Friday, January 29, 2010

Master Bath Makeover

I decided to give our Master Bathroom a little makeover.....
There was actually nothing wrong with the way it was before,
...other than those giant, contractor-given-come-with-the-house-mirrors...
...and the yellowish/wheat colored paint I was getting tired of looking at....
....and the cheap looking light fixtures that also came with the house...

...okay...so there WAS something wrong with the bathroom.....

I decided to slap a new coat of paint on it, put up new light fixtures, and hang up new mirrors and a few more towel racks. No more sheets of mirrors or cheap-o lights!! YAY!
Soooo, here are our before pics....(My hubby started taking down the mirrors before I could grab my camera...)
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Here's the hubby putting in the new lights....
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And here is our "NEW" Master Bathroom....simple, but such a breath of fresh air...
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All I need now are new countertops...those will happen at a later date!
The color I used is called "Tabu" by Olympic from Lowe's. The light fixtures also came from Lowe's. One mirror came from Marshall's for $29!!!! The other one is actually a medicine cabinet that was on clearance from Lowe's. I hate the 2 mirrors don't exactly match, but the hubby wanted a medicine cabinet, so I had to do my best to match them up.....
The other small decorations you see were things I had just around the house...didn't have to buy anything new to decorate....yay!!

Next up...my kitchen....stay tuned....
HAPPY FRIDAY Y'ALL!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Lamp Re-Do

I have been wanting to put a little lamp in Faith's bathroom, but just haven't been able to come across a lamp I like and for a reasonable price.
So, this morning I went to my local Goodwill, and found this....
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I paid $4.00 total for the lamp shade and additional lamp with shade.
Brought it home, grabbed some spray paint and some scrap fabric....
30 minutes later I had this....
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Cute isn't it??

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It's not perfect, but for $4, I am totally fine with that.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!!


Friday, January 22, 2010

somebody help me.....


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HELP!
Okay...the space on the wall to the left of the picture is driving me crazy....
What on earth can I put there?? Another picture?? A candle stick? Nothing? Something?

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Here is another shot of my den.....somebody pu-lease help me do something with that empty space!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Yummy Potato Soup!!!

I am ALL about a simple recipe when it comes to cooking.....I like to cook, just don't like the time consuming process....
My friend Susan gave me this delicious recipe for Potato Soup, and it's just about THE easiest recipe ever!


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All you need is....
28 oz.bag of hasbrowns ( not the shredded type, and the choice of plain or with onions and peppers is up to you)
2 cans of chicken broth,
1 can cream of chicken soup,
1/3t. black pepper
block of cream cheese.
The recipe does not call for meat, but I put some cubed cooked chicken in mine, but next time I will put in some ham!!!!
Put all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 5 hours. Then drop in cream cheese and let it melt for about 30 min. Stir and serve.
It doesn't get any easier than that!!!

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On another note,
we went to a wedding this past weekend... Ryan's cousin got married....it was pouring down rain so I didn't take my camera in...but my mother in law had her camera and took this sweet picture of our family....of course, you can never get all 4 of us smiling....but the hubby is in a tux and I can't resist sharing!!!
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Monday, January 18, 2010

a pajama party

Because of the cold winter weather, it's hard to come up with something to do for Faith's party each year. This year we decided to do the party at home (we've always done it somewhere else) and keep it to just a few friends.
Faith thought the idea of a pajama party would be fun...everyone wore their jammies and we cooked pancakes, bacon and eggs for dinner. Then at the end of the party, I popped some popcorn and put in a movie for the kids....definitely a successful birthday party!!!! I even put on my p.j.'s and celebrated too!!!
Here are a few of the decorations I used....

This is a tiered cupcake tower I made. I got the idea from Imperfectly Beautiful . The cupcakes aren't decorated in the picture because that was an activity the kids did once they arrived. They picked out a cupcake to decorate, and they all did a great job making their cupcakes look delicious!
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These are framed pictures of Faith's birthdays through the years...starting with a pregnant picture of me, a picture of her when she was 2 days old, and the rest were taken at each birthday....it was fun to see how she has changed over the last 7 years!
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The table with the pink table cloth on it was our nail station (that table doesn't normally sit in the middle of my living room... :0)
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I made this cute little banner to hang up....the paper came from Michael's.... I hand cut the triangles, and printed out the letter on my computer, and hot glued them all to a long pink ribbon.
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This was in the center of one of the tables....the kids enjoyed chewing bubble gum and eating Twizzlers (on the other table) all night...
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Once the girls got here we had pancakes, bacon and eggs for dinner....what else would you expect at a pajama party?!?
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Then they decorated pillowcases with fabric markers....and later took them home as their "goody"...
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They decorated cupcakes that they put in a Chinese take out container to take home...
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They painted nails....
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We sang "Happy Birthday!".....no laughing at my p.j.s :)
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My sweet birthday girl made her wish...
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...and blew out her candles.....
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She opened up her gifts....
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Her favorite gift was her American Girl doll she got that looks just like her...or is supposed to....(and I am thanking the good Lord she likes it...have you seen how much those dolls cost?!? Holy cow!)
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We played games...and Brooke even got in on the action...
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...and we finished the night off with popcorn and a movie! We had a great time!! Seeing how happy my girl was, just thrilled me!!
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I DO admit.. it was fun, but I am glad I don't have to plan another birthday party until the end of the year... WHEW! I was wiped out!

Friday, January 15, 2010

I GAINED 76 POUNDS.....


....and it was soooo worth it....


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(Many of you don't believe I gained that much weight pregnant, so take a look at this pic at 37 weeks along....I still had 3 more weeks!!)
Not only did I gain all that weight, but I gained a 9 lb. 5 oz. beautiful baby girl on this day in 2003....

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Sweet Faith was born on January 15, 2003...weighing 9 pounds 5 ounces and 22 inches long.....


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What a fun kid she has been.....we taught her how to be an Auburn fan very early in life...we want her to have her priorities, right??

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What mama doesn't teach her daughter how to shop?!?....and she stills feels just like this every time I tell her we have to go shopping...
She does, however, LOVE to go to the movies....this was her very first movie in 2004...
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She's had the opportunity to meet Cinderella...
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.....and play on the beach in Hawaii at sunset.....

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In her 7 shorts years, she's become a big sister....
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....and is a BIG fan of the beach.....
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She has started school, and is already in the 1st grade...
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She still takes time to chill out every now and then...
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She's learned how to bowl, and taught her little sister how to pose like a real model....
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In her short 7 years, Faith has learned so much, done so much, and seen so much....and as her Mom I have enjoyed the journey.....I look forward to many many more memories with my sweet Faith...
Today, we are celebrating 7 wonderful years!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FAITH!!!!! We love you!!
......and I'd gladly gain another 76 pounds for you!!!!....


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