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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vintage Find: Kids Rocking Chair

A couple of weeks ago, Joey and I took a trip to one of our favorite vintage stores, Chelsea Forge Antiques. We ended up picking up a couple things, but this little rocking chair needed some loving.

The woven backing was broken and the stain on the chair itself was wearing away. I did love the way it looked rustic and worn, but knew it would match our house better with a coat of paint. The backing was an easy fix to just restitch and pull tighter, plus we got this little guy at a steal!

After re-weaving some of the backing and tacking it so that it was tight again, I went over the entire chair with an all purpose cleaner.  Any chipping stain or paint I made sure was removed. 

I went over the entire chair with white spray paint. Once dried I did another coat on any areas I missed. Once those coats were completely dried, I went over the chair with sand paper one areas that would have been naturally worn through use. Using a dry cloth, I wiped away any excess paint flakes from the sand paper.

Lastly I sprayed a coat of polyurethane over the entire chair and let dry completely outside (or with the garage open to avoid any fumes!).

 I used these stencils to add some personalization onto the chair.
Joey loves sitting in it and rocking! He's still a little small to be left alone in it, but can see this getting a lot of use in a couple months!!
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Joseph Michael... Six Month Update

Six Months: October 8, 2017
Weight:  18.2lbs
Height:  27 inches
Diet:  formula, fruits, veggies and cereal with a spoon
Sleeping:  From 8pm til 5:30/6am
Clothing Size:  Mostly 12 months or 12-18 months
Diaper Size: size 3's

I love visiting animals, giggling at Daddy and Charger.. especially at night, flirting with all the ladies 😉 and giving mommy heart attacks when I sleep on my belly! My hair is finally growing back in and I can't wait for Halloween!!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Easy Cheesesteak Egg Rolls with Cheese Sauce

I could eat appetizers everyday as meals if I could. BUT once in a while I need to throw in a hearty burger or steak or something like that.. 

These cheesesteak egg rolls are super easy to make and are so tasty as well! 


Egg rolls:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, minced
3/4 lb ground sirloin
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 package egg roll wrappers
Cheese sauce:
2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and let is sweat. Add the sirloin and brown breaking it up as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper.  Once browned, drain the fat from pan and place meat in mixing bowl. Mix in the cheese. 

Lay egg rolls papers out and brush water on all four corners. Place 1/3 of meat mixture on center of wrapper. Fold two corners to the next. I ended up using two wrappers per roll since mine were small! Place finish rolls on baking sheet with a wire rack. Put in oven for 20-25 minutes or until the rolls start to get browned.

For cheese sauce, allow the milk to warm to room tempature.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Sprinkle flour over the melted butter while stirring to form a roux.  Cook for several minutes.  Gradually add milk to the roux while whisking to form a well blended mixture. Add in the cheese and stir until melted and thickened.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer Giveaway!!

Who doesn't love a giveaway! 
Today I'm giving away an adorable pineapple shaped Lilly Pulitzer Key Coin Purse just as an appreciation to all my readers! This reminds me of our time spent last year in Hawaii on our late Honeymoon/ Babymoon. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway 
It's simple to enter.. follow me on Instagram, like one of my photos and leave a comment how you plan on using your coin purse if you win! That's it!! One winner will be picked randomly.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Joseph Michael.. Five Month Update

Five Months: September 8, 2017
Weight:  17.7lbs
Height:  27 inches
Diet:  formula, fruits and cereal with a spoon
Sleeping:  From 8pm til 5:30/6am
Clothing Size:  Mostly 9 months some 12 months
Diaper Size: size 3's

Joey can pull himself up. He loves apples, bananas and pears and eats them with a spoon like a big boy! Joey loves petting Charger even though some times he pulls his hair!! He likes to scream at the top of his lungs to make sure everyone knows he's in the room!!
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Healthy Snack

Guys! Let me tell you about the new healthy frozen snack I was introduced to.  I had the opportunity of trying Outshine Fruit Bars from Stop & Shop! They are a delicious healthy fruit snack that I think may be my new sweet treat! 

I picked up the creamy coconut flavor but there are so many to chose from! These would be an awesome healthy snack idea for all those kiddo's that are going back to school!

Since I don't have a child old enough to go to school yet, I enjoyed my Outshine Fruit Snack when my five month old went to bed for the night! 

I love the coconut flavorbecause there were real flakes of coconut in them! 

And look who also enjoyed one.. Mr. I don't eat fruit himself!! The fruit bars are made with real fruit of fruit juice and have no GMO ingredients! Don't wait.. RUN to go get these at your local Stop & Shop or Giant!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Home Tour | Bedroom

We have lived in our house for two whole years. We have done a lot in our home since we first moved in, however one room we never changed is our bedroom. See that blue wall color, yeah that was here since day one. The previous owners had just painted it before we moved in and the color was not horrible. Actually it kinda went with our furniture and accents colors. Plus, it was one less thing we had to do in our ever growing list of house updates.  

I never gave a tour of our bedroom, because I never felt like it was finished. There still are some things that need to be moved around in here but I am at a happy place with it right now. 

These two helped me put on clean sheets and made the bed. They are just so inviting it makes me want to curl up there with them!  Also,  until writing this post I never noticed the piece of clothing hanging out of the night stand. #reallife 

 I finally printed out some of our wedding photos and hung them in our bedroom. I just love black and white photos. Some of my favorites are candids that aren't staged. These are two of my absolute favorite. The one on the left I can remember my telling Joe how I couldn't wait to take the wedding shoes off and the one on the left we were laughing because the photographer wanted us to touch foreheads and stare at each other and when we did both our heads were sweating since it was so humid!
 The books piled here are actually from the Thrift Store that I purchased for $.50 each! I wrapped them in kraft paper and tied them up in some twine.

Bed Frame | Ikea (old)- similar
Bedding | Home Goods
Smaller Pillows | Home Goods
White Throw Pillow | Pottery Barn
Night Stand | Ikea
Taller Dresser | Ikea
Wide Dresser | Ikea
Lamps | Wal Mart
Clock | Target (similar)
Candle | Home Goods
Books | DIY
Plant | Ikea
Wooden Sayings | Hobby Lobby
Grey Frames | Kohls
Taper Holders | Pottery Barn
Pillar Holder | Pottery Barn
White Frames | Home Goods
Bracelet Holder | Home Goods
Vanity & Stool | Vintage
Mirror | Hobby Lobby (similar)
anything that is not linked, just ask!
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