Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cool Collage!

So, normally I get nervous hanging things that need to be centered and measured and spaced out evenly, BUT today, I was feeling a little anxious and decided..."I can do this!" I found this cute letter "B" for "Blocker" yesterday at Kohl's (a whooping$6.49!!)and thought it would be a great idea to make a collage of the boys beach pictures that we took last summer! Here is the finished product! I pat myself on the back, it really wasn't as hard as I was making it out to be! On to the next thing....

Thursday, July 9, 2009


It's giveaway time, so head on over to Our Suburban Cottage to see what exciting giveaway Annicole is giving away!! Hurry, its a good one ;)

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It's almost FINISHED!!!!!

Well, last week they started on our basement! Mike, the carpenter (and friend of our family) came last week to finish framing and getting the basement ready for the drywaller's to come on Monday! The material company came yesterday, dropped off all the drywall material and today "they" came...."they" meaning the massive crew of drywallers arrived at 10:30am and by 1:30 pm we actually had walls and a ceiling! Man, these guys work FAST!!!! I will post some before/after pics! I wish I had more pics of the unfinished part but I only have 2, you'll get the idea ;)We can't wait to see the finished product!!!!!!!

This is the bar area...will have a bar with tile and flat screen tv right on the wall!

This is a pic of bedroom #5 which will be our official guest room and (Nana's room)

Stairway leading downstairs

HallwayBar area

Guest Room

Theater room

Guest Bath

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Move over Spidey.....

....Gavin and Grant are here to save the day!
(I LOVE this picture and had to share it)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

~Glidden~...Free Paint Giveaway!!!!

Yes, thats right! FREE!!!!!!

pick your paint and thats it....they will send you 1 free quart of eggshell paint! Promotion ends on July 2nd or while supplies last so HURRY and get movin' and pick out that paint color!

FWI...I picked *Olivewood* for our basement bathroom! Ill post pics when the project is complete!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

California Pizza Kitchen ® BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

(Pictures Courtesy~ California Pizza Kitchen)

Ok, who doesnt LOVE California Pizza Kitchen! I do for sure and so do my boys! My ultimate favorite salad of all time comes from this place! I think its more the Garlic Herb Dressing that just makes this salad so, when I did some research on the web to copy this recipe, I was thrilled to find it online! I am actually headed out tonight to buy all of the ingredients (its alot) to make this for dinner tonight! Im so excited, I had to share with all of my blogging friends! Enjoy!

For the Garden Herb Ranch Dressing:
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cold water
2 3/4 cups mayonnaise
1 cup buttermilk
7 tablespoons sour cream
2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons thinly-sliced scallion greens and whites
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced fresh Italian parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh oregano (or 1/4 tspn dried oregano)
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil

For the Grilled Garlic BBQ Chicken:
1 1/3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons salt
4 boned skinned chicken breasts - (5 oz ea)
1/4 cup good-quality sweet-&-spicy barbecue sauce

For the Salad:
1/2 head iceberg lettuce -- cored, rinsed, dried, and cut 1/8"-wide strips
1/2 head romaine lettuce leaves -- separated, trimmed, rinsed, dried, and cut 1/8"-wide strips
12 large fresh basil leaves -- cut 1/8" strips
1 pound jicama -- cut 1/4" x 1/4" x 3/4" strips
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup canned black beans -- rinsed, drained
1 cup canned sweet white corn kernels -- drained
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 pounds fresh ripe tomatoes -- cut 1/2" dice1/2 cup good-quality
sweet-&-spicy barbecue sauce
1/4 cup thinly-sliced scallion greens

To Make the Garden Herb Ranch Dressing:
In a mixing bowl, use a fork to stir together the mustard and cold water, forming a paste. Set aside for 10 minutes. Add the remaining dressing ingredients to the bowl and, using a handheld electric mixer at low speed or a whisk, blend together just until smooth, taking care not to incorporate too much air into the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

