Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The great summer roadtrip!

Friday is the day!!
The great summer road trip begins! 
We're literally driving across HALF of the country!
See for yourselves ... 
Yup, Oklahoma to CALIFORNIA!!!!
(with a stop in New Mexico and the Grand Canyon!)
Are we crazy? 
22 hours with 2 kids 2 and under?
But we have some VERY special friends that we are dying to see! 
(hey Angie! hey Brittany! hey Mandy! -- see you SOON!)

But that's why I haven't been around this week -
I've been packing --
and making a Road Trip Toy Survival Kit.
and cleaning.
and trying to stay alive.
(bad weather here in Tornado alley). 

But I'll be back with a whole series on ROAD TRIP READINESS!
and an AWESOME giveaway for you mamas with allergy kids!
Any Road trip tips?
Are you going anywhere fun this summer?
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cheesecake Bites {Memorial Day Style}

Need a last minute dessert this weekend for your cookout?
 Something easy, delicious and patriotic?!
Well, you're in luck because today I'm sharing with you the BEST recipe ever! :)
Yes, the BEST.EVER. It's true.
Just try it, you'll be SO glad you did!
and so will everyone at your table! :)

I introduce to you --
the best cheesecake bites ever ... 
dressed up in their Sunday{red, white and blue} Best for Memorial Day :)
complete with fresh blueberries & a homemade strawberry sauce!
ALL is right in the world when you eat one of these bad boys! :) 
Trust me.
and there is NO WAY you an eat just one.
It's simply not possible. 

Want to make some for your next party?
1 cup graham crackers crumbs
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs sugar
2 - 8 oz cream cheese packages
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbs vanilla
1 egg + 1 egg white
1/2 cup sour cream

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
3. Spray mini muffin pan very liberally with Pam (or something similar).
4. Put the cracker crumb in the muffin tin and place in freezer. 
tip: press the crust firm into the pan
5. Prepare cheesecake filling! 
Add softened cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and eggs, beat until smooth. 
Then stir in sour cream.
5. Fill the muffin tins with the cream cheese filling.
They don't rise much, so you can fill them pretty full.
 6. Bake in over for 12-15 minutes.
Then let cool for a few hours!
 I added some homemade strawberry sauce and fresh blueberries!

So festive. So delicious.
Enjoy! :) 
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Brothers

Sometimes they play so well together,
 and it just makes my heart burst with joy.
 and other times ... well --
 it's not so nice.
but boy do these boys LOVE each other.
The smiles they give in the morning,
Nelson's sweet little voice saying "Hi Harry, how you doing?"
The hugs, the sharing, the friendship -
it makes it all worth it.

My prayer is they remain best friends forever.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Boys' {shared} Room

So it's not quite done ...
honestly, it will probably never be done --
 but for now - it's done enough! :)
Ready for Photo overload?

 This is the view when you walk in the room ...
Actually - the dresser is yellow now! 
I felt the blue was a bit too boring! :)

This is the left side (Harrison's side)...
I LOVE the yellow!
(you can see more yellow here)
and I'm OBSESSED with the gallery wall.
It's a random collection of lucky finds and DIY art. :)
I love that I can change it up, add or take away!
That lantern belonged to my grandparents!
(and needs to be dusted, whoops!)
I attached an Ikea Spice Rack (that I painted yellow) to the side of the dresser!
It's the perfect place to hold some special books!
He loves to sit in his little chair and read! (again, dresser is now yellow!)

and now the right side of the room -- (Nelson's side)
My husband's favorite part of the room are these vintage WWII posters! 
I found them at a Flea Market in Arlington, VA.
They were in the clearance bin for $10/each!
 Such a steal!!!
 Especially considering they are originals!
Below the WWII posters are two rain gutter bookshelves! 
(It's actually one rain gutter, cut in half!)
These things are seriously the BEST.thing.ever for a kids room.
Do it - you'll be glad you did! :)
Wild Man LOVES to climb up on his bed ...
and pick out his favorite stories to read!
It's just the right height! :)
At the foot of his bed sits this little red chest --
 It's OOOLLDD. It was my great-grandfathers and I just adore it!
Inside I store the boys' clothes for the next season. 
We keep almost ALL of our toys in the playroom --
the only toys allowed in the bedroom have to fit in that blue basket.
(we rotate them often as these are his "quiet time" toys)
The word "FLY" is on the wall by the door! 
I found the letters half off at Hobby Lobby.
(I still need to paint the trim white!!)
 The airplane sheets are from Marshalls or TJMaxx -- 
and the blue comforter was $17 at good old WALLY WORLD!
(It's holding up really well actually, I'm impressed).

