Estate Sale Finds

I’ve been having trouble with blogger for the past week and haven’t been able to do a new post! I’m not sure what’s going on, hopefully it will get resolved soon!

I hit up a huge warehouse estate sale last week and had to share my finds.  I’ve been looking and looking for a chandelier to paint for Lula’s room.  I wasn’t willing to spend much and I needed something the perfect size.  I scored the perfect brass chandelier that I’ve actually already painted, now I just need to hang it! It was only $10, so I couldn’t be happier!  Once it’s hung, I’ll be sure to post the “after” pictures.

The estate sale also had tons of these old metal letters.  I had to buy some, but wasn’t sure what I would do with them.

For now, 2 of them live in the bathroom above Lula and Jane’s towels.

Pretty cute! 

Now I have to find homes for the other letters.

Repurposed Stretchy Headband

Lula had her first soccer game last week and we decided she needed a matching headband to coordinate with her soccer shirt.

I cut up an old tshirt of mine that was the same royal blue as her soccer jersey to make a stretchy headband.

I cut about a 8 inch strip of my old t-shirt and then folded it in half lengthwise.

After stitching the long edges together and turning it inside out, I had this long tube.

Next, I folded one of the edges under

I fit the opposite end inside the folded edge and stitched closed to form a circle.

After making a flower out of some leftover felt and finding a matching button in my stash, we were done!

TUTORIAL: Etched Glass Mug

Here’s a quick little project that I did for the girls to give their grandmothers on mothers day.  It didn’t turn out perfectly, but I think it was still cute.  I used the same method as the etched glass ornaments.

First, you want to print or draw out the words that you want to etch. Then, you will lay that on top of the back side of some painters tape.  The girls call their grandmas “Lolly” and Gramie”, so that is what we put on the mugs!

Then, take your exacto knife and carefully cut around the letters, making sure that both layers are being cut.

Next, get out your glass mug. I found mine at Target.

Place your painters tape stencil on the mug.

Now you want to get out some etching cream. It can be found at any craft store.

Use a sponge brush to apply the cream to the stencil. Apply it fairly thick.

Let it sit for a few hours and then wash off with soap and water.  Here’s where my mugs went wrong. I don’t think I pressed the tape down enough and some of the etching cream seeped through, making the letters a little fuzzy. So, I went back with a toothpick and evened out some of the edges and let that sit for another hour or so.

Then, after you wash that off…you are done! My letters still weren’t perfectly crisp, but still cute! Fill the mug with some fun little gifts and you are good to go!

Family Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago, our friend Cari was kind enough to take some much overdue family pictures for us. I love how she captured all of the natural and little moments of the outing.  It was so fun to look through all of these and see some of the funny outtakes. Here are just a few of the hundreds of beautiful pictures that Cari took. Enjoy!

Goals & Goats

How are you enjoying May? May and June are my favorite months out of the year.  The weather here has been perfect (aside from the normal spring tornadoes).  Here’s a little update on our May so far…

We’ve entered a new world. We have a little soccer player living at our house.  Actually, she’s a “blue tiger”. The kids came up with the team name themselves. (Although one little boy and Reid were pulling for Tiger Werewolves, it got nixed by the coach).

So far, Lula has only a few practices.  But, they will have 3 games total. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.  Lu is the only girl on her team…

But, she’s not the worst player. She has some pretty sweet moves up her sleeves.

My favorite move is rolling in the grass while everyone else kicks the ball. That’s my girl.

I think that’s why they gave her the #1 jersey.  Don’t be jealous, boys.

She’s still perfecting her victory dance. Hopefully she will get it down by the first game coming up!

And I can’t forget to show you the cutest cheerleader for the Blue Tigers!

We have already made a few trips to the children’s farm in town.  It’s such a great place, so many animals, play areas and best of all…free on weekdays! Wohoo! The girls love it.  The baby goats are their favorite attraction.  Lula picks them up and Jane plays in the dirt and goat poop. Lovely.

Don’t be fooled by this picture, she’s going for that nice and clean goat dirt.

The big goats are pretty cool too.

We decided to rock the side ponytail for the farm.   Hipster.

