Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Taco Chili

Hello! We're so glad you stopped by!

My husband HATES chili, but the kids and I love it, so I am always trying to figure out a way for us to eat it while tricking Trey!

Last nights Chili Creation: Success! 


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

2lb ground beef (or turkey)
4T. Taco seasoning, divided
1 Can Corn
1 Can Black Beans (rinsed)
1 Green Pepper, Diced
1 Yellow Onion, Diced
1 Can Diced Tomato
1 10oz. Can Red Enchilada Sauce
2C. Chicken Broth
1/2T. Cumin
4oz Green Chiles (optional)

1. Brown your hamburger (or turkey) with 2T. Taco Seasoning.
2. Combined all ingredients (including the remaining 2T. of Taco Seasoning) in a slow cooker.
3. Cook on low for 6 hours.

This could also be done on the stove.  Before combining all the ingredients, cook the onions and green peppers with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until tender, then add to the soup.

I serve it with sour cream and cheese! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lamp Revamp





Hi there!  We're so glad you stopped by.


We are humbled and overwhelmed by all of the people that took the time to view our last post.  Thank you so much, every single one of you.  You are what makes this worthwhile.



Today I want to show you how easy it is to give new life 
to that item you have sitting in a corner someplace.


Here is a little lamp I found a few years ago. 
I loved the look of it, but the color did not work in my home.








 I started by painting it with Chalk paint.  

This is such an awesome product.  

It goes on like butter and you only need a little bit.



 Next, I applied the antiquing glaze.  

Rub it all over, making sure to get it in the grooves.

Simply wipe off the excess until you get the look you're going for.



I love how it turned out!








The great thing about this product is it gives the painted portion an aged look.

I love how it stays in the grooves giving it the dimensional look I was going for.

I attached wired burlap flowers. I twisted the flower around each wire.

Tied a burlap bow around it, and viola, a lampshade!








I'm not sure where I'll end up keeping it, 
so I moved it to a few different places 
and took pictures so you can see that you can use it in
 so many areas of your decor.









It could go here.....








here.......








or even here.

Move things around, step back, 
and decide where it makes your heart the most happy. 








I think I will be using on the shelf in our office. 







Thank you so  much for stopping by.  It means the world to us.

Blessings,

Kelly and Tiffany

Sunday, October 8, 2017




Hi there!! We are so glad you stopped by.

I know it's been a long time, a really long time.  

But, we're back! And, we have a lot of great projects to share with you.

Let's start with fall decorating!








This year I kept it pretty simple.








My barn wood box...I love how simply it can be changed for the seasons.








Hey, the top of the fridge is a shelf, right?


No flat surface shall be left behind.








Add touches of light with small lamps.


Add ribbon for a seasonal look.







Countertop decor.....








Add a placemat under appliances and a fake plant in a clay pot.








Another flat surface....I know, it's a sickness














Trays and placemats are a good anchor for decorating.  


They keep items together and give a bit of definition.








A little touch for the island (another lamp) I'm all about lighting.

The nice thing about lamps is they give you some height when balancing out decor.

Remember, your eyes like to have different textures - and heights - to look at.


















Since I have THE smallest porch in the history of ever,

there aren't a lot of options, so I keep it simple.








Put some burlap in a wire basket and fill with flowers.


The burlap works as a filler, and, keeps them in place.








Add some flameless candles to turn on when you're expecting guests. 


It gives it a warm feeling.








Tuck in some greens for texture and color.


Hobby Lobby and Ikea have fantastic greens at affordable prices. 







Even the birdcage got a little fall love this year.
(please excuse the ugly cord - at least it's black)







Add some lights to the top of your hutch, and a lamp for added soft lighting.


When I decorate I like to step back, look at it, and adjust it until it makes my eyes happy.








I hope you enjoyed my little tour and maybe it even gave you an idea you want to try.

Happy decorating!




May your fall season be filled with blessings~

Kelly and Tiffany

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Coming Soon...

Stay Tuned!  We have a lot of great new things to share with you!

- Kelly and Tiffany

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Washi Tape Clothes Pins

QUICK TIP! 
Ditch the scrapbook paper, mod podge, and loose glitter!  Use Washi tape to give your clothes pins a mess free, colorful makeover!

