Sunday, March 1, 2015

For the Soul Sundays

"Something wonderful happens when we really know, without a doubt, that God loves us—our questions completely change. Instead of asking, 'Why did this happen to me?' or 'Why doesn’t God care about me?' we say, 'Well, I know God loves me; I know that. So what can I learn from this experience?'" -John Bytheway

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Little Bit of Valentine Decor

For those that know me really well, you know my passion for decor, so I get advantage of some of the Holidays to be able to decorate even if it is a little. Valentines is a holiday that we do not care that much about, so I go "light" on the decor, but I still like to add something here and there to make the house special for the kids. Target has really cute Valentine's decor in the dollar section, so if it is cute and cheap I am sold. My mantel got some love...


We are loving these little mailboxes to leave love notes each morning. I look forward to reading them each day...one morning I opened one and I found a highlighter inside it but no note. I asked who left the highlighter in there. My oldest (he is 10 1/2) said it was him. Then I was really curious and asked him why he decided to leave a highlighter and not a note and he said "you did not get it mom?" and I replied I didn't. He said "you are the highlight of my day!" And then my heart melted completely.



The little heart here is from Hobby Lobby and the burlap banner is from Target, only $3! It was too long so I cut it and made two instead...LOL!


The "XOXO" and "LOVE" signs are from...yes, you guessed it...Target DOLLAR section!


The tea lights and containers are from the dollar store.


Here is the other half of the banner...


The kitchen got some lovin' too. Those plates are from Target. I purchased them years ago.


This is from the dollar store from years ago.


This little banner is from Target (yes, it is my favorite store)



What do you do for valentines...what traditions do you have? I will share another tradition we have in a couple of days. My family loves it!

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

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