February 25, 2015

It All Evens Out

I friggin' love clearance sales!  It has seriously spoiled me from buying anything at full price.  Target has some of the best deals if you're willing to gamble that the item will still be in stock once department discounts take effect.

I bought two of the awesome lamp shades for 70% off regular price (woot) and couldn't have been happier!  Yay frugal me!


Then I went to McDonald's and got completely gypped on my large order of fries that I had intended to share with the kiddos.  Pffft.  Grrr.  Ugh.  And other assorted frustrated sounds.  Gah.

I guess, in the end, it all evens out.

February 20, 2015

Dude, Get On That Already


...there is so much to DO around here!

It's a love/hate thing with me.  I LOVE that there is so much potential and opportunity to stretch my creative wings.  I hate that it's not done, like, now.

Okay, I don't "hate" that, but for a person who is so affected by her surroundings it's a kid waiting to open presents on Christmas day.  Only the presents aren't wrapped all pretty, they're in cardboard boxes.  You know there's something awesome inside, but you don't even get to look at pretty paper and sparkly bows in the meantime.

I know.  First world problems.

To help keep me focused (and excited) about all the projects going on, I've made a "Dude, Get On That Already" list, a la Young House Love:

Entry / Foyer

* address shoe hatchery (they're multiplying!) in entry area
* entry table - has to be long and shallow (preferably less than 12" deep), white, modern, DIY?
* entryway runner - flat woven, grey trellis style
* board and batten in entry hall
* doorway case molding in foyer
* replace builder lights in foyer (mini chandeliers? star pendents?)
* hang art in foyer
* hang mirror in foyer
* hang gold mirror in entry

Great Room

* add cabinets / built-ins flanking fireplace
* install molding and mantel to fireplace box
* sofa table
* large area rug (8'x11'? 9'x12'?)
* permanent draperies
* bamboo blinds for lower windows
* paint side tables
* hang art over built-ins

Kitchen / Dining

* paint & reupholster dining chairs (x8)
* paint dining table
* window treatment (draperies / valance)
* kitchen runner
* finish capiz chandeliers
* install expedit buffet
* paint island
* cabinet hardware / pulls
* paint / stencil accent wall

Master Bedroom

* hang white draperies
* buy king sized bed frame
* add white flokati rug
* swap dresser for living room "console"
* new fan (Home Depot)
* fresh duvet
* hang ocean waves canvas art
* replace lack side dressers (move to dressing room)
* twin lamps for bedside tables
* ottoman for foot of bed

Master Bath / Dressing Room

* install runner in bathroom
* paint cabinets?
* add valance over window
* install chandelier over tub
* add linen storage in corner (phase 1)
* built-in linen storage with pull outs (phase 2)
* frame builder mirror
* upgrade faucet
* cabinet hardware / pulls
* replace builder lights in dressing room
* add lack dressers to dressing room
* add shoe storage

Chloƫ's Room

* paint loft bed white
* new rug (5'x8')
* assemble bed
* add curtains to bed loft section
* hang drapes
* paint Ikea table & buy additional chair
* paint vanity table and paint/reupholster bench
* paint princess wardrobe
* hang crystal chandelier
* create organized toy and book storage
* add window seat

Ryker's Room

* new drapes
* add bamboo shade
* fun rug
* install birch expedit
* new light fixture?
* hang art
* board and batten along far wall


* paint vintage console
* paint/re-imagine coffee table to game/Lego table
* install two Billy bookcases (phase 1)
* install doors and upper extension Billy units (phase 2)
* build window seat
* diy valance for window
* daybed / sofa bed for seating and overnight guests
* colorful rug
* chalkboard wall

Laundry Room

* hang art
* board and batten
* hang shelving (phase 1)
* install cabinets (phase 2)
* colorful runner
* fill void at entry with laundry basket storage (phase 1)
* fill void at entry with base cabinets (phase 2)

Kid's Bathroom

* hang beach / ferris wheel art
* new towels
* add bath mat/rug
* frame builder grade mirror
* cabinet hardware / pulls

Cold Pantry

* add shelving for food storage and extra toiletries
* install insulated door
* add more light fixtures


* heating / air estimate
* finish framing office/storage rooms
* kitchenette??
* drywall
* mud
* plan / blueprint kid's hideout
* install low pile carpet
* install firebox
* install faux brick wall

Exterior / Yard

* install sprinkler system, add sod to front yard
* add gravel to 3rd bay side yard for truck
* design landscape layout concept for front and back (trees, rocks, sod, bushes, veggie garden, fire pit, etc.)
* DIY glass fire pit in backyard (phase 2)
* lay patio behind 3rd bay, build pergola and add climbing vines, bistro set?
* build deck (phase 2)

You know we're going to keep adding to the list, but that's part of the fun!  Besides, what's more fun than crossing things off a list?  Nothing. ;)

February 12, 2015

Pink Valentine's Day Crinkle Cookies

Love is in the air, and things are getting romantical around here!

A few days ago, Chloe and I dyed a bunch of plain white coffee filters using food dye.  Easy peasy!  We used most of them to create a heart shaped wreath for Valentine's Day, but we had a few left over for another fun project!

Around most holidays I feel like baking something to go with the season.  My family (and neighbors!) love my crinkle cookies!  They're super simple to make and are practically fool proof!  Bonus:  You likely already have everything you'll need in your fridge and pantry right now!

Here's what you'll need:

1 box flavored cake mix (we used Pink Lemonade)
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
decorative sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F.  Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil together in large bowl.  In small bowls, set aside powdered sugar and granulated sugar.  Form large spoonfuls of dough into balls and drop first into granulated sugar, then into powdered sugar, until coated.  Place on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake for about 8-9 minutes, watching closely and removing when edges just barely begin to brown.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
Makes 2 dozen cookies

Baker's Note: If you skip the granulated sugar step, much of the powdered sugar will blend into the cookie while baking.  They'll still taste great, but won't have that dusted look.  If you roll the dough in granulated sugar first, the powdered sugar will then sit on top of the dough while baking, giving you pretty, powdered presentation cookies!

These were created 100% by six-year-olds!  Perfectionist Moms will probably aim for more thorough powdered sugar coating. *wink*

I love making these cookies!  It's such a simple recipe and doesn't even require a mixer!  We've made lots of flavor variations including Blue Raspberry, Strawberry, Funfetti (add sprinkles!), Key Lime, Pina Colada, Snickerdoodle...really the possibilities are endless!  Keep it simple with a pre-flavored cake mix, or create your own with baking extract and yellow or white cake mix (I prefer yellow).

I love to bake, but it's dangerous territory for my waistline keeping all those sugary morsels around the kitchen, so we often drop off a few goodies to the neighbors (you lucky neighbors, you!)

We dyed "8-12 cup" coffee filters for the wreath, as well as a handful of "4 cup" coffee filters with this project in mind.  Aren't they so ruffly and cute? ♥

Happy Valentine's Day!