February 26, 2013

Target Tuesday!

I went to lunch with some of my girlfranz from college on Sunday and it was so nice to catch up with them. After, I stopped into Target to pick up a few things and came out with an extra few things.

It doesn't matter what I go in for I always come out with that plus more or just the more and not what I actually went in there for. I really needed bread, cheese and celery. Of all the vegetables they had scallions, fresh asparagus, onions, potatoes,....they didn't even have celery. I was like really?

I always have to make the loop when I go in - check out the clothes, shoes, housewares, clearance sections, the back area where bulk stuff and seasonal is and then I finally get what I need.

So here's what I found while I was there that caught my eye...

This Threshold shower curtain is the awesome  but I would totally use these as regular curtains because they would awesome!

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I couldn't find this pillow on their website - but I really liked the colors deep blue, light blue and a nice gray it looked a little wood grainy/brush strokey.

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This resin balloon dog was quirky. I couldn't find this on their website either, but it was end cap of random things - the package next to it was ice trays shaped like dentures.

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I love putting jewelry and perfumes on trays and this one that is mirrored with the rhinestone edge is really cute. It's a great way to dress up your dresser - HA!

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I really liked this decorative frame - it would be a great pop of color on a night stand or bookshelf but I also like that it is fabric and woven makes it more interesting.

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I thought this little table was so cute. I think it would be great next to a nice chair or in a sun room. They're calling it yellow - I think its more of a green, but whateves - it's cute.

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They have a ton of blown glass vases and jars and I loved these. They have a little bit of an ombre effect going on. I just love old jars and these ones while new have some old charm to them. (Large and Medium small is no longer available on their website)

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I really liked this hounds tooth throw - it would be great draped on a chair or sofa. It was really soft but really thin so it would be great for in the summer when you just want a light blanket for the colder nights.

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I like a lot of the Modern Cottage collection - and this coral tray especially I like the cutout and the glass it gives it a little more interest then a regular tray. I was also loving that ottoman and table.

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I thought this table was pretty cool. It would be a great way to add a nice wood tone into a room. The color wasn't too dark or too light it was a mixture of both and I like how there is a little bit of a lip around the top it gives it character and makes it less 'stumpy'.

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How cute is that tea light holder and how awesome are those frames! I love, love, love those frames with the pop of color on the outside and that wood tone is awesome! However, I couldn't find either of them on their website.

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I see a pattern here - I'm apparently loving accent tables. This one was really cool because the bottom was interesting with a nice wood top.

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I loved these bowls because the outside was a natural matte and the inside were pops of shiny glaze. Couldn't find these on their website either - what the!

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These olive and vinegar jars are a cute rendition of the classic ones that everyone has. A little quirky and cute with pops of color!

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They had the cutest melamine plates out. The little bowls were awesome - I love ikat and these were all so awesome!

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I love notebooks - duh. These ones are so cute!! 3 in a pack with bright colors and gold polka dots! They were $3.99 and they came home with me. They each have a quote on them also: The blue one has a quote from Vincent Van Gogh "Looking at the stars always makes me dream." The red one a William Shakespeare quote "Joy delights in joy." The lime green one has an unknown quote "Happiness is a bright and shining thing." I wasn't able to find this 3 pack - but they had this set on their website.

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How cute is this little Vaseline! I had to get it because it's so cute and I love to use Vaseline for chapped lips - win, win! I also found some Kraft paper wrapping paper with a flower design on it in the dollar spot
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I wasn't able to locate everything on the website but I'm sure if you check your local store you'll be able to find them. I really love a lot of the Threshold stuff it's new and fresh with bold pops of color but still has a rustic aged feel to it. The wood tones are really great.

It's a good thing I don't have any use for a bunch of accent tables or I would have a ton! There were so many cute ones I didn't even realize until I got home that so many had caught my eye.

So have you had any good Target finds lately?

February 25, 2013

Favorite Apps!

I have an iPhone and iPad both of which make my days a lot easier. There are apps I use every single day for many different things so I thought I'd share them with you.

I have the Apps Gone Free app so I can see what has become free and have found some cool apps that way. Definitely worth checking out you can find anything from productivity apps to camera apps to games - each day they show you the newest ones.

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One. Smart Alarm Clock - I found this app from Apps Gone Free and downloaded it to give it a try. It is actually kind of interesting because through your movements it graphs out how many rem, light and deep sleeps you had through the night - and wakes you up at the optimum time so that you don't wake up feeling tired. I use the alarm that came on my iPhone the most - but this one is kind of interesting.

