the new exterior paint color, gorgeous cakes + the best stress relief

We've been very busy these past few days with parties, yard work, exercising, grocery shopping, and lots of projects were going on at our place this weekend!

Our biggest and most exciting project of the year finally happened- Rob painted the main color on the house!!! Wooooohoooo! {btw, there are not enough letters in that to contain my excitement}. 

Here's a sneak peek at the color- he hasn't done the trim or windows yet, but I couldn't wait to show you:


The color we decided on is called Retreat by Sherwin Williams and it actually looks like three different colors depending on the time of day and the sunlight. It can alternate between green, blue, and gray. Above it looks green blue, and here it looks more like a moody gray:


It looks amazing all trimmed out with Pure White. I couldn't be more thrilled. :) And I even had the chance to finish a few painting project goals this weekend too, which I plan to show you soon! :)

While Rob was painting, I had fun attending a baby shower and then a birthday party on Saturday. There was some serious cake talent happening at both of them! I love making cakes so every time I see a good one I can't help but take a picture. :)


And this one had three 12-inch tiers and all buttercream icing for an 8-year-old boy's party! Isn't it the cutest thing ever? The fire was cinnamon and butterscotch candies melted together! Brilliant.


All I can say is that my piece was bigger than Bella's here, and I ate almost every bite of it. It was amazing.


Yeah, this pregnant girl doesn't turn down cake. I love it way too much for that! ;)

I also love snuggles like these from little girls. She told me I smelled like sunscreen and she wanted to smell my cheeks, but whatever. I'll take any reason for this cuteness:


This morning I'm hoping to leave the dishes undone and head outside to work on the yard while the weather is so gorgeous. We'll see. :)

Teaching BODYCOMBAT is definitely on the agenda for this afternoon... which is a good thing considering all that cake I ate on Saturday! It's going to be a great workout with all that fuel. ;) Of course, it's always fun though. :)

I think it's safe to say almost all combat instructors have way too much fun punching and kicking to music.... :)

Post-workout, Abbie and I look pretty serious about the whole thing here, though... hahaha! We like to stay in the fight. ;)

I always say you can't walk out of a combat class feeling stressed... :) It's a great way to start a Monday! 

Oh, and I still have to move this to the pantry room today to complete my goals for last week. It's our old TV armoire that we are making into a food pantry. :) It's a man-job for sure- that thing is heavy!


It will be fun to have a cabinet for the food again! :) I can't wait to see how it turns out!


What's on your agenda for this week?

Have you ever made a fondant cake? 
I've never tried, I'm a buttercream fan all the way... I prefer a little cake with my icing.

18 comments

Alli said...

We're painting the exterior of our house this weekend! I can't wait! It's been this ugly green color since we've moved in and I'm over it! We're going with Starless Night by Behr and white trim.

Verna said...

I can't wait to paint the doors and shutters this year! Doors are red and shutters are black, it's all going to be a cool blue color, similar to what you picked with white for the main color. Can't wait, I think it's going to look awesome!

Katie Jones said...

Do you have a workout video? Or is that just a picture???? I'd love to buy the work out video!!!!!!!!

Kelli H. said...

This week I am getting ready for my SIL's bridal shower, but NEXT weekend our neighborhood is having their annual garage sale and I have already hit up our facebook page to see who will be selling cribs. I hope to pick one up and start painting! I cant wait to try out chalk paint that everyone is going on about!

mwimp said...

den meeting on monday, vegtable garden planting on tuesday, church on wednesday, pack meeting on thursday, veg out of friday, float building for our pack for our Founders Day Parade, church on Sunday, shew! of course school and work.
i've never done fondant before but i do make all our family's special cakes with regular icing. i'm very different in the fact that i can't stand icing. i will flip the piece of cake over and eat it from bottom to top leaving the icing, but my lil guy likes that alot, lol!

Christie said...

Love the paint color! Can't wait to see more pictures. I have never made fondant, but a friend made a cake with marshmallow fondant that looked just as pretty and tasted amazing!

crystal woolever said...

Love the color on your house, cant wait to see more photos!!!!!!

Mandy said...

OOOH that's pretty!! I had to look it up, and I love it!!

Mandy said...

ooo! yay!! Do you paint your shutters with a brush or sprayer? I did one with a brush and it was hard!! Can't wait to hear how it goes for you! :D

Mandy said...

:) It's just a picture from an ad for our gym. :) It would be fun to do a video, but they already made combat ones for a steal! You can buy the LM Combat on Beachbody for like $100 for 10 dvd's I think. It's so much fun!

Mandy said...

oooh! I want to know how it goes for you! Did you order Annie Sloan paint or another brand?

Mandy said...

woooh girlie! You have a lot going on! :) How fun! We could almost share a piece of cake- I only like the icing, and the cake is a medium for it, LOL! :)

Mandy said...

oh that's cool- did she make herself? or buy the fondant? I've never been brave enough to try it! :D

Mandy said...

oh thank you Crystal! I can't wait to see it with the trim painted, I'm so excited! :D

Christie said...

Yes, she did make it herself. The recipes are on pinterest. You can even make it whatever color you want. One of these days I'll be cool enough to try it. = )

James Harry said...

Fanatic blog!! house paint colors exterior

Athena said...

Mandy, I have enjoyed beginning to read your blog! Great stuff on curly hair regime on a budget (Im a curly girl too!) Question.. Did or could you post a picture of your homes exterior after it was painted? We are considering using the same color you chose and would sooo appreciate seeing it. :)

Valerie Casady said...

Wow. I love the new color of your house! I'm so excited to see more photos. Btw, I've been planning to change our house exterior but still confused on what color would suit, but I think I already have a perfect choice. Thanks for sharing!