Friday, April 17, 2015

Frugal Friday - Spring Around Our Place

Did you see the guest room #2 update this past Wednesday?  No?!  Well, here's the image from our WW post this week:

I took that photo two months ago because I was amazed at how I planned the space design and pulled the design together buying only things I loved; it's really coming together wonderfully!  The bottom coral fabric is the bed linen... a pillowcase I pulled from the bedding package.  I love the reversible design but I'm debating on a cream down comforter with the quilt folded under or at the foot of the bed.  I really want that Pottery Barn and hotel feeling, ya know?

Do you see how there's texture and fluff and quilts and duvets and throws and cream and print and big and small and... it's just one big ol' pile o' pretty and I want to sleep in something that!  Anyhoo, I digress...

The top two pillows in the WW picture (cream netting and navy/cream rosettes) were purchased from The Village Thrift Store for $1.99 each.  The navy chevron pillow (lower right) was purchased from Target on clearance for a few bucks (like $4, I believe).  Oh, and that little framed shell was a souvenir from Mike's vacation to Hawaii this past January.  I've got other decor pieces to pull it together and, get this, Target's preppy beach collection is back! You know I'm hype, right?! Unlike last year, I will DEFINITELY purchase the pieces I love before it's too late!

Moral of the guest room update?  Progress is happening and I'm happy about it.  I just need to get the bed.  Once I have a bed, I'll be in business!

Other Spring updates include:

Kitchen decor:

I got that cute rabbit oil warmer from the Village with the original Seaport Antiques price tag.  It was labeled antique and handmade.  Seaport Antiques is in Delaware. I always wonder the story of unique finds like this... where did you come from, sweet bunny? How'd you wind up unused and in a thrift store for $2?  Yes, I was alone when I bought it and, yes, for your information, I do know my inner granny won the battle!  That's what happens when I'm by myself.  Who gon' check me, boo?

The first day of Spring, I pulled out the tulip pitcher centerpiece for the kitchen table.  I've had it since Thanksgiving and, yes, I've been DYING to see it on the table.  I also put the Target clearance napkins from last summer and the wooden napkin rings (Village purchase 6/$.90).

Something about tulips feels like spring to me and I kept that in mind as I pulled decor together throughout the house.

Front Door Wreath

When I saw that straw umbrella at Goodwill for $1.99, I had to have it.  It's the perfect entry wreath for events (baby showers and bridal showers, helloooo?!).  On a recent rainy April afternoon, I decided to shove some fake tulips inside of it and hang it on the door.  On that same evening, Munchface was cleaning her room and asked if I wanted to keep the ribbon Grandma Lisa used on her Easter basket.  I think the pink burlap ribbon made a nice addition to the umbrella, don't you?  Nuke didn't care for it but what's he know?

I have to crop him out of most pics lately... something I didn't consider when we first got him.

If it isn't HIM, it's his junk.

Let's just move on because he and I don't agree on decor at all. He thinks his bones belong in the main living and WALKING areas of the home (ouch!).

I like to add seasonal decor to the powder room.  While I was pulling out some of Munch's artwork, I realized the kid has some skills.

I'll share more about that later but I just love her artwork!  Speaking of artwork, I thought I'd create a spring mantle in the family room with little eggs and, well, junk.  I've come to terms with my new 'clean' sense of home style.  I love how it looks in styled shoots and on fancy-pants blogs but, in my own home, I prefer to have clear surfaces.  The mantle got a simple arrangement and that's it.

Those flowers were in my big jackpot purchase!  I paid less for big box of flowers than each of these stems were tagged.  Oh, you heard correctly.  Each stem still had the Pier1 price tag on it!  I found an old vase in the garage and it looks great!

Other family room updates include the coffee table's tulip arrangement.

Oh, and let's not forget the pink votive holder-turned-planter on the console table.

The dining room didn't get a major update.  I did, however, place the candle holder I got from The Village on the table.

$7.90.  I know it sounds pricier than I normally pay but I could feel its quality when I picked it up; that thing is heavy!  I always flip things over to check where it comes from and:

The Nordstrom at Home collection is a nice quality collection that retails for a LOT more than $7.90!

I love how it compliments the other 'gilver' elements in the room.  Oh, and you know I had to find it on the website, right?

The price wasn't available but just seeing it on the site made me feel great.  I got a deal!

Other than that, I'm focusing on cleaning up spaces and clearing things out for the Spring Sidewalk Sale!

Have you updated your Spring decor or started any projects? If so, I would LOVE to hear about it in the comments :)


Thursday, April 16, 2015

TBT - RLCC's Annual Sidewalk Sale

Howdy, Islanders!

In honor of Throwback Thursdays, I'm sharing photos from my church's Spring Sidewalk Sale from last year.

Why, you ask?  Well, it's time for the Spring Sidewalk Sale again and I would LOVE for you to come shop.  This year's funds will support our church's awesome Vacation Bible School (VBS)!

Wait.  Did you just ask, "what's VBS?"

It's just an awesome week of fun for kids.  They have a lessons, crafts, games, dinner, songs and more!  Some of my greatest childhood summer memories are attending (... and later on teaching) at my church's VBS; the songs are programmed in my mind for the rest of my life.  It's a great opportunity for kids and parents (what parent doesn't need a break during summer evenings?).  Most importantly, to broaden attendance, it's a FREE event for all!  Some children can't afford summer camp and VBS is what they look forward to all summer.

