Monday, October 15, 2012

DIY Button Art

I can not believe I haven't posted anything since September 11th! We have been extremely busy over with tying up some small end projects so we can get started on the nursery :)

Today, I am going to share another Pinterest inspired project that I recently completed created in August. I know, I am way behind in posting. On August 10th, the sweetest little girl in the entire world turned two and thankfully, I am lucky enough to be her Aunt! Besides buying her a few toys and books she could actually play with, I knew I wanted to try a button art project. If you don't know what I am talking about just Google "DIY Button Art" and tons of examples will fill your computer screen.

This was one of those projects where I sat and thought, "why didn't I think of that!". It was extremely simple, wasn't the fastest project, but I completed it while watching a little TV one night so the time went by fairly easy.

Most of the supplies I already had a on hand:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Two Became Three...

As you know I have been MIA lately.

Not because I don't have projects to share, because believe me I do.

But, because the biggest DIY project I have ever tackled was in the works - and my husband was afraid I would spill the beans.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Free Room Update!

On Friday I left you all with this little sneak peak about what my weekend was going to be about. As I mentioned on Friday, our front room has gone through a few changes since we bought the house. Recently we sold our old dining room table for $150. So, I was happy to add it back to the room and make a few changes.

We started by painting the yellow walls with a nice light tan/brown. We also used this same color on our fireplace in the living room, it's called Happy Trails by Pittsburgh Paints. We had a half gallon left over from painting the fireplace and the hallway. I didn't want to add a totally different color in the front room, I wanted our downstairs to flow. So, we went to Menards, if you're not familiar with Menards they are like a Home Depot and Lowes here in Indiana, and picked up another gallon.

After painting we rearranged the furniture. We had two bookcases that were several years old, I took one to work and we kept one for our books. Eventually on the small wall across from the kennel we plan on adding built in bookshelves from floor to ceiling.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Home Management Binder: Budget {Free Printables!}

Happy Monday!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We have been busy around here with painting as previewed on Friday and with yard work. It turned out to be a beautiful weekend here in Indiana with the weather comfortable in the low 80's - giving me crazy fall fever!!

Today we are back to the Home Management Binder project, if you've missed any post you can check out the following:


This weekend I worked on the budget/spending section. Most of the images and documents I uploaded are blank so you can fill in your own information. I love finding monthly budget printables, but they never fully work for me and I end up wishing more than half of the sections weren't there. Like always all of my printables are FREE! But, I am doing a little something different this time and I'll explain it more below. So, let's get started.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Getting Our Paint On...

So, besides updating the living room and kitchen we really haven't done much changing in the house yet. We have been patiently waiting and saving for a current project in the works, which I hope to share with you once our HOA approves it.

We have slowly been trying to figure out how to use our front living space. As soon as you walk into our house we have a large greeting room, technically it's a formal living room/dining area but we don't use it as such. When we walked through the house before putting in an offer the previous owners had it set up like this:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Today Is A Special Day...

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Today, it's my birthday - I'm celebrating my 28th year, so I'm taking the night and spending it with my husband!

Hope you all have a great Thursday!! It is a very special day haha :)

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Crock Pot Cheesy Ravioli Casserole

Thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest I have run across a million and one recipes I want to try. I'm a very picky eater, so I pin a lot of recipes that look great but I'm scared to try them. I don't know why, I guess the thought of spending money on something and possibly not enjoying it maybe, I don't know.

Well, a few months back I ran across a Crock Pot Cheesy Ravioli Casserole  and I have been wanting to try it ever since. I love my Crock Pot and I love making pot roast, pulled pork and soup in it. But, I have never really tried anything different. I did change the recipe a little for us, I thought 2 jars of sauce and 2 bags of frozen ravioli would be to much for just the two of us, so I cut the recipe in half.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Book Review: Fifty Shades Trilogy

You might remember me saying I was reading Fifty Shades of Grey back here! Well, once I started Fifty Shades of Grey I finished it three days later. Then I was addicted and I started book two, Fifty Shades Darker. I finished that book in three days too. After book two I had to finish the series and read Fifty Shades Freed.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Home Management Binder: Cleaning {Free Printables!}

So back to getting our Home Management Binder on track and finished, here is the exciting section of cleaning....{yawn}. If you've missed a post, you can click to check out Section 1: Calendar & Contacts and Section 2: Meal Planning. Like the other two sections, I'm making all of the forms I created FREE!

