Are you Holiday guest ready?! Don’t worry, I’m not either…. yet. Something about this whole past year we’ve just flown by the seat of our pants, which is not a fun way to live when you’re used to routine and schedules. It’s a weird adjustment, but makes me extra thankful for last minute deals and 2-day FREE shipping on household MUST HAVES like Viva, Scott, Kleenex, and Cottonelle brands.
Stocking up for guests isn’t something you really think about until you’ve had that awkward “you’re out of toilet paper” conversation for the bajilionth time with great aunt becky that you see maybe once a year. Sorry Aunt Becky, I was not prepared for your over-active bladder. My bad! So, some things I highly recommend YOU stock up on include: Kleenex, toilet paper, and paper towels. Seriously, it’s so easy to overlook these things. Extra people in the house means extra clean up, extra bathroom breaks, and Kleenex is always just a bonus to help your guests fight those change of weather germs that they’ve picked up during their visit. Extra Toilet Paper means you avoid those awkard “you’re out of toilet paper” conversations with those relatives you only see once a year. Avoid the awkward, stock up.
Because of the Holidays, I find it extra fun to grab the Holiday designs. I mean, that snowman was just too cute to pass up! Wouldn’t you feel a smidge better grabbing a tissue from a cute snowman than a plain box?! Maybe not, but hey. Can’t blame a girl for trying, right?!
What are some things you make sure to stock up on during the Holiday season? To be ready for guest? Do you buy the Holiday packaging too just because it’s cuter? I’m such a sucker. haha.
Have you ever attended a Paint With A Twist class?! If not, you need to. Let me repeat… you NEED to! They are SO much fun! I’ve had the chance to attend three now (two in Georgia and one here in Colorado) and each time was just fun! You always start off a bit nervous, especially when you see what you’re painting. You think, “Oh gosh…mine isn’t going to look like that at all” but then you see the final result & all the sudden you realize how ridiculously talented you really are at bascially following directions and only using the colors provided to you. Haha.
There were fun photoprops to help pass time while we waited for others to show up and get settled in. There were drinks to be enjoyed.
I’m really thankful that my sister remembers to take photos when I forget. All of these except the last one are taken by her. Thanks, Court! Last one is the group photo taken from my local PWAT’s FB page. I was lucky enough to attend with my mom and sister. The room next to ours was full of bridesmaids! Paint with a Twist is literally fun for all ages. If you look at the group photo, you’ll notice just that — all ages!
Our class was painting a Harvest Moon with a tree, and birds in the moon, and an owl on a branch. At one point, Ceeleste (the enabler, not instructor) said, “And just add a tail if your owl looks like a cat” See the kid across from me? He later told me I should probably go ahead and add a tale to mine. HA!
You’ll eventually reach break time — aka drying time — but don’t worry, they’ll help you pass that time as well with GAMES! Seriously, so fun! We played a version of musical chairs and had two winners! They even gave out PRIZES! One winner went home with a PWAT t-shirt and the other left with a coffee mug! Never a dull moment in sight.
The whole class is full of upbeat music and instructors. They even have a snack bar and offer drinks. You can not BYOB, but they offer a pretty good variety. I had an apple cider mimosa and my mom had a cranberry mimosa. They also offer snacks & soda & water – something for everyone.
If you’ve ever been to one, what did you paint? Did you hang yours in your house? One of mine is hanging in my daughter’s room, one got damaged in our last move, and the latest one is on the mantle above the fireplace.
So, if you’re looking for something new & exciting to break up the boredom, look no further! Head HERE and find yourself a Paint With A Twist class! You won’t regret it. PWAT classes are perfect for date night, family bonding, a night out with your girlfriends, or as a TREAT Yo’self night!
Now, I just struggle with where to put it! haha. On the mantle? Hanging in the dining room? The upstairs hallway? I have NO idea! I have a feeling it’ll get moved around regularly like everything else in this house. Haha. I get bored easily & love to rearrange houses. 😉
Have you ever just gotten in a crafty mood? It hits me from time to time and this time I acted on it. I took Owen to preschool and then took myself to Target to purchase the supplies needed to whip this little sign up. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine’s day sign, I did not however expect to like it so much that I added it to Maddie’s room decor instead.
