St. Patrick’s Day decorating – Farmhouse style

 

St. Patrick's Day Farmhouse style

St. Patrick’s Day Farmhouse style

For some holidays I feel like a little goes a long way. For example St. Patrick’s Day. Many of the commercially available decor is shiny and bright which is not my style. Being part Irish I want to celebrate but I do not want my house to look cheesy or tacky. A few simple touches is all that I need. Green is already an accent color in my house (like this dresser) so I do not want to go over the top. In my family room I added two fun printables.

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My go to website when I am looking for decor ideas is Pinterest. This free printable is available from Blooming Homestead. She has several colors and patterns available. Under her Printables tab she has pages worth of goodies!

http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2011/02/st-patricks-day-printables.html

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On the mantel I have a sign I printed out years ago. Unfortunately I can not remember the source and could not find it online. Normally I am practically a professional Googler (I made that job up) but it is no where to be found.

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My dining room was the other space to receive a little Irish touch. This Erin Go Braugh sign was supposed to be a door hanging but I clipped off the string and attached it to my cotton wreath. I lied. I do own ONE bright and shiny decoration…

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Using a suction cup I attached this cute Shamrock I found at Ross several years ago to my antique window. It also had a welcome sign attached and was meant for a front door but I altered it. I think a simple shamrock is cute all by itself.

The kids and I of course wear green so we don’t get pinched and the younger boys love having the leprechauns make trouble in their classroom. We don’t do an all green dinner as we avoid food dyes. Natural ones just don’t pack the same punch. Spinach or salad as a side works well enough for us! No corned beef here either but I do love cabbage (sauteed in bacon grease of course!) How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Please check out my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board for more ideas!

https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/st-patricks-day/

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My Farmhouse Decor from IKEA

Farmhouse Decor

For years I never visited IKEA. I used to think they only carried modern style items and that is just not my taste. Plus it’s an almost 2 hour drive and if you’ve ever visited Northern Virginia you know you need to time your visit perfectly. That is if you don’t you will sit in the worst traffic you could imagine for hours. Not a good time. I have now been converted to an IKEA lover. Our house has many other products that I will share with you another day. That is if my oldest ever cleans his bedroom!

I started to notice white slip covered couches showing up in my favorite blogs and decorating publications. Instantly I was in love. The Pottery Barn version is a little over my budget while having younger children. Enter the EKTORP couch! It is budget friendly and so easy to take care of as long as you don’t mind doing extra laundry. Laundry is my nemesis but I still manage. Our children are banned from eating anywhere but the kitchen and dining room so that does help. My husband is the messiest one but as he likes to point out he paid for them so…

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My plaid pillow covers are also from IKEA but no longer sold. I have the 20×20 FJADRAR duck feather inserts in them. For spring I am swapping out the plaid cushion covers for all white.

 

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My OSTED sisal rug can take a beating. Comfortable is not a word I would use to describe it but it is hardcore and sturdy. You will not be lounging on the floor unless you have a blanket or pillows down under you. Fibers will scratch the heck out of you. In my old house we used it in our dining room but since downsizing it was too big. The price can not be beat for such a large rug.

 

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In the corner of my family room I have the JENNYLUND chair. I decided to again go with white even though they have so many pretty cover choices. Staying neutral is my best bet as I like to change things up frequently.

The GURLI cushion cover is another IKEA find and a steal at only $4! I am regretting not buying more!  Monogramming would be cute on this cover too!

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There is another JENNYLUND chair in my master bedroom. You can see more photos of the whole room here

Farmhouse style master bedroom makeover

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One of my favorite finds is the FEJKA artificial potted plants. They are now only $4!!! Not only are they inexpensive but they look real too! That’s perfect for me since I do not have live plants in the house with my allergies.

I have them “planted” in the ORADD plant pot which is a steal at .79! You can’t make it that cheap. That’s an inside joke between my best friend and I.

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IKEA has many other farmhouse decor items like white pitchers, bedding and even a farmhouse sink. What farmhouse decor have you found there?

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Valentine’s Day Decor: Farmhouse Style

Valentine's Day Decor

 

We don’t make a huge fuss over Valentine’s Day like some couples do. Pre-kids there would be a nice dinner out and a small gift. Now it’s a card and that’s about it. I do enjoy celebrating with the kids though!

