Picky Eaters are tough – here’s an idea!

Just a quick post…
Parents to VERY picky eaters will get me, but I feel like I’ve conquered the world! Okay maybe that’s a bit over the top.

I prep my picky 8 year old’s pb&j’s at the beginning of each week and then throw them in the freezer for a quick grab in the morning for his lunch. After some experimenting I’ve finally discovered adding about 1 tbsp. of milled chia seeds is hidden and he hasn’t noticed a bit! My child gets a super food in his lunch AND doesn’t complain? Success. Woot!
#wickedexcited #pickyeaters

(Tip: add the peanut butter first, sprinkle the chia seeds and then spread the jelly on top of that…helps it all blend well.)

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Bring Life Back Into Your Kitchen – Guaranteed your friends will be JEALOUS!

So….hate is a strong word, and my kids aren’t allowed to use it, but between you and me, I HATE my fridge. It’s old, ugly and too small. Because I have an inside voice yelling at me to be creative daily AND I had a few hours to myself I potentially lost my mind and PAINTED MY FRIDGE! Yep, sure did, and with tinted chalkboard paint no less! Can I tell you that my old hated item in my kitchen has now become the focal point and EVERYONE comments on how great it is the second they walk in?

Okay, here’s how I made this happen:

Materials Needed:

  • Chalkboard Paint (Purchase or make your own – I bought mine, Valspar tintable chalkboard paint – $13ish )
  • Roller – medium size works best
  • tack cloth
  • painters tape (this is a must for clean lines)
  • drop cloth
  • Sand Paper/Sander (i LOVE my new orbital Dewalt sander from my Father-in-law)

Once your fridge is done and you decorate with chalk it wipes right off with a lightly damp rag. So Great!

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Our Refrigerator – ugly, cluttered and just “blah”

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Not going to lie, it looks a bit better with all of our crap off of it. Still no show-stopper.

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Wondering how to remove the handles? Just peek around and under the freezer and main doors – you’ll see them. They remove fairly easily with a phillip screwdriver.

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I also removed the “Frigedaire” logo jobber, but you could certainly tape around it. Once the project was finished I simply glued it back on with my favorite glue (E6000)

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Materials Needed for sanding: 1. Orbital sander – yes, you can do this by hand, but lord all mighty that’s a lot of work! 2. Sand discs

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This is what it should look like after sanded down

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After the 1st coat – DON’T PANIC….I promise. You will want to do two to three coats. Let each coat dry an hour in between.

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Final product after 3 coats

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With such a funky fridge color I couldn’t put the old ugly standard handles, so instead I found these beauties just sitting in my drawer yelling at me to be used! And so I did. Sanded them down, painted white, sanded a bit after the white dried, and then sanded them gently down to have a shabby chic appearance. Yes, I had to drill new holes in the fridge, which is completely fine because that strip area where the handles go is solid.

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Handles attached, paint has cured for 24 hours…..love it already! And now….let’s add some accents.

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Added different “frames” out of chalkboard. Some ideas are: – Emergency Contact Info (for sitters) – Upcoming Events/Invites – Coupons – Stuff to keep that you don’t know what to do with – Kids recent artwork

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The left side of our fridge and most used! I added the “upcoming events” section and fun photos

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Front view of the fridge – where I’m keeping coupons and kids art

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The right side of the fridge that faces the back door so virtually unseen hold all the stuff/deadlines, sitters numbers, etc. that we need to throw on the fridge but don’t really “need” to be reminded of it daily.

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Overall I’m very pleased with our new fridge. It accents our room very well and makes it appear MUCH cooler than it really is!

Light Box Finally Set up!

My sister got me a portable light box for Christmas and today I finally got it all set up! I’m super stoked!!!

The one I got you can find it here“&gt from Limo Studio
(I just checked and right now it’s discounted to a great buy!).

In case you’re looking for something to take great photos this is a steal online and definitely works for my needs!

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Easy way to start (and keep up) A Smoothie Routine

imageFor the last month and a half I’ve been doing a morning smoothie routine…and I have to admit I’ve really enjoyed and and been surprised that I’ve maintained the routine! Here’s the overview of what I do:

1. I Prep on Sunday for the upcoming week. – this week Smoothie routine liberate creativityI used blueberries, raspberries and bananas. – in a sandwich size ziploc bag fill half of the bag with fresh fruit, release all the air air and seal the bag. This method will set the correct height/width to fit in the magic bullet easily. (I made 10 bags – I love to have a smoothie each morning and then another one for a late night snack).

2. Place a big scoop of dried kale in the bottom of the Magic Bullet (my homemade dried kale instructions in a later post).

