Ode to Fall…and A Bit of Randomness

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This little nugget turned 2 last week!  I still remember birthing the 10lb 2.5oz lad like it was yesterday.

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I’m sure everyone knows who the annoying as all heck Caillou is.  I let my first born watch him a couple of times, until she started to talk baby talk like he does and then I banned it for a loooong time.  My middle child was introduced to it at age 3 and was only allowed to watch it if I needed to get something done.  (Yes, I bribed him.)  Now to the third child. Listen up here ladies and gents.  By the time the third child arrives, you just don’t really give a crap any more give in and let them get away with whatever because you’re already going gray and would rather listen to that annoying little cartoon voice than a crying child any day of the week.  The End.  Signed ~ Searching for Sanity.

The kids have been begging to go bowling for a while now and we decided to do just that one Friday afternoon.  We had so much fun and we’ll definitely be going again!  They are seriously the cutest.  Love them.

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Some days 5 o’clock in the pm at our house looks like this.

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I am so glad that Fall is here because that means soups and stews in the slow cooker. Although, I don’t think AZ got the memo because it hit 105 here yesterday and is supposed to be 107 today.

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I love to read, but don’t get a chance to do it near as much as I used to and it’s taken me like 3 weeks to read 100 pages in ‘Gone Girl’.  I’ve been dying to see the movie, but wanted to read the book first.  It’s due back at the library this Saturday and I have very little faith that I’ll finish it.  So far the book is right up my alley, but I guess the movie will have to do.

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I like to collect globes and this is my most recent purchase.  I really want to put it on the bookcases in my living room, but the problem is that they’ve been sitting in my garage for about, oooh 9 months now, waiting to be sanded and painted.  I wasn’t able to work on them over the summer because the temp is too high to do any sort of painting out there.  I plan to use the spray gun.  It will be my first time and I’m a little nervous.  Wish me all the luck!

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Sugar cones.  Aren’t they the best?  I’ll take mine with Peppermint Wonderland ice cream please.

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I got these puppies in the mail yesterday – woot!  My old running shoes were about 6 months past due.  I can’t wait to try these out.  Although, to be honest, I haven’t been running for a couple of weeks now.  Boo.  I’ve just been so focused on house projects that I haven’t put in the time to workout.  I best get my rear in gear though because I’m running another half marathon (see my first one here) in January.

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I made some of Linguini with Shrimp Scampi last night for dinner and it’s pretty much my new favorite.  If you love lemon, garlic and shrimp…you’ll love this.  It’s pretty quick and easy to make too.  Recipe found here.

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Who’s ready for an awkward photo?!  Look at me and the hubby standing tall and proud next to our HUGE new tree.  So proud of our $23 Lowe’s purchase.  Lolz.  We plan on taking a photo every year until it’s 50 feet tall.  I’m sure you all cannot wait.

Anywho, that’s what we’ve been up to.  Happy Wednesday!


More Updates to the Master Bathroom

Ahhh Friday, we meet again.  Can you believe this is the last Friday of September this year?  ROctober is right around the corner.  I call it that because it’s the cat’s birthday (yes, we celebrate), the hubby’s and my wedding anniversary, his birthday and my birthday, all wrapped up into one little month.  Craaaaazy.  Anyway, onto more reno of the master bathroom, shall we?IMG_2932 (1280x960)

Now, I don’t have a true “before” pic of the toilet room.  Is that what you call it?  I think it’s called a water cooler.  No wait.  I think that’s where people stand around to talk at work. Well, maybe that’s right then because I tend to have a crowd of three little people around me while I’m at “work” conducting my “business” sometimes.  I don’t remember. Maybe it was water closet?  Let’s just called it a toilet room. Anywho, just imagine this little toilet room without the shelves being built and that is the “before”.

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I found some plans for floating shelves on Pinterest (found here) and asked the hubby if he could build them for me us.  After an eye roll and a deep sigh, he obliged.  Love ya babe!

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After they were built, I sanded them a bit and stained them.  You can use whatever color stain you’d like.  There are lots to choose from, but I went with Minwax Dark Walnut 2716 (found here).  If you’ve never stained anything before, it can be pretty intimidating at first. There are several ways to apply the stain, but I choose to use an old washcloth to apply the stain. It will get on your hands.  It will stink.  It will stain (obviously).  It’s somewhat of a mess.  I’ve tried gloves. The stink was still there.  Meh, what can ya do.  It’s totally worth it and really not that bad after you’ve done it a time or two.  Besides, it doesn’t last forever on your hands, just a couple of days.  Also, a little stain goes a long way.

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After staining, I applied some Minwax Past Finishing Wax (found here).  Apply this all over the shelves and then buff out with a rag after 15 minutes.  I let them set for a couple of days to let them air out (they do smell pretty powerful from the stain) before putting up decor.

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Just look at this poor, pathetic looking window.  What are we to do about such an eye-sore?  Oh wait, “Honey, do you know how to frame a window?  I’ve got a picture of how I want it to look.  Do you think you can make it happen?  I don’t have any real plans, but I think we can make something work.”  (Insert me tilting head, smiling prettily and batting eyes.)

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Poof!  Just like that, it was framed.  I knew all of those saws I bought him over the years would be put to good use.  He rocks.  I love him lots.

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A million times better.  Am I right?  It really helps complete this little room and looks sooooo good.  And now I want all of my windows to look like this.  Lol.  I think I’d better get used to using that saw in the garage ;-) .  I just really don’t want to lose a digit or worse yet, a limb. Yikes.

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After the frame was built, I put a coat of primer and two coats of paint on to complete the look.  I just used a can of “white” paint from HD off the shelf, no tinting.

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I decided to put up some artwork I had already had because it was a tad boring to look at a blank wall while sitting on the throne of our castle.

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I really love how it all turned out and I’m happy to say that this little water closet is complete.  A small room, yet a good sense of accomplishment.  AND, it was relatively cheap for such a big impact (under $60).  I hope you feel inspired and have a great weekend!

Fall Wreath – A Pinterest Fail (My Fault)


Once upon a time (last week), some friends and I decided to get together and try to make the wreath you see above (click pic for source).  This blogger said that he took her 20 minutes to make it.  I’ve never made a wreath before, but I figured it shouldn’t be that hard.

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WOW!  Doesn’t it look amazing?!  I mean, it looks exactly like the example above.  Am I right? No really, look closer.  Give it time, you’ll see it eventually.  Lolz.  It’s just so sad and pathetic-looking.  I ended up spending 4 hours (really only like 2 actual hours of being productive) working on it and I came home with this.  I would not give up though.  To be fair, I didn’t have the right kind of burlap.  After getting the correct supplies, I worked on it over the weekend (about an hour total) and produced a finish product.

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Much better.  I’m kind of digging it.  A little proud of myself.  It’s not the same as the Pinterest one, but much of the burlap she had was unavailable, so I just kind of made stuff up as I went.  Good ol’ trial and error.  Also, watching a two minute YouTube video did wonders for me.

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Don’t be surprised if the next time you see my front door it’s a different color and has a new handle.  I’m in all out remodel mode and nobody can stop me now.

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I’ve been ready for Autumn for over a month now.  I could “feel” it in the air.  I don’t do a lot of decorating for Autumn, so it will be this and some random pumpkins around the house. I did spy some cinnamon scented pine cones at the the grocery store that were subtly calling my name.  They’re on my list to pick up this week.  They smell so amazing and I just can’t resist!