Tuesday, February 02, 2016

FRONT ENTRANCE PROGRESS!

We moved into our place about 8 mths ago and accomplished a ton....however our front entrance got a paint job, the tile ripped out, ugly door changed out and ugly closet doors removed - that was it.  Just ran out of time and steam to do the tile!  So for 8 mths we've been walking on subfloor.  In a weird way, I've gotten used to it!  But this past week, we finally got around to tiling the floor and hanging the closet doors!  I can't tell you the difference it's made!

I still have to do the divider countertop and paint the front door, but other than that, this little entrance is finally done-zo!

Here's a peek for now....will share more shots and details soon!


Once again, the power of paint - right???!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

HEALTHY PANCAKES!


I've been trying to eat clean and healthy for the past 3 wks and I've gotten myself into a nice routine.  Seriously dropped my sugar cravings by an astronomical rate and feeling better.  Every once in a while I still get a craving for something a little more indulgent tasting though!  I follow lots of healthy eaters on IG, that are constantly helping me to rethink old recipes and create new ones.  One breakfast I was seeing pop up a ton was banana pancakes.  So this morning I gave it a go and they were surprisingly delicious!  You should try em!

R E C I P E :

- mash 1 banana and 1 egg
- add 1/2 tsp vanilla and a good sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice
- create 4 pancake puddles in a non stick skillet, that has been lightly sprayed with PAM
- flip once bubbles start popping
- serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and blueberries and 1 T of "no sugar added syrup"

Delicious!

- I've seen some recipes add pumpkin puree or 2 bananas, or a few chocolate chips...etc.... so be creative!  For me, these were exactly what I was looking for!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

COOKIE TIN DIY

Ok seriously how cute is this cookie tin?!  I just love it! The best part is it cost me minutes and pennies to create!


Who hasn't had one of these kinds of tins around?  Especially around the holidays, cookies are always sold in these kinds of tins.  Obviously they're practical, simply by pulling the stickers off them!  But, of course, I knew I could make them even a little cuter with a coat of spray paint!






So pick your spray paint color of choice.  I love a matte or satin finish as it looks less cheap IMO!  I found this pretty pink at Michael's.  As well as these little wooden letters.  You get a bag with a ton of letters for appox $3 or $4.

--Spray the tin.  I chose to keep the lid on because I knew this tin would be used frequently and I didn't want to worry about the paint chipping off and looking ugly.  When the lid is removed there is a black rim - which I'm fine with!  It adds a 50's vibe to it for sure!

--Spray the letters your color of choice.

--Glue them on your tin using white glue.

--Once set, spray the whole thing with a clear matte coat of spray paint for a little protection.
(Optional, but I recommend it)


These cheap little wood letters vary ever so slightly in size, so you have to be ok with the imperfection.  Obviously I just eye-balled what looked good here.  You could take your time, measure/map out the perfect placement if the imperfections will bug ya!



Before placing cookies in, I let it sit out for a couple of days with the lid off to let any spray paint "smell" disappear.  The inside isn't sprayed, but a little of that strong smell gets in there.  A day makes it magically disappear!

How cute right?!  I had the spray paint and letters in my craft box, so this literally cost me nothing to make!  I just love it.  Cute sitting out.  Cute as a little housewarming or hostess gift.  




I'm kinda addicted to this idea of spraying and lettering stuff!  A couple of weeks ago I did a RECIPE BOX, so if you missed that, here's a shot below and the link to that post!


Hope to have inspired you :)
Have a great week!

Friday, January 22, 2016

FIREWOOD BOOKENDS DIY

I was in my garage the other day and glanced at our wood pile.  I noticed one piece that had been roughly chopped, looked like if I simply cut it, bookends could be created!  So I....meaning I got my husband to whip out his saw and make a few cuts.  Just 2 chunks of the log.  Then shave off the roughness from the axe chop, making it a bit more "refined!"

Voila, easy!  I'm not putting anything on them either.  I love birch, so I think they're perfectly beautiful in their natural state!

Took a couple of mins, and no money at all!  That's the best kind of diy, right?!






Thursday, January 21, 2016

LAUNDRY ROOM PROGRESS!

Here's a little look at what we've been doing in our powder/laundry room.  We're not 100% done, but we're around 95% done, so hopefully in the next week or so, I'll share the full room tour :)