Sunday, April 13, 2014

DIY Matte Finish Paint or Chalk Paint

The name might be deceptive if you have not heard of chalk paint before. It is not to be confused with chalkboard paint. It is basically altering paint to have a matte finish or chalky finish. It is very popular right now, and I especially love the look. My mom passed down this dresser that she had as a little girl, and I painted it pink for my precious little girl. My husband called it Pepto pink. I am in love with her new vintage pink dresser!!

Project Supplies:

Paint Flat
Plaster of Paris
Spoon or mixer
Paint Brush
Sandpaper (medium)
Furniture wax

Chalk Paint Recipe:
2 cups paint
4 Tb Plaster of Paris
2 Tb Water

Here was part of my dresser before I began the project.


I bought really bright pink paint thinking that the plaster of paris might dull down the color. Wrong! However, I still loved it that bright.

The paint appears very streaky when you apply it at first. It took about three good coats of paint. Make sure you let it dry several hours in between...even though it is sooo tempting to paint it sooner.

Don't panic yet! The coats will look more even as you go.

When all layers of paint are well dried, rub on a coat of wax.

I scuffed up the pink dresser a bit with a sander for a vintage look.

I was very pleased with how it turned out.
I also painted an old highchair with the chalk paint for my princess. Her vintage nursery is finally done. More to show soon!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pirate Treasure Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope yours is great. My boys have been whipping up Valentines all week. They are sooo excited to celebrate. Of course, our classroom Valentines were created very last minute. I walked down the party isle at Hobby Lobby at lunch, and looked for some motivation. I found some cute little treasure chest boxes and created this Valentine.
Valentine...You are a real TREASURE!

My three year old loved helping fill them with gold coins, pirate rings, and Valentine candy.
My five year old and I worked on his Valentine's earlier this week. We sewed fleece hearts together and filled them with rice.

We wrote:
Valentine...You Warm My Heart
They are designed to pop in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. They heat up perfectly to warm your hands or throw in your jacket pocket. You may also use your heart in the fridge as a mini cold pack for boo boos.

Thank goodness we finished all the Valentines in time!! Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

P.F.Chang's Holiday Special

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Changs for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

How was your holiday? Ours was wonderful minus the chaos, stress, and never ending events. However, I don't know what we would do if our life slowed down. As long as we take time to spend with our children to celebrate, the rest of the pieces fall into place. One of my husband and my favorite places to eat is P. F. Chang's. They offer a unique menu inspired by a combination of Asian and American culture. The dishes are such grand portions that we like to order what I consider "family style" and share several different selections. Some of our favorites are Kung Pao Chicken, Pad Thai, and the Chicken Fried Rice. The chicken fried rice is always a kid pleaser in our family.
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Take a break with your family this holiday season and enjoy a delicious meal at P.F. Chang's. Their gift cards also make a perfect gift for friends, family, and co-workers. When you purchase $100 in gift cards you will even receive a bonus $20 gift card to treat yourself! Yum! 
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Monday, December 23, 2013

3 ingredient Pumpkin Bread

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you ready for the Christmas holiday yet? I'm 90% ready. It is the 10% not ready that scares me..ha ha. We woke up this morning and just stayed home and relaxed and played Christmas games with our kiddos. It was nice to slow down and just enjoy the true purpose of the holidays. For one of the games, my husband and I each compted with one child to make a costume out of wrapping paper in ten minutes or less! I turned my three year old into a super hero and my husband turned our 5 year old into the tin man. We were laughing so hard and the kids had a great time. 

Next, I moved the party to the kitchen and baked this delicious pumpkin bread with three simple ingredients. I received an amazing offer from carton Smart to try out their new products and Become Carton Smart. Delivered to my door was a box with Pacific Foods chicken stock, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin puree.

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Look at this unique packaging. These Tetra Pak cartons are made of 70% paper and are so easy to store. (Definitely environmentally friendly)

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My favorite part is that you can use only a portion of your item, and then close the carton back. (A definite advantage over cans)

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Now on to the fabulous 3 ingredient pumpkin bread.



1 box of spice cake

1 cup water 

1 carton of pumpkin puree

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1. Blend all ingredients together.

