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:

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.

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: