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Friday, August 22, 2014


Here we are, week two of my Back to School Project. Aren't these just the cutest little embellished mason jars? So many possibilities, I just don't know how I'm going to use them yet. They could be vases, or little tea light luminaries for my patio table, or Sugar Baby holders, or pencil/pen/glue stick holders for my desk. Seriously, the possibilities are endless.

So, let's get to the nitty gritty. I spent zero dollars or cents on this project. Want to know why???


Yeahhhhh.......I'm a jar and scrapbook paper hoarder. Haha! I haven't bought scrapbook paper in ages AND I haven't saved a jar in months besides Classico Pizza Sauce and Pesto Jars (I'm working on my hoarding tendencies). I love love love Classico because their packaging is genius! Who doesn't appreciate a mason jar. I buy Classico pizza sauce more than I should because I love having mason jars in my pantry.



Getting on with it, I gathered my supplies and got down to business.




So easy. Just a little glue stick, a ruler, wash tape, and twine. This project was so easy, I kinda feel like I cheated. Oh well, It'l make up for the sewing I have planned next week. I don't use patterns so beginning my sewing projects always takes a little more brain power that I anticipate.

Let's just look at my cute jars one more time.



Love them! What have you made this week?? Show me your projects using the hashtag #brokegirlcrafting on Instagram.
Monday, August 18, 2014

I am so excited about this challenge! We are on a tight budget right now, but I love my projects AND there's a new Hobby Lobby in town. What's a DIY girl to do??

I've challenged myself to do a project a week for the next six weeks using only the supplies I have on hand. I am going to allow one trip to the Goodwill for 2 or three mens shirts for one project, but thats's it! Haha. It should only cost me a few bucks so, in my cheater mind, does't count. Right?

I started last week and while it might not seem like a big deal to most people, it was huge to me. I have been putting off hanging a bunch or pictures back on our walls after painting. I sucked it up and got it done. Well, kind of. There are still more to hang, but the point is, I got the important ones done. Yeah, let's go with that.


I returned Wade's favorite RSO awards and rank patches to the wall by the front door (pic,bottom right hand corner). It was a challenge because I wanted them all in a perfect rectangle and at a good height. I am very pleased with how it turned out. In the loft, I allowed Wade's Adam Corolla signed poster to grace the TV wall (pic, top right hand corner). Haha. Also in the loft (pic, left), I recovered some frames from the garage and hung the girls school awards from last school year. I always want them to be reminded that hard work pays off and doesn't go unnoticed.

Overall, I am happy with the status of the pictures right now. I'm sure there will be more picture hanging in the next six weeks.

Since, I am not buying supplies for projects, I am somewhat limited in what I can do. I have plans to make some aprons, redo a canvas we used to have hanging in our family room, repurpose some frames and make them pretty so I won't mind them hanging on the walls (haha), sew new pillow covers for the living room couch, and more.

Keep checking back over the next five weeks to see what I've managed to do without spending money on crafting/DIY supplies. It's going to be fun!

First Day of School 2014




As a stay at home mom, I love love love the first day of school. I am definitely not one of those moms that wishes she could be with all of her children all the time. Haha. The break from each other does us well.

This first day started like all the others we've had together. Rylee and Emma leave for the first day with their mom and it's just me and Tuesday at our house. Then in the afternoon, I get to pick up all the girls from their first day. It works out nice for both set of parents. We each get a piece of the first day.

Tuesday and Rylee no longer go to the same school, so there is one more stop for me on my days. Rylee started 9th grade at one of our local high schools. She didn't seem too excited about it when she got in the car after school. Luckily, it's gotten better every day since. Well, except for last Thursday maybe. She started PE. This girl has not had a real PE class in her life. It was a bit of a rude awakening. Haha. She'll survive and it will be good for her.