To Make the Grilled Garlic BBQ Chicken:
Preheat a stovetop grill or the broiler. In a mixing bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, and salt. Turn the chicken breasts in this marinade and leave to marinate at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Grill or broil the chicken breasts until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator. Cut the chicken breasts into 3/4-inch cubes and, in a bowl, toss with the barbecue sauce to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

To Make the Salad:
In a large mixing bowl, toss together the lettuces, basil, jicama, Monterey Jack cheese, beans, corn, cilantro, dressing, and half of the Fried Tortilla Strips. Transfer the salads to chilled serving plates. Surround each salad with diced tomatoes and the remaining Fried Tortilla Strips. Top each salad with chunks of Grilled Garlic BBQ Chicken and drizzle the chicken with the barbecue sauce. Garnish with the scallion.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

To our Daddy....Happy Fathers Day!

Walk with me, Daddy
Author~ Helen Bush

Walk alongside me, daddy and
hold my little hand.
I have so many things to learn
that I don't yet understand.
Teach me things to keep me safe
from dangers every day.
Show me how to do my best
at home, at school, at play.
Every child needs a gentle hand
to guide them as they grow.
So walk alongside me, daddy -
We have a long way to go.

Friday, June 19, 2009


I am all about some free stuff and giveaways (heck, I won the last one I entered)....hop on over to where Melanie @ My Sweet Savannah is having some fabulous giveaways! Have a wonderful weekend and good luck!

The writings on the wall...

Yesterday, I went on the hunt to Hobby Lobby (one of my faves) for vinyl wall letters, you've seen them....the little quotes or sayings that adhere to the wall in your entry way, kitchen etc. and when you want to remove it, it peels right off! They are so adorable and oh so smart (wish I would of thought of this idea) This is what I was on the hunt for my entryway......But instead...I have this thing called (SADD, Shopping Attention Deficit Disorder) I ended up with this....
(Two @8.00 a piece) for my mantle!
This looks great in my dining room (4.00)The 11.00 vase (which by the way happens to matches the fabric on my cornice AND my new bench in the entryway) and my cute little 5.00 Fleur de lei!

Last but not least, (sorry no pics, my battery is low) 2 Large Sea grass Baskets with lids for the top of my wall unit (6.00 a piece) and a cute wrought iron towel holder for 1.50!! JACKPOT!!! Thank YOOOUU Hobby Lobby, I just love a bargain!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fun Facts!! Jon and Kate plus 8

Ok, I admit I am a total sucker of Jon and Kate plus 8!! It seems the Gosselins have had their hands full lately–not just with those adorable kids of theirs, but with their marital troubles (they just celebrated their 10-year anniversary, but not together), an investigation into whether TLC is violating child labor laws by filming at their house, and even some allegations of pet abuse. Then I heard that they aren’t having any luck in the real estate department, either. Their old house has still not sold, and continues to sit on the market in Pennsylvania. Here it is, from the real estate listing.The house is bigger than it looks from the curb — 3,446 square feet, with 5 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. It’s on the market for $325,000.

The NEW HOUSE!! The Gosselins now live in this reportedly $1.3 million house in Berks County, Pennsylvania

So, if you or anyone you know anyone looking for a house in the PA area...check out the MLS# and this famous house could be yours!

Open House!!

Well, the invites are out and we are sooo excited for our Open House Party in July! I think the invites turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself! We are still working on the house, getting things organized and decorated just in time for the party! Lots to do and little time to do it! I wish there were more hours in the day! I look forward to seeing all of our friends and should be a great time!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer Adventures!

Thomas the Turtle

Sami the Snake

Yikes...hes HUGE!!
Summertime on the deck!

Though the summer is just beginning...the boys really have taken to the neighborhood well! They have met ~all sorts of friends~ Deer, snakes, turtles and frogs are just to name a few! Yes, they all have names too! Who needs a pet when we have a neighborhood of animals in our backyard! I guess the saying is true, snips and snails and puppydog tails...thats what little boys are made of! Well, at least MY boys are anyway!

Friday, June 12, 2009

What is your STYLE!

