Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Vacation Recap- Road Trip Day 1

I just remembered that I never got around to recapping our summer vacation! I am going to do a three or four part series just to keep it from becoming a very overwhelming post. Hopefully something will be helpful to you! (or at least entertaining).
We started the day at 4:00 am by loading up in the car and heading out. Our actual destination was Colorado, but we decided to take the long way so we could do some sight seeing along the way. The first day our destination was Albuquerque, NM so that we could hit the Four Corners Monument (where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet) on day two.
Here are the girls and the puppy hanging in there. We were already in Oklahoma City when the sun came up. Road tripping with a dog is not easy at all. Here are some tips we learned from this trip.
1. Be prepared to not eat a meal as a family. Obviously you can't leave the dog in a hot car while you go in to eat so we ended up running into fast food places to get food so we could eat on the road while Justin walked the dog. Also, keep this in mind when you are figuring out where you want to sight see... some places aren't going to pet friendly (museums, etc) so remember this when planning.
2. Bring your pet's vaccination papers. We could have taken her to doggy daycare to Petco so we could go to a restaurant to eat and to sight see when we got to New Mexico for the night, but they required her vet records... which we didn't think to bring.
3. Get a car pet barrier. She wanted to climb up front and snuggle the whole time, but there wasn't room for all that. (And her roaming around wasn't safe.) We ended up stopping in Amarillo, TX to buy one so we could keep her confined. This was a serious sanity saver.
I'm glad we took her with us, but it was first road trip with a dog so we had some learning to do for sure!
I used the RoadTrippers App. to find cool stuff to see along the way. Here is one of the items I had marked.. The Groom Cross located in Groom, Texas. Looking at the website, it would have been a cool place to stop... but it was beautiful enough on it's own just driving by.

We all cheered when we hit New Mexico, mostly because the girls and I had never been there. New Mexico is absolutely beautiful. I loved seeing the mountains, as well as the road runners all over the place. I don't think I could handle all that heat, but the view was amazing.

Here's the view from our hotel. I love being to see the mountains overlooking such a busy city.

We grabbed some to go food from Outback Steakhouse (Blooming Onion: nom-nom-nom), ate in our hotel room and spent a couple of hours in the pool. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express... and we very pretty impressed. It was a nice room, for about $100 for the four of us. I would stay with them again for sure.

If you ever make it to Albuquerque, and you are Breaking Bad fan there are all kinds of landmarks from the show on the RoadTrippers App. You can see all the houses featured in the show, as well as Walter's grave. We aren't really die hard fans, but if had spent longer in town we would have checked them out.

Have you ever been to Albuquerque? What did you love to see or do when you were there?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Zoo Theme Nursery Letters

Today I went to a baby shower for a friend of mine. When I asked her earlier this week what she needed she told me all about the letters she was dying to make to hang over the crib. She didn't have the time to make them, so I was happy to make those for her shower gift.

It started with a trip to Hobby Lobby to get wood letters, paint and little wooden zoo animals.

Next, I painted each letter a different color (blue, green, yellow and orange) and hot glued the animals in place. I suggested that the momma to be hang up the letters with command strips. 

I love how they turned out, and the ladies at the baby shower seemed to love them too! I can't wait to see them hung up! (PS: How cute is this baby shower cake?!)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crafty McCrafterson Weekend Recap

So, first off I think I should start off with a  bit of good news! Last week I was offered a job with a local child care center, and I happily accepted! So, I am gearing up to officially kick start my career in Early Childhood Development. I feel as though this is the last piece of the puzzle that I was needing to fall into place. I feel so much better already, and I haven't even started work yet. I'm excited to get started. :)
Over the course of this weekend I managed to catch up on a few craft projects that I have been trying to get to, but hadn't had the time.
First, off I finished my Home sign. I saw a similar sign on Pinterest and I fell in love. I knew I needed this sign to add to my living room remodel.

I started by painting a three foot by 1 foot board with some of my leftover aqua chalk paint.

Next, I printed off the word Home (minus the O), and a silhouette of Oklahoma. I taped the paper to the piece of wood and used an ink pen to trace over the letters, leaving an indention in the wood. Next, I used a fine paintbrush to paint inside the indention's.

I can't wait to see it up on my living room wall!
Secondly, I was cleaning out my pantry and found two old canvases that I have been hoarding away for a while. I painted one pink and one aqua to match the kids rooms. Next, I used my Cricut to cut out their monograms and some cute little designs onto some black vinyl. They look so cute on the girls bedroom walls.
Fish decided that she needed a wreath of her own, so when we went to Walmart today she got some supplies. We picked up a wreath form, flowers and a few little decorations for a total of $10 or so. When we got home she designed how she wanted to be, and I glue gunned everything in place according to her directions. Not bad for a 7 year old's first wreath!
She is quite proud of her handy work!
 Fish also painted a "treasure box" on Saturday. This was her attempt at zebra print and polka dots. She had a great time and now has a box to put her extra stuff in.
Along with the other projects I also made a cross necklace:
And I framed one of our vacation pictures:

Once I get this weekends projects on the wall I will be able to get a little closer to finishing up my living room collage wall. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Do you craft anything fun this weekend?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Oh... The Places We'll Go

Earlier this month my family went on a road trip from Oklahoma to Texas to New Mexico to the Four Corners and then to Colorado before heading back to Oklahoma. (I'll recap soon, I promise!)

