Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week // Mid Century Peacock Chair

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's that time of year again! I love Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week. So many bloggers with so many brilliant ways to use color. I'm always bound to be inspired. Have you enjoyed all the projects from this week? If you missed any be sure to pop over to SW Painting Week to see all of them. SW really put together an amazing group this year. And to see what the other Friday girls have been up to using purple click it over to  Curbly and Thrifty Decor Chic....its good, real good.

This year I got the privilege of working with the color Purple. Kinda a stretch for me, but I am always up to push my limits. I know its SW Painting Week, but I couldn't help but take my cues from Radiant Orchid from this years color of the year. With that as my starting point the hunt for an accent piece began.  You. Guys. I was lucky enough to find this ugly little ducking.




 All dusty and covered in over spray. I'm sure you have all seen this style of chair at Anthro for a thousand plus. I could just see her now... restored to a former glory. I chose to work with two colors so the chair had depth. I sprayed the whole chair with my SW TradeWorks 170 Sprayer  in Verve Violet as the all over color. When it was dry I hand brushed the back in Drama Violet.


Ignore my chipped and grown out mani. Ewe! But can you see where this is going....









I think I handled purple like a pro. Wouldn't she be so cute on a front porch? Hmmmm now to decide to keep or sale? That's a real problem when you own a vintage shop! Maybe I'll just try it out this weekend and see! 



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This post was sponsored by Sherwin Williams all ideas and images are my own.

A Year of Change // April's Project

Friday, April 4, 2014

This month just keeps getting better and better! Have you guys heard of the Year of Change Project? Well I get to join this amazing group of bloggers I met at Alt this past January in repurposing something old in my house to something new and fresh. They are doing something new every month and little old me gets to join in the fun as a special guest. Who is this amazing group you ask? Suburban BitchesCommona My House, Life on Virginia Street and Rosa Beltran Design. They are the brains behind the whole idea of bringing small projects that can be accomplish in less than a month’s time.  On the first Friday of each month we’ll introduce the latest challenge and on the last Friday we’ll each reveal our projects. Our hope is that with the Year of Change challenge we can help you bring big change to your home. We want to inspire you to create the home you want one manageable step at a time.


If you missed out on our stencil projects reveal last week check out AmyRosa and Sarah’s gorgeous designs. I love the different takes they each took with the project. You can catch how the suburban bitches got handy with their Cutting Edge stencils here.

Are you ready for April’s Year of Change project? This month we challenge you to revamp a piece of furniture. It can be something small, something big, something that you’ve already got, something you find on craigslist or at a garage sale or maybe even something from Ikea that you just want to hack up. Pull out the paint, the gold leaf, the jigsaw or your glue gun and show us what you’ve got! We’ll be back on April 25th to reveal what we’ve done and we’d love to see your creation too!

This is going to be such fun and I can't wait to show you what I have in store. Hint: it's vintage! Let's get this party started…what will you do?



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Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week // Teaser

Friday, April 4, 2014

I alright friends. I have a really exciting project I am just dying to reveal to you but you'll have to save the date…April 11th that is! In the mean time maybe I'll tease you with a little inspiration from the whole project!

I found a little somethin' somethin' a few months back and have been saving her for just the right project, and you know what? A little thing called Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week happened!
This year my color is purple. I knew my little gem would be so lovely transformed with hues of violet.



It was funny after finding out my color this year how much inspiration popped up everywhere! From Cara's fabulous eye make-up to Mandi's macrame planters! The color was hot.

To get you even more excited for this next week to begin I will tempt you with a little peek at what you will see on my blog soon.




Ugh, I want to show you more. But you will just have to wait and see what I and the 14 other bloggers reveal in this years upcoming paint week. If you want to see more visit SWpaintingweek.com. And if you want the tutorial on my awesome planter click here back to the old post. See you all next week!


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After School Snacks //

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Having kids means dealing with after school snacks. And thats hard. I hate the the words "Mom what can we have for a snack?" or even worse "What's for dinner?" Ugh kill me. But life is busy after school at least mine is. There's soccer and piano, dance lessons and rehersals. If I'm not carful they can eat a whole bag of chips with out even blinking!

