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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ikea Finds + Big Sale!!!

If you have ever shopped Ikea before then you know it's kinda like a black whole and you get sucked in.. much like Target!  Somehow even going in with a list, my little blue bag fills with non- necessary things.. plants, frames, vases- you name it!
I like to be able to see all my options so sometimes prefer to shop online. However, Ikea's shipping is a little pricer then most places!  But there is a HUGE sale going on right now.. FREE SHIPPING with purchase of $250 or more!! If you plan on purchasing furniture or larger pieces now is your chance!!
Here are some things I used in my own home:
Bathroom Cabinet | Hemnes
Bathroom Sink | Odensvik
Mirror Cabinet | Hemnes

Frames | Marietorp

Love Seat | Ektorp

Table | Ingatorp
White Chairs | Ingolf

Wide Dresser | Hemnes
Taller Dresser | Hemnes

Free delivery offer valid on in-store and online product purchases over $250.00

Offer valid on product purchases made 10/30-11/3/2017.
Not valid on product purchases prior to 10/30/17.
Not valid on out of stock merchandise.
Truck deliveries not available to Alaska or Hawaii.
Not available on gift card purchases.
Delivery area limitations apply on in-store product purchases, see store associate for details.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Costume Idea for You and Your Littles

Do you remember the college days when you and your girlfriends would scheme up the idea for the sexiest group costume you could think of? Maybe you are still in college and going through this now? Well I could remember those days like it was yesterday, even though its been SEVEN years since I dressed up in college!!  Now a days, Halloween costumes have change, eh, a lot I guess you can say since then.  Now I have to think of ways to incorporate my son and fur son into the group idea! Being it is Joey's first halloween, the ideas were great, but I think I found the perfect one for our little family. 

I love the show Game of Thrones and thought of this idea a while ago when the show was just coming back for the season!  I knew Charger and Joey would look so cute dressed as dragons now to convince my husband. A little background, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clark has three (I won't spoil it for you if you didn't see this past season!!!!) dragons who she has raised as her own! Therefore she is the "Mother of Dragons"

 As you can see he is MIA from the photo's.. I could not convince him! LOL I even said he could be Jon Snow since he had the whole scruffy beard look down, but still a no.

My T-shirt- Etsy
My Necklace (not Shown)- Amazon
My Shoes-Toms
Joey's Costume- Amazon
Charger's Costume- Amazon
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Vintage Find: Copper Tea Kettle

Do you ever go into an antique store looking at every single vendors stuff, yet find not one thing.. that ALMOST happened to me a few weeks ago, until I was walking back out of the store and saw the most darling tea kettle hiding on a bottom shelf just begging to be purchased. Joe thought I was nuts considering this poor little key was practically black from tarnish. I knew it just needed a little TLC! 

First I cleaned the entire tea pot with a wet paper towel to remove any excess dirt that may be on it. I then made the following 'paste' to get some of that tarnish off:
1 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
add flour to form a paste consistency. 

I used a spoon to put it on the pot and rubbed it in with the back of the spoon.

Since my pot was very tarnished I left it on for an hour and then rinsed with warm water. I had missed some spots so I did it again and left it on for another 20 minutes. 

It's not perfect, but that's okay with me! I love the way it looks hanging in my kitchen, especially with my copper mugs!

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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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