequently, we keep turning on all the lights then dimming them to make that warm cozy feel, and I am annoyed that our furnace dumps all the hot air into our master bedroom.

I was reading this article Yahoo! Study: American Dream Homes Turn Green and it talked about the shift towards a green home being the dream home for many Americans.  I agree with the shift in people's focus on what they really need over making monster sized new homes sacrificing quality for quantity.  It also points out that while there are "Green Homes," like the ones that compost their own garbage and produce their own electricity, there are also green homes for normal people too.  One option discussed was about Energy Star rated appliances and that Energy Star is looking for a way to provide ratings on homes.  I am a little skeptical on the later as I am not sure how this agency can truly determine the "greenness" of your home.  Energy Star ratings on your appliances is a good place to start, but I think that is a far cry from claiming your home is green.

The other component to the equation is sustainability.  People consider that to be the type of products you use and the impact to the environment, but I also consider that to be how well the house holds up or sustains itself.  This is where I am not sure how Energy Star could have any benefit and the need falls on the owners (you and I) to be better educated.  This requires us to be a little more diligent when we are selecting contractors or working with our General Contractor on home projects.  We need to communicate our expectation that things are installed correctly and not just hire the lowest cost contractor.  How a home is constructed can have a higher impact on the energy costs than the appliances installed within.  The appliances have much shorter lifecycles than the typical infrastructure required to support them.

sealed duct with mastic.jpg

Monday, December 12, 2011

Miscellaneous Monday

I thought I'd post Miscellaneous Mondays on a semi-regular basis, but it turns out I really enjoy this catch-all for my random ramblings.

1. Christmas Cards are done and mailed - so now you get to see them! I LOVE Christmas cards. As a kid, we used to get tons and tons of them (probably explains why my Mom has sent out 300 in a season) and I just loved pouring over the photos and updates. Well, those newsletter ones are still pretty lame in my opinion, but I read them nonetheless!

As mentioned before, I designed them myself. Also, I spent hours rounding the corners. Seriously - it makes such a difference!

Friday, December 9, 2011

All Decorated!

Last year, we decorated our condo for Christmas for the first time. The year before, we opted to skip decorating for some reason. Probably because we were celebrating with our respective families, and figured with all the travel it wasn't worthwhile. But something was missing.

 Now that we're on to year two, we've begun to develop our own traditions, have decorations that hold meaning, and stretch out the season as long as possible. Yes, we began playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thanksgiving, A Christmas Tree, & A Trip to NYC (Part 2)

After a delicious Thanksgiving, we embarked on an annual Christmas tradition Friday morning: Christmas Tree Shopping! As a kid, we always went to a tree farm and cut down the tree ourselves. As we got older, we opted for the ease of Home Depot. Ironically, the Home Depot trees ALWAYS managed to live longer. One year our farm tree died well before Christmas and we had to replace it entirely. Literally every last pine needle fell off.

This year we went halfway. We found a tree farm that had pre-cut trees.
Mr. Fix-It repeatedly shared that he couldn't open his eyes in the sun. Lookin' good, honey.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thanksgiving, A Christmas Tree, & A Trip to NYC (Part 1)

It's been just over a week since we've been back from a fantastic trip to the East Coast to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with my family. Here's Part 1 of our trip in photos!

The Bird: Before & After

Monday, December 5, 2011

Miscellaneous Monday

1. We decorated for Christmas this weekend! (Us, and the rest of America, that is.) We really went all-out. This year my parents and sister will be cramming into our condo for the holidays, so we wanted to be especially festive. I'll share more details soon!

If you ever wondered what it's like to live in the city and purchase a Christmas tree, enjoy the photos below. My favorites are purchasing our tree on the ROOF of Home Depot, and setting the tree in its stand on a street corner. City living at its finest!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Facebook Fan Page!


Why not?

"Like" us on facebook to stay updated with the latest happenings on The Fix-Its. PLUS, I promise to post special "facebook fix-it exclusives" including outtakes and all of our project photos categorized in albums!

(Also, I'm trying to separate out my personal facebook page from our blog page.)

30 Before 30

As mentioned Tuesday, I went ahead and created a "30 before 30" list! I think the goals are very attainable, but also provide some challenge. I'm also creating a tab at the top of the blog so you can check in on my progress (because you know you're dying to know).

Here it is!

1. Take a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class
2. Lose 5lbs in December
3. Lose 5lbs in January
4. Lose 5lbs in February
5. Lose 5 lbs in March
6. Run a mile without walking
7. Complete C25K
8. Paint our Master Bedroom
9. Whiten teeth (no whimping out because it hurts!)
10. Dine where we got engaged: Smith and Wollensky
11. Print photos people have requested, and send out
12. Sell stuff on eBay (that pile you've wanted to sell forever)
13. Start saving for dream lens
14. Host a dinner party
15. Organize iTunes files (it's been 2 years!)
16. Cook something amaaaaazing that took hours and hours to make
17. Photograph an infant
18. Back up ALL photo files!
19. Open my etsy shop
20. Vigilantly unsubscribe from junk e-mail
21. Clean out my shoe closet
22. Clean out closet. For real.
23. Post on my professional blog at least 1x weekly
24. Pass professional licensing exam
25. Blog comment 25x per week for a month
26. Call my grandmother 1x per week for a month
27. Surprise Mr. Fix-It with a romantic dinner
28. Have a "college night": get way dressed up, dance, and drink too much
29. Sew something - anything!
30. {Personal Goal}

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Quick Fix: Organizing Tupperware

Unless you're really great about being organized, your tupperware drawer probably looks something like this:

No, that drawer isn't ours, it's just one I found on the internet. But, ours wasn't too far from looking like it.

Here's a simple, time-saving tip in organizing your tupperware. I learned this one from my in-laws!