Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Yay! Today I picked up 11 mason jars (from a fellow Freecycler) that will be transformed into Lego party balloon weights. Each jar will have a freshly painted lid (in black, red, blue, yellow, and green), will be filled with various size legos (duplo or lego...really, it's whatever I can find at garage sales because Lego sets are dang expensive), will have a piece of twine and a balloon tied to them, and they will placed all over our house for Jansen's party.
I tried a couple out with black lids (because that is what color I have on hand) and with two different types of legos (because that is all we have right now).
Here is the one with the duplo blocks...
And here is the one with regular legos....
I would prefer to have ones with regular legos, but I am honestly not too picky. We are going to need a TON of legos so in the upcoming weeks, I will be scouring garage sales and thrift stores for whatever I can find.
These are going to look so good with the balloons tied to them. :)
Monday, February 21, 2011
Anyway, anyone who has been married any length of time knows that it is constantly a work in progress. We really have to work at it...WORK. Daily. But right now, it is paying off. And to celebrate, the hubs and I are going to spend the weekend in Lake Charles, Louisiana at L'Auberge du Lac Hotel and Casino. WOO HOO.
I am so excited!!!!!
For those of you who are not familiar with L'Auberge du Lac...take a look at these pictures....
The hubs and I agree that this place will have the most bang for the buck, with shops, lazy river, fancy restaurants, golf, spa treatments, etc....I just can't wait.
Ten years down...100 to go!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
And Josh even got a little bit more taken off because we were buying the trundle and mattress there as well. :)
Friday, February 18, 2011
I won a year's subscription to Better Homes and Garden's magazine!! How cool is that??? And who can I thank for this fabulous prize???
Christina at The Tattered Tag. :)
So head on over to her blog, if you haven't already and check out her great ideas and linky parties!!!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Today, I had time after my fabulous new haircut. Basically, it's the same haircut, just fixed fancier since my stylist did it today.
I looked at my list to see what I could tackle and the next thing on the list was a bunting for the mantle and for the window by my dining table. As I was working on this, I realized that another one needs to be made for our little game room and I totally forgot. BUT, I only have time to make two.....so bunting #3 must wait until tomorrow.
Preciousness, your name is Lego.....
So all I did was hang a string of twine from my curtain rod. I made the pennants with an extra little tab on the top so that it could be folded over, and the flag could just be set on the twine. Same thing with the Lego man face. I traced his face on yellow card stock folded in half so he could be easily moved around on the twine to find the spacing I like best. Coloring in two eyes and a cute little mouth, and he is finished.
On to the mantle.
I had a pack of primary colored 8.5" X 11" cardstock so this was FREE. I cut some cardstock into smaller squares and left some traditional size. Then I punched out circles, wrote LEGO on them, and used double stick tape to attach them to the "brick". I love the way it looks 3D because of the tape. Then I just tacked it to the mantle. Super-de-duper-cute.
Jansen is getting really excited and he still has 3 more months until his birthday. Mommy is really excited too. I just want my boys to have parties they love and remember without Mommy and Daddy having to pay a fortune.
Cost for these banners (and the 3rd one I will make tomorrow)????? $4.97 for the twine, which I will be using for the banners, balloons, and pinata...and various other projects. YAY!!!
How simple can this be?!
Yesterday, I went to my mom's house to help her hang a few things, do a little rearranging, and work on some of my crafts while the hubs slept. Did I mention that I actually like when my hubs is on graveyards? After the kids go to bed, I can veg out on the couch with the TV and work on my crafts :)
Anyway! My mom had a pile of things she was ready to donate to the local resale shop...but before she did so, I got to go through it. She had a retro-style, small tv/dvd player combo that is now living in Jansen's room! :) And she had this really dated pitcher. I remember seeing this in our house growing up and thinking that it just looked ancient.
It was in the donate pile, but soon found it's way into the back of my car. I don't like the design of it AT ALL, but I think it has some beautiful curves and lines. So I took it outside for a coat of glossy white paint.
