Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

Here's to celebrating the simple stuff too. 

Here's to silly things that make you smile.
(What are these geese doing on my roof?

Here's to my little artist having a piece chosen for her school art fair.

Here's to the start of strawberry season. 

Here's to my sister who is always on call and willing to help when I have shoe questions.

Here's to baseball under the lights.
(It's been a cold start, weather wise, and our boys are in a bit of a slump. Hopefully they'll find their swings again as the weather warms up!)

What are you celebrating tonight? 
Hope you get to enjoy a little extra family time this weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reclaiming The Dining Room

We are ready for the next step in our dining room and I have cold feet. Instead of screaming, "abort!, abort!" I am going to calmly talk through this. 

I have written about the dining room here and I swear I have told the story on how we got the reclaimed barn wood but I can't seem to find it. Long story short, we made a long trek to the wood guy's house, hand-picked each piece of wood in the rain and there you go. We have wood. More specifically, we have wood from a torn down dairy barn in IL. Moo.

Before the wood can go up on the wall we needed to paint the wall black. Having a dark background will help hide where the boards do not sit flush on top of one another. Remember? They are old, bumpy, and inconsistent. 

(Are my cold feet why the reason why this black paint doesn't bother me? It looks good! Let's hang some moulding and call it done!) 

My brother and sister-in-law have done this in their house and have been walking us through each step. After our last conversation I learned that in addition to screws, the boards are also glued onto the wall. Using glue means less screw holes, which makes sense, but also means new drywall if we don't like the end result and want to rip it down.

There are also decisions that need to be made about pattern and board size. Our boards are a mix of 6" wide and 12" wide and deciding a pattern for the wall is like one huge puzzle. Factor in the varying color of the boards and now our puzzle is even trickier. See why painting seems easier?!? 

If anyone has just cause to object this dining room project speak now or forever hold your peace.  

Time's a wasting. First piece is scheduled to go up on Friday night.

Just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, here are some examples.

Source: Elle D├ęcorreclaimed wood wall as accent
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make This: Pink Lemonade Slushie

My kids are always wanting something "fun" to drink so I whipped up these no brainers on Saturday night. 

All you need is pink lemonade, ice, and a blender. Pour the pink lemonade and ice into the blender and whiz around until the ice is chopped up. (I told you it was a no brainer.) Make sure to clink some bottles around in the fridge and to make some fuss so everyone thinks you are working harder than you really are. Create an illusion. 

To add to the fun, I jazzed it up with a fancy straw. I used some of the flowers that I found at Target's $1 Spot. Just peel the paper from the sticker part and stick it onto the straw. Easy as that. These straws would be perfect for any Spring or Summer get together. 

Hope you enjoy this fun little drink that makes me think of summer! (Summer? Are you there? We're ready for you!)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Last Week

Last week I was not here because I was everywhere else. I'm still unwinding and playing catch up from an insanely busy week and weekend so enjoy some pictures from the chaos. I have some fun posts in the works and I'm looking forward to sharing them soon. 

 Vaughn learned about chalk that's used for the bars. Everything is dusty now.

Keeping the kids busy on a school half-day with some Urban hiking and...

giant nose picking. 

Unscheduled doctor's appointment   

The much anticipated Father Daughter Dance

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

The simple stuff is worth celebrating too. 

Here's to taking science fair projects to school and getting them out of the family room. 

Here's to Vance who knows how to take my April Fools jokes.

Here's to learning Adobe Illustrator and making silly things along the way. 
(Anyone remember this Kramer quote?)

Here's to 3rd grade violinists that play your wedding song.
(And enjoying the concert despite having the farthest seats possible from Vance.)

Here's to staying safe and no storm damage.
(Severe storms have been passing through for the past couple of days. The kids know when they hear the sirens to head to the basement, something I never remember doing as a kid.)  

What are you celebrating tonight?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

$1 Spot Crafting: Flowered Letter

While Beyonce's been drinkin', I've be thinkin' about what I could use these Target $1 Spot flowers for. 
Have you seen these cuties? I could not resist them and threw at least 5 packs into the cart without an ounce of hesitation. I may need a $1 Spot intervention soon. 

Yesterday, opportunity came knocking in the form of an ugly V that used to hang in Vaughn's room. It had been demoted to the top of her closet so I got it down, dusted it off, and knew it would be perfect for these little flowers.

To kick things off I gave it a really quick spray paint job. I wasn't going for full coverage, I just didn't want the painted lines to peek through where the new flowers overlap. 

Surprise! The flowers have stickers on the back which made this quick little project even quicker. 

I played with many layouts but in the end liked the monotony of the purple flowers. This project used 2 packs, minus 2 flowers, of the purple flowers which added up to a whopping $2.  

A perfect addition to Vaughn's wall of chaos. 


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating. 

Here's to mold...

and squishy eggs. What?
I'm knee deep in science fair projects and beyond thankful that I'm we are almost done. 

Here's to independence.
Vaughn demanded to type part of her paper that goes with her science fair project. It took 6 minutes alone to type the title of the book for her bibliography. I'm not exaggerating.  

Here's to accepting the fact that winter isn't done with us. 
Just need to let it go.

Speaking of letting it go…Here's to family singsongs. 
The Frozen soundtrack has been on continuous loop at the house, in the car, and in our heads for the entire week. I blame Vaughn but the rest of us are just as guilty. Someone is always singing it and we can't help but to join in. Can't get it out of our heads! 

What are you toasting to?