Happy Friday + Links 6/23/17 (I need your input!)

Happy Friday!  It’s officially summer (!!!), which means all my produce and lazy day dreams are about to come true.  The boys and I will be sampling raspberries off the vine and arugula fresh from the garden and we won’t be sorry about it.  Not one bit.  Someday the Farmhouse will have a well-placed hammock tucked back in the trees and an oversized swing on the porch, but for now, large blankets on the lawn covered in books and picnic fare will have to do!  What are your dreams for summer?

Before I get into the links today, I wanted to ask you a favor.  Tell me what you’d like to see more of on this blog.  I’m guessing that if you’re here, you like old homes and renovations – and I’m not planning to change any of that core content – but what else are you interested in?  Would you like to hear more about Garrett and my experiences as landlords, Airbnb hosts, or early ‘retirees‘?  Are you curious how we fill our days when we’re not flipping a house, wrangling our boys, or filming a pilot for HGTV?  Maybe you’d love more information and tips on the financial side of rentals and what it takes to retire young?  And what about our country lifestyle and wild kids.  Are you interested in any of that?  Or perhaps you’ve been hoping for something else entirely.  I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment here or reach out on Instagram or send me an email.  Thanks in advance for being awesome 🙂

There was so much good stuff on the internet this week, so let’s grab a cup of coffee and jump into it.

I changed my Instagram username to thegritandpolish.  I know, groundbreaking stuff.

What a great, honest podcast from Chris Loves Julia this week.  I love hearing about what goes on behind the scenes on blogs, and I’m not surprised in the least to hear that it takes two full-time people to keep a blog like CLJ running.

This Scandinavian home has all my heart eyes.

A moody picture of Wilder’s birthday cakes that didn’t make it into last week’s recipe post.  Sometimes I spend hours taking and editing photos only to realize that they don’t fit the feel of the blog.  Ugh.  Sidenote: I had a piece (or two) of each cake and they were delicious. Second sidenote: #eatingfortwo, at least that’s my excuse for another few weeks.

We have mosquitoes at the farmhouse.  So. Many. Mosquitoes!  So this cute candle just might be the ticket.

How a family of 4 eats for $150 a week in Waco Texas.  I ate up this food budget diary…no pun intended.  I’m strangely (or not so strangely…?) always interested with people’s spending habits, especially when it comes to grocery budgets.  Yeah, a little strange…


source (photos by Marili Forastieri; produced and styled by Zio & Sons)

A renovated 1700s farmhouse.  And it’s a stunner!

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for being here.




Vintage Find // Farmhouse Office Cabinet

The Grit and Polish - Office Update Cabinet 3

THE FARMHOUSE The largest piece of furniture at the Farmhouse is the cabinet that sits just inside the office.  It's 5.5-feet wide and 8-feet tall and built so solidly that it took 3 men to move it from the antique store where I found it. But before I delve into the cabinet, I wanted to tell you the story behind it.  It's a tale of … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 6/16/17

Devol window bench

Happy Friday!  You guys...Father's Day is THIS weekend!  It kinda snuck up on me this year, but I can't wait to celebrate the dads in our lives, especially Garrett.  He is such a dedicated and downright awesome father to our boys.  We're all so lucky to have him in our lives.  I know everyone says that, but really guys, this one is a keeper. … [Continue reading...]


Almond Cake with Rhubarb Strawberry Preserves

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's 4th Birthday Mini Cake

THE FARMHOUSE Our oldest kiddo, Wilder, turned 4 this week, which has me feeling all the feelings.  On the one hand, I can barely remember a life without our wild child in it, but on the other hand, wasn't he just born like last year?  Ugh, these years are short.  One thing that's for sure though, I really love the person that Wilder has grown … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 6/9/17

Friday Gray Wade Design

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  Garrett and I took the boys on a last minute camping trip in the San Juan Islands this week.  It rained and goodness the ground feels even harder when you're 34 weeks pregnant, but seeing our kiddos explore more of the PNW and delight in ferry rides and beach combing was worth every bit of the discomfort.  Oh the … [Continue reading...]

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Farmhouse Entryway // the Kids’ Alphabet Wall

The Grit and Polish - Alphabet Wall and stairs

THE FARMHOUSE With our almost-4-year-old finally interested in letters, I knew it was time for an alphabet wall at the Farmhouse.  I wanted something fun for the kiddos, but also a bit more grown-up for us adults to enjoy too.  I searched everywhere for the right alphabet cards and finally found them on Etsy.  We decided to hang them in the … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday + Links 6/2/17

Lauren Liess bed

Happy Friday and welcome to June!  Goodness it feels to be here.  On the back end of all that cold and snow, and with nothing but sunny skies and fresh veggies (and a baby!!!) in our foreseeable future.  Howdy summer, we're happy to have you! Lauren Liess // Instagram Before I get to this week's links, I have to tell you about my new design … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Office // Design Plan

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Office Progress Pocket Door

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Happy Friday + Links 5/26/17

Glitter Guide Megan-Schlachtenhaufen-30

Happy Friday and happy Memorial Day weekend!  Goodness what a holiday this is.  For all of you who's father/mother/daughter/son/brother/sister/aunt/uncle/grandmother/grandfather/cousin is remembered this weekend, thank you.  I will be thinking of you!  Secondly (a very distant second), Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, which deserves … [Continue reading...]

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