Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Yellow Chalk Paint Nightstand

I have been wanting to make over a piece with chalk paint for over a year, and I finally pulled the plug! I will introduce you to this beautiful yellow nightstand, but first... a BEFORE picture. 

We got this cute little table from Adam's grandma when she was moving out and selling her home. I figured if no one else wanted it, I might as well take it home and paint it. I decided to add it to the guest bedroom, so I painted it a bright yellow.

I used FolkArt's Home Decor Chalk Paint in Yellow Crochet. You can buy this paint at Joann Fabrics for around $8 (even les if you use a coupon). 

I think it really POPS against the blue walls and white comforter. 

Slowly but surely, this room is coming together. I am just so excited to finally have a grey, yellow, and blue color scheme in one of the rooms in my house!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Featured Blogger for #SoMe2 Twitter Party!

I have been chosen as a featured blogger for this weeks #SoMe2 Twitter Party!
Check it out, link up with us, and visit some other bloggers.

And a huge thank you to DeDe, Kim, Sarah C., and Sarah V. for allowing me to party with you ladies this week!

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This week:
**You should link up the URL of a TWEET**

      It's time for the #SoMe2 #Twitter Party!

      But first, let's take a minute to meet your #SoMe2 hostesses....
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      And our #SoMe2 featured blogger of the week...

      Melanie from Making It In The Mitten blog

      Melanie has shared this with us:
      Hi, I'm Melanie!
      Wife to Adam. Fur-mom to Lucy.
      Born and raised in Michigan.
      Central Michigan Chippewa Grad.
      Lover of wine, the great lakes, and home decor.
      I started blogging three years ago as a way to document my wedding planning process and life as a newly wed, but just recently changed the name of my blog to Making it in the Mitten in January 2015. Making it in the Mitten is a DIY and home decor blog, but I have also been known to share the occasional recipe, book review, and a little glimpse into my personal life.
      Follow along as we work hard to make our house a home, one DIY project at a time.

      Thanks, Melanie!

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      So be sure to enter to win the weekly featured blogger spot!

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      3. Tweet about the party! More partiers = More followers! All you have to do is click the "tweet" button!  
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      1) Link up 1 recent Tweet. That's a TWEET - not your Twitter account or a direct link to your blog post!!
      (How? Go to your Twitter profile page, choose the tweet you want to add to the link party, click on any white space around the tweet (this will open it in a page by itself), copy the tweet URL, click on the blue "add your link" button, and paste that URL into link party.)

      2) Re-tweet and favorite your HOSTESSES' and FEATURED BLOGGER'S tweets. You can even comment if you want! (first 5 links)

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      Thanks for joining our SOcial MEdia link party!
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      Sunday, April 26, 2015

      Motivational Monday: April 26th

      I'm so excited for another Motivational Monday Party!
      Thanks for stopping by to link up with us this week. :)


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      Friday, April 24, 2015

      Favorite Pins of The Week {Week 1}

      Did anyone else watch Grey's Anatomy last night?! It's been a good 12 hours and I am still in shock! I just can't imagine Grey's Anatomy without McDreamy, and the way they killed him was just absolutely heart breaking.  

      On a happier note, it's Friday! 
      ::Cue Rebecca Black::
      Starting this week, I will be doing a new weekly post showcasing my favorite pins from the week. I'm hoping to post every Friday and have at least five new pins that I've found in my countless hours spent on Pinterest throughout the week. 

      ONE: These pink jeans are amazing all on their own, but pair with a black and white polka dot shirt and pink necklace?! This outfit is amazing!

      TWO: This Skinny Sangria looks like the perfect drink to sip on a warm sunny day.

      THREE: Love this quote, "Welcome to our happily ever after" and love the chalkboard background, too.

      FOUR: I have a dresser very similar to this one that I have been considering painting for a while now.  I love the white accents while leaving the wood in the front.

      FIVE: This chalkboard and wood weekly calendar is to die for! I with I had a spot to put something like this!

      Happy Friday!

      Wednesday, April 22, 2015

      Guest Bedroom Curtains

      When we moved in to our home nearly three years ago, the guest bedroom walls perfectly matched our old bedding, so we never had to do much to the room. But lately, I'm getting bored of the bedding we've had for nearly 5 years, so I've been slowly but surely updating my guest bedroom. 

      Before Picture:

      I purchased our new white comforter last summer, and have since added some fun gray, yellow, and blue pillows. This past weekend, I decided to attack the curtains.

      I found my fabric at Hobby Lobby and purchased 5 yards of it (with a 40% off coupon of course). I cut the fabric in half so I had 2 pieces of fabric, 2.5 yards long. I simply sewed the ends to make them smooth and added a pocket at the top to hang them from.

