April 24, 2015

Project La Colima

by Shelly

If you missed my news from yesterday….I’m officially back from a six month break on the blog. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I was going to continue it. But I do like sharing on here and life and work has picked up and I have so MUCH sharing to do with all of you!

Our new pad is circa 1991 and definitely filled with all things from the flannel and baggy jeans days. White carpet, oak cabinetry EVERYWHERE, recessed light boxes, a HUGE party shower (can’t wait to show you guys that one) and little decorating “niches” for your fav plastic plants. Oh so fab right?! Uh, no. Here’s what I am working with in the kitchen.

The sink is currently shoved into the corner with those two corner windows above it. Dislike. I also HATE a micro over cooktop situation. So that’s going fo sho! The fridge is also stuck in a corner and is right next to the doorway to the dining room. That could become an issue with entertaining. So again, that’s going.

What drives me even crazier about this room is the layout of the bottom cabinets! See those weird angles to the left and right? I know it makes the space a wee bit wider, but I hate it. The large tray ceiling inside a tray ceiling is pretty horrible too.  I do LOVE the breakfast area that you can see just to the right there. There is also a 3 sided fireplace that can be seen from these rooms and the family room. It’s a bit funky, but we like it.

Then there is the appliance/pantry wall and the doorway to the left that leads to the dining room.

So here’s my vision for the room….


I’m going for a modern meets classic, beach house vibe. I’ve always wanted an official “beach” house and now that we actually have a view of the ocean and you can SMELL the salt in the air from our home…well I’d say that’s beach house to me! So, needless to say this sea loving family is going to have a home chock full of ocean stuffs. I don’t apologize for my love of the ocean AT ALL! Lol!

The cabinets are going to be simple Ben Moore Super White Shaker with polished oversized nickel pulls and knobs. The hubs washes dishes every night after dinner (yes, I know I’m lucky!), so his one request was an industrial sprayer faucet.  Done! I think they look cool. We’re going to center up the sink, take out the two corner windows and add a larger single window over it. We’re also centering up the range on that wall, pulling the fridge out of the corner and placing it onto the appliance/pantry wall and just overall cleaning up the whole design.

This time around I decided to do a BEAUTIFUL hammered nickel sink from Native Trails that I’ve had my eye on for some time. It’s going to be a showstopper I think! After a lot of waffling I decided to pony up and get seapearl quartzite for the countertops. I love marble and it’s what we currently have in our existing home, but I’ll be honest, it’s not the easiest to live with. I’m a perfectionist, so etching and staining have been hard to live with. I love it for bathrooms however, so we’ll still be doing marble in those rooms. But for the kitchen it had to be more durable and I think quartzite gives me the look of marble with more durability.

A few of the other details:

-weathered, gray wood flooring throughout the downstairs area.

-a glass front bar area with X design on upper cabinet doors.

-a fun tall wine storage cubby area (since God knows we love our wine!)

-shiny, white mini herringbone tile for the backsplash

-changing up the in tray ceiling a bit. Cleaning it up and adding tongue and groove in that area. We’ll also hang some sort of lighting in that space. Not quite sure what yet.

-and finally on the breakfast room side of the lower cabinets we will be changing that up and adding a counter height bar to eat at. We had that in our last house and it came in really handy when entertaining.

So that’s the scoop for one the biggest room redos of our new home! We’ve already finished demo and now framing, plumbing and electrical are all underway at the moment. I love seeing the transformation. Oh, and if you’re curious about my inspiration and plans for the new abode you can check out my Pinterest page!  And to see updates to the space you can follow Project La Colima on Insta at #vanrozeboomsmove.

Have a great weekend all!


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April 23, 2015

Resurrection and Changes

by Shelly

Well, I think it’s safe to say that I basically fell off the edge of the Earth for six months. Life got a bit crazy the end of September/beginning of October and there was a lot going on in our family life that I wasn’t able to talk about…until now.  Some good, some bad.  But let’s just talk about the good, shall we?

