Summer is my time to catch up on my reading list. Something about sitting on the beach or on a porch that makes it all I want to do. One of my favorite reading go to’s is the free magazines each month on Amazon Prime. Did you know it did that?
If you are one of the few people left on earth that either doesn’t know what an Amazon Prime Membership is or its benefits you can read more here. I, personally, see so much value in it’s membership from the free shipping on items to the streaming music, prime videos,books and so much more. If you are a student the membership is usually at a really big discount!
So back to the free magazines! I’ve always really liked magazines. I enjoy the casual writing style, visuals and the fact that I can knock it out in one sitting. Sometimes I get annoyed when my Dr. calls me in too early and I didn’t get enough time in the waiting room with the latest edition of Good Housekeeping or People. However, I don’t personally subscribe to any magazines currently and I think part of that is due to the fact I’m not sure I would read them all year round and I don’t like clutter! Amazon Prime to the rescue!!
Amazon Prime allows you to add a bunch of free magazines to your Kindle app each month. Pick and choose the ones you want and with a few clicks send it to the device you want to read on. You are only allowed ten magazines at a time so if there are more you want to check out you just read a few, delete them, and snag some more! You do need the FREE Kindle app to read on and you can get it on any device!
Check out the selections for this month (August 2017)
Pretty awesome right! It is totally free, they don’t charge you for the next month or bother you about subscribing or anything. It’s so perfect for travel and even reading without an internet connection. Just be sure to download your magazines to your app first then you can read without a connection. No commitment, no clutter – I love it!
P.S. They have a lot of books that work the same way!!! Enjoy!
We try to get together for a ‘girls’ weekend once a year with just my mom and sister and this year we also included my two aunts. In June, they all came to Lancaster for a few days. It’s raining babies over here on my side of the family, my brother had a baby this week and my sister is due in October. While here we surprised my sister with a little story book themed baby shower.
She isn’t finding out the gender and the nursery is taking on a story book theme so that made it easy. My mom also kept some of our childhood books that are still in good condition and were given to us as a gift so this made a perfect surprise as well. Search Pinterest for Story Book Themed Baby Shower and you’ll be totally inspired. We aren’t a fussy bunch and knew we wanted to keep in simple so here I asked everyone to bring a book and then based on the books my mom had kept, I picked a few that I knew I could make food ideas out of.
Book & Recipes: (some links are affiliate links)
My go to book to give little ones is the Monster At The End Of This Book – it even comes as a board book!
My sister asked me to make a directional sign with fictional places from stories that both her and her husband love. I surprised her by also making a bookshelf to go along with it! I can give a lot more detail on how I did both but I think that will be another post!
It’s been awhile, but I’m excited to share with you what I’m loving today – #7!
1. Caulking the molding!
This sounds so silly but it makes such a huge difference and really makes everything look so clean and perfect! I used a paintable, white, silicone caulk between the molding and wall. Really brings it all together and can help hide painting imperfections.
2. Baseball Season!
It’s here! It’s my favorite sport to watch not to mention is the one with the cutest athletes! I love the sport, the food, the atmosphere. We attended the Lancaster Barnstormers home opener a few weeks ago.
This is kind of my new obsession! If you’ve ever scoured Pinterest for DIY home stuff I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon projects that highly recommend this tool. I finally bit the bullet, bought it off Amazon, have ZERO regrets. I have four big projects going on right now that I’ll share when I’m done. All inspired by my three main DIY lady crushes – Ana White and the Shanty2Chic sisters! If you go for it – I also highly recommend getting these clamps and this giant set of pocket hole screws! They also have cheaper Kreg Jigs available but I needed some of the features that came with this one!
4. My husband
I know cheesy! I’m not a mushy, super affectionate person but this picture makes me laugh. Last weekend one of the houses across the street had an estate auction. We didn’t quite know what that meant until Saturday morning when our neighborhood was packed with cars and the auction went from 8:00am – 4:30pm. It was SO MUCH FUN! I went over a few times, got lunch at the food truck, listened to the auctioneer while working in the garage. Tim, however, was over there pretty much all day! He was so excited for this $4 purchase! Thankfully that is all he came home with!
