Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow Day, Part 3

You know you're a redneck when . . . okay, so we didn't have a sled but we did have a shovel and a towel. The lil man enjoyed every minute of it. He kept saying "more, slide, more, slide".

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow Day, Part 2

Can anyone identify these prints? Whatever it was, it headed underneath my car. Should I be scared?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ice Day, Snow Day

It's an icy, snowy day and I'm loving it. Unfortunately, I work from home so I don't have the weather excuse for not making it into the office.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

No Sew Curtains

I cannot sew; my sister took all of those genes in the family. So I rely on glue, tape, whatever I can think of. Shannon recently blogged about the new curtains for her baby's nursery. I've been meaning to hem Harrison's drapes for months but keep putting it off. Tonight I ironed the hem with Stitch Witchery and after a few tests I perfected it. I put a damp washcloth over the fabric and pressed the iron for 10 seconds on each side. My material is REALLY thick (perfect for blocking daylight during naps) so the damper the washcloth the better.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Huge Discount

Just days before the neighborhood grocery store is closing for a remodel, they marked everything to 75% off! Crazy huh? I matched that with coupons and was able to get shampoo, cough drops, bathroom cleaner and mascara for free! My percentage savings was 77%!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stocking Up

So I've read and listened to podcasts on coupons and savings, and they all say stock up when things are on sale. Our grocery store is closing for 9 months for remodeling and they're having 25% off the entire inventory. Here's my stock pile.

I need to explain something . . . Ryan is addicted to salsa hence the numerous cans of Rotel and Hunt's. One can Hot Rotel, one can Hunt's Tomato Sauce, one blender = one happy camper.

Monday, January 25, 2010

It's Done

After two coats of paint, the project is complete and I couldn't be happier. The baskets are ones I've had since H was born. I think I'll probably replace with a medium toned wicker baskets with liners and stack books on the side. It's the perfect height for H to reach in the drawers and grab the toys from the top. Not too bad for under $60!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

They're Here!!!

The babies are finally here!!! For those who don't know, my friend delivered her twin baby boys this afternoon. She was beginning to think they would never get here. Baby A was 9 lbs. 12 oz. and Baby B was 7 lbs. 10 oz. (no, this is not a typo). Everyone is doing good and should be coming home by next week.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Closet Bathroom

Here's a shot of our other bathroom that we a tendency to forget about. It's off the laundry room and it is super small (see above). I painted one wall blue a couple of months ago but that's about as far as we've gotten with this room. I have a few ideas . . .

Friday, January 22, 2010

Prime Time

I wasn't sure how the paint would hold up so priming was our next step. We tried using a foam sponge brush and were happy with the results. Ryan removed the back for me and I think I like it better without. Stay tuned . . .

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cut, Cut

As Harrison would say, we "cut, cut" the supports for the four bottom drawers. Because the dresser is so long, we had to purchase a piece of wood 8' x 4' for the bottom shelf. It was only $10 bucks for that piece and I have plenty left over for another project (plus they cut it to size for us). I found a pint of Ralph Lauren semi-gloss paint for $6. The color will be Yacht Blue.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mr. Sandman

The bargain dresser has a little bit of varnish to it so we decided to sand it before painting. It didn't take too long and I can't wait to add some color.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mega Deals

Now that's what I call a sale! Garden Ridge has several aisles of Christmas decor 90% off. I found quite a few ornaments to use as regular decorations and I was able to stock up on ribbon and tags. I wonder if it goes to 95% or if they just box it up for next year?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Grocery Explorer

Have I mentioned I love grocery stores? Every aisle is a new adventure, from the packaging to the displays to the unique items. Does anyone know a recipe with Pumpkin Seed Oil?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Eat Mor

Harrison is finally getting to that age where he loves the indoor playgrounds at restaurants. Chick-fil-A is down the road and definitely kid friendly. The kid's meals have options including plain milk, fruit and a book as the toy. The playroom has hand sanitizer inside and out. Ryan seems to enjoy it too :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Yet Another Project

