Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Have a safe fun Halloween! We're going to attempt to take Miniboss Trick or Treating... If she's too scared we'll just let her run around in her costume at the park today :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Thumb Tack Project

I got lots of stuff done while I had time this weekend, Novembers supposed to be a very busy month for us so I wanted to get some small cute projects I had in mind out of the way.

I had this amazing idea to do "MR. & MRS." for the back of our black IKEA desk chairs after i pinned this from my Pinterest. But I didn't want to ruin the chairs if my idea didn't pan out so I decided to try it out on Minibosses little chairs to see how I'd like it before I ruined our good stuff lol.

Here's what her table and chairs look like.

I designed this on Photoshop.

Miniboss has two small chairs from IKEA for her art table and since I only have one kid, the second one will be & GUEST. Heheh :) But if you have two little ones you could do both their names!

I printed it out, cut them up, and taped them to the back of her chairs.

I used plain ol thumbtacks I got at Walmart for .97 each. I ended up using almost 2 whole packs for this little project.

I marked out how wide the thumbtacks were so they wouldn't overlap on the letters, then i took a thumbtack to press down on the marks to leave an indentation. Like so...

Then I took off the sign. It'll look like this.

Then I took the thumbtacks and push them in the holes as far as I could, and used a hammer to hammer them in the rest of the way. Some got bent, some broke, some hurt my thumbs lol. It was harder then I thought it was going to be. The Thumbtacks didn't all line up like they were supposed to lol. Doh'!

At first I was like crap, this is horrible it's not working. But then as I got a couple of letters done, it was looking better and better even though some thumbtacks were all crooked.

You can see it's not perfect at all!!.... But it's grown on me now and I LOVE IT!!!

I was going to paint over her little table and chairs if I didn't like the thumbtacks..but I love the way it is now and decided I'm not going to paint over all her crayon and marker marks. It's her things, she should have some creative say :)

I also realized after I did her name that the "&" sign was going to be too hard to do with thumbtacks so I just took a sharpie and hand drew it on the chair.

I'm glad I took the time to do this on Miniboss's chairs first! It turned out super cute, but I also realized that I'm not going to be able to get the writing perfect for our chairs so I'm not going to do them for us. I guess I could always use upholstery tacks and maybe those are stronger? Hmmm.. I'll keep that thought in the back of mind :)

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Pinterest Challenge @ Ana White
Pinterest Challenge @ Young House Love
Pinterest Challenge @ Bower Power Blog
Pinterest Challenge @ House Of Earnest

Friday, October 28, 2011

$1.50 off any mars candy coupon

There's a $1.50 off any mars candy (9.4 oz or larger) coupon at! Great coupon if you haven't stocked on candy yet..which we haven't. I always wait for a good deal :)

Toys R Us

M&M/Mars, Hershey Candy $1.99
Use the $1.50/1 Mars printable coupon
Final Price: $.49!


Fun Size or Snack Size Candy, $1.99 with in-add coupon
Use the $1.50/1 Mars printable coupon
Final Price: $.49!


Hershey’s, Mars or Nestle Snack Size Bags, $2.00
Use the $1.50/1 Mars printable coupon
Final Price: $.50!


You can print it two times per computer.

Theres even a $1.00 off Herseys coupon here. that makes it .99 at Walgreens this week!


The wall above the tv is completely naked and I already have too many picture frames up so I added a simple wall art of butterflies.

I used pins to tack them to the wall, but I'm sure you could use tape or scrapbook dots if you don't want that many holes in your walls. I just got a great deal on the pins at Target so I used them instead.

I printed out this Butterflies PDF and colored them in in Photoshop to get the black color and printed them from my printer.

This project cost me .30 cents for the pins. Simple and easy, it just took some time to cut them out by hand. But they are so cute and they flap their wings a little when the fan is on or we have the windows open!

MADE has this same idea but she uses bats for Halloween! I've had my butterflies up since my sister visited us though but never got around to posting them. Oops hehe. Guess great minds think alike!

And yes, that is Carebears on the tv lol. Just being real when there's a kid in the house :)

Also I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all the new followers of our little blog! We're happy to have made new friends this past month :)

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Walking Dead

Because we loveee zombies around here, I turned the baby and I into ZOMBIES!

I'm not the only one obsessed with Zombies right? Usually I'm not the zombie though, I always imagine that I'd be a survivor...but for Halloween sake, we'll be zombies. I asked the hubby if he wanted to be a zombie but he says he'd rather be a ninja lol. I guess he doesn't realize that when the world ends, my extensive knowledge of zombies will save us.

Rule 1: Cardio: This one comes up in Zombieland and clearly makes alot of sense. How many fat people do you see at the end of the world when its zombies doing the ending?