Some years I do an amazing Pinterest worthy Valentine’s card for classmates and other years we go the lazy route and just do store bought valentines. We are doing both this year. The preschooler is giving his friends boxes of crayons with a cute little saying and the third grader is handing out Star Wars store bought valentines that come with tattoos. All that matters is that they are happy. My oldest is a 6th grader so no more parties for him.

For our mantel I kept it my simple winter neutral look and just added a fun banner from the Target bargain area. If you are not already checking (or stalking in my case) it seasonally you must go!!! They have the cutest accessories and everything is $5 or less.

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Christmas Tree Shops is another store that always has cute seasonal decor. I found this pillow for $10! Don’t mind my little photobombing piglet Neil. He is obsessed with me! Neil follows me all over the house nudging me constantly. If you think it would get annoying after a while you would be correct. You can see more of his antics on Instagram. Having a pig is fun but he is very mischievous! https://www.instagram.com/jerseygirlinthesouthblog/

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This frame gets changed out each season. I came across this free printable from We Heart Parties on Pinterest. If you would like to print one of your own follow this link. She has five available! http://www.weheartparties.com/free-printables/post/2015/1/5-chic-valentines-day-free-printable-signs

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My kitchen does not get much holiday love. The shelves were finally put up this weekend (after living under my couch since November!!!) so I had to give them a little something. This heart sign is also from the Target bargain area for $3.

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For the bathroom I also kept it simple and just added a candle holder with an apple cinnamon candle.

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My dining room was the last room that I decorated. Again it was the Target bargain area for the win. I found this love sign for $3. IMG_9793

I also found this Be Mine banner and the two smaller signs there. The framed picture was made back in my scrapbooking days with my Cricut machine.

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I hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s Day tour! For more ideas follow my Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/valentines-day/

 

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DIY Farmhouse Style Powder Room Makeover

DIY Farmhouse style powder room makeover

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Since the powder room is one of our most used guest spaces I decided it was next in line for a farmhouse style makeover. I painted the bright green when we first moved in and wow was that the wrong decision! Colorful cow paintings hung in there which have since been relocated into the playroom. They are bright fun colors and better suited for the kids space.

When we moved in our bathroom was more of a modern style. All of the fixtures were brushed nickel and while they were nice that is not my style at all. A new light fixture, faucet, hardware and mirror were purchased on my first shopping trip. I never even took a before picture! The vanity matches the kitchen cabinets but I knew I wanted a different look. Some leftover chalk paint from my DIY dresser project was the perfect solution. (found here)

Here are the before pictures:

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I am a huge farmhouse and HGTV fan and of course fell in love with shiplap instantly when I saw it on Fixer Upper. If I had it my way every wall in this house would be covered in white shiplap. The husband would never go for that but he settled for one accent wall in the powder room. Hey, I take what I can get. All of the other walls were painted white for a more cohesive look.

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There are so many tutorials on Pinterest explaining how to shiplap a wall. We decided to use shiplap planks from Home Depot rather than use the plywood method. It was much pricier (this small wall cost $70 in materials) but my husband preferred this look. You can find some inspiration and instructions on my DIY Queen Pinterest board.  https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/diy-queen/

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The cabinet received a makeover and I am so happy with the results. I used Americana Decor chalk paint in Everlasting and glass knobs from Hobby Lobby to complete the transformation. My husband also reused some leftover planks from my bedroom ceiling for the side of the cabinet. It was plain before and now it’s a beauty.

If you do not have an existing cabinet that can be made over, I would suggest purchasing one from Knotty Alder Cabinets. They sell ready to assemble cabinets perfect for the DIY’er.  Many of their cabinet finishes would work for a farmhouse style look similar to my powder room. My favorite cabinet style is the white shaker. Shaker cabinets are classic and timeless like you would find in an old farmhouse.

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The walls were painted with Valspar Signature in Ultra White in Satin finish. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Valspar-Signature-White-Satin-Latex-Interior-Paint-and-Primer-in-One-Actual-Net-Contents-128-fl-oz/3204107

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And now for the reveal!!!

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So, what do you think?

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How to: My best Christmas gift shopping tips to save you time and money

 

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It’s 10 days before Christmas and I will be completely done shopping tomorrow once I pick up some more gift cards for my parents. Everything I bought so far is also wrapped, sorted by recipient and ready to go for the big day. I am not trying to brag or say I am supermom (I’m far from it!) but it is worth it to me to be done early and not to have to fight the crowds. I also do not have to stress that I have so much left to do when my kids are on Winter Break. Friends always ask me to reveal my secrets so I am sharing them with you too! These tips are what works best for me and my family. Everyone is different but I hope you will learn something new!

