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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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kitchen Renovation DIY - Demo!

Oh yes everyone's favorite part of remodeling...DEMO! I wish it was as fun as they show on TV but we have to break it up over several days. I so wish I could take a sledge hammer and destroy this kitchen!! My husband has other ideas though. He wants to put the cabinets in the basement. (ughhhh)

We found some nice surprises under the floor. Picture layer upon layer of pure crap. So by the front door we found the original flooring underneath the linoleum. I'm all for keeping old houses original but this is from the 60's and I guess they thought brown and beige was just amazing together.


And in the kitchen under the linoleum was....more linoleum! Isn't that great?! Near the dishwasher we found what looks like mold underneath all of the linoleum. Super. We are going to take the boards up and replace the whole kitchen with new, sturdier boards.


What a mess this is...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Kitchen Renovation DIY

And so it begins. Our venture into kitchen remodeling is starting to get underway. We are going full on DIY with this. Maybe a little crazy but we don't really have much of a choice with our sad budget. The kitchen in this house is a true nightmare from top to bottom. We moved into this house without actually seeing it (NOT RECOMMENDED!) and when I saw the kitchen I almost cried. It is such a bad layout and even after the remodel the layout won't be great but there's not much we can do about it.
the dishwasher hasn't worked in over a year and there is not door for that cabinet.

this lovely solo cabinet came with the house and works as our microwave holder  
the doors on the bottom cabinet are REALLY hard to open and there's some on the left that won't stay closed!
I totally think we should be on Kitchen Nightmares. Don't you think this would qualify? The fridge is on the opposite wall in a hole and there's not much room for a table.

We are starting to rip up floors and I'll be posting about it all!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

40% off Nerf Sale on Amazon

Most Nerf is 40% on Amazon today! I don't know a kid out there that doesn't like nerf stuff.

The Rebelle and Super Soaker are just a few of the selections on sale

Monday, June 30, 2014

Party Like it's your Birthday!

My birthday is coming up and I am soooooo excited about it!!! Can you sense my sarcasm? Ahhh I should be excited though, I survived another year without ending up in the nut house and there are loads of freebies to be had! 

This is my small but mighty list of birthday freebies. These are my favorites and they have been verified by me.

  • Aveda sends out a postcard (just got mine!) every year for a free gift which is usually a custom made perfume made with essential oils. This is a really nice freebie!
  • Sephora is another good one. The gift changes every year. It's always been a travel size of makeup.
  • Toys R Us sends out a card with a $5 off $5 coupon and they will give your kid a balloon and hat in the store.
  • Starbucks will give you a free drink if you have a rewards card with them. 
  • Red Robin gives you a free burger and fries! Can't beat that!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Grape Cutting Hack Fail

I have seen this video of a guy cutting grapes like this on facebook recently. He made it look so smooth and effortless. If you have little kids around like me it is a total pain in the butt to cut each individual grape. I was really hoping it would work and it kind of did. Sort of. A lot of the grapes just moved around and weren't cut and most of them were cut weirdly. I am thinking my knife wasn't sharp enough.




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kids Vacation Journal Review and Giveaway



Here is a cute little Kid's Travel Journal from the Victoria Chart Company. The kids can use this during summer travels or just to write down what they did during summer break. The paper book is 20 pages with lots of spots to color and write in.  It is great for practicing writing! It provides great writing prompts like..."today we..." It also has a checklist for sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and clothes.

It's a cute idea and will be great to look back on when they are older!


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