To make this yourself, you will need:
*Canvas (I found a 2 pack at Target for $9) *Paints (whatever colors you’d like) *Paintbrush *Wooden letters (Oddly enough my store only had the LVE, so I had to improvise on the O which worked out even better than I’d expected) *A cookie cutter. Yup, my
Paint your canvas whichever color you picked. I went with pink.
Paint your letters whichever color. I went with purple. (I ended up not even using the red paint because of the cookie cutter)
Let everything dry, then simply hot glue everything to your canvas. Easy, huh?! I know. I love crafting, but I don’t like the overly complicated crafts. I like to keep it simple.
Maddie loves it in her room. She stores a tiny stuffed animal in the heart. It’s cute.
It’s a cold December morning. 5 A.M. was the wakeup time. 6:30 if you’re under the age of 10 is apparently an acceptable Christmas break wake up. My children don’t sleep in. But, I’ve been up since 5 myself so….
Day 2 of our winter break was way less exciting for the kiddos than Day 1.
Flu shots & Lab work & video games all day sums up Day 2. It was a pretty decent day on my end though.
I took Maddie & Owen in for their 2nd dose of shot. Maddie held my hands tightly. Owen was totally brave up until it was his turn. I had to pick him up and set him on the chair and then kind of hold him in place while he cried. Poor kid.
Following that load of fun, we headed to the Air Force Academy’s hospital for lab work for me to check the pregnancy levels. Hooray, huh?! Doesn’t Day 2 just sound like LOADS of fun? If you follow me on snapchat, you saw last week’s bloodwork rant & how that went. (Cocky little young person… I broke his streak of November since he wasn’t able to draw my blood…. he redeemed himself last week, but my vein was destined to swell & bruise after being poked too many times in a short period). Well, yesterday guess who calls me back?! Yup. Cocky little guy again. He made jokes about who did that to my arm and thankfully managed to stab me only one time. HOORAY! (I have tiny and deep veins… tiny and deep. Getting poked only once it like a dream come true. Normally it’s at least twice. AT LEAST). So, he managed to get it on the first prick from my left (the non-bruised, but heavily tattooed) arm. We high-fived afterward because we both know how hard that is to accomplish with my veins.
Anyway, so a few hours later a nurse called me to tell me my levels…. TWO! My pregnancy levels were back down to practically nothing. I’m no longer pregnant which is a really weird thing to be excited to hear, but it means I’m healing and that’s a really good thing. I have a followup next week for the surgery and I should be good to go. I can’t even explain how much that phone call has put me in a happier mood. I was starting to feel better, finally but hearing that just was the icing on the cake. It’s almost done. I can move on. I don’t have to go in for lab work anymore, I don’t have to get pricked and poked a million times. I can finally heal. It’s bittersweet, really.
In other news, (again you’ve already seen this if you follow me on snapchat), I got my chalk markers yesterday! WHOOOOOO-HOOOO! I can’t even tell you how excited I was for these things to come in. I’d ordered this chalkboard wallpaper MONTHS ago and finally had the oomph to hang it on a weird cabinet wall in my kitchen. It worked out perfectly & now I’m dying to hang more, but all of our walls have those weird bumpy texture to them, so that’s probably the only place it’ll really get hung up, which is fine but I’m all hyped about it so it’s kind of lame at the same time. Anyway… chalk markers were delivered and I immediately ripped em open.
Doesn’t it just look FUN?! Yes. Yes, it does! And it is! And I’m still so excited about them.
I also came home to a sweet package from a super sweet friend. I’ve never tried a LUSH product. (Don’t throw rocks at me!) so I about died of excitement when I opened this. It smells HEAVENLY!
Also, major props to LUSH for their packaging. The note was right on top, which means I didn’t have to dig. The wrapping was adorable and it’s recycled paper. That just makes me love them so much.
David and I have been in the market for a new dining room table for the last few months. We checked furniture store after furniture store, thrift store after thrift store. One day, we decided that maybe we’d just stick with our current table and update the chairs since our cat had done quite a number on those poor chairs. Plus, after years of moving and rough kids, they’re all pretty worn and no longer sturdy.
So a new search began and continued on for weeks until one day I was browsing through Goodwill and came across two chairs that I just LOVED! I was so excited to finally find not just one, but TWO that I absolutely loved. And they were in decent shape, and still sturdy! Win! I had started to lose excitement about the whole search after these two chairs sat lonely in the garage, day after day. Then, one happy day we came across this beauty (below) of a table at a local thrift store. Oh my goodness, SOLD! It had enough chairs to pair perfectly with the two I’d already found. The table itself is all wood with a ceramic center. It’s sturdy! And there’s a leaf! With our growing kiddos, we’d been wanting a larger table. So we stood there chatting quickly about what to do with it, agreed, and quickly purchased it.
