Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Today, I want share with you a few of the chalk painted furniture pieces I've been working on for my new shop at Miles of Art. I hope you'll be inspired, I've tried just about every way you can chalk paint- from my favorite DIY recipe, to actual Annie Sloan brand, to using polyacrylic sealer, and Minwax sealer. The only thing I haven't tried yet is the Annie Sloan brand wax.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Moms Listen Up! YOU Can Easily Install a New Waterpik RainFall+™ Rain Shower Head #ShowerMomwithLove
Mother's Day is just around the corner. How does a brand new, luxury bathroom re-do sound as the perfect gift? Great, right? Well, while an entirely new bathroom is probably out of the question for most of us, what if I told you there is an easy update that can be done,for under $100, to make mom feel just a bit more luxurious in her space. With a brand new Waterpik RainFall+™ Rain Shower Head installed in the shower, she can feel pampered and special. Include the new shower head in a basket full of girly bath stuff- fluffy towels, lovely smelling bath gels, lotions, candles, a plush rug, and you're good to go! It's like a new bathroom in a basket, on a practical budget!
Now, I know a lot of us moms consider ourselves "DIY Moms" these days. So, if you're one of them (and even if you're not), this is shower head is super, super easy to install. I'm confident that anyone can install it.
This is how it looks just out of the box. Once you remove the paper, there are only a few pieces to handle. Nothing to be intimidated by.
I've put together this great video tutorial just to prove how easy it is. If you're one of the lucky moms to get one of these as a gift this year, here's how you install it-
See! Piece of cake. Not only does the Waterpik Rainfall Showerhead look great. but it's affordable as well. The RainFall+™ Rain Shower Head with 7 Spray Settings retails for $39.99. In fact, if you act now, you can enjoy an additional $10 rebate (found at the bottom of this post).
If you'restill wondering why to choose the Waterpik brand- other than the fact that it's so easy to use and install, here's a bit of additional info about the company that may help-
Since the launch of Original Shower Massage® in 1974, Waterpik® has been founded on a tradition of innovation and performance in everything we do. Waterpik® shower heads are designed to create shower experiences that relax, refresh and rejuvenate the body. A great shower starts with great water force. But Water Pik set out to prove that a good shower head could provide force without relying on water pressure. Even at low water pressures, OptiFLOW® can improve water force up to 30% by more efficiently channeling water. Waterpik® shower heads are engineered with OptiFLOW® to deliver the power. Our high-performance, high-style shower heads offer an affordable way to breathe new life into any bathroom. All Shower Heads sold after 2005 have a limited lifetime warranty.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Waterpik. The opinions and text are all mine.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
I have a weekend tradition this time of year- yard sales and baseball. That photo you see up there is what my center console in my van looks like come Saturday morning. Coffee, sunglasses, wallet, and Wet Ones antibacterial wipes. These are especially important to get rid of the dirt and grime that comes after digging through all the treasures I just might find. The big boys have ballgames every Saturday, so before their game, I hit all the yard sales in the area.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
If you ever have the opportunity to take your kiddos to a VeggieTales LIVE show, do it! A few weeks ago, the VeggieTales LIVE tour visited my town, and we were blessed to be able to take the kids. My three older kids and I have actually been to one of the old tours several years ago, and enjoyed it so much, but have never been able to take the two younger ones until now. Let me tell you, there is no expense spared, you feel like you're watching a little kids version of a Broadway show. It must look simply amazing to the little ones, to see their favorite Veggie characters come to life!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Truck Stop is a picture book about a family-run truck stop and all the trucks that stop in for breakfast. There are many different trucks depicted throughout the book, perfect for the little ones who can't get enough: eighteen-wheeler, dump truck, milk tank, moving van, even an old green pickup.
Do you have a young reader who loves all things related to cars and trucks? I know I do, my four year old son Isaac and his best friend love anything mechanincal. When we received the book Truck Stop by Anne Rockwell illustrated by Melissa Iwai, he was so excited! We've read through it several times already to the point where he has memorized most of the story. Of course, the eighteen wheeler is his very favorite, but was a bit fascinated by the milk truck, because, we realized, that he's never actually seen a milk truck. Isaac enjoyed the boy who works at the counter, helping his parents, and even told me once he wanted to work at a truck stop! Of course, he also wants to work at an aquarium, a school, and the grocery store, but this cute book has added a new occupational goal to his list.
