What I’m Loving Today! #7

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.

What I'm Loving Today - Caulking the molding

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.

What I'm Loving Today - Barnstormers Home Opener

3. Kreg Jig K5

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!

What I'm Loving Today - Kreg Jig K5

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!

What I'm Loving Today - $4 wheelbarrow!

 

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!

Simple Shadow Box Jewelry Storage

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! 🙂

Simple Shadow Box Jewelry Storage

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.Image of Hobby Lobby Shadow Box

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!

My Christmas Decor for 2015

Partly due to the fact that we won’t be hosting or around much this year, our Christmas decorations are pretty minimal.  I’m loving it though!  The touch of warmth, and holiday cheer is just enough to get you in the spirit.

Of the few decorations I have out, two of them are new.

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I gravitate to more of a natural decorating scheme and I’m loving my ‘Noel’ I played hunter gatherer for.  I fell in love with this light up wooden star at Michael’s and when there was a big sale, plus a coupon, I got the normally priced star for $18 ($50 regular price).  Big plus is it’s battery operated and not electric so I can put it anywhere without worrying about cords all over the place.  I knew I wanted to spell either JOY or NOEL and decided on Noel.  Now comes the hunter gatherer part. 🙂

I found a letter ‘N’ also at Michael’s.  The white is natural and pretty and surprisingly this letter stands up on its own.  I also picked out the ‘E’ at Michael’s.  It’s more 3D and paper mache.  I wanted a different texture so with a little hot glue and twine I wrapped the letter E.  Now came the hard part.  I was literally left with NO L.

I went to a few other craft places and no luck.  I didn’t find an ‘L’ that was different than the first two letters I had.  Finally I ended up at Hobby Lobby and picked out a cool metal ‘L’ but it was too small and looked funny with the other letters.  Returned it and grabbed an ‘L’ that I knew wouldn’t stand up on its own so I also bought some little wooden blocks and glued them behind and spray painted it silver for another texture and color element.  I LOVE the way it turned out!

My moment of weakness this holiday season came when I bought this Pottery Barn Outlet Partridge in a Pear Tree Salt and Pepper shaker.  SO not me, hence the moment of weakness but I love it!  I’m secretly hoping they come out with a new one from the 12 Days of Christmas each year.

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Pear (ha, pun intended) that with some holiday scents and we are feeling pretty cozy this season!

Homemade Coffee Creamer – Easiest Way Ever!!

I’ve posted before on making my own coffee creamers.  It’s easy and adds far fewer unpronounceable ingredients than the store bought kind.  For me, it’s also a little science experiment to try to figure out what tastes good.  Well on one of those Target shopping trips where you go in to get a few things and end up walking the whole store I stumbled upon two seasonable flavors of Eagle Sweetened condensed milk and immediately thought…coffee creamer!  The two flavors are apparently seasonal but having chocolate and caramel flavored sweetened condensed milk is a no brainer.  So here I bring you the easiest homemade coffee creamer ever!

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  1. I added about a cup of my milk base of choice…I picked almond milk but you can add whatever you want or have available.  I usually make creamer with almond, soy or coconut milk because it has a longer shelf life than regular milk.
  2. I then added the 16 oz can of flavored sweetened condensed milk.  (pictured above I added the chocolate)
  3. I capped my bottle and shook for about 15 seconds until it was all mixed together.
  4. I tasted to check my desired flavor and I ended up adding a bit more milk but you can add as much or as little as you wish.
  5. I popped it in the fridge and I’m good to go for a few weeks now!
  6. Be sure to shake a bit before each use.

The bottle I use I ordered from Zulily about a year ago and it makes a perfect creamer bottle, the size is right, I can shake with no risk of leaking and the top comes all the way off so I don’t get those weird drips and make everything sticky.  I also found it on Amazon here.

 

*I have not been asked by anyone mentioned above to write nor was I compensated for this post…just sharing the love!

Surprise 70th Birthday Party – 50’s Diner Style

This past week my parents and my mom’s sister, brother and spouses have been gallivanting all over Lancaster County to celebrate my Aunt Carleen’s 70th birthday and 50th wedding anniversary.  It was my aunts idea to have them all meet up in Lancaster since it is sort of a central point for all of them coming from Ohio, New York and Mississippi.  My mom wanted to do something special so we decided to have them over for dinner at our apartment one night and throw a fun little surprise party….50’s Diner Style.

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With a few weeks to plan, I ordered almost everything I needed on Amazon and did a simple diner menu.  Tim served as the line cook and I was the waitress.  Even Penny got into the spirit.

Party Supplies:

Cat Eye Glasses

Hair Twist for my Waitress Costume

Waitress Apron

Dog Costume

Car Prop 

Side Burns

Greaser Comb

Greaser Wig

50’s Wig Brunette

Red Wig

Blonde Wig

Poodle Skirt

Straw Fedora Hat

Soda Shop Wall Clings

Condiment Caddy

Hawaiian Shirts – My Dad brought them

Bobby Socks – Girls Dept in Target

Food Baskets – Target

Coke Glasses – Dollar Store

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We had 50’s music playing and a World Series Baseball game from the 50’s playing on the TV…I think Tim found that on YouTube.  Once everyone arrived the guys went to one room to don their duds and the ladies to another.   After plenty of giggles and LOTS of photos they sat down in the ‘Diner’ to order.

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I made the menu with a combination of Google images and Microsoft Publisher.  For the Guest Check I found an image on Google and enlarged it a bit.

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Surprisingly, all the food came out sort of at the same time…good job line cook Tim! 🙂  After dinner and desserts we cleaned up a bit and had Aunt Carleen open gifts.  Nothing fancy we all just got her 70 of ‘something’ for the 70th birthday.  I took a jar and but 70 rocks in it and a candle and said ’70 Rocks!’.  Someone else gave her 70 Hershey Kisses.  Another gift was a frame with a penny with all the important dates in her life.  We also had her senior yearbook and enjoyed going through old photos and memories.

It was a great night with family I don’t see very often.

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