I personally had a hard time starting this section, probably because its my least favorite. One thing I love about our house is that it's big and we can grow into it in the future. One thing I hate about our house is that it's big and I have to clean it :). Because of my OCD tendencies, we have a cleaning schedule already in place in our house, we've had this same schedule since we got married just because it is what works for us. Below is our weekly cleaning checklist:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Home Management Binder: Meal Planning {Free Printables}

I'm back again with another awesome addition to my in progress Home Management Binder. If you missed the first post click to read Section 1: Calendar & Contacts. Like the first section, all the printables listed below will be FREE! They are free mostly because I love free things and because I would love for you to be able to follow along if you wanted too. I've decided to make this a weekly series until it is complete, so next Monday I will post Section 3.

This section was either going to be about cleaning or meal planning. Since I personally live in my kitchen I wanted to make sure I made the kitchen printables ASAP. The cleaning can wait :)

The first form I created was a weekly menu/grocery shopping list. I started using this form last week and it made it so much easier last week and this week going grocery shopping. The menu planner on the left side is for Sunday - Saturday. The grocery shopping list is broken down by categories as I walk through my grocery story.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Menu Sunday


OK, I'm planning on bringing back Menu Monday  Sunday. Yeah, I'm changing it a day since I shop every Sunday and I meal plan for Sunday-Saturday. It doesn't sound as good as Menu Monday did but it will do. Posting our meal plans make me accountable to actually keep to a plan. The past few weeks I didn't take the time to make a plan and I didn't even make time to go grocery shopping every week. You know what happened? We ate out for lunch everyday. Everyday at work around 3:30 my husband would text me asking what's for dinner. Everyday I responded, "Since I'm lazy and didn't go grocery shopping we don't have anything at home". I either stopped by the grocery store on the way home to pick up enough for one meal or we ordered in. Yeah, that's a lot of moolah. That's blowing our budget for our bellies.  

As I mentioned here we are trying to get our lives organized again, this means making a budget and sticking to it. I'm still trying to keep us on our weekly budget that I first mentioned here but $60 a week may not be realistic anymore. Once we go through our finances I will have a better idea of what we've been spending a month, it might be easier to track it monthly. I'll let ya know if we decide to increase it. This week I went to Kroger, and spent $54.56, and I went to Aldi, and spent $24.95. I only went $19.51 over my self imposed budget, but it still isn't to bad considering it should include breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

This is what we have planned at Twenty63 this week:

Friday, July 27, 2012

DIY Burlap Wreath

You may be visiting today to check out the next section in my Home Management Binder as promised here, but I'm still working on my checklist and forms. I plan on having it up and ready on Monday because I need a few more days to tweak my list.  

This week I decided to stop pinning wonderful inspiration on my down time and actually do a project that I've been wanting to complete since the beginning of the summer. Yeah, I'm slow.

I've been loving all of the burlap wreath's I've seen through the blog world and Pinterest. As soon as I laid eyes on a burlap wreath months back I knew I wanted one. Let's look at some of my inspiration:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Home Management Binder: Calendar & Contacts {Free Printables}

As I mentioned here we working on getting our house in shape, in more ways than one. For me, the most important item to cross of the list first is a new paper system. Over the past few months I have pinned a million different Home Management Binder ideas to reference at a later date. I love the idea of having everything at my fingertips, especially things I use daily/monthly. I handle all of the finances in our household and I am getting the Mr more involved so if anything every happened to me he wouldn't be a deer in headlights trying to figure out where to send our mortgage payment.

If you haven't created a Home Management Binder, or if you have one that needs a little updating, I would suggest just typing 'Home Management Binder' in Google and a ton of results will pop up. Even though I found a lot of great printable worksheets, some free some not, I decided to create my own for several reasons. (1) We don't have kids - it's just us and the dogs - so a lot of the printable forms I found listed things we didn't need like school information, chores, etc and (2) I am OCD and like my forms to match. I've made all of the forms I created available to you lovely readers (if anyone is out there!) for FREE! I love that word :)

To get started I shopped my house to get the supplies I needed:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Changing How We Live

A few weeks ago I hit a wall. I was tired and exhausted of being tired and exhausted. I was over paying bills, grocery shopping, cleaning, organizing, going to work, walking the dogs, folding clothes, washing dishes, etc. Basically, I was tired of our day to day grind and I needed a mental vacation. So, I did just that - except I still went to work. I took some time to step back and look at our over all picture and I realized one huge thing. The fault was me and me alone. I put to much pressure on myself. I don't let my husband help enough, even though he offers. For some reason I think I need to do it all. Correction, I'm slightly OCD controlling and he doesn't do things the way I do them so I automatically think it's wrong. So, basically I was making myself exhausted for no reason.

