Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October is Living Room Month

We get bored with projects easy.  We love to start something and half way thru we get bored.  It takes us forever to finish a project sometimes.  We have atleast 10 projects 1/2 done right now.  Not even kidding!  

We are making an effort to focus on one room per month.  During that month we will work on projects, deep clean, decorate, etc.  Sometimes decorating, cleaning and all things housewifery get overwhelming to me.  I would much rather play makeup instead, lol! 

We love to decorate for Christmas so I figured the best room to start with is our living room.  This is also the first room you walk into when you enter our house.  

This is our whole list of to do for our living room.  We don't have to finish everything on the list in the month.  This list is more of a reminder for us :) 
WALLS:
Choose Paint
Paint
Find/Create Art
Focal Wall-Decide What To Do

TRIM:
Finish Slate Tile Trim

DOOR:
Paint 2nd Coat
Finish Slate Tile Trim
New Door Hardware

FURNITURE:
New Sofa
New Seating
Build Coffee Table
New End Tables
Build Shelving
New Media Cabinet

FIREPLACE:
Decide What To Do
Stone Surround
Mantel

ACCESSORIES:
New Curtains
Rug
Lamps
Decor
Replace Ceiling Fan
Wood Plank Ceiling

CLEANING LIST
Wash Walls
Wash Door
Clean Lighting
Clean Fan
Clean Baseboards
Declutter
Organize Cabinet by Door
Organize Media Cabinet
Vacuum Furniture 
Clean Deer
Wash Curtains
Move Furniture and Clean Under

That is pretty much it :)  Living Room update October 2013.  





Monday, October 7, 2013

Living Room Inspiration

Our living room is such a awkward layout.  I will share some pictures this week of our living room and what we want to change.  The inspiration bug has bit me today and I wanted to share some of our living room inspiration.

Our style is best defined as rustic chic.

For full post visit The Lettered Cottage
We love this living room.  The color, the tones, the fireplace.  Just everything.  The color is Phoenix Fossil by Benjamin Moore.  We are considered this paint color.  Currently our walls are brown :(  Everything in my house is brown.  :(  

We want industrial shelving to flank our TV. I love these!

Visit The Lettered Cottage for more info about this living room. 
I love this fire place.  If we decide to do a faux brick wall we don't want to put stone fully around the fire place and this mixes everything we love.  I also love the sofa and coffee table. 

Rug from Allard Auctions
I would like to find a Navajo rug that is subtle and geometric.  I love Navajo rugs!  They are so beautiful. 

Living Room via Style At Home
We have vaulted ceilings and I love the idea of adding wood planking.  I want to use the idea of a darker ceiling and bright chandelier.  Love it!!

Table design from The Locker
Pipes and wood.  Must make!

Side table from Anythingology
Brett and I agree that our furniture must have storage or a dual purpose but I want to do this!!!  I love the look with leather!  So creative.  

Tomorrow i will try and snap some pictures of my living so ya'll can see what I am working with.  Be warned.... It's pretty boring and brown.  











Monday, September 30, 2013

Money Monday-Freezer Cooking


Things have changed in our household.  My office has moved and now I will be driving farther everyday.    Normally Brett and I do all of our grocery shopping on Friday nights for the weekend and following week.  We kinda got out of this habit since I drive by a grocery store everyday.  

Now that I am driving farther I don't want to commit to stopping on my way home nor do I want to cook a full meal everyday.  Brett does cook too but we both are so tired after work that neither of us really want to cook. 

We decided that after this week we are going to start prepping and cooking the bulk of our meals for the following week on either Saturday or Sunday.  

How are we going to do this???  I will be honest.  We haven't put a ton of thought into this yet.  That is why I am giving it a week.  Today I researched some freezer meals, plans, etc.  Checkout my Pinterest Board HERE.  Of course... all good research comes from Pinterest!  

On Friday evenings we will checkout our pantry, freezer and fridge and make a list of the ingrediants we have.  My goal is #1 to quit wasting food and #2 to spend more time planning for the week.  We will also create our grocery list and shop!

Allrecipes.com is a great resource to look up ingredients for meal ideas. 

Saturday or Sunday will be our prep day.  We will prep all ingredients and cook meals. 
Our plan is to cook as much as possible, portion ingredients out and freeze.  

Do you freezer cook?  What are some of your fav recipes?? 



Monday, September 16, 2013

Money Monday- How I Save Money on Beauty Products


Hi there!!  Remember me???  I used to blog regularly on this blog but took alittle break.  Sorry for being so sparse this summer.  I have been working hard on our market booth, store and my youtube channel that it was September before I knew it! 

