November 16, 2016

DIY Farmhouse Chicken Wire Frame

The farmhouse style decor is all the rage right now and I just cannot get enough of it! Especially when it is a mix of wood and metals! But our budget wont allow me to splurge for some of the must have pieces. So, I headed to the hardware store and got busy making my own version of these sought after farmhouse pieces. I love how they came out even more since I put it together with my own two hands. These farmhouse chicken wire frames were so simple and easy to put together that I am not sure why I waited so long to do it.

What you need:

  • 1 1x4x8 wood planks
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Stain with rag
  • 4 - 4in L brackets. They came in packs of 4 with screws
  • Drill
  • Chicken wire
  • Spray paint. I used a black hammered paint for a rustic look.
  • Wire cutters
  • Staple gun with staples. 
  • Green wreath (Optional)

1. Cut wood plank into 4 18in pieces. (Cut all pieces the same size, when assembling it will create a rectangle.)
2. Sand edges to make planks smooth.

3. Stain each piece on all side. Let dry completely. Overnight is best.
4. Spray paint brackets and screws.

4. Once dry, arrange pieces into desired look.
5. Using the L brackets, attach edges of pieces to secure in place.
6. Flip frame over and measure and cut chicken wire to fit back of frame.
7. Using the staple gun, attach the wire to the back of the frame.

8. Optional: Using ribbon attach green wreath. You could also use any small wreath to fit the season. Leave empty to hold Christmas cards. Use a painted wood letter for another option. Possibilities are endless.

November 14, 2016

How to Spread Holiday Cheer With Cookies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheHoliday #CollectiveBias

I am so excited the holidays are coming! I just wish our weather would agree with me. It's November and it's in the 70's here. But, that doesn't mean I can't get into the holiday spirit! Especially, when we are spreading holiday cheer with our friends and family and the ones we love. My boys love to help me bake so what better way to get into the holiday spirit then having them bake up a fun surprise for their teachers, our neighbors, and our friends. 

It doesn't take much to make a big impact and spread the holiday magic especially when its made with love. I wanted to create a special gift for my boys amazing teachers to just let them know we are grateful for all they do. Plus, I wanted to send a special thank you for a neighbor and great friend who goes above and beyond for us and means the world to our family. Pack up the love with help from Rubbermaid TakeAlongs, delicious cookies, and Christmas magic.

What you need:

How to Make:

1. Print out Free Christmas Cheer printable and Cookie name tag printable and cut. Print on card stock for durability.

2. Punch holes into each tag.

3. Using glitter tape, cut and apply a small strip to each Christmas cheer tag to add some festive fun.

4. Line the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs with holiday tissue paper.

5. Bake your favorite cookies.

6. Once cookies have cooled down, wrap a small stack (I used 4 cookies) with bakers twine and attach coordinating cookie name tags.

7. Place cookie stacks into the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs

8. Top with the lid and wrap with ribbon. Don't forget to add the Christmas Cheer tags and a Christmas ornament or embellishment. I added cute initial letter ornaments to each one of our gifts for each of our teachers.

I love that Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are available in green and red colors that are perfect for the holidays. Plus, they are reusable and dishwasher safe. Which is perfect for storing left over cookies and holiday treats.

Be sure to head to your local Wal-Mart and pick up the holidays edition of the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs to create a special gift for your friends, teachers, neighbors, and family members or even just to store your own special goodies.

November 4, 2016

Family of Four Wood Sign

Over the last few weeks I have been slowly trying to update our home with a different style and decor. I was just ready for something different. I love the new farmhouse style decor that is pretty popular right now and very expensive. With not much wiggle room in the budget to splurge on fancy new items I grabbed some scrap wood, paint, and cut out some decals to make my own version of the wood number signs. I had every thing already on hand, so this project didn't cost me a thing! Which is fantastic and perfect for my budget.

