Monday, July 13, 2015

Master Bedroom Makeover Board and Batten

 I highly recommend a few items although you don't HAVE to have them it just makes this project go so much faster.  I bought a pancake compressor with three nail guns included saved me on this project and a miter saw.  I bought both from Home Depot and they didn't pay me to say that it is just where I happen to shop.  I actually had this all measured out and went to Home Depot and they cut the mdf primed boards for me.  However I later purchased the miter saw and was then able to cut things right here at my house.  The nail gun I used is a 16 gauge gun that can shoot nails up to 3 inches.  I used a 2.5 inch nail to cover the thickness of the board and wall.
Ok so I recommend deciding how you want your boards spaced first and measure and mark on the wall where you want them.  I tried to do every 16 inches because that is how far apart my studs were but then I realized my wall wasn't an even length and so I have some that look a little off on the ends.  Lesson learned.....
You will also need some liquid nails and caulk.
I did not remove my baseboards I just placed the first board just above the baseboard that gave me a nice straight line to work with.  Then I started placing the boards on the wall at 16 inch intervals.  Since the boards I used are 3.5 inches wide the 16 inches seemed perfect.  I used smaller boards in my hallway project and those are closer together at 12 inches.

Overall I love how this project turned out.  I don't have a headboard so this looks really great with my bed on this wall.  The only downside.... a few more surfaces to dust!

Don't mind the mess in my chair.  I really really love this and I have since done a few other projects using this same technique.  It has really improved the look and feel of our cookie cutter home.  I just love making it a custom home on my own.  I also refinished the bedside tables.  That's another post....

Friday, July 10, 2015

A New Life

A new life is starting to emerge from our house.  We are working together for a better quality of life.  We make healthier choices in food and we exercise daily even if that means parking farther away at the grocery store.  I love how my kids have grown and see that benefits of a more active lifestyle.  Follow along on our journey as we work toward a healthier life.

These are our before shots I can't wait to show you afters.  We have a long way to go but we will succeed.  For more info on what got me started you can see here.  I'm also training to be a Certified Personal Trainer and I can't wait to see where that takes me.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mochiko Chicken Plate Lunch

I just spent a week in Oahu with my husband and I just couldn't get enough of those plate lunches. They were delicious.  I love going places and eating the local cuisine so when we got home to the SNOW I wanted something to warm me up a little.  I googled Mochiko Chicken and found a recipe which I modified slightly for my family.

Batter for the chicken:

4 TBSP cornstarch
4 TBSP mochiko flour (aka sweet rice flour) I just used rice flour that's all I had
4 TBSP sugar
4 TBSP shoyu or soy sauce
2 Cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp fresh ginger grated
1 TBSP sesame seeds
1/4 cup finely sliced green onions
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs beaten

Mix the batter and set aside

Cut up two pounds of chicken into bite sized pieces I used breasts you can also use thighs 

Place chicken in batter and marinate for 5 hours or overnight in fridge.  I did not leave mine for 5 hours I didn't have time and it was still delicious.  

After meat has marinated place in a pan and fry until cooked or I just browned the chicken in the oil and then baked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  It turned out great.  I served it with Calrose medium grain rice and a green salad.  Traditionally a plate lunch is with macaroni salad but I was trying to cut down on the calories and carbs.  It was fabulous!!  My kids LOVED it which always makes me happy.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids

I am kind of a crafty person.  I am not good at coming up with my own crafts but I am really great at copying others work and making it my own with my own little touches.  So when my friend recommended I try making toilet paper snowmen I jumped all over that idea.  My kids are on year round school and we are off track right now and I am desperate to entertain them.  I took my question to Pinterest and found this great idea.  I then ventured to Hobby Lobby and our mission was underway.

We also went to Target and got the cheapest TP available because I didn't want to use my expensive super soft kind for a craft (I know call me crazy but I'm weird about my TP).

