Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Front Porch Decor

I know I've been MIA for a while...but, I have a good reason...I had a baby!!! I've slowly been trying to get back up to speed. The little guy has been doing quite well in allowing me to do so... YAY for good babies : )

It finally feels like summer (well, not's in the low 60s), anywho I thought I would share my summer front porch with you all...

Between Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day, I leave the American Flags up all summer. It all goes by wayyy to quick!

I've had this wreath F-O-R-E-V-E-R! And, yes, I made it. This year I added some new greens to it to spruce it up. The spiders had moved in to it over the winter and I had to give them their eviction notice.

I was going to put the sled away for the winter...but I dunno what it is... I just love the vintage touch it gives to the porch year round. I just added a little seasonal touch with the flags to change it up.

I was at a loss on what to plant in my terracotta planters this year. I've always wanted to try Ferns, but with all the hot sun our front porch gets I wasn't sure they would live. Hubby and I were at Lowes and these beauties were half price because the plastic hangers they were in were broken. I was going to re-pot them anyways, so for $12 I thought they were worth the risk! Now, I just have to remember to water them profusely. So far, so good.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Welcome Spring: Front Porch Decor

So now that the snow is melting and the temperatures are finally starting to stabilize above freezing, I'm ready to share my Spring front porch! I've had it done since the first day of Spring, March 20th, but somehow it didn't seem right posting my Spring front porch with snow on it : )


Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Nursery

I'm super excited to share with you baby O's nursery today! I felt like it was never going to get done. The OCD in me has been nagging hubby for the last month, and the nagging has paid off. Last weekend he finally put the crib together which allowed me to put all the finishing touches on the room.... I'm thrilled with the way it all came together!

First, the paint and choosing a color. Easy. Hubby over bought and we had a gallon of this pretty slate blue from Glidden called Lakefront left over from painting the main living area in our cottage last summer.

I found crib bedding for a steal from a local mommy swap. I paid $50 for a matching new, never used Pottery Barn Kids Chase Classic Blue Stripe crib bumper, sheet and crib skirt set. SCORE! Then, I found curtains on sale at Pottery Barn Kids in a pretty navy blue stripe called Jackson Stripe. Hubby thinks I'm a little obsessed with stripes lately. What can I say, I love preppy stripes for little boys : )

Next, deciding on a theme. I came across some great vintage 8"x10" airplane watercolors surfing the web one day and viola, theme decided!

OK, now the fun part....the accessories! My brother found a fantastic web site called My Pilot Store and kicked things off with buying baby O his first gift...a gorgeous four foot WW1 replica propeller for the wall. Thank you Uncle Mark! We followed up by purchasing the 1920's flight mobile for over the crib. After all, what's a baby's room without a mobile?

We hung baby O's name over the crib in white 8" Pottery Barn Kids wood letters (bet you can't guess what name we picked out : )

Throw in a few crates from Hobby Lobby for the necessities....


But still, after it was all set, it felt like something was missing. Hubby had a great idea to paint a few fluffy white clouds on the wall. Yes, Perfect! Now, why didn't I think of that? I bought a little bottle of white acrylic paint and sponges at Michael's and created a template for the clouds. Ten minutes later, they were done. Couldn't have been easier and it really pulls the whole room together.

OK baby O, or Liam as you've probably guessed by now, all of mommy's OCD ducks (or airplanes) are in a row. Time to come out!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Logan's Big Boy Room Reveal!

Part of becoming a big brother is getting a big boy room...or....we need the mattress out of your toddler bed for the crib so you get new furniture big boy room.We decided to get Logan bunk beds since the third bedroom was going to become the nursery and we'd loose the spare bed in there. Not to mention bunk beds are super fun and cool!

First step in the big boy room was a little paint. The color above the chair rail was his nursery color, Behr Gulf Stream blue. I loooove this color. It's the perfect blue. But, it needed a little upgrade so hubby suggested we paint a complementary color below the chair rail. He did a good job in picking Sherwin Williams Dignity blue for the lower part of the room. I have to admit I was a little skeptical when he said he wanted to paint "dark blue" under the chair rail, but it looks awesome!!!

