Thursday, July 31, 2014

I painted my kitchen table and chairs... again...

I love not having new things. First because most of the things I have were free or very little. Second because I can't paint my furniture and I don't care one bit because it's only going to make it better.

I have painted over this free dining room table set now twice, and recovered the chairs a dozen or so times. Here is the first version... (here, here, here)

This time I wanted to completely change the look. So I went to my go to. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and gave the table two coats of Pure White and the chairs two coats of Graphite. I recovered the chairs in a fabric I have throughout my house. And I love it. I am almost done with the dining room and can't wait to show it to you completed.

Here is the table before I started with this rendition.

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And during the painting. Just a little trick put your table and chair legs on paper plates. It makes them easier to slide around and keeps the paint off the ground allowing you to paint down to the bottom of the entire leg without moving the table outside.

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And the completed look. Don't mind the burlap on the wall behind it. It was a trial and it's NOT staying.

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The best part is is that I used chalk paint and so it will naturally age and show wear and tear which is just the look I am going for. I don't have to stress about it one bit. Just sit back and enjoy it. Which I already do. I love walking into the room and just staring... I'm a little weird, I know.
Shannon

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How To Make Your Own LongBoarding Gloves

We are starting a longboarding gang at my house. And accordingly we need the gear. All of the boys have gloves except Ledger. I refuse to pay $40 for a pair of kids gloves. (Especially after I've paid $30 for a helmet and $200 for a longboard for each of them. I never realized how expensive longboard were until we started looking into them...)

 So what do I do? Oh, you know. Make them... for around $20.

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Do you want to make a pair? You will need to grab:

your scissors
a pair of batting gloves that fit (Target has $7 ones)
glove pucks (Amazon has them for $13 here)
Industrial Sticky Velcro, just the soft side

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Have your longboarder put on the batting gloves and turn their hands palm up.

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Grab the Industrial Velcro and cut two rectangles out of it the size of the pucks. Clip the corners at angles and throw the corners away.

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Peel off the sticky back paper and press them onto the center of the palm of the batting gloves.

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Grab your pucks and press them onto the Velcro. The back of pucks come with Velcro secured to them, in case you didn't know this fun fact already.

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And that's it. Put on your helmet and skate or ride to your hearts content.

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I love when I can create something that the boys think is incredible and yet is practical and saves me money!!! Win. Win. Let me know if you give them a try!!!
Shannon

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chalkboard Art... May and June Version

I built a chalkboard that sits by my entry way about a year ago. I try... key word try... to update it every other week. At the end of every few months I am going to share with you my creations... because after all most of my creations are inspired by chalkboard art I see, so why not inspire others?
First Things First. I do this more for myself than I do anyone else... Because my boys rarely notice that I change it...  so for the first one this month I decided to be funny... it took a few days and my oldest finally noticed it... he told my husband or I don't think it would have been seen:)
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As far as this one goes... My chalkboard Marker was not participating with me. It kept giving me big globs that would run down... I only left this one up a few days before I had to change it. It was driving me crazy.
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And my current one. I adore.
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And because I know someone will wonder. I sometimes use Chalkboard Markers and I sometimes use chalk. Depends on what mood I'm in.
And the Chalkboard? I made it. I will have several on sale at The Olympia Bearzaar on November 22 if anyone is interested. I will also be listing them in my etsy shop shortly.
Shannon

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pinterest Test. Fail Or Success? Homemade Laundry Detergent.

Starting in August we are cutting back. We are determined to get ourselves out of debt and free up more payment money for savings and for a future home. We are.. gulp... starting a budget. It's about time.

It's really on my head to cut back where I can as far as grocery's go. And that's our biggest expense. Well that and the boys sports.

So I decided to try out homemade laundry detergent. I had pinned it here a while ago. And thought hey if it works and I'm really only spending $20 for the entire year instead of $20 for a bottle why not?

So I called in the troops and together we made Laundry Detergent. (Don't worry, I'm not going to go all Evergreen Hippie on you, I promise... no placenta encapsulation around here... but really? have you heard of that? I did this weekend I literally felt like I needed to vomit.)