Emma Wade started 4th grade. She is happy and got the teacher that she had hoped for. Fourth grade looks like it's going to be more homework and more responsibility. I am so happy about that. I love picking her up and hearing about her day. She's still awesome at telling me all about her day. Not like the big girls who usually answer "fine" when I ask how their day was.

My Dolly, Tuesday, started 9th grade at WCA High School. The girls middle school expanded to high school for this year and I chose for Tuesday to attend. It's a lot of work and an accelerated pace. It's going to be very time consuming, but I know Tuesday can handle it. She says that school gets better and better each day. As a mom that expects a lot of her, I love hearing that.



Wade and I took the time to have our own little First Day of School celebration at one of my favorite places in the whole world.....Starbucks! Yay!



And then, the love of my life, finally went back to work. After his yearly one month summer vacation, he had surgery for a hernia. Poor guy. He really suffered during early recovery. Thank goodness for Norco! It was a lot of fun watching him on drugs. Haha. This was his second hernia surgery and he said this recovery period was easier than the first time. So, that's good. Finally, he's back at work and I got the best selfie on a court day. He know I love him in a suit. I call him "White Collar Wade" or "WCW" on those days. I drool. But, that's just me. (P.S. He's gonna be embarrassed when he see's that I posted this pic)



So, here I am, just me and Rosie hanging out and getting chores done.


I am looking forward to this school year. I'm looking forward to the Fall and the Winter and all the things that come with them. I've got big plans for the coming weeks. Stay tuned for that.
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Summer Catch Up

It has been an infinitely long summer. Wade has been off since June 20th. We've been on a Caribbean cruise, my beloved Daisy dog got sick and passed away, we painted the entire downstairs of our house (well, almost), installed a much needed ceiling fan into our family room, went to Sea World and the Orange County Fair with the girls, Wade even had hernia surgery, we adopted a new chihuahua puppy, put in a doggie door for our new Rosie, and hung out with friends and family.

Oh and I went to jury duty and was excused after two days. But, in big news for my son.....He graduated RSO Correctional Academy and is now working in one of our county jails. I am so proud of all his hard work.


And then he moved out. Boooo! Haha. It's really weird to me that he's so grown up and on his own.

Some cruise pics for you.





We purchased no official cruise ship pictures. Haha. We knew there would be none we liked and we were right. Whatever. We had a great time and I loved it. Definitely something I want to do again really soon.

AND, right before we left on our cruise vacation we got our family photos back. I love them so much.






Summer ends for the girls on Monday. Yay for the First Day of School! Wade goes back to work on Tuesday and Rosie and I will be alone. I'm looking forward to starting a few projects. My goal is a project a week for the next 6 weeks using only the supplies I have on hand. Let's see how that goes. I can't wait to start.

I'll be back soon.
Monday, June 9, 2014

A Six Kid Weekend

It really is a miracle when I am able to get all six of our kids together. I think the last time that happened was Christmas Eve. AND, it only seems to be for one day at a time. Oh well, I cherish that one day regardless. It's always my kids that make it so hard. Tyler is working, Travis and Trevor live 100 miles away, and Trevor always seems to have baseball games every weekend (and I don't want him to miss those).

When we have all six kids together, Wade and I try and think of something fun to do. We decided on a Wii Bowling tournament. Tyler and Trevor made it better and rearranged our living room into a bowling alley. We had so much fun laughing at and cheering for each other. Tyler took the big prize of bragging rights and false hillbilly teeth.



I have been wanting a family portrait of our blended family for quite some time and I was finally able to make it happen this weekend. Again, I had a small window to get it done in, but we did it. Saturday morning at 8am we met our photographer, Jolynne, at the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside.



She was fantastic and made us feel as at ease as possible. Besides Rylee and Emma, none of us are spontaneous, loose people and so we needed a lot of direction. Haha. The architecture of the building is gorgeous and Jolynne found all the best spots for us.

