Friday, January 30, 2015

{Feature Friday} #28

Happy Friday everyone! 
I hope you had a fabulous week and I hope that you have a fun weekend ahead.

Travis has another 3 day weekend so hopefully we will finally finish framing out our bathroom mirrors and get the trim painted. We'll see! 

Before you get your weekend started though, I have some great features from  last week's Handmade Hangout Party

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Handmade Hangout #33

You guys are awesome and so are your ideas! 
Last week over 400 ideas were linked up to the party! That is awesome! 
Thanks so much for partying with us! 

Are you ready to party this week?! 
Let's do it!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

14 Valentine Fonts and Dingbats

February is right around the corner and that means Valentine's Day is as well... CRAZY!

So today I rounded up 14 fabulous fonts and dingbats that would be great to use on any of your Valentine's Day projects! 

The link for each font is below this image to take you to its download page.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cream Linen Ribbon Wreath

I have another wreath for you today. 
This will probably turn into my new spring/summer wreath to change things up a bit. It is clean, simple, and I love how it came out! 

I created this just like I do with my burlap bubble wreaths but I just used some regular ribbon instead. And I decided to incorporate the welcome sign I made in the center of it for a little something extra but you don't need to do that.

Here is how I made it.

-Wreath form
-Ribbon (don't mind the one in the picture. I was originally going to use it and then changed my mind.)
-Floral Pins
-Welcome sign (optional)
-Fishing wire

Monday, January 26, 2015

Felt Ruffle Valentine Wreath

Stop the presses! I am actually here today with a new project for you! YAY! 
AND I even finished something else over the weekend so perhaps my craft slump is fading.

Valentine's Day isn't that far away so I created a new wreath since the one I made a few years ago broke last year after a strong wind blew it off the door. 

This wreath is super easy, though it does take a little time for all the cutting. 

Here is how I made it.

- Outer Ring of an Embroidery Hoop, I used a 10 in. hoop
-Felt in your choice of colors
-Scissors or Rotary Cutter
-Straight Edge Ruler
-Self Healing Cutting Mat
-Hot Glue Gun
-Needle and thread (optional)

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Whole 30 Adventure- Week 3

This was suppose to go up on Thursday morning and well, life got in the way and I didn't finish it in time so a special Friday night post it is. 

 I'm not gonna lie to you guys, I didn't do too good this week. I may have cheated once or twice. BOO but I'll get over it. I am forging on and continuing until the end, cheats or not. 

Anyways... here is what I ate this week.

Day 15:

What I ate: 
Breakfast: Sunny side eggs, banana, hash browns that Travis made

Lunch: Cucumbers with chicken tenders

Dinner: Steak, brussel sprouts, and broccoli and yellow squash

Snacks: a few cashews

Drank water all day

I have noticed a change in my body. Can't really say I have ever noticed the energy change but I have been super busy so perhaps it is there. 

{Feature Friday} #27

Happy Friday everyone! 

I hope you have had a lovely week! 

I am so sorry that I have been so sporadic with posts since the new year began. I feel like I have been in a slight slump and we have been so busy around the house that I just haven't had much time to sit down and relax much less craft and write up blog posts. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things soon! 

Anyways... I have some great features for you today from last week's Handmade Hangout Party

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Handmade Hangout Party #32

It is time to party but before we do one of our fabulous hostesses is no longer able to host The Handmade Hangout with us, Karen from Redoux Interiors. She started her dream job so she won't be blogging too much anymore. But we wish her well in her new job!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hand Drawn & Watercolored Valentines (Free Printable) + Valentines Blog Hop

Valentine's Day is less than a month away so if you have kiddos, it is time to start thinking about what you are going to do for their Valentine's Day cards.

I have designed some fun Valentines that would be good for boys and girls of all ages. I hand drew each design and then water colored them for the color.

Plus, I have teamed up with some other great bloggers to give you 60 other great Valentine ideas! Be sure to check them all out at the end of this post. 

For my Valentines, all you have to do is print them out and then cut them apart and let your kiddos sign them.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Handmade Hangout Party #31

It's time to party! Show us what you've got!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Karen from Redoux Interiors

Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

My Whole 30 Adventure- Week 2

Today I am sharing my 2nd week on Whole 30.
What I ate, the highs, the lows, the whatever...

Day 8:

What I ate:
Breakfast: sunny side up eggs, and a banana

Lunch: the girls and I were running errands this day so I grab a salad topped with chicken from McDonald's and brought it home and used my own ranch dressing on it.

Dinner: Slow Cooker Pork Roast, brussel sprouts, and carrots

Snacks: almonds and pistachios
Drank water all day

I am getting to the point where my meals are holding me longer. I still get slightly hungry after dinner so that is normally when I have my snack. I also feel like my sweet tooth is going away. Haven't noticed a swing in energy yet OR that foods taste differently. People on Whole 30 always talk about their tastes buds coming alive and I can't say that is happening.

