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Not your normal spring break.

One day, I’ll learn.

Today was our first day of spring break and I chose to spend it painting the girls’ bedroom.

Who does that?! Me, obviously.

I saw people posting pictures of sun, sand, water. Relaxing. And I decided to wake up early, head to Home Depot for a cartload of paint & supplies, and tackle a project that has been on my to-do list since December.

The kids actually helped. I had been telling them since the girls got their new comforter sets that they could help me when I started their room make-over. The minute we got home from Home Depot today the kids were begging to start. They didn’t realize all the prep that goes into painting a room (I think I forgot it at first for a little bit, too) and kept asking, “when can we start painting!?” Once the room was ready, I decked them out in old shirts and let them at it. They actually did a pretty good job. Mike was in charge of helping them refill their rollers with paint while I worked around them making sure they didn’t botch anything too much.

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After they did a three foot high by about five foot long section on two walls they were done. One by one they put down their rollers, took a look at themselves and any paint they had on their legs & arms & hands, and got cleaned up and left me to finish. It took a few hours and is now a huge blank slate.

Their new bedding is out and the room is rearranged and it looks bare. I can’t wait to finish getting my hands on it and adding all the finishing touches to their new big girl bedroom. Maybe I wasn’t so crazy when I decided to paint a bedroom on my first day of spring break, because now it’s done and I have the rest of the time to rest, relax. and make my girls happy.

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Valentines Day Ideas & More.

With a couple of holidays coming up in February (I say that because Mike’s birthday is on Groundhog’s Day & he expects us to celebrate it & his birthday. He really thinks people should be putting inflatable groundhogs in their yard like they do snowmen at Christmas) I thought I’d share some fun things we’ve done in the past while I figure out what new things we’ll do this year still.

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Groundhog’s Day pudding cups

We go together like milk & cookies Valentines idea

Have a super day Valentines idea

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Felt roses & hearts Valentine decorations

Fun mustache Valentine idea

Laundry room re-do, before & after.

Before the new year even began, I had an idea of what I wanted our first project of 2014 to be. Besides the garage (Mike is horrible at keeping it clean but has vowed to try better this year, we’ll see!) the laundry/pantry is one of my least favorite parts of our house. Until now that is.

I had decided to take the food out of our pantry in here and put it into four cabinets in the kitchen (two top & two bottom on one side of the kitchen) and put kitchen cooking type stuff (like our waffle maker, mixing bowls, etc.) in there instead. It was a huge improvement and made going in and out of this area a lot less (even though it’s how we get to the garage so we go through this area every day, multiple times).

Once I did that, I knew I was ready for a change in here. When we first bought our house the washer & dryer were side by side until I found out about these inexpensive things you can buy that allow you to stack your front-loading washer & dryer on top of each other. I had Mike do that & hang shelves all along the one side. After a few years, this is what it started to look like:

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A BIG MESS!

Unorganized & ugly. No matter how many times I tried to make this area look better, it just wasn’t possible. I’d see these beautiful laundry rooms on Pinterest & just ooh & ahh over them. & then finally, a little idea popped in my head and we were off. Mike’s mom took the kids on the first Saturday of the new year and he and I headed to the hardware store for a little date. Here’s what we did:

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Mike framed out a counter top for me using 2×3′s and then added a piece of ready to finish plywood on top. He then framed out two shelves for me, about half the depth of the counter, and this time turned the 2×3′s on their side to make them not has thick as the counter. He added the same plywood to the tops & bottoms of the shelves.

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Once he was done with his part of the project, I used interior semi-gloss paint in a dark chocolate color to finish it off. I also repainted the laundry side of the room while I was at it, it was in desperate need of the little face lift. I added a hook on the wall on the right hand side to hang clothes that aren’t fit for the dryer and two hooks on the left hand side to hang my reusable shopping bags.

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I ordered a set of baskets off Amazon that came a few days later (gotta love Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping!) and found an old chalkboard to add for decoration right now. I plan to keep an eye out for a some cute laundry room decor now that my laundry room is actually one of those cute laundry rooms you see on Pinterest!

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& here it is, in action. I love using the counter to fold clothes and I think I’ve actually done more loads of laundry now that I have this sweet space. I may have even hidden in here a few times already when I just needed a few minutes of peace & quiet. Oh, & to give a little more info, the top shelf holds my sewing supplies while the middle shelf holds laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener, stain removers, paper towels, swiffer pads, and my dust buster. I added one of our stools to this room and accessing the shelves is super simple thanks to it.

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Be on the lookout for parts two & possibly three of the the laundry/room pantry re-do. The other side of this room is the open shelving that holds all those kitchen gadgets now and our AC unit that you are able to see as well. Our plans are to close off the AC unit while giving it a door of some sort for access and to close off the pantry part while adding a bi-fold door there. I can’t wait to see this room all done!

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Christmas crafting: reindeer stenciled shirt

Today we are heading to Mount Dora for the weekend. We are going to start with their Christmas Parade this morning, and enjoy shopping & eating around their cute town during the day. We are staying at a charming bed & breakfast (reminiscent of the hotel in Dirty Dancing if you ask me) and weContinue Reading

Little girl dress-to-skirt Refashion.

Preface: I didn’t plan on posting this tonight, but after a certain little redhead who was suppose to be sleeping, came wondering out to talk to me just as I finished the first skirt, I couldn’t help but make her try it on & then proceed to snap a few pictures. They aren’t the bestContinue Reading

Freshening up a bit.

You know me & my love of changing things. Well, changing things that are visually pleasing, like working on projects around our house or making over the blog. This time it was the blog that got a little freshening up. I’ve been wanting something more clean & streamline. Less bright colors & more soothing colors.Continue Reading

Lucky Us Printable

Last week I shared the gift I made for Mike for our 7th wedding anniversary. I’ve gotten quite a few requests for the Lucky Us printable, so decided to make it available to you. Makes it much easier than having to email it out to all interested, I’m just so glad so many of youContinue Reading

4th of July Mantel

I love having my faux fireplace to decorate for each holiday & season. If only I could get Mike to let me take down (never gonna happen) or hide somehow (this might be something I can talk him into) the t.v. It’s just not aesthetically pleasing when I try to take pictures. When you areContinue Reading

Copper: Traditional 7th Wedding Anniversary Gift

When I looked up what the tradition gift was for a 7th wedding anniversary, I found copper & wool as the answer. Seeing as it’s the dead of summer, I figured something in wool wouldn’t really be fitting, but figured I could do something with copper. After looking on Pinterest (of course) I put aContinue Reading

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