Dunn Right


 Support my friend Amy in her fight!

As you may or may not know, I played soccer at Boise State University. During my experience, I met a lot of my closest, dearest friends and we created a bond that it seems only we understand sometimes. Amy and I have known eachother for a long time. In fact, we went to the same high school. It wasn’t until playing with her at Boise State and living next door to one another (oh bless Denver Street) that we got closer to one another. As colligiate soccer ended for Amy, and I continued to play (I am 3 years younger) we still remained in touch via friends and fellow team mates. Once we were both done playing, we became even closer friends. I am so thankful for the relationships soccer has brought me, and I am thankful for Amy. The below fundraiser is an indication of how close our ties with soccer and one another are and always will be. I will be at the event all day, please stop by and show your support if you can, or please think of donating to Amy’s ICCU account if you have the ability. If you can’t do either of those things, please simply keep her in your thoughts. Thank you and thank you Boise State…

BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State women’s soccer team will host Arizona State in an exhibition game at noon Friday, Aug. 12, at the Boas Soccer Complex. The game will also serve as a fundraising event for former Bronco soccer player, Amy Dunn, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Dunn was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma, July 27. It is her second bout with cancer, as she was originally diagnosed with melanoma, and beat it a few short years ago. Her relapse is serious enough that she cannot receive treatment at home in Boise. Instead, she will be cared for at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dunn was a four-year letterwinner, playing defense for the Broncos from 2000-03. Her impact was felt throughout her four-year career as she currently sits eighth on the Boise State career list for games played with 73.

Fans will have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction during the game, as well as stay after the final whistle for an autograph session with each team. Donation stations will be set up at the gate upon entry with all proceeds going directly to the Dunn family in an effort to help with medical expenses.

“Even if everyone who attends the game donated the five or six dollars it costs for a regular season game, it could go a long way in helping Amy,” said head coach Steve Lucas.

For those who would like to donate but are unable to attend the exhibition fundraiser, you can go into any Idaho Central Credit Union branch and make a donation. Checks may also be made out to Amy Dunn, or to ICCU with a note in the memo field about a donation for Amy Dunn, and mailed to PO Box 2469, Pocatello, ID 83206.

 ”We are raising money to help a Bronco,” Lucas said. “We want everyone out here who can come. It’s a good event to get behind in order to give her all the tools she needs to fight, so that fighting is all she needs to worry about.”



House Tour Part 3

I should be completing our house tour on this post, however, I am not. I am going to continue to drag it out. Why you may ask? Because in order to take photographs of places in my home, I am  required to clean. Apparently I am not as on top of the whole cleaning thing as I should be. Hopefully you all will give me a break, I have a full time job, a husband, two dogs, a cat, three chickens and a bucket full of excuses. So for now, I will give you part 3 of the tour. This includes our master bedroom, our office and our itty bitty bathroom (which was nearly impossible to take a picture of). The door to our bathroom opens in so I don’t have the ability to take a photo from the hallway. I did the best I could with what I was working with, a  small bathroom, a door that opens into the space and an iPhone. Oh…and NO light. So please excuse the poor photo quality.

This second picture is of Mr. Sword’s office. This is where he spends all of his time while he is home. He is a web developer, not only as his job, but he does this as a passion and he is amazing at it. His mother and I wallpapered the far wall in a beautiful silver on gray damask. This room is somewhat of a hodge podge of items.  The floral printed chair is a wing back that was given to us by my mother-in-law. We plan on recovering it one day, but as it sits in this room, the pattern slowly grows on me for some reason. I will throw a disclaimer in there, the picture (again) does not give the room justice. I like it much better in person.

Here is our master bedroom. Our little retreat. It is a small space but it is cozy. The headboard is courtesy of a Craigslist find (score!) and the dresser is a yard sale find, only $30 (double score). I sanded it down, removed the wax that was covering all of the cool key holes, and painted it a soft dove gray. I really love the way it looks. I am always changing the bed linens, this just happens to be what is on for right now.

Here is a closer shot of our dresser/my night stand. Please disregard the ugly cords below. I guess “normal couples” have a TV mounted in the bedroom with a PlayStation 3 hooked up to it. :/ The second photo is Mr. Sword’s dresser, a thrift store find that I sanded down and repainted white. I also put some Anthropologie knobs on it, they are a pretty jade color with white butterflies.

I hope you enjoyed….


So tonight was a pretty big night. Right after work I headed out to Emmet to meet Mr. Sword and the family to watch my heart throb of a nephew at his very first rodeo. It was the first night of the rodeo, mutton’ bustin’ night. I am pretty certain he is the most adorable thing in the world. He is 4 years old and already breaking little cow girl hearts. There he is on the program, 2nd up!

He didn’t even hesitate, as soon as they announced his name he was ready and out of the shoot. What a trooper. He scored a 45 point ride. Not too shabby for a 4 year old at his VERY first rodeo. What a special night.

Are you kidding me?!?!! Is he not ridiculously handsome? Good job Grover Michael, your aunt Kristin is proud! xoxo

Beautiful Kitchens

The next major house project we plan to complete  is a kitchen renovation. The idea is to take down the wall between the kitchen and living room to open things up. By doing this we hope to make things  feel light, airy and clean. We have also discussed doing open shelving. We do have some space restrictions so we are constantly planning  and trying to come up with the best possible layout. So in honor of planning and dreaming, I have decided to post some inspirational photos of beautiful kitchens. I am hoping I can harness some of this beauty and reflect it in our space some day soon. Enjoy!

