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happy chrsistmas

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happy chrsistmas

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“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” – Eric Sevareid, CBS News journalist

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year in review

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year in review

Well, the Kuhlmann family has had quite an interesting year this time around! We thought we'd share it with our close family and friends by sending out a goofy holiday card that doubled as a year in review (info?)graphic - letting everyone know what we've been up to as of late. I think we got some pretty good laughs out of it. You can see more detailed photos of the card here!

Here's the Kuhlmann family, up close and personal. But not that crazy squirrel. How'd he get here?

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firsts

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firsts

Last weekend, Lulu and I went for our first bike-ride together. She was a little nervous but was trustful enough to let me to ride her around Norwood. We went to the local grocery store for our weekend movie night essentials: a Redbox movie (Her, btw it was awesome) and a bottle of wine. Although I do like to ride my bike solo, it's much more fun when you have a tiny dog with you. 

Oh, and last weekend, I went to my first Backstreet Boys concert. AWESOME. The girls I went with and I all had matching air-brushed shirts on. Good times! Picture on bottom left courtesy of Bethany Rainbolt

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spring

So, I really hate vegetables but I really love this photo I took about a week ago of sugar snap peas. iPhone, hooray! Even though it snowed today here in Cincinnati, I look at this photo and think Spring. 

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mid-century dog beds

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So, this happened. Fred and I put our brains together (70% Fred brains + 30% Becca brains) and built these mid-century styled dog beds for our fur kids! We got the idea from the peeps over at Our Nerd Home. They have other really kick-ass DIY projects on their site too, so check them out. We didn't follow ONH's suggested measurements but did take their advice on where to buy some of the hardware. Both beds are made out of up-cycled wood scraps and were painted with house paint that we had laying around in the basement, so these pieces were very affordable to make. 

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Aside from buying the hardware from Lowe's, I also ordered the {so cute you want to stab your eyes out} fabric from Lisahestore

Lulu's cushion has tiny little matryoshka nesting dolls all over it and Edgar's has little owls. Eeeeek! 

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adventure week

I'm coining this past week Adventure Week! 

On Wednesday, I had the entire day to myself! It was quite glorious; I decided to have a couple downtown Cincy style adventures! As I've gotten older, I've come to realize that sometimes you have to step back from everything and enjoy things by yourself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating lunch solo at a cafe...or going shopping by yourself; I did both of these things on Wednesday, and it felt great!

First, I treated myself to a meal at Taste of Belgium on Vine Street in Downtown, Cincinnati. The food, as always, was scrumptious and the atmosphere was delightful. I then walked a few blocks over to the Ohio Book Store. What a place that is! Wow! So many books-somewhere around 4 or 5 floors worth! 

Ohio Book Store treasures. Yup-that's a vintage issue of Playboy! 

I saw this beautiful mural on my way to and from the Ohio Book Store. 

Aaaaaaaaand the day after that, I met up with my mom and brothers in Newport, KY to poke around the Newport Aquarium. It was so fun! We saw so many different species of fish and sea life. It was really amazing. If you have never been to the Newport Aquarium-go. It's especially great if you have children.

My brother Ryan with his lovely girlfriend Lydia on the left. On the right-my oh so raunchy brothers Brandon and Travis. 

Me with my beautiful Mum on the left. On the right, a grumpy mother and daughter piranha. 

And this is all of us kids. What a good lookin' bunch, eh? 

Oh boy-and then after the day at the Aquarium, Fred and I were off to Lexington, Kentucky! Yay-wedding time! I had plans to visit all of these historic sites but instead, we just decided to go downtown and check out Victorian Square. Also-there was a farmers' market going on, and we couldn't resist checking out that! 

A beautiful map of downtown Lexington map.

A beautiful and massive fountain at Triangle Park. 

My handsome husband and I taking in Triangle Park. 

While heading back to our car, I saw this breathtaking mural. We walked a bit out of our way just so we could snap a few photos. 

I believe this street artist's name is Herakut. Do check out her linked webpage. She has some really beautiful work. I've never seen any other street art like it. 

And finally-the wedding! It was probably the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to. The venue was absolutely stunning. The food was cajun and ridiculously delicious. The people we so very friendly and the bride and groom looked phenomenal. 

An exquisite chandelier and ceiling medallion. 

Amanda & Derek gettin' hitched.

They did it!

As if this weekend wasn't packed full of enough crazy awesome stuff-we decided to throw one more thing in there-a visit to a winery! We traveled a bit south of Lexington to the Talon Winery. It was very charming and quaint. Oh-and the wine was delicious! We did a tasting with a co-worker of Fred's and his wife. Do check it out if you are in the area. 

These were taken inside of the Talon Winery. Such a beautiful interior!

This was taken on the way to Talon Winery. The land out there is so beautiful-full of lavish fields and horses.

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brooch

I love this brooch. There's really no other reason for this post. It's just too pretty not to share.

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saturday

Woah! So busy lately! Tonight, I'm enjoying a few drinks and hanging out at my home computer doing some designy stuff. Hooray!

Today was a fun and somewhat relaxing day, though. The hubs and I went antique shopping at the Ohio Valley Antique Mall (recommended by a fellow co-worker). It was awesome and also overwhelming at the same time. There is SO much stuff there-tiny trinkets, furniture, old print items, etc. I felt like I was never going to get through all of it! But it really was a great time! Here are some cool items that I saw but didn't end up buying. 

After antique shopping, we went to IKEA to get some supplies for our 3rd floor apartment reno. We are prepping it to be renter ready here in about the next 6 months or so. Here are some photos of what the place looks like right now. 

This is the hallway of the 3rd floor apartment. Bathroom on left. 

This is the opposite end of the hallway. Kitchen on the left and bedroom and living room on the right. 

Eventually, the outdated wood paneling in the hallway will be painted and the kitchen will also be painted/touched up-along with some other additions. I'll be sure to take some photos when everything is finished!  

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