Showing posts from July, 2013

Flower Pot Tower

It's no secret that I've been trying to work on the curb appeal for our home.  I've mentioned it a few times, here and here.  No real reason other than, we have been slacking on the yard...for a few years now.  Come to think of it; ever since we got the boat.  I mean, really....who wants to be working in the yard on a sunny day when you could be out playing on the water?  Am I right, people? 

I have been wanting to do a fun project for the front yard, for a long while now.  I was missing one major piece to this project, and when I was cleaning under the deck the other day I stumbled across my missing piece.  I was so excited that I may, or may not, have done a little dance.  Right there.  In the backyard.  Under the deck.

We've all seen the stacked flower pot towers right?   Well, THAT's what I wanted to make.

Here is what you will need.  Remember, you will need a few days to let the spray paint cure.


5 terra cotta pots, various sizes.  (Large to small)


Meal Plan Monday 7/29/2013

I sure hope everyone had a great weekend.   We were laid back this weekend, not much going on.  The Mister was on call, so that keeps us pretty grounded.  I went to see The Heat on Sunday with two of my girlfriends.  My cheeks hurt so bad from laughing.  It was funny.  
I also managed to whip up a cute little yard project that I will show you later this week.

My girlfriend at work has been cleaning out her kitchen and gave me this really neat Crock-Pot Cooker, cookbook.   So, I've been thumbing through some recipes and decided we were going to try a few this week.  I just love the simplicity of the crock pot.  Load it.  Set it.  Forget it.  Then eat it.  Easiest thing ever.  If these recipes are good ones, I will post them later on the week.

Monday:  Flat Steak w/ Green Beans and a Spinach Fusilli Pasta salad

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker:  Teriyaki Chicken

Wednesday:  Seafood Stir Fry

Thursday:Slow Cooker:  40 Clove Chicken

Friday: Bikini Rolls Ups (Wraps) with Peanut Sauce

Saturday:  Salmon …

Next Step: Adding Furniture

That title pretty much sums up this post. Adding in the furniture. Let me recap with what I started with. Before:

As most of you know (my close friends and family who seem to be the ones that read this blog) We lost a huge asset to our family earlier this month. My hubby’s beloved Grandmother. My babies beloved Great-Grandmother. In her guest room she has a mahogany bedroom set. My wonderful Mother-in-Law was so sweet to think of Hotrod and give him the bed from the set. We actually took the entire set, to keep it together, but the other pieces didn’t work for Hotrod’s room. So, the NIGHT that Hotrod was on his way home from Disneyland we rushed over, took the bed apart, loaded it up in the suburban, and drove home, polished it, and reassembled it.
 These girls deserve the SISTER-OF-THE-YEAR Award!    Seriously!  They not only helped clean their brother's room, but the also helped with the painting, and moving furniture, box springs, mattresses and so much more!!
Such a simple, beautiful, masc…

Ghost Stripe Walls

As you saw yesterday, I am redoing Hotrod's room.  It is long overdue, that is for sure.  When he left for his trip, I was shocked at the work we had to do in his room.  Since I had asked him to clean it, which he did do a few days before; however while, he was packing for his trip, it was right back to where it began before he cleaned it.  

I'll let the pictures do the talking.
I had a long road ahead, that's for sure, and only 4 days to get it done!!  Typical teen boy room...or so I'm told...I just think my teen happens to be highly allergic to a garbage can.

I knew that I wanted a paint that had a primer built into it.  Also, Hotrod and I had previously discussed colors for his room should I ever redo it.  Which was grey.  So I went to my local Home Depot, at 7 o'clock on a Monday night of course (perfect time to start a major project, right?), and bought the Behr Premium Plus Ultra and had it color matched to the Dutch Boy Route 66.  I have to say, this rolled on…


I love surprises!I especially LOVE to give surprises!Whether it’s a birthday party, a Disneyland trip for the kids, or redoing my teenage son’s room while he is gone on a backpacking trip with the Boy Scouts.I had 4 days…4 days people…to redo my son’s room. When we moved into our home 8 years ago, we I allowed the kids to picked out their own paint colors and decorate their own rooms.So needless to say Hotrod’s room was long overdue for a redo. He picked out the border and then picked out the two colors based off two of the cars in the border.Not bad for an 8 year old, if I say so myself.  The red, because it was like Daddy's Chevelle and the blue...well, I think he just liked the blue. I wanted to spruce up his room.Brighten it up a little bit.Here are my thoughts for his room. **Notice, I just want to do subtle stripes on the wall, similar to the ones in the upper left hand corner, not the bathroom vanity. I'm thinking several different shades of gray with a pops of red throughou…

