Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Remodeling Tips for YOU!

  • Get a babysitter
  • Do not get unfinished anything unless you are super hard up for money
  • Have friends with muscles
  • Wear gloves 
  • Don't wear flip flops
  • Don't walk into a saw and cut your foot in your flip flops
  • After you have varnished don't let your toddler come in and put his chubby hands all over
  • Don't let the dog shake when you are staining
  • Keep the dog outside
  • Don't forget your power tools outside in the rain
  • Don't expect to be done for at least two months
  • Be prepared to go to the home improvement store at least three times a week
  • Remember, kids hate home improvement store and you will learn to also
  • Don't wash food down the bathroom sink
  • Get a babysitter
Remember, if there is no blood, sweat and tears your not doing it right


Fulcrum Gallery Art Review

If you are anything like me, you like stuff on your walls. Photographs, paintings, canvas, clocks...whatever can be nailed up! That's why I was so excited when Fulcrum Gallery reached out to me for a review. They have 1,000's of different pictures to choose from. They have so many prints to choose from it was almost overwhelming. Thankfully, the smart people at Fulcrum Gallery have categorized everything very well. You can search by room, subject, styles and artists.

I was really wanting to get something for my new kitchen remodel. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted but it was a lot of fun to browse through the many, many pages.  It took me a good amount of time to narrow down my choices. I finally settled on these two.


I absolutely adore this painting but it only came in a large size. I didn't think it would really go with my kitchen so I chose this next one. It's contemporary, fun and there is no doubt it belongs in a kitchen.

http://www.fulcrumgallery.com/c35192/modern-kitchen-art.htm

Once you pick out your picture you can choose your size, frame, and mating. The prints themselves are very cheap but the frames are rather pricey. I really don't know of anywhere that has nice, cheap frames though. It's just one of those things you will always pay a lot for in my experience. A good frame really does make the print stand out though and in opinion they are worth the extra money.

I received my order in about 1 1/2 weeks which is decent. I was worried when I saw the box because the bottom was crushed. I thought for sure there would be some damage. Thankfully there wasn't because it was packed so well. The frame and picture were perfect.

I love my new artwork and can't wait to hang it up when I'm done painting. This is the place to go if you are looking to add to your wall art or just looking for something new. They are easy to work with, have the best selection and are high quality.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Never again - Kitchen Remodel

I swear to God I will never do another kitchen remodel with unfinished cabinets. I don't care how much money you are saving, save up and buy the finished cabinets...please! You will thank me! I will also never do any type of remodel with a two year old running around. What the heck were we thinking?!

We are nearing the finish line with our kitchen, sort of. The cabinets are installed...still unfinished. The counter should be coming next week and then I think it will all come together very quickly. At least I hope so.





Friday, August 1, 2014

The Hot Zone - The Best Ebola and Virus Book Ever

Ebola is some scary ass crap that is lurking somewhere in Africa. Where it comes from exactly, no one knows. There is no cure and chances of death are very high. I learned in great, terrifying detail exactly how one would die if they contracted Ebola. Probably one of the best non-fiction books I have read is The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story. It was published in 1995 but it could not be more relevant than now with the largest outbreak in known history happening in west Africa.  This book reads like a thriller about the deadly and probably most horrifying virus on Earth, Ebola. If you have any interest in what's going on now, this is a must read and much better than anything you will get on the "news".

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385479565?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=0385479565&linkCode=shr&tag=brightbird-20&linkId=VVIFUJ4RZRPMMDG3

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Free Rue La La $25 Credit


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Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY Kitchen Remodel Limbo

Shit got real last Friday. That's when the floor got ripped out and the bones of our house were exposed. I don' recommend going down to your sub floor but sometimes you just gotta! We had some mold, not too bad, around the dishwasher and that crappy particle board just had to be replaced with something sturdier. I am very happy I didn't have to do the dirty work and take out the floor. It was very hard and loud work for three straight hours by two guys. It was difficult coming out because the boards were nailed down with these screw-like nails that would not budge. Later we had to go around and hammer down all of those nails...ugh.

