Another Day Off

Let me start by promising I won’t mention our water situation today.

You’re welcome!

Instead, I thought we might discuss the SNOW situation.

Y’all.

My boys have been to school for a total of three days since December 19th, and one of those days was a two-hour delay. (Not that I’m complaining, because I have enjoyed everyday with my boys, but because of the days missed, the kids now have to go to school until the end of May.)

We have 3-4 inches of snow on the ground. We had a snow day (and have another one tomorrow!). Earlier today, my neighbor, Jamie texted to ask if Stevie and Alex would like to come out and go sledding with her kids. She also promised hot chocolate. It sounded better than sitting in the house one. more. minute, so I threw some cookie dough in the oven because COOKIES!

The kids had a great time!

Earlier in the day, I also spent some time organizing some problem areas around this joint.

The area under our sink looked like this several weeks ago.

After repairing a leaky water pipe and adding a tension rod, it now looks like this.

I am sure I heard violins when I stepped back to take a look at this newly organized space.

I was so impressed with the big difference the little change made, I decided to organize the area under my bathroom sink, too. Unfortunately I didn’t get any before pictures.

Rest assured, it was a hot-mess.

Just look at this wonderfulness…

Extra make-up – aisle 1.

This next one is travel size and first-aid items, among other things.

And this last one is full of all of the crazy amount of little tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes we get from the dentist, along with extra toothbrushes for visitors who might visit and forget theirs.

This little three-drawer organizer works so well in this space. I love it!

My Mudroom Is Finished!

There is always a project in progress up in here. For instance, we are in the planning stages of a new back deck. Not because we want a larger one, or a better one, rather, because the boards are rotting and I am fearful that one of us will end up in the back yard when we fall through a board.

The project that we (and by we, I mostly mean McDaddy because he does 90% of the work) most recently completed is my new mudroom. I actually contribute by researching and pinning ideas to my Pinterest board and my challenging McDaddy when he says something like, “that would be tough to do” because I am a firm believer that while it might be tough, tough does not equal impossible.

Thankfully, I am married to a guy who can do just about anything.

Back in October, I wrote a post called ”Designing My Mudroom” and shared pictures of the wall unit that my dad built for the new room. When I wrote my 2013 Year in Review, it dawned on me that I never showcased the FINISHED PRODUCT.

Every time I enter the new mudroom, I squeal, because y’all, it is just beautiful. This is the wall unit that my dad built for the room.

Isn’t it fabulous?

[Note: This is the wall unit before the new foam flooring was installed.]

We ordered foam flooring almost two years ago and it has sat – in boxes – in the hallway until weeks ago when we were ready to install it.  The foam flooring comes in puzzle pieces, and as always, the boys were eager to help their dad install it.

It took McDaddy and his assistants approximately six hours to install the foam flooring and this is a pretty big room.

This is the before:

And, THIS is the after:

It looks like wood flooring, but it is actually foam. (Oh, and I have no idea why the striped wallpaper looks psychedelic.) It feels like you are walking on a sponge.

This picture was taken just before the floor was finished in front of the closet door.

To install a foam floor, you just measure and put the pieces together like a puzzle.

Just look at this laundry area.

Y’all, I swear I hear The Hallelujah Chorus every time I step into this room. I really wish I would’ve taken a picture of this room before we started any of the work. (I probably have a picture somewhere but I can’t find it. You should trust me when I tell you that it was a hot, cluttered mess.)

Another plus of this nice, big room with a foam floor is that our boys use it as a basketball court.

Thanks to Pinterest (I’m sure McDaddy just rolled his eyes!) I discovered a great tip for metal / wire shelving. I went to Lowe’s and purchased eight of these adhesive tiles. I removed the backing and attached them to the bottom shelf. Six of the tiles fit perfectly on this bottom shelf.

Cue the violins.

I love, love, love this new room and I appreciate all the work that McDaddy and MyDaddy did to make it beautiful!

For more great mudroom ideas, visit my Pinterest Board “Designing My Mudroom.”

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Falling Into Christmas

Last time we spoke, I was scurrying around preparing for Thanksgiving. Truthfully, I was scurrying around getting cabinets cleaned out because now that I have a fancy new wall-unit in my mud-room, I have plenty-o-space to store all of my serving dishes and serving baskets, which is fabulous because yay for LOTS OF EXTRA SPACE!

