Monday, June 19, 2017

Pinterest Father's Day Gift

My daughter-in-law found this idea on Pinterest and she asked that I help her put the idea together.  So I picked up the letters at Michaels and laminated a red heart.  The frame was a little harder to find, but Thank Goodness for Amazon.

When it was time to take the pictures the fun began.  You would think the 7 month old child would be hard to take pictures of however my little sweetheart was a bit harder.  

I know Pinterest will show the letters to be straight and perfect, but I think everything crazy gives the project character.  It brings out the personality of the children. 

This is a super cute idea and my son loved his gift.  

Monday, June 12, 2017

From an Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan

When we looked at our house some years years ago, I said to my husband, I hate the bathrooms.  He said, don't worry about it that is something we can fix.  However, he did not say it would take twenty years.  But finally the day has come and we are making changes in the upstairs 60's bathrooms.  I mean really who thought small brownish tiles make a nice counter top.  

Then there is the master bathroom which is the size of a tiny closet and it is avocado green.  REALLY, I am not joking.  There is absolutely no storage space available in the room.  

This is our main bathroom now.  Our children don't live home any more and I have taken over the main bathroom.  So I picked out the tall wall cabinets to keep my make up and hair products hidden. I have tinted glass in the cabinets that match the window in the master bathroom.  I love the drawers on the right hand side of the bathroom instead of a cabinet.  It is a lot easier to organize things.  
The main bathroom shower and the master bathroom shower are the same.  We picked the same white subway tile.  I wanted the bathrooms to be somewhat similar.  However you can tell my bathroom is a bit girlie by the shower curtain and the white cabinets.  

The most important thing we did in this bathroom was get rid of the ugly green and put in more storage. It's hard to see on the cabinet but it has two small drawers on the left and a cabinet on the right.  Although the drawers look small they are very long.  The mirror is also deceiving but it is a built in medicine cabinet with three wonderful shelves.  Now my husband does not have to keep things on the counter.  

I just LOVE the shelves in the showers.  It is really nice to have a place for the shampoo and conditioner. No more ugly hanging rusty racks to clean....yeah! 

Now it's time to organize the drawers and cabinets and find some decorations for the walls.   

Monday, June 5, 2017

How I Changed My Reading Habits

How did I go from reading five books in April
to reading 16 books in May??????

It is so easy......Audiobooks.   Here is the best part.....they are all for free.  Yes, free through the public library.  Now are you ready for this.....I never actually went to the library.  I downloaded the Overdrive app and found my local library.  I filled in the information and away I went.   I had a couple questions like what is the password for my library card? But I could take care of everything over the phone.  

Now I can not find every book I want to read at the library so I still do have to purchase some books however I have cut in half how many books I am buying.  

I am reading books during my morning routine and before I go to bed but the rest of the day I am lovin' the Audiobooks.  There are so many times in my day that I am doing other things and I can listen to a story.  Driving in my car, rocking a sleeping baby, ironing, washing the dishes, painting, scrapbooking, gardening and even biking are all great times for me to listen to a book.  

Presently I have over 300 books on my Overdrive wishlist.   I think that will keep me busy for a while.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

May Reading Log

The Late Talker was a book I read to build my understanding of Apraxia of speech.  Our sweet little grand daughter is struggling with learning to speak.  This book was very helpful is writing to the insurance company to explain to them the need for speech therapy.  The book focuses on finding the correct therapist and tips to encourage and help your child.  Two important things I want to learn more about is the effects of fish oil and look for a charm bracelet for identification.  

The Secret of the Hummingbird Cake was a wonderful story about three friends who support each other through their emotional relationships and dealing with one of them having cancer and dying.  There was great character development and relationships throughout the story and the story was very engaging.  I give this story 4 stars.  

The Beautiful Day was a wonderful story about a family preparing for a wedding.  The bride had a notebook filled with details for the wedding from her mother who recently passed away.  There is lots of family drama where the family members have to deal with other relationships and moving on from their loss.  I give this book 3 stars.  

The Middle Place is an enduring story about an outgoing cheery father and daughter as they both deal with cancer together.  The daughter looks back over her life and her relationships with family and friends and her relationship with her father.  I give this book 3 stars

Yes, I read another Elin Hilderbrand book, The Matchmaker.  This book was very predictable about Dabney who has a gift to set up couples.  She has set up 42 couples but struggles with her own relationships and her daughter's.  When she is diagnosed with cancer she tries her best to set up her loved ones before she dies.  I give this book 3 stars.  

I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in years, but I decided to read, Answered Prayers.  This story was extremely predictable and at times repetitive.  The story was about Faith who struggles in her marriage to make her voice heard.  She meets an old family friend at a funeral and together they overcome their fears and build a new relationship.  I give this story 2 stars.  

Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult, was an amazing book.  This book was very interesting and held my attention. I couldn't wait to read the next chapter each day.  There was a lot of information about elephants because Jenna's (the main character) parents both research and worked with elephants. As I read the story I felt like there was two different stories going on Jenna's, Serenity and Virgil search for the truth and Alice's (Jenna's mother) looking back over the events and recalling her research on how elephant cope with loss. In the end I was very surprised.  I give this book 5 stars. 

I came across the Paris Wife completely by accident.  It was a story based off the life of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. The story is written from Hadley's point of view of how they fall in love, their marriage and the betrayal.  The story was well written and I enjoyed reading the story.  I give this story 4 stars.  

In the evening I was reading My Stylish French Girlfriends, this was a unique book.  It is about Sharon's friends that live stylish lives throughout France.  There were a few good take aways in this book: (1)  Always put your family life ahead of other demands.  (2)  Set an example that inspires others to work hard one step at a time. (3) Create delicious meals made with fresh ingredients. (4)  Savor and Enjoy each moment and (5)  Use positive energy to make things happen.  

The Habit Guide book was written by one of my favorite bloggers, Leo Babauta.  He has so many good insights on how to develop good habits and work on negative habits.  "Habits are extremely important in changing your life."  Why are habits important???? because they get you to your goals.  Leo suggests focusing on one small habit on a month.  Make it a positive habit that you will look forward to once a day and give it your complete focus.  
Do you habit because that's the plan....don't skip it because "I don't feel like it."
Don't miss two days in a row.  

Helpful Hints:
  • Journaling
  • send yourself reminders
  • fully commit to the habit
  • create the right environment
  • create accountability
  • set up consequences and rewards
  • set up challenges for yourself
  • Plan your calendar for the week
  • Plan each day, don't rely on your mood.
  • Reduce your food intake slowly
  • Get your spending under not spend more than you make.

My favorite book of May was The Nightingale.  The story takes place in France during WWII.  It is about two sisters whose lives are impacted when the Nazis invade France.  Each sister without sharing with each other does her part to help others during the world. One sister helps her Jewish best friend and the other sister works with the French Resistance and aids Allied Pilots to escape to Spain. This is a 5 star book.  

The One and Only is about a young girl, Shea, who has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas.  She is a die heart football fan and worships her best friend's father, who is the coach of the college team in town.  After her best friend's mother passes away, Shea finds herself attracted to her friend's father.  I give this book 3 stars.  

Tempting Fate is about a delightful couple, Gabby and Elliot, who have been married for 18 years with 2 daughters.  Their life appears to be perfect.  Then one night Gabby goes out for a "Girls Night Out" and meets a younger man and begins obsessing about him.  After a one night stand Gabby finds herself pregnant.  This changes her life and relationships forever.  I give this book 3 stars.  

And finally I read, Fangirl.  I did not really enjoy this book at all.  It is about a young girl Cath and her twin sister Wren who are HUGE Simon Snow Fans.  They are obsessed with the books to the point the Cath writes different versions of them on the internet.  The girls go off to college and go their separate ways. Cath is on her own and she has to navigate through college and life without her sister for the first time.  She falls in drama... happy ending.   I give this book 2 stars.        

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Big Kitchen Wall

Kitchen --  September, 2, 2012
 This big ENORMOUS kitchen wall has puzzled me for years.  I just haven't found the perfect way to decorate it yet. Ideally I would love to put a kitchen hutch here but there just is not enough room so I'm back to thinking of ways to divide the wall into parts to come up with the best arrangement. 

My must have item was this mug rack from Magnolia to display some of my Starbuck Collection Mugs.  I saw Joanna use this is several of the Fixer Upper Episodes and I really wanted to add this in the kitchen.   
Changes in the Kitchen June 30, 2016
I found this little shelf at Target and a decorative sign at Michaels.  After looking at the sign for over a year now, I felt the sign was just to little and honestly the Kitchen Rules just didn't feel like us.
I fell in love with this chalkboard idea on Instagram by Urban.Farm Girl for $168.  At first I was thinking of buying it, however my wise daughter suggested that I could make it for less and give her the money for shoes.  


So I made my own copycat version for less than $50.  I purchased the black letters EAT at Michael's however it looks like FAT on my shelf.  I went searching around my house to see what else I could use and found this sign Love the Journey my daughter gave me for Christmas.(World Market)  I love the image of the bike on it because biking is something that my husband and I do together and it is something our boys do as well. Of course the large word LOVE is another bonus as well.   
 Now I am deciding if I want to put the letters EAT in the middle of the wall or if that is going to clutter things up.  My goal is to keep things simple.  

Items Used to make the Chalkboard Frame:
  • Frame from Hobby Lobby (on sale of course)
  • Wreath from Barnyard Chicks
  • Chalkboard Contact Paper from Target
  • Ribbon from Steins