Sunday, January 18, 2015

For the Soul Sundays


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

From Ugly to Pretty

Long ago I purchased this lamp at the Goodwill for 4.99. It was ugly but I saw the potential.


I wanted something for my little office that would bring some gold color, but of course I did not want to pay too much in getting a new one. So I tried the Rustoleum metallic gold paint and let me tell you, this product is AWESOME! (and no, I am not getting paid or sponsored) 


I cleaned it up really well and let it dry. Then I taped the light bulb area with tape and covered the wire with aluminum foil. I gave it a light spray, let it dry and repeated the process three times. I did not even applied primer and the paint still looks good!


I love how shiny it looks and how smooth it is!





Quick and easy "new" lamp for less than $10!!!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Kitchen Update: The Floor

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great beginning of 2015! We sure did even though we had a green Christmas but a white 2015 with below 0 temperatures...that is OK. We read books, played games, watched movies and had some yummy hot cocoa, so it was not that bad.
Today I am sharing with you our new floor in the kitchen and living room. We actually wanted to change the floor for quite some time, but thought that we were going to wait some more. Thanks to black friday deals, we could not pass this opportunity by because the floor we wanted was 50% off! So we jumped right into it and yes, my adorable husband spent more than 14 hours putting in the floor (and had to visit his chiropractor couple of days after...) The name of the floor is Alameda Hickory by Traffic Master  and we love the color even better than the Brazilian Cherry we have downstairs...wish this one was available at Home Depot when we started changing the floor....


First, the tedious job of ripping carpet...satisfying at the same time!


This carpet was so old and really dirty. My oldest has allergies to dust mites so this had GOT to go!




The worst part is taking off the darn staples from the carpet pad underneath...


The kiddos had a blast ripping off the old laminate. They love to help out with projects!


Dinning area with old laminate...


 Kitchen...


 Sorry for the horrible pics, the lighting was really bad...


Yes, it was a really big mess but worth it!


Installing the underlayment for the floor...


Always start with a corner, and then stagger the planks.


Looking better already




What a difference! We also changed the trim as well.  Here is is, with the room decorated for Christmas...




We did all this for less than $300 for the whole kitchen and living room. This floor is really easy to maintain. We love it!

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

For the Soul Sundays

"Pain demands to be felt" John Green

Please go HERE to read an inspirational story about Brittany Fisher and her experience in overcoming the pain, sadness and grief after an accident she had while rappelling that left her paralyzed. She blogs HERE

Sunday, December 14, 2014

For the Soul Sundays



Let's remember what is the reason for the season and who is the gift that gave us the greatest GIFT!
#sharethegift

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas + Little Kitchen Tour

It has been crazy around here. We have been sick plus sick some more but very blessed as well. We had a great Thanksgiving and we enjoyed our time off with family and good friends. After a GLORIOUS meal my BFF Emiley and I went shopping a little (we do it more for fun than we do it for shopping itself, just some girl night out time!) My husband and I usually go in the morning as our older boys sleep over at grandma's with the cousins.
We have been getting ready for Christmas and the kids could not wait one more second to decorate the house. However, we found a GREAT deal on the floors we wanted for our kitchen while we were at Home Depot...49 cents a square foot! Whaaaaat? so half the price. We went ahead and started working on tearing off carpet and old laminate and replacing the kitchen and  living room with new floors. To the kids disappointment, we all had to wait to put the Christmas tree until our floor was done. I will show you pictures of the before and after of that in another post. To top it off, our fridge started leaking like crazy as my husband was putting the new floor and we had to end up getting a new fridge (I know, darn it, right?). But it was pretty old and was not worth it to invest in fixing it.
I love decorating for Christmas since it is my favorite Holiday. I like simple things, and I did not want to spend money in the decorations. Homemade decorations, free printables, some stuff we already had and getting something new for this year was my goal.
Prepare for TONS of pictures...


The smaller pillows are placemats from Target that I opened up and stuffed up with batting... 3.99 each!


I found this garland in the dollar section at Target and I use it to display cards:


My beautiful friend Patricia

This deer was on sale for $8 I think...


I printed "Silent Night" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" from HERE and used frames that I already had.




Homemade ornaments, and some ornaments the kids have made during the years are so precious...



Dollar Tree ornament...




 Our first Christmas together...2003! Look how young we were!



We love to do our advent every night and read from the story of Luke in the Bible about the birth of our Savior. We enjoy hot cocoa and marshmallows by the tree since we do not have a fireplace.





My daughter loves her felt Christmas tree I made two years ago using my Silhouette Portrait machine for the ornaments plus some cheap snowflakes from the dollar store.




 We have a hot cocoa buffet with marshmallows and candy canes.


Hello there!


We have a collection of our favorite Christmas books. I will share them with you soon.



The kitchen


I have had a lot of you ask me when I was going to post pictures of our kitchen. I guess now is the time. We are actually pretty much done with the kitchen. We started back in February when our faucet broke. We got this one from Amazon and it has been great!. We then proceeded to change the sink that was all scratched and painted the countertops using Giani Granite Paint.
Then the hardest part of the whole makeover: painting the cabinets. You can click on the link for the tutorial. The hardware is from HERE and HERE.
Here are some more pictures of the kitchen decorated for Christmas...
These canisters are from Walmart, the chalkboard labels are from Hobby Lobby

This little Christmas tree is from the Goodwill, 2.99!


 My antique scale is from Etsy, the cheese thingy is from the Goodwill. The "rosemary" box is from TJMaxx.



Sorry about the crock pot, but dinner was in the making...chicken tacos!







More details...the "peace, love and joy" plates are from the Goodwill, the kitchen towel is from H&M Home. Have you checked their home stuff ? it is AWESOME!


It is all about family. 

Sneak Peaks from the boy's room:


Little Princess:


And some Christmas decor in our bedroom:

             


Hope you got enough pictures. We are having a great time this Christmastime remembering the birth of our Savior and creating memories. Have a Merry Christmas!

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