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Drink Up – Old Thyme Collins

Last summer I had a version of this drink at one of my favorite restaurants, RedSeven. Unfortunately it was only a seasonal offering so I haven’t had one since. I finally decided to just try to figure it out myself & see how it goes. I’m happy to report that it was a total success. The full recipe’s at the bottom if you’d like to try my little experiment for yourself. It’s going to be a perfect spring drink!

Basically, I just used the Tom Collins recipe that was on the side of an old cocktail shaker that had belonged to Dustin’s grandpa & just added thyme. I also increased the amount of gin in the recipe because it was pretty weak. It’s possible that my glass is taller than the one they would’ve put it in, so I may have ended up with too much soda. Unfortunately, the seal on said shaker wasn’t quite the tight fit it used to be & I ended up wearing part of the recipe. Good times. Or should I say good thymes? No, definitely not…

Old Thyme Collins

Pour 2 ounces gin in a shaker filled with ice

Add the juice of 1 lemon & 1.5 teaspoons sugar

Put the lid on your shaker & shake, shake, shake!

Muddle 1 sprig of thyme in the bottom of your glass

Fill glass with ice

Pour contents from shaker over ice & thyme

Fill the rest of the way with soda water

Garnish with 2 sprigs of thyme

Drink up!

Hollie - I’ll be over for one asap! I’m loving your photos – I think shake it up is my fav :) Awesome post, April!

APRIL - Come on over! Just bring a lemon because I just ran out ;)

Inside My House – Bathroom #1

Here’s the first room in my home tour. It may seem weird to start with a bathroom, but it’s probably my favorite room (design-wise) in my house right now. It’s still not 100% finished, but then again, it probably never will be. I’m always changing, adding or removing things in my rooms. It drives my husband crazy.

The main thing that I still need to do in this bathroom is get a new sink. I want a vintage style that hangs on the wall, but haven’t found the perfect one yet. Well, I have, but it’s $2000. Let’s just say that’s not in our budget. So, I’ll hang on to my shimmery blue sink until I can find the perfect one. I’ve learned to be patient & not just go with the first thing I see or I end up needing to change it later anyway.

I know, it’s weird to put a picture of just my toilet up here, right? But, everyone flips out when they see this thing for the first time. I mean, how many houses do you know of that have a pull-chain toilet? Exactly. The chevron curtains are from Urban Outfitters. And yes, I know that chevron is overdone & no, I don’t care;)I actually wanted just plain striped curtains, but those are pretty much impossible to find, for some reason. I’ve seen where people have painted their own, but let’s be honest, I have zero time to do a project of that caliber. So, chevron it is!

I think the reason that this bathroom is my favorite is the yellow tub. I’ve wanted a painted tub for forever & finally decided on yellow. It’s amazing how much it changes the room. I also love my camera art that I bought on Fab. I find so much great artwork there. Probably too much, but I digress.

A quick shot of all of Jack & Finn’s cute hooded towels. Fun, right?

Here’s what the bathroom looked like when we toured the home.

And here’s the same shot now. Just a little different.

If you’d like to see all of the before and afters along with some demo pictures, click through the slideshow gallery below. There are also a few shots of what the room looked like the first time I re-did it. I hated the shade of green I picked out as soon as we were done painting, but never had the energy to repaint. Obviously I was never inspired to decorate it either.



Gail - Wait…WAIT…is that WALLPAPER BORDER ON THE TUB?!!!! Insanity. And I love your tile flooring in there so much, I could be served dinner on it and be happy :)

Maya Laurent - Wow April! This is amazing!!! I’m with Gail…what was up with the wallpaper on the tub?! The yellow tub is perfect with the white tile. Love!

Tina - WOW that is the most amazing before and after EVER! Beautiful job:) Did you find a tutorial on how to paint your tub online?? I have a claw foot tub in one of my bathrooms also and it desperately needs a face lift – would love to know how you did it!

jesszwo - April, your bathroom is crazy rockin!!! LOVE it. And this site? So awesome! Can’t wait to keep up with it.