I've been avoiding Harrison's closet until the attic insulation was complete and he was out of the house. I was going to paint it green to match the walls but I couldn't find that paint can, so I settled for blue. I wanted some color b/c I'm sure it will show little boy dirt soon enough. We decided to scrape the door too and give it a fresh coat of cream. Now that it's finished I'm pleased with the blue. I'll show another picture after I finish the dresser that will go inside.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Trash to Treasure

I've been on the lookout for a solid wood piece of furniture for Harrison's room. But I was hoping to find one I could customize. I found this gem at the Goodwill and priced at 38 bucks. I'm going to remove the bottom 4 drawers and make that into a big shelf for baskets and books. I found inspiration from another blogger!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Taking Care of Business

Lately, Mr. H has shown an interest in using the commode so we decided to get him a little potty seat. Okay, I was completely amazed at all the options (probably 20). This one matches our bathroom, made in the USA from recycled material, part stool, and can be cleaned with a power washer. Back to the story, H needed some reading material (Sports Illustrated) to take care of business. After he was done messing around, he examined his new throne for an hour. Geezh. I think I might have to put it away until he's really ready :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Safety First

George decided he wanted to visit the grandparents too. Harrison picked out his outfit and kept saying "buckle, buckle" so we found a way to strap the monkey in next to him. Then I had to explain to them I can't read a book and drive at the same time.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mrs. Clean

Under our sink is pretty nasty looking. I've scrubbed and scrubbed but some stains won't leave. So I bought 6 laminate tiles for 32 cents each and trimmed them to size with scissors. It's easy to wipe and clean now! Mark that project off the master list.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Nice Legs

Harrison found his Baby Legs and insisted on wearing them all day. Earlier he had them tucked on the outside of his pants. Trend setter?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Meet George

Meet George. He was a good little monkey and always very curious. George loves to share his raisins with his new best friend. Unfortunately, when George and the toddler get together there's bound to be trouble brewing.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Baby in the Box

Harrison is pretty proud of this hiding spot. A box is the best gift for a toddler or cat.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Had A Bad Day

So we woke up this morning to discover we had no hot water. I turned the faucet and no, nothing, nada. Oh great. Ryan was pretty concerned about the pipes busting. I bundled up and checked the crawl space and I couldn't see any damage. However after I shut the front door, I noticed light coming through and it wasn't from the window. Our wooden door split from the bottom to the window. Oh great (again). Is this day over yet?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Front Porch View

Here's a picture of a portion of our front porch. I don't really have any ideas on what to do with it. When it rains, the porch gets pretty wet so that limits options. Plus we have three recycling tubs we keep here so I'd like to find a way to disguise them. Suggestions . . . anyone, anyone?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Front Yard Project

Here's a view of our front yard taken from behind our screen door. It was too cold to actually step my feet any further. We're thinking about removing the black railing on the sidewalk to the street. It's pretty boring from this view so I'm taking any suggestions.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Cat is Cold

We've had freezing temperatures and it's not going to get any better. Miss Lucy found temporary relief from the vent. Just imagine how she would feel without those extra pounds and fur coat.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cool Rider

Beep, beep, get outta my way!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bath Time

Harrison can find a new adventure every time we go to the hardware store. I think he stayed in the bathtub for at least 15 minutes. First he adjusted the temperature then gave himself a good washing. And finally, he used the nozzle to make a few phone calls.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

I See It

I picked up Band-Aids the other day because I thought it would be a good item to have around the house. As I was putting it into my cart, I felt raised edges on the front. The product name is also produced in braille! Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Wet Froggy

After we found out I was pregnant, we bought this cute little raincoat. It's one of those items that you can't resist. We knew it would be forever before he (which at this point didn't know the gender) could wear it but it looked cute hanging on the wall. We found the boots at Target a couple of months later. The time has arrived and he loves them.