We all know I love to shop.  That is no secret but the gazillion haul videos on my youtube channel.  I often get asked how Brett and I can afford to do the things we do, shop like we do, and still pay our bills.  This wasn't a hater, fyi. 

I thought about it for a second and decided this would be a good topic for Money Monday.  

Brett and I both work.  He is law enforcement and I work for a financial firm.  We also have hobbies that bring in alittle money here and there but we never budget that.   We are a dual income household.  This helps.  

I would never be dishonest or make it sound like we make more money than we do.  We have a smaller house in New Mexico.  The cost of living isn't crazy high.  We have a mortgage, utilities, etc.  We also drive 2 fairly new cars.  My car is basically paid off.  Still.. we have bills.  We both save for retirement. 

Some months we have extra $ and some months we budget differently to do the things we want to do.  Every month we look at our expenses and decide what we want to do with any extra $.  We both get an allowance to spend on whatever we want.  If we are planning a trip we have an understanding that our allowance may need to be lowered.  I know... we sound like kids but I can't tell you enough how important it is to talk money with your spouse.  

Aside from budgeting I have a few tips on how I save money around the house. 

#1-  Craigslist-  I basically use craigslist as an online yard sale.  I will list just about anything up there for a few days.  If it doesn't sell after a few days I will donate to Goodwill for the tax write off. 

#2-  Deductions-  I deduct everything I can off our taxes.  I go through our receipts every 2 weeks and enter them into a spreadsheet.  You would be surprised what you can save! 

#3- Car Pooling-  I car pool into work atleast twice a week with another gal from my office.  This saves me atleast $30-40 per month.  

#4-  Sales-  I will shop sales and stock up on items i know we can/will use.  

#5-  Finish Products-  I never ever waste a product.  I either give it to a friend or find another use for it.  For example.  I love shea butter and lotions.  I normally buy unscented lotion for Brett.  When I am down to the last little bit of a perfume I will grab some lotion and mix it with my perfume.  Free signature lotion!  

#6-  Back to Mac-  MAC lets you return empty containers and pick out a lipstick or shadow.

#7-  Delete Emails-  I delete sales emails unless I have the budget.  I have a special inbox in my gmail account where all sales/marketing emails go.  If I don't have the budget I delete the whole inbox without even looking.  No temptation.  

#8-  Coupons-  If i am shopping online I always always always look for coupons.  I've even downloaded coupon apps on my phone.  I've saved so much money!

#9-  Stay-cations-  When Brett and I are in the mood to get out of the house we plan a small trip.  Our rule is we must be able to drive back and forth within 12 hours.  Normally we just find cool stuff to do around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe.  

#10-  Check Your Receipts-  I can't stress this enough.  CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS.  I have been miss-charged, double charged, etc for so much stuff.  

#11- Shop with a Friend-  Our household consists of just Brett and I.  Getting a Costco membership didn't make sense for just us.  I asked my friend Bev if she wanted to pay for 1/2 the membership and I would grab the items she needs.   This works out great for both of us. 

#12-  Menu Planning-  Brett and I plan our lunches and dinners once a week.  We look at the ads and do our shopping in one trip.  This cuts down on running into the grocery store during the week and wasting gas. 

#13-  Left Overs-  We plan for left overs.  We will freeze them for make ahead meals.  This meals are great for lunches or when we are to lazy to cook dinner.  Pasta is a great make ahead meal.  

How do you save money???  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Makeup Collection

Hope you are having a great Thursday morning!  I wanted to share my makeup collection and storage.  I am still working on getting everything arranged in my new craft/beauty room.  :)  I purchased the white storage boxes from Michaels in the scrapbook section.  All the organizers are from the Dollar Tree or up-cycled.

Enjoy!!




How do you store your makeup?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Makeup Storage

The organizing bug has bit me.  I am organizing everything in my house.  Our biggest project has been my craft room.  Back in July I decided to give Brett my craft room and move all my stuff into the dining room.  Then move all the dining room into our eat in section of the kitchen.  Yes... It was that much of a pain.

After some thought I didn't want to give up my pretty pink craft room.  The walls are a soft pink color.  I have a HUGE window that floods the room with light.  I ended up giving  Brett the dining room.

I am now in the process of giving him storage pieces out of my craft room and putting everything back together.

This room will have 2 features now.  On the right side, my vanity area and craft storage.  To the left I will also have storage but my main craft desk will remain.  :)

The first goal is to move my vanity and makeup into the room.  Since I am doing all this rearranging I should just get new storage right??  Yes!

