Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pantry Organization.......

I have been on an organization kick these last few weeks!!  First my craft room and now my pantry!  With 5 kids it gets OUT OF CONTROL in what seems like minutes!! Today I rearranged everything and cleaned it up a bit and I know within a couple days it will look like it was never touched!  This is the place that my boys come to the minute they walk through the door.  I wish I had a video because it is seriously funny!  I hear little crinkles and I know right where they are :)  I took some pictures so that hopefully it will motivate you to do some organization too!  I love to organize!  It makes me feel like my brain can actually function!  When it is in disarray my mind is too!  Are you the same way?  Anyways I forgot to take before pics, it wasn't horrible but just unorganized.... Well here ya go!  Hopefully it will inspire you :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Craft Room Reveal!

Ok so I am doing my typical post that I seem to do once a year!  Crazy how the time slips right on by!!  Anyways much has happened in the last 11 mos! Daughter going to college and now serving a mission for our church!  My oldest son is now a senior in HS and my other boys that are growing and growing and growing!  My baby will be turning 4 next month!  What???!!!!  We have had many crazy injuries,  crazy weird medical issues that are now resolved and we are all healthy again!  WOO HOO!!  But I have also been trying to organize like a mad woman and first and foremost has been my craft room mainly because it is the first room you see when you enter our home!  So clearly that has to be the cutest room and the nicest to look at right??  Well I think I have finally gotten it right after probably 10 different ways!  My husband thinks I am a crassee lady ( in Nacho Libre voice) LOL! But really he does think I am crazy!  I change things in my house as much as our weather changes!  And guess who has to do the major moving of large items.......OH YA HE DOES!!  And ask me how happy he is when it's time to move those big heavy things..... it's kind of horrible actually.  He gets very grumpy, hehe but thank goodness he still loves me!  :)

Anyways so moving on to my craft room reveal!!  Let me start by telling you that I have searched for the perfect craft table FOREVER and either I can't afford the ones that I REALLY love or others are just not me or made for my room.  So being me I decided to figure out how to make one myself without using serious tools, only a screwdriver, gotta love that!!!!!!  Ok so I went to the good ol' Home Depot and looked around at different things and came up with my GENIUS idea, well it's genius to me, hehe!  I found two Martha Stewart 9 hole shelves that were $44.99 each and found a hollow core door (much cheaper than a solid one) for $34 and painted it bright white... Yep that's it!  The door is not even attached, it just lays on the top of the shelves in the event I have another brilliant room change idea!  I have actually thought about using Velcro to attach it but haven't done that yet...  Can I tell you how much I love the table????  It is high so that I can either stand up to it and wrap presents or lay out patterns and fabric and cut cut cut without killing my back sitting on the floor ( I know you all know that feeling) or I can pull up a stool and sew and craft away AND there's room for three other stools for my crafty friends!........  It is AWESOME!! My shelves to the right of the room are from IKEA of course and they hold EVERYTHING from fabric to scrapbooking supplies.  The cute metal turquoise piece with wheels is also from IKEA and it holds most of my ribbon and yarn and other misc stuff.    The other turquoise piece of furniture was a hideous brown piece of junk that I got for $10 at a yard sale!  So I snagged it and brought it home and slapped some paint on it and now it's adorable!  It holds all my craft books and scrapbooks and a few little handmade holders for other little misc items.  I snagged the dresser that was in one of my boy's room and it now holds yarn, Cricut stuff and stamps!  It works great!!  So needless to say I have done things in this room pretty darn cheap!  YOU CAN TOO!!  You do not need to spend tons of money on a fun room/closet/nook!  Look around your house first and see what you can use!  I can't tell you the things I have in my house that have been used for other things!!  I can't even remember all of them because they have been moved millions of times!!  But I love it because it feels like I have new furniture when I move it all around!  Ok so here are the pics!!!!!!!!  Some were taken in the day and a few at night :)

 Here is another cheap idea... A piece of smooth paneling painted with chalkboard paint!

 Found this gem of a rug at Pier 1 Imports while visiting my old home town of Newport Beach, CA for $42 on clearance!!!  Can you even take it?  I LOVE DEALS LIKE THAT!!

