Thursday, September 24, 2015


Ghoulish Photo of my lil Goblins
I don't know why I didn't think to do this
earlier.  This photo is about 3 years old, but I 
absolutely love it.  My kids have grown by leaps and bounds
with two of them looking down at this mom.

I can't wait until Christmas!

My little goblins

Halloween mantle

I love the $1 and $3 bin at Target!

gold leaves-Hobby Lobby
scrapbook paper for the banner
free deer print

 hearth room

Target wreath:

added free printed halloween flags
BOO         HISS

Summer flower pots turned F A L L

Canvas, paint, glue and glitter

Monday, March 2, 2015

Let It Go ~ FROZEN Birthday Party

Viv is 5
~it was bound to happen~

a Frozen party

Vivian turns 5

Bitter sweet day

Yesterday was a wonderful day filled with family, presents, laughter and memories in the making. I'm not sure why the 5 year mark was more difficult than others, but I found myself wondering what it would have been like to be celebrating with her twin. We were thrilled and extremely nervous to find out we were expecting twins.  This would have been our 4th and 5th child.  I never really imagined having 5 children, but embraced the idea quickly and we were thrilled. At 16 weeks during my pregnancy with Vivian I lost a piece of my soul and mind (seriously, you can ask my OB doctor, as  nurse/mom I instantly became a lunatic).  Nothing in life is more devastating than losing a child, born or unborn.  Life does move on, but I can't help but wonder what my life would be like with Vivian's other half.  I do believe she got the personality of both babies.  She is more than a handful and I am convinced I am the only one who could appreciate my basement being painted with vaseline, poop in the dryer and her many creative ventures. So, if I seem too lax with my little Viv and allow her to explore her creativeness to the extreme.  Maybe it's because she is child #4 or maybe it's because I am just thankful that she can and I can share those moments with her. 

 Happy Birthday Viv and Baby B!



I used Duncan Hines fudge cake mix, filled with an easy chocolate ganache and topped with the best icing I have ever made, italian meringue buttercream.   I also used my new cupcake pan and liners from IKEA. 


 Free paper banner from pinterest

 My dresser that just keeps on giving!  

 Free printable and photoshop

Handmade birthday hat from her very first birthday!

 Happy 5th Birthday Vivian!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kitchen cabinet facelift ~ Oak to Paint

I painted my oak cabinets!

Oh painted over wood?  Yep, I sure did.  Yes I understand it will be the biggest pain ever if I decide I want real wood back (I mean...I might just move before I strip kitchen cabinets).  

My inspiration:  My grad school graduation present from my mom.
I love this chandelier!

Lowes: $250.00

I love the after!   I painted them with floor and porch enamel from Sherwin Williams.  

Before, we were all oaked out!

I sanded all my cabinets before painting and sealed them with a satin poly.

Painted the ceiling two shades lighter than the cabinets, although it looks like the same color here.

         and it took 2 gallons...ughhhhh!

 Going with glass knobs and pulls

Now all I need to do is replace my countertops and change the backsplash, cha ching $$$$$

simple ways to update the bathroom

90's  B-A-T-H-R-O-O-M updates If I could count the number of bathrooms I have re-done.  This is my daughters bathroom. Again, we have 90...