Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dining Room Update

We've lived in our home several years now and I finally found some art to put in our dining room.  Granted it's only one wall but hey considering those walls have been completely bare since the day we moved in, I'd say that's some progress.

I found these two canvas' on sale at Target.  There's actually a 3rd one that I grabbed for my son's room.  One of these days when his room is somewhat presentable I'll have to snap some photos.  Any who, here's a closer shot of the newly displayed artwork.

I just love the colors and of course I love that I got them on sale (I believe they were marked down to around$7 each).  My favorite view of them though is from the living room.

Now I just have to figure out what to add to the other bare wall in the dining room.  I've been debating with adding shelves, a large mirror, or maybe adding some wainscoting/white paneling.  I'm not 100% sure so I'd love suggestions! Any thoughts?

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Weekly To Do

Do you read Martha Stewart's Living Magazine?  I love it! And one of the things I love so much about it (aside from the recipes, garden tips, craft ideas, and home decor of course) is the Martha's Month page.  Yes, I'm totally aware that all the things listed in her busy month are tasks usually completed by her hundreds of employees but it's fun to see what tasks and reminders she has for the month.  Which totally made me think, "hey I should make a calendar list like that so I can stay on top of the dozens of things I usually forget about".  However, trying to plan an entire month in advance is not very doable, especially given out craptastic weather (so trying to plan in advance for hikes, dog walks, and lawn care is out of the question) BUT putting together a weekly to do list is totally doable! 

So I made a very simple list, which luckily has tasks that can all be completed in doors.

I'm hoping to have this be a weekly feature, at least for the next few weeks.  But I'm at a loss of what to call it.  Martha has Martha's Month but mine is just a weekly to do list.  Also, I'd like to have others get involved and share their Spring Cleaning and To Do Lists.  So if you have an amazing name you'd like to share for this event feel free to share it! I'm all ears.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Building a Raised Garden Bed

Spring may have "technically" arrived but it's definitely hiding from us here in Colorado.  Well, let me rephrase that, it's more or less playing Peek-a-Boo.  One second it feels like Spring but wait, nope it's 30 degrees, cloudy, and windy, all over again. What the heck?

A couple of weeks ago on a lovely day (it was a miracle) my husband and I headed to Lowe's to pick up this amazing Suncast raised garden bed set I saw just a few days before.  It came complete with the bed frame and trellis for- get this only $50! Actually we got it a little cheaper than that since we showed our Military ID (gotta love that Lowe's supports our military and gives a 10% military discount).

To set up the raised garden bed we just followed the instructions it came with, which believe it or not were pretty easy. As far as where we decided to put it we chose the south-east location in our backyard.  We measured the bed frame (which is about 4' x 4') then used those measurements to mark where we needed to start digging.

We dug out some of our current grass (if you can call it that), leveled the area, then installed the raised garden bed.  Once it was in place we staked it into the ground and laid out some landscaping material to prevent weeds from popping up.

Then came time to fill it! Layers in the raised garden included organic compost (our own and some that was purchased from Lowe's), Brownie Cow Manure, and garden soil made especially for herb and vegetable gardens.

And that's about all that's been done.  Fast forward 2 1/2 weeks later and our weather is cruddy (See that yucky sky in the pic above? Talk about a Debbie downer).  Our state is also dealing with some severe water restrictions which explains why our yard (as well as the rest of our neighborhood's) are as dried and dead as can be.  It's looking like mid May before I'll actually be transplanting anything out there but let me tell you I am so looking forward to it!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Shop Additions {Flower Necklaces}

Well hello, hello.  Time to pop in with the latest shop update!  Below you will find the brand-new-just-in-time-for-Spring necklaces that have been added to the Thrifty and Fabulous Shop!

And in the celebration of Spring if you enter coupon code CELEBRATE at checkout you will score 15% off your entire purchase! Pretty sweet deal right?! I thought so too.

Hope you all are having a fantastic day! 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Proud Moment

So on Wednesday I was pretty darn giddy.  Want to know why?  Well that was the day when my interview with Kaye from the Successful Military Wife was posted.

 I was so honored to be featured on her website and equally as thrilled to have been featured along side the other 4 amazing, talented, hardworking, military spouses she also interviewed.

If you're interested in how the interview went (and want to know what I had to say about owning an Etsy shop) feel free to check out my Etsy Success Week Interview.

Seriously, I can't stop smiling!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

I've been using coconut oil on a daily basis for about 8 months.  This stuff, well it's pretty spectacular.  I use it on my hair and my skin for the most part but there are so many other amazing uses for it I just had to share! 

Coconut oil can range in price from $5 to $15 (depending on the size, brand, etc) but don't let that price sticker scare you.  One jar will last quite a while I promise! It can also be found in most grocery stores (usually in the baking or cooking oil section).

Below you will find a list of some of the best ways to use coconut oil.  The ones with *stars* at the end are ones I've personally tried (and love).  Enjoy!  