3. Grab a Baggie of the frozen fruit bag and throw in the magic bullet. (Omit the Baggie :) )

4. Fill the Magic Bullet with cold water.

5. Tighten the lid and start the blending. I blend for about 2-3 minutes. This is super yummy, so easy and full of nutrients! Enjoy!

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Quick Project – K Cup Holder, Yes Please!

I got a Keurig 2.0 machine for Christmas from my mother-in-law….I’m. In. Love.

But I needed a place to hold the keurig k cups. A quick piece of scrap pallet, a few holes and a wire hanger and I’ve made a fun holder that hangs snuggly right next to my new love. See photos below:

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The completed project

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A 1 1/2 inch “hole maker jobber” (that’s the technical term, but I think some people call them spade bits).

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Spray painted with flat grey paint. Once dried I added a quick white wash.

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I free handed “Yes Please” on the top to add a bit of flare.

Crazy CVS deals today!

Who doesn’t love a great deal, right? I had to share this sweet deal I found today at our local CVS.CVS deals

Found the following items:

1. Salma Hayek Nuance Shampoo and Conditioner bottles. Original price $7.99, on clearance for $1.94 each! And it all counted towards the weekly deal if you purchase $15 worth of hair products you earned $5 ECB (extra care bucks)! So the total for 5 bottles at $1.94 was $9.70! (Savings of $30.25)

2. Salma Hayek Flax seed hair therapy serum on clearnce for $3.24 (original $12.99), so $6.48 for 2, and a savings of $25.98

3. 2 CVS brand spray body moisturizers On clearance for $2.99 each

My total:

+ $9.70

+ 6.48

+ 5.98

– $5.00 ECB

– $1.50 off any lotion (printed from cvs machine in the store when I scanned my card)

= $22.26 (original $75.91, so a savings of $53.65).

Rock. It. Out.

(Please note that not all CVS’s have the same clearance prices and that not all Selma Hayek products were 75% off, but definitely worth checking it out).

Bungee the Fridge

We inherited our fridge when we bought our house 8 years ago, and with the challenges of an 80 year old house the idea of getting a brand new amazing, phenomenal fridge has steadily declined to a “want” and certainly not a need. That being said, it’s old. I have plans to paint it to at least spice it up a bit, but it had other plans and the door shelves decided to snap off…yep, all three of them (as our 4 year is holding the broken shelves, hiding in the corner swearing he didn’t have anything to do with it). Well, instead of pouring money into a fridge I hope will one day soon die I drilled two holes on each side of the shelves, added the bungee cords….and voila!

Bungee cords can fix just about anything

Bungee cords can fix just about anything

Framed Fridge

I despise my fridge. It’s too short, it’s blah white and old. Not like fun vintage old, but just normal ‘white fridge syndrome’ old. Because I have an obsession with painting I had to do something to spice it up, but I’m not quite ready to dive into painting the whole thing, although I’ve considered chalkboard paint or covering the whole think with cork board as that could turn out sort of snazzy.

At any rate I decided to funkify it a bit and add some organization to the side of the fridge by painting old frames, adding magnets to the back and placing them on the side of the fridge most visible when walking into the kitchen. This quick-fix certainly doesn’t make the fridge appear to be an incredible, dream-like side by side refrigerator (see below…yes please!!!) but it helps give it a little pick-me-up.

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Spice up your table! Subway Art Dining Room Table!

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I generally work on projects that I can “move” to the garage in case they don’t turn out as expected….but THIS time I thought BIG and knew I couldn’t mess up!

My dining room table was purchased about 10 years ago. It’s the ‘high table stool’ style, and I don’t necessarily love it anymore, but it works. I decided it’d be fun to repurpose it from a sore spot with tons of scratches to a discussion piece!

Tools I used:

  1. Paint: Black
  2. Stickers: vinyl
  3. Exacto knife
  4. polyurethene

Table before:

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Step 2: Came up with various phrases for the table (my specifics below)

  1. 10.26.06 (My son’s birthday)
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. “Hold you me” (fav son’s line at age 2)
  4. Wrestling
  5. Ball State
  6. Snuggle time
  7. Engagement date
  8. wedding date
  9. Family rules (Trust, respect, no elbows on the table, etc.)

Step 3: Purchased vinyl stickers in a variety of sizes

Note: Regular stickers do NOT work as well! Vinyl stickers work and peel off perfectly….other regular letter stickers make you want to go postal!

Step 4: Apply the stickers

Step 5: Press the stickers down with fingers to ensure a secure stick

Step 6: Paint on top of stickers (2 coats)

Step 7: Once dry, peel stickers (this takes time! Invite some friends to help! Thanks Heather and Caroline for the assistance!)

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Step 8: Once peeled, polyurethane the top! I applied 3 coats to ensure a decent job.

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Enjoy!

Such a fun conversation piece….plue, t