Ever since we moved into our new home, I have been wanting to make some changes to the living room, kitchen and breakfast nook – primarily the wall colors. The kitchen and breakfast nook are this horrible green bean color and the living room is a builder’s grade dark taupe. Not fond of either. I wanted to bring the two rooms together by painting them all one color. It took a while, but I finally settled on a paint color I liked. These rooms were particularly time consuming because not only did we have a TON of walls to paint, we also had to paint all the base molding and window and door frames as they had never been touched up before. Here are all the before pictures at different angles. Since we were going to paint a ton of walls we decided to get paint samples first. Did you know that the 30% and 40% off paint coupons for Sherwin Williams also apply to paint samples? You can get them as low as $5 each for a quart! Score! It was our first time doing this and we are so glad we did. I wanted a grey neutral for everything in order to brighten things up. But I also wanted a hint of beige. I ended up going with Pediment. It is a perfect “greige”.
For some time now, I had an idea to turn a serving dish into a chalkboard to have displayed in either the kitchen or dining area. I wanted a place to write the daily menu so when family (my husband at this point and later on, the kids as they get home from school) would know what we were having, no questions asked….. no if’s, and’s, or but’s…… I had been looking for quite some time, but everything I saw was too expensive. Seriously, if I was going to turn it into a chalkboard, I wanted it to be super inexpensive.
One day I decided to check out our local Goodwill and you will NEVER guess what I found! Okay, maybe you will. It was like the heavens knew exactly what I was looking for and led me there! And at only $2.92 it was a no-brainer.
Hi there! As promised, here is where we are at with the master bedroom. The furniture is completely assembled (more on that later), the walls are painted, the curtains are up and the room has been de-cluttered.
I am finally at a point where I feel comfortable taking pictures (and showing you all) the progress we have made in the master bedroom. We are lucky to have found a home with such a large master bedroom, with lots of natural light, good architectural features and something I never thought I would have…. 3 closets! First, I would like to show you what the bedroom looked like when we moved in.
The walls were bare and never had been painted (other than what the builder did). Below is the view from the entrance facing into the master bedroom. Our queen bed looks so small in this huge space.
Ok, so this past weekend I (along with my hubby’s help) finally finished my nephew’s batman themed nursery. We are so pleased at how it turned out!!!!
Since the furniture was black with bright touches of yellow, I wanted to keep the walls simple so we started by painting the bedroom walls a calm grey and all the trim bright white.
I wanted to share a salad dressing that I make at home that is super easy to make and is really delicious!
My sister is expecting her second baby this April and I have offered to decorate the nursery in time for her new bundle of joy. I asked my sister what theme she wanted for the baby’s room and she was VERY specific…… BATMAN. Her and her husband are both big fans. So, there really aren’t any pre-made BATMAN nursery decorations out there and I am not into going extremely “theme-ish” so it has been a bit of a challenge to say the least. I have come up with a few pretty cool ideas and I can’t wait to share them with you all. In the mean time here are the “before” pictures so you can have an idea of what the space looks like.
Here is the view from the entrance:
Finally becoming a stay at home mom this past November was both the greatest thing I had done up to this point in my life and the most difficult. Great because I now got to spend every day with my children, but difficult because with only one household income everything from buying socks to going out to dinner and making our new house a home was going to be that much more challenging. And that wasn’t even with the pressure of the holidays around the corner. However, I was up for the challenge.
These past holidays taught me to 1) not only be a little more wise when it came to spending but 2) to actually take the time to find (or make) more meaningful gifts to give to family and friends. Plain and simple, if I wasn’t going to get to splurge on cool gadgets, then my gifts’ awesomeness needed to surpass their frugalness.
Two of the gifts that I gave out this past Christmas that happened to be a big hit, were that of my sister and her husband. She likes her wine and he likes his Johnny Walker so I thought I would make them something special so that they can enjoy both. For her, I made a set of 6 of these…
And for him, I made a set of 6 of these shot glasses…
Let’s face it, we all like a little alcoholic beverage every once in a while. And haven’t you noticed that some of those alcoholic beverages come in the prettiest bottles? The question is what to do with them. Well, I turned mine into DIY liquor bottle soap dispenser. I don’t use the large liquor bottles though. I like to use the small glass ones, usually found behind the beverage store sales counter.
Whenever I travel home to Puerto Rico, one of the places I definitely go to when I am there are the local bakeries. One of the items I always have to order are Pastelillos de Guayaba or Guava Pastries. I decided I really wanted to learn to make them for myself so that I didn’t have to wait for that yearly trip back home. And that is exactly what I did. They are so easy to make too!
Just like from the bakery…..
One of the first things I wanted to fix when we moved in was the laundry room. It was yucky! The walls were scuffed, the linoleum was torn and dirty, the baseboards were mucky, I could go on forever! So we opted to repair and clean it up a bit before anything else, since after all there was going to be a lot of cleaning going on in there. Plus the washing machine and dryer are heavy as hell! We didn’t want to move them back out and fix the room after-the-fact.
Here are the before pics….
We have a rather large master bedroom (pictures coming soon) and I need to fill up my empty walls, so I have been sifting through the Hobby Lobby clearance aisles in search of some usable pieces of art and I came across these!
They measure about 12 x 12 inches and are made of resin so they aren’t heavy. They were on clearance for about $6 each (woot woot!). I love that they match well with my table top Fleur-de-Lis I fixed up last year. The pattern is raised so it has a lot of texture too.
Here is a close-up.
