Move in Month

We’re certainly no where near being done with this project, but December is here and I’m moving in no matter what!  We’ll have a toilet and heat so that’s better than some of the situations we were in with the last house.

Here’s where we are at today – and we’re starting to move in this weekend.  We have a busy week ahead of us!

These cabinets!  So in love.  Obviously still have a long ways to go on the details (counters, backsplash, glass fronts, window, nobs) but oh man I’m already in love with this kitchen.  The painted tongue and grove ceiling was a total pain in the ass, but was worth the chronic kink in my neck and achy shoulders.




Bathroom is all tiled, but hasn’t been grouted yet.  The herringbone floor took some some serious convincing to get Casey to agree.  It was not easy for him, but totally worth it.  I think he’s pretty proud of his tile laying skills as well.




The vanity wall



And last, a sneak peek at Levi’s new nursery.  Pretty happy I get to design two nurserys in 1 year!


Busy week ahead – new windows, lighting, grouting, bathroom vanity and toilet, cleaning and move in!   We’ll be in without counters, sinks and interior doors, but who needs those minor details? :)



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Not So Mellow Yellow Update

We’re about 3 weeks into this renovation and we are on track to be moving in by December 1st.  It may not look like it by the pictures below, but starting next week this mess will start getting put back together.

Living Room
Completed: removed carpeting, removed trim and window casings, tossed those awesome drapes, installed can lighting
To Do: Install tongue and groove ceiling, refinish floors, new window, paint, install doors and trim.





Completed: Gutted. Electrical, plumbing, framed out new window, installed can lighting
To Do: feather in hardwood floors, drywall, install new window, install cabinets, install appliances, counter top and back splash, paint.





Upstairs Bedrooms & Hallway
Completed: Removed doors and trim, removed window casings, dry walled Levi’s wood paneling room, removed carpet, painted ceilings (not pictured)
To Do: Paint bedrooms, install windows, refinish floors, install doors and trim, install lighting





Completed: Gutted, plumbing, electrical, tub installed
To Do: Install cement board and drywall, tile, window, install vanity, fixtures and mirror.

Whatcha think, can we get this done in 35 days?

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Meet the New House

During our Real Estate search and rescue mission we were referring to this property as ‘The Poop and Pee House’ for what I thought were obvious reasons until my friend Karen said, “Oh no, does it smell like poop and pee?”  Now that it’s ours and I’m kind of in love with it, I feel it deserves a better name than The Poop and Pee House.  Yellow Submarine?  Mellow Yellow? (except there is nothing mellow about that color) Project Sunshine?

Indeed a paint job is in her future, though not until next summer, but I think this color will be forever burned into this house and our minds.  Also because there is over spray on the foundations.  Thanks for that.

imageLet’s take a gander on the inside.  I was on top of my blogging game when I brought the fancy camera with me on demo day 1 but alas, Casey had removed the memory card to upload pictures of Levi.  Damn.  Sorry for the crummy iPhone pics.

The living room.  There are hardwoods under everything and we’re planning on putting tongue and groove on that sweet vaulted ceiling.  Fireplace will eventually get refaced.





living3Dining Room.  Pretty easy.  Replacing the fixture and a portion of the wall on the right is coming down to open into the kitchen more.


Kitchen.  Everything must go!  The hardwoods aren’t in this room, so they will need to be added, new cabinets, big 6 foot picture window, new appliances and all new pretty fixtures.  Can’t wait for this room to be done.  I’m going in a different direction on this house so I’m nervous and excited to see how it’s going to turn out.


kitchen1How hot are those blinds.

kitchen3Upstairs hallway.  Hardwoods here too, score.

hallwayThe three bedrooms.  Needing new windows, refinish floors, doors and trim.  The first room has wood paneling that needs to go.

levi roomguest



Bathroom.  Again, everything. must. go.




All these rooms are phase one of the remodel.  We’ll get to the basement, 800 square feet of unfinished space and the yard at a later date.  I think we have enough to work with here.






