Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kids' Bathroom: Towel Holder

Two weeks ago, I shared our art project for the kids' bathroom makeover. Since then, the rest of the bathroom projects have been completed! YAY - it only took us two years to find the motivation to do it! ;)  I'm so happy with how cute it is, and we stayed under budget! We ended up getting a new faucet for the sink too...installing that was a fun weeknight bonding experience! ;)

My final project for the bathroom was a place to hang the towels. I kept seeing the same idea on Pinterest of using hooks, and I thought that would be perfect for having multiple kids. I wanted the hooks to have our ocean theme somehow, and then I saw this:


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I thought it was adorable! I went to Hobby Lobby, picked up the wood, and got to work! We already had hooks from another project piece, plenty of paint, and wood sealer to finish it off.

I decided I wanted the hooks to be like one of the octopus' tentacles coming out, so we spray painted all the hooks the same color. I painted the wood blue, and then we attached the hooks. I painted the octopus body and tentacles free hand. I love it :)

Once that was all dry, I added some bubbles around the hooks. We finished it off with some sealer (we used a spray paint sealer), and then it was ready to go up on the wall! Here is the finished product:


Don't mind the weird shadows - no natural light in this room!


Unfortunately, two of the hooks got some 'tough love' during the installation process and will need a touch up of paint. But, overall, I'm happy with how it turned out! I'm so glad we finally finished up the bathroom and made it fun and cute for the kids. :)


Have a great Tuesday!


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Resolution Check-in: Project Progress


Resolution:  Finishing up projects.

We are procrastinators when it comes to completing home projects.  So for September's resolution, we decided to make we checked a few projects off our to-do lists.

Now, for our favorite part of the resolution - the check-in to see how we've done:

Jess's Project List

1.  Finish the hand painted tree on the (baby changing) dresser.  Check!  You can see the before and afters here.  It's my fave trash to treasure project I've done so far!  It turned out better than I could've ever imagined:  

I'm so happy with how it looks!
 
2.  Finish wall art projects for our daughter J's big girl bedroom.  The embroidery hoops and bulletin board have been completed.  These were my favorite projects this month...and I think they look great!  I can't wait to share pics of them with you soon!

I loved the fabric I found at Hobby Lobby!

Now, for the fails.  I ran out of time to paint the mirror frames.  Boo.

And I didn't paint the IKEA spice racks - that we were going to use as bookshelves - because they just aren't going to fit in her room.  This project has now moved to our son B's big boy room project list.  And that is one of the next rooms to finish in our house!

3.  Hang up all of the wall art in her bedroom.  Okay, I failed a little here too because we haven't hung anything up.  But I do have everything mapped out where it will go.  And that's huge since I'm indecisive with these things.  (So I'm counting this as more of a success than a fail. ;)  Everything we be hung up in the next 2 weeks!
Katie's Project List

1. Ok, so my entry way is in the works. I have a new rug and the frames ready to go, but our hammer broke while hanging a frame...so it is a to be continued project for tomorrow night. Lowe's date night for new tools! ;)

2. Instead of painting the entry, we finished the kids' bathroom. We did some art work, got a new faucet installed, and will put up the new towel holder (which I love!) once we have a hammer. ;) I'm so glad this room is finally done.



We know we didn't finish every project on the list, but putting this on the blog sure motivated us to get at least some of them done.  We did not want to come back in a month and say we didn't even finish one project!  It made us go to Hobby Lobby (our fave craft store), get our supplies, and actually sit down and do the projects.

For us, it wasn't that we didn't want to do the projects; it was just carving out the time to do them.  We're so glad we did!  It feels great to check some things off the to-do list and make our house feel more like a home!

How did you do with your resolution this month?




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Monday, September 22, 2014

BBQ Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas

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In a search on Pinterest to find a great recipe to finish up some leftovers, I found Inside Bru Crew Life's recipe for BBQ Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas.  They looked so amazing that I had to try them!  (And they did not disappoint!)

I never follow recipes exactly, so (of course ;) I modified it to make it my own: 

BBQ Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas 

Ingredients:

Whole wheat tortillas 
Mozzarella cheese 
Colby jack or Mexican cheese 
Shredded chicken + BBQ sauce OR grilled barbecue chicken 
Avocado, diced 
Green onions, diced
Cherry or regular tomatoes, diced

Directions:

1.  Spray griddle or skillet with cooking spray.  Lay desired number of tortillas on unheated griddle or skillet.

2.  Mix shredded chicken with BBQ sauce if not using grilled barbecue chicken.

3.  Sprinkle tortillas with a small amount of 1 or both cheeses.  Then, layer on desired amounts of chicken, avocado, green onions, and tomatoes.  Then add desired amount of both cheeses on top.  Top with another tortilla.

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4.  Heat skillet to medium heat or griddle to 350.  Flip over tortilla once the underside begins to brown slightly.