1.    All Natural Face Moisturizer.  Melt coconut oil, add a few drops of vitamin E and place in a small storage container.  Apply every morning and night just as you would your regular moisturizer.*

3.    Eye Makeup Remover.*

4.    Use to condition wooden cutting boards.

5.    Frizzy/Static Hair Remedy.  Just put a small amount in your hands, rub your palms together, then smooth over hair.*

6.    If you are prone to nosebleeds (like I am) dab a little bit of coconut oil on a q-tip then coat the inside of your nostril. *

7.    Hair Mask.

8.    Lip Moisturizer. *

9.    Use in place of vegetable oil when cooking.

10.    Apply a thin layer of coconut oil over burns or scrapes to help speed up the healing process. *

11.    Sooths minor rashes.  

12.   Apply to severely dry skin.*

13.    Use as a massage oil.*

14.     Use a small amount to oil your pans while cooking instead of pan spray.

15.    Nail and cuticle moisturizer.

16.    Clears up minor diaper rashes.

17.    Use in place of shaving cream. 

18.    Add a spoonful to your smoothies for extra flavor (and nutrition benefits).

19.    Add a teaspoon to your coffee (for the same reason as above). *

20.    Helps reduce the visibility of stretch marks.

21.    Feeling frisky? Use as a personal lubricant (just be sure to use organic virgin oil).

22.    Use as a hot oil treatment.  Rub a good amount into your dry-unwashed hair, cover with a shower cap, and leave on for at least 30 minutes.  Shampoo and condition as usual for soft, silky, smooth hair! *

23.    Natural Deodorant.

24.    It's suppose to be great for our pets too! Just be sure to ask your vet how much you should add to their food.

25.    Use instead of WD-40. 

Those are just 25 uses.  I'm sure there are many, many more.  In fact if you have a great use for coconut oil feel free to leave a comment.  I'd love to know how you use this amazing product!

Friday, April 5, 2013

High Five for Friday

Well hello there Friday! So happy to see you.  In an effort to keep up with both blogging more (and opening up about myself) here's what I've been up to this week...

1.    I surprised even myself when I managed to clean our house with both kids home for Spring Break and a dog that's shedding like crazy.  Score one for this neat-freak momma! 

2.    Speaking of cleaning and a shedding dog, this cutie kept me company while I sorted through my expired coupons (a task I usually do at the beginning of every month).  She's been my shadow since she was an iddy biddy puppy and I hope it always stays that way. 

3.    I spruced up my packages by adding a little washi-tape.  Fitting for Spring, don't you think?

4.  My herb seedlings are finally coming to life.  I love watching how much they grow everyday.  Right now I have Cilantro, Chives, Parsley, Oregano, and Basil growing inside on our window sill.  I planted some tomato seedlings earlier in the week.  Nothing sprouting yet but I'm hoping it happens soon.

and last but not least my favorite project of the week...

5.    My husband put together this amazing raised garden bed and trellis.  In a few weeks once the weather gets warmer (and my indoor herbs have grown more) I'll be planting our herb and vegetable garden.  I've had a small outdoor herb garden for the past 2 years but this will be by far the biggest garden I've tackled for quite some time. I'm a little iffy about how some of the vegetables will handle our climate and elevation.  I'm also worried about our new water restrictions.  Our city announced we are allowed only 2 watering days per week.  I'm wanting to plant those tomatoes but I've heard they require a hefty amount of water, especially once they are transplanted into the garden.  As you can tell in the picture above our winter was extremely dry and our grass is well, pretty dead.  Cross your fingers we get lots and lots of rain this season.

So that's what I've been up to this week.  As always I'm linking my H54F post here .  Be sure to stop by the From My Grey Desk blog and see what everyone else has been up to. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

DIY Nightstand Decor

Remember this post where I shared my love of gold spray paint?  Well I'm back again to show you yet another creative way to use it.  First off I have a bunch of these little boxes.

I love their shape and sturdiness but the colors don't exactly work in our home (for decorative purposes of course).  That's where the gold spray paint comes in to play!

All I did was take the box I liked, which happened to be the larger one, and took it outback to spray paint.  I'm still using my 1st can of Valspar Metallic Gold and so far so good.  That stuff is truly amazing.  About an hour after spraying the second coat, the newly golden box was dry and I knew just the perfect spot for it...on one of our nightstands.

Since I had the box and the can of spray paint on hand this lovely DIY project cost me $0! Pretty sweet right?  I tell ya, a FREE project is always the best project!

Psst! Remember my post about procrastination? Well I've slowly but surely been tackling some of the things on my to do list.  Check out which ones I've completed here

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Shop Additions {Geek Chic}

Time for another round of up of some of the newest items to make their way to the Thrifty and Fabulous shop.  Say hello to these adorable "geek chic" necklaces.

I'm in love with the black and teal colored glasses. Too cute right? As always you can find these and much, MUCH more by clicking here. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all are enjoying your week (crossing my fingers for warmer weather, what about you?).
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