Kitchen Table

 Growing up in my house if you sat still for too long, you would get painted. First it was toll paint, then ivie and flowers, then black. Now my Mom is following what's new and now. Her bedroom furniture has already received a coat of just off-white and she's brightening things up from the normal beige and tan and brown with a bit of red thrown in, to the light, bright and airy cottagy look. 

My Family had this dining table since before I can even remember. So this particular table went from traditional oak (meh), to a dark walnut top with a black base (also beautiful!), and here is what she has done with it now! 

Don't you just LOVE it! I know I do! The base color is called Hamilton Green. The name has particular significance because Hamilton is my Grandmother's maiden name. We hold our Scottish heritage close, so it was the perfect color! Props to my lil bro for eyeing it. For the table top, she sanded it down to the bare wood and used tongue oil and a sealer to give it a natural lighter look. I can't get over it. I just love how it turned out! Good Job mama!

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I have recently seen these great projects using rough cut wood from the big box store or old pallets. Here are a few of the ones that I've been crushing on in Blogland. 

The beauty here was put together by the author of Twiddler, which is a great blog that I recently discovered. The stenciled flowers on the rough wood are awesome! I love them! I love the projects that she has put together! You should check her out! 

(via here, here and here)

The one that I really have my heart on is the last one that was put together by Hannah over at Young and Crafty! I "LOVE" it and want one of my own!

Come back to see what I come up with!
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Fabulous Find!

After we moved into our new to us house, there were some things that we needed. Like, ahem, beds for our boys. Our 3 yr old has been sleeping in the crib and our 2 yr old has been sleeping in the pack n play. Although those things are fabulous for trips, they don't make for a very good long term bed. The night that N. climbed out and slept on the floor was when I finally realized. . . Oh it's been 4 almost 5 months since we ditched the 2nd crib and haven't replaced it with a bed. (In my defense, we did move twice in that time)

 So I started with craigslist, knowing most anything else would be too expensive since we buy in 2's. I got lucky and found a guy that purchased an abandoned storage unit that had 35 sets of brand new (still in the packaging) bunk beds! WHAT!?! Are you crazy, you ask. . . Yes I know that my boys are only 2 and 3, but here's the genius of it. We separated them into 2 twin beds. My 3 year old hated the crib and it was a fight EVERY night. So he gets a "big boy bed" that we don't have to replace in 2 years when he's outgrown a toddler bed. We gave the "top bunk" to my 2 year old since it already has rails and he couldn't be happier! The best part? We got the SET for only $125! Can't get that anywhere else! I'll post pictures soon!


It's been a while since I've been able to complete a project with moving and then moving again. For the Hubs' B-Day I decided to start and complete an entire project in a week. The difficult thing was not being able to do it at home because he would see it. So off to my Grandma's patio I went. with the boys in toe, of course
A while back I saw a B.E.A.UTIFUL nightstand at
It's a phenomenal transformation that I had to be a part of. I did most everything the same, including ordering the pulls from Canada because they were way more expensive via U.S. shop, which was TOTALLY worth it. I love how it turned out. I did, however, use a Dark Walnut stain instead of a medium grade stain like she did. Truth be told-I preferred the color that she used, but wasn't able to find it. I tried one that I thought would be similar and it turned out almost clear. Then I decided to try the Dark Walnut I already had. It looked great on the first side. Only problem was that the pine of the nightstand soaked the stain so quickly that it was darker on the remaining sides and I just had to go with it. Overall, I'm pleased with the result and the Hubs loves having a nightstand again since I stole his
After I get more done in my Master, I'll work on getting better staged pictures. 

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Stain-Minwax, Dark Walnut
Paint-Benjamin Moore, Chantilly Lace

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Storm's a Brewin

It's official! Monsoon season is here. We had our first crazy storm last night and trees suffered all over the Valley . Mine included. Funny thing though. . . it fell about 20 min BEFORE the storm even hit. The Hubs was outside spraying our yard for ants pesky lil buggers and had been walking all over the yard. My lil ones kept wanting to go out and help and I thought it was a bad idea since the ants would be ticked. Thank Heaven I said "No" about a hundred times, because there wasn't much warning. It just snapped. Fell on the roof first and slid off onto the yard. 

If you want to remember what it looked like Before, Click here.

Pros-"Are there any?" you ask. Absolutely! I wanted to rip out that monstrosity of a "devil tree" (that's what my cous called it) since the day I laid eyes on my house via internet 6 months ago. Now the Hubs said it's too dangerous to leave. Muahahaha! hehe. It must all come down.

Cons-Well duh! There's a friggin tree blocking my front door! It's huge! The Hubs is so lucky he wasn't standing under it when it fell. 

 Here's the view of the storm as it was rolling in. The 2nd picture was taken only 2 minutes after the first. No flash difference or anything. That's just how fast it got dark and creepy. It was literally seconds after the 2nd picture before it was right on us. Muahaha! 

 Last night during the storm, we drove around and called people we know to see if anyone had a chainsaw. Luckily for us we have "handy" family members and between them, I don't think there is a tool they don't have. Well maybe now I'll be able to plant my own 
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Do You Ever???

I recently saw this post on one of friend's blog and I Do. So I had to share. Thanks Nene.
Do you ever feel like you can never get on top of things when it come to house work?

Do you ever feel like you're a boring mom who rarely takes your kids anywhere fun?

Do you ever feel like you need to improve spiritually? Like, reading your scriptures more often, saying your daily prayers, attending the temple and having family home evening.

Do you ever feel like you don't take enough pictures of your kids; capturing those precious moments that you never want to forget.

Do you ever feel like you can be a better friend? Taking some time just to say hi to an old friend, letting them know that you think about them often weather its through a phone call, text, email, letter/card. Or even taking some time to make a new friend even though its kinda hard to step out side of your little bubble.

Do you ever feel like you need to work on your talents and develop new ones?

Do you ever feel like, "what's the use of having a silly blog when life is just not that exciting at the moment?"

 Do you ever just feel like that??? I know I do!

If you Ever. . . it's ok! We all Do! So perk up and remember. . ."Life's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Tomorrow can ALWAYS be amazing! Especially if you're looking up. . . from
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