I have my fancy moments, but for the most part, I am not a fancy girl. I wanted this portrait to portray us for who we are and not just "that one day we got dressed up" so, I asked everyone to just wear something they normally wear as long as it was solid and not have crazy writing all over it. Tyler took that to mean, "please wear your neon Seattle Seahawks socks".  Hahahaha


I can't wait to get the pics back and be able to share them.


The reason we had to shoot at 8am was because my Travis was going to his girlfriends Prom that evening and we had to get him back to Torrance as early as possible.

I have yet to be able to participate in a Prom with my kids because they've always been so far away. Tuesday will most likely be my only opportunity. Travis is the best though and sent me a couple pictures. Travis and Shelby are just the cutest couple and I love them.



He said he had a great time and even DANCED! I'm glad he got to go to a Prom. It is something every kid should be able to experience.

Wade and I have 13 more days until our vacation and I am finally starting to get excited. We booked this last October so it didn't really seem real until recently. We've made our lists (I *love* lists) and are counting down! Woo Hoo!!

That's it for me. Have a great day!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SUMMER!!!!!



Well, it's officially summer at Lenton House. And doesn't Wade look so happy? He still has 18 days until his summer vacation starts. The girls finished up school last friday and yesterday was their first day home.

It went pretty well. Rylee and I went through the list of $1 movies at our local movie theater. Rolled our eyes at all the baby movies and put two thumbs up for the ones we want to see. The Lego Movie is at the top of that list. Great, now I'm singing "Everything is awesome!" in my head.

The girls played in their rooms, messed up said rooms, and hung out in the loft reading and playing video games.

Tuesday on the other hand was handed her summer geometry homework and informed that she will be attending a summer class at school that she was invited to. Not the happiest of summer campers was she. Haha. She got over it because she knows me well enough to know *OPTIONAL is MANDATORY* in my house.

Emma and Rylee are learning this lesson this summer as well. Rylee is switching to a new high school next year where the incoming freshmen have no summer homework. Oh the horror! Wade and I decided that she would have to read a book of our choosing. She didn't much care for that so her and I compromised on three books that she would read from an author that she currently loves. Score! Emma's school encourages the kids to keep up with math during the summer online. I just made that mandatory. It's time for this super smart girl to learn that super smart girls learn year round. I did however, make her a cute chart to keep track of the days she needed to do math just to make her feel better about it.



Our Spring/Summer Garden is coming along nicely.


We've already pulled three zucchini's off the plants and another two are just about ready. There are a ton of green tomatoes so, I'm excited for those to get red. I have two jalapeƱo's that are about ready to pick and the sunflowers are almost going to flower. Here's my current prized zucchini. It was huge and it was delicious!!



And that's about it for now. If you need me, you can find me out by the pool with the girls!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

#ProudMom

That was my hashtag yesterday.  My Tyler, age 19, started the Correctional Academy with the Riverside Sheriff's Department. It's been his dream since high school to become a law enforcement officer. Finally the time has come to start that journey. Actually, the journey started last summer when he tested for the job and passed the Physical Agility Test and then the nearly year long background to hire process.



He leaves the house before I'm even out of bed. Before Emma is even out of bed (and that's saying something!). The drive from my house to the Academy isn't that long by BFE standards, it takes about 35 to 40 minutes to get there. And then there's the running, and the Tact Staff screaming, and the push ups, and the sit ups, etc.

His class has already seen two people quit on the first day and one person at the hospital for injury.

He came home last night tired. I enjoyed hearing the things he had to tell us about his day in his slow exhausted overused voice. All the "Sir, yes Sir's" and his voice was so rough. He may not have a voice by the end of the week. He walked in the door too tired to eat dinner and said that once he went upstairs he wasn't coming back down! Haha. When he finally went upstairs, I was a tad worried he'd lay down on his bed and be out for the night.

