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One of my favorite Facebook pages is “The Meta Picture.” I came across this story on the fan page and cried into my Red Bull!
I am a HUGE animal lover and a firm believer in adopting from a shelter animal. I have 4 fur babies from animal shelters and would adopt more if the hubs wouldn’t put his foot down. I just donate as much I can to help those who need homes.The story made me cry the “ugly” cry!!! I just had to share this touching story with everyone…
Yesterday was not a good day for me. Once again I proved that I am the biggest klutz ever! The hubs will never let me live this one down either.
I went shopping the other day and bought brand new knives. I am use the old knives we have that can barely slice a tomato. I was chopping carrots last night for a roasted chicken and sliced the whole tip of my thumb off. I know its gross but I actually had to put the tip of my thumb in a sandwich bag thinking they may need it to sew or something at the ER. Luckily my good friend Megan answered her phone because she found a sitter for all of our kiddos and rushed me to the ER.
They weren’t able to sew the tip back on so I am all bandaged up trying to let it heal. Thank you to the meds the pain is better. I don’t know how badly scarred my children are due the cussing and crying when it happened…oops
Sorry I have been absent in the blogesphere. I have been crazy busy but so glad I am back!!
I wanted to post an article written by Heather Hewitt who is a writer for Shutterfly! I love the article she wrote called “Changing Your Home Decor For Every Season Without Going Broke!” If you are like me, I am always looking for ways to cut the budget when decorating. This article is right up your alley! Pour a glass of wine and enjoy!
Changing Your Home Décor for Every Season without Going Broke
Have you ever flipped through a decorating magazine and admired the seasonal décor – the oranges and golds of fall, the bright festive colors of summer, and the pastels of spring? But then, did you tell yourself you could never be Martha Stewart because it’s far too expensive to decorate for every season? In actuality, through careful planning and some creative design, your home can be magazine-worthy every season – and without breaking the bank.
First, you need to start with a neutral base. White, black, khaki or brown furniture and furnishings make the ideal base because you can change out the accessories with colors and themes suited to a specific season. If you already have furnishings that are of a different color, don’t worry! Slipcovers are an easy and fairly inexpensive way to change the color of your couches and chairs, and paint does the trick for tables and other furnishings.
Next, take a look around to find what accessories in your living room (or whichever room you are making seasonal!) you can switch out from season to season. Decorative pillows are an easy idea. You can find great bargains on pillows after each season is at its end and make your selections for the following year. You can also discover great finds at garage or estate sales. Finally, if you’re a real DIY-er, you can purchase fabric and sew your own pillow covers in a variety of shades and styles particular to each season or trend.
Rugs are another accent that will make a huge difference in the color scheme of any room. Just think what a splash a burnt orange rug could make and how well it would pull together your fall-themed room. However, remember that rugs can be expensive, so you’ll want to be on the lookout for deals. Don’t get your heart set on finding a particular color or design at the beginning of the season, or you may pay through the nose for it. Instead, keep watch throughout the year, especially during holiday clearances and other sales.
Finally, consider other accessories you can change out on a seasonal basis: personalized fleece blankets, wreaths, tabletop accessories, silk flower bouquets, vases, candles, jars, centerpieces, etc. Each of these can be purchased or created yourself using your crafting skills. It also helps to see what others have done, so ask your friends for their input and ideas. Browse the web for examples of people who have transformed their home from season to season and garner tips for how they did it.
And ultimately, remember – it’s your home and your money. Decorate for the seasons how you see fit and don’t feel the need to keep up with the Joneses. With a little elbow grease and creativity, it’s completely possible to have a lovely home that displays seasonal favorites without going broke.
Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.
One of my favorite foods in the whole world is soup…any soup
Not just for winter weather but any weather!
After being a college student who ate an unlimited amount of Ramen noodles to save money for
rent beer, I have become to know that making homemade soup is way better and cheap!
I get a lot of compliments on my soups so I decided to share one of my favorites…
Ingredients: 1 Whole chicken fully cooked and de boned 1 Package of small wide egg noodles 3 cups of sliced carrots 1 whole package of celery cut up 2 cups of frozen corn 10 chicken flavored bouillon cubes 6 cups of water 1 cup of fresh chopped Italian parsley 3 pinches of salt and pepper (I love S&P) Directions: First take the water, bouillon cubes, salt, pepper and bring them to a full boil Add the carrots and celery to the boiling broth. Cook until they are tender. Next, turn down the heat to medium. Add the corn, noodles and parsley Simmer for 3o mins then do what I do...ENJOY!!!! So easy, yummy and under $15!!! Not too shabby! If you make let me know what you think!!!
Yesterday, I went with my friend Megan to Hobby Lobby and decided I would make my first Halloween themed wreath!! Do you like????