Rule 2: Beware of Bathrooms: Really not just bathrooms any good apocalyptic zombie survivor should know better then going into a bathroom, small closet or any other small room with only one way in or out. Only thing stupider to go into then a bathroom is a movie theater. Lots of places to run around before you get eaten.

Rule 3: Seatbelts: Its a safe bet unless your a complete dumb dumb ( see rule #7 ) your not going to be hoofing it on foot in the event of a zombie outbreak. So when travelling on four wheels wear your seat belt. Nothing worse then finding yourself ejected out of your car into the loving and oh so hungry arms of zombies.

Rule 4: Doubletap: Carrying a gun is a great idea but it should never be your primary weapon. When you do end up using it for that last minute 'oh s***' moment remember to double tap. Its an emergency and thats why your using it and not your cricket bat so why skimp? One bullet more in the head will go a long way to ensuring your survival.

Rule 5: No Attachments: This is a tough one but you can not have attachments. If you got kids or a wife your less likely to survive then the gal or guy who has no attachments and nothing slowing him or her down. Or worse yet making bonehead decisions like 'going back into the room'

Rule 6: Travel in a Group: The best way to increase your odds of survival when travelling in a zombie outbreak is to make sure your a traveling buffet. Going it alone gives the zombies no choices but to eat you. Going it with the old man with the limp, the little kid who cant run and the middle aged woman with the plastic leg gives the zombies more options and you better odds you can run away faster then they can.

Rule 7: Keep the Dumb Dumbs Close at Hand: One of the most sure fire ways of making sure you survive is keeping the less intelligent as close at hand as possible. When you find somebody who asks you 'Whats going on? What Happened? Those are the ones you want with you. That way when the zombies come they are likely too dumb to realize its not Amway calling and run.

Rule 8: Kill with Efficiency: Its not about pretty its about efficiency. Alot of folks run for the gun cabinet where as the truly savvy go looking for the most blunt and effective way to destroy the brain. That can be anything from a baseball bat... to a toilet lid! Kill with Efficiency... dont use weapons that need something to work and use weapons you can swing over and over and over again. You dont tend to run into 1 zombie at a time.

Rule 9: Guns Are for Hunting, Not for Zombie Killing: This one is simple. Guns need bullets. When your running who has time to stop for bullets? Keeping a shotgun with buckshot on hand is important but only when your pinned in and need a quick getaway. Its not a proper means for killing zombies as they run out of ammo and need reloading. Remember a Cricket Bat, or Toilet Lid do not need loading!

Rule 10: Be Quiet: Its the end of the world as you know it so try to avoid squeeling like a 4th grade school girl and perhaps invest in some good sneakers. Nobody said you have to kill all the zombies and there is certainly no shame in sneaking around and surviving versus tearing around like a madman and ending up being an undead happy meal.


Gotta love Zombieland! BTW who's excited for Halloween and Sundays new episode of Walking dead?! :)

Easy Artwork

It's rainy and cold out which means no park today..Guess that means water coloring! Miniboss is playing with her waterpaints and I'm playing with mine lol.

I water painted on some plain paper framed them in old frames I had laying around and used dry erase markers to draw on the glass of the frame. Makes for some easy artwork.

Here's what it looks like after the water paints.

And the magic comes with the dry erase marker! best part is if I mess up I just wipe it clean and start over.

It would be fun to water paint some simple shapes and go back and draw silly faces on them everyday and have the little one help you!

Simple free artwork for the home on a rainy afternoon :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A desk update

Here's where we left off.

We finally got the shelves up!

And that's it. lol.

I still have to..
Sew cord covers
Paint shelves white

The magazine files are up because that's how we gauged how high to put the second half shelf. The speakers may or may not stay..I'm still undecided. I'm just glad we finally got the shelves up! We had a deployment scare last week and I wasn't sure if I should be putting more stuff up on the walls if the hubby was going to be deployed. But we got the good news that he's not going so up went the shelves :)

Tips for the Home: Simple Fall Decor

Another mason jar decor idea. :) All you need are rocks, tea light candles, old mason jars, and a pumpkin or two. So simple, and would make such a cute center piece for thanksgiving. It would be even better if you could get your hands on some fall leaves and scatter them around the table as well.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Themed Gallery Wall

I printed out collected pictures of Halloween and changed out all our normal photos. After Halloween I just toss the prints and put back in our photos. A free and cute project to get the house ready for Halloween without spending money :)

Spooky Nails

Don't really get into the holiday spirit? Well maybe these will change your mind.

Hehehh okay they might not be spooky..but we are so ready for Halloween anyway! :)

Another good mail day

The August giveaways are definitely starting to trickle in now through both USPS and Fedex. I got another package today and a couple in the mail yesterday.

