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Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Home Refreshed

Its amazing to me how much power a can of paint has!

Our home has been this same interior shade of oatmeal for the past 10 years. I've gotten so used to it that it seems to me to be the only decent color a home should have. I'm a huge fan of the show Fixer Upper and I have yet to seem some least not on the walls! 

{don't mind the fact that this pic has a bit of Christmas in it!}

I love a neutral color palate with a few hits of color in the decor but not dark saturated colors. It struck me how Joanna Gaines could use muted color on the walls yet keep everything still looking neutral and relaxed. She uses this "color" as a neutral and yet it still works with all my stuff!

Enter into my life Sea Salt. I am so surprised at how much fresher and more up to date paint can make a house feel. The gray color is called 'Pewter Cast'  both from Sherwin Williams.

Here's a bit of picture overload!

The curtain panels were found at HomeGoods and I saw them at Marshalls too. I love the drama they add. They were pretty inexpensive and we hung them with pipe and fixtures from the hardware store.

The cow print is from Hobby Lobby. We named her Fern.

I'm telling you, paint is the easiest/cheapest way to totally change your look. I will admit that I was totally stressed out about it all. The major life saver was buying the sample jars and trying a few swatches out around the house. This method totally changed the originally direction we were going in and was well worth the extra expense {about $15.00}.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hometalk and Backpack Storage Ideas

This week I've teamed up with Hometalk to bring you a bunch of great storage ideas for kids and their gear. I have four kiddos and I love them to pieces..........their stuff, not so much! So, I'm always on the lookout for great storage solutions that will work for our little cottage of a house.

This is what I came up with for our house some time ago:

In order to improve upon what I already had I went to Hometalk to scour their abundant resources. {Hometalk is like Pinterest but just for homes and projects}

With these ideas in hand I'm hoping to create something out in my garage on the landing by the door. It will have to combine options to store backpacks, boots and all that snow gear! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will check out my board. Leave me any ideas you've had that maybe I've missed!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A New Puppy and Storage Solutions

We got a new puppy about a week and a half ago. She is the cutest thing ever! 

See, what did I tell you! Her name is Daisy Mae, and she's a yellow lab.

We are smitten! Yes, puppies are work. {Kind of like have a toddler all over again, but one that also gets up in the night}. But SO worth it!

In light of the new addition I needed to do some research to find some great solutions to store this babies things. Here are some cool ideas that inspire!

This is a cute idea for dog treat storage. I didn't have a jar like this but I used a mason jar. {Right now her treats are really little}.

This has to be the cutest dog crate ever!

Now this I love! It looks so cozy and inviting!

Bee Interiors

This is a great recycle of an old TV, and I love the color!

Ok, I would love to have stairs that I could use space under! And I may just have to copy that sign!

Now this would be my dream! What an awesome way to bathe your pet {or your son!} ;)
Pretty Fluffy {this site looks like it has a lot of great ideas for pets}

This looks like a great project, and its for a Daisy too!

Home Frosting


So now its time to get in gear and decide what WE are going to do to corral all of her clutter. Its amazing how one little puppy can accumulate to many things! ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Prepping? A Balanced Approach

     You can't go very far on Pinterest these days, or around the web for that matter without seeing loads on "prepping". It seems people "prep" for different reasons, from fearing a polar shift, or expecting some sort of appocolypse, down to a big snow storm or hurricane. Prepping is all about being prepared from some sort of disaster. And I'm finding that its as personal as your tastes in food are. My plan may not be the "recommended" one but it is a plan that we feel is wise and balanced.

As a girl who always likes to be prepared for anything it is easy to get sucked into  the fear of others and concern for my family and want to pack out the basement with all sorts of food and supplies. Also as a believer in Jesus Christ I never want my security to come from my stock pile. My security should be in Him. So how does one balance this? I take great encouragement from the Proverbs 31 woman who "provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls" and "when it snows she has not fear for her household for all of them are clothed in scarlet". The passage further talks about all the work she does for her family to prepare for their needs. To this planner girl this is gold!

So what does "prepping" look like at our house?

