Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Must- Haves 2014

It's that time of the year... Back to school shopping! Send the kids back to school in style! I've gathered some hot new items for the 2014-15 school year, that won't break the bank! 

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Printable by me! Save to your desktop, print and frame! Great for a teacher appreciate gift!

Globe image from The Graphics Fairy

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Our Summer Picnic with Wet-Nap In Hand!

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It's hard to believe that Summer break is almost over, and this time next month the kids will be back in school. With that in mind, I wanted to plan a fun afternoon as a family! When my husband was younger, and even when we first started dating over a decade ago, we enjoyed time at a local "mountain" called Rising Park! It's a fun little hike up the mountain and lots to see along the way. Once at the top, it over looks the heart of Lancaster. 

After the hike was over, I planned a delicious picnic for us at the park below. The kids were really anxious to quench their thirst and fill their bellies! We got our spot all set up and I asked to see their hands before eating, yuck! Lucky for us, I picked up some Wet-Nap antibacterial hand wipes from Walmart prior to our adventure. They were perfect for our afternoon of fun! I didn't mind the kids getting their hands dirty, literally! Because I knew I had my Wet-Nap wipes in hand ;) They cleaned up their hands and amidst them feeling ravenous, they even commented on how good they smell! Funny, cause' that's one of the first things I noticed when I used them too! Wet-Nap products are softer and stronger than before and moisturize with aloe!

Have you ever tried Wet-Nap wipes before? If not, I would recommend giving them a try! I don't think you will be disappointed. I even have a coupon for you to print out before you go! Click HERE, while supplies last! Look for Wet-Nap products in the napkin isle of your local Walmart.

Making the "Old" New Again!

It seems I have a "thing" for lamps, and pillows, and chairs... Oh, who am I kidding I am a fool for decor! I don't see it as a bad thing, but ask my husband and he would probably say different, ha! Anywho, I've had a set of lamps just sitting not being used for months. I decided to give one of them a makeover and add it to our basement! We were in need of a lamp of some sort down there anyways! It's amazing what a little spray paint can do, and a new lamp shade!

Before I started, I put some aluminium foil over the socket of the lamp so it wouldn't get paint on it. I spray painted using Valspar La Fonda Mirage, flat spray paint. I gave it a nice two even coats. Before the piece was completely dry, I rubbed some of the porous places already in the lamp and it opened them up a tad, giving definition to the lamp! I picked up a charcoal gray lampshade from Hobby Lobby earlier in the week for only $12! It kind of gave me a boost on this project and fit it perfectly! I absolutely adore decorating with neutrals, but the fun of our basement is I went a little outside the box. We opted for a dark gray on the walls and since it doubles as the kids playroom, it's oozing with color! Stay tuned for the full reveal coming soon!!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Fab Pins of the Week

Woohoo, it's Friday! The weekend is here and I'm so thrilled!! My husband and I are on a mission: get organized! We got our custom-made barn this week, and I'm just in love with it. It's darling! I shared pics on Instagram, you can follow along here ! I will do an introductory post featuring the barn soon ;) So we're determined to organize the garage and fill the barn! I know, it doesn't sound very exciting, but the end result will be amazing and I can't wait to share the before and after with you all! 

This week, and always, I've been swooning over rustic elegance. It's without a doubt my most-favorite design! 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Cover Up - - Pallet Art

I have yet to share the completion of our basement renovation! I am still in the process of adding the finishing touches to the decor! Today, however, I'm sharing a simple project we did that adds a good deal of character to the space!

One of the biggest eye sore's in our basement was the electrical box. It seemed to be in the most inappropriate spot possible, nearly in the middle of the wall. We wanted to create something to disguise it, but functional when we needed to get to it. So here's what we came up with! Pallet art on hinges!

To start, we disassembled a pallet, sanded it and stained it. Next, we stenciled "est 2006" on it with black spray paint, let dry and lightly sanded. The stain we used was Weathered Gray by Rustoleum. My husband used two industrial sized hinges since this pallet was so heavy. We also secured a magnet to the end so it would successfully close, but easily open.

In time, I intend on adding some cute little clips to display the kids artwork and easily switch it out! You can really let your creativity shine with a project like this!

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