There is also a little garden area that’s just adorable.


Slides are best utilized when going down head first…fyi.

Great spring morning at the farm!

And I leave you with this random picture.  Are these not the cutest little people? I want some fabric made out of these drawings.

Gallery Wall Project: Framed Polaroid Art

I’ve been wanting to create a gallery wall in my living room, and I’m finally actually doing it! Slowly, I’ve been collecting frames from thrift stores and garage sales and spray painting them white.  That has been the easy part…the hard part is figuring out inexpensive things to put in the frames that don’t look too “homemade”.  I will share all of my different framed things with you as I come up with them.  Here is my first little project for the gallery wall. It was so quick and easy!

I have this little polaroid that my friend took of Reid and I in the hospital the day we had Lula.  I decided it would be the perfect size for this little square frame that I found and spray painted white.  I also snagged some leftover scrapbooking paper and cut it to size.

Then,  I taped the picture on the paper and I was done! The paper coordinates perfectly with my teal shirt in the picture, love how that little detail worked out!

I can’t wait to add it to the gallery when I’m done

My next little piece of artwork is going to involve these…

Better go get working on it!

Kitchen Inspiration

I’ve been dying to update our kitchen ever since we have lived in this house. It’s such an eyesore. Everything is original from 1969 and we’ve done nothing to update it except paint the walls and cabinets. The counters are nasty tile that are horrible to keep clean.  I will share pictures of our hideous kitchen soon! We are finally ready to make some major updates now that we’ve saved up enough money to take the plunge.  Here are some kitchens I’ve been loving for inspiration.  As I’m comparing my favorites to post, I’m noticing a theme of lots of white with a few pops of bright color!

I love this bright white kitchen with a few pops of yellow. The island is to die for!

I LOVE these robin’s egg blue cabinets.  I’m not sure if I’m gutsy enough to do it, but it’s so pretty!

Here’s another kitchen with some fun use of color.  I also love the industrial lighting.

These eclectic chairs would be amazing around an island.  I wonder where I can get my hands on something like these? Or figure out a way to make them myself?

I’m determined to create a sense of open shelving somehow in our “new” kitchen. This is a great alternative to ripping out cabinets. Simply take off the doors and paint the insides of the existing cabinets.

Here’s another great example of open shelving with a few bright pops of color. Love that bright green island made from random drawers!

And of course, the winner of amazing kitchen makeovers, Young House Love’s recent kitchen redo. Love the open shelving, bright colors and penny tile.  We are leaning towards doing the same white corian counters as well.

I can’t wait to get started!! I hope to narrow down my ideas into a mood board and start actually making things happen!

RECIPE: Chicken Curry with Brown Rice

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a recipe.  This is a good one, I’ve been making it for years. I originally found it in a Real Simple magazine and have since adapted it to how we like it!

Come, join us for dinner! First, you will want to dice up 1/2 of a yellow onion.

Saute it in some butter and then add 2 1/4 tsp of curry powder and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper.

Next, add 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt and 3/4 cup half and half. Mix it all up and it will turn a golden color.

Add a can of diced tomatoes (optional)

Get out your shredded chicken.  This is a great recipe for that chicken that you shredded and divided up in the freezer. This is probably about 1 1/2 cups.

Add it to the curry mixture and let it simmer for about 10 min.

Spoon some brown rice onto your plate (I like to make it with chicken stock for more flavor)

Top it with the chicken curry mixture! This is the point where you can add fresh cilantro, but I forgot that step!

Here’s the kid plate version:

It’s super yummy, quick and healthy. It’s also a great starter recipe if you aren’t sure about curry. It’s very mild!

And here’s the full recipe:

Chicken Curry with Brown Rice 
(adapted from Real Simple)

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained (optional) 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)


  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions, in chicken stock to add flavor
  2. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until translucent.
  3. Sprinkle with the curry powder and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  4. Add the yogurt and cream and simmer gently for 3 minutes. Stir in the salt, pepper, and tomatoes (if desired). Add chicken and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Divide the rice and chicken among individual bowls, spoon the sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the cilantro.