Froyo for Dinner + Kitchen Inspiration

Hey everyone! I hope your week is off to a good start.

My morning started out on a not-so-positive note… with my “princess pack.”

Remember that headache I mentioned last night? Well it didn’t go away & was still really bothering me this morning. Chris’s parents got me this ice pack – I think for Easter – & it’s perfect for when I get really bad headaches (I always feel like putting something super cold on my head really helps).

Because of my headache, I slept in a little later than I had planned. The pain did subside though, & I decided to go to the gym once I got up. Before leaving, I grabbed a 100 calorie pack of almonds to fuel me through my workout.

At the gym, I covered 3 miles on the treadmill + cool-down in about 40 minutes. I alternated between running & walking & did a few sprints during the running portions. I was really just playing around with different speeds & enjoying the Britney Spears station on Pandora. :-)

Last week I received a $5 rewards card at my gym, so I used it today to purchase a recovery shake. This was the first time I ever got a shake at my gym & I’m almost sorry I did because it was really, really good.

Mocha Java – Columbian coffee blended with rich Ghirardelli chocolate, protein powder & skim milk.

After I got home from the gym, I caught up on some blog reading before showering & prepping lunch for Chris & I. I made salads – a bed of American blend topped with sliced turkey, feta cheese, croutons, & Italian dressing.

Later in the day, I snacked on vanilla Chobani, topped with blueberries, chocolate chips, & a drizzle of honey (I love this combination).

The rest of my afternoon was spent grocery shopping & running errands.

Since today is my mom’s actual birthday, we celebrated by getting froyo for dinner (both my husband & my dad work second shift, so my mom & I are usually on our own for dinner).

I can’t remember what all I dumped in here, but trust me, it was good.


It’s been a little while since I showed you pictures of our new home, so tonight I’m going to give you a peek at the kitchen. Chris & I probably won’t do much decorating for the first year for several reasons. First, we’re doing a rent-to-own deal, so we don’t officially make settlement until December. Second, it’s a new construction home, & we were told we could get nail pops & other small issues within the first year. We’ll probably hold off painting because who wants to repaint an entire wall because of one nail pop?!

Anyway… here are a few shots of the kitchen:

 View from the family room (hi Stewie!)

   View from the entryway

   View from the dining room

Even though we won’t be doing anything major for a little while, that hasn’t stopped me from pinning some ideas of what I’d like to do when the time comes!

Possible color schemes…

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Light fixture upgrade…


Tile backsplash…


Fun artwork…


Even if it didn’t “make sense” to wait to start working on a few things, I really think it’s best to just “be” in the house for a little while before we start painting/buying new furniture/etc. We’re not exactly sure what we really want yet, so I’m hoping settling in for a little while will help us to get a clearer picture of what will work best.

Which kitchen color scheme do you prefer – crafted tints or the parrot shades? Or neither? What color is YOUR kitchen?

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  1. Laura says:

    I saw that Pug print at Michael’s and thought of you! In the rack by the custom framing in the back if you are interested :)

  2. kaceyjt @ omandnom says:

    So glad your headache went away:) That light fixture is gorgeous! And I vote for the parrot color palate! My kitchen is kind of a limey-moss green (can’t remember the exact name) with some black and white neutrals…I love it, but can’t wait to do blue in out next kitchen!
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  3. Nikki Kurowski says:

    I have to say Erica, I like that you and Chris are actually waiting to decorate your home. My mom and dad lived in their new house for 6 months so they could get the personality of the house. I thought they were nuts but I am glad they did because it looks so much better than their “original” thoughts. I like bright kitchens too. I am all about the parrot colors you picked out. The backsplash is totally awesome too. Enjoy pinning your thoughts!

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      Thanks Nikki! Since we are trying to do things on a budget, I really want to think through & decide on what will look best the first time around rather than hastily purchasing things that I might not like a year from now!

  4. Karen says:

    I like the parrot colors, I think they would make a fresh and vibrant kitchen! We waited a few months before painting and decorating our new house too however now I would love to repaint our entire house – I finally have some sense of design and what I like :)
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      I’m starting to lean towards the parrot colors too! Who knows what I’ll be into when it actually comes time to paint though!

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