As of February, my husband and his business partner have sold their business to a very well-known, amazing fitness centered company in the San Luis Obispo area. So what does that mean for the Van Rozebooms? Well, we’re moving to Central California!  This is a HUGE change for all of us….new school for kiddo, moving my business, hours away from all our friends and the life we currently know. It’s going to be a shake up for sure. We’re excited to get out of the Los Angeles area however. I’ve been here all my life and never went away to school or any of that. So this…So Cal that is…is ALL I know!  My husband is from the Central Valley originally, so we’ll be closer to his parents, family and friends which will be nice.

We’ve already bought a house in the city of Pismo Beach which is very close to where the hubs will be working in San Luis Obispo.  It was important for both of us to still live near the ocean and Pismo fit the bill for us. We also found an amazing house, with really great bones and a beautiful ocean view! You cannot buy that kind of place for under a million (heck a couple million!) where we currently live, so we sort of jumped at the opportunity. The house was originally built in 1991 and hasn’t been updated since. So we are gutting it….new kitchen, new baths, flooring, skim coating walls…all that fun stuff!  Eventually I’d love to also do all new windows and a revamp of the outside, but in due time.  Here are some of the major rooms and the exterior before we started construction….








 {breakfast room}


{family room…with kitchen in background. kiddo belongs to our general contractor!}


{living room. the view across the street is gorgeous and we even have a peek a boo view of the ocean to the right}


So needless to say I will be sharing LOTS of before and afters of this house on the blog. It’s just going to be such a fab transformation. Tomorrow I’ll be back with the plans for the kitchen. It’s been a bit of a head scratcher to rework it, but I think we’ve finally come up with a good plan.


Sorry for the looonnng hiatus!!

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September 12, 2014

Random Friday Thoughts

by Shelly

Whew! So Ellie started school the second week of August and it’s been freaking, stinkin’, crazy ever since. This weekend…THANK GOD…we have not a thing going on. I see beach time in my future.

So today, I ran across an interesting article a friend posted on Facebook, titled “Why It Doesn’t Matter How You Feel About Your Friends” by . Highly recommend reading it.  I’ve struggled throughout my life with friendships for some reason.  I’m very outgoing most of the time, but once I’m home I tend to withdraw and become all introverted. Since I also work from home and spend a lot of time in front of a computer, this introverted-ness can become an issue maintaining friendships.  Recently I’ve started to recognize this issue within myself and am now looking to make some changes.

Last weekend, I walked 38.3 miles in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Santa Barbara. I was part of a team of eleven girls which mainly consisted of members of my workout group Happy Hour Fit Club and we raised close to $25,000 for the charity.  It was one of the coolest, most rewarding experiences I’ve ever been through. The thing about the walk is that if you’re pretty fit you can do it. The part that’s hard (at least it was for me) is the monotony of walking so far…for sooo long! However, with all the hours we spent walking, it gave everyone in our group plenty of time to talk and get to know one another better. Saturday evening after we walked 26.2 miles, we congregated in one of our hotel rooms for pizza, cocktails, and card games. It was during that evening that I realized how important friendships really are in my life, especially female ones.  My husband and I spend a lot of time together and we really are best friends. But this has been to the detriment of my friendships with other people.

So after reading the article today, I really have a change of heart going on. I need to reach out more. Have people over for dinner more often. Meet up with a friend for a walk or coffee. Granted it’s not easy scheduling things with kids activities, work, and whatnot. But there are many days where there are blank spots…time that I could be seeing a friend or chatting on the phone. It’s been one year since I started working out with HHFC  and I will say that I have been blessed to meet some incredible women who have now become friends. So cultivating these friendships have become a priority for me.

Go read the article and tell me what you think. Do you struggle with friendships too?

Sidenote…I don’t usually get very personal on the blog. But I guess I felt the need to share today. Ok and now for some fun pics of our Avon Walk weekend!

{our team! 6am the first day.}

{the trail of walkers coming up the hill}

{couldn’t beat the views along the way}

The second day we were scheduled to walk 13.1 miles. Poor Mindy (seen to the right in the pic) got the WORST blisters on Day 1 so she and another gal from our group sat out the second day. At mile 10 Sunday, Mindy and Corrie surprised our group! They showed up with a tray of champage, fresh fruit and snacks. Such awesome girls! That champagne tasted like pure heaven too. It was HOT!