They took out the lower cabinets too and a piece of the wall came off. That's when we discovered there is no insulation in the house! That's just super. So I decided since we are doing all of this we might as well add insulation. So trudging back to Lowe's again we get the big blower and six bags of insulation. We've done this before in a house and it really is pretty easy. We make holes between the studs and blow it in. It took about an hour but we still have to patch up the holes. I really hope it makes a difference because the kitchen is very cold in winter.

Most of the new boards are glued and screwed down. Hopefully no one needs to take these boards out in the future because they are going to have a hell of a time removing them! We are pretty much ready but our cabinets are nowhere in sight. They are currently being shipped to the store and then will be delivered to us. But when??? We were told 2-3 weeks and now it's been over three weeks :/
So now we wait and we cook dinner in the microwave and eat really bad processed food.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

CanvasHQ Custom Canvas Artwork Review and Giveaway


I love a nice, custom canvas and the ones from Canvas HQ are very nice indeed! They use artisan-quality canvas, and lifelong UV- and water-resistant inks. The frame is  assembled from artist-quality, kiln-dried fir stretcher bars. Then, their craftsmen use canvas stretching machines to perfectly mount your canvas. CanvasHQ offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and they have a lifetime guarantee that your canvas will not fade, crack, or bubble.

I ordered a canvas of a poppy painting that I love. The colors came out totally perfect. I adore it! It is much better quality then some other canvases I have ordered. I really can't say enough good things about the quality! The canvas is shipped in a very sturdy box by Fedex and comes pretty quickly. My canvas was carefully wrapped in plastic and came with a small wire to hang up onto a wall. The canvas was flawless with no denting. If I ever get lucky enough to finally get some good family photos I will be using CanvasHQ to order some nice canvases for the wall.
 Would you like to win a canvas from CanvasHQ? Of course you would! Enter the rafflecopter below to win an 11 x 14 custom canvas!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit Review



I got my hands on a Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit and had a lot of fun with it! I'm pretty sure this is something geared toward young girls but who says I can't have a little fun? I saw these type of loom kits all over during Christmas and thought they looked pretty cool. Turns out they are cool and very easy.

I have tried using the Knifty Knitter before, which is a very similar concept except for using yarn. I just could not get the Knifty Knitter for the life of me and I was equally bad at regular knitting. So I thought the Rainbow Bandz would be just as bad but I am glad to say it was much easier. I had to stare at the pictures in the directions for a while before I could figure out exactly what I needed to do but after I got going it came pretty naturally. It took about 5-10 minutes to make the first bracelet.

Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit consists of a hook with a base opener, a loom, 24 C-clips, 600 latex colorful rubber bands which can make up to 28 colorful bracelets, and an instruction manual. It is used to create bracelets, charms, and other interesting stuff.

The instruction manual has some pointers, tips and instructions to follow in order to come up with different desired creations – from beginner to expert level.

**Non toxic, Lead and Latex Free**

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Big Star Reward Chart



My little Alex is getting big and I am looking for ways to get him to do and not do certain things.  I was excited to try out  My Big Star Reward Chart from the Victoria Chart Company with him because it's geared towards young kids. He is almost two and he loves the pictures on the stickers. I love how big and durable the stickers are and there is plenty of space to put lots of them. I really like how you can focus on certain things like sharing or eating food. Very simple and basic things young children can understand.

This reward chart received it's own reward from National Parenting Publication Awards 2013. It comes with a large chart, 8x activity stickers, 8x blank stickers to customize, 240 smiley face stickers, 84 gold smiley star stickers, a information sheet with tips and a dry erase pen. 

I am focusing on Alex eating his food and not throwing it. He loves getting the stickers but I don't think he has really linked doing what I ask of him and getting a sticker yet. I think with consistency and time he will get it and the chart will really start to work.







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