Happy Halloween!

Happy candy collecting, from the Ice Princess, Cinderella and a Pop Star!


Layered Molding Board & Batten Tutorial - Master Bathroom

Just like I promised, we're back with another master bathroom project today! If you missed yesterdays post about our vanity makeover, then you can check that out below, along with a few other master bathroom project links from the past.
Today we're going to share a layered molding board and batten treatment that we applied to the largest empty wall in our master bath, that we now use to hang our towels on.

We wanted our bathroom to appear as large as possible, because it's so small, so we knew that some sort of white, clean molding would do the trick. We thought about doing the same sort of board and batten wall treatment that we put up in Aubrielle's old room...
 ...but we wanted the look in our bathroom to be a bit more masculine and "chunky",
so here's how we did it:

We started off by painting the actual wall white first. I know you can put MDF and other flat pieces of wood or paneling on the wall for a super smooth finish, but we always just save our money and paint the wall white, to make it just LOOK like it's all one big piece of molding.

Next we figured out our wall design and laid it out, so we could see how it was all going to fit together.


Master Bathroom Vanity Makeover

Yippy-skippy! This week is going to be ALL about our Master Bathroom Makeover, and today I thought we'd start out with a few post links and reminders of things we've already covered/conquered in this itty-bity space.
This small bathroom has DEFINITELY, by FAR been our longest, most design challenging project to date, and Cason and I both agreed that it was because we kept trying to make the space bigger, better and more grand... when it wasn't really possible. ha! Once reality hit and we figured out that walls couldn't be knocked down and our coffin-type shower wasn't getting ripped out and replaced (due to having no budget for that) we finally came to peace with our design plan and moved forward.
To read individual posts about progress made on our master bath so far, click on the images below.

Now that you've gotten up to speed on some of the posts you might have missed over the past TWO YEARS... yes, it's taken us THAT long to get around to finally finishing and posting about this freakin' bathroom... we wanted to show you in a few posts this week, some more up-close details and tutorials on how we refinished a few specific areas in this space, to make our master bathroom feel and look as good as we could possibly make it.
First, is our vanity!

Because our master bathroom is super small, we knew that our vanity area (taking up as much room as it did) was really going to have to set the tone for almost our entire space.
Just a quick reminder: Cason leans more towards a modern style, and I tend to go heavy on the cottage-feel... so mixing the two together in perfect harmony can sometimes be a little challenging, but in our experience it always has a pretty great result!
So we moved forward with clean crisp white cupboards (with slight distressing) and sleek modern pulls and handles. This is what we came up with in the end!

We love it, and it definitely reflects our style a LOT better than the look we had before.

Here's how we did it:


Life Updates + Aubrielle turns 5!

Holy bananas guys, these past two weeks have been C.R.A.Z.Y!
Even though we usually have a schedule of posts/topics/projects that we like to stick to, so we can stay on track, I just had to jump in here this week to give ya a rundown of what's going on in our neck of the woods.

1. Being sick is the PITS!
A little over a week ago Cason and I got sick. At first we thought it was just a cold or sinus infection, but within 24 hours it turned into full fledged strep. Arrrg! And not just ANY strep (because I've had strep before) but this crazy, gnarly, make you feel like garbage, find yourself wishing you could just go through the pain of birthing another child, because this is WORSE... kinda strep.

I know I'm dramatic, but seriously, it's taken us about 9 days, TONS of rest and lots of antibiotics and ibuprofen to feel remotely like ourselves again. I wouldn't wish the kind of strep we had, on my WORST enemy.

2. Plankity-plankin'
We've been working on our kitchen nook area these past few weeks and we are almost done with the planking wall treatment that we've been wanting to implement for about a year now. It's lookin' SO GOOD! I initially got the final idea of how we wanted to tackle this project from my cute friend Sausha at Sweet Pickin's who paints all my furniture for me (and does a freakin' awesome job). She did the same treatment in her kitchen and entryway.

I'll be sharing a few things we learned along the way, during our plankin' journey, but for a basic know-how you can visit her wall planking post

The actual kitchen itself is still in progress because once we paid for new granite and a backsplash, we had pretty much maxed out the money we'd saved... and we don't want to go into debt to finish our kitchen re-style. We decided to pay a little more for the pro's to do most of the work because 1.) We really didn't want to be in the midst of a kitchen remodel for 6 months (which is how long it would have taken us to install a backsplash I'm sure, ha!) and 2.) We wanted to make sure that everything was done PERFECTLY, because our kitchen is literally the first thing you see when you walk into our home.


Kid Chatteroo - A New Favorite App!

You guys! I'm busting at the seams with excitement for a fellow blogger and great real-life friend Kristen from the Crafting Chicks, who has just let me know that her new app Kid Chatteroo has just been released this week!!!

Kid Chatteroo is an adorable new app, created by Kristen (a busy Mom, just like you and me) who knew how important it was to keep those lines of communication open with her kiddos at all times. Whether you are on a road trip, tucking your child in bed or chatting over the dinner table, Kid Chatteroo questions from her new app will spark all sorts of funny, imaginative, inquisitive, and playful conversations that are sure to leave you with that silly, warm, fuzzy feeling inside. In addition to some out-of-the-box hilarious questions to get your kids talking, the app also includes an easy to use recording feature that gives you a way to capture those fun answers, so you can share them with friends and family!


