it’s official…

we have finished getting new windows and siding!!  It has been a long road coming but we are sooo happy with the end results. 

house before and after

 

Before we had the installers put in the windows and siding we had to paint the garage door (oops which is not in the picture) and all the gutters and eaves, also the trim around the front door.

I am hoping to add more photos soon.   

Friday Pinterest Favorites!

This week we have been doing a lot to prepare our home for new siding and windows… WOOP WOOP

so I will show you my favorites

I love this porch light – I want it a little “less shiny” though.  A little more of a rustic feel.

I do LOVE LOVE this but it may be a little too large of scale!  but I love the lines and feel.

I am almost positive this is the light we are going to go with. Find it here.

Now lets move on to the garage door…remember we are trying to stay on a budget 🙂

while staying on a budget this is BEAUTIFUL!!…find the link here and I believe a tutorial.

I know this isn’t very exciting or pretty but it is very practical and keep all the unwanted leaves and dirt out.

find the link here

House numbers … there are SOO many choices.

I love how simple these numbers are….and so beautiful.  (I bet pretty reasonably priced too) find it here.

I love this too…a little more ornate-but still very beautiful. Find it here.

Craft Room re-do

I have slowly been figuring what I need to finish my craft room, I knew the look I was looking for, and I knew what pieces I was going to use that I already have, but actually going through with the clearing off of the bookshelves and moving them was the part that takes some time-

wpid-wp-1400611656126.jpgSorry phone pics and the light is SOO off-but you get the point! I am still waiting to find just the right door for my table {little skinnier, and a little longer-like what we all wish for right ;-)}  also so it makes for a little bit more workspace-but for now untill I find the door that calls my name this will work great!

wpid-wp-1400611624429.jpgHere is a different angle-I am excited for the way it turned out! Now I also am in look out for a wide dresser that I can paint and do a few tricks to – that I have up my sleeve and have been dying to try!

wpid-wp-1400611645092.jpgI can’t wait to do a little something to this wall—and eventually paint the whole room !!

clean-out and a re-arrange *boys room*

I started out by just picking up the boys’ room, and then I just seemed frustrated. Too much stuff in a small {pretty big but seemed small} space. So i started with 2 garbage bags and a actual garbage can, I started going through first the closet and picking through each shirt, jacket, and checking sizes.  Moving from one side to the other if outgrown, and if it was too small for both boys into one of the bags.  After all closets and drawers were cleaned out I had one STUFFED bag of clothes and shoes. {sorry in advance-this post is lengthy and contains TONS of pictures}

{before: of the dresser, outgrown diaper basket, art/homework table}

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{After: moved to the other side of the room so I can actually see the map-I would love to paint this dresser someday}

DSC_0022{before: the book shelf, EVERYTHING that L1 loves to have displayed and an explosion of toys}

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{after: book shelf completely gone through and organized – some books are going to a new home, and you can actually see the WHOLE map!}

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Next I organized all the boys’ dresser drawers-having only one dresser to share and having quite a selection of clothes, things can get crazy. I will show you my solution though, and so far it seems to work pretty well for them.

{drawer #1-L1 socks on left, L1 undies middle, L2 socks right}

DSC_0043{Drawer #2 –  L1’s Shorts left to comfy pants middle to jeans right}

All folded and stacked on their side as you can see, so he can see everything he has without digging and pulling out everything {not like he did that in the past or anything}.

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{Drawer #3 – another shared drawer.  L1’s jammies on the left and L2’s jammies on the right.  Tops and bottoms together so they can grab and go. Since if your a momma of boys you know NOTHING happens slowly!!}

DSC_0040{Drawer #4-is all L2’s far left is his undies [very reachable] then shorts, comfy pants and jeans}

DSC_0041{the left side of the closet is L2’s side and short sleeve shirts on the top bar and long sleeve shirts/jackets are on the bottom bar.  L2’s shoes are on the bottom shelf.  You can see the toy “bins” that we did a year or so ago are still on the shelf and we love it this way…read about that change here}

DSC_0027{L1’s side of the closet!!  I can tell by his shirts he is getting so big}

DSC_0028Map and clock wall-I let the boys point to places on the globe to put their time on the clocks. Turkey and China it was.

DSC_0039 {I love the ikea spice rack – book shelves-I have moved the bed since I put them up a year ago or so, so they aren’t centered any more, but it seems to work just fine–they love to have their books within arms reach.} DSC_0052

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something new

This week I have had a few blogging goals.. starting with the obvious of getting my stats up, ultimately isn’t that every bloggers dream? With that being said, I don’t want to have 100 views daily if the people that are viewing are not even the slightest bit interested in what I am saying. { So I am also today putting up a poll or trying to and may have to update this post with one. } look for it in my sidebar…under Give Me Feedback…let me know what your thinking.

I am very passionate about a lot of things in life, but I feel like I love so much that I forget to enjoy each and every one individually. I also forget to set goals, time-limits, and rewards for my self.