We knew that we just wanted to repaint it and recover the chairs, nothing too major (huge thanks to my pal, Brea for the painted dining set idea). Once we’d unloaded it, we headed out to buy paint. If we didn’t start it immediately, we would never finish it. So we dove in head first! Once home and settled, we got started.
We cleaned up the chairs and table. While I sanded the table, David took apart the chairs. Then we tackled the chairs! We painted the frame and recovered the cushions.
While waiting for the chairs to dry, we started painting the table. We painted… and painted… and painted some more. Then let everything dry overnight, added another coat the following morning.
Our house kind of looks like an Easter egg and I just love that. I am so ridiculously in love with this table. I love color! It’s just fun and it definitely suits us better than our previous table or any we’d come across in furniture stores.
What do you think? Have you ever done anything like this?
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Every July for the past few years, (it started when I was pregnant with Owen) I’ve craved a Thanksgiving dinner. I’m talking, big ole, full on Thanksgiving dinner! All the sides. Yum. I don’t know why, but it’s become a pretty annual thing, and I’m A-okay with it!
This year is no different, we headed out and picked up the ingredients we needed… we stopped by Walmart to get some cleaning supplies; mainly this Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth because they are new and I wanted to give them a go. I also somehow convinced my poor husband to help me make a kitchen stand for the cloths. I didn’t want them just hanging on the middle section of the sink, or just clumped into a ball and dropped somewhere… I wanted a proper place to put them. So off we went to see what we could come up with…
David found a (what we assumed to be) candle stand. It was PERFECT. The top of it screwed right on and off. I knew that I didn’t just want to glue a plate to a stand, I wanted it to be sturdier than that, so we planned to bolt a dish to the stand.
So we searched high and low looking for the perfect dish and finally found this beauty. (If I’m being totally honest, it was about 2 racks over from the stand. Haha). We headed home to start dinner. While I cooked, David headed out to grab a drill bit, a bolt and washers (1/2″).
To drill a hole in the ceramic, we placed it on a piece of wood (to help hold the ceramic in place, and to soften the blow on the drill bit when it broke through the dish).
Once you’re gotten the hole big enough for your bolt, (We used 1/2″ because it’s what fit our stand. If you make this, keep in mind they need to be the same size), screw this dish in place. Don’t forget to use your washers!
So then we moved on to prepping our Thanksgiving dinner! Yay! We weren’t however prepared for the power to go out about an hour before dinner time! Yikes! Thankfully it came back on after about 45 minutes, and we finished up a few quick sides and finally sat down to eat.
Now, let’s talk easy clean up. Remember the dish cloths I said we went to Walmart specifically for? I am so obsessed with them! These New Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths give non-scratch scrubbing! The cloth is a premium fiber cloth that you can wash and use again easily! I’m all about reusable, and a 2-pack was just under $5 ($4.98 to be exact).
I bought the coral, but they come in tan and navy as well. One side of the cloth is a high quality fiber dish cloth, and the other side of the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth has dots that give a scrubbing power, making it quicker & easier to clean.
MAJOR points for not damaging the freshly painted table during our after eating clean up.
Speaking of eating, let’s talk about mashed potatoes! Yes, I’m being serious. It took me years to perfect mashed potatoes. I still mess them up all the time. I swear it changes based on the day. BUT, when it’s right… it’s right! (I think it’s honestly all about how rushed I am to make em, but eh).
So, to make these… you will need:
(4-6)Russet potatoes peeled and chopped Salt & Pepper 3/4 c Milk 1/2 c Butter Tablespoon Chicken powder
Wash, peel, and chop your potatoes. (I slice mine) Fill your pot with potatoes, then fill with enough water to cover the potatoes.
Stir in a tablespoon of chicken powder (I swear, it just does something to those potatoes. My friend, Jennifer turned me on to it)
Bring to a boil, let them cook until they’re soft.
Mash, mash, mash!
Use the masher to slightly stir in the butter.
Add milk in 1/4 cup at a time, stirring softly.
Want to see other recipes & cleaning tutorials? Head here. Oh, I overlooked the dish cloths a few times, so here’s where to find them.