You have probably already sensed the theme…white/light cabinets are a must for our renovation.

*Again, I do apologize, these images are all from saved files on my computer so I do not have links to the sources. If you see a photo and have information on whom I can credit, please let me know. Thanks!



House Tour Part 2

Here is the second phase of our house tour as promised. The first photo is of our entry way, on the wall are framed photographs that my grandmother gave to me for Christmas in 2009. She organized them and framed them with some help from my uncle. I have the best grandma in the world! The gift brought me to tears, which in turn brought my mother and sister to tears of course. They are all family photos, and I adore all of them, but one of my favorites is a photograph of my great grandfather leaning up against a 1914 Harley Davidson. It’s one of those epic photographs that everyone dreams they will have of themselves one day.

Here is a closer shot of my great grandpa. It feels good knowing my family was so cool. 😉

The next picture is of our hallway, I call it a hallway simply because it is what connects our living area to our 2 bedrooms and our bathroom. It can hardly classify as a hallway it is so small. It sure makes for a hard spot to photograph, especially with a mirror hanging on the wall.

I love the color of the hallway, I just painted it on Sunday. It is Martha Stewart Fig (MSL181).Mr. Sword likes dark colored walls, so I have been trying to incorporate that into our home.

That is all for tonight! I will finish the tour with the master bedroom and our office as well as our kitchen (reluctantly) and the “mudroom” off the kitchen. Since our entire basement is unfinished, I don’t think I will be posting those photos. Not until I can post before and after photos that is. I am just not ready to share with the world the state it is currently in (yuck!).

P.s. here is  that wonderful grandma I was telling you about. She is simply the best!

Beautiful Bedrooms

These are not pictures from our home, simply pretty bedrooms to look at.

For years I have been saving images of rooms that I like, so I apologize I don’t have links to the blog(s) I saw these on. If someone runs across them and has the information for me to credit, please let me know.

Good night!

House Tour Part 1

I have decided to post a tour of our home. We are planning many renovations on our little place but, for the time being, we are simply decorating and making it comfortable for our family. I might also add that things move and change almost daily.
Our quaint place is 1,592 sq. feet, two bedrooms and one tiny bathroom. Our entire basement is unfinished and we are essentially living in half of our house at this point in time. This is our living room. Lola is my pride and joy, so of course she is front and center 🙂

Here is our dining room. Your eyes are not deceiving you, not one of those chairs is the same as the other. This is one of my “near future” projects. Either four matching chairs, or a bench with a high back against the wall where that mirror is and who knows what else on the other side. I am up in the air about the decision. But, of course, money is the main contributor to not having made a decision yet. In time….

That is all for now….Part 2 of the tour will show our entry way, the other side of the living room and our bedroom.

See you then!


I have been missing in action for far too long and I am putting my foot down. Way too much has occurred since we bought our house… we built a shed, a fence, put in a huge garden, got chickens, put a new roof on the house and painted and painted and painted. It is long over do and I am going to start sharing these projects. I have made a commitment to myself, vowing to start blogging more frequently. My goal is to post at least 3-5 times per week and stop using “overly busy” as an excuse.


Today is the day.
We are FINALLY closing on our first house. We will be signing our papers at 4pm today and calling this little beauty home!

So, she needs a lot of work…but we cannot wait to move in and get started!!

World, Meet Lola

From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew it was love. She was perfect. Her curves, her pattern…everything.


The love affair all began last April when I saw a posting on Craigslist for a couch taken out of the old Idaho City Hotel. It was crushed velvet with a tufted seat and back, and a beautiful shape. I had just received birthday money from my parents, and thought this would be the perfect purchase, and for a mere $100. I had to go see it, so I called my mom up and we drove on over.
Much to my disappointment, this was not the couch for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great piece; however, it was missing one of its legs and in its place was a horrible peg of wood. This may not seem like a big deal, but I knew it would be difficult (if not impossible) to find a replacement leg that the couch was so deserving of. I was nearly broken hearted; I went to the house expecting to take this lovely couch home. In fact, I was already doing research on reupholstering it, but knew it was no longer possible.
Then, the clouds parted and the sun shined through. The man mentioned he had another couch inside that he had also been planning to put onto Craigslist. Although I am not sure this is true because it was in his daughter’s room, obviously being loved/used.
I am grateful he mentioned this secondary beauty, because once I saw it, I knew it had to come home with me. I asked him his price and nearly fell to the floor when he spouted out, “uh, seventy-five bucks?” I tried to act cool, continuing to look around at the couch as if I was unsure, catching glimpses of my mom smirking in the corner of my eye.
We loaded her up and headed back home. She was…she is, my Lola.

I love the way her original pattern looked, the colors were perfect too. However, others clearly loved her also. She was dirty, worn and covered in kitty scratches. Much to Mr. Sword’s dismay, she sat front and center in the living room, even in her tattered state.
After months of waiting, pricing, researching and saving, I have finally given her a new life. Mr. Sword’s boss recommended the perfect woman for the job and we couldn’t be more pleased with the way Lola turned out!
Check out the transformation. I sanded her down and stained her a dark ebony.
Tah Dah!

Is she not gorgeous?! My next project is to sew her some pillows out of the beautiful fabric I bought while getting the material to recover her. The small side pillows were made by the lady that did the re-upholstery. If any one needs her services, let me know. I HIGHLEY recommend her, she did a fabulous job and was very reasonable.