Look how sad she was...
But now she is shiny and new...
I am still working on the bowl, so it's renovation is not in the picture. Now I just have to find the perfect spot for her and we have a brand new accessory for $0. YAY!!!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE how this cute little wreath turned out. We will hang this on the door for both of my boys' birthdays!! This wreath cost me about $8: bought the straw wreath, 2 bags of balloons, and some floral pins. Word to the wise....leave the plastic wrap on the straw wreath and then pin the balloons on it. Very easy, and very inexpensive. :)
And the first Lego-themed accessory....Jansen's name sign....
It looks just like the Lego Logo... and Jansen loves it.
It was so easy and so inexpensive to make. It cost right at $5 to make this sign, because I used heavy duty red foamboard instead of basic posterboard. The font was downloaded for free and printed out each letter on one page. I colored a black border around each letter and then glued it to yellow posterboard. I cut around the edges of the yellow and then glued the whole name to the foamboard. How easy is that?!
Next few things to work on:2 Lego buntings for the mantle and for the window in our dining room
Lego gift bags
Lego filled jars
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
The boys and I made these cute little gifts for their teachers this year for Valentine's Day. I almost did hand sanitzer instead of lotion, but the weather has been unusually cold lately, so we stuck with lotion.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I coupon, but I don't COUPON. Frankly, I just don't want to spend all the time and organizational skills it takes. I also don't want to shop at 4 different stores, on 4 different days, shop weekly, or spend 3 hours in a store. Grocery shopping needs to be fast and as painless as possible, because I hate it.
So, I clip my coupons, I shop at one store (twice a month because it generally has the lowest prices), shop the sales, and we eat what is on sale. Did I mention that I also hate to cook?! Don't confuse this with baking. I love to bake <3>
So with that I plan on making all the kids' lunches for school and breakfast, lunch, and dinner for us. On the menu for the rest of the month:
- Sausage gumbo
- Taco baked potatoes
- Hamburger Helper
- Fried chicken strips with broccoli and rice
- Tator tot casserole
- Hobo dinners with veggies
- Breakfast for dinner (eggs, bacon, toast)
- Cajun Mac and Cheese
- Chicken and rice
- Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
- Taco Soup
- Spaghetti with meat sauce
- Mini chicken pot pies
- Veggie night
- Grilled cheese and soup
- Pizza night (twice)
I try to think of about 15-20 dinners a month because we often have leftovers for either lunch or dinner the next day. Not bad for $127. Next month my goal is $120!!!!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
This took longer than I anticipated because this week was nuts.
So here it is, my labor of love....
The stencil was very easy, and I just painted in between the lines with an OOPS sample paint from Lowes for $1.00. Yep... this wall cost me a whole dollar!!!! I am hoping to get a small table and mirror to go across this little wall.
So here is the before...
And the after....
Monday, February 7, 2011
Then he said the thing that brought my total happiness and excited attitude to a full on WTH, sour face, head turning, "I KNOW you aren't talking to me" halt.
"What is that? I really wish you would leave the walls alone."
Are you kidding me???? Our walls are ALL THE SAME COLOR BEIGE!!!! Beige walls, beige couches, beige tile, beige fireplace surround, beige bathrooms, BEIGE. I seriously feel like I am living in a giant cup of cappuccino with too much creamer.
I decided that he must be delusional from his lack of sleep and grumpy from his 8 days on, 12 hour day graveyard schedule, and tried to shake it off. But the sad fact is, I can't. Because right after this conversation, another argument ensued regarding his meal...to which I prickled...and yelled.
Was that right of me? No. my husband sacrifices a lot so that I have the luxury of staying home with my children.
So now I am left with a dilemma. To continue the wall because I love it....To continue the wall just because he told me not to (because unfortunately, that is my first instinct)....or to discontinue and paint over all of my hard work. My labor of love.
I feel disappointed.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I have been wanting to do something with this wall since we moved in almost 4 years ago.