We did have to re-shave his head. He shaved off all of his beautiful hair on Saturday, much to my mother's dismay, using the #2 guard on the clippers. He looks so different. I hadn't seen him like that since his junior year of high school. His hair was just gone. Haha. Anyways, he was told that his hair was too long so I shaved it using the #1 guard last night. Even balder! It's been decided that his head will be shaved every Thursday night so he'll be clean for Friday inspection.

I do need to say this, Tyler has the two best dad's. Tim was perfect for him growing up when he played baseball. He's an amazing coach and Tyler thrived in baseball because of him. Now that Tyler is on to his next journey, he has Wade. Wade's guidance is so valuable right now and Tyler will benefit because of it. Which brings me to my next picture.


Previously being a baseball family and never having any reason to wear shoes that needed polishing, Tyler was never taught the skill. Thanks to the United States Marine Corps, Wade is a master. It was so fun to sit and watch Wade teach Tyler how to shine his shoes, which has to happen every night. It's a good thing I like the smell of shoe polish. This is my new favorite picture for so many reasons.

It's going to be a long 10 weeks for Tyler and I just know they'll fly by for me and my baby will move out and on to his new life and career. I'm excited and not at the same time. I'm just going to enjoy him  under my roof for as long as I can keep him.





Thursday, May 1, 2014

My Grama's Fideo

Yesterday, I posted a picture of the Fideo I made Tyler and I for lunch on Instagram and Facebook.  I had more than a few people ask for the recipe so, here it is.


My Grama Saavedra made the best Fideo and my favorite time to visit was the day after she and Grampa had steak for dinner. All the leftover steak would be diced and made into this wonderful dish.  I was never smart enough to ask her how it was made before she passed and I have been trying to figure it out ever since. I'm pretty sure with this attempt, I hit the nail on the head. I'll have to make some more and pass it along to my Dad for the final judgment.

It's not the best picture and I definitely don't have step by step pictures. I'll update this post next time I make it with those. The recipe I am about to post is not exact, in fact, I didn't measure anything. That's both good and bad, I think. It means that my instincts finally were right, but it also means, I may not be able to duplicate it. Haha!

My Grama Saavedra's Fideo

Fideo Noodles (or Vermicelli)
1 can of chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp *bacon grease or oil
Diced (left over) steak
1 tsp minced garlic
Chile Powder (to taste - I estimate I used 1tsp)
Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Fry the Fideo noodles in bacon grease until almost all brown. 
  2. Stir in steak and garlic and continue cooking for approx 3 minutes. Don't let the garlic burn.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until liquids cook down by half-ish.
  4. EAT!!
Serves 4
*I keep bacon grease in my fridge at all times like the good mexican that I am.

And that is what I think my recipe is. Like I said, I didn't keep track of what I was doing, I just made it and it turned out wonderful. Tyler and I ate this for lunch by itself. You could make it as a main dish and have rice and beans too. 

I hope you enjoy.



Monday, April 28, 2014

The Mean Mom

I like to think of myself as being easy going as a mother. I think I laid a good foundation for my kids when they were very young. It's made the teenage years less angst-y, if that's possible. Don't get me wrong, we've had rolled eyes, pouting and bad attitudes, but when it's good, it's easy.

I am most proud of what great students Trevor and Tuesday are. I set the bar so high with them and never let them get away with anything less than outstanding. Got a B on a test or paper? We always talked about what they could have done more to have gotten that A. It's never been shaming, it's been constructive.

When we were all together, Trevor and Tuesday had a heated competition for who had the best grades in the house. It was good natured and healthy for them. Always trying to outdo one another, I was a mom blessed with kids with straight A's.

That first year school year when Tim and I divorced, Trevor got his first C on a report card. I had a hard time with that. Not because of the C so much, but that what we were going through as a family was affecting Trevor. He ended up rallying though.