You can buy it here for $16.00 at Barney's New York. I tried it out on our feet, looks super a watermelon coral color.

And this showed up via USPS.

I haven't tried it out yet but it looks like all my other lipsticks. I tend to stick to lighter pinks.


Anyway I have won tons of stuff this year through this

ohhh and these...

and we can't forget this one from last week.

My makeup case is getting pretty full! & yeap all free just because I took the time to join those "useless" giveaways :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bossayy & Parker

We've had our pumpkins for a couple of weeks now, and it was about time we took some pictures with them!

(We just took a bath for Parker and he wasn't fully dry so he looks like a rat still lol.)

He's posing like a cat :)

There we go, a good shot of him.

But only one..because then Miniboss wanted to hold Parker.

She loves to hold him! After we were done taking pictures outside we ran back in to roll around in bed and let Parker finish drying off.

There, nice and fluffy again! Parker the one eared dog :) His ears are so big they flap around everywhere lol. Lazy Monday for us, hope everyone had a more productive day!

Tips for the Home: Make your own Dish Detergent

I run the dishwasher everyday. it saves me so much time and I dont have dishes piling up in my sink. the only downside is that I go through a ton of dish detergent! I googled up some diy dish detergents and set out to make my own. The supplies cost me $12. thats about 48 loads of dishes I would get with our normal Cascade packs. As long as I get 48 loads out of this mix I'd be breaking why not give it a try?

1 box Pure baking soda
1 box Super washing soda
1 box Borax
1 Lemishine
24 packs of Lemonade Koolaid (or any sugar free lemonade or citrus acid)

(In my mix I used both packets of sugar free lemonade koolaid and a target brand sugar free lemonade mix..just because our store didn't have enough koolaid packets in stock)

All you do is mix all the ingredients (besides the Lemishine) together and its ready to use. You add a teaspoon of the Lemishine to the bottom of your dishwasher every wash. I've done 15 loads of dishes already and it works just as good as our old cascade did. I just fill up the Main wash with two table spoons of the powder mixture and close the lid and sometimes if the dishes are extra dirty I put a little into the prewash as well.

Other recipes online don't call for baking soda but I've been finding all uses for it so I figured why not?! lol

I found all the ingredients at Target and Walmart in the laundry aisle, you'd be surprised to find that homemade laundry soap has all the same ingredients as homemade dish detergent minus the Lemishine and lemonade koolaid. In place of those you add a grated bar of Zote soap! I have to try making that next..but I have 6 bottles of laundry detergent thanks to couponing to go through first!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Target Clearance Costumes

Head's up, there's a great deal on baby and toddler costumes at Target. If you haven't already gotten the babies one yet this would be a good place to find one for cheap :)

Link Here :)

Happy Sunday guys! I just bought the wood for our desk shelves from Lowes..can't wait to get them up.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Throw back post: A Couple of My Before & Afters





Paint can do wonders for wood if you step outside the staining box.

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DIY Fake Makeup for Kids

I saw this on Pinterest and knew I had to make some fake blush for the Miniboss. She always steals my blush and then gets it everywhere! This last week there was a great deal on makeup at cvs and I ended up getting 8 free Covergirl blushes.

I used a knife to take out the blush tray and then just poured in a little OPI Nail polish.

I let it dry overnight to make sure it wasn't sticky and that's it!

She thinks it's makeup and I don't have any clean up or worries :) I just hand her the fake blush and it keeps her busy while I get ready. I think I might have to make some fake eye shadows and other ones too because it came out so realistic and cute!

EDIT: Ohhhh I found an old MAC Studio Fix and cleaned it out and used a shimmer polish to make concealer/bronzer. I do realize I could turn it in to MAC to recycle and get free products but it has a mirror and I know my kiddo will enjoy it :)

So don't throw out your makeup cases just because it's empty, you could turn it into some fun fake makeup for your girls!

Did I ever tell you how much I loved Pinterest?! hehe

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Don't you love getting mail?

I do. I love it even better when I'm having a blah day and something awesome comes in the mail to make your day better!

But what makes it even one step up to AWESOME?! When you have no idea what it is..

I got this by fedex this morning. No clue what it is, but it's from New York and addressed to me. It could only be great because's from NEW YORK right? It's obviously not something lame (like bills) because it's not addressed to my husband lol.

Well what is it?

Yeap. A huge bottle of Marc Jacobs Oh Lola perfume. An $88 perfume bottle if you purchase it from Sephora.

Best best best thing? I got it FREEEEE! I spent the entire month of August joining every giveaway I could and now they are starting to trickle in! :) You never know if your gonna win until you get a random package at your front door. Who says giveaways are a waste of time?! I have a bottle of Oh Lola that says otherwise ;)

I'm excited to see what else will be coming in the mail!
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