Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thrifting Greatness

Have you ever had a thrift store shopping experience so awesome that it should be recorded? Well that's exactly what happened to me this week. Now, don't get me wrong, I have had some AWESOME finds (usually at estate sales) but I could never find the great small pieces that other people in blog-land seem to find. I mean I have literally been looking for a small vintage lamp for my bedroom for well over a year. We'll guess who found a pair...A PAIR! Take a look.

 Turquoise box $3.99, gold vase (Nate Burkus) $1.99, vintage yellow lamps $3.99, gold Scottish Terrier (TJ Maxx) $3.00, black and white geometric plates (Nate Burkus) $1.99

Monday, January 5, 2015

Home Sweet Home...Well Sorta

About a months and a half ago my husband and I made a HUGE decision, like really huge. We decided to move our family 1 hour and 45 minutes away from our Detroit home to Battle Creek, Michigan.  Now, to most people that's no big deal. It's not really that far is probably what you're thinking, but to our familiy we may as well be moving to California. 

So why leave the only city that we have ever lived in and all of our family in the wind? Simply put we found a home in a little town and fell in love.  

Since we are going to be away from all of our friends and family I decided to blog our new adventures. Follow along as we fix up our new home room by room on a budget and find our way through our new town.

Built in 1888 the 2500 sq ft home is located in a historical district in Battle Creek. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. It's also has a den with a fireplace, a library with 4 built in shelves and a bench with storage under a huge lead glass window. The front porch is screened in and it has a deck in the backyard that we plan to host alot of BBQs on. The park is literally behind our backyard and my son's school is in walking distance, just 2 blocks away.

Take a look of some pictures:


Living room (before the carpet and wallpaper was removed.)

Staircase leading to the second floor. This is also where we will be putting our mudroom.

LIBRARY aka my craft room

Den/Game room (yes that is paneling and wallpaper and a mirror puzzle and floor tile and purple carpet..ugh!) That door leads to a walk-in pantry that connects you to more storage,  the basement and the kitchen! I kinda love it.

The fridge goes to the right of this bar area and the basement and pantry areas are through the unseen door on the right. The left door goes to the dining room.
 The door to the left leads to the deck. (Oh and yes that is paneling in the ENTIRE kitchen.)

Master Bedroom: yes that's wallpaper topped with a matching border. When I started to removed it guess what I found?  You guessed it, more wallpaper!  Apparently the previous owners, I'm assuming back to 1888 when it was built hated the sight of painted walls. They made it their life  goal to cover every inch of the home with paneling or wallpaper.  The great thing about the room is the size. It's about 25 ft long so there will be no problem fitting our king size bed.

Boys room: which is attached to their shared playroom. Wallpaper and carpet are now removed.

 Upstairs hallway mural... yeaaaap. There's that.

Oh, and we have a pink bathroom complete with a tree in lake design to please the eye whilst showering. The Hubs can't wait to destroy this room. I don't mind it as much.

The movers just arrived to start the load up. I'm expecting this to take a few hours. 

xoxo, Shelly and her super cool family.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Homemade Clay

If your anything like me you avoid giving your already super hyper kids anything slightly sugary at all cost. Here's a guilt free Valentine's Day treat for your kids and their equally active friends. Since its made with everyday items from the pantry its sure to please even the most picky moms.

Homemade Clay
Looking for a way to show your little prince or princess how special they are this Valentine’s Day? With some basic ingredients from the pantry you’re on your way to making a non-toxic and guilt free gift perfect for kids of all ages.

2 ¾ cups boiling water
2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar (in the baking aisle)
½ Cup salt
1 ½ cup boiling water
2 Tbsp. oil (olive, grapeseed, coconut, canola, vegetable NO BABY OIL…IT’S TOXIC WHEN INGESTED!)
Coloring agent (kool-aid, liquid or gel dye)

11)   Stir together all dry ingredients together in large bowl
22)   Slowly add oil and boiling H20 to dry ingredients with mixer
33)  Mix or knead with hands until no longer sticky (add extra flour if needed)

44)  Add your desired colorant type

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Smores Gift Basket


Now that school is in full blown mode I know mothers like me are looking for great teacher gifts. Why not try a smores baskets. This is an easy gift to do with young kids especially if your trying to teach counting skills.
With winter right around the corner and more leaves falling everyday toasting marshmallows would really hit the spot. I love this basket idea because it can be tailored to fit any appetite. If the intended receiver is gluten free, diabetic, or just a fine food lover just search your local specialty markets for great options. How about substituting regular graham crackers for gluten free ones or packing fancy dark chocolates for a foodie.
If your young ones aren't school age yet, don't fret. This gift would be perfect for anyone! I'm thinking Christmas gifts maybe?
-Marshmallows (I used regular and strawberry flavored)
-Graham Crackers
-Labels (Avery brand from Walmart about $1.00)
-Basket (Dollar Tree)
-Wrapping Paper (Dollar Tree)
-Cellophane Bags (Dollar Tree)
-Coordinating Ribbon (Dollar Tree....I <3 this place)
-Writing Utensils (I used colored pencials to match my paper)
Create Labels
Wrap Your Chocolates
Tape, wrap with ribbon, and add a cute label ;)
Place graham crackers in labeled bag
Count out marshmallows and add label
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Seven on Sun(day)Things In Jars

I love Mason jars! They're beautiful to look at, sturdy and very inexpensive. Here are sons great things to so with those canning or old food jars.
(The First two are of my husbands lunch for the week and how I make super fluffy eggs)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dresser Organizer

I've been busy trying to get my home clutter under control. So I decided I needed something to corral all of the free makeup and nail polish I've been getting lately. With a quick trip to my local Dollar Tree, some items that I had on hand and about an hour I made me an cute vintage inspired organizer.
To add a pop of color I painted the underside of the top plate pink. I figured this was the perfect opportunity to sneak the forbidden girly color into a house full of the male species. The paint is from Martha Stewart.

2 plates
Clear candlestick
Strong glue like E6000

Just glue the candlestick between the two plates, embellish anyway you like and enjoy!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Todays Bento

Bon Appetit!


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