I don’t know about you, but we have to dress up at work every day except Friday. I tend to get in a rut of wearing the same pants with the same shirt, and a lot of times it’s black pants….so here’s a few ideas to add a little variety to your work outfits.
Pants ( I size down one in these to a 6) Sweater ( I size down one in this to, wearing in XS) Boots ( I sized up a half size to 7.5, probably should’ve sized up a whole size) Similar Necklace (if I remember right, I bought this one from a school fundraiser 🙂 )
Dan recently surprised me with a weekend getaway to Asheville, NC. I had no idea where we were going until we got a little closer. All he told me was the weather forecast, how long a drive it was, and to request a certain Friday off. We’ve went on plenty of trips, but never one that I didn’t know the details of. I was pretty excited, and honestly didn’t try to guess the destination. The Biltmore Estate has been on my list of things to do, and it didn’t disappoint.
On to the Biltmore. A little history before we get started….George Vanderbilt started building the house in 1889, and it was finished in 1895. He was single when the construction started! The house boasts 65 fire places, along with 35 bedrooms, and 43 bathrooms. If you are interested in the history of it at all, I would highly recommend doing the audio guide. It was very informative.
These fireplaces were also in the banquet hall, and although they are massive the room still felt cozy and was one of my favorites.
This picture was in the basement on our way to see the bowling alley, indoor swimming pool, and workout area. How crazy is that since this house was built in the late 1800s?!
That wraps up day 1. Our tickets were for 9:15PM, and we finished the tour up at about 11:30 , to give you an idea of how much time you will need.
Day 2: We were up fairly early to eat the complimentary breakfast. We’re always willing to save a little money, so we can go on more trips. 🙂 Then it was back to the Biltmore to tour the grounds and gardens. Unfortunately the rain from day 1 continued into day 2, but we made the best of it. A little info on the grounds, the estate covers 8,000 acres! Sounds like a lot, right? But, it originally covered 125,000 acres. Since we were visiting for the Christmas tours, we didn’t see a lot of the gardens. The flowers and plant life in the conservatory were beautiful, however, so I can imagine the gardens are as well.
After leaving the garden area, we drove over to Antler Hill Village & Winery where we had reservations for lunch at Cedric’s Tavern. There are a few restaurants to choose from on property, along with some shopping, and an exhibit on The Biltmore Legacy. Also in the Antler Hill area is the barn where you can see some of the farm equipment that was used in the 1900s, woodworkers, and blacksmiths.
That wraps up day 2 at the Biltmore Estate. It is somewhere we both said we would visit again in warmer weather to experience the gardens in bloom, and more of the property. There are also several outdoor activities to choose from when the weather permits, such as hiking, horseback riding, and river float trips to name a few.
We weren’t finished yet though….on to Asheville for a comedy bus tour with Lazoom . We learned some things about Asheville we otherwise would not have, all while laughing and having a good time. We enjoyed the downtown area. It was very walkable, albeit a little hilly (or maybe we just need to get in shape), so many stores to look in, coffee shops like City Bakery where we enjoyed a cheese danish and coffee. Dinner was at white duck taco shop, and no trip would be complete without a stop at an outlet mall. We didn’t have much time there, but the Asheville Outlets looked like we (who am I kidding…I really mean I)…I could’ve spent some more money…er, time there.
If you have the chance to visit Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, I would definitely do it. It made for a great weekend getaway, and it’s only a short 90 minute drive from the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area if you happen to be visiting that area, and want to venture a little further away.
Picking a name for the blog was probably the most difficult thing to do to get started. I feel like I’m starting a little late in the game, so every name was already taken. If the “.com” wasn’t taken, then the Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram was. I knew I either wanted the name to have something to do with the beach or Ginger. I used name generators, I asked my family, I made lists, I looked at everything I could think of that might give me some inspiration. Every time I thought I was on to a good name, I would check and it would be taken.
Have I drawn this out enough? 🙂 Would you like to know why Ginger? Ginger is my husband’s nickname for me…I guess because it sounds a lot like Jen. The Just For Fun part is simply because this blog is just for fun, and I don’t want to lose sight of that. So, there you have it…the reason behind the name of Ginger Just For Fun.