After a week of my mental vacation, I realized I'm so stressed and exhausted because we have become completely unorganized this year. We have become lazy. After several long conversations with the Mr. we've decided the make the following changes:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Who me?!?

The past few weeks I have been stuck in a rut. You could have called me a debbie downer. An emotional wreck. Ok, maybe that is taking it a little to far - but I sure enough wasn't myself. So, I haven't posted in a while because my mood was taking me for a loop.

But, last Friday, while stalking checking in on one of my favorite blogs, I saw where Nicky from Meaningful Nest nominated my little ol' blog with the Versatile Blogger Award. Say what??? Yep, you read that correctly. Shocked right? Yeah, I know - me too!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Under the Sink

I know I promised another small kitchen project in this post but when I wrote it I had a total brain fart and forgot I wouldn't be posting on July 4th. I hope everyone had a festive holiday spending time with loved ones. I will post all about our adventures for the 4th in the coming days.

Now, back to the kitchen. I will have to give a disclaimer, this blog is about to get real. Like real dirty. I was embarrassed at myself for not noticing how nasty under the sink was until I decided to attach it. When the hubs and I bought this house and moved in, under the kitchen sink was an area where I just threw cleaning supplies and happily said "I will clean that out later"...well little did I know that "later" would be almost 2 years after our move in date. So, lets just get to it.

This is what I started with, a complete and utter mess!




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Freezing My Bins Off

Obviously, this blog title has nothing to do with the weather. Here in Central Indiana it's been hot and humid, we have seen many 100+ days this past week. I really don't want to complain about the heat, honestly, the heat doesn't bother me. But, when the humidity is so high that I feel like I have asthma when I am walking to the parking garage after work, when I don't have asthma, we have a problem. That problem could be the extra love  pounds around my mid section, but lets just blame it on the humidity!

This weekend I spent sometime in the container store {L.O.V.E that place!}. They are currently having there Happy Organized Home Sale and I had my eye on a few products. So I loaded up the husband and we spent an hour plus walking up and down every aisle. I was proud of myself, I walked out with only the things on my list and within my self set budget. I swear if I didn't have a budget I would buy the entire store.

Way before I even thought about starting a blog, I was {and still am} a daily reader of Jen at IHeart Organizing, if you have never been to her blog you have to stop by - she performs magic for real! Anywho, she had a brilliant idea to use these Multi-Purpose Bins from the container store in her freezer. I loved it and knew one day it would probably come in handy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wedding Bells

"My first glance fell on your heart" - Johann F. C. Schiller

With the stress of our bank accounts (mentioned here) I completely forgot to post all about a beautiful wedding we were honored to be invited to the other weekend. On June 16th, the hubs brother, Paul, married the love of his life, Heather. They have both been married in the past so they decided to do a simple and laid back gathering at Cataract Falls in Owen County, Indiana.





We had never been to Cataract Falls before, honestly, I didn't know Indiana had waterfalls! It was a perfect weekend for an outside wedding. The sun was out, which did make it a little hot, but there was a nice breeze.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Silent Thief

The past week has been a crazy unexpected week. I had post planned out all week, so I am a little behind since none of them have been posted. Some of it I blame on the Fifty Shades series, I'm addicted I tell ya. But, most of it I blame on silent scum-balls!

Last Friday, I received a call from our Credit Union asking if me or my husband were on a shopping spree in California....we live in Indiana. I have never been to California. My husband hasn't been in California since 2005. So, no we were not on a shopping spree. But, one lucky unknown individual was having a ball at our expense. In less than 24 hours, a fraudster completely cleaned out our checking account and house savings. Leaving us broke in our main account. On a Friday. Before an extremely busy weekend which included my husband and nieces birthday, a wedding and fathers day. I wanted to scream!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Menu Monday is back...for now


Hi y'all! So, I'm trying to stay on track and keep posting Menu Monday. I'm still trying to keep us on our weekly budget that I first mentioned here and honestly I've been doing pretty good. I went grocery shopping tonight after work, which I hate to do but it had to be done, and went a little over budget spending $94.36. But, it's not to bad, I was able to stock up on some awesome meat sales Kroger was having so I am sure I have enough meat to last into next weeks menu planning. Is it just me or does meat take most of your grocery budget? It's getting crazy out there!!