My favorite clothes pin uses: 

- Hang the children's artwork 
- Make Clothespin wreaths
- Make magnets for the fridge

DIY Valentine's Day Decor

HELLO!!  We're so glad you stopped by!
You may have noticed, but my mom and I have not posted anything in quite some time.  Between the two of us, we had a very busy 2015.  My sister got married, so wedding planning was in full swing.  Mom landed her dream job with the St. Paul Police!  I graduated college and had a full time law office internship, my husband was required to relocate for his promotion, so we had to get our family and house prepared for a move that ultimately never happened because the same position opened up at his current location (Praise God!) 
But, we're BACK.  And we have a lot of great things we are going to be sharing with you! 
Valentine's Day is hands-down my favorite holiday/season to decorate for.  I am as girly as they come.  Any reason to bust out pink decor and glitter is my kind of party!
I am going to share very quick, easy DIY Valentine's Day decor pieces that you can create with pieces from the dollar section at Target!
Bakers Twine.  I literally tie this stuff around everything I can!  Tie them around candles to give them a "pop" of color.  Spools of twine: $1
Felt cut-out letters.  Also in the dollar section at Target.  I had a burlap wrapped canvas in my craft room, so with the felt and the bakers twine, I was able to throw this together in seconds.  
Add scrapbook paper to frames.  I got a 10 pack of Valentine themed paper for $1.  
I got the black frame and the "C" at Hobby Lobby.  The rose balls are also from Target, but they were not in the dollar section.  You could easily make these with artificial flowers and Styrofoam balls (see our spring flower balls post!)

I have a Cricut machine, so I used more of the scrapbook paper to cut out phrases to frame.  
It is hard to see the smaller frame, but it says "I love you a bushel & a peck"


Candles.  I found plain pink candles at Walmart.  I believe they were $.50 a piece.  This was my chance to bust out my glitter!  I brushed Mod Podge onto the candles (I used the Gloss finish).  Then I used white/iridescent glitter.  You could even use Epsom salt if you have that around the house.  My husband hates finding glitter all over the place, so I spray hairspray over the glitter when I am done to prevent it from falling off!

The silver "&" was also from the Target dollar section.  It was $3.  This could also be recreated by buying a wooden letter, brushing mod podge on the letter, and sprinkling Glitter or Confetti over the glue.  You will probably pay more for the supplies than you would just buying the item at Target, though.


So, where did I get those pink candlesticks?  My mom's garage sale.  I bet she regrets giving them to me now :) If you are not lucky enough to find something like this at your mom's house, most thrift stores are bursting at the seams with candlesticks!

They looked like this:  


I used True Red, Dragonfruit, and Bubblegum pink acrylic paint by Americana.  You will have to apply a few coats of paint.  I think I did three?  


Originally I was going to do flower balls on the candle sticks, but I ran out of brads and flowers.  


((Hang in there... I'm almost done!)) 

I got a pink chalkboard in the Target dollar section.  This one was also $3.  I used gems to monogram the chalkboard.  Originally I wanted to line the chalkboard with flowers, but I ran out of those too.  It was -30 degrees outside and I was not leaving the house to get more.  


Instead, I painted the legs, and added flowers that I currently had on hand to finish the chalkboard.


And lastly.  I needed to create something to hold all of my gummy flowers that I cannot. stop. eating.  This would make a perfect teacher gift for your children to bring on Valentine's Day! 

You guessed it.  I got the jar in the target dollar section.  They also have pink and red! 
I glued burlap around it, and wrapped my trusty bakers twine around it.  


If you are wondering... yes, I did eat all of the gummies.  Presley will have to get some more for her teacher! 

Stay tuned, I will have more Valentine's Day ideas for you next week!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Transforming a Cardboard Box

Hi there!  I am so glad you stopped by.
I want to show you the cheapest, 
easiest way to make a pretty storage box, 
with things you already have.
Are you like me and you hate to throw out a good cardboard box?
I feel guilty every time I throw one out.
But, I have this strange obsession with things-that-hold-things.
Here is a super easy way to transform them in to storage.
Here is what you will need:
Cardboard box
Wrapping paper
Ribbon and bow
Tape
Measure your paper to go all the way around the box, 
and secure it with tape.
It's just like wrapping a present.
Finish the bottom.
Make a cut at each of the corners, down to the box.
You are going to want to "wrap" the inside, too.
Tuck the paper inside and secure with tape.
When you're done, it will look like this.
You could leave it just like this, but I wanted to dress it up a bit........
Add a piece of ribbon and a bow.  I secured mine with hot glue.
There you have it.  You can recycle and have pretty storage, too.
You could use different size boxes with coordinating paper, for even more storage.
I use mine to store candles, but you can use this for so many things. 
They are cute on a shelf, in the linen closet, under your sink.  The options are endless.
I hope you enjoyed this simple project 
and it inspires you to make those cardboard boxes 
in to something pretty and useful.
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Until next time,

Taco Chili

Hello! We're so glad you stopped by! My husband HATES chili, but the kids and I love it, so I am always trying to figure out a way ...