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So what do I honestly think of it? Well, it smells amazing. So much better than any brand I've bought. I think it washes exactly the same as the stuff I was buying before... (Tide) I use white vinegar as Fabric Softener. I always have. It's also really good for your machine. With this combination the clothes come out fluffy and smelling fabulous. And they hold onto the smell for quite sometime. I do still have to pretreat some of the boys really nasty stains, but that's to be expected. In other words. I think this is a PINTEREST SUCCESS. I will definitely be making my own laundry detergent from now on. I love the smell my entire laundry room has with this sitting in the cupboard.

We are trying to involve our boys in this process as much as possible so they understand why we are saving and budgeting and how it affects us. Our goal? A new home in three years. No car loan debt. And to pay off our Private Student Loan... We can do this... I will share our progress along the way and any tips or tricks I have learned along the way. And if you have any to share... Please oh please do.
Shannon

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wow... Time Flies...

It used to take forever for my birthday to come around every year... now it happens so fast I can barely remember my age. No, it's not my birthday... but it seams like before I know it weeks go by... I'm trying to manage my time better. But, I'll admit it, I am a terrible planner. I just go by the seat of my pants...

So that being said... We've had allot of birthdays around here and alot of fun summer activities... I thought I would sit down and share them... Football is starting up and our summer comes to a sudden halt... and Football Life begins...

I am also in charge of a huge church craft day that is coming up shortly that I am planning for... (lots of projects for that coming soon), I am also preparing for a Bazaar in November (that I am super excited for and will help me use up my craft supplies and help pay for my tuition. Did I mention I'm starting school in the fall?), and the adoption. It's coming along and I have a dress to make for our darling daughters upcoming blessing and sealing...

But, I'm going to try to breath, and I'm going to try to stay on a routine... but no guarantees, because let's face it. It probably won't happen:)...

Just a fair warning... lots of photo's ahead... Grammie is going to love this post... and hopefully the rest of you don't mind seeing my cute kids and our family happenings every now and again...


We started our Summer off driving down to Utah for my sister's wedding... where we got to see my entire family. It's been far too long... my boys miss seeing their cousins and aunts everyday.

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Her wedding reception was scheduled to be outdoors. So obviously we woke up to a torrential downpour in Utah in June. Go figure. So my family got to work. We all pitched in and decorated the gym in two hours... We raided the church gym closets and I ran to Zurcher's and grabbed what I could in her colors... This is what we ended up with. Not bad... not bad at all. She was a really good sport and I think the day was a success.

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In between pictures and waiting for the reception to start my sister's serenaded Brizden very loudly to the song "Let It Go" He was thrilled to say the least... It was so fun to watch.

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And my sister of the Day. I can't believe my youngest siblings are getting married...

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This little guy enjoyed the day about as much as you enjoy the dentist giving you a root canal. He sure is a handful.

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Which was understandable. It was a long day. If anyone is interested I have one single brother and these three hot ladies still looking... Well the one in the middle is kind of spoken for :).

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Because we were all dressed up I wanted to get a family picture. Well, I should have known better. That was a joke. The dumbest decision I've ever had. Out of all the photo's there isn't one good one I would use... And I have lovely wet curl hair and look extra wide... Hopefully one day I can look back at these photo's and laugh at the stage I'm currently in... (I look crazy... that is sooo many kids...)
 
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Okay, so I'm kind of already laughing about it... This little turd didn't make the night miserable either... He finally caved and fell asleep mid dancing at the reception.

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Here is the couple of the day.

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And my little princess... her beauty never gets old. And I love that I snagged a little bit of my sister-in-law's darling baby bump in the photo!

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I finally was able to entertain this guy with my  bracelets...

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And then we speed cleaned up the wedding reception and headed home because we had a birthday to celebrate! It's okay if the party started at 11pm we were going to squeeze it in. My son, Rylek was such a trooper. He tried to hold it together all day, because come on... that's a pretty crappy birthday for a nine year old... He made it until the last hour of the reception when my youngest two sisters snuck him out and took him to the store where they let him pick out a single serving cake... They are the best!!!

My sister's not boyfriend did the wrapping job for us... Fantastic...

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He also helped my husband light up that Batman cake, That I made the night before.

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Rylek is such a special kid. He has a heart of gold. I could go on and on about this guy but this post is already long enough!!!

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There were so many candles to blow out his cheeks started hurting... he couldn't leave one after all... no girlfriends at our house!

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Then the unwrapping began.