It’s so much cheaper to make your own wreaths than paying for them to be made. Everything I need for this wreath was less than $25 if you consider the 40% off all Fall and Halloween merchandise at Hobby Lobby. I also have the phone app where I can use a 40% off coupon from there too! Bargains and Hobby Lobby make me happy…
I wanna say that it took maybe 30 mins total to make my wreath but count in the constant interuptions from my 3 year old and a play date with my friend Megan that involved cocktails than yes it took me… 4 hours! Just kidding a total of 3o mins!
To make this really easy wreath, I started to out the with making orange rosets. If y0u want to know how I make these you can find it in my blog post for 4th of July plaque
Once I finished all the rosets and let the glue dry I wrapped the wreath I in the chevron printed burlap.
Once I got the wreath all wrapped up, I hung up the wooden word “spooky” with fishing line to it looks like its floating. The last step I took was hot glueing the fake spider web on the back and put the plastic spiders on the web!
Pretty neat and simple! Now I don’t feel so left out on my street due to my lacking Halloween decorations!
I have found myself lately as a mom putting myself in a lot of situations saying “Wow I remember a time when I said I would never do that when I became a mom!!!”
It seems I am breaking every single rule I had when I was “cool” in my opinion just to make my life easier LOL
Here are a couple of rules I have broken:
1.) Taking and picking Harrison up from school looking like dog shit! No makeup, crazy hair and even yes…no bra (oops) To be honest its only in the morning when I don’t have a bra on and not have to walk Harrison into the school. I just have to get out of the car to open the door for him like a chauffeur.
2.) I use to always say that I would never let my children out with mismatching outfits and dirty. Boy do I break that rule! My 3-year-old has his own fashion style compared to the kid “Frankenstein” from the movie Big Daddy. He changes 6 times a day at LEAST and to get him to match is exhausting. Just one of those battles I don’t feel like fighting. His favorite outfit is his Halloween costume from last year. I do put my foot down he can’t go into public with me wearing it but he can ride his bike with it on, even though its like 100 degrees outside he still wears it…
I can’t even pee or shower by myself, let alone a whole hour to do what I want to do childless. That is one rule I need to keep making and not breaking before I have a break down…wait is it wine time yet?
4.) Never thought I would respond to the words “mom wipe my butt!” Once long ago I was preggo with Harrison and heard a little girl in the bathroom yelling “mommy wipe my butt!” I walked out of the bathroom and I told my mom what this little girl was saying, and I shit you not (no pun intended) I said “even after they are babies you have to still wipe their butts?” Complete seriousness with a look of disgust on my face. My mom laughed at what was to come being a mom! Yep, I have to do that at least 3 times a day (only for Weston) not for the hubs or Harrison hahaha!! I never thought motherhood came with wiping butts of kiddos over the age of 1!
5.) Another rule I find breaking all the time is yes I have two smelly kids like ALL the time. I always said that I would never have smelly children. Sometimes I blame it on the dogs but really its my kids. Is it wrong that I use Weston’s excema as an excuse for not bathing him as much. Harrison never even had it! I hate bath time!
Basically I know NOW that I was not going to be the sweet Cleaver mom on tv, maybe a lot more like Roseanne. I still love being a mom and wouldn’t change or compare myself to any other mom!!
Now my unperfect ass is going to enjoy my chilled glass(es) of wine and the new episode of Grey’s Anatomy!
Before we moved, my mom gave me this old window pane with glass that I really love
My family lives out on the country with a ton of land with lots of barns full of really cool vintage stuff. That is where she got it.
I am always “browsing” when I go home seeing what it is I can take from the barn pictured below…I do have my eyes on this old vintage hutch
I didn’t get a picture of it before but it was dirty and faded white
This is the “after” pic I took of it. It was so simple to make!
When its completely finished I am going to take our Fall family photos and have one blown up to put in the back of the window pane. Of course since Weston decided to cut his own hair and we had to shave him bald, it will have to wait to do pictures!
This past week/weekend has been crazy busy!! We had Harrison’s birthday, my mom flew in and it was the hubs birthday too!
Harrison turned 6 this past week and I finally let him pick his birthday theme. He decided on sharks because of “Shark Week.”
On his actual birthday, we started off with our own birthday tradition. I started this once we had kiddos. The night before the boys birthday, I get them a big doughnut with sprinkles. When they wake up, we all sing happy birthday with a candle in it lit for them to blow out and make a birthday wish…they love it!!!
These are the invitations I sent out
We decided to have Harrison’s party on the hubs actual birthday. The hubs loves fried fish, so what better opportunity to have fish at a shark themed party. It worked out perfect! We also had hot dogs and sides for the kiddos.
For the kiddos, I had blue Hawaiian Punch and called it “Ocean Water.” You can’t see at the bottom to well, but I froze shark and fish gummies. Once they were frozen I dropped them in to look like fish swimming in the ocean!
I ordered them through The Mad Baker
I filled them with a toy shark that I found at the Dollar Tree, candy and bubbles
Harrison is still talking about how fun his party was which makes me really happy!!!! The kids are still talking at school about it too
Hopefully he always thinks I am cool as he grows older…fat chance on that one