Meal Plan Monday 7/22/2013

Happy Monday!!!Did you get out and enjoy the sunshine this weekend?We got our Hotrod back Friday night, so this mom is a happy girl!He had a fantastic trip with the boy scouts.I can’t believe that we are almost done with summer.It is going by so, so quickly!
Tonight, some girlfriends and I, are going to see Bruno Mars in concert, so I wanted to make dinner simple.Super excited!
Monday:   B.L.A.T (Bacon, lettuce, Avocado's, Tomato's) w/ watermelon and tater tots Tuesday:  Rotisserie Chicken, w/ garden salad and asparagus Wednesday:  Taco Salad Thursday:  Chicken Enchilada's
Friday:  Salmon, on the grill, w/ green salad and brussel sprouts
Saturday: Chicken Fajitas
Sunday:  Smoked Spare Ribs w/ green salad and green beans and cantaloupe

I hope you all have another fabulous week!I have a “surprise” post for tomorrow and the remainder of the week.Super excited for the outcome!

Front Porch Pick Me Up

My goal this summer, spring, fall, even winter is to gain a better curb appeal for our front yard.  We don't spend as much time in the yard as we should and it's evident by the lack of color, personality, and just about everything in our front yard. 
Our front steps have been bugging me for a while now.  I've been wanting a cute little table and chair set to put out there, however, I just haven't found one that I liked.  

So, while the kids play out front, The Mister and I, sit on the hard cement watching them.
So dull, boring, blech...right?  Moss, leaves, dirt...booorring!
Those pots on the left are actually my hanging pots.  I moved them there because we were gone last weekend and my neighbors took care of them for us. The other night, The Mister came home with a cute little table and chair set that sat on Grammie's porch.  It was exactly what I was looking for...and it was something that was Grammie's.  Something that would make us smile every time we sat outsi…

Meal Plan Monday 7/15/2013

Hey y'all!  I wanted to say thank you to those of you who have reached out to our family via text, Facebook, phone calls, and even cards giving your condolences regarding the passing of Grammie.   She was a shining star in our world and is missed immensely, that is for sure.

Did everyone have a good weekend?   We ended up going on a little get away, to our little slice of heaven.  We just needed to regroup as a family.  Isn't this just beautiful?

So, as we are trying to get a little bit of normalcy back into our lives, let's kick it off with another Meal Plan Monday.

Monday:  BBQ chicken drumsticks, corn on the cob, green salad and watermelon cubes
Tuesday: Simmer Sauce:Salmon, salad, cantaloupe and steamed broccoli & cauliflower mixture
Wednesday:  Slow Cooker: Pot Roast
Thursday:  Slow Cooker:  40 Clove Chicken
Friday:  Sub sandwiches with fruit chunks (watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, and strawberries
Saturday:  Dutch Oven:  Braised Short Ribs
Sunday: Homemade Pizza

I hope …

A Great Woman...Leaving Behind Her Legacy

Right now our family is currently going through a struggle of preparing for the loss of a great woman.  I continue and will continue to learn from her on a daily basis. 
As I sit and watch her spend precious moments with my kids, giving them her 100% undivided attention, listening to their stories; like how the tooth fairy came and Bubba found out he had a boy tooth fairy (and he is green), and how Miss Firecracker was getting better about wake boarding and wants to do tricks by the end of the summer, how Hotrod is heading off for an amazing trip with the Boy Scouts and have an experience of a lifetime, and how Miss Baby Girl is going to grow up a save all the animals in the world and be a veterinarian because she made friends (and named them all) with some sweet horses last weekend while we were camping. 
While we listen to Grammie talk about growing up on the farm in Canada with her brothers and sister (2 boys and 2 girls, just like my little family), I wonder to myself...what legacy…

Meal Plan Monday 7/1/2013

Happy Monday!  Happy July!  Happy Birthday to my Daddy!  It's a happy day today!  Oregon is getting quite the heat wave, and I am NOT complaining in the least bit.  I love it.  Love the sun.  Love the heat.

Let's get on into the menu.  This is the time of the year where heat is in, eating is light, and salads are big for our family.

Tuesday:Slow Cooker: BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad
Wednesday:BLT's w/ watermelon and tater tots
Thursday: BBQ chicken & Ribs BBQ, garden salad (our friends will bring side dishes & desserts)
Friday:Taco Salad
Saturday:Homemade Burgers w/ corn on the cob and green salad

I hope all of you have a wonderful Independence Day and to remember why we are celebrating this beautiful country of ours.  We are going to have some friends over and their kids, so it will be more fun times.