Fizzy Pumpkin Halloween Drink + Party Tips

Can you believe Halloween is next week!? Are you ready for it? In case you missed this quick little tutorial on these easy fizzy pumpkin drinks we made for Homes.com, I thought I'd share them here, along with a few party tips to get you in the Halloween mood!

These drinks are a bit on the sugary side, so the smaller jars or cups work better for each serving. And if you want to cut back on the sugar, you can also use club soda, instead of lemon-lime soda.

Here's what you'll need: 
Small canning jars (mine had texture, but I recommend smooth ones)
Vinyl pumpkin face decals or black paper cutouts w/ glue
Orange Juice
Lemon-lime Soda
Pineapple Juice
and Orange Sherbet


Sassy Steals + A KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!!!

Yup, you read that post title right!
Today I'm super-de-duper excited for a big ol' giveaway that we have going on for a KitchenAid stand mixer (in the color of your choice), thanks to Sassy Steals.com!

Sassy Steals is a fun and unique twist on your average daily deal website. They feature handmade and boutique items from small business owners and Etsy artisans, all 'steals' last for 72 hours and at the end of the week Sassy subscribers (that's you and me) can enter the Sassy Steals Weekend Giveaway where a lucky winner receives ONE of EVERY ITEM featured during the week!
Boo-ya! How awesome is that!?

I'm sort of a huge fan of deal sites, which you already know I'm sure, but I feel like Sassy Steals seems to have a lot of the really popular on-trend items, always for a few dollars less than other deal sites. From kid fashions and jewelry to craft supplies, their prices tend to beat out everyone else's, and their shipping is always really affordable AND timely!

To be honest, I usually hit up deal sites mostly for home decor and jewelry, and Sassy Steals has been my jewelry hot-spot for the past few months.


Traditional, Scary & Creepy Halloween Porch and Yard Decorating Ideas

Last year was our first year decorating our front porch for Halloween. We had a lot of fun trying to work in all the "classy" elements of a Halloween themed porch to our home, without going overly creepy or scary. I think that a lot of us "decorators" tend to go this way. We want the first impression of our homes, no matter what season to be welcoming, without too much scare factor.

But what about those die-hard Halloween fans? The ones who tend to enjoy the scary, spooky and creepy side of Halloween? Well... this post has got some ideas for you on how to create a frightening front porch that will even have your closest friends questioning whether or not it's safe to trick-or-treat at your house this year... mauh ah ah ah!


$500 Spooky Scavenger Hunt with Homes.com

Happy Friday!

I just wanted to pop in, to tell you about a couple of awesome things that are going on over at Homes.com this month. A Spooky Scavenger Hunt Pinterest Contest, and a Spooky Photo Contest.

Both of these contest have flippin' awesome prizes, so I didn't want you to miss out. Here's a little bit more about both!

Homes.com wants to see what inspires YOU this Halloween, when it comes to decor and treats! Since most of us are pinning away great ideas anyway, participating in this contest is easy-peasy! Here's how it works:


Ana White - The Handbuilt Home Book Announcement

Okay, so by now you know how excited I get when I hear of a fellow blogger succeeding beyond their computer and reaching further to achieve their goals, right? Well... that being said, I'm thrilled to be finally sharing with all of you, my cute friend Ana White's new how-to book called, The Handbuilt Home!

I'm sure you're all familiar with Ana's wildly popular blog, Ana-White.com, where she shares helpful tips, tricks and plans, on how to build amazing top-of-the-line furniture, for only about a tenth of what it costs retail. (If not, then I hate to say it, but you're totally missing out).


Living a Healthier Life & Setting Better Examples for my Girls

In my last post on Monday, I talked a lot about my eating lifestyle change and what I'm doing to implement better choices into my day-to-day routine. Shockingly a LOT of you have emailed or commented and asked...
"How is this kind of eating really going over with your family, especially your kids?"
"Do you have to cook different meals for you and them?"
"Are they eating better because you're eating better?"
"What do they think about your weight loss stuff?"

I was actually really happy these questions popped up, because they go hand in hand with what I wanted to share with you guys today.

Leading by Example and Making Better Choices.

We all know that kids are super impressionable right?... some, definitely more than others. I am a firm believer that each child is born with a specific personality that makes them who they are... BUT, as parents/caregivers, we are their main source of influence.  From the music we listen to and television programs they see us enjoy, to all the things they hear us say and watch us do.

I've only been a parent for a little under 7 years, and even though I'd heard all about how impressionable kids are, I didn't really learn my lesson until a little over a year ago.

My three girls and I were sitting in the kitchen and I was was getting ready to make lunch. I offered up a few different options for them and while busily pulling things out of the cupboards, waited for their responses. I heard, "Peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese!"... but never got a response from my third kiddo. So I turned around and asked. "Honey, what do you want to eat?" She looked up at me, and sheepishly said... "Well, I want a peanut butter and jelly, but I think it will make me fat."
I stopped in my tracks and was completely shocked at what my 5yr old had just said to me. I then asked her, "Who told you that?" She started to get upset, but then finally said, "I heard you say to Daddy, that all the yummy foods make you fat, and I think PB&J is yummy, but I don't want to get fat, because it's not good... right Mom?"

Yeah... I died. I literally had no words.