President Monson Quote

President Monson Quote

In case you didn’t know, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Today is our semi-annual General Conference.  Talks will be given by leaders of our church that will uplift and feed your soul.  I invite you all to join me in listening to their words like this quote from our prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  #ldsconf


Spring mantle with blooming letters

Spring Mantle

Spring is in the air and I definitely have caught spring fever!  This has always been my favorite season for lots of reasons, but mostly the flowers. I have been loving all of the blooming monograms out there and so I thought it would be fun to put my own spin on it and do an entire word. It’s an easy project and it was fairly cheap if you can find good deals.

floral letter materials

This is everything you will need.  I got the paper mache letters at JoAnn’s and the flowers from Michaels (50% off!)  Both of these stores always have coupons so if what you’re getting isn’t on sale you can still get a good deal.  Then you’re just going to need to use a box cutter, some spray paint, command strips and a hot glue gun (which I forgot to show…oops!)

paper mache letter cutting off top

Cutting off the top layer was pretty simple and actually once you started cutting you could just tear the rest off and it would tear right along the edge.

spray painted letters

After all the tops were cut off I spray painted the letters with my favorite color of spray paint – Valspar Color Radiance in Mirage (which is like a light aqua)

spray paing

Then I just pulled all the tops off of my flowers and hot glued them inside the letters.  You could also fill the letters with floral styrofoam but my letters weren’t very deep so I didn’t use it.

floral letters

Hang them up using the command strips and you’re done.  Super easy and so, so cute!

spring mantle 2016 side view

Happy Spring!!


Master Bedroom Redo ~Hotel Style


So I’ve been wanting to redo my master bedroom and I’m excited to share it with all of you!  I went with more neutral tones (although I did add a touch of aqua ;))

I used Rustolem Chalked paint in linen white to redo my dressers.  They were a dark brown before and I just wanted a lighter, fresher look.  I LOVED this product.  There was no sanding or priming required.  You do have to brush it on instead of using a paint roller but I like seeing some of the brush strokes that give it more of a vintage look.  I did have to apply 3 coats to get enough coverage but it turned out awesome!  After the coats had dried, I distressed the edges and also added some oil rubbed bronze hardware.  I finished up with the Rustoleum protective top coat in matte clear.

For Christmas I received a new upholstered bed from Wayfair in a charcoal color.  With my current grey bedspread it just wasn’t going to work.  So I looked everywhere for a new bedspread and finally ended up finding the perfect new comforter set from Bed, Bath and Beyond (Madison Park Pure Elena in aqua)

I decided I wanted to go with a more light and flowing look for my window treatments and finally found the perfect window sheers from Target (Threshold Clipped Sheer Curtain Panels in white) They have a really pretty pattern on them.  I got the 95″ length because I wanted them to pool on the floor.  I love how it adds so much softness to the room.

Target was my go-to place for a lot of my room.  I also found the settee and starburst mirror there.

The lamps and side mirror were from Home Goods.  I think adding more mirrors to the room also added more light and elegance.

My goal for this room was to feel like I was waking up in a hotel room every morning and I feel like I achieved that.  I love the more grown-up and timeless look that it has.



a simple fall mantle

Valentine Mantle

fall flowers & mason jar arrangement

fall mason jar arrangment

Fall is in the air!  While it’s not my favorite time of year (I’m more of a spring girl) I still love a lot of things about fall.  One of the things I love is when the leaves start changing and all the beautiful colors come out.  I wanted to bring some of those colors into a fall flower arrangement and of course I had to mix in some aqua (who says you can’t have aqua in the fall?)

So everything I used I found at JoAnn’s and Michaels.  They’re pretty much the only craft stores in my area anyway.  The jars and the wooden basket thing (I don’t know what to call it) I got at JoAnn’s.  The basket was normally $29.99 but I used a 40% off coupon for it and the jars were $2 each.  I used cream colored spray paint to paint all the jars first.

mason jar spray paint spray painted mason jars

Then to make a stencil I used my Cricut machine to cut out the letters for the word “FALL”

cricut stencil

I got this great aqua colored paint from Michaels (Martha Stewart brand) and stenciled the letters on to each jar.

stenciling mason jar

Then after all the paint had dried I just used a nail file to rub off some of the paint off and give it a distressed look.

distressing mason jar

The flowers I bought were from Michaels and I will be honest- they were not cheap.  I did use a coupon but it didn’t save me a ton.  I still paid around $40 for the flowers.  Too bad they weren’t on sale!

The jars fit perfectly inside of my basket but I realized after I put them inside that the basket was too deep and was cutting off the bottom of the letters.  So I got some burlap that I folded up and put underneath the jars so it would raise the jars up.  In the end I’m really happy with how pretty it turned out and I will be using it to decorate my fall mantle….stay tuned for the post!


Recipe Review: Sweet Pork Burrito Bowls

This is really kind of a review of a couple of different recipes put into one to make the burrito bowls (ok…it’s really more of a plate)
Slow Cooker Sweet Pork Tenderloin
Crisp Cucumber Salsa

After making the pork and cucumber salsa here’s the other toppings we used:
white rice with cilantro
black beans
sour cream
green onion

burrito bowl ingredients

Isn’t this a pretty plate?

burrito bowls

So what did the family think?  The score averaged 9.5!  The kids loved it.  The only complaint my daughter had was she thought the pork was maybe a little too sweet.  I happened to like the sweetness that it added.  This was a great family meal and the best part…there was a ton leftover for tomorrow night!

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball…

If any of you who follow my blog are wondering what’s happened to me, let me just share what I’ve been through this past week.

Last week I had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic called Cephalexin.  It started out as a rash on my arm but quickly spread covering my entire body in a rash and hives.  I have never been so miserable in my life!  I have been put on high levels of steroids and anti-histamines which make me feel like I’m always in a fog and unable to function.  The steroids can also make you feel irritable and on edge so then I was prescribed another medication for anxiety to help calm me down but it basically makes you want to sleep all day.  Yesterday was pretty scary when I could feel itchiness in my throat.  I went to the doctor and he said he could see the rash in my throat now.  So I was given another shot of a different kind of steroid.  Basically, I have just been in a complete fog this whole last week and everything has been a blur.  I feel horrible that I haven’t been posting on the blog or been keeping up on my projects but it’s hard to do when you can barely get out of bed.

Beginning of rash on arm
beginning of rash on arm

Stomach rash
rash on stomach

Sorry if these pictures gross you out! But this is basically what my entire body was covered in. Yuck!

On a brighter note, today I’m starting to feel a little better.  The hives are still there but they look like they might be starting to fade.  I’m hoping that this stuff is finally working it’s way out of my system and that I can finally get back to normal life.  With all of this happening and at the same time the kids were going back to school, I felt like my life was turned upside-down.

Please don’t give up on me!  I have lots of projects and ideas coming up and I promise that I will be back at it 100%!


Laundry Folding Center

laundry center

I will be the first to admit that laundry is not my favorite thing to do.  One reason is because it feels like it never ends!  There’s always going to be laundry to do, so my philosophy is why not try to make the best of it by making a space that’s organized, functional and aesthetically pleasing?

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