 Here is my wrapping paper holder that I made out of an old frame I had sitting in my garage!  I sprayed it white and attached those little circular hooks (I don't remember the name of them) all down both sides after measuring of course.   Then I put wooden dowels through the wrapping paper and then through the hooks! Very easy little project!

And here are all the other little things I talked about earlier...........
 Turquoise piece from IKEA

 Dresser from my son's room :)

 IKEA shelves

 The other set of IKEA shelves

 The other turquoise piece, you know the hideous one I told you about from the yard sale!  Sorry I should have taken a full pic of it!  It's cute!

 My little guy's favorite spot in the room, under the table!  :)


Monday, October 14, 2013

Yummy Sweet & Salty Fall Trail Mix

Today i decided to throw some sweet & salty trail mix together for the kids when they get home from school!  All that's in it is:
Pretzel sticks
Mini marshmallows
Fall colored sixlets (baking section)
Oat squares cereal
Candy corn

Mix it together and keep in a bowl with a lid so that the marshmallows stay soft! I don't have exact measurements but just put how ever many of each thing in the bowl!
That's it!  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Super Easy DIY Wrapping Paper Holder!

Super easy DIY wrapping paper holder for your wall! All you need is a fairly large empty frame, some eye hooks and dowels... (Just make sure you get the right size hooks so that the dowels fit through them) All I did was measure how big my wrapping paper rolls were and put the hooks on accordingly. I just made sure that they were measured exactly the same distance between each other so that the rolls would hang straight! I screwed in the hooks and then put my paper on the dowels and hung them through the hooks! That's it!!!! So easy and so cute on my wall!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Super Fun FHE Idea... Roasting Marshmallows Indoors!

 During a recent visit to Utah to visit family, I attended a mission farewell party that was a s'more party and it was soooo much fun!  They used these little canisters inside to roast the marshmallows!  I loved the idea and came home and told my family the idea and so we did it for Family Home Evening last week!  My boys loved it!!  We had a short lesson and then went to town on making some delish s'mores! (Make sure to put something underneath your little canisters in case they get too hot, I just used a cooling rack)
 I found these Flame Heat canisters at Dollar Tree but I have seen them in bulk at Sam's Club and Costco for around $12 I think for at least 12...Don't quote me on that for sure but it was a great deal, I know that!
Anyways we had a lot of fun with this simple activity... Hope you try it out!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Freezer Meal to Crock Pot... Garlic Pork Roast

So I felt a little ambitious today (which is a miracle) and decided to make 3 freezer meals!  I got out my great book FIX, FREEZE, FEAST and found a pork roast recipe that looked delish and went to town and let me just say that it was seriously the easiest freezer meal to make...ever!   Let me just say that if you buy meat in bulk (Costco, Sam's Club) and you love to make freezer meals then you need this book :)  It is full of yummy looking recipes if you buy in bulk!  Here is just one amazing recipe from it!
1 Pork Loin- about 8 lbs.
2 Tbl dried Oregano
1 Tbl Salt
1 Tbl Black Pepper
18 Garlic Cloves
3/4 c. Olive Oil
3/4 c. Lemon Juice
3/4 c. Water
3- 1 Gallon Freezer Bags
Mix oregano, salt, pepper in a small bowl and set aside.  Rinse and trim loin as desired.  Cut loin into 3 equal roasts.  Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, cut twelve openings 3/4 inches deep in each roast. Slice each garlic clove in half and place one garlic piece in each opening.  Rub each roast with one-third of the seasoning mixture.  Place one roast into each freezer bag.  Over each roast, measure 1/4 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. lemon juice, and 1/4 c. water.
SEAL AND FREEZE!!  That's it!!
Hope you like it!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cute office chair redo!

Office chairs are ugly... Plain and simple. So I found one years ago that was being thrown away and I snatched it up and figured out how to disassemble it and recovered it!  Well that chair became very old and loud so I replaced it with another hideous navy blue chair that I found for 5 bucks at ReStore.  I again came home and disassembled it... But the bottom of the chair was hard to take apart so I simply stapled the fabric underneath it (hopefully no one will look under there :) I love how it came out!! I did not take pics along the way... Sorry!  But you can easily take apart the top part of the chair.  They usually pop apart once you unscrew the back piece.  Seriously if I can figure this out, ANYONE can!!

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