Weekend Recap

We took the camper out for our first trip of the year this weekend!  The weather was perfect (again – we’ve been really lucky with great weather the past few weekends!).  We camped down at our lot by the river which is only about a mile from our house.  I was a little worried we’d be bored, but we definitely stayed busy while we were down there and were able to come home during the day on Saturday and get a few things done.  Here’s some pics from the weekend:

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We came home on Sunday morning and ran to town to pick up a few vegetables to plant in the garden.  Joe sprayed something in our yard and garden last spring to kill weeds and we found out after the fact that our garden wouldn’t grow because of that spray, so we didn’t get to have a garden last year.  We’re going to test it out to see if the chemical is out of the soil this spring, and if my vegetables stay alive for a couple of weeks we will go ahead and plant our pumpkin varieties.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will actually have a garden this year!

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The kids all made me sweet homemade gifts for Mother’s Day, which was the best present ever!  Hope all of you mama’s out there had a great day/weekend as well!

Friday Favorites

Today, I’m linking up with Erika, Narci & Andrea to bring you my Friday Favorites.  I have no life altering products to share this week, but rather a compilation of some of my FAVORITE moments this week!

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A friend sent an extra Kiwi Crate craft project she received in the mail from her son home with me last weekend.  My girls absolutely loved putting it together (it came with all supplies and instructions on how to assemble).  They spent a couple hours working on it and needed no help from me (extra bonus!).  Their end result was awesome and they had so much fun working together on the project. (For some reason I can’t get the picture from this fun project to load on my computer, so you’ll just have to imagine how wonderful it is:)

 

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On Monday, the girls had track and field day at school.  Joe’s mom was able to come up and spend the day there, and since I was working she offered to take Ashton with her.  The girls were so happy they were there and I was happy to receive the pictures and videos throughout the day!  Win, win for everyone!

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We had some rain on Wednesday throughout the day, so softball practice was cancelled for the night…we were all happy because that meant we actually got to be home with no plans for one night this week (this meant the girls were glued to their iPads since they don’t usually have time during the week to play on them)!

We’re going to attempt our first camping trip for the year this weekend…hopefully all goes well!

 

 

 

Recipe: French Dip Sandwiches

I’m all about easy meals this time of year because we’re almost never home in the evenings.  This French Dip recipe is one of my favorites – and is a good one to make all year long!  Here’s what you need:

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  • 1 beef roast
  • 2 cans beef consommé
  • 1 packet dry Italian dressing
  • 1 packet Au Jus gravy mix
  • 1 package hoagie buns
  • Provolone cheese (not pictured)

Put your roast in a crockpot and pour 2 cans of beef consommé over it and add about 2 cups of water as well.  Then add your packet of Italian dressing over the top of the roast.  Cook on low roughly 8 hours (I always put in the crockpot before I leave for work and it’s ready when we get home – probably more like 10 hours later).

When roast is complete, lay out your hoagie buns on a baking sheet and butter both top and bottom of hoagie bun.  Layer your shredded roast and provolone cheese on bun.

I also start my au jus mix at this time on the stove – just mix mix with 3 cups of cold water and it’s ready once it boils.

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Set your oven to broil and put your sandwiches in until cheese is melted/bubbly and buns are toasted brown.  That’s it – easy peasy!

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Like I said, super easy meal and everyone in the family will actually eat it – which is a huge win at my house!  Let me know if you make this and if you’re family enjoys it too!

Weekend Recap

We had another great weekend!  Friday night Danika had softball practice so we dropped her off and the littles and I ran to do some real estate work.  We got back to practice in time to play at the park for a bit and the weather was perfect!

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After practice we went out for ice cream!  Apparently, no one except for Danika wanted to cooperate for a picture!

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Saturday, we got to enjoy a day with no plans!  I ran some errands in the morning while the kids played at home.  After lunch, the girls decided to have a bike wash and clean up all of their bikes.  Joe and I sat and enjoyed the weather for a bit.

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After Ashton’s nap, we headed down to our river lot to do a few things.  We ran into some friends and spent most of the afternoon there, and the kids had a blast playing with all of the kids – but my phone died so I failed to get any pictures!  When we got home, Ashton and I made rhubarb crisp with some rhubarb Joe brought home from work so we grilled out and had that for dessert!  It was delicious!

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The kids thought they wanted to have a sleepover in Ashton’s room for the night, so it started like this….

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….and then ended about 15 minutes later when arguing ensued about someone touching someone else and someone taking someones toys.  I could have called that one!

Sunday was my birthday so Joe and the kids made me breakfast and fun homemade cards and gifts.

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I spent a little time doing blog work.

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We had more softball practice in the afternoon and I had a church fundraiser meeting.  While I went to my meeting, Joe and the kids went fishing for a bit.

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I’ve been trying to eat healthy so I told the kids I wanted “carrot cake” for my birthday since it was healthy…meaning I would just put carrots on a plate and call it cake:)  They decided I should have real carrot cake so we grilled pizzas and had carrot cake to celebrate!  It was a great weekend with the family and I wouldn’t want to spend my birthday any other way!  We’re counting down until summer break – just a week and a half of school left!