{so sweet}

We were all SOOO excited to be crossing the finish line that last day. We were sore in weird places, some of us had feet full of blisters, and we were all getting scorched in the hot sun. Two of the girls were uber-excited to be finishing, so they crossed over the finish line doing a wheel barrow. Hilarious!

Wishing you all a great weekend and hey…reach out to a friend!  Have some people over for appetizers and drinks in the backyard. Go hang out at the beach with some other families and spend time together. Something.

Friends are after all, are a blessing.

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I am without a doubt a summer girl, but the humidity and heat in late August tends to make me long for cooler weather. Our mail has been jammed packed lately with fall magazines and catalogs and I am DYING to update my wardrobe with a few essentials. Here are the looks that I’ve been coveting lately…


Do you see a theme here? Preppy, tomboy, nerdy, classic. Yeah that’s going to be my look this fall/winter fo sho!  So here are some picks to get the look if you so desire.

Nars Lipstick-Shanghai Express




Lace Skirt

New Balance Sneakers

Shoemint Slipons

Quilted Vest


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It seems that Ellie is invited to a never-ending amount of birthday parties these days.  We typically only have her attend the parties of the friends she is closest with however. It just makes things easiest on us…. and keeps gift costs down!  This past year I’ve really tried to come up with some unique gifts for her to give her friends. I mean, I KNOW they all want the latest Barbie or newest Lego set.  But from what I’ve witnessed at birthday parties, there is no shortage of toys that a kid will get!  So recently when Ellie received an invitation to attend the birthday party of one of her BFFs, I came up with a fun semi-educational gift that will keep the girls active and practicing their spelling skills all through summer. We put together a fun pen pal kit!

Here’s what we put in the kit:

1. A nice wide lined pad of paper and white envelopes

Both girls are entering second grade, so spacing and letter sizing are still things they need to practice on.

2. Pack of colorful pens for writing and drawing

3. Washi tape

…for decorating the letters

4. Stickers

More decorating stuff!

5. Stamps

…of course

6. Lifesaver Gummies

A girl needs a yummy treat to snack on

7. Blank plastic box

To hold all her letter writing supplies or to hold her pen pal letters.

We also printed out a letter to send to her pal, explaining what the kit was for…

It was kind of fun putting it together and Ellie was so excited about having a pen pal for the summer.

Hope I gave you a fun idea to use the next time you have to get a gift for a child’s birthday!

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July 26, 2014

Easy Cake Topper DIY

by Shelly

We have never been real big on the “have a big birthday party every year” thing, for our kiddo.  Both my husband and I never had large shindigs for every birthday when we were growing up.  And we both feel it’s a bit excessive when it comes to our child as well. Instead, we like to do a larger party maybe every five years or so and then smaller things on the other years. Last year we did a small breakfast party with Ellie’s closest friends here at our home. It was super easy, Ellie had a great time and the whole thing was wrapped up by 11am.

The last few months Ellie has been none stop talking about surprise parties and how much she likes them.  Not that she’s EVER been to one or had one mind you!  I kept telling her that we weren’t having a large party for her this year, but that we’d do something special and that I had something planned.  Which was a total lie because in actuality we were dealing with my husbands’ car breaking down and finding a new car to buy. Total car drama!  So literally a week before her birthday I emailed a bunch of people and asked if they could join us at our fav Mexican restaurant for dinner and cake. Since Ellie’s birthday just happens to also be my birthday I tried to make it both kid and adult friendly.  And luckily most of my close friends have kiddos who also happen to be close friends with Ellie. Win win!

So I got the biggest ice cream cake I could buy, hit the dollar store for lots of balloons and got to the restaurant early, so that we call could surprise Ellie when she walked in with her dad. Ellie was totally surprised and it was a fun early dinner with all the people we love!

{the new SEVEN year old!}

{the birthday girls}

Now on to the easiest cake topper EVER!  I knew I wanted to get an ice cream cake for the party since we both LOVE ice cream and it just seemed appropriate for a week of 4th of July birthday party. But let’s face it, Baskin Robbins isn’t the best at the actual decorating of the cake. At. All. So I had them leave the cake pretty plain…just white frosting, blue detailing and some pastel confetti candy accent.  But then I made my own glitter cake topper and it turned out so cute!

