Friday, August 23, 2013

Do-Rite Donut Shop

This morning PK didn't have to be at work until a little later, so he took me to Do-Rite Donuts on a fun little morning date. It's a place he and his friend Joel frequent and PK is always speaking highly of it. The donuts, the coffee, the convenience and the efficiency of it. 
He was right. About all of that. 
 Which 90% of the time he is usually right on any matter in life really. I know that's not what it's about in a marriage, being wrong or right, but if it were what it was about, PK would be the winner. And I'm cool with that now, most of the time.  He's smart and way more practical and sensible than I and he's really good at directions n-stuff, so I'd rather him be the right one in the relationship. 

AAAAnd now, the lineup of your Friday morning Do-Rite Donuts. 
{Said loudly in a baseball announcer man voice}

Hello, old fashioned cinnamon crunch heaven. Welcome to our table. 

He's even handsome mid-bite. 

I, myself, decided against the mid-bite picture and chose instead
the  old hold-the-donut-up-while-the-man-walks-behind-me pose. 

These little birds get SO close to you!
Also, let us not forget how AH-MAZING Dark Matter Coffee tastes. 
Roasted right here in the Windy City. 

        I was going to put these pictures of us side by side but we literally looked like a pair of boobs. 

It was a lovely city morning.
I was overwhelmed by PK's grace and patience with me prior to leaving for our donut date. I was being incredibly difficult and he showed me God's love with his consistent pursuit of my heart. He showed me God's love with how quick he was to forgive me. None of that I deserved. 
He even posed for a picture inside of an oversized donut. 
That, my friends, is love.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Farmhouse Retreat

We found a little piece of heaven and it's only three hours away!

Our church small group stayed in this beast over this past weekend. 
It's an old, restored farmhouse and IT. WAS. BEAUTIFUL. 
Not only was the house beautiful, our small group had an awesome time catching up, laughing lots, spending time in the sunshine, and allowing our hearts to connect. 
Here is a glimpse of our weekend in pictures:

I spent my mornings here. Coffee in hand. Hashing through some stuff with Jesus. Good for my soul.

Pontoon fun!

^ He is such an incredible man. ^

The girls

The guys

I HAD to take a picture of the free parking sign. That doesn't happen in Chicago. Well, except on Sundays. Thanks Rahm.  

My little Chicago family, I love you dearly! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

DIY Canisters

Whenever I go to my sweet friend Jen's place, her and her hubby are always getting rid of something. I've received some pretty nice stuff from them such as our bar stools for the kitchen and Pampered Chef measuring cups. 

{And Yes, for 3 years of marriage I did not have dry measuring cups.} 

Not too long ago they asked if I wanted an extra set of canisters. You know, the ones you put on your kitchen counter that say "Flour" and "Sugar". Those. 
When I first looked at them I thought, "eeeeeh, they don't really go with our place....they are black and white.... and we have nothing with a black and white patterned anything in our house." 
But then the lightbulb came on.
 I thought "wait just one minute, I can spray paint these puppies and finally have some canisters of my very own for practically no cost at all but the spray paint!." I was already spray painting them in my mind as I was thinking this. 

{I promise these thoughts all happened in a matter of like 5 seconds so there wasn't any of that awkward silence stuff going on. Even if there was, silence isn't really awkward with Jen anyway. She's legit.}

All of this to say, here is my journey with, and a little tutorial of, my now most favorite canisters I have ever owned. {The truth: I've never owned any, but they're still my fave}

What you need:
 - Random old canisters in a shape you like
- Spray paint primer {Rust-Oleum is my favorite}

-Spray paint colors you like

-A drop cloth {I use an old sheet}

-Gloves for spray painting

-A mask. {I wear one so I don't lose brain cells}

How to:
Step 1: Clean the canisters with soap and water. Dry 'em.

Step 2: Spray canisters with primer. 
{Wait for however long the can says to wait before you spray with color}

Step 3: Spray the actual canisters with a color you like. Let dry.

Step 4: Spray the lids with colors you like. Let dry. 

Step 5: Enjoy your new canisters!

Here's my finished product:

{that cable hook-up is an eyesore!}

I just think they look so darn cute in our lil kitchen! 
And now I have more room in my cupboards because the ingredients are in my darling little canisters. 

Do you have a favorite DIY accomplishment? 
I would love to hear about it in the comments! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rainy Day in NYC? No prob!