Friday Favorites

Today, I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites.  I’ve got a few random things today:

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wet brush

I found out about the Wet Brush a couple years ago.  After trying it out, I went out and bought two of them.  My girls both have long hair and it was always hard to brush through after baths/showers because it was tangled and they always complained regular brushes hurt.  The Wet Brush is amazing!  It’s so easy to brush through their hair (and mine) after swimming, showers, etc.  I think they come in various sizes.  It’s been a life saver at our house!

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My mom gave all of the ladies in our family these Turbie Twists for Christmas last year.  At first I thought it was kind of a joke and something I’d never use, but once I tried it I was hooked!  I have really thick hair that takes a long time to dry, and this helps cut down on my blow drying time in the morning.  After I get out of the shower, I put my hair up in this and it really helps take the moisture out of my hair before I blow dry it. It’s also nice to have my hair out of the way while putting on makeup, etc.

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Ashton had his first school (preschool) picture recently and we got them back this week.  How grown up does my little man look?!?  One of my favorite things is to see how my kids grow from year to year – it’s always so fun to look back at these pictures!

The weather here is supposed to be AMAZING this weekend so we’ll be spending it outdoors I’m sure!  Have a great one!

 

 

Rustic Industrial Bathroom Remodel

When we bought our house 5 years ago, there was so much updating to be done that we focused on the main living areas (kitchen, living room, and main bath). The back bathroom near our garage was left behind “for another day” more times than I can count. Over the years, we have found that when we have guests over, this is the bathroom that they tend to use because it’s easiest to access. Finally, this sad, dated bathroom finally made it’s way to the top of our project list.

The bathroom had a tub (but no shower), and we decided that since our kids are mostly out of the bath stage (and we have a tub in our other main floor bathroom) that we would just have a shower insert rather than a tub/shower combo put in here. We also decided to remove the closet that was in this bathroom (I know you’re thinking that we are crazy to be getting rid of storage!) but we felt it was the best way to open up the already pretty small space…and besides, I had a plan for additional storage options and we really don’t use this bathroom to get ready on a daily basis so we don’t need a ton of storage in here.

Because we were reworking the layout a little and because the room was pretty small, we just gutted it down to the studs and put new drywall in. We went with a pedestal sink (again, to make the space feel larger than it really is).

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We went with clear glass shower doors to make the bathroom brighter and again, to feel bigger. We also added a can light above the shower area which helps with the brightness in this bathroom.

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The goal was to have a fresh, clean, bathroom that has an industrial, farmhouse feel. I feel like we nailed it!

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Our goal was to do this bathroom on a budget, so I was looking for any way I could save money. I was having a hard time finding an inexpensive mirror for the space that was the size I needed and worked with the look I was going for. I was roaming through Hobby Lobby when I came across these barn wood frames.

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These frames come in many different sizes, so I decided to buy one (during one of their frequent 50% sales of course!) and just have mirrored glass installed at our local glass shop. I added a sawtooth hanger on the back that I had sitting around (these can be found at any hardware store).

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The mirror ended up costing me quite a bit less than other options I was looking at and I love how it looks in the space.

I wanted shelving above the toilet to provide the storage I was lacking. I liked the chunky look of these old electrical cross arms, so I had the hubs cut them down to the size I needed (and they were free!)

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I felt like using plumbing parts to create accessories in this bathroom would help create an industrial feel. We went to our local hardware store and starting piecing together parts to create a towel hook, towel bar, toilet paper holder and shelving brackets. We had a pretty good idea of the size we needed, so we purchased those parts and then assembled, which was super easy.

The hubs (the brain behind this operation, just don’t tell him I said that!) informed me we needed backing before hanging these newly created accessories since there wasn’t backing in the walls in every place we needed it. So, I went on a hunt through our scrap wood piles and all other areas of our property and stumbled upon an old wooden pallet I thought would be prefect for what we needed. I talked my sweet husband into disassembling said pallet with his jigsaw and then cutting each pallet piece to the necessary length to provide backing for each item. I love how the rustic wood from the pallet offsets the industrial feel of the plumbing pieces.

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I’m a huge fan of unique touches in a home, and love incorporating the unexpected into our home. It’s fun to think outside the box on how to get the desired look without spending a ton of money. Overall, I love how this bathroom turned out. I just wish we had tackled this project a long time ago!

The lighting fixture and sink were purchased from Menards.  The mirror frame and trash can were purchased from Hobby Lobby.  Shelving decorations came from Gordmans.  The walls were Sherman Williams Sea Salt.

 

 

Weekend Recap

It was a cold, rainy weekend in our part of the world (think 30 – 40 degrees cold!) so we spent a lot of it curled up indoors!  Friday night we celebrated Ashton’s 4th birthday with a family party.  The birthday boy loved his presents!  IMG_9250.jpg

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Ashton wanted to have his cousins over for a sleepover for his birthday, so after the party we had a sleepover!

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Silly Boys!

Saturday morning, the boys played for a while in the morning and I took Danika to her last volleyball game.  We spent the afternoon being lazy, and Danika went to a friend’s birthday party and sleepover.