-Open a note on your phone (I use the Notes app that came already installed on my iPhone) and make a list of everyone you need to buy gifts for plus your budget. During the year put any ideas you may have for that person and what you have already purchased. This way you are not going over your budget or forgetting someone either! Otherwise you will end up like my mom and find gifts in July you forgot you bought for Christmas. She’s going to kill me for writing that. Sorry mom! This is a great tip for birthdays as well! They also make apps like Santa’s Bag that help to track your budget and purchases.

-Start early! Do you want to know when I bought my first Christmas present this year? January! When I find something on sale I buy it and store it. Be picky and buy something your loved one actually will want and use. Avoid buying junk just because it is a good deal.

-Buy holiday decorations and gift wrapping on clearance the week after Christmas. I wait until Target gets to 50% off and buy what I really really want. Anything else I like but don’t “need” I wait until at least 70% off. This is the time to stock up on items like wrapping paper and gift bags. Last year I found tons of gift wrap supplies for 90% off at Target. Guess who will not have to be buying any again for years? This girl! I was also able to donate 16 rolls of wrapping paper to our local mom’s group for their holiday toy drive.

-Shop the Target toy clearance sales in late January and late July. Years ago I did the bulk of my kid’s holiday shopping during this sale. The days of the sale are no longer the same as they used to be and the markdowns seem to take longer to get to 70% off. This sale is still worth stalking Target over. Also visit multiple stores if they have more than one in your area. Different stores will have different inventory. The discounts also vary. You may find a toy at 30% off at your regular store but the one across town has the same item marked at 70% off. This is also a great time to stock up on Toys For Tots gifts.

-Whenever you have extra time at any store browse by the clearance racks or sections. You never know what you will find.

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-Amazon Prime. If you do not already have it, sign up for a free trial. It is life changing!!! When a package takes longer than 2 days to arrive from another site I get annoyed. I have become totally spoiled. I also check Amazon prices before buying anything at the store. It is not always the lowest price but most of the time it will be the same or lower. Plus it involves me not having to leave my house. That’s important now that I live a hefty drive from stores and I have a 4 year old that is a beast to take shopping.

-Use free price tracking websites like Camel Camel Camel. This site tells you the lowest price an item you are interested in has sold for on Amazon and when. I check there to find out if an item is likely to go lower in price based on past trends.  http://camelcamelcamel.com

-Use websites like RetailMeNot or google for coupons before making online purchases. Many of my friends like Ebates to earn cashback. I am so guilty of forgetting to use this program!

-Try to only buy from stores that offer free shipping. Nothing is worse than paying shipping costs higher than the item that you have purchased. I have become so spoiled by Amazon Prime that it literally pains me to pay shipping.

-Make your own gifts. My sister bought a Cricut Explore Air and has been working like crazy to make personalized gifts. You do not need a fancy machine to make your own though. Are you good at baking? Cookies and cakes are always appreciated. Are you crafty? Pinterest is filled with ideas.

Check out my gift giving board here: https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/gift-giving

-Give the gift of your time. What hobbies or talents do you have that can be shared? What can you do to help someone out? I am sure your nieces and nephews would love for you to babysit them or your relatives would appreciate having you paint a room for them. My inlaws gifted that to us the Christmas we moved to our last house (closing was Dec 15th) and it really helped out. We did not have the time to paint ourselves and as I have mentioned before I am not the best painter.

-Use Social Media to find deals. Small shops often post discount codes on their Instagram feeds. Facebook is an awesome resource too. Many pages have already found fabulous deals for you. Because of the changes on Facebook it is best to go directly to their pages as all of their posts will not show up on your news feed. My favorite bargain pages are:

Passionate Penny Pincher https://www.facebook.com/PassionatePennyPincher/

Thrify Momma Ramblings https://www.facebook.com/thriftymommaramblings/

Hip2Save https://www.facebook.com/hip2save/

How Does She https://www.facebook.com/HowDoesShe/?fref=ts

-My biggest tip? Try not to stress!!! Slow down, take it day by day and enjoy the holidays.

Do you have any shopping tips to share?