If you're in the area and love a sale, we hope to see you there!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Little Ladies' Book Club

Howdy, Islanders!

Yesterday's Maya Mondays post was dedicated to establishing the habit of reading in a child.  Remember the Little Ladies' Book Club we started last month (more here)?  Well, guess who hosted the April meeting at her place?

Yep.  This chick.

We picked names from a hat to finalize the meeting location order and whoever's name was chosen to host the meeting also chose the book to read.  Munchface was up second.  She chose a Third Grade Detectives book.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Maya Mondays - Any Book.

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." ~ Maya Angelou


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Orijen Pet Food - A Product Review

Howdy, Islanders.

You know we got a new furry member of our family, Nuke.  

That photo was taken during our first meeting but OMG!  I don't think I ever shared the adoption photo from the rescue's website.

Yes, I believe Nuke is smiling in the picture too, lol.  You can probably see in the photo that Hubbs is super excited about Nuke joining our family.  He has obsessively researched for everything Nuke would need.

Nuke has the head and muscle appearance of a pit bull but the short stumpy legs and personality of a bull dog.

Moral of that story?  He doesn't care for exercise or physical activity.  He might want to jog but not longer than 1 minute.  He might want to play but after 5 minutes, he passes out.  Hubbs feels a change in his diet would shed any excess weight from his little legs while replenishing his coat luster and increasing his energy level.

We ordered the Orijen pet food because it is, hands down, the best food on the market.  With the free treats and shipping, we justified the increased expense and awaited delivery.  Two days later, the food arrived!  We started the diet and as of last weekend, we were two weeks in.  Here are Nuke's stats:

Starting weight: 61 lbs
Starting energy level: no running, slowly climbed stairs, all bark no movement, wouldn't walk for longer than 5 minutes without resisting or sitting down
Coat luster: beautiful color but dry and coarse to touch

Current Weight: 58 lbs (-3)
Energy Level: much more playful (about 10 minutes a day), more inclined to jog or run, loves to walk (longest walk every evening for 30+ minutes)
Coat luster: flaking decreased, coat is shinier and softer to touch

Here are the before/after shots:

Do you see that leg muscle definition?

Yes, he looks and sounds super tough but, can I just be honest for a minute, Islander?  I'm cool with that.  I don't mind additional security or second thoughts for those unwanted or unexpected visitors.  I actually prefer that a dog serve as an affordable alarm system.  This guy barks if something is happening and that's earning his keep in this house!  Just check him out at his guard post:


He's in the kitchen but facing the entrances to let me know if someone is on their way.  I think he quickly learned that he prefers to "guard" from posts that allow him to see what's happening but that don't interrupt his nap, lol... So, he now guards from the peace and quiet of the family room (which is down the hall).

Now, can we talk about home decor and how a pet can change that?  OMG, there are bowls and toys and bones, and dirt and drool and UGH!

I was determined we'd keep his stuff out of sight and mind but Hubbs had a different idea.  Hubbs said I could purchase the bowls but that they were going to be out.  I almost passed out.  You mean to tell me having him around isn't invasive enough? He has to *like* move his JUNK in here too... yes, I called the dog's food and water JUNK.  I needed to contain his mess and define his area.  His ONLY area.  Hmm, possibly a mat to match and a fab-meets-functional solution might work.  Here's what I came up with!

I purchased a bath mat from Ross for $4.  It is large enough to hold the bowls, has an anti-slip bottom, made to absorb water AND just-so-happens to match my neutral kitchen decor.  I visited Petsmart for the water bottle and bowl.  Everything totaled less than $30!!!  Nuke, who isn't a fan of my carpet freshener all the time (rolls around coughing when I vacuum), loves his little place.

I searched all over for the perfect food container.  I wanted it to ALSO match and function for the space.  Queue the angels!  HOME GOODS PET SECTION TO THE RESCUE!

It was $15 and holds every ounce of the dog food with room to spare.  Its simple design is sturdy enough to prevent ants (or Nuke, lol) from eating the food.  Oh, I also purchased a pet scoop from Home Goods:

It all came together perfectly.  Fab meet Fur.  Fur MEET FAB!


Have I mentioned my dog's coloring perfectly matches the decor in our home?  That he has a big bark and a big heart to match?  That I, Mrs. Anything that can't wipe its own butt can't live here, have fallen totally in love with our dog?

 He is a total sweetheart and quite honestly completes our little family.  I just love him oodles and bunches!  I guess Hubbs noticed our affinity for one another and decided, in lieu of my Easter basket, he'd give me a new charm for my Pandora bracelet.

The "I love my dog" charm was such a thoughtful gift and holds true for me and Mr. Nuclear Dynamite (Nuke).

It also holds true for you, my Islander roll dogs as well :)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter - Bravo or Bust?

Hey, Islanders.

Yea, you've probably sensed it.  I'm sick.  Well, not sick-sick anymore but sick nonetheless (when you say it twice, it really matters.  No, for real for real!!).  I had an awful episode on Friday then stomach issues and migraines popped up most of Saturday.  I wasn't myself.  I was, however, pumped for Easter (before the disastrous sickness).

Saturday, I didn't clean.  I didn't Easter prep.  I tried to go to buy food to cook for Easter dinner.  My body protested saying, "uh uh no way!"  Munch also fell ill mid-day.  UGH! My plans to pickup Olivia?  Didn't happen.  My plans to cook the night before?  Yea right.  I. Was. Down... for the ENTIRE count.  For real for real.  Yes, said twice and italicized for emphasis.

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