January 31, 2012

How To: Plant Seeds Using Eggshells

We were excited when our Sprout Robot alert went off that it was time to start broccoli seeds indoors this weekend for our zip code. With the move and being in the midst of colder months, we are seriously lacking in the gardening department, except for our avocado sprouts (which we have an exciting update on coming tomorrow).

January 30, 2012

Weekend Basics

Yes, Tim is wearing shorts in the middle of January  (I told you it was warm).

...aaand we're back to basics. This abnormally warm weekend jump-started so many projects!

January 27, 2012

A Few Things...

1. Last night we got a chance to eat at a new RVA dinner spot we've been wanting to try, The Magpie. It's located just a few blocks away from us and has been generating a lot of local buzz for it's amazing food — and creative decor.

January 26, 2012

Testing Out Clearly Fresh Bags

Tim and I were contacted by Clearly Fresh Bags, a new company specializing in a type of zipper bag that claims to preserve the freshness of produce like fresh fruit and vegetables beyond what their normal shelf life would have been should you have left them on the counter, in the fridge, or in another type of zipper bag on their own. They've developed a new technology, controlling the way air flows in and out of the bag via a BreathWay membrane on the front of the bags and wanted to know if we'd be interested in testing them out for ourselves.

January 24, 2012

Roundup: Matching Tattoos for Couples

Our last post on his and hers tattoos was so popular, we thought there isn't a better time then now for another roundup with new designs we've come across in our internet journeys. While we're still not quite in the market (if ever) for getting inked ourselves — it's fun to live vicariously through those that have already taken the plunge. The following list of complementary tattoos come from couples who seem to have nailed it, no?

January 23, 2012

Would You Like a Tour of our New Home?

Now that we've been living in our new house a little under a month, we thought it was high time to take you on a tour of the whole space, room by room, just as we found it and began moving in on the first day. This is the same tour we take everyone on the first time they come see us in our new digs, so please do come in and enjoy...

January 20, 2012

Bits of the City

It's been a bit of a whirlwind week around these parts — I just got home late last night from spending the better part of the week in Brooklyn (relieved I just missed the hints of "wintry mixes" that were to hit the big city overnight). It was so much getting to catch up with all of my coworkers in person and I never once got sick of them asking to see the ring. Oh, the little things. This weekend we'll leave you with some bite sized bits from NYC — at least the snippets I'm familiar with when I make the visit.

January 17, 2012

Bag Balm Giveaway: It's Just Good Stuff

***Update: This giveaway has ended, find the lucky winner at the bottom of the post. Stay tuned for future giveaways right here at 17 Apart! ***

We're giving one of two large size 10 ounce tins of Bag Balm to two lucky readers (one each)! Full details below the dotted line (if you want to skip ahead).

January 16, 2012

Etsy Shops You Should Know (The Manly Version)

I have been coming across some great Etsy shops lately (being that we are a very Etsy household) — had to share a few of my recent favorites.

January 14, 2012

Food Bits in RVA

Just popping in today to share a couple food gems:

1. Tim was mentioned in Style Weekly's print and web edition of Guest Check as a Richmond Food Writer to watch in 2012 by local restaurant critic, Robey Martin. I couldn't agree more (can you blame me?). Find and follow his regular food blog, E.A.T. right here.

January 12, 2012

How To: Turn Your Laptop Computer into an Undercover Video Camera

For those of you interested in how we actually pulled off filming Basil while we went to dinner this past weekend, it was pretty simple and didn't require anything other than a computer. So long as you have a computer with a built in camera, you should be able to start spy filming without any trouble in your own home.

January 11, 2012

Testing Solutions for our Weimaraner's Separation Anxiety

 Basil peering out the windows of our front door

In our goals and resolutions post for 2012, we talked about continuing to work consistently and patiently with easing our weimaraner, Basil, out of his separation anxiety so that we may be able to leave him in our home alone for short periods of time every so often. Find the full background info on our dog's case of separation anxiety in this post and this post from over the past year. Today, we wanted to give an update on our overall progress with tackling this hurdle.

January 10, 2012

Parents Know Best...

No matter how old we or they get, our parents always seem to know what's right. This rule especially came into play with the housewarming gifts our collective parents have given us. Neither of us expected any gifts and are just so thankful for the time each of our parents have put into helping us with the move, cleaning and fixing things around the house, and generally helping us make it feel more cozy. We've got a long way to go, but each of the little steps we've taken so far have helped make our new house feel more like our home (as cliche as it sounds).

January 9, 2012

Avocado Update: We've Got Roots

We finally brought our little avocado experiment with us in our most recent haul to the new house. They traveled well in their glass containers wedged into a larger plastic bucket and we only lost one toothpick during the transport.

January 6, 2012

Spotted: Yarn Bombing on Monument Avenue

During yesterday's morning walk with Basil, I came across this North Davis Avenue and Monument Avenue lamp post at the circle of the Jefferson Davis Monument that had been yarn bombed...

January 5, 2012

Opening the Painted Shut Medicine Cabinet

View from upstairs hallway, looking in

When falling in love with our new home, we just couldn't get over the charm of an older house. There are so many quirks and little details popping out everywhere.

January 4, 2012

Family Photos: Oldies but Goodies

In the spirit of sharing things we've unearthed throughout our move, we wanted to document some old photos of us and our families — while a bit random, we thought you all would enjoy seeing as much as we enjoyed revisiting.

January 3, 2012 Richmond, VA 23220, USA

Found in the House

Built in 1912, January 2012 marks the 100 year birthday of our new home. We thought as our own way to celebrate we'd share the relics and mementos we uncovered while moving in after the family/families of people who lived here before us.

January 2, 2012

2012 Goals and Resolutions

With each new year that comes, Mary and I always like to set a few goals and resolutions together amidst any personal ambitions we also hope to achieve. Over the past several years since initially watching the documentary film, Food Inc. (we gave a copy of the film away we loved it so much), our New Year's resolutions have primarily surrounded eating organic, local, less processed, and more sustainable foods when possible. We've not tried to be perfect, but tried to make conscious and better choices more often then not.
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