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Christmas Home Tour 2016

Farmhouse style Christmas home tour

Farmhouse style Christmas home tour

How did it get to be December 7th already? I swear it was just Halloween last week! Everyone is full of excitement in this house for Santa to arrive. Christmas morning is my favorite day of the year. Watching the kids open their gifts makes my heart happy. I do a lot of my Christmas shopping ahead of time so I am not feeling pressured or unprepared right before the big day. Mainly it’s because I can not stand the crowds in the stores. I will even skip my weekly (who am I kidding twice a week) Target shopping trip to escape the madness! Instead we get to spend our time driving around looking at Christmas lights, watching holiday movies and enjoying treats. I am always looking for new ideas and traditions. What do you do in your household?

Most years the house is fully decked out by the weekend after Thanksgiving. For some reason this year I am behind. I decided to concentrate on my dining room and family room mainly this year so I will be giving you a tour of those two rooms. My plan for next year is Christmas in every room!

I purchased this refillable Advent calendar last year from Target. The boys have been looking forward to opening it every morning. My oldest went ahead and peeked (I’m on to you kid and I know you’ve been hunting for gifts too!!) so he knows what is coming up but the two younger ones are still surprised. I love it! I wanted to hang it from my old chippy window. While daydreaming I imagined it crashing to the ground as one of the numbers was being opened. Quickly I changed my mind. I think it looks cute (and safer) sitting on the buffet. Instead I hung this card garland I found at Target from the window.

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See my adorable flocked tree? They are a hit on Instagram. You can find them at Walmart for the super low price of $12!!! I could not believe it! Word has gotten out and they are hard to find. They have gorgeous flocked wreaths too. Now run to Walmart before they are all gone!!

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This adorable Merry sign is from the Target bargain area, which is also another hot spot this season. I plan to paint it red but I have been too lazy to do it yet. My little red ceramic truck on the buffet was purchased there too. It was hard to resist the urge to buy all the things.

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On my front door is a cute little snowman I found at Christmas Tree Shops last year for $8. If you have one of their locations near you check it out! It is not only Christmas decor. Yes there is a lot of junk but you will also find some treasures and cheap K cups.  Mr. Happy Holidays is now sitting in the corner next to the door. My suction cup will not stop falling off and I was sick of putting it back up.

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I kept the dresser top simple and just put a faux wreath over my antique grain scoop. I filled it with leftover Christmas balls from the tree.

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Do you like my faux fur and knit stockings? They are another Christmas Tree Shops find for $8 each. I had some Pottery Barn Kids stockings in my online shopping cart but I didn’t pull the trigger. On a shopping trip I decided to check CTS and I am glad that I did. I got the instant gratification of not waiting for them to be delivered. Plus I saved myself a lot of money!

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Snow globes always scream Christmas joy to me. Bonus points because it lights up! The sign is another Target bargain spot find as is my blanket scarf being used as a throw. The pillow cover is from Amazon. They take a very long time to ship but for the price they are worth it. Did you know Rae Dunn makes adorable Christmas mugs too?

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On the opposite corner of the family room is our big buck Harold sporting a magnolia wreath from Hobby Lobby. And the truck pillow? You guessed it. Target again.

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On the end table next to my couch I have displayed a cloche with bottle brush trees and an awesome free printable from The Turquoise Home blog. You can download your own at http://theturquoisehome.com/o-holy-night-free-printable/

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Moving on to the other side of the family room. My nativity set is usually displayed in my dining room but I wanted to try something new this year. I am loving how the colors pop against the green dresser. This set belonged to my grandmother and when I moved out on my own in college my parents handed it down to me. I treasure it and look forward to setting it up each year.

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Last but certainly not least is my Christmas tree.  My shatterproof ball ornaments are one of my best bargain finds ever! Do you want to hear the story? Good. I was sifting through the wasteland that is the 90% off Christmas clearance at Target. It’s mostly broken pieces, wrapping paper and gift bags. I am there all.the.time and the employees recognize me. Sad, I know. One of the stockers came up to me and said we forgot to put these boxes of ornaments out and just found them in the back. They are ringing up $2 each for a huge container. Do you want to buy them? Ummm YES PLEASE! I did leave some for another person because I am not greedy. Only spending $10 I was able to get a whole tree full of ornaments and still had extras to spare! Talk about a major bargain high!