Courtney - April- I love the pictures!!! The tutorials over the designs and how you put everything together is fabulous! You have such a great sense of style!!!! Can’t wait to see more of your blogs!!!

APRIL - Thanks for all the love for my little bathroom! You’ve totally warmed my heart :) To answer the burning question, yep, that’s wallpaper on the tub, believe it or not. We have a pedestal tub in the upstairs bathroom that had wallpaper on the base of it. Who knows? I’m just glad it came off :)

@ Tina – I’ve seen tutorials online before on how to paint your tub, but honestly, I just primed it and then painted it with 3 coats of regular wall paint. It really could’ve used at least 1 more, but I was over it at that point. It’s not completely smooth, but I think that’s part of it’s charm.

jenn - That is an AMAZING transformation!!! You’ve got a house with great “bones” and you’re able to see the potential. Gorgeous! And the pull-chain toilet…totally awesome :)

Jen Z - This is gorgeous!!! I love your sense of style and the difference between the before and after is amazing. :)

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Tonya - Just saw this on Apartment Therapy. WHAT a transformation. Great job!!!

caitlin - What color paint and what brand did you use? Did you use different paints on the wood and on the walls? I love this room!

Chelsea V - This was my grandparents’ house! (I can verify my last name in email for you and You’d have no doubt ;) ). I hope you don’t find this creepy, but in this crazy small social media world Gail’s post about your vow renewal showed up on my Facebook news feed and as soon as I saw a picture of the barn I knew that was it. I found your blog and indeed it is! I could go on about that house but yes, my grandma is a nut for wallpaper and my grandpa was very good at hanging it so they covered the house. Of course he probably only gave into the tub border to stop the nagging. :) I’m so happy to see that you kept the toilet! Are your kids afraid of it? We used to be terrified and would pull the chain and run. Anyway, sorry for such a long comment and I hope it doesn’t come across as stalkerish but it is blowing my mind to see the house updated. I have so many memories there and I’m glad your kids will get to grow up there and make their own!

carly tati - Hey April,
I’m not sure how I ended up on your bathroom post just now, but anyway, I am absolutely cracking up over here about your before pictures compared to the after photos. So different! Nice work!

Pretty Tumblers

I bought these tumblers (technically labeled as stemless wine glasses. Whatever.) at Target over the weekend and thought they were too pretty not to share. There are actually 4 to the set & there’s also a blue/green set as well. They’re acrylic, so they’re perfect for having a drink outside in the summer without worrying about breaking them. Now I just need to find a summery drink to put inside…

Jen Z - Oh, I LOVE the colors in those tumblers. AND I love the photos, particularly the first one. :)

April - Thanks, Jen! I love the colors too – so fun & slightly retro.

Dinner: A Love Story – The Book

One of my favorite blogs is Dinner: A Love Story. I love reading about their adventures in cooking for their family of four. Plus, their daughters are voracious readers, just like my son Jack is & so I love discovering both new & old book titles through them as well as just hearing their reading stories in general. It’s a great little blog with lots of wonderful recipes. Jenny Rosenstrach, who writes the blog with her husband, Andy, is one of the authors of one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, Time for Dinner. Much to my joy, she’s coming out with a new cookbook based on the Dinner: A Love Story blog. Below is the trailer for the book & here’s a link where you can pre-order your own copy. June can’t get here fast enough for me!

Hollie - I love their blog & cookbook too! Can’t wait for the next one…

April - Aren’t they both great? I think I’m way more excited than I should be for a cookbook ;)

Hollie - Well I read cookbooks like others read novels. I love them!


I signed up for Birchbox last month & juuuust missed the deadline for getting that month’s shipment. I waited patiently (not really) until I received this month’s shipment & I couldn’t be happier. If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, how it works is, you sign up, pay $10 each month & receive a box of 4-5 high-end beauty & lifestyle samples. It’s so fun! If you’d like to sign up, just click here. Trust me, it’s worth it. Below are some pictures of the box that I received this month. How on trend is that mint nail polish?


Gail - Oooh…how fun is THAT?!!! Leave it to you to pull off mint polish!

April - Oh Gail, you could totally pull off mint polish!

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