I am loving my new menu board and the Mr has stopped asking me every day at 4:00 via a text message "What's for dinner?" because he is able to check it out on his way to work. One thing I have learned about posting my menu plans here is that we need to try some new recipes. I am kind of a picky eater. The Mr. will eat anything. So, I am going to be spending a lot of my free time checking out new recipes, if you have any good ones feel free to share :)

This is what we have planned at Twenty63 this week:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kitchen Addition: Menu Board

The past few post have been kitchen related - you can see where my mind has been lately!

As I've attempted to get in a regular schedule of posting on weekly menu - even though I have failed lately - I needed to find a Menu Board solution. At first, I was just writing it on a piece of paper and using a magnet to keep it on the front of the fridge. Then I started adding it straight on our calendar. This worked fine - but if we had a lot of appointments, our calendar blocks weren't large enough to handle it.

Enter the wonderful internet. I searched Etsy, Pinterest and some other great blogs for some inspiration.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kitchen Addition: Exotic Angel

Oh yeah, you read that correctly - Exotic Angel. Before you get your mind completely in the gutter, let me just break the suspense and let ya know it's a little plant :)

The hubby and I were strolling through Meijer over the weekend when this little guy stole my heart:

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Clutter Free: Kitchen Cabinets

Do you ever have those moments where you just can't take anymore? You know something has to be done. Right. That. Minute. That's how I felt this weekend and it was due to my train wreck kitchen cabinets. Somehow over the 20 months of living in our home they became a complete mess. Actually, to be honest, ever since day one they have been a mess. I've made it work. Moved things around. Moved things around again. And again. Until I gave up - until this weekend!

My biggest problem? I have to much storage. I know what you're thinking, you can NEVER have to much storage!! Coming from apartment living where we usually only had three to four kitchen cabinets, my current kitchen is a huge change. In total, I have 12 upper cabinets, 11 lower cabinets (including the island) and 8 drawers (including the island). And I'm constantly trying to figure out the best place to put all of my kitchen items like dishes, coffee cups, vases, pots & pans, etc.

I have a long wish list of items I want in my kitchen, mostly accessories as I have all of the main appliances and tools I need. But, one of the most important items on my wish list: DISHES! Somehow, in the almost 7 years that the hubs and I have been married we have lost/broken more than half of our dishes. I blame this on the 7 moves :). We went from a set that served 8 to 5 plates in total (and that's only after you combine dinner and dessert plates!). Add on the fact that neither one of us liked our dishes anymore, we were ready for a change. Our goal: find classic white dishes that we will never outgrow. The budget: find a serving of 8 under $100 (including plates, bowls, coffee mugs).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Catch Up

Memorial Day weekend is over already? I don't know where the time the going, but I can't believe it is almost June!!! Last week our computer crashed which caused me to have a mini meltdown. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully awesome brother-in-law that loves to be our own personal Geek Squad. So, he had our computer since last week up until last night. I will had to admit, without internet, I was a lot more productive :)

Our Memorial Day went by crazy fast - it didn't help that Brian had to work Friday - Sunday from 4am to 9pm. The Indianapolis 500 was this weekend and he had to pull long days since he works for the Indiana State Police. So needless to say, when Monday rolled around he didn't want to do much of anything. However, I was thankful I was able to spend Memorial Day with the best Marine I know - my husband! We took sometime to remember close friends and loved ones who served in the military, some we lost in war, some we lost in old age but all remain close to our hearts.

While he was working Saturday and Sunday I had a cook out to go to, a girls luncheon to attend and some major house cleaning/organizing. So I have a few projects to share this week.

Did you do anything for Memorial Weekend? If you have young children, did you explain the importance of Memorial Day?

I'll be back soon with some projects - hope you stick around!

Monday, May 21, 2012

When Life Gives You Bananas...

You make bread!! :)

This past weekend the Mr had to work all weekend, which is not normal for us. But, it was kinda nice to have the house to myself for one day, by Sunday I was ready to have him back :). I was cleaning the kitchen when I noticed these two lonely and extremely ripe bananas staring at me. I instantly thought of my moms banana bread recipe. Growing up to the smell of something baking in the oven was a staple in my childhood home. We had banana bread at least once a month in my house because my family loved it. So I did what any lonely woman would do...started baking! This is an extremely easy recipe.

Momma's Banana Bread Recipe

You will need the following:


I'm Still Here..

It's been a little over a week since I've posted anything and I just wanted to pop in and say I'm still here. I have a few post I am trying to finish up, I hope to get back to posting several times a week.