Within the last few months, I have been looking at inspiration rooms, hoping to find a pattern that was interesting without being too fussy.
Last night, I found it and I love it. That's right. Love, true love.
Tonight, I finished much as I could without a ladder. Our ceilings are so high and I am dreading being up there without holding on. I need both hands to trace with this stencil.
Can you see the light pencil tracing???
It is surprisingly relaxing once you get in the groove of tracing, but it is still pretty tedious. I cannot imagine having the patience to do this in a whole room.
Anyway, that is where I stand. Tomorrow is such a busy day, I am hoping to get all the tracing done and MAYBE get to the store for a small can of high gloss paint. I think the extra shine will give it that little something special.
Single.....no wait, double. No, single. Yeah, single. Single is good.
Friday, February 4, 2011
I love that they are so big to almost completely cover the candles. And there they sit, perched atop my mantle. :)
THUD (Jansen trips and falls on his hand)
Caleb: Oh, Jansen are you ok?
Jansen: Yes, I told you I am always ok.
Caleb: Yes, but Jansen when you fall down, I say, "Are you ok?" I do not laugh when you fall. It is not funny. You could get hurt. So, I will ask you again, "are you ok?"
Jansen: Thanks Caleb. I'm ok. I think I will go eat lunch now.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
So we went in search of fun and easy craft to make that included a little candy. It's a Free Food day at school, which means they can eat whatever they want that day.
Jansen chose to make two different Valentines for the girls and boys. Butterflies for the girls and green aliens for the boys.
We went with construction paper for him, because it is easier for his little Kindergarten fingers to cut construction paper than cardstock. Really, cardstock would have worked better, especially for the butterflies, but they turned out super cute anyway.
Caleb chose cherry lollipops and cardstock flowers. We found these great glitter pages at Hobby Lobby and Caleb chose a pink version for the girls and a blue version for the boys. A little cutting, some glue, and they were finished. He was really proud of them.
The lazy mom in me wanted to just go to the dollar store, buy a bunch of boxes of candy hearts and have the kids sign them. But the kids said no. Craft time it is!
Glad they are done...there are a lot of kids in their classes!
In other happenings, this Arctic Blast has made it's way down to the coast. They are forecasting snow tonight and tomorrow, and since we are beach people and have no idea to do with snow, school is closed tomorrow!!! The kids and I are going to play games in our jammies, drink hot chocolate by the fire, and bake cookies. No cookies for me because I am in a weight loss competition going on until mid March.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Some of you might remember the HANGER that I made from cabinet doors from the corner shelving my mom gave me. Although I love hanging it in my room, I don't like the cluttered look it had from all of my purses. Now those purses hang neatly in my newly organized closet.
And for a while now, I have been wanting to get rid of this....
Just because that kind of clutter is driving me crazy. It is the first thing people see when coming into my house from the garage. Actually, our tiny and oddly shaped laundry room is what people see first, then this cluttered mess.
This is the picture of said tiny and oddle shaped laundry room. Please disregard the laundry waiting to be washed on the floor.
That far wall is seen when you walk into the laundry room from the house, but when walking in from the garage, it is hidden behind the door. Perfect place for some storage for the backpack issue.
While I thought of creating a beadboard wall with hooks, and then I took a look at my bank account. I have to find ways to create for next to nothing. So I rummaged around through my house looking for something free or something that I could make on the cheap.
Enter my former purse hanger :)
It wasn't serving any other purpose than being a decorative item on my bedroom wall, and in the laundry room, it fits perfectly.
Also, I went through my little sock basket. See this basket...
This is where I put all my lonely socks. You KNOW you are always left with that stupid one sock that doesn't have it's mate when all the laundry is done. When this happens, I throw it in the little basket and after a month, I go through it and start matching. I can usually make about 5 matches. Today I made 6 and threw away 4 lonely socks. Actually, those socks go into my dusting drawer, but they are no longer taking up space in the lonely sock basket.