Giveaway: 5 Gallons of Paint!

By Kate Riley July 27, 2016

I’m still playing catch up today since I’ve been away, spending more time with my children this week since I was abroad for those two weeks and away from them. The workload has piled up too. Funny how we sometimes need a vacation from our vacation. :)

I’m pulling together plans for the bathrooms and kitchens for the Las Vegas flip house since and I’m on my way there next week to check on the progress of the latest projects: the flooring and the fireplace. After we retextured all the walls we hired a professional to paint them all since we didn’t have the time to coat the 1,600 square feet of walls and ceilings ourselves.

I chose the very same colors for this house that I did for the first one because I love them. I used Glidden’s ‘White on White’ for the community spaces, ‘Quiet Light’ in the master bedroom, and ‘European White’ in the other bedrooms.

 glidden diamond paint

In the past I used Glidden’s DUO paint + primer but it’s no longer available, it has been replaced by an even better Diamond formula. It’s washable has no VOC so it’s very low odor. This combination paint and primer acrylic formula I’m told it was easy to roll on and had single coat coverage.

Today Glidden is offering one of you the chance to win 5 gallons for your next home improvement project. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.


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P.S. Thanks so much for your patience while I adapt to being back to business!

Fab Travel Footwear

By Kate Riley July 25, 2016

Hello friends! I’m back from my 2 ½ week trip to Europe, I flew home from Germany yesterday and am still feeling a bit of jet lag this afternoon but it’s not too bad. For my first 10 days in Europe I had a traveling companion, my good girlfriend Karin accompanied me to Paris and London and we had such a blast. I spent a few days in Salzburg alone, then was joined by my husband for the last five days which we spent in Austria and Munich, Germany. It was a dream trip and I can’t wait to return, I’ll share some highlights in the weeks to come.

In Europe I was so lucky with the weather and I ate the most fabulous food. I saw soooooo much because I walked just about everywhere I went. I averaged 8 miles a day, and some days I walked up to 12 miles! I never had any issues with sore feet because I invested in quality footwear (all that walking justified extra cheese and beer ha!) so today I thought I’d share a quick post about the three pairs of shoes I lived in while I was there.

A friend of mine recommended the Naot brand and she was right, the two pairs of Naot sandals that I walked the big cities in were lifesavers, no blisters and no aching feet, not once!

 naot sandals

Kayla sandal in white snakeskin / Acacia sandal in black leather

Europeans wear good looking sneakers so to blend in I bought a pair of Josef Siebels and I really love them. They come in so many great colors (how cute are the red ones and the blue ones?) but I chose platinum metallic to coordinate with my wardrobe (the platinum color is slightly more gold than silver).

These sneakers were perfect closed toe shoes for those days when my weather app predicted the chance of rain and were perfect for the two times it actually did. Also great for plane travel too, very comfortable and chic!

 siebel sneakers

J. Siebel Caspian sneaker

All three held up so well I’m tucking them into my closet for my next travel adventure that will require a lot of walking. I highly recommend both brands for your travels too!