Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bookshelf Makeover

Oh gosh this week has been tough for me.  On top of school and editing for photography, Reagan and I came down with a cold/sore throat issue yesterday.  It's always one of those weeks you really don't have time to sit down and be sick.  But of course my body was begging to lay down.  So I laid on the couch with Reagan all day and did homework.  We snuggled, we coughed and we sniffed all day but we did it together...awwww.
Luckily today I feel a little better and I am moving along.  I am so excited to share my bookshelves with you this week for our Get Your DIY On linky party.  This month's theme on Sunday is Furniture Makeovers!  After painting over my desk, I was itching to paint the matching bookshelves a few months ago.  I just needed a lighter corner over here when I was working.  So one Sunday a few weeks ago Mike and tackled the shelves and painted them white.  They did take about 3 coats of paint but the shelves were originally mahogany so it was pretty dark.

Here is a picture before of the shelves....

And here they are after...

I am in love with them and am so happy they have lightened my space up- it's going great with my bicycle clock, I love this little corner of our home.

I grabbed these amazing crates from Walmart online to hold all the crap I didn't want displayed.  I added some nic naks and then rearranged them about a million times.. it's my OCD coming out- I may change the arrangement again but for now, I am happy.

By the way, I am showing off my furniture redo but check out my amazing co-hosts' projects below!  Fabulous!

French Provincial Chair Makeover by Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
Chalkboard Table Makeover by April at House by Hoff
Gold and White Dresser by Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog
White Chalky Paint Dresser Makeover by Krista at The Happy Housie

I hope you'll join us on Sunday to link up your furniture makeovers!  Old or new we want to see them.  We know you poured your heart and sweat into that piece, now show it off.  The party goes live on Sunday at 5:00pm

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Guest Post from Salt and Pepper Moms Blog- Affordable Thanksgiving Decor

Hi Tara here from Salt and Pepper Moms. So excited to share my latest creation with you today! With the holidays approaching I feel like my budget is getting tighter and tighter, but I also want my house to look festive for the holidays. As I searched Pinterest, I saw lots of burlap for Thanksgiving decor. I came across this idea, and thought I could do it with little supplies and what I had at home. 

I headed to Walmart a picked up a burlap canvas. It was $4. I wasn't sure how well a painters pen was going to write on it, but I picked up some to use for the lettering. Everything else I had in my junk drawers at home. 
I first taped off where I wanted to write. If you have painters tape that would work really well, all I had was some scotch tape and it did just fine. I then wrote out a list of LOTS of things I am thankful for. It can be anything.. you'll see I have from ice cream to flowers. I practiced how I wanted to write in cursive on a scratch piece of paper. Then I measured about 1/2" down from the top and tried spacing words out where they weren't all symmetrical. I also ended up using the sharpie. The painters pen was catching all the fibers on the fabric and wasn't writing very well. Use whats easiest for you. 

After I wrote all the things I was thankful for, pick a quote for the top over lay. I chose Give Thanks. If you have a cricket or silhouette this is where it would come it handy to print out a stencil. I used Word to find a easy font to cut out and used a exacto-knife to do it. It was tedious and time consuming, but it needed to happen! So if you have either of those machines, I envy you. I didn't show a picture of me stenciling, partly because my way was pretty hard to do and snap pictures of, but I am sure you get how to stencil. You can also go to Hobby Lobby or Michael a buy a stencil for letting. Be sure to tape your stencil down if its not vinyl to hold it in place. 

Here is my finished product. I love how this came out! It was very inexpensive and added a touch of "Thanksfulness" to my home. I enjoy looking at it and seeing/remembering all the things I am thankful for! Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to head over to Salt and Pepper Moms for more DIY, recipes and fashion tips!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mom of the Month- Brook Norris

I met Brook a few years ago through a mutual friend.  She is really an amazing mother.  She is creative and just like me went back to school.  I know first hand how difficult that is when you are still trying to run the house and study for classes so kudos to moms back in school.  Her kids are the same ages as mine so I have always been able to relate to her.  Reading her answers I noticed her biggest struggle is one of mine as well as with I am sure most moms.  With running a business, and going to school full time, on top of all the other wifey and mom duties I do have to say no sometimes.  I hate doing it.  It's hard not to feel guilty but I have realized I will be much happier than if I tried to push through doing something I didn't have time for in the first place.
I hope you find some inspiration and helpful tips with Brook's answers.

Here is Brook's story....

1. How many children do you have?  List ages and names
I have two kiddos, Morgan is 11 and Landon is 8.

2. Your occupation:
I am a returning student getting my Masters degree in Social Work at ASU.

3. What is your most strict parenting rule?
Be on time.  If you aren't 5 minutes early, you are late.  If you are late it is disrespectful of the time someone else has set aside for you.

