Living Room Reveal

Hello, there.

Well, before I begin, I just want to let you all know that I have been pretty busy lately so my posts have been slowing down. I have been working hard to get some content to share and here is what I have for you now.

A lot of hard work has gone into the living room these past few weeks. We have managed to finish painting the walls and trim, as well as pull up the carpet to reveal the beautiful hardwood underneath. My wonderful husband helped a lot with this project and made sure to keep me on task so that we could get this done in a timely manner.

For anyone wondering, the paneling is vinyl, we did not sand before painting, and it took two coats of paint to cover the dark panel color. It was much easier than we expected. In the future when we remove the drop tile ceiling, we will take the paneling down and paint the walls underneath. Until then, this is what we're working with.

I am super excited about this because it is the most used room in the house and also one of the first rooms you see when entering. I had a goal to finish it before Ezra's second birthday and with help from my hubby, I was able to achieve that goal. (My next short-term goal is to paint the trim in the entry way before the party.)

Below you will find before and after pictures of my brand spanking new living room that I am just loving! I still can't get over how much brighter it is in here and how much more welcoming it feels. Enjoy. :)

Before and after.

After pulling up the carpet, painting the walls and trim.

View from the entryway.

When we first moved in, before any of our furniture was in the house.

I have really learned to love the stained glass. I obsessed over this TV stand for a while and got it as a wedding gift.

Old wedding decorations are now being used for TV stand decor.

More recycled wedding decor.

Tealight lantern from IKEA.

I recycled these Starbucks bottles and hot glued some rope yarn (or whatever it's called) and painted them white. I got the branch lights from Kohl's on clearance for $3, score!

This is the flower basket and ring bearer pillow from our wedding. I used scrabble pieces and hot glued them onto the pillow and tied our rings into the bow. You can pick it up at Walmart.

My couch needs a good cleaning, click here to find my "pin of the week" post with a DIY cleaning solution.

I would like to start collecting more books, I love to read. The bookshelf is from IKEA. It is very affordable (currently on sale for $29) and extremely sturdy.

My husband bought this wall art from Kohl's and I like reading it when I'm laying on the couch. It is a nice reminder of true love.

I picked up the silver owl from the dollar store and the scentsy warmer was a wedding gift.

My husband made these himself, he says. I'm not sure if it was some kind of kit or if he actually bought the candles, rocks, glass jars, and mirrored tray with the intentions of turning them into this cute little decoration. Either way, I can't bring myself to light these candles because I just love the look of this on my bookshelf.

My husband got this clock from Kohl's before we met, but as you can see we have lost the pendulum during one of our many moves. A new wall clock is in our future, though I do love this one.

Let me know what you think, I hope you love our new living room as much as I do! :)

Pin Of The Week (6/19/15)

Okay. I have not tried this yet, but my son's birthday is in a few weeks and I REFUSE to have a bunch of people over without cleaning my couch up. So I was searching Pinterest for a DIY couch cleaner and this is the one I found and it makes it seem so much simpler than I was expecting it would be.

This is what her couch looked like BEFORE.
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And this is what it looked like AFTER a simple cleaning solution and some scrubbing.
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I really hope this works, I am excited to try it. Let me know in the comments if you know another way to clean microfiber couches!

Pin Of The Week (6/12/15)

Hello, all!

I have decided that as a way to keep my blog active and continue posting when I have nothing to report on the house, I will be sharing with you all a favorite pin of mine every Friday. I think it will be a great conversation starter and a way to share some really great info to those who may not use Pinterest.

So, today for the first of many "Pin Friday's" to come I bring you a pin that I found the other day on how to make your own mason jar citronella candles to repel mosquitoes. With Summer just around the corner and the temperatures rising, mosquitoes have been becoming quite bothersome when I'm trying to enjoy some outside time with my son. I was talking to my husband about buying some citronella candles when I came across this.

Here is the pin, which links to the site with more info and detailed instructions on how to make these super cute and effective mosquito repellants.

Picture by Marty's Musings

I have not tried this yet, but I do plan on it soon. Let me know if you've tried it, how it worked for you, and what the cost was versus buying a pre-made citronella candle. Post pics if you have them. :)

Virginia Is For Lovers

If you are someone who likes to travel or have an upcoming vacation, Williamsburg, VA is a spot you have to check out!