      I was amazed at what a difference the curtains make!

      NOW: I need your help!
      The window above the bed is much smaller and is placed higher on the wall, so I don't know what to do with it. I could do the same long curtains to match the other window, make the same curtains but much shorter, or put up a valance. So, what do you think? 

      Any advice or other suggestions would be greatly appreciated as well!

      Happy Hump Day!

      Monday, April 20, 2015

      Five Purchases I Can't Stop Making

      I have a confession: whenever I go shopping, I buy the same thing over and over. It is a common trend that I have started noticing. Before even going in to a store, I can tell you what I most likely will walk out with. Here are the five purchases that really break my bank:

      5. Fabric
      I am absolutely in love with all of Hobby Lobby's duck canvas fabric. I could spend hours looking through their collection and imaging each and every one somewhere in my home. I would say I end up buying fabric at least 75% of the times I enter that store.  

      4. Nail Polish
      I have always loved stopping buy the aisle full of nail polish when making my weekly grocery trip. More recently, I have become a huge fan of Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel. It truly is like having gel nails without the lamp, and even better, without the damaged nails. 

      3. Yarn
      I've gotten a little better about this now that the weather is warming up and "crochet season" is coming to an end, but from September to March, you can find me scooping up my latest favorite color of yarn to add to my stash.

      2. Office Supplies
      More specifically, all of the pens, pencils, notepads, and stationary I find every time I shop Target's Dollar Spot. I just can't help it! It's all so stinking cute and I know I will use it all... eventually.  

      1. Candles
      Candles are by far my biggest weakness. I just can't say no to all the wonderful scents. Normally, I am a Bath and Body Works candle fanatic with the occasional Yankee Candle purchase. But lately, I  I am loving the Everyday Luxe Collection that I have been finding at TJ Maxx. I just purchased Cherry Blossom, Peony Gardens, and Sugared Citron last week and love every single one of them.

      With all of these repeat purchases, I sometimes think I have a problem. Then I tell myself there are worse things I could be spending my money on and buy them anyway. On that note, I am really hoping Adam doesn't come across this post. He hasn't caught on to my bank-breaking habits yet, and I'd like to keep it that way :) 

      What are some of your favorite things to buy?

      Sunday, April 19, 2015

      Motivational Monday: April 19th

      Happy SUNDAY!
      I'll be spending my evening watching the ACM Awards and partying with these lovely ladies. I hope you'll join in on the fun :)


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      Sunday, April 12, 2015

      Motivational Monday: April 12th

      Another week, another Motivational Monday Party and I am so excited for it!
      I am a bit late getting this post out because it was 68 degrees in Michigan today, and I simply couldn't justify sitting inside on such a beautiful day!


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      Monday, April 6, 2015

      Laundry Room Chalkboard Printable

      My laundry room has been in need of some cute decor for a while now. I saw this quote a while ago and loved it, so I decided to turn it into a chalkboard printable for my new laundry room shelf. Shortly after putting it on my shelf, my mom bought me another cute chalkboard laundry sign in the same font! It couldn't have worked out more perfectly.

      Does your laundry room need a little sprucing up? I made both a horizontal and vertical version of the printable, depending on which you prefer. Each printable was created to fit in an 8x10 frame.
      (To use, click on the desired picture, right click, and save to your desktop to print) 



      I can't wait to show you the rest of the laundry room makeover, once I decide what to do with it myself.

      Happy Monday!

      Sunday, April 5, 2015

      Motivational Monday: April 5th

      What better way to finish off your Easter celebration than partying with us?!


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      Wednesday, April 1, 2015

      CURRENTLY #2

      Reading: Blog Posts! I finished Gone Girl a few weeks ago and haven't had the chance to pick up a new book to read yet.

      Writing: School papers... oh the life of a student.

      Creating: A yellow nightstand! I can't wait to finish it and show it off soon!

      Watching: Black List. We were behind by quite a few episodes, so we've been catching up the last few days.

      Listening: To the sounds of the Pac Man game that has taken over Google Maps.

      Needing: Some motivation to work out. It just hasn't been happening lately.

      Feeling: Stressed. So many things to do in the next few weeks to wrap up the semester.

      Wanting: A week long beach vacation!

      Loving: I've got to say, Target's Dollar Spot is STILL high on my list. They suck me in every time, but look at all of this adorable office supplies!

      Drinking/Eating: OCULTO! It's a new beer that is aged in tequila barrels and it is delicious!

      What are you currently up to?