Take wood baking or cake pop skewers 

 And some glitter chipboard letters

And hot glue letters to the tips of the skewers! You could write out any message you want.

Fast. Cute. Easy.

The sparkler candles that I bought for TWELVE FREAKING DOLLARS however…total dud! They last all of about 2 seconds and you can’t really light more than one at a time. Don’t bother if you ever see them and think HOW CUTE! Waste of money!


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July 25, 2014

Recap: Summer Begins

by Shelly

It has been a crazy few months to say the least!  I figured the best way to catch you all up on what’s been going on is to share my iPhone photos with you.  The beginning of June the hubby and I did our second triathlon together in Huntington Beach.  This one was a different challenge for me since the swim was in the ocean, the bike ride was on a PUBLIC path (very challenging!) and the run was on the sand.  I was NOT prepared for the ocean swim at all!  I had rented a tri wetsuit to wear and thought it would be no big deal since I surf and am very confident in the ocean. WHELP, the wetsuit made the swim so much harder for me and I had no idea that I would freak out putting my head in the ocean! I couldn’t do it! So I swam the whole way without really sticking my head in the water and consequently ended up pulling a neck muscle and was out of commission for about three weeks after that. Lesson learned. Train in the ocean stupid! But hey, I looked pretty strong right before the race huh?!

{fresh faced before the race}

Ellie finished first grade the end of June and we had a great last day with a big party on the beach with other families from her school. It’s been a tradition that a few families started a couple years ago, but this was our first year going. What a fun afternoon! We couldn’t stay for the bonfire and bbq however, because we were leaving bright and early the next day to go camping in Sequoia National Forest.

{ellie with her awesome teacher!}

{end of the year beach party. someone said the count was 70 kids!}

We decided to go back to Sequoia to camp like we did last June. This time we were able to secure a spot higher up the mountain. And our camping spot was AMAZING to say the least! We were right next to a small river/stream which was great to play in during the day to cool off and boy did it sounds nice at night. The other cool thing was the amount of wildlife we got to see. A young stag came right into our camp the first day!  And we got to spy on a momma bear with her two cubs playing by the water. It was such a cool experience for us city folk!

{part of the view from our campsite}

As soon as we got home from our camping trip, Ellie started a fun beach camp that is put on by her swim team.  She is such a little fish just like her mom and dad, so to say she had fun is an understatement. Her cuteness the first day of camp kills me. I know, I’m biased…but seriously..the hat is just adorable on her!

Well that gives you a little snippet of the first part of our summer. Come back tomorrow (YES on a Saturday!) and I’ll be sharing the most easy DIY cake topper ever! Happy Friday friends!

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May 30, 2014

Picnic at the Bowl

by Shelly

Sooo glad it’s Friday! But man, anyone else notice how fast the weeks fly by? I can’t believe how quickly this year has been going.

I’m looking forward to a mellow weekend. The only real thing we have planned is heading to the Bruno Mars/ Pharrell concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday. SO EXCITED! We always try to see a few shows during the summer at the Bowl. It’s just such a fun venue!

I’m a sucker for a good picnic, so below I’m giving you my must haves for a concert picnic at the Bowl. Yes, box wine. It won’t break or roll or any of that. Take it out of the box and just put the foil bladder into your cooler. * *A little tip** Place the foil bladder on the VERY bottom of your cooler and pack all the food and whatnot on top. If the Bowl is not a sponsored ”Bowl” event, technically you are not allowed to bring in alcohol. BUT this trick works EVERY time we go! 

Happy Weekend Friends!




chicken salad


kimono wrap

lip stain


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We tend to really switch our eating habits as soon as it starts to warm up.  I am a BIG fan of comfort food and/or anything I can possibly cook in my Le Creuset dutch oven!  But there really isn’t anything easier or yummier than grilled food in my opinion.  A friend recently asked what I like to cook once summer rolls around, so I thought I would share my top recipes with all of you too!

{via myrecipes.com}

Our very favorite…  Barbecue Roasted Salmon is a go to anytime of year.  During the summer however, I like to soak some cedar planks in water while the fish marinates and then grill the salmon on the planks instead of turning on the hot oven. This is a total winner! No joke…better than a restaurant. Definitely one for when you have company over for dinner.