What you need:

  • 12x9x2 piece of wood or your choice of size needed for space
  • spray paint
  • sandpaper
  • painters tape
  • decals or stencil for number 4 and words

How to make:
1. Sand the edges and sides of your piece of wood.
2. Paint all sides, front, back, and sides, of  your wood. Let Dry.

3. Tape edges around front side of wood.

4. Add decals/stencil to the front side. 

5. Paint over the entire front with white paint. I purposely only used one coat and did not over saturate it I wanted a more worn/rustic touch to it. Let dry.

6. Once dry, remove the tape and decals. Set out to display!

How easy what that! It's so fun and cute and makes a perfect item to display on our new handmade shelves that I will be sharing shortly!

November 3, 2016

Simple Dog Treat Container

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ToPetsWithLove #CollectiveBias.

Growing up we always had pets in the house. Dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, we had it all. They were part of the family and I loved them more then anything. Now that I am a mom with two boys, I want to make sure my boys are able to share that special bond with animals just as I was able to when I was their age. At ages 9 and 7, my boys love dogs, well animals in general, and we officially have 3 of them. They are wonderful dogs and can get a little crazy at times but they make our lives so much fun! 

With the holidays coming up, I want to treat our dogs to something special. It's our Ruby's very first Christmas with us since we rescued her over the summer and I want to make sure she has a great day as well as our other two dogs as well. Their favorite treats are Beggin’ Strips. I mean, who doesn't love bacon right? But, they love them at little too much, if that's event possible. Baylee, our rescued 2 year old Beagle, found our secret hiding spot and helped herself to the entire bag. So, I created this simple dog treat container to hold their favorite treats. 

I wanted the container to sit on our kitchen counter, but I didn't want it to stand out or clash with our decor. Just by using an empty jar, some spray paint, and a decorative knob, I crafted this fun and simple treat jar that is perfect to hold their favorite treats and would even make a perfect gift to give this holiday season to any pet-lover. 

What you need:

  • Large mason jar
  • Spray paint
  • Decorative vintage drawer pull
  • Drill with drill bit
  • Pencil

How to Make:
1. Remove and spray paint jar lid. Both pieces. Let dry.
2. Using a pencil, mark a dot in the center of the lid.
3. Using the drill and bit, drill a hole through the center of the lid.
4. Attach vintage drawer pull.
5. Fill with your favorite dog treats.

Kroger is my go to place to stock up on special treats and food for our pets. Whether it's just because or for a special holiday treat, I love that they have a great selection to choose from. Beneful dry dog food is better than ever featuring meat as the number 1 ingredient and no sugar added. The new reformulated recipe was created directly from the feedback of real pet owners. 

Plus, my dogs favorite treats are Beggin’ StripsThey smell like bacon and taste like bacon because they’re made with real bacon. When I need to keep them occupied for a few minutes while wrapping gifts or stuffing stockings, Busy dog treats keeps them busy and happy. So, next time your needing to stock up on some great holiday treats for your pets, be sure to head to Kroger and grab some of our tried and true favorites.

For more great holiday gift ideas for your pet be sure to head HERE for great inspiration for pet-lovers. 

Spread holiday love to your furry friends with the help of Purina! Now through the end of November, take advantage of great savings on your favorite Purina pet products available at Kroger with this link, while supplies last.

October 18, 2016

Simple Counter-Top Kitchen Coffee Station

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CoffeeCreamerCombos #CollectiveBias

As a mom, coffee is an essential part of my day. There is nothing better then getting the kids off to school each morning and sitting down with a nice, hot cup of coffee and relaxing before the craziness of the day begins, especially in the fall. Even though by the time I actually get to sit down to enjoy that cup, my day has already started and the morning has been full of getting two boys dressed, fed, cleaned up, and out the door. But, it gives me that opportunity to relax after a hectic morning and prepare for a crazy day, especially with the help of our favorite coffee Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® and International Delight® Coffee Creamer.

