Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Thanks for the great feeback yesterday. I'm glad I'm not the only one with a crazy thought process and you still like my blog :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween! My in-laws are coming to visit, Auburn plays Ole Miss tomorrow night and on Sunday, we are preparing ourselves for hundreds, yes hundreds, of Trick-or Treaters. Our neighbor does a haunted house and last year we had over 300 kids come to our door! And after a week of strange, stormy, 80 degree weather, I can't wait to step outside in the cold today. Bring on the scarfs!

Lastly, here is one of my all time favorite pics of Cullen - As a pumpkin last year!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Explaination

So once apon a time (ok...in March) I started this blog to share some of my favorite home decor inspirations and some of my own furniture creations. But I've noticed lately that it is more about my life and of course pictures and pictures and pictures of C$, with maybe one decor post somewhere in the middle of the week. But I have an explanation. In March, baby boy was hardly crawling and while he played in one little spot in the house, I was able to sit on the laptop, clicking and saving away on all my favorite home sites.

And then he started walking. And then husband left this summer for 6 weeks. And then we got a puppy. And then school started back up. And then....well, I ran out of time to spend looking at other people's houses because I am constantly trying to keep my own in order. So I thought I would take you on a little trip into my laptop stream of consciousness to explain why the blog now is so different from the blog that started:

OK, seriously, going to post something about something related to house stuff. Right after I check my email. O my lord, my friend Alysa is spending a week fasting and yoga-ing in an Indian Village. O and Cate's being a Cocktail waitress for Halloween, which is hilarious because she allergic to shrimp. I'm glad that Cullen's not allergic to anything. Like that kid in his class who is allergic to eggs. Ugh, I still need to find something to make for the Halloween party. Google: snacks without eggs. This all looks horrible. I'm glad I'm not a vegan. O, I need to go to the butcher shop tomorrow, we are completely out of meat. And my new crock pot came, so I can make something yummy for dinner. I'll check Kelly's blog for some good recipes. She's so sweet to always post comments. I wonder if we got any comments on Three Little Army Wives today? I hope one day I have lots of blog comments like Kel does. My Auburn friends are just so fabulous. Auburn's football team is so good right now too. Auburn Tunnel Videos! Ob-sess-ed. I wonder what Clay Travis wrote about us this week? Hilarious. He is such a good writer. Kind of like Erin. Maybe I should start writing more in my blog? But I do have that really awesomely cute pic of Cullen I took today. I wish I could get better at pictures like Darby or Pioneer Woman. But man he is one adorable kid. Probably because his daddy is so handsome. Look at husband over there on the couch all alone, he really is the most handsome man I know. I should stop surfing the Internet and go sit with him. I missed him all day today. What did I even get on here to look for? I don't remember. O well.

So instead of a great post about decorating your house classy-like for Halloween, here is a pictures of Cullen dressed as a giraffe :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Think Its Working...

Remember this post and this post where I showed off my not-so-superb parenting skills? Well, today baby boy has redeemed me. While I was enjoying my morning coffee and he was enjoying his morning dose of The Wonder Pets, I looked over to see that, all on his own, the kid had put a cup holder on the couch and then put his milk in it.

Isn't it funny the things they pick up?

Monday, October 25, 2010

C-Monday

Happy Monday! The camera can do all the talking for this great weekend:






And Auburn is #1 in the BSC after this weekend's win over LSU. Waaaar Eagle!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Check It Out!

I guest Blogged on Triad Moms On Main today! Click here to read about my family traditions (and how husband had to embrace them).

Thanks girls for letting me share!

And if you are reading this because you found me on Triad Moms, Welcome! Please read on and leave a comment- I love new blog friends :)

Enjoy the weekend. War Eagle!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Friday Flowers...

'Cuz I have nothing else. Sorry I have been rather uninspired this week. I promise to do better next week! Here are some recent pics from the beautiful Renyolda Gardens.




Don't forget to leave a comment for our give-a-way! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Few Things

1. Why my son is awesome, according to my mom (it still counts even if its from your mom right?)

2. New website for Mommies: Triad Moms on Main . Formally of Triad Smarty Pants, these ladies have made a one-stop site for all things family.

3. Leave a comment or follow us on Three Little Army Wives for a personalized give-a-way! Who doesn't love a freebie?!

Cheatin' Chili

One of my favorite things to make when it gets cold outside is Chili. However, as much as I love to cook, I hate to cook things that take a really long time, I just don't have the patience for it. Years ago, when I first realized I would have learn to make something other than grilled cheese, I started watching Rachel Ray (side note, now she drives me n-u-t-s, but at the time, it was a great place to start to learn how to cook). I was thrilled when one day she made a big ol pot of Chili in under 30 minutes and it quickly became my go-to recipe. These days, that recipe has evolved and changed into something completely different, but it still only takes about a half an hour to make and tastes like its been cooking all day!

