Thursday, April 17, 2014

Switching to WordPress

Hello there friends. I wanted to let you all know what's been happening here. I'm switching to WordPress! I would be lying if I told you that I was cool and calm about the whole thing. In fact I'm a hot mess. I'm feeling nervous and totally overwhelmed. I've been with Blogger for eight years now! That's a long time and I'm wondering if I just jumped off of a cliff. It's like meeting someone for the first time. I'm not sure what to expect but I'm excited.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

20 Sweet Easter Desserts

Monday, April 14, 2014

Planning a Fun Family Night

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An evening at home all together was just what we needed. After a very long week we were ready to let loose and have some fun! We started off the night by turning the radio up and dancing along to our favorite songs.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Glitter Sneakers DIY

What is better than a pair of Converse? A pair that's all sparkly of course! This year for Brianna's hip hop routine they asked the ladies to wear white glittered sneakers. I searched everywhere. Finally I decided we are making our own.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Our Living Room Before

I've been working hard to give our living room a makeover. Our home was built in 1928 and the woodwork is beautiful but it's dark. I'm ready to brighten up the space. Our furniture is from Ashley Furniture and it's so comfortable. I would love to have a white set!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

DIY Chevron Coffee Table

I've been staring at our old coffee table for months now, trying to decide what I could do to refinish it and give it a new look. I finally made a decision and worked this weekend on perfecting my masterpiece.

Monday, March 24, 2014

What I Purchased from Ikea

Our road trip to Ikea was so much fun. We always have such a good time together. We dance and carry on and I'm sure get a few strange looks from time to time. I was overwhelmed the moment I walked through the door. At one point I thought I may cry. It was either from anxiety or excitement or both. We managed to make our way through the showroom and made it to the marketplace.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Have You Been to Ikea?

This weekend I'm finally making my first trip to Ikea! I've been waiting ever so patiently to make my shopping debut and it's finally here. I can hardly wait.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CANON EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Giveaway

Welcome to the CANON EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Giveaway!

Who's excited for this amazing giveaway? Seriously friends if you are wanting to upgrade your camera now is the time to enter. I love my Canon. It was one of the best purchases I've ever made. It was life changing people and I'm not a photographer. I just take a lot of pictures and I need a camera that works with me and Canon does just that!

We've joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky person will win a CANON EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS DSLR Camera Lens Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens and Accessory Kit, valued at $599.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DIY Flower Girl Kit

With our wedding fast approaching in July, I needed to get busy asking our little cousin Alayna to be the flower girl for our special day. She's only 7 so I wanted to have some fun and ask her in a way that she could really get excited about. I came up with the idea of a flower girl kit--a box assembled with some of her favorite items as a way to pop the big question to her.

I went to Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite craft stores, and purchased supplies to assemble Alayna's flower girl kit. Our wedding is going to be rustic vintage with lots of lace, burlap, and accents of blush pink so I made sure the kit reflected the theme:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lucky Charm Treats

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Our little ones woke up to find gold coins scattered throughout their rooms. These little leprechauns are ornery and always getting into mischief. I'm sharing a quick dessert idea that is a fun alternative to Rice Krispie treats!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Clipboard Wall Art & Printables

A fun and simple way to create wall art is with clipboards. They are inexpensive and you can find them just about anywhere. I purchased mine from Office Max. I wanted a place in my home for printables and the kids artwork. Something that I could easily switch out regularly without too much trouble. This is working out beautifully.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mama in the Making Intro & Giveaway

Meet my friend Rachael! She is one of the newest Contributors for Through the Eyes of the Mrs. and I'm thrilled. I've known Rachael for a long time. She is a creative soul and has a great sense of style and taste. I know that you will fall head of heels for her. She is a new mommy to a handsome little baby boy named Cooper and engaged to be married to the love of her life. She is a full time Teacher, Mommy, and loves a bargain.

Monday, March 10, 2014

$500 Spring Fever Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the $500 Spring Fever Cash Giveaway!

It's Monday and what better way to start off the week then with a huge Cash Giveaway? We have joined an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash.

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap

Have I ever told you how much I dislike laundry? It's a never ending cycle of dirty clothes. With five of us it's a continuous job to stay caught up. I spend way too much money on laundry soap and I'm always looking for ways to cut costs. For years I've heard of making your own laundry soap, but I was nervous. Would it clean our clothes? Would it smell like fresh clean laundry? Finally I decided enough was enough and I was going to give it a try!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

DIY Fabric Hoop Wall Art

I have been working on my new wall art for months. Collecting hoops and gathering fabrics. Some of these fabrics are new and others are vintage. I wanted it to be fun and colorful and full of different patterns. This is in our dining room which is also my office area.

We finally decided on a new color for this room. Soon enough it will be a fun shade of aqua. I almost choose a shade similar to an orange creamsicle. I'm making over my desk too. The black is chipping and I want a something brighter. Maybe I could find an old chair that I could reupholster and ditch this one. 

My favorite part is how the hoops wrap around my desk. I promise you I had the most difficult time getting it just right. I have several holes that need to be patched and I considered starting over numerous times. I suggest laying the hoops on the floor and rearranging as you feel necessary. Hang each hoop using a small nail. The majority of these hoops have been thrifted. I paid anywhere from .25 to $1.00 for each of them.

I may have went a little crazy with the polka dot fabrics. What can I say I have a thing for polka dots. They make me happy. I carried the hoops onto the connected wall. I am planning on adding a few more here and there in time. I would recommend getting a lot of smaller hoops to fill in little spaces. They are the perfect size for any fabric scraps you are holding onto. Even if you have a collection of fabric go and pick out some new prints that you love.

I can't wait to finish this space and share it with you!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Was It Worth the Price Tag?

I may be in way over my head. Truth be told I'm a little nervous. This beauty was sitting off to the side of a local flea market. It was priced at $45 dollars. I've been searching for an old dresser to use for our bathroom. This piece is full of potential. Underneath the chipping laminate is beautiful wood.

Friday, February 28, 2014

DIY Jewelry Organizers

We can all use a little more organization when it comes to our jewelry. A way to easily get to our favorite pieces for daily use. We don't want to forget about our favorites because they are tucked away in a drawer. Something that's pretty and functional. I've gathered a few DIY ideas from friends to share with you today. You can make any of these storage ideas yourself and your jewelry will thank you for it.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Luggage for Foster Children

The Mr. and I have been spending a lot of time taking parenting classes. It's been a learning experience and I'm saddened by a lot of what I've heard. I've been moved to tears and laughter within an instant. We are currently in the process of adopting Nevaeh. It's been a long road and even though we have had custody of her for years we have a long road ahead of us. There are too many children without homes. They are insecure and each survivors. Some have come from families of abuse while others have parents who are Addicted. If you are new here addiction is a very real thing and our family knows all too well the hurt that comes along with it.