Two. Flipboard - I use this every single day without a doubt. I have my Google Reader and Instagram linked so that's how I read all the blogs I read as well as check my Intagram feed. You can add your Facebook and Twitter accounts as well....and many other things. A few others I have on mine are RealityTea, USWeekly, Huffington Post....etc. Best app ever!

Three. Wunderlist - This app is great for making lists. There are so many things you can do such as adding people to the list which could be helpful - so you could share a list with your husband so you both knew what needed to be picked up at the store or something like that. I just use it to make a quick grocery list or things I don't want to forget.

Four. Instagram - Obvi! I flood the system with cute pictures of Maximus on the reg. I love all the filters but I use EarlyBird for all of my pictures just to keep in consistent. I love to look at everyone's pictures more than anything and only like to look at them in the Flipboard not the actual app - so I only upload photos in the app.

Five. Vine - this is a newer app that Twitter created to share video. It is pretty cool because you can video different things at different times and it just pieces it all together for you. I've seen some pretty cool videos on here - it might become as big as Twitter and Instagram but we'll see.

Six. Slacker Radio - There are so many different ways to listen to music because there are so many apps but I really like Slacker. There are different 'stations' to choose from and you can favorite songs and then they all go on their own station so you can listen to them.

Seven. Evernote - I absolutely love Evernote! I make so many lists and documents using this app. You can make to-do lists so easily and there's little check boxes you can add so you can check it off as you go. It syncs all devices as well as your computer so wherever I am I can pull up a to do list or something I jotted down really quick.

Those are my favorite apps that I use on a daily/weekly basis. I would definitely recommend trying our Evernote and Flipboard. So what is your favorite app? I love trying new ones!

(Update: I got the Note'd App that was free today and it's awesome! You can create a bunch of different notebooks with different designs and custom titles and add notes to each notebook. You can voice record your note and even attach a location and picture. Only downside is - it's only for iPhone.)

Also, I entered Creating with the Stars - Popularity Voting ends on Friday so if you wouldn't mind head on over and click on my entry #47! There are so many great projects linked up so it's worth a look!

February 22, 2013

Frankfurter Friday!

It's been another long week. My to-do list never gets shorter- only seems to get longer. There's always a project or something I want to work on so I know it's my own fault, but I hate to just be sitting around.

Was a rough week for the little guy as I explained on Wednesday. He's back to himself though - in fact - he was a little jumping bean last night. He never used to jump on anything and then now once in a while he'll jump on the couch. Last night he was jumping on the couch, the chair and the guest bed. So it's safe to say he's feeling better.

I instagrammed this picture the other night - the poor little guy was so sore he could hardly lay down.

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He's feeling better and my hives are getting worse. I dreaded the day they came back in full effect and it seems like that's what's happening. Not really sure where to go from here - I'm taking 2 Benadryl at a time just so they'll go down.

Hope everyone has a great weekend full of projects and relaxing! Although, that's kind of an oxymoron I guess.

February 21, 2013

Hobby Lobby Shopping Trip!

Who doesn't love a good Hobby Lobby Trip? Well, I guess some people wouldn't love it, but I know I do. I get totally overloaded every time I walk in there though because there's so much stuff everywhere!

A couple of weeks ago I went in with Mr.B (yeah, he actually likes it) and found some cute stuff and thought I'd share it with you!

Right when you walk in they always have tons of glassware. I recently decided I wanted to start a collection blue and white porcelain and low and behold they had a bunch! I didn't end up going home with anything though, I still need to decide where I'd put this 'collection'.

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When I do decide my collection needs to happen - I'll know right where to go...they had a lot.

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This picture is blurry but I couldn't resist. If you don't know who Beyoncé is in relation to chicken statues and not Jay-Z wife - then here ya go you'll thank me later for that knowledge.

I gave my parent's a medium sized Beyoncé for Christmas - and had to send this picture to them- my Dad wants to start a collection.

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They also have a little section of bathroom stuff and other little glass trinkets. I loved this mirrored tray with the hand mirrors so cute - reminds me of a set my sister had.

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Every time we go in there I look at these glass balls - I just love them for them some reason!

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In keeping with the latest family obsession.... in my defense this one is pretty cool because it's a basket! If it had a handle it'd be even cooler because he could take his chicken basket out to gather his chicken eggs - to far? Maybe - HAH!

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I love a good shadow box and this one was so cute with the damask fabric in the back. I love a good damask fabric, although, we have been growing apart- I did think this was cute though.