On our vacation in New York City, there were some rain-tastic days. 
If you think that would stop the Konickis from doin' what they do then, you don't know the Konickis. Well, maybe you know me, because I could've stayed in all day and watched old seasons of the Bachelor/Bachelorette. BUT I was in NYC for crying out loud, so I decided to take the high road, suck it up, and take a rainy day adventure with my favorite adventurer.

Our rainy day turned out to be super fun! So, if you are ever in NYC and it starts to rain, grab your umbrella, be prepared for your pants and feet to get a little wet, and embrace it! You know what they say {whoever they are}: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." I guess that means we joined.... the rain? Hm.

Anyway, Here's what our day looked like: 

Coffee duh. We found the cutest place called Birch Coffee
Awesome coffee, I love what they're about, and it's like a little oasis in the middle of Manhattan.

 {"Christir" is a new one.}

Early Afternoon:
Chelsea Market. Swoon! 
This was our second time there in a matter of three days. SO CUTE!!!
We ate some lunch and window shopped. Chelsea Market is such a lovely place to shop, people watch, eat, drink. I could spend hours in there, really, and it's not even that big. 

{bags on bags}

{If it's a wine shop, we stop. It's the Konicki way.}

{This was PK's candid-but-not-candid pose. 
Which means there is nothing candid about this picture.
Except that eyesore of a stroller.}

Next up:
Shopping! We went to 5th Ave. and ran from store to store and it worked out great. We dried off pretty quickly, and it's not like there was really a reason to be outside. This means I got to linger in the women's section a bit longer and go back and try other things on. PK was a trooper. 
Places we went: 
And we went to Lids to get PK a Yankees hat. My dad who lives and breathes Chicago White Sox is gonna flip.

Early Evening:
Two words: Freaking weird. 
Okay, not soooo weird I wouldn't go back again, but weird enough where I couldn't not see what some of the exhibits were about. Like eerie, creepy, what-exactly-are-you-trying-to-state-because-this-art-is-a-bit-disturbing kind of weird. Not ALL of it was weird, just a couple pieces. Like the piece made by a female artist who saved her hair, nail clippings, and foot skin in jars. Heebeejeebees. All this to say, it honestly was a really cool place to spend a few hours. Promise. Nothing was really inappropriate. Maybe a ta-ta or two, but way more non-ta-ta art than ta-ta art. 

{What would a modern art museum be without an Andy Warhol?}

{The view was not too shabby at all!}

{Nothing says "art" like a floating shovel}

Dinner and beyond:
For the rest of the night, we ordered Indian take-out and had Seamless deliver it right to our door. We also finished the first season of the Netflix series called House of Cards. We are addicted. When is Kevin Spacey not a creep? I wonder what he is like in real life...

To sum it up {literally, I added it up below}:

Chelsea Market
shopping on 5th Ave.
 a relaxing night in
a really fun way to spend a rainy NYC day.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Baby Shower fun!

I am a party thrower. 
I love everything about it. From creating the invites, to planning the food, to setting up all the decorations, to interacting with the guests. I even love the messes after the parties because it indicates that people got to enjoy yummy food, delicious drinks, and each other's company. I love tailoring parties to whom the party is being thrown. Party throwing is a way I get to communicate to those I love just how special they are and how much they are worth celebrating. It's also a way to meet those I haven't met but love the throwee just as much as I do. I love that! 
I believe that people are worth celebrating and celebrating big. I don't really "go all out" with much, but throwing parties, that's when it gets good and I allow the extra special details to happen. 

I recently got to throw a little baby shower for one of my dearest friends.
We've known each other for eight years {Kinzi, holy cow! EIGHT years!} and have been the inseparable kind of friends for six of those years. The first two years were both of us knowing each other from a distance and being intimidated by each other. Then we joined staff with Cru the same year  and became instant bests.

Kinzi, it was so fun for all of us to celebrate you and your hubby and your sweet baby boy. You are a dear friend to me and you're going to make one incredible mama. 

Here's a recap of the fun:

{Isn't she beautiful?!}

{I got these adorable straws from The Dandelion Design.}

{No-sew bunting tutorial coming soon!}

{How cute are these?! The women did such an amazing job!}

{I found this window in an alleyway, hosed it off & bam! Decoration.}

{Download "prayers for baby" here for free}

{I made these cute lil candles as favors. They are so fun and easy to make! Check out the how-to here.}

{pretty mamas-to-be}
{Me and Kinzi}

{Such a fun & lovely group of women}

Raise your trendy mason jars to celebrations, dear friends and new friends coming together, and the beauty of new life!