5.  Cut into wedges and serve hot.  Enjoy!

Notes:

I didn't give amounts for the ingredients because you can really make as many as you please and have as much or as little filling as you want!

We typically make three and a half (8 in) tortillas for our family of 4, and we still have leftovers.  For three and a half quesadillas, we used 7 tortillas, 1 chicken breast, 1 avocado, 1 green onion, and 1 medium tomato (or a handful of cherries).  The cheese?  Ummmm, I just dump it on, so a lot!


These BBQ Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas are great as appetizers or as a meal for lunch or dinner.  They're so easy, taste great, and everyone in our family loves them (even our picky eater)!   

What are your go-to versatile recipes like this one?  Please share!  Hope you enjoy this one!


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our Crazy Week!

This week has been quite the whirlwind! To sum it all up, I thought I'd link up with Jennifer, Annie and Natalie today...here are the highlights of the week and things to come! :)



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Last Saturday, my younger brother, Matt, got married!


It was an absolutely beautiful wedding and reception - my new sister-in-law, Karissa, did an AMAZING job. She made all the decorations herself! Matt, you are a lucky man! :)

We love you, Uncle Matt! :)


Our little girls were the flower girls and I'm so proud of them for making it down the aisle successfully. It was adorable! :)




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We started potty training this week with Abby. It is quite the adventure to say the least! She is excited about it sometimes - mainly when she remembers the sticker and Goldfish reward. :) So far, it's going pretty good so I can't complain!


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With the potty training going on, we have been just playing in the kitchen to avoid a carpet cleaning extravaganza. We've been super productive with freezer meal cooking this week - we made two dozen muffins, taco meat, sloppy joe meat, and some chili mixes and casseroles. Now I have no excuse for not having dinner together! ;)  Any good freezer meal ideas I should try??


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So, I happened to look in the mirror yesterday and realized my hair probably hadn't been cut in five months or so. Yikes...so I got about four inches cut off :)  Nothing too dramatic, but I feel like I lost about ten pounds! ;)


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It's been an up and down time with my football teams (Notre Dame and Colts). ND is undefeated, but my Colts are 0-2. :-(  And, I've come to realize, I really stink at Fantasy Football (insert all my siblings nodding their heads!). It still is fun though! :)



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Ok, I have to admit - I LOVE reality/competition shows. I am so excited that Survivor and The Amazing Race start next week. I love the drama, challenges, crazy people...I'm constantly texting my mom and sister during the episodes. I would never go on a show like that, but I do love to yell my opinions to the contestants through the TV! ;)


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Little man is 15 weeks and just started rolling over! Oh Tim, you are too cute for your own good! :)



Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Favorite Postpartum Wardrobe Items

Oh, fourth trimester, you are not fun. Tim is now three months old (seriously?!) and I am not loving how big my pooch is still. With Abby, I feel like I lost the weight so much faster...this time around, not so much. It's discouraging looking at your closet and feeling like you have nothing to wear. Either my pants don't fit my hip area anymore, or my shirts aren't nursing friendly. And, my brother is getting married Saturday (SO exciting!!), and that shopping experience about sent me over the edge...

So, I packed up my clothes that aren't working for this season of life I'm in. I either donated things to my little sisters or Goodwill, or if it's something I really loved, I stored it for later. I'm hoping by surrounding myself with things I can wear and feel good in, I will start to feel better about my body.


Here is my list of items that I'm loving for my postpartum body (and that are nursing friendly!!):

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1. Leggings - not only are they comfy, but they are perfect for fall weather! Paired with a tunic, these are now my go to. I recently purchased some Lauren Conrad ones from Kohl's, and I'm loving them!


2. Button Down Shirts/Cardigans - hooray for something that's nursing friendly that isn't expensive! Seriously, why are nursing tops ridiculously over priced?! Anyway, I love cardigans. :)  Jess and I hit the mother load last winter at a Loft Outlet - all the cardigans were about $4! I also like button down tops (like the ones pictured) because they can be casual enough to wear around the house, or you can dress them up for work or church.


3. Maxi Skirts - or basically any skirt that has an elastic waistband. At first, I thought they looked frumpy, but it's all in how you feel and style it! I wear mine all the time with cardigans and fun necklaces or scarves to jazz it up a bit!


4. Loose Tops - I've been purchasing more blouses, which is not my typical style. I just love how they are breezy and very forgiving around the midsection. I just wear a nursing cami underneath, and I'm good to go!


5. Blanqi Body Styler - this to me is a must have for any pregnant person or after pregnancy. It helps so much with back support during pregnancy, and it keeps up your pre-prego pants up. I worked up to three days before Tim was born, and I was able to wear my scrub pants the entire pregnancy with the help of my Blanqi. It's really breathable too, so it doesn't feel like you're wearing another layer under your clothes. After pregnancy, I still wear mine under some shirts (if I don't have a nursing cami on), so I can easily feed Tim and not have my skin showing while I nurse. I have the Bumped under the bust design, and absolutely recommend it! :) They are currently on clearance at Target too ... I bought some more for my next pregnancy already!