Then, there was the annual day-before Thanksgiving prep day with my parents where they spend the day in our kitchen cooking and I spend the day in my kitchen keeping the dishes and kitchen cleaned up.

In other words, the only turkey I prepared on Thanksgiving was this one.

He turned out so cute. I didn’t even want to cut into it.

My dad made the chipped-beef cheese ball. I used a Slim-Jim for the neck. I hot-glued the candy corn nose onto the Slim Jim, and I also hot-glued the M&Ms to the Slim Jim. Lastly, I used a Sharpie to draw the pupils on.

CHIPPED BEEF CHEESE BALL

2 pkgs. chipped beef (found in the lunchmeat section)

2 (8 oz.) packages of softened cream cheese

1 tsp. Worchester sauce.

1/2 cup chopped onion (more if you don’t mind onion breath)

Combine all ingredients, form into a ball and refrigerate.

Our Thanksgiving was wonderfully low-key. I decided weeks ago that for the first time in as many years as I can remember, I was not going out to shop on Thanksgiving evening or even on black Friday. There was no stress to get out at a decent hour. There was no worry about getting *the* item. I just stayed home, relaxed, and *might* have asked begged McDaddy to start getting my Christmas décor down despite his “no Christmas décor until after Thanksgiving rule.” To my surprise, he did agree to get two Snowman totes down from the loft.

I am always so happy to change out fall for Christmas.

And just for the record, these three Christmas scents are FAB-U-LOUS!!! I wash my hands several times a day just so that my hands will smell yummy!

On Friday, I hit the ground running, excited to get my Christmas stuff out, especially since (after years of searching) I found a snowman tree-topper at Cracker Barrel.

I know!

I went crazy when I saw this one sitting atop a tree in Cracker Barrel, especially since I had spent the past two weeks searching online and Pinterest to find one.

I had to ditch the gold beads I have used for the past ten or so years for the red/lime green ribbon-like stuff they had on display there. I know it sounds absurd, but I absolutely love sitting in the dark looking at a lighted Christmas tree, especially now that all of my gift-wrap matches the red/lime-green theme on my tree.

Be still my beating OCD heart.

This looks even more fabulous in person than it does right here.

And of course, my ornaments are so very special to me. I even added a couple of Longaberger tree-trimming baskets this year.

While it is true that I HATE snow, I happen to LOVE snowmen.

In fact, most of my Christmas décor (and for the record, I don’t ever use the term, décor… I would use the term decorations, instead) is snowmen.

Even in our bathroom.

My goodness, I love the holidays and everything that goes along with them.

Except.

I hope these next nine days C-R-E-E-P by because HOLY COW Y’ALL, FORTY.

Have a great week, folks.

As for me? I’ll be busy running Santa’s Workshop at Alex’s school trying to enjoy what’s left of my thirties.

Designing My Mudroom

For more than a year, McDaddy and I have been making plans to turn our fifth bedroom into a mudroom. The room is off of the garage, but when we moved into our home, there was no door connecting the room to the garage because apparently the people who owned the house before us were crazy people who didn’t feel a need for the garage to be accessible from inside the house.

It took about fourteen minutes after closing on our home for McDaddy to decide that the first project up in here would be to cut a hole in the basement wall and put a door in.

And that’s precisely what he did.

So, the fifth bedroom – as it was listed on the house description – became a fifth bedroom with garage access. In addition to the room being more useful (because now McDaddy could get to the basement bathroom from the garage) the room became a catch-all because aside from walking through the room from the garage, we rarely spent any amount time in there.

Then, I started spending time on Pinterest.

And I saw all these beautiful mudrooms.

And the proverbial wheels started turning.

And like I do every time I get a wild hair up my you-know-what I began my mudroom campaign talking to McDaddy about turning the big, handy room off of the garage into a mudroom.

I started a Pinterest board called Designing My Mudroom and I started pinning like a crazy person.

Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?

Soon after that, I asked my dad if it would be possible to build a wall-unit and I showed him several pictures of units I pinned to my DMM Board, and explained how I’d like more shelves because OH MY WORD WE HAVE LOTS OF JUNK.

If I had any sense, I would have taken a picture of the drawing my dad made based on the description I gave him, because it was impressive. 

Soon after deciding to remodel the room, we started to shop for flooring. We settled on wood-grain foam flooring, and ordered it soon after that. That flooring is in boxes in our basement and I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the floor installed. But that’s another story for another day.