Jayde came home from spending the night with her cousin and we had an easy dinner (chicken nuggets and tator tots) and watched a little TV.  I looked over and saw Jayde on the couch like this – I think she was tired!

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Sunday, I did some meal prep for the week (I’m making an attempt at eating healthy again – we’ll see how it goes).  I spent some time working on blog posts, did some real estate work, and laundry.  Danika had another birthday party in the afternoon (this time a swimming party).

We ended the month of April on the couch as a family!  It was nice to have a pretty quiet weekend at home!

 

Friday Favorites

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TGIF!  Today, I’m linking up with Erica, Narci & Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!

 

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If you do nothing else this weekend, buy at least one (or 3!) of these tank tops.  This post is not sponsored – these tanks are that AMAZING!  I layer one of these tanks under my shirt every day…it’s long so it works with leggings or jeans/shorts.  It’s just enough spandex to help hold in the muffin top too!  I bought one of these several years ago, and have gone through several other tanks of different brands since then since they stretch out, etc.  The original tank in this brand is still in great shape…and extra bonus – they’re really inexpensive!

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If you have younger kids, get them a pair of Natives this summer.  I bought Ashton a pair last year, and he wore them almost every day.  They’re easy to get on or off, and the hold up really well.  He’s still wearing them this Spring – the only pair of shoes that has lasted more than one season!  They can be thrown in the washer and a Magic Eraser works wonders to clean off the white parts of the shoes.  They’re definitely worth the investment!

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Another favorite this week was celebrating Ashton’s 4th birthday yesterday.  I picked up some cupcakes so we could celebrate as a family last night and his actual birthday party will be tonight.  He picked out a Paw Patrol theme – I’ll share some pictures next week hopefully!

We’ve got a fun weekend ahead – hope you do as well!

Happy Birthday Ashton!

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Today my baby turns 4!  How is this even possible?  It seems like just last week he was up several times through the night (oh wait, it was just last week he did that)!  But seriously, this kid has grown up so quickly!  He’s got the best personality and is always making us laugh.  Ashton has grown up a lot this year with Preschool and can’t wait to go to Pre-K next year at the “big kid school”!   Before we know it, he’ll be off to Kindergarten on the bus with his sisters – time needs to slow down!  Happy Birthday Ashton – we love you!

Every year on the kid’s birthdays, I ask them the same list of questions.  It’s fun to see the answers change from year to year.  Here are his answers for this year (#19 and #20 are my favorites!):

  1. What is your favorite color? Blue and white
  2. What is your favorite toy? Airplane
  3. What is your favorite fruit? Pears
  4. What is your favorite TV show? Paw Patrol & Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut Butter & Jelly
  6. What is your favorite outfit? Paw Patrol t-shirt
  7. What is your favorite game? Twister
  8. What is your favorite snack? Cookie
  9. What is your favorite animal? A giraffe and elephant
  10. What is your favorite song? A Boy Named Sue
  11. What is your favorite book? Paw Patrol
  12. Who is your best friend? Danika and Mommy
  13. What is your favorite cereal? Cocoa Puffs & Lucky Charms
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Throw a frisbee & climb on trees
  15. What is your favorite drink? Lemonade & juice
  16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Polka Dot Blanket
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Coffee cake
  19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Cake if there is any left
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? The farmer in the dell

Ways to Incorporate Barn Doors in the Home

Thanks to Fixer Upper, I have decided to turn my home into a barn door show room!  It took several months for me to figure out the best place in our home to put barn doors that made sense, but once it clicked in my head, I was adamant that we were getting barn doors.  We have our main living room and then an adjacent living room/sitting room that had french doors separating the two rooms.

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I never loved the french doors, as I felt like it made the home seem dated and never really meshed with the rest of our decor.  But I never really knew what to put there and we liked having the rooms separated by a door to save on utilities (the sitting room gets pretty cold in the winter and warm in the summer because windows surround most of the room).   The other problem with the french doors is that our sectional couch in the living room covered one of the doors, so it was almost impossible to open the one door without having to move the furniture.

Barn doors seemed like the perfect option because they would slide open/shut which would allow us to open both doors whenever we wanted even with the sectional couch in place.  Also, the fact that there aren’t any windows in the doors would allow us to save even more on utilities by keeping the sitting room separate.   Doors this size could be pretty expensive so we spent some time determining the most cost effective option to tackle this project.  We were able to find someone local that built the doors for us very cost effective, and then we stained and hung them ourselves.  I stained the doors with Minwax Classic Gray and then sealed with Mixwax Polycrylic Protective Finish.  We ordered this hardware to hang the doors off of Amazon and it was pretty simple to hang.   I love how they turned out.

I feel like it was a huge transformation for the room and we love the look!

We recently updated our main bath and decided to put a barn door in there as well for the linen closet door.  This time we purchased the door and hardware from Menard’s (because we were in a bit of a time crunch and just wanted the project done!).  Here’s how it looks:

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We added a handle on this door which I picked up at Hobby Lobby for under $10.  The doors are stained Minwax Ebony.

Barn doors are such an easy project and can make such a big difference in the look of your home.  I’m already dreaming of where I can put another set in my house!!