Next, the furniture. We looked all over. You name the store, we looked. We finally decided on a set from City Mattress. It was a little more than we wanted to spend, but the quality of construction is excellent and these bunks should stand up to the abuse two little boys will most certainly throw at them. I especially like the "captains box" storage underneath. The rugby stripe quilts we picked out from Pottery Barn Teen. You can find them HERE.

These fun clip-on lights, also from Pottery Barn Teen, clip easily onto the sides of the bunk for extra reading light. It is a total cave in there at night. Logan loves the easy on/off switch for story time before bed.

The nautical accessories were recycled from his "little boy room". More on them HERE.

I am thrilled with the way the room turned out! The paint, furniture, accessories...everything!

Friday, February 7, 2014

What's for Dinner? Delicious Chicken Chili

This is an AWESOME yummy recipe for Chicken Chili. Perfect to cuddle up to on these cold winter days. We made it for the Super Bowl and it was a hit!

4 lbs. cooked, shredded chicken
1 large chopped onion
3 minced garlic cloves
2 14 oz. cans chicken broth
3 cubes chicken bullion
2 chopped jalapeno peppers
1 red, 1 bell, 1 yellow pepper, sliced
3 16 oz. cans white pinto beans
2 14 oz. cans diced tomato
3 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons basil
Half stick of butter

Combine all ingredients and simmer for an hour. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. 


Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Curtains In The Kitchen!

I finally got hubby to agree to new curtains in the kitchen! And so after a lot of huffing and puffing (and maybe a few choice words) they got hung last night. I'm so pleased with the way they turned out. A much needed improvement over the old, washed-out, box pleat valances that were there before. The fabric, Greenwich Plaid from Country Curtains, really pops with new new granite we had installed last winter.

YAY for new curtains!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Borax Obsessed: My Top 10 Uses

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a little, OK maybe a lot, obsessed with keeping a clean house. So, after seeing many magazine articles and internet posts about the many amazing uses of a Borax, I finally decided to try it for myself. I picked up a 4oz. box of 20 Mule Team Borax at Wegmans for $3.79 and started putting it to use right away.

OMG...why oh why have I waited sooooo long to try this miracle worker?!?!?!? I. AM. HOOKED. Move over vinigar and baking soda, Borax has moved into the neighborhood!

I have been slowly, but successfully, trying to eliminate a lot of chemicals from my cleaning arsenal (more on that another time), so the fact that Borax is natural and ecofriendly is a total win.

Here are my favorite top 10 uses for this wonder mineral....

1. Laundry booster! Add a scoup to your regular detergent to help boost it's potential.

2. Laundry stain remover! Create a pretreat power paste by mixing a couple tablespoons with warm water and applying to the stain.

3. Clean your garbage disposal! Sprinkle down a few tablespoons, let it sit for an hour, and rinse with warm water.

4. Freshen your mattress! Sprinkle atop your mattress, let it sit for a moment, and vacuum it off.

5. Make your own all purpose cleaner! Mix two tablespoons with two cups of hot water in a spray bottle.

6. Unclog and clean your drains! Pour a half cup down the drain followed with two cups of hot water. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then flush the drain out by running water for a minute.

7. Dishwasher booster! Pour a quarter cup into the bottom of your dishwasher to help boost your favorite detergent and eliminate spots and film on your glasses and dishes.

8. Clean your toilets! Pour a quarter cup in your toilet bowl, scrub, and flush. For tougher jobs, let it sit for 30 minutes before flushing.

9. Carpet stain remover! Combine a half cup of Borax and two cups of warm water. Apply to the stain and let it sit for a half hour. Use cold water to sponge away the solution and blot dry.

10. Carpet refresher! Sprinkle it on your carpets, let it sit for fifteen minutes and then vaccumm it out.

Happy cleaning!
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