I want them to have healthy choices and not put me in a pinch trying to figure out what to give them. So I decided to make a snack center for the week. Each Sunday I will add new healthy snacks.


The whole project seriously took all of 20 min to put together. And the dreaded question is answered! They pick one, and we are on the run! 


I store it all in a large bin on the bottom shelf of the fridge for short little ones to reach. They have to feel big too!

I pack this weeks snack center with:
Pita Chips & Hummus
Carrot Sticks
Trail Mix
100% Fruit Roll-Up
String Cheese
Pickles
Honeydew
Pistachios
Sugar free jello…cause I had two left.

All of them are in the snack size baggies by Kroger…perfect size every time! I can't believe how easy and perfectly this works! 


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Shark Steam & Mop // Cleaning Schedule

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

***This post is sponsored by Shark Cleaning Products. All opinions are my own and tested.***

When Shark contacted me to review their new Steam and Mop I was over the moon. With a over 4,000 square feet to clean and lots of it wood floor, you can imagine my need for something to make my job a little easier! I really had no idea what to expect, I've used a swifter before and it was so so for a quick little mess, but with my large flooring I would have to change pads a lot. That costs $$$. 



I loved the easy steam mop feature...I use it the most. But for tough days when all the neighborhood kids have been running in with their shoes on, ugh, you know those days. The shark has a floor cleaning solution that sprays out the front for those icky messes. Bonus it smells great and doesn't leave any waxy build up. I'm sold.  



The Shark comes with a pad I can reuse by cleaning it in my washer! And it will clean all my floors on that one pad.  It does have disposable pads too, they do work much better than the other leading products. Now the true test comes, to see how easy my kids could use it. Lets be real, mamma needs help and they have chores. 


Once I taught my son how to fill it up with distilled water and put on the pad he was good to go. It's a little heavier than a swifter, but does such a great job it's worth the little arm workout. It's fun to! Really, its the chore the kids fight over?!? Go figure! 

My friends joke that my floors are clean enough to eat off of....and thanks to the Shark Steam & Mop its now so much easier to keep up! Go and buy one, it will be the best thing you do for your inner super mom! I know how hard it is to work and run a house. Anything we can to to make it less stressful is a blessing. I am also adding my daily cleaning schedule that helps me to keep my house in order and my stress way done. Keep in mind these are things the little ones can be part of too. Many hands {even little ones} make work light!



A clean house is a happy house. Huge thanks to Shark for making my mopping dreams come true and sponsoring this spotless post!  



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The We Project // Stop Bullying

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello Monday! I am so excited about todays post I am just going to dive right in. When I got asked to be part of "The We Project" I couldn't have been more thrilled to get the word out. It's such a fun and creative way to help kids spread the word about anti-bullying. I know all of our schools have a zero bullying tolerance, but do your kids even know what that is? And all the different way one can be a bully or be bullied?  It's time to take a stand.



We talk a lot about bullies at school and ways my kids can show they care and stand up for one another. But these little pins take it to a whole new level. It's so fun for them to wear and talk about….no joke it was a literal fight over who got what pin to wear! They are just as excited as I am!






I really hope you all go check out their website and learn more! Buy the pack, and help your kids Rock The Badge! Part of the sells even go to different charities every quarter! Teach and give, all at the same time. I am so proud to be with these two amazing moms who are making a differance! Thanks for including me and my kiddo's! #rockthebadge






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Terrarium Project // DIY

Friday, February 28, 2014

Oh cheers to Friday. Its overcast and rainy but who the heck cares…it's the weekend after all! I have a few shoots to wrap up today than off to relax and play.

I am working on a project for Sherwin Williams and as I was styling decided that the space needed a succulent terrarium so I ran to home depot and got started. I had a large white glass shell and thought it would be perfect to build it in.



The supplies are pretty simple. A small gravel for the bottom of the dish or container. Cactus & Palm potting mix and decorative rocks or glass. You may even have these things outside or around your house. I am lazy and did not want to gather so I bought everything at home depot.




I picked out a few plants I liked…let me tell you this was the hard part! So many choices. There will be four layers: Gravel, potting mix, succulents and top off with decorative rocks. Ta-Da.  



Easy to care for too….water like every couple weeks. Not over water but just a little.


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