The past week and half has been a difficult time for me personally. Mother's Day seems to always put me in a very down/mad/sad/crazy person mood. For several reasons, but the biggest reason is the fact that my mother passed away in 2008. Even though its been several years, I'm still not 100% to the point where I can talk about it without rambling and turning into a puddle of makeup. Maybe one day. Maybe never. We shall see.

So, needless say last the past two weeks has been pretty boring in my world. The Mr tries his best to keep me busy during these days so I don't just stay in bed. But, I have a few post planned for this week so I hope you check back later to check them out!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Better Late Than Never


Hey y'all! Happy Monday Wednesday! This post is a little late but I've been busy doing nothing. Literally. And it's felt ahh-mazing :) Monday I took a personal day off from work since I had off Tuesday for Election Day {one perk of being a State employee - the random state "holidays"}. Monday I had lunch with a close friend and did nothing the rest of the day, it was pure bliss. Tuesday the hubby and I both had off, since we're both state employees, and we spent the day window shopping. Love days like that!

So needless to say, the menu plan is a little late! I did a quick trip to the grocery store today after work and I forgot my coupons so I was fully planning on blowing my self imposed $60 budget, but I am glad to say I came out only spending $56.28 {after saving $12.10 with my Kroger card}. So, this is what we have planned for this week!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Living Room Reveal

Last time we discussed the living room it looked like this. Before I started Twenty63 we completed a few changes so I am finally adding some updated picture of our downstairs living room and kitchen area. Disclaimer: I am not a photographer. At all. I am using a camera B bought me five years ago and it's nothing fancy. But, it does what I need it to do right now so it keeps me happy. It would probably help if I read the manual and found out everything it actually did but that doesn't interest me I don't have time for that.

We knew we wanted this room to be cozy and since the room gets so much natural light we didn't want to do a really light or bright color. We wanted it to be warm and lived in. Like I've said before and will probably repeat a million times, we are very neutral people. Well, let me say B is a very neutral person. I would love to play with color and textures, but we like for both of us to agree on big changes and purchases. It keeps a happy home :)

 Let's get to the good part.....

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bathroom Update

This weekend has been a busy one in our household. B hurt his neck somehow on Friday so he has been moving a little slow. I hate to see him in pain, I would much rather be the one sick, in pain, sad, etc than to see him go through it. Are you like that with your husband or boyfriend?

In between the million errands we made a stop at my sister in law's to deliver her bathroom art. I managed to take a few pictures just for you! This is a small bathroom so its hard to take a decent picture plus I was using the good old phone camera :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Living Room Progress - Part 1

When we first walked through our home we fell in love with the open layout downstairs. We loved how the kitchen and downstairs living room were open to each other.

Kitchen as of August 2010 (Realtor Picture)

Living Room as of August 2010 (Realtor Picture)
We weren't a fan of the yellow color on the wall when we walked through. We weren't a fan of the honeycomb blinds which were a cream color. But, we knew we could make it work. We moved our stuff in and lived with it for a few weeks.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One Fish, Two Fish

Happy Tuesday y'all! I hope you had a great weekend. It feels like B and I have hardly been home the last week, which is why I haven't posted since last Monday (yikes). This past weekend wasn't any different. We helped B's sister move into a new apartment. She is a single mother of two, soon to be three, kids and we spent all day Saturday helping her move and setting up her new place. Like most single mother's she is on a tight budget, so we did everything we could to help her out.

She was determined to give her kids a bathroom of their own in this apartment. We headed to Target with a mission. With two kids and a strict $30 budget we headed straight to the clearance section. We were able to find some great deals.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday


Hey y'all! How was your weekend? B and I were busy with spring cleaning, I swear it never ends.

We finally took the time to rent a Rug Doctor to clean our carpets. We have been wanting to do it for several months but I was waiting on the right time. When I checked Rug Doctor's website and found several coupons I knew it was the right weekend. We were able to save $14, only making it $50 to clean our entire house and a couch. I found a $5 mail in rebate, $2.50 off the machine, $1.50 off of cleaner and the Dollar General {where we rented it} had a $5.00 off any $25.00 purchase. So it was a great deal - it took several hours to complete but it was well worth it!

Sunday was our normal running errands and laundry - normally this includes a grocery store run but not this weekend. I am happy to say that we are still running on the grocery run we did last week when we started the self imposed $60 Challenge. One thing this taught me is B and I wasted a ton of food before. We ended up having left overs two nights last week, so that allowed for one meal to run over to this week. Also, to be fair we are still freezer/pantry shopping this week. By using what we already have on hand this is what our weekly menu plan looks like:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What's in your purse?