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I always check out the sign aisle to see if they have anything good. I liked this one because the message is nice and I haven't really seen it much. Sometimes these sayings feel a little played out to me.

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I loved this box that was supposed to be like a milk jug holder I think. I'm contemplating getting it for the pantry because it would be great to hold little snacks and stuff. I also talked to Mr.B about making one like it ourselves...we'll see.

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These little wooden boxes were cute and they all had embellishments on the top.

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Mr.B liked this metal jug - it has dividers in it so he thought it would be cool to hold a 6-pack in a man cave.

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I didn't realize they had a whole section of different wall decals - they had tons of different kinds. These ones I thought were pretty cute - they even had kid themed ones.

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Everyone knows about my notebook obsession - this leather one was awesome. I would've gotten it but I have so many that aren't even written in still.

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These little baskets were randomly in an aisle - someone must have ditched them - but they were sooo cute. I ended up getting them because they were to cute to pass up.

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There was 2 a circle and a square. I didn't really have any place in mind and right now the square one is sitting on my desk with my camera and flip cam and the circle one is still hanging out....I'm sure I'll find a use for her.

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They were $3.99 and $4.99 and I have the Hobby Lobby app on my phone so I used the 40% off coupon so it was a pretty good deal!

Just so were clear - I do not work for Hobby Lobby or get paid by them - I just wanted to show you some of the cute things I saw while I was there.

February 20, 2013

Craziness.

I've been feeling like a hampster on a wheel lately and just can't seem to get off.

I took the little guy to the vet yesterday which isn't really a big deal when your dog is not sensitive. Max has to be pre-treated with Benadryl before he goes because he's very sensitive to vaccines. I was running around worried about not having a sample to bring them and forgot to give him his Benadryl. The vet luckily had some and were nice enough to give him some. All was good in the world - when I left for work at 1:00 he was moody and not giving Mr.B or I any kisses or even wanting to be by us. When I got home at 5:30 he was in rare form -limping,  whimpering and just slumping around. He got 2 shots and they had to draw blood but it took them 2 times so he got pricked in his little foot twice - so I figured he was just sore. I went to the same vet but had a different doctor so it wasn't our usual routine - I remembered last night our regular doctor saying he'd be sore from his one shot .... and then I realized he had a huge lump near the injection site. 

He was really uncomfortable and just couldn't get positioned good to be able to sleep and I felt so bad for him. I took him up to bed and tried to get him comfortable - he thankfully fell right asleep and was fine. At this point my hives were starting to hit full effect but I figured I'd just sleep it off. 

Needless to say it was a long night - Max kept moving around and I was very uncomfortable because my hives weren't getting any better. When I woke up this morning I was covered from head to toe. Not sure why they're coming back - but they better not be here to stay because they suck!

So today I leave with you with a quote....


Hopefully, the day goes better than last night did. My lil man was up and at 'em this morning so that's good. He's giving lots of kisses and is sitting on my lap as I type this. Nothing like my little man to make the day better!

February 19, 2013

Pantry the Finale!

I showed you last week our pantry progress and now it's time to show you the finale and all the steps it took us to get there.

While I let the closet dry I got to work getting the boards that we were going to be using for the shelves ready to go. We got the same kind of board we got for my Mom's nightstand. It was 16" by 96" you can find it here.

The width of the our closet was 25 3/8" so we were able to get 3 shelves out of 96" board. We had 1 x 4 left over so gathered up a bunch of pieces that would work for our braces and had to go out and buy 1 1 x 4 so we'd have enough braces for the back. We also had a 1 x 12 on hand and we were able to get 2 shelves out of that.

I laid everything out and got to work staining. I used Early American by Minwax - which is also what I used on my Mom's nightstand - and I loved it so I wanted to use it again.

I normally use a foam brush but decided to use a bristle brush this time and loved the results. I didn't have to wipe the stain with a rag at all (just the edges a little for drips) I dipped the brush and stayed in the middle of the board until the brush got a little dryer and then I went to the edges so I wouldn't have to worry about drips. It was awesome I don't think I'll ever use a foam brush again.

I stained one side of everything and by time I went through everything I could flip each one over and stain the other side. I let them dry for awhile and then went back down and poly-ed each side and let them dry awhile and went back to do the other side. I did 2 coats on one side of each so that the tops would have extra protection. (Tip: I put little post it tabs on the sides that I poly-ed twice so we'd know which side to face up. )

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Mr.B ripped the 1 x 4 in half because he didn't want it to be so big - so this way we didn't have to buy as much material and they'd still be able to hold the shelves just fine.

