Sunday, March 31, 2013

Have A Blessed Easter

Happy Easter to everyone!  I hope you all feel the love of Jesus today, for Jesus Christ is Risen!  Enjoy this day that God has made.  

This is a picture of a student at the school where I work.  His name is Ryan.  Their was a re enactment of the Crucifixion on Friday night.  I think this is awesome that an 8th grade boy wanted to do that.  How proud his momma must be!  You go Ryan!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Our Family Room

 I have shown you pretty much every room in our house, except for our family room, so I thought I would show it to you today.  Since we moved into this house in June, we really haven't done much in this room, other than furnish it and hang some things on the wall.  We live in a split level home, and the family room is downstairs, along with Miss 16 Year Old's bedroom and bathroom, a hallway that serves as a mud room, and our laundry closet.  This is the room where my kids take their friends to hang out and play the Wii or watch DVDs.  It is also the room where we keep all of our family games.  So without further ado, here is our family room.

This is looking into the room from the hallway.  There used to be a door on this room, but we removed it when we moved in.  Somehow, I did not like the idea of Miss 16 Year Old being able to close this door if she has a boy over.  Plus, it makes the room seem larger.  It is not a large room.  This furniture was given to us by my best friend.  It is denim slipcovered, and she bought it at Macy's.  It is by far the most comfortable furniture I have ever owned, but we don't plan on keeping it.  We plan to purchase new furniture for the upstairs living room, and move the furniture up there down to this room.  Although comfortable, this furniture is too big and bulky for the room.  To see the upstairs living room, and the furniture I am referring to, click here.


To the far left is the entrance to this room.  That door you see is the utility closet, and it does have some storage as well.  We have a bookshelf in there that houses our jeans.  We did not paint this room.  I thought the color in here was fine for now.  The elliptical machine was also given to us by a friend.  To the left you can see the chalkboard hanging pegged "thingy"  that I made over.  


This is from the opposite end of the room.  That closet holds my husband's casual clothes.  It is jammed packed.  The entertainment center we brought with us from the old house.  I would love to replace it with something more streamlined.  Not so big and bulky.  



This room has a lot of natural light.  Right outside of those windows is our deck.  I wish one of those windows was a door because you can't get to the deck from this floor.  The curtains are from Target.  That end table you see, I purchased from Lowe's back when you could buy unfinished furniture there, and I stained it myself.  I wish they still sold that stuff.


This picture was from our wedding, and everyone signed it.  It is starting to look shabby.  I want to keep it, so it is in store for some kind of makeover.  


This picture is a piece of art  LC bought on the street in Tokyo when he vacationed there.  I just slapped it in a frame.  


I bought this canvas print at Pier One.



LC bought me this painting in Ocean City one summer.  


You can see in the far right the shelf that houses our games.  It would be nice to have something to store them so they were hidden.  


You can't really see that table to the left of the chair in this picture, but it is an awesome table that I bought at The Mission.   Click over and check it out!  It has some damage to the top that I plan to repair, but it is a great table.  I only paid $15 for it!


So there is our family room.  It is fine, and it serves the purpose.  Below is a list of things that will eventually change in this room.

  • Purchase new flat screen TV
  • Move upstairs living room furniture into this room
  • purchase new TV console
  • Add Hidden storage for games
  • Refinish End Table
  • Change out and improve decor
  • Possibly paint
  • Change out ceiling light
  • Add some kind of heating element-it's cold down here!
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

DIY Easter Bonnet

How are you on this fine Thursday?  I am pretty darn happy because I am one day closer to spring break!  Over the weekend we had to make an “Easter Bonnet” for Mr. 5 Year Old.  It was not good news because we had an extremely busy weekend and did  not open his back pack until Sunday night, only to find that he was required to make an Easter bonnet to take to school for an Easter parade on Wednesday.  Yay us!  I had not materials for an Easter bonnet, nor did I have a clue what to make for a boy, nor, to be quite honest, did I feel like making it.  I was all “if they want to have an Easter Bonnet parade, then they should make their Easter bonnet's as a craft in the classroom”!  It did not put me in a good mood.  So guess what I did?  I assigned the task to my artsy fartsy Miss 16 Year Old!  And as luck would have it, we had a snow day on Monday so she had extra time to go to AC Moore and make the Bonnet.  She bought everything she needed for less than $8.  Here it is.
This is Mr. 5 Year Old wearing the bonnet.  Sweet!


She used craft paper, foam sheets, tissue paper, some 3-D stickers,  acrylic paint, a hot glue gun, and some tiny Easter eggs. I can’t give you a tutorial because I did not make it, but I think it is fairly self explanatory.  And I am never gonna get her to explain it step by step, trust me!  Her  mind does not work that way. This is a view from up high. 




Is that the cutest little Easter hat or what? I would have loved to see all of them! I bet Gavin’s was the cutest! Winking smile  He said he had fun at the parade too! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wish I Had That!- My Dream Closet

If you are a Sex In The City fan like I am, then you will recognize this closet immediately!  It is the closet of Carrie Bradshaw!  I could not resist making this the first picture you see.

