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Back to pretty

Guys! I’m still looking at blank pages for my family history intake forms for UAB. My Christmas tree is still up, and making me completely bonkers. I’ve got two extra couches in my dining room that Fancy’s claimed as his own. And my sister and her family are in town for Christmas and we’ve had a lot of fun.

I’m ready to get started on some more changes and upgrades to the house. Things are almost perfect. Almost completely Christia. (And Barry??)

My kitchen is so close. Like right at the edge of perfection. I want a farmhouse sink but don’t want to drop thousands on it so I’m thinking a new faucet will give a lot of impact with a little $$

Currently ivory cabinets, white backsplash with dark grey (deloreon) grout. The copper pulls still make me so so so happy. That sink tho.

Here are a few options I’m considering.

What do you think? Part of me says go with black because it’s my 🖤. The other says the copper because copper.


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What’s to come

I received some scary looking envelopes today. The paper is pink which I think is maybe coincidental? Maybe not. Breast cancer awareness and all.

The small envelope seemed a little less intimidating so I opened it first. Inside, the 8th of February is outlined.

10:30a I’ll have a mammogram

11:30a I’ll meet with the CRNP breast specialist.

2:00p I have a breast MRI

So neat and tidy is my day. The MRI freaks me out but my friend’s 8 year old just had an MRI of his hip and was ok; so if he can do it so can I. Thanks Owen for the inspiration!

In the second envelope, the big scary yellow one, there are a bunch of sheets of paper. A welcome letter which talks about what to expect. There’s also a welcome packet to the Lynne Cohen Preventative Care Program for Women’s Cancers at UAB.

Then there is an 8 page packet for family history, my own medical history, record release form. There are a few pages with directions and restaurants, stores, hotels and banks near UAB.

I know this will all be worth it. The paperwork makes it just a little more concrete. I’m so overwhelmed with the outpouring of support I’ve received since sharing my test results. I am not the type of person to really ask for help and I am so grateful to everyone that has offered. I promise to take you up on it in the days, weeks, and months to come.

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This is completely unrelated to anything home or decor or pretty.

At the beginning of October I found out my dad, Chris, was positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. What does this mean, you ask? Well I have a 50/50 chance of also being positive. Just a flip of the coin, right? If you know me you know the odds aren’t usually for me but against me. And once again, I flipped the coin and lost. I too am positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation.

So that’s a lot of information just thrown at you. Let me go back and give you as much info on this specific gene mutation as I have. I’ll let you know what it means and what the risks are.

BRCA1 gene mutation is related to the genetic form of breast cancer. If you’ve got a family history of breast or ovarian cancer that lies heavily on one side of the family you may be a carrier as well. For me my paternal grandmother, uncle and I think cousin have had breast cancer. Two of the three have passed away from breast cancer to my understanding. I, personally, have an 87% chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the time I turn 70. I also have a 63% chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer by the age of 70 and as an added bonus an elevated risk of pancreatic cancer to boot!

There are a few options for one positive with the BRCA1 gene mutation. One is continued monitoring of the breasts and ovaries. Essentially just waiting for that positive screening. Then not only do I have to deal with the surgery options but the treatment for cancers as well. The other is a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy {preventative double mastectomy} and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy {tube and ovary removal}.

I’ve known about my positive gene for exactly a week now. I’ve known the plan but not a date. Today the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where I’ll have my treatment done, called and gave me a date for my first appointment. I’ve waited to talk about this to everyone as I kind of digest the information. On February 8th I’ll head to Birmingham for an appointment with a genetic counselor and breast specialist.

My GYN and I have talked about doing the prophylactic treatment. I don’t want to wait for cancer. I want to fight while I’m young and healthy. When I go to Birmingham for the appointment I’ll know more, but until then I’m doing what I can. Focusing on healthy eating, especially now that I’m better from whatever illness I had over the weekend. I plan on definitely going forward with the mastectomy and then closer to the age of 40 I’ll do the tubes and ovaries. Weirdly I’m more attached to them than my boobs.

I’ve struggled a lot with guilt of possibly passing on this faulty gene to my babies, specifically Emilia. (The risk for male breast cancer in the general population is .01% and with BRCA1 it’s 1.3% which is significantly higher yet still such a low risk!) I talked to my GYN about testing on the kids to see if they were positive but she said we should wait until they can make this choice. Hopefully the knowledge that I am positive will remain in their minds and medical history. Plus the amount of medical improvement that can happen in the next 15-20 years is phenomenal. They’re doing so much genetic research on these issues that I feel like even if Emilia is positive they’ll have a better understanding and treatment in the future.


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So, a few things! I started a 30 something mumbles instagram! you can find me at 30somethingmumbles. I’ve been posting a ton of progress pictures! I’ve fully thrown myself into Emilia’s room redo. Things are going well. Her bed is built and totally comfortable and cute. Andddddd she’s asleep in my bed next to me. haha! She has been starting off in her bed and then ninja sneaks her way in sometime in the middle of the night.

I am so pleased with how her room is turning out. I have a few finishing touches to make and a dresser to buy and assemble and then I think it’ll be good to go! It’s basically Emilia in room form, so all of the items you’d come to expect are there. Yes, piggies and pink.

She’s asked for pink polka dots so that’s in the works as well. I mean we’re in the brainstorming portion of THAT project but I’m not painting her walls pink. Sorry girl.

Well, I just spent the last 10 minutes in a worm hole of old instagram photos looking for a great before picture. I don’t have one. It was basically a lot of what we thought we wanted. We wanted a guest room first and then kind of made it work for her. We had the Ikea Hemnes day bed in there. I liked that it could be a twin bed or an almost king sized bed. I loved the storage underneath, and the white crispness. And the Hemnes dresser in there. I’d replaced the knobs with something girly but the dresser was black and old and big. The top was also horribly scratched from one of our moves. That’s about all that was in her room and it definitely didn’t feel very EEJ.