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I wanted to figure out the spacing so that we didn't just throw the shelves up in random spots and them still not function good for us. So I used my architectural ruler so draw the closet to scale and figure out spacing.

The (2) 12" deep shelves were going to be near the top and that was because you have the door and wall there so the deeper shelves would make it harder to get things on and off the shelves. The deeper shelves were in the doorway because it wouldn't be an issue to get things on and off.

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So the next step was to mark off where all the shelves would be. Mr.B measured from the top down 16" for the first shelf and then used his t-square to mark it off along the back of the wall.

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The app I had on my phone Ultra Utilities came in handy because it has a level (our level is too wide to fit in the pantry) so he leveled the t-square and drew his line.

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He measured everything off and drew the lines for all the back supports and then we went back an added all the supports in. You can sort of see the lines for each support in the picture below.

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Since we cut the 1 x 4's in half we made sure the cut edge was facing up on each support so that it wouldn't show once the shelf was on top. We had to use my phone again to level all the supports and then Mr.B nailed into the studs. We got really lucky and there was a stud in the middle of the back wall and on each end - so we could nail into 3 studs a couple times for each board.

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Here are all our back supports nailed in - all the cut edges facing up so that once all the shelves were on everything would be completely finished.

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The next step was to find a stud on the side walls and add in the side supports. There was a stud in the middle of the wall and in the corner so he could shot the nails in at an angle but we didn't feel comfortable with 4" of shelf not being screwed or nailed into anything. The top shelves were fine because those were only 12" deep but for the lower shelves we had to add anchors and screws to the ends of each.

We screwed a hole through the ends of all the boards and made sure we screwed into the right ends so that the cut ends would still be facing up.

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Mr.B measured where he needed to put the anchor drilled a pilot hole and screwed the anchor in then he just nailed the board into the stud in the middle and corner and screwed into the anchor at the end.

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So we screwed all the side supports in and then nailed all the shelves to the supports for extra security. I got excited and started adding some of my accessories in right away.

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We added the holder above awhile ago but purchased the wire racks to go on the doors for added storage. We got those from Lowe's you can find them here. The wire racks that slide onto the shelves were also from Lowe's you can find them here. The 3 tier shelf was from Wal-Mart and you can find that here.

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I had everything in storage containers while we worked on the pantry. So I just carried them over and organized everything as I took it out. I moved stuff and played around with where everything should be. I used the wire racks on the door for peanut butter and jelly, snacks and oatmeal. I hate cardboard boxes of snacks so its nice to be able to throw the boxes away and have a place to put stuff.

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I also got some apothecary jars from Wal-Mart and in the gallon size I put eggs noodles and ziti noodles in them on the 3rd shelf. I put rice in a quart size one - I could only find the gallon size on their website here. (They're so cheap there - that's where I always get mine!)

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Eventually, I'm going to get a basket to put on the floor for chips and stuff like that. Right now they're on the bottom shelf but they just don't stay neat enough so I'd like to put them in a basket.

The bottom shelf has cereal and crackers and snacks. The 2nd shelf has oils, vinegar's  sauces, bread crumbs and taco kits. The wire rack on the second shelf has popcorn and granola bars. The upper wire rack has croutons and pizza mixes.

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I was just looking at this picture and I'm like how did that get there? Apparently, Mr.B decided to put the blender jar on the top shelf. There is also extra bowls, a box of biscuit mix, and alcohol. The lower shelf has pastas and rice in apothecary jar, stock and some baking stuff. (The rest of my baking stuff is in our lazy susan - Mr.B might be onto something because I could move the rest of the blender in here and have room for that little bit of baking stuff.)  The next shelf has the  2 jars filled with pasta and the 3 tier shelf which is great for cans. There is other miscellaneous stuff like sauce, salsa and other condiments.

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So let's take a look back - here is what we started with. 3 wire shelves and a cardboard box turned upside down.

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I think it's safe to say we upgraded!

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We only had to buy the 16" board for the shelves and (1) 1 x 4 - all the rest of the wood we had left over from other projects. We purchased the wire racks and the jars. It is definitely going to change and grow with us that is for sure. Just writing this made me realize a few things I could change around and I'm okay with that.

I'm glad that I have enough room to be able to make some changes now - before the cardboard box was my biggest change to maximize things.

No dogs or iPhones were injured during the making of this organized pantry. Although, they were close by the whole time - for support.

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