What are your favorite ways to dress or style your postpartum body?  I'd love any more suggestions!


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kids' Bathroom: Simple Art Project

One of the rooms in our house that's been 'in progress' for far too long is the kids' bathroom. One of my younger sisters, Kelly, lived with us until Abby was born so it was her bathroom for awhile. Now that she's gone, we figured we should probably get on decorating it. :)

Since I know this isn't our forever house, I didn't want to go crazy in this room. We're sticking with a small budget ($50) and we're trying to use items we already have or find things on clearance. We found a cute shower curtain at Target with ocean creatures on it, and we're going from there! I'm currently finishing an adorable little towel holder to hang up on the wall - can't wait to get that up soon!

This past weekend, we did a little art project with Abby to frame and hang up. She loves painting, so I looked on Pinterest and saw a hand print mermaid that perfectly fit our theme!  We used Crayola washable paint and let me tell you, it really is washable! :)

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Making our mermaid :)
DIY Mermaid Handprint Art - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
It's so much fun...and a little cold apparently! ;)



Here is our finished product:


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I thought it turned out pretty darn cute, and it was free since we already had all the supplies! :)  It looks great in the bathroom, and now I'm excited to get the rest of the room done!

Happy Tuesday!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dresser Makeover: Hand Painted Tree

One of my favorite things is a good DIY project.  It's just finding the time to do them!   So for September's resolution, Katie and I are checking off some of these projects from our Pinterest to-do list.  I am so excited to share this first one with you!

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You've seen the pictures before on Pinterest: an old dresser with a beautiful hand-painted design on the front.  (My inspiration specifically came from this beautiful turquoise dresser from I Can't Stop Crafting.)  I just loved how these dressers looked, and I knew I wanted to do it for our kids! 

My Project: I wanted to turn an old, ugly hutch into a beautiful (baby changing) dresser.  The perfect DIY project for our kid's bedroom.

My Piece:  An old hutch rescued from my grandparent's garage.  It had water damage at the bottom on one side, and it had a really bad stain job.  Its knobs were awful - too big and in the wrong places.

But it was perfect because it had tons of storage, the top part of the hutch was removable...and it was free!

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It was just crying to be rescued!

I didn't get a great "Before" picture, but here's the hutch pretty close to the beginning stages.  In this pic, we had already sanded it and removed the top part of the hutch.  And the old knobs aren't pictured (the new ones are on it in the pic), but they were wooden and very large.  You can see their old location because of the large white patched areas.

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My Plan:  Use the base of the hutch as a baby changing dresser (for now and just as a dresser when the kids get older).  I wanted to paint it white, hand-paint a tree on the front, and add new, fun knobs shaped like birds.  The water damage would need to be addressed as well.

Thankfully, the water damage was limited to one side, only near the base.  We (as in my husband ;) cut out that area in such a way that it made it look like the hutch had legs.  We did this to the other side as well for a consistent look.  It looks like it was always meant to be this way!

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After a good sanding, I got to painting.  We used white paint that the previous homeowners left behind (you can't beat free!) and gave it several coats.

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After it had been painted white, I started designing the tree.  First, I roughly sketched out the tree shape I wanted on a piece of paper:

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After that, I sketched it out lightly in pencil on the front of the dresser.  Finally, it was time to paint!

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We laid the dresser down on the floor on its back because that way, I could paint from any angle - which made it much easier!  I also used an outdoor garden knee pad to kneel on to save my knees.

For the dark brown paint for the tree, we got a sample of Behr paint (my favorite brand) in the color "Aging Barrel" ($3-4).  I also needed special, smaller paint brushes, so I got those at Hobby Lobby (for around $6).


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Almost there!

 
For the handles, we decided to put bird knobs on the top two drawers (Hobby Lobby, $3 each - when their knobs were 50% off) and oil rubbed bronze knobs to match the tree for the rest (Lowes, around $4 each).  The birds add a nice touch, don't you think?


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This is definitely the most ambitious DIY project I've ever done, but it has also been my favorite.  It turned out better than I ever thought it would.  I am beyond thrilled with how it looks!


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DIY Furniture, Dresser Makeover: Hand Painted Tree - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
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I still can't believe that just a short time ago, this hutch was just a cast off in a garage.  Now, it's a beautiful showpiece in our kid's bedroom.  What a beautiful transformation!


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This was my first "trash to treasure" project and my first DIY furniture re-do.  It was definitely hard work, but it was so worth it in the end.  It is just beautiful.  Now, I'm really looking forward to doing some more furniture makeovers.  Thanks, Pinterest, for the inspiration!

What furniture projects have you done?  Or do you have plans for one?

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