Do you usually give presents to all your coworkers? Or more specifically the ones that you work most closely with? We usually do, and I struggle every year trying to figure out what to get without breaking the bank and still having it be something they will enjoy. Here are a few things I have received over the years, and I use them all.
I carry this one in my purse every day. I actually liked it so much I ended up buying for stocking stuffers as well. It has come in handy a time or two….maybe even to open a mayo packet that was impossible! (Don’t worry I hadn’t used the scissors on anything else)
Just a couple more features to point out. The appliance garage keeps the counter a little more tidy. Several of our drawers have pull outs which is super handy. The spice cabinet was a must. It keeps things so much more organized. We have an outlet above the cabinets just in case we want to decorate with anything that needs plugged in. Speaking of plugging things in, I am typing this at our island. Not only do we use it a lot when we’re preparing food, but it is usually where we do any work at home so we made sure to have plenty of outlets.
I know I said it in the first post, but it’s worth repeating….patience is key. We started planning the remodel in August, began the demo in February of the following year, and the project wrapped up at the beginning of May. It was so worth it though, take your time, hire a contractor with a good team, and go with the flow – there will be things that come up that weren’t expected. And have fun!!
Picking up where we left off. We got back from spring break, and walked in to this beautiful new floor. We went with an engineered hardwood by Anderson with mixed width planks, in cabrillo gold.
It was so exciting to come home from work every day and see the progress that was being made. We chose to go with Waypoint cabinets. The perimeter cabinets are cherry chocolate glaze, and the island is the painted maple hazelnut glaze. Don’t they sound delicious? 😉
Appliances! Whirlpool was what we chose to go with, and 2 1/2 years later we’re still happy with that decision.
One of the most important things we wanted in the new kitchen was somewhere to drop our coats, backpacks, keys…all that stuff you use on a daily basis. We ended up going with this cubby since we don’t have a mud room area, and this is where we all come in to the house.
Up next, the final reveal complete with all the finishing touches including backsplash and lighting fixtures.
We completely remodeled our kitchen about 2 1/2 years ago. There was a lot of planning and picking out of finishes before hand. We don’t plan on doing this again for a vvveeerryyy long time, so we wanted to make sure everything was just how we wanted it. We hired a contractor who also had a designer working with their team. Here are some before pictures:
The demo was something we felt like we could take on ourselves though. We started with taking the upper cabinets down. This was really pretty simple…just remove the screws and make sure you’re ready to catch that cabinet. Up next…bottom cabinets. The hardest thing about that was the counter top. A good sawzall was really helpful. We did salvage as much as we could. What we or our other family members didn’t use elsewhere, we donated to our local Habitat for Humanity.
Our family room is connected to our kitchen, so we had to move everything out during the remodel. The refrigerator, microwave, and crock pot went to the dining room for the next few months. That was okay for the first week or so, but it does start to get old fast. Patience is key! 🙂
The bulkhead ( my other least favorite part of the old kitchen) was next to get demo’d. This wasn’t terrible either, that sawzall came in handy again. Luckily, there was nothing but a return air vent to deal with.
Electrical and dry wall were finished next, and then it was our turn again. We thought this would be the easiest part…nope! The flooring was that peel and stick vinyl, and sticky was an understatement. As soon as the floor was up, we had to hurry and paint as we were leaving for spring break and our new flooring was getting installed while we were gone.
My first blog post! I can hardly believe it. Anyone who knows me, knows that this is totally out of character for me. I am not one to share a lot on my personal Facebook or take a lot of pictures of myself, but I recently started following some other bloggers and thought why not? It seems like so much fun! I love to write, I love to shop, I love watching home improvement shows and re-doing things in our house, so if I can share those things with you and give you some inspiration then it will be a win, win for both of us. I also love to travel and always keep a journal on our trips, which is so fun to go back a couple years later and be reminded of what we did. I still plan on keeping that journal, but now I’ll just share it on the blog, too. I hope you’ll follow along and have some fun!