Anyway.

My dad’s friend, Frank has a workshop. The two of them spent several days working to get the wood cut and prepared.

 

And you can imagine my excitement as I watched the wall unit starting to come together.

That’s Frank on the left and my Daddy on the right.

And here’s my daddy attaching the hooks that will eventually hold our jackets. (HI DAD!)

Now.

Do you see all that fancy chair rail on top of the unit?

That was all my dad. I assumed that it would just be a flat board on top because it is so close to the ceiling. I never dreamed he would make it so fancy, but OH MY HEAVENLY DAY, I LOVE IT!

Nor did I have any idea that he and Frank would make the shelves on the sides adjustable, BUT SWEET HALLELUJAH I LOVE OPTIONS!

You can imagine my excitement when I walked into the room to see this.

I plan to use scrapbook stickers to put our names on each of our shoe bins. Additionally, I have asked my friend Jill to make a denim cushion for the area just above the shoe bins. And as bad as I straight-up HATE to wait, I. MUST. WAIT. because Jill is busy making a Halloween costume for her daughter.

And speaking of WAITING.

I won’t be waiting long before telling McDaddy to GET THESE FRIGGIN’ JEEP TIRES OUT OF THE ROOM, so we can clear out the room and get the new flooring down.

I’ll share the pictures just as soon as we get the floor done.

Stay tuned….

Decorating For Fall

It’s hard to welcome Fall with open arms when it’s 90-some degrees every other day. I am waiting patiently to cook up a crock-pot of chili or a big ol bucket of vegetable soup on a cold, crisp day.

Although I’ve been burning Pumpkin Cupcake and Pumpkin Pecan Waffle candles for more than a month, it has taken me a little longer to get all of my fall décor in order. I have moved this stuff around for weeks (because I am an indecisive crazy person) but as of today, I think I’ve got it all where I want it.

I am most excited about my front porch.

though I have no idea what is up with my front door. (Shadows maybe?) Let the record reflect that I have kept the mum alive for an entire week

I study Pinterest to get porch ideas but mine never quite turns out like anything I see on there.

I picked up this cute little bench at a primitive shop earlier this week.

The lady at the shop suggested I coat the bench with polyurethane to protect it from the elements.

I plan to do that this weekend.

This guy hangs out on the other side of the door.

And here’s a close-up of my front door (and also one of my favorite fall décor pieces).

Unfortunately I forgot about this little fella when I repainted my front door. Leave it to me to paint my door the same color as his shirt. Kinda makes me think I should have left it sage green.

Have I mentioned that I just love fall?

Moving inside, my dining-room table is plain and simple. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with Longaberger.

I just love it!

Our great room includes our living room, dining room and kitchen. The living room portion is all decked out for fall. The basket shown in the middle of the table is a Longaberger cake basket. I purchased the pumpkin lid during a trip to Dresden a couple of years ago. It makes me smile. (They also had a snowman lid which I did not buy. That does NOT make me smile because every year when I get the pumpkin lid out for fall, I think about the snowman one too!)

I picked up the smaller items at Big Lots and Crafts 2000.

Our living room features a large bay window. I decorate it for every season.

I picked up the sunflower bowl at Big Lots one day last week. They have a really nice line of fall décor and I just love it! (I typically place assorted size boxes in the window and then throw a table-cloth or sheet on top of the boxes.) The wooden picture on the right is actually one of our church bulletins decoupaged onto a wooden square. I love that one of the ladies from our church taught us how to do that at a ladies retreat a few years back.

The coffee table falls victim to movement pretty frequently because the boys sometimes sit on the table when they play the Wii, or use the table for a race track for their cars. (I am a firm believer that scratches only add to the personality of a coffee table and there will come a day when I will look back on the table and long for another CARS race around its perimeter.)

I’ve been toying with the idea of moving these three glass cylinders to the coffee table. The only problem is that they are tall and I feel like they distract from the television which sits directly in front of the coffee table.

I love this little end table display (but I HATE candy corn!)

And if you haven’t tried a pumpkin candle from Bath and Body, I suggest you get your tail end over there right now! (In the interest of full disclosure, I am not being compensated to say anything about B&B candles. It just so happens they are my favorite candles and they smell yummy!)

That’s fall around here, y’all!