Which brings me to the reason I'm thinking about this so much today. Tuesday had a math test last Thursday. She has been sitting on a 100.56% in math and she informed me when she got in the car that she was sure she failed her test. Failed? Ugh. With Tuesday, in math, failure is subjective. A C is consided a failure to her. A low B is also not usually on her radar. We found out her grade today, 2/10. Two out of ten!! I gave her a stern talking to because no way is a two out of ten anywhere near acceptable. It never matters to me what any of the other kids did on the test, it doesn't matter to me that even her equally smart BFF's failed the test also. Tuesday FAILED? Her 100.56% nose dived to a 95.66%. Thank the dear Lord Jesus Christ that this teacher allows full credit retakes!!

Via Pinterest. Pinned this weekend not knowing how appropriate it would be today.


And here is the part that I love about Tuesday, she took her stern talking to and then we discussed what went wrong and how she was going to fix it. She explained to me what she did wrong on the first section and how to fix it. And while i understood NOTHING about what she was talking about, it's important for me to hear what she has to say. I can gauge the way she explains it to me and know that she knows the problem. The teacher handed back the test and Tuesday is upstairs right now redoing all the questions she got wrong, mastering the concepts that she got wrong, and preparing for a test that hasn't been scheduled yet.

It's not about her being scared of me or being upset because she let me down, it's all about her. SHE does not accept failure if there is a chance to do better. I have full confidence in her and I love that about her as a student. I'm pretty dang proud of her.
Friday, April 25, 2014

Just A Little Spring Cleaning

I try and keep my house a close to "company ready" as I can. Unless it's Adult Only Weekend and then I've learned, Wade and I are total slobs. Haha. I do not enjoy my home when there is clutter everywhere and things that are not put in their place. Just ask Wade, there are times I go around huffing and puffing to myself as I am picking up things and putting them back where they belong. I don't say too much about it out loud because, it's just easier to do it myself and get on with my life. I'm a control freak like that and I try not to impact my family's life with my issues.

Anyway, back to the fridge and the vinegar! Miracle stuff, vinegar is! I love it. I need to invest in some essential oils though because, Wade doesn't like the way it smells when I clean with it. I don't really care for it either but, who cares? It's really an awesome cleaner.

The fridge in door drip tray has been looking a bit shabby lately so I went to my favorite internet resource, Pinterest to find a cure! Sure enough, there are tons of ways to clean that baby!  I ended up going with a link to an embroidery blog of all places. Whatever, her method worked and I'll show you!


I am pretty lame and I forgot to take a before picture! But really, people, we all know how bad our in door drip tray thingies can get. GROSS!! Hard water stains galore!

1.  I grabbed a couple paper towels and doused them in vinegar. I squeezed out enough of the vinegar so that the paper towels wouldn't drip when I walked over to the fridge.

2.  All you have to do is lay the paper towels right on the tray. If you're lucky enough to be able to remove your tray from the door, please be my guest. Sadly, mine doesn't disengage. Bummer. Anyway, lay the paper towels down and walk away. I left it for about ten minutes but, the lady on the embroidery blog says she left hers for 3.

3.  After about ten minutes, I grabbed my cleaning toothbrush, put a little dish soap on it, and scrubbed my little heart out. It really doesn't take much effort. The vinegar has done a lot of the work.

4.  Then, I took and wet (with water) paper towel and wiped it clean.



When I laid the vinegar paper towels down the first time, I accidentally hit the water button thing and got water on my paper towels. It was enough to dilute the vinegar and it didn't work on that spot, so I had to reapply a vinegar paper towel to get that spot. Whatever.



It's not the best picture, but trust me, it's sparkling!


In the end, I came out with a super clean and pretty in door drip tray. It was such hard work. Just kidding, but tell your husband you worked really hard on it and it took forever. That way you don't have to tell him that you really spent the morning watching every true life crime show on Investigation Discovery. Did I just say that out loud? Haha

Have fun!



Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Bathing Suits



I am addicted to bathing suits. I have been since I was a teenager and my cousin Dawn worked for a bathing suit company. I have more than Wade thinks is acceptable and I love them!

