Thursday, August 25, 2016

A New Chalkboard Story.

At the beginning of this Summer, I was strolling through Hobby Lobby and saw and fell in love with this chalkboard. It was on clearance for $40, 50% off the original $80 price tag. I walked away thinking I would love to have that chalkboard, but $40 was more than I wanted to spend. I kept thinking about it and seriously considered it. Then life got busy and I kind of forgot about it. Then one day on instagram I saw someone post about this same chalkboard and how they had just bought it for about $20. My heart started racing and I knew I had to go to Hobby Lobby first thing in the morning in hopes that they still had them. Not only did they still have them, but my store had them marked down to $16! I was so excited and rushed it to the front counter so fast, the ladies who worked there were laughing with me. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my new treasure home and hang it up where my old homemade-beaten down-falling off the wall- one was.
Why do I love my chalkboard so much, you may ask? A chalkboard is like the magazine version of books. I don't have much extra time to sit and read an entire book, but I can find a few minutes here and there to scan a magazine or read one short article at a time. Likewise, I love to art and craft, but I don't often have time to create a masterpiece or do big projects. Although I would love to pull out all my sketching and watercolor supplies more often, it just doesn't happen right now. But I do have a few minutes here and there to try my hand at some old fashioned hand writing or art on the chalkboard. And it's fun to change with the seasons and becomes part of the decor.
So there you have it. The story behind my new chalkboard and the reason why I love it so much. It's probably not a big deal to most people. But it's a little thing that brings me joy :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Updated Front Porch

There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint! Especially when it's the first thing guests see when you welcome them to your home. New trim paint, "Welcome" sign, and house numbers made a big difference!

Royal Exteriors by Ace House Paint in Flat
Welcome sign from Pottery Barn Outlet
House numbers from Ace Hardware
DIY Boxwood wreath here

Only 1.5 weeks of Summer around here until school starts!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Simple Boys Room Reveal {Gray & Navy Blue}

It was time for The Boy to have his own room. Everything we used were things we already had, except I had to buy light blocking curtains since this room didn't have any. You might recognize this room as the previous Guest Room. We no longer needed the guest bed and decided this was a better use of space. The Boy thought this was a great idea too :)

Source List
IKEA - Fjellse Bed Frame
Target - Pillow Fort Rugby Stripe Comforter, Room Essentials Curtain Panel
Pottery Barn Kids -  Feather Sheets (Sold Out) here / Target Xhiliration Printed Arrow Sheet, similar
Sarah Jane Studios - Rocket Launch Art Print
Jones Design Company - Whatever Is Art Print

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Handmade Wood Peg Dolls: A Cute 3 Year Old Girl Gift

Did you know I have a love for peg dolls? I don't know why, but when they are done well I think they are so adorable. A couple years ago I made a few superhero peg doll sets for my son and nephews and now that my baby is turning three soon, I've been dying to make her a little set. I decided to make her a set of three, and they are going to be the cake toppers on her birthday cake, each holding a candle. 

They started from this unfinished wood:

To THIS cuteness:

Bow and scalloped sock detail:

I loosely followed the tutorial from HERE.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring 2016 Nails

OPI Strawberry Margarita
OPI Heart Throb
China Glaze Make a Spectacle

Friday, February 26, 2016

Cauliflower Two Ways {Pinned and Tried}

The food of this week apparently was Cauliflower. We are eating very healthy and trying out new recipes. This week I tried two new recipes I had pinned on Pinterest- one that we absolutely loved and one that didn't make the cut.

Number one was Creamy Cauliflower Sauce from (Click for recipe). I used it as pasta sauce on veggie noodles with broccoli and chicken. (Side note: I was extra excited to try this out in my new Blentec blender with the "sauces" button, which worked flawlessly by the way. Not an endorsement, just love my blender!) I served it to my family without telling them what it was. They all told me it smelled amazing and then they tasted it- and LOVED it. They didn't even realize it was cauliflower sauce until after their plates were empty. We definitely will be making this again. And again times infinity.

Big mom hi-five in the air for me! Lindsay from pinchofyum also uses it for creamy garlic rice and chicken alfredo pizza sauce, which I would love to try.

The second recipe was basically substituting a cauliflower mixture for pizza crust. I used a cheesy cauliflower breadstick recipe I had pinned and basically made a pizza crust with it. I followed all the directions, multiplying times four to feed the family and putting it on a cookie sheet. After cooking for 40 min, I spread a little bit of red sauce on and sprinkled pizza seasoning and cheese over the top the same way I do homemade pizza. After cooling for a few minutes I cut with a pizza cutter into "breadsticks." Unfortunately, it didn't go over great. I liked the taste but the rest of the family thought the cauliflower taste was too strong. Also, even after all that baking, they still were limp and kind of like an omelet consistency. Maybe it needed to cook longer? I guess we'll never know since I won't be cooking it again :( But I praised my family for trying something new and humoring me! I served it with a delicious spinach salad so they weren't too starving :)

So those were our dinner adventures this week! Have you tried anything new lately?