Monday, September 28, 2015

Homemade Crescent Rolls




I admit it... I am a bread lover. 
 I believe bread is the perfect compliment to every meal.

Breakfast needs toast.
Lunch needs a sandwich.
Supper needs a roll.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Desk Remade: From EWW to New

A couple months ago my son asked me for a desk for his room.  Sounds easy enough.  Not really.  It needed to be a certain size, so that it didn't seem overbearing for his small room.  Shopping online got a little overwhelming none of them seemed to fit the bill without being over $300.  My son grew inpatient.  One Saturday I found a desk that was the right size, but it was pink and white.  Then I noticed the desk was wood and pressed cardboard.  The desk was $15, I debated and debated wondering can I make this into something.  The only reason I went for it was the price and it really was the right dimensions.  Here is before.......



and after....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Some Of My Favorites From My Visit To IKEA

The other day I had a chance to stop at IKEA.
If you ever get a chance to go, I recommend it.

WARNING:
You can get lost in there :)
You will be shocked at how much time you can spend in there,
especially if you take a friend.
It is so much fun to shop with a buddy.  It always brightens my day,
to hear the, "ooh look at that" or "I love that" statements.

At the beginning of the store, it has display rooms.
This helps to entice you. :)
It is fun though.  That is where you will hear the "oooh, look at that".

Then you stop at the cafeteria.  Grab a bite to eat.
Then shop the market area, where everything displayed is for sale.
This is where you load up the card, very wisely. 

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the things,
that I thought were really cute and priced well.

This basket was displayed at the end of a bed.  It was the size of a coffee table.
I can only imagine all the things it could hide.




I look at getting this throw or blanket every time I go in.
I'm afraid my dog's nails would ruin it.  My pups think every blanket we own is theirs.
It reminds me of a throw at Pottery Barn.


Friday, May 22, 2015

My Hardwood Floors Lost Their Shine! Quick Shine Help.


Hardwood Floors
I love hardwood floors but they can drive me crazy.
I struggle with finding ways to keep that beautiful, hard wood shine.
My normal mopping for my floors is a bucket of warm water and vinegar.
After a while they become dull.
So every now and then I use this,
"Quick Shine"
By Holloway House


Below, is the before on the right, and the after on the left.
The shine last for about 2 -3 months.


I will share with you though, that this it is not a quick job.
At least not for me. But to have the shine back, I find it worth the hassle.


The first thing I do is put everyone in bed.
Yep! That means I am up late. Sorry.
I vacuum, then mop by hand.
I do that as to get every piece of dirt and dog hair up.
The shine is like a glaze and that piece of hair becomes trapped under the shine.

I buy a mop from the dollar tree, then throw it away.
You want to start in a corner and work your way back, you will be blocked in 
until it dries.

Squirt and mop. 
Easy enough, right?
You have to be careful though, because you can apply too much shine (glaze) to one area.
The glaze comes out quickly, so be cautious.
Try to go over it for an evenness.

Below is a picture of a squirt, just to give you an idea.


This is a picture when it was finished and dried.


I got the shine back! For now... ;-)
I have only been able to find this product at Walmart.

If you have any helpful tips on hardwood floors, I would love to hear them!
We could all help each other in this battle.





Sunday, May 17, 2015

Swan Creek Candle Review



Swan Creek Candles

Have you ever heard of the Swan Creek Candle company?
About 2 years ago I was shopping in a little shop.
  There was an amazing smell that drew me to the corner of this shop.
You can smell them without taking the lid off.
I've been in love every since.
Let me tell you about these candles. 

I do want to let you know Swan Creek doesn't know I am writing this post about them.
They only know me as an order #.
When I experience a good product or a good experience,
I like to share it with all my friends.




When shopping for these candles, I could only find them in
the Bass Pro Shops and this little store in Gruene, TX.
Of course, when you shop in a store you pay a little more. However in the store
you can smell them to find your favorite scents.

I found, I can order online for a little cheaper and guess what, 
they usually throw in a Thank You gift. 
Isn't that wonderful of them?
This time my Thank You gift was Pink Marshmallow Frosting melts.
Yes, it does smell as amazing as it sounds.  The day my box came my daughter was 
drawn instantly to that package.  While she was doing her school work, she sat with that 
Pink Marshmallow Frosting opened beside her.  She just kept taking deep breaths and rejoicing
in the smell.


Swan Creek is very careful to wrap everything really well.
Look at all that bubble wrap.





My favorite scents are Vanilla Pound Cake, Gingerbread, Thai Pear, Warm Cinnamon Melts
and now Pink Marshmallow Frosting.


I would love to know if you have a favorite brand of candles or 
if you love Swan Creek Candles too. 
Leave a comment and share your wonderful finds.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Organization of Your Different Flours


Organizing all your different flours.
When changing your diet it can become overwhelming,
buying and storing all the different flours.

My freezer was becoming an unorganized mess.

This year we are trying to change the way we eat.
We have experimented with Gluten Free in the past.
None of us have been diagnosed with Celiacs disease but we
have an Uncle with it and a son with Autism.
For some of these reasons, we are trying to change to Gluten Free.
It has become much easier but still can be challenging.

Here's what I came up with for my sanity.



It looked something like this.





Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Glimpse of My Kitchen


Living in a Log Cabin can make photos difficult
the photos tend to turn out darker.
I haven't learned the art of using a flash or extra lighting yet. 

My favorite part of my kitchen is our sink. 
I have always wanted a big farm sink. 
It holds tons of dishes.
On this day, I just happen to have all the dishes done.


Farm House Sink


Monday, February 9, 2015

Decorating With Signs: "Say Something" In Your Decor

Have you noticed how everyone is 
using signs in their decorating now.
The sayings can be anything....
something you find funny, something that encourages you
or even a Bible verse.

In the store the other day I saw this sign.
It is something I need to be reminded of.

It is so easy to always look back for me.
I just chuckled when I saw it.
I'm still wondering where I could use this reminder in home.











Thursday, February 5, 2015

Getting Trendy From Your Old Clothes

Dilemma I don't have time to go shopping or the funds.

I really liked these pants, when they were in style.
As you can see they are to short and flare.
So there they hung in my closet, for years adding to the clutter.

While having coffee with a friend and this woman walked in
with the cutest pants on. 
They looked similar to mine in the closet but rolled.
My mind raced to my flare pants, I was hoping I could achieve the look.
Below is the before and after photos.






Monday, February 2, 2015

Flowers from Trader Joes


Have you ever been to a Trader Joe's?
I hope you are fortunate enough to one in your area.
 They have the best deals on flowers.

Simple Hydrangea bouquet

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fun First Birthday Decorations

Celebrating the First Birthday

Party Ideas


Our first grand baby turned 1 this year.
You can imagine it was a milestone in our lives.
My daughter was all over the web getting ideas.
Don't you just love Pinterest and Blogs?

I wanted to share with you some of the ideas she and I came up with.
I want to give her the credit she comes up with amazing ideas.

This party was for a little boy but you definitely could use most
of the ideas for a little girl too.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Time to pack away all the Christmas stuff... here are some things I've learned




It's that time of year, where it's time to put away all the wonderful Christmas stuff.
I am always excited to put it away and do a little spring cleaning at the same time.
On the other hand it is a little sad.  Christmas is such a magical time and it comes and goes so fast.

I learned a couple of years ago that if I store my Holiday stuff in 
clear totes it makes things a lot easier.
The clear totes help me to see the items, that way I don't have to get 
all the totes down.  That's a bonus.