On Friday I will post a full makeup collection and possible vanity tour.  Depends on if we can get the vanity moved in this week :)

Just about every beauty guru on youtube has the IKEA Alex drawers and while I think they are nice we do not have an IKEA near us.  I do want something similar. 

I found these scrapbooking/craft wood storage boxes on clearance at Michael's for $9.99. I already owned the two 4 drawer boxes on the bottom. 


I am in the process of moving all of my makeup into the storage boxes today.  Tomorrow I will post my drawer organization. :)

How do you keep your makeup collection??  









Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Under $20 Ribbon Rack


I've needed ribbon and paper storage for my craft room for years.  I've never taken the time to search for a rack and i've kept my paper and ribbon stuck in  a box.  Out of site, out of mind.  :(  I never used any of it and would buy new whenever I needed something.  Such a waste of money!!

Brett and I headed over to The Home Depot for some backyard supplies and I left with supplies for my rack.  :) 

What you need:
2    1"x2"x6' Pine Boards.  Always check to make sure your boards are straight
1 pack of 1.5" Nails
7 Dowel Rods.  Size depends on your cup hooks
1 Pack of large cup hooks
2 cans of spray paint
hammer
drill press (optional)
level
tape measurer

Total cost $18.67 (not including tools)

#1- Paint boards and dowel rods
#2- Measure your largest roll of paper or whatever you want to hang.  Leave about 2 or 3 inches on each side.  Trim dowel rods to fit

#3- Using drill press place holes for nails every 12 inches

#4-Using level nail board to wall.  Measure and nail 2nd board. 
#5- Place cup hooks about 6 inches apart or measure the depth of your largest roll. 

Ta da!!!!!  I chose to make my rack floor length so I have room to grow but you can totally adjust this to any length or diameter you would like.  This can be customized to fit your craft room.  

My rack has 3 purposes.  It holds my ribbon, craft paper and tissue paper.  I love keeping my tissue paper folded over so it does not crease.  :) 

I can't believe how much space this has saved me and I am so in love with it!


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Friday, April 26, 2013

Edible Container Garden- Update and Video #digin

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Has anyone else been having crazy weather???  After we planted out container garden we had 3 nights in a row of below freezing temperatures.  I am sad to say our tomato and eggplant didn't make it.  :(  Who would have thought in April we would be so cold!  
Yesterday I ran into The Home Depot and purchased a replacement eggplant and tomato.  Hopefully these will survive and bless us with delicious vegetables.  


The best part of the project was planting our vegetables and enjoying the sunshine.  Even though I did pick the worst day for wind to plant them I still had fun!  I enjoyed planning the container garden also.  One of my favorite feelings is planning something and watching it come to life.  :)

The only thing I would have done differently is I would have waited another week before planting because we did lose 2 plants :(  

This project was fun and easy!  We have been inspired and ready to start our backyard renovations for a few months now and this project kicked everything into high gear. 

We made a quick DIY video on this project.  Please excuse the abrupt ending.  New Mexico is very windy during the spring and unfortunately the weather has not cooperated :(  Every time we went out to film the wind would pick up.  

The products we used (all from The Home Depot)
*4 Wood Planters
* 1 bag of Miracle Gro Potting Mix
* 5 plants
* rocks for the bottom of the containers

This container garden is very easy to create at home!

#1- Fill bottom of planter 2 or 3 inches with rock to help the water drain
#2- Fill planter with soil
#3- Plant your vegetables
#4- Water
#5- Enjoy!!! 

That really is it.  :)  The biggest tip I would give anyone who creates a container garden is shop for the healthiest plants, lay rock on the bottom of your buckets and use a top quality soil like Miracle Gro.  

Now that our container garden is complete we will be gearing up for the rest of our backyard projects. 

Hopefully this summer we will be able to complete it!  

Some of our projects include:
*2 patios (1 for relaxing, 1 for grilling)
* build second pergola over outdoor kitchen
*build small outdoor kitchen
*landscape with rock
*landscape with small area of grass around trees
*set up drip irrigation system
*build patio sofa and 2 chairs
*build fire pit
*add outdoor lighting
*move raised garden bed
*finish raised flower beds
*plant ivy around perimeter of concrete walls
*add outdoor curtains to current patio
*new dining set
*finish bar under pergola

I think that is about it.  As you can see this summer will be very busy!  With the exception of the two patios these projects will be DIY.  We want to leave the concrete work to professionals ;)

Are you digging in this spring or summer????

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our Edible Container Garden #digin

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This weekend we completed our only gardening project this spring, a edible container garden.  We are so happy with the turn out!
We planted basil, parsley, tomato, yellow pepper and an eggplant.  We wanted plants that would be easy to care for and do not mind the New Mexico sun.  

