My Little Bathroom Makeover

A lot of changes have been made to the main bathroom of our home, and so I thought I'd share them with you today.

This is how my bathroom looked when we first moved in.
The first change I made was to the bathroom cabinet, which I painted white.

Then I was on to tackle the floors.
I was excited to find this product at Lowes.

It may be a little difficult to see from the picture, but its laminate wood floor sticker strips! 
Did you know these existed?
You seriously just peel the back paper off and stick them onto your linoleum floors. 
It was so easy to apply and I really had fun doing it, which I did all by myself.

You can cut them with a regular pair of scissors to make the strips fit into your space.

I am so pleased with the results.  They have a texture to them, which makes them look and feel like real wood floors. And the best part, they only cost me $30.
It was the best solution for our small bathroom. 
So then after the floors were put in, I was needing some pretty paint for the walls.  I went with Arctic White on the walls, and Midwinter Sky for the ceiling. Both colors are from 
Dutchboy found at Wal-Mart.
I had Jake put in new base boards.

And here is how the room looks now:

 Above the toilet I hung a mirror and a simple shelf.

The shower curtain was from Pottery Barn a few years ago.

By removing the cabinet door on the vanity, it crated an open shelf.
I then made a skirt for my sink by adding fabric to the remaining doors.

I have used a lot of glass jars to hold bathroom supplies.

I am happy with all of the new changes to our bathroom.
It's looks so much better now. 


Kids Table Makeover

My Little Table Makeover:

My Neighbor brought over this little table. Just what everybody wants in there back yard, right?? Not Really...But my boys we're so excited. They thought it was Christmas! So I knew I had to find a way to fix it up a bit.
 I gave it a good scrubbing, and scratched off all of the Power Ranger stickers.
 then I spray painted the chairs navy.

It now looks like this:
I made the blue stripe on the table by using painters tape. I glued it down so that it would stay on a little better.

My boy's think it's Great for Lunches in the shade.

A New Light for the Entry

I'm In Love With My New Light Fixture!
I had Jake hang it for me last weekend.....He's the Best!

Here is the old one. It just looked like it belonged in my grandmas house. So we were in the market for a new one. Then One day Jake and I were in Ikea. Like usual he stayed behind with the kids and grabbed lunch in the cafeteria, while I went on ahead and shopped..... Like I said, He's the Best! When we met up at the end, we both had mentioned to each other this light fixture that we saw and liked.
So we went back and got it. Great minds think alike!

It looks perfect in our entryway. Not too Big. Not too Small.
There's my Abby Dog.... I told ya, she loves to sneak into my photos. She's kinda a camera snob that way.

On my stool is my cute new little clutch. I picked it up at a yard sale. Brand new with the tags still on it. And I got it for .50 cents, Yahoo!
This last weekend and probably for the week ahead, I've been remodeling my bath. So stay tuned for the big reveal to come.

Bakery Blueberry Muffins

My Boy's Love Blueberry Muffins!
I think they make the perfect Summer breakfast. This recipe works well with fresh or frozen berries, so you can enjoy them all year long. The crumbly topping makes these muffins look and taste just like you picked them up from the bakery.
makes 12 muffins.

2 cups all-purpose flour (although I only use whole wheat flour)
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter, slightly cooled
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut in small cubes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add milk, eggs, butter and vanilla and whisk just until combined. Gently fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into greased muffin tin, filling each about two-thirds full.
3. Meanwhile, make the topping. Mix ingredients for topping together in a small bowl. Using your fingers, or a pastry cutter, mash the butter into the flour until large crumbles form. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the muffins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a muffin comes out clean. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

Farmstyle dining

My Dining Room... or The Other side of my Kitchen.

Does a dining room have to be it's own separate room? maybe I should call this my eat-in kitchen. ??

Anyway, I still haven't painted it. I'm still deciding on a color. It's a whole big process for me. I'm also thinking I want to paint the table and chairs. But in the meantime, I have changed a few things in the room and thought I'd share. I'm going for that whole Farmhouse style.  It's slowly getting there.

I wrapped rope around some plates because I thought it would be a unique way of hanging them.
 I also added the little shelves on each side of the window.
I hung beach mats in the window to look like bamboo blinds.
I'm pretty resourceful that way.

My new little cilantro plant, I have high hopes for this one!

I also just wanted to share my new white pillow and  wood crate I picked up Pottery Barn during their awesome 4th of July sale.
I've been eyeing this pillow for months. And it just happened to be their last one....and only 11 bucks!!  So It was meant to be mine. I was very happy!

They both make a great addition to my dining room.....I mean eat-in kitchen.

Lavender Fields Forever

I Love Sundays!

Yesterday was a beautiful day, we packed the kids in the car and went for a drive to The Lavender Festival in Nampa, ID. It took a while to find it, we had bad directions, but after a fun game of Left? or Right? we found a road from the map and then we were back on track. 
Isn't getting there, half the fun anyway?
It was Gorgeous! 
And the smell was incredible.
They hand you a pair of scissors, a twist tie, then let you pick a Wicker basket from the pile.
You get to cut your own bouquet of Lavender for $6. I was having a great time.
Jake, Liam and Jaxon had a good time too.

The Lavender was covered in Bee's. This normally would have scared me away, but I was in a state of bliss. I had on my blue Sundress. The live band was playing Led Zeppelin songs. My boy's were under a tree, drinking Lavender Lemonade. So I just swoosh those little bee's away. Besides, I didn't hear any screams from the fields, so I figured they must be "nice bee's".
This sweet little purple bicycle was just hanging out under a tree.

That's Me, and my bushel of Lavender.

What a perfect, Sunday afternoon!

A Cottage Makeover

In the introduction to this blog, I talked about the little yellow bungalow I saved up and bought, when I was 21 years old.

Here she is:
Not the cutest house ever, but she was ALL mine. It was a fun little place to live for a while. Located in a cute little neighborhood in Salt Lake City, UT. Walking distance to Liberty park. I shared it with my best friend for most of the time I lived there. I got my dad to help re-wall two of the old, uneven plastered walls, as well as put in a new kitchen floor. I painted the inside walls and added a few new lights. But the truth is, that little house needed a lot of work and money put into it. Definitely more then I could do myself. I only lived there for a couple years, then got married and sold it (making a great little profit I should add). I have to say, It looked a lot better when I sold it, from when I bought it.
Over the 4th of July I was in town visiting family, when I found myself in my old neighborhood, so I decided to drive by my old home.

This is what she looks like now:
So Cute! Wouldn't you agree? I was sooo Thrilled to see that the new owners fixed her up and are taking such good care of her. I almost drove right by. I hardly recognized my old house! I Love the Blue door. And that tree is new.....Actually Everything is new. 
But I do remember that rose bush.
I wanted so badly to go knock on the door and ask the owners for a tour.....but I restrained myself.
I'm sure it is just as cute on the inside as it is on the outside.

Lorraines Garden

My Sweet little neighbor, Lorraine has the most incredible yard you've ever seen. She invites me over often, we drink ice teas on her back patio, and I stare off into her rose garden. I often ask her for her tips and growing advice, and then I return home and attempt them onto my own pathetic little patch of weeds and sadly growing plants. But her yard always inspires me to Keep Trying. On my last little visit, I brought along my camera, and took these shots. I plan to stick them onto blank cards, and take over to her as a little gift.

One day I hope to have a yard full of flowers as beautiful as hers.