So what are you loving today? Feel free to comment below and check out past posts about What I’m Loving Today.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Today I’m excited to share with you a very simple shadow box jewelry storage project I tackled using a shadow box I found at Hobby Lobby!
I don’t wear much jewelry. Mostly stud earrings on a daily basis but I have a few nicer earrings and necklaces that are knotted up in my dresser jewelry box. I have the grand idea that if I display them where I can see them I’ll wear them more often…totally won’t happen but it will look pretty and not be tangled! 🙂
I’ve looked at these shadow boxes a few times at Hobby Lobby. They open in the front and immediately I thought it would be a great jewelry storage idea! I was particularly drawn to this one because of the oil rubbed bronze look I keep using and I liked that the sides were glass as well. Hobby Lobby does have a ton to choose from, all different sizes and colors and, of course, usually 40% off! You can always go to their website and print out a coupon if they aren’t on sale! Most also have a fabric backing so you could also probably just tack the pins where you want them and hang some necklaces. This one I snagged for around $20 on sale.
I bought some wood trim from Home Depot and cut it down to fit the width of the box. Then I sawed slots to slide stud earrings and drilled holes for the dangly ones. I also cut a piece of trim and added hooks for necklaces. All in all it’s three pieces of trim that I spray painted with oil rubbed bronze paint and super glued into the box. This box is also great because it had a ledge to easily glue the wood to!
Overall I’m really happy with this Simple Shadow Box Jewelry Storage! It’s hanging in our closet and I see it everyday but still don’t wear much out of it. 🙂 If I were to do it again I actually might get a bigger one from Hobby Lobby. Some of the really long necklaces touch the bottom and I have more wall space in this closet than I thought!
Our new (to us) house has brought a long a lot of fun projects! We had a month between closing on the house and moving in so we tackled painting all four bedrooms, closets and hallway upstairs. We were motivated to get all this done since we had also ripped out all the carpets and making a mess wasn’t an issue! 🙂 I’m still working on painting all the closet doors from upstairs but since it’s chilly in the garage this time of year painting doors has taken a back seat to some warmer indoor projects.
Going for an easy win…I decided to give the dining room a transformation this winter.
As you can see our house has a lot of wood trim, which we like, but it does make things look really dark! So I decided to paint the wainscoting in white first and then see how that looked against the window trim. First, I sanded it and then painted three coats of primer (2 coats of Sherwin-Williams Multi Purpose Latex Primer and 1 coat Glidden Gripper Primer) I love Sherwin-Williams paint but the primer just didn’t seem to be cutting it so the guy at Home Depot talked me into the Glidden. I personally think three coats of primer will cover anything so I can’t tell if it really made a difference or not. Anywho…after priming I did two coats of Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic and that was it for the wainscoting!
Next was picking the wall color! We knew we wanted to lighten the room up in general and get away from the yellow tones. Our house has a lot of yellow toned walls which makes the wood seem more ‘woody’. We picked up a few sample cards from Sherwin-Williams and we decided to go with Colonial Revival Gray in their Emerald paint since we didn’t think that locked us into a real blue or green color scheme. For those that haven’t tried Sherwin-Williams paint…it’s like butter! We tried other top rated brands when painting our whole upstairs and nothing compares. It’s a little more expensive but I have never not had a coupon for at least 30% off and the people at the store are the most helpful and friendly people you can work with!
I am learning to be patient but I did have my moment of panic. I did the edging in the Colonial Revival Gray and it was looking too blue and kind of dark so I tried our master bedroom color and another bedroom color and called my sister to get her opinion. We agreed to stick with it and maybe after all the yellow was covered it would look better. Of course it did!
Two coats later and we are good to go! Last step was to change out the electrical outlets and switches to white and install our new lighting fixture, which I got from Wayfair. We are going for an oil rubbed bronze fixture look throughout the house and this one looks great without being too trendy and gives off great light. Certainly beats the church brass look with burnt out light bulbs our other one had. Our last step will be to change out the flooring (rugs in dining rooms is so weird to me) and eventually update the window treatments. Currently, we are planning a whole reconfiguration of the downstairs living area and the flooring and window treatments will probably be addressed then.
Last thing to do is get something on the walls. This is where I have the hardest time committing. Right now I’m leaning towards making something like these mirrors from the girls at Shanty 2 Chic. What do you think?