With coffee not only being a staple for my days, it also is a must have for my husband. His commute is 45 minutes each way and even though his drive is quite grueling, I know he really enjoys having his favorite cup of coffee in hand during the drive. With us both hitting the kitchen in the morning to get our day started, our set up for our coffee was not functioning well. We have an old worn out Christmas canister to hold our coffee grounds, large over-sized bottles to hold mix ins, and our counter was jammed-packed. Having to wait to get my coffee was not an option!

I knew I needed to update the area but I wasn't sure how or what I could do. One day I was shopping and came across the cutest mason jar pumps that I knew were perfect!!! I decided I had enough and cleaned it out! I had to start over and just got rid of everything.

The farmhouse themed home decor movement is all the rage right now and I love the style! So, I picked up 4 mason jar pumps, I am sure they were supposed to be used for soap, but I couldn't pass these up. They are perfect for our mix-ins and now we could get rid of the big bulky store bottles.

To keep the mason jar theme going, I placed our Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® coffee grounds into a large jar. I painted the lid and added a decorative knob to give it a fun twist.

If I would have known how easy it was to turn our kitchen counter into a functional kitchen coffee station, I would have done this years ago! Adding in a cute sugar bowl (not the bag of sugar) and some travel cups for my husbands drive to work, makes our coffee station function for the both of us.

Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® and International Delight® Coffee Creamer adds the perfect finishing touch in our coffee station. The caramel coffee cake makes a perfect fall drink. Even though here in Texas it's still 90 degrees in October, a Frosted Caramel Mocha Iced Coffee is a perfect treat I can enjoy any time of the day. Wanna make your own frosty coffee treat? Just use Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® Caramel Coffee cake and make your coffee as normal, but pour over ice. Place in a blender to mix until smooth. Add in International Delight® Coffee Creamer Salted Caramel Mocha. Top with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel syrup. 

So the next time your ready to update your kitchen counter into a coffee station, follow our simple steps to create your own coffee area and then head to your neighborhood Kroger to stock up on your coffee essentials like Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® and International Delight® Coffee Creamer

October 14, 2016

Sausage Chili Skillet Queso

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AD #Tailgreatness #CollectiveBias

It's football season and I haven't decided if that's a good thing or a bad thing yet. I love that our whole family can gather around the table and indulge in a variety of delicious food and drinks while watching our favorite teams play. By the end of the night I always think to myself  "oh boy, why did I eat all of that?" But, since I planned ahead, I made sure I had the 42 count box of Nexium® 24HR capsules from Wal-Mart on hand. By the end of the night heartburn used to set in and I always thought to myself "oh boy, why did I eat all of that?" Now, I don't have to worry about heartburn because just one pill a day of Nexium® 24HR is all it takes to get me ready for tailgreatness.

One of my favorite things to make is a sausage chili skillet queso served with chips. My boys love that they can eat with their hands and my husband loves the meat packed melted cheese dip. It's very simple to make and always a hit at our football watching parties. Plus, this makes a perfect tailgating or pot luck dish that's sure to entice everyone's taste buds.

It's easy to get ready for our game day party when we have help from Wal-Mart. They have everything we need in one shopping trip and that helps this mom plan a stress-free family afternoon. So be sure to head to your local Wal-Mart and stock up on all the essentials to make this delicious sausage chili skillet queso including the 42 count box of Nexium® 24HR capsules.

What you need:
  • 1/2 pound of ground sausage; browned and drained.
  • 1 can of chili; no beans
  • 16oz of meltable cheese block
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika 
How to make:

1. Melt cheese and milk in a skillet on medium heat. Continue stirring until cheese is melted.

2. Add all spices and lime juice. Mix well.

3. Add the can of chili and cooked sausage. Continue stirring until blended.

4. Serve warm with chips and enjoy!

Don't let game day get you down. Let Nexium® 24HR help you take control of your frequent heartburn and let you enjoy game day food like our sausage chili skillet queso. 

Are you a die hard tailgator? What about a family funday? I'd love to hear how you celebrate game day. 

Plus, before you head to Wal-mart to grab your game day essentials, be sure to sign up for savings on your next Nexium® 24HR. *May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed. 
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...