Wednesday, February 29, 2012

an extra day

Happy Leap Day everyone!

This year we all get an extra day to do what we need to do or maybe what we have been putting off doing.

Luckily, for me, my extra day is filled with sunshine and spring-like temps so I am going to take full advantage of it and fill the holes my precious dog has dug in my backyard and plant some grass seed. I am hoping for a green yard this year despite the lack of rain and water restrictions.

I dream of having a yard that looks like this again. I just doubt it is going to happen with a dog and two kids that dig holes bigger than they are. *sigh*


And to top off my beautiful day I am going to get caught up on laundry!

Hope everyone has a blessed Leap Day!

Monday, February 20, 2012

so many ideas...

Howdy Y’all!

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to the week!

Since I was sick this last week and did not felt like going anywhere, I laid around looking at the rooms in my house thinking about what I wanted to do with them. I had all these jumbled, crazy ideas running around in my head like ants on a lollipop. So, I put my drawing abilities to the test and started putting down what I was seeing in my head. And I have to say… they didn’t turn out too shabby!


The top picture is what I want the guest bathroom to look like. I love the idea of removing the doors and shelves on both sides and using wicker baskets for towel storage. Then the bottom left picture is of my teeny tiny bathroom. I think that the curtains and shelves for towels would make a huge impact on the way the bathroom looks. Right now the picture looks way better than the actual bathroom :)


This picture is where I got my inspiration for the baskets under the sink. Mine will just be a little bit bigger. 



For the longest time I had nothing hanging on the walls or laying around to spruce the place up. Over the past year of so I have discovered that I love hanging things on the wall and love buying little things to give my house my own little touch. I really want a sign like the one below to hang in my entryway above my door. I just love the idea of your last name and the year you were married.


Can’t you just picture the sign above the door? I know I can! And I can picture that U-G-L-Y tile being gone! I can’t wait for the day we get hardwood floors :) Also in the entryway we will be replacing the closet door, moving the sofa table from the living room into the entry, hanging more picture frames and starting a cross collection on the wall on the right and painting it the same color as the kitchen.


Note: the walls only look that color because of the flash. It’s a bad pic and makes them look kinda purple. The color looks way better than that in natural light.

Living Room

This living room looks nothing like mine does. Not even if you were to close your eyes and wish for it. What I love about this living room is…1) the subtle but colorful accents. I have a brown similar to that on most of my walls {except my living room because it makes it way to dark due to lack of windows} and have a lot of white and black frames. I think little pops of color would make my house jump for joy. And 2) it just looks fun :o)


This is my special project. This dresser has been in my kitchen and in my bedroom and soon to be in my living room! We are going to take out all the drawers and all drawer stuff, remove the center beam and add a shelf in the middle that goes all the way across. Then we will move it into my living room and use it as a TV stand :) The shelf will be perfect for our cable box and Wii and the bottom shelf will have baskets for Wii games/controllers, TV accessories, etc…

I can’t wait to get this project done!!


My husband thought I was crazy, but I told him everyone's doing it!



Here is what my kitchen looked like back in 2009…
{Now that I am looking at the pics, I am really tired of the red walls!}


… and here it is now.
I can’t believe how different it looks just by changing the table.


My inspiration…

I really like the black accents and fun drapes. I know that you can’t see it, but I have a ceiling fan above the table that HAS TO GO! I can even picture my chairs painted black.



Master Bedroom

My bedroom is my biggest challenge. I spent a lot of time sponge painting the walls, and now I am not sure how to decorate it! And one of the reasons I don’t know how to decorate it is because of the bedding. I want a cute bedding that is not too dark, but something that will not get all grungy really easy. Michael is a mechanic, and well… they never some clean no matter how much they scrub. It’s sad really :o(


My inspiration…

I love the whole girly look in the master bedroom. Maybe it is because I live in a house of boys where there are Legos and hot wheels everywhere, I’m just sayin. A think a little pink does a girl good :) I am not sure how I would incorporate pink into my room yet, I just don’t want it to be too girly. I don’t think Michael would take to kindly to our room being invaded by the pink fairy.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

our weekend

Last night we spent our family night at the monster truck rally! It might seem a little redneck to some, but well… we work with what we got :) The boys had fun for the most part. Tyler was terrified at first, but soon came around and Jacob has to be the only kid in history to cry the last 20 minutes because he wants to go home so he can sleep. Although it was fun, family movie night is way cheaper!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

a happy hallway

Yesterday while browsing around one of my fave home stores I came across this cute sign that says ‘and the lived happily ever after’ and thought that it would go perfect in my hallway with some family photos. But, I already have a sign in there that says ‘all because two people fell in love’. So I thought that I would take pictures of them both so I could pick which one looks best. The other will go in my entryway amongst all my pictures in there.

Which do you think looks better?



And the winner is...


I think I am going to leave the teal one up. Just because I like the pop of color you see when you walk into the hallway. It’s nice and refreshing :) And I have already figured out where the red one is going to go in the entryway!

Friday, February 17, 2012

a new furry friend

This morning while I was folding laundry I heard something outside my bedroom window. I peeked through the blinds and saw the sweetest looking kitty cat.


Never being around a cat before, Tyler was a little stand off-ish at first.


He quickly warmed up to the kitty and they were inseparable until he had to go to school!


Now we will wait and see if he comes back to visit again tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

my valentine

I want to start by saying that this is not one of the holidays I favor.

I am a firm believer you should show your special someone you love them everyday!

But if I had to choose a person I wanted to spend today with, then it would be…

… this little guy! I mean who could resist that sweet little face?!



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

when life gives you lemons, lighten your hair!

Usually about this time of year I go to the salon and get my hair all pretty and highlighted. But to be honest with you, I’m really not wanting to spend $115 on my hair right now, but I still want it lightened. Yes, I want my cake and to be able to eat it too. Who am I kidding… I want to devour it!


I remembered as a kid, before I was allowed to get my hair chemically highlighted, I did it the old school way. Okay, maybe not old school, but ‘natural’ way. And it always worked! So while the rest of my family had brunette hair, I had lovely golden locks. I guess it helped that my hair was lighter than everyone else's hair to begin with. But they were still lovely and golden :)


All you need is your hair, some fresh squeezed lemon juice and plenty of sunshine!


You squeeze as much juice as you can out of a few lemons and apply the juice all over dry hair. Then you let it go to work. It will still work even if you don’t go out in the sun, it just speeds up the process a little. I like to add it to my hair when I know I am going to be outside for an extended period of time.

So there you have it. The all natural way to get your very own lovely golden locks.

Happy Highlighting Y’all!