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The Neuzel Project Part Deux

Sorry for the absence if anyone is still following….In the months since my ‘For Sale’ post we’ve been busy busy busy.  In addition to keeping this little mister alive and happy…


…We sold our house FSBO which was a really great experience.  Then, I put my shiny new Real Estate license to good use and we bought a new fixer upper!  It’s a little hard on the eyes at first (mainly due to the high gloss yellow paint) but it has tons of potential and I already see it being a gem!

homeWe get our keys today, so I’ll be back very soon with all the glorious interior pictures.   Unlike the first house, we will be doing the majority of the big projects (kitchen, bath, floors and windows) prior to moving in so we’ll have lots of updates in the coming two months.

Thanks for joining on round two!


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The Neuzel Project For Sale!

We’ve gussied all we can of this little project and now it’s time to put our first flip on the market!  Here she is all polished up and ready for her debut on the market.

This is a good time to mention, we’re selling it FSBO, so if you’re in the market for a charming 3 bedroom, 1 bath rambler with detached garage and chicken coop go ahead and give me a buzz :)




I just realized I never posted about the built-ins in our bedroom.  Great Ikea hack.  I’ll have to fill ya’ll in about that soon.





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My Mastitis

This will probably be of no use to 99.9% of the people that read this blog (sorry for the snooze fest of a post, but if you get to the end I’ll show you pictures of Levi).  But if one hopeless feeling mom stumbles across this in her panicked search of the internet while suffering from Mastitis or an abscess, I’m happy to help that one.

Here was my situation…

When Levi was 4 weeks old, I developed a clogged duct, pretty normal from what I hear.  I would have never known what it was or what to look for except a friend told me about hers a couple weeks prior.  I did what all first time mom’s do and hopped online to see how to fix it.  After a couple days of heat compresses, lots of pumping and massage it wasn’t getting better and a fever had begun.  Fearing it had turned into Mastitis I headed into the walk in clinic.

Turns out, that was the case so I was put on antibiotics.  The prescription was for 10 days, but the doctor said in a day or so, the fever should break and the antibiotics should reduce the swelling enough to get the clogs out.

After 7 days of the antibiotics the fever was gone, but the painful lumps remained.  I spoke with my midwives and a lactation consultant and tried everything, I mean EVERYTHING – Castor oil packs on my breast prior to feeding, heat compress, cold compress after feeding, fed my boy on all fours, from the side, upside down, cabbage leaves after feeding, Lecithin supplements, pumping in the shower.  Seriously, I tried it all.  I was getting pretty frustrated so I went back to the doctor and she put me on another antibiotic, no dice.

When the second round of antibiotics didn’t work, I wanted an ultrasound because something was up.  The majority of the lumps in my breast had gone away except for one large spot under where my right arm would rest on it.  It was pretty painful and would not reduce no matter what I did.  But it was not red on the outside   After more Googeling (Mom’s best friend and worst enemy) I started to fear that I was one of the rare few who developed an abscess from Mastitis.  I headed to the Breast Center at Swedish and the doctor with the worst bedside manner ever confirmed my fear, it was an abscess.  That same day I was meeting with a surgeon.

The surgeon aspirated the lump with a frighteningly long needle and man did a lot of milk and puss come out of that thing.  But oh the instant relief!  We did a culture on the fluid and it was indeed infected with staph.  My doctor was sure the pocket would fill back up shortly after because of the breastfeeding, and it did a couple days later.  I wanted to keep aspirating it to see if it would go away because I feared having surgery.  I went through natural child birth at a birthing center because I don’t like hospitals and invasive procedures, now this?  I was freaking out to say the least.   My doctor was pretty adamant that surgery would be the only way to remove and heal the abscess.

In my panic to avoid surgery I saw another doctor that specialized solely in breastfeeding, Dr O’Hara (Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine).  She had suggestions on how we could try other procedures, but ultimately agreed that this was a deep abscess and had to be opened up to get properly cleaned out.