Well what can I say? There is nothing more fun than creating absolutely girly stuff for my daughter, especially costumes. I figured, eventually she will be telling me what she wants to be so I took a stab at making her costume this year, something that mummy would like – see what I did there?
I had already bought pink fairy wings for $3.99 and a had princess tiara for the kiddo, so I went to Hobby Lobby and racked up on some tulle and ribbon (which was 50% off of course) and this is what I came up with…
Warning! My kid would not sit still during the costume fitting so I had to pick the best usable shots… and she wouldn’t remove her pacifier either…
I can’t get over how adorable it turned out!
My supplies are above, but in the end, I only used one big flower, the 2 poofs, 3 spools of tulle and the headband elastic. The other stuff I returned. I did go back to get a pink onesie so that all that tulle wouldn’t itch so bad. The total tally came to about $20.00.
Since I already made her one last year (step by step instructions are found here), this one was super easy to make! I cut the headband elastic to fit her chest and started adding long strips of tulle. Here is the first row.. complete in less than 10 minutes….
I started with the white tulle at the bottom. Then I added the light pink, then the darker pink on top….
Then, when I was done adding tulle, I sewed the 2 ends together by hand, and then cut 2 smaller headband pieces so that I could make her some shoulder straps. I sewed those by hand as well.
The flowers and poofs were clip ons so those went on pretty easily. I chose not to glue them on because I could always use them for something else down the road.
Here are the onesie, tiara and wings… a perfect match!
And here is another shot of the kiddo with the costume, this time without the tiara, pacifier still on though!
She will also wear pink leggings (which we already own) when we go out trick-or-treating along with some cute pink light-up shoes. She also has a pink sweater in case it gets chilly. Her wand will be this really cool pink glow stick wand that I found at the dollar store, and yes you guessed it, for $1!
In the end, what I love about this, besides that it’s the cutest costume EVER, is that several parts of the costume we already had, and everything can be reused differently later on. I know I could have bought a costume for the same price, but it wouldn’t have been this unique and in the end, it would only be used one time. I can appreciate a costume with versatility.
Will you buy or purchase your kid’s costume this year?
Now that we are a family of 4 and in a new home that is twice the size of our last, we have had to scale back, WAAAAAAY back on spending. But I totally love the holidays and want to enjoy them as much as I can with my little ones, so I want to be sure to do a little something. Plus, our neighborhood is actually pretty into the Halloween decorating thing and we didn’t want to be the new party pooper neighbors. We already had orange string lights that we purchased a long time ago so saved money on that! We also already had an electric jack-o-lantern that I have had for years so we were able to save money on not carving pumpkins – plus frankly we just hadn’t had the time. We wanted to take advantage of the porch and bushes so we bought 2 packs of cotton webbing for $1.47 each and started pulling it and placing it everywhere – we went a little cray-cray. I think our front entrance looks pretty cool now, especially with my new Halloween wreath. Instructions on how to make it and the total cost can be found here.
This is the view from further away (you can barely see the jack-o-lantern to the left of the door so I may be moving it to another location).
The weekend after Halloween, we plan on going out to see the leftover clearance decorations and hopefully we could have more on hand for next year. We plan on adding ghosts, maybe tombstones or even big bugs. But I just thought I would share how much a $3.00 addition can impact the overall look, since a lot of people would rather spend the bigger dollars on Christmas decorations for example. In this case, the phrase “less is more” definitley applies. We’ll be adding more spider webbing next year for sure – we might even do the glow-in-the-dark kind!
Let’s face it….Pinterest is as popular as Facebook nowadays and I am just as addicted to it as you are, yes YOU. There are always so many inventive things on there, I just can’t keep my eyes away – it’s a sad but oh so satisfying addiction.
So, I thought it would be fun to start trying some of these things out to see if they actually work. I will say that one of my first attempts was a complete SUCCESS! I saw a picture of a little boy in a cardboard box deeply lost in a coloring frenzy… the post read something like “How to keep a 2 year old busy”. I thought CLEARLY that would NEVER work with my 20 month old daughter who likes nothing but to be free as a butterfly all over the house. And when I say all over, I mean she truly likes to use every square inch of it.
Well, in one of those I need to cook, do laundry while feeding the 3 month old baby brother, but big sister just wants to be held by mommy moments, I thought what the heck, it’s worth a try. Since we still have some unpacking to do I still have boxes around, so I got the first one I saw, brought it to the kitchen, threw some crayons in it and something magical happened.
Look at that little hand go! I couldn’t take a still shot for the life of me!
My 5 year old niece came down this past weekend and loved it too! Now I need a new box!
Who knew right? A box and some crayons! It’s all good with this mommy! What keeps your little ones busy? I would love to know!
I wanted to make a cute Halloween wreath for our front door, but I wanted something cute, easy, and most of all affordable…. and this is what I came up with.
All I needed was the following:
3. Wire Mesh Ribbon
4. Something that said “Happy Halloween”
5. Glue gun
I glued one end of the ribbon on the back of the wreath and started wrapping it around until it looked like this. Yeah that ribbon was 40% off, gotta love Hobby Lobby!
Then I centered this “Happy Halloween” door hanger that I bought at Wal Mart for $1.97. I removed the wire and hot glued it to the bottom of the wreath.
Then I added some spiders from Hobby Lobby that were originally $2.99 but were already 40% off. I hot glued those babies too!
And viola! Instant Halloween Wreath! And it all cost me less than $12 and it took only 10 minutes to make! Gotta love that!
Here it is again on my front door. Ignore the poopy brown color. That is another project down the road. Can’t wait to paint my front door, but I will most likely do that in the Spring.