We chose 4 containers from The Home Depot that will match our future landscaping plans.  We love the rustic look!  We used Miracle Grow Potting Mix for the soil.  Don't forget to add rocks to the bottom to help with drainage.  

We have a small patio just outside our kitchen and we placed the container garden on the corner.  Sun is plentiful.  We enjoy sitting in our adirondak chairs and smelling the basil.  Eventually our patio will start at the corner (where the plants are) and continue around our current 10x10 patio.  We can't wait to have a large patio for relaxing and dining!  We enjoy being outside in the evening and listening to wind.  We are also trying to decide if we want to add a water feature.  The sound of water is so soothing. 
The top container holds our basil and parsley.  The container in the front is a lovely pepper plant, middle hopefully will bless us with some delicious tomatoes and the back container holds Brett's eggplant.  We have never grown eggplant in a container so we are not sure what to expect.  

How cute is the bright blue tomato cage??  This hopefully will allow our tomato plant to grow and provide support.  The cage will also act as protection from our tomato eating Bloodhound, Hank.  Last year we had 5 plants and during the year we could not figure out where our tomatoes were going.  They would just start to turn red and the next day they would be gone.  What happened to my tomatoes???  Well a certain Bloodhound would pick them off and eat them!  He would leave them alone until they just started turning red.  He is a picky tomato eater! 

We are hopeful that our garden will allow us to make a homemade marinara sauce.  Once we start pulling tomatoes we will share a family pasta sauce recipe.  

Our concern right now with planting these so early is New Mexico is having cold nights and we are dipping below freezing.  Hopefully our plants will survive.  

Are you planting a garden this year??

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Monday, April 22, 2013

SHOPPING FOR OUR CONTAINER GARDEN #digin

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Sunday Brett and I headed over to The HomeDepot to start our edible container garden.  After researching container gardens online we picked out our containers and veggies. We also grabbed a few other necessities. 
Currently bonnie plants are 5 for $10.  What a great deal!!!! I love bonnie plants because they are eco friendly with their biodegradable pots. 

We asked the Lawn and Garden Associates for help in deciding what vegetables grow the best in containers.  We ended up buying a tomato, eggplant, basil, parsley and yellow bell pepper.  

Brett is sad we are only planting 1 pepper plant this year.  With all of our planned projects we do not think we will have the time for a large garden.  I am sure he will sneak a few more in ;)


We fell in love with these medium size rustic planters.  We orginally planned for 3 large whiskey barrels but our Home Depot was out of stock.  These smaller planters are ready to go with a drain hole in the bottom. 
We decided to buy a plant stand and surround it with 3 additional planters.  This arrangement will look great on the corner of our patio. 
We ended up putting this larger tomato plan back.  This was the start to our cart.  Decide what planters you want to use before you pick your plants.  This will help you be realistic with your space. 

Another option to container gardening are these small raised garden beds.  With our current yard projects we can't have a raised bed this year.  

Aside from great garden plants The Home Depot also has beautiful flowers!
I fell in love with these flowers.  
Our local Rio Rancho Home Depot
Our final cart
Thank you to The Home Depot for this opportunity!  
Everything was neatly packed into our FJ Cruiser. 

Check out Mandy Jean Chic for our edible container garden tomorrow!  Also I filmed a how to video! 

Are you going to #digin this spring/summer???

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lets get gardening! #digin

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This spring, with the help of The Home Depot, Brett and I decided to build a small edible container garden.  As we blogged about in our backyard plan we want to have an area for gardening but on the patio we also want a few containers with tomatoes, basil and a few other necessary plants for our survival.  :)

We love growing our own produce!  The last few years We've grown our produce in a raised garden bed.  Brett loves to garden and the last few years his zucchini and squash have been huge! 

Currently our backyard has one patio, a couple of flower beds and lots of sand.  This summer our main garden will be in containers due to landscaping renovations.

Our husky enjoying the sand

The first thing we did to plan our container gardens was head to The Home Depot website and check out our options.

Preferably we would like our garden to cover the corner of our patio.  1 raised planter and 3 surrounding.  After we pick out the containers we will put them in the corner of this patio or near our door.  
This photo was taken around 7pm and as you can see sun is not a problem :)

Our little patio

Due to the landscaping projects we decided that we want to grow vegetables and herbs that can be used in salsa and pasta sauce.  Once our landscaping is done we will add a raised garden bed. 

The Home Depot is our go to store for gardening.  The selection is nice and they care for their plants.  The employees at The Home Depot are very knowledgable.  Even when we research our projects we always have questions and the employees answer them promptly.  Shopping is always easy!

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