Monday, December 12, 2016

Basement Drop Ceiling Makeover with Home Depot

Last month Nick and I took on the task of redoing our basement drop ceiling with the help of our friends at Home Depot. Our basement had your standard drop ceiling - old, yellowed, crumbling tiles hung from a brown frame. It wasn't doing our basement any favors, and after giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint, the drop ceiling stuck out like a sore thumb.

A full basement renovation isn't in our house budget for a few years, but we knew we could make the ceiling look better in the mean time with a white frame and some crisp new tiles. We're so thankful that we got to work with Home Depot on this project to make our basement look 1000x better. Click over to their blog today to read about the full makeover and see more photos of our new and improved drop ceiling!

Sarah & Nick

Friday, December 9, 2016

5 Weekend Trips We're Dying to Take

It's hard to believe we're nearly a third of the way through December (!!!) January is going to be here SO quickly, but we're also kind of excited because we'll be heading to Nashville for a long weekend! We can't wait for a few days away to explore a new city, try some new food, and spend time together sans work.

We've talked about it before, but a quick weekend trip is one of our favorite ways to travel. While it's nice to spend a week or more away, it's often more practical for us to travel for the weekend (i.e. it's cheaper and we don't have to take time off work!) We've started taking a quick trip every January (over MLK Day Weekend) - last year was Chicago and this year is Nashville (hopefully we'll find warmer weather there.)

We have quite a few destinations that we'd love to travel to, even if it's only for a couple of days. These are our top 5 weekend trips we're dying to take, a) because these cities seem awesome and b) they're inexpensive/easy for us to get to from PGH! By the way... our favorite way to find great flight prices is through You NEED to use it.

1. Toronto, ON, Canada
Toronto is actually a pretty quick drive from PGH, so we need to go ASAP. The first trip Nick and I took together was to Niagara Falls and we've been wanting to visit Canada again ever since. Our friends Sarah and Joel went to Toronto a couple months ago and it just looks so colorful and fun! Plus there's a Harry Potter bar, so what's not to love?

2. Atlanta, GA
"Hotlanta" - Nelly. In all seriousness, Atlanta has a lot of great bars and restautants we'd love to visit. If you can snag a flight during a Southwest Airlines sale, it's practically pennies to get there too.

3. New Orleans, LA
Beignets, live music, incredible food, booze, and night life galore. This seems like such a rich, historical, and cultural city that is so fun with lots to do. We planned a trip there this year, but it fell through. It's definitely still high on the list!

4. Denver, CO
When it comes to vacations, we are not beach people - give us cold weather and mountains (I mean, we willingly went to Chicago in January...) We've always wanted to see the Rocky Mountains and visit friends that have relocated to Denver in the past few years. It seems so beautiful there!

5. Las Vegas, NV
If we don't seem like the gambling types, it's because we're not. BUT! There's so much more to do in Las Vegas than casinos (at least, I'm told...) If we're being completely honest though, Las Vegas is only a car ride away from the Grand Canyon, which is our main draw to there. We'd also REALLY love to see the Seven Magic Mountains installation while it's up. So pretty.

In case you need a little weekend travel inspiration, read about our trips to Chicago, DC, Ithaca, Cleveland, and Lakewood! What are some of your favorite destinations for a weekend trip? Do you have any Nashville recommendations for us? Share in the comments!

Sarah & Nick

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Trees at Wigle Whiskey

Back when Sarah and I made our holiday to-do list, we wanted to make sure "volunteer" was somewhere on the list. Hopefully this will soon become part of our everyday lives and routines, and not a feature on the blog. I believe that the things we do that matter the most are the things we do when no one is looking (someone, somewhere said that - certainly not me - but I don't know who...) That being said, since we mentioned volunteering for the holidays, we wanted to spread the word about an awesome and fun way to support some local nonprofit work in the Pittsburgh area!

Wigle Whiskey is making giving this season easy and fun with their 2nd Annual Spectacular Tree Sale! At this awesome event, you can visit Wigle's Barrelhouse in the Northside to purchase a Christmas tree and get a cocktail on the house. All proceeds from Christmas tree sales go to two local organizations: The Children's Institute and 412 Food Rescue.

Attending this event last weekend was a no-brainer for us, as it combined a few of our favorite things - local craft spirits, a whiskey barrelhouse tour, hot apple cider, Christmas trees, pizza, and helping our local community. We had a blast, but more importantly, we're so happy that money for our first ever real tree for our new house went to support The Children's Institute.

Luckily for everyone who didn't make it, you can go again this upcoming Saturday and Sunday! We will be volunteering, so be sure to come out to the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse next weekend to support 412 Food Rescue. Sarah will be greeting you at the gates, and I'll be slinging trees through the baler, or tying them (hopefully safely? I'm sure I'll do fine, maybe) to the roof of your car.

Be sure to RSVP and read more about this event here! In addition to Christmas trees, a free cocktail, and helping a local organization, you can also celebrate Wigle's Italian Christmas with the release of their newest spirit!

What are some other ways you will be giving back to your communities this holiday season? We'd love to hear about the great work you all are doing, and we hope to see you at Wigle this weekend!

Sarah & Nick