7.31.2012

ice cream toppings

does your family love ice cream? and toppings?
well, you need this....
this topping mill is only $25 bucks! 
how much fun will the kids have grinding up 
their own ice cream/frozen yogurt toppings?
you can find it here at Prepara.com


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7.30.2012

pallet sign

I found this awesome tutorial 
for painting signs...
and had to try it on some pallet pieces~


simply print out the letters in a cute font...
the tutorial said to color in charcoal on the back 
and then trace over the top on your wood
then the image would transfer~however,
I used the rough side of the wood
and had to cut out the letters and trace them
actually onto the wood...

then you can use a Sharpie to trace and color in 
the words...


I became impatient with the Sharpie...
then used another marker,
followed by a few coats of paint
to get the color right

then I dappled on some white paint
to give it a little texture,
and sanded over the top a bit...


whallaaa, cuteness in the kids' bathroom! 


here's a peak at the pain-in-the-behind
shower curtain I stitched up (an Anthro knock-off)...

I'm still struggling with a paint color or wallpaper for 
the walls...what to do???
I picked up a darling stencil pattern, 
but I am not sure if I want to dive into 
that commitment on all surfaces or not....

this bathroom and our laundry room
are still awaiting a paint job. 
it's on my summer to-do list...
I'm leaning towards a sea green or gray in this 
bathroom (maybe with the stencil maybe not?)

linking up with...
Tip Junkie handmade projects
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7.27.2012

instafriday

happy Friday!! 

don't be fooled by this face...
my kids LOVE sushi,
my littlest is just wondering why parsley is on his plate? 

my son and our friend's son looking for sand crabs...

awe, I soooo love the beach!! and summer! and the beach! 

hubs brought me this mug from the original Starbucks...
love it! also love lazy summer mornings with my 
coffee and kindle while the kiddos sleep in...

yes, more beach pix..
the kids were lined up using their boogie boards
as skim boards...

I added a sheet of scrapbook paper to 
the insides of my SB water cup...
super easy and cute! 

how adorable is this print from Jones Design Co
it's for the kids' bathroom re-do,
which I'm still in the middle of....

linking up with LifeRearranged...
life rearranged

have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend


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7.26.2012

car organizing


here's an inexpensive way to organize your
car's center console...pencil cases!

my summer~organizing~bucket list
included gutting out the junk in my car...


right now pencil cases are under a buck
in the back-to-school section...
one for first aid, tissues, snacks, utensils, etc...


one for cords and chargers...


and one for pencils, pens, post-it notes, and gum...

now I am happy! I can find what I need in the console...
and all for three bucks worth of containers

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7.25.2012

s'mores addiction

Smores Brownies


yes, we have a problem.....
a small s'mores addiction perhaps? 

going to try these delish s'mores brownies...
pinned HERE 



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7.24.2012

Remodeling


I had to share this awesome idea I 
found on Pinterest HERE 

Add lighting without wall damage.  And when you move, it goes along too! love!!!!!

we are remodeling/redecorating the younger boys' room, 
and although I wanted to purchase some awesome lamps 
from somewhere swanky like Pottery Barn...
I think I'll opt for this easy idea in case they want 
to remodel again, switch rooms, you know that whole thing:) 
(plus I don't have to make the hubs hard-wire anything)

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7.23.2012

towel finder

you know how it is at the beach or pool
with friends and family and bunches of kids....
somehow we have multiples of the same towel...
it's time to leave and you're either taking or leaving 
a random towel...


I started pinning my posy pins to our beach towels...


oh so cute and easy to find! 


you can buy them HERE

Image of set of 3 posy pins - 799

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7.20.2012

InstaFriday

happy Friday!!! 

a gorgeous sunset down at the pier...

the kids enjoying burgers and shakes
at Ruby's on the pier...

me and the hubs...

sandy toes at Legoland water park...
a fun fun day! 

me and the hubs posing while 
the kids took pix of us...
they were laughing and saying 
we looked like it was prom or something
(thanks guys for laughing at the folks!) 

darling little Victorian houses 
in the Legoland mini city...
love this part of the park!


NY skyline in the mini city...

fried Oreos at the county fair...
we all had bellyaches after this day...

the hubs and I again at Legoland...

linking up here....
life rearranged
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7.19.2012

summer memories

we are documenting some 
sweet summer memories on sea shells...



if you live near the shore collect 
them on beach trips...or buy them
(who doesn't love stuff that's reminiscent 
of summer? collected or purchased) 


use a sharpie and have each family 
member write down 3 or 4 of
their favorite memories...


set your shells on a little dish on 
your coffee table or end table...

awe sweet sweet summer....


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