4. What is the best motherly advice you have received? From who?
To understand that the parenting spectrum is much wider than you would expect.  Your children can make you happier than anything but also more angry than you can ever imagine you could become.  I think people go into parenting thinking the spectrum will be narrower and the emotions won't vary as widely.  I myself experience 
the wide spectrum.  My neighbor put this into words just wonderfully.

5.What is the biggest challenge you face balancing yourself and being a mom?
For myself the biggest challenge has been giving up on the thought of keeping everything "perfect".  There is a lot of pressure on women to do it all.  Mother, income, wife, house, schedules and men are
expected to make money and pitch in when they can.  It's an unfair societal pressure.  I admit to holding myself accountable to that as well.  Now that my schedule is full of classes and an internship,
I have to ask for help and learn to let some things go.  If I say "No", I can't feel bad about it.  If it can't be done now because someone forgot to ask last night, I can't feel bad about it.  I have to get
over thinking everything about our family is my responsibility.  It's hard.

6. Can you share any mom tips with us?
Now that my schedule has changed and I am gone every day (after being a stay at home mom for 10 years) I find that getting outfits and lunches ready the night before really makes for a much more
stress free morning.

7. What is the hardest part about being a mom?
I hate, hate, hate, the mundane stuff...Laundry and groceries.  Ugh.  If I were single w/o kids I'd live off a cheese block for a month.

8. What is your favorite part about being a mom?
Moments where good values are reflected through my kids.  Those are the proud moments.

9. Tell us a story..... it can be something funny your kids did, it can be an embarrassing thing that happened to you as a mother, it can be your proudest moment, the moment you felt like you were  a good mother...anything you want. 
In my family I was brought up learning acceptance of all, not tolerance.  And now my saying is "If you are lucky enough to find love, why does it matter who it's with?"  Recently, I was driving the kids to school and we passed a house in our neighborhood and Morgan said, "I think a same gender couple lives there."  Just very matter-of-fact.

I was so proud...It couldn't have been put more politically correct!  One of those favorite parts of being a mom.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Brook.  How proud you must be that you have taught your kiddos such wonderful things.  I am thankful you shared with us today!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Give Thanks Printable from Just a Girl and Her Blog

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart | Just a Girl and Her Blog for The Hankful House

Hey there, readers of The Hankful House! I'm Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog, and I am so delighted that the lovely Miss Mandy asked me to come over and hang out with you! If you've ever been over to my blog, you know that one thing I absolutely love is printables-- organizational printables, decorative prints, pretty labels, you name it! I thought it would be fun to share a little fall printable with you today, and what could be more appropriate for this "Hankful" blog than a "thankful" printable?! {I crack myself up! :-D }

  Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart | Just a Girl and Her Blog for The Hankful House 

 Although I think we should be thankful at all times of the year, I admit that sometimes life gets busy and I get so caught up in the day to day that I forget to "give thanks with a grateful heart," so I love that we get the reminder at this time of year to give thanks to the One who gave us everything we have in the first place. Sure, we will all have struggles, but even in the midst of them, we are blessed with so, so much, and I for one am so thankful for that! "Enough with the chatter," you're thinking, "Just give me my printable!" Well, if you 
insist... ;)  

  Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart | Just a Girl and Her Blog for The Hankful House

I simply printed it out on white card stock, trimmed it to fit my frame, and it was ready to go! It fits right in with my fall decor...

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart | Just a Girl and Her Blog for The Hankful House

Thanks so much to Mandy for having me today and thank YOU for reading! I'd love to have you over for a visit to Just a Girl and Her Blog! If you're in search of more printables, check out my home binder... it's packed full of them!

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Have a wonderful week!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Love- Life In Velvet

Let me introduce you to Angela with Life in Velvet.  It's interesting that my love for each of these bloggers every month is from the uniqueness of their style, their projects and their personality.  Angela has a style all her own and it's classic, stunning and romantic.    Every time I see pictures of her home, I envision a Bed and Breakfast I would love to stay in.  On top of her amazing style, she is also an extreme list maker.  I love that about her and know that she and I could probably go rounds and rounds showing off all our lists. :)

I hope you will hop on over to her blog and check it out-

Brooch Bouquet-4

Gallery Wall-10

Anthropologie Inspired Distressed Storage Boxes-4

Valentine Ampersand Thumbtack Art-6

 Armoire Redo

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get Your DIY On Features- Falling for Fall Projects

25 Fabulous Fall Projects

Are you still in need of some fall inspiration?
Well, have no fear, we're here to deliver just that!
This month's Get Your DIY On theme was "Falling for Fall" and our blogging friends did not fail to link up some fantastic projects!


pallet pumpkins 5
hutch decorated for Fall-2




blue i style - PumpkinTicTacToe


drawer tray 3


blue i style - MasonJarJackOLanterns




Chippy Yellow Dresser by Embracing Change {April's Pick}

Something Wicked Garland {Free Printable} by {April's Pick}

2014 Fall mantel display anderson and grant








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Thanks to everyone for linking up! See you in November!