Eclectic Style

Everyone has a style whether it be modern, contemporary, traditional, eclectic etc. I enjoy a mix of everything! I would say I am more of an eclectic style. I love walking into a home where the colors are warm, fabrics are rich and it just feels homey! Eclectic style is about mixing rather than matching, though all design elements should coordinate to achieve a look that is fresh. Eclectic style is the fingerprint of innovation and creativity. Borrowing from different sources and periods, eclectic style is a highly individualized style and is easily changed on a whim. A person with an eclectic style is a person with a lot of favorites who finds a way to indulge in them all. Purple and pink together? Why not? Modern and traditional furniture? Absolutely. The eclectic minded person finds a way to have it all and make it make it visually cohesive. Eclectic style is casual and approachable, making it a natural choice for home or business decor. Far from generic, eclectic style is the harmony in contrast and it NEVER goes out of style! So, what is YOUR style....

*photo inspiration by Coastal Living*

The Tuscan Trio

I cant stress enough how many deals I find on Craigslist! Not only just in Louisville but, I do a search all over the country for items! Check out these little cuties I found today on Cincinatti Craigslist! They should look great in my kitchen! They are from Southern Living at Home (of course) and are called The Tuscan Trio by artist Janet Beaver! These canvas paintings are retired but will be working wonderfully in my home and at only 25.00 for the set of 3 paintings (regularly 99.00 I believe) I just couldnt pass it up!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer-time Honey Chicken Salad!!!

So, I went to The Cheddar Box the other day with my mom for lunch and fell in love with their honey chicken salad!! I wasnt able to get the recipe online so I did some digging and found this fabulous recipe from Southern had all the ingredients that The Cheddar Box had! I cant wait to make it!

4 cups chopped cooked chicken
3 celery ribs, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup cranrasins (Ocean Spray)
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/3 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Garnish: chopped toasted pecans
1. Combine first 4 ingredients.
2. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients. Add to chicken mixture, stirring gently until combined. Garnish, if desired.

Teresa Mosher, Bradenton, Florida, Southern Living Our Readers' Top-Rated Recipes, Southern Living, JUNE 2006

Monday, June 8, 2009

Im all hung UP!

Grants Room

Gavins Room

Today, I decided to take on the challenge (and I mean challenge) of hanging window treatments in my boys rooms! I think this time I have finally learned my lesson to HIRE this job out!!! My husband would probably laugh hysterically if he were a fly on the wall watching this! I am the type person, when I want something done....Iwantitdonerightthenandthereandnothingornooneisgoingtostopme!!! LOL!! Today the potty words were flyin! *thank goodness the boys were at summer camp* I really do hate this job but somebody has to do it! They did turn out cute in the end and I am now ready to put the final touches on the rooms! Whew!!

Junk Party!!!!

Kennesha at Me n My House is having a Junk Party. Check it out and join in on the party!

So my weekend consumed of shopping and yardsales which are 2 of my favorite things to do! I made some awesome purchases I must say! I wanted to share with you some of the deals I came across! My theory is, why pay department store prices for furniture and accessories when you can find better quality and much better prices 2nd hand!

Distressed wooden night stand 20.00 for my sons room!

Distressed all wood book shelf/night stand for my oldest sons room...29.00
Pottery Barn Medina Lamp 20.00(regularly 150.00), World Market chair 40.00 (this chair was regularly 200.00)and my 6.00 pillow!

How cute is this wooden upholstered bench...15.00

and this cute message board for my mud room/laundry room...12.00 (even included the chalk)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

6 Years and Counting....

Yesterday (June 6th) marked our 6 year ~Wedding Anniversary~ We had such a great evening, having dinner and being able to have one-on-one time to spend together, which as most of you understand with kids, those moments are few and far between! My mom kept the boys while we had a night out! We had dinner at Stoney River (if you have never eaten there before, I HIGHLY recommend it! Its FAN-TAB-U-LOUS!!!) Then, we met up with friends at Brendons for a few drinks and conversation (Imagine that, I was able to have a dinner without sharing AND have a conversation without being interupted...WOW!)

Thanks honey for a wonderful time, Happy Anniversary! I look forward to many years to come! XOXXO