Day 9:

What I ate:
Breakfast: sunny side up eggs with grapes and strawberries

Lunch: Leftover pork roast on a baked potato with red onions and ranch dressing on top. Then carrots and ranch dressing for dipping.

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash boat- topped with ground beef, onions, garlic, and Whole 30 compliant spaghetti sauce.

Snacks: banana

Drank water all day.

I slept TERRIBLY the night before. Couldn't fall asleep or stay asleep very well. Was in a not so good mood as well. Also, my face is starting to break out really bad right now. Assuming this is the "gets worse before it gets better phase" but regardless it still stinks.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

One Lucky Veteran can Win a 7-Eleven Franchise!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 7-Eleven Franchising for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you a United States military veteran or perhaps know a deserving one?

If you answered yes to either question, then this post is for you! 
7-Eleven is running a contest and one lucky deserving military veteran will win a 7-Eleven Franchise!! How awesome is that?!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Master Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Ever since we bought and moved into our house we wanted to redo our master bathroom. It is a good size but the vanities were absolutely ridiculous and there was zero storage. 
Every single room in our house that we had planned on getting a makeover, got its makeover already and that just left our bathroom as the ugliest room in our house. 

We knew that even though we will be moving this year and probably selling our house, we HAD to get our bathroom makeover completed. So while Travis was off work over Christmas break, we decided now was the time to tackle it. 

I am so thrilled it is done!! Ok, truthfully, it is 90% done but I just couldn't wait to share it with you guys. 
Here is it! 
We placed down tile floors and replaced the vanities while leaving the tub and shower alone. We were just giving it a facelift.

 Now, let me show you the before...
Orange oak cabinets, crappy laminate tops, linoleum floors... nothing great what so ever! 

These linoleum floors were in different places throughout house when we bought it and this was the last room it remained.

This was our lovely vanities. It was a small 30 inch cabinet with doors only and then an open space that we assume is for a bench for a makeup vanity area. Both vanities had this. My vanity was burned from the previous owner's straightner or curling iron on the laminate counters and then the sink was an above mount sink.

 So we ripped out both vanities and got to work laying the new tile.
We played around with the pattern before we placed it down and decided to do a herringbone pattern in the end. 

Once we decided on the pattern, I got to putting it all down. 
The linoleum was stuck down very well, without bubbles anywhere, so we opted to apply the tile right on top. 

I have to state that I am quite proud of myself! I pretty much put the entire floor down by myself. I layed all this on a Friday night and then Saturday Travis did help with the cutting while I measured the pieces and then put them down after he cut! Go me! I also couldn't stand up and walk from being on my knees so long but that's another story. lol

Here are the floors completely done and looking fabulous! I pushed the tile straight up to each other for minimal grout lines
We bought the tile from Lowe's- it is Leonia Silver Glazed Porcelain.

 Here is a straight on shot. It is hard to take a picture and get the true color of it. Definitely lighter and more gray and beige tones. We used a lighter gray/beige grout which is pretty much the color of the light lines in the tile.

 Next it was time to install our new, lovely, lots of storage vanities.

We opted to go with a dark brown wood this go around to play off the light floors. 
We also got these at Lowe's have loved these cabinets FOREVER! We finally decided let's go for them and then found out they were discontinued and our store didn't have them but another Lowe's in northern Co Springs had them. Travis drives up there and purchases them and has them deliver them the next day. 
The cabinets arrive and one of them is completely cracked ALL the way down the front. UGH! We sent it back and prayed they had another... NOPE! These were the last 2 they had. So the store worked with us and tried to hunt down any other ones for us. We ended up having to drive up to Denver to a store up there to get a second vanity. Blah! It was a pain but thankfully we found 2 and they were both good.

The new vanities have 4 drawers and then doors in the center. So TONS of storage, in which I still have to fill since we literally JUST completed this Sunday night.
And don't mind the streaks on the cabinet... I used a cleaner to wipe them all down and of course left streaks galore.

We then bought a solid white counter with an integrated sink for a nice clean look and we love it! 

And that would be the MAJOR part of the renovation complete!
We still plan on framing out the window and both mirrors. 
I actually still need to caulk and touch up the base boards (told you I was excited to share this!). 
I have been desperately trying to find new rugs for our bathroom FOREVER now so when I finally find something I like OR that actually has the amount I need, our mismatch, leftover from other houses, green rugs will get replaced. 
I need to decide if the random shelf that was in the bathroom when we bought the house is staying. If so, I will paint it white and figure out what to put on it. 
And figure out any other accessories for the room.