{via instagram}

Another easy and oh so good recipe, Grilled Apricots with Arugala, Burrata and Country Ham.  I wing it a little more by sometimes using peaches or nectarines instead (whatever looks best at the store) and then I usually just drizzle good olive oil and balsamic on top. Oh and prosciutto…I always use prosciutto. Yum!

I’m married to a central Cali boy, so to say he loves artichokes is sort of an understatement.  This Grilled Artichokes with Creamy Champagne Vinaigrette recipe totally beats out any other way of cooking ‘chokes. Delicious!


 {via aphotographerscookbook.com}

I love making this dish when I really don’t feel like cooking or we’ve been at the beach all day and I’m absolutely beat. Roasted Shrimp with Orzo  is full of flavor and great to make for a large group of people!

And this one I’ve featured on the blog before, but Grilled Steak Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette is  SUCH a winner I had to share it again. My hubby demolishes this when I serve it and my kid actually likes it too and she doesn’t really like red meat or tomato!


{via Pinterest}

Oh and just a little something I pinned recently that has quickly become a morning staple in our house, this yummy Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie . Such a great post workout drink!

So, I hope I’ve given you some yummy new ideas for summertime eating! I’m sure I’ll be sharing more fun warm weather recipes in the next few weeks. 

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May 27, 2014

Backyard Dreaming

by Shelly

The weather has been absolutely lovely here in So Cal. Warm, but not too warm during the day and a nice cool breeze come evening. But the lack of a real place to hang out outside has been bothering us all. And we really, REALLY miss having a pool.

The last two homes we owned both had pools. Our first place had a 1960s classic, kidney shape pool with nothing but concrete and small flowers beds. And our ugly pool equipment was smack dab in the middle of everything. We remodeled the entire backyard eventually and it was really what we loved about that home the most.  We still talk about how much we miss that backyard. Below is a little sneak peek of the changes we did to that yard. We didn’t use a landscape designer, my husband and I designed out the whole thing ourselves.


Our last place, had an amazing backyard, but to be honest…it wasn’t quite us. A bit too formal and the layout didn’t really work. The covered patio area was far enough from the main house that it was a pain to entertain. And the previous owners who had remodeled the backyard had put an outdoor fireplace in the WORST area! It was next to the outdoor kitchen, but there was no room to put chairs by  it because it would block the bbq area. Poor design!


Our current home was a DISASTER…which you may already know if you have been reading the blog for a while now. There was not one inch that was good. Not the interior of the home, not the exterior, not the front yard, and not the backyard. NOT. ONE. INCH.  We still would like to redo the entire exterior of our home and possibly add onto it a bit, but our first priority has been getting the backyard a bit more visually appealing. Seriously, it was a WRECK when we moved in.

What did I tell ya? Yuck.

Umm…the patio, I guess.

The side of the house looking into the backyard. Hey, at least there were nice fruit trees!

Little by little we have made some changes. We removed the ugly DIY awnings over the windows that the previous owners had made.  They blocked out a ton of natural sunlight into the bedrooms and made them dark and sad. So those termite infested things came off quickly! We also demolished the somewhat “paved” patio area with the metal pergola which was missing it’s cover and the chainlink dog run fence.

Last year after a bit of coaxing, the husband finally agreed to have our lawn resodded. And when I saw lawn, what I really mean is green weeds and crabgrass that from afar APPEAR to be a lawn. It was not grass really. So, we had our gardener put in sprinklers, flower beds, new sod and a row of privots to create a hedge wall for privacy. My inspirations are very East coast classic, Hamptons feeling.

With this home I want a formal meets cottage garden design.  Just enough boxwood for symmetry, but enough pea gravel, white roses, hydrangea, and jasmine to feel cottage.  Although we’ve put in sprinklers, sod and all that, we do plan on putting in a pool and hot tub sometime in the next year or so. We plan to keep the beds we’ve already created and just move the sod and sprinklers to the front of our home when the time comes. I’m crossing my fingers that this all happens by next summer. Eek!

For now the pups are enjoying the backyard the most, chasing squirrels and birds and rolling around in the grass. The humans enjoy it mostly for it’s slip and slide capabilities!

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