Monday, September 22, 2014

Gender Neutral Children's Bedroom

My daughter and son share a bedroom, which creates a decorating delimma. It's hard to be gender neutral!

I shared the hexagon wall I made in their room a while back. It didn't stay up. I was so tired of re-taping hexagons that I pulled the whole thing down.

Today I wanted to show you one little corner of their room...

This is all I've got so far, but I think it is a good mix of masculine and feminine.

I rounded up a bunch of old frames and painted them in red, aqua, yellow, and navy. That middle frame really is navy, even if it looks black in the photo. Then I filled the frames with a mix of artwork, an old poster, scrapbook paper, word art and a favorite photo.

Have you decorated a gender-neutral kids room before? I'd love to hear your ideas!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Easy Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial

 Happy Monday! Today I've got a simple wreath tutorial to share. I made this one for my sister:

She wanted something neutral she could leave up all year. Sooooo the opposite of me... I want a different wreath for every holiday! Ha!

You could make this a year-round wreath or you could add some wheat stalks or mini pumpkins or autumn leaves to make it more Fall-ish. Depends on which sister you are more like, I guess. Hee hee.

To make your own burlap bubble wreath, you will need:

- BURLAP RIBBON. I bought mine at Michael's. I used three packages and they were $3 each before coupons.

- WIRE WREATH FORM. Available at all craft stores. I happened to find one at a thrift store for 49 cents, so I snagged that baby right up. They are only a few bucks at craft stores.


Now you are going to start making the bubbles. This is super easy. Push a "bubble" up between the wires on the wreath form, like this:

Make a bubble in the inside space, then middle, then outside. Then you go to the middle again.

Inside, middle, outside, middle, inside, middle, outside, middle..... get it?

Go all the way around the wreath like that and it makes the cool textural bubbles

This is what the back looks like:

The last step is to use hot glue to secure the ends of the ribbon down.

Then you can add whatever extras you want. I chose a monogram "T" and used jute twine to tie it to the wire form.

This same technique can be used ribbon, not just burlap. I would use wired ribbon to give it body. It seems like regular ribbon would be kind of saggy and limp.

Add a loop to the back for easy hanging and then you are done!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fresh Peach Crisp

Boy howdy, do I have a yummy recipe to share today. I bought a lot of peaches on sale this week and decided to use my regular apple crisp recipe to make peach crisp. Ahhhh... heavenly! The crumb topping was everything I love about an oatmeal cookie, but better because it was atop juicy, fresh peaches. If you are looking for an amazing early-Fall dessert, try this crisp! It is easier to make than pie and it got rave reviews from the whole family.

Fresh Peach Crisp

5-7 ripe peaches, sliced
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup quick oats
1 cup flour
1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt

Melt the butter in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients (except peaches) and mix until crumbly. Place sliced peaches in a 9x9 baking dish or a 9 inch cake pan. Sprinkle crumble evenly over peaches and lightly press with fingers. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, until topping begins to brown lightly. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream if you've got it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Name Brand vs. Store Brand Cleaning Supplies

Today I wanted to share an easy way to save money shopping. It's super simple... are you ready?
Instead of reaching for the name brand products you recognize from commercials, try using a store brand. I recently went to Target and purchased a bunch of cleaning supplies that I was running low on.

Would you be surprised if I told you that the up & up brand (Target's store brand) cost about half of what the name brands would have? I knew they would save me money, but I didn't realize it would be that much!

One perk about the up & up brand is that things go on sale often, unlike products at WalMart. Today Target happened to have a Buy-Three-Get-One-Free deal on cleaning supplies. Sweet! 

Here's the breakdown of costs between the name brand products and the up & up equivalent:

I like the up & up brand. Everything I've tried works well and I sure love a good deal.

At our house, we get a lot of clogged drains. I blame old pipes and the fact that I shed. Like a maniac. I wasn't sure how Target's drain pipe opener would work, but it pretty much obliterated those dang hairballs. It was super thick, so it coated the drains and cut through the water. And it was so much cheaper than the name brand! My tub drains so much faster now. Hallelujah!

I don't know why, but one job my kids actually enjoy doing is walking around the house and disinfecting all the doorknobs and light switches. up & up brand wipes are so convenient because the kids don't have to spray any cleaners. I have them do this job about once a month and after someone in the family has been sick. Look at my cute little man so happy to be cleaning:

I'll take it! Now if I could just get him to be this excited about picking up Legos.

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