Welcome to Wish I had that!  Every Wednesday I have been blogging about something that I wish I had, and showing you some yummy eye candy.  Last week, I showed you some of my favorite spring vignettes.  Today, I am focusing on dream closets.  In case you do not know, we moved into this house at the end of June 2012.  We went from a house that had walk in closets in every bedroom, to a house with much smaller closets.  Right about now, you might be asking WHY?, right?  Well, we did it to be closer to our children's schools and activities.  And I do not regret it for one second, although my huge walk in closets are something that I desperately miss.

In our old house, LC and I both had our very own walk in closets!  I could leave my entire wardrobe out all year long.  Now, I have to pack away my out of season clothing.  And let me tell you this- it SUCKS!  I also had to purge a huge amount of things, in addition to packing away my out of season clothes.  Now, I am not gonna lie, I have more clothes than the average woman, I do.  I love fashion, I love everything about it!  Did I say love?  Yes, it's true.  Although since moving, I have been seriously considering doing a major clothing purge and simplifying my wardrobe.  I was telling this to my husband the other day and his reply was, "who are you again"?  Well, I am really gonna do it!  And don't worry, I will be blogging about it every step of the way, because this is going to be major!

When we moved, and it was time to put our closet together, I cried, real tears people!  It was horrible!  We do have a walk in closet, but it is small, and My husband has 1/4 of it.  He keeps all of his suits, dress shirts, and ties in there.  The rest is for me, and it is not much space.  My dad did come and help me put in a different closet organizer when I moved in to maximize the space, which helped a little.  But we had to put a set of bookshelves downstairs in the utility closet to keep our jeans.  My husband also has a small closet in the family room downstairs for his casual clothes.  I want to show you a picture of my closet, but I am not on my home computer right now, so I will add an update with a picture of our closet as soon as possible.  For now though, sit back and enjoy some amazing dream closets!  These are to die for!  I did not link back to the original source on these photos, sorry, I just don't have time for that today.

Love all of the mirrored surfaces, and how this closet is color coded.

Wait a minute, is this a closet or a store, I die!  (Channeling Rachel Zoe right now)

I am a sucker for a pop of red, and this red carpet in this closet makes me smile!

This one is eclectic and quirky, and gorgeous!

What a fantastic use of an attic space!

This pink and lavender is so sweet and feminine.

A Closet with a washer and dryer?  Yes please!

Here is some more color coding wonderful-ness.

Someone took a spare room and turned it in to a closet,  I love it!

It looks like a his and hers closet, each side is different.  Clever!  I could take a nap right there, and I would!

OH MY!  There are no words for this one!  I wonder who this belongs to?  Whoever she is, I hate her.

Is this a closet and an office combined?  I could definitely sit in this space and blog all day long!  the picture is a little blurry but who cares?

This closet is so pretty.  From the drum shades, to the ottoman, to the draperies.  So light and airy!

A vanity, an island and an ottoman.  Not to mention the wallpaper and the chandy!

So, I am dying to know, which of these dreamy closets is your favorite?  I am partial to Carrie Bradshaw's closet, just because she was such a style icon.  It is  not the biggest or the best, but it is plenty big enough for me!  I dream of the day I will have a closet to myself again, and not have to share it with anybody.  I love you LC, but I do not want to share my closet space with you.

I found all of these closets, and many many more and made a pinterest page of dream closets.  So hurry on over there right now and check out some more to die for closets!  And please don't forget to come back next Wednesday for more of Wish I Had That!  

Update:  Here are some pictures of the closet that LC and I share:

The two rows to the far right belong to LC.  On the shelf above are some of my short sleeve t shirts and purses.

My shoes on the inside of the door.  My clothes are straight ahead and to the left. Shirts, cardigans and sweaters on top rack, and skirts on the bottom rack  In the back left corner are longer sweaters and dresses.  To the left is a rack of my long pants. On the shelf straight ahead are my long sleeve t shirts, Some shoe boxes for very dressy shoes, and my sweaters.  The shelf on the left top contains some larger hat boxes that hold miscellaneous items.  

There are two wire shoe racks on the floor that contain more of my shoes.  The stacking baskets on the back wall contain panty hose, and tights.  

How is that for a dream closet.  More like a nightmare closet!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Back To Basics- Household Uses For Vinegar- Part 2

Can you believe that I am home today- for a SNOW DAY!?1?  Now, don't get me wrong, I love myself a day off, but it is the last week of March people!I think we got something around 3-4 inches of snow here last night, and LC had to go in to work.  He didn't come home until about 3:30 am.  I feel like I am coming down with something and had a terrible night's sleep, so I am actually glad for the day to rest, it was a busy weekend for us.  