2. Bake according to the spice cake box directions. (Usually 350 degrees for 25-30 min)

3. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Homemade Lavendar Sugar Scrub

Yes. Still waiting on our house to be done. Still waiting on a place to live and my craft room! In the meantime, I went over to my "cousins" house to create some homemade lavender sugar scrub. She has become a Pinterest addict and I love that about her. This was literally the easiest and fastest gift I have ever made. I was going to say it was dummy proof...but I accidently forgot to add lavender to one batch, and had to go back and mix it in, because we were chatting.  Oops!

Olive oil
Essential oil (Lavender)
1. Mix 2 cups sugar with 1 cup of olive oil. (Basically 2:1 ratio of sugar to oil)
2. Add in 5-7 drops of essential oil. (I used lavender). Pour into containers (small mason jars).
3. Seriously that is it! You are done!

It took us minutes to make the scrub, and then a lot longer to create fun tags. We printed off some Christmas carols and attached them to the tags. These sugar scrubs cost less then $2 a container including all of the supplies.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Baby Shower DIY Bow Station

I just realized I never posted any pictures from the amazing baby showers thrown by some great friends and family. One of my favorite things was this bow station. Basically, my guests all designed and created my little one bows from newborn to 1 year old. Baby A has already worn so many of them, and they are just absolutely precious!

The bow station was made from a picture frame with strings stretched across. Then different pieces of elastic lace and bands were pre-cut with tags per size. There are cheat sheets all over the internet for the band length. The elastic bands, flowers, and bows were clipped with mini paper clips to the strings on the picture frame.

Look at all these adorable selections for guests to choose from.

Each guest at the baby shower designed and created a headband or bow for the baby on the way. The hostesses had precut little pieces of felt to hot glue the flowers to the bands. (The felt backed the flowers. Layered it would be...flower, lace, felt circle).

Each guest tagged their creation with the size (ex. 3-6 months) and their name so I would know who created it.

And look at these cute decorations!!

And sweet cake with It's a Girl!

Here was the perfect brunch.

I was so excited to craft at my own baby shower. Here is how big baby A is already.

12 weeks old this week! I return to work on Monday. :(

Loving Netflix and Drunken Bananas

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Did that title get your attention? Ha! Ha! The bananas are drunken...not me. Just wait for the amazing recipe to follow. However, none of this would be possible without Netflix. I am a huge fan myself. I signed up for Netflix about 4 months ago while I was on bedrest during my pregnancy. I was bored, and I loved that I could stream movies and TV shows anytime I wanted. I am so happy with my subscription to Netflix, that we kept it. Last week we watched White House Down, and my husband and I have a wish list of what we want to watch next. With three kids, we never know when we will have time, so it is great to use Netflix at our convenience.       

Of course, the kids love it too. There are so many options of great kids movies that they love. Whether it is Jack Frost or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is always something new and exciting. With the holidays quickly approaching, our family movie time usually ramps up. A few weeks ago, I helped my boys make this fun concession stand out of two cardboard boxes for movie night. We made a little window, and used a sheet (page) protector as the "glass." We even made a slanted display inside the concession box, for them to put small dixie containers filled with candy. The boys made up movie tickets for our Netflix show, and we all took turns buying candy, popcorn, and refreshments from their stand. It was a great way for our family to spend time together! 

Honestly, I like having Netflix to myself to stream cooking shows live while I am in the kitchen. I just tried this Curtis Stone recipe for Drunken bananas, and it was so fun to make. 

1 pint vanilla ice cream,
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
large pinch of ground cloves
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
2 medium bananas, peeled
1/4 cup golden rum
2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

To make the spiced ice cream: I. In a medium bowl, break up the ice cream with a spoon, then mix in the nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Cover the ice cream frozen until ready to serve.

To cook the bananas: 1. In a 12 inch nonstick frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Slice the bananas in half lengthwise and lay the bananas, cut side own in the butter mixture. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the bananas are carmelized on the underside and the sugar mixture has melted and become golden brown.

2. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the rum. Using a long match, carefully ignite the rum. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area and away from any flammable material. Allow the flame to burn out.

Turn the bananas over. Return the pan to medium heat and stir in the cream. Baste the bananas with the caramel sauce for about 1 minute.
3. Divide the bananas between two plates. Spoon some sauce over the bananas. Top each with a scoop of ice cream, and then drizzle the remaining sauce over and around the ice cream and bananas. Serve immediately. 

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