2 Rolls of TP per snowman
jewels or buttons for eyes and mouth
black pom poms for the front "buttons"
orange pom pom for the nose
ric rac ribbon for the hat
ribbon for the scarf
ribbon to tie around end of hat
snowflake or pom pom for hat
felt sheet for hat (we used black)
white broadcloth to wrap around TP rolls
glue gun

I got a yard of the broadcloth for the body and head of the snowman because I was unsure how much we needed that made 3 and I had some left over.  I cut it into squares and then wrapped it around the TP and glued it in place

I unrolled the second roll until the felt wrapped around it and overlapped a small amount.
Then I glued the two rolls on top of each other.  I then glued the ricrac along the long edge of the felt and glued it to the top of the top TP roll.

I then took the end of the felt and bent it to the side and tied it off with the other ribbon.  Then I let my kids put on the faces and buttons and tie on the scarves.  It was a fun easy family project.  
I love how they turned out.  My youngest daughter recommended we could give them to their teachers at school and I thought we could do blues and purple for a cute winter class decoration instead of so Christmas-y.  Hope you have as much fun as we did!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Putting more meaning into Christmas with Mini™ Missions

This year our family wanted to put more significant meaning into our holidays.  We were looking for new traditions to bring us closer together as a family and to also help others at the same time.  When I heard about how Scholastic and Kellogg’s® teamed up I knew this was a perfect way for our family to be motivated to not only serve others but also help us feel the true meaning of Christmas.
The program we registered for is called Every Day is a Big Day.  As your family completes each Mini Mission™  you can earn free Scholastic books for your and family and a chance to win prizes for your school and community.
You can visit to register your family for the Every Day is a Big Day program.
As you complete each  Mini™ Mission your family earns 2 free Scholastic Books.
Also as each mission is completed you are entered into a sweepstakes where 131 prizes will be awarded to schools and communities each month.
You can also download free monthly stories chronicling  Mini's™  adventures against the evil Skipper. (these are so cute our family LOVED them)
December's theme is Give and Get Back.The objective is to encourage families to do something good for others.  Work together to think of ways to help others and put your ideas into action.  Complete 3 projects that give back to your community or others in need.  No action can be too small. 

Our family chose to do a few services projects this month.
We are working on some fleece blankets for a few local charities and we also made some "Survival Bags" that we keep in our cars to hand out to people we see on the streets who need help.  These bags contain lots of items like toothpaste and tooth brushes, soap, deodorant, snacks, water, immunity boosts for the cold season and other necessities.  We also donated to a giving tree from our church which gives to families in our own neighborhood in need. 

 It is not too late to get started NOW.  
Register here and there is also a bonus entry this month.
Bonus Holiday Promotion
After you complete the December Mini™  Mission, enter a Kellogg's(R) Family Rewards Code on your Mission Complete page of and you'll receive an additional FREE BOOK!* Kellogg's(R) Family Rewards Codes can be found inside all boxes of Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats(R). Bonus offer ends on December 31st.
*While supplies last.
 Seriously who doesn't like FREE stuff especially at Christmas time?  I am thinking some new books would make some really great gifts or better yet something to donate to help give back.

Join us as we try to make this Decmeber one to remember.

Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats® and Scholastic have partnered to bring you the Every Day is a Big Day program, created to benefit families, schools and communities across the country.
Your family is invited to complete monthly Mini™ Missions to get free books for your family. Also, each month you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 131 valuable prizes for your school and community. As you earn books and enter the sweepstakes, your family is sure to have a blast and learn something new along the way!
Start here and register for your first monthly mission!
This is a sponsored conversation by me on behalf of Kellogg's(R) Frosted Mini-Wheats(R). The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, November 11, 2013

How to Boost Your self confidence

Have one of your favorite photographers do some quick snapshots of you and your kids and then post them on Facebook.  Does wonders for your self esteem…. Well if you have friends like me!!  See what you think.

 Also this little man (ahem NOT so little man) went and had another birthday.  He made me a list of birthday gifts he wanted and clipped coupons for those gifts so he got everything he asked for.  Love that he is 11 and frugal my work is done…..
And yes I am aware that I haven't blogged in forever.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter 2013....#WordlessWednesday

I love Easter.  I love the reason we celebrate, I love the bright colors, and I love taking pictures of my kids in their new clothes.  It makes me smile.  Hope you all had a lovely Easter too.
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