So, I am back today to share some more household uses for vinegar!  If you want to check out the first post I did on this topic, click here.  Interest in using natural products in our homes has been reawakened as a greater awareness of the harm we might be causing to our planet leads us to seek more natural products.  Vinegar also appeals to the thrifty among us.  You will be amazed what you can achieve with a humble bottle of vinegar in your cleaning arsenal!  The best type of vinegar to use for any cleaning task is white distilled vinegar, so keep that in mind when you are reading the following list.  Here are 15 more things you can do with vinegar around your house:

1.  For Mildew- Wash down with a 50:50 solution of hot water and vinegar.  If the problem persists mist the area with vinegar and allow to dry.  The vinegar will help prevent further build up.  

2.  For mirrors-  Clean them properly with a soft clean cloth and a spritz of 50:50 vinegar and water.  

3.  For laundry-  Washed a tissue by mistake?  Remove as much as you can by hand and then re-run the load with a cup of vinegar added to remove the smaller bits.  

4.  Also for laundry-  Woolen and Cotton blankets fluff up beautifully if you add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle (that is the fabric softener dispenser).

5.  To clean your iron- If the vent holes are built up with scale deposits pour a mix of equal parts water and white wine vinegar into the reservoir until it is full.  Set the iron to its highest steam setting and allow the vinegar steam to spew forth for a few minutes.  Watch out, it will be spitting out hot bits.  When the steam has finished, iron an old dish towel for a few minutes to clear out any lingering muck.  

6.  Also to clean your iron-  Allow the iron to cool completely and then scrub the base plate with a paste of equal parts salt and white vinegar.  Wipe with a clean cloth dipped in vinegar and any scorch marks will disappear.  Iron your trusty dish towel once more to remove any residue.

7.  To iron clothes-  To create sharp creases in clothes, lightly spray them with equal parts vinegar and water before ironing.  

8.  Carpets or rugs-  Treat marks by lightly spraying with vinegar- do not soak the area, just dampen.  Sprinkle with baking soda and allow to dry.  Vacuum up the remains.  You might want to test this on a normally covered area first.  

9.  Dry clean only curtains-  You can freshen them up in between cleanings with a vinegar mist.  Keep the solution fairly weak, about 1 part vinegar to 9 parts water.  Spray with a fine mist.  spray front and back and leave closed while they dry.  

10.  On upholstered sofas and chairs-  You the same solution as for curtains and spray with a fine mist.  Make sure you don't over wet any area.  

11.  To clean leather furniture- mix a 50:50 solution of vinegar and linseed oil.  Spray the solution onto them and wipe with a damp cloth.  

12.  Cleaning faucets-  To clean around the base of faucets, soak up and old cotton rag in undiluted vinegar and wrap it tightly around the base.  Leave overnight, and the grime will lift easily with the help of an old toothbrush.

13.  Also Cleaning faucets-  Scale buildup at the end of your tap?  Fill a plastic cup full of vinegar, place the end of the faucet into it, and fix in place with masking tape.  Leave overnight and wipe clean the next day.  

14.  For slow drains-  First pour 2 cups of baking soda, then 1 cup vinegar down the plug hole.  When it has stopped fizzing, empty a whole kettle of boiling water down the drain.  Repeat until the sink drains freely.  

15.  For smelly drains- pour 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain.  Leave for 10 minutes and then let the hot water run for 1 minute.  

My last post about household uses for vinegar seemed to be pretty popular, so I hope that you will find these tips and tricks just as useful- happy cleaning!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Cheap And Easy Method For Hanging Plates

 It's Friday!  I am so glad Friday is here, how about you?  By the end of the week, I am always exhausted, and I call Friday after work my big nap day.  Mr. 5 year old and I usually cuddle up and take a nap after school.  Not today though.  My daughter is in her high school's production of Legally Blonde.  They opened last night, so I will be seeing that play 3-4 times before it is over.  Tonight, I am serving as an usher.  So, wish her luck!

I have had a couple of plates sitting around here that I wanted to hang for a about a month now.  Well, over the weekend I finally got them hung, without buying anything to hang them with!  Sometimes I really impress myself, ha!  I have seen several methods for hanging plates on different blogs.  So I decided to try hanging them with what I had.   These are the plates I hung.

 I used some left over fabric scraps, a paper clip, and a hot glue gun.


I cut a square of fabric, then I folded it in half.  I hot glued the bottom half to the plate, then I stuck the paper clip on the inside of the folded fabric, put hot glue all around the edges, stuck the paper clip right onto the top edge, and folded the second half over into the glue I made sure enough of the paperclip was sticking out to hang onto the wall.  After I folded the fabric over the paper clip, I put a dollop of hut glue right at the top Just for good measure.


I painted this plate at a Pottery Painting Place.  


I decided to hang it on this little wall in my kitchen.  The cafe curtains I made have the same color of blue in them.  


I bought this little plate recently on clearance at a Cracker Barrel store for $3.99  I hung it on my gallery wall in the hallway.  I bought the little letter plaque at Kohl's.



This way of hanging a plate on the wall is so much cheaper than actually buying something to hang them with.  I am so glad I tried it! It didn't cost me a dime.  Have a good weekend!

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