Ingredients:
1lb lean ground beef
garlic, onions, peppers (whatever variation you want!)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-3 cans of beans (again, what variety suits you)
Small can of tomato paste
Variety of spices to taste- chili powder, onion powder, paprika, red pepper
Fresh or canned diced tomatoes
1 bottle of beer

*for sweet chili: brown sugar and honey

1. saute ground beef until cooked through on med-high, remove from pan
2. Add a little EVOO to the pan, add garlic, onions and pepper, cook for 3-4 minutes
3. Add ground beef back in. Deglaze pan with half a bottle of beer. Turn down to a simmer.

4. Watch the other half of the bottle disappear.

5. Then hear husband say, "Seriously, dont put that on your blog." Giggle devilishly.

6. Open and drain beans. Dump in with meat and onions. Stir.
7. Add tomatoes. Stir it all up.
8. Add spices according to desired taste
9. Add honey and brown sugar for a sweet and spicy treat!
10. Simmer for a few more minutes to thicken
11. Serve with a little cheese and some bread. Enjoy!

*This freezes really well too which is an awesome surprise for when you don't feel like cooking :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Birthday Re-Cap

Thanks for the birthday wishes and the great feedback on the chairs! I had a lot of fun with that project; it was the first time I have reupholstered chairs that involved more than wrapping the seat and stapling underneath, so it really gave me some confidence to try some harder pieces. But now on the the good stuff: birthday celebrations!

On Thursday, my sweet pre-k class gave me 'pots of flowers', and sang, and guessed how old I was (it came down to either 17 or 36...I'm not sure what to make of that).

On Friday, my boys made me breakfast and we went out to lunch. We let baby boy have some cake and for some reason he didn't want to use his hands.


That night, husband and I went on a date to Fabian's. It was so yummy. It is owned by a husband and wife- he cooks, shes waits and they buy everything locally and seasonally. It was a set appetizer, soup and salad, then your choice or entree and desert. We would definitely suggest it for a special occasion.

Saturday we had some friends over for the Auburn beat-down on Arkansas and I didn't take a single picture, but we had an awesome time. Then yesterday, my boys and I started driving west until we found pretty fall foliage (and didn't take any pictures again *sigh*).

All in all it was a wonderful weekend and definitely made me feel very blessed for the great friends and family in my life. Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Before & After

A few weeks ago a friend of mine from work asked if I would repaint and reupholster some chairs for her. Her mom found them 'curb shopping' and while the structure was perfect, the aesthetic was definitely a little dated.

My friend is going to use the chairs for a game table and wanted them black with animal print fabric. I first stripped the red fabric off the chairs, trying to keep the seat fabric as much in tact as possible so I could use it as a pattern for the new seat cover. Luckily, the padding was in great shape and I didn't have to do anything with it. Next, I lightly sanded and wiped down the original wood. The last prep step was figuring out how to cover the padding in order to not spray paint it. Honestly, I should have just left the old fabric on and sprayed over it. In the end, I used a dish towel and a lot of painter's tape. It was a really pain and I still managed to get paint on some of the padding. I used two coats of Krylon's Satin Black Spray Paint to cover the white wood.


I didn't take a picture of this step, but where a lot of the etching in the wood was, the spray paint didn't cover well. So I headed back to Lowe's and got a sample size of Valspar Black Satin paint and went back over the chair by hand. I probably didn't have to, but I could tell a difference when I was done and it made me happy.

To reupholster the seats, I took the original fabric and used it as a pattern for the new piece. It makes life a lot easier. I then fitted the chairs with the new fabric and used a little bit of spray adhesive around the edges so the fabric would fit smoothly around the chair. I then reinforced the corners and middle with staples.


The upholstery last step was to hot glue gun trim around the bottom and the arms to cover the staples and imperfections. And the very last step was to towel the wood down with Wipe-On Poly to protect the paint and make the chairs shine.


I hope she likes them!

I know this is already a really long post, but tomorrow is my birthday, so I'll be taking a long weekend :) So here is a sweet picture of my darling boy to get you through til Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dressing Screens

I have always loved dressing screens. I remember in my teens, going to antique stores with my mom and oooing over any antique dressing screen I came across. Sadly, even now, I have yet to find one I can afford, but it hasn't stopped me from fantasizing about how I could decorate with one. They can be classic, modern or chinoiserie. Fit in a corner, on a wall or behind furniture. Best of all, whatever the style and where ever you put it, it is an instant piece of art, drawing attention to any room. *Sigh* One Day...










*Images from House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Southern Living, via Little Green Notebook and Traditional Home.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Snapshots







How do you decorate for fall??

Monday, October 11, 2010

C-Monday

Sorry for the late post, but I was working on a new furniture project this morning (pictures this later this week!) and husband had the day off so we had a fun filled afternoon. But I didn't want the day to pass without any pictures, so here you go!

Friday we went to the Dixie Classic Fair. Seriously, I have never been to a town that loves their fair as much as Winston does. Cullen liked the animals, specifically seeing a cow poop on his friend who was laying down...he is such a boy.
We still have tomatoes growing. Cullen likes to eat the little green ones raw. At least it is (sort of) a vegetable.

We made our way through the corn maize at Kersey Valley.

And C and Frankie discovered there is a whole world of dirt under the deck.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, October 8, 2010

How To Care for a Sick Baby

Sesame Street, Comfort items and rest.






Hope your weekend is better than his started out!