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The boys put the ornaments on and for once I left them that way. As a result there may be two on the same branch or colors that are way too close together but that is how they wanted it. Soon enough I will be doing the tree alone to my liking and missing my boys decorating it with me. It can look a little haphazard for now.

From our family to yours we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

 

DIY project: Upcycled wall art

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Normally I am the donater/thrower outer type but something told me to hold on to this piece. I love a good DIY project. I knew I could transform it into something new even though it took me 6 months to figure out what it would become… This framed W came with two other picture frames that were used in my gallery wall upstairs. The grand total for all 3 pieces was $4! They were on clearance from Kirklands during one of their green tag sales. If you have never been to their green tag sale they mark things down to 75% off the original cost. I always check the clearance section when I stop in. I have found several great pieces over the years for a fraction of the original cost. (For my NJ friends Kirlands is not related to Costco. It’s a separate company. Check out their website!)

Anyway, since our last name starts with an S  the W wasn’t going to work for us. I was going to find a W last named family to give it to but since I’m a fan of burlap and liked the wood look frame I changed my mind. I am glad that I did! In addition to being cute and easy to do this was a quick project to complete. This entire DIY project took me a grand total of 5 minutes which is important for those of us with little ones. It took me longer to write this post!

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The W was easily removed using a flat head screwdriver. Luckily it did not tear the burlap underneath. It did pull it out in a few spots so I tucked it back under using the tip of the screwdriver. No big deal. I could have recovered it using holiday themed scrapbook paper if I was not able to salvage the burlap.

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This cute rustic Christmas tree ornament was on sale at JoAnn’s for $5. Here is the link if you want to purchase one. http://www.joann.com/makers-holiday-wood-tree-ornament/15039118.html#pmax=10&prefn1=collection&prefn2=type&pmin=5&prefv1=Natural&prefv2=Ornaments&start=1

Using scissors I just snipped off the hanger part. A little hot glue secured it to the frame and it’s done! Normally I dread using my glue gun. This is the first hot glue project in a long time that I completed without missing any fingerprints!

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I think it turned out great and I’m very pleased. This year I changed over to a more rustic Christmas decor in the family room. The ornament goes perfectly with that style. You could use any kind or style of ornament in this project as long as you have a flat spot to attach it to the frame. Anything round or heavy would be extremely difficult to attach with hot glue. Stronger adhesives like E-6000 would probably work.

The next time you are out shopping look for inexpensive or ugly wall art to upcycle. Places like Goodwill and yard sales have plenty that need to be rescued and given a makeover!

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I will be posting a tour of our house decorated for Christmas soon! Be on the lookout!

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My favorite fall photos of 2016

 

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Photography is a hobby that I have enjoyed since college when I took my very first class. I have been trying to find the time to take more photos lately and really get back into it. It is not that easy when you have 3 boys who are always in a rush when Mom wants to stop to take a few pictures. These are a few of my favorites photos from this fall.

The first group is from our visit to Fruit Hill Orchard in Palmyra, VA. It is a small family owned operation that has a produce market and a pick your own orchard. The employees are all very kind to the kids and make a fuss over them. This is the second year we have gone and we will definitely be going back. It is not crowded like going up to Charlottesville and the ride there from our house is scenic. Their gala apples are fabulous!  http://fruithillorchard.com/

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The next two photos are from Lloyd Family Farms in Rockville, VA. This is the first time we had gone pumpkin picking at this farm. It will be our new spot from now on. The farm offers hay rides, a corn maze, food trucks, goats to pet and pony rides. My kids were in heaven! I wish I would have taken more pictures of the property but I only had my cellphone. I never put the camera card back in and did not discover my mistake until I went to take pictures… My favorite part is all of the different varieties of pumpkins that they grow. You are not stuck with the basic round orange pumpkin. They had white, Cinderella, green and all fabulous shades of orange along with different sizes and shapes to choose from. http://www.lloydfamilyfarms.com/

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The last group of photos is where I take most of my pictures these days: home. Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling and we want to be outdoors all of the time!

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Our Silver Fox rabbits had a litter of 6 babies! They were born October 2nd and we have really been enjoying them. It has been a great learning experience for the kids. We are all going to miss them when they move onto their new homes. My middle son wants to keep them all but I think 10 rabbits is more than we can handle!

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What would you be interested in seeing pictures of? I plan to do a farmhouse/barn photo post in the future!

