And Then There Were Four…Weeks of Summer Remaining

In exactly four weeks, my oldest kiddo will be starting second grade.  Where did the summer go?  The older I get, the more I forget where the time went. Speaking of old, only 14 years plus a couple of months until I turn 50.  I’ll probably look the same as I do now because I’m pretty sure I just don’t age.  Ha. ha. ha.

The hubby and I want to take a big ol’ trip somewhere across ye land and sea.  I told him when we turn 40 and by we, I mean him because he turns 40 first, so we’d get to go a whole year earlier. Which means I should probably start saving all of the loose change I find on my morning runs (runs as in running, not as in the trotts).  Anywho, maybe 40 will be alright when it gets here.  I’m still not sure about 50 though.

Anyway, back to summer.  We’ve been hanging out with friends, hitting up the splash pad and pools any chance we get, went to San Francisco and are doing anything we can to keep cool in the warm Arizona summer.  Oh, I just realized that I didn’t share any pics from our San Francisco trip last month.  It was our first ever real long (12+ hours one way) road trip with the kiddos and it went surprisingly well.  The two year old was NOOOOOOT a fan of so much time in the van.  The older kids did great though, so two out of three ain’t bad.

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The view from our hotel room.  We even got to see a wedding one night.  I looooove weddings!  I mean really, really love them.  I’m a sucker for romance I tell ya.  I should get married again.  Just for the wedding.  To the same man, obviously.  But, not a vow renewal because I’m pretty sure once you do one of those, you’re destined for divorce.  So, maybe I could just be a wedding planner?

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We got to see the Full House house!

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Those little hands.

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I actually gave my camera to someone who offered to take our pic.  Can you see my pit stains?  I was pretty much sweating the whole time, hoping she wasn’t going to run away and steal it.  I told Jesse that he’d better prepare to sprint after her like the cops are chasing him.

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These little houses are called painted ladies.  Aren’t they just lovely?  I’d buy one, but they’re several million dollars and I’m a tad short.

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Love this pic.  Love my babies.

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Bow-chicka-wow-wow.  Do you think I should blow this up to poster size and hang it on my bedroom wall?

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We went to some forest (don’t remember the name) and saw some redwood trees.  I am still amazed by the size of those things.  Huge.

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Such a blurry pic, but not a blurry memory.  I remember Noah chasing Liam to try and give him a hug and it was a fun game for them.  These are the days…

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I am in such awe of the beautiful flowers and foliage.  Coming from the desert of mostly brown, this view definitely gave my retinas a workout.  I should probably look into living by the beach now.  I know the kids wouldn’t mind.  ;-)



Laundry Room Makeover

Happy Friday Eve everyone!  I’ll just get right into it.  I’m a tad excited to show my laundry room makeover – yippeeeeeeeeee! IMG_1996

We moved into our current home almost three years ago and this was the status of our laundry room.  Obviously, we added a washer/dryer since then, but not much else had changed.  Then, last September, I bought a gallon of paint to get started on the makeover.  It sat there on the floor for 7 months before I finally got around to painting it last month.  What can I say?  I get this done real quick around here!  ;-)  Are you ready to see the makeover?

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Tada!  Ain’t it perdy?  I could’ve posted pics about 2 weeks ago, but I didn’t have a green wreath for the wall yet.

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There’s the wreath.  See…you wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if I didn’t have the wreath.  Ok, I’ll stop talking and let you enjoy some pics.  :-)

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I made this sign five years ago and had it hanging at our previous house.  I still like it.

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We just bought raw wood and I added a coat of Minwax walnut stain and then some finishing wax to polish it up a bit.  I just love all of the knots and grain in the wood and really think the dark board contrasts nicely with all of the white in the room.

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My hubby is awesome.  He framed that window for me.  It wasn’t the first time he’s done this.  He had practice on the master bathroom window (here).  It looks a billion times better now.  You think he’d mind if I asked him to frame all of our windows?  Just kidding.  I want to stay married, duh.

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This is a clothing valet.  I think that’s what it’s called.  It comes in so handy when I have to hang clothes to dry or ones that need ironing.

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Those are dryer balls, in case you were wondering.  Use them instead of dryer sheets.  Save the planet.  Save yourself.  Or something like that.

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Every laundry room should have a darling chandy, no?

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We will put new flooring in here before we die someday.  But, for now, a rug does just fine.

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I got those cabinets at a garage sale for $25.  I’m cheap thrifty like that.

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So, if you’re looking for me, I’ll probably be in here eating Heath bars and drinking red wine folding laundry all of the time now.  Because, let’s face it, pretty rooms make us happy.  Or, at least they do me.  ;-)

Sprucing Up an Old Wooden Dresser with Hemp Oil

It’s Fridaaaay!  Ooooh, yaaaaah.  It’s been for what seems like forever since I did a Furniture Friday post, so here we go!  Wait, it’s Wednesday.  What the heck?!  Oh well. Look at me breakin’ all the rules.

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I scored this dresser at an Estate sale almost two years ago…I think?  Anywho, I found it online and sent the hubby up the road and through the desert about 10 miles to get it. I do that a lot, don’t I?  Except this time, I just had a baby, so my excuse is legit.  Isn’t she perty?  It’s super sturdy and old and all banged up.  I love it all, but it needed to be polished a bit, shall we say.

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I read somewhere to try using hemp oil to bring your furniture back to life.  Not to real life.  Just to make it look better.  I can’t imagine if furniture came to life.  Yikes.  Picture a huge armoire coming at ya with it’s doors flapping and stuff.

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Here is a before pic of the top of the dresser.

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And here is the after.  It like magically covers up all of those scratches without changing the actual color of the wood.

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Again, before and after.

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Here’s another before pic, but of the edge this time.

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And the after.  Notice the blue crayon on there?  Kids.

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I also wasn’t sure of the knobs I had on there.  They kind of blended in a bit, but they’re still cute for that somewhat rustic/woodsy look.

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So, I put these on for a test drive.  I think I like them???  I don’t know.  What do you think?

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Again, before new knobs…

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And after.

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I also LOVE the keyholes in the dresser, but they didn’t “pop” like I wanted them to. Queue the Rub ‘n Buff.  You can get this in an assortment of colors, but I chose gold leaf.  It was like three bucks on Amazon.

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Before and after.  It really makes the keyholes stand out more.

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Rainy day pic.

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Sunny day pic.  Lighting makes all the difference.

So, not a HUGE, paint everything transformation, but it looks so revived.  I also have an old secretary desk that I might do this to.  And my crows feet.  Wait.  Does it work on wrinkles?? Maybe as long as I don’t go in the sun with it on.  Hey – remember that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer put butter all over his body and fell asleep in the sun. Google it. Ok, enough shenanigans.

Also, I’m like thiiiiiiiis close to having the laundry room done.  Aaaaggghhh!  One shelf to install and then it’s complete.  Hold your breath that I’ll have it on here next week. Op! No wait, don’t hold your breath.  I don’t want to be responsible for any mishaps.