July 28, 2014

Survey Results

Happy Monday, friends - and thank you to everyone who filled out the survey over the past two weeks! I've filled out surveys for other blogs before and always am interested to see who else was reading, but it was fun to do that for my own.

In total, fifty-six people responded. One of these was my husband and one was my mom, so, again - to the fifty-four people that weren't obligated or forced to fill this out - thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Are you curious to see the results? I've pulled out some of the things that were interesting to share with you guys this morning!

The first question was about how long you've been reading over here. We have a mix of old friends and new friends,

...but most of you know me in real life.

Blue Dishes readers are 91% female, 2% male, and 3% "skipped the question."

Y'all. Male or female is not a hard question. So, by some logical reasoning, I believe that readers are 91% female, 2% male, and 3% male-but-don't-want-to-admit-that-they-read-blogs.

This was one of my favorite questions to see answers to - we have an awesome mix of life stage. Married friends with no kiddos are the majority, but only by a hair!

Almost every reader lives in the U.S. of A., but y'all are spread out all over the country. It's on my bucket list to make a roadtrip across the whole US, so it's good to know that I'll have friends to see along the way ;)

And even though a lot of questions got skipped once or twice, this question was answered by every single person. Glad to see that we all value the same things.

Majority here? Mint chocolate chip. I approve!

Also, shout out to the one poor soul who just wrote "allergic." Sweet friend, you are a trooper.

This was a great exercise for me, so thanks for playing along! If you didn't fill out the survey, it's not too late to chime in - tell me your favorite ice cream flavor in the comments below, and you can always email thebluedishes@gmail.com to give feedback or just say hi :)


July 23, 2014

A Peek Into Our Home

Hello there! This view look familiar?

Even though we've been living in Apt. 52 for almost 2 months now, I've barely let you in past the front door so far. Whoops...but can you blame me? We have been up to our ears in boxes, and I didn't want to start showing anything off until we had things a little more pulled together. 

Well, friends? Today is the day. Come on in ;)

I cleaned up for you all, but only a little. I want you to feel like you're really friends here, and you never deep-clean for your true friends - right? Right. 

We live in 900 square feet of urban glory. The space isn't the newest or nicest, but we are right in the middle of the city and we love it. You've seen the kitchen before and that's where our apartment starts, so let's go right to the dining room.

...Oh, what the heck. Here's the kitchen again.

And nowwww to the dining room. Our table is a little bigger than normal right now because of the company that we had on Saturday. We kind of like how  roomy it is, though, so it might stay like this!

Here's the view from my seat at the table - bonus points if you can spot the family pet or the blue dishes!

When you're in the kitchen or at the far end of the living room, you can see all the way through - it's three small spaces! I love that each one flows into the next. There's a little hallway where that white door is that goes to the guest room and the laundry, and the door to our room is right behind where we're standing now.

Oh, and let me point something out in case you missed it - 

 That's right - the apartment originally had a little glass shelf over the fireplace that we didn't have a lot of confidence in, so Steve and his dad made it a weekend project to replace it! I love the mantle that he designed and built - it's gorgeous! Also love living somewhere where the owners have given us permission to make a few small changes.

Here's another view of that room you're standing in right now. Surprise - we have a patio! We haven't started cleaning up that area yet or adding furniture, but I can already tell you that it's one of my favorite spots. We'll have to wait till later for pictures of that...or you'll just have to come and visit us! Deal?

I've loved having you over today, friends! I know it's always fun for me to see little pieces of where people live, so I'm glad that I got to share our new space with you too.


July 21, 2014

On My Mind

1. Remember that time I said I wanted to make cinnamon ice cream? I found something better.

The Blue Dishes may be many things, but the hope of this baby becoming a food blog is becoming smaller and smaller. I'm not saying it's impossible, but I'm pretty sure you can't write recipes where you just go to Target and buy whatever you're craving.

And since you're wondering...yes. It's delicious.

2. Our apartment is CLEAN!  I know you've gotten a sneak peak of our living room before, but here it is again. If you had seen it last week with the boxes piled high...well, friend, you would be SO impressed right now.

We accidentally invited a few friends over on Saturday night, and then realized that we still had a looong road of cleaning/unpacking/settling. Yikes. This turned out to be the biggest blessing in disguise, though, because a little company + a rainy day resulted in our apartment getting almost completely unpacked, and we finally feel settled in. Anyone want a virtual tour?

3. We have this newlywed tradition of eating pizza and watching netflix every Sunday night. Last week, we broke tradition by eating Chinese food instead of pizza. Last night, we broke tradition again by watching the Lego Movie instead of our standard Scandal. Steve said it was his favorite movie that he's ever seen. That's all.

4. Are you guys familiar with Sole Society? They have gorgeous shoes, bags, and accessories - with free shipping and easy returns! I've been looking through their bags but can't decide for the life of me. A little help, please?

I'm looking for a little bit of an oversized bag that could hold a computer and notebook, but isn't too big to be a day-to-day purse. Check out them online: A, B, and C. If you'd like to do some shopping of your own, use my invite! I haven't bought much from them, but their sale section might have me hunting around a little more. 

5. Last thing for today - If you haven't filled out the survey, you have one more chance. So far the readers of this little blog are 99% women and 1% my husband, so gentlemen: this is your chance to shine. Let your voice be heard.

You can fill out the survey HERE. If you've already filled it out, thanks! You rock!

How was your weekend, friends? Did you have a lazy cleaning/movie watching/ice cream eating weekend like us? Fill me in!