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While we were down in Utah (It was a long and fun 2 whole weeks) we headed up to my family cabin. It is where my heart is. I love it. While we were there my little devil turned two. And he became not only a little devil but a terror of all terrors.

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See, he's two.

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Or is this two?

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I'm a horrible mom, and I was sick of cake, and didn't want to have to shove anymore crap in the car on the way home because we didn't have room so we had donuts and skipped right on by his birthday... Hopefully one day he won't hold it against me:).

I love going up to the cabin because the kids can literally do whatever. Like pretend they are lumber jacks...

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Or carve sticks. Or shoot bb guns.

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Or make rainbow loom bracelets.

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Or lounge around being cute.

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Or play football in the cabin.

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(that soggy diaper kills me. I can't win over it. I change it and in 20 minutes that's what it looks like... and this darn stink has zero interest in going on the potty. He'd rather pee on the floor, or couch, or on me... he's my first kid to not be potty trained by two...)

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And one of my favorite things about the cabin along with all the night stars is the beautiful sunsets and sunrises... but honestly, who gets up early enough to see the sun rise when you are at a cabin?

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Happy birthday you handful!

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Oh, and while we were in Utah my boys got colored hair. Courtesy of their Aunt Becca... Ledger's selection was Red.

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Since we've been home I haven't been able to keep this kid dry. We have no AC and it's been ridiculously hot so I keep the door open. He comes and goes in the backyard as he pleases. But he's learned how to turn the hose on. I go through a dozen diapers a day because the second I change them he's filled them with hose water.

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The older two boys got the opportunity to go to a football training camp put on by the Seattle SeaHawks. They had former players and current players helping run them through drills. They had a blast and it was fun to ditch the rest of the kids with sitters and go hang out and watch them. Here's Brizden catching an awesome pass.

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And they got a killer leg workout by jumping over pads.
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And tackling pads.

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Rylek got himself pink hair while we were in Utah.

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And Brizden's Is Lime Green.

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Rylek really held on to that ball. I was impressed. The older boys let it fly right out when they got hit from the SeaHawks Player.
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And then they got Bryan Walters, Wide Reciever #19, autograph on their shirts.
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I've been trying to keep the boys entertained and out of the house this summer. I'm so sick of electronics I honestly wouldn't hesitate to put a bullet through our TV or Xbox... I will be sharing allot of these activities in separate posts but one thing we have done is fill up regular balloons with water. They make HUGE water balloons. HUGE.
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They are extremely heavy to lift.
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And are hilarious when they pop because they contain so much water it catches you off guard every single time.
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Brizden got an awesome long boarding road rash... He has no fear and decided to ride down our street... Which is well... a hill to say the least. His ride didn't end so well. It's a good thing they listen to us and choose to wear helmets and gloves. He was well protected.

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And this little princess turned 5 months. What? Yeah, it's gone by so fast.
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And then this little Ledger turned 7.

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And he joined the long boarding crew. We've now got 4 long board owners dwelling in this house.
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We celebrated with our family (aka our awesome neighbors) with Shaved Ice, Brownies and Rice Krispie Treats. No cake or ice cream for this kid. He doesn't like it.

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Ledger is a stud. He's so concerned about what he wears and what his hair looks like. He is super opinionated and stubborn... We just love his brown eyes. Our only brown eyed child... Those eyes win his dad over every time...

I was putting wash away the other day and got to add this little gem to our jacket closet. And I was overwhelmed with gratitude that we have a little girl in our lives. I had to document it. It literally brought a tear to my eye. It's a miracle. A meant to be story for the record books. And I can't wait until the adoption is legal... We are finally counting down... should be just a few months away.

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My husband and the older two boys along with the neighbors headed out on a 5 day 4 night 50 mile backpacking trip. They did awesome. I was more than a little bit jealous dropping them off at the trail-head. But I have little priorities at home that take my time right now. In a few years we will all join them... While they were away I took full advantage of crafting... I'll be sharing those projects with you shortly...
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And that's brings us to today. If  you've hung on this far... Football starts Friday. Which means... well. Football. Breath, Eat, and Sleep Football...

I hope your Summer has been filled with fun moments and memories to last a lifetime. If they haven't, it's not to late... Go make some now... squeeze all you can into the next few weeks.
Shannon
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