To satisfy my bathing suit addiction, I buy the girls a new bathing suit each Easter. I love shopping for the suits. I get to buy three suits. Ahh, it feels so good.

Last year I was able to give them their suits in their Easter Basket, but this year, we had no kids home for Easter so, I gave them a small gift with the suits in them.



I love listening to them when they see that there are gifts at their spots at the dining table. Not to mention the huge plate of cookies that I made for them this morning.

Wade and I had Adult Only Weekend this weekend and as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE my time alone with that man, I miss the girls and I am happy when they come home. I especially love the part of my job where I get to make them happy and hear their cries of happiness.

After they wiped out the plate of 40 mini cookies, they ran upstairs to try on their suits. Tuesday, oh Tuesday, I should have bought her a bigger top, but when I bought it, I had a hard time convincing myself that she needed a juniors large. I was wrong! Haha. I bought Rylee the first juniors size suit she's had. She was slightly uncomfortable and I will end up buying her a girls large before the weekend. We'll just put her new "grown-up" suit away for now. And Emma, last year I was buying her girls large suits, but our little girls has grown so tall and slimmed down (thanks to the growth spurt), I bought her a girls medium and it's perfect.

Our girls are growing up so fast! I can't wait and at the same time, I know I'll be sad when it's all over. For now, I can't wait, I'll worry about being sad later (a la Scarlett O'Hara).

Today is one of those days I love being the mom of three girls. Never thought I'd say that.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Would Think I'm Super Busy

You know, because I haven't blogged for awhile. I wouldn't say I'm super busy, just busy with life. This is Wade last night:

Wade: Tsk tsk tsk, March 20th.
Me: What? What's March 20?

And it was on! I made a couple guesses and then he pointed out to me that I hadn't updated my blog since March 20th. Sigh.

There are times I just don't have much to say or I don't think anything I do is interesting enough for anyone to want to read about. Haha.

Spicing up my blogging in 3...2...1...Go!
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Troubling Times In The Garden

When we planted our garden two weeks ago, we did so with such high hopes. A week before we planted the veggies, we planted a grip of sunflower seeds. It was awesome, within three days we had 19 sunflower sprouts. So excited!! We prepared and planted our two raised beds with Tomatoes and Zuccini.

And then, the mysterious disappearance of our plants started happening. First it was the sunflower sprouts. All gone, in one night. I noticed it while watering and it didn't hit me that they were gone until later that night. It was like an AhHa moment. Lol! I said something to Wade and we both thought it was weird but just kinda shrugged it off, until the next morning, that is.

Wade looks at the garden every morning. He's so cute, I love him. Anyway, now not only were the sunflowers missing, ONE WHOLE TOMATO PLANT WAS MISSING!!! What the heck?

One of the things I love the most about my husband is his curiosity. His absolute need to know. I was sent out to purchase a night vision trail camera so we could find out what was doing this to our garden.



It's hilarious! We plunked down $99 bucks just find out what was eating our garden. I love it! I love that we both think the same. Wade's says we needed it so that we can find out what we're dealing with and hunt it appropriately. Just wait for it......Wade is always right. It's disgusting and sadly, I've learned to accept it. Haha

Excitedly, we set up the camera that evening and anxiously waited for the next morning. We were not let down by our new favorite toy!


Are you dying to see what we saw???



I posted this picture to Facebook and Instagram the next morning wanting to see what people thought about what the creature was. I got a few Rat comments, but my favorite one came from a fellow LEO wife that said it was a baby opossum and I should cuddle it! Hahahaha.

Look at that picture! This camera is so awesome!!!  Perfect motion sensing *and* and time/date stamp!!

So, now that we knew we were dealing with a smallish rodent, we set out four traps in the tomato section. Two live traps and two killer ones. Reset the camera and waited until the next morning.

Ready?