Well, my goal is to have 3-6 months of food stocked up. I do this, sticking within my weekly budget, by buying extras of whatever is on sale and that I have coupons for. This is easier said than done but is made a lot more achievable by following a local deal site. I use Stocking this much food helps to prepare for any food shortages, price increases or disasters but also for more personal disasters like a job loss or major financial crisis. If a washer needs repair and we don't have the cash on hand, going without buying food for a week or two won't hurt and will meet our need. Another benefit to doing this is saving money! If you only buy what it on sale {and everything goes on sale at least once every 3-6 months} you are saving a great deal in the long run. Make sure to buy things you will actually use and rotate your supply so that you use things before they expire.

Stored in one location are all of our flashlights {including a wind up one}, radio, extra batteries, candles and plenty of matches. Because we have a well, in a power outage this wouldn't work, so we have dozens of gallons of water stashed. {These have to be refilled every 6-12 months unless a few drops of bleach are added}. This is easy to do if you haven't started this yet. Every time you use up a gallon of milk, wash the jug out well and fill with water. Be sure to write a date on the cap of when it was filled and update this when you refill them.

On top of these basic supplies we have a large first aid kit, duct tape {whose benefits are many in a crisis from making rope to creating splints for injuries and repairing a broken window or tent}, tarps, a large tent, and outdoor cooking capabilities. We have a small garden that has produced some veggies for us but is an area that we hope to grow in. {no pun intended! ;)}

These preparations are basic but are far more than most families. I know that I have been promised that, "my God shall supply all my needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19, and this is where my true stock pile lies!

Please don't get so focused on stockpiling for your physical needs that you neglect the emotional and spiritual ones. Stockpiling for your spirit and emotions means cultivating your relationships, building your marriage, and growing your faith. Being prepared in these ways will  help to safeguard you from divorce, loneliness, worry, fear, and  will help to create strong bonds with family, friends & God. 

I hope you have been encouraged to be prepared in many ways, for whatever life throws at you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Styling

It's been a while, I know. What that means is that you're in for it today!
Rather than do a lot of little posts I'm just going to jam pack this one. You'll get your money's worth today! ;)

What I love most about Summer {besides the kids playing outside} is that the pace slows down, I work one less day per week, the kids activities wane, the windows are open, the backyard fire pit gets a lot of action, and I have a little more time to do some fun projects!

First up is this ugly tray I found on clearance at Big Lots. Ugly because I'm not a coffee drinker and ugly because of the fakeness of the fake distressed look it was attempting. Of course an overhaul was in order.

I had been wanted a smaller tray for my small coffee table to contain the remotes and the size was perfect. I found these plastic place mats at Meijer and trimmed it down with scissors to fit the bottom, added some spray paint to the whole thing and it was done!

Here's another new addition. My "T". I found it on clearance at Hobby Lobby {always check their clearance isle!} This little guy helps to balance the wall out and adds a bit more of the galvanized steel look that I love.

Moving right along, I wanted to change up things in the kitchen. My bread box has been in this location for I am sure at least 10 years. The kitchen has changed around it, but it remains! 
When I saw this darling shelf that a coworkers husband makes I knew it was perfect for this spot!

{here's the sad bread box}

Now the new little shelf.

Isn't it cute?

That chalkboard was a little mirror that I sprayed with chalkboard paint, and searched for the design on the pinterest. The peonies came from my sweet neighbor.

Can you see the new home for the breadbox?

I love that little lettuce plate {a Goodwill find} and that driftwood piece is plentiful along Lake Michigan.

Its funny how making a small change can freshen up the whole room. Try it! You might not have a cute little shelf but change out one thing in your room; maybe a new throw pillow, painting a picture frame you already own in a bright color or just rearranging a room. Anything that helps you enjoy your space more is important. We all want a space that we look forward to coming home to and sometimes the little things can make the biggest difference!

My next little project is this cork board, another Goodwill find. I think its going to be navy blue and go in my son's room.

And last but not least is this little banner made from pages from an old Readers Digest Condensed Book.

Because its not a working fireplace I backed with with some chevron contact paper. 

Hopefully I will be popping in and out this summer! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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