The Surgeon doctor and the breastfeeding doctor had differing opinions on if I could/should continue breastfeeding post surgery.  The surgeon said close up shop, it won’t heal properly if I don’t quit.  But the breastfeeding doctor said go for it.  It will take a little longer as breast milk will constantly be flowing through it, but it will eventually work.

I wanted to continue to breastfeed, so I moved forward with the surgery without weening the baby.

To remove an abscess it requires going into the cavity, cleaning it out and leaving drains in it so the cavity can drain and let the cavity heal from the inside out.  Well, breast feeding makes this tricky because you are constantly leaking milk.  A normal abscess will heal in 1-2 weeks, mine was 4.  For the first two weeks, I had two drains in that were flexible straws.  I kept gauze at the end of them and changed out the dressing every couple of hours.  I was still able to breastfeed when I had the drains in.  For the first day I just pumped because I didn’t want Levi also enjoying my pain killer cocktail.

After two weeks the straws came out, and the gross part began.  To have the incisions heal slowly so the inside could completely heal, I had to stuff gauze into the incisions.  When I say ‘I’ I mean my loving husband.  He was amazing.  He even did it more gently than any of the surgical staff when they had to do it.  Two weeks of that and the scars began to heal.

Not more than a couple days after the scars healed up, did another lump form.  I was devastated.

Back to the surgeon I went.  He did another aspiration of the lump, but this time it was just milk.  No infection, yet.  I told Casey and the doctor, that if I had to do surgery again, I’d quit breastfeeding.  Casey wanted me to throw in the towel, it was hard for him to see me go through so much, but I had this desperate feeling to continue doing it.

I was sure this was another cavity where milk got trapped and once the drain healed up, the milk had no where to go.  In a last ditch effort I went to a Physical Therapist, Peg Maas who specializes in lymphatic massage and ultra sound massage.  I did a couple ultra sound massages with one of her colleagues to no avail.  Then, I met with Peg and she instructed me to gently massage my incision sites because scar tissue can build up and cause blockages.

That same night, I was rubbing my scar in a small circle and all of the sudden my fingers were all wet.  Milk had busted through the closed up scar!  I squeezed all I could out and had instant relief!  All those hard spots and backed up milk all flowed out. Then I called the surgeon.  His response, “better out that in”.  Um, okay?  I leaked milk out the side of my boob for another two weeks and slowly, the incisions healed up again.

I’m now about 2 weeks out with healed up boobs, no lumps and just a couple scars to remind me of my Mastitis.  All in all it was about a 10 week process.

I’m writing this rambling tale to let you know that even though it totally sucked, you can and will get to the other side.  I learned not to take the first persons recommendation as the end all be all.  Get multiple opinions and exhaust all your options.   Also, everything was way more scary before it happened than it actually was.  Surgery had me in tears and quaking in my boots, but it wasn’t that bad.  It was over in a jif, and it didn’t even hurt.  Nothing compared to child birth :).

When I was going through all this and reading the iPad in the dead of night about other peoples tales, I was terrified and felt hopeless.  Everyone said it was the absolute worst and to give up breastfeeding.  But that doesn’t need to happen, just keep trucking on.  It’ll get fixed and you’ll be fine in the end!

And as promised if you got to the end….Levi!!


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Nursery Reveal

Even though I’m posting this as Levi is two months old, I did have the nursery completed before he made his debut.  We didn’t find out if our little babe was a boy or a girl so the nursery is pretty neutral.  Which I would have done regardless of the gender.  After he was born, Casey had to man it up with a picture of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars and a model airplane he built.  I guess I had to concede  on a couple things since I chose everything else.

Don’t mind the lovely view of the garbage cans…

DSC_0043DSC_0045I made the mobile out of a few sheets of felt.  Fun little pregnancy project.

DSC_0046DSC_0049He hasn’t said much yet, but I’m pretty sure Levi loves it!  He’s been logging some long hours in there at night, so I’m going to take that as he’s happy.




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