Earlier this year while I was reading one of my favorite blogs called A bowl full of lemons she featured a purse quiz that I have been eager to take ever since. I am not a girly girl, but I LOVE having a nice handbag. A nice handbag doesn't have to be expensive or name brand all the time, but it has to be functional to your needs. My purse is like my mobil home for real. I never leave the house without it. So, today I finally took the time to hop over to What Does Your Handbag Say About You?

According to my answers, my handbag says.....

Monday, April 16, 2012

$60 Challenge

I like to think that I always get the biggest bang for our buck. I honestly hate spending money. But, even more I hate wasting money. Last year I began cutting coupons - extreme couponing? No! But, I coupon enough to know that I was over paying for groceries seriously. I think overall it's hard shopping and cooking for just two people. I swear no matter what we do we always have left overs and we always throw food away at the end of the week.

B and I are trying to cut back expenses, mostly because we have a mile long list of things we would like to do to our house and I would much rather invest in our home than our bellies {unless it's my belly and only if it is housing a baby, which ain't happening right now, so it's time to cut back}.

So after seeing how much we spend monthly on food, including groceries, eating out, lunches out, etc I quickly realized we have a major spending problem. Even though I love to cook sometimes it's just easier with a busy schedule to grab something out. We need to get in a routine and stick to it which seems to be difficult for B and I sometimes.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Oreo Bon Bons

One of my favorite things about the internet is the ability to get inspiration and ideas from tons of talented people in the blogosphere. Recently, I stumbled across a blog called Jamie Cooks It Up! When I stumbled across the blog the other night I literally spent two hours looking at every recipe she has posted. I love finding great cooking blogs because I get so tired of cooking the same stuff week after week.

When I ran across her Oreo Bon Bon recipe I knew I wanted to try it ASAP. I'm not a huge fan of cake pops. I know they are all the rave right now, but personally I can't see taking the time to make a cake just to crumble it up and mix in a little icing. These Oreo Bon Bons are extremely simple to make and are delicious!

You will need the following:


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Coat Closet Re-do

One blog I follow on a regular basis is The Nest Effect written by Tiffany. This year she has started monthly challenges to get organized in 2012. So far she has tackled time organization, financial organization, and paper clutter. I had planned on participating in all her challenges but the first few months of the year were extremely hectic for us so I wasn't able to keep up.

The April challenge is closets and when I saw this I knew I had to make sure I followed. B and I are normally clean individuals. However, our builder basic home has a lack of storage. Well, let's back up. I think it has a lack of storage, but the truth probably is the fact that B and I don't use our storage to the max potentional. As seen below in exhibit A...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Weekend

Hey y'all! It's a beautiful Saturday in Indiana! The high is suppose to be 67 degrees but it's a bright and sunny day - I love days like this! B and I are getting ready to pack up Nevaeh and Moby to go enjoy some family time with B's mom side of the family. Every year we get together to dye easter eggs, play games, eat a delicious pre-easter meal and have a blast. His mom gives prizes for egg decorating (prettiest, most creative, etc) I can't wait - I am determined to win a prize this year! Every family function I am in charge of the sweets - I love to bake so I don't mind. I made some quick and easy recipes this time, I can't wait to see which ones everyone likes.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cleaning Out Our Junk

Is it really April already? Where has these past few months gone? I know I haven't posted in a few months but life has been a little crazy around here. Training at work took me away for several weeks, then I caught the flu which put me down for a solid week. It hasn't been pretty over here! But, I am back and ready to blog my heart out :)

I have a few things to post about since it's been forever and a day but I am going to start with our junk. Extremely interesting right? Like most houses in America we have a drawer in the kitchen with is 100% used to hold junk everything we believe is important. This drawer/counter top on any given day normally looked like this

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Blog...


Hello everyone! If you're reading this then you probably already know me, but welcome to my little place on the web. If by chance you don't know me then head on over to the 'About Me' page and lets become friends :)

I decided to finally create a blog after stalking reading several blogs daily for several years. I plan to post about everything important to me including my family, my home and my hobbies. This will be an online 'diary' of our adventures in being new home owners and slowly making this house OUR home. I will also be sharing some DIY projects, probably inspired by Pinterest, paper crafts and yummy recipes.
 
I hope you stick around as I get this blog up and running. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and hope you visit again soon!