It was a RAT!!!! It found itself trapped in one of the live traps. He was put down in the trash can with a pitchfork of all things. Stabbed twice. Both Wade and I felt a certain sense of victory and relief, our garden was now safe.

Did you know rats are super resilient??? Neither did we. Later that evening, Wade had the urge to revisit the rat he killed in the morning, only to find it very alive and desperately trying to exit the trash can!!! Yikes!! So, he had to kill it again. This time we were sure it was dead. I know this because there was significant rat brain matter all over the bottom of the trash can. Lesson learned.

We decided that we should put the camera and live trap out just to be sure that the job was done. Well, it wasn't! Lame!! We caught another rat. We drowned him this time.

Anyway, a couple days passed, no new rats in the trap. We thought we had won the battle. Just to be sure, we put the camera out. Go ahead, look!



Rat Bastard!!! Today we went to Home Depot and got the big daddy rat traps. That's it, we've had enough!!! There better be a dead rat in one of those traps tomorrow morning!! Especially because the replacement sunflowers are about to sprout. 

Stay tuned!
Sunday, March 9, 2014

Wade Loves Toni. Chai Latte Style.

There's a certain excitement I get when I pop a Chai Latte Kcup in the brewer. I lean in close to the cup in anticipation of the memories brought on by the simple scent of this particular Kcup. We all have scent memories and I love when they hit unexpectedly. 


Wade introduced me to Chai. I was a Starbucks creature of habit, a pro at Americano with extra shots, all Frappuccino's, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Passion Tea Lemonade. He was amazed the day he found out I had never tried Chai and so he bought me a Chai Frappuccino. Oh my goodness! It was delicious and opened up a whole line of chai drinks which are now my favorite. 

It's not just the memory of my first chai although, I remember exactly which Starbucks we were at and what time of day it was. It's the happiness of the time. The incredible love I felt for this man. The joy he got from introducing me to something new. I can see it all in my head and smell it. And it's the best.

The smell becomes my memories of being the constant passenger next to Wade with my arm looped through his and my head on his shoulder. We'd talk about our lives and our future. We knew we'd have a future together early on and I was excited. Just the scent of Chai puts a smile on my face and in my heart. 





Friday, March 7, 2014

Need Some iPhone/iPad Help?

Wanna know what I am good at? iPhone and iPad tutorials! I've helped my friends with happy tutorials that make what you want to do with your phone easy to understand. My friend, Lisa, says that I am her Apple Master. My mom sent me a message the other day asking what was going on with  her picture on her phone and also how to make albums on her iPad.

I've decided to start putting my tutorials here on my blog. Mostly so Lisa can always find the help that she likes. Haha. Hopefully, there is a tutorial for you. If there is ever a tutorial that you would like to see, let me know in the comments and I will make one.

Good Luck.
Monday, March 3, 2014

More....Painting the Inside

Last summer, we refinished our kitchen cabinets as our Summer Project. It was a giant pain in the butt. It was so worth it though. They're so pretty.

We've picked this years Summer Project. We're painting the downstairs! Finally. The whole house has been the same color white since Wade and his ex wife moved in years ago. I'm not sure why they never painted. Actually, the one powder room downstairs is yellow and Rylee's room was purple and green. Haha  Two rooms in the house. That was when I met him. While we were dating and knew we were going to get married one day, he painted our master bathroom my favorite color. Grey. So, three rooms.

A couple weekends ago, we painted our Master Bedroom and Emma and Rylee's room. Who can forget the Cheeto/Dorito/Goldfish room? Haha. Tuesday's room was painted Mint Green over the summer already.

So, now it's the downstairs. It's going to be so much work. We are going to replace all the floorboards with prettier wider ones (yay) and paint.

We chose a taupe for the kitchen and shades of grey (no, not 50) for the living room, family room, and dining room.


I'm a little nervous. What if I don't love the colors after we've bought the paint and the colors are on the walls? Whatever! We're doing it! Woo Hoo!!

So keep posted for that. Happening this summer.