So that's the Boys (shared) room!!
(for now, until something changes and then I'll show you!)...
I LOVE their room -- but most importantly - the boys LOVE it!!!
 They LOVE playing cars on the window --
... they LOVE jumping on the bed!
 and they love running back and forth in between the beds!
and that's all that really that matters, right?

What do you think? What am I missing? 
What do you love? What do you hate?

Note:  This will eventually be both boys' room -- Wild Man has the twin bed - and the crib side will go back on the toddler bed to make it a full size crib again. But for now - it's just Wild Man's room. Because let's be honest -- if given the opportunity, Wild Man would jump into H's crib at night and suffocate him. (out of love, of course!) ;)So little H is still in the bassinet in our room... yes, he's almost 9 months old. yes, my husband is SOOO ready for him to move out. yes, it will happen. one day.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

I've got sunshine - Yellow Interior Door

on a cloudy day ...
and when its cold outside, 
I've got the month of May.  :) 

Well - it's May and this view was NOT making me happy.
It was so boring. So neutral.
note: don't get me wrong. Neutral can be BEAUTIFUL!!! but THIS -- was NOT beautiful! ;)

So I gave it a quick makeover with some leftover paint! :)
 I love giving a small room an unexpected punch of BRIGHT color --
and the interior side of a door is the perfect place if you ask me! 

So here it is again ...
Now I've got my sunshine on a cloudy day.
Kinda fun, right?

It's been up a week and I just love when guests ask to use the restroom ...
they've all come out and mentioned the awesome yellow door!
You know, just providing a little loo entertainment for ya.
You're welcome. 
I'm here all week! :)

oh and the best part?
The hubs actually liked it!! :)

What's the funkiest thing you've painted?
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Friday, May 18, 2012

A simple wreath

I'm not a big "holiday decorator" ...
not because I don't like it ... 
I do like it - a lot actually. 
It's just that I'm lazy --
and hate to take it down.
So it ends up staying WAY too long.
and since its embarrassing to have a Nutcracker on your shelf in April --
I just save myself the embarrassment and do nothing.

My poor, holiday-decoration-less children ...
 what will they tell their therapist in thirty years?

but back to the story --
Our door needed something.
So I added a little paint (more on that later!)

Then it needed something more. 
But nothing too seasonal that would NEVER get changed. 
 I needed something that would last throughout spring/summer.
I'll work on a new one for fall/winter.
(I think I can handle switching up my wreaths twice a year, haha)

So this is what I came up with --
It was very simple! I just wrapped a wreath in cut strips of sheet moss ($8.99 JoAnn, use a coupon!) and attached it with hot glue! Then I took a paper mache "A" (Hobby Lobby, $2.47) and covered it with twine that I already had on hand. :)
 So that's it. :)
 I love the texture of the moss and twine together.
and I kind of love the rustic simplicity.
but what I love most is that I don't have to change it for awhile.
I'm not quite done with this front door makeover - so stay tuned.

So, what's hanging on your front door?
Are you good about decorating for every holiday?

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chalkboard Pantry Door

Once upon a time there was a kitchen that looked like this ...
and amongst a million other problems, it had a very ugly pantry door! :) 
See it back there? Yup - pretty ugly. 
and unfortunately, a new pantry door ($100 + install) was not in the kitchen renovation budget.
so I improvised and used what we already had to create a Chalkboard Pantry! 
The Hubs wasn't convinced at first ... he didn't like the idea at all actually.
He still lives in 1995 (sometimes) when it comes to design.
but I said "trust me. What do we have to loose? It can't look worse."
His response? "I don't think it looks that bad". 
UGH! My point exactly. 1995, honey.  

So while he was at work last week -- I painted my little heart out! 
and now the pantry looks like this:
I love it! 
and Wild Man LOOOVEESS to "colyor" the walls.
and even the Hubs likes it.
 It's perfect for leaving sweet notes for the Hubs when he has an early flight!
 and it's PERFECT for toddler scribbling while you're trying to cook dinner!
and of course -- it's PERFECT for my grocery/to-do list!
 but the best part is that it didn't cost me anything, since I already had the chalkboard paint!
I love a FREE makeover that makes such a big impact!

and just because I LOVE a good before/after shot ... here it is one more time.
Chalkboard paint pantry = happy kitchen.
and then we all lived happily ever after.
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