I am so excited with how things are coming together! Full blog post to come!


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Long time, no blog.

So. It came! It’s the most perfect metal bed a girl could ask for. The day it came I posted my current bed on Facebook and it sold SO FAST. I posted and then someone messaged asking to come get it within 5 minutes. Once we’d cleared the room of the old, bossy bed we opened the boxes for the new, glorious bed and, disaster. The side rails are bent in exactly the same spot. The box was perfect, no damage to the outside so it was damaged in production. I was so disappointed. So since the bed was delivered a month ago we’ve been sleeping on our mattress/box spring combo on the floor with the glorious headboard propped up behind the mattress.

The day we realized the problem was the Friday before Labor Day. After 5. She told me that because it was after 5 on a holiday weekend not to expect anything until Tuesday. Well, around Tuesday is when Hurricane Irma decided to wreak havoc on my state. Barry was sent to central Florida with the National Guard and I was solo parenting for 10 days. Needless to say resolution on the bed front was the least of my concerns.

Barry’s been home now for a week and a day and I finally had the mental clarity to call yesterday. An entire new bed is on the way because the manufacturer doesn’t ship side rails alone. It shipped today and will probably take another two weeks to get to me. When the new bed comes, I strip the side rails and then call Target to pick up the old bed. What a nightmare.

We have also purchased some items to transform the guest room into Emilia’s room and I’m so excited.

And the perfect rug I ordered back in AUGUST hasn’t shipped yet. Thanks a lot cb2. I’m feeling really disconnected from my master bedroom redecorating. I’m about ready to call it all quits.IMG_7137 2

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They’re all the same

Last week I fell down an obsession spiral. Metal beds were my obsession. I could hardly think of anything else. I spent all my spare time looking at different furniture sites to see if there was that ONE bed that would fulfill all of my dreams. I focused so hard on metal beds that they started looking the same. I couldn’t tell one from the other.

I still LOVE Piper. I hate the price. There are things that I would rather spend that money on like, I dunno, new floors in the other rooms in my house.

I’m thinking, thanks to some girlfriends, that I found a compromise. It’s like 1/3 the price of Piper and has a similar feel. Or maybe I’ll just paint my upholstered bed.

See, I don’t know what I want. I just know that my current bed color is not good with the floor.



And piper for comparison

What do you think? Can I get away with the Glenmont for a literal 1/3 the price of Piper?

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Is HE the problem?

Remember how I’ve been lusting over metal beds? Yeah, I know. I posted just yesterday about them. There is still a war waging between Piper and Mason with no clear winner.
Barry votes Mason. I…am undecided. Today I was making my bed, and saw the steer head sculpture that’s lived over our bed for two years now. He was originally silver but I lovingly painted him black. I loved him. He was so edgy for my kind of preppy bed. But now I’m wondering if he’s part of the problem. (The other problem being my bed is such a cool/neutral grey that it has a green tone when compared with my beautiful flooring.)

So, is it him? It’s totally him and not me, right? He’s cool but is it limiting my decorating style? Is he a little too country for my wanna be edgy room?IMG_5258

Can you tell the bed looks like it has a slightly green tone? Also, how gorgeous are these floors? Pergo Outlast in Hawaiian Curly Koa. ALL the heart eyes. All of them. I’m going to need a bigger rug to anchor the one that I’ve been hoarding for actual years! I found it on clearance at Target for $38 and knew it was meant to be in my bedroom when I replaced the floors.



Here is the rug and a picture of my mess haha! They were all playing ipods before we went to Zumba this morning. I’m thinking a solid black, maybe fluffy faux fur for texture? Thoughts? Y/N?IMG_5269

And my big 4th grader! I can’t believe he’s going into 4th grade and I also can’t believe he posed for me to take this picture! IMG_5263

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Help! My Bedroom Sucks

We have lived in this house for over two years now. In just 10 months it will have been the longest we’ve lived in one place, ever. (I mean since I was a child living in my parents’ home anyway.) Our record is three years and that was simply due to the fact that my husband was in a residency program. We are contractually obligated to stay in paradise for two more years but I’m hoping we extend that contract to forever. This house is perfect for our family, we have great friends and schools and it’s sunny so much. We live close enough to the beach that we don’t have to bring our entire beach bag every single time. It’s basically my dream.

There are things I LOVE about my home. I love the chalk board wall, the wallpaper on the stair wall, the vertical subway tile to name a few. We’ve replaced carpet on the stairs and now in our master bedroom. I LOVE the flooring we chose. There’s just one itsy bitsy small problem. When we replaced the flooring it unleashed this desire to completely redo everything about my room. Starting with the bed.

I love love loved the bed when we got it. It’s a West Elm knock off and was like 1/2 the price. I still love the bed but it’s just so…bossy. The grey is really grey. It makes it difficult to find bedding that goes with it. I have a duvet that I love but it is so hot most of the year that a duvet isn’t the best choice. I dream of a juicy linen blanket but it’s just not possible with my current bed situation. So, I’m shopping and pinteresting, oh how did I come upon this salmon recipe?, and instagramming. I think I’ve narrowed my choices down to two and I need your help.

First up is Piper . She’s unique, bold and classic all at the same time. It’s definitely neutral enough that I can be the boss of the bedding.

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Next we have Mason. Definitely basic, definitely classic and definitely neutral enough for me to be the boss. It’s also significantly cheaper than Piper. FullSizeRender 226

I have a couple nightstands coming from Ikea so I’m not ordering TODAY but what do you think? Which strikes your fancy? Piper or Mason?