In my opinion, Truck Stop is a great length for little ones around the ages of 4-5 who still like to be read to, and for around six or seven and up who are trying to learn to read on their own. The words aren't overly complicated, and for the most part my seven year old has been able to sound out the words. As an artist myself, I personally enjoy a well illustrated book, and this one definitely hits the mark. The colors are bright and vibrant, but not overly so. Just right for a little book about trucks!
Truck Stop is available right now to pre-order on Amazon before it's release date of May 16, 2013
OR, even better, you can enter to win your own copy right now. To enter, just leave me a blog post comment below letting me know why you'd like to win, or who you'd like to win it for!
I was given a copy of this story for review, and was not required to give a positive review. All of my opinions stated are 100% my own. If you'd like you may read my full disclosure policy HERE.
Home Styling using Odd ItemsHi Molly followers. This is Eva Stephen. I am so happy (and a bit nervous too) that Molly introduced me with her readers while she's away for her trip to Europe. I'd say many thanks to her and have a great fun trip. In the following post I am going to discuss little but pretty things you can use to style your home that I and you probably take them for granted. Hope you enjoy. Share your experiences and ideas in the comments section. I love comments. Also get in touch on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
Big items are more visible at first, but it's often those small details that give every place a soul, or, a specific atmosphere that makes us feel pleasant or unpleasant when we are there. And whilst bigger pieces of furniture, appliances and home equipment usually cost a considerable amount of money, details can be very inexpensive, sometimes even free. This is, of course, very convenient for everyone experiencing economic crisis. This is the time that demands frugal measures, but does not erase our need to have a pretty, cozy home.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
You may remember a few weeks ago I mentioned in this post that I was working around the house on some major Spring cleaning, with my ultimate goal being to get organized once and for all. Well, after a very successful yard sale, a drop off at Goodwill, and some especially beautiful Fellowes Bankers Boxes for storage and organization, I think I can say that I've made a lot of headway towards my goal!
It's bake sale season around here. My kids are raising funds for summer camp and school field trips. This S'Mores Bars recipe, from Karo Syrup, is a serious bake sale winner, the perfect go-to recipe, and they taste exactly like s'mores cooked over a campfire.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
My Around The House Dream Board- PLUS the h.h. gregg and Frigidaire "100 Ways to Organize" Sweepstakes
In fact, here's a PIN from my ideal kitchen, a little eclectic, but colorful and fun.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Busy moms will appreciate this delicious recipe!
This easy sausage and egg breakfast casserole is one of the easiest breakfast recipes I have, and it's a go-to for a "breakfast-for-dinner" night, even better, on busy mornings when the crew is hungry. It can be made ahead of time, even frozen and cooked later. With the addition of Tyson Fully Cooked Sausage from Sam's Club, it couldn't be more simple.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
So, around here, we take our Silk Soymilk very seriously. I mean, the kids get just downright silly when it comes to something good to drink, and the taste of Silk is just the best. They're so excited when I bring home our favorite Silk, the chocolate milk, but the truth is, it's all good, it makes us just want to dance and shake!
Well, I'll let you see for yourself....
So, all silliness and crazy dancing aside, we really do, as a family enjoy Silk Soymilk. When my oldest son was a little guy, he could only tolerate soymilk, and so since then it's in our fridge often. The new Silk Soymilk has great taste 50% more calcium than dairy milk.
Like I said, the chocolate is the kids favorite, but I personally like the Silk Iced Latte.
I'm happy because with the iced latte, I have an alternative to my coffee habit, and can grab a glass of Silk Iced Latte instead. It's a healthier choice at only 100 calories and no artificial sweeteners.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Unless you've been living in a cave, you've heard of the game Angry Birds. My kids are crazy for it, and love all things related to this game. I was browsing the craft store recently, and came across several unfinished wood birdhouses, and decided then and there that my kids and I would make Angry Bird birdhouses to welcome in the Spring.
Creating this was really quite simple.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Yeah, me too, don't feel bad. Hey, I have a family of seven and so it goes without saying that the motto "a place for everything and everything in it's place" can be a little difficult to fulfill.
I am, however, trying to get some much needed Spring cleaning started, and have found that it's true that everything really does need a place.
Thankfully, there's a company out there that "gets it" when it comes to the need for moms to have some organization. For the next few months, I'll be participating in the FellowesBankers Box Stackable Storage Ambassador Program, which means you get to see a few of the spaces in my home that need some organization, and how I manage to do it with these awesome boxes. Yep, you heard me- before and afters of my un-organized messy spaces.