I knew that I would get bored in the car so I made sure to pack some projects to keep myself busy and to help ward off motion sickness while we were up in the mountains.

Sadly, my first attempt at my map failed... because I didn't use cross stitch fabric, and used regular fabric instead. However, I got it right on the way home and I have a long term project hanging on my wall!

This wasn't the easiest project of my life. It would have been much easier if I had a pattern to look off of, but since I did the whole outline in the car I cheated off of this picture. I would suggest paying a pattern. For real.

It's not perfect by any means, but I love how it turned out! After I did the outlines I filled in the states I have visited so far. This girl has a lot of traveling left to do if she wants to visit all of the states in her lifetime.

Anyway, I matted it and hung it up in a quick frame from Hobby Lobby, so this turned into a fun piece of art for my living room. I can't wait to add some more color! ;)

I've only visited 10 different states! How many have you been to?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

30 Before 30: 7 Months to go!

Didn't I just do this a week ago? No? It sure feels like it! We have had a crazy couple of weeks around here. School has been keeping me super busy. I am doing classroom observations for this class and I have had so much fun. I've had a great mentor and I am excited to move forward with my schooling and career.
We went on vacation last week. It was crazy at some points, but we had so much fun. I will be sure to recap soon.
I know I haven't been blogging much lately, but it has been hard to get to . I am going to adjust my goal to blogging once a week, at least while I am in school. I don't want it to feel like I'm forcing myself to do it, because then my blog posts will be sucky and unhelpful. I'm jumping back on the blogwagon as of now.
Here is my 30 before 30 with 7 months to go!

1. Find a go to salsa recipe.
2. Find a go to wine.

3. Read 50 books. Currently reading book 35 out of 50: Bad Habits, A Book of Confessions about Confession.
4. weigh 125 again (my goal weight!), and maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising at least 3 times a week!

5. Watch 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink and Breakfast at Tiffany's-

6. Run a 5K.
7. Do a color run! 
8. Have a Pinterest Party. 

9. Put together my recipe binder.

10. Buy a new living room set.
11. Get into couponing.  

12. Go on a fun weekend trip with my hubby
13. Find a killer mac and cheese recipe.

14. Get my first real Pedicure.
 15. Go on my first plane ride.
16. Take Rachel to a concert.
17. Read the Bible

18. Try 10 Pinterest recipes. - Done! Check out my Pinterest trials and errors page. 
19. Try 10 Pinterest crafts and sewing projects- Done! Check out my Pinterest trials and errors page!
20. Make a book of tips for the girls from my "Smart Stuff" board on Pinterest. 

21. Try 5 new makeup tips from Pinterest.- Done! Check out my Pinterest trials and errors page!

22. Get rid of the rest of our cheapy furniture.

23. Update the blog at least 3 days a week. I am changing this one again. I am going to shoot for 1 time per week while I am in school. Staying on top of everything isn't easy.
24. Plan an AWESOME family vacation. - Done! We went on an awesome family vacation last week. I will recap soon!

25. Start going to church on a regular basis. 
26. Finish decorating the "easy" rooms in our house. (Everything but the bathrooms, which are going to take more time and money.) ---Back to work on this one!

27. Set up a real budget and stick to it.
28. Build up my wardrobe... more office wear... and clothes to fit my new size.
29. Build up my Avon business.
30. Have a kick-butt 30th birthday celebration!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Personalized Address Plaque

I have been dying to put together a cute new address plaque for a long time. After I ran into this idea on Pinterest I knew it would be perfect!

Inspiration picture:

Pick up a letter at Hobby Lobby or craft store; paint it your color; add house numbers!
Of course, we all know that I require much more color in my life, so I got to work on this project using my own twist.
I picked up a huge wooden letter at Hobby Lobby. This one was about $12, but the fact that it has hangers on the back makes it totally worth it... Don't forget your 40% coupon for this one!

I also picked up my address numbers to mount to the letter. I used latex paint that was left over from some other projects to paint my "R" red and my address numbers aqua.

Once everything was painted and dry I used some E6000 glue to mount the numbers to the letter. That glue is super heavy duty and it made to be outdoors, so it is my go to. (Warning, glue in a well ventilated area... that stuff is STRONG!)
I allowed the glue to dry overnight and then I sprayed it down with some clear spray paint for a protective coat.

I love how this project turned out! So easy, so fun and I just can't wait to get it hung up.

What kind of house numbers are hanging at your place?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Distressed monogram window

I have been dying to share this tutorial, so I'm glad I finally get the chance! I bought this old window from a classified page on Facebook.

Here's how I put it together.

First I cleaned off the wood, sanded it down and rubbed a candle on the parts of the window where I didn't want the paint to stick.
Important: Do not use a red candle! I had red marks all over the place. *sigh*
Next, I painted the window with white chalk paint. I should have taped off the glass, but I was feeling particularly lazy. Seriously, learn from me and tape off the glass.

Here is the window all painted up!
I just did one coat because the window soaked up pretty good. After it dried I used my sanding sponge and sanded all of the wood. This left a lot of distressed places on the wood. Love it.

After that, I ordered a vinyl monogram from this Etsy shop:

After I added the monogram, I hot glued fabric flowers to the corner.

I love how it looks above my aqua dresser in my dining room. So cute!

I've noticed so many more people sporting monograms these days. Are you getting into the Monogram craze too?