But I am SOOO thrilled the major part of the renovation is complete! I love it! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

{Feature Friday} #26

Happy Friday! 
The first full week of 2015 has come to an end. I hope it was nice to you! 
 We have been super busy around here finishing up our master bathroom so I am ready for that to be over and things calming down again. 

But to round out this week, I have some great features for you today from last week's Handmade Hangout Party. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #30

Are you ready to get your party on?
Let's do it! 

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Karen from Redoux Interiors

Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

My Whole 30 Adventure- Week 1

I decided to try out Whole 30 and began the journey on January 1st. 
I told Travis about it and he was all excited to do it with me so we are tackling it together.

I work out, though I am just starting to get back into a good routine after the holidays, but I wanted to do something more to help me slim down the areas that I am not too thrilled about. I could use some improvements so I thought I would give Whole 30 a try. Can't be too bad right?! 

I am going to share my journey here on a weekly basis. 
Share how I am feeling, any struggles, and what we ate.  

And in case you are wondering, the girls are eating what we eat. I am not making and serving two meals. They will probably eat something different than me for lunch since they are napping when I eat and I am sure their breakfasts will be different from time to time as well because I don't think I can get them to eat some form of eggs everyday but they will ALWAYS eat the same dinner that we eat. 

And I just want to state, I am going to try to follow the Whole 30 program exactly but if something accidentally slips in that I'm not suppose to have, like I missed an ingredient on a label, I'm not going to freak out about it. Nobody is perfect, right?!

Also, I am no food blogger. I didn't take the time to make the food on my plate "pretty" so sorry! ;)

Day 1: January 1st.

What I ate:
Breakfast: I made a frittata with eggs, hash browns, red pepper, onion, and bacon that fits into the terms of Whole 30. Then baked bacon as a side.

Lunch: I was taking down Christmas decorations so I went with something quick... cucumbers, carrots, and cauliflower with a chicken and spinach sausage (from Target, Simple Balanced Brand.) 

Dinner: Made a Balsamic pot roast with steamed veggies (carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower) as a side. This was very yummy, even the girls loved it so this will definitely be made again and probably kept as a meal after our 30 days is complete.

Snacks: A few pistachios and a banana

Drank water all day.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Easy DIY Welcome Sign

"I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are 100% my own."

It has already been a super cold winter here in CO and I am definitely ready for the warmer temperatures to show their face again. You know it has been cold when high 40s and 50s feel like a heat wave!
It probably isn't a real good idea for me to already be looking forward to spring when it is the beginning of January but I am doing it anyways! So I have a super easy and quick craft for you today using Plaid's Spring Wood Surfaces available at Michaels. 

Again, it is such an easy project so here is how I created it.

-Spring Wood Surfaces- frame and the word "welcome"

- Scrapbook Paper
-Acrylic paint in the colors of your choice
-Foam brush
-Chip board or this cardboard
-527 Glue or another strong multi-purpose glue
-Double sided tape or glue stick
-Outdoor Mod Podge (optional)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

DIY Play Tent

I have been wanting to make the girls a tent or teepee for quite some time now and decided that it would be a fun Christmas gift. 
 My grandfather passed away at the beginning of September and I asked my mom to bring home all his sheets so I could use them as fabric. I got a whole trash bag full of awesome fun vintage florally sheets so when I talked to Travis about building a tent or teepee, I knew I would want to use some of the sheets.

After talking, we decided to make a tent for the girls and that way we could take it down really easily and pop it back up. So on December 23rd, yes, just 2 days BEFORE Christmas, we finally got started on this project! Travis built the tent the 23rd and I spent all day Christmas Eve sewing the fabric. Eek! Nothing like waiting until the last minute!
But I love how it came out.

  Unfortunately, I do not have full step by step instructions for our tent but I can give you a basic run down on it.

-For the front posts that make the tall frame of the tent we used- 4, 2 x 1/2 boards cut to 5 feet 1 1/4 in. 

-For the front and back braces at the bottom of the tent they are cut 4 ft long.

-And lastly the side bottom braces and top on in the center brace is 4 ft. 10 inches. Travis used 1x1s but dowel rods would work perfectly as well.

You will also need small peg dowels that you use for joining furniture.


-Stain (optional)

Friday, January 2, 2015

{Feature Friday} #25

I hope 2015 is treating you all fantastic so far! 
I mean, I know it is only the 2nd day but I still hope that the year is going smoothly. 

 I have some great features for you today from last week's Handmade Hangout Party
I was a little hungry when I was writing up this post and I noticed all I was clicking was food related items linked up so I made the entire feature post food! YUMMY!! 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #29

Happy New Year!!! 
Can you believe it is 2015?!
Time is flying! 

I hope you are ready to start this year off with a party... or more partying in some of your cases, hehe!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Karen from Redoux Interiors

Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

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