DIY Chalkboard Tray from an old frame

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I love re-purposing old items into something new and functional. I used to have this wall art from Hobby Lobby hanging in my old house. It had a plaster fleur di lis cemented to the middle of the wooden frame. Unfortunately it did not survive the move and came unglued. I decided to throw away the fleur di lis as it was not really my style anymore and kept the wooden frame knowing I would eventually figure out what to do with it.

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Inspiration finally struck the other day. I love trays. I own several already but they are all very large and bulky. This one is the perfect size and weight for the kids to carry. I also made it into a chalkboard so I can write a little message if I choose to.

Here is how you can make your own:

One large frame or lightweight piece of wood

Chalkboard paint and foam brush

Painter’s tape

Handles and screws

Sandpaper

I only needed to purchase the handles and screws. Everything else I already had on hand. The total out of pocket cost for me was $8 and I still have a bunch of screws left for other projects.

 

First I took my sanding block and smoothed down the board. I also sanded off the old glue until it was flat with the rest of the wood. It left a stain on the wood where the glue used to be but that’s ok. The chalkboard paint covered it.

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Next I taped off the bottom part of the frame with painter’s tape. If you are a neat painter (which I am not…) you can skip this part. If you are using a piece of wood instead of a frame you can tape off a square or rectangle to paint. The rest of the instructions will be the same.

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Then I painted the bottom using my chalkboard paint. It took two coats for this project. This picture was taken after the first coat. For this project I had a sample size pot of chalkboard paint. It was just enough paint in the little jar. I bought it at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago and had in my craft stash. I always use a disposable foam brush and disposable bowl for small painting projects. The foam brushes are inexpensive and do not leave brush marks when dry. It’s also a plus for lazy people like myself as there is no cleanup involved.

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After that I put the handles on. I decided where I wanted to place the first one and used my ruler to make sure I had the same exact placement on the other side. I normally try to eyeball things but there was no margin for error on this project. If I messed up it would not be an easy fix.  I found these handles at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Bargain tip: Never buy knobs and pulls for full price unless you need them right away. Every few weeks they go on sale for half price. Hobby Lobby has a huge selection and I always find what I am looking for there. If they do not have the quantity that you need in stock an employee can order more for you. They will honor the sale price and call you when your order arrives at the store. I had to do that for my son’s dresser that I chalk painted. Unfortunately these handles did not come with hardware so I had to buy screws at Lowe’s to use with them.

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Repeat the same thing on the other side and you are done! Wait for the paint to dry and it’s ready to be used.

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This tray is the perfect size to sit on the bench in my family room. It will be a great coaster for when we have parties or to bring snacks into the family room for the grownups. I’m a mean mom and only my husband and I are allowed to eat in this room unless we have company. White couches + kids with food=giant mess.

My kids told me that they will be delivering me breakfast in bed using my tray on Mother’s Day.  They are very excited to use it.

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Haunted Halloween Family Room Tour

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Now that my kids are older they think anything spooky and scary is awesome. They have been begging me for a “haunted house” so this year I gave in and decorated my family room in all things creepy just for them. I did it while they were at school so they would be surprised when they got home. The boys were so excited when they came home and saw what I had done. My little one, who is 4, came in from the playroom and screamed when he saw the fireplace. Mission accomplished!

I know I am going to regret all of these spider webs come November 1st when I am taking them down! It’s stuck to the brick and the banner too. You can buy these faux cotton webs for $1 in most stores so it really is the cheapest way to decorate for Halloween. Most of my decor was purchased on clearance after Halloween for 50% off or more at Target or Kirlands. I also found a few things like the cat and haunted house at Homegoods. I never pay full price for holiday decorations unless they are in the Target bargain area up front. That stuff sells out fast! You need to buy it when you see it or it’s gone.

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I found this cute pillow for $5 in you guessed it, the Target bargain area. The boo box is another Homegoods find several years back. The other two accessories are old Target finds.

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And this October 31st sign plus the mini pumpkin were in the dollar area too. The green potion bottle was a Target clearance find from last year.

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More Target dollar spot finds: Oh So Spooky sign, mini pumpkins and burlap pumpkins. The garland is from Home Goods.

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I found the crow this year too for $3 in the regular Halloween area at Target. I broke my own rule and paid full price because it was just too cute to leave behind.

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After Halloween I plan to stock up! My kids want me to do not just one room but the whole house next year including outside! Eeek! I will be hitting all of the Targets in my area. 😉

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