Blogging is definitely a lot of work, don’t get me wrong exciting, fun, and rewarding work. I am still in the first phases of my blog even though it has been almost 3 years since my first blog post. I am just now starting to understand {kinda} what goes into a blog.

I am not making money like a lot of bloggers that I read about — maybe someday.  I don’t have 500 followers, I don’t have sponsors, giveaways, and link parties,yet. Someday I may have all those things. {oh and I hope I do} until then, I need to keep pushing forward and reading, not comparing myself to anyone.

As a woman I know how easy it is to compare yourself as a person, hair color/length, body size/shape, fashion.  Then in blogging, I don’t have a perfect dream home, i didn’t build my home, I haven’t decorated my home to a T, my kids are not good at picking up after themselves {work in process}, they don’t make their bed everyday.

Keeping it in mind with all that said, I am so grateful for the things that I do do that I don’t give myself enough credit for, I am a mom of two boys, I make dinner {almost} everyday, I have freezer meals ready in the freezer for days that are hectic, I know how to use my bread maker, I enjoy using pinterest for what I believe it was created for, recipe swaps, home decor ideas, free printables, and the way of sharing your blogs.

I enjoy all comments and feedback. I also love looking at everyone’s instagram photos and pinterest boards.

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This week I am going to share my latest pins-there is no theme…just COMPLETELY random.

Such cute ideas for neighbor gifts…things that you may have laying around, and ideas that won’t break the bank! read more here

My youngest son has eczema on the inside of his knees and elbows….we have a cream for it that seems to work but it is pricey-so I have been trying these ideas and so far so good.

such great ideas to take to people even if not going through hard times…new babies, elderly, busy, lots of reasons to bless families with a planned meal.  The link on pinterest was not accurate so I went and found the right one–go read more here.

These are the yummiest bread sticks EVER!!  I have made them 3 times now (twice in one day by request from the littles)

I made these yesterday and took them to my sons motocross race….and now they are gone!  So so yummy and just how I remembered them from elementary school.

I thought these Broken Crayon Candles would be so fun for the boys to make…(and for my sanity to get rid of some of those broken crayons in the drawer)

spice problem

I have this problem with not only having too many spices, but they are all in different jars, bottles, containers, and some I buy just a small amount from the bulk area and they are in bags. So organization is VERY minimal.  I am trying though.

I forgot to take a BEFORE picture of them all crazy in the cupboard but here is most of them on the counter.  DSC_0246

I actually have already started putting some of my spices in these cute glass jars from Bed Bath and Beyond-at only .99 cents a piece I just went for it.

I also bought this organizer to go in my upper cabinet.

DSC_0241but when I got it home it is just a hair to deep-so my door doesn’t close tightly 😦 It did come with tons of labels which I was originally really excited about-but they are paper and after washing all jars, letting them dry, putting labels on, and waking up the next morning to find ALL of them starting to peel off!

DSC_0244So this is the cupboard I was planning on putting the organizer into but now I am starting to re-organize BOTH and put this bad boy on the bottom now-which really does change everything but oh well I don’t want to have to return it.

Oooo-oooo that fabric bin on the top shelf is all the fun baking stuff-food coloring, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, etc.

DSC_0239So as you can see the bottom shelf is still CRAZY!  I have to buy more jars, and another organizer.

DSC_0240I put it in the bottom cupboard and it seems to fit – but it is super low, we will see how it works out!

Also since I am not going to use the provided labels I am going to print my own!  I LOVE the chalkboard looking ones from world label.

Soon I hope to have an AFTER photo!  And be completely done with spices.

it’s that time of year again….

ALREADY!!

This year is flying by I can’t even believe that school will be out in three short months. In four short months I will have a SEVEN year old—oh goodness gracious, Well excited to see what we get accomplished this Break!…I plan to finish a lot of projects, organization, and CLEANING!!

I have printed some cute decor prints to re-decorate a little for spring.  I need to put them in frames, I printed a checklist for Little T- for morning, afternoon, and night. I am really trying to ingrain a routine into him so I don’t have to sound like a broken record all day long.  I don’t think I am asking too much- he is six now-and should know what is expected of him.

I really want to make a growth chart out of reclaimed wood-organize our linen closet, get a after-school snack system going, and a reward bin filled!  A few months ago we started a punch card system-and a 6-dime-a-day electronic system, (maybe a post about both of these soon) so far they have been working pretty well, except the bin needs re-filled.  Also I need to be better about really sticking to *when you are good and finish your stuff, then it results in a reward*

My list is a mile long I feel like-

*home-made gifts for 2 friends babies

*re-claimed growth chart x3

*organize linen closet

*2 crib quilts for two adorable little girlies

*spring cleaning

*spice cupboard

*pantry labels

*sew a few tote bags

*frame daily checklist

*gallery wall

*spring decor

*sand and paint dining table and benches

*cut some more limbs off our crazy amount of trees

*garden???

Ok so I guess we will start with this list and see how far we get this week 🙂