Williamsburg is a part of the "Historic Triangle" along with Jamestown and Yorktown which is where the first pilgrims settled in America. You can read more about the history of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown by clicking on their names which are linked to their Wikipedia's. :)

Williamsburg is also a short driving distance to Busch Gardens and Watercountry USA, a theme park and water park owned by Seaworld Parks.

I'm going to be completely honest, it is most definitely the biggest tourist trap I have ever been to in my entire life and I grew up near St. Pete Beach in Florida. They literally have a price tag on everything.

When we first got to Williamsburg, we were completely exhausted. We had been driving all night, for about 9-10 hours, so all we wanted to do when we finally arrived at our hotel at 7:30 in the morning was sleep. We get our son and all our bags out of the car, go inside, I tell the front desk man that we have a reservation and are there to check-in.. he steps aside and points to a little piece of paper and tells us that we can't check in until 3PM! I did not hear a word he said after that because I was so angry and upset. I literally started crying, you do not understand how tired I was. This was the worst, being nearly 600 miles away from our own beds and being told that we can't sleep after being awake for over 24 hours now. We had to drive around in some place foreign to us with both of our phone batteries just about dead. I was half-tempted to try and find somewhere quiet and with little/no traffic and sleep in the car until we could check-in.

We ended up finding the Jamestown Settlement which is a museum and yet another money hungry stop in the Historic Triangle. This place is the Bermuda Triangle for your money, it just disappears. I believe the prices were about $20 (give or take) per person to walk through the museum. We immediately walked back out and started walking back to the car when I noticed a path. We turned and followed it. There was a trail between the trees with the most beautiful smells I have ever inhaled. There is so much honeysuckle! I was breathing in so much of the sweet-smelling air that me and my husband joked that we were going to have to pay for all that extra oxygen I had used. We came upon a sign that said there was a "glass house" ahead. So we kept following the trail and what we found was not what we thought, but actually a bit better than what I had in mind (an actual house made of glass). It was an old building that the pilgrims used to make actual glass products to sell for profit. It was pretty cool watching the modern-day glassblowers make glass jars and vases from scratch. It was also right on the water, so there was a beautiful view of the James River which is connected to the North Atlantic Ocean. I've only ever been to beaches on the Gulf of Mexico (not sure if there's some kind of difference? lol). We had fun exploring here to try to pass the time.

We tried to walk through what is now a bunch of shops in the college town of Williamsburg, VA and were told that we needed to purchase two $40 wristbands to give ourselves a tour. I could live the rest of my life without seeing a lot of things for that ridiculous price. They wanted $80 so we could walk around for a half an hour and peek our heads in some old houses... Uhhh, NO THANK YOU.

I have to tell you, Williamsburg is the weirdest place I've ever been to. There was literally nothing but pancake houses, seafood places, and Christmas shops.. I honestly wish we would have counted. It was seriously the funniest thing. That was the first thing we noticed when we got there was just how many pancake and seafood restaurants there were, and then we started seeing the Christmas stores everywhere. It was really strange. We joked about it the whole time we were there. The first place we ate was a place called "Astronomical Pancakes". It was very expensive (as everything there was, as we would come to find out), but the portions were pretty decent and the pancakes were good. I'm not complaining, I just wish we would have been able to take a to-go box because I would have enjoyed those leftover pancakes (maybe), lol. I was really hungry.

Once we were finally able to check-in to our hotel, we went to our room and straight to sleep.

We woke up around 5 or 6pm. I googled the closest beach to our hotel and it was a little place called Yorktown Beach. We got ready and left, ready to start our vacation. We had no time to waste. It wasn't exactly the kind of beach I was expecting, but it fulfilled our craving for a little salty air and sun and Ezra really loved playing in the sand and throwing water everywhere. Yorktown Beach is located on York River, which is also connected the North Atlantic Ocean. We came. We saw. We got Ben & Jerry's. We went back to our hotel. End of day 1.

We spent the rest of our trip at Busch Gardens, Watercountry USA, exploring the area, and visiting local thrift stores. We even scored a VCR for $5 (which I've been wanting since I discovered the hundreds of VHS's in the basement). All-in-all, it was a very good and much needed vacation. There was definitely some crazy and stressful times during the trip, but there were just as many beautiful and fun memories made. :)

Click here to view pictures from our trip.

P.S. I am currently working mostly on outside